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The skinny on bio-identical hormone replacement.

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Hormonal imbalances can cause many undesirable symptoms and can even contribute to long-term development of serious conditions and diseases.  See the graphic below for a brief list of symptoms related to hormonal imbalances:

 

 

Symptoms of various hormonal imbalances in the body.  Bio-identical hormone replacement can help alleviate these symptoms, but doesn't fix the root cause of the imbalances.

Symptoms of various hormonal imbalances in the body. Bio-identical hormone replacement can help ease these symptoms, but doesn’t fix the root cause of the imbalances.

I’m often asked for my opinion on bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.  Here is my answer in my latest video.  I Hope you find value in it! If you do, please like, comment, and share this video with your friends.

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Thanks! – Rick

Announcements: my new e-book & online store launched

Hi all –

I’m very excited to announce that I have finished writing and published my first book on Amazon.com!  The book is titled “A Definitive Guide to Gut Bacteria & Probiotics”.  As the title suggests, the book is meant for health practitioners or for anyone who might be interested in understanding what gut bacteria is, why it’s so important to our health, the various methods used for positively influencing gut bacteria, reliable and effective brands of probiotics, and proper dosing for maximum therapeutic outcomes.

A few reviews have trickled in for the book and, so far, and they are all positive.

I’ve also launched an online store which makes it easier than ever for new and existing clients to purchase lab packages and other products (like my new book) via secure credit card transaction with the click of a button directly from my website.

Below is an excerpt from the book.  If you’d like to read more, you can buy a copy of the book by clicking on it below (it’s only $2.99…less than the price of a Starbucks coffee)
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  A Definitive guide to gut bacteriaWe’ve all heard about probiotics or “beneficial gut bacteria”.  We all know that they are good for us.  But what are they?  What are the different types of probiotics and what functions do they perform in our bodies?  What happens when we have imbalances in our gut bacteria?  How do we fix it?  Is it as simple as eating yogurt? As it turns out, science is just now starting to catch up with the massive importance that probiotics have in determining our health, our weight, our moods, and just about every bodily function one can think of! In this guide, we will explore the following:

What are probiotics?

The benefits of supplementing with probiotics.

Who should supplement with probiotics?

The causes of gut dysbiosis (imbalanced gut bacteria).

Symptoms of dysbiosis.

Information about the various strains of commonly used probiotics.

Scientific studies on probiotics.

Tips for balancing/optimizing your gut bacteria.

Suggestions on quality brands of probiotic supplements.

That’s all for today, folks!

Thanks

Rick

Rick Gold, Functional Wellness, FDN Practitioner
Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.

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Reader submitted story: How I healed my son’s leaky gut

Mother together with the son. Tenderness, love and care.Today’s blog entry comes courtesy of one of my readers, Deb Strauss.  Deb is a terrific person and works in the alternative health space, which is probably what saved her son from going down a very sickly path for the rest of his life.  I give major props to people like Deb, who didn’t listen to what her pediatricians told her when they said “your son’s blood work looks normal.  Nothing is wrong.”.  Mother’s intuition and a deep belief in natural health solutions kept Deb pressing on to find answers…and answers she did find!  Congratulations Deb.  You are what every mother aspires to be for their child!  Read on:   

 

      Joshua’s Story 

By Deb Strauss

My 13-year-old son, Joshua has struggled with mild eczema since the age of 4. Until recently, the eczema was mild enough to manage with a variety of essential oils and occasional Epsom salt baths. All of this changed this past summer as Joshua’s skin began to break out in eczema in places that he never had issues before. In fact, in just a few short weeks, the eczema got so out of control and began to appear on his knees, elbows, neck, face, scalp, ears and ankles. Additionally, Joshua’s breathing became more labored with exercise and activity, he felt lethargic most days, he lost 10 lbs without reducing his caloric intake, his sleep was interrupted and he had difficulty focusing and remembering things.

Joshua’s pediatrician couldn’t explain why these symptoms suddenly appeared, as all of Joshua’s labs and diagnostic test results were normal. Since Joshua struggled with seasonal allergies, one of our visits was with an asthma and allergy specialist. For the first time, Joshua had a positive and allergic reaction to milk, eggs, corn, soy, wheat and gluten. He had no previous food allergies as we had tested him several times in the past. The allergy doctor could not explain this sudden new onset of food allergies, outside of possible hormonal changes due to puberty.

This explanation did not sit well with me and so I began doing my research before returning to our pediatrician for a follow-up appointment. I have always had a passion for nutrition and in my heart, I felt like this might be a gut/nutritional deficiency issue. I had read about “Leaky gut syndrome” and I remembered symptoms including abdominal bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, body aches and pains, lethargy, brain fog as well as some others. When Joshua and I went back to see his pediatrician for a follow-up appointment, I had some questions about leaky gut and to my dismay Joshua’s pediatrician didn’t offer much guidance. He simply said, “Leaky gut syndrome” isn’t a diagnosis taught in medical school. Instead, “leaky gut really means you’ve got a diagnosis that still needs to be made.” Other than that, he continued to recommend the prescription grade cortisone for Joshua’s eczema and for Joshua to avoid his food triggers.

I have read enough to believe that our gut is our biggest immune system organ. Clearly my son’s body was inflamed and there was an auto-immune response via all the eczema and sudden food allergies. I believe that our body is a miracle and when given the correct balance of nutrients healing is possible. For the next several months, Joshua avoided his trigger foods, most carbs and sugars. He ate mostly alkalizing foods and homemade soup broths (GAPS diet recommendation). Additionally, we supplemented with omegas, a whole food vitamin with extra Vitamin D3 and zinc, pre-biotics, probiotics, digestive enzymes and cleanse juice daily.

I am happy to report that all of Joshua’s symptoms slowly lessened until they resolved entirely in about 6 months. Today, Joshua feels and looks 100% better and continues to eat an alkaline rich diet by choice. I am so pleased that a nutritional approach helped Joshua with his symptoms and that we were able to avoid medications, which may have only masked his symptoms.

For those of you who might be reading this and identify with some of the above listed symptoms, please know that “leaky gut” may be the reason for your eczema, chronic fatigue, weakened immunity, unexplained weight loss, respiratory troubles, difficulty with attention and focus, stomach/bowel discomforts, etc. Leaky gut seems to be a medical mystery and although I don’t have a confirmed diagnosis for my son, as a mother who went through this with him, I know that a nutritional approach is what healed my son. I am pretty confident that my son’s weakened immunity was the result of poor gut health, possibly due to over exposure to antibiotics due to recurrent ear infections as a toddler. You would hope that your doctor is a good-enough Sherlock Holmes, but it seems that it is very hard to make a “leaky gut” diagnosis.” I am glad that I trusted myself enough to skip the medications and attempt natural healing via superfood nutrition.

