The content of this article is from an in-depth interview with Dr. Steve Hoffman. These are Dr. Hoffman’s words.
#1 Physical Stress: Damaging Movement
Damaging movement occurs when you use your body inefficiently and cause unnecessary stress and strain on your musculoskeletal system. Simply reaching to get a glass out of a cabinet incorrectly eventually causes overload in your neck and shoulder muscles that lead to pain, headaches, and more. Pain is stress and the stress message equals body breakdown. The stress response related to pain is well documented and even affects your ability to think clearly.
But interestingly, you don’t have to have pain to have physical stress. A blocked or stuck joint can do the same thing, as well as any joint that is not in good alignment with its neighbour.
The central nervous system (CNS) likes it when your joints are in their most balanced and congruent positions. And as a bonus when you have good alignment, you experience much less damage if an unexpected load hits your system (like a fender bender or a trip and fall).
With good alignment and muscle balance, you can more easily dissipate that force so you don’t get injured, or at least not as severely.
#2 Nutritional Stress: Sugar, Refined Carbs, And Omega 6 Fatty Acids
When it comes to the nutritional stress piece, probably the biggest source is too much sugar and refined carbs. These “fast carbs” cause your blood sugar to spike and fall. And when it falls hard and fast, your adrenal glands kick into action to release the stress hormone cortisol to get your sugar levels back up.
And if the sugar falls after you’ve gone to bed and your adrenals fire up at 3am, there you sit… wide awake and wondering why.
As a side note, if you find yourself heading to the kitchen for a bowl of cereal when this happens, you’re in carbohydrate hell and you must break the cycle.
The other 800 pound gorilla for nutritional stress is too much omega 6 fatty acid intake, usually from grains. These get easily converted into arachidonic acid (AA) in your body and too much AA tells your brain to tell your adrenals to release more cortisol. That’s another example of nutrition induced stress.
#3 Psychological Stress: The Physiology Of Breakdown
Stress physiology is the physiology of breakdown. It’s when your brain senses danger (or any type of potentially damaging situation) and, as a result, it “flips the switch” and changes your metabolism over to a state where energy is diverted to making bullets for the war instead of attending to repair and rejuvenation.
The stress response is great for saving your life in survival situations but when you experience chronic stress and live in “protection mode” all the time, you get sick. You get tired. And life is no longer any fun.
So your main goal has to be to reduce stress from all angles. With our coaching programs we empower you to adopt a new thought system that creates the belief that you’re “breaking down” and “getting old,” like you’re often told by your doctors. “It’s just your age, Mrs. Jones!” Instead, you are constantly reminded that your body is renewing every moment and your cells are paying very close attention to what you’re saying to yourself! Thoughts of stress and replaying painful experiences of the past put you in breakdown mode, remember! We offer self-talk affirmations to help you “write over” some of the stressful self talk. It makes a HUGE difference when you become aware of the power of belief and how self talk influences it.
The Effects Of Stress On Posture
Any kind of stress creates a very predictable pattern of muscle imbalance. Dr. Vladimir Janda, of the Czech Republic, who I had the unique experience of working with before he died, was the first person to recognize these patterns in people with neurological lesions like cerebral palsy and stroke. He also had polio as a child so these neurological issues were near and dear to him.
If you look at a child with cerebral palsy, you’ll notice classic spasticity patterns in the muscular system. The thing is, these muscles are the exact same muscles that become tight and tense when your brain and central nervous system perceives any kind of stress!
Dr. Janda identified the “upper crossed posture” and the “lower crossed posture” as classic conditions that occur as a result of these patterns. I simply combined the two together and called it “Crossed Posture Syndrome” or CPS for short.
Crossed Posture Syndrome (CPS)
The upper cross syndrome is associated with tightness in the short muscles at the base of your skull (the ones you use to poke your head at the computer screen) and tightness in the pectoral or chest muscles in the front. When those muscles tighten, their opposite muscles (the shoulder blade depressors and the deep neck flexors) have no choice but to weaken.
This creates the unattractive, slouched forward, head forward posture that lies at the root of most headaches, neck pain, back pain, and even carpal tunnel (along with other arm and hand problems).
The lower crossed syndrome creates a forward tilted pelvis and jams the low back joints together because the hip flexors (the muscles in front of your hip) shorten along with the big muscles in your low back called the erector spinae. This massive compression and tightness pattern then causes a weakness in your abdominals and the gluteals.
This syndrome is classic for back pain, knee pain, hip pain, and even plantar fascitis.
