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Cell Health – More than Exercise and Nutrition

Cell-health: Exposures in our lives that either nurture our cell health, or by oxidative stressors, viruses, bacteria, mutagens, we threaten cell health which  leads to our many chronic disease

How cells are functioning (or not) is the epicentre of health, perception of happiness, Cellular Health  Best In Corporate Health programs for Employee productivityfocus, energy, mood, disease prevention – the overall ability to optimize a person’s ability to function.

Addressing  the components determining cellular health, we optimize our inner ecosystem. Harmonizing our inner biology, reduces inflammation and oxidative stress, allowing us to achieve those more obvious markers of health. However, a poorly functioning inner ecosystem is guaranteed to seize and sabotage our best intentions.

Cancer prevention is all about understanding oxidative stress and hormone balance. Cancer occurs when an external agent (carcinogen, virus, bacteria, mutagen, endocrine disruptor) changes the way a cell reproduces – and those cells are allowed to reproduce uncontrollably because they are not shut down by the various mechanisms within. These same external agents that can  lead to cancer, are the same ones compromising a person’s ability to maximize performance….physiologically, psychologically and  cognitively.

A life to prevent cancer, which merits recognition on its own,  is also a life to prevent all of our chronic illnesses, maximize our performance potential and reach our happy place.  Cellular fitness is the best way to create true fitness – from the inside out, but goes well beyond measuring certain biomarkers, random exercise and following nutritional fads.

Happy People are more productive and function harmoniously and more creatively  than those that are not.  Cellular health and fitness is the basis for reaching that happy place – its the ability for the body to take the cacophony of daily life – and create an inner symphony –

Prevent Cancer health and fitness webinars for cancer recovery and cancer prevention

Living a Life to Prevent Cancer – Webinar

Prevent Cancer – The Healthiest Lifestyle of All

Join us for this 4 hour webinar, learning the many ways to prevent cancer. Cancer is a gene mutation. As healthy a lifestyle we believe we are living – know the hidden saboteurs, according to latest research. The webinar is divided into 2 hours, on 2 evenings.

Next webinar: November 2: 8-10 p.m. eastern     November 9:  8-10 p.m. p.m. eastern.

Live, interactive, participate, ask questions, learn with people from around the world

*** This webinar is open to the general public, and as a continuing education credit  for the Cancer Exercise Specialist  designation from the Cancer Exercise Training Institute. *****

Living a Life to Prevent Cancer is the Healthiest Lifestyle of All

Living a Life to Prevent Cancer Live interactive webinar

 

Many of the basic strategies to cancer prevention are key in prevention to many of our chronic illnesses.

The same triggers that cause a gene to mutate, are at the root of many of today’s common illnesses including heart disease, depression, Alzheimer’s, arthritis……many of these triggers come from easily modifiable lifestyle choices. Create an inner biology hostile to cancer, to prevent cancer.

Webinar Outline:

 

Understanding Studies and Research

“Science is not a body of facts, Science is a method for deciding whether what we choose to believe has a basis in the laws of nature or not. We live in an age when all manner of scientific knowledge—from climate change to vaccinations—faces furious opposition.”

How to make our own decisions. We present the research and statements of many respected studies and cancer institutions. But we learn studying science, even facts accepted as “engraved in stone” are still challenged.

What is Cancer

  • Understanding cancer at the cellular level –
  • Understanding why our world is cancer friendly
  • Feed healthy cells starve cancer cells – creating a inner biology hostile to cancer
  • The genetics of cancer:  heredity vs. acquired (somatic)
  • Genetic testing and counselling ….points to consider making the decision.
  • The “heredity” of lifestyle choices

Our world of inflammation and oxidative stress

  • Physiological stress
  • Oxidative stress
  • Endocrine Disruptors
  • Mutagens
  • Carcinogens
  • Viruses and bacteria
  • Identifying culprits in our every day life
  • Optimizing our immune system against the constant bombardment

Exercise…. The Magic

  • Your BFF in life…..Your muscle mass
  • Exercise and physical activity
  • Sedentary is the new smoking
  • Elements of a complete exercise program
  • Research and data on exercise and cancer prevention and cancer recovery

Nutrition….

  • Why are there so many differing opinions on a healthy diet?
  • A healthy digestive track…Lessons from ancient medicines and naturopathy proven in science
  • The macro and the micro, antioxidants, detoxification
  • Feeding Cancer Cells
  • Research on anti cancer foods
  • Our food supply under sabotage
  • Supplementation

From Stress to Laughter

  • The chemistry of stress
  • Research on common everyday stressors and impact on health and cancer
  • Physiological Stress
  • Common Methods of reducing stress – creating more physiological stress

Working with our Health Care Professionals. 

  • Being a proactive patient
  • The world of Integrative Medicine – Its about time
  • Diagnostics vs. Proactive
  • Developing our Cancer IQ – passing on Healthy Lifestyle Heredity to our families

 

Webinar Cost $50. Includes:

  • 4 hour webinar
  • Course Workbook
  • Online coaching followup at 50% savings
  • Complimentary Copy of I Am With You

Email to register, or directly via paypal

Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

 

Register here on Paypal for the general public. For those registering as continuing education credits please register  at http://thecancerspecialist.net/events/ part I & II  under ceu for professionals

Digestive Enzymes…Yes Your Health and Happiness

Digestive Enzymes…..Happy Place? Huh?

Digestive enzymes, digestion….health and happiness….

Make sure you check out  – for a more in depth understanding…..Our Belly Brain! on our corporate site

Digestive Enzymes Best In Health RadioPoor nutrition is the epicenter of virtually every disease. We are what we eat, digest & absorb. An error many make in health is thinking because we ate something – we absorbed the nutrition, a very unreliable assumption.

Age, poor food choices, certain medications, alcohol, smoking, lack of physical activity are all too common – and sabotage the body’s potential for full digestion & absorption. A misdiagnosed use of antacids, popping them haphazardly & incorrectly is another serious culprit with digestive health. The symptoms of high stomach acid that make people irresponsibly chug antacids are very similar to the sensation felt by low stomach acid. Antacids are not to be taken flippantly, our stomach acid is another critical step to proper digestion.

