Thermography Instead of Mammograms

Rita Rimmer and Terry Ryan discuss the vital differences between thermograms and mammograms. Thermograms are now becoming accepted as a safe alternative as a diagnostic test to determine if a breast has cancer. It is stated, that a thermogram can detect the presence of a malignancy 10 years before a typical mammogram.  Of course, the radiation physicians disagree with this statement.

I say, better be safe than sorry and I use thermograms because I don’t want any surprises. I’m also happy that my delicate breast tissue is not being exposed to radiation or being squashed between two plates of plastic. No thanks, I’ll pass.

Listen to this podcast and let me know what you think.

All the best,

Terry Ryan, Health Blogger 

Essential Oils with Mary Arndt of Blissful Essence

Essential Oils PodcastEssential oils have been around for a long time and lately I have become aware and interested in them. I know, I’m behind the times. I went to a farmer’s market one Saturday in Sarasota, and I came across a beautifully setup booth displaying essential oils, home-made creams and soy candles. I tried the free samples and loved everything! Soon I met the owner, Mary Arndt,  and asked her to do a podcast with me. She agreed!

The uses for essential oils (both for getting and staying healthy) are vast and diverse. As human residents of planet Earth, hardly a moment goes by when we are not reminded of our dependence on plants and their uses. We use a broad variety of plant life for oxygen, food, clothing, building, and to bring harmony and balance into our homes and outdoor surroundings. Plants have many beautiful qualities, but the plants themselves are not the only bounty. The essential oils that are extracted from plant leaves, flowers, stems, roots, or bark are incredible tools for us to use in our everyday lives, and when we are facing serious problems and looking for natural and healthy solutions in a more potent form.

Essential oils carry the essence of the plants in such a potent form that a single drop of essential oil can equal multiple teaspoons of the dried herb (for instance, 1 drop of peppermint oil equals more than 25 cups of peppermint tea!). And they can be used or applied in a multitude of ways and combinations to bring powerful results to your tasks, atmosphere, and bodies.

Many essential oils have antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antibiotic properties. In addition to these impressive qualities, they often also transfer very pleasurable sensory experiences within minutes because of their fragrances and restorative natures, making them impact on our brain chemistry, emotional well-being, and spiritual wellness. This makes for a highly vast and diverse list of uses for essential oils. (Source:

Mary Arndt Blog PicFrom Mary’s website:

I have always been fascinated and passionate about fragrances, candles, lotions, and all bath care products. As soon as the newest product was put on the store shelf it was also on my shelf at home. Even though I am the owner of a business that involves fragrances I still cannot help myself when I am in a store to find out what they carry. Then one day I started reading the ingredients and finding out what they were and researching them. I started finding out about organic lotions and buying and trying them. I found some beautiful lines of body care that were great but also costly to the normal consumer. I set out to find a line of body care that was affordable, and that men and women could make an easy transition to. Especially an organic one! For health reasons it should be number one, but the products have to feel right when going on. The fragrances need to be light enough for the layering effect or to use alone as your personal fragrance. A couple of the reasons I started making candles 8 years ago was that I was finding candles that smelled good in the store but when you burned them there was no scent throw. Also, I was tired of having so much wax still in the jar when it was finished. I started researching the kinds of wax that were being used and realized how safe the 100% soy wax really is.

You can shop online at Mary’s shop by clicking here. Or call her at 941-704-5511

Thank you for reading!

A11338D-lgTerry Ryan, Health Blogger and Internet Marketer

Are You a Binge Eater?

Are you a binge eater?

Are you a binge eater? Are you a binge eater? Nothing to be ashamed to admit. You are amongst friends. I was a binge eater and I started young.  Let me clarify that I am not the kind of binge and purge kind of binge-er. I am the eat everything sweet or carbohydrate in the house  kind of eater. Or I should say I was.

I have kicked that habit right out the door and I am a better person, or I’d like to think I am. Heck, haven’t we all binged a few times?  My typical binging always had the TV involved. Boy, there was nothing like a cold, snowy day; a good movie on and a bowl of popcorn and pint of Ben & Jerry’s.  Then after I consumed that, I would rip open the pantry doors searching for something else. Usually I would make my own chocolate chip cookie dough (without eggs) and eat it raw. Yup, then the guilt would come.

When I was younger I could get away with the typical binge but now that I am older, I cannot without the added weight gain. Binging had to end.

