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Huggly For Health

The idea for the  Huggly Formulation came during the night seven days ago.   After working on the question of scarcity and abundance in natural economies during the previous day, my altered state of sleep hit upon a solution in the form of The Huggly Formulation.

The Huggly Formulation for Abundant Health

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Group hug! By English: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen [Public domain1], via Wikimedia Commons
In natural economies (such as the human body made up of trillions of individual cells) the fruit of production (i.e health) exists in abundance when the following five principles interact:

  • Harmonious orchestration of 7 fundamental virtues (i.e. Compassion, Faith, Truth, Justice, Security, Abundance and Joy).  This harmonious orchestration of virtues is the essence of Love.
  • Generation, preservation and celebration of diversity – continuous creation is the is the object of health.
  •  Invisible abundance supports visible abundance – natural abundance and health exist on many scales.  For example there are 100 billion neurons in the brain,  100 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, and 100 billion galaxies in the universe.
  • The “whole” is always greater than the “sum of the parts”
  • Each individual voice must be heard and each individual must be free.
Why “Huggly”

Other than the fact that it was recommended in a dream, the word huggly is used because it merges three other words – hug, snuggle and ugly.    The analogy is that a hug or snuggle are positive outcomes if the timing, duration and intensity are properly orchestrated.  If the hug is too intense or the timing and duration incorrect, things can turn ugly.  The same is true for all virtues relating to health.  They must be properly orchestrated to maximize positive outcomes, and prevent negative excess or scarcity.  For example:

  1. Faith without Truth is bankrupt – if you invest in a vision of the future that cannot come to fruition then your investment is lost.
  2. Compassion without Justice is incomplete – true compassion seeks correction and healing.
  3.  Security or Abundance without Joy is empty – the intangible joy is what makes life worthwhile.
  4. Joy without Compassion could be considered cruel.
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Strands twisted into rope. By Nevit Dilmen – GNU Free Documentation License

Like a rope with 7 strands, the 7 virtues need to be twisted together, hugging each other tightly in a septuple balanced helix for maximum health.  This spiral analogy keeps all the virtues in check, and represents the Huggly Formulation.

The Orchestration of a Healthy Memory

In a wonderful example of the role of orchestration on health published by CNN this week, Dr. Dale Bredesen, Director of the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA, was able to reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s in 9 out of 10 patients that participated in his pilot study.

Dr. Bredesen used a protocol that targets 36 sources of deficiency, imbalance and inflammation that  contribute to Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  According to the CNN article, “Bredesen said that most of the study participants had between 10 and 24 problems that needed correcting.”  The article goes on to state that,

“The effect of focusing on so many targets at once runs counter to what Bredesen said is a prevailing — and flawed — notion of identifying single targets to treat a disease caused by many factors.”

This exciting research brings hope to many who are suffering from dementia, and points to a new development in medicine whereby early Alzheimer’s may be treated by personalized health matrices that include

  1. Low glycemic, low grain, anti-inflamatory diets
  2. 30 to 60 minutes of exercise 4 to 6 days per week
  3. 12 hours a day of fasting between dinner and breakfast and at least 3 hours between dinner and bedtime
  4. Prebiotics to nourish good GI bacteria and probiotics to replenish healthy bacteria
  5. Stress reduction through yoga, meditation or music
  6. 8 hours of sleep per night and the possible use of melatonin and tryptophan
  7. Brain stimulation through the use of interactive software from companies such Posit Science.
  8. Chelation for heavy metal toxicity
  9. Ensure nocturnal oxygenation and treat sleep apnea
  10. Hormone supplements if needed to improve hormone balance
  11. Other supplements such a vitamin D3, K2 (see the full protocol in Table 1 of this link)

Although the specific protocol used by Dr. Bredesen should only be used under a doctor’s supervision, we can see that many elements of the protocol point to the importance of understanding how to properly orchestrate a balanced and virtuous lifestyle.

The Huggly Formulation provides a high level template that may serve as a scaffold  for designing and understanding complete lifestyle orchestration for maximum health.

Stay tuned for future posts on The Huggly Formulation.

Don’t forget to stay huggly, and have a merry Christmas!

A New Kind of Old

Does your doctor prescribe medications for your symptoms after 5 to 10 minutes of face time?

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What is the proper role of medications in health? By CDC [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
If so your doctor may be under the gun to see more patients and to increase productivity.  Does your doctor  resort mostly to medications for treating your health problems?   Chances are that this approach to health care will take you down a slow spiral to perpetual chronic illness.

