Kim came to us through a for credit internship from DePaul University. With years of experience in administrative and managerial roles she will be the perfect addition to our team and asset to our readers. Kim was certified a Six Sigma Green Belt during her work on various Motorola project teams. Before enrolling at Depaul University. She is an avid writer and will be working with us to manage our social media presence. After graduation, Kim plans to start a Six Sigma Consulting firm that caters to non-profits in Chicago and the surrounding area.
Is there any one contributor to chronic health conditions more prevalent and dangerous than obesity? National obesity rates among adults doubled since 1980 alone, yet it seems to be overlooked and misunderstood more often than any other disease catalyst. The explosion of weight loss products and the plethora of theories behind weight gain have seemingly done nothing more than water down this issue, leaving the public confused and indifferent. In this article we delve beyond the turmoil surrounding obesity and offer new insight into what obesity means for your patients.
The fact is, this problem is not going away and yet people continue to attend their weight loss meetings, eat their tiny out-of-the-box meals, drink their shakes and work out like crazy. We have worked with people who have stuck to these protocols for years losing very little before gaining it all back plus some. Then, either by design or misconception, they blame it on themselves. This excruciating process continues for years as they bang their heads against the wall with these “calories in-versus-calories out” solutions. No wonder this is a billion dollar industry!
Diet and exercise have long been touted as both the problem and the solution. If the real solution is that simple, and completely free, then why are so many people walking around dangerously overweight in a country known worldwide for its ambition and persistence? It may be because diet and exercise do not always work! In fact, some experts are finding that diet and exercise alone work a very low percentage of the time.
Still, fitness enthusiasts and “health freaks” will talk all day about self-control and the like, but evidence is building against a new culprit. The fact is, these overweight people are often deemed weak minded, lazy and lacking in self control, but may possess a very real and unfortunate cause for the fat they cannot lose and the cravings that simply will not go away.
As you probably know, people suffering from hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue are great examples. These individuals tend to carry excess fat and have an extremely difficult time taking it off. In addition, a variety of mental and emotional circumstances come to mind including uncontrollable appetite and abnormal satiety. The probable reason?
Toxicity from things like heavy metals including mercury or copper, perchlorate, BPA, food additives, prescription drugs, plastics, bromide, fluoride and many other chemicals. No matter where it may be from, evidence on the causes of obesity is proving to be much more complex than the calories-in-versus-calories-out theory.
These toxins and many more, are becoming virtually unavoidable. Take drinking water for example. Runoff adds pesticides and perchlorate (rocket fuel) while various prescription drugs are tossed into the mix by unsafe disposal methods. The water is then treated with chloride and fluoride before it finally ends up in your glass. If you do the research on these chemicals, you will find that there is something very wrong with this formula and that’s just one limited example.
Exposure is happening through the consumption of everyday products that are trusted to be safe. Scarier yet is alarming evidence that mothers have a great capacity to pass such toxic substances to a fetus. In this situation, the issues will be present throughout development resulting in potential problems deeper than science has currently explored.
A perfect illustration of these points is the use of diethylstilbestrol (DES) by expecting mothers to prevent miscarriages during the 1950s and 1960s. The consequences were a wide range of devastating birth defects all from a product deemed safe for consumption.
New evidence is continually surfacing supporting this cause and many experts agree that increased toxicity can lead to any number of imbalances which manifest themselves as excess fat. In addition, some hypothesize that as a direct result of greater exposure over a prolonged period, the youngest generation of Americans will have even greater health issues than those of their parents.
It is plausible to assume that a wide range of imbalances could be caused along these same lines. In May, the Government even released a piece titled: Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity within a Generation. In it they reveal that “scientists have coined the term “obesogens” for chemicals that they believe may promote weight gain and obesity. Such chemicals may promote obesity by increasing the number of fat cells, changing the amount of calories burned at rest, altering energy balance, and altering the body’s mechanisms for appetite and satiety. Fetal and infant exposure to such chemicals may result in more weight gain per food consumed and also possibly less weight loss per amount of energy expended. The health effects of these chemicals during fetal and infant development may persist throughout life, long after the exposures occur.”1 These “obesogens” are found in various everyday products and the average American is undoubtedly exposed to them frequently.
