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Saturday, February 25, 2012


WASHINGTON, D.C., July 14, 2009 — Physicians and nurses are as likely as members of the general public to use dietary supplements and most physicians and nurses recommend supplements to their patients (1), says a new study published in Nutrition Journal, a peer-reviewed, on-line journal that focuses on the field of human nutrition. The study, which utilized data from the “Life…supplemented” Healthcare Professionals (HCP) Impact Study, found that 72 percent of physicians and 89 percent of nurses used dietary supplements and that 79 percent of physicians and 82 percent of nurses said that they recommend dietary supplements to their patients.
“Health professionals including physicians and nurses are just as interested in healthy lifestyles as members of the general public and are just as likely to benefit from rational supplementation,” the authors—Annette Dickinson, Ph.D., consultant and past president of the Council for Responsible Nutrition; Andrew Shao, Ph.D., vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, Council for Responsible Nutrition; and Nicolas Boyon, senior vice president, Ipsos Public Affairs, who conducted the HCP Study—state in the article.
The study found that the dietary supplement product most commonly used was the multivitamin, with or without minerals. Vitamins and other minerals most commonly used by both physicians and nurses after multivitamins included vitamin C, a B vitamin complex, vitamin D, vitamin E and calcium. However, physicians and nurses seemed to differ slightly on the non-vitamin and mineral products they used most often—physicians reported higher usages of green tea, fish oil, glucosamine, soy, flax seed and chondroitin (in that order) while nurses tended to use green tea, fish oil, echinacea, glucosamine and flax seed, respectively.
Overall health and wellness is the biggest motivator for taking dietary supplements, according to 40 percent of physicians and 48 percent of nurses who take supplements. However, more than two-thirds cited multiple motivations, including bone health, flu or colds, heart health, immune health, joint health, energy and musculoskeletal pain. Most physicians and nurses cite similar reasons for recommending dietary supplements to their patients, with the most common reason being for overall health and wellness (41 percent of physicians who recommend supplements and 62 percent of nurses who do), followed by bone health, joint health, flu or colds, heart health, immune health, musculoskeletal pain, and energy. Over three-quarters (75 percent of physicians and 79 percent of nurses) also indicated that they would be interested in Continuing Medical Education regarding dietary supplements.
This latest survey adds to the growing body of published data suggesting that healthcare professionals are among the highest users of supplements. For example, in a survey of women physicians, it was reported that 64 percent used vitamin or mineral supplements at least occasionally and 47 percent of the women used a vitamin or mineral supplement at least 5 days a week. (2)
“It may appear surprising that physicians and nurses are as likely as the general population to be using dietary supplements, given the negative views sometimes expressed editorially in medical journals,” the authors conclude. “Physicians and nurses, as well as lay consumers, are exposed to these divergent views and must make their own decisions regarding their personal approach to wellness. The majority opt to use dietary supplements.”

1 Dickinson A, Boyon N, Shao A. Physicians and nurses use and recommend dietary supplements: report of a survey. Nutrition Journal 2009, 8:29 doi:10.1186/1475-2891-8-29.
2 Frank E, Bendich A, Denniston M. Use of vitamin-mineral supplements by female physicians in the United States. Am J Clin Nutr 2000;72:969-975.

Note to Editor: The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing dietary supplement manufacturers and ingredient suppliers. In addition to complying with a host of federal and state regulations governing dietary supplements, CRN members also agree to adhere to voluntary guidelines for manufacturing, marketing and CRN’s Code of Ethics. Visit

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Biofeedback Coaching at Best Self USA

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Best Self USA is a full spectrum counseling and life skills training facility in Naples, FL offering distance counseling services in the privacy of your own home by use of voice, video, online and other media.
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Phone: 239-591-4565
(Naples, FL) Best Self USA is an innovative Counseling and Life Skills Clinic.  They have been helping people for more than 40 years, and are applying the latest research and technology.

Biofeedback Coaching – a shortcut to therapeutic results
Dr. Sam Sewell was privileged to work personally with Dr. Elmer Green, the father of biofeedback therapy.  In the early 1970’s Dr. Sewell was recruited to participate in a research project at the famous Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. Dr. Green was the first person ever to receive a National Institutes of Health research grant, given for his autonomic research program. Dr. Green investigated voluntary control of internal states by individuals like Swami Rama, and American Indian medicine man Rolling Thunder.  A film containing footage from their investigations was released as Biofeedback: The Yoga of the West (1974)

Dr. Sewell’s participation in these studies in the early 1970s strongly influenced him. He has been using biofeedback therapy at Best Self USA ever since.

Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to have volitional management of autonomic functions, thus improving overall health and performance. Precise instruments measure physiological activity. These instruments rapidly and accurately 'feedback' information to the user.   Becoming aware of this information — often in conjunction with changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior —results in desirable therapeutic changes. Over time, these changes become responsive to the individual’s will, and can be implemented without the use of an instrument.