Deb Strauss has been in the health and wellness industry for the last 20 years with a background in Physical Therapy and most recently as a wellness and nutritional cleansing coach with Isagenix International. Visit Deb’s website by clicking here.  

Feel free to comment in the comments section below ↓ but keep it clean and respectful.  🙂

 

That’s all for today, folks.

Thanks,

Rick

 

Rick Gold, Functional Wellness, FDN Practitioner
Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.

Website: www.GoldFunctionalWellness.com

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Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of the author, unless otherwise noted.  The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of the author.  Rick is not a doctor, nutritionist, or dietitian and he does not claim to diagnose, treat, or cure disease.

What’s missing from the Paleo diet? (and EVERY popular diet, for that matter!)

Paleo explained in a graphic

Why do so many people, including ‘experts’ hate on the Paleo diet?  From people like Christina Warinner in her viral TedX speech (excellent rebuttal here from Robb Wolf to the chop-shop speech given by Warriner at TedX) to poorly researched books like “Paleo fantasy” by Marlene Zuk (Incredible rebuttal to Zuk’s idiotic book here by Mark Sisson).  Heck, even major news outlets like US News run an absolutely abhorrent yearly piece ranking the best and worst diets for our health each year.  The paleo diet comes in DEAD LAST every year, ranked way lower than SLIM FAST (click here to read a fantastic rebuttal to the drivel that US News puts out about diets every year)!  That’s just laughable.  And even more laughable is that the ‘experts’ who rank these diets are the very nutritionists and dietitians who are supposedly advising America to better health through diet.  Yikes…

Look at the graphic above.  The paleo diet is all about eating REAL, FRESH, UNPROCESSED, PERISHABLE, NUTRIENT-DENSE foods.  How this diet is ranked behind some of the other diets like Slimfast on that US News list is absolutely beyond me!

The Paleo diet has its short-comings, which I’ll get to shortly, but I want to be clear about my stance on it:  I have eaten paleo/primal on and off (mostly on) for about 4 years now.  I have intimate experience with this diet, and have helped many of my friends and family adopt some version of the paleo diet into their lives with incredible results.

What led me to the paleo diet?  

 

I was in my mid-thirties and suffering from what many other people my age suffer from: slowing metabolism, weight gain, constant exhaustion (which fueled a hefty caffeine addiction), frequent sinus infections, joint pains, allergies galore (which led to a dependency on Afrin, breathe right strips, nasonex, and insert 50 other commonly used nasal allergy sprays), mood swings, food cravings (read SUGAR), and a nasty case of GERD (Gastro-Esophegeal Reflux “Disease” – think heartburn on steroids…like you feel as if you’re having a heart attack).

I had been to a nutritionist.  She joked that my cholesterol was so low that I was either dead or in the best shape on earth.  Well, I was neither.  In fact, I would argue that I was closer to death and, had I continued taking her advice and my gastroenterologist’s advice, I would have had a very bad health outcome by now.  They told me that I should eat lots of heart healthy grains, avoid all acidic foods like coffee, tea, tomatoes, alcohol, and citrus fruits, and to take acid blockers like Prevacid and Prilosec.  Following their advice gave me temporary respite from the GERD, but the minute I stopped taking the Prevacid, it came back with a vengeance even though I continued to eat the diet they recommended for me.  So, what gives??  Was I supposed to just take these pills for the rest of my life to feel like I’m not being stabbed in the chest after every meal?  Big Pharma sure wants me to think so…

My health issues not only remained, but significantly worsened until 2009 when I had heard of the Paleo diet.  At first I brushed it off as idiocy just based on its name (which doesn’t do it any justice, imo).  But after hearing a few of my crossfit brethren rave about it I decided to do some research.  I ended up buying Robb Wolf’s “The Paleo Solution” and I read it cover to cover within 4 days (I’m a slow reader).  It’s a really easy read, very entertaining and very informative.  I highly recommend this book as a starting point to learn about the paleo diet and how it can help you reverse chronic illness, lose weight, and regain energy.  Based on this book, I gave paleo a try.  I then discovered other amazing paleo resources like Mark’s Daily Apple and Everyday Paleo.

The results:

  • Weight: I lost 27 pounds of excess fat within about 4-6 months.  Without counting calories.  I ate to my heart’s content in each meal.
  • GERD: Completely eliminated, and did so without the use of antacids, and I ate citrus, cooked tomatoes, and drank tea to my heart’s content (all supposed “no-no’s” when you have GERD)
  • Allergies: Almost completely eliminated.  And by implementing the diet, I figured out that Dairy was one of the main culprits of allergies and inflammation for me.  GOT MILK?  NOT.
  • Chronic Fatigue: The diet didn’t fully end the fatigue but helped it enough that I no longer needed coffee and caffeine (which led me to the discovery that I had sensitivities to coffee and caffeine).
  • Frequent sinus infections: Frequency was greatly reduced, and my immune function improved.  Apparently grains and dairy were 2 major culprits of low immunity and inflammation for me (as well as millions of people who don’t realize it).
  • Blood lipid profile: Unfortunately, I didn’t have a blood test done before I started eating paleo, so I have nothing to compare my results to, but a recent blood lipid profile showed absolutely no issues with my cholesterol, and showed excellent ratios b/w HDL:TC, HDL:TRIG, and low triglycerides.  This is despite me regularly eating organic uncured nitrate free bacon, and pastured organic eggs constantly (no, not egg whites…FULL eggs with the yellow, which is the most nutritious part of the egg!  It drives me crazy to see people ordering egg-white omelets at a restaurant thinking they are doing something good for their health!).
  • Joint Pain: Reduced…although not fully (I have a major sports injury in my left knee that involved a permanent metal plate and screws). 
  • Fitness: My endurance improved, my strength improved, and I was easily able to do rigorous crossfit or muay thai workouts.  The low carb diet worked just fine for me.
  • Food cravings: This was the one area that I was not able to conquer with paleo alone.

Now, how can a diet that is capable of results like mine be so adamantly panned by the talking heads out there?  You see, I am a walking, living, breathing testimonial for the paleo diet.  And I am not the only one.  Click here to see just ONE resource for thousands of testimonials like mine.  To my readers that have experience with the paleo diet (good or bad) I would love to read about your story in the comments section below!

Aside from the thousands of testimonials and case studies, and despite what its detractors say, The Paleo diet does have sound science behind it as well (just scroll to the bottom of the page I just linked to and see the 8 randomized control studies on the paleo diet).

