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The Schwarzbein Principle II, "Transition": A Regeneration Program to Prevent and Reverse Accelerated Aging

The Schwarzbein Principle II, "Transition": A Regeneration Program to Prevent and Reverse Accelerated Aging

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The Schwarzbein Principle II, "Transition": A Regeneration Program to Prevent and Reverse Accelerated Aging

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In her very successful book, The Schwarzbein Principle, renowned endocrinologist Diana Schwarzbein introduced her scientifically proven conclusion that degenerative diseases are not genetic, but acquired.

Many studies have supported this, proving that life expectancy is 75 to 90 percent due to habits and only 10 to 25 percent due to genetics. This means that someone who is genetically destined to die at age 100 may not live past age 60 because of poor habits and lifestyle choices that cause accelerated aging and premature death. Conversely, a person can live to 100 and be functionally healthy.

In this highly anticipated follow-up, Diana Schwarzbein, M.D., goes beyond the diet she introduced in her first book—which literally helped thousands of people lose weight—and offers a personalized anti-aging program for readers to heal their metabolisms and stop advanced aging in its tracks.

Weaving in groundbreaking research and provocative case studies—including her own regeneration and that of her clients—she leads readers through a series of eye-opening questionnaires, which identify where they are on their path to either accelerated or healthy aging.

Based on readers’ answers, she leads them to the “how-to” sections, which explain, in easy-to-follow and personalized detail, the steps they need to take to restore healthy functioning. For each unique situation, she covers five areas: Nutrition , Hormone Replacement Therapy (if needed), Tapering Off Toxic Chemicals or Avoiding Them Completely , Cross-Training Exercises and Stress Management.

The Schwarzbein Principle II is sure to follow the success of the first book and will help people live a more healthful lifestyle by embracing a regeneration process to prevent and reverse accelerated aging.
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Preface

Aging is inevitable. We all know it is happening to us every time we look in the mirror.

You probably think that there is nothing you can do about aging, but that is not true. This book has been written to show you that there is a great deal that you can do about it—and it will teach you how to age successfully.

It may seem strange to think of success in terms of aging, but you can be as successful at aging as you can in any other area of your life. Successful aging is not only possible; it is crucial if you are going to live a long, healthy, active life. You can control your aging process by adopting the nutrition and lifestyle habits that bring your body’s systems back into balance, thus promoting health and longevity.

Part of successful aging is the ability to heal your metabolism or keep it running efficiently if you already have a healthy metabolism. As you adopt good habits and your metabolism begins to heal, you will go through a transition time where your body repairs the damage caused by your previous years of poor nutrition and lifestyle habits. This transition will take some of you longer than others, but the good news is that everyone can heal. You will have optimum health, ideal body composition, and increased longevity when you complete your transition.

To help you through your transition, I have put together a How To section in Part III of the book that contains a five-step regeneration program based on what I recommend in my clinical practice depending on your current metabolism type. There are four individual programs based on the four different current metabolism types: insulin-sensitive with healthy adrenal glands; insulin-sensitive with burned-out adrenal glands; insulin-resistant with healthy adrenal glands; and insulin-resistant with burned-out adrenal glands. These metabolism types are acquired and not genetic. If you implement the five areas outlined in the How To section into your daily lifestyle, as described in your individual program, you will heal your metabolism or keep it healthy and achieve successful aging. It does not get much better than that.

If you are going to skip to the back of the book and read the How To section to learn the Schwarzbein Principle II (SPII) program first, come back and read the first half of the book that deals with the Why To and the Transition process. By reading the case studies, you will learn why you need to change certain habits and what you may experience along the way. This will help you make the necessary changes and then stick to them. This book is not intended to be a quick fix but a life-changing tool that will help you enjoy your remaining years to their fullest.

