22 Sep

DECISIONES DE ESTILO DE VIDA PARA AUMENTAR LA INMUNIDAD

Por Rick Mautz – Denver, Colorado … Rocky Mountain Lifestyle Center está aquí para servirte, proporcionando información de salud confiable y apoyo continuo mientras comienzas tu viaje hacia una salud mejor.

Una de nuestras fuentes más confiables es American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). Desde que muchos de nosotros nos preguntamos cómo obtener un sistema inmune efectivo. Quisiera empezar con que, dándose cuenta de los pasos que tomas para mejorar tu inmunidad también va ayudar con muchos otros aspectos de tu salud.

Para hacerlo mas facil, aqui esta un folleto por parte de ACLM que ilustra cada punto. Escoge uno para empezar, yo te sugiero empezar con los más sencillo para ti. Después añade otro cada semana, hasta que seas capaz de hacerlo todos regularmente. Si te toma más tiempo que una semana para algunos de estos pasos, no te preocupes, es mejor ir despacio y desarrollar fuertes hábitos saludables que durarán toda una vida que tratar demasiado a la vez y fallar.

Puedes esperar más información útil mientras seguimos desarrollando este sitio web. Y si tu necesitas ayuda persona, siéntete libre de llamar a Lifestyle Center para conectarte con uno de nuestros companeros de salud a 303-282-3676

-Rick Moutz es el director de Rocky Mountain Lifestyle; Imagen por UnSplash

22 Sep

¿REALMENTE NECESITAS 10,000 POR DIA?

Danny Kwon – Hace unos años atrás, me encontré con un viejo amigo que no veía en años en la conferencia del otro lado del mundo. Después de un día largo de reuniones y estar sentado todo el día, nos pusimos de acuerdo en encontrarnos en el vestíbulo de un hotel después de cenar para caminar alrededor de la vecindad y ponernos al día y también hacer un poco de ejercicio. Nos encontramos a tiempo y procedimos a dar una caminata agradable, enérgica, de aproximadamente 4 millas alrededor del hotel. Cuando estábamos cerca de regreso al hotel, mi amigo miró a su reloj Fitbit y dijo que iba a seguir caminando ya que estaba cerca de los 10,000 pasos por día y necesitaba unos cientos pasos más. El explicó que desde que obtuvo como regalo su reloj que contaba sus pasos, él había hecho 10,000 pasos por día ya hace un mes. Desde entonces, empecé a notar que 10,000 pasos es la meta estándar para pasos diarios de muchas personas. Pero casi nunca es fácil obtener tantos pasos en un solo día. Y de dónde vino esta cifra de 10,000 pasos? ¿Cuál es el nivel óptimo o mínimo de caminar para buena salud? ¿Puedo caminar menos? Un estudio reciente de Harvard encontró que solo 4,400 pasos por día reduce el riesgo de mortalidad prematura en las mujeres por un enorme porcentaje de 41%.

Aquí hay un extracto de WebMD de una entrevista con el líder del estudio, el Dr. I-Min Lee. Estuviste sorprendida por los resultados de tus estudios? Lee: Puede que se originó como una herramienta de marketing. En 1965, el reloj Yamasa y la compañía Instrument en Japón vendieron un podómetro llamado “Manpo-Kei,” [lo cual se traduce vagamente como] “diez mil pasos metro” en Japonés. Pero, para muchas personas de edad avanzada especialmente, 10,000 pasos por día puede ser una meta muy desalentadora. Por eso nosotros queríamos investigar si es que este número era necesario para bajar las tasas de mortalidad.

10,000 sigue siendo una buena meta? O las mujeres ahora deberían apuntar a 4,400 pasos por día? Lee: si puedes llegar a 10,000 pasos por día, eso es fantástico, y ciertamente yo no te voy a disuadir de tu meta. Para aquellos que están inactivos, esto no puede ser realizable.

El promedio de pasos que muchas personas hacen por día durante actividades normales es de 2,500, actividades como ir al baño, caminar por la oficina y traer el correo, entonces añadiendo 2,000 pasos por día más que de la usual rutina es muy factible. Solo muévete más. Incluso un número modesto de pasos es asociado con menos mortalidad. Tú no necesitas caminar por millas o ir al gimnasio. Los 2,000 pasos extras (lo cual es casi una milla) puede ser acumulado a lo largo del día. Cuando llegues al hábito de no sentarse demasiado, te sorprenderás por qué fácil es tener pasos extras.

Entonces aquí hay 5 ideas para obtener más pasos por día.

1. Estacionate más lejos – para la próxima vez que vayas al supermercado, no busques por el estacionamiento más cercano.

2. Camina en el trabajo – Durante tu hora de almuerzo, o otros tiempos de descanso, ve afuera y ve por un paseo por la calle. Después de comer tu lunch, asegúrate de realizar una caminata como rutina alrededor de un curso establecido. Convertirlo en un hábito.

3. Haga las tareas de la casa y del jardín – con solo lavar la ropa, puede darte más pasos si subes y bajas escaleras, sales y entras de cuartos, etc. Al cortar el césped puede darte muchos pasos, así como deshierbar, rastrillar y simplemente trabajar al aire libre.

4. Juega – Di que sí al juego de basketball al que solías ir. Únete a una liga de adultos. Va afuera con sus hijos a jugar con ellos. Lleve a sus hijos a explorar parques en tu área…uno diferente cada semana hasta que los haya explorado todos.

5. Obtenga un contador de pasos – si no tienes uno, obtenga un reloj de conteo de pasos. Los contadores de pasos son muy baratos y vale la pena conseguirlos. Descubrirás que el acto de contar tus pasos te motivará a seguir caminando y te dará una meta que alcanzar cada día. Los relojes más inteligentes más avanzados pueden conectarse con su teléfono y aplicaciones que pueden compartir objetivos de carrera y ejercicio con una gran red social, lo que lo motiva más para crear competencia entre amigos.

– Danny Kwon es el director ejecutivo de Life and Health Network basado en california; foto por pixabay.

