Cognitive Dissonance and Health

Cognitive Dissonance may appear to be an odd health & vitality building topic. Humor me, I believe it is very relevant and appropriate.

Let’s first make sure we’re both on the same page by defining Cognitive Dissonance. Psychologist Leon Festinger (1919-89), introduced the concept in the late 1950’s.

When confronted with challenging new information, most people seek to preserve their current understanding of the world by rejecting, explaining away, avoiding the new information or by convincing themselves that no conflict really exists.

This is why people get upset and defensive when you challenge what they hold close. It won’t matter how you say it or what resources you include, the response just happens.

What I offer in the Awaken Your Health programs includes a few notions that some have found difficult to accept:

  • Health challenges and/or signs and symptoms of dis-ease are not due to pharmaceutical drug deficiencies.
  • There are definable reasons why your body is behaving in a manner in direct opposition to how you wish and it’s rarely, if ever, genetically pre-determined.
  • The primary causal factors for dis-ease and the primary healing opportunities for building health & vitality are, relatively speaking the same, environment and lifestyle or how you interact with people, places and things including yourself.
  • Food matters. Appropriate real whole foods, consumed in appropriate amounts and ratios (macronutrients), are foundational to building health and vitality.
  • Self-care, such as FDN® Functional Health Coaching, when appropriate for your unique biochemical individuality and applied, works.

These matters often fly in direct opposition to what you have learned and were told over the course of your life from a plethora of sources including, family, schooling, government and corporate interests.

What I suggest and encourage is that you don’t take anything at face value, regardless of who or what is saying it. Do your own research, ask questions, try it and allow your innate inner wisdom direct you.

Without going into much detail, let’s prove the truth that Health Complaints don’t equal Drug Deficiencies. Taking prescription drugs is so common, people tend to believe it is normal. They don’t appear to associate compromised health with pharmaceuticals. I have had conversations with individuals actively dealing with cancer or CVD and they believe they are healthy.

  • Constipation is not a Metamucil or Ex-Lax deficiency
  • Indigestion is not a Nexium or Prilosec deficiency
  • Aches and Pains are not an Advil or Tylenol deficiency
  • Headaches are not an Aspirin or Ibuprofen deficiency
  • Allergies and Hay Fever are not an anti-histamine deficiency
  • Low libido is not a Viagra deficiency
  • Mental Fragility (anxiety / depression) is not a Valium, Atavan, Zanax or alcohol deficiency
  • Low Energy / Lethargy is not a caffeine, sugar or chocolate deficiency (stimulants)

In 2016 there were approximately 4.45 billion (yes, billion) prescriptions written throughout the United States. We’re talking prescriptions, not individual pills. We’re also not including over-the-counter (OTC) drugs or vaccines. This number is up from 3.95 billion written in 2009.

That’s roughly 14 prescriptions for every man, women and child. Neither my wife or I take one Rx, someone(s) is making up the difference.

Is it so difficult to understand what being healthy is? In spite of all the technical, medical and science advancements, it doesn’t appear to be working. If drugs were so effective in preventing dis-ease or building health should the following be occurring:

  • 65% of American adults are overweight or obese
  • NIH (National Institute of Health) estimates up to 23.5 million Americans suffer from an autoimmune disease. The number is growing rapidly as auto-immune conditions continue to be discovered.
  • Alzheimer’s is the third leading cause of death in the US after heart disease and cancer
  • 26 million Americans have diabetes
  • 7 million Americans have diabetes and don’t realize it
  • 79 million Americans are pre-diabetic and may or may not realize it
  • 1 in 3 children born in 2000 are expected to become diabetic
  • 1 of every 2 black or hispanic children born in 2000 are expected to become diabetic
  • According to the American cancer society the risk of developing cancer for men is 43.31% and 37.81% for women
  • The risk of dying from cancer is 22.83% for men and 19.26% for women

Sure, longevity is at an all-time high, but it’s not a true test of health. More important is quality of life and that is suffering across all age groups.

Rather than aging gracefully, as a culture we are getting old.

Every single one of the above mentioned health problems IS preventable. If you believe that drugs are so good and necessary read the black box of side-effects. Consider that most drugs work by suppressing unwanted function. The suppression of a population is seen as bad, so why is the suppression of an individual at a cellular level, good?

I offer a few follow-up questions. Consider your current health situation.

  • What you are doing to resolve it?
  • Are you manifesting the results you should expect with reasonable expectations?
  • Are you easily able to maintain those results with undo stress?
  • Can you maintain this lifestyle for years if not decades to come?