Why Preventing CPS Is Extremely Important
You prevent it to keep from curling up into a little old shriveled heap when you’re 70 or 80 years old! The longer you have your youthful, efficient, pain free posture, the more you can evolve mentally, emotionally, and spiritually to serve your greatest purpose to humankind!
You prevent it so you can have more FUN in you life! To PLAY with more enthusiasm and share joy! That’s why we’re here. At least that’s what I believe.
The great thing about the free “Reverse CPS Now!” series is that you can have immediate changes in the way you feel. You should immediately feel taller, more centered, and less stressed.
The “reprogramming” of your nervous system can take place fairly quickly. It can take as little as 3 weeks to “rewire” a posture program in your brain but it usually takes longer because inevitably, you tend to slip into old patterns as life “triggers” you here and there. The getting “on and off track” means it may take a few months to actually change the neural circuits between your ears.
But as far as actually “remodelling” your tissues to make permanent changes in the architecture of your fascia, muscle, ligaments, tendons, and bones it can take up to a year or more. And the thing is, it’s not like you can ever just quit paying attention to your posture.
You ALWAYS have to keep the intention of growth, renewal, and expansion or else “the matrix” of the world will suck you back in to its stress and protection agenda!
IMPORTANT: Know The Difference Between Active Care Vs. Passive Care
Passive care is what most people think about when they hear or talk about chiropractic. In the passive care model of chiropractic, you come in, get adjusted, maybe get some ultrasound and an ice pack. You really had no “active” participation in that experience. You had something done TO you instead of you doing something for yourself.
It’s the same model as the current conventional medical system. If you hurt your back, you get a pain reliever and a muscle relaxer. That’s passive. (Of course the natural methods of adjusting and therapies are leaps and bounds better than putting toxic drugs into your system!)
BUT… with ACTIVE care, you are taught what you can do for yourself so you don’t become dependent on passive care! It’s interesting that not everybody wants this responsibility. Some would rather just get the adjustment and go on their way without learning a thing. And that’s fine. That’s their choice. We usually refer them out if that’s the case.
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The content of this article was taken from an in-depth interview with Dr. Steve Hoffman. These are Dr. Hoffman’s words.
12 Reasons To Drink Celery Juice
- The Facts:
There are many reasons to drink celery juice according to the Medical Medium, and people's results after even a short period of time on it are astonishing.
- Reflect On:
Are you currently caught up in fad diets that are symptom managers or quick fixes? Are you working towards true, deep physical healing?
Inevitably, you have heard about it: Medical Medium’s celery juice challenge that has the world drinking celery juice in order to help heal a number of health issues — and it’s working!
The challenge does not come without some backlash from the scientific community as we watch people heal diseases and health challenges that drugs, the paleo diet or even a vegan diet haven’t been able to help. Now, this isn’t to say diet isn’t the answer, because it often is, it’s more so to say that just because you are vegan, for example, does not mean you are addressing your health issues. There are plenty of unhealthy vegan foods like mock meats that wreak havoc on your digestion and clog detoxification systems.
What I love about the Medical Medium’s work is the simplicity. Go back to consuming vast amounts of fruits and vegetables. Ease up massively on processed foods, dairy, meat, and high fat diets. As he points out in his book The Liver Rescue, and as you can learn more about in this article, high fat and high protein diets are not healing diets, they are symptom management diets. Eventually, we have to move to the healing phase if we want to get our health back.
The carnivore diet and paleo diet have misinformed a lot of people when it comes to fruit, as they’ve made an enemy out of fruit due to its fructose content. However, fruit happens to be the one thing that can truly help heal the body.
I was in great shape just two and a half years ago. It wasn’t just my body shape as you can see in the picture below, it was my state of mind, being, and strength.
I was incredibly strong in my callisthenics practice and I slept like a champion all the time. This journey for me was kickstarted by a 17 day fast that helped heal digestive issues I had. But healing takes time, and although my fast helped a bunch, my journey was not complete, and I knew this.
About a year after the picture above was taken, I went through quite a stressful journey thanks to a business arrangement that affected both CE and personal investments I had made. I outlined that story and what I learned from it here if you’re interested. Through that journey, I let stress and worry get the best of me. My eating changed, my sleeping got bad, my workouts stopped, and I was watching all aspects of my health slowly decline.
Fifteen pounds later, which for me was a noticeable discomfort, I began focusing back on the health practice I learned about 11 years ago. Simple! Fruits and vegetables and a plant-based diet. But I noticed that even during times when I would fast or eat about 1800 calories per day, I was gaining mystery weight. I was no longer stressed or worried, but I was still putting on random bits of weight.
