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Soy Products & Breast Cancer: Do They Increase or Decrease My Risk?

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let’s revisit a common question as it relates to soy products and breast cancer.  You can also  join us for a Free Educational Webinar on the Future of Breast Cancer Awareness to get any other questions you may have answered regarding breast cancer prevention.

Are soy products good for your health or do they increase your risk for disease?  Do soy products protect against breast cancer or increase your risk for breast cancer?

In the last few years there has been a lot of information in the media questioning the safety of soy.  Let me address a few of these concerns, particularly as it relates to breast cancer.  First off, it’s important to note that soy can be a staple to a healthy diet and has been show to help prevent a wide variety of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and many cancers–including breast, colon, and prostate cancer.[i],[ii],[iii] When you take a closer look at the nutritional profile of soy, it makes sense. Soy is a high-quality, alkaline protein source. It is also rich in fiber, phytonutrients, and antioxidants, all of which play an important role in protecting the body from long-term illness. With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at the benefits of soy, and then we can discuss the concerns that people have regarding soy and breast cancer.

The Benefits of Soy

There are two main benefits of consuming soy products as it relates to breast cancer.  To begin with, many epidemiological and clinical research studies have found that soy products help reduce the risk of breast cancer.[iv] For example, a recent study in 2008 at the University of Southern California found that women who consumed an average of one cup of soymilk or ½ a cup of tofu a day had a 30% lower risk of developing breast cancer, relative to women who consumed little or no soy products.[v] Not only is this study consistent with a well established and growing body of scientific documentation showing soy’s protective effect on breast cancer, but it’s also consistent with my clinical observation in evaluating the nutritional profile of nearly 40,000 female patients in my career.  It’s important to note, however, that the protective effect of soy products on breast cancer have been most notable in individuals who consume soy products earlier on in life and in adolescence, as breast tissue is forming.[vi],[vii]

The second benefit of soy is that it has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence for those previously diagnosed with breast cancer.  For example, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association–following over 5,000 women previously diagnosed with breast cancer–showed that women who regularly consumed soy milk, tofu, or edamame had a 32 % lower risk of recurrence and a 29% reduced risk of death.[viii]

Why Do Some People Believe Soy is Unsafe?

Despite the clinical research that suggests otherwise, it’s common to hear from time to time that soy products may be unsafe as it relates to breast cancer.  So what is it that people are concerned about?  The concern is typically around the isoflavones, also known as phytoestrogens, that are found in soy.  Since increased estrogen levels in the blood have been associated with higher levels of breast cancer, some people have speculated that the plant-based estrogens (phytoestrogens) in soy might increase the risk of breast cancer as well. At the surface, it sounds like a reasonable theory.  However, when you take a closer look at the science, this theory doesn’t hold up.

Interestingly enough, the impact of the phytoestrogens is just the opposite. Phytoestrogens, which are significantly weaker than human estrogen, have been shown to inhibit estrogen’s effects on the body when estrogens levels are high.[ix] What happens is the phytoestrogens can attach to the body’s estrogen receptor cells, and block endogenous and exogenous estrogen from attaching.  Endogenous estrogen is human estrogen produced by the body.  Exogenous estrogen is synthetic estrogen that can come from hormone replacement therapy or from exposure to synthetic chemicals–such as pesticides and heavy metals that make their way into our food supply–that have estrogen-like effects on the body.

I like to tell my patients that it’s kind of like a game of musical chairs.  When the music stops, and someone is already sitting in your chair, there is nowhere for you to sit.  In this case, the phytoestrogens are already sitting on the estrogen receptor sites, and keep the more harmful estrogen from attaching.  In this way, the phytoestrogens can protect the body against high levels of endogenous and exogenous estrogen in the blood stream.  This is one of the mechanisms by which many researchers believe soy products and the phytoestrogens in soy reduce the risk for breast cancer.