The fact that you are even reading this says that you are, at the very least, open to possibilities. You have already taken a step or two, outside the proverbial “box”. This says a lot about you and it is good. Don’t stop now, keep moving forward and be willing  recognize and accept when something you believe is true, may in fact be false.

Metabolic Chaos™

Your body consists of cells.

These cells make up tissue, glands, organs and ultimately complex systems or metabolic pathways.

For instance; Hormonal, Immune, Digestive, Detoxification, Nervous, Hypothalmus-Pituitary-Adrenal / Gonadal / Thyroid Axis, etc.

These pathways, along with fluids, gases, chemistry and energy work together interacting with each other, people, places and things…….or life.

Driving this metabolic orchestration is a detailed set of instructions, a program or innate intelligence.

This intelligence resides in each of the 100 trillion + cells of your body.

You were born with this intelligence, it is YOUR birthright!

When this orchestration is functioning optimally the body is in a state of homeostasis, where you experience true health and vitality

Metabolic Chaos™ is the term referred to when there is a disruption to this orchestration.

At its core, at its simplest, you initially lose function at the cellular level.

This cellular dysfunction resides within specific tissue,  it’s not systemic……at least not yet!

If ignored, this dysfunction can rapidly “snowball”, negatively impacting other tissue, glands, organs and ultimately systems.

Early on you may experience mild symptoms.

If ignored, there is a significant decrease to overall health (quality of life), which can force you into the medical model of drugs, surgery, invasive procedures and unintended consequences.

If caught early enough, you can not only slow down, but in many cases reverse this process.

You can create order and function out of chaos!

The art of healing or self-care is more than just discovering the root causal factors through careful histories and well-chosen functional labs.

The art of healing requires personal responsibility to AWAKEN oneself and understand that one’s health is the result of the environment…… and the lifestyle choices made within that environment.

In other words, how you choose to interact with people, places and things including yourselves ultimately determine your state of health and vitality.

It’s time to AWAKEN YOUR HEALTH!

FDN® Functional Health Coaching not only uncovers healing opportunities, it also offers proven, time honored health building principles, and the assistance of personalized, customized coaching.

You don’t have to travel this journey alone!

The Stress Cascade

  • Are you challenged by health complaints that either won’t go away or are getting worse?
  • Have you recently received a diagnosis and you’re trying to understand why?
  • Have you been told that there is nothing wrong with you, yet you strongly disagree?

Does any of this sounds familiar?

I offer you something to consider……that a stress cascade is in play.

Our modern lifestyle is highly stressful; physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.

Existing metabolic/functional imbalances or deficiencies are further compromised in the presence of chronic or acute bouts of stress.

If these imbalances are ignored or masked, by Rx/OTC drugs, stimulants or suppressants, the imbalances spread impacting other functional pathways

Over time, Metabolic Chaos™ ensues.

Metabolic Chaos™ is often HIDDEN within the metabolic systems of the body, including:

  • Hormone Imbalances / Adrenals (HPA Axis)
  • Immune system
  • Digestive system
  • Detoxification pathways
  • Energy production / Cellular function
  • Nervous (Brain) System

This manifests as symptoms or health challenges that if not resolved, leads to illness, disease and a decrease in quality and length of life.

The eight (8) most common health challenges (symptoms of Metabolic Chaos™) are:

  1. Headaches / Migraines
  2. Sleeplessness / Insomnia
  3. Tiredness / Fatigue
  4. Sinus / Allergies
  5. Mental Fragility (Moodiness, Anxiety, Depression, Irritability)
  6. Tension (particularly in the neck/shoulders)
  7. Digestive complaints
  8. Unwanted weight

If you understand how the body functions;

  • what stimulates, assists and supports function
  • what impedes and disrupts function

Then you can create positive change

You can make educated, informed, proven, lifestyle choices…. that build Health & Vitality

It’s time to Awaken Your Health!

It’s time to learn a proven form of self care and avoid being forced into the medical model.

FDN® Functional Health Coaching is designed, with the aid of state of art lab testing and tools, to give your body what it needs so you can experience what you want…..true Health & Vitality.

Make an investment in your health you won’t regret.

You Have A Choice

You Have a Choice….

You can learn a holistic form of self-care…..

  • based upon functional lab testing
  • customized around your unique biochemical individuality
  • utilizing proven health & vitality building natural protocols

or……

You can be forced into the medical model where pharmaceutical drugs, surgery and a one-size-fits-all approach is the norm.

You Have a Choice……

Be proactive and discover the root cause of your health challenges and eradicate them.

or……

Be reactive hoping for the best and never sure what will happen next.

