Published on November 8, 2021
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What’s up everybody? Thank you for listening to NextGen Radio. This is a podcast for those of you who want the truth and nothing but the truth when it comes to diet, exercise and all things health. This is episode number 39, I think, right? 39?
Kelly Krauss (00:14): Yeah. We’re at 39.
Mike (00:15): 39.
Kelly Krauss (00:15):
Next week’s going to be exciting.
The one we didn’t talk about that before we came out. Today, I am here with just one of our co-hosts today. Kelly Krauss is with us. John had some family stuff to do, so he wasn’t available to come in and we didn’t want to miss a show.
Kelly Krauss (00:31): Nope.
So we had to leave a man behind and get this one out, sacrifice John in this one and get it out. So hopefully he’ll be back in and joining us next week. But for now, we’ll just pretend like he’s sitting here and he’s just very quiet today.
Kelly Krauss (00:46):
Yeah. Sometimes he is kind of quiet.
He is, yeah, yeah. Okay, cool. Before we just came on here, you sent me an article that you were reading
and you wanted us to go over it today, right?
Kelly Krauss (00:58):
Yeah. It’s called Sudden Health Problems After 50. And I was listening to a podcast today. I like this lady. She lost 100 pounds and she has a podcast and she has a whole business of No More Bullshit Weight Loss or something like that. She has workbooks. It’s a very detailed weight loss business that she has. She talks about the psyche of it all and things like that. Today, I was listening to her and she was talking about specifically to the people 50 and above. She was stating that people feel like not that their lives are over, but why start now? Why try now? I’m 50, why am I going to try now? They’re kind of in this demographic of they can’t… some people have kids who are still in school and other kids, have younger kids. Like where’s my spot? Where do I fit in, in the world today? Kind of.
Kelly Krauss (01:53):
On top of having that empty nest syndrome, now, why am I going to start doing something now? But she said something that’s very interesting. She said, “When you’re in your 50s, you still have 30 to 40 years left. You could potentially have 30 to 40 years.”
Sure. Especially nowadays.
Kelly Krauss (02:07):
Yeah. That’s a very long time. It wasn’t until she said that it was like, “30 to 40 years? That’s a very long
time. Pick how you want to live those 30 to 40 years.”
Mike (02:16): It’s true.
Kelly Krauss (02:17):
So, I thought that was very interesting. And then it was, of course, here’s this article, and it was like,
well, this is interesting. It’s all coming together.
Right. It’s mindset, right? It’s all about mindset with that.
Kelly Krauss (02:26): Oh, yeah.
This is a conversation I have had actually with my father. Now, he’s 75. He’s not in his 50s. But my
grandmother, his mother, passed away at 92, 94 or something like that.
Kelly Krauss (02:38):
Oh, yeah. Yeah. I remember that.
When my mother recently passed away, he was struggling going through some depression, naturally. He wasn’t really exercising. He wasn’t really eating at all. A conversation I had with him was like, “You could potentially have 20 more years ahead of you. Think about that. 20 years is a long time. Do you want to live this way? Or do you want to take care of yourself?” Because when my grandmother passed away… I called her Nanny. When my Nanny passed away, she was 90. Like I said, 92, 93, 94, somewhere around there. She was a week or two away from her next birthday. She was physically okay. She didn’t pass away from a heart attack or cancer or anything. She just got old and she deteriorated mentally. Towards the end there, she was pretty gone mentally, but physically, she was all right. So it’s like, take care of yourself. You could have 20 years.
Kelly Krauss (03:35):
You put things into context, that’s a long time.
Kelly Krauss (03:38): It is.
20 years, 30 years, 40 years. I think they’re projecting that people in my generation or the next
generation down will live to like 110 or something like that.
Kelly Krauss (03:50): Good grief.
Because of technology and medicine and all that stuff. So I think this is a very important topic that you
chose to talk about today because with our aging population, right?
Kelly Krauss (04:03): Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Baby Boomers, is that still the biggest demographic around or something like that?
Kelly Krauss (04:08):
I think so. Yeah. That’s our parents.
Right, yeah. They’re just getting older and there’s more of them, and they’re staying around longer. We always talk about quality of life. Yes, it’s about living as long as you can, but if the last 20 years of your life are misery because you’re not healthy and you’re sedentary and you’re relying on medicine, who wants to live like that?
Kelly Krauss (04:31):
Right. This is when I think all the issues start to come up. Definitely like mid 40s, that’s when everything
starts to happen.
Mike (04:40): Absolutely.
Kelly Krauss (04:41): You can fight back.
Kelly Krauss (04:44):
Yeah. Or you can just accept it and say, “Well, this is, yeah, I’m 45. I’m 50. Now, this is what’s going to happen.” And then you can roll over and just… But again, you’ve got possibly 30 to 40 years left. Why would you do that?
Mike (04:56): Absolutely.
Kelly Krauss (04:57):
So even more so if people were thinking about health and fitness, especially in your 50s, 60s, now’s the
best time. Most people, your kids are gone and you have more time.
Right. Time to focus on you on yourself. Before we even dive into the whole fitness side and nutrition side of things, I think it’s important to touch on the mental aspect. I know we talked about having mindset. But I was thinking about it when you were introducing this article that you read that it’s almost like a lot of these people are lost. Like they don’t have an identity. Right?
Kelly Krauss (05:34): Mm-hmm (affirmative).
They feel like they’re either in a rut, they’re oppressed, they’re overweight, they haven’t exercised in years. Why start now? Who am I really? You’re going through all that. Obviously, I don’t know firsthand how it feels to go through your middle ages and your midlife crisis and whatever all that comes along with that. But it all comes back to how you handle it, right?
Kelly Krauss (05:57): Right.
And how you prepare yourself mentally for adversity all the time. Because whether you’re in your teenage angst years where you don’t know who you are and you’re rebelling and trying to stand out but fit in at the same time, or you’re going through young adulthood, trying to figure it out in the world, or you get into late 30s, 40s or whatever, and people have kids and you’re trying to figure that out. There’s a lot of things along the way that happen.
