The Clarity Cleanse: 12 Steps to Finding Renewed Energy, Spiritual Fulfillment, and Emotional Healing, by Habib Sadeghi, DO, foreword by Gwyneth Paltrow
Goop Press/Grand Central Life & Style are proud to present THE CLARITY CLEANSE by Habib Sadeghi, DO, FACEMIP, a 90-day pathway to clear the clutter from your emotional life and find clarity in mind, body, and spirit. Dr. Sadeghi is a goop insider and advisor to Gwyneth Paltrow, Emily Blunt, Tim Robbins, Stella McCartney, and others.
In THE CLARITY CLEANSE, Dr. Sadeghi presents a personalized, 12-step approach to clearing out the mental clutter to help us focus on the changes we need to make to live a more peaceful and happy life. He guides readers through all the noise and demands of daily living to create a clean, unadulterated space inside of themselves to process the information, emotions, relationships, and events in their lives.
THE CLARITY CLEANSE has two components: dietary and emotional. The diet, which features three key ingredients—apples, sardines, and brown rice—is designed to negate the physical residue of repressed negative emotions in the organs most affected by resentment, anger, and other negative feelings: the liver, the pancreas, and the gall bladder. Readers follow this diet for 10 days a month while alternating between two emotional purging exercises 1-3 times a week: 12-minute writings and 12-minute dialogues. Some of what they will learn includes how to:
- Create clear intention
- Practice compassionate self-forgiveness
- Refocus negative energy to move beyond doubt and fear
- Ask the kind of questions that will help their relationships
Through this cleanse, readers will find emotional clarity, clarity of vision, and clarity of action. As Dr. Sadeghi believes, healing doesn’t happen to us; it happens through us because life doesn’t change until we change. It’s clarity that allows us to manage our lives with greater awareness and less effort.
“…Dr. Sadeghi’s The Clarity Cleanse is essential reading for anyone who has felt lost or broken (in other words, for everyone) and wanted to heal into a kinder, stronger, and braver person. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
“…This radically honest dive into how to perform this cleanse to clarity will peel away so many of the layers of this life that you feel keep you from living your most honest, empowered, happy, and healthy life. You deserve that, and I for one can attest to how this incredible multidisciplinary genius, Dr. Habib Sadeghi, is for you.”
–Tracy Anderson, creator of the Tracy Anderson Method, and health & fitness expert
About the author:
Habib Sadeghi, DO, FACEMIP, is the co-founder of the Be Hive of Healing Integrative Medical Center based in Los Angeles and a clinical instructor of family medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. He is the author of Within: A Spiritual Awakening to Love & Weight Loss, as well as the foreword to Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Good, and is the publisher of the health and well-being journal, MegaZEN. Learn more at www.BeingClarity.com.
by Dr. Thomas Levy
There’s a lot of anxiety surrounding disease nowadays, as people seem to be getting sick left and right, and it’s not clear why. Most of us know at least one person who has suffered a heart attack or courageously battled breast cancer or faced down some other formidable illness like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. While many of us stress and worry about falling victim to a deadly health crisis, we feel largely powerless to protect ourselves from such a scary fate. But according to Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD, disease is far less random than we’d like to believe—and there’s plenty we can do to prevent it. He says all disease comes down to a single factor: too much oxidative stress in your body.
“Oxidation is a normal component of the body’s healthy metabolic activity,” says Dr. Levy, author of Hidden Epidemic: Silent Oral Infections Cause Most Heart Attacks and Breast Cancers (MedFox Publishing, 2017, ISBN: 978-0-983-77287-3, $29.95). “But thanks to our highly toxic lifestyles, a state of highly increased oxidative stress (IOS) is becoming the norm. This is the source of all disease. Anyone who wishes to stay healthy should identify and eliminate all ongoing new sources of oxidative stress on a daily basis.”
