Health & Wellness

When it comes to your health and wellness here’s something to think about . . .

My personal health story . . . by Dr. Ron Beck

  • The CDC has stated that 75 percent of healthcare spending goes to treating preventable chronic diseases, most of which are diet-related.
  • According to researchers from the University of Oxford and Columbia University (as published in the August 2011 issue of The Lancet medical journal), if current obesity trends continue:
    Half of people in the U.S. will be obese by 2030.
    − Spending on obesity-related causes will rise by 13% to 16% each year.
    − There will be 7.8 million more people with diabetes, 6.8 million cases of coronary heart disease and stroke, and 539,000 extra cases of cancer.
  • The USDA’s Dietary Guidelines recommend adults eat anywhere from 5-13 servings (1cup = a serving) of fruits and vegetables per day
  • By eating at least 5 servings of vegetables and fruits a day, you can reduce your risk of stroke and heart disease by 30%, lose weight, and enhance your immune system so you don’t get sick as often. 

Are you getting the proper nutrition in your diet?

I have always been pretty active. Played little league baseball, high school football and wrestling, and then college soccer. Like most Americans I have done my share of eating poorly, but for the past 15-20 years have tried to eat healthier.  Like many people, I have a family history of high blood pressure, heart disease, and various kinds of cancer. For example, I officiated the funerals of my grandmother who died of colon cancer, and My father who died suddenly of a heart attack at age 63. Like everyone I have heard and read over the years that “its genetics,” and that you inherit these physical maladies from your parents and grandparents, but I have to be honest with you, I have never liked that answer. Why? Because unlike my father and grandmother, I want to be around to enjoy my children, grandchildren, and yes, one day, my great grandchildren.

Because of this “predisposition” as they call it I have had less than favorable blood work from my annual physicals. High blood pressure and high cholesterol along with high numbers in several other areas of my blood work were the norm for me over the years . . . until this past year.

You see, I made one simple change a little over a year ago. Then, on May 25, 2017 I went in for my annual physical and when I got my blood work back I was literally blown away. There were three pages of blood work and the same phrase at the bottom written by my primary care physician. The phrase?

“Your blood work is all within normal limits”

When the nurse took my blood pressure at the beginning of my physical, I heard her say hummmm, so I asked, “Is it high?” She responded, “No, actually it is good.” My previous visit to the doctor the nurse who took my blood pressure asked, “I guess you forgot to take your blood pressure meds today, uh?  To which I responded, “No, I have never taken blood pressure meds.” He responded, “oh, looks like you may need to start.”

Don’t miss my point . . . all I did from one annual physical to this past one was one simple change . . . I started taking Juice Plus.

Watch this 2min video and if you have any questions or would like to know more about Juice Plus+ you can contact me at or 813-679-3275.