Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Worm Example

In order to make a point, a pastor placed jars up front. One had a worm in alcohol, another had a worm with cigarette smoke, a third with a worm and chocolate syrup, and a fourth with a worm in fertile soil. Upon completion of his message the pastor pointed out that the worms in alcohol, cigarette smoke and chocolate syrup were all dead, while the worm in fertile soil was flourishing. The pastor then asked what they could learn from this example. From the back it was proposed, “If one drank alcohol, smoked and ate chocolate then they would not get worms!”

The Antidote For Altitude Sickness

Up here in Mammoth with my cycling club and I just realized that I may not have brought enough altitude antidotes for my 21 ride partners :-(. When hiking Mt. Whitney, the people I hiked with would begin to get headaches and I would give them a great source of antioxidants from Standard Process called Cataplex ACP. It would eliminate their headache’s virtually immediately. Then on the way down, there was a gal shaking profusely on the side of the trail, suffering from altitude sickness. I gave her 4 to chew up. It was most incredible to see her immediately stand up and return to hiking. There are other good sources of antioxidants A and C, but the ACP product is the one I have seen work the best.

Are Bunion’s Preventable?

Bunion’s are the long term manifestation of flat feet. The arches in the feet begin to “flatten” or more truly, pronate due to the prolonged effects of stress. When the body’s stress response system, the adrenals, begin to lose the ability to adapt to the effects of chronic stress then a muscle called the posterior tibialis begins to lose it’s ability to support the arch. Paralleling this the ligaments begin to break down do to the chronic secretion of cortisol 😦  When this goes on for years, the stress of one stepping off their big toe diagonally instead of straight forward causes the big toe to begin to point out. Eventually, bony changes take place and the feet become disfigured. Appropriately manage stress (physical, chemical, or emotional) at its earliest onset and keep your straight toes. Orthotics (shoe inserts) may be beneficial when implemented appropriately. Adrenal vitamins like B5, C, Zn, Eleuthero, etc. etc., along with balanced meals will all likely be beneficial.

“A Future Without Dialysis”

Dr. Vrzal,

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your council, insight and medical knowledge.

I was diagnosed with Stage 3 renal disease 5 years ago… In February 2011, I was told that my kidneys were failing at an alarming rate and that my illness had progressed to Stage 5 renal failure. The kidney specialist predicted it would be necessary to start dialysis within weeks.  My illness had progressed to critical levels so the doctor recommended an arteriovenous fistula. With great despair, my family and I prepared ourselves for a future of dialysis and medical clinics.

My daughter-in-law suggested I schedule an appointment with you. Her exact words were, “I spoke to Dr. V about your kidney disease and he said that he could help you.” Skeptical of holistic medicine and its authenticity, I scheduled a consultation. Upon meeting you my doubts were soon laid to rest. I truly felt comfortable and believed you were genuinely concerned for my well-being. Your genuine demeanor, enthusiasm, and encouragement soon gave me hope for a future without dialysis. Within a few visits, you reduced the kidney disease, … My quality of life has greatly improved, and I no longer feel the side effects of the medications I had been taking for a decade. In fact, my renal disease has been stable for months and my kidney levels have actually improved to a non-critical,  safe and solid Stage 3. With your continued help and natural remedies, I plan to live a balanced and healthy life.

Again, I truly appreciate your honesty, compassion and medical advice. You have improved my overall health, the quality of my life and the life of those I love.


Sam Edwards

The Next Step in Training

Ideally you will spend at least the first 3 months of your training building the aerobic base by exercising purely in the zone discussed in “The Heart Rate That You Should Train At” post. Then, and only then if you are seeking to perform at a more race type level you should begin to add in some “interval” type training. This is training above, or well above the target heart zone for very specific, intentional, short periods. Training at higher intensities basically breaks the body down to cause growth, strength, or speed gains. This helps the body to become more efficient in clearing lactic acid. The caveat is that the body then needs to appropriately repair, which takes longer depending on life stress levels and age. i.e. At my current work load and age, I do 1-3 higher intensity, interval workouts per week during race season. Being well into my 4th decade of life I also need to balance this with a week of all aerobic exercise (no intervals) at least once per month. Believe it or not, by adding more true aerobic training you will progress and get faster, faster. Enjoy the process. Next we’ll give ways of tracking your progress.

The Heart Rate That You Should Train At!

Exercising in the following zone will train your body to burn fat for energy and thus:

Eliminate over training
Reduce the effects of stress
Provide consistent, sustained energy
Significantly reduce the chances of injuries

1.From 180 subtract your age:
2.Modify this number by using one of the following variables:
     •If you have, or are recovering from, any major illness, or if are on any regular medication    
.…………….subtract 10
     •If you have not yet exercised, or have been exercising without progressing, or often get sick .
…….……….subtract 5
     •If you have been exercising up to two years without any real problems, and have not had colds or flues  more than twice per year
 ……………..subtract 0
     •If you have been exercising more than two years without injuries while making continued progress
 ………..……add 5
3.   Then subtract 10 for the 10 beat range
For example at 40 years old (180-40=140)
Training consistently for over 2 years without any “real” problems:
Variable of 0 (140-0=140)
Then for the 10 beat range one should subtract 10 (140-10=130).
Therefore this person should keep their heart rate between 130 and 140 beats per minute when exercising.

Over Training Strikes Again

Ouch, it has taken nearly two weeks to recover from this bout of over training. For over a week it was getting hard to get out of bed. I was not interested in riding my bike. I was grumpy. I was waking up feeling unrested and beginning to have carbohydrate cravings. All because I had been doing a lot of high intensity hill climb cycling and failed to schedule in a reduced intensity “taper” week while trading many of my long steady rides for interval type work outs. The very thing I am prescribing to patients all week long? Ahhhh, I have gotten back on track with about 10 days of long steady rides and have regained my vigor and lust for exercise, I’m spry in the morning again and am craving salads, not carbs.  … And wouldn’t you know, I was faster on my climbs today.