Defy the Odds: Unleashing the Secrets to Radical Health with the Ultimate Longevity Blueprint (Part 1)

Welcome, fellow seeker of vitality and longevity!

In a world where traditional norms paint a bleak picture of inevitable decline into chronic disease and declining health as we age, it's time to break free from those constraints and boldly declare, "It doesn’t have to be this way!"

Despite what conventional wisdom may preach, our potential for healing and thriving knows no bounds.

Rising above the status quo means redefining what's possible. Rejecting the notion of aging as a one-way street, we can embrace the prospect of vibrant health and seize the opportunity for rejuvenation and radical restoration.

Armed with knowledge, tools, and a rebellious spirit, we CAN defy the odds and reclaim control over our health and well-being. It won't be easy, but with every informed and disciplined step forward, we'll shatter the limitations of the traditional aging paradigm and pave the way for a life of radical health and longevity.

So, are you ready to embark on this journey towards Radical Health? Are you ready to declare, "I CAN!" and break free from the constraints of the past? Then let's join forces and embark on this adventure! Together, we'll defy the odds and emerge triumphant.

Rethinking Health and Disease

To embark on the path to Radical Health, it's crucial to grasp the fundamental models of health and disease and be willing to challenge conventional beliefs. Knowledge empowers change. Without knowledge, change may occur sporadically, akin to a pole vaulter clearing 14 feet by chance, or an amateur golfer achieving a hole in one. However, for sustained health empowerment and disease reversal, understanding how a disease develops in the body is essential. Armed with this knowledge, one can strategically intervene to halt or even reverse its progression. We must understand how risk factors evolve into disease and pay attention to the signals our bodies give us.

Let's take a closer look at the prevailing models of health and disease. For too long, we've been conditioned to believe that illness is an inevitable consequence of aging—that as we grow older, our bodies just break down, leading to chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. But what if I told you that this doesn't have to be the case?

I challenge the notion that aging by default has to equal gradual decline.

Breaking Free from the Old Paradigm

In this part of your journey towards Radical Health, I encourage you to break free from the constraints of the old paradigm and embrace a life characterized by vitality and resilience. I challenge deterministic views and explore the fascinating world of epigenetics, microbiology, and mitochondrial health.

Armed with this knowledge, I outline strategies for optimizing our internal and external environments, paving the way for a future filled with vitality and longevity. It's time to take control of our health and well-being and embrace Radical Health.

But breaking free from the old paradigm isn't just about acquiring knowledge—it's also about shifting our mindset and embracing a new way of thinking about health and wellness. Instead of viewing our genes as our destiny, we can see them as a blueprint that can be modified and influenced by our environment and lifestyle choices.

I also delve into the critical role of mitochondria in cellular health, uncovering strategies for enhancing mitochondrial function and supporting these vital cellular powerhouses. Yet, even as we strive to optimize our internal environment, we confront the sobering reality of environmental toxins—a silent burden that threatens our well-being.

Through mindfulness and conscious living, I outline ways to minimize exposure to harmful substances, whether they lurk in medications, beauty products, household cleaners, plastics, and in the air we breathe. By taking control of our external environment, we take a crucial step towards reclaiming control over our health and well-being, paving the way for a future filled with vitality and longevity.

The Ultimate Longevity Blueprint

Reboot Center’s Ultimate Longevity Blueprint is the comprehensive guide to optimizing your well-being and unlocking the secrets to vitality and longevity. This blueprint serves as a roadmap for transforming your life from the inside out.

Central to the Ultimate Longevity Blueprint is the role of nutrition as a catalyst for radical health. Yes, proper nutrition can indeed reverse disease! Real food is powerful medicine. Through nutrient-dense meals and therapeutic food choices, we cultivate a deep sense of vitality and well-being from within. On the flip side, conventional ultra-processed food is like a slow-drip poison to our system. 

The journey towards Radical Health extends beyond nutrition—other important elements include proper hydration, detoxification, and balance in all aspects of our lives. Through daily habits, exercise, and exposure to sunshine, both our physical as well as our mental and emotional well-being are nourished. Through practices such as self-care, gratitude, and cultivating inner silence, we tap into the boundless reservoirs of vitality that lie within us.

As you incorporate the principles of the Ultimate Longevity Blueprint into your daily routine, consider keeping track of your progress (I suggest maintaining a journal). You may observe that bothersome acid reflux diminishing, your sleep quality improving, and your energy levels soaring. Initially, these changes may be subtle. However, before long, you'll likely experience more noticeable improvements—such as reduced joint pain, enhanced mental clarity, more favorable lab results, or….?

