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The Truth About Diabetes and Why Drugs Don’t Work

Posted by doctorjames on February 28, 2008

I thought all of you who read my blog may enjoy this excerpt written by Dr. Mercola (the italicized part of this blog) on a study that just came out where they actually had to stop it due to it causing too many deaths. The study was on type 2 diabetes and lowering blood sugar to an extremely low level to see if this would manage the diabetic situation better. Guess what? Lowering blood sugar to an extremely low level causes problems! Read on to see why and remember to visit Dr.Mercola’s website at and research any health related topic you can find!

One concept that I strive to make well-known, which has the potential to save hundreds of thousands and even millions of lives, is that diabetes is not a disease of blood sugar.

Rather, it is a disease of insulin – of insulin resistance — and perhaps more importantly, of faulty leptin signaling.

Until that concept becomes well-known in both the medical community and by the public at large, this misconception will continue to be promoted in studies such as the one above, revealing the inadequacy of current conventional medical treatment for chronic diseases such as diabetes, and their erroneous advice about nutrition.

Typically, conventional treatment is focused on fixing a symptom, in this case elevated blood sugar, rather than the underlying disease. Symptoms are generally the way that nature has taught our bodies to deal with a disease – the real underlying biological or physiological problem.

Similarly, treatments that concentrate merely on lowering blood sugar for diabetes while raising insulin levels, can actually worsen rather than remedy the actual problem of metabolicmiscommunication. It just trades one evil for another.

Why the Result of This Study is NOT Surprising

Since most treatments for type 2 diabetes utilize drugs that either raise insulin or lower blood sugar, the tragic result is that the typical, conventional medical treatment for diabetes contributes to the side effects and the shortened lifespan that diabetics experience.

This is what happened in this study as well. Their press release states:

“Most participants in the intensive treatment group achieved their lower blood sugar goals with combinations of Food and Drug Administration-approved diabetes medications. For both the intensive and standard treatment groups, study clinicians could use all major classes of diabetes medications available: metformin, thiazolidinediones (TZDs, primarily rosiglitazone), insulins, sulfonylureas, exanatide, and acarbose.”

Now, why don’t drugs like Actos and Avandia work? Actually, let me rephrase: why do they work so well at lowering blood sugar, yet lead to dramatically reduced health?

It’s because these drugs are what is called “PPAR-gamma agonists.” That means they activate PPAR-gamma receptors, which induces a particular response. PPAR-gamma is a nuclear receptor designed to multiply fat cells. So, the way these drugs work to lower your blood sugar is by multiplying your fat cells at a faster rate – hence making you gain weight at a more rapid pace.

Have you ever had too much junk in your garage and decided to rent a storage space rather than get rid of the excess?

That’s what you’re doing when you take these drugs. You’re consuming too much sugar – which turns into fat, and needs to be stored somewhere — but instead of reducing your consumption, you’re simply adding storage space.

Sooner or later, those fat cells become resistant to insulin as well, and you’re back to where you started – your sugars start rising again because your body has once again run out of storage space. The conventional answer is to increase your dosages, and voila! – you’re well on your way to even more serious health problems, courtesy of your excess weight and continued metabolic malfunction.

Do You REALLY Know What Insulin Does?

Contrary to what you may have been told, insulin’s main role is not to “control” blood sugar.

When blood sugar becomes elevated it is a signal for insulin to be released to direct the extra energy into storage. A small amount is stored as a starch called glycogen in our body, but the majority is stored as your main energy supply — fat. Thus, in this regard insulin’s major role is not to lower sugar, but to take the extra energy and store it for future times of need.

Insulin lowers glucose as a side effect of directing the extra energy into storage.

But, Wait… Insulin is Not the MOST Important Player in Diabetes

That honor actually goes to leptin, because the hormone leptin is largely responsible for the accuracy of insulin signaling, and whether you become insulin resistant or not.

Leptin is produced by fat, and tells your body:

  • how much energy it has; whether it needs more (signaling you to “be hungry”)
  • whether it should get rid of some (saying “stop being hungry”)
  • and most importantly, what to do with the energy already there (reproduce cells or focus on cellular repair)

There is compelling research indicating that the two most important organs that determine whether you become diabetic or not are your liver and your brain. And, it is their ability to listen to leptin that will determine this.

So, how do you make sure your brain and liver can hear the signals emanating from your leptin hormone, and don’t start to tune them out?

