Millionaire Wheel Of Life – Are You Living Fully In All Areas Of Your Life?

If I aim to have a net worth of at least one million dollars, it is an excellent analogy for me to think of my entire life like a wheel. My life can be divided into ten individual yet inter-related areas, within which I need to establish fierce objectives if I am to attain huge financial success.

Each of the ten areas of my life is a separate spoke within the wheel. Depending upon how successful my life is in any one area, this will determine how long and solid that particular spoke is. An ideal, harmonious life will result in a round fully inflated wheel with ten complete spokes. Fully inflated is the full ten marks out of ten for each area of my life.

These ten areas of my life are:

1. Physical

2. Financial

3. Business

4. Career

5. Mental

6. Social

7. Spiritual

8. Family

9. Material

10. Adventure

Once each area has been identified and analyzed, it is imperative to start thinking about what objectives I hold for my life within each area. It is the achievement of my aspirations that will fill me with a dynamic sense of growth, and drive me forward to a magnificent and compelling future. Following are examples of goals that can be placed within the realm of each area, both short-term and long-range.

1. Physical

This area encompasses my health and wellbeing, my fitness and stamina, my body and my looks, and everything to do with my physical condition and state of wellness.

 Stop smoking immediately

 Achieve the weight of 160 lbs by July 1

 Run the London Marathon in less than four hours

 Be healthy and dynamic at one hundred years of age

2. Financial

Included in this area is everything to do with money and income as it relates to my life. Earnings, savings, investments, stocks, bonds, accumulated wealth and financial freedom are all facets within the realm of the financial area of my life. What levels of financial abundance do I desire to achieve?

 Invest $10,000 in the NYSE this year

 Seek an annual fifty percent total income increase

 Save ten percent of my earnings in a special account

 Accumulate one million dollars net worth by age fifty-five

3. Business

The business area is best defined as my financial vehicle for a lifetime income, as opposed to a career that is basically a day’s work for a day’s pay. If I am self-employed, my own business is the vehicle within which I have my career. Do I desire to be a tycoon, running a global empire? What are my grandest business aims?

 Develop a business that positively benefits mankind

 Set up a fully equipped professional office in my home

 Establish my own multi-million-dollar global business empire

 Arrange a corporate partnership with a Japanese conglomerate

4. Career

My career is what I do for a day-to-day income. A career can be a job for a day or a profession for a lifetime. If I am self-employed, my career is the occupation I have within my own business. What is the dream career that ignites my fires of desire?

 Become the Managing Director for this company

 Reach an annual income level of US$250,000 per year

 Be the #1 sales person for my company during this decade

 Author a series of best-selling empowerment books for children

5. Mental

My mental area relates to every activity involved with my mind. It concerns my mental state of being and my emotional welfare. All learning, studying, attitudes, skills, intelligence, knowledge and emotions are found within this very important area of my life.

 Earn a university degree in psychology

 Learn to speak and write fluent Portuguese

 Strengthen my mind until I gain entry into Mensa

 Read one hundred personal achievement books this year

6. Social

The social area includes many of the recreational activities and pastimes related to society. Playing golf, as an example, whilst it can be an adventure, is a social activity because it involves an informal gathering of people and revolves around the golf course and social clubhouse. Most hobbies and amateur activities are socially related.

 Become President of the local Rotary Club

 Shoot eighteen holes of golf in under eighty strokes

 Organize a twenty-five-year school reunion party for July

 Play the lead role in the amateur drama annual pantomime

7. Spiritual

This area concerns itself with church and charitable matters. The spiritual area centers on what I can personally contribute to the good of humanity and society. It revolves around the improvement of the world in general. With wholehearted purpose, I can make a positive difference in people’s lives.

 Attend church every week during this year

 Tithe ten percent of my total income to charity

 Organize a sponsored litter clean-up in my neighborhood

 Establish a worldwide charitable foundation for abused women

8. Family

The area of family, simply stated, as it relates to me, encompasses all of the circumstances, events, happenings and relationships within my immediate family, extended family and all my relatives, now and in the future.

