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Looking for the perfect gift for the parent, colleague, or friend that is hard to buy for? A gift to the Kansas Kids Fund in honor of your loved one will benefit children in our state for generations.

A gift to the Kansas Kids Fund in honor of a loved one comes with a gift certificate that lets that special person know a gift was made in their name that will benefit Kansas children far into the future.

KAAP Board members will be matching each gift to the Kansas Kids Fund until the end of the year up to $25,000! This means that your gift will have double the impact for programs that will benefit children.

This gift will help fund important initiatives in the areas of childhood obesity, mental health, immunizations, oral health, early brain development and more. Thank you for your support!

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Natural Chef Gerd Pauli’s School Lunch recipes: Guacomole and Turkey Wraps

Natural Chef Gerd Pauli was a chef at schools to improve school lunches down in Texas. He recently moved to Kansas and would love to find another school to establish healthy school lunches again. If you are a parent or have connections with a school that you think might be interested. Please contact me at aesparham@kumc.edu.

Here are his simple, easy school lunch recipes for Guacomole with veggie sticks, and turkey wraps. Add a piece of fruit and even bean chips and nuts/seeds to add even more nutrients.

Guacamole:

Ingredients:
1 avocado
1 lemon
Salt/pepper
Diced Tomato

Prep:
Mix all ingredients with fork or blender and eat with veggie sticks, bean chips, or occasional tortilla chips.

Turkey wraps:

Ingredients:
6-8 oz deli meat – low sodium (preferable nitrate free)
One cucumber
Diced tomato

Prep: Wrap sliced cucumber and diced tomato in deli meat, may hold together with toothpick in container of choice.

Ketogenic Diet for Cancer

Diet modification is well known to prevent chronic disease and treat lifestyle-related diseases, including cancer.  Caloric restriction, intermittent fasting, and ketogenic diets are the more commonly exploited dietary therapies utilized by patients with cancer.  The ketogenic diet was initially utilized to help patients with severe seizure disorders in the 1920s, providing relief from intractable epilepsy (Wilder RM 1921). Recently, ketogenic diets have gained popularity among scientific community and healthcare consumers as a cancer treatment (Maroon et al. 2013)(Poff et al. 2013)(Abdelwahab et al. 2012)(Seyfried et al. 2012).

Ketogenic diets are described as high-fat, low-carbohydrate diets that have been found to starve cancer cells of metabolic fuel (Seyfried and Shelton 2010a). The strict regimen mimics the metabolic effects of starvation, as ketogenic diets decrease glucose and increase ketones in the blood. While healthy human cells can metabolize ketones for fuel, cancer cells cannot. They need GLUCOSE and GLUTAMINE to survive (Mathews et al. 2014)(Seyfried and Shelton 2010a).   Much of the scientific literature on ketogenic diets for cancer has been published for malignant glioblastoma, especially in the pediatric population (Chang, Olson, and Schwartz 2013; Maroon et al. 2013; Seyfried et al. 2011, 2012).

Individuals on a ketogenic diet are maintained on a “keto” ratio, most often between 1-2:1, described as grams of fat to combined grams of protein plus carbohydrates.  This keto ratio is lower in patients with cancer than the commonly prescribed ketogenic diets for epileptic patients, which is usually a 3-4:1 ratio (B. a Zupec-Kania and Spellman 2014). Individuals need to be followed closely by a physician and dietitian skilled in ketogenic diets due to nutrition and metabolic requirements while on a ketogenic diet.  Adverse effects include micronutrient deficiencies, hypoglycemia, metabolic acidosis, dehydration, constipation, kidney stones, pancreatitis, and weight loss and decreased growth (Williams et al. 2002)(Sampath A et al. 2007) (B. Zupec-Kania and Zupanc 2008).

Macadamia Cashew Coconut Protein Balls

This recipe shouldn’t take more than ten minutes total 🙂  Another great reason to use this recipe. 

Ingredients:

1. 1 cup of raw macadamias

2. 1 cup of raw cashews

3. 1/2 cup coconut flour

4. 1/2 cup candied ginger slices

5. 3 packets of stevia or 2-3 tbsp of honey/maple syrup

6. handful of Coconut flakes

 

Preparation:

Throw all ingredients in a food processor until all nuts blended. Roll into balls on coconut flakes on parchment paper and stick in the fridge and Voila!  

 

Vegetarian Chili with Portobello Mushrooms

Vegetable Chili with Portobello Mushrooms

 

Ingredients

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil, organic butter, ghee

1 medium red onion, chopped (Option: reserve some for topping prepared soup)

3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 Tablespoons chili powder

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 poblano chile pepper, seeded and diced

2 portobello mushrooms, stemmed and chopped

2 cups frozen corn (preferably organic), thawed

2 14-ounce cans no-salt-added pinto beans

1 14-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes

¾ teaspoon Sea salt, or to-taste (may use Herbamare* seasoning salt, if you have it)

½ teaspoon black pepper, or to-taste

Optional additions: Greek Yogurt, Diced Fresh Tomato and/or Cilantro

Optional: Serve with warmed corn, teff, rice tortillas

 

Directions

  1. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add all but a few Tablespoons of the chopped red onion. Stir in garlic, chili powder and cumin and cook stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to soften, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the poblano, mushrooms and corn and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, about 3 more minutes.
  3. Add beans, tomatoes, 1 ½ cups water and ¾ teaspoon salt or Herbamare & ½ teaspoon pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil then stir and reduce heat to medium. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender and the chili thickens, about 20 minutes. If needed, adjust salt/pepper.
  5. Divide chili among bowls. Top with desired toppings

 

Recipe adapted by Leigh Wagner

 

*Herbamare is an herb blend created by Alfred Vogel who was a Swiss phytotherapist, nutritionist and writer. It’s sold at Whole Foods, online or other natural foods stores.

