Archive for the ‘Health’ Category


Investigative report – Swine Flu, CDC, and pharmaceutical industry – Sharyl Attkisson – CBS NEWS

November 24, 2009

This is the most comprehensive report of what is going on with the Swine Flu media campaign, the CDC, the pharmaceutical industry, and the freedom of information act.

A great piece of investigative journalism by Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News investigative journalist.  If you or anyone you know has been diagnosed with Swine Flu, or if you are thinking of taking the vaccine, this information is invaluable.


New Gluten free restaurant!!! in Del Mar

October 30, 2009

hi all,

The Del Mar Rendezvous Restaurant in Del Mar

we recently found a gluten-free restaurant and wanted to pass along the information to you all.

We have been serving gluten-free dishes for all five years of our existence and I recently created a gluten-free menu (attached) which we have available to our guests in the restaurant and advertise as available on our lunch and dinner menus. We also post the gluten-free menu on our website in both an html and .pdf format, have separate buttons on our computer for the gluten-free menu to avoid confusion, and have either myself or the other manager double check that the items were made as requested by the kitchen before they head to the tables. In order to create gluten-free dishes we purchase a much more expensive gluten-free soy sauce but do not feel it fair to charge more for the plates, even though this affects our margins, so we do not. I look forward to hearing back and being a part of your wonderful resource. The Gluten-Free Menu is available at: The PDF Gluten-Free Menu is available at: A map and directions to the restaurant are available at: Some other notes about our restaurant and our Gluten-Free Menu: 1. Our Gluten-free menu has over 40 items. 2. We have 18 lunch specials on our Gluten-free lunch menu (11 of which are $9.95 or less). 3. We have been making Gluten-Free dishes for the entire 5 years of our restaurant’s existence (and never had a complaint or reported incident of anyone becoming ill from our food, Gluten-Free or otherwise) 4. On our computers we have a section dedicated to our Gluten-Free items which specifically instructs the kitchen to make the dishes with our Gluten-free soy sauce and/or make other modifications as needed. Additionally the servers are required to notify the kitchen and one of the managers whenever a table requests a Gluten-free dish as an additional fail-safe. 5. Awards/Reviews: -2009 10 News A-List for San Diego’s Best Chinese Restaurant -2007 10 News A-List for San Diego’s Best Asian Fusion Restaurant -AOL City’s Best Chinese Restaurant 2006, 2007, 2008 -4/5 Stars on Yelp -3.5/4 Stars in the San Diego Reader Thank you, Dan Schreiber Manager, Del Mar Rendezvous Rest: (858) 755-2669 Cell: (619) 507-9734


Qi Gong workshop Healing Sounds – Transformation

October 11, 2009


Thanks to all those of you who attended our last intensive hosted by the Red Lotus Society in downtown San Diego.  More than 20 of us participated in the three-hour intensive with movement, meditation and sound.
We would like to invite you all to our NEXT QIGONG HEALING INTENSIVE,
coming up on the 25th of October in Encinitas.  This enjoyable, intensive healing day will take form at Stillpoint Presence in Encinitas.
Many of us have mentioned the need or wish to develop the sounds healing practice after Mingtong’s wonderful last workshop at the Zen Center.  We will share our intensive practice with you in a day of physical, emotional and spiritual healing.

In this QIGONG HEALING INTENSIVE we will be exploring:

The 5 healing sounds, their relationship to the organs and emotions unique to each, plus the underlying intention (Yishi) of this practice
A simple and quick tool for TRANSFORMING an intense emotion at any given moment
Preparatory techniques (Chen Qi, La Qi and SBM) that help open the channels and    meridians in the body and make this method even more powerful
The power of organ visualization
The underlying power of repetition in revealing the healing power of the Qi Field
LOCATION: Stillpoint Presence, Encinitas
WHEN:       Sunday, October 25th from 11:00am to 6:00 pm
with a one-hour lunch break (please bring your lunch and plenty of water)
PRICE:        Sliding scale point from $50 – $90
Space is limited, please register by calling  760.550.9895
or email us at

Daniela’s class at Red Lotus Society is gaining more energy each week, please come enjoy her unique style of teaching
Come and join us for Dani’s birthday & class on the 19th!
WHERE: The Ideal Studio
LOCATION: 546 3rd Ave San Diego, CA
WHEN: Every Monday at 7.30pm
You are welcome to visit our other classes in Encinitas, Leucadia and San Diego’s Mission Hills.  If you have paid in advance for a class, you are not restricted to a given location.
Share the power of the qifiield wiith a friend – empower yourself!

For more information about us, please
call us at 760.550.9895
or email us at
Breath in and Smile!,
Daniela & Federico
Community Feedback – Thank you!
Since re-starting QiGong we have had so many wonderful things come into our lives I’m sure I’m leaving some out
Basically, since starting Qi Gong with Master Ming Tong Gu and Federico Garcia, our lives have been enriched and blessed in ways too numerous and varied to fully express.  We thought we were positive and hopeful before qigong but the difference is amazing.  Heartfelt thanks to Ming Tong Gu and Federico Garcia.

Ralph Havens

owner Mission Hills Physical Therapy San Diego

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How old can you go? thoughts of Dr. Roizen

August 13, 2009

“Disease prevention is not the same as wellness”  a quote from Dr. Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic.  Dr. Roizen’s Cleveland Clinic has been able to reverse chronic disease in over 80% of cases; and they did it through therapeutic lifestyle change programs.  Basically teaching people to eat right, exercise and decrease stress.  Sounds simple, but in reality most Americans have no clue how to eat right.

