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Hugh Hefner Envy: 4 Tips for a Youthful Exuberance.

Posted by admin December - 29 - 2010 - Wednesday Comments Off

Hugh Hefner is the envy of anybody aging. Hugh is 80 something.

I like that “something part.” I learned that from an elderly patient of mine. When I asked her age she said “I am 80 something.” with a big grin, ”It’s not necessary to count the second digit.” LOL!

By the way, I am 40 something. I feel better saying my age that way especially since I’m only able to say that for a few more weeks.

I’m told I look good for my age. I’m lean, fit, and active. All my parts are still working well; just like Hugh. I’ll casually neglect to comment about my hair. LOL!

So how do some people maintain their youthful exuberance? God is ultimately in control of what happens to each of us, but he also gifted us with the ability to make choices.

Having been a holistic family doctor for over 25 years, working face to face with thousands of senior citizens, I have a few observations and suggestions about youthfulness.

1)Check Your Posture. It is an often overlooked component of beauty, health and youthfulness. Look closely at those who catch your eye and you’ll notice those people have good posture.   From a side view you’ll notice that their head lies directly above their torso, and that an imaginary straight line can be drawn from their ear to their shoulder, to their hip, and then to their ankle. From a front or back view you’ll notice levelness of their ears, shoulders, and hips. It all has a lot to do with spinal balance.

Be sure and get the free report I offer on the right side of this web site called: How to Check Yourself and Your Family for Spinal Structural misalignment. Learn how to sit, lay and stand properly.

Good posture is important for health because of the structure/function relationship. I’m referring to the alignment of your bones and joints. I bet you haven’t heard about how structural balance has an effect on your health. This structure/function relationship is what I call “The missing link” in health care. This is true particularly of spinal alignment.

Stress and trauma cause the vertebrae to misalign and this in turn irritates or impinges the delicate spinal nerves and spinal chord (this is called subluxation). The nervous system controls and coordinates all body systems including immunity. Chiropractors specialize in locating and correcting subluxations. Find a chiropractor and get checked regularly. How often? Once per week optimally and once per month minimally. Yes, this is the best way to improve your posture and your health.

2) Think Young. Our minds are a lot like computers. Garbage in equals garbage out. If you keep exposing yourself to frequent negative media for example, you’ll think, talk, and act negative. In case you have not noticed, most of the information in the media is negative. So I suggest limiting your exposure. Listen to the news or read the newspaper once a day maximum. And be very selective with other things that influence your mind like television shows, magazines, books, the internet, and even some people.  Seek out uplifting, educational, inspiring, and positive input.

3) Eat Young Food. Reminds me of the adage “You are what you eat.” So eat fresher produce and preferably organically or home grown. The vitamin and mineral content is superior not to mention the taste. Aim to eat a big salad every day. Another free report I offer is the recipe for The Healing Salad. Fantastic! Fresh vegetables contain high levels of anti-oxidants, compounds known to nullify a common destroyer of youth – free radicals.

4) Love more. Yes expressing love is a key component of youthfulness. This is much more than just sex. It’s about love for your spouse, children, neighbors, and even your enemies. Actions speak louder than words here. Sharing your God given talents to help your fellow man, besides being a higher calling for all of us, works wonders to strengthen your immunity, cardio-vascular system, and mental capacities.

So, if you envy Hugh Hefner and want to maintain a youthful exuberance, the above lifestyle choices can help you do that.

Oh yeah, one more thing: behave yourself!

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Livestock: Friends and Food

Posted by admin December - 22 - 2010 - Wednesday Comments Off

Livestock: Friends and Food? Is it possible?

Yes but it’s not easy.

When my wife and I first moved to our farm about 16 years ago, we were advised that if we obtained any livestock that we intend to eat, then we should not allow them to become pets.

“Uu -huh” I said in my characteristic covertly defiant agreement. I think that means I lied.

Since then we’ve enjoyed having numerous animals around here that we’ve enjoyed both as near pets and as food.  No, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that we’ve hugged and petted these animals as we do with our cats and dog, but they have been cherished as a part of the family. Sounds a bit gruesome I know, but I’d feel guilty if we didn’t show them at least some appreciation as we raised them.

Our farm is blessed with a really nice chicken coop, so the first animals we obtained were chickens. They were given to me as a gift from a former neighbor. They are Aracauna breed, and I’m told they originated in South America. Known for laying eggs of multiple colors (teal, brown, tan and white) they are also cherished as dual-purpose chickens good for both egg production and roasting.I love the fresh eggs we collect and eat most mornings – I can really taste and see the difference! They are a wonderful benefit to health.

We were given one rooster who we were told is called Garth. We love the way Garth cockadoodles  frequently.

