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My Fellow Professionals

Thank you for all the different invites to the various groups out here in facebook land. Please understand, as with you my time is limited although I do like to get into a great learning, sharing, exploratory thought, and advanced thinking pages, I can only dedicate time and energy to so many. That being said, I will not be a part of a group that does not hold a basic line and standard of professional courtesy and ethics. I know this is Facebook and all, but I have standards even if some groups do not.

Any group that promotes or has a base that uses vulgarity, insults, sexist remarks, intentional insults, race or ethnic slang or "humor", or even overly sarcastic comments in the form of ridicule guised in debate, will not be on my list for consideration.

Look, I am not promoting a life of over political correctness or where casual groups can't be casual. Here is the deal my fellow professionals, even if you call your group a closed or private group, when you have dozens to hundreds or more people on there it is anything but. Those conversations and threads are archived, can be accessed, and your comments preserved in time in a screen shot to be shared anywhere or used without your knowing, and even against you.

Plus, I am over the shouting matches (for the most part) and truly value educated discussion with objective knowledgeable people and find groups of like minded professionals willing to collaborate and create new concepts and nurture new ideas are worth 10 times their weight in gold. That is where I want to put my energy. Not macho, snarky, blow off steam, keyboard courage one liner groups.

Just want you to know where I stand.

Again, thank you for thinking of me and for the invites.

Dr. Don

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Reducing Hormonal Resistance

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Very important theme here. Hormones run the show my friends. The nervous system is a major player here. Neurological tone, the brain and nervous system controls the broad movements and every action in our body, but they don't innervate the cells. The nerves come all the way down to the tissue level and then the hormones take over.

It's actually the hormones who get in the cell and drive metabolism. It's actually the hormones that create cellular level energy. Who turn it off, turn it on and pump it up. It's actually the hormones that get into the nucleus and the DNA of the cell and actually turn on and turn off our genes. So what you think about activating certain genes or deactivating epigenetically or otherwise, you're thinking hormones. So look hormones are important and we're gonna go into it.

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So what is hormone resistance? Take a look at these pictures. I always tell people, hormones whisper, they don't scream. This first picture, this cartoon picture, is this woman is screaming at this guy. And this role could be reversed. Don't get me wrong. When we scream at someone, when I scream at my kids, it might work initially. But eventually it doesn't work. I can't keep screaming and expect to have a positive outcome. They stop listening. They tune me out, just like my wife does when I scream at her or she does at me. That's a normal thing.

It happens on a cellular level too with our hormones. So check out the dude and the lady up in the corner, the right corner there. She's whispering. Do you think she's got his attention? She's close, she's intimate. She's soft spoken. She's being very direct. She's not shouting, she's whispering. And she's got his full attention. And therefore she has the potential to get his full response. Right? That's what we call effective efficience communication. It happens in our relationships and it happens in our cells. When it happens in our cells, we call it being hormonally sensitive.

Now a lot of people misjudge the word sensitive as a bad thing, but it's not. It's a good thing. Hormone resistance is a bad thing. And then over time if we keep doing it, you can look at that couple down there. She's talking, she's saying her thing and he's checked out. He doesn't care. He's been doing that for 30 years. And it's bad. What happens in our body when we get hormone resistance, we get things like insulin resistance. Which leads to pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome, type-II diabetes. It's also now known to cause cardiovascular disease. It's also linked to type-III diabetes, what we're calling Alzheimer's and dementia. It's also a contributing factor to cancers as well as autoimmune issues. And do I go on? It is really a big deal. And that's just insulin resistance.

We have something called low T. Most of the time that's just misinterpreted as testosterone resistance. Estrogen issues. Estrogen resistance. Hypothyroid. Thyroid resistance. We can use this analogy and example in all of them. They have different mechanics and things like that. They show up differently, but it's the same concept. They all work in the same type of manner. So, we don't want to be hormonally resistant. Hormones whisper. They do not scream. They whisper and a little goes a long way. Let's build on that from this point forward.