Surprisingly, the biggest source of IOS is the toxins caused by hidden dental infections, particularly infected teeth, infected gums, and infected tonsils. In fact, studies show that root canal-treated teeth and chronically infected gums cause at least 90 percent of heart attacks and 70 percent of breast cancers. Treating these kinds of infections in the mouth is a vital step in decreasing your toxic load (and thus decreasing IOS). But according to Dr. Levy, there are also lots of other ways to suppress the influx of toxins present in the body.
“If you can better manage your toxic load and prevent new toxins from wreaking havoc in your body, you greatly decrease your risk of disease…all disease,” says Dr. Levy.
Keep reading for some ways to decrease toxins and lower your levels of oxidative stress.
Identify and eliminate chronic infections (usually in the mouth!). Infections of the teeth are a significant source of pathogen-related toxins, says Levy. These infections are asymptomatic and often not seen on a standard x-ray. However, they can be seen by using 3D x-ray imaging. He advises having a baseline physical evaluation and 3D x-ray of the mouth. Over time you can use this baseline result to indicate the presence of new infections in the roots of the teeth.
Measure your C-reactive protein (CRP) level. “C-reactive protein is a protein in the plasma that indicates the level of inflammation in your body,” says Dr. Levy. “Though normal range for this test is usually 0-3, your CRP should ideally be well below 1. Anything higher is an indication of increased oxidative stress.”
Balance your hormones. Low estrogen levels in women, low testosterone levels in men, and low thyroid hormones in both men and women all result in an increase in oxidative stress. And when oxidative stress is increased throughout the body, any focal infections present in the teeth and gums are more likely to become metastatic. Therefore, it’s important to keep these hormone levels well within the normal range at all times.
“Normal thyroid function is particularly important in preventing infected teeth and gums from producing increased oxidative stress throughout the body,” says Dr. Levy. “Traditional thyroid testing reliably diagnoses only extreme thyroid problems and misses more subtle forms of dysfunction. Patients should request T3 and reverse T3 tests to correctly analyze their thyroid health. Many people need to supplement with T3 as well as desiccated thyroid to restore function.”
Assimilate micronutrients by consuming blended smoothies. The standard American diet consists of highly processed foods that lack beneficial micronutrients. Further, thanks to compromised gut health, many people fail to fully digest their food, which then putrefies and creates a host of toxins and toxic metabolic byproducts. To combat poor digestion and get the most nutrition from your food, Dr. Levy recommends pulverizing a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organic, into a nutrient-rich smoothie on a daily basis. This ensures that you take in as many micronutrients as possible, which defends against IOS.
Stay away from calcium supplements. “Despite its popularity for treating osteoporosis, calcium supplementation is simply never good for you and should be avoided,” says Dr. Levy. “When your vitamin D level is properly adjusted, you get all the calcium you need through your diet.”
Avoid iron and copper as well. In addition to calcium, iron and copper are toxic nutrients. They are essential for life in a limited dosage, but become progressively toxic in larger doses. Dr. Levy says that you should never take an iron supplement unless you have an iron deficiency anemia. Additionally, you should never eat foods that have been fortified with these nutrients. (Read your food labels; many processed foods contain added iron!)
Use caution with fat-soluble vitamins. Unlike water-soluble vitamins, which demonstrate little to no toxicity in any dose, vitamins A, D, and E can eventually be pushed to toxic levels as they become increasingly concentrated in the liver and fatty tissues of the body. Dr. Levy recommends exerting some caution when supplementing with high doses of them. Vitamin D supplementation requires some blood testing to make sure the dosing is correct. (He does, however, point out that vitamin K is the one fat-soluble vitamin that has no toxicity.)
“Sweat out” your toxins in a far-infrared sauna. “Sweating is a much too little recognized way to safely detox your body,” says Dr. Levy. “Many chelating drugs pull toxins from your tissues but don’t fully remove them from your body. This can cause a new toxic effect from the toxins as those toxins mobilize and travel to new tissues. But sweating gives you an enormous detox with little acute toxicity in the process.”
