Marriage vs. Health

Having a health problem sucks a lot already, but the stress your health may put on your marriage can make your life even more difficult.

Your symptoms can be tough on your spouse: You’re tired. You don’t sleep well. Your lab shows your adrenals are completely fatigued, so you can barely stay awake in the afternoons– and “definitely don’t talk to me early in the mornings.” Your hormones make you irritable, moody and you have no patience at all. You may cry at nothing, then just get angry and take someone’s head off. You may have absolutely no sex drive, and you may feel completely unattractive. Pain is tough on you, and your spouse may suffer as well, just knowing you’re hurting.

What to Do?

Here are a few ideas how to help with this situation as told to us repeatedly by thousands of patients over two decades:

  • Don’t make decisions for your spouse. YOU might not want to live with you, given all your problems, but he may consider it an honor to be your husband and just want to help you as much as he can. Advice from thousands of patients who have been there: LET HIM (and DON’T feel guilty, after all he’s doing what he wants to do).
  • Your health problem is a stress on your marriage, as are many other things that can happen in life. One solution: Stop worrying about the sources of stress and instead build your marriage to be strong enough to withstand them all.
    Here is an (apparently) little-known fact about marriages: They only continue to exist, because they are constantly-created things. You can buy a new dining room table, and expect it to be around for many years without having to do anything to keep it from going away. But once you get married, only constant creation of the marriage will keep it there. Heard the term “taken for granted”? Yep, that’s the one thing a marriage can’t withstand. It might not end in divorce, but the marriage will disappear.
    Just the recognition of this one fact can be the magic that will prevent the deterioration of your marriage and begin to make it stronger.
  • OK, so you agree that it makes sense to constantly create your marriage… so what should you do? One of the single most important things is recognizing your spouse’s life. For most people, nothing is truly complete until it’s recognized by someone else. If you fix a great meal but no one comments that they liked it… you may feel sad, and aren’t likely to give yourself the credit for making a great dinner. If you tell your spouse about your day and they just grunt, it’s almost like you aren’t really there!
    Try following these guidelines for a day and see if your marriage doesn’t change almost overnight:

     

    • Acknowledge your spouse’s statements and comments by replying in a way that makes sure they know you heard and understood them while recognizing anything positive they are saying, and giving them credit for it. “Johnny got an A on his math today.”  “That’s great! You’ve really been helping him with his homework.” or “I had a bad fatigue day today, just exhausted all day.”  “Wow, I’m sorry. I know you did your job well anyway.”
    • Just hear and understand what they say, don’t try to solve their problems. Truly, most people just want to have someone listen to them and understand what they’ve said. Swear off any urge to jump in and try to solve the problem that your spouse only wants you to listen to. This can be difficult, but if you’ll just give it an experimental try and observe how much happier everyone is, you’ll stop the problem-solving.
    • Finally, just let your spouse be themselves. Find ways to compliment and acknowledge them just for being them, recognize those unique attributes that make your spouse who they are. After all, isn’t that why you got married?

Make Health Improvement a Family Project

“You can only be a victim of those things you can’t control.” –Dr. Billiot

I hate to quote myself, but this summarizes my philosophy of effective health care. My point here is to un-victimize your family by allowing them to get involved in your health improvement program. If they help, they are to some degree in control of this problem that affects them all so much. You can’t really protect them by trying to hide your problems, so why not let them help?

  • Bring them up to speed. Spouses can read your consultation report, which lists all your symptoms, stressed organs and allergies. Kids can be told a short kid-friendly version of “how we are all going to help mommy get healthier so she feels better.” Believe me, they KNOW you don’t feel good.
  • Explain how you are going to get better. Spouses can read the short EvecticsSM booklet. Kids don’t need theory, just tell them what you’re doing: supplements, diet, visits to the clinic.
  • Field Trip! If you haven’t already, bring everyone to one of your visits. Let us know beforehand so we can be prepared to explain what you’re doing and why.
  • Put your family on your diet. It’s easier to eat healthy if you’re not the only one. Your kids may gripe, but they can feel that their “dessert sacrifice” is to help mommy feel better. It’s all about making them involved and so giving them control.
  • Put them in the loop. When you write Success Stories, bring home a copy. If they are helping you, this is THEIR success as well as yours. Get us to give you a copy of your reevaluation interview and share your progress with your family. They’ll know where your progress is and what you still need to work on.

