Looking out at the snow-covered garden and frozen ground, as winter lingers on, I count on my greens to provide me with chlorophyll, known as “liquid sunlight.” I recently had the wonderful opportunity to meet Sam Mascari, owner of Montana Roots in Livingston, and to tour his magical greenhouses. Right before my eyes, I saw what I had previously only read about—an aqua-ponic, recirculating, greenhouse ecosystem! It starts with the tank of fish that provides fertilizer, which is then pumped into a biological filter bed that is rich with worms and beneficial bacteria.
Montana Roots is a year-round, sustainable farm that grows a variety of microgreens, shoots, leafy greens, herbs, and edible flowers. Sam explained to me the difference between sprouts and microgreens. Sprouts, grown in a jar, are more the germinated seeds and the roots; whereas, microgreens are eaten after the first leaves (called cotyledons) emerge from a plant. It grows in soil that is a significant part of the embryo within the seed of a plant. Upon germination, the cotyledon becomes the embryonic first leaves of a seedling, before adult leafing occurs.
When it comes to sports, injuries happen. Athletes of every age and skill level suffer sprains, bruises, abrasions, muscle aches, and broken bones, and in contact sports, concussions and closed-head injuries are common.
One treatment used by professional sports teams and athletes was developed in the 1940s to treat decompression sickness, the illness that results when deep sea divers return to the surface too quickly. The treatment is hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, and it involves lying in a pressurized chamber filled with air and supplemental oxygen.
During HBOT, air pressure is slowly increased until it’s two to three times that of sea level. As patients breathe normally, their lungs absorb increased amounts of oxygen, several times as much as they do breathing air at sea level. As a result, according to HBOT advocates, super-oxygenated blood is carried throughout the body, promoting the release of growth hormones and helping the body heal.
In my line of work, JumpStart Your Health, men’s health is key. So when I heard Dave Skattum’s speech on his new book, The 4 Pillars of Men’s Health, at Livingston’s Toastmasters club, I knew it was a must read. Our men are in trouble. And when they seek out help or improvement, many times, they are offered how-to programs to build muscle and increase sexual stamina. Nearly half of all men don’t even meet basic federal activity guidelines, with a 35% obesity and hypertension rates.
Many times, life deals with men in cruel, crippling ways. They sink into despair and begin a downward spiral of negative thinking. Enter the four pillars of men’s health, four keys to maximize your inner and outer strength, a practical, well researched guide filled with personal experiences that are far removed from theory and full of encouraging ways to become a healthy man. The 4 pillars are: Nutrition, Exercise, Accurate Thinking, and Spirituality. They were discovered by Dave to give whole health to a person, landing him in the top of his field in public speaking, triathlons and business, and doing it in six years.
In the January-February 2019 issue, I wrote an article, Integrated Functional Movement, with descriptions for three exercises to strengthen patterns of movement with optimal body mechanics (or biomechanics) that could be applied to everyday activities. Cultural norms and practices tend to lead us away from good body mechanics and into muscle imbalances, where some muscles are overworked and others under utilized. This changes the length and tension of the muscles and fascia, and causes abnormal stresses on joints.
It can be difficult and tedious to acquire optimal body mechanics during everyday tasks as we move about on autopilot. The key is to practice optimal mechanics, slowly at first, and lay down an improved pattern into the neurological system.
There are surprising things you can do to enhance physical and mental performance if you know how to use oxygen the right way. Then, all you need is 15 minutes day. Our system, using insights of top-secret military training, plus Oxygen Multistep Therapy, delivers profound conditioning or self-healing results without the use of drugs, chemicals, surgery or invasive techniques.
Tiger Woods, LeBron James, Michael Phelps, Mario Lemieux, Olympic athletes, multiple players in the NBA, NFL, and professional baseball all use some type of oxygen. Even weekend warriors find it extremely effective. We have seen it improve almost every symptom known to mankind, including Parkinson’s, ALS, and Lyme disease.
The picture on the left, above, shows me at my heaviest (230 lbs.) in 2001. I was 43 and miserable. I had tried almost every diet that came along. All of them were some version of a low fat/low calorie diet. All seemed to work initially, but none lasted long term. In about 2002, I discovered WestonAPrice.org and was shocked at their message that FAT does not make you fat. I adopted a high-fat, whole-food diet. Many of my physical aliments disappeared, but after about a year, my weight loss stalled. I then learned about the low-carb, high-fat approach, and then I discovered the Keto Diet.
I was probably a diabetic for many years, despite being told by my doctor that I wasn’t, as my labs were “normal.” I was unfortunately told for many years by doctors I trusted that, “I just needed to eat less and exercise more.” I now know this is very bad advice. I’m still a work in progress, but I feel fabulous at 60, and much “younger” than I felt 30 years ago!
With the dawning of a new spring, we will want to shed the old layers of skin that have built up over the winter months. Just as a snake sheds its outer layers, elimination is very important to our overall health.
What are your body’s garbage-removal systems? Kidneys remove water waste, bowels eliminate bulk waste, lungs remove toxic gases, and skin (considered a two-way street) breathes in oxygen and releases toxic debris. This happens with rashes, psoriasis and eczema, as well as by sweating, especially where there is an area of concentrated lymph nodes, like the armpits and groin area.
Did you know, statistically speaking, that lack of movement is now being considered our number-one cause of disease? Your mitochondria are the key workers in your cells. They need oxygen to do their chores, and they multiply with movement and use. Dr. Jerry Tennant, MD, ND, reminds us that moving the arms activates energy for the lungs and heart. Moving the legs activates and massages all the organs located from the diaphragm and below.
Studies and research have proven that children learn better on their feet and when moving. Getting out and moving in nature, with fresh air and sunshine, is even more beneficial. So get away from that desk and just move!
In my previous article, “Addressing Chronic Pain from Suboptimal Biomechanics,” I discussed how our body’s biomechanics and movement patterns (the way we hold ourselves and move), can be altered by old injuries or bad habits, which results in an imbalance of muscle tension. Some muscles become overused and painful; others become weak and often “silent.” The fascia (our three-dimensional web of connective tissue) adapts to the imbalance and contributes to abnormal forces on joints. All this can lead to arthritis. Any component can contribute to chronic pain, and this is often difficult to sort out and treat successfully.
The meanings of the two terms, biomechanics and movement patterns are very similar. Good biomechanics result in good movement patterns. Good functional movement patterns have nerves, muscles, joints and fascia that are working together optimally. With optimal biomechanics and integrated movement patterns, there is the potential to be pain-free, because of less joint compression and better-balanced soft tissue tension.
Celery is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods, because it starves unproductive bacteria, yeast, mold, fungus, and viruses that are present in the body and flushes their toxins and debris out of the intestinal tract and liver. Pathogens like these are so often the underlying cause of inflammation—in their absence, your body is much better able to handle whatever life throws your way. At the same time, celery helps good bacteria thrive.
Above is the opening paragraph on celery, Life-Changing Foods, Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Powers of Fruits and Vegetables, a #1 New York Times bestseller by Anthony William. He is known as the Medical Medium, also being called “the next Edgar Cayce.” Here are just a few highlights of what’s inside this book…