Hormonal Disclaimer

For the purpose of simplicity, the actions of adrenaline, norepinephrine and glucagon are consolidated into one hormone, adrenaline. Though this is not 100 percent correct, it is sufficient for the purpose of this book, which is to inspire you to improve your nutrition and lifestyle habits. If you would like more specifics, refer to Williams Textbook of Endocrinology 9th Edition, Saunders.

Terminology

The term biochemical is used herein to describe chemicals that your body needs for regeneration, and the term toxic chemical is used in reference to chemicals that are not needed for regeneration and have the potential to cause cellular damage.

PART I

Why To

One

Successful Aging

Did you know that the maximum life span for the human race is 120 years, yet most of us do not even live to be 100 years old? Why is that? What is keeping you from reaching your potential life span? Is it your genetic makeup, or your poor nutrition and lifestyle habits? From my knowledge of physiology and from my clinical experience, I have no doubt that daily habits, not genetics, play the most important role in determining how well people age.

Most of us are concerned about growing older because we do not want to be dependent on others or have to live with a debilitating disease for many years until we die. We want to age successfully and remain as healthy as we can for as long as we can, but we are getting conflicting information about how to do this. We wonder if it is even possible.

I have good news for you. Though it is normal for some of your bodily functions to decline with age, your quality of life does not have to diminish as well. You can remain healthy, vital and happy for a longer time by aging successfully, and this book will be your guide.

The Schwarzbein Principle II (SPII) program contains five steps that will teach you how to improve your nutrition and lifestyle habits so you can age successfully. These steps include:

1. Healthy nutrition, including supplementation with vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and amino and fatty acids, if needed

2. Stress management, including getting enough sleep

3. Tapering off toxic chemicals or avoiding them completely

4. Cross-training exercises

5. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), if needed

If you feel it is too late for you to age successfully, do not despair. This book will also guide you through a process of healing called the transition that will help restore your health. You will learn how to begin this healing process in part II of the book.

What Is Aging?

There are two types of aging: genetic aging and metabolic aging. You have a predetermined maximum total life span because the cells of your body are genetically programmed to die. Though the life span for the human species is 120 years, length of life varies for the individual. This is what is known as genetic aging. You cannot live longer than your preset genetic age, but you can certainly die earlier from accidents, infections or metabolic aging.

Metabolic Aging

Metabolic aging is the type of aging that occurs in relation to daily nutrition and lifestyle habits. You are in control of your metabolic aging process because stress, food, toxic chemicals and exercise can either speed up or slow down this process. If you speed up your metabolic aging through poor nutrition and lifestyle choices, you are going to die prematurely before reaching your genetic age. This is what is known as accelerated metabolic or premature aging.

You can reach your preset genetic age by preventing or reversing accelerated metabolic aging, and living a healthier life will help you do just that.

Living Longer, Not Better

Not too long ago the average life expectancy was between thirty and forty years. Today most Americans can count on living to at least seventy years of age or longer because research and education about sanitation and health along with advances in medical technology have helped to prolong our lives.

However, the simple act of being alive does not ensure being healthy, nor does it guarantee that we will be performing at our highest physical, mental and social capacity. While most people are living longer, many are also developing the degenerative diseases of aging (see chart, Degenerative Diseases of Aging).

Those who do not have degenerative diseases may still have physical and mental ailments such as achy muscles and joints, allergies, anxiety, constipation, decreased memory and concentration, depression (short-term), emotional lability (abrupt mood changes), headaches, heartburn, low energy levels and sleep disturbances. With ten thousand baby boomers a day reaching age fifty, the number of people with these ailments and degenerative diseases is guaranteed to rise.

Although the decline of organ and immune system function together with a loss of flexibility occurs with normal aging, you can completely avoid developing a degenerative disease at a younger age. You just need to learn a few simple principles about how the body works and then make the necessary changes to slow down your aging process.

