The whole “whole wheat” thing

I’m hoping by now most of us are aware of the dangers associated with wheat and gluten. But there are still some unknowns and confusion so lets clear the air!

Wheat is bad. Gluten is bad. Stop eating it.

Satisfied? Yeah I didn’t think so. Lets elaborate:

First off wheat is highly processed and far from its natural state by the time it’s made into food. If you ask any Baker that’s been in business over 15 years they will tell you they NEVER used to use Gluten in their bakery. But because of how wonderful it is (to farmers, manufactures, and bakers) it’s used in high quantities now-a-days. The discovery of Gluten is old (older than you, and your mom, and her mom, and even her mom). But the use of gluten in our grains has become hugely popular in the last 15 years.

Wheat raises blood sugar levels, causes immunoreactive problems, inhibits the absorption of important minerals and aggravates our intestines. And much of this may stem from the fact that wheat simply ain’t what it used to be. Let’s elaborate a little more…

Hybridized and Genetically Modified Wheat

Today’s wheat is a far cry from what it was 50 years ago. Back in the 1950s, scientists began cross-breeding wheat to make it hardier, shorter, and better-growing. This work, which was the basis for the Green Revolution — and one that won U.S. plant scientist Norman Borlaug the Nobel Prize — introduced some compounds to wheat that aren’t entirely human friendly. Genetically altering wheat was a high priority task from Monsanto to market their “Round-up Ready Wheat.” As they did with Corn and Soy, altering the DNA of wheat meant farmers and manufacturers were able to produce more, longer lasting products. Which is great for them, but not so great for us.

As cardiologist Dr. William Davis noted in his book, Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path Back to Health, today’s hybridized wheat contains sodium azide, a known toxin. It also goes through a gamma irradiation process during manufacturing. But as Davis also points out, today’s hybridized wheat contains novel proteins that aren’t typically found in either the parent or the plant, some of which are difficult for us to properly digest. Consequently, scientists now suspect that the gluten and other compounds found in today’s modern wheat is what’s responsible for the rising prevalence of Celiac disease, “gluten sensitivity,” and other problems.

LEAKY GUT:

It’s vastly more complicated than this but let’s illustrate: Everything we eat gets digested. Some foods begin digestion in the mouth (simple carbs) others take longer in various different parts of the digestion process (stomach, small and large intestines). Everything is broken down into tiny little particles. Think of a grain of salt. The gluten, however, cannot be digestested into tiny particles because your digestive system may not be able to break it down. It’s stubborn. So instead of being digested into a grain of salt, it’s left in a much larger size. Think of a golf ball. This golf ball sized gluten particle makes its way through digestion and “leaks” out of the gut because of damaged intestinal wall into the blood stream. This causes inflammation and stress on the the cells and liver Your body, as amazing as it is, recognizes this issue and begins attacking itself.

In order to “cure” yourself of gluten sensitivities, IBS, leaky gut, or whatever else wheat and gluten has done to your body you need to completely eliminate wheat from your diet for at least 2 weeks. It’s really much easier now-a-days with all the gluten free products. But just like everything else you MUST read the labels and know what you’re eating. Just because it says gluten-free does NOT mean it’s healthy!

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Thanks for reading!

Comments, questions, concerns are always welcome

~God bless~

Dr. McNabb

 

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The Definition of Health

We talk a lot about health. But what is health? What does it mean? Are we healthy if we feel good? If we feel good we assume we are healthy. But this is a superficial lie. Two of the top three leading causes of death in the U.S., heart disease and cancer, are coined “silent killers” because generally you don’t feel the disease building up in your until later in the process. This explains how many people, including the late James Gandolfini, “feel” fine in the morning but can die of a fatal heart attack in the evening. You don’t feel these diseases building up and you may even pass a physical and get the “clean bill of health.”

But if we’re testing the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, etc… and looking for health from parts of body and not the thing that creates health, we’re missing the boat. So where does health come from? Well lets first define health:

According to Dorland’s Medical Dictionary: Health is 100% function of all cells, tissues, and organs in the body regardless of symptoms.