The bright side to all of this? The living cell is an incredibly resilient structure. It will work very hard to remove these toxins from its being and return to homeostasis. The body has proven very capable of exercising this power with many less powerful intruders and illnesses, however strong evidence supports the idea that in most cases, it has great difficulty removing the more harmful substances all by itself.
This problem presents a remarkable opportunity for health professionals. Experts are finding that giving the body a little bit of help can be incredibly beneficial to the body’s healing process. Clinical, nonprescription detoxification of these toxins has been found to produce the needed fuel for bringing balance to the body. For this, we recommend you look to homeopathic remedies for their unparalleled safety, effectiveness, ease of use and affordability.
Where weight loss is concerned, it is vital to find programs that provide the ability to uncover the wide range of imbalances that may be causing weight gain and retention. Notice the use of the word “program.”
Successful programs will produce quality, lasting results while providing the patient with lifestyle education for successful assimilation back into everyday life. It is imperative that a program involve the consumption of real food as opposed to shakes or meals in a box. Meal replacements and those that come prepackaged tend to represent a set of perpetual diet programs that produce poor results, almost no long term benefit, a low quality of life and do not give the patient any basis for living a healthy life outside the diet.
In addition to being results driven and including each element previously mentioned, you will be best served selecting a turn-key program which is easily implemented into an existing practice. The amount of clawing and scratching you want to do is totally up to you, as developing a clinically tested successful program on your own takes years and a lot of money. Finally an end is in sight to the era of ball and chain diets and you, the practitioner now have the power to provide real results.
1White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity. Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation. May 2010
So, I bet your practice is getting all the clients you can handle and growing is no problem, right? Let’s be honest, we would all love to have a few more people walking through the door.
But where do you start?
To get more information about growing a practice, I caught up with Dr. Mark Steenerson of Minnesota. A few years ago, he was asking himself the same question and found an answer. In the last year, Dr. Steenerson’s practice grew by 48%. In fact, he made around $10,000 in just two hours by implementing a simple change. Dr. Steenerson’s practice became multi-disciplined.
When I speak to the most successful doctors, they say that the key to success is growing in terms of patients and proving that you can create a lasting, positive impact in their lives. Many people do not understand what chiropractic is and how it can benefit them, so growing a practice means that “chiropractors must educate communities about the benefits of chiropractic care” (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010-2011 Handbook). This realization by the community changes a chiropractic practice forever. Referrals grow, income finally reaches desired levels and they are able to build a name for themselves as local health experts.
The United States Department of Labor says that success prospects are best for chiropractors who operate within a multi-disciplined practice because it allows patients to stay in house for their most pressing needs. A Multi-disciplined practice simply means that the practice offers more than one service.
- weight loss
- laser hair removal
- nutritional services
- physical therapy
- smoking cessation
- corporate wellness
The other benefit of a multi-disciplined practice for chiropractors is that it gives them the ability to grow by attracting people who do not understand or would otherwise not pursue chiropractic care. If a chiropractor successfully demonstrates their value to a patient, that patient will be far more likely to evaluate, understand and purchase the needed chiropractic care regimen.
So how do you decide on additional services to provide? Well, a good business is always built around an unfilled need or opportunity. In order to decide which service will aid by growing your practice the most, you need to figure out which service will benefit your community and current patients. What are their greatest needs?
For those of you who are still wondering, Dr. Steenerson chose weight loss. “I was having major problems getting people in the door for chiropractic, but when they come for weight loss and get great results, you better believe they are willing to listen.” (Dr. Mark Steenerson)
Dr. Steenerson uses his weight loss program to target some of the 200 million plus Americans who are interested in losing weight. Once he helps them do so, they are easily converted to chiropractic patients in order to address further imbalances within their body. Dr. Steenerson kicked off his weight loss practice by putting on a two hour “Weight Loss Information Night”. This event was open to the public and generated more than $10,000 in cash revenue. This number, however, is trivial when compared to the growing chiropractic and referral business that is still coming in the door. To make the event a success he placed professional advertisements in two local papers, which yielded around 70 attendees. A year later he is still reaping the benefits of this event and will be for a long time to come.
