Enough of the ugly sweaters, bottles of booze, and fruit cake (is that still a thing?). You are not doing anyone a favor with those gifts.
This holiday season, give something special. Give the gift of health and wellness.
The following represents our favorite suggestions to support health and wellness for those you really care about.
Do you eat organic food but wear toxic clothing?
In short, the chemicals in clothing, just as in anything else, can raise your disease risk.
Cotton is a heavily sprayed crop (think Roundup) and these chemicals permeate the clothes even after processing. The clothes are also contaminated with bleach, formaldehyde, VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), ammonia and more.
No thank you!
If it says wrinkle free, won’t shrink, flame or stain resistant, water-proof, cling-free and more, run for the hills. It may be more convenient, but it is negatively impacting your health.
Do you remember the toxic uniforms for the American Airlines employees? Many people ended up in the hospital from exposure to the chemicals. They suffered with autoimmune reactions, rashes and some life threatening illnesses.
It is time to go organic with your clothing as much as possible. Finding undergarments, socks, and sweats are easy when you shop at Pact.
PACT Clothing sells the organic cotton products we love because they are organic and stylish. They have everything from workout wear to casual everyday clothing to undergarments to maternity. All their clothing is made from organic cotton. Not only will you be helping to reduce AFIB as we know toxins contribute to it, but you will also be contributing to better health overall for yourself and those who hug you!
Better for your health and better for the environment.
Nothing is more important to health and wellness than quality sunshine. Those who get the most amount of sun, live the longest.
Sunshine is shown to reduce heart attack, stroke, dementia and cancer risk. Sunshine promotes mental wellness too.
But so many of you live in areas where the sun doesn’t shine for much of the year. This leads to serious health problems. I see people from all over the world and the majority come from cities and towns where winter is long and the power of the sun cannot work its magic.
If this is your situation, let me make a suggestion.
Move. Move to a sunny climate like Arizona, Florida, or Texas. Move to the Caribbean or Hawaii or Costa Rica.
Okay, I understand. You have a job or family that holds you back. Or maybe, you love where you live and don’t want to move. So the next best strategy is to take a lot of vacations. At least one vacation every couple of months while you are in the cold and no sun situation.
So pack up your things in January from Minnesota and head to Aruba or Fiji. When you take this trip make sure you soak up the sun at your destination by increasing exposure little by little each day. Don’t burn.
Still not realistic to head off to the islands every year for a week or two? Now we have to get creative. If you can’t take the vacation to the sun, bring the sun to you with a vitamin D lamp.
Sperti makes the most popular vitamin D lamp on the market and for good reason. The lamp is amazing.
The Sperti sunlamp called the Fiji Sun Tanning Lamp is:
The Fiji Sun Tanning Lamp by Sperti provides UVA and UVB exposure. Both of these frequencies are extremely beneficial to your health. The Sperti lamp provides UVA rays to increase nitric oxide, a vasodilator that opens blood vessels AND lowers blood pressure. The Sperti lamp provides UVB rays to make vitamin D in your body.
For years, I have been reading the work of Dr. Michael Holick MD, PhD and he loves the Fiji Sun Lamp from Sperti.
You can learn more about the lamp on their website just by clicking this link.
Instructions for use come with the Sperti. Start slow and gradually build up to 15 minute sessions. Sunshine is your friend and your skin is a solar panel. Give your skin and your body what it needs. Buy a Sperti Sun Lamp
I don’t know about you, but I love to sweat. I just feel better afterwards. Sweating is a great way to detox pollutants and chemicals out of your body.
You can work up a good sweat in two ways: exercise or with a sauna.
Scandanavian countries are the home to the sauna. Studies find that regular sauna users live much longer than those who don’t sauna.
Now get this recent 2017 study. Regular sauna users (4-7x per week) had a 46% lower risk of high blood pressure! This was compared to people who use a sauna less than once per week. You can read the original article here.
Fortunately, there are easy ways to home sauna. But you have to find the best saunas that provide all the benefits but none of the risks. One risk comes from off-gassing materials that intoxicate you rather than detox you. Another risk is from electromagnetic fields (EMF) generated by the power source in the sauna. EMF is a major source of health issues and high blood pressure.
I have done the research and think that Sauna Space is the best product available.
Click here to find out more about Sauna Space. They have two models: The Luminati is for the budget conscious and the Faraday is their ultimate sauna. Both are fantastic options and both are a significant investment. Personally though, I think YOU are worth the investment.
For overall health, sauna at least 4x per week for 30 minute sessions. I prefer to sauna in the late afternoon. I drink plenty of filtered water from our Pristine Hydro system and always replace my minerals with our daily multivitamin.
Humans are hunter-gatherers. Always have been and always will be. Sourcing the highest quality food is of utmost importance. And just in case you don’t hunt or fish, I have two suggestions of food companies that do it right.
Crowd Cow and Vital Choice.
Both of these companies source the healthiest foods in the world. Better for you, better for the animal and better for the planet.
You see, omega-3 from wild salmon, sardines, anchovies and shellfish is one of the BEST strategies to keep your blood pressure in check. Seafood eaters are the healthiest people on the planet and seafood is proven to help lower AFIB risk and stroke risk. And for seafood, the choice is Vital Choice.
Meats such as beef, pork and poultry are fantastic for health as long as they come from grass-fed, ethically raised farm animals. Crowd Cow does just that.
I will warn you ahead of time. Products from Crowd Cow and Vital Choice are more expensive than the big box grocery stories. But as the saying goes, ” you get what you pay for”.
And I think YOU are worth it.
