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!

 

MOLD Disease!

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We’ve all seen mold, on fruits, vegetables and other foods.  Many have seen mold on the walls of buildings, both inside and out.  We have all heard about penicillin, and what it really is – mold.  So it’s no wonder that very few of us feel that mold is a danger to our health!  But it is!

Mold disease is becoming a major problem for us ALL.  The problem is most doctors do not recognize it as the source for many of our symptoms, and thus do not treat it correctly!

Most all chronic disease is caused by the body being affected by a persistent source of aggravation.  And, if you do not remove the source of the aggravation, you will likely never get well!  It’s as if you were barefoot standing on a few tacks, no amount of aspirin will relieve the pain!  You get no relief until you remove the tacks!

Each of us is different genetically, so that complicates the issue for doctors as we all don’t get sick when exposed to mold.  It is not clear that persistent mold is the “tack”!

Have you lived or worked in a moldy environment?  You may not have known, because many times it is hidden behind the walls.  Usually caused by water damage of some sort, the sheet rock used in almost all construction is a wonderful place for mold to grow.

Symptoms of mold exposure:

Common –

  1. Sneezing
  2. Itching Skin
  3. Redness and skin irritation
  4. Watery Eyes
  5. Itching Eyes
  6. Headache

Advanced –

  • Constant Headaches
  • Nose Bleeds
  • Feelings of Constant Fatigue
  • Breathing Disorders
  • Coughing up Blood or Black looking Debris
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Weight Loss
  • Hair loss
  • Skin Rashes
  • Open Sores on the Skin
  • Memory Loss “Short Term”
  • Neurological & Nervous Disorders
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Swollen Glands in the Neck Area and under the Armpit
  • Sudden Asthma Attacks or Breathing Disorders
  • Ear Infections and Pain
  • Chronic Sinus Infections
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Pain in the Joints and Muscles

Late –

  • Blindness
  • Brain Damage
  • Memory Loss “Long term”
  • Bleeding Lungs
  • Cancer
  • Death

The mold produces what are called “mycotoxins” which are toxic chemicals that have negative affects on our bodies, mainly on our nerves (which affects all systems of the body) , hence the vast variety of symptoms!  Testing nerves can be complicated, but the is a simple test to check the optic nerve.  It is called the VCS test (Visual Contrast Test), and we utilize it in our offices with all our clients.  It not only shows the evidence of mold exposure, but it easily shows the improvements gained while following a regimen.

We can be exposed to mold via our environment, where we live and work, and also what we eat!  Peanuts and corn are especially susceptible to mold and can be a source!

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Now, I doubt anyone would consume the corn shown above, but the problem lies where we don’t see the actual ingredients, as in processed foods! Corn is a HUGE ingredient in foods, in many forms.  And we can’t rely on the manufacture’s ethics to “exempt”  certain ingredients.  After all, that affects their bottom line!  And we can’t rely on government agencies to check all processing, all the time!

There is a new documentary out now called “Moldy” that I recommend everyone view.  And if you live or work where mold is present, or have any of the above symptoms, please seek help from a practitioner familiar with mold issues!

To Your Health!

Thyroid – Hypo and Autoimmune

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There is a thyroid epidemic in this country (actually the world!), and most people, and even most doctors, are unaware of it.  If they are aware…they don’t know how to treat it correctly!

According the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist (AACE) 27 million suffer from a thyroid condition!  Some sources say that up to 90% of women, age 40 and up, have sub clinical Hypothyroid (symptomatic but undiagnosed). A leading thyroid doctor, Dr. Broda Barnes MD of the Broda Barnes Institute, says it’s 90% of American men and women!  WOW!

There are many symptoms of thyroid dysfunction including:

  • Weight gain that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise
  • Sleep problems and/or fatigue
  • Hot flashes
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Depression
  • Thinning of hair and/or loss of outer 1/3 of the eyebrows
  • Brain fog
  • Dry skin and/or thin and brittle nails
  • Infertility such as the hypothalmus
  • Constipation
  • AND ABOUT 300 MORE!

 

There are a number of factors involved including severe lack of iodine, but the main cause is Cellular Inflammation!