But the title of this article is “What’s missing from the paleo diet?”…so I’m sure you weren’t expecting to read a love-fest about it!  Despite it’s proven superiority to the standard American debacle…err…diet, the paleo diet does fall short in one area.  But, in fairness, so does just about EVERY single diet out there including vegetarianism, veganism, Ornish and Essylstyn’s plant-based diets, etc:

 

The concept of bio-chemical individuality

 

Have you ever noticed that one person will thrive on a specific diet, while another person will see no change and yet another person’s health will worsen with the same diet?  Why is that?  I have met people who have tried the paleo diet and gained weight!  I have personally met vegans who have eaten that way for 20 years and they look and feel amazing.  Then I’ve spoken to other vegans who report terrible, life-threatening experiences with veganism (from malnutrition).  How can that be?

The answer is this: There is no one-size-fits-all-cookie-cutter diet out there.  Every single one of us is, metabolically speaking,  as individual on the inside as we are in our outward appearance.  Every single one of us has unique genetic nutrient needs, deficiencies, abundances, metabolic rates, stress levels, and genetic ability to cope with internal and external stressors.  So, a diet that makes one person feel incredible because it happens to offer the perfect nutrition for his or her situation might be exactly the opposite of what another person needs to thrive.  

 

Truly, one man’s food is another man’s poison.

 

This is not a new concept.  It’s just a vastly under-reported and under-appreciated one.  The understanding of bio-chemical individuality started with the research of Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist who set out to travel the world and to study native cultures that remained untouched by western nutritional concepts or industrialization.  What he found was astounding.  In these cultures, he observed that:

  1.  They had almost NO incidence of the diseases that plague westerners today such as cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, etc.
  2. They had very little obesity.
  3. Their bodies were lean and strong, like Olympic athletes, despite the fact that they didn’t train like them.
  4. Most importantly, they all consumed vastly different diets based on the geographically available foods in their area.

 The last point, #4, is extremely important.  Eskimos evolved over thousands of years in Alaska eating whale and seal blubber, caribou, and kelp.  They ate lots of animal flesh and saturated fat and very little in the way of vegetation simply because that was what was available to them.  Evolution (natural selection) allowed for the Eskimos who adapted well to a diet such as this to thrive and procreate, whilst Eskimos who failed to adapt and thrive on this diet simply died out.  Click here to read a fascinating piece in discovery magazine about the paradox of the Eskimo diet.

By contrast, Aboriginal cultures that lived in a vastly different geography and climate thrived on insects, beetles, grubs, berries, kangaroo, and wallaby.  They also ate much more vegetation and fruits than the Eskimos, yet they also thrived until western civilization introduced them to McDonald’s 😉 .

mcdonaldsThe Swiss people thrived for many years on whole rye bread, large quantities of high fat cream cheese, cream, and raw goat’s milk, some wine, and small amounts of meat.  They enjoyed robust health even in glacial winters on a diet that is vastly different from the other cultures.

The African Masai thrived for thousands of years on a diet that consisted of wild meat, milk, and blood extracted from cattle!  They exhibited extraordinary physical and mental development.

Now, ask yourself this question: After adapting over thousands of years to these geographically and climate-dictated diets, what would the health outcomes be if we were to switch diets among them?  For instance, what if we had the Aboriginals eat the Eskimo diet and the Eskimos eat the Aboriginal diet?  Again, these are people who have evolved and adapted to a specific way of eating over thousands of years.  This is one of those times in your life were you just need to apply some logic and the correct conclusion will come to you.  We can see what the switch over to a western diet is doing to them: making them very sick!

Other pioneers in the concept of biochemical individuality and eating according to your genetic predispositions are Dr. George Watson who wrote “Nutrition and your mind”, Dr. William Kelly, Rudolf Wiley, PhD and author of “Biobalance”, and of course, the man who put these ideas together and created what is now called “Metabolic Typing, William Wolcott (author of “The Metabolic Typing Diet”, a must-read for anyone interested in this stuff).  MT book

Metabolic Typing

 

OK.  So now we understand that adaptation and natural selection over thousands of years has made us all genetically predisposed to thrive via eating a certain way.  So, all we have to do to eat right for ourselves is trace back our lineage as far back as we can go…maybe back to our great grandparents and mimic what they ate, right?  Not so fast!  I wish it were that easy, but our ability to transport ourselves from one geography and climate to many other vastly different geographies and climates started back way further than you or I can possibly trace our lineage.  And once humans were able to travel by horse, boat, car, and plane, things got a little wacky.  People from different cultures and background started mixing with other very different cultures and backgrounds.  For me personally, I know that my mother had ties in Egypt, Morocco, and Israel, while my father had ties in France and Poland…and who knows where their lineage traces back to?  So, how should I eat?  Should I try to mimic an ancient middle eastern diet, or a traditional old school east European diet?  Or neither?  Or a little of both?  We have become such mutts at this point, that it’s really a pointless exercise that will leave you more frustrated than satisfied.  

Enter Metabolic Typing,  an assessment developed and refined over the last 30+ years by William Wolcott and which answers these questions.  It may sound unbelievable, but with a relatively short online assessment of your physical traits, metabolic traits, and psychological/neurotransmitter traits, Wolcott found a way to accurately uncover your individual metabolic type.  Wolcott’s work was based on the following principle: 

When you eat the wrong foods, the wrong macro-nutrient ratios (protein:carbs:fat), and the wrong micro-nutrient ratios (think nutrients, supplements) for your specific metabolism, that leads to imbalances in the body, and metabolic dysfunction.  You become less efficient at metabolizing protein, fat, and carbs.  This leads to all sorts of sub-clinical health problems, like the chronic symptoms I described myself as having above (fatigue, headaches, indigestion, hypoglycemia, constipation, rashes/hives, and pain/inflammation, and malnutrition).  If intervention by eating for your individual metabolism is not achieved, these conditions eventually manifest as chronic degenerative conditions such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, colitis, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, asthma, or auto-immune conditions.  

 

Or to put it in plain English, eating the wrong way for your metabolic type will make you sick, and eating correctly for your metabolic type brings balance and optimal function back to your body!  Think of metabolic typing as a highly individualized paleo diet based on your specific physical, metabolic, and psychological needs.  Why do I say that?  Because metabolic typing has many similarities to paleo eating.  Regardless of what the assessment tells you that your metabolic type is, Metabolic Typing diets: 

  • Shun processed foods and promote eating only fresh, organic, grass-fed, wild-caught, pasture raised, nutrient-dense, perishable foods.  
  • Shun all added sugars and artificial sweeteners. 
  • Advise to consume only raw, organic, grass-fed dairy products (similar to primal)
  • Advise you to eat only sprouted nuts, seeds, and legumes when possible (similar to primal)

There is one major difference in metabolic typing diets and paleo, and that is that it allows for some organic sprouted ancient grain consumption IF your body does well while eating them, although it warns not to overdo it. After all, if you are someone who can eat clean, sprouted grains without incidence (no weight gain, no negative changes in blood lipids or levels of inflammatory markers, and no digestive or inflammatory symptoms), then why shouldn’t you eat grains in a limited fashion?  Simply because humans didn’t consume grains prior to 10,000 years ago?  Again that is a very cookie cutter approach to an individualized diet plan.  And, as someone who wants to help make the world a healthier place, I am personally more concerned with doing what is right for my clients and not trying to stuff them into a specific diet plan that works for me but may not be ideal for them.

