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The Sequoia Advisor
IN THIS ISSUE                                                                       December 1st 2010
  • Rushing Around Can Add the Pounds
  • The Bone Brain Connection Revealed
  • Holiday Safety Tips for Your Pets
  • Important Marodyne LIV Tablet Update
  • Healthy Lifestyle Consultations Now Available 

Feel Better... Live Better

Rushing Around Can Add the Pounds

by Woody McMahon 

Rushing Increases Stress Levels
If you find yourself in "rush mode" all the time, BEWARE, you are robbing
yourself of good health and shortening your life. Rushing around raises
stress hormones
in the body while increasing inflammation and reducing your
overall enjoyment of the activity. If your kids are rushing around going to
more events than they need each week, they may be jeopardizing their health
as well. Rushing, especially at a young age, does two things; it teaches
kids this unhealthy behavior early in life and it increases their stress
levels promoting overeating while fueling the obesity epidemic we now face.
Try to Slow it Down
Rushing has reached epidemic proportions; more in this country than any
other in the entire world. When rushing starts to affect eating habits,
your waistline expands and good health is eroded. The most important
question is "where did I learn that running around like this is good for
and "why do I keep doing it if it's not?" By slowing your life down,
you have the opportunity to enjoy more things even when you do less.
Rushing and Obesity
Weight gain is almost a certainty when rushing starts to affect your
eating habits
. In most cultures, food is enjoyed, even savored in long
lunches where conversation and social interaction are the norm. When you
eat on the run, not only do you raise stress hormone levels but you
encourage unhealthy habits like overeating, poor digestion, lack of
satiation and weight gain.
Here are 5 reasons to stop rushing especially when you eat:
1. Portion Control: Eating more slowly reduces the amount of food eaten in
the same amount of time. Eating more slowly allows the brain an opportunity
to correctly register when you are full. Without counting calories or
dieting, you can reduce food consumption which can translate into losing
several pounds per year.
2. Food Enjoyment: Meals are a time for enjoyment and socialization
rather than just being another "thing" we need to get done. Taking the time
to really taste your food makes meals become much more enjoyable. Taste,
smell and texture all contribute to your sense of happiness and well being.
Gulping down your food in an attempt to rush off spoils most of the
enjoyment in the eating experience reducing it to just another activity.
3. Better Digestion: Saliva in the mouth is the first stage of the
digestion and absorption process of the food you eat. Eating slowly allows
you to chew more thoroughly mixing more saliva in with your food. Chewing
more thoroughly allows your food to be more easily digested and absorbed
when it reaches the stomach and intestines. You'll derive more nutrients
from less food with complete digestion. Better digestion also reduces the
chance of gastric distress such as bloating, food allergies and heart burn.
4. Mindful Eating: This is one of the keys to any successful weight loss
program. Taking the time to eat when you are not distracted by the
television, a newspaper, magazine or the computer helps increase food
enjoyment. "Gulping it down" bypasses your food enjoyment centers in the
brain encouraging you to eat more to feel full. To register with your
brain, food must contact the taste buds in your mouth long enough to send a
pleasurable signal. The way food tastes is also changed by the amount of
time spent on the taste buds.
5. Healthier Food Choices: It takes extra time to consider a healthier
food option and move past the "instant food" selections. More often than
not, rushing to eat forces you to pick "the quick option" rather than the
healthier one. Fresh, flavorful, colorful and nutritious foods may not
necessarily be convenient for you but they are always better. Balancing
your foods and planning a healthier meal is time well spent. You are worth
it so go ahead and stop the rush and enjoy life more.

Would you like to improve your health but don't know where to start?

How about an exercise program that alleviates pain and strengthens your bones?