Digestive Enzymes – the magic?

Digestive enzymes break down our foods into absorbable & utilizable components. Each enzyme has a very specific function – it is necessary we get all the enzymes – they are not interchangeable. Poor digestive health is rampant, and unfortunately undetected & underemphasized, & dare I say under appreciated in western medicine. Digestive health is critical to disease prevention & recovery.

Think of digestive enzymes as a tummy rub from the inside!

We have 2 main ways of getting our digestive enzymes: The food we eat: cooking denatures enzymes, so we need to eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables. Another issue here is soil depletion – our foods can be filled with toxins which destroy enzymes & because the soil is over tilled can be depleted in precious nutrients. Good foods to eat for digestive enzymes: Pineapple, papaya, sea vegetables, greek yogurt (un flavoured please), mango, wheat grass, shitake mushrooms, sprouts, cabbage, apples, cherries, peppers, unpasteurized honey, apple cider vinegar – which is great as a salad dressing!

Our body makes enzymes in the mouth, stomach, intestinal tract & pancreas. Enzymes are made with proteins, which have been broken down into their building blocks called amino acids. With poor protein absorption & an over burdened pancreas from years of poor lifestyle choices, enzyme production is compromised. Drinking too much water (fluids) with meals – dilutes digestive enzymes. The body is reliant on protein availability to form digestive enzymes – and we emphasize the importance of getting sufficient protein in our diets for our bodies to be able to perform its thousands of functions. With poor protein bioavailability we decrease our ability to make digestive enzymes, and with insufficient enzymes, we can’t break down the nutrients to their usable form – a cycle of bodily breakdown.

Digestive Enzymes Best In Health RadioAs I have spoken about in many articles on line and in speaking engagements- – never forget the belly brain – our gut produces the vast majority of our happy hormone serotonin. The amino acid Tryptophan has a leading role in the production of serotonin. Healthy digestive enzyme levels are very necessary for serotonin. We now know that digestive enzymes serve many critical roles in the body – beyond digestion. They are now thought to be key in ridding the body of toxins, reducing autoimmunity (diseases such as arthritis & lupus) & inflammation, and speed the healing of the body after injury or surgery. More and more research is uncovering the importance of digestive enzymes in the anti aging process, and they are now being used to boost cancer treatment.

I think where I get most frustrated with western medicine is the massive sweeping of symptoms into a category called IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome. There is no one treatment and again unfortunately pushing antacids is often the answer – which could easily exacerbate the situation. This is why I insist we all need a good M.D. and N.D. – Naturopathic Doctor. Naturopathy respects the GI tract as holding the keys to the Magic Kingdom. Yes, some Medical Doctors do as well, not enough. Often the answer becomes rote, forgive me regurgitated solutions such as eliminating certain precious foods, or popping meds.

And please do not pop digestive enzyme supplements either – your gut deserves far more respect. Please don’t just accept “age” as the answer as a necessary doomsday, irreversible diagnosis. There is much that can be done. Some of the symptoms of poor digestive enzyme activity include:

  • Trouble digesting foods
  • Hives!!!!!!!
  • Headaches
  • mood swings (serotonin)
  • Bloat – we all just love that!
  • Cramping
  • Trouble with central adiposity (lovingly aka Belly fat)
  • “allergic reactions” that really aren’t allergic reactions

Long Term digestive enzyme depletion can be serious. Get it checked. It is just that easy to modify, prevent disease, and feel really good!

FITT – Exercise Rx is NOT One Size Fits All

FITT – Putting the FIT in Fitness

FITT

FITT Health Coaching Best In Health RadioFrequency….how often we exercise…..daily, once a week or only when the doctor yells

Intensity….how much sweat…I believe the fountain of youth is our own sweat

Time….how long did we keep it going

Type…brisk walking, strength training, Pilates, martial arts, yoga, swimming…..

I rarely use the word hate. But I do hate the term exercise prescription. That implies forced, another objectionable thing to do in our life. I don’t like the expression exercise is medicine. Medicine implies we do it in response to be sick, medicine is not for fun. Medicine we take in response to not feeling well, and  according to the CDC, if we exercised more we would be feeling unwell much less often  and staying young, spry, sexy and sassy  much longer. Ok those last 3 adverbs are mine, not the CDC.

Exercise  truly holds the keys to unlocking our inner magic kingdom, of course  with partners in wellness  nutrition and lifestyle. But here, let’s assume the nutrition is there to allow exercise to work its magic.

It seems confusing when we research just how much exercise we should be getting. This is what I want to clear up.  People sometimes feel “I tried exercise it didn’t work”. Like everything else there is a dose response-a physiological response typically which there is little to no response ( health benefit) at lower levels and at too high levels there is the potential for toxic reactions..

Well exercise is just that wanted and welcomed by the body that any is embraced and appreciated by the body. We just might not notice those cells dancing for joy being stoked by exercise.

In fitness we accomplish our desired dose response by manipulating and balancing certain FITT variables.

Before we start with actual exercise Rx, let’s remember exercise and physical activity are both necessary. Sedentary is the new smoking. Even if we are diligent about exercise time, that does not allow us to  sit at screen time for the rest if the day.  Repeated studies show us it is imperative for our health and fitness that we have bouts of physical activity through out the day, at least every 2 hours.

The FITT formula is varied per person depending on numerous factors:

Medical issues

Level of conditioning

Stage of life…how this needs to be adjusted is far too often ignored

And of course….. Desired results…..

It is most definitely not the same protocol for someone recovering from cancer as someone training for Ironman. Someone who wants to lose body fat….it’s going to take more than a couple of leisurely strolls a week.

So let’s look at some typical categories.

General health…the minimum to keep the blood flowing, hopefully keep the immune system pumping

Fat loss…I really do not like the term weight loss, keeping it off thru life’s insanity and hormonal changes

Competitive…..body building, athletics

Anti aging….this really is so much more than general health. That has limited performance

Disease recovery …and will be totally different depending on numerous factors

Stress release, energy, cognitive strength.

