January 24, 2017

The Healing Power of Music

“I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah”[1]

Children who play instruments have better verbal intelligenceThese words from the song Hallelujah made famous by the movie Shrek indicate a power in music known from ancient times.

Though David used what we would call “crude” instruments and chords, there was a power in the music to calm the soul of his employer and king, Saul. It worked so well that Saul kept him around, in spite of his envy of David. (Saul was known to throw a spear or two at David while he was playing.)

Today, we have so much music available to us! We don’t have to be in the presence of a musician to hear their music. Music is ubiquitous. We wake up to music. We listen to music on our way to work or to school. We listen to music when we are at work. We listen to music when we work out. Music is in the background at the restaurant when we eat lunch, or at the café when we meet for a coffee. Music is in the background at the grocery story and the shops we visit for almost everything. For some people, music is what lulls them to sleep at night.

But not all music is equal. We can choose music for its healing power, for our enjoyment, or to set our mood.

Music on the Mind

Our ears convey so much more information to our brains than just words. Music is brain-food. It can keep an aging brain healthy. Click to Tweet.

Research with SPECT and Functional MRI scans reveal that many areas of the brain are stimulated by music. [2]

Music-on-the-Mind

Listening to music can change your brain chemistry. It can improve auditory and verbal memory, focused attention and mood. For example:

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Do Your Genes Determine Your Destiny?

by Dr. Scott Saunders, M.D.

We have been told that our genes are responsible for everything from how we look, to what foods we like, to whom we marry. The old concept of “fate,” “determinism,” or “pre-destination” now has a physical presence in the genes! Is this true? Do we believe in fate? Is our destiny sealed the moment the sperm from our father penetrates the egg of our mother?

The answer is: no!

We are as free to choose our fate as we could be. Nobody is predetermined to do anything. However, some may have genetic weaknesses to overcome.

I had a patient in my office last week. I’ll call her Becky. Her answer to everything wrong with her was: “My mom had that so I do;” or, “I got that from my aunt.” I could not get through to her that she could make changes in her life that would preclude the need for her medications. She didn’t understand that her genes do not destin her to living with any of these so-called genetic illnesses. Hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, and diabetes need not be her fate.

On the other hand, there are genetic diseases that don’t respond to the environment. One young woman, Alice, had a “pyruvate dehydrogenase deficiency.” Don’t worry…I couldn’t pronounce it either. It caused her to get severely fatigued every day. She didn’t get sleepy, but just felt unable to move for lack of energy.

This enzyme deficiency wouldn’t let her fully use sugar, so she only got a tenth of the energy out of each sugar molecule. Moreover, the acids left over built up in her tissues and she became extremely fatigued by the middle of the day. After she rested overnight the acids would clear out of her muscles and she felt fine in the morning. She would go about her day and the acids would build up until she couldn’t move anymore, and she would have to lie down. Her fiancé finally dragged her into my office saying, “Something is wrong with her!”

five senses turn genes on and offEpigenetics is the study of how the environment affects the genes.

It turns out that everything we:

  • See
  • Hear
  • Touch
  • Smell
  • Taste
  • Think

…affects our genes. Not just “affects,” but actually turns them on and off. I can give you a simple example:

I could say just a few words that produce a vibration in your ear. Your brain interprets the vibration and turns on some genes that dilate your blood vessels in your cheeks and makes you blush. This example produces a temporary effect, but there are other examples that produce permanent effects.

We have amazing mechanisms to turn genes on, or turn them off. Thus, it isn’t the genes that determine what we become, but what we do with them.

The study of all these effects is fascinating. Genetic material functions like the blueprint for creating an organism. But just like the blueprint for a building, there is some leeway in how we follow it.

As a young man, I was a carpenter, building condominiums in Los Angeles. I knew that the final structure of the building is often different from the plans given to us by the architects and engineers. We used to complain that the architects didn’t know what was possible. We thought they should all be required to actually build some structures before they started drawing them.

A very similar situation occurs with our genes. The cell may need a certain protein, but that gene may be turned off so it has to do without, or use something else. It can take time, and a lot of different factors to turn on a gene.