In Summary

So what’s my overall recommendation on soy?  Soy products can play a healthy role in your nutritional program–particularly as part of a plant-based, high-fiber, low saturated fat, phytonutrient-rich, antioxidant-rich, alkaline, chemical-free nutritional plan.  My clinical observations are consistent with epidemiological studies & clinical research that show that soy can help prevent breast cancer as well as reduce the risk of other long-term illnesses such as prostate cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis.  Keep in mind, when choosing soy products, be sure to emphasize organic, non-GMO, minimally processed soy.  For example, tofu, soy milk, and soy yogurt, as well as fermented soy products such as tempeh, natto, and miso are all great options for including soy in your diet.  Products that are heavily processed, commercialized, and filled with soy-protein isolate–such as some of the fake meat soy products–are probably not your best dietary sources of soy.

Looking for further information on soy and your health?  For those that are interested, I like to refer to my patients to a great article put together by PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine), which elaborates on some of the studies referred to in this article and further discusses the topic of soy and your long-term wellbeing.  You can access this article at http://pcrm.org/search/?cid=145


[i] Badger, T. M., Ronis, M. J., Simmen, R., & Simmen, F. A. (2005). Soy protein isolate and protection against cancer. Journal of the American College of Nutrition , 146S-149S.

[ii] Pipe, E. A., Gobert, C. P., Capes, S. E., Darlington, G. A., Lampe, J. W., & Duncan, A. M. (2009). Soy protein reduces serum LDL cholesterol and the LDL cholesterol:HDL cholesterol and apolipoprotein B:apolipoprotein A-I ratios in adults with type 2 diabetes. The Journal of Nutrition , 1700-1706.

[iii] Koh, W. P., Wu, A. H., Wang, R., Ang, L. W., Heng, D., Yuan, J. M., et al. (2009). Gender-specific associations between soy and risk of hip fracture in the Singapore Chinese Health Study. American Journal of Epidemiology , 901-909.

[iv]Badger, T. M., Ronis, M. J., Simmen, R., & Simmen, F. A. (2005). Soy protein isolate and protection against cancer. Journal of the American College of Nutrition , 146S-149S.

[v] Wu, A. H., Yu, M. C., Tseng, C. C., & Pike, M. C. (2008). Epidemiology of soy exposures and breast cancer risk. British Journal of Cancer , 9-14

[vi] Korde, L. A., Wu, A. H., Fears, T., Nomura, A. M., West, D. W., Kolonel, L. N., et al. (2009). Childhood soy intake and breast cancer risk in Asian American women. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention , 1050-1059.

[vii] Shu, X. O., Jin, F., Dai, Q., Wen, W., Potter, J. D., Kushi, L. H., et al. (2001). Soyfood intake during adolescence and subsequent risk of breast cancer among Chinese women. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention , 483-488.

[viii] Shu, X. O., Zheng, Y., Cai, H., Gu, K., Chen, Z., Zheng, W., et al. (2009). Soy food intake and breast cancer survival. JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association , 2437-2443.

[ix] Wiseman, H., O’Reilly, J. D., Adlercreutz, H., Mallet, A. I., Bowey, E. A., Rowland, I. R., et al. (2000). Isoflavone phytoestrogens consumed in soy decrease F(2)-isoprostane concentrations and increase resistance of low-density lipoprotein to oxidation in humans. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition , 395-400.

The #1 Industry Secret to Fighting Off Aging & Disease

I find it interesting, and encouraging, that everywhere you turn, people are looking to find ways to make their life better.  After all, who can blame them? Everyone wants to enjoy their life.  Let’s face it, we all share a common desire to be happy–just ask any parent what they want for their kids!  Unfortunately, there are some things in life that can be waiting just around the corner that can get in the way of and disrupt our pursuit of happiness.  In fact, if you don’t know what I’m going to share with you in this article, there’s something that can, and typically will, get in the way of living your dreams. More specifically, if you’re not well prepared to fight off aging and disease, at some point in your life–and that age is getting younger and younger for most folks–these degenerative forces can impose serious limitations on your ability to live, love, laugh, and enjoy life.

