Personality Disorders, Treatment and Homeless Connection

24 11 2016
Healthy relationships are can be challenging to maintain. A personality disorder multiplies that challenge exponentially.

Maintaining a healthy relationships is challenging enough under the best circumstances. A personality disorder  exponentially multiplies the risk of relational loss.

Updated:  24 November 2016, by Marc Woodard

Personality disorders (PD) are long-term chronic patterns of erratic behavior that will likely require a lifetime of care.  This is because people don’t seek behavioral therapy and drug intervention early on.  Or are misdiagnosed and treated irrelevantly.  Or don’t comply with a treatment program.

Chronic PD behaviors are also known to lead to homelessness.  Especially when the individual is drug addicted and believes self-medication is the solution to their problems.  This connection is further explained after the 10 personality disorders are defined below.

Chronic and complex personality disorders make it more likely alcohol and drug abuse will exponentially escalate abnormal behavior and lead to self-harm, homelessness and jail time.  The complexity of abnormal behaviors further challenges medical providers to assess an accurate diagnosis and treatment prescription program.  Especially when mental health protocols are not followed.

“There aren’t any drugs approved for the treatment of personality disorders.  However, certain types of prescription medications might be helpful in reducing various personality disorder symptoms… (Carey 2012).”

PD Behavioral Characteristics

When does a PD begin and who does it affect.

When does a PD begin and who does it affect.

It appears this disorder has a connection to child abuse and neglect.  But abuse need not occur to develop a behavioral disorder as a child or homeless adult.  People with PD’s are often unaware their thoughts and behaviors are not normal and inappropriate.  And once confronted a problem exists generally little responsibility is taken for it.  The avoidance of seeking medical treatment for a personality disorder eventually results in negative impacts on relationships, social environment and holding a job.

This is because PD mood swings cause behavior to become unstable and irrational.  Where relationships tend to be like a roller coaster ride and feelings swing from love to hate, or trust to distrust, or rational to irrational rather abruptly.  These feelings are often connected to real or imaged abandonment situations that cause an avoidance of letting someone get too close.  And that distancing causes antisocial, obsessive, detached, hostile or needy behaviors.

During personal crisis such as feelings of abandonment, harmful behaviors may ensue, e.g., wrist cutting, over dose, binge eating, uncalled for and inappropriate anger, impulse buying, substance abuse, shoplifting, unable to cope with being alone, unhealthy sexual relationships, emptiness and boredom coupled with anxiety and depression.

Anti-social behavior, or someone that simple enjoys going it alone?

Anti-social behavior, or someone that simpley enjoys going it alone?

Currently there are ten classified Personality Disorder Types within 3 clusters:

Cluster A_PD (Type: Odd and Eccentric Behavior)

Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD)

 Distrust and suspicious perceptions prevail over trust of others.  Those who encounter this personality type may communicate innocently enough with them.  However the paranoid personality often interprets others’ intention and environment or events incorrectly.  This incorrect read is often taken as a personal threat and harmful to relationships.  It causes them to hold grudges, distrust people and become hostile to people who don’t deserve the cold shoulder.  Close friendships are uncommon and a cold disposition in attitude is the norm.  Early childhood trauma may be a cause, and is more common in males (Martel 2015).

Schizoid Personality Disorder (SPD)

They are detached from close relationships and lack motivation and drive to be with others or build relationships.  They have a limited range of emotions and require little to no approval or attention from others.  For the most part they have a persistent indifference of interests that make relationship building near impossible.  Since the social skills are lacking a secretive lifestyle preference to remain in solitude and away from others seems to be the norm (Glunk 2015).

Schizotypal Personality Disorder (STPD)

 An eccentric personality type with severe anxieties in a social sense and lacks an emotional response.  They display paranoia and anxiety around people and have unusual beliefs outside of conventional norms.  They are somewhat a loner and feel more comfortable living in solitude.  At times may appear to others as delusional due to strange thoughts and behavior.  The mannerisms are often bizarre by-way of socially nervous tendencies with atypical communicative speech patterns.  Which include talking to themselves and hard to follow rambling and complicated speech patterns.  “While STPD is on the schizophrenia spectrum, people with STPD don’t usually experience psychosis (Martel 2015).”  Psychosis is defined as a loss of contact with reality.

Cluster B Personality Disorder (Type Dramatic and Erratic)

 Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD, or ASPD) 

With the breakdown of traditional famly values and structure an increase in PD's occured.

With the breakdown of traditional family structure and values an increase in PD’s and homelessness arose.

The APD characteristics display manipulative behavior, lack of conscience and care for others and adept at manipulation.  To be charming is a ruse to get what they want to self-gratify and feel no guilt over the deceit.  “While statistics indicate that 50%-80% of incarcerated individuals have been found to have antisocial personality disorder, only 15% of those convicted criminals have been shown to have the more severe antisocial personality disorder type of psychopathy (Dryden-Edwards and Stoppler 2016).”

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Behavioral irregularities are often displayed by abrupt and unpredictable mood changes and outbursts.  Self-image issues and high fear sensitivities to rejection and abandonment make it difficult to maintain relationships.  Destructive behaviors such as suicide threats and attempts are often associated with this disorder.  “The diagnosis of BPD is frequently missed and a misdiagnosis of BPD has been shown to delay and/or prevent recovery.  Bipolar disorder is one example of a misdiagnosis as it also includes mood instability. There are important differences between these conditions but both involve unstable moods.  For the person with bipolar disorder, the mood changes exist for weeks or even months. The mood changes in BPD are much shorter and can even occur within the day (NEA 2016).”

 Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)

This personality type feels a need to be center of attention, lacks empathy, and displays an egocentric behavior and feels full of self-importance.  Also sees themselves above others in appearance or intellectual endowment [whether true or not] has a grandiose sense of entitlement and believes he/she is special, or falls into a high class or status of people.  “Because personality disorders describe long-standing and enduring patterns of behavior, they are most often diagnosed in adulthood.  It is uncommon for them to be diagnosed in childhood or adolescence, because a child or teen is under constant development, personality changes and maturation. However, if it is diagnosed in a child or teen, the features must have been present for at least 1 year (Bressert 2016).”

Grandiosity is closely associated with NPD.  It is considered a personality disorder.  Where one feels entitled, is self-absorbed and lacks empathy for others.  “Grandiosity occurs when a person has an inflated self-esteem, believe they have special powers, spiritual connections, or religious relationships.  When grandiosity is severe, the person may be delusional about his or her capabilities (Droogendijk 2009).”

Chronic PD's often break up relationships. While distrust, anxiety and paranoia anti-social loner behaviors increase.

Chronic PD’s often cause close relationships to never begin. Distrust, anxiety and paranoia increase anti-social loner behaviors.

He/she has an unrealistic sense of superiority and are often referred to as narcissist, or Bipolar and seem boastful and rude.  They feel a sense of uniqueness which can only be matched intellectually and understood by a handful of people.  And since they feel superior to everyone else they have distain for those they see inferior to them.  “In the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the presence of grandiosity is used in combination with several other symptoms to confirm a diagnosis of bipolar.  This symptom also occurs in children with early onset bipolar disorder (Purse 2016).”

Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD)

This type of personal disorder is obsessed with appearance and acts sexually provocative with excessive attention seeking tendencies.  They desire to be at center stage to get reassurance and approval.  And are overly sensitive to criticism and disapproval which causes inappropriate and unwanted behavior.  Such as an over the top melodramatic outburst and manipulative behaviors which push people away.  The outbursts are coupled with a consistent flood of emotional storms that reap havoc on romantic, social and for that matter, inability to solidify any meaningful and long term personal commitments and relationships.

Since this personality type has a low tolerance toward delayed gratification, they often blame others for their shortcomings.  Although negative attention may seem shallow to others, it is better than no attention at all for this person.  “Histrionic personality disorder can improve with talk therapy and sometimes medicines.  Left untreated, it can cause problems in people’s personal lives and prevent them doing their best at work (Berger 2014).”

Cluster C (Personality Disorder:  Type Anxious and Fearful)

How much time would be spent counting the different colored flowers before you could move on.

How much time would be lost if you couldn’t control an obsession to count the different colored flowers in front of you before you moved on.

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)

This disorder is displayed by orderly perfection and preoccupation to detail that causes a lack of flexibility with regard to healthy lifestyle and time balance.   The disorder is also a contributor of workaholic tendencies.  Fears of losing control over orderly perfection is the compulsion which causes the irrational obsession to continue its course.  And this interferes with getting things done that matter.

Or what would you do if you couldn't more forward until all cloud formations represented an image. I.e., looks like a head with ear wings.