Adjusting the variables of the FITT formula, and to keep adjusting them, at the appropriate

FFITT Our FITT formula putting th Fun in fitness Bsst in Health Radop
FFITT Best In Health Radio putting the Fun in the FITT

intervals, knowing our boundaries, knowing when we have achieved new healthy boundaries…..this is where there is confusion, and we can fall short of our goals. And yes, it is possible to over exercise, or do the wrong exercise creating oxidative stress or aggravating musculoskeletal issues.

Please be careful when hiring a fitness professional. A few points to consider in your decision:

  • just because someone gives you a challenging routine, that puts you in pain and makes you sweat like a beast or perform tantric distortions of your body…does not mean it’s a good workout
  • Because they have a “perfect body” does not mean they are a perfect coach
  • If they are pushing their own line of food and supplements….don’t fall for it
  • Are they encouraging you and helping you track your physical activity between sessions?
  • Are they only encouraging their platform of exercise, or promoting many “types” of exercise?
  • Are they promoting the many reasons for exercise, or just one
  • Are they familiar with your physiological / medical challenges ….a thesis right here. Fitness pros unfortunately regularly work outside their scope of practice.
  • Find out their definition of progression. Is it just about increasing the FITT?
  • How is your energy, focus, sleep, mood progressing over time?
  • Is it fun…… Do you want to do more for enjoyment, not because you think you have a sentence to serve

Exercise and physical activity are as necessary as eating, breathing, personal hygiene, the need to feel loved. It serves equal benefits to mind, body and spirit. Investing in our health with time, thought, yes money, to keep a balanced FITT, keeps us balanced. But if we don’t love it, crave it, something is wrong in out FITT formula. Your body should be calling out for more, but again more does not necessarily mean harder or more strenuous.

In my opinion, there is a very critical variable missing from the FITT formula. Always remember my FITT formula…

FFITT

….our FITT should always be led and motivated by fun!

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – Dr. Anton Marinov

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy…the magic of breathing Oxygen.

In honour of Movember – Gro A Mo to Save A Bro – thought we would do something very different. Movember is a month dedicated to bringing attention to mens health issues, with greatest emphasis on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s mental health.

Prostate cancer strikes approximately 1/6 men in North America. Radiation therapy – yes it can save lives – however it can often have some very difficult side effects – this is just one of the many uses of our topic today – Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber. The chamber is transparent, and for anyone who fears an MRI, have no fear here.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for many medical conditions, including decompression sickness (a potential risk of  scuba diving),  serious infections, osteomyelitis, post surgical wounds not healing, thermal burns, damage from an edema, wounds that won’t heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury. The number of applicable situations for HBOT is increasing all enabling oxygen to reach the  tissues after sickness or injury, preventing necrosis – tissue death.

It is also being used to reduce risk of surgical complications for smokers – again – one of the many devastating effects of smoking is poor oxygenation within the body.

In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is increased to three times higher than normal air pressure, allowing the lungs to gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure.

The blood transports the oxygen throughout the body, helping fight bacteria and stimulate the release of growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing. There is also evidence that suggests HBOT can stimulate new blood vessel & capillary growth that have been damaged, due injury or other treatment procedures.

Our guest today –

Dr. Anton Marinov is the medical director of the Rouge Valley Hyperbaric Medical Centre, right here in our very beautiful Toronto. . Dr. Marinov completed a B.Sc. in immunology at the University of Toronto and his medical degree at Queen’s University. He obtained his royal college fellowship in anesthesia in 2008 and subspecialty training in Interventional Chronic Pain Management at the University of Toronto. Dr. Marinov has worked in the field of hyperbaric medicine for over 10 years and has been actively involved in research and education.

Fyi….A few other applications of HBOT  – how it is being used, around the world:

  • Reducing swelling & edema
  • shortening the inflammatory process
  • Increasing Range of Motion
  • Production of collagen
  • Increases growth of cells that form reparative tissue Fibroblastic proliferation
  • Scar tissue rehab
  • Angiogenesis – growth of new blood vessels
  • Osteoblasts Osteoclasts – bone reparation
  • Improving wound immune mechanism
  • Improve performance of white blood cells in Leukocyte activity
  • Antimicrobial

Hormones – Dr. Scott Isaacs – Hormonal Balance

Hormones – Dr. Scott Isaacs – Best Selling Author Hormonal Balance

Hormones seem to be the universal scapegoat.

Scott Isaacs, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E. is a board-certified endocrinologist in Atlanta, Georgia, and widely considered to be one of the leading weight-loss experts in the country. Dr. Isaacs is a faculty member at Emory University School of Medicine and the medical director for Atlanta Endocrine Associates and their award-winning weight loss program.

Dr. Isaacs has been honored with numerous awards, including being listed in Castle Connolly Top Doctors for the past four years. His peers voted him Best Physician in Lifestyles Magazine in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The online Citysearch Guide announced Dr. Isaacs’s weight loss program as its 2009 “Best of Citysearch” winner.

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists also lists Dr. Isaacs’s books as a resource for practicing endocrinologists.  Dr. Isaacs has been profiled on CNNHealth.com, livestrong.com, WebMD.com, and many other websites.

Hormones Dr. Scott Isaacs Best In Health Radio
Hormonal Balance with Dr. Scott Isaacs

In addition to body weight and metabolism, hormones control mood, energy level, sex drive, the menstrual cycle, the biological clock and even one’s risk of getting certain cancers. Balancing your hormones, in other words, can help you achieve physical health, mental well-being and even a longer lifespan. Dr. Isaacs explains how to prevent common hormone imbalances from ruining well-intended weight loss plans. He offers advice on outsmarting hunger hormones, eliminating environmental toxins from the body, curbing PMS symptoms and the symptoms of menopause for women, balancing the effects of testosterone in men, increasing energy levels and reversing the symptoms of aging, all through his Hormonal Health Diet in Hormonal Balance.