I hope the neighbors do too! LOL.

Then another neighbor started telling us about how his kids raise piglets every spring. Before I knew it, there were squeals coming from our lower barn, both from my kids and the cute pink piglets!

We are amazed how fast they mature, growing from 40 pound cutey-pies to 200 pound hogs in a matter of weeks. And the pork meat is delicious; much tastier and leaner than what I’ve had from the grocery store.

I built them a very strong pen with heavy metal fencing so they could have plenty of fresh air and sunshine. “They’ll never get out of there.” I said. Ha! One day we arrived home to find the big boy and girl standing in the driveway. I still can’t figure out how they escaped because there was nothing amiss about their fence or gate. So what did I do? Well one of the tricks of raising livestock is to always shake the food dish before feeding. So I opened up their gate, stepped in, shook the food dish to make it’s distinctive sound, and in they ran! Hey mothers, try that and see if it works on your kids. LOL!

Then one day I saw a young turkey for sale at a local farmer’s market. “I’ll take it” I gleefully said, picturing my family drooling at Thanksgiving as they eyed the roasted fresh home-grown bird. We named him Gobble and enjoyed watching him grow. Well, as Thanksgiving approached the kids stated asking “Dad, we won’t eat Gobble will we?” Luckily turkeys freeze well. LOL!

Then, somewhere along the line I decided to tackle one of my greatest fears – bees! Ever since I was 6 years old I’ve panicked whenever I hear something buzzing. This terror began on the day I saw and heard my sister screaming after she stepped on a honey bee with a bear foot. Even the sound of a fly put me in a panic. So a friend gave me some bee raising equipment and before I knew it, and after much anxiety, I was raising bees. Their kind of difficult to hug, but make for a very interesting hobby! Amazingly, one can obtain 20 pounds of honey from even one good hive. I’ve really enjoyed giving my fresh, organic honey away as gifts, not to mention using it as a sweetener.Have you ever tried honey in coffee? Fantastic!

So, we’ve enjoyed these animals both as near pets and food. I’m delighted to be eating this freshly harvested, organically grown food. Animals are truly a gift from God. As the author of the book Whole Health Healing: The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages, this kind of healthy, holistic lifestyle is right up my alley.

What’s next? I’m considering cattle, maybe goats, or even emu. I’ll keep you posted.

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Diets and Holistic Health

Posted by admin July - 19 - 2010 - Monday Comments Off

Diets and holistic health don’t mix together. Pun intended. LOL

The Healing Trail Mix

Not when diets are defined in the traditional sense of following a specific eating plan to lose weight.

Sure, following any of the hundreds of plans that have been promoted in the last few decades may result in some weight loss, but the benefits typically don’t last. Even a diet of eating just cookies works short term. If you’re going to waste your time, you may as well do it by eating cookies! LOL.

The average American keeps getting heavier, especially children, and the new miracle diets keep coming, and the average American keeps getting heavier, especially children, and …….

I suspect you get my point.

But wait, I have this diet that works and I offer a guarantee and……. Gotcha!

Sorry, there are no simple, miracle solutions/plans. There never was any and there never will be. Boohooo!

I am happy to report that what does work for weight management, always has and always will work, is this: careful food selections, self control, occasional splurging (yahoo!), acceptance of how God made you,  and eating slower, smaller more numerous meals.

Why don’t you see this type eating advice advertised  on TV or in magazines anywhere? Because nobody make any money when you do it. Surprise!

In fact, many people will make less money when you follow a healthy holistic eating lifestyle, namely doctors because you will likely be ill less often.

Please become aware that the media and it’s advertisers are becoming increasingly talented at getting and keeping our attention, particularly when it comes to our physical appearances. They place pictures of beautiful people with gleaming muscles (they are oiled), rippling six packs (they are airbrushed or do dozens of sit-ups immediately before the picture is taken),  or worse yet the people are taking steroid type drugs to enhance their physiques.  These “models” are not representative of we typical humans. You and I need to be wise to this. Even though we enjoy looking.

Also, be wary of some of the food products, their claims, and what’s in them.

The top 10 deceiving “healthy” foods that lead to weight gain and other health problems:

1) margarine, because it lacks the  essential oils necessary for a healthy cardiovascular system.

2) artificial sweeteners, because they contribute to inflammation

3) soy, because it can mimics the hormone estrogen

4) most granola bars, because they contain excess sugar

5) most dehydrated fruits, because they have added sugar

6) most juices, because they lack pulp and contain excess added sugars

7) whole grain products, because many people have hidden gluten allergies

8) commercially grown apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, and imported grapes because they are the top 5 most chemically treated produce and contain toxins.