Please let me know your own experiences involving your family in your health improvement. I am always learning more to pass on to future patients.

Seduced By Salt, Sugar and Fat

Have You Been Seduced by Salt, Sugar and Fat?Assorted Junk Food

Learn how the food giants have hooked us.

Back in 1999, a group of men who controlled America’s largest food companies attended a meeting in the Minneapolis headquarters of Pillsbury. In attendance were C.E.O.’s and presidents from Nestle, Kraft and Nabisco, General Mills and Procter & Gamble, Coco-Cola and Mars.  The agenda: the emerging obesity epidemic and how to deal with it. These men were in constant battle with each other over what they called “stomach share” – the amount of consumers that any one company’s brand could take away from their competition.

Pillsbury’s chief technical officer ran the meeting. His intent was to get these men to agree that they had gone too far in creating and marketing products that posed the greatest health concerns–foods laden with sugar, salt and fat. He and others wanted these food giants to agree to be part of the solution, not the problem, by reformulating their foods to make them healthier. By looking at today’s obesity epidemic it is quite clear that the food giants didn’t agree.

In this article, The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food, Michael Moss an investigative reporter for The NY Times, tells the story of  that meeting back in 1999 and gives you insight into how companies use salt, sugar and fat to addict us. You’ll learn why companies spend millions of dollars to find the sensory-specific satiety point, the perfect “mouth feel”, vanishing caloric density, and how to get consumers to consume more.

Once you’ve read this article, ask yourself … Just how far will corporations go to manipulate nutrition at the expense of our health to fatten their bottom line?

Mammograms Do Not Prevent Cancer

Do You Believe Mammograms Prevent Cancer? It IS NOT True!

We have attended health fairs and business “lunch-n-learns”, hosted workshops and spoke to church groups about breast health and thermography.  We’ve met many women and encouraged them to get a thermography. Much to my dismay, many of them turned down the offer saying, “I just had my mammogram. I’m good for another year.” Or, “My mammogram will detect the cancer early enough so it will be easily treatable.”

It’s hard for me to believe that women think just waiting around to find the lump is going to prevent them from getting breast cancer.  It’s crazy. Yet, a recent survey found that over half the women believe that mammography prevents breast cancer (!).

If the mammogram detects a cancer tumor, how is it going to prevent you from getting breast cancer?  You already have it at that point.

What happens next is unimaginable for some of us, and unfortunately past and present experience for others. You may get surgery, exposed to radiation and pumped full of toxins to kill the cancer. This is devastating to your body as you struggle just to survive the treatments.

Unfortunately many women have this huge misunderstanding about what the cancer institutions are saying about early detection and prevention.  According to the American Cancer Society:

“The goal of screening exams for early breast cancer detection is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms, because breast cancer found due to symptoms being present tends to be larger and more likely to have spread outside the breast. Early detection means getting breast cancer diagnosed earlier than otherwise might have occurred so that breast cancer can be treated successfully.”

This EARLY detection of the cancer may in turn help PREVENT you from dying from it. That’s what it’s all about.  The medical professionals are LOOKING for the CANCER so they can KILL IT before it KILLS YOU. They aren’t looking to PREVENT it from occurring. Mammograms will not prevent cancer. It is a tool to help find the cancer.

I don’t think there is anyone who wants to be in that situation where they have found the cancer. So how do we prevent that from occurring? Well, it all starts with knowing your risk. Take a look at the diagram below.

The red dots on the right are the sizes of tumors detected by various detection methods–breast exams, mammograms and MRIs. The green dot on the left represents metabolic changes that are occurring in your breast tissue that if left alone can develop into a cancerous tumor up to 8 years later when it can then be spotted on a mammogram.  These metabolic changes can be seen using an infrared camera– it’s called thermography.

Booble-Circles

Comparing Breast Cancer Detection Methods to Risk Assessment – Thermography.