Or what would you do if you couldn’t more forward until all cloud formations made sense. E.g., looks like a head with ear wings.  Ridiculous… not to someone with a complex mix of PD traits.

“Most professionals subscribe to a biopsychosocial model of causation — that is, the causes of are likely due to biological and genetic factors, social factors (such as how a person interacts in their early development with their family and friends and other children), and psychological factors (the individual’s personality and temperament, shaped by their environment and learned coping skills to deal with stress) (Bressert 2016).”

Avoidant Personality Disorder (APD)

Family playing at beach lake

Personality disorders often begin during childhood and not diagnosed until adulthood. Fear of loss, anxiety and unacceptance from others begin irregular and erratic thoughts and behavioral patterns early on in life.

Fears rejections and feeling of inadequacy in front of others, but wants desperately to be accepted.  Very self-conscious and avoids social group settings and situations when possible.  Jobs with little human interaction are preferred.  “Avoidant personality disorder (APD) is usually first noticed in early adulthood and is present in a variety of situations. ‘APD is treated in much the same way as social anxiety disorder.  Cognitive-behavioral therapy, social skills training, group therapy, and medication have all been shown to have some impact on the disorder.  However, it is sometimes difficult for people with APD to trust their therapist enough to complete treatment (Cuncic 2016).”

Dependent Personality Disorder (DPD)

The need to be taken care of to meet emotional and physical needs and fear of abandonment and being alone cause’s clinginess.  The reliance on others to make important life decisions is needed for advice and reassurance.  If relational trusts are broken, suicidal tendencies and acts increase.

Mental Health Treatment and Homelessness Connection

Daytime drifter and homeless shelters occur in not so obvious settings. But blend well into seasonal beach activities.

Daytime drifter and homeless shelters occur in not so obvious settings. But blend well with seasonal outdoor recreational activities.

A combination of mental health and drug prescription [psychotherapy] treatment plan includes exploration of inappropriate behavioral causation that triggers out-of-control feelings and thoughts.  Once childhood or adult abuse-history connects to current social, or environmental, or personal stress-triggers that cause erratic and undesirable behavior; a relative diagnosis and treatment plan is prescribed to manage it.

However there are caveats to this approach.  Success of treatment is dependent on accurate diagnosis and wiliness of patient to opt-in, trust their medical care provider and follow the treatment plan.

For instance, “The treatment that’s best for you depends on your particular personality disorder, its severity and your lifestyle situation.  Often, a team approach is needed to make sure all of your psychiatric, medical and social needs are met.  Because personality disorders are long-standing, treatment may require months or years (MayoClinc 2016).”  In severe cases when someone can’t care for themselves, or present harm to others, admittance to psychiatric care is the process towards stabilization.  Thereafter may lead to successful outpatient treatment.

Recall, I stated the individual has to opt-in to receive mental health resources and follow the treatment plan.

Unfortunately for too many, the inability to take responsibility for a personality disorder problem causes a revolving door that does not adequately help a chronic mental health condition especially when connected to drug addiction.  For those who choose to self-medicate and deal with a chronic personality disorder… many of those people are homeless.

The treatment protocol for the mentally unstable homeless person who is a public nuisance and is drug addicted and breaks the law doesn’t receive the mental health resources they need.  Although homelessness is not a crime and not all homeless people commit crimes… personality disorders are found within a large sector of the homeless population.  Many have all the signs and symptoms of PD’s.  That is they have fears and anxieties and paranoia associated with anti-social lifestyle which leads to obsessions and depression and illegal self-medication habits.  These behavioral habits amplify the PD stress-triggers which cause inappropriate behavior.

When the mentally-ill are caught for inappropriate behavior or breaking the law to sustain their habits, short-term jail time or out-patient psychiatric care is served.  Jail time release is often conditional on probation agreements which are almost always broken by those with complex personality disorders and drug abuse.  Homeless people with a complex PD and drug addiction history don’t have the mental faculties or resources to comply with orderly and civil penalty processes like the rest of us.  So the sequence is repeated costing tax payers dearly as the revolving door to the homeless is a reactive civil penalty process as opposed to a proactive mental health solution.

Community must come together to find proactive solutions to deal with the homeless problem.

Community must come together to find proactive solutions to deal with the homeless problem.

There is no good answer for the homeless that suffer with personality disorders and/or drug addiction.  Not until society determines they want to be part of the solution.  And that solution must provide the comprehensive mental health treatment, public transportation and affordable housing resources needed to get on with their lives.  I regress, moving on…

Medications may include stabilizers to help balance mood swings and impulses, or anti-depression medications to help reduce feelings of hopelessness and irritability.  If a patient has lost touch with reality then anti-psychotic drugs are prescribed.  Anti-anxiety medications are to help reduce anxieties.  But for some these drugs can lead to impulsive behavior.  For this reason their avoided when diagnosed with other types of personality disorders.

Get diagnosed and treated by a medical professional if you, or a friend or loved one suffers from a personality disorder that now causes out-of-control behavior, drug addiction and homelessness.   A common treatment program for any one of the 10 diagnosed personality disorders listed above may include a combination of the following: on-going Group, one-on-one psychotherapy [includes mental health and prescription protocol], behavioral-social and drug addiction therapy, etc.

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Cuncic, Arlin. “Avoidant Personality Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder: Shared Genetics.” Verywell. About, Inc., 27 July 2016. Web. 21 Nov. 2016.

Droogendijk, Daniel, RPN. “Bipolar Mania Symptoms.” Grandiosity – Bipolar Disorder Symptoms. Daniel Droogendijk, 4 Feb. 2009. Web. 23 Nov. 2016.

Dryden-Edwards, Roxanne, MD, and Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD. “Antisocial Personality Disorder Symptoms, Treatment, Causes – What Is the Difference between Antisocial Personality Disorder and Psychopathy? – MedicineNet.” MedicineNet. MedicineNet, Inc., 16 Feb. 2016. Web. 21 Nov. 2016.

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Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2009 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for FREE Monthly eNewsletter.

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Diabetes Dietary GI (Glycemic Index) and Weight Loss

23 10 2016
Healthy body weight keeps us fit, increases mobility endurance to see more of the world around us.

Author:  Marc Woodard,  “Healthy body weight increases mobility and endurance to see more of the world around us.  Natural whole foods are a big part of this equation.”

Last Updated:  23 October 2016

A good way to manage diabetes and weight loss is to understand the connection between carbohydrates and effects on blood sugar levels.  Learn how to apply the Glycemic Index (GI), choose healthier foods and maintain blood sugar at safe levels while losing weight.

This is an index that ranks carbohydrate foods on a scale of 0-100.  Zero being foods low in absorbable blood sugar and 100 the highest absorbable sugars from foods.

The higher the GI value of foods the higher the blood glucose level in the body.  When blood sugar levels increase from foods consumed the body produces more insulin to store it until the energy fuel is needed to get work done.  When blood glucos levels are sustained over ~105-110 for a period of time it often results in unwanted weight gain and for others disease.  The food groups listed below are determined by many in the health and dietary profession as healthier food choices for diabetics.  Because they are low absorbable sugar foods they are slower to digest and absorbed into the blood.  This helps to lower and maintain blood sugar levels.

I wrote a previous article “Diabetes a Serious Disease.” Click on the link to learn more on topic.  In short, diabetes is defined and diagnosed as type 1 or 2.  Whereas insulin function is critical to maintain blood sugar levels and metabolic receptors use it to nourish and fuel body movement.  When either of these systems break or become less efficient at utilizing blood sugar then risk of disease, or aggravation or worsening of pre-existing ill-health condition may occur.

Once diagnosed as a diabetic it is wise to consume lower absorbable carbohydrate foods.  This choice will help to mitigate damage to nerves,  blood vessels and alleviate diabetic nerve pain.  While reducing excess body fat known to contribute to cardiovascular and circulatory disease.

It is the complex carbohydrates “e.g., whole foods multi-grains and fibrous fruits and vegetables” that also delay hunger pains and support weight loss while alleviating diabetic symptoms.

However don’t be fooled in believing low glycemic foods alone will fully address overweight problems.   Although simple and complex carbohydrates are necessary in the diet, it is the quantity, or total calories consumed in a day that cause body weight to increase.   Eating too much of anything, including healthy foods while living a sedentary lifestyle can lead to any number of health problems.  Not addressed in this article are other factors that may contribute, or lead to diabetes and obesity.  Such as hormonal, immunological and genetic factors.  Maintaining a healthy diet is part of the health equation, but only a medical specialist can determine through diagnosis if other treatment or prescription is necessary to achieve your healthy lifestyle goals.

