How Nutrition Can Help Cope With Menopause In Gainesville Ga Women

Welcome to another episode of Winter Wellness Podcast with Dr. Jack and Jean Winter. And today we have Jean Winter, how are you doing Jean?

Hi Mike. I’m doing great. Sun shining outside and the rain seems to be… Have evaded for a little while, so I’m good.

All right, excellent. Well today the question that we have that we’re going to cover is how can nutrition help women either starting or already in the midst of menopause? What do you recommend that they can do with their nutrition? And of course whatever others tips you can have to make that better for those folks.

Well, I’m glad you picked that topic because that has been quite a topic here recently. And I know myself personally, I’m in my 70s and I passed menopause way back in my early 50s so I understand the ups and downs of menopause. And before we talk about the nutritional aspects, I want you to know that menopause should not be the scary time that most women have to deal with. It actually is a natural part of the normal reproductive cycle in a woman’s life. Now we have our reproductive years where we have the female menstrual cycle and then that goes away and we have menopause, which is the time of our life where we’re not reproducing, we’re not getting pregnant and therefore we don’t have menstrual cycles. And the key to having a healthy either entrance into menopause or full swing into menopause or even a post-menopause is hormonal balance.

And we find during that timeframe, we really cannot get away with not getting sleep, over stressed, eating too much of the wrong kinds of foods. We cannot get away with that anymore. Our body literally will force us to treat it better and to stop the abuse that we have gone through from in our younger days. Let’s talk just a little bit about how do you know that you are in menopause? Well, if you’re a female and you’re no longer having menstrual periods, then you know you’re into menopause. And that can happen either by natural course of the change of your life or it can happen because there has been a hysterectomy.

Once the ovaries are not functioning, then you now are in menopause. Now what I mean by not functioning, don’t get me wrong, the ovaries will continue to function if they are in your body, if they have not been removed. They just will not make and release any eggs anymore, but they continue to make smaller amounts of certain hormones, so they’re very important to have those ovaries in there if at all possible. Some of the symptoms that women experience are hot flashes or feeling hot or sweaty at night, dryness, severe dryness, loss of sex drive, emotional mood swings, going from crying to very angry in a flash. I mean, those are just some of the things that women can experience, there are many more that we don’t have time to mention. We can talk about them in the future, but I wanted to talk more about the nutritional aspect of how to have a healthy menopause.

Obviously, one of the main foods that you want to minimize or avoid if you can, are white sugars, processed sugars. I’m not talking about all sugars because with the onset or the menopausal transition that occurs later in our life, and that’s during the same time that that insulin resistance begins to rear its ugly head and that creates inflammation in the body and any concentrated sugars just really inflame and cause insulin elevation in the bloodstream and cause a resistance of the cells to absorb that. What happens then is through menopause we get this weight gain problem where our weight goes up and down and it takes a lot more effort to get it to go down and it doesn’t stay down very long. You see what I’m saying? Most women have a weight gain problem when they’re in menopause and going through menopause.

And this can also happen a couple of years or a few years even before menopause, we call that perimenopause or pre-menopause. That’s the time it’s very important to keep insulin resistance under control by keeping sugars out of your diet. And you can successfully do that and you’ll enjoy weight loss and mental clarity as you go through. If you follow a modified keto type of a diet, and I don’t mean you don’t have to do that forever. You just do it in phases. And then you can switch to a paleo type diet, in phases and everyone is very different. I’m not saying this is across the board, but it’s on an average.

Basically is we want to eat the foods that really support health. And by that I mean proteins, whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or you eat meats. I myself enjoy chicken and fish and steak, protein is extremely important. You want to have vegetables, vegetables in abundance. You think of vegetables in their natural state, not frozen, not canned, but vegetables like they have come out of the garden and you can get them at your grocery store. I like to get a variety of vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, the red bells, green bell peppers. I like carrots and zucchinis, yellow squashes, onions. And what I’ll do is I’ll go to the grocery store and see what they have and I’ll get an assortment and I’ll cut them in smaller pieces and then I’ll wash them and I’ll put them in a bag. And then when it’s time to prepare them, put them in a steaming basket over boiling water. Put about half an inch of boiling of water in a pot, turn it on and put the steam basket in the pot.