9) all orange juice, because it is  well known to increase inflammation

10) commercially raised chicken because it’s likely raised indoors, given antibiotics and probably hormones for faster growth

So scrap the diet plans and get the mind set that weight management involves lifelong “good” eating habits like this:

Weight Loss and Eating Tips

♦ Eat smaller quantities and more often

♦ Eat fresher foods

♦ Eat organic grown varieties

♦ Eat slower

♦ Don’t drink more than a few sips while eating

♦ Start a garden

♦ Eat more variety

♦ Add more fresh herbs and spices

-an excerpt from my new book Whole Health Healing – The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages. You can buy the book by clicking here.

Simplistic isn’t it? Better yet it’s neither difficult or expensive. Now you know how I came to be labeled The “Down-to-Earth” Doctor.

The trick, if there is such a thing about weight management, is to change your thinking first. Click on the link to read my article: Weight Loss Solution: Change Your Brain.

http://www.wholehealthhealing.com/?p=162

Now I’m confident you and your size will be okay! Next time, I’ll write about another vital component of weight management – physical activity. So tune in again.

What can you change to better manage your weight?

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Natural Health Methods -If Dick Cheney Only Knew About Them

Posted by admin March - 3 - 2010 - Wednesday 1 COMMENT

Natural health methods are not very complicated. For most of us anyway! LOL.

I’m enjoying the morning by sitting next to my dog, sipping a good cup of coffee and reading the paper.

One particular article sparks an old familiar feeling. It’s a frustrating feeling, one I’ve learned to take action on because that’s the only way I get relief. And no it’s not caused by the coffee! LOL.

The article that’s causing a stir inside me is about former vice president Dick Cheney. It says he just had his seventh heart attack. Thank goodness he survived again, I’m happy for that. What frustrates me to take action is that I’d be willing to bet that he doesn’t know about the holistic health measures that could likely help him.

I don’t know Dick Cheney other than what I’ve read about him in the news over the last few years. But I’d be willing to bet that he only seeks traditional medical care for his heart condition let alone the rest of his health. Now don’t misunderstand me, traditional medical care is the best care for acute heart attacks. It can and does save lives. But heart malfunction does not drop out of the sky. Nor do I believe it’s caused by the hand of God, even if you are a Republican (relax it’s just a joke, I don’t claim any political affiliation). There is always an underlying reason behind every health problem, and that needs to be investigated and dealt with because otherwise the same problem keeps coming back, just like his does.

Now, medically trained personnel will say that they do search for underlying causes of health problems through blood tests, urine tests, blood pressure screenings and more. I truly believe most of the docs mean well. And I would bet that Dick Cheney probably has the usual sources of his heart condition as determined by medical testing like high blood pressure/and or cholesterol issues. But still, those are symptoms not sources. In other words, there may very likely be an underlying source of the cholesterol imbalance and high blood pressure.

That’s what frustrates me. That’s what I feel is my God given mission – to empower people like Dick Cheney and you – to make wiser health care decisions.

I don’t believe people are being told all the information nor are they being given all the choices concerning health care.

What sources or causes can there be in the case of a malfunctioning heart? Many, such as poor food choices, lack of exercise, a stress filled mind and even spinal structural imbalance. These are the basics of wellness that easily and commonly get left out in health care. Sure the emergency and crisis care of traditional medicine has its place. God bless them and I hope they help me some day if I need it. But there is a whole lot more to it.

Now, I’ll likely write about all those sources in the near future here in this column. I’ve already got it all covered in my book: Whole Health Healing – The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages. But let me tell you now about the source of health problems called spinal structural imbalance. This is the most common, safest to treat, most easily correctable source I know of. It is the specialty of Doctor’s of Chiropractic just like me.

Keeping it simple, your nervous system controls all your body functions, including your heart. Nerve impulses travel from your brain to your heart and back again. These nerves can get pinched or at least irritated by spinal misalignment. The technical name for that is called vertebral subluxation. When those nerves to the heart are pinched or irritated, the signals get disrupted and the heart won’t function optimally. It’s a structure function relationship. I’ve observed first hand in my own practice that this can be a source of heart problems and many other conditions. The skilled hands of a chiropractor can detect these subluxations and verify them with diagnostics like x-ray or heat scans. The chiropractor can then adjust the misaligned spinal segments to improve the nerve flow. The result can be a better functioning heart.

This principle is unique to chiropractic since it’s inception in 1895, and can be applied, no, should be applied to every health problem. Better yet, go to a chiropractor regularly and get checked and adjusted for prevention. Why regularly? Because the spinal structural imbalance are caused by stress, trauma, and toxins. Who does not have one or more of those in their lives on any day?

So there is my rant. I feel better already.

If you know or see Dick Cheney, tell him this stuff so he can feel better to.

And what about your health?

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