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Millennials: Not as Healthy as They Think

Aug 18th 2019

Millennials: Not as Healthy as They Think

If you’re between the ages of 23 and 38, you’re one of the nearly 73 million people in the US classified as “millennial.”  And chances are you think, like 83% of millennials, that you’re in excellent health. Think again! A 2019 report from Blue Cross Blue Shield indicates trouble is brewing beneath the surface. It found that millennials had far worse health than the previous Gen Xers (born between 1965 and 1980). In fact, millennials are experiencing an unprecedented decline in their health when they reach their late 20s—sharply declining at age 27. This is alarming and unprecedented! The report showed that from 2014 to 2017 millennials, in just three years, experienced double-digit increases of eight of the top ten medical conditions. Millennials had 21% more cardiovascular problems, 18% more major depression, 37% more hyperactivity, 19% more diabetes, 15% more endocrine problems, 11% more “tobacco use disorder” and 11% more disease overall. Mill…

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Going “Beyond Health”

Jun 9th 2019

Going “Beyond Health”

Our mission at Beyond Health is to help our customers go “beyond health.” This means going beyond what most people consider healthy.  Most people say they’re healthy if they’re basically functional: able to get up out of bed in the morning, hold a job, go to school, or take care of a family, and make some time for fun.  They may be plagued by allergies, digestive issues, headaches, fatigue, excess weight they can’t seem to lose, bad skin or hair, or other problems, and they may buy an over-the-counter medication to deal with one or more of these things, but they’ll still consider themselves healthy. Or, when they get a bit older and develop aches and pains, cognitive deficits, and diseases like arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes and heart disease, they “manage” their problems with prescription drugs and continue to say that they’re healthy.  We’ve known people on six different medications who consider themselves healthy! Then with old age, come full-fledged dis…

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The Meal Replacement Trend

Mar 31st 2019

The Meal Replacement Trend

Why Everyone’s Hopping on the Meal Replacement Bandwagon? Being overly busy has become our new reality. And when it comes to making the healthy meals and snacks that are so important for our health, there never seen to be enough hours in the day. We can resort to restaurant meals and take-out, but these are expensive and not necessarily healthy. Frozen dinners and cheap fast food chains have filled the gap since the 1950s, but though they may satisfy our stomachs and provide calories, these chemical-laden meals lack nutrition and have been a disaster for our national health—major contributors to obesity and chronic disease. What we need are healthy, good-tasting convenience foods that can be used to make quick, easy meals and snacks at a reasonable price. In recent years, a flock of meal replacement (MR) products have entered the market promising to fill that need. Some target specific issues, like weight loss and fitness support. Others are designed to meet t…

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Beyond Health’s Wellness Kit #3— Detoxification Support

Feb 3rd 2019

Beyond Health’s Wellness Kit #3— Detoxification Support

“Virtually every human being on earth can now be considered physiologically and biochemically polluted by human-made chemicals.” — Toxicologist James Siow, MD, PhD, of the Australian National Institute of Integrative Medicine. We’re all in toxic overload, and this is having a disastrous effect on our health! The body has wonderful detoxification systems, but they’re being overwhelmed by the unprecedented number of man-made chemicals they’re forced to deal with.  According to toxicologist James Siow , with our current exposure to toxins, the average individual can process and excrete only about 40-60% of the toxins they’re exposed to. The remainder bio-accumulates in tissues and organs, doing more and more damage over time. According to a 2016 report commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO ), about one quarter of the global disease burden and more than one third of the burden among children is due to modifiable environmental factors.…

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The Greatest Healing Therapy

Feb 4th 2018

The Greatest Healing Therapy

"The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love." – Hubert Humphrey This month, we chose Love and Health as our theme.  That love would have a significant bearing on health seems obvious. We are certainly enlivened and strengthened by spending time with people we love and enjoy. But we wanted to examine love more deeply, both to appreciate its importance and to look for ways we might cultivate love in ourselves and build even better, more loving relationships. The importance of love has been demonstrated in the ongoing now 80-year-old Harvard Study of Adult Development, which seeks to understand what makes for a happy and healthy life. Recently popularized in a TED talk called “The Good Life” by project director Robert Waldinger, the study combined two very different cohorts: 268 Harvard sophomores (future President John F. Kennedy was one of them) and 456 twelve-to-sixteen-year-old boys from some of Boston’s poorest and most troubled families. The boys and their fam…

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Healthy Aging—Yes, It’s Possible!

Nov 5th 2017

Healthy Aging—Yes, It’s Possible!

