Guest Post: Why Do Some People Have Diseases While Others Do Not?

This is a guest post by author Jane Falke. Her information, including where to purchase her new, excellent book is listed below.

We all know the benefits of health – we feel good and have energy to get things done; we are happy people. But many people don’t know how to stay in good health or they ignore what they know. Some just don’t want to change or they say something like “I’m not sick; why fix what is working?” I hear this all the time. I say, “Why wait until you are sick? It may be too late then.”

Even though the body is the true healer, we can abuse or ignore our bodies to a point from which there is no return. Starting a practice of good health now can save you the pain and suffering that come with having a disease.

Think about this…

How many people do you know who died of a disease? How many do you know who died from no apparent illness, disease, or accident? The point is that death usually comes from a disease.

Disease typically starts with an ailment that becomes a chronic condition that causes your body systems to overwork. Such a disease can be difficult to cure, though it can be managed. The result can be disabling or discomforting, and can cause suffering.

Here are some of the ways diseases begin:

  • Overweight Aches and pains
  • Skin rashes Lactose intolerance
  • Gluten intolerance Poor eating habits
  • Sugar cravings Diarrhea
  • Constipation Lack of energy/tiredness
  • Sluggishness Poor sleeping
  • Heartburn Cold hands and feet
  • Intestinal bloating and gas

Through studies I have learned that some of the causes of disease are linked to toxins, stress, and poor nutrition.

Toxins are all around us in our environment – in the water we drink and bathe in, the air we breathe, pesticides sprayed on foods, and chemicals added to processed foods.

Stress can come from emotional or physical stress. Emotional stress can come from being angry, upset, or overwhelmed, or from losing a loved one. Physical stress can come from over-exercising, physical labor, illnesses, surgeries, or medications.

Poor Nutrition canbe due to eating nutritionally depleted foods like refined and processed foods and/or poor absorption of nutrients due to intestinal issues.

How does this happen?

Our society wants conveniences. Many of us don’t want to prepare meals at home anymore and prefer to go out to eat many times a week. Some go to fast-food restaurants, coffeehouses, convenience stores, and markets to buy items that are already prepared. These foods are mostly refined, processed, and contain added chemicals that are addictive. The food industry wants to sell these products, so they add chemicals that make the foods taste better so you will buy them. And you do!

What foods are deficient in nutrients?

In addition to processed and refined foods and fast foods, we eat junk food such as soft drinks, coffee, candy, sugar, chips, desserts – cookies, cakes, pies, ice cream… and how about the lack of nutritional value in alcohol and wine.

I often hear people say, ”I heard red wine is shown to have benefits.” Yes, the resveratrol found in red wine is beneficial. But it takes a lot of wine to produce a beneficial amount. No one could drink that amount in one day or even a week. It is better to get this benefit through a supplement. Wine is fermented, so promotes yeast in the body. Wine also contributes extra unnecessary calories to your diet.

Think about how much nutrient-deficient foods are costing you.

How many times a week do you go to these places: coffeehouses, mini-marts, fast-food restaurants, stores that sell convenience foods? It might be just to pick up a soda and chips, coffee and donuts, or dinner for the family at the local fast-food restaurant. If you start adding up all these purchases, you may be amazed by what you spend each week, each month, and each year on nutrient-depleted foods. And you are not giving your body the health it deserves – nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and plant chemicals. These nutrients are needed to build and repair body cells. Without them your body breaks down, aches and pains slowly begin to show up, and before long chronic conditions are living in your body.

Think about how much health care costs. Did you know:

  • The Center for Disease Control reported that in 2008 health care costs for all diseases in the US was $2 trillion, a 4.4% increase over the previous year. Of that, 47% was funded to Medicare and Medicaid by the government.
  • In 2009, national health care expenses totaled $2.5 trillion, a 4% increase from 2008.
  • In 2010, the Medicare program had expenditures of $523 billion, up $14 billion from 2009.

Even though we are living longer, we are not living healthier.

