#48: Tiny Movement Ageless Health

#48: Tiny Movement Ageless Health

In this training

I’m going to explain how tiny movement helps you reduce your aging…

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  • Our lifestyle decisions and behaviors have far more impact on longevity and health than does heredity
  • Why numerous scientists could not accept the aging “clock” theory
  • What we learned from the Okinawans after WWII about aging and Tiny Movement

I am really excited to start you on this journey and I hope to add a lot of value to your life as a whole.

Show Transcript:

Nutrition is remarkable in its ability to have people with completely opposite views saying they have science to support completely opposite views.

Frustrating isn’t it? What are we suppose to believe?

Welcome to Dynamism Biohack, my name is Dr. Matt Hammett Wellness & Nutrition Expert, Lifestyle Trainer and Movement Enthusiast. In each week I’m going share with you how to make the right nutritious choices despite conflicting expert opinions where I help you to discover how to unlock your inner aborigine or your inner greatness. Thank you for spending this time with me today, so let’s get into the training.

Americans are living longer than ever before.

The human life expectancy is increasing and barring unforeseen circumstances, we can expect to live to
a ripe old age-that is a ripe old calendar age because our life expectancy has increased, but the quality of our lives and our health has not.

Wouldn’t you agree?

The United States continues to be one of the un-healthiest nations in the developed world. Most of us do not want to live to be 90 if the last 30 years are filled with illness, disability and dependence of family and nursing homes. We want to be able to play golf, take long walks and enjoy our families.

We want those extra years to be quality years. Longer lives do not mean much if they are not active lives. The quality of those years will largely be dictated by the choices we make in the preceding years, choices designed to stave off the aging process.

So here is the truth. We have a much better option while we are young, to stay active, to move every 30 minutes in tiny ways and exercise all our lives; and in that way, we slow our biological aging process while we gain in chronological aging.

It has little or none to do with GENETICS!

AGING is caused by how well you live, how well you eat, move, think, connect, and cope with stressors throughout a lifetime;what I call the 5 pillars of a dynamic health.

Assuming that a person’s entire life is “written” in the genes that they are born with has been a major mistake in recent healthcare philosophy. The more we learn about genetics, our biological inheritance, the more we realize that for the most part, our lifestyle decisions and behaviors have far more
impact on longevity and health than does heredity.

A person’s genes define their basic biology, but health decisions and habits control the way genes will affect the body and health in general. “Genes are unquestionably the fundamental
units by which our bodies are constructed. However, pure genetic determination does not
adequately explain the varied capabilities of our biology.

The debate is over; no one well-versed in science is pretending to have this debate; genes or environment. Environment; no question.

So if we look at the new science, a more accurate view of the role of the genome is to see the genes as providing the overall plan for the developmental pathways. The environment to which the individual is exposed , how well or sick you express your five pillars of a dynamic health, will modify the actual pathway.

Again, a major reason I created the Dynamism Biohack Podcast, where I train you on actualizing your heath potential.

The major function of your genes is to transmit health and the inborn resolve to remember
wellness. In the sickness paradigm, we are taught that disease-carrying genes determine our destiny.

Again, this is a false view.

If we were truly destined to live by our genes, we would suffer from the thousands of diseases experienced by our ancestors for as long as we lived, which would not be very long at all. America’s Wellness Doctor, Ed Taub says, “Disease-carrying genes are not our destiny,
because they must answer to our inner compass- our healing force.”

Their was an article in newsweek which reads, “The environment in which you grow up is as important as your DNA in determining the person you become. Certain genes can lead to vulnerability, but not inevitability.”

It used to be thought that aging is the ticking away of some internal clock to a predetermined plan laid down in your genes. Dr. Leonard Hayflick, a noted research scientist, grew human cells in tissue cultures and showed that they could subdivide to create new cells only a limited number of times.

This term is called, fibroblast replicative limit, not to get all star trek nerdy geeky, but it appeared to show that the human cell has an inbuilt timer that eventually runs down.

