Category Archives: Health and Fitness Radio Shows

Health and Fitness Podcasts – Your Best Health Magazine

Health and fitness podcasts from Best In Health Radio

Health and fitness Magazine? Think of these radio shows as a very easy way to learn about your health – play them in your car, while your cooking, and share with others.

Health and fitness radio shows, here the truth not the pop from the researchers. Very often when we read about a study we are only hearing a part of it, often with a slant. there is far too much misinformation, listen to the pros.

We very often follow a certain “healthy lifestyle” not knowing the underlying potential flaws. We get frustrated.

No pop, no superficialities, no fads.  Just the scientific facts on your health.

A 2010 Australian study featured in Biomed Central, recognizing The mass media has enormous potential to influence health-related behaviours and perceptions,  carried out this study. Much research has focused on how the media frames health issues. This study sought to explore how journalists in Australia select and shape news on health issues….the influence they have.

The results were fascinating.

Health and fitness studies:

A key role: the specialist reporter

health and fitness Radio shows specialist reportersSpecialist health and medical reporters had much greater capacity to produce better quality health stories. This occurred despite the similar seniority of non-specialist reporters and related to key factors specific to their role. Their familiarity with technical aspects of medicine and health enhanced their ability to comprehend and accurately report complex issues.

Our Best In Health Radio interviews are performed by Shira Litwack, a medical fitness professional and Cancer Exercise Specialist, very well versed on the research. Our Interviews proudly dig deeper into the issues, and bring out the most important aspects of the study, learning the scientific facts, right from the researcher, not the colouring book version of the study. No focus on the pop or superficialities. Get an in depth look at your choices, that don’t make the media.

Eye Health with Bryce Wylde Vision Health Month

Eye Health – An Interview with Bryce Wylde

Our eye health is far more than going for corrective lenses.

May is Vision Health Month. A few statistics from the CNIB:

  • There are more than 5.5 million Canadians with a major eye disease that could cause vision loss.
  • The prevalence of vision loss in Canada is expected to increase nearly 30 per cent in the next decade.

As the CDC says ….. 80% of  our chronic illness could be prevented.  The same applies to our vision ……75%  of vision loss can be treated or prevented.

“Eat organic food. Drink pure filtered water. Identify eye health with Bryce Wylde on Best In Health Radiodeficiencies. Supplement for prevention. Practice mindfulness. Your health is an investment, not an expense………”

and….

“All of the cells in our body are constantly regenerating, cells die and new ones are formed. Look in the mirror – the person you see now will be totally different in a couple of years. Think of investing in our health as creating the next you, the best you. Self version 2.0 ➨2.5➨3.0″…………Bryce Wylde

Bryce Wylde is an Integrative medicine expert, clinician, television host, educator, author, and philanthropist, and host of Wylde On Health. Associate Medical Director at P3Health | CityTv Health Expert | Medical Advisor DrOZ show | Director My Health Report

We learn from Bryce:

  • Eyesight vs. eye health
  • Nutrition for eye health
  • Exercise & physical activity
  • Diseases of the eye…Glaucoma, diabetic neuropathy,
  • The eyes are the window to our souls, and our health
  • Digital eye strain use the 20/20/20 rule for all of our electronic devices
  • Sleep
  • The sun
  • Dry eyes
  • Medications and our eye health – both prescription and OTC – how often do you see a warning about effect on the eyes on the warning labels
  • When to see an eye health professional…optometrist, ophthalmologist, naturopath…

 

Shira Litwack Medical fitness, Corporate wellness, Radio talk show host
Shira Litwack Medical Fitness Professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Corporate wellness Provider Industry expert cancer exercise
Radio talk show host
Health & Fitness Educator

Shira Litwack – Founder Best In Health Radio & Cell-Being – Best in Corporate Health

Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise| Health and Fitness Professionals’ Educator|Speaker

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Fitness Clubs of Canada, Medical Fitness Network, Recovery on Water, Willow (Breast Cancer), Sirius XM Doctor Radio, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Cancer Exercise Training Institute,  Urban Poling for Breast Cancer Recovery,

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: World IBD Day

Inflammatory  Bowel Disease: About 5 Million People Worldwide suffer from IBD

World IBD Day takes place on 19 May each year and unites people worldwide in their fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis,  known as inflammatory bowel disease. 38 Countries on 4 continents participate in world IBD day to bring attention to these debilitating, yet far too common diseases. 

IBD, which stands for inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) are two serious, chronic digestive diseases that affect five million people worldwide. There is no cure, no known cause, and little public understanding of the pain and chronic suffering with which IBD patients courageously cope every day of their lives.

Ulcerative colitis only affects the colon (large intestine). Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the digestive system, from the mouth to the anus.

People of any age can get IBD, but it’s usually diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40.

Economic Cost of IBD:

Estimates of direct and indirect costs range between $14.6 and $31.6 billion in 2014. There is a significant healthcare burden associated with IBD. Although treatment expenses make up a significant portion of the cost of IBD, studies show that inappropriate treatment, lack of adherence to therapeutic regimens, or suboptimal treatment increase the cost burden. Costs for IBD include hospitalizations, the eventual need for surgery due to disease complications, and physician visits.

The staggering economic burden of IBD makes early diagnosis, coupled with effective treatment at onset, imperative.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day 2017 Best In Health RadioDid you know Canada has the highest prevalence of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in the world? 1 in every 150 Canadians suffers from the IBD, and this number is increasing, specifically among Canadian children.  A study published last month with data from five provinces — Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec — tracked children under 16 years of age who had been diagnosed with IBD between 1999 and 2010. The number of children under 16 living with IBD in Canada increased by 60% over the ten year period.  Why does Canada have one of the highest incidence of childhood-onset IBD in the world?

Part 1.

May 19th is World IBD Day, and Oshawa-resident Robert Cutting  opportunity to shares his personal IBD experience and how he manages his symptoms each and every day.

  • IBD and other autoimmune disorders
  • Chronic Inflammation
  • Biologic treatment
  • The necessity of a healthy diet
  • The necessity of physical activity
  • alcohol consumption
  • Pursuing treatment

Part 2:

Dr. Eric Benchimol:  Dr. Benchimol specializes in the treatment and assessment of pediatric digestive disorders. His clinical expertise includes children with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis). Dr Benchimol is Physician, CHEO (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) Inflammatory Bowel Disease Centre, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.  Dr. Benchimol is also Associate Professor of Paediatrics and Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa

  • IBD vs. IBS
  • Our Microbiome – its reach – known and potential influences on our health

    Inflammatory Bowel Disease and our  Microbiome on Best In Health Radio
    Dr. Eric Benchimol
  • Early childhood – a critical stage for the development of our microbiome
  • Our gut as the first step in our immune system
  • Knowing the symptoms of IBD & IBS, typical and atypical signs
  • Nutrition & Diet: Diet could be the future of Crohn’s
  • Exercise – strength training for bones attacked by Crohn’s
  • Environmental influences thought to influence IBD & IBS
  • Inflammatory Cytokines
  • Medications, antibiotics and the microbiome
  • hygiene hypothesis…….
  • words of advice to parents

Part 1 –  Robert Cutting:

Part 2 Dr. Eric Benchimol:

 

Shira Litwack Medical fitness, Corporate wellness, Radio talk show host
Shira Litwack Medical Fitness Professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Corporate wellness Provider Industry expert cancer exercise
Radio talk show host
Health & Fitness Educator

Shira Litwack – Founder Best In Health Radio & Cell-Being – Best in Corporate Health

Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise| Health and Fitness Professionals’ Educator|Speaker

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Fitness Clubs of Canada, Medical Fitness Network, Recovery on Water, Willow (Breast Cancer), Sirius XM Doctor Radio, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Cancer Exercise Training Institute,  Urban Poling for Breast Cancer Recovery,

Proper Stretching for a Healthy, Functioning Body

Proper Stretching  – Imperative For a Functioning Body

Proper stretching is a vital, yet far too overlooked, component of maintaining efficient biomechanics, or body mechanics. Even if you are less active, which I hope you are not, Proper stretching on Best In Health Radiostretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, preserving flexibility to maintain  range of motion in the joints. Without proper stretching, muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when the muscles are called on for activity, they are weak and unable to fully extend,  putting us at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage. These effects worsen dramatically with age from the biomechanical,  compression and postural destruction.

