Is Obesity A Disease?


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Classic Doc Joe:  

For the next several weeks I will be re-posting some of my original writings.  Sadly, the last several months, I lost sight of what I had previously written. 


I know what I am going to write is probably going to send some folks over the edge.  I wish I could apologize, but I can’t.

Obesity, in my opinion, is not a disease.  I understand how much we would like it to be.  If it were simply a disease, then we could drop self-responsibility and blame the diseased condition for causing our weight gain and other associated obesity related issues.

Yes, there can be underlying medical and hormonal causes for obesity — of that there is certainly no doubt, and when I write, I am not referring to those cases. But in reality, for most of us, it comes down to not wanting to take responsibility about making healthy choices in both diet and exercise.

I am 6 months into my battle back from recidivism; it is a position many of us are familiar with — because, for whatever reason, those of us who gain weight easily, have a lifetime war keeping our obesity in check.  But, no matter the reason, the choices that lead us back up and down are ours — and no one is going to take that away from me.  I refuse to allow the excuse makers to take away my self-responsibility or my choices — they are mine, I made them, I live with them, and I own them.  That is simply one of the reasons this latest push to classify obesity as a disease is trying to do.  The other is simply to give a diagnostic code so that physicians can bill your insurance company to give their patients drugs or perform surgery, to “treat” obesity.

Much of my attitude about self-responsibility for my own health is shaped by Bernarr MacFadden, Charles Atlas and Jack LaLanne. These men, in different ways, try to warn of the impending epidemic that poor choices and lack of self-responsibility can lead to — and our current national and global conditions seems to have proven that they were correct.

I understand the need to blame something, God knows I have wanted to for years.  However, in the end, my initial obesity and my recidivism come down to simple causes — lack of self-control, discipline and poor focus.

I maintained a healthy and fit lifestyle for three years on an as close to natural, low carbohydrate diet and doing some type of exercise 7 days a week.  I was healthy, not as wealthy as I would like, and I guess wise depends on your particular view.  But, the fact that I was healthy cannot be disputed:

The standard medical objective criteria were as close to perfect as possible.  My cardiovascular health was fantastic.  EKG, echo-cardiogram and stress test were all good.  Resting heart rate was 54 beats per minute, blood pressure was 110/65. Before that, when I weighed 340 pounds, those criteria were not so good.  On that last exercise stress test it took me over 20 minutes to get my heart rate up into the range necessary, during the first one it took about 3, my blood pressure was 140/90 and resting heart rate hung out at over 90 beats per minute.

My heart goes out to those who have a genuine medical condition, and those individuals need appropriate medical care.  For those, who can’t accept the mantra expressed by Bernarr MacFadden, Charles Atlas, Jack LaLanne and yes me too — if some medical option will help you get to your goals, who am I to say you are wrong. But that still doesn’t mean obesity is a disease, and self-responsibility doesn’t play a role.

As stated in the header of this site. “Just remember, even if we disagree, I don’t require you to be wrong, for me to be correct in my thinking!”

Aloha, Ciao, and Stay Healthy

Joe


Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white. 
 

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

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Sometimes The Bastard Returns is available on Amazon.com

Paperback: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/1492763365

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Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com51tXIOPTNwL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_

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For over three and half years I maintained a 130 pound weight loss, then last year I lost my way and found a relapse in obesity. I am discussing my battle with recidivism.

**************The information, advice and opinions contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.***********

Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com

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Gary Taubes; Why We Get Fat — And Excuses Not To Exercise


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Classic Doc Joe:  

For the next several weeks I will be re-posting some of my original writings.  Sadly, the last several months, I lost sight of what I had previously written. 

I just finished reading Gary Taubes latest bookWhy We Get Fat And What To Do About It.  I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I have the same criticism of Mr. Taubes that I have had in the past; he gives people excuses and justifications NOT to exercise.  I do not deny nor refute the studies he cites, but he seems to want to give every obese person every possible out to avoid exercise and in turn,  improve their overall health and wellness.  Exercise may or may not influence weight loss, but it does influence overall health, wellness and fitness.  The myriad of pages he spends to justify indolence and laziness is really a disservice to those who need to take control of their obesity issues and live a better quality of life.  Below is a posting I did in the past, I repost it here because reading his book did not change my mind, it just reaffirmed my opinion. I respect Mr. Taubes and would enjoy a meeting and debating him on the the topic of exercise.  I understand that he is an established and respected writer and, for the time being, a more successful author than I am, but that doesn’t change my views that for all the good he is doing brining to light the truth about proper nutrition, he is not helping anyone with his dissuasion of the importance of exercise.

