Archive for February 2013

Take Charge: Re-Connect Your Health to Good Food

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Guest post from Eat to Save Your Life

I’m very happy to welcome Jerre Paquette, PhD, and Gloria Askew, RN, the authors of the fantastic book Eat to Save Your Life. Gloria’s experience as a registered nurse and nutritionist combines with Jerre’s extensive teaching and research experience to challenge out-dated and dangerous food perspectives about nutrition, food, weight loss and lifestyle. This week they’ll be providing insight regarding how to re-connect to health and good food.

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Jerre recalls a university student of his announcing proudly she was improving her food choices by changing her brand of yogurt to the one that contains added probiotics. He applauded her decision to eat yogurt, then asked her what she knew about probiotics and why she thought they were good for her. Her happy face slumped into doubt, and then into a grimace of embarrassment, “I don’t know what probiotics are,” she confessed!

No one in the class could help her, either. It’s just that the TV ads were so convincing that no one questioned what they were buying or putting in their mouths.

Like so many of us, these students merely reacted to hype. Not long after, the manufacturer of her yogurt of choice was sued for false claims about their product—but not before millions of their customers had placed their trust in the company and drifted along making nutritional choices on the basis of compelling advertising.

In the thousands of food choices you make every year, be wary of advertising claims—including claims such as “fat free”, “lite”, “heart healthy”, “high fiber,” and even “all natural” and “organic.” Do you know what these mean and whether these terms have been defined by food regulators?  You’re better to pay more attention to the Nutrition Facts labels than the advertising hype.

We all need to rescue ourselves and one another from consequences of bad information and partial understanding. We need to gain control over the food we grow, buy, and eat. But there are problems.

On the one hand, food = profit, so profiteers will do anything to sell us their food products, including providing seductive, compelling, but false information; on the other hand, food and nutrition is not a public school subject, so most of us remain nutritionally illiterate and vulnerable to false and dangerous claims.

On top of that, our planet provides such a diverse treasure of nutritional foods, it’s difficult to make the best choices for our particular bodies. So we leave it to governments and corporations to place foods and food guides before us, all packaged and pretty. Much of the time, they help us make choices that are better for them than us. What they are doing is appealing to our desire for convenience and ease: it’s all about lifestyle, not usually about nutrition and health. The price of your not making the food-health connection can be high indeed and paid for by the quality and duration of your life.

We suggest you begin re-connecting food and health with this thought: think of eating not merely as filling up or satisfying a short-term appetite, but as working along with nature to fulfill her built-in promise for quality living and youthful longevity: think Eat to Save Your Life!

Here are five steps to take right away:

  1. Eat consciously. Everything you put in your mouth is a decision you made. Why did you think you made a good decision for yourself about that last meal? Hmmmmm….
  2. Think “nutrients”, not just food.  Do you eat mainly processed foods rather than whole plants? Have you found a local farmer who grows certified organic food? Do you purchase your chicken and meat without asking about how it’s raised? Are you eating fish from the cold, deep ocean? Do you tend to eat the same things over and over? There’s more to think about, but answering these questions is a good start.
  3. Educate Yourself. Go beyond what the mainstream media tells you about water, carbs, fat, and protein in a sound byte or two.
  4. Develop a food and nutrition budget. Your budget needs to account for a meaningful proportion of whole, fresh, certified organic foods, and totally terrific food supplements. Are you willing to give something up in order to create such a budget? Of course—start by junking the junk food.
  5. Choose a totally terrific multi-supplement (one that includes vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients).

These steps will help you Eat to Save Your Life.

For more information about Gloria Askew RN (retired) and Jerre Jerre Paquette PhD as well as their initiatives, check out their website, www.eattosaveyourlife.com, and find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Pets Have a Morphogenic Field, Too!

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Recently, I was approached at the Standard Process Speakers Conference by Dr. Tom Cameron, a nationally-known veterinarian who specializes in nutritional support for animals. He was aware of the Morphogenic Field Technique and our concept of using the body’s energy field to gather information about the nutritional needs of cells in humans. His very logical question to me was whether I believed that the technique could be used to do the same for animals.

I was very enthusiastic in my response, since I have experienced the use of the Morphogenic Field Technique on some of my patient’s pets over the years, with excellent results. After all, everything has an energy field, including your pets.

As a chiropractor, testing animals is neither routine nor legal for me. Additionally, the reality of real or potential allergies in my staff or patients means pets cannot come into the office. However, many of my patients understand the premise of the M-Field Technique and know that sound nutrition is the key to health in both humans and animals. With that in mind, I have occasionally caved-in to a very heart-felt appeal from a good patient to try and help their ailing pet. In these moments, I am not acting as a chiropractor but as a friend who might be able to lend a hand. They are always very thankful when their “patient” improves with the proper nutritional intervention.

The diet of domesticated animals has been subject to the same perversions as that of humans. So it is not surprising that they suffer similar consequences. As always, the answer to the problem is revealed by the M-Field of the animal being tested. Energy-signature testing is a perfect method for finding nutritional needs of patients who cannot communicate verbally, be it a human infant or any species of animal.  They cannot tell you their subjective complaints, which would usually inform proper decision-making. With the M-Field Technique, communication does not rely on verbal exchange since the information is transmitted in the form of a muscle response performed using the pet’s owner.