Food has a huge effect on genes. Everything we put in our mouths is turning on, or off, our genes. Click to Tweet.

At the very least, food affects our genes during digestion. But food can have far-reaching effects—even generational.

Eating certain foods during pregnancy may increase or decrease the chance of illness for your child later in life. Take diabetes, for example. Diabetes was unknown to the Pima tribe in Arizona on their original diet. But, since they started eating highly processed American food, they now have a diabetes rate of 80%!

oxygen free radicals damage DNAEight out of ten Pima Indians will have diabetes in their lifetime. What’s more, diabetes is showing up among youths and even young children. These kids are genetically predisposed against diabetes, but sugar turned on their genes that create diabetes.

The nutrients we consume affect our genes. Oxygen free radicals from food damage our genome (our complete set of DNA), causing dysfunction of cells, and even cancer.

However, even if everyone else in our family gets cancer, it doesn’t mean we have to get it. Though we may be predisposed to cancer genetically, we can create an environment that promotes healthy genes.

We need vitamins and minerals, and we need to avoid toxins that cause genetic mutations. (Promoting healthy genes like this also keeps the immune system functional to remove any cancer cells that may arise.)

Even our thoughts can change our genes. Many of us have had the experience of seeing a scary movie that caused our hearts to race and fill us with anxiety. You know that you can think about that movie and recreate the same reaction. If you experience fear over and over again, then you will develop a pathway of fear in the brain. This changes both neurotransmitters and your anatomy. The brain makes more physical connections as a pathway is used.

So, what about all this “epigenetics?” What does it mean for us? Well, this is an extremely empowering concept.

Becky felt doomed to her fate of hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes. But, she can change those genes. She is not destined to die young or slowly because of these genetic illnesses.

In one study, pregnant rats were fed gluten. The rats born from the research only had an increased risk of diabetes if they overate, became obese and didn’t exercise. When rats ate more proteins, less carbohydrates, less food in general, and exercised, then they didn’t get diabetes.

Alice, on the other hand, had a different problem than Becky. She had an enzyme that was defective and didn’t work at all. Luckily, half of her cells are normal, allowing her to live.

Even with Alice we can work around some of these abnormalities.

  • We still used the concept of epigenetics, modifying her environment to work with her genes.
  • We put her on a sugar-free diet so she couldn’t build up the acids in her muscles.
  • This forced her body to use fat and protein (which is made into sugar) for energy.
  • She had just enough sugar from the protein, and enough energy from the fat to allow her to function normally all day.

Several weeks into her new diet Alice was feeling pretty good, planning her wedding, and brought in her mother. Her mother told me, “I have been tired all my life, and the doctors just gave me anti-depressants! I’ve been on every drug for depression, and most of them made me worse! I want to take that test.”

However, we didn’t need to perform the test because we found out the deficient enzyme was on her daughter’s X-chromosome. This means it had to come from her mom because the males with this defect all die before they’re born. We put her on the same diet and her fatigue disappeared almost immediately. This is how knowledge is power!

Recommendations For Good Epigenetics [am4show guest_error=’noaccess’]

1. Avoid toxins:

  • Eat raw, organic fruits and vegetables
  • Avoid all processed foods
  • Avoid GMO (GE) foods

2. Consume antioxidant rich foods:

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables (vitamin C, B-vitamins, Folate, Vitamin A)
  • Raw Almonds (vitamin E)

3. Take your minerals:

  • Selenium – 200 mcg daily for 90 days, then once per week (or a couple of brazil nuts)
  • Chromium picolinate – 1 mg per day for 90 days, then once per week
  • Magnesium – 400 mg per day, take at night (or eat lots of leafy green vegetables)

4. Practice stress reduction:

  • Exercise daily.
  • Forgive everyone.
  • Write in a journal.
  • Have a regenerative hobby.
  • Garden (fresh vegetables from your own garden are tastier and more nourishing than store-bought produce).
  • Meditate and pray – ½ hour per day.
  • Be positive. Looking for the good in everything will dramatically reduce the stress of life, and protect your genes.

5. DON’T EAT TOO MUCH

This is probably the most important protection for your genes, allowing them to work well by keeping the toxins out of the cells.

