Amazon bestselling author of the first edition of The Vitality Secret, author of Mojo Multiplier, podcast host, health coach, speaker, and creator of an award-winning online health program which help people reverse chronic inflammatory conditions. Neil's mission is to help people become free of symptoms, pain and medication, by raising awareness that illnesses are merely symptoms of imbalance of the body and an underlying root cause.
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Defy Disease, Combat Common Illnesses & Stay Young
The Vitality Secret highlights the root cause of almost every common illness, chronic disease, and accelerated aging; chronic inflammation. Become free of symptoms, pain and medication.Share Tweet LinkedIn Embed pszr.co/RGZOH 6802 views
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The Vitality Secret (2nd Edition) teaches you how to eradicate, reverse and avoid all major health issues and minor ailments and ignite your healer within.
It will highlight the root cause of almost every common illness, chronic disease and accelerated ageing.
People are unnecessarily suffering from health challenges that they've often grown to accept as part of life, thinking they're just hereditary, and therefore just have to live with them.
I'd like to present the reader with a fresh new approach to addressing these challenges; What if conditions like eczema and psoriasis, digestive challenges like IBS, asthma, migraines, arthritis, gout and excessive body rat retention are just symptoms of an underlying root cause?
What if symptoms are there to communicate something to you?
What if every chronic disease is just an imbalance of the body and not a hereditary issue at all?
What if our medical system was not equipped to approach these challenges at their root and therefore help you to heal?
My inspiration for writing this book came from my father suffering a stroke unnecessarily. I say unnecessarily as a few years prior to his stroke, he was diagnosed with chronic inflammation. Sadly, his doctor was not equipped to provide the correct nutritional advice to help him reverse it and balance his body. This underlying root cause, which first demonstrated itself as asthma, led to hypertension which ultimately led to a stroke. This needn't have happened and I'm now on a mission to share with the world how they can avoid such a life-altering complication.
Experts are calling this underlying root cause the "silent killer" or the "hidden health hazard" or are referring to it as "what lies beneath." Reversing it is being described as "The Holy Grail Of Health." This is BIG. This condition is called chronic inflammation.
Over the last 3 years, I've helped people reverse pre-diabetes, type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol (vLDL), migraines, eczema and psoriasis, IBS, digestive challenges, arthritis, gout, even Parkinson's Disease symptoms in one case. Every approach involved one primary aim; to reduce or reverse chronic inflammation.
I've also interviewed a lot of people on my podcast, who have reversed all kinds of "incurable" conditions including Crohn's Disease, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, prostate cancer, endometriosis, Lyme, infertility challenges and more.
One of the reasons people are unnecessarily suffering is due to our outdated medical system. In fact, the training given to most professionals is based on a 108 year-old approach to medicine. This is addressed in the book. I firmly believe that knowing this history is something we all must know, in order to take full control of our health and heal our own bodies.
We all have the power to heal our own bodies. It's an innate ability and power we all have. Our bodies are actually designed to heal. They want to heal, and always be in a state of balance. Every organ is designed to heal and rebuild, given the right environment. It's just up to us to create the environment within, to allow our body to do, what it ultimately wants to do.
FOREWORD by THOMAS INCLEDON, PhD.
Dr Incledon is a true pioneer in helping people reverse a plethora chronic health challenges including so called terminal illnesses including advanced stages of cancer.
Understand that common illnesses are purely symptomatic of an underlying root cause which is always reversible holistically. An overview of this root cause, and my inspiration behind writing the book.
CHAPTER 1: A HIDDEN HEALTH HAZARD
An explanation of the different types of inflammation and their role in the body.
CHAPTER 2: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY
An explanation of why most conventionally-trained medical professional are predominantly taught how to prescribe medications, and not how to help the patient heal.
CHAPTER 3: THE BODY AT THE CELLULAR LEVEL - SIMPLIFIED
We are made up of trillions of cells that require four fuels. They are the "Mini-Me" of the human body and behave like us and require a governing body. This governing body is the human brain, and science has now caught up with the fact that our thoughts, our beliefs and emotions play a significant role in the vitality of our cells.
CHAPTER 4: INFLAMMATORY CULPRITS
There is number of obvious culprits and some less obvious staple culprit foods that trigger inflammation in the body. This chapter examines them all and how and they cause harm.
CHAPTER 5: LET THY FOOD BY THY MEDICINE
Reintroducing the concept of food that is fuel and food that is medicine. When we understand how food is processed and how it fuels the body, we are better equipped to make smart decisions.
