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If you’ve made the decision that it’s time to get healthy and lose weight, congratulations! That’s the first big hurdle. The next is finding a program that is right for you.

I was lucky in the my journey to lose 50 lbs in the spring of 2006. I hope what I’ve learned since then may help you choose the right partner for you.

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Is your doctor consistent with the findings of this survey?

First of all I’m not against doctors. I use two doctors to help me obtain my maximum health. What I have found to be true when I’m helping one of my customers make nutrition and other lifestyle changes and I recommend that their doctor monitor their progress, is how often the doctor is “always down on what they are not up on” and effectively never consider the three simple keys to better health. Doctors love to treat the symptoms and seem to many times overlook the cause.

According to Joel Fuhrman, M.D. in his book, Eat to Live,

“Drs. Randall S. Stafford and David Blumenthal, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, reviewed the records of more than 30,000 office visits to 1,521 U. S. physicians of various specialties and found that doctors measured patients’ blood pressure during 50 percent of the visits. However, doctors tested their patients’  cholesterol level only 4.6 percent of the time. Physicians offered patients advise on how to lose weight in 5.8 percent of the visits, and suggestions on how smokers could quit 3 percent of the time. On average, doctors gave patients advice on dietary and other changes that can help lower cholesterol on 4.3 percent of the visits, and advice on exercise in 11.5 percent of the visits. when records were reviewed in those who had cardiovascular disease, the typical (almost worthless) dietary counseling and exercise was usually never even mentioned.(1)”

Your body is complex but health can be really simple. Your body just needs three things to achieve maximum health;

  1. Consume the 90 key nutrients (60 minerals and 30 vitamins, amino and fatty acids) DAILY,
  2. Live an ACTIVE lifestyle, and
  3. Get proper REST.

The next time you visit your doctor and he/she wants to prescribe a drug to treat a SYMPTOM, please ask them how nutrition, exercise and rest may work better overtime to get rid of the CAUSE and permanently overcome the illness.

(1) Stafford, R. S. and D. Blumenthal, 1998. Specialty difference in cardiovascular disease prevention practices. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 32 (5): 1238-43.

Herbs; Healing the Natural Way

According to Dr. Stan Gardner, MD (http://www.stangardnermd.com/):

We use herbs in our food–imagine how bland our food would be without ginger, chives, garlic. For centuries, herbs were used to alleviate pain and help the body recover from many ailments. It wasn’t until the middle of the 20th century that herbs were tossed aside and pharmaceuticals took their place. Laboratory chemistry could identify the active ingredient, a slight chemical change could be instituted so that it could be patented and sold without competition.

One-third of the pharmaceuticals of today have their origin in herbal medicine. Now, it seems easier to pick up a pill rather than use an herb, even if it more dangerous and less effective.

There are different qualities and forms of the herbs, so those who are returning back to basics, back to herbs, need to be aware. Herbs grown and packaged in some places may have toxic metals that have entered into the herb in the processing time.

The Doctors Book of Food Remedies
Selene Yeager and the Editors of Prevention Health Books

Dr. Gardner’s comments: Pharmaceuticals kill more than 100,000 people a year in the US alone, making it the 4th leading cause of death. It is time to take personal responsibility for our own health. Vitamins and herbs and good food and right thoughts will go a long way toward personal ownership of our body.

Nutritional supplements; Up or down!

According to Wikipedia, “A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantity in a person’s diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while in others they are defined as drugs or natural health products. [emphasis added]”

There needs to be a slight modification to Wikipedia’s definition. The phrase, “may be missing” needs to be changed to “are missing.” Because these needed vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids are missing in proper quantities from our nutritionally depleted foods a person “can’t” consume enough food in sufficient quantity to obtain them.

Thus you have the supplement industry trying to fix the problem created by the chemical industry.

Have you ever taken some form of supplement? Perhaps you remember your mother telling you to take your daily vitamin. Or maybe you went to a health professional who recommended a specific supplement like vitamin C or E.

Did you blindly just pick whatever was on the shelf without reading the label? Don’t lie, we’ve all done it.

Did you know that many supplement brands have little or no due diligence on their products? The LA Times in 2002 ran an article on their test of 24 off-the-shelf supplements. They had them tested at a lab and determine that only 2 had what they claimed were in them. In fact, one of the vendors was selling the Acai Berry and it was not in the supplement at all.

Not all supplements are created equal. Many of their ingredients are inorganic as opposed to organic. Why is this important? Inorganic,  including lab created synthetic ingredients, are not water soluble and will not break down in the body to be absorbed and used. Only organic ingredients are water soluble. It has been reported by many that a vitamin pill they took passed right through them and ended up in their stool. This is a sign of inorganic insoluble ingredients. It’s a big waste of money as well.

