Archive for the ‘Obesity’ Category

Jonesing for Food

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

What if I were to tell you that your impulse to eat excessively may not entirely be your fault?  What if you were to learn that your “addiction” to food maybe due, in part, to a genetic predisposition?  For years the idea that a person could have an increased propensity to an

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 addictive personality was rejected, or at the very least questioned.  How could their be a genetic connection when siblings did not share addictions on a consistent basis.  If one sibling had a Cocaine problem, shouldn’t the other experience this problem as well?  Scientists from Cambridge University have discovered that siblings do share these genetic markers.  The explanation for this phenomenon is not that one sibling is more inclined than another; rather, it was discovered that one siblings social experience or nurture experience can have a significant impact on whether or not they succomb to these addictive propensities.  Essentially, it was discovered that a person inclined to addictive activity had brain abnormalities that affected impulse control.  It isn’t impossible to control these impulses but these abnormalities make it more likely that a person will fall victim to these impulses.   

In the article the scientists made reference to obesity as an impaired control disorder.  I have met many addicts throughout my career as a law enforcement officer.  The general observation I have made is that their impaired control is not limited to any one vice.  If they are able to control one addiction, it is not uncommon for them to replace it with another.  Many of them espoused extreme views in all aspects of their lives.  If they were going to smoke, they were going to smoke a lot.  If they were going to drink coffee they were going to finish the pot and drink it black.  In the end, an addictive oriented person is going to find their addiction. 

I do not believe that it is impossible to control these compulsions, but it is obviously more challenging for people suffering from impaired control disorders.  The Federal government is now talking about regulating sugar thinking that they can control our behavior when it comes to what we eat.  I think there is a lack of understanding…at least when it comes to those “suffering” from obesity.  Based upon the Cambridge study, I do not believe most obese people will stop eating sugary foods.  They will do whatever it takes to get their “drug” of choice.  It will just be more expensive and more difficult to get. 

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That Evil Electronic Box and Type One Diabetes

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

It never ceases to amaze me how often I find how much television can adversely affect our lives and the lives of our children.  There are studies that show excessive exposure to television can limit a childs capacity to learn and assimilate information.  Most recently it was suggested that the frequency of scene changes in the popular show Sponge Bob Square Pants may contribute to incidences of people with ADHD.  Who knew that some Sponge Bob fun could cause issues for kids! 

Beyond the potential for for causing mental deficiencies, it is not a great secret that  too much television is a432732 15412 25 That Evil Electronic Box and Type One Diabetes contributing factor to the juvenile obesity epidemic.  For obvious reasons, the longer a child sits in front of a television screen the less they are engaging in necessary physical activity.  If kids aren’t moving, are not challenging themselves physically, and are eating junk food, they are most likely destined to fall under the obesity definition starting at an early age.

Now scientists have determined that kids with type one diabetes who spend hours in front of the television have greater challenges in controlling their blood sugar.  It would seem to be easy to blame this correlation on a lack of physical activity and obesity associated with that lack of activity.  Despite that easy assumption it was determined that this connection was not proven and there was more to the blood sugar/television equation. 

Although it was suggested that a lack of excercise plays some role, it is also believed that kids have a tendency to snack while sitting in front of the television.  Since kids suffering from type one diabetes have to inject insulin around mealtime to control their blood sugar, it is believed that more than 4 hours of daily television viewing can interfere with a childs ability to track what food they are consuming.  As a result their blood sugar becomes imbalanced due to a lack of attention.  This may also go along with the belief that television affects a childs ability to learn and think properly.  

My kids have been on break for the last week.  I think we will be kicking them out of the house tomorrow to go play.  How about you?

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How FAT are your kids? How FAT are you?

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

I was watching The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News Channel today.  In one of the segments a panel was discussing a situation where a severely obese child was removed from his fathers home by a government entity.  The child was 11 years old and…400 POUNDS!! 