The evidence looked good and the study was repeated in several laboratories, but numerous scientists could not accept the aging “clock” theory.

Why?…

One problem with tissue culture experiments is that the life of the cells is dependent upon the adequacy of their nutrition. If there is even the slightest deficiency in the nutrient, the medium used to grow the cells or in the air, water or temperature, or any one of a hundred variables, then the cells will accumulate damage.

So it’s very easy to miss this and manufacture false evidence; we see this all the time- guys…

This is why rat and animal science is always an anamorphic vision of reality, like your kidddo looking thruough a kalediscope. It’s cool. It’s colorful, interesting to look at; but that’s it.

For example, since we began studying virtually most species on planet earth; the last few years were especially mind blowing. There is a term called species differentiation. In other words there are vast difference in function and development amongst a whole host of things that we are only beginning to understands.

So far, we know their are Species differences in anatomy, organ structure and function, toxin metabolism, chemical and drug absorption, and mechanisms of DNA repair— again, among myriad other differences between humans and other species that always give us inadequate or erroneous information when we attempt to apply animal data to human diseases and drug responses.

So in tissue cultures, where any such variable impacts the study.

Every successive cell division is then progressively impaired until the cells no longer replicate and dies. These cell deaths have nothing to do with an internal clock, but are caused by environmental and also where most experts dropped the ball, mechanical damage.

Keep in mind, with out movement, our cells can’t get the right mechanorecptive input to the cell and causes the cell to die. Remember, after just 30 minutes of immobility, all hell breaks thru in our biology when we are in a waking state.

So this idea that Chronological age is the same as biological age; is ridiculous.

How do we know this? There are two main lines of evidence.

First, though research shows that average levels of many physical functions show a progressive decline with age, there is also a wide variability within aged groups.

In other words, some individuals show no decline at all. We’ve all seen videos of aging people doing remarkable physical things. Meaning that chronological aging is not an inevitable cause of biological aging.

Often a person will blame a health condition, such as a bad shoulder, a bad knee, and on and on, on their age.

But if age were to blame, then it would stand to reason that both shoulders and both knees would be degenerated and not just one limb. These problems are due to cumulative uncorrected joint stress and traumas resulting in immobile joints, not to the passage of time. That’s the truth!

The second line of evidence that aging is in fact degeneration caused by abnormal stress on joints especially immobile joints is the continuing discoveries that aging process previously considered natural do not occur at all in some human populations.

Blood pressure for example, rises with age in the American population, and used to be considered an inevitable part of aging. Science knows now, however, that there are numerous populations,mostly isolated from Western society, in which the elderly have the same blood pressure as the young.

Science has known that rising blood pressure is caused by complex factors in the environment of Western society.

When members of populations migrate to western society, their blood pressure begins to rise with a few years. Almost all the experts attribute this to the western diet. While elements in the Western diet due contribute to it, it doesn’t explain what happened to life expectancy to the Okinawa’s in Japan.

OKINAWA

US military bases arrived on the Okinawa island after WW II. Most Japanese of the time sleep on the floor. NASA researchers found that the multiple times they need to stand up from these positions during a day keeps them healthy.

In the early twentieth century over 100,000 Okinawans move to Brazil and adopted the dietary habits of their new home. In spite of sharing the same genes, data from 100,000 Okinawans showed that their life expectancy was shortened by 17 years compared to their family relatives who stayed home.

But it wasn’t just the dietary changes that shocked NASA, it was the western conveniences such as sitting in chairs, instead of squatting and sitting on floors.

It was the western beds instead of the floor mats. NASA found that as western chairs and beds flooded Japan, the level of diabetes has flourished. The researcher from NASA stats, “One can almost predict the physical mobility of a society by the extent of squatting, kneeling or floor-sitting habits of it’s population.”