Proper stretching is imperative. However, many people either do not stretch, or stretch incorrectly. Many fitness trainers do not demonstrate proper stretching. We have many old myths on stretching we need to eliminate:

  • ballistic stretching (bouncy, yoyo stretching….sorry Jane Fonda)
  • over stretching  (hot yoga participants please listen)
  • mistaking strength training and stretching
  • when to stretch
  • how long to hold a stretch
  • confusing the muscle between contracting and stretching

With proper stretching, we can prevent many debilitating postural issues (such as Dowagers Hump), lower back pain, preserve muscle mass, and prevent chronic pain and joint and bone erosion.

According to the American Osteopathic Association, patients with musculoskeletal conditions incur total annual medical care costs of approximately $240 billion, of which $100 billion is from lower back pain. How many spinal fusion surgeries and other compression injuries can we  prevent with proper physical activity and stretching?

In an encore appearance….Marjorie Brook is an internationally-recognized bodyworker and pioneer in the field of Scar Tissue Release. Marjorie travels globally offering seminars and lectures on the Scar Tissue Release on Best In Health RadioS.T.R.A.I.T. (Scar Tissue Release And Integrated Therapies) Method, an innovative and ground breaking therapy that works with the body, not against it.  It is her mission to bring awareness to the public about the damaging effect of scar tissue and adhesions. Please refer to our show with Marjorie on Scar Tissue.

 

 

 

 

Shira Litwack Medical fitness, Corporate wellness, Radio talk show host
Shira Litwack Medical Fitness Professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Corporate wellness Provider Industry expert cancer exercise
Radio talk show host
Health & Fitness Educator

Shira Litwack – founder Best In Health Radio & Cell-Being – Best in Corporate Health

Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise| Health and Fitness Professionals’ Educator|Speaker

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Fitness Clubs of Canada, Medical Fitness Network, Recovery on Water, Willow (Breast Cancer), Sirius XM Doctor Radio, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Cancer Exercise Training Institute,  Urban Poling for Breast Cancer Recovery,

Scar Tissue Release And Integrated Therapies

Scar Tissue  – The Damage and The Release

Marjorie Brook is an internationally-recognized bodyworker and pioneer in the field of Scar Tissue Release. Marjorie travels globally offering seminars and lectures on the Scar Tissue Release on Best In Health RadioS.T.R.A.I.T. (Scar Tissue Release And Integrated Therapies) Method, an innovative and ground breaking therapy that works with the body, not against it.  It is her mission to bring awareness to the public about the damaging effect of scar tissue and adhesions.

 

 

 

 

scar tissue starts in childhood Best In Health Radio
A kiss and a bandaid on a BooBoo does not prevent future implications from falling off that bike!

Recognizing that a simple scar from a childhood fall to major surgery as an adult can have a lifelong physiological and psychological effect on the body, yet is the most ignored and misunderstood part of recovery. Marjorie Brook designed a scar tissue release system that approaches the multi faceted matrix of fascia three dimensionally.

 

 

 

 

Scar tissue from Mastectomy Best In Health RadioAccording to the CDC last year in the United States there were:

  • More than half a million heart surgeries;
  • Approximately 50,000 women a year mastectomies;
  • 307,000 breast implant surgeries;
  • More than 465,000spinal fusions;Scar Tissue from Spinal Fusion Best In Health Radio
  • 498,000Hysterectomies;
  • 1.3 million Cesarean sections;
  • 719,000Total knee replacements;
  • 332,000 Total hip replacements.

 

Despite the high number of surgeries, most patients are never given pre or post surgery protocols to prevent scar tissue formation. A recent study found that 9 out of 10 people who’d had a routine surgical procedure within the past 6 to 12 months were unhappy with their surgical scar, while 7 in 10 felt they were “more concerned than their surgeon was about the scar.”

Scar Tissue Release Best In Health RadioFor many people, Scar Tissue Release therapy is the last chance to avoid surgery or the answer to pain free recovery after all other therapies have failed.  Most are unaware that their body’s functions are being altered by scar tissue or that their ailments and physical limitations can be remedied without the need for surgery or pills. The reason for this is because you’re essentially held together by one huge single sheet of connective tissue, or fascia. This fascia wraps around your entire body like an intricate spider web and influences the way you function — from your muscles and your bones, to your organs, nerves, veins and arteries.  Any kink, pull or restriction in one area can affect everything else. If your movements are restricted, your muscles and your organs will be forced to work harder. If your nerves and vessels are trapped, your circulation can be restricted.

 

“[I] wanted to quickly share the Marjorie Brook love. After attending a seminar I shared my ‘cancer thriver with long term jacked up-ness’ story with Marjorie. It took about 2 seconds for her to invite me back to their room where Marjorie worked her ‘special brand of magic’ on my neck scar and jaw. After 16 1/2 years, I can once again feel cold and heat on my neck. My nagging left SI joint is now happy. I can speak like a ‘normal’ person. My face is thinner. My nose is back to the center of my face. My sinuses are clear. I can HEAR out of my right ear (had no idea I wasn’t hearing well out of that ear for 16 years). In short, Marjorie changed my life. Excuse me while I go bawl like a big ol’ baby . . . Again. If you or anyone you love (or even remotely care about) needs scar tissue work, Marjorie is the one to see.” Karen Rossler, Washington D.C.

 

Marjorie works with all ages and professions (from the corporate desk bound to serious athletes).  Issues such as breast reconstruction/implants/reductions, childhood injuries, C-sections and all surgeries, no matter the age of the scar (3 months to 50 years old)  can be released. Utilizing the S.T.R.A.I.T. Method, she is able to focus on releasing restricted tissues Scar Tissueto restore full range of motion and eliminating pain and congestion in the body. Marjorie’s private practice is located on Long Island and she travels throughout the US, Europe & Canada  sharing her work so others can learn this beneficial technique.
A previous client with arthritis in both shoulders came for treatment once she had tried all other types of therapy ranging from shots, exercises and acupuncture. She had this to say about Marjorie’s scar tissue work:

 

“I did not know that my life was about to change. I went to a vascular specialist and an acupuncturist, neither could alleviate my pain. Then I met Marjorie. Marjorie saw the condition of my leg and explained to me about scar tissue therapy and how it worked. She concentrated on my leg during the first massage and I was amazed at the immediate results. The pain had subsided and it was easier to walk. After a year of coming every other week I am completely pain free. The results of her treatment changed my life. Not only for my leg but because of the overall stress relieving therapeutic experience. This therapy was the best gift I ever received!” Donna Tally, Long Island, NY

Marjorie Brook, International Educator, Therapist, Author and creator of the STRAIT MethodTM is one of the most dynamic instructors in the manual therapy world today. Leaving the high-pressure, low fulfillment world of network television, Marjorie found her calling in health and wellness. Forever the innovator, Marjorie began blending some of the most proven and successful therapeutic techniques, eventually developing her own system for alleviating the trauma caused by scar tissue and fascial issues. Seeing a void in materials and information concerning proper stretching Marjorie released Flexibility First: A Fitness Approach for Life. Two series of stretching manuals which provide easy user-friendly guides for stretching oneself and clients to achieve balance throughout the body. Included are protocols for working with major diseases and injuries. A sought-after speaker, consultant and practitioner, Marjorie’s seminars have received glowing reviews from attendees of all experience levels. Her articles have been featured in Massage Today (USA), Massage World (UK) and American Fitness Magazine. Scar tissue is one of the most common, yet perplexing issues faced by massage therapists and other healing professionals. While several methods may work around the problem, Marjorie Brook will show you how to clear scar tissue with instant results.

Listen to our show…….please excuse my cold!

A few ways to reach Marjorie:

https://www.facebook.com/flexibilityfirst/      https://www.instagram.com/brookseminars/?hl=en https://www.youtube.com/user/Brookseminars                https://twitter.com/marjoriebrook

Shira Litwack Medical fitness, Corporate wellness, Radio talk show host
Shira Litwack Medical Fitness Professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Corporate wellness Provider Industry expert cancer exercise
Radio talk show host
Health & Fitness Educator, Speaker

Shira Litwack – founder Best In Health Radio & Cell-Being – Best in Corporate Health

Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise| Health and Fitness Professionals’ Educator|Speaker

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Fitness Clubs of Canada, Medical Fitness Network, Recovery on Water, Willow (Breast Cancer), Sirius XM Doctor Radio, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Cancer Exercise Training Institute,  Urban Poling for Breast Cancer Recovery,

Breast Cancer Awareness = Alcohol Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness Necessitates Facing the Realities of Alcohol

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The truth is drinking alcohol is a game of Russian Roulette for breast cancer.

