2014 and healthcare: A new and different public message

Get educated, take personal responsibility!  That is what the media, the government and doctors are telling you in 2014.  Dr. Tom Schneider is on the forefront of this message after the release of his book, The Physician’s Apology.  In his book, Dr. Schneider apologizes because the very word, Doctor comes from the Latin word of the same spelling, which means, ‘to teach’.  Unfortunately, when you go to the doctor with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or high blood sugars, the doctor will first offer you a medication and maybe second, suggest you lose weight or eat healthy to support your new diagnosis, but how?

So what is the definition of good health?  If you look up the definition of health you will find, free from illness, injury or pain; therefore, healthy simply means, not sick!  If doctors are not teaching us how to get healthy, if there is no definition of good health outside of ‘not-sick’, if no one teaches us the early red-flags and warning signs of impending disease, and if we have no idea that we may be near the tipping point of getting sick, then how can we take personal responsibility for our health? Read more »

What is a health coach and do I need one?

A health coach could be your personal trainer, your nutritionist, a registered dietician, your yoga teacher, or your massage therapist.  Amazingly, many laws limit what ‘certified health professionals’ can teach you.  They are not allowed to diagnose and prescribe because they would be practicing medicine without a license but at the same time, the doctors are not teaching us either, so we are stuck!

All we know is ‘eat more greens, drink more water, exercise, sleep more, and lose weight’ but the problem is the thousands of health coaches and health programs teaching us their method for getting healthy.  What this has done is to leave the consumer overwhelmed and confused.  Where there is confusion, there is no action, we just freeze. Read more »

What is the Best Preventative Health Site on the Web?

The Washington Times states that WebMD is the second most visited internet preventative health site on the planet.  WebMD has taken millions (some argue billions) from drug companies affectionately called Big Pharma and a $4.8 million government contract to educate doctors about the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act, colloquially dubbed “Obamacare”.   Unfortunately for you and me,  WebMD has been caught promoting dangerous drug solutions  to people who really don’t need such treatment.  We now know that WebMD is partnered with its sponsors at the expense of the safety and well-being of you and me.

If you go to WebMD, you will always see a banner at the top of the page about some health condition, whether it is diabetes, blood sugar issues, erectile dysfunction, or Rheumatoid arthritis.  Just try it, refresh the page over-and-over and see the new banners appear.  If you see a banner for ‘Blood Sugar-still too high, click here to learn more’ you will be taken to a page promoting the Levemir®, Flexpen®  Where is the information about how to eat?  Where is the education teaching you that muscle is BANK for your blood sugar and if you become sedentary as you age and therefore, lose muscle mass, blood- sugar levels will naturally raise because there is less BANK (muscles) for storing blood sugar? Read more »

Where do I find preventative health education?

You have decided that in 2014, you are going to tackle your health issues.  You may be overweight, have chronic fatigue, suffer from depression, or low energy; your children may be plagued with issues such as asthma, allergies, or ADHD, so where do you begin?  Most people begin with diet; moms learn how to pack a healthy lunch box, how to read labels, or start buying organic foods and all of that is great, but the problem is your boat is leaking and getting preventative health education piecemeal means a long road to real improvement.

When my children were ten and 7, I was dealing with asthma, allergies, ADHD, night terrors, OCD, school issues, and more.  Of course, I looked at diet and became one of those fanatics about what was going into my children’s mouth.  30,000 hours of research later, I have identified the root issues to health challenges and though diet is important, I am much more relaxed because I learned how to recognize early red-flags and warning signs of impending disease.  I learned how diet affects mood and health and that every person responds differently to the foods on their plate. Read more »

What is your Foundation of Health?

The definition of health is free from illness and injury.  Health simply means 'not sick'.  There is no gradation between super-healthy and near the tipping point of getting sick.  The Barrel Effect may describe the variations in health from super-healthy to kind-of healthy to near the tipping point of getting sick.  A bunch of people are in a plane flying from LA to NY; they all sit in the same contaminated, petri-dish of recycled, re-circulated, dirty air yet one gets off with airborne illness and the other does not.  Immediately you notice that the one who got sick was simply not as healthy as the one who did not, the one who got sick was near the tipping point.

The Barrel Effect

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How to improve bone density


How to improve bone density video:  (11 minutes)

Bone Density is a major issue for baby-boomers and is much more than taking calcium.  Bones are living tissue and can be considered mineral banks.  There are two stages of bone mineralization:  absorption and resorption.

Absorption is digesting and assimilating necessary nutrition.  Effectively absorbing calcium requires a healthy intestinal wall and isotonic calcium delivery.  Inflammation of the intestinal wall impedes the absorption of calcium and releases inflammatory chemicals into the body.

broken legResorption Marge Simpson has a broken leg and like the old black and white movies, is found in a hospital bed with her leg hanging; but research now shows that resorption or the deposit of mineral into the bone requires weight bearing exercise and reduced inflammation within the body.  So resorption is the cycling of minerals into and out of the bone.  As we age, withdrawals exceed deposits within the bones and are early red-flags and warning signs of not just osteoporosis but cardiovascular disease and increased mortality.

Bone Density PDF:Bone Density (clicking here will take you to a page which will require you to click again on bone density for the PDF)