One of the arguments made by one of the panel members defending this decision was this.  How was this action anyobese child203 How FAT are your kids?  How FAT are you? different than the choice to remove a child from a home because he was NOT being fed?  In other words, if we were talking about malnurished children due to the parents neglect, would anybody argue against rescuing the child from such an environment.  I found this argument to be interesting as it caused me to reconsider my previously stated position on this matter…not change it…just reconsider it. 

There were some additional facts that should be noted about this specific case.  The father was physically incapable of properly taking care of his son because of his own physical issues.  As a result of the fathers physical limitations he was feeding his son fast food three times a day.  The child was ultimately removed from the home because it was believed the child would not live past 20 years of age if something was not done.  I must admit that in these very specific circumstances, I do not disagree with the resolution. 

Yet I want to make it clear that identifying children with obesity in general does not justify breaking up a family.  fast+food+kids How FAT are your kids?  How FAT are you?Furthermore, it certainly does not justify the government interfering with the family structure.  If we as a nation begin to travel down this path, where does it stop.  Will we remove children for being 300 pounds…200 pounds…150 pounds?  Will we remove children from their homes because they are getting bad grades in school? 

Removing children from their homes would open a can of worms that I do not think we would close very easily.  There is another consideration as well.  The percentage of fat kids (pardon my bluntness) has tripled over the last 30 years to 17%.  If the government is going to take care of solving the problem of obesity for children by removing them from homes, where are they going to put them all?

The bottom line is this.  As I have stated repeatedly, we need to consider how our behaviors and decisions as they relate to food and nutrition are influencing our children.  If we smoke, they stand a much greater chance of smoking.  If we drink to excess, they are more likely to do the same…and if we abuse our bodies and become obese…well…you get the picture.  I am curious what all of you think about the government taking the 400 pound 11 year old.  I must tell you I am torn.  We all need to start looking at ourselves before something like this becomes commonplace. 

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The Pillars of Health

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

I spend a great deal of time on the CleanseBenefits Blog discussing issues related to health and obesity.  There is a subjectLONGEVITY The Pillars of Health of much deeper concern, however, that ties these posts together.  Everyone needs to examine the reasons why they are concerned about weight loss, weight control, nutrition and overall physical health.  The underlying motivation for many beyond the narcissistic desire for a better appearance is the hope for a better, longer and healthier life.  When considered from this perspective weight loss is only one component of achieving this end.

It is one thing for a person to live for 70 years as an invalid tied to a bed and medical devices designed to keep them alive for one more day.  It is an entirely different situation when someone lives for 80, 90 or more years as a vital and productive member of society.  Anyone who feels that they still have something to contribute while avoiding the potential to become a burden for others should have a desire to stay on this earth a while longer.  Society is quick to judge the elderly, and brush them to the side much too early.  It is understandable why some of our older citizens begin to devalue themselves as a result.  This is sometimes referred to as apoptosis, where the brain tells the body that it has outlived its usefulness and the only thing left to do is die.

I do not speak from experience, but I would venture a guess that many of our elderly in the United  States eventually lose their motivation for life when they assume they can no longer offer something of value to society.  Despite the fact that I believe

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everyone that is alive can offer something of value to include experience, advice and love I don’t think that everyone shares this belief.  I do believe that happiness plays a major role in a person’s health and their ability to remain productive in body, mind
and spirit.  When a person ceases to feel they contribute value it is sometimes harder to convince them that their presence is necessary to friends, relatives and loved ones.  It is difficult to remain happy with that mindset.

Therefore, we are brought to the topic of the day.  How does a person continue to feel as if they have value even as their body moves into the winter years?  How is it possible to live extended lives and remain healthy so we can continue to feel like a positive contributor to our communities?  This is a topic ever present in my heart and mind as it relates to me as well as my 80 year old parents.  What are the steps we can take to improve our health and quality of life to continue feeling like our lives
maintain meaning and purpose?  The answer lies in understanding what causes us to age and our bodies to break down.  If we can acquire this knowledge then we maybe able to alter the assumed inevitability of our lives as we move into our senior years.

