15 Ways to Protect Yourself From Your Cell Phone

Cell Phone
This article originally appeared on naturallysavvy.com
Here’s a statistic that may be hard to believe: There were more than 6.9 billion subscriptions for cell phones around the world in 2014, yet only 4.5 billion people have access to working toilets. While the estimated 3.5 billion people without toilets are at risk for health problems, so are the 6.9 billion with cell phones.

That’s because cell phones emit electromagnetic fields (EMFs) or electromagnetic radiation, which has the potential to damage the cells in the body. In fact, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies EMFs from cell phones as possible carcinogens. EMFs can interfere with the body’s natural electrical system and disrupt sleep, immune system function, hormone production, and the healing process. Kevin Byrne, president of EMF Solutions, also points out the simultaneous increase in conditions such as chronic pain, depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome, and Alzheimer’s disease and the significant rise in EMF exposure.

According to Dr. Devra Davis, who wrote Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, cell phones are dangerous because they emit erratic signals capable of disrupting resonance and DNA repair. As long as your cellular phone is on, it sends out radiation intermittently. Even if you don’t take your phone out of your pocket all day, it continues to expose you to radiation. Dr. Joseph Mercola, founder of Mercola.com recently wrote an excellent article on the dangers of cell phones and provided commonsense ways we can protect ourselves and our family from the electromagnetic radiation it emits.

So What Can You Do to Protect Yourself From Your Cell Phone?

1. Keep Your Distance

Do not keep your cell phone next to your body or in your bra. Some athletic wear companies are now making bras with cell phone pockets, as seen in the picture above. PLEASE do not put your phone in the pocket unless your phone is on airplane mode. There is evidence offered by the Environmental Health Trust to suggest that women who keep a cellular phone in their bra may develop breast cancer. Research also indicates that men who keep their cell phones on their belt or near their reproductive organs may have lower sperm counts and less sperm motility.

2. Talk on Speaker

Holding a cell phone to your ear also eposes your salivary glands to EMFs. Research has shown a fourfold increase in cancer of the parotid gland from 1970 to 2006 while rates of other salivary gland cancers have stayed the same. The parotid gland is located closest to your cheek.

3. Turn Your Phone Off More Often

No radiation is emitted when the device is off.

4. Consider Alternatives

When possible, use a landline or Skype, which offers a way to stay in touch without a cell phone! (more…)

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 | 1 Comments

Ractopamine: The Drug That’s In Your Meat

Wal-Mart’s announcement that it is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals shines a light on a practice that the meat industry would rather not discuss: the use of drugs on the meat that we eat.

80% of the antibiotics used in the U.S. are used on the animals we eat: injected into them, fed to them and many of the drugs are banned or restricted around the world.

As Wal-Mart steps into this issue, it brings to light one of the most controversial drugs in our food system: ractopamine.

Here in the US, the FDA approved ractopamine and allows the drug to be used widely in U.S. factory farm operations.

There are 196 countries in the world, and it is estimated that 160 countries them ban or restrict ractopamine. But the US? We are not one of them.

The U.K., China, Russia, Taiwan and the European Union ban or limit the use of ractopamine, a drug that promotes growth in pigs, cattle and turkeys. Ractopamine is linked with serious health and behavioral problems in animals, and human studies are limited but evoke concerns, according to the Center for Food Safety.

The U.S. meat industry uses ractopamine to accelerate weight gain and promote feed efficiency and leanness in pigs, cattle, and turkeys. The drug mimics stress hormones.

So how did this drug wind up in our food supply?

The FDA’s approval of the drug relied primarily on the drug-makers’ studies.


Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Family-Friendly One Pot Meal: Braised Chicken with Vegetables

Braised Chicken
By Be Well Health Coach Laura Kraber

In the early days of fall, nothing is nicer than gathering around a fragrant and nourishing stew at dinnertime. Braising is one of my favorite cooking techniques because it offers so much flavor with so little fuss. After quickly searing both sides of the meat, simply add liquid (wine, bone broth, vegetable stock) and let simmer.

Arguably, timing is the trickiest aspect of cooking. By eliminating the need for precise timing, braised meats offer mealtime flexibility to accommodate late arrivals, which makes this a great dish for dinner parties or families with scheduling challenges. Removing the stress of exact cooking times makes evening meal preparations significantly more relaxing. Leftovers can be packed away in a container or thermos for tomorrow’s lunchbox.