So how do you know if you are prepared?  I like to tell my patients that when you’re taking steps to being stronger and wiser each and every year–physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and immunologically–it’s only natural to have the energy, vitality, enthusiasm, and Immune Power you need to create balance and abundance in all areas of your life, and to fend off the forces of aging and disease.  Unfortunately, this is an ideal that has become lost in the shuffle of our fast-paced, high-tech, high-stress lifestyles.  As we get older, our lives are no longer being defined by strength and wisdom.  For most folks, age brings all sorts of health complications that get in the way of our ability to recreate, play, love, support our family, serve our community, and further our cause.  Fatigue sets in, the mind slows down, the body starts to break down, and eventually long-term illness–such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and Alzheimer’s–catches up with 80% of our population by the time we retire.

Today I want to help clarify how you can go through life without having to suffer from these kinds of illnesses and long-term diseases that most people have to face.  It’s important to realize that you don’t have to become another one of these statistics; you don’t have to turn your long-term health and happiness over to the forces of aging and disease. You can take steps, starting today, to make sure that you are a vibrant, passionate, whole, Well-Being–throughout your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and beyond!  In order to do so, however, you need to be prepared.  It’s important to be clear on the faculties and resources you need to have in place to grow older without illness.  With that in mind, let’s take a moment and reflect on the following question.

  • What is the single most important ally you need to have on your side to protect the long-term wellbeing of you and your loved ones?

a.       Is it having a good insurance plan?

b.      Is it having access to the best doctors, medicine, and diagnostic technologies?

c.       Is it you, your lifestyle choices, and your ability to create a powerful wellness plan?

While all of these certainly play an important role, the idea behind this question is to get you thinking about who and what plays the primary role in protecting you from the long-term illness and disease that most people have to face.  Is it your doctors?  Is it your insurance plan?  Could it possibly be you?  Let’s take a closer look at the different options.

Your Doctors and Traditional Medicine

You can’t underestimate the value of having access to the best medical doctors.  For example, whenever you get sick or have a medical emergency, your medical doctors are well trained to make sure that you are taken care of–usually by providing means of intervention such as drugs and surgery.  For this reason, sometimes I like to refer to Traditional Medicine as Intervention Medicine.  Intervention Medicine and our advanced medical technologies, surgical procedures, and miracle prescription drugs, I’m proud to say, are very effective when it comes to urgent / acute care, treating infectious disease, and diagnosing illness.  For example, you break your arm and need to go the emergency room, you’re experiencing chest pain and need to know if it’s something more serious, or you develop an infection and need to have it treated.  Whenever a medical emergency arises, you can rest assured that you will get the help that you need.  As valuable a role as Intervention Medicine plays in all of our lives, relying solely on our doctors to keep us well is an incomplete approach to protecting our long-term wellbeing.  As we’ll discuss in more detail in this article, this strategy isn’t very effective when it comes to:

1.       Empowering individuals to prevent illness to begin with, and

2.       Treating chronic or degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and type II diabetes

With this in mind, one of the main points I want to share with you today is we’re not meant to rely on Traditional Medicine for our health–only for giving us medical support when we are sick.  Said another way, our traditional medical doctors aren’t necessarily there to teach us how to be well and prevent being sick to begin with; they’re trained to take action once disease or markers for disease have already presented themselves.  In this way, I like to think of Traditional and Intervention Medicine as a means of disease-care rather than a means of health-care.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not trying to minimize the value of medical doctors.  As we’ve discussed, it’s obviously invaluable to have access to the best disease-care possible if you or one of your family members ever faces a serious health challenge.  This is one of the reasons our government’s current healthcare reform policies are primarily focused on improving both the affordability and the accessibility of this kind of disease-care.