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Reading the Directions

This fast age seem more concerned about speed than direction, with devastating results. By some estimates, diabetes has increased more than 700 percent in the last 50 years. What does this tell us about the direction we’ve been following?

  • First, diabetes cannot be primarily a genetic disease, since the prior statistic has taken place within the same generation, and presumably contains essentially the same genetics, and
  • Secondly, something that we have been doing is obviously wrong and needs to be changed.

That “something” is diet.

It is difficult, or perhaps even impossible, to actually prove that something is true. However, it is not difficult to prove that something is false. For the last 50 years or so, Americans have followed the dietary recommendations of a high complex carbohydrate, low saturated fat diet.

As an example, WebMD; one of the most visited medical information sites on the web, states that people with diabetes, who also have abnormal cholesterol levels, would be well advised to follow a diet that calls for 50 to 60 percent of your daily total calories to be in the form of carbohydrates.

They also state that table sugar is okay, as long as you readjust your medications to compensate appropriately (i.e. take more drugs to increase your fat cell storage capacity). Using artificial sweeteners in lieu of sugar also gets the green light, but I won’t rant about that here.

While much of their advice is fine, and tries to remain well-balanced, the problem with these conventional recommendations lies in the details. Concomitant with that standard recommendation the incidence of diabetes and obesity has skyrocketed, and has become one of the worst epidemics the world has ever seen.

Eating a high “complex” carbohydrate, low saturated fat diet for health and longevity has been shown to be wrong. Minimal common sense would say to try something else.

What’s the Missing Dietary Link?

That would be an eating plan that emphasizes good fats and reduced non-fiber carbohydrates and starches as outlined in my Total Health Program. Doing so will greatly improve and even reverse type 2 “insulin resistant” diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, many other chronic diseases of aging, all without the use of potentially dangerous drugs.

This article competely explains diabetes in a nut shell. At our office, we use specific supplements from Standard Process with exercise and dietary guidance to produce outstanding results! By increasing exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, and giving the pancreas proper support we can reverse type 2 diabetes without the meds. It really is simple if the patient is willing to change their ways to live a healthier life.

As I reported in a previous article, type 2 diabetes will age you one and a half times more than the average person. This means that you will develop all chronic problems that go along with diabetes one and half times faster. So, when you are 50 with type 2 diabetes, your body is really dealing with the degenerative diseases of a 75 year old!

Your health and wellness advocate,

Dr. James R. Haakenson


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Light Your Money on Fire, Or Eat Grass Fed Meat!

Posted by doctorjames on February 28, 2008

It is in the news again! The horrible treatment of animals for human consumption is downright disgusting. There is no dignity in living or in death for these animals. They are treated unfairly and live a miserable life caged up, beat up, filled with sickness and disease, and housed in unsanitary conditions.

Whatever happened to treating animals with respect. Well, there is such a case of respect for animals when a farmer decides to let his animals go cage free and live off of the pasture. Yes, it is still cruel to kill another animal for our palate, but at least if we are going to continue this practice we need to let these animals live a healthy life. In fact, if they are being abused and are eating poorly, you are taking in what they were. You are eating a very unhealthy piece of meat even though it looks great. The statement could not be more true…you are what you eat!

Believe it or not, cows are designed to only eat grass! This is why a cow has four chambers. They ferment the food they eat. Their chambers of the “stomach” are designed to make every protein they need to sustain a healthy life! Pretty simple isn’t it?

The problem is that the farmer learned that a cow could gain more weight by having them pasture less and eat more grain, soy, and corn. When a cow eats these items, they gain weight very fast in the form of unhealthy fats because of their inability to process all the sugar. They are just like us! We may love to eat our cereal everymorning, but our pancreas hates us! The more sugar we take in, the heavier we get. We are proving it right now with our kids. They take in sugar ladened substances full of high fructose corn syrup and their weight increases dramatically. This very same thing happens to the cow.

To save the day we do have cows, chickens, pigs and other animals that are allowed to live a great life roaming the farm. Cows allowed to roam and graze, chickens allowed to roam and peck, and pigs allowed to run around and use their nose to find food do exist.