Below I provide a popular listing of low sugar foods good for overall health and weight management.  The American Diabetes and American Dietetic Associations have not yet adapted the GI concept.  It appears this has more to do with lack of empirical evidence required of each food listed and resulting degree of benefit to a diabetic patient.

If you suspect your diabetic or have long term overweight or obesity challenges, I highly recommend you request a referral of your primary care physician to see an endocrinologist, diabetic or metabolic specialist.  Then request relative laboratory tests to ensure your blood sugars and metabolism are functioning at safe levels.   Also, discuss managing your diet through healthier food choice by using the Glycemic Food Index (GI) as a safe guide to identify low absorbable sugar foods.  Prior to physician visit select the foods you prefer from the index.  Then consult with the doctor in determining if those choices are right for you.  For a full GI listing ask your doctor, use an Internet search engine, or visit your local book store.  Below represents the short lists.

Lower Glycemic Food Index (GI).   Sugar alcohols (Sorbitol, Maltitol) Soy drinks, milk, yoghurt, Sweet potatoes, yams, vegetables, Fruits – plums, pears, peaches, grapes, grapefruit, cherries, bananas, apples, avocados, fresh juices.  Dried beans, peas, lentils.  Spaghetti, pasta, Basmati rice, Whole grain breads and pita Nuts and seeds.

Higher Glycemic Food Index (GI) Quicker Acting Carbohydrates Ice cream (low-fat), frozen yogurt.  White bread, doughnuts, croissants, rice cakes, bagels.  White potatoes, corn, white rice.  Low fiber cereals – Cornflakes, RiceKrispies, Fruit loops, etc.  Pineapple, cantaloupe, watermelon, ripe bananas.  Soda, sugar sweetened sports and energy drinks.  Candy, sugar.

Since I’m not one to follow the letter of the dietary law, I do eat some high absorbable sugar foods in moderation.  But mostly I consume foods listed in the lower GI.  It’s not because I’m a diabetic, I just prefer those foods.  If you get into the habit of choosing healthier foods, after about 2 weeks you’ll begin to naturally crave them.

It is the hyper-palatable, or over sweetened processed foods by food engineers and unhealthy alcohol and mixed drink habits that addict us to the high absorbable sugar products.   Breaking the simple carbohydrate  food habit by learning how to moderate it in the diet is a challenge for some.  For others, not so much.  Give a healthier food choice a try and see if you can begin a new and healthier dietary habit.  If it works for you, you’ll feel better, have more energy, lose weight without hunger pains and mobility and fitness levels will increase.  And just maybe you’ll be less dependent on some medications and want to do more daily exercise.

As a side note…  never forego taking prescribed medications even if you improve diet and have significant weight loss and relief of diabetic symptoms .  Follow all doctor treatment and prescription advise.   Only a doctor can determine if removal of certain meds is right for you.

Take the low glycemic diet challenge and explore the world one step at a time. "You Can Do It!"

Take the low glycemic food diet challenge.  Explore the world one step at a time. “You Can Do It!”

If you’d like to prepare healthier foods for your family, check out our book store at the home site to find recipe books, specialized diets and cook books, etc.  These books & magazines provide a plethora of different ideas on how you can prepare tastey foods for those with diabetes, or those looking to get more fit and lose weight.

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MirrorAthlete Book Release Update, Principled Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Philosophy

18 08 2016
Life's Journey knows no limitations.

“Life’s Journey knows no limitations.” Marc Woodard hiking through the Nevada Desert.

 

Updated: 18 August 2016

The long awaited 10 year book project and publication is now in final editorial review with planned release date scheduled, 1st quarter of 2017.

Insight into the books content,

Our book reads like no other fitness and healthy lifestyle competitor book in the marketplace.

It is loaded with unique personal, fitness consultant and client perspective, relative people stories, etc., self-help tool kits, forms, tables and satire graphic depictions that support each chapter’s unique content and so much more.

These illustrations, stories, lessons learned and teaching points provides the reader with an enjoyable, entertaining and interactive experience while learning consumer and fitness trainer and health consultant wisdom.  And healthy living techniques that can be used to improve quality of life for decades to follow.  In many ways the content was developed and designed to be a timeless fitness and healthy lifestyle book of how to live life to the fullest.  And applicable to all demographics within any environment or culture.

MirrorAthlete has evolved through an exercise science discipline applied within a fitness consulting practice throughout the years.  I’ve taken multiple client and personal lifetime experiences and fitness programming successes and defined, related and applied these things with a very unique perspective understanding Westernized cultural habits and behavioral impact on health.  Our principled fitness and healthy lifestyle doctrine is based on MirrorAthlete® Principled Fitness and healthy lifestyle Philosophy .

The knowledge within this book allows anyone to succeed in creating a customized fitness and healthy habits lifestyle program without the cost of a professional trainer or specialized fitness and health consultant service or products.   The information you need to know is broken down by easy to understand principles, multiple professional citations, consumer safety awareness, client examples, consumer weight loss; strength, endurance and competitive training knowledge and wisdom, to include how to identify physical enhancement fad and scam services and products; medical referral insight and so much more.   And most important how to build a customized fitness and healthy habits lifestyle plan and implement it relative to your lifestyle needs.  Then gets you to the next fitness level naturally if you’d like to take that challenge.

If you lack motivation to break a bad habit, addiction or get started with a basic healthy habits program, or advance your fitness and healthy lifestyle goals, we shown how to overcome low motivation by increasing will power to stay the course.    As you work towards your fitness goal, you’ll do so without worry of applying a restrictive diet plan, or purchase of expensive physical enhancement product, service or gimmick to reduce body fat, build muscle, etc.  We don’t sell hype, only information on how to achieve natural fitness and healthy longevity change results which are backed by hundreds of professional citations and client story examples.

The marketplace is littered with manmade products and services that promise fast results… some appear to work short term, while others don’t work at all and in both cases increase health risk.  In the long run addiction to manmade consumables loaded with unnatural chemicals increase health risk.  Consumers need to know, they don’t have to go the unsafe route to achieve these goals at the expense of health.

We know the marketplace won’t provide consumers the entire health risk picture regarding unhealthy, addictive and dangerous products for good reason.  There’s no money in it for them.  Half truth testimonials that promise quick fitness and health results sell.  The other half truth is man manipulates and injects addictive chemical and genetically engineered ingredients into consumer foods and supplemental products known to cause health problems and as previously stated “not popular selling points.”  We expose these consumer and marketplace truths.

If you’re tired of paying hundreds and thousands of dollars for fitness and diet products and services that don’t work long term, or don’t work at all and tired of being overweight and unfit, look no further.

MirrorAthlete Inc., is uniquely positioned through years of practical and scholastic healthy lifestyle experiences and consulting services which enables us to easily expose these hard to find industrial and marketplace secrets.    It is for good reason these consumer industries hope the majority of you never discover what’s revealed in this book.  Our unique principled philosophy as applied to our K-12 schools and healthy community plans threatens to fundamentally change the fitness, health and medical marketplace supply and demand and profit margins model and governmental organizations.

I personally show how to apply these healthy lifestyle concepts by detailing these 18 Powerful Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Principles [MirrorAthlete® Principled Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Philosophy ]These principles provide the building blocks you learn to master in order to customize your own fitness or healthy habits program without breaking the bank or your body.

The book is an interesting, energetic, optimistic and exciting read in itself.  But more so by way of each ending chapter there’s an ongoing personal fitness challenge and personalized message by ‘yours truly’ relative to each chapters content.  By connecting each chapter principle and content dots this way, I further show how MirrorAthlete principled philosophy can also be applied to improve any physical adversity scenario, i.e., illness, disease, limited mobility.  Those with physical and mental adversity challenges can relate and use the same tool box’s provided within the chapters to help advance any desired fitness or health need improvement.  Thereby allowing one to take control of their health and immobility predicament and continue to live life to the fullest in the best way possible.

We ask that you and your friends consider supporting our mission  “Saving a Nation in Pain,” by taking the following actions.   Visit our web site and look for the book publication release date.  Then purchase a book once released. We’d truly appreciate the support to expand our company resources and educational outreach message to put an end to the obesity epidemic plaguing our youth.

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Chronic Disease Caused by Consumer Demand

23 05 2016
Traveling and enjoying good company keeps a mind and body fit healthy. Astoria OR, column.

Traveling and enjoying good company keeps a mind and body healthy.  Marc at the Column, Astoria OR.

