Doctor Offers Health Tips to Civic Crowd

Published: Saturday, September 28, 2013 5:05 PM CDT
La PORTE — Dr. Wes Youngberg told a local audience at the Civic Auditorium recently that people can now say goodbye to diabetes.

At his presentation on Wednesday night, Youngberg claimed diabetes can be reversed. Skeptics and believers alike attended the event to hear him explain what his new book reveals as, “epigenetic,” where healthy lifestyles can actually reduce the expression of disease genes in the body and reduce the inflammation of underlying dysfunctions within the body.

“When I was 10 years old, my mother was diagnosed with brain cancer,” said Youngberg during the introduction of his presentation. “This made a huge impact on me. And I remember when I was 13, I asked my dad while we were raking leaves on that fall day why she had to die. Before he could respond I said, “What are my risks of that and what do I need to do?”

From there on Youngberg decided he wanted to help others to prevent the brewing diseases in people’s genetic codes.

As Youngberg got older, he said he was trained at Loma Linda University, earning a master of public health degree in nutrition and a doctor of public health degree in clinical preventative care. He is an assistant clinical professor for the school and a certified nutrition specialist and fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Youngberg said he worked in Guam for 14 years, where the island faces some of the highest rates of diabetes in the world. He has more than 20 years of disease therapy experience and his own office is located in Temecula, California, called Youngberg Lifestyle Medicine Clinic, where he helps a variety of patients.

His new book “Goodbye Diabetes-Preventing and reversing diabetes the natural way” explains not only the affects and ways to reduce diabetes but also a way to prevent or reduce other issues that can arise such as heart disease, cancer and depression.

“Ninety percent of people who have pre-diabetes aren’t even aware that they have it,” said Youngberg.

The book is separated into sections: Defining, detecting, defying and defeating diabetes.

He explained to citizens that everyone carries some sort of “bad gene” but there is hope in finding a way to turn off the disease switch and turn on positive genes that prevent the disease by developing a healthy lifestyle.

“Exercise, eating healthy, getting adequate sleep and vitamin D and just having hope that you can get better, are some of the steps to take,” said Youngberg.

Some advice given to the audience was to think good thoughts, be a first-class foodie, optimize digestion, exercise especially after meals, get sound sleep, stay well hydrated, network in getting therapy and reach out for support.

“Food is like coding into a computer. It codes into our bodies and are factors into how our genes work,” said Youngberg.

He said a lot of inflammation foods cause diabetes, including processed meats, sweets, sodas, process grains and diet soda. He said the best foods are deep color pigmented natural foods and humans should eat ample amounts of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and nuts.

Youngberg said his greatest satisfaction is being able to actually see people transform themselves from unhappy and sick to healthy and positive.

One man at the presentation told Youngberg during the Q&A that he was diagnosed with Type II diabetes two years ago and since then he has started Matt Foreman medicine, he’s walking more and having his wife make healthy meals. He said he has dramatically decreased the diagnoses of his diabetes to almost non-existent.

“That is wonderful to hear. Never give up on your health,” said Youngberg to the man.

He said how people behave and live has an impact on the genes that are passed down to their children.

“I thought it was interesting,” said Nancy Klopstein. “I believe about 99 percent of what he is saying. And he’s very interesting himself. He never missed a note.”

“We [the hospital] want to help promote healthy lifestyles and reverse diseases within the community,” said CEO of the IU Health La Porte Hospital Thor Thordason. “We see a lot of obesity, drug use and smoking within the community and anyway we can spread education, we do by having these events.”

Free diabetic screenings as well as a book signing were offered to the public before the presentation.

Youngberg was invited to speak to the public by IU Health La Porte Hospital. He also spoke to the employees of the hospital during a one-on-one conference on Thursday.

Coordinator of the event from Marketing Strategies Unlimited President Jan Klooster said she plans to have more speakers available to the community and the employees of the hospital in the near future.

Goodbye Diabetes

Over 40% of everyone, 20 years or older, and 72% of us over 65 years old, already have prediabetes or diabetes! Most are completely unaware of this problem or its implication to their risk of heart attacks, strokes, cancer and many other diseases. But even more of us have underlying metabolic imbalance that represents our biggest health threat. This book is for anyone trying to improve their health or prevent future disease. Diabetes and PreDiabetes just represent the tip of the ice berg! We all have health risk. Each of its 23 chapters and 332 pages are written in a way that clearly help us understand and functionally address these risk factors. “Goodbye Diabetes” fully explains the lab tests, now available, that are predictive, preventive, and practical. Most importantly, this book shares the key strategies that place us on the path of health and healing.

