The gene called FTO and it is found in chromosome number 16. If you inherited it, you are bound to be overweight or so the recently-written stories go. A closer look tells a new story.
University of North Carolina researchers reviewed over 50 genetic studies of nearly a quarter million people. They studied various factors involving the FTO gene and found some interesting information out along the way.
For starters, do you exercise regularly? Great! You just offset the effects of this gene by at least 30%.
Secondly, researchers noted that being born with FTO does not guarantee a life of obesity (as was reported). In fact, those who have this gene only carry about 6 1/2 pounds extra versus those who do not.
Best of all, experts in the field say that genetic factors contribute to only about five percent of all cases of obesity. Maybe even less.
Doc’s Thoughts: Every single diet or healthy way of eating has 5 characteristics:
It is RARE that those who do not follow this have obesity issues. As this and other research is showing, genetics play a much lesser role as compared to behavior.
When you think of hype and “over the top” promotion, usually pharmaceuticals come to mind. However, supplements are not immune. While there are some that I do not recommend because quite frankly, they do not work or work well, those listed below can be dangerous.
Here are 5 that despite the press, should be avoided.
As you can see, there is a specific theme with the aforementioned. There are safer and more effective treatments for all of the above.
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This post is not about discussing the legal or potentially legalization of marijuana. Nor will it have anything to do with the moral aspect. It is about whether or not marijuana has the medicinal value that some are claiming.
The health benefits of marijuana are controversial. Proponents state that it can help alleviate the effects of glaucoma, can possibly decrease the severity of some seizures, may decrease anxiety and may even stop the spread of some cancers. These claims are interesting but most are in their infancy in terms of actual proof.
On the flip side, there is strong evidence that this “harmless” drug may, in fact, be quite problematic. Here are some facts:
Given the legalization in a few states, the future trend is in this direction for more states to follow. Hopefully, both sides of the argument will be reviewed so a person can make the most informed choice.
In the past several years, there has been a mounting ocean of anger, frustration, and overall mistrust. People are irritated about . . . .well. . . .name the topic and you will find someone, somewhere, furious about something. It is akin to an “emotional virus.”
From politics to economics to entertainment, the past several years have lead to an overflow of emotion. These days worldwide, it has only gotten worse.
You can make a list that will cover several pages and be 99% accurate. But this is the surface, the branch. What is the root cause?
My answer may surprise you. It is this: technology.
I am not an anti-technology person by any means. My business would not exist in its current form without technology. My life in some ways is more comfortable because of said technology.
The problem is that technology has replaced inter-personal communication and skills. In other words, somewhere along the computerized road, we stopped genuinely talking to each other.
Stop by a coffee shop or take a walk in downtown Disney (or anywhere for that matter) and look at how many are fiddling on the smartphone and how few are sitting across from one another, without distractions, talking. Yes, genuinely talking.
In other words, somewhere along the computerized road, we stopped genuinely talking to each other.
The art of conversation has become a dying craft. It has been replaced by texting, tweeting and emailing. Proper English (of whatever language(s) you speak) has been replaced by series of growing abbreviations. Emojis have replaced pure emotional expression. In short, real is not real anymore.
Take it a step further. Agree with what you just read? Then it must be true. Disagree. Then it has to be “fake news.” If there is disagreement, just hide behind the keyboard and be as rude and crass as your vocabulary will allow. After all, we dare not speak to one another’s face.
What if it really is “fake news?” So what. There is no accountability, just collusion. When was the last time a network both admitted an error and made restitution for it?!
All of this has had an unhealthy effect on the liver. Emotions have a tendency to gather here and the end result is a lack of energetic and emotional flow. Things get stuck and when they get stuck, they eventually explode. Hence, what we are seeing now.
Eyes and eye health correlate with the liver and staring incessantly at one screen or another creates disharmony with this organ (not to mention unhealthy for the eyes). More gasoline on the fire.
Want to cure obesity in the youth? Restrict computer/smartphone/gaming time. Sitting is the “new smoking;” that is, the deleterious effects that smoking causes are disturbingly similar to the deleterious effects that lack of movement (re: sitting) has as well.
Want to cure obesity in adults? Restrict computer/smartphone/TV time. Go find a friend. Go make a friend. Have a conversation. A real, uninterrupted, all-phones-off conversation.
Want to cure virtually everything? Befriend someone and carry on a conversation. Let someone know that at least one person on this planet cares about them. They don’t give a damn which smartphone they are using and if they are on snapchat. They care about what is happening in their life.
(Re-) learn to speak and express in a genuine fashion, not through the distraction of a computer. Unplug from the harshness. Don’t just walk away from an argument, refuse to initiate or ever engage in one to begin with, certainly not one where you can hide behind a keyboard and be a fake hero.
Communication leads to community. It is a cure for virtually everything. In a world that is increasingly surreal and plastic, your ability to communicate with another will be the most real thing you will ever do.
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Keeping the blood sugar in a healthy range is one of the major keys for overall health and wellness and THE key for losing weight. Due to the overconsumption of processed foods and sugar, along with a lack of exercise, blood sugar problems have increased to disturbing levels.
Here are the top 3 foods that when consumed regularly, can health keep the blood sugars in the healthy range:
Slowly but surely, work these substances into your diet. You need not eat huge amounts, particularly if you are not fans of the taste but the effort you make will go a long way to finding your ideal wellness state.