One of the first articles I wrote in November 2007 was inspired by a network news and publications article titled “Is Cancer in Your Tub?”  What caught my attention were two glycol ether solvents used in everyday household, food and hygiene products.  Also a key ingredient used in anti-freeze.  Well I knew I didn’t want to drink or eat anti-freeze, so this caught my eye.

The thing I didn’t put into perspective back then was how the consumer created a convenience demand in the marketplace.  A choice that continues to make the populous sick and cause disease.  And the best way to bring “you” the reader up to speed is to start from the beginning… 8 years ago.

What exactly are these two solvents and why would an anti-freeze ingredient be in our home cleaners, hygiene and food products?  “Glycol ethers are a group of solvents based on alkyl ethers of ethylene glycol or Propylene Glycol (PG) commonly used in paints and cleaners.  These solvents typically have a higher boiling point, together with the favorable solvent properties of lower-molecular weight ethers and alcohols [Wikipedia 2016].”

AntiFreeze

Note the main Ingredient: ethylene glycol and Warning Label.

Note the main Ingredient: ethylene glycol and Warning Label.

“Ethylene glycol are still used in anti-freeze preparation, household, automotive cleaners, laundry cleaners, etc.  Propylene glycol is also used in many of the same consumer products, such as home cleaners, hair, cosmetics, creams, lotions, soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, pet foods, deodorants, etc. (GoodGuide 2011).”  The list of products containing both glycol ethers is long.

Propylene glycol is also used as a food stabilizer in many processed foods as I’m now more familiar.  And the FDA stands by their PG approval-to-market SAFE for human consumption like tens of thousands of other consumer chemicals.  “The Food and Drug Administration has classified Propylene Glycol as “generally recognized as safe,” which means that it is acceptable for use in flavorings, drugs, and cosmetics, and as a direct food additive. According to the World Health Organization, the acceptable dietary intake of propylene glycol is 25 mg of propylene glycol for every kilogram (kg) of body weight (ATSDR 2015).”

The unique qualities of PG is it “provides unique inherent properties with regard to holding/attracting both water- and oil-based substances.  In food, it is used to retain food color pigments and provide for homogeneous distribution within the mixture.”

    IMG_20130405_175029It is also used as a “Solvent and carrier for flavor and color in food and beverage manufacturing processes, for drinks, biscuits, cakes, sweets.  ‘Thickener, clarifier and stabilizer in food and beverage such as beer, salad dressings or baking mixtures (PO/PG 2016).”

PG is also used as the main liquid component of e-cigarettes.  For example, “PG exposure per puff of the Ruyan® e-cigarette.  The cartridge of the Ruyan® e-cigarette contains approximately 1g [or 1000mg’s] of PG, of which 0.9 g is extractable from the pad. The concentration of PG in the mouth from one drag of the Ruyan® e-cigarette (900 mg per cartridge, 300 puffs = 3mg) is 3 mg per mouthful.”

It should also be noted within the report there is an “Inhalational Minimal Risk Levels (MRLs)” citation.   “No MRLs for acute- or chronic-duration inhalation exposure to propylene glycol were derived because data are insufficient.”  And this report also highlights “Carcinogenicity.  Stating ‘There is no evidence that PG is a carcinogen.”

But a “SAFE use” contradiction is also apparent within the same report.  “MRLs of acute- or chronic duration inhalation… data are insufficient (Laugesen 2008).”  Or to better clarify and understand the meaning of this statement, ‘absent of long-term risk data on health’ OR ‘No Evidence for lack of long term data.’

To better relate to the FDA approval process, think about it this way.

NW Nutria

NW Nutria is not used in lab studies and is much more interesting to gander upon than a field mouse.

Most FDA approvals are based on animal studies of relatively short duration.  Whereas the data is extrapolated to make relative to human metabolism, weight, environment, habits, dosage, frequency etc.  One last point to make, we are humans, not rodents.  So one must ask… how relevant are these studies to human DNA and disease?  And how much pressure is there to release and approve a new product to market?   And once released don’t industries have something to loose should an approved SAFE chemical be recalled from the marketplace?  The answers to these questions are economically and politically by design and connected.  The short of it is, It’s all about special interest power, control and money!

To date, I was curious to see if GP was removed, banned or listed as a health risk on any consumer product.  Of course I wasn’t surprised to find anything of the kind.  However glycol ethers may be the least of consumer product toxin worries.

Prior to reading that November 2007 publication, consumer safety advocates warned the world years earlier of carcinogenic household items.      For instance,  On February 23 a “1998 CBS’s morning talk show, ‘This Morning’ reported the findings of a study from the US Department of Health and Human Services’ National Toxicology Program that sent shock waves throughout the cosmetics and personal care products industries.”

Personal hygiene should be replaced with green products to reduce health risk associated accumulative daily toxin uptake.

Personal hygiene and home cleaners can be replaced with green products to reduce health risk associated with daily toxin uptake.

Fast forward… the moment of truth, our everyday household items have carcinogenic toxins as exposed by various laboratory controlled studies.  They “confirm serious health issues with long term use of our FDA Qualified “SAFE” products! (Young 2011).”  [Shocker?  Not at all.  Simply look at the billions of dollars industries spend and profits made.  Changing profitable industry culture course is an act of God.]

During 2007 I also procured brochures from author Debra Lynn Dadd, “Please Protect Yourself from Household Toxics.”  I handed them out to clients for consumer safety information and audit of household products.

Clients audited bathroom and laundry cabinets. They replace all cleaning and hygiene products with natural/organic products.

Clients audited bathroom hygiene and laundry cabinets. They replaced toxic products with natural/organic ones.

I recommended they audit and remove the toxic products and go green.  And advised them to keep diaries of certain medical symptoms which had abated after removal of certain toxic products after reading Dadd‘s article.

She stated, “While certain people may be more sensitive than others, and some chemical(s) may bring on reactions only after many years of repeated exposure, I discovered household cleaning and bathing chemicals may bring on reactions only after many years of repeated exposure.”

Many of the home use product(s) that increased certain health risks listed in the brochure were cancer, birth defects, genetic changes, heart disease.  Literally any symptom imaginable both physical and psychological could be linked to a common household product.

“Scientist admit these toxic chemicals can lodge in our endocrine system contributing to thyroid problems, diabetes, weight gain, and infertility.  At greatest risk are fetuses, children, the elderly, and those who are already ill, but these chemicals are threatening the health of everyone, every day (Barry 2013).”

I also cited an AARP Bulletin from May 2008, Vol.49 No. 4, titled “Hazards at Home,” within that original 2007 article by Reed Karaim.  Making similar statements as Debra Lynn Dadd.  Karaim followed in suit, “older people are more likely to have conditions – such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease and diabetes.”  Adding to the collective demographic concern “Older people are more like infants and children in their ability to fend off toxic assaults says Sandra Steingraber, the author of Living Downstream:  An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment.”

What's in your Laundry Room?

What’s in your Laundry Room?

Within the same Bulletin a statement of stern warning is made over the use of home “Cleaners – Chemicals to avoid in cleaners, says McRandle (Paul McRandle, Deputy Editor at the National Geographic Green Guide), run from ammonia, which is known to trigger asthma, elements in chlorine bleach, which is a lung irritant and will kill you if you swallow it, to things like glycol ethers, which are used to dissolve grime and dirt, and can cause nerve damage (Karaim 2008).”

PG is still listed safe by the FDA.  However, I’ve no doubt science will prove the long-term PG health risk effects through e-cig smoker data.  By studying habits of consumption, dose, toxicity and patients presenting similar “cause and effect” symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and disease connections, and discovery commonalities will occur over time.

Convenience does not come without a health risk price.

Convenience does not come without a health risk price.

The most disheartening and overwhelming reality is there are more chemicals used in foods and household products than ever before.  Including expanded use of glycol ethers in foods.  Also “Of the more than 80,000 chemicals currently used in the United States, most haven’t been adequately tested for their effects on human health (NRDC 2016).”

It appears most likely disease is linked to a cocktail of multiple consumer products, not just one.  “Chemicals found in household products may be causing significant increases in cancers, diabetes, obesity and falling fertility, the European Environment Agency has warned. ‘In recent decades, there has been a significant growth in many human diseases and disorders including breast and prostate cancer, male infertility and diabetes. ‘Many scientists think that this growth is connected to the ‘rising levels of exposure’ to mixtures of some chemicals in widespread use (Smith 2012).”

“Some of the most pervasive chemicals are used in plastic products, and are known as “endocrine disruptors.” Convenience food products are bagged, bottled and plastic lined canned containers.