Do you have weight problems but are tired of dieting? We provide an easy to
follow program without the gimmicks or fads. You'll also get the education,
motivation and accountability necessary to improve your health while helping
you feel and look your best. Please call Woody McMahon for a no cost
consultation, at 703-464-5171 or email to 

The Bone Brain Connection Revealed
by Woody McMahon

Stress and Your Bones

A high stress lifestyle has always been suspected as one of the
contributing causes of osteoporosis and other major health problems.
Continued high stress levels can also lead to depression or depressive
behaviors. Now, recent studies have indicated that people with major
depression have a lower bone mass density compared to non-depressed


Other studies have found that an extended loss of social interactions

and pleasurable activities may have an impact on bone density as well.

In light of these findings, it is important to consider two trends.

First, stress appears to be more important than once thought in

regulating the healthy functioning of your bones. Second, depression

should now be considered as another important risk factor for


The Chemical Cascade Affecting Bone
What is really happening inside your body as the result of high stress
living and how does it affect your bones? Constant stress promotes an
unhealthy hormone shift increasing cortisol and reducing serotonin levels.
Higher cortisol levels increase total body inflammation decreasing calcium
absorption and increasing calcium excretion. Osteoblasts (bone-building
cells) are reduced in number impairing the bones ability to renew which is
essential to maintaining normal bone density.


The Physiology of Bone Loss

The depressed brain sends different signals to your internal organs and
bones than a healthy brain. The brain uses the sympathetic nervous system
to increase the secretion of a chemical compound called noradrenalin within
the bone. Noradrenalin literally has a depressive effect on the
osteoblasts. The interleukin-1 protein, which has been known for many years
as a stimulator of the immune system, increases the number and activity of
osteoclastic cells (bone break-down cells). Stress then causes less bone to
be created and more bone to be destroyed resulting in osteoporosis.


Bone Balance Destroyed

Chronic stress can now be physiologically traced as a significant player
in the creation of osteoporotic bones. By reducing the ability of the
osteoblasts to form new bone and speeding the osteoclasts into bone
breakdown, the natural balance of bone growth and repair is altered.
Effective osteoporosis treatments must consider stress reduction so 
bone formation and repair can return to normal.


Consider a New Direction for Your Healthy Bones

In light of these recent discoveries it's not enough to just discuss diet,
exercise, supplements and medication for the treatment of osteoporosis. The
research indicates that effective treatment programs for healthy bones must
include mechanisms to reduce the negative effects of stress on your body.
Reducing the negative effects of stress on your body helps the cells
responsible for healthy bones begin to function normally once again. In
a nutshell, the time spent promoting good mental wellbeing is as important
as that spent on good physical health.

High stress living can cause calcium loss from bones and excess weight gain!

Follow our Be Bone Strong! system and you'll increase the strength of your
bones and improve your health at the same time. We provide the education, motivation
and accountability necessary to improve your health while helping you feel and
look your best. For a no cost consultation, please call Woody McMahon at
703-464-5171 or email to


