Monthly Archives: September 2017

Genomic Testing: Personalizing Wellness Deciphering our DNA

Genomic Testing – Our 23 Chapter Operating Manual

Never has genomic testing Genomic testing Dr. Mansoor Mohammed on Best In Corporate Healthbeen better described than my guest, Dr. Mansoor Mohammed, clinical genomicist, widely regarded as a pioneer in medical genomics and has been the recipient of multiple academic and industry awards. His academic CV  boasts University of Guelph, UCLA, Baylor & University of Toronto.  Dr. Mansoor is a leading and innovative provider of comprehensive Lifestyle Genomics and Personalized Medicine consulting.  His intensely vivid imagery takes us through a journey of discovery into personalized wellness. Imagine the most intricate game of connect the dots, where our cells are the dots……..I would like to think Dr. Mansoor and colleagues are leading the future of our medical care.

Genomic testing is Where Science Surpasses Science Fiction
Genomic Testing - our operating manual to personalized wellness Best In Corporate Health
“The most important legacy we inherit – is the legacy of our genetic, genomic operating manual” Dr. Mansoor Mohammed

Think of our genomic profile as our operating manual. This operating manual holds the vital inner minutia of how we work, how are we metabolizing our nutrients, our inner pathways…..  A users manual made of 23 chapters – our 23 chromosomes. Each of these chapters  contain the instructions, genes that dictate the body’s decision processes.

We inherit two complete 23 chapter manuals – one from our mother and one from our father.

If you ask people “what is genetics”, they usually have one of two answers;

  1. Inheritance – the genes we inherited from Mamma & Papa, our ancestral form
  2. The Angelina Jolie…..our predisposition to disease….

 

Mansoor teaches us that genetics is so much more than that ….this is as far as I am going

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Dr. Mansoor, Clinical Genomicist “You are unique. Your genomic legacy defines your uniqueness far beyond your physical appearances. It encompasses the minutia of your cellular functions…”

here…no spoiler alert….Listen to Dr. Mansoor…-  Understand the depth of health info encoded in our genetics.

 

I want to be very careful here –we are not victims of our genetics – we cannot use genetics as our universal scapegoat for  challenges in life. As the CDC says….80% of our chronic illnesses are lifestyle.

What genomic testing shows us – is just how directly our nutrition, environmental exposures, lifestyle choices can control how our genes express themselves in our health. We do not change our genes – we can influence how they are expressed. Genomic testing empowers us to make more accurate health decisions, for our own unique genetic composition

Point to Ponder: we often think we are making  good, responsible decisions with our health, when in fact, we are jeopardizing our health…………

Example: 85% of women under the age of 25 have tried the birth control pill, or are on it. Many women have an inherent genetic pathway, that introducing artificial hormones can be disastrous. Just because a woman is not feeling any “side effects” from the hormones, does not mean she is not causing deleterious health risks.

Genomic Testing for Supplementation:

A 2016 study found that Americans spend $30 Billion on dietary supplements. When we study medical genomics, we understand why many of these supplements can have a detrimental effect on our health. 

Just because vitamins and supplements are available without a prescription, does NOT mean they are harmless. Accurate supplementation is a vital part of our health. However, random supplementation can be a hazard to our health. In our interview, we share some of the risks associated with random supplementation.

Genomic testing allows us to customize our supplementation, optimizing our genomic legacy.

Know Our Genomic Legacy….Optimize our Genomic Legacy 

Lifestyle Genomics. The goal is to understand

  1. Understand the unique features of our genomic legacy
  2. Nutrition   Environment    Lifestyle  – Optimally synchronize these with our genomic legacy

We cannot change our genes, we can influence our gene expression.

Our genomic legacy is truly empowering in preventing illness.

Please enjoy listening to Dr. Mansoor – he will help you understand  so much about yourself, the need for personalized wellness.

 

Genomic testing – now available in our personalized wellness programs:

✔️Personalizing is the secret sauce of wellness programs –        -Corporate Health magazine

✔️Both participants and nonparticipants agreed that wellness programs need to incorporate a personalized, customized approach.70% of employee participants reported that their company’s offering is an indicator that their employer cares about them.                      Harvard Business Review

✔️Personalized wellness plans get better results, show significant improvements               Aetna 2015

Personalized wellness programs…..Yes…..We get VERY personal……right down to the DNA….

