A time to grow

Upon my return from the LifeVantage Global convention, I found new inspiration to write. Not about business, products, medicine, science, financial future and success, but about personal growth.

Personal growth

How do I become a better person and a better leader? John C. Maxwell, author of  “The 15 invaluable laws of growth,” answered this question by writing, “do the right things”! After reexamining “the laws of personal growth” in my own life, I feel empowered to do the right things. Like loving people… truly loving them: whole-heartedly helping others and being kind without the promise of reward or recognition.

To organize the day by building a system of “proper habituality.” To begin every morning in prayer, thankful for health and love, and to set aside a few minutes for personal development with reading, listening, and meditating.

To minimize “comfortable distractions” and increase productivity, creativity and accountability.

I love having a “daily mode of operations”, scheduling plans for the future, and setting weekly/monthly goals, but it’s hard to actually follow up.

Do the right things by being a leader who provides genuine, constant, and consistent support without micromanaging.

Do the right things by being a leader who listens, understands, and guides; not one who criticizes and patronizes.

Do the right things by believing in the right things, and acting from the heart.

Intentions are good, but words are cheap. Actions are so much better.

Bottom line:

  • I believe in myself and in the power of the “right things”,
  • I believe in the power of helping others without expecting reward or thanks.
  • I believe in the power of daily “habitual” personal development.
  • I believe in the greatness of every person.
I BELIEVE.

A Doctor Who Markets an Avenue of Health

A doctor that makes a difference

I love being a doctor; but today’s blog is not about medicine, proper food or supplements. I had always wanted to follow my mother steps. She was a natural born healer, but going through my first medical school in Soviet Union, my heart wasn’t into it. It didn’t feel like my call. However, when I came to Canada, becoming a doctor indeed hit home for me: I love medicine through my microscope of cancer searching and being in the “club of surgical exclusivity”. I love the smell of operating room. I just love being a doctor and hope I make my mom proud and help people in their search for help, and even diagnosing breast cancer.

The power of belief

But I also love being a network marketer, which I began in 2013. It’s both the hardest and most rewarding profession. Proper network marketing is all about belief. If one believes in selling the “best soap ever”, it will be. It is a genuine power of belief in the products, science, company and people.

But why is it so hard to succeed?

Consistency, continuity and repetition

Network marketing is about consistency, continuity and repetition. It doesn’t matter how successful you are, every month starts with zeroes in the account and consistency, continuity and repetition again. That’s why one cannot succeed in this business without belief, and indeed, commitment. Honesty, integrity, professionalism and love for people don’t hurt either.  It’s a “grind with a passion, belief and love”!!!

What is there for me and why do I “stick” to this “pyramid scheme”?

As previously indicated, not only do I build my pyramid of love, but it certainly makes me a better, stronger, kinder and more committed person. So very often it is tempting and it would be so much easier to quit. Becoming a better person and a better leader is all about not quitting and searching for “easy”!

Leaving a legacy that opens an avenue of health

Network marketing is about helping yourself while helping others; and it is about building my legacy helping people to build their fortunes.  My legacy is about helping people make educated health choices and opening the avenue of health towards things people don’t know exists. This type of marketing happens through a word of mouth that makes people aware of their opportunity for health for life freedom.   This journey is about supporting people through thick and thin, while I give them my heart.

Robert Kyosaki, author, entrepreneur and motivator states:

“One of the beauties of network marketing is that it focuses on developing your emotional intelligence as well as your business skills”.

I send you all my love and wish for you all to try this amazing, hard, but soul searching,“becoming a better you,” business.

sveta

 

 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukkah!

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My amazing friends and followers!

I am so blessed, and thank to Karen Schenk, to connect with all of you on my blog.

From the bottom of my heart, I would love to wish you a very Merry Christmas and very Happy Chanukkah! Happy and healthy New year to all of you, your families, friends and everyone near and dear to you!

Please enjoy yourselves, family and friends!

This is a season of happiness, love and indeed resolutions to better us: health, wellness, everything.