There are essentially four categories of concern when it comes to understanding what it is that adversely affects our health, longevity and quality of life:

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  • · Obesity
  • · Stress
  • · Inflamation

If there were only a way to influence how these circumstances affect our body we may be able to limit their adverse affects.  Over the course of the next several days and weeks I will be discussing potential solutions to these concerns.

Stay tuned for more!

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Does the Government Know Better Than You When it Comes to Raising Your Kids?

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

On July 12, 2011 FoxNews.com published an article discussing a recent commentary in the Journal of American Medical Association.  In the commentary it was suggested that super obese children should be taken away from their parents as if they were being abused.  In my opinion, this is a frightening proposal as it begs the question “how much power should a government have in shaping the life of a child.”  Personally, I subscribe to the belief that a government powerful enough to give you everything you need also has the power to wrest away everything you have.  I lean towards the opinion, that above all else, our personal responsibility trumps the power of others to affect our lives and that power should be guarded at all costs. 

Several years back documentary movie director Morgan Sperlock produced a film called Supersize51T82FS9Y8L. SL500 AA300  Does the Government Know Better Than You When it Comes to Raising Your Kids? Me.  Mr. Sperlock was prompted to create the film when he read the story of two teenage girls who were suing McDonald’s blaming the restaurant for their obesity.  A point of discussion in the movie had to do with the girls personal choices that led to them being overweight.  Ultimately, the question was whether or not these girls had control over their decisions related to the food they ate, or were they so weak that they were unable to resist the enticement of the famous clown.  I would have a hard time admitting such a weakness and believe with all of my heart that everyone has ultimate control over their own lives.  It is only when we refuse to take responsibility for these poor choices do people start to blame others for their bad health

I have known many people in my life who claim that they are unable to control themselves when it comes to alcohol, drugs…or yes, even food.  I do not deny that there are many people who experience some weakness, whether it is physiological or psychological that increases the likelihood that they will make poor decisions related to dangerous or unhealthy behavior.  I still believe, however that these behaviors are chosen.  It is like the person who uses inappropriate language at work and claims they can’t control themselves.  Yet this same person will refrain from this language when they are around their parents or children.  Controlling it may be difficult, and require some effort, but it can be done.  In my opinion, the people who claim they can’t stop eating are simply offering an argument so they can continue to engage in the behavior they know to be wrong and destructive.

 Does the Government Know Better Than You When it Comes to Raising Your Kids?This brings us to the discussion for today.  Some presumably smart people are suggesting that they know better than you when it comes to raising your children.  Where does this presumption end?  If your kids are not getting good grades?  If they are getting in trouble with the law?  If they are not eating their vegetables?

The article provides the statistic that there are currently approximately two million American kids who are “extremely” obese; however, the article also admits that these kids are not being influenced solely by their parents.  Where adults remain much more impervious to advertising and suggestion, kids are much more susceptible to the images they are exposed to on the television screen.  Yet I take great exception to the idea that forces external to the family unit would do a better job  of raising responsible children brimming with good character.  I will not say that parents who allow their children to become morbidly obese are doing a good job; however, the answer is that they must do a better job.  We as Americans must recognize that our behavior is cheating our children out of a healthier, longer life.  We must recognize our personal responsibility when we are making choices that will shape the lives of our children

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Carrying the Weight…Back Pain and Obesity

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

chiropractor search Carrying the Weight…Back Pain and ObesityWe have established many wonderful relationships since we have discovered Isagenix and the companies many amazing nutritional and weight loss products.  Many of those relationships have emerged from a desire to solve specific problems related to obesity and poor health.  There is a reason so many chiropractors are involved with Isagenix.  There is a reason we focus much of our efforts towards chiropractors.  It is because they see so many people suffering from severe back pain directly related to obesity.  Many of these chiropractors see Isagenix products as a means by which they can offer their patients long term relief from weight related pain

