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- Fourth Action Step - What You Need To Know About Vaccinations
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- Sixth Action Step - Food Allergies vs. Environmental Allergies
- Seventh Action Step - What You Need To Know About Diabetes
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Know Your Numbers and Save Your Life
Mar. 22, 2017

by Cathy Harris, Non-GMO Health and Wellness Coach

Know Your Numbers

We are all obsessed with numbers in our lives, our age, our weight, our height, etc. But there are some numbers that can literally save your life, but only if you know what they are and understand what they really mean.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death today. Cancer is number 2, Diabetes is number 3, however, Diabetes is the number one killer in the African American community. 

When you have all 3, like many people today because of eating GMOs and living and working in toxic environments, it is a perfect storm for an early death.

Many people are 30 days away from some type of PREVENTABLE illness or disease, and to prevent it all they need to do is bring their numbers back in range, but the problem is most people don't have any idea what their numbers are suppose to be. 

This e-newsletter will lay out what your numbers should be and how to keep them in range by comparing them after every 3 months, 6 months or a 1 year physical. 

How Often Should You Take A Physical?

Anyone under the age of 50 should take a complete physical at least once a year, unless they are on medications. If you are on medications, then you need to see your doctor every 3 months or every 90 days in order to monitor your medications.

At the age of 50 or over, you should take a physical every 6 months, unless you are on medications, then every 3 months or every 90 days. However, because of GMOs today, at 40 years old, it's a good chance that everyone needs to take a complete physical every 6 months, instead of every year.

Get A Copy of Your "Lipid Panel" 
A "Lipid Panel" (also called "Lipid Profile") with a 12 hour fast is needed to obtain the CORRECT NUMBERS for your cholesterol, blood glucose (blood sugar), triglyceride level, and other important numbers. 

Make sure you ask your doctors for a copy of your Lipid Panel or Lipid Profile so you can compare your numbers after each physical. They should sit there with you and go over the numbers in front of you so you can fully understand them, then print out a copy for you. 

That's what my doctor does from after all my physicals. This is also why I am able to keep my numbers in range and stay off medications. 

When your numbers are out of range, the doctor will recommend that you get on some type of medication, which will do nothing but cause your body to deteriorate even further. And once you get on just one medication, there is a good chance that it will cause you to end up on more medications.

Cholesterol: Abnormal cholesterol levels such as high LDL (bad cholesterol) or low HDL (good cholesterol) are a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. 

You should get these numbers checked regularly by age 40 (earlier if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, family history of heart disease, if you smoke and even earlier today because of GMOs).                                                                          
If your doctor tells you that your cholesterol levels are out of range, it is essential that you avoid smoking, eat a healthy clean diet, and get regular exercise and plenty of rest, while keeping your weight in check.                                                                  
The numbers for your cholesterol should be:
  • Total blood cholesterol level: Less than 200 mg/dL is considered desirable; 200 to 239 mg/dL is considered borderline; 240 mg/dL and over is a high risk to your health. 
  • HDL cholesterol level (good cholesterol): For men, 40 to 50 mg/dL is considered average; For women, 50 to 60 mg/dL is considered average. Less than 40 mg/dL for men or less than 50 mg/dL for women means a higher risk for heart disease.
  • LDL cholesterol level (bad cholesterol): Less than 100 mg/dL is optimal100 to 129 mg/dL is near or above optimal; 130 to 159 mg/dL is considered borderline high; 160 to 189 mg/dL is high; 190 mg/dL and above is considered to be very high. 
Blood Glucose (Blood Sugar): Low blood sugar is hypoglycemia and high blood sugar is diabetes. You should have your blood glucose checked every year starting at age 45 or earlier because of GMOs, earlier or more often if you have family history or underlining health issues. 

Your glucose level should be less than 100. If it is 125, then you have pre-diabetes. However, with pre-diabetes don't allow a doctor to put you on medications. You should be able to bring this number back in range with your diet and through exercise.

High Blood Pressure (also called "Hypertension": Because of GMOs, you should get your blood pressure checked at least once or twice a week, but that depends on your age.  Most of the time your blood pressure is checked when you visit the doctor. 