 Treat my wife to a second honeymoon in Japan

 Send my three children to study at university in Europe

 Develop special relationships with all close family members

 Spend every Sunday this year playing sports with my children

9. Material

All the possessions I could possibly imagine owning are included within this area. Material comprises all assets and belongings, not including monetary wealth. The likes of cars, houses, boats, jewelry, furniture, electronics, clothes and sporting equipment all count here.

 Own a deluxe 40-foot catamaran and name it ‘Top Cat’

 Purchase a one-carat diamond bracelet for my lovely wife

 Live in a seven-bedroom luxury villa overlooking the ocean

 Give an ocean-cruise to my parents for their anniversary gift

10. Adventure

This area encompasses all of the exciting activities and daring undertakings I have ever dared dream for my life. Most fun objectives and unusual pursuits are included within this area of adventure. Travel and vacations, especially, are included here.

 Learn to scuba dive in the Red Sea

 Hike in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal

 Go white water rapid rafting through the Grand Canyon

 Travel to Europe this summer and ride on the Orient Express

Wellness Wednesday: Acupuncture

RAPID CITY, S.D. –

For this Wellness Wednesday segment, NewsCenter1’s Monica Davis learns about acupuncture, its benefits, and misconceptions about the treatment.

Acupuncture dates to ancient China when it was the only form of medicine and was used to treat everything. But they used fish bones instead of single-use needles. Nic Krueger, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist at Thrive Acupuncture, says describes acupuncture as a placement of needles throughout the body to solve an underlying condition.

“I haven’t come across a lot of things it can’t treat,” Krueger says. “But what we know is, what it treats most effectively are things like headaches, back pain, anxiety. Infertility is a big one right now. They have this great top 10 list of what people get acupuncture for and those are sort of heading the list. Up and coming, they’re using it a lot more for digestive issues.”

Kruger says there are a few misconceptions associated with acupuncture – the main one being that the needles hurt.

“You usually feel them when the needle is going in. Then as you’re laying there with your acupuncture needles, you don’t tend to feel them anymore. I think the other big misconception is that there’s been some commercials lately where people are completely coated in needles. It’s not that many. You know, it’s like 12 to 18 needles.”

South Dakota is one of three states where you can practice acupuncture without a license, which can be dangerous – so it’s important to do your research.

“You should look for someone who is actually nationally recognized and licensed. You can look and see where they went to school and see if it’s a graduate school or if it was a weekend training.” 

Acupuncture is something to consider for treatment, especially for a non-muscular issue. But Kruger says it can also be a good addition for muscular pains.

“We actually work alongside western medicine all the time. So go get your physical therapy and come here too, and your results are going to be much better than either one of them alone.” 

Krueger and her husband own Thrive Acupuncture on Mount Rushmore Road, and both have a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Q&A with Jennifer Like: County wellness program marks 10th year of no-cost weight loss

OKLAHOMA CITY – County wellness program marks 10th year of no-cost weight loss

Q: How many Oklahoma County residents are overweight, and how is the county’s Total Wellness program helping?

A: The most recent data shows that 30 percent of Oklahoma County residents are obese and around 60 percent are overweight or obese. This is a concern because people who are overweight or obese are more likely to have chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. The 2017 Wellness Score shows a 5.1 percent decrease in Cardiovascular Disease Mortality compared to the 2014 Wellness Score. The Oklahoma City-County Health Department is working to reduce the risk of these chronic diseases through programs like Total Wellness.

Q: Registered dietitians are available throughout the program. What are their qualifications?

A: Registered dietitians are considered food and nutrition experts. They have earned a degree in nutrition, completed an intensive supervised practice program and passed a national examination. These dietitians are available to meet with class participants during the program and help meet their individual needs.

Q: How do the Total Wellness classes work?

A: The Total Wellness classes are free and meet for one hour a week for eight weeks. Each week covers a different topic related to nutrition, physical activity or behavior change. Most people know they should eat healthier and exercise more; this class helps walk participants through how to actually make those changes in their lives.

Q: Are there some examples of success?