The problem is, as we’ve prioritized disease-care as the central focus of our healthcare delivery model, we’ve started to rely on disease-care for our health–a function it was never intended to do.  To put this in perspective, relying on a system of disease-care for our health is the equivalent of relying on our military to balance our fiscal budget; or looking to your tax accountant to redesign your website.  It just doesn’t work!  Our military is there to defend our freedom, not to work on public policy.  Your tax accountant is there to ensure you are correctly filing your taxes, not to work on rebranding your internet business.  In the same way, Intervention Medicine is there to help us when we’re sick, but it can’t be relied upon to keep us healthy in the first place.  It can’t be relied upon to fight off the forces of aging and disease.

In other words, as we’ve dedicated our energy to improving our model for disease-care, we’ve lost sight of the importance of having a health-care plan in place that works proactively to prevent disease and keep us vibrant, energetic, youthful, and well.  As we’ve immersed ourselves in a world of high-tech diagnostic technologies, advanced surgical procedures, and new pharmaceutical drugs, we’ve lost touch with the non-drug, non-surgical, low-tech, day-to-day care that keeps us well to begin with.  In this article I’m going to make the case that a low-tech, day-to-day wellness plan is by far and away the most important thing you can do for your long-term wellbeing.  Even though all the attention of our current healthcare reform focuses on the quality, accessibility, and affordability of disease-care, I’d like you to consider that the steps that you and I and our loved ones take to prevent illness to begin with are the biggest assets we have in protecting our long-term health.  Said another way, I’d like you to consider a healthcare strategy for you and your loved ones that prioritizes the merits of Prevention over Intervention; a healthcare model that, first and foremost, relies on the principles of Preventive Medicine to keep us well and turns to Intervention Medicine for support when we’re ill.  Let’s take a closer look.

Prevention or Intervention?

Were I to ask 100 patients whether they would prefer Prevention or Intervention, all 100 of them would say they would have preferred to prevent the complication to begin with if they had the opportunity.  Who wouldn’t?  Think about it for a moment.  Would you prefer Prevention or Intervention (drugs & surgery) when it comes to the health and wellbeing of you and your loved ones? Fortunately, whether we realize it or not, we typically have a choice in the matter.  Interestingly enough, the vast majority of health complications can in fact be prevented–whether it’s upper respiratory infections, ongoing indigestion, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or chronic illness such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s.  How so?  Through a simple wellness plan!  In other words, when you eat right, exercise regularly, find effective means for managing stress, and develop your immune system’s infinite potential to ward off disease, the overwhelming majority of health complications can be prevented!

Unfortunately, due to a lack of wellness education within our current healthcare delivery model, most folks aren’t aware of the steps they need to take to develop their Immune Power and prevent illness.  As a result, we end up with a disease-care model that only offers Intervention when symptomatic disease arises, and our opportunity to choose prevention is lost in the process.

To make matters worse, when it comes to chronic illness–such as cancer, heart disease, and type II diabetes–once symptoms arise it’s oftentimes too late.  You see, drugs, surgery, and Intervention Medicine have limited effectiveness when it comes to treating chronic and degenerative disease.  The symptoms of these degenerative illnesses can be managed in some cases, and modern medicine can often prolong life in a morbid or chronically ill state, but the underlying conditions are very difficult to cure through Intervention Medicine.  While there are certainly exceptions, once chronic illness becomes symptomatic, the great majority of cases go on to significantly undermine the quality of the patient’s life.  They start imposing serious restrictions and limitations on our pursuit of happiness.  This has become particularly problematic given that 4 out of 5 Americans are diagnosed with at least one chronic illness by the time they retire, the average American has 2 to 3 chronic illnesses by the time they are 65, and bodily decay and markers for long-term disease are starting to show up in our 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s.