In this article, my focus is on grass feed beef and the health advantages of including them in our diet. The most important reason to eat grass fed beef is because of its ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fats. In a grass fed cow that is free to roam the pasture…(gets exercise)…the balance of omega 3’s to 6’s are on a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio. On the other hand, a cow that does not get exercise and eats grain, corn, soy, and sileage has

Why is this important? In the most basic understanding of these fats, omega 6’s are pro-inflammatory (creates inflammation) and omega 3’s are anti-inflammatory. In America today, we consume and abundance of omega 6 fatty acids. In fact, our ratio of omega 6 fats to omega 3 fats stands at about 20:1 to 50:1. Folks, this ratio is supposed to be 1:1 to live a healthy life!

In fact, DHA which comes from omega 3 fats, makes up 60% of the fat in our brains. When we disturb this omega 3 to 6 ratio, the omega 6’s become the cell membranes in our brain which greatly affects cell to cell communication! Do you think that improving this ratio can help with things like depression, ADD/ADHD, Parkinsons, M.S., and other various brain lesions? Studies are underway right now on many of these subjects, and some have already been done with very positive results. The simple fact is that our brain is affected by a heavy intake of omega 6 fats without an appropriate balance of omega 3 fats.

Since our ratios are so imbalanced between omega 6’s and 3’s, we live in a pro-inflammatory state. This pro-inflammatory state can lead to further degeneration and diseases like cardiovascular disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, kidney disease, diabetes, eye problems, intestinal diseases, etc. Science has linked most of our degenerative diseases to inflammation as the start. This means that virtually any disease you name can be affected by improving your ratio of omega 3 fats to omega 6 fats!

By improving your ratio of omega 3 fats to omega 6 fats, you are reducing your rate of degenerative diseases! Omega 6 fats are very prevelant in most of our processed foods, not to mention the beef that is full of these fatty acids due to the overwhelming amount of feed they consume.

For those of us who do choose to eat meat because we are the top of the food chain (trust me, if we weren’t, we would be running from tigers, lions, etc…they would eat us just like we eat them…it is the balance of the world), we can improve our health by looking for grass fed meats, or we can continue to lead our bodies down the path of inflammatory changes and resultant disease.

If you are spending your money on typical grocery store beef, you might as well go back home to your house and put a $100 bill in the fire! Really, a $100 bill for that $15 steak, because you are inflaming your body with every bite! Inflammation is the path we take towards destroying our health, so that “great” $15 steak will produce health care costs at some point in time. All those “great” rib eyes and sirloins will bring about thousands of dollars of medical costs. Do you want to spend your money on quality meat now, or medical care later…it is your choice! Of course you have to fix other things in your diet too, not just the meat, but this is one step closer to living a healthy life. Pay now for abundance in health, or pay later for our incredible sick care system we live in today!

A quality purveyor of grass fed beef is On their website you can order online and have it shipped to your door. What a perfect way to enjoy meat the way nature intended us to eat it. There are various other internet sites for grass fed beef, but make sure there cows truly only roam the pasture and eat grass. A cows diet does not need to be supplemented in any other way! Enjoy eating your grass fed beef and your amazing health.

Your health and wellness advocate,

Dr. James R. Haakenson

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Why Stress Ruins Your Health and Packs on the Pounds!

Posted by doctorjames on February 26, 2008

When we are born, we encounter stress with our first big breath. It is stress on our body for oxygen that actually makes us take a breath and open up those lungs for the first time. It is an amazing and beautiful moment as we here those first wonderful cries.Some stress is required for us in order to live. We need the stress of oxygen to make us breathe. We need the stress in the form of exercise to make our bodies stay healthy. The problem comes into play when we are exposed to stress day in and day out with no ability to relax.

Stress can present itself in many ways like physical, chemical, and emotional stress. First, lets talk about a more common type of physical stress.

Repeated physical stress causes microtraumas to the area most stressed. Let’s take the back for example. When we have repeated stress to our back we become prone to a back problem such as a disc bulge or herniaton due to microtears in the structure of the disc over time. When an individual develops a disc bulge or herniation, it is not an overnight thing. It is the result of repeated microtraumas. Microtraumas cause degeneration of the disc material causing it to bulge or herniate. Bulges and herniations occur with trivial traumas. For example, a person bends over to pick up a pen or a piece of paper, and know they cannot stand back up due to tremendous pain. The individual did not lifting anything heavy, he simply bent over! This is typical of a disc problem and is what is known as a trivial trauma. It was the last straw that broke the camels back per se. It was going to happen any day, it just chose that Monday morning as the day for it to occur.