Dr. Isaacs unveils a number of household habits that can disrupt hormone levels and set back weight loss goals. Dr. Isaacs can go into detail about the environmental hormone disruptors one comes into contact with on a daily basis, and why making small changes to your routine—like turning down your thermostat, throwing out your plastic food containers, and ditching the antibacterial soap—could mean finally losing those stubborn five pounds.

The latest research on growth hormone, its importance in healthy aging, and ways to boost it naturally. Growth hormone remains a very important hormone long after we’ve stopped growing, regulating body composition, energy level, and mood.  It is also a muscle builder, burning fat and increasing muscle mass, but by the time we reach age forty, our levels of growth hormone are half of what they were when we were teenagers. While growth hormone medications or supplements have been found to be harmful, Dr. Isaacs can share many ways of naturally boosting your body’s production of growth hormone that can make you feel decades younger.

Epigenetics -Mom’s Metabolic Health Dr. John Kral

Epigenetics –  Effects of Mom’s Metabolic Health During Pregnancy with  Dr. John Kral
epigenetics: changing our genetic destiny with our lifestyle choices
Cancer is thought to be 90% lifestyle choices. Epigenetics how we change our DNA for better or for worse

Epigenetics:  The Power of Nurture of Nature……how our environment & lifestyle choices (nurture) can change our genetic code (nature). This is a fascinating,powerful demonstration of how our lifestyle choices – good and bad – change our DNA.

The good news is…we are NOT helpless against our perceived genetic doom!

How a mother’s level of body fat impacts the gestational environment – the amniotic fluid – and can alter the developing baby’s DNA – yet another aspect of obesity. How obesity in pregnancy could affect “fetal programming” of adult disease.

 

DNA Methylation is an epigenetic mechanism that can turn up or turn down so to speak gene expression.

DNA was studied from siblings born to the same  parents – older sibling before the mother had weight loss surgery, younger siblings after mother had the surgery.

Children born before surgery had a higher risk for heart disease, diabetes & less insulin sensitivity – poorer metabolic health.

However – it must be noted this is not a hopeless situation –  by adopting a healthier lifestyle – these offspring can happily lead a healthier life.

Dr. John Kral, Professor of Surgery and Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY received his M.A. degree in Psychology in 1961 from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, where he then attended medical school, completed specialty training in Surgery and subsequently defended a Ph.D. thesis entitled Surgical Reduction of Adipose Tissue in 1976.

In 1972, Dr. Kral participated in establishing the program for surgical treatment of obesity at the University of Gothenburg as project coordinator

 

In 1980, Dr. Kral was recruited to St. Luke’s Hospital Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons to develop a program of surgical metabolism and anti-obesity surgery where he investigated eating behavior and continued studies on severe obesity and effects of long-term maintenance of significant weight loss on body composition after malabsorptive and gastric restrictive operations.  He was a member of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition Task Force that developed guidelines for surgical treatment of obesity 1982-85 was a co-founder of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery in 1983, and was the driving force behind the 1991 NIH Consensus Development Conference entitled Gastrointestinal Surgery for Severe Obesity.

Dr. Kral’s contribution to our understanding of the metabolic influence on genetics & epigenetics over the years is truly astounding & my hope is we  all get a much better, deeper appreciation of the impact of the lifestyle choices we make  – for ourselves & for those we love.Because as complicated as so much of this sounds – please keep in mind – choices we tend to not really think about – food choices, saying I dont have time for exercise, smoking, drinking alcohol……all work at a much more omnipotent level than just our clothing size.

Fountain of Youth – Beauty from Within

The Fountain of Youth…Is In You…..Turn it on!

The Fountain of Youth  – there are many tales through history from Alexander the Great to Juan Ponce de Leon over searching for that elusive fountain of youth. The great news is, we don’t have to search because it is in every one of us.

There is nothing shameful about taking pride in how we look – think of our outer package as our own personal branding, our personal marketing package.

In 2012 American women spent 7 billion dollars on cosmetics with promises of anti wrinkles, anti…., anti…., anti aging. Just a btw – typical gym membership – bout $600/year – often including the towel service!!!

Please excuse the crude analogy – ever tried to paint a cracked wall?

The fountain of youth is our own sweat

The stinkier the better. Nothing smeared on our face & hair can replace the rewards of clean nutrition and good hard exercise. ..and as a medical exercise specialist I have to qualify that by saying everyone has to know their correct limits of a hard workout….

Fountain of youth from Telomeres
Tickle These Telomeres to activate Your Fountain of Youth

A little science geek here: Thanks to the great research of Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky of McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, we have a good look at the importance of exercise on cellular anti aging, true anti aging. Hard exercise can lengthen the telomeres, the cap end of DNA strands that protect the chromosome, protecting cells from the damage of aging. Science has also proven that exercise rejuvenates the mitochondria of the cells ( “the powerhouses”), keeping us young and energetic. Your exercise oxygenates your skin for a youthful glow, no offense to any $200 moisturizer, and your pumping sebaceous glands produce the very best hair conditioner you will ever use, designed just for you! Your clean, complete nutrition of lean proteins, whole grains, antioxidants, and ditching smoke, alcohol & sugar will provide your body the tools it needs to keep you young.

We all carry an aura – how we project our confidence, self esteem – others react to us based on our aura we emit. How good we feel about ourselves – whatever characteristics we base our self image on – determines the power of our personal ambience, that je ne sais quoi that makes each of us unique, dare I say our pheromones?

I call it our strut factor – whatever makes us feel really good about ourselves – strut our stuff – that attracts positive feedback from others – which in turn positively reinforces our own self image. We smile, and smiling is the very best infectious behavior there is.

And repeated studies do show, that people who feel good about themselves do tend to be more faithful to a health centric lifestyle. Others want to emulate people who they find positive, happy, people that “got their act together” – its a very motivating behavior cycle.

People who feel good about themselves smile, and make others smile. Smiling is the  universal form of communication.