Conclusion

Are you prepared to shatter the constraints of time and unlock the secrets to boundless vitality? Then let's embark on this extraordinary journey together. The path to Radical Health awaits, beckoning us to defy the odds, rewrite the rules of our health journey, and unleash the full potential of our well-being.

Are you in?

Start today with the Ultimate Longevity Blueprint, your ultra-curated 7-week step-by-step health revitalization protocol.

Why? 

Because the rest of your life starts today. What are you going to do with it?


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Mindfulness Meditation and Chronic Disease Management

Mindfulness meditation is not only good for stress-reduction, it has a plethora of other health benefits. Many illnesses can be mitigated, if not completely managed, through a consistent meditation practice. It is a powerful “self-healing" tool that is fairly easy to implement.

Meditation has been shown to have positive changes that can actually affect function and structure in the brain. In addition, it may improve other markers of health and well-being, some of which are discussed below.

For those wondering if meditation may help you, I’ve provided a short summary of some of the research that has been done to show its benefits in the following conditions:

Immune health

Stress has a large impact on the immune system. Auto-immune conditions (ie. the immune system “attacking” the body) are typically managed through pharmaceutical medications. Natural medicines can also help modulate and improve immune function, but addressing the mind and spirit is key. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to help lower markers such as the main stress hormone, cortisol, in addition to lowering inflammatory markers often implicated in auto-immune conditions, such as TNF-alpha and C-reactive protein (1).

For those who are susceptible to recurrent infections, Mindfulness Meditation can be very effective. In fact, a 9-month randomized controlled study including 154 adults showed a decreased incidence, severity and duration of upper respiratory illnesses such as colds and flus with such meditation (2).

Chronic pain and depression

Mindfulness meditation may significantly decrease chronic pain as well as depression (3). The prefrontal cortex plays a role in depression while it also modulates and can lower pain perception, mainly through dopamine. Meditation is one of the activities that stimulate this area, which is why it can be so effective (4).

Similarly, people with diagnosed fibromyalgia benefit from meditation and other activities that help them practice “acceptance, non-attachment, and social engagement” (5).

Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension

An 8-week study with 49 participants showed that those attending mindfulness classes twice weekly had significant health improvements, including lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and inflammatory markers over the control group, who attended a health education class. Participants practicing meditation also showed increases in focus, confidence, relaxation, and happiness; decreases in fatigue, anger, and loneliness (6).

Other Conditions 

Anxiety, sleep problems, and fatigue are among other conditions that mindfulness meditation may help manage (6).

With all the promising benefits of meditation that have been shown thus far, it would be wonderful to see more research with documented clinical success. However, if you are willing to implement a consistent practice, you may cultivate your own "self-healing" experience!

Resources

  1. Pascoe, M.C., Thompson, D.R., Jenkins, Z.M. and Ski, C.F., 2017. Mindfulness mediates the physiological markers of stress: systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of psychiatric research95, pp.156-178.
  2. Barrett, B., Hayney, M. S., Muller, D., Rakel, D., Ward, A., Obasi, C. N., … & West, R. (2012). Meditation or exercise for preventing acute respiratory infection: a randomized controlled trial. The Annals of Family Medicine10(4), 337-346.
  3. Hilton, L., Hempel, S., Ewing, B.A., Apaydin, E., Xenakis, L., Newberry, S., Colaiaco, B., Maher, A.R., Shanman, R.M., Sorbero, M.E. and Maglione, M.A., 2016. Mindfulness meditation for chronic pain: systematic review and meta-analysis. Annals of Behavioral Medicine51(2), pp.199-213.
  4. Ong, W.Y., Stohler, C.S. and Herr, D.R., 2019. Role of the prefrontal cortex in pain processing. Molecular neurobiology56(2), pp.1137-1166.
  5. Adler-Neal, A.L. and Zeidan, F., 2017. Mindfulness meditation for fibromyalgia: mechanistic and clinical considerations. Current rheumatology reports19(9), p.59.
  6. Lee, S.H., Hwang, S.M., Kang, D.H. and Yang, H.J., 2019. Brain education-based meditation for patients with hypertension and/or type 2 diabetes: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Medicine98(19), p.e15574.

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Reboot Your Core [Functional Movement Group]

It's that time of year where we're thinking of getting back into shape again.

But...before you begin to build lean muscle through exercise, it is important to make sure key core muscles are balanced, mobile and strong. If they are not, everyone from body builders to those who are more sedentary are predisposed to disk herniations or muscle and ligament injuries.