Always think: what is the goal, here?  The paleo diet is a wonderful, fantastic diet that has helped me and many people I know tremendously.  But to follow it so rigidly without acknowledging that everyone is different is a mistake.  Some people might do very well on more carbs than others.  Some people might do well with much less meat than others.  Some people, like myself, have a metabolic type that thrives when we eat 70% fat and protein in each meal, with only 30% of our meal consisting of carbs derived from non-starchy vegetables.  Others might get deathly ill following my metabolic type diet.  Do you see where I am going here?  This is the reason you see one person thrive on a diet, another person feel no change, and a third person actually get sicker on that same diet.

But don’t let this change your opinion on the paleo diet being a terrific diet!  Again, in fairness to paleo, every other diet out there misses the mark on this as well! 

By the way, back to my food cravings:  once I tweaked the macro and micro-nutrient ratios of my paleo diet to my metabolic type, I was finally able to rid myself of the intense sugar cravings that plagued me for years!  This is because once I tweaked my diet to reflect the correct macro and micro-nutrient ratios that are best suited to my body, my body started getting the exact nutrition that it needs for energy.  So, I feel less sugar cravings, and I only get them when I eat a meal that had out of balance macro-nutrients (i.e. too many carbs and not enough fat/protein).  

Metabolic typing has been an amazing journey of self-discovery for me.  It taught me how listen to my body after my meals and how to adjust my macro-nutrient ratios accordingly.  It taught me how to become an expert at ME!

Watch this short, 8-minute video that does a great job of explaining the concept of Metabolic Typing: 

 

In my practice, I approach diet in 2 ways: 

 

  1. Find out how to eat right for your Metabolic Type: I recommend that every client do the metabolic typing assessment to find their individual metabolic type.  The assessment is the most complete dietary program I have ever seen.  It includes a wealth of reading material and a very educational and entertaining video series that teaches them exactly how to eat, shop, and cook for their specific metabolic type.  It also teaches you very easy ways to break down your ideal macro-nutrient intake (protein:fat:carbs) for each meal without needing to use food scales or portion control.  
  2. Find out what foods cause inflammation in your body: I also recommend that every client has a food sensitivity panel done to assess what foods and food additives are problematic for them and cause inflammation in their bodies.  They then remove the reactive foods from the metabolic typing diet to decrease the stress on their bodies.  

 

The Metabolic typing assessment is done online by following this link.  The test costs $189 and, in my opinion, is worth EVERY penny.  Full disclosure: I am not affiliated with the Metabolic Typing test and I have no financial connection to them.  I make nothing from your $189.  

Of course, dietary changes are just one part of getting healthy.  Aside from Metabolic Typing, I use functional lab testing to help clients uncover as many hidden internal stressors on their body as possible.  A diet that is not right for your metabolic type is only one of them.   I teach them how to assess and optimize adrenal function, hormonal balance, digestion, immune function, neurotransmitter balance, and how to reduce or eliminate emotional and environmental exposure to stress.  It is this holistic approach that has healed me more than any diet alone can do and it has improved the health of thousands of people as well.  

I hope that you found this article informative, and I hope that you take the first step of your journey and do a metabolic typing assessment online.  Please let me know if you do in the comments section below!  Thanks for reading!

Rick 

Rick Gold, Functional Wellness, FDN Practitioner
Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.

Website: www.GoldFunctionalWellness.com

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Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of the author, unless otherwise noted.  The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of the author.  Rick is not a doctor, nutritionist, or dietitian and he does not claim to diagnose, treat, or cure disease.

 

Is there a safer alternative to antibiotics?

Hi all –

At this point, I don’t think I need to tell you how bad antibiotics are for you.  They kill bacterial infections and, in the process, they kill all of the good bacteria residing in your gut, thus weakening your immune system, making you more susceptible to future infections, and causing leaky gut.  Moreover, the cdc recently declared that the era of antibiotic use is nearing an end because of antibiotic resistant bacteria, or “super bugs”, that don’t respond to antibiotic treatment.

In case you are interested in reading, here is some of what the current science says about antibiotic usage:

So what are we supposed to do if we don’t want to use antibiotics?

There are several natural alternatives to antibiotics.  There are foods that have topical antibacterial and antimicrobial properties such as garlic, ginger, oil of oregano,  and coconut oil.  These are all terrific foods to add to your diet.

However, I can tell you that from my personal experience, there is only one go-to alternative to antibiotics that is powerful enough to knock out sinus infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, and topical infections.  About 2-3 years ago, I discovered the power of:

Colloidal Silver 

Colloidal silver is the grand pupa of natural antibacterial alternatives to antibiotics.  Myself and my entire family have been using it to successfully beat all types of infections and colds for years now with absolutely no side effects.  When we feel a sinus infection coming on, we use the spray.  When we feel a chest cold coming on, we use it in a nebulizer.  THERE HAS NEVER BEEN AN INSTANCE IN WHICH WE USED COLLOIDAL SILVER TO KNOCK OUT AN INFECTION AND IT DID NOT WORK.  We rarely use antibiotics these days since we discovered silver.

There is a lot of scientific evidence that backs the  antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties of colloidal silver:

  • This study found colloidal silver to have potent antibacterial properties.
  • This study found that colloidal silver has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects on wound healing.
  • This study found that “No clinically important changes in metabolic, hematologic, or urinalysis measures were identified. No morphological changes were detected in the lungs, heart or abdominal organs. No significant changes were noted in pulmonary reactive oxygen species or pro-inflammatory cytokine generation. In vivo oral exposure to these commercial nanoscale silver particle solutions does not prompt clinically important changes in human metabolic, hematologic, urine, physical findings or imaging morphology. ”  This suggests that, when ingested, a properly and pharmaceutically prepared nano silver solution is non toxic to humans.
  • This study shows that when lung tissue was exposed to high concentrations of silver nano particles there were no signs of toxicity, inflammation, or morphology (cell mutation). They found it to be safe to inhale. And given it’s antibacterial and anti microbial properties as well as its unique ability to withstand the type of bacterial resistance that antibiotics do, the study begs for more studies on the usage of colloidal silver as an antibiotic.

But, what about the people who took silver and now look like smurfs?  