Let the water start to boil and steam and then put your vegetables in the basket. Put the lid on, set your timer for eight minutes if you like them a little firm but not mushy. And then turn the heat off when the timer goes off and take them off the stove eye. And then you put a few pats of butter in there, dump them into a bowl, toss the butter, a little sea salt and pepper, and they are absolutely delicious. You’re just going to be amazed at the flavors a little steaming brings out, so you pair that up with some chicken or some fish or some lean meat or if you’re a vegetarian you would use tofu ‘ve got a wonderful meal and you’ll find that you’re not hungry. You don’t have the blood sugar drops that you had when you were eating on the run.

Diet is extremely important. During this period of time, supplements are important as well. To balance the hormones, one of my favorite supplements is wild yam. That’s a great balance and that can be purchased in most any health food store. I don’t recommend you run out and start taking wild yam on your own without consulting your practitioner. You can talk to your… Usually your holistic practitioners will understand how wild yam works. You can talk to your nutritionist, you can talk to your nature path, you can talk to your chiropractor, there are a lot of chiropractors that understand nutrition, and if you have a medical doctor who is well versed in nutrition and herbs, especially an OBGYN, they would also be able to advise you on that.

Well, that’s amazing information, Jean, and obviously if folks want to come to Winter Wellness and make an appointment with you, you can really give Them a great evaluation to help them with whatever issues, especially concerning menopause and how nutrition and supplements can help that, obviously. Thank you so much for this great information today and I look forward to our next podcast, Jean.

All right, sounds great Mike.

Coronavirus and Strengthening Your Immune System for the Gainesville Georgia Community with Nutrition

Hello, and welcome everybody to another episode of the Winner Wellness Podcast. Today, I’m here with Jeanne Winner, our resident nutritionist and expert on all things nutrition. Jeanne, we have a question that’s very relevant today with the coronavirus and flu season. What are things that you suggest we do to improve our immune system?

Mike, that’s an excellent question. Because right now in the news we’re hearing about the coronavirus. We’re hearing about flu season and we do want to take steps to keep our immune system strong. So, that’s an excellent topic for our season right now. Number one, is definitely do wash your hands. Don’t just rely on hand sanitizers. I think that’s part of where we got off the track, that we started just using hand sanitizers and not washing our hands. So, wash your hands and have your children, teach them to wash their hands properly. Another thing, is we should be eating the foods that feed our immune system, and also learning a little bit about what is our immune system, and how does it work?

Because in your body you have these amazing cells called the immune cells. They are called lymphocytes, neutrophils, monocytes, and they literally are a little army that resides within your body’s tissues. And if any virus, gets in or on you, they literally will pounce on that virus, engulf it and destroy it in a flash. But you have to feed them. They are living cells and they have to be fed. And unfortunately they don’t eat potato chips and soft drinks. I’m not saying never eat potato chips or never eat soft drinks, look at those as fun foods. They’re really not for nutrition, so avoid using those as a mainstay to keep your blood sugar balanced, but get in the habit of eating some good nutritious foods.

And by that I mean foods like broccoli. Broccoli is a wonderful immune boosting food. Spinach, yogurt, Greek yogurt without all the sugar is a great immune boosting food. You definitely want to make sure you have adequate protein in the form of fish or lean meats. You also want to make sure you’re having foods in their natural form. For example, the spinach, you should eat it in its raw form. And also with sunflower seeds. Other foods that are really good to boost your immune system are, papaya and kale, apples, walnuts, citrus fruits. Of course if you’re allergic to citrus fruits, you know who you are, then you will avoid those. Peppers are very good for the immune system, and so are teas such as ginger tea, green tea. Those are all good immune boosting foods.

On the other hand, you want to think about at some point doing a cleanse. Because our bodies accumulate toxic chemicals, debris, and you want to cleanse periodically. And a really good way to cleanse would be to abstain from processed foods for a period of time, and abstain from sugars for a period of time, and in that interim, eat only vegetables and minimal fruits in their raw or steamed form. Lots of pure water. Get some light exercise. And a big immune booster, especially with viruses, I want to mention, is sunlight. I know some people are afraid of sunlight, but sunlight is good for you. Now, I’m not talking about excessive sunlight, as lying in the sun for hours on end.

What I’m talking about is 20 to 30 minutes of sun exposure every day. Now, that’s a challenge with the weather that we’ve had here, especially in Georgia, in the past few months because it’s been very dark for the most part, and it’s rained a lot so we haven’t had a whole lot of sunlight. Today we have some sunlight, so if you have sunlight, get out in it. And if you have a sunroom or a sun space, put on some shorts and a tee shirt or little robe and just lay in that sun, and let your body make some vitamin D. Now, why is that important? Because vitamin D is like a little truck. It’s a transporter. What does it transport? It transports calcium to your bloodstream so your immune cells can get it. You got it?