Happy Holidays my friends, thank you for breathing me with oxygen of love, inspiration, hope, faith and gratitude.

Happy New Year,

sveta

 

Doctor, healer and levels of evidence

Let me start with thfullsizerender-jpge definitions of a doctor and a healer. A doctor is a qualified practitioner of medicine; a physician.  A healer is the one who restores to original purity or integrity.

As a doctor, I am always struggling with this question: am I a healer?

A mother delights in her children’s healing

I have met Hugh Lynn an amazingly beautiful young woman approximately 3 months ago. Hugh Lynn has three children: the oldest one, Mason was wheelchair bound at the time of meeting; he was born with cerebral palsy, the youngest, Austin, just over a year old toddler, was covered in the most severe eczema I have ever seen. I have revisited with Hugh Lynn and kids couple days ago and was img_1309broken into tears seeing Mason walking, and the youngest one, Austin, with almost cleared skin. Hugh Lynn bravely put her kids on NRF2 protandim 3 months ago. Mason speech therapist joined us into discussion with his feed back on Mason’s amazing cognitive improvement.

Well, there are no double blind placebo randomized control img_1311studies on protandim and cerebral palsy and should we “vehemently” oppose the supplements for the kids for the same reasons?

Not enough evidence, other MD’s would say.  I am not sure, whether Hugh Lynn needs to see the double blind placebo control studies now, because she is watching her sons improvement. Is there a greater joy for a mother to see her children get better and me, as a healer to see patient’s benefits?

I am also truly puzzled as to why a lot of allopathic physicians are “closed minded”, aka not open to alternative methods of medicine?

Let me get into the studies now.

Evidence based medicine

Is it due to conventional training methods, which are indeed drug oriented, or desire to practice “evidence based medicine”?

Let’s refer to definition of the Oxford (UK) CEBM Levels of Evidence, “Most of the evidence ranking schemes grade evidence for therapy and prevention, but not for diagnostic tests, prognostic markers, or harm. The Oxford CEBM Levels of Evidence addresses this issue and provides ‘Levels’ of evidence for claims about prognosis, diagnosis, treatment benefits, treatment harms, and screening.

The original CEBM Levels was first released in September 2000 for Evidence-Based On Call to make the process of finding evidence feasible and its results explicit. As published in 2009 they are:

1a: Systematic reviews (with homogeneity) of randomized controlled trials
1b: Individual randomized controlled trials (with narrow confidence interval)
1c: All or none randomized controlled trials
2a: Systematic reviews (with homogeneity) of cohort studies
2b: Individual cohort study or low quality randomized controlled trials (e.g. <80% follow-up)
2c: “Outcomes” Research; ecological studies
3a: Systematic review (with homogeneity) of case-control studies
3b: Individual case-control study
4: Case series (and poor quality cohort and case-control studies)
5: Expert opinion without explicit critical appraisal, or based on.”

As many of you aware, I am proud to be a LifeVantage distributor. LifeVantage is front-runner in Nutrigenomics (nutrigenomics is research focusing on identifying and understanding molecular-level interaction between nutrients and other dietary bioactives with the genome).

Randomized double blind placebo control human studies

Bringing these “pioneering” supplements, we are all faced with challenge to level of evidence to validity and health benefits.

The frequent question I am asked by physicians is: are there any double blind placebo randomized control human clinical trials?

Before I dive into the answer, here is the quote from Gugiu, PC; Westine, CD; Coryn, CL; Hobson, KA (3 April 2012). “An application of a new evidence grading system to research on the chronic care model”. Eval Health Prof. 36 (1): 3–43. doi:10.1177/0163278712436968. 2014.

“The limitations to the levels of evidence are:  the hierarchy of evidence produced by a study design has been questioned, because guidelines have “failed to properly define key terms, weight the merits of certain non-randomized controlled trials, and employ a comprehensive list of study design limitations”.

As a healer, my main purpose is to make a person feel better, whether it is less pain, more energy, better vitality or mobility.