Corporate health programs…what a wonderful way to affordably  make the world a happier, healthier place.

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack – The Corporate Happy Place medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist

Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

  • Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
  • Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate wellness programs
  • Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
  • Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
  • Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),Myeloma Canada, Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer, Sirius XM Doctor Radio


Wearable Technology Revolutionizing Workplace Health Literacy

Wearable Technology –  $30 billion in 2016 to $150 billion by 2026

We can safely say wearable technology is a very sound investment. The growth of the wearable technology market according to IDTechEx, providing  independent market research & business intelligence  on emerging technology in 80 countries since 1999, looks impressive.

  • $30 billion in 2016 to $150 billion by 2026
  • 9% annually to over $40 billion in 2018
  • 23% to over $100 billion by 2023,
  • slowing to 10% to reach over $150 billion by 2026…..really a concern now?

 

With wearable technology, we have finally made health fun and engaging.

Being proactive about our health is no longer a miserable task – but it is captivating, motivating, competitive…..and uses technology – which studies prove is appealing to all ages. Even if you are not tech savvy – wearable technology still provides insight, engagement in our health and intrigue. Nothing is a catchy and contagious as intrigue….

October 2016 Wearables at Work –  JIFF & Willis Towers Watson

  • 64% of employees agree/ strongly agree that managing their health is a top priority
  • 65% of employees believe employers should take an active role in encouraging them to live healthy lifestyles
  • 33% of employees agree/ strongly agree that the wellbeing initiatives offered by their employer have encouraged them to  live a healthier lifestyle
  • 50% of employees participated in any well-being activity or health-related management program in the last year

The Importance of Biometrics & Health Literacy 

wearable technology and Health Literacy Best In Corporate Health
Stanford 2017: Experts agree that over time, big data will become even more essential for medical breakthroughs. Many envision
a future of ongoing data collection via multiple sources. For example, a patient’s electronic medical records (EMRs) will
be combined with data captured from wearables and genetic testing

Health care literacy is the ability to obtain, process and understand basic health care information, facts, and services needed to make appropriate health care decisions. The American Medical Association reports that health literacy is a stronger predictor of a person’s health status than age, income, employment status, education level or race.

According to the US department of Health & Human Services:

Only 12%  of U.S. adults had proficient health literacy.  Over 1/3 of U.S. adults—77 million people have difficulty with common health tasks, such as following directions on a prescription drug label or adhering to a childhood immunization schedule using a standard chart. This costs.  The lack of health literacy costs the healthcare system,  companies…and of course a lack of health literacy is costing lives.

2017 Stanford Medicine  Harnessing the Power of Data in Health: 

Wearable devices, online diagnostic tools and genetic sequencing services hold the promise of better informed and engaged patients

Reliance on reactive health care will hamper physicians’ ability to anticipate, diagnose and treat disease.

We just need to help people choose the right device – and guide people to use it for much more than counting steps. Provide our employees with the right wearable technology – and provide them the education to harness the power of their own biometrics – to increase their health literacy and become more proactive in the own wellness solutions.

Stanford...Experts agree that over time, big data will become even more essential for medical breakthroughs. A future of ongoing data collection via multiple sources. “For example, a patient’s electronic medical records (EMRs) will be combined with data captured from wearables and genetic testing.”

The popularity of wearable devices, no question has exponential growth…but far too overlooked is exponential health literacy potential.  Experts predict that wearable technology will see record U.S. sales in 2017, with 35 million units in sales. Global sales were estimated to be as high as 274 million devices in 2016.  People cite health as a top motivator for using the new wearable technologies.

Omitting wearable technology  from an employee wellness/ employee incentive program is an error in the employers’ overall wellbeing strategy and health literacy initiatives. The idea of wellness programs is to encourage employees to be more proactive about their health.  Health literacy is often assumed and overlooked.

Personalized corporate health with biometrics and genomic testing
We Get VERY Personal – Add biometrics by incentivizing with wearable technology + Genomic Testing……Very Personal

Connecting the dots…...Education. Choose the right wearable device and design your employee wellness program around the understanding of the data – truly helping employees make better choices…let them see and feel the difference health makes….Now that is how we create engagement…..