Chronic conditions can turn into degenerative conditions, and before you know it you are diagnosed with a disease and are on a treatment program of medications, surgeries, and/or therapies. And now you are taking time out of your life to be sick, not to mention the pain and suffering you are experiencing. Is this what you want?

Here are some of the things you can do to change your health condition:

  • Find ways to balance your life Change your diet
  • Eat whole, natural foods Eat at home more often
  • Exercise Commit to your health
  • Change your attitude Control stress and emotions
  • Get more rest Get help if needed
  • Go on a cleansing program to remove toxins
  • Eliminate refined and processed foods from your diet
  • (If it has a nutrition label, consider it processed.)

Here is what you can gain by making such changes:

  • Balanced energy Healthy nutrition
  • Minimize or eliminate medications Normal weight
  • No food cravings Sleeping through the night
  • A healthy life
  • Minimize or eliminate aches, pains, and chronic conditions

I think I’ve made my point. But what’s the biggest problem here?

The problem is that most people are stuck in their habits and don’t want to change. Here is a quote from my book:

In order to experience change in your life, you have to initiate the change by changing a thought, belief, or habit. Habits are repeated behavior patterns. They become part of you even though you may not be aware of it. Soon they become part of your personality and belief system.1

You can create new habits by repeating something over and over until it is part of your thinking and behavior pattern. It may not be easy at first, but it can be done through a commitment to your health.

In my book I explain the four essential steps to good health:

1. Commitment to Health. When your thoughts are focused on a specific outcome, you can accomplish what you want with ease. The Three Principles of Success will keep you focused on your goals.

2. Internal Cleansing. Cleansing the body removes toxins and is the foundation for good health. The Mini-Cleanse and The Cleansing Program in this book will get you started on your way to good health.

3. Balanced Nutrition. Adding proper nutrients through healthy foods and appropriate supplements continually repairs the body and keeps it healthy. The Maintenance Program in this book can help the body heal naturally without drugs.

4. Regular Exercise. Exercise is essential to keep muscles and bones strong, support good health, and energize the body. Exercise also removes toxic buildup in the lymphatic system through movement and sweating.2

If you want to change an unhealthy condition, you can do so by following the programs in my book. And best of all, you can use the money you are spending on foods that are nutrient deficient to buy high-quality organic foods, enjoy a special occasion, or take a vacation!

Do yourself a favor. Don’t wait to get sick before you take action; that may be too late. Start now!

I provide a holistic approach to health through coaching programs and my book Eat Healthy. Be Healthy at Any Age. Visit my website, www.janefalke.com, for more information.

Eat Healthy. Be Healthy.

Jane Falke

References

1. Eat Healthy. Be Healthy at Any Age: Discover Why Food is the Problem as Well as the Solution. Page 70 – Why Is It Hard to Change?

2. Page 22 – Sustaining Health with Balanced Nutrition.

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Keys to New Year’s Declarations

You know the old story. January 1st – you plan on losing weight, starting to exercise, write a book, learn a language, start a business and conquer the world.

Come January 14th, you have cut it down to 2 things.

Come January 18th, all is lost. . . until next New Year’s Day. Then, THAT will be the year.

Sound familiar?

Every year, January brings renewed optimism  for a better life,  a  fresh start which gives us a chance to reinvent our lives and ourselves. To allow the butterfly to finally escape the cocoon.

You already know the start and stop method, so to speak. Time to learn a new way for a new year for a New You. Here are some thoughts to assist you:

1. Release the common, the familiar and the tired habits of the past.
Observe  how Nature works. Leaves turn brown, fall off and give rise to new, luscious, new green ones.  The tree does not hold on to the old, justifying its grip with cliques such as “It’s just the way it is.”

Nor should we.

Release that which is not working. Dare to be new. Clean your closets, literally and figuratively. Release that which is not working for you and look to add new patterns which will add to your life. Not disciplined? Not organized or motivated? Nonsense. These are just stories you have told yourself over the years.

