“Good Health is the Cornerstone of Life and a Source of Vitality and Joy!” – Anonymous
“The Best Prescription is Knowledge!” – Dr. C. Everett Koop, former Surgeon General of the United States
These two quotes best sum up my two objectives for this interactive blog.
First, to help you achieve “Good Health” for it is one of the cornerstones to having a life filled with vitality and joy. Central to this process is taking care of your heart and cardiovascular system. For my Aging No More website I have written over 100 articles and the one reoccurring theme is:
If you properly take care of your heart and the endothelial cells that line your cardiovascular system, then you will also positively affect most of the other organs, tissues and cells of your body!
Your heart and the health of your endothelial cells are foundational to good health. This brings me to my second objective which is to provide you with practical, effective and life-changing knowledge so that you can have greater influence over your health.
It saddens me to see people who feel they don’t have any control over the health of their body. They resign themselves to their illnesses and watch their bodies deteriorate over time. I’m here to show you that this doesn’t have to be what your life looks like.
YOU HAVE A CHOICE!
In fact, your choices have more to do with your health than any other factor in your life. Jon’s story is a great example of this but before I share Jon’s story let me briefly tell you about myself.
My name is Dan Hammer and my educational background is biology, chemistry and exercise physiology. My BS in Education degree is from Northern Illinois University where I graduated with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry and physical education. I also did my Masters Degree work at NIU in the area of exercise physiology. To be completely transparent I never finished my Masters Thesis because I went to work.
First, I worked with Dr. Lavon Johnson to help design the testing protocols for Fitness Monitoring. This firm would do 12-lead EKG stress testing, comprehensive physical testing, and develop individualized lifestyle and exercise prescriptions for executives. I trained the staff, did most of the stress testing, and most of the follow up patient counseling.
In October of 1980, I and two other partners took over the DuPage Racquet and Health Club. This was a 72,000 square foot facility that included 7 indoor tennis courts, 15 racquetball courts, indoor track, large health center, two aerobic studios and multiple amenities. Over the next couple of years we built it into one of the largest health club operations in the western suburbs of Chicago. I left the health club business in the mid 90’s but have continued to help people with their wellness issues.
I’m also a cancer survivor. In September of 1981 I had a large seminoma removed. It was a form of testicular cancer but because it grew in my abdominal cavity they wrote up my case. Somewhere it’s collecting dust in a medical journal. If you’re interested in my cancer story then click here for more information. I bring this up because in 1981 not much was discussed regarding the importance of nutrition for both prevention and recovery. We’ve learned a lot since 1981. This knowledge can make significant differences in the health of people which brings us back to Jon.
Jon, who participated in Dr. Henry S. Lodge’s study, is a good example of the power of making healthy choices. At age 55 Jon weighed 255 pounds, had knees that hurt, a back that ached, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Jon had a choice to make. He could live a life dependent on prescription medication and resign himself to old age and inactivity. Or, he could begin the process of taking charge of his life by making healthy choices in what he ate and the activities that he engaged in.
Thankfully, Jon chose to make healthy choices! At first it was slow but Jon stuck with it. The result was he lost 50 pounds, the knee and back pain disappeared and his diabetes is no longer a factor.
A New Body Every Three Months!
Finally, let me leave you with one very powerful concept. It comes out of the research from Dr. Henry S. Lodge. According to Dr. Lodge:
“You replace about 1% of your cells every day. That means 1% of your body is brand-new today, and you will get another 1% tomorrow. Think of it as getting a whole, new body every three months. It’s not entirely accurate, but it’s pretty close.”
The question I have for you is will your body be decaying or growing?
You have control over the process. You choose whether those new cells will be nourished properly or poorly. You choose whether you will have healthy and vibrant cells that act young. Or, sickly and sedentary cells that act old.
My goal is to equip you with the tools and knowledge to help you properly nourish your heart and the endothelial cells of your cardiovascular system so that they can work optimally rather than poorly.
Please Join My Mission!
My mission is to save a million lives from heart and cardiovascular disease. You can help me do that by recommending this blog to others and by sharing your successes in taking control of your health. If you have important information to share and/or your own success story, then please contact me. I’ll look forward to hearing from you.
Until next time, working to save a million lives!
Dan Hammer has a background in biology, chemistry and exercise physiology. He used to run one of the largest health club operations in the Chicago area and has been helping people with their wellness issues for more than 25 years. His website http://www.aging-no-more.com provides current information on how to slow down the aging process.