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This is the inflammation of the cells’ membrane, and it is the root cause of ALL chronic illness.  The inflammation of the membrane  is caused by 3 major influences – Bad Fats, Sugar and Toxins!  Briefly, when the membrane is inflamed, the cell does not function correctly, and eventually dies.  Depending on what cells are involved will determine your doctor’s diagnoses.

In the case of the thyroid, it may not even be the gland itself.  Other glands and organs are involved such as the hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenals and even the liver!

Doctors often base their diagnosis on the lab tests they perform.  Usually the test does NOT look at the correct parameters and they base their results on TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), which, if good, they tell you that your  test came back OK and you’re fine!  But you still feel like crap!  This is called “treating the labs, not the patient.”

However, with Cellular Inflammation involved it could be the cell is unable to respond to the TSH or any other hormone!

Autoimmune comes into play because the body attacks the thyroid tissue (or any other tissue) because of the inflammation involved.

Yes, we consider thyroid dysfunction to be an epidemic!  Possibly the most undiagnosed epidemic in history!  (You’d think big pharma would try to sell us a vaccine for it!)  The trick is to find the ACTUAL CAUSE, and not just assume it’s the thyroid!  We do this in our wellness center, in a completely  non-invasive way!  Heal the cell and get well!

 

 

Lasers To Implement Health!

We have recently added another tool in our arsenal  – an Induction Laser, also referred to as Low Level Light Therapy.

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This is truly a unique combination of ancient information and new technology!  The first working laser was developed in 1960.  First laser

Laser treatment offers a very unique way to present information to the body.  The body is a “light body” (actually a crystalline substructure) and when we are able to present information to the body through the light, the body receives it in a way that is very profound and unique, and it responds exceptionally well!  Now lasers are quite small because they a solid state, and use much smaller amounts of power.

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 Our new Aura PTL II laser is utilized for a variety of health applications, from easing chronic pain, to mitigating skin problems, allergies, weight control, and even to stop smoking!  The laser itself can be used as an acupuncture needle to stimulate various points on the body (with no needles!).   But this laser combines various carrier frequencies (carrier waves enable the transmission of information such as radio) with certain frequencies riding on it.  These various frequencies represent many items of our world such as types of foods, allergy causing substances, and nutritionals.

There are about 130,000 items, that are placed in 74 programs that available thru the PTL Laser therapy ranging from sensitivities that balance the body and helps the body reset itself so it does not continue to respond to things inappropriately like pollens, foods, environmental, animals, etc., to sleep issues, stress, pain, nerve issues, hormones, and the list goes on and on!  By communicating these frequencies (that the body has lost, due to trauma or illness) the body can deal with these issues effectively.

We use these programs in various combinations to help our clients get well.  The treatments can be for 5 to 30 minutes (depending on the programs utilized) and are completely non-invasive and pain free.  Treatment plans can be anywhere from 3 to 12+ visits.  As an example the Stop Smoking protocol treatment is only 3 visits, with compatible supplementation for a 2 month period.  You basically stop smoking after the first visit!

By combining these laser treatments with a suitable supplementation plan, we get extraordinary results.  I would highly recommend having this type of treatment for any chronic, or pain condition you may be suffering from.

To Your Health!

Sweet Poison

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By now everyone knows that SUGAR is bad for you.  Well, maybe not everyone!  You see, the majority of the population has been under the spell of the propaganda being spewed forth about how sugar is really not that bad.  “It’s Natural”! “Got a problem with artificial sweeteners?  We use pure natural sugar in our soft drinks!”  Different poisons , same affect – POOR HEALTH!

The charts below illustrate some of the toxic effects of sugar and the artificial sweetener aspartame:

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Effects of the artificial sweetener aspartame

If you read my post on CELLULAR INFLAMMATION you learned that there are three main things that cause it, toxins, bad fats and sugar.  Cellular inflammation (inflammation of the cell’s membrane) basically causes the cell not to function correctly and eventually die.