I was on Jimmy Moore’s Facebook page and blog where I learned of science writer and author of the books; Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat: and what to do about it, among other books, was recently on the Dr. Oz show.  Since I work when the show airs, I watched the online version of the show.

The show was interesting and  I thought Gary held his own and made his points in the allotted time.  I am sure it was edited for broadcast to fit the time frame, so I am willing to bet that we missed quite a bit.  I did find Dr. Oz to be closed minded and really out of his league when discussing low carbohydrate eating.  I will post more bout this at a later time when I have a chance to view the episode again.

What concerned me was the on-line exclusive discussion concerning exercise.  Gary Taubes is correct; you do not need to incorporate exercise to lose weight.  I will not dispute this fact.  If an obese person follows a low carbohydrate eating plan — that person will lose weight.  No and, if or buts about it.

However, is that really the best way to accomplish the goal?

More importantly, should weight loss be the sole goal?

Tthe answer to both questions is a resounding no!

In my book, in columns that I have written and interviews I have given; I am fond of saying that weight loss is a side effect of fitness.  Not because fitness is the way to lose weight, but because the goal is not weight loss — the actual goal is physical fitness.

I can’t tell you how many times I am asked about lose skin from losing over one hundred pounds or how can one maintain their weight loss and the big one;  I thought once I lost weight I would feel better, but I don’t.

The answer to all of the above is exercise.  The problem is the general view of what exactly is exercise.

Exercise must contain both progressive resistance and endurance exercise.  People must stop thinking aerobic or cardiovascular exercise.  Those terms limit the scope of thought, the type of exercise and of course, the results.

Gary Taubes made the comment that exercising will actually cause a person to eat more by “Working up an appetite.”

To those of us who exercise regularly and follow a low carb eating plan, we can attest that we may have an increase in hunger.  However, since low carb eating doesn’t concern itself with overall quantity of food, this is not a big deal.  That mindset should only apply to those that follow calorie restricted diets.

The other factor is that when one follows an exercise program that incorporates both progressive resistance training and endurance exercises, that person will actually crave the foods that will promote muscle repair, proteins, that will actually assist in  fat loss.

My concern about Mr. Taubes so adamantly opposing exercise is that it will just give the lazy an excuse not to exercise.  Without exercise, one limits their overall enjoyment of life.

As I have said before;  weight loss and fitness are not about living longer; they are about living better.

Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.  

 

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

 

Joe

www.ObesityUndone.com

 

full color cover

 

Sometimes The Bastard Returns is available on Amazon.com

 

Paperback: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/1492763365

 

Kindle: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/B00HGVPCXG

 

Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com51tXIOPTNwL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_

 

http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333

 

For over three and half years I maintained a 130 pound weight loss, then last year I lost my way and found a relapse in obesity. I am discussing my battle with recidivism.

 

**************The information, advice and opinions contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.***********

Say No To Obesity Drugs and Say Yes To Good Health!


 

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Classic Doc Joe:  For the next several weeks I will be re-posting some of my original writings.  Sadly, the last several months, I lost sight of what I had previously written. 

{What I am about to write does not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions.}

Food and Drug Administration panel has just recommended for approval a new diet drug Contrave that, according to a report, didn’t quite meet all the criteria the agency had set for obesity drugs.  Hmm!  So, the first diet drug in a decade recommended for approval, doesn’t even meet the FDA’s criteria.  Am I the only one scratching my head?

Not only does it not meet all the criteria, the news articles further report that there is also the potential for heart-related side effects.  So, we are going to try and reduce obesity to help stave off heart disease by … taking a drug that may have heart related side effects.  Okay, am I missing something?

Additionally,  it is reported that part of the drug’s formula, bupropion, is already known to increase blood pressure. Now, let me get this straight. Obesity is a controllable cause of hypertension,  so to counteract the effect of obesity, we are going to now take a drug that may actually increase an already elevated blood pressure.   I have to ask; are people out of their  minds!?!?!

