Healthy Concepts

“I am not a body, I am free. For I am as God created me.”

How audacious is this statement to our human minds? It’s one thing to affirm a belief; it’s altogether different to live it doubt free. Actually, as a Spanish philosopher wrote many years ago, “the battle of faith is to doubt.” So doubting isn’t the enemy of faith. Doubt simply causes us to go deeper in our reflections — reflections that include mind and heart. Mature belief or faith isn’t about mindless acceptance; rather, it’s about a heart-filled encounter with the awesome mystery of life.

Even so, we faith-filled believers remain rooted in the dominions of time and space, materiality, and endless tasks and obligations. Earth born reality has its own measures of what works and what doesn’t, what’s important and what’s not and what’s good and what’s bad. We’re all judged by performance, appearance and attitude in this earthly plane. It’s no surprise, then, that having learned to be judged while growing we easily judge as adults often without awareness.

As humans we quickly learn how to fit in and how to stand out. Indeed, we humans learn easily and absorb an immense amount of ideas and data, values and behaviors. We probably wouldn’t have survived all these millennia had we not.

Yet all of these virtues to master earth reality typically create stumbling blocks to accept faith beliefs, which go way beyond the measurable and the rational. Doubts naturally come about when we consider a capital reality beyond a small reality that’s reflected seemingly everywhere on earth and throughout the endless array of galaxies in our universe.

Consequently, it’s quite natural to desire ever greater confirmation of what is referred to as spiritual. Doubts born of being immersed in the physical dominated domain of earthly life are natural and, as noted, actually can serve to deepen our beliefs in the awesome mystery of spirit.

So it was for me when recently I asked spirit for “evidence” of love as the basis of both reality and of reality. For decades I have affirmed something my heart knew and told me: love is the heart of all. But, like probably all of us, my human brain so well-grounded in earthly matters, wants further evidence. If love is, indeed, the heart of reality and reality, then coming to know it with even greater conviction would be fantastic.

The Bible tells us, “Ask and you shall receive.” So, I asked. But before I share what happened, here’s a caveat: doubts of our human trained minds can conquer knowing originating in our hearts. With those whose doubts hold sway, nothing may persuade differently. Yet for me that answer to my question was clear, affirmative and powerful. Here it is. About fifteen minutes after asking I opened a mailing from Fr. Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest. The lead article was on Sr. Julian of Norwich, a devout Christian mystic hundreds of years ago. She fully opened her heart to the deepest truth of reality. And that reality revealed its center an awesome, infinite, unquenchable love. To me that was my answer, my evidence. Know where, know when is love not. Love is all in all. So I know you and I are not our bodies. We’re free. We’re love in human form regardless of human reality. Wow! 

Quantum Neuro Reset Therapy (QNRT) focuses on the adverse emotional experiences that have a direct link to physical concerns and unwanted behaviors. QNRT helps the brain become more balanced, less stressed and unburdened by negative life patterns that lead to physical concerns and high risk behaviors. 

Doctors can quickly determine which parts of the brain are out of balance and then work with the client to reset those nervous system pathways to experience and achieve optimum health. 

How it works

QNRT is based on the foundational principle that the brain and the nervous system controls and coordinates all functions of the body. Any unresolved emotional stress, past or present, is understood to affect the nervous system in an adverse way that may lead to physical, mental, and emotional breakdowns. This fact is critical in understanding QNRT.

Most of us have experienced an “adverse emotional stress” either directly or indirectly during our lifetime. QNRT associates common experiences such as sleeplessness, anxiety, nervousness, fatigue, soreness and gastrointestinal complications with past adverse emotional stress events. This is a prime example of the mind/ body connection.

The principals of QNRT are supported by the findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study as it relates to future symptoms, behaviors and illnesses.

The QNRT experience

The best way to learn about QNRT is to experience it yourself and feel what it can do for you!

QNRT focuses on three main areas of therapy:

  1. It works to release the individual adverse emotion experiences that have been identified through evaluating the stress factors of the brain/ body connection.
  2. It works to reprogram the coping mechanisms that have been built from the adverse emotional experiences. These ancillary patterns are ways of surviving emotional traumas by using false beliefs, negative life patterns and/or unwanted core drivers.
  3. It works to reset the brain and neurological pathways to all areas of the body so that the individual can break free from the tangle that has been created in the nervous system. This is one of the most important discoveries in helping clients overcome the individual hurdles and make long lasting positive changes.

The benefits of the wellness experience

QNRT is in clinical practice internationally and in the U.S. During this time, thousands of individuals just like you have experienced the multiple life changing benefits of ongoing QNRT therapy.

