Many of you ask me for the ‘secrets’
to long life and excellent health. Like everything else in life, there
aren't any hidden secrets or magic potions you can inject that will suddenly
make you perfect.
It's all about doing the things that the
majority won't ever do. (Which is why 2/3 rd of all people will die
due to heart disease and/or cancer. One wise, intelligent, and old man
said: “Do what everyone else does and you'll get their results.
My best advice is to take note of what the majority does –and then do the
opposite.” You'll probably live longer!!)
In this exciting issue of your health-packed
newsletter, I'm going to try my hand at uncovering THE ultimate secrets
for lifelong health and happiness. Quite a task for a few paragraph
newsletter, but I know you're going to love this issue!
WHY A CHECKLIST?
I have learned that people seem to learn
best by checklists. In fact, if you ever read some of the most successful,
highest-read magazines, you'll notice they teach things in checklists.
It's a terrific way for your brain to store and process information. That's
the first reason I used the “checklist” format—to make sure you'd get maximum
value from this article!
The second reason is that many of you are
NOT ignoring all of the things on my checklist. Congratulations!
This list will act as a reminder to keep doing what is working. In
fact, I've discovered a few things from treating hundreds of patients:
Most of Our Problems Come From Just One
Little Thing We Ignore,
Which Means If You Correct That One Little
You'll Instantly See Increases In Your
Health & Wellness!
This newsletter gives you the chance to discover
for yourself what your weak points are in health, so you can correct them
By the way, the ultimate tragedy is to know
what to do, and not do it! Hopefully my checklist will remind you
of important things you should be doing to stay healthy!
Let's define what “staying healthy” really
means. Here's how I define health:
Waking up each and every morning and
feeling vibrant and alive! Feeling the youthfulness and energy to accomplish
all that's important in your life. To have the energy to conquer
fears, stand up for more success in your life, and live every moment with
maximum joy, wellness, and living. To be a symbol of the beautiful
gift of life.
Let's go forth with that goal in mind:
My Checklist for Maximum Health in 2000
#1: You are what you eat.
I watch people in the grocery store whenever I go shopping. I've noticed
(almost without exception) how many overweight people stuff their shopping
carts with the most unhealthy, preservative-filled foods on the shelves.
One must feel much sadness for such a person,
since we know how much they must be hurting emotionally. One's self-image
has a tendency to plummet when you look in the mirror and see that you
are out of control of your body. I feel much empathy for people like
If you need to lose a few pounds, what's
the very first thing you can and should do? First of all, remember
this phrase: “You are exactly what you eat, and no more and no less.”
Is your shopping cart filled with processed, canned goods…or water rich
and living fruits and vegetables?
Which do you think takes more of the body's
energy to digest? A processed burger or a fresh apple?
Worse yet, how many of you know this…yet
continue to eat foods that suck your energy, make you pop a few Rolaids
after every meal, or make you toss and turn every night in bed?
Set a goal in 2000 to eat 60-70% ‘water-rich’
foods, such as fruits and vegetables. Anything less is paramount
to suicide in the long term! Be sure to ask me for a copy of “Choosing
Health”. This free, simple, understandable guide will get you
eating the healthiest foods in the proper combination of proteins to fats
By following “Choosing Health” you
can be assured of maximum energy, maximum health, ideal weight, and longevity.
It's hard, but spend extra time finding and
buying organically grown foods. Not only are organic foods clean—they
have no pesticides and no petroleum based fertilizers, they also taste
sweeter and are much more alive and vital which means you feel healthier
and have more energy. Check out Harry's and the DeKalb Farmer's market,
Kroger, other health food stores, and buying co-ops where organic farmers
bring their produce directly to your house.
Look later on in this newsletter for my upcoming
classes on nutrition and healthy eating. If you'd be interested in
enrolling, please call my office at 770-551-0155.
How can you easily lose weight?
There is no magic formula—if there were one diet that worked, there would
only be one diet.