Whats in a smile? Charles Darwin, perhaps the greatest and so far ahead of his time scientist, famous for his Origin of the Species theory of Evolution, also had another brilliant study

  • “The Facial Feedback Response Theory” smiling actually makes us feel better rather than smiling being a result of feeling good MRI imaging shows that smiling activates brain circuitry of happiness
  • A British study found that smiling can provide brain stimulation to the level of 2,000 chocolate bars – of course without the calories, fat & insulin surges!
    Smiling has been shown to curb the release of stress hormones such as cortisol & increase release of happy hormones such as serotonins & endorphins

In order to smile, we need to feel good about ourselves inside & out. And if we have a beautiful smile, we smile more & our aura can light up our world & be a guiding light for those around us. Sweat & Smile!

Endorphins – The Ecstasy of Exercise

Endorphins – The Physiological and Psychological Ecstasy of Exercise
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Happy Place Headquarters

Endorphins – the healthiest high of all…Runners high. Our body’s own special brew created from genuine, physiological ecstasy. Endorphins  (translated = endogenous morphine) are neurotransmitters produced in the pituitary gland & hypothalamus creating a euphoric reward in response to physical activity –   two obvious “endorphinators” being physical activity & orgasm. But rest assured, this exercise induced Happy Place, is not just for runners.

Many studies have shown endorphins are released more in response to completing a physical challenge from both the physiological & psychological sense of accomplishment. So contrary to the implication of runners high – the intensity of the activity although assumed as the big endorphinator – helps – but is secondary to the physical & psychological reward of accomplishment.

Good thing. I have witnessed repeatedly those with compromised health, those that are less conditioned  still can reap the exhilaration of neurotransmitter nirvana – creating that beautiful calling from within. Just like we are motivated, drawn to repeated sexual pleasure, us fitness faithfuls  keep coming back for more, further, driven harder to outperform ourselves – the healthiest competition of all – to set our own world’s record.

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Studies agree exercise key to reduce symptoms of depression

Exercise is the one prescription for so many of our current chronic plagues – and has no bad side effects. How many medications can lay the same claim?   Depression, heart disease, cancers, diabetes, disease prevention, obesity…..all benefit from exercise, yet still remains  the most underutilized treatment of all. No – its not a quick fix – the psychological & physiological healing powers of exercise require a fidelity  – a commitment  to building a healthy relationship with ourselves.

The Par Q is the Canadian government’s “Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire”              ( proudly shared now by a number of countries) a series of questions if one is capable of adopting an exercise program – yes I get the necessity – however – we do know that physical inactivity is our #1lifestyle killer. This begs the question – why do we not have a questionnaire for physical inactivity? Why do we intimidate people from getting active?

Every elite athlete will agree, performance is a team effort. In order for exercise to echo its calling  – it needs a well functioning inner ecosystem. Its heartbreaking as an exercise enthusiast to hear people say “I tried exercise it did nothing for me” – ouch! Exercise is severely thwarted ( I have a better word but not going to use it!) in its ability to endorphinate when the rest of the ecosystem is is being held hostage by poor nutrition, excessive alcohol, food addictions such as sugar, salt and saturated fat, smoking & uncontrolled stress.

Again as a fitness lover, I find one of the most frustrating misconceptions about a devotion to health centricity  is that a healthy lifestyle is one that is restrictive and based on deprivation & sacrifice.

Let’s take  a look here….

An addiction is repetition of a behavior – despite its potentially destructive properties – it insidiously takes control of our actions, rendering  a person feeling helpless. The craving to smoke, being drawn to fast & addictive foods, believing alcohol is a means of dealing with stress…these are all instant gratifications created by unfortunate coping mechanisms over time.   Being submissive to a dominant force?

Now – whats the definition of slavery? Submission to a dominating influence. Its kind of like having the boss from hell over your entire being!

However thanks to sciences such as neuroplasticity, nutrigenomics our bodies are by far the most enigmatic specimens of all. I am convinced there is the gravitational  field (the field of force surrounding a body of finite mass (us) in which another body would experience an attractive force (a healthier us) – yes I hate physics too – I only like it on the Big Bang Theory!

Being creatures of nature – our inner ecosystem craves homeostasis – always gravitating toward an orderly, productive existence. Our healthful call from within – the evolutionary purpose of neurotransmitter nirvana is to keep bringing us back to our peaceful, well functioning ecosystem. Call it habits for habitat!

I have yet to meet an ex smoker pine away for their smokers cough or a “successful loser”  regret that 50 pound fat loss. I have many times witnessed in others (and experienced myself!) regret from indulging in poor food choices & that yuck feeling of lack of physical activity. In my many years of health coaching – I have had the great fortune of watching first hand, hundreds of times the  – out with the old in with the new –  breaking the chains of succumbed behaviors  with the passionate pursuit of  a peaceful inner ecosystem. That healthful calling from within – which guides us to  happy homeostasis, self respect & empowerment-  is no sacrifice at all, its pure liberation, freedom & exhilaration.

 

Lymphoma Leukemia and the Right Exercise

Lymphoma and Leukemia – The Right Exercise

Lymphoma-Exercise for Lymphoma Patients health coach best in Health RadioWith great thanks to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, we know there are 100, 000 people living with or in remission from a blood cancer in Canada. Leukemia is still the most common form of paediatric cancer in Canada. Survival rates are improving, however, we still have much to do in the fight against blood cancers.

What is unfortunately little known is a potential partner in recovery, far too often overlooked – Exercise. Exercise is far too minimized and under utilized as a vital partner in integrative oncology, and Lymphoma and other blood cancers are no exception.

Please note when I say exercise — I mean the right exercise –  exercise should not imply training for Iron Man or Triathlons, it should be viewed and revered for its therapeutic, restorative & rehabilitative wonders, right down to the cellular level.

First a bit about exercise and cancer recovery in general…not particular to blood cancers.

At the cellular level:

A lifestyle to prevent cancer is a lifestyle that protects us from all of our chronic illnesses, mental & physical, and it all starts with creating a hostile environment within destroying cells as they become cancerous. We need to create our “biochemical terrain” that is able to annihilate the inevitability of cells becoming cancerous because of a biochemical terrain that enables cancer to flourish.

