How is Your New Year’s Resolution Coming? This Year it is Time to Succeed!

First in the How to Switch On Your Employees Series

What is your New Year’s resolution? If you are like most Americans, the resolution will be given up by Super Bowl weekend and things will be back to status quo. But what if things were different this year? What if you succeeded and lost that weight, got in shape, or saved that money? What if 2014 became the year to get things done in a way you have never experienced before? What would you have to do differently in 2014 compared to previous years?

The science of change management, which is what we are speaking about, has come a long way in the past 5 years and it’s time to incorporate these discoveries into achieving our goals.

Let’s start by asking: is knowing what to do enough? As a weight loss expert who has helped hundreds of people lose weight, it is clear that there are many patients who can literally recite encyclopedic knowledge on calorie balance, exercise, food labels, and the latest best seller’s strategy on effective weight loss, but they don’t lose a pound. They know what to do, but are not doing what they know.

Maybe the key is to create or overcome strong emotional issues. In the patients mentioned above, often a life event preceded the significant weight gain. When this occurs there is no question that getting in touch with “what happened” and re-framing the experience in a more empowering and less threatening way makes a difference. However, often there was no preceding trauma or the traumatic experience was resolved through beneficial and significant counseling but no weight loss occurred, suggesting that attention to emotional issues may not be enough by itself… To continue reading click here

How Regularly Are You Exercising? 2014 May Be The Time To Start

To stay up to date on the latest information I listen to the Massachusetts Medical Society Journal Watch.  They say medical knowledge doubles every 9 months these days so it is important to stay on it! 

I thought you might enjoy this summary on exercise;

Robust midlife cardiovascular fitness is associated with lower heart related disease, but what about death? To answer that question, researchers evaluated the associations between fitness and several chronic conditions (namely, ischemic heart disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease, Alzheimer disease, and lung or colon cancer) in older patients by linking a preventive medicine registry to Medicare data. Nearly 20,000 patients got full baseline fitness and medical evaluations and were stratified into five groups based on their fitness level (the patients’ average age at study entry was 49; most were men). A good number of the patients had relatively favorable cardiovascular risk profiles at study entry. Findings appear in the September 24 Archives of Internal Medicine (http://viajwat.ch/WhxcCO).

During a median follow-up of 26 years, the patients who were most physically fit had about half of the prevalence of chronic conditions than did those who were least physically fit. In adjusted analyses, each Met (metabolic equivalent) increase in baseline fitness was associated with a roughly 6% reduction in risk for developing a chronic condition.

Although these results on midlife cardiovascular fitness being a predictor of healthy aging are not surprising, they add another motivation for encouraging midlife fitness: This approach can lower the risk for frailty and comorbidities while improving quality of life for older people. 

Here is to aerobic exercise at least every 48 hours in 2014!  Happy New Year.  SC

Tips from Sue: Mastering the Art of Sleep

The body maintains a sleep-wake cycle. Keeping a consistent sleep schedule encourages better sleep that helps you feel more alert and awake during the day. Take a look at this for more tips!

Tips for Mastering the Art of Sleep

Tips from Sue: 10 Things You Can Do To Help Stop Dry Skin

Nobody likes having dry skin! Here are 10 things that can cause dry skin and how you can avoid their effects.

10 Thing You Can do To Stop Dry Skin

Tips from Sue: Pain in the heel or bottom of your foot?

Here’s another one to add to the number of signs and symptoms of declining hormones. Are the heel or bottom of your foot causing you pain? Are you finding yourself seeking relief in the Dr. Scholl’s section of the pharmacy? It could be due to foot fat pad atrophy. The foot fat pads are the tissue that protects your foot on the ball of the foot and at the bottom of the heel. Atrophy means shrinking or disappearing. The foot pad tissue under the foot does decline with age. Menopause and surgical menopause increase the rate of decline. Obvious mechanical issues, such as being overweight, can also have a negative impact and hasten the loss of the plumpness of this tissue. If plantar fasciitis (painful inflammation of the bottom of the foot) has been an issue, your practitioner may have used one or more injections of “cortisone” to relieve pain. Unfortunately, this “cortisone” is not the same as the cortisone hormone the body produces; it is actually a synthetic analog that can lead to even more atrophy of the foot pads. In addition, as Dr Dzugan points out in The Magic of Cholesterol Numbers, cholesterol levels elevate when the body senses a deficiency of the sex and adrenal hormones, which are normally produced from cholesterol. So statin users beware! When taking statins, not only do cholesterol levels fall, but the ability to make hormones drops even further. Statin drug use may be a source of foot pain from accelerated foot fat pad atrophy.

If you are experiencing foot pain, ask Sue to check for hormone deficiencies, including vitamin D (which is also made from cholesterol). These deficiencies may be the underlying cause of your foot pain.

Carol Petersen, RPh, CNP – Women’s International Pharmacy

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Tips from Sue: Obesity: Costs and Chronic Conditions

Obesity is one of the leading drivers in healthcare costs today. Here are highlights of a few of the main chronic conditions that contribute to these rising costs. For more information on ways to control your weight, see Weight Loss the Jabez Way or The Seven Numbers by Dr. Scott Conard.

Obesity: Costs & Chronic Conditions

Tips from Sue: Diabetes Prevention – It’s Never Too Late!

Diabetes prevention can be yours. Here is an educational tool to open your eyes and instruct you visually in the best path to better health and well-being. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death. It is no surprise that 28.5 million people suffer from it creating a whopping 174 billion dollar cost to the US health system. It is important for everyone, therefore, to take action to control the rise of diabetes and do their part for the good of society as well as for themselves.This graphic teaches the importance of good nutrition and regular exercise as steps to success. In addition, getting regular checkups and controlling fat intake are essential. Dietary supplements are conveniently listed to assist in the process including raspberry ketones, garcinia cambogia, saffron, green coffee bean, and acai berry. If a strict regimen is followed, you can improve your odds while you receive multiple health benefits to the heart, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and more. Weight loss is the answer to the rampant spread of diabetes. Insulin resistance and control is the goal. Only then can you avoid the numerous side effects listed below that include serious repercussions for the eyes and kidneys, the heart, nerves, and even feet. For more information on diabetes and how to combat it, please see The Seven Numbers by Dr. Scott Conard. It’s never too late to start!

Weight Loss Leads to Diabetes Prevention

Tips from Sue: How Gum Disease Affects the Body

Gum disease affects the entire body. By neglecting to both brush and floss properly, you’re giving up the easiest and best way to protect against gum disease as well as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and premature birth. A healthy mouth can reduce disease by 20%, so don’t ignore your mouth!

How Gum Disease Affects the Body

 

Tips from Sue: 12 Amazing Uses For Lavender Essential Oil

12 Amazing Uses For Lavender Essential Oil

Tips from Sue: What is Acne and What Can I Do About It?

Acne can be painful, both physically and emotionally. Here is information on its causes, when it occurs, what people do about it and how you should clean your skin.

Acne graphic

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