Healing Chronic Conditions

Healing Chronic Conditions

Healing Chronic Conditions

Regaining one's health, and healing a chronic issue is like opening a combination lock. There are 3 steps, just as my daughter learned this year as she started middle school.

  1. You must have the combination, they are all different and they don't come with our lockers, unfortunately.
  2. You must know how to use the device, the simple right, left, right, passing twice then once can be daunting for a new user.
  3. You have to take the action of doing it, knowing the combo and understanding how to use the lock means nothing if you don't reach out and give the wheel a spin.

In health, we have to search for the factors that are influencing our health for the negative: stress, toxins, chemical exposure, EMF, dental metals, environmental triggers, genetic susceptibility, medications, diet, exercise, old injuries, emotions, bad habits and more. When we identify what we can, we then need to work to eliminate that source of irritation to our system, at least that is the goal.

When to approach each, setting priorities, goals and a plan is the combination that will differ for each person. That is where advanced testing might play a role, out-of-the-box lab tests, imaging, thermography, and when we use in-depth health history reviews and questionnaires, like an interview process or some detective work of sorts.

Then we need to know how to address each issue, be it diet, supplements, detox, chelation, adjustments, exercise, stretching, getting metal out of our mouth, cleaning our environment, switching to healthy habits and products in our life, and so on.

We have to set a timeline with goals and review our progress and setbacks. Next, we have to take action and apply what we have learned and outlined. That is the hardest part, your natural health care practitioner can do most of the parts one and two, but most of three is up to you. We provide answers to questions, direction, support, research, specific services and help you with accountability but it is the individual who needs to make the changes and efforts.

When we get this combination right amazing things to happen. The door to our genetic potential for healing and vitality opens and people start to heal and usually can feel a change almost immediately. As we continue to apply our plan the improvements get more profound and far-reaching in our health and lives. Some cases are definitely more difficult than others. Some do not get well, at least not right now.

Some get well very fast and "apparently" easily. All can improve. The most common indicator of the result is your level of commitment and follow-through. It takes time, years in some cases, but people usually know they are on the right track rather quickly. No two cases and programs are the same. Using medication to open this lock is like trying to open a combination lock with a key, very conventional but it simply does not work that way and will only frustrate you as the door remains shut and locked.

The reason people don't understand how this is done is that they are still looking for a "treatment" to cure them, that key, a pill, powder, or elixir that will take the pain away and give them their life back. I think we all know, you more than I, that this does not exist.

Healing is a process, it needs time, it needs change, it needs a plan, and it needs guidance. This is how we help people get through and over chronic health issues, like fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, diabetes, inflammatory issues, thyroid, auto-immune and more. This is how we can help a healthy person express better health and prevent issues as well.

You can start the process yourself, you don't need us at all, read our posts, learn the distinctions in what people say, take the steps you are comfortable taking and just start. Start with drinking more water, walking more, cutting out this or that, and go forth at the pace you feel right, seek help when needed, we will be there, and make it a goal to keep reviewing things and making positive changes. It is the smallest step that compounds the biggest journey. If you need to stay on your meds, then do, it is not one or the other, you have to live with the pain, no one else, and I am sure you will know when you don't need them anymore, that is not my call and no judgment there.

Just know what their role is, that is fair, that they don't heal or cure but can help you to feel better to take the action that I am talking about. But with no action, you will get no improvement.

Please do not be offended by the thought of getting well, believe it or not, some people do, especially when they believe they have tried it all, been told their condition is incurable. Our reference to it is not to offend, but to give hope and encouragement, to motivate people to keep going, try new things and not give up. Knowing that you can heal, that your body genetically wants to be well, and will move in that direction when given what it needs is liberating. Or at least it is meant to be.

This is my hope for you and everyone dealing with chronic health issues today. Some people are not ready for it. Others are and have been waiting for it.

We are ready to help when you are.

We can do better!
Dr. Don

I Have Normal Blood Sugar

I Have Normal Blood Sugar

You may have diabetes with normal blood sugar levels.

Diabetes is not a blood sugar problem.

If we ever hope to evade this growing epidemic or reverse the process once started we need to understand what is going on here.

Diabetics eventually develop blood sugar problems, but diabetes is not a blood sugar problem, it is an insulin problem.

Insulin is a major metabolic hormone making diabetes a hormone problem.

Well before this hormone problem gets to the point that it effects our blood sugar levels and eventually damages the pancreas, we develop a process called insulin resistance.

A pioneering diabetes doctor named Dr. Kraft tested and followed over 16,000 patients for over 20 years to see if he could see a predictive pattern in who develops diabetes and who does not.

And guess what, he did!

As it turns out insulin resistance shows up years before diabetes. He identified very specific patterns in a person's insulin response that predicted the eventual development of diabetes.....and here is the kicker:

They predicted diabetes even when fasting blood sugar and a glucose tolerance test was NORMAL!!!!!!!

