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Nutrition to Combat Covid 19

THEN…

For well over one year Covid 19 has dominated the news around the globe.

Millions of people’s lives have been disrupted by government imposed restrictions on travel, social gatherings and quarantine related rules.

We frequently hear about vaccines, medications, treatment protocols and next wave predications. However, one thing that I doesn’t get mentioned enough is the fact that pre-existing health conditions, age, and poor general health lead to most of the deaths with COVID 19.

Clearly age and metabolic diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, Coronary Artery Disease, and basic obesity rank highest among the risks for serious infection with COVID 19.

Now…

Besides vaccines, medications, and quarantine, I believe the world-wide messaging should focus on improving overall health.

Why not start discussing the PANDEMIC OF METABOLIC DISEASE?

If metabolic diseases impair immunity so severely, why not empower people with the knowledge needed to reverse or improve these conditions?

I have long taught the value of reversing these conditions with attention to lowering Insulin requirements.

Insulin of course is triggered by specific diets rich in sugar, processed food, and carbohydrates.

High insulin triggers obesity, fatty liver, triglyceride elevation, weight gain, and diabetes.

The real problem is not covid 19, but rather general poor health.

Covid 19 is serious and has been devastating and I take nothing from those who have lost family or loved ones.

Moving forward, I suggest we teach and encourage the value of proper diet, physical exercise, sunshine, sleep, and stress reduction. These factors create a huge, cost-effective, and immune-boosting effect.

Let’s band together, educate each other, and encourage lifestyles of fitness, proper nutrition, and proper rest.

Vaccines, medications, and quarantines may help stem the tide and protect many at risk from COVID 19. I take nothing away from those efforts or interventions.

Let’s do more. Let’s improve and not accept the risks of metabolic disease.

After all, over the years, metabolic disease has killed way more people than COVID 19. Metabolic diseases are still out there and most are preventable.

If you are interested in learning about healthy nutrition, check out the class links below and some of the podcast episodes I created dedicated to this topic.

Health Nutrition Course–Clear and Simple. Nutrition that works for everyone.

Killing Diabetes–Nutrition and Lifestyle Course, teaching how to reverse Type 2 Diabetes.

Podcast Episodes of Interest

WFO LIFE PODCAST HEALTH INTERVIEWS

I would love to hear back from you! Comments and Questions are welcome.

Touch base with me in the Future Focus Health Network!

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Covid-19 Vaccine Update

In this episode, I recorded a short podcast discussing the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

Many of you have asked about mRNA vaccines. As I counsel patients, questions about safety, effectiveness, and long-term risks come up every day.

I look forward to your questions and comments.

Listen HERE
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Interview: Dr. John Sullivan, Nutrition, Disease, and Covid-19

John Sullivan, DC

I wanted to repost a recorded interview from the WFOLIFEPODCAST.com based on the important information shared and the thought provoking insights gleamed from this interview.

Dr. Sullivan is a experienced nutritionist and chiropractor, ever researching and digging for fundamental truths.

This interview highlights many valid research points as related to COVID-19, Masks, Atrial fibrillation, Diabetes, Metabolic disease, and related vitamin/mineral deficiencies.

I welcome feedback on this episode and hope you will share our content with others interested in practical health information.

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COVID 19 Update: What happens when tests stay positive?

Episode Details:

In this episode, I discuss a burning question for many recently affected by COVID 19.

Patients, employers, and anyone impacted by COVID 19 want to understand why some people have persistently positive COVID 19 tests, even after they feel “Well.”

  • Does a positive COVID 19 test mean I am contagious?
  • Why did the CDC decide on a 10 day quarantine period?
  • Is it safe for an employee to return after a 10-day quarantine?
  • How do I know if I am well from COVID 19?

Listen HERE

Questions or Comments are welcome

Join the discussion inside the Future Focus Health Network

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How Emotions Affect Your Health

Have you ever wondered how emotions affect your health?

I am fascinated by the mind-body connection.  As a physician, I have spent years observing how emotion affects healing.  I recently read an excellent book by Dr. Gabor Mate’.  (When the Body Says NO, Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection)

In this book, the author explores how research clearly links thought and emotional experience to physical health and disease.  In medical school, this view of the mind-body connection didn’t exist as clearly as it does now.

Many medical students and physicians suspected linkage between emotion and illness but now we understand many of those pathways.

Those ignoring this linkage invite health disaster.   Choosing to live with negative emotions or prolonged stress will destroy the health of individuals believing this applies to someone else.

Types of Emotion

Psychologist Ross Buck describes three types of emotional responses.  He categorizes the emotions based on how conscious the person is of the actual emotion.

  • Emotion III–This is conscious emotion.  (How we feel).  This group involves emotions we clearly understand and experience, such as I am happy, sad, or angry.
  • Emotion II–This group of emotions others see in us.  This includes the emotional displays that we consciously or unconsciously show to others.  (Think body language, speech patterns, facial gestures, etc.)
  • Emotion I–Physical changes triggered by emotion.  This includes nervous system activity, hormonal release, and immune responses.  We cannot observe these changes directly externally.  This response can occur without awareness of emotional expression.

Emotion I is the exact mechanism that leads to disease.  I already covered in great detail the link between stress and the physical changes that can promote disease.  (What is stress?)

Changing Emotion can Change Health

So if unconscious emotion can trigger disease by immune suppression, elevated stress hormones, and changes in digestive function, what can we do about it?

That is the burning question!!!

People can have so many complex emotions, triggers, and long-standing emotional injuries.  I suspect one answer doesn’t exist for everyone.  We can start by raising awareness of the role emotional energy plays in our daily lives.

Many types of daily habits can bring us closer to our unconscious mind.  If we approach those activities with the intention of learning more about ourselves and exploring emotion, I believe several of these practices can open doors to how negative emotions impact our health.

Examples include:

Each of the practices listed can improve the link between mind and body and often create an opportunity to identify or release negative or unhelpful emotional patterns.

I personally believe applying some of the practices listed can improve health and emotional resilience.    Science now supports the connection between emotional balance and health.

I hope if you read this you will try exploring how emotions drive your current health and behavior.  I hope you will explore some of the listed practices and listen to what your body tells you.

As always, your feedback, questions, and comments are welcome.

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