“You Have to Measure... to Find the Real Picture of Your Health!" 

"Lower blood cholesterol levels are linked to lower rates of heart disease, cancer and other Western diseases." 
~Dr. Colin Campbell

How many people have you known who seemed to be in perfect health and then they died... or they had a heart attack, or a stroke or even a cancer diagnosis?  The older you get the more often you hear of that happening to people you know.

What if there was a simple test that could at least give you some warning before a life-altering disease happened to you?  Well, there is.  Just get 4 simple blood tests that measure your: 1.) total cholesterol; 2.) LDL cholesterol; 3.) triglyerides; and 4.) fasting glucose.  These four simple blood tests can give you important information about the state of your health.  Add in your BMI and your blood pressure results and you can get some excellent baseline information. 

You can often get these important tests through your primary care physician, but an even more convenient way is to sign up online and then go get your blood drawn at a local lab. For $89 you can get a series of tests through Health Testing Centers called the "Essential Health Screening" which includes the four tests listed above, plus a whole lot more.  

Join us for a series of talks at the Natural Grocers in Tyler and find out whether your results put you in the "excellent" health category or whether you need to change something before you become one of those people who dies too young.

Combine this information with the usual New Year's resolutions that many people make to "get healthier" and you have the perfect opportunity to actually change your numbers.

Have you often made New Year's Resolutions or tried to start new habits at the beginning of the year, but ended up abandoning your efforts?  Maybe it was too lonely, maybe you didn't see any results, maybe you got bored, maybe you just knew you needed to lose weight, but didn't really think it was that important.  Whatever the reason, you certainly had motivation and good intentions when you started.

People often tell me that they would love to change their lifestyle or they would love to lose weight or they would love to get healthy.  If you have ever been in a gym during January, you know most people think a gym membership is the way to health. I'm not saying a gym membership is bad, but I am saying that the food you put in your body is three or four times more important for your health than just working out.  

Too often we assume that if our cholesterol is too high or our blood pressure is too high, the doctor can just give us a pill.  Did you know that prescription medications are the third leading cause of death in the US - right behind heart disease and cancer?  They cause more deaths than automobile accidents!

We have been so trained in our culture that everyone of us will get one of the big diseases (heart disease, cancer, stroke or diabetes) as we age, that we don't even think to question that assumption. We just assume those people who do live long, healthy lives are lucky and we hope to be as lucky. But, what if you could find that "fountain of youth" for yourself?  What if you could actually live a long and healthy life with some certainty?  Wouldn't you want to?

You are the one person who is responsible for your health.  You can't leave it to your doctor, or your spouse and you especially can't leave your health up to your kids.  It all falls back on you and the decisions you make. 

Come join us and learn how to measure your health, why it's important and how to make sure your numbers are in the excellent range. If you apply what you learn, you will lose weight, you will have more energy and you will probably be able to get off of your medications. What better way to start the New Year?

A Workshop Series

A six-week workshop series will be held in Tyler, TX in January 2016.  Every Monday afternoon from 4:00 - 5:00 we will meet for a short topical discussion about the components of a healthy lifestyle.  You can learn how to live in a healthier manner.  


Monday, January 4, 2016, 4:00 - 5:00 pm - What Do Studies Show about the Correlation of your Lab Results to Cancer, Heart Disease, Stroke and Diabetes? 

Monday, January 11, 2016, 4:00 - 5:00 pm - Take Control of Your Health: You Can Improve Your Odds Against Heart Disease, Lung Diseases and Brain Diseases, including Alzheimer's.

Monday, January 18, 2016, 4:00 - 5:00 pm - Let's Improve Our Odds Against Digestive Cancers, Diabetes and High Blood Pressure! 

Monday, January 25, 2016, 4:00 - 5:00 pm - How to Avoid Liver and Kidney Disease as well as Blood Cancers!

Monday, February 1, 2016, 4:00 - 5:00 pm - Worried About Breast or Prostate Cancer? Find Out  What You Can Do to Help Yourself! 

Monday, February 8, 2016, 4:00 - 5:00 pm - How in the World Can I Apply What I've Learned?


Workshops will be held in the Activity Room at Natural Grocers, 4820 S. Broadway, Tyler, TX 75703. 


Number of participants will be limited due to room size.  Natural Grocers does not take reservations, so workshops will be open to attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

What Tests Do I Need?

Tests needed include your cholesterol (total and LDL) and your triglyceride levels plus a fasting glucose.  You can order and pay for these tests through Health Testing Centers.  They will, in turn, give you a prescription to Lab Corp. where your blood will be drawn.  If you prefer, you can ask your physician to order these tests.  Total cost through Health Testing Centers for the "Essential Health Screen" is currently $89.


  • Melinda Coker, is a health and weight-loss coach in Tyler, TX and is a certified Starch Solution provider.  Ms. Coker is the author of two popular health books, "Diet and Cancer: Is There a Connection" and "Coco's Healthy Cooking."


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