Fuel to the fire, alcohol to estrogen..… Alcohol is a cause of breast cancer. There is no such thing as a little poison, poison in moderation. Poison is poison. Alcohol is NOT our friend. One in eight women will get breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness:

All major cancer institutions agree – the 3 most influential lifestyle choices paramount to maintaining breast health are:

  • controlling body fat level
  • limiting alcohol
  • Being physically active

They are all important – being vigilant about 2, does not ease the burden of onus on the  third.  All 3  of these lifestyle factors have a common theme – they all either add to the estrogen load, or estrogen exposure (body fat and alcohol) or they ease the hormonal strain from estrogen (physical activity).

Women who are carriers of any of the inherited defective genes, BRCA, PALB2, HBOC… have a greater risk of developing breast cancer. Minimizing, even better eliminating alcohol would be an  outstanding prophylactic choice. Alcohol is also associated with an increased risk of recurrence of breast cancer.

 

Shira Interviewed on Rehabilitative Medicine, Doctor Radio Sirius XM, Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2016

A few myths to dispel and annihilate immediately:

  • A glass of wine a day is NOT good for you – not for your heart, not for any part of you
  • The health effects of alcohol start with the very first glass
  • Alcohol does not reduce stress, it causes physiological stress, oxidative stress, inflammation, cellular dysfunction.

“Moderation”, social drinking, are vague concepts perpetuated by those marketing alcohol       ….they are not representative of guidelines supported by  health professionals.  These are concepts people want to believe, and many health professionals believe they encourage people to drink more. True breast cancer awareness means we cannot hang on to old myths but must heed to current scientific research.

One drink equals:

  • 12 ounces of beer
  • 5 ounces of wine
  • 1.5 ounces of hard liquor.

The National Toxicology Program of the US Department of Health and Human Services lists consumption of alcoholic beverages as a known human carcinogen. In 1988, the IARC (International Agency for Cancer Research) declared alcohol a carcinogen

The fact is that alcohol is a contributing factor to all of our major illnesses…heart disease, at least 7 types of cancer, liver disease, obesity, mental health issues, immune dysfunction,  with inflammation being at the root cause. I feel compelled to mention here heart disease kills more women each year than breast cancer, in fact, more women than all cancers combined.

According to the CDC, alcohol costs  each year:

  • 88,000 lives. According to the American Journal of Public Health, 20,000 cancer deaths in the US per year are attributed to alcohol. 15% of those deaths were breast cancer. This equals 6,000 breast cancer deaths per year in the US attributable to alcohol. What is even more shocking, studies in New Zealand showed that the majority of women whose breast cancer was attributed to alcohol, drank no more than “a glass a day”. A real slap of breast cancer awareness!
  • $223 Billion Dollars: health care costs, lost productivity at work, motor vehicle accidents, criminal justice system
Breast Cancer Awareness - Alcohol and breast cancer Best In Health Radio
The Many Health Effects of Alcohol: An interview with Cardiologist Dr. Holly Andersen, Surgical Urologist Dr. Andrew Siegel, Psychiatrist Dr. Michael Diamond & Public Health Physician & Author of the July 2016 study “Alcohol Causes Cancer” on Best In Health Radio

In July 2016, New Zealand Public Health Physician and Epidemiologist Dr. Jennie Connor released an extensive study commissioned by the Center for Addiction. The study was a compilation of thousands of world wide meta analyses studying the relationship between alcohol and cancer. The conclusion was that alcohol causes cancer in at least 7 sites in the body. I have had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Connor twice. Once on her own, and the second time with a panel of 3 other health professionals I assembled, discussing the many health effects of alcohol: Dr. Holly Andersen, Cardiologist,  Dr. Michael Diamond Psychiatrist, & Dr. Andrew Siegel, Surgical Urologist.

Breast Cancer Awareness……..There are a number of ways in which it is thought that alcohol causes breast cancer.

  • Alcohol can increase levels of estrogen and other hormones associated with hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer.
  • Girls aged 9 to 15 who drink three to five drinks a week have three times the risk of developing benign breast lumps,  which are associated with a higher risk  (500% higher risk) of breast cancer later in life. One particular of these studies from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Dr Graham Colditz study author states ‘“If a female averages a drink per day between her first period and her first full-term pregnancy, she increases her risk of breast cancer by 13 percent”. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 40% of college age women admit to binge drinking…..those that admit.
  • Alcohol (ethanol) is converted into a toxic chemical called acetaldehyde in our body, damaging the DNA, in a number of possible ways and preventing cells from repairing this damage
  • Alcohol causes rapid regrowth of liver cells, which frequently have altered DNA
  • Alcohol is a solvent. When someone consumes alcohol and smokes they exponentially increase their risk for cancer as the alcohol enables the mutagenic chemicals in the tobacco to be better absorbed into the body
  • Alcohol is a cause of oxidative stress, producing ROS – Reactive Oxygen Species which alter the DNA
  • Alcohol encourages the body to store fat. It provides the body with almost  as many calories as fat, yet there is no benefit to the body, only burden. We know body fat cells can be thought of as active endocrine glands, secreting hormones upsetting hormonal balance. Hormonal balance is critical in disease prevention.
  • Still being studied…alcohol interferes with folate metabolism – which is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and cancer
  • As I try and mention in every article I write, our muscle mass is our BFF – Best Friend Forever – protecting us from illness in numerous ways, their great looks is merely a reward for good effort. Muscles are critical for immune function, sugar regulation, metabolism…just to name a few. Alcohol lowers testosterone levels (critical for both men and women to build muscle and as we mentioned earlier raises estrogen levels.  Alcoholic Myopathy – Alcohol destroys muscle mass AND interferes with protein synthesis, not allowing the body to build more muscle mass. In an alcohol free body – studies have shown us people have the ability to grow muscle mass well into their 90s. Alcohol also depletes the body of many vitamins and minerals critical to muscle growth.
  • Alcohol dehydrates, proven in numerous studies hydration is a key step in cancer prevention

Abstaining from alcohol for periods of time and binge drinking (defined as 4 or more glasses of alcohol per sitting (see measures of a glass above) is associated with pancreatic cancer.

A glass of wine a day is not good for the heart. According to the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 500mg of Resveratrol ( used as the rationalization that wine is healthy) are necessary to provide health benefits. A glass of red wine has 12.5mg of resveratrol. To meet the potential health benefits of resveratrol would require drinking 40 litres of wine per day. Older studies which tried to claim that a glass of wine a day was good for you have been dissected, proving what was thought as a benefit of the alcohol, has been attributed to other factors, not the alcohol. The scientific methods in these studies was painfully loose. I think we can all think of a number of heart smart activities!

The bottom line is: Alcohol is a carcinogen and increases our risk of cancer, especially breast cancer. Breast Cancer awareness necessitates accepting the realities of alcohol on breast cancer. It increases our risk of most chronic diseases. We can still engage in the many social aspects of drinking alcohol, we can substitute the alcohol with other choices…….save our money and our health!

Shira Litwack Medical fitness, Corporate wellness, Radio talk show host
Shira Litwack Medical Fitness Professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Corporate wellness Provider Industry expert cancer exercise
Radio talk show host
Health & Fitness Educator

Shira Litwack – founder Best In Health Radio & proudly speaker at the International Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Summit December 2016:

Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise| Health and Fitness Professionals’ Educator

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Fitness Clubs of Canada, Medical Fitness Network, Recovery on Water, Willow (Breast Cancer), Sirius XM Doctor Radio, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Cancer Exercise Training Institute,  Urban Poling for Breast Cancer Recovery,

The Many Health Effects of Alcohol

The Many Health Effects of Alcohol – Learning with  4 Health Specialists

Alcohol is the #2 cause of death worldwide.

The effects of alcohol reach every system of the body. Stats courtesy of CDC:

  • 88,000 deaths/year attributed to excessive alcohol use
  • 100,000 persons die each year from alcohol-related causes: drinking and driving crashes, other accidents, falls, fires, alcohol-related homicides and suicides.
  •  Approximately 17 percent of men and 8 percent of women will be dependent on alcohol in their lifetime.
  • Because of the astounding 80,000 deaths that are related to alcohol abuse every year, alcohol abuse is the third highest cause of death in the U.S.
  • Approximately 7,000 children in the U.S. under the age of 16 take their first drink every day, which is a major problem because those who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin at age 21.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption cost the United States $223.5 billion in 2006. This amounts to about $1.90 per drink, or about $746 per person
    • Chronic Disease: High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems.
    • Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon.
    • Learning and memory problems, including dementia and poor school performance.
    • Mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.
    • Social problems, including lost productivity, family problems, and unemployment.
    • Alcohol dependence, or alcoholism.
Effects of Alcohol Best In Health Radio
You don’t have to be an “alcoholic” to suffer from the health effects of alcohol

Alcohol kills tens of thousands yearly consuming health by many insidious routes through out the body. The effects of alcohol are far reaching, operating on many levels. A glass of alcohol a day is NOT good for us, it does not relax us, and yes even a small amount can have numerous, detrimental health effects.