This is from Wikipedia, You know you are a binge eater if:

  • Feels disgusted, depressed, or guilty after binge eating.
  • Eats an unusually large amount of food at one time, far more than a regular person would eat.
  • Eats much more quickly during binge episodes than during normal eating episodes.
  • Eats until physically uncomfortable and nauseated due to the amount of food consumed.
  • Eats when bored or depressed
  • Eats large amounts of food even when not really hungry.
  • Often eats alone during periods of normal eating, owing to feelings of embarrassment about food.

Are you a binge eater?How I resolved my binge eating.

I knew I had to get a grip on my binge eating. It was becoming a growing problem and I had to face it once and for all.  I did some researching and women  are more likely to do it than men; usually has to do with depressions, loneliness or boredom; and you can learn from parents if they are binge eaters.

It seems pretty ridiculous that I was binge eating. I wasn’t depressed or lonely, but maybe I was bored. After all, binge eating isn’t really a group activity and I eat like a bird when I am at social functions. Well, unless it’s at the Christmas buffet where I go a little crazy on the sugary desserts. Oh well, that’s only one day a year. Why I really think I was binging is, I was having my own personal party with no one around to judge.

  • So, I stopped eating in front of the TV.
  • I eat smaller portions of healthy foods.
  • I do not eat (or try not to eat) sweets.
  • I do not snack unless it is a stalk of celery.
  • I do not eat popcorn or chips.
  • I no longer eat peanut butter in fact it is not even allowed in the house. (That’s my gateway food.)
  • If I serve ice cream or pie after dinner, the leftover is sent to my neighbor’s house.
  • I do not stare at the chocolate bars in the checkout line especially the Reese’s Chocolate and Peanut butter or take them home.

Because my willpower is at it’s lowest at night, I had to eliminate most of the sweets in the house or I will get up in the middle of the night and eat them. This is because I have cut my calorie intake to an all time low so I am usually hungry and will go to the freezer, pull out the pint of ice cream and with just spoon directly in to the container, eat it all in front of the TV.  Ugh!  Sometimes I don’t like ME.

It did take loads of practice but I kicked the habit and no longer automatically reach for something sweet or salty to eat while I watch TV. In fact, it sort has taken away the sport of TV watching which resulted in the many hours of TV I watch. Well heck, it’s not that much fun anymore now that I don’t binge. Funny how that worked. Hmmmm














White Poison-Sugar!
5 Clues You Are Addicted to Sugar

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Most of us have felt the urge, the unstoppable craving driving us to seek out something sweet and devour it in a flash. That uncontrollable yen for cookies, cake or ice cream or that whole basket of bread calling to us to finish it off. Why do you overeat? Why does that cookie have such power over you, even though you know it will make you fat and sick? Is it an indication of your moral weakness, lack of will power, or is it a powerful hardwired brain response over which you have little control?

Debate has raged recently about whether junk food, the hyper-processed, hyper-palatable food that has become our SAD (standard American diet) is addictive in the same way that heroin or cocaine is addictive. A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that, in fact, higher sugar, higher glycemic foods can be addictive.

David Ludwig, author of Ending the Food Fight, and his colleagues at Harvard, in a very sophisticated study, showed that foods with more sugar, foods that raise blood sugar even more than table sugar such as white flour, white potatoes and refined starch have what is called a high glycemic index, trigger a special region in the brain called the nucleus White Poison-Sugaraccumbens that is known to be “ground zero” for conventional addiction, such as gambling or drug abuse.

It appears part of the reason almost 70 percent of Americans are overweight or one in two Americans has pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes may not be gluttony, lack of willpower or absence of personal responsibility but plain old, garden variety biological addiction.

Many previous studies have shown how this region of brain, the pleasure center, lights up in response to images or eating sugary, processed or junk food. But many of these studies used very different foods as a comparison. If you compare cheesecake to boiled vegetables, there are many reasons the pleasure center can light up. It tastes better or it looks better. This is interesting data, but it’s not hard proof of addiction.

This new study took on the hard job of proving the biology of sugar addiction. The researchers did a randomized, blinded, crossover study using the most rigorous research design to ward off any criticism (which will inevitably come from the $1 trillion food industry).

