Cancer and heart disease often take years to develop. Tissue breakdown and joint degradation is the same. We all know beaches were formed over millions of years. A process of rocks slowly being chipped away to form sand. At one point there is a straw that breaks the camel's back - and that is when we know it’s there. Disease, in the form of pain or dysfunction. And what do we do to solve the problem? We try to mask the symptoms or attack it, try to kill it or remove it.. Occasionally there may be a drug that is helping to support a healthier process, but most times they come with more side effects than the problems they solve. So, what is the best way to guarantee (at least as close to a guarantee as we can have) staying healthy as we age? And it’s not treating something once it’s taken hold. It’s not having arthroscopic surgery to replace an already deteriorated joint. Smart people solve problems. But geniuses
There is something I hear over and over and have considered it relevant for years now. There is
one obvious experience I’ve had of my own. This one thing is something of doubt and
skepticism for many people. I happen to think it’s the most essential thing to healing now, more
than I ever have before. It’s not what we eat, the water we drink, the supplements we take or the
exercise we engage in. It’s intangible. And don’t get me wrong all of that is important. But this is the elephant in the room. The thing people don’t want to address, or thing they don’t even
know is relevant to address.
Meet Julie. She has lost 50 pounds in the last 5 ½ months. Starting out at the beginning of March Julie would say she was:
Tired much of the time,
In terrible pain in many places in her body,
Unable to exercise,
She weighed the most she had ever weighed in her life. And had been using ibuprofen to manage her pain.
She is currently 8 pounds below her goal weight. How has this happened?
Reposted from May 2, 2022.
For me it started in middle school. It was awful. It could last for months on end. And I had no idea that I was just making it worse. It is so common that it is likely that either you or someone in your family has it. And there is such a simple solution, but almost no one knows about it.
Reposted from February 2022
The average thyroid gland weighs about as much as a tablespoon of almond butter. But the thyroid gland, unlike almond butter, has an almost infinite impact on the way your body functions.
Every single cell in your body has thyroid receptors. If you don’t have enough thyroid hormone, there are things in your body that just won’t work. Like an unplugged toaster, it’s not going to work no matter what you do. It will only work if you plug it in - just like your cells, they will only work if they’ve got some thyroid hormones plugged in.
I was at a BBQ yesterday and it got me thinking. I was having a conversation with someone about a health and wellness retreat in Mexico. She was telling me about the meals that they served. My questioning was geared towards where I would get my protein. The reason for this? My goal every day is to keep my energy high and even. In order to do this I need to focus on
There is a common debate I have with patients. Statins - to take or not to take? The question is, is this the right question? When we look at cholesterol, what are we really looking at? Is cholesterol the cause of heart disease, or is it a symptom? Are we targeting the right thing when we lower cholesterol? Something I often discover is that there is always something more that we don’t know, that we don’t know. Years ago, I learned about this other marker, touted to be more indicative of heart disease than cholesterol. Discovered by another McCully, Dr. Kilmer McCully.
If you were asked to make a prediction about the age of someone from behind or from the side, you’d likely be basing your guess on posture. How straight up or how hunched over they stood when they walked. Did they pick their feet up off the floor gingerly, or were they shuffling? Were they limping or walking with ease? If you were to watch my 74 year old yoga teacher walk from behind, you’d think he was in his thirties. Why? Because he is very limber. Besides being thin and having an obviously muscular frame, his posture is straight, he is light on his feet and has a quickness in his step that is clear he doesn’t have any pain. How is this man different from most? And how can you feel more like him? My new obsession is …
I work with people who want to lose weight - a lot. I always stress that getting healthy is number one, and that the weight will follow. It’s difficult when you are losing weight not to obsess about the number you see on the scale. We can’t live and die by the scale - and here’s why.