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New study: “U.S. Healthcare Ranked Dead Last Compared To 10 Other Countries”

US HealthcareHi folks –

An article in Forbes magazine caught my attention recently.  It was titled: 

“U.S. Healthcare Ranked Dead Last Compared To 10 Other Countries”

The US spends more than any other country on healthcare, yet we consistently rank poorly in actual disease incidence and health outcomes compared to other developed nations.

Isn’t it time to take a step back and look at the bigger picture?  The way that conventional medicine and our current healthcare system approaches chronic illness simply does not work.  It never did. No amount of pharmaceutical pills, surgery, chemo, or radiation is going to fix a disease or condition that was caused by lifestyle.

It has been shown over and over scientifically that cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and autoimmune conditions are, often, preventable via lifestyle alteration.  Incidence of Diabetes, in particular, is growing at an astronomical rate.  If nothing is done to turn that ship around, diabetes alone is capable of completely bankrupting our healthcare system.

The only way to approach building this nation’s health back is to acknowledge the causes, and work on eliminating them:

1)    Our food supply: We eat highly processed, nutritionally dead, genetically modified, pesticide-ridden, antibiotic-contaminated, calorie-dense, hydrogenated oil-rich foods.

2)    Our stress levels: As a nation and individually, we are under intense and chronic amounts of emotional stress AND internal stress (see #1 and add heavy metals, bpa, phthalates, and the 80,000 other chemicals that have been introduced into circulation over the last 100 years and that are ubiquitous in every product in our homes).

3)    Our quantity and quality of sleep: We don’t sleep enough.  In fact, our society actually highly regards and rewards hard work at the cost of losing sleep.

4)    Our sedentary lifestyle: We don’t move enough.  Most of us work sedentary jobs and lead sedentary lifestyles

5)    Our lack of coping mechanisms for intense chronic stress: We do not put an onus on implementing daily meditation, deep breathing, yoga, or other techniques that help our bodies recover from the vast amounts of stress they are under.

As long as these 5 conditions persist, we will remain sickly, and no amount of money spent on pharmaceutical drugs will reverse that.

But here’s the cool thing: turning this ship around all starts with you (and me)!  The type of change that we need is a ‘grassroots’ sort of thing.   One person waking up at a time.  Enlightenment.  Sharing of knowledge and information so that people can start making smarter and more informed choices in every facet of their daily lives.  Every day we make literally hundreds of choices (some conscious and others we make automatically without thinking about it, like brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste), and each one of those choices either brings us closer to being healthy or closer to getting sick.  There is really no in-between.

In a capitalist society, there is only one type of vote that counts, and that is how you spend your money.

EVERY time you buy processed junk foods, high-sugar snacks, GMOs, chemical-laden cosmetics, tanning lotions, shampoos, conditioners, and household cleaning products, you are directly or indirectly voting with your dollars and telling the companies who make these products to keep poisoning you with them!

What do you think would happen to Dunkin’ Donuts if every American decided right now that they are not going to buy another chemical and sugar filled doughnut ever again?  Do you think they would keep selling those donuts?  Or do you think they would try to change their business model to sell products that the people want?  The same goes for all fast food chains like McDonald’s, KFC, Burger king, and grocery stores that fill their shelves with processed junk food.  Do you think they would keep selling those products if the public stopped buying them?

So here is how you can help start this health revolution:

1)    Get informed!  Subscribe to my blog if you haven’t already.  Subscribe to others like mine.

2)    Share posts like these with your friends and family.    People share jokes, funny videos, memes, and statuses about game of thrones at the drop of a hat, but for some reason, when it comes to stuff like this, there isn’t enough traction.  And that’s a shame, because social media is a VERY powerful tool for stuff like this!

3)    Vote with your dollars! STOP buying processed junk food.  Buy perishable foods.  Buy organic.  Buy grass-fed meats.  Buy wild-caught fish.  Stay away from GMOs.  Buy only organic cosmetics, lotions, shampoos, toothpaste, household cleaning products.  etc.

Remember, on an individual basis our actions might not move the needle.  But collectively, the power of the masses can literally move mountains!  Just look at the stuff that The Food Babe has been able to do!

That’s all for today, guys.  Stay tuned, because I am in the midst of compiling an intensive, comprehensive guide to everything probiotics and gut bacteria related!  I’ll let you know when that’s complete.

Thanks

Rick

 

Rick Gold, Functional Wellness, FDN 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 dietitian and he does not claim to diagnose, treat, or cure disease.

