Friday, November 15, 2013

Barbarians at the Gate

Barbarians at the Gate 
By Dr. Kyle Christensen

In times past, strong walls and fortifications were built around cities to protect the people within. The physical threats to life and limb were very real.  Not only did our towns and villages adapt to potential threats but so did our bodies. 
Realizing the danger and futility of attacking a well fortified city, the enemy (in this case "the barbarians") would surround the city walls and engage in a siege.  Nothing comes in and nothing or no one gets out.  They would literally starve the enemy into submission.
Living within the walls of a city under siege, no doubt was extremely stressful. In a starving city, the skinny people died first. Those carrying extra weight, although as hungry as their neighbor, could out live them. 
So why the talk of barbarians and cities under siege.  Simple.  This same physiology and genetic programming has been perpetuated down through the centuries to you and me.
As the barbarian pour through the mountain pass toward the city, people gather behind the safety of tall, thick, dense walls.  The citizens prepare their defenses.  But within days, it becomes apparent they are not under attack, but under siege.  Then the nerve-racking silence and waiting begins.
Today, we may not have barbarians thundering down the mountain side, but when we experience stress in our lives, our bodies respond as did our ancestors under the threat of invasion.  When under stress, the adrenal glands, with enough time, will fatigue.  Heck, those barbarians pound their drums all night long!  Remember, that skinny people die first. When you experience prolonged stress, your body knows that survival is more important that a fit and trim figure. 
So here's what I see.  Someone comes to my office and among other problems is the inability to lose weight.  They've tried many diets and often eat far healthier than most people.  In spite of their fatigue, they exercise but still cannot lose any weight.  Often, I find that adrenal glands are fatigued.  Sometimes, the thyroid as well. And even the hormones estrogen and testosterone are whacked out.
So here's my point.  If you've got barbarians threatening siege or even storming the gates in your life, you are not going to be able to lose weight. (Remember the skinny people). Before you can reach your fightin' weight, you've got to heal your adrenal glands and thyroid.  Then you will have energy.  By the way one sign of adrenal fatigue is waking up in the morning exhausted rather than refreshed. 
While healing your body can be simple, it may not be easy.  It can require some significant changes (all for the better) in your lifestyle.  Our goal is to heal and rebuild the body, rather than manage your symptoms.  Remember, the reason you should be taking any supplement or drug is so that you don't have to take it anymore. 
Ready for some positive changes?  Consider learning more by attending one of our classes or reading one of our Healing @ Home Manuals.


Dr. Kyle Christensen
October 17, 2013   

PS - Do you hear those drums beating? 

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