Almost all food and drink containers have varying levels of toxins that leach into consumables.

Almost all food and drink containers have varying levels of toxins that leach into consumables.

“On February 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a report co-produced with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), titled: State of the Science of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals.” Concern over the increase of chemical use in convenience foods, household and personal use products.

My takeaway and interpretation of past and current trends, scientific studies and consumer health risk and industrial data; these chemicals are destroying or mutating DNA within cellular structures of endocrine [hormone] and neurological function leading to serious and chronic disease.

“The report suggests a ban of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) may be needed to protect the health of future generations. ‘Health risks include: Non-descended testes in young males, breast cancer in women, prostate cancer in men, developmental effects on the nervous system in children, attention-deficit hyperactivity in children, thyroid cancer (Mercola 2013).”

Marc clearing his Northern CA backwoods property. Wilderness living has its perks.

Marc clearing his Northern CA backwoods property.  Wilderness lifestyle has its perks.  And is as close as I can get to the way the pioneers lived.

“In some ways, our ancestors had it easy. Because they didn’t have chemically treated food and chemically enhanced kitchenware, their diets and cooking practices exposed them to fewer toxic hazards (Breast Cancer Fund 2016).”

Unfortunately Big-Ag, food processors and manufactures see a huge demand for convenience products with chemicals that make our foods smell, and taste and look more appetizing with long storage life.   Including cheap and toxic convenient household and hygiene products.  We’re addicted to all of them.   As long as consumer convenience demand and profits are high and long term health risk is not connected to an FDA approved SAFE chemical… the toxic environmental uptake and increase of insidious disease won’t be in decline anytime soon.

Nothing has changed much after years of health risk warnings from consumer safety advocates, epidemiologists and independent lab studies, etc.   Chemicals used in products are on the rise and so is disease.

Big Ag-Corps may appear green. Health conscious consumers should qualify... was the product produced by a certified organic farm?

Big Ag-Corps may appear green.  Health conscious consumers should seek to qualify the quality of product on labels… I.e., was the product produced by a certified organic farm?

The big winners are Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Big-Ag and Health Care industries.  To include a plethora of consumer product and processor manufactures.  Why do I list Health care services and Big-Pharm industries?

Treating acute and chronic disease is big business.  Cures are not.

“If it’s not about the money, what is it?”  I’d say it’s 2-fold.  Customers need and want lower cost and convenience products.  And industries are more than happy to continue providing profitable and cheap product that meet demand.

Until consumer demand changes to provide healthier products for you and your family, there are things you can do to reduce household and environmental toxins.

Recommendations,

What can you do to protect your family?

What can I say. I like sponge Bob. But this ones not made out of plastic toxins.

What can I say. I like sponge Bob. Although not made out of plastic toxins… it is likely made of a percentage of synthetic materials with toxins.

1   Don’t give plastic toys to small children unless marked BPA or Phthalates free.  “On October 15, 2007, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law AB 1108 (also known as the California Toxic Toys Bill), making California the first state in the country to ban the use of phthalates from children’s products (West 2016).”

2   Eat less processed and convenience foods and consume more whole foods.

3   Purchase organic ‘green’ home cleaners, cosmetics and personal hygiene products.

4   Wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) e.g. gloves, mask, boots, hoodie, pants, long sleeve shirts, apron when using non-green cleaning products.

5   Read food, home cleaning products and hygiene labels – if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, it’s most likely a chemical preservative, additive, stabilizer, dye, solvent, etc., of varying toxic quality.  Go Green and Organic as often as possible and available.

Purchase green-organic when possible..

Purchase natural/organic when possible..

6   Don’t consume the same drinks and foods every day, especially convenience and fast foods.

7   Consume plenty of fruits, vegetable and water.

8.  Infrequently purchase water, juice, sodas and foods stored in plastics and cans.  Glass is the best container to store foods and drinks.

9   Check dates of frozen foods and use within a 30 day window.

10  Vent and circulate fresh outdoor air throughout the home by leaving windows cracked ¼” open.  Clean HVAC systems and ductwork per manufacturer recommendation.

11  Become a conscientious consumer safety advocate and practitioner and family educator of green/natural products.

12  Become a voice and vote.  Use your 1st Amendment rights to petition government and special interests to win voter-consumer choice.  Be an advocate, or support to ban or remove certain toxic ingredients from consumer goods and services.  Or call for label laws that inform shoppers ingredients known to cause cancer and other chronic disease.

Conclusion,

If consumers don’t demand the marketplace change; then realize cost and convenience has greater value to a majority populace than long term health risk.   With this reality and without consumer and health risk prevention education in our K-12 schools, it should be no surprise new generations don’t value healthy lifestyle.  While disease and health care costs continue to rise.

We have no one to blame but ourselves.

Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2016 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., http://www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free monthly newsletter.

References,

ATSDR. “Public Health Statement for Propylene Glycol.” ATSDR. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 21 Jan. 2015. Web. 20 May 2016.

Barry, R. M. “Please…Protect Yourself from Household Toxics Pamphlet by Debra Lynn Dadd.” Melaleuca Cleaning Products. RM Barry Publications, 2005-13. Web. 20 May 2016.

Breast Cancer Fund. “Chemicals in Food.” Breast Cancer Fund. Breast Cancer Fund, n.d. Web. 20 May 2016.

GoodGuide. “What Kinds of Consumer Products May Contain This Chemical?” ETHYLENE GLYCOL — Consumer Products. GoodGuide, 2011. Web. 20 May 2016.

Karaim, Reed. “Hazards at Home.” AARP Bulletin Today. AARP, May 2008. Web. 20 May 2016.

Laugesen, Murray. Safety Report on the Ruyan® E-cigarette Cartridge and Inhaled Aerosol. Rep. Christchurch, New Zealand: Health New Zealand, 2008. Print.

Mercola, Dr. Joseph. “Common Household Chemicals Linked to Human Disease.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 8 July 2013. Web. 20 May 2016.

NRDC. “Health, Toxic Chemicals.” NRDC. Natural Resources Defense Council, 2016. Web. 20 May 2016.

PO/PG. “Food, Taste, Fun and Convenience.” – Propylene Glycol. PO/PG Sector Group of Cefic, Brussels, n.d. Web. 20 May 2016.

Smith, Graham. “Chemicals in Household Items Are ‘causing Huge Increase in Cancer, Obesity and Falling Fertility'” Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 11 May 2012. Web. 20 May 2016.

West, Larry. “Toxic Toys: Chemicals in Toys Endanger Children.” About.com News & Issues. About.com, n.d. Web. 20 May 2016.

Young, Dr. “Is Cancer in Your Tub.” Is Cancer in Your Tub. Dr. Young, 19 Jan. 2011. Web. 20 May 2016.





Marc Woodard Reflects on MirrorAthlete

24 04 2016
Marc Woodard Founder of MirrorAthlete

Marc Woodard
Founder of MirrorAthlete, Inc.

Sid asked specific questions regarding information I posted on our first web site in 2007.

This provided an opportunity to share more of the company’s history with readers and reflect on MirrorAthlete moving forward.

Question(s) from Sid, 

    I can’t seem to locate your MirrorAthlete pain chronicles I read back in the early years.  I remember it as a unique informational pain management website. I can’t find the chronic pain tab at your new site.  Have your memoirs been moved?  Where can I find them?  And do you still take on clients for consultation and customized fitness programming?  I’m interested to catch up and learn more on how you regained your fitness levels after injuries and chronic pain. 

    A friend of mine coincidentally lives in your neck of the woods.  He said you also produced and sold nutritional supplements under the name of Dynamic Dimensions in Tigard and surrounding cities, while offering 1:1 services in fitness assessments in the 90’s.  You also programmed specialized training routines for a fee.  I’m looking for answers to keep the muscle mass I’ve worked so hard to achieve.  But now feel I’m losing ground because of back pain.  Although I’m working with my doctors and yet another fitness trainer, they don’t have that unique pain management perspective and experience I remember you had.  I see you’re on LinkedIn, FaceBook, and Twitter and also a city councilor in your home town since 2011. 

I do walk miles daily. Best aerobic activity one could perform daily

I average 55-60miles/week. Best aerobic activity for fat burning, body tone and muscular endurance and cardiac health at any age.

You appear to look fit, healthy and productive.  I also hear you’re walking over 8-12 miles daily on a regular basis.  I’d like to read the rest of your story and learn how I can get back on track with my strength training routine and other activities. 

Sid, your memory of the site and what I was doing years ago is impressive.  This caused pause to reflect on the makings of a company and personal growth.  Thank you for providing an opportunity to share more history and update our readers.