Meet Candice – she’s just like you and me!

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“FDN (Functional Diagnostic Nutrition) empowers you to dramatically improve your health through functional lab work and effective natural healing strategies.”

– Rick Gold, Certified FDN Practitioner & GFW President & Founder

As a nation, we are sicker than ever.  The statistics are sobering:

Keep in mind that all of the statistics cited above only keep track of the diagnosed cases.  There are many people that have gone undiagnosed in every bucket above.  So, the health problems we are facing today as a society are far greater than even these sobering statistics show.  

So how did we get here? 

Well, there is no doubt that genetics play a role.  But if you know anything about epigenetics, you understand that it is  environment and lifestyle that are the largest determining factors of our overall health.

Meet Candice, a perfect representation of your typical 30-40 year old American woman.  She is a wife and mom to 2 kids.

In the subsequent story below, I am going to link to information that shows how Candice’s lifestyle and the way Candice was dealing with her health issues contributed to and even caused serious sub-clinical malfunctions in her body that led to all of the symptoms that she was feeling by the time she became my client.

Candice presented the following main health complaints:

  • Always feeling tired, wiped out.
  • Trouble waking up in the morning and getting to sleep at night.
  • Trouble staying asleep at night.
  • Needs coffee at several times a day to keep going.
  • She was carrying extra weight that she could not get rid of.
  • Sugar and salt cravings.
  • Frequent colds, sinus, and yeast infections.
  • Stressed out, anxiety, depression.
  • Acid reflux and heartburn.
  • Alternating constipation and diarrhea.
  • Random skin rashes/hives.
  • Allergies.
  • Frequent headaches.

Frankly, these complaints aren’t very different from what most of us feel on any given day.  These are considered common ailments, and there are a boatload of over the counter medications that help to alleviate the discomfort associated with them.

Candice was no stranger to them either.  She regularly took painkillers for her headaches and sleeping aids to help her sleep.  She took antacids to battle her acid reflux.  Perhaps her doctor never informed her that natural methods are safer and more effective for the treatment of acid reflux than antacids.   She took a common OTC allergy medication to help manage her allergies.  She took a popular anti-depressant and anti-anxiety prescription for her anxiety and depression.  Perhaps her doctors never told her that all of the drugs she takes regularly very likely will create a huge toxic load on her liver and could lead to serious complications down the line.

Because she has 2 young children, she rarely got a full night of restful sleep which causes serious inflammation and stress on her body, and can lead to adrenal fatigue.  She also was under a tremendous amount of stress from her job and financial difficulties, not to mention enduring several deaths in her family which put a huge burden on her adrenal glands and also leads to adrenal fatigue.

Candice is a very busy woman, and she rarely took time to address her own health and stress levels through consistent moderate exercise and brief daily meditation.  She was burning the candle at both ends.

To relieve her stress, Candice started drinking wine regularly and drank heavily on the weekends when she and her husband went out with friends, which unfortunately put even more stress on her adrenal glands and further exacerbated her symptoms.

Her daily morning regimen includes using chemical laden soap, shampoo, shaving cream, anti-antiperspirants, make-up, lotion, and perfumes, all which contain chemicals and metals in them that are known endocrine disruptors, and add to the toxic burden on her liver as well as general stress on her adrenal glands.

Unfortunately, the chemical assault on Candice’s liver and adrenal glands doesn’t stop there; she regularly uses similarly chemical-laden household cleaning products, drinks from plastic water bottles, colors her hair with chemical dyes, and uses chemical-laden sunscreen that actually may increase her risk of cancer.

Because of how busy she is, Candice regularly eats out at restaurants, where she unfortunately does not really know what ingredients are being added to her food.  They also cook their food in artery clogging oxidized vegetable oils that cause inflammation in her body.

Because of a lack of understanding the dangers involved with eating non-organic foods, the benefits of eating organic food, and her financial difficulties, Candice rarely buys and eats organic food, which increases the toxic load on her body further, and promotes malnutrition.

Candice’s use of antacids reduced her stomach acid, which impairs her body’s ability to digest and assimilate the food that she eats and further results in malnutrition.

Over the last several years, Candice has been to several doctors for her various ailments.  In some cases, she was given prescription strength drugs to help alleviate the discomfort associated with them which did temporarily help alleviate her symptoms, but unfortunately also increased the toxic burden on her body.  Her blood tests, however, came back unremarkable, and she was consistently sent on her way under the impression that she was healthy, and that she was just under a lot of stress and needed to get better sleep.