Recipe: Braised Chicken and Vegetables

Makes 4 – 6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter, such as Kerrygold
  • 2.5 – 3 pound whole chicken cut into pieces; or bone-in breasts, thighs and drumsticks
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 – 6 carrots, sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 ribs of celery, sliced into 1-inch pieces (you may add and/or substitute other
  • Vegetables of your choice such as zucchini, mushrooms or potatoes)
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup dry white wine (substitute broth or stock if you prefer)
  • 2 or more cups bone broth or good quality chicken stock, depending upon size of your pot
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh herbs such as thyme, rosemary, chives, oregano, tarragon or a combination
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped parsley (or other herb) for garnish
  • Lemon zest from one small lemon (optional)


Melt butter in a large Dutch oven or enameled cast iron pan. Rinse and pat dry the chicken and season each piece with salt and pepper and place in pot. Over medium high heat, brown the chicken on each side—about 5-7 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate. Add the chopped onion, garlic, carrots, and celery to pot, and sauté for 5-7 minutes. Add the wine to deglaze the pan, stirring and loosening any browned vegetables stuck to the pot. Bring wine to a simmer and then add the chicken pieces, placing them on top of the vegetables. Add enough broth or stock to come halfway up the sides of the chicken pieces (e.g. chicken is not submerged in liquid but is partially covered in liquid) and bring to a simmer. Sprinkle herbs and fresh lemon zest, if using, on top of chicken and cover pot with lid. Let simmer gently for 25-30 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Check seasoning and sprinkle with fresh, chopped parsley to serve.

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

The 5 Main Reasons to Ditch Glyphosate
(The Main Ingredient in Roundup)

Spraying Pesticides

Every time I see the ads, the ones with a man standing on his front lawn, proudly holding a gallon of Roundup and smiling triumphantly at his weed-free lawn, it makes my blood boil. Roundup, whose primary active ingredient is glyphosate, is a potent, broad-spectrum herbicide, an extremely dangerous toxin and of all things, an antibiotic, which, in the four decades since its invention, has left behind a global wake of illness and ecological destruction.

Simply put, glyphosate use is sheer madness – and it has to stop! Here’s a topline on why I feel so strongly about getting glyphosate off your lawn, out of your life and out of what you eat right now. Your health depends on it!

1. Glyphosate Poisons the Earth, Air and Water

Roundup and its active ingredient glyphosate, is one of the most widely used herbicides in the U.S. and extremely popular throughout the world. It’s used most frequently in agriculture, forestry and, of course, on your neighbor’s lawn, and possibly your own.

Originally designed to remove mineral deposits from boiler pipes, in the 70s, Monsanto patented it and began marketing it as an herbicide. Since then, its weed-killing powers, and the development of crops (like soy, wheat and corn) genetically modified specifically to tolerate glyphosate have pumped up its usage worldwide. But not without wreaking environmental havoc along the way. Some examples:

– In Argentina, large sections of the country have been reduced to deserts as a result of massive GM soybean cultivation

– Glyphosate contamination has been found in US water systems across 38 states

European rain samples show high levels of glyphosate, and they’re just the tip of the iceberg.

2. Glyphosate Is Making People Very, Very Sick

Despite the EPA’s don’t-worry-about-it attitude towards glyphosate, there is good reason to be alarmed by its presence in much of our food supply, where we’re most likely to ingest it several times a day. Earlier this year, the W.H.O’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) sounded the alarm when it named glyphosate “probably carcinogenic to humans,” just one level below the IARC’s highest level of danger.

And the news from the field isn’t much better, especially a 2014 study that named glyphosate as a possible culprit in an ongoing epidemic of kidney disease in farming areas in Sri Lanka, India and Central America; and clinical data from Argentina linking increases in birth defects and cancers in regions with large areas glyphosate-tolerant crops.

Other health issues associated with glyphosate include reproductive problems, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Parkinson’s disease and Attention-Deficit-Hyperactive Disorder in children, to name a few. (more…)

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 | 4 Comments

Brain Exercises That Are Functional and Fun

Crossword Puzzle
By Be Well Health Coach Jackie Damboragian

We had a reader write in with the following question:

“I love all of Dr. Lipman’s articles in the weekly email and follow the advice. Can you please write an article on brain fitness? I’m in my 40’s and eat very well and exercise my body on most days. Do I need to be doing exercises for my aging brain as well? ”

While what we eat is incredibly important for brain health, to our readers point, exercising the brain is a fantastic way to optimize brain health and function. Think of your brain as a muscle, the more you use it the stronger and sharper it will be.