So I began reading the Liver Rescue book and started adding celery juice back into the mix for a period of time. During that period, my weight began to go back to normal, my sleep improved, and my digestion was already noticeably better. What happened next? I got a bit busy in life again, no stress this time, but I stopped making time for the celery juice and the mystery weight began to reappear.
What I was reminded of again was that healing takes time. I knew full well that 6 months to a year on celery juice and a simple diet would truly help my body go back to its natural state, but I wasn’t making the time to do that.
The fad diets we see popping up every few months or a year (carnivore being the latest) are not long-term healing diets, they are diets people jump to and from once symptoms begin to reappear after a while on the previous diet. Give yourself 6 months to as much as 2 years on dietary choices like those prescribed in Medical Medium’s Liver Rescue book. Without that, you are just managing symptoms, you are not creating freedom.
My next step: Once I get home from my travels I’m going to get back on celery juice and continue my journey toward fully healing my gut. I’ve already made many strides over the last year, but these things take time. As Dr. Greger says:
“Our body has a remarkable ability to recover from sporadic insults, as long as we’re not habitually poking it with a fork.”
So instead of getting overwhelmed with all the rights and wrongs in this very moment, I challenge you to grab a copy of Liver Rescue and begin drinking celery juice on a daily basis. When you get the book, read it with an open mind and truly examine the long-term healing results people are getting off of such simple yet powerful changes. What you’re going to see isn’t symptom management, it’s true healing.
12 Reasons to Drink Celery Juice
1. Lowers Inflammation
Celery juice starves the unproductive bacteria and viruses that are behind inflammation.
2. Supports Weight Loss
Celery juice helps to clean up and detoxify the liver, and a sluggish, toxic liver is behind mystery weight gain.
3. Aids Digestion
Celery juice restores hydrochloric acid levels in the stomach for better long-term digestion.
4. Reduces Bloating
Celery juice prompts the liver to increase bile production and strengthens the stomach’s hydrochloric acid production. Old undigested, rotting protein and rancid fats trapped at the bottom of the stomach and in the small intestinal tract can then be broken down, helping to reduce bloating.
5. Helps Eczema & Psoriasis
The undiscovered cluster salts in celery juice break down the cell membranes of the pathogens responsible for eczema, eventually killing and destroying them.
6. Fights Infections
Celery juice enhances your entire body’s immune system. White blood cells absorb the sodium cluster salts in celery juice through their cell structure and then use them as an offence mechanism, not just a defence mechanism.
7. Helps Prevent UTI’s
Celery juice is an antiseptic to streptococcus bacteria, which is the true unknown cause of Urinary Tract Infections.
8. Healing For Acne
Celery juice’s undiscovered sodium cluster salts are toxic to bacteria, including streptococcus in the liver and lymphatic system, which is the real cause of acne.
9. Prevents High Blood Pressure
Celery juice helps stabilize blood pressure by cleansing the liver of Liver Troublemakers (see Liver Rescue for info), which leads to healthier blood that can be easily pumped by the heart.
10. Helps Lower High Cholesterol
Celery juice helps cleanse and strengthen the liver, and breaks up undigested rotting proteins and fats that contribute to a sluggish liver, which is behind high cholesterol.
11. Helps Prevent Ulcers
Celery juice helps destroy the bacteria responsible for ulcers.
12. Protects Liver Health
Your liver’s individual immune system relies on the undiscovered sodium cluster salts inside of celery.
We must observe this repetitive process of ‘this is the next diet that will finally heal all for you’ or ‘this is the magical cure-all for what dis-ease you are experiencing.’ Health and wellness is both physical and emotional. This means we must approach it from a physical point of view, with time tested and truly powerful proven ways of healing, and we must observe our emotions along the way.
It often is simple when it comes to diet. A whole foods, plant-based diet including a ton of fruits and vegetables is a sure fire way to begin your healing journey.
How To Activate Autophagy: Your Body’s Self-Cleansing System
- The Facts:
Autophagy, the body's self-cleaning system, allows the cell to get rid of old cell machinery, breaking them down into smaller parts to be reused by the cell. Activating autophagy through fasting has neuroprotective and immuno-regenerative benefits.
- Reflect On:
Intermittent fasting (IF) is an easy and sustainable way to activate autophagy as well as reap many other health benefits. The easiest way to IF is to pick an eating window that is eight hours or less every day that works best with your schedule.
