Sep 14

The Evolution of Nutrition

Introduction

Nutrition has come a long way, over many years, to the point where it is finally starting to get the attention it deserves in terms of its ability to determine if a person can achieve good health and avoid chronic disease and premature death. Read the rest of this entry »

May 07

Why Are People So Unhealthy?

In spite of the overflow of information about how a person can and should become healthier, the actual health of our population continues to decline.  In 1950, about 10% of the population was chronically ill, and now that figure has risen to 53%.  Furthermore, by most estimates, a vast majority of the remainder of our population is on their way to becoming ill.  It is so bad that the Centers for Disease Control estimates that children born after the year 2000 will be the first generation that will not live as long a their parents did.  How is it possible that nearly 300 million people all became so oblivious to the state of their health?  Here are some thoughts on the thinking patterns that have led to this disastrous situation.

 

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May 07

Wellness Success or Failure Depends on Corporate Culture

  • Introduction

 

Our wellness company, Healthy at Work, will not provide wellness services to any employer that cannot pass our corporate culture/quality evaluation.  That’s right, we use an organization quality evaluation tool with 47 questions in seven categories, and if the employer’s score is too low, we say, “Thanks, but no thanks.”  The reason is simple.  Wellness programs are doomed to fail in an organization where there is low trust of management by employees and systems are not functioning properly.  And, these dysfunctional organizations also have higher health care cost than the ones that are operating at a higher level of quality.

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May 07

The Triage Theory of Nutrition and Aging

This theory has been developed by Dr. Bruce Ames, and basically suggests that accumulated nutritional deficiencies cause damage to the DNA in our cells, eventually causing age-related diseases and premature death.  The basic theory is based on the following sequence of cellular deterioration:

 

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May 07

The Effective Management of Stress

What is Stress?

Stress is an emotionally disruptive or upsetting condition occurring in response to external influences, which is capable of affecting our physical health characterized by increased heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, muscular tension and possibly depression or anxiety.

  • Stress started out when we were afraid of something eating us. Jurassic Park.
  • Then it became the fear of dying at the hand of other men. Attila the Hun
  • And now it’s caused by someone who aggravates us.

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May 07

How To Prevent and Reverse Chronic Disease

How to Prevent and Reverse Chronic Disease

 

  • Overview

 

There are six specific reasons why chronic disease develops in our bodies.  They are as follows:

 

  1. Nutrition – Deficiencies in key nutrients can create biochemical imbalances that often lead to cells becoming diseased.

 

  1. Exercise The lack of sufficient exercise can allow toxins to build up, the cardiovascular system to weaken and insulin receptors to loose their sensitivity. This can contribute to many chronic disease conditions.

 

  1. Stress Ongoing stress can cause depletion of vitamin B, the stiffening of cells and digestive problems. Stress has been implicated in over 80% of chronic illnesses. This can include long-term childhood issues.

 

  1. Toxins Toxins come in many forms, including alcohol, tobacco, pesticides and radiation. Toxins often create free radicals, which damage our cells by stealing an electron. This has been identified as one of the leading causes of many diseases.

 

  1. Genes Faulty genes cause about 20% of all diseases, and yet, genes are predispositions, which can actually be improved with good nutrition and other positive factors.

 

  1. Sleep- Without sufficient quality sleep the body and the brain cannot be sustained in a healthy condition. Most repairs, detoxification and balancing occurs during the sleep cycle.

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May 07

Preventing Free Radical Induced Disease

  1. Toxicity Facts and Figures

 

  • There are over 80,000 chemicals in use in the U.S.

 

  • Every person has at least 700 contaminants in their body at any given time.

 

  • Some toxins move in and out of the body in hours (arenic), while others can stay in the body for 50 years (DDT).

 

  • Toxins enter our bodies through food, air, water we drink and water we bath in.

 

  • Toxins can also be transferred from mother to baby during pregnancy and by touching our mouth or eyes.

 

  • Chemicals or toxins can attack and damage the DNA of our cells causing premature aging and disease.

 

  • Cellular DNA damage can also produce genetic damage that can be passed on to our children.

 

  • Examples of some direct cause and effect relationships between chemical toxins and disease include:

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May 07

The Importance of Digestion

Many people make the false assumption that the food they eat is guaranteed to provide the nutrients their body’s need to function properly and create a state of good health. This assumption is usually false because most people are not getting he nutrients they need from the food they eat. The Centers for Disease Control says that only 5-10 % of the population is getting the nutrients they need every day from the food they eat. And, this lack of sufficient nutrition is the number one cause of chronic disease in this country.

 

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May 07

Healthy Heart

  1. The Different Types of Heart Disease

 

  1. Hardening of the arteries
  2. Collapse of an artery
  3. Tear in artery lining
  4. Faulty heart valve
  5. Nutrient deficiency
  6. Rhythm disruption

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May 07

Changing Employee Lifestyles: Creating a Sense of Urgency

Employers from coast to coast have a common and a troubling problem; how to get employees to adopt healthier lifestyles and behaviors.  The conventional methods simply do not seem to get the job done on a consistent basis, which raises the question: “Is there really any way to get people to adopt healthier lifestyles?”

 

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