What You Think is What You Create!

 

Wellness begins with a thought.  Wellness begins with a goal.  Wellness is something you must think to create.  For each individual, wellness means something different.  For some, wellness is a current lifestyle that is to be maintained.  For many, wellness is something that is coveted because wellness has been lost.

At Seasons Wellness, we offer individualized therapy to aggressively eliminate the obstacles to wellness and to maximize your body’s performance to achieve optimal wellness potential. We work with you to achieve health and wellness through the 7 points of Wellness: Epigenetics, NutritionExerciseHormonesInflammation, Detoxification, and Gut microbiome.

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Epigenetics and you

@jsalvino

 

Epigenetics and You

 

In high school biology genetics is introduced as merely a game of human roulette, determining hair color, eye color, and what diseases you are most at risk for developing.  A common lab activity is rolling dice to determine which characteristics you might receive. Epigenetics shines new light on the basic understanding of DNA. We used to believe that genes determined everything, it was the blueprint that a body followed through life.  Health and disease potential were fixed and set in your DNA.  Since the early 1970’s, those beliefs have been changed through the discovery of epigenomes, and how they affect the human body. The epigenome is the sum of the chemical compounds that have been added to the entirety of an individual’s DNA (genome) in response to the environment (i.e. diet, stress…) as a way to regulate the activity and expression of all the genes (epigenetics) within the genome.  While DNA are the different pieces of the puzzle that is the body, epigenetics is the directions for how those genes, the “pieces” are used. This occurs throughout life. Epigenetic alterations can and will occur at any time, including conception, pregnancy, puberty, stress and beyond. These are normal processes that take place throughout the course of existence, and control how a body changes and adapts to its environment. In addition to these normal processes, it has been discovered that environmental factors and life events can affect each individual’s epigenome as well, which means you have a significant amount of control over your health now and your health in the future. Epigenetics brings your health within your grasp.  It means that you have influence over your health and the health of future generations. Lives are no longer determined by the game of human roulette that takes place during conception.

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Wellness Knows no Age Limits

 

It’s never too late to turn your health around. Just ask DW, who completely transformed his health and his life at the age of 69 with a set of diet, exercise and lifestyle changes that increased muscle mass, reduced fat and boosted his metabolic rate by more than 200 points. Here’s how he did it — and proved that wellness knows no age limits.

 

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50—25—21

 

 

“androgen use and abuse is increasing in our society, either for therapeutic or recreational reasons”.

 

Vascular Health Risk Management 2008

 

 

 

Today is the age of twitter, emojis, 30 second commercial ads,  abbreviations, character limitation and limited attention span.   The old adage is ‘brevity is the soul of wit’.  In this new age of character limitation that is the result of limited attention span, brevity is the soul of communication.  To be consistent with the age, I give you brevity in a title: 50–25—21.  

 

What is 50–25—21?   The 50—25—21 is a rule, a rule to separate therapeutic uses of Testosterone from recreational uses of Testosterone.  The 50—25—21 rule is a reference to the statistics of Testosterone therapy found in the medical science.  The 50–25–21 rule allows one to separate physiologic, evidence-based Testosterone therapy from recreational, non-evidence-based Testosterone therapy—or simply Testosterone doping.  As the quote above points out, androgen use and abuse, at the hands of physicians, is increasing in our society.

 

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Natural therapies and the flu–what does the evidence show?

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The influenza virus

My previous post focused on the evidence of the flu vaccine and the prevention of the flu via the flu vaccine.  As the evidence consistently shows, the flu vaccine does not prevent flu transmission and/or prevent complications from the flu.  That is in addition to the historically very low match rates.  This is not my opinion; this is not marketing; this simply is what the evidence shows.  If you haven’t read that post and the evidence, I encourage you to stop and read the previous post on the evidence against the flu vaccine now.

 

If the the flu vaccine doesn’t prevent the flu, then how can you protect against the flu?  Do we simply run the immune system roulette table every cold/flu season?  How can you treat the flu if you are unfortunate to welcome the influenza virus into your home?  Is all hope lost in our ability to protect ourselves and our loved ones against the cold and flu?

 

All hope is not lost.  Below, I list natural, evidence-based therapies to prevent the influenza virus invasion and treat the influenza virus if the invasion does occur.  The therapies listed are some of the more evidence-based therapies out there.  These therapies will also work well against the other encountered viruses so prevalent this time of year.

 

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Small steps to begin a Healthy 2016

 

As I moved through the holiday season with family and friends, I heard all the chatter of losing weight in the New Year. With a cookie or a dipped chip in hand we talked of our plans for shedding these indulgent pounds that we had gained over the last months, or maybe years. There are hundreds of dietary theories of how to combat the holiday bulge that becomes the yearly bulge. How do you decide which bulge battling theory is right for you? Here are 5 small steps that are great for EVERYONE seeking a new year of healthy lifestyle change:

 

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Estrogen metabolites: the good, the bad, and the ugly?

