Water!

Water is probably the most important thing that we consume, but it has to be GOOD WATER!

If we drink toxic water (fluoride, drugs, etc.) then we are probably doing more harm than good.  When I was a kid, we didn’t even think about water, when we were thirsty we drank tap water (bottled water was not invented yet).

The problem is that many of the municipal water supplies in the US are toxic, however, the “safe” standards are met, so nothing is done about it.

The problem is that modern science has proven that these levels pose countless health risks.

There are 160 contaminants that are unregulated, and therefore have  NO LEGAL LIMITS! Frighteningly the EPA  has refused to add any new contaminants to their listing of regulated tap water pollutants in over two decades!  Not doing their job!

My home uses a well with a whole house filtration system, and we drink distilled.  Distilled is great because it helps better flushing toxins out of the body, and it makes my coffee taste better! 🙂  This seems to be good, so we’ll keep it up.  I would recommend using some type of quality filter for your home as well.  We use an Aquasana whole house filter.

If you are interested in checking the quality of your municipal water, go to Environment Working Group https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/.  They have a fairly good list of areas with the found contaminants and filter suggestions.

To Your Health!

 

Coffee!

I’ve been around a pretty long time (over 70) and drank coffee on and off during that time.  I was confused by what info was being presented to me, (coffee is bad for your health – coffee is good for your health) so my attitude has shifted back and forth.

A few years ago I decided to buy organic green coffee beans and roasted them my self, and I drank one 16oz. travel coffee mug each morning.  This worked well, I didn’t experience any negative effects (trouble sleeping, anxiety or any of the other known things from caffeine).

Now, over the past few years, I have learned that there are many positive health effects of drinking the stuff!  The reported negative effects are more due to overconsumption, and/or the low quality of the beans used.  My family is almost entirely chooses organic food which helps TREMENDOUSLY! 

Consuming this beverage has positive health benefits such as lowering many issues with the liver such as cancer, cirrhosis etc.  Coffee intake was associated with reduced risk of oral, pharynx, liver, colon, prostate, endometrial cancer and melanoma, but increased lung cancer risk.

So, in light of this info, drink coffee but do not over consume, and make sure it’s organic!

To Your Health! 

Weight Loss and MORE!

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Let’s face it, we’ve been concerned and frustrated about our collective weight for DECADES!  Fad diets come and go, exercise plans, gyms and equipment proliferate.  However the weight, for the most part, has been difficult to shed at best!

Many people lose weight – temporarily, but usually gain it back and more!  So what’s going on?

Our bodies are like flex-fuel vehicles that can burn more than one type of fuel for energy.  We can use glucose, fat, or protein.  Protein is not the ideal choice as we can lose valuable muscle mass.  Glucose is not good either as it causes inflammation and WEIGHT GAIN.  So that leaves FAT!  The best choice is good fat!  Wait, but fat makes you fat, right? 

No, that’s a myth that we’ve been under, collectively, for decades!

Sugar is nasty stuff!  It should be called “Heroin-Lite” as it is very addictive and causes major damage to our bodies.  Sugar can cause insulin resistance, a stepping stone towards metabolic syndrome and diabetes (two very common chronic diseases). Insulin is a very important hormone in the body. It allows glucose (blood sugar) to enter cells from the bloodstream and tells the cells to start burning glucose instead of fat!

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Our current diets contain a very large percentage of sugar (all carbohydrates are sugar). The image below shows the breakdown of sources of sugar:

e9051ff6865ca8f8655b69f029b02b2aOver the years our bodies have adapted to utilize sugar as the main fuel source, because of the huge intake of carbs and the minimized intake of fat.  But burning sugar over fat is like burning wood in our stoves and not gas.  The fat and the gas are much cleaner burning and fat contains more energy.

So what’s the answer?  Train our bodies to burn fat, not sugar for energy!  How do we do that?  It’s very simple, increase the fat percentage in our diet (good fats!) and reduce the carb intake.  Sort of like this:

ketogenic-dietIt’s called the Ketogenic Diet, and it’s gaining popularity among elite athletes and others (including me and my wife).  Ketones are formed in the blood when the body starts burning fat instead of glucose.  In order to make the ketogenic diet work we must become ketone adaptive.  This means we want to be in the”zone” as shown here:

optimal-ketosis-range-2We want to be just before Starvation Ketosis.  This would be the ideal range for blood ketones.  You can actually measure your blood ketone with a ketone meter:

ScreenShot2012-10-02at124247PMWe use the “Precision Xtra” available on Amazon for about $25.  It can be easy for some to reach this state, and very difficult for others, partly depending on their current diet (sugar is very addictive). You should reduce your carb intake to ~50 grams or less per day.  That’s the hard part.  However you can have fat, such as organic butter, MCT oil, coconut oil, full fat organic (or grass fed) dairy, bone broth (organic chicken or grass fed beef), and grass fed beef, so you may not miss the carbs!

Incorporate a moderate exercise program, and to enhance the process do some form of fasting.  We have so far opted for what they call intermittent fasting where after eating dinner at 7pm-ish we don’t eat until lunch the next day, about 1:00pm.  This gives us about a 16 hour fasting period each day, and we re not hungry!

The benefits o following a ketogenic diet are numerous:

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So following a ketogenic diet has many plus factors, more energy, reduced weight, and improved health!  So why not give it a try?!  Let us know how you make out!

To Your Health!

 

TOXIC!

ToxicEver wonder why so may people are sick and dying?  The older I get, the more I hear of people succumbing to chronic diseases and some dying.  I know of a few friends that have been affected as well!