CHAPTER 6: MYTHS DEBUNKED
This will address the claim that cholesterol is the root cause of heart disease and why this is not the case, why calorie counting is a 1980s outdated paradigm, the real cause of the obesity and type-2 diabetes epidemic, and how one of the greatest false media campaigns in history has triggered an inflammation epidemic.
CHAPTER 7: NATURE’S PHARMACY & NATURAL CURES
Essential Oils, Herbs & Spices, Organic Plants, Natural Cancer Cures
CHAPTER 8: CANNABIS: NATURE'S MOST POWERFUL PLANT
20,000 pier-reviewed studies proving its effectiveness in 400 different studies. Nature's 'Sacred Plant' is coming back into medicine. States in the US are legalising it and people are using it to heal a plethora of health challenges.
CHAPTER 9: THE HUMAN HARD DRIVE
The spine has been dubbed the human hard drive as every part of it is connected to vital organs and its health directly impacts every part of our health and vitality.
CHAPTER 10: MOVE AND STRENGTHEN
Every part of our human physicality is designed to move. Oxygen stimulates neurogenesis, makes us smarter, our lymphatic system requires movement for it to work effectively. Sitting is the new smoking.
CHAPTER 11: THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION & HEART-BRAIN HARMONY
The importance of high quality sleep, methods to put the body into relaxation, how to remain calm in stressful situations, how our beliefs impact our healing and the revolutionary science of heart-brain harmony for triggering healing, anti-aging hormones, and stimulating the immune system.
CHAPTER 12: EARTHING, THE MISSING LINK TO HEALTH?
We are electrical beings and we need to be connected to the ground as much as possible to absorb the Earth's healing energy. We have become separated from Earth with plastic and rubber on our feet. This chapter examines the science and anti-inflammatory effects of Earthing, and why we must connect to Earth for healing and vitality.
CHAPTER 13: MAKING THE MENTAL SHIFT
The greatest challenge people face when adopting a new health programme is adopting new habits and doing away with old ones that do not serve them. In order to heal the body, it normally requires a significant shift in eating and lifestyle habits. Here we look into some powerful tools of behavioural change so readers can commit and achieve their desired result.
CHAPTER 14: YOUR SYSTEM TO PREVENT INFLAMMATION
This is the 'blueprint' incorporating the content of the book.
CHAPTER 15: CONCLUSION
Concluding the book and how our body is designed to heal. A reminder that we all have the innate ability to heal our own body. It's just up to us to invest a little time and energy into understanding this and we can all become free of symptoms, pain and medication.
My primary audience is a broad group of people who wish to eradicate, avoid, or reverse a minor health ailment or major challenge. They are aware that the current medical system or "symptoms and disease maintenance system" is not working for them or will not work for them. They might wish to stop suffering from frequent illness, or just want more energy and vitality. This information is known by a relatively small group of holistic health practitioners but not widely accessible to all.
This audience has lost faith in the system. They are curious, truth-seekers, open-minded and searching for more than what is currently presented to the mainstream. These people are typically regarded as those interested in alternative, holistic or naturopathic health/medicine, spirituality, personal development or growth.
With a social following of just under 14,000 and an email list of 2,500, this provides an adequate foundation on which to promote this book. I will write to existing satisfied customers and clients of my online courses who have achieved great results.
Fortunately I'm well connected with professionals in the health and fitness space with large audiences, many of whom would be happy to support me. Some may request a JV.
I will write on Medium and will approach Thrive Global and The Huff Post and other publications. A PR strategy will be used to become a #1 bestseller on Amazon and a PR company hired to create a solid strategy with the intention to get this onto The New York Times bestseller list.
Health and wellness podcasts will be approached with requests to be interviewed. Big names in the industry will be approached for an endorsement and social share, having featured their work in the book.
The foreword is written by Dr. Thomas, the founder and CEO of Causenta Wellness, and the Causenta Cancer Treatment Center in Arizona. From working with NFL, MLB, MMA, World Class athletes and even the White House, his reputation of personalized medicine and cutting-edge technologies has put him on the map for caring for some of the most powerful people in the world, making him one of the most sought-after healthcare professionals of all times.
