Protect yourself and your family against “optional” gastric illness

Poison upsets our stomachs . . .

No, I am not talking about food poisoning, but a more long-lasting poison that is brought about by emotional stress endured while eating. You know how it goes, you sit down face-to-face with family members at the dinner table, and the first thing that comes to mind is often a correction, a criticism or an actual put-down.  Each “downer statement” inevitably causes stress (probably in EVERY person at the table), and this comes at a vulnerable time when we are eating and beginning to digest our food.

Family meals should be a time for friendly chatter, sharing, laughing and enjoying each other. In families where the dinner table was a place of 2scolding, strife and punishment, children had a greatly increased tendency to develop gastrointestinal problems as an adult. All negativity (sometimes necessary, though) should be addressed AFTER a meal when everyone has adequate nutrition to their brains, are less reactive, and, therefore, more resilient. Preserve mealtimes as a time of peace, and a haven away from stress.  Also, when there is conflict during a meal, people tend to either overeat or refuse to eat (neither of which works!).

We know now that there is a correlation between stress, sodium retention, and inflammatory processes leading to chronic illnesses. When we are in control of the UNNECESSARY stress that might be injected into family meals, we can make the choice to no longer PAIR stress with eating. It sets up maladaptive habits, and it makes us (and our children) more vulnerable to chronic illnesses and diseases.

Do you remember, perhaps, as a child, dreading the dinner table because all “sins” would be laid out and addressed, taking second place to the healthy food that was served? Stop an old “family tradition” of misusing the dinner table.

Replace it with:

  • Healthy, single-ingredient foods
  • Laughter, jokes, recounting funny stories of the day
  • Intelligent conversations of interest to family members
  • Concern for the well-being of all at the table

Joe Kennedy made it a priority to provide stimulating, intelligent conversation at the nightly dinner table where Bobby and Jack Kennedy ate, even inviting diplomats and authors to the table to “educate” his children.

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.”
~ Deepak Chopra

Dailey Grainger, PhD, ARNP, founder and CEO of Next Health Now, a Nurse Practitioner in the forefront of helping make America healthier.

The Perfect Gift-Healthy Chocolate

It is gift-giving time. . perfect gift NHN

So make them healthier  while making them happier!  

You want him or her around a long time

And since you do, give . . .  the perfect gift

Don’t kill them with kindness . . . (alkalized, cooked, wax-filled, preservative-laden milk chocolate) . . . 

Give them the healthiest chocolates on the market today. Healthy Chocolates™ are raw, cold-processed, non-alkalized, kosher, ethically-sourced, 70% cacao.  No pesticides, GMOs, or synthetic ingredients.

  1. Did you know that nine out of 10 people love chocolate and 5 out of 10 cannot live without it?
  2. Did you know that raw cacao has the highest antioxidant content of any known food, making those who indulge in Healthy Chocolate actually healthier?
  3. And if there is a Healthy Chocolate™ that has the highest antioxidant level of any other chocolate on the market today,
  4. Why not make them healthier with the perfect gift.  .  . the gift of Healthy Chocolate™?

It is truly the perfect gift

Healthy chocolate benefits

  • Makes them happy
  • Increases blood flow to the brain
  • Improves memory
  • Lifts fatigue
  • Reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and stroke
  • Suppresses appetite
  • Boosts serotonin and endorphins levels
  • And makes us happy, too

Can you do anything more loving than that?

Just be sure that the chocolate that you give them is Healthy Chocolate™. For more information, check out provides the healthiest chocolate available on the market today. That is why the United States Patent Office awarded us the registered trademark for the words Healthy Chocolate™.

          GIVE the perfect gift. . . The gift of health

For the ultimate gift: Chocolate-of-the-Month Club.

They never felt more special !!!

By Dailey Grainger, PhD, ARNP, founder and CEO of Next Health Now, a Nurse Practitioner in the forefront of helping make America healthier.

