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Tara Skye Goldin,N.D. Newsletter Newsletter Subtitle
October 2008

Greetings!

Fall is here! Everywhere I look outside I see leaves turning gold and my garden is full of pumpkins ripening to orange. This is also a good tome to evaluate your immune system. As the weather turns cooler and children are indoors in school more of the day we know that cold and flu season will be right around the corner. Now is the time to bolster the immune system with nourishing foods, habits and some extra vitamins and herbal support. Limit sugar, especially with Halloween coming, and make sure that you are getting adequate exercise and sleep. I will have a lot of good information in this newsletter to help get you through the fall and winter season with nary a cold or flu, or if you do get one, perhaps it will be a milder version of what everyone else is passing around! Be well and enjoy the fall foliage!

in this issue
Get Your Immune System in Great Shape! Olive Leaf Extract's Antiviral Qualities All About Astragalus. My favorite Immune building herb! Info About the Reishi Mushroom A New Take on Psychoneuroimmunology Pumpkin Soup Recipes - Beyond Pumpkin Pie!

Olive Leaf Extract's Antiviral Qualities

The Bible refers to the olive tree as the "tree of life". Olives, the ripe fruit of the tree, yield healthy monounsaturated fats and phytochemicals that act as potent antioxidants. Research on the benefits of olive oil abounds in scientific literature. Yet, people are still not aware of the amazing healing powers of another component of the olive tree, the leaves. From Health Talk Website


All About Astragalus. My favorite Immune building herb!

This fact sheet provides basic information about the herb astragalus-common names, uses, potential side effects, and resources for more information. Native to China, astragalus has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. In the United States, the herb gained popularity in the 1980s. There are actually over 2,000 species of astragalus; however, the two related species Astragalus membranaceus and Astragalus mongholicus are the ones primarily used for health purposes. From the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine


Info About the Reishi Mushroom

Derived from the cap and stem of the mushroom. The active constituents are thought to include both beta- glucan polysaccharides and triterpenes (1). Reishi mushroom is used as an immune stimulant by patients with HIV or cancer. Extracts of Reishi can stimulate macrophages and alter the levels of TNF and interleukins (8) (10) (11) (12). In clinical studies, Reishi increased plasma antioxidant capacity (14) (15) and enhanced immune responses in advance- stage cancer patients (13). Reishi was also shown to inhibit platelet aggregation (2) (4) (9). Studies done in rats have shown that reishi extract may alleviate chemotherapy-induced nausea (17). Adverse events reported include dry nose and throat, nausea, vomiting and other GI symptoms. Theoretically, Reishi can interfere with the actions of immunosuppressants, anticoagulants, and certain chemotherapeutic agents. From Sloan Ketterling


A New Take on Psychoneuroimmunology

Even though doctors have all but rejected the idea that going out in the winter with wet hair causes colds, many mothers still insist it's a recipe for illness. Those moms may soon have data on their side from some new research linking stress and the immune system. From the American Psychological Association


Pumpkin Soup Recipes - Beyond Pumpkin Pie!

I have had a pretty decent pumpkin year in my smallish garden! I have several small to medium pumpkins turning more orange by the day! While I love making pies out of them, I decided to branch out to soups after becoming very fond of a pumpkin coconut soup from Whole Foods last winter. So here are some recipes and we can try them and compare! From Cooking.com


Get Your Immune System in Great Shape!

As fall is deepening and more of us are spending more time indoors at school, work, etc, viruses and bacteria have more of a chance to spread from one person to another. While contagion can more easily pass from one person to another , the best defense for the immune system in this case is a good offense in having a rocking immune system! Here are some simple things you can do to get ready for winter this year.

1. Wash your hands! More germs are spread from hands than any other part of the body. Plain old soap and water will do. That is actually more effective. While hand cleaning lotions are OK in a pinch, they may also exacerbate the problem because they contain antibacterials which can promote the growth of resistant strains , or superbugs.

2. Take probiotics on a regular basis. Having the proper gut flora helps to mediate a complex reaction which in turn supports a strong immune system.

3. Regularly take herbs Astragalus and Reishi mushrooms. These will help to build and strengthen your immune system over the long haul. These herbs may not be so effective in the short term if you catch a cold or flu.

4. Vitamin C taken regularly also helps to strengthen the immune system.

5. Get plenty of good deep sleep. During sleep is when your body repairs and regenerates cells and detoxifies. If you are unable to get adequate rest such as if you are a new parent or any other reason , then it is imperative that you use nutrition supplements and herbs to give your immune system that extra boost. And if you are having a sleep disorder, please have it treated.

6. Identify and eliminate a much as possible any negative stresses in your life. Stress can deplete your immune system. Some stresses are more easily eliminated than others, but the main thing is to have a game plan for reducing stress. Being proactive is a great way to feel more in control of stress. While this may seem simplistic, I think everyone can get the idea that with some long term planning one can change many things in life for the better.

7. A good immune system also is interrelated to your mental outlook. Research has shown that depressed people get ill more often.

8. Last but not least, eat a balanced organic diet, avoid sugar, tobacco, alcohol and caffeine and get adequate exercise. Have a great Fall!

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