What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is an EEG-based form of biofeedback.  Biofeedback is used for bringing awareness to physiologic functions in order to control them voluntarily. This is done usually through use of an instrument. It is a type of “operant conditioning” in which an individual can modify the brain’s electrical activity by rewarding or inhibiting certain brainwaves.  This is commonly accomplished using a video monitor.

When the brain is operating efficiently, it produces just the right brainwaves so you can do whatever you need to do with focus, clarity and a positive state of mind.  But brainwave inefficiency manifests itself in any number of conditions such as anxiety, depression, attention deficit, behavior disorders, sleep disorders, headaches and emotional disturbances.

 

Retraining brainwaves can eliminate or improve symptoms of the following conditions:

  •   ADD/ADHD
  •   Addiction
  •   Anxiety
  •   Depression
  •   Chronic   Fatigue
  •   Fibromyalgia           
  •   Headaches 
  •   Insomnia   
  •   Memory   Problems
  •   Pain
  •   Parkinsonism
  •   Post-traumatic   stress disorder
  •   Stroke
  •   Tremor
   

 

Neuromapping: Evaluation and   Assessment

Typically, before a client has any   brainwave training, a qEEG is done.    Quantitative Electroencephalography (qEEG) is a procedure that   processes the recorded EEG activity from a multi-electrode recording using a   computer.

 

The patient sits in a comfortable chair   while the technician cleans the earlobes and two spots on the scalp to ensure   conductivity.  The technician then   clips one clip to each ear and pastes 19 sensors to the scalp.  The neuromapping computer program is run   twice, first with eyes open, then with eyes closed, each of these take 15   minutes, and the whole process takes 2 hours.

 

The EEG and the derived qEEG information   can be interpreted and used by experts as a clinical tool to evaluate brain   function.  QEEG brain mapping provides   a highly individualized evaluation and assessment for treatment planning.

 

Neurofeedback: Treatment   Intervention

 

Once the problem is identified, a   neurofeedback protocol is put into place.

During neurofeedback, sensors are first  placed on the scalp then connected to sensitive electronics and computer   software that detect, amplify and record specific brain activity.  The software processes the signal and   provides the proper feedback in visual and audio form.

Areas that are abnormally slow can be  trained to operate at a faster frequency.   Areas that are abnormally fast can be trained to operate at a slower   (more normal) frequency.

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does each neurofeedback session take?

Sessions usually take 1hour.

How frequently should the sessions be scheduled?

In the initial stages of learning, the sessions should be regular and frequent. This means two or three sessions each week, with consistency being the most important.

How will I feel after a session?

Depending on what frequency is being trained, some patients report feeling more relaxed and focused after a session, others may not feel any differently.

Are the results of neurofeedback permanent?

According to research over the past 40 years, the brain will continue to use its new capabilities.  Stress or a life-changing event like divorce may retrigger symptoms, but fewer neurofeedback sessions are needed to return brain efficiency.

Are there any contraindications for neurofeedback?

There are no known contraindications.

How long before I see any improvement?

For most conditions, progress can be observed within 10-20 sessions. However, patients are advised to expect 30-50 sessions on average, depending on the type of problem, the age of the person, and many other factors.

               

 

 

Environmental Chemicals and toxins

car exhaustThis is a popular topic today as research is finding out that chemicals are causing illness, especially in our most vulnerable population: kids. Now, we know that toxins actually are damaging before our children are born. While pregnant, the mother can actually transfer her toxic exposures to her child. The unfortunate part is that the fetus cannot detoxify these chemicals. Hence, many chemicals can lead to illness, including neurodevelopmental disorders. This has been by witnessed by mercury and lead exposure, but now it is not just the heavy metals, it is the chemicals leaching from plastics and the pesticide and herbicide use in our lawns.

Many diseases are now linked to these chemicals known as “endocrine disruptors”, such as early puberty, thyroid disease, obesity, and even cancer.

So what can you do to limit the exposure? We’re inundated with car exhaust, air pollution, and every day chemicals used at work, but we can limit it by avoiding chemicals on our lawn and in our house to kill bugs. It takes a bit more work to pluck weeds and use sticky traps. Here are some ideas for healthy alternatives to harsh pesticide chemicals: LINK

Brain-Gut Axis

brain gut axisImagine a bi-directional highway between your gut and your brain. Now, all the cars and trucks on the highway are called neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters are the biologic messengers of the gut and the brain. There is serotonin, which is the feel good neurotransmitter, and dopamine, which is your motivator neurotransmitter, and GABA, which is your calming neurotransmitter. These are just a few of the neurotransmitters, with more about them HERE.

Neurotransmitters aren’t just made in the brain, they are mostly manufactured in the gut. And how do we make them? Through the protein that we eat! That’s why we need to eat well-balanced meals so that we can get the protein we need to help keep our nervous system in balance.

Proteins break down into amino acids in the gut. And these amino acids are the precursors to neurotransmitters. But that’s not all we need to make neurotransmitters.

We also need vitamins and minerals, otherwise our neurotransmitters run out of gas. The most common vitamins and minerals we need to help make neurotransmitters include: Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Magnesium, and zinc.

So to sum up, we need healthy protein at every meal, as well as whole foods, such as legumes, squash, greens, cruciferous vegetables and fruits, to provide the necessary vitamins and minerals to support the nervous system.