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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

My comments on the Bob Harden Show - Services for the Gifted and Talented

My comments on the Bob Harden Show - Services for the Gifted and Talented

The radio program this morning on the Bob Harden Show-

Services for the Gifted and Talented

I am so excited to announce our new Service called Best Self Noetics. This is a program for the gifted and talented. High functioning individuals have difficulty responding to conventional therapy techniques, and frequently need customized/individualized services. They also have problems that are unique to gifted people.  Business executives, computer programmers. inventers and engineers, artists, actors, writers, scientists, etc. have special needs that we hope to meet with our Best Self Noetics program.  We have been working with gifted children for decades. We have gained a reputation of being “shrink to the mad geniuses” so we have created a special department for this client base.  Four of our counselors and one of our MDs are Mensa members.  Since many of these clients are high achievers, our customized Best Self Noetics services are $500 hr, from which we hope to fund scholarships for less fortunate families and children.
All Best Self Noetics Services are custom designed for the individual.
Please call  (239) 591 4565 for more information

Friday, December 26, 2014

FREE ADULT EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY Biblical Scholarship Course ~ Open to the Public

FREE ADULT EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY Biblical Scholarship Course ~ Open to the Public


News Release
CONTACT: Rev. Sam or Bunny Sewell

Biblical Scholarship Course ~ Open to the Public

Biblical Scholarship is not the same thing as Bible Study. This Biblical Scholarship Program aims to provide a curriculum similar to that which is taught at accredited seminaries.

The Theological Center in Naples and Moorings Presbyterian Church are sponsoring this unique adult education opportunity.  Revs. Sam and Bunny Sewell are teaching an ongoing Biblical Scholarship Program immediately after worship service in theStrozier Library on the campus at Moorings Presbyterian Church from 11:15 to Noon every Sunday, beginning on Sunday, January 4. There will be an optional Q&A period after the class, for those who are interested.

The Sewell’s have been teaching Biblical Scholarship in Naples for more than two decades.

Are you interested in learning more about how the Bible was written, how scholars reconcile apparent inconsistencies, and in strengthening your faith by learning how the Bible applies to us today?

There is no tuition for this class, however free will offerings are appreciated. 

Please register in the foyer at Mooring Presbyterian, or contact Sam & 239-591-4565


The primary resource for this extensive curriculum is the 12 volume Interpreter’s Bible. Obviously, participants will not be required to provide their own text books. Just show up with your own Bible, a note pad, pen or pencil and highlighter. Sam and Bunny own the digital software of the Interpreter’s Bible, as well as the twelve volume set. The Interpreter’s Bible is also available in the Moorings Presbyterian Church Library.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Treating ADHD in Adults with Micronutrients

Treating ADHD in Adults with Micronutrients

Effect of a Nutritional Supplement on Attention and Mood in Adults with Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Brief Information about the study
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) occurs in approximately 4-5 percent of the adults Almeida Montez, Hernandez Garca, & Ricardo-Garcell, 2007; Kessler et al. 2006) and a large proportion of these adults do not respond to treatment with medications (Biederman et al., 2006: Spencer et al., 2005; Torgersen et al., 2008).
In a recent open-label trial of a broad band nutritional supplement in the treatment of adults with ADHD and mood instability, participants showed improvements in hyperactivity, impulsivity and mood (Rucklidge et al., in press).
The purpose of the current study is to conduct a randomised controlled trial (RCT) to examine the helpfulness of this nutritional supplement in the treatment of adults with ADHD. Participants with ADHD take part in a 16-week trial. For the first eight weeks of the study, participants are randomly (i.e., like the toss of a coin) assigned to either the micronutrient pill group or the placebo pill group. For the following eight weeks, participants take part in an open-label (i.e., participants know what they are taking) trial. Blood and urine tests are taken at three times during the study to monitor participants’ safety. Measures of ADHD symptoms, mood, and pill compliance are taken throughout the study. Participants also take part in some activities to measure brain functioning and processing pre-randomisation and following the RCT phase of the study in order for researchers to examine the impact of the micronutrients on brain processing.
If you have any questions, or would like to know more about the study, please contact:
Asking questions about the study does not commit you to taking part.
This research has been approved by the Human Ethics committee at the University of Canterbury and the Upper South A Regional Ethics Committee. Consultation regarding this research has also been sought from Te Komiti Whakarite.
Funding for this research comes from the University of Canterbury, private donations and from the Vic Davis Trust.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Nutritional Solutions to Emotional Problems