Dr. Levy says a far-infrared sauna is superior for removing toxins because of the way the sauna heats the body. However, he adds that aerobic exercise—and sweating caused by aerobic exercise—is also an excellent way to detoxify.
“Chronically increased oxidative stress can be bad news if left unchecked,” concludes Dr. Levy. “But luckily there are lots of great ways to combat it. In a few simple steps, you can lower your toxic load, stop oxidative stress that might otherwise become deadly, and remove yourself from the danger zone of disease.”
About the Author:
Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD, is the author of Hidden Epidemic: Silent Oral Infections Cause Most Heart Attacks and Breast Cancers (MedFox Publishing, 2017, ISBN: 978-0-983-77287-3, $29.95). He is a board-certified cardiologist and a lawyer, and is the author of 10 other groundbreaking medical books, including Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins; Primal Panacea; and Death by Calcium. He is one of the leading vitamin C experts in the world, and he frequently lectures at medical conferences and to groups of people around the globe about the proper role of vitamin C and other antioxidants in optimizing treatment protocols for the most common chronic degenerative diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and advanced chronic infections, such as Lyme.
About the Book:
Hidden Epidemic: Silent Oral Infections Cause Most Heart Attacks and Breast Cancers(MedFox Publishing, 2017, ISBN: 978-0-983-77287-3, $29.95) is available at Amazon.
The number of American children prescribed psychotropic drugs has more than doubled in the past 25 years, studies show.
Concerns about side effects and the potential for addiction raise this question: Are drugs too often the first –and wrong –option to treat children’s behavioral and emotional problems?
Dr. Ed Carlton, founder of the Carlton Neurofeedback Center (www.carltonneurofeedbackcenter.com) and author of the book The Answer, doesn’t like how drugs are routinely prescribed for kids with ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder or other mental illnesses.
“In today’s society, if you have a mental illness, just turn on the TV and they will have a drug for it,” he says. “The first order of defense unfortunately is medication. This is a temporary solution, one that can be fraught with side effects.”
Dr. Carlton suggests three ways to help address these disorders without prescription drugs.
- Eat healthier. A healthy diet is one way to combat brain disorders. But the big challenge is re-training children to eat healthier. Kids and adults with ADD or ADHD tend to crave simple carbohydrates like candy or cookies.
“These kids typically burn calories at a higher rate,” he says. “Psychological stress causes their body to go into a fight-or-flight mode. It mobilizes the sugar out of the blood and puts it into the muscles, causing the blood sugar to drop.”
Protein-packed foods – “clean meats such as chicken or beef – are an excellent way to slow the brain processes down” he says. “If the brain works more calmly, the cravings for the carbohydrates can lessen,” Carlton says.
- More exercise. Exercise by itself will not eliminate these behavioral or emotional disorders, but it can help. Studies have shown that exercise helps kids combat behavioral disorders such as depression. The releasing of endorphins during physical activity improves mood and behavior. Additionally, children playing team sports or games can build confidence, and develop a sense of team and working with others.
But a child with ADHD or other disorders needs more than regular exercise to get healthier.
“If you want to burn this level of hyperactivity out on a regular basis, you’d have to work out until you’re so exhausted you can barely pick yourself off the floor,” Carlton says. “If it’s a case that’s bad enough where you can justify intervention with drugs, then exercise alone is simply not enough to alleviate the symptoms. It gets back to the brain itself not working properly.”
- Neurofeedback Training. This is a non-invasive approach that Dr. Carlton views as “fitness training for the brain.” It uses “operant conditioning,” a term that refers to the brain’s natural ability to learn from experience, which in turn can help it heal.
The process begins with a brain map, which locates the specific areas that need help to function more efficiently. Once these areas are identified, neurofeedback training can improve their function. The technology uses computers to monitor brain-wave patterns while you relax and watch a movie or video. The visual and audio inputs are varied, providing feedback based on the training goals from the brain map.
