Why the focus on health?

When clients are introduced to me their first impression is that I tend to be more focused on total body health verses exercise. Well, one of my central goals as your trainer/coach is to expose the negative effects of microdestruction to both your body and your psyche, show you how to remove them from your path, and allow your body to catapult toward its maximum potential.

Your body is a rebuilding machine

There is often a large misconception around "change". How to make it happen, and if it can in the first place. 

What am I getting at? If it's one thing that we should learn from science it is that we don't know everything and keeping an open mind is of paramount importance.

Let's take body cell generation & regeneration for example. It was once thought that your heart does not have the ability to reproduce cells. Well, that's not the case. Although it does this slowly, it was recently discovered that our heart does have the ability to do replace cells, and does so on a regular basis. It does however take much longer for the heart to totally renew all cells (on the order of 20 years) verses say your bones (about 10 years), your skin (2 to 4 weeks), your lungs (2 to 3 weeks) or your intestines (2 to 3 days!).

The good news is that you can take advantage of all this and use it to your benefit!


Sore Throat - the common early warning sign

Often times we are alerted to an oncoming cold with a scratchy or sore throat. Many of us disregard this early warning sign and take little or no action.

What I found that works for sore throat!

I take a zinc vitamin tablet and cut off a portion equal to about 12mg of zinc and suck on it until dissolved. I then take one echinacea tablet and add that - sucking it until dissolved. Now these don't taste great but they do work. After dissolved I take 1K mg of vitamin C in liquid form. If I don't feel like dealing with a slightly bitter taste I track down cough drops that contains zinc and echinacea (they will likely contain sugar and flavor also - not a big fan of either - especially when I'm trying to heal.) One brand I know of is Halls Zinc and Echinacea cough drops. Here I take one Halls and 12mg of zinc and suck on them together.

But speaking of the taste of zinc, the simplest form of deficiency testing is the zinc taste test . If it has no taste or is just slightly bitter you need more, if it taste absolutely bitter, your ok.  

How important is zinc? Here is a short list of zinc deficient indicators: 

  • White spots on finger nails.
  • Skin lesions, slow healing or persistent skin problems like rashes or seborrheic dermatitis.
  • Slow healing of wounds.
  • Atherosclerosis.
  • Hair loss or brittle.
  • Chapped lips
  • Immune system weak and impaired.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Acne.
  • Deteriorating eyesight, taste, smell or memory. Night blindness.
  • Poor digestion of proteins, weak stomach acid.
  • Being gaunt and wasted.
  • Poor appetite.
  • Depression, cognitive decline, abnormal behavior.
  • Low birth weight, poor mental and physical development in children.
  • Dysmenorrhea (or - dysmenorrhoea) - pain during menstruation.
  • Long term chronic zinc deficiency causes dwarfism and delayed sexual maturation.
  • Decreasing testosterone

For more information Google "zinc deficiency" and you'll quickly learn how being zinc deficient will impact your immune system (and so much more!)

You may also find these two links helpful:  

New Study of Splenda Reveals Shocking Information

Splenda PackageJames Turner, the chairman of the national consumer education group Citizens for Health, has expressed shock and outrage after reading a new report from scientists outlining the dangers of the artificial sweetener Splenda (sucralose).

In animals examined for the study, Splenda reduced the amount of good bacteria in the intestines by 50 percent, increased the pH level in the intestines, contributed to increases in body weight and affected P-glycoprotein (P-gp) levels in such a way that crucial health-related drugs could be rejected.

The P-gp effect could result in medications used in chemotherapy, AIDS treatment and treatments for heart conditions being shunted back into the intestines, rather than being absorbed by the body.

According to Turner, "The report makes it clear that the artificial sweetener Splenda and its key component sucralose pose a threat to the people who consume the product. Hundreds of consumers have complained to us about side effects from using Splenda and this study ... confirms that the chemicals in the little yellow package should carry a big red warning label."


Gardasil - 32 Girls Have Died

Taken from "Early to Rise"...

11,916 adverse events already reported to the CDC... and counting.

Pain and swelling. Life-threatening muscle weakness. Blood clots in the heart and lungs.

And the deaths of 32 innocent girls and young women.

You might think I'm talking about a deadly new disease or a global epidemic...

I'm not.

Sadly, it's more sinister than that. The health threats listed above have all been linked with Gardasil, the so-called "cervical cancer vaccine." And thanks to Pharma giant Merck, desperate parents and naive young women believe this vaccine saves lives... they couldn't be more wrong.

That's why HSI's Jenny Thompson has released a new video in which she exposes the deception for what it is...and reveals some truly shocking information no one else is talking about.

And you are the very first to see it.

Please, if you have daughters, granddaughters or friends who might be considering this terrible vaccine, you must watch this video. And please forward it to anyone you think would benefit from the vital information it contains.

If you think you know the whole story on Gardasil, I think you'll be shocked by what you're about to see. Just click here to start watching the video. It's just a few minutes long... and those few minutes might just save a young girl's life.

--MaryEllen Tribby
CEO & Publisher, Early to Rise

Proper Rest - easier than you think, more important than you can imagine

I'd like to point out some very simple but much misunderstood concepts around rest.

