General Health Overview
Hello, my name is Dr. John Lewis. I have spent the better part of the last 20 years of my life conducting clinical research. Much of my research has focused on evaluating the effects of nutrition, dietary supplementation, exercise, and medical devices on various aspects of human health and disease. My colleagues and I have been searching for ways to help people achieve and maintain health through natural ways that align with our physiology. We continue to seek out the best approaches that enable our cells to do what they are meant to do.
Now, I would like to ask you a very serious question. Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? I want to tell you about some exciting research discoveries that could have a profound impact on your health. Once you hear about this work, I am sure you will want to learn more about it and see how easy it is to apply in your own life. These discoveries represent breakthroughs in medical science that will help to reshape your understanding of nutrition and dietary supplementation, in particular.
In addition, our site is loaded with information that you can utilize for practical ways to improve your health. You can be assured that our site contains factual, science-based information; not marketing hype with no credibility behind it. The search for health is not difficult, but you have to apply the principles every day, meaning that you need to engage in healthy behaviors every day, as this is how your body responds over time. You cannot expect to eat poorly and be sedentary and still maintain your health. Although you have no doubt heard of exceptions to the rule. “My grandpa smoked every day and lived to be 92.” Have you heard something like that before? I know I have, but I always tell people that those are exceptions, not the rule, and you cannot assume that you will be the exception. The odds say that you will not. Thus, spend time on our site reading the articles that we are sharing with you, so that you can learn how to take care of yourself. It is not difficult, but dedication is required.
You Cannot Rely on the Managed Health Care System to Care for YOUR Health
During the last several decades, mankind has benefitted from an explosion in new biotechnologies and advances in medical care. Antibiotics and other medications, new surgical procedures, and revolutionary diagnostic and imaging technologies have all been welcomed and hailed as successes that have made a difference in many peoples’ lives. Unfortunately, despite all of this amazing progress, our population continues to get sicker and sicker. Our country is in a “health care” crisis! Why is that? How did this happen and what can you do about it? Before we discuss how to address it, let us briefly mention some of the ominous and dreadful statistics.
Did you know that America spends more on health care than any other country on Earth? We are spending over $2.5 Trillion every year on what we call health care in this country. How many more years do you think we can continue spending at this level before we have some sort of major financial crisis or crash? Just to be clear, we do not have a health care system in this country. We treat and manage disease, not “care for our health,” and the data show that 70-80 cents of every dollar we spend in this broken system could be saved through better lifestyle choices in the form of proper nutrition, exercise, and other habits like not using tobacco, limiting alcohol intake, managing stress, and getting plenty of sleep, among others.
Additionally, according to the World Health Organization, the United States spends more on health care per capita and more on health care as a percentage of its gross domestic product than any other nation. Yet, we only rank around 50th in average life expectancy and do poorly in quality of life indicators such as low birth weight, infant mortality, and disability, behind almost every other western nation. In addition, some form of heart disease is our leading cause of death, as it is for the rest of the world. Over 100 million of our citizens have diabetes or pre-diabetes. One-third of our citizens will develop some form of cancer. Roughly 14 million Americans have Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. We are also arguably the fattest nation on Earth, as over 67% of our citizens are classified as overweight and about 35% are obese. The overweight/obesity issue is directly related to these aforementioned diseases, plus others like depression and bone and liver disease. Obviously, something is very wrong with our approach to “health care.”
In addition, having access to health insurance or medical coverage has almost nothing to do with caring for your health in the way that the system is currently constructed. We have a system that has been created to reimburse physicians and other health care providers for treating disease or trauma or rehabilitating someone from disease, trauma, or surgery. Those people use medications, radiation, surgical instruments, and imaging or other diagnostic devices for their practice. How often do you hear of an insurance plan through any provider or at any level paying a clinician to provide you with preventative care, e.g., nutritional or exercise counseling, stress management, how to prepare healthy meals, or the like? It hardly ever happens… Additionally, in most cases it is not the fault of the clinician, as many of them have very little to no training in health promotion; only what to do in the event of disease or a disease process. This is what is wrong with our country and why we are rapidly going down the wrong path that is approaching a point of no return without each one of us taking personal responsibility for our health.