The Many Effects of Alcohol was assembled to bring together health specialists from a number of different perspectives, to educate the public on the facts, and dispel the many myths associated with alcohol consumption. The effects of alcohol start with the very first drink.

Our goal is to educate. Alcohol is justified and rationalized into lives constantly. We all make decisions. Let’s base our decisions on scientific fact, not rumours and here say. One does NOT have to be an “alcoholic” to suffer the many debilitating effects of alcohol.

 Health Effects of Alcohol – our panel:
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Cardiologist Dr. Holly Andersen

 

Castle Connolly and New York Magazine have selected Dr. Andersen as one of New York’s Best Doctors every year since 2010. She speaks extensively on preventive cardiology, cardiovascular disease in athletes and in women. Holly Andersen is a medical advisor to the Ladies’ Home Journal. She has been an on-air medical consultant to ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, NBC Evening News, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Fox Television Network, The Fox News Channel, The British Broadcasting Company, and MTV.

 

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Dr. Andrew Siegel, Surgical Urologist

Andrew Siegel, M.D. is an honor graduate of Chicago Medical School and completed a residency in urology at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He pursued a fellowship at UCLA School of Medicine in voiding dysfunction, incontinence, and female pelvic reconstructive surgery prior to entering private practice. Dr. Siegel is dual board-certified in urology and female pelvic medicine/reconstructive surgery and serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School. He is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor New York Metro area and Top Doctor New Jersey.

He is passionate about wellness advocacy and educating the community about healthy lifestyle measures. He is the author of many scientific articles and four books: THE KEGEL FIX: Recharging Female Pelvic, Sexual, and Urinary Health (www.TheKegelFix.com) ; MALE PELVIC FITNESS: Optimizing Sexual & Urinary Health (www.MalePelvicFitness.com), PROMISCUOUS EATING: Understanding and Ending Our Self-Destructive Relationship with Food (www.PromiscuousEating.com), and FINDING YOUR OWN FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Health, Wellness, Fitness and Longevity (www.FindingYourOwnFountainofYouth.com).

Health Effects of Alcohol Dr. Jennie Connor on Best in Health Radio
Dr. Jennie Connor Public Health Physician and Epidemiologist

Dr. Jennie Connor,  Chair in Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago Medical School in Dunedin, New Zealand. She is a public health physician and epidemiologist, involved in teaching epidemiology, and in research about the health effects of alcohol, injury prevention, and sexual health. She has led two New Zealand studies on the health burden of alcohol in New Zealand, in collaboration with the Global Burden of Disease alcohol group, and is an advocate for evidence-based alcohol policy. In July 2016, Dr. Connor was with us on Best in Health Radio sharing with us the details of her extensive study released in July 2016 …”Alcohol Causes Cancer

 

Michael Diamond Psychiatrist Effects of Alcohol Best In Health RadioDr. Michael Diamond, Psychiatrist: Dr. Diamond is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he also completed his residency in Psychiatry at the Western Pennsylvania Institute and Clinic. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has been listed in the Washingtonian Magazine annual list of top doctors for the past two decases. Dr. Diamond maintains a private practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He treats the full spectrum of psychiatric illness using his skills as both a psychopharmacologist and a psychotherapist. His areas of special interest include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders and psychiatric manifestations of neurological disorders including traumatic brain injury. Dr. Diamond has a longstanding interest in meditation and Chinese Medicine. He collaborates with a wide range of Western and non-Western practitioners in the D.C. area. Dr. Diamond is also a poet and has published a poetic translation of The Song of Songs. He is a passionate advocate for finding the spiritual component in his patients’ recovery.

Points of Discussion

  • Understand why the myths of a “glass of wine a day is good for you” is a MYTH
  • The Many ways Alcohol destroys the heart
  • The Realities of Resveratrol……
  • The social dynamics of drinking
  • Alcohol causes cancer
  • 1/3 people die of heart disease, more women die of heart disease than ALL CANCERS combined
  • Younger women and heart disease
  • “Holiday Heart” Binge drinking over the holidays
  • Alcohol and the Liver….fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, liver scarring, scar tissue
  • Alcohol  and sexual function, “Brewer’s Droop”, reproductive hormones, testosterone levels, Urinary frequency
  • Alcohol – NOT a good anti anxiety drug
  • Neurotransmitters
  • Alcohol and sleep disruptions, REM sleep,
  • Alcohol and cognitive impairment
  • The harm of the alcohol can be even greater on those people around them
  • personal and social damage
  • fetal alcohol syndrome

 

 

Watch it on Youtube:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bnWjM6vZSo

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Myeloma Canada Patient Database

Introducing the Myeloma Canada Patient Database

On Thursday, September 1st, 2016 the Myeloma Canada Research Network (MCRN)  launched  the first-ever Canadian Multiple Myeloma National Database. The database is unique in that it was created in collaboration with Canadians living with multiple myeloma and insights from over 20 frontlines myeloma researchers and clinicians across Canada.

Why a database?

The MCRN Canadian Multiple Myeloma Database will help inform current Canadian benchmarks for successes in treatment therapies using real world Canadian evidence

-Dr. Chris Venner, Chair, MCRN Canadian Multiple Myeloma Database

Myeloma Canada patient database on Best In Health RadioThis is a milestone moment in the support of people living with one of the most aggressive forms of cancer. A growing cancer that tends to impact a 60+ audience; each day in Canada, 7 people learn they have multiple myeloma. It’s estimated 2,700 Canadians are living with multiple myeloma – over half of these Canadians will die this year.

 

Our guests today:

  1. Dr. Donna Reece, Director of Program for Multiple Myeloma and Related Diseases at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto. Dr. Reece is currently the chair of the Multiple Myeloma Clinical Trials Group of the National Cancer Institute of Canada
  2. Myeloma Canada, Aldo Del Col on Best in Health RadioAldo Del Col, Co-founder of Myeloma Canada in 2005. Diagnosed with multiple Myeloma in 2002 at a younger age of 48, Mr. Del Col has been focused on establishing the organization as the voice of Canadian Myeloma Community. More recently, he co-founded the Myeloma Canada Research Network (MCRN) to accelerate the advancement of Canadian Myeloma research. contact@myeloma.ca
  3. Norma Lindner, Chair Halton -Peel Myeloma Support Group. Norma was diagnosed in 2012. She was seeing her doctor for anemia, and shares her story how it was discovered she had multiple myeloma.
The Goal of the Myeloma Canada Research Network Database:
  • Evaluate the outcomes of Multiple Myeloma patients in Canada
  • Identify the strengths and challenges in management of Canadian Multiple Myeloma patients
  • Understand the different regional needs to provide adequate care
  • Understand the outcomes of the novel therapeutics strategies
  • Support the development of centres of excellence for Multiple Myeloma Research

Major points of Conservation:

  • Blood tests: antibody levels, serum protein electrophoresis (SPEP), protein levels
  • No apparent etiology for myeloma
  • How the Myeloma Canada database will help physicians and patients with multiple myeloma
  • Making research treatments available in more remote areas, providing guidelines
  • Educating front line physicians to test for myeloma in a more efficient, expeditious way
  • Made in Canada treatments
  • Derailing the potential development of myeloma
  • Symptoms Bone damage, vertebral compression fracture (VCF), back pain, cold sores, anemia, osteopenia, bone lesions, bone marrow biopsy
  • stem cell transplant
  • The role of Myeloma Canada, research
  • Advocacy for treatment funding,  Provincial health plans & private drug plans, funding new drugs
  • Living longer with Myeloma
  • Canada’s research on multiple myeloma
  • Managing yourself in the medical system, knowing how to be your own advocate
  • Exercise and myeloma, physical activity and lifestyle,  the new normal….not living life fully consumed by the myeloma, living life to the fullest!
  • The mental and spiritual of exercise, pride, accomplishment
  • Speaking to your physician about exercise and physical activity

 

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Alcohol Causes Cancer: Doubt Protection from CVD

Alcohol Causes Cancer in 7 sites of the body…and probably others…

Alcohol causes cancer was the conclusion of a study released in July, 2016 by Jennie Connor, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand:

There is strong evidence that alcohol causes cancer at seven sites in the body and probably others

Listen to Dr. Jennie Connor,  Chair in Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago Medical School in Dunedin, New Zealand. She is a public health physician and epidemiologist, involved in teaching epidemiology, and in research about the health effects of alcohol, injury prevention, and sexual health. She has led two New Zealand studies on the health burden of alcohol in New Zealand, in collaboration with the Global Burden of Disease alcohol group, and is an advocate for evidence-based alcohol policy.