First, insulin. Now look, I think insulin is a sleeping giant in health and healthcare. It is the most common hormonal disrupter that any practitioner in the field, across the board is gonna see in their lifetime at this point. It's a big deal. Insulin resistance drives everything. Now insulin has a buddy there. They're connected at the hip. It's called cortisol. These two are the only two hormones that you can activate at any time you want, by the way you think, the way you move, the way you eat and things like that. You can keep both of these on 24/7. Most other hormones you can't do that.

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Now every hormone has a set of rules and the way it plays with other kids on the playing field. Insulin for example. That's my little drawing there, my picture graphic of a teeter totter which mean when one goes up the other goes down. They have an inverse relationship. And insulin has one of those with human growth hormone. They oppose each other. When insulin is on, your human growth hormone is down. And so there's ways to approach insulin where you can drive insulin down through certain choices. And drive human growth hormone up to get the same net effect. Pretty cool. They have an inverse relationship right there.

Cortisol also has a teeter totter here and an inverse relationship with oxytocin. Oxytocin is another sleeper, man. People do not pay enough attention to oxytocin. Just understand that oxytocin is activated when we do human things. Bonding, talking, touching, hugging, laughing. Everything that makes us human, makes us social, promotes oxytocin and can crush cortisol.

Now look. We've got some other teeter totters here. Cortisol and testosterone have a teeter totter. When cortisol goes up, it drives testosterone down. Testosterone is our general go to motivational hormone. Cortisol is our quick, ready stress response hormone. They can mess each other up. Insulin and estrogen have an inverse relationship. So all these women going into premenopausal, postmenopausal, menopausal area that are worried about their estrogen levels dropping. It could be from a chronic high level of insulin, or insulin resistance. Women who have normal insulin levels and responses that are not insulin resistant, have very little symptomatology for menopause. They could actually go through it and not even know they went through because they are hormonally sound. And insulin just might be the key factor there.

Testosterone and estrogen are connected by a teeter totter. When one's up the other is down. Because they both have the same precursor up there. DHEA is a positive hormone when we're in a good spot. We're living on the positive emotion side of that spectrum that we talked about before. And also it comes from a good balanced healthy diet. From good cruciferous and high nutrient dense vegetables and healthy fats. Animals that have been raised well, they produce good fats, you get the DHEA and that helps promote the proper balance between estrogen and progesterone.

Then we have thyroid here. Thyroid and insulin, man, they've got a weird relationship. They are part of the trifecta which is insulin, thyroid and cortisol. But look. Thyroid, when people have thyroid problems, like hypothyroid issues, it actually causes fat cells to increase the number of insulin receptors they have in the fat cell. Which means it's more susceptible to getting fat because insulin is the gateway hormone that controls our fat stores. So there's a relationship there when you go on a synthetic thyroid medication, it can make your body 300% more insulin resistant. So now you've got more fat cell insulin receptors. More easily filling up those fat cells. And the rest of your body is insulin resistant, which drives insulin levels up. You've got a perfect storm, in this case, a thyroid storm for weight gain. And it's not because of the thyroid. It's because of the connection to insulin.

So you can just see, they're all connected. Every hormone across the board has a different relationship with the other ones. And so we just want to try to illustrate that here, and show you how, not only can you address, one hormone directly. But you can address the other hormones that have a relationship with it to help give you what I call a net positive gain in your efforts.

So we're gonna keep in mind that hormones whisper. They don't scream. They're very powerful because they're all interrelated. They play on each other and there's a lot of ways we can use that to our advantage.

So you can see, your hormones are all connected. Every hormone across the board has a different relationship with the other ones. And we just want to try to illustrate that here, and show you how, not only can you address, one hormone directly. But you can address the other hormones that have a relationship with it to help give you what I call a net positive gain in your efforts.

Also keep in mind that hormones whisper. They don't scream. They're very powerful when they're all interrelated. They play on each other and there's a lot of ways we can use that to our advantage. Where do we start? Let's take a look at some of these. Oxytocin. I put that up there because it is what makes us human. And our humanity will help balance out all the negative effects of these other hormones, like cortisol, adrenaline and so forth. So let's take a look.