Kelly Krauss (06:24): It’s all stages.
It’s all different stages, but there’s one thing that stays the same is that’s how you approach it, your mentality. So if you learn to be okay with who you are and be confident in yourself, the earlier the better obviously, but that same confidence could get you through those teenage years when you don’t really know who you are, but you’re figuring it out. Give you confidence who you are as a parent or as an aging adult. The thing that’s similar that everyone could work on, even right now if you’re listening to this in your car or at your desk or whatever, is just changing your mindset. Because having the right mindset, it doesn’t matter, you could run 10 miles a day. Yeah, you might be in great physical shape for that, but you’re not going to be healthy because it’s all about your mindset, if you have a poor mindset.
Kelly Krauss (07:08):
That’s funny. That’s what we talked about with my empowering girls this week was having a positive
mindset. They all got these little journals here.
Nice. I was looking at that. Well, I didn’t read through it but I saw it one the desk, was wondering what
Kelly Krauss (07:18):
They’re cute. They’re just these little things. At the end of every day… and it’s funny because I put this in
my tips for sleeping that went out today or this week-
Mike (07:28): In our email.
Kelly Krauss (07:29):
Yeah, in the email, is list all the positive things. We start all of our meetings with, “Tell me one positive thing that happened today,” and they really struggle. I think they’re thinking of something like you won the lottery or something big. And I’m like, “Well, I walked the dog today even though I didn’t feel like it,” and kind of putting that in perspective. We’ve been texting each other at the end of the day and not necessarily sharing what they are, but that we’re doing it and it’s a positive mindset to end your day, to put you to sleep with a positive mindset.
Right. Well, that’s super important. Especially this day and age. So much negativity everywhere, which is just fed to us from everywhere you look, whether it’s on your phone or on TV or whatever. But not only teaching them to be that positive, but in a world where they actually have it pretty easy, right? These kids-
Kelly Krauss (08:16): Sure.
We have it easy. Shit. We’re sitting here in a heated room talking on expensive microphones. We have it easy. Our adversity is very different than what human nature adversity is, which is to survive. We’re geared to survive. And when we have all of our survival taken care of and then some because we’re living cushy lives, we find things to battle. We find things, we create adversity because we’re just engineered or God given or whatever, however you believe we were put here, that’s part of being a human is overcoming adversity. So if we don’t have it in our lives, if we’re not going out and trying to hunt down an elk to survive, we’re going to create it in our lives, through stress through relationships or stress through whatever the case may be, eating and having a negative mindset. When it’s not a big part of your life in terms of like, when you don’t have adversity, trying to survive every day-
Kelly Krauss (09:21): Totally different.
… things become more, everything becomes more negative because it just kind of encompasses your whole life. Having that approach and teaching those girls that at a young age is incredibly important, and hopefully they’re getting it. Hopefully they’re listening. We start off our staff meeting every time with a moment of gratitude towards another staff member.
Kelly Krauss (09:41):
That’s where I got the idea.
How often do they struggle, right?
Kelly Krauss (09:44): Yeah.
Or how often do you hear like, “Oh, I’m going to praise everybody today.” And I always say, “That’s a cop
out. That’s bullshit.” We’ll accept it but that’s a cop out because it is hard to, I guess, find those things.
Kelly Krauss (09:56):
Well, we start off our meeting with, “Say something positive about somebody, another staff member,”
versus, “What’s something that you’re thankful for in general.” Which, it’s different.
It’s different, but it’s still the same mindset because you’re looking for things that are positive. Like, “I’m thankful.” You go around the room and I’m appreciative of John for taking the garbage out, or whatever little things. Because it’s finding the positives and everything. Especially when it comes to staff like that. It’s very easy, especially in our position, to be critical because that’s our job. We have to be critical. We have to tell them where we need to see improvement. So leaning with that positivity is the same thing as being thankful and grateful for the things in your life. Whether it’s a staff member taking the garbage out or whether it’s Andy cleaning up Riley’s poop one night or whatever. The little things that, those mean everything. Everything.
So I guess let’s dive into this list here because we could probably talk for the rest of the time, but I got 30
minutes before my next client comes in.
Kelly Krauss (10:58):
All right. This came off Web MD, which is one of my favorites, sudden health problems after 50.
Mike (11:04): After 50, okay.
Kelly Krauss (11:05):
Yeah. They kick it off with, “One minute, you’re fine. Then when you’re past 50, some ailments, they just come on.” I think it’s very easy to get sucked into that negative like, oh my back hurts, my this hurts. Whatever. But number one is heart attack.
Sure. The silent killer. Yeah.
Kelly Krauss (11:25):
A 50 year old man has a one and two chance of getting heart disease at some point.
Mike (11:31): 50% chance.
Kelly Krauss (11:32):
Ah. Yeah. That’s a scary number.
Yeah. My father’s got… he’s a healthy guy. He’s worked out all the time.
Kelly Krauss (11:38): He’s got what?
Plaque in his arteries. It’s pretty high. Pretty-
Kelly Krauss (11:43):
The blockage? That’s the blockage you were talking about?
Yeah. So they need to go for another test to see if it’s just plaque in his blood or if it’s actually plaque
clogging his arteries, I guess. I don’t know. That’s from his mouth.
Kelly Krauss (11:55):
Right, right, yeah. Somewhere in the middle there.
A little lost in translation there. But yeah, he’s someone who he’s never really eat right. He didn’t ever,
he didn’t really care. So I’m sure that’s a big part of it.
Kelly Krauss (12:06):
Well, but your dad is tall and he’s lean.
He wasn’t always. When he was younger, he was. Yes. When he was a kid, he was younger. I mean,
when he was a kid, he was lean. When I knew him-
Kelly Krauss (12:11):
When he was your dad, when you were in sixth grade-
He was over 200 pounds.
