Lifestyle changes part 1

Many of you have been with me for a number of years and you know that I have always advocated four major areas which must be dealt with to attain Optimal Health. These four areas are the CORE of Optimal Health. They are:
1. Lifestyle Changes
2. Diet
3. Exercise
4. Supplements designed for you as an individual.
(At the end of the next number of blogs, you will have a map of how to navigate the Pathway to Optimal Health. You might be able to do it on your own, but the chances are that you will need some professional guidance–that’s where I come in!!)

I have placed “Lifestyle Changes” in the number one spot, and “Diet” is number two. This is because I firmly believe that changing your lifestyle (including diet) is the most important area for Optimal Health. All the areas are important, it’s just that Lifestyle Changes are number one and exercise and supplements are at the end. If I had to give each one a percentage value, I would give Lifestyle Changes 40%, Diet 30%, and Exercise and Supplements 15% each.

I have a list of Lifestyle Changes which is long enough that I am going to spend this and the next two blogs going over them. Let’s get started.
 Find God as you understand God, and talk to Him. I use the example of the most successful Program of any kind I’ve ever encountered–Alcoholics Anonymous. You cannot succeed in AA unless you first acknowledge that you have a problem, and then acknowledge that you cannot control that problem without help from a “power greater than yourself.” The same thing applies, in my opinion, to all health problems.
 Buy a Water-Pik and use it every day. This is the very best way to combat gum disease and in turn heart disease. Using dental floss is virtually worthless since floss is simply a string and, while good for removing chunks of food, it cannot remove the plaque that causes gum infections. With the scientifically proven relationship between gum infection and heart disease, the use of a Water-Pik is one of the best ways of preventing heart disease!
 Educate yourself about what substances in your life are toxic, and eliminate them. You educate yourself by reading material like my blog, and by going to http://www.ewg.org and reading what they have regarding toxins. We recently went to a presentation by a health coach who said that over 50% of health problems are caused by toxicity. I think that is probably right!
 Do not drink anything in aluminum cans. The aluminum leaches into the liquids, especially if the can is holding soda. Aluminum is terribly toxic—almost as toxic as mercury.
 Eat 7 servings of vegetables and 3 servings of fresh low glycemic fruits (berries are terrific) every day. This is important for getting antioxidants into your body for their anti-aging effects, and also for getting fiber into your bowels to get rid of toxins. One way of helping you to do this is to take a good fiber supplement with a green drink.
 Spend 7 hours in bed sleeping or resting every night (if you can’t sleep, practice breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and/or meditation (prayer is a wonderful form of meditation—see the first change above!).
 Walk 9,000 to 10,000 steps per day. Believe me, you have no idea how many steps you actually walk every day! Buy a good pedometer, and measure your steps.
 Stop drinking milk. The only animal that drinks milk after weaning is the human. The only animal that drinks another animal’s milk is the human. Milk is not necessary for good health!
 Do not eat “fast foods!” I don’t think this needs elaboration!

That’s it for the first “Lifestyle Changes” Blog. How do you start? You just pick 3 or 4 of the steps and get started. The goal must be doing all of the changes, but it is a goal that is worth doing because the end result is that you will gain energy, lose weight, and age in the way we were meant to age. That’s how our Creator made us.

Please pass this along to your friends, family, and co-workers. I work with people by utilizing the modern technique known as “telemedicine,” and I would love to help you. You do not have to come to Delaware! Just give me a call at 410-326-6690.

Nutrition and the Immune System

A number of years ago, I was invited to make a presentation at Oxford (in England) on what has become known as Biocompatible Periodontal Therapy, or the non-surgical treatment of gum disease. I was tremendously honored to be one of the seven medical professionals asked to speak at the symposium which was presented by the European Chapter of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. In fact, I remember walking up to the podium and seeing a plaque which stated, “It was at this podium that William Penn articulated to Parliament the need for the Colonies to leave the Empire,” and it gave the date, site of Mr. Penn’s speech, etc. Wow—that was impressive!

Two of the other presenters were world famous Immunologists, and again, I was blessed to be able to speak one-on-one with them. Because I knew that sick gums did not exist in a healthy human, I was very interested in what advise they would give for strengthening the immune system which is the body’s main way of keeping us alive. They both agreed that, while they did not have all the answers, they believed that nutritional health was the number one necessity in having a healthy immune system.

Many of you have been with me on the journey to Optimal Health since I first started on the Path. It’s been a fun trip and I have enjoyed working with all the health-centered people I have encountered on the way. And now, for the first time in all of these years I am very worried about where our health care is going. There is no question but that we have had the best health care system in the world for many, many years, but that care is under great threat from many sources right now. It is for that reason I am writing this blog. Insurance companies have done irreparable harm to our health care system, and with the government now entering the field (and taking it over in the near future), it is truly frightening!

Even after 47 years of being inundated with health care and working in the field, I learn something new almost every day. I am excited about sharing with you what I learn, and I also am excited with all the new knowledge that Kathy and I use here in our own home to enhance the quality of life we have. My goal is to allow all of us (me, my family, my subscribers and clients) to live a long and high quality life without interference from outside forces.

We can live the healthiest and most fulfilling life by addressing the following four areas:
Lifestyle changes
Diet
Exercise
Supplements individualized for you and your body

In my next “blog” I will talk about the lifestyle changes I recommend and why they are so important to maintaining health. It is necessary to know that a prescription drug is nothing but a “permission slip” to go on eating and living in the same way that made you sick in the first place. You do not need prescription drugs for most medical “problems.” If you are interested, I have a beautiful article from the Harvard Medical School Health Letter about “diseases” which are better treated naturally rather than with the drugs which have been prescribed. I will send it to you upon request.

In the meantime, please forward this to your friends and family and ask them to sign up for my blog!!

On the Pathway to Optimal Health with you,

Tom