You can lengthen your telomeres, repair your DNA and prevent all forms of aging with periodic fasting. Click to Tweet.

Most of my patients fast one day per month.

When they fast, they eat a regular supper on Saturday, drink only water on Sunday, and then a regular breakfast on Monday. I have one patient who does a water-only fast for thirty days once per year. (He goes to a clinic to do this.) Fasting is great for getting rid of toxins and resetting the metabolism.

toxin fastYou can also engage in various modified fasts, such as:

  • Eating only raw, organic foods for thirty days
  • Drinking only fresh vegetable juice
  • Doing the Master Cleanse, which is water, lemon, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup.

There are many ways to cleanse the system. This helps your genes function normally, turning on the ones you want, decreasing inflammation and improving energy efficiency. Cleansing also turns off those genes that promote inflammation, obesity, and metabolic disease. With this knowledge, the Pima people could have a population completely free of diabetes in less than one generation. This is the power of epigenetics!

Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that your genes are coded for a certain predisposition. You are not doomed to live with a disease weakness or cancer tendency all your life.

The study of epigenetics is finally putting the myth of genetic determinism to rest. We now know you can turn on or off your genes by changing the environment inside the cell.

If you eat a lot of toxic substances, such as sugar, you will change your genes to create high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. However, if you avoid toxins, then your genes will function normally.

Provide your genes with antioxidant vitamins, methylation vitamins and minerals, and your cells will make the proteins and enzymes you need to have a healthy body.

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Dr. Scott SaundersDr. Scott D. Saunders, M.D. (Ask-an-MD) is a practicing physician, specializing in preventative health care, who utilizes eclectic health care for the whole family, including conventional, orthomolecular and natural medicine. He is also the medical director of The Integrative Medical Center of Santa Barbara in Lompoc, CA. He went to UCLA medical school and is board certified in family medicine. View natural remedies with Dr. Saunders at: http://drsaundersmd.com

 

 

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Epigenetics Prove You Can Control Your Gene Expression Naturally

by David Kekich

How old are you?

Uh, uh. Not so fast.

I’m not interested in the number of candles on your birthday cake and neither should you be.

Nowadays, as people like to say, “It’s not the years in your life, but the LIFE in your years” that matter and often the calendar is a bad indicator of that.

In fact, there might be a giant difference between your chronological age and your biological age,either for the good or the bad!

Here’s why.

Your chronological age measures the time you’ve been on this planet. Your biological age measures how you perform, look and feel. Your biological age gauges how long you might live. (Frankly, it may very well measure how long you WANT to live given factors like energy, cognitive condition and even sexual desire and function.) Recent studies have shown that the rate at which you age is only determined 25-35% by genetics. You control the rest. It’s called “epigenetics.”

Our 300 tissue types differ because their cells have certain sets of genes that are “turned on” or expressed, as well as other sets that are “turned off” or inhibited.

Epigenetics refers to the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself. Or, simply put, the way your genes operate depends on much more than your DNA sequence. Epigenetic changes can switch your genes on or off. You and your environment have more influence by what is termed “epigenetic factors.” Changes in these factors can play a critical role in disease, how you feel and in your future.

In other words, you control much of your destiny. You can actually reprogram much of your body to resist diseases such as cancer…and even aging. What you eat, drink, breathe and think and how much you exercise has more bearing on your health than your DNA.

Your environment’s effects on your genes are so powerful that the ways they influence you can permanently alter the way your genes are expressed, and some of these effects can be passed on to your offspring.

So the consequences of your habits on your health, good and bad, can be inherited by your children and by your children’s children. Click to Tweet.

Let’s say your nutritional habits affected your predicted death rate associated with cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. For example, if you practiced some form of caloric restriction just before puberty, your children would have less chance of dying from cardiovascular disease.

you are the captain of your shipThe flip side is that positive lifestyle habits also translate to modified gene expression. So you can pass on those epigenetic changes too. What are these changes, and how are they remembered? The answers to questions such as these lie in the concept of epigenetics that are beyond the scope of this article.

