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Health News #24: Omega-3 Oil General Benefits its effect on the Brain Aging and Depression

Omega-3 Oil General Benefits its effect on the Brain Aging and Depression

Can fish oils and omega-3 oils benefit our health?

Eating fish is a better way of getting omega 3 than taking supplements.
Omega-3 fatty acids are fats commonly found in plants and marine life.

Two types are plentiful in oily fish:

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA): The best-known omega-3 fatty acid, EPA helps the body synthesize chemicals involved in blood clotting and inflammation (prostaglandin-3, thromboxane-2, and leukotriene-5). Fish obtain EPA from the algae that they eat.

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA): In humans, this omega-3 fatty acid is a key part of sperm, the retina, a part of the eye, and the cerebral cortex, a part of the brain.

DHA is present throughout the body, especially in the brain, the eyes and the heart. It is also present in breast milk.

Omega 3 oil Health benefits:

1. Multiple sclerosis – help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) due to its protective effects on the brain and the nervous system.

2. Prostate cancer – alongside a low-fat diet, may reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer.

3. Post-partum depression – reduce the risk of post-partum depression. Researchers advise that eating fish with a high level of omega 3 two or three times a week may be beneficial.

4. Mental health – an 8 week pilot study in 2007 suggested that fish oils may help young people with behavioral problems, especially those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Children who consumed between 8 and 16 grams (g) of EPA and DHA per day, showed significant improvements in their behavior, as rated by their parents and the psychiatrist working with them.

5. Memory benefits – helps improve working memory in healthy young adults.

6. Heart and cardiovascular benefits –

a. Protects the heart during times of mental stress.
b. through its anti-inflammatory properties, appears to help stabilize atherosclerotic lesions.
c. People with stents in their heart who took two blood-thinning drugs as well as omega-3 fatty acids were found in one study to have a lower risk of heart attack compared with those not taking fish oils.

7. Alzheimer’s disease – a diet high in fish, omega-3 oils, fruit, and vegetables reduced the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

8. Vision loss – Adequate dietary consumption of DHA protects people from age-related vision loss.

9. Epilepsy – People with epilepsy could have fewer seizures if they consumed low doses of omega-3 fish oil every day.

10. Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders – helps reduce the risk of psychosis.

11. Healthy fetal development – help boost fetal cognitive and motor development.

Foods

The fillets of oily fish contain up to 30 percent oil. Oily fish that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids include anchovies, herring, sardines, salmon, trout, and mackerel.

Other animal sources of omega-3 fatty acids are egg
Vegetable-based alternatives to fish oil for omega 3 include:

flax
hempseed
perilla oil
spirulina
walnuts
chia seeds
radish seeds, sprouted raw
fresh basil
leafy dark green vegetables, such as spinach
dried tarragon

Risks
Taking fish oils and omega 3 supplements may pose a risk for some people.

Omega 3 supplements may affect blood clotting. They can sometimes trigger side effects, such as belching, indigestion, or diarrhea. It is important to note that the FDA does not regulate quality or purity of supplements. Buy from a reputable source and whenever possible take in Omega 3 from a natural source.

The AHA recommend shrimp, light canned tuna, salmon, pollock and catfish as being low in mercury.

They advise avoiding shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish, as these can be high in mercury.

Anyone who is considering supplements should first check with a health care provider. READ MORE

Healthy brain aging linked to omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the blood

A study examined the frontoparietal network of the brain that plays an important role in fluid intelligence and also declines early, even in healthy aging. Fluid intelligence describes the ability to solve problems one has never encountered before. Another study also examined the white matter structure of the fornix, a group of nerve fibers at the center of the brain that is important for memory

The fornix is one of the first brain regions to be compromised in Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers looked for patterns of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the blood of adults ages 65 to 75. They analyzed the relationship between these nutrient patterns and subjects’ brain structure and performance on cognitive tests.

In the first study the team found correlations between blood levels of three omega-3 fatty acids — ALA, stearidonic acid and ecosatrienoic acid — and fluid intelligence in these adults. The size of the left frontoparietal cortex played a mediating role in this relationship. People with higher blood levels of these three nutrients tended to have larger left frontoparietal cortices, and the size of the frontoparietal cortex predicted the subjects’ performance on tests of fluid intelligence.

In the second study, the team found that the size of the fornix was associated with a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the blood, and that a more robust fornix coincided with memory preservation in older adults.

These two studies highlight the importance of investigating the effects of groups of nutrients together, rather than focusing on one at a time. They suggest that different patterns of polyunsaturated fats promote specific aspects of cognition by strengthening the underlying neural circuits that are vulnerable to disease and age-related decline. READ MORE

DEPRESSION: OMEGA 3 BENEFITS WHITE MATTER

A recent study, which tested plasma levels before and after omega 3 supplementation, found positive results on depression severity that may have been attributed to improved white matter integrity.

It was found that those with high baseline red blood cell (RBC) levels of EPA and DHA, along with a high EPA and DHA: arachidonic acid (AA) ratio may have better depression symptomology after supplementation than those with low levels prior to taking omega-3 fatty acids.

The researchers concluded that omega-3 supplementation may be an effective treatment for depression, but the requisite dosage and duration of treatment may depend on the patient’s baseline level of omega-3 fatty acids.

White matter abnormalities are linked to depressive symptomology. When 16 acutely depressed patients were given fish oil supplementation for 6 weeks, there was a trend for greater increases in fractional anisotropy (FA), a measure of directionality of water diffusion, in the white matter of those with major depressive disorders.

Researchers also looked at the balance of lipids in the brain and found that the supplementation (which was a total of 4g of fish oil per day: 1.6g EPA and 0.8g DHA) increased DHA percentages in the plasma phospholipid levels of depressed subjects. Depression scales after supplementation were also improved.

The researchers concluded that increased FA correlated with increased DHA% and decreased depression severity after fish oil supplementation suggests therapeutic effects of omega-3 PUFAs may be related to improvements in white matter integrity. READ MORE

 

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Guest Article: Is Your House Toxic? Safer Solutions for a Clean and Healthy Home


Is Your House Toxic? Safer Solutions for a Clean and Healthy Home

Have you ever noticed that you get a headache when cleaning house? No, it’s not simply because you hate housekeeping. If you’re using typical household cleaners, the chemicals they contain could be harming your health.