Kelly Krauss (12:20): No way. Really?
Yeah. I’ll show you pictures. He actually had a gut too.
Kelly Krauss (12:24): Really?
Not like overweight. I mean, he was overweight. Yes, In terms of that. But-
Kelly Krauss (12:28):
Like that middle aged gut?
He worked out every day but he drank beer all the time. He had a strong stomach, but he was big. He’s
like, flex his stomach.
Kelly Krauss (12:35): That’s so interesting.
Mike (12:38): Yeah. He was big.
Kelly Krauss (12:38):
You got to find a picture of him.
Yeah. To see him at 155 pounds now is kind of a shocker. Not a shocker because it’s been going that way over time because that’s what happens as you age. But anyway, you look at him and the only reason why he found out about this plaque in his blood is because his health insurance does at-home screenings for seniors or something for free.
Kelly Krauss (12:58): Physical.
He’s been pushing it off, pushing it off, pushing it off, and he finally is like, “All right, fine.” He was tired of them calling. They came over and they did a test and they’re like, “Seems like you have some high plaque. You should go see a cardiologist.”
Kelly Krauss (13:07): Oh gosh.
He’s pretty high. So if he didn’t do that, he wouldn’t know. And then one day he’d be working out at karate or walking up the stairs, shoveling snow and just drop dead from a heart attack because he didn’t get it checked out. But again, that could probably go to a lot of things. I’ve found out that my grandfather had issues with heart, and his grandfather. So it’s-
Kelly Krauss (13:30): Oh, could be genetic.
It’s genetic. But he never ate right, ever, ever.
Kelly Krauss (13:34): Your grandfather?
Well, I’m sure they didn’t. But my father, he doesn’t care. His famous line growing up was like, “When the doctor told me I had high blood pressure and cholesterol…” because it was our doctor, the family doctor… he’d said, “He gave me two options. I could start eating better and exercising more or, I could take this pill. So I took this pill.” And that’s my dad. He’s like, “because I don’t want to…” He exercises almost every day, or he was. But he wants to eat what he wants. He’ll eat hot dogs every day if he can.
Kelly Krauss (14:04):
That’s my dad. Same thing. Same thing.
I think that’s the majority of people, right?
Kelly Krauss (14:09): Sure.
Majority of adults and especially people over 50 who are talking about right now that, “Kind of stuck in a
Kelly Krauss (14:15):
And that’s that Baby Boomer-
“I’m where I’m at right now? Oh well, it is what it is now.”
Kelly Krauss (14:18): Right. “I’m good enough.”
Mike (14:19): “It’s too late.”
Kelly Krauss (14:20):
“I’m good enough.” Every time my dad comes home from the doctor, he’s like, “Yup, clean bill of
health.” And I’m like, “There is no way, Dad. There is no way.”
Right. Well what do they do? You go in there for 12 minutes, they bang your knee with a little thing, and they grab your balls and you cough, and then look down your throat. That’s all they do. They look at your blood pressure. Like we talked about on the last show-
Kelly Krauss (14:40): Yeah, they don’t go-
… visceral fat should be added to that list for these doctors.
Kelly Krauss (14:42):
Absolutely. Absolutely. That’s a silent killer then.
All right, so our first one was having a heart attack. So one in two 50-year-old men will have heart
disease at some point.
Kelly Krauss (14:52):
All right. So I’m going to keep track here of how many of these things end with diet and exercise being a way to move out.
Okay. Even if you read this on web MD, it says your risk is lower if you’re at a healthy weight. Don’t
smoke, and get regular exercise. Simple.
Kelly Krauss (15:13): Yep. It’s all there.
Mike (15:15): All right.
Kelly Krauss (15:16):
And that’s a 50% chance.
Big, big, big number. All right. Number two, stroke.
Kelly Krauss (15:23): Two.
A stroke I guess goes hand-in-hand with heart attack, stroke. They kind of go common. But they’re obviously two different issues. You hear older people have heart attacks or strokes and you kind of think of them in the same context. But I guess the preventative is kind of the same, which we’ll get into. But-
Kelly Krauss (15:42):
Well, let me tell you a story about this though. Jimmy’s dad had a stroke at 49 years old. He’s a chemical engineer, so super duper smart, but he traveled a lot, which there’s been studies about airplanes, sitting on airplanes a lot and clotting. But he had a massive stroke. Now, this is one week after he went to the doctor who said, “Yup, you’re looking good. Clean bill of health.” He has a massive stroke at 49. His whole left side’s been paralyzed ever since.
Wow, that’s sucks. That’s terrible.
Kelly Krauss (16:08): At 40, that’s-
That’s young. That’s super young.
Kelly Krauss (16:11):
That’s in four years for us.
Mike (16:12): Yeah.
Kelly Krauss (16:12): That’s crazy.
That is crazy. For you.
Kelly Krauss (16:16): He wasn’t… yeah.
Not us. I’m assuming you and Jimmy.
Kelly Krauss (16:19): Yes.
Mike (16:19): Okay.
Kelly Krauss (16:20):
I’m not putting you up there in the age bracket there, Mike. But yeah, didn’t smoke, wasn’t overweight. I
think he had a stressful job. I think the home life was stressful, and moderate drinker, if that.
Right. Not much. Not like us.
Kelly Krauss (16:38): Not like us. Not at all.
Did they give a reasoning for it? Did the doctors say he was genetically predisposed for it? Or was he-
Kelly Krauss (16:47):
The Krauss’ have bad hearts.
Okay, but he didn’t really do anything to prevent it either, right?
Kelly Krauss (16:53):
He wasn’t exercising regularly and eating right.
Kelly Krauss (16:55):
He was like your typical corporate man.
Yeah. So stress, go to work, work all day.
Kelly Krauss (16:59):
Probably the meat and potatoes dinner.
Mike (17:00): Right, right, right.