 

Don’t pay for the POP or the marketing…Invest in the most thorough device available – measuring the most biometrics for a thorough overview of health.

Personalization   ⇒ Creating the Corporate Health Culture. A vital aspect of attracting top talent, creating a loyal, productive, healthy workforce 

At Best in Corporate Health……we get very personal....

Our  health solutions are NOT one size fits all, nor should your wellness programs be.

Biometrics   Incentivize with wearable technology     Live Interactive webinars   FUN, determined by your employees health data….and did we mention the webinars are included in the discounted price of the wearables?

And now ……     Genomics…………

Yes…..We get VERY personal……right down to the DNA….

Corporate health programs…what a wonderful way to affordably  make the world a happier, healthier place.

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack – The Corporate Happy Place medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist

Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

  • Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
  • Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate wellness programs
  • Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
  • Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
  • Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),Myeloma Canada, Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer, Sirius XM Doctor Radio


Redefine Data Analytics….Using employees’ own biometrics and sequencing the genome for the ultimate personalized wellness  programs-

Genomics: Sequencing the Genome Preventing Disease

Genomics – The Science of Mapping our Genome

Genomics is changing the way we our proactive about our health, changing the way we treat disease. Genomic testing is truly revolutionizing healthcare.

 ( Register for a FREE Webinar with world renowned Clinical Genomicist Dr. Mansoor, on November 9, 7 p.m. eastern, and receive a promo code for 50% off  genomic testing……testing for more genomic markers, than any other test available. )

My Recent Interview on Genomics and Lifestyle choices based on Genomic Testing
Recently I was asked to appear as a special guest on the Make Your Body Work podcast. The show is a Q&A format and we were talking about the following question from a woman named Ainsley:
 

“‘…I was reading a book recently that suggested that we can change our genes based on our lifestyle choices. This makes me wonder how important it really is to cater to our genes, or to even worry about what our genes originally say. If we can actually change our genes, then shouldn’t that be our focus? At least it would be a nice thought, if we’re able to change them.”

As you know, this conversation topic is right up my alley. I was happy to share some ideas and insights that could be helpful to you as well. Listen to the podcast 

Genomics: Deciphering our DNA to Prevent and Recover from Chronic Illness

What is the Genome?

What is the difference in genetic testing and genomic testing?

Genomics Best In Corporate HealthKnowledge is power. Again, I am going to emphasize – according to the CDC 80 % of illness is caused by lifestyle. If we have the knowledge that we carry a genetic predisposition for an illness – you think that might help us hone our lifestyle choices?

If we know that we have a genetic predisposition for diabetes, which can more often than not be prevented by our daily choices, is that motivation for greater commitment to a life to prevent diabetes?

If we have the knowledge for a more targeted treatment protocol of disease, or a more targeted guide for our nutrition, supplementation, exercise…..think that’s motivation?

We so often want a crystal ball to gaze into our future. We do have a number of crystal balls. I am referring to the crystal balls based of science and research, Science that can read & decipher code of our DNA. I am referring to the science of genetic testing & more recently the study of genomics. The study of genetics has been with us for a long time, ever since an Austrian monk named Gregor Mendel traced heritable traits in his pea plants in the 1800s.

Genetic testing over the years has helped us isolate monogenic diseases – understand individual genes and their role in disease such as sickle cell anemia which we know strikes those of Middle Eastern, Indian, Mediterranean and yes, African heritage. Contrary to popular belief – sickle cell  is related to malaria prone areas, not skin color.

Genetic testing has helped women and men discover if they are carriers of the BRCA gene mutation. Other monogenic (one gene is affected) include cystic fibrosis, polycystic kidney disease, and Tay-Sachs disease.