According to the Environmental Working Group, chemicals found in household cleanersare linked to headaches, allergic reactions, respiratory problems, reproductive disorders, and even certain cancers — and that’s through normal use. Unfortunately, it’s not easy for consumers to find out exactly what’s in the products they buy, because manufacturers of cleaning products aren’t required to list all ingredients on their packaging. Even when a product is labeled “natural,” there’s no guarantee as to what’s inside. A product could include a naturally-sourced main ingredient while still incorporating small percentages of toxic substances, or its eco-friendly claims could pertain to the packaging, not the product itself.

Since not cleaning isn’t an option, how can you make safer choices for cleaning house?

Safer Cleaning

Making your own non-toxic cleaning solutions is easy. With a few simple ingredients, you can make inexpensive cleaners for the kitchen, bathroom, and throughout the house. Another perk is that you’ll need fewer products overall, as a couple of basic mixtures cover most household cleaning needs.

DIY cleaners call for a short list of ingredients: With white vinegar, baking soda, borax, and a few other ingredients, you can clean your kitchen, scrub your oven, wash your laundry, and freshen your home. Essential oils add a pleasant fragrance without the headaches of petroleum-derived synthetic fragrances, and some even contain antibacterial and antiviral properties that turn your simple cleaner into a powerful disinfectant. Tea tree, eucalyptus, lemon, and lavender are favorite essential oils for cleaning house.

If making your own cleaning products sounds like too much work, you can also buy safer alternatives to harsh cleaners. The EPA’s Safer Choice label helps consumers identify products that are safer for their family. Ingredients that are carcinogenic, induce asthma, or cause reproductive harm are prohibited under the label, and a special fragrance-free designation identifies products that also exclude synthetic fragrances. While the label can’t guarantee that a product is 100 percent nontoxic, it does help consumers avoid ingredients that are known to be harmful.

Safer Storage and Organization

Cleaning products aren’t the only way that toxic chemicals can enter your home. If you use plastic to store food and household items, you might be exposing your family to toxic chemicals that could harm their health.

From water bottles to storage totes, many plastics leach harmful chemicals into the environment. These include phthalates, plastic softeners that are known to disrupt the endocrine system and cause birth defects; bisphenol-A, or BPA, a hormone disruptor associated with infertility, birth defects, and insulin resistance; antimony, a heavy metal that can lead to gastrointestinal ailments; and styrene, a suspected carcinogen. While these substances are considered safe in small doses, such as from drinking a bottle of water, furnishing your house with plastics means exposing your family to risk on a daily basis.

Rather than organizing your home with plastic containers, opt for safer materials like glass, stainless steel, silicone, canvas, wood, and bamboo whenever possible. This is especially important when it comes to food storage. Plastics may leach chemicals into food and beverages, especially when heated in the microwave. If you’re not sure where to start, a professional organizer can help you select safer storage solutions and design a more efficient home. It costs an average of $485 to hire a professional organizer, but the peace of mind is worth it.

There are many dangers hidden in the average home, but you don’t have to accept a life alongside toxic chemicals. Assess your cupboards and closets for hazards like harsh cleaners and risky plastics, and start turning your home into a nontoxic haven for your family. Your health will thank you.

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Author: Jackie Waters
Website: hyper-tidy.com
Email: jackie_waters@hyper-tidy.com

Health News #23: Macro-Managing Meals, Fat-Burning and Ketones

Health News #23: Macro-Managing Meals, Fat-Burning and Ketones

Macro-Managing Meals

Calories, most believe, are the enemy, and since fat has twice the calories of carbohydrates, it must be “bad,” too. Obviously, this is untrue, but it has led to many millions of people becoming overfat and unhealthy.

Since 1960, the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) has analyzed the food intakes of large numbers of people. The overfat epidemic has been growing steadily during this same period.During these epidemics, the NHANES study found that caloric intake has increased, and that these increases have been due almost entirely to people eating more refined carbohydrates.

Another unhealthy trend is the misinformation: that the overfat epidemic is due to reduced levels of activity, and that it’s OK to eat junk food as long as you exercise.

Studies show that physical activity levels have basically changed little during this period of the overfat epidemic.

Low-fat meals usually mean increased consumption of refined carbohydrates. Up to half of these carbs turn to fat and go into storage, reduce our ability to burn body fat for energy, and they impair aerobic fitness.

The NHANES study found that the increased consumption of carbohydrates from 1974 to 2000 was significant. In men, it rose from about 40 percent to almost 50 percent of total calories, and in women, carbohydrate intake rose from 45 percent to 52 percent. Fat intake actually decreased for men during this period.

This data was also confirmed in a 2013 study by the USDA.

What is “low” or “high” carbohydrate? The developing consensus, without adjusting for an individual’s specific needs, is listed below.

Macronutrients

High carb diet: >45 percent (leaving 30 percent for fat and 25 percent for protein).
Moderate carb diet: 26-45 percent (leaving 35 percent fat and 30 percent protein).
Low carb diet: 25 percent (leaving 45 percent fat and 30 percent protein).
Very low carb (ketogenic) diet: 10 percent (leaving 65 percent fat and 25 percent protein).

Two important points:

There is no minimum daily requirement for carbohydrates (unlike fat and protein).
For very low-carb/ketogenic diet, most individuals require between 30-50 grams of carbs and may have to reduce protein to 20 percent. READ MORE

Future of Fat-Burning

It’s now being widely accepted that as carbohydrates are reduced and fats increased, the metabolism kicks in to burn more stored body fat for energy, both at rest and during physical activity.

A very low-carbohydrate eating plan increases fat-burning even more, and also raises ketone production.

Ketones are another source of energy, especially for the brain but also the heart and other body parts. The state of nutritional ketosis may be the ideal approach to prevent most of the common chronic diseases from Alzheimer’s to cancer, and diabetes to heart disease. It is also thought to successfully treat epilipsy, many types of brain injuries, including Alzheimer’s, along with obesity, Type 1 and 2 diabetes, brain tumors and other cancers.

On Jan. 28-30, 2016 the first Conference on Nutritional Ketosis and Metabolic Therapeutics in Tampa, Florida was held. This conference was encouraging from the standpoint of the low-carb lifestyle and nutritional ketosis coming of age.

