BORN A CHAMPION: The Master Strategy for Maximum Health and Lasting Success

Born A ChampionBy Mike Schwager

A bottomline “nuts and bolts” handbook is now available, designed to first restore people to normal health and then onward to maximum wellness and longevity, in the face of a population that is overmedicated, undernourished with overprocessed foods, and underexercised. 

BORN A CHAMPION:  The Master Strategy for Maximum Health and Lasting Success [Outskirts, 145 pp] is a blueprint for optimum health, a contrarian view opposed to those of today’s medical norms which the author contends reflect a greed-driven pharmaceutical industry, medical doctors who are virtually ensnared by pharmaceutical and health insurance industry domination, a non-health conscious corporate food industry flooding the market with products that are overprocessed with refined carbohydrates, sugar and hydrogenated fats, and an underexercised population.

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Dr. Yachter is a South Florida chiropractor and wellness expert, voted the Chiropractor of the Year in 1998, 2006 and 2007.  With 35,000 patient visits annually, he has restored people back to health by moving them away from excessive medications and processed foods into a more natural approach to wellness.  He has been a health, injury and performance consultant to the Miami Dolphins football team, Florida Marlins baseball team, and companies including American Airlines, Delta Airlines and Toys R Us.

I wrote this book,” says Dr. Yachter, “because I see the majority of people walking around today who are suffering, on medications for degenerative diseases which are 70-85% correctable with proper lifestyle changes.  I believe that ANYONE who knows the truth and can deliver a solution to this ‘chemical holocaust’ has a moral and ethical obligation to get this message out to as many people as possible as quickly as possible.  The Bible says “for lack of knowledge my people perish,” and with 990,000 deaths per year from our current medical system – nearly three thousand people dying unnecessarily every day – time is of the essence.”

“We have more cancer than any other country, with the death rate each year claiming 1 out of 3 lives,” Yachter writes.  “Heart disease is also greatest in numbers here, claiming 1 out of every 2 lives each year.  While the U.S. population consists of only 5% of the world’s population, we consume more than 75% of all the prescription and over-the-counter drugs on planet Earth.  With our country having the greatest technology, the best hospitals and doctors, and considered a world superpower, why is it that now more than ever we are witnessing the development of more illness and disease?”

“Most people need to see change and they need it now,” says Dr. Yachter.  “It’s urgent for a lot of people to get well.  I see that when they come into my office.  I want to start by creating a resource for them so they can implement a simple and clear plan-of-action.  Most of these people have issues with diabetes, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, cholesterol, overweight and depression.  Born A Champion takes them to the core of what they need to do to address and heal these problems, while recognizing that every person is different, responds differently and requires a unique approach to their individual needs,” Yachter says. 

Dr. Yachter contends that patients are being medicated and handed multiple prescriptions when the vast number of these people have issues that can be properly addressed with proper lifestyle changes.  Moreover, deaths from prescription drugs and hospital administrative errors are now the leading killer of Americans with over 990,000 dying annually.

 “Medical doctors are not treating the causes of illness – they’re treating symptoms that lie on top of people’s core issues; and the excessive number of pills they prescribe don’t resolve these issues – they hide them,” asserts the author.  “Actually, in many cases, they perpetuate and worsen chronic diseases like diabetes, and trigger deadly diseases like cancer,” he says

“What’s astounding is that few physicians are willing to take the time sit down with their patients and expound on how to really get well.  It doesn’t pay for a physician to sit down today and have a seminar, class or consultation on getting to the cause of a problem; and the other thing is that they don’t believe in their patients and their ability to have the discipline to get well.  That really bothers me because I see hope in people’s eyes, and a willingness by many of them to restore their health to wholeness.

“We know the reasons why – it comes down to dollars and cents,” Dr. Yachter says, adding that “the way the healthcare system is set up, doctors have to go by parameters established by the insurance codes, and most of the services for consultation for nutrition, wellness or exercise are not really billable codes.”

BORN A CHAMPION is divided into four sections, or parts. 

Part One, “From Above Down: Healthy Mind for a Healthy Body,” which sets the spirit and tone of the book, is subdivided into five chapters.  Chapter 1 speaks to the importance of Discipline (“Discipline is Freedom”), urging the reader to take on at least one healthy daily ritual such as exercise, eating a salad for lunch, or finding quiet time in the day.  The chapter also recommends taking charge of one’s own life:  “Commit NOW to becoming a master at living a principled lifestyle.”  The author also suggests becoming a mentor, encouraging others to be the best they can be.  He contends that this is a positive, transformative act on the part of the one who mentors.

Chapter 2, “Positive Programming,” speaks to the need for mastery of one’s own thoughts, and moving from a negative mindset to programming first, positive belief in one’s vision; second, positive thoughts; third, positive language and actions; and fourth, intending positive results without worrying about the outcome.  “Enjoy playing the game,” writes Dr. Yachter.

Chapter 3, “Planning for Success,” recommends that people put their dreams and goals down in writing, as the start of the manifestation process.  “Success in life doesn’t happen by hope or chance, it is something that must be PLANNED,” he writes.