Biofeedback has many therapeutic applications, but the primary goal of biofeedback training at Best Self USA is to empower the individuals to have volitional input into and management of the autonomic functions that create stress and emotions. 

STRESS MANAGEMENT – In just a few coaching sessions clients learn to turn off stress responses to stimulus quickly; stimulus that has heretofore always resulted in uncomfortable feelings.  EXAMPLE: The usual stress-related responses to situations at work or in the family can be reduced, and perhaps eliminated, by finding the internal “switch” that controls such stress responses.  Biofeedback coaching can help the client find the On/Off switch for stress.

ANXIETY DISORDERS – We all have anxiety “triggers.”  They range from feeling somewhat uncomfortable in an elevator to the significant anxiety attacks associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.   EXAMPLE: A client has developed obsessive patterns of anxious thinking related to an automobile accident that happened three years ago.  With biofeedback coaching the client leans how to “turn on” and “turn off” such uncomfortable feelings and becomes better able to manage such feelings, eventually becoming desensitized to the original trauma. 

PERSISTENT  TRAUMA – Many of us have trauma buried in our personal histories.  Grief or guilt can feel very uncomfortable, even if the events happened years ago, as far back as during childhood.  Biofeedback coaching can help clients identify the intensity of buried traumatic memories and feelings, and can help desensitize them to such memories and feelings.  EXAMPLE: An elderly man who cheated on his wife one time when he was 24 years old continues to have very uncomfortable feelings about his “one night stand.”  By experiencing these feelings and memories while connected to a biofeedback device he can get accurate readings about his progress in “letting go” of his history, progressively transcending the event, and finding peace.

Clients who request biofeedback coaching will begin with a brief orientation session to establish the guiding principles of biofeedback science.  In the next session they are introduced to the biofeedback device and familiarized with the effectiveness of biofeedback training.  A significant advantage of biofeedback training over conventional therapy is instantaneous, objective progress measurement.  After completing the introduction to biofeedback training the client will be invited to work with a biofeedback device that is connected to a computer so that they can work on their skills independently, without supervision.  The eventual goal is for the clients to become so comfortable and proficient with these skills that they will be able to apply them in real life situations without the need of the biofeedback unit.

Most people can identify with the plaintive cry “Help! My brain has a mind of its own!”  We all know what it feels like to have our brain taking charge of our thinking, feeling, and behavior.  Biofeedback training can help you become the master of your brain, rather than your brain being in charge of you.

Two short videos of Dr. Green’s research are on YouTube

This is an example of a modern biofeedback device.

Other groundbreaking services provided by Best Self USA include:

The staff at the Best Self Clinic can help you to
become the best you can be!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Our Annual Valentine Message - Most visited link on our clinic web site