Chemical stress comes in all kinds of forms including food, medications, vaccinations, tap water, pools, air pollution, hair dyes, shampoos, dry cleaning, make-ups, etc. Chemical stress stresses out our bodies by making organs and glands overwork to try to get rid of the toxins. Case in point, if you don’t have enough magnesium in an area of your brain, aluminum will compete for that spot. The aluminum attaches instead of the magnesium, which changes cell to cell communication. With food, we are bombarded by the stress of trans fats, nitrates, msg, dyes, and other additives and preservatives. Trans fats make the cell wall more rigid causing a break down in cell to cell communication. Nitrates turn into nitrites and nitrosamines which are cancer causing. MSG has been linked to changes in brainchemistry, and food dyes have been linked to perpetuating ADD and ADHD.

Emotional stress comes from many forms. Financial, marital, job, and relationship stress all produce emotional stress. Basically, most parts of our life stress us out at one time or another. We worry about this or that, even though we can’t control this or that, to the point that it begins to take over our body and our mind.

The problem with emotional stress is that it usually causes us to be hungry! The reason it causes us to be hungry is because of the release of a steroidal hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is released from a gland on top of our kidneys called an adrenal gland. In the days of the saber tooth tiger, cortisol was released to put sugar into our blood as a survival mechanism in times of increased stress from fear or famine. It is an ancient survival mechanism that goes against us in times of plenty that we have today.

Here is how it works, you get stressed so you grab your bag of doritos and some dip. You begin eating the chips one by one, and pretty soon without knowing it half the bag is gone! Just like that, in a measly half hour period of time, tons of calories, chemicals, carbohydrates, fat, and minimal protein hit the stomach and small intestine. Since we don’t have room for all this excess, the body takes all of it and converts it to be stored as belly fat! We start to see our belly increasing in size and hop on the scale only to see that week to week we put on a few pounds. Our clothes begin not to fit as well, our face begins to show a second chin. I think we all know the rest of the story.

The reason we do this is because when we can’t use the sugar immediately from any type of food, it is converted to fat. The body converts sugar to fat because this is stored energy for later. Instead of just getting rid of it, our body holds on to it in case a tragedy hits us and we are faced with a limited food supply. Not likely to happen today in our world, but did happen 1000’s of years ago.

When we store our fat in our belly, we begin to create insulin resistance. Cells actually do not respond to insulin like it used to. Insulin is supposed to shuttle sugar into a cell from the bloodstream. Since the cells already have enough sugar, they turn off their receptors, and the sugar stays in the blood stream. So, the pancreas begins to think maybe it just hasn’t secreted enough insulin. More insulin gets secreted, and the sugar still stays in the blood stream causing high blood sugar. The pancreas keeps working harder and harder because it thinks if it secretes more somehow the sugar will go into the muscle cells. After a period of time, the pancreas wears out because of the cells being less sensitive to it. Now, at this point you are TYPE 2 Diabetic! Not a good thing at all, and something that was preventable through a simple lifestyle change.

Type 2 diabetes puts us at an increased rate of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke, and obesity. Obesity puts us at risk for increased cancer, sleep apnea, gastric reflux disease, osteoarthritis in the knees, hip, and back, various gastrointestinal issues, infertility, and impotence…just to name a few! Type 2 diabletes makes us age one and a half times as much compared to someone without the problem. Instead of aging 20 years, we age 30 in that same time limit! Not something any one wants to have happen to them in the age of beauty and glamourous looks.

As if increased blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides were not enough, our arteries become inflamed from tears and nicks in the lining of the artery. These little damages take place to the arterial wall ultimately leading to areas of scarring called plaques. These plaques lead to a “scarring” or the arterial wall. The scarring creates a bump due to inflammation of the arterial wall, which causes a narrowing of the artery.

When the artery narrows enough due to plaque formation it is called atherosclerosis or ateriosclerosis depending on the location. When this happens, blood can no longer flow through and it becomes blocked with a clot. When the artery becomes blocked, the tissue fed by that artery starts to die because of lack of oxygen. If this happens in your heart, it is called a heart attack, if it happens in your brain it is called a stroke.

The moral of the story is simple stress can end up creating a ton of health expenses and decreased quality of life. We need stress reduction techniques now more than ever. Take five minutes for yourself everyday to meditate or sit in a quiet room without worrying about anything! I know it is tough to do, but it can go a long ways to improve your health. Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga, and Pilates are very good stress reducing techniques. Also, progressive relaxation can help you adapt to stress better so your body does not “tighten” up so much.