Personalizing corporate wellness with genomics Best in Corporate HealthNow genomics: Genomics looks at a person’s entire genetic makeup – called the genome. If we look at our chronic illnesses of today – cancer, heart disease, diabetes these diseases are a perfect storm from the interaction of a number of genes……and further complicated by environmental factors and lifestyle choices…… And……the plot thickens…..
Where genomics is insanely helpful –  scientifically targeting  our lifestyle decisions. Genomics focuses on all of the genes and genetic material (not just one at a time) and their interaction with NON genetic factors. By understanding how genes interact with non-genetic factors over which many we have control, such as diet, exercise, and smoking, exposure to oxidative stressors……we can minimize our risk and prevent many complex diseases. Genomics allows us to choose more appropriate food choices, choose targeted nutraceuticals vs swallowing generalized vitamins that give us expensive pee, and genomics can be used in targeting treatment protocols for various diseases….Science has outdone science fiction!

Vitamins ….. Supplements . ….Nutraceuticals

We spend billions every year on vitamins and supplements. There is no question there is better health to be gained with educated supplementation, when guided by real science. Problems:

  • Most people take a general multivitamin – quality varies and is extremely questionable
  •  Very often excipients (flow agents, binders, fillers, coatings, preservatives) are used that can be a health hazard
  • There is a very incorrect view that vitamins can only help us, not hurt us – and that is just not true. There are some conditions we could be totally unaware we have – and those supplements can exacerbate the situation
  • People think if some is good, more is better….just NOT true
  • There are water soluble and fat soluble vitamins. It is possible for fat soluble vitamins to be stores and accumulate to toxic levels
  • There is very little quality control
  • Certain supplements can encourage the growth of tumors

Just as with medication, we need to be educated as to the best choices for us. Genomic testing  – alerting us to our potential for disease – helps us make educated decisions over which supplements we should stay away from, and which ones will support our health.

Genomic Testing in our Corporate Wellness Programs

Corporate Wellness Magazine:

Genomics personalizing employee wellness
Getting very personal – genomic testing to personalize employee wellness programs

Personalization is the secret sauce for any wellness program

Personalized wellness programs deliver better motivation, knowledge, employee engagement, and results.

A personalized wellness program also conveys a serious commitment on the part of the employer to the employee. In our current  world where “attracting and keeping top talent in our organizations” is  a priority, personalization is key.

Providing Employees the Wealth of Health in Genomics –

Nothing Says Value & Appreciation More Than Health.  Appreciation breeds engagement

Harvard Business Review 2016: The Cost of Disengagement

Genomics Personalizing wellness programs
Targeting Health – Personalizing wellness with Genomics and Biometrics

“While a cut-throat environment and a culture of fear can ensure engagement (and sometimes even excitement) for some time, research suggests that the inevitable stress it creates will likely lead to disengagement over the long term. Engagement in work — which is associated with feeling valued, secure, supported, and respected — is generally negatively associated with a high-stress, cut-throat culture.  In studies by the Queens School of Business and by the Gallup Organization, disengaged workers had:

  • 37% higher absenteeism
  • 49% more accidents,
  • 60% more errors and defects.

In organizations with low employee engagement scores they experienced :

  • 18% lower productivity
  • 16% lower profitability,
  • 37% lower job growth
  •  65% lower share price over time
  • Businesses with highly engaged employees enjoyed 100% more job applications.
Genomics in wellness Best In Corporate HealthCancer Genomics

As a scientist, corporate health provider – my passion has always been preventing cancer. It was established many years ago that cancer is only 8-10% genetics – the rest is lifestyle – exposures to mutagens, carcinogens, oxidative stress that disrupt our inner ecosystem – and create an inner biology that is a good host for cancer. We have all been touched by cancer – either ourselves, or devastated by the loss of a loved one to cancer.

Cancer costs in the workplace – courtesy Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) 2014:

  • In lost work time & treatment: $19,000/100 employees/year
  • Lost work time and presenteeism  $10,000/ 100 workers
  • Medical and pharmacy treatments  $9,100
  •  Absent 3.8 more days per year
  •  Lose the equivalent of 1.8 more days per year to presenteeism.
  • At any given time, about 1/4 of employees with a history of cancer are in treatment.
  • Employees with cancer have an average of approximately four other conditions that complicate care management strategies

By studying the cancer genome, scientists can discover what letter changes are causing a cell to become a cancer. The genome of a cancer cell can also be used to tell one type of cancer from another.  In some cases, studying the genome in a cancer can help identify a subtype of cancer within that type, such as HER2+ breast cancer. Understanding the cancer genome may also help a doctor select the best treatment for each patient.

