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Eileen Silva, Ph.D., N.D., CTN, is a doctor of Natural Health and Naturopathy, in Southlake, Texas, with a practice in metabolic health, weight, and body balancing. She has been treating patients and teaching workshops on integrative medicine for over 18 years. Eileen has appeared on TV and radio talk shows coast-to-coast, lectured extensively, and has developed a breakthrough technology, colored bar-graph, computerized body analysis program. Her newly-released book, A HEALTHIER YOU, joins her best-selling, FAT CHANCE AT LAST! ---HOW TO GO BEYOND WILLPOWER, in offering lifestyle changes for better health results. As CEO of Hegan Center, Eileen has trained and certified medical doctors and chiropractors for almost a decade. Her innovative wellness techniques have been used to help thousands of individuals achieve weight loss and better fitness. Eileen's programs have also brought enhanced energy, weight balance, and longevity to professionals in corporate wellness programs. Eileen is an active member of the American Naturopathic Medical Association, the American Holistic Health Association, and the Health Sciences Institute.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Are You Out of Balance? © Dr. Eileen Silva 2006

Today, I am sharing with you the role of pH balancing as an anti-aging, weight balancing, and disease management technique. You’ll be astonished to realize what a huge effect that having an overly acidic condition in your body can have on your health.

For example, if your body is too acidic – you will experience excessive fatigue, weak kidneys, easy weight gain, excessive stress, reluctant weight loss, constipation, aches, pains, headaches, malaise, proneness to catching colds, mental confusion, and even lack of clear thinking.

So . . . how do you know if your body is acidic or alkaline? Well, a great way is to measure it with pH paper. Your ideal pH saliva reading should be 7.0 first thing in the morning before you have anything to eat or drink. When you successfully bring your body to this ideal pH range, you will have much more natural vitality, and better metabolism. You will have fewer internal and external signs of aging.

By now you’re undoubtedly thinking . . . Ok . . . but then, how can you move your body into a more alkaline state? Here are some effective strategies.

You will want to:
Manage your stress more effectively.
Cleanse your body systems regularly.
Drink eight or more glasses of pure water daily. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice in it for great flavor and even more alkalinity.
Eat an alkaline-producing diet by:
-concentrating on alkaline-triggering foods (fruits and vegetables)
-limiting very acid-triggering foods (meats, fish, poultry) and carbohydrates (breads,pasta)
-eating reasonable amounts of acidic eggs, dairy products, and cereals.

Remember, while adequate protein is vital for healthy cells, when your cells become overburdened with protein, they may become toxic and acidic - so, there is a happy medium.

When you follow this regimen, and as your body moves from acidic to alkaline, you will experience relief from many unhealthy symptoms, and you will enjoy a much better quality of life in almost every way.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Please Help With Our Survey

Ever wonder about exercise and stress? We are putting together a project that addresses this concern, since February is "Heart" month.

(For your interest and convenience, you can find a calender for health at the following site:

We would appreciate your input on a short survey. Please take a moment to click on the site below and answer the few questions.

Thanks so much,

Dr. Silva

Monday, February 06, 2006

Your Child Has ADD © Dr. Eileen Silva 2006

“Your child can’t return to the classroom until he gets treated for hyperactivity.”
“Your child needs evaluation by the school psychologist.”

If you’ve heard any of these statements before, or if your child has been identified as having this problem, there are some things you should know. There is no set of clinical tests that can objectively diagnose Attention Deficit Disorder. As for the commonly used Ritalin, did you know that if your child has taken Ritalin after the age of 12, then he or she will not be considered suitable for serving in the Armed Forces because (according to Army recruiters) the drug causes a potential brain alteration.

Do you realize that in some school districts, nearly half the children are labeled as having behavioral problems? You are not alone and neither is your child!

It’s time for you to ask yourself a couple of questions:

Should you risk medicating your child with potentially brain-altering drugs on the outside chance that they will be beneficial?

Do the risks of body-chemistry problems outweigh possible benefits?

If you don’t feel comfortable taking these kinds of chances with your child, then tell your doctor you want your child to only take medications that are absolutely necessary.

Could you accomplish behavior modifications some other way? I’m going to say “Yes!”
Let’s look at some lifestyle issues that have a major bearing on children’s behavior:

First of all . . . there’s television. The average American watches 6 hours of television per day. This is both sedentary and over-stimulating and delivers negative messages. Limit your child to no more than 2 hours (preferably less) of viewing per day. Take the television out of your child’s room and don’t use it as a babysitter. The same thing goes for computer games. Why don’t you send your child to your backyard gym for a little old-fashioned, physical play? Or better yet, join him!

And another thing I’ve noticed: an effective nutritional program is always a good line of defense. Really work to improve your child’s diet. Insist that your child eat fruits and vegetables. Cut out sugar, white flour, chemical additives, fast foods, and preservatives as much as you can. Replace sodas, Kool-Aid and other sugared drinks with plenty of pure water. Stop using Happy Meals, candy, or cookies as rewards. Try substituting non-toxic prizes, like a trip to the zoo, an art project, or a story reading.

If your child needs tooth fillings, tell your dentist to substitute an inexpensive composite or porcelain for mercury (silver) fillings. Mercury fillings are toxic to the body. Don’t fall for it if he tries to insist that silver amalgam fillings are safe.

Be sure your child gets 8 hours or more of sleep. Actual studies show that children need 10-11 hours of sleep. In addition, these studies clearly show that a sleep-deprived child is crabbier and much more of a behavior problem. (See my complete special report on ADD at

And, last, but not least, spend quality time with your child, encouraging him or her to have a great day in school and to do better in class work by reinforcing positive things in your conversation. A loved, secure, well-fed, well-rested child, who has healthy playtime activities, is less likely to have behavior problems . . . and is also better armed to cope with whatever problems come along.