A: Graduates leave the program having changed their lives in some way. Some of our greatest success stories are when people continue to come back and take the program for several sessions. Quite a few people have lost more than 50 pounds over a year with us. Coming to class each week holds them accountable to keep making healthy changes.

Q: How many residents have participated in classes and how many pounds have been lost in the past decade?

A: The Total Wellness program originally began in 2007 as a Diabetes Prevention and Outreach Program. We have made many changes over the years, but continue to see great success. Since 2007 we have had more than 7,000 people come through our program and lose more than 24,000 pounds.

Q: How can interested persons enroll in Total Wellness classes?

A: Total Wellness classes are offered four times a year with day and evening classes across greater Oklahoma City. Reservations are required and spaces are limited. For information about class times, locations and to get signed up, call 405-425-4422, email [email protected] or visit occhd.org/lose.

PAULA BURKES, BUSINESS WRITER

Decision Making In The Endless Struggle To Be Healthy – A Case Of A Nagging & Frustrating Toothache

Everybody falls sick at one moment in a lifetime. By virtue of living in the tropics, we stand high chances of getting sick. Being sick can be so depressing that some people would even think of committing suicide, and annoying so much that others would want to see others sick too. Sometimes so othersome that a sense of comfort is only during some moments of the day, especially whenever friends come around.

At night it can be hell. Take a case of a toothache, acute malaria or influenza. One could for instance imagine that if malaria is that a terrible feeling, what would it feel for one with AIDS condition?

This does not mean to demean those with HIV / AIDS. It is just for the purposes of us all lamenting our experiences with some notorious illnesses. Although management is possible, AIDS pain can be so annihilating for a life time. They are challenges we all need to overcome and only reminds us of a duty to listen to our bodies, understand them and take appropriate actions towards normalcy. For those who still enjoy divine grace -without terrible infections, it becomes primary obligations for them to toil away from them. It would mean using one's highest intelligence and determination to stay safe.

The gravest times could be when besieged by a terrible infection while poor-unable to transport oneself to a health center or eat food of one's choice as sometimes sickness may dictate. Remember some people might not want to be bothered with having to give a hand, which adds an insult to an injury.

As part of one's responsibility, it would be important taking records of occurrences or attacks of infections, the immediate interventions, how interventions worked and possible improvements in such interventions. It is also important to write oneself a report indicative among other things lessons learnt, action plan behavioral or lifestyle changes. Resilience happens to be key during the tormenting times of an illness-while confident that with the little steps towards recovery or improvement are done, sanity would wish.

It could entail finding and being involved in numerous distractions -off the mental focus on pain, seeking medical care, and assuming the position of masterly over one's illness. Part of the lifestyle changes too must be having good dietary choices, stress management and being vigilant at preventing new infections to one's body.

For continued self-mastery and hardening of the self it would be interesting and fun to do. Advocacy, reading related or helping literature, attending supportive training, remaining positive about the future, ensuring calm and patience-especially during the worst moments of the illness can be so rewarding.

Interventions too expire with time. This, then, makes it important for one to find more information or updates about treatment illness suffered through consultations and reading a lot of extended literature the subject of interest.

It is also better to set one's standard scale of healthy living. When suffering from an infection, it should not be that fatality on one person could be the same as for another. Most important to note is that the state of the mind or psychological resilience amidst support received externally as medical, counseling, friendship and other rewards from a healthy social relationships.

It should not be that if someone has died of a similar illness or underwant the usual deforming surgeries, in the same way others with similar trouble will. Instead, one could assume a position felt as being above that and understand the fact that little choices and actions will determine nature of consequences.

Family members and friends could come with their own feeling about what to do or advice to take against the illness -much of which can be contradictory, pressurizing and misleading at the same time.

It is very important to think through all advices given and analyze them as they get tested against reality, personal safety and general wellness. It is important however to appreciate them of their kind information, politely. And upon analyzing information given, points could have ranked and important decisions for health improvement taken.

At times employers and at-work team-members may not empathize with one in his or her debilitating illness. They may see it as cheating, laziness or excuses to have personal holidays.

