Help Your Body Fight Disease

We’ve got a bad flu season still hanging around, weird weather triggering off various colds (in all your coworkers—who continue to come to work) and of course the coronavirus.

Here’s a primer on how you can adjust a few things in your life to better resist disease and increase your peace of mind.

FIRST:

You have a lot of control over whether you get sick. Maintaining your health isn’t a game of craps. Do the steps I’m outlining, and your chances of getting sick are going to reduce.

The problem is your friends, family, and coworkers have bought into the “heath as a game of craps” theory. They are very unlikely to do much to improve their health, and so they can get sick and may become additional health obstacles that you have to overcome.

So you’ll have to deal with their possible contagion as part of your plan. But you can also talk to your potential germ-carrier friends and see if they’ll wake up and take some action. Heck, you could forward them this article!

DIET:

I just wrote an article on an immune-boosting diet last week. Diet is one of the simplest and most effective actions you can take to fight disease.

A short version of the Simple Immune-Boosting Diet that You Can Do:

  • Don’t raise your blood sugar (avoid cake, candy, cookies, soda, beer and wine). (For more information on why this works, read Boost Your Immune System).
  • Avoid: Milk, cream, sour cream and cream cheese.
  • Avoid: Fast food and cheap restaurant food.
  • Eat protein with each meal and snack.
  • Don’t skip meals.
  • Don’t eat large and regular servings of refined carbs (breads, pasta, rice).

I wrote an article with all the reasons why these steps work. Just read Simple Immune-Boosting Diet that You Can Do.

MOTION:

I’m not calling this “exercise” because you don’t have to do anything as strenuous as exercise to get a significant immune benefit.

Motion has the effect of:

  • Moving your body’s garbage out of your lymph system.
  • Improving your circulation and oxygenating your tissues.
  • Gently stressing your body systems and getting them more fully back online.
  • De-stressing you emotionally, which (see later) is itself an immune booster.

SLEEP:

Sleep is critical to a healthy body, active immune system and to reduce mental stress. My experience is that most people who don’t sleep enough are doing it to themselves: They burn the candle at both ends, stay up late and get up early. I recommend that you take a good, objective look at your efficiency. Is an extra couple hours of work making up for feeling tired and groggy? Probably not!

If you have a sleep problem: can’t get to sleep, wake in the night and can’t get back to sleep or don’t feel rested in the morning, see HEALTH later in this article for a solution.

ENVIRONMENT:

Reducing stress is a big part of staying healthy. It’s also a big part of staying happy. Do whatever works for you: walking, yoga, reading, visiting friends and family, gardening, fishing—things that make your life happy and more fulfilled.

The most significant environmental stress you can avoid to stay well is Toxic Personalities.

These seem to come in two flavors:

In-your-face nasty people. These will make less of everything you do, threaten you, tell others how awful you are, etc. But the good news is that you are aware of what they’re doing.

Stab-you-in-the-back-while-smiling nasty people. These cowards won’t attack you openly; they undermine you while you aren’t looking.  Often they’ll attempt to destroy your self-confidence or happiness “for your own good.” Anyone in your life who is trying to get you to abandon your ambitions or do less, or who is critical of your actions or intentions is suspect. Social personalities hate to pass along bad news, can’t wait to encourage you in any positive endeavor and would never rip up your reputation behind your back.

I often give this toxic personality advice to patients, and my patients often act on it. The results can be astonishing! Nice people (such as yourself) are just that: nice. You can’t fathom the idea that someone wants to make your life a living hell. I think sometimes people need permission to jettison the nasties from their lives.

I hereby give you permission!

Other Environmental Considerations:

Stay away from sick people as much as possible.

Wash your hands a lot. You’re always touching surfaces that could be contaminated. Your fingers are the big offenders here. Think: you touch door handles, surfaces, etc. Then you touch your phone. Your phone is now contaminated, and you keep touching and touching and touching it (even after you wash your hands). Clean off your phone!

HEALTH:

The medical authority’s official belief is that there’s no direct way to improve the immune system. Without taking issue with this, I will point out that reducing the stress on your body would automatically enhance your immune system.

Being in good health without immune stress makes it much less likely that you’ll get sick. And if you do get sick, you’re almost certainly going to have less severe symptoms and get well quicker.