“The brain learns to function more efficiently with neurofeedback training,” he says. “It’s like learning to ride a bike. You learned how to keep it balanced with practice. Neurofeedback training can reduce, and in some cases, eliminate the symptoms of many brain-based disorders without the use of pharmaceuticals.”
Overall, Dr. Carlton stresses, there needs to be a mindset change on how kids with mental disorders are approached
“Training, not medications – that’s a key difference,” he said. “What are we teaching them by handing them drugs when they don’t feel well? You’re teaching them the answer to the problem is in that bottle.”
About Dr. Ed Carlton
Dr. Ed Carlton is founder of the Carlton Neurofeedback Center (www.carltonneurofeedbackcenter.com) and author of the book The Answer. “My first degree is engineering. Neurofeedback is a cross between medicine and engineering, using the best of both to provide relief for my patients. The Answer explains how neurofeedback stopped my bipolar symptoms, and how it can help others do the same.”
by Michelle Honda, Ph.D., D.Sc
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation has rapidly gained a bad reputation, but you may be surprised to learn that inflammation is among your body’s best friends. Inflammation works to stave off the constant bombardment of unwanted pathogens that are part of our everyday environment. Created by the cells and substances in our immune system, inflammation allows the body to ward off and defeat potentially harmful viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Inflammation operates much like the smoke alarms in our homes. Whenever we injure ourselves or cause a break or damage to our outer protective layer (the skin), our immune system sets in motion a series of defense mechanisms to clot the blood (to stop bleeding) and inflame the surrounding tissue (to destroy any bacteria that has seeped into the wound).
Most people are fully aware of what their degree of pain is at any given time, and are usually aware of any degenerative diseases they may be currently dealing with. Because of this, it is not uncommon for people to shrug off their day-to-day aches and pains, or ignore the fact that they knowingly eat items that are unhealthy. The public at large is still in the dark when it comes to the repercussions of foods and other substances routinely eaten, as well as what may be manifesting throughout their body. A common area where many people do have some sense of concern is their medication intake. But while commercials do convey the problems of drug side effects, they do not offer any other options, so people remain at a loss for what else they can do to minimize their discomfort.
The Mystery Unraveled
For most people, the ways in which inflammation spreads and develops is clouded with mystery. It is this lack of knowledge and understanding of inflammation and its role in the disease process that led me to write Reverse Inflammation Naturally (ISBN 978-1-57826-680-7, Hatherleigh Press). In it, an explanation is provided not only for the pathways and processes that inflammation takes, but the myriad ways in which we enhance and reinforce inflammation in our daily lives. This knowledge enables us to quell and even reverse the spread of inflammation in the body by addressing the causes and making simple diet adjustments.
There are many facets to inflammation. The many different stages and specific types of inflammation are often associated with certain disease conditions and complaints, which, in turn, reveal much about a condition’s progression in the body. It is my hope that, by providing a better understanding of inflammation, individuals will be able to peer into their bodies on a cellular level, observing how their inflammatory/immune system silently harm and disrupt their optimum state of health. (Equally as important is an understanding of how certain drugs negatively affect the anti-inflammatory pathways and how they stop the liver’s ability to appropriately clean itself.)
How many times has it been said, “Nature holds the cure?”
Even the most troublesome inflammatory conditions that afflict mankind can be treated—and are being treated worldwide—with herbal medicine. The fact is that our biological needs can be met by our evolutionary environment. The plant kingdom is abundant with anti-inflammatory specimens, many of which are currently being used in the production of steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Natural restorative herbal remedies are beginning to see proper recognition for their place at the forefront of healthful supplements. Many of these plants and extracts show the complex and integrated ways in which an herbal remedy can work. The public at large is most interested in the causes of their conditions and what can be done to ease their pain. Yet traditional medicine often fails to provide this information.