What do I do if the supplement, vitamin, ingredient or remedy doesn’t have a double blind placebo randomized control human study validation?

Do I deny the person health benefit of the product?

“Longer lifespan in male mice treated with a weakly estrogenic agonist, an antioxidant, an a-glucosidase inhibitor or a Nrf2-inducer”, study conducted by The National Institute on Aging Interventions Testing Program (ITP) and published in the Aging Cell (2016) 15, pp872–884, is a milestone study, however many sceptics, including health care professionals, only see: it is a mice, not a human study.

A longer life

Well, for once, I would love to live longer and I would love to know what could I do to live longer and not to wait for human couple generations to follow up the conclusions study. Indeed, it will take few generations to conduct human study of this magnitude and I will not be around then. It’s a great idea and I do want my successors to benefit from longer life, but I want to live long and healthier too.

So, let’s get reasonable.

Research and testing results in a patient’s well being

In conclusion, indeed, as a licensed medical practitioner, I do need to practice evidence-based medicine, but as a licensed medical practitioner, I need to keep my “antennas” on every possible health advance, whether is it allopathic or naturopathic. I cannot harm neither my patients, not my friends or family with my medical recommendations. Indeed, before I suggest a natural product or take anything myself, I will do an extensive “read” around the topic with my source of information to be searched on www.pubmed.gov, but if I don’t see double blind randomized control human studies, I will search for every bit of evidence available on the NIH (National Institute of Health) digital database library website, consult the best expert in the area of interest, with my number one priority: the patient’s well being and health improvement.

Let’s thrive to health and longevity.

From my heart to yours,

Sincerely

sveta

Knowledge is Power. The ABC’s of 2016

 

img_6120I am so very happy to introduce to you my first guest writer and a dear, dear friend of mine, Keri Lynn! She has an amazing heart full of love and kindness toward all people. Keri is an entrepreneur and owner of TriPow, the “pure premium power” company. They provide the most amazing source of premium power, a blue-green algae called spirulina.

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“Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is one of the most widely researched foods on the planet! It was described by the United Nations World Food conference of 1974 as the “best food for the future.” This is because Spirulina contains the highest concentration of nutrients of almost any food.  Complete with digestible vegetable protein (60-70%), beta carotene, GLA, Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to name a few.”

Knowledge is power. The ABC’s of 2016 – Keri Lynn

Do you ever lie in bed at night and wonder about the insanity? Instead of deep REM sleep, I sometimes ponder the state of our world health, and who this week will receive the dreaded cancer diagnosis. I worry about our sick environment and the corruption where money truly seems to be the root of all evils with politics and many big Industries. (Maybe I should get cable as a distraction!)

Emotions and its affect on your health

It can be overwhelming to me as I’m a parent worried about the fate of my children. Every day is a conscious decision to stay balanced, grounded and positive. As the father of modern psychology said, “By changing the inner attitude of our minds, we can change the outer aspects of our lives!”  Emotions can have strong immediate effects on our health both physiologically & psychologically. Instead of allowing fear or anger to have debilitating effects, I use them to initiate change. I’ve been attending lectures from researchers, and delving into published articles and studies, and it is becoming apparent that positive shifts happening! Change is imminent as our lives literally depend on it!
Historian Henry Buckle wrote, “Although the origin of a new opinion may be thus due to a single man, the result which the new opinion produces depends on the condition of the people among whom it is propagated.”

Disease and our environment

Why is this relevant? There is a connection between the exponential rise in diseases and the environment. The cost of healthcare is exceeding our ability to fund it. The rise of discontent in our medical system is evident by the rise in popularity of alternative practitioners and medical tourism. People are waking up and demanding change because the current conditions we live in are making us sick.