I began MirrorAthlete as an informational site to show how to alleviate and manage pain and still achieve fitness goals.  At that time I was also learning how to write and become a webmaster due to injury and years of limited mobility.  I focused on pain management because at the time I was injured with weight bearing and radiating nerve pain and other issues you apparently recall.  Those Chronicle entries read like a memoir reflecting upon better days.  And how I’d apply pain threshold limits using unique exercise and range-of-motion technique to increase fitness levels.  Then eventually regain my former fitness levels and physical abilities.  We’ll leave it at that… Most of “how” I got through the mental, physical and spiritual pain challenges is now divulged in a ~350 page manuscript soon to be published.

Initially I didn’t plan to make what I started a business when I began the MirrorAthlete pain chronicles.  I only knew I wanted to reach out and help others that were going through a similar physical adversity challenge.   At the time writing gave me something to do, kept my brain working and to remain productive somehow with limited mobility.

I also understood the value and application of continuing education, self-referred physician consultations and medical research data and information.  If there were solutions to be found, maybe I could fix a broken body full of pain.  And through sharing others might benefit.  Then one day I could put that information in a book and reach more than a few clients.  These actions ultimately changed my career path and the way I viewed life and the world.

At the time, I didn’t reveal to most including family and friends the encompassing battle I faced for years working through painful and depressing disability…  Eventually I found natural solutions to heal and much more about our industries, marketplaces, consumers and world commerce.  I also know there are mega-industries that don’t want a majority of you to learn what I found to get well.  Why?  Because it would impact and change generational values, habits and behavior.  In short, eventually cripple their power and control over social, political and economic matters.

Marketplaces are globally connected.

Marketplaces are globally connected economically, socially and politically.

To answer your question directly, the pain center tab link contained the pain chronicle memoirs throughout 2007 and those entries remained until early 2008.  I ran that journal for just over a year.  The chronicles also conceptualized my thoughts on a unique fitness trainer-consultant book. I jotted down those ideals in a notepad during a 1999 Mexican Rivera cruise while on vacation.  A book was one of those bucket list items.  Little did I know ‘those notes’ would be pulled sooner than later to write a manuscript.  It would also become larger than any project I’ve undertaken and harder to put into words than ever imaged.

Love Cruises. Coming back from Alaska. Last stop Victoria B.C., Canada. I walked a couple miles to get the shot, then walked another 4 to the heart of the city.

Love Cruises. Coming back from Alaska. Last stop Victoria B.C., Canada. I walked a couple miles to get the shot, then walked another ~ 3 into the heart of the city.

In early 2008 I decided to pull the MirrorAthlete Pain Chronicles from the site to begin writing the manuscript in hopes a publisher might take interest.  “Why not, it wasn’t as if I was going anywhere soon stuck using a wheelchair, crutches and cane.”  I wrote many manuscript versions, but lacked a creative vision and writing style.  For the most part I was a technical and communicative writer throughout my military and corporate career, not a creative one.  Two very different and distinct animals.

So there you have it.  It took years of failed articles and manuscripts to learn how to connect the industrial consumer dots, share my expertise in fitness and health matters, while writing with a factual-narrative flare to capture reader interest and imagination.  I look back at those Chronicle entries and early publications from 2007-2010; the writing style and grammar wasn’t good but the content had competitive potential.

In 2011 I nearly quit writing.  Those early manuscripts literally went up in flames.  But not the hundreds of chronicle pages I saved in archive files.  Those stories represent everything MirrorAthlete could become.  I knew something was missing to make the connection and conversion from “original MirrorAthlete concept-to-chronicles-to-book.”  Eventually I’d figure it out and the result would be a fantastic educational and thought provoking fit-healthy lifestyle, trainer-consultant book for all demographics and generations.

Luckily one day in early 2012 while on a long walk, a light bulb went off in my head.  I figured out what was missing.  It was a principled philosophy of tenets I believed in, lived by and provided to my clients.  I should have seen this years ago, but I didn’t.

Jefferson Library within Congressional Library Washington DC

Jefferson Library within Congressional Library Washington DC

If I would have taken a philosophy course in college maybe I would have got it sooner than later.  Oh well, a decade later is better than never.  Once I incorporated those principles into the umpteenth manuscript “I don’t know I lost count.” I knew I had something a publisher might take interest in.  This is when the real work began.  The publisher sent it back, you know “my umpteenth manuscript” with 550 change requests.  What a defeating blow to my ego!

Putting my pride aside, I had to make a decision.  Quit or press on.  I’ve never quit anything I began without exceptional effort to achieve a win.  Of course we don’t win at everything in life.  However, I know without trying, you never know what you’re made of and what can be accomplished.  So it’s no surprise to anyone who knows me well.  I don’t quit easily, especially when motivation and passions run high.

Now 4 years later I’ve learned how to write a book, build and maintain a website, edit and publish articles online [a continuous learning process].  I’m now in the final stages of detail required for book publication.  The manuscript now fully incorporates our 18 tenets listed below.  These are the beliefs I lived by as a fitness trainer and instructor and used to develop customized fitness programs for clients.  Currently, my role in the company is a healthy lifestyle writer-consultant for MirrorAthlete Corp.

MirrorAthlete® Principled Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Philosophy is based on these 18 tenets by Marc Woodard

1   “Optimize fitness results by defining and relating to applied fitness practices.” 

2   “When kids value healthy habits future generations benefit.”

3   “Working muscle metabolism prefers specific fuel mixtures to optimize fitness results.” 

4   “Due diligence prior to purchasing fitness product or services is wise.” 

5   “Balanced food nutrients and activities sustain health and fitness levels” 

6   “Consumer needs and wants determine the marketplace supply and demand.”

 7    “Removing a bad habit may require a substitute practice to achieve the objective.” 

8   “Man adds hyper palatable ingredients in foods that addict and harms health.”

 9    “Relating to lab results can influence lifestyle change and consumer choice.”

 10   “Successful Weight Loss does not Require Abstinence from the Foods you Love.” 

11   “Select’ Cooking Fats Benefit Weight Loss, Health and Fitness Goals.” 

12   “Childhood experiences influence adult habits and behavior.” 

13   “Commit to healthy lifestyle and achieve fitness goals.” 

14   “Chemically and genetically engineered foods are bad on health.” 

15   “Healthy lifestyle releases body chemicals that support well-being.” 

16   “Oxygenate the body, burn more fat and lower risk of illness and disease.” 

17   “God’s universal design shows us how to live happy, healthy and long lives.”

 18   “Relative exercise programming optimizes fitness and health and lifestyle results.”

I’ve included similar pain chronicle stories in the book manuscript never seen by anyone including my family.  They are documented at the end of each chapter under “Personal Fitness Challenge.”  The chapters’ content is also backed by hundreds of professional citations which substantiate MirrorAthlete unique principled philosophy.

And to make it a more entertaining read there are ~50 satirical cartoons and tables and charts.  Humor is good for the encompassing being.  And our cartoonist John Fiedler does not disappoint.  Reacquaint yourself with our home website and learn more about the book project and release date.

Sid, “you won’t have a long wait to hear the rest of the story.”

I’ve pushed off the publication of this manuscript for personal and family reasons throughout the last 3 years.  However I can say in all honesty the book is 95% complete.  I still need to perform one last editorial review before sending it back to the publishing house for their final editorial critique.  Also I have not written the conclusion, or finalized the front and back inner/outer cover text and art.

Marc at the capital.

Marc at the capital.

I am accepting book endorsements at this time from professionals in related fields.  Especially in fitness, nutrition, health, medical, sports training, exercise science [physiology], vocational rehab, natural healthy lifestyle products and services, etc.  Simply send your bio, or [LinkedIn Link] and why interested in endorsing our book.

If selected you’ll receive ‘select’ sample chapter writings of our manuscript.  And if sample writings meets your endorsement requirements and approved by mirrorathlete… you’ll be given personal-company recognition with ‘your’ approved endorsement statement on back of our book cover.

Send book interest and endorsement request to:  marcwoodard@mirrorathlete.com

The book release date was recently listed 2nd quarter 2016 at our website.  Now a new release date, 1st quarter of 2017 has been agreed upon per Corp., annual minutes of the meeting.  I’m very hopeful this new deadline will be met.

My wife often asks when it will be done.  I simply reply, “It’ll be ready when it’s ready and not before.”  I’ve also had other writer’s say, “You know Marc it will never be good enough in your eyes.  ‘Just submit it, let the publishers tweak it in the editorial process and get it published.”  I’ll admit I’m a much better writer and editor than those earlier years.  However the quality of content and terminology must be consistent, relative, interesting, up-to-date, and valuable to all consumers and thought provoking enough to stand the test of time.  These are my standards which I will not compromise and will ensure this book is second-to-none in class.

