Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

May 9, 2019

How To Stay Motivated

One way to stay motivated is to expose yourself to good news about what you are trying to stick to or accomplish. This link regarding new research into the whys and hows of the Mediterranean Diet is not news – but it is encouraging. I do not know why they refer to Mediterranean ‘Diets’ but whatever.

Notice that they did not even mention fasting. By narrowing the conversation to just “diet” (what you eat), they miss two points now regarded as critical to the understanding of how and why the Mediterranean Lifestyle produces the healthiest, happiest, and oldest folks on planet Earth. The first is that fasting (which we now have to put in parentheses, but…) may be one of the most important aspects; the other is that it is a lifestyle. What you actually eat is important, in all kinds of ways. But it doesn’t get you there. Look at the bigger picture.

Take a look at the study and be motivated, inspired and energized for being right in the middle of the path to health.

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April 26, 2019

Polyphenols in JuicePlus+ (Research)

April 17, 2019

“The Complete Guide to FASTING” by Jason Fung, MD

This from the section on Early Adopters, he also includes quotes by Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain, after a longer section on the value of fasting among the early Greeks.

“One early fasting advocate was Hippocrates of Cos (c.460-c.370 BC), widely considered the father of modern medicine. In his lifetime, people came to the realization that obesity was an evolving and serious disease. Hippocrates wrote, ‘Sudden death is more common in those who are naturally fat than in the lean.’ He advised that treatment for obesity should include exertion after meals and eating a high-fat diet, and he recommended that ‘they should, moreover, eat only once in a day.’ In other words, incorporating a daily twenty-four hour fast was even then recognized as highly beneficial in the treatment of obesity. Proving once again that Hippocrates is worthy of our reverence, he also recognized the benefits of physical exercise and eating plenty of health fats in a health lifestyle.”

“Other intellectual giants throughout history were also great proponents of fasting. Paracelsus (1493-1541) a Swiss German physician and the founder of toxicology, famously wrote, ‘The dose makes the poison.'” A brilliant and transformative scientist, he also wrote, ‘Fasting is the greatest remedy – the physician within.”

 

April 2, 2019

“The Complete Guide to FASTING” by Jason Fung, MD – More on Spiritual Fasting

page 65

“In the Christian tradition, fasting and prayer are often methods of cleansing and renewing the soul. Symbolically, believers empty their souls so that they may be ready to receive God. Fasting is not so much about self-denial but about a reaching for spirituality and being able to commune with God and hear his voice. By fasting, you put your body under submission to the Holy Spirit, humble your sold before the presence of God, and prepare yourself to hear the voice of God.

Greek Orthodox Christians may follow various fasts on 180 to 200 days of the year. Famous nutrition teacher Ancel Keys often considered Creete the poster child for the healthy Mediterranean diet. However, there was a critically important factor of their diet that he completely dismissed: most of the population of Crete followed the Greek Orthodox tradition of fasting. The may have contributed to the healthy longevity of this population.
[My emphasis!]

Buddhist monks are know to abstain from eating after noon, fasting until the next morning. In addition, there may be water-only fasts for days or weeks on end. They fast to quench their human desires, which helps them rise above all desires order to achieve nirvana and and all suffering. This fits with their core beliefs in moderation and austerity.”

Actually, there is even more…

I don’t think it helps if you do not get the How-to-do and the What-to-do part. Below is a Brochure out of the Greek Orthodox church in Bellingham (St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church has the annual festival with music, food, etc., and a tour of their church). It asks and answers the question: “Why do you fast so much?”

Here is their answer – I think that it is useful to know, not so we can copy it exactly, but so we can understand that principles at work, and get a general idea of what they do and how (the why is a big argument people can have face to face, not here):

“To clarify, fasting doesn’t mean giving up all food and water. Orthodox fasting practice, when followed strictly, means that not partaking of any animal products (e.i., meat, dairy, eggs, etc.), nor of olive oil or wine.

Fasting one of many tools that we use to bring our bodies “under subjugation” as St. Paul said (1 Cor. 9:27), so that we might be pure and holy. Jesus said that when He had gone, His followers would fast. Like the early Christians, we fast so that we may learn to control our appetite for all things that are not good and holy. It is not about earning salvation, it is a tool to help us work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Phill. 2:12), enabling us to train and strengthen our wills so that they can be turned toward Christ.

Specifically, we fast each Wednesday to commemorate the day when Jesus was betrayed and each Friday to commemorate His death on the cross. In addition, we fast during the entire Lenten period and the entire Advent period, as well as during other times of the year.”

April 1, 2019

How Many Servings of Fruits and Vegetables Add Years to Your Life?

“Blue zones area centenarians eat a 95 percent plant-based diet rich in beans, greens, grains, and nuts. In recent years, there have been countless studies about longevity diets, and healthy diets in general, but one piece of advice seems to ring true for all: Eat more fruits and vegetables.”

More from the folks at Blue Zones on this subject.

March 31, 2019

“The Complete Guide to FASTING” by Jason Fung, MD – Introduction

page 64

Spiritual Fasting

“Fasting is widely practiced for spiritual reasons…”.

“In spiritual terms, it is often called cleansing or purification, but practically, it amounts to the same thing.”

“The practice of fasting developed…, …not as something that was harmful but as something that was deeply, intrinsically beneficial to the human body and spirit. Fasting is not so much a treatment for illness but a treatment for wellness. The regular application of fasting helps protect people from illness and keeps them feeling well.”

“In the story of Adam and Eve, the only act that is prohibited in the Garden of Eden is to eat the fruit of one tree, and Eve is tempted by the serpent to betray this trust. Fasting is thus act of turning away from temptation and back toward God.”

