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Give Thanks to Bile – Your #1 Holiday Fat Burner

holiday weight lossThe surprising missing ingredient for effortless detox and weight loss.

Besides reclaiming your skinny gut over the holidays, there’s probably nothing more important than keeping your liver in tip top shape.

Most of us are familiar with herbal liver detoxifiers like milk thistle, Oregon grape root, and dandelion root. But these pale in comparison to the power of your own bile.

Your liver, in its innate wisdom, synthesizes and secretes about 1 ½ quarts of this miraculous substance on a daily basis and then stores it in the gallbladder.

Bile is the daily key to absorbing and assimilating fat as well as serving as the toxic waste dump for excess chemicals, hormones, drugs, heavy metals and other toxins that eventually need to be eliminated by the body. Continue reading →

Reclaim Your Skinny Gut Over the Holidays

skinny gutThe 16 Super GI Cleansers

Thanksgiving is less than a week away…November 27th will be upon us in no time.

Besides the pleasure of spending time with beloved family and friends, and expressing gratitude for our many blessings, there’s something else to look forward to…bountiful food!

Americans consume nearly 740 million pounds of turkey every Thanksgiving. And, that’s on top of the plethora of other traditional (and generally carb-laden) side dishes and desserts. With so much food to digest, you can become bloated for hours, or worse, backed up for days. Continue reading →

7 Surprising Ways to Fight Colds and Flu

boost immunityThe Best ‘East Meets West’ Tips for Immunity

With temperatures plummeting around the country, cold and flu season will be upon us in no time.

There was such an overwhelming response to my recent blog Viral Vigilance that I knew this was a topic that needed further expansion.

And, as one of my doctor readers pointed out, I neglected to mention one of  the most foundational supplements for strong immunity—probiotics, the beneficial bacteria residing in your digestive tract.

How could I have forgotten that 60% of your immune system’s receptor cells are in the colon and another 15% are in the lower part of the small intestine?

That means 75% of your immune system resides in your gut, so this is your first line of defense and your greatest ally in the fight against both viral and bacterial infections. Continue reading →

The 3-Day Fat Flush

Many of you have heard about the 3-Day Fat Flush that’s all over the internet this week…
3-Day Fat Flush Plan

My 3-Day Fat Flush can help to correct a broken metabolism, ward off insulin resistance, reduce inflammation and give your system a mini-cleanse for a fresh start to the holiday season!

Whether you simply need a kickstart to lose weight and get your health in order…

Or you’ve already been losing weight and you’ve hit a plateau…

It’s time to lose 3-5 pounds in a flush!

This fast and simple plan combines two successful weight loss strategies for a special liquid Flush with really fast results!

  • Fat Flush Hot Metabolism Cocktail - supports liver and thyroid function while helping to cleanse the GI tract and kidneys
  • Omega Protein-Rich Smoothies – satisfies hunger with enzyme-rich fruits, green veggies and clean protein Continue reading →

Skin Signals: What Your Face Reveals About Your Health

what skin says about healthYFH helps where dermatologists failed—and reveals hidden health issues that the typical physical would never find.

When Shira M. signed up for a HealthPrint+ blood test she wasn’t really thinking about her future health. After all, she was a healthy young woman—she didn’t have to worry about cholesterol or cancer yet, right?

What did worry her was the cystic acne that had plagued her for years. “It was all over my face, red and bumpy” said Shira. “I’d had it since puberty. I’d tried everything, and it never went away.”

Shira is smart and outgoing—but the acne took its toll on her confidence.

“I was always nervous that people were just focusing on my skin and how awful it was. And I hated having my picture taken,” says Shira. “I always thought everyone was staring at me.” Continue reading →

A Delectable Dessert for Fall

pumpkin pie Spice Up an Old Favorite with a Gluten-Free Makeover

‘Tis the season for warming soups, stews, and…pumpkin pie!

So, instead of giving up on this festive treat, I decided to give it a gluten- and dairy-free superfoods makeover—complete with super seasonings and super sweeteners that are a healthier choice than regular sugar OR agave OR artificial sweeteners like Splenda and even xylitol.

That wasn’t hard to do because as you know from my pumpkin blog, pumpkins happen to be extremely rich in nutritional value to begin with.

While surprisingly low in calories, pumpkins deliver a powerful potassium punch in just one cup of mashed.

With nearly 600 mg of this heart and cortisol-balancing mineral—1/3 more potassium than a banana—they are also an unexpected source of fiber and carotenoids.

Pumpkins offer up more than 2,000 mcg of the vision-protecting carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin—with a decent supply of B complex vitamins and manganese—a trace mineral so important in reducing the swelling, pain, and stiffness in joints.


