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Buyer Beware, All Cleanses are Not Created Equal

We had a great discussion yesterday with Dr. Aimee Gould Shunney on the topic of “Buyer Beware, All Cleanses are Not Created Equal: Understanding the Pros and Cons of Different Types of Cleansing Programs”. Dr. Shunney also had a special offer for her cleansing program. She has an excellent program that also provides coaching services. The offer expires 3.31.12 and this is a great offer. Check it out. Buy it for yourself or as a gift for a loved one. The coupon code is “healthyspring2012”.

For more info, please visit Dr. Shunney’s website at

Dr. Aimee Gould Shunney, Naturopathic Physician, is in private practice in Santa Cruz, CA where she blends conventional medical diagnosis and treatment with the use of natural therapeutics including dietary and lifestyle counseling, nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and bio-identical hormones. Dr. Shunney specializes in women’s health, functional endocrinology, and family medicine, consulting with men and women on many health issues. She also enjoys treating children, teens, and pregnant women. In 2010 AND 2011, she was voted Best Naturopathic Doctor (and second Best Doctor) in Santa Cruz in the Metro Santa Cruz poll.

Dr. Shunney’s weekly radio show, Green Tea & Honey, co-hosted by Chef Jennifer Brewer, is a playful exploration of integrative medicine, delicious food and joyful eating. Dr. Shunney and Chef Jenny are also the creators of Cleanse Organic, a 28-day whole foods cleansing program. This innovative approach to detoxification combines an anti-inflammatory hypoallergenic diet, easy-to-prepare delicious recipes, and individualized support to optimize health and create sustainable healthy living choices.

Here are a few of the questions we discussed:

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The Connection Between Our Teeth, Oral Health & Disease

Well, this Thursday, November 17th at 8 p.m. (, I have the pleasure of discussing the question “How Can Oral Health Save Lives?” with Dr. Dan Sindelar.

Dr. Dan Sindelar is a practicing dentist and a leading national advocate for examining the link between oral and heart health. He is one of just a handful of dentists who is certified in the Bale/Doneen Preceptorship Course in Heart Attack, Stroke and Diabetes Prevention. He is co-founder of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, and the author of a new book, “Refresh Life,” available online.

I look in patient’s mouths everyday….and sometimes it’s an absolute disaster. It’s a train wreck. So, listen in and learn how “your mouth” is affecting “your health”.

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Here are a few of the questions we’ll be discussing:

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Laughter Is Key To Healthy Living

Two weeks ago I joined “Mornings With Ken & Bernie” for a radio interview to discuss how I try to use laughter in my practice to help people heal. Here’s a link where you can listen in:

Best of health,
Cynthia Shelby-Lane, MD

CoQ10 and PQQ Revitalize Energy and Slow Cellular Aging

My favorite saying is Staying Young is an Inside Job…This is an excellent article that tells how and why…simply.

CoQ10 and PQQ Revitalize Energy and Slow Cellular Aging
By John Phillip on 05/17/2011

One of the hallmarks of aging is a rapid decline in cellular energy. Energy is produced by a complex of small powerhouses inside each cell known as mitochondria. Mitochondria are particularly vulnerable to the ravages of free radicals and oxidation from normal metabolic activity in our body and begin to deteriorate with advancing age.

Researchers have demonstrated that powerful antioxidant nutrients known to enhance energy production by supporting mitochondrial regeneration can slow aging, prevent disease and extend healthy lifespan.

Mitochondrial Decline Leads to Chronic Disease Development

Mitochondrial degradation is directly related to ……

Docs say No to Airport Scans

Docs say no to airport scans
By Edward Martin on 05/15/2011

The feds claim airport scanners pose little to no risk when used properly, and a new study backs them up.


Researchers from U.C. San Francisco say the amount of radiation delivered by the airport scanners is equivalent to the normal background radiation absorbed by the body in any given three-to-nine-minute period.

But the researchers also wrote in the Archives of Internal Medicine that they have no idea what could happen if the machines aren’t working right–and since the feds refuse to allow thorough independent testing, don’t expect any answers on that anytime soon. ….Read for more..

Docs say no to airport scans ……

And Yet Another Endocrine Enemy

Comment: As a health care provider, working hard to diagnose and prevent or treat disease…..I/we are challenged by our environment. And, until this is problem solved….we are are just walking in a world of our own self made pollution.


And Yet Another Endocrine Enemy
By betted

Created 05/15/2011 – 12:00pm
And Yet Another Endocrine Enemy

It interferes with thyroid function.

It gets estrogen and testosterone out of whack.

It puts a hurt on your immune system by messing with your thymus gland.

It increases your chances of becoming resistant to antibiotics.

It sets your kids up for asthma and infections.

And it’s probably in your house right now.

It’s triclosin–the health scourge that almost nobody’s heard about. And it’s everywhere.