Obesity has been connected to symptoms associated with osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis.  The spine is the structure of the body that bears much of the burden of our body weight.  Excessive weight adds an obvious additional burden.  This is especially true for the lower back.  With this said, it is not a question of whether or not an obese person will experience back pain at some point in their lives.  Rather obesity1 Carrying the Weight…Back Pain and Obesitythe appropriate question is when, and to what extreme this pain will be experienced.  Furthermore, as obesity is becoming a problem for Americans at ever younger ages, the odds that these problems will occur at an earlier stage in life will most likely increase.  Most everyone recognizes the fact that there are various body types and that fat stores occur in various parts of the body based upon these types.  Excessive abdominal fat is referred to as “central” obesity.  According to the National Institute of Health at NGLBI.NIH.gov central obesity presents the greatest health risks.  Central obesity creates a greater strain on the back, stomach, skeleton, and spinal structures than any other form of obesity.        

In addition to lower back pain, overweight and obese people are more likely than their healthier counterparts to experience chiropractor indianapolis injury treatment Carrying the Weight…Back Pain and Obesitytension-type or migraine headaches, fibromyalgia and abdominal pain.  According to research it is estimated that Americans spend approximately 70 billion dollars a year in health care costs and lost productivity

To solidify this connection between chronic pain, especially lower back pain, and obesity most medical professionals suggest weight loss as a standard recommendation to deal with this issue.

I believe in chiropractors and the work they do because of the relief they have offered me over the course of my life.  As many of you know I have been a law enforcement officer since 1987.  For those of you not in the field you may not know the stress and strain a 20-25 pound, unevenly balanced gun belt can place upon your hips, legs and lower back.  Without the help of a chiropractor I would be in a great deal of pain with limited opportunity for relief.  I have met many fellow law enforcement officers over the course of my career who failed to recognize the need to stay in good physical shape.  This decision to engage in poor eating habits and a lack of effort in the gym has contributed significantly to their constant pain. 

I have learned over time that the combination of good nutrition and physical activity must exist to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Failure to address either one or both of these elements may very well result in pains that were never planned for. 

My wife, Tamara, and I have helped several chiropractors in the past to develop programs geared towards helping their obese patients.  We have also been able to offer overweight and obese clients find relief from these pains as they relate to their excessive weight.  If you would like to find out more you can contact us either through our web-site at http://www.cleansebenefits.com or by calling us toll free at 1-866-982-DIET (3438).

“Sorry, Ma’am…but you are too obese to be Served!”

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

In a recent post I noted the adverse affects of obesity on pregnant women.  It turns out that there is much more to be worried about.  Obesity is beginning to affect a persons ability to get basic services.  There have been two articles Sorry, Maam...but you are too obese to be Served! in the last day that exemplify this assertion. 

In South Florida, OB-GYN doctors have begun to refuse service to pregnant obese women.  The doctors claim a very practical reason for their refusal.  Since there are so many complications associated with obese pregnancies, there is significant concern that the pregnancy will go bad and the mother, the child or both will suffer injury.  Since we are such a litigious society the assumption is that when the inevitable occurs that the doctor will be sued.  In order to minimize this potential, a large number of these doctors have refused to take on obese women as patients.  Until some form of torte reform occurs (or the obesity rate drastically decreases) I only see this trend expanding. 

 Sorry, Maam...but you are too obese to be Served!The second article told a story that has become all to common in the news.  Two obese women purchased tickets to fly on a national airlines.  When it was determined that neither of them could fit into one seat, the were told they each needed to pay for an additional seat.  One of the women admitted to weighing 268 pounds.  

I have stated on several occasions in the past that obesity has become the norm.  An addiction to food is no longer to be considered a “problem”.  Instead, we have plus sized models, plus sized stores, and the expectation that there will be plus-sized airplane seats.  This simply cannot happen.  I believe that there maybe a benefit to these incidents as it may force obese people to reconsider their circumstances.  I truly do not mean that in a “mean” way.  I have great concern for people with significant weight issues.  I look at them as I would look at any other type of addict.  I am also concerned with the future of our country since we continue to be the fattest nation on the planet.  If our current trend persists where will our soldiers, firemen and policement come from?