Well I wonder this on a day to day basis, as I am a holistic practitioner, working with a Naturopathic Doctor, in a Holistic Wellness center.  We see people suffering from a vast range of problems, that have “accumulated” over many decades of life.  Just about all these issues can be attributed to toxins and a lack of proper nutrition.

There seems to be a common thread in just about ALL these people – chronic toxic exposure – coupled with the inability of their own bodies to eliminate these toxins.

And why can’t their bodies eliminate?  Well, they haven’t been giving the body what it need to perform at the best level! Clean nutritious food, air, water, and environment!

Unfortunately it’s getting harder and harder to ingest a “CLEAN, NUTRITIOUS” source of food, drink from a “CLEAN, NON CONTAMINATED” source of water, and breath real “FRESH AIR”.

The other problem is our exposure to toxins in our immediate environment.  Where we work, how we clean our houses, and or exposure to EMFs!

If we don’t go the extra mile to obtain good sources of food, water, and air, and mitigate our exposure to chemicals, we will suffer!

Toxic2We also must mitigate our exposure!  Some people are not aware of potential sources of toxins:Toxins TILTThe exposure to these toxins, coupled with the inability to rid the body of them, results in just about ALL chronic disease!

And it goes even further to include STRESS!  FYI there are 3 basic types of stress PHYSICAL, CHEMICAL, and EMOTIONAL!  Your body does not know or care about which stress it is – it reacts the same.  So you must also address the emotional issues.

So to conclude, the answer to the opening question is now very clear!  We can all help eliminate chronic disease, and it’s consequences, by making simple changes, Eat organic foods (or grow your own), drink only distilled water (it’s the best to help detox the body), and check your environment – make the needed changes to mitigate your exposure!

To Your Health!

An Operating Manual for the Human?

MAN bookThese days everything comes with a operating manual that explains how to use the item, how to care for it, and who to call if you are experiencing a problem with it.  But alas, humans are not provided with such a manual!  So, what to do?

Well, short of writing your own manual, we just have to learn how our bodies speak to us, and what it is saying.  You see, better than a manual that you must actually read, the human body gives us signs when maintenance is required (kinda like some modern cars).  The trick is to understand what these message are and how to interpret them.

One obvious message is PAIN!  Well this serves it’s purpose, but wouldn’t it be nice to have known way ahead of time that the pain in your kidney was due to a stone?!  If you did, you could have done something about it and prevented the stone, and the PAIN!

One such method is to look at the tongue, it has a lot of information about what’s going on in the body,

tongue-twistersas you can see in the image below, according to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM):

tongue-chartOther areas include the eyes, the face, the ears, the fingernails, live and dried blood samples,and the fine lines on the bottom of the feet!

The crease in the ear lobe may indicate cardio issue

The crease in the ear lobe may indicate cardio issue

All these parts of the body can tell us what the body is dealing with, most without any symptoms.  They can also show us what genetic weakness we have so we know what to pay attention to BEFORE we develop symptoms!

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Good blood

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Blood showing rouleau

 

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Fingernail showing circulatory issues

 

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Feet showing possible stomach and colon problems

The top 2 images are of the blood.  The top pic is normal, the next is a condition called rouleau, where the cells tack up like a roll of coins.  This makes it hard for the cells to get through the capillaries! There are MANY indications in the blood!

The fingernail picture shows a woman who only has “moons” on her thumbnail.  You should have them on all fingers, except for the pinkies.  This indicates a circulatory issue in the extremities.

The bottom of the feet will show fine lines that are not due to creases, and will indicate what organs are experiencing difficulties. It can show the presence of parasites as well.

The spots colors and patterns all have a meaning.

The spots colors and patterns all have a meaning.

The lines of the Sclera

The lines of the Sclera

The eye is also a wealth of info.  The iris shows information (spots and shapes) regarding the genetic tendencies as well as issues due to stress.  The sclera (whites of the eye) express their info in the red lines.  Where they are located and how they are shaped tell us things that are currently going on.

An indication in one part may not show much,  however if multiple areas point to the same issue, you can almost be sure that  something should be done to mitigate it!

So, we can see that the body gives us a wealth of information regarding it’s status, that we can “read” and act on to give us the best health possible. These are some of the procedures that we use at our wellness center, to get people back on track to regaining heir health.  And we accomplish this without pharmaceuticals!

To Your Health!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does Short-term Exposure to Cell Phone Radiation Affect the Blood?

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One of the testing modalities that we utilize in our wellness center is Live Blood analysis.  We place one drop of blood on a slide and view it under a microscope.  This is REALLY fascinating and fun to view!   It is also VERY enlightening to the client whose blood is on the slide.  A “dark-field” scope is used as above, and/or a “phase-contrast” as below.

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When the person views his/her blood, they become much more interested in their health, and what affects it!

The controversy on cell phone radiation lingers on.  Does it affect our health in any way?  Or is it just a benign technology?  This is the question that has been around for decades.

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The Weston A. Price Foundation recently posted a study done to see if cell phone radiation exposure affects the blood.  The study was a small (10 participant) , short term study that checked the blood after 3 scenarios.  First was a baseline (no phone exposure), then a “carrying” condition where they carried a phone in a backpack for 45 minutes, and finally an “active use” condition where they were talking on the phone for 45 minutes.  You can read the whole writeup here.

The results were not good, and you can see that very clearly how the blood is affected!  But does this cause disease?  It’s very hard to determine without long term controlled studies.  The problems take MANY years to develop, during which time there are MANY factors that must be considered.

Does the health of the individual affect the outcome?  Probably because the worse your level of health is, the more easily toxic substances and exposures will cause problems.  So consider this the next time you have a craving for an alcohol binge or consuming junk food

This whole debate on cell phones is the “cigarette” of the future!

To Your Health!