01 Sep

¿POR QUÉ ES TAN DIFÍCIL HACER CAMBIOS NUTRITIVOS EN NUESTRA DIETA? (ENTENDIENDO LAS ADICCIONES A LA COMIDA)

Por Rick Mautz – entonces, cuando casualmente bromeamos de que no podemos resistir algunas comidas (desde galletas y helado a papas fritas con queso/comidas preparadas con carnes), la verdad está más cerca de lo que pensamos-la mente brillante de los científicos están empleadas específicamente para asegurar que nuestras mentes lo hagan casi virtualmente imposible para nosotros resistir la tentación de comer más de lo que probablemente sabemos que es bueno para nosotros.

Déjame darte un moderno, dia a dia ejemplo de la adicción a la comida. Russ es de 36 años de edad, es esposo y padre de su hijo de 1 año de edad. Russ debió haber muerto de un repentino ataque al corazón. Sin ninguna advertencia, sin síntomas, sólo el gran dolor de pecho que en un día toma la vida de el 88% de sus víctimas. Sus doctores le debieron haber dicho que solo fue su mala suerte por contraer COVID, genética, o su apnea de sueño que casi lo dirigen a casi una experiencia de muerte. Pero después de estudiar con más profundidad las causas de casi 90% ataques al corazón, Russ supo que su adicción a la comida, las comidas que dañan las arterias fueron los principales culpables. Pero realizar como las adicción a la comida fueron una fuerza impulsora para su estilo de vida hace años está haciendo que sea difícil cambiar aunque sabe las consecuencias si no cambia.

Russ es determinado a hacer todo lo posible para quedar saludable y evitar otros ataques al corazón y él quiere ayudar a otros a cambiar su camino autodestructivo antes de que sea muy tarde. Y es por eso el me pidió compartir su historia contigo. Así como él aprendió acerca de las adicciones a la comida, él quiere brindar esperanza a cualquiera que esté luchando con este poderoso enemigo también.

Empecemos con la primicia de que todos queremos estar saludables y vivir una vida larga libre de enfermedades, con vigor y felicidad. La segunda primicia es que muchos de nosotros tengamos suficiente conocimiento de simple fisiología para saber que hay cosas que hacemos en nuestra vida que sabemos que no son buenas y que tendrán un efecto negativo en nosotros alcanzando nuestras metas soñadas. De hecho, es la voluntad de Dios que nosotros “prosperemos y gocemos de salud, así como prospera nuestra alma”.

Entonces porque no solo escogemos vida y las prácticas que nos dirigen a la salud y felicidad y rechazamos las prácticas que nos dirigen a la enfermedad, muerte, y discapacidad? Entrar en adicciones. Desde la primera tentación en el jardín del edén hasta nuestros días modernos, el enemigo ha estado usado muy artísticamente nuestra fisiología dada por Dios contra nosotros para debilitarnos y destruirnos. Desde el primer sentimiento eufórico que Adan y Eva tuvieron después de comer el fruto prohibido debido a la fiebre de la dopamina de comidas y bebidas de hoy en día, estamos siendo destruidos por nuestras decisiones que hacen que nos sintamos impotentes a cambiar.

Entonces, dile a los alcohólicos, a el adicto a la comida chatarra, o al adicto a la heroína que “solo para; eso te está matando”. Adicciones es una de las herramientas más poderosas del diablo. Una vez que se ponga en movimiento, se perpetúa a sí mismo, y Satanás no necesita estar cerca. Nosotros nos estamos matando diariamente con nuestras decisiones impulsadas por nuestras adicciones.

No hay duda que la mayoría de nosotros creemos que hacemos lo posible para comer con más conciencia de la salud, pero en realidad es una batalla cuesta arriba cuando peleas contra Big Food y sus deseos de hacer grandes ganancias de ingredientes baratos, aparentemente con muy poco consideración por las devastantes implicaciones de salud para los consumidores involuntarios.

Entonces, cuál es la respuesta? Es solamente por el poder del dador de vida que escapemos de las herramientas del destructor. El dador de vida está dispuesto y es capaz de darnos el poder para cambiar.

Entonces, cuáles son algunas de estas reglas fisiología que el diablo ha tomado el control para usar contra nosotros? Fue el diseño de Dios para nosotros tener gozo y placer mediante de prácticas de estilo de vida normales y saludables la razón por la que puso en nosotros receptores de dopamina (placer) que responden a la dopamina, una hormona para sentirse bien, que es producida por buena comida, ejercicio, experiencias positivas de la vida y relaciones amorosas. Pero así como en el jardín del edén, la serpiente tentó a Eva para cuestionar los motivos de Dios para limitar a la primera pareja de libertad y animarlos a explorar un nivel más alto de “placer”, afuera del diseño perfecto del creador, Hoy en día estamos siendo tentados de la misma manera, también con resultados desastrosos. Nosotros también somos muy lentos para aprender que el camino de Dios siempre es el mejor, y el tentador está demasiado dispuesto para causarnos dudas de el amor que Dios tiene por nosotros.

Empecemos con comida. Todas las comidas que Dios diseñó para nuestra dieta causa que la dopamina sea liberada,para darnos placer, pero a un nivel que es saludable y apropiado. Los alimentos ricos en calorías, sin embargo, aumentan liberando la dopamina, inundando nuestro cuerpo con cantidades excesivas de nivel de esta hormona. La respuesta del cuerpo está sin regulaciones a los receptores de la dopamina para evitar una respuesta demasiado alta. Si, sentimos placer extra, pero la siguiente vez, se necesitará más de la comida o bebida para sentir el mismo placer. Por eso el comercial de las papas de la marca Lay ‘s una vez dijo “a que no puedes comer solo una”. En el lenguaje del mundo de las drogas, se llama “atrapando al dragón”. Las exposiciones posteriores nunca serán mejores que la primera. Sigues comiendo, tomando, o utilizando otras experiencias estimulantes tratando de tener el mismo placer que tuviste en la primera. Esta es la fuerza impulsora de las adicciones.