Slow aging with the Mediterranean Diet

In the Nurses’ Health Study, eating of the Mediterranean diet – one rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, unrefined grains, olive oil, and fish – was associated with a biomarker of aging, that is, longer telomere length.  Telomeres are repetitive DNA sequences at the ends of chromosomes that progressively shorten with age.  Shorter telomeres are associated with shorter life expectancy and greater risk for age-related diseases.

Obesity, cigarette smoking, and other lifestyle factors have been linked to shorter telomere length.  Oxidative stress and inflammation also assist in inhibiting or shortening telomere length, a marker for lengthy life.Untitled design (1)

“Fruits, vegetables, olive oil and nuts — key components of the Mediterranean diet —  have well known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects that could balance out the ‘bad effects’ of smoking and obesity. . . The health benefits of greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet — reduction of overall mortality, increased longevity and reduced incidence of chronic diseases, especially major cardiovascular diseases — have been consistently demonstrated,”  said Immaculata De Vivo, MPH, PhD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, in the December 2, 2014 British Medical Journal.

Data on nearly 5,000 healthy middle-aged women from the Nurses’ Health Study (the study that has been tracking the health of more than 120,000 U.S. nurses since 1976), showed that greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet was significantly associated with longer telomeres.

The women completed detailed food questionnaires and had a blood test to measure telomere length.  As expected, younger women had significantly longer telomeres (P < .001).  Peter Nilsson, MD, PhD, Lund University, Sweden, says the Mediterranean diet is the “cornerstone of dietary advice in cardiovascular disease prevention, and the fact that it also links with a biomarker of slower aging is reassuring.”

Charles T. Knowles is a writer and filmmaker living in North Carolina.  He has designed and produced public presentations by a Presidential Candidate, Politicians, Journalists,  Authors, Musicians, and fellow Filmmakers. 

To SLEEP…perchance to DREAM…

Grantsleeping-guy NHNed, the most important element for life of humans is the air we breathe. Next necessity is water. But it is a toss-up whether the third necessary element is food or sleep. I vote for SLEEP. We can go far longer (and remain sane) without food than we can without sleep. This decreasing segment of our days is responsible for a variety of ills.

Some more things we have recently learned about sleep are:

  1. Sleep deprivation is related to weight gain. Over a 5-night period at the University of Pennsylvania, the weights of participants of two groups were compared (sleep was limited to 4 hours a night in the sleep deprivation group compared with a sleeping group that remained in bed for 10 hours a night). The sleeping group actually lost weight, while the sleep deprived group gained weight.
  2. Lack of sleep increases the risk of:
    1. Daytime drowsiness, drowsy-driving and its consequence
    2. Psychiatric conditions, including depression and substance abuse
    3. Inattention, decreased ability to remember new information or react quickly to signals, that is, signals of all sorts
    4. Falls, injuries and even mortality
    5. People with “persistent insomnia” are 58% more likely to die of any cause than good sleepers
  3. Decreased sleep increases the risk of diabetes and heart problems.
  4. Going to bed later (not necessarily getting less sleep) is associated with more negative thinking. Researchers at Binghamton University found that individuals who go to bed very late have more negative thinking, and worry. These “night owl” worry warts may simply have delayed sleep onset because they are worrying, or interfering with normal circadian rhythms and could be the cause of the worry. You have probably noticed that problems seem much larger at nighttime than in the daytime.
  5. Diminished sleep is associated with cognitive decline in older years. Having disordered sleeping was equivalent to being 2 years older. A single sleepless night increases biomarkers for brain damage via killing of brain cells.
  6. Sleep actually clears neurotoxins from our brains. The rate of exchange between brain tissues and sleeping-woman NHNspinal fluid that gets rid of neurotoxic waste is enhanced during sleep (including neurotoxins associated with Alzheimer’s disease). Sleep serves this vital function, removing toxins that accumulate while we are awake.

So, if you stay up late, watch television and mindlessly munch on unhealthy foods, get less than 7 hours of sleep, you now know that you have chosen to:

So, if you stay up late, watch television and mindlessly munch on unhealthy foods, get less than 7 hours of sleep, you now know that you have chosen to:

  • Increase your probability of getting Alzheimer’s, diabetes and heart disease
  • Gain weight (and unhealthy waist inches)
  • Prevent the metabolism of harmful brain neurotoxins
  • Be drowsy during the day
  • Increase the probability that you will become depressed
  • Be satisfied with a slower reaction time
  • Have more worry-time
  • Needlessly die sooner than later

Now you know the choices you are making.