I know the quality and competitive writing style and consumer value is there.  I’ve read each chapter a hundred times over.  And to tell you the truth the content is captivating to a point where I look forward to a reading it again, as I know others will.  Why? I teach anyone how to apply the skill-sets I spent a lifetime learning through simplified, interesting topics and client and consumer examples anyone can understand and relate too.  Then readers will often refer back when healthy life choices and changes require guidance through timeless literary consultation.  And for those struggling with physical, mental and spiritual adversity I believe the “Personal fitness Challenge Stories” at the end of each chapter will resonate on a personal level and be of great support, motivation and comfort to all who need and want to improve an adversity situation and live life to the fullest.

To stay up-to-date on our book project and monthly articles publication, click on Book Project Details, or 1st Book Release Update links.  Also learn more about topics of interest within our publications repository and/or subscribe to our free self-published articles at MirrorAthlete Fitness Secrets.  Also visit MirrorAthlete FaceBook page and “Like” us and share this exciting book release news.  Follow us on Twitter.  You can also visit our home site.  To learn more on Marc Woodard Bio, visit LinkedIn.

    Sid’s final question.  “Do you still take on clients for consultation and customized fitness programming on-line, visits or by phone?” 

No I haven’t taken on any clients, instructed fitness classes or manufactured supplements for some time.  My focus in 2007 was to get back to my Exercise Science roots.  First help myself, thereafter find a vehicle to share the knowledge I’ve learned and show others how to live life to the fullest.  There is so little time in life to give something back to others.  I had a story of immense value to tell and I wanted to share it.  A book was the best way to spread these principled fitness and healthy lifestyle truths from a fitness trainer and healthy lifestyle consultant perspective.

Now thousands of consumers will have a 1:1 consultant guiding them in natural fitness, health, wellness, nutrition, well-being, longevity, consumer safety and anti-aging best-in-class practices.  Including hard to find insider secrets the mega-industries hope you never find.

After the book publication maybe I’ll venture into new MirrorAthlete business opportunities.  For now I’m grateful and content living life to the fullest while giving back to my community as a local politician, writer and family business consultant.  I hope you continue to follow us and chime in through social media, etc.

Sid, thanks so much for this opportunity to share more history in the making with our readers.  Also I know when the book is published, everything you’re looking for and more will be there.

If any subscriber has a unique question, or article ideal simply send email to: marcwoodard@mirrorathlete.com and it may be published in our monthly newsletter.

Good health to you and your family!

Sincerely,

Marc.

Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2016 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., http://www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free monthly newsletter.





New Year New You

21 12 2015

 

Start a New Activity and Meet New People.
Start a New Activity and Meet New People.

Last Updated:  21 Dec 2015

It’s a new year and will it also be the beginning of a new you?

How many different directions could you take in making a New Year’s resolution that would make you happier, more energetic, feel and look good and more excited about life?

So what is your New Year Resolution, what do you want to change? Is it to finally lose that weight once and for all, start a walk/jog exercise routine, spend more time with the family, get out of a bad relationship-start a new one, stop smoking-drinking, get a new job etc.?

In building any action plan to resolve any problem, “yes this includes a New Year’s resolution,” you first must target what’s causing you to lose sleep at night and focus during the day. Then once you’re sure you’ve identified the problem you must focus and stick to a relative-planned solution “that’s right for you and your situation” to accomplish the goal.

Whatever you need to do to make a positive life change will require 1) courage, 2) will power and a 3) sustainable action plan to see it through. But the forth ingredient in my opinion is the most important because it is the driver of the first three.

The action plan must be 4) relative to your needs and wants so you’ll have the motivation to sustain it long-term.

As a personal fitness trainer and consultant throughout the years, I’ve received an earful from my clients. One thing I’ve learned, the customer often brings a 3rd party solution to the table. But these well intended solutions are custom designed for someone else. All too often in the world of fitness, health and life coaching, custom designed plans are relative to another individuals life goal profile. This means these plans will not work optimally, or work at all for you.

Canoe a favorite river and see the sites

Canoe a favorite river and see the sites

For example, you may share a similar obesity and diabetes condition, but there are many ways to lose weight and treat diabetes. Some treatment plans will work for some and not others, or as effectively.

In other words when I develop a fitness program for one client, I don’t pass it on to the next one who has a similar goal. If I did that I’d lose clients, why?  The Desired results would likely not occur.

We are all of various ages, sex, genetics, culture, body type, mental and physical readiness, have different lifestyle needs, wants and activity goals. Our motivations and will power differ greatly as well as our habits, behavior, environment, medical histories and current health conditions… the list goes on.

So how can you successfully plan to create a new you for the New Year?

If you’ve been unsuccessful in changing any of your life goals might I suggest, or recommend you seek out a life coach or fitness consultant, or trainer that can help you develop a relative customized plan to make that positive change in life once and for all.

Listed below are the two disciplines with specialties identified that can help refocus a relative plan and resolve your New Year’s Resolution and then sustain it for life.

Certified Life Coach                                      Certified Fitness Consultant

Finances and Budgeting                                              Develop Muscle Mass

Relationships and Intimacy                                         Muscular Strength

Family and Parenting                                            Aerobic Cardio Endurance

Stress Management and Balance                        Develop Lean Muscle Mass

Creativity for Artist, Writer, Musician, Performer     Tone, Body Fat Loss

Spirituality and Personal Growth                      Health, Lifestyle, Self-Care

Career Planning and Development                                Natural Anti-Aging

Motivation and Time Management                              Stress and Pain Mgt

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development   Custom Fit Program

Health, Lifestyle and Self-Care                                       Diet & Nutrition

If you need help in any of these areas, these consulting services are easily found and listed throughout the Internet and phone directory. There are also many self-help books found within libraries, Internet and book stores.

If you can identify the problem and find a relative and specific plan that’s right for you then you will experience significant change that can be sustained long-term.

MirrorAthlete Inc., is near complete with its first book publication, scheduled to be released not later than 1st half of 2016.  Where the context uniquely addresses many of life’s fit healthy lifestyle concerns, with relative “how to” application in consumer safety awareness, customized fitness programming, healthy lifestyle solution, customized fitness programming, illness and disease prevention, etc.  The context of this first ever consolidated fitness, health, nutrition, consumer lifestyle book shows you how to become your very own life coach and fitness trainer within many of the specialized skillsets listed above.

The book project represents years of personal client, adversity-life stories “including yours truely,” and fitness and health experiences with over 250 citations in relative fields of expertise to support the fit-healthy lifestyle principles we all need and want with relative how-to-programming guidance.

It is also uniquely developed to show anyone how to create a customized fitness and nutrition program that’s right and relative for them at any age. It’s as if a fitness trainer-consultant and life coach were there helping you customize a solution for your New Year’s resolution that will work once and for all.

Low intensity aerobic exercise burns body fat calories

Low intensity aerobic exercise burns body fat calories

There is no other principled fit healthy lifestyle book in the marketplace that compares to this 10-year plus project. The book is also uniquely written to be timeless and useful within any decade. That is it will help redirect, refocus and support many revolving issues that enter your life where your fit healthy lifestyle coach never leaves your side and provides relative advisement and fit plan when you need it most.

To review a summary of this book project and 2016 release date, visit our home site   http://www.mirrorathlete.com (then click on the book project link).

Don’t live anyone else’s life course. Instead plan and map your unique objectives, goals and lifestyle to achieve the quality living experiences that you need, want and deserve.

My New Year’s wish for you and your family is to be happy and healthy with many life rewards and success.

Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2015 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., http://www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.

 

 

   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 





How Sick Buildings Affect Lives

23 07 2015
 

Best Fabrics of the Day found in old Victorian style shops

Best Fabrics of the Day found in old Victorian style shops

Updated:  23 July 2015

I first experienced the effects of sick building off-gases within fabric warehouse places with my mother as a child. But never understood the cause of those early “bad feeling” symptomatic effects until working as a corporate building services, maintenance and project manager years later. The full context of my personal story will soon be shared after defining “what constitutes a sick building.”

“Sick Building Syndrome” coined by WHO (World Health Organization, 1986) is caused by toxic materials-products, molds, and fungus from associated gas by-product found in many homes and workspace. Whereas the enclosed space becomes highly concentrated with toxins and bad for respiratory and body health. And/or the air intake and building exhaust air handling systems removal of hazardous gases and replenishment of fresh air underperform.