Kelly Krauss (17:01): But not overweight.
Probably not eating or eating on the run or eating at the desk or bringing a crappy leftovers from the
night before, whatever.
Kelly Krauss (17:09): Yeah.
Going out to eat with clients.
Kelly Krauss (17:11):
Yup. All right, so that’s stroke. That’s one’s-
Obviously, we don’t have to spend much time on that. Diet and exercise is really the… unless you’re genetically predisposed to it, diet and exercise and quit smoking will help prevent that, will help significantly.
Kelly Krauss (17:31):
Moving, and managing your stress and mindset too.
It’s everything. That’s another thing I want to just mention about my father too, because you look at him, he looks healthy, but he’s very stressed. That’s just who he is. He’s always been stressed about everything. He doesn’t-
Kelly Krauss (17:45): Just carries it.
He carries it. Yeah. I think that if he learned how to be able to curve that stress and control it a little bit, maybe that would be a factor. Obviously, we can never know. But stress is a huge part of it. But stress, that affects your heart health, right?
Kelly Krauss (18:05): Sure.
Stress and heart health.
Kelly Krauss (18:06): Oh, yeah.
They go hand-in-hand.
Kelly Krauss (18:07):
But again, holding it all in, that’s just not good from head to toe for anything.
Definitely not, definitely not. All right, so-
Kelly Krauss (18:14):
Next one’s aneurysm. Kind of-
Mike (18:17): Aneurysm, okay.
Kelly Krauss (18:17):
Kind of the same thing, in the same category as a stroke there.
Right, right. We had someone have an aneurysm here, which was scary. Luckily, knock on… well, not knock on wood. It’s over for now. But they survived. They had a 15% chance of survival. So one, five, 15% chance. And it was just, we were lucky that it happened here and now, and it didn’t happen when she was at home in the shower or whatever. It happened while she was working out. And she had that
day, the worst headache of her life. And she’s somebody who stresses-
Kelly Krauss (18:52): Always hear that. Yeah.
She was a very stressed corporate type woman. She had the worst headache of her life and she thought it was just the stress or whatever. So she was coming into the gym to work out, which I appreciate her dedication. Because if I have the worst headache of my life, I’m not going to go-
Kelly Krauss (19:07):
… to a gym with bright lights and loud music and whatever. But she came here to work out, and when
she was pushing the sled, she just dropped.
Kelly Krauss (19:13):
Yeah. But that’s a good thing though because remember her husband was away. So if she had gone
home, it would’ve been the typical story.
She was by herself.
Kelly Krauss (19:20):
She would’ve lied down and that would’ve been the end.
She was in her 50s.
Kelly Krauss (19:22):
I lost a cousin that way.
Yeah, you did, that’s right.
Kelly Krauss (19:25):
Yeah, same thing, in the 50s.
Mike (19:26): That’s right.
Kelly Krauss (19:26):
Same thing. I have a bad headache, lay down, that’s the end of it.
Mike (19:29): Right. Crazy.
Kelly Krauss (19:30):
So the fact that she was here… and she’s amazing. You wouldn’t think anything had happened to her.
Right. Yeah. And then our other member who had a stroke, a version of an aneurysm, not a stroke, a version of an aneurysm, which was a genetic thing that she knew about that she had that previous doctor screwed up on and told her she didn’t have to get it taken care of 20 years ago. Now, that didn’t happen here. But she was exercising, working out. She’s pretty much, not paralyzed, but she has less function on her one side and her speech is ff. But her doctor said that if she wasn’t in such good shape and didn’t take care of her body, she probably would be a vegetable right now, you know?
Kelly Krauss (20:09): Oh, yeah.
Because she’s a tough woman and she was in shape just like the first woman was in shape. Not saying that being in shape is going to stop you from dying of a brain aneurysm in your sleep because unfortunately, that shit happens. That’s part of life. It happens. It could happen to the healthiest person. But it does. Exercise, does significantly reduce your chances of that or at least-
Kelly Krauss (20:36):
And her recovery, how fast her recovery has been.
At least recovering from it. Right.
Kelly Krauss (20:39):
I don’t know how long. Was it a year after she came back in here?
It was somewhere around that.
Kelly Krauss (20:44):
Now, she’s doing private’s three times a week. She’s doing great.
Yeah. Somewhere around that.
Kelly Krauss (20:49):
So it might’ve been a year now that she’s been back. It might’ve been a year after her episode that she came in.
Yeah, and she’s in her late 60s, right?
Kelly Krauss (20:56): Yeah.
Mike (20:57): Mid 60s?
Kelly Krauss (20:57):
I’d say mid to late, yeah.
Mike (20:59): Mid to late.
Kelly Krauss (21:01):
You know what? She’s still exercising.
She’s still exercising. No excuses. Now, obviously she’s not doing the same things that she was prior, but she’s exercised. She comes in three days a week and works with Christina. She’s doing awesome. She’s great. And if she wasn’t in such good shape beforehand and if she wasn’t so dedicated to it-
Kelly Krauss (21:18): There’s no way.
Mike (21:19): There’s no way.
Kelly Krauss (21:20): Again, are you going to-
She’d be a vegetable.
Kelly Krauss (21:21):
Are you going to start afterwards?
Kelly Krauss (21:22): No.
No. Of course not.
Kelly Krauss (21:23): No.
Not if it’s not part of your life already.
Kelly Krauss (21:25): Right.
And maybe you do, maybe you have the willpower to do that and the strength to do that, but that’s very
Kelly Krauss (21:30):
Very few and far between.
Mike (21:32): Very difficult.
Kelly Krauss (21:32):
Absolutely. Well, I really have some good stories coming out of this gym.
I know, I know. I don’t know if we’re going to get through this whole list.
Kelly Krauss (21:38): Naming them all off here.
Mike (21:39): Yeah.
Kelly Krauss (21:39):
All right. You’re up on the next one.
I’m on the next one?
