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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Book Review- The Genesis Factor

Dr. Ben Lerner the author of this book is the founder of the chiropractic franchise Maximized Living.
Maximized Living practices focus on five principles:

  • Maximized Mind
  • Maximized Nerve Supply
  • Maximized Quality Nutrition
  • Maximized Oxygen and Lean Muscle
  • Minimized Toxins
The Genesis Factor focuses on the diet and exercise part of the principles.  In the book Dr. Learner outlines the quickest ways to maximize fitness, optimize lean muscle mass and to eat right.

He presents the research behind his proposed advanced and core plans for eating.
The book presents a 30 day challenge with meal plans, recipes, shopping guide, what to eat list and training plans for 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon.

The premise of the book according to Dr. Lerner is "No mater where you are in your health today, you can be made new (or newer) in as little as 6 weeks."
As an example here are his 7 Basic Rules of Nutrition"
  1. Eliminate soft drinks, sugar sweetened beverages and all non fresh fruit juices.
  2. Eat fruit in the morning and load up on vegetables the rest of the day.
  3. Switch to good fats (coconut oil, butter, olive oil)  Add chia seeds, flax seeds and safe fish.
  4. Dump candy and sugar filled desserts. Use fruit, sugar and grain free desserts.
  5. Eat organic meats and dairy as much as possible. Reduce intake of commercial animal products.
  6. Eliminate wheat, rye, barley and baked goods
  7. No fried foods

I am currently a patient of a Milwaukee Maximized Living chiropractor. My sister-in-law has been a patient in Dallas for 4 years.  The doctors really believe in a comprehensive approach to health.  I have been on a journey for the last couple of years to follow most of the basic nutrition guidelines.  I am not all the way there yet. The recipes in the book are really helpful in my journey. I typically pick at least one each week and publish it in this blog every weekend.
Dr. Lerner and others like Dr. Axe contend many many chronic conditions are the result of inflammation in the body caused by typical American diets. So they suggest following their advanced plan if you have pain or other chronic issues. For those that are healthy and are athletes they suggest the core plan that allows some multi-grains.

The book is based on Biblical principles and quotes scripture often. So if that is offensive this program will not be a good fit.

In addition to Genesis Factor, Lerner has authored several New York Times bestsellers including Body by God, Maximized Metabolix, The Cancer Killers and One Minute Wellness.

His mission has been to change the way people view and manage their health. He also has an exercise video T3 Max.  The weight training segments are 15-20 minutes of burst training designed to increase metabolism.  They also have an online version that costs $10 for access to the  burst training, 40/20 and Tabata training as well.


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Championship.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 213 members in 39 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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