3 of the most volatile “terrain setters”

Glycemia

Oxidation

Inflammation

Oxidation: As we know from exercise science, our fitness, health is completely dependent on how efficiently we use oxygen. Yes we need oxygen to live however our health, protection from the degradation of aging, cancer prevention is all about keeping a balance within between oxidative stress (producing free radicals)  and antioxidants, our best cancer prevention. Cells deprived of too much oxygen (estimated at 35%) can also morph into cancer cells – balance.

Inflammation: Another key to cancer prevention (and heart disease, aging, immunity, depression……) is inflammation, we need  tight control over inflammation. Leading causes: smoking, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, activation of stress hormones, alcohol, sugar, Omega 6 oils such as vegetable oils, trans fats…..Inflammation is a critical part of our body’s innate immunity – its attempt to heal itself, however, when it becomes a chronic condition, this “inflammatory state” the immune system attacks healthy tissue, mistaking them for harmful pathogens.

Glycemia: Simply put…cancer cells have a voracious appetite for sugar. As seen in our obesity & diabetes epidemics…..so do our populations, hence we are throwing gasoline on fires, fuelling cancer. Controlling blood glucose levels is an absolute must in controlling cancer

Even if a cancer is removed, that is only the start on the road to remission and the  celebration of “cancer free”. The biochemistry has to be to be able to attack and destroy any hidden cancer cells from multiplying, violating the patient once again, usually in a more toxic, vengeful form.

The right exercise, in the right amount, can help regulate all of these biochemical markers.

Glycemia: Let us all count the ways……but really our muscle mass is the real hero here. ..taking sugar out of the blood stream into the muscle…..just as strength training is a diabetics best friend. Sugar feeds cancer.  Exercise reduces Insulin resistance, lowering levels of blood insulin, a growth factor, discussed further below.

Inflammation: Again our muscle mass is key here to control the inflammatory chemicals secreted by cancer cells. A sedentary lifestyle allows protein loss from body tissues. Inflammatory responses are like wildfire without exercising the muscles, leading to muscle wasting and destruction of the immune system.  Cachexia is an unfortunate side effect of many cancer  treatments, exercise is the best retaliatory defense.

Oxidative stress: Now here we do have to be very careful of balance, slow and steady wins this race. The right type and dosage of exercise produces enzymes that reduces free radicals. However, too much exercise can produce free radicals.

And there is the obvious aspects of exercise:

psychologically uplifting: balancing hormones & production of serotonin

Surgery: Regaining functional capacity and quality of life

Cardiac and Immune function: optimizing these through treatment and beyond…the roleLymphoma survivors exercise for prevention of cardio vascular disease of Immune performance is completely overlooked in exercise

weight management……our list here is endless

Immune support is tricky with blood cancers. According to Dr. Keith Block, of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer treatment, immune stimulating supplement are a NO, as I have heard from every oncologist, but immune support to fight immune suppression, fatigue …is necessary.

This again is why the RIGHT exercise is necessary, because the wrong exercise can lead to excess free radicals, inflammation & depressed immune function.

Slow and steady is the very best advice here. The benefits of exercise are still necessary. Controlled physical activity can help people minimize the worse immune offenders being: smoke,alcohol, emotional stress, sugar consumption. Physical activity helps with NK (natural Killer) cell performance & T cell function.

With Leukemia, Lymphoma, and blood cancers, we  faithfully adhere to certain  precautions:

  • home workouts are better – the germs of a pool or fitness facility are an added risk
  • No unhealthy weight loss
  • Heeding to blood counts – your doctor will advise you on the status of blood counts, red blood cells, minerals…….
  • Supervised, skilled resistance great, Heavy weights – NO – respecting risk of osteoporosis
  • Appreciate the circulatory & relaxation & restorative side of exercises, flexibility, Range of motion,  the best support.

Unfortunately I have found that many people with blood cancers have a certain need to punish & repent  – why did I not eat right and exercise before, why did I smoke……..however, during treatment is NOT the time to over compensate. I personally find the toughest part of my job working with people with blood cancers is trying to keep them at the right pace, when often they want to go into overdrive and push much too hard.

According to Dr. Kerry Courneya, Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Cancer, University of Alberta, in a study of multiple myeloma, the most challenging physical activity wise of all the blood cancers, survivors who report exercise during and after treatment also report higher quality of life.

And according to the American Cancer Society…”Research strongly suggests that exercise is not only safe during cancer treatment, but it can also improve physical functioning and many aspects of quality of life. Moderate exercise has been shown to improve fatigue, anxiety, and self-esteem. It also helps heart and blood vessel fitness, muscle strength, and body composition”

Knowing how to work and analyze the needs of each individual client is of the utmost importance from the health/fitness professional. Blood cancers demand a very delicate balance for the necessity of physical activity throughout its powers of immune support, circulatory support, breathing & relaxation, supporting good sleep….but not overdoing it causing any immune stress, or stress on the blood cells.

And the most overlooked aspect of exercise….smile time. Again we are clouded by visions of exercise being about pain, misery, another cumbersome, dreaded thing in our life. A very cruel, inaccurate prejudice. The right exercise professional will design physical activity around other lifestyle demands, and show the person that exercise time is smile time, and puts us in our happy place physiologically, unlike anything else. Truthfully, my favourite thing for clients to say to me is “I hate exercise”.  That is an irresistible beckoning to show someone a new self love, open up an inner Genie in a bottle of pleasure, yes for people dealing with cancer as well. The trained exercise professional knows how to make physical activity a form of laughter therapy. As the person starts to reap the physiological & psychological rewards, the feeling of taking control, not being helpless in their recovery, is empowering and encouraging. This sense of optimism encourages the person to adopt other healthy lifestyle habits. I call is neurotransmitter nirvana.

