Friday, March 16, 2018

I'm So Tired

"I'm so tired," is one of the most common symptoms that people report.  In my clinical practice, it is more common in women than men.  Natural medicine always tries to look for a cause.  So, let's look at some of those causes.  

(My clinic Facebook page recently carried a question about this Perhaps you're here to check your answer.)

Tiredness is a nebulous symptom because there are so many reasons for it.  I had trouble writing the FB question because I had trouble thinking of a reason that doesn't potentially cause tiredness.  The correct answer was "Living one's life purpose."  Comments about some other answers follow.

Anemia -- is a deficiency of red blood cells or iron or hemoglobin.  In menstruating women it can be a result of extra heavy or frequent periods.  So, it can be from blood loss.  It can be from dietary deficiencies of iron, or Vitamin B-12 or Folic acid.

Energy Vampires -- These are people who suck your energy from you.  They are extra needy people who take and take and give nothing back to you.  The tiredness associated with this cause tends to be more emotional or mental in nature.

Depression -- tiredness and wanting to sleep a lot can be a result of depression.  There are two kinds.  Depression caused by situations, such as the ending of a relationship.  The other kind is clinical, where there is an internal biochemical imbalance.

A few other causes of tiredness:

Sleep Apnea -- breathing impairments while sleeping can reduce oxygen to the brain resulting in a rebound feeling of exhaustion during the waking hours.

Low grade infections -- drain energy via the immune system.  Common locations for simmering infection can be in the gums, sinuses, or the gastrointestinal system.

Adrenal fatigue -- is the result of chronic stress.  Stress changes the release of adrenal hormones, which disrupts sleep patterns that create insomnia at night and tired sleepiness during the day.

Dr. Mark has expertise in working with all of these causes and getting your energy back on track.  Click here to check out how coaching could help in a comprehensive way.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

What Are Your Health Goals?

Have you thought about this?  Do you have any health goals?

A lot of people spend a lot of time and money in doctors' offices.  A lot of people have multiple diagnoses and get a lot of different prescription medications to address a medical label.  But, is anyone working to make you healthier?  Is anyone trying to help you get at the cause?  Has anyone ever asked you if you want to get healthier?  Drugs are great for this moment in time, but are they really making you healthier, or more resilient?

What goals would you like to pursue regarding your health? Do you have any immediate goals?  How about 5 or 10-year goals?  Do you know where to begin in coming up with those?  Can you stick with them by yourself?  I can tell you that I know how to help you, whether you're nearby or across the country.

Start walking your illnesses backwards by addressing the underlying cause(s).  

Several times a day you come upon a fork in life's road and have a choice - do you continue the road you're on, or change course.

I'm here for the course changers...

Monday, March 12, 2018

Mirror, Mirror

"Mirror, Mirror why oh why do those same 15 pounds keep coming back?  No matter how I smooth my clothes around them, they still make me look dowdy."

The trouble with diets is that we usually go into them with a short-term goal, i.e. lose 15 pounds.  But, when you arrive there, then what?  Most diets, if they're followed closely, will lose your 15 pounds.  The issue with short-term goals is they don't change anything about you, your thinking, your habits, or your general health.  You meet the goal, celebrate, and then go right back to doing what you were doing to put on the extra weight.

Losing weight is not an end in itself.  To keep it off your perspectives, habits, and lifestyle need to change.  The true goal, realized or not, is to improve your health.  Setting out in pursuit of health is, admittedly, a larger task, but one that has a much larger pay-off in the long-term in reduced risks for "old-age" chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, strokes, dementia, and heart attacks.

  • Breaking life-time habits
  • Adopting new eating practices
  • Reducing health risks
  • Addressing nagging health concerns
  • Avoiding numerous expensive medications
  • Altering perspective from feel-good to happily life-sustaining

-- takes diligence, education, and the support of a good guide and/or group.

So, why not embark on a more comprehensive learning journey, and lose the weight along the trail?

Health Coaching is now available through my clinic.  See my website about it at: 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Tasty Morning Breakfast
(Gluten, sugar-free)

One serving:
1-1/2 c. water
3/4 c. oatmeal
2 Tbsp. dried cranberries or raisins
1/4 of apple sliced
1/4 tsp cinnamon
a sprinkle of cloves
5-8 chopped pecans

Start water to boil, adding fruits. Bring to boil.  Add oatmeal and spices.  Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.  Add pecans.  Enjoy.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Is One Calorie Just Like Any Other Calorie?

Obesity and cardiometabolic syndrome are two well-proven health conditions that provide an almost  straight-forward slide into heart disease and diabetes.  These two conditions are precursors to much misery.  Food sits as the major determining factor on addressing these two conditions.  It can be gasoline to turbo-charge the slide, or the brakes that get you off the slide.

There's no other way to say this.  Take your weight and your height measurements, click on the following link, and put them in the BMI calculator.  It will give you your grade, unless you are a body-builder and have lots of muscles.  That's your news on obesity.

To get the scoop on cardiometabolic syndrome you will need some other measurements.  You will need your waist measure (just above your belly button) and your hip measure (right where your legs meet your body.)  Then, from your doctor, you need your triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, random glucose, and Hemoglobin A1C.  You also need your blood pressure.  All those numbers can be used to calculate your risks for heart disease and determine how likely you have a blood sugar regulation problem.

Getting back to food.  This should be vividly apparent to you: 100 calories from sugar and 100 calories from broccoli are not the same.  Your body does not handle them the same, and you do not get a single milligram of nutrition from the sugar.  If you are getting more than 20 gm of sugar a day on most days of the week, you are increasing inflammation in your blood vessels, putting stress on your pancreas, and clogging up your cellular energy pathways.  Vegetables are your friend.  The sooner you get over your addiction to over-processed, sweet-tasting foods the sooner you strike a blow to the manufactured food cartel's destruction of your health. They work far slower and more insidiously than a drug pusher, but the end results are similar.

The other food info is that useful is that diets that are higher in proteins and fats burn 300 more calories a day than a high carb diet.  Protein and fat increase basal metabolic rate. The body uses energy to convert fats and protein to glucose, and protein will increase muscle mass, especially with exercise.

If you'd like to have a consult about your nutrition and help finding a new health-producing lifestyle, call or email me for an appointment.