So if you could find out what your risk is for getting a breast cancer tumor at least 8 years before it is spotted on a mammogram, wouldn’t you want to? Finding out that early gives you time to put together a Cancer Prevention Program that includes finding out why the breast tissue is stressed. That can include lifestyle choices, imbalanced hormones, insufficient vitamin and mineral levels and specific toxic stress on your body.

Breast cancer IS preventable, but you have to do something about it, not just wait and see if you have it.  Our Breast Cancer Prevention Program starts with knowing your risk. One very effective way of doing that is to get a thermography.

Want to learn more? Visit our website or call 770-937-9200 and ask to talk to Ronna, or thermographer. She’ll be happy to answer any questions and get you scheduled.

What’s Making You So Crazed? Could it Be Your Blood Sugar?

How Your Spouse’s Blood Sugar can be Dangerous to YOUR Health

Do you avoid certain people if you know they haven’t eaten in a while? Or is someone avoiding you?

blood sugar problems

If your brain and nervous system are like a light bulb, the electric cord supplying power to the bulb is your blood sugar. Any reduction creates a nervous system and brain “brown-out” with severe consequences.

Your body’s ability to maintain the correct level of sugar in your bloodstream is a vital part of keeping your body healthy and functional.  I’m not talking about diabetes, which is a whole different blood sugar problem. This problem is mainly from adrenal issues, not the pancreas!

Symptoms of Blood Sugar Imbalance

Even though the cartoon makes light of this issue, this can become a serious situation if not handled. Perhaps you or someone you know is dealing with someone who…

  • “Flies off the handle” at almost anything—when they’re hungry?
  • Can’t wake up in the mornings… wanders around in a fog for half an hour?
  • Can’t get to sleep at night, or wakes and can’t get back to sleep?
  • Loses all their energy at 3:00 PM and struggles to stay alert or even awake until after dinner?
  • Gets anxious, lightheaded and shaky if they get hungry, or even randomly whether hungry or not?
  • Eats “like a horse” and is hungry right afterwards. These people will eat three snacks in a row from 9:00PM to bedtime?
  • Getting between this person and sugar could be hazardous to your health?
  • Can’t stop eating breads, pastas, cakes, cookies, chips and junk foods?
  • Has belly fat or a large abdomen?
  • Is just tired all the time?
  • Just generally “feels like crap” so much of the time that it has become the new normal?
  • Gets randomly dizzy?
  • Has periods of behavior that are just… well, psychotic?
  • Complains about their memory and is suffering with an inability to remember important and even simple things?

Each of the above problems can originate from a blood sugar problem.  Maintaining a controlled blood sugar level is imperative for your optimal health. Even if you have not been diagnosed with having diabetes, blood sugar levels that are consistently unbalanced can have detrimental effects on your body. For more details on the effects watch this video: Sugar In Your Diet–What it really does to your body

Imbalances in sugar can lead to loss in energy, changes in metabolism, weight gain and even diabetes. This is why it is important to be aware of signs that your blood sugar levels are not staying level.

Fixing the Blood Sugar Imbalance

What can you do to keep your blood sugar balanced? The answer depends entirely on what is causing the problem, how long it’s been happening and what other contributing issues may be happening at the same time.  SO: The first step to handle blood sugar would be to get tested to find the answer to these problems. Once we have the causes and areas of stress underlying the problem, a program (or just some simple diet and lifestyle actions) can be designed to support your body and help it heal.

To get tested and find out what’s causing your problem, call us at 770.937.9200 and make an appointment for an initial evaluation.

OR…

You can do our Blood Sugar Program for less than $250 complete, which includes the testing as a part of the program!

What Does the 10-Day Blood Sugar Program Entail?

  • Autonomic Response Evaluation of your body’s most stressed areas to determine the causes of your problems.
  • Professional consultation and interpretation of your test results and recommendations.
  • 10-Day supply of supplements and dietary guidelines.
    • SP Complete: Whole Food supplement shake that includes amino acids, essential fatty acids, vegetable concentrates, and powerful antioxidant protection to support the entire range of body systems.
    • SP Cleanse: Combines 20 unique whole food and botanical ingredients designed to support the body’s normal toxin removal process.
    • Diaplex: Encourages healthy blood sugar levels and supports healthy function of the pancreas when combined with a balanced diet.
    • Gymnema: An herbal product that helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels when combined with a balanced diet.
  • Professional guidance from caring practitioners.