You cannot build function on dysfunction.

FMS (Functional Movement Systems) is a method of personal training that addresses this common problem. In this group, we will learn self-myofascial release, stretching and strengthening. This will improve your mobility and core strength. With a more “functional” frame, you may move into more resistance or weight training with better safety. We will also discuss our progress and set personal goals.

Reboot Your Core will take place at Reboot Center on the following Saturdays @ 9:30AM: 

March 9th: Feet & Legs

  • Self-myofascial release through rolling and stretching feet, calves, IT bands, and quads

March 23: Pelvic Stabilization

  • Assess and strengthen pelvic floor
  • Assess and correct abdominal and psoas muscle imbalances

April 6: Correcting "Dead-Butt Syndrome"

  • Release and stretch piriformis
  • Assess and strengthen gluteal muscles

April 20: Back & Upper Extremities

  • Release and stretch erectors, pecs, rhomboids and traps
  • Stabilize back and shoulders through resistance

To register, call (360) 331-2464 to reserve your spot. Limited space is available.

 

Preparing for your first group visit:

Participants who are established Reboot Center patients: One-on-one assessments with Dr. Dana are encouraged prior to March 9th so that she can send you an individualized workout schedule after each group.

Participants who are not established Reboot Center patients: A prerequisite to participation in the group is a one-on-one assessment with Dr. Dana prior to March 9th. This visit allows Dr. Dana to determine an appropriate workout schedule for you following each group visit.

The equipment list will be provided to you prior to the first visit. For details, please e-mail Dr. Dana.

About the facilitator:

Dr. Ruth Dana, ND learned about FMS through her active participation in Sports Medicine Club at Bastyr University. After a roller skating injury, she worked closely with an expert in the field, applying this method to her exercise routine daily to get back to enjoying her favorite sport with greater safety. She is passionate about sharing FMS with those who are in pain or wish to build lean muscle safely.

 

Billing logistics:

Pre-pay (non-insurance): $180

Insurance: For those with insurance that covers visits with Dr. Dana, standard office visit co-pays apply, and visit charges will be billed to insurance. 

Questions? Contact Dr. Dana.


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The REBOOT Model: Beyond Chronic Disease

Recover from chronic disease? Waitaminute!

One doesn't hear that said much...But, consider it an absolute possibility, given the proper testing and a targeted recovery program.

Over the course of many years in practice, caring for and learning from patients, consulting with other health care providers, reading the literature, and thinking about this a lot....I have come to understand, intimately, the fundamental differences between Eastern (Chinese, Ayurvedic and others), Western, naturopathic, and integrative approaches to health and wellness. Through this process I have learned that most* chronic disease can be....and I hope that I don't get in trouble for writing this....cured.

 

How Does Chronic Disease Happen?

Chronic disease arises when the body is unable to stay in homeostatic balance primarily because of:

  1. Lack of nutrients: when your body is provided with sufficient nutrients, then it can maintain, repair, and restore itself. 
  2. Lack of sleep: During sleep, the body repairs itself. Chronic insomnia hinders necessary cellular repair mechanisms.
  3. Excessive toxic exposure: toxins inhibit, damage, and block enzymes and hormones, displace vitamins and minerals, damage cell membranes, DNA, and modify gene expression. In essence, toxins make it difficult for your body to do its job.
  4. Excessive chronic stress: prolonged stress can poison. It impacts the immune system by raising catecholamines and suppressor T cells levels. It reduces insulin sensitivity (think diabetes), it can alter acid concentration in the stomach (think reflux), contribute to arterial plaque buildup, and even contribute to tumor development. Yep.

 

Get Beyond Chronic Disease with the REBOOT Model:

There are two simple but critical principles at the foundation of the REBOOT Model, upon which testing and treatment is based:

  1. The body is innately self-healing
  2. The body is extraordinarily intelligent and knows itself inside and out (literally), down to the smallest neutrino. In its infinite wisdom, unless it is very compromised, your body knows:
    • Where to channel nutrients
    • How to direct its many metabolic processes
    • How to make its own cells, enzymes, neurotransmitters, hormones, etc.
    • How to get rid of (most) toxins and cellular debris

Unlike the standard Western failed treatment approach to chronic disease, the REBOOT Model doesn’t offer “crutches” or quick “fixes.” The success of the REBOOT Model lies in the fact that it simply supports the structure and function of cells, tissues, and organs. That is pretty much all there is to it, yesssiireee.

