July 2004 Inside Outside Wellness Center & Medical Spa Newsletter

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This Month's SuperSlow Star:  John Griffes  

John Griffes, a hospital CEO, has been a SuperSlow participant since March 30th. John has five children and many demands on his time.


The two 30 minute SuperSlow sessions a week were easily worked into his  schedule without taking time away from his family.  


In the three months March - July 2004, he has lost twenty-one pounds and three- percent body fat!   By the end of August, he had lost a total of 30lbs.


His original pant size of a forty-inch waist has shrunk to a baggy thirty-six waist! Before signing up for the four month SuperSlow program, John suffered with GERDS, hiaital hernia pain, moderately high cholesterol levels (248), occasional migraine headaches and was drinking nearly 8 cups of coffee per day.  Realizing his symptoms have nearly ceased, John attributes the Omega Zone diet and SuperSlow sessions to the weight loss and the healthier eating habits.




































John now enjoys a higher quality of uninterrupted sleep, greater energy levels and his concentration has improved (His cholesterol level has been reduced (208) and he is only drinking one cup of decaffeinated coffee per day.) 


 John says that it is the best he has felt in 15 years.  He and his family are enjoying a new John from the inside out! 


Congratulations John for your success and new healthy lifestyle!!

Dr. Christian's Update on The 6 Components of Optimal Health and Aging 

Part 1 "Making the Decision To Make Your Health a Priority"

This is the first of several articles about my thoughts about the important things we need to consider if we are to life long, healthy and productive lives. This article will consider the question: Why we don’t take better care of ourselves?

During the past 25 years that I have been a surgeon, I have always been amazed at how uncommon it is to meet a person who truly has made the lifestyle commitments needed to achieve Optimal Health and maintain peak mental and physical performance.

I have usually been involved with patients at late stages of various diseases such as atherosclerosis, cancer and lung diseases. When I look at their medical history, it is usually very easy, in retrospect, to see that most of them made very bad lifestyle choices along the way. Sometimes the choices were made because of lack of knowledge of the bad health effects of certain habits. For most however, the health risks of these habits were well known.

So, Why don’t we take better care of these bodies that are capable of giving us such pleasure if we only take care of them?

Unlike mechanical things, our bodies have constant repair mechanisms which are very efficient at keeping us healthy. Why don’t we develop even the simple habits which we know are good for us?

I think the reason is based on a lack of self respect, self esteem, call it self love. If we truly valued ourselves as unique and wonderful creations, capable of living extraordinary and productive lives we would act differently.

One of my favorite books is written by Og Mandino, a well known motivational author. The book is entitled “The Greatest Secret in the World”.

In the first part of the book he asks us to look at our world and find things around us that are lovable. You can love the rain, the sun, the old, the ugly, the poor and he writes, “ …. most of all I will love myself. For when I do I will zealously inspect all things which enter my body, my mind, my soul and my heart. “

That’s it. It is that simple. Value yourself, love your self. You are worth it. Make your health a priority.  The Staff of Inside Outside has made their decision and we stand ready to help you when you make yours. This newsletter is part of their dream to help you with your quest for Optimal Health.

Everything in life starts with a decision.

Optimal Health is just a decision away!!  Don't delay, Make it today.

One of the characteristics of a unfulfilled life is we tend to think that "today is not an important critical day."

Your partner in health,

Dr. Christian

Next month… "The Six Components of Optimal Health and Aging"  Become your own "Project', or "In life's great experiment, you are the pig, stop hurting the pig!"

Confused about Protein?  Dawn Does Aminos!

Why Protein, Why Me, Why Now?

 Hippocrates once said “Let your food be medicine, and let your medicine be food”.  When we think of a medicine, most westerners have the mentality that a doctor prescribes medicine in order to preserve or enhance the quality of life. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all had the same attitude of Hippocrates toward food?  Of course he had great choices available: fish, olives, fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.  There was no fast food to distract him. None the less, Hippocrates, and modern day man, have a commonality: intelligence, and choices. Choices are based on useful information.  It is useful information that protein is one of the foundational building blocks of the body. Several of the building blocks of proteins are amino acids, and several amino acids are considered “essential.”  Amino acids and proteins are essential in the sense that they are an indispensable part of ones diet. But what role does protein take in our daily lives, and how much of it does one actually need? Due to the media, opinions on the proper forms of protein have become distorted. This is where the question “why” becomes incredibly imperative.

 Protein, when looked at in the literal definition from the glossary, is considered as “basic elements of all animal and vegetable tissues. Biological substances such as hormones and enzymes also are composed of protein. The body makes the specific proteins it needs for growth, repair, and other functions from amino acids that are either extracted from dietary protein, or are manufactured from other amino acids.”   Essential means something is indispensable. Therefore, protein is enormously imperative. Yes, all helpful background information, but what is a protein in terms of shopping or ordering at the restaurant? 

Protein builds muscles, helps immune function, it provides the body with energy, and is needed for the manufacture of hormones, antibodies, enzymes, and tissues. Protein does the body well, we agree, but still, we ask, what is a protein?!   The desire to  be a President Kennedy speech deliverer and,” ask not what protein can do for me but what I can do to make protein useful to me.”

 I have watched protein made useful, and individuals made it useful to themselves.   Since I have been associated with Inside Outside Wellness Center as the staff nutritionist, I have developed a conviction about protein. The conviction has evolved by watching our clients take big helping of useful information, in particular when it comes to protein. Those who are successful at building muscle and losing fat are the ones who supplement with protein.  Further, they include a quality protein with every meal and snack, and  balance the protein with a favorable carbohydrate and favorable fat. 