This month’s topic is Healthy Aging, and it’s directed not just at older folk but at those of you in your twenties and thirties who’re still feeling strong and invulnerable.  We age from the moment we’re born, and unhealthy aging can begin as early as childhood, showing up much later as actual disease. We know from studying healthy cultures that it’s possible to live to the ripe old age of 120 years and more without having a single disease, but these days healthy aging is definitely NOT the norm. According to Luigi Fontana, professor at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and other gerontologists writing in a 2014 issue of the journal Nature, more than 70% of our population over the age of 65 has 2 or more chronic conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and stroke. Although a major survey reported in 2013 heralded the good news that we’re living longer (from 1990 to 2010, life expectancy in the US rose from age 75.2 to 78.2), Americans…

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Nature:  Try It. You’ll Like It!

Jul 16th 2017

Nature: Try It. You’ll Like It!

"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair." -- Khalil Gibran Before reading any further, if you want to laugh and feel good about life for a few minutes, please click on this great video produced by nature-rx.org. The video tells us what scientists have recently started to document, and what we’ve known intuitively all along: Our relationship with nature is fundamental to our well-being. Nature heals and restores us, mentally, physically and spiritually. Without adequate “vitamin N,” we are somehow lost, disconnected from life and from ourselves, and this impacts us on every level, including having negative effects on our physical and emotional health. In fact, some doctors are beginning to prescribe “nature” to their patients, and some researchers are trying to determine what exact “dose” of time spent in nature would be optimal! So as we look this month at re-creating ourselves through rest and recreation, it is f…

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Raising Healthy Children

Apr 9th 2017

Raising Healthy Children

Children’s energy and zest for living make us adults feel alive and joyful. They seem to epitomize good health. But appearances can be deceiving. Like most Americans today, our children are suffering from poor nutrition and toxicity, the two causes of disease. And while children may appear invulnerable, nutrient deficiencies and toxic exposures are taking a silent and sometimes not-so-silent toll. The truth is that even though the knowledge exists to raise strong, healthy children, it is difficult to find a truly healthy child. Child poverty is a significant problem in the US, but even the children of affluent and highly-educated parents have multiple nutrient deficiencies based on government standards, which are already too low. Meanwhile, chemical use in America has gone up 2,000% over the past half century. More than 85,000 synthetic chemicals (only a tiny fraction of which have been tested for safety in humans) are now found in our air, water, soil, food, household furnish…

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Making Health Choices as a Family

Apr 9th 2017

Making Health Choices as a Family

How do you get your family to adopt better health habits?  At Beyond Health we get this question a lot, especially from people who’ve read one of Raymond Francis’s books and have become convinced they want to make some major changes in their lifestyle.  Here are some ideas. First, make time to talk with your spouse or other adult members of the family about your family’s health and what you’ve been learning. They may be “ripe for the picking” and enthusiastic about your ideas. Or they may be ready to make some changes, and not others. You may be excited about going raw and vegan; they may want hot, cooked meals for dinner. You may want to refuse vaccinations for your children; they may want to do more research first before taking such an unpopular stance. Encourage them to empower themselves by reading Raymond Francis’s book The Great American Health Hoax, so it’s not just you who’s supplying information. The Maintenance List chapter alone is worth the price of the boo…

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Exercise: Getting Specific

Mar 12th 2017

Exercise: Getting Specific

As the month of March leads us into the rebirth of spring, our Beyond Health Journey will focus on the body, specifically strengthening and invigorating our bodies by getting more movement into our lives, and, if needed, losing excess weight. Last week we talked about the importance to our health of non-exercise movement throughout the day, but we also need aerobic and resistance exercise: According to government recommendations, at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, or an equivalent combination), plus two sessions of resistance exercise. If you want to lose weight, 45 to 60 minutes a day is recommended. Aerobic exercise involves moving the large muscle groups (as in brisk walking, biking, dancing, rowing, jogging or swimming) to get your heart rate up to a target range, defined as 220 minus your age X 0.6-0.85. So if you’re 60 years old, your target range would be 220 minus 60 = 160 X 0.6-0.85 = 96-136 beats per mi…

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Everyone Needs a Posse

Dec 20th 2015

Everyone Needs a Posse

Hilary Clinton wrote the book “It Takes a Village” referring to a child’s need for support not just by their parents but by a whole community. Well, many scientific studies indicate that adults need a support community too—a posse of people we care about and who care about us, if we want to stay in the best of health. Science has shown, if we didn’t already know it, that we have a profound need to give and receive care and love. When this need goes unmet, our health suffers; when it is met, we tend to thrive even in otherwise adverse circumstances. Not only do strong social support systems vastly improve the quality of our lives, they’ve also been shown to give us more resilience in dealing with stress and to decrease the psychological and physiological effects of stress. This may be why scientific studies have found good social support linked with stronger immunity; less inflammation; better cardiovascular health, including lower blood pressure; fewer hospitalizations; less menta…

