Osteoporosis – It’s NOT a Bone Disease, Part 2
June 1st, 2015

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed how humans are naturally built with bones that rival even the strongest man made materials like steel and concrete. Yet today, over 45 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis – and its getting worse. Today, we’re going to look beyond the bones themselves to find out the cause of these brittle bones. Read the rest of this entry »

Osteoporosis – It’s NOT a Bone Disease, Part 1
February 5th, 2015

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Bone is one of the strongest materials found in nature. Ounce for ounce, bone is stronger than steel, since a bar of steel of comparable size would weigh four or five times as much. One cubic inch of bone can in principle bear a load of 19,000 lbs. or more — roughly the weight of five standard pickup trucks — making it about four times as strong as concrete.

With a substance so strong making up our skeleton, one would think that we would be unbreakable. Well, we used to be pretty close. Or at least a lot less fragile. Modern humans have a relatively lightly built skeleton compared with those of chimpanzees (the closest living relatives to humans) as well with those of extinct human lineages. It appears that our skeleton is only half as dense as those of our early ancestors.

So what happened? How did our bones become weak? We’ll discuss this and more in Part 1 of our two part series on Osteoporosis. 

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The Overachieving Organ You Just Gotta Love
January 8th, 2015

As far as I’m concerned, this amazing organ has more than earned its name, which derives from an Old English word for “life.”

Beneath your rib cage, lies your liver, the largest of your internal organs and one of the most vital.

Your liver is responsible for an astonishing variety of life-sustaining and health-promoting tasks.

It is quite a multi-tasker, performing over 500 functions.

Integral to countless metabolic processes, the liver supports the digestive system, controls blood sugar and regulates fat storage. It stores and mobilizes energy, and produces more proteins than any other organ in the body. The liver also stocks essential vitamins a nutrients, just like your local vitamin shop!

Our livers look out for our safely well being by helping our immune system fight infections, remove bacteria and toxins from the blood.

Think of your liver like your own personal filtering system: Suck in the bad and spit out the good.

A well-functioning liver works as our bodies’ fat-burning organ. It converts nutrients from the food we eat into essential blood components, storing vitamins and minerals and producing proteins and enzymes to maintain hormone balances in our bodies.

Whether you’re trying to drop unwanted pounds, clear up your skin, increase energy, improve your mood, or flush out unwelcome toxins, you need a healthy liver to make it happen.

There’s a lot your liver does for you on a daily basis, so show it some love.

In this week’s article learn what damages your liver, which toxins to avoid, and what you can do to keep this overachieving organ in optimal shape.

Do You Suffer From RSF – Resolution Failure Syndrome
January 1st, 2015

It’s that time of the year when the frantic speed of the holiday season begins to wind down and we anxiously anticipate the beginning of a fresh new year. You may already have a few promises to yourself rolling around in your head.

While New Year’s resolutions are no doubt made with the best intentions, most people go about creating them in a way that inevitably leads to failure and disappointment.

According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, the a vast majority of resolutions are health-related, and a whopping 92% of those New Year’s Resolutions are never achieved. The withering, dwindling, and disappearance of New Year’s Resolutions is so common, you might say its “epidemic.”

If you are among the many who suffer from “Resolution Failure Syndrome,” help is available.

Failure to stick with your resolution often has little to do with your will power or strength and has a lot more to do with the resolution itself and the process that went into creating it.

During the last week of the year many years ago, Mark Twain observed: “Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”

In this week’s article, I explain how to create resolutions that you can stick to, making 2015 the year you finally take control of your health.

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy New Year!

Faaantastic!

P.S. If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to take control of your health by working with one of our FDN Coaches through the Self Care Program, then that time is now! Through the end of January we are offering a $300 discount off our full Self Care Program to help you reach your health goals in 2015. Schedule your free consult here.

Recover from the Holidays
December 29th, 2014

The holiday season is a time of giving.

But giving what?

Presents?

Dinner parties?

Holiday cards?

Good cheer?

But shouldn’t this time of year actually remind us that the most treasured holiday memories are created when give and receive more than gifts? The real magic of the season happens when we give each other ourselves: our time, our attention, and our love.

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

These days, multi-tasking is our regular modus operandi as we juggle our obligations of work, family, friends, and community. When the holidays roll around, the added obligations are simply (or not so simply) piled into the mix. In a mindless frenzy, we rush to find the perfect gifts for everyone we know, plan and cook elegant holiday meals, deck the halls, and trim the tree – all while staying on top of our regular responsibilities.

We find ourselves dashing from event to event, constantly distracted by the checklist in our head and what still needs to get done, and we can tend to miss out on the true enjoyment of the season. What good are all those presents if you don’t have presence?

More often than not, this approach to the holidays leaves us unfulfilled and drained – physically, mentally, and financially.

It doesn’t have to be that way!

In the spirit of the season for this week’s article, I’ve put together an FDN® Holiday Survival Guide packed with simple strategies to put the “happy” back into your holidays and the “healthy” into your New Year.

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season!

Debunking Diabetes
December 19th, 2014

The diagnosis of diabetes can be devastating.  Type 2 Diabetes is a serious epidemic that afflicts more than 29 million people in the United States today.  It is the 7th most common cause of death.  Science has come a long way in helping us to understand the cause, treatment, and prevention of the disease, yet there is still a staggering amount of misleading, outdated, and incorrect information in circulation.

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Who took the “heal” out of health?
November 20th, 2014

When faced with disease, the first question on your mind tends to be “Is there a cure?”

If the answer is “yes,” we rejoice, but if no cure is known, devastation sets in.

Rather than losing hope, we can take comfort in the fact that we can still be healed.

