WADE YODER'S
Health & Fitness Articles

 
Thanks for visiting my health and fitness articles page. These articles cover a variety of topics such as workout routines, general health, fitness, nutrition, chronic disease and anti-aging strategies. These articles are published in 5 local newspapers in Georgia and are uploaded here the following Monday after each print publication.
I wish you the best in health and fitness~
Wade Yoder, Master Trainer & Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Fat Furnace Trigger

Fat Furnace Trigger

Burning fat is one thing that we have over complicated and commercialized in every feasible way imaginable. Every time we turn around there is a newest, latest best way to burn it for us!

Question: if we spent a lot of time and money, canning and storing food in our storage pantry, would we pay someone money to come burn some of it, if we felt our inventory had grown too large? Or would we skip going to the grocery store every so often and simply use from our storage supply, thus reducing the size of our inventory?

 How to unlock the door to our storage areas: many of us probably know that sugar is by far one of the biggest culprits in creating fatty deposits, but just like the creation of fatty deposits the KEY in getting these same fatty deposits to release the calories they store, is in getting the SUGAR in our blood LOW!

 How our body stores fat: our body produces insulin whenever it senses sugar entering our system, (this is how glucose gets transported to muscle cells for energy). Whenever we take in more sugar then our muscle cells need, the insulin will continue to transport it out of our blood, but this is when it starts stuffing it into our fat cells, making them fat. If insulin were not doing this, our network of blood vessels would become a sticky mess causing anything from blindness to loss of circulation leading to amputations!

 Fat Burning Trigger: since sugary intake (especially lots of sugar and starches) causes our pancreas to release insulin to do it’s job, oft times once the sugar is transported, (if we don’t continue to fuel this fire with more sugar) we will feel our energy start to bottom out. The reason is simple, we flooded our system with too many little workers (insulin) and they depleted our sugar!

This is when we oft times make the mistake of thinking we need to take in some sugar, DON’T!!! Just drink some really cold water and try to move around for a while and this will help speed up and trigger the next reaction. Once all the insulin in our blood figures out the sugar is gone, our level of insulin will recede from our blood and this is the trigger that actually opens the door to receiving energy into our system from the fat cells. So its actually 2 things that need to get low, before our body starts to get it’s energy from stored fat, sugar then insulin.

 Two of the worse things in the obesity epidemic are beverages that are not water and sweet foods without fiber! A sweet food or drink without fiber to slow down sugar’s entry into our bloodstream, when consumed will effectively shut down the burning of body fat for energy!

 Why has our era of FDA and USDA controlled food and drug system along with new diet foods, weight loss bars, weight loss drinks, fat burners, and other easy weight loss methods yielded an explosive era of obesity and chronic disease?

 I believe the answer is a simple one: we have entered an era where we have lazily let people (we have no business trusting), do our thinking for us and they have gotten us off track as to what the basic fundamentals of weight loss and disease prevention actually are!

 Free weight loss plan: figure out how much fat you want to burn off, then select the days you are least active and not exercising to eliminated starches and sugars (this includes fruits). Doing intermittent fasting on your non-exercise days). Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water, (drinking cold water between meals helps burn more calories).

 With the cost of food, and the time that it takes for us to eat it, there is no reason that weight loss should not save us time and money!

 

The Bonus Payout from Manual Labor

The Bonus Payout from Manual Labor
By: Wade Yoder 
 
Physical activity at work (at your paying job) is something I've thought a lot about over the past years, and I see it even more as the warnings continue to come out about sedentary lifestyles, setting still for extended periods, and last but not least, mental stress when not combined with its healthy counterpart which is physical stress.

Inactivity is linked to most chronic disease, (heart disease, cancer, diabetes) and oft times, it's partner in crimes against the body (obesity). If we can counter chronic disease by getting more active, doesn't this include physical work at our job as well!

Whenever I hear of a company that pays their employees for their gym time, I automatically think "smart company" and I can tell it makes the employee feel really good that their company cares about their health and fitness! A company allowing an employee to go to the gym while on the clock, to exercise, improve health, fitness, shape while getting paid, sounds pretty good to most people that care about their health!
However, if we have a physically exhausting job, carpentry, plumbing, fabrication, waitressing, janitorial, etc. we oft times tend to look at it different then when we exercise in a gym or have paid exercise time from our employer. Its not so different, especially if you can work fast enough to get your heart rate up for an extended period and can go through a variety of movements, such as lifting, pulling, pushing, squatting, and walking. 

 

I really believe with all the environmental toxins, food additives, and stress, when this is combined with a sedentary lifestyle or job, will have a buildup of pending side effects that can really position us at the losing end of the stick, in future healthcare costs, down time, premature aging and chronic disease.

It makes perfect sense that our intake of fast food, processed food, as well as loads of sugar, when combined with lifestyles that are inactive are exactly what is setting this perfect storm for a massive era of death by chronic disease. We can change this by following 3 words, "changing lifestyle habits."

There are many health benefits in a job that requires physical output, and this physical activity can have great immediate and long term benefit.
Here are a few: increased muscle mass and tone, increased cardio endurance, better cardiopulmonary circulation, increased bone density, better detoxification and regular bowel movements, physical fatigue from activity or exercise relieves mental stress, lower body fat and last but not least, you get a workout while making money!
How to get a workout on the job: when you see a stretch of work that might last 20 minutes or longer, increase the speed that you do it to get your heart rate up, (this helps burn body fat and build cardio endurance). If you want to build muscle density, increase the load or speed of movement.

If you have a desk job: stand up and move around whenever you get a chance. You can do some rapid squat thrusts, jumping jacks, or pushups whenever you take a restroom break, (if you take 5-10 breaks, this will add up). If you do an exercise that activates most of your muscles, you can do a lot in one minute of rapid, intense exercise.

When we look at the health benefits of a body that keeps in motion and realize that health will be tomorrow's currency, our appreciation can grow for a job (or daily activities) that keep us on the move and can make us feel like we're accomplishing two things at one time! 

After all, its pretty neat if you can work and make a paycheck from your employer while getting exercise at the same time!

LOCALLY GROWN MEDICINE

LOCALLY GROWN MEDICINE

 

There’s a lot of value in eating locally grown fruits and vegetables whenever you can. Growing some of your own food or having a small garden is really good and besides the healthy fruits and vegetables, knowing how to grow at least some of your own food is a good thing!

 When fruits and vegetables are picked and sold locally, they can be picked at the ripened stage. I like to think of the fruit or vegetable at the ripened stage as the point when the plant, tree or vine is finished with its project. Have you ever noticed how willing the plant, tree or vine is to turn it loose once it has finished its work vs. when the fruit or vegetable hasn’t ripened? Once its ripened, the plant is finished with its nutritious project. 

 We know that locally produced honey can help with allergy symptoms in your particular area, since the bees make it with pollen from this same area, and using this honey seems to help you become more resistant to the pollen. Have you ever noticed that certain fruits and vegetables grow really well in some regions and not in others? We are also exposed to these same conditions, so when we have the opportunity to eat the foods that nature packages for us from this area, it just may be exactly the designer foods we need, to help us do better as well. 

 Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Example: there are over 400 known and named nutrients in an apple, plus many more that are unnamed. I like to think of fruits and vegetables as nature’s multi-vitamin package and when grown in the area you’re in, it becomes a multi-vitamin perfectly designed and packaged by The Master Blender for the people in that area. 

 I don’t want to completely take away from the value of adding in vitamin and mineral supplementation, especially for a person that does not get 5-7 servings a day, but for the most part we can trust nature’s multi-vitamin and mineral packages from fruits and vegetables any day over man made Multi-Vitamins and minerals! These are the foods that supply the 1000’s of nutrients that help us fight disease!     


My Fun in the Sun, is it Dangerous?

My Fun in the Sun, is it Dangerous?

 

 

 Have you ever wondered why people seem so healthy during the summer? It very likely comes from more time spent outside and in the sun, where our body can naturally produce nature’s only hormonal vitamin (vitamin D)!

 

When we change the way nature is set up (for us) to be participants of, we need to keep in mind that nature can be a little environmentally harsh to someone who is not conditioned to it at all when they suddenly over expose themselves to these environmental conditions! Even a overexposure to a health club could be bad for our muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints, its no different with the sun on our skin! 

 

We need professionals that advocate gradual conditioning of the skin rather then promoting the daily slathering on of chemicals and in so many words saying we should trust chemicals more then something that has been around for 1000's of years (the sun) and something the human body is designed to naturally protect itself from through the production of a hormonal vitamin! 

 

Warning against over exposure is a good thing, but professionals making claims that the sun is bad for people, is one of the most ignorant ones I’ve ever heard! These claims probably somehow stem from the multi billion dollar skin care industry.

 

Research studies and claims always make me curious when they come up with negative results on things that have been a part of people’s lives for thousands of years. A curious thing happened after the media and other sources scared many people into protecting themselves against the sun’s deadly rays, (chronic disease sky rocketed)! And most of these chronic diseases are associated with low vitamin D levels! Research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that those with the lowest levels of vitamin D have more than double the risk of dying over an eight-year period and they cited the reason for these deficiencies was decreased outdoor activity. When I looked up vitamin D and chronic disease, there were 16,300,000 results! One thing the naysayers cannot dispute, is that all life here on earth would cease to function without the sun.


Example of vitamin D’s many processes in the body: when we produce adequate levels of vitamin D, it helps us pull calcium from the foods we eat that contain calcium. When our vitamin D levels are low our calcium levels in the body drop even if we have a calcium rich diet, this in turn will force the body to pull calcium from the bones for muscle activity and other functions thus making our bones brittle and weak!   

 

A cascading effect of vitamin D: low levels of vitamin D will cause low levels of calcium, low levels of calcium will cause our body to be less alkaline. This means our body becomes more acidic and a body that is more acidic becomes more disease friendly! I believe these acidity levels have contributed in a major way to the epidemic of chronic disease we have now.  

 

Here’s a little trick to get around buying vitamin D made in a laboratory: spend 5-20 minutes in the mid-day sun with as much skin exposed as possible, (exposure time should vary by fairness of skin). Experts say 10 minutes will give your body enough radiation to manufacture about 10,000 IU of vitamin D. The neat thing is that our body can store extra vitamin D in our fat cells for the winter (vitamin D is fat soluble), so I think its pretty easy to see what God gave us summers for! The further north you live, the more you may benefit from additional vitamin D supplementation.

 

Quick notes: there are 3 types of ultraviolet rays A, B, & C. UVA rays are the most common and reach beyond the top layer of skin. UVB is mostly absorbed by the ozone layer but some makes it through, especially at mid-day and is responsible for the production of vitamin D, UVC is the dangerous kind and is mostly absorbed by the ozone layer.

 

Tanning beds: produce both A & B rays but primarily A. 

 

Note: the key to healthy sun therapy is in gradual exposure and avoiding long periods of overexposure after long periods of underexposure. Remember that (just like our muscle, bones, immune system as well as other physiological functions in our body), our skin is not so different in that it becomes conditioned for a gradual increased exposure to a particular condition, and when we overdo something, things break down and when we continue to do this it can lead to a chronic inflammatory condition which is the root of most chronic disease!

 

Foods good for skin color: vitamin A rich foods are really good for healthy skin color and are dark-orange foods such as cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, orange and yellow peppers and apricots. 

 

Skin protection: colorful compounds (carotenoids) from fruits and vegetables get deposited in the skin and protect against sunburn and oxidation which in turn helps protect us from skin cancer and aging of the skin.  

 

Remember to build exposure gradually and just like a muscle steadily becomes stronger and avoids injury with gradual resistance your skin will also build its protection and produce an awesome supply of natural vitamin D the way you were designed to receive it. I hope you have a lot of fun in the sun this summer and get plenty of vitamin D stored up for fall and winter!


Me vs. Healthcare

Me vs. Healthcare 

 

 Early detection by the medical field, should have never attempted to step into the shoes of prevention, it is incapable of yielding the same benefits. 

 Navigating healthcare and healthcare options is something we have been hearing a lot about and it can be unnerving to say the least! We have a huge aging population which will and has been stretching our healthcare system and capabilities to the max and it’s enough to give all of us concern as to what kind of care we can expect if we ourselves or family need healthcare services. 

  It really impacted me years ago when I read a September 2012 article in the Wall Street Journal- where it said that there are enough people that die each week from medical mistakes to fill 4 jumbo jets. This does not include the ones with temporary or lifetime complications from medical mistakes. As the system gets loaded with more and more patients due to our aging population, we need to consider that quality of care may decline due to wait times, and less time for individual care by the healthcare professional. 

 We have overused and abused medical access for years and have grown a dependency that we need to assess and possibly back off from. We can decrease our dependency oft times by changing some lifestyle habits and we can track down some answers simply by asking ourselves a few simple questions: 

1. What have I been doing wrong?

2. What have I not been doing right?

3. How long has 1 or 2 been going on?

4. What can I do to correct this?

Asking ourselves these questions and answering them honestly can put us on track for decreasing our dependency on others for our health.

  

 Self diagnostic questions we can ask ourselves: have I been getting adequate water -have I been getting plenty of activity and exercise -have I been eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables every day, and have I been getting good deep sleep? 

 We have an internal doctor (our immune system) that works 24 x7 x 365 and it isn’t practicing medicine- it knows exactly what’s wrong and what it needs to repair and rejuvenate us with. Oft times all this internal system asks from us is a better diet, more water, more activity and better rest.   

 1. When you feel fine and your doctor is constantly trying to get you to come back for checkups etc. (remember this is a business to them), but for you its subjecting yourself to a gathering place of sick people many times unnecessarily. 

2. When it comes to our medicine(s) we need to know the purpose of each and every one.

3. Learn all the side effects of each medicine, before using it.

4. If you’re on medicine(s), question yourself and your doctor, to see if there is anything in your lifestyle that you can change or add to lessen the need for the medicine over time? 

 If we can change our thought pattern from how we will be able to access healthcare, to a more defensive play of how can I keep myself from needing the healthcare system, (we can save ourselves a lot of down time as well as exposure to other pathogens etc. while we are in doctor’ offices, hospitals and waiting rooms). This helps create healthcare independence and that is much better then healthcare dependence! 


The Purpose of Individual Food Nutrients

The Purpose of Individual Food Nutrients

 

 It is very important to have a balanced diet that gives us the macro and micronutrients we need. This is what helps us keep our motor running smoothly!

 Protein: We need protein for strengthening and repairing our muscles and organs. When stressed out with a heavy workload, the stressed part(s) of our body goes through a temporary breakdown process. Our body takes protein and breaks it down into amino acids (or as I like to call it- muscle patch paint) and when it goes through this repair process it has then strengthened, toned or reinforced that particular stressed area of the body. Whether for bodybuilding, power lifting, sports or simply activities of daily living (ADL), protein is very necessary to sustain life!

 Fat: We need this for hormone production, and to lubricate our system. It is also a condensed energy that burns much steadier then sugar. Our brain is mostly made up of fat, and even though we tend to dislike it if we have too much of it on our body, it is a macronutrient that we very much need as a part of our diet and is very essential for life sustenance. 

 Carbohydrates and Sugars: These are good for quick energy. Complex carbs are better in that they breakdown slower into glucose, but if you need a faster source of energy, a more simple carb or something that has some sugar in it (usually most foods/drinks that taste sweet) can be okay for the times that you’re running on empty and need something fast. You see it’s when we don’t burn these sugars as they enter our blood and become available as energy, that blood sugar and obesity problems start. Our insulin has a duty to clear the blood of high glucose levels and will cart the unused sugars/glucose off to be store in our fat cells. And this is what makes our fat cells oft times have an appearance we don’t like. Fat cells are simply reserve holding tanks for energy, and it’s up to us how big we make them or how small we shrink them.

 Anti-Oxidants (vitamins and minerals): These are what help protect us from disease as well as keeping such things as fluids in balance. When we keep our blood rich in a variety of antioxidants it works like safety armor for our skin, eyes, muscle and vital organs. When we don’t have an adequate daily supply of these in our diet, it leaves us exposed to oxidation (rusting of our body), which we know as disease and premature aging. 

 Our best source for these is not some exotic berry from down in the Amazon that some network marketing company is trying to say is the next best thing, but simply the fruits and vegetables you can find at your local farmers market, roadside stand or can grow in your own back yard. The arrays of colors are nutrients and there are thousands of phytonutrients in a good variety of fruits and vegetables. These are the multi-vitamin and mineral packages designed for the people in the areas they are grown. 

 Remember; its not just about eating healthy foods, but also in eating a good variety of healthy foods from the above listed categories, so that our body can pick and pull the tools of nutrition that it needs and just like a good mechanic will do its best to keep your vehicle running smoothly.  

You cannot out Exercise a Bad Diet!

You cannot out Exercise a Bad Diet!

 

 About 70% of our physical shape depends on what we consume. Its easy to plan to hit the exercise routine a little harder the next day, and get back on a diet the following week, (when we’re full of food), but unless we lower our caloric intake the next few meals or the next day, we simply burn the current day’s calories that we consume. These excess calories we took in the day before will be turned into stored energy and this is what inflates our fat cells. 

 We can very easily create a calorie deficit for the current day, especially if we know we over did it the night before, by simply not eating for a while the next day, or by eating very little. I like to do an intermittent fast (IF) about once a week after having a good splurge meal the evening before. I do this by going for about 18-24 hours before I eat again, (sometimes I’ll have a protein shake or something very light).

 When eating less, you will usually feel tired and when your body is fixing to shift energy pathways, (you may feel a little weak). However once your insulin level is lowered in your blood from not having to be there for delivery of food nutrients (especially sugars), your body can then trigger the release of energy from your fat cells. Before this triggers the release of fat for energy, insulin in you blood, has to be low, (this means stay away from sugars and starches). 

 This is the way to lower the amount of energy substance inside our fat cells, and this is what we know as burning fat for energy! Burning the energy inside our fat cells is like letting the air out of a lot of balloons and being able to fit the shrunk up balloons back into a little box. What makes fat cells get big is the amount of energy we ourselves decide to keep stored in them. 

 Most of us don’t want a lot of extra body fat, but the thing to keep in mind, its simply stored energy that we need to figure out how to release. Sugary foods, drinks, and foods that can convert to sugar rapidly are the BIG culprits in not only causing weight gain, but also in preventing the fat cells from releasing their energy! 

 Eating the right foods and controlled portion sizes so as to stimulate your body’s natural fat burn process between meals and toning your muscles, (all over your body), will turn your body into a natural fat and calorie burning machine!


Take away: Sugar (enough to cause a blood sugar spike) is not only bad for your health; it also turns off the fat burning process in your body.    


Sarcopenia = Age related muscle loss

Sarcopenia = Age related muscle loss

 Sarcopenia: from the Greek meaning "poverty of flesh" is the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength associated with aging. 

 

 The study of sarcopenia really intrigued me when I read the book Bio Markers, on how you can control the aging process. A lot of the normal signs that we have accepted as being a part of the aging process, (such as slowing metabolism, muscle loss, skeletal and cardiovascular weaknesses), often have more to do with inactivity and diet causing muscle loss, then it does with aging. Research shows that one of the first signs of the aging process is a loss of protein (muscle) in the body. The two main contributing factors to this loss of muscle (sarcopenia) is simply, inactivity and diet. So it’s quite simple to slow down and even reverse the symptoms of aging, through our diet and lifting weights. The body builds itself up to counter increased demands!

 Over the past 20 plus years in the fitness business, I have seen a lot of difference (in how the aging process is offset) when individuals adapt a consistent, active lifestyle that keeps both mind and body challenged. Challenging our body and mind to new things can really go a long way in helping us to sidestep mental and physical deterioration in our latter years!  

 This is a quote from Miriam Nelson, a professor of nutrition at Tufts University; “A 70-year-old active individual is probably younger from a biomarker standpoint - muscle strength, balance, body composition, blood pressure, cholesterol levels - than a 40-year-old inactive person.” This means we can literally turn back the clock on things that have aged our body, through simple rejuvenating changes to our lifestyle!

 Preventing sarcopenia: we can counter the shrinking muscle mass, decreased bone density, and weakening of our cardiovascular system, using two primary tools, (exercise and our diet) and in many cases can make things much better. When you feel and look better then you did in 5-10-15- and even 20 years, it can really make you feel like you’re winding back the clock! There are some simple guides below to protect you against sarcopenia and shrinkage of life… 

 How muscle grows: the muscle building process is simply a response to muscle straining against a heavier load then it is used to. This causes small microscopic tears in the muscle fibers, which in turn places an order to the rebuilding system of our body, to patch up these little micro tears with amino acids (from the protein in our diet), thus building a new and stronger muscle!