Many of the studies presented, from the treatment of brain tumors and autism to resolving obesity and eliminating meds in diabetics, were published in mainstream medical journals. It was powerful data no one could ignore and everyone can use, if they choose. While the scientific stamp of approval has now been made, unfortunately, most practitioners will not suddenly recommend a ketogenic diet. Some clinicians already do, but most don’t and still think it’s crazy after all these years.

Many health practitioners, including those who have a main focus on food, are not up-to-date on it, often confusing it with keto-acidosis (a serious condition sometimes encountered by diabetics).

Furthermore, this approach is viewed as just another “diet” in the mainstream, mixed in and diluted with the many other, mostly unhealthy, diets consumers routinely choose to try, including many popular low-carb plans.

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella contributed by presenting ideas that would have been heresy not long ago. He teaches his West Virginia University medical students about nutrition, real food and how to get patients healthy and off meds. This is one small wonderful step for the future of healthcare.

Ultimately the conference reinforced what we have known for 40 years — eating in a way that promotes the body’s natural and powerful fat-burning metabolism leads to better health and human performance on all levels. And it’s usually quite simple: Eat real food, find your level of carbohydrate needs to create the healthiest brain and body right now. READ MORE

Ketones and their effects

Long before glucose was the primary energy for the human body, fat burning was a key component of our physiology. Paleolithic ancestors enjoyed a diet high in fat with adequate protein and little carbohydrate. It was the ultimate natural therapy—the perfect eating plan that got us to where we are today.

Just like we can raise the amount of fat we use for energy by reducing insulin, ketones follow the same pattern too, with their production increasing as carbohydrate intake is further diminished. There is a real potential for increased health and fitness on many other levels. Here are some of them:

Exercising Muscle – The increased fat available to the aerobic muscles for faster activity and for longer periods can improve endurance. Increased fat and ketone burning also reduces the body’s reliance on food and carbohydrate drinks during long training and competition.

Inflammation and Free Radicals – Lower insulin reduces the production of inflammatory chemicals. This can reduce physical injuries: tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and arthritis, gastritis, colitis and others.

Speedy Recovery – Increased ketone bodies reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, we can recover faster from physical activity. This can even help us better tolerate the other stresses of life too.

Reduced Body Fat/Weight Loss – Transitioning from moderate or high carbohydrate diet to a very low carb/adequate protein and higher fat regime can take a various amount of time depending on the individual. While the beneficial changes begin quickly, they can take up to two weeks or more to occur. The complete change may take a couple of months or more.

The Brain – The increased use of ketones and decreased reliance of glucose in the brain also provides other recognized benefits referred to as neuroprotection. From Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive dysfunction to Parkinson’s, most brain problems are preventable.

Cardiovascular Disease – Lower carbohydrate intake can quickly and significantly reduce a variety of cardiovascular risk factors. Reductions in triglycerides occur rapidly in patients with high levels, typically within a few days. In addition, maintaining a reduction in carbohydrate intake can significantly balance cholesterol, lowering LDL and raising HDL, further reducing cardiovascular risk.

Low carbohydrate intake also quickly lowers insulin, which can significantly reduce abnormally high blood pressure.

Carbohydrate Intolerance – By shifting metabolism to increase fat burning significant improvements in overall health follow, carbohydrate intolerance can diminish to the point where patients can live healthy lives often with reduced or no medications, including insulin.

Gut –  By reducing carbohydrate intake, intestinal stress is often reduced too. Starches and disaccharides can impair gut bacteria, not to mention cause a high amount of gas production.

Aging – There is a significant reduction of oxidative (free radical) stress. This could be a healthy way to influence longevity.
With a higher amount of fat calories consumed, many people eating low carb with adequate protein meals eventually require less food intake to maintain great energy levels.

By reducing carbohydrate foods we burn higher amounts of fat for energy, reduce body fat, and improve health. By lowering insulin even more, ketone bodies elevate considerably and contribute significantly to our energy needs, with additional fat burning raising endurance, and health, to even higher levels. READ MORE

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Health News # 22: Anti-Stress Protocol, Daily Movement, Sugar and its effect on Stress

Anti-Stress Protocol, Daily Movement, Sugar and its effect on Stress

10 Actions for an Anti-Stress Protocol

Stress is at an all-time high. Most people address stress in one of two ways. Either you build up your resistance to stress or  dealing with it when it occurs.

Get the basics down. Good sleep, good food, regular exercise, and steady exposure to nature.

Here are the 10 Anti-Stress Protocol

1. Seek Meaning, Not Happiness
If your goal is to get back in shape, happiness happens along the way—when you hit a squat PR, plop down on the couch with a good book and a bowl of meat and sweet potatoes after a tough sprint workout. You don’t hit a specific point of fitness, attain happiness, and remain there in a state of bliss. Happiness emerges from the pursuit of meaning. Find meaning, find purpose and that existential stress will melt away.

2. Stay Uninformed
The 24/7 news cycle means the news (bad or good) never stops. Being informed is a full-time job. In a recent survey of people who reported feeling stressed out on a regular basis, one of the most common triggers for their stress was consuming the news.

3. Rethink Stress
Stress is your nervous system impressing upon you the monumental nature of the task at hand. It wants you to step up, and it’s increasing the heart rate to promote better blood flow so your tissues can perform. In people who don’t see stress as a health threat, stress does not appear to increase mortality.

4. Take a Relaxing Lunch
According to a new study, taking an actual lunch break outdoors that includes a short walk or a 15-minute relaxation exercise session reduces workplace stress, improves fatigue, and increases well-being.

5. Stop Taking Everything for Granted
Force yourself to take in the good. You can call this showing gratitude. Or being thankful. Or maybe just opening your eyes and taking stock of your life as objectively as possible. Life isn’t so bad. In fact, it’s great in many respects. Start acknowledging that!

6. Live a Life That Embodies Your Full Personality (as well as Potential)
Be honest with yourself about what you really need from life, or risk fragmentation. There’s nothing more stressful than a civil war inside one’s identity each day.

7. Drop Everything and Get out into Nature
If the proverbial stress typhoon has touched down, grab what/whom you need, and go to the nearest green/blue space: a park, a forest, the beach, etc.

8. Work It out on Paper (or Keyboard)
Sit down with a pad of paper and figure out what’s vexing you. Ask why you are so stressed out. Get specific. Once you discover the culprit, determine why those stressors are affecting you.