✔️ Coming Next week to Best In Corporate Health, an Interview with Bryce Wylde & Dr. Mansoor Mohammed – experts in the science of genomic testing 

Personalization   ⇒ Creating the Corporate Health Culture. A vital aspect of attracting top talent, creating a loyal, productive, healthy workforce 

 

At Best in Corporate Health……we get very personal....

Understanding what genetic predispositions we have. This enables us to target the choices we make in our daily lives. It enables health care professionals to better target treatment options for pre-existing conditions. Health is NOT one size fits all, nor should our wellness programs be.

Biometrics   Incentivize with wearable technology     Live Interactive webinars   FUN

And now ……     Genomics…………

Yes…..We get VERY personal……right down to the DNA….

Corporate health programs…what a wonderful way to affordably  make the world a happier, healthier place.

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack – The Corporate Happy Place medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist

Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

  • Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
  • Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate wellness programs
  • Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
  • Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
  • Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),Myeloma Canada, Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer, Sirius XM Doctor Radio


Redefine Data Analytics….Using employees’ own biometrics and sequencing the genome for the ultimate personalized wellness  programs-

Cancer – A Virus to Our Cellular HTML

Cancer – Think of it as a Virus to the HTML Programming our Cells

Cancer - Virus to our cellular HTML Best In Corporate HealthI sometimes get annoyed when people say/think “Everything causes cancer”. This thought often engrains a sense of helplessness within.The truth is, if we understand what cancer is, it helps us a deeper appreciation of prevention – we are certainly not helpless…A life to prevent cancer is a life to prevent all of our chronic illnesses,  infusing us with energy & power.  Let’s think of cancer as a virus that has reprogrammed and is spreading malicious coding to the  HTML of our cell’s genetic code.

Take a look at a beautiful website. Behind every beautiful site is HTML HyperText Markup Language, the “mother tongue” of our web browsers. Behind our being, is genetic code that dictates every cell of who we are, how we think and feel.  If we have one wrong little character in the HTML of our website it can completely destroy the function of that website. Well, the same is true for our genetic code.

Now, what is cancer? Cancer is a genetic mutation, something has reprogrammed the HTML of that cell. That cell is now reproducing incorrectly and potentially very dangerously, destroying healthy cellular function.  If our ecosystem is unable to shut that cell down, there is trouble. If our ecosystem is not optimized, the genetic saboteur is allowed to reproduce, and that deadly coding is reproduced.

Our bodies are a wonderland. Wonderland has an inner ecosystem that like any ecosystem needs to be kept in balance.  Chinese medicine describes our flow of Qi. Without the flow of Qi, our life’s force, the ecosystem is jolted out of balance.

We live in a world that is constantly bombarding our ecosystem.  Many times we are responsible for that attack: smoking, poor food choices, lack of physical activity…. And many times we do not know we are exposed to attacks on that biochemical terrain. Enter illness and disease.

Cancer is thought to be only 5-10% genetic. The rest is lifestyle, however, as mentioned above, our lifestyles consist of unknown as well as known carcinogens…..exposures that cause a cell to mutate.

Now……how magical are the powers of the right exercise? Exercise and nutrition are our body guards. When carcinogens attack, by empowering our body with the strongest possible biochemical terrain, one that is totally inhospitable to mutagens, we are able to fight the attacker and win.

Cellular Malware   (aka carcinogens and pathogens):

Certain chemicals (in our food, in our air, in our meds, in our soils……..)

Viruses and bacteria

Geophysical exposures, radiation…….anyone use a cell phone?

Hormonal imbalances…..including our big wide world of phytoestrogens endocrine disrupters…

Oxidative Stress & Inflammation

Some nasty lifestyle choices: smoking, sitting, poor food choices, stress, alcohol….

Our body depends on us to supply it with sustenance to empower the ecosystem.  This not only includes our immune system, but our digestive function as well. Think of our digestive tract as the first step of our immune system. A great deal of our mood and “happy functions” come from that mysterious land called our enteric nervous system……Unfortunately – even if we eat “the right” foods, our digestive tract can be impeded by that same cellular malware. Keeping our digestive tract a “united front” against the cellular malware includes a healthy balance in our gut microbiome, and assuring we maintain healthy levels of stomach acid. Unfortunately, there is a detrimental abuse of antacids – as low stomach acid is frequently mistaken for high stomach acid. And of course our digestive health is jeopardized by all the usual saboteurs….poor sleep, alcohol, sugar, processed foods, and of course people who don’t listen to grandma – and don’t get their roughage. Cellular malware thrives without an optimized digestive tract.