Previously, we’ve assumed that since we inherit our DNA sequence at birth, our genetic code was merely the luck of the draw and there’s not much we can do to alter it.
But we now know that we are empowered at birth regardless of the hand we were dealt. In fact, as much as 65-75% of your gene expression is controlled by your environment, including the food you eat, the amount and type of exercise you get…and even your thoughts.

So you can REVERSE most of your unwanted gene expressions that contribute to disease. Or, conversely, with poor health habits, you can unwind much of the advantages that you were born with.

You are the captain of your own ship. You are in control of your health. This even includes how well and how rapidly you age. Click to Tweet.

Recent discoveries allow us to objectively measure biological age. This measure may not yet be precise. But it does give you a good indication of how effective your anti-aging program works for you. Or, those same measures may illustrate how your habits are accelerating your aging process.

I enjoyed lunch with a young-looking 61-year-old friend. We compared notes on how we maintain our health. We found that our protocols and longevity goals were similar. He measured his biological age and found out he was about 45 years old! I did the same and got similar results. I turned 71 this year. Yet my blood pressure is better than it when I was a fit 35-year-old. My cholesterol levels are almost as good. And my body fat is about the same.

I attribute this to my improved diet, supplements and regular exercise. My skin elasticity, respiratory function and reaction time compare to someone around 50. And my immune profile, neurological scores and blood tests are equal to those of a 50-year-old man’s. Finally, an online test measured me at about 55.

I don’t say this to brag – but to show you how you can turn back your aging clock by applying your basic epigenetic knowledge. You can find the information in my book, Smart, Strong and Sexy at 100?

If my friend and I can do it, you can do it. We have essentially turned back our biological clocks by an astounding 15-20 years. That could mean we have bought ourselves the opportunity to take advantage of over 15 more years of medical advances, thanks to epigenetics.

biological age testI have another friend who pursued the same healthy lifestyle changes that I have–with even better results. His chronological age is 65. And he was dealt a bad set of genes which prematurely aged him. He was at risk of an early death. But he followed a well-balanced program. It included supplements, diet, exercise, stress reduction, a sensible lifestyle and regular visits to his anti-aging physician.

He dropped his current biological age to about 45. When he started, his biological age was probably at least 5 years higher than his chronological age. Now it’s 20 years lower. So he netted around 25 years—five years more than my other friend and I. These results are no coincidence.

One of my secrets is carefully chosen nutritional supplements. A favorite of mine of the new breed that affect gene expression is InflaGene – available HERE. And given the impact of inflammation on aging, disease and death, it may be the most important for you. It’s the only supplement derived solely from a network of genes that contribute to inflammation. Chronic inflammation is the direct link to nearly every major disease and to accelerated aging.

Most anti-aging physicians can quickly test you for your biological age. Ask for an H-scan. But courtesy of Dr. Stephen Cherniske, here are some free tests you can do at home:

Skin Elasticity

Lay your hand down on a desk or table, palm down. Pinch the skin at the back of your hand for five seconds. Let go and time how long it takes your skin to go back to its smooth appearance. If you’re very young, it should snap back immediately. An average 45-year-olds’ skin will take 3–5 seconds. At age 60, it takes about 10–15 seconds on average. By the time you are 70, it usually takes 35–60 seconds to crawl back. So if you are 60 and it takes 3–5 seconds, this test indicates your biological age is around 45.

If you want to increase your skin elasticity, follow the diet and antioxidant recommendations in this book.

Reaction time

Ask someone to hold an eighteen-inch ruler or yardstick vertically from the one-inch line. Place your thumb and forefinger about three inches apart at the eighteen inch line. Then ask your partner to let go without warning you. Then catch the ruler as fast as you can between your thumb and forefinger. Mark down the number on the ruler where you catch it. Do this three times, and average your score. A 20-year-old will average about twelve inches. That generally decreases progressively to about five inches by the time you are 65 or about 1 3⁄4 inches per decade. So if your score is seven and one-half inches, you test out at about age 50 for reaction time.

Games like ping-pong, tennis and foosball can increase your scores.

