Best 2-Minute Fitness Routine Ever

This is not only one of the greatest 2-minute exercise routines ever, but also an interesting commentary on our innate herd mentality.  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Dealing With Cancer

Stop CancerI’d like to share with you a dilemma that hopefully will spark some feedback and perhaps amplify the message that cancer can be prevented and treated most effectively by our bodies’ own natural defense systems.  The fact is we are all fighting cancer constantly, day and night, through the innate function of our subconscious, complicated immune systems.  Rogue cells pop up naturally in the body’s process of continually replenishing the millions upon millions of cells that make up our physical selves.  These rogue cancer cells have an inherent survival mechanism that has them competing with our normal, healthy cells for both nourishment and physical space.  Unchecked, the cancer can spread and have the devastating effects we have all become too used to experiencing; tumors that eventually make it impossible for our bodies to continue vital functions.  Normally, our immune systems are functioning properly and these rogue cancer cells are identified and killed, but environmental factors can sometimes interfere and compromise the immune system’s effectiveness, allowing cancer to take hold.  Of the myriad factors that can play a role in the effectiveness of your immune system, nutrition has been scientifically proven to have a profound, selective effect.  The food you eat can result in either the material fortification of your immune system or the actual fueling and acceleration of cancer cell growth.

So, back to the dilemma.  Armed with this knowledge about the impact nutrition can have on both the prevention and treatment of cancer, to what extent do you go to try to get this message across to someone being treated for the disease?  The situation is more complicated in that this person is a nurse with whom I only have a nodding acquaintance in the Emergency Department where I volunteer.  I know she is going through the standard medical approach of chemotherapy, which is counter-intuitive to the immune system argument because it basically requires heavy doses of poison, further compromising the immune system with the hope that the cancer cells will die faster than the rest of you.  However, the clinical data are now pointing to nutrition as being a more effective, safe and less costly treatment protocol.  I thought about slipping an anonymous note on her desk with the titles of several documentaries making the case, like Forks Over Knives, Food Matters, The Beautiful Truth,  Hungry For Change and Fat, Sick And Nearly Dead, but haven’t had the opportunity yet.  On the one hand, I don’t want to offend her because most of these sources also emphasize the ancillary benefit of losing weight and my guess is she would currently be considered obese using the Body Mass Index (“BMI”).  However, on the other hand, we’re talking about life and death here and there is a large part of me that believes she deserves to at least be educated, after which she can make her own decision.

survivors_guideWhat I have decided to do, and this could be relevant to those of you in a similar situation, is to share a copy of “The Cancer Survivor’s Guide“, a scientifically-based publication by a group of doctors that not only makes the case for nutrition as an effective cancer treatment, but is also a practical guide on exactly what to do.  Armed with this information as a base, she can then make a personal decision to continue the investigation.   You can download your own copy of this valuable resource here.

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Know Your Nutritional Type

Nutritional TypeIn researching the impact diet can have on chronic diseases, I came across Dr.  Joseph Mercola‘s website, reputed to be the “The World’s #1 Natural Health Website”.  There is no question he is a strong supporter of Hippocrates’ tenet “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.  One of the most intriguing theories with which Dr. Mercola has had very impressive success is the concept that “there is no perfect diet for everyone.  You were created with unique genetics and experiences that will ultimately dictate what the best foods are for you to eat”.  He goes on to point out that “Your body responds uniquely to food — your fuel — based on your genetics, biochemical makeup, family history, and your own interaction with your environment.  That’s why you will advance your health (and looks) by discerning your Nutritional Type .”

Here are his top five reasons for identifying your Nutritional Type:

  • Discover what type of fuel your body really needs to operate at optimal levels
  • Reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes
  • Enhanced immunity and decreased coughs, colds and flu
  • Slowing your signs of aging
  • Get off that dieting yo-yo and achieve natural weight loss (if necessary) without dieting or restricting calories

Mercola HealthIntrigued?  I certainly was.  Here is a video of Dr. Mercola explaining this approach in more detail.  It inspired me to take his free nutritional typing test and then download the chart of foods designed to fuel my full health potential.

Take the test yourself here.

