Diabetes & Hypertension
Without question, cardiovascular health and wellness continue as the single most important factor in the lives of most Americans, whether they are aware of this important health and wellness area or not. Our Cardiovascular Health begins early in our lives during our mothers' pregnancies. You see, the influence of the genes we receive and the environmental factors to which these genes are exposed, greatly effect our Cardiovascular Health and Wellness.
As we move forward in the twenty-first century, the dynamics of what turns genes on and off in our individual genome (the DNA received from our parents) is the way medical care will advance. By this we mean, we will learn what genes must be present and active in order to cause disease or to promote health and wellness.
For example, everyone knows of someone who defies the odds in terms contracting an illness. Maybe this person is someone who smokes 2 packs of cigarettes a day for forty years and lives to a ripe old age of 100. Perhaps, you know someone who eats everything and remains thin while others do the same and gain weight. Until recently, there were no meaningful explanations for these rare and unique exceptions to unhealthy lifestyle habits. However, as genetic information advances, we will learn more about why people get ill or stay well because of the affect of the environment and lifestyle on their genes.
Our approach to cardiovascular health and wellness is based on a balanced mind-body-spirit interaction. This enables us to optimize the activation of health generating genes and the deactivation or the decreased expression disease-causing genes.
In general, the cardiovascular system is made up of the heart, the vessels that carry blood away from the heart (arteries) and vessels that return blood to the heart (veins).The human cardiovascular system is fully operative by the twentieth week of pregnancy and continues without stopping throughout our lives. In future blogs and in our book, "What Works" , you can read more on how to care for the cardiovascular system. Alternative therapies for Hypertension, Coronary Artery Disease ( heart attacks) cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythm), and cerebral vascular accidents (strokes) will be reviewed. Lastly, there is Dementia which in our opinion is a Circulatory condition resulting from diminished blood flow to the brain. Dementia eliminates a person’s identity and sense of self through loss of brain function. By understanding what we can to do to prevent this malady, we honor our own health and wellness.
In closing, much of what most people believe to be facts about cardiovascular health and wellness must be re-evaluated because the information is based on a model to treat symptoms with pharmaceuticals. A more desirable and holistic approach to caring for the cardiovascular system is one that is preventive, in nature in order to optimize environmental and genetic interaction.
Diabetes is treatable and manageable through proper diet and exercise. More and more people are being diagnosed with Diabetes II in this country every year; and more people are becoming diabetic at a younger age.
Dr. Wills has long been an advocate of a special diet that is thought to prevent diabetes. According to Dr. Wills, Insulin Resistance is why many Americans are gaining more weight and having such a difficult time losing that weight. For people with diabetes, weight gain is an added health risk.
"In our first year working together, I got off all insulin. Just stopping the insulin seemed like a miracle, but when I was able to eliminate all but one medication for my diabetes and a fluid pill for my blood pressure. I cannot fully express my pleasure." -Wanda C.
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