Degenerative Diseases of Aging

Abnormal cholesterol levels

Cancer (almost all types of cancer can be caused by aging, but breast, prostate and colon are the most common types)

Dementia

Depression (long-term)

Early menopause

Heart disease

High blood pressure

Morbid obesity (weighing 30 percent or more above your ideal body weight)

Osteoarthritis

Osteoporosis

Stroke

Type II diabetes

No Longer the Survival of the Fittest

Before modern medicine and plentiful food supplies, only the fittest people survived. Infections and malnutrition were the number-one killers of people in the past. The fittest people were those with the strongest immune systems, who were able to fight off infections, and those who had a thrifty gene that enabled them to utilize less stored food as energy in times of famine.

The good news is that with modern advances, it is no longer the survival of the fittest but the survival of everyone. We no longer have to fight off infections or survive famines on our own because we have antibiotics and year-round access to food. In our time people are succumbing to the degenerative diseases of aging rather than infectious diseases or starvation.

Today, how long and how well you live is more dependent on your daily nutrition and lifestyle habits and their influence on the aging process than on your genetic makeup. When these degenerative diseases occur, quality and quantity of life are shortened.

This does not mean that your genetic makeup does not matter—it does. If you are born with bad genes, you may die young. But once you become an adult, your daily nutrition and lifestyle habits play the biggest role in determining when and how you will die.

By learning how the body works and how your nutrition and lifestyle habits determine your health, you can take control of your quality and quantity of life. This will give you the opportunity to feel great and to live to your genetic potential.

Change Your Destiny

In my first book, The Schwarzbein Principle, I introduced my principle: Degenerative diseases are not genetic but acquired. Because the systems of the human body are interconnected and because one imbalance creates another imbalance, poor eating and lifestyle habits, not genetics, are the main cause of degenerative diseases of aging.

Remember, bad habits, not genetic defects, catch up with us over time and cause accelerated or acquired metabolic aging, and many studies* are backing this up. These longevity studies are showing that lifestyle has a greater influence on our health than genetics and that living longer does not have to equate to the development of degenerative diseases of aging.

This is very exciting news since these recently published studies are proving what I have been advocating since the early 1990s—it is never too late to improve your nutrition and lifestyle habits. You can change your own destiny by improving your daily habits.

In other words, someone who is genetically destined to die at age one hundred may not live past age sixty because of poor nutrition and lifestyle choices that cause accelerated aging and premature death. Conversely, a person can live to one hundred and be functionally intact. This is successful aging.

Taking Control of Aging

Now that you know that you have more control over your own aging process than you were ever led to believe was possible, the next step is to take that control. You can slow down the aging process and remain healthy by keeping your metabolism working efficiently.

Understanding Your Metabolism

To keep your body alive and functioning well, you need to have chemicals that are used for structure, function and energy. These chemicals are known as biochemicals. Cells, cell membranes, organs, glands, teeth, hair, skin, nails, muscles, bones and connective tissue are examples of structural biochemicals. Hormones, neurotransmitters, enzymes, cell mediators and antibodies are examples of functional biochemicals. Some of the energy biochemicals are sugar, ketones, triglycerides and glycogen. They are burned for fuel to keep biochemical reactions occurring.

Your body is made up of all these biochemicals that are continuously undergoing chemical reactions in order to carry on all the functions of the body. For example, for your heart to beat you need to have a heart (made up of structural biochemicals), signals to your heart that it should beat (functional biochemicals) and energy to contract the muscles of the heart to cause the heartbeat (energy biochemicals). All your bodily functions require the use and building back up of all the different biochemicals needed to keep you functioning and to sustain life.

This combination of using up and rebuilding biochemicals is called regeneration. Think of it this way—every time you breathe, think, go for a walk, read a book, eat a meal, watch a movie or do any other activity during your day, you are using up biochemicals. Your body must then rebuild the same biochemicals so that you can engage in all your life activities again. What you use up you must replenish, and you get the materials you need to rebuild your biochemicals from the food you eat.

