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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As a Mom…

Monday, January 16th, 2012

On April 2, 2008 Former Surgeon General Doctor “Doc” Richard Carmona gave a speech to the Commonwealth Club of California.  In that speech Doc Carmona made some provocative claims.  The speech was primarily focused on the topic of the childhood obesity epidemic.  The provocative part was that he claimed the childhood obesity epidemic was one of the greatest security threats to our country.  Essentially, if we coninue to produce obese children, where are we going to get our firemen, policemen and military in the future?  If a large number of the candidates for those positions are incapable of passing a basic physical fitness test where will are public safety personnel going to be found?Finding Happiness as a Mom As a Mom...

I use a video of this speech in a presentation I give on health and nutrition, so it was fresh in my mind.  It made me start to think about my responsibilities as a mom.  I am not only thinking about my responsibilities as an American patriot but also the responsibilities I have to my children to ensure I maximize their opportunities as they move on into adulthood. 

I have always been concerned about my children’s health and well being even before I turned my passion for good nutrition into a successful business.  I have come to realize, however, that the fitness level of my children can either limit or broaden the opportunities available to them in the future.  If I have an obese kid, it will have a negative impact on them on several levels.  The obvious implication is that there are professions that require a level of physical fitness or health to perform.  Less obvious is the discriminatory stigma attached to people with obesity.  Regardless, a lack of positive health and physical fitness will mean struggle and challenge for my children throughout their lives.  I am sure that as a mom you would want a healthier life for your children from the time they are born until the day you no longer have influence over them.  It is for this reason that I want to be a positive influence and good role model for my kids.  Who is ready to join me?

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.  

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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).

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.

Investing in Your Health With Nutritional Cleansing

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

My wife and I talk to people about nutritional cleansing and replenishing (Isagenix) every chance we get.  We believe in Isagenix so much and want to help as many people as we can that it takes little to get us started.  One of the most common arguments we get in response is that Isagenix is just too expensive.  You may find it doesn’t fit into your budget but there are several considerations that must be examined before such a conclusion is made.  These considerations may very well change your mind about investing in your health

We make decisions every day about the purchases we make.  Very often we make decisions that are not fiscallycaribbean view Investing in Your Health With Nutritional Cleansing sound but, in the end, make us feel good for various reasons.  Maybe you go to a nice restaurant and buy an expensive dinner.  Maybe you go to  the car dealership and buy the car that is more money  than you intended on spending.  Maybe you go on a Caribbean vacation that you put on your credit card just because you have never been there.  I don’t deny anyone from treating themselves well.  I think we all deserve something special every once in a while.  But consider this…when was the last time you treated your body?  In other words, how much are you willing to invest for a healthier you or a better quality of life?  Your health maybe the greatest treasure you will ever possess. 

It appears that many who research Isagenix see the retail price of the programs and without exploring further assume that this potential solution for their obesity and/or health problem is out of their reach.  There are ways that we can show you how to purchase Isagenix products at wholesale prices.  Purchasing the Isagenix 30-Day Cleansing and Fat-Burning System with auto-ship as an associate (a designation that carries no obligation) will save you about $114.00 when compared to the retail price.

Another consideration is that the Isagenix IsaLean Shake is a meal replacement program.  In other words, instead of supplementing your daily breakfast and lunch with a shake you are actually replacing that meal.  As unbelievable as it may seem, investing in an Isagenix 30-Day Cleansing and Fat Burning System can save you money on your monthly food bills.  To demonstrate this comparison I have included the following flyer: 

Isagenix Savings Investing in Your Health With Nutritional CleansingThe money saving potential has become even more likely in the last several months.  In an article from March 16, mixed%20vegetables Investing in Your Health With Nutritional Cleansing2011 Foxnews.com reported that in the last 30 days alone wholesale food prices jumped more than in nearly two years.  Food prices increased by 3.9 percent over the course of the month caused largely by a sharp rise in the cost of vegetables (it is tragic that the food that is the best for us, is the least subsidized and therefore the most expensive).  Ultimately, the increase in food prices can be tied to the increase in energy costs.  The price of gasoline has gone up 3.7% which means it costs more to bring the food to your table.

Finally, the liberal compensation plan offered by Isagenix has allowed us to supplement our income.  We are able to offset and exceed the cost of our product through our compensation from the company.  If this opportunity interests you we can help you to start your own at home business that may help you pay for your Isagenix products, programs, paks and systems.  I can’t guarantee that you will experience the same incredible success we have, but we would be happy to tell you how we have worked our business.  The Isagenix compensation plan is structured in such a way that your success is our success.  Therefore, it is in our best interest to prom0te and support your business as well.   

Tamara and I would love the opportunity to talk to you more about how Isagenix has not only improved our health, but also has helped us to control our grocery bills.  If you would like to find out more then you can call us at 1-866-982-DIET (3438).  If you would like to do your own research you can go to our web-site at http://www.cleansebenefits.com

The Hidden Stressors of Obesity

Friday, March 11th, 2011

In a recent health article on FoxNews.com it was suggested that the stressors associated with obesity go far beyond health risks such as heart disease and diabetes.  The fact of the matter is that the stigma of obesity in

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 our culture adds psychological pressures that further compromise a persons ability to achieve their health and wellness goals.  The fact that a person challenged by weight issues feels judged or discriminated against creates negative feelings that can actually cause a decline in physical health.

For anyone who has read this blog in the past you know my feelings on this subject.  I do not believe that it is right to judge someone based upon their appearance or level of physical fitness.  My Christian belief’s tell me that I am no better than anyone else and have no right to ridicule or discriminate against another person.  This does not mean that we should ignore the fact that someone maybe slowly killing themselves as a  result of their poor nutrition and fitness choices.  Positive change will only come about by first recognizing that  a problem exists and then by supporting that person to the best of your ability. 

The weight issues that Tamara and I experienced happened before we even realized what was occuring.  We both found ourselves obese and neither of us was very happy.  I didn’t have to tell Tamara she was overweight and I heart attack The Hidden Stressors of Obesitydidn’t need anyone to tell me about my problem either.  The only point I ever made to Tamara was that I was concerned about her health.  I didn’t want to be raising two kids by myself…and I certainly did not want to lose my wife to a heart attack or diabetes (both are prevalent on her side of the family).  I was supportive by telling her that she would always be my “standard of beauty” and that I would never compare her to other women.  Tamara, however, knew that something needed to be done as did I.  

Our initial efforts to solve our obesity problems took different paths (mine was focused primarily in the gym and hers was through trying various diets).  It was not until we discovered nutritional cleansing and replenishing (Isagenix) that we found our personal solutions. 

Ultimately, my point is this.  People should not be judging those people with weight issues; but, obese people have obligations as well.  The idea that the world should simply accept the fact that we are the fattest nation in the world and getting fatter all the time is just not going to work.  We all need to work a little harder.  If you are overweight I don’t want you to be stressed as I think that only compounds an eating problem.  But you have to do something. 

If you would like to talk about what was successful for Tamara and I then you can call us at 1-866-982-3438.  If you want to do some of your own research you can go to http://www.cleansebenefits.com.