It’s time to Awaken Your Health with FDN® Functional Health Coaching.

Make an investment in your health you won’t regret!

 

Food Sensitivities/Allergies and Vaccines?

I am offering this information and questions to stimulate your thought process, maybe initiate some investigation and your asking of a few questions so than an educated knowledgable choice can be made.

The question is whether there is a connection, a correlation between the food proteins contained in modern vaccines and the epidemic level of food sensitivities / food allergies present in modern America?

Here is a link to a modern study (2015) that brings to light evidence that there does exist a link. https://www.omicsgroup.org/journals/evidence-that-food-proteins-in-vaccines-cause-the-development-of-foodallergies-and-its-implications-for-vaccine-policy-2329-6631-1000137.php?aid=60994. This study was published in October ’15 in the Journal of Developing Drugs.

This connection is not new as Nobel Laureate Charles Richet demonstrated over 100 years ago and many studies in the 1940’s demonstrated.

What further complicates or adds to the connection is the commonplace C-section. Bypassing the birth canal removes the exposure of the infant to the healthy, nourishing bacteria the reside within the mother. A child born via C-section has, from birth a compromised micro biome and as a result a less effective immune system.

Intact food proteins should not be found within the bloodstream, amino acids from broken down proteins, sure. Vaccines inject these elements and more directly into the bloodstream bypassing the body’s natural defensive barriers.

On top of this we have the toxic aluminum and mercury present along with other unnatural adjuvants. Heavy metals are not to alter cell function directly by contact and indirectly by displacing nutrients, Heavy metals also are very harmful to the nervous system and brain.

Making matters worse is that there exists a very high correlation between the GI tract’s mucosal barrier and the blood brain barrier. If one is compromised, so is the other. Another protective mechanism is not capable of performing its job and heavy metals are known to find themselves a home in fat tissue, which you brain is primarily composed of.

So I have to ask, is there a connection between the large exposure of heavy metals through vaccines early in life to the increase in neurological disorders we are see in adults and not only the elderly?

I also have to ask this question. If food based proteins in vaccines are contributing to food sensitivities and allergies, would the presence of human tissue cells also found in vaccines be contributing to the significant increase in auto-immune diagnosis?

Is it that hard to consider that the body’s immune system could mistake it’s own tissue for very similar “other” human tissue injected directly into the blood stream. If the immune system finds these “other” human cells in proximity to the thyroid for example, maybe it gets confused and begins attacking the thyroid itself? One this process starts, it may very well continue and then decades later, a doctor decides to take a patients concerns seriously or the patient pays out of pocket and runs a thyroid panel containing thyroid antibody markers and before you know it, Hashimoto’s is diagnosed. While a diagnosis of hypothyroidism is partially a thyroid problem, Hashimoto’s is primarily an auto-immune condition and should be dealt with very differently.

I don’t want to pass judgement on anyone’s choices regarding vaccines. All I ask is that you remain open-minded to the possibilities and do some investigation. It may greatly benefit your health and the health of your children.

Food Matters – Potatoes Hashed in Cream

 

This recipe speaks for itself. Simple and tasty and compliments just about any farm food based breakfast. At the time this recipe was posted  the potato dish was combined with 2 fresh eggs over easy and about 1/3 pound lightly sautéed chicken livers. The combination of macronutrients blends very well with my Metabolic Type® and will fuel my body through to dinner, about 10.5 hours without any drop in physical energy, mental stability or cognitive function. When your body is finely tuned and running on all cylinders, it is a joy to drive and makes the journey that much easier!

Garlic Scape Soup

Garlic scapes are only available for a few weeks in June and we are heading into peak season. While they’re around you may as well enjoy them. Their taste and aroma is more subtle than garlic cloves so that they can be used in large amounts and won’t be overwhelming. Like garlic bulbs, the flavor and consistency can change as they mature. They toughen with age.

Scapes can be frozen and enjoyed later. Dishes such as this soup can be made in large batches and saved for later enjoyment.

Four cups of scapes may sound like a lot, I bought the equivalent of 8 cups at the local farmer’s market this past weekend for $4. So we doubled the recipe. Inexpensive, nutrient dense and very tasty. This recipe makes roughly 6 servings.

  • 4 cups of chopped fresh garlic scares
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • Basil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste

Wash and roughly chop scapes into 1-2” pieces. You will blend them so don’t worry about appearances. Use most of the scapes, just cut off the heads that have small pods.

Heat olive oil in large sauce pan and cook scapes for about 10 minutes on medium heat until soft. Add salt and pepper to taste as they cook.