Chapter 4, “Mission Mindedness,” calls upon the idea of service.  “Whatever your career, business or mission in life may be,” writes Dr. Yachter, “having a servant’s heart is really the key to unlocking the vault to overwhelming success and joy in all areas of one’s life.”

Chapter 5, “Letting Go Of Fear,” addresses a perspective on fear that can serve as the fuel to overcoming obstacles, and the emergence of courage as the ingredient that can overcome fear.

Part Two, “Energizing Nutrition: Strengthening the Inner Foundation,” contains five chapters.  Chapter 1, “Balancing the Blood,” addresses the avoidance of blood toxicity and the importance of maintaining proper blood pH as essential for optimum health.  “Normal blood ph is slightly alkaline – 7.365,” writes Dr. Yachter.  “Most lifestyles today contribute to an acidic blod pH, which creates a perfect environment to sustain life for bacteria, viruses, yeast, mold and fungus.  It is this acidic environment that also plays host to so many diseases that we suffer from today.  Cancer, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, chronic fatigue, obesity, all result from living an acid diet and lifestyle,” says Yachter.

Dr. Yachter lists the alkaline foods, which include lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, celery, cucumbers, garlic, cabbage, peas, onions, asparagus, sprouts and greens of all kind.  Other foods are Omega 3 oils such as flax oil, fish oils, extra virgin olive oil, cod liver oil and water.  Acidic foods include all sugars, salt, vinegar, alcohol, nicotine, dairy, meat, refined or enriched flour products (white pasta, white rice, white bread) and prescription and over-the-counter medication.

Chapter 2, “Alkalizing and Energizing,” argues for a diet consisting of 60% greens.  Because of photosynthesis, where plants convert sunlight into energy, the conversion of unusable sunlight energy into usable chemical energy “is associated with the actions of the green pigment chlorophyll.”  Consequently, writes Dr. Yachter, “More greens = more energy.”

This chapter also argues for an increase in “good fats” – Omega-3 essential fats, including extra virgin olive oil, cold pressed flax seed oil, fish oils and cod liver oil.  These oils can be found in almonds, avocadoes, salmon, cod, tuna, halibut and sardines.

Dr. Yachter also urges people drink more water, half of your body weight in fluid ounces.

Chapter 3, “Food by Man,” as opposed to the healthy, natural Food by God, points to the unhealthy but too popular foods that are not naturally grown or harvested, constituting additives, preservatives, colorings and artificial ingredients.  White bread, white rice and white pasta are foods by man, “passing through a bleaching and refinement process that strips away nearly all of the God-made vitamins, nutrients and minerals,” writes Dr. Yachter.  “In addition such starchy carbohydrates break down into sugar that causes insulin levels to skyrocket.”

Dr. Yachter also warns that dairy products are unhealthy.  The U.S. consumes more milk each year than any other country in the world, says Dr.Yachter, yet “we boast the highest rate of osteoporosis diagnosed each year.”  Greens contain an ample amount of Vitamin D, yet “the typical American diet is void of the optimal amount of daily greens consumed.”  Dr. Yachter also points out that “milk is loaded with the sugar Lactose which converts to acidification of the bloodstream and blood cells.”  He also writes that “dairy is high in Omega-6 essential fatty acids which have long been associated with inflammation of the mucosal membranes.”

Chapter 3 argues for grass-fed meat rather than grain-fed meat, citing that Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratios is 4 to 1 in grass-fed animals, versus 21 to 1 in grain-fed animals.  He points to the World Health Organization determination that the 4 to 1 Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio “is the optimal ratio at the cellular level.”

This chapter also discusses the negative effect of “bad fats” on health (hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, trans fats (margarine and synthetic butters), rancid vegetable oils (corn oil, canola oil, vegetable oil), and fats in grain-fed meat.

Chapter 4, “Toxins by Man,” discusses the dangers of cholesterol lowering drugs, including statins, and drugs such as Lipitor, Mevacor, Prevachol and Zocor.  Dr. Yachter provides the stunning information that high cholesterol is not the enemy – inflammation is the enemy.  “Cholesterol does not cause heart disease, inflammation does,” says Dr. Yachter.  “A diet high in sugar, hydrogenated fats, an acidic diet and lifestyle will throw off the Ph in the bloodstream and tissues, creating inflammation causing the body to elevate the cholesterol level as a healing response.”  Says the author, “Whereas a medical physician would say cholesterol is high and that’s the problem, I look at it as an effect of a more serious underlying problem; and if we can correct the cause of that underlying problem, we bring the body back into balance.”

Dr. Yachter writes that people with high cholesterol live the longest!

He also maintains that blood pressure can be lowered without medication, with an approach that includes exercise, weight loss, Vitamins C and E, and a special ‘Atlas Adjustment.’  Furthermore, he points to evidence which suggests that high blood pressure is caused by the brain and not the heart.

Chapter 4 concludes with research indicating that ibuprofen and aspirin, taken for sustained periods of time, can cause cancer.  Dr. Yachter goes further to suggest that all drugs can and do cause cancer.  He also writes that subluxation (blockage of spinal nerves),  shuts down the immune system, advocating the Maximized Living Wellness model:  “to find and utilize methods that will remove interference to the body’s inborn, God-given healing potential, including aligning your Spine and Lifestyle with God’s ultimate intention.”