A previous book review:
I bought this book, on recommendation from a friend, on the very day my boyfriend was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Within three months my boyfriend had significantly reversed the diabetes and all from following the guidance in Neil's book....Within a couple of days our energy had sky rocketed, we felt fit for anything....So far my boyfriend has lost nearly 5 stone in four months....This book is written by way of a conversation with you, no heavy medical terms, just easy to read and digest information. We can't thank Neil enough for putting this work together. Not only has my boyfriend reversed diabetes we now live a healthier life. - Verified Purchase
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Radio Station appearance:
Past Speaking Engagements;
1. Bali, June 2015 for Men: Revive Your Drive; How to Protect Yourself Against Environmental Impacts.
2. Vegas, 2016 for Men: "The Mojo Blueprint: Raise Testosterone Naturally"
3. Los Angeles November 2017 Men & Women: "Heal Your Own Body"
4. London July 2018 Men & Women: "Heal Your Own Body"
The Primal Blueprint: Reprogramme Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health and Boundless Energy, Mark Sisson (Autho), Ebury Publishing, 2012.
This book played a key role in my inspiration many years ago and highlights how our conventional lives are creating sickness and inflammatory bodies in the Western World. Mark Sisson compares the primal way with the modern way, and how our Western approaches to life are making us unwell. He highlights inflammation throughout the book.
My book is different as Sisson talks predominantly about diet and exercise whereas mine will venture more into cellular health and the mind-body connection, including the biology of belief, the placebo effect, methods for releasing trauma and stress from the body and how we can programme our bodies to heal.
Grain Brain, The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers, Dr. David Perlmutter (Author), Yellow Kite (16 Jan. 2014).
Dr David Perlmutter, a world renowned neurologist reveals how gluten and carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains, which can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. He explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age.
This is a wonderful book and differs from mine, in that he goes into great detail and the science behind the effects of such a diet and how it causes chronic inflammation. The Vitality Secret is more of an overview and I'll reference books such as The Primal Blueprint and Grain Brain and if people wish to venture into greater detail, they may.
Wheat Belly: The Effortless Health and Weight-Loss Solution – No Exercise, No Calorie Counting, No Denial, Dr William Davis (Author), Harper Thorsons (1 Jan. 2015).
Dr William Davis, a renowned cardiologist, explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges and reverse myriad health problems. Every day we eat food products made of wheat - and this is often hybridised (man-altered). As a result millions of people experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes and high blood sugar to the unattractive stomach bulges.
According to Davis, that fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth or too much butter: it’s down to the whole grain food products so many people eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
After witnessing over 2,000 patients regain their health after giving up wheat, Davis reached the disturbing conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic - and its elimination is key to dramatic weight loss and optimal health and is a leading contributor to chronic inflammation.
This differs from The Vitality Secret, in that it is predominantly focused on diet and the effects of wheat and also other carbohydrates. Diet is a key part of The Vitality Secret, yet only a portion of the overall secret to living a vital life. I will refer people to this book, for those who wish for an in depth look at solid science and case studies to back up The Vitality Secret.
Inflammation Nation: The First Clinically Proven Eating Plan to End Our Nation's Secret Epidemic: The First Clinically Proven Eating Plan to End the Secret Epidemic, by Floyd H. Chilton Ph.D. (Authors), Touchstone; Reprint edition (15 May 2006).
This is a scientific analysis of how people are suffering from some variety of inflammatory disease, including asthma, allergies, arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes. And the rest of us are probably subjecting ourselves to conditions that will lead us to develop one or more of these maladies. Inspired to action by his own sister's struggle with rheumatoid arthritis, Dr Floyd Chilton spent fifteen years developing the programme in this book. INFLAMMATION NATION offers the first all-natural diet solution to this growing health crisis. It highlights the alarming increase in inflammatory diseases at precisely the time in medical history when our healthcare is better than it's ever been.
The way this differs from The Vitality Secret, is that the main focus is on diet. What is missing is the power of the mind-body connection, the negative role of chronic stress and trauma in the body and the latest revelations about medicinal cannabis and how the human body has receptor sites specific for cannabis; the endocannabinoid system. The Vitality Secret is an overall go-to guide to approach the human body holistically to inspire people to heal their own bodies.
The Biology Of Belief: Unleashing The Power Of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles, Bruce Lipton (Author), Hay House UK (2015).
It's hard to call this book a competitor. Bruce Lipton is a huge inspiration and I'll be referring to his work in The Vitality Secret. Bruce Lipton presents incredible new scientific discoveries about the biochemical effects of the brain's functioning and how all the cells of the human body are affected by your thoughts. Bruce H. Lipton PhD, a renowned cell biologist, describes the precise molecular pathways through which this occurs. Using simple language, illustrations, humour and everyday examples, he demonstrates how the new science of epigenetics is revolutionising our understanding of the link between mind and matter, and the profound effects it has on our personal lives and the collective life of our species.