Add chicken stock to sauce pan and let simmer for 20 minutes.

Add scapes to a food processor or blender and puree. You may need to do this in batches. Blend until smooth.

Pour back into sauce pan and stir in heavy cream.

Add salt and pepper to taste as well as basil, lemon and other herbs or spices you like. Go easy on the lemon, easier to add more then remove.

Keep on low until ready to serve, stirring in Parmesan cheese just before serving.

Enjoy!!

The Basics of Holistic Dental Health

Truly healthy teeth and gums are more than just a winning smile. Because of the strong link between chronic infection in the mouth and other health conditions, and the known and unknown dangers of xenobiotic substances used in dental treatments, it is vital be proactive in caring for your teeth and gums. In addition, there is no comparison to the costs of conventional dental care versus quality holistic self-care.

Xenobiotic substances are non-biocompatible, that is, not recognized by the body and can have major health implications especially immunological. Root canals, mercury, ceramics, cements, sealants, plastics, silicons, implants, etc., can have long-term adverse consequences.

  • As mercury amalgams break down, the mercury can drain down and into the thyroid. It is strongly believed that thyroid disorders and even auto-immune conditions such as Hashimoto’s Disease can be triggered this way.
  • The rare and mysterious condition Morgellons disease has been linked to specific dental materials
  • Systemic, severe dental gum inflammation (periodontitis) has been linked to strokes, heart attacks and atherosclerosis

The point of this article is not to delve deeply into dental and oral health problems, rather it is to offer some insight and easy to implement suggestions to improve or at least maintain current levels of dental health.

Find yourself a holistic biological dentist. The biological dentist is worth having on your team as they utilize modern advances while minimizing exposure to xenobiotic substances. If you need more than just a checkup/cleaning, you want the best options with the least possible consequences.

There are three primary dental diseases: tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontitis. There are diverse causes and multiple types of these conditions. The most widespread and common forms have a similar etiology and therefore similar approaches to resolve.

The cause of these diseases is a bacterial infection with acidification from carbohydrate metabolism. Carbohydrates consumed are broken down into sucrose and starch and acted on by various enzymes which can then become dental plaque, a form of bacterial biofilm. This biofilm along with the presence of sugars creates lactic acid which begins dissolving the enamel. This lactic acid alters the pH of the mouth, further damaging the terrain and weakening your body’s defenses over time making it more conducive to pathogens. The bacteria generally attributed to tooth decay and gingivitis is Streptococcus mutants.

Tooth Decay: The acidification causes the demineralization of the surface structures of the teeth. Minor lesions, or the beginning of dental cavities, can re-mineralize if you apply good oral hygiene, herbal preparations and appropriate nutrition. After a cavity has been established, there is no option other than conventional dentistry. But you do have options as to how the tooth is filled and with what material.

Gingivitis: The most common type is plaque-induced and caused by the bacterial biofilm and the immune system’s response to it. There are various types depending on the influence of factors including systemic health, medications and nutrition (or lack of). Some forms of gingivitis are caused by factors other than plaque including other types of infection, trauma and reactions to xenobiotic (foreign) substances.

The etiology is the same as caries: accumulation of bacterial biofilm producing acid toxins and enzymes which provokes an inflammatory response in the gum tissue

Gingivitis is not destructive and does not alway progress to periodontitis, but periodontitis is always preceded by gingivitis.

Periodontitis: A group of inflammatory diseases that effect the four tissues of the periodontium (gums, cementum (outer layer of roots of teeth), alveolar bone and periodontal ligaments connecting teeth to the alveolar bone. The etiology is the same as above, just much more severe.

To maintain or build healthy teeth and gums you need to regulate the microbial environment of the mouth. If you have good oral/dental health, this is rather easy. If have a poor dental history, I encourage you to dig deeper and involve a holistic biological dentist. My Awaken Your Health FDN® Health Coaching is an excellent complementary program that can offer great insight to take advantage of healing opportunties.