How do we get more oxytocin? We do it through laughter. You've heard the phrase laughter is the best medicine. That's because when you laugh you trigger and stimulate oxytocin. Bonding, as in the mother when they breast feed, but also when you talk to your kids. When you go and do something fun with them. When you just hang out. When you connect with someone. That's bonding. That stimulates a lot of oxytocin. Talking, as in talk therapy, or just talking with your spouse. Talking with your co-worker. Taking a walk and just talking. That connection promotes the bonding mechanism and it promotes more oxytocin. Compliments, whether they're real of fake, guess what. When you give one, or receive one, you stimulate a whole lot of oxytocin. So be generous with your words.

This is a message from my mother Cathy Clum. She always said, be generous with your words. They cost nothing, yet they might be the most valuable thing someone could receive that day. So keep that in mind. Compliment a lot. And hugs. Hugs as well as handshakes. Handshakes work too. That physical connection, that touching stimulates oxytocin, will crush cortisol and push you in the right direction.

Word from Cathy Clum

Resiliency. We're talking about cortisol here. So we want to do paced breathing like we've already been over, the meditation and the adjustments. Then we have diet concepts. How can we support this with diet? Well, we want to first increase those healthy fats. Healthy fats are any fats that are not processed. As in through a chemical or some kind of manufacturing procedure. So they are natural fats, like olive oil. Like healthy raised dairy fats. Like coconut oil. Those are my favorites. Get them in at every meal.

You want to be insulin friendly. Take a look online and find out what stimulates insulin versus what stimulates blood sugar. They're not the same. So you want to eat in a way that's low carb, natural carb. No processed carbs, no sugars, no grains, no starches so you can become insulin friendly with that. Just like it says here. Cut the sugars, grains, starches and you can start fasting. And we're gonna go through a whole video series on fasting. All the different kinds of fasting. How to rotate them through your life. How to put them in as a bigger part of your health concepts. So keep an eye out for that. Those will be coming.

Exercise. Hormonally, heavy weights do a lot. They are the heavy lifters. Right? Heavy weights, so lift heavy weights. That's relative to who you are, where you are with your health and your exercise level and your fitness level. Just work on something, but you want to lift something that you can only lift maybe 8 or 10 times max. Heavy enough weight that by the end you're having trouble. And you also want to try out the variable output exercise. That's a combination of different types of workouts as well as high intensity type interval training. Keep those in your routines. Those will help with your hormones.

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And then some added ideas are things like temperature acclimation. We don't get cold anymore. Put your temperature down in your bedroom when you sleep. You want it to be around 67 degrees. You don't want it to be too hot in there. You want to take cold showers. You want your body to acclimate to heat and there's different advanced ways we'll go over on how to do that with sauna's, with biomats, with exercise, with hot bathtubs and taking baths and things like that.

Also add a lot of sea salt to food. Make sure it's real sea salt because that's an ocean that was never polluted my humans, so I like that one. But any natural whole organic salt.

Hydration. Stay hydrated. 3 liters of water or more a day. And no stimulants, that's caffeine, that's sugar, that's artificial stimulants, artificial colors, artificial neurotoxins that are out there. Number one I can think of is caramel coloring. Big, big bad news type of thing. So keep away from anything with caramel coloring, caffeine and so forth. Or if you're gonna use it with coffee, stick to one a day and prolong it to the longest you can in the morning.

So hopefully those will help you balance out those hormones and you will be able to push those teeter totters in the right direction. Hopefully you got a whole lot out of this.

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Stress Has Received A Bad Rap

As it turns out the most deleterious result from stress comes before the stress occurs and depends on how you view stress, be it harmful to your health or not.

Stress promotes better resiliency, and the absence of stress could be argued to promote emotional instability.

Another big mistake around the concept of stress is that people assume there is only one stress response, fight or flight. They think that cortisol is the enemy and what results form their daily stress.

The truth is that stress can trigger a whole myriad of responses mediated by a whole slew of different hormones.