The sum of these regeneration reactions, all the using-up reactions plus all the building-up reactions that are occurring, is what you know as your metabolism. You have an efficient metabolism if all of these chemical reactions are occurring on a continuous basis and you rebuild just as many biochemicals as you use up.

Every system and function in the body is connected, so when these chemical reactions occur efficiently your metabolism runs efficiently, helping you reach your preset genetic age. When regeneration is not efficient (use is greater than rebuilding, or rebuilding occurs more than using up), premature disease and death occur because of accelerated metabolic aging.

Metabolism Myth

Because our culture has come to equate thinness with health, you may think that someone has a healthy metabolism when that person can eat what he or she wants and does not gain weight. However, this is not always true because the physiological definition of a healthy metabolism refers to all the processes of efficient regeneration—building up and using functional and structural proteins and fats—not just to the ability to burn off sugar and stored fat as energy. The chart below lists some functional, structural and storage biochemicals and what they are made of.

The Composition of Functional, Structural and Storage Biochemicals

(P = Protein, F = Fat, S = Sugar)

Many people equate using energy only with exercise and weight loss. However, you also require energy during all regeneration processes—when you use up and rebuild your functional and structural biochemicals.

An inferior metabolism—the kind that leads to accelerated metabolic aging—is a mismatch between rebuilding and use. In other words, you rebuild your functional, structural and storage biochemicals at a faster rate than you can use them, or you use up more than you can rebuild. So you can be overweight or thin and have an inferior metabolism.

In summary, a healthy metabolism occurs when efficient regeneration of body parts is occurring—when what you use up is being replaced or rebuilt. An inferior metabolism—the kind that leads to accelerated metabolic aging—is a mismatch between using up and rebuilding.

Take the Metabolism Quiz

Since a healthy metabolism cannot be measured by how much you weigh, you can determine if you have a healthy metabolism by evaluating the following signs and symptoms. Check off any that describe you.

  Poor energy and stamina

  Poor memory and concentration

  Poor mood

  Poor sleep habits

  Poor digestion and bowel movements

  Poor strength

  Weak bones, teeth, hair and nails

  Addiction(s) to refined sugars, artificial sugars, caffeine,

nicotine, alcohol and/or illicit drugs

  Allergies, asthma, chronic pain (not due to trauma), frequent severe headaches, daily heartburn and/or frequent infections

  Degenerative disease(s) of aging

If you checked off none of the items, you have a healthy metabolism. If you checked off any of the first seven items, you have a fair metabolism. If you checked off three or more of the first seven items or items 8 or 9, you have a damaged metabolism. If you checked off item 10 because you already have a degenerative disease of aging, you have a badly damaged metabolism.

No matter how awful this sounds, you now know that there is hope. You can heal your metabolism just like I did and thousands of others have.

Controlling Your Hormones

Slowing down or reversing the aging process is related to improving your metabolism, and your metabolism is related to your body’s ability to regenerate efficiently. Your ability to regenerate efficiently requires that all the biochemical reactions in your body are occurring simultaneously and in conjunction with one another—and it is the hormones of the body that regulate these biochemical reactions.

You have control over your hormones when you change your nutrition and lifestyle habits. Therefore, you have control over whether or not you have an efficient metabolism, and thus control over the quality of your health and your aging process.

In summary, the key to preventing accelerated aging is to achieve and/or maintain an efficient metabolism by balancing your hormones. You do this by following the five steps of the SPII program.

The Transition to Healing

You, too, can have a healthy metabolism and achieve your ideal body composition, but if you begin as unhealthy as I did, you have to go through a transition process. This process is explained in more detail in chapter 8, but it is the key to healing your metabolism so I will introduce it briefly here.

The transition is a journey of healing, and you enter your transition when you begin improving your nutrition and lifestyle habits. During your transition your hormones will be changing in response to your new habits, which enables you to heal, but you will not attain balanced hormones immediately. There are sequential steps of healing that everyone must go through.

