Sylvia’ Back (Virtually)!

Sylvia's Back (Virtually)!

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Silvia Calisaya Chuquimia… is a traditional Aymara spiritual healer, teacher, and direct descendant of the pre-Incan people who still inhabit the southern Lake Titicaca region. Silvia was born and raised in a small highland village. She left when she was a young woman to pursue her education and professional life, but later returned to the traditional spiritual teachings of her people. She is an expert in the ancient art of reading coca leaves for divination and healing, and is the proprietor of the Coca Leaf Museum in Puno, Peru. Coca is a sacred plant for the inhabitants of the Andes, which is still held in veneration among the indigenous and mestizo peoples of South America.

Starting Wednesday September 16th…This 4-part series with Silvia Calisaya speaks to the needs of the challenging times we are in and provides us with valuable spiritual teachings, practices, and ceremonies to help us heal ourselves, our families, and our Mother Earth.

Sign-up for individual classes or the whole series!

Hosted by Pat Cockrell and Petra LeBeau- Shamanic Practitioners and Medicine Women.

4 consecutive Wednesdays at 7:00pm EST- September 16, September 23, September 30, and October 7 FEE – Sliding scale offerings of $25.00 to $50.00 per class (or $100 to $200 for the whole series). Greater offerings are welcomed as this money will directly benefit Silvia and her community who have been hard hit by the coronavirus epidemic. Classes will be held on Zoom, and will last 75- to 90 minutes. Classes will be recorded and available for 4 days following each class Zoom link will be provided after you have registered and paid for each class. These class offerings can be taken as a whole series or a single class. Register now to reserve your spot! Email: or September 16th- AWAKENING THE AMARU MEDICINE: In this class Silvia teaches us how to connect and awaken the Amaru (serpentine) medicine; the powerful life force that resides within us and the Mother Earth, which activates rejuvenation, rebirth, life, and healing.. We will learn how to connect to this powerful energy through ceremony with the 4 elements of Earth, Water, Fire and Wind. For this class you will need to have a glass of water, a feather, and a candle. September 23rd- CEREMONY AND RITUAL: Silvia will explain the importance of ceremony in our lives. In her tradition, every single day is lived in ceremony. When we connect to the sacredness in life, and develop a practice of honoring it with gratitude, our lives transform in wondrous ways. The Aymara Peruvian spiritual concept of “Ayni,” which means living in a state of gratitude and reciprocity is an essential ingredient of living a sacred life in harmonious balance with all of creation. September 30th- THE SEVEN TEMPLES: We are not alone, every one of us lives in constant relationship with all the beings of Pachamama, our Mother Earth. From people, plants, animals and stones to the elements, the ancestors and constellations; we are all part of the matrix that makes up this life, even across time. Silvia will teach us about the seven sacred temples or domains of our existance in relationship to all that is, so we can deepen our love and respect for all beings for healing and growth. October 7th- CREATING AN “AYNI” CEREMONY: The Aymara Peruvian spiritual concept of “Ayni” means living in a state of gratitude and reciprocity, and is an essential ingredient in living a sacred life in harmonious balance with all of creation. In this class Silvia will teach and lead us in creating our own Ayni despacho; a beautiful offering of gratitude made with different ingredients and designed to restore greater balance in our lives, and so much more… For class you will need a few flowers, sage, rainbow colored wool/yarn, grains, dried beans, candies and a square piece of white paper (or even a paper towel). *The contents of these classes are not to be shared or taught without expressed consent of Silvia Calisaya Chuquimia. Questions? Email:

Ayurveda and You: A Guide to Treating Fatty Liver

Ayurveda and You: A Guide to Treating Fatty Liver

More than three million cases of fatty liver are diagnosed each year in the United States, and most cases are diagnosed between the ages of 40 and 60.

It is perfectly normal to have some amount of fat in the liver. However, an overabundance of fat can interrupt the normal liver function. “Fatty liver” occurs when the fat in the liver accounts for more than 5 to 10% of your liver’s weight. In many cases, fatty liver has no symptoms and does’t usually cause permanent damage unless it progresses. Unfortunately, it can become harmful to the liver if its underlying causes aren’t recognized and treated in a timely fashion.

