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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A Parent is Responsible for More Than Their Own Health

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

This premise may seem logical and reasonable.  The day anyone decides to have a child they give up the right to be a1546120 com 284pxobesi A Parent is Responsible for More Than Their Own Health bad example.   As a matter of fact, my opinion is that the day you start down the road to parenthood you relinquish all rights to selfishness and generally bad behavior.  This includes how you take care of yourself.  

The axiom of “Do as I say, not as I do”, never works.  If you smoke cigarettes, there is a greater chance that you will raise a smoker.  If you drink to excess, do not be surprised if your child develops problems with alcohol as well.  Finally, if you fail to pay attention to your health, weight and nutrition you will probably have children that follow in your footsteps.  Our responsibilities in this area are not limited to the days following the birth of our children, however. 

A recent study determined that exposing human embryos to high levels of saturated fat can actually harm the development of a child in utero.  The study went on to suggest that women should strive to achieve a healthy weight prior to having children.  The study focused on embryos from cattle but the implications from the study appeared to translate to human eggs as well.  Eggs exposed to high levels of fatty acids had fewer cells, altered genes and altered metabolic activity.  The scientists also believed the study provided some insight as to why obese women may have trouble conceiving in the first place.  

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Obese and overweight women have a tendency to metabolize more of the fat they store.  The fatty acids that are subsequently stored in the ovaries have been shown to be toxic to eggs.  Therefore, just like drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes during pregnancy can have serious health implications to an unborn child, being severely overweight and failing to eat properly can likewise produce adverse effects.  

A child doesn’t get a vote on who their parents will be.  They don’t get to choose the body in which they are conceived.  Therefore, the responsibility falls on the parent to do right by their children and make good choices, not only for their own health, but for the health of their children now and into the future.


Making a Decision for Positive Change

Sunday, February 27th, 2011
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I have been following the saga of Charlie Sheen, the star of the wildly successful television show Two and a Half Men, and his battle with CBS.  It is difficult to watch people self-destruct right in front of your eyes.  I think it can be especially difficult for you when you sit squarely in the national spotlight like Mr. Sheen, Lindsey Lohan or Amy Winehouse.  There is no escape and everyone gets to see you fail over and over again.  After years of being told that you are perfect, respected and adored it is hard to admit that you are none of these things.  It can be even harder to admit that you literally have to change who you are in order to survive.  It is much easier to believe you can “make” people accept the life you have chosen.    

I have some experience with addictive personalities based upon my primary profession as a law enforcement officer.  I have learned that the hardest step in walking away from destruction is admitting that you have a problem.  Until you are able to do a cost benefit analysis of your life and determined that you will lose more by maintaining the status quo than by committing yourself to some kind of change, a destructive path may seem acceptable…even normal.  Even when the decision is

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made to change your life most people seek out a path to least resistance in order to accomplish this end.  Those of you who read this blog on a consistent basis know the title of my favorite and most inspiring book.  This book makes it clear that the road less traveled may be the most difficult initially.  In the end, however, choosing this path above all others can reap rewards that you never realize existed.  

I have taken a rather circuitous path to get to my ultimate point as it relates to Nutritional Cleansing.  I would argue, however, that it was worth your wait.  There are many addictions such as alcoholism and drug that can slowly chip away at a person’s happiness, health and peace of mind.  Most of them are open for discussion and are obvious to our family, friends and associations.  Often these addictions are ignored because no one likes conflict…no one likes to be the bad guy to tell you that you have a problem.  I will be the bad guy here and tell you that if you are engaged in a lifestyle that is resulting in obesity and its associated weight-related health conditions then you have a problem and you better do something about it sooner than later.  As I have stated in the past, many of us have become quite accepting of you overweight and obese people.  The reason is simple…you are in the majority.  Statistically, you outnumber the people that fall into the range of what is considered to be a “normal” and healthy weight.  You, in fact, have become the norm.  Your addiction is no longer considered a “problem”.  We get yelled at and confronted if we say being overweight is unattractive, unhealthy and a poor example to our family and friends.

What if instead of an addiction to food, our nation was addicted to Cocaine or Meth?  Would we continue to hesitate to point out the elephant in the room or would we all be screaming from the rooftops that something needed to be done?  I’m screaming!!  There are many solutions to the various addictions including food addictions.  I liken them to the various fitness routines.  If I told you that the only resolution to your weight problem was by jogging many of you would throw up your hands and simply say, “I guess I am meant to die at an early age  overweight and  unhealthy”.  I would be right there with you as I would rather have a long slow root canal than run five miles.  I believe that fitness in the gym comes down to finding the routine which appeals to you and motivates you as an individual.  Maybe it is aerobics, maybe it is spinning or maybe it is 183995 1619961700757 1287852844 31620473 4682297 n Making a Decision for Positive Changeweight training.  Maybe it is a combination of all three.  Regardless you can’t go on your first run and decide that exercise and fitness just isn’t for you.  