So, why weight loss?
With two in three Americans overweight and all of the highly publicized health risks, the weight loss industry is booming. As a result, people in your community and even your own clients are spending significant amounts of money on weight loss right now. To make matters worse, most of them are spending it on unhealthy, unsustainable programs with miniscule long-term success rates.
Weight loss is the perfect example of an effective, cash based service with ongoing profit potential, but just bringing a strong program into your practice is not enough. Jim Allchin, a former executive at Microsoft once said “we’re obviously going to spend a lot in marketing because we think the product sells itself.” Just because you now have this high quality, in-demand product doesn’t mean people know about it. Growing your practice requires making marketing a priority and doing it effectively. In addition, explore opportunities to position yourself as an expert within the community by doing talks at local health food stores, churches and other health professional’s offices. Get creative!
Once your practice starts growing, develop and test a system for moving patients between the various services you offer to provide highest value to them and highest revenue to you. Remember, if you do not offer it to them, chances are they will get it elsewhere. Finally, be sure to leverage referrals. You can simply ask or research ways to get a little more creative. The key to growing your practice is finding something that works and sticking with it.
Bureau of Labor Statistics. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook. 2010-11 Edition.
You may be wondering why diet and exercise dont work for weight loss. Diet and exercise are incredibly important to a healthy life. For many, however, diet and exercise don’t work for creating successful, long-term weight loss. Many imbalances within your body can cause weight gain and retention and exercise isn’t the answer for every imbalance. An imbalance is defined as, “the body being out of equilibrium or out of proportion”. In this case, a certain process, hormone or element important to your body’s function is not working properly. Thus, it is causing weight gain or preventing weight loss. The reason diet and exercise often don’t work for weight loss is because, while they do promote total body health, they are typically not targeted enough to address the specific imbalances keeping you fat.
Have diet and exercise created lasting weight loss in your life?
Think back to a time when you were able to lose a couple pounds by eating a certain way or exercising like a banshee. It worked, but it probably didn’t last. Could you live your entire life on that diet or exercise routine? For 99 percent of people, the answer is no! This is because the imbalances make it very hard to do so. They can cause your body to store excess fat, they can cause you to overeat, they can even cause you to constantly rest so your body can use the energy elsewhere. In today’s society, we are very quick to call this laziness, but rest assured – no pun intended – many times this is what your body is telling you to do not a conscious choice. The bottom line is that imbalances can cause weight gain while preventing weight loss and trying to fight them with diet and exercise has proven to be a losing battle.
What imbalances prevent weight loss?
Imbalances that could prevent diet and exercise from helping you lose weight include insomnia, hormonal issues, poor digestion, Candida, stress, bacteria, viral infections, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, heavy metal toxicity and so many more. As I mentioned previously, diet and exercise do promote full body health and may positively impact these issues, but in our experience, they are not able to balance them in a way that ensures lasting weight loss.
At this point, you may be thinking, “That’s fine, because I don’t have any of those imbalances”, but the truth is that so many people have no idea that they do have them. For instance, symptoms of imbalances that may prevent weight loss could include everything from cold hands and feet, to trouble sleeping, feeling tired during the day, heart burn, aches and pains, low sex drive, short term memory loss, issues with blood sugar, cholesterol or blood pressure, allergies, migraines, low energy levels, thinning hair, stress and cravings for sugar, bread or salty foods, just to name a few.
Many of these imbalances are caused by the widespread use of chemicals, food additives and poor food choices that so many people are exposed to. They can also be caused by everyday events like lack of sleep or a stressful life. An overwhelming percentage of our population walks around suffering from these imbalances and do nothing about it. The reason is because they see so many other people suffering and doing the same thing. This is exactly why two in three Americans are overweight and why diet and exercise don’t work for weight loss.