Here are three ways to exercise your brain:

  1. Learn something new: Want to improve your cooking skills? Always wanted to learn French? Think it’d be fun to put on your dancing shoes? Learning a new skill and challenging your brain and body in a new way is a great way to keep those neurons firing and therefore develop new neural pathways.
  1. Play games: Utilize online brain training such as Luminosity, developed by neuroscientists, which delivers daily games and exercises to train memory, attention and more.
  1. Meditate: Studies show that meditation improves cognitive function, particularly around memory and focus. Just 10 minutes a day of regular meditation can yield results. Check out the Take 10 program by the meditation app Headspace, where you’re challenged to meditate 10 minutes a day for 10 days! Plus, there are even more benefits to meditation than just brain health.
Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Is the Environment Compromising Our Health?

What exactly is environmental health? In short, there is a strong connection between our health and what we’re exposed to in our daily environment. The environment isn’t just the air, rivers, and trees. It includes everything we encounter in our daily lives: It is our homes, workplaces, and schools; stores and restaurants; and even the cosmetics, cleaning supplies, furniture, and electronics that we all use every day. At Beautycounter, we believe that your health shouldn’t be compromised by your environment.

Some things are hard to control. Some things are easier. Here are the basics of environmental health to empower you to safeguard your family.

Environmental Health 101
Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Hummus Cucumber Cups for Everyday Soirees

By Be Well Health Coach Courtney Blatt

We recently moved from New York City to a house in the suburbs which means lots of entertaining. It seems like there is always an excuse to host friends and family, including a special birthday, holiday or even just having neighbors over to get to know each other. To make it easy, I tried a bunch of different recipes for appetizers. This hummus cucumber cups appetizer is one of my favorites to serve year round, especially in these last weeks of what’s officially still summer. It’s healthy, simple to prepare and a crowd pleaser.

Hummus Cucumber Cups


  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 1 15oz can of organic garbanzo beans
  • 2-3 tablespoons of water
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cumin
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1-2 teaspoon salt (as needed for taste)


Part 1: Slice cucumbers into 1-inch think pieces and scoop out the center with a melon baller.

Part 2: Combine ¼ cup of tahini and ½ cup of lemon juice to a food processor or blender and mix until creamy. Add half a clove of garlic. Make sure to peel and mince before adding to food processor. Add 2 tbsp olive oil, ½ teaspoon of ground cumin and 1-2 tsp salt. Make sure to scrape the side and process the ingredients.  Add about half the chickpeas and process and then add the remaining beans, blending until smooth. Add 2-3 tbsp of water to reach your desired consistency. Transfer to a bowl, and scoop into cucumber slices, sprinkle with paprika and serve!

Posted by on Sep 08, 2015 | 0 Comments

What Do Dr. Lipman And His Wife Eat?

The Lipman Kitchen

So many people ask Frank and me questions about our diet and what we eat on a daily basis. So I’m going to pull back the curtain and share some insights into how we really eat. Here are the most common questions we get and the inside scoop on what The Lipmans eat.

Do you subscribe to any particular diet?

No we don’t, although we tend towards a Paleo or low carb diet, as Frank especially, does not metabolize carbs well. So we eat tons of vegetables, lots of high quality healthy fats, proteins from healthy sources, nuts and seeds and some beans and fruits. For the most part, we eat food that is fresh, unprocessed, unrefined, unpackaged, unaltered and as close to nature as possible. We avoid gluten in particular, but most grains too (although we eat quinoa now and then) and try keep sugar to a minimum. We try to eat as much locally grown produce as possible, choose organic when available and avoid GMO’s. We’re big fans of supporting local farmers and encourage you do the same. Not only will you be getting fresher, tastier, seasonal produce, but knowing where your food comes from just feels good. 

What do you have for breakfast?

Breakfast is honestly one of my favorite meals of the day. I make big protein smoothies that are loaded with lots of healthy goodies. It’s filling and keeps us satisfied all morning.

My current favorite smoothie is

Frank’s current favorite smoothie is:

  • 1 scoop Be Well Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
  • 1/4 cup brewed organic coffee or Teecino caffeine free herbal coffee
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon Be Well Probiotic Powder
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 heaped Tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 – 8 ice cubes

He sometimes uses our Sustain protein powder instead of the Whey protein

If we don’t have a smoothie, we will have organic pastured eggs from our local farmer

So you eat meat?