That’s why developing a wellness plan is so important.  Without some simple wellness planning, it’s unlikely that we can protect the long-term wellbeing of ourselves and our loved ones from the epidemic of chronic illness and degenerative disease.  Without a commitment to some basic, low-tech, non-drug, non-surgery, day-to-day care, we leave our wellbeing exposed and vulnerable to the forces of aging and disease.  In the process, we narrow our healthcare options to the limitations of Intervention Medicine, and are deprived of our opportunity to prevent illness to begin with.

What About Insurance Companies?

So far we’ve talked about the role that our doctors, drugs, and advanced medical technologies play in protecting our long-term wellbeing.  What about insurance companies?  How do they figure into the equation?  Insurance companies are essentially there to help fund disease-care.  Whenever you are sick or in need of a medical emergency, it’s important to have an insurance policy in place to help pay for the care you are receiving.  In other words, having an insurance plan and having access to the best disease-care possible go hand in hand.  What a lot of folks don’t necessarily think about, however, is when they’re buying their insurance policy, they’re not really buying health insurance.  So what are they buying?  They’re buying disease insurance!  In fact, true health insurance can’t be bought at all!  Fortunately, even though it may not be for sale, health insurance is still available to each and every one of us.  What exactly do I mean by that?  When you empower your immune system with a positive mental attitude, nutrient-rich foods, the habits of happiness, and physical fitness, you’re creating the only true form of health insurance available on the market–a powerful wellness plan!

In Summary

At the beginning of this article we wanted to come to terms with who and what plays the primary role in protecting your long-term wellbeing, so you don’t have to turn your health and happiness over to the forces of aging and disease.  Now let’s take a look at what we’ve learned so far.  Our disease-care system, as it is currently structured, is not set up to help you prevent long-term illness.  In other words, our doctors and insurance companies, for the most part, are designed to action once disease or markers for disease are detectable.  They’re not necessarily there to provide us with the health-care resources we need to prevent the chronic and degenerative disease that has become epidemic in our society today.  While this is cause for concern, there’s a lot we can do to resolve this predicament.  Fortunately, as we’ve discussed, the great majority of disease and chronic illness can in fact be prevented.  How do you go about doing that? By building Immune Power; by taking some simple steps on a daily basis to create nutritional, emotional, metabolic, and immunological balance.

Does that mean that doctors and insurance plans aren’t important?  Absolutely not!  But it’s important to recognize that they don’t play the primary role in regulating your long-term health.  They need to be viewed as a support system.  At the end of the day, it’s up to each and every one of us to take responsibility for our health and be the primary line of defense when it comes to our wellbeing.  In other words, in order to ensure the best possible health-care, we all need to build a powerful immune system and develop our natural ability to fight off aging and disease.  We can then look to our traditional medical doctors and Intervention Medicine for support, if and when we are ever in need of disease-care.

That means that we all need to take a more proactive role in creating self-enriching living habits that build-up, protect, and sustain our health and happiness.  We need to embrace the principles of Preventive Medicine and the low-tech, low-cost, non-drug, non-surgical, non-invasive, day-to-day care that we can all incorporate into our lives to stay well.  What happens when we get into trouble?  In those instances, we have our doctors and insurance plans to support us through any health challenges we may be facing.  That is the essence of a truly integrated healthcare delivery model.  As individuals we are educated and empowered with a wellness plan that builds our Immune Power and enables us to take primary responsibility for our wellbeing; meanwhile, our doctors, insurance plan, drugs and surgery are there as a back-up system or a secondary line of a defense.

Said another way, the #1 industry secret in fighting off the forces of aging and disease is the steps we take every day to build, protect, and fortify the infinite potential of our immune system–our body’s built in mechanism for self-governing, self-repairing, self-rejuvenating, and fighting off disease. Our safety net, however, is making sure we have access to the best disease-care possible if a health challenge happens to arise.  Together, working side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder, we can have the health-care and disease-care resources we need to protect the long-term wellbeing of ourselves and our loved ones.  With that in place, we can make a newfound commitment to growing stronger and wiser-as individuals, as a healthcare delivery system, and as a society.