However, you can quickly make an impact on
your weight loss. Here's how: Stop eating red meat, sugar
and cheese. Stop drinking alcohol and caffeine. Drink more
Sounds too simple? Will you lose all
the weight you want? Maybe yes, maybe no, (if I'm wrong what have
you got to lose?) but I've seen time and again many people lose 10-15 pounds
in a couple months time just by eliminating these foods. Try it and see
#2: Body Movement. A
few generations ago, our grandfathers and grandmothers worked all day on
the farm. They physically moved and expended nervous stress energy through
While it's true that many people love our modern
conveniences and don't want to return to those old times, it's also true
that our sedentary lifestyle is creating massive problems in the human
Many jobs entail being stuck in a chair all
day in front of a computer. No physical movement occurs. No
If you keep a healthy arm in a sling for
months, the muscles atrophy. This once strong arm can no longer lift
even a feather.
The same thing happens in your body!
Allowed to weaken and grow ever-so-flabby, the body's own muscles can turn
into your worst enemy if not treated in the proper manner.
Also: did you know that physical movement
in the body also activates your body's system to flush out toxins?
(I'll talk more about this in a future issue of the newsletter. Some
amazing research proves that cell waste is primarily flushed out by body
movement and deep breathing!)
Begin a simple daily exercise program
immediately. Especially if you sit at a desk all day. Begin
by walking for 30 minutes a night. You can also purchase a rebounder,
a mini trampoline that you can walk on or run on in front of the TV.
Or join everyone else who wrote New Year's Resolutions and join a health
spa while they're still offering their special beginning of the year discounts.
Or, sign up for either my, or my wife Mukta's
yoga classes. Turn off the boob-tube and exercise instead!
You'll feel better, have more energy, eat
less, and create incredible balance in your body. You won't believe
how investing just a few minutes in exercise can dramatically change the
way you feel.
#3: Regular adjustments (treatments)
from a chiropractor (Regular massages, too!) Many people believe
that chiropractic is like ‘one-stop-shopping.’ They think that a
chiropractor can instantly and magically solve all of a patient's problems
in one visit.
As you probably guessed, this is false. Would
you buy a new car and get your oil changed only once…and then never get
your car checked again? No way! Yet it's amazing how many humans
place more value on their car's health…than their own!
(The sad irony is that a lifetime of placing
little value on one's health shortens the time in which you get to enjoy
your perfectly ‘healthy’ automobile!)
OK. Here's what I recommend that you
#1: Call us or your chiropractor today, and
schedule a much needed chiropractic or massage treatment. This won't take
much time out of your schedule, yet you'll simultaneously feel better,
have more energy, get sick far less, and improve your health.
#2: When you're in the office, immediately
schedule visits for a minimum of once a quarter, preferably once every
month. Such “maintenance” leads to dramatic increases in your health.
Your body goes through cycles just like the seasons and it's essential
to keep your health tuned to prevent those “season changing” colds and
#3: Ask us about products we sell for use
in your home and office. For example, a back pillow used in your
office chair might make you feel rested and more in control during a busy
work day. Specially designed cervical pillows will give you more
neck support and comfort while you're sleeping at night. Ask about
some of our other products (that you might not know we even carried) and
how they can make a big difference in the way you feel!
#4: Mental cleansing!
One of the easiest and cheapest…yet utterly ignored areas to immediately
improve your health and well-being, is to study the psychology of well-being.
What On Earth Is The “Psychology of Well Being?”
Have you ever felt like you “stressed” yourself
out? Do you remember the stress you felt when you were racing to
get a college paper completed? Or planning your wedding? Or
one of a hundred stressful experiences that have come up in your life?
How many times have you been so stressed
out by your boss, by work, even by an event in your life…and all of a sudden
Caught A Cold!
Do you think your mental attitude and state
of being had anything to do with you catching this cold?
The psychology of well being states that
your health is directly related to the well being of your attitudes, what
you dwell on all day, and how you talk to yourself.