Signs of not enough:
You don't have to wait for the dark circles or worse getting sick. The simple rule is - If you're waking up to an alarm clock or hitting the Jo for that early morning (or late in the day) pick-me-up then you're simply not getting enough rest. Address it at this level and the rest comes easy.

How do you know when to hit the sack?
When you start to yawn! Yes, it's that easy.

How to do it right?
Simple again.

Are the makers of Spenda trying to hide something?

The makers of Splenda® protect their good name?

Splenda Picture

Are they hiding something? Or is this just business? You certainly don't see the California Almond Growers Association (or BlueDimond) using such tactics to protect almonds from verbal abuse. When you're done reading the below, you may want to have a quick read on this: New Study of Splenda Reveals Shocking Information About Potential Harmful Effects (Commentary by Cozzi)

The makers of Splenda® buy Hundreds of Negative Domain Names,, are all domain names owned by the makers of Splenda - see below for extensive list

The price of Sweetness

The Price of Sweetness - What a great title - I wish I thought of it! - In January of 1990 the MIT journal published an article on Nutra Sweet. It was a perfect presentation of the good, the bad and the ugly that surrounds mass market product commercialization.

Recently I was asked my opinion on sugar substitutes so I hit the web looking for this article as a starting point. Unfortunately the article never got webified (but I can mail hard copies if I receive a request). Now, on this quest for information what I learned was very disappointing. What once was thought of as a harmless chemical with reversible side effects is now being referred to as a poison with irreversible side effects.

The short of it is, this chemical is bad news and should be removed from the market. Why?

I have personally known a number of people directly impacted by Nutra Sweet. 5 in total. Three working associates and two family relatives.
  • One of my friends at work had occasional seizers, which the doctors never related to Nutra Sweet, but I suspected something was up because she consumed, in my opinion too much. Elimination of Nutra Sweet eliminated the seizers.
  • Two other friends had light vision problems which, at the time, seemed to correct themselves after I gave them the MIT article and they discontinued the use of Nutra Sweet. Interestingly enough, they had recently (with the past few months) switched to diet soda for weight control.
  • Now, the more serious relationship, my cousins - I tried diligently while we were all in our 20's to explain the potential impact of NutraSweet. They were both consuming a fare amount in the form of diet soda, and well, there is no easy way to put this, they are both now legal blind at the age of 45 and 42. The doctors insist this was genetic but I don't buy it as we have no other family members with such vision issues, and I have looked deeply even to include my Italian cousins still in Italy.

Now, interestingly enough and many years later, I've located a website that a) uses the MIT paper as one of their references, and b) also follows through on the effects associated to current, and indicate that the ill effects of Nutra-Sweet can be irreversible. They've even given the outcome the name NutraSweet poisoning.
This is the first doc I've ever read that noted that the negative effects could be permanent and yet still the product is on the market.

It's now taken nearly 20 years for the ill effects of this substance to raise its ugly head. So, why take the risk?

My motto - keep it simple, keep it clean, and keep it natural.

Oh, and here is the mainstream media trying to report while staying out of the court room:

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U.S. breast cancer death rate continues dropping

Herein is the danger of how statistics are presented.

The first question you should ask is - sure, the death rate might be down, but now ask, why is it down and is the occurance rate down?

Now, let's read on:
"The group found that during 2001 through 2004, breast cancer diagnoses fell by an average of 3.7 percent a year -- in part because women stopped taking hormone replacement therapy and in part because fewer got mammograms and therefore were not diagnosed."

Now, the very valuable nugget of information - Notice the statement - "women stopped taking hormone replacement therapy." Now ask yourself the question - where else (and for what else) are women subjected to (and prescribed) hormone therapy? I would hope by now you've stumbled upon birth control as one answer. In fact, something as dangerous as "hormone control" (aka - birth control) is often prescribed for, something as easy to address with diet, such as better complexion. Clearly there is a place and time when hormone therapy could be helpful to good health, but if you have a healthy body always start with nutrition and environment before resorting to chemistry altering medications.

Designer fats?

Yes, this is not new news, but it's not very well known.

Your body requires fat for almost all bodily functions. Your brain relies on fat heavily, your blood clotting ability relies on fat, your skin elasticity relies on fat, etc, etc, etc....

Yet - we are constantly told to eat less fat or, worse, replace our natural fat with new designer fats. From Crisco to Olestra to Canola oil. The first two fats I personally consider poison and the third simply is not as healthy as a natural oil.

Crisco - known by many as hydrogenated vegetable oil or "Pure Vegetable Shorting"- is now, after many years and billions of dollars spent convincing the American public of it's virtues, considered a poison by cardiologists around the globe. This is a fat which your body simply can not fully metabolize. In fact, once cleansed from your diet the next time you accidentally consume a product containing it you will quickly notice the greasy indigestible film it leaves in your mouth. BUT, it is cheap to manufacture and products made with it have a much extended shelf life - unlike the people consuming them.

Olestra - Well, this is a completely indigestible fat. It offers your body nothing - nothing at all - expect it's negative attributes - such as diarrhea, vomiting and inhibiting vitamin absorption. So, if you are really trying to be healthy, why eat something that will strip your body of much needed nutrients?

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