The same can be said for choosing a health and wellness program.  Nutritional Cleansing and Replenishing is not for everyone.  I have had my fair share of people tell me that they just couldn’t do it.  I take exception to the “couldn’t” part as I believe that human beings are capable of doing literally anything they set their minds to.  I tell my kids this every day and I believe it is starting to set in.  All I have to do is look at my daughter on the podium at her national archery tournament this weekend to know that this is true.  Nutritional Cleansing and Replenishing has been wildly successful for my family and literally thousands of people I have met over the course of the last four years.  If you decide Nutritional Cleansing is not something you “want” to do, I can accept this assertion.  I would assert in response, however, that the vast majority of you remain without excuse for your condition.  There are solutions out there.  If you want to try what has worked for my family, Tamara and I would love to tell you more.  You can call us at 1-866-982-3438 or you can reach us through our web-site at

Aren’t all Powder Proteins the Same?

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

There are two elements associated with a nutritional cleansing and replenishing program.  The first element involves the cleansing of impurities from the body.  I liken it to an STP treatment for your engine.  Youlogo stp Aren’t all Powder Proteins the Same? remove the impurities and your engine runs more efficiently.  In your body your engine running better means your metabolism is more efficient, and as an added benefit you have a tendency to lose weight.  I have found with my own nutritional cleansing and replenishing system that my body’s metabolism has a tendency to center itself.  I released pounds and found a weight that optimized my fitness level and athletic performance.  

The second step to achieving a healthy lifestyle is to replenish the body with high grade nutrition.  Many athletes use a variety of vitamins and supplements to accomplish this end.  This is critical considering the poor state of health and fitness in this country and some of the junk we consider food.  One of the most common means by which athletes replenish their bodies is with a protein-based thumbnail.aspx?q=525279038240&id=31a9d4dc965f89831fee6092948d94eb& Aren’t all Powder Proteins the Same?powder.  There are several different protein powders on the market at the present time that can be mixed into flavored meal replacement shakes (usually a chocolate meal replacement shake or a vanilla meal replacement shake).  The options presented below are in order from least to most effective/comprehensive in achieving total health and fitness.  

Whey Powder

Of the three options I will discuss, this is the least expensive of the protein powders.  There are three different types of whey protein to include hydrolyzed whey protein, whey protein isolate, and whey protein concentrateWhey protein contains little fat and cholesterol and is also low in lactose.  There are few carbohydrates and it is high in calciumWhey protein increases training related fat loss if consumed immediately before or after you work out.  Whey protein also increases protein synthesis if taken right before or after a work out.  It is easily digested and absorbed.  

Whey Protein/Calcium Caseinate Protein Powder

This blend of ingredients provides two different protein sources that are absorbed in different ways.  The whey protein is quickly absorbed while the calcium caseinate protein is absorbed much more slowly.  This combination gives you an immediate source of protein as well as a time released source over time.  This combination increases fat loss when consumed just before or after your workout.  The added element of calciumIsaLean Nutrition Aren’t all Powder Proteins the Same? caseinate is synthesized from dried skim milk.  

Whey Protein/Calcium Caseinate Protein/Carbohydrate Powder: 

This is the blend that I use and seems to offer the greatest benefit to those looking to improve overall health and wellness, manage their weight and build lean muscle mass.  The introduction of carbohydrates and fat to this blend of proteins creates a super food for those looking to… 

  • Maximize nutrient absorption
  • Support vital body functions
  • Build Lean Muscle
  • Manage weight 

I would suggest to anyone looking to incorporate a protein powder into their diets and work-out routines to read the label.  Not all protein powders are the same so a little research is necessary.  If you would like to talk about the protein-based meal replacement shake that I am taking which falls into the last category I would be happy to talk to you about it.


Help Wanted: No Experience Necessary!

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

I was thinking today about all of the posts I have written over the course of the last year about Isagenix®, health, fitness and network marketing.  I have written about topics such as the many Isagenix® products, the ways toIsagenixLogo2 Help Wanted:   No Experience Necessary! stay healthy and how to make money while sitting on a beach.  I am humbled by your response as we now have literally thousands of people visiting the CleanseBenefits Blog every week.  I cannot thank you enough for your allegiance and interest in the topics I have offered to you.  I will endeavor to continue providing valuable information in the coming years. 