Time to throw out the old book and start with fresh new pages. What skills or abilities to you wish to cultivate? Slowly practice becoming the disciplined, organized, motivated individual which is already inside of you, craving to come out.

2. Prioritize and Be Present.
You do not need to answer every single deep meaning question at the beginning of this year. You do not need to plan every detail for 1001 projects, attempting to follow through with military precision.

Be present. What do you want . . . now? That is the only question that matters. Once the inspired answer is found, take action now. You may be very surprised at the amazing results.

3. Make Happiness a Must.
Happiness is not some byproduct of a goal achieved, or when you’ve attained a certain accomplishment or certain amount of income or career advancement. Happiness is not a destination, not a future event or experience “out there.”

Happiness is an easily accessible choice right now.  Waiting until the right moment ensures  it will never arrive. Happiness is a choice, a habit. When you launch a new project with Happiness as your choice, your new best friend, miracles happen.

4. Find the Best Version of Yourself. Then Find a Better One.
Each day is a new start. Find the best version of yourself. Then, do something bold, daring, unusual. Run a marathon, take a long hike or paint a portrait, even if you think you cannot paint at all. Do something outside the norm, for in the process of stepping outside your common grounds, you will find previously undiscovered skills, talents and abilities.

You will find a new version of yourself, one that will make you and others smile. One that will make a significant difference.

5. Include Others.
Sometimes, others need a little nudge or a giant push. Sometimes a loving hand. Include someone else in your journey. Bring them along for the ride and allow your example to help another. It is one of the most rewarding feelings on the planet.

Overall, start 2012 by throwing away your To Do List or New Year’s Resolutions. They are probably the same ones you attempted the year before. And the year before that.

Start anew, with a new approach and ensuing new results. You don’t have to change the world.  Just make your world exactly the way you want it.

By doing so, you won’t just add a year to your life. You will add life to this year.

Shodo

I have a new theme in my life – – Take a chance and you will be highly rewarded. I cannot say this was a planned outcome but am grateful for its continued presence in my life. Yesterday’s experience with Shodo was no exception.

Shodo is a term for Japanese Calligraphy. However, this simplistic description hardly does it justice. It is more than just writing or a form of communication. I would describe it as a combination of therapy, spirituality and meditation. Even in my brief 100 minute exposure to this, I sampled the “delicious flavors” that Shodo has to offer.

At the top of the list was a reflection of being in the Now (or not). Each stroke of the brush is a direct reflection of the energy patterns that exist in your body, mind and Spirit at that given moment. If there is tension or anxiety, it will be seen immediately on the paper. If thoughts are distracting, the kanji (see picture above for example) will serve as a mirror image of said thoughts. If the Spirit is restless, the strokes will be inconsistent.  It is truth in its purity.

Like many other arts, it is also a form of therapy and meditation. The latter is represented by the need for inner quiet and steady breathing. All that exists at the time the brush touches the page are in fact, the brush, the paper and the energy (Ki) you put into it. If you have problems or concerns, it is a remarkable way to alleviate these. Clear the unwanted energy or more so, connect the disconnected energy and the kanji will be flowing and strong. So will your life.

I was filled with many notions upon completion of this class. For starters, it is humbling. The external simplicity belies the incredible depth of the “-do” or art. Master Shodoka (those who are highly skilled at Shodo) make the complex, simple and beautiful. It is also quite elaborate. The angles of the brush, the force and flow of the stroke, posture, breathing and many other factors play into Shodo. It is a budo (martial art) for sure, albeit much different from karate or aikido.

Yesterday I feel that via this class, a  seed has been planted, so to speak. I can begin to see a type of personal development system deriving from this, much like for example,  EFT derived from acupuncture and Taoism. The form is still in its infancy but the power and flickering has been felt. Time will allow for the maturation of this idea.

I have said this many time (having been in this field initially), I think much of traditional psychological approaches are painful, tedious and ineffective. What happened in the past is already done. There are better ways than trying to unearth the past. In addition, labels (addict, adult children of alcoholic, recovering XYZ etc.) are often emotional prisons, restricting the individual from evoking into the beautiful butterfly that s/he is.

