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Happy New Year 2017
New year resolutions or goals on white background fresh fruits dumbbells and tape measure with wooden fork healthy food and lifestyle
According to the data pulled from Google by iQuanti, these are the most popular New Year's resolutions:
  • Get Healthy: 62,776,640 searches, a 13.77 percent increase over last year during the same time period, when it was searched 55,177,290 times.
  • Get Organized: 33,230,420 searches, dipping by 7.41 percent compared to last year's tally of 35,888,700.
  • Live Life to the Fullest: 18,970,210, spiking by 13.04 percent from last year, when it maxed at 16,782,030.
  • Learn New Hobbies: 17,438,670 searches, up 4.72 percent from last year's total searches of 16,652,950.
  • Spend Less/Save More: 15,905,290 searches, up 17.47 percent from 13,539,500 in 2016.
  • Travel: 5,964,130 searches, down by 0.82 percent from 2015's 6,013,550,
  • Read More: 4,746,560 searches, down 5.63 percent from last year's 5,029,790.
Grand Total: 159,031,920, up by 6.67 percent from last year's searches, which numbered 149,083,810.


Well there you have it, getting healthy is the number one New Year's Resolution. The Holidays have wound down and like most Januaries people feel exhausted and depressed and the country has a widespread outbreak of colds and flu.  Peoples' immune systems cannot cope with the demands of winter exacerbated by inappropriate food and alcohol consumption over the holidays.  All this partying is happening when the normal, natural rhythms of life - colder weather, darker evenings, the end of the growing season - indicate this is the right time to turn inward.  Humans are mammals and mammals have a tendency to hibernate during the winter.  We do the opposite.  Instead of going inward, slowing down, and replenishing our energy for springtime, we are burning the candle at both ends.

Below find some tips for bringing life back in balance, staying healthy throughout the winter months and living a therapeutic lifestyle.  When it comes to making lifestyle changes, I have found taking baby steps or implementing one small, new thing at a time is helpful.  These new changes over time just become part of your new lifestyle, they don't feel like a chore.  Instead of taking things away, add in more of the good stuff. That way you won't feel deprived.  This is called "crowding out", a topic I have covered in a previous newsletter but I think it bears repeating.  In essence, it means if you fill your body with healthy nutrient dense foods, it is only natural that cravings for unhealthy foods will lessen substantially.  By eating and drinking foods that are good for you earlier in the day, you will naturally leave less room and desire for unhealthy foods. 

Fill a water bottle or pitcher with clean, filtered water and sip steadily throughout the day.  As the day continues you will have less room or desire for coffee, tea, soft drinks or alcohol.  Not only will water crowd out more unhealthy drinks, you will keep yourself well-hydrated, which is a very important aspect of staying healthy, since we are 70% water. 

Just as drinking water crowds out unhealthy beverages, eating healthy foods can crowd out junk foods.  Vegetables are high in vitamins and minerals.  When you increase your intake of nutritious foods such as dark leafy greens, your body will have less room for processed, sugary, nutrient-deficient foods.  Once you start adding these foods into your diet, your body will naturally begin to crave them.  The trick is to organize your life so that you have access to these healthful foods at all times, especially when you feel like snacking at work or when traveling.

Really it's that simple; it just takes a little practice.
                                                                                 Institute for Integrative Nutrition         
Wishing everyone a New Year filled with positive choices for self-love and self-care. 

PS:  In numerology 2017 is a Universal Year - 1.
When we look at the breakdown of 2017, the numbers 2 + 0 + 1 + 7  firstly add to '10' which we then further breakdown to a single digit of '1'.  We can then look at both of these numbers 10/1 to understand more about the Universal energy of 2017 and how we can make the most of it.
Universal Energy for 2017:   2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 10 = 1
A UNIVERSAL '1' Year represents the start of a fresh new cycle - a new 9 year cycle of creativity, learning, and growth.   A UNIVERSAL '1' Year is a time to plant the seeds of intention for the forthcoming cycle - your deepest heartfelt desires, dreams, and visions for every area of your life - relationships, health, finances, career, lifestyle, spirituality, etc. The intentions & foundations you set in place during 2017 ( preferably early in 2017), mold the field of potentiality and set the tone & flow of energy within your life over the forthcoming 9 years.

                                              For more information see below.
      Achieving a therapeutic lifestyle through the First Line Therapy Program
A therapeutic lifestyle means living your life in a way that improves your health.  It means making choices every day that will enhance your health, enabling you to achieve a full, healthy life.  Isn't that what everybody wants?  Good health, full function, and absence of disease well into old age.  If that's what you want, the First Line Therapy program can help.