The fountain of youth has long been sought by man, science being the critical avenue in which we’ve explored this prospect, and one Nobel Prize-winning scientist recently uncovered a vital piece in the search.
On October 3rd, 2016, the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to Yoshinori Ohsumi for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy, a term that translates to “self-eat.” In short, autophagy is the body’s self-cleaning system, a mechanism in which cells get rid of all the broken down, old cell machinery (organelles, proteins and cell membranes). It is a regulated, orderly process to degrade and recycle cellular components.
The process of autophagy is like replacing parts in a car—sometimes we need a new engine or battery for the car to function better. The same thing happens within each of our cells. During autophagy, old cellular debris is sent to specialized compartments within the cell called “lysosomes.” Lysosomes contain enzymes that degrade the old debris, breaking it down into smaller components to be reused again by the cell.
Fasting & Autophagy
Scientists have found that fasting for 12 to 24+ hours triggers autophagy, which is thought to be one of the reasons that fasting is associated with longevity. There is a large body of research that connects fasting to improved blood sugar control, reduced inflammation, weight loss, and improved brain function, and Oshumi’s findings provide greater insight into this research.
“Sporadic short-term fasting, driven by religious and spiritual beliefs, is common to many cultures and has been practiced for millennia, but scientific analyses of the consequences of caloric restriction are more recent…short-term food restriction induces a dramatic upregulation of autophagy in cortical and Purkinje neurons. As noted above, disruption of autophagy can cause neurodegenerative disease, and the converse also may hold true: upregulation of autophagy may have a neuroprotective effect.
Food restriction is a simple, reliable, inexpensive and harmless alternative to drug ingestion and, therefore, we propose that short-term food restriction may represent an attractive alternative to the prophylaxis and treatment of diseases in which candidate drugs are currently being sought.”
So autophagy and fasting is in essence a form of self-cleansing, getting rid of the junk to make room for new healthy cellular components. And it is the accumulation of the junk that may be responsible for many of the effects of aging. The consequences of accumulating old proteins all over the place can be seen in two main conditions – Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and cancer. Alzheimer’s Disease involves the accumulation of abnormal protein – either amyloid beta or Tau protein, which gum up the brain system. So, if inducing autophagy cleanses the body of denatured proteins, it would make sense that the process has the ability to prevent the development of AD.
Other Benefits of Fasting—Stem Cell Regeneration
While inducing autophagy is one of the key benefits to fasting, there are also many incredible longevity-related reasons to fast.
A study in the journal Cell Stem Cell shows that cycles of prolonged fasting not only protect against immune system damage but also induce immune system regeneration, shifting stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self-renewal.
In a study on mice and a Phase 1 human clinical trial involving patients receiving chemotherapy, long periods of not eating significantly lowered white blood cell counts. In mice, fasting cycles “flipped a regenerative switch,” changing the signalling pathways for liver stem cells, which are responsible for the generation of blood and immune systems. Prolonged fasting forces the body to use stores of glucose, fat and ketones, but it also breaks down a significant portion of white blood cells.
During each cycle of fasting, this depletion of white blood cells induced changes that triggered stem cell-based regeneration of new immune system cells. In particular, prolonged fasting reduced the enzyme PKA, an effect previously found to extend longevity in simple organisms, which has been linked in other research to the regulation of stem cell self-renewal and pluripotency (the potential for one cell to develop into many different cell types). Prolonged fasting also lowered levels of IGF-1, a growth-factor hormone linked to aging, tumor progression, and cancer risk.
How To Fast Intermittently & Activate Autophagy
While there are many ways to fast, one of the more sustainable methods of fasting is intermittent fasting (IF). IF is done cyclically and for shorter periods of time, so it is much easier to adopt IF into your weekly schedule as it won’t take much out of you compared to longer periods of fasting. In fact, practicing IF will have you more focused and energized throughout your day compared to when your body is in a constant state of digestion.
The easiest way to IF is to pick an eating window each day and stick to that window. This can be an eight hour window or less, but typically you want to keep your eating window under eight hours in order to reap the most benefits. An example of an eight hour eating window could be 11am-7pm, or if you normally eat later in the day then you could try something like 3pm-10pm.
During your fast you can still drink beverages as long as they contain no calories such as lemon water, tea, or coffee (without cream or sugar). There are incredible regenerative benefits to dry fasting as well (abstaining from consuming any food or water); however, dry fasting will push the body into deeper levels of detoxification and should be approached more slowly.