9. Introduce an Acute Stressor
Step outside into the bracing cold. Splash cold water on your face or hop in the cold shower. These acts shock you into focusing on the present moment. Having that break can give you a foothold back in reality.

10. Take an Anti-Stress Supplement or Herb
Create your mix. You can use the following ingredients:

L-theanine reduces anxiety and attenuates the rise in blood pressure in adults subjected to psychological and physical stress.

Magnolia bark enhances the activity of soothing GABA receptors in the brain.

Phosphatadylserine works on both mental and physical stress, improving mood and blunting cortisol after physical exercise. T

Rhodiola rosea lowers cortisol, increases mental performance, and lowers fatigue in stress-related fatigue.

You can find any of the constituent ingredients as separate supplements. Keep something on hand you can immediately administer.

It’s through overcoming stress that we improve and get stronger. READ MORE

Does Daily Movement Make You Happier, More Energetic and Less Stressed?

The upsides to getting ourselves up and moving around throughout the day are so numerous, they’re almost overwhelming. We might understand the physical imperative for frequent movement – the role it plays in chronic disease and mortality risk, but we might not give it all the credit its due for its role in everyday satisfaction and concentration.

The impact of moving reduces anxiety by growing the prefrontal cortex and promoting its communication with the brain’s fear center, in effect calming us.

Less than an hour of walking can significantly reduce our physical experiences of worry – as well as anger and cynicism.

Getting up and moving frequently is a boon to our executive functioning – the very capacity associated with goal attainment.

We can gain all of these advantages in a single day by putting in less time with our work when we simply commit a couple hours a day to exercise.

Make yourself a guinea pig for the sake of your health and curiosity.

Use the first week as a control week. That means don’t do anything differently. Literally go to work, sit at your computer or work station. Live the sedentary life you’re probably used to at work

Rate the following items from 1-10 (10 being the best) for a full week:

1. Energy
2. Motivation
3. Health
4. Mood
5. Stress
6. Productivity

For our second week perform a set of some type of exercise movement (10 pushups, 10 air squats, 10 burpees, etc.) every hour from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Choose a movement that is moderately difficult for you and based on your fitness level. Scale the number of reps up or down according to your fitness level as well.. The key thing here is to feel slightly out of breath after each set. Rate the six metrics on a scale from 1-10.

Were you able to get through a staff meeting without nodding off like you normally do? Did you have more ideas or initiative for a project than the first week? Did work get done more efficiently? Did you experience fewer or less noticeable slumps in energy or mood at certain times of day?

Start your self-experiment today. No time like the present after all! Start noticing what the effects of your “normal” sedentary/minimal movement are during the day, and be prepared for what you’ll observe in your life and work when you take on a mactful change the following week. READ MORE

Sugar for Stress Relief, and Weight Loss Releasing Toxins

A new study is out to show that acute sugar consumption can reduce the normal cortisol increase we experience in times of stress.

Sugar cravings are among the most commonly reported symptoms of high stress. The article discusses a study showing that sugar consumption acutely reduces the cortisol response to a stress test in women. The control arm used aspartame-sweetened beverages, which did not lower cortisol.

Using sugar intelligently as a stop gap solution can help in certain situations.

The problem is that we use sugar for chronic stress, where it should be used for acute stress.

Acute stress like deaths in the family, the breakups, the lay offs are few and far between. Using something sweet to help us through those situations isn’t a big deal.

It’s the chronic stress – traffic, annoying boss, minor sleep — that opens us up to excessive sugar abuse

The key is to target the stress that’s compelling us to eat the sugar. Embrace the acute stressors and figure out how to overcome the chronic stressors.

If those sugar cravings truly are a “sometimes” kinda thing, try indulging them next time you stress out. Keep things as healthy as possible. Fruit instead of candy. Honey and yogurt instead of ice cream. READ MORE

 

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Health News #21: Sugar, Junkfood and Meat

Sugar, Junkfood and Meat

Oversold on Sugar: Is the white stuff running you down and wearing you out?

Sugar could be finding its way into the food you are eating. Included are processed carbohydrates because they convert to sugar very quickly. This includes flour and other refined carbohydrates found in breads, crackers, cereals, bagels, muffins and other items, not to mention sweets.

Here are health and fitness problems that result from the consumption of sugar: Illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, stroke, high blood pressure, and heart disease, chronic inflammation, ,hair loss, fatigue and depression, increased body fat, poor oral health, including cavities, tooth loss and gum problems.

Even in active people, higher levels of body fat are becoming common. Despite expending a lot of calories in training, the calories burned during workout are sugar and not fat. Sugar affects metabolism, forcing the body to use much more glucose, and too little fat, for energy. The result is less energy for endurance performance. Because less fat is used for energy, it’s stored throughout the body in hopes it will be used some day.

The myth of “whole grain” lure millions into thinking they’re eating well when, in fact, they are just consuming sugar. The same untruth is told about sugar being necessary for energy. The fact is there is no nutritional requirement for sugar, including carbohydrates.

Many liquid refreshments can cause more harm because they are usually highly concentrated in sugar like colas and juice drinks and so-called sports products, which are usually full of sugar. These include Gatorade and the many related beverages, carbohydrate replacement products, energy bars and others.

These are different versions of sugar:

Beet sugar
Corn sugar, high-fructose corn syrup
Rice syrup
Maltose, malt sugar/syrup, maltodextrin
Dextrose, glucose
Fruit juice concentrate
Grape sugar
Invert sugar
Molasses
Raw sugar
Cane sugar
Sorghum syrup
Turbinado sugar

If you read ingredient lists you’ll find sugars listed everywhere; from ketchup and mayonnaise to cold cuts and fish products. There is even a separate listing for “sugar” under the “carbohydrate” heading on nutrition labels.

Sugar is also hidden in packaged, frozen, canned and processed food, sometimes not listed on the label. The ongoing name game with labeling is meant to deceive consumers, with food lobbyists petitioning governmental regulation so the products don’t look so bad.

Instead of unhealthy processed foods, replace them with the real thing like fresh fruits and vegetables, raw almonds and cashews, the best protein choices (including eggs, meats, and fish), and other foods such as cheese and other fermented dairy, beans, and lentils.