A therapeutic lifestyle is possible for everyone, but to achieve it you need to know which choices are good for you and which ones are not. There is a lot of misinformation about what is healthy and what is unhealthy, and even the advice from professionals often seems to change from day to day. The First Line Therapy program will provide you with knowledge you need to make healthy lifestyle choices each day going forward. 

Helping patients adopt a therapeutic lifestyle is the first and possibly the most important therapy doctors can use to treat many chronic health problems. Consider a few facts:
  • 91% of type 2 diabetes cases could be prevented by the adoption of healthy habits and lifestyle choices.
  • The National Institute of Health recommends lifestyle changes as the most important and cost-effective way to lower cholesterol.
  • Lifestyle changes are now recommended as the "first line therapy" for the major chronic diseases in our society: Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, Cancer, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, and Alzheimer's
  • Lifestyle choices are also the key to many symptoms that are not classified as diseases: fatigue, stress related symptoms, hormone imbalance and many others.
Yes, many of these health problems can be prevented or even treated by adopting a healthy lifestyle. But the First Line Therapy program is not just about preventing disease, it's also about living life to the fullest. It's about feeling good everyday, waking up and wanting to get going in the morning, having the energy to do the things you want to do, all day long such as living without pain, performing at your best and aging gracefully and healthfully. It is designed to help you achieve better health now, and maintain good health for a lifetime.  

The Impact of Nutrition and Lifestyle
A therapeutic lifestyle is based on the premise that many of the chronic conditions associated with aging - hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, as well as several forms of cancer - are not inevitable outcomes of the aging process. Instead, these diseases are largely preventable simply by making sound lifestyle choices. Things that many people view as signs of aging such as low energy, poor memory, low libido, chronic pain, and weight gain are not signs of aging at all. They're signs of illness.  

The science-based concept that led to development of the First Line Therapy program is this: adopting habits of living that are healthy can delay the onset of illness in old age and increase the years of good health. That is, rather than having many years of declining health and loss of function, good health and high function levels are maintained well into old age and the years of infirmity and declining function are compressed into the final years of life.    

Body Composition is Related to Health and Aging
One of the most powerful lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk to common chronic diseases of aging is related to improving your body composition.  

What do we mean by body composition? Generally speaking, body composition can be divided into two parts: body fat and lean body mass. Body fat is pretty simple to understand - it's just fat. Lean body mass includes everything in your body except fat (i.e. muscle, bones, organs, other tissues, fluids, etc.). While a certain amount of body fat is necessary for normal functioning, excess fat in relation to lean body mass - a condition known as altered body composition - can greatly increase your health risks. Altered body composition most often refers to increased fat deposition and/or muscle loss.   

Muscle is the body's biologically active tissue and needs a far greater amount of caloric fuel to maintain itself compared to body fat. Therefore, a high ratio of muscle to fat increases your metabolism, meaning you burn more calories each day. Furthermore, muscle contains proteins, which are necessary for the vitality of your whole body - loss of protein stores (muscle) means loss of function. In illness, muscle is the major source of protein for functions such as antibody production, wound healing, and white blood cell production. If the body's protein reserves are already depleted by muscle loss, there is less for the body to draw on in the case of illness. That is why muscle mass and strength are considered the top two indicators of healthy aging and why building muscle is the key to rejuvenation.  

Perhaps the most powerful tool in controlling the  aging process and restoring vitality is to improve your muscle-to-fat ratio by adding more muscle to your body.  
You May Be Over-Fat Even If You're Not Overweight
According to the NIH, 65% of Americans are overweight - the highest number in history. But even if you're not overweight, you may have too little muscle and too much fat, a condition called "sarcopenic obesity." Sarcopenia is the medical term that describes the age-related loss of muscle mass and function. Sarcopenia, or sarcopenic obesity, is related to increased risk of chronic disease and accelerated aging. On the other hand, a proper muscle-to-fat ratio has been associated with longevity and reduced risk of chronic disease. But you can't measure body composition by stepping on a scale.  
How Do You Measure Body Composition?
Determination of body composition is becoming an integral part of health and nutritional assessment. Several methods are available that accurately estimate body composition:

Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA):  BIA is a simple, rapid, and accurate method of assessing body composition that uses electrical signals at different frequencies, which are impeded variably by body, water or fat, and fat-free mass.
Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA): DEXA uses low-energy X-Ray science to measure muscle-to-fat ratio.  Because this approach calculates fat mass and two components of fat-free mass (bone mineral and lean tissue), DEXA is an accurate measure of body composition.
Waist & Hip Circumference/Waist to Hip Ratio
Although it is true that people who are overweight or obese have increased risk to serious illness, research has shown that measuring your waist and/or hips is an even better way to assess your risk. As your waist increases in size, your risk also increases. A waist circumference of more than 40 inches in men, or more than 35 inches in women, is a sign of significantly increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Many people may be at risk when their waist circumference is even marginally increased.  