Now you know how emotional stress can lead to bad eating habits and fat deposition ultimately leading to blood sugar problems and the impending doom of stroke or heart attack. Is it worth it to you to spend a few dollars on yourself every year in the name of organic food, a healthy diet, good water, exercise, stress reduction, and health education?

I will let you decide your very own future, but don’t ever let me tell you I told you so! If you need help because you are suffering with anything that I mentioned above, we can help you. Please feel free to email me at with any questions. We can help you with your dieting, supplementing, and exercising needs.

Your health and wellness advocate,

Dr. James R. Haakenson

P.S. Remember that what you eat your children do too! We are in a childhood obesity epidemic. Please think about your children’s health and not if they will like this or that. Introduce fruits in vegetables by making it fun through the presentation…shapes, designs, etc. It will go a long way to improve their health!

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Synthetic Vitamins vs. Whole Food Supplements

Posted by doctorjames on February 21, 2008

Many people come into our office taking a whole ray of “stuff.” They sometimes don’t even really know why they are taking it. Maybe their neighbor is taking it, or another family member, so they begin to take it. In fact, they are taking it in such huge doses that their energy has actually increased! Sounds good…right??? I will get to that, but first lets separate fact from fiction…

Synthetic vitamins are man made. They are concentrated chemical ingredients. You heard it, chemical ingredients. Most companies get their “vitamins” or chemicals (what I like to call them) from a left over process of some other companies manufacturing process. Essentially, they are buying the byproduct of what would have went to waste, but the company found a buyer for it, instead of having to pay for it to go to the dump! This happens with flouride that is found in our tap water…it is a waste product that they would have to pay dearly to get rid of…instead, municipalities started buying it up from these companies even though it is in the wrong form for us to receive any benefit from it!

The whole Flouride concept was introduced because of some people in Texas having better teeth. They studied the land and found it was high in certain things, and one of them being Flouride! So, what happens, we jump to conclusions and begin putting it in everything. The problem is we are not using it in the form that it was found in when it was in the ground. They are two different compounds! Why we do this…I don’t know, but it does cause serious problems in those sensitive to it.

Getting back to synthetic, man made, or isolated vitamins that are supposedly supposed to be so good for us. When man thinks he is smart enough to reproduce nature, we always run into problems. This is why we can overdose on Vitamin A in its synthetic form. It actually becomes poisonous. The reason synthetic vitamins become toxic is because they are not “alive” so to speak. They are not composed of everything they should be. If it were found in nature, it wouldn’t be just ascorbic acid (Vitamin C). It would be Vitamin C. This vitamin is jam packed full of minerals, enzymes, and co-factors that make it what it is. You see, man has figured out yet another way to fool us. Strip vitamin C of all its parts and it no longer works like it is supposed to! Take a watch for example…if you take out parts of the watch that are essential for its function, the watch won’t work…even though you put the most expensive battery you could find in it! It doesn’t have function and that is what is important…so quit buying the vitamins that don’t function! Would you really buy a watch that looks nice but doesn’t keep time?

I am sure you have all met the person that starts taking this or that and says their energy has already increased! And you think, WOW!!! Maybe I should try it. You try it, maybe you get energy, maybe you don’t, but here is the big slap in the face…sooner or later it wears off!!! Now, what are you to do with those vitamins you paid for a six month supply for and spent hundreds of dollars on? This is the crux of synthetic vitamins. They are all about quantity because companies can market that. As Americans, we love numbers and we buy things because of numbers! We always buy the one that has the most “stuff” in it. And that isn’t even enough. Instead of taking 2 like it recommends, we take 4, 6, or 8 a day! Most all of us are guilty of this! Wouldn’t you agree?

Here is what you have to understand. RDA’s are only their as a guide to determine what we need only to prevent a condition. Take the RDA for vitamin C for example. It is the number it is because that is the number that prevents scurvy! In fact, when scurvy was rampant they found they could treat this with a very minimal amount of lime zest or juice…not even the whole lime! I guarantee you there is not much milligrams or grams of vitamin C in a lime or an orange for that matter. You see, when it is in whole form it is about quality, not quantity! It has everything in that lime to make it function…like the watch…it actually can do something with a minimal amount. In fact, some of the hormones in our body are used on one part per million or billion…a infinitely small amount! So, do we really need to worry about milligrams of this or that? If you are worried, they have marketed correctly to you! I am here to tell you that these synthetic “vitamins” are not health producing. They actually cause what is known as a rebound effect. They go into the body and act like a vacuum because they don’t have everything they need to perform their function. So, when ascorbic acid goes in, it needs to rob and steal other parts from your body to make it function again. When you keep putting this into your body, eventually you deplete it of necessary minerals, enzymes and co-factors and you feel worse than when you started on the vitamins!

