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Being overweight is one of the single most common causes of chronic disease.  There are nearly 26 million Americans with Diabetes.  And more than one-third of the adults (79 million) are estimated to have PRE-DIABETES.  Diabetes is the 8th leading cause of death in the United States, behind Medical Intervention, Heart Disease, Cancer, Stroke, Respiratory Disease, Accidents, Alzheimer’s and just before the Flu & Pneumonia.  People with diabetes are more likely to suffer from complications such as heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, kidney failure, blindness and amputation of feet and legs.

The United States now ranks 51st in the world in life expectancy.  The average American is expected to live to just 78 years.  Diabetes costs $ 174 billion annually, including $ 116 billion in direct medical expenses.  In a study published in 2011, the CDC projected that as many as one in three U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if the current trends continue.  That’s more than 100 million people.  Type II Diabetes, in which the body gradually loses its ability to use and produce insulin, accounts for 90 to 95 percent of Diabetes cases.

In this article we will give you the secrets to not only losing weight, but also becoming as healthy as possible.  Today you have two choices regarding your health:

You can do the same things you’re currently doing and get the same results


You can try something new and do something new and get a different result.

The choice is yours.

Now let’s look at the Five Secrets:

Secret # 1

Secret # 1: Low Calorie & Low Fat Diets Don’t Work

A breakthrough study by Dr. P Webb, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, revealed that calorie intake alone was not sufficient to predict weight loss.  Most people believe that you lose weight by cutting calories and fat, by eating only one meal a day, or by only eating certain foods, or by starving yourself.

What are calories?

Calories are the measurement of potential energy in food.  If you take into your body more energy than you need, the body will convert it into stored fat.  In the same manner, if you consume less calories than your body needs, it will break down fat to make energy.  The result would be your body losing weight.

Research has shown that your body will adjust to a lower calorie diet by lowering its demand for energy.  After your body lowers its demand for calories, if you then return to eating the same way you used to, you will immediately put back the weight that you had lost.

Secret # 2 and 3

Secret #2: Hormones Affect Not Only Your Weight

but also your digestion, energy, sleep, blood pressure, metabolism and mood

The three glands whose hormones are most related to your weight are:

  • Adrenals
  • Thyroid
  • Pancreas

The Adrenal Glands

The adrenal glands secrete many hormones, and one of these hormones, cortisol, is related to weight loss, energy and sleep.  Cortisol breaks down fat into sugar, and when there is a problem with cortisol, weight loss can be difficult.  There are many quick and simple ways to check if your adrenal glands are functioning properly, and one of the easiest of these is called "Ragland's Test." 

Ragland's is a simple test to check the functioning of the adrenals by taking a person's blood pressure in 3 positions, sitting, followed by standing, followed by laying down. Your blood pressure should rise 10 points or more when going to the standing position and should lower 10 points or more when going to the lying down position.  If it rises less than this or if it remains below the original blood pressure amount when standing, then this is indicative of Adrenal Gland Exhaustion.  If it gets higher after lying down from a standing position, this too is indicative of Adrenal Gland Exhaustion

To rebuild these glands you would need to greatly reduce (eliminate) caffeine, reduce daily stress and take Adrenal Building Supplements.

The Thyroid Gland

Thyroid hormones are also involved with weight gain and fatigue.  They speed up or slow down the conversion of sugar to energy in order to keep your body's temperature at a constant 98.6 degrees. 

People with slow thyroids have trouble losing weight, get cold easily, have dry skin, feel tired and can lose their hair.  Thyroid problems may not always show up in blood tests.  A simple test for thyroid function is to take your temperature under the arm for two minutes immediately upon awakening.  It should read 97.6 degrees or higher.  If your temperature is subnormal, there may be a need to supplement your diet with iodine and other vital nutrients.