Why can’t we just stop eating sugar? This is easier said than done for the millions of people who are hooked on the white stuff. There is even a so-called war on sugar in some local governments who want to keep sugar out of schools or reduce the amount of sugar in single serving item. It is certainly something to applaud. But like big tobacco, the sugar industry has a more powerful and secret weapon—addiction. Many people encounter great difficulty giving up sugar in all its forms.

Eliminate sugar today and you can be significantly better tomorrow. Avoid all processed food, eat healthy, homemade dessert daily, sweetened with small amounts of natural honey or fruit. Honey is a lower glycemic food, tolerated well by healthy people and most of those transitioning from sugar addiction to a healthier lifestyle.

It is our choice to be healthy or not, to perform well or poorly, to reach our human potential or continue to struggle, to be injured and in pain or live life to the fullest—or, to finally shed the unwanted body fat. READ MORE

What really is junk food?

In defining junk food, the worst ones are most obvious—chips and cookies, coke and colas, and other sugared liquids, candy, and most other snacks. The biggest offenders are sugar and flour.

For those on the go, junk food is synonymous with fast food, and includes almost all burgers, fries, pizza, fried chicken and foods that are battered or coated or have sauces.

Going to a deli for lunch? The popular ham and American cheese on a roll is all junk food. As is that pasta salad with crackers as well as a plain bagel and diet coke is all junk food too. Instead, have some leaf lettuce with tomatoes, red peppers, carrots and slices of real roast beef or Swiss cheese. Hold the mayo and ketchup, but mustard or olive oil and vinegar would be OK.

It’s simple—there are two kinds of foods:

Healthy food

It’s real, naturally occurring, unadulterated and unprocessed, and nutrient-rich. If you can grow or raise it, it’s real. Included are fresh fruits and vegetables, lentils and beans, eggs, real cheese, whole pieces of meat, nuts, seeds, and similar items. Consuming these foods provide a great potential for both immediate and long-term health benefits.

Junk food is everything else

These items are processed, manufactured, have added chemicals, sugars. This seemingly small amounts of junk can also switch on genes that trigger cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, obesity, and other common, preventable conditions.

Unhealthy versions of healthy foods include canned fruit in sugar-syrup, processed vegetables (canned, frozen), flour, baked beans in a sugar and flour sauce, powdered and processed eggs, processed cheese and cheese spreads, cold cuts (bologna, salami, chicken and turkey loaf, fish sticks), peanut butter and roasted nuts.

Most people would agree that candy bars, cup cakes, colas are examples of classic junk foods. While this is true, many might not realize that these include almost all breakfast cereals, snack foods, breads, and packaged/prepared foods.

The great deception of “whole grain” is advertised everywhere—especially on packages of highly processed cereals, crackers and other junk food. The only truly whole grains that are not junk food are the real thing, wholesome kernels of oats, rice, wheat, rye and others.You know they’re real because they are whole pieces of real food that take much longer to cook. For example, oats in this form take 45 minutes or more to prepare. Compare this to junk food oats, which may take one minute to cook, or less.

Will governments finally participate in reducing or eliminating junk food? So far, New York City bans trans fats, Denmark became the first nation in the world to tax sugar, Romania has a new lower value-added tax rate on healthy foods, New Zealand is preparing to raise taxes on foods with little or no nutritional value, and other federal and regional governments are following suit. In addition, in various locations around the world there has been an increase in policies that restrict or ban junk foods in school.

Eating well means planning ahead and carefully shopping so you always have only healthy food at home, work and during travel. By avoiding junk food I guarantee you’ll quickly feel better, be healthier and improve your overall human performance. READ MORE

Best and Worst Meats to Eat

Animal foods provide a complete protein with all amino acids, along and many other vital nutrients, making building a better brain and body easier at any age. Most meats are to be avoided because they’re highly processed, or come from animals fed unhealthy food and chemicals.

Healthy sources of meat are easier to obtain these days. However, the best source remains finding a local family farm where you can ask about how the animals are raised. In particular, look for those raised without chemicals, grass-fed without corn, and humanely treated from start to finish.

I’m not talking about overeating meat, but rather making it part of healthy dietary choices, which includes vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruits and other natural foods.

You also may notice that turkey, lamb, and farm-raised “wild” animals like bison, elk and venison didn’t make my list. That’s because they fall somewhere in between.

Worst Meats

1. Processed and fast foods. This includes most lunch meats, prepared and fast foods, and ground meats. Lunch meats and other prepared foods, prepackaged burgers and sausages are usually full of added chemicals and sugar as fillers.

2. Chickencontains the highest levels of arachidonic acid of all meats — this fat easily converts to inflammatory chemicals (the eicosanoids).

3. Fish. The oceans and many waterways are very polluted, and this means so are the fish. In addition, most people overcook fish like salmon, destroying heat-sensitive oils that contain health-enhancing EPA and DHA (better to eat these fatty fish raw or cooked rare).

4. Wild game. A great numbers of these animals are exposed to many toxic chemicals in the environment.Of course, if you’re hunting far from polluted areas this problem is minimized.

Best Meats

1. Beef. Buying the best beef products means grass-fed-only, organic or beyond. Because most beef can be prepared rare or medium rare, preserving such important nutrients such as glutamine (a key amino acid used by the gut for energy) makes it a unique treat. Raw beef in the form of fresh ground, as carpaccio or as dried as jerky, is also a nice option.

2. Duck. This highly aerobic animal is all dark delicious meat, not to mention the delicious crispy skin and its high nutrient content. When not overcooked it’s tender and juicy. Duck fat is particularly great for cooking and adding to recipes, and duck soup and bone broth are also great health foods.

3. Pork. It’s a better white-meat choice than chicken, with recent recommendations that it need not be cooked to death (and can even be pink inside). Pork fat – lard — is one of the best cooking fats, and bacon (without the chemicals and sugar) makes a great travel food.

4. Fresh ground meat. The digestibility of ground meat is higher providing more nutrients. READ MORE

 

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Evolution: Why I personally like the theory (health)

Evolution: Why I personally like the theory (health)

Setting aside evidence, why do I like the theory of evolution?

I like it because it guides my ability to help patients improve their health, and overcome and prevent illness.

Three main theories exist in healthcare:

1) The God model: God or the supernatural created us without any clear instruction manual about how to stay healthy or overcome illness. Yes, religious texts give health advice, but without a clear picture, often with multiple contradictions, and lacking any unifying philosophy to guide us except (in the best case) that God said so, or (in the worst case) that illness is simply a tool of punishment that God applies to the wicked.