Triclosin–a biocide or insecticide depending on who’s talking–takes a starring role in almost every product labeled ‘antibacterial.’ It’s also called Irgasan and Microban in case you’re reading labels.

Most liquid soaps contain triclosin–along with hormone-disrupting, cancer-causing sodium lauryl (or laureth) sulfate, but that’s another story for another day. Bar soaps labeled ‘antibacterial’ come fully loaded with triclosin, too.

So we wash our hands with an insecticide-laden soap, then pick up a sandwich–which adds the insecticide to our lunch. That was easy.

We shower in the stuff. Our socks come locked-and-loaded with triclosin. Cosmetics. Toothpaste. Kitchen utensils. Computer keyboards. Toys. Paint. Furniture. Humidifiers, Air filters. Laminate flooring. And on. And on. And on.

And here’s the kicker: Triclosin’s unnecessary. Regular soap safely removes 99.4% of any bacteria it contacts; triclosin products remove 99.6%–whilst doing a number on our endocrine system. For starters.

Combining the chlorine in our water with the triclosin in our soap creates poisonous dioxins, powerful environmental pollutants. While also creating chloroform, which seems to cause cancer.

And if you shower with antibacterial soap, then jump in the pool, the chlorine in the pool water reacts to the triclosin residue on your skin the same way. Thank you for sharing.

Children raised in an antibacterial bubble never acclimate to the fact we’re surrounded by various bacteria, so they never learn how to deal with the beasties. All the while, ads tell us our antibacterial actions prove our love. Yikes!. Antibacterialized kids experience higher levels of allergies, asthma and eczema than kids allowed to make mud pies and roll around on the floor with the dog.

And there’s still more. Because triclosin mirrors antibiotics in the way it destroys bacteria, we can end up resistant to antibiotics when we need them.

And water-treatment plants can’t remove triclosin, so they discharge water loaded with the stuff–which is toxic to algae–the foundation of aquatic ecosystems.

This stuff is murder, and you don’t want it anywhere around you. So ditch the antibacterial fad. Just walk away. Making the change is no big deal.

Here’s what you do: Get you some warm water. Lather up with old-fashioned bar soap. Then make sure it gets all over your hands–backs, between fingers, under fingernails–while you sing Happy Birthday to yourself twice. (If you’re in public, you might want to mind-sing instead of belting it out aloud. I’m just saying.)

And go through your house and get rid of anything labeled ‘antibacterial.’ Probably should take it to a hazmat dump.

There. You’ve just made your world a safer place. Cool, eh?

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What the Heck is Earthing?

As a doctor, I rarely go Earthing. Or fishing or running. I just don’t get out often enough to have that kind of fun. I do get close to meditating, especially after a rough day in the hood. And, I’m usually dancing between patients in one practice, or laughing with others in another, who just need extra time to explain their situation. I’m not complaining, because no one said the practice of medicine would be easy. So when my colleague, Dr. Stephen Sinatra, told me about Earthing, my first comment was “Steve has left the planet.”

But, after a great conversation with Dr. Sinatra, cardiologist, on Conversations with Dr. Shelby-Lane, and of course, walking barefooted on the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, I GOT it. Continue reading ‘What the Heck is Earthing?’ »

Are Your Major Hormones in Balance? Insulin and Cortisol Balance

Many people do not realize the connection between hormones and between hormones and diet.  There are definite links between having balanced hormones and diet. One of the key links is the connection between insulin and cortisol.

Many people have gotten into some very bad habits that caused their diets to go off kilter. Back in the 1990s, people developed a fear of ingesting fat.  As a result, they turned to low-fat foods, in addition to things such as refined carbohydrates and simple sugars. This trend caused a major problem; and, it actually created a situation in which their bodies had to use a lot of insulin to balance all the sugar they were putting into their bloodstreams. It eventually got to the point where their bodies weren’t listening to the insulin and in fact became insulin resistant.  This is an ongoing problem. The effect:  The Obesity Epidemic. Continue reading ‘Are Your Major Hormones in Balance? Insulin and Cortisol Balance’ »

A Story on Honesty. . .part 2

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Think about this for a minute….

If I happened to show up on your door step crying, would you care?
If I called you and asked you to pick me up because something happened, would you come?
If I had one day left to live my life, would you be part of that last day?
If I needed a shoulder to cry on, would you give me yours?
Do you know what the relationship is between your two eyes?
They blink together, they move together, they cry together,
they see things together, and they sleep together,
but they never see each other; …that’s what friendship is…
Your aspiration is your motivation, your motivation is your belief, your
belief is your peace, your peace is your target, your target is heaven,
and life is like hard core torture without it!

Save the Earth…. it’s the only planet with chocolate!!!!

Best of health,
Cynthia Shelby-Lane, MD

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A Story on Honesty

honestyA successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.

Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together.

He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you. “The young executives were Shocked, but the boss continued. “I am going to give each one of you a SEED today – one very special SEED. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.”

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