Your DNA is not your Destiny

 

Your DNA Is No Longer Your Destiny

 

Is your destiny written in your DNA? For years, scientists believed that a person’s DNA – the complex genetic code that carries all the information needed for your growth and development – was a fixed and unchanging set of “instructions” that directed the body’s processes from birth to death. But new insights from the emerging field of epigenetics suggest that these genetic instructions can be modified by external factors, with profound implications for health, wellness, disease and the aging process.

 

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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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What is wellness and how well are you aging?

Medicine is in need of a paradigm change.   The health of individuals cannot be managed through the disease model of medicine.  The disease model of medicine is good if disease is your focus, but if the goal of the disease model is to diagnose and manage disease, how can wellness be integrated?  It cannot.  A new model is required.  A wellness model is needed.  A model to ask different questions.   A model to search for different answers.  A model to reach for different goals.  A model to focus on wellness and not on disease.

 

No longer can the only question be ‘do you have disease’.  The lack of disease does not indicate the presence of wellness.  Many people don’t have disease, yet they are not well.  How well are you aging?  This question highlights the difference in the disease and the wellness paradigm.  The question is not looking for disease, but is instead looking for the degree of wellness.

 

Are you well?  How well are you aging?

 

 

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Tis the Season for Lighting up Your Nucleus Accumbens

 

It is estimated that Americans consume 22 teaspoons of sugar a day.  Studies have shown that sugary, processed foods trigger a special region in the brain called the nucleus accumbens.  This is the pleasure center which when activated can lead to addictions.   In other words, once this pathway is stimulated, the intoxication from the sugar high, makes you feel as if you can never get enough.

 

Take for example, a 20 ounce bottle of soda with 65 grams of sugar.  Your gut quickly absorbs the liquid sugar which causes a domino effect of high blood sugar leading to high insulin levels.  Insulin increases storage of belly fat and inflammation.  Insulin blocks your appetite –control hormone, leptin.  Now the brain never gets the message that you are full.  Instead it thinks you are starving.  This lights up your nucleus accumbens driving you to crave more sugar and processed foods.

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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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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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Living Healthy is easy! Grow Microgreens

Living Healthy is easy!

 

 

Living Healthy is easy–I promise.  Living Healthy just requires rethinking and a little planning.  We have been raised in and taught to live in a Disease world for so long that we have forgotten how to live Healthy.  Disease living has become the new normal.  It is as if we are simply a commodity to feed an industry based on Disease.  Healthy living is not difficult, it just requires a change of habits—a new way of thinking—a first step.

 

 

Lifestyle transitions require small steps.  Today is the first small step—growing Microgreens at home.

 

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Man Boobs to Metabolic Syndrome–Obesity

 

Obesity

 

The number 1 visual of the poor health epidemic in the US and the world is the ever growing numbers of overweight and obese people.  According to the CDC, it is estimated that over 1/3 of American adults are obese.  That equals 34.9% of American adults.  In actual numbers, that 34.9% equals 78.6 million adults.  Add in those that are overweight and the percentage of those that are either overweight or obese increases to 69% or 154.7 million adults.  That leaves a staggering 31% of Americans that are normal weight.

 

The distinction of the highest increasing prevalence of obesity is found in women over the age of 60.  But that is in adults in the here and now.  What of America’s future?  Is the future bright or bleak?   The younger generations hold the future of America and its Health in its hands.   According to the CDC, the future looks bleek and very big:

 

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