My personal testimonial!

 

Please forgive me for not writing for so long. And it’s not that there is nothing to talk or share or teach, on contrary, there is plenty. My desire to share, teach, explain is stronger than ever.

As many of you know, I am a part of network marketing company.  I have been “sticking with it” for over five years. I hear many comments of skepticism and negativity about “that type of business”.

I would like to share my perspective with you. I am a double trained allopathic physician, Canadian Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons licensed doctor, and I have m in this “pyramid scam ” for half a decade.

I can’t help but wonder if I were to ask you – Do you think it is about money? Do you think it is a “hoax” and sensation?

I am pretty sure, you have an answer to those questions.

To be a conventional doctor who teaches alternative ways of health is an incredible responsibility. I would go as far to say it is “a bit of chutzpah, guts, and tears” with some fear as well. The responsibility of honesty, ethics and professional integrity, and the obligation of being on the verge of products medical science is incredible.

It is imperative that I stand by research for medical paper, not “testimonials” for validation. However,  I cannot hide the tears of joy and satisfaction of helping desperate people and see their stories and health improvements.

I am a skeptic, and as a result, I read, listen and learn every minute of my life.  Healthy skepticism is driving my desire to learn more, help more and to be opened to any health improving modality.

As a doctor, my passion is to understand the nature of chronic disease and cancer. If we do understand the nature of disease, we do have ways to “tackle it” and finally not only treat it, but actually cure it.

I sincerely want to see double blind placebo randomized control human studies, but there is no such thing in regulation guidelines for supplements research, so we do have to rely on blind peer-reviewed, properly conducted animal studies and studies on human cell lines.

I am so delighted to read case reports and retrospective reviews not only on our products, but other supplements and foods and herbs.

The reason I am in this business is because healthy life style with “essential” or “mandatory supplementation” is the present and future of health and medicine. My goal is to teach thousands about health.  My business partners do that with me and for me and of needy ones.  I have seen both our products and this business concept working continuously.

You and I just need to do it right, with love, kindness, honesty, highest ethical standards and integrity.

To health and love, I am changing the world to better:

Dr. Sveta Silverman, MD and proud networkmarketer.

The power of choice!

As I’m on the journey of becoming a better me; as a person, physician, health promoter, entrepreneur and leader; my dilemma is, “do I have to or do I choose to”?

When I say, “I have to”, it removes my inner commitment to the task, because the purpose of fulfilling the task becomes that it is “brought upon me”. At that point, I am just a passive follower.

When I say, “I choose to”, I am admitting responsibility to my own actions.

We always have a choice.

This mentality shifts my thinking to commitment of the true purpose of that task.

I still make a decision, whether I have to, or if I choose to; but I always have a choice.

It is my choice to work hard, and I love it.

It is my choice to teach health and I love it.

It is my choice to eat nutrient dense foods and I love it.

It is my choice to pray and meditate and love and I love it.

I choose to balance my life and not to sacrifice my family or marriage. I stand by my choice.

Let’s do this together

I choose to stay honest to myself. Will you join me in this quest?

I choose to love you,

sveta

Fatty fallacy!

Who wants to be fat? We all love and thrive to look better and slimmer, right?

Fats are a constant subject of dieting: low fats and high fats diets.  And what about that “dreadful” cholesterol, which is the precursor of the five major classes of steroid hormones: progestagens, glucocorticoids, mineralocorticoids, androgens, and estrogens and vit D3.

Fat is essential

We need our fats, all of it: saturated fats, mono and polyunsaturated fats. All of them play critically important roles in our metabolism.

It’s dreadful cold in Alberta, Canada, it’s showy winter and we need that insulation, that “fatty” heat to keep us warm.

There is evidence that: “… In contrast, replacement of Saturated Fatty Acids (SFA) with carbohydrates, particularly sugar, has been associated with no improvement or even a worsening of Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD) risk.  There is growing evidence that SFAs in the context of dairy foods, particularly fermented dairy products, have neutral or inverse associations with CVD..” (Annu Rev Nutr. 2015;35:517-43. doi: 10.1146/annurev-nutr-071714-034449).