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Seeing Your Way Clear to Better Vision

Sep 27th 2015

Seeing Your Way Clear to Better Vision

Eye health is one of the most important aspects of wellness. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 285 million people suffer visual impairments worldwide. In Western countries, breakdown of the macula—the center of the eye’s retina—is the leading cause of blindness in older adults. The good news is that there are natural ways to protect—even improve—your vision. Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidant carotenes—the only carotenoids found in the retina and lens of the eye—that protect your eyesight. Epidemiological studies suggest diets rich in lutein and zeaxanthin may help slow the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)—an irreversible process that is the major cause of blindness in the elderly. Another recent study found that those with the highest blood levels of lutein and zeaxanthin had a 41 percent lower risk of developing cataracts. One reason for this protective effect is that lutein and zeaxanthin are efficient at absorbing blue light…

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Nov 19th 2012

Relax, Detoxify and Recharge with a Post Thanksgiving Detox

. . .  what to do the day after   OK, so you overate a little. You’re only human. Instead of wasting time on regrets, why not give yourself a day off to relax, detoxify and recharge?  Fast, take lots of vitamin C and relax in an infrared sauna! Fasting once a week is one of the best things you can do for your health, and it doesn’t cost a dime – in fact it can reduce your food bill as you reduce your waistline – a win-win. You’ve probably heard about the benefits of caloric restriction for promoting health and long life. Well, according to a study done at the National Institute on Aging in 2008, fasting one day a week may have the same benefits as caloric restriction on the brain. Both stimulate antioxidant enzymes and the release of brain growth factors, as well as reducing excitotoxins and brain aging. Sipping glasses of pure water mixed with powdered vitamin C makes fasting easier. Vitamin C is also perfect for detoxing and recharging as it bathes your cells in healing anti…

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Nov 14th 2012

Dress Up Your Vegetables for the Holidays

. . .  and maintain your good diet while celebrating!   Children aged 2-12 and their parents are consuming more fruits and vegetables than they have in the past, but they’re still falling far short of amounts considered desirable. Teens and the elderly are consuming even fewer fruits and vegetables than they used to. All told, Americans, both old and young, average just a little more than one cup of vegetables and a little more than half a cup of fruit a day. (These recent data were reported in the October issue of Environmental Nutrition.) In truth, it can be difficult to get the recommended 10-12 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, especially during the holidays, when tempting foods – most of them pretty unhealthy – compete for our attention. One solution is to find ways to dress up your fruits and vegetables, giving them a festive air and making them especially appealing to the eye and to the palate. If you’ve been using our olive oil (which has won awards for its tast…

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Have a Happy ORGANIC Thanksgiving!

Nov 7th 2012

Have a Happy ORGANIC Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Although we can all find many things to be grateful for, most of us these days are feeling distinctly pinched in the pocketbook. With rising food costs, it can be tempting to forgo organics and settle for conventional foods. And when a new study by scientists at prestigious Stanford University concludes that there’s no evidence of health differences between the two, why pay extra for organic? After reviewing 300 studies, Stanford scientists decided there wasn’t enough evidence to say that organics are either more nutritious or safer than conventionally produced foods. But please don’t be deluded by this biased study. Woefully flawed, the conclusions of this study are not supported by the existing science. As usual, follow the money! Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute, which employs these scientists, is awash in big agribiz money from the likes of Cargill and Monsanto. The desire to remain employed affects their mentality and ju…

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There They Go Again! Consumer Reports Slams Supplements

Aug 16th 2012

There They Go Again! Consumer Reports Slams Supplements

. . . this silly article will scare some people into injuring their health Every so often the otherwise commendable Consumer Reports (CR) goes on an uncharacteristic rant about vitamins that is marked by ignorance, extreme bias, distortion of the facts and downright mean-spiritedness. In the new “Vitamins and Supplements, 10 Dangers That May Surprise You,” they’re at it again. The first “surprising danger” they cite is that “supplements are not risk-free.”  Well, no surprise there. Few things are completely risk free. The supplement industry has more than its share of charlatans and amateurs. But CR lumps everyone together, blaming all supplements it seems for the 6,300 supplement-related reports to the government’s Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) in the last 4 years, including 115 deaths. Now, although half the US population takes supplements, there hasn’t been a single death from vitamins in the last 27 years. Many of these adverse events and deaths have had to do with…

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Detox to Feel Great and Prevent Disease

