Soul’s Physical Health Journey Part 9 of 13: Rest – what a difference!

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One of the most common health issues of being morbidly obese is sleep apnea. I experienced sleep apnea for almost two decades and didn’t know it! According to a Johns Hopkins University study in Baltimore, “Severe sleep apnea raises the risk of dying early by 46 percent.” Now THATS a percentage to take note of!

I learned all about sleep apnea upon returning home for a long West Indies sailing adventure. I shared a cabin with two other friends, who, upon the first night together, I’m amazed they didn’t throw me overboard! During breakfast the first morning out to sea, they both told be I snored loud enough to possibly break our cabin portal! They also mentioned they feared for my life! Why? I’d stop breathing for long periods of time, only to shatter the silence when my body convulsed enough to restart my breathing. I had NO clue about all this until that fateful morning. Of course, I felt terrible about all this. Looking back, I see now how my obesity took its toll on the health of two dear friends. (Your health does, indeed, factor into the health of everyone you hold near and dear.)

supportAfter the dust settled from that trip, I spoke with my Doctor about my sleeping habits. I received a referral to a sleep apnea clinic. WOW! What an experience. The technician was amazed that I didn’t exhibit the traditional signs of sleep apnea based on my sleep study results. Given my results (a 95 out of 100 score on their scales), I should have been one of those folks who falls asleep at the wheel when driving, falling asleep at my desk, etc. Based on their scales, newborns may score a 25 on their tests (meaning, just about everyone has some form of sleep apnea from time to time). A 95 was considered life threatening.

My Doctor wanted me to IMMEDIATELY start using a C-PAP machine to help me breath better while sleeping. GREAT! A face-mask strapped to my fat face forcing air into my nose and mouth all so I might experience a sound sleep. I understood the implications of turning down a C-PAP machine when I opted for the more dramatic option. Surgery. A risky procedure known as Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (or UPPP) combined with a full tonsillectomy. Thankfully, all turned out well.

Moral of the story, obesity often results in sleep apnea. Sleep apnea robs our bodies of necessary deep sleep time. If you’re partnered with someone, you may be robbing them of their sleep time with all that snoring! As we all know, lack of deep sleep depletes our immune system as well as increases our chances of being less than kind to ourselves and others. Think about it! If you’re over weight and feel tired all the time, it’s time you realize you may have a severe case of sleep apnea. Get this checked out ASAP!


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Soul’s Physical Health Journey Part 8 of 13: Cleansing – an ancient art.

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Okay, confess! What do you know about cleansing the inside of your body?
You enjoy a shower or bath to keep yourself clean on the outside. What about your insides? Frankly, I never really thought much about this issue until I got serious of gaining and maintaining a healthy weight. As I researched the traditional methods of weight reduction (diet and exercise programs), NO WHERE did I read anything about internal cleansing programs.

I wouldn’t have know about internal cleansing programs unless a student was kind enough to share with me how he keeps his body so fit – WITHOUT – a workout program. (Given the time, money and effort I’d placed in gyms, trainers, traffic, parking, etc., my ears perked up when he shared his cleansing story.)

potentialIn the span of a few short days, I researched like mad anything I could find concerning internal cleansing. For starters, our Chinese family have used cleansing programs for centuries! There’s the old colon cleanse. (I tried one of those, found it fascinating, but NOT something that I’ll engage on a regular basis.) Then there’s my liver, the primary body part involved with cleansing my body of unhealthy toxins.

Based on what my student reported, I tried his liver cleanse program. That program, known as Isagenix, opened my eyes – BIG TIME – to the benefits of liver cleansing. Why? In nine days I retired 12 pounds. Keep in mind, that’s MY results. Of course, your results will be different.

As I researched HOW I managed to clear 12 pounds in nine days, I found myself amazed at how well my body put up with my (what I thought to be) healthy diet. For example, did you know adults can retain at least 10 pounds of undigested meat in their intestines for days! Yikes! Then there’s the issue of consumed toxins in the form of pre-packaged foods, additives in livestock and produce, the air we breath, etc.

Did you know your liver attempts to protect your body from these toxins by stuffing them into fat cells if it can’t eliminate them correctly? For example, if you don’t drink enough water (see my previous post on this topic) your body can’t eliminate all the toxins you take in. Your liver then places those toxins inside your fat cells. Fat cells act much like a balloon. The more toxins you have, the larger the fat cells become. Not enough fat cells for all those toxins? No worries, our bodies create MORE fat cells! Yikes!

Today, I eat pretty much whatever I wish well after retiring over 100 pounds years ago! How? I feel safe and secure that my monthly cleanse program helps me detox / deflate those fat cells while at the same time helping my digestive system digest more efficiently by eliminating intestinal plaque.

FYI for all you body builders! I’ve got scores of professional body builders getting leaned out and buffed up with my program as well!

Heads up! I offer an unmatched in-home cleansing program to cleanse both physically and mentally! Call me (312) 268-0000 for a private, confidential pre-screening  / assessment to determine if you’re ready for my program.


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Soul’s Physical Health Journey Part 7 of 13: Dairy – scary!

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Are you aware of what the federal, state and local laws mandate concerning U.S. diary cows?  Did you want to know?  I thought I did until I started googling around on this issue.  Our Center For Disease Control has more than a dozen frightening (to me at least) reports on what farmers MUST inject into diary cows in order to stay in compliance with a host of laws. While I appreciate the essence of such rules and regulations (to maintain a safe, healthy source of diary), the actual outcome is far from honoring our health and wellness.

20090518pmInoculations aside, we further complicate our diary intake by infusing all kinds of (what is claimed to be beneficial) additives to dairy products.  A common addition to most dairy products a wide range of liquid dyes to ensure that product just looks right!  Next, don’t forget to read your ingredient list on any dairy product to discover what (again, claimed to be beneficial) supplements are added to the mix.  While it’s nice to think manufacturers are watching out for your health by adding some supplements, is the grade of supplements used something our bodies can use or do our bodies treat these supplements as toxins.

Overall, when it comes to retiring unhealthy weight, the less toxins one consumes, the better the chances are you’ll drop those unhealthy pounds much more effortlessly.  (I know my excess weight dropped more quickly when I stopped buying off-the-shelf dairy products.) Given all the (what is claimed to be) beneficial aspects of ‘drinking a glass a day’ one MUST wonder, is it REALLY wise to drink all that fortified milk?  Based on our exponentially expanding obese children, do we need to question that catchy add slogan. “Milk! Does it do a body good.”


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