Do you have a wellness plan in place to build your Immune Power and secure the long-term health of you and your loved ones?  Interested in getting started?  Let us know how we can help!

How to Build the Habits of Physical Fitness

Building Immune Power and maintaining your body’s ability to self-govern, self-rejuvenate, self-repair is one of the keys to fighting off the forces of aging and disease.  Do you have a daily wellness plan in place to build your Immune Power and protect your long-term health and happiness?

In this 3-minute clinic we talk about the importance of developing the habit of physical fitness and what you can start doing today to build your cardio-pulmonary fitness, boost your immune system, and keep you youthful, vital, and energetic.

“Welcome to the three minute clinic on Wellness Planning; Wellness Planning 101. The theme for this month is self-care versus self-wear, the most basic theme of our program; taking care of yourself versus not taking care of yourself. In other words, we’re looking to build Immune Power; we’re looking to stay well and be well, and how to stay powerful and vital. So we’re talking about self-care today. I want to pick out an area of self-care today—and remember, it comes down to habits, it really comes down to your living habits; your thinking habits, your eating habits, your fitness habits, your attitude habits, and how you manage stress; that’s a habit as well. So self-care versus self-wear, let’s pick out one important area. Physical fitness: your fitness habits, your relationship with your body! Now everybody knows that exercise is good for them, from little kids to older people—everybody knows they need to stay in shape and that they need to work their bodies. I don’t need to tell anybody here about the epidemic of obesity, and what that’s doing to our lifestyles. So now, sedentary living versus active living, it’s a no brainer. You have to stay active; calmly active, actively calm, actively fit. Fitness feeds and fuels your body; fitness feeds your spirit; fitness feeds your mind. Being fit and being healthy go hand in hand. So self-care is about personal nutrition—food nutrition, physical nutrition, bodily nutrition. Your blood vessels, your heart, your lungs, your arteries, your veins, your capillaries—all your vital organs need oxygenation and need circulation. Without circulation it would be like having a planet without water. The key I want you to come out of this discussion with is this: that for those of you who are looking to stay well—which means you’re going to be powerful, you’re going to be vital, you’re going to be purposeful, you’re going to be mindful, you’re going to be soulful throughout your life; can you imagine what that’s like, how empowering that is? See that’s what it’s about, self-empowerment. Self-empowerment is what wellness planning is about; helping you plan your own ways of empowering yourself to be powerful. Think about it—if you don’t really work to empower yourself to be powerful, how can you stay that way? You see, people when they’re young have wellness, but as you get older you have to work at wellness. In the early part of your life, wellness is a given and a part of the warranty of being alive. But after thirty-five to forty, you have to work at it. So the self-care tip today is about exercising, here’s what I want you to do—number one, figure out what kind of exercise you love to do! It can be whatever you want, but you want to enjoy it. If you like jogging, if you like surfing, if you like tennis—pick out something you like to do, and I want everybody to have what I like to call a twenty-minute active period in the morning. It’s what we call the “hour of power” for self-care, and it begins with exercise. So whether you want to do a rapid walk, you want to work on the elliptical, or you want to take a jog, I want everybody out there to size up their physical fitness program and make sure that in the morning, in the first hour of your day you do some physical exercise. The second feature I want you to think about is strength training and resistance training. Somewhere during the week, perhaps two, three times you can get some weights. If you’re busy with your family, or you work long hours, or you have time to go to the gym, I want you to work on your toning. As you get older, the physical body requires toning and requires resistance training. So the key for today is this, remember self-care versus self-wear. The more self-care, the less self-wear, the better your wellness is—the more vital you are, the younger you are, the more energy you are and the happier you are! So the tip for today is again, focus on your physical fitness— I’d like everybody to have at least one aerobic or cadio experience in the morning for twenty minutes, and to figure out a way during the week to find two or three times when you can go to the gym, or go do some workouts to build resistance training, to build your strength, to build your endurance, and to tone your body.”