Aug 16th 2012

Detox to Feel Great and Prevent Disease

. . . with an infrared sauna Toxins are often responsible for common complaints like lack of energy, achy joints, brain fog, nausea, headaches, poor immunity, allergies, vision problems, and PMS – complaints that can foreshadow more serious illnesses. Scientists estimate that everyone alive today carries within their bodies at least 700 chemical contaminants. Doris J. Rapp, MD, past president of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and author of Our Toxic World: A Wake Up Call, warned, “Everybody in this country needs to be detoxified because we’ve all become ‘toxic dumpsites.’” There are only two causes of disease:  nutrient deficiency and toxicity.  So it just makes sense to detox. The best way I’ve found is with an infrared sauna. Water-soluble toxins pass through the body relatively easily, but fat-soluble chemicals can persist and accumulate in our tissues for decades, doing more and more damage year after year. It’s difficult to get these fat-soluble toxins…

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When You Eat/How You Cook Can Increase Diabetes Risk

Aug 16th 2012

When You Eat/How You Cook Can Increase Diabetes Risk

. . . the risk of becoming insulin resistant increases with age Insulin resistance (IR) is the first step towards getting diabetes, and as we age, we have an increasing tendency to become IR.  However IR is easy to prevent: Eliminating sugar and other refined carbohydrates, limiting fruit consumption to two pieces a day, and getting lots of fiber and exercise are the primary ways to prevent IR. But there are two more factors to consider: when you eat and how you cook our food. Eating erratically instead of on a regular schedule and cooking with high heat have both been shown to increase the risk of IR. A 2004 study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition compared women assigned to eat regular meals 6 times a day with women who ate haphazardly, 3-9 times a day. Erratic eating vs. regular meals was associated with the kind of blood sugar spikes and dips that promote IR. Incidentally, the irregular meal pattern also led to increased cholesterol – both LDL and total chol…

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Aug 5th 2012

Protecting Children from Milk

. . . let's get it out of their school lunches! I've been telling parents for the last 20 years to get their children off cow milk. Many thought I was crazy to say such things, even though it was based on sound science. Now, a prominent group of doctors and consumers has petitioned the government to take milk off the National School Lunch Program requirements because it "offers no health benefits and has several health detriments." The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a group of more than 120,000 doctors and concerned citizens that views good nutrition as key in maintaining health and preventing disease. Earlier this month it filed a formal petition with the USDA asking that dairy milk be excluded as a required component of school kids' meals. The rationale for including milk in school lunches has been that it "builds strong bones." However, the PCRM points to recent research showing that while exercise and vitamin D have been proven to build strong…

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The Vitamin C Flush - a Critical Weapon in the Fight for Health

Aug 5th 2012

The Vitamin C Flush - a Critical Weapon in the Fight for Health

. . . the hose that extinguishes the fire of inflammationHealth begins in the gut - the intestines; and, thanks to antibiotics, chlorinated water, bad diet, food allergens, and vaccinations, almost everyone has a major problem in their gut. Chronic gut inflammation, raging like an out-of-control forest fire, causes digestion issues, skin eruptions, weak immunity, allergies, autoimmune illness and a host of other health issues. The Vitamin C Flush is the fire hose needed to subdue the flames so the gut can begin to heal itself.There are many factors today that irritate the lining of the gut, which by the way, is where 70% of our immune system resides. Antibiotics kill beneficial bacteria, allowing pathogenic bacteria to proliferate and produce toxins that damage the gut wall. Chlorine in our water is an irritant. A diet of processed and fast foods is an inflammation-producing diet; the Big Four are major inflammation inciters - sugar, wheat and refined flour, processed oils and dairy/ex…

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Improve Your Health with Balsamic Vinegar

Jul 30th 2012

Improve Your Health with Balsamic Vinegar

... from weight loss to cancer preventionWhether you want to lose a few pounds, prevent or reverse diabetes, protect your bones, reduce blood pressure and heart disease risk, or boost your immunity and fight cancer, balsamic vinegar can help.Weight Loss and Blood Sugar RegulationJapanese researchers found that giving 1 or 2 tablespoons of vinegar to obese subjects for 12 weeks significantly reduced body weight, visceral fat, BMI, waist circumference and triglyceride levels. Researchers at Arizona State University found that people who took a tablespoon of vinegar with lunch and dinner lost an average of two pounds over 4 weeks. Vinegar helps with weight loss by keeping blood sugar levels from spiking and improving insulin resistance, which also helps prevent, reverse or manage diabetes. In fact, the Arizona researchers noted that vinegar may be as effective as the medications acarbose and metformin (glucophage) in controlling blood sugar.Mineral Absorption and Bone HealthVinegar helps…

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