Our body breaks down protein into amino acids to rebuild and patch up our broken down muscle, and this is the reason we need to increase the protein in our diet, especially when we exercise or do things that cause physical strain to our bodies.  

 Bone density: though bone density is not a part of the meaning of sarcopenia, our reversal of sarcopenia (muscle building or rebuilding) can have a direct impact on new gains in bone density as well. Just like skeletal muscle, “when greater workloads are applied to bones, joints, and tendons, our body recognizes the need for stronger bones and connective tissue.

 Cardiopulmonary strength: when we increase our muscle strength, it should also have a direct impact on creating better blood flow as well as strengthening our vital organs and the overall physiological functions of our body. When we have better flow of nutrients to the various parts of our body, things will start waking up like the plants in a garden do after a nice spring rain!

 Our body builds what we tell it to, but also shrinks what we tell it to, and we speak these instructions to our body through activity or inactivity as well as what we choose for food and drink. We not only are what we eat, we also become what we do with what we eat! 

 We oft times complain about health, physical appearance and physical capabilities, when we’re actually the one telling our body how to behave through our lifestyle habits.

 When we place a consistent demand (with slow increases over time), on our skeletal muscle as well as our cardiovascular system we can prevent a lot of this lifestyle related shrinkage of muscle size, strength and endurance. The cardiovascular (endurance) part seems to gradually improve, as we’re able to do these exercises more vigorously. 

Resistance training with free weights: this helps increase strength and balance. Do exercises that involve several muscle groups (compound movements). Compound movements get your muscles trained to work together as they become stronger. Start off with gradual increases and chart your progress. This really adds up when multiplied by the month and then by the year(s)! 

Nutrition: Increase protein and fat intake, (this increases our capability to build muscle and hormones), eat more dark colored vegetables, and eat your fruits in the early part of the day. Avoid starches and sugars, especially with high fat meals. Include plenty of nuts and beans in your diet.  

 When demand is placed against it, our body is designed to become stronger to accommodate these new stressors, whether in muscular, skeletal or in cardiovascular fitness!

 Staying strong helps match your health span to your life span.


Toxic Belly Fat... A Poison Fuel!

Toxic Belly Fat... A Poison Fuel!

 

   Fat has many good purposes (one of the main ones being our backup energy source), but one kind of fat that can be very bad for our shape and our health is visceral fat that has turned toxic! Though fat storage is a vital source of energy, if it becomes toxic, it can also become an energy source for disease.

  

Visceral fat is the fat that builds up around the waist area and can gradually thickly surround vital organs such as your liver, intestines, kidneys and your stomach. I like to imagine visceral fat as surrounding our plumbing (vital organs and other systems of our anatomy) with an energy insulation that can also absorb toxins that stay in our system, when they don’t get flushed out through normal elimination, such as (sweating, urination and bowel movement). Once this fat gets very toxic, (even for a thin person) its like an over soaked sponge that sets there secreting poisonous inflammatory toxins into our organs and tissues, that can lead to organ failure and other chronic diseases with names attached once the inflammation has manifested itself into a discoverable and nameable disease.  

  

Visceral fat as well as any other fat is a storage area for energy and back in the hunter-gatherer days provided a quick source of energy when needed whether it was in fight or flight. The hormones we secrete into our systems when we’re scared, tensed up, or stressed out encourages even more visceral fat storage around our midsection for the purpose of reserve energy. A big difference is now we have plenty of stress but very little fight and flight to burn off these fat calories (from the visceral fat storage) and also to return our stress hormones back to normal. Cortisol is a stress hormone and a major culprit in directing the body to store belly fat. (Much of this can be offset by regular exercise and other means of lowering stress levels). 

  

Quite possibly, many of the health problems we are having today is due in big part to not only the wrong calories and too many of them, but also our body’s system constantly being flooded with hormones (such as adrenaline and cortisol) from constantly being on red alert, with no follow up of fight, flight, or exercise to relieve this angst with the good feel hormones that come with high energy expenditure, such as the feel good endorphins. We have an abundance of mental stress oft times without getting physically stressed afterwards, which is a good way to work off the former. 

  

We are constantly bombarded with toxins in the air, foods etc. and unless our body has a consistent way to get it out, it will simply insulate the toxin in fat or mucous for our protection. Even a thin person can have visceral fat that has turned toxic from years of environmental exposures combined with poor dietary choices and a lack of intense physical activity. A lot of the toxicities that stay in our system, are due to the types of food and drink in our diets that simply do not encourage elimination of these, and when we constantly have stress hormones circulating in our system directing fat storage around the midsection, (we not only have a lot of unnecessary energy storage in this area) we also have a potentially big toxic sponge that sets there entwined around our organs soaking up and then releasing bad chemicals that cause inflammation, which is the root of almost all chronic disease!

  

The body tries to hang on to fat when its trying to protect us from these toxins, and since mucous and fat surround these things to protect us, if we can simply detoxify our body we take away the reason stubborn fat is stubborn. This takes time and keeping protective micronutrients (from fruits and vegetables) going through our system helps assure safe release of these toxins and likewise the safe release of fat.

  

What we can do: 

1. 3-5 hours of moderate to rapid pace activity per week, this not only will help burn off the visceral fat around our midsections, but will also help in working off the stress that is telling our body to put it there! Any rapid activity can constitute as exercise, so get creative by having a mix of things you enjoy, such as hiking, biking, jogging, swimming, tennis etc. along with consistent weight bearing exercises to keep everything strong. Workup a good sweat at least 3 times a week, this helps push toxins out.

2. Avoid food and drink product that has sugar added, especially ones with high fructose corn syrup! If you have fatty liver issues, this should be one of the first culprits in your diet to eliminate.

3. Increase water and fiber intake to help eliminate toxins. We should take in 1/2 our body weight in ounces of water minimum and at least 4-5 grams of fiber per serving for anything that goes in our mouth except for water, (fiber binds up and carries out toxins & water flushes). 

4. At least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, this keeps our antioxidant levels high in the blood and helps our body to get rid of the toxins circulating in our systems that cause aging and disease. 

5. Find whatever means you can to de-stress your life, do everything you can to get good quality sleep, this is when our body recovers from the stresses of daily living!  

Mental stress is a BIG cause of two things…belly fat & death! 



Burner note: two of the ways our body protects us from toxins (that are not eliminated) is by mucous production and fat. When we have an accumulation of fat in our belly area (where many of our vital organs are) chances are favorable that quite a few of these toxins are there. And since fat is fuel, we should consider this, poison fuel. 

Toxins can trigger inflammation and when this continues it becomes what we know as chronic inflammation. This continued smoldering can lead to diseased organs. Elimination of sweetened beverages and foods along with an increase of activity and exercise help shrink visceral fat. 

When trying to decrease abdominal (visceral) fat, make sure your colon, kidneys and liver have been detoxed so they can better process and eliminate these toxins as they break down. 


Don’t release the toxins unless elimination pathways are clear. 

Burning Fat Through Intermittent Fasting (IF)

Burning Fat Through Intermittent Fasting (IF)

 

 For those that are not familiar with the term, intermittent fasting is just going for intermittent periods of fasting with no food, and working them into your lifestyle. 

 This can be either once a week or several times a week and usually lasts anywhere from 12-24 hours. This is an inexpensive way to drop weight (burn fat) over time without worrying about losing muscle tissue, or worrying about which fat burner or diet will work the best. Stored fat is like our survival pantry with cans of stored food, (they both supply us with calories when we are in need). So, the next time someone tries to convince you to spend money to lose weight, remember that it’s a little like paying someone to burn up the supply of food that you spent both time and money storing up in your pantry.  

 The way I do the intermittent fast (IF): after my last meal of the day, I simply go into the following day, extending the time of the first meal or snack. I do not break-the-fast (this is the meaning of breakfast) until either afternoon or early evening. This lowers the level of insulin produced which in turn will signal release of calories from stored fat, to take the place of the ones we’re not getting through our stomach. 

 Note: drink plenty of water, as this is your only source of hydration during periods of fasting and if your energy starts bottoming out, (brisk movement and cold water can get you over the hump) when it feels like your sugar is low. Remember that low-blood glucose is what triggers the release of stored body fat.

 A calorie deficit in our stomach will signal for the release of stored calories (fat). And since there are around 3500 calories in a pound of fat, by dropping about 18-24 hours of normal food intake, your deficit can really cut into a pound of fat! I like to do this once a week, but depending on the amount of fat you’re wanting to lose, you could do it up to 3 separate times a week without worrying about muscle loss.

 How much can you burn in a day: on average, a person needs to add an extra zero to their bodyweight to get a minimum number of calories burned in a days time, at rest. 

Example: a 160 lb. person would need 1600 calories base line, without figuring daily physical activity. So if a 160 lb. person skipped eating for 24 hours, they should burn at least a half pound of stored energy (fat).

 The idea behind intermittent fasting: getting insulin levels low, (triggers the release of body fat as an energy source). When we take in sugary and starch filled foods and snacks foods, our body recognizes a fuel entering the system that can be dangerous if left in the blood, so it releases insulin to not only help the body safely remove it from the blood and into our cells, but to also turn off the fat burning process until its job is done. The presence of insulin in the blood simply shuts down the fat burning process. 

  Stretching out the fat burning effect: an intake of proteins and fats (from meats, eggs, nuts, beans) along with dark colored vegetables work really well if you want to extend the fat burning effect but avoid going into starvation mode.

 Warning: if you go low calorie or complete calorie restriction for too long, your body will think it is starving and will accommodate the lower food intake by lowering your metabolism, (it does this by breaking down muscle for energy). Oft times when someone gets on appetite suppressants, they will stay low calorie for too long, causing the body to go into a catabolic state, (it does this to protect us during times of starvation). However, you can trick your body into continuing to burn fat, by having an in-between cheat meal and refueling the hungry muscle cells before once again diving back into a fat burning calorie deficit!

 Always remember, whether intermittent fasting or low calorie, simply cycling your calorie intake up and down with high and low energy output days is a good way to control our weight. In other words, “don’t put racing fuel in a slow moving vehicle!”


Medicine is Sick Care, Food Is Health Care

Medicine is Sick Care, Food Is Health Care  

By: Wade Yoder

 

 Medicine is not healthcare, food is health care. Laboratory created medicine is sick care. It’s time we see it for what it is and recognize the truth of a saying handed down throughout the past 2,000 years from the father of modern day medicine that for some reason has been ignored more and more by the field of medicine and patients in the past 100 years… 

 

We have somehow let our healthcare slip from our own hands and have built reliance on a system that is largely governed by an industry that benefits from managing symptoms, (not curing the source of the symptoms), and will no longer provide the drugs if our insurance provider decides we no longer qualify. 

Question: if you owned a pharmaceutical company and spent in excess of a billion dollars on developing a sugar control drug, would you want to educate your customers on lowering sugar intake to control blood glucose levels, or would you rather they simply continue to manage their sugar with your drug and eat whatever they want to?

 

Developing a new prescription medicine that gains marketing approval, (a process often lasting longer than a decade), is estimated to cost 2.558 billion dollars, according to a study by the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. 

 

The responsibility to not get hooked on a drug dealer’s drugs lies with us, not them. And in the case of big pharma, these drugs cost a lot of money and some of them work really well at quickly intervening between us and a health problem. So it’s largely left up to us (in the future) whether or not we want to make changes in our lifestyle to get away from the using the drug or to simply continue to use the drug.

 

The problem with making the decision to continue using the drug (without at least trying to find out what our body is trying to tell us), is we are apt to eventually inherit side effects from the drug. 

Example: canagliflozin the active ingredient in Invokana has over 50 potential side effects. Why would someone use a drug like this without at least trying to see if they can control blood sugar levels by eating less sugar?

 

There are powerful nutrient chemicals in foods, (some foods are stronger in certain things then others) and if there is any point of this article that I would like to be made the most clear it is that, “when a condition or ailment is met with the right foods and other lifestyle changes, it often will not only take care of the symptoms, it will also clean up the source of the problem(s).” 

 

We have some pretty awesome lab created medications at the pharmacy, but we should never doubt the power of food from God’s farmacy to heal us with no side effects!

 

Sometimes we really need a medicine (drug) to intervene between ourselves and a problem, but as soon as possible we should try making the dietary and other lifestyle changes that eradicate the actual problem.

Example: diet and exercise both help lower and maintain healthy blood glucose levels. 

 

If you have Internet access, theres a a lot of information that I’ve been posting for a long time on the medicinal power of food at www.farmacy.tv

 

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”~ Hippocrates 

What Your Heart Is Hungry For...

What Your Heart Is Hungry For...
By: Wade Yoder
 
 Keeping ourselves surrounded with heart healthy foods for our meals and snacks can be a great defense in not only warding off heart disease, but can help us create a highly energized environment for our heart and vascular system as well! These healthy foods help dissolve the the stuff that sticks to the injured pipes of our vascular system.
 
Cholesterol has been considered the bad guy for our heart and artery systems for years, but now we're discovering that our body just may be using it for healing and protecting arteries and other blood vessels that are hurting from a high sugar diet, (I like to call this scabbing of the blood vessels). Inflammation seems to be the reason now, but something is causing the inflammation. Cutting sugar (especially refined sugar and starches from processed food) can help us soothe the linings of our arteries and blood vessels, giving them a good reason to start dissolving  this protective layer of cholesterol and plaque. And besides this, sugar spikes cause fatty deposits and lower our immune system for 4-6 hours.  
 
Cholesterol: is a vital nutrient to the several trillions cells of our body, so we also shouldn't be surprised that our body likes saturated fats to make this cholesterol from, after all it's the form of fat in real foods like eggs, meat, nuts, avocados, coconuts. 
 
There is a list of foods, spices etc that have risen to the top that appear to have a positive impact on our heart and its systems. 
 
As a disclaimer: these are simply the ones I would want to use for strengthening my heart, for better blood circulation and to protect myself from cardiovascular disease. 
 
Pomegranate: for reduction of atherosclerosis/plaque, and to stimulate production of nitric oxide which helps with healthy blood flow. 
 
Kale: for prevention of atherosclerosis/plaque.
 
Avocado: for lowering LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol. 
 Whole grains and beans: for helping lower cholesterol through the removal of bile in digestion. 
 
Healthy fats: from olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, fish and unprocessed dairy (for building the cells of our blood and blood vessels). 
 
Persimmons: lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. 
 
Oranges: for reduction in blood pressure, cholesterol, antioxidants to improve blood vessel function, and prevention of heart failure. I like oranges in their fruit form much more then the processed juice (those usually have way too much sugar and not enough fiber to compensate). 
 
Cranberries: for reducing overall risk of heart disease. 
 
Dark Colored Berries: for Resveratrol and its cardio friendly antioxidant effect.
 
Red wine or Dark Beer: for the polyphenols to help keep blood vessels flexible and to reduce clotting.
 
Cheese, and Butter: from grass fed dairy (for inhibiting atherosclerosis, reducing levels of circulating blood fats and to normalize impaired glucose uptake). 
 
Watermelon, Spinach, Lentils, Dark Chocolate and Apple Cider Vinegar: for lowering blood pressure. 
 
Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids: for lowering triglycerides and increasing HDL. 
 
Red vegetables and fruits: for lowering risk of stroke, prevention of blood clots and for improving blood circulation. 
 
Cayenne Pepper: for rapidly equalizing blood pressure in the arterial and venous system - it warms the body - dilates blood vessels -increases circulation and blood flow to all major organs which facilitates oxygen and nutrient delivery. 
 
Green Tea: for lowering cholesterol, maintaining healthy circulation, promotes healthy teeth and gums as well as for overall heart health.
 
Garlic: for inhibiting and decreasing atherosclerosis/ plaque in the arteries. 
 
Cinnamon: for helping to reduce blood fats and plaque build up by helping control blood glucose levels. Also for its anti-inflammatory benefits that I feel would extend to the blood vessel walls).
 
Arginine: as a supplement (for dilating and relaxing blood, improved circulation through nitric oxide production.
 
CoQ-10: as a supplement has shown effectiveness in published research for helping with blood pressure, statin therapy side effects and in helping increase heart pumping capacity and to reduce disease severity that leads to congestive heart failure.  
 
Mediterranean Diet: is the diet I would want to be on if I was diagnosed with heart disease.
 
Positive emotions, exercise and staying stress free are also great medicine for the heart! 
 
 Live a heart friendly lifestyle, not only to prevent heart disease, but to live your life pumped with strength, vitality and endurance from a heart that has been energized!

   

Our Most Likely Cause of Death

Our Most Likely Cause of Death

 Heart Disease is the #1 leading cause of death here in the United States and if we think back over the past several years it has probably hit us close to home through family or friend(s). It seems oft times to be reaching past the older generation for ones in their 30's, 40's and early 50's.
 
We have to look at what we are doing different, and the 3 largest changes seem to be, what we are eating, our activity levels and our levels of stress. We have also been advised to eat low fat foods, which is a complete farce. The problem with fat happens when we get a spike in sugar levels when consuming a high fat meal. They are finding now, that the real culprit to our cardiopulmonary system is sugar. Sugar converts to fat-faster-then-fat-does and hurts the lining of our blood vessel walls! The resulting plaque seems to simply be a scabbing of the blood vessel walls to protect itself from what we're doing to them.  
 
Culprits of Heart Disease: HYPERTENSION- HIGH CHOLESTEROL- OBESITY- DIABETES- STRESS- effects of CIGARETTES                                 The first 5 are oft times preventable and treatable through diet, exercise, weight reduction and staying at a good weight, and we all know the best way to lower the effects of cigarettes is to quit.
 
If we focus on some of the leading causes of heart disease and find the lifestyle offsets for each one, it should help us counter this deadly disease. A lifestyle offset simply works like a support for a weak or broken body part.

Here are a few heart healthy lifestyle offsets...
If you feel your blood pressure rising: take a slow walk, or other slow continuous exercise or activity. This will start warming your blood and works as a vasodilation (relaxation) of your blood vessels allowing for better blood flow thus lowering blood pressure. 
 
If you have high cholesterol: Eat foods high in Omega 3 and heart healthy fats such as flaxseeds, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, pecans, tuna, salmon, mackerel and herring. Other foods important to include in a heart healthy diet are ones high in soluble fiber, such as legumes, seeds, nuts, beans, vegetables and fruits, (eat these especially with high fat meals). Soluble fiber helps lower cholesterol by carrying out bile through our stool. 
Note: your body produces bile to digest fats and the soluble fiber keeps it from absorbing back into your system so that you pass it out through your waste. This forces your body to make more bile and your liver makes new bile salts with guess what....cholesterol! Keep in mind that you are made up of cells and every cell in your body needs cholesterol for proper function, it keeps cells from crystalizing, is used for making the bile our liver makes and our gallbladder stores for fat digestion, hormone production, it helps nerves communicate with each other, combination of UV light from the sun and the cholesterol in our skin even helps make vitamin D. This list about the value of cholesterol could continue, but I'm sure you get the point.   
 
Obesity: exercise and stay active. Stay away from sugary foods and drink, also stay away from high calorie intake prior to periods of inactivity- as your body stores energy it doesn't need in your fat cells. 
 
Diabetes: most of the diabetes we hear about is Type 2 and most times is brought on by a sugary, starchy, high carb diet and lack of physical activity. Insulin spikes resulting from sugar spikes cause lesions and plaque in the arteries, this is responsible for hardening of the arteries and for cholesterol sticking to the arteries.
 
Stress: try to stay stress free. Stress puts a load on the systems of our body that we're not meant to continue to carry and makes it so they cannot work properly, whether mental or physical. If you're going through stressful times or situations, its crucial that you find your de-stressing niche! Meditation techniques are helpful and btw whether a believer or not prayer has been proven to help. When you're stressed and worried, prayer combined with faith simply feels good when you can hand it over to Someone that you know can and wants to handle it. What works for someone else may not work for you, so find out what it is that can totally engage mind and body. Oft times when you come back to the situation, it will not have control over you, but you over it!
 
Cigarettes: if you smoke cigarettes, quit! If you buy cigarettes to smoke, you are paying and taking out time to hurt yourself by inhaling toxic chemicals that hurt the lining of your arteries. It also makes your lungs look like the inside of a smoke stack and you're putting in jeopardy the most important thing for life support, which is your capability for oxygen intake and uptake. There is NO supplement in life more valuable to your body then oxygen!   
 