This, of course, is true…but it’s not the whole truth…

After running several functional labs on Candice, I identified several sub-clinical malfunctions and imbalances in her body that were likely the causes of most of her symptoms:

  • She had stage 2 adrenal fatigue, low DHEA, and other hormonal imbalances.
  • We found that she was having trouble digesting and absorbing proteins, and thus was malnourished (even though she had extra weight).
  • She had low melatonin levels which can explain the trouble she is having with her sleep habits and circadian rhythms.
  • She had elevated lipid peroxides, which, put simply, means that her body was aging before its time, and putting her at increased risk for diseases like cancer.
  • Candice’s thyroid was not functioning properly (hypothyroidism), likely a result of the adrenal stress she was under.
  • She had multiple food sensitivities (including gluten, dairy, and other seemingly innocuous foods like iceberg lettuce!), which caused heightened immune activity, general inflammation, and increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut).
  • Candice had elevated urinary bile acid sulfates, a key marker that indicates possible liver congestion.
  • She had heavy metal toxicity.

Through the use of functional lab work, we identified an enormous amount of healing opportunities for Candice.

So why didn’t her doctors find this stuff?  Simple: Most doctors don’t run the type of labs that I run on clients.  They run labs that are geared towards diagnosing disease…and they are in the business of diagnosing and treating disease through the use of prescription drugs, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.

The labs that I run are geared towards finding sub-clinical malfunctions in the body, meaning malfunctions that are not diseases.  These are the type of malfunctions that, if left to proliferate, can and will lead to disease eventually.

For instance, a doctor will diagnose you with NAFLD (non-alcohol fatty liver disease).  That is a disease of the liver.  But he/she isn’t necessarily concerned with testing for urinary bile acids, because elevated UBAS does not mean you have liver disease.  It is a potential precursor for that.  So, only practitioners who work in the field of prevention would be interested in that marker.

Back to Candice: Through the use of potent, proven, and effective natural protocols, she is well on her way to building her overall health back.

The protocols include recommendations for intense lifestyle changes in Diet, Rest, Exercise, Stress reduction (mental/emotional and hidden internal), and targeted Supplementation.  I had Candice take a Metabolic Typing Assessment to find out the best type of diet for her specific metabolic type.  We used top-notch services that created a very tailored and specific meal plan for her that excluded the laundry list of foods which she was reactive to.  I gave her recommendations on how to optimize her sleep habits, balance her hormones, nurse her adrenal glands back to health, and to detoxify her body.  At FDN, we like to call it the D.R.E.S.S. for health success program.  You can read more about how I work on my FAQ page.

I taught Candice how to become less reliant on modern medicine to take care of her health, and how to become an active every-day participant in her health.  The lab testing and the natural protocols that I taught her empowered her to not only take charge of her own health, but the health of her entire family.

Candice is currently regaining energy and vitality, and has a new-found knowledge, interest, and a passion for taking care of her own emotional and physical well-being.  Here is the bottom line:

When we employ a holistic view of the body, recognizing that all parts of the body are inter-connected and inter-dependent on one another for proper function, and work to positively affect the underlying causes of the symptoms that people feel through natural protocols, the clients’ symptoms usually subside or are eliminated completely.  It’s really that simple.

I hope that this article helped to inspire you to do the same as Candice: Take charge of your health!  Don’t accept the current medical model, which is to sit back and wait for serious conditions or diseases to strike and then pray that modern medicine will save you!

You hold the keys to vibrant health, and those keys are the lifestyle choices that you make each and every moment of each and every day of your life.  Every lifestyle choice that you make either degrades your health or improves it.  There is no in-between.   

Now I’d like to hear from you.  Do you suffer from any of the symptoms that Candice did?  Have you been to the doctor and were told that ‘everything looks normal’ even though you are certain that something feels ‘off’?  Have you had any experiences with working with a holistic practitioner that runs the type of labs that I run?

Thanks for reading!

Rick Gold

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

Website: www.GoldFunctionalWellness.com

Book a consult: http://www.snapappointments.com/listing/38C

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GoldFunctionalWellness

Follow me on Twitter: @RickGoldFWP

Email: Rick@GoldFunctionalWellness.com

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 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.

Follow me on Twitter: @RickGoldFWP

e: Rick@GoldFunctionalWellness.com

 

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.