Our anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that for 95 percent of clients, unburdening the nervous system will:

  • Reduce the total body and emotional stress load
  • Regulate stress hormones
  • Relieve joint and muscle discomfort
  • Restore vitality and positive outlooks
  • Support resiliency of the brain
  • Empower the individual to make positive changes
  • Support memory, focus and acuity
  • Support energy and overall well-being
  • Support the quality of sleep
  • Support the immune system
  • Resolve background fears, anxieties, worries and anger 

Many scientific studies in the past have confirmed the negative impacts associated with hearing loss: depression, anxiety and social isolation. There are positive impacts associated with hearing solutions, as well. A study conducted by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) supplies overwhelming data about how much of a difference hearing devices can make.

The study surveyed more than 2,000 hearing loss patients who use devices to enhance the sense of sound. Of the sample group, 82 percent of patients indicated they would recommend hearing devices to their friends, and 70 percent reported an improved ability to communicate. The data also shows more than four out of five people who use a device to hear better are satisfied with their solution.

“This survey clearly reveals how dramatically people’s lives can improve with the use of hearing devices,” BHI Executive Director Sergei Kochkin, PhD said. “In this comprehensive study of more than 2,000 hearing device users we looked at 14 specific quality-of-life issues and found today’s hearing devices are a tremendous asset to people with even mild hearing loss who want to remain active and socially engaged throughout their lives.”

The study also concluded up to a third of patients saw improvements in their romance, sense of humor, mental, emotional and physical health. Further, roughly 40 percent noted improvements in their sense of safety, self-confidence, feelings about self, sense of independence and work relationships. 

Additional studies yield similar results. Overall, two thirds of hearing device users report their quality of life is either “better” or “a lot better.” While effectiveness of communication ranks as the biggest benefit to wearing hearing devices, a significant portion of respondents cite improvements unrelated to hearing, such as enhanced mental/cognitive skills and the ability to join groups. 

These results are the most significant of their kind because they show a clear potential solution to many of the draining feelings patients with hearing loss suffer. Many of the positive responses are attributed to changing technology that has led to smaller and less visible hearing devices, resulting in a decrease in the societal stigma associated with wearing devices in day-to-day life. Those who are hesitant to wear them for fear of looking older should keep in mind hearing loss can occur at any age, and half of all American adults with hearing loss are between 45 and 74 years old. 

New devices are more intelligent and offer many improvements over older generation models. Many offer wireless and Bluetooth connectivity, and several manufacturers have introduced iPhone-compatible devices. BHI’s Kochkin believes the first step to preserving your future enjoyment in life is to make an appointment with a hearing health professional and get your hearing checked. 

 

A chronic disease, as defined by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, is a disease lasting three months or longer. About 40 million Americans are limited in their usual activities due to one or more chronic health conditions.

Chronic diseases cannot be cured by medicine nor do they just disappear. A person with a chronic disease needs to manage and treat it all the time. 

Our population is aging

Eighty-eight percent of Americans over 65 years of age have at least one chronic health condition. Individuals age 65 years or older were numbered at 46.2 million in 2014 (the latest year for which data is available). The segment of our U.S. population aged 65 and older is projected to increase by 104.2 percent by 2030.

These projected demographic shifts greater underscore the need to prevent or delay the onset of age-related chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. 

The power of prevention

Chronic diseases are among the most common and costly of all health problems; however, many chronic diseases are preventable. By making changes in lifestyle habits people can lower their risk. 

  • Focus on healthy foods – Follow a healthy, balanced diet. When grocery shopping, shop the perimeter of the store where you will find less processed food choices. 
  • Move your body every day – Find an activity you like and get moving. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Take small steps and build from there. For example, focus on walking 250 steps every 60 minutes throughout your day. 
  • Work toward a healthy weight – Reducing your body weight by 7 percent (about 15 pounds for someone that weighs 200 pounds) can reduce your risk.
  • Be a non-smoker and avoid second hand smoke – If you smoke, get help to quit. It’s never too late to quit and reduce your risk.
  • Monitor blood pressure – Have your blood pressure checked regularly to ensure you are keeping it under control.
  • Reduce stress – Take time to relax. Stress can have a negative impact on our overall health and well-being making us more susceptible to chronic disease.
  • Schedule physicals and screenings – Schedule your annual physical. Don’t be shy or silent during these appointments. You know your body best so be your biggest advocate when it comes to your health. Share any changes you are noticing in your health. In many cases the earlier a problem is detected, the easier it is to treat.