In the current Health Care Debate, it is refreshing to hear doctors, like Dr. Roizen talking about how we cannot just insure all our citizens with our current medical system.  Our current system is just not working.  We are currently ranked 37th in the world in health care as measured by how long we live, how many chronic diseases we deal with, and infant mortality.  Our current system is not working and to merely insure all Americans and use this same system is probably not the answer.

We need to quit poisoning ourselves with our food choices. We need to be taught how to shop for food; how to cook it and how to eat it!  This is where Therapeutic Lifestyle Change programs (TLC) or FirstLine Therapy programs (FLT) come into play.  These programs have been proven to clear chronic conditions.  You can google either of those terms and see research from the National Institutes of Health on how to reverse chronic disease or go to for information.

We have TLC or FLT programs that can teach you how to put these ideas to work for you.  Twelve week programs to get you on the track to doing what Dr. Roizen recommends to reverse chronic disease and live better, longer, healthier lives.

You can listen to Dr. Roizen’s comments at

and can get information on our TLC or FLT programs at

Ralph Havens, PT, OCS, IMTC


Massage Therapy Recommendations from Mission Hills Physical Therapy

July 18, 2009

Jen T. Energy
Jen Toussant, HHP

A licensed and certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Jen Toussant is Mission Hills Physical Therapy’s recommended massage therapist. Having trained for over 1100 hours at Mueller College of Holistic Studies, and with extensive exposure to Integrative Manual Therapy’s philosophies, Jen’s bodywork is informed, intention-filled, and highly complementary to the IMT done at Mission Hills PT.

Having focused her holistic studies in Asian modalities, Jen’s specializes not only in Swedish massage, but also Acupressure, Tui Na, Shiatsu, and Reiki. She has a passion for learning and integrating various approaches to the body and wellness, so as to provide truly customized sessions that help you connect your body with the balance and well-being it deserves.

Jen is the owner of JenT. Energy, a private practice located at 3355 4th Avenue, near Balboa Park. In addition to caring for her clients, Jen has continued her involvement with education as an Assistant Instructor at Mueller College. She regularly practices Qi Gong, runs, explores gluten-free, organic cooking, and is currently tending her first garden. Prior to entering the holistic health field, Jen obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University with concentrations in biology, psychology, education, and fine art.

Contact Jen T. Energy

Phone: 619.957.1309
Address: 3355 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103


Health Care Debate – What can be done about it?

July 10, 2009

Health Care Debate:  How to Control Costs and Insure everyone

Over the past few months, I have noticed a lot of people are talking on T.V., on public radio ( , in movies, in the Senate, House of Representatives, the White House and in the community about health care reform, national health insurance and what can be done about it; how can we get health care to all our citizens and control costs.  There are people talking about it from many angles.  I’ve seen excellent viewpoints from sources as varied as movies, Food Inc (  Sweet Misery ( , and Bananas ( and the former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine and retired M.D. Arnold Relman (  as well as Jeff Bland, PhD lead scientist from Metagenics and they all have very good ideas.

I think we need a multi-faceted approach, which includes all of these viewpoints which I’ll summarize below:
1.  Removing the Profit from healthcare – Insurance company CEO’s don’t need to make 100’s of millions of dollars a year.  Elizabeth Edwards has been quoted as saying that one year, out of every $700 spent on healthcare in the United States, $1 went to the CEO of United Health Care insurance company.  If you google “pay rate of health care CEO’s” you will see that each of these CEO’s make over $100 million / year.  We need to take this kind of profit out of the health care business.  Perhaps insurance companies need to go away as Dr. Relman believes.
2.  We need to quit poisoning our population; Estimates are that 21 million Americans now have type II diabetes (8% of the population) and many more have pre-diabetes.  The Centers for Disease Control,(CDC) estimates are that one in three children born in 2000 will be diabetic ( . This is directly related to the food we eat.  The movies above describe how this happened and how we can reverse it.  If we don’t reverse it there is no way we can control health care costs, but more importantly we’ll be killing off our kids!  As a nation, we absolutely need to change the “food” we’re putting in our bodies.
3.   We need to change the way we treat the 80% of people who now see doctors for chronic diseases.  The current medical model does not work. The pharmaceutical industry spends over $5 billion dollars on advertising a year for medicine that at best controls some symptoms but does nothing to fix the problems. Chronic diseases are directly related to lifestyle and reversing these diseases has been done and written up in peer reviewed medical journals.  This is not new information.  This is known and well documented.  Many M.D.s and other health care practitioners are using these “Lifestyle Change Programs” to actually cure chronic diseases ranging from heart disease, diabetes, and auto-immune conditions.  You can read about this research at and there is a newsletter on the implications of diet and disease at

So there it is!  I find hope in the fact that these ideas are reaching the mainstream and ending up in a lot of people’s conversations and debates.  Please share your views and Vote with your $ for food, and healthcare decisions!

My best to you all

Ralph Havens, PT, OCS, IMTC


Why Nutrasweet (aspartame) is to be avoided at all costs

May 25, 2009

Hi everyone,  There is so much data now on why Nutrasweet (aspartame) is to be avoided, it’s amazing it is still on the market.  I found a blog of someone with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia who is going to get off Nutrasweet and see what changes she notices.  I would recommend watching the movie “sweet misery” is a documentary on how nutrasweet was developed and how the FDA pushed it through despite all research linking it to brain tumors and siezures.  It’s disturbing but if any of your friends or family members have neurological symptoms please get them off this stuff.

Here is the account of the woman trying to get off nutrasweet

Hopefully she also sees the research on gluten sensitivity and it’s relationship to pain syndromes. and

Ralph Havens, PT, OCS, IMTC