Medicine: statins and other drugs can be a very important part of temporarily intervening between us and chronic disease, but keeping medicine ahead of lifestyle changes for any chronic disease is like staying tethered to a tow truck after you're out of the ditch and the longer you stay tied to it the more counter productive the tow truck becomes, it simply doesn't work and this backwards way of doing things will eventually cause other problems. When you take medicine your body has to recover or deal with two things, and the longer you stay on the medicine, the more likely you will suffer from the potential side effects on the warning label.   
 
 Next week will be about foods that supply the nutrients our heart is hungry for!

 

American Heart Month

American Heart Month

 
Our heart pumps around 20 quarts of blood per minute (at rest) and will pump a total of around 1.5 million gallons of blood (into a network of approximately 50,000 miles of blood vessels) every year for us! This little fist size pump is an amazing source of life for the rest of our body, and without its continued supply of oxygenated, nutrient carrying blood, our state of affairs will deteriorate fast! 
 
February is American Heart Month and is used to increase our awareness of cardiovascular disease and what we can do to prevent not only death and slowed performance from heart related complications, but to help us increase cardiovascular performance!
  
If we expect our heart to perform well and feel good, we have to consistently guard it against unhealthy conditions or we will gradually experience a decline in performance, and eventually the chest pressure and the heart pains will begin and if not remedied, may lead to a heart attack, possibly causing permanent damage to parts of the heart or worse, death to the entire body.
  
Cardiovascular diseases kill way more people then any other illness that effects mankind, (it's the number one killer of Americans from all causes of death) and in addition tens of millions are significantly disabled by heart disease. Now that our government is the major medical care provider, cardiovascular diseases are costing American taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars every year, so in that way even the healthy have to pay for other's bad habits that potentially lead to heart disease. 
  
When we're not careful about the choices we make daily and the habits we form, a toxic environment will begin to grow in and around the heart" causing the heart to not only begin to feel bad, but to also begin pumping toxins throughout the body until the whole body becomes sick. It may be a gradual process, but if we can go back in time and try to remember how things were when our heart was feeling good, strong and protected, we may be able to pick up on some good habits that got dropped along the way that will cause our heart to respond in a positive way. 
  
Exercise, good deep rest and recovery, along with good heart healthy foods, time away from life's stresses for fun, relaxation and stress relief are great things that can show our heart that we care about everything it does for us and that we don't take it for granted! We may be able to take short cuts on these healthy habits for awhile, and sometimes it can take years before we realize the beginnings of heart disease, or even worse a heart attack where we either lose our life or at the least life as we once knew it. 
  
Our heart knows if we are doing things that only mask symptoms, so as to temporarily suppress reactions to mistreatment and negligence. If we don't get rid of these habits that started the problems in the first place, such as inactivity, bad diet, smoking, staying overstressed, using drinks that dehydrate instead of water to hydrate, and staying at a proper weight so as to not overburden our heart, it is comparable to giving a gift that appeals to the emotions of someone you care about on the 14th of February without following it up for the rest of the year with the things that helped make the relationship great in the first place! 
  
It's probably no coincidence that the use of medicine has exploded in lockstep with packaged and processed food as has selfishness, divorce and stress with the explosion of heart disease over the past 30 years...
 
The basic, simple and wholesome things (such as clean air, clean water, healthy foods, exercise and deep rest), is what our heart responds to much more then the things that come in a box, bottle or a vial! 

What we can do: at least 3-5 hours of medium to intense activity a week and try to break a sweat it helps your body get rid of toxins trapped inside! Get deep sleep, this is when our body recovers and gets back on top of things. Find a way to resolve the issues that are causing stress and get it out of your life and don't let it back in, "btw the same hormone that stress produces also causes belly fat!" 

Diet: keep a regular water intake and keep heart healthy foods around so as to change habits without trying so hard. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs and other quality dairy products, fish, berries, healthy oils for the healthy fats along with beans and other foods rich in soluble fiber, these have cholesterol lowering benefits that statin drugs try to mimic.
 
When we do the above with consistency, it helps build the blood with good nutrients to build not only a strong heart, but a healthy environment around the heart and lungs so they can continue to deliver life sustaining oxygen and nutrients to the rest of our body!
 
 I hope God blesses you and the ones you care about with a strong heart and clean cardiovascular systems!

 

B.E.D. "Binge Eating Disorder" Really!?


 We have and are amassing a mountain of symptoms that get their own medical terminology, "these symptoms then get matched with either an old class of drugs or a newly developed one." Oft times the newly medicated individual adopts the medicine as a part of their life (and the potential side effects that come with it) instead of making a lifestyle change. We seldom hear about the origin or what is actually triggering the symptom.

We now have one that has turned food cravings and binges into a medically defined, treatable symptom called B.E.D. or Binge Eating Disorder.
 Mayo Clinic definition: Binge-eating disorder is a serious eating disorder in which you frequently consume unusually large amounts of food and feel unable to stop eating.

The culprit here is simple "sugar/sweeteners and high starch meals or snacks with very little fiber." Many of the processed foods give a cocaine like response in the brain when we see them and temporarily fire up the pleasure centers of our brain when we eat them. When was the last time you had a binge eating disorder craving for a salad, grilled chicken, brown rice and steamed broccoli?
  
Sugar spikes cause intense cravings due to the amount of insulin our body has to produce which in turn sets us up for a sugar crash. This insulin usually doesn't realize its job is complete until there isn't hardly any sugar left, "thats its signal to leave the blood supply." The low level of insulin triggers the release of fat for energy. But oft times we beat the release of fat for energy with our next sugar binge... 
 
When we clean up the problem foods and drinks that we have easy access to, we get rid of those sudden impulse foods that make us hungry even when we're not. Taking a medicine so we can be around tempting things is really strange when we actually have the choice to not be around them in the first place.
 
 
I have had a struggle with this personally (as far back as I can remember) and know how hard it can be to stay on track with the foods we should be eating, but I do know that I want to eat foods that align with my health and fitness goals and do not work against them. This helps me and I feel may help you too, since most of us want to avoid excess weight gain, premature aging, chronic disease, and want a steady source of energy with mental clarity. 

Tip: if you get food cravings try finding a food or snack that is a good source of protein and fat, such as nuts, (I especially like pecans since it's the tree nut of the south). This is a great source of protein, fat and antioxidants. Another satisfying snack is to take oil and vinegar with a little sea salt to dip vegetables in as a healthy snack to munch on between meals. This is a good source of fat and micro-nutrients as well.
 
When we shape our food choices and activities with our goals in mind, it becomes purpose driven choices instead of a life that is medicated into submission!   

Freedom From Drugs vs Cheap Access To Drugs



 We live in an era where there is far too much emphasis on cheap or free access to drugs and healthcare and not enough emphasis on doing what we can to live drug-free and to be less reliant on the healthcare system instead of relying so heavily on it for our health and wellbeing. We oft times look at people that are on drugs illegally as being "on drugs" while we ourselves are putting our bodies and organs through hell on legal drugs. How much does our body actually care about what is legal or illegal?
 
Why is it that we think that a man-made pill from the opium plant is okay to use in mass quantities throughout the United States? The easy access to these narcotics and the low bar set for prescriptions should be clear as crystal to the regulators as to why there is such a problem with massive usage and distribution of these. 
Note: Afghanistan is the primary producer of the world's opium. Production in Afghanistan was decreased by the Taliban by 94% in 2000, but after the American and British invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, and the installation of the interim government, Afghanistan once again became the world's largest producer of opium. When you look at the massive consumption of pain pills (made from opioids) here in the United States it does not take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.
 
Our real addiction: "we use drugs to manage symptoms instead of relieving our hurting body part(s) or system(s) of the actual problem." This applies to diabetes management, arthritis management, pain management, cholesterol management, blood pressure management, cancer management and the list goes on and on. When we take drugs for symptoms but are unwilling to change the lifestyle habit that is causing it, (though it is accepted in today's society and condoned by the FDA) our body's opinion is quite simply that "we are a drug user and abuser."
 
We have a new year coming up and one thing that we can all benefit from is decreasing our dependence on drugs whether illegal or legal (including alcohol and tobacco), and making the lifestyle changes that empower our body to make its own personal designer drugs it needs to fight the bad stuff and to keep us healthy. There are some things that we can do now to help prevent or decrease our dependence on drugs in 2016.
 
Statins: instead of using statin drugs to manage cholesterol, let's start making the dietary changes needed to heal our network of blood vessels (taking away the reason for the cholesterol sticking to our blood vessel walls), lower our sugar and high fructose corn syrup intake and increase fiber intake. Increasing our fiber intake causes us to lose bile that our body has to replace), our liver then makes new bile from cholesterol which lowers our cholesterol. "That's why high fiber foods are considered cholesterol lowering foods."
 
Sugar lowering drugs and insulin: we can lower our need for insulin and sugar lowering drugs through diet and exercise. Exercise helps suck up glucose from the blood to energize our muscles thus lowering blood sugar. Intense exercise stimulates the hormone Glut4 to the surface of our muscle cells and helps sugar enter into them easier, lowering the amount of insulin we need. This helps lower the stress put on our pancreas for insulin production.
 
Blood pressure drugs: a heart healthy diet with healthy dietary fats and an active lifestyle can decrease our need for blood pressure medicine. A quick remedy for blood pressure is doing slow to moderate activity until you feel your body heat up. This causes blood to heat up as well (blood that is heated up relaxes blood vessels).
 
Drugs for gastro intestinal issues: keep a food diary for what you eat and how you feel. This timeline will give you a prescription of what you need to eliminate (that your gut doesn't like) and may also help you resolve auto-immune disorders that can be caused by undissolved food particles getting into your blood. Undissolved particles can cause our organs to get inflamed when the blood delivers food particles instead of nutrients that are ready to absorb.
 
Pain drugs: finding out why our body part or system is hurting and then eliminating this will dry out the inflammation that is causing the pain. When a pain gets too intense in an area, cool it down, "this helps shrink the inflammation thus reducing the pain."
 
Even though we can find out many of the side effects of individual drugs, there is very little research if any on long term effects of drug combinations.,
 
Giving your body the chance to work its way through things by giving it time and good lifestyle habits can decrease your dependence on drugs produced by man and will build a stronger and more skilled immune system that can build the exact drugs your body needs.
 
Continued use of medications, (especially multiple ones) work in the body like an unlabeled mixed pack of seeds does in the ground, "you really don't know what the results will yield. 

 Let's make it our mission in 2016 to find the reasons our body needs a drug in the first place and eliminate that which will take away the need for the drug or at the least help decrease the dosage and frequency.
 
"The best doctors give the least medicines." ~Benjamin Franklin 

Find out why you are taking a drug, then continue to ask questions as to what is causing the why...
 


 

What Is Your Current Health and Fitness Sit-uation?


 There's a one-liner that has been circulating for some time in health and fitness media and I would recommend everyone research and study it in depth. It is simply a reference to the damaging effects of a sedentary lifestyle, and says that "sitting is the new smoking."
  
The leading health vandals and killers in this country are heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes. Researchers have found and are continuing to find evidence that prolonged sitting increases a person's risk in developing these. We also know the 3rd leading cause of death is medical mistakes, (Ref. HospitalSafetyScore.org) so if we can avoid some of the main reasons for having to seek medical intervention for (diabetes, heart disease, cancer etc.) maybe we can also lower our risk to this as well.   
 
Whether it's increased physical movement to pump more blood through our network of blood vessels (to keep them and their surrounding tissues clear and healthy along with increased physical movement to remove toxic wast that can build up into cancerous lesions), or simply increased activity to burn off the extra sugars in our diet, the physiological benefits of increased activity is making itself very obvious.
 
Dr. James Levin, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative has been studying the adverse effects of our increasingly sedentary lifestyle for years and has summed up his findings in two sentences. "Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death." ~ From Huffington Post and Los Angeles Times Dr. James Levine interview.
 
Knowing that prolonged sitting adds to our bottomline, increases our waistline, decreases our capability of burning off excess sugars from our diet, decreases lung and heart (pulmonary) activity definitely makes me want to get moving more! Decreased physical activity can even cause constipation since exercise helps decrease the time that waste spends in the colon. When you increase breathing and heart rate (from physical activity) for an extended period it helps stimulate the natural contraction of intestinal muscles. This is our body's trash can and when it's not dumped regularly it can cause toxic waste to leach back into our system.  
 
The American Journal of Preventive Medicine reported a study based on 92,234 women age 50-79 that studied (sedentary vs active lifestyles) and found a direct link to increased early death rates from all causes including heart disease and cancer. One thing that has really changed over the years is how technologies have decreased the need for physical activity and if we don't figure out a way to offset that, "we very well could be an ongoing part of the above statistics.
 
This is a concern to me personally as well since I spend a lot of time behind the desk, so I found a simple way to break things up since part of this time is spent on the phone. I simply have my time on the phone as a designated time to push away from the desk and walk around. I also break things up by standing, and if it's prolonged sessions at the desk I try to break things up by doing bodyweight squats and pushups or go do something that actually requires physical work.
 
Tips: if you cannot leave the desk and walk around while on the phone, mark your restroom breaks as a time to do a few quick sets of pushups and squats. If you have physical difficulty with either you can lean against a wall for the pushups and hold onto a stable surface or other object to steady yourself as you do a set of squats.
  
Squat tip: squats are one of the best things you can do in a confined space, you can simply stand up, move over or back from your chair and do 1 or 2 sets until muscle fatigue. If you need something to steady yourself you can use the chair or desk. If someone has difficulty doing a squat I like to get them to steady themselves by holding onto something and then pretend they're sitting into a chair (except the chair isn't there) and then coming back up, Repeat this movement 5-10 repetitions or until your muscles start fatiguing. If you have hip or knee problems you can still do this exercise, "just don't go down as far." 
 
Remember, you do not have to have exercise equipment to do something about your current health and fitness sit-uation! 

 

Health and Fitness Tips 2016 "Part 4"


Are you at risk for breast cancer?: of course you are, if you have breast tissue (that is made up of glands, lobes, lobules, lymph vessels, lymph nodes etc.) However, our body is constantly fixing things that are getting out of whack without us even knowing it. Each area of our body comes with its own system of cleansing, detoxification and repair mechanisms, so we should be looking for ways to strengthen that instead of constantly checking these areas to see if something is wrong with them.
 
Breast environment: mammograms expose the breast tissue and heart area to ionizing radiation. Quite simply, it is using the very thing to detect cancer that also happens to cause cancer. The painful compressions of the breast tissue come before the mammogram and since doctors are taught to "NOT" compress after a lump is found (because it can break the cancerous capsule), is not this a direct contradiction of proper procedure?
 
Breast cancer and hormone balance: hormones are messengers, and healthy lifestyle habits are what helps keep them balanced and from delivering weird messages to our corresponding, body parts or cells."
 
Breast cancer cell apoptosis, "nature's chemotherapy":healthy, consistent lifestyle habits not only can protect us from cancer, it can also shrink and eliminate the cancer. When we adapt healthy habits, our immune system and health can start immediately improving instead of getting slammed as most conventional (for profit) cancer treatment protocols do!
 
Holding your breath: temporarily holding your breath can give a slight surge in strength and help protect your back.
 
Cramps? Try pickle juice: pickle juice relieves cramps fast.
 
Pancreatic Cancer and Diabetes: If we can lighten the load on our pancreas, it just might help us avoid pancreatic cancer and diabetes. We can have small amounts of cancer in an organ such as the pancreas and never know it, but it can certainly affect its performance! 
 
Flushing gallstones and healing our pancreas: there are ways to naturally flush our gallbladder, "don't let someone take yours without trying to flush it out first." Get on a high fiber diet and add in probiotics to help lower risk of gallstones and to relieve an overworked pancreas.
 
Reverse diabetes: don't get labeled, "change your lifestyle to increase glucose uptake and lower the need for insulin."
 
HIV and the immune system: when we look at a compromised immune system and see how powerful a fully functional immune system is, "we can better understand the healing and protective powers of this system that works 24-7-365 at protecting us!
 
Understanding the baby language of our parts: listening to your body and what it is trying to tell you is important, after all if you do not listen to your body who else will? You are the parent of your body parts." 

Health and Fitness Tips 2016


Human Radiator: our body has powerful capabilities of heating and cooling itself, but we can do some things that make its job much easier and when we do this, it can put the energy saved toward giving us more energy for doing the things we have to do! 

 Tummy Flattening Effect of Fiber: one of the fastest ways to flatten our abdominal area is to eat a fiber rich diet, and I’m not referring to a cereal loaded diet, (most cereals spike blood sugar) but rather a diet that has lots of raw vegetables, beans, oatmeal, nuts and fruit in it. “A diet rich in fiber helps prevent a buildup of waste in our waist!”

 We weigh too much because we…: the reason Americans on average weigh too much, is because we eat way too much! “We really should become more need driven and a lot less pleasure driven with our fuel intake.” This would take a huge burden off our food and our healthcare systems. 

 Pills, Guns and False Flags: false fear and confusion flags are for the purpose of diverting attention from the real thing, and one thing our government, media and pharmaceutical industry seem to all have in common, is their constant diversion of attention away from the underlying “cause of the problems,” and their appreciation for a good false flag to further their own agenda.

 The human cell tower and its cellular language: Our habits send out signals 24 hours a day, 7days a week, 365 days a year to the several trillion cells in our body, whether for wellness or disease. We have the opportunity to speak health to the cells of our body through our healthy habits and the way we think and believe. The stronger and more positive we make these 3, the stronger the signal will be from our cell tower!

 Gym of your future: “your activities today are tomorrow’s physical capability insurance!” Whenever we have the opportunity at home, or work to do physical activity or manual labor, we should look at it as a muscle and fitness building opportunity. These are the real life exercises that help prevent injury when we attempt to do it tomorrow, next week and next year! 

 How negatives and injuries strengthen us: the positive things in life (and in exercise) look and feel great, but how we handle the negatives and recover from our injuries, plays a big part in building true strength, endurance and character!! 

 Personal designer drugs your body makes: your body not only produces drugs designed specifically for you and the bad things your body is fighting every day such as cancer, heart disease, stress etc. it also produces the chemicals that help increase energy, vitality and happiness! God designed something unmatchable when he designed our body’s chemistry…

 A fountain of violence they won’t admit to: we have a conscious mind that is supposed to bother us, depress us and guide us to help us to make things better for ourselves and the ones we care about, so should we be throwing pills down our throat that tell our brains to chemically alter itself so as to not care or to feel differently about these things? If a person gets on S.S.R.I. drugs to help them suppress emotions, what happens if the conscious is suppressed…it’s an emotion as well? It may feel good to a person to “just not care,” but how does it affect the ones that have to deal with this person? What happens if they suddenly get off the drug and their brain is as one on fire? When we have a massive amount of people on these drugs and an industry that is constantly pressing for even more expanded usage, what we will have left is a conscious suppressed generation of drug induced sociopaths that are like potential time bombs.

 Controlling blood sugar with…: why would we rely on blood glucose control drugs that have many side affects, when we can control blood sugar spikes through food choices, activity and exercise, while at the same time reducing excess fatty deposits and cholesterol?

 Childhood cancer and our early donor opportunity: “we as parents are builders of the home our child’s life resides in. This building process starts before conception, goes through the early stages of childhood and impacts their habits and decisions as a young adult and helps set the foundation for the next generation. This is their body, they are our living legacy!” 

 Your child, your living legacy: our responsibility as parents should be to put a protective screen around our children by the lifestyle we show and teach them. One of the best insurance policies that we can leave with them, are the good habits that have shaped who they are and who they will become.

 

 Pathways to suicide: there are pathways to suicide that can become highways for someone that loses hope. We can only try to create pathways for change and hope around ourselves and the ones we care about. If you are someone that is contemplating this, just don’t do it, you still have a purpose in making the lives better for the ones you care about, in the ways only you can.


Health and Fitness Tips 2016 (Part 2)

Functional training for real life function: exercising your muscles in the manner you use them in real life will strengthen and empower movement. This trains you like an athlete instead of a bodybuilder, "ever notice how stiff bodybuilders move?
 
April...cancer control month?: when did the language change from "The search for a cure" to "Cancer Control?" The nearest cure we will probably ever find is prevention through lifestyle. It would be stupid for business if the cancer industry to come up with a cure, "they like residual income too!"
 