Many people view these problems as just a fact of life or an unlucky situation when in reality they are probably preventable. People do not realize that these imbalances are making weight loss seem impossible and, if left unaddressed, many can lead to much more serious problems. For instance, poor digestion, can lead to excess fat, but it has also been linked to cancer and a host of other diseases. The excess fat caused by the poor digestion has, in turn, been proven to raise the risk for cancer, type II diabetes and heart disease. This can cause a brutal cycle in which one imbalance continually causes others, throwing your body’s entire network completely out of whack.
Weight Loss: More Than Diet and Exercise
So are you still surprised to hear that diet and exercise don’t always work for weight loss? Typically poor diet, lack of exercise and consistent exposure to degraded foods as well as chemicals over the course of many years can cause these issues. When a person is plagued by imbalances, they find it difficult to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly, but even if they could, it probably wouldn’t yield lasting weight loss.
It is reasonable to believe that if people correct the imbalances causing the excess fat, then they may be able to achieve lasting weight loss. This has been found to increase energy levels and motivation as well as reduce pain, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, normalize blood sugar and improve overall health. Once these imbalances are discovered and dealt with, it is important for the individual to find an enjoyable exercise routine and eat a beneficial diet to maintain their body’s balance. Thus, let me revise my earlier statement. “Diet and exercise are great for maintaining a healthy and balanced body, but often do not work for weight loss.” So don’t be so quick to turn down the dead end road of a lackluster diet and excruciating exercise routine. Find the imbalances that are preventing weight loss for you and start there.
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Ok, so our teen’s hibernation until 1 p.m. each Saturday may be overkill, but studies show that the average teenager’s internal clock is naturally set to sleep between 11 pm and 8 am. This data has prompted Amy Wolfson, a psychologist at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, Kyla Wahlstrom, an education researcher at the University of Minnesota and a host of others to conduct years of research around this very important topic. Their findings suggest that later school openings, whether by design or unforeseen delay may provide a host of benefits for the students lucky enough to “play along” with Mother Nature.
being who you really are. Let love heal your hurts and
inspire your actions.
Have the courage, acceptance and humility to feel love
fully. Have the strength and confidence to give your love
Let love fill your thoughts with goodness and your
intentions with kindness. Let love brighten every corner of
Let love flow abundantly from you before you can even think
about it. Let love illuminate the unique and miraculous
richness in every unfolding moment.
Let love live within you, and spread beauty through all you do.
Let love be, with all you have and all you are.
The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for
No piece of paper can be folded in half
more than seven (7) times. Oh go ahead…I’ll wait…
Donkeys kill more people annually
than plane crashes or shark attacks.
You burn more calories sleeping
than you do watching television.
Oak trees do not produce acorns
until they are fifty (50) years of age or older.
The first product to have a bar code
was Wrigley’s gum.
The King of Hearts is the only king
WITHOUT A MOUSTACHE
American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987
by eliminating one (1) olive
from each salad served in first-class.
Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
(Since Venus is normally associated with women, what does this tell you!)
(That women are going the ‘right’ direction…?)
Apples, not caffeine,
are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
Most dust particles in your house are made from
The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer.
So did the first ‘Marlboro Man’.
Walt Disney was afraid
The three most valuable brand names on earth:
Marlboro, Coca Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
It is possible to lead a cow upstairs…
but, not downstairs.
A duck’s quack doesn’t echo,
and no one knows why.
Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush
be kept at least six (6) feet away from
a toilet to avoid airborne particles
resulting from the flush.
(I keep my toothbrush in the living room now!)
And the best for last….
Turtles can breathe through their butts.
(I know some people like that, don’t YOU?)
Now you know everything!
STREET GANGS IN ALBERTA
It’s gangs like these that the people of Alberta have to put up with..
A bit different from the problems in other cities…
It proves that every City has their own “unique” gang problems. They
roam the streets and yards night and day.
They hang out in even the best neighborhoods!
..and you CANNOT (legally) stop them.
AREN’T THEY MAGNIFICENT !!!!???