Las comidas adictivas incluyen comidas refinadas como azúcar, alcohol, jugos de fruta y productos de harinas blancas. Comidas ricas en grasa también son sobre estimuladores de dopamina, incluyendo todos los productos animales.

Esta es la razón por la cual Dios dio instrucciones al pueblo de israel para como preparar la carne sin sangre, grasa extra o adrenalina. (instrucciones casi imposibles de seguir con productos de animales hoy en dia)

Puede que tu ya hayas experimentado la naturalidad de las adicciones de otras prácticas como los videojuegos, pornografia y ver television. Es posible que no sepas que estas adicciones siguen el mismo camino de liberación de exceso de dopamina haciendo que nuestro deseo aumente más y más de nuestra hormona de placer.

Que si un día decides que quieres evitar ataques de corazón, cáncer, diabetes, obesidad y muchas enfermedades crónicas de hoy en día por cambiar tus prácticas de estilo de vida. El éxito en esta misión será difícil sin entender cómo trabajan las adicciones.

El primer dia que intentes dejar el azúcar, por instinto, será difícil porque esos receptores de dopamina sobre estimulados que han estado sin regulaciones no responderán a lo “normal” de niveles de dopamina que Dios diseñó para que fueran liberados por la comida saludable que el nos dio para nuestra salud y placer. Tu ya no eres “normal” sin alta dopamina. Te sentirás mal. Al siguiente día te sentirás peor.

Tomará una semana o más de lo normal para que los niveles de dopamina en tu cuerpo bajen y sus receptores vuelvan a la normalidad, para que sientas placer apropiado, así como Dios lo diseñó, de su dieta y su estilo de vida. Sin este conocimiento, puedes rendirte antes de que tu cuerpo se recupere del abuso anterior. El mejor plan de recuperación es evitar los productos que causan la adicción la cual estás teniendo problemas. Y evita la frase tentadora, “un poquito no dolerá”, si quieres tener éxito.

Regresa conmigo al lugar donde todo comenzó. Dios le dio a Adan y Eva todo lo que pudieran querer, incluyendo un jardín entero de frutas, pero solo había un solo árbol que les advirtió que se alejaran de él. Es posible que Eva siguiera pensando de esa única cosa que no podía tener, entonces eso estaba en su mente, en lugar de concentrarse en todo el jardín y sus deliciosos frutos accesibles? Yo te quiero animar a que no te enfoques en lo que debes de evitar, pero en todas las cosas buenas que traen placer y evitan enfermedades. Confía en Dios porque él quiere lo mejor para ti y solo restringe las cosas que te pueden dar placer inmediato, pero al final, trae dolor, enfermedad y muerte.

Si estás luchando con adicciones y quieres experimentar una mejor vida de salud y paz, pero necesitas ayuda, hay esperanza.

Rocky Mountain Lifestyle Center fue establecido con el propósito de educar y dar apoyo a cualquiera deseando más de su vida y la siguiente. Llama en cualquier momento por ayuda gratis para empezar el camino para una mejor salud 303-282-3676. El horario de nuestro centro de estilo de vida es de Martes a Jueves de 10:30-2:30 y por citas cuando nos necesites. Estamos localizados en 2520 S. Downing St. Denver, CO.

05 Aug

Become a Virus Fighter: Learn how to increase your Natural Killer Cells

By Tim Arnott M.D. — Natural Killer (NK) cells are a type of white blood cell with packets filled with enzymes that can kill cancer cells or cells infected with a virus, including the SARs-CoV-2 virus. Preliminary studies in COVID-19 patients with severe disease suggest a decrease in natural killer cell numbers, resulting in decreased removal of virus-infected cells, and unchecked increase of tissue-damaging inflammation.[1]

Severe complications of COVID-19 are more common in elderly patients and patients with heart and blood vessel diseases and diabetes. NK cell functions are blunted in all these patient groups.  Also, the dangerous cytokine storm is more common in these patients, as their unhealthy NK cells cannot modulate the immune response properly.[2]

Cytokine storm involves an abnormal exaggerated immune response that causes collateral damage greater than the immediate benefit of the immune response.[3] Healthy NK cells are needed to prevent the cytokine storm. NK cells working properly clear the COVID virus-infected cells more quickly and efficiently, helping to prevent the cytokine storm.[4]

The good news is that there are things we can do to improve NK cell function and increase their numbers. “Pure air, sunlight, temperance, rest, exercise, proper diet, the use of water, trust in Divine power are the true remedies.”[5]  Amazingly, science is demonstrating these remedies improve NK cell function and number.

Consider pure air. We understood as early as 1905 “there are life-giving properties in the balsam of the pine, in the fragrance of the cedar and the fir.”[6]  Recently, scientists have discovered that pine trees release chemicals, called Phytoncides, which increase NK cell activity. For example, alpha-pinene, released by the pine tree, more than doubled NK cell activity against leukemia cells.[7]

Thus, to improve NK cell activity, spend more time outside. Phytoncides from Cypress, White Cedar, and Eucalyptus trees had the same effect on NK cell activity.[8]  Truly, there’s life in a tree.[9] God wants to feed our bodies in the air we breathe as well as the food we eat! So, take a walk outside every day. Open the windows at night. Air out the house first thing in the morning. You’ll be better prepared to fight COVID.

Sunlight also improves NK cell function. Sunlight “dramatically stimulates the expression of potent bacteria and virus-fighting proteins, which exist in … natural killer cells”.[10] Additionally, “(vitamin D) acts as an immune system modulator”, preventing the cytokine storm.[11] So, again, be outside in the sunlight and take a daily vitamin D supplement (at least 1000 IU daily) to help protect against viral infections, including COIVD.

Temperance likewise improves your ability to clear COVID. Research shows chronic alcohol consumption decreases NK cell number and function.[12]

Another way to boost NK cell function is to get your rest. Sleeping less than 7 hours a night was associated with 30% lower natural killer cell activity compared to those sleeping 7 to 9 hours a night.[13]  Thus, proper rest may likewise improve your ability to clear a COVID infection.

