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Test your blood sugar! Do it now!

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I am working on my slides for a seminar presentation on Insulin Toxicity......metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's, cancer, weight gain, obesity.....and the list of health issues due to insulin problems goes on and on and the numbers are ABSOLUTELY STAGGERING!

Buy a $20 glucometer at the local pharmacy. Start by testing your morning blood sugar after not eating over night (12 hours).

If you are under 86 you are rocking! If you are 86 to 100 that is a sign that you are on a bad path. 100-125 is the technical pre-diabetic range and 126 plus is considered diabetic.

Look.....test NOW! 93% of the people tested had NORMAL blood sugar levels and actually had insulin resistance and went on to developing type 2 diabetes in a study of over 16,000 people. 80% had a normal glucose tolerance test.

Don't assume you are healthy or fit......even if you are working out every day and eat very cleanly, test! Test today!

I can't tell you how many athletes, from competitive powerlifters, bodybuilders, olympic athletes, professional athletes, to hard core cross-fitters and marathoners, who, when tested, turned out to have metabolic syndrome or prediabetes or worse.

ALSO, I work almost exclusively with health care professionals, doctors, nutritionists, naturopaths, nurses, you name it, and when we test we are usually quite surprised with them as well.....even though they work with this daily!

Look, if your numbers are bad, there is no judgement here, mine have been bad too. TAKE it for what it is worth and get onto a plan to get better!

Don't wait.

TEST, don't guess.

Dr. Don

P.S. Do you feel like you've tried EVERYTHING? Feel like you've been let down? I understand! If you want to see if I can personally help you in your health journey... schedule a call with me and let's discuss what you've been through and where you are now... where you want to get... and how I can help you get there.​ >> CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE A PRIVATE PHONE CALL WITH ME <<

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Exercise does not burn extra calories

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Look, there are huge and well documented effects from exercise.

BUT.....metabolically speaking it doesn't seem to raise your metabolism day to day. SO....you don't get to eat more today because you worked out.....sorry!

Exercise does create an instant increase in the efficiency of your metabolism by ramping up the the function of your brain, kidneys, heart and liver.

In your workout your metabolic activity goes up due to the neurological and muscular activity involved and the processing done by these organs. When that workout is over, your body then resents its metabolism for that day to a more efficient (lower) rate to balance you out at the end of the day to the level of calories used as someone with the same body type and age that did not work out.

Exercise has a net positive effect on your neurological tone, essentially calming the system and reducing stress and inflammation markers.

Exercise has a brain chemistry effect that clears the mind, improves memory and concentration and produces a bunch of feel good neurotransmitters.

Exercise OVER TIME will help build more muscle, which can have a general effect in raising your metabolic rate.....over time, not day by day.

Exercise also promotes improved metabolic flexibility by building bigger engines in the muscle you have (mitochondria efficiency and density) as well as increase the size of your muscle's gas tanks, the glycogen storage capacity......this all means better insulin clearance, decreased net insulin exposure, and a positive metabolic effect that also allows Human Growth Hormone to come out and play and keep us strong and young.

Exercise not only promotes the building of new brain and heart cells from brand new stem cells, but regular exercise can help you keep up to 90% of those new cells that would have died off otherwise. So you get to make new cells and keep them too!

What kind of exercise is the best? Let's not jump the gun, just make sure you are doing something every day. In the future we can go into the different types, their effects on the nervous system and metabolic effects, but for now, commit to doing something every single day! And remember, in many cases, 3 exercise routines of 10 minutes a day can often be better than one 30 minute routine!

So, we talk a lot about how what and when you eat impacts our body and health, let's put the same line of thinking to our daily exercise.

Keep sweating my friends!

Dr. Don Clum

P.S. Do you feel like you've tried EVERYTHING? Feel like you've been let down? I understand! If you want to see if I can personally help you in your health journey... schedule a call with me and let's discuss what you've been through and where you are now... where you want to get... and how I can help you get there.​ >> CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE A PRIVATE PHONE CALL WITH ME <<

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How does 50-60 lbs of weight loss in 8 weeks sound?

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But Doc, losing weight too fast is unhealthy. This has been a common question this week.

Who makes this junk up?