How many diet pills have been pulled off the market in the past?  The antidepressant in this chemical concoction has been pulled off the shelves at one time.  Do people need bricks to fall on them to realize that all drugs have potential side effects and are not the answer to the obesity problem?

Those  who battle obesity need to stop looking to drugs for the solution. The answer is within each of you.  Perhaps, you need some help bringing it up from the depths of your being, but trust me, the inner strength is there.

There is no reason to  become the victim of a later learned drug side effect, because by the time the dangerous side effect is learned, it may be too late.

In addition to the drugs, I implore those who are obese to stop turning to surgeons whose scalpels cut and constrict to cure.  Gastric by-pass, stomach stapling, and other bariatric surgeries, REALLY… Why do this to yourself?  How much sense does it make to risk side effects of anesthesia, post-op infection, malabsorption syndrome, et al when it is not necessary?  Of the people I am acquainted with,  or have learned about, who have had the various surgeries, I only know of one person who doesn’t have any type of long-lasting negative effect from the procedure.

There is no reason to take any of these risks to lose weight and regain health.  The answers are within each of you.  Via mental energy, exercise and eating you can not only overcome obesity, you can remodel you body and, most importantly, recapture your health

Mental energy is the belief that you can control yourself.  And let me tell you something; you can control yourself.  You can control what you eat and how much exercise you put out.  When you keep saying I can’t, you won’t.  You can.  I know you can.

Exercise is a must.  We need to keep out bodies moving each and every day. Exercise is the oft sought fountain of youth, don’t neglect it.

Eating is the easiest of the three.  Cut out the carbohydrates, adopt a low carbohydrate eating plan.   Eat healthy fats, lean proteins and vegetables.  Not only do these foods taste delicious, they make you feel and function better.

By taking control of oneself, we are able to conquer obesity, but more important, we are able to restore a sense of self-confidence.  By beating back obesity without the use of gimmicks, unnecessary and potentially harmful drugs and surgery, we show ourselves what we can accomplish when we set our minds to something.

You have it within yourself.  Don’t just believe it, know it!

The belief in drugs and surgery over oneself and proper diet and exercise is contrived bulls__t!

Find the strength and send the unhealthy, unfit version of yourself packing.   Once you do, you will live life better.

Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.  

 

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

 

Joe

www.ObesityUndone.com

 

full color cover

 

Sometimes The Bastard Returns is available on Amazon.com

 

Paperback: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/1492763365

 

Kindle: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/B00HGVPCXG

 

Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com51tXIOPTNwL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_

 

http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333

 

For over three and half years I maintained a 130 pound weight loss, then last year I lost my way and found a relapse in obesity. I am discussing my battle with recidivism.

 

**************The information, advice and opinions contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.***********

Beer, Wine And Booze In A Healthy Lifestyle?


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Classic Doc Joe:  For the next several weeks I will be re-posting some of my original writings. Sadly, the last several months, I lost sight of what I had previously written. 

I received a phone call from one of my weight loss clients a few months back. She was irate about local talk show host Steve Corbett going on and on about consuming beer and wine and then having the nerve to talk about how healthy he eats and his current fitness level. She also complained vehemently about the weekly beer party, known as the Friday Beer Buzz, and its endless promotion. I didn’t hear the Corbett Comedy show, actually I haven’t listened to the show in months, but I have heard him make similar comments in the past.  Just for full disclosure, I happened to receive an email from Steve taking me to task about criticizing his negativity based talk show.  He made some comments which demonstrated that either he didn’t read the entire posting(s) or Steve, the writer and the master of single sentence paragraphs, has difficulty  comprehending fully composed paragraphs.

As far as the Friday drunk fest, I turn WILK off whenever the morning show veers off in that direction.  Honestly, how silly is to hear adults get excited about boozing and  yell like college kids at a frat party?

But, I digress.

This particular client has encouraged me to write about alcohol consumption in the past.  She has been upset by various programing that glorifies drinking while ignoring the deleterious effects of spirits on the human body.  It is a topic that I always intend to write about, but other topics jump ahead to my attention.  I apologize for the delay.

 

When it comes to weight loss and/or a fit and healthy life, alcohol has no place.  There I said it!   