In my opinion, you do not have to delve deep into the past and uncover the evils that lurk in one’s psyche to improve your life

Sometimes, you simply need to breathe, be present and pick up a brush.

How to Be Very Happy

Normally, I surround my workspace with a number of inspirational quotes, ranging from ancient philosophical musings to Taoist inspirations to spiritual uplifting ones. This year, I decided to do something completely different. I removed all of them and placed just one simple statement, taped to the base of my computer screen. It reads: “Do what you say you are going to do.” Not quite Robert Frost or Lao Tsu now is it. The prior quotes were “head nodders;” that is, I would read them, ponder them and find myself slowly nodding my noggin in agreement. This one is simple . . .so simple, it is  life changing.

Case in point. Yesterday, I made the commitment to check out a Taiko drumming class (Japanese drumming. See picture below.) It is something that I had seen a number of times while in Disney’s Epcot and I found it fascinating. When a friend mentioned that there was a class in town, I jumped at the opportunity.


About an hour prior to leaving, the Doubt Gremlins came by for a visit. You know them. They are the “little voices” that whisper to you statements such as “It is a long drive. Wouldn’t you like to just dial it down and relax for the evening.” “Big day tomorrow. That couch is looking good.”

I listened nearly too well, but remembered my commitment – Do what you say you are going to do – and hopped in my RAV4 and went to class. At this point, it mattered not how I would react to the class. In fact, the Taiko drumming became secondary. I simply felt wonderful, knowing that once again, I stuck to a commitment. When a person does this, they are strengthening their core, their kidney and heart energy and practicing the art of follow through.  This by itself was a tremendous reward. But it was just the beginning.

The class was just incredible! I loved every single second of it. Despite being lost most of the time and off rhythm seemingly all of the time, the whole experience was amazing. For the 90 minutes of class and the 30 minutes home, I don’t think I stopped smiling once. It is moments like this, I am reminded of the famous quote from Elizabeth Kubler-Ross which reads:

“When you spend your life doing what you love to do, you are nourishing your soul. It matters not what you do, only that you love whatever you happen to do.”

Over the years, I have seen literally thousands of patients and via the Internet and phone, tens of thousands more. Everyone is a unique soul of course, but we do share characteristics in common. One that immediately jumps out is this — disease in all its forms, be it physical or emotional, is preventable by doing what you love. From colds and respiratory illnesses to depression and obesity, the individuals who consistently do what they love to do — regardless of circumstances (Ex/ It is not convenient to where I live. It is too expensive. It is not at the right time for me. etc. etc.) — are the ones who experience levels of consistent health that are the envy of all.

Do you want to be happy, joyful, energized? Do what you love.

Do you want to experience optimal, powerful health? Experiment with many activities. Commit to at least trying them. Do what you say you are going to do and then do what you love. Never has an herb, mineral, amino acid or even pharmaceutical been so potent as this.

It matters not what you do, only that you love whatever you happen to do.”

FB, Compartments and Taking Down the Walls

This one is personal but health, healing and finding better ways of living come from many sources. . . . .

Like a mouse with cheese, sometimes I involve myself in discussions or debates that are not compatible with my energy. Certain topics are low energy topics and every time — not once in a while or 99.9% of the time — every time I become involved, albeit even briefly, nothing good follows.

I do not watch the news, nor read the newspaper or listen to news radio in any form. There was a particular newscaster on MSNBC who used to irritate me to no end. Yes, I know . . . I allowed it, hence the mouse-cheese reference above.

A posting was made on Facebook showing a clip of him and unfortunately, I commented and did so not in a favorable way. Another person whom I do not know, proceeded to attack me for my comments, proving that “instant karma” is in fact, real. After a period of time, I choose to delete my entries but had a difficult time letting it go. I was left with negative feelings, all self-created of course.

24 hours later, I cannot express how grateful I am for this learning experience. It is true – what a different a day makes!

