Stress, Hormones, & Belly FAT

file0002062211258It’s gut-wrenching for me to see a new patient walk into my wellness center who is too far gone for me to help them reverse their pain and ravaged health. Sadly, they’ve allowed too much damage to take place for too long. Oh, yes, I can almost always make them more comfortable without some drug-store product clouding and numbing their senses, but I just can’t get used to serving these troubled ones and their faded hopes for restored health.

 

I’m no wimp by a long shot, yet sometimes I cry at night having examined them and listened to their stories of anguish. I wish it could be different for them.  The problem is that these broken souls have been accepting a slowly diminishing quality of life for years — maybe even decades. They’ve been riding a slow-moving “conveyor belt to hell” that leads to the pits of misery. In truth, their quality of life began slipping from their grasp long ago, with plenty of forewarning.

 

Now, their “conveyor belt” future (or perhaps their present) contains things like:

 

  • Chronic disease symptoms such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart/circulatory disorders.
  • Female problems, prostate problems, and hearing problems.
  • Wheel chairs, canes, walkers, motorized carts, oxygen bottles, and adult diapers.
  • Brittle bones and shrunken, stooped bodies, plus a medical specialty  designed just for “old people” called geriatrics.
  • Heart bypass scars and the horrors of Alzheimer’s.
  • The life-altering and often life-destroying devastation of chemotherapy.
  • Financial ravages resulting from explosive medical fees, drug costs, and “assisted” living expenses.

 

Of course, there’s more to the picture, but you get the idea. It’s a credible overview of the state of public health, yes? All you have to do is look at the people around you to see what is going on.  Does that picture contain a future that you want to experience? Even more important, are some of the images in the picture already hitting a little too close to home?

 

Let me tell you what creates such a picture in case you don’t already know. The vast majority of those who ride the conveyor belt to hell have made many, many poor health choices over a long period. The saddest thing is that most of the riders didn’t even know they were making poor choices. They listened to trusted voices, but those voices were not coming from those versed in protecting health. Rather, the voices were coming from those versed in sickness care and symptom-masking through drugs. Although both sickness care and drugs are necessary under certain conditions, they are not the tools of wellness and prevention.

 

Other “trusted” voices that have been leading our country on a rapid downward spiral in health are those coming from the processed and fast-food industries. Those voices tell us in their endless advertising and world-class marketing lingo that they are bringing good things to life.

But it’s a big, FAT lie.

 

It’s not our lives that are reaping the “good” things. Instead, it’s the food processors’ lives that benefit because cheap, denatured, calorie-loaded, fat-dripping, trans-fat-impregnated, chemical-laden, and chemically addictive products are so very profitable! That junk is everywhere!

 

Look. Everyone is destined to leave the planet. In the end, our bodies just stop working because that’s part of nature’s blueprint.  But must we create and experience a personal decline over many decades because we embrace sickness care and junk food?  No.  I don’t want that for myself or my family.  I don’t want it for you and yours either.  Give us a call if you are ready to get started on reclaiming your youth and vitality.  No excuses, just progress, results, and a healthier happier you!

 

 

The Big Five Stress Agents

You need to know that most of the fault for any failures you might be having comes at the hands of the BIG FIVE STRESS AGENTS:happy pills

1.  Big Myth – Poor information that continues to fool the public year after year, leading the unaware to poor choices about health, dieting, and fitness.

2.  Big Medicine – A ―sickness care‖ system that bills itself as ―health care.‖ Because it is so misused, traditional medicine has become the leading cause of death and injury in the U.S. (not cancer, not heart disease, not car accidents, and certainly not the bird flu or swine flu).

3.  Big Pharma – Huge pharmaceutical companies interested in huge profits and lifelong customers who will deliver those profits day in and day out. Goal: Get people onto drugs as early as possible and keep them on those drugs as long as possible without intentionally killing them (lost profits).

4.  Big FakeFoods – The gigantic processed food industry interested in—you guessed it—profit, profit, profit from selling its cheap, denatured, calorie-loaded, fat-dripping, trans-fat-impregnated, chemical-laden, and chemically addictive counterfeit food products. Your health and wellness are of little concern to Big FakeFoods despite its self-serving, deceptive claims to the contrary. Their products are slowly killing you … legally!

5.  Big Chemistry – The chemical industry that poisons our environment, bloodstreams, and organs while supposedly making life more convenient for us. How well is it working?

Read more about how you can start overcoming the obstacles and reclaiming your health today, in the book, Metamorphosis, by Dr. Charles Webb.

Hormonal Problems and Thyroid Malfunction

iStock_000017050592XSmallIf you’ve been experiencing hormonal problems, it may be due to your thyroid gland.

The thyroid is a small, yet important glad in the neck that works to provide proper bodily function. When the thyroid is suppressed, it may manifest in a variety of ways, including weight gain, exhaustion, moodiness, bloating and more.