About 60 percent of the US adult population is “permanently ill” with a chronic illness: high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, thyroid problems, fatigue, depression, etc. If you’ve got something like this going on, there will be stress to specific organs associated with it. Finding out what organs are stressed and doing something effective to reduce that stress could make you much less susceptible to illness (and a lot happier).

Many people with chronic illnesses haven’t considered that their disease makes them more likely to get sick.

Would you like to find out what’s stressed in your body and how to improve this? Your medical doctor is going to be useless. You’ll need a holistic practitioner or functional medicine doctor.

Recovering from a chronic health condition can take some time and quite a bit of effort on your part, but the results can be life-changing. Plus, you’re much less likely to become ill.

If you think that this might be a pretty good idea, go to this link and follow the instructions—you’ll be on your way!

THE SOLUTION TO CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS is to assist the body so that it continues to heal and become healthier and more resilient, finally achieving a good quality of life and stable health with labs showing normal ranges.

Find Out More

Here is a free booklet with the story of how I developed my techniques and how those techniques work (practical information that shows how your body works and how to start recovering your health for the rest of your life).

 

Watch this video for a seven-minute explanation of how to assist your body in healing itself.

Watch this video for a seven-minute explanation of how to assist your body in healing itself.

Simple Immune-Boosting Diet that You Can Do

Over the past 25 years, I’ve developed a diet that effectively boosts the immune system quickly and speeds healing in most patients.

I wouldn’t call this is a “healthy diet,” however. A “healthy diet” would be how a healthy person would eat to stay healthy, right? This diet is how you’d want to eat if you were sick or if your body was having some long-term stress. In these cases, you’d wish to boost your immune system to the maximum.

Another point is that this isn’t a “diet.” It’s more a set of guidelines for tweaking your existing diet to improve your immune response. To do this, you probably won’t have to make major changes in how you eat. Changing your diet can be stressful and difficult, and the intention here is only to help you recover your health.

There are seven “checks” that you’ll do on your existing diet. If you are not violating the check, there’s nothing for you to do there. Move on!

The checks are in order of importance, so you know what to work on first to get the fastest result.

It’s imperative to realize that no diet is right for everyone. In your particular case, there could be valuable additions to these basic checks that you might need. As well, the “order of importance” might be slightly different in your specific situation.

But generally, this guideline will work wonders for most people.

Remember: These are in order of importance.

Check One: Don’t raise your blood sugar level

Blood sugar is the single most important dietary check you can do. Nothing else you can do for your immune system will be as effective as keeping your blood sugar from spiking.

To fully understand this fascinating connection, read BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM.

Here’s how to avoid raising your blood sugar:

  • Don’t eat refined sugar (cake, candy, cookies, soda, wine, beer).
  • Fruit contains a lot of sugar. Sugar is sugar: Don’t eat more than three servings a day, and not at the same time. Don’t drink fruit juice of any kind (it’s refined sugar). Eat protein (meat, eggs, nuts) WITH the fruit to buffer it. The protein slows down the sugar being absorbed in your stomach so that it doesn’t raise the blood sugar nearly as much.
  • When buying food with a label: Check that the sugar per serving is 5 grams or less.

Check Two: Don’t eat dairy milk or cream

There are three things wrong with milk and cream, which makes these foods extreme immune stressors:

  1. Milk is baby formula for cows, jammed with sugar. An 8 ounce cup of milk has 13 grams of sugar (4 teaspoons)—compare this to a soft drink with 16 grams of sugar. Drinking any amount of milk can raise your blood sugar.
  2. Milk contains proteins that don’t digest properly in a human gut. Cows, if you recall, have four stomachs and can digest things we can’t. The proteins cause immune stress and mucous.
  3. Regular milk is very nasty. It has added hormones, pesticides, herbicides, drugs for the cows; you name it. Buying organic pretty much handles this problem but still leaves items 1 and 2.

Cheese and yogurt come from milk processed by bacteria. The bacteria LOVE sugar (another reason not to raise your blood sugar) and eat all the milk sugar. In the process, they break down the proteins and make them more digestible. Butter is milk fat, without the sugar and proteins. So cheese, yogurt, and butter are great for most people (although you’d want to get organic). Note that yogurt must be plain; a cup of fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt has an astounding 36 grams of sugar (9 teaspoons of sugar!).