Points of Discussion with Dr. Connor:

  • Methodology of the study commissioned by The Addiction Journal
  • How it has been determined that alcohol is a cause of cancer
  • The many ways alcohol contributes to disease/kills
  • Effects of alcohol from the first drink, and continue with each drink
  • Alcohol addictive and toxic, “even without getting drunk”
  • Neurotoxic effects……effects in utero
  • Cancers attributable to alcohol
  • Breast cancer leads alcohol related cancer
  • Heavy episodic drinking (binge drinking)  and pancreatic cancer
  • What guidelines for drinking really mean – there is no “safe” threshold
  • “Moderation”…evidence does not support it…there is no definition
  • Alcohol and hepatitis
  • “Glass of wine a day”…not without a risk….but not improving health
  • Head and neck, oral cancers from alcohol
  • Smoking and alcohol and cancer
  • Breakdown of alcohol to acetaldehyde
  • “Moderation” encourages people to drink
  • Alcohol in younger women and breast cancer

Cancer is thought to be only 8%-10% genetic. The remainder is thought to be exposures to mutagens in our lives. There are always exposures we are unaware of, however, there are numerous exposures that are within our control. The evidence of a causal role of alcohol in cancer is unfortunately smothered by the once thought protective effects of alcohol on cardiovascular disease.

The same, or similar, epidemiological studies also commonly report protection from cardiovascular disease associated with drinking but a high level of scepticism regarding these findings is now warranted.

And….I think its fair to say, most people do not want to accept the thought of alcohol causes cancer, and would much prefer to think of it having protective effects against CVD.

Denial is a psychological defense mechanism that helps a person avoid a potentially distressing truth.

Alcohol causes cancer Best in Health RadioThis is about choices. Our bodies are regularly bombarded daily by mutagens, toxins, carcinogens, viruses and bacteria. Some of these we are aware of their risk,  many are being studied, and some we are completely unaware of their potential health burden. It is our duty to be active participants in our health management.

Please make choices based on current scientific data.

Alcohol and Cancer – Statements from the National Institute of Health (NIH)

  • Metabolizing (breaking down) ethanol in alcoholic drinks to acetaldehyde, which is a toxic chemical and a probable human carcinogen; acetaldehyde can damage both DNA  and proteins
  • Oxidative Stress: Another byproduct of ethanol metabolism – free radicals- reactive oxygen species, which can damage DNA, proteins, and lipids (fats) through oxidation.
  • Impairing our ability to break down and absorb  nutrients  including vitamin A; B complex, such as folate; vitamin C; vitamin D; vitamin E; and carotenoids
    increasing blood levels of estrogen linked to the risk of breast cancer
  • Alcoholic beverages may also contain a variety of carcinogenic contaminants that are introduced during fermentation and production, such as nitrosamines, asbestos fibers, phenols, and hydrocarbons.
  • There are several mechanisms by which alcohol impedes immune function, including blocking neutrophil action

Other Carcinogenic Chemicals in Wine:

  • Pesticide Action Network (PAN)(Europe)….pesticide residues in European wine…glyphosphate – the chemical found in Monsanto’s Roundup
  •  University of Washington study  tested 65 wines from America’s top four wine-producing states — California, Washington, New York and Oregon — found all but one have arsenic levels that exceed what’s allowed in drinking water.
  • Reported in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association: “findings from the Nurses’ Health Study exploring the relationship between alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk. The authors’ principal findings were that the cumulative amount of alcohol a woman consumes during adulthood is the best predictor of her breast cancer risk and that low levels of alcohol consumption (as few as 3 drinks a week) are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. ” Author Dr. Steven Narod, referred to alcohol as a “third breast carcinogen.” Alcohol followed on his short list only after ionizing radiation and hormone therapy.
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HIV Transmission Treatment Prevention

HIV Transmission, Treatment and Prevention

HIV Transmission should be at the forefront of our global health concerns.

Globally, HIV is the 2nd leading cause of death 

A recent study released by the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada found that nearly 50% of sexually active college students aren’t using condoms. Other reports have found that while teenagers are likely to use a condom the first time they have sex, their behavior becomes inconsistent after that.

July 18, 2016 the 21st International AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa

Join us for a riveting interview with Dr. Adrienne Chan, Researcher Dignitas International. Dignitas International is a medical and research organization dedicated to improving health care for people facing a high burden of disease and unequal access to services.

Dignitas International evolved from Doctors without Borders, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.  Dignitas Founder Dr. James Orbinski accepted on behalf of Doctors without Borders.

In Malawi, in Southern Africa, Dignitas is supporting 174 health centres in six districts which covers a population of more than 3.1 million people. From a standing start in 2004, they have helped more than 1.6 million people get tested for HIV and helped 232,000+ people start lifesaving treatment. This represents close to half of the total number of people on HIV treatment in the country.

Dr. Adrienne Chan trained in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Toronto, where she served as Chief Medical Resident. She was a Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard University, where she completed a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in International Health.

She served as a technical consultant on the Commission to Investigate the Introduction and Spread of SARS in Toronto, Canada. Adrienne is an Assistant Professor with the Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Toronto, and is cross-appointed to the Division of Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Adrienne’s research interests include HIV care and treatment decentralization, HIV/TB integration in resource limiting settings, and scale-up of initiatives to prevent of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Points of Discussion on HIV transmission, treatment and Prevention here on Best In Health Radio:

  • HIV Transmission on Best In Health Radio
    Dr. Adrienne Chan, Dignitas International: HIV in Canada and Africa on Best In Health Radio

    HIV transmission

  • suppression of the immune system
  • AIDS prevention, soldier cells
  • the 60yr. + age group HIV positive
  • HIV viral load – HIV positive to AIDS
  • HIV in Southern Africa, Malawi
  • Vertical transmission – Mother to child transmission
  • safe breast feeding
  • Child brides and HIV
  • Youth  HIV positive
  • HPV Virus and cancer, Oral Cancer cervical cancer
  • Wearing a condom for penetrative sex and oral sex
  • Donating Blood
  • heterosexual sex
  • male to male sex
  • injection drug use
  • Use of PREP treatment as Prevention of HIV transmission
  • Starting HIV medication earlier lowering the risk of HIV transmission
  • Living with HIV
  • Teen Club:  in Malawi, Africa to receive medications, learn about their unique health challenges and form supportive peer relationships.
  • How we can help Dignitas International and Teen Club  eradicate HIV one day
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Sexual Health Urinary Health – Pelvic Floor

Sexual Health and Urinary Health – Pelvic Fitness

Men: Learn about your “netherlands” – command central for your sexual health…. with Dr. Andrew Siegel author of

Male Pelvic Fitness – Optimizing Sexual and Urinary Health

The pelvic floor muscles – the “hidden jewels” of the pelvis that work diligently behind the scenes – are a vital partner to the male sexual organs, whose collaboration is an absolute must for optimal sexual functioning    …..

Dr. Andrew Siegel on Best In Health Radio Sexual health from the pelvic floor….Dr. Andrew Siegel,is a practicing physician and urological surgeon who is the author of:

 

Yes…Real Men Do Kegel Exercises for their sexual health too………

Major Highlights of our interview with Dr. Siegel:

  • Penis Size, the Physics & Physiology of an Erection
  • Male Sexual Health
  • Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
  • Getting into shape
  • Pelvic floor health  Pilates Kegel exercises for sexual performance
  • Pelvic floor muscle training for improving ejaculation and orgasm…Her Pleasure too!
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Pelvic floor training – levator ani muscle – not part of mirror musclesmale pelvic fitness Best In Health Radio
  • “My penis is shrinking!”
  • Ageing and keeping an erection
  • Post Void Dribbling
  • Bowel function
  • Viagra and other Medications for erectile dysfunction
  • 4 lines of treatment (hierarchy)  for erectile dysfunction
  • penile implants
  • Erectile Saboteurs…..tobacco, medications (blood pressure medications, anti depressants) alcohol. excess body fat
  • Erectile dysfunction and heart disease – The penis as the “Dangling Aorta”
  • Prostate health  PSA test, prostate surgery keeping sexual function
  • Kidney cancer…..being proactive finding kidney cancer
  • My Private Gym – specialized tool for strengthening Pelvic muscles…”Penis 90X”
  • Resistance program for the penis
  • medical penile vibratory stimulation device….building your erections “male vibrator”…prescribed for many forms of male sexual dysfunction
  • Pelvic Myalgia – Tension Myalgia, genital, urinary and rectal pain
  • Keeping Your Mojo….health sexual and urinary ageing

 

 

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Join us and learn from Dr. Andrew Siegel – always fun, entertaining and packed with learning. By respecting the pelvic floor, we can truly maximize enjoyment of life!