Homeostasis vs. Cancer: homeostasis is simply a state of normal that our body tries to return to no matter if we get dehydrated, cold, hot, sick, infections or even get emotionally upset. This list of things the body is continually trying to keep balanced is a long one and like many say..."the struggle is real!" So what am I doing that is assisting or undermining the balance my body is trying to maintain or return to?

Diagnosed to death: In July of 2013 the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published an article from researchers at the National Institute of Cancer that caused quite a stir, "Over diagnosis and Over treatment in Cancer: An Opportunity for Improvement." This should be a concern to all of us that get sucked into this loop since;  carcinogens cause cancer and chemotherapy is carcinogenic, surgery and biopsies open cancer pockets in a barbaric (and potentially cancer spreading) manner, and radiation can actually cause cancer by messing up cellular DNA in an area.
 
Burning fat by controlling blood sugar: Lowering blood sugar is one of the simplest strategies to trigger the fat burning process. Lowering our blood sugar simply helps our body recognize the need for another source of fuel, thus triggering the release of energy substance from our fat cells.
 
Burning fat with apple cider vinegar: excess blood glucose is stored as fat and research has shown that consuming 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 8 oz. of water prior to mealtime, reduced fasting blood glucose concentrations in healthy adults at risk for type 2 diabetes. 
 
The fat burning effect of food: surround yourself with foods that take longer to digest (such as raw vegetables, nuts and other unprocessed foods). These foods trigger what is known as "the thermic effect of food" and will burn more calories throughout digestion vs. fast absorbing foods. Fat burning tool chest for your kitchen: oatmeal, eggs, apples, grapefruit, strawberries, eggs, nuts, berries, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, tomato, beans, quinoa, tuna (grilled fish), grilled chicken.
 
Burning fat through brain power: our body is one of the most powerful producers of personal designer drugs that we can ever hope for, and with the power our brain has, with its signaling system of hormones and nerves throughout the body, "I have no doubt it has the capability to increase metabolism, burn more fat and increase muscle gains, when we get a more vivid picture in our mind of what it is we are trying to do, while we're doing it."
 
The fat burning effect of compound exercises: if you want to increase the cardio and fat burning potential of your workout, "do a lot of compound movements in the beginning of your routine and keep any of your individual muscle exercises at the end of your routine. This includes things such as biceps curl, triceps push downs, calf exercises, leg extensions. 
 
Pumping up the flab: fat with muscle pumped up under it actually can give a person a very healthy look and is one of the best short cuts for getting shaped up quickly! Rapid weight loss in the final weeks and days prior to an event will leave you looking saggy and unhealthy.  
 
Sun Fitness: EVERYTHING on this planet would die without the sun. Getting too much exercise can be unhealthy, "it's the same with the sun." Just like muscle, our skin conditions itself gradually to exposure.

Health and Fitness Tips 2016

I get a little longwinded when I get on certain subjects so I will try to keep these notes as short as possible and sum up the articles (from this past year) into short notes. I hope these health notes will help you in 2016!
 
To attempt to live longer is Nuts!: research has shown that death from the leading causes of death (heart disease, cancer and respiratory), were lower in ones with a higher nut consumption. Use local grown nuts replace unhealthy snacks.
 
Fitness starting points: 1. Gain muscle. 2. Lose body fat. 3. Increase endurance. 4. Fight disease by empowering your own immune system, "it produces its own drugs when we do that."
 
Detox for prevention energy and fitness: Keeping our body toxin free, helps us to not only unleash the power of the immune system, but happens to slenderize the waist as well! Oft times a good detox can get rid of 7-12 pounds of waste! 
 
Too much exercise can clog up your drain pipes: over doing it can cause too much protein breakdown and overwhelm the kidneys. Steady wins the race!
 
You are Trillions: your body is made up of trillions of cells, (most of which regenerates at least once a year). Your habits can rejuvenate or age your cells.
 
Hormone imbalance: keeping a good diet, plenty of water, active lifestyle, deep rest and getting rid of stress helps go a long ways in keeping our hormones balances. 
 
This little pump inside our chest: our heart pumps around 20 quarts of blood per minute (at rest) and will pump a total of around 1.5 million gallons of blood (into a network of approximately 50,000 miles of blood vessels) every year for us! 
 
The basics for heart health are: fresh clean air, heart healthy balanced diet, sunshine, staying hydrated with clean water, exercise, deep rest, sleep, stress release, fun, and quality time spent with the ones you care about!
 
Renewing our worn out joints: why is it that people who are told, they HAVE TO HAVE back or knee surgery, are immediately upon diagnosis prescribed pain pills, pain blocks, and anti-inflammation drugs instead of a back belt, decompression therapy, knee support, and joint building supplements (between diagnosis and time of surgery)? But then why would a salesman want to show you how you can avoid doing business with him?  
 
What soil is your health and fitness planted in?: our health and fitness has roots, and it is planted squarely in the lifestyle habits we choose and oft times the environment we select. This defines the outcome much like nutrient rich soil and hydration does for a plant. Each choice we make determines the dirt our health and fitness is planted in.
 
Restoring old fat "cellulite": cellulite is blood and oxygen starved fat. We can help smooth and repair this fat by building a better blood flow to this area, building muscle in this area, and increase blood flow into these areas by applying heat and skin brushing.
 
Bottom to the top: too often we feel change uses a top down approach but I think its pretty clear to most of us by now, that change is not going to happen at the top unless the soil (that gives problems a root system to grow in) changes! Your purchases, your vote, your lifestyle is this soil and what grows on top represents you! Even though our action or inaction may seem like a little pebble dropped in a massive lake, the ripple effect can last a lifetime and longer! Sometimes change has to happen at the bottom, for change to happen at the top...
 
 I hope this new year is good one for you and your family, and pray that your health and fitness efforts will be blessed and multiplied in 2016!


Understanding The Baby Language Of Our Parts


 Mathew 7:9~ Which of you, if your son ask for bread, will give him a stone instead?
 
Most adults at one point or the other have been around a baby or babies that were crying and probably got pretty desperate trying to figure out what it is that they wanted or what was bothering them. And probably quite often had the uncomfortable feeling of giving something or doing the wrong thing and the baby getting even more upset.
 
When we know our baby really well it can help prevent mistakes and help us have a much healthier happier child. After all why would we want to give our child medicine when it has an upset stomach because of the food he or she is eating? Why would we want to give them a pacifier when they are hungry or thirsty? Why would we want to give them pain medicine without first checking to make sure their environment is really comfortable for their tiny and tender bodies? And why would we give them a toy when what they really want is our attention?
 
Our body parts are much the same in what they want from us as well. They want us to figure out what they are trying to tell us, and are not wanting us to take a lazy shortcut to pacify them temporarily or worse yet take medicine that makes so we cannot feel their pain.
 
Most of our symptoms come from underlying pain that a body part or system is going through and when we take a medicine instead of making the appropriate lifestyle change(s) that our body part is asking for we are in turn asking for a fountain of medical health issues.
Example: if our knee is hurting really bad and we take pain medicine instead of putting on a knee wrap (to lighten the load), we are telling our knee to shut up and to just deal with whatever is hurting it. It's like putting a pair of earmuffs on and acting like your baby isn't crying, except it is still crying and since you are ignoring it, the problem is only going to get worse.
 
When we can get tuned in with our body and its parts, being able to track what is hurting it will become easier. Though the easy path of medicine (that addresses symptoms but does not change what is causing the symptoms) may be an easy path temporarily, it does not lead in a good direction. 
 
"Ask why, and ask it again five more times, until all of the artifice is stripped away and you end up with the intellectually honest answer." ~ Andy Grove 
 
 "Listening to your body and what it is trying to tell you is important, after all if you do not listen to your body who else will? You are the parent of your body parts."

H.I.V. And The Immune System


As of the end of 2014 there were approximately 37 million people worldwide living with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). Most of us probably already know this disease compromises the immune system and (most anyone that knows me), knows my passion for the human body's immune system and how we can naturally stimulate it. My interest is not so much in HIV as it is in this virus's interest in the immune system. Why is this virus so attracted to the human body's T helper cells? What can we learn about the devastating effects of a continually compromised immune system that will show us what we can prevent with a strong immune system?
 
The breakdown of HIV is this: 
H: Human - a virus infecting humans.
I: Immunodeficiency - a weakening of the immune system's CD4 cells also known as T helper cells.
V: Virus - a virus can only reproduce itself by taking over a cell in the body; it is incomplete and ineffective until then.  

   
 
The basics of HIV makes it a lot like other viruses in that it needs the components of a human cell to replicate itself. It's like a foreigner wanting to use a domestic factory (that has the machines they need) to build their poison products with the intention of destroying the country that the factory is in. The best way to keep this from happening is to prevent foreign invasion at all entry points and not letting someone use the factory equipment that shouldn't be.
 
The virus: the protein on this particular virus is particularly attracted to and almost seems like it was taylor designed to perfectly fit the receptors on one of our immune system's main components (T helper cells) and in turn use them as a factory to reproduce replicas of the virus.    
 
The immune system and HIV: our immune system is our intelligence and defense  system that recognizes what is foreign to the body and what is actually self. Since T cells are a large part of our immune system, (when the HIV virus infects them) it will gradually slow down this system's capability to detect foreign invaders. It is like a country (that is surrounded by other countries) that slowly over time gets rid of their intelligence and military personnel, "it simply makes the country vulnerable to opportunistic countries that prey on another country's weakness. This weakness can lead to a country's demise.
 
This encroachment of the body's immune system cells can go for a long time (our immune system is powerful and can fight back), but if a person with HIV does not have a good counter punch strategy, their resistance to illness and disease can weaken much sooner.
 
AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome): is the final stage of HIV and is the point the person with HIV pretty much has lost his/her defenders and is vulnerable to most any opportunistic infectious invaders that prevail themselves as cancers, neurological problems or other illness. This is pretty much when the homeland is left completely unguarded and without protection against invaders from the outside.
 
Whether you have HIV, AIDS, or simply want to build a strong defense to stay healthy and strong, there are a few simple steps you can take. 
 
Building and maintaining a strong immune system: 

1. Detox: one of the first things is to  free up your immune system to only work on new things (this can be done by cleaning up the colon and getting rid of old stuff our body is continuing to absorb and then have to detox itself from). I would recommend a 7 day guided system detox. A high fiber diet (with plenty of organic fruits and vegetables) will help detox the other digestive organs. You can add Psyllium husk fiber as well. Doing these things help keep the bowels scrubbed clean and helps drag toxins out of our waste basket.   
2. Build gut health: a large part of our immune system is generated from our digestive tract. Raw fruits and vegetables, fermented product such sauerkraut and cultured cabbage juice as well as adding in probiotics help restore digestive health. Study up as much as you can on gut health. For more information on gut health go to www.gastric.tv   
3. Healthy habits done with consistency: good deep rest, activity, breath clean air, stay hydrated with water, sunshine and stay stress free along with a good social circle of family and friends. 
 
 I want to thank my uncle (Dr. Kauffman) for his help with this article. He specializes in HIV and has done a lot on the mission field for HIV and AIDS patients. 
 
 Your immune system works like a medical team 24-7-365 days a year, it is your defense missile system.   
 
 
For more information on the immune system go to  www.immune.tv

Reversing Diabetes


 Don't ever underestimate the power of the body to reverse symptoms when the cause is taken away and healing lifestyle changes take its place!
  Whenever a medical term is used with pre (in front of the diagnosis) and we are sold on the idea that it should be medicated instead of us making applicable changes to our lifestyle, we are succumbing to a proposed remedy that oft times does not have a good history of bearing good fruit compared to simply making these lifestyle changes. 
 
 Tracing type 2 diabetes back to where it originates from is as simple as 1-2-3
1. An over worked pancreas. 
2. Cells of the body that have gotten insensitive to insulin. 
3. Then we need to ask ourselves why our pancreas is getting overworked and why our cells have gotten insensitive to insulin? The answers to these questions will give us a solution to cure our problem, not just help us manage it.

Over worked pancreas: our pancreas is responsible for a lot of digestive enzymes and the insulin our body uses to help move glucose from our blood to our cells. When we are eating sugar or "starch heavy meals" almost every time we eat, our pancreas has to work like crazy to keep up. When the cells of our body are constantly bombarded with insulin they gradually become insensitive to it (or become calloused to it). This forces the pancreas to produce even more insulin to force uptake of the sugars in our diet (this is a little like having to shout your message to a person that is going deaf because of all the racket his or her ears have to constantly endure). This forces your pancreas to work much harder then it should and creates an insensitivity to insulin. If we can create a greater sensitivity to insulin we can remedy and provide relief to our overworked pancreas. 
 
Steps we can take to sidestep and reverse diabetes: 
1. One of the best ways to increase insulin sensitivity is to decrease the sugar in our diet, (in other words, if it tastes sweet don't eat or drink it). When everything goes quiet for long enough in a loud room, after a while our ears will be able to hear the slightest noise. It's much the same with our cells when we decrease the amount of circulating sugar, (over time they will become more sensitive to insulin). And when our pancreas doesn't have to produce as much, it can get some much needed relief.
2. Insulin is a hormone and it simply tells the cells that there is glucose available and triggers mechanisms inside the cell that helps draw glucose inside. But if the cells cannot understand the message, they will not draw the glucose into the cell for nourishment and energy.
3. Intermittent fasting (IF) is one of my favorite ways to drop body fat and has also been shown to help slow the progression and even reverse diabetes. Fasting helps clear excess fat from our liver and if we can keep our energy laboratory in good lean condition, it should go a long ways toward helping us keep blood glucose levels steady. 
 
Glut4: Our cells have something called GLUT4 (glucose transporter type 4) in them. Glut4 is our cell's way of inserting little suction straws out through the membrane of our cells so we can draw glucose into the cell (insulin triggers this). We can stimulate these Glut4 receptors to the surface of our cells with muscle contraction. So when we purposely make muscles work hard all over our body, our capability to absorb sugar into the muscle goes up and the need for excess insulin goes down. Increasing muscle contractions is to our muscle cells like wearing hearing aids (instead of earmuffs) is to our ears, "it increases their capability to draw in and process glucose."
 
 
Blood glucose lowering tool chest: cinnamon, ginger, ginseng, chromium, magnesium, vinegar, and ALA (Alpha-Lipoic Acid) are known to help lower blood glucose levels.
 
In a nutshell: we can tell by looking at the origin of the most prominent form of diabetes (type 2) that it comes from excess sugar intake and inactivity. If we do the opposite we can squash this epidemic.
 
 When we remove the earmuffs from our cells and give them hearing aids instead, our pancreas does not have to speak so loudly (with the amount of insulin it has to produce) and we can then bring restoration to a tired, irritated and inflamed pancreas while restoring health and energy to the cells of our body without a needle or a pill! In this way, we may be able to lower our risk for diabetes and pancreatic cancer! 

 

Flushing Gallstones and Healing Our Pancreas


Our pancreas does a massive amount of work in helping our body break down and absorb nutrients from our diet, so if we don't give back, it can become overworked and potentially diseased. When it becomes fatigued or diseased our chances of diabetes can increase as well as our capability to digest our foods decrease. There are a few steps we can take if we feel our pancreas is in trouble.

   

1. Gallbladder flush: our gallbladder was given to us for a reason and my personal opinion is that we should try a flush before we let the medical field surgically remove it because of stones. Though this is not endorsed by the medical field, this is what I would do to get rid of stones: very low fat diet for 5 days (this will increase your gallbladder's sensitivity to fat) and should increase the concentration of bile in the gallbladder, which may make the stones smaller during this 5 day period. Consume 2-3 apples a day, (the pectin in apples supposedly softens the stones). After the 5 days, (on the evening of the 5th day) skip dinner and around 6 pm mix 1 teaspoon of Epson salt (magnesium sulphate) in a glass of warm water and then again at 8 pm. These 2 rounds of Epson salt will help dilate and relax the gallbladder ducts. At 10 pm mix a 1/2 glass of olive oil with a 1/2 glass of lemon juice. Since your diet has been so restricted from fat, the gallbladder should be very sensitive to all the olive oil and should put out a lot of bile. Because the epson salt has dilated and relaxed the gallbladder ducts, the stones should be able to drop out rather easily.
 
2. Gall stone prevention: clearing our gallbladder from stones helps ensure the shared duct (our pancreas uses to drip enzymes into our digestive tract as our food passes through) stays clear. Consuming lots of water, and a fiber rich diet with plenty of green leafy vegetables, legumes (kidney beans, black beans, soybeans), Atlantic cod, salmon, eggs, milk, peanuts and other foods high in lecithin may keep gallstones from forming, by keeping them in a dissolved state. Eat vitamin C rich foods, (you can also add a vitamin C supplement to your diet). 
 
The above listed foods can assist in turning the cholesterol into bile acid and if we can have a stronger bile acid mixture in our gallbladder (bile storage tank) we can possibly avoid this excess cholesterol from forming lumps (gallstones). It makes sense that if this bile becomes strong enough in our gallbladder it should dissolve stones as well. The addition of wheat bran, wheat germ, spinach and beets are a great food source for betaine which helps with bile flow. 
 
3. Foods etc that heal the pancreas system: mushrooms (are shown to help block the MMP gene which has been linked to the development of pancreatic cancer). Cherries (are a rich source of antioxidants and perillyl alcohol a compound proven to help prevent pancreatic cancer). Garlic, onions, chives, fenugreek, shallots and leeks (contain sulfur, arginine, selenium, oligosaccharides and flavonoids that have been shown to prevent pancreatic cancer). Turmeric (shown to be effective against many cancers, including pancreatic cancer). Yogurt and other probiotic rich foods (helps aid the digestive system and should provide some relief to the pancreas). Btw do not use the yogurt that tastes like sweetened pudding, (use the unsweetened kind). The medical experts at the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrueke recommend the best way to protect your pancreas and lower risk of pancreatic cancer is to consume a diet high in spinach or more specifically leafy green veggies such as kale, spinach, mustard greens, and Swiss chard with elevated levels of B vitamins and iron.
 
If you've had your gallbladder removed, I would highly recommend regularly eating foods rich in choline (such as salmon, eggs, dark chocolate, beef liver etc.) and betaine rich foods (such as wheat germ, wheat bran, beets and spinach). Betaine helps with the natural breakdown of fat, choline helps with the absorption of fat and cholesterol. Keep a bile salt supplement for times you slip up and consume a meal with too much fat or greasy foods.
 
 Our pancreas and gallbladder help with digestion and the breaking down of food particles into nutrients that our body can absorb. The health of especially the pancreas is vital for overall health of the body and is a big factor in helping us to sidestep diabetes, "after all the pancreas is our body's natural insulin pump!"
 
 The article next week will be on what we can do to prevent diabetes, and no longer live diabetic.

   

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Pancreatic Cancer and Diabetes
By: Wade Yoder

 November is awareness month for both pancreatic cancer and diabetes. I doubt this is coincidental since both have to do with the pancreas. Our pancreas produces enzymes for digestion and is our source for insulin which helps transport glucose from our blood into the cells of our body.
 
If we link diabetes and pancreatic cancer together and look at both as a result stemming from repeat injury to the pancreas, I believe it will give us better insight as to the root causes of either.
 
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most fatal forms of cancer and diabetes is an issue that many of us are facing now or will in our future if we do not make changes. However if we make lifestyle changes that heal the pancreas we may be able to not only side step the progression of either of these diagnosis's, we just might be able to shrink either one into insignificance even after diagnosis.
 
Pancreatic cancer: if we look at the precursor of cancer, "chronic inflammation" and look for what is causing the inflammation (pancreatitis) in the pancreas, we should be able to trace the origin of the problem. When we lighten the load on the pancreas by eating less processed sugars, less meat and more whole unprocessed food, not only should pancreatic performance get better, it should help heal a hurting pancreas as well. According to the American Cancer Society pancreatic cancer is more common in people who have diabetes, so it seems pretty obvious that they may stem from some of the same sources of continued aggravation which will initially yield the medical diagnosis of pancreatitis which is simply inflammation of the pancreas. If this smoldering inflammation (chronic pancreatitis) continues, it can become cancer.
 
The most common causes of pancreatitis are gallstones and heavy alcohol use. It's not hard to figure out how to cut out the aggravation from alcohol, (we can simply eliminate our intake). However gallstones (the most common cause) is the one that may be a little more complicated. 
 
Gallstones: there is a theory that gallstones form because of bile containing too much cholesterol. Normally our bile contains enough chemicals to break down the cholesterol excreted by our liver, but if the liver excretes more cholesterol than our bile can dissolve, the excess cholesterol may form into crystals and eventually into stones. This makes sense because of the gallbladder holding this bile until we need it for fat digestion and if this bile has too much undissolved cholesterol in it, it makes sense as well that it could form little balls of hard cholesterol (gallstones) if stored too long. 
 