 

However, no matter how factual my statement is, I live in the real world and realize that, for whatever reason, people like to consume wine, beer or the harder stuff.  When I make the statement I get the following questions:

–  Do you drink?  Yes, I do, on very rare occasion.  I think in the last year I may have had two mixed drinks, perhaps six or so beers and a few glasses of wine.

-What do you drink when you’re out?  I usually have either unsweetened iced tea or water.  I used to drink diet soda, but I have gotten away from artificial sweeteners.  (More on that topic another posting.)

What about the studies that claim alcohol has preventative properties?  There is some research that infers that a glass of wine or a beer may be healthful, but in general, the negative effects far outweigh any possible benefit.

When people come to me for help I vigorously discourage any alcohol consumption for the first month or so.  Alcohol is a system wide depressant.  When you are trying to drop weight and get fit, one of your desires is to increase your metabolic rate.  Well, isn’t it counterproductive to do all that work and put in all that effort just to counteract the effect by slowing your system with a drug?  Don’t you want to shed sluggish feelings?  If so, then simply stay away from booze. As far as someone who has survived cancer, alcoholic drinks tax the liver.  Because it is a primary detox organ of the human body beer and wine increase the work of the liver, not only must it work on the alcohol, but it must also give attention to processing, converting and storing the sugars that make up beer and wine.  Additionally, one of the primary sites of metastasis for many cancers is the liver.  So, in striving for a healthful life and caring for a body that has been invaded by cancer and beaten by cancer treatments, common sense would dictate that we protect ourselves by avoiding toxic substances.  Also, let’s not forget, that the liver was subjected to a great deal of stress if chemotherapy was a treatment — so why stress it any more?

Wine and beer are broken down into simple sugars.  On a low carbohydrate eating regime what is the point of avoiding starchy foods if you are simply going to drink them?  The other issue, especially when it comes to wine, is that few people ever has a single serving.  I have heard the outrage. What do you mean?  I only have a glass of wine each night?  To that I answer; an average serving of wine is about four to five ounces, not a balloon goblet filled to the rim.

Your best bet is to avoid alcohol as part of your daily regime.  Liquor is nutrient deficient, clouds the mind, makes one sluggish and will do nothing but hold you back from achieving your full fitness potential.

Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.  

 

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

 

Joe

www.ObesityUndone.com

 

full color cover

 

Sometimes The Bastard Returns is available on Amazon.com

 

Paperback: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/1492763365

 

Kindle: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/B00HGVPCXG

 

Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com51tXIOPTNwL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_

 

http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333

 

For over three and half years I maintained a 130 pound weight loss, then last year I lost my way and found a relapse in obesity. I am discussing my battle with recidivism.

 

**************The information, advice and opinions contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.***********

When It Comes To Obesity Management: A Common Sense Approach Is An Effective Approach


Classic Doc Joe:  For the next several weeks I will be re-posting some of my original writings. Sadly, the last several months, I lost sight of what I had previously written. 

 

The "NEWS FLASH" title card.

The “NEWS FLASH” title card. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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At the Arctic Circle a prehistoric couple was discovered frozen in ice.  After they were slowly thawed out, it was discovered that the sub-sub-freezing temperatures had actually kept them alive.  

They were identified as homoresearchus and homacademius, and lo and behold they actually spoke a form of English.  When asked what they were doing in such a hostile environment, they answered that they were doing a controlled clinical study to either prove or disprove that newly discovered fire actually provided warmth and protection from the cold.

 

If you read anything that I write, including my books, you have probably taken note of the fact that  I don’t spend a whole lot of, if any time, talking about all the science or research.

Why?

Because my focus has always been on the person, whether it is a patient I treat in my office as a chiropractor, or clients I motivate to take control of their health through Obesity Undone.   What is important to me, and should be important to those of us who help others, is taking the whole  of the information and effectively applying it to those who seek us out.

Some folks become so myopic, that they lose sight of the fact that the human body, and human physiology is not static — in actuality; it is very dynamic!  Scientist and researches did not build the human body from the ground up as is done with a building, car or computer —  we are forced to reverse engineer the anatomy and physiology of people.  This means, thankfully, that not everything follows a static plan, and not all of us will react identically to the same stimuli.

Just because I read, participate in conversations about, and understand the “science”, does NOT make a basic, common sense approach any less true or effective.  Yes, it is important for us clinicians to understand the science, but it is also important to not get so lost in it that we lose sight of what is most important — effectively helping people.