Buy a Signed Copy of “Goodbye Diabetes”

Goodbye Diabetes Presentation

“A comprehensive, credible and remarkably empowering book. I highly recommend it!”
David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP
Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center

“Love, love, love this book! It’s a great resource for diabetics or prediabetics, those at risk, family members and friends, and health professionals. Goodbye Diabetes is entertaining, educational, and life-changing. I read it in two sittings.”
Evelyn Kissinger, MS, RD
Director, Lifestyle Matters at Work, Lansing, Michigan​

“Goodbye Diabetes should be required reading for all physicians, dietitians, and others caring for people with both types of diabetes.”
John McDougall, MD
Internist & Author, Founder, McDougall Program

“If you are at risk for, or already have diabetes or prediabetes, Goodbye Diabetes could be the most important book you ever read.”
Brenda Davis, RD
Author, Defeating Diabetes, British Columbia, Canada

“Wes Youngberg presents a simple yet profound prevention and treatment option for the diabetes epidemic.”
Richard Hart, MD, DrPH
President, Loma Linda University

“Over the years, I have looked for a book that is comprehensive and scientific, but also readable. It has finally arrived! ”
Eric Ngo, MD, MPH
Founder, Preventive Medicine, Kaiser Permanente Southern California

“I devoured his diabetes book. Then read again for understanding. Then again for enjoyment. Extremely informative. Extremely empowering. Extremely readable.” Carl Grey

Esophageal Cancer Link Publicized after Dolly Parton’s Reported Surgery

The article below underscores the health risk associated with acid reflux. Unfortunately, conventional treatment, while partially helpful in healing ulcers, often makes the the underlying problem worse thus perpetuating the need for more PPI or acid reducing medications and creating a vicious cycle. The most common reason for poor digestion or acid reflux is not too much stomach acid production but rather excess gassy acids. Dysfunctional Parietal Cells in the stomach lining (due to food allergies, toxins, H.Pylori or other low grade infection, autoimmune stress, etc…) are unable to make adequate hydrochloric acid at meal time and therefore cannot activate the digestive enzymes. Undigested foods will then begin to decompose creating the acidic gas that causes bloating, pain, anxiety, and heartburn – to name a few symptoms. But most people with this problem do not experience symptoms and have “silent” reflux. With or without symptoms, poor digestion greatly increases our risk of any disease we are already predisposed to. Without good digestion we cannot properly heal or be truly healthy. Fixing digestion should always be one of the first priorities when treating any chronic condition. For this reason I dedicated an entire chapter on “Optimze Digestion” in my book Goodbye Diabetes. This book is for anyone who wants a comprehensive strategy to improve their health. There are many effective lifestyle and nutritional strategies for helping the body heal any digestive problem. Remember, treat the cause not just the symptom. WY

July 29, 2013 In the wake of media reports that Dolly Parton underwent surgery to address reflux disease, the nonprofit Esophageal Cancer Action Network issued a news release aimed at raising awareness of links between the disease and cancer.

The type of esophageal cancer caused by reflux disease has increased by more than 400 percent in the past 20 years in the United States, according to the network. Often, this cancer variety is deadly because it’s caught late. Patients too frequently think that heartburn is a benign condition.

Factors that may put people at risk of developing esophageal cancer:

-You have more than occasional heartburn symptoms.

-You have experienced heartburn in the past, but the symptoms have gone away.

-You have a family history of esophageal cancer or Barrett’s esophagus.

-You have pain or difficulty swallowing.

-You have a persistent, unexplained cough.

-You have been speaking with a hoarse voice over several weeks.

-You have a persistent, unexplained sore throat.

-You cough or choke when you lie down.

In a free, downloadable publication the network provides information to help people understand their risk and what they should do about it.

Parton’s surgery could not be independently confirmed.

Katy Muldoon
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Natural Remedy for Chronic Insomnia and Adrenal Fatigue

Can’t sleep? That was Tammy’s long-term problem. For years she had struggled, unable to turn off the many thoughts racing through her mind at night. Even with daily exercise and feeling physically tired, she simply could not fall asleep without hours of restless anxiety and then could only sleep 3 to 4 hours before waking to more of the same. Tired of multiple prescription sleeping pills and their side effects, Tammy was desperate for something that worked without making other problems worse.

Multiple studies show that sleep problems set the stage for weight gain, diabetes, adrenal fatigue, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disease, and certain cancers. Because of this, I encouraged her to support a natural sleep rhythm by daily spending some time outdoors in the bright sunlight, preferably with 10 to 20 minute outdoor walks after each meal.  She was also encouraged to schedule regular meals and always eat breakfast.

A 4-hour Glucose & Cortisol Tolerance Test found that she had significant adrenal fatigue. To rebuild her adrenal reserve capacity, I suggested Tammy use Adrenal Young Advanced, with breakfast and lunch. In addition we used Glycemic Foundation to prevent both high and low blood sugars.

Because Tammy’s goal was to minimize her need for prescription sleeping pills, I encouraged her to start YoungMax Sleep – an amazingly helpful supplement. It contains all natural ingredients that pass the blood brain barrier, and promote smooth muscle relaxation in the central nervous system by combining therapeutic levels of seven key sleep inducing herbs and nutrients.

Within a few days, Tammy was falling asleep within 30 minutes of bedtime and sleeping at least six hours without waking up. Soon, with this combined treatment plan, Tammy was feeling better than she had in over 10 years. Now she had the energy to effectively address the things that previously promoted her anxiety. Within the first month Tammy’s fatigue decreased from a 9/10 to a 4/10. By the end of 3 months her fatigue was down to 2/10 and her chronic pain had improved dramatically.