Check Three: Don’t eat fast foods

Fast food restaurants are price-driven. They must buy the cheapest food possible and keep it as long as necessary to get it sold and not thrown out.

Problem: Cheap food tastes terrible. Enter food chemistry, the art of photo-shopping food using chemicals. It’s possible to alter the taste, smell, texture, and color of foods this way, allowing cheap food to taste and look good.

Problem: This also makes food toxic.

Example: A Chick-fil-A sandwich has 55 ingredients, including MSG, artificial colors Yellow 5 and Blue 1, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Potassium Iodate, and Dimethylpolysiloxane. Here’s the full list.

Fast food usually contains preservatives to allow it to have a longer shelf life. We have a 15-year-old Happy Meal at the clinic to show patients; it looks like you could still eat it. Maybe those preservatives they use are closer to embalming agents?

Check Four: Eat at least three meals per day

Skipping meals causes your body to go into catabolism, which stresses your adrenal glands. In most cases of chronic disease, the adrenal glands are involved, as they handle physical and mental stress. The way to help them get well is to let them rest. To do this, you must take control of your blood sugar by eating a meal every four hours and snacks between if needed.

Check Five: Eat protein with every meal

Protein is required by your body to make cells and rebuild damaged tissue. There is a limit to how much protein your body can absorb for this purpose each meal. If you’re trying to heal, making sure your body is “tanked up” on protein is essential. Also:

  • Protein digests more slowly than other foods like carbohydrates and will keep you feeling full longer.
  • Protein can’t cause your blood sugar to spike like carbohydrates.
  • Protein can boost your metabolism, which can give your body more energy to heal.

Check Six: Convert snacks into protein snacks

Snacks should have three parts:

  1. Eat a small amount of carbohydrate or sugar (fruit) to raise your blood sugar (you’re usually snacking because you have lowered blood sugar and feel hungry).
  2. Eat some protein to buffer the carb or fruit to prevent it from spiking your blood sugar. Also, protein eaten regularly will smooth out your blood sugar and reduce stress on your adrenal glands.
  3. Eat some fat, which also buffers carbohydrates and lengthens the time until you’re hungry again.

Check Seven: Reduce the amount of refined carbohydrates you’re eating

If you’re already working on reducing your carbs, ignore this one. Eating enough carbs is important to your energy level, and also to healing. If you’re eating lots of bread, pasta, and rice almost every meal, you can probably cut your carbs in half without suffering or feeling hungry. The only difficulty with this is serving yourself a smaller portion (yikes!) and then not having seconds. Willpower!

Diet can help with a health problem, but won’t solve one

Diet as a cure for illness is a thoroughly researched subject.

Once a person has a chronic health condition, diet change alone won’t get them well. Now it’s also true that you probably can’t get well without changing to a less stressful diet, it’s just not going to work if that’s all you do.

Learn about what does work to end chronic health conditions:

THE SOLUTION TO CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS is to assist the body so that it continues to heal and become healthier and more resilient, finally achieving a good quality of life and stable health with labs showing normal ranges.

Find Out More

Here is a free booklet with the story of how I developed my techniques and how those techniques work (practical information that shows how your body works and how to start recovering your health for the rest of your life).

 

Watch this video for a seven-minute explanation of how to assist your body in healing itself.

Watch this video for a seven-minute explanation of how to assist your body in healing itself.

Thyroid: The Most Overlooked Cause of Poor Health

If you are a woman with a chronic health condition, there’s about a 1 in 3 chance that part of your problem has to do with your thyroid gland. (Men have this problem as well, but less than 10% of those with chronic health problems are thyroid-related).

By “chronic health problem,” I mean being tired, digestive problems, low sex drive, poor sleep, weight gain (or can’t lose weight), depression, anxiety, memory or concentration problems, and many more.

A sluggish thyroid gland can give you vague symptoms that are so common you might not realize they aren’t normal. You might feel less energetic than you remember being, especially feeling sluggish in the mornings. Losing your hair, or dry, brittle, thin hair could be from your thyroid. If you’re losing words and can’t remember the way you used to, or have some problems concentrating this might not just be “getting older.” Anxiety is a common thyroid symptom, as is low to zero sex drive. Slow, steady weight gain and not being able to lose weight is another common thyroid symptom. Cold hands and feet, intolerance to cold, PMS or infertility, muscle cramps, pain or weakness, constipation, and “sag and droop syndrome” are all possibly caused by a slow thyroid.