Also: have you ever run across the
so-called ‘negative person’? You know the type. They grumble
about the weather, about their job, about the junk mail they get, about
how awful everything is!
I've observed something very important.
As a chiropractor I deal with all types of people. Can you guess
the types of people who chronically experience more sickness, more bad
health, and much more pain than anyone else?
You guessed it: the most miserable
people are the ones who have the worst mental attitudes!!
Why does this phenomenon occur? Why
can two people from the same neighborhood, both approximately the same
ages, both having gone to the same schools, have two different levels of
commitment to their health?
Why are some people committed to staying
healthy, while others could care less?
This led me to research that I found quite
amazing. You will find it life changing, too. I discovered
Your Health Has More To Do With Your
MENTAL ATTITUDE Than Nearly Anything
For example, someone with a positive, optimistic
attitude will see themselves and their bodies as valuable and important,
and certainly worth keeping healthy and in good shape. Others with
negative attitudes, who abuse their bodies with bad foods, smoking, drinking
excessively, etc., also don't perceive the upkeep of their bodies as important,
so they experience (ironically) the most health problems throughout their
Okay. Is there any research or studies
that prove what I have observed? And, is there conclusive linkage
between your frequent mental attitudes and health?
Absolutely! Let's talk about some of them.
Some Amazing Research That Proves Good
Attitudes Can Affect Your Health
Norman Cousins, the speaker & famous
author, talks often about his “cancer incident.” Upon feeling sick,
he went to his doctor and was given a negative prognosis. (Most doctors
do NOT understand the devastating, negative affect of a harsh and doomsday
prognosis. This alone can decrease chances of survival due to lack of hope,
willingness to fight, etc., which are all critical to success.)
Anyway, he decided to change his mental attitudes.
So, while laying sick and idle in his hospital bed, he decided to watch
reruns of the Three Stooges and other comedies!
For days on end, he laughed and laughed and
laughed. (Do you think this affected his biochemistry a little bit?)
Miraculously he was found to have dramatically
reduced his cancer that had affected his body and within a few weeks walked
out of the hospital.
Now, as a doctor and scientist, I cannot
rule out the possibility that there might have been some luck involved.
On the other hand, my experience in treating hundreds and hundreds of patients
coincides with Norman Cousins!
The better the patient's ATTITUDE, the faster
she will become well!
How can your beliefs and attitudes change
your health on the spot?
Here's the amazing conclusion I draw from
such research and from working with thousands of people over the last 25
Your Beliefs And Attitudes Can And Do
Materialize In Your Body,
Based Upon What You Think About All Day
And How Optimistic or Pessimistic You
Make a promise to yourself today to replace
your negative thoughts with positive ones. Look for the silver lining
and the opportunity in all problems. Every time your mind wants to
“take control” and tell you how sick, depressed, and fragmented your life
is, repeat to yourself over and over:
Healthy Am I, Happy Am I, Holy
(Whole) Am I
Remember that no two things can occupy the
same space at the same time. Similarly, in your mind, no two thoughts
can occupy the same space at once. So when your negative mind tells
you you're awful, down, depressed, or going to catch a cold, displace the
negative thought with the positive affirmation above.
Try it yourself or get that grouchy spouse
or child of yours to positively affirm their inherent birthright to be
healthy, happy and whole!
#5: Learn, learn, learn. Remember
what America's famous author Mark Twain once said, “When you're all
through learning, you're all through.”
A long life full of vitality is based on knowing
what to do and when to do it. But there is so much information out
there that it becomes confusing and overwhelming. You need a coach
to help you sift through it all.
Even the great Michael Jordan says time and
again that his excellence comes not only from his natural athletic abilities,
but his intense hard work (learning and learning) and desire to win.
He went to practice daily and had a great coach.
Don't forget to get a coach.
The coach sees what you're doing right or wrong and can objectively give
pointers on how to improve your game (your health).
My goal for your health is to be your Health
Coach. Learn all you can and call me if you have any questions!
Make 2000 Your Best Year Yet!