Can You Oustmart the Aging Process?

In last week’s article, we discussed the role of genes, environmental factors, and our daily living habits in the promotion and prevention of disease.  Today we’re going to take this discussion one step further and review the relationship between our age and our wellbeing.  In other words, as we grow older, does that put us at increased risk for health complications and illness?  With that in mind, take a moment and ask yourself the following question:

  • Are fatigue, aches and pains, and disease a natural progression of getting older or can you do something to prevent them?

The idea behind this question is to get you thinking about what plays the primary role in causing aging and long-term illness.  Before we get started, however, let’s make a quick distinction between aging and getting older.  When we talk about aging, we’re really talking about the slowing down of the mind, the breaking down of the body, and the degenerative disease that accompanies most folks as they get older.  The question is, can we grow older without experiencing these symptoms of aging?  In other words, is there a way for us to outsmart the aging process?  Can we be energetic, enthusiastic, passionate, purposeful, mentally sharp, physically active, and free of disease regardless of how old we are?  Let’s take a closer look.

Are We a Disease Waiting to Happen?

Another way to think about the relationship between our age and our wellbeing is to ask yourself the following question:  are we a disease waiting to happen, or are we engineered to be well?  Interestingly enough, modern thinking might have you believe that aging–at least in our definition of the word–is inevitable; that if you live long enough, it’s just a matter of time before you face some sort of debilitating health complication.  When you consider that 4 out of 5 Americans have at least one chronic illness by the time they are 65–such as cancer, heart disease, type II diabetes, or arthritis–it’s easy to look to age as a primary factor in the development of long-term disease.  But I don’t want you to buy in to this kind of thinking.  I often tell my patients that this type of mindset has set the medical industry back hundreds of years.  Contrary to popular belief, mental lethargy, bodily fatigue, aches and pains, and chronic illness are not a natural progression of getting older.  From my experience, they’re primarily a reflection of aging-related habits–and really the accumulation of a life-time of nutritional stress, mental strain, emotional tension, and unnecessary wear and tear to the vital systems in our body that keep us well.

So does our age play a role in our mind and body slowing down and in the development of chronic and degenerative disease?  To some extent, yes.  But it’s important to point out that it isn’t the primary factor.  Our age only comes into play when we have a lifestyle that wears out our immune system and our body’s ability to self-govern and self-repair.

You see, burnout and disease, just like health and wellness, need a certain environment in the body to take hold.  This works in the same way a plant needs certain environmental factors to grow–such as water, sunshine, and minerals from the soil.  When we nourish our bodies with self-enriching living habits, it prevents nutritional and emotional stress, and creates an environment for energy, vitality, and long-term wellbeing to prosper.  Alternatively, when our living habits lead to excess nutritional and emotional stress, it puts a tremendous strain on our mind, body, and immune system.  Overtime, this promotes an environment in the body that can trigger genetic predispositions and age-related complications such as burnout, fatigue, weight gain, serious health complications, and degenerative disease.

We Are Engineered to Be Well!

Keep in mind, your body was engineered to be well.  You can be in your 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and beyond and still be full of life, vital, youthful, energetic, and free of disease.  How do you go about achieving this?  When you make a commitment to some simple wellness plannning–that is, by combining a Smart Nutritional program with a positive mental attitude, the habits of physical fitness, and effective stress management–you’ll be developing the Immune Power you need to stay active, vital, and free of disease, regardless of your age!  In other words, when you take steps to live a vibrant, energetic, passionate, and purposeful life, you can truly outsmart the aging process!

Looking to get started in developing a wellness plan that protects you from accelerated aging, fatigue, weight gain, burnout, and disease?  Let us know how we can help!

