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Why Diet Pills Will Never Work

A Spoonful of Diet Pills

I wish the song from Julie Andrews in ‘The Sound Of Music’ was right but  it doesn’t ring true. Since the time when I was a young child, doctors used to give my mother pills known as ‘Speed’ to take off weight. The problems that came along with them were that the pills would make you feel like you just drank eighty cans of pure caffeine and were dangerous to you health in general.
Then over the years, we have seen many other prescription and over the counter attempts. Each with different side effects that would signal short term weight loss due to the many different side effects.

While I admire any attempt to help people overcome this dreaded battle and disease, they all fail in one major thing.
None of the diet pill companies will teach you how to accompany it by “ A healthy choice of a food diet to go with it”.
Then of course we all regain the weight with another ten percent or so.
There is even a pill out there that traps you in the washroom with very unpleasant stomach problems if you eat too much fat in your diet.
How far will one person go without having to do the real work of learning how to eat again.

I know the battle myself all to well and it can be very exhausting and much easier to say then to do.
Luckily, there are very good groups out there that have seen good success.
Everyone from Weight Watchers to Over-eaters Anonymous have been a great help to many of my friends and colleagues.
The point is that there is no quick fix or magic bullet. Only damage that we can repeatedly do to each other.
I hope to hear your thoughts on this matter as more drugs are pushed to the market to try and accomplish what no one has in the last hundred years.

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Fat People Don’t Deserve Health Insurance


This type of comment keeps getting thrown around in the news. Its as if the overweight culture has chosen to become overweight and become a finical burden on the healthcare system.
Yet with a country that is almost 65 percent overweight, that would be a ton of people to throw blame at.
I understand that the insurance companies are there to make money and nothing more but this is a disease and not a choice. For instance, who would make a choice of having Diabetes, Cancer or Heart Disease. All which eventually can lead to an early death.
Then consider the environment of all the unhealthy foods like cookies and candy available right under you pharmacy pickup counter.
How can we stand a chance.
The true way to bring down heath costs is to address this disease from every angle including education and treatment. It is ironic that you can get into almost every chemical dependency clinic for a reduced rate but never one for obesity. After all isn’t sugar a additive substance that you grow dependent on?
So why blame the wrong group of people that could use it just as much as everyone else.
I never though I would see such bigotry return these days but it seems that it is rearing it’s ugly head in many ways.

JERRY LEWIS ENDS HIS CAREER AND STEPS DOWN FROM THE MDA

Jerry Lewis who has been in the news over the last year just could not keep his mouth shut. First he went after the gay community, then the American Idol kids and now the obese.
It was just a matter of time till somebody finally did something. Lewis had announced he would not be hosting the telethon back in may with no reason why he would skip his 45th year. At the time he also agreed to continue as the head of this very worth while organization. Then of course Lewis decided to strike out again at a group of people who were giving their all to beat the odds.
Perhaps the MDA felt that enough hate and hurt was all that people could handle before it affected their organization in a negative way.
What pains me the most is that this used to be a very funny comedian who loved to make people laugh.
When he first teamed with Dean Martin to form the great comedy team of Martin and Lewis, they were loved. Then came the famous breakup. For years it was rumored that it was Jerry’s ego. I am now starting to believe those rumors.
These days Jerry has gone from being extremely overweight of which he blamed on the steroids he was taking for a chronic painful illness.
Now that he is thin again, Jerry seems to have forgotten what it was like to be fat.
Lewis feels that if someone puts themselves out there on television and takes off a great amount of weight, their still fat pigs unless they get down to one hundred and fifty pounds or lower.
Why reward them.
Very sad talk for a man that is supposed to represent compassion when he hosted the MDA telethons.
If a person loses ten pounds, I personally would reward them. Weight loss only leads to less diseases, personal well being and less cost to the health care system.
Yet Lewis feels that this should not be rewarded.
Weight loss is one of the hardest battles this country has ever faced and the number of overweight citizens is growing faster every year. We are at epidemic proportions.
I guess the old wise tale might be right about a sad angry person behind every comedian or clown.

It’s Smart To Be Healthy

A Special Guest Post By: Chris Steurer

We all know that getting healthy can bring  tremendous amount of positive results in our lives… but did you know that being healthier can also help you become smarter?

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Perhaps this sounds like a strange idea, but when you break it down, it can clear up some speculation.

1. The brain is a part of the human body

2. When we are healthy all the parts of our body are able to function properly.

4. Being healthy can help your body better maintain one of its most important parts, the brain!

Strange has turned into simple.

The overall health of our brain and our bodies can have a major impact on how well we are able to perform certain cognitive functions.

