Vitality for Life

Will you be among the people beyond age 60 with vibrancy and vitality that’s better than the majority of people half their age? Vitality for Life

We know that specific key actions can create a body that is fit, can prevent pre-mature aging, and can even create stability or, possibly, reverse aging—Vitality For Life

Today most people consider good health and healthy living as activities we consciously chose, or perhaps too much work, or confusing and hard to follow… If you’ve ever spent time looking for health information, especially online, then you’ve probably found conflicting advice and that no one seems to agree on anything.

Wouldn’t you like to know how to attain and keep the best health possible?

The Garden in Your Gut (and skin, and…)

All the bacteria living inside you would fill a half-gallon jug; over 100 trillion organisms: bacteria, viruses, and fungi, live on and within in our bodies with the number of bacteria vastly outnumbering other types of residents.

Since the 1970’s, researchers estimated we have 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells in our body. While new data shows it may be closer to 1:1, if we’re half bacteria, it is only natural to expect a major role for them in how our bodies work.

Surely there is some reason for this.

Managing migraines: natural remedies

Severe and painful (in fact the official migraine diagnostic criteria requires that they be severe) migraine-sufferers spend nearly $2500 out of pocket (after any insurance reimbursements) to manage migraine pain.

Those of us diagnosed with migraines never forget the first time we have one:

A bizarre “aura” phase is usually the first clue. Visual disturbances like double vision and other changes in perception, language changes in some people, hearing problems, reduced consciousness… for up to an hour.

And then the vice grip on the head tightens, the debilitating, crippling headache starts, ouch… and more ouch.

“The headaches I used to have are a thing of the past, giving me the opportunity to work and improve my health in other areas.” —BM

Making Sense of Food Allergies

I think I might be gluten sensitive. But I’ve been eating wheat bread and pastas all my life. Is this possible?” asks a recent client who needed to make sense of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

I don’t know why I suddenly need all these manipulations to keep my back from aching; it didn’t use to be that way. Am I just getting older?” asks another.

Strictly speaking, food allergies and allergic reactions are a person’s immune system overreacting to the proteins in certain food. The allergic person can feel like they are getting a cold, can get a rash or start sneezing, have teary eyes, vomit or get stomach cramps or diarrhea, of for that matter, sometimes they retain water and experience a little swelling—or a lot as in the life threatening anaphylactic response.

Eight kinds of food cause most food allergies:

milk allergy

Cow’s milk Wheat Soy
Eggs Peanuts Tree nuts
Shellfish Fish

But underneath these allergies is another problem—finding it is the key.

As we watch our child, or ourselves, feel horrible and not thrive. The mystery to how we feel is baffling at best.

The most common words are: “I’ve eaten that all my life.

Chronic pain, inflammation and health problems: The new approach

Consider this scenario: A bout with “food poisoning” that lead to swollen lymph nodes and then a diagnosis of strep throat. The antibiotics made the symptoms worse. Next referred to an internist for pain/inflammation, he declared the problem mental, not physical. The internist referred her to a psychiatrist who said she was mentally healthy who referred her back to an MD who—despite her nearly passing out in the waiting room with blood pressure of 70/50—said “everything’s normal, why do you keep coming back here?” Meanwhile, others became frustrated and labelled her “lazy and selfish” or “needing coddling.”

This is the famous author Laura Hillenbrand who documented and published the best-selling novel Seabiscuit: An American Legend—now a major motion picture. Hardly lazy; definitely in need of holistic health care.

Where did western medicine go wrong?

She didn’t fit the model:

Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy: Structure vs. Function

Holistic health focuses on function; Does the body work? 'Modern medicine' finds something wrong; and chases those symptoms.

Big Difference!

While structural integrity is essential to optimal function, a bigger question is: Does the curvature of my spine affect what I want to be able to do?

Your structure governs how your body moves (movement is a function) and how it sends messages (nerve signaling is a function) and that can affect other things.

But before we start blaming our short leg length or scoliosis or lack of hip flexibility for our symptoms, let’s understand what’s important.

The Power of Inner Freedom

The universe we live in has abundant, endless, creative possibilities. Whatever you desire, you can have.

With one little secret:

You also have to be free *not* to have it.

In other words, you can only have it to the degree that you’re also free not to have it.

If you want to be more thin, don’t focus on being heavy. If you want to be successful as a parent, don’t focus on any failures.

Why? Because we get what we resist.

Do we vote for freedom or a certain principal? Rarely. We usually vote against something we don’t want: We vote against taxes, against exorbitant health insurance costs, we’d vote against being too fat if we could.

Do you have team meetings at work? There’s always that person who brings up what they don’t want—or why something can’t work—or all the potential customers who didn’t… it’s really just one customer actually…

And we’re missing the point. We need to focus on what we want—on creating success. Why?

Powerful tools for osteoarthritis

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Osteoarthritis: the leading musculoskeletal cause of disability in the Western society. Years and a lifetime of ignored low-level chronic inflammation catch up to us as we age—our joints wear down, it becomes painful to do what we love…

Cartilage—a firm, flexible tissue that cushions bones at joints. Cartilage lets bones glide over one another while absorbing energy from the movement.

When cartilage breaks down and wears away, the bones rub together causing pain, swelling, and stiffness.

In pain, we are driven to seek help. Pain makes it impossible to have a high quality of life, play with our children or grandchildren, enjoy the things we used to do easily. And if only that pain can go away we can have the life we want back.

Inflammation: at the core of heart disease

Don’t settle for “the inevitable.”

Knowledge is Power – take charge of your heart health. Any and all of your unwanted symptoms reflect imbalances, injury, your body stuck on trying to heal.

heart disease - healthy heartThere are only two options:

  1. A lifetime of medications to correct high blood pressure, blood sugar imbalances, dysfunctional thyroid and/or adrenal glands… or…
  2. Well-designed, evidence-based guidance that corrects underlying imbalances, calms inflammation, and helps you make important, non-fad, lifestyle changes.

Redness, swelling, pain, fever… traditionally, we define inflammation as the main response the body invokes to deal with injuries or infection. The next stage, healing and repairing, does not start until the “clean-up crew” is done. This communication is a series of orchestrated signals, hormones and other chemicals released from platelets and white blood cells, by your liver and fat cells…

…that’s right: adipose—your fat organ—releases hormones.1

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Stably Lose Weight by Eating More: 7 Weight Loss Principles

Weight loss fiction #1: Don’t eat more calories than you burn.

Although cutting calories has been a weight-loss mantra for decades, along with “willpower” and “low fat,” NONE are right!

Why? Skipping meals, or reducing calories actually creates an “energy slump.” In order to conserve the few calories coming in, the body slows its metabolism—it burns fewer calories; you feel tired. Denied true food, your body goes into panic, cravings, and then starvation mode.

In a sense, the body further resets its “fatostat” to conserve energy. Because you’ve probably trained your body to live on carbs, it already cannot access and burn the stored energy (fat); your fatostat is already set on “conserve.”

And when you return to a “correct amount” of calories, your body doesn’t increase its energy burn; instead it stores fat expecting a future “famine.”

Weight loss fiction #2: Weight control can be solved with a crash diet.