Consider the Plant Metaphor: If you provide a plant with sufficient sunlight, nutrient-laden soils, and clean water, it will thrive.

Similarly, if you provide your body with sufficient light, sleep, activity, nutrients, water, while avoiding stress and toxins, your body can change its own oil, repair its own leaks, grease its own joints, heal its own cuts. In essence, given the proper foundational support, your body can successfully maintain, repair, and restore itself, without pharmaceutics, 99.99% of the time.

Each system in the body has its own challenges and its own requirements. Our first REBOOT Program just rolled out at Reboot Center, the Heart REBOOT Program, and there are 7 more system-specific programs on the way:

  • Cognitive Health REBOOT Program
  • Gastrointestinal REBOOT Program
  • Hormone REBOOT Program
  • Immune REBOOT Program
  • Mental/Emotional REBOOT Program
  • Musculoskeletal REBOOT Program
  • Neurodevelopmental REBOOT Program
  • Thyroid REBOOT Program

If you are interested in pre-registering for one of these, please email me, and I will keep you posted.

Treatment is targeted, individualized to each patient, and powerfully successful.

 

*Understandably, there are conditions that cannot be cured and where the REBOOT Model should not be used, such as conditions where structural damage is beyond repair (such as with liver cirrhosis) or congenital issues (such as congenital heart defects or familial osteochondritis). 

 

To become a Reboot Center patient, click here.


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Heart REBOOT Program: Win Back your Heart!

Are you ready to actually reverse your heart disease, hypertension, coronary artery disease, and arrhythmia?

Robust and unrestricted health should be, hands down, our most prized possession. There ought to be nothing more important than a healthy body through which to experience life.

You probably don’t want to be slowed down by chest tension, shortness of breath, episodes of irregular heart beats, or leg cramps. You want to be FREE to yodel from a Nepalese mountaintop, go on diving adventures, ride bareback in the snow, host dinner parties with ease and joy, and whitewater raft with your friends, without being tethered to your symptoms, doctor’s office, or pharmacy hours.

Our Western medical system is centered around drugs that treat disease, surgical procedures that cut out disease, and EKGs, colonoscopies, DEXA scans, mammograms MRIs, CT scans, and other state-of-the art imaging techniques that visualize disease. This system costs trillions of dollars annually. And each one of us is helping to foot the bill through our taxes, insurance premiums and deductibles, and out-of-pocket medical expenses.

The kicker question, though is: After all that treatment, are you truly freed from your nagging chronic condition? Or do you leave the doctor’s office with a prescription that needs to be filled every month, while you keep our fingers crossed that the ghost of unsolicited side effects doesn’t come knocking on your door?

You deserve better.

Healthful food, clean water, proper activity, and quality sleep are painfully marginalized in Western medicine, the reasons for which are the subject of a future post.

The Western medical paradigm manages acute trauma and life-threatening disease in an extraordinarily successful way. Acute care is its ever-so-brightly shining light, and I am a firm advocate of emergency rooms, burn centers, and antibiotics when they are truly indicated.

Chronic conditions, not so much. People with chronic issues are begging to be cured, and not simply managed with a finicky, and perhaps costly, drug regimen forever more.

It’s time to seriously shed the shackles of chronic disease! (YES, it’s possible!)

I have developed the REBOOT Model to chronic disease care, upon which the Heart Reboot Program is based.

 

The Heart REBOOT Program:

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US. With the current Western medical paradigm, common tests used to diagnose cardiovascular disease include blood pressure readings, blood tests (including cardiac enzymes, kidney function tests, cholesterol and other lipid levels, and electrolytes), echocardiograms, electrocardiograms, holter monitors, stress tests, contrast CTs, and cardiac catheterizations, among others.

What do these tests actually do? They show late-stage disease, which rears up after years of improper maintenance of cells and tissues. At this point, the goal would be to effectively reverse the disease by nourishing cells and healing tissues. But, it's never too early to get on the prevention track!

The Heart REBOOT Program is a comprehensive, drug-free approach involving precise testing and individualized treatment to reverse heart disease and associated diseases as well as prevent future cardiovascular disease.

The Heart REBOOT Program Assessment includes:

  1. Testing for deficiencies:
    1. Select vitamins and minerals
    2. Essential fatty acids
    3. Amino acids
    4. Enzymes
    5. Other specific compounds
  2. Testing for toxicities:
    1. Heavy metals
    2. Environmental pollutants
    3. Electromagnetic radiation
  3. Testing for other cardiovascular markers
  4. Sleep assessment
  5. Nutritional assessment
  6. Stress assessment
  7. Functional Blood Assessment
  8. Physical examination

The Heart REBOOT Program Treatment is targeted, individualized to each patient, and powerfully successful.