It is pertinent that one humbly and politely explains clearly his or her health condition for necessary advice or help from his or her work-mates or bosses. In the same breath ask for permission to seek medical attention or to get back home till recovery. This is so because sometimes field station can be so hostile that recovery is made slow or not at all.

In the 1990's there was a case in Busoga College Mwiri (Jinja, Uganda) -where a child suspected to be home-sick, lazy was held long in school as his malaria fever worsened. The boy died in spite of his father back home being a medical assistant, who ably could manage drugs at home and have him recover. So this is how far social pressure could drive someone to.

Being knowledgeable about available health systems and part of it or being its beneficiary is very important for well-being-sustainability. While in touch with available health-system, personal discipline in line with responsibilities towards proper health behaviors must be observed.

During one's social roles as advocacy person, information acquired must be proof-read before extradition. It would be one way of building a reputable self-image central to promoting one's ministry or work.

One of the objectives of this advocacy would be to break social resistance, reduce social discrimination, shape society to be hospitable and acceptable to marginalized groups or people infected and affected by certain illnesses. More so, the long-term ones. Social support system that include family members, friends, community health practitioners local leadership should be solicited for and tasked to help out when needed.

As a big sign that one loved himself or had positive regard for himself or herself, bought to find opportunities to train and acquire more skills in drug administration and best ways to help others in the same bracket – those with long term illnesses and the marginalized on The basis of their appearance or defect.

There is an instance of a man who experienced a terrible toothache for over two years. He was motivated to step up action planning to deal with it. He could no longer bare toothache, gum-blisters and bleeding, cost on work, and diminished social interactions.

After spending several thousand of Uganda shillings from his small savings, he realized how impoverishing a toothache could be. He, for example, could not feed well, fail to pay rent on time and forced to withdraw from social interactions.

Firstly of what he did was to revise the history of the toothache and realized he had been a fan of sweets, his brushing frequency was low -and even when he brushed he missed out on the cruel parts of his mouth. He wrote his findings down and began taking immediate action.

In fact in one of the actions taken which was to see intern dental students for advice. According to them, the only option, was to remove four molar teeth -including those that were not aching at all. This, too, was supported by their supervisor-with intimidating statements that the patient was keeping a time-bomb (of a worse toothache), which will in near future necessitate similar recommendation as theirs -regardless of where the patient visited for help. What an ambition decision by them!

Indeed, some of the medical decisions turnout to be full of errors. Upon resorting to bacteria and pain losses in a new relationship with drug-shops alongside effective brushing, the patient recovered until today.

Upon doing so, he began to regain his positive-self along side a feeling of a hard-gained relief. Several actions led to a lot more innovations like learning an old tooth brush adopted after losing a new one that could lead to re-infection that was much worse on him than the previous one.

And that instead of following the manufacturers use of a tooth brush: said to be a period of only up to three months, he chose a week of usage to keep away several bacteria accumulating on the tooth brush, and because a period of stipulated three months Only applied to normal teeth or gum.

For those who live several miles from the health facility or in areas where money comes in by accident, it is pretty intelligent to buy oneself a first aid box in which drugs are stocked and re-stocked. With it in place, the care-taker should ensure that at all times, he or she possesses drugs to treat even the most common ailments.

Cleveland to celebrate Global Wellness Day this Saturday

CLEVELAND, Ohio – To celebrate Global Wellness Day, the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland will host a number of wellness activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday.

Global Wellness Day, now in its sixth year, focuses on health and well-being of individuals, families, communities and the planet.

“The principles of Global Wellness Day benefit every individual through the themes of healthy nutrition, exercise, doing good deeds, caring for our planet, each other and our families,” Gloria Treister, U.S. Global Wellness Day ambassador, said in a press release. “This worldwide day is intended to build social awareness, led by people dreaming of a better, more positive life for everyone.”

The event will kick off with a welcome massage at 10 a.m. and end with one-hour walks to Cleveland landmarks. Activities will include free yoga, tai chi, meditation, healthy living food demonstrations, interactive wellness activities, small-business sessions hosted by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alumni, wellness ideas activities, education booths, free screenings and a scavenger hunt. Food trucks will be on site starting at 11 a.m.