How to know you’re at risk:

  1. If you complain to your doctor about not feeling right and are told that nothing is wrong, it’s all normal, and you should learn to live with it.
  2. You just aren’t right and are having an increasingly difficult time convincing yourself that you are healthy.

There are two big problems with having a sluggish thyroid:

  1. Only about half of thyroid cases get diagnosed. There are many ways your body can hide thyroid insufficiency from showing on a blood test.
  2. Of the diagnosed and treated patients, the majority get little symptom relief from the only class of drugs commonly used for treatment.

Your conventional doctor is looking for a specific blood test, TSH, to be over 5.0 to diagnose you. Since this only happens with about half of thyroid patients, this “yes or no” approach isn’t workable. Further, if you do get diagnosed, there is little chance that the treatment offered will help you to feel better.

The real problem isn’t getting a correct diagnosis, because if you do get diagnosed, the treatment usually doesn’t work.

What treatments for thyroid problems work?

  1. First, test to find out what is happening: Blood tests that show not just TSH, but T3, T4, and autoimmune antibodies would be the first step. Metals are important to test. Adrenals and thyroid affect each other, so an adrenal workup is essential, as is basic allergy testing. Mineral deficiency testing is also required.
  2. Help the body reduce inflammation. 90% of sluggish thyroid cases are from an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s. The first step in helping the body to control autoimmune is to get the inflammation under control. Often we will eliminate food allergies permanently as a method of getting inflammation under control and improving the health of the gut. Diet changes factor in here also.
  3. Test for and resolve nutritional problems using supplementation and dietary improvements.
  4. In 25 years and many thousands of thyroid cases, we’ve found that interference with the thyroid system of the body by humanmade toxic chemicals is always a significant part of the problem. Called “Endocrine Disruptors” or “Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals,” these toxins can directly interfere with the hormones of the body. One of the most vulnerable body systems to this interference is the thyroid. We treat this problem using a proprietary acupressure treatment called “System Balancing Technique,” which helps the body to stop treating the Endocrine Disrupting Toxins as if they were natural hormones.

The most important thing:

The most important thing is YOU GETTING RESULTS.

The biggest threat to your results is anyone believing that they know more than your body about what treatment or help you need.

Should the thyroid be treated just because blood tests indicate that it is sluggish? 99+% of the health care world thinks the answer to this question is, “of course!” But what if your body needs your adrenals, or sex hormones, or digestion improved before it could heal the thyroid? In this case, the treatments for the thyroid would be completely ineffective! You’d be attempting to build the roof before you made the walls.

The EvecticsSM system tests for and addresses health problems in the order the body needs to heal. This approach is the best insurance possible for your results.

THE SOLUTION TO CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS is to assist the body so that it continues to heal and become healthier and more resilient, finally achieving a good quality of life and stable health with labs showing normal ranges.

Find Out More

Here is a free booklet with the story of how I developed my techniques and how those techniques work (practical information that shows how your body works and how to start recovering your health for the rest of your life).

 

Watch this video for a seven-minute explanation of how to assist your body in healing itself.

Watch this video for a seven-minute explanation of how to assist your body in healing itself.

Resolving Chronic Health Conditions

Health Care is Failing Worldwide

Six in ten adults in the US have a chronic disease, and four in ten adults have two or more.” CDC

How many people (including yourself) do you know with heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and depression… to name a few.

Control of chronic diseases by medical treatment or alternative / holistic techniques have been failing for decades. Nothing is working. 60% of the population is affected, and this is increasing.

I have a third, unique approach that has been solving these problems for 25 years.

Point-and-Shoot Health Care

Health care has always been about solving the problem that the patient wants fixed. This was probably true with the Egyptians: Amon visits the Healer’s dwelling with a spear wound, and the Healer treats the gash.

Roll forward 5,000 years: Andy is at the doctor’s office with a broken finger, and the doctor treats the finger.

Problem—Solution. Point and shoot. Fix what the patient wants, which is the basis of all commerce since time began.

It was all good until our environment became toxic, the food supply deteriorated, and emotional stress went through the roof. All these have contributed to an epidemic of chronic health conditions.

The CDC says that 6 in 10 people in the US have at least one chronic health problem and that chronic conditions cost 75 cents of every health care dollar. Chronic disease has become an out of control situation.