Dr. Barry Sears says a carbohydrate comes from the ground, and a protein moves around.  In other words, fish, chicken, beef, are the things that move around, so they are proteins. And they eat the things from the ground.  So, these animals have made life easier for us.  They have ingested, and stored away the things from the ground.  Therefore, protein is in the interest of efficiency.   

Knowing that protein helps manufacture hormones, and tissues, no wonder grandma said her pot roast would put hair on your chest! (skip the mashed potatoes).  Maybe she should have said her pot roast would help build those muscles on your chest!  The choice is yours.  Go, and eat those things that used to move around. Balance it out with those things that come from the ground. Let your medicine be food and let your food be medicine.  Your energy level and muscles will thank you. And maybe even grandma, or even Hippocrates!

 Dawn Blem

Certified Nutritional Consultant

Amanda Antonini, Our Newest Certified SuperSlow Instructor

Marrying at a very young age, I established life goals to revolve around being the perfect wife for a very ambitious spouse and being the perfect Mom.  After 17 years of everyone else’s needs being my primary focus, I found myself emotionally and physically drained.  To complicate matters even more, I had begun using food and a couch-potato lifestyle to comfort a body that had been suffering from a lifetime of neglect.  Luckily, I realized what I was doing and decided to counteract this “Carbohydrate Coma” I was in.  (I called my state the Carb Coma because I ate so many carbs and I was ALWAYS tired!)

I was tired of being tired!!!!   I decided to make changes!   

Make changes I did….I signed up with a program that is very similar to what we specialize in here at Inside Outside.  It was a program that focused on strength training, supplements and balanced nutrition.  For the first time in my life, I began to see real results.  I lost weight, but more importantly, I lost about 9% in body fat and went from a size 8/10 to a size 2/4!  These components also made a hugh impact on my energy level, my strength, my mental & physical health and the icing on the cake, my body’s shape transformed as well (You can see the difference in my pictures)!  I’ll never go back to my old way of living! 

If I can do it—so can you!!! I am a true example that if you apply these components, you will see results!  Remember that we get out, what we put in!!!  I wish you great success with your program and am here to help you in any way that I can! 


4 Generations!!

Amanda's Mother Bobbie Ramsey, Amanda

Amanda's Grandmother Gladys Sims, Daughter Victoria




Nancy's Marketing Update:  TV!!


24 May 04 Great Day SA with Lu Parker, Dawn Blem, Amanda Antonini, Nancy Flater, Mickie Johnson and Liz Hajek.




7 Jun 04 Great Day SA with Lu Parker, Jesse James Leija, Dr. Christian and Dana



25 Jun 04 Wendy Rigby Medical Reporter for KENS5 News with Dr. Christian, Jan Scott, Julie Kenfield and Dana.


                                                                                                                                                   Wendy Rigby, Richard Woods (Camera), Dr. C.

Dana's SuperSlow Technique Corner

Our many clients at Inside Outside have always had a love hate relationship with the SuperSlow Leg Press. One reason is because since the Leg Press is a compound movement, your buttocks (Gluteus), quadriceps, and hamstrings get a major workout, and our clients really feel the burn. The burn is a good thing because it means that the muscles are working extremely hard and they are going to fatigue, which is what we want them to do.  Another reason clients feel the burn so quickly on the leg press is because the quadriceps are very sensitive to pain, whereas the Gluteus is not very sensitive to pain.

As you know, we don't allow you to lock the knees out on the Leg Press.  There are two reasons we don't allow you to lock out the knees.  The first reason has to do with Exercise.  When the legs are locked out, the bones are supporting everything and the muscles are relaxing so there is No Exercise.  The second reason has to do with Safety.   Many people have one leg that is slightly longer than the other.  If they were to straighten their legs when pushing on the Leg Press, the shorter leg will inevitably straighten before the other leg, your pelvis will twist and you will hurt your back.  

The motion of the leg press is quite simple, but there are some things myself and the instructors at Inside Outside want you to keep in mind.  When starting the pushing motion of the Leg Press start slowly, don't fire out of the bottom, and control the weight on the negative phase.  SuperSlow isn't called SuperSlow for no reason!   On your third repetition, remember to do a static contraction (Squeeze) against the Plate at the top while tightening your leg muscles as tight as possible for three seconds.  And remember to breathe throughout the repetition especially on the Squeeze!!

                      Start                                   Finish                          Don't Lock Out!

Ashley on Microdermabrasion


Microdermabrasion is the most natural way to safely exfoliate the skin with little or no downtime.  Microdermabrasion works with little micronized crystals derived from minerals.  These crystals are used to abrade the skin, removing dead and flaking skin cells.  The procedure can be performed on all skin types, especially if you are looking to minimize the appearance of fine lines, pigmentation problems, dull, lifeless, uneven skin tones and damaged skin.  Even if you don’t have any of these problems Microdermabrasion can still help maintain that beautiful skin.

The number of treatments a person needs depends on the size, depth and type of skin.  A series of six is usually recommended followed by a maintenance program.  By doing a routine like this you will see a dramatic change in the overall appearance of the skin.

We all want to look and feel healthy and our skin plays an important role toward achieving this goal.  So now that summer is almost over and winter is approaching it is the perfect time to start saying goodbye to that aging skin, and treat yourself and your skin to all the wonderful benefits of microdermabrasion.

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