Even if you already have diabetes, heart disease, arthritis or another chronic condition, eating healthy foods and getting more exercise can help you better manage your illness, avoid complications and prolong your life.

“The function of protecting and developing health must rank even above that of restoring it when it is impaired.” —Hippocrates 


References: “Summary Health Statistics for the U.S. Population: National Health Interview Survey.” National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_259.pdf 2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“A Profile of Older Americans.” https://aoa.acl.gov/Aging_Statistics/Profile.

 

According to the United Stated Census Bureau, the number of Americans 65 and older will grow to 72 million by 2030, up from 40.2 million in 2010. With an aging population growing at an unprecedented rate, many local colleges and universities are offering programs that provide a transition into a healthier, active and more educated lifestyle in retirement.

With that said, it’s time to throw away the misconceptions we’ve held regarding retirees and what they are interested in doing in retirement. If you think this age group wants to stop working, separate from society and sit around doing nothing, you’re in for a big surprise. 

Studies show that older adults want active, intellectually stimulating and intergenerational environments while being socially engaged. In fact, maintaining social connections throughout retirement is a large factor in sustaining physical and mental health. 

Courses at local community colleges and universities provide retirees with experiences that are fun, provide a social outlet, offer an opportunity to learn a new skill, and provide cultural and travel experiences beyond the classroom. Classes from cooking, poetry, Tai Chi, essential oils and pickleball to financial planning are just a few examples of what retirees are demanding.

Staying healthy in retirement

A recent study conducted by Merrill Lynch indicates that baby boomers know how important physical activity is for a healthy retirement with the most important factors being diet, exercise and having interests to keep them active. In fact, many gyms and wellness facilities cater to retirees by offering classes during the day with appropriate fitness programs designed to keep older adults active and socially engaged. 

The best advice for retirees

  • Learn something new every day! Education shouldn’t stop once you are out of school or when you have finished working. Open your mind to new possibilities, beliefs and interests by taking classes, attending theater and traveling to places you’ve never been.
  • Meditate regularly. Meditation improves memory, attention, mood, sleep and creativity.
  • Exercise often! According to WebMD, many difficulties of aging are linked to an inactive lifestyle. Daily exercise can improve your chances of remaining less dependent on others and is important for heart health, physical stamina and mood.
  • Travel and learn about other cultures. Do this and do it often!
  • Choose natural remedies when possible. With the guidance of a holistic health specialist, herbal supplements, a balanced diet and essential oils can be very healing and have fewer serious side effects than most medications. Do this in consultation with your primary physician.

For those looking to be active in retirement, local community colleges and universities may be one solution retirees can look to for meaningful programs that deliver intellectual stimulation while allowing for physical activity and social connections.

Fit at Fox is an excellent example of one such program. Thain Jones, Continuing Education Fitness Instructor and high school track and cross country coach, has been teaching Fit at Fox at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley since 1986. Fit at Fox is a 17-week exercise class geared toward mature adults, but open to all ages. Participants work on maintaining functional strength, balance, nutrition and flexibility, but Jones frequently boasts about the social relationships formed during the class often meeting the group for breakfast once a month. 

 

Do you feel you have excessive bloating and maybe feel as though you need to wear a different pants size by the end of the day due to the bloating? Do you look like you are 6 months pregnant but are not? Do you have nutritional deficiencies in vitamin D and ferritin (iron storage) and have not been able to figure out why? Do you have seemingly excessive food sensitivities? Have you tried a probiotic and it seems to make your belly worse? Perhaps you might want to consider testing for SIBO. SIBO stands for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

This condition oftentimes presents as bloating after eating, in particular carbs, starchy foods and fiber. SIBO can account for up to 60 percent of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. Some people with SIBO experience constipation while others will experience diarrhea, and some alternate between the two. With SIBO, bacteria from the large intestine back up into the small intestine where one usually doesn’t find large numbers of bacteria. These bacteria now in the small intestines, feed off of carbohydrates in your diet and ferment, giving off gas including methane, hydrogen and other gasses thus distending your belly and making you uncomfortable. A trigger for SIBO can be food poisoning, which harms the natural movement in the gut. 

The test for SIBO is a breath test collected at home six different times during the day over a three-hour period and then sent to the lab for analysis after drinking a solution of lactulose (a synthetic sugar). The lab will measure levels of both hydrogen and methane after this lactulose challenge. If excessive gas levels are demonstrated, your functional medicine practitioner can help you decide which treatment is appropriate for you to decrease intestinal gas. One can choose an herbal antibiotic, a traditional antibiotic, an elemental diet or a specific SIBO diet to decrease gas and bloating. Retesting is important to ensure the treatment is helping. Some people respond better to traditional treatment, while others fare better with a nutritional approach. 

