Preventative Health

7 Things I Wish I Knew Sooner About Health

1. Genes: You can turn them on and you can turn them off.

Some of you have probably heard about the human genome. It cost three billion dollars and tens of thousands of scientists to figure out the human genome. Now it only costs you about $1000 to know your genetic structure.  What is interesting about that they found out that in the human genome there are factors that turn on and turn off the genes. This is called epigenetics.

Epigenetics is a [relatively] new science. When I attended Palmer College of Chiropractic, Bruce Lipton* was a visiting professor discussing the field of epigenetics. He said, “The implications of this research will radically change our understanding of life. It shows that genes and DNA do not control our biology. Instead, DNA is controlled by signals outside the cell.” Watch the video for the rest of the story.

2. Arthritis: You can slow it down.

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t hear, “My dad had a bad back,” or “My mom had a humped back. I guess that’s why I have it.” 

We all think it comes from our parents. We are really born with perfect spines, yet over our lifetime we do get arthritis.

I often hear, “I have arthritis. There’s nothing I can do about it.” … you can change it.

The #1 cause of arthritis in general terms is “wear and tear.” Watch the video for the rest of the story.

3. Stress: You can use it to fuel you.

There are three main systems in our body that deal with stress. Of course, our whole body deals with stress but I try to boil them down… The spine–the nervous system from about T1 to T12–if you get jammed up in the mid-back which both women and mean have but when almost women come in when they’re stressed out, they say, “Oh, it’s hurting in my shoulders.”… 

One of the reasons is we jam up in our back (because of our thoughts and our stress levels)–our back actually registers the nerves, the nervousness and the stress, and what’s interesting about that is it’s the most sympathetic dominant or fight or flight mode of the body so if your mid-back is jammed up or sublimated, you’re going to find you can’t get a relaxed feeling no matter how hard you try. Watch the video for the rest of the story…

4. The Gut: Take care of it or it will take care of you.

…The gut is all of the enteric nervous system. The whole digestive system would be called the gut.

There’s an intrinsic nervous system. They’re calling it the ‘second brain…’ 

There are over one hundred million neurons  wound inside your gut. That’s a lot of neurons. And 70% of your immune system is in your gut… A big part of your immune system is in your digestive system, your gut.

If your gut is healthy so are you. Watch the video for the rest of the story…

* Bruce Harold Lipton (born October 21, 1944 at Mount Kisco, New York), is an American developmental biologist best known for promoting the controversial idea that genes and DNA can be manipulated by a person's beliefs. He is the author of the book, The Biology of Belief, and is a former researcher at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. His discoveries, which ran counter to the established scientific view that life is controlled by the genes, presaged one of today’s most important fields of study, the science of epigenetics. Two major scientific publications derived from these studies defined the molecular pathways connecting the mind and body. Many subsequent papers by other researchers have since validated his concepts and ideas. Dr. Wagner was fortunate to have attended classes at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa presented by Bruce Lipton.

5. Food: It’s changing and it’s changing us.

Food is defined according to the American Heritage Dictionary as ‘any nourishing substance eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy, and to promote growth and repair.

The SAD or Standard American Diet has changed over the years. ...Isn’t this really as SAD as it looks? Watch the video for the rest of the story…

In one year, every American [on average] eats:

111 pounds of red meat
580 pounds of dairy products
39 gallons of alcohol
53 gallons of soft drinks
24 gallons of coffee
154 pounds of sugar”
— U.S. Census Bureau, 1999

6. Vitamins: They are not all the same.

I used to ask my patients, “Are you on a vitamin?” And often my patients would say, “Yes.” I’d say, “That’s great. What are you on.” And they’d say, “Centrum Silver.” And I’d say, “Great! At least you’re taking vitamins,” until, of course, I started researching vitamins and I had a little bit of what I call a meltdown. I sat down and cried because I was even selling vitamins of a lower quality than I had understood them to be. 

When you go to the health food store, Walmart, Target, every vitamin says it’s the best vitamin ever or it’s a superior vitamin. 

Who can we trust except comparative studies?

We’re going to talk about why vitamins are not all the same. Watch the video for the rest of the story…

7. Detox: The toxins are killing us.

The reason detox is one of my favorite topics is because I was very sick… I wrote a 270-page book on getting through fibromyalgia and a lot of it came from the pesticides that I had inhaled that made me so sick I almost died. 

I don’t know about you but gaining 35 pounds, barely being able to get out of bed, not being able to remember anything and having my whole body ache and hurt from chronic fatigue, Hashimoto’s auto-immune thyroiditis… It wasn’t a great life.

I feel really good now and part of why I feel good is I’m detoxing on a regular basis and I’m eating less foods with toxins in them. Watch the video for the rest of the story…