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Last night I did something really dumb. Now, I’m sure you’d never do this. But, I’m pretty sure things happen for a reason. So, last night I was in my garage, in the back of my truck. I hopped up on the side and proceeded to jump out.

The problem? I was directly under the garage door opener. I hit it with enough velocity, with the top of my head, that a friend of my could hear the crash 20′ outside of my garage. Next, I fell to the concrete floor like a cartoon character.

Here’s where it gets interesting. After 5 minutes I had no neck pain or head pain. I knew I needed to get adjusted, but we had a dinner party, so I proceeded with the evening. (This does lead to weight loss, promise 🙂 I had one of the worst nights sleeps, I’ve had in a long time. I was hot all night. I mean hot. Just laying on top of the sheets didn’t help. I’m never this hot, even in the middle of summer.

So you might be thinking, “how does that relate?”

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I happen to be my own best experiment. Many years ago, I was a best man at a wedding. My upper neck hurt all day and I just couldn’t find time to get adjusted. The same thing started happening to me back then. I was uncontrollably hot during the wedding. I mean profusely hot.

Later in the night my temperature oscillated back and forth from cold to hot. I told my wife “I have to get adjusted.” Within 30 seconds my temperature was normal and perfect.

For me, upper neck problems (subluxations) result is a lack of temperature control (homeostasis). I still have no neck pain or head pain today, but guess what I’m doing? Getting adjusted.

The nervous system controls everything in your body…all your systems and organs.

The point of today’s class is to highlight some of those lesser known things that can interfere with your ability to lose weight, or maintain your homeostasis (body balance). Dysfunctions of the body aren’t always obvious.

Have you ever heard of someone with thyroid problems? They most likely have a lower metabolism because of it. It makes it hard to lose weight. The nerves that go to the thyroid come out of the neck. Hmmm.

Now, thyroid problems could be also be from iodine depletion, adrenal fatigue, soy consumption, tap water, common tooth paste, eating bread can drop thyroid output, and dieting too much and restricting your calories too hard.

You may have just read that last paragraph and thought, “what are you talking about?” toothpaste? water? soy?

Healthy metabolism and healthy weight is a reflection of lifestyle.

Quick fix celebrity trainer diets don’t work in the long run. If you’ve neglected your body for 20 years, it’s going to take you some time to recover it and hard work. What I want you to learn is an all around healthier lifestyle.

If you are this far along, I’m proud of you, you’re interested in learning. In the last email I wanted you to write down some emotional scars, basically negative talk. If you speak to yourself or about yourself poorly, you will sabotage any efforts you try and make.

You could spend a ton of money on psychotherapy, but try some EFT (emotional freedom technique) first. This site has a good lay out that will help you with the basics, just scroll down to the bottom.

It dove tails nicely with what I was saying about the nervous system. If your brain is working against you, you’ll never succeed.

You can start with that everyday.

So lets say you are an emotional rockstar. Where else can weight be hanging on?

Take a quick look at this list. Figure out the percentage of problems.

One of the biggest hormone challenges is excessive amounts of cortisol. The three most common ways this gets out of control are high amounts of carbohydrates, high amounts of cardio training and high levels of stress.

Let me give you another one of my examples. Years ago my stress level was through the roof. At the time, I was training regularly and pretty hard too. My weight was normal, I could not, for the life of me drop fat. My body fat % stayed constant.

I proceeded to do something radical and took 5 months off to reinvent my life. No exercise, except some lazy bike rides. Every month I lost 1% body fat. I wouldn’t have believed it, if it wasn’t me doing it. Do not under-estimate the power of stress and high cortisol values have on your body.

Some of the other hormones to consider looking at are estrogens, progesterone, DHEA, Insulin, and Vitamin D. They can contribute to fat gain if out of balance. Years ago, when my wife was old enough to notice that weight didn’t fall off with exercise, it was her hormones.

After getting her hormones back in check, she lost 33 lbs that year doing her normal exercise and normal diet.

Now, Take a look at this list. Figure out the percentage of these problems. This is another common problem area.

If you checked off quite a few of these, there is a good chance you are loaded with toxicity. It’s extremely common in modern society. Here is the problem. If you don’t eat liver cleaning foods on a regular basis, your body can’t get rid of the junk. So all the toxic sludge from the environment, processed foods, and even your own bodies byproducts, have to be stored somewhere. They can’t be left to roam around your blood stream. The excess is stored in your fat.

This is a good summation of what we talked about in the beginning. “You can’t out exercise a bad diet.”

This year I want to try something different. For as long as I can remember, we’ve offered patients the purification program in January to help detox the holiday junk food and reset peoples diets.

The best part of the purification program is the dietary changes. It really helps people get back on track and I’d like to see patients sail through the holidays without gaining weight.

If you are looking forward to the next 3 months so you can eat candy and cookies with reckless abandon, then this is not the program for you.

If you checked off any of the survey questions or have a higher percentage in one or the other, email me.

P.S. Just to help you do something new and healthy this year, there are discounts for both programs. 🙂