Kelly Krauss (21:41): Mm-hmm (affirmative).
All right. So next one, gallstones. Yeah.
Kelly Krauss (21:46): Yikes.
You’ve had something similar. You had a kidney stone.
Kelly Krauss (21:49):
No, mine’s coming out. We can’t talk about it yet.
Oh. All right. I’ll wait for that.
Kelly Krauss (21:51): Okay.
Mike (21:51): Sorry.
Kelly Krauss (21:52): Very exciting.
So gallstones, I don’t really know too much about gallstones. Apparently according-
Kelly Krauss (21:57): It’s the build up of bile.
Yeah. It sounds terrible. Hardened chunks of bile and fluid help your body get rid of waste. All right.
Kelly Krauss (22:07):
But look, you’re more likely to get them if you’re obese. So that’s going on our list.
Add it to the list. What are we, four for four now?
Kelly Krauss (22:12):
No, we got two. Stroke and aneurysms don’t really go on there.
Mike (22:16): No?
Kelly Krauss (22:16):
Well, I’m saying it wasn’t mentioned in their article, that’s what I’m going from.
So this would just go for their article?
Kelly Krauss (22:21): Yes.
So what web MD has to say?
Kelly Krauss (22:23): Yes. Yeah.
Okay. Oh, yeah. Straight off their site. If you’re obese, have diabetes or Crohn’s disease or don’t exercise,
you are more likely to get them.
Kelly Krauss (22:30): Yup, there you go.
All right. Hey, you know anyone with gallstones?
Kelly Krauss (22:34): I don’t think so.
Me either. Me either. All right, next one.
Kelly Krauss (22:38): Yeah. Acute pancreatitis.
Mike (22:41): Okay.
Kelly Krauss (22:42):
But again, a kind of fat that build up and that’s what, again, if you’re eating right and you’re moving around, you’re probably not going to get hit with the pancreatitis.
Sure. And looks like gallstones can set that off too.
Kelly Krauss (22:53): Gallstones set off, yeah.
So they’ll probably, again, you eliminate or lower your chance of gallstones-
Kelly Krauss (23:02): Chances of-
… and then of acute pancreatitis.
Kelly Krauss (23:06): Pancreatitis.
Yeah. That’s another nasty disease which we won’t get into, but cancer, that’s like a death sentence
because there’s no symptoms for it. I think. I think that’s why it’s like death-
Kelly Krauss (23:20): How does it show up?
I’m not sure exactly. I’m sure pain or whatever. But eventually, by the time there’s pain or symptoms-
Kelly Krauss (23:28): It’s too late.
… it’s too late. That’s why it’s such a deadly cancer, which they got a freaking cure for. I’m just putting it out there.
Kelly Krauss (23:34):
Which by the way, you know I have to bring up Reader’s Digest. This is a good one because I have something here that relates to what you like to talk about. But meet dogs that sniff out cancer. Seriously, they are training dogs to sniff out cancer.
That’s wild. I wonder what they’re smelling. It’s a diff-
Kelly Krauss (23:54): I don’t know.
… different cells?
Kelly Krauss (23:56): There’s got to be-
Because cells smell differently?
Kelly Krauss (23:59):
It has to be, it has to be something that your body is giving off.
Or some inflammation in that area or something.
Kelly Krauss (24:06):
I guess so. I’ll have to read the full, it’s a long article.
Mike (24:10): When is this from?
Kelly Krauss (24:11): This one is March 2021.
Oh, so relatively recent one.
Kelly Krauss (24:14): Yeah.
Mike (24:14): Cool.
Kelly Krauss (24:15): Yeah.
Now, we’re back on the whole Reader’s Digest thing. So this seems to become a… I think our listeners
would appreciate if you just did an article a week off of the Reader’s Digest.
Kelly Krauss (24:26):
Well, did you check your mailbox for your birthday?
I checked my mailbox, but I haven’t gotten anything.
Kelly Krauss (24:31):
Well, I signed you up for your very own subscription.
Mike (24:34): Yes. I can’t wait.
Kelly Krauss (24:35):
But no. That’s why I keep talking about every time I sit down, there is something in here that relates to something going on in our lives in the gym or whatever. I don’t know. Again, I say it every week. I love it. Okay. I’m on it.
Yeah. And let’s get some dogs in here.
Kelly Krauss (24:50):
Let’s sniff out some cancer.
We’ll just call them cancer sniffing dogs so we’ll be allowed to have them.
Kelly Krauss (24:55): There you go.
I guess we get allowed to have them anyway, we just don’t have a gym dog because we don’t want
anyone who’s afraid or allergic to it.
Kelly Krauss (25:01):
Right. Allergies, dog, hair, all that.
But we would have a gym dog if we could.
Kelly Krauss (25:05):
Yeah, of course. Of course.
My great-grandfather had a dog in his bakery in Newark.
Kelly Krauss (25:11): He did?
As security at night.
Kelly Krauss (25:13): Yeah, yeah.
Mike (25:15): Apparently my-
Kelly Krauss (25:16):
Wait, what kind of dog was it?
I think it was like a German, some sort of German-
Kelly Krauss (25:19): German Shepard?
… Shepherd or something. I don’t even know. I wasn’t around. This was in the 40s and 50s. But my dad
apparently used to ride around on it. It was like a big war dog. My dad used to-
Kelly Krauss (25:30): Really?
… ride it when he was a kid. He would just leave the house and dog go down the block or whatever. Because the dog, it was war trained from World War II or something. So it was a vicious dog and it only would be okay around a couple of the guys or else it’d be a nasty dog to be around. So I think after a couple times of attacking people, they had to literally bring it to the farm. My grandfather’s friend had a farm, or relative or something, had a farm in not Livingston, Farm Park. I guess in the 50s it was a lot more farm-
Kelly Krauss (26:07): Farmland. Yeah.
Kelly Krauss (26:07): Yeah.