  • Diet: It is vital to consume a real whole food diet appropriate from one’s metabolism (Metabolic Typing®) and greatly reduce or ideally eliminate simple carbohydrates and sugars (building blocks of bacterial biofilm)
  • Saliva: Maintain a healthy flow of saliva. Gathering saliva in the mouth, swishing it around for a minute of two and then swallowing it is important not only because it activates digestive enzymes but also cleanses the mouth and contains compounds that inhibit bacterial fermentation and acidity that causes inflammation and infection. In other words, as saliva production decreases, acidity levels and demineralization increases.
    • Gathering the Jade Juice: This is a saliva generating qigong exercise done by circling the tongue around the mouth and over the teeth to stimulate saliva flow and allowed to accumulate. Once the mouth is full of saliva it is swished around, cleaning the teeth and gums and releasing more saliva. As this continues the taste of the saliva sweetens and becomes more watery, indicating its parasympathetic origin. Also visualize the saliva is infused with pure silver moonlight that transforms it into a nectar of healing, then it is swallowed.
  • Mechanical Cleansing: Brush your teeth properly multiple times a day to keep plaque from building up between dental cleanings
  • Use Anti-microbial and Anti-inflammatory compounds in your cleansing practices

Here is what I have been using since early 2016. The Dirt Trace Mineral Toothbrushing Powder and P2 Probiotic Power “I Clean Your Teeth” oral rinse. The results have been rather impressive, at least that is what my dental hygienist has told me. I get my teeth cleaned every 6 months. Since I have begun using these two products the amount of plaque buildup has been decreasing significantly with each check up. My dental hygienist as of Winter 2017 actually believes I floss on a daily basis. Floss touches my teeth twice a year, during a cleaning and if I get something caught in my teeth and can’t otherwise remove it. All things being equal, these two products have made a significant improvement to the terrain or mucosal environment of my mouth.

The Dirt Toothbrushing Powder contains trace minerals to remineralize the enamel, the scrubbing action of baking soda, the detoxification of bentonite clay and anti-inflammatory properties of specific herbs with no glycerin or potentially dangerous fluoride. I wrote a review of the product you can find here http://wp.me/p3hWct-cb . You can also advantage of a 15% off your first purchase promotion http://thedirt.refr.cc/NPXLKT4.

The reason I use the P2 Probiotic Power products is because it has been shown to break down biofilm which is needed to truly clean any surface or environment where bacteria/pathogens may be located. This is especially true of your mouth and kitchen and bathroom surfaces. For oral health, I use two squirts of “I Clean Your Teeth” combined in two ounces of filtered water and use as a mouthwash. I have a review of the P2 products located here http://wp.me/p3hWct-cr . You can visit their website directly through this link http://p2probioticpower.com/#_l_20 .

Between these two products we are breaking down biofilm, balancing the pH, cleaning the teeth and exposing them to trace minerals. Combine that with appropriate nutrition (Metabolic Typing@ and real whole food) and you will see results. As noted before, if you have a history of dental challenges, you may have to look deeper to get the results you desire. There exists other products and many herbal formulas which can benefit your teeth and gums. The options above are what I personally use they are simple, effective and readily available.

I believe you will find this information helpful as you continue on your journey to build health and vitality. If you are interested in how my Awaken Your Health FDN® Health Coaching Programs may be able to assist you, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Growing Old vs. Aging Gracefully – The Bitterest Pill

If you haven’t figured it out, the bitterest pill to swallow is the truth. The truth is often not what we want to hear so we hide behind convenient lies (just calling them what they are). The truth is, you have ultimate control over whether you age gracefully, experiencing and manifesting health and vitality, or grow old dealing with the consequences of disease and the unwanted baggage that comes with allopathy.

The true sign of health is not longevity, it is the quality of life that counts. If you are not capable of living a life of vibrancy, passion and zeal, are you really living?

The truth is, degenerative disease is at epidemic levels. Earlier detection only goes so far. If you personally don’t have a disease, you likely know someone, family or friend, that does. Diseases have become so common that they are considered normal and rarely given a second thought.

In the first part of this series; “Choices”, I offered that poor health, degenerative conditions, even disease are not a normal state of being. I even offered that health and vitality, is our actual default setting. If you have not read “Choices”, I suggest you start there.

Being healthy is how we are meant to live. Every disease, health complaint, sign or symptom is your body communicating that something is wrong, that Metabolic Chaos™ exists. This Chaos is metabolic deficiencies, weakness and imbalances existing within the tissues, glands and organs that make up the many complex systems drive overall body function.

Your health challenges are the external manifestation of this Metabolic Chaos™!

While you may not want to hear this. . . .

  • Your current state of health is the best your body can do considering the circumstances it’s in
  • Those circumstances are determined by the environment in which you live and the lifestyle choices made within that environment up to this moment in time
  • If you don’t like your current state of health, then you have to change how you interact with people, places and things including yourself
  • You will never “fix” the problem or in this case heal, by continuing with the same thoughts and actions that created them.

As mentioned in the last article, my dad had a heart attack in early February ’17. Complications developed due to his age, history and Metabolic Chaos™. I can’t image what he has been going though, but I am sure it is far beyond the distress I have been experiencing.