Let’s talk about those famous omega fats: omega 3 and 6 and others: it is very important to watch for the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids, which should be 4:1 (omega 3-4 to omega 6-1). Of note: Canola Oil is very unbalances and mostly contains omega 6 short fatty acids.

The critical role of Omega on your health

Being a vegan, my food comes from plant sources, but in case of most health cellular benefits, animal derived omega 3 fats are better and here is why:

From Dr. J. Mercola, MD:

“..Omega-3 comes from both animal and plant sources. The primary animal sources are krill oil and fish oil. The primary plant sources are flaxseed, chia and hemp.

Marine animals such as fish and krill provide eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are mostly promoted for their protective effects on your heart. Flaxseed, chia, hemp, and a few other foods, on the other hand, offer alpha-linoleic acid (ALA).

You would want to choose an animal-based variety – most of the cellular health benefits linked to omega-3 fats are linked to the animal-based EPA and DHA, not the plant-based ALA.

Furthermore, ALA is converted into EPA and DHA in your body at a very low ratio. What this means is that even if you consume large amounts of ALA, your body can only convert a relatively small amount into EPA and DHA, and only when there are sufficient enzymes”…

Why “omegas” are so critically important for our health:

Back to  Dr. J. Mercola, MD:

“Omega-3 ranks among the most important essential nutrients out there today. In 2008, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition2, 3, 4published three studies investigating the role of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids in elderly populations.

Low concentrations of EPA and DHA resulted in an increased risk of death from all causes, as well as accelerated cognitive decline. The studies also suggest that a higher intake of omega-3s may bring certain health benefits that short-term supplementation cannot give.

Here is other evidence of omega-3 benefits:

1.Omega-3 benefits your heart health. An Italian study (GISSI)5 of 11,324 heart attack survivors found that patients supplementing with fish oils markedly reduced their risk of another heart attack, stroke, or death. In a separate study, 6 American medical researchers reported that men who consumed fish once or more every week had a 50 percent lower risk of dying from a sudden cardiac event than do men who eat fish less than once a month.

2.Omega-3 normalizes and regulates your cholesterol triglyceride levels. Compared to a statin, both fish oil and krill oil are more efficient in doing this. According to a study comparing the efficiency of krill and fish oils in reducing triglyceride levels,7 both oils notably reduced the enzyme activity that causes the liver to metabolize fat, but krill had a more pronounced effects, reducing liver triglycerides significantly more.

Fasting triglyceride levels are a powerful indication of your ability to have healthy lipid profiles, which can be indicative of your heart health.

Studies have also shown that omega-3 fats are anti-arrhythmic (preventing or counteracting cardiac arrhythmia), anti-thrombotic (prevents thrombosis or a blood clot within a blood vessel), anti-atherosclerotic (preventing fatty deposits and fibrosis of the inner layer of your arteries), and anti-inflammatory (counteracting inflammation – the heat, pain, swelling, etc).

  1. DHA affects your child’s learning and behavior.Do you want to maximize your child’s intellectual potential? A study published in Plos One in June 20138 linked low levels of DHA with poorer reading, and memory and behavioral problems in healthy school-age children. In another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in August 2013,9 children who consumed an omega-3 fat supplement as infants scored higher on rule learning, vocabulary, and intelligent testing at ages 3 to 5.

Previous research also found that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related behavior or learning disabilities are more likely to have low omega-3 fat levels.

Optimize your brain health

Omega-3 has such great impact on your brain health – EPA and DHA keep the dopamine levels in your brain high, increase neuronal growth in the frontal cortex of your brain, and increase cerebral circulation.”

In conclusion:

Our lifestyle choices are so important: Happy days, happy fats, lots of laughs and hugs.

Say NO to angry sugar, say YES to happy fats.

On to health, love and life.

Sveta

 

 

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