Chapter 5, “The Healing Diet”, an advanced diet for those with high triglycerides, high blood pressure, elevated glucose/insulin/leptin levels, and neurotoxicity.  “We must eliminate all sugars and everything that turns into sugar,” writes Dr. Yachter, stating that The Five Rules of the Healing Diet are:  (1) No Grains…(2) No Sugars…(3) No fruits…(4) Monitor Protein Intake, an average of 15g per meal…(5) Increase Healthy Fats – 2 to 3 weeks after beginning program, the typical time needed to become a fat burner.  The chapter goes on to list the Food by God choices (healthy fats, high fiber carbohydrate choices, carbohydrate choices in moderation, low glycemic index fruit choices in moderation (mainly berries), and the low fiber carbohydrates to eliminate (e.g., barley, brown rice, buckwheat).

Part Three:  Fat-Burning Fitness:  Conditioning Your Body for Full Time Fat Burning, begins with Chapter 1, “The Fat Burning Machine,” advocating the importance of exercise.  Writes Dr. Yachter:  “Recall that medical research today has proven that 70-85% of most diseases that people are medicated for and dying from are completely treatable, preventable and curable with proper lifestyle.  This means exercise – FOR LIFE!

Chapter 2, “The Fat-Burning Zone,” advocates aerobic exercise as an optimum form of exercise, and three incrementally faster paces designed to burn fat (Mostly Aerobic Pace - MAP zone), fat and sugar (Mostly Efficient Pace - MEP zone), and for finish lines  (Speedy Aerobic Pace – SAP zone).  Formulas for calculating heart rates for each zone are provided.

This chapter also discusses “The Three Minute Fat-Burning Version” – Burst Training:

Exercising at 90% to 100% of max effort for 20-30 seconds to burn body’s stored sugar (glycogen), causes the body to burn fat for the next 36 hours to replace vital energy (glycogen) stores.  This is done for 3 to 4 sets of 20-30 second bursts three times per week.

Chapter 3, “Eating Fat to Lose Fat,” reinforces the notion that high cholesterol is not the problem; rather it is too high acidity that must become more alkaline.  Remedies suggested include increasing water intake, water rich vegetables/greens, low sugar fruits (lemons, limes, tomatoes, avocados), and increasing Omega 3 fats.

Chapter 4, “Superhydration,” advocates plentiful drinking of water, as described previously.

In Part Four’s Chapter 1, “Houston Control,” Dr. Yachter explains the preeminence of the brain and nervous system in bodily functioning. 

“The key to correcting the cause of one’s health issues is to locate and correct THE CAUSE of interference to the proper function and innate healing ability of the body,” he writes.  “Remember, God put the most amazing healing power in your Nerve System.  That power must flow from the brain, down the spinal cord, and out over the nerves to animate every cell, organ and tissue in your body.  When this brain-body communication path is clear and unobstructed, you have a condition known as health.  However, if there is any obstruction or blockage to this path, we have communication breakdown between the brain and body, resulting in sickness and disease.”

What follows is a description of Vertebral Subluxation, “where one or more of the spinal bones lose their normal position relative to the bone above and below.  Therefore, if there’s blockage to the nerves going to the heart, you eventually develop a heart problem. Block the nerves going to the pancreas, and soon enough you will develop diabetes.”

Dr. Yachter states unequivocally:  “Any time I have ever had a patient present to me with ANY DISEASE of ANY KIND, I have always been able to trace it back to spinal damage and nerve blockage AT THE EXACT LEVEL of the spine where the nerves exit to feed that organ or part of the body.”

The author writes:  “Infrared thermal spinal scanning technology, along with digital x-rays enable us to detect any blockage, damage or pinching of the nerves that exit from the spine….Whether the condition is high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, radiating neck and back pain with sciatica, or thyroid disease, the neurological testing that is done will  determine the presence of vertebral subluxation that has caused or precipitated that disease.  Once confirmed, the x-rays are analyzed, thoroughly studied, and the patient is then recommended a course of corrective care.  Gentle, specific chiropractic adjustments are given to correct vertebral alignment and restore proper nerve supply to all damaged tissues and organs.”

Dr. David Yachter has seen reversals of patients with cancer, using an integrative approach.  “Cancer is the result of a weak immune system,” he says.  “Our approach is to boost the immune system with proper nutrition, oxygenation to the nerve supply, removing and reducing stress.” 

He has reversed patients with diabetic conditions.  “The initial approach,” he says, “is to ensure the proper nerve supply to the pancreas and metabolic organs, to remove all grains, especially refined process grains – even healthy grains in the first few weeks, restoring normal function to cells and helping to stabilize cells by reducing leptin resistance and insulin resistance.  I have seen patients literally stabilize their blood sugar within days.”

BORN A CHAMPION concludes with a chapter entitled, “Patients Speak Out,”  testimonials from grateful patients with accounts of how their lives were transformed, first to good health, and then to optimal health, under Dr. Yachter’s care at Champion Chiropractic.