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Preventing, Arresting & Curing The Big “C”

The Beautiful TruthYesterday afternoon, in the course of corresponding with a prospective fitness and nutrition coach, I learned about a movie that had ignited a remarkable health transformation in this particular individual.  After watching this documentary and accepting that food should be considered both fuel and medicine, he changed his eating habits, lost an excessive amount of weight and eliminated his nagging health issues.  For you regular followers, you know the film “Forks Over Knives” has had the same impact on countless viewers.  Intrigued by his testimony, I watched the film last night and am now compelled to share it with you.  Here are a few reactions to the film:

“A powerful documentary that offers both a chilling expose of the toxins in our food that are causing so much disease and an affirmation of a plant-oriented therapy that has cured cancer in many individuals.”

“Amazing movie. The information that the Alaskan teenager discovered is simply mind blowing. The movie also shows how certain corporations do not care about people.”

“Great, powerful movie that everyone should watch.”

Dr. Joseph Mercola, New York Times Best Selling Author and named the top Ultimate Wellness Game Changer by the Huffington Post, had this to say about the film:

“virtually everything you put into (or onto) your body can either help or hinder your natural healing mechanisms, and thereby influence your risk of cancer.  This (the movie) is not an ‘alternative’ view at all.  Rather, even the conservative American Cancer Society states that one-third of cancer deaths are linked to poor diet, physical inactivity, and carrying excess weight.”

Food as medicinePlease take the time to watch this eye-opening (and, at times, frightening) chronicle of a young man’s unbiased, no agenda investigation into a suppressed, effective treatment for cancer.  You can watch it here for free and please come back to share your comments below.

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Prebiotics, Probiotics Or Both?

prebiotics, probitoticsBefore becoming much more aware of nutrition and and the role it can play as both fuel and medicine, I’m not sure I was ever even aware of the terms prebiotics or probiotics.  I have come to appreciate both the importance of both these ingredients to our digestive systems and the growing body of scientific evidence defining the role they play in boosting our immune system.  First, the definitions excerpted from Wikapedia:

Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that stimulate the growth and/or activity of bacteria in the digestive system in ways claimed to be beneficial to health”

Probiotics are live bacteria that may confer a health benefit on the host.

Simply put, probiotics are the “good” bacteria in our gut and prebiotics are what specifically feeds these bacteria.  Okay, so why should you be aware of and intent on getting both of these components into your nutrition?  Well, collectively, they inhibit the presence of pathogens (infectious agents that cause disease) within our bodies and appear to improve the following health issues:

  • Diarrhea
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Colon cancer
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood pressure
  • Immune function and infections
  • Inflammation
  • Irritable bowel syndrome and colitis
  • Viatmin production
  • Eczema
  •  Calcium and other mineral absorption
  •  Bowel pH
  •   Intestinal regularity

prebiotics, probitoicsA word of warning; immediately adding a substantial quantity of prebiotics or probiotics to your diet may result in an increase in gas, bloating or bowel movement initially. but these effects usually dissipate with continued use and the benefits far out weigh the temporary inconvenience.

In the absence of those conditions mentioned above, the most dramatic effect can be seen in something as simple as the common cold.  I can personally attest to the fact that, since going plant-based and supplementing with prebiotics and probiotics through Shakeology, I have not had one cold in over 5 years.  More importantly, a recent, credible clinical trial, highlighted in the short video below, now clearly demonstrates the dramatic effect prebiotics and probiotics have on our immune systems.

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The Irrefutable Case For Wine

funnywineAnother Friday is upon us and, in the spirit of keeping things lighter, I offer some historically accurate, clinically verified information on wine vs. water.  I often like to think of life as being a huge hour glass of sand behind a curtain.  The sand is running out constantly, that’s a given, but how much sand do you have left in the top half of the hour glass?  How fast is it draining into the lower half?  If you could pull the curtain aside and actually see what was going on, what would you do?  Would you try to slow down the flow? Try to find some way to add more sand to the top half?  There are things you can do to have an impact on your personal hour glass…………….and here’s an important one!
A Glass Of Wine
To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine (or two) and to those who don’t and are always seen with a bottle of water in their hand:
As Ben Franklin said: 
In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.”
madscientistBased on a number of carefully controlled clinical trials, scientists have demonstrated that, if we drink 1 liter of water each day, at the end of the year, we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia Coli, (E. Coli) – the bacteria found in feces. In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop annually. However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer (or rum, whiskey or other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and fermenting.
Therefore, it can be scientifically deduced that it’s better to drink wine and talk stupid, than to drink water and be full of shit.
So Remember:
Water = Poop
Wine = Health
Please be sure to spread the word about this groundbreaking nutritional information! 🙂
God bless and have a great weekend!