Throughout this event I have been doing much soul searching. This has resulted in fortifying a previous commitment, between my wife and I, too not allow ourselves to end up in a similar situation. I don’t care what genetic predispositions may exist. I don’t care what lies and disinformation I continue to hear and be told. I will not become another health statistic. I have a plan that is being executed as I write this. The proof of our success may not be known for decades, but we will succeed. Life is meant to be lived no matter what the age!

I want to shine a light of truth upon the health of America’s citizens. For many reasons, we Americans have an incredibly hard time swallowing the bitter truth pill. We are a sick nation. In spite of the scientific advances made within the health care and medical industries we continue to suffer, when we don’t have to.

Heart Disease, Stroke and other Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD)

  • Cardiovascular disease accounts for nearly 801,000 or 1 of every 3 deaths in the US
  • 2,200 Americans die of CVD each day, averaging 1 death every 40 seconds
  • About 92.1 million American adults are living with CVD or the after-effects of stroke.
  • Coronary Heart Disease is the leading cause (45.1%) of deaths attributable to CVD followed by Stroke (16.5%), Heart Failure (8.5%), High Blood Pressure (9.1%) Diseases of the Arteries (3.2%) and other CVD.

Heart Disease:

  • Accounts for 1 in 7 deaths in the US, killing over 360,000 people a year.
  • About 790,000 people in the US have heart attacks each year. Of those 114,000 will die.
  • The estimated annual incidence of heart attack in the US is 580,000 new attacks and 210,000 recurrent attacks.
  • Average age of the first heart attack is 65.3 years for males and 71.8 years for females.

Strokes:

  • Strokes kill nearly 133,000 people a year
  • Someone in the US has a stroke about once every 40 seconds.
  • Strokes account for 1 of every 20 deaths in the US.
  • Strokes kill someone in the US about every 4 minutes
  • Each year, about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. Approximately 610,000 of these are first attacks.
  • Stroke is the leading cause of serious long-term disability in the US

What is utterly shameful is that CVD including heart attacks, stroke and heart disease along with every single risk factor is preventable and avoidable. They are all lifestyle diseases. CVD is not genetically determined. A genetic predisposition is not a guarantee of a manifestation, it is just an increased likelihood “if” all the “wrong” variables are present. Those variables are determined by the environment and how you interact with people, places and things including yourself.

Type II Diabetes:

  • The seventh leading cause of death in 2013 and likely very under reported.
  • Has been diagnosed in an estimated 29 million of american adults (roughly 13.0%)
  • An estimated 7.6 million or 3.1% of adults have undiagnosed diabetes
  • About 86 million or 36.8% of adults have pre-diabetes and may or may not realize it.
  • The leading cause of kidney failure, lower limb amputations and adult-onset blindness
  • More than 20% of health care spending is for people with diagnosed diabetes
  • Diabetes complications include heart disease and stroke.

Auto Immune Diseases

  • The National Institute of Health (NIH) estimates up to 23.5 million americans suffer from autoimmune disease and that the prevalence is rising.
  • Autoimmune disease is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in women in all age groups up to 64 years of age
  • Commonly used immunosuppressant treatments can lead to devastating long-term side effects. These drugs suppress immune function (throughout the body) decreasing inflammation markers but doing little or nothing to decrease the inflammatory causal factors.
  • A suppressed immune system increases the likelihood of developing all kinds of infections and malignancies which can lead to death.

The American Autoimmune Related Disease Association (AARDA) says that 50 million americans suffer from autoimmune disease. The reason for the discrepancy is that the NIH only includes 24 diseases for which good epidemiology studies were available. Researchers have identified 80-100 different autoimmune diseases and expect at least 40 more to have an autoimmune basis.

Unwanted Weight and Obesity:

  • More than 2/3 of adults are considered overweight or obese.
  • More than 1 in 20 adults are considered to have extreme obesity
  • About 1/3 of children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 are considered overweight or obese
  • Obesity related conditions include heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer (breast, colon, endometrial and kidney), nonalcoholics fatty liver disease and osteoarthritis
  • Healthcare costs are estimated to be 22% higher for the overweight, 28% higher for obesity and 41% higher in the severely obese.