After treating for SIBO, a low carbohydrate diet is often advised so the fermenting and bloating does not return. During treatment, there are certain exercises the patient performs to help the nervous system perform better.

If bloating is an issue for you, consider investigating SIBO. 

 

The answer is yes and no. Yes because you can get a lot of nutrients by juicing vegetables and making smoothies that include vegetables and fruit. If you don’t like vegetables, smoothies and juicing can help you get enough fruit and green vegetables in your diet.

The no part comes in because you shouldn’t overdo it with juicing and smoothies for these reasons: juicing often eliminates fiber from the fruits and vegetables. Smoothies are made into liquids. All liquids pass through your body very quickly, raising blood sugar fast and high. Again depending on what you put in them, they can cause hunger, which can lead to weight gain. 

Juicing and smoothies are easy, don’t make much of a mess and do not require cooking — a good thing a couple of times a week, yes, not every day. It is difficult to know what vitamins and minerals you are getting in smoothies and juices and which ones are missing. Over time if consuming smoothies and juices is done too much you could develop a serious shortage or excess of something. Some vitamins and minerals are made available to your body by cooking. A 100 percent raw and vegan diet needs to be researched to ensure you’re getting all of the nutrients you need to be healthy. 

For example, vitamin B12 is largely available from meat. A balanced, healthy diet includes raw and cooked foods, such as unprocessed organic meat and fish. Processed meats are not good because of what is added to them. A healthy diet includes low carb, high fiber, raw and cooked foods and healthy fat. Variety and balance is the key. Processed foods of any kind are not part of a truly healthy diet. Eat like your grandma did before processed foods were invented! 

Everyone wants to be fit. We want to have the six-pack abs we see in every advertisement and look good at the beach, so we train at the gym and try to eat the right foods. In my past five years as a personal trainer in the fitness industry I have trained for many different types of things. I have worked out to look aesthetically pleasing. I have trained to gain strength for heavy Olympic lifting. When I started pole dance fitness I figured that I would be pretty good at it because of my experience with lifting weights. This is not necessarily the case as pole dance is a functional sport requiring movement-specific strength. When I began pole I was challenged by each new move that was introduced to me. Because I wanted to be able to execute it I was motivated to work toward it. Before I knew it I would have one move and be working on another, and another, soon after I was able to do things that I never believed my body could do while getting stronger in the process.

There is a difference in training methods between trying to lift more weight, or build more muscle, versus training to be able to perform a certain skill or movement. Exercising to build muscle would be called hypertrophy training. This means that you are including a certain amount of exercises, sets and reps to accomplish your muscle growth. When one is training for a skill or movement it is called functional training. Does this mean that your muscles will not get bigger or stronger as a result? Not at all! The repetition of functional training builds both strength and muscle mass while also accomplishing other goals. So while a powerlifter may be able to bench press an immense amount of weight, there are few real world skills or situations that it actually coincides with.

What I have come to find is that the obsession with how our bodies look and exercising for aesthetics can lead down a path of negativity. Perhaps we never get to the point that we would like and get frustrated or give up. Perhaps we compare ourselves to others who have different genetics and will always look different from us despite trying to change it. This is where functional training for something that your body can do comes into play in a healthy way. When one trains for functionality, they are focused on becoming successful at that particular movement. Once this is accomplished, it is motivation to continue working on more difficult movements and continue to push the boundaries of what your body can do! This is more than looking at a scale, or looking at yourself in the mirror. 

One day we will all be a bit older, and a bit larger than we were in our younger years. What really matters is what our older body can do. Can you move around with your pets and your loved ones? Can you get around without the assistance of another person or a cane? Focusing on what the body can do and achieve is so much more worthwhile than obsessing over the culturally approved way our bodies should look! Sure, working out in the gym will keep you moving, but is it entertaining? Do you enjoy it or is it a chore? Would you rather spend hours in the gym working toward an aesthetic goal? Or would you rather work toward something that is fun and functional while also receiving the benefits of exercise for your body? This is what pole and many other sports and activities can do. 

Find what works for you, find what you enjoy and push yourself to become better at it! This way when we grow old and grey, we are not confined to chairs or beds, we are able to enjoy the entirety of our lifetime.