Invariably, every time I talk to people about colloidal silver, this is their major concern.  Some people even go as far as to send me the link to this idiotic article in a popular skeptic site called quackwatch.  So, before you send me the same information, I am heading you off at the pass, and here is my rebuttal:

There have been a few cases of people (whose IQ’s should seriously be questioned) that have suffered from Argyria after using “colloidal silver”, as noted in the quackwatch article above.  However, as the link to the Wikipedia article about Argyria posted just above states:

“There has never been a reported case of Argyria from the use of a modern “colloidal” silver, which differs from homemade silver “compounds” in particle size. Nanometer size colloidal silver particles are too small to be absorbed by human cells and typically pass through the body in 48 hours or less. A prominent case from ingestion of a silver compound (not colloidal silver) was that of Stan Jones of Montana, a Libertarian candidate for the United States Senate in 2002 and 2006. Jones acquired Argyria through consumption of a home-made silver product that he made due to fears that the Year 2000 problem would make antibiotics unavailable.[22] The peculiar colouration of his skin was featured prominently in media coverage of his unsuccessful campaign, though Jones contends that the best-known photo was “doctored”.[22] Jones promised that he was not using his silvery complexion as a gimmick. He continues to promote the use of colloidal silver as ahome remedy.[22] He has said that his good health, excepting the unusual skin tone, is the result of his use of colloidal silver.[22]

In 2007 press reports described Paul Karason, an American man whose entire skin gradually turned blue after consuming colloidal silver made by himself with distilled water, salt and silver, and using a silver salve on his face in an attempt to treat problems with his sinus, dermatitis, acid reflux and other issues. Karason died on September 23, 2013 after suffering a heart attack and stroke.[23][24][25]

In other words, the people who have suffered Argyria from ingesting silver decided that rather than buying a pharmaceutical quality professional preparation of colloidal nano silver suspension, they would play biochemist and make some of their own silver at home with a do-it-yourself kit.  After all, I’m pretty sure they stayed at a Holiday Inn Express the night before, so I’m sure they were qualified, right?!?!

I wonder what would happen to someone who decided to take an antibiotic that they decided to duplicate at home with a do-it-yourself kit rather than taking the one from a pharmaceutical company?

Do you think it is fair to judge colloidal silver’s correlation to the incidence of Argyria by using what a home-made preparation of a substance that turned out to be NOTHING LIKE ACTUALLY NANO-SILVER did to a few idiots?  Yeah, me neither.  So for all of the naysayers out there, I challenge you to find me a case study of a person that used a professional pharmaceutical quality preparation of colloidal nano silver and turned blue as a result.  You won’t find one.  Millions of people (myself included) take colloidal silver regularly as an immune booster and we are not blue.  Enough said.

If you are interested in giving Colloidal Silver a shot, there is only one brand that I use and that I would recommend (Full disclosure: If you buy any of the products listed in this article by clicking the links I provide to Amazon, you will be buying the products through my Amazon affiliate account.  When you do this, I get a nominal “commission” from Amazon and there is absolutely zero extra cost to you for helping me out. The commissions that I receive from Amazon help me keep this free blog up and running for my readers.  While I do make a nominal commission, I ONLY recommend high quality products that I stand behind and that I would use for myself and my family):

  1. Sovereign Silver vertical spray bottle (This one is great to use as a nasal spray to knock out sinus infections.)
  2. Sovereign Silver dropper bottle (this bottle comes with a dropper and is best used with a nebulizer to knock out bronchial infections).
  3. Sovereign Silver 16 ounce bottle (this is what I keep in my house to refill the smaller dropper bottle and spray bottle when they run out). 

Now I’d like to hear about your experiences with Colloidal Silver!  Have you used it?  Did it work for you?  Did you turn blue like a smurf?  Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

Rick

Rick Gold

Rick Gold, Functional Wellness Practitioner
Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.

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Safer alternatives for healthier living – Kitchen cleaning products

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I’m pretty big on helping people recognize the little things that they can do to protect their health and the health of their loved ones on a daily basis.  It’s not something that most of us think of often, but every day we are all exposed to a tremendous amount of carcinogenic and endocrine-disrupting food dyes, artificial sugars, household chemicals, toxins, bacteria, molds, and air pollution.  Unfortunately, we can’t get away from everything.  My goal in articles such as this one is to show you a few little things at a time that you can do to keep harmful substances away from you and your family.  Today we will focus on kitchen cleaning products:

Dish-washing liquids, liquid hand soaps, all-purpose and kitchen counter cleaning products.  

Here is a list of the potentially harmful ingredients in Palmolive anti-bacterial dish-washing liquid (a popular brand):

1) Fragrance – What could be so bad about something that makes your dishes and your hands smell like fresh-cut daisies, right?  Well, according to the Enviromental working group (EWG) website, a lot!:

About FRAGRANCE: The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.”

Pretty steep price to pay for nice smelling hands and dishes, eh?

2) Tetrasoudium EDTA – EWG found evidence that raises concern that this chemical can be toxic to your organs other than reproductive ones.

3) Dyes – well, since the Colgate company doesn’t expound any further other than to say that they add “dyes” to their dish-washing liquid, and there are literally thousands of chemical dyes out there, we can’t say for certain which one they use, nor can we say exactly what the health risks are.  However, generally speaking, there is a litany of evidence that food dyes cause hyperactivity in children.

Folks, there’s gotta be a better way to get your plates clean!  We can’t just blindly fall for the billions of dollars that these companies spend on marketing their products.  “softens your hands while you do dishes!”  Maybe they should add “makes you infertile, cancerous, toxic, causes allergic reactions, your children hyperactive, causes inflammation, and OH…almost forgot: softens your hands while you do dishes!”.

Do you use Cascade or another similar brand to wash your dishes and utensils (which then go into your MOUTH!)?  If so, it’s imperative that you take a look at the product page for cascade on the EWG website, which details each chemical’s ability and propensity to disrupt reproductive and endocrine function, cause cancer, skin irritations, organ toxicity, and allergies just to name a few!

Here are more EWG write-ups on some of the other popular kitchen cleaning products I can think of.  Peruse to your heart’s content:

If that doesn’t scare you out of using synthetic ingredients and chemicals to clean your house, then I don’t know what will.

How often do you hear people talking about someone they know who has cancer in this way: “He/she was totally healthy!  a health nut!  ate healthy, exercised, great shape…and then one day, pow!  cancer…unreal!”.  I hear people talk like this all the time.  It seems that everyone is completely befuddled as to why people get cancer.  The truth is that our bodies are exposed to cancer causing agents every single day at an alarming rate!  There is only so much toxicity that our bodies can handle.

So do yourself and your families a favor and switch to as many all-natural and organic kitchen cleaning products as possible.  Of course, it’s hard to find a really good cleaning product that comes with ZERO risk, but there are products out there that are much more natural and considered to be much safer than what you are probably using in your kitchen right now.