2) The allopathic medical model: that assumes that neither God nor supernatural intelligence created us, therefore we randomly exist the way we do. Illness is simply bad luck. You had a physical injury, you caught a virus or other disease-causing microbe, or you randomly inherited a gene that codes for illness. Very little can prevent illness or improve our luck for health besides washing your hands, refraining from smoking, and using lots of sunscreen.

3) The evolution theory: this assumes that supernatural powers were absent in creating us, but that our bodies evolved to be perfectly healthy from birth to death without disease when living in the environment within which we evolved. In other words, every aspect of the human body, mind, and function exists for a specific reason, and that reason is to be perfectly healthy within a specific environment. Illness assumes dysfunction in the environment, not dysfunction in the human system itself.

Since new questions come up daily, as each person is unique and therefore each illness is unique, and since I can’t have a literal conversation of words with God (intuition can only take one so far), and religious texts are currently static and certainly limited on their health instruction in today’s world of ubiquitous chronic insidious illness, the supernatural creation theory is very limited in the scope of illness that it can help us treat today.

The allopathic medical model is a terrifying place to live because it means that at any moment illness could strike for no reason with no warning. And while this is somewhat true, the stress of this idea certainly hastens the inevitable onslaught of illness it expects. Allopathy also tends to largely ignore the human’s environment since illness is mostly random. Food and diet have very little importance except in the most general ways (like get enough calories so you don’t starve to death and eat a vegetable like catchup now and again). Prevention is thought to be nearly impossible since the cause of disease (being random) is essentially unknowable. However, employing the scientific method allows medicine to understand how illness affects the body and therefore how to artificially treat the illness with performance enhancing chemicals or synthetic replacement parts after the fact. In other words, allopathic medical theory treats humans like a car, no use trying to prevent the parts from wearing out, just drive the car until a part wears out, then replace the part with a new one, then carry on as usual.

The evolution theory of health assumes that all life adapts to wear and tear, not only preventing its parts from “wearing out” over time, but making its parts stronger after exposure to wear and tear! Think about it, when you cause wear and tear on your biceps by lifting weights with them, not only do your biceps NOT wear out, they become bigger and stronger. The same is true with the joints and bones, they become stronger with wear and tear, or they do when living in the genetically expected environment. For example, when living on the space station orbiting Earth, there is no wear and tear on the body due to a lack of gravity, and as a result, the muscles and joints weaken and wither away.

But, the evolution theory of health also assumes that the body can only adapt to very specific types of wear and tear, namely the ones that were around while it evolved. And because modern human environments largely never existed before now, our bodies have little to no ability to adapt successfully (successful meaning without illness). And so illness is the body’s failed attempt to adapt to today’s novel environment.

And as you can see, the evolution theory of health opens the door to finding the CAUSE of illness so that we can prevent it. All we have to do is find which modern environment changes our bodies are failing to adapt to and then, if possible, change the environment to something closer to what our bodies expect and know how to adapt to.

It turns out there are two categories of environmental issues regarding human health:

1) things we need to embrace

2) things we need to avoid

Within each of these categories we can scale each thing on level of severity.

For example, two things we need to embrace are clean air to breathe and omega 3 in our diet. But when we scale these things on level of severity, omega 3 deficiency is currently a 9 out of 10 severity for humans, where air pollution is only about a 2 out of 10. What this means is that someone with lung inflammation due to chronic lung illness, who gets flared up symptoms when the air pollution increases during certain times of the year, his lung condition often goes away completely after increasing the omega 3 in his diet for several months.

You can probably guess much of what is on the list of things to embrace and things to avoid in order to regain our illness-free birth right: Just picture a hunter-gatherer’s lifestyle, and it begins to become clear.

A few examples:

Embrace:
whole fresh unprocessed foods, a widely varied diet, walking outside in nature routinely, clean water, clean air, close-knit group of healthy fun loving friends and family, lots of sunshine on naked skin, infants being breast fed and being with mom 24/7, children observing adults being functional healthy humans at work and play, routine singing and dancing, storytelling, fun games, laughter, good humor, instincts and intuition, positive spiritual connection with loved ones who have died,

Avoid:
Junk food, processed foods, milk after weaning, chemicals, pollution, sitting all day, violence, watching violence, humans who are chronically ill, any high stress situation that lasts more than a few minutes, extreme physical exertion that lasts more than a few minutes

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Health News #20: Vitamin D and it effects on Chronic Pain, Women with Diabetes and Heart Failure

Vitamin D and it effects on Chronic Pain, Women with Diabetes and Heart Failure

What factors lead to vitamin D testing and supplementation among individuals with chronic pain?

Chronic pain is diagnosed when an individual experiences pain for at least three months. Chronic pain is the greatest contributor to long-term disability.

Vitamin D supplementation has been shown to improve quality of life and decrease pain severity in those with chronic pain.

Researchers theorize that vitamin D’s anti-inflammatory properties and ability to upregulate serotonin in the central nervous system explains these findings. Low serotonin in the central nervous system contributes to centralized sensitization, impaired sleep and increased pain severity, a few key characteristics of chronic widespread pain.

With this knowledge, researchers from Australia aimed to determine which factors lead to vitamin D deficiency, vitamin D testing and supplementation among patients with chronic pain in hopes of offering a guide for physicians to utilize when treating these patients.

The researchers from this study conducted an online survey for individuals at least 18 years old who experienced chronic pain for more than 3 months. The survey was distributed across various patient forum sites and shared via social media in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

Researchers concluded that the results may have practical implications, as identifying factors associated with a risk of vitamin D deficiency could assist to minimize the concern of over diagnosis and over treatment of vitamin D deficiency. It may assist physicians to identify early on chronic pain patients who would more likely benefit from vitamin D supplementation for their chronic pain problem.

The Vitamin D Council recommends adults supplement with between 5,000-10,000 IU vitamin D3 daily to reach optimal vitamin D levels (40-80 ng/m) and experience the greatest impact for pain management. It’s important to remember that vitamin D alone often does not cure chronic pain, but may be an important factor in helping manage this issue. READ MORE

Vitamin D supplementation may improve mental health among women with type 2 diabetes.

A new study published in the Journal of Diabetes Research discovered that weekly physiological doses of vitamin D2 helped improve depression and anxiety among women with type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a highly prevalent metabolic disorder that primarily results from chronic obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.