I have never lost sight of the fact that the CleanseBenefits blog is not about me, my wife, or even Isagenix®.  Instead the blog has always been about you the reader.  It has always been about how I can improve your life, physically…and home based business pic Help Wanted:   No Experience Necessary!financially.  I have come to the conclusion that I have been making assumptions about what is important to you, your health and your home-based business.  In order for the CleanseBenefits Blog to remain relevant and cutting edge in the future I need to know what we are doing right and wrong.  I need to know what attracts you to the blog each week and what you would like to see in the future.  

I once said that Tamara and I are spreading the “gospel” of Isagenix®.  I believe we possess the location of a great treasure and it is more than either of us could ever spend in a lifetime.  I want to share that treasure with you; however, I need to know your starting point and the information you need to get here.  As Tom Cruise once said, “help me to help you!” 

We receive hundreds of comments each week, but many of them are from spammers.  Many of you who run your own blogs know this to be a common occurrence.  I wish to hear from those who aren’t trying to sell something.websitebanner3 9sy7 Help Wanted:   No Experience Necessary!  Instead, I want to hear from those of you want are looking for something more from me. 

If you would like to speak with us you can reach us through our web-site at or by calling us toll free at 1-866-982-DIET (3438).  I would also appreciate any input you can offer in regards to our web-site as we strive to better serve our customers.

The Relinquishing of Control: Giving up Power over our own Health

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Municipalities and other government bodies across the country have passed laws that dictate and limit the amount of trans-fat, sodium and other unhealthy food characteristics in order to protect us from ourselves.  

I first became aware of this trend after reading an article from the web-site.  WBAL is a news station inBOSTON~Fenway Park Boston Massachusetts Posters The Relinquishing of Control: Giving up Power over our own Health Baltimore, Maryland.  This article discussed the City of Baltimore’s decision to issue “environmental citations” to restaurants that served food containing trans-fats.  In the article the Baltimore commissioner of Health, Dr Oxiris Barbot, was quoted as saying, “…while we are pleased with the high rates of compliance we’ve seen since the ban took effect, we will continue to sanction businesses that repeatedly fail to comply.”  

Since discovering this article I have found several other examples of healthy food mandates.  In a 2006 article it was identified that New York City had passed a similar trans-fat ban.  

It may surprise many of you that I vehemently disagree with such laws and regulations.  While I believe that avoiding foods and food ingredients that are inherently bad for you is a reasonable and recommended course of action, I do not believe it is the job of a government or regulatory agency to TJ%202%20436X500 The Relinquishing of Control: Giving up Power over our own Healthmake decisions for you or your family.  As Thomas Jefferson once said, “Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have.  The course of history shows us that as a government grows, liberty decreases.”  

Regulations and laws serve the purpose of filling a vacuum.  They are generally created because people have failed to assume personal responsibility for doing that which is right, just and smart.  For many it is simply easier to give up responsibility for themselves and their families and allow some external force to make those daily decisions for them.  

Many of you may applaud these regulations and statutes and believe it is just too difficult to keep track of what is going into our bodies on a daily basis.  It could be argued that trans-fat laws are no different than banning or controlling other substances that could kill you, e.g. lead, asbestos, etc.  Yet I believe there is a great chasm separating things that are poisonous from things that are unhealthy.  

At the end of the day, your decision to eat ice cream as opposed to drinking an Isagenix® IsaLean® shake should be your own.  My concern is where these trends stop.  Regulation equals control, and not control of our own lives.  Rather it is some disconnected agency that may or may not have our best interests in mind deciding what is best while telling us all that we are incapable of making these decisions for ourselves and loved ones. 

In a 2007 Associated Press article, reported more and more schools are considering banning peanutpeanut butter The Relinquishing of Control: Giving up Power over our own Health butter from kid’s lunches.  The justification for such a ban is based upon the concern over food allergies.  Once again, we as a country have relinquished control over our own lives and deposited them in the hands of bureaucrats.  As a result, my daughter may have to give up her organic peanut butter with honey on whole wheat bread.  How dare they do that! 

The argument from the other side of the table is that we are the fattest nation on the planet, and that this has subsequently over-burdened our health care system…we are guilty as charged.  But instead of everyone making better decisions about the foods we eat and the activities we choose, we continue to sit on the couch and passively watch as others guide our lives.  

The longer we sit the worse it will get.  The alternative is that we take control of our own health.  We begin to work out more and watch TV less.  We eat properly and supplement the foods we eat with vitamins and minerals like those contained in the many Isagenix® products such as the Isagenix® Cleanse For Life™ Dietary Supplement, or the Isagenix® IsaDelight Dark Chocolate.  

If you would like to find out more about these amazing Isagenix® products and find out how they can give you control over your own health you can contact us through our web-site at, or by calling toll free 1-866-982-DIET (3438).