Posted by: Chris Maloney | May 21, 2012

Examining Dr. Andrew Weil’s 5 Holistic Health Secrets Explained On The Dr. Oz Show

Holistic health, body, mind, heart, soul

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Dr. Andrew Weils 5 Holistic Health Secrets | The Dr. Oz Show.

Holistic Health Secrets seems to be a shorthand for “supplements you should take.”  More specifically, it relates directly to “supplements you should take if you happen to be Dr. Andrew Weil.”  Taking these supplements if you were say, a child of fourteen, would not necessarily be the best choice.

Here are the five holistic health secrets.

Huperzine A and Phosphatidyl Serine-If you have mild dementia, then Huperzine is a reasonable choice.  It has small positive human studiesPhosphatidyl Serine is equivalent.

Red Yeast Extract and Niacin–  If you have high cholesterol, these are decent options.  The red yeast extract has all the benefits and possible side effects of the statin drugs.  Niacin has fewer side effects, but can result in a flushing response that many people find intolerable.

40 mg of fiber-  The method of getting fiber, eating lots of fruit, meets all my wishes for a good recommendation.

Antioxidants: beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, COQ10 – If you’ve read the End To Illness, Dr. Agus does a very good job of pointing out that these cocktails of synthetic vitamins may not benefit anyone.  I prefer the fruit and vegetable recommendation instead.

Gratitude journal and 4-7-8 breathing.  I think the first thing in my gratitude journal would be that I don’t have to master the complicated, and frankly odd, 4-7-8 breathing.  I’m switching it around below.

Simplifying the five holistic health secrets and making them more globally useful.

1) Eat only good fats, in reasonable quantity.  These will provide the raw materials you need for brain function, as well as provide you with the raw materials to avoid high cholesterol levels by providing you with high density lipoproteins to head things off before they start.

2)  Eat fruits and vegetables as if it’s your job.  Seriously, your grocery basket should be pretty full by the time you exit the produce section of the supermarket.  Looking into your grocery basket tells you everything you need to know about how your health is this week.

3)  Learn to breath.  We all need a refresher course from time to time.  Breath in for a count of four, hold for a count of four, and exhale forcefully for a count of four.  Try 4-4-4 breathing every time you get stressed by the world (which is, for most of us, constantly).


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