The cost of being obese is expanding beyond the grocery bill.  It will continue to affect peoples abilities to obtain basic services that, at this time, we take for granted. 

If you suffer from obesity then we may be able to help you.  You can contact us either through our web-site at CleanseBenefits.com, or by calling toll free 1-866-982-DIET (3438).

Pregnancy and…weight loss?

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

As many of you maybe aware my wife Tamara struggled with obesity for much of her life.  As a matter of fact, when I first met her she had just completed a regimented diet plan helping her to lose a significant amount of weight.pregnant 2is Pregnancy and...weight loss?  Tamara was able to control her weight issues through limiting her diet for some time until she got pregnant with our daughter.  As a result of this pregnancy and the subsequent pregnancy with my son, Tamara developed health issues that caused her to gain 65 pounds over the course of the next 10 years.  One of the things I remembered from both of the pregnancies is that the doctor was never concerned about Tamara gaining too much weight; rather, he  was concerned with her gaining enough. 

According to a FoxNews.com article many doctors follow the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine in regards to pregnancy and weight gain.  According to this advisory panel, obese women should still gain 11 to 20 pounds during their pregnancy.  This recommendation is less than the 25 to 35 pounds recommended for women considered to be of normal weight at the beginning of their pregnancy. 

New research may indicate that weight gain recommendations for pregnant women are all wrong…or, at the very least, may need to be modified.  The associated study suggests that women with a BMI of 40 or higher could actually benefit from losing weight during pregnancy

Some of the benefits to obese women losing weight or maintaining their weight during pregnancy include:

  • Reduced potential for C-section deliveries
  • Reduced potential for delivering large newborns

The recommendations of the study presume that the expectant mother is eating a balanced diet that gives her the nutrients she needs to maintain a healthy baby and a healthy mother.  A daily nutritious 229 breastfeeding Pregnancy and...weight loss?protein based shake may help in this effort.  Another recent study has found that 54% of obese mothers are less likely to breast-feed their children.  Considering all of the health benefits associated with breast-feeding, this statistic should be of significant concern.

Both of these studies should cause both expectent obese mothers and their doctors to re-examine old paradigms.  If you would like to discuss this topic with us further or you would like to find out more about Isagenix nutritional products you can visit CleanseBenefits.com or call Tamara toll free at 1-866-982-DIET (3438).

Obesity tied to Brain Damage

Monday, April 18th, 2011

One of my favorite t-shirts of all time was posted by a friend on his face-book page.  The shirt reads, “My wife says I have ADD but…hey look!  A duck!”  I find great amusement in this t-shirt because it I believe it to be reflective of the

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 view of many wives towards their husbands.  We husbands generally have a limited capacity to multi-task, i.e. watch television, read a book, etc., and at the same time hear what our wives are trying to tell us.  Based upon a new study conducted by researchers at Kent State University in Ohio, the next time you miss something your wife says you may want to look down to the belly under the t-shirt to explain your lack of understanding and perception. 

The researchers tested the cognitive functions of volunteers suffering from obesity and compared these results to subjects at a healthy weight.  It was determined that obese people generally scored lower than the non-obese subjects.  In fact, 25% of the obese subjects scored low enough to be considered learning disabled

Even more astounding, the researchers determined that correcting the obesity problem, i.e. losing weight through various methods in order to achieve a healthy weight, may boost cognitive scores.  Subsequent to the initial study two-thirds of the obese study participants underwent weight-loss surgery and released an average of 50 pounds.  This weight-loss appeared to have a correlary effect of increasing test scores related to memory. 

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When I first started researching the study I felt it was possible that the lower test scores in obese people may be related to the amount of time that was spent eating as opposed to engaging in cognitive activities.  This led me to believe that test scores would remain the same for some time after the weight was lost.  However, the researchers used magnetic resonance imaging to scan the obese subjects brains.  They determined that there was actually physiological evidence that obesity has an adverse affect on the brain.  Researchers found indications of damage to the substance that surrounds and insulates nerve fibers which indicated that this substance is needed for optimal cognitive function

The ultimate take-away from the study is obesity robs sufferers of much more than their physical health.  Beyond the weight related physical diseases experienced by obese people, there is now a psychological component that negatively impacts their lives.  There are so many negatives associated with being obese that it becomes more critical every day for people to change their lives and lifestyles. 