Many stress responses actually set our physiology up for learning, appreciation, growing, bonding, and literally being happier.

And believe it or not the more stressed people report to being the more money they make, the more happy the report being, the more meaning they say they have in their life, the longer they live, the more productive they are, and the healthier they are as well.

If there is a killer side of stress it is not the stress itself but how we perceive stress to effect us well before the stress shows up. It is our thinking and framework around stress that determines the outcome when it does show up.

In this light I think none of us feel we can eliminate stress from our lives and I believe that trying to do so would make us worse.

In that light I say bring it on, here's to growing stronger and more resilient to stress and enjoying all that comes from that!

Rise to the challenge my friends!

Dr. Don

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Any Idea What The Courage Hormone Is?

The hormone that makes us brave?

When I first read about the description for this hormone I thought first of testosterone, adrenaline, or even cortisol. But I was mistaken.

This hormone is the hormone that I have been speaking about as the under-appreciated giant hormone personality in our lives and health.

This hormone has the ability to destroy the negative effects and high levels of chronic stress hormones like cortisol.

The way this hormone works and why it is considered the courage hormone is that when this hormone is stimulated it down regulates our fear response and can stop the fight or flight response of freeze or flee. When activated it amps up our social awareness and lights up areas of the brain associated with meaning and value and has been shown to make people more trusting, be more trust worthy and help others.

The hormone I am talking about is oxytocin. Oxytocin drives our mental awareness to what is important to us, opens our thinking to include others and promote empathy as it stimulates trust and therefor gives us courage to act in our social world and makes us brave with less fear and more compassion.

Oxytocin has been called the "bonding" hormone or the "love" hormone and is strongly stimulated during breast feeding, intimacy, and in close familiar relationships. It is also stimulated when you get or receive a compliment, play with your kids, when you hug or shake someones hand, when you pet your dog or cat, when you talk and when you journal.

The biggest social evidence of the power of oxytocin is how it changes our physiology through laughter. We have all heard that laughter is the best medicine and we can thank oxytocin for that.

Men in particular I hope you are reading and hearing this message. Many men experience mild to moderate depression and write it off under the guise of stress, corporate living, being the provider, having an "A" personality or being a "driver." These are issues I speak about in my presentation on the "Irritable Male Syndrome," and they are very real, and at these levels very responsive to oxytocin "therapy." Keep it in mind my brothers.

My friends I extend a virtual hug and mental handshake as I tell you all that I love and appreciate you and hope you join me today in seeking out a little extra humor and together we can all build up a little bit more courage and live the life of the brave!

Dr. Don

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Is cancer genetic?

It appears......not.

When you transplant healthy genes into a cancer cell it still produces more cancer cells when it divides. AND if you take cancer genes and put them into a healthy cell that cell still produces more healthy cells when it divides.

If cancer was purely genetic, as in our DNA housed in the nucleus of each cell, when you remove the nucleus and transplant it into another cell then the new cells that get replicated from that cell with the cancer genes should have cancer as well if cancer is genetic. But, as it turns out, THEY DON'T.

In the medical research text book, "Cancer as a Metabolic Disease," the 3 plus decades of collective cancer research lead by Thomas Seyfried, the book's author, shows that cancer is not a genetic disease but rather a metabolic disease.

Now, are there genetics at play that make one more susceptible to cancer, I would say yes. Are there genetic variants that effect our metabolic pathway that plays into cancer, yes. But is cancer a purely genetic disease, it seems not.

This should be very exciting! This means no one, no matter what gene they might have, even if that gene is believed to cause cancer, is determined to get cancer.

What this means is that the environment and how we live our life and our lifestyle is what is the driving force behind the development of cancer and how our genes respond. AND this is something we can change, improve, and effect. We not only have a say in this, but we have a very high level of control.

If cancer truly is a metabolic disease, and I believe it is, and this research does too, then how we chose to fuel and care for our body becomes extremely important.