Now, obviously you have to have some calcium in your diet. Well, a lot of foods I mentioned do have calcium in them. But your best calcium source is calcium lactate. Because it converts to what we call the bioactive calcium, calcium bicarbonate in one step. And that’s another thing to talk about, chemistry of calcium absorption. Let’s get back to vitamin D. Now, vitamin D is necessary to transport calcium from your stomach and intestinal track to your bloodstream. Because once it’s in your bloodstream, your cells can get it, they can absorb it, and what that will do, is that will activate your immune killer cells. They need that calcium in order to be able to move quickly and engulf viruses.

No calcium, your immune cells do not move. They go dormant. And your body will tell you if your calcium levels are too low in your tissues or in your bloodstream, it will tell you that. What are the signals that your calcium levels might be too low? Well, one would be low blood pressure. If your blood pressure is low, that’s a signal that… And what I mean by low is 90, 95 over 40 or 50 that low. If it’s in the low 100’s or the high 90’s, you definitely don’t want it lower than that because you could pass out. But some people normally have low blood pressure, but it also could be they don’t have the calcium connection. So, low blood pressure is one signal that your immune system is down because there is not enough circulating calcium.

Also, another signal is muscle cramps. If you ever get muscle cramps, and I’m talking about those Charley horses, they often occur in your legs or feet or even hands. Some people get them all over. But those are a signal there is not enough calcium in your muscles. And that’s a red light, like your engine red light coming on that tells you, you certainly have a potential problem here. There’s not enough circulating calcium. The muscles are telling you that, and you need to get that calcium in there. You need to get the vitamin D transporting that calcium to the bloodstream, because if you don’t, you’re a wide open door for a virus attack. You see how that works. So, if you want to minimize, if you want to boost your immune system, and you want to not have to lower your risk for virus infections or bacterial infections for that matter, then you want to take these simple steps to be able to have an active immune system via your immune killer cells.

Well, that’s all great information. And obviously, if people have more questions, they can either come in and make an appointment at Winner Wellness with you Jeanne to go over and do the testing to see what they can do and what other type of supplements and things other than diet that would help them improve their immune system. So, this is very-

Oh, definitely.

Very valuable information for this concern that the whole world is about the coronavirus. And of course, it looks to me that any virus, like flu viruses are dangerous and should be dealt with. So, anything you can do to improve your immune system, we know that you guys at Winner Wellness have the solutions and answers to this problem. So, be sure to check out winnerwellness.com. And Jeanne, I look forward to our next podcast.

That sounds great, Mike, see you then.

Back Pain for Patients in Hall County and Gainesville Georgia

Hello, everyone. It’s Mike Stewart again here with Dr. Jack Winner. Today, we’re going to talk to Dr. Jack about back pain. Dr. Jack, what can you do different to help patients with back pain?

Good question, Mike. Mike, I do a process called, chiropractic and a process called, kinesiology. Chiropractors, that’s been their main bread and butter for the last 35, 40 years. Since we’ve been doing is longer than that, since 1920s actually. So, we’ve been working with taking pressure off nerve supply, and it’s usually the culprit of back pain.

If you have a pinched nerve, and oftentimes it’s very low back, and that’s what most people come in with that and that’s what they’ll complain about. If we can identify where that bone structure is being out of place, putting pressure on the nerve supply, take the pressure back off, it relieves the pain almost instantly within a visit or two.

Now, beyond that point, Mike, we don’t want to run the pressure off the nerve supply. What we found a problem with a lot of people that they’ve gone to chiropractors, or they did a thing with injections in their back, or some kind of a medication, or some kind of Aleve or ibuprofen. The pain went away, but then the pain came back again.

That’s the problem with so much of back pain that many people suffer back pain almost a lifetime, on and off. The sad part about that, they don’t know when that back pain’s going to come about. They might be on vacation or being with their friends and just doing something crazy, and all of a sudden they got back pain.

So, the first thing we want to do is identify where the pain’s coming from. Again, most often, obviously you can you talk about the low back, but very specifically, is it a bone that’s out of place? Which bone’s out of place? Which nerve supply’s got pressure against it? So, the first thing we want to do is identify the problem. Then Mike, the next thing we’re going to do is find out which muscles are in spasm or not doing their job, not supporting that area, get the muscles out of spasms so we get them some relief as quick as we can.