The chemical revolution

In the 1970’s, there was a chemical revolution where approximately 85,000 chemicals were approved for commercial use. There is closer to 100,000 chemicals currently. I wish the ABC’s were as simple today as back in the 60’s. C is for cookie…and today carcinogens! The list is massive: Atrazine, Acrylates, Benzophenone, Butoxyethanol, Coal Tars, Dioxins, Ethanolamine, Fragrance, Parabens and the list goes on. More than 90% of these chemicals have never been tested for their effects on human health. CDC researchers have measured BPA (one of the most toxic chemicals) in 93% of urine samples from a broad national sample of adults. BPA has been found in urine, breast milk, amniotic fluid and cord blood of babies, along with flame retardants, fuels and solvents to name just a few.

Beauty industry chemicals add to toxic overload

Canada ranks tops in the global beauty market. Many of the chemicals in the lotions, potions and anti aging products are also adding to the toxic overload. The total exposure of personal care products, household products, food, air and water all adds up. Linked to organ toxicity, heavy metal poisoning, endocrine disruption, hormonal imbalance, cancer & inevitably death, isn’t it time we said no?
A friend of mine fighting cancer just had a toxicology report done which revealed high levels of about 30 noxious chemicals. The test is around $1300 and tells quite a sad story! History shows that early exposure to toxins, determines later increased risk. Did these toxins come from a chemical bath in utero transferred from the generations? Are they from the workplace environment? Is it the chemical sprays and GMO foods? We can only connect the dots looking back and make changes going forward. It breaks my heart.

Let’s make a healthier planet

We all wake up and make informed, conscious decisions each day. It’s a choice to live clean and eat clean for health. One of the best things we can do is AVOID the toxic chemicals making us sick. Also, understand food is medicine. Dandelions are some of the most medicinal, blood purifying plants on the earth, yet somehow they have been construed as a noxious weed & sprayed with harmful herbicides. When the perfect yard becomes a picture of beautiful, yellow flowers, we will have a much healthier planet.
Fill your body with plants in all colours of the rainbow. The high antioxidants and pigments in these superfoods help counteract the toxic burden we carry. Detoxification is not a fad word, but crucial in the environment we live in. Think green plants to support your liver, clean your body and build your blood.

You can make a difference

In time, small changes will make a difference. We may not have 100% control with the exposure to environmental toxins, however we can step into our power and clean out the fridge, cupboards, makeup bags and cleaning cabinets. Keep it simple! Energy goes where intention flows! Be aware and don’t buy into the brainwashing attempts to sucker you into purchasing poison.

Hope for the future

It’s exciting to see more natural products on the market today. We have an incredible network of passionate people in our city that have gifts of knowledge to share. Get networking and learn how to make your own safe and natural beauty products and cleaners. Check out your health food stores, often staffed with holistic nutritionists. Farmers markets are bustling with health conscious vendors and shoppers supporting local, organic and handmade.

There are many initiatives of like-minded people collectively fighting for change. Together we can, and will all make the difference so there is hope for the future.

Wishing you all much health & vitality!

Kerri Lynn

 

References
NDPgroup.ca
Ewg.org
WHO
Journal of medical Food 2007
Statista.com
state of the evidence Janet Gary PHD
What’s out there making us sick. Dr. Genuis

Please visit Keri-Lynn at the Strathcona Farmers market every Saturday morning or please visit her website:
tripow.ca

From my heart to yours with love,

Sveta

In loving memory of my mom

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This week is a celebration of my mother, Wera Zholubovsky’s life: it’s been 16 years since she has left and re-united with God, leaving me and others with her legacy of love, kindness and care for people. It’s my hope that I have inherited some of her wonderful genes to live to my mother’s legacy of spreading the word of kindness, love and helping people.

Please allow me to quote some famous people:

“Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving-kindness.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

“We all are so deeply interconnected; we have no option but to love all. Be kind and do good for any one and that will be reflected. The ripples of the kind heart are the highest blessings of the Universe.”
― Amit RayYoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style

Today is a very short, but oh so meaningful blog, just love and kindness from my heart to yours.

Sveta

Power of Cruciferous Superfoods

IMG_9652In memory of Karen Seleznow and Tzvi Atzmon.