100% FUNCTION…

If health is about function, then we need to address function. So what controls all function in the human body? What’s the most important organ in the human body? The brain! In order for the heart to beat, lungs to breath, food to digest, a cut to heal, etc… Your brain must convey messages down through your spinal cord, across the nerves to every single cell, tissue, and organ in your entire body. And since the spinal column houses and protects the spinal cord and nerves, it might also be a good idea to check that. I believe there’s a direct correlation to a subluxation (a spinal misalignment that causes nerve dysfunction) and disease to the organ of which that nerve supplies. But don’t take my word for it. The best part of this whole thing is that it’s not my belief or opinion.

In 1923 Henry Windsor M.D., wanted to see if there was a correlation between a misaligned spine and disease. He did an autopsy on hundreds of bodies. He found out that when a person died of stomach disease they also had a misalignment in the area of the spine that controlled the stomach. When he did an autopsy on all the people who died of heart disease, again he found a misalignment in the area of the spine that controlled the heart. Again and again every one of the deaths were linked back to a misalignment in the same area of the spine and nerves that controlled that organ. Pretty cool huh?

So all we have to do to ensure proper communication from the brain down to the body and organs. How do we do that? We get our butts to a doctor trained to find, locate, identify, and CORRECT these subluxations. If you think for a minute about any symptoms you’ve had in the past couple years, check out this pic to see what area of the spine controls the organs associated with your symptoms.

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Finally: find yourself a Maximized Living Doc close to you by clicking this link

Don’t wait any longer to take control of your health. And no more judging your health on you feel!

Comments, questions, concerns are always welcome

~God bless~

Dr. McNabb

Take this twice a day for…how long?

In America, when we have a symptom arise, we generally go to the doctor. Lets say you’re having chest pain. You go to your doctor, he does some testing and says “you have high blood pressure.” Don’t worry though because there’s a pill for that. He writes on his prescription pad and gives you a copy and says “fill this, take twice a day and that should get your blood pressure down.” Great! A cure! Or is it? I think we missed the part where he said how long we’ll have to be taking this high blood pressure medication for. He didn’t say. So what do we do? Take it for a couple weeks then stop? Oh no no no…you’ll be on that medication for much longer than that. In fact, the majority of patients placed on high blood pressure medications never come off!

Studying these medications can be quite hairy. I’d rather not go into great detail about all the flaws of clinical trials. I would however like to point out that the duration most medications are studied is very short term. Lisinopril (HBP medication) for example, was studies only 12 weeks before it was cleared by the FDA. 12 weeks? That’s only 3 months! Who do you know that has ever gone on a medication and stopped just 3 months after taking it? I know people on Lisinopril for the past 13 years. This drug wasn’t studied for 13 years, yet the time frame we’re told to take it doesn’t exist. This, unfortunately holds true for many pharmaceuticals. Remember Vioxx? If not, read up on it:
Vioxx info

Don’t get me wrong; There is a time and place for medicine. If your blood pressure spikes to 196/140…that’s an emergency situation and needs to be lowered. But over the next few months, lets find out WHY your blood pressure spiked. Lets find the CAUSE! Maybe you’re overweight. Maybe you eat fast food 5 or more times per week. Maybe you haven’t lifted anything besides a spoon in a while. Whatever the reason(s) lets find the cause and eliminate it.

Where to start: I’m sure we all know by now that there isn’t a lack of information out there. I’m not the first person to create a blog about health. There are more diet and exercise books available to fill the New York Public Library. So people often ask, “Where do I start?”