So they had a farm there and they brought the dog there, and they went back to visit the dog a year or so later or something like that and the farmer had to put the dog down because the dog actually got out, broke the chain that it was on and attacked and killed one of the cows.
Kelly Krauss (26:24): A cow?
Yeah. It took a cow down.
Kelly Krauss (26:28): Wow.
So they had to kill the dog because you can’t have the dog killing cows.
Kelly Krauss (26:32):
No. Not if you have a farm.
But yeah, so that dog was a whatever, a-
Kelly Krauss (26:38): A war dog?
A war dog, but it was for protection in the bakery at night because it was the 50s. They didn’t have Ring
camera and shit.
Kelly Krauss (26:46):
Well, think about it now. If a robber comes to your house and you have a dog, especially a Shepherd, are
they going to rob you? They’re definitely not coming in. They’re not.
Or they’ll come in, they’ll get bit and they’ll sue you.
Kelly Krauss (26:56):
Right. Oh, yeah. And win.
Mike (26:57): And win. Yeah.
Kelly Krauss (26:57): And win.
Yeah. No it’s true. Dogs are-
Kelly Krauss (27:01):
They’re a deterrent for sure.
Yeah. I would say so.
Kelly Krauss (27:04):
For sure. Okay. Next one is broken bones. Okay.
Mike (27:08): Okay, interesting.
Kelly Krauss (27:09):
We like to talk about that.
Broken bones. Okay. This happens after 50 right?
Kelly Krauss (27:18): Well, yeah.
More regularly, especially in women.
Kelly Krauss (27:20):
Bone density goes down, sure.
Especially women with their calcium and vitamin D intake are pretty important to monitor. Because I don’t know if they decrease faster in women as they age, or if it’s just something that I guess women’s bones-
Kelly Krauss (27:36):
… get more brittle than men.
Kelly Krauss (27:37):
Yeah. I think we become more brittle with age than you guys. I think it takes you guys longer because
your bone density-
But it still happens.
Kelly Krauss (27:42): Right.
Mike (27:42): It still happens.
Kelly Krauss (27:43):
But again, impact. Impact makes your bones stronger. So again, jumping around here-
Mike (27:49): Right. Walking.
Kelly Krauss (27:49):
Walking. All that kind of stuff.
Yeah. And resistance training.
Kelly Krauss (27:52):
Resistance, yeah that’s what I was thinking.
Impact and resistance training. Walking is a low impact version of resistance training. Technically it’s resistance training because you’re lifting your body up and moving, and you have weight to it. Now, is it the same type of intensity as lifting weights? Of course not. But it’s a place to start when it comes resistance training. Anybody who’s aging should be doing some form of resistance training to help strengthen their bones. It doesn’t have to be, like we’ve said, like Arnold Schwarzenegger lifting. You don’t have to go trying to get on the stage with Mr. Olympia. But doing strength training twice a week, once a week even can make a huge difference in how your body can handle the forces of aging in terms
of physically. Because our bones, that’s our structure. If you break the bones, your bones are whittle.
Whittle? Is that the right word?
Kelly Krauss (28:52):
I don’t know. What are you going for?
I don’t know. If they’re like-
Kelly Krauss (28:55): Brittle?
Brittle. That’s what I was looking for.
Kelly Krauss (28:57): Okay.
Yeah. Your bones are brittle.
Kelly Krauss (28:57):
Have you ever broken anything?
No. I’ve had some fractures, like my ankle, I ran it over. I think I broke it or fractured it a couple times when I was a kid. So it got kind of janky. And then going off my skateboard, I fell and I blew up. I ran it over the quad once, it blew up.
Kelly Krauss (29:18): Same ankle?
Mike (29:19): Same ankle. Yeah.
Kelly Krauss (29:20): Geez.
Mike (29:21): But I never-
Kelly Krauss (29:22):
Nothing ever came more out of that?
Kelly Krauss (29:24):
Ever came more
No, no. I just put a air cast on it that I had from when I was younger, and that was it. I don’t know if I ever broke anything. I’m pretty sure. Oh, sorry. You can’t see it now as much, but when I got my wrist tattooed, this bone is… can you see how much bigger that the right side?
Kelly Krauss (29:45): Yes. Oh, yeah.
Mike (29:46): This bone here.
Kelly Krauss (29:46): That’s like a bog nubbin.
Yeah. So especially when he shaved me before he tattooed me, it was really like sticking in. So I don’t
know. Maybe something happened where I broke my wrist or hand at one point.
Kelly Krauss (29:55):
Yeah, I never noticed that.
Because that’s way bigger than the other side.
Kelly Krauss (29:59): It is.
But it doesn’t affect me at all or anything.
Kelly Krauss (30:00):
It doesn’t hurt? Nothing.
Mike (30:02): Nope.
Kelly Krauss (30:02): Nothing.
But no, I’ve never been in a cast. I never fell and broke my arm or my leg. I don’t know. Maybe I just
have strong bones.
Kelly Krauss (30:10):
I don’t know. I don’t know. It’s all good though.
But you could have strong bones too, if you exercise.
Kelly Krauss (30:15): Yes.
And drink your milk. But yeah, no-
Kelly Krauss (30:18): And cheese.
And cheese. Yeah. But definitely, definitely important for our aging population, for anybody, but for our
aging population, as you get older and your bones do start to break down and become more brittle.
Kelly Krauss (30:32):
And you lose stability, right?
Mike (30:34): Absolutely.
Kelly Krauss (30:34):
How often do older people fall? It’s very, very common.
Right. And that’s the issue. That’s a big issue with people fall down. It’s that joke that fall down and
break your hip, but that’s actually a major cause of bigger problems down the line.
Kelly Krauss (30:50): Oh my gosh, yeah.
And even death. Even speeding up the process of death.
Kelly Krauss (30:53):
Always seems like when you get older and you fall and you break your hip, it’s almost the beginning of
Mike (30:58): Absolutely.