Nutritional Solutions to Emotional Problems

IF YOU, OR ANYONE YOU KNOW, HAS BEEN USING, OR HAS EVER USED, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS FOR MENTAL OR COGNITIVE PROBLEMS YOU MUST SEE THIS VIDEO - We have been using Nutritional Solutions to Emotional Problems in our Counseling Practice since the early 70s. On our website (below) you will find two excellent videos which show the value of OrthoMolecular PsychoPharmacology (natural molecules) in dealing with Mental Health issues, and support healthy bodies & brains, nutritionally. Ta pinto the latest research. Both videos are WELL worth watching!
Nutrition in Mental Health
Rich with research citations, and makes a convincing 3rd party argument for nutrition and supplements for all ages.
These videos encourage us to do a better job of getting the word out about New Research Supporting Nutritional Solutions For Emotional Problems. Let's create a tipping point where nutritional solutions are so well known that many, MANY more are helped NOW, before their children are put on more and more psychotropic drugs for “odd” behaviors, inattention, and improperly diagnosed ADD/ADHD, etc. There are NO SAFE DRUGS. ALL drugs have side effects. There are often better answers! Nutritional solutions have beneficial results!
Over the years we have helped numerous clients with bipolar and other mental health issues who were on multiple meds. With the introduction of full spectrum nutritional solutions, in conjunction with their health professionals, we have been able repeatedly to help them reduce or eliminate meds (and the inevitable side effects) and begin enjoying the quality of life that vibrant health brings. We want that for every family! Please take the time to watch & share! EAGER FOR YOUR FEEDBACK!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Listen to program by Sam and Bunny - “Feed Your Brain for Mood and Cognitive Health”.

Dear Friends

Please join us this coming Tuesday, Oct 14th at 8:45 ET, on Product Talks,
as Pastoral Psychotherapists, Drs Sam & Bunny Sewell discuss
 “Feed Your Brain for Mood and Cognitive Health.

These  calls are every Tuesday evening, at
8:45 Eastern Time,  7:45 PM Central Time,  6:45 Mountain Time,  5:45 Pacific Time

The dial-in number is (212) 990-8000 pin number  6262#
Calls are archived at: ID & PW both:  shaklee.

Mood and cognitive disorders almost always have a biological contributing factor. Thus our solutions for these conditions require biological solutions.  Conventional mental health treatment is based on drugs. All drugs have side effects. Most people are not aware that there are natural solutions that are drug free. ADD/ADHD – Anxiety, Depression, Irritability, Stress and many more problems are resolved with nutritional solutions.

Orthomolecular psychopharmacology, a phrase with lots of syllables, simply means: applying the correct natural molecules to treat mood and cognitive disorders.  The pioneers in this field were two time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling and Dr. Abram Hoffer. Ground breaking work by Dr. Carl Pfeifer, Dr. George Samra and others in the nutritional basis of such symptoms has given us some clinical guidelines that consistently produce significant results.

People who have been under high levels of stress for an extended period of time, or who have placed their bodies under physiological stress through high levels of adrenaline or incorrect nutrition often experience severe perceptual problems or emotional symptoms which “won’t go away.” Stress depletes the level of serotonin (a neurotransmitter) in the brain which has a profound effect on cognitive ability and mood. While medications such as Prozac and other Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) do not elevate the levels of serotonin in the system, nutritional therapy can increase the systemic serotonin levels. 

Other biological causes that effect mood and thinking are blood sugar levels, hormones, metabolism, and nutritional deficiencies.