Pets and People

Holiday Safety Tips for Your Pets
 by Ingrid King
It's that time of year again! As you get ready to celebrate the holidays,
keep in mind that some of our most cherished holiday traditions can be
hazardous for our pets. The ASPCA offers the following holiday safety tips:
Try to keep your pet's eating and exercise habits as close to their normal
routine as possible. And be sure to steer them clear of the following
unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations:
O Christmas Tree
Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn't tip and fall, causing
possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water-which
may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset-from spilling.
Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria and your pet could
end up with nausea or diarrhea should he imbibe.
Tinsel-less Town
Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching "toy" that's easy to bat around
and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can
lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and
possible surgery. It's best to brighten your boughs with something other
than tinsel.
No Feasting for the Furries
By now you know not to feed your pets chocolate and anything sweetened
with xylitol, but do you know the lengths to which an enterprising fur kid
will go to chomp on something yummy? Make sure to keep your pets away from
the table and unattended plates of food, and be sure to secure the lids on
garbage cans.
Toy Joy
Looking to stuff your pet's stockings? Choose gifts that are safe.
Dogs have been known to tear their toys apart and swallowing the pieces,
which can then become lodged in the esophagus, stomach or intestines. Stick
with chew toys that are basically indestructible, Kongs that can be stuffed
with healthy foods or chew treats that are designed to be safely
Long, stringy things are a feline's dream, but the most risky toys for
cats involve ribbon, yarn and loose little parts that can get stuck in the
intestines, often necessitating surgery. Surprise kitty with a new ball
that's too big to swallow, a stuffed catnip toy or the interactive cat
dancer-and tons of play sessions together.
Forget the Mistletoe & Holly
Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and
diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular
problems. And many varieties of lilies, can cause kidney failure in cats if
ingested. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or
plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.
Leave the Leftovers
Fatty, spicy and no-no human foods, as well as bones, should not be fed to
your furry friends. Pets can join the festivities in other fun ways that
won't lead to costly medical bills.
That Holiday Glow
Don't leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause
a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle
holders, placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the room, put the
candle out!
Wired Up
Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws' reach. A
wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured
battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of
breakable ornaments can damage your pet's mouth.
House Rules
If your animal-loving guests would like to give your pets a little extra
attention and exercise while you're busy tending to the party, ask them to
feel free to start a nice play or petting session.
Put the Meds Away
Make sure all of your medications are locked behind secure doors, and be
sure to tell your guests to keep their meds zipped up and packed away, too.
Careful with Cocktails
If your celebration includes adult holiday beverages, be sure to place
your unattended alcoholic drinks where pets cannot get to them. If
ingested, your pet could become weak, ill and may even go into a coma,
possibly resulting in death from respiratory failure.
A Room of Their Own
Give your pet his own quiet space to retreat to-complete with fresh water
and a place to snuggle. Shy pups and cats might want to hide out under a
piece of furniture, in their carrying case or in a separate room away from
the hubbub.
New Year's Noise
As you count down to the new year, please keep in mind that strings of
thrown confetti can get lodged in a cat's intestines, if ingested, perhaps
necessitating surgery. Noisy poppers can terrify pets and cause possible
damage to sensitive ears.

King is a former veterinary hospital manager turned writer. She is
the author of Buckley's Story - Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher. Her
online magazine News for You and Your Pet goes out to subscribers around
the world. Her blog, The Conscious Cat, has been called "educational cat
nip for the cat lover" and is a comprehensive resource for conscious
living, health and happiness for pets and their people. For more information
about Ingrid, please visit



Osteoporosis Support News

"Healthy Bones Come From a Healthy Body" Woody McMahon

Podcast Series Being Developed for Marodyne LIV Tablet

We are working on something for you to do while standing on your Marodyne
LIV Tablet for 10 minutes a day? Sara Meeks and I have been asked to develop
a series of 24 audio podcasts that will accompany every LIV Tablet as a part of
the LIVe Again! program.
You will be able to improve your bone health while listening
to us help you learn how to LIVe Again!

LIVe Again! will be the first Complete, Safe and Effective, Drug Free and
approach to improving bone health. It will be easy to follow and
allow you to relax knowing that you are doing the very best for your bones.


If you are not familiar with LIV, it stands for low intensity vibration.
The research of Dr. Clint Rubin and others has shown that LIV helps
stimulate the bone cells, especially the osteoblasts, which are responsible
for new bone production. LIV has also been shown to improve postural muscle
strength, balance and circulation. Marodyne has taken Dr. Rubin's research
and developed an LIV device (looks like a bathroom scale) they call The
Marodyne LIV Tablet.


If you have questions about LIVe Again! or the Marodyne LIV Tablet, email them to
Woody at



Healthy Lifestyle Consultations Now Available 

Do you have questions about how to live a healthy lifestyle? Do you need
accurate, cutting edge solutions to lifestyle and other health problems?
Sign-up for a healthy lifestyle consultation and get the answers you need
now. Click Here for more information.


You can also contact Woody McMahon directly at 703-464-5171 or email to



Continued Good Health,


Woody McMahon

The Sequoia Advisor



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