Bruce Lipton's ground-breaking experiments have now been endorsed by more than a decade of rigorous scientific study.
The way this book differs from The Vitality Secret, is that it is very scientific (Lipton is a cellular biologist) and in The Vitality Secret, I'll be simplifying this information so it is easily understood by the masses.
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My inspiration for writing this book came to me after watching the health of someone very close to me deteriorate. He endured years of inflammation and hypertension, which led to a stroke. Since then he’s experiencing accelerated ageing although to him, this is just ageing. The heart-breaking part is all of this could have been avoided had he been offered the correct health advice. That would have entailed some simple dietary and lifestyle changes. Unfortunately, he didn’t make the appropriate changes and is now on blood-thinning drugs that have harmful side effects. These drugs target the symptoms rather than the cause of the problem, so the illness continues to worsen under the surface.
Both of my parents are around today thanks to life-saving drugs and treatments, and I need to applaud and be grateful to pharmaceutical companies for this. Pharmaceutical companies have done an incredible job saving and prolonging lives, thanks to their research and creation of life-saving remedies.
Having said that, I’ll be offering helpful insight into prescription drugs for common and chronic illnesses. When intervention is necessary, drugs can be powerful and life saving. The problem lies in the fact that most, if not all, chronic illnesses can be prevented and reversed with nutrition and lifestyle changes. Almost every single drug comes with serious side effects, which cause other problems in the body. We’re living in a “pill for a pill” society, where one pill is prescribed to mitigate the side effects of the first one, and then another, and then another. I’ve heard of countless stories of people being swapped from one drug to another, when all they need to do is change what they are eating – and move more. I’ll be revealing a few case studies of how people have alleviated life long conditions by eliminating just one staple ingredient from their diet.
Let’s analyse this further. Both of my parents have lived on a conventionally “healthy diet”, yet became ill. They have also lost friends far too early. How many times have you heard someone say: “They got cancer, yet they lived a healthy diet and/or lifestyle.” You’ll soon discover why conventionally healthy, is not, for the most part, actually healthy. In fact, they’re almost at opposite ends of the spectrum.
The aim of this book is to raise awareness of how our modern diet can and does lead to what is now known to be the hidden health condition that underlies most, if not all, chronic illnesses and diseases including type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, depression and lifelong health conditions such as asthma, eczema, IBS and Crohn’s Disease. Very few people are talking about it and it is rarely in the media. Most doctors and physicians (if you’re in the US) and GPs (if you’re UK) are not trained to treat this condition, nor prevent it, and it is now considered by experts to be the foundation for ill health, disease and neurodegenerative decline. It also accelerates the biological ageing process. That means it makes you grow old, faster.
Actually that aim is an understatement. The real aim of this book is to help save lives and dramatically improve the health of people, by explaining nutrition and fitness so anyone can understand it. This book will cut through the smoke and mirrors presented in modern Western medicine. If you take the daily action steps presented here to avoid or reverse this health condition, you will stand a far greater chance of avoiding most chronic illnesses and diseases, and you will feel an increase in your energy levels leading to a resurgence of vitality and wellbeing.
Please keep an open and curious mind. This means forgetting much of what you’ve been taught and learned to accept as a “healthy way to live.” If you are suffering from some kind of health condition, the first thing to acknowledge is what you are currently doing is not working. As an example, if you suffer from IBS or eczema or asthma, or if you know you are overweight, you may have grown used to this and just endured it, thinking that there is no cure. There is a cure, and it all starts with what you put inside your body, how you move and strengthen your body, how much you sleep, and how you manage your stress levels.
I know it seems so simple, but making these changes can be challenging unless you have the right motivations in place. As humans, we are resistant to anything that is unnatural to us and against what we already know, especially any type of change. Without good reason, we will rarely make any changes even if we know deep down we will be better off. The psychology of it is 80%, while the actual mechanics is 20%. The mechanics are actually pretty straightforward. The psychology is the fascinating part! Thankfully, I’ve delved deep into human psychology and absolutely love what I have learned about human behaviour, which I will share with you soon. It has enabled me to make changes in areas of my life where I’ve suffered pain and frustration.
I invite you to really ask questions about what you discover in this book. What is being proposed in here is straightforward and you may just kick yourself for not following these suggestions sooner.