Then, the bigger picture here is we want to stop that problem from returning again. How we do that is we make sure the muscles have support that joint area. Then all the muscles around the back, what we call those core muscles, we want those core muscles strong as well. If we get that to happen, now this person’s out of pain and now they can begin to do the things, like bending over the sink or vacuuming, where it won’t cause any problem because the core muscles are holding that bone in place and keeping it in place for us.

What makes you so confident, and the proof, that this process helps patients?

Fortunate, I’ve had 37 years to work at this, and probably thousands of patients working with us as more time as well. I’ve got to tell you, Mike, the first person I ever worked with, this lady who had a problem with her neck pain, she couldn’t lift her arm up and comb her hair or brush her teeth. After I adjusted her a couple of times and the bone went back into place and her pain went away, but then the problem came back again. I realized by that third visit, adjusting the bone wasn’t enough. I needed to work with the muscles.

So, I took out a book called, Gray’s Anatomy, which I think a lot of people have heard of that. It shows all the muscles in the body and where they’re attached and where they go to. What I asked this lady to do is ask her to lay on her stomach, and I took this book and found out which muscle were in spasm in her neck and which ones are not strong enough. I just balanced those out through a process called, kinesiology.

Once I strengthened those muscles, that bone went back into place. A couple of weeks later when I called her back, she said, “You know, my neck pain is still fine. And by the way, my migraine headaches have gone since you did that muscle stuff as well.” I realized all the way back then, that was 37 years ago, that I need to make sure I make sure these muscles are strong and they’re doing their job, and anything we need to do support those muscles to make the body healthy. If we can do those kinds of procedures, we now get people out of pain, and we keep them out of pain, longterm.

So, what I’m hearing is you have years and years of happy, successful cases and testimonials from people who’ve been relieved of the pain.

Yeah.

So if you have that kind of proof, if someone has back pains, what are their next steps that you suggest to get relief?

Well Mike, I would call or email me and just have a conversation. In that conversation, they can get some more clarity about what’s happening. I think what a lot of people do, they’re confused. First of all, they’re in pain. So, they want immediate relief. But more than that, if we can give the information, have them understand why the problem’s coming about, and how it’s going to be corrected, that’s probably one of the better things we can do.

So if they want to email me at winnerwellness.com, we can actually begin to have that conversation or they can call. Our phone number is (770) 536-6600, and we’ll have a conversation with them and begin to see where they’re at, and how we can help them, and where we can give them to somebody in their local area, wherever they’re at, to get some care for them.

All great information. So folks, this is the Winner Wellness Podcast with Dr. Jack Winner. I’m host Mike Stewart, and I recommend that you share our podcast. We’re in all the places where you can find podcasts: Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Stitcher, and Spotify. And of course, if you have questions that you’d like to be covered on future episodes of the Winner Wellness Podcast, email Dr. Jack at winnerwellness@gmail.com, or be sure to go to their website, winnerwellness.com.

All you got to do is Google, “Winner Wellness,” and you’ll find the Winner Wellness Center. Be sure to know that Dr. Jack wants to make sure that you have a healthy life. So, I’m Mike Stewart. Until next time, this is the Winner Wellness Podcast.

Winner Wellness Podcast Launch with Dr. Jack Winner and Jeanne Winner

Welcome everyone to the Winner Wellness Podcast. My name is Mike Stewart, and I’m the guest here interviewing our resident expert, Dr. Jack Winner, with Winner Wellness. Jack, are you here?

Yes, I am Mike. Good to hear from you today.

Well, I’m excited about you starting this podcast and I know the listeners are going to get a lot of great value from it, so let’s get right to it. Dr. Winner, I know you have been in the healthcare business for 37 years learning to treat patients health using natural means, and too many people think that term “natural” hasn’t really sunk into the mainstream thinking yet. What would be a good definition of natural healthcare?

Good. Mike, first of all, you’re exactly right, and I think it’s a term that most people are very confused about, and sometimes fearful of because they don’t really understand what that’s all about. So it’s great that you asked that question because it’s nice to be able to talk about it a bit. Mike, what natural healthcare is, actually it’s a process with which you have the body do its natural healing on its own. All right?

The first thing we talk about with a patient in the office is the fact that your body is a natural healer. Oftentimes when I say that to somebody, most people realize that’s true. They know or knew their body was a natural healer, but gee, they got these sicknesses, and these pains, and these symptoms, and say, “Well, how come my body can’t solve the problem?” Natural healers are people who help the body heal itself, are thoughtful about processes and procedures to help the body get back to that natural state.