For your convenience, here are some alternatives that you use right now to create a healthier environment in your kitchen starting now.  All of these cleaning products received an “A” from EWG and carry far less health risks (Full disclosure: If you buy any of the products listed in this article by clicking the links I provide to Amazon, you will be buying the products through my Amazon affiliate account.  When you do this, I get a nominal “commission” from Amazon and there is absolutely zero extra cost to you for helping me out. The commissions that I receive from Amazon help me keep this free blog up and running for my readers.  While I do make a nominal commission, I ONLY recommend high quality products that I stand behind and that I would use for myself and my family):

* Seventh Generation Automatic Dishwasher Powder.

* Planet Ultra Dish-washing Liquid.

* Green Shield All-Purpose Cleaner.

* Arm & Hammer Fridge and Freezer Baking Soda.

* Aussan Natural Floor Cleaner Concentrate.

* Dr. Bronners Sal’s Suds Liquid Cleaner. You can clean just about everything in your house with this stuff, worry free.  Shout out to reader Jennifer Williams who uses this product religiously!

With the options above, you should never feel the need to reach for any of the other chemical-ridden, cancer causing products that we all grew up using.

What’s the worst that can happen?  Give them a shot and let me know your thoughts!

I hope that this article helps to make a healthier household environment for everyone who reads it.

Thanks for reading!

Rick

Rick Gold

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The role of psychology in our food choices.

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Why do we do what we do, eat what we eat, say what we say, and think what we think? What drives our behavior?  What is the ultimate determining factor of success, health, and happiness?

Several years back, I attended a Tony Robbins “unleash the power within” seminar. It was a powerful experience that delved into human nature and the core answers to those questions. It is the answers to those questions and, perhaps more importantly, our use of the knowledge gleaned from those answers, that ultimately gives us the wisdom to change our destiny.

In the seminar I learned that there are 2 things that drive human behavior at all times:

1) Seeking pleasure
2) Avoidance of pain

That’s it. It’s that simple. And one or both of those can be used to understand our motivations behind literally everything that we do, think, or say. Further, seeking pleasure and avoidance of pain are what have shaped literally every single decision of our lives and ultimately are responsible for how our lives look today.  Are you currently a happy or depressed person?  Fat or skinny?  Healthy or unhealthy?  Rich, poor, or just getting by?  Do you self-sabotage your financial situation, career, health goals, or relationships?  If you trace your steps backwards, you can attribute each one of these outcomes to one or several choices you have made that put you in your current position, and those choices were driven by your either seeking pleasure, avoidance of pain, or both simultaneously.

When we act selflessly, are we really acting selflessly?  Is that even possible?  I say no, it is not.

When we sacrifice for others, our motivations for doing so can ALWAYS ultimately be traced back to 2 things: 1) Sacrificing for others makes us feel good about ourselves, or 2) The pain of feeling like a bad person when we don’t sacrifice for others is too unbearable.

Let’s take giving charity as an example – when we donate to a charity, we are doing a wonderful thing by helping other people in need.  But why do we do it?  If it made you feel absolutely horrible about yourself and you believed that giving charity makes you a bad person, would you still give charity?  Probably not.  The reason why people give charity is because it makes them feel good to do it.  We believe that helping others makes us a good person and that gives us pleasure.  For some people it also makes them feel important and invaluable to others which gives them pleasure.  Others give to charity for the obvious tax breaks they receive for giving.  For some, the thought of not helping people in need while they have the means to do so goes against what they believe makes them a good person.  If that is a core belief for them, then not giving charity will cause great emotional pain.  

So, how can we apply this knowledge to make our lives better and to live a happier existence?  If we can understand what motivates our behaviors, we can begin to change them.

I believe that when it comes to our health, we focus way too much on seeking short-term pleasure, and not enough on avoiding long-term pain.

We regularly indulge in foods like alcohol, iced cream, cookies, cake, soda, candy, gluten, popcorn, GMOs, breaded foods fried in vegetable oils, and synthetic food additives.  We do this because, let’s face it, they are freaking delicious and it gives us tremendous short-term pleasure to eat them.  There is also a significant emotional attachment associated with these foods.  They remind us of our childhood, our parents, cultural traditions, etc.  Eating them brings us back to the good old days of our childhood and makes us feel good emotionally, if only for a fleeting time.  It is that intense short-term pleasure that drives us to eat foods that are literally slowly killing us!

But what if we were able to change our focus with regards to these foods?  What if we train ourselves to focus more on the long-term pain associated with regular consumption of these foods instead of focusing on the short-term, fleeting pleasure we get from eating them?  We would have to use a method that can bring all of the potentially intense future pain that is associated with eating these foods and bring it into the present moment.  And we need to make that pain feel palpable and intense enough so that it is far greater than the short-term pleasure that our brains are looking forward to by ingesting these foods in the moment.

One way to do this is by using the “Dickens Process” (another Tony Robbins exercise.  I thank my close friend Erik Nissani, an emerging life coach, for reminding me about this powerful technique a few weeks back).  If we envision ourselves in the future and imagine what our lives will be like 5, 10, 20, and 30 years from now if we keep regularly eating these foods, we might be able to force a paradigm shift in our relationship to the food choices available to us.

Here is how to use the Dickens Process for dietary choices: each time you feel like you are about to reach for foods that you know are bad for you, ask yourself the following series of questions:

  • If I keep eating this way 5 years into the future: Will I be fat or thin?  What will that do for my self-confidence? How will I feel about myself?  Good or bad?  Will I be happier, or sad?  What kind of example will I be setting for my children?
  • If I keep eating this way 10 years into the future: Will I become one of the many Americans that have type 2 diabetes, having to inject myself with insulin before each meal?  How would that make me feel?  Will I start to develop other conditions or diseases related to unhealthy eating such as heart disease, fatty liver disease, or even cancer?  How will I feel when my doctor orders me to take a boatload of prescription drugs like statins, or drugs to lower blood pressure, or for arthritis for the remainder of my life?  What will the side effects of these drugs do to me?
  • If I keep eating this way 20 years into the future: Will I be younger or older than my true age?  Will I be able to play actively with my kids?  Will I be able to exercise or go on vacations and enjoy myself given all of the complications of the diseases and conditions associated with regularly eating these foods for years?  Will I be happy or sad?  Will I have regret if I am diagnosed with a horrible illness that I probably could have prevented by not eating these foods?
  • If I keep eating this way 30 years into the future: Will I have significantly shortened my life as a result of caving into the short-term pleasure associated with eating these foods?  Will I live to see my grandchildren?  Will I die of a painful disease like cancer?