The largest military strike by the US ever in history was during world war II on the Okinawan island, the landscape was totally destroyed. The Okinawa’s depended on the US military base fast cheap food for survival. In fact, that continued for more than 50 years after the war.

What declined life expectancy wasn’t just the western foods, it was other lifestyle factors that decreased their daily intake of movement like squatting, kneeling and floor sitting.

NASA found the 14 squats is equivalent to a 45 min. walk!

The landscape could not grow healthy vegetation after the WWII toxins from chemicals of the bombs on the soil. But that wasn’t what did them in.

NASA researcher found that its the change of gravity compressing against cells by the stimulation of neurons from the spinal motion! It’s not just the global spinal motion that most Yoga teaches, yes that’s part of it, it is especially the segmental spinal motion that chiropractic science discovered over 100 years ago. Steve Jobs had it right when he removed all the furniture and chairs, like the Okinawa’s, and it’s time for us all to Rethink Chair!

Osteoporosis is a major health concern for elderly western women; however, elderly women in other cultures around the world do not suffer from osteoporosis and similar degenerative disorders.

In fact, new research reveals that immobile spinal joints in children past 30 minutes, caused the same adult changes plus a loss of bone density in children. Bone density is what they look at, to determine if you have osteoporosis. 30 min. of immobility, despite kids being active in contact sports, causes bone density loss. Another unrelated study on 8 year old children across the US using MRI revealed signs of early degenerative disc disease in nearly half of our kids; a disease we use to get in our mid thirties.

The problem is not just about lack of exercise. Movement transcends exercise; the exercise does not compensate for the time spent immobile. Spinal immobility is toxic to us past 30 minutes!

The truth is, TIME IS NOT THE ENEMY.

The Human Body is an amazing collection of synergistic entities controlled by our CNS. The body is designed to be totally self-functioning and self- healing.

We tend to think of healing when we suffer a cut on our arm or have broken a bone, but healing is a constant process of replacing old cells with new cells.

For example, red blood cells are replaced at a rate of about 100 billion a day, with one trillion total red blood cells in constant circulation.

The body is constantly analyzing what is happening within the body and what is happening in the environment outside the body and makes adaptive changes as necessary.

Aging can best be defined as the gradual loss of the body’s ability to respond to the environment. Aging, per se, is not just the effects of chronological time, but also the abnormal stress we place on our body, which gradually breaks it down.

The major culprit for abnormal stress, is not what you think…It’s not just the overuse issue, the repetitive injury stuff we all got taught. It is much more about the underuse issue, the joint immobility issue, if you don’t use it – you loose it issue, in our culture today.

This is caused by a number of other things including physical inactivity, chemical pollution and neurological and postural stress. But it’s the tiny spinal movement that counts most!

The human body is designed to move. The technological age of labor- saving devices and
sedentary living often detracts from the biological necessity for movement. Our inner aborigine demands it of us every day.

Disuse is deadly; many degenerative diseases plaguing Americans have a portion of their roots in sedentary, inactive and immobile lifestyles. Some research suggests as much as 50 percent of the decline in physiological functioning like– weak muscles, stiff joints, low energy levels –is actually due to disuse and not a normal consequence of age.

You may find it shocking to hear of a study in chiropractic, that one adjustment strengthens muscle to what 3 weeks of weight training can do. When you understand the biochemistry and the mechanical cueing our cells require from movement, I’m not shocked at all- I get it.

The former surgeon general recently stated that “More people die of a sedentary lifestyle than from smoking.” You may have heard the new expression that sitting is the new smoking. I’ve rewritten it, “what sitting is to the spine, cancer is to the cell.”

Without movement you could not sustain life: blood cells that don’t move cannot transport oxygen, lungs that don’t move can’t breathe, hearts that don’t move can’t pump blood, and spines that don’t move can’t create the motion required for proper joint nutrition, for the activities of daily living, or for the stimulation of the joint-brain pathways required for proper brain and body function, and on and on.

Spinal movement stimulates brain function in the same way that a windmill generates electricity for a power plant.