Gallstone and pancreas connection: gallstones can block the shared bile duct which can block pancreatic enzymes from going into the small intestine and in turn forces them back up into the pancreas. The enzymes then begin to irritate the cells of the pancreas, causing the inflammation associated with pancreatitis. If we can get to the bottom of why these little boogers calcify and form maybe we can eliminate the primary aggravation that leads to pancreatitis and the possible root cause of pancreatic cancer and diabetes (or at least the form of diabetes where the pancreas is unable to produce an adequate amount of insulin). There is also a form of diabetes where your cells have so much insulin coming at them (from all the sugar intake) that they eventually become insulin resistant.
 
The best ways to sidestep all the complicated medical and nutritional jargon above can be summed up through 2 words, DIET & EXERCISE!

 Next week's article will be on healing the pancreas and naturally flushing the gallbladder. If we can lighten the load on our pancreas, it just might help us avoid pancreatic cancer and diabetes. We can have small amounts of cancer in an organ such as the pancreas and never know it, but it can certainly affect its performance!  

 

Is Your Muscle In A Pickle? Try Pickle Juice


Just recently after a hard leg workout I got a very uncomfortable round of leg cramps. Most times I'm moving around a good bit after a workout, but this time I was mostly sitting at the desk or on the road, so my legs had the opportunity to stiffen up. Out of curiosity I started researching the cause or physiology of cramps.
 
This is the best explanation I found: cramps can occur when muscles are unable to relax properly due to myosin fibers not fully detaching from actin filaments. In skeletal muscle, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) must attach to the myosin heads for them to disassociate from the actin and allow relaxation, the absence of ATP in sufficient quantities means that the myosin heads remain attached to actin. 

What this means to me: when muscle energy (ATP) is low it can cause the muscle to get stuck in a contracted position instead of the normal sliding back and forth. So if ATP depletion happens when we work our muscles more then they're used to getting worked, it stands to reason that our muscle glycogen (muscle energy) that is used for ATP, is low in this overworked area and we have a fuel shortage. At this point a quick absorbing fluid with carbohydrate/sugar/glucose may help. 
 
A really neat function of the body is its ability to direct nutrients to the highest demand areas first. One of the best things we can do to enhance transport of these nutrients is physical movement and I have noticed when I do an active cool down and light stretching after a workout, I don't have cramps. Could this mean that when we deplete the energy in a muscle group, the physiology of light movement (of these areas) helps pump in hydration and nutrients to build new ATP in these areas that just caught the shaft?

Note: if you have problems cramping during physical activity, try warming up this area of the body with light activity about 5 minutes prior to the intense activity. This should increase blood flow and nutrients into this area and work in much the same way as light activity and stretching after intense activity.
 
One of my elderly members was having problems with cramps and when I asked about her diet, I found out that she makes most of her food and pretty much had salt eliminated from her diet. After suggesting adding in extra salt her problems with cramping seemed to go away. However "most of us probably get more then enough salt if we eat restaurant prepared foods regularly." I would aim for about 3/4 - 1 teaspoon daily depending on activity levels and bodyweight. This would come to approximately 1,725 - 2,300 mg of sodium. Our daily amount doesn't have to stay the same, if we take in more or less then we should one day, we can simply adjust our intake the next day. However if you have blood pressure or water retention problems I would keep the amount "per meal" monitored closely.
 
Pickle juice: my cramping disappeared soon after drinking about 2-3 oz. of pickle juice and eating one, so I decided to look at the ingredients in a jar of pickle juice and work my way backwards to learn a little more about the individual ingredients that make up pickles and their juice. I wanted to see what makes it so effective and to possibly get a better picture of what causes a cramp in the first place.
 
The most obvious ingredients are: cucumbers, water, vinegar, sea salt, calcium chloride and sodium benzoate.

Cucumbers: cucumbers are primarily made up of water and help us hydrate. They also contain potassium and potassium helps maintain good muscle contraction all over the body and helps ensure that our central nervous system works well. Without getting a lab analysis done, I'm not sure how this applies to the juice but I have used pickle juice only and it works the same way in relieving cramps.

Vinegar: vinegar is known not only for its food flavoring and pickling capabilities but for powerful medicinal effects dating back to Hippocrates. And if it permeates our muscle cells like its flavor permeates food it may be a good reason it also gets to the cramp site as rapidly as it does.

Sea salt: Our body is 75% water and the water that is held in our cells, tissues and organs is a salty watery solution similar to that of the ocean. Sea salt has other minerals in it as well so sea salt is definitely my preference.
Calcium chloride: increases cell membrane permeability.

Sodium benzoate: helps liberate heat and is used as a treatment for urea cycle disorders due to its ability to bind to amino acids. This leads to excretion of these amino acids and a decrease in ammonia levels.
 
I'm sure each of the ingredients listed above have many other usages or applications, but I only zeroed in on the ones that seemed might apply to cramp relief.  
 
Question: if ATP (muscle energy) is lacking and causing muscle fibers to stick together and if pickle juice helps remedy this, is it possible that consuming a little pickle juice before extreme exertion, long bouts of activity or a workout might increase muscle energy and help prevent cramps as well?
 Either way, it seems pickle juice might have more value then just keeping the dills wet until consumption!

 

Holding Your Breath


A common expression is "don't hold your breath" especially when it comes to things that are not going to happen. This term is used a lot in the gym as well, but are there times when holding or slightly holding our breath can be a good thing? Can this help brace us or strengthen us internally for handling external forces?
 
Quite often when a person has chronic joint pain, "they can feel pressure changes from the weather and some can even tell if it's going to rain." When there is enough of a pressure difference in our external environment vs. our internal pressure it can be felt by pain in joints, especially if there is inflammation in these areas. So if we can figure out how to counter the pressure from the outside with that of the inside, maybe we can have a skeletal structure that is less affected by outside forces.
 
Protecting our back: when we breathe in deeply and slightly hold our breath during the primary exertion phase of lifting something, the air we are holding works from the inside a lot like a support belt does from the outside in supporting our spine.
Example: imagine lifting something very heavy and setting it on a top shelf. Then imagine doing this with all your air exhaled out, "it would make your back feel like it's going to cave in." At least partially holding your breath during a lift like this can really help internally stabilize your back. Smoothly exhale as you're completing the lift.
 
How holding your breath can make you stronger: the Vasalva maneuver is something most of us use fairly regularly at varying intensities without even thinking about what we're doing or even knowing what the Vasalva maneuver is. 
Method: the Vasalva maneuver is done by taking in a breath of air and then pushing the air up against a closed airway. In this case the closed airway is the glottis (the opening between the vocal cords). This pressure inside the chest area forces blood out of the pulmonary circulation and into the left atrium of the heart (which is where our oxygenated blood goes before being sent out to the rest of the body). This often gives us a surge of power for a short duration.
 
Vasalva maneuver for inner ear pressure: we can use the Vasalva maneuver as well when going through the mountains, valleys or air travel when we feel pressure building up in our head. 
Method: breathe in deep, close your mouth, hold your nose shut and then slowly push the air up from your lungs (like you're going to force it out of your nose). You will usually feel air push through the Eustachian tube of the middle ear, like a pressure release valve.
 
Blood pressure warning: overuse of the Vasalva maneuver (against the glottis) can cause potential high spikes of blood pressure due to the air pressure around the upper heart and lung area. Exhaling slowly during the lift can help keep blood pressure from spiking and the subsequent drop in pressure when blood returns to normal circulation. I do not recommend the Vasalva maneuver for more then 3-5 seconds at a time and if it's multiple repetitions, I would highly recommend a steady flow of breathing. The above is not something we have to overly concern ourselves with since most of the time proper breathing comes naturally without us needing to pay extra attention to it. 

When we inhale and get extra oxygen along with a slight increase in blood pressure we become more alert, energized and stronger, when we exhale, we tend to become more relaxed.
 
Proper breathing technique: inhale as you lower the weight and exhale slowly as you lift the weight, likewise if it's a pulling exercise, inhale as you pull, exhale as you release. Using proper breathing technique should give you an increase in strength and support your back!

Imagine it like this: during the easy part of the movement breathe in a full breath of air and as you go through the exertion part of the movement (such as pushing the bar up from the chest while bench pressing), slowly release your breath. Likewise in a squatting movement, breathe in as you're going into the squat position and exhale as you're going back into the standing position. This should give you give you the maximum benefit of spinal support and extra strength without the spike in blood pressure. 
 
We use this process without thinking most times, especially when we're bracing ourselves for a heavy load. Even a baby does it naturally when they are clenching their little fists and getting red in the face when they're trying to get rid of a load!
 
I'm not sure exactly what physiological effect that happens to cause the body to temporarily strengthen when we do this, but I do think it's pretty awesome that the same thing that gives us a temporary surge in strength, also protects our back!

  

Breast Cancer Cell Apoptosis "Nature's Chemotherapy"


 In a study of over 10,000 patients, those who underwent chemotherapy were 14 times more likely to develop leukemia and 6 times more likely to develop cancers of the bones, joints, and soft tissue than those who did not undergo chemotherapy. (NCI Journal 87:10), John Diamond, MD.
 
Breast Cancer Awareness Month history:
drug giant AstraZeneca (formerly Zeneca Group PLC) launched Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1985. It wasn't started just to raise awareness but also to get more people talking about breast cancer as part of a "national dialogue." This dialogue has served as a catalyst for generating a lot of fear in women about the possibility of developing breast cancer, which is probably a big reason that so many were convinced to get regular mammograms. 
Everything that I have researched about mammograms points toward usage of a technology (ionizing radiation) that is known to cause cancer and heavy compressions (which could possibly burst a pocket of cancer that we would be otherwise shielded from). So how does a drug company like AstraZeneca benefit from starting a movement such as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and partnering with many of the nation's leading cancer groups, such as American Cancer Society, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure to push for more cancer screenings? The answer may be found in knowing what 2 of their patented breast cancer blockbuster drugs are, "Arimidex and Tamoxifen." These drugs are what tens of thousands of women are given after being diagnosed with breast cancer. So were they the wolf the FDA has been letting guard our henhouse? 
 
Ionizing radiation of the breasts (mammograms) has been pushed for many years for both the young, middle age and elderly, now suddenly it appears that an attempt at a soft backdown is happening by the same organizations that pushed massive usage of this cancer causing form of diagnostics. They are now recommending using it at an older age but are still not mentioning thermography, (a diagnostic technology that can detect unusual breast cell activity long before mammography does without doing any harm to breast tissue).
 
We have seen time and again that surgery oft times seems to be like giving oxygen to a fire, we know that chemotherapy is a carcinogen (carcinogens cause cancer) and ionizing radiation causes cancer, so why do we do these things to help us win the cancer battle? "Beats me!" I spoke to one of my members today that recently had a biopsy done on a growing spot on one of his lungs, there were 6 chunks taken out of this area and his lung collapsed. Even though they were able to find out what it is, isn't this a terribly invasive approach to an already hurting area of the body? What if we could strengthen the body and its discovery mechanisms which in turn can cause cancer cell apoptosis (cell suicide) selectively to the cancer cells?
 
Apoptosis:  there are lots of natural chemicals in our foods that cause corrupted (cancerous) cells to die. These natural foods also help regular cells become stronger and healthier. When we strengthen from within the stem cells, the cells they produce become stronger and better regulated. As the surrounding cells get healthier and stronger, so does the body's capability to dispose of the cancerous cells and new healthy tissue can grow there instead!
  

I've been trying to uncover the best foods, seeds etc. for boosting the body's natural capability of apoptosis of cancer cells and this is what I found; 

Fruits:  wild blackberry, strawberry, choke cherry, elderberry, avocado, black raspberry, jamun berry (indian blackberry).

Seeds:  apricot seed, peach seed, apple seed, cherry seed, nectarine seed, pear seed, plum seed, prune seed. "These seem to be some of the biggest cancer fighters."

Nuts:  bitter almond, macadamia.

Leaves:  alfalfa, eucalyptus. 

Herbs:  marijuana (especially the tetrahydrocannabinol or THC).

Teas:  Essiac tea, green tea, pine. One that is of special interest since I live in the south is the "steeping of pine needles into a tea."

Roots:  garlic and ginger. Ginger has been shown to selectively kill breast cancer cells. PMID: 22969274 

Miscellaneous:  baking soda, turmeric, vitamin D, dark chocolate, kale.
 
We tend to avoid bitter tasting foods, seeds, grasses, teas etc. but I believe this is a good indicator of its effectiveness and medicinal capabilities. I also believe we should go primarily for foods, herbs, teas, spices etc. that are grown in our home area.
 
One of the best ways to put on a protective breast guard that will help protect against breast cancer is healthy, consistent lifestyle habits. Doing this, not only can protect us from cancer, it can also shrink and eliminate the cancer. When we adapt healthy habits, our immune system and health can start immediately improving instead of getting slammed as most conventional (for profit) cancer treatment protocols do!
 



We do not have to be a part of the elusive search for the cures, cancer is curable now...


 Thanks for listening in this month to a person that does not have female breasts, this has been a real learning curve, but one with many health parallels  for full and vibrant physical health that applies to both women and men! 
  

Breast Cancer and Hormone Balance


  Hormones are a signaling and messaging system that various cells, parts and systems of our body use to communicate with each other. If this gets out of whack it can cause things to operate differently, "like a vehicle that needs to go forward but has been shifted in reverse."
 
When there is imbalance in estrogen production and a combination of cell injury in the breast area (from things such as excessive pressure, radiation, inflammation in the lymph nodes etc.), we are essentially priming this area for unusual cell growth.
 
Estrogen stimulates the growth of breast cell division and (since this is the primary breast hormone), if a breast cancer cell gets out of the original membrane pocket in the breast), these structurally messed up breast cells are drawn to other estrogen rich areas such as the ovaries and then can attach and grow there as well. When this happens, our immune system has a little extra work cut out for it. However if our immune system is strong, "the only thing left for it to do is find the cancer, and a change in the diet can oft times make this much easier."
 
The EPA has a Endocrine Disrupter Screening Program (EDSP) and in 2012 released a list of 10,000 chemicals, (this document is 176 pages of chemicals and there are actually around 85,000 chemicals on the market). How can they keep up with the effects of these chemicals, (especially when used in combination with others), and how can we keep up with what these chemicals do to the chemistry of our body? 
 
I believe we can over-stress about these things and that we should put our energy into things that strengthen our body's own defense. When we instead focus on how we can create a stable internal environment, (through our lifestyle habits) our body can deflect a lot of things around us that cause hormones to get out of balance, it then can create a homeostatic environment where hormones are balanced and metabolized properly. This is much better then excessive worry about factors we cannot control, "our primary focus should be on the things we can."
 
 Lifestyle factors that can effect estrogen levels: obesity, inactivity, alcohol, birth control pills, and hormone replacement therapy.
 
Here are some things that may help in winning the hormone balancing act;
Frankincense: helps regulate production of estrogen- rub into breast area several times a week. 
Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage, (can help the body excrete estrogen and other hormones). Regular consumption has shown powerful anti-breast cancer benefits. A Chinese study (Int J Cancer 2009;125:181-188) showed that one serving of cruciferous vegetables a day reduced the risk of breast cancer by 50%. A great way to release more of the hormone regulating, cancer fighting ICT's (isothiocyanate's) is to raw juice cruciferous vegetables. The list of anti-cancer benefits of cruciferous vegetables is an extensive one.
Turmeric (curcumin), has a potent phytoestrogen that can bind to estrogen receptors. Turmeric is also known for its powerful anti-inflammatory effects and since inflammation is at the root of cancer and the area of concern (breast cells) has estrogen receptors, it makes a whole lot of sense to me that turmeric (curcumin) is part of a daily supplement schedule.
Flaxseed, is probably the highest add-ins that we can use in dietary lignan (a phytoestrogen compound), this should provide much the same benefits in blocking estrogen receptors. 
Other sources of phytoestrogens are; sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts and poppy seeds. 
Note: I believe there is more research that needs to be done on the effectiveness of phytoestrogens (in blocking estrogen receptors), but it makes sense that when an estrogen receptor is filled with a plant compound (phytoestrogen) it then can block it from receiving an estrogen. If the extra estrogen is floating around unable to attach itself to a receptor, wouldn't our body recognize it as waste it needs to metabolize and then clear it through our waste removal system?        
 
Lifestyle habits to balance hormones: fresh clean air, healthy balanced diet (using whole food), plenty of water (occasionally add electrolytes), exercise, sunshine (if you feel you're not getting enough, add vitamin D), deep sleep (with no stimulants or sugar 6 hours prior to bed time). Last but not least, destress your life (this includes discounting advice from a doctor or oncologist that tries to push your panic buttons). It takes 7-10 years for a breast cancer to grow to a size that a mammogram can even detect, so you should never think that you have to do something "NOW!" 
 
I believe very strongly in the power of the immune system and the lymphatic  system's capability to govern the health of our body's systems and its parts, so one thing I believe would be of benefit to add in with the above is; a regular Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (apply less then 9 ounces of pressure per square inch and massage in a circular motion).
 
 Hormones are messengers, and healthy lifestyle habits are what helps keep them balanced and from delivering weird messages to our corresponding, body parts or cells."

 
 
 

Breast Environment

Breast Environment
By: Wade Yoder

 Our health is like a plant, our daily habits and environment is its soil...
 
One of the first things we should change when we have a body part or parts that are in pain (or if we want to prevent future pain or disease) "is the lifestyle habits they're planted in." It is through our habits that both the good and bad things happening in our body get fed. This shouldn't scare us, this should excite us! 
Example of good treatment: if we have a plant that is in a shaded area that doesn't get much sun, the dirt isn't very good, and we forget to water it, just imagine what would happen if we planted it in nutrient rich soil out front where it gets plenty of sunshine and plenty of attention. We would see this plant shed the old withered diseased leaves and begin to grow new ones, "reflective of the the simple changes in treatment it is getting."
Example of bad treatment: if we leave the same plant where it was and simply snip off, burn off, or use chemicals to get rid of the affected leaves and continue to forget to give it water and nutrients on a daily basis, wouldn't we be ignoring what is actually causing the problem in the first place?
 
One of the greatest contributors to cancerous mutations is ionizing radiation, and other forms of aggravation to a body part or organ, yet we radiate, press, probe, biopsy, cut and poison these areas of the body as a solution to a body part that is already hurting. Shouldn't we first try changing the environment and the soil we are planted in to see if this might shrink the problem into a non-issue?
 
What causes good breast cells to go bad: most of the cells of our body divide rapidly and this is no exception for breast tissue especially throughout the younger years. When the instructions for the new generation of cells gets corrupted and the built in mechanisms of the breast cells do not correct this, it can grow into something we later diagnosis as cancer. Radiation and carcinogens from our environment, food, etc., can change the structure of the DNA in our cells and when these cells replicate, they build cells that are not in synch with the others. If these corrupted breast cells break out of the area containing them (from compression or enzymatic breakdown of the wall) they can go to other areas of the body and grow corrupted breast tissue in that area.  
 
The reason I do not believe in mammograms is that it exposes the breast tissue and heart area to ionizing radiation. Quite simply, it is using the very thing to detect cancer that also happens to cause cancer. The painful compressions of the breast tissue come before the mammogram and since doctors are taught to "NOT" compress after a lump is found (because it can break the cancerous capsule), is not this a direct contradiction of proper procedure? 
Question: if oncology is going for early and safe detection, "why is thermography not pushed more?" Thermography can detect unusual activity much earlier in the breasts then mammography and uses infrared imaging (which is safe) and does not use ionizing radiation.
 
"Our medical care system is rewarding doctors much more for ordering and reading scans than for talking to a patient." "Radiation exposure from these scans is not inconsequential and can lead to later cancers." ~ Dr. Len Lichtenfeld Deputy chief medical officer for the national office of the American Cancer Society.
 
"Most cancer patients in this country die of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy does not eliminate breast, colon, or lung cancers. This fact has been documented for over a decade, yet doctor still use chemotherapy for these tumors" ~ Allen Levin MD UCSF.
 
Personal hypothesis: I believe we should be very careful what types of skin care products and deodorants we use regularly around the breast areas and under our arms. I believe we should be careful what detergents we use on clothing and bedsheets that come in contact with our skin. I believe we should replace processed food and drinks with unprocessed foods. I believe many of the additives, chemicals and drugs we subject ourselves to can be hormone disrupters that become drivers of breast and other cancers. I believe we should stimulate breast tissue not mash, radiate and agitate it, (aggravation yields inflammation, continuous inflammation yields chronic inflammation and chronic inflammation yields cancer). 
 