There are two main types of fatty liver disease: alcoholic liver disease (ALD) and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Alcoholic liver disease is relatively straightforward: its caused by an over-consumption of alcohol. That being said, ALD can also be caused even by a short period of heavy drinking.

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is more likely to affect those who are middle-aged and overweight or obese. Some causes include: diabetes, medications, viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver disease, fast weight loss, malnutrition, and improper diet. These are the most common causes cited in medical literature. However, I would like to add one other very important etiological factor: the consumption of polyunsaturated vegetable oils. I am stating this based on my years of experience in treating fatty liver disease. I have treated many patients who held a good diet. They eat home-made foods, stay loyal to good milk and yogurt, practice vegetarianism, and avoid leftovers. And yet, they developed a fatty liver. The only mistake they made was cooking with vegetable oils (thinking that ghee was bad for them since it contains cholesterol). These oils, such as peanut, mustard oil, safflower, sunflower, canola, corn, margarine, etc., are highly unstable since they are polyunsaturated, and hydrogenate when heated, forming free radicals and oxidation.

When you swallow these oils, they damage the liver (and when they get into the arteries, they damage the lining there as well, causing a buildup of plaque). Ghee does not hydrogenate when cooked and is very easy for the liver to digest.

The truth is that many people are harboring some level of a fatty liver, especially if they grew up on vegetable oils (which is most of us!). In the beginning, it occurs at just the cellular level. If you stop eating bad fats and clean up the diet in other ways, it is fairly easy to reverse the fatty liver. However, if poor eating habits continue, or if the person continues to drink alcohol, a fatty liver will continue to worsen. Though you may not get symptoms in the early years, if the liver damage continues, you can develop symptoms such as fatigue, loss of weight or appetite, weakness, nausea, confusion or trouble concentrating.

The good news about the liver is that it is very good at rejuvenating itself. And the best herb to use for this is Mankand. This extremely rare herb is available in glyceride drop form. You can take three drops in 24 oz room temperature alkaline spring water. It could take a few years to totally reverse a fatty liver, so just keep taking it long-term to insure the best healing.

Vaidya also gives us other good herbs for the liver, such as bhumi alma, which is great for cooling the heat in the liver and bringing the intelligence back to the organ. Also, if the liver is too hot (hot ranjaka in the pulse) you can put DGL Cream down the spine and on the liver to cool it down. In much the same way, you can put liver clay on the liver for 10 minutes a day to pull the heat out of the liver.

Liver Pro glyceride drops are recommended for cleaning the liver. The best foods are bitter gourd (karela or bitter melon), Loki squash and beets. Artichokes and dandelion are also very good as well.

A couple of cautionary notes: Vaidya always warned us not to buy turmeric from Indian markets as there is a chance, they could be a white powder with a yellow dye sprayed on them. Make sure your turmeric is organic. Vaidya ground up the turmeric and dried it for us. He also recommended avoiding eating the fresh turmeric root, which was too warm for the liver to heal. Also, be careful and select in your purchase of ghee. Much of the ghee produced in India is made from hydrogenated vegetable oils and are contributing to much of the coronary artery disease we are currently seeing in many people from India. As this ghee damages the liver, it is causing much of the diabetes we are also seeing in our Indian patients (in addition to the fact that Indians, like Americans, continue to eat vegetable oils, heating them at high temperatures as they fry their spices in them).

The ancient doctors were correct in stating that one should take very good care of the liver, since it was deemed the most important organ in the body. This is because the liver cleans the blood for the brain and other organs, it controls cholesterol, blood sugar, breaks down hormones, makes bile, is the seat of digestion and detoxification, makes glutathione, processes Vitamin D and thyroid hormones, to name a few of its many functions.

If you take care of this very important organ, eating good fats and oils, avoiding leftovers, and cooking at home – you will be rewarded with excellent health, avoiding heart disease, diabetes and many other diseases plaguing mankind today.