In an age where the cost of health care is sky rocketing and more and more billing is being computer generated, it is very important to review all your medical charges for accuracy. One of the issues I handle day to day in my practice is incorrect billing. Many issues arise from patients not presenting insurance information at the time of service or having old information. To help avoid headaches and time delays for not only you but your doctor’s office, make sure that you have the correct card in your wallet, all your contact information at the insurance company and doctor’s office is correct, and document when and where you saw your doctor.

A good rule of thumb is you should see an explanation of benefits (EOB) generated by your insurance company within 30 to 45 days. This EOB should mimic the bill you receive from your provider. The EOB is the insurance company’s way of communicating to you how the claim was processed. The EOB should list the full cost of what your provider charged, the contracted discounts agreed on by the provider and insurance company and how they were applied, how the charges were applied to your benefits (see your plan details provided by your insurance policy), and what you should owe to the provider. Taking the time to match up your EOB to your bill can help you detect if something wasn’t charged to the insurance company and that you are paying the correct amount. 

After you have reviewed the bills and EOBs and believe something is incorrect, here are some helpful tips:

Notes: It’s a good idea to record all visits and what they entailed prior to having a billing issue, but especially if you are questioning a bill. From the very first phone call, write down the date, time and the name of the person to whom you speak. It is often hard to reach the same person but good notes have helped me speed along conflict resolution if that is needed later.

Research: Unfortunately, you can’t refuse to pay a medical bill just because it feels excessive to you. You need to know what that procedure might cost at other facilities in the area. Start with an internet price search on a website like HealthcareBluebook.com, which can help you estimate prices for a procedure in your ZIP code.

Request: If you’re questioning hospital charges, you will want to ask for the bill that details every single charge individually, often called a line-item or detailed bill. This bill will show every single thing you have ever received, from every medication to every procedure, large and small. These are usually not sent out anymore and must be requested.

Call: If you’re inquiring about a bill from a physician’s office start with someone in charge of billing who can work on it for you. Usually the person who first picks up the phone doesn’t have the authority to adjust a bill and they may need to go back into your records and have them reviewed. Be persistent as it may take some time, but if you don’t follow up you may be overlooked.

Persistence: After your initial call, put your request in writing and mail it. If you don’t have immediate results with the call and aren’t given a timeline for resolution, follow up. Doing so in writing creates a paper trail and may expedite the issue. 

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released information focusing on the number of people with diabetes, and how that number has more than quadrupled since 1980. What this means is that 400 million people across the globe are now suffering with this chronic disease. It is estimated that this costs more than $820 billion annually. In addition to this finding, WHO linked the rise in diabetes to the rise in obesity. Basically, the lifestyles we are living are killing us. 

With numbers this big, it raises a question, “What are you doing to protect yourself from this chronic disease?” Many people aren’t doing anything. Often, we tell ourselves that we will start living a healthier lifestyle tomorrow, but for many people tomorrow comes too late, if at all. It is time to start acting in favor of improving yourself today, not tomorrow. 

There is so much information out there, where do I begin?

This is a problem that many of us face when trying to turn a new leaf in the interest of our health and well-being. Look, there is a ton of information out there about a wide variety of subjects, all claiming that it is “the way” to become healthy. The truth is, there is no one way to become healthy. The proper route to really living a healthy lifestyle is incorporating a combination of different things — from eating a proper diet, exercising, getting enough sleep and managing stress. 

Most importantly, it is about the food you are putting into your body daily. Think of it this way, to get the greatest longevity out of your vehicle’s engine, it is important to get regular oil changes and use a higher-grade oil. If you don’t take care of your vehicle, and use the worst oil just because it is cheap, the lifespan of your vehicle will be much less. It is the same way with your body — if you keep putting the inexpensive, processed foods filled with additives, chemicals, dyes, etc. into your body, your lifespan will be much shorter as well. This does not mean you need to join a fancy program where you’re drinking shakes instead of eating meals, or counting points instead of looking at ingredients. Learning how to eat all the whole, low-glycemic foods in a healthy balance is the best way to go. 

Focusing on supporting people’s health through evidence-based medicine (risks versus benefits of medications) and healing therapies through nutrition can transform lives through clinically proven methods of nutritional healing. Nutrition counselors have extensive experience working with clients who have weight and fatigue issues, sports nutrition, food sensitivities and allergies, along with general health concerns such as high blood pressure, glucose issues, cholesterol/triglyceride issues, thyroid conditions, and irritable bowel disorders. They focus on the study of nutrition as a complementary medicine.

If you are ready to change your life through some education and hard work, then it is time to contact the team at Nutritional Healing. They offer many different program options, testing services, corporate wellness programs and much more. Make an appointment for a free consult today, and take the first steps in ensuring your very own longevity! 

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