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New Year Resolutions

Proverbial New You

Again, we are in the eve of a new year and most Americans are ready for that proverbial “new you.” This is understandable because by now our over-indulgence in manufactured foods and drinks has made us feel corrupted and bloated with excess. The traditional holiday gifts tend to promote misgivings about our health, as the customary consumer frenzy that began late November has climaxed, and now we wish to escape from it, perhaps even rejuvenate our lives hence forth. Some could say we are finally respecting self-preservation and subconsciously want to reduce the amount of industrial goods, materialism and artificiality in our lives.

A Balanced Life

Although it is generally not considered this way, I propose that the “new you” we desire represents a more primitive, more biologically authentic, identity that resides within each of us. Almost certainly, this identity includes a physique that is thinner, stronger and more aesthetically appealing, and follows a subconscious realization that our modern, “civilized,” physique is not the epitome of our success. But mostly, we seek change because we are frankly uncomfortable in our own skin. So, on the eve of every new year, we are compelled toward a more balanced life, to consume whole foods (like those our ancestors subsisted on), to engage in more exercise, to express more love and to perhaps even spend more time in nature’s refuge.

Primordial Wisdom

I urge the reader to cultivate his/her primordial wisdom, instead of searching for techno-health gimmicks as a means of self-improvement. Through our innate biological wisdom, we aim to improve our fundamental identity, our biological identity. Most certainly, the creation of a leaner physique representing improved function symbolizes a better relationship with ourselves. Don’t underestimate the power of fulfilling a new identity in a literal sense because it is unlikely that our personal renewal will be real or will endure past the Super Bowl weekend without such a change. This is how a Naturvore thinks.

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Weight Loss

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28askwell weight-tmagArticleWeight loss is extremely desirable for most people, but one’s weight should not be the focus in achieving health; that is narrow-minded and prone to create additional problems. Weight management must be part of a comprehensive approach to health.

I recommend finding a physician who understands weight in a holistic way, one who also understands you and the barriers you face in sustaining your most optimal weight.

Sustaining a healthy weight requires a bit of skill. People tend to gain weight in America not because they are victims (although it may seem that way), but because they lack the skills necessary to counteract the super-sized, toxic American culture corrupting their life energy. Furthermore, the excess weight itself further unravels our natural disposition for health, preventing us from becoming our best.

Carrying excess weight is not simply an aesthetic issue. Excess weight creates its own stress in life and changes our genetic fates/outcome. Being overweight causes or portends:

– brain failure with dementia and strokes
– cancer
– heart disease, heart failure, vascular disorders and blood clots
– metabolic derangements including diabetes, vitamin deficiencies
– disabling arthritic conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid
– hormone imbalances including loss of energy and sexual impotency
– high blood pressure
– kidney failure and dialysis
– autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus
– sensory loss and blindness
– liver failure and liver transplant
– the syndrome of multi-organ failure (becoming increasingly common in America)
– a negative psyche, less self-esteem, anxiety, insecurity, dependence
– loss of income and less favorable financial circumstances

Now, is the time for weight loss and we can help you with a sensible plan!


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Function Better

Better function is desirable, even a competitive edge in life.

Do you have aches, pains and limitations that are holding you back? Are you taking medcations that are stifling the most optimal life? Perhaps these are signs that your function is declining and you need to regain what was lost. Or perhaps you wish to discover functional abilities that you never had, a possibility at any age.

American society creates very low expectations for our physical function, even creating the culture of medical rescues (everyone should have one). Don’t become a victim of this herd effect!

Our body creates itself and then continues to remodel itself throughout our lives. The remodeling can be either positive or negative – this is up to us, and skill is required.

Physical function is extremely important to mothers taking care of their kids, fathers earning a living, and students busy fashioning their minds. Our roles in life cannot be divorced from our physical function.

The best way to create a better brain is to work through your body.

Functioning better means doing – not knowing. Far too often people are trapped in a “knowing-doing” gap. We cannot think our way into vitality, plain and simple.

Vitality means demonstrating more power, flexibility, adaptability and immunity.

Vitality means demonstrating metabolic efficiency throughout the body.

Infusing your body with artificial medicines does not produce optimal function because there are no molecular antidotes for the stresses and dysfunction attributed to a modern lifestyle.

Most people, even young people, tend to not USE their hormones efficiently, therefore supplementing hormones into one’s body generally creates risk without clear benefit.

You cannot supplement your way out of a sedentary existence or lack of fitness.

Your body’s present function is your presence in the universe. It is your essence.

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Why Be Healthy?

This is an important question because the answer you give can determine your success. Most people state they want to be healthy to avoid future consequences, such as a disease or premature death, but I find, from my experience as a physician, disease risk assessments are unlikely to motivate a person to be healthy. Calculating our risk for future sickness changes health from being a physical matter, one with inherent personal value, to being an intellectual matter, one aligned to abstract concepts. I find people are more likely to think their way out of health, than think their way into health.

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