Minimally, sleep affects everything from increasing one’s healthy immune system to a practical vista of skillful, flexible, creative activities in handling and shaping daily life. Most adults require at least seven hours of sleep for peak-performance, optimal health and well-being. Far from being a luxury, sleep is an absolute necessity for life and healthy living.

So, how about, TONIGHT, turn off the TV, computer, cellphone (any blue light) around 9 PM, go to bed around 11 PM, sleep at least 7 hours (8 is probably better), and simply see if you can make tomorrow a better day?

And…how about progress toward a safer, saner, slimmer, more comfortable, longer, and happier life?

An upcoming article will elaborate on some innovative activities we can do to sleep better.

Charles T. Knosleeping-baby NHNwles is a writer and filmmaker living in North Carolina.  He has designed and produced public presentations by a Presidential Candidate, Politicians, Journalists,  Authors, Musicians, and fellow Filmmakers. 

New Year’s Resolution: Eat more chocolate


 “Waist Management” for the Health of It

Size matters . . . and waist size matters MOST. . . when it comes to health and longevity.

Over the years, people have been obsessed with their weight…wanting to lose weight, unhappy when they gain weight, watching their weight

But, weight is only part of the equation and research is increasingly identifying waist measure (particularly in relation to one’s height) as one of the best measures of obesity, cardiovascular and stroke risk, diabetic vulnerability and a host of other obesity-related illnesses.  We’re doing o.k. if our waist measure is less than ½ our height!

So . . . what if we:

  • Stow the scale and get out the tape measure?
  • Stop counting calories and, instead, eat healthy, single ingredient, WHOLE foods?
  • Eat extremely high antioxidant foods to fight free radicals and promote health and longevity?
  • Learn the most up-to-date, evidence-based research findings on how to create a leaner self?
  • Choose simplicity, saving time and money, having an easy relationship with food, as well as with appetite suppression?
  • Enjoy chocolate every day?

This IS possible through our Waist Management with Chocolate Plan 

50 people lost ¾ ton in 12 weeks on the Healthy Chocolate™ Meal Replacement Shakes

NEXT HEALTH NOW (formerly Keys Healthy Chocolates) inaugurates our waist-reduction plan that promotes:

  • Simplicity – no  scales, counting calories, food logs, gym memberships, meetings, weigh-ins
  • Safety –  no dangerous drugs, surgery, doctor’s visits, hormone shots.  And, you are assured of getting plenty of antioxidants that you may not be getting in a normal diet
  • Eat more good food – eat protein every 3-4 hours, single ingredient, whole foods (aim for 80-90 % of the time), and you won’t be hungry because one of the chocolate benefits is appetite suppression
  • Ease and time savings –  reduce grocery shopping/cooking time and expense.  Product shipped directly to your door, that will save meal preparation time with meal replacement shakes that take about 2 minutes to prepare, not hours
  • High antioxidants – did you know that one of the chocolate benefits is that it is the highest antioxidant food known? 
  • Adequate water/sleep/exercise –  8 glasses, 8 hours, 30 minutes a day
  • Intelligent food choices – Remember!  Processed foods add extra sugars, salt, preservatives,  GMO’s, pesticides, synthetic ingredients, etc., almost assuring addiction to them and weight gain
  • Frequent BLOG postings on our site – stay up-to-date on the latest information related to eating healthy, living longer, having a better life
  • AND, Chocolate! –  2 meal replacement shakes, and high antioxidant chocolates to enjoy throughout the day
  • There is no easier, safer, more convenient and healthier way to lose those inches.  Many people notice the appetite suppression after the first shake.

AND . . . you get to eat CHOCOLATE!

You could be starting on this plan as early as next week.

Dailey Grainger, PhD, ARNP, founder and CEO of Next Health Now, a Nurse Practitioner in the forefront of helping make America healthier.