The Cleveland Global Wellness Day is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested.

The Cleveland event is one of more than 4,000 such events being held in 100 countries to celebrate Global Wellness Day.

If you go

What: Global Wellness Day

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 10

Where: Global Center for Health Innovation, 1 St. Clair Ave. NE, Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Cost: Free, but pre-registration is requested, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/global-wellness-day-northeast-ohio-free-tickets-5035114162?aff=es2 

Enhancing Intelligence With Kids Yoga Stories

In the last decade, studies have been conducted that look into the benefits of Yoga; and several have concluded that with regard to children, consistent Yoga practice is linked to improved academic performance, decreased misbehavior, greater physical fitness, and better overall health.

Use in Schools

Some schools, public and private, across the United States, have incorporated kids’ Yoga into their curriculum, and still others receive subsidies for offering Yoga classes as part of their physical education programs. The results are clear; Yoga definitely helps young people focus, feel better about themselves, and behave more appropriately in an academic setting.

Enhancing Intelligence

It must also be noted that Yoga can help enhance children’s intelligence. Due to the fact that inversion poses improve blood flow to the brain and change the way a practitioner sees the world while practicing, they stretch and stimulate the mind. Yoga poses also feature relaxation techniques that can halt the onset of anxiety, which is a problem experienced by more and more young people and which can block certain brain cells from functioning. As a result of decreased stress levels and increase circulation, children can be more receptive to learning situations. Young minds are so flexible and resilient, increased learning receptivity will naturally broaden the ability to think outside the box.

Storytelling and Kids’ Yoga

To enhance intelligence with Yoga, storytelling is a useful tool that provides a young mind with external stimuli to focus on, while the physical Yoga poses help the child work out excess energy, stress, or other negative emotions. Stories can be told from books, from story boards, or even from memory, as the instructor uses the stories to pace a Yoga asana series and to emphasize certain poses.

In schools, smart teachers can use kids Yoga story time to reinforce their lessons, especially given the enhanced receptivity children have toward learning when they are relaxed. Parents, too, in a family Yoga session, can utilize stories that impart wisdom or moral lessons, to encourage children to grow into kind and wise adults.

Keeping kids Yoga stories creative and fun can also enhance intelligence. One way to do this is to give the class a role in creating the story, by contributing one line at a time, or by giving children responsibility to come up with unique poses to fit the Yoga story’s contents. Allowing young people to author their own Yoga practice can be rewarding for them physically, as well as mentally.

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Wellness Coaches unveils new mobile technology suite

Onsite wellness coaching firm Wellness Coaches is set to unveil a suite of health and wellness applications that merges mobile technology with inspiration and motivational content with data analytics for companies that do not have access to live, in-person wellness coaches. The new solution will not only work with the coaches and the employees who sign up for the service from the employer’s benefit plans, but it also connects benefit providers and clients with their personal wellness coaches.

The suite, called Wellness Coaches, is being tested by a sample of employers and benefit providers and should be officially rolled out in late Q3 or very early Q4 of this year. It is aimed at small- to large-group companies and adds remote access features for employees who work outside the main office.


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“We were averaging 80% engagement in work environments with live wellness coaches. We cracked that code, but we realized that something was missing to extend to the reach people who wouldn’t be necessarily available [to a live, in-person wellness coach] on a regular basis,” says Gene McGuire, managing partner, Wellness Coaches. “So, we found great partners that are going to allow us to extend our reach.”

The new Wellness Coaches suite has four elements: a web portal, motivational content, a tool for syncing data from wearable devices, and a health data analytic tool that shows trends in medical care usage among employees.

The web portal technology comes from a partnership with Twine Health, the provider of the remote access coaching portal. This portal will allow employees and their spouses and dependents to interact with wellness coaches by video conferencing on desktop computers, tablets and smartphones. This portion of the Wellness Coaches suite will also allow benefit brokers to interact clients to discuss, for example, scheduling in-person coaches or virtual sessions for remote employees.