Learn more, read Dr. Siegel’s blog

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Pelvic Floor Muscles: Female Sexual Health

A Celebration of Our Pelvic Floor Muscles …

Join us with Author Dr. Andrew Siegel, practicing physician and urological surgeon. After the incredible success of his book “Male Pelvic Fitness Optimizing Sexual and Urinary Health” he has now completed  “The Kegel Fix”.  Learn how important our pelvic floor muscles are to our quality of life and pleasure.

Pelvic Floor Muscles the Kegel Fix author Andrew Siegel on Best In Health RadioWe exercise (hopefully!) but far too often ignore our pelvic floor muscles – which are truly our pleasure muscles in many ways.

The Pelvic Floor Muscles, also known as the Kegel muscles, are a hammock of muscles that form the underside of the pelvis. They are part of the core muscles that are responsible for stabilizing the pelvis and holding the spine erect.

We engage in exercise for every other muscle group in the body. When properly and mindfully trained, the pelvic floor muscles can become toned and capable of supporting the pelvic anatomy and function.

Topics of Discussion with Dr. Siegel:
  • Pelvic floor muscles: The Kegel Fix author Andrew Siegel on Best in Health Radio
    “The Hood”

    His experience with patients as a surgical urologist

  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse:  dropped bladder, vaginal deliveries, chronic constipation, harsh impact, excess abdominal fat…the many potential causes.
  • pelvic floor dysfunction
  • pelvic floor exercises, the hip rotators and hip exercises
  • kegel exercises
  • female sexual health, sexual pleasure, vaginal dryness, vaginal contractions, the female orgasm, loss of sex drive
  • Stress Urinary Incontinence, urine leakage, bladder control, leakage from sneezing and coughing
  • Overactive bladder…reduce urgency to urinate!
  • neurological issues with emptying the bladder
  • voiding the bladder,  urinary retention,  bedwetting
  • menopause
  • using a vibrator maintaining sexual and pelvic health
  • core muscles
  • Pelvic floor physiotherapy
  • pelvic pain  Pelvic Floor Tension Myalgia
  • lifestyle tips to protect the functioning of our pelvic region..muscles and organs
  • Getting properly diagnosed
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Show host:  Shira Litwack Medical Fitness Professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , holistic nutritionist, Corporate wellness Provider Industry expert cancer exercise
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Join us and learn from Dr. Andrew Siegel – always fun, entertaining and packed with learning. By respecting the pelvic floor, we can truly maximize enjoyment of life!

Shira@BestinHealthRadio.com

Vision Problems: There is Prevention

Vision Problems? May is Vision Health Month

More than 836,000 Canadians  have significant vision problems.

In the United States: According to Prevent Blindness America and the National Eye Institute Diabetic Retinopathy has increased 89% over the last 15 years and Age Related Macular Degeneration has risen by 25%.

Vision Health Month raises awareness about the importance of protecting our vision health. This event is supported by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and is recognized throughout the whole of Canada.

Vision Problems and prevention Dr. Allyson Tang interview on Best In Health RadioListen to an Interview with Dr. Allyson Tang, a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Kentucky for her Optometry externship, where she gained a stronger background in diabetic retinopathy and other ocular disease management.
Dr. Tang completed her second externship at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Optometry Department, with an emphasis on Myopia Control or research in methods to slow down progression of near-sightedness. Her special interest is in Accelerated Orthokeratology or AOK.

Topics of Discussion with Dr. Tang:
  • Vision problems and prevention
  • The need for Vision Health Month
  • Going for regular eye checkups
  • The role of genetics vs. lifestyle habits in vision problems
  • Diabetic Retinopathy, AMD (Age related Macular Degeneration), cataracts, glaucoma
  • Myopia Control – near sighted – reduction….Orthokeratology in children and adults
  • Oxidative stress and vision problems
  • UVA UVB
  • Apple Night Shift
  • Circadian rhythms and melatonin
  • Nutrition and exercise for vision health
  • The effect of technology on our eye health and potential vision problems
  • Potential effects of a number of common medications on vision health
  • Potential for supplementation
  • Children and corrective lenses
  • what to discuss with your eye doctor
  • Integrating eye health into corporate wellness programs
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There is much we can do for our vision health……beyond correcting vision. Listen in with Dr. Tang.

Glycemic Index with Dr. David Jenkins

Glycemic Index- Mastering our Master Hormone Insulin for Every Aspect of our Health

The Glycemic Index, the creation of Dr. David Jenkins, revolutionized the health industry. I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Jenkins back in 2010 – and given that it is still popular on iTunes – thought I would share it again here on Best In Health Radio.

Insulin is truly the master of our metabolism – this master hormone is produced by the pancreas and used by the liver, muscle cells, and fat tissue to absorb glucose from the blood (from the food consumed) and is stored in the muscle & liver cells as glycogen. Therefore, insulin controls the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood by taking it up into the cells. Insulin our of control reeks havoc on every cell and every organ system in the body. Now you know why it has earned the name “the master hormone”.

Of course at the top of everyone’s list of concerns is weight management. When we eat carbohydrates (sugar) our bodies release insulin in order to take that sugar out of the blood and into the cells.

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I urge everybody not to think strictly about weight management. Managing our insulin by respecting the Glycemic index, is proving repeatedly to be a key aspect of chronic disease prevention and management – yes – including cancer. Insulin management is one of those tasks that truly reigns as an omnipotent factor in our health including:

  • menopausal weight gain
  • breast cancer, colon cancer…….
  • mood
  • heart disease, kidney disease…….

When there is no insulin in the blood – body uses fat as an energy source.

Most of us want to burn body fat. Therefore, don’t have insulin surging through our blood. Therefore, ditch the empty sugar, keep it complex – carbs that is.

Type I diabetes = the pancreas is unable to produce insulin

Type II diabetes = (aka insulin resistant) body does not respond effectively to insulin

This use to be called “adult onset” diabetes, however, with the obesity epidemic & horrible eating habits & yes “move” has become a four letter word- many kids are now dealing with diabetes.

Insulin allowed to flow wildly destroys the heart, kidneys, liver, cognitive ability, sexual performance, nervous system, high blood pressure, stroke, cholesterol, and can lead to certain cancers. Insulin resistance can reduce our bodies ability to absorb magnesium – a critical mineral – one of its many responsibilities is the relaxation phase of the heartbeat. Insulin resistance can also lead to osteoporosis & Alzheimer’s. Insulin controls all of our other vital hormones – ghrelin, leptin, thyroid, growth hormone, cortisol….you get the message. Therefore it is the master control behind much of our metabolic function.

OK – so hopefully we get it and we have to control our insulin levels.

Enter the Glycemic Index: We all owe tremendous thanks to Dr. David Jenkins, from right here in our beautiful Toronto. Not all carbs affect blood sugar levels. The genius of Dr. Jenkins – he came up with a ranking of how different carbohydrates manipulate the release of insulin into our bodies.

Low GI = below 55

Medium GI = 55-69

High GI – Above 70

Clearly, we want to aim for eating lower GI foods. FYI= white bread = 100GI. The Glycemic Index is the MOST logical way to choose the foods we eat. The GI not only helps us manage our weight, but helps protect us against disease of every system in the body. Hint: eat high fiber foods – that’s a really good start!

And……don’t forget those muscles! Strength training – cherishing your muscle mass – is a co-powerhouse with the glycemic index for blood sugar control an every aspect of our health.

 

Medical Marijuana And Cancer Care – Interview

Medical Marijuana and Cancer Care – Interview with ReThink Breast Cancer

The topic of medical marijuana and cancer care – or medical marijuana conjures up a range of fiery opinions. Make an educated decision based on fact with MJ DeCoteau of ReThink Breast Cancer, Toronto and  Dr. Marni Brooks, an expert on addiction and cannabinoid medicine.

Medical Marijuana and Cancer Care on Best In Health Radio with Shira Litwack
Medical Marijuana and Cancer Care Founder ReThink Breast Cancer MJ DeCoteau and Dr. Marni Brooks, an expert on addiction and cannabinoid medicine on Best in Health Radio

Medicinal Marijuana when deemed medicinal is NOT an excuse to smoke pot. Our goal is to alleviate concerns and misconceptions, and enable people to make their own decisions on this very controversial topic. Fact is, pain management and quality of life in cancer patients must be a priority.