I am not a purist.  I accept the fact that nutritional cleansing may not be for everyone.  I reject the idea that there are people who cannot follow the system; however, I do accept that there are those that simply don’t want to.  Nutritional cleansing does require some commitment and a leap of faith that something you have yet to try might actually work.  If my wife had not made that leap she would still be considered obese.  she would still be almost 70 pounds overweight.  We probably would not have a long happy life together.  

My wife and I feel a sense of obligation to help those who suffer from obesity and poor health.  We would love to talk to you about how nutrional cleansing and Isagenix changed our lives on so many levels.  If you would like to have a conversation with us then you can call toll free at 1-866-982-DIET (3438) or you can visit our web-site at http://www.cleansbenefits.com.

The Price We are Willing to Pay to be Thin and “Healthy”

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Most Americans watch television on a fairly regular basis.  Among the commercials for Bud Light Beer, Geico Insurance, and Taco Bell are advertisements for prescription medications, medical products and medical

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 procedures.  These commercials usually start out innocently enough informing us of the products purpose and efficacy.  With the same cheery voice-over however, much of the commercial is spent telling us, the consumer all the ways in which the product may harm us…or even kill us.  It was not that long ago that I was listening to a commercial about a prescription medication for depression that may cause suicidal thoughts for the people who use it. 

These products sell, in my opinion, for one of two reasons.  First, the condition the products purports to cure is so severe that the user does a cost benefits analysis and determines the risk does not outweigh the potential for relief.  Second, the user is so desperate for a solution that they ignore the associated hazards.  There are several examples of this in the health and wellness field. 

The HCG Diet is a fairly recent addition to the weight loss arsenal…at least in the United States.  The HCG Diet

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works by tricking the body into believing that it is pregnant.  The HCG Hormone causes the body to mobilize fat to feed the fetus while reducing hunger.  Along with receiving injections the diet requires that you maintain a 500 calorie per day diet.  First off, I would argue that no diet that limits you to 500 calories per day could be healthy for you.  In addition, pregnancy is considered to be a disease state.  It increases morbidity and mortality in women…now, how bad do you want to be thin?  Ultimately, the program fails for many because you can’t stay with it forever.  Many doctors address this issue by starting the program all over again.  Do you see a problem here? 

Another example is a new technique developed by doctors to use ultrasound to zap fat cells (http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/03/07/scientists-use-ultrasound-blast-away-fat-cells/.  Essentially your fat cells are killed with a high-intensity focused ultrasound along with another treatment that freezes fat cells.  The promise is that you can achieve weight loss without surgery (sounds positive!).  What you might not realize is that if you kill off the fat cells in your stomach and you start to gain weight you could begin to store fat around your heart and liver…still sound like a good idea? 

We are a nation of people looking for the short-cut.  We want to cut out the middle man to achieve success.  We are willing to do almost anything to achieve our goals related to fitness and appearance.  This may work well in business,

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 but rarely is it a good idea when it comes to our bodies.  There is a reason the health and diet section of the bookstores have new books every day.  Everyone is looking for a solution to their health and obesity problems with some new cure that requires little effort.  The bottom line is that the solution is what it has always been…good nutrition.  It is what brought my wife and I to nutritional cleansing and replenishing.  It is what keeps us using the system.  It offers high grade nutrition while cleansing the body of impurities.  We have continued for the last four years to experience success and we see no reason to believe the system will ever fail us. 

If you would like to speak with us we would love to hear from you.  We believe in nutritional cleansing and replenishing with all our hearts and spread the word whenever given the opportunity.  If you would like to do some research on your own you can visit our web-site at http://www.cleansebenefits.com, or you can call us at 1-866-982-3438.