My final aim in this book is to not only make powerful suggestions, but to empower you to take the necessary action steps to effectively improve your health. Something I really believe is that we must each know how our body works. We must essentially become our own doctor. I do not literally mean replace your doctor, I wouldn’t advocate that for a second. They have a critical role to play in keeping you healthy, especially in the case of emergencies. Unfortunately, most doctors and physicians are not trained in nutrition - they receive a matter of hours, in single figures, of nutrition during their training. I actually know two people my age who have discontinued their medical training after finding out too much about the ‘medical industry’ in the US. One person pulled out in year 5 and the other qualified and decided to do something else having uncovered the truth. Stay tuned.
In its simplest form, everything we put in our body on a consistent basis makes us stronger or weaker over time. If we don’t work our muscles, our organs, our bones, our joints, they will weaken over time. Muscles either grow, or they shrink, there is nothing in between!
Nutrition and fitness are my passion. I’ve studied these topics over the last four years, diving deep into various health conditions; a few of which I was suffering from myself. Every day, I research nutrition and regularly write about my findings. I’ve watched almost every food documentary, some a number of times, and interviewed experts who have delved into the real science behind nutrition. I have learned a great deal which allows me to make the suggestions I present in this book. This book is a synthesis of all that I have learned over 4 years about this vitally important topic.
It continues to shock me just how much poor advice is given to us from trusted sources. For example, did you know that the Choose My Plate organisation run by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) does not even include dietary fat in the 4 quadrants of the recommended food plate. Fat consumption is a critical component for brain and cell health (our brains cells are made up of 70% fat and our all other cells 50% fat). Fat deprivation (and sugar and carbohydrate overload) is a major cause of neurodegenerative decline and many other health problems.
Fat consumption is essential for hormone regulation and it has many other functions to fuel the human body. The recommended plate includes grains (which you will discover are a leading cause type-2 diabetes, obesity, ADHD and brain health deterioration, to name but a few conditions), proteins, fruits and vegetables. Dairy is also recommended. About 70% of the population is lactose intolerant (the sugar in cow’s milk). There is a reason for this. You will discover some pretty interesting facts about dairy in this book. If you have ever suffered from mucus in the throat, or asthma, or eczema, or acne you may have been advised to remove dairy from your diet. This is because our bodies, for the most part, are not equipped to digest cows’ milk.
Another example is from the American Diabetes Association (ADA), a trusted source for diabetes sufferers, that recommends the consumption of “healthy whole grains.” This is poor advice given that whole wheat bread, for example, triggers a sharper blood sugar response than table sugar. It is consistent exposure to elevated levels of insulin as a result of blood sugar spikes that leads type-2 diabetes in the first place. This will be looked at in greater detail.
Who am I, you must be wondering? I am a health coach and I coach men and women from various cities around the world to get into their peak physical shape. My first book, Mojo Multiplier, teaches men how to increase testosterone completely naturally through nutrition and fitness. I discovered that there are countless toxins in our modern diet and environment that disrupt our hormones, namely, they sabotage testosterone levels. Testosterone levels in men today are 22% lower than they were two decades ago. Something quite frightful is happening today and this book will reveal all. Fear not, it is not all doom and gloom. There is plenty of light at the end of the tunnel!
As a health coach, I achieve results for people that leave their doctors confused - and impressed. One of my most proud achievements to date has been to coach one of my clients and support her in reversing her pre-diabetic condition (for type-2 diabetes), to normalise her blood pressure and cholesterol levels, for her to shift considerable amounts of body fat and to moderate her fluctuating mood and energy levels. Her friends have reported to her that her skin is now glowing and some are asking her what her secret is.
Nothing gives me greater joy and satisfaction than improving the health and lives of others. I was recently asked what I would be doing if money were no option and I had an epiphany. My response was: “Exactly what I’m doing right now.” It actually made me take a step back with self-reflection as I thought to myself: “Wow, I’ve actually discovered my purpose in life!” So writing this has been a pleasure and I’m so happy that you are reading this right now so I can share with you what I know.
I firmly believe that our physical shape and health, determines how much we get out of life. If we are out of shape, our hormones will be imbalanced and we will be low on energy. If we do not regularly exercise, stress builds up and the stress hormone, cortisol, literally eats away at us. It also creates acid in the body, and creates a breeding ground for illness. Without regular exercise, fear and anxiety grow, leaving us feeling negative and this causes harm to the body too.