Get some exercise. Interestingly enough, prolonged intensive exercise (i.e., marathon) impairs NK-cell function and blunts the immune response.[14] On the other hand, moderate-intensity exercise (i.e., walking) “has a large and positive effect on the level of NK cell cytolytic activity.”[15] So, walk, walk, walk. Gradually increase your walking time up to 30 to 60 minutes a day. Check with your doctor before starting an exercise program.

And, of course, diet greatly affects our health. Can the food we eat improve NK cell numbers or function? Most definitely. We have about 2 billion NK cells circulating in our blood.[16] To test the affect of diet on NK cells, athletes ate 1 ½ cups of blueberries for six weeks. Then, they ran for 2.5 hours. NK cell counts “were almost doubled

(~4 billion) in the blueberry group prior to exercise, and this increase was maintained throughout the exercise.”[17]  Similarly, NK cytotoxic activity was twice as high in vegetarians than omnivore control subjects.[18]  Additionally, consuming the spice cardamom dramatically increased NK cell cytotoxicity against lymphoma cells. Thus, it makes sense, in the fight against COVID, to choose a diet of “(whole) grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables … the diet chosen for us by our Creator.”[19]

When adopting a whole food plant-based diet, remember to take vitamin B12 daily, and chew it. Methyl-cobalamin is preferred. Why?  Because “suppressed NK cell activity was noted in patients (B12 deficient) compared with control subjects”, but improved after methyl-B12 treatment.[20]

Drinking mineral water also improved natural killer cell activities compared to tap water.[21] Clearly, minerals are important for optimal NK cell function, but minerals can also be obtained from seeds, beans, greens, and nuts. Thus, enjoy six to eight glasses of purified water daily between meals. Check with your physician first if you have heart failure or kidney disease.

Finally, NK cell activity is impaired in those who have suffered a major loss, for example, in recently widowed women with clinical depression, compared with those without major depression.[22]  Thus, we would encourage all to seek rest, hope, and comfort in Christ.  He has promised, “For your Maker is your husband, The Lord of hosts is His name; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.”[23] Thus, take time to come into His presence each morning and “pour out your heart before Him. God is a refuge for us.”[24] Remember, “in His presence is fullness of joy…”[25]  Consider reading a chapter from one of the four gospels each morning with a prayer for the blessing of the Holy Spirit.

As you can see, there are many simple steps we can take to improve NK cell function and number, increasing our ability to successfully fight the SARs-CoV-2 virus and help avoid devastating tissue damage caused by cytokine storm.

–Tim Arnott M.D. is the Rocky Mountain Lifestyle Center physician; photo by UnSplash

This material is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for examination, diagnosis and medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment and/or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

[1] Int J Mol Sci. 2020 Sep 1;21(17):6351.
[2] ibid
[3] N Engl J Med 2020; 383:2255-2273.
[4] Market M, (2020) Flattening the COVID-19 Curve With Natural Killer Cell Based Immunotherapies. Front. Immunol. 11:1512.
[5] White E.G. Ministry of Healing. Pacific Press Pub Assn:  Mountain View, CA, ©1905, p. 127.
[6] White E.G. Ministry of Healing. Pacific Press Pub Assn: Mountainview, CA, © 1905, p. 264.
[7] Immunopharmacol Immunotoxicol. 2006;28(2):319-33.
[8] ibid
[9] Deuteronomy 20:19. The Holy Bible. New King James Version. © 1982 Thomas Nelson.
[10] Epidemiol Infect. 2006 Dec;134(6):1129-40.
[11] ibid
[12] J Leukoc Biol. 2017 Apr;101(4):1015-1027.
[13] Brain Behav Immun. 2011 Oct;25(7):1367-75.
[14] Prog Mol Biol Transl Sci. 2015;135:355-80.
[15] Sports Med. 2021; 51(3): 519–530.
[16] Blood. (2008) 112: 461-469.
[17] Appl Physiol Nutr Metab Vol 36, 2011.
[18] Nutr Cancer. 1989;12(3):271-8.
[19] White E.G. Ministry of Healing. Pacific Press Pub Assn:  Mountain View, CA, ©1905, p. 296
[20] Clin Exp Immunol. 1999 Apr;116(1):28-32.
[21] Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2011 May 27;409(1):40-5.
[22] Psychiatry Res. 1994 Apr;52(1):1-10.
[23] Isaiah 54:5. The Holy Bible. New King James Version®. © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
[24] Psalm 62:8. The Holy Bible. New King James Version®. © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
[25] Psalm 16:11. The Holy Bible. New King James Version®. © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

24 Jun

Diabetes Undone seminars

Offered online and in person

by Rocky Mountain Lifestyle Center

July 5 – Aug 6

Struggling with high blood sugars? You’re not alone. Today, more than a third of all Americans have either diabetes or pre-diabetes. If current trends continue, this will increase to half of all Americans by 2022. 

Diabetes and pre-diabetes significantly increase the risk of heart disease and many other devastating complications. 

But current trends don’t have to continue, especially not in your case. Diabetes can be undone. Type 2 diabetes is not only preventable, it’s also reversible. 

For the past 25 years, I’ve worked with thousands of clients to reverse diabetes and other chronic health conditions. What have their stories taught me? There’s hope for change and hope for you. 

Diabetes Undone will empower you to optimize nutrition, exercise, and other powerful lifestyle strategies to reclaim your health. You’ll learn how to fight high blood sugars by addressing their underlying causes. 

This course can also help those with type 1 diabetes to control the condition and prevent complications. Even better, the same strategies that fight diabetes also effectively combat heart disease, obesity, cancer, autoimmune disease, and many other health conditions. 

This course isn’t just about diabetes; it’s about experiencing optimal wellness in every area of your life—body, mind, and spirit. So, let’s get started. Today is the first day of your new health story.

In ten sessions you will learn the cause of diabetes and by treating the cause put it in remission.  Learn the importance of the right lifestyle, including exercise, sleep, fresh air and sunlight and of course the food that you eat.  Be able to make choices between Red light, Yellow light and Green light foods including delicious easy to fix recipes.  There are however side effects: wt. loss, decreased blood pressure, decreased risk for heart attack, stroke and cancer, just to name a few.