The inflamed membrane affects the cell’s ability to get rid of waste, absorb nutrients, and it’s receptors become blunted and non-functional, ultimately causing cell death.  Depending on which cells are affected, determines what disease you doctor will diagnose!  (That’s the reason the above charts seem to have unrelated diseases, but they all are affected by cells dying off).

An article written by Brad Chase in today’s NaturalNews.com explained a good three step process to break a sugar addiction!  First you make sure all your fruits a veggies are ORGANIC.  This produce tastes better, has a higher nutritional content, and contains slower-breaking-down complex carbs.  This is a key factor.

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Secondly, if you consume pastries and cookies, you can substitute a whole grain bread and raw honey.  This is not the healthiest option, but it can help break the habit of the simple sugars in baked goods!  Again these are steps taken to break the addiction to sugar.

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And thirdly if you are craving crunchy snacks use raw nuts and trail mixes as a substitute for chips, pretzels etc.  Nuts are a great source of nutrients, just make sure they are raw and organic.  If you want to “kick it up a notch”, soak the nuts and them dehydrate them.  This increases their digestibility and actually makes certain nuts taste better!  You can do a search for the simple process of doing this.

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Before long, your “taste” for sugar will actually disappear, or be severely curtailed.  When I was a young man (about 100 years ago) I would put multiple (3 to 4) teaspoons of sugar in my coffee, now I drink it black!

You will also see many of your chronic symptoms disappear, and you will not get the annual bout with the flu!

And then you can take it further to other aspects of your environment, and deal with toxins and bad fats!

To Your Health!

The FOOD Connection

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Will eat for food (Photo credit: altemark)

I’m on my third career in this life (holistic practitioner), and my last career played a major role in my decision to begin this one.  You see I was a Personal Chef for about ten years!  It was really a lot of fun!  I prepared meals for people’s evening dinners, did private dinner parties, cooking classes, cooking demos, even team-building exercises for corporations – anything with food.

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Team building BBQ for a large corporation.

I cooked for any type of diet including Macrobiotic, Vegan, and the Standard American Diet (SAD).  I even had a lot of clients that said “I don’t care, as long as it tastes good!”  The last one got me thinking!  Does food affect health?

YES!  A million times YES!  We were designed to get what our bodies need to survive, from our environment and FOOD.  Unfortunately the processed, genetically modified, toxin laden stuff they are selling to us shouldn’t even be called food!  It’s just a bunch of chemicals with trace amounts of food that have been processed to death!  Just pick up a box at the supermarket and start reading.

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Reads like the chemistry set I had as a kid!

It’s really sad, and very dangerous to our health, but few make the connection between what they eat, and the health problems that they are suffering from.

We have many clients that come into our offices suffering from a variety of symptoms, and once we start doing our intake, we discover their poor eating habits.  When we explain that their diet has some major problems, some are confused.  They think if the food companies are “allowed” to sell it it must be good for us!  After all we have the FDA!  And unfortunately many of those clients actually refuse to change their food habits!

Our bodies’ integrity are being compromised by the food that we consume.  Our digestive systems are being destroyed, unable to break down the foreign ingredients.  You’ve heard the phrase “you are what you eat”, well that’s not really accurate anymore.  “You are what you digest!” is much more to the point!  If you can’t digest the food you eat, then you can’t get the nutrients form the food (even if they were there!).  And this results in chronic illness.

This crap that we are consuming (in place of real food) is at the root of ALL chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, just to name a few of the major ones.  These are environmental diseases for the most part, not caused by the usual pathogens or genetics.  They are caused by inflammation,  actually cellular inflammation to be exact, and there are three main causes of cellular inflammation – bad fats, sugar, and toxins!  All of which we get from the “foods” we are eating!  There was an interesting article on NaturalNews this morning – “Eighty percent of the packaged foods on our grocers shelves are banned in other countries” you can get the full article at:

We need to educate the general population on the need to eat well!  So to improve your health, start eating real, God-made-food, not the man made crap.  And unless you grow and raise your own food with organic methods, you will definitely need some quality supplementation.  That will go a long way to eliminating those nasty symptoms!  Also you will start to normalize your weight!

Add in some exercise and a spiritual component, and before long you won’t need any medicine at all!

To Your Health!