The basic, fundamental first tier step is deciding to become a fat burner rather than a sugar burner. That is the the fundamental summary concept. You influence this by what you eat, when you eat, and how you move. As you do this you need to keep a healthy balance of your body's coordination systems so it can play nice and be as strong and effective as possible. The body's communication system primarily breaks down to 2 sides:

Nervous System and the Hormonal System

So, here is the focus:

1. Become a fat burner over a sugar burner
2. Keep you Nervous system tuned up and in proper healthy repairing tone
3. Be hormone focused and stay hormonally sensitive

Everything I post here and write about is trying to drive those 3 point above. Go back check them out and keep learning, when you do, share what you have learned with me please!

Health is Freedom!

Dr. Don

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So many men are failing the test!

Low testosterone.

It is becoming rampant and our men's health is paying the price. It has been estimated that men today have one third of the testosterone that our great grandfathers had. Why?

Diet, stress and inactivity.

First, it is important to know that men have a hormonal cycle as much as women, but not the same. A man's testosterone levels cycle every 15-20 minutes.....that's right, 3-4 times an hour. They also fluctuate daily with the highest levels being in the morning around 8 am and the lowest in the afternoon about 3. Men have a monthly testosterone variance that changes from man to man, and we men have a yearly cycle that is highest in October and lowest in April.

So men, if you think you are not hormonal, your just delusional. In fact when given surveys where female identifier questions are removed men report experiencing PMS symptoms as much as women!

DIET: Insulin resistance is connected with low T. As a man becomes more insulin resistant his testosterone drops. Eating. Each time a man eats his testosterone drops sharply. So frequent (5-7) meals a day on a moderate to high carb diet really hits us men where it hurts. Oh, and soy products, alcohol, licorice, and stevia have all shown to lower a mans T levels. FYI

STRESS: Cortisol and testosterone seem to have an inverse relationship, when one is up, the other is down. So the regular stress response, hyper stress reactions, poor emotional management, sugar and caffeinated drinks, excess belly circumference and body fat will all contribute to a drop in T.

INACTIVITY: Human Growth Hormone and testosterone are tightly connected in the man's body. Weight lifting and High Intensity Interval Training have been shown to boost HGH 2,000% and raise T. Walking, or what I call stress release cardio has shown to drop cortisol levels, lower insulin resistance, and raise T.

Here is a bonus: Sleep. Sleep is when our hormones do most of their action, build us up, repair, recovery, and reset. No sleep, no hope at stable hormones or T levels.

Fasting: Fasting has been shown to raise T levels 180% in just a short term (one day) fast and keep them high and even higher after the 3rd day of a fast.

Sharp T fluctuations and overall reduced T levels in men have been connected to irritability, anger issues, moodiness, and even depression. Take this seriously.

So there you go my brethren, you have the info, now take the action!

Dr. Don

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Thoughts Are Things

Thoughts are not abstract, they are finite in their expression and come to life through our physiology. As much as many people talk about thoughts, thinking, internal dialog and mental processes as some sort of activity that occurs separate from our biology the truth is that thoughts are real and the process of thinking them is as tangible as a fever, blood pressure, and pain.

The emergence of the expression of a thought of any kind summates with in a very intricate symphony of biological processes and mechanisms. It is true that we do not have the exact process and order of the reactions and steps our cellular and systemic exchanges go through to produce a thought, like if the thought stimulates the biochemical changes that follow or the biochemical stimulate what becomes a thought. We do know that these details and progressions of sub-cellular on goings in the earliest formation of a single thought is truly dynamic and doesn’t come from one region of the brain or body but leverages an incalculable amount of information and cross reactions to bring these things we call thoughts to life.

Who cares?

Understanding that thoughts are things that express and grow through our biochemistry is a very powerful way to look at things differently in how we think, when and why. What this means is that the level of function in your body and cells, and the health of the sub-cellular mechanisms that support life, can influence the quantity, quality and tone of every thought we have.

Ever find yourself thinking more negative thoughts when tired? Or brainstorming more when energized or happy? Ever find yourself spiraling in negative thoughts and emotions after drinking alcohol? Or maybe after eating a whole lot of junk food? Ever notice that negative thoughts seem to call in their friends and build on you when you are feeling down? Ever feel happy and optimistic or social after a having a drink and the ideas just flow?

