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Are You Built to Last?

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

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?

Research has found that bone density remained relatively constant over the course of human evolution, but sharply declined in the modern era. The drop in bone density correlates with shift from hunting and foraging to agriculture and industrialization

It would appear that our modern lifestyles, food, and environment has taken a toll on our bones. Osteoporosis is a serious concern for our aging population. The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates significant bone loss is a public health threat for 55 percent of people 50 years old and up in the United States.

The good news is that problems with bone health can be prevented and even reversed through simple tools at your fingertips. No need to travel back in time to the Paleolithic era, or leave your modern lifestyle to become a hunter-gatherer.

In this week’s article we will pull the skeleton out of the closet and take a good hard look at it. Learn all about your bones – their function in the body, what causes conditions like Osteoporosis, why traditional treatments fail, and how to keep your frame strong for many years to come.

The Overachieving Organ You Just Gotta Love

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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

Monday, 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!

Sweet Ways to Outsmart Diabetes

Friday, December 19th, 2014

December is right in the swing of the holiday season, a time of sharing love, special gifts, and the joy of family and friends. A time for sweet celebration.

The best gift of the season is learning to outsmart the risk factors, what diabetes is, and what you can do to “diabetes-proof” yourself and your loved ones. There is a lot of information out there. And unfortunately, a lot of it is mythical and misleading. (If the standard diabetes treatments worked, wouldn’t the statistic be dropping?)

Getting access to real, solid, scientific information that gets to the root of the disease is vital to defeating diabetes.

The numbers are staggering. Epidemic. More than 100 million Americans have type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. That’s one in three Americans. That could be you, your husband, your neighbor, or your child.

Diabetes is the 7th largest cause of death in the US. It is a serious and dangerous disease.

The bittersweet truth is that the disease is preventable and reversible—if you know how to outsmart it.

That’s exactly what I’m going to help you learn in this article.

In this week’s we look at what diabetes is, how to prevent the disease, what your doctor may not know, and natural ways to reverse the illness. I’m putting the power in your hands. Simply by adopting the healthy lifestyle behavior outlined here, you can outsmart diabetes for good.
This means more holiday celebrations! And that is pretty sweet!

Who took the “heal” out of health?

Thursday, 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.

Manuka Honey Could Help Fight Superbugs

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

 

Forget about a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down. Grab that manuka honey!!

It might be even better medicine than the stuff it’s masking the taste of.

A new study has found honey to be a powerful disease fighter that’s especially effective against today’s “superbugs.” That’s because it makes them less resistant to antibiotics, said the lead researcher.

The research team found (so called medical grade) manuka honey’s antioxidants to be effective against several types of bacteria, including E. coli. Other studies, she said, have also shown honey fights bacteria, viral and fungal infections.

Besides drying out bacteria, she noted that honey keeps drug-resistant forms of them from developing in the first place.  Additionally, it helps antibiotics work better.

So in times you’re feeling a bit under the weather, maybe you should head to the pantry instead of the pharmacy.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-13047332

Use of This Everyday Appliance Can Be a Health Hazard Worth Thinking About

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

 

Surely some of you will be excited.  There seems to be a hidden hazard to cooking after all!

It turns out that a gas stove can cause levels of carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and formaldehyde that exceed public health guidelines.

All three of those toxins are found in secondhand smoke. So even though most smokers have been told to go outside and puff away, we’re still breathing in some of the same toxic fumes just by cooking dinner!

Researchers also found that an electric stove doesn’t totally solve the problem. It seems you can create other toxic substances — also found in cigarette smoke — by cooking with shortening or soybean oil at high heat. This can create fumes that can inflame your airways.

Dampening your desire to cook tonight’s dinner?  Don’t fret.  There’s a simple fix that can clear the air.

By turning on the vent hood fan above the stove, you can reduce this indoor air pollution by 60 to 90 %. It can also help to use the back burners, rather than the front.

Opening a kitchen window can’t hurt, either.

But still, it does give another good excuse to order out!

 

Sources:

“6 unhealthy habits that are ‘as bad for you as smoking’ Rodale News, Emily Main, March 19, 2014, rodalenews.com

Ignoring the Low-fat/Skim Milk Advice

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

 

If your spouse and your friend’s are double-teaming you to cut fat out of your diet, don’t fall for it.  You might also want to be careful for the good old milk trick!

You probably know it by heart… “Milk: It does a body good.”  Surely, nothing could be further from the truth.

And if you drink reduced-fat milk every day, your waist will expand while your blood sugar takes a whipping.

When you’re looking for mainstream support, it doesn’t get much heftier than Harvard.  Dr. David Ludwig is a Harvard professor with a specialty in childhood obesity. But don’t let the “childhood” part fool you. His message is just as important for adults. And it’s as simple as basic math…

The sugar content of reduced fat milk is way too high.  How high? Believe it or not, a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup contains less sugar than a cup of 2-percent milk.

And yet, the USDA says we should drink three cups per day!

Drinking that much milk — especially lowfat or skim milk — is as bad as drinking that much Mountain Dew.

Here’s why… The skimming process strips away fat and fat-soluble vitamins, which helps the body slow the absorption of sugar and absorb the calcium properly. So the nutrition is scant, but the sugar level stays high — and the sugar courses through your body much faster.

This really is not “new” news… The only news here is that a prominent mainstream specialist is willing to say it in a major journal.

Don’t be distracted by the mustaches and grinning celeberties. Drinking sugary low fat milk every day promotes obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Sources:?“Three Daily Servings of Reduced-Fat Milk: An Evidence-Based Recommendation?” JAMA Pediatrics, Published online ahead of print, 7/1/13, archpedi.jamanetwork.com

If You Are a Contact Lens Wearer, Not Reading These Instructions Could Send You to the ER

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

 

It makes me cringe thinking about it.  Imagine something as simple as cleaning your contact lenses sending you to the ER.

It does sound insane, but that’s exactly what happened to a great number of contact wearers who use Clear Care contact lens cleaner.

By not strictly following the instructions or mistaking the product for saline solution they suffered very painful burns to their eyes.

The potential hazard here (and in the generic) is hydrogen peroxide, a disinfectant you definitely want to keep out of your eyes.

The tricky part is that you need a special lens case to use it. That’s because the lens case must contain platinum, which is supposed to turn the peroxide into water after 6 hours.  Imagine that!

One pharmacist estimated it may have affected hundreds of thousands of users.

Even proper use of the product was reported to have caused an eye injury to one user. She explained to the FDA that she had received a second degree corneal burn and loss of vision in her left eye after soaking her lenses in the lens case for 10 hours.

The manufacturer, Ciba Vision (a Novartis company) said it has made some changes to the package design aimed at preventing misuse, such as a red lid.

But if you wear contacts, it’s probably better just to steer clear of Clear Care.

Sources:

“Contact lens wearers — beware when using Clear Care” Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph., January 7, 2014, philly.com

http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/06/06/12070189-eye-burns-linked-to-misuse-of-clear-care-contact-lens-cleaner