LOVE  or love?
by Sam and Bunny Sewell

            Every time we try to explain the two kinds of love to someone, they know very well what we are trying to say.  We all have noticed a distinct difference between LOVE and love.  However, we don't seem to be able to make the distinction between the two until after we are hurt and confused.  We all get smart too late!   It is as if love had the power to cast a spell over us and make us believe that we are experiencing LOVE.  In an effort to keep all of us from being hurt or hurting others, the Best Self Clinic offers the following comments on the subject.
            First, the lesser love is a biologically motivated mating behavior similar to that which can be seen in the animal kingdom.  Second, in humans it shows up as a deficiency need.  love is a hole that yearns to be filled!  This lesser kind of love is an emptiness, a lack of emotional self-sufficiency.  This deficiency is almost like a lack of vitamins or other dietary shortcoming.   It results in "love craving" or "love hunger" just as dietary deficiencies often result in cravings for certain kinds of food.   Our whole culture seems to be suffering from "love craving".  Most of the so called "love songs" are about this lesser love..   Romance novels, movies, TV programs, and Valentine cards all have this lesser love  as their theme.  "How can I live without you?" and "Without you I am nothing at all!" are not examples of  healthy love. We have all seen those people who grasp at relationships and fall in love   twice a week.  Men who suffer from this condition tend to be very charming and are skillful in the art of courtship.  They sweep women off their feet as the prelude to a relationship filled with attempts to dominate, suspicious jealousy, and often, abusive behavior.   Women who are lesser lovers often make friends with  nice guys and  “fall  in love” with  the type  of  men described  in  the previous sentence (usually referred to as an unmentionable body orifice).  Nice guys just aren't "romantic" enough for them.
            Many people, when given a chance to make a choice, are so blinded by their cravings that they foolishly choose love.   Then, these same people begin to question the worth of all members of  the  opposite  sex,  rather  than  questioning  their  own mate  selection  habits. Choosing love rather than LOVE reminds us of addicted laboratory animals who will choose drugs and die of starvation rather than choose nourishment.
            Persons  suffering  from  this  deficiency  disease  are  so  obsessed  with filling  their  emptiness that they can't even think about giving to another person.  Their whole reason for existence is to fill up the aching bottomless pit inside them.  They operate from their need to receive from others.  We all know people like this.  Maybe we even see parts of ourselves in this behavior.  These lesser lovers make very poor friends, mates, or sex partners.  They suffer and everyone who becomes involved with them suffers.
            If you suffer from this problem, PLEASE quit looking for a relationship!  Quit hanging around bars, going to church to meet that “special someone”, or joining singles groups.  The only relationship you should be seeking is an intense, honest involvement with a good psychotherapist.  If you are someone involved with (not married to) a lesser lover, save yourself a lot of trouble and get out of the relationship at once.   If  you are married to a lesser lover get some help for both of you before you suffer any longer and your family is destroyed.  Don't be the model for your children growing up to be lesser lovers!
            One of the odd things about these two kinds of love is that everyone can recognize them.   The person who has evolved into a healthy, emotionally self sufficient individual has also been a lesser lover at some point.   The lesser lover probably has caught a glimpse of what it is like to really LOVE.  Perhaps none of us is totally one kind of lover.   There seems to be a broad spectrum of human behavior between  LOVE at one extreme and love at the other.  We all experience both kinds of love in varying combinations.  Lets look at some contrasts between the two kinds of love:
1.)   Since LOVE is non-possessive and admiring, rather than needing, it makes no trouble and is practically always a joy to all concerned.   love  causes plenty of heartache and trouble.
2.)   LOVE can never  wear out.   LOVE grows greater rather than disappearing.  You can't "lose that LOVE-ing  feeling".  love  seldom lasts.
3.)   The LOVE experience is closely akin to the inspiration of poets and artists.   LOVE is mystical and holy.   LOVE is humans involved in the Divine.   love can be observed in livestock every spring breeding season.
4.)    The  healing  and  nurturing  effects of LOVE are profound and widespread.  The caring nurse  heals patients with her LOVE.   The nurturing LOVE of parents guides their child's growth into a  healthy adult.  love  doesn't heal, it makes people sick.  love  doesn't nurture, it takes from everything that comes into contact with it.
5.)  LOVE does not seek to be gratified.  Gratification doesn't even enter the picture since LOVE comes from a person's fullness, not from his need.  love  is always seeking gratification and can never be satisfied.   love  "can't get no satisfaction".
6.)   Couples who know how to LOVE are more independent of each other. They are more individual, less jealous or threatened, they need less and give more, they are more eager to help the other toward becoming their best self.  love is cloying, clinging, dependent, jealous, and threatened by the other person's independence and personal growth.
7.)   LOVE helps create both partners’ best selves.   LOVE is the ultimate environment for personal growth.   The full development of a human being may be impossible without it.  love  takes from one at the other's expense.
LOVE eliminates the need for love.
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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Best Self USA - nutritional solutions to emotional problems - NEWS RELEASE

Best Self USA 

Phone: 239-591-4565
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(Naples, FL) Best Self USA is a full spectrum counseling and life skills training facility in Naples, FL offering distance counseling services in the privacy of your own home by use of voice, video, online and other media.

Best Self USA is well known for finding nutritional solutions to emotional problems. They use the highest quality nutrients from the largest natural nutrition company in the world. Nutritional counseling is offered without fees.

Neurotransmitters (NTs) are essential chemical messengers that regulate brain, muscle, nerve and organ functions.  People with low levels of neurotransmitters can suffer from one or more of the following conditions: obesity, depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, insomnia, attention deficit, learning disorders, panic attacks, migraines, PMS, menopausal symptoms, digestive complaints and many more.

You own the source of neurotransmitters. They are only manufactured inside your own body.  The natural treatment for optimizing your neurotransmitter levels is to provide the basic amino acid precursors, or building blocks, so the body can replenish the inadequate neurotransmitter levels.  Using natural molecules, rather than drug company molecules, to create emotional wellness, is called ORTHOMOLECULAR PSYCHIATRY, and is explained here:

Other groundbreaking services provided by Best Self USA include:

  • Marriage and Family Counseling services, delivered by a husband/wife therapy team.
  • A MENSA Gifted Child Coordinator on staff for children and teens
  • Cognitive/Behavioral techniques. Short term, solution focused therapy.
  • Secure and confidential services for clergy and lay leaders
  • Excellent results using drug-free nutritional solutions for treating emotional problems
  • On-staff medical doctor for nutritional consultation.
  • Executive Coaching for upper level management and those who wish to become successful in business.
  • State of the art Diagnostic tools to pin-point problem areas and strengths
  • Training materials provided to supplement counseling sessions, increasing efficiency and reducing costs.

The staff at the Best Self Clinic can help you to
become the best you can be!