Your blood pressure or hypertension level should be less than 120/80.  An ideal blood pressure is 115/75.  If the level is 140/90 or higher, then you have high blood pressure and should be on medications to bring the number down. If your numbers are 130/80, then this is high if you have diabetes.       
If the bottom number reaches 100, you are at risk for a  stroke, so get to a doctor or hospital emergency room as soon as possible to go on medications to bring down the number.                           
Having high blood pressure is like smoking, they both can cause you to age prematurely. They can take 10 years off your life. 

If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, then it would be worth it to have your own home digital blood pressure kit to test your blood pressure several times a day. A manual kit cost as little as $16 and a digital kit cost around $30 from drug stores or from
Triglycerides: Your triglyceride level should be 150 or below. Triglycerides are the main form of fat in the body. Triglycerides are a type of fat the body uses to store energy. Only small amounts are found in the blood.                                                                      
Having a high triglyceride level along with a high LDL cholesterol level may increase your chances of having heart disease more than having only a high LDL cholesterol level. 

Thyroid Level: Over 90% of women have thyroid issues, especially hypothyroidism, but many don't have any idea they have it so ask your doctor to check your thyroid. Whether your doctor is an internist, a doctor of general medicine or an OB/GYN specialist, you will still need to ask them to check your thyroid level at each physical. 
Vitamin D Level: Your Vitamin D level will be located on your Lipid Panel. Most people don't have any idea that they need to get their Vitamin D level checked. This is one of those tests that you need to ask your doctor to order. It should be at 30 or above. If it is below that and especially below a 20, you need to take more Vitamin D3 supplements, which should be taken daily. Remember Vitamin D3 is the mood vitamin.

Vitamin B Level: You should also have your Vitamin B level checked so ask for it. If you eat a lot of good, clean, organic green vegetables, then this level should be fine, however have it checked at each physical.

Other Important Numbers Not on Your Lipid Panel

Waist Size:  A woman's waist size should be 35 inches or less and a man's waist size should be 40 inches or less. Your waist size should be half your height. 

If you can only remember one number, your waist size is the one to know and remember the larger you are around your waistline, will put you at risk of all major diseases so get out the tape measure and measure your waist. Then engage in exercises that targets your waist.
Body Mass Index: It is recommended that everyone should have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or less, over 30 is considered obese by the medical standards today. The BMI is used to find out if a person is underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese.     
Resting Heart Rate: Normal resting heart rates can range anywhere from 40 to 100 beats per minute. Your resting heart rate can vary with your fitness level and with age. The fitter you are, generally the lower the resting heart rate.                                                                         
Certain illnesses can cause your pulse to change, so it is helpful to know what your resting pulse is, when you are well. A digital blood pressure kit will also show your resting heart rate.


Again, as long as you keep your numbers in range by eating a good, clean, organic diet, drinking good water, getting regular exercise and getting plenty of rest, it will keep you from coming down with any major disease and keep you off all medications. 

It's a lot of work, but it's well worth it in the long run because you will increase your longevity as you live an energetic and vibrant life.

Action Steps (Homework)
  • Read the book "How To Take Control of Your Own Life: A Self-Help Guide to Becoming Healthier Over the Next 30 Days" (Series 3) - available as an e-book and paperback. The book lists the other tests you should take. 
  • Eat a good, clean, organic diet, drink good water, get regular exercise and get plenty of rest.
  • Fast for 12 hours before getting a physical. 
  • Take a 6 months or 1 year complete physical. If you are already on medications, then you should take a physical every 3 months or every 90 days in order to monitor your medications.
  • Ask your doctor for a copy of your Lipid Panel (also called Lipid Profile) and compare your numbers to see if they are in range after each physical so you will know if you still need to work on your diet and lifestyle.
  • If you don't have health insurance, and can't afford to go to the doctor for a physical, then get entrenched in holistic and natural communities nationwide and eat good, clean, organic foods, drink good water, get regular exercise and get plenty of rest, along with engaging in regular detoxification programs for your organs.

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