Oh please do tell me you noticed that I took a break from newsletter writing in January and you were at a complete loss without my words of wisdom…HaHa. Anyway I do hope that 2011 has treated you well thus far and that you have, by now, shed the extra kilos that you may have gained over the festive season. Remember no radical diets please, they just do not work long term and can ultimately do more harm than good.
So,Why Do You Want to Be Healthy?
I’m guessing that the majority of you wished for good health this year, as I did. But why only for this coming year and are we just going to sit back and wait for it to happen? My ultimate long-term goal is to enjoy a health span that is equal to my lifespan. In other words, to remain strong, active, and mentally sharp until the day I die of natural causes (hopefully). To do that, I will need to make the choices for the remainder of my life that will help prevent the diseases that are largely related to lifestyle - like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
Eubie Blake, the famous jazz composer, once said "If I had known I would live this long, I would have taken better care of myself." This quote rings true when we consider that whilst we may be living for longer we may not necessarily be taking better care of ourselves. With our ever-increasingly fast-paced lifestyles the time we once took to cook and eat healthily, exercise regularly and relax has inevitably been rescheduled with the aid of our Blackberries (not that I own one).
The good news is that, contrary to popular belief, "becoming healthy" does not have to involve drudgery, toil, and denial. You can still eat delicious meals when you're hungry. And you can work out less than 30 minutes a day, while maintaining an excellent state of health and fitness. If you are already where you want to be with your weight and health and level of fitness, congratulations! Keep up the great work! But, if you are not, then 2011 is YOUR year. No matter what your age or prior bad habits, or how overweight and unhealthy you might feel at the moment, you can attain a peak level of health and vitality. And when you do, your mental attitude will improve, you will have more energy to pursue your goals, you will feel more confident and in control of your life, your relationships will be better, your success will be an inspiration to others and you will gain the respect of those around you.
Wow I suddenly feel I missed my vocation as a motivational speaker, but seriously, it is all true and can happen. So make 2011 the year you make it happen for you!
The Cholesterol Scam
It amazes me that 50% of patients I see come to me because their doctors have put the fear of death into them about what I would regard as perfectly harmless cholesterol readings. Once again I remind them that we absolutely need some cholesterol to be at our best. ALL of the cells that make up your body need cholesterol to have strong outer walls that protect and stabilize them. The key is to minimize your intake of DAMAGED cholesterol. Cholesterol found in foods can becomes damaged and harmful to your cells if these foods are heated at high temperatures and/or overly processed. For example, the cholesterol in a soft boiled egg can help your health in numerous ways, including serving as a precursor to vitamin D formation. But if deep-fried, this same cholesterol from the same egg can lead to injury of your blood vessel walls, which can increase your risk of developing heart or blood vessel disease. Put another way, it's not just what you eat that matters, but what you do with it.
I also remind them that drug companies spend a lot of money marketing drugs to doctors, with the hope that these doctors will ultimately prescribe them to their patients. Recently, the American Journal of Public Health published on-line a piece which highlighted some of the practices used to persuade doctors to prescribe a drug that may put health and even lives in jeopardy. Topping the list was “Creating a new disease or reducing the threshold for disease”. For example: Osteopenia (loss of bone density not severe enough to be classed as ‘osteoporosis’) used not to be considered a disease entity, but now it is. ‘Pre-diabetes’ and ‘pre-hypertension’ are other examples of ‘conditions’ that are new and lower the bar in terms of treatment. with drugs. And high cholesterol or hypercholestrolemia is another one I would add to the list.
Apparently, the more aggressively a drug is marketed, the more suspicious we should be of it, and this is certainly the case with statins. Primary prevention, i.e. where statins are given to essentially healthy people with no known cardiovascular disease (i.e. there is no evidence of arterial disease and no history of a heart attack and/or stroke) is a criminal offence that needs to be stopped! Individuals who need to make truly informed choices about whether they take a statin or not, need to hear the other side of the statin story. I urge you to download The Cholesterol Scam written by Cyndi O’Meara.If you have trouble downloading this report, email me and I’ll send you the pdf document.
Prevention is key
Yes of course I’m all for prevention but not with the use of drugs. Take cancer as an example. Where have drugs gotten us in this war against this devastating disease? Contrary to popular belief the risk of death from many common types of cancer is increasing not declining. We are told that in the last 30 years the survival rate has increased from 60 to 75 per cent. However, the death rate from cancer over the same period has steadily increased. All that has happened is that people are being diagnosed earlier and so appear to survive longer. In other words, we are living too short, dying too long, and sadly we are losing the battle against cancer, not winning.