I used to compartmentalized my life; that is, I would be Dr. Orman over here, Systema teacher in this quadrant, husband in that section, marathoner in another, student in yet another separate one etc. Ne’re the sections shall meet.

Having worked in the field of natural medicine (acupuncture, herbal medicine, kinesiology, radionics, Bach remedies, NLP, brain physioogy and about a dozen others), I feel confident I can speak with authority about the world of energetics and energy itself. Speaking is one thing. Applying is another.

My approach most of the time was clear — focus on the positive in the “major areas” of my life. I did not always apply this to what I perceived as “minor” or “unimportant.” You know – the little things like letting someone cut in front of my while driving or complaining about the $4 cup of coffee at Starbucks or the long lines at Disney. These did not “count” or so I rationalized.

The analogy was this — be mindful of the one gallon of water over here and who cares about the tiny caps with a drop or 2 over there. Yesterday, I realized how many drops were being neglected and more so, every drop counts.

I made the conscious decision to take down the walls, to remove the compartments and experience life as a whole being. I live life knowing that everything, regardless of size or perceived value matters, be it a clip on Facebook or a patient who is extremely ill. Granted the latter requires so much more attention and energy. The former may not need the volume of energy but it certainly needs awareness, kindness and loving energy.

In fact, everything and everyone does.

That is what happens when the walls come down.

Letting Go and the Lessons of the Sand Hill Crane

Today was the day Mom and Dad Sand Hill Crane decided to let Jr. on his (or her) own. Today was the first day of his adult life.

Sand Hill cranes are absolutely beautiful creatures. They stand some 4 feet tall and as the picture above shows, have dramatic features such as a long beak and a striking red head. Aside from their magnificence, they are also a wonderful teaching metaphor for life.

Like every parents knows (or at least should know), there comes a time in their children’s lives when it is time to let go. Time to let the child become the man or the woman they decide to create. It is undoubtedly one of the mixed bags of parenthood. On the one hand, there is an emptiness, a space that now exists, yearning to be filled. On the other hand, this is the moment of greatest joy and pride. And so the circle of life continues.

Today, LC (I decided to name him “LC” after the explorers Lewis and Clark as he seems to thoroughly enjoy frolicking all over the neighborhood)  meanders about the canal, looking for food. He is neither crying nor complaining how someone should be doing this for him. He knows where water is and is more than capable of defending himself, as evidenced by his fending off an Ibis. Somewhere are 2 parents, maybe a little lonely, but undoubtedly as proud as Sand Hill cranes can be. They passed along the  2 most important skills — they taught and then they let go. LC in turned, learned well and now begins a new life.

Letting go is such a powerful concept. It not only refers to the above trio but also to the individual. LC had the courage to let go of being a baby crane and find his adulthood. LC’s parents had the foresight to let go of being instructors and became teachers.

How many opportunities do we have to let go. How many of us pounce on these opportunities the way LC pounces on a pile of sunflower seeds.

Each day we see someone who is a little different from us and have the chance to let go of our biases and prejudices.

Each day we see someone who could use our help and have the opportunity to let go our laziness and other characteristics that make us less than what we could be.

Each day we see a venture we could take that would thrust us outside our mundane world and into one of excitement and growth.

Each day we can think the same 60,000 thoughts as yesterday or introduce deeper love, compassion, kindness and variety into our consciousness just by letting go of the former.

All we have to do is let go of who we think we are and begin to experience the newness of what we can become.

All we have to do is let go and take the first steps into the world of possibility. . . just like LC.

Lessons Learned from Endurance Sports

I have been involved in the world of endurance sports, marathoning and to a less degree cycling, for the past 7 years. During this time, I have learned a great deal about training, sports nutrition, electrolytes, recovery and other health factors. I have also learned a great deal about human nature and myself.

