Are you one of the 70% of the population that has experienced one or more of the following issues?
- Unexplainable weight gain of 7 or more pounds in the last 12 months?
- Have previously successful weight loss programs quit working?
- Mental confusion, forgetfulness, and/or brain fog?
- Inability to fall asleep, sleep through the night, and/or feel rested after a long sleep?
- Experienced symptoms that are unexplainable by medical professionals?
IF you answered yes to any or all of these, you are one of a majority of people over age 35 who are victims of R.E.M.A.S.S. (Restrictive Endocrine Maladaptation Adrenal Stress Syndrome).
REMASS is a progressive disease of the endocrine system initiated by interaction between the Hypothalamus, Pituitary Gland, and Adrenals. It results in co-existing conditions of insulin resistance and cortisol elevation preventing the body from releasing adipose material from fat cells. It is typically realized through failure to achieve weight loss using conventional exercise and eating strategies. At its most severe, REMASS results in a genetic shift affecting energy, fat storage, hormonal balance, and metabolism.
There are five (5) distinctive phases of REMASS, the fifth and most severe of which often includes thyroid hormone irregularity, high sensitivity to sugar and processed carbohydrates, and inflammatory conditions which may affect sleep, digestion, respiration and circulation.
If you have REMASS, it is important to understand conventional treatments and exercise programs just CAN’T WORK! You are in need of the “FIX” The true “FIX” is a very specific, scientific, easily followed program designed over years of research, testing and thousands of successful individuals. Does the “FIX” involve an exercise and eating program! It sure does, but it is SO much more! The program works through effectively manipulating the ‘2 Triangles’:
Immune System Gut Body C3i
The secret to breaking out of the ‘funk’ you’re in and achieving the health, fitness and total body results you are looking for is hidden in the 2 triangles above. Proper manipulation of the 6 factors listed, will guarantee success and a level of wellness you may have given up on ever attaining.
The traditional approach of more exercise and less calories has continually proven to be ineffective with individuals suffering from REMASS and it never will work for these individuals. In contrast to the statue quo, the “FIX” focuses on the disease continuum, that line that extends both ways from 100% wellness and health all the way to the other end which includes individuals with REMASS and associated conditions/symptoms such as Fatigue, Brain Fog, High Blood Pressure, Weight Gain, Gastric Distress, Insulin Resistance, Thyroid Issues, Immune Dysfunction, Metabolic Syndrome, just to name a few.
The body works on so many levels and is impacted by so many variables that the idea of exercising excessively and starving yourself to health and fitness is so archaic that it is sad that more people don’t understand and utilize the “FIX”
When discussing REMASS there are two important realizations:
- Your Doctor does not know
- “There isn’t a single medication that will cure any chronic disease”
- Your Trainer does not know:
- Conventional exercise and nutrition will not reduce fat once a metabolic maladaptation has become “programmed”
The condition of REMASS is a very specific condition that is impacted by many variables, including internal and external factors not studied in traditional medicine or exercise training. This condition demands a different approach!
What’s the answer? A full fledged TRANSGENESIS! A complete Reboot of the Metabolic System through a very specific, scientific approach, doable by every person who suffers from REMASS. This approach utilizing modest exercise, enjoyable eating sessions and 42 principles mastered over the course of the 21 day program.
The seven elements of the FIX for WLR
- Progressive, Efficient BioMovement
- Parasympathetic Recovery
- A Foundation of Supportive Nutrition and Supplementation
- Detoxification of the Digestive Tract, Cell, and Lymphatic System
- Repopulation of Gut Flora
- Circadian Nutrition with Periodic Glycogen Depletion
- Mind / Spirit “Recovery”
The ability to exercise LESS, eat MORE, and still totally RESET the Metabolism is the strategic approach followed through the 21 Day Metabolic Reboot. It is important to understand that just like your body went from near perfect wellness at birth along a disease continuum to where you are today with one or more chronic diseases, Insulin Resistance, Weight Loss Resistance, REMASS, etc. your body will progress along the disease continuum in reverse on it’s way to better health, fitness, body fat levels and overall total wellness. Sometimes the body just needs a REBOOT!
Contact Reboot Certified Coach Troy Huggett, M.S. (info@FitnessProsBattleCreek.com or 269-967-6300) or specially qualified Physician Dr. D W Wooten, DC, DABCO (269-968-2060) to learn more about attaining optimal wellness through the TRANSGENESIS “FIX” through the 21 Day Metabolic Reboot
Are you one of the 20 million?
Do you experience numbness, tingling, or dead-spots in the legs & feet? How about burning or jabbing pains or extreme sensitivity to touch? Do you feel disconnected causing unsteadiness or balance issues? lf you do, you’re part of the 20 million club of American Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) sufferers.