I believe when we change the above and adapt healthy lifestyle habits that make our body feel better, we change the soil our health is planted in and our body parts will reflect our efforts.      

Are You At Risk For Breast Cancer?


Of course you are, if you have breast tissue (that is made up of glands, lobes, lobules, lymph vessels, lymph nodes etc) then you are predisposed to cells potentially getting misshaped and then multiplying if not stopped. It's really nothing to get overly concerned about, since our body is constantly fixing things that are getting out of whack without us even knowing it. Each area of our body comes with its own system of cleansing, detoxification and repair mechanisms, so we should be looking for ways to strengthen that instead of constantly checking these areas to see if something is wrong with them. 
 
Pre-cancer cells are a lot like someone being predisposed to potentially having a wreck because of being on the highway, but we're not going to spend a lot of time worrying about it or not driving our vehicle because of it are we? A wreck can be because of us not driving our vehicle carefully or it can be because of things out of our own control such as another driver, weather, etc. Either way, highway statistics should primarily encourage us to drive our vehicles safely, and to make sure we use standard preventive measures (that help our vehicle operate better) such as proper maintenance of breaks, tires, etc. We should not be constantly subjecting our vehicles to checkups by mechanics, especially ones that we do not personally know or we just may have a mechanic created vehicle problem. 
 
We should not let ourselves be victimized by fear mongering when a doctor or oncologist tells us that we have pre-cancer cells, "this is much like saying that due to the conditions of the highway you're traveling on your vehicle is pre-wreck." When you know the conditions on a highway are hazardous, you will try to take a different route and drive proactively and defensively to decrease your chances of having a wreck, right? Shouldn't our first priority be to change out any negative lifestyle habits for positive ones for our body as well? When we do this, our body can oft times create the right drugs and physiological processes itself to shrink and annihilate cancer.
 
The month of October is breast cancer awareness month and is one of the biggest months of free advertising for the cancer industry, because of the fear and stress it creates. It probably causes more people to get unnecessary breast exams, mammograms and biopsies then any other time of the year. The ironic thing is mammography testing uses radiation and radiation damages DNA and damaged DNA is where most cancer begins.
 
"If you already have a cancer, in addition to being painful, the crushing compression the breast undergoes during a mammogram can cause the cancer to spread. Doctors are taught that once a lump is found, you don't press it, not even during an examination because you will cause the cancer cells to spread. With mammograms, you won't know if there is a breast cancer until after you've read the scan, you've already compressed the breast, and perhaps broken the cancerous capsule, which will cause the cancer to spread." ~ Dr. Russell Blaylock, Neurosurgeon and founder of the Blaylock Reports
 
If we would spend more time trying to figure out how to make our body parts feel good and healthy instead of trying to find out what might be wrong with them with diagnostics, prodding, biopsies and then the ensuing cancer treatments (that have been proven to cause other forms of cancer themselves later down the road), we would probably have much less new cancer cases, and an improvement in other aspects of health as well.
 
The cancer industry knows what causes cancer, and probably knows a lot about the dietary and lifestyle habits that will shrink and kill cancer, "but the problem lies in that they cannot put a patent on nature or healthy lifestyle habits." One thing you can rest assured of is that for the ones at the top of most of these fund raisers and activities, it's not about finding a cure for cancer but much rather a way to find a breakthrough medication to manage it over the newly attained customer's lifetime. And yes, they do raise awareness, but isn't that how a business gains new customers? And yes, a large portion of these fundraisers go to fund pharmaceutical research for creating new drugs. When pharmaceutical companies already make billions of dollars, why don't they fund their own research in creating for profit drugs?
 
hope this October we will put at least 75% of our cancer awareness energy into finding a minimum of 10 dietary and lifestyle habits that will make our joints, tendons, ligaments, skin, muscles, digestive track, lymphatic system, brain, and other vital organs and systems feel better. And in the case of breast cancer, we should look for ways that we can make them feel better,in such things as the environment they're continually exposed to, a good blood supply and lymphatic flow through the breast area. After all "it is the things that hurt our body parts in a continuous aggravating way that cause cancer." 
 
 Looking for a cure while ignoring the causes, is like continually looking for ways to dry a floor while ignoring the leak and refusing to turn off the spigot."


Pathways To Suicide


 This is a really hard subject, but one that most of us have already been affected by or will be in the future. I was at a visitation earlier this week for a friend of mine that gave up on life and a little while before I left for his visitation, a friend posted about a co-worker and friend that took her life. Just a little over a year ago my neighbor's young son took his life and within the same week one of my youngest members here at the gym took his life.
 
This is a really tough thing for family and close friends to go through, and leaves them with a constant stream of thoughts of what they could've said or done differently to change this final decision that was made.
 
I believe the reason more of a dialog isn't had between the public and the ones that study this, "is due to what a lot of these cases trace back to and have in common with each other."
Example: there are many people that suffer from pain, depression and life altering tragedies, but what are the most common links that may factor in on the ones that choose to end it? Were they in intense pain? Were they in a deep depression? Did they go through a life altering situation? Were they fixing the problem or were they medicating the problem? Was hope lost? 
 
It can be easy to let the sadness and hurt turn to anger by the ones left behind as well as ones a little further removed from the situation to verbally or mentally judge a person or situation, but it is important to realize that we cannot properly judge a person who's shoes we have not personally walked in. And unless we know what it feels like to sink into a black hole of despair (without a glimmer or a ray of hope that things will get better), it is hard for us to understand.

 
 
Suicide from sudden impulse: I follow the research of a neurosurgeon (Dr Russell Blaylock) and one particular article stood out to me, "it was on the shadow region of the brain." He noticed how that attention spans were getting shorter when he gave class lectures, and he attributed this to rapid sources of information from tech devices. Accepting information at face value without research tends to not involve counter intuitive parts of the brain (shadow region) and when this is underdeveloped our capability to counter sudden thoughts with logic become less and less. 
Example: if you have the sudden urge to hit someone that made you angry, what stopped you? Was it because they did something to calm you down or was it because you countered your anger with a host of reasons that you should not do this? When this part of the brain is not functioning or is not properly developed, a person's capability to counter sudden impulse is weakened. 
 
Pain and (or) disease: most times when we get hurt, have a chronic illness, dehabilitating condition or disease, and we have hope of getting rid of the pain or disease, it encourages us to fight our way back. But if it's a terminal disease, dehabilitating or deteriorating condition and if we are given no hope that the pain we are in will ever get better, a person may begin to look at their life as already being over and decide to end it. I personally believe the power for healing and recovery that is given to a person by his or her Creator, should never be taken away from them by another human being. 

The Mayo Clinic on pain and depression: pain and depression are closely related. Depression can cause pain and pain can cause depression. Sometimes pain and depression create a vicious cycle in which pain worsens symptoms of depression, and then the resulting depression worsens feelings of pain. 
 
Suicide because of depression: depression can turn the lights of hope off in a person's brain and if not properly remedied can put a person in a very dark place. It may temporarily change someone's outlook by taking antidepressants, but it does nothing to change the depressing situation, just like pain pills do not remedy the pain your body is in, it simply makes so you can't feel it. I do not have answers for this since everyone's pain and depression is unique to them as an individual, but we should all realize that when we do not acknowledge pain and depression and do something real about what is causing it (instead of just medicating it), it tends to get worse. 
 
Questions we should ask are: what is causing my body to hurt and what can I do to stop it? What is causing my depression and what can I do to make this situation better? What can I do to measure my actions so that I do not act on impulse in situations that may hurt myself or someone else?
 
There are pathways to suicide that can become highways for someone that loses hope. We can only try to create pathways for change and hope around ourselves and the ones we care about.
 
 If you are someone that is contemplating this, just don't do it, you still have a purpose in making the lives better for the ones you care about, in the ways only you can.
 
If you lost someone you care about to suicide my prayer is that you will be able to find the happiness and peace that the one you are missing would want for you.  

 

Your Child, Your Living Legacy


 One of the best legacies we can leave here on earth is a son or daughter, and teaching them (the basics of health and nutrition can build their defenses in a world filled with bacterias, germs, toxins, radiation and stress), is one of the best things we as parents can do for them. 
 
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and instead of invoking fear in us, (to do a barrage of diagnostics, fundraising for the cure etc) we should calm down and simply concentrate on implementing healthy habits in our children's lives that will strengthen their armor and help protect them from cancer and other diseases throughout their lives naturally.
 
Cancer is the second leading cause of death and as the medical community advances on heart disease (the number one cause of death) it may wind up becoming the leading cause of death for younger generations, "if we do not change our approach and embrace the basic health principles that their bodies recognize as the cure." The 3 main strategies implemented by the cancer industry to date are pretty barbaric in their approach.
 
Cancer is a genetical disease (meaning it happens in the genes). This doesn't mean that it is inherited, but rather that it happens in the DNA of our cells. When we expose our cells to environmental toxins, food toxins, radiation, chemotherapy, (and if our body cannot properly cleanse itself of these carcinogens and free radicals), it can have a corroding effect on the DNA of our cells. And since cells reproduce more cells the cells with corroded or corrupted DNA can produce weird shaped and misbehaving cells that we later recognized as cancer.
Example: a kitchen for a busy restaurant produces a massive amount of food. The recipes for this food come from a cookbook with many other recipes, (each one with its own special instructions for making the food). When the cook follows the exact recipe and process, the food will turn out the same every time a new batch of food is made, but what happens if he gets careless with the treatment of the cookbook, and the recipes get smeared and he is unable to properly transcribe (translate) the recipe for the new batches of food? The new batches of food can have a really funky turnout. Our children's cells are made in much the same way and when the recipe for the next generation of cells is not clear, it can produce weird shaped cells that (if not stopped by the body) can develop into an odd shaped lump that we later diagnose as cancer.
 
If a cell's DNA is messed up beyond repair there are mechanisms in place that cause these cells to commit suicide. After the cells die they become a waste product that the body can get rid of, "this literally means that our body can clean up and dispose of cancer as we go." 
 
Our responsibility as parents should be to put a protective screen around our children, by the lifestyle we show and teach them. One of the best insurance policies that we can leave with them, are the good habits that have shaped who they are and who they will become. 
 
Anti Cancer War Chest for children: 1. fresh clean air 2. water 3. balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables 4. lots of upbeat activities and exercise 5. sunshine 6. deep rest. 7. positive environment. 8. consistency.
 
May God bless your legacy with a lifetime of health!

Cell by cell we build their future

Childhood Cancer and Our Early Donor Opportunity


 September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and brings attention to the trauma that these children and their families go through that have to experience this. To see a child (and their family) going through this hurts deep and I can only imagine what a parent must be going through when they cannot absorb this hurt, pain and trauma their child is going through.
 
Even though I'm a skeptic of the many "March Against This, March Against That events," there are some things I like in the awareness it brings to the prevention side for the real seekers and the ones who try to understand cancer and look beyond the barbaric treatment of cancer that cancer profiteers provide. The reason I consider these barbaric ways of treating cancer is surgery and biopsies seem to add fuel to the fire, the other two (chemotherapy and radiation) can damage the DNA of our cells and cells with damaged DNA reproduce warped versions of themselves which can lead to cancer.
 
We never know when these dreaded illnesses may visit our home, but there are things that we can do as a mother and father to build our baby's defenses against illness and disease prior to conception, during the pregnancy and the early years of our child's life.
 
Prior and during pregnancy: we have the opportunity as parents to build healthy gene expression throughout the beginning stages of our child's life from conception to birth. When we keep, toxic household chemicals, unhealthy diet, X-rays, CT scans, and other forms of radiation out of and away from our body prior to and during our pregnancy, we decrease our child's future risk of having cells produced the wrong way (aka cancer). During the pregnancy our child's immune system learns the things that should become accepted by their body after their birth by the things we subject them to while they are in the womb. After birth the things their body was not subjected to become anti-body and their immune system will attack it as a foreign invader! It's the things their body is too slow to recognize as foreign that we have to worry about. Our child's immune system is so powerful it can kill the entire body (such as in anaphylactic shock), so it can pretty much kill anything that it doesn't recognize as a part of our child's internal and external environment!"   

After birth: we have the opportunity during the years after our child's birth to build anti-cancer cells with nutrition, sunshine, exercise, regular rest and sleep habits that help fuel the growth of the next healthy generation of cells. As this process continues to grow, so does their capability snip out bad parts of DNA code that could build mis-shaped, misbehaving cells that could grow into cancer. This process helps nip the beginnings of cancer in the bud.  
 Living dirty and eating clean: two of the best ways I know to build the immune system is exposure and nutrition, the immune system also happens to be the thing that does battle against cancer in our child's body "it only has to recognize these cells as foreign." Getting out in the sun, getting dirty, playing with siblings and friends, good diet along with consistent sleep and rest habits is a childhood cancer prevention lifestyle!
 
Household chemicals: most household chemicals are toxic (carcinogenic) and carcinogens cause cancer. Even though these cleaners may have the house smelling clean, we're turning it into a carcinogen trap and when we keep our children in an environment that is constantly being sanitized with toxic chemicals we increase their's and our own susceptibility to cancer. There are safe household cleaners available, but if you're unsure of the carcinogenic effect of your cleaners, open windows and doors to air out your home, (especially while cleaning), this helps lessen the toxic exposure. 
 
Cancer is a devastating thing that can happen to anyone, but we as parents have a responsibility to do what we can to help our child build an immune system that works as a cancer shield in a cancerous world. Working our way backwards and learning what causes cancer (and turning off the faucet), is much more important then finding a cure...
 
"We as parents are builders of the home our child's life resides in. This building process starts before conception, goes through the early stages of childhood and impacts their habits and decisions as a young adult and helps set the foundation for the next generation. This is their body, they are our living legacy!"


 

Controlling Blood Sugar With...


Have you ever paid attention to some of the ads for drugs that help control blood sugar? Have you noticed the short amount of time that is spent on the list of benefits, with the majority spent on warnings about side effects and potential side effects? There is one that is being advertised now (Invokana/canagliflozin) that has a list of 43 potential side effects. 
 
Would it not be better for our body, "to simply quit eating foods that spike our blood sugar?" Would it not be better to avoid sweet foods when it isn't just before or right after periods of intense activity? Does it not make sense to control blood sugar through our diet (given the fact that sugars are much more the problem in causing cholesterol and fatty deposits then the fat in our diet)?
 
Excerpt from Dr. Osborne: Diabetes is an epidemic in the US. The condition can cause obesity, kidney damage, blindness, loss of limb, neuropathy, and much more. Unfortunately most doctors deal with this condition like this: "Mrs. Jones, your blood sugar levels are high. I am going to prescribe you a medication to help you control them. I will need you to watch your diet closely. Limit your sugar intake, eat plenty of whole grains and vegetables. You will also need to exercise more. Because diabetes runs in your family, you will probably need to take this medication for the rest of your life. In addition, to this medicine, I am going to also prescribe you a statin to ensure that your cholesterol stays low. Studies show that managing cholesterol aggressively helps with people who have blood sugar problems." You see, the drugs don't fix the problem, they only mask the diabetic condition while silently wrecking your nutritional status~ Dr Peter Osborne is a Chiropractor and Board Certified doctor of clinical nutrition in Sugar Land, Texas. 
 
This epidemic of Type ll Diabetes is primarily caused by the types of food that we eat and low levels of activity to burn off the resulting blood sugar spikes. These constant spikes in blood sugar lead to insulin resistance and when our trillions of cells become insulin resistant our pancreas has to produce more insulin to be able to forcefully cram this extra sugar into our cells. Are we wearing out our pancreas by the type of foods we eat?
 
Low blood sugar is oft times caused by excess sugar: strange as it may sound, low blood sugar is often caused by excessive sugar and starch intake. When we take in foods that cause our blood sugar to spike, our pancreas has to produce a lot of insulin to bring the sugar down to safe levels. Insulin is a sugar hungry hormone that lowers blood sugar, so when there is an excessive spike in insulin, it causes our blood sugar to drop much lower than it should. "Keep in mind that excess insulin also turns off the body's fat burning mechanisms."
 
This is a winnable war that we can win with a simple 2 prong strategy. 
1. increasing activity levels 
2. having 4-5 grams of fiber per serving in our foods (except for some of the foods that we get our protein and fat from). 

Given the role that excess sugar plays in diabetes, LDL cholesterol, obesity and all the potential side effects that can accumulate throughout a lifetime of controlling blood sugar with drugs), we have plenty of reason to want do this the right way!
 
Foods that are great for healing the pancreas: mushrooms, cherries, garlic, turmeric, tofu, yogurt, red grapes and spinach. Keep in mind that eating foods that break down slower also can be a big relief to the pancreas and in this way can have a healing effect as well. 
 
Herbs, supplements etc. to control blood sugar: cinnamon, bitter melon, ginseng, chromium, billberry, alpha-lipoic acid, fenugreek,    
 
When we take the lazy way out by controlling our blood sugar for a life time of using a medication (so that we can continue to make the same food choices), we are simply setting ourselves up for failure.

When we control blood sugar spikes through food choices, activity and exercise, we also reduce excess fatty deposits and cholesterol!

A Fountain of Violence They Won't Admit To


 Over the past couple weeks the air waves have been completely covered by the recent shootings of police officers and the reporters in Roanoke, VA., and once again things are being shaped to divert attention away from one simple thing that has changed in the past 30 years. You will hear anything from "we need stricter gun laws," to "we need more mental health assistance for these individuals," to one of the parents saying that "if necessary he'll become the John Walsh of gun control." However, you will not hear a single reporter, interviewee or news anchor say..."PULL THIS NUT JOB'S PAST & PRESENT PRESCRIPTION HISTORY!" That's the diagnosis they should look at plain and simple, but they don't want to look at the fountain from which spews their never ending news stories and their advertiser's revenue sources do they? They have their willing partner, (the Federal government) that is a willing partner since enhanced gun laws help fulfill a dictatorial agenda.
 
For just once I would like to hear the powers that be address what is causing all these intense bouts of mental illness. I would like to hear them admit, they are trying to tighten gun control because of the mistakes they made in broad spread, uncontrolled, S.S.R.I. usage and that they simply want to clear the path for Big Pharma and their political cronies to be able to continue to make the same profitable mistakes on a trusting populace. 
 
 If we do not take a serious look at what brain drugs are doing to our future mental health, we are going to continue having horrific things happen as has happened in Aurora, Colorado (James Holmes), Charleston, South Carolina (Dylann Roof), and Roanoke, Virginia (Bryce Williams). I see this struggle as being directly at the top between drug companies, and the NRA. Drug companies and their policy cronies want to create a safe path for the drugs they create and the NRA wants to keep the road paved for the ones they represent. My belief is neither one actually represents you and I.
 
I am not a psychologist but a lot of my life has been spent studying health, fitness, and chronic disease prevention as well as cause and effect. And one thing that you should go after like a laser is the cause, not the effect. When a person in a trusted position of authority uses a top down approach (by addressing effects and not causes) they are either uneducated or have an agenda. 
 
If we don't acknowledge and change the things we are doing that are wrongfully shaping our children's future and make the changes we need to now, this problem is going to grow like a cancer lump being fed a steady stream of pure sugar.
 If a person gets on these S.S.R.I. drugs to help them suppress emotions, what happens if the conscious is suppressed?...its an emotion as well. It may feel good to a person to "just not care," but how does it effect the ones that have to deal with this person? What happens if they suddenly get off the drug and their brain is as one on fire? When we have a massive amount of people on these drugs and an industry that is constantly pressing for even more expanded usage, what we will have left is a conscious suppressed generation of drug induced sociopaths that are like potential time bombs.
 
We have a conscious mind that is supposed to bother us, depress us and guide us to help us to make things better for ourselves and the ones we care about, so should we be throwing pills down our throat that tell our brains to chemically alter itself so as to not care or to feel differently about these things?
Example: the Paxil Defense has been established in court, and has been used successfully as a defense in crimes due to lack of self control when the crime occurred. This has also been used for other S.S.R.I.'s including Wellbutrin and Zoloft. Please checkout the S.AV.E. Project www.thesaveproject.com, to see the common link (many violent offenders have with each other) that the media is not talking about.
 
These drugs have very addictive effects as well, if you do not believe it, watch how someone's behavior changes that suddenly quits. The medical industry however does not use addiction as a terminology for this, they call it "discontinuation syndrome."
 