How to Fight off Aging & Disease: The Forces of Self-Care vs. Self-Wear

Do you have the forces of self-care working for you or the forces of self-wear working against you in your life? While one force works for us to fortify our energy, vitality, and long-term health & happiness, the other force works against us and is a primary factor in causing accelerated aging, fatigue, burnout and disease.

In this 3-minute clinic, we talk about the two opposing forces that determine our long-term wellbeing, and what you can start doing today to maximize the forces of self-care and minimize the forces of self-wear.

“Welcome to the three minute clinic! We’re going to be talking about Wellness Planning 101- a very important subject, probably one of the most important subjects of your life. You’ve heard of financial planning, well wellness planning is equally important. And what’s involved is planning how to stay well? In other words, how do you go through life being powerful, energetic, vital and healthy? Have you ever thought about that? Some people as they get older seem to be aging, getting arthritis, getting tired, getting stiff, getting worn out, while other people seem to stay vital, and fresh and energetic, doing things like traveling and taking adventures, and living their full life into their sixties, seventies, eighties, etcetera? So it’s called wellness planning. What we’re going to be talking about today is some basic themes—themes that you can own, themes that you can learn from, and themes that you can take home with you that will give you the data, the strategies, and the information you’ll need to stay well the rest of your life! So our strategies are going to be about increasing energy and increasing your vitality. So let’s get right down to the first basic theme: what is wellness planning 101 about, and what’s the most important theme? Let me give you a simple theme here, it’s the difference between self-care—what you do for yourself—versus self-wear. It’s like a banking system, it’s kind of like an energy banking; you have deposits and you have withdrawals. Well in wellness you have deposits, meaning self-care, and you have withdrawals, meaning self-wear. What do I mean by self-care? What I mean by self-care is taking good care of yourself—thinking positively, positive living habits, positive thinking habits, positive nutritional habits, positive fitness habits, positive attitude habits, the habits of happiness; the positive ways of life. And what do I mean by self-wear? Well, we all know what that means—it’s about stress! It’s about being rushed, it’s about being overloaded. Nutritional stress over the wrong foods, emotional stress from relationships, from finances, from work—everybody understands what that’s about because stress has become a way of life. So here’s how it works; those that stay well have more self-care than self-wear. Those that don’t do well have more self-wear than self-care. You see the bottom line is this; I want you to learn how to empower yourself with a powerful immune system. Eventually what you’ll have working for yourself is this: when you’re powerful, strong, balanced and happy, you can stay well! When you’re not strong, powerful, balanced and happy, you invite illness or become susceptible to disease. So let’s size up one important area of self-care, personal nutrition, or food nutrition. Of course nutrition means how you take care of yourself, it’s your physical nutrition, your mental nutrition, your emotional nutrition, your spiritual nutrition. We’re going to talk about your bio-chemical nutrition, your food nutrition; how you feed yourself, how you take care of yourself, how you fuel yourself—a very important feature of self-care. So here’s the kind of questions I ask my patients when I first meet them, and this is what I want to ask you to ask yourself, so you can size up your nutritional program: so very simply, what is it in your diet that you eat too much of, that you’d like to reduce? And secondly, what don’t you eat enough of? When I ask folks that question, they generally say that they don’t eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables— there you go, eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Make a commitment everyday to have, for example, one fresh fruit salad and one fresh leafy green salad. And then when I ask folks what do they eat too much of, they typically say too many sweets, too many carbs, too many rich desserts—so again, ask yourself! You know your diet. You know what you’re doing; what are you doing too much of, what are you ready to avoid, what are you ready to cut back on? And make a commitment to that. It’s very simple; you must work on the forces of self-care and reduce the forces of self-wear. Over time, more deposits for health versus less withdrawals will give you much more health. Remember, immune power is everything. You want to build for it, you want to invest for it, you want to work for it, and you want to plan for it. Failing to plan is planning to fail, and that’s what wellness planning is about.”