Each day, my thoughts surround what it takes to thrive to health. Health is a synergy of happiness of family, relationships, great food, regular exercise and proper supplementation.  Today’s blog is all about great nutrient dense food. And let’s quote our mothers: “Eat your broccoli”!

Cruciferous vegetables are the true kings of plant based nutrient dense diet. Some of these vegetables are kale, brussels sprouts and broccoli.

I try to have at least one representative of the cruciferous family daily. I choose them in a variety of formats. They can be in green juice, smoothies, steamed or roasted. Did you know that cruciferous vegetables must be chopped, crushed or chewed well for the maximum health and medical benefits? Read more

Turmeric, the pillar of health

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In the last few years, I have developed a true fascination and admiration for turmeric, or CURCUMA LONGA (turmeric plant), which belongs to the ginger family.

I have searched the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health website (www.pubmed.gov), and I discovered that 3,666 articles have been published about turmeric since 1945. 1,127 of these articles link the healing properties of turmeric with cancer prevention. I have found that turmeric has disease prevention and therapeutic qualities, as you can see in the chart below.

Curcumin

Turmeric has been used medicinally since ancient times and dates back nearly 4,000 years to the Vedic culture in India, where it was used as a culinary spice and had some religious significance. It probably reached China by 700 AD, East Africa by 800 AD, West Africa by 1200 AD, and Jamaica by the 1700’s. In 1,280 AD, Marco Polo described this spice as having qualities similar to saffron. Sanskrit medical treatises and Ayurvedic and Unani systems record a long history of the medicinal use of turmeric in South Asia.

Turmeric and its active ingredient, curcumin, have been proven to possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anticarcinogenic activities. Additionally, it shows hepato and nephro (liver and kidney) protection. It is also hypoglycemic and antirheumatic.

Let me briefly mention the composition of turmeric. It contains moisture (>9%), curcumin (5–6.6%), extraneous matter (<0.5% by weight), mould (<3%), and volatile oils (<3.5%). Nutritional analysis shows that 100 g of turmeric contains 390 kcal, 10 g total fat, 3 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0.2 g calcium, 0.26 g phosphorous, 10 mg sodium, 2500 mg potassium, 47.5 mg iron, 0.9 mg thiamine, 0.19 mg riboflavin, 4.8 mg niacin, 50 mg ascorbic acid, 69.9 g total carbohydrates, 21 g dietary fiber, 3 g sugars, and 8 g protein.

If you indeed paid attention to the long list of components, you noticed that curcumin, the active ingredient, composes only 5 to 6.6 % of turmeric. I hope that answers the skeptics’ question, “Why is turmeric supplementation necessary as opposed to a daily curry lunch or dinner or a sprinkling of turmeric powder on salads!”

Simply put, it’s NOT ENOUGH!!

In addition to this, curcumin is known for its poor oral bioavailability. This may be explained by its poor absorption, high rate of metabolism, inactivity of metabolic products and/or rapid elimination and clearance from the body. Curcumin metabolites are found in feces and not in urine. Interestingly, after termination of dietary curcumin intake, tissue levels of curcumin decline rapidly to unquantifiable amounts within 3 to 6 hours.

Even with such a small concentration in the cells, why is curcumin so medically and magically potent?

It turns out that curcumin modulates numerous molecular targets by altering their gene expression, signaling pathways, and through direct interaction.

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Curcumin has been demonstrated to have a wide spectrum of pharmacological properties. Multiple therapeutic activities of curcumin have also been considered to be associated with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Curcumin likely exerts its inhibitory effect on cancer development by several mechanisms such as the inhibition of carcinogen activation and stimulation of carcinogen detoxification, prevention of oxidative DNA damage, and its capacity to reduce inflammation. Curcumin exhibits inhibition and decrease in all three stages of carcinogenesis:

  1. Initiation
  2. Promotion
  3. Progression

It has promising chemopreventive and therapeutic potential for various cancers including leukemia, lymphoma, cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, genitourinary system, breast, ovary, head, neck, lung, and skin.