Yeah, I can see some strategies to losing weight being unhealthy like in cases of anorexia, bulimia, drug therapies, and surgical options. Or maybe in the case of an illness we can deem the weight loss as unhealthy, ok, maybe.

But here is the deal. The physiological process of burning fat (weight loss) is VERY healthy. It is a strong primal mechanism that has developed over hundreds of thousands of years and has been KEY in keeping our species alive.

Fat burning, be it via metabolic exercise, eating variations, fasting, or any combination of the three is EXTREMELY healthy. And as long as you have more than 4% body fat you have no reason to worry about malnutrition, going into starvation mode, losing muscle, or dying....or is it dieing?....well, either of those.

When you go into full fat burning mode and turn off your chronic sugar burning mechanisms you start to detoxify immediately, heal old injuries and heal on a cellular level as well. You clear brain chemistry and pump your feel good neurotransmitters and hormones, boost natural energy and metabolism, build muscle, squash hunger pains, cravings and emotional eating, all while burning unwanted fat off your body.....AND at a VERY fast rate when you have the weight to lose and follow the right plan. Oh, and no packaged foods or nutritional supplements or products needed.....although some may help.

So yes, those numbers are real. 50-60 lbs in 8 weeks.....one participant can't even exercise due to old injuries! But will be soon! Others have lost 15-30 lbs, more of the "norm" when applying all our strategies and the only ones that had any issue losing weight were those who did not participate as designed or those on certain medications or with a history of specific hormonal issues. In those cases we would take an advanced one on one support program, utilize more supplemental protocols, and will still lose weight in time.

The key, strive to get healthy to lose weight, not to lose weight to get healthy. Forget the low calorie, low fat model, throw it out! If calories were the key then 6-8 lbs of FAT loss would be an impossibility, but it isn't, so there are powerful mechanisms at play that we are starting to discover. It is all about brain chemistry and hormones, they drive your metabolism.

Stop the traditional cardio for fat loss and mix things up.  Feel encouraged, feel empowered, there are amazingly effective new models out there that are doing amazing things.

Dr. Don

P.S. Do you feel like you've tried EVERYTHING? Feel like you've been let down? I understand! If you want to see if I can personally help you in your health journey... schedule a call with me and let's discuss what you've been through and where you are now... where you want to get... and how I can help you get there.​ >> CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE A PRIVATE PHONE CALL WITH ME <<

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Food addiction IS real

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People get upset with me occasionally when I compare food or sugar addiction with substance addiction.

So, I will start this off by saying no, they are not the same, but they do share some of the basics of physiological addiction and most of the psychological elements, and for many food addiction can be just as hard to beat while culturally it can be much harder.

One of the differences between food and addictive substances like alcohol and drugs, is that you need food to live and if you get too much alcohol or drugs you die.

So, to say we have always needed food is accurate, but it is only until the more recent modification of what once was food into what is now processed food like products that we see food addiction sky rocket and chronic diseases and mental health issues along with it.

We have changed food so much in our attempt to make it keep longer in our pantry, to enable us to freeze it, to make ready to eat meals, and in making it into one step convenience foods that the end product is more like a drug than a food.

If anyone has seen Breaking Bad then they know the concept of a meth lab where they make one of the most addictive and dangerous illegal drugs out there called crystal meth. People seem to get the process involved in taking what might appear as normal random materials and fusing them with chemicals and heat and pressure to churn out a condensed powerful product called crystal meth.

The truth is, making processed foods is even more complicated. Just in making vegetable oil or sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup involves a lab with more steps, controls, and chemical processes than making meth.

Processed food is made in a lab and everything from the texture, smell, taste to the color and nutrient breakdown is MADE through a chemical process using mostly synthetic ingredients and by products of what once was food.

When we eat it, it hits our body as strong as a drug does activating all the wrong mechanisms, causing damage, and building the pathway of addiction. The only thing it lacks is the high.....but many would argue that they do have a high, but I am not going there today.

Want to test this hypothesis of processed food addiction? Try coming off all processed foods for 3 full days. Keep a journal and note what changes you see and feel, how you sleep, energy levels, mood, bathroom changes, hunger levels, and other mental and physical changes. Report back what you see and feel and if you could get through it. It is just 3 days.

