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Your Guide To Optimal Health: Your Personal Wellness Wheel by Seema Patel MD, MPH
After practicing primary care medicine for 10 years, Seema Patel, MD, MPH was discouraged with the traditional “fix it, when it’s broken” approach. Traditional medicine was reactive, waiting for a disease to develop and only then providing resources to help. Yet true changes to health need to be pro-active and preventative. When one in two Americans suffer from some type of chronic disease, teaching patients to live well has become her mission
Dr. Patel, who now specializes in Age Management Medicine along with Dr. Lee Kirksey, a board certified vascular surgeon and Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine introduce a new paradigm of health that is comprehensive, holistic, and proactive. They believe that achieving Optimal Health, the state of peak performance mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually can prevent disease and slow down the aging process.
Your Guide to Optimal Health provides step by step instructions and interactive exercises to assist readers to create their Personal Wellness Wheel ™. The wheel integrates both Eastern and Western philosophies and consists of eight complimentary elements of health that, when operate synergistically, lead to a better quality of life and well-being.
Dr. Patel discusses the worst and best foods for Optimal Health
Leadng Causes of Death in the United States in 2000 10
Actual Causes of Death in the United States in 1990 and 2000 10 Glycemic Index/Glycemic Load Foods 45
Body Mass Index 58
Top Ten Stressful Life Events 107
Quizzes, Tips, and Worksheets
Test Your Knowledge about Physical Activity & Heart Disease 14
Optimal Health Lab Results 24
Optimal Health Record for Preventative Medicine 25
Twenty Questions on Drinking or Drugs 31
Eating Patterns Exercises 33
Tips for Good Sleep 35
Guidelines for Choosing Protein 41
Grocery List 53
Menu Ideas for Eating Well 54
Diet History 55
Fitness Plans 65-69
Risk of Low Testosterone (for Men) 74
Symptoms of Possible Hormone Problems 86-87
Hormone Laboratory Blood Work 87
Summary of Treatment Options for Different Skin Conditions 98
Finding Your Skin Care Specialist 99
Ageless Skin Chart 101
Symptoms of Stress and Cumulative Effects 105-106
How to Handle Stress Effectively 108-109
A Breathing Exercise 110
Modern Meditation Technique 110
Changing Your Mind Exercise 111
Activities That Help Me Relax 114
Developing Your “Why” List 117
Positive and Negative Health Behaviors and Their Associations 119
Level of Optimism Quiz 124-125
Optimistic Thought or Pessimistic Thought? 126-127
Table of Contents
Spoke One: A Pro-Active Health Approach: Preventing Disease 5
The Power of Exercise: Maintaing a Youthful Mind and Body 59
Why Exercise is so Important 60
Types of Physical Exercise 63
Importance of Breathing 65
Building Spoke Four of Your Personal Wellness Wheel™ 66
Fitness Plans 67
Summary of Exercise Benefits 72
Your Guide to Hormone Optimization: Restoring Your Body’s Balance 73
The Importance and Function of Hormones 74
Testosterone for Men 75
Hormone Replacement for Women 81
Thyroid Hormone 85
Human Growth Hormone 85
Building Spoke Five of Your Personal Wellness Wheel™ 89
A Must-Have For Every Man or Woman Over 30!
“Imagine Your Hormones Restored Naturally, Living
100% Free From Menopause Or Andropause Symptoms,
And Living Every Second Of Life With Youthful Energy
Plus The Sex Drive of your twenties!”
"A Life Restored!"
"Dr. Seema Patel has had such a profound impact on my physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Her approach to health and wellness is all encompassing, addressing all aspects of the body/mind/spirit connection in treating the whole being and not just "symptoms". After years of struggling with hormone imbalances and digestive issues, Dr. Patel has balanced and restored my body's health and given me tools to support and maintain my wellness."
When your hormones are out-of-balance, your life can be tossed into hopelessness, confusion and depression. Male or female, the problems exist for almost everyone over 30—loss of sex drive (and often sexual function), decreased energy, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, weight gain, and more.
This is what I call "Hormone Hell."
The bad news is that this is ruining your life, making you feel old before your time, and creating unnecessary stress in your relationships. The even worse news is that this is the start of long-term health problems for many people—although you may not realize it because most doctors just treat the symptoms.
The fantastic news is that I can help you.
How? By addressing the real cause of your suffering. Most doctors only treat the symptoms of your pain. That leaves the real problem room to grow and grow. Eventually this can cause disease, and even early death.
I don't think medicine should treat you like a number, give you a few pills and a few hundred pages of insurance forms, and put you on your way.
If you're tired of being tired—and tired of being treated poorly by most doctors, only to end up feeling worse, then read on...