Those with T2DM are all too familiar with the hardships that accompany this disease it’s no surprise to learn that mental health issues follow this diagnosis.

Vitamin D supplementation has been shown to help improve markers of T2DM and depression, independent of one another.

In a recent study funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), known as the Sunshine Study, researchers aimed to determine whether vitamin D supplementation improved mental health status among women with T2DM.

A total of 50 women with T2DM and symptoms of depression were included in the study. All participants received weekly supplementation of 50,000 IU vitamin D2 per week for a total of 6 months. The researchers used several standard tools to evaluate the participant’s mental and physical health status.

Here is what the researchers found:

The participants experienced a significant improvement in depression and anxiety symptoms, as well as mental health status. The relationship between vitamin D supplementation and depression remained significant.

Due to the safety, affordability and potential mental and physical health benefits of maintaining healthy vitamin D levels for patients with diabetes, the Vitamin D Council recommends adults supplement with 5,000-10,000 IU vitamin D3 daily. READ MORE

Quality of life in heart failure is improved by adjunct therapy of 10,000 IU vitamin D daily

Heart failure (HF) is a highly prevalent chronic health condition, affecting approximately 23 million individuals worldwide. It is the leading cause of hospitalization in people older than 65.

If left untreated, HF can lead to kidney damage, liver damage, arrhythmia and eventually death. Though there is no known cure, the symptoms and progression of HF can be managed. Though some cases may be mediated by lifestyle changes such as diet and monitored cardiac rehabilitation.

Some clinical trials have discovered that vitamin D supplementation benefits those living with HF. Researchers from this study evaluated the role of vitamin D status in quality of life (QOL) and cardiopulmonary status (CPX) among HF patients.

The researchers looked at the following:

Laboratory values including serum 25(OH)D status, parathyroid hormone, brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) and hsCRP.

BNP is a common marker of heart failure, and hsCRP is a marker for inflammation.

QOL was measured by the Kansas City Cardiomyopathy (KCCQ).

The KCCQ evaluates physical function, symptom frequency and severity and social function. Higher KCCQ scores indicates increased QOL.

CPX  was measured by completion of an initial 1-min, constant-rate stair step. Speed and grade were incrementally increased at 1-min intervals. They measured oxygen uptake of all the participants, with
higher uptake efficiency being associated with greater heart rate function.

The researchers concluded that daily vitamin D3, used to replete insufficient stores, may safely improve hormonal factors in heart failure patients like 25(OH)D, BNP, and PTH as well as inflammation. In addition to independent hormonal modulation, sufficient vitamin D3 repletion may provide an important improvement in QOL as an adjuvant treatment to appropriate guideline directed therapy. READ MORE

 

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My iron poisoning nightmare

My iron poisoning nightmare

August, 2014

In early 2006, I moved to a house in the mountains that used a well for its water source. The toilets and sinks were stained orange from the high levels of iron in the well water. Plus the water happened to be acidic, leaching out the iron from the metal water pipes in the house, making the iron levels in the water even higher (according to the company who installed my iron filter later on). The water was orange coming out of the faucets for about 2 seconds, then it cleared up. The orange color got more intense after letting the water sit in the pipes overnight or after being away on a trip. Presumably the acidic water had more time to eat away at the pipe as it sat there longer.

The people who previously lived at the house had been there for 25 years, drinking the water. They were moving because the husband had developed Parkinson’s, so they were going to lower elevation to be closer to their daughter. The pine needle covered land the house sat on consisted of red soil (a sign of high iron levels). Pine needles make the soil acid, good for growing blueberries, but I guess maybe bad for turning well water acidic?

I had never heard of iron poisoning other than little kids eating an entire bottle of mom’s anemia treatment iron pills. As far as living somewhere with such weird water, I just figured I would get a water filtration system to pull out the iron just for cosmetic and water taste reasons. I lived there drinking the water and showering in it for about 18 months before the water filter was finally installed. It took that long to get the water tested, order the right system, and then install it. After researching iron filtration, it turned out to be somewhat difficult to pull iron out of water, especially out of acidic water. After $4000 and an entire 6′ x 6′ shed full of filters and pipes, I had my iron filter in place. Part of the filter had an opening where I would add in a few cups of calcium powder about every two weeks. This was required in order to raise the pH of the water so that the filter media could successfully pull out the iron. Once a day, an automatic timer would back-flush the filter media to rid it of the iron that had accumulated. The filter cleaned the water for the entire property.


Before the filter was installed, I noticed that my pillow case had turned a deep orange. Because I would shower at night and go to bed with damp hair, the residual water on my hair slowly stained my pillow over the months, despite washing the cover at somewhat regular intervals!

 

Over the next six months I began to notice mild back pain for the first time in my life. I thought it was caused by my 45 minute commute since moving to the mountains. The cold snowy winters weren’t as fun as I thought they’d be, the 2008 crash hit my business hard, the commute was apparently hurting my low back, so I decided to move back to town in early 2009. So all in all, I spent 18 months drinking iron water, and another 18 months after the filter was installed before moving.

 

I only recently found out that when you live at high elevation (this property was at 4500 feet) not only do your red blood cells and hemoglobin change to make up for the thinner air at elevation, but your gut changes so that it absorbs iron more easily (iron is needed to make hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying protein found in red blood cells)!


While living at the mountain property, my low back only hurt mildly from time to time. But 3-6 weeks after moving to lower elevation again, I began to have severe back pain that kept me from sleeping at night. It turns out that when you go to lower elevation, your body changes by making fewer red blood cells and less hemoglobin because the higher levels are no longer needed. This process releases iron as the hemoglobin is broken down by the spleen. This sudden flood of free iron was very inflammatory.

 

My back wasn’t too bad during the day, but night was awful. None of my chiropractor friends could help me, in fact chiropractic adjustments began to be very painful for the first time. The pain would come and go seemingly randomly, often it would be completely gone (if I wasn’t too active), and then it would return suddenly with a vengeance.

 

I still had no inclination that I had an iron poisoning at this point in time. Desperate for a cure, I wondered if I had suddenly developed a food allergy. So I cut out all wheat and gluten products since several of my relatives have gluten allergies. After a month of no improvement, it was obvious that gluten had nothing to do with my mysterious pain. Next on the list was dairy.