Join Sam and Bunny Sewell, Directors of Best Self USA, a counseling and life skills training clinic for a discussion on “Feed Your Brain for Mood and Cognitive Health”.
How can we help both children and adults to manage moods and be in charge of their brains, without the detrimental side effect of drugs? A very informative video and text on the subject are available at the Sewell’s clinic web site: 

Here is a link to a free copy of Stress and Mood Management from our book

and another link to a fundamentally important but simple principal about intelligent supplementation called the
Silver Bullet Approach”.

Feel free to send questions in advance to:
Spread the word to your friends and family so we can help them finally get some relief!

Tuesday, Oct 14th, 5:45 PT - 8:45 ET. We’ll be on 10 minutes early to welcome you, & answer your questions!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Doctors Need to Learn About Nutrition

Doctors Need to Learn About Nutrition

Tricia Ward, Stephen R. Devries, MD
September 04, 2014 | Medscape Cardiology: What prompted this commentary?
Dr. Devries: It's been clear to me for some time that nutrition has not been high on the radar in clinical cardiology. I know from my own training 25 years ago that I received essentially no education in nutrition in 3 years of internal medicine residency and 4 years of cardiovascular fellowship training. Unfortunately, despite the knowledge gained in the interim about the link between nutrition and health, very little has changed regarding the paucity of nutrition education over the past 25 years.
It struck me as a peculiar paradox that clinical practice guidelines highlight the primary importance of nutrition and lifestyle, yet the physicians who are expected to implement these guidelines receive absolutely no education in these areas during their residency and subspecialty training.

It seems hard to imagine that current accreditation guidelines in cardiology, for example, outline very detailed requirements regarding procedures, yet don't mention a word about nutrition. As I go around the country speaking to this point, the reaction is an incredulous "How can doctors not be required to learn about nutrition?"