Contributor: Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum-Holistic Healing News .

Five Ways to Eat Yourself Healthier

Five Ways to Eat Yourself Healthier

Dietary supplements and so-called “superfoods” have become big business in the food, health and sports nutrition industries, bringing connotations of health, wellbeing and overall improvement — both physically and mentally.

But the term superfood is not recognized clinically nor readily acknowledged among nutrition experts and the evidence for supplementation has now moved in favor of balanced diets over popping pills of single nutrients.

Experts maintain that the right diet can not only control weight, but also help to keep diseases at bay by fighting the stressors our bodies encounter on a regular basis, including lack of sleep, poor diet, lack of exercise and general stress at work. These stressors can reduce our physical and mental performance and even lead to chronic diseases such as heart failure or diabetes.

So rather than which foods are “super,” we asked experts which foods are useful to include as part of a balanced diet, to keep our bodies fit and healthy.

Bold berries

Be it blueberries, strawberries, cranberries or others, the berries are the most researched food group in terms of health benefits to both mind and body. Cranberries are recognized in fighting urinary tract infections and blueberries have been found to protect the brain from stress and improve cognitive factors such as memory. “Blueberries have been shown to even lower blood pressure,” says Joy Dubost, spokesperson for the U.S. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Scientists at Tufts University, including Barbara Shukitt-Hale, have been researching the cognitive benefits of consuming berries on a regular basis. “The berries are the top … they seem to have a multitude of neuronal benefits,” she says, referring to her team’s findings of blueberries improving the communication and signaling between nerve cells. “We’ve shown that blueberries improve your memory.”

So how much is enough? “A cup a day,” suggests Shukitt-Hale.

The actual components improving brain functions such as memory are not yet understood but trials in animals, and more recently humans, have shown a link between the two and the berries are known to be packed full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which can protect against stressors such as aging, smoking, or consumption of high-fat diets. But eating them doesn’t offset the impact of a poor overall diet “They’re not going to make you superhuman,” warns Shukkitt-Hale.

Research into the benefits of berries in the fight against cardiovascular conditions has been led by Eric Rimm, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. “There really is a strong association with decrease in blood pressure, heart disease and stroke,” he says. The anti-inflammatory compounds in the berries are thought to fight the inflammation caused by daily stress. In research conducted with NASA berries have also shown protection in rats against radiation damage in space, according to Shukitt-Hale.

Go nuts

Whilst this food group as a whole provides benefits to your health, the team at Tufts have identified the perfect storm of compounds inside the walnut. As well as improving memory, they have also been shown to improve bodily movement and control. According to Shukitt-Hale, the walnut contains a multitude of compounds including polyphenols, melatonin, folate, and omega-3. “Systematically they all work together,” she says. If these compounds were consumed in high doses individually, they could be toxic, but “there’s something about the matrix that works together to prevent being toxic.”

Dubost points out the benefits of nuts in general. “It’s all about healthier oils in the body to help protect against heart disease,” says Dubost, although she warns of caloric intake if consuming too many nuts. “[there’s a] high level of fat in them.

” The presence of omega-3 fatty acids can help offset deficiencies in those who dislike eating fish as the version found in the nut can be converted within the body. “If you hate fish, that fatty acid can help substitute for that,” adds Rimm who believes eating the right oils should be a message made loud and clear. “A high fat diet is not bad, you just need the right fats.”

Marvelous mushrooms

“The fungal kingdom is amazing,” says Dubost, whose previous research explored the beneficial antioxidants found in mushrooms ranging from the more common button mushroom, to Portobello, shiitake and oyster mushrooms.

“A lot of people don’t think of mushrooms as being nutritious,” she says. “But they’re really nutrient-dense.” Dubost is keen to stress the importance of compounds other than essential nutrients, such as protein and vitamins, and to highlight those such as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds and others which aid with gene regulation in the body. Mushrooms have been found to be high in potassium, B-vitamins, and antioxidants such as ergothioneine, as well as low in calories, according to Dubost.

However, research into this food group is in its early stages meaning long-term studies of their impact are yet to take place.

