Men Must Learn to F.I.G.H.T. for Their Health

Today the average American man is out of shape and overweight . They seldom see their family physician unless dragged in by their spouse. We must learn how to f.i.g.h.t. to regain our health. Dr Gary Gordon has given us an outline with his F.I.G.H.T. protocol.

1. Food – The standard American diet (S.A.D.) has failed us . We have gained 20 lbs over the past 20 years following this diet. We need to decrease the saturated fats and processed foods in the diet. It is time to get over our love affair with wheat and dairy, (more likely our addiction to these foods). 40% of the population is allergic to wheat, and even more cannot digest milk products. We also need to educate ourselves about the coming disaster posed by GMO– genetically modified foods that our bodies were never intended to digest.

1. Focus – We live in a 24/7 society with the advent of cable TV and the internet. We have forgotten how to quiet our minds. As a result of this stress we pump out excessive cortisol which causes us to gain weight and reduces our natural testosterone level. It’s essential to find and use techniques that quiet the mind. These can be: meditation, prayer, listening to soft music, reading, walking or anything else that helps you become mentally still.

2. Infections – Chronic fatigue syndrome has been related to several infections like Epstein Barr, Lyme disease and Cytomegalic Virus among them. At this time, there is a significant rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria due to the overuse of antibiotics. Men need to avoid the overuse of antibiotics and strengthen their immune systems with probiotics, vitamin C and vitamin D-3.

3.Genetics – We have decoded the human genome and are beginning to understand how genetics can effect our health. Men need to learn how to eat to improve their genetics, instead of activating disease carrying genes through their toxic lifestyle.

4. Hormones – Men are becoming more aware of their changing hormones which creates andropause (the equivalent to menopause – female midlife hormone changes). Increased stress physically or mentally can reduce testosterone levels and result in fatigue, muscle wasting and depression. Men are also becoming aware of the effect of increased estrogen levels as a result of xenoestrogens (from plastics) and hormones given to animals.
They need to restrict the use of plastics and switch to range fed, hormone free meats.

4. Heavy metals – Many are suffering the effect of chronic exposure to heavy metals especially: lead, mercury, cadium, aluminum and arsenic. Men need to have their levels checked and incorporate an appropriate detoxification program to help improve their health.

5. Toxins– Men are seeing the results of over 80,000 chemicals being introduce into the environment without any study of the effects on humans. The normal male sperm count 30 years ago was over 50 million, today the normal has dropped to 25 million. Men need to look at their chemical exposure at work and at home. Follow this by developing ways to avoid them and set up far infrared to help detoxify them.

Men need to take over the responsibility for their health and become proactive in the F.I.G.H.T. to slow down the aging process, enhance the mitochondria(each cell’s energy pack), and create optimal health in the future.

Today we have been focusing on men and their health. However these principles also apply to women and children.

For further information please check out our web site: www.lemireclinic.com or call 352-291-9459 for a free consultation.

Candida

What is Candidiasis?

Candida Albicans is a naturally occurring yeast that is present in all our bodies and it is supposed to be there in balance with many other microorganisms. The problem begins when several factors in our lifestyle cause the Candida to grow in outstanding numbers and it overtakes all the other healthy microorganisms. This yeast normally resides in the intestinal tract, mouth, throat and genitals, however it can burrow holes in the intestinal tract, enter the blood stream and then make its way into any organ of the body. To make matters worse it emits over 70 different toxins into the body. Some people may even become allergic to the yeast itself. Candida symptoms are vast and all encompassing and can even incapacitate the individual. Candida is nearly an epidemic in our society and is responsible for many of the chronic illness categories we see so frequently. Most people are unaware that it even exists, because many mainstream doctors are uneducated about its impact on our health. People suffering from Candida often go from doctor to doctor for years and are usually told they are a hypochondriac or that it is stress or a psychiatric problem, before ever discovering the real culprit.

Once this yeast proliferates in the body, it wreaks havoc in many ways and is likely an instigator of many common maladies, conditions, syndromes and illnesses in our population.

Some of the most commonly reported Candida symptoms are:

constant tiredness and exhaustion
headaches/migraines
foggy brain / trouble concentrating
intense cravings for sugars, sweets, and breads
prostatitis or vaginitis.
rectal itching
anxiety, hyperactivity, attention deficit, panic attacks
depression, mood swings, irritability
constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, or belching
indigestion/acid reflux/gastritis
food allergies or food reactions
skin problems (skin infections, eczema, psoriasis, acne, itchy skin)
numbness, burning, tingling
sinus congestion/inflammation
pre-menstrual syndrome
dizziness
poor memory
persistent cough
earaches
low libido (sex drive), erectile dysfunction, impotence
muscle aching or weakness
joint pain or swelling
learning difficulties
sensitivity to fragrances and/or other chemicals
cognitive impairment
sore throat/thrush
athletes’ foot, jock itch, fungal infections on the skin or nails

The organ most frequently affected by yeast overgrowth is the brain, but it also affects these systems:

digestive
nervous
cardiovascular
respiratory
reproductive
urinary
endocrine
lymphatic
musculoskeletal

Candida symptoms can vary from one person to another and often move back and forth between systems within the same individual. One day you may experience symptoms in the musculoskeletal system and the next day it could be the digestive system, etc.

If you believe you have a candida overgrowth, you should discuss it with your doctor.

The Fluoride Deception

BioEnergetics

What is Bioenergetics?