We need a new approach to the treatment of chronic conditions, but the health care system insists on using the popular, accepted “treat the problem that the patient wants fixed” model.

Here’s How Conventional Medical Care Works:

When you show up at your doctor, no matter what problem you complain of, it will be treated with a drug to “fix the problem” by reducing or eliminating your symptoms (medically, the symptoms are your problem).

  • High blood pressure headaches? Drugs long-term or for the rest of your life to control this.
  • Depression? Same solution.
  • Irregular, painful cycles? Same solution.
  • Hot flashes and night sweats? Same.
  • Arthritis and joint pain? Same.

In all cases, drugs are a partial solution at best in that the symptom may improve (although it usually won’t disappear altogether). However, the drugs have side effects, and the underlying cause of the problem which isn’t being addressed at all by a symptom-suppressing drug will worsen. The result is what we have all observed: deteriorating health, more prescriptions and diagnoses, and a lower quality of life.

Medical treatment for chronic conditions isn’t the same as splinting a finger; the “solution” continues for the rest of your life; the problem never leaves, usually worsens, and your health deteriorates.

The Alternative or Holistic Solution

Just read the internet, and you’ll find a thousand references about alternative or holistic treatments: “Don’t treat only the symptom, get to the root of the problem!”

As encouraging as this sounds, in almost every case the holistic doctor is still treating the complaint. He’s still using the point-and-shoot, fix-the-patient’s-problem approach.  But with a significant difference: no drugs.

  • High blood pressure? Blood pressure-reducing herbs, less stressful diet, yoga or other calming practices, acupuncture.
  • Depression? Herbs, diet, more yoga.
  • Irregular, painful cycles? Herbs, diet, acupuncture, yoga.

I’m not critical of this at all. Sometimes this is successful, the person recovers and isn’t on drugs for the rest of their life.

But we’re at 60% of the population with chronic diseases. If these holistic techniques were genuinely effective, if they were the solution, enough people would be using them to make this number reduce (it’s currently increasing every year).

The burden of chronic diseases is rapidly increasing worldwide. World Health Organization website

A Third, Practical Approach to Resolving Chronic Conditions

For 25 years, I’ve been researching solutions to chronic health conditions. What I’ve seen that’s effective is quite different from the usual “treat the problem the patient complains of” approach.

Here’s what I have found:
  1. HEALTH is a continuous scale from poor to good. Everyone is somewhere on this scale.
  2. A person in excellent health has a robust immune system and plenty of resources in their body to overcome stress and heal damage.
  3. A person in poor health will generally take on more damage their body can’t fix and get worse.
  4. HEALTH can’t be measured by symptoms only or lack of symptoms, as bodies hide symptoms and only show them when stress becomes overwhelming.
  5. Any person with health problems could dramatically improve by becoming increasingly healthy until their body could handle the stress and heal.

This Third Approach is very different from your previous health care experiences.

Rather than look for ways to reduce your symptoms, I test for where your body is hanging up in its healing process. Then I assist your body past the stuck point and return it to healing. When it hangs up again, I test to find out why and assist it to continue healing.

I continue testing and assisting until you have reached a stable, healthy condition, and your symptoms are no longer a problem in your life.

The Chart to Health & Wellness

This chart shows a person’s progress from poor health (at the bottom) to maintaining wellness (at the top). The columns show the techniques that assist the body beyond stuck points in its healing progress.

Chronic health problems start with your body taking on more damage from your environment than it can repair. At some point, this damage builds up to become more than your body can hide, and you develop a symptom. You might go to the doctor and suppress this symptom with a drug, but you’ve done nothing about the damage that is causing it. As even more damage occurs, you can develop additional symptoms until you can honestly say that you’ve lost your health.

Chronic problems come from the body becoming unable to keep up with needed repairs, not from a specific cause of damage. There’s no spear wound or broken finger to treat. The doctor can no longer just solve the patient’s problem.

THE SOLUTION TO CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS is to assist the body so that it continues to heal and become healthier and more resilient, finally achieving a good quality of life and stable health with labs showing normal ranges.

Find Out More

Here is a free booklet with the story of how I developed my techniques and how those techniques work (practical information that shows how your body works and how to start recovering your health for the rest of your life).

Watch this video for a seven-minute explanation of how to assist your body in healing itself.