The Pancreas

The hormones secreted by the pancreas affect your weight as they determine if food is converted to energy or fat.  Carbohydrates and sugars are broken down during digestion into simple sugars.  Insulin is required to have the cells take these simple sugars from the blood to use for energy.  If there is a lack of insulin, these simple sugars do not go into your cells and your blood sugar rises.  If this becomes chronic, this is Type II Diabetes.

The other pancreatic hormone is glucagon.  This hormone is released when you do not have enough simple sugar in the blood to provide energy.  Glucagon takes fat from your body and converts it into simple sugar.  This causes weight loss.  When insulin is even slightly high in the blood, your body determines that there is enough energy supply and glucagon is not released.  As a result, fat is not broken down and you do not lose weight.

We consume on average over 120 pounds of sugar each year.  The pancreas produces higher and higher amounts of insulin to handle this overload.  At some point, the cells become "insulin resistant" and close their walls and stop allowing insulin to do its job.  Insulin then builds up in the blood.  The body becomes insulin resistant and glucagon is no longer released, which results in you not being able to lose weight.  It is highly recommended that you stop drinking and eating all sugar products.

You control insulin levels by eating lean proteins, complex carbohydrates such as non-gluten whole grains, in addition to vegetables, and good fats.  A high protein meal decreases insulin and increases glucagon levels, thus reducing stored fat and helping with weight loss.

Secret # 3: To Be Healthy You Must Eat and Drink those things that are healthy for your body. 

Stay away from Junk Food

Remember, trans-fatty acids such as: Margarine, vegetable shortening, and fried foods such as doughnuts, french fries, and other deep-fried fast food items, are dangerous at any level.  Trans-fatty acids are also widely used in commercially prepared foods containing partially hydrogenated oils such as:

  • crackers,
  • cookies,
  • cakes,
  • pastries,
  • microwave popcorn and
  • other snack foods. 

According to Walter Willet, MD., of Harvard School of Public health: "Eating Trans-fatty acids, particularly margarine, kills form 30,000 to 100,000 people every year from heart disease." 

Each of us had heard that you must consume enough vegetables and fruits every day, but do you know why? 

Vegetables and fruits are a primary food source that contain the micronutrients that can destroy free radicals.  The accumulation of stress, pollution and lack of nutrients results in the formation of an enemy to the body called "free radicals." 

A free radical is an atom that has been altered in the body.  This highly reactive atom comes about from such things as tobacco smoke, toxins and/or pollutants. 

Free radicals can damage cells, proteins and DNA by altering their chemical structure.  Over time, free radicals destroy the cells of your body.  Vegetables and fruits contain micronutrients and antioxidants that destroy free radicals. 

According to the Institute of Food Research, having enough fruits and vegetables in your diet can drastically reduce your risk of cancer, heart attack and stroke. 

Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health examined the relationship between fruit and vegetable consumption and the risk of stroke.  It was found that men and women who consumed 5 to 6 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables per day were 31 percent less likely to suffer from a stroke, and that risk may decrease by as much as 6 percent per daily serving. 

Drink lots of Artesian, Mineral and/or Spring Water. 

The recommended amount of water that you should consume in a day can be determined by drinking 1 quart of water for every 50 lbs. you weigh, every day.  So the old adage of eight - 8 oz. glasses would be enough if you weighed a mere 100 lbs.  The more you weigh, the more you must drink in an effort to keep all your cells properly hydrated. 

In a study published in Environmental Science and Technology, drugs such as antibiotics, hormones, strong pain killers, tranquilizers, as well as those used in chemotherapy, have been measured in surface, ground, and tap water. 

By comparison, the U.S. water supply has 10 times the antibiotics as the German water supply!  You must drink artesian,  mineral water or spring only. 

Secret # 4 and 5

Secret # 4: You must exercise to be healthy and lose weight

Exercise builds muscle mass.  Muscle cells are where metabolism occurs.  Metabolism determines how fast or how slow your body converts the food you eat into energy your body can use.  Since metabolism occurs primarily in muscle tissue, the more muscle mass that you have, the more metabolic activity that occurs.  Metabolism converts food to energy.  If there is not enough metabolism -- food becomes fat. 