Remission vs Reversal

Even though this program uses the terms reversal and undone.  The facilitator will refer to the positive outcome as REMISSION to avoid the possible confusion that if you return to the lifestyle that contributed to the diabetes in the first place it can return.

The virtual experience will be carried out on ZOOM, allowing for the slides and videos to be shared easily but provide opportunities for questions and discussions from the participants.  However, if you miss a live session, you will be able to watch a recorded version of the class at any time.

The live sessions will be held Monday and Wednesday at 11-12:30 or 6:30-8:00pm, from July 5 to August 6

  • A Spanish version of Diabetes Undone will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11-12:30 or 6:30-8:00 starting June 29 for 10 sessions ending on July 29.
  • A ZOOM link will be provided on request by email at info@rmlc.online, for those who cannot attend in person.
  • The cost of the program is $25, and optional but recommended kit of cookbook, workbook and video is an extra $60.
  • Ongoing support will be provided by trained “Health Partners” to help you make these important lifestyle changes permanent.
  • To register: Call 303-282-3676 or email us at info@rmlc.online .

This material is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for examination, diagnosis and medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment and/or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

 

10 Jun

Why is it so hard to make healthy changes in your diet? (Understanding food addictions)

By Rick Mautz — So, when we casually joke that we can’t resist certain foods (from biscuits and ice-cream to crisps and cheesy/meaty ready-meals), the truth is closer than we think – brilliant scientific minds are employed specifically to ensure that our brains make it virtually impossible for us to resist the temptation to eat more than we probably know is good for us.

Let me give you a modern, everyday example of food addiction. Russ is a 36-year-old husband and father of a one-year-old son. Russ should have died from a sudden “widow-maker” heart attack. There were no warnings, no symptoms, just the crushing chest pain one day that takes the life of 88% of its victims. His doctors might tell him that it was just his bad luck from having COVID, genetics, or his sleep apnea that led to this near-death experience. But after studying a little deeper into the causes of nearly 90% of heart attacks, Russ knows that his addiction to artery-damaging foods was the main culprit. But realizes how food addictions were a driving force for his lifestyle habits for years and are making it difficult to change even now when he knows the consequences if he doesn’t change.

Russ is determined to do all that he can to stay healthy and avoid another heart attack and he wants to help others change their self-destructive path before it is too late. And that is why he has asked me to share his story with you. As he is learning about food addictions, he wants to bring hope to anyone who is struggling with this powerful foe as well.

Let’s start with the premise that all of us want to be healthy and live a long life free of disease, with vigor and happiness. A second premise is that most of us have enough knowledge of simple physiology to know that there are things that we do in life that are not good for us and will have some negative effects on us in reaching the above dream. In fact, it is God’s will also that we “prosper and are in health even as our soul prospers.”

So why don’t we just choose life and the practices that lead to health and happiness and reject the practices that lead to disease, death, and disability? Enter addictions. From the very first temptation in the garden of Eden down to our modern day, the enemy has very artfully used our God-given physiology against us to weaken and destroy us. From the first euphoric feeling that Adam and Eve felt after eating the forbidden fruit to the dopamine rush of foods and drinks today, we are being destroyed by our own choices which we may feel powerless to change.

So, tell the alcoholic, the junk food junky, or the heroin addict to “just stop; it is killing you”.  Addiction is one of the most powerful tools of the devil. Once put into motion, it perpetuates itself, and Satan doesn’t even need to be around. We just daily kill ourselves with our addiction-driven choices.

There’s no doubt that most of us believe that we are doing our best to eat with more health-consciousness, but it’s really an uphill battle when you’re fighting against Big Food and their desire for making huge profits from cheap ingredients, apparently with little regard for the devastating health implications for the unwitting consumer.

So, what is the answer?  It is only through the power of the Life-Giver that we escape the tools of the life destroyer.  The Life-Giver is willing and able to give us the power to change.

So, what are some of these physiologic laws that the devil has hijacked to use against us? It was God’s design for us to have joy and pleasure through normal, healthy lifestyle practices so he put within us dopamine (pleasure) receptors that respond to the dopamine, a feel-good hormone, that is produced by good food, exercise, positive life experiences and loving relationships. But just as in the garden of Eden, the serpent tempted Eve to question God’s motive for limiting the first couple’s freedom and encouraged them to explore a higher level of “pleasure”, outside the perfect design of their Maker, so today we are temped in the same way, also with disastrous results.  We are all too slow to learn that God’s way is always best, and the tempter is all too ready to cause us to doubt His love for us.

Let’s start with food. All foods that God designed for our diet cause dopamine to be released, giving us pleasure, but at a level that is appropriate and healthy. High-calorie, rich foods, however, spike dopamine release, flooding our body with excess levels of this hormone. The body’s response is to “down regulate” the dopamine receptors response to avoid too high of a response. Yes, we felt extra pleasure, but next time, it will take more of that food or drink to feel the same pleasure. That’s why a Lay’s potato chip ad once said, “Bet you can’t eat just one”.  In the language of the drug world, it’s called, “chasing the dragon”.  Subsequent exposures are never as good as the first one.  You keep eating, drinking, or using other stimulating experiences trying to get the same pleasure that you got from the first one. This is the driving force of addiction.

Addicting foods include refined foods like sugar, alcohol, fruit juices and white flour products. High-fat foods are also dopamine over stimulators, including all animal products.

That is one reason God gave Israel instructions on how to prepare meat without blood, extra fat or adrenaline (an almost impossible instruction to follow with animal products today).

You may have experienced the addictive nature of other practices such as video games, pornography and watching movies. But you may not have known that these addictions follow the same pathway of over-dopamine release making us desire more and more of this feel-good hormone.

What if one day you decide that you want to avoid a heart attack, cancer, diabetes, obesity and many of today’s chronic diseases by changing your lifestyle practices. Success in this quest will be difficult without understanding how the addiction works.

