I know many of you are probably asking what a business blog is doing talking about collagen. So, let me tell you!
As business leaders, we tend to focus so intently on our business, especially when we are facing the challenges brought about by COVID, that we forget about one of the most important things . . . our health!
And that is where collagen comes in.
Most of us are familiar with protein. Collagen, one form of protein, makes up about one-third of your body’s total protein. It is important for our muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, skin, and other connective tissue.
Benefits of Collagen
According to Wikipedia, “An electromagnetic field (also EMF or EM field) is a physical field produced by electrically charged objects. It affects the behavior of charged objects in the vicinity of the field. The electromagnetic field extends indefinitely throughout space . . . It is one of the four fundamental forces of nature.”
Granted, EMFs are generally not a big topic in business related articles! However, they can have a dramatic impact on our health and, if our health is compromised, our business is compromised!
I first became aware of the health impacts of EMFs when I wrote a term paper at university in the 1980’s. Back then the big concern was EMF from high voltage power lines. Today, man-made EMF is more prolific than ever before and it is increasing. In fact, it is almost impossible to avoid in today’s society regardless of where you are on the planet! Some sources of man-made EMF are:
The book review for this week is Tripping Over the Truth by Travis Christofferson
Christofferson takes the reader through the history of the diagnosis and treatment of cancer over the last few hundred years. Along this journey, science and doctors have made some dramatic discoveries and some dramatic errors in the detection, prevention and treatment of cancer. Essentially, the author is laying the scientific groundwork to support the metabolic theory of cancer.
The metabolic theory of cancer is, in simple terms, that cancer is caused when a cell is damaged so that the cell no longer generates its energy through an oxidative process but rather through a process that involves the fermentation of sugar. This means that limiting the amount of sugar that a cancer cell has access to would logically dramatically impact the ability that the cancer cell has to function and proliferate.
My takeaway from this book is that people need to live healthy lifestyles which include exercise and a healthy, carbohydrate limited diet. People with cancer need to do their own research and look at supplementing (NOT replacing) the doctor recommended treatments with doctor supervised therapies like; calorie restricted ketogenic diets (R-KD) and hypobaric oxygen treatments.
Some studies have shown that 1 in every 3 working adults is suffering from varying degrees of burnout!
Burnout has been linked to coronary artery disease, hypertension, sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, and increased drug and alcohol use. Besides the huge personal toll, this obviously flows over into productivity and work performance. This costs your business money! Estimates peg the cost of this lost productivity due to burnout in the $10’s of billions per year in North America alone!
According to psychologist Christina Maslach in her 2016 HBR article, burnout arises from:
This week’s book review is Brain Maker by Dr. David Perlmutter.
In Brain Maker, Dr. Perlmutter builds on the research and recommendations in his previous book, Grain Brain. Where Grain Brain was more focused on the results of a grain based diet, Brain Maker focuses on the effects of a poor digestive tract microbiome.
The microbiome is responsible for the digestion of the food that we eat and the ability to properly convert that food into usable nutrients that our bodies and brains need. There is a big emphasis on adjusting our diets away from carbohydrates and towards healthy fats. Fats have been demonized over the last 30 years but without proper scientific research. The research now clearly indicates that healthy fats should make up a large part of our diets.