Another benefit to treating children and animals is that they harbor no pre-conceived ideas of the expected outcome, unlike many adult humans. Adult humans tend to over-think everything, which can, and often does, skew the outcome. In contrast, animals are just happy to be feeling better.

It’s our intention to assist in the creation of a veterinary version of the M-Field Technique. Currently, we are in the research phase, working with some highly skilled animal health professionals who understand and believe in the concepts of the M-Field Technique. It’s exciting to envision using this incredible healing procedure in service to the Animal Kingdom. I have observed that our furry and feathered friends have their own way of expressing thanks to the healthcare provider who assists them in feeling better.

Beware of the Supermarket

Monday, February 11th, 2013

The world can be a dangerous place for our children.  Most responsible parents are vigilant about making sure the seatbelts are buckled, the helmets are fitted, the hands are held when crossing the street, and the strangers are kept at bay. Part of good parenting is investigating who can be trusted as we work to ensure the health and welfare of our offspring.

Increasingly, one of the greatest dangers to the long-term health of the next generation can be found in the aisles of the grocery store.  From the perspective of M-Field Energy Signature Matching, many of the products sold there are not fit for human consumption.  It has been estimated that over 80 percent of the commercial food products sold at the major chains contain some form of genetically modified ingredients. Since the FDA does not require these to be labeled, the average consumer is unaware of the true nature of the food they are feeding their family.

In thousands tests of genetically modified foods, the M-Field procedure has yet to reveal a genetically engineered food that is compatible with the human energy field.  When this is demonstrated to patients in our Wellness Center, most are shocked to see how weak the test muscle becomes as a GMO or GE food product is brought into their M-Field.  Only real food, organic food and whole food supplements, have the energy signature to pass this test.

Unfortunately, the suppression of details about the true origins of the food products in the grocery store is the main problem.  If GMO labeling were required and enforced, the consumer could then become informed and make a choice to protect themselves and the next generation from the foods that weaken the M-Field.  Washington State will be voting on such a law in 2013, possibly becoming the first state to re-take control of their food supply.

The level of pesticides and herbicides in in GMO foods is alarming.  We know from years of using the M-Field Technique that many health problems seen in our Wellness Center improve greatly when these foods are reduced or eliminated in the diet. Our mission is to make everyone aware of the correlation between the consumption of aberrant food and many of the health problems faced in America.

The #1 cause of death in America is not accidents or infections, although these are what most parents worry about.  The most common cause of death is non-communicable degenerative disease.  In other words, people are dying from what they ingested. Bodies need to regenerate, and foods that are free from toxins and full of vital nutrients are the building blocks for this process. Food that contains pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified ingredients are a much more insidious threat to the health of our children. The risk may not be as imminent as an on-coming car. But in light of the leading cause of death, can we really say that our children are safe eating these foods?

So, after you feed your children the healthy meals they deserve, be sure you then buckle their seatbelts and hold their hands when they cross the street.  But, first things first!

Your Genes, Your Food, Your Health

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Since the time of Darwin, the idea of genetic disease has been a principal theme in the world of healthcare. For over 100 years, it was believed that our genes were responsible for the fate of our health as we aged. If a man’s father had heart problems, he also would have heart problems. Similarly, a woman whose mother developed breast cancer would assume it was only a matter of time before the onset of her own cancer. This is called genetic predisposition.

Then, with the completion of the Human Genome Project, new theories emerged. Since genes assist in the generation of the 100,000 known proteins in the body, it was expected that researchers would find one gene for each of those 100,000 proteins. Yet, when the counting was completed, there were less than 25,000 genes. 100+ years of genetic thinking was suddenly and radically altered.

Further investigation found that each gene has the potential to generate as many as 2,000 proteins. It was also discovered that the expression of genetic traits is determined more by the environment than by the genes themselves. As it turns out, your genes are not your fate, but they are a factor in your health; a factor that can be controlled by the environment that exists in your body. This new science is called epigenetics.

The environmental factors in genetic expression are primarily influenced by lifestyle: How do you eat? Where do you live? What is the quality of the air and water? Do you have a lot of stress? Are you exposed to large amounts of chemicals or heavy metals? It is now abundantly clear that the most important aspect of our health that we can control is what we decide to put into our mouths, beginning with the diet.

Unfortunately, most of us learn this lesson the hard way. It usually begins with a health crisis; maybe one, maybe more. I know that in my case, I had to feel really bad most of the time before I started looking for solutions to my personal health problems. I first tried denial, but my body reminded me constantly that something was not right. Then came the synthetic food supplements, the strenuous exercise programs and the positive thinking classes before I finally came to grips with the real problem: I really liked junk food and beer and I did not want to give them up.

But in the end, I did give them up. I changed my eating habits and began taking only the whole food nutritional supplements that my body asked for using muscle response testing. Today, I feel better at 60 than I felt at 20. Changing my life was a process—it took several years to accomplish, but the better I ate, the better I felt.

To all those reading who see themselves in this story, please know that the answers do exist. It will require commitment, but the end result is worth it. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, and with each step you will feel a little better, a little stronger, and a little more in control of your body’s genetic expression.

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