They took 12 overweight or obese men between the ages of 18 and 35 and gave each a low sugar or low glycemic index (37 percent) milkshake, and then, four hours later, they measured the activity of the brain region (nucleus accumbens) that controls addiction. They also measured blood sugar and hunger.

Then, days later, they had them back for another milkshake. But this time they switched the milkshakes. They were designed to taste exactly the same and be exactly the same in every way except in how much and how quickly it spiked blood sugar. The second milkshake was designed to be high in sugar with a high glycemic index (84 percent). The shakes had exactly the same amount of calories, protein, fat and carbohydrate. Think of it as a trick milkshake. The participants didn’t know which milkshake they were getting, and their mouth couldn’t tell the difference, but their brains could.

Each participant received a brain scan and blood tests for glucose and insulin after each version of the milkshake. They were their own control group. Without exception, they all had the same response. The high sugar or glycemic index milkshake caused a spike in blood sugar and insulin and an increase in reported hunger and cravings four hours after the shake. Remember — exactly the same calories, sweetness, texture and macronutrient content.

This finding was not surprising and has been shown many times before.

But the breakthrough finding was this: When the high glycemic shake was consumed, the nucleus accumbens lit up like a Christmas tree. This pattern occurred in every single participant and was statistically significant.

This study showed two things.

First, the body responds quite differently to different calories, even if the protein, fat and carbs (and taste) are exactly the same.

And second, foods that spike blood sugar are biologically addictive.

This game-changing study must force a shift in the conversation about obesity in America. There are 600,000 processed foods in the marketplace, 80 percent of which have added hidden sugar. The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, mostly hidden, and the average teenage boy has 34 teaspoons a day (more than two 20 ounce sodas). One serving of Prego tomato sauce has more sugar than a serving of Oreo cookies. Sweetened yogurts can have more sugar than a can of soda.

Sugar is the core ingredient used by the food industry to make bad ingredients (processed flour and chemicals) taste good. Our consumption has increased from 10 pounds per person in 1800 to 140 pounds per person per year today.

Each year, the average American also consumes 133 pounds of white or wheat flour, which raises blood sugar more than table sugar (sucrose).

When a 12-year-old boy needs a liver transplant after a steady diet of soda and white flour, or when a 2-year-old can’t walk because he is too fat at 50 pounds, we can no longer point to personal responsibility as the solution to our obesity epidemic.

What if Kobe Bryant or LeBron James went on national television promoting the benefits of “cocaine water” to increase sports performance? Would you allow heroin dispensers in your kid’s school? Think heroin lollipops or morphine muffins. This is exactly what’s happening in America today.

No one wants to be fat or become a drug addict. No one wants their life destroyed by disability and illness. We have policies and laws that protect people from alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs of abuse. Sugar and flour (and too much starchy white potatoes and white rice) or products containing them appear to be no different. In fact, some animal studies show that sugar is eight times as addictive as cocaine.

It is time to stop blaming the fat person. Can we really blame our children if we freely give them drugs of abuse in the school lunch line or as after school snacks? Can we really blame the average overweight person? The nutritional landscape in America is a food carnival.

Kelly Brownell from Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity has created a validated food questionnaire to help you determine if you are a food addict. He recently also published a textbook, Food and Addiction, that lays out the science of how our hyper-processed, hyper-palatable, hyper-sweet industrial food has hijacked our brain chemistry and biology.

Here are five clues you may be addicted to sugar, flour and processed food:

  1. You consume certain foods even if you are not hungry because of cravings.
  2. You worry about cutting down on certain foods.
  3. You feel sluggish or fatigued from overeating.
  4. You have health or social problems (affecting school or work) because of food issues and yet keep eating the way you do despite negative consequences.
  5. You need more and more of the foods you crave to experience any pleasure or reduce negative emotions.

If you are among those whose brain chemistry, taste buds and hormones have been hijacked by the food industry (up to 70 percent of us, including 40 percent of children), then it is time to stop blaming yourself and consider food rehab or a sugar detox. It is time for all of us to take back our health and demand that our children be protected from addictive substances in our schools and from the insidious marketing practices directed at them from the food industry.

There are resources to help you break your food addiction and stop the cravings.

Now, I would love to hear from you.

Have you experienced uncontrollable cravings for sugar and refined foods?

How has it affected your life?

Have you blamed yourself for your behavior?

Do you think we should change food policy to protect children from marketing of foods proven to be addictive?

To your good health,
Mark Hyman, MD

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