With that being the case, almost every federal-level politician has some opinion regarding the merits or lack thereof of a national insurance plan, which is what their idea of health care is, so nearly none of them discusses on a regular and consistent basis what it means to engage in health care. Think about the words “health care” for a minute. When people talk about health care being synonymous with access to health insurance, I do not know if I feel like getting mad or crying. Let me also be clear that I am not against people having the right to pay for their own medical coverage. In fact, in the case where acute trauma needs to be managed and stabilized, I would argue that the US is probably the best country to be if that happens to you. We do an excellent job of caring for people when they suffer acute trauma from an accident or injury of some kind. That is without question. It is the long-term care of our health where we are failing so miserably with a system in place that is not designed to care for your health or prevent chronic disease.
One of my goals is to get as many people as people to change the words of the debate. Access to medical insurance is not health care! While you may think that going for your annual checkup is fulfilling your regular obligations for taking care of yourself, I can tell you that you are not on target and you need to readjust your approach to your health and your thinking about this topic. While it might be useful to know your blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol values at any given moment in time, that annual check-up pales in comparison to what you do every single day of your lives! Every day consists of a series of behaviors related to your food, dietary supplements, exercise habits, and others that are always adjusting (positively or negatively) your eventual risk of chronic disease, whether it is some form of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, or something else. These are the behaviors that count, not what you do once or twice a year at your physician’s office or a clinic or hospital. Also, be clear that having a mammogram or other imaging procedures are not prevention of disease either. They are detection of disease! An image does nothing to prevent you from getting breast cancer, but can bet your life that the more you eat animal foods and do not exercise the more that you increase your risk of getting the same.
With all of that doom and gloom said, the answer to caring for your health is not difficult and the research is already pretty clear in what we need to do. Unless you are completely impoverished and destitute, which is not the case for most Americans, then you have plenty of opportunity to take personal responsibility for your own health and do what you can to reverse the course that we are currently traveling as a country.
For example, research findings, including those of our own, continue to demonstrate a causative link between poor diet, inadequate physical activity levels, and all sorts of chronic diseases. We are literally eating and sitting ourselves to death! We are also “overfed and undernourished,” meaning that we are taking in too much energy and not enough nutrition due to an overreliance on “food-like substances,” as Michael Pollen refers to them, rather than food, as Mother Nature designed them for us. The human body requires many key nutrients to function properly. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is lacking in many of those nutrients, as it consists of too much processed, fatty, fried, sweetener- and chemical-laden food; sorely lacking raw fruits and vegetables. For those of us who already have learned the importance of eating a predominantly whole-food, plant-based diet, we know that we are still faced with a difficult task of getting all of the nutrients we need to be healthy, given all of the pollution and toxicity that are rampant in the world today.
We know that the average American is not getting enough nutrients today, particularly among children, where chronic disease epidemics are growing even faster. Thus, we are faced with multiple challenges from many directions to get the nutrients that we need on a daily basis. We are seemingly caught in a vicious cycle of eating more, simultaneously receiving less nutrition, while meanwhile we are getting more inflamed, fatter, and subjected to increasingly greater risks of so many chronic diseases.
Today, we know more about proper nutrition than ever before, although a lot of confusion remains. Nonetheless, we can all agree what the typical, necessary elements of a good diet are. We need a daily supply of the essential vitamins and minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids. These nutrients are “essential,” meaning that the human body cannot produce them; they must be received from the food we eat. Even though these nutrients are recognized as crucial for health and survival, we are still witness to epidemics of chronic diseases that have flourished over the last half-century.
We also know that being sedentary is a killer. As people have said for years, “If you don’t use it, you will lose it.” We are already faced with functional loss due to the aging process in the best of conditions. If you are not exercising and moving on a daily basis, then you lose your functioning even faster and to a greater degree. Unfortunately, many people resign to a life of being sedentary after high school, and they never think about structured physical activity or exercise training again. It is only when they are faced with bad news about their health status do they then think about the importance and value of daily physical activity. Were we in a better place on a societal level, all individuals would be exercising daily and helping the body to function better for longer as it is designed to do.
With all of that said, the bottom line is that you can take control. You do not have to give away your power to someone else who makes decisions for you. Caring for your health is not technically complex. You do not need to be a dietitian, exercise physiologist, biochemist, or some other highly trained professional to know what to do. On our site, I am giving you the basic information that is required for you to implement simple behaviors in your life to be healthy. Continue reading and make your health your number 1 priority. You only have this life, so it make it a healthy one.
Using a Weight Training Log
Demonstration and Description of Exercises
General Principles for
Common Training Mistakes
Weight Training Adaptations
Benefits of Weight Training
Voluntary Muscular Activity
The General Adaptation
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