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August 2022

Don't Expect Miracles, Expect Your Very Best

People undertake an exercise regimen for a variety of different reasons. Some may have recently had a health scare, and are urged by their physician to become more physically active in order to avoid a repeat performance. Other people do it for purely cosmetic reasons. There may be a class reunion or a wedding coming up, and a fitness regimen is a means of (ostensibly) shedding those unwanted pounds or fitting into that dress. Another class of individuals begin exercising simply because they want to get more out of life. This may entail being healthy enough to play with their kids/grandkids, travel, and be more of a participant in life. No matter what the reason is for taking an interest in exercise, unfortunately most people lack the knowledge or the fortitude to make sustained meaningful progress.

As the wise philosopher Ozzy Osbourne once said (back when he was still capable of putting a sentence together), good intentions pave the way to hell. Many believe that they are doing this for all the right reasons, but don't truly understand how challenging it is to make meaningful physical change happen. It could be that they have a low tolerance for physical discomfort, have been given bad advice, or a combination of both. They may not be willing to make the necessary lifestyle adaptations or devote the proper focus that creates good habits. Consequently, when they don't see immediate results they either take shortcuts or give up altogether. Take a look at a Planet Fitness parking lot in early January, and then go back in early March; you'll likely see a stark contrast. Some will resort to gimmick diets that do the work for them, but once they get off the diet they are typically right back where they started. Gastric bypass and/or other forms of elective or cosmetic surgery are popular, but they carry an inherent risk, are quite restrictive, and often lead to a lapse in one's lifestyle.

There is no such thing as a magic pill or a magic cure. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. The commercial fitness industry is full of the latest hot trends that ultimately prove to be a waste of time and money. What most traditional doctors won't tell you is that the majority of chronic disease occurs as a result of poor lifestyle choices. Yes, some people have genetic predispositions to conditions like cancer, heart disease, and obesity, but a predisposition is not a guarantee. You have no control over your genetic makeup; after all, you can't pick your parents. However, you can play the hand of cards that you are dealt and achieve your very best self within the constraints of your genetic blueprint.

It all starts with the self, and sometimes this requires some introspection and a tough personal assessment. What is it that you want to accomplish and how hard are you willing to work to achieve it? Identify the things in life that are within your control, as well as the things that you cannot control. It is within your power to set regular bed and wake up times, to incorporate stress management techniques, and to eat a nutrient-dense diet consisting largely of single-ingredient whole foods. Do you have any control over the traffic during your daily commute? No, but you can control how you react to it, and you can also leave a little earlier so that you have more of a margin for error. Are you willing to commit your time and resources to starting a comprehensive exercise program and giving your best effort every time out? If so, then Total Results is the place for you.

Our program is not predicated upon fads or gimmicks, it's based on science that goes back more than four decades. It's not a social club, and we don't have bright lights, mirrors, music, or any of the other distractions that you see in commercial gyms. What we have is a clinically controlled environment with the finest equipment in the industry, and over twenty years of instructional experience in working with a variety of different populations. Regardless of your physical limitations (if any), we will help you to increase your strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular and metabolic conditioning, as well as resistance to injury. Fat loss is greatly aided by regular strength training, but is largely a dietary issue. We can teach you to make better food choices as well as incorporate time-restricted eating, which is a great asset in warding off chronic disease. Not everyone who exercises at Total Results will look the same, but everyone has the potential and the ability to be their best self. Every client has access to the same quality of instruction and equipment at our facility, but the best results occur when you make this a priority, focus, and work as intensely as you can in each workout. Don't put any undue pressure on yourself, but giving your best effort should be important to you. It all starts inside you.

Don't expect to look like the celebrities or athletes you see on TV or the internet. Chances are, they have been surgically or chemically altered. In fact, does anyone else find it strange that Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson is physically larger and leaner at the age of 50 than he was when he was a professional wrestler over 20 years ago? Something doesn't add up. Have realistic expectations and celebrate the victories of doing the right things every single day. Small wins add up to big results over time, just like the law of compounding interest. You should not expect miracles, but expect to do your very best, because that's all you can do. Anything worth doing is worth doing right. Let Total Results show you how.

Posted August 19, 2022 by Matthew Romans

"The Lethal Dose" - A Book Review

Dr. Jennifer Daniels is a former board-certified family practice physician originally from upstate New York. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard, and then earned both her medical degree and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Daniels first experienced some misgivings with traditional medicine as early as medical school, but pushed forward to complete her education and transition into residency. After practicing medicine for a decade, she eventually became disillusioned with the establishment medical system and started using unorthodox methods of patient care. Subsequently, her license to practice was lifted by the medical board for refusing to prescribe what she believed were unnecessary and dangerous medications. Amazingly enough, she was also placed on the "Do Not Employ" list, meaning that she could not get a job in the U.S., and the federal government put her on the Terror Watch List. Dr. Daniels was forced to flee to Panama, simply because she had reservations about prescribing lethal medications. In order to educate the public and tell her story, the good doctor published "The Lethal Dose" in 2013.

