Health is a Choice, Learn How to Choose It

Raymond FrancisThat is the title and subtitle to a book authored by Raymond Francis. The premise of the book is that you can choose to be healthier when you understand and support the six pathways to health. Raymond presents a point of view which seems simple at first glance but is quite profound when you grasp the concepts.

It can be very frustrating and confusing to consumers who are trying to attain better health naturally. So many are sick or dealing with chronic problems and they are seeking a way to get out of the downward spiral of modern medicine and the medication model of treatment. But how does one do that?

In this interview with Raymond we will discuss his concept which is summed up with this phrase, “One disease, two causes and six pathways.” The one disease is cellular dysfunction. The two causes are deficiency and toxicity. Cells malfunction because of these two main causes. The six pathways involved are nutrition, detoxification, mental health, physical activity, genetic and medical. Targeting these six pathways can provide powerful benefits. Failure to address the issues will make it more challenging if not impossible to rebuild health.

The following is an excerpt fromThe Roadmap to Ultimate Health“. CLICK HERE to read more.
Roadmap to Ultimate HealthWe are in the midst of an unprecedented epidemic of chronic and degenerative disease. The health of the American people is in a long-term downtrend and cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity are out-of-control. The Beyond Health Model is based on the philosophy that all illness is caused by one condition – cellular malfunction. There are many different ways in which cells can malfunction, producing thousands of different symptoms. The key to achieving optimal health is understanding why your cells are malfunctioning and how to prevent/reverse it.

Cellular malfunction occurs in two ways, through deficiency (the lack of something cells need to function properly) or toxicity (the presence of something that interferes with normal cell function). Think of deficiency and toxicity as too little or too much, an imbalance.
The Beyond Health Model then addresses the Six Pathways between health and disease. Where you are and what direction you move on each pathway will determine the state of your health. These Six Pathways are:

  • 6_PathwaysNutrition: chronic deficiency of even a single nutrient can cause disease
  • Toxins: toxins in our environment interfere with cell chemistry
  • Mental: the activity of our mind affects every cell in our body
  • Physical: exercise resets your body’s metabolism
  • Genetic: genes are not a guarantee that something will happen – just the potential for something to happen
  • Medical: health-enhancing therapies – not to be confused with conventional medicine – repair and strengthen the cells in your body

The Roadmap to Ultimate Health is compilation of the key information provided in Never Be Sick Again and provides a concise guideline for understanding the Beyond Health model of health. End excerpt. CLICK HERE to download a free copy of 14 page report.

About Raymond Francis
Never_Be_Sick_AgainRaymond Francis, M.Sc., was at the height of an international consulting career when his health began declining rapidly. What began as chemical sensitivities and allergic reactions to almost everything ended up as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Sjogren’s syndrome, digestive problems, skin rashes, headaches, brain fog, dizziness, and ultimately liver failure. At age 48, his imminent death was considered a medical certainty. “There is nothing more we can do for you,” his doctors said.

Believing that the medical interventions had only made things worse, Raymond decided it was up to him to bring himself back to health. A chemist by training and a graduate of M.I.T., he began taking massive doses of vitamin C, which revived him enough to conduct extensive research and direct his own care. It took him two years to fully restore his health. During this period he developed his revolutionary Beyond Health Model, a theory of health and disease that is so simple it can be taught to a child, yet is so powerful that many have cured themselves of terminal cancer relying on its truths.

Now 76, Raymond enjoys an extraordinary level of health. In the last 26 years since his recovery, he has not taken any medications or had any surgeries, and he has not been sick except for two minor colds. He is on a mission to reach as many people as possible with the message that you don’t have to get sick, that “health is a choice.” He has written four books, Never Be Sick Again, Never Be Fat Again, Never Fear Cancer Again, and his newest book, Never Feel Old Again.




Chronic pain responds to natural therapies

Dr. Hector Lopez

Inflammation & Pain Support

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I know the face of chronic pain and debilitation. My wife has had rheumatoid arthritis for over 30 years. For many years there was no good treatment, natural or medical, for severe RA and she had high inflammation with severe pain. Powerful narcotic pain medications were the best medical alternative. Times have changed. There are infinitely better medications AND better nutritional tools for addressing pain and inflammation. So I know first hand that severe and debilitating illness can be reversed. My wife is now highly functional and largely pain free. We credit high potency fish oil as the most important single nutrient contributing to her success. She also takes many other nutrients to support many areas of health concerns such as bones and joints, etc.

I have also come to understand that certain things must be in place in order for the body to heal. In my opinion, omega-3 / omega-6 balance is the number 1 nutritional need for anyone with pain and inflammation. This has been discussed in many of my interviews on omega-3 and I urge you to review and understand this fundamental nutrient. The balance of omega-3 to omega-6 is absolutely critical, and must be corrected for a body to overcome chronic inflammation.