The first day that you attempt to give up sugar, for instance, will be difficult because those overstimulated dopamine receptors that have been down-regulated will not respond to the “normal” levels of dopamine that God designed to be released by the healthy food that He gave us for our health and pleasure. You are not just back to “normal” without a dopamine high. You feel lousy. The next day will even be worse.  It may take a week or more of normal dopamine levels for the body’s dopamine receptors to return to normal, so that you feel appropriate pleasure, as God designed, from His diet and His lifestyle. Without this knowledge, you may give up before your body recovers from its former abuse. Your best recovery plan is to avoid altogether the products that caused the addiction that you are struggling with. And avoid that tempting phrase, “a little bit won’t hurt,” if you want to succeed.

Return with me to the place where it all began. God gave Adam and Eve everything they could ever want, including a whole garden of delicious fruit, but there was only one tree that he warned them to stay away from. Is it possible that Eve kept thinking about that one thing that she couldn’t have, so it was always on her mind, instead of focusing on the whole garden of the most delicious food available? I want to encourage you to not focus on what you should avoid, but on all the good things that will bring pleasure and avoid disease. Trust God that He wants the best for you and only restricts things that may bring immediate pleasure but, in the end, bring pain, disease and death.

If you are struggling with addictions and want to experience the best life of health and peace, but need help, there is hope.

Rocky Mountain Lifestyle Center was established for the very purpose of education and support for anyone desiring more out of this life and the next.  Call anytime for free help to start on the road to better health 303-282-3676.  Our lifestyle center’s temporary hours at this time are Tuesday and Thursdays 10:30-2:30 and by appointment whenever you need us. We are located at 2520 S. Downing St. Denver, CO.

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03 Jun

Rocky Mountain Lifestyle Center Reopens with a focus on Diabetes With both Spanish and English Diabetes Undone Workshops

Starting the fourth week of June, Diabetes Undone classes will begin again, in both Spanish and English at the Rocky Mountain Lifestyle Center (formerly the Adventist book center).

The Covid-19 pandemic reminded us of the seriousness of this reversable disease, especially in our Spanish communities.  These classes will bring hope to each of us plagued by this disease and those who want to avoid ever getting it in the first place. 

If you have believed that there was nothing that you could do about this, all too common diagnosis, we have good news for you. Many have found hope in these powerful workshops around the world.  

The first class is free to just check it out, with no obligation.  The full workshop is only $25 with optional materials of workbook and Diabetic cookbook. 

Spanish classes start on June 24 and run every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 am or 6:30 pm

English classes start on June 23 and run every Monday and Wednesday at 11:00 am or 6:30 pm

Classes are one and a half hours in length with video lectures by Diabetes Experts Dr. Wes

Youngberg DrPH and Brenda Davis RD.  Each class includes food samples and group interaction and time to cover your personal questions. 

The 10 session, workshop is followed up with ongoing personal support by trained Health Partners to help you make those important lifestyle changes last.

To register call the Rocky Mountain Lifestyle Center at 303-282-3676

More on Diabetes Undone

Currently, 26 million Americans have diabetes and 79 million have prediabetes. Both of these conditions significantly increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and other complications. The prevailing medical paradigm teaches that diabetes is a chronic, incurable disease, and diabetics surrender to the idea that they will struggle with the disease for the rest of their lives. In our fast-paced, money-driven healthcare system, providers often don’t have adequate time to educate patients about how to be healthy. All too often, patients are treated for the symptoms of disease, while the underlying causes of disease are not addressed.

Dr. Wes Youngberg, DrPH, has been working with diabetics for the past twenty-five years. He has found that, by addressing the cause of illness rather than just treating the symptoms, type 2 diabetics can experience dramatic health improvements, avoid complications, and possibly even reverse the condition.

Drawing from Dr. Youngberg’s extensive experience, Life & Health Network produced Diabetes Undone, a research-tested intervention in reversing type 2 diabetes and other lifestyle diseases. The Diabetes Undone curriculum includes a cookbook, workbook, and informational videos and can be taken in a group setting or on an individual level from home. Participants will learn how to form new habits and make better choices based on increased knowledge, skills, and encouragement. The program is designed to empower participants to optimize their nutrition, exercise, and other powerful lifestyle strategies, all of which enable them to reclaim their health. The same strategies that are taught to fight diabetes also combat heart disease, obesity, cancer, autoimmune disease, and many other lifestyle-related health conditions.

Really, it’s quite simple, the things I had to do. It wasn’t hardship at all. Six months later, I was declared non-diabetic. I reversed it. And since then, I had extensive tests done two months ago, and I’m still not diabetic or prediabetic. And that itself is the reward.

—Tom Zapara, 91-year old Diabetes Undone participant

06 May

What’s The Connection Between Diet And Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Raeann Leal … Through witnessing the effect Alzheimer’s has on a family member’s emotional wellbeing and their path to slow mental deterioration; spurred my desire to pursue a degree in preventative care. As a young person, I used to wonder how a patient got this disease, and if there was a solution to prevent it. Most cases of Alzheimer’s occur later in life but alarmingly, it’s beginning to also appear in younger people.

As the fields of lifestyle medicine and preventative care grow, researchers have found that a whole foods, plant-based diet is key to reduce the risk of this devastating disease. In the case of Alzheimer’s disease, our genes may not be our determined destiny. The question that we need to ask is: how can we alter the course of a disease that might be lurking in the future of our overall health?

Diet and mental health

Although it’s not as often discussed, our mental health has the same degree of importance as our physical health. And, just as a good diet is key to good physical health, it’s also the key to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and shield our mental health in the long run. In fact, it has been found that diet is interrelated with many conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, and many other diseases of the mind. Astonishingly, studies indicate that diet can influence the body’s nervous system. A higher chance of cognitive decline is seen in patients that indulge in a diet rich in saturated fats, dairy, meat products, fat, and sugar.

