Mind Power Issue #95
The #1 Thing You Need for Great Health
(The answer will surprise you)
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Issue #95 – Monday, January 8, 2018
Let me begin this issue of Mind Power by asking you a really important question:
What is the single best, most helpful & effective thing you NEED to get healthy?
I’ve invited my friend, Dr. Mark Hyman, practicing physician and 10x New York Times bestselling author, to reveal this (astonishing) resource.
Best of all, it’s absolutely free, easy to access, abundant, and all around you.
Please read Dr. Hyman’s guest article below, and open the door to great health this year.
Be well.Bill Harris, Founder/CEO
The #1 (Surprising) Tool You Need
to Get Healthy
By Dr. Mark Hyman
My patients and readers tell me that one of the biggest obstacles they face on their path towards better health is this one thing:
Lack of support.
I always say that getting healthy is a team sport, and unfortunately, many of us are lacking the positive encouragement and supportive relationships we need in order to move toward our best selves.
Psychological researcher, George Slavich, of the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies human social genomics…
...says that our genes can actually be turned on or off depending on our social environments.
Studies show that compared to people who are socially connected, those living in isolation are more likely to suffer from viral infections and inflammation.
This means that feeling socially isolated can actually make you sick!
Dr. Slavich also points to evidence, which shows that social stress is a stronger predictor of chronic disease-related mortality than physical inactivity, alcohol use, and smoking.
I think you’re getting the idea that social connectedness matters.
In fact, community is more effective than any medication, even though many still use less-than-optimal and outdated nutritional advice and lifestyle interventions.
Even doctors frustrated with the failure of medication to treat their patients with chronic illness, obesity, and diabetes…
...are starting small groups with 8 to 30 patients and meeting weekly to teach them about nutrition, cooking, shopping, exercise, stress management, and more.
In fact, two Portland doctors came up to me after a lecture I gave and told me about their program for poor undocumented Hispanic women with chronic symptoms, obesity, and diabetes.
For very little money (about $15 per person), they successfully guided these women to health in a program they called Reclamado su Salud (or Reclaim your Health)...
...using a program based on The Blood Sugar Solution (which I have taught at many medical conferences).
Their group of 20 women met weekly for 5 classes, then every 2 weeks for a total of 8 three-hour classes. The weight loss ranged from 5 to 20 pounds, blood pressures dropped an average of 10-20 points…
...and depression and inflammation scores dropped significantly.
In 2013, I wrote The Daniel Plan with Pastor Rick Warren and Dr. Daniel Amen based off a group program we created at the Saddleback Church, which included thousands of people.
We literally built this program from the ground up. Our goal was to challenge people over six weeks through the principles of Functional Medicine and social connection.
Beyond just food, we brought in foundations like meditation and exercise to help people transform their lives. We also used the power of social networks to hold people accountable and help them to reach their goals.
The results were equally astounding.
Warren’s congregations lost a quarter of a million pounds (collectively) in 10 months. In the bargain, they also improved things like depression, acne, autoimmune disease, and migraines.
The congregation put a farm and garden on the church campus. They developed exercise courses. They really committed to transforming their health.
Suddenly, the culture changed. It became cool to be healthy rather than joining in on the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts.
I encourage you to form groups like these because they can make a huge difference. These examples represent just the beginning of what is possible when we work together.
We are social beings and thrive with connection.
Considering that you literally become like the people you surround yourself with, your social circle influences you to some degree.
Here are my tips for building community:
Start an Accountability Group Whether you meet up with these folks (friends and family) for tea or coffee once a week or hop on a group call, an accountability group is a great way to talk about your goals and challenges.
Join an Exercise ClassI’ve met some amazing friends at yoga and other fitness groups. Zumba, yoga, cycling, etc. Classes are a great way to meet friends who share common goals.
Find an Online CommunityIn this digital age, we can meet people from all over the world. I run a Facebook 10-Day Detox group, and I can’t tell you how many of these members have become close friends.
Start Your Own Meet-upServices like meetup.com offer a way to create community. Whether it be a book club, cooking group, or a fitness group, meetup.com has something for everyone.
Community has been an integral part of my own journey toward better health. I have seen the power of community transform the lives of countless people.
I hope you’ll put the power of community to work for you.
About Dr. Mark Hyman
Dr. Hyman believes that we all deserve a life of vitality—and that we have the potential to create it for ourselves.
That’s why he is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of Functional Medicine to transform healthcare.Dr. Hyman is the Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, the Founder of The UltraWellness Center, and a ten-time #1 New York Times bestselling author
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