1. You must first improve your nutrition and lifestyle habits to initiate your transition.

2. When you improve your habits, your body will begin to rebalance its hormones. This is when your body rebuilds all the functional and structural biochemicals that have not been made as efficiently because of your past poor nutrition and lifestyle habits. The more damaged your current metabolism is, the longer it will take for this process to be completed.

3. You will heal your metabolism by taking the necessary steps outlined in the SPII program and by allowing enough time to balance your hormones.

4. When you have healed your metabolism, you will be primed to lose fat weight—if necessary.

5. Once you have lost all your stored fat, you have completed your transition.

Most importantly, there are no shortcuts in this process if you need to heal your metabolism. However, if you have poor nutrition and lifestyle habits, but you have not yet destroyed your metabolism, you will go through a fairly quick transition. You are already primed to lose stored fat and achieve your ideal body composition because you do not have to put in the time to heal your metabolism first.

Summary

•   To age successfully, you must stay as healthy as you can for as long as possible.

•   Daily habits—not genetics—play the most important role in aging.

•   There are two types of aging: genetic aging and metabolic aging.

•   By improving your diet and lifestyle habits, you can prevent accelerated metabolic aging.

•   A healthy metabolism is the result of efficient regeneration (using up and rebuilding) of your body’s biochemicals. An inferior metabolism—the kind that leads to premature aging—is a mismatch between use and rebuilding.

•   Hormones regulate your body’s biochemical reactions—and therefore your metabolism.

•   Controlling and balancing your hormones will lead to an efficient metabolism.

•   Since a healthy metabolism cannot be measured by how much you weigh, you can determine if you have a healthy metabolism by taking the metabolism quiz.

•   Healing a badly damaged metabolism takes time.

•   Once your metabolism is damaged, you cannot rebuild functional and structural proteins and fats without also rebuilding storage fats.

•   The transition is a journey of healing from a damaged metabolism to a healed one. During your transition your hormones will be changing in response to your improved nutrition and lifestyle habits, but you will not attain balanced hormones immediately.

•   The SPII program will guide you in improving your nutrition and lifestyle habits, so that you can balance your hormones, move into your transition, age successfully and avoid premature degenerative diseases of aging.

* * *

Because your hormones regulate regeneration, it is important that you familiarize yourself with them so that you will understand what will happen to you as you go through your transition. Learning to balance your hormones so that your body can regenerate efficiently is the key to successful aging.

Chapter 2 explains hormones—what they are, what they do and how they work to help your body regenerate.

* Stein-Leventhal syndrome (SLS) is a female clinical condition of insulin resistance, fat-weight gain around the midsection, infertility, menstrual cycles without ovulation, acne and/or facial hair.

* The Nun study, the Okinawa study and the MacArthur study.

Two

Hormones and How They Work

Your body maintains a highly sophisticated communication system with hormones acting as messengers between the different cells and systems of your body. As discussed in chapter 1, your hormones regulate all the biochemical processes in your body, including life-sustaining functions. If your hormones are not delivering the right messages, you will initially feel lousy. As time progresses, this imbalance will not only make you feel bad and cause accelerated metabolic aging, but it will also increase your risk for developing a degenerative disease of aging.

Hormones: The Great Communicators

Hormones relay messages to your cells, which in turn respond by changing the biochemical reactions that are occurring within those cells. These cells then secrete new hormones that relay messages to other parts of the body. It is through these constant and simultaneous hormone signals that all your cells are able to stay in contact with each other and keep the systems of your body aware of what is going on in other systems of your body. All of these signals keep your body communicating effectively.

When Communication Breaks Down

If hormonal communication breaks down between cells because of hormonal imbalances, your body will not be able to regenerate efficiently. For you to remain healthy, you need to keep your hormones balanced so they can communicate effectively with each other and with your cells. Unfortunately, life itself is

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