More studies are currently underway on Lymphoma and exercise. It is well known that treatment for childhood lymphoma is associated with a very high rate of cardio vascular disease.  A Sloan Kettering 2014 study  that vigorous exercise in Hodgkins Lymphoma survivors can reduce their risk of CV events by 51%.

Again, please note there is a vast difference of exercise during treatment for Lymphoma vs. as a survivor!

And the truth is we often don’t know why exercise is so magical – we just know it is and it works.

 

Exercise Is Medicine and No Bad Side Effects

Exercise is Medicine – Definitely the Best Tasting!

Exercise is medicine with no bad side effects, No insurance copay, No expensive equipment, no worries about drug interactions…..we are born with the only equipment we need – our body with moving parts – or rather parts that are supposed to move. We are also born with all the motivation we need to move – just watch the anticipation in a baby trying to wildly writhe & wiggle day and night. Problem is, the fascination with sedentary body rot ( usually from watching parents or being planted in front of a television or computer for entertainment) so intimately a part of our obesogenic society, our innate energetic enthusiasm, is extinguished.

Exercise is the one and only prescription with no bad side effects. There is no drug that can lay that claim. However, we seem to want to pop a magic pill to exonerate us from any other onus. There is no pill, that can possibly provide the universal health benefits, protect us from aging, there is no competition to the healing powers of exercise. But yes, motivation is required. And I will add, as always, “no time” is a whine. Maybe there is no time for the gym, but I assure you there is time for physical activity. Perhaps no Eureka moment yet, but it is there. And with increased motivation, its amazing the time that is there.

Exercise is Medicine Health Coaching Best In Health RadioSo here is some motivation. Let’s discuss some of the medical miracles of exercise. First, I want to point out some the overall benefits of exercise to our health – all of these are contributing menaces to chronic disease, and exercise is medicine for all:

Reducing Excess Adiposity (weight management/obesity control):

Sleep Apnea

Getting us into our Happy Place (stress control) both physiologically & psychologically:

Controlling Eating habits (especially emotional eating – wrong foods for the wrong reasons)

Controlling addictive behaviors: well proven how effective exercise is a critical aspect of addiction recovery

All of these create a toxic biological terrain creating the perfect storm for chronic illness.

Now, our top killers according to the CDC – Center for Disease Control:

•Heart disease:

•Cancer:

•Chronic lower respiratory diseases:

•Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases):

•Accidents (unintentional injuries):

•Alzheimer’s disease:

•Diabetes:

•Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis:

•Influenza and Pneumonia:

•Intentional self-harm (suicide):

Every one of these top 10 killers – physical inactivity, is a contributing factor – some, more directly than others. ….and yes, in many accidents as well, and most certainly a possible contributing factor in suicide, physical inactivity is just as deadly to emotional disorders as physical breakdown. Through inflammation, poor circulation, weakened immune systems, hormonal/chemical imbalances, blood fats, blood glucose levels, oxygen utilization, free radicals…. by increasing

Exercise is MedicinePhysical Activity

Exercise

Training

we have the potential to strongly influence our destiny.

More motivation? The fitness faithful of wildly successful people: AKA – need something done give it to a busy person. Yes – exercise increases circulation to the brain – more brain power, focus, concentration – but I also know its about that life saving skill called time management – we are in control of our time – we are not being led around in robomode stressed about a lack of productivity, complaining we have no time.  Carpe diem….Carpe the moment. Integrating concerted efforts of physical activity through out the day – is personal control and command of our behaviour – which is definitely a modern “naturally selected” survival trait.

And yes, there is a prescription for exercise. Yes, physical activity, get moving, get our steps….all very important. However, to maximize the potential benefits of exercise, there is an accurate dosage and choice of exercise, just as any prescription. But keep it moving. The M in Move, is for Motivation. The E in Exercise is for Effort – physical & psychological effort.

Endocrine Disruptors, Obesogens Dr. Blumberg

Endocrine Disruptors – Dr. Bruce Blumberg

Endocrine Disruptors and Obesogens – Much of the research on the epigenetic saboteurs are thanks to this incredible researcher – Dr. Bruce Blumberg.

endocrine disruptors interview with Bruce Blumberg Best In Health RadioFurther to our previous show with Dreamfilm Producer Bruce Mohun of “Programmed to be Fat” A David Suzuki Nature of Things production – Today we at Best In Health Radio brings you Dr. Bruce Blumberg – whose research was at the Center of this fascinating show. Bruce Blumberg received the Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1987. His postdoctoral training was in the molecular embryology of vertebrate development at the Department of Biological Chemistry in the UCLA Medical School from 1988-1992. Dr. Blumberg was appointed as a Staff Scientist at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA in 1992 where he focused on the molecular endocrinology of orphan nuclear receptors and their role in embryonic development and adult physiology. Dr. Blumberg joined the faculty at U.C., Irvine in 1998 where he is currently Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering. His current research focuses on the role of nuclear hormone receptors in development, physiology and disease. Particular interests include patterning of the vertebrate nervous system, the differential effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals on laboratory model organisms compared with humans, interactions between xenobiotic metabolism, inflammation, and cancer, and the role of environmental endocrine disrupting chemicals on the development of obesity and diabetes. Dr. Blumberg and his colleagues originated the obesogen hypothesis which holds that developmental exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals can induce permanent physiological changes. EDC exposure elicits epigenetic alterations in gene expression that reprogram stem cell fate to favor the development of fat cells. Exposed animals are predisposed to develop more and larger fat cells, despite normal diet and exercise which is likely to lead to weight gain and obesity over time.

Obesogens: Programmed to Be Fat with Bruce Mohun

Obesogens – Chemicals Not Just Calories for Obesity

Obesogens – chemicals that are making us fat unknowingly – and our unborn children fat.