I am often baffled at those who strongly desire and require to complicate even the most basic concepts.  Carole Sampson, over at her former blog, CarbSaneR did a review of my book Obesity Undone, and she encapsulated my point of view in two sentences.

    “It isn’t about pointless rat studies and attacking other people. It is about the human side of the obesity problem and about how changing one’s mental attitude is critical.”

That is the point of everything I write or say.  

Do I understand the physiology of digestion, metabolism, lipolysis , anabolic/catabolic effects on muscle tissue, liver, kidney, pancreatic functions, etc…?  Yes I do, but I don’t discuss them all that often.

Why?

Because, when it comes to improving health and well-being, losing weight, getting fit, etc…   what over 15 years of clinical practice has taught me is — most people don’t care that much about the minutia.  All that matters to those who are suffering is — does it f&^%ing  work!?

I remember when I was first out of school, because chiropractors are often treated as second class health care providers, I felt the need to overcome that misconception and over-explain every little detail of diagnosis and treatment.  I hated the term “slipped disc” because even though orthopedic and nuero surgeons used it, I understood to “slip” a disc wasn’t really possible.  I refrained from using “sciatica,” because my education taught me it was merely a descriptive term and gave no indication of the root cause of the problem.  I was trying to educate my patients with minuscule detail and big medical terms.  Boy, I was an asshole.

It was after a few months in practice, I had a migraine headache sufferer in my office, that I came to realize the truth.

This person had been a patient for about 2 weeks, and I was doing what I was taught in school; adjusting her neck.  I was having limited success,when on one particular visit, the patient’s migraine became exponentially worse after a treatment.  I was unsure what to do, so I put an ice-pack on her neck, turned out the lights, and made a phone call to one of my clinic mentors, Dr. Violini.  Dr. Violini was about 80 years old and had well over fifty years of practice experience.  I often tell people that my education prepared me to be a doctor — but it was Dr. Violini who taught me what it was to be a chiropractor.  To make this short; Dr. Violini told me to adjust a certain segment, one that we had never been told in our education that would help with headaches.  I questioned him, when he said — JUST GO AND MAKE THE ADJUSTMENT!  So I did, and the migraine abated immediately.  I called him later and asked him why it worked.  Dr. Violini said, in his heavily Italian accented English; “I don’t know.  When I was first in practice, like you, same thing happened, my boss told me to adjust — I did, headache went away.”

Through a lot of research and a chance meeting with a gentleman who was a chiropractor, medical doctor and neurologist — I finally learned the reason why this particular adjustment worked. Excitedly, I shared this newly discovered information with my many migraine patients.

Do you want to know something?  Not a single one of them cared.

They were simply glad they no longer suffered from frequent migraines and didn’t have to any longer take medication.

There are plenty of academics, researchers and bloggers out there who are so dogmatically attached to science, that they are almost religious in their worship.  As I wrote in an earlier posting, they become so focused on examining a droplet of water — they miss the majesty of the ocean.

These folks can’t wrap their minds around a simple fact — in many cases, low carbohydrate eating works, and no matter how many studies support or contradict this truism — most overweight or obese people don’t care — they simply care that they drop weight and become healthier.  And, isn’t that what is truly important?

Instead of worrying so much about the worshiping at the altar of science, perhaps to undo obesity, a little common sense is all we really need. 

Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.  

 

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

 

Joe

www.ObesityUndone.com

 

full color cover

 

Sometimes The Bastard Returns is available on Amazon.com

 

Paperback: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/1492763365

 

Kindle: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/B00HGVPCXG

 

Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com51tXIOPTNwL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_

 

http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333

 

For over three and half years I maintained a 130 pound weight loss, then last year I lost my way and found a relapse in obesity. I am discussing my battle with recidivism.

 

**************The information, advice and opinions contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.***********

 

The Great Paradox: To Live A Better Life; Embrace The Certainty Of Your Death


Classic Doc Joe:  For the next several weeks I will be re-posting some of my original writings. Sadly, the last several months, I lost sight of what I had previously written. 


I just learned of the passing of ESPN’s Stuart Scott and I felt the need to re-post this previous writting. Stuart Scott inspired many, not only during his battle with cancer, but in his groundbreaking role at ESPN. Stuart fought hard, only to have cancer return not once, but twice.  