Well, for starters, put down the potato chips and grab some spinach. You must train your brain to think like a healthy person first. Begin surrounding yourself with healthy options. When you eat a salad think about how much better it is for you than fast food burgers. Just start exercising! If you’re one of the thousands of people who sign up for a gym and haven’t been there since January, get to the gym! Just start moving…

Once you start to re-program yourself to think like a healthy person, you’ll make healthier options. Maximized Living encompasses the 5 Essentials to health. I strive to be a perfect 10 in all 5 essentials:

1. Maximized Mind: Time management, stress management, adequate sleep, spiritual relation with God, positive thinking.
2. Maximized Nerve Supply: Correcting the spine and removing any interference in the nervous system to allow your body to function at its peak level
3. Maximized Nutrition: Giving the body the proper nutrients at the proper time allows for optimal cell growth and repair
4. Maximized Oxygen and Lean Muscle: Exercise allows your body to take in higher levels of oxygen and creates lean muscle that keeps both your body and mind healthy.
5. Minimized Toxicity: Toxins and chemicals surround us in our everyday lives and are included in items such as medications, refined foods, household cleaners and the items we cook with

If you work and focus on these 5 areas of your life you will begin a journey towards health and freedom and stray away from the path of sickness and imprisonment.

Still confused? Start Here: http://www.maximizedliving.com/HealthEssentials.aspx

If you need help, don’t just Google exercise or diets. Learn the correct information and proper way of doing things so you can MAXIMIZE your results! Click above to find a health center near you.

In health,

Dr. McNabb

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
~ Philippians 4:13

Using rubber mallets

“There is a wonderful story of a group of American car executives who went to Japan to see a Japanese assembly line. At the end of the line, the doors were put on the hinges, the same as in America. But something was missing. In the United States, a line worker would take a rubber mallet and tap the edges of the door to ensure that it fit perfectly. In Japan, that job didn’t seem to exist. Confused, the American auto executives asked at what point they made sure the door fit perfectly. Their Japanese guide looked at them and smiled sheepishly. “We make sure it fits when we design it.” In the Japanese auto plant, they didn’t examine the problem and accumulate data to figure out the best solution—they engineered the outcome they wanted from the BEGINNING. If they didn’t achieve their desired outcome, they understood it was because of a DECISION they made at the start of the process.

Every instruction we give, every course of action we set, every result we desire, starts with the same thing: a DECISION. There are those who decide to manipulate the door to fit to achieve the desired result and there are those who start from somewhere very different.”

We make a lot of decisions on a day-to-day basis. The decisions we make today will have consequences later down the road. Most of us choose to live carelessly by eating what’s readily available, not exercising and ignoring the warning signs. When it comes to our health, this is a poor choice. Everyone WANTS to be healthy but either you’re making choices that take you TOWARD health or your choices are taking you AWAY from health.

The choices I make may seem foreign and dramatic to some people. But because of those choices I continue to move toward health now so that I do not end up trying to scramble and fix a problem with medication or surgery later. And like the American auto executives in the story, you may look at me confused and ask, “well what do you do when you get a headache?” I would look at you and smile sheepishly, “I don’t get headaches.”

Now I won’t sit here and tell you I’m 100% perfect in every decision I make (only One in our lifetime was perfect). But I know what I put in my body will eventually become a part of me. I’m a high performance machine. And just like you would never put a Twinkie in a Ferrari, I wouldn’t put a Twinkie in my mouth. You are what you…eat, digest, absorb, and assimilate.

I don’t enjoy every minute of exercise, working out until it hurts, putting kale in my smoothie, waiting an hour for my chicken to cook, cutting up 7 different veggies, or spending an hour in the grocery store reading the labels. But it’s what I do to keep myself healthy. I do those things now so I don’t need a rubber mallet later.

If 5/6 Americans are dying from heart and cancer I’m doing whatever it takes to be that 1/6. And don’t be an idiot and say “it’s not going to be me.” Because the truth is, if you’re living the same way most Americans live; eating the same foods, not exercising daily, making poor decisions, etc… then you are headed in the wrong direction and it will be you.

God designed us all to live to 120 years old. He didn’t design our hearts to fail at 51, kidneys to shut down at 36, arteries to clog at 48, etc…

Our lifestyle has to be congruent with health. We must PLAN to have good health. Otherwise, we’re planning on failing and losing our health. Don’t wait until there’s a problem. Start living healthy now. And please don’t say something like, “well we only live once and I wanna have fun.” It’s that childish and selfish attitude that gets most of us in a crisis situation with our health and end up needing major surgery or loving in a nursing home. If that is your attitude, I’d also like you to call up the people you love most and inform them, “I don’t plan on taking care of myself now, but I fully expect you to take care of me later in my life.”