Kelly Krauss (30:59):
Because then you can become sedentary. You’re not going to recover from that like you would’ve.
Mike (31:02): Yeah, absolutely.
Kelly Krauss (31:05):
So again, if you are in shape and you’re working on things like that, and you’re taking your vitamin D and
calcium, doing some resistance training, your chances are falling, you’re going to be better off.
Right. All right. So we’re kind of running at of time here.
Kelly Krauss (31:19): Let’s skip this one.
We should save some. Let’s go over to kidney stones, which is the one you really wanted to talk about-
Kelly Krauss (31:23): Yes, yeah.
… because you’ve recently had a kidney stone. So tell us about your experience.
Kelly Krauss (31:27):
Yes. So I had no idea I had it. They found it through an x-ray, through some tests. It didn’t hurt. Now, my dad, which we’re talking about with his horrible diet, he is constantly filled with kidney stones. He has gout and he has kidney stones, and I’m always on him about his diet. Like, “Well, Dad, this is why.” Right?
Mike (31:45): Right.
Kelly Krauss (31:47):
He has them where they become dislodged and he has tons of pain. It always happens up at the lake.
Kelly Krauss (31:54):
Yeah. When we’re in the middle of nowhere and the hospital there can’t handle anything. Anyway, so I went and I got all these tests done. I guess it was almost a month ago I had my kidney stone zapped. So I went and they zapped it and all that kind of good stuff. Again, no, nothing-
No symptoms beforehand? Nothing?
Kelly Krauss (32:12):
No. No, which is great. And that’s why my doctor was like, “You can leave it. This thing could stay where it is forever.” Or he’s like, “It’s probably going to become dislodged when you’re sitting on a plane going on vacation.” He’s like, “Just take care of it.” So I’m like,” Okay. Why not?” Right?
Mike (32:25): Right.
Kelly Krauss (32:25):
So I go in and they blast it. And when they blasted it, I guess they do so many pulses to the stone. And
he’s like, “I only had to do half.” He’s like, “This thing just exploded right away.” All right. Cool.
Mike (32:36): Great.
Kelly Krauss (32:36):
Great. Yup. And then, so now when I come home-
Kind of like Jimmy.
Kelly Krauss (32:39):
Okay. So now I come home and I have to pee into a strainer, which is very exciting because I’m thinking
I’m going to see particles of this thing, which I’m dying to know what it is.
Sounds fun, yeah. Sounds awesome.
Kelly Krauss (32:53):
But I never found anything. I don’t know if, because it became so pulverized. It didn’t when I peed. I didn’t feel any discomfort. Nothing.
Kelly Krauss (33:01):
Yeah. But I kind of want something to show for it, right?
I guess. You tell me. You wanted actually pieces to come out in your pee?
Kelly Krauss (33:09): Yeah. I wanted-
That sounds painful though.
Kelly Krauss (33:12):
I know, but that kind of stuff interests me. I want to see it. I want to see what it was because they’re going to test it and tell me what type of kidney stone it was. Because my first question to these people is, “Is this my nutrition? Or is this genetics?” And they keep saying, “Well, it all depends.” And every time I bring up my nutrition, they roll my eyes like, “Oh, come on.” It was funny because my x-ray technician guy, he asked me… I guess I went into my shorts and my sweatshirt. He’s like, “Are you a military girl?” Because . I’m like, “No, I work at a gym, whatever.” And he’s like, “Oh.” And then we started to talk about it and he’s like, “What’s your pre-workout?” I’m like, that’s the last thing I want to hear. I was like, don’t mess with my pre-workout. And he said he’s noticed that pre-workout that’s high sodium is going to lead towards kidney stones, which makes sense.
Mike (33:57): Does make sense.
Kelly Krauss (33:57):
But mine isn’t high sodium.
Mike (33:59): No, it’s not.
Kelly Krauss (33:59):
Nothing in there. But I think I know what the problem is.
Mike (34:04): What?
Kelly Krauss (34:04):
And I’m going to admit it on the air right now.
Kelly Krauss (34:06): Is water intake.
Mike (34:07): Really?
Kelly Krauss (34:08): Yeah.
You don’t drink enough water?
Kelly Krauss (34:09): No, no.
I thought you were good at that.
Kelly Krauss (34:11):
I drink. Well, not like every day like I should be. I’m up and down, up and down, up and down, up and down. I’ll drink, what is it, 33 ounces with aminos. That’s not 100% clear water. That’s another substance I’m putting in. And then I slam my pre-workout with 12. Right. And then if I’m lucky, I’ll get in another 15 ounces. It should be another 33, at least. So since this has happened, that’s been my focus. Because I eat clean.
Yeah, absolutely. You’re healthy.
Kelly Krauss (34:47):
Next to my pre-workout and the aminos, which is a substance, a powdered substance-
Mike (34:52): Yeah, true.
Kelly Krauss (34:53):
I’m wondering if that’s…
It could be, it could be.
Kelly Krauss (34:56):
Or it could just be part of life.
Kelly Krauss (35:00):
Or I could blame it on my dad and genetics, which is another-
Mike (35:03): And it could be.
Kelly Krauss (35:03): … avenue.
I just said it two seconds ago and I had to catch myself because you’re healthy. But what does that really mean? You are healthy. Yes. You are. You are conscious of your health. You eat right. You are paying attention to things. You’re making changes like trying to put more water into your diet. So you are healthy, but you can always get healthier. Right?
Kelly Krauss (35:29): Sure.
You could always find areas to plug the gaps.
Kelly Krauss (35:31): Yeah, yup.
And if you just took the approach of, oh, you’re healthy, you’re fine, you wouldn’t be being proactive
about what you’re…
Kelly Krauss (35:39): Well, yeah.
If I look at you, or that guy thought you were a military person just from you walked in because you look healthy, look in shape. And which you are. You are obviously. But if you just kind of take that for granted, you never know. That kidney stone might’ve been coming out while we were going to Vegas next year.