Yes, we eat meat, as long as it’s grass-fed and chicken if it’s organic. We avoid all factory farmed meats. We mostly buy our grass fed meat from our local farmers or Whole Foods. However, if you don’t have one nearby, here is an online resource we recommend: U.S. Wellness Meats.  At one point, Trader Joe’s had grass-fed ground beef which was reasonably priced. It’s not always available, but it’s great value when they have it.  We also eat meat and lamb from New Zealand as it’s always grass-fed.


Posted by on Sep 07, 2015 | 10 Comments

Sneaky Ways Corn (Non-GMO, Of Course) Protects Teeth

BBQ Corn

When a patient of mine told me that he likes eating oranges because they help remind him to floss, I realized he was onto something.

If you’ve always struggled with making flossing a permanent habit, you might be relieved to know that there’s a very simple reason why. It has to do with the psychology of how we make habits.

To make a new habit, you need two things: a cue and a reward.

You probably brush your teeth before bed because of a cue and a reward. By the end of the day, you crave that clean minty teeth feeling on your teeth, so you’re reminded to pick up your toothbrush and brush. The cue is dirty, sticky teeth and the reward is a minty clean, slippery teeth.

The reason we crave that clean teeth feeling is thanks to an ad campaign from the early 1900s that got Americans brushing. It told people “run your tongue across your teeth. You’ll feel a film…why would you keep a dingy film on your teeth? Our toothpaste removes the film!”

But what’s the cue that gets us to floss? There isn’t one! This is exactly why so many of us struggle to make flossing a habit.

There’s a summer BBQ food that is perfect for making the psychology of habit formation work for you and protects teeth– and it’s corn on the cob.

Here’s why:

  1. Corn on the cob gets stuck in your teeth and will create a cue that will remind you to floss. Corn will do the trick, or any other food you know will get stuck in your teeth and annoy you until you floss it out!
  1. The cue leads to the reward — that tingly clean feeling you get from flossing. Floss enough times and you’ll learn what it feels like and even start to crave it. I have patients who went from never flossing to not being able to go to bed without flossing because they learned to crave how it feels.

We make new habits with cues and rewards — not lectures or guilt trips. Making flossing a habit will protect you from heart disease, dementia, and overall inflammation in your body. But knowing isn’t the same as doing, so try this psychology hack out for yourself and let me know what your “flossing food” is in the comments below!

Mark Burhenne DDS

Posted by on Sep 04, 2015 | 0 Comments

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin P?

Reprinted with permission from Experience Life Magazine.

Even small doses of pleasure can raise our levels of immune-boosting chemicals.

Recently, at a healthy-living conference, I had one of those quickie-checkups. In five minutes, you get a blood-pressure reading; plus a finger-stick blood draw; a computerized printout of your triglyceride, cholesterol and blood sugar levels; and a mini-analysis of your results from the attending health pro. Amazing!

If you can access these kinds of tests at your fitness club or a local health fair, do — it’s a great snapshot of your overall health, and a solid motivator to make positive lifestyle adjustments if you don’t like what you see.

In my case, the numbers were all good. So I’m going to keep on doing what seems to be working for me —namely, eating mostly whole foods, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and managing my stress. And, being an inveterate self-improver, I’m going to continue experimenting and fine-tuning my approach.

One adjustment I’ve been working on over the past few years involves upping my daily intake of what nutritional psychologist Marc David, MA, has dubbed “vitamin P,” which stands for Pleasure.

To date, there’s no blood test that can directly assess your baseline level of this nutrient, and no official Recommended Daily Intake. But as a key factor in both our physical and mental vitality, pleasure counts for far more than most of us realize.

That’s why, ever since we did a feature on the relationship between pleasure, satisfaction and optimal health (“A Real Pleasure,” December 2008), I’ve had a clipped-out pull quote from the story posted on my kitchen bulletin board. It reads:

“What’s clear is that our levels of pleasure and satisfaction are directly related to our biochemical balance.”

Seeing this little clipping reminds me that, just like our nutrition and fitness regimens, a steady supply of feel-good satisfaction is important to our physiological well-being. (more…)

Posted by on Sep 03, 2015 | 0 Comments