According to ConsumerLab.com, who randomly tests some dietary supplements and makes the results available to subscribers, has reported that 25% of the supplements it tests have problems, and for multivitamins about half had problems. In fact on their web site today is a link stating, “Lead and/or Cadmium Contamination Found in 25% of “Greens” Powders Selected for Testing.” That’s scary but it is a reality.

So what is the answer?

Good question.

Because our food supply is nutritionally bankrupt a person is forced to either ingest the 90 needed daily nutrients or go without. It is my opinion and that of many others that our national health crisis is in part caused because our food supply is so bankrupt. You may have heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” I totally believe this is true.

Where does a person receive the needed nutrients if they can’t get them from food or doesn’t trust supplement companies?

First let me say there are foods that are not bankrupt. There are farmers and vendors that produce organic nutritionally dense food. Also, many are turning to growing their own fruits and vegetables.

Second, if you can’t get your nutrients from food, which is the best place to receive them from, you’ll have to get them from supplement vendors. Be careful and ask lots of questions because there are bad vendors and good vendors.

Education is the key. I’m just alerting you to what’s out there. Good eating!

Michael Lantz
Isagenix® Nutritional Consultant
Exercise and fitness geek
Six time finisher of the Ironman® Triathlon, the World’s toughest endurance event

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Why is Our Food Nutritionally Depleted?

Healthy top soils are living environments that perform a vital function.  It’s in this environment that minerals from the soils are converted from a rock form into an organic form to be uplifted into the plant. Thus, the best way to obtain the vital 60 minerals we need on a daily basis is through fruits and vegetables because they are in a pure organic state.

Elaine R. Ingham, Oregon State University said, “An incredible diversity of organisms make up the soil food web. They range in size from the tiniest one-celled bacteria, algae, fungi, and protozoa, to the more complex nematodes and micro-arthropods, to the visible earthworms, insects, small vertebrates, and plants. As these organisms eat, grow, and move through the soil, they make it possible to have clean water, clean air, healthy plants, and moderated water flow. [emphasis added]”

What would happen if the equilibrium of this ecosystem was disturbed? [Who on earth would want to disturb what our Creator already made perfect?]

According to Ms. Ingham, “Growing and reproducing are the primary activities of all living organisms. As individual plants and soil organisms work to survive, they depend on interactions with each other. By-products from growing roots and plant residue feed soil organisms. In turn, soil organisms support plant health as they decompose organic matter, cycle nutrients, enhance soil structure, and control the populations of soil organisms including crop pests. [emphasis added]”

If the ecosystem was disturbed many of those “interactions” would fail.

There are many different soil organisms. Some are vital to the production of the transference of soil nutrients to organic plant nutrients. One of the organisms that make up a healthy ecosystem is called root-feeders. They consist of nematodes, macro arthropods (e.g., cutworm, weevil larvae and symphylans). Without these the result would be a potentially significant crop yield loss. Another organism is fungal-feeders; nematodes and micro arthropods whose function is to graze. This helps release plant available nitrogen and other nutrients when feeding on bacteria, control many root-feeding or disease-causing pests and stimulate and control the activity of bacterial populations. All in all there are 10 main categories of organisms all working together under the direction of our Creator to deliver to us the 60 minerals we need on a daily basis.

How might the interactions be frustrated?

Simple answer; man thinks he knows better than our Creator.

In the 1950s, after the war, the demand for more food increased, primarily from the fast food industry. Our society was becoming industrialized and more women took to the work force which reduced the amount of time available to prepare and eat a “sit down” meal. This increased demand pressured the farmer to increase “yield” on their crops. They turned to science for help.

The science produced pesticides, herbicides and larvaecides; toxic chemicals, to be sprayed on the plants to control “pests”.  The suffix “cide” means “death.”

Were yields increased? Yes, but only the green leaf part of the plant. The vital yield of mineral nutrients substantially decreased. But the food vendors didn’t care about yield on mineral contents because their customers, you and me, wanted more for less. What we got was less for more; less vital nutrients and more disease and medical costs with poor health.

These chemicals killed the topsoil’s ecosystem and wrecked havoc with the delicate balance of the ten categories of organisms to work “interactively” together to produce a fruit or vegetable with all of the needed 60 minerals.

Proof.

There is much evidence to support this discovery. Jim Rhodes, a noted nutritionist, working with Loma Linda University and the University of Mississippi conducted studies on the effect of spraying all these “cides” on our crops. Their findings were presented to the Harvard Medical School. Their study concluded that most of our country’s topsoil was dead, i.e., the delicate interaction was destroyed  when these “cides” leached their way into the topsoil.  Plants today do not contain anything close to the mineral capacity of pre-crop dusting days in the 1950s.

Why do you think America is in a health crisis?

Next blog I’ll discuss how America today tries to receive these vital nutrients through supplements.

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