This is our's and our children's future and if we let the pharmaceutical industry grow the use of these drugs in our life and that of our children we will be sitting on a ticking time bomb of tragedies like this.
 
 Roanoke, VA is where my dad, brother and I were hospitalized after our plane crash in Virginia, so this latest tragedy struck home a little harder. And I really, really hope the tragedy that hit Roanoke will not be dishonored by using it to further agendas (that are fed strictly by effects) and do nothing to address the actual causes.  

Whether an ax, sword, hammer, vehicle  or gun is used in a violent act on oneself or someone else, this violence has a source and the demonization of the object is about as ignorant as a person that is upset from continually having to mop up water on a floor, when they themselves refuse to acknowledge and turn off the faucet...But then there happens to be no profit in slowing down the distribution of S.S.R.I. drugs is there?  

 What would happen if only psychiatrists would be allowed to distribute these drugs? My guess is there would be an unacceptable amount of drug dealers for an industry that is responsible for the "real" drug problem in America...

Personal Designer Drugs "Your Body Makes"

The body's capability to produce its own drugs is one of the most amazing things to me about the human body. It makes antibodies, and other chemicals produced by the immune system, as well as brain drugs, drugs that break things down, drugs that build things up, drugs that make us happy etc. We can certainly trust the fact that we have an internal pharmacy that is at work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!
 
We have many pharmaceutical drugs available (that work very well at speeding things up), but it's our own body in the end that gets rid of things, balances things out and heals things that have gotten off track.
Example: there are things that have no business being in our body and are considered foreign invaders. Our body will produce antibodies (anti-body) that are specifically designed for the type of infection, illness etc. that we have.

We use these anti-bodies as a tagging system to mark the foreign invaders (that are in our body) for destruction. We have a messaging system that gathers the information on the invader, (whether it's a cancer or a flu-bug), it will then deliver this information to the immune system. The immune system will then start rapidly formulating drugs that are specifically designed for this foreign invader. The antibodies have meanwhile tagged and flagged the bad things for destruction by our immune system. 
 
Our immune system is so powerful that if it over-reacts it can kill the entire body rapidly (such as in anaphylactic shock). Fortunately our body has a messaging system that (if working properly) signals the exact amount of force that is needed to destroy the things that do not belong in our body.
Example: if you take care of your house, you will know exactly what does and what does not belong in your home, whether it's something that is no longer of value, or something that came in from the outside such as dirt, bugs, trash, etc. If you go through the house and tag these things that are of no value and create a bad environment, the cleanup crew will know exactly what to remove and destroy because these items are marked for destruction and are considered (anti-home). Antibiotics work in much the same way and are simply drugs that are produced by the body to tag the bad stuff so the chemicals from our immune system can kill and remove them.
 
There are things we can do such as getting external assistance (from a doctor, surgeon or pharmaceutical drug), to correct things and to speed things up, but it is very important that we know that it is our body that has the lone responsibility of healing itself, "how we strengthen or weaken this system is largely up to us."
 
There are many chemical reactions that are produced in the body, and though it has a very complicated process, what these processes rely on are very basic and not complicated at all! 
 
These are the basic ingredients our internal laboratory (immune system) uses to make drugs designed specifically for our needs, these were the same 1000's of years ago and they're still the same today: 
  1. Clean air (oxygen)
  2. Hydration (water)
  3. Healthy diet
  4. Active lifestyle and exercise
  5. Sunshine
  6. Deep rest and recovery
  7. Positive social connections (family, friends, community). 
 
 When you do the above with consistency, your body not only produces drugs designed specifically for you and the bad things your body is fighting every day such as cancer, heart disease, stress etc. it also produces the chemicals that help increase energy, vitality and happiness! God designed something unmatchable when he designed our body's chemistry...
 
"For thou didst form my inward parts: Thou didst cover me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks unto thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made~ Psalm 139, 13-14  


 
Wishing you the 

How Negatives and Injuries Strengthen Us


 The way our body gains strength and muscle is one of the more intriguing sides of health and fitness to me. We have a tendency of taking the path of least resistance, when oft times this is the very thing that will build us up. 
 
Muscle and strength are built through injury from doing something the muscle isn't used to doing, the body simply responds by rebuilding the muscle bigger, faster and stronger so that it can handle the new stress better. 
 
Our muscles also respond in exactly the opposite way when we avoid physical stress, by shrinking and weakening muscle, (muscle atrophy). An increase or a decrease in muscle tone, size, strength and capabilities (through our action or inaction) is simply our body doing what we tell it to do. 
 
Positives and Negatives: when we do a set of arm curls, 1 repetition would be the curl upward and the lowering of the bar back to the start position. The positive part of the movement is the curling upward, the negative is the lowering back down to the start position. Positive = the lifting part of the movement, Negative = the lowering part of the movement. 
 
What stands out to me in this whole muscle building process, is how the least impressive part of a repetition (the negative) is the most responsible for growth. Injury stimulates the need for new muscle growth and negatives cause the greatest injury to muscle tissue.
Example: when we do a bench press,it's hard to impress ourselves and the others around us by the control we exhibit in lowering the bar to our chest, so most of the attention is put in the thrust upward. However, when we lower the bar and weights rapidly, and then bounce off the chest, to help us drive the bar upward in the positive part of the movement, (we are depriving ourselves of a very powerful stimulator of muscle strength and growth)! 
 
Using good form in exercise not only helps protect us from the injuries and muscle imbalances that using bad form can bring, it is also a major stimulator in muscle building, strengthening and toning! 
 
What helps me the most to know what is good form, is knowing the 2 primary contributing factors in muscle building and strengthening. The 2 main contributing factors are: muscle stretch and muscle tension. Most times the stretch is going to be felt during the negative part of the movement and the tension felt in the positive part of the movement. The negative part of the movement should be done slower and the positive should be done faster.
 
The human body is designed to use stress and injury as signaling mechanisms to stimulate an increase in strength, whether it's mental or physical. If we avoid physical or mental stress, our corresponding systems will get weaker and weaker. Keeping ourselves challenged both mentally and physically is important if we are to keep or improve what we've been blessed with.

I had something happen here at the gym yesterday, that put me through probably the worst work project that I've had in the past 10 years, but weird thing is, I'm happier since then and everything in my life seems easier! So obviously (at least for me), negatives and adversity help both physically and mentally.    
 
The positive things in life look and feel great, but how we handle the negatives and recover from our injuries, plays a big part in building true strength, endurance and character!! 


Gym of Your Future!


Our main concern in fitness should be that it "prepares us in advance for the capabilities or the conditioning we want for our future." If we want to prepare our body to have a lot of sitting in our future, all we have to do is a lot of setting around, and we can assure ourselves of a future of sitting on our keister as well as placing the demand for assistance with our activities of daily living (ADL's) on other people! 
 
Over the past 20-30 years, (like most other things) technology has advanced exercise equipment and many other widgets and apps that are the latest and greatest breakthrough in health and fitness. The hype that is behind some of these ads is almost enough to make someone feel like they're getting in shape "just reading or listening to all the things it claims it will do!"
 
Whether it's our sources of food, reduction in body fat or exercise, we have become mentally conditioned to constantly look for and then to buy into things that make health and fitness easier, but there are NO REAL shortcuts when it comes to health and fitness. A change of lifestyle is the real anecdote for getting in shape, getting rid of chronic disease in the body and for building optimal health and wellness! Keeping it basic, simple, and cheap is the best way to avoid the financial and gimmick pitfalls. The top 2 things that would address most people's health and fitness concerns can be summed up in one sentence. "Less (but more nutritious) food, and regular challenging activities."
 
The Gym of Your Future: what I like to call the futuristic gym, is your life and is simply doing activities today that you want to be able to do tomorrow, next week, or next month. In other words, if you want to be able to walk the trail with your family at a weekend camping trip, don't use the motor scooter in the grocery store, (let someone that really needs it, use it). We cannot expect to get people around us (as well as gadgets of convenience) to do all our physical work without our own physical capabilities shrinking in the process. Our immune system is the same, if we do not expose ourselves to our surroundings, our immune system will get weak, and unable to protect us from our surroundings.
 
Gap fillers: exercise sessions are gap fillers for a lifestyle that doesn't provide enough physical activity for the level of fitness (or amount of muscularity) a person wants, just as supplements are gap fillers for diets that are lacking in certain nutrients. The above two can add value into a person's life, but I believe it's important that they are looked at as gap fillers. 

Gap filler clause: we should all be conditioned to handle more then our daily routine requires of us, "life has a way of handing us the unexpected." And exercise is one of the best ways to condition ourselves to better handle whatever it is we have to do in our daily lives, no matter if you're a world class athlete or a senior that simply wants to stay independent and not reliant on others for daily living.  
 
Whenever we have the opportunity at home, or work to do physical activity or manual labor, we should look at it as a muscle and fitness building opportunity. These are the real life exercises that help prevent injury when we attempt to do it tomorrow, next week and next year! 

"Your activities today are tomorrow's physical capability insurance!"

The Human Cell Tower and Its Cellular Language


 Long before there were cell towers, cell phones and satellites, there were human cell towers, each one with several trillion surrounding cells, listening and then behaving according to the information they receive from their cell tower.
 
We have the capability to send out strong or weak signals to the cells of our body, by the lifestyle choices we make every day. 
Example: when someone calls us over a cellular device and their voice comes through crystal clear, it makes so we can respond in a clear and precise manner to the information received and react accordingly. The cells of our body respond in much the same way when they receive their signals from a cell tower that has cleaned up its lifestyle habits and can send out clear, healthy and strong signals for building the next generation of cells.
 
We reproduce billions of cells every day, (this is what helps us grow and what keeps us rejuvenated). When our cells receive an unclear signal from us, (because of unhealthy lifestyle habits) they have the potential of producing weird shaped cells that have the potential to misbehave in our body. These are the things that produce chronic diseases such as cancer.
Example: imagine a fleet of 1000 employees surrounding a worksite, all relying on information received through a nearby cell tower, each employee receives his or her message crystal clear and each one knows precisely how to do their job. Things would function and flow smoothly right? Now imagine the tower gets neglected and run down because the operator decides the simple basic rules of maintenance are not necessary. It may start out with only a few problems and communication errors, but gradually the capability to communicate effectively diminishes, and quite predictably, the surrounding fleet of 1000 employees is unable to get information to do their jobs properly and chaos starts to breakout! Projects are not finished, and the products that are made, are not designed according to the original blueprint and if changes are not made soon enough, the worksite will close down due to all the malfunctions.
 
To remedy problems, we should not spend our time time looking at symptoms, but rather what is causing the symptom. Why would we get prescribed a medicine for a bellyache when we could stop eating the food that gives us the bellyache or digestive problems.   
 
Something that really intrigues me, is how different types of food cause certain reactions in our body, (this is why a balanced diet works so well). There are foods that give us energy, there are foods that help us rebuild, and there are foods that help us fight disease. When we combine these with the other healthy lifestyle basics, it helps us to detox, build, repair and energize our body and will send out a clear signal to build a healthy or healthier generation of cells.
 
It is a big mistake to think we can constantly breathe in toxins, eat and drink junk food, lead inactive lives, stay under stress, not get our rest, and still produce health and not disease.  
 
We have the opportunity to speak health to the cells of our body through our healthy habits and the way we think and believe. The stronger and more positive we make these 3, the stronger the signal will be from our cell tower!
 
 1 million seconds is 13 days, 1 billion seconds is 31 years, 1 trillion seconds is 31,688 years, "you are made up of several trillion cells." Our body produces on average about 10 billion cells a day.
 
 Our habits send out signals 24 hours a day, 7days a week, 365 days a year to the several trillion cells in our body, whether for wellness or disease...

The 1 Cancer Doctor Who Got Caught


 Many of us probably heard about the popular oncologist (cancer doctor) in Michigan and the $35 million dollar chemotherapy fraud. 
His charges: "deliberate misdiagnosis of patients as having cancer," giving "unnecessary chemotherapy," even to end of life patients who will not benefit.
 
"Chemotherapy is a carcinogen and CARCINOGENS CAUSE CANCER!" According to the charges, his doctor was deliberately poisoning people and very likely will be "THE root cause for many of his patient's cancer!" 
 
Our bodies fight cancer every single day on its own and to put our faith in a poison industry (oncologists) to control our cancers is about as risky as hiring a thief to guard our property. It has gotten more and more that going to a medical facility will yield a diagnosis for a condition "that will qualifying you for continuing care, whether it's to be on pharmaceutical drug treatments or a continuing onslaught of doctor's office visits and diagnostic procedures in their witch hunt to find something.      
 
 The cancer industry has gotten huge and powerful and its need for more patients has grown in lockstep. If there ever is a cure (other then healthy lifestyle changes), the ones that built this industry would see their lucrative money machine implode. With all the pharmaceutical drug incentives for long term care, for us not to not think the temptation is there to over-diagnose, is like walking onto a car lot and asking the sales person if he or she thinks you need a car.
 
Cancer most times comes from stem cells that produce organ tissue. When carcinogens (toxins) are not gotten rid of properly it can mess up the blueprint for the next generation of cells, (whether it's how they're shaped or how they look). The stem cell is the mold for our new replacement cells.
Example: if a mold used to manufacture rubber tires got bent, it could effect the shape of the tire produced as well as the way the tire behaves and if we get lumpy, weak tires on our vehicle, it can effect how the vehicle operates and potentially cause the vehicle to get totaled. "The cancer industry has created an entire business model on trying to repair millions of tires instead of the mold that is producing the miss-shaped tires."   
 
We need healthy stem cells to produce new cells for revitalization of our body parts, but when these cells get produced in an abnormal fashion it can eventually get in the way or how the organ functions. These cells can also drift away from their original organ and attach and grow somewhere else in the body. This is why cancers are named after the place they originated from. 
 
Environmental toxins and bad lifestyle habits are the leading causes of messing up our stem cell's blueprint for how they're supposed to produce new cells, (whether its brain cells, liver cells, pancreatic cells, kidney cells, bones cells, lung cells, skin cells etc).
 
When an organ or body part is already hurting and we elect to do a biopsy, surgery, radiation or chemotherapy poisoning of this body part or organ, we are using a top down approach that can be more hurtful and harmful then doing absolutely nothing except changes in lifestyle that address the root cause. 

 
 
Cancerous questions: 

Chemotherapy is carcinogenic and carcinogens cause cancer, so even if it shrinks the cancer, does it not increase the chance of us getting cancer somewhere else? 
Radiation messes up cell structure, but isn't cancer caused by cells growing in a messed up fashion? 
Surgery is to remove the obvious lump of cancer but it doesn't get rid of the stem cell that is producing the cancer, so isn't this like cutting blight off of a plant leaf and acting like the plant is free of the blight? 
 
Dr. Farid Fata's gave unnecessary treatments to 533 patients, how many of them were healthy people who simply gave into cancer industry fear mongering (that gets even the healthy to go in for cancer screenings)? There are a lot of incentives to prescribing pharmaceuticals and keeping diagnostic machines occupied, so how often is this happening in a country who has its population on more "legal drugs" then any country on this planet? Given the 5 year survival statistics, what percentage of cancer patients would've been much better off with their cancer left undiscovered?  
 
One of the first things a farmer does, if an area of his farm has problems is to do an analysis of the soil to check for deficiencies, (by doing this, he can restore this area back to health and bring it back up to par with the rest of his farm. Should I not check the soil around myself that might be feeding or shrinking the cancers that are attempting to develop. 

The soil is: air, water, food, exercise and activity, sunshine, rest and sleep, positive family, social and community connections as well as a strong faith in the Master Healer.     

We Weigh Too Much Because We...

 

Quite simply, the reason Americans on average weigh too much, is because we eat way too much! It's no telling how many billions of tons of food calories  Americans have stored up in the form of body fat. A period of famine certainly wouldn't kill nearly as many people in America as it would in some other countries and according to research (on caloric restriction), just might extend life. As responsible individuals and good stewards of the world we live in, "we really should become more need driven and a lot less pleasure driven with our fuel intake." This would take a huge burden off our food and our healthcare systems. 

 

There are many reasons we excuse weight gain, whether it's a slowing of metabolism, thyroid problems, or not having access to the right foods. For the most part however, our weight problems simply come from over consumption of easy to digest calories and too little activity to burn them off. 

 

When we constantly take in foods that are low in fiber (most processed snack foods, breads, pastas and other primarily starch foods) it keeps our glucose/ blood sugar levels and insulin in our blood too high and this shuts off our capability to burn body fat. 

 

 When we have excess body fat and we have a low activity day ahead of us, it does not hurt us at all, to sometimes simply skip eating for 18-24 hours. Many people that know me, know that I like to do the intermittent fasting (IF) or very low calories on my non-workout days. I figure this is a good day for me to skip eating, (since my calorie needs are much less). This causes my body to pull the calories it needs from stored fat. I've gotten to where I enjoy this way of keeping my bodyweight under control and once I get past the sugar low (around 12:00 pm for me), it's really not that bad.

 

We often think we have to have sugar when our energy runs low, but we need to do is wait a little longer to let the circulating insulin drop, then our body will  start releasing its stored energy. And you can definitely trust the fact that your body knows how to access calories from its own snack machine (stored fat) when it isn't getting calories from our digestive tract!  

 

How food ages us:

food is something we need to sustain life, but it also has a direct impact on aging and when we have a constant over consumption of food, we simply age our body faster. Our digestive processes produce free radicals and free radicals produce oxidation. Oxidation is a root cause of pre-mature aging and chronic disease, and this excess oxidation is sorta like the smoke that doesn't get expelled from a factory that is processing more then it should. In much the same way, when we constantly eat more then our body needs to be processing, we'll simply age faster.  

 

One of the best things we can do for weight loss, (or avoiding weight gain) is to watch our sugar and starch intake when we are going to be fairly inactive. When we have this excess sugar in our blood, insulin will be produced to remove the excess. The insulin does not burn the excess sugar, "it stores it." And until the insulin has done its job and leaves the blood, our fat burning mechanisms get turned off! This doesn't apply so much to eating sugars prior to really being active, or right after a lot of activity, (these are the times your body will suck it up for energy). So to keep your body in fat burn mode, lowering your intake of sugars and starches during low output time periods and increasing it when there is high energy output.

 

The fat burning fire is lot like a bonfire, "the right amount of fuel will keep it blazing, but if you dump too much on it, the flame will be smothered and it will take it a while to fire back up!"  

 


  

The 1 Cancer Doctor Who Got Caught

 

 Many of us probably heard about the popular oncologist (cancer doctor) in Michigan and the $35 million dollar chemotherapy fraud. 

His charges: “deliberate misdiagnosis of patients as having cancer,” giving “unnecessary chemotherapy,” even to end of life patients who will not benefit.

 

“Chemotherapy is a carcinogen and CARCINOGENS CAUSE CANCER!” According to the charges, his doctor was deliberately poisoning people and very likely will be “THE root cause for many of his patient’s cancer!” 

 

Our bodies fight cancer every single day on its own and to put our faith in a poison industry (oncologists) to control our cancers is about as risky as hiring a thief to guard our property. It has gotten more and more that going to a medical facility will yield a diagnosis for a condition “that will qualifying you for continuing care, whether it’s to be on pharmaceutical drug treatments or a continuing onslaught of doctor’s office visits and diagnostic procedures in their witch hunt to find something.      

 

The cancer industry has gotten huge and powerful and its need for more patients has grown in lockstep. If there ever is a cure (other then healthy lifestyle changes), the ones that built this industry would see their lucrative money machine implode. With all the pharmaceutical drug incentives for long term care, for us not to not think the temptation is there to over-diagnose, is like walking onto a car lot and asking the sales person if he or she thinks you need a car.

 

Cancer most times comes from stem cells that produce organ tissue. When carcinogens (toxins) are not gotten rid of properly it can mess up the blueprint for the next generation of cells, (whether it’s how they’re shaped or how they look). The stem cell is the mold for our new replacement cells.

Example: if a mold used to manufacture rubber tires got bent, it could effect the shape of the tire produced as well as the way the tire behaves and if we get lumpy, weak tires on our vehicle, it can effect how the vehicle operates and potentially cause the vehicle to get totaled. “The cancer industry has created an entire business model on trying to repair millions of tires instead of the mold that is producing the miss-shaped tires.”   

 

We need healthy stem cells to produce new cells for revitalization of our body parts, but when these cells get produced in an abnormal fashion it can eventually get in the way or how the organ functions. These cells can also drift away from their original organ and attach and grow somewhere else in the body. This is why cancers are named after the place they originated from. 

