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Holiday Nutrition–How Not to Fall off the Wagon

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, I shot a quick video discussing the holiday habits to watch out for.  For those of you making progress, losing weight, improving diabetic control, or just eliminating bad dietary habits–this video is for you.

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Causes of Fatigue (Part 2)

As promised, here is the second installment exploring the causes, workups and treatments for fatigue.  In case you missed the first in the series, click here to review part one where I review common workups and tips for talking with your doctor about fatigue.

In this video I will explore common mental causes of fatigue and associated solutions.

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Exploring Fatigue (Part 1)

This short video outlines the problem of FATIGUE. I intend to have 2-3 parts to this exploring the various facets of this common physical complaint.  If you suffer from less energy than you desire, this video helps explain basic causes and explores areas you should explore with your doctor to regain that energy.

 

Hope you find this video helpful.

I also welcome your feedback and questions!

 

 

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Type 2 Diabetes Resource Page

This post serves as a placeholder for my readers, patients, and friends wanting more information on diet and lifestyle approaches available for Type 2 Diabetes.  Please feel free to click links, study and read through, watch videos and share with friends or family.

Diabetes is a huge problem, getting bigger daily.

I have also included a sign up for a new program I have prepared for those interested in reversing or “Curing” Type 2 Diabetes….NATURALLY

NRGTRIBE (Dr. Curtis) Diabetes Related Links

Diabetic Nutrition Video

Eating Sugar Causes Diabetes

Can You Cure T2DM?

Pre-Diabetes Diet

How Stress Affects Diet & Lifestyle Choices

Diet Sodas, GOOD OR BAD?

 

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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.  Years of patient care has shown me the value of observing the role of emotion when healing.  I recently began reading an excellent book by Dr. Gabor Mate’.  (When the Body Says NO, Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection)

In this book the author explores how hard research now 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 explicitly as it does now.  Many astute students and physicians suspected a 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 emotion 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 our 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 the 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 with raising awareness to 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 opportunity to identify or release negative or unhelpful emotional patterns.

I believe that practiced consistently any or all of the listed therapies can improve an individuals sense of well-being, health, and emotional resilience.    In turn, research clearly reveals that improving emotional balance can improve 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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