These are all examples of how our physiology can effect, and at times drive our thoughts.

Again, so what?

This means that by working on our physiology, by focusing on keeping our cells healthy, by being aware of how our lifestyle choices of diet, exercise and stress, can effect, influence and possibly even cause certain thoughts to be, grow, or linger.

I am all for working on how I think and feel. I meditate, do breathing work, affirmations, and try and stay positive, but I also work hard on my chemical, toxic exposure, the quality and timing of my food intake, how I move and physically exert my body and actively stimulate my mind.

In a time of growing anxiety, depression and mental distress, I believe we must try everything we can to stay ahead of these issues, prevent them and strive for the optimal environment and lifestyle to prevent them as we focus on developing optimal health, healing, aging and quality of life for ourselves and our children.

Keep an eye out for more on this and how I think the sub-cellular health of our body can be the driver of not only chronic diseases, but also heavily influence if not initiate negative thoughts and mental states.

In the meantime my friends, the mind and body, the mental health and physical health of our body and life are not separate and they both play off each other and contribute to every function and element of our health and life, do not underestimate either side of this coin.

Dr. Don

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Internal Friction…..The Tipping Point

Part 3 of 5

stress tipping point

I believe there is the tipping point. Our internal frictions, both mental and physical are what fills our glass as they swell and grind in our life, minds and bodies. Many people focus on and put a lot of time and effort into emptying their glass to try and keep that tipping point low. This is called traditional stress management. Many people look to stay clear of life’s conflicts where ever they can and consequently put a lot of energy into doing so. This is called stress avoidance.

What I really want to do, and where I spend a lot of time and energy is working to build a bigger cup. That is called resilience. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are times and places for stress management and avoidance for sure. In today’s condensed, hectic, demanding world I will take all the advantages I can get, but it is in building our capacity to convert stress from a potentially negative impact on our lives into a potentially positive one that makes us truly resilient to stress.

As far as I can see we have four main areas that these internal frictions produce the majority of their damage:

1. Expectations

2. Brain Chemistry

3. Hormonal Chemistry

4. Cellular Oxidative Health

These four areas of our health, body, and life all start to collect the ill effects of the internal friction of our lives independently or collectively and dump them into our glasses. Let’s go through them each in reverse order.

Cellular Oxidative Health. What am I talking about here? Our body is made up of lots and lots of cells that all function in a very similar fashion as our body does as a whole, just on a very small scale. Each cell eats, eliminates, breathes, grows, reproduces, moves, and lives its little cell life. Healthy happy cells make up healthy happy tissues that make up healthy happy organs that work in healthy happy systems that make up a healthy happy body that has a healthy happy mind and enjoys a healthy happy life.

Health starts within the cell itself and anything that we do to irritate, interfere, damage, or negatively stress our cells will change how they work and ultimately how they express themselves and reproduce. In order to have any disease in our body we have to have had some significant damage occur within the cells of the body and that damage had to happen to A LOT of cells to the point that when they reproduced they produced new, yet damaged, or improperly functioning cells for many generations.

Cellular level toxicity, trauma, oxidation and maladapted behavior from our life and lifestyle are the most basic fundamental frictions that occur in our body and start our glass filling up. Many of these changes and actions that occur and produce this cellular level internal friction are not even something people can feel or see very easily, but they start the ill health and negative mental well-being ball rolling.

That leads us to our Hormonal Chemistry. When enough of the cellular level friction occurs it sets off our hormonal chemistry. Hormones are how the cells of the body all talk to each other and communicate what they need and how they feel so to speak. The cells use hormones and hormone receptors to tell their story to the rest of the body and the body in turn reports to the cells what is going on in the world through hormones so the cells can make changes accordingly. When this process is off, either from the cell to the body or the body back to the cell we see changes in our hormonal chemistry start to occur. This hormonal shift creates the next level of friction that we can now see and feel in our body. Hormones are very powerful little chemicals and they direct a whole lot of larger level action in our body like how we feel, how we look, they control how much fat we store or burn, how much muscle we build or lose, they make our skin look young, attract us to other people, help us sleep, control our energy levels, make us hungry or feel full and they can also make us impulsive, irritable, reactionary, angry, jealous, resentful and a whole lot more.