Two years ago, I transitioned from a full-time academic practice to become director of an educational nonprofit, the Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology. One of our primary goals is to create a space for nutrition education within all levels of medical training programs. This new paper emerged as one of our efforts to emphasize the role of nutrition in medicine. | Medscape Cardiology: What is the relationship between the authors of this paper -- do they represent a particular body or group?
Dr. Devries: Our goal was to bring together as broad a group of physician educators as possible to help strengthen the message. My own work over the years has involved critically evaluating the evidence for nutrition and lifestyle practices, and the authors include many of the individuals I have collaborated with along the way. My personal belief (and a guiding philosophy of the Gaples Institute) is that we can best improve health care and the patient experience by bringing together the wisdom of passionate experts who may not normally be in dialogue with each other. Accordingly, the authors of this work include highly published academicians, natural health advocates, preventive cardiology researchers, directors of residency programs, and a former medical school dean. | Medscape Cardiology: Are you advocating any particular type of diet?
Dr. Devries: We're not aiming to promote a particular diet -- which is reflected in the diversity of authors, many of whom have slightly different takes on an optimal diet. Our message is much bigger: Let's give nutrition and lifestyle the attention they deserve in medicine. The goal is to create a space that doesn't currently exist for nutrition in medical training and practice.
And despite the diversity of opinions regarding diet, it's important to recognize there is a great deal of common ground: the need for greater consumption of vegetables and fruit, preferred intake of whole grains over refined, and avoidance of sugar-sweetened beverages. | Medscape Cardiology: Why do physicians need to learn about nutrition when there are dietitians? Can't they just refer patients to the experts?
Dr. Devries: I'm glad you raised that point. First of all, it's important to acknowledge that nutrition is a group effort and that patients can benefit from a wide range of health experts -- including dietitians, nutritionists, and nurses -- to help with dietary concerns. And certainly it's not realistic to expect that doctors will be able to take the time for detailed nutritional tasks, such as making daily meal plans, especially for those with complex nutritional needs.
Nevertheless, a solid foundation of nutritional knowledge will empower physicians to emphasize to patients that nutrition is a priority, and to encourage patients that the food-based "medicine" they consume is just as vital to their health plan as their medication. When it is apparent that nutrition is a priority for the doctor, it becomes a greater priority for the patient. Making that point doesn't take a lot of time.
Our goal is to leverage maximal impact from the physician's limited time. If only 15 minutes is slated for a return clinic appointment, devoting as little as 1 or 2 of those minutes to nutrition would be a huge advance from the status quo. Spending a couple of minutes to encourage vegetable and fruit intake or to discourage sugar-sweetened beverages is time well spent. And for those who need more extensive counseling, an appropriate referral is ideal -- and probably have all the more impact if the physician has already "premedicated" the patient to appreciate the importance of nutrition. | Medscape Cardiology: You state that nutrition is arguably more relevant to physicians than organic chemistry. How would you like to see it integrated into medical training?
Dr. Devries: The comment we made in the paper about organic chemistry pertained more to the undergraduate requirement for medical school. Although written a bit tongue-in-cheek, it referred to an article written by Drs. Dalen and Alpert[3] in which the importance of nutrition was compared with that of organic chemistry as a preparatory class for entrance into medical school. The idea is that we could begin to marinate future physicians with knowledge of nutrition early in their careers -- information undoubtedly more relevant to their future medical practice than that gained from organic chemistry. | Medscape Cardiology: What would be the timing and context of this education?
Dr. Devries: Currently, an average total of 20 hours is devoted to nutrition education in 4 years of medical school, and much of that time is dedicated to the biochemistry of nutrients and to rare nutritional deficiency states. Unfortunately, the little nutrition knowledge gained in medical school is typically extinguished in later clinical years because it is not reinforced.
Our recommendation is that a meaningful curriculum in nutrition be in place throughout medical training, from the basic sciences in medical school, to early clinical training, and extending into residency and subspecialty programs. Identifying clinical nutrition mentors is a challenge, but one that can only be addressed by a push for more nutrition education -- including education to train the trainers. | Medscape Cardiology: Are you also recommending a continuing medical education requirement?
Dr. Devries: Absolutely; continuing education in nutrition is essential. Looking back at just the past year, key studies have been released on nutritional topics ranging from the Mediterranean diet, all the way to the cardioprotective properties of both blueberries and nuts. Keeping current in clinical nutrition science through continuing medical education is one of our key recommendations. | Medscape Cardiology: One of the frustrations for healthcare professionals is the seemingly conflicting data on nutrition. How can these professionals be assured that they are up to date with the evidence base?
Dr. Devries: That's a great point. Consumers and health professionals alike are understandably confused by seemingly conflicting nutrition studies. The problem is fueled by dramatic headlines in the lay press with new "breakthrough" studies that contradict previous findings. Seeing past the headlines -- and most important, the ability to place the new information into context on the basis of previous knowledge -- requires a solid foundation of nutrition education that doesn't currently exist. | Medscape Cardiology: What can current medical students and practicing physicians do to improve their nutrition knowledge and counseling skills?
Dr. Devries: There are some innovative nutrition educational programs that we referenced in our paper. The Gaples Institute also has some useful information on our site and is working to develop much more. | Medscape Cardiology: Are there novel strategies -- group patient education, for example, or standardized diet-assessment tools -- that are effective and can save time in an already crowded physician visit?
Dr. Devries: The use of a previsit diet questionnaire saves time and can be extremely helpful for evaluation of the baseline diet and to track changes. Working with the patient to identify 1 or 2 especially relevant dietary goals to be followed-up at the next visit is particularly helpful. | Medscape Cardiology: In June 2014, there was a white paper[4] from the Bipartisan Policy Center, American College of Sports Medicine, and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation on teaching nutrition and physical activity in medical school. Do you have any plans to coordinate efforts with these groups, or do you see your paper as a call to action for others to enact upon?

Dr. Devries: Our paper was intended to spotlight the deficiency of nutrition education in medical training, but it's only the beginning. We are also working hard to remove the obstacles to greater utilization of nutrition in medicine, including accreditation and reimbursement issues. The Gaples Institute has met with leaders in the US Congress, the American College of Cardiology, and many other key stakeholders to help shape the future of medicine and realize our vision of making nutrition a cornerstone of medical care.