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

Aristotle

 

Estrogen metabolites.

 

 

The good, the bad, the ugly.  Estrogen metabolites are the Clint Eastwood of hormone metabolites.  That is the way Hollywood would market estrogen metabolites if they were slated for a prime time Hollywood production.  Unfortunately, that is also the way most medical press presents it.  Estrogen is the beginning and the end of the story.  Estrogen alone is active.  Estrogen metabolites are inactive compounds targeted for elimination only.  This is the story line followed by most in the medical community.  Is this sound science?  Is this simply a Hollywood mirage repeated over and over by physicians in hopes that truth will present itself through repetition or does the real science of estrogen metabolites tell a different story?

 

No opinion, just science.

 

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Begin optimal athletic performance with vitamin D

It’s football time in Tennessee!

 

This is quit a common saying that can be heard in the hills of  east Tennessee this time of year.

 

Football season is upon us.  Particularly, college football season and the Tennessee volunteers.  The night air has cooled (a bit).  Summer camps have ended.  It is time for football.  I won’t hide my allegiance to the Tennessee volunteers.  I am a vol for life.  Where ever your allegiance lies, Georgia, Ohio State, or heaven forbid Alabama (just a friendly jab for all my Bama friends), these are exciting times.  

 

This is the time of year that all fans can be excited.  All fans can chant “we are #1”.  All teams have no losses.  The sky is the limit.  Optimism is as real as the coming change of leaves.  Yet, there is one thing that can quickly dash all hopes and optimism—it is called injuries.  A recent article highlighting the injury situation at Tennessee after pre-season camp caught my attention.

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Man Boobs to Metabolic Syndrome–Muscle loss

 

Testosterone and Muscle loss in men.

 

Ninety-eight percent failure rate!  Who would initiate something that had a 98% failure rate; let alone, repeat the failure over and over again?  It sounds sadistic.  It is the definition of insanity. But, that is exactly what Americans do with weight loss.  With such a low success rate in the weight loss industry, one might conclude that there is little $$ value in the weight loss industry.  That assumption would be wrong.  According to the 2014 status of US market on the weight loss industry, the value of the weight loss industry was valued at $60.8 billion.   That is $60.8 billion for a success rate of 2%.  That makes the government look like a well-oiled, efficient machine—not!

 

Why do 98% of weight loss programs fail?

 

Do weight loss programs fail to help people lose weight?

 

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Serious flaws in “major new study” on vitamins and cancer risk

There are serious flaws with a “major new study” on cancer risks for those who take vitamins.  Unknown

 

  • First, this is the old rehash of synthetic versus natural vitamins.  They are not the same and thus risks/benefits are also not equally the same.  This is from the same medical industry that sees no difference between progesterone and medroxyprogesterone acetate (provera).

 

  • Second, the majority of the studies reviewed in this “major new study” involved individuals never tested for vitamin need prior to initiation of vitamin therapy.  What was the vitamin need to begin with?  Where vitamins even necessary?  The majority of studies on vitamins have not tested vitamin need prior to initiation of therapy, nor have they then followed vitamin levels during/after therapy to see if the therapy is even increasing levels.  Without following levels how can one conclude that the vitamin is the cause?  A presumption does not make a conclusion.

 

  • Third,  since when was one person’s meta-analysis a “major new study”.  I didn’t realize all the “major new studies” I have—I better get to work.

 

  • Fourth, though the risk is likely real with synthetic vitamins, the risk is small and pales in comparison to lets say sugar, which is available and used in massively larger amounts daily when compared to synthetic vitamins i.e. 19% increase in prostate cancer with synthetic vitamin E compared to 57% increase in breast cancer with a high glycemic index diet and and 153% increase in breast cancer with a high glycemic load.

 

This rehash and small impact more points to an agenda in this “major new study”, rather than real new evidence of risk and hides from the real driving forces behind cancer–diet.  After all, it was a 2012 “major new study” that stated: “Fraud and misconduct in clinical research is widespread“.  In fact, fraud in research has increased dramatically and is the cause of 43% of study redactions.  This may give the impression that I have a problem with medical research.  Actually, the opposite is true.  I love research and the debate of research.  What I don’t like is an agenda supported by faulty research and statistics.  Let’s be honest, everyone has an agenda, but is that agenda supported by solid research, solid statistics, and full truth disclosure.  An agenda is simply a purpose.  A purpose founded in truth is supported by solid research, solid statistics, and full disclosure.  In contrast, a purpose founded in poor research, poor statistics, and half-truths is not solid and will fail.  It was Benjamin Disraeli that said “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damed lies, and statistics.”

 

Oh, by the way, “major new study” has found that to much broccoli, brussel sprouts, and other vegetable intake will increase cancer risk (sarcasm).  Remember, vegetables are packed full of those deadly vitamins.  Who knew we grew these cancer sticks right in our own gardens?

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