Generally speaking, we want to be as hormonally sensitive as we possibly can. That does not mean that we are just “hormonal,” as they say and being “sensitive,” to everything around us. It means that our cells, the hormones they use, the glands that make hormones and the rest of the body are all living in harmony and communicating well with ease and without any friction. We want our body to be sensitive to hormones meaning that a very little hormonal message goes a long way and does what we need it to. A hormonally sensitive body is a healthy, happy, good feeling body.

When the cells friction is building and health is being challenged we start to see signs of becoming hormonally resistant. The first place that this can be seen is with insulin, a very powerful hormone that does not play well with others and can throw our whole system out of whack when it shows up on the scene. Insulin makes our stress hormone effects worse, throws off our sex hormones and hi-jacks our metabolism. Early signs of insulin resistance are stubborn weight that won’t come off when you do the things that have worked for you in the past to lose weight, high fasting blood glucose as in over 83 for what I call the pre-pre diabetic state, 100-125 for medical pre-diabetes, and over 125 being type two diabetic. High triglycerides, high fasting blood insulin (over 5), elevated liver enzymes, fatty liver, and carb/sugar addiction symptoms are all just a few of the potential signs of insulin resistance.

To be continued…….

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Internal Friction…..WHY?

Part 2 of 5

handling internal stress

Why is it that one stress can roll right off your back while that same stress can bring me to my knees? Why can I deal with this particular stress so well today only to be leveled by it next week? Why can I handle the huge stress at times and be tortured by the small, less significant stress other times? Why can other people get through this, why can they do this, why can they handle this, and why can they succeed at this and I stand here so challenged?

I think something sets us up. I call it our tipping point. I see this equation as a giant water glass. I see our body as a vessel, as a glass of sorts that stress and life events can be poured right into. The level of water in this glass can go up and it can go down for different reasons as we contribute to the filling or emptying process. Occasionally that glass can fill to the rim and spill over. As the water level rises and nears the top we approach the tipping point. The tipping point is different for every individual and is more easily breached as the water level rises and we don’t bring it down, and at this delicate moment when we tip, we better watch out because the fire hose is open full blast.

Have you ever been to a coffee shop and seen a customer completely lose it on the barista because they got the wrong kind of milk, or shot, or flavor in their coffee? I make my own coffee most days and I can barely get it right for myself consistently, so this was not the baristas fault or doing. This client walked into that shop with a loaded gun, they walked into the shop at the brink of a spill, they walked in there right at the crest of their tipping point. At that point all it took was a nudge, a mere suggestion, and the emotional signal was fired off and the spiraling cascade of ill behavior that followed was unleashed.

That is a safe and neatly packaged example that most people can understand and get. Now let’s make it a bit more personal. Think of the parent, a dad in this case, that is at a park with his kid watching them play. The dad starts talking to the other parents doing the same and his child comes over excitedly to share something that just happened. Up to his dad he goes and starts tugging on his sleeve saying, “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy.” His dad a little irritated shrugs him off only to have the child do it again, and again, and again until the dad turns and barks at his kid that he hates when he does that, and lays into the poor kid. I have been there as the kid and as the dad and I think we can all relate to this incident. Is the dad a bad dad? Does he hate his kid? No. Of course not, just the opposite. So, did the kid do anything wrong, is he a bad kid? No, he’s not.

So what happened? The dad was at his tipping point. The dad was so ripe to tip that the loving, innocent, excited gesture of his own child that he loves dearly set him off and unfortunately both the parent and the child are going to be affected by it and pay a price.