So What Could Happen By Doing the Program?

  • Weight loss
  • Better sleep
  • Less cravings
  • More energy, less fatigue
  • More balanced cholesterol
  • Healthier blood sugar levels (if the person has diagnosed blood sugar problems)
  • And more!

What You Can Do Next

If you want to find out if this program is right for you or for a friend of yours, call the office and talk to Tamiko. 770-937-9200.

Early Detection is the Key to Reducing Your Risk of Breast Cancer

I’m Declaring 2013 the Year of the Breasts

I just read some pretty startling news regarding breast cancer, and it’s not good. As a health professional and a woman, I am very concerned about the health issues facing us regarding breast health and breast cancer. I have been touched by this illness personally, as many of you have, too.

When I first opened my practice almost 20 years ago, breast cancer diagnosis was relatively rare. Now the American Cancer Society estimates that almost 233,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women and of those women, 40,000 will die. That is, 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.  Here are some more statistics

  • 1 out of 8 of these invasive breast cancers will be found in women younger than 45 and about
  • 2 out of 3 invasive breast cancers are found in women age 55 or older.
  • The incidence of breast cancer in the U.S. rose 24% between 1973 and 1991.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.
  • A woman in 1940 had a 1 in 20 chance of contracting breast cancer. Now our risk is 1 in 8.

I don’t know about you but that is pretty scary information to me. Watch the video below to see how you can reduce your risk of ever getting breast cancer in the first place.

Fat Superheroes

Are You Smart Enough? NO? You May Need More Omega 3’s.

Article at a glance:

  • Definition of fatty acids: The building blocks of the fat in our bodies and in the food we eat. During digestion, the body breaks down fats into fatty acids, which can then be absorbed into the blood.
  • The brain, eyes and heart need the poly-unsaturated Omega 3 fatty acids. It’s essential that we eat them.
  • Two of the Omega 3’s, EPA and DHA, are so vital to the functioning of the brain, that if it has a shortage it will rob these fats from wherever it can to the detriment of the rest of the body.
  • There are only two things known to leach EPA and DHA fatty acids from the brain: alcohol and a fetus. For a fetus’s brain to grow it needs EPA and DHA, especially in the last trimester. If the mom isn’t eating enough Omega 3, the fetus will take it from the mom’s brain. Many pregnant women suffer from memory loss (of foggy brain) and depression–two symptoms of not having enough Omega 3.
  • It’s important to have the right balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6. Most Americans eat 20 times more Omega 6 than Omega 3 (20:1). You should be eating NO MORE than two times the amount of Omega 6 as you do Omega 3 (2:1).
  • The source of one of the most fundamental ways the body manages itself DOES NOT come from a particular gland or the brain, but from the food we eat. Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids produce substances called prostaglandins. Prostaglandins help micro-manage the body, especially in an emergency such as getting injured.
  • Omega 6 prostaglandins create inflammation which is important to protect the body when injured. Omega 3 prostaglandins reduce the inflammation as the body heals itself.
  • A good fat can become bad for you if the ratios are unbalanced.

 


 Fat Superheroes

 The brain, eyes and heart need Omega 3 fats. It’s essential that we eat them. 

Two Omega 3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, are very alive, vibrating and electric – and very concentrated in the areas of the body where things need to happen fast: like the brain with all the neurons firing off, the eyes where images need to be made in a split second and the heart where we need to keep it beating in a regular rhythm.

Fat is key to making things happen fast. Exactly the opposite of what we have been taught! Based on what you’ve been told about fat, you’d think that if we had fat in our brains it would be slowing things down, not be key to speeding things up.

EPA and DHA are so vital to the functioning of the brain, that if it has a shortage it will rob these fats from wherever it can to the detriment of the rest of the body. There are only two things known to leach these fatty acids from the brain: alcohol and a fetus.