Turmeric is a potent antioxidant, scavenging free radicals, increasing antioxidant enzymes, and protecting lipids peroxidation. It is neuroprotective via upregulating antioxidants like catalase and super-oxide-dismutase.

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Regarding its safety profiles, curcumin is considerably safe with minimal side effects, which include diarrhea and nausea as well as increased serum alkaline phosphatase and lactate dehydrogenase levels. Curcumin dosages of up to 8 g/day have been taken for 3 months without serious adverse effect in clinical trials.

Overall, turmeric is an amazing disease prevention and therapeutic remedy.
I would strongly encourage you to research it online. And, yes, add it rather liberally to your nutrient dense plant based diet, make turmeric or ginger tea, and, indeed, consider turmeric supplementation.

To our health, with love and God’s blessings,

Sveta

References

  1. Cancer Prevention with Promising Natural Products: Mechanisms of Action and Molecular Targets.
    ARTICLE in ANTI-CANCER AGENTS IN MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY · MAY 2012
    Breast Cancer Res Treat (2010) 122:777–785 DOI 10.1007/s10549-009-0612-x
    PRECLINICAL STUDY
    Targeting breast stem cells with the cancer preventive compounds curcumin and piperine
    Madhuri Kakarala • Dean E. Brenner • Hasan Korkaya • Connie Cheng • Karim Tazi • Christophe Ginestier • Suling Liu • Gabriela Dontu • Max S. Wicha
  2. NEUROGASTROENTEROLOGY AND MOTILITY DISORDERS OF THE GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT (S RAO, SECTION EDITOR)
    Chili Peppers, Curcumins, and Prebiotics in Gastrointestinal Health and Disease
    Tanisa Patcharatrakul1,2 & Sutep Gonlachanvit1,3
  3. Bioavailability of Curcumin: Problems and Promises
    Preetha Anand, Ajaikumar B. Kunnumakkara, Robert A. Newman, and Bharat B. Aggarwal Mol. Pharmaceutics, 2007, 4 (6), 807-818• DOI: 10.1021/mp700113r • Publication Date (Web): 14 November 2007 Downloaded from http://pubs.acs.org on April 2, 2009
  4. Review Paper: Polyphenolic Antioxidants and Neuronal Regeneration CrossMark Amin Ataie1, Mohammad Shadifar2, Ramin Ataee3*
    Cellular and Molecular Research Center, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran.2. Amol Center, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Amol, Iran.3. Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran.
    www.impactjournals.com/oncotarget/ Oncotarget, Advance Publications 2016
  5. Dietary phytochemicals and cancer chemoprevention: a review of the clinical evidence
    Ritesh Kotecha1, Akiyoshi Takami2 and J. Luis Espinoza3
1 Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, United States of America
    2 Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology, Aichi Medical University, School of Medicine, Nagakute, Aichi, Japan
    3 Department of Hematology Oncology, Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medical Science, Kanazawa, Japan

It’s time to create a legacy

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June 27th was my birthday. Every year it brings me more and more joy. This has nothing to do with birthday cake, gifts or celebratory meals. I really could care less about all of that. Each birthday I am gifted with the joy of people, love, gratitude and appreciation. I am so blessed with love of many and many friends, colleagues and indeed, my family! My heart is overjoyed with love and gratitude.

This is a time when I reflect, look back and ask myself a few questions:

  • How was this past year?
  • What have I accomplished?
  • Did I become the best I can be? (Of course not!)
  • Did you put the best effort to be the best? (Yes, of course!)

IMG_0695-2What actually takes place in that period of time from one birthday to the next? It’s time to create a legacy. It’s time to become better, kinder and wiser. These are 365 days where I can both give and learn.

These 365 days are days that I can HELP others. Today, I begin my next 365 days to set up goals with laughter and joy, struggles, tears, hard work and major accomplishments.

Thank you for the love and support, thank you for keeping me a scholar of life. Watch for my next post which will be about health and healing.

Love to all of you

sveta