 

 

 

Mackie Research:

The Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), overseen by Health Canada, authorizes three key activities: (i) the possession of dried marijuana (or oil) for medical purposes by eligible patients, who have the support of an authorized healthcare practitioner;

(ii) the production of dried marijuana or oil by licensed producers;

 (iii) the sale and distribution of dried marijuana or oil by licensed producers to eligible patients. By strictly regulating the medical marijuana industry, MMPR helps ensure a safe and consistent product.

Medical Marijuana and Cancer Care – A few key points covered in the interview:
  • Who is ReThink Breast Cancer
  • The ReThink Breast Cancer Medical Marijuana and Cancer Care program
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer In Younger Women
  • Appropriate times and decisions for medicinal cannibis
  • “weed” vs. Medicinal marijuana
  • Medical Marijuana broken into chemical components
  • Legalities of medicinal marijuana
  • Studies showing potential side effects of usage
  • Address some of the more debated, controversial issues
  • In combination with other lifestyle factors
  • more resources on medicinal cannibis
  • Cannabis use disorder
  • cannabis vs. opiates

 

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Shira Litwack – Founder Best In Health Radio & Cell-Being – Best in Corporate Health

Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise| Health and Fitness Professionals’ Educator|Speaker

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Fitness Clubs of Canada, Medical Fitness Network, Recovery on Water, Willow (Breast Cancer), Sirius XM Doctor Radio, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Cancer Exercise Training Institute,  Urban Poling for Breast Cancer Recovery,

Dr. Radio: Exercise in Cancer Recovery/Prevention

Dr. Radio:  Shira Litwack Interview with  Dr. Jonathan Whiteson,  NYU on Sirius XM

Feb. 29, 2016: Dr. Radio interviews Shira Litwack on Dr. Jonathan Whiteson’s show, Rehabilitative medicine on cancer exercise – cancer prevention and cancer recovery, the latest research.

Dr. Radio – “Real doctors helping real people. Powered by NYU Langone Medical Center.”

Shira & Dr. Whiteson discuss:

  • Medical Exercise
  • Our world of Endocrine Disruptors contributing to Cancer
  • The Many Roles of Exercise
  • The validation and scientific acceptance of the right exercise in cancer recovery
  • Cancer Prevention with Exercise
  • Designing a complete exercise program as part of cancer recovery

It is always compulsory to get permission from the supervising health care professional – whether it be a family doctor, oncologist, naturopath, to participate in a cancer exercise program, as with any complimentary therapy.

Exercise for cancer recovery needs modifications from a regular exercise program. A program will vary based on many factors, including:

  • Type of Cancer
  • Type of Treatment
  • Stage of Recovery
  • Guidance of Health Care Professional

 

Dr. Radio - Shira Litwack, Industry Expert Cancer Exercise Interviewed
Living a Life to Prevent Cancer Live Interactive webinar

Shira Litwack, Industry Expert Cancer Exercise, Director of International Relations for the Cancer Exercise Training Institute will be leading a 4 hour interactive webinar

Living a Life to Prevent Cancer

We will be learning in great detail the latest research on cancer prevention and cancer recovery, citing over 50 studies.

Please join us. This program is open to the general public and qualifies as continuing education credits for the Cancer Exercise Specialist  certification of the Cancer Exercise Training Institute. Please contact Shira for more details and registration. Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Next Course Dates:

Part 1: May 24, 8-10 pm Eastern Time Zone and

Part 2: May 31, 8-10 pm Eastern Time Zone

 

Dr. Jonathan Whiteson interviews Shira Litwack on Sirius XM Radio Dr. Radio – Rehabilitative Medicine. First aired on Sirius channel 110 March 1, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRCA Gene and Breast Cancer

The BRCA Gene and Breast Cancer –

The BRCA Gene….Should you (man or woman) get tested for the BRCA gene mutation?

An Interview with Dr. Alex Ginty  – Physician, BRCA Gene Carrier, Breast Cancer Survivor

Dr. Ginty is Family Physician and Cancer Survivor. Regional Primary Care Lead for Cancer Care, Cancer Care Ontario, Mississauga/Halton.

BRCA Gene Dr. Alex Ginty on Best In Health Radio“Today, on World Cancer Day, we want to recognize the loved ones who support their spouses, family members, and friends who live with the effects of cancer treatment. The battles they face are not only for the patient; co-survivors experience life-changing emotional challenges through the cancer diagnosis, treatment and beyond.”

Listen to Dr. Ginty’s passionate and powerful message – it will inspire you to strength when faced with hardship.

“It hits you blindside when all the balls are in the air – mum, doctor, tennis team…… delete. Bilateral breast cancers, double mastectomies, reconstruction, 3 axillary node surgeries, BRCA 1 mutation discovery and hysterectomy. Then back to busy work. A journey of empowerment & strength – now to give back even more as a voice from both sides.

Either I had to learn to keep up or be left behind. In my busy job, it is hard to keep work under control so it is not high priority to advertise or increase public access to your strained and exhausting life. Keeping spare time private and quiet is a more common approach.

During my cancer journey however, I experienced the hardest time of my life as I lost control and uncertainty was a daily companion. The fragility of character took a lot of hard work to put back together with trust and support as my glue. My positive thinking cards kept me moving forwards and still echo in my head daily in a positive, forgiving and yet balancing way.

Well, it was fortunate that I came across some remarkably lucky opportunities as stars aligned. As my cards said, I had to step up to the plate if I wanted to change the emotional fallout of cancer treatment and how it could look different if I wanted it to. Passion + opportunity and here I am. I still have to push the comfort zone and push the barriers of media savviness or get left behind.

Stepping up to the plate of change as a Regional Primary Care Lead, at our regional cancer centre and across the province ,on expert panels and cancer pathway committees,  my energy for awareness and change push me on.

In this honest, heartfelt yet powerful interview Dr. Ginty shares with us her journey. Some of the major points covered are:

  • Dr. Ginty’s discovery through journey
  • Facingcancer.ca  and Look Good Feel Better
  • Co Survivors
  • The many tasks in a woman’s life…now breast cancer
  • BRCA gene – Genetic Counselling and getting tested – the facts and the psychological aspects
  • Examining Prophylactic mastectomies, benefits, risks, and the little known
  • Lifestyle habits for prevention
  • Relationship challenges
  • Finding the Go Forward

Please join us – Laugh and cry, but knowledge is power.

BRCA Gene Interview with Dr. Alex Ginty on Best In Health Radio.com

Malnutrition In Utero- Nutrition of Little Girls

Malnutrition In the Womb – The Nutrition of Our Little Girls Dr. David Barker

Malnutrition is not restricted to third world countries – there is plenty in North America.

Your are what your mother ate……

Malnutrition In the Womb David Barker Best In Health RadioDavid Barker MD PhD FRS was a physician, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Southampton, UK, and Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University, USA.

Twenty-five years ago he showed for the first time that people who had low birth weight are at greater risk of developing coronary heart disease and diabetes. This is now widely accepted. It has led to a new understanding that chronic adult diseases are “programmed” by malnutrition in the womb. Dr. Barker’s work is relevant around the world. In the Western world many babies are malnourished because their mothers eat diets that are unbalanced and monotonous, or because their mothers are either overweight or excessively thin. In the Third World many babies are malnourished because their mothers were chronically undernourished when they were young.

When you educate a Mom – you educate a family.

Simply put – by feeding our daughters properly from the moment they are born – we are setting the stage for our grandchildren’s health. So you are not mothering just your daughter – you are mothering your grandchildren.  We know that by feeding our daughters properly from the time they are born – we are setting the metabolic stage so to speak for our grandchildren.

Dr Barker has lectured and written extensively on nutrition in the womb and its life-long consequences. He has received a number of international awards including the Danone Nutrition Award, the Prince Mahidol Prize and the Richard Doll Prize.

Most unfortunately, Dr. Barker has since passed away since I had the privilege of recording his. In his last public speech he said:

“The next generation does not have to suffer from heart disease or osteoporosis. These diseases are not mandated by the human genome. They barely existed 100 years ago. They are unnecessary diseases. We could prevent them had we the will to do so.”

We pledge to keep the work of Dr. Barker alive. An Incredible, approachable, brilliant, lovely man.

 

Cancer Prevention -Shira on Sports Medicine Radio

Cancer Prevention with Exercise

Cancer Prevention and management, and the prevention and management of all of our chronic illnesses……Exercise.

cancer prevention
Shira Litwack Industry Expert Cancer Exercise

Shira Litwack is Interview with the Sports Medicine Specialists at NYU, February 2015 on the Sirius XM Sports Medicine Rehab show, in honour of Cancer Awareness month.

The role of exercise in both cancer prevention and management is unfortunately not well known. Over the last 20 years there have been hundreds of studies proving the importance of the right exercise for cancer prevention and exercise

It is very important to note that not all exercise is suggested, and there are contraindications.

