Recently, I attended a lecture given by pediatric nutritionist, Dr. Joanna Dolgoff. One of the shocking statistics was that obesity will soon overtake smoking as the leading preventable cause of death.

Scary. But fear is a great motivator, isn’t it?

Below are my 26 Reasons to Exercise Starting NOW…

1. Boosts your immune system.
2. Helps you lose weight.
3. Improves your posture.
4. Reduces your risk of heart disease.
5. Improves your body’s ability to use fat for energy during physical activity.
6. Helps relieve headaches.
7. Increases your muscle strength.
8. Helps you preserve lean body tissue.
9. Reduces risk of high blood pressure.
10. Increases the levels of HDL, good cholesterol.
11. Helps boost creativity.
12. Helps you overcome jetlag.
13. Assists you in your efforts to stop smoking.
14. Lowers your resting heart rate.
15. Enhances you sexual desire, performance and satisfaction.
16. Helps improve short-term memory in older individuals.
17. Helps relieve many of the common discomforts of pregnancy.
18. Reduces your level of anxiety.
19. Helps you to incur fewer medical and health-care expenses.
20. Provides you with protection against injury.
21. Helps you sleep easier and better.
22. Reduces your risk of developing breast cancer.
23. Helps you relieve constipation.
24. Increases your ability to adapt to cold environments.
25. Helps to alleviate certain menstrual symptoms.
26. Improves your mental alertness.

Enjoy your snow day everyone in the northeast…and get on that treadmill, roll out the yoga mat or just do some jumping jacks. Doing a little a lot is better than doing a lot a little.


“In order to change, we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
-author unknown

Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Alex Ferrara at The Lawrenceville School.

I believe in preventive medicine. I watch what I eat, I exercise regularly, I meditate daily, and I try to stay optimistic. Many people ask me, “Ed, how do you always have such high energy?” The answer is that I take care of myself. Let’s face it, it is easy to be lazy. We wake up late, rush out of the house, oftentimes without eating the most important meal of the day, to sit in our cars and drive to work, so we can sit in front of the computer, then we walk to get lunch and sit down to eat it. Then we sit in meetings and at the end of the day, we go back and sit in our cars to go home and sit at the dinner table, eat, and then sit down to watch TV. Then for a change, we lie down and sleep.

Okay, now for some of you, that might have been an exaggeration, but for others, it may have been eerily accurate.

Preventive medicine is taking action before you become sick. We all know someone who has fought cancer. Though nothing is a guarantee, it certainly can’t hurt to take some steps to decrease your chances of getting it, or increase your chances of surviving it. I recently received some great information from Johns Hopkins on chemotherapy alternatives and cancer prevention. I will share some of the key points below…

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

3. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

4. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

5. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

6. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

A) Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.

B) Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved.

C) Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

D) A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

E) Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water.. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

7. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

8. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

9. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

10. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

Other tips:

No plastic containers in the microwave (glass, pyrex, ceramic are okay).
No water bottles in the freezer (releases dioxins from the plastic).
No plastic wrap in the microwave (toxins drip on to food during heating, use paper instead).

I challenge you to take some preventive measures to ensure a better tomorrow and a higher quality today.

We should spend more time thinking about the future because that’s where we’re going to spend the rest of our lives.

Thanks for reading.