Cancer:

  • In 2017 there will be 1.7 million new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,000 cancer deaths in the US.
  • Nearly 13% of all cancers in adults ages 20+ will be rare cancers, fewer than 6 cases per 100,000 people per year
  • Every day 1,650 people die from cancer
  • The second most common cause of death in the US, accounting for 1 of every 4 deaths
  • 87% of all cancers in the US are diagnosed in people aged 50 years or older.
  • 41% of men and 38% of women will develop cancer during their lifetime
  • There will be an estimated 10,270 new cancer cases among children 0-14 years of age
  • Childhood cancer incidence rates have increased by 0.6% per year since 1975
    Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death in children ages exceeded only by accidents

According to the American Cancer Society, only a small proportion (I could not find a number/percentage) of cancers are strongly hereditary, that is, caused by an inherited genetic alteration. What that means is that just about all cases of cancer are due to the environment in which one lives and the lifestyle choices made within that environment. Or how you interact with people, places and things!

I could continue with more stats that look at mental health, learning disabilities, the use of psychotropic drugs, etc. but I believe you get the idea. While these stats paint a bleak picture of this country’s state of health, they don’t mean you or a loved one, have to become another statistic padding these numbers. You have a choice!

You have a choice as to how you interact with people, places and things including yourself! You can create an internal environment which manifests health, vitality and a passion for experiencing life or you can be just like everyone else, refusing to swallow the bitterest pill in spite of what that pill offers you.

Be an example. Learn to take care of yourself and prove through your health gains that statistics mean nothing when true knowledge and love of self is present.

Imagine what life will be like when we teach our children, from birth, a form of holistic self care which creates healthy, educated, free-thinking individuals who can not only take care of themselves, but also show empathy to truly take care of and support others.

Imagine the possibilities when you can do just about anything you put your mind to, because your mind/body is up to the task and Metabolic Chaos™ has no power over you!

I will end this article as I ended the last, with the addition one question:

  • Do you want to get old or do you want to age gracefully?
  • Are getting old or are you aging gracefully?
  • Are you, or will you be just another statistic?

If you do not proactively learn a holistic model of self-care you will be forced into the medical model (drugs, surgery, chemo and radiation). Is that what you want?

If you are not living the life of quality that you want, you may want to consider a holistic form of self care such as my Awaken Your Health FDN® Functional Health Coaching program.

I am not sure exactly what the next article will cover, but I am sure that you will find it helpful if you open your mind to possibilities and truth. Until then, I offer much love and healing energy your way.

 

Growing Old vs. Aging Gracefully – Choices

Growing old versus aging gracefully is a topic I have been contemplating for some time, but has been on the back burner, until now. Before I explain why, allow me to define the terms of this article.

Growing Old is essentially allowing nature to takes its course with minimal, purposeful intervention, much less the actual execution of a designed plan. You may as well spin the wheel, roll the dice or pick a card to discover your ultimate health outcome. The primary intervention experienced with growing old is typically unplanned, allopathic in nature (medical model of disease/symptom management) and can include a multitude of pharmaceuticals, surgical procedures and even toxic chemo/radiation exposure. While this approach may extend life, it does little or nothing to enhance the quality of that extended life.

Aging Gracefully is taking ownership of one’s health. By ownership I mean purposely becoming educated regarding how the body works so you better understand why it behaves as it does. Then you proactively act upon that knowledge making targeted healthier lifestyle choices. Ownership means investing time, energy and resources now, not later. The benefit of aging gracefully is that quality of life remains high when others suffer and falter. Your ability to adapt to or resolve the effects of stress remains strong. The allopathic role, if enlisted, is only one of a potential handful of practitioners or services working for you, not empowered by you.

It is important you understand that I do believe allopathy serves a purpose. If I am ever in a life or death situation there is nowhere else I want to be than here in America with access to modern medicine.

Allopathy excels in responding to acute health challenges, breaking a leg or having a stroke, etc. Where its effectiveness drops greatly is in preventing such events from occurring in the first place.

Allopathy is about managing disease and symptoms. It can’t heal anything. Drugs suppressing metabolic function don’t heal the body. The surgical removal of tissue, glands and organs, or exposure to the toxic effects of chemotherapy/radiation do not heal the body. While these practices may alleviate or reduce a symptom(s), that is not the same as healing.

Over 90 percent of health challenges are chronic in nature. Chronic or degenerative disorders require time to manifest. At some point, a “tipping point” is reached, where the body can no longer metabolically compensate for imbalances or stressors and an “event” occurs. Or, the symptom(s) reach a point of severity and/or frequency which allows a “diagnosis” to be applied.

Be honest and consider this; if you were diagnosed with cancer this morning, were healthy yesterday? If you have a heart attack tomorrow, does that make you healthy today? Obesity, diabetes, autoimmune conditions, etc., are all degenerative conditions that existed well before the diagnosis was made.