Now, don’t you think that the RDA number is flawed and means absolutely nothing in our world. Sure, for kids in third world countries, it means everything, but living in the world of plenty, it means absolutely nothing for us. They are based on minimal amounts to not get this or that.

Whole food vitamins are different. They are actually food bound up into a pill form. They do not have much for quantity in them, but they do have the most important part…THE FUNCTION! They are composed of everything they need to function in the body. They build the body up instead of vacuuming it or depleting it. People on whole food vitamins just get more and more healthy without a rebound effect! Take carrot root for example, which is in most of the supplements I carry, it is composed of over 200 nutrients! That is more than what is usually printed on the side of any vitamin container, but they don’t take time to print everyone of these chemicals that make up carrot root on the side of the container. On top of that, they discover new molecules in carrot root all the time that they didn’t know existed before. This will continue to happen because we are not intelligent enough to find everything yet. We have barely scratched the surface!

My point is that in whole food form, supplements contain millions if not billions of molecules that go a long way to improve our health. This is by far better than some multi-vitamin at some store that has 40 man made chemicals in it! What would you rather have, a product with 40 highly potent chemicals, or a product with millions and billions of “stuff” in it…known and unknown…??? I would choose the latter.

We will never know all the molecules in a fruit, vegetable, leaf, plant, bark, stem, root, etc. The important thing to understand is that we don’t need to know! We know they are good for us and that is all that matters! You read the hype everyday…blueberries are good for this, spinach is good for this, yogurt is good for this, acai is good for this, walnuts are good for this…YES…I AGREE, but we shouldn’t use food like a prescription drug. We should just be eating it because it is good for us…and an abundant amount of it. You can get all kinds of fruits and vegetables in everyday by making a smoothie or juicing.  This will go along way to improve your health without worrying if I need this or that to treat this or that. Chances are it contains what your body needs because it is in whole food form! You can get a great smoothie maker at and a great juicer at by typing in juicer in the search box. In fact, I make a smoothie at least once a day…for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

The moral of the story is don’t settle for any vitamin unless it is in its whole form. A vitamin is a synthetically derived chemical whereas a supplement is a whole food nutrient. Two very different things. Don’t ever confuse vitamin with supplement. An easy rule of thumb to remember is that a vitamin will deplete you whereas a supplement will build you up because the supplement is composed of the whole molecule, not just bits and pieces. By the way, antioxidants are found in every fruit and vegetable, so if you are worried about getting those, as long as you are making a smoothie or juicing, I can guarantee you are getting loads and loads of antioxidants.

What needs to really happen is a lifestyle change where we begin to eat whole foods again! Good old raw, whole foods. I am sure some of you remember gardening as youngsters and eating pea pods, carrots, cucumbers, and tomatoes straight from the garden only pausing to wipe them off with your shirt! This is what we need to get back to. The truth is once the diet is undercontrol, most of us don’t even need a whole food supplement! It is good to take on for maintenance, but isn’t really necessary. This is where I want to take all of you! Let the food be the way to health! As Thomas Edison once said, “The Doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” He knew it way back then! Why did we go away from this?

I will leave you with that to ponder till next time…and know you know the truth about synthetic vitamins vs. whole food supplements! And all of you know…knowledge is power!

Your health and wellness advocate,

Dr. James R. Haakenson

P.S. Remember all of your friends and family members can read any of these emails on my blog site at We are here to help you expose the sick care system of today.

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She was taking what!!!

Posted by doctorjames on February 21, 2008

I want to tell you a story today based on an individual that I ran into in a health care setting…no, not at my office…just an acquaintence…a friend of a friend…

This individual started her journey with a back problem from her work. This led to back surgery after no success with alternative treatments. The back surgery led to a radiculopathy, which is a pathology associated with the nerve root (nerve root is the start of the nerve as it branches off the spinal cord and then turns into a nerve as it passes out into the periphery) that now has caused her to have a drop foot and loss of feeling in her leg. She now uses a cane to walk. This lady is only 46 years of age! But wait, there is more…

She is currently taking Aleve, Tylenol Arthritis, a laxative, Prilosec, Wellbutrin, Lexapro, Cymbalta, Trazadone, Oxycodone, Metformin, Ambien, Zanaflex, Lisinopril, Hydrachlorathiazide, Pravistatin, Advair, Neurontin, and Thyroid Medication!

