Nutrition and Fitness (a guide through this chapter, click on it)
and fatty acids , Omega-3-fatty
acid (fish oil)
, vitamins and minerals
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without fitness and proper nutrition is not possible. Research has proven it ,
and new research data is surfacing. Yet confusion exists: diet book bestsellers
come and go.
Magazine headlines proclaim "miracle diets", and
diet foods or meals claim a sizable section of super markets and health food stores.
TV commercials show new food products in vibrant colors to entice the consumer,
and cookbooks deal with foods from health-conscious to decadent.
Yet despite the apparent abundance of products, whether it is
fully stocked shelves in food stores or restaurants with huge self-service buffets,
not all is well in the health statistics of the population :
% of our society was obese in 1999, which means that we have become the
fattest people on this planet (Ref. 6)!
- Diabetes has reached
epidemic proportions along with this and continues to be on the
- Heart disease has become the number one
killer, and soaring health costs put excessive burdens on health
insurance plans. A host of other diseases are plaguing a large segment of the
- Arthritis, osteoporosis and cancer figure
- Alzheimers and various
other forms of dementia threaten to turn the so called "golden age"
into years overshadowed by disabilities and illness. (Ref.1)
medicine has become a new specialty for an aging population.
would be kidding ourselves, if we would assume that we can double our life expectancy
by lifestyle changes. However, it is not unreasonable to pursue the goal of reducing
poor health and disability as we age and enjoy a life that is vibrant and full
of energy by cutting down known risk factors for these diseases.
like "Breakthrough" by Suzanne Somers (Ref.8) have reviewed the new
insights of antiaging medicine. This consists of detoxifying the body from heavy
metals like mercury, lead and cadmium.
Next you need to pay close attention
to healthy food intake. It is not surprising that nutrition represents the foundation
to health and well-being. We need building blocks that ensure that our physical
functions are running smoothly.
that we are building our health like a house...|
|...we will start with a solid foundation
of good nutrition, add to this a structure of physical activity and fitness,
and add a protective roof called stress management by ultimately topping
it off with effective relaxation and meditation. You could liken the
heating/air conditioning system to our hormones that need to be in balance
to keep us confortable. This is dealt with under this
It is a balance of our hormones,
which will ensure proper functioning of all our organs. Included in this is a
proper balance of our sex hormones, which ensures a regular sex life. Our mental
functioning depends on proper brain hormone balance. With too much sugar and starch
in our diet many North Americans have lost this balance, have inhibited their
hormone interactions and as a result suffer prematurely from a variety of the
diseases typical for "civilized" countries such as strokes, heart attacks,
arthritis, high blood pressure, sexual dysfunction, depression etc.
following information sheet has been prepared by Dr. Schilling for patients in
a walk-in-clinic in Kelowna, BC who are trying to take a proactive approach to
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Congratulations in taking charge
of your personal health. You will be working in close partnership with your physician
on the various aspects of getting and staying well in middle age and beyond. You
may have read some magazine articles or seen programs on TV about anti-aging medicine,
lifestyle and nature identical hormone replacement. It is important that you inform
your physician about your health history, surgeries, current or past illnesses
and family health history.
In order to get a closer look at your body functions
you will need to have some laboratory tests. They will give your physician the
information about your health status and also about possible deficiencies. Some
of the tests (fasting insulin, thyroid tests such as TSH, free T4 and free T3)
will be blood tests. Assessing your hormonal needs is best done by saliva tests,
as they are more accurate than blood tests. With all the test results in place
your physician will prescribe you the nature-identical hormones that are best
suited for your individual needs.
They will be compounded by the pharmacist
and will be used as creams that you apply to your skin. After about 3 months you
will have some of your tests repeated and depending on the results the dosage
of your hormones may be adjusted. Hormone therapy should follow the concept of
"starting low and going slow". It is a fallacy to assume that nature-identical
hormones cannot cause any undesirable side effects and the creams can
be used without thinking much about the dosage. It is of importance that dosages
prescribed are not exceeded, but used as prescribed. Close compliance is necessary
to give your body its best chance. You will reap the benefits in the form of energy,
overall health and well being.
Your personal commitment to staying healthy
does not stop here.
For optimal health you will need a solid foundation in
your lifestyle choices:
-Make time for physical fitness. A brisk walk of 30
minutes at least three times per week is a good start. Remember that your heart
works 7 days a week! Heart health does not start in an arm chair, but with a pair
of good walking shoes.
-Do some house cleaning: trash the junk food and throw
out the cigarettes. Eliminate harmful substances from your environment. Mercury
fillings in your teeth are not harmless! Have them replaced with ceramic fillings.
-Fuel is important! Give preference to fresh vegetables, fruit, high quality
proteins (fish, lean meat, yoghurt, and tofu), whole grains (oats, barley), nuts
and olive oil. White flour and sugar are not good buddies in nutrition!
MSG like the plague! It is present in many processed foods, dressing, marinades
and spice mixes. MSG is an excitotoxin that destroys brain cells and runs under
many disguises such as hydrolyzed protein, vegetable protein extract, yeast extract,
soy protein isolate, soy protein concentrate, and natural flavor. Start reading
food labels carefully, as too many obscure chemical names in processed foods mean:
don't eat it! Go back to the basics.
-Not all our food contains everything
we need. Use a multivitamin supplement for starters. Various vitamins
and supplements are known to prevent illness, such as vitamin D3, vitamin
C, omega-3 fatty acids in the form of molecularly distilled fish oil capsules,
just to name the most prominent ones.
-Relax and enjoy. Clear your mind and
keep stress at bay. Allow yourself time to be calm and to unwind from a demanding
-Get your sleep. Previous relaxation helps (see above.) The 11 PM news
probably won't contribute to rest and relaxation.
-Stick with it! In a world
of instant everything it is easy to give up a program after a month. Getting well
and staying well is a program for life. Enjoy the benefits!
the next section I will discuss nutrition in detail. I will mention the ingredients
of protein, fats, carbohydrates, supplemental vitamins and minerals. I believe
that the best diet is one that sticks close to the natural diet of those who live
long, fulfilled lives and have lots of energy until a ripe old age. The population
of Okinawa comes to mind.