‘Bio-Energetics’ as it is currently used today is loosely defined to include a number of different ‘energy medicine’ and ‘hands on’ modalities, used to assist people toward optimal health & well-being. It has come to our attention that this term is also widely used to define several other disciplines, some far removed from the work we do, but, for our purposes, we are referencing the subtle, very low energy that functions as a signalling mechanism for our body’s processes.

Every cell in our body is ‘linked’ to every other cell via this energy. Cellular life is sustained by tightly regulating the functions of the cell’s physiologic systems. Through a process known as electro-conformational coupling, resonant vibrational energy fields can alter the balance of charges in a protein. In a harmonic energy field, receptors will change their conformation. Consequently, membrane receptors respond to both physical and energetic environmental information.

The body could be compared to a machine, in that it is made of many different, important parts that require forms of energy to function. In a man-made machine, the energy usually comes in the form of electricity that travels from an outside source like a wall outlet, through circuitry we call wiring, to the different parts that make the machine function. The human body differs from the man-made machine in that it generates its own energy from inside, but is similar in that the electrical energy travels through circuitry called ‘meridians’ to the different parts of the body we call organs.

If there is anything wrong with the circuitry or important parts of a man-made machine it will not function properly, and sometimes, not at all. The body is similar in that if there is something wrong with the meridians or attached organs they are wired to, then the body won’t function properly. When this occurs in the human body, the person either doesn’t feel well or may have disease which could threaten the body’s ability to continue to function.

Our testing procedures can also supplement other steps by your doctor to help better understand whether your health is being affected by sensitivities to a very wide range of substances from foods to certain things in the environment. This form of testing includes the ability to determine whether you are incompatible with any medicines or supplements you may be taking.

Finally, this vital energy analysis can be a key step in the overall protocol for selecting homotoxicology remedies that may be used in place of pharmaceutical drugs to treat illness.

What is Your Health Worth to You?

Is it Worth Taking Responsibility for It??

Health is a term which represents the quality and balance of your mind, body & spirit. All the parts which make the whole need to be addressed. You ask how?, what does it mean?

The Ancient Master of Taoism Lao Tzu teaches: “The journey of 1,000 miles, begins with one step at a time”

So let us begin with baby steps, on your road to optimal health, naturally through the miracle of lifestyle changes.

Detoxification

Everyone is affected by toxins. It can be from the environment, the foods, the water, and even from toxic relationships.

Begin by cleaning the gastro intestinal system. More than 70% of the immune system receptors are in “the gut”. When the GI system is out of balance it manifests in many of the symptoms and diagnoses that we see daily; diabetes, hypertension, fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic fatigue, irritable bowels, cancer and many others.

Through the Institute of Functional Medicine we follow the “5 Rs”

1. Remove

Remove stressors: get rid of things that negatively affect the environment of the GI tract including allergic foods and parasites or other bad bugs such as bacteria or yeast. This might involve using an allergy “elimination diet”.

2. Replace

Replace digestive secretions: add back things like digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid, and bile acids that are required for proper digestion and that may be compromised by diet, drugs, diseases, aging, or other factors.

3. Reinoculate

Help beneficial bacteria flourish by ingesting probiotic foods or supplements that contain the so-called “good” GI bacteria such as bifidobacteria and lactobacillus species, and by consuming the high soluble fiber foods that good bugs like to eat, called “prebiotics.” Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms found in the gut that are also called “friendly bacteria.” Use of antibiotics kills both good and bad bacteria.

4. Repair

Help the lining of the GI tract repair itself by supplying key nutrients that can often be in short supply in a disease state, such as zinc, antioxidants (e.g. vitamins A, C, and E), fish oil, and the amino acid glutamine.

5. Rebalance

Pay attention to lifestyle choices – sleep, exercise and stress can all affect the GI tract.

Nutrition

Eliminate the most popular allergens: Dairy, wheat, gluten, simple sugars, artificial sweeteners.

Eat more vegetables, fruits and clean animal protein. Organics whenever possible and follow a protocol of proper nutraceuticals. The Core Balance Diet book brings forth the study of nutrigenomics, which teaches how nutrients and lifestyle choices interact with genes and influence cellular activities. This is why scientists say: “you are what you eat”. Now there is increasing evidence that your feelings also release biochemicals that influence. So it’s also accurate to say: “you are what you think and feel”.

Stress Management

1. Identify Sources of stress.

Prolonged stress may lead to exhaustion of your adrenal glands, which play a critical role in helping you to deal with stress. Adrenal exhaustion becomes a vicious cycle that includes depression, fatigue, feelings of anxiety, and lowered resistance to illness. It is in your best interest to prevent adrenal exhaustion from occurring by developing healthy stress-management techniques.

2. Decide how to change the way that you handle it. You have a choice to handle your stress, or have the stress handle you.

Exercise

Explore and find forms of exercise that motivate you.

Critical is to begin with stretches. Next, look at different cardio programs like: walking, cycling, swimming might be some to consider. Follow with toning and strengthening. Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Yoga, and Pilates are some examples for combining the above.

Spirit Nutrition

Many people focus on feeding the body, while starving the spirit. Connect with the belief in something greater than yourself, nurture this and you’ll have a better chance of staying healthy longer and healing faster if you become ill. Use any tools that motivate you. Whether its through meditation, prayer, soft music, or connecting with nature. Feed your spirit.

If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much,we will have found the safest way to health.” ~Hippocrates Circa 400BC

References:

© 2010, The Institute for Functional Medicine.

Health and Spirituality by Judith Orloff MD