Another interesting report is that neurodegenerative disease risks are lowered with a plant-based diet that is high in antioxidants, fiber, and low in saturated fats. It’s also been shown that cognitive health is improved with a whole foods, plant-based diet. Individuals in mid-life with plant-based diets low in saturated fats demonstrated a lower risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease later in life. The middle-aged group of low-risk patients was then compared to individuals with unhealthy diets high in meat and dairy food. The eye-opening results were that the latter group had a much higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease than the patients with a healthy diet. The healthy diet patients had an 86-90 % decreased risk of dementia and a 90-92% decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease compared with the patients with an unhealthy diet. A follow-up long-term study over 20-30 years found that individuals with higher cholesterol levels in mid-life had a 50% higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Even though Alzheimer’s disease is affected by genetics and age-related factors, it does not lessen the fact that the risk of Alzheimer’s is heightened by increased blood lipids, blood pressure, and diabetes.

Prevent Alzheimer’s with your diet

In 2013, the International Conference on Nutrition and the Brain agreed on evidence-based guidelines for prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

  1. Decrease saturated fats, trans fat, hydrogenated fats. They agreed that decreasing the intake of saturated fats (dairy products meats and certain oils) and trans fats or hydrogenated fats (processed foods) reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The replacements they recommended are vegetables, pulses, fruits, and whole grains.
  2. Eat foods high in Vitamin E. Vitamin E should come from food sources rather than supplements. Consume foods high in vitamin E, such as seeds, nuts, green leafy vegetables, and whole grains. Vitamin B12 or fortified foods should be a part of the diet. Patients must be cautious when using multiple vitamins by choosing supplements without iron and copper. I
  3. Avoid products with aluminum. You should avoid antacids, baking powder, and products containing aluminum.
  4. Do aerobic exercise. You must add aerobic exercise to your schedule, which will cause blood flow to the brain to increase neural connections. One practical example of this is 40 minutes of brisk walking three times per week.

These are all practical and doable guidelines we can all follow, right?

Power-berries

I should add that there is one more power food that can boost the protection of the nervous system: berries. Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are effective because of their high flavonoid content. Flavonoids are considered neuroprotective and only found in plants. In one study with approximately 130,00 subjects over the course of 20 years, scientists found that individuals that consumed the most berries had a significantly lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Increased intake of flavonoids slowed down cognitive decline.

The conclusion that these healthcare providers came to was that the whole foods, plant-based diet can protect the nervous system and reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.

Compelling, isn’t it? After realizing how berries can positively impact my cognitive health, I quickly compiled a list of dishes with blueberries to implement in my meals. Here are two that are easy and creative.

 

Berry Rainbow Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie Base

  • 1 package (6 ounces) frozen raspberries, divided
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 medium bananas

Toppings

  • 1 shredded coconut
  • 1 cocoa nibs (I substitute this with carob chips)
  • 2 tablespoons dried apricots, chopped
  • 35 pistachios, shelled
  • 10 fresh or frozen blueberries

Blend the smoothie base ingredients, pour the smoothie into a bowl, then top with the toppings.

 

Blueberry Cocoa Bites

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (I substitute this with carob powder)
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) dried tart cherries, chopped
  • 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted
  • 1/3 cup (2 ounces) Driscoll’s Blueberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted almonds
  • 8 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped (4 ounces)

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine cocoa and boiling water. Stir until well mixed and let stand 5 minutes.
  • In a food processor, combine dates, almond butter and salt, and process to a fine paste (about the same consistency of peanut butter), about 1 minute. Add cocoa mixture and process until well combined, about 30 seconds. Transfer puree to a medium bowl. Stir in cherries and coconut until well combined.
  • To form the bites, spray a small amount of non-stick cooking spray on the palms of your hands. Scoop 1 tablespoon cocoa and nut mixture and place it in the center of your hand and pat down to flatten. Place 2 to 3 blueberries in the center of mixture. Fold mixture over to enrobe the berries and gently roll between the palms of your hands. Roll in the toasted almonds and set on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mixture. Chill 1 hour before serving.

— Raeann Leal is a graduate student at Loma Linda University School of Public Health pursuing her MPH in lifestyle medicine.

This article was originally published https://lifeandhealth.org/nutrition/the-surprising-connection-between-diet-and-alzheimers-disease/0911063.html

29 Apr

Restore Your Gut Microbiome In 2 Weeks

By DANNY KWON JD …Lately, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about the gut microbiome and how it needs to be healthy for our bodies to operate at optimum. How do guts get unhealthy, or healthy, in the first place? When we talk about the “health” of the gut, we’re talking about the good and bad bacteria and organisms living in the microbiome of the gut.

The food we eat daily contributes to this microbiome and feeds the good and bad bacteria. The key ingredient to create a healthy gut is fiber. With plenty of fiber, good bacteria abounds. Without it, unhealthy bacteria takes over, contributing to ill health. In our processed food society, our meals are designed to be as tasty as possible which means not too much fiber is found in most processed foods or restaurant food. Instead, processed foods fill our gut with unnecessary fillers, chemicals and preservatives, things unhealthy bacteria in our gut love to feed on. As a result, our guts are often unhealthy environments.

“The lack of fiber intake in the industrialized world is starving our gut microbes, with important health consequences that may be associated with increases in colorectal cancer, autoimmune diseases, and decreased vaccine efficacy and response to cancer immunotherapy,” says Katrine Whiteson, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry who co-directed a recent University of California Irvine (UCI) Microbiome research study that was recently published in the American Society for Microbiology.

Dietary fiber consists of resistant carbs found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains which are not digestible by our bodies. This slows overall digestion of our meals and makes us feel fuller longer. So, it’s also important for regulating our feeling of hunger (which means we snack and binge eat less). While indigestible, the bacteria in the gut metabolizes fiber into short-chain fatty acids and other byproducts which are important to our health.

But in an industrialized country, the average person consumes less than half of the recommended daily fiber (50 grams per day) mainly because of decreased consumption of plant-based foods. Processed foods and restaurant foods tend to have low levels of fiber. And reduced fiber in one’s diet is associated with diseases like diabetes type II, colon cancer and autoimmune diseases.

The good news is that the study found that even a short period of eating a high fiber diet restored the gut to a healthy state. The UCI researchers took undergraduate students and gave them 10 high fiber unprocessed meals each week for two weeks. They took gut samples before and after to track the microbial composition changes. The students also recorded their daily dietary intake information of macronutrients they consumed to reach 50 grams of dietary fiber per day during those two weeks.