If we do not move and strengthen our body, our immune system does not function effectively. The lymphatic system, the part of the immune system responsible for exporting waste like dead cells and cancer cells, requires movement for it to work. It doesn’t have a pump, like our cardiovascular system does (our heart). When toxins are regularly consumed, our immune system is weakened. In fact, it even attacks itself. Our organs weaken and our musculoskeletal system weakens. This includes muscles, bones, ligaments, joints, tendons and cartilages. We weaken as a whole. We are designed to move and whatever we do not strengthen weakens.
The opposite occurs when we fuel ourselves with clean and wholesome food while moving regularly and strengthening our body. When we are physically fit and full of energy, creativity flows freely, positive thoughts are prevalent, and we are more optimistic in life and in our decision-making. We have more faith in ourselves, and others. We are more productive at work and in a better position to take risks and action on world-changing ideas. We rarely get ill, and we can engage in some of the most fun and exhilarating activities and sports this planet has to offer.
When we are in great shape, we are likely to experience more of the world and live a more fulfilling life. We are more attractive to the opposite sex and have more drive. When we are physically active, we become smarter and our brains actually get larger. This is called neurogenesis, the creation of new brain cells. Neuroplasticity improves which enables us to learn and remember. Last but not least, when we are in great physical shape, we are better company for our friends and our family and we have more energy to give to them. All of the above encompasses what I believe to be vitality.
I hope I can hold your attention and that you enjoy this read. I promise this will be an eye opener and I hope that you share this with those you love. Please allow me to be your health coach as we move towards vitality.
“I believe the greatest gift you can give your family and the world, is a healthy you” – Joyce Meyer
So, what is this health condition I speak of you ask? It is referred to by experts as ‘the silent killer’; ‘the hidden epidemic that is killing our nation’, ‘what lies beneath’. Let me explain.
This condition is known as Chronic Inflammation or Systemic Inflammation. If you are suffering from it, you may already have an understanding of what it is, or you may not. Either way, I wish to make you more aware of this condition. If you are suffering from it, the likelihood is that you’re taking a prescription medicine or two, and hopefully you’ll have been told to do some sort of daily physical exercise.
In 2004, Time Magazine stated: “Hardly a week goes by without the publication of yet another study uncovering a new way that chronic inflammation does harm to the body.” It’s being dubbed: ‘Inflamm-aging’ because it accelerates the biological aging process.
William Meggs, M.D, PhD, of East Carolina University wrote in his book: The Inflammation Cure: How To Combat the Hidden Factor Behind Heart Disease, Arthritis, Asthma, Diabetes and Other Diseases: “Inflammation may turn out to be the elusive Holy Grail of medicine – the single phenomenon that holds the key to sickness and health.” Let’s think about this statement for a moment, because it holds the key to almost every health problem we face, throughout our lives.
This might be the Holy Grail of medicine. You’re welcome!
In a similar fashion, when you develop an illness, say a cold or flu, your body’s response is to raise your temperature so you feel ill and want to lie down – a mechanism designed to protect you so no further harm is done. Your body then does what it needs to do to repair you, and once the virus has gone, you’re healed and no further harm is done.
Conventional medicine does not have a cure for chronic inflammation, unfortunately. A drug is often prescribed to cover up any symptoms but the damage continues underneath the surface. This is what many people taking the drugs do not realise. They think they’re being saved. Drugs never address the root cause of a chronic condition such as those stated above. The majority of drugs only treat the symptoms. They are a “Band Aid” (US) or plaster (UK) solution. They are of course often life-saving and we must acknowledge that. Unfortunately, they do not reverse chronic inflammation and drugs always come with side effects such as internal bleeding, and can dramatically increase your risk of deadly cardiovascular events including heart attack and stroke – sometimes the very thing they’re designed to protect you from. Some drugs often require further medications to address the side effects of the initial medication. Often people experience extreme weight gain – putting their health under additional threat. I promised this was not doom and gloom…
The main tests for inflammation are C-Reactive Protein (CRP) and also TNF Alpha and Plasma Viscosity (PV). High-sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (CRP) is released into the bloodstream when there is serious inflammation in the body. It’s actually designed to help the body defend itself. This will be high when inflammation is present. Research has shown that if your CRP is high, you’re 4-7 times more likely to develop heart disease than people with normal levels. CRP has also been shown to be a better predictor of heart disease than LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol or “bad” cholesterol. People with high CRP are also more likely to have a second heart attack.