Bruce Mohun – Dreamfilm Canada – Science Journalist

Bruce is a science journalist who has produced, directed, hosted and written hundreds of hours of television. His most recent award is a Gold Medal from the New York Festivals for “The Downside of High”, named best health & medicine documentary.  His programs have aired on CBC, Discovery, Knowledge, TVOntario, Access, and SCN.   His documentary Deciphering Dyslexia won a 2008 Freddie Award (the Oscars of health & medical media), and the Helen Hayes Award for best consumer program at the 2008 Freddies.  Hiding from the Wind, about the world’s fastest bike, won a Leo Award for Best Science and Technology Documentary in 2003, and his documentaries have been screened at the New York Film Festival and the Image and Science Film Festival in Paris. He won the 2003 Science Council of British Columbia’s Eve Savory Award for Science Communication and the 2004 Canadian Federation of Biological Sciences’ Gordin Kaplan Award for Science Communication.

Obesogens On the developing Fetus Interview Best In Health RadioToday we will be discussing Bruce’s latest documentary on David Suzuki’s the “Nature of Things” – “Programmed to be Fat”. Understand the term “obesogens”. A new scientific theory points the finger at chemicals in our environment that are setting humans up for obesity before they’re even born. Exposure to environmental chemicals such as Bisphenol A, pesticides and herbicides during fetal development may be changing our physiology forever. That, say some scientists, could explain the alarming statistics on obesity – like the fact that the number of overweight infants rose 74% in just twenty years. And not to be overlooked at all – we will be discussing the award winning “The Downside of High” – helping people understand the serious health impact of using marijuana.

 

What Is Cancer? Our Cellular HTML

What is Cancer? Think of it as a virus to our cellular HTML

What is  Cancer – No – Life does not cause cancer as some think.  This thought often engrains a sense of helplessness within. The truth is, if we understand what cancer is, it helps us better understand prevention – give ourselves control and motivation…

A life to prevent cancer is a life to prevent all of our chronic illnesses, and infuses us with energy & power.   Think of cancer as a virus that has messed with the HTML of or cell’s genetic code.

Take a look at a beautiful website – say this one…..behind every beautiful site is HTML HyperText Markup Language, the “mother tongue” of our web browsers. Behind our being, is genetic code that dictates every cell of who we are. If we have one wrong little character in the HTML of our website it can completely destroy the function of that website. Well, the same is true for our genetic code.

What Is Cancer Health Coaching Best In Health RadioNow, what is cancer? Cancer is a genetic mutation, something has reprogrammed the HTML of that cell. That cell is now reproducing incorrectly.  If our ecosystem is unable to shut that cell down, there is trouble. If our ecosystem is not optimized, the genetic saboteur is allowed to reproduce, and that deadly coding is reproduced. Here lies the problem why people think “life causes cancer”….

In our “advanced” world….we have created thousands of potential mutagens to destroy cell stability

Our bodies are a wonderland. Wonderland has an inner ecosystem that like any ecosystem needs to be kept in balance.  Chinese medicine describes our flow of Qi. Without the flow of Qi, our life’s force, the ecosystem is jolted out of balance.

We live in a world that is constantly bombarding our ecosystem.  Many times we are responsible for that attack: smoking, poor food choices, lack of physical activity…. And many times we do not know we are exposed to attacks on that biochemical terrain. Enter illness and disease.

Cancer is thought to be only 5-10% genetic. The rest is lifestyle, however, as mentioned above, our lifestyles consist of unknown as well as known carcinogens…..exposures that cause a cell to mutate.

Now……how magical are the powers of the right exercise? Exercise and nutrition are our body guards. When carcinogens attack, by empowering our body with the strongest possible biochemical terrain, one that is totally inhospitable to mutagens, we are able to fight the attacker and win.

Attackers (aka carcinogens and pathogens):

Certain chemicals (in our food, in our air, in our meds, in our soils……..)

Viruses and bacteria

Geophysical exposures, radiation

Hormonal imbalances…..including our big wide world of phytoestrogens endocrine disrupters

Some nasty lifestyle choices: smoking, sitting, poor food choices, stress, alcohol….

Our body depends on us to supply it with sustenance to empower the ecosystem

Nutrition…the right exercise optimizes our digestive system for absorption of the good and destruction of the bad

Exercise

Physical activity

Sleep

Minimize exposure to carcinogens, mutagens, pathogens

When the body is unable to fight intruders, that is when the biochemical terrain allows mutated cells, aka cancer cells, to reproduce…and reproduce……until “we have cancer”. It is believed that everyone of us have cancerous cells lurking within, our goal is that we have the defences to shut down those cells, or force what is called aptosis – cell suicide.

Front and center to the body’s defences are our immune and circulatory systems.

What is Cancer: Medical Exercise Health Coaching Best In Health RadioOur immune system is a pumpless system.  In other words, it can produce all of the wonderful superheroes in the world (lymphocytes, macrophages, neutrophils, immunoglobins….) but if there is no pumping action from our muscles, or no muscles, the immune system can’t do its job.

Exercise is imperative for optimizing our body’s performance. Every study shows us that exercise and physical activity are an absolute necessity for every organ system of the body, and a necessity, dare I say the “managing partner” to integrative oncology.

Exercise is vital to the destruction of cancer at every level:

Prevention: enabling the body to kill those intrusions, to build a strong inner ecosystem

Management: make it through treatment, minimizing risks of side effects of treatment, fighting fatigue, and many studies tell us help better respond to treatment, building back musculoskeletal challenges created by the cancer and the treatment.

Prevention of recurrence. Rebuilding and equipping the immune system

A topic for another article is exercise at the cellular level, which is vital for prevention, recovery, and prevention of recurrence….and anti aging and anti all of our chronic illnesses….the real science geek, yes, however, this really helps us understand cancer prevention & management.

Let’s summarize…..

What is cancer? Cancer occurs because their has been a genetic mutation, a change to the genetic code. The body has been attacked..the body needs to fight the attacker.

  • The right exercise enables the body to fight that invasion, through it’s many magical ways, some known, and we still have many ways yet to discover.
  • Food Choices are critical in either feeding or destroying cancer cells
  • Being aware of environmental exposures, choices
  • Eliminating oxidative stressors
  • Lifestyle choices

yes….much is within our control

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Shira Litwack, medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist, Corporate health designer and coach

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

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