Hidden depths of wholegrain

Wholegrain has long been advocated as a component of a healthy diet but its often thought of as a source of fiber, Rimm is keen to point out a lesser appreciated component, in the form lignin.

Lignin is the tough component found in grains which can be broken down by gut bacteria to produce polyphenols with anti-inflammatory properties. This in turn can aid towards lowering blood pressure. The greater the grain, the greater the benefit. “The more grain you can physically see in the bread, the better,” says Rimm.

Coffee break

“A lot of studies have been initiated trying to find something wrong with coffee,” says Rimm, who explains that it has instead been found to be linked to lower rates of diabetes.

The polyphenol in coffee — chlorogenic acid — is a strong antioxidant. “It’s likely to be influencing insulin,” says Rimm, who thinks its protective effects against diabetes stem from this influence, aiding the body’s ability to absorb glucose more readily and put less stress on the pancreas.

Of course, coffee doesn’t agree with everyone and causes side effects such as headaches and insomnia in some people.

The Big Picture

At the core of it all is regularity, as these nutrients are quickly cleared out of the body once consumed. But equally crucial is the variation as highlighted by all three experts. “With superfoods, people want exotic, but many products in your back yard will be beneficial,” says Dubost. “It’s all about major food groups and a variety.” Or as Shukett-Hale puts it, “It’s not about should I eat blueberries or mushrooms, it’s about, ‘should I eat blueberries or chips?'” Not even a food claiming to have superpowers can compensate for a bad diet alongside it.

Contributor: Meera Senthilingam- CNN

Colon and Rectal Cancer Cases are Going up Among People Younger than 50, Researchers Say

Colon and Rectal Cancer Cases are Going up Among People Younger than 50, Researchers Say

Cases of colon and rectal cancer are on the rise in young adults — and the median age of patients diagnosed is getting lower.

Colorectal cancer is the third deadliest cancer among men and women in the United States — after lung and prostate in men and lung and breast in women.

Actor Chadwick Boseman died of colon cancer Friday at age 43 after battling the disease for years.

Colorectal cancer cases among those under 50 have been increasing since the 1990s, according to a March report by the American Cancer Society.

Half of all new diagnoses are in people under age 66, the report said.

The median age is going down

The American Cancer Society recommends regular screening for colon and rectal cancer from age 45. Other health organizations still recommend routine screening starting at age 50.

In 2017 — the most recent data available — 52,547 people died of colorectal cancer nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More younger people have been diagnosed over the years. The American Cancer Society report found that the median age for people diagnosed with colorectal cancer was 72 in 1989. It stayed that way until the early 2000s and then fell to 66 by 2016.

The rate at which people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the United States is dropping among those 65 and older but rising in younger adults.

Scientists knew colorectal cancer cases were going up in younger age groups. “But we were surprised by how fast it is happening,” said Rebecca Siegel, study co-author and scientific director of surveillance research at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta.

“This report is very important because it not only provides a snapshot of the current colorectal cancer burden, but also a window to the future,” Siegel said.

If the increases in younger adults continue, doctors will face unique challenges such as the need for the preservation of fertility and sexual function, as well as the risk of long-term treatment effects because of their extended life expectancy she added.

The obesity epidemic could be a factor

The report included data on colorectal cancer cases and deaths from the National Cancer Institute and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among others.

Based on an analysis of the data, researchers found colorectal cancer cases among people younger than 50 have been increasing since the mid-1990s.

From 2012 to 2016, incidence rates among that age group rose by 2.2% annually and included tumors found in both the colon and the rectum, the study found.

Among adults ages 50 to 64, researchers found that colorectal cancer incidence declined during the 2000s, then reversed course and rose by 1% annually between 2011 and 2016. Among adults ages 65 and older, the study found that a rapid decline in colorectal cancer incidence persisted during the 2000s and that rates fell by 3.3% annually from 2011 to 2016.

“Much of the decline in incidence in older aged adults is because of increased screening, but the cause for rising incidence in younger age groups is still unknown,” Siegel said.