Yes, I said that even those with incurable diseases can be healed.

You may have heard me say that I do not diagnose or treat any specific disease, but I seek out healing opportunities to aid the body in returning to its natural healthy state.

Healing is what I do.

You see, “healing” and “curing,” although commonly used interchangeably, could not be more different in their meanings.

Curing is the removal of symptoms and the remedy of disease to return health to a pre-disease state. Healing is a restoration of wholeness, not just to the pre-diagnosis level, but to a level that is new and comparatively better than before the onset of disease.

Healing is not the removal or cessation of symptoms, but rather an integrative process that transcends the physical and includes mental, emotional, and spiritual vitality and wellness.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

The reality is that health-care is about healing, while sick-care is about curing.

While it’s certainly exciting that medicine, medical research, and technology can effectively rid the body of many of the illnesses that only 20 or 30 years ago would have resulted in death, they still can’t effectively teach us how to regain our health and heal ourselves from chronic illness.

The problem is that chronic disease is responsible for 7 out of 10 deaths in North America. Negative thought patterns, toxic relationships, poor diets, sedentary lifestyles, and poor stress management contribute to dysfunction that cannot be cured, but needs to be healed.

No matter what condition, disease, or symptom you are experiencing, whether or not a cure is available, a commitment to the healing process will move you in the direction of health.

In this article we looked at where the medical model went wrong, why healing and health were left behind, and how you can ensure a that you and your family have a true system of “heal”thcare. Read on here.

What the heck are you eating?
November 13th, 2014

90% of the average American’s grocery bill is spent on processed foods. This includes food items purchased at the store that come in boxes, bags and cans, flavored beverages, frozen meals, and fast foods.

You probably have some of these items in your pantry.

Your children are likely being fed them at school.

Do you have any idea what the heck you are eating?

Most people think that they do, but in reality, they don’t have a clue.

Take, for example, a simple can of chicken noodle soup. The kind mom used to fix when you starting coming down with a cold. One would expect this to be a good healthy food. Unfortunately, that can of “wholesome” soup has a lot more in it than just chicken and noodles.

Have you ever taken the time to look at the ingredients in Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup?

Humorously, right under the marathon list of ingredients, they have the temerity to tell us that the soup is “made from only honest ingredients.” As if we should just ignore the ridiculous list of health-stealing toxins that we just read.

Here is the actual ingredients list in Campbell’s chicken noodle soup. Sit down, get comfortable, and prepare yourself for a rather lengthy listing.

Chicken stock, enriched egg noodles (wheat flour, eggs, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), chicken meat, water, salt, chicken fat, monosodium glutamate, cornstarch, mechanically separated chicken, modified food starch, yeast extract, flavoring, sodium phosphate, soy protein isolate, beta carotene, and chicken dehydrated.

Some of those ingredients can be quite harmful to your health. Do you know which ones?

This week I will teach you how to identify the metabolically devastating, brain-cell-killing, addiction forming, and otherwise dangerous toxins hidden in some of your favorite foods.

Many of these harmful ingredients (including several appearing on the ingredients list above) are actually banned around the globe, but somehow still legal here in the US and Canada.

Could this be one of the reasons why North America is home to the fastest growing population of people with chronic disease?

This article is a must read for anyone who eats food and cares about their health and the health of their family.

What Your Doctor Might Not Tell You About Your Thyroid Disorder
July 10th, 2014

 

Weight gain, cold hands and feet, low energy and fatigue, dry skin, brain fog, poor memory, depression, hair loss, and digestive issues are all classic symptoms of low thyroid output.  How can it be that so many people with these very symptoms show no clinical signs of a thyroid disorder?  Their lab results fall into normal reference ranges, and no visible tumors or abnormalities are present on their thyroid gland.  Some might receive medications to address their specific symptoms such as antidepressants or other medications, while others may simply be sent on their way with an the assurance that “everything looks fine,” or worse, the diagnosis that they are “simply getting older.”  Read the rest of this entry »

Keep Diabetes at Bay by Eating This Popular Food
March 20th, 2014

 

If you haven’t jumped on the yogurt bandwagon yet, this latest news could be enough to convince you.

A new study from Britain has found that those who eat cultured dairy products have an almost 25% lower risk of developing diabetes. Cultured, or fermented foods, are high in probiotics — also known as “good bacteria.”

Those who eat the most common kind of fermented dairy, which is yogurt, there’s a 28 percent lower chance of getting the disease.

The researchers compared the eating habits of type 2 diabetics and healthy people from the same area in England.

They stopped short of saying yogurt helps ward off diabetes. But when almost a third of yogurt eaters didn’t get the disease, well, you can come to your own conclusion!

Since yogurt contains a lot of calcium, magnesium, and vitamins D and K, it’s a huge boost to your immune system, which could explain the lower diabetes risk.

So how much do you need to eat to get these benefits? The researchers said that those who ate four to five cups a week seemed to be receiving the most protection.

But here’s where you need to be on the lookout. As yogurt has become more and more popular, the number of brands and varieties on the market has gone through the roof.

Before you buy any particular type, it’s important to check the label for live or active cultures. If it simply says “made with” active cultures, that’s not enough. To help keep you healthy, all that ‘good’ bacteria needs to still be alive when it enters your gut! Look for brands that have been cultured after pasteurization.

Be certain to avoid any yogurt made with artificial sweeteners, like aspartame. It might make you think it’s even better for controlling blood sugar. But that is a whole other blog posting.  For now it’s just eat your fermented foods!

Sources?“Eating yogurt may cut diabetes risk, new research shows” Melanie Haiken, February 6, 2014, Forbes, forbes.com