For me, these events are about collecting personal experiences and applying them to life to become a better person. Time does not matter to me at all. In fact, I do not understand those who run exclusively for time goals, allowing a clock to dictate whether or not the experience was worth it. When I hear “I finished first in my age group. . . ” or “I did my marathon in such and such a time. . . . .” I am waiting for the rest of that sentence, which invariably never comes. For me, it would be very hollow but that is just my view. Not wrong. Not right. Just my way.

Though I have countless examples of stories, experiences, lessons and the like from my running, here are my top 5 most memorable moments. In no particular order:

1. Celebration, FL 10K. At around the 3.5 mile mark, a dog (or was it a horse) – a 150 pound Rhodesian Ridgeback — came rushing toward me. Pretty sure he was going to eat me or something. Instead, he became my pacer for a couple of tenths of a mile. I have never laughed so hard in my life. Here I am trying to grab and hold his collar while this moose is dragging me along. It was like a scene from the Flintstones – Fred using his feet as brakes. Everyone around me was in stitches! Except for the owners.

2. Same event. Different Year. I took an aikido seminar on the Friday and Saturday before this event and had my knee rolled up on, injuring it. It was swollen and sore and needless to say, I was in a foul mood. I signed up for 2 races that day – the 10K followed by the 5K and didn’t want to do either at the moment.

For the first 3 miles of the 10K, I complained, blamed that person for not paying attention, despite it being my responsibility exclusively, and not surprisingly drew all sorts of negativity my way. Then I turned the corner (how metaphorical is that) and saw a young boy, about 10 years old, laughing and smiling like never before. I never saw such a happy person and realized the HE was running the event more than I was! It shifted my mood instantly and I began to appreciate the surroundings and the wonderful opportunity I had in the beautiful town of Celebration, one of my favorites. I let go of the prior 2 days events and was in the Now, enjoying the run and the magnificent scenery.

I did not do the 5K that day but ended up running two events anyway – the first half the 10K and the second half.

By the way, the boy was in a wheelchair.

3. My 1st marathon and this last one. At about the 25.7 mile mark of my first marathon, I saw a man sitting on the bench, running shoes off, number off, crying his eyes out. He was done for the day. I remember saying to myself,“How could he quit?! I would crawl if I had to.”

This past marathon was the second leg of the Goofy Challenge  and it was very cold and snowing (in Florida!). Given the weather and the challenge of the event itself, I was exhausted and by the time I got to the 25.7 mile mark, I was sure I could not finish. At that moment, I remembered my first marathon, the man crying by the bench that was now all of 8 feet away from me and mostly, my reaction, complete with all the righteousness and ego I could muster.

At that moment, I experienced a deep sense of compassion and realized how much more powerful and appropriate compassion is . . in that situation and in so many others. So many others. . . as in ALL others.

I could recall virtually every step of every marathon I ever did but I have no memory whatsoever of going from mile 25.7 to the finish line that day.

What I did learn about is the value of compassion.

4. Water and Marathon #3. At my third marathon, they ran out of water at one of the stop around the 18 mile mark. I was angry. At the next stop, the water was warm and horrible tasting. Given this and the fact that I was very tired, I was not a happy runner.

I met someone from some poverty-stricken country that he mentioned. I was just really to join a the small crowd ahead, complaining about the water when my new friend started telling me about his country, and how water is more precious than gold. It was the one of the most difficult stories to hear – the agony that so many people suffer due to lack of clean water. And here I was. . . .

From this day forward, I continue to have an ever growing appreciation of water, and the other things I took (and still take at times) for granted in this beautiful country we call America.

5. My second Goofy Challenge. My wife Lisa received the news that her Dad had pancreatic cancer. He had a year to live.

Add to this that she was feeling horribly physically.

Plus she does not like Disney events.

And hates the heat. It was about 90 degrees on both days.

Despite all of the above, she started and finished both events.

There are times when I think I simply cannot. Then I remember those 2 days in January and am reminded that I live with someone who could not, but did anyway.

So I do.

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There are about 50 other life changing events over the years. Some are tear-jerkers. Others are hysterical. The above are the ones that meant the most, at least so far.