Want real proof?......have your whole family go off processed foods for 3 days, including your kids and see what comes up for you all.

Awareness is key and the first step. Share you thoughts and experiences here if you feel moved.

I look forward to hearing from you my friends!

Dr. Don

P.S. Do you feel like you've tried EVERYTHING? Feel like you've been let down? I understand! If you want to see if I can personally help you in your health journey... schedule a call with me and let's discuss what you've been through and where you are now... where you want to get... and how I can help you get there.​ >> CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE A PRIVATE PHONE CALL WITH ME <<

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Restoring blood sugar levels WILL NOT fix diabetes…

Restoring blood sugar levels WILL NOT fix diabetes or get you off the diabetic - Heart Disease - Alzheimer's disease path.

This is a hash reality, especially for the nutritionists, nutritionally minded medical doctors, chiropractors, and naturopaths and nutrition enthusiasts out there.

Diabetes is not a blood sugar problem. It is not even an insulin (hormone) problem..... as I often have said.

No, I am not changing my stance, but let's look at this:

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Diabetes, as in the systemic pathological state and disease is due to a combination of the following:

  1. Liver function and structural changes: Fatty liver, glycogen inflexibility, glucagon (hormonal) feedback control issues.
  2. Pancreas problems part 1: Insulin. Insulin secretion phase one response, Beta cell damage that produce insulin, Alpha cell damage that insulin acts on and regulates glucagon.
  3. Pancreas problems part 2: Pancreatic enzyme production and secretion exhaustion/dysfunction.
  4. Early digestive track dysfunction of regulating stomach acid, the incretin response, and digestive motility (fast not slow).
  5. Systemic insulin overexposure: cellular receptor changes, cross reaction to other hormones like cortisol, thyroid hormone, and sex hormones (estrogen and testosterone).

If these 5 areas are not addressed and CHANGED physiologically, the systemic pathology that drives diabetes and causes it's many complications, heart disease, weight issues, and Alzheimer's WILL STILL progress.....even in the presence of "normal" blood sugar levels and weight loss.

READ THAT AGAIN: Diabetes...."WILL STILL progress.....even in the presence of "normal" blood sugar levels and weight loss."

Balancing blood sugar with diet, even a great diet, or with products, medications, shakes or the like, in most cases, will help you feel a bit better, look a bit better, but over time will give you a false sense of healing and security as the bigger systemic problem grows and progresses.

This is why neither forcing blood sugar into a "normal range" or just losing weight has shown to have much effect on the development of diabetes, heart disease, heart attacks, or dieing prematurely.

All of the above can be reversed to some extent and in many fully. It takes a very specific plan, time, a combination of strategies at different times, can only be done naturally, and goes way beyond balancing blood sugar.

I don't want anyone out there dealing with this issue, giving it their all, only to stay on the same path in the long run when there is a chance to get off the path and write a new map for your health and future.

We can do better my friends!

Dr. Don

P.S. Start checking your morning fasting blood glucose levels and those of your family immediately!!!!

P.P.S. Do you feel like you've tried EVERYTHING? Feel like you've been let down? I understand! If you want to see if I can personally help you in your health journey... schedule a call with me and let's discuss what you've been through and where you are now... where you want to get... and how I can help you get there.​ >> CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE A PRIVATE PHONE CALL WITH ME <<

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Healing Yo-Yo dieting damage.

People drastically underestimate the negative effects and damage that can be done from repeated Yo-Yo dieting with traditional low calorie, low fat diets.

It is especially pronounced when these diets follow a multiple meal and snack model eating 5-7 plus times a day and use processed foods, shakes, and pre-made meals in the process.

This model has been used and is well documented for over 50 years and clearly shows a significant problem.

Studies show that the weight lost in these conventional approaches is limited, is not usually fat and if it is, it is not the organ and visceral fat that matters, and the weight almost never stays off with 130% of the fat lost returning as more fat.

The number of cases where people lose a significant amount of weight and keep it off are very, very few. The estimated probability of going from an obese state to normal weight is over 1 in 1,200.

Why?