Let’s understand different forms of exercise, and how we choose, based on the cancer and the other medical needs of the patient, how we look at exercise.

I always insist the “E” in Exercise is for effort – however my implication is both mental & physical effort.

The stereotype of exercise is that heart thumping bop till you drop – but that is only one aspect of exercise. Exercise is like a diamond – adds the brilliant shine to our being – and like a diamond is multifaceted – and without those many facets – doesn’t shine the same.

That push as hard as you can exercise mentality when taken to extreme, or with certain medical conditions can be a burden to our health if not tempered. Studies have shown that for certain people exercising over 80% max threshold  for 30 minutes or more can raise cortisol (stress hormone) levels over 80% – which can in turn actually prevent us from achieving our intended exercise goals.

Let’s look at two categories of exercise: Mentally engaging vs. habitual.

Habitual: Thats more of the stereotype – running, our “cardio” time – however I did promise exercise guru Dr. Steve Blair I would not perpetuate that term. We don’t really have to think about it. Habitual exercise is fabulous for cardio respiratory fitness, fat burn or as I call it “getting our ya yas out”. It is a fabulous time for extrospective thought. I always say I do my very best problem solving, brainstorming during cardio time. I have been known when asked a question to reply “Let me cardio on it”. Great time to pump the Ipod & soar, reach new levels of personal performance & pride. Yes, the sweat should be glimmering giving us that “healthy glow”. The stinkier the better – thats why showers were created.and can be oh so….

In fitness we often prescribe to the FITT formula: Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type. I propose we change this to FITTT: Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type & Telomeres. Telomeres are strands, like caps at the end of our chromosomes. Telomeres seem to be like the rings on a tree – an indication of the cell’s age. Science is showing us as telomere’s “age”  – shorten, shred – so comes the death of the cells….and we age. Exercise that increases heart rate, that makes us glisten like the most brilliant diamond – actually lengthen telomeres – the true science of why exercise is the best anti aging serum – not those over priced cosmetic serums you pay to have their marketing department dupe you. Gym membership: average $400/year less than 20% of a city’s population belongs to a gym. The “anti aging” cosmetic industry – billions.

Mentally Engaging: Focus. Soooooo important – an equally brilliant shine to our diamond. Aka “mindful exercise” – is about turning the focus inward. Breathe deep, focus on our breathing and every tiny movement of our body. Take it slow, listen to our body’s response to the movement, heed to the rhythm of our heartbeat – and please put the iPod away for this! Ever watch someone do bicep curls to Kanye? Strength training, yoga, Pilates, qigong, meditation….all of these merit mindful performance.

Besides the many physical, strength, endurance aspects of mentally engaging exercise there are an equal number of psychological benefits. Far too often in life we go around in what I call “robomode” ……we act without thought. Mindful activities – including mindful eating, mindful exercising provide tremendous brain boosting & cognitive strength – as well as discipline – how the body does crave discipline – which too needs to be exercised.   And yes, we can break a serious sweat during mentally engaging physical activity.

Breast Cancer Recovery with Exercise

Breast Cancer Recovery: Shira Litwack Interviewed By Dr. Jonathan Whiteson

Breast Cancer Awareness month – Listen to Shira Litwack on Sirius Radio interviewed by Dr. Jonathan Whiteson Director of the Cardiac and Pulmonary Wellness and Rehabilitation program at the Rusk Institute. Doctor Radio “Rehabilitative Medicine”, October 6, 2014 show

Breast Cancer Recovery with Cancer Exercise Specialist Shira Litwack
Shira Interviewed on Sirius XM “Doctor Radio” for Breast Cancer Awareness month

Exercise is a vital partner in both Breast Cancer prevention, in recovery, and the little spoken about prevention of metastases. We all know to exercise for heart health. Yes, heart disease kills more women every year than breast cancer.

Even if we are BRCA or PALB2 positive, the right exercise can help in the prevention. Most women who develop breast cancer do NOT carry the BRCA gene mutation, and many women who do carry the mutation do not develop breast cancer. Lifestyle choices are huge in the prevention of breast cancer.

However, this does go far beyond exercise. Often, people are exposed to mutagens, unknowingly, oxidative stressors and endocrine disruptors, all of which can feed cancer. Therefore, getting informed, can help dramatically in prevention.

and women….alcohol is NOT your friend, at all. 

A few quick bits on the role of exercise:

Physical Inactivity: The saddest part here is – most people do not know what this means. Its not about going to the gym X number of times per week. Its not about becoming a competitive athlete, and it is far more than going for walks – however a good start. Physical activity for chronic disease prevention/management requires cardiorespiratory, building muscle mass at all ages avoiding sarcopenia, cachexia, stretching & flexibility……The misconceptions here are terrifying – its not about hiring a personal trainer, and your physical activity should not be dependent on going to the gym. Physical activity is just as critical for emotional, psychological & cognitive health as it is for physical health. Let us find the exercise & physical activity that meets your personal needs. Remember: physical activity, exercise, training.

Obesity: Obesity is a chronic illness unto itself. Even if you insist you can’t lose the weight, it is no less deadly. Our body is not happy to be at that weight. Long term sustainable fat loss is a science. It is far more than calories in, calories out and throw in some exercise. It is NOT just about will power.
Obesity is the major contributing factor to certain cancers, heart disease, diabetes….just about every disease, contributes to emotional health issues, and obesity induced cirrhosis of the liver, which can lead to liver cancer has over taken alcohol cirrhosis of the liver & is growing exponentially.

Poor Eating Habits: Notice how I listed this separately to obesity. Ever heard of skinny fat syndrome? Just because a person appears to be at a healthy body weight, does not mean they are eating a healthy diet, it does not mean they have a healthy body composition. Our diet – is our very best defense against chronic illness along with physical activity. We are what we eat, digest & absorb.

Happy Couple Dr. Howard Markman/ Marcie Pregulman

The Happy Couple for the Happy Place

The Happy Couple or the Unhappy Couple – Studies repeatedly show this is a critical factor in our health.

Happy Couple for healthThere are very few of us who don’t know that out of control feeling of a distressed relationship airlifting all of our emotions & infiltrating our every thought process, aka – stewing.

Happy Couple? There are endless jokes of nagging, spousal henpecking…..the fact is the toll of a stressful relationship ranks up there with other poor lifestyle habits. Heart disease is our #1 killer, and is the #1 killer of women – killing 4X as many women as breast cancer, striking women more and more below the age of 45.

Multitasking is now a survival skill, and has become  yet another deadly lifestyle habit of our toxic environment like fast food, smoking, sedentary behavior. Our relationships are caught in the crossfire from the barrage of demands, potentially leading to high blood pressure,  gastric distress, poor eating habits, lack of concentration , adrenal fatigue, sleep deprivation- or picking up other nasty hazardous habits. All of these are gateways for chronic illnesses.

Howard J. Markman, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology of the University of Denver and the Co-Director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies, one of the leading couples research center in the country.  He is one of the most respected couples researchers and couples therapists in the country.  Dr. Markman is internationally known for his cutting edge work on the prediction and prevention of marital distress and divorce and on research based relationship and marriage education and therapy programs.  He is the founder of PREP (Prevention and Relationship Education Program),  the most widely used, scientifically validated couples relationship education program. .   His programs are used around the world (e.g., Norway, Germany, Israel, Estonia, Sweden) including in the U.S. Military, supporting the men and woman fighting for our country and their families

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According to Dr. Markman “Nagging is an enemy of love, if allowed to persist,”

Nagging, one person repeatedly making a request, the other person repeatedly ignoring it and both become increasingly annoyed—is an issue creating huge confrontation & relationship stress. While nagging provokes chuckles and eye-rolling, this dynamic can potentially be as dangerous to a marriage as adultery or bad finances. Experts say it is exactly the type of toxic communication that can eventually sink a relationship.  Dr. Markman published in the Journal of Family Psychology research indicating that couples who became unhappy five years into their marriage had a roughly 20% increase in negative communication patterns consistent with nagging, and a 12% decrease in positive communication.

Marcie Pregulman is the co-founder and President of Love Your Relationship. She has been a relationship coach for the last 6 years helping couples and individuals meet their relationship goals over the telephone. Marcie is a member of The University of Denver Psychology Department. She is a PREP trainer and leads workshops throughout the world along with Dr. Markman teaching couples research based skills to help and enhance their relationships.  According to Marcie, people divorce prematurely (and about 90% of those have not received help from a mental health professional and of those 10% many of those services were not evidence based services)  and there is research to suggest that couples that stay together through the problems are happy in the long run that they did.