“It extends the reach to workers who are not onsite, and extends that reach to dependents and spouses,” says McGuire.

Wellness Coaches will “white label” the Twine Health portal with its own logo. “Our goal is to create something that will be seamless to the broker partners, and then for the client,” says McGuire.

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Corporate wellness provider CoreHealth provides the technology to sync the data from employees’ wearable devices, such as Fitbits and Apple iWatches. CoreHealth partner Inspired Perspectives of Jacksonville, Fla., will provide content such as blogs and newsletters to inspire employees through via the portal. They will also deliver what McGuire calls “incentive tracking” to create challenges among the remote employees as well as the workers inside the main hubs of the employer’s organization.

Inspired Perspectives works with Wellness Coaches’ social media partners “to bring more content to the equation,” he says.

Target interventions
Health data analytics will be provided by employer-facing analytics Springbuk, and it is designed to shine a light on gaps in an employee’s self care. McGuire says the Springbuk portion of the suite will be populated with medical-use data from the employees and will conduct predictive modelling that allows Wellness Coaches to understand where future costs are originating. Possible data points include an employee’s weight, frequency of doctor visits and any diagnosis for co-morbidities like heart attack and diabetes.

“We can now identify them upfront and create group activities and promotional efforts for future and chronic conditions. It can help people in need of TLC now, like are people doing what they should, are they using prescriptions as they should?” he says.

The information will be sent to coaches who can then “develop more targeted interventions, programming and strategies to help contain costs,” according to the company.

Stuart Migdon, director of employee benefits with benefit brokerage Business & Governmental Insurance Agency, is most excited about the data analytics portion of Wellness Coaches and has already recommended it to clients.

“We are going to be one of the first brokers to offer this to our clients. It’s a no-brainer from my perspective,” says Migdon. He adds that the data analytics lifts the curtain on the ROI of these services. “For the first time we can look under the hood and see those employees who are coached and those who are not coached.”

He adds, “Not only can we see empirical claims data, we can see what percentage of those employees coached are getting their physical exams every year, and how many are involved in the care coordination. It opens so much more in seeing the value of wellness coaches from a pure and real ROI perspective.”

The Healthy 10: WNY’s top wellness events for this week

The next Buffalo Slow Roll, a mid-week meditation class and a free dinner program on knee pain treatment options are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here.

MONDAY

“Walk This Way”: Catholic Health dinner program on treating knee pain, 5:30 p.m., GrapeVine Banquet Hall, 333 Dick Road, Depew. For more info and to register, click here. Free. Catholic Health invites area residents to attend up to three free dinner programs per calendar year. After that, admission for each program is $20 and includes dinner.

Slow Roll: Slow Roll Buffalo. Meet at 5:30 p.m., roll at 6:30 p.m., African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave. Roughly 10-mile guided ride for all ages and abilities. Free. To register for your first ride or more info, visit slowrollbuffalo.org.

TUESDAY

WheelWorks outing: 6 p.m., Campus WheelWorks, 744 Elmwood Ave. Five categories range from fast-paced, 30-mile course to a shorter “ice cream ride.” Bike helmet mandatory. For information on this and other excursions, visit campuswheelworks.com.

WEDNESDAY

Meditation and relaxation: 11 a.m., Karuna Yoga Buffalo, 5225 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Learn and practice traditional meditation to cultivate joy, happiness, relaxation, concentration and skill in everyday living. For more info, visit karunayogabuffalo.com.

THURSDAY

Dementia caregiving training: Offered by the WNY Alzheimer’s Association, 9 a.m., Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 345 Main St., Aurora. The church respite care program seeks compassionate volunteers to assist those with dementia. Those wishing to attend training should call 652-0500.

NAMI family education meeting: 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Snyder. Guest presenter Kelly Gotham, a Mental Health Court attorney, will give a talk entitled, “How to Navigate the Court System When Your Loved One is Arrested.” For more info, call the NAMI office at 226-6264.

SATURDAY

Williamsville Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in its original location at the Old Mill, Spring Street, Williamsville.