Do you have a true under active thyroid or are you suffering from an often misdiagnosed auto immune condition that attacks the thyroid called Hashimotos?  To find out what can be impacting your health, call us for a consultation.  We offer full comprehensive health assessments to determine your health needs.  Call for your consultation today. 480-657-2282

Adrenal Hormones and Your Health

What Follows is an Example of What an “Adrenal” Patient Will Need to know in Order to lose Weight (Especially Fat).

 

First, let’s take stock.

Have you had any of these in your life? Injury, pain, surgery, infection, illness, divorce, financial stress, job stress, poison ivy, giving birth, irritable people, starvation diets, the menstrual cycle, eating junk foods, drugs and medication, excessive cold or heat, staring into computer monitors, and babysitting 15 small children under the age of five for over 13 hours? Of course you have. These are all examples of physical, mental and emotional stress. It wants to follow you everywhere!

 

Your walnut-sized adrenal glands, which sit on top of your kidneys, cannot distinguish among the various stresses that are present in your life — whether they are physical, mental, or emotional. The adrenals just pump out hormones to counteract stress — any stress! They are “fight or flight” hormones intended to serve us for short periods only. But today’s stresses are anything but short term … so the hormones just keep flowing! If this persists, you can become an “adrenal type” of person — one who has overactive and/or exhausted adrenals.


This is very serious business because your quality of life depends so very much upon how well your adrenal glands work. Visible symptoms develop with persistent adrenal imbalances. Chief among them is hanging fat in themidsection that sags downward over the belly.

 

Thinned-out arms, legs and buttocks generally accompany this fat because the key hormone that prevails during stress (cortisol) converts these muscles to sugar in an attempt to create more energy for a continually stressed body. With thinned muscles and a large abdomen, adrenal types often have a hard time finding clothes that fit. Moreover, stress hormones in excess will steal protein from the bones, leading to osteoporosis.

 

Sometimes a fat pad develops in the lower neck and upper back called a “buffalo hump.” Also, fat accumulation in the face may give a round or “moon face” appearance, a face that may redden because of weakened blood vessels.

 

So why does the extra fat appear? With all this sugar pouring into the bloodstream through the action of stress fighting hormones, the fat-burning hormones of the liver get turned off. Not even high-protein or low-calorie diets will turn them back on again! Then fat accumulates on the belly because of the excess sugar thrown into the blood to meet “dangers” that don’t exist. In the meantime, insulin stores the extra sugar as fat to keep your blood sugar levels out of the danger range.

 

In other words, stress hormones prevent fat burning. Counting calories or eating more protein simply will not help you.

 

To make matters worse, some adrenal types will try to work off fat with heavy exercise. But this just creates more stress and more stress hormones. Result?  Less muscle and even more fat!

 

Sounds strange, doesn’t it, but it’s true. Many of those with adrenal weakness will actually get fatter with the wrong types of exercise! Can you imagine how frustrated adrenal types can get with their exercise programs?

 

What a predicament! Fortunately, adrenal imbalances can be corrected to turn muscle-burning adrenal types into fat burners again.

But that’s only part of the adrenal story. Exhausted adrenals can run short of anti-inflammatory hormones and create a chronic stage in the body where pain and inflammation stay present for years (e.g., fibromyalgia). Sore muscles don’t seem to recover after exercise. Pain triggers stress hormones, which turns off fat burning. A deep, restful sleep becomes impossible. Constant fatigue, mid-afternoon drowsiness, and brain fog or dullness prevail. Caffeine beverages become a constant sidekick, doing yet more damage to the already exhausted adrenals.

 

And over and over, and more damage, and more stress.  I see it every day.  If this is you or a loved one, let me help.  Together, we can reprogram your mind, your body, and your life.

Call today, (210) 798-9322.

It’s probably not your GENES fault that your JEANS don’t fit!

happy family generational pictureMany aging myths need to be shattered. Even the impact of genetics on long-term health is now being turned on its head. For example, today we know that genetics only contributes about 3–5% of our longevity. The rest comes from life choices that affect how our genes behave under the conditions we hand them.

 

If you’re confused about what it takes to achieve maximum wellness and a physical appearance you can be proud of, I can help. If you’re looking for a  better diet and fitness program than you’ve followed in the past—or at least tried to follow — I can help. But before explaining how and why I can help you, I first want to make it clear what we’re up against when we opt for maximum wellness. Also, why so many people fail to get what they’re seeking:

 

The number one reason most people fail to achieve their wellness goals or even maintain their current state of health is that 90% of the information available to them is inaccurate or deliberately misleading.  My goal is to give you all of the information you need to succeed.  My staff and I will be here for you along the way for questions, concerns, support, and to celebrate your success.

Call today to get started.  (210) 798-9322