Women have a 10 percent slower metabolism than men, and that's why they have more of a problem with weight gain and are slower to lose weight.  Exercise is movement; it could be dancing, golf, tennis, kayaking, hiking, or taking a walk.  Exercise is important for more reasons than weight loss.  

A California State University study found that a 10 minute walk is enough to increase energy, alter mood, and affect a positive outlook for up to 2 hours.  A study conducted by Harvard University concluded that brisk walking at least 30 minutes a day could reduce the incidence of breast cancer in women by as much as 70 percent.  Therefore, to lose weight and be healthy, you must look at how active you are and what you are doing to increase muscle mass.

Secret # 5: Get Out Of Pain!!

To lose weight you need to increase muscle mass.  Muscle cells are where energy is made by the body.  The more muscles you have the more you turn sugar into energy.  The less muscle you have the more you turn sugar into fat.  The primary barrier to increasing muscle mass is the low level of physical activity most Americans engage in.  In essence we are couch potatoes. 

One of the main reasons people choose not to be active is the amount of physical pain they are in.  The Gallup Organization in Princeton, NJ, recently surveyed American adults regarding pain.  The report was entitled Pain in America.  The report found that 89 percent of adult Americans had "some sort of pain on a monthy-or-more basis." 

If the cause of your pain is not apparent, such as a recent fall, it is most likely due to undetected nerve damage.  Americans experience thousands of traumas from falls growing up, contact sports, auto accidents and repetitive motion injuries related to their jobs.  These traumas can leave a person with undetected nerve damage that not only can cause pain but which also interferes with normal digestion and metabolism.  The combination of pain, digestive problems and a lack of metabolism can all contribute to problems with weight.  Therefore a complete program to become healthy, in addition to losing weight, would involve the evaluation of the negative effects of past traumas. 

The Medical Perspective

Having access to a Fountain of Youth would be miraculous and if it existed, the pharmaceutical industry certainly would have bottled and made it available through prescription.  Since this is not the case, medicine's perspective is to take artificial medications and have surgical procedures such as face-lifts and Botox injections to maintain a youthful appearance.

Medicines Two Choices for You

Removing Your Nutritional Deficiencies and Your Reward 

Your Solution

Your Key To Health and Wellness

As a Holistic Chiropractor and a Wellness Based practice, we consider every aspect related to your health in general, in order to design an individual program to restore you to your ideal weight and vitality.  Each person needs a program designed to their specific needs.  Therefore, each person should be consulted and tested to determine the program that would work best for them.

Removing Your Nutritional Deficiencies

Nutritional Deficiencies area natural by-product of eating food you buy in any restaurant, supermarket, convenience store or find in your house, since all the food produced and sold has been processed in some way be fore you sit down to eat it.

So what does your body do to deal with the holes in our diet?  It develops health concerns that lead to symptoms and results in the need for symptom masking medications and eventual surgery, or it results in death.  

That is why we recommend:

Have Your Body Checked for Nutritional Deficiencies 

Your Reward

With these 4 approaches:

  • Removing Undetected Nerve Damage,
  • Eliminating the Harmful Effects of Stress,
  • Reducing Chemical Toxicity, and
  • Removing Your Nutritional Deficiencies, we often get results from problems no one else has helped.

In addition, many people who have adopted our wellness care program have enjoyed a host of other benefits including:

  •          A strengthened Immune System
  •          More energy and alertness
  •          Losing unnecessary weight
  •          Improving metabolism
  •          Have more beautiful skin
  •          Live pain-free…and much more

Doc Rick's Final Words

Your health should be your top concern. 

Your Health is Our Top Concern.  We look forward to helping you with your health care needs.  

If you are lacking energy and feel a need to do something about it,

  • do not reach for a prescription;
  • do not reach for an over-the-counter medication;
  • do not reach for the energy drinks like 5-Hour Energy.  

Consider an alternative with a Holistic Chiropractor. 

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