Preventing Cancer: Building Our Cellular Anti-Malware: (Our Fab 4)
  1. Nutrition..
  2. Exercise & Physical Activity
  3. Sleep
  4. Minimize exposure to carcinogens, mutagens, pathogens……reducing oxidative stress & chronic inflammation

When the body is unable to fight intruders, our biochemical terrain allows mutated cells, aka cancer cells, to reproduce…and reproduce……until “we have cancer”. It is believed that everyone of us have cancerous cells lurking within, our goal is that we have the defences to shut down those cells, or force what is called apoptosis – cell suicide.

Front and center to the body’s defences are our immune and circulatory systems.

Cancer - prevention Best In Corporate Health programsOur immune system is a pumpless system.  In other words, it can produce all of the wonderful superheroes in the world (lymphocytes, macrophages, neutrophils, immunoglobins….) but if there is no pumping action from our muscles, or no muscles, the immune system can’t do its job.

Exercise is imperative for optimizing our body’s performance. Every study shows us that exercise and physical activity are an absolute necessity for every organ system of the body, and a necessity, the “managing partner” to chronic disease prevention…all of them…

Our vigilance to proactive health, by honoring  the 4 components of Anti-malware is vital to the destruction of cancer, and all chronic illnesses at every level:

Prevention: enabling the body to kill those intrusions, to build a strong inner ecosystem

Management: make it through treatment, minimizing risks of side effects of treatment, fighting fatigue, getting our immune system to work in our favor, and  studies show us –  help better response to treatment, including protecting the body from potential side effects of medication

Prevention of recurrence. Rebuilding and equipping the immune system

Cancer occurs because their has been a genetic mutation, a change to the genetic code. The body has been attacked..the body needs to fight the attacker. By honoring our Fab 4, understanding their power, the many layers and complexities of each……we will fight cancer & chronic illness. We are NOT helpless, at all.


Corporate health programs…what a wonderful way to affordably  make the world a happier, healthier place. Educate people to Prevent cancer 

Biometrics   Incentivize with wearable technology     Live Interactive webinars   FUN    Genomics…………

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack – The Corporate Happy Place medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist

Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

  • Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
  • Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate wellness programs
  • Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
  • Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
  • Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),Myeloma Canada, Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer, Sirius XM Doctor Radio


Redefine Data Analytics….Using employees’ own biometrics and sequencing the genome for the ultimate personalized wellness  programs-

Effects of Diabetes – Sucking Life & Spirit

Effects of Diabetes – Diabetes Sucks the Life out of Us

The Multigenerational Effects of Diabetes – Physiologically, emotionally, financially, community

Diabetes is all about our master hormone Insulin, and mostly caused by our lifestyles, insulin resistance. Insulin helps control blood glucose levels by signaling the liver and muscle and fat cells to take in glucose from the blood. Insulin therefore helps cells to take in glucose to be used for energy. A lack of insulin or a losing the ability to respond to insulin (insulin resistance) leads to diabetes. Insulin is our master hormone, and masters our health.

effects of diabetes Best In Corporate HealthYes diabetes sucks, it can suck the life out of us physically, emotionally and financially. The vast majority of type 2 diabetes is a product of lifestyle. Lifestyle choices are passed down in families with a far greater influence than genetics. Given our continuing diabetes epidemic – we can most efficiently break this deadly trend educating larger populations  – communities and companies.