What causes PN – The list includes, but is not limited to:
Injury or sudden trauma, Repetitive stress, Small vessel disease, Autoimmune diseases, Kidney disorders, Cancers, Neuromas, Infections, Medication toxicity, Heavy alcohol use, Environmental or industrial toxins, and Metabolic and endocrine diseases. The largest contributor to PN is Diabetes. Roughly 60-70% of diabetics have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage that can affect sensory, motor, and autonomic nerves and contribute to various conditions including PN. In diabetic neuropathy, nerve damage occurs in an ascending pattern. The first nerve fibers to malfunction are the ones that travel the furthest from the brain and the spinal cord. Pain and numbness often are felt symmetrically in both feet followed by a gradual progression up both legs. Later, the fingers, hands, and arms may become affected.
While diabetes is one of the largest causes of PN, the actual reason a person suffers from this condition is not the most important thing to them. No, their number one interest is how to reduce or eliminate the pain and other debilitating symptoms of PN.
How do you treat the condition? The main focus in treating PN is to address any contributing causes such as infection, toxin exposure, medication-related toxicity, vitamin deficiencies, hormonal deficiencies, autoimmune disorders, or compression that can lead to neuropathy. Peripheral nerves have the ability to regenerate axons, as long as the nerve cell itself has not died, which may lead to functional recovery over time. Correcting an underlying condition often can result in the neuropathy resolving on its own as the nerves recover or regenerate.
Many pharmaceutical products are used in the treatment of PN. Pharmaceuticals provide a two-prong approach. First, they focus on managing the condition that is the underlying cause. For example, if you suffer from diabetes, you will be prescribed a medication or medications which are designed to lower your blood sugar to a point within the recommended safe range. By maintaining the blood sugar within the recommended ranges, the damage to the body can be slowed and possibly reduce further damage to the body. The second use of pharmaceuticals is directed at managing the pain, tingling, etc. Medications that are used for chronic neuropathic pain fall under several classes of drugs: antidepressants, anticonvulsant medications, antiarrhythmic medications, and narcotic agents. While this approach can be effective in managing pain, many negative side effects come with these medications. If there is no other way to achieve benefits, the risk may be worth it to an individual. However, if there is a side effect free technology alternative, would you want more information?
There is a technology that offers relief of discomfort, with no known side-effects. The technology is known as Physical Vascular Therapy. This specialized treatment utilizes electrical wave frequencies to increase pumping action at the microcirculation level. This allows the body to eliminate more metabolic waste and increase oxygen and nutrition to the cell, allowing the body to function more efficiently. This technology is not a disease specific treatment, rather it targets the microvascular system of the circulatory system. Therefore, it is effective in treating any condition which can benefit from increased blood and oxygen supply!
Medical massage is outcome-based massage, primarily the application of a specific treatment targeted to the specific problem(s) the patient presents with a diagnosis and are administered after a thorough assessment/evaluation by the medical massage therapist with specific outcomes being the basis for treatment.
This differs from the best-known type of bodywork performed today, known as Swedish massage. One of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. This type of massage offers many benefits and can definitely play a role in your overall approach to total body, mind, & spirit wellness.
There are countless massage techniques in addition to Medical & Swedish massage. The determining factor when deciding what kind of massage / bodywork you should receive, we recommend you focus on the main thing – what you want to get out of the massage. If you are looking to get that ‘ahhhhhh’ that was so relaxing’ feeling after your massage and you aren’t looking for a particular issue to be addressed, then Medical massage wouldn’t be necessary in this case. If however, you are suffering with a specific condition and you’d like to have the therapist center their skills on that issue, then definitely book a session with a qualified Medical massage therapist.
Bonus tip on selecting a therapist: All licensed massage therapist are qualified to perform Swedish massage, but NOT ALL are qualified or trained in Medical massage. Please do your due diligence when selecting a Medical massage therapist. Things to consider:
Education, specifically in medical conditions and bodywork therapies to address these medical issues!
Experience with cases similar to yours!
Willingness to listen to your needs! *you must be willing to express your particular likes, dislikes, issues, etc. The therapist cannot read your mind.
Ask friends and/or medical professionals in your area for referrals to a qualified Medical massage therapists.
*Fitness Pros has an affiliation with Penny Reynolds of Graceful Hands Therapies who has over 20 years experience in Medical massage, has spent many years teaching all forms of massage including Medical massage. She can be reached by texting or calling 517-630-1085
The weather’s going to be gettig nice shortly and if you’re like many of us, you’ve gotten involved in some activities that were either new to you or you hadn’t done since last summer. Hopefully you’ve been following the advice of your health care team, as well as my recommendations before, during and after participating in these activities. I also hope you’ve been enjoying yourself. Unfortunately, many times when we begin new activities or revisit others from the past, we may experience stiffness and/or pain in the muscles and joints. One of the areas hardest hit by the summer or weekend activist is the back. This month, I’d like to give you some tips on how to prevent and deal with back pain.
- Cardiovascular – you know this one: continuous movement of the large muscle groups for 20–60 minutes a day, 3-6 days a week.