Static balance

Take off your shoes, and stand on a level uncarpeted surface with your feet together. Close your eyes and raise your right foot about six inches off the ground if you are right-handed, or on your left foot if you are left-handed. See how many seconds you can stand that way without opening your eyes or moving your supporting foot. Most 20-year-olds can do it easily for 30 seconds or more. By age 65, most people can only stand for 3–5 seconds. You lose about six seconds a decade, so if you score 12–14 seconds, you test at about 50 years of age.

Yoga, balance board training and exercise can improve your scores.

Vital lung capacity

Take three deep breaths, and hold the fourth without forcing it. Healthy 20-year-olds can hold it for two minutes easily. We lose about 15%, or 18 seconds per decade, so a 60-year-old will do well to hold it for 45 seconds. If you can hold your breath for 65 seconds, you test at about the 50-year-old level.

You can improve with exercise and deep breathing techniques.

Memory/Cognition

Ask a friend to write down three random seven-digit numbers without showing them to you. Ask him or her to say the first string of seven numbers twice. Now repeat the string backward. Do the same for the other two numbers, and average the results. A 30-year-old should score 100%. Most of the 50-year-olds will miss one digit out of seven. Most of the 60-year-olds will miss two, and 70-year-olds will miss three.

Once you see how you measure up on a biological age test, you can reverse your biological dramatically by following the 7 easy steps in Smart, Strong and Sexy at 100? Let’s say you’re 50, but your test results measure you at 52 biologically. Not good. You’ve essentially shortened your projected life span by two years. However, now that you understand the power of epigenetics, let’s say you start your protocol today and retest in a year. The calendar will say you are 51. But your tests might measure you at 45. That means while you lived one more year, you’re biologically seven years younger. So you bought yourself an extra eight years.

Soon, when someone asks your age, why not tell them your biological age instead of chronological? Tell them “I was born in ____, but I’m actually about __ years old.”

Then, just to let them know how smart how smart you are too, ask them if they can spell, ”epigenetics.”

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David KekichDavid Kekich is President/CEO of Maximum Life Foundation that focuses on aging research, a 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to curing aging-related diseases. MaxLife.org is helping to make the anti-aging dream a reality with cutting edge Bio-Engineering research and products.

 

 

Obesity…Bigger Isn’t Always Better

I have been told I have a knack for finding humor in everything. So, I couldn’t resist starting a very serious article on obesity without a light-hearted observation!

As I am writing, my wife, Lillian, is in full-blown holiday mode and the house is a veritable holiday masterpiece. The decorations are beautiful, the preparations are plentiful and the spread will be bountiful; turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, pumpkin bread pudding and pumpkin pie! Top this all off with with an article on obesity!

Let’s face it. The holiday season is a time for faith, family and food and food and…a New Year resolution that usually includes a diet and a health club membership. To add insult to injury, just recently this was the hot news item: Hostess factories close and it is the end of an icon.

I would like to develop this article a bit differently than I have previously, as the subject of obesity is not only an extremely sensitive one but for me, but quite personal as well.

Those of you that have met me would find it hard to believe that I would know anything about obesity. After all, I am a strapping six foot one 170 pound physically fit man that can keep up with guys half my age in the gym. But, it wasn’t always that way.

I grew up the fat kid in school. In a culture that is cosmetically oriented, being the “fatso” is unacceptable.

When one becomes “unacceptable” to others because of their appearance, people can be ruthless.  You are often the brunt of jokes and belittling ridicule. Insults are not age specific, yet when obese or severely overweight children are constantly maligned by their peers, deep emotional scars can form producing a host of psychological problems, such as:

  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feeling of being totally inferior to others

Without condoning obesity, I want to shed light on why so many extraordinary, beautiful, hard working and extremely gifted people are disqualified from success and making their mark on history because of their weight.

Now, here’s the rest of the story.

Packaging Humanity

Among other “gifts,” my initial success came as a musician. Whenever I would audition for a band or a studio gig, I would almost always land the job. Now granted, I am a talented musician. However, I began to notice that some of the other players auditioning were often more gifted than I — but not as aesthetically pleasing.

As time went by, I started seeing this trend continue far beyond the music industry. From Hollywood to Bollywood, to working retail at the local mall, the “beautiful” people always seemed to have more favor. I didn’t realize at the time, but God was making me aware of this for some reason. Why?