However, a new kind of medical practice may be on the horizon.  In the 2012 documentary “Escape Fire”, Dr.  Erin Martin described how she left conventional medicine after facing an onslaught of patients that she was never given enough time to truly help.

Reimbursement in the conventional setting was strictly based on the numbers of patients treated and was not tied to how successful the treatment was.  This meant that patients were part of a revolving door system where they kept coming back for the same or related problems because the root cause of their problems were never dealt with.

According to her recent blog post, Dr.  Martin left her conventional practice in 2011 and completed a 2 year fellowship in Integrative Medicine with Andrew Weil.  She followed this with a 2 year program in functional medicine.   Now she has a practice in Hood River, OR named TrueMed Institute that she claims allows her to provide true healing to her patients.

Integrative medicine combines medical traditions such as conventional medicine, Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Naturopathy, Ayurvedic Medicine, Homeopathy, and Functional Medicine, just to name a few.  As described on Dr. Martin’s website:

“Functional medicine looks to get to the “root cause” of illness, looking “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in one’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness.”

This “root cause” approach is also at the heart of the OnTierraHealth Technology’s quest for health.   And we believe that in many cases the root cause will be traceable back to the non-organic methods that are being used in the conventional farming that expose us to too many pesticides, and herbicides.

This means that if we truly value our health we will need to carefully track both  the manner in which our food is grown, and the origin of the seeds (GMO’s may be implicated in cancer according to the documentary film GMO OMG).

The Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation / New Haven Farms Initiative now has 7 organic farms in New Haven, CT that are used to provide free 20 week educational courses to patients that are dealing with chronic illnesses such as type II diabetes and arthritis. These organic farming courses are intended to increase the health consciousness of the community and to empower individuals to play a greater role in improving their own health.

So it seems that our “new kind of medicine” is very likely to take us full circle,  to a time when people knew exactly where their food was grown, by whom and from which seeds.  Once again we will take the words of Hippocrates to heart, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food.”

One thing is for sure, there will be exciting times ahead for modern-day health detectives who are interested in tracking health to its roots!  Now may be the time for each of us to learn more about integrative medicine and growing our own healthy organic foods.

Revolutionary Thinking for the Future of Health Care

In a new post on the thehealthcareblog.com author John Haughom, MD states “There is an urgent need for clinicians to step up, lead the debate and design a new future for health care. ”  I agree with his analysis that, “health problems related to lifestyle, such as obesity, smoking, substance abuse and diabetes will not be solved by more hospitals but rather through access to primary care physicians, innovations in public health, and lessons from the emerging discipline of behavioral modification.”

In particular I like the emphasis on “the emerging discipline of behavior modification”.   However, this behavior modification must be applied not only to patients, but to doctors as well in order for a true revolution in health care to begin to blossom.  In this day and age doctors still often see themselves as only knowing how to treat disease, and often feel there is not much they can do to help the patient improve their health unless they are already sick.

This state of affairs comes back to the financial incentive model of medical care.   Will it be possible to create a model of health care in which doctors can profit from assisting “healthy” people to become healthier.

Just as every variable also has a derivative (i.e. rate of change), the same is so with our health.  The individual health index and health derivative should be calculated and we should determine if we are healthy and getting healthier or healthy and getting sicker.   It is important to know our health derivative before the doctor actually detects a treatable sickness if at all possible.  We need a truly revolutionary model for the future of health care that places the physician in forefront of improving health, while of course retaining their position at the forefront of treating disease.   But will doctors be able to morph into this new role?   What do you think?

The Big Elephant in the Health Care Room

The United States is facing a health care crisis, due to a model of healthcare (i.e. disease-care) that rewards doctors mostly when people are sick.   Because of this structure, we find that less effort is placed on prevention of disease then one would expect given the direct consequences that lifestyle and environment have on health.

As the baby boomer generation also experiences becoming the sandwich generation, we have become distraught at how ineffective the current medical establishment has become at dealing with chronic illnesses that are to a large degree lifestyle and environmentally triggered.

Would Americans be better served by a healthcare model in which the health insurance sector is merged with the medical sector such that doctors can be paid bonuses when their patients remain healthy or improve their health instead of having salaries that increase as the population gets sicker?

I will refer to this as the Health Margin Model of healthcare since the idea is that doctors should be rewarded for how much they can improve the health of their clients before they actually become patients.

What do you think?