So what you mean is, is symptom free and not healthy?

Well Mike, yeah that’s a difficult question because oftentimes we think, “Well, if I don’t have any symptoms, I must be healthy,” which I think many people now realize is a misnomer. Symptom free is actually where we want to live our lives. But oftentimes just because we’re symptom free doesn’t necessarily say that we’re healthy. I’m sure many people out there Mike, realize that somebody was doing well and all of a sudden they go the doctor and they come to find out they have cancer, and within a week they’re gone.

Or they have a heart attack. They’re out just playing with their kids, and they have a heart attack. They didn’t have symptoms, but all of a sudden they have a condition that’s obviously either life-threatening or life-taking. So it suggests to us that maybe just because we’re symptom free doesn’t mean we’re healthy, and that misnomer is something that we have a chance to deal with a lot in the office when we talk about having the body heal itself and being proactive about your health.

Well, Dr. Winner, over the years there has been more talk about natural healthcare, but most people don’t know what that is. What is natural healthcare?

That’s a good question. Natural healthcare, Mike, it’s healthcare systems. It’s not actually one item. We talk about acupuncture, or chiropractic, or kinesiology, or biofeedback. There’s a lot of names and a lot of procedures out there that would help people attain good health. There’s not any one size fits all. All these different types of procedures work in unison really along the same lines. Their perspective is, we don’t want to give you some kind of drug or surgical procedure to take care of a symptom.

What these natural processes do is help the body realign itself. Again, if the body in fact is a natural healer, the body is trying to solve its own problem, but for some reason it got restrictions or limitations, and these different kind of techniques help the system organize itself and utilize its own system properly so it can do its own healing.

Well, since this is our first podcast, and great answers doctor, it’s great to have this information and I know people are going to really get a lot of value from it. But let’s since this is the first one, just to establish this, tell me a whole lot about you, a lot more, so people know who all you are, what you do and what do you do differently that help, introduced your patients, your folks, to natural healthcare.

Okay. Well Mike, I’ve done a thing called chiropractic. I became a chiropractor about 37 years ago, and what chiropractic deals with is a thing called chiropractic adjustments is what we were told, we were taught, that we actually take pressure off a bone. Then it takes pressure off the nerve supply. The basic premise of the chiropractic is that nerve supply are communicators within the system, and if a nerve is being blocked anywhere within the system, the body can’t communicate properly within someone’s system. So chiropractor’s actually will adjust bone structures and take pressure off nerve supplies.

Mike, I started doing that back then, and I started realizing I adjusted bones but they wouldn’t stay in place, and begin to understand that the muscles are pulling the bones in or out of place, and there was a spastic muscle or a weakened muscle. There’s an imbalance in those muscular systems. What I found, if I could start to strengthen those muscle systems, we could actually put the bone back in place and keep it there, and that kept pressure off the nerve supply. Mike, along with that, it took us even further along the way with this process called kinesiology. Kinesiology actually means the study of movement. A kinesiologist has or learned to utilize a lot of different procedures put together into an encompassed group called applied kinesiology.

But acupuncture, or acupressure, chiropractic, muscle origin insertion points, meridian flows, nutrition, emotional mind stress, all those pieces are pieces of the puzzle that allow the body to be healthy. So over the 37 years I’ve had a chance to keep trying different procedures and processes to allow people’s health to be maximized. It’s been a good study, and they call it a practice Mike, and it certainly is a practice, because you keep learning more and more things as you go along the way. From the beginning, our intention was to empower people to be as healthy, and functional, and vital as they possibly could. As we keep learning more procedures, we keep adding more procedures to what we do.

All great information, Dr. Jack, and what I encourage everybody to do is that if you have questions for Dr. Jack, we’re going to be posting these podcasts on a regular basis. We encourage you to come back and listen. If you have a question, email it to winnerwellness@gmail.com, and that way Dr. Jack will know something that you have an interest in learning. We’re going to be meeting regularly, and we’re going to be building a library of these Q&As on winnerwellness.com. You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and most importantly, we’re going to be in Spotify. Wherever you get your favorite podcast, you’ll be able to listen to it on your home devices such as the Google Home and the Alexa. Until next time, I’m Mike Stewart for winnerwellness.com, and thank you so much Dr. Jack.