To expose the dehumanization of His creation by man’s packaging of humanity. 

In simpler terms: Reducing people into marketable commodities!

At 24 I was picture perfect, socially acceptable and in demand. Yet, all that had changed was my waistline! I remember watching a television show (60 minutes) where two models from a New York agency (a man and a woman) were fitted with a latex “fat suit” by a Hollywood make-up artist and asked to shop in some high end fashion boutiques in the city.

As the “60 minutes” camera crew followed the two as they shopped, I was appalled at the treatment they received by the store employees. A few days later, the models returned to the shops they had previously visited, this time without the “fat suits” and they were fawned over and treated like royalty! One shop owner even asked if she could take some photos with them! What had changed since the model’s first visit? Only their appearance had changed. Nothing more.

Look at your CD collection and magazines… airbrushed faces and svelte bodies designed and marketed to sell. Business depends on it. Before we look at statistics, lets look at how this packaging of humanity can devastate a generation.

Skinny Envy – The Bigger Picture

In the late 60s, after the Beatles took America by storm and the “British Invasion” hit the fashion world. Models such as Jean “The Shrimp” Shrimpton, Verushka Von Lendorff and Penelope Tree made skinny the new “inny” for American woman.

But one girl exploded on the scene: 17 yr old Leslie Hornby, better know as “Twiggy.”  She was the envy of girls nationwide. What followed was an epidemic of American woman with anorexia, bulimia (binging/purging) trying to adhere to the new “skinny” mandate of the British culture.

To further drive home my point, if one examines famous art from the renaissance period (1300-1600) you will see that skinny was anything but “inny.” In fact, what was considered beautiful then were curvaceous full-figured woman often with their babies or surrounded by “chubby” cherubs! It is safe to say that “Twiggy” would not have graced the canvas of any of the great masters of the renaissance period.

So, maybe you are still not convinced that the cultural packaging of humanity can devastate a generation? 

Consider this. Since each person’s bone structure is different, explain to me how a girl of German descent with large bones could become a waif thin girl? You cannot change bone structure (frame) even if there is less flesh covering it. Your skeleton will still somewhat dictate your size.

What if you were born with a big head (skull) and little heads are in style? You can diet all you want, but you are still going to have a big noggin!

I wish I could count the man hours spent counseling girls as a youth pastor who wanted to be super skinny but were born with large frames. It is very difficult to convince people who want to appear like someone else that they idolize that they are missing the “bigger” picture.

BIG NEWS

Obesity in America is an epidemic. More than ⅓ of adults in the U.S. alone are obese! The overweight condition can lead to:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Sleep apnea

The main cause is rarely a genetic disposition. In fact, every report I have read emphatically says that the epidemic level of obesity in America is primarily due to:

  • The abundance of available food
  • Diets consisting of non-nutritious
  • Uunhealthy or “fast foods”
  • A sedentary lifestyle inclusive of people employed in office positions that require little or no physical activity.

You can also find a map that shows which states have the highest percentage of obese people:

 www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html

It is not surprising that the southern states where fried and “fatty” foods prevail top the list with the most obese population: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina and West Virginia.

So, what does this tell you? How does Ethiopia compare to America in terms of obesity? Does availability, quality of food, portion size and lack of exercise contribute to obesity? Yes!!! But, does it cause it? No!!!

Mind Over Body

Let me use an example to help you understand what causes obesity.

I love cruise ships. For me, a trip to the Caribbean aboard a ship is the ultimate vacation. However, it is well known that cruise ships provide access to all the food you can eat, 24-hours a day. In fact, you can eat whatever you want whenever you want.  On a seven day cruise, a typical passenger arrives home between an average 5 to 10 pounds heavier!

My wife and I are quite logical. We surmised that considering…

  • The state of the art gym aboard…
  • The abundance of healthy foods including fresh fruits and vegetables…
  • A variety of challenging off ship excursions available…

…that we could easily lose weight on our cruise. I am happy to report that on every cruise we have been on, we have arrived home at least 2 pounds lighter than when we boarded!

So, what makes someone obese?…Wait for it… YOUR MIND!  