The National Diabetes Statistics Report is a publication of the CDC  providing updated statistics about diabetes in the United States. The data is collected from hundreds of sources around the country. Data here is from the 2017 report:

  • 30.3 million people, 9.4% of the U.S. population—had diabetes in 2015
  • This total included 30.2 million adults aged 18 years or older (12.2% of all U.S. adults), of which 7.2 million (23.8%) were unaware of or did not report having diabetes
  • The percentage of adults with diabetes increased with age, reaching a high of 25.2% among those aged 65 years or older
  • 33.9% of U.S. adults aged 18 years or older (84.1 million people) had prediabetes in 2015, based on their fasting glucose or A1C level. Nearly half (48.3%) of adults aged 65 years or older had prediabetes
  • Among U.S. adults aged 20 years or older with diagnosed diabetes, the estimated crude prevalence of chronic kidney disease (stages 1–4) was 36.5%
  • In 2014, a total of 52,159 people developed end-stage renal disease with diabetes as the primary cause
  • Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2015
Financial Effects of Diabetes
  • The total direct and indirect estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States in 2012 was $245 billion
  • Average medical expenditures for people with diagnosed diabetes were about $13,700 per year. About $7,900 of this amount was attributed to diabetes
  • After adjusting for age group and sex, average medical expenditures among people with diagnosed diabetes were about 2.3 times higher than expenditures for people without diabetes
The Effects of Diabetes

Diabetic complications are far reaching:

effects of diabetes insulin resistanceBecause diabetes ravages the blood vessels and nerves, there are no limits at all to how much of the body can be destroyed. Diabetes most directly attacks heart health, kidneys, eyes, risk of stroke. Because diabetes effects the nerves, it can destroy mobility, digestion…..and yes memory. High blood glucose levels, over a number of years, can damage the nerves, including those of the brain, which increases the risk of dementia.

Having diabetes can also cause a mental health condition called diabetes distress. This condition shares some elements of depression, mood swings, anxiety, and stress. An estimated 33 to 50 percent of people with diabetes experience diabetes distress at some point during the course of their disease.

We feel better – diabetic and non diabetics – when we control our blood sugar.

 10 Steps to Preventing and Managing Diabetes

  1. Quit smoking – and yes – lower exposure to second hand and third hand smoke
  2. Manage Body fat levels: Body fat releases some nasty hormones creating havoc with the endocrine system
  3. Drink water…Try not so much at meal time as it can dilute precious digestive enzymes – rather in between meals.
  4. Muscles are your BFF in life: All exercise  and regular bouts of physical activity effects of diabetes muscles preventing diabetes Best in Corporate Healththrough out the day are imperative for every aspect of mental and physical health – but muscles are NOT just for body builders. Muscles are a critical contributor to metabolism & endocrine regulation – Muscles are imperative for blood sugar control. A nasty reality of life called sarcopenia – loss of muscle mass with age – aka use it or lose it – it a perfect explanation for increase risk of diabetes as we age. It is well proven people well into there nineties and centenarians can build muscle.
  5. Exercise & physical activity for circulation, heart health, pumping our immune system.
  6. Nutrition: Yes to control blood sugar, but nutrition to support exercise and muscle growth. Understand glycemic Index. Unfortunately it is not law in North America to label glycemic index, but it is in many countries of the world. I’ve linked my interview with Dr. David Jenkins – father of the glycemic index
  7. sleep well   Restorative sleep – a critical component to hormone regulation
  8. Go for regular diagnostics to our healthcare professionals
  9. We should all know our blood sugar levels – dialogue with your healthcare professionals, review your blood tests with them. Knowing certain basic biomarkers is more vital than knowing our weight.
  10. With all of our wonderful wearable technology – we now have devices that track valuable biomarkers of health in non invasive ways, while enjoying the fun and healthy competition of wearable trackers. Clearly – these devices do NOT replace medical diagnostics – but they can sure help us have more educated, informed conversations with our healthcare professionals.

Managing prediabetes is a great lifestyle – Unfortunately we live in a world that is very supportive of diabetes – with all of our information on controlling and preventing diabetes – we are enveloped in a world that provides an endless supply of high sugar nutritionally deprived carbohydrates, and an inaccurate view of how to be physically active and to get exercise. It is also a great way to prevent many of our other chronic illnesses – including many cancers, heart disease….. The effects of diabetes can be so insidious, the connection is frequently overlooked. We need to focus on targeting large populations of people – so we can start passing down healthier lifestyle habits as part of our legacy.

Corporate health programs…what a wonderful way to affordably  make the world a happier, healthier place. Effective corporate wellness programs preventing the devastation from the effects of diabetes

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack – The Corporate Happy Place medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist

Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

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