In the third trimester of pregnancy, a fetus’ brain doubles in size. It needs EPA and DHA to help make that happen. So if mom isn’t getting enough EPA and DHA, the baby will take it from the mom’s brain.

So once you start leaching EPA and DHA from the brain, brain functions start to be affected like mood, memory, learning abilities. Two traits associated with alcoholism and pregnancies are memory and depression/postpartum depression.

Our Superheroes: ProstaglandinsOmega 3 superhero

The source of one of the most fundamental ways the body manages itself DOES NOT come from a particular gland or the brain, but from the food we eat.

The body takes fatty acids from the Omega 6 and Omega 3 and transforms them into powerful substances called prostaglandins. They have an enormous impact on our body.

To understand how these powerful prostaglandins impact our bodies, we need to first take a step back and learn how our body manages itself. We have all this stuff inside: cells, blood, organs, tissue, etc. All of this needs to be managed and regulated; communication needs to happen between the systems. The body does that in two ways:

  1. The nervous system through short fast electrical impulses sent through the nerves.
  2. The hormone system through chemical hormones in the blood stream and body fluids.

Omega 6 superheroWe have hormones to manage just about everything. The basic mechanism behind this is that a hormone gets secreted by a gland and circulates around in the blood to communicate to various cells and orchestrate a particular task.

Prostaglandins, on the other hand, are micro-managers, and tasks that need to occur quickly are handled by them. Prostaglandins are used in every tissue cell and organ in the body to regulate and control, even down to the cellular level, like moving calcium in and out of the cells. They have so much responsibility that scientists are still uncovering their functions, to the point where they are now referring to fat as an endocrine (hormone) gland.

Prostaglandins are particularly useful in emergencies where the body needs something to happen fast and it doesn’t have time to wait for a hormone to be circulated around in the blood. For example, if you get injured. The body will take the fatty acids in the tissue that was affected and create prostaglandins and quickly provide inflammation to isolate the injury. Prostaglandins are very much like hormones in the way that they regulate and control cells.Prostaglandins at work in your body

So think about how incredible that is. All the body requires is that we get a good balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 coming in so that it can use the prostaglandins to fine-tune the work that needs to be done.

If you have too much Omega 6 coming in the “helpful” inflammation can get out of control. Because it is the Omega 6 fatty acids that are responsible for providing the inflammation, and the Omega 3 that brings the inflammation down.

Most Americans are getting a 20:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3.  So inflammation is rising in the body and all the inflammatory conditions are happening: joint pain, asthma, arthritis, etc. We should be getting no more than a 2:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3.

It is important to make sure that all the fatty acids you eat are in good balance. This is one of the reasons a good fat goes bad—too much of one and not enough of another.

In my next article I’ll talk more about why we get more Omega 6 than Omega 3 and other reasons good fats go bad…Stay tuned! In the meantime, check out this article on getting more Omega 3 into your diet:

How to get more Omega 3 into your diet


Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids Breakdown

If you are curious about what the Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids are made up of…

 
  Omega 3 Parent is …
  Omega 6 Parent is …  
Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA for short)

ALA can be transformed into…

EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and

EPA can be transformed into…

DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid)

Linoleic Acid (LA for short)

LA can be transformed into…

GLA (Gamma-linolenic acid) and

GLA can be transformed into…

AA (Arachidonic acid)

Essential Fatty Acids (the stuff you need to eat be because your body can’t make it)

From the chart above, you can see that if you have the parent fat, then the rest of the family of fats can be made. Our bodies can’t make the parents (ALA and LA) so they are called essential fatty acids (EFA). Whenever the body can’t make something it is referred to as essential and so we must get it in the food we eat.  If you aren’t eating Omega 3 and Omega 6, you don’t have it available in your body and your body isn’t making the other fatty acids in the family. Good sources for these EFA’s are:

 
   Omega 6
   Omega 3   
Vegetables and seeds (LA) Flax (ALA)
Evening Primrose Oil (GLA) Cold water fish, like salmon, herring and mackerel (EPA and DHA)

 


 

This video explains in greater detail how the fetus uses the EPA and DHA from the brain.