“Buprenorphine Waiver training – Prenatal Care, Pregnancy and Addiction Focus”: The Western New York Public Health Alliance will host a free class at Catholic Health, 144 Genesee St., for physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, which includes Continuing Medical Education credits. The class will focus on managing prenatal care and special issues associated with pregnant women who have opiate use disorder. For more information, email [email protected] or call 858-4941. To register, visit ecdoh-jun10.eventbrite.com.

Taoist tai chi: Free open house 10 a.m., Taoist Tai Chi Society of USA, 968 Kenmore Ave. Demonstrations, talk to instructors, learn about beginner class time. For info, visit buffalo.taoist.org, email [email protected] or call 876-7218.

We Can: 1 p.m., The Genesis Center, 2161 Seneca St. Peer-run support group for teens struggling with mental health disorders and drug and alcohol addiction. For more info, visit thegenesiscenter.us.

Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura – Could Sugar Be a Contributing Factor to Your ITP Disorder?

Could what you eat trigger your ITP disorder? There is a strong possibility, especially when it comes to Sugar.

If  you have just found out you have Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura or have already run the gamut of conventional medical treatments, and have already exhausted some of the options of traditional ITP treatment, only to find that every time you lessen or cease the doses, that your blood platelet levels  start to tumble again,  have you considered the possibility that maybe sugar could be contributing to this blood disorder, or any other auto immune disorder for that matter.

If  you are actively seeking more knowledge about your ITP blood disorder and what might be causing it. Lets have a look at these three forms of sugar substances that can be seriously affecting your health.

Sugar in General – One of the most insidious food culprits known to mankind, and one of everybody’s favorites. Everything just has to be so sweet! Unfortunately, we as a society consume way too much refined sugar. Did you know that the average American consumes a whopping 180 pounds of sugar each year . That’s approximately 1/2 pound per day. When you think about it this, it’s down right scary. And did you realize that many in and outside the medical profession recognize that sugars, high fructose corn syrup products, and refined carbohydrates are considered to be one of the major contributing factors  to most of our modern day health issues from obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and a whole range of auto immune disorders such as Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. Too much sugar in refined and unnatural forms acts as an irritant to our body, causing chronic inflammation and compromises our immune system.

Soft Drinks – Don’t get me going on these useless beverages. It is now being acknowledged throughout the medical and scientific community that we seriously harming our immune system by drinking cola drinks. Not only do the chemical food additives such as artificial flavoring, coloring and preservatives present a problem, but because of the extremely high sugar content coupled with the fact that the sugar used is not just common sugar, but High Fructose Corn Syrup, a single can of soda has been acknowledged to disrupt the immune system by up to 50% for up to 8 hours. How many soft drinks did you drink this week? What about your kids? What if you are one of those people who drink multiple sodas each and every day? This is not good. My advice to you is … Do not drink soft drinks at all especially if you have a compromised immune system and are fighting an auto immune disease such as ITP. And especially if your ultimate goal is to be well! 

High Fructose Corn Syrup – Sounds so innocent, doesn’t it? You thought I made common sugar out to be a monster, well the mother of all food monsters is High Fructose Corn Syrup, otherwise known as HFCS. This sneaky little demon is everywhere and just happens to be one of the most commonly used food additives. Isn’t it only just sugar made from corn, you ask? No, No and Absolutely not! HFCS is a man made sugar derived from the fructose in corn (an offshoot of the corn industry). HFCS is instantly absorbed by the body and goes directly into your cells wreaking havoc with your metabolism.

This sugar substance has only been on the scene for about the last 40 years or so and is suspected to be responsible for our current obesity and daibetes epidemic that is prevalent in society today. But besides these two well known health diseases, it also is responsible  for acute chronic inflammation in the body and can trigger a host of other immune diseases such as ITP disorder. In 1970, the annual consumption of HFCS was approximately 10 ounces per person per year and by the year 2000 was now in over 40% of all sweeteners added to our food and drinks. that is why we are seeing such an increase in modern diseases and immune system disorders.

Controlling  your sugar intake could be a very positive step forward to regaining or preserving your precious health.