Now if you were to freeze frame that scenario right there and then and calmly ask the dad if he truly feels that his conversation with the other parents at that moment was more important than his child’s desire to share something with him and he would say emphatically, “of course not.” If you were to ask that dad if barking and scolding his kid was an appropriate response in that situation, he would again say “no.” And if you asked him why he did that at that point, he most likely would say, “I don’t know,” and shake his head and look away in disbelief. It is almost like they were not his actions, it was like his thoughts in that moment were not his thoughts. When calmly looking at the event we think, that is just not like me. That is not what I want to be for myself or my child or anyone else. And we mean it.

So then why did he do it? Why do I do it? Why do you? Why does this happen when it is clearly not how we want to behave, it is clearly not how we usually do behave, and there is no reasonable excuse we can think of to justify the behavior? So why? How can this happen? And why does it seem to happen to so many people in so many parts of their lives and relationships?

There is a reason. There are probably many. But we can improve and even potentially eliminate this from happening.

To be continued……

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Internal friction

internal friction

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I am currently pursing my PhD in Health Psychology focusing on this process specifically, but I am not a psychologist. I am just your friendly neighborhood chiropractor and a mild mannered nutritionist who has spent the last 17 years working with people one on one, and now in large groups and programs, in three out of four of these categories I am going to go into with great success. I leave the psychology to the experts who deal with this type of issues every day, but I know that if you improve the body by working on these three categories, detoxifying and healing the cells, reducing hormonal resistance, and improving the mental economy the physiology will improve and much of the mental stress, strain, and mood issues that come along with this friction improves greatly. Again, I am all for stress management and avoiding stress when appropriate, but my ultimate goal, one that I research daily and am personally committed to, one that I live by and teach my children, is how to be healthy, heal when needed, and build rock solid resilience to stress.

Internal friction. That is the best way I can sum up how I see our body and system working as it slowly builds up tension or a physical dissonance to our physical and mental tipping point that eventually spills with ill health.

Mentally when we feel anxiety, or we find ourselves drawn to negative thoughts, self doubt and we start to get irritable, critical, and start feeling like someone else is running this show, like the thoughts and emotions we feel building are someone else's completely. I can only describe how it feels to me and attempt to translate how it has been described by patients and clients over the years in practice as a literal internal FRICTION that swells, grinds, confuses, tempts, distracts and can consumes us.

It is this mental friction that makes the insanity of addictive behavior seem logical or acceptable right before we do what ever it is we do, again, and again, and again. Whether it is eating sugar and processed carbs again, or taking that drink or that hit again, turning to abusive behavior or language and saying nasty things again, or suppressing our own thoughts and feelings to "feel" loved again, all the while knowing this is in no way good for us, clearly knowing that this is doing harm, and perfectly cognizant that we are literally and figuratively feeding this problem......again.

We can feel that friction when it begins. It can start slow and mild, almost unnoticeable, and slowly builds and as it gains our attention and we hope it will pass or we try and do something, hopefully something positive, that might calm that feeling and ease that friction. It can build or just crash your good day and squeeze your life joy by coming on so strong that the next thing you know you are in a mini internal panic trying to escape and avoiding it at any cost.

Sometimes this friction can change our personality right before our eyes, or slowly push as it alters who we are to the point that when we do finally see the issue, or when it is pointed out to us, we are blind to even the thought that this could be true, that this could be us. Sometimes we are reacting through this friction before we even know it is upon us, almost like a black-out drunk, it happens and all bets are off to what we do or what comes out of our mouth. Suddenly there are tears or harsh words, sometimes there is pain, other times you just find yourself off point, eating junk foods or finishing that whole pizza and skipping that workout or pushing that work off, ignoring your kids and wasting your day. Then we are left to make excuses and feel even worse than before as we reinforce that internal friction with more power to come back and terrorize us again.

This often seems like a completely mental process making us feel crazy, defective, and alone. Because in those moments we see the lunacy of our actions and feel that no one else can relate, that no one else really thinks these things or does this and definitely not over and over like I do. But they do. We all do at some point and to some degree, whether in thought, feeling or action, in some way that is unique to us we feel that friction.

As mental as it seems I think something physical sets this up and then sets us off. I know that thoughts can drive actions and physiology but I also believe that our physiology can drive our thoughts and emotions as well.

To be continued……

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