Now, I am sure alot of you have no idea what these are, but here is the point…she is taking 18 different medications! Don’t get me wrong, I have no problems with the medical establishment, and I do believe in their own world they are doing right because they are taking care of her symptoms. In their minds, they are winning! They are making her feel better by drugging her for this or that. This is an appropriate way to take care of this type of patient, but here is my point…by now way are they improving the HEALTH of this patient…they are destroying her organs one by one! If she continues on this path, life will not be long and will be harder and harder everyday…but you are right, I know what you are thinking…they have given her the correct drugs and have stabilized her…and I would have to say, I AGREE. But, I don’t agree that they are actually taking any steps to improve this woman’s health! DO YOU???

My opinion is this lady has a deep seated emotional issue…yep, you heard it right…emotional issue, not to mention her poor diet and lack of exercise. From this “simple” emotion, it has wreaked havoc on her sense of self. She now suffers from depression, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, insomnia, incredible back and leg pain, asthma, and hypothyroidism! All of this could have been prevented with the proper intervention! Don’t get me wrong, I know she does have real pain and depression, but this all could have been prevented with this person resetting her subconcious mind and not acting like a VICTIM…rolling with the puches you might say! We have to learn to let go of what we don’t have any control over…a good website for this is On this website, you can download a manual to learn how to deal with any emotional issues or physical pain! It is awesome…go see it and learn it for yourself…it may be one of the best things you ever do for your health!

Folks, this is tuff stuff and I know some of you out there will never believe that emotions that are deep seated can ruin our health…but, I am here to tell you that it causes most all of our health problems including cancer…think about that one for a moment, in fact, here is a website for you to go to to understand how emotions can and do cause serious consequences…

Now, I have told you all of that to tell you this…this patient can be helped! If she wants to turn her life around and is ready to get back to life and does not want to be where she is, she can turn this back around! Isn’t that exciting! Through simple supplementation, a diet appropriate for her body, exercise, and an emotional technique such as EFT, this patient can put life back into her body! Yes, it will take at least one year, but is there anyone who wouldn’t spend one year or even two years to turn their life completely around if you were suffering from this? No one in their right mind would have any problem being helped with this type of condition.

Here is the problem, we still are practicing symptom based care…and yes, I do agree that we are one of the best nations at it with the most brilliant doctors. The fact still remains that we don’t even come close to ranking first in the world for the health of a nation. In fact the latest statistic I read says we are 29th among industrialized nations…29th!!!

Folks, we are headed the wrong direction and it will continue to get worse until our paradigms shift. It starts with us as individuals taking responsibility for ourselves and not relying on a broken medical paradigm of sick and symptom care. This is not health care!

In fact, it was just reported that strokes in women age 30-55 just increased by two and a half times due to obesity! WOW is right!!! We are not doing the right things. We are living our lives with reckless abandonment and not treating our bodies well at all…of course we have to rely on medicine for this or that when we take care of our bodies so badly.

We can change this though, it starts one day at a time. Strive for excellence everyday in your diet. There will be days where you don’t do so well, but it is a marathon…a lifestlyle not a diet for one, three, or six months. Of course you will fall off the wagon here or there and give into this or that temptation. But, if you were good 6 days out of the week with diet and exercise, I would say that is amazing because that means you did awesome 300 days out of the 365!!! That is amazing and something anyone should be commended for.

Remember, it is not a sprint, it is a marathon!!! And remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. If you are a busy person, you have to set “meetings” with yourself for eating and exercising…and maybe even stress free events…like reading a book! What a concept!

I believe everyone needs a planner and needs to plan for the week for your health. You need to know what meals you are going to make at minimum 3 days in advance…5 is better. This takes away the stress. You know what you are going to have and know which groceries you need! Simple! On top of this, you need to put in time for yourself for a half hour workout, keeping in mind the time it takes to get to your workout center…if you exercise for more than a half hour and you are not preparing for a competitive sport or a marathon, you are spending too much time. Twenty minutes of high intensity circuit training is all you need. You should be glad to be done when the alarm sounds at 20 minutes.

So, my point is to start planning…Do it today, don’t put off till tomorrow what can be done today…and that is my point!

Your health and wellness advocate,

Dr. James R. Haakenson

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