Introduction by Debra Lordan
Jay Greathouse and Liz O'Garvey are lifestyle coaches, nutritional counselors, educators, writers, researchers, editors, speakers, filmmakers, screenwriters and Maui Weekly's newest freelance writers. Their areas of special studies include nutritional anthropology, evolutionary biology, endocrinology, epigenetics, human longevity and neuroplasticity.
One of their areas of interest is helping to solve lifestyle and nutritional problems around the world for those with metabolic-hormonal disorders. Over 50 years old themselves, they strive to help solve the new problems often associated with aging and help their clients improve the seven longevity markers shared by present-day centenarians.
Liz O’Garvey and Jay Greathouse uniquely customize and individualize personal support of all actions that lower healthcare costs, increase productivity and reverse or reduce the risk of chronic lifestyle diseases--autoimmune, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, stroke, cancer and the twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Call them at (808) 208-5604.
Although these Kula residents are not doctors, and the Maui Weekly is not in the business of giving medical advice, Greathouse and O'Garvey submitted the following information, which the Maui Weekly considers worthy of passing on to our readers.
The crux of their research is this: If those over six-month-old New Year's resolutions to lose weight seemed to have failed, you are not alone, and it is more than likely not your fault.
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If you carry excess visceral body fat, even just as love handles or muffin-topping, then the odds are very high that it is not your lack of willpower or failure to exercise that caused you to hang on to those pounds. More than likely, like millions of others around the globe, you suffer from a metabolic-hormonal disorder.
This metabolic-hormonal disorder starts with a physiological defect in fat use and storage--aka, a metabolic disorder. It's not a psychological disorder. Self-control and motivation aren't the issue. You think and dream about food because you're hungry and you feel as if you're starving to death. And you're right. You are starving to death at the cellular level.
What if, contrary to conventional nutritional wisdom, the type of the calories we eat is more important than the amount of calories we eat? Specifically, what if certain calories trigger a hormonal response to store fat instead of burn it? That this metabolic, or fat-storage-instead-of-fat-usage, disorder seems the culprit is exactly what current medical science now suggests.
What if overeating and sedentary behavior do not cause weight gain, and instead, hormonally driven weight gain triggers overeating and sedentary behavior? After all, energy stored can no longer be used as fuel, so you go hungry at a cellular level. Consider the significance of this distinction, because this reversal of conventional nutritional wisdom is exactly what current medical science now indicates.
Becoming fat doesn't come from eating fat; becoming fat comes from an inability to burn fat, which is direct evidence of a metabolic-hormonal disorder now known to come from following an agrarian nutritional approach. This agrarian nutritional approach also seems the prime suspect behind the chronic lifestyle diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and dementia.
Other early signs and symptoms of the chronic lifestyle diseases also stemming from following the agrarian nutritional approach may include fatigue after meals, feeling constantly anxious or stressed out, having problems falling or staying asleep and no change in how your body looks, no matter how much you exercise.
Current medical science suggests our human genome has not significantly changed in 2.6 million years. This includes the entire Homo genus, not just our contemporary Homo sapiens species. We still have Stone Age bodies, including our brains, even though we live in the information age.
For over 2.6 million years, humans thrived on a nutritional approach that was abandoned only 10,000 years ago with the invention of agriculture, slavery, civilization, conquering armies and empires. Evolutionary biologists, forensic archeologists and medical anthropologists believe this change is responsible for an average height loss of six inches per person, an additional seven dental cavities each when previously there were none, and never before seen bone malformations.
These counter-survival signs and symptoms have only intensified as our dependence upon processed agrarian products increases.
This agrarian nutritional approach also creates distorted biochemically induced misperceptions. For example, many people have already learned that rational discussion seems impossible with someone experiencing low blood sugar. This was never the case before sugar (and starches easily converted to sugar in the body) were produced agriculturally, processed and added to the human diet.
Phytotoxins, excitotoxins, protease inhibitors and opioids (plant-produced poisons) are known to create food addictions, depression and lethargy to complicate accompanying vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Every vitamin deficiency was first discovered in a population dependent upon processed agrarian foods. For over 2.6 million years, we did just fine without any need for vitamin and mineral supplementation.
Two morphine-like compounds, casomorphin and gluteomorphin, from dairy and wheat respectively, are critical to our understanding of the power of foods. Food addiction is a very real thing, and these opioids play a huge role. These sedating compounds are also the single biggest element of post-meal drowsiness. There are no healthy addictions, and food is no exception.
Basically, sugar and wheat, the first two new agrarian foods arriving with slavery and civilization, interfere with your ability to think straight and further make you easier to control because, in large part, you always feel dependent upon sources of addictive foods and the remedies to the malnutrition and new diseases they cause. Remember, we evolved and thrived for over 2.6 million years without medical intervention.
Our key hormone, leptin, was only first discovered in 1995. Leptin rules the endocrine system, with insulin firmly second in command and the adrenal hormones, adrenaline and cortisol next, controlling the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.
Surges of leptin and insulin not only increase sympathetic over-arousal of the body's systems, they also increase anxiety and amplify the actions of stress hormones, producing chronic anxiety or trouble sleeping.
The more you eat the agrarian nutritional approach, especially from inferior sources, the better your body gets at converting protein to sugar, even if that protein is part of your own muscle and bones. So when you wake up in the middle of the night needing to snack on something, that may forestall your body working on muscle wasting and osteoporosis.
When someone acts on the advice to eat a snack every two hours, what do you think happens when they fall asleep? Since many fall asleep due to an ingestion of casomorphin and gluteomorphin, perhaps in the form of milk and cookies before bedtime, they might wake up in a few hours feeling driven to eat again. If they don't wake up, then their bodies go ahead and convert lean muscle and bone protein into sugar.
Unsurprisingly, this agrarian nutritional approach also appears to be behind candida albicans overgrowth, leaky gut syndrome and celiac disease, among a very long list of other modern diseases. Surprisingly, that post-reproductive years spare tire around the middle is not natural to aging; it's only natural to the metabolic-hormonal disorder responsible for at least 75 cents out of every dollar now spent on healthcare.
In studies of pregnant women with metabolic-hormonal disorder, it has been shown that mothers may pass this on to their unborn children in the form of enlarged pancreases and exaggerated insulin responses to processed agrarian foods, because the underlying situation includes leptin and insulin resistance. This is not genetic but epigenetic, changing the expression of genetics with a dysfunctional nutritional approach.
There is no conceivable medical intervention--neither pharmacological or surgical--capable of reversing this agrarian nutritional approach metabolic-hormonal disorder. Either make the necessary lifestyle and nutritional changes or continue down the path towards cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke, cancer, diabetes, dementia, autoimmune disease and more, while simultaneously diminishing both the quantity and quality of your life.