Also, inflammation is not completely hidden. If you suffer from asthma or eczema, or another form of skin condition, you’ll already be suffering from inflammation disease. The same goes for IBS and Crohn’s disease and more typical life-long conditions. This is major and must be understood right now! Think of these conditions as a gift. Stay with me… These health conditions start with inflammation inside your body. I should know this; I was an eczema sufferer all of my life until recently, and I used to suffer to a certain degree from asthma at a younger age.
The reason that you might consider them a gift is because this is your body’s way of telling you that you have inflammation. It’s like a warning, and you now know that inflammation leads to more serious illnesses down the road. It’s your body’s way of telling you that whatever you’re currently doing, is not working. When you tackle it right now, you’ll be able to prevent more serious illnesses – or at least stand a very strong chance of doing so.
A quick note on asthma – asthma is an inflammatory disease where the airways or passages of the lungs become inflamed and swollen, making it difficult to breathe. The standard treatment for asthma is a steroid inhaler, which is a localised anti-inflammatory drug. This is life saving, but does not address the root cause. This book will teach you how to treat the root of the condition so you can cure it naturally and no longer require an inhaler.
As an eczema sufferer for most of my life, I’m very aware of the treatments for eczema. The standard solution is a steroid cream, which accelerates the healing, but it comes at a cost. It thins the skin. The moisturising cream I was regularly prescribed was full of nasty chemicals. While both treatments alleviate the condition on the surface and quickly heal the skin, they are not addressing what is happening underneath and create further pain. I have lost the pigment in my skin on various areas where my eczema was the worst and where I applied the steroid cream the most.
The skin is the largest organ. It is also the first organ on the body to indicate that there is a problem that lies underneath. Did you know that acne can be considerably improved and even cured by changing your diet? What do all the TV commercials present to you? “Buy this acne cream; it’ll clear up spots/pimples” - with their enticing videos that make it appear that your skin will clear up. Remove inflammatory foods from your diet, considerably increase your micronutrient intake with vegetable juicing and it might just clear up by itself.
On the subject of cream, I recently heard an expert say that we should not be putting cream on our bodies that we would not consume orally. This is food for thought. For the last year I’ve used coconut oil on my skin. It’s pretty miraculous stuff - and you can eat it, maybe not at the same time. It is great for heating foods at high temperatures, in which to fry your omelettes for example, and it has excellent anti-inflammatory properties as well as a number of other health benefits.
Another visual sign that you suffer from inflammation is excess body fat. Obesity is a cause of inflammation, and being overweight makes inflammation worse. They go hand in hand. The more fat cells you have, and the larger they are, the more inflammatory messengers are produced. Obesity actually has a direct impact on heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, various cancers, gout, osteoarthritis and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
Another reason excess fat is closely linked to inflammation is due to the fact that you’ll be suffering from insulin resistance, which is continuous over-exposure to the fat-storing hormone, insulin. Chronic exposure to high levels of insulin in the bloodstream is called hyperinsulinemia. Long-term effects of hyperinsulinemia are chronic inflammation, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer.
I’ll go into insulin in greater depth later. In short, one of insulin’s prime functions is to extract excess sugar (glucose) from our blood or the blood becomes toxic. It then deposits it into any of the liver, muscle or fat storage centres. In today’s fast-paced, yet sedentary lifestyles, the liver and muscle stores are normally full and the fat stores are topped up. They then swell causing body fat retention or “weight gain”.
Insulin is triggered most when we consume sugar in any form (e.g. sucrose, glucose, fructose, lactose and galactose). Grains (breakfast cereals, bread and pasta) and pure sugar and the likes of high fructose corn syrup trigger insulin the most. Carbohydrates contain glucose (a primary source of fuel for our cells including brain cells) and the ones richest in glucose are high glycaemic carbohydrates. (High glycaemic carbohydrates will often be referred to throughout this book as high GI carbs. The glycaemic index was created to support sufferers of diabetes in regulating their blood sugars. Simply put, there are three levels of glycaemic levels: Low, moderate and high. Foods with a low glycaemic index trigger a low blood sugar and low insulin response and foods with a high glycaemic index trigger a high blood sugar response and sharp insulin spike. The latter is what leads to insulin resistance and many health problems.)