The term lethal dose is defined as, "the amount of something, usually a medication or a chemical that causes death." Something called LD 50 is the dose of a drug that kills half of those that take it. Dr. Daniels first learned about these terms in medical school and asked if there was such a thing as LD 0, meaning that the dosage of that particular drug didn't kill anybody. She was told that no such thing exists. A sobering thought. What I find infuriating is the fact that over 100,000 people die each year taking the prescribed dosage of medication. Yes, you read that correctly. These are people that die simply following the instructions of their physician, someone they think they can trust. The author details a personal experience when she was a resident where a patient had been overdosed on heparin, which is a blood thinner. The nurse had made a mistake and given the patient eight times the drug at four times the rate, which caused the patient to start bleeding out everywhere. After the mistake was caught, Dr. Daniels stopped administering the drug immediately, but was overridden by the senior doctor and told never to stop administering a drug, ever. Consequently, the patient needed a transfusion of 26 units of blood and bled into his eyeballs, causing him to lose his eyesight, and with it, a promising dental career.

If there is one thing that provides details as to the fundamental problems with mainstream medicine, look no further than the term standard of care. This is defined as "treatment that is accepted by medical experts as a proper treatment for a certain type of disease and that is widely used by healthcare professionals." Dr. Daniels tells us that doctors cannot ignore the standard of care, for fear of losing hospital privileges, the loss of income, and also malpractice lawsuits. Ironically, there are only three entities that can write the standard of care. These consist of drug companies, insurance companies, and hospitals. Not coincidentally, these are the three entities that profit the most from the way the system is currently constructed. The worst part is that the two groups that should have the most input as to standard of care, do not have a say in the matter. These are doctors and patients. Notice a problem here?

Dr. Daniels describes her residency training as a tremendously difficult period, working 90 hour weeks and being sleep-deprived much of the time. She was not allowed to use the word "cure" when working with a patient, but rather "treat." The author goes on to say, "We were not allowed to offer any solution or thought that was outside of something that would profit the drug company or hospitals." That means natural therapies or non-drug alternatives were out of the question, and it is far more lucrative to treat a patient indefinitely with some drug which may or may not be effective than it is to cure them without side effects. I also found Dr. Daniels' thoughts on antibiotics very interesting. It has long been my belief that modern internal medicine has devolved into asking for a prescription for an antibiotic to cure a sniffle. With regard to antibiotics, Dr. Daniels offers these thoughts: "So did antibiotics ever save a life? After 20 years of prescribing and witnessing the use of antibiotics, I have observed no evidence of that (her emphasis). I have to be honest, and the truth is that antibiotics account for as many as 63,000 deaths per year. The deaths from bacterial infections are almost always from the organisms created by antibiotic use. So there's no question in my mind that antibiotics are not lifesaving. A lot of those deaths are from pneumonia infections caused by these resistant bacteria (her emphasis)." Considering the establishment viewpoint on drugs, an alternate opinion should at least be discussed.

Even during her family practice days, Dr. Daniels would prescribe natural remedies and see patients respond rapidly. These remedies included alternative natural herbs, ointments, and even writing out diet suggestions on her prescription pad for patients to implement. These natural remedies can work for a variety of ailments, including digestive difficulty and hot flashes. The good doctor stresses the importance of drinking more water, eating more "live" food (food picked out of the ground), and incorporating movement and exercise into your lifestyle. Even though she technically doesn't practice medicine any more, she has helped many people in Panama with some simple strategies and hasn't charged anyone a dime.

I found the book to be riveting, and tore through it in a couple of days. It is only 85 pages, including endnotes, but a lot of information is packed into those pages. Dr. Daniels writes in an engaging style, and having seen a couple of her videos I can tell that she writes like she talks. My only complaint is a couple of typos that I found, but that's typical in a self-published book. Frankly, I doubt this book would have come out through any of the establishment publishing houses, given the subject matter. I believe that Dr. Daniels is a hero worthy of our everlasting respect and gratitude for sharing her story and having the courage to walk away from medicine rather than sacrifice patients by practicing in a corrupt bureaucratic system. We all owe her a debt of thanks.

Posted August 03, 2022 by Matthew Romans