Divide your waist measurement by your hip measurement to get your waist-to-hip ratio. Waist-to-hip ratio is a better predictor of risk to serious disease than either waist circumference or hip circumference on their own. 
                                                                       Men             Women
Waist circumference  >40 inches  > 35 inches  
 Waist-to-Hip  > or = 1.0   > or = 0.8 
What causes Sarcopenia (Muscle Loss)?
The first and most obvious cause is lack of exercise. To maintain muscle, you have to exercise. But that's not the whole story. Researchers are discovering that insulin resistance and immune factors produced in response to the food we eat are important causes of sarcopenia.
The Concept of Insulin Resistance
Insulin is a hormone produced by your pancreas that transports glucose (blood sugar) from the bloodstream into your cells where it is used to make energy. However, in many people the cells become resistant to the action of insulin - a condition called insulin resistance. To compensate, the pancreas goes into overdrive and secretes even more insulin in an attempt to counteract the resistance, creating the condition of hyperinsulinemia.
Insulin resistance can lead to reduced energy production throughout the body, reduced ability to burn calories, increased blood sugar levels, and muscle loss or sarcopenia. All of these factors increase the risk of chronic disease and accelerated aging.  
                         Risk factors for Diseases of Aging 

High Blood Pressure
Increased Body Fat

Abnormal Cholesterol Metabolism
Increased waist-to-hip ratio

High Triglyceride Levels
Decreased muscle Mass

High insulin levels
Decreased Strength

Insulin Resistance Syndrome/Metabolic Syndrome
Insulin resistance is associated with a condition called "metabolic syndrome," which is characterized by a variety of additional manifestations including high triglyceride or fasting blood sugar levels, increased waist circumference, low HDL (good) cholesterol, and high blood pressure. People with metabolic syndrome have an increased risk to type 2 diabetes and heart disease and may go on to develop other chronic diseases such as stroke, polycystic ovary syndrome, or Alzheimer's disease.
                                                    The Insulin Story

Normal Person
:  The rise in blood glucose after a meal stimulates the pancreas to secrete insulin.  Insulin attaches to the insulin receptors on the cell surface and enables glucose to enter muscle and fat cells, where it is stored or burned for energy.

Insulin Resistance:  The pancreas secretes sufficient insulin, but the cell is resistant to insulin's action.  To compensate, the pancreas may secrete more and more insulin.  The excess insulin manages to keep blood sugar levels within the normal range - though often at the upper end of that range - and the patient is not considered diabetic.  Those with insulin resistance often experience high levels of both blood sugar and insulin at the same time.  They may also develop high triglyceride levels, low HDL ("good") cholesterol, high blood pressure, and/or other signs of metabolic syndrome, such as an increased waist circumference.  These individuals have a high risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other disorders. 

Type 2 Diabetes:  Fasting blood sugar is elevated for extended periods of time.  
In type 2 diabetes there are two main reasons for this problem: 1.) The pancreas secretes insulin appropriately, but the insulin is not adequate to lower blood sugar because the body is resistant to it, or 2.) The pancreas may no longer be able to secrete the proper amounts of insulin leading to elevated blood sugar.   
Fundamentals of the Program   

The First Line Therapy program outlined will put you on the path to optimal health and ideal body composition through a combination of balanced eating, regular exercise, reduction of stress, and using the correct supplements. The end result is a program that not only helps control aging, but also helps to prevent chronic disease and prolong vitality.  

As you follow the guidelines of the First Line Therapy program, you will realize how wonderful it is to be able to control your aging and prolong your vitality. You will benefit in many ways: more energy, better sleep, less body fat, more strength, healthier skin and hair, fewer aches and pains, and renewed vigor and vitality.  

                           Fundamentals of the First Line Therapy Program
  1. Knowledge - A healthy lifestyle starts with the knowledge to make informed decisions that impact your health everyday.
  2. Balanced Eating - Balanced eating habits have a direct influence on excess insulin production, body composition, and disease prevention.
  3. Regular Activity/Exercise - A regular program of aerobic, strength training, and flexibility exercises has been shown to reverse insulin resistance, increase vitality, and reduce the risk of disease.
  4. Appropriate Nutritional Supplementation - Incorporating a foundational nutrition program with targeted nutrients that help to prevent and/or treat specific conditions is an essential part of a therapeutic lifestyle program.
  5. Stress Management - For optimum health, regular stress management programs help keep insulin and other hormone levels balanced, improving vitality.
  6. Sleep - Sleep is crucial for the proper functioning of the mind and body. Quality and depth of sleep is of primary importance. Although the amount of sleep individuals need varies, most people should get from 7 to 8.5 hours per night.
Let's Get Started

Imagine waking up in the morning feeling great! You bounce out of bed with the kind of energy that will take you from morning to evening. You have the confidence to finally get to all of those things you have been putting off. You are gaining control of your health and control of your life.  