 

Environmental toxins and bad lifestyle habits are the leading causes of messing up our stem cell’s blueprint for how they’re supposed to produce new cells, (whether its brain cells, liver cells, pancreatic cells, kidney cells, bones cells, lung cells, skin cells etc).

 

When an organ or body part is already hurting and we elect to do a biopsy, surgery, radiation or chemotherapy poisoning of this body part or organ, we are using a top down approach that can be more hurtful and harmful then doing absolutely nothing except changes in lifestyle that address the root cause. 

 

Cancerous questions: 


Chemotherapy is carcinogenic and carcinogens cause cancer, so even if it shrinks the cancer, does it not increase the chance of us getting cancer somewhere else? 

Radiation messes up cell structure, but isn’t cancer caused by cells growing in a messed up fashion? 

Surgery is to remove the obvious lump of cancer but it doesn’t get rid of the stem cell that is producing the cancer, so isn’t this like cutting blight off of a plant leaf and acting like the plant is free of the blight? 

 

Dr. Farid Fata’s gave unnecessary treatments to 533 patients, how many of them were healthy people who simply gave into cancer industry fear mongering (that gets even the healthy to go in for cancer screenings)? There are a lot of incentives to prescribing pharmaceuticals and keeping diagnostic machines occupied, so how often is this happening in a country who has its population on more “legal drugs” then any country on this planet? Given the 5 year survival statistics, what percentage of cancer patients would’ve been much better off with their cancer left undiscovered?  

 

One of the first things a farmer does, if an area of his farm has problems is to do an analysis of the soil to check for deficiencies, (by doing this, he can restore this area back to health and bring it back up to par with the rest of his farm. Should I not check the soil around myself that might be feeding or shrinking the cancers that are attempting to develop. 


The soil is: air, water, food, exercise and activity, sunshine, rest and sleep, positive family, social and community connections as well as a strong faith in the Master Healer.    


We Weigh Too Much Because We...


Quite simply, the reason Americans on average weigh too much, is because we eat way too much! It’s no telling how many billions of tons of food calories  Americans have stored up in the form of body fat. A period of famine certainly wouldn’t kill nearly as many people in America as it would in some other countries and according to research (on caloric restriction), just might extend life. As responsible individuals and good stewards of the world we live in, “we really should become more need driven and a lot less pleasure driven with our fuel intake.” This would take a huge burden off our food and our healthcare systems. 


There are many reasons we excuse weight gain, whether it’s a slowing of metabolism, thyroid problems, or not having access to the right foods. For the most part however, our weight problems simply come from over consumption of easy to digest calories and too little activity to burn them off. 


When we constantly take in foods that are low in fiber (most processed snack foods, breads, pastas and other primarily starch foods) it keeps our glucose/ blood sugar levels and insulin in our blood too high and this shuts off our capability to burn body fat. 


When we have excess body fat and we have a low activity day ahead of us, it does not hurt us at all, to sometimes simply skip eating for 18-24 hours. Many people that know me, know that I like to do the intermittent fasting (IF) or very low calories on my non-workout days. I figure this is a good day for me to skip eating, (since my calorie needs are much less). This causes my body to pull the calories it needs from stored fat. I’ve gotten to where I enjoy this way of keeping my bodyweight under control and once I get past the sugar low (around 12:00 pm for me), it’s really not that bad.


We often think we have to have sugar when our energy runs low, but we need to do is wait a little longer to let the circulating insulin drop, then our body will  start releasing its stored energy. And you can definitely trust the fact that your body knows how to access calories from its own snack machine (stored fat) when it isn’t getting calories from our digestive tract!  

 

How food ages us: food is something we need to sustain life, but it also has a direct impact on aging and when we have a constant over consumption of food, we simply age our body faster. Our digestive processes produce free radicals and free radicals produce oxidation. Oxidation is a root cause of pre-mature aging and chronic disease, and this excess oxidation is sorta like the smoke that doesn't get expelled from a factory that is processing more then it should. In much the same way, when we constantly eat more then our body needs to be processing, we’ll simply age faster. 


One of the best things we can do for weight loss, (or avoiding weight gain) is to watch our sugar and starch intake when we are going to be fairly inactive. When we have this excess sugar in our blood, insulin will be produced to remove the excess. The insulin does not burn the excess sugar, “it stores it.” And until the insulin has done its job and leaves the blood, our fat burning mechanisms get turned off! This doesn’t apply so much to eating sugars prior to really being active, or right after a lot of activity, (these are the times your body will suck it up for energy). So to keep your body in fat burn mode, lowering your intake of sugars and starches during low output time periods and increasing it when there is high energy output.


The fat burning fire is lot like a bonfire, “the right amount of fuel will keep it blazing, but if you dump too much on it, the flame will be smothered and it will take it a while to fire back up!”  


Questions on Pills, Guns and False Flags

I’m not a brain specialist, psychologist, media or political analyst but I do have a few questions...

We’ve had a lot going on the past several weeks, so much brain clutter of emotions from a media magnification of the things we don’t have in common instead of a focus on the many things that we do. So who benefits from several 100 million people being riled up with angst among themselves, it doesn’t seem to be you and I...so who does?

Why at this particular time in history, (while our government is still claiming that terrorism and world unrest is abounding), is this same government constantly on a campaign to unarm its citizens, (every single time something happens) when an armed populace should be a well meaning government’s greatest ally and defender of the homeland? 

Is the recent movement by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to allow gay marriage, followed with the gay flag beamed on the White House and the sudden jumping through hoops of corporations to remove anything pertaining to the rebel flag, from TV shows, Nascar (and now Bubba Watson and the General Lee) a show of how much they care, or is it simply a demonstration of a central (Federal) government’s choking power hold over individual states rights to choose? Why is a flag being appropriate or not a question for today instead of 150 years ago? If it represents the wrongful era of slavery, should it not have been put in a museum after the Democrats lost their war for slavery 150 years ago?

Could all these events, simply be to get people’s attention off of the angst our leaders are creating abroad, and instead keep our focus on the differences we have among us, until we get the cold bucket of water slapped in our face of their real intent with our country?

Why do we not hear a little more about who raised Dylan Roof and who influenced the final molding of this hateful, person, who would set in a church with unarmed individuals whom he killed in return for their hospitality? Why is the total focus being put into tying this heinous act, to a flag and guns? Isn’t this ignorant to cast blame on external objects for something that was quite obviously happening internally in this young man’s brain by the hate that he demonstrated? After all “is the wrapper dangerous or is it the poison inside that can cause harm?”     

Why don’t we hear more about the prescription history of these deranged individuals (such as this one) that go in and shoot up unarmed and defenseless people? Why does the media not cover the fact of “what has changed in mental health” and the fact that most of these killers have two things in common, 1. doing their crime amongst people who are the least likely to be armed, 2. a history of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, (S.S.R.I.) pharmaceutical drug use?” 

Why is it that the United States is the largest prisoner of its own population, largely due to its war on drugs, but is the largest legal drug dealer and consumer in the world? Isn’t this like saying, “you gotta be my-kind-of-wrong to be right?” 

Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (S.S.R.I. drug) use has grown in popularity in anything from modifying children’s behavior (good behavior in a pill) to helping adults to “not care about depressing situations.” Is this a good idea or is this like a borderline diabetic that chooses to be on insulin instead of making lifestyle changes?

If something changes the way you or your child’s brain processes information, isn’t it like rewiring the brain? If a psychopath’s brain were put in your head, would you still be you, or would you be the psychopath? If the new brain changed the actions you took with your body, would it not be 100% due to the fact that you have a brain that processes things differently in your head? How much control do you have over your body’s actions when your brain suddenly perceives things in a different way? Likewise when a brain gets dependent on a chemical for processing external things in a positive manner, what happens when the person suddenly stops taking the drug, and they have a brain that goes bat-crazy?
Disclaimer:I believe there are times some of these drugs may be the best answer for chemical imbalances, but should this not be reserved for the most extreme cases instead of a broad base prescription model that puts industry profits ahead of a country’s mental health? 
  
False, fear and confusion flags are for the purpose of diverting attention from the real thing, and one thing our government, media and pharmaceutical industry seem to all have in common, is their constant diversion of attention away from the underlying “cause of the problems,” and their appreciation for a good false flag to further their own agenda.


"Ask yourself why and ask it again five more times, until all the artifice is stripped away and you have the intellectually honest answer" ~ Andy Grove

Tummy Flattening Effect of Fiber

One of the fastest ways to flatten our abdominal area is to eat a fiber rich diet, and I'm not referring to a cereal loaded diet, (most cereals spike blood sugar) but rather a diet that has lots of raw vegetables, beans, oatmeal, nuts and fruit in it.


"Insoluble fiber is like a slow moving bulldozer to the waste inside our colon." When we have a daily diet rich in fiber, it works a lot like a street sweeper that keeps the street and gutters clear of debris.


 It's not unusual (with the typical American diet) for individuals to carry 5-20 pounds of waste in their colon and this can cause the abdominal area to protrude.


Clearing the colon is much more important initially then fat loss, because of the dangers associated with a colon that is filled with old toxic waste. The best way to deal with potential colon cancer, is a change of diet, along with regular activity and exercise (to stimulate bowel movements), "not a series of diagnostics, surgeries and chemotherapy!"


Example of why food sticks in our gut: we have a tendency to eat fries and bread buns with our meat instead of broccoli and beans like we used to 50-60 years ago. Have you ever noticed that after thousands of years, foods that were considered a staple in a person's diet "suddenly becomes prime suspect in digestive tract issues?" This is about as ignorant as blaming a highway for a traveler's flat tires instead of the nails that were on it.


One of the first steps for weight loss should be to clear the colon, (this helps clear the path for getting rid of toxins associated with weight loss). To do this, a good colon cleanse really helps kick things off. After this initial cleanse, a fiber rich diet will not only help keep the colon clear of old waste, but will help prevent colon cancer as well. 

 

Cleansing phase: for 7 days switch to a diet almost completely made up of raw or lightly steamed vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans and oatmeal with some added fats, such as fish oil, coconut oil and olive oil. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and for flushing toxins out. This cleansing phase can get a little tough, so you really want to keep it strong in your mind what it is you are doing this for. Keep some raw local grown honey around to use for an energy booster. Drinking cold water, can help boost energy levels and boost metabolism. Adding in a fiber supplement or a good detox program can boost results.

 

Maintenance phase: should be a diet with plenty of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, and beans mixed in. These foods help move other foods in our diet along and help prevent build up. If you have gut health and bowel movement issues, I highly recommend using a fiber supplement and adding in enzymes. Try to eat foods that have 3-5 grams of fiber per serving, "this helps keep our blood sugar from spiking, helps lower cholesterol, and keeps us regular and our waistline trim!


"A diet rich in fiber helps prevent a buildup of waste in our waist!"   

 

   

Human Radiator

 

 Definition of radiator: an engine cooling device in a motor vehicle or aircraft consisting of a bank of thin tubes in which circulating fluid is cooled by the surrounding air.


Human radiator: when we get warm, our body increases the blood flow outwards toward the skin so we can push out the excess heat through sweat and gasses. We have over 50,000 miles of arteries, arterioles and capillaries, so this system is a powerful one at pushing excess heat out of our body!


Our thermostat: the hypothalamus helps us keep our temperature within a tight range whether we need to warm up or cool down due to our activities (both internal and external) and our surrounding environment. A lot of this is handled by it switching primary directions of blood flow.


Our brain gets 20% of our blood flow, so it can easily detect an increase or decrease in temperature (in the hypothalamus) and it has mechanisms it uses to change direction of blood flow (shunting) as well as a capability to increase or decrease urine concentration to keep our blood volume steady.


There are some ways we can help keep this cooling system from getting overloaded and help prevent heat stroke and heat related fatigue...


Opening the air ducts: one of the best ways to help our body get rid of heat is to "not wear clothes that hold the heat in," this is good in cold weather but not good if you're trying to help your body with its cooling efforts. Anything we can do to cool the skin helps, "especially areas that have a lot of blood flow."


Keeping our radiator full: if we do not stay hydrated our blood volume will shrink, making it harder for our body to push the heat out to the skin for release through sweat and gasses. If your heart rate starts increasing (even though your work output has not) chances are that your fluid levels are getting low.


Cold water: drinking cold water is a good way to help ease the workload on our body's cooling system. Just like a warm drink helps warm our body when it's cold, cold water helps cool the body down. And because of the physiological effects of cold water in the body, it should be a source of energy on a hot day!


Electrolytes: sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and chloride are very important electrolytes for maintaining fluid balance as well as many things that help our body function properly, and should be be gotten primarily through a balanced diet. However, using an occasional electrolyte supplement (such as a sports drink or electrolyte powder/tablet) for times that you sweat a lot, can be a good way to maintain a healthy fluid balance. I personally like the powder or tablet electrolytes over sport drinks, since most sports drinks have the unhealthy downside of additives that enhance taste but have little or nothing to do with electrolyte balance. 


Food: the type of food we eat can make a BIG difference in how we handle summer heat. Digestion takes a lot of blood and when we eat heavy, high fat/protein foods (that require more digestive energy), it makes us feel bad because of the body shunting blood flow away from the digestive tract to push excess heat out of our skin. These heavy foods will sit in our system like a block of wood until we cool off and blood can return to aid in digestion. "Fruits are a great food to eat when you're having to be out in the heat."

Example: watermelon is cooling, has high water content, is rich in potassium, has a considerable amount of calcium and magnesium, (add a little salt) and you have a pretty tasty source of electrolytes!


Our body has powerful capabilities of heating and cooling itself, but we can do some things that make its job much easier and when we do this, it can put the energy saved toward giving us more energy for doing the things we have to do! 

 

 

 

Pumping Up the Flab!


 Many of us brought the new year in with ambitious goals to shed body fat before summer and often renew that commitment when we start feeling hints of spring in the air. Well guess what, summer officially kicked off on Sunday!! 

 

Because the industry is so weight loss driven, we primarily think of ways to burn more body fat, but what about the empty void (the flab)? What about the remaining fat that has very little muscle under it? Why is it that even some thin people can appear saggy and flabby? Have you ever noticed how some people look really good at a heavier weight? We hear the term pleasantly plump, but whether skinny or fat, we never hear the expression, "pleasantly flabby!"  

 

There are 3 things that give our body its shape: bones, muscle and fat.

 

Fat with muscle pumped up under it actually can give a person a very healthy look and is one of the best short cuts for getting shaped up quickly! There are approximately 3500 calories in a pound of fat so it takes quite a bit of daily calorie deficits to make a noticeable difference, but it doesn't take long at all to tone and pump untoned muscle back into its prior conditioning.

 

Muscle shrinks or gains size according to how it gets used and it regains its prior conditioning very rapidly and most adults (that have gotten flabby) have quite a bit of mature muscle that is simply waiting on the signal to regain its size. Whether it's under body fat or under skin that seems saggy and loose, this added muscle can rapidly change your shape!

 

How to do it: do exercises for all parts of the body, but then specifically target the body parts that bother you the most, "with exercises that build muscle in these areas." You can get a series of exercises for these areas by going online and ask for the best exercises for this area, such as "best exercises for shoulders," "best exercises for legs," best exercises for the core," etc.

 

Muscle pumping tips... 

 

Shoulders: most overhead shoulder presses with dumbbells or bar.

 

Back: most rowing exercises, lat pulldowns and chin-ups.

 

Chest: most pressing movements, such as bench presses and pushups.

 

Back of the arms (triceps): this part of our arms gets flabby because we don't use our pushing muscles as much as our pulling muscles. You can do pushups against a table or other raised surface if you can't do regular pushups. It really targets triceps if you put your hands close together. 

 

Legs: squats, lunges and deadlifts. 

 

Buttocks: if you're trying to tone the buttocks, (do the leg exercises listed above), but push with your heels, "this transfers the resistance away from your knees and quadriceps and puts the added resistance in your hamstrings and buttocks."

Example: if you're doing squats at home you can hold onto something and lean backwards until most of your weight is on your heels, (slightly pick up the front of your feet) then drop down into as low a squat as you can, only using the object you're holding on to, for support. You can also put a mat or book under your heel when doing free standing squats. If you're doing smith machine squats, "position feet further out in front of you." If you're using a leg press, put your feet higher on the platform and push with your heels.

 

Tip: remember you're trying to pump tone into your sagging body part, so you do not want to rest long between sets as this causes you to lose the toning and pumping effect. Go as heavy as you can for about 12 reps and only rest for 30-60 seconds between sets. If you are using your body weight for your exercises such as squats, lunges and pushups, "increasing the speed, increases the resistance."

 

Flabbiness and a loss of shape, mostly comes from a lack of muscle. 

 

 Adding more muscle not only gives us a better shape, strengthens our bones, and protects our joints, it also makes our activities of daily living become easier! 

 

 

Sun Fitness

 

 We're going into the summer months and hopefully we'll get our sun quota and a nice reserve of vitamin D built up (in our fat cells) before going into the fall season and flu season! 

 

The sun's ultraviolet light interacts with cholesterol in our skin to make vitamin D and since vitamin D is fat soluble, and can be stored in fat and our liver, this extra vitamin D that we build up during the summer, should help us through the hibernation months of winter. Though it is called a vitamin, vitamin D is actually a hormone and a body's shortage of this hormone has been linked to most chronic diseases we have today, and most of us know that hormonal imbalances can get a lot of things off track!

 

Our body was designed to interact in a positive way with the sun and with regular exposure, this can be one of nature's greatest gifts to our health! And with all the benefits it gives us, if our children got more of it, "they probably would have immune systems more prepared to overcome the exposures when they start back to school."

 

We are advised now to use sunscreens for any part of our body not covered with clothes, anytime we're exposed to the sun, whether it's between the house and the car, our drive to work, or even if we have a window in our office. Can you imagine how much sunblock could get used throughout the world, if everyone in it starts using sun block lotions?        

 

EVERYTHING on this planet would die without the sun, and when organizations like these advocate toxic sunscreens (for any exposure someone may possibly have to it), we should place no value in them or their advocacy of the companies they fail to tell us that they actually represent. They are no different then lobbyists sent from the corporate dairy industry (cloaked as our U.S.D.A.)  to convince lawmakers that raw milk is dangerous for our health. Either one has been around for thousands of years longer then these industry fear mongers or lawmakers and (if the world doesn't end) my guess is, the health benefits of either will still be undeniable long after they're gone.

 

These advocacy groups do not bother telling us (during their skin care and sunblock promo speeches) that Octyl Methoxycinnamate has been shown to be toxic, but still is in 90% of the sunscreens and has been shown to be particularly toxic when exposed to sunshine.

 

Most of us already know, that too much of a good thing can be bad, and the sun is no different. A sun burn causes inflammation and chronic inflammation can lead to cancer of the skin. When we suddenly expose skin (that isn't used to being in the sun) to several hours exposure, we are asking for problems. 

 

Sun exposure is really no different then exercise, (even though it's healthy) too much exercise can lead to inflammation of the joints and continued inflammation can lead to chronic diseased joint conditions. Chronic inflammation of our skin can lead to skin cancer.

 

Disclaimer:

if I was in a situation where I was suddenly out in the sun for hours, and my skin was not conditioned for it and I had no good way of covering up, I would probably use whatever sunblock happens to be available, but I would only be doing it for protection from sunburn and not protection from the sun. The sun is good, sunburns are bad and the sooner we can figure that out, the better off we'll be! 

 

Foods good for skin color:

vitamin A rich foods are really good for healthy skin color, "orange foods such as cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, orange and yellow peppers and apricots." 

 

Foods good for skin protection:

colorful compounds (carotenoids) from fruits and vegetables get deposited in the skin and protect us against sunburn and aging (oxidation) of the skin. These pigments and colors in plant life use the sun to build food, and have their purpose in giving our skin good synergy with the sun as well."

 

Sunburn remedies:

soak a clean cloth in apple cider vinegar and lay it over the affected area, it will instantly soothe your skin and help the burn heal faster. You can also get in a tub of water, getting it as hot as you can, until you break a sweat, "this will help release the heat that is trapped under your skin and help your skin break its fever."  

 

Regular skin exposure to the sun, is like regular activity to muscle, "it's healthy for it."

 

The sun is the most powerful source of energy and life made available to this planet, and whether for health or energy, "we would do well to tap into this unlimited source of power!"

 

God does not make mistakes in the synergy He created between our health and nature...