Dr. Hector Lopez specializes in natural alternatives for pain. In this interview, we will discuss Dr. Lopez’s nutritional protocols for pain. In his practice, nutrition is just one of the tools he uses and nutrition will the particular focus of this interview. Dr. Lopez and I agree that omega-3 is THE most fundamental nutrient influencing pain and inflammation. This is how Dr. Lopez ranks his nutritional protocol:

  1. Omega-3
  2. Vitamin D
  3. Specific tissue support

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One frequent question is, “What is a therapeutic dose of omega-3?” Based on my interviews with many omega-3 experts, a therapeutic dose of omega-3 is 2000 mg to 4000 mg. of EPA + DHA. It is important to understand that the important number is the total of the omega-3 fatty acids, NOT the amount of fish oil. The fish oil is essentially a carrier for omega-3, EPA + DHA. You want to know the amount of EPA + DHA.

Here how to look at an omega-3 label to determine how much you need to achieve a therapeutic dose:

  • Determine the serving size such as 1 capsule or 1 teaspoon.
  • Determine the amount of EPA + DHA per serving. Add them together to know the amount of omega-3 per serving.
  • Determine the amount of servings needed to reach your target dose. Example: if your target is 2000 mg and your capsule has 500 mg per capsule, then you need 4 capsules to equal 2000 mg.

I suggest that you have an omega-3 blood test. You can do this at home. The test costs between $100 and $200. Once you do the test, you will have a profound understanding of your risk. You will know whether you need to increase your intake of omega-3 in order to achieve a healthier level. CLICK HERE to listen to my interview with Dr. Doug Bibus who developed the omega-3 home blood test.

About Dr. Lopez
With advanced training and experience in the fields of musculoskeletal medicine, physical therapy, and nutrition, Dr. Hector Lopez integrates several safe and non-invasive approaches to optimize patient recovery and improve overall health. As a pain management doctor his innovative injection therapy, chronic pain management methods, minimally invasive spinal procedures, and nutritional consulting help patients return to daily life.

Dr. Lopez is recognized for applying his uniquely diverse expertise in spine and sports medicine, endocrinology and metabolism, nutrition & exercise science, and clinical research to improving not only the health and quality of life in his patients, but also athletic performance in recreational and elite athletes. Dr. Lopez is an international speaker, author of popular press and peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, product developer. He consults for the nutritional supplement industry and professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and Martial Arts.



155 – The Amazing Role of Enzymes – My Interview with Brenda Watson

In this interview Brenda Watson and I will discuss the importance of enzymes for health. This is the final installment of our series on H.O.P.E. program for digestive health. I think that this is such an important series. One cannot over estimate the critical importance of digestive health and the importance of the digestive system for health throughout the entire body.

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154 – The Surprising Facts About Statin Drugs – with Steve Lankford

Most people who are prescribed statin drugs believe that they are at serious risk for heart disease if they have “elevated” cholesterol. But is that true? Or even close to true. If you take a closer look at the science and the benefits, you will likely be surprised by what you find.

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153 – The Truly Heal Cancer Protocol – My Interview with Marcus Freudenmann

Marcus is not the first person to understand the power of natural alternative treatments to aid healing. There are many proponents of many different healing modalities. The challenge for everyone is how to understand what is available in the way of alternative treatments. And how do we know which ones are credible? Why do treatments work for some and not for others?

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152 – Fish Oil: The Natural Anti-Inflammatory – My Interview with Dr. Joseph Maroon

Research has shown that the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are some of the most effective natural anti-inflammatory agents available. With the discovery that vascular inflammation is the underlying cause of coronary artery disease, fish and fish oil supplements are now recommended by the American Heart Association for the prevention of this condition. Countries that have the highest fish consumption also have a lower incidence of neurodegenerative disease and depression. The biological basis for the effectiveness of fish oil in treating arthritis has been well documented with many positive clinical studies, when compared to traditional pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory agents.

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151 – Relief for Sciatica and Neuropathy – My Interview with Dr. Gad Gilad

In this interview I speak with Dr. Gad Gilad about the benefits of agmatine for nerve trauma. His research has lead to the development of G-Agmatine which is patented for it’s benefits for nerve health and resiliency.

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150 – Probiotics for Healthy Digestion and Weight – My Interview with Brenda Watson

This interview with Brenda Watson is part 3 of our 4 part series on digestive health. Probiotics are the third component of the H.O.P.E program developed by Brenda. The four elements of the HOPE program for digestive health are (H)igh fiber, (O)mega-3 oil, (P)robiotics and (E)nzymes.

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149 – The Anti-Microbial Benefits of Wild Oregano Oil – My Interview with Dr. Cass Ingram

In this interview I will talk to Dr. Cass Ingram. No one has done more to popularize the value of wild oregano oil than Dr. Ingram. His is the voice of experience and passion. Dr. Ingram was restored to health through the copious use of oregano herb and oregano oil. We will discuss his own history and his initial experience with oregano.

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148 – Improving Brain Cell Communication – My Interview with Dr. Michael Smith

Print – PDF – Email Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 42:58 — 79.0MB) Neuroplasticity: what is it and why should you care? “Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity, is an umbrella term that refers to changes in neural pathways and synapses due to changes in behavior, environment, neural processes, thinking, emotions, as well […]

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