“The obesity epidemic is probably contributing, but doesn’t seem to be the sole cause,” she said. “Diet has a large influence on colorectal cancer risk and there is a lot of research going on looking at how different things we consume, including drugs such as antibiotics, influence gut health, specifically their role in determining the microorganisms that make up our microbiome.”

Doctors should follow up with younger patients

The review also revealed trends in colorectal cancer deaths and determined future projections for the disease.

The analysis found from 2008-2017, colorectal cancer death rates dropped by 3% annually in adults 65 and older and by 0.6% annually in adults ages 50 to 64 — but the rates jumped by 1.3% a year in adults younger than 50.

The report also found that “striking disparities” by race and geography persist, with mortality rates among Alaska Natives almost three times higher than those in whites and about double those in blacks.

As for incidence, during 2012 through 2016, rates ranged from 30 cases per 100,000 people among Asian/Pacific Islanders and 38.6 in Whites to 45.7 in Blacks and 89 in Alaska Natives, according to the data.

There were limitations in the research and scientists were unable to determine exactly why certain declines or increases in colorectal cancer occurred among various age groups.

Yet researchers were able to make some projections in future trends, predicting an estimated 53,200 colorectal cancer deaths in 2020 with an estimated 7%, or 3,640 deaths, in adults younger than 50.

The analysis also projected 147,950 newly diagnosed cases of colorectal cancer in the US this year with about 12%, or 17,930 cases, diagnosed in adults younger than 50.

The analysis may build more consensus for screening before age 50, Siegel said.

Contributors: Jacqueline Howard and Faith Karimi, CNN

How to Prepare for a Wildfire Evacuation (or Other Emergencies)

How to Prepare for a Wildfire Evacuation (or Other Emergencies)

A wildfire can start at any moment, and they can move fast and unpredictably. Preparing for an evacuation should begin before there is any danger.

If your household is under voluntary or potential evacuations, begin to prepare your home and get ready to leave. If mandatory evacuations are ordered, it’s important to leave as fast as possible.

Here are steps to take to prepare for a wildfire evacuation.

Have a plan
Preparations for a wildfire evacuation (or any emergency) should start before there is any danger. Create a family evacuation and communications plan. Make sure to include pets as a part of the plan. Establish a meeting area outside your home if your house is in immediate danger. Stay tuned to phone alerts, TV or radio for the latest emergency instructions or evacuation orders.

“The personal plan should, number 1, be your out-of-state contacts that everyone knows to dial in and report that you’re well and, secondly, the meeting places. You want two designated meeting places in case you don’t have access to your primary meeting place,” says Erica Arteseros of the San Francisco Fire Department.

Prepare your home
If there is time to prepare your home prior to a potential evacuation, follow Cal Fire’s pre-evacuation preparations list for inside and outside your home. If your family or your home are in imminent danger, evacuate immediately.

Important steps for inside your home include keeping your windows unlocked, moving any flammable materials or furniture away from windows to the center of a room and leaving your lights on so firefighters can see through the smoke.

Important steps for outside your home include gathering flammable items and placing them inside your home, turning off and moving propane tanks away from structures and checking on your neighbors to make sure they are preparing to leave.

Assemble an emergency supply kit
Having supplies for each member of your household is an important step for evacuation preparation. Cal Fire recommends having a three-day supply non-perishable food and three gallons of water per person. Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses, a seven-day supply of medications and copies of important documents, such as birth certificates and passports, are also important to pack.

Document your possessions
Finally, document your possessions both inside and outside the home with a cellphone camera. If you haven’t done this in advance, and you have at least a half an hour, do it before you leave.

Amy Bach is with the consumer group United Policyholders. “The things again you wouldn’t be able to replace — antiques, let’s say, ‘here’s a table that I inherited from my grandmother. Here’s another piece of art,'” said Bach.

Don’t forget to videotape capture the exterior of your house as well.

“It’s amazing how often people don’t have a record of their house. How big was it?” asks Bach.

Watch the video provided by ABC7 to see a list of supplies and see Cal Fire’s full emergency supply kit checklist here.