Examples of high GI carbs are breakfast cereals, bread, pasta, rice and white potatoes. With today’s sedentary lifestyles, we are consuming too many high GI carbs. If you are prone to storing fat, this is most likely the cause – in addition to the simple sugars and other toxins found in most soft drinks, desserts and sweets/candy. In fact, today, the food pyramid has changed considerably. Our ancestors would consume 20% protein, 60% fat and 20% carbs. These days, we’re eating 60% carbs (at least) with 20% protein and 20% fat (at most). This has led to a plethora of health problems with a large proportion people in the Western world now “overweight” or obese and with cases of type 2-diabetes having spiralled out of control.
I hope I have your attention.
Chronic inflammation occurs when your body perceives it is under attack over an extended period of time. It is a result based on a number of absorptions into the body blood stream, of toxins and chemicals unknown to most people. Some come in the form of what I call ‘alien’ foods that are not compatible with the human body. The sad thing is, for the most part, we are not aware of these alien food types, toxins and chemicals. We can also be so blinded by what we have been taught in our cultures, that we do not stop to think about what we are consuming.
In this book you’ll discover the kinds of foods that trigger inflammation and in addition ‘environmental toxins’ and other chemicals, such as in the water supply, cosmetics, deodorants and toothpastes that trigger it.
Start thinking about what you use and consume on a daily basis. Is it natural or man-made? If it’s something you consume, do you do so on a consistent basis? Do you consume it once a day, several times a day or several times a day every day? Ask yourself: ‘Is this really fuel for my body, or is it a toxin?’ If you do not recognise an ingredient, then your body will not recognise it either.
Unfortunately, these types of ingredients are what we find in the foods we buy from the supermarket. In the US, 80-90% of processed foods contain hidden toxins that do more to harm to the body than fuel it. Now I must switch gears a little and show you what sort of effects these alien “foods” have on your body.
If you have any of the following illnesses, you already have inflammatory disease. There is hope though, my friend! This is reversible with some simple dietary and lifestyle changes. It’s important that you understand all this information that I’ve presented in this chapter, so you can take immediate action. Just remember, these are gifts, if you do suffer from any of these because you now know you can take action to reverse the underlying health condition that leads to more serious illnesses down the road:
· Seasonal Allergies or Hay Fever
· Atopic (allergic) Dermatitis
· Contact Dermatitis
· Rheumatoid Arthritis
· Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD or IBS)
· Crohn’s Disease
· Ulcerative Colitis
· Allergies to pet dander, dust, or dust mites
· Any disease that requires for you to take medications with corticosteroids in them, such as Prednisolone.
It may come as a surprise that you already have inflammatory disease. I know this is difficult to hear, and I’m sensitive to this since I myself was in the exact same place as you’re in now – but the good news is that the changes you might need to make are not very challenging. They’re actually surprisingly simple, if you are willing to try them.
If you have any of the following conditions, there’s a greater chance you have or will develop inflammatory disease:
· Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis)
· Chronic Kidney Failure
· Chronic Hepatitis
· Chronic Thyroid Disease
· Chronic Pancreatitis
· Alzheimer’s Disease (dubbed type 3-Diabetes)
· Chronic Bronchitis or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and/or Emphysema
· Food allergies
· High levels of C-Reactive Protein (CRP)
· Parents or siblings who’ve been diagnosed with one of the diseases in this or the above section
· Heart attack
In this final section, if you have any of the following conditions or habits you may have or may develop a risk of inflammatory disease:
· Chronic high blood pressure that is difficult to control
· Cancer of the colon, stomach, lungs or breasts
· Have parents or siblings with any of the conditions in the above section
· Take drugs to control cholesterol or triglycerides
· Smoke regularly and have a chronic cough
· Eat farmed salmon more than 3 times a week
· Recurring gum problems or gum disease
· Injured joint or had surgery on a joint
I’m going to make a bold statement: DRUGS DO NOT TREAT INFLAMMATION. Ok, I’ve already said it, and I believe it is worth repeating this point. They might alleviate the side effects of inflammation, but they do not treat the primary cause and can come with serious side effects, like internal bleeding. You may have come across drugs for the treatment of high blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels, but these come with a cost. They rarely treat the cause, so the underlying health condition unfortunately continues.
Statins lower both the "good" and "bad" forms of cholesterol and do very little to avoid heart disease. (They're actually both good, the one we are actually concerned with is vLDL.) Side effects include muscle pain, weakness and numbness, chronic fatigue, cognitive problems, tendon problems, testosterone decline, impotence and blood glucose elevations.
I hope this chapter inspired you to start to make the appropriate changes to transform your life. It is my aim to keep you motivated. Let’s move on as we continue down this path of change and discovery.
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