I spent Saturday this week at Melissa and Dallas Hartwig’s nutrition seminar, one of the best classes I have attended on nutrition – ever. They both teach in masterful ways, entertaining, funny and yet completely science and research based, not an easy feat to accomplish. Their materials are better and more up to date than any nutrition course I have attended and I highly recommend their work. Please check out their website and pre-order their new book which will be released very soon so you can update your understanding of food and nutrition and take one more step towards improving your health.
I am so excited about the release of my upcoming book about Mind Mapping and The Kalish Method (tentative release: May 2012). It has been an incredible exercise for me, and I feel that it will be a valuable learning tool for both patients looking for health tips, and practitioners looking to refine their skills. Over the next few weeks, I will share some excerpts from the book. Here is the first one. Enjoy…
Introduction to the Kalish Method
“Why do I feel so crummy, Doc?”
Fat, Fatigue and Depressed: The Modern Epidemic
Fat, fatigued and depressed, what are you going to do about it? Go on a diet, chug a five hour energy drink and pop an antidepressant? Over 62% of Americans are overweight. There are 21 million people suffering from depression in our country and the numbers suffering from both weight gain and depression increase every year. Something must be done. If these statistics are accurate then there’s a good chance most of you suffer from one or more of these problems. And, the odds are, if you’re reading this blog, you’ve already realized standard medicine can do very little for you.
Taken together there are five health problems that I deal with in my clinic every day. I call them the “Big Five”: weight gain, fatigue, depression, digestive problems and female hormone imbalances. These issues have become accepted as part and parcel of modern American. In fact, many people have given up hope that they will ever feel better. I started this blog so that you can learn that there is indeed hope. Leading health practitioners are employing curative methodologies that were simply unavailable to us as recently as ten years ago. No matter how bad you’ve been feeling, or how long you’ve been feeling that way, there are options. You can feel better.
If you struggle with weight gain, have tried various diets, and failed repeatedly to reach your weight-loss goals? Most likely, you suffer from a damaged fat-burning metabolism. If your metabolism is broken, you will store body fat regardless of how much, or what, you eat. Cravings for sweets or carbs, overeating, and skipping meals, all contribute to a damaged metabolism. Trying to lose weight by following fad diets that restrict calories will allow you to lose weight, temporarily, and then as soon as you eat normally again, your broken metabolism will put the pounds right back on, and then some.
The more times you have gained and lost weight, the more likely you have damaged your metabolism. That will keep you from losing weight permanently until you repair your metabolism. Many past medical solutions for weight loss such as diet pills and liquid diets make people worse. Fortunately, there is a bright spot in this bleak picture. You can test and correct your metabolism. By measuring the key hormone – cortisol – your health professional can figure out how beat up your fat burning system is and what you’ll need to do to mend it…
MORE TO COME.
OK, get this, last week I was wandering around Chicago on the most spectacular day you can imagine (see photo below), recovering from an intense brain seminar I just attended, and I wander into the world famous Field Museum. The very first exhibit I walk into I’m confronted with a big plaque, “You were built to be a hunter gatherer” (photo) Wow! Must be true it’s the Field friggin museum!
Then in the next room it gets even better, right out of a Michael Pollan book, the anthropology writer continues to wax poetic about early tribes from a few thousand years ago, “Corn diets and close quarters created health problems.” Of course they are talking about the dawn of the Americas, when grains were being grown for the very first time, but can you believe it? Now we’ve reinvented the same problem with corn syrup, and overcrowding in large buildings – to a degree which our native ancestors could not have possibly comprehended when they were all crammed into a hut eating a corn tortillas.
Anyhow, there’s nothing new under the sun, just repeating the same old cycles. The move to agriculture was bad enough, but the move to processed food was literally cultural suicide.
Eat some meat or go workout really hard.
Talk to you soon!