One of the instructors marveled at how she and the students enjoyed learning which foods are high in fiber. “We were amazed to find how high in fiber berries and avocados are and exchanged ideas for how to prepare beans and lentils,” one researcher said.

After two weeks, the researchers compared overall bacterial composition using tools like DNA sequencing and gas chromatography and found that the gut experienced major changes after eating the high fiber diet. Researchers found that just two weeks of eating a high fiber diet caused “significant” gut biome changes such as an increase in the presence of Bifidobacterium, a common fiber-degrader.

So, put yourself on a two-week challenge to increase your daily fiber intake! Remember that the goal is 50 grams. But you’re not going to get there by just resolving to eat more fiber. Do the research and develop a plan to consume 50 grams every day. Common fruits like apples, oranges and bananas have about 3-4 grams of fiber. Two cups of green leafy veggies typically have 5 grams. Some vegetables like artichokes have a whopping 10 grams so do the research and eat accordingly. When snacking, snack on foods like seeds which are high in fiber as opposed to chips which are not. A serving of popcorn has 4 grams of fiber. Do the research. With careful planning, right choices, and a meal plan, you can get to 50 grams per day.

If you keep at it, not only will you restore your gut microbiome to a healthier state, you’ll reap the benefits of a healthier gut with better insulin resistancebetter mental healthbetter skin, and better sleep.

–Danny Kwon JD is the executive director of Life and Health and CEO of Carbon Biotech, the makers of black ice charcoal patch and is an attorney licensed in California and Canada.

*This article was original published on the Life and Health website. https://lifeandhealth.org/slider/short-term-high-fiber-diet-restores-gut-microbiome/1019941.html

22 Apr

Can You Become “Heart Attack Proof”?

By Rick Mautz … As we learned in last week’s story of Russ Palmer’s miracle of survival, having an almost lethal heart attack at the age of 36 can shake anyone’s world. Surviving it is one thing, but to live in fear of another in the future can haunt you for the rest of your life. Was it the result of genetics, COVID, or another condition that can’t be changed? Or is there a lifestyle factor that can be followed to, maybe, put this nightmare behind him forever?

In the cardiac world, the major options have been surgery, medication and other procedures. It was thought that you could not reverse coronary artery disease until Dean Ornish, M.D. proved that you could not only prevent it, but you could also reverse it through lifestyle.

In his landmark research “The Lifestyle Heart Trial” and his 1990 published work in the Lancet, “Can lifestyle changes reverse coronary heart disease?” it was finally shown how powerful lifestyle is in dealing with the number one killer in the Unites States.

About this same time, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn at the Cleveland Clinic was seeing a complete reversal of severe coronary conditions through lifestyle approaches that we can also apply to our lives to bring life-changing hope and, as Dr. Esselstyn says, become “heart attack proof.”

Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D., the founder of the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Reversal program at Cleveland Clinic, explains that the endothelial lining of your blood vessels protects us from inflammation and plaque formation. When damaged by oil and animal products, this lining becomes inflamed which can lead to an endothelial rupture. Then a clot forms, cutting off blood supply to the downstream heart muscle causing a heart attack.  When you protect this vascular lining and keep it healthy, you can become “heart attack proof”. His track record speaks for itself with almost a perfect record from those who follow his program, putting an end to the progression of their heart disease, including former President Bill Clinton.

The short version of his dietary approach is to eat a whole-foods, plant-based diet, avoiding oil, nuts, sugar and other high-fat foods. A powerful adjunct for healing and restoring these endothelial cells is to eat dark green leafy vegetables with their rich antioxidant content daily.

Some may say,” That is just a little too radical”, but Dr. Esselstyn will answer, “What is radical is cutting your chest open and cutting out vessels from your body to bypass the blocked area, or having another heart attack. That is radical.”

When considering a lifestyle change like this, we could focus on the things that we can’t eat. But just like there was only one tree in the Garden of Eden that God said not to eat from, they still had the whole garden of the most wonderful fruit that God had provided for them. And the same is true for us today when we focus on all the good food that we get to enjoy on this life-restoring diet. All the filling whole grains, delicious fruits, flavor-filled vegetables, including the antioxidant-packed, dark green, leafy vegetables, and scores of different legumes. We are truly blessed with such a variety of food that God has given us to enjoy and experience the healthy side effects that they bring.

As Dr. Esselstyn describes, “There are side effects to this ‘radical lifestyle’ which include weight loss, normalization of blood pressure, remission of diabetes, feeling better, loss of stroke risk, reduced risk of dementia, and the loss of erectile disfunction for men. So, yes, there are side effects, but only good ones”

Russ Palmer has decided that he would much rather have a long healthy life with his son and wife than continue his diet of things that almost cost him his life.  He is already learning that the foods that were God’s original diet for us can be even more enjoyable and the side effects are only good.

God knew what He was doing when He designed a heart-healthy diet, a brain-healthy diet, a cancer-reducing diet, a weight-control diet. Trust Him and experience the life that He intended for us all.

For more information on how to add this good lifestyle to your medically-supervised health care to not only prevent heart disease but to reverse the damage that you may already have, contact Rocky Mountain Lifestyle Center for personalized support and follow the articles and posts on the website.

–Rick Mautz is the Rocky Mountain Lifestyle Center director; photo by iStock

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For more information check out these resources.

The Cleveland clinic website
https://my.clevelandclinic.org/departments/wellness/integrative/disease-reversal

Some short interview with Dr. Esselstyn

1 -The Walking Dead                https://youtu.be/oOcyuLGXd0s
2- The Cause and Solution      https://youtu.be/LoSSGr3HeYg
3- Education in Cardiology      https://youtu.be/pDVo8qgjvUo
4- Fruits and Nuts                   https://youtu.be/xs6Ak4jhCzo
5- How Much Can I Eat           https://youtu.be/bp8Z71qM9bc
6- Going Cold Turkey               https://youtu.be/BP7-syf5VRk