If we partake in unhealthy activities such as smoking or becoming overweight, we increase our risk of unhealthier brains and cognitive abilities. In order to keep our minds in tip-top shape, we must take care of our bodies’ health and well-being. Who knows, perhaps increasing our health can also help us increase our wealth?

Get Up and Go

Guest Post By: Chris Steurer
 

When it comes to dieting, exercising, and just overall staying healthy, many of us would probably be classified as insane! How many times have you tried the same or very similar diets over and over again? How about the exercise routine you are doing, is it actually working and making results? Often times, we won’t even notice that we are beating ourselves up over something so silly and obvious, try something new!

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

-Albert Einstein

DO SOMETHING!

Do Something. If it works, do more of it. If it doesn’t, do something else.

-Franklin Roosevelt

Our former president sums things up pretty well for us in a simple quote. The point is, it doesn’t really matter what you do, it just matters that you are doing something. If and/or when that something stops working, then try something else!

Solving America’s Health Problems With The Next Generation

A Special Guest Post By: Chris Steurer

As America continues to stay on top as one of the unhealthiest countries in the world, we are seeing a tremendous growth of obesity and weight issues among our adult population and children as well. INC.com has noted that “according to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 17% of all children in the U.S. are obese.” They are the future of our country, and they are looking bigger than ever before.

I don’t believe that short term solutions work very well for truly solving any problem, therefore, we must look to longer-term solutions that are responsible and sustainable now and into the future. The current children of America are the future of this country, and it is up to them to decide what will happen down the road. So why do we do such a poor job at teaching them healthy habits and such a good job at raising them to make bigger health mistakes than ourselves?

I’ve talked with my younger cousins, my friend’s kids, and other children and they excitedly tell me how much they love eating fast food and playing video games all day. It’s quite alarming if you think about it, our next generation seems likely to be worse off than we already are.

So, how can we fix the problem? It is known that prisons often serve better food than our public schools do. Children are eating at least one meal- five days out of the week- that is high in calories and low in essential nutrients that the body needs to stay fit and healthy. I am almost certain that many of them consume many more meals throughout the week that consist of fast food or other unhealthy meals. We teach children how to read, write, and do arithmetic in school, why can’t we teach them to eat healthier and stay more active as well?

At least one company has set out to do something about this problem. Revolution Foods is helping to bring access to nutrient rich meals that taste good to low-income schools. They have realized that by targeting schools with healthy food alternatives, they can help make the world a better and healthier place to live!

What other ideas do you have that could offer a long-term solution to getting America’s health back on track?

Team Treat Party

A Special Guest Blog By:

Courtney Mueller, Co-Producer of “Finding Thin”

It was 9AM on a Tuesday and the workday had just begun. I started sifting through my emails and came upon one of the most difficult tasks I was going to have to fulfill at work.

The email read:

Happy Tuesday,

Just wanted to remind everyone that tomorrow, Wednesday is our first TEAM TREAT PARTY on the 3rd floor.

Everyone will bring in their favorite treat/nosh/baked item..etc. of their choice to share with the team and we can munch all day!

Did I just read, “TREAT PARTY”? Cookies, candy, donuts, home made cupcakes…Oh my… I was screwed.

I’d been watching what I’d been eating and steering clear of said sweets.  I was quite proud of myself for having the ability to choose healthier foods. My current diet was comparable to the D.A.R.E program back in the 80’s; when it came to the cravings of my sweet tooth, I just said “no”.

Monday night felt like the dress rehearsal to Wednesday’s Greatest Show on Earth… entitled “Courtney’s Will Power.”

Cut to Wednesday- I walked in with home made cookies to at least contribute to the party  I was dreading.  Hey, I’m still a team player.   I end up placing my cookies next to a table filled with treats. It was like the land of the unhealthy, and I have visited that land quite a few times…

Worst of all, this table was set right next to my desk.

The smells of deliciousness were haunting.

The sights of icing, chocolate chips, and sprinkles were daunting.

The odds of making healthy choices were not in my favor but my determination stayed strong. As each co-worker walked up to the table-o-treats raving about every flavor they tasted, I found myself tuning out and turning their praises of one another’s baked goods into my own white noise.  I simply turned my head the opposite way. I kept calm and carried on.  I just said “no”.

As enticing as Wednesday’s Team Treat Party was, my will power surpassed my cravings. I was at peace with myself without eating a piece of a treat. Sure it would’ve been enjoyable to join in on taste-testing like the rest, but I had a change of heart. Having a moment of euphoric sweetness couldn’t outweigh the moments of euphoria from a healthy lifestyle.

I started this journey and I intend on it being a never-ending adventure. I’ll have my treats from time to time, sure. But now I have proven to myself that I can just say no.

And that is a treat in of itself.