That’s right! Stinking thinking — “As a man/woman thinketh, SO THEY ARE!” 

Listen… after spending the last 28 years of my life ministering to hurting people and overcoming obesity myself, I can assure you, even though there are a myriad of programs, protocols (read the other articles in this edition…they are brilliant!) and supplements that are proven to work, that you will not change your weight until you change your mind.

Dear reader, hear the heart of this formerly fat author…

As long as you believe you are:

  • Inferior
  • Ugly
  • Helpless
  • A victim
  • Unwanted
  • Useless
  • Hopeless
  • Worthless 
  • And have tried everything and nothing works, 

What YOU believe, YOU conceive! 

Here is the truth:

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and Godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” 1 Peter 1:3

If you want to experience this divine power, then the first step is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. When you surrender your life to Him, you will discover what it means to really live and see yourself as you truly are. Without His divine power, you will try to overcome your cyclic behavior in your own strength and end up medicating your false sense of self (who you think you are) by constantly overeating.

If you don’t know who you really are, then you create a false image of yourself that leads to depression. When you discover the real you, depression is replaced by peace!

Stand next to me now and let us look in God’s mirror together. Look!  You are already complete!

God has given you EVERYTHING you need pertaining to life and Godliness. When you face that truth, it breaks your false image of yourself. All that remains is a simple weight loss issue!

Now instead of seeing your whole life as a victim, you see yourself as a:

  • Victor
  • Complete
  • Beautiful
  • Powerful
  • Gifted
  • Needed
  • Loved
  • Valued

I lost my weight when I realized God made me beautiful and that through Him I could do anything.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

“With God, all things are possible!” Matthew 19:26

You can start the transformation today.

  • Take baby steps.
  • Celebrate each pound you lose.
  • Focus on each victory not the final goal.
  • Stop using food as a medicine.
  • Follow the suggestions found in the other articles in this edition.

And remember: Live! Love! And Laugh… a lot!

After all, it is just weightmind over fatter!

YOU ARE A STAR!

Love,

Michael

 

  1. How did you become hypnotized by your false sense of self-worth?
  2. How can being fat or thin, long haired or bald, short or tall change who you really are?
  3. When you read 1 Peter 1:3 in the article, how did it make you feel?

Michael Tyrrell, www.michaeltyrrell.com is the founder of the Network Center Inc., a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2001 which works as an advisory agency to local churches, faith-based ministries, Para-church ministries, schools, home fellowships and music ministries in connection with their outreach ministries or missions based activities.  Michael has been committed to training their key leaders and members to deliver the message of their Christian faith in order to reach the lost, the disenfranchised, the sick and the hurting through the organic roots of the Christian faith and other areas as needs arise.  Michael has been in full time ministry for the last 27 years and is a writer music producer and well known musician. http://michaeltyrrell.com

 

Resistance to Change

We humans are intrinsically resistant to change and fearful of the unknown. The anxiety we feel when we begin to change or venture into the unknown is actually our protective mechanism, and it can cause us—at least initially—to misinterpret or fail to recognize what is, in fact, a true core desire.

To see how this works, imagine that a stranger is ringing your doorbell. The family dog becomes instantly alert and is ready to jump on whoever is about to come into your home. The stranger represents change, and the dog is your protective mechanism. Consciously, you may think that the stranger is there for a good purpose, but subconsciously, your instinct is still to be afraid. The key, then, is to calm your dog down so that the person can safely come in.

After a while, if the person is truly well intentioned, the dog will get used to him and will no longer try to attack him. But if, on the other hand, you were wrong in your initial assessment, the dog will know it and will continue to try to protect you. If that happens, your original plan of action may need adjusting.

So, being aware of how your protective dog works will enable you to venture into change smoothly and safely.

 

Nordine Zouareg is a former Mr. Universe, an International Fitness Coach, Speaker and Author of the book Mind Over Body: The Key to Lasting Weight Loss is All in Your Head! He offers world-class advice on health and fitness, inner balance and stress management, and achieving one’s full potential the inner keys to extraordinary performance. An inspiring message of hope and achievement, based on his own extraordinary story. For more information, visit: www.NordineZ.com

 

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