You can find more information online or at your closest Maximized Living Doctor. But honestly, the last thing we all need is more information. Either you just wasted 5 minutes of your life, or you’ll take action and do something to bring yourself closer to health. The choice is yours!

Action steps:
1. Quit using rubber mallets
2. Put high octane fuel in your Ferrari, not twinkies
3. Get to a Maximized Living Doc: find a doc here

In health,
Dr. McNabb

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
~ Philippians 4:13

*Excerpt from “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek

So you wanna be healthy?

If I asked a room of 100 people: “who wants to be healthy?” Chances are all 100 would raise their hands. Everyone wants To be healthy; but are you really doing the right things that create health?

What are the requirements for health? Can we eat pizza and McDonalds every meal? Can we snack on potato chips and watch 200 hours of TV each week? Everyone knows nutrition and exercise are important when it comes to health. But why is it that some of us have that 90 year old relative that drinks, smokes, eats fast food, and just never seems to be sick; when others exercise 6 days a week and only buy organic veggies from Whole Foods yet are constantly battling illness?

We’re missing one key component to health. Everyone knows we need food, water and air but the truth is you could live a period of time without one or all of the those things. The TV show Survivor showed us you could live about 30 days without food, you could live about a week without water, even a few minutes without air (five if you’re Michael Phelps). But you can’t live ONE SECOND without nerve supply. Yup, Nerve supply! Your brain communicates with the rest of your body through your nerves or Nervous System. In order for your heart to beat there has to be communication from your brain telling it to beat. If the nerve to your heart was cut…the heart stops beating instantly. If the nerve to your liver is cut, it stops instantly. If the nerve to your stomach…you get the idea. Nerve supply is the one thing you can’t live without and it’s what most of us are missing health-wise.

If you’re reading this, I’m sure you know Christopher Reeve (Superman from the 80’s). If you aren’t familiar with his unfortunate story I’ll give you the cliff notes: He fell off a horse, hit his chin in the dirt and fractured his top vertebrae (the Atlas) into his spinal cord. After the accident, God bless him, he needed a pace-maker too run his heart, an iron lung so he could breath, intestinal massages to help him digest food, etc… He didn’t have a defected heart or other organs but the life supply coming from his brain couldn’t make it down to those organs. Life supply is what keeps us alive and healthy and we better make sure it’s working at 100%. The smallest amount of pressure on a nerve can shut down that nerve. It’s like turning on the garden hose and then stepping on it…obviously the water doesn’t come out as fast! In fact, the research tells us that the weight of a dime on a nerve shuts that nerve down up to 60%. If that nerve is going to my heart I want to find out how to remove the pressure on the nerve. Of course there’s a time and a place for medicine but if my blood pressure sky-rockets I’m NOT taking medications for the rest of my life. I might take them in an emergency but over the next 4-6 weeks I will be figuring out WHY my blood pressure sky-rocketed. Your nervous system carries out all function in your body so it SHOULD be the FIRST place we look. Covering up the symptoms with drugs is like putting duct tape over your check-engine light; just because you don’t see it or feel it, doesn’t mean it’s fixed.

It’s about time we start being proactive with our health instead of reactive. Don’t wait until you have neck pain, back pain, migraines, or numbness in both legs before you seek help. If you do have any of those things and haven’t been checked, what are you waiting for? If you’ve never had your nervous system evaluated then get to a doctor who knows how to do it.

Remember: information without action is dead
Either you just wasted 5 minutes of your life, or you’ll take action and do something to bring yourself closer to health. The choice is yours!

Action steps:
1. Stop eating potato chips
2. Turn the computer/tablet off
3. Get your nervous system checked find a doc here

In health,
Dr. McNabb⚡⚡⚡

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
~ Philippians 4:13