Remove the cause
All this clearly proves where the real answer to the problem of cancer lies; it is not in the discovery of an elusive cure, but in prevention: in the adoption of a way of living that keeps the body in a healthy condition. We must accept that disease never comes without a cause. Sure, there are times when people inherit the diseases of their parents, yet far too often we put the cause down to hereditary factors when, with respect, it was not the diseases of our parents that we inherited, but the same disease-causing cooking methods, foods and lifestyle!
In the treatment of any disease, our primary focus must be on the removal of causes and not merely on the suppression of symptoms. We need to be prepared to give up whatever is making us ill. Only then can we hope for recovery. A cancer patient cannot simply rest his or her hopes on therapy while continuing the same eating and lifestyle habits as before. In general terms it is our improved health and vitality that ultimately overcomes disease. To drive out disease we need to ‘fill up’ on health!
Prevention starts on your plate
It’s really hard to see the light side of cancer, but on the bright side many experts believe that at least 50% of cancer cases could be averted with changes in diet. If it is true that 3 out of 5 people will develop some form of cancer, then right now our saving grace (yours and mine) is that cancer usually develops slowly, over many years, and goes through a number of stages. The sooner we make dietary changes, the better our chances of never having to battle this deadly foe. There’s no one magic bullet to prevent cancer, nevertheless, research shows that certain nutrients stand out as valiant warriors in the war against cancer. Best we can do is fill up daily on antioxidants in fresh fruit and vegetables and their juices, add green whole food supplements, take omega-3 fish oil and buffered vitamin C daily and eat only foods in their natural state, unprocessed and free of additives, pesticides and hormones.
See Yourself Well Omega-3 News
Those of you using this supplement will be pleased to know that I have added the larger bottle of 150 capsules to my product range. This makes them a lot more cost effective per capsule. Price for 150 capsules is R415 and for 90 capsules is R285. You do the sums.
Remember this fish oil, imported from Canada, is in Triglyceride form, very rare in SA, and far more bio-available to the body and absorbed much faster than the ethyl ester form which is the form that probably more than 95% of fish oil supplements available in SA are. It is also, as far as I know, the only fish oil available in SA which has been awarded the International Fish Oils Standards 5 Star rating. You cannot get purer than that! It is the only one I recommend to my patients at risk of heart disease. You can read more about this supplement and order it online here. Every one of us South Africans needs to be taking Omega-3 fish oil daily as we do not have easy access to fresh fatty fish such as mackerel, sardines, anchovies and wild salmon from deep cold water oceans.
The holidays have passed but I have learnt that this is the time that many smokers make a determined effort to quit smoking. I guess it's a time of reduced stress and anxiety and then of course to quit smoking is a popular New Year’s resolution too. I have been surprised how many of those who contacted me to order Vice-BreakerTM to assist them in quitting, had previously tried electronic cigarettes. In my opinion, just like the nicotine patches and gum, electronic cigarettes qualify as a smoking alternative, not a quit aid. They do not cure the addiction or the habit. When we quit smoking, it is counter-productive to substitute a nicotine delivery device that looks, for all intents and purposes, just like the cigarettes we are working so hard to break free of. Then there is the safety aspect. The FDA's Centre for Drug Evaluation, Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis conducted preliminary tests on two leading brands of electronic cigarettes. Highlights of their findings include:
Carcinogenic tobacco-specific nitrosamines were found in half of the samples tested.
One cartridge contained diethylene glycol, a toxic ingredient found in anti-freeze.
All but one of the cartridges labeled as having no nicotine did contain nicotine.
The risks associated with electronic cigarettes are largely unknown at this point and because they are largely untested I cannot recommend them.
So what do I recommend?
Being who and what I am, I would have to say, I recommend only 100% natural herbal anti-smoking remedies, the absolute safety of which has been confirmed. These are usually formulated to help reduce nicotine cravings and reduce the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, such as stress and irritability. Vice-BreakerTM, manufactured in Canada by Nutratec Life Sciences, is such a supplement, with the added benefit of cleansing the lungs at the same time. Because of its impressive track record, safety and efficacy, I have seen to it that Vice-BreakerTM is available in South Africa. You can email me or order online at www.gilford.biz.
I am truly on a mission to help all smokers in all of South Africa to quit this unhealthy habit and regain control of their lives, and so far this magic little capsule has helped 9 out of 10 of those who have used it. Although I enjoy helping anyone back to health, I have to say that helping a smoker to successfully quit has just got to be the most gratifying and rewarding thing I’ve ever done.
“Radiation Cannot Kill You Because It Contains Absolutely No Cholesterol.” Johnny Carson
A joke, I know, but not too far removed from the hogwash that we are brainwashed with on a daily basis. If you have a few minutes to spare do visit townofallopath. This video clip would be quite amusing if it weren’t so true: a “tragic comedy” for sure.
To end off, I hope you find this light-hearted prayer for 2011 as amusing as I did:
All I ask for in 2011 is a big fat bank account and a slim body….