I hope this is making sense and sinking in. The absence of a diagnosis is not the definition of health. Health is not only the absence of disease, it is the body’s ability to prevent the signs/symptoms of disease from happening in the first place and being capable of returning to a state of homeostasis if knocked out of balance.

Health is what you, me, and everyone should be manifesting right now every day. Compromised health should be the anomaly. An actual diagnosis, much less an acute health event (i.e. stroke) should be even less likely, a true rarity. Hospitals and ERs should only be needed for acute traumas such as a car accident.

How can health be our default setting you ask? If it were not, we would have died out as a species millennia ago! A literal program for health exists. This program is written into the DNA of every single one of the 100 trillion+ cells that make up your body. The only thing that can heal you is tapping into and allowing this innate program or wisdom to function as it was designed.

If you cut yourself, if you keep the wound clean and the edges together, it will heal. If you break a bone, and align the edges, the gap is crossed and the bone remodeled. The cells accomplishing this don’t have to be told what to do. They don’t have to watch a video, read a self-help book or partake in a multi-year program. Your cells already know what to do. They just have to be allowed to do it!

You can damage this programming. No one is born with type 2 diabetes, something(s) has to change. It is perfectly natural for blood sugar levels to fluctuate. This is essential for health and survival. There are a multitude of biochemical processes that allow blood sugar to deviate and bring it back into balance. Type 2 diabetes happens when we damage or break that programming. If the program is merely damaged, it can often be corrected through lifestyle. If it is broken, that is another story. Diabetes is a degenerative illness requiring time to manifest.

If we allow this innate wisdom to manifest, you will experience health. The earlier in life you recognize this fact, and more importantly apply this knowledge appropriately, the more likely you will be to experience true health and maintain it for a lifetime.

The more out of metabolically imbalanced your body is, the longer these imbalances exist, the more challenging it is to bring oneself back into homeostasis. But it is possible in most cases.

There is a formula for acquiring health. In overly simple terms, you will experience health if you supply your body everything it needs to heal, while eliminating or reducing every possible blocking factor.

Sounds simple, right? The challenge is that modern society, how most people choose to live, goes against this formula. The “western” lifestyle is loaded with blocking factors which impede healing. Our cells are malnourished by poor foods of convenience and toxic from a polluted environment.

We have been falsely led to believe that getting old is a natural part of life. Any time you hear or interpret any message that even hints to ill-health as normal, it is either a purposeful lie or expressed through ignorance. Often it is both.

As with exercise, there are no bad drugs or bad surgical procedures. But there does exist inappropriately prescribed exercise, drugs and surgery. It is the appropriateness relative to the individual where success or mistakes are made.

I know. What I am saying goes against just about everything you have been told and led to believe is true. Allopathy is not the answer to disease prevention, much less health building. Allopathy is not king, it can be and should be questioned! There exists legitimate options that that are not quackery, deception or schemes.

I’m not saying that quackery, deception and schemes don’t exist, they do. That is where education comes into play. That is where intuition, that innate knowledge and wisdom inside you, speaking its voice needs to be trusted. All occupations, no matter how noble or altruistic they may be presented, can be used for good or evil.

Never believe everything anyone tells you at face value. Yes, it can be hard to look at people, places, things, including yourself and even ideas without allowing emotions to get in the way. Being able to see things for what they truly are is vital to health building and survival in general.

When it comes to your health, be open-minded to possibilities and new ideas. But also be skeptical. Skeptical of false promises, misleading information, distracting marketing and deceptive intentions. An imbalance between the two can and often leads to disappointment, frustration and disgust at self and others. You are too important. You have better things to do with your time, energy and resources.

You have read this far and I have yet to answer the first question. Why am I writing this, now? In early February ’17 my dad had a heart attack. I am writing this, while watching him sleep in a rehab facility.

I am incredibly grateful that he is alive. I thank allopathy for that. Now we are concerned about his quality of life which has suffered greatly. In some ways he is in worse shape than he was prior to the heart attack. Where is allopathy now?

I am writing this for two reasons. First, I have an awful lot of thoughts running through my head as you can imagine, and they demand to be released. Second, I truly believe that what I offer here, my experience, can benefit you.

So I will finish this article offering two questions:

Do you want to get old or do you want to age gracefully?
Are getting old or are you aging gracefully?

If you do not proactively learn a holistic model of self-care you will be forced into the medical model (drugs, surgery, chemo and radiation). Is that what you want?

If you are not living the life of quality that you want, you may want to consider a holistic form of self care such as my Awaken Your Health FDN® Functional Health Coaching program. I have more thoughts to offer, this is just a good place to stop. See you in my follow-up.