Breaking your fast is just as important as the fast itself. The first meal after a fast should be easy to digest. Juices, coconut water, and smoothies are great options as well as watery and astringent fruits such as grapes, cherries, and oranges. After that, salads are the next best option. After breaking the fast with raw fruits and vegetables, you can then move on to eating cooked foods as your digestive system will be activated by then.
Autophagy and fasting are the key to regenerating the body on a cellular level and, when used strategically and systematically, these tools hold enormous potential in transforming your health.
How To Release The Stress Stored In Your Body
It’s all about taking time to unlock the ‘Muscle of the Soul’
Do you spend much time sitting in front of a computer, on a plane, in a car? If so your hips may be locked up which effects your ability to dance, but worse than that it may be causing you undue stress and fear. The Psoas Muscle, is a long muscle located on the side of the lumbar region of the vertebral column and brim of the pelvis, that is also known as the “muscle of the soul”.
It is one of the largest muscles in the body and it is a place where we often store stress or trauma that can literally influence our mood and our outlook on life. We recently explored in depth just how much fear can inhibit our ability to think clearly thus creating an unhealthy perspective that can harm us and those around us. Now let’s look at where that fear might be stored in our body, and a few ways to release it.
In humans, the extremes of the two polarities might appropriately be described as LOVE (+) and FEAR (- ). Love fuels growth. In contrast, fear stunts growth. – Bruce Lipton, Ph.D
How Built Up Stress Makes Us Easy To Manipulate
Being in a state of fear allows us to be easily manipulated. Advertisers and politicians have learned to capitalize on this biological aspect of humans also known as the lizard brain. Unfortunatel,y our fast-paced lifestyles (mentally), combined with our relatively stagnate physical activity (driving, working at computer, etc.) causes our bodies to be ineffective at releasing built up stress which manifests in our thoughts as fear or anxiety.
Lizard brain refers to the oldest part of the brain, the brain stem, responsible for primitive survival instincts such as aggression and fear (flight or fight) – Joseph Troncale M.D., Psychology Today
Where Is A Majority of The Stress Stored?
It is often stored in one of the largest muscles in our body, the psoas. This muscle stretches from our lower trunk through our hips into the top of our thighs, it is used for core stability and the fight-flight reflex. Every time we see something that startles us (real or perceived threat) like an animal crossing the road while we drive, or a violent scene in a movie, our brain sends signals our body to respond by releasing epinephrine (adrenaline).
The muscle that is most central to our fight/flight response is the psoas. When we don’t respond, these stress hormones go unspent and become stored in the body. This can bring many health problems including insomnia, lowered immune system, anxiety, eating disorders, depression, and living in a constant state of fear or alert.
Because the psoas is so intimately involved in such basic physical and emotional reactions, a chronically tightened psoas continually signals your body that you’re in danger, eventually exhausting the adrenal glands and depleting the immune system. As you learn to approach the world without this chronic tension, psoas awareness can open the door to a more sensitive attunement to your body’s inner signals about safety and danger, and to a greater sense of inner peace. – Liz Koch, Author of The Psoas Book
Since stress accumulates on an unconscious level, healing our bodies is a process that must happen consciously. There is no single way to do this, it requires gradual lifestyle changes and a daily practice. Craniosacral Therapy is powerful because it helps teach our body how to relax into a parasympathetic state which relaxes the nervous system. This gentle and non-invasive approach helps us bring awareness to and melt away the stress stored within us.
To work with the psoas is not to try to control the muscle, but to cultivate the awareness necessary for sensing its messages. This involves making a conscious choice to become somatically aware. – Liz Koch, Author of The Psoas Book
Yoga and Personal Practice
The best doctor is already within you. There is no replacement for cultivating a practice that heals, replenishes, and relaxes you from the in-side, out. There are numerous yoga poses that can help you on your journey of releasing this stress, anxiety, and fear stored within your psoas. Yoga calls this “the muscle of the soul” so any focus here is sure to give great results to your overall well-being. Yoga International seems to have a comprehensive list of photos and descriptions of poses that can start you on your journey.
If you spend as much time stretching your psoas muscle every day as you just did reading this article, you will notice some big changes in your life. First you may begin catching a lot of attention on the dance floor, but more importantly you will loosen your mind from the grips of fear and anxiety. It comes down to a conscious choice to live in trust and love instead of fear and anxiety, and that choice has to be followed by real-world action. It all starts within!
H/T: Uplift Connect where I originally published this.
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