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  • Way of Life’s November Newsletter

    November heralds Thanksgiving on Thursday the 23rd this year. This holiday reminds us all of what we are thankful for. The Way of Life is blessed to have now served this community for 45 years. We are grateful for our loyal supporters who shopped and visited our annual Fall Celebration and made it such a success.

    As we approach the colder weather and the winter holidays, we have some great deals to help you take care of your immunity and digestion. With line drives of Host Defense at 25% off and Wish Garden at 20% off, there are many choices to support your health during a traditionally vulnerable time. Urban Moonshine’s digestive bitters at 15% off can assist with that rich overeating we often do during the holiday season.

    The Way of Life also has two timely lectures for this time of year. Dr Dar Bertsch will help us prepare our gut health with her instruction concerning a healthy microbiome. Dr Kathryn Graham will be lecturing on maintaining less stress and cultivating more joy. Here’s to Happy Holidays ahead!

    Atrial Fibrillation

    By Theresa Silveira

    Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) or quivering that occurs when the upper part of the heart beats faster than the rest of the heart. AFib is the most common form of arrhythmia. The irregular heartbeat originates in the upper heart chamber (atria) of the heart, and the heart’s electrical system causes a quiver or fibrillation. This quivering disturbs the normal rhythm between the atria and the ventricles (the lower chambers) of the heart, and can impact the heart’s ability to pump blood. This will deprive the body of oxygen and nutrients. (Cardiac Rhythm Center, 2017). The body can feel an often uncomfortable flutter in the heart muscle, or there may not be any symptoms at all. It is sometimes described as feeling like the heart will jump out of the chest. (Ryan, 2005). This condition can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related issues. Around 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib. (“What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?” 2016)

    Common Signs and Symptoms


    • Most common: Quivering, fluttering heartbeat
    • Rapid and irregular heartbeat
    • Fluttering or “thumping” in the chest
    • Dizziness
    • Shortness of breath, anxiety
    • Weakness
    • Faintness when exercising
    • Sweating
    • Chest pain or pressure (emergency! Call 911)

    Key Nutrients Supporting the Heart with Atrial Fibrillation

    Omega-3 fats

    A clinical study on Atherosclerosis shows that omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil are associated with reduction of coronary heart disease, including prevention of arrhythmias, (Harris et al., 2007). Recommended amount from food: Four 3 oz servings of cold water fish per week, and add 2 TBS of flaxseeds, chia seeds or walnuts daily. For supplementation: 1,000 mg of fish oil containing both DHA and EPA, and up to 4,000 mg daily if heart disease is present. (Bauman, Ph.D. & Friedlander, NC, 2015).

    Food sources of omega-3 fats: wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, flax seeds, chia seeds hemp seeds and walnuts.


    A randomized controlled trial of magnesium added to other care concluded that magnesium can help enhance the conversion of a patient to proper sinus rhythm after an incident of arrhythmia, (Davey and Teubner, 2004). Recommended amount of magnesium is up to 500 mg daily. (Bauman, Ph.D. & Friedlander, TN, 2015) Food sources of magnesium: Dark leafy greens, kelp, wheat bran, wheat germ, almonds, cashews, walnuts, flaxseeds, brewers yeast, and buckwheat. (Bauman, Ph.D. & Friedlander, TN, 2015), (Murray, Pizzorno, & Pizzorno, 2005).


    Potassium is extremely important for cardiovascular health. Several websites discussing AFib recommend additional supplementation, suggesting that deficiencies in potassium can contribute to an AFib incident. It was proposed that potassium helps prevent AFib by prolonging the refractory period (resting state between beats). Adequate amounts may need to be obtained from the diet, because potassium supplements are limited to 99 mg. by law. (Bauman, 2014). Higher doses must be by prescription from your doctor.

    Food sources of potassium: White beans, dark leafy greens, avocado, asparagus, carrot, baked potato (with skin), sweet potato (with skin), apricots, tomato, banana, and flounder, (Murray, Pizzorno, & Pizzorno, 2005).

    Synergistic foods, herbs and supplements

    L-Arginine is a nitric oxide precursor, which helps restore sinus rhythm. Nitric oxide is considered one of the most important chemicals for cardiovascular health. (Sinatra, 2017). Arginine works best in combination with taurine. (Bauman, Ph.D. & Friedlander, TN, 2015).

    Taurine can calm the sympathetic nervous system. Research by Eby and Halcomb suggests that AFib could be caused by deficiencies in taurine and l-arginine. (Eby & Halcomb, 2006).

    Hawthorne is anti-arrhythmic, and a vasodilator – which enhances the release of nitric oxide. It is tonifying and has no side effects in recommended doses.

    Coenzyme Q10 is part of the energy production system of the body where it aids in production of cellular energy. When there is a deficiency, it can cripple the heart and is often recommended by physicians for cardiovascular problems.

    Vitamin D (D3) should be maintained at optimal levels in the serum (50-80 ng/mL), as deficiencies are associated with many forms of cardiovascular disease. D3 (cholecalciferol) is the preferred form of vitamin D.

    Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory. There is evidence linking inflammation to AFib. (Guo, Lip, & Apostolakis, 2012).

    References: Full references for this article can be found on our website at – http://articles.wayoflife.net/atrial-fibrillation/

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    Free Wellness Classes


    In store at Way of Life!

    Wednesday, Nov. 8th

    6:30 -8:00 pm

    Your Microbiome

    with Dr. Dar Bertsch, D.C.

    Wednesday, Nov. 29th

    6:30 -8:00 pm

    Energize Your Healing Journey:

    Four Simple Practices for a Life with Less Stress and More Joy

    with Kathryn Graham,Ph.D.

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    We learned in Dr. Juli Mazi’s class last month that raw, uncooked oils are good to add to every meal to support energy, brain power and help lower inflammation. Infusing herbs into these raw oils is a healthy and delicious addition to the oils. For infusing, the best type of oil to use is Extra Virgin Olive Oil, you can also use Grape Seed, Sunflower oil, Coconut or Walnut oil. Suggestions for herbs & spices: Basil, Clove, Oregano, Peppercorns, Rosemary, Tarragon, Sage, Chilies, Coriander, Thyme, Cumin, dried Garlic, Dill, Marjoram.

    In this uncooked method only use dried herbs to insure there is no growth of mold or bacteria. Crush the herbs, for spices toast them to bring out the flavor, place your herbs and spices in a clean dry glass jar. Add oil until it completely covers the herbs/spices. Place a lid on the jar, and put the jar on a sunny windowsill. Swirl or shake the jar every day or so.

    After a week drain off the oil into a clean dry jar using a coffee filter. Taste the oil to see if the flavor is strong enough. If you want it stronger add more herbs/spices to the oil, close up & place back in the sunny spot for another week. When finished, pour the oil into a nice glass bottle. Raw oils can be drizzled on salads, pasta, vegetable dishes, & added to vinegar for to compliment artisan bread, etc.

    Design and print decorative labels from your computer. List the ingredients and the bottling date. Print labels on heavy paper stock. Attach to bottle neck with a piece of decorative string or rope.

    Your have created a personalized gift that is delicious and healthy!

    Resource: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-Infused-Oil/