Kelly Krauss (35:55):
Right. But again, every time I brought up my nutrition, they literally rolled their eyes at me.
Because they don’t know enough and/or they don’t do it themselves so they don’t really believe in it.
Kelly Krauss (36:07):
Right. Or they just didn’t want to talk about it. It was like, “Oh, no, you’re fine.” Never even asked about
water intake. That is huge. Especially if you are an athlete and you’re not drinking enough.
Mike (36:18): Definitely.
Kelly Krauss (36:18):
The stress you put on your body and your organs by not being hydrated.
Mike (36:23): Definitely.
Kelly Krauss (36:23):
They drive me nuts. They drive me nuts with this. They don’t-
That’s the system. That’s what they’ve been taught. But how many doctors, nurses, healthcare, anybody,
anyone, how many of them take their health seriously?
Kelly Krauss (36:40): They really don’t.
How many of them are overweight? How many of them exercise regularly? Probably the numbers are pretty much probably in line with the national average. There’s probably 80% of them are obese, are overweight. And 2% of them work out or 5% of them work out. Whatever the national average is of how many people work out daily. It’s not part of who they are and it’s not part of what they teach. It’s just not part of their mindset. It’s simple. It’s difficult to apply every day when every day, you have choices to make between what food you eat. It’s hard to obviously make the choice. Of course I want to eat that box of candy out there every time I walk past it. I want to eat whatever I want at lunch, but I don’t because I have priorities of… And they don’t want to make that sacrifice.
Kelly Krauss (37:34): No, no.
And they make excuses. I’m stressed from work. It’s not only doctors, nurses. But we’re talking about doctors, nurses. That’s everybody. Everyone uses excuses to get out of doing the hard work. But that’s what it takes is the hard work. It’d be like if we’re sitting here overweight and we didn’t want to eat clean and work out, we wouldn’t be telling other people to do it because we wouldn’t want to do it. It’s the same thing. They’d rather just… not saying they in general, I guess saying they in general, not every doctor would rather just take the easy way out with their patients like they do with their own life and their own self.
Kelly Krauss (38:13):
Well, let’s finish that conversation with what I told you. I couldn’t believe it. They did me 12 Oxycontin
when I walked out. 12.
Mike (38:20): For what?
Kelly Krauss (38:22):
And I had not one. I felt great. You know what I mean?
You told them that, right?
Kelly Krauss (38:28): Oh, yeah.
And they said, “Nah, just take it anyway.”
Kelly Krauss (38:29):
Yes. 12, Mike. That’s enough to cause an addiction.
Right. Of course. And that’s the plan. Not saying that the doctor who wrote that script wants to get you
Kelly Krauss (38:41): No, no.
That’s not his or her-
Kelly Krauss (38:43):
He probably thought he was being nice and, “Here you go.” But now, listen, in all of my little life here, like I’ve had bunions and I had surgery on them, I never got Oxycontin. I got, it might’ve been Advil with codeine, which was nice, but not really anything that’s going to do much of anything. And then when I
had my kids, nothing either. So when he handed this to me, I was… because people always talk about this. I’m like, “How are you getting these types of pill? How is this happening?” And here we go. I was like, I felt fine. I didn’t need anything.
Those should be reserved for the-
Kelly Krauss (39:16): Big time stuff.
… extreme situations. And that’s one of the reasons why we have such a big problem in this country
with it, which we don’t really hear about it anymore now. That was a big thing.
Kelly Krauss (39:27):
Yeah, no. Suddenly that’s gone.
Yeah. Trump was going after it, was trying to… I don’t know what he was actually trying to do, but he was talking about the heroin epidemic and stuff that’s going on. And of course once COVID came, it kind of cut that out.
Kelly Krauss (39:39): Heroin goes away.
Well, I think it’s gotten worse. I think it’s got even worse. But yeah, just pushing pills. Pushing pills, you
Kelly Krauss (39:50): Yeah. Yup.
Mike (39:51): Unfortunately, that’s the-
Kelly Krauss (39:53): Got to be careful.
… healthcare system that we’re in. Hopefully, more and more people listen to our show and will get more educated on this stuff and be able to make better decisions for themselves and be their own advocate, which I think we should change the name of the show to Be Your Own Advocate, or something.
Kelly Krauss (40:09):
I love that idea, yes.
Mike (40:09): Because we always-
Kelly Krauss (40:12): Go back to that.
We always go back to that.
Kelly Krauss (40:14): But it’s so true.
Yeah. We got to wrap this up now because my net client is here. But that was a good show minus John.
He didn’t really say anything today.
Kelly Krauss (40:23): No, he very quiet today.
So we’re a little disappointed in that.
Kelly Krauss (40:26): Yeah.
We will make sure we have a talk with him once we get off the air. But if you can please do us a favor
and share the show with your friends and family-
Kelly Krauss (40:34):
Anyone over 50, please share it with them for sure.
Definitely. This could be a good… We a lot more on this list too. So maybe we’ll continue this another day. But these are just some of the major ailments, I guess over 50 that could be prevented or at least deterred a little bit if you just exercise.
Kelly Krauss (40:54):
Just real quick just to kind of wrap that up, the reason I brought this article in was because after reading
every one, diet and exercise were the majority the bottom of the list, which is like, yes.
Kelly Krauss (41:06): Yes.
Well, I think that’s the case for nearly everything in life.
Kelly Krauss (41:09): Everything. Yeah, right.
Whether it’s physical health, mental health, diet and exercise. Just clean it up a little bit. Doesn’t have to
be crazy. Clean it up a little bit, eat real foods, exercise couple days a week and you’ll be good.
Kelly Krauss (41:20): Yup. All right.
All right. Good point, Kelly. Share this with anybody who you know who’s over 50 because it’d be important for them to hear this information. Please like and subscribe. Leave us a five star review. We would really appreciate that. And until next week, guys, we appreciate you.