No one wants to become sick.  No one wants heart disease or cancer.  The problem is that when we are healthy, we don’t think about the possibility of getting sick.  We just like to enjoy ourselves and not think about that stuff.  We only think about disease once it is too late…after we have been diagnosed with something terrible.  I am not saying that I believe we should live our lives in fear!  I am simply saying that we should not live a life of ignorance.  Regularly eating foods that are bad for your health will eventually cause your downfall.

If we are able to consistently focus on the long-term pain rather than the short-term pleasure that is associated with regularly eating these foods, I think the decision of whether to put that morsel into our mouth or not becomes an easy one.

Furthermore, we can make this exercise infinitely more powerful if we can find different ways to gain intense short-term pleasure, other than eating that food.  Here are some ideas:

  • Find a way to celebrate small victories.  Each time you choose to avoid eating food that is bad for your health, pat yourself on the back.  Imagine how that choice is contributing to your long-term health.  Get creative!
  • Think of the positive example that you are setting for your children.  Childhood obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome are skyrocketing!  By your refusal to eat that bad food, you are leading the way for your children and teaching them how to build and maintain their own health!  We all focus so much of our attention on teaching our children manners, or the importance of school and getting good grades.  But when it comes to nutrition and disease prevention, Americans fall way short on educating their children.  With each decision not to eat the bad foods, you literally help shape the future health of your child!
  • Picture yourself as an example of vibrant health 5, 10, 20, and 30 years into your future as a result of minding your health now by using a preventative mindset in your dietary choices.

Psychology is an important part of why we reach for the foods that we eat.  The more I learn, the more I understand that without understanding and changing the psychological motivations behind our food choices, the chances for the success of any healthy eating plan are slim.  We need to change our relationship with food.  One place to start is to focus on the pleasure-pain principle.

I hope that this gives everyone who reads it something to think about, and I welcome comments in the section provided below.  Thanks for reading!  

Rick Gold

Rick Gold, Functional Wellness Practitioner
Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.
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Think twice before reaching for that “harmless” OTC pain killer!

We’ve seen this all too often haven’t we?  Many of us are likely guilty of doing it.  We have a headache and reach for the Exedrin.  We have a backache and reach for the Aleve.  We have a fever and reach for the Tylenol.  We are hung over and reach for the Advil.  Maybe a little more for our arthritis and other joint pains.  Oh, and let’s not forget that they help relieve soreness after a tough workout!

We pop them like candy.

In a world where a premium is placed on total comfort and numbing pain, pharmaceutical companies have led us to believe that these “harmless” over the counter NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) are the answer to all of our problems and are totally safe to use.  They run commercial after commercial showing people with huge smiles talking about how the usage of this or that NSAID allows them to live life to the fullest.  To make matters worse, pharma companies have also convinced our doctors to recommend NSAID usage to patients who experience pain (a brilliant move, since everyone tends to trust their doctors).

But are NSAIDs really safe?  Moreover, do they really do what they purport to do (reduce inflammation)?  As it turns out, no…not so much!

Chronic and even casual usage of NSAIDs contribute to increased intestinal permeability, or leaky gut.  Why does that matter?  Because leaky gut allows undigested food, toxins, bacteria, mold, and even feces into your bloodstream and is a prominent cause of inflammation in your body.  Leaky gut is also directly linked to autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, MS, crohns, eczema, IBS, and ulcerative colitis.  It’s also associated with NAFLD (Non-Alcohol Fatty Liver Disease),  as well as allergies and food sensitivities to commonly eaten and usually benign foods like chicken, beef, or certain vegetables.

This study shows that increased intestinal permeability is a PRECURSOR to type 1 diabetes, lending credence to the postulation that type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition.

This study shows leaky gut is associated with kidney damage.

Finally, here is a study that shows leaky gut is linked to MOF (Multiple Organ Failure).

Do I have your attention yet?

While NSAIDs are efficient at short-term relief of inflammation and pain, consistent usage of them actually INCREASES inflammation in your body, damages your intestinal tract, compromises your immune system, makes you more susceptible to heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disease, and allergies.  Below are several studies that confirm this:

This study found that NSAIDs “disrupt intestinal barrier function” (aka cause leaky gut)

This study concluded that NSAIDs usage is “associated with significant morbidity and occasionally mortality”

This study confirms that NSAIDs actually cause INCREASED inflammation in your body.  One of the many paradoxes of modern medicine.

Another study confirming that NSAIDs cause leaky gut.

This study shows that NSAIDs, which are commonly taken to alleviate the pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis, actually make RA conditions WORSEN.

So what’s the takeaway here?  

  • Avoid pain killers like the plague.
  • Use other natural ways to alleviate inflammation and pain such as taking turmeric, quercetin, and ashwagandha supplements.
  • Consider eating a more anti-inflammatory diet.
  • Drink plenty of fresh, clean water every day.
  • Most importantly, move away from the habit of “masking” your pain and inflammation with the usage of NSAIDs.  Start thinking about finding the root causes of your pain and inflammation and work to correct those.  If you are interested in getting to the root of your pain to eliminate it you can schedule a free 20 minute consultation with me to discuss.

Do you know anyone who pops NSAIDs like candy?  If so, please pass this article on to them.  You may well just save a life!

Thanks for reading and I’d love to hear your thoughts about this in the comments section below!

Rick Gold

Rick Gold, Functional Wellness Practitioner
Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.
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The focus needs to shift from more cancer drugs to teaching prevention.

I recently spoke with a woman who was diagnosed with cancer.  She received chemo and surgery. This is a success story (sort of) in that she, by good fortune, detected a deadly cancer growing inside of her and had surgery to remove it before it could take hold.  That part of the story is a great success, and a clear testament to the marvels of modern medicine.

The reason why this was “sort of” a success story is that her story also exemplifies everything that is wrong with modern medicine and the state of healthcare today.  It’s also the reason, despite the trillions spent on pharmaceutical research, that cancer rates have skyrocketed for decades.  This will continue unless we change the way we look at the disease.

I asked her what the doctor advised her to do moving forward to prevent the cancer from returning.

She replied that he told her to just follow-up with 3 ct scans per year for the next 5 years.

OK, but that is merely early detection, not prevention.  Were there any dietary recommendations, or recommended preventive lifestyle changes to build your health?  Did he explain the likely reasons other than genetics behind why the cancer happened in the first place?

“No.  I just need to keep following up with those ct scans.”

Do you see what the problem is here?  If you understand epigenetics, you must understand that

our current healthcare system completely disregards the fact that everything you eat, breathe in, put on your skin, worry about, your activity levels, and the quality and quantity of your sleep has a profound effect on your chances of developing cancer and other deadly diseases. 

 

Our healthcare system has failed this woman because they did not help her to understand the WHY and the HOW:

  • WHY did she get cancer in the first place?
  • HOW can she prevent it from happening again?  