Insulin resistance can be detected years if not decades before the blood sugar hits a diabetic range, making the diabetes diagnosis a late onset detection of advanced insulin resistance.

Diabetes is what we call insulin resistance with high blood sugar, but it is still insulin resistance. What we call diabetes is the symptom, and effect, not the problem.

Believe it or not, heart disease is also a symptom of insulin resistance, usually showing up after the diabetes diagnosis.

Time to rethink how we look at this issue, and time to do it now.

We can do better my friends.
Dr. Don

Do You Have A Hard Time Giving Up Sweets

Do You Have A Hard Time Giving Up Sweets? Chocolate? Candy?

Why Snickers satisfies.....and it is not because you are hungry.

There are two main reasons people feel rather instant relief after eating some processed foods or sweets.

  1. There is a brain stimulation of Dopamine from the sugar, the pleasure neurotransmitter. The same one stimulated in drug abuse, alcohol, gambling, and sex. The same one that fuels our addiction cycle.
  2. There is a release of serotonin in the body. Insulin is stored in islet cells in your pancreas, so is serotonin that is made by your gut, which is 95% of the serotonin made in your body, and when insulin is released, so is serotonin and it gives you a feeling of relaxation, serotonin if your feel-good neurotransmitter.

There is no such thing as acute hunger. Hunger is hormonal and does not set off strong sensations when you simply skip a meal or go too long in between meals. If you do feel "hangry," irritable, shaky, headaches, or have brain fog, that is not hunger, even if you have trained yourself to think it is. That is your addiction cycle withdrawal from the sugar/carbs and the serotonin. OR it is a detox reaction, which means you are quite toxic.

Either way, it is not a normal feeling, not a healthy one, and should be seen as a wake-up sign to get things on track. Oh, and never a "need" for a darn Snickers or any other junk food, soda, or juice!

Changing from a chronic sugar burner to an efficient adaptive fat burner CHANGES your metabolism for the better. It literally gives you a different set of rules, expectations, and outcomes from your diet, health, and exercise.

Sugar burning fuels disease, aging, and holds your exercise training and life energy back. NOT WORTH IT.

We can do better!
Dr. Don

More people at a normal weight have more metabolic problems

More Normal-Weight People With Metabolic Syndrome Than Obese

More people at a normal weight have more metabolic problems (metabolic syndrome) than people who are obese.

As it stands pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes.....all expressions of insulin resistance, are becoming the norm.

But they are far from normal.

55% of American adults are estimated to be prediabetic or have type 2 diabetes. 1 in 3 kids right now are expected to develop type 2 diabetes.

They determine that by blood sugar testing.

Here is the problem. In the course of developing these issues a rise in blood sugar is the last in the progression to be seen.

Here is the progression:

  1. Weight gain, as low as 4.4 lbs
  2. Low HDL cholesterol (-40 for men and 50 for women)
  3. High blood pressure
  4. High triglycerides and fatty liver show up at the same time
  5. Then blood sugar elevation

I have even seen it said recently that heart disease itself is a SYMPTOM of the cardiometabolic problems brought on my insulin resistance.

If this is all on a continuum of a metabolic problem causing diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, obesity and potentially has a role in cancer (to be discussed later), then it makes INSULIN RESISTANCE most common health problem in the world and the number one cause of death by far.

Now, the good news? It can be prevented, improved and often reversed through lifestyle efforts and natural focused healing support. And honestly, this is the only thing we have seen to date to offer any hope at all for this growing plague.

Keep at it my friends, you are on the right track and we can do better!
Dr. Don

I Don't Need To Lose Weight

I Don’t Need To Lose Weight, I’m Good

Being overweight does not equate to being unhealthy.

The International Atherosclerosis Project found no association between body weight and heart disease.

The 7 Countries Study, one of the broadest studies ever conducted that started in the 50's, concluded that body weight is unrelated to death rate (morbidity). AND the thinnest people died sooner, not the fattest.

The Cooper Clinic in Dallas has studied over 25,000 people over a 20 year period and found that thin people who were unfit died TWICE as often as OBESE people who were fit.

The biggest health, longevity, and quality of life factor are metabolic health and fitness......not weight.

In a presentation at the Cardiometabolic Risk Summit earlier this year they showed that more NORMAL weight people have metabolic syndrome (think pre-diabetes, pre-heart disease, pre-stroke, pre-dementia) than obese people.

The scale and the mirror has less to do with your health than your basic blood tests and physical fitness.

BUT, if you are fat, metabolically sick, and unfit......YOU ARE IN TROUBLE!

There are many ways to reverse this negative health situation. AND it can reverse and improve well before your extra weight comes off....don't equate the two, they ARE NOT THE SAME.

Sounds complicated?.....yeah, I get that.....but we can help. Make a plan, STICK to the plan, and measure along the way.

Don't guess, test. Don't hope, know. Don't doubt, aspire.

You CAN navigate this. Don't listen to the media and status quo, they will make you sick.

We can do better!
Dr. Don