The Grim Reaper remains undefeated, but Stuart Scott showed that it is about the quality of life that matters.  Thank you Mr. Scott for reminding me of that which I had forgotten. Those who have known you are truly blessed. My sincerest and deepest condolences to his family and many friends, Stuart Scott will always remain as cool as the other side of the pillow…. Godspeed and Rest In Peace. Booyah!

“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”   Stuart Scott, 2014  from his Jimmy V Perseverance Award acceptance speech at the ESPYs

 

“…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  Benjamin Franklin 

…all living things have to die. … We all die,some of us sooner then later.” Georgia Lass

 

There are events in our lives that make us aware of our own mortality.  I have had three definitive instances in my lifetime that have done this.  Unfortunately, that was all those particular instances did — made me aware.

Most of us know that one day we are going to die.  As we have grown into adulthood we have lost loved ones and we reflect on their life and we take a moment, especially if someone dies suddenly or unexpectedly,  to realize that one day that will be us.  Sometimes we reflect for more than a moment, other times even less.  However long we reflect or pause, we move on and forward, but inside we may not genuinely believe that one day that will be us.

Our mortality is one of those intangibles in life because it is so hard to grasp.  We learn by experience, and while a brush with death, battling a life threatening illness or a near death experience may remind us that we are merely mortal, we may not actually accept the fact.

You see that is, in my opinion, the difference that really matters.  We can be aware that we will one day die, but we may not really in our hearts accept it.  For most of us we look at our deaths as something that may happen and if we concede the certainty, we cling to the belief that it is a day that is a long way off.

After my cardiac catheterization, I went from being aware of, to accepting of my ultimate demise.  It was a moment that freed me of many of my worries and concerns.  To not only know, but genuinely, whole-heartedly accepted the one truth about life, my person was suddenly set free.

I have written about the detriments of negative energy in the past.  It was a concept that I was always well aware of, but until the moment of my mortality acceptance, it was more metaphysical than substantive. When I embraced my mortality, when I accepted that one day I will die — it was then that I fully began to live.

I no longer allow the, often times, real worries of daily living to impact my life.

I no longer allow the uncontrollable actions of others to dampen my joy of living.

I no longer complain, whine and chatter endlessly about the unimportant aspects of every day existence.

I do not love nor even like, the area in which I reside.  I don’t like the attitude of despair and hopelessness. I am not a fan of cold temperatures, icy roads, snow or any other aspect associated with winter in the Northeastern Untied States. However, right now at this moment in time, this is where I am.  I am here because of decisions that I made, so instead of bemoaning the aspects I don’t care for, I focus exclusively on the positives that are present.

Because I not only acknowledge and accept, but dare I say relish my mortality, I embrace the dawn of each and every new morning. When I go out for a jog in the sometimes very frigid morning air, I allow the briskness of the atmosphere to stimulate my senses. When the white precipitations falls from the sky, instead of grumbling about shoveling it, I look forward to the manual work I am physically capable of performing.

It is also about perspective:

  • In the cold temperatures, I have a warm place to sleep.
  • In tough financial times, I have a family to love me and a family for me to love.

I no longer put off enjoying my life.  I recently went to Southern California to visit my sister and nephews.  Money isn’t as free as it has been in the past.  For a very brief moment I thought I should not go.  I juggled some bills, put off others and made the trek west.  The boys will only be young for a brief period of time and I want to be part of it as often as I can.

Because living a fit life is living a better life I have been quoted as saying, “Eat and exercise as if you will live forever and live as if you will die tomorrow.”

I have a goal of changing my residence to a warmer climate, near the ocean and earning enough to unite my family in that one location, yet as I work and plan toward that goal, I accept, that for reasons beyond my control, my life may end before I get there so — I will not allow today to pass in hopes of a tomorrow that may never arrive.

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Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.  

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy, 

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A Fit Mind Requires A Fit Body To Nourish It


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Classic Doc Joe:  For the next several weeks I will be re-posting some of my original writings. zuma beach

 

 

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“I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.” – Theodore Roosevelt

 

Last week, I was taking care of my girlfriend’s yard when the above quote came to mind. I use a manual, human powered, push mower and non-mechanical hedge clippers.  I edge the lawn using hand held clippers.  I worked for three hours in beautiful sunshine with the only scent in the air being that of  fresh cut grass. There were neither lung chocking emissions, nor noise  of  motors nor engines to spoil the idyllic day.

