Outstanding Health: The 6 Essential Keys To Maximize Your Energy And Well Being
By Astrid Derfler Kessler
An Interview With Michael Galitzer, MD
For over a quarter of a century, Hollywood’s top celebrities—including actress, health advocate, and best-selling author Suzanne Somers—have been flocking to the Santa Monica, California, clinic of cutting-edge physician Dr. Michael Galitzer, one of the country’s most respected experts in the fields of Energy Medicine, integrative medicine, and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. For more than 40 years, he has been acknowledged as a key player when it comes to longevity and anti-aging medicine.
According to Suzanne Somers, “Dr. Galitzer is the best kind of doctor… He has kept me well for over a decade. I lead an active and stressful life, constantly traveling, which wears down the body. Before and after every trip, I go to his office and utilize protocols that protect and build up. As a result, I never get sick.
“We work together, rarely resort to drugs, and his approach allows me to enjoy superb health. He keeps my insides healthy, which manifests on the outside, making me look and feel young.”
In this exclusive interview with Life Extension®, Dr. Galitzer discusses how to turn back the clock to increase energy, improve vigor and stamina, and have the best health of your life.
LE: You are considered one of Hollywood’s “best-kept secrets.” What is it that you do that keeps the movers and shakers of the movie industry flocking to your door?
MG: Simple—I’ve developed a program that consistently helps people look and feel younger than their actual age. The sad truth is that poor health is something most people in this country are struggling with. They may not necessarily be suffering from specific illnesses, but they certainly lack the energy they had when they were younger to do the things they most enjoy. In fact, lack of energy is the number one complaint among my patients. Add to that chronic stress, low libido, memory problems and “foggy” thinking, joint pain, and lack of flexibility, and you have the potpourri of symptoms that the majority of Americans experience each and every day.
LE: One of the biggest complaints we as a nation have is that we’re always tired. You believe this exhaustion is toxin based.
MG: One of the primary causes of energy loss and energetic imbalances in the body, and therefore disease, is toxins. Toxin-related imbalances can result in a wide range of physical, emotional, and mental health issues. Conventional medicine recognizes two classes of toxins: exogenous and endogenous. I add a third class: toxic emotions.
LE: Can you provide examples of each kind of toxin?
MG: Exogenous, or external, toxins are those present in the outside environment. Most exogenous toxins that affect us include tap water, smog, alcohol, sugar and artificial sweeteners, food preservatives, additives and artificial flavorings, tobacco, pesticides, petrochemicals, heavy metals, viruses, bacteria, prescription medicines, and over-the-counter medicines.
Endogenous toxins are internal toxins produced in the body as a result of compromised digestion and inefficient metabolism. They result from pancreatic digestive deficiency, poor eating habits, and wrong food combinations.
Toxins are discharged by the liver, kidneys, lymph, colon, lungs, and skin. As more and more toxins accumulate, they place severe stress on these organs of elimination. With continued accumulation, the liver, kidneys, and lymph system become less efficient in their ability to excrete these waste products, causing toxins to accumulate in the connective tissues and then in the organs. Your body tries to compensate by having the endocrine or hormonal glands secrete hormones to help stimulate detoxification. Over time these glands become inefficient and tired. The end result is an inefficient elimination system with toxin accumulation, coupled with reduced organ function, producing an ideal environment for illness to flourish.
LE: Let’s get specific and discuss the best ways to “drain” or detox various organs in the body. We’ll start with the kidneys.
MG: Drink healthy, non-distilled pure filtered water each day. One of the world’s leading authorities on water and its relationship to health was the late Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj. Based on his findings, he recommended a person divide their weight in half, and then drink that amount of water in ounces each day. For example, a woman weighing 120 pounds would need to drink 60 ounces. To increase hydration from water, Dr. Batman, as he liked to be called, advised adding a pinch of sea salt to each glass of water. Doing so helps carry water more efficiently into the cells, thus improving the cells’ ability to flush out toxins.
Avoid both tap water, unless it’s first filtered through a good quality filter, and distilled water, which is dead and has no minerals. I’ve found that Volvic water from France can be helpful because it’s slightly alkaline and contains both healthy electrons and the right amount of minerals. Fiji water is also good. Alkaline water has also become popular.
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