The Wolfson’s buy most of our seafood and meats from these companies. Vital Choice for the seafood and Crowd Cow for the meat. In fact, I bought my Thanksgiving turkey from Crowd Cow. And the wild salmon at Vital Choice is out of this world.
If you are looking for the best seafood including wild salmon, lobster, crab, and more, check out Vital Choice by clicking here.
Crowd Cow has a really cool program. You can shop from dozens of farms that have all kinds of fantastic food. Just click here and start your search for grass-fed beef, lamb, pork and poultry.
When it comes to health and wellness, we need to look at all possible causes of disease. Science tells us that toxins in our environment are a major contributor to sickness. These toxins come from the air, the water and the soil. And they also come from our cookware.
The cookware we use to make our food can be highly toxic. Teflon is known to everyone as a cancer-causing agent and was the subject of an excellent recent film called Dark Waters. But other chemicals in cookware may be just as dangerous as Teflon and include toxic metals and things like PFOA, a known carcinogen.
Stainless steel cookware usually contains tin, nickel and aluminum. These metals get into your food and into your body where they do not belong. Toxic metals interfere with potassium and magnesium leading to AFIB.
Cast iron is loaded with….wait for it….iron. And iron overload is a problem for so many people and can be inflammatory and may raise ferritin levels. High ferritin is linked to high blood pressure according to this study.
The best cookware is quality ceramic and the only company I trust for my family is Xtrema Cookware. We love their products and they are totally affordable. Ceramic products including those from Xtrema are not as durable as cast iron or steel, but fortunately, replacing a broken piece is not too cost prohibitive.
Xtrema has some great deals going on right now so make sure to check out their cookware by clicking here.
Don’t forget to give the gift of health and wellness. Xtrema makes an excellent holiday, birthday or housewarming gift.
How often do you think about the water you drink? We need this critical source of sustenance but don’t often give much thought to the quality of the water.
The fact that we need to consider the quality of our water is a sad state of affairs. After all, millions of years went by and the water was perfect. Whether from a spring or a running stream, our water was pure. All that was in the water was H2O, minerals, and beneficial microbes.
Today, the state of our water supply is quite different. And our health suffers because of it.
The list of harmful pollutants in our water is long and includes references to toxicology, pharmacology, microbiology, metallurgy and inorganic chemistry. Sounds nasty, right? It is.
Pesticides, phthalates, parabens, plastics and pharmaceuticals are in the water system. And that is only the P toxins. Don’t forget about mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, aluminum and other elements including radioactive ones that don’t belong in our bodies. Dangerous microbes such as parasites, bacteria and viruses may be present. And last, but not least, chemicals like volatile organic compounds and perfluorocarbons (Teflon!) are pervasive in our water supply.
Given the above, it is quite clear you cannot drink from the tap or even consider water that is not highly filtered. If you are on a well, you had better test for the above. We recommend using a company called My Tap Score. They have a few options to test your water for over 100 different contaminants. Learn more about My Tap Score here.
Okay, let’s talk about a few options here. My best recommendation is last.
My recommendation, Pristine Hydro. We have used this system for over 5 years. Many of our patients have bought it as well. It has a 6 step purification then adds back minerals, oxygen and structure to approximate a mountain stream.
The added magnesium, potassium, and calcium help to support a healthy heart rhythm. The fact that the other toxins are removed also helps AFIB.
And water from the Pristine Hydro system tastes great.
You can read more and purchase a system by clicking here.
Air pollution is linked to just about every disease. Staying inside certainly isn’t the answer! Indoor air pollution is worse than outdoor, believe it or not.
Outdoor air is polluted from vehicles, factories, farming, and fires.
Indoor air toxins are just as sinister, and maybe even more so, given the standard airtight hermetically sealed homes.
Where are these indoor contaminants coming from? Here are the likely offenders:
These chemicals lead to plenty of health problems from AFIB to cancer to neurologic disease.
If you know me, you know that I love the outdoors. Getting my family outside often is a priority and key to health. But when you are inside, make sure your air is as pure as possible. This means you must get an air purifier.
Air purifiers are proven to lower inflammation according to a 2018 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Anything that lowers inflammation naturally is likely to help lower disease risk.
You can fix your indoor air with the Austin Air Purifier. It is consistently rated as the best air purifier available. We have 3 running full time in our home and one in the office. Even Chuck in our shipping department has one in the warehouse (his adult children work with us and he wants the best in health for them).
Don’t waste another minute in the poison and get an Austin Air purifier today.
Do you feel a sense of awe when viewing a sunset or a sunrise? I think we experience that feeling so we reap the health benefits of the red light wavelength. Nature is amazing and we don’t live in it, we are part of it.
The red light wavelength penetrates the skin and makes the magic happen by fueling the mitochondria to make ATP. This energy currency helps our body to function normally.
We recommend getting outside often to harness the sun’s energy. But many people live in climates where outdoor activities are a little more difficult. Clothing inhibits red light as well.
That is why we recommend red light therapy.
There are 3 ways to get red light therapy:
We have used the Vielight 633 with tremendous success and no risk. See the picture below. Protocols are built into the product. Again, no risk, only benefits. Great way to crank up nitric oxide and lower blood pressure. Buy your VieLight here.
If you are concerned about the health of a loved one, get them the help they need.
With one of our state-of-the-art test kits, the information could help save a life.
Leaky Gut, Mold Mycotoxins, Toxic Metals, and Envirotoxin test kits are a great gift this holiday season.
Buy the test kit and we will send it to the recipient of your generosity. We will also find a local lab if needed. All tests include a review with a Wolfson health coach.
For more information, check out TheDrsWolfson.com/tests
My book, The Paleo Cardiologist, The Natural Way to Heart Health is the perfect choice for someone you care about. Over 200 pages and 300 references.
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