Did you know that half of all the nerve impulses that are sent between your brain and body in your spinal cord are for the delivery of movement stimulation to the brain.

This enables the brain to coordinate activities such as concentration and learning, emotions, motor control, and organ function. Movement charges your brain’s battery and makes you able to think better, feel better, and function better, all of which are essential to health and longevity.

Proprioception is the term used to describe the ability to sense the position, location, orientation and movement of the body and its parts, all which are important to movement and brain function.

Spinal proprioception or body positioning sensors plays a critical role in modulating protective muscular reflexes that prevent injury and facilitate healing.

Sensation is the fundamental ingredient that mediates the proprioceptive mechanism. The joints of the body act as sensory chambers, which relay proprioceptive information between specific neural pathways and the central nervous system (CNS).

These neural pathways also transport the necessary sensory motor information, which modulates muscle function.

The disruption of muscle and joint mechanoreceptors; or special sensors that detect movement and convert it to electrical chemical signal, or nerve impulse, these sensors after physical trauma results in partial deafferentation of the joint and surrounding musculature; meaning it shuts down the joint, it turns down the nerve signal so you have insufficient nerve firing, this resulting in diminished proprioception, the sensors that also turn on nerve signaling, those body positioning sensors, this increases what they term, nociception.

Just think of that as bad stress signals, that includes things like headaches and pain. But just know that increasing nociception, these bad stress signals impacts biochemistry as well. It impacts mechanotransduction to cellular pathways, even.

Again, big terms here, I know. So mechanotranduction involves any number of mechanisms by which cells convert movement sensation into electrochemical activity. In fact basic science teaches that 80% of the baseline excitatory input to the CNS is from mechanorecption or movement stimulus.

Meaning the movement is what sparks the brain, the mitochondria, the spinal cord and its related structure into life. And that when we diminish movement, even in just 30 minutes of immobile joints, all hell breaks down in our biology; as confirmed by research out of NASA.

So, this predisposes the joints to further injury and accelerates the degenerative aging process.

One specific example comes from research explaining how Mechanoreceptors in cervical facet joints, these are the joints in your neck, they provide major input regarding the position of the head in relation to the body.

With immobility induced aging, mild defects impair mechanoreceptors function. With decreased proprioception, body positioning in space is impeded and the patient becomes reliant on vision to know the location of a limb.

To compensate for the loss of proprioception in the legs, the feet are kept wider apart than usual. Steps become irregular and uneven in length. As impairment increases, the patient becomes unable to compensate. With severe loss of proprioception, the patient is unable to get up from a chair or rise after a fall without assistance.

From a chiropractic perspective, we want to get proprioception back into the joints, by stimulating it specifically with a chiropractic adjustment; this is done by hands and/or an instrument depending upon the doctor. As a result of that adjustment, we see posture return to normal.

In some cases, we may include physical therapy and exercise to help complete the healing restoration process.

But chiropractic care must be done first, to restore normal joint motion, normal proprioceptive input into the brain, reduce chronic inflammation and break up scar tissue adhesions and reducing nociception or the bad stress signals to the brain.

Once this is achieved, a chiropractor may recommend exercise to facilitate this or PT to help optimize this. But the specific chiropractic adjustments must come first, then for example; then the massage, PT or exercise is complementary to the chiropractic care; all because of the joint-brain-body dysfunction, the vertebral subluxation or dysfunctional joints are only corrected by a doctor of chiropractic.

Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Roger Sperry said that Better than 90 percent of the energy output of the brain is used in relating to the physical body in its gravitational field. The more mechanically distorted a person is the less energy available for thinking, metabolism and healing.”

You simply can never heal your body, tissue, cell or organ properly without healthy joint motion. It provides the neurospark to the brain and body for health.

So we have mechanical biological issues that drive our biochemistry and our biology that most healthcare experts have dropped the ball on. The emerging science called mechanobiology is opening this up.

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