 

The American Institute for Cancer Research recently published a report estimating that “For the 12 most common cancers in the United States, about one third of the cases are preventable through a healthy diet, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight. This translates to about 374,000 preventable cases of cancer per year.”

Her doctors didn’t tell her things like:

  • Cancer feeds on sugar.  Watch Craig B. Thompson, President and CEO of Sloan Kettering explain this:

 

  • Ketogenic diets show great promise for prevention and treatment of cancer.  University of South Florida researcher Dr. Dominic D’Agostino explains: 

  • Another way to prevent her cancer from returning is to lose weight and increase her physical activity:

There are so many things that we can do to drastically lower the chance that we will develop cancer in our lifetime:

  • Decrease our exposure to known cancer-causing chemicals in the household.  Watch this video:

Bottom line: we can raise all the money in the world to fund research geared towards “finding the cure” for cancer, but our focus may be misplaced.

 

THERE IS NO MAGIC PILL TO CURE CANCER, AND SURGERY THAT REMOVES CANCER DOES NOT CHANGE THE ENVIRONMENT IN YOUR BODY THAT MADE IT A FERTILE GROUNDS FOR CANCER GROWTH.

The only answer is to understand why cancer develops in our bodies, and how to prevent it.  Then we need to make the lifestyle changes necessary to prevent it.  Our healthcare system, or should I call it a “sick”care system, is in shambles!  Its only function is to treat disease once it occurs, not to teach people about why it occurs and how to prevent it.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for reading!

 

Rick

Rick Gold, Functional Wellness Practitioner
Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.
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What is “Functional Wellness”?

As many of you know, I am Functional Wellness Practitioner.  But what is functional wellness, anyway?

Functional Wellness is a natural, holistic, preventative “self” care model that seeks to detect and eliminate the underlying bodily malfunctions that lead to symptoms.  It is living a lifestyle that focuses on prevention of disease rather than treating disease that has already taken hold.  

What is “health” or “wellness” anyway?  How do you define it?  Is it simply the absence of disease? Is it simply being alive and able to function?

Below are the basic tenets of Functional Wellness:

  • Do not attempt to diagnose or treat disease.  That is simply not what functional wellness is about.
  • View the body holistically.  Our bodies are complex organisms with many different regulating systems that are interconnected with each other and dependent on each other for proper function.
  • “Healthy” means 100% function in a living being at the cellular level and living in a state of homeostasis.  In other words, a truly healthy individual would exhibit the following attributes:
    • Absence of disease (obviously).
    • Hormones are in perfect balance.
    • Eats a perfect diet and has no weight issues.
    • Has boundless energy, is extremely active and gets plenty of relaxation and play in the sun each day.
    • Liver is working at peak function while detoxifying the body.
    • Digestive system is at peak functionality.  No heartburn, gas, bloating, belly aches, constipation, diarrhea, reflux, GERD, Crohn’s.
    • No joint pain, inflammation or headaches and no need to take pills other than supplements for preventative measures.
    • Strong immune system.  Rarely gets sick and, when sick usually beats it very quickly.
    • Rarely if ever gets depressed other than every now and then while dealing with situational depression (i.e. death of a family member of other serious life event).
    • Excellent muscle tone and strength.
    • No sexual dysfunction or infertility.
  • The vast majority of us are not healthy! 
    • Most of us go through life experiencing a myriad of nagging symptoms every day but we are taught by our current healthcare system that these are just normal aspects of being alive, and we should take pharmaceutical prescription and over-the-counter drugs to alleviate the discomfort caused by them. 
    • everyday living exposes us to toxins, chemicals, radiation, pesticides, food sensitivities, bacteria, parasites, lack of sleep, and stress that throws the equilibrium of our bodies out of whack and causes hidden malfunctions to occur.
  • Our bodies “speak” to us every day.  We need to listen!
    • Symptoms are the language that our bodies use to tell us that something is malfunctioning inside of us. 
    • Not listening to our bodies or simply “masking” the symptoms with pain-killers, antacids, sleeping pills, statins, blood-pressure lowering medications or other drugs is a dangerous game.  Masking a symptom does not make it go away and it sets the stage for disease to occur in the body. 
    • Headaches are not caused by a “lack of ibuprofen”, depression is not caused by a “lack of Prozac”, and acid reflux is not caused by a “lack of antacid”.
  • Seek to uncover the root cause(s) of symptoms, and to bring the body back into balance naturally.
    • Through functional lab work, we uncover imbalances and malfunctions or “healing opportunities” in the body, and we use natural protocols to help fix those imbalances.
    • Cells don’t need to be told their job.  If we give the cells in our body what they need to return to normal function they will do so and the body will return to health. 
    • Eliminate the underlying malfunction and eliminate the symptoms associated with it.

If we examine how our current healthcare system works in stages, it would look something like this:

  • Stage 1 – Healthy (see description above)
  • Stage 2 – Mild symptoms appear but are either ignored or we reach for over-the-counter products to alleviate them.
  • Stage 3 – Symptoms worsen.  Over-the-counter drugs no longer adequately address the problem.  A trip to the doctor’s office yields stronger, prescription drugs which serve to alleviate the symptoms but usually doesn’t address the cause(s).  Perhaps the Doctor at this point draws blood to do a basic panel.  Usually, the Doctor comes back telling the patient that “everything looks normal”.
  • Stage 4 – Since the symptoms were masked by the prescription drugs and the underlying cause(s) remains, symptoms either worsen over time or manifest into new and possibly much scarier symptoms.  This prompts another trip to the doctor and perhaps several specialists.  At this point there is likelihood that the Doctor diagnoses the patient with some sort of disease (cancer, cvd, diabetes, gout, MS, crohn’s, Inflammatory bowel disease etc.).  These are treated with more prescription drugs, surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy, NONE of which actually work to correct the underlying cause of why the disease occurred in the first place.

We all know what likely comes after stage 4 so let’s not be morbid about it!

It’s unfortunate that most people don’t think about their health until disease occurs, because most of the diseases that plague us today are actually preventable!  Living by the tenets of Functional Wellness requires a paradigm shift.  Focus on your health while you are in stages 1 or 2 and the chances are much greater that you will live a long, healthy, and happy life that is free of disease!

To live a lifestyle that prevents disease from occurring, we must address ALL areas of daily life:

  1. Diet
  2. Rest
  3. Exercise
  4. Stress reduction (mental/emotional AND hidden internal stress)
  5. Supplementation

 In the next installment, I’ll go into greater depth on tips for living a preventative lifestyle with regards to the D in D.R.E.S.S. (Diet).  

Thanks for reading!

– Rick

Rick Gold, Functional Wellness Practitioner

Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.

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Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of the author, unless otherwise noted.  The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of the author.  Rick is not a doctor, nutritionist, or dietician and he does not claim to diagnose, treat, or cure disease.