Part I: The Statistics
Prior to 1800, Americans were consuming only about 4 pounds of sugar per person, per year. By 1800, the number was 18 pounds. In 1900, it was 90 pounds. Today it is estimated that the average person in the U.S. consumes over 140 pounds of sugar yearly.
As sugar intake in the U.S. has exploded so has the incidence of childhood obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. These are all lifestyle diseases, and relatively new phenomena in the U.S. For the first time ever, life expectancy for the youngest generation is lower than that of their parents.
Any molecule in your body is capable of causing damage, but probably the most damaging of all are glucose and other sugar molecules. Sugars, not cholesterol, bind with proteins to cause inflammation in your arteries. The immune system forms scar tissue in reaction to the inflammation. Flexibility of the arteries is decreased, and plaque in an artery without flexibility is a prescription for heart disaster.
The following are statisitics from mercola.com:
In 1900, only 5 percent of the population had a blood pressure of 140/90 or higher. By 1939, 10 percent of adults had blood pressures above 140/90. Today, 31 percent of adults are hypertensive. 70 years ago there was no such thing as a cardiologist because there was no need for them. The first reported angina was in 1929. In 1950, there were 500 cardiologists in the United States. Now there are 35,000 — and they perform more than one million heart surgeries annually.
Obesity is measured by BMI (body mass index). In 1860 1.6 percent among 50 year-old men, had a BMI of 30 or higher, the classification for obesity. By 1900, it had tripled, and it has sharply increased over the past century. Some estimates claim obesity in the U.S. is as high as 40%.
In 1892, there were just two cases of diabetes per 100,000 people. Today, the rate is 9 out of 100, and one of every three children is diabetic. For those age 20 and over, the incidence rate is almost 11%. For those 60 and up, the prevalence is over 23 percent! Almost 26 percent of U.S. adults over the age of 20 are pre-diabetics, and more than 35 percent of seniors, 60 and older. That means 24 million people , 8 percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes, and there are more than double that total, 57 million, with pre-diabetes.
Part II: The Solution
Suicide by lifestyle has become the leading cause of death in the U.S. Heart disease, diabetes and obesity are leading the charge. There is always a choice in these matters, however.
In fact, every condition known to man results from the inability of the nervous system to comprehend a constructive response to some combination of the physical, chemical and emotional stresses of our busy lives. These stresses create interference in our nervous system. When interference is removed, or reduced, constructive responses become more common and the body’s innate healing ability is restored. The best way to remove interference to the nervous system is chiropractic care. A healthy nervous system ensures the maximum benefit from your food, your exercise, and mental disciplines.
Food, exercise, and mental disciplines, (in addition to chiropractic care to keep the nervous system functioning near peak efficiency) are the keys to avoiding suicide by lifestyle. Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes can almost always be controlled with these lifestyle modifications.
Anyone suffering from theses conditions, or at risk for these conditions should avoid the consumption of refined sugar and white flour; and quite possibly all processed foods and grains. Whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean organic meats, beans, spices, coconut and olive oils, and nuts supply healthy protein, fat, and carbohydrates; and reduce your risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
The Journal of Medicinal Foods published a study stating that many common herbs and spices are able to lower blood sugar, and prevent heart disease and premature aging. The top 10 most potent herbs and spices are:
Cloves (ground) Cinnamon (ground) Jamaican allspice (ground)
Apple pie spice (mixture) Oregano (ground) Pumpkin pie spice (mixture)
Marjoram Sage Thyme Gourmet Italian spice
Exercise is another essential key to preventing and reversing heart disease, diabetes and obesity. It strengthens the heart, lungs and immune system. It aids in weight loss by burning calories, Exercise also encourages mental clarity. Mental clarity can encourage better decision-making that may manifest as better eating and exercise habits.
Part III: How Can You Measure Your Health?
I use the Pulse Wave Profiler to measure Heart Rate Variability (HRV). I also do a computerized analysis of the part of the nervous system that moves the muscles and bones with Surface Electromyography (SEMG), and computerized analysis of the part of the nervous system that evaluates health in the organs and glands with a Thermal Scan.
HRV is the beat-to-beat variation in heart rate. This natural rise and fall of heart rate is caused by several physiologic phenomena, including breathing and autonomic nervous system activity. HRV is a fantastic indicator of the nervous system’s ability to handle stress, and perform the automatic functions like heartbeat and digestion. HRV demonstrates overall autonomic nervous system function.
Science has shown that reduced HRV is a correlated with acute myocardial infarction, obesity, diabetes, negative emotions and hypertension. It also shows that there is a significant inverse correlation between HRV and aging.
SEMG is a measure of the electrical output of the nerves exiting the spine at the muscles attached to the spine (your true core muscles). Nerve interference here results in decreased communication to the brain, and decreased efficiency in movement, clarity and balance.
Continued interference on an SEMG scan eventually results in nerve interference that shows up on the Thermal Scan. Thermal Scan interference demonstrates the inability if the nervous system to comprehend peak functioning efficiency in the organs and glands. This includes the heart, pancreas, liver, gall bladder, stomach and colon which are involved in diabetes and heart disease. It also includes the endocrine system (the pituitary, hypothalamus, adrenals, thyroid, and sex organs) which controls your response to stress and potential obesity.
So, ask yourself, “Don’t I owe it to myself to find out whether I have nervous system interference? And, if so, to do something about it? Schedule an appointment for a full evaluation today…. For you and a loved one, and remember no one is too young to be evaluated. There is an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and prescribed drug use in kids today. They more than anyone need to be checked out and adjusted! Call 509-327-4373 to schedule