Medications Compete with the Immune System
Too often, the first step taken to suppress inflammation is through the application of anti-inflammatory drugs. However, these substances not only obstruct the immune system itself; they are also composed of toxic chemicals, which the body must then work to eliminate. These medications are then removed from the body through the same pathways used for primary inflammation. Since detoxification follows the same pathways as inflammation, and these pathways are being obstructed by the medication to be eliminated, you end up with an immune system roadblock.
The Immune System: Key Player in the Inflammation Process
The important thing to understand when dealing with our immune system is that it is affected by nearly everything we do. Even the simple act of overeating suppresses our protective system while promoting an inflammatory response. In learning to control and reverse inflammation naturally, we must first learn how to help our bodies without disabling this system. Realize that physical illnesses, especially those that cannot be easily explained, are the result of multifaceted, neuroendocrine responses. In spite of the manner in which symptoms have manifested in the body, they are created by the mind, brain and body—together.
Illnesses Related to Inflammation
Conditions which have been dubbed “silent inflammation” are simply our immune system responding to various assaults throughout the body. Factors such as obesity, toxicity, and poor dietary and lifestyle habits all contribute to the action and reaction phases of our immune system. Examples of silent inflammation problems include heart disease and what is causing inflammation in the arteries, as well as cancer, autism (brain inflammation and best solutions), diabetes (insulin resistance and inflammation) and the related topic of obesity, including the leptin hormone (direct connection between inflammation of the hypothalamus). Other topics of interest include metabolic syndrome, asthma, allergies, sinusitis and candida and more.
Patient Case Histories
The catalysts for disease and illness presented in Reverse Inflammation Naturally are drawn from my own practice and experience in healing my patients. The causes presented are the ones most often to blame, and the recommendations and solutions offered are those that have shown to be the most effective.
Armed with the knowledge that one must treat the body as a whole if one is to achieve lasting health and wellness, the solutions I present are those that treat inflammation with natural medicine. Remain mindful of the fact that our health is integrally linked to the world around us. Let us not forget that these herbs and extracts have been used for food and medicine for as long as humans have occupied this earth. The use of plants as medicine and food has been passed down through the ages for our benefit, not our detriment. Natural based medicine is perfect for those individuals who have suffered at the hands of medication side effects in the past, or who have avoided seeking treatment for their ailments due to fear of the same. And, for anyone wishing to lower their medication dosage (or eliminate the need for it altogether), natural medicine provides a safe alternative, especially when there have been consistent complications in one’s current medication treatment plan.
Natural Supplementation for Reversing Inflammation
A well-rounded anti-inflammatory protocol will include foods that reduce inflammation, antioxidants, live enzymes, and anti-inflammatory supplements. The reversal process for healing and restoration significantly slows down when several vitamins and minerals are in very short supply, especially those required by the immune system and for performing body functions.
In Reverse Inflammation Naturally, I provide a number of diet and food suggestions for day-to-day eating that can more quickly reduce your inflammation. To help you get started, there are also recommended meal plans and juice and meal recipes.
So far, medical technology has not been able to keep up with the diet and lifestyle choices being made by the majority of people. Individuals are now facing the consequences of excess body fat and long-term permanent tissue damage. The fact is, when inflammation becomes accelerated and reaches the chronic stage, you have a steady progression towards a shorter life expectancy and prolonged illnesses as the immune system becomes increasingly compromised.
And that is where the holistic approach really shines. Because things aren’t always that simple; to achieve optimum results, the person and body must be treated as a whole. Regardless of what you may or may not know about physiology, our internal environment is a constant working miracle that is never separate from itself.
The information presented here is drawn from a number of sources, including the latest discoveries regarding anti-inflammatory properties found in foods, spices and herbs around the globe. My goal is to assist you in fully restoring your health and provide for any direction your future may take.
About the author:
Michelle Honda, Ph.D., D.Sc., is a practitioner of natural and preventative medicine and the author of Reverse Inflammation Naturally, Reverse Heart Disease Naturally, and Reverse Gut Disease Naturally. Visit Michelle Honda at .