This model of conventional dieting does not shift the hormonal profile or neurological tone. At best it lessens the severity of the hormones, but does not change the hormonal balance or ratios and therefor the process might be slowed down but is not stopped nor reversed. If the process is not reversed and the hormonal profile not changed then the same problem that caused the weight in the first place will remain and block weight from coming off, continue to shift the body composition to having more fat, and when one returns to eating "normally" for maintenance or the like, will guarantee the return and gain of extra body fat.

Each time we do this the liver, pancreas, adrenals, thyroid, and brain with all their associated hormones get teased and stressed and become less and less willing to play nice.

This is called weight loss resistance. You know it is happening to you when you do the things that you did before to lose weight and nothing happens. Or you do everything perfectly, your diet is stellar, you exercise 3-4 times a week, and at the end of the month.....nothing.....or even worse, your weight goes up. Or you cut calories dramatically with no change in weight but a ton of added misery.

Each time you use this low cal, low fat model you reinforce this problem and lock the issue deeper and deeper into your body and system.

This Yo-Yo profile not only stops you from losing weight but it drive your body to age quicker and promote chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, chronic fatigue, Alzheimer's, and even cancer, depression and anxiety.

Cut the string on the Yo-Yo diet game and ditch the low calorie, low fat model for weight loss and health.

Stop cutting calories and start counting hormones and everything will change in time. It takes effort, time, and a solid plan but can and truly has to be done, and you can do it!

We can do better my friends!

Dr. Don

P.S. Do you feel like you've tried EVERYTHING? Feel like you've been let down? I understand! If you want to see if I can personally help you in your health journey... schedule a call with me and let's discuss what you've been through and where you are now... where you want to get... and how I can help you get there.​ >> CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE A PRIVATE PHONE CALL WITH ME <<

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Eat less, exercise more

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If you are a health professional and you are still parroting this as a viable plan for weight loss, you need to stop.

Eat less move more is an out dated concept that the public already knows is flawed and only reflects poorly on the health care professionals who still mistakenly promote it.

Eat less and exercise more as a solution to weight loss or health improvement is a pre-critical mass and a pre-evidence based story and concept.

This story has been told and repeated for over 50 years and was founded on assumptions rather than science or research. As time progressed this story was never reassessed and updated in the light of the new information and never questioned when outcomes continued to show failure and a worsening of the situation.

Now, enough people have tried this embarrassing model in the form of every major diet program offered over the decades preaching eat less (daily calorie restriction) and move more (more recreational physical activity). The public is now living in the post-critical mass awareness of this subject.

As this fairy tale continued to be promoted, the government added their twist wrongly attacking fat and villainizing saturated fat and cholesterol making these diets not only low calorie but low fat.

This conventional weight loss model is responsible for the cursed phenomenon of Yo-Yo dieting and all the misery, disappointment, and eventual worsening of weight issues that followed.

Americans know this model doesn't work. They have tried it, over and over again. They listened to their doctors, government and nutrition experts who developed new marketing and packaging of these old concepts using new shake mixes, supplements, pills, powders and potions attached to the same old party line of, "eat less, and move more."

The collective consciousness knows this model doesn't work and each time a person in authority, a health professional or trusted doctor recites the same old excuse of a solution that they know doesn't work it builds resentment and frustration.

In the process the professional undercuts their value and trust and makes themselves look bad and as out dated as their advice.

If anyone tries and tell you, "it's simple, you just need to eat less and exercise more," and you feel put off, ignored, or even lied to.....you just may be right on all three. Don't accept it.

Doctors and health professionals, don't perpetuate this mistake.

Keep following, we can do better, there is a better explanation and a more effective approach.

It is time for the Modern Lifestyle Medicine paradigm to stand tall and leave that old dangerous model in the shadows.

Dr. Don

P.S. Do you feel like you've tried EVERYTHING? Feel like you've been let down? I understand! If you want to see if I can personally help you in your health journey... schedule a call with me and let's discuss what you've been through and where you are now... where you want to get... and how I can help you get there.​ >> CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE A PRIVATE PHONE CALL WITH ME <<

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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

P.S. Do you feel like you've tried EVERYTHING? Feel like you've been let down? I understand! If you want to see if I can personally help you in your health journey... schedule a call with me and let's discuss what you've been through and where you are now... where you want to get... and how I can help you get there.​ >> CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE A PRIVATE PHONE CALL WITH ME <<

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