The goal: dare I say "cure"? It's about time we reclaim this term and concept in full force!

My standards are high.

Hop on board.

Change your life.

Start here.

 

Disclaimer: Please don't discontinue taking medications or make any other changes to your treatment regimen without discussing these with your physician beforehand. The content of this blog is NOT to replace the advice of your physician. If you suffer from conditions including heart failure, heart valve disease, or congenital heart disease, these may include structural changes that are not reversible with the Heart REBOOT Program.

 

References:

https://www.nhs.uk/news/heart-and-lungs/study-says-theres-no-link-between-cholesterol-and-heart-disease/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3209548/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3341916/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1849948/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3798856/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5067287/

 


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"Reboot Together" for a New Year's REVOLUTION!

***UPDATE: Our first group meeting will be Saturday, January 12th!  All other meetings will be held as previously scheduled at this time.***

Tired of feeling fatigue, pain and/or brain fog? Do you have digestive symptoms, extra weight, or just want to improve your overall fitness?

Join us for the Reboot Together program. This is a peer support group, led by a licensed naturopathic physician. We will encourage and set achievable goals, support each other through obstacles, and learn more about what research shows helps people shed excess fat and gain lean muscle.

Register early! Limited space available. Call (360) 331-2464 or complete the form below!

BONUS: All active group participants receive:

  • 2 complementary Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) readings ($30 dollar value!)
    • This will objectively track your progress through recording your body’s composition of fat, water, lean muscle, etc.
  • [Optional] 20% off BodyLean and BodyClear when purchased together, or 10% off when you purchase one.
    • Each program includes 2 shakes as well as daily supplements for 14 days of weight loss/detoxification!

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Healthier Living - BodyLean program

Is it “flu season” or “sugar season”? We are more susceptible to illness when eating diets high in sugar and low in nutrients! Let’s UP our health game this winter with our Healthier Living - BodyLean Group Program! This group is appropriate for anyone and everyone who wants to improve their health through lifestyle and nutrition. 

We will offer a Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA) at the first and last visit to check your body composition of body fat, water, lean muscle, etc. We will  set personal, achievable goals and support each other as we navigate through our individual challenges.

Group meetings, led by Dr. Ruth Dana, are from 3:45-4:45PM on the following four Wednesdays, each focusing on a particular area of healthier living:

  • December 5, 2018 - Brief overview of therapeutic exercise/diet, goal setting
  • December 12, 2018 - Anti-inflammatory nutrition
  • December 19, 2018 - Mindful eating
  • January 2, 2019 - Exercise for health

Once the 4 weeks are complete, we will offer continued meetings on the 1st Wednesday of each month in order to solidify our new healthier habits within a supportive group setting.

Regular office visit copays will apply. Cash rates are available in bundles of $180 for 4 visits if you do not have coverage for naturopathic care through your insurance company.

Please email or call Reboot Center at (360) 331-2464 to register!

BONUS: The BodyLean & BodyClear meal replacement programs will be available at a 10% discount for active group participants.


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Group Health Visit: Breaking Through the Clouds

Need some support with depression or seasonal affective disorder challenges?

Join the upcoming group health visit program: Breaking Through the Clouds: Depression and SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) Support

This 4-week intensive will focus on ways that our health can influence our mindset and provide solutions in addition to providing a safe space to set goals and discuss obstacles.

Week 1 we will have a brief overview of lifestyle management that has been shown to be effective and create a goal that we feel confident that we can achieve. In the following weeks, we will discuss therapeutic dietary changes, how hormones and genes can influence our mental health, and therapeutic exercise. In addition, each week we will have a brief mindfulness exercise.

Group meetings, led by Dr. Ruth Dana, are from 2:30pm-3:30pm* on:

  • November 7 (next week!!)
  • November 14
  • November 28
  • December 5th

After our last visit, we will have refresher meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

*Please arrive 30 minutes early to check in, have your vitals taken, and to fill out paperwork.

Payment: Regular office visit copays will apply. Cash rates are available in bundles of $180 for 4 visits if you do not have coverage for naturopathic care through your insurance.

Please note: A minimum of 4 participants is required. SO, why not come with a friend, relative, or your partner? Register by November 6th (as in, this coming Tuesday!!) via email or by calling (360) 331-2464.