“In the Bible, Matthew 4:2 states, ‘Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.’ (I’ll mention here the interesting point that hunger often disappears during extended fast, which has been noted throughout history.)”

March 30, 2019

The Complete Guide to FASTING by Jason Fung, MD – Introduction

The by-line is “Heal Your Body Through Intermitten, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting”

Here I will share only a small sample from the book. You should get the book. You should get the book for sure if you do not know much about fasting.

If you do know something about fasting, the point of this book, I think is that we now need to put fasting in quotation marks. It probably no longer means whatever we used to think it meant. That by-line is a clue of course but, basically, given the beverages, and sometimes foods allowed on a “fast” we definitely have to re-think strict water fasts as the gold standard.

What I will share is some of the pages from his section on the history of fasting. I think that it is fascinating; you might learn something surprising.

The very most important message from research done over recent years is that you can access all of the benefits of fasting by simply extending the time between supper (or dinner if you prefer to call it that) and breakfast.

That is it. Stop right there. Not eating for 12 hours. And then more than 12 hours. That is it as your starting point. It will change your whole world (especially if you are sick and want to get well). And anyone can do that.

If you want to be healthy, this is how you do it. If you are healthy and want to stay that way, this is how you do it (part of how you do it, of course: you still have all the physical, chemical and mental stuff to do:-)

In the next Post I will share Doctor Fung’s words on “spiritual fasting”. It is amazing to come to understand the connection to The Mediterranean Diet. Mind boggling how revelation works.

March 29, 2019

Excerpts From “The Diabetes Code” By Jason Fung, M.D.

page xvii

“Your doctor may prescribe a medication such as insulin injections or perhaps a drug call medformin, to lower blood glucose, but these drugs do not rid the body of excess glucose. Instead, they simply continue to take the glucose out of the blood and ram it back into the body. It then gets shipped out to other organs, such as the kidneys, the nerves, the eyes, and the heart, where it can eventually create other problems. The underlying problem, of course, is unchanged.”

page xviii

“The more glucose you force your body to accept, the more insulin your body needs to overcome the resistance to it. But this insulin only creates more resistance as the cells become more and more distended. Once you’ve exceeded what your body can produce naturally, medications can take over. At first, you need only a single medication, but eventually it becomes two and then three, and the doses become larger. And here’s the thing: if you are taking more and more medications to keep your blood glucose at the same level, your diabetes is actually getting worse.”

Writing more about the problem is getting too depressing. In general I do not like writing about problems at all: I focus on what causes health and talk about that. In this case there is a sinister element to the whole business of diabetes management that I was going to share. To be convincing that needs background. Read the book.

Starting tomorrow (or soon – not making any commitments:-) I will share excerpts that deal with the solution to the problem. It is so easy, so simple, and so accessible, that everyone should at least know about it. Then their choices are “informed”. And that is what health care is supposed to be about.

March 26, 2019

Excerpts from “The Diabetes Code” by Jason Fung, M.D.

page xvi

“When there’s too much glucose in the blood, insulin does not appear to be doing its usual job of moving the sugar into the cells. We then say that the body has become insulin resistant, but it’s not truly insulin’s fault. The primary problem is that the cells are overflowing with glucose. The high blood glucose is only part of the issue. Not only is there too much glucose in the blood, there is too much glucose in all of the cells. Type 2 diabetes is simply an overflow phenomenon that occurs where there is too much glucose in the entire body..”

“In response to excess glucose in the blood, the body secretes even more insulin to overcome this resistance. This forces more glucose into the overflowing cells to keep blood levels normal. This works, but the effect is only temporary because it has not addressed the problem of excess sugar; it has only moved the excess from the blood to the cells, making insulin resistance worse. At some point, even with more insulin, the body cannot force any more glucose into the cells.”

“What happens in the body if we do not remove the excess glucose? First, the body keeps increasing the amount of insulin it produces to try to force more glucose into the cells. But this only makes more insulin resistance, in what then becomes a vicious cycle. When the insulin levels can no longer keep pace with rising resistance, blood glucose spikes. That is when your doctor is likely to diagnose type 2 diabetes.”

March 25, 2019

Excerpts from “The Diabetes Code” by Jason Fung, M.D.

FACT: TYPE 2 DIABETES IS CAUSED BY TOO MUCH SUGAR

“AT ITS VERY core, type 2 diabetes can be understood as a disease caused by too much insulin, which our bodies secrete when we eat too much sugar. Framing the problem this way is incredibly powerful because the solution becomes immediately obvious. We must lower our insulin levels by reducing our dietary intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates (a form of sugar).”

“… When you eat sugar, your body secretes the hormone insulin to help move the sugar into your cells, where it’s used for energy. If you don’t burn off that sugar sufficiently, then over decades your cells become completely filled and cannot handle any more. The next time you eat sugar, insulin cannot force any more of it into you overflowing cells, so it spills out into the blood. Sugar travels in your blood in a form called glucose, and having too much of in – known as high blood glucose – is a primary symptom of type 2 diabetes.”

March 22, 2019

Meal Frequency and Timing Are Associated with Changes in Body Mass Index in Adventist Health Study 2

This new report is fully consistent with everything Jason Fung, M.D. has said, as well as the Blue Zone lifestyle, and the Mediterranean Diet. Which is to say it isn’t news.

https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/147/9/1722/4743530?fbclid=IwAR0nmRwzHEgc1p7r0_8JJuSeRoWafwzEhd2uz0LqdhatkmUyi6_VV2EJkT8

March 20, 2019

Coffee Research: Blue Zones, Mediterranean Diet

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