- Strength – my favorite. Safely perform 1 set of 8-12 repetitions against resistance, for each major muscle group, until another properly formed repetition is impossible. Strength training should take 10-30 minutes a day and should be done 2-3 days per week.
- Flexibility – After a brief cardiovascular warm up, the muscle is placed in a stretched position and held for 15-30 seconds. Stretching should be done for each major muscle and should consist of a minimum of 3, 15-30 second stretches per muscle.
If you’ve been consistent with your workouts, your aches and pains should be minimal. However, if you haven’t been working out regularly, or you’ve started a new sport, you may be experiencing back pain. To reduce aches and pains, start or continue the 3 steps listed above and add the following back stretches to your program.
The Stretches (performed after a 3-5-minute warm-up)
When stretching, your goal should be to slowly stretch the muscle to the point of pain and then ease off so you end up just at the edge of pain. You should feel a stretch, not pain. Each stretch should be held (DO NOT BOUNCE) for 15-30 seconds and be repeated 3 or more times per session. Be sure to check with your health care team before implementing the following stretches.
- Good Morning Exercise – This exercise will warm you up and stretch you out. Stand with feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent, hands on your head and slowly bend (bow) forward at the waist. Go only as far as you comfortably can, then return to an upright position and repeat. Lower 4 seconds – don’t hold this one. Perform 5-15 repetitions.
- Seated Toe Touch – Sitting on a semi-hard surface (floor, mat, grass, etc.), legs straight and together, back straight, slowly reach your hands as far down your legs as possible. Hold 15-30 seconds and repeat. Areas stretched: back of the legs, hips and low back.
- Lying Back Stretch – Lie on your back, body flat on the floor (mat, grass, etc.), raise one leg and grab it under the knee and pull towards your chest. Hold 15-30 seconds. Alternate legs until each has been stretched 3 or more times. At this point, you can grab both legs at once and repeat the procedure. Areas stretched: back of the legs, hips and low back.
- Cross Body Arm Pull – From a standing or seated position, reach across the body and grab behind the elbow of one arm with your other hand, keeping the back straight, pull the arm across the body as far as possible, and hold for 15-30 seconds. Alternate arms until each arm has been stretched 3 or more times. Areas stretched: back of the arms and upper back muscles.
- Chest Stretch – Position your body perpendicular to a wall, raise your arm straight out from the body until the hand is flat against the wall. Don’t lean hard against the wall, just enough to keep the palm flat, look away from the wall. Hold 15-30 seconds, alternate arms, do each 3 or more times. Areas stretched: chest, neck, front of the shoulders, hand, wrist and arm.
There you have it, 5 stretches that will help prevent, reduce & eliminate back pain. Do these stretches daily (along with strength training & cardiovascular exercise), especially before & after participating in your summer activities and you’ll safely & painlessly enjoy your summer!!!
*if all else fails call Fitness Pros for the correct massage and bodywork therapy to get you through your summer aches/pains!
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Arthritis & Exercise
Many classifications of arthritis have been identified and one thing remains constant about them all – it can be debilitating. I receive countless inquiries about including exercise, especially resistance training, into an arthritic person’s program. Many people believe they should avoid exercises of any kind if they are afflicted with arthritis. My experience has shown that nothing could be further from the truth. (Please understand, each case is different, and everyone should check with their physician before beginning an exercise program.) Presently, over 65% of my clients suffer from one or more forms of arthritis. Each one of them has seen the incredible benefits made possible by incorporating resistance training into their daily lives. Some of these benefits include: greater strength, increased joint range of motion (greater flexibility), better muscle tone, greater balance, reduction in postural changes, and most important to each of them – reduction of pain.
These are not the only people who have seen the benefits of resistance training, nor am I saying that all people with arthritis will experience all of the incredible benefits mentioned. However, research continues to pile up daily on the positive effects a properly implemented exercise program can have on arthritic conditions. The research is so exciting and the results so positive that the Arthritis Foundation has placed its stamp of approval on resistance training and now recommends it to individuals suffering from arthritis.
There are three things you should do before beginning any exercise program. First, consult with the appropriate health care professionals (i.e. physician, dietician, professional trainer, etc.). Second, determine your goals (weight loss, pain reduction, increased strength, etc.). Third, always exercise at your level – not someone else’s. Too many people get concerned with what other people are doing and then try to perform at their level. I say, “who cares how much someone else does?” Instead, start at a comfortable level and continuously work to improve yourself. Arthritis can be an extremely painful and debilitating condition; however, research is proving that exercise, especially a properly performed resistance training program, can provide some much needed relief from this condition.
If you or someone you know has or believes they may have arthritis and would like more information, you can contact the Arthritis Foundation at 800-283-7800 or visit them on the web at www.arthritis.org. If you have arthritis and are interested in participating in a research study involving resistance training and arthritis, contact Troy Huggett’s Fitness Pros at 269-967-6300.