Epigenetics and Nutrition

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Imagine before you is a large salad, well-seasoned, loaded with bright and colorful vegetables, topped with lightly grilled salmon, and a large glass of water. Beside that dish is another, a heavily processed cheeseburger from any popular fast-food joint, with an extra-large side of fries, and a tall chocolate milkshake. Now, ask yourself, which of these meals do you eat more often? What if someone told you that the choice you made today, between those two meals, would impact not only your current and future health but that of your children and even your grandchildren? Epigenetics, as we previously discussed, is the expression of your DNA. If you were a computer, your DNA would be the hardware, and epigenetics would be the software. So, while other factors (stress, lack of sleep, environmental exposures) also have the ability to impact your genetic expression, nutrition is the one we have the most control over.

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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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Dear New Year’s Resolution–it was nice while it lasted.

 

 

Dear New Year’s Resolutions,

 

It was nice while it lasted.

 

Sincerely,

 

February

 

Now that we are 31 days and counting into 2017, many of us are admitting defeat in our list of resolutions.   Excuses are as varied as the initial intentions.  The dryer shrunk my jeans, there’s no time to exercise, but at least the cookies were gluten free.  As I scan through Facebook entries and personal blogs, the recurring theme is one of self-deprecation.  So, what’s the point?

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Annual road to weight-loss nowhere.  What is a ketogenic diet?

 

Merry Christmas.  Happy Hannukkah.  Happy New Year.  Tis the season to celebrate.  Tis the season to give.  Tis the season to receive.  Unfortunately, when it comes to the waist line, the season tends to gives back more than it receives.

 

The average American will gain up to 7 pounds over the extended Holiday season.  As a result of the Holiday bulge, many will engage in the annual pilgrimage.   Each New Year, Americans pay homage to tradition and bring a resolution of a new diet to start the new pilgrimage to trim the waistline.  Each year, Americans start down the road to weight-loss nowhere.

 

I would love to say that there is one diet that will fix all waistlines, but there is no perfect diet to fit all metabolic needs.  The key in weight loss is to differentiate fad from science to promote healthy, long-term fat loss and muscle growth.  Many weight loss fads promote water loss, muscle loss and short term weight loss only.  These types of weight loss programs actually set the body up for long term weight loss failure.   I want to take this opportunity to review a well recognized, well researched, but often misunderstood dietary strategy: the ketogenic diet–the diet with benefits beyond weight-loss.

 

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Dr Goodyear speaks at AFMA 2016

Dr. Goodyear was honored to again speak at the American Functional Medicine Association annual meeting in Atlanta, GA.  Dr.img_2523
Goodyear joined an outstanding list of speakers at the 2016 AFMA meeting.  Dr. Goodyear spoke on the topic of ‘Physician Burnout’.

 

The first literary reference to physician burnout was a novel written in 1960 with the first definition of physician burnout originating in 1975.   Over 40 years of research on physician burnout has focused on defining physician burnout, identifying the components of physician burnout, and obtaining statistics of physician burnout.  Despite 40+ years of research, the trend of physician burnout is headed in the wrong direction.  In 2001, the rate of physician burnout was 22%.  The most recent statistics, from 2016, put the rate of physician burnout in excess of 55%.

 

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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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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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A Healthy, Wellness Lifestyle in 2015 begins today.

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“All of our dreams can come true if we just have the courage to pursue them.”

 

                                                                                                    – Walt Disney

 

Does success just happen?

 

Is success the result of chance?

 

Or, is success the result of decisions, goals, the right team of people, and timely opportunity?

 

Of course, I follow the latter belief.   Success is the result of hard work, big goals, the right team of people and being in the right place at the right time through preparation.

 

Now is the time to prepare for success!  Success in Health for 2015 starts now!  Whether the goal is maintaing Health or achieving Health, successes achieved in 2015 begins now.

 

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the journey along the middle prong river trail to Health

It is hard!

 

Health is to hard.  Many don’t achieve it because it is to hard.  These were the words of a recent conversation I had with a friend and client.

 

Is Health hard?  Is Wellness really unobtainable?  I may surprise you with my answer—for many the answer is unfortunately yes.  The answer is not due to access to the ability to be Healthy and Well, but because they just don’t want to be.  They like being unhealthy.  In fact, the name of the disease that they carry is their identity.  You take away their disease, you take away their identity.  These individuals simply don’t want to make any changes necessary to achieve Health and Wellness.

 

But is Health that hard?  The answer is no.

 

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