Here is a quick run-down of some of the other flavorful, highly healthy ingredients that my pumpkin pie contains and that you may already have on hand:

Cinnamon – The spice that can spice up your health, too.  A mere ½ teaspoon per day helps to level out blood sugar and can also alleviate arthritic pain. Ceylonese cinnamon is the variety of choice.

Nutmeg – An antibacterial spice that is known for improving circulation and concentration while calming down the stomach.  A sleep promoter.

Mace – A warming spice that supports smooth digestion.

Ginger – An anti-inflammatory spice, ginger is liver supportive and normalizes blood pressure while acting as a fat-burning agent and flu buster.

Cloves – Strongly aromatic, cloves tonify the stomach, kidneys, and spleen providing immune-enhancing benefits.

Allspice – The name says it all—a combination of the aromatic flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves.

Maple Syrup – My sweetener of choice because it may actually be good for your liver! The liver, as you may recall from my Fat Flush books, is your number one weight loss stumbling block. A liver overloaded with toxins cannot efficiently burn body fat and will sabotage your weight loss efforts. The latest research on this natural sweetener suggests that it not only protects liver function but can decrease elevated liver enzymes.  It contains nearly 25 antioxidants, minerals and vitamins—so does have more redeeming nutritional perks than the white stuff.

Date Sugar – An underappreciated  high-fiber sugar filled with minerals including magnesium, calcium, and potassium.

pumpkin pie recipeHere’s my Holiday Pumpkin Pie Recipe:

1/2 cup almond meal
1 cup almond flour
1 egg
2 tablespoons butter, melted

1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup date sugar
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 cups unsweetened canned pumpkin
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon mace
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the meal and flour. Beat egg with the melted butter and pour into almond mixture. Stir well. Press into a 9 or 10-inch pie plate. As mixture may be sticky, place a layer of plastic wrap over the mixture and press it into the pie plate. When the mixture is evenly pressed into the plate, discard plastic. Bake the crust about 12 minutes or until starts to brown. Let cool. Combine the coconut milk, pumpkin and eggs. Add the maple syrup and date sugar. Stir in the spices and vanilla and mix until smooth. Pour the filling into the nut crust and bake for one hour or until a tooth pick inserted into the center of the pie comes out clean.  Let cool for one hour. Pie can be served chilled. Refrigerate leftover pie.

Bonus Tip: Take Y-C Cleanse before bed and upon arising the next day. All sugars can potentially still feed yeast.

Do leave your comments and let me know what you do to make your pumpkin pie recipe a family favorite!


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Viral Vigilance

virus10 Steps to Outsmart a Virus

Viruses are everywhere in the news these days—and not just Ebola.

Ten states have reported an outbreak of a mysterious flu-like virus causing severe respiratory illness in kids.  Enterovirus is now being investigated.

In Kansas City, Missouri alone, more than 300 cases of respiratory illnesses were reported last month, according to the state Department of Health. In about 15% of the cases, children were placed in an intensive care unit.

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Become a Breast Health Warrior

Breast HealthHonor Breast Health Awareness Month by Taking Care of You!

When my best friend was recently diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer, the breast cancer epidemic really hit home for me and I went into overdrive.

Like so many others who have breast cancer today (approximately 1 in 8 of us) there was no prior history of breast cancer in my best friend’s family.

So I naturally embarked on a frantic research mission to update myself and her regarding the best lifestyle choices, supplements and healing foods to help strengthen her system and prevent re-occurrence in the future. Continue reading →

Pumpkin Power!

pumpkinsSeasonal Strategy for Fall Superfoods.

The influence of the seasons on the delicate balance of your body is one of the most vital but overlooked aspects of total health.

There is an amazing organic synchronicity between the foods that grow naturally in your locale in each season and the physiological challenges presented by the changes in weather, daylight hours, and plummeting temperatures.

Besides, buying foods that are in season (www.FruitandVeggiesMoreMatters.org tells which these are), can save you as much as 75% on your produce bill. Continue reading →

Discover the Accidental Anti-Aging Secret

anti-aging secretHow this “Fountain of Youth” formula can benefit you NOW…


Just by “word of mouth,” this product has been a continual best seller for almost 15 years.

What a remarkable record when you consider how many “new” cutting edge compounds are introduced into the marketplace every day with millions of dollars fueling aggressive marketing campaigns.

Health Sciences Institute, one of the foremost newsletters in the country, was the first to uncover the “miracle” formula with a front page cover story (over ten years ago) that sung its praises:

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