The focus here is to provide awareness to unhealthy environmental air space caused by off-gassing of new building materials, retail fabrics, cleaning agents and poor air circulation systems. However, sick building syndrome and symptomatic ill-health effects can also be caused by out-of-control molds and fungus.

Sick Building Syndrome as it relates to new material off-gasses often occurs after building construction and major renovation. And when material install, cleaning and curing compounds are applied, i.e., concrete, caulking, carpet, paint, glue, drapery, furniture; and where building envelop replacement materials from outside walls and roofs may enter air handling systems; then supply contaminated air to enclosed work and living space.

Nobody accidentally consumed any of these materials, but people still got sick just from breathing the volatile organic compounds (VOC) which are now known to cause acute and chronic ill-health effects. Especially when improper ventilation of toxic air space and material cure times are out of compliance with environmental air safety standards prior to occupancy.

Popular tourist locations may present bad air environments for some.

Popular tourist locations may present bad air environments for some.

All possible side effects from inhaling off-gas materials including home use cleaning products are not fully understood by consumers.  And that’s a problem with chemicals in many of our everyday use items!  [Natural Health, May-June 1993 v23 n3 p54 (2)].

Toxic side effects range from irritation of eye, nose and throat. To neurotoxic effects, i.e., fatigue, irritability and headaches. And asthma like symptoms, dry skin irritation, gastrointestinal problems and more [wikipedia, 2015]. Other acute neurotoxic and symptomatic effects may disorient and cause one to lose balance as I’m well aware.

If you’ve not experienced high levels of indoor air toxins simply recall that new car smell on a hot day. Heated and enclosed air space with poor circulation has a way of squeezing chemical toxins out of any newly manufactured material. When I do drive a new car I role down the windows enough or vent full outside air in to ensure plenty enters the space. Some people love the smell of new cars and homes and not sensitive to VOC toxins. Those sensitive to new material off-gases like I prefer to buy used cars and other natural or organic products when possible and practical. Including purchasing clean green home and personal hygiene products opposed to products with hazardous VOC fumes and where direct product contact may be absorbed by the body’s skin.

As a previous environmental air systems technician and later experienced in building services and facilities maintenance management I learned there is a required time prior to occupancy after new construction and major building renovations. Proper ventilation and cycling of fresh outdoor air allows the off-gas of materials to purge until hazardous toxins are released and dissipated to safe respiratory levels.

There was no greater empathy I felt for those at work who questioned the facilities air ventilation system, which they believed made them sick. My personal experience and connection to this sick feeling began one day as a child and prior to environmental air quality and medical expert knowledge and acknowledgement of sick building syndrome effects on health. Today corporate environmental safety engineers and medical health services draw a sick-building connection to decreased work production and increased sick days, personal leave and disability claims.

To ensure buildings have safe air environments facility engineers, maintenance managers and technicians use preventative practices that sustain safe outdoor air intake and periodic HVAC functional testing as required by OSHA (Occupation Safety and Health Administration).

During childhood my mother was what could only be described as a professional seamstress with a fashion design and artistic eye. She was also an excellent painter and drawer with specialized arts and crafts skill sets.  She brought me to these fabric and crafts warehouses where she’d spend countless hours rummaging through the numerous clothing design pattern-templates and sift through dozens of rolls of fabric, purchasing it by the yards. Including buying arts and crafts materials in bulk.  Yes, these places were filled with newly manufactured materials releasing hazardous gases in poorly vented air space.

I remember asking my mother not to take me to these places. I always felt sick after a short period of time inside them.  Of course, she assumed my ailment was brought about by pure boredom with no medical basis to back my complaints.

Since I was only 4 or 5 at the time, I was ignored and for lack of a better description “I passed out in the children’s play pen area due to the dizziness and feeling of a sick body.”  Once out of the store’s environment I immediately felt better. Since the lightheaded condition immediately cleared after leaving, there was no reason for my mother to suspect anything other than pure boredom was the result of my lethargic posture and complaints.

Yes.  Lethargic and boredom posturing comes in all forms.

Yes. Lethargic and boredom posturing comes in all forms.

Plus, in the early 60’s, no one ever heard of sick building syndrome. Or even if air smelt toxic, people ignored what didn’t bother them. And for those affected were described by the unaffected as complainers, fakers, or needed mental health attention. Or perceived as excuses to get out of work, or to leave or not participate in something.

As an adult I experienced a severe reaction to a sick building 20 years later at a newly constructed and popular sport store only years after being married. This brought back the connection to my childhood experience in the fabric stores. I remember walking into this fantastic sports center with my wife to look at camping and hiking equipment. I was very excited to go in and purchase gear for our next outdoor adventure. But I only got 50 feet within the space.

Then it happened.

The product off-gassing in this store was so strong [stronger than the fabric houses I recalled as a child], I quickly became disoriented and felt I was going to pass out and fall.  I immediately grabbed onto a shelf to steady my balance and then my wife helped me walk outside where the symptoms went away in a matter of seconds. To this day I’ve never gone back inside this particular store.

Prior to this episode I’d go shopping for clothes and always feel light headed, but could tolerate the effect. My wife always assumed prior to this sports store episode I used my childhood experience and suspected reaction to clothing fabric chemicals as an excuse to get out of shopping. In the past I had told her it was more of avoidance to not feel disoriented, sick or extremely tired. And I suspected it had to do with the chemicals emitted from heavy volumes of new apparel. She didn’t believe this to be truly factual until the severe reaction occurred in the sports store.

My wife realized at this point I was not faking this sickness to get out of shopping with her “come on, a sports store, hello.” As a matter of fact she was one minute away from calling 911. I felt as if I was experiencing a drug overdose. Not that I ever had an overdose, but you get the point.

Then years after working as a HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) technician, services, maintenance and project manager everything came full circle making the connection to unhealthy air environments and symptomatic ill-health effects. And only thereafter did those previous doctor visit tags: bored, in my head, coincidental, imagined, disinterested, food or cleaning product allergy, etc., completely go away, like the unnecessary doctor visits.

In understanding preventative maintenance practices on HVAC equipment and safe work space air standards, I’m able to immediately relate and sense unhealthy VOC and poor circulation environments. I simply don’t go into any space with an all too familiar concentrated chemical smell that could cause a severe respiratory and physical reaction. I do like to shop but like many others who share similar sensitivities to toxic air, I’m very aware when materials are still in the off-gas phase. And where bad, or poorly maintained ventilation and air circulation conditions exist.

No matter the enclosed space: work, home, retail, car; any form or combination of toxic air and poor ventilation may have an effect on health regardless of whether or not you experience any current symptoms. And when exposed to these toxins too long can cause medical problems and quality of life to suffer later on.

Recommendation: If you walk into a store and smell a strong chemical odor, and/or begin to feel sick, immediately leave and shop at a different place with better ventilation.  Write, or email management you’ll be back after they improve their preventative maintenance practices and improve fresh air circulation systems and/or scrub ductwork and heat exchange coils of contaminants.  I will not step foot into any store, or stay long within a new home or newly constructed building that brings about an immediate feeling of sickness.

Restaurants may have poor ventilation systems

Restaurants may have poor air ventilation systems

You’ll know this feeling when sensitive to certain toxins because you may first experience respiratory or eye, nose, throat irritation followed by a feeling of light headedness.

If you’re hypersensitive like me you’ll immediately feel tired, or disoriented, or lose focus and/or off balance. And if overwhelmed by VOC may feel like you need to lay down for fear of fainting and falling.  If off-gassing is causing a symptomatic ill-health effect in the home, or car increase outdoor fresh air intake, clean and/or change filters; have ventilation systems checked for equipment air quality and functionality.  If you can’t address these issues due to financial limitations, open some windows part way to increase fresh indoor air quality and circulate air with fan.

If the problem occurs at work contact senior environmental safety engineers and health services to report and get problem resolved.

In most cases, I cannot stand to be in any retail store filled with new clothes or near perfume sample stations long unless well-ventilated.  Also many home cleaning, new clothing apparel and building material products you breathe but not sensitive too are manufactured with “known chemical carcinogens that also off-gas within space.

Do not take my word for it go to any search engine on the Internet and type in “sick building syndrome, off-gas, home cleaning products and carcinogen,” you be the judge. For you and your children’s wellbeing, consider taking preventative air quality and clean green products measures to ensure your home is a healthy and a safe environment.

Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, MSC Officer, ANG Ret. 2015 Copyright.  All rights reserved, MirrorAthlete Publishing