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Fiber is Critical for Everyone

It has been well established that 89 percent of Americans fail to get their daily recommended intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. Not only does that mean that antioxidant levels are below critical levels, so is the total fiber intake. Other good sources for fiber can include multi-grains, oats, whole wheat, and many other naturally fiber rich grains, also known as complex carbohydrates, that provide the critical fiber we all need to consume daily.

However, millions of North Americans who are worried about their waist line, have “carbo-phobia” which causes them to question the intake of these vital complex carbs. The reality is that this concern should be focused on “simple carbs” (refined grains and sugars), which are clearly not our friend as they cause our blood sugars to spike, insulin to rise and triggers the body to go into storage mode. That is not good for your waist and it also increases your risk of diabetes.

But if you add fiber from complex carbs to virtually any meal, blood sugar levels will be more harmonized, less calories will be absorbed and something even more important will happen, you will become healthier. Clinically, I use fiber to support weight loss, blood sugar management and also to help maintain colon health and reduce the toxic burden. Many people don’t realize that all 5 feet of the magnificent human colon absorbs 90 percent of all the water that enters into it from the small intestine. What that means is that 90% of the “muddy water” in the colon gets absorbed back into circulation. If you don’t have enough fiber to bind up the toxins, hormones and overt poisons you will absorb the ‘bad stuff’ that your body is trying to actively get rid of as it proceeds to exit your body. Let’s get even a little more detailed… a healthy individual will have 2 to 3 bowel movements per day. To contrast that level of frequency, individuals that have 1 or less bowel movements per day, know all too well that the stool passed is harder and less moist. So, think about where the water has gone, and you will know where the toxins, cholesterol, and other health threats have gone as well.

The bottom line is to add fiber to your diet by eating fiber rich foods, through fresh vegetables and high fiber grains. Supplementation is also important, however remember, since ‘fiber binds’ that supplemental fiber should not be taken within 2 hours of prescription medication or other health supplements.

The Politics of Mercury

It is reported with a degree of pride that over 100 million Americans enjoy walking around with mercury in their mouths and they need not worry. It my earnest hope that all forms of mercury exposure is actively avoided and that going forward, common sense will prevail.

The question that must be raised is… how prudent it is to willingly add mercury to your body’s total toxic burden, which can erode away and overtly destroy your health. As a busy clinician, I have seen the effects of mercury toxicity, and I feel compelled to warn everyone to simply and steadfastly avoid mercury. Do not willingly opt for mercury as a compound used to fill your teeth and if you have the opportunity to remove it from your teeth, take it!

We aren’t in the 1800’s any longer. Mercury is known to cause a wide range of symptoms as personified by the “Mad Hatter” a classic character in Lewis Carroll’s story of Alice in Wonderland. People in the 1800’s simply did not know about mercury toxicity and as it was widely used, including in the making of hats, hence the term “mad as a hatter”. Symptoms of mercury toxicity can affect any system in ones body. In the 1800’s workers in the hat industry suffered from trembling (known as “hatters’ shakes”), loss of coordination, slurred speech, loosening of teeth, memory loss, depression, irritability and anxiety.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that 1 in 12 women of childbearing age have unsafe mercury levels, translating to over 300,000 babies born at risk each year. Yet, the problem is not limited to children. Sure we worry about mercury in immunizations and possible link with autism, yet mercury can cross the placenta into the baby while developing in utero.

So, what is the real consensus about mercury?

We know that the very popular mercury thermometers that use to be the mainstay in all homes to monitor temperatures during illness have been proactively withdrawn from the market due to risk of mercury exposure, should the glass thermometer be broken. After all mercury exposure is dangerous. We have also been warned not to eat tuna fish, because of the high mercury content. So, why do we continue to use mercury as a society for the teeth of our children and adults alike?

If you have chronic health symptoms that you are struggling with, getting tested for mercury toxicity is a must.

Male Andropause (Menopause)

If you, or an important man in your life, does not feel ‘like his young self’ there may be an underlying reason for this, called andropause. Unlike menopause that afflicts women in their late 40’s or early 50’s, andropause can occur significantly earlier and secretly steal a man’s thunder and zeal for life.

In 2007, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reported that an amazing 1 in 4 men at the age of 30, measure overtly low in testosterone. This does not mean that they are any less man then the next guy, yet it does mean that symptoms that are so often written off as ‘just getting old’ are not something that simply needs to be accepted. If a man of any age does not have sufficient levels of testosterone levels, one or more of these symptoms can be plaguing his days and nights. Low testosterone can trigger a lower sex drive, weight gain, decreased muscle mass, high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction, weakened bones, altered sleep quality including sleep apnea for some, depression, anxiety, fatigue and often extremely lower levels of both physical and mental performance. The bottom line is that if one or more of these symptoms are present, performing a simple test to measure your testosterone levels is absolutely critical. And if low, the solution is simple use of daily testosterone prescribed by your physician.

The sad thing is that millions of men in the United States and around the world have bought into the concept that ‘now that I hit 30, 40 or whatever – this simply comes with the territory’. I am here to tell you, that you shouldn’t just roll over, accept this and feel like an old man prematurely. It is time to level the playing field. You may or may not have symptoms that include a weaker erectile performance, yet before you buy some magical pill off a late night infomercial, see if the root cause of feeling deflated is that your testicles retired, before you were ready to…

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Improve Posture

  • 1.Avoid slouching. Be aware of your posture as you walk, sit, and drive, keep shoulders squared and head pulled back and up.

  • 2.Imagine a thread pulling the top of your head toward the ceiling. Visualization can help improve your sense of position.

  • 3.If your job requires you to sit for long periods, take frequent breaks to stand, stretch and shake it out.

  • 4.Maintain a strong core to help support proper posture. Add core-training exercises to your daily routine.

  • 5.A firm mattress and ergonomic pillow help achieve proper back support while you sleep, so you'll stand straighter in the a.m.

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