A neighbor happened by and asked me about my non-mechanically aided endeavorer. I stated it was not only enjoyable, but there was something very fulfilling to accomplish a task utilizing nothing but the strength of my body.  The person said, “But sometimes it is just better for work to be easier.”   I disagreed, however, I seem to be in the minority.

In today’s society we seem to have slipped into a false truth — that if it is easier, it is better. We have remote controls for everything; the television, garage door, fans and even air conditioners all have little devices so we no longer must heft ourselves out of our comfy seats and move. Hell, if you count the clapper, we don’t even have to get off of our
rear-ends to operate a light switch.

Go out in public and you will find doors that open automatically, two-story shopping malls with escalators and you need but a wave of the hand to start water flowing from a sink or dispense a paper towel. We don’t even have to flush the toilet.

In society today it seems that we are always looking for the path of least resistance. The path that takes the least amount of work is the path most chosen. Even in the gym, where people are working out to get more fit, one can observe the same pattern. If say a person wants to use 50 pound dumbells for an exercise, but the weight is not there, many will go down to the 45′s instead of up to the 55′s.

Why not, while using proper form and safety precautions, test one’s self and go up in weight a bit?  Why not make it tad harder?

We are bombarded by marketing ploys that are supposed to make being healthy easy. Products will help us lose weight without any effort, they even market exercise machines that will magically produce results with little to no effort. Isn’t the point of exercise to promote effort?

Everywhere you travel foods of convenience dot the landscape.  Sugar filled, carbohydrate loaded junk is marketed and often promoted as health food.  Atkins, Low Carb, Paleolithic and Primal diets are dismissed by media “doctors” such as Dr. Melina Jampolis and “experts” who receive income from the industries that are destroying health.

We have moved away from the “Strenuous Life” President Theodore Roosevelt so extolled.

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Our schools continue to cut out recess and shortened gym classes, yet President Roosevelt used his belief in the strenuous life to overcome childhood ailments. He strongly believed in the adage that a fit mind requires a fit body to house it. He exercised, engaged in sport, he even skinny dipped in the Potomac River during the winter. While even under the best conditions, I would never consider swimming in the Susquehanna River as it runs along the Pittston to Wilkes-Barre corridor, I admire Teddy’s attitude and drive when it came to pursuing The Strenuous Life.

 

Our current President took more than a year to fill positions on The President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sport & Nutrition. So, as the First Lady was admirably campaigns to increase awareness of childhood obesity, President Barack Obama delayed action on the council that was founded to encourage American children to be healthy and active.  Am I missing something?

In his 1899 address before the Hamilton Club, in of all places Chicago, Teddy Roosevelt asked the question, “Who among you would teach your boys that ease is to be the first consideration in their eyes—to be the ultimate goal SWEAT AND SWEETafter which they strive?

It seems that by today’s standard, the answer would be; most. Thanks to the conveniences of modern society life is easier.  However, considering the soaring obesity rates, both adult and childhood, are the results of ease worth the price?

So I ask the question  — Are we teaching our young men and women to strive for ease? If we are — How much damage are we doing?

Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.  

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

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Doc Joe Leonardi is the author of two books on weight loss and fitness.  Obesity Undone and Sometimes the Bastard Returns.  Both available on CreatSpace.com and Amazon.com.

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Obesity Undone,  is the 2nd edition of the life changing book Fat Then Fit Now.  Obesity undone is weight loss and fitness uncomplicated. On March 1, 2008, Physical Culturist and Chiropractor Doc Joe weighed a ponderous, pachydermian and unhealthy 340 pounds. One year later he weighed in at 210 pounds.

 

In Sometimes The Bastard Returns Doc Joe Leonardi discusses the very real stbr frontproblem of obesity relapse. How it happened to him, and how on the verge of giving up,he reclaimed his health, wellness and fitness.

 

 

Doc Joe is also available to speak to your group, and for interviews.  You may reach him at FatThenFitNow39@gmail.com

 

************The posting that I  write do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition.  I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions.*************