That is what the First Line Therapy program is all about. It doesn't matter if you are old or young, man or woman, in great shape, or have never exercised before - this program can help you increase your energy, improve your shape, reduce your health risks, and maximize your overall well-being. So let's get started! 

The First Line Therapy program was created by Metagenics, a high grade nutraceutical company.  The information contained in this newsletter comes directly from the First Line Therapy Program Booklet.  I am proud to be a Certified First Line Therapist and our office has been designated as a Metagenics Center for Excellence.

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In Numerology 2016 is a 9 Year, a year of completion & 2017 is a One Universal Year, a year of new beginnings filled with pure potential.

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This site provides some amazing insights and gives tips on how to make the 
most of 2017. Below is just a little teaser. I encourage you to go to the website and read the whole page.
2016 resonated to a Universal '9' Year in numerology (2+0+1+6=9), the number of completion & endings.   During a Universal '9' Year, we are called to reflect on our lessons/learnings over the past 9 years, integrate/embrace the wisdoms gained and then use these insights to prepare for a brand new cycle - a new cycle of 9 Years -
 from 2017 to 2025. 
In 2016, if you don't put to bed and move beyond your old patterns, conditionings and self-sabotaging behavior...or if you choose to hold yourself as a victim of your past, then you may be in for quite a bumpy ride over the forthcoming cycle of 9 years.
We're Baaaaack..... . ! !!
I am happy to announce that our webinar series is back up and          running.
Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging/Health Through Awareness will host a free holistic health webinar on January 25, 2017, 7-8 PM, presented by
Wendy Beth Rosen, an education consultant specializing in vision-related learning problems, meta-cognition, and environmental education. The webinar will be based upon her groundbreaking book "The Hidden Link Between Vision and Learning - Why Millions of Learning Disabled Children Are Misdiagnosed."
Far beyond 20/20, our extraordinary sense of vision involves more than two dozen lesser-known skills that help us navigate our way through life. When one or more of these skills are not functioning optimally, our capabilities are compromised in ways we are often not aware of. When this occurs in a child, their ability to learn and succeed in school is greatly affected.

Astoundingly, vision-related learning problems affect 1 in 4
school-age children, yet knowledge about these types of vision problems is scant. Consequently, many children are not receiving the correct diagnosis and the help they need in order to succeed in school.

Many symptoms of vision-related learning problems can mimic other conditions. There are, consequently, countless numbers of children who are classified as special education students or are medicated, or both, who may be wrongly diagnosed. Few people are aware that a breakdown in the visual system can also be at the core of a learning disability. Because of this, the potential for misdiagnosis is enormous.

At the present time, visual skills are not routinely and comprehensively examined to determine if a deficit is present and interfering with a child's capacity for learning. As a result, we are missing critical information about a child's readiness for school.

"The Hidden Link Between Vision and Learning - Why Millions of Learning Disabled Children Are Misdiagnosed"  puts these little-known, yet correctable vision problems in the spotlight, making this life-changing knowledge available to everyone. A groundbreaking book, it will offer hope and help to countless parents, teachers, pediatricians, therapists, and child study teams seeking answers to the root cause of a child's struggles.

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                   Upcoming Summit you won't want to miss!
Autoimmune diseases and the physical, chemical, and emotional pain they create impacts millions around the world. The primary way doctors treat these diseases is to prescribe immune suppressing drugs. Unfortunately, this approach has failed to achieve a meaningful outcome and has created an even greater health crisis -- what
Dr. Peter Osborne calls
 "The Prescription Pain Trap"--
which you will learn more about during this important event. 
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Disclaimer:   These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information in this newsletter is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The contents of this newsletter are based upon the opinions and research of Liesha Getson and Health Through Awareness, unless otherwise noted. Individual articles are based upon the opinions of the respective author, who retains copyright as marked. The information in this newsletter is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Liesha Getson and Health Through Awareness. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

In the spirit of full disclosure, this page contains affiliate links.  This means that we may get a small commission if you decide to purchase anything from any of the sites.  We only recommend programs and services that we think would be highly beneficial to you or programs that we have listened to, participated in, and/or used and have found extremely helpful. 
If you are interested in an individual holistic health coaching session utilizing the First Line Therapy program, Reiki, or an infra-red sauna session in the "POD," please contact me to schedule an appointment.  

Wishing you abundant health.
Liesha Getson, BCTT, HHC
TDI/Health Through Awareness
100 Brick Road, Suite 206
Marlton, NJ 08053

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