Bingo! If I stayed completely away from dairy, I had almost zero pain at night. Then with the slightest bit of dairy it was immediately painful that night. I eventually tracked it down to lactose intolerance rather than an allergy to casein. To this day (as of August 2014) my back is a very sensitive lactose detector. Even yogurt and whole cream have lactose in them apparently. Interestingly, if I ferment the yogurt myself, I have no pain. This means that store bought yogurt is never fully fermented. It is the lactose that the bacteria eat and turn into an acid that curdles the milk into yogurt as you know. And of course I can eat moderate amounts of any dairy without back pain as long as I take several lactase enzyme pills with it.

 

Well, problem solved right? Spontaneous lactose intolerance (which I never had any hints of prior). Well, yes, I no longer had back pain induced insomnia.

 

But I did seem to have a general lack of energy, extremely exaggerated after minimal exertion. I remember raking the lawn for about 5 minutes before giving up due to fatigue and then having shoulder and arm discomfort for several days after. Looking back, I had a very foggy brain, very short temper, and edges of depression. Though somehow none of it seemed odd at the time. My brain would come up with some reasonable sounding excuse for feeling bad, sometimes even blaming my girlfriend’s normal behaviors as the cause of my problems!

 

It wasn’t for a good couple of years, that I had found that a mixture of glutathione powder and DMSO applied topically would help alleviate exercise induced pain. Iron isn’t supposed to exit the body via the sweat glands, but DMSO is a very good carrier chemical for almost anything. So after having applied an extra large dose of my topical concoction the night before, I went to aikido practice in the morning. We wear white jerseys during practice. Normally we don’t sweat much, but for some reason that morning we worked out really hard and I sweat a lot. Class ended, I packed up my jersey, and life continued.

Then a week later, again at aikido class (should have washed jersey, but didn’t), as I was opening my jersey to put it on, the entire inside portion that soaked up the sweat from my back the week before had turned deep orange and it immediately reminded me of my pillow case from my old mountain house. (I had left the mountain house shortly after my back started hurting, never to return, another story entirely). It didn’t hit me right away what this meant. But then a few hours later I had the big aha! I was iron toxic!

I began to ask around and read up on it. My girlfriend’s boss had a story about working at Mammoth lakes one summer and by the end of the summer his joints hurt really bad. Somehow he figured out to stop drinking the well water and after several weeks the pain began to reduce.

So I ordered the lab work necessary to diagnose the iron overload. Several markers were borderline high, and one was actually out of the normal range high. At first it seemed like maybe I was wrong, could such a small elevation cause such bad symptoms? But the more I read, the more I realized that the tissues of the body, especially the liver, pancreas, and heart soak up the excess iron to keep blood levels normal. It had been well over a year, maybe two between my last iron exposure and my first iron blood test. The definitive would be a liver biopsy, but since there are serious risks with it, I haven’t done that.

Some of the well established medical effects of iron poisoning include pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, heart failure, muscle and joint pain, and dementia.

I still have not read anything about iron causing the pancreas to stop producing lactase enzymes, but if it accumulates in the pancreas, it seems possible.

The only affordable way to get iron out of the body is through bleeding. So I donate blood every two months now. Luckily my blood iron levels are not high enough to be toxic to a recipient, so they don’t have to discard my blood donation. Over time it should slowly suck out the iron from my organs, muscles and joints.

I also did a urine mineral test pre and post EDTA chelation IV challenge. The iron rose mildly on the post test, meaning that it was mildly pulling out iron. So I did a serious of IV chelation treatments over 9 months or so. But before these, I remembered that I had added calcium to my water filter to get the iron out of the water. So I started taking lots of calcium with each meal and found that this actually made a huge difference in my fatigue and workout soreness. I later read that taking calcium with a meal can block iron absorption from the food.

 

I’ve been feeling almost normal now for about a year or so. I was able to work two 12-hour days this last spring pruning several large trees and felling two others and cutting all the wood with a chainsaw with only normal levels of soreness! I thought this was a great sign that my iron levels were finally low enough to live a normal life again, be able to do yard work and maybe even start running again. But a few days after all the chainsaw work, my low back locked up and I couldn’t move.

I rested for a day and it eased up enough to go to work, but I was very cautious in my movements. I made an appointment with a chiropractor who had been recommended to me by a friend of a friend because it sounded like he didn’t do normal chiropractor stuff. To my surprise, he dug his elbow into my back muscles, putting all his weight into it. He essentially stripped my back, hip, side, and even neck muscles like he was straightening the fibers of a raw tri-tip roast. IT WAS EXTREMELY PAINFUL. I have an unusually high will power to suppress withdrawal reflexes due to pain, he was surprised I could take such deep pressure on the first visit. I was almost floating outside my body it was so painful, and afterwards I actually thought this must be what it’s like to be raped.

But I was sore for three days and then my back and muscles felt great! I actually went back the next week and every muscle he had worked the week before was not painful in the least as he dug in and stripped them, to his surprise. But as soon as he ventured to a set of muscles in my shoulders that he had not treated the week before, again it was extremely painful!

It occurred to me that perhaps my muscle were also an iron sponge, and the pain was him literally squeezing out the iron into the blood so to speak? Why else would the same procedure go from extreme pain to almost none?

 

Anyway, after the second visit I decided I could do the same manual iron flush from my muscles on my own at home using the floor or wall, my body weight, and a golf ball or baseball between the two.

 

If my iron in soft tissue theory is correct, then I need to somehow squeeze it out of my internal organs. It might be possible for liver and pancreas, but not my heart and certainly not my brain!

I still haven’t done it yet, but one obvious thing I should do is put on my old DMSO topical and then go exercise or sit in a sauna. But that stuff really stinks!

 

My blood levels are now down to normal, but it’s not a good reflection of the iron content of my organs. And I am still lactose intolerant.

 

I recently read that hemochromotosis patients (they have a genetic defect where they absorb way too much iron from normal food and get iron toxic from just regular food) are asymptomatic if they are heterozygous for the defect, but only carriers, according to standard medical teaching. But now a subgroup of doctors is studying whether the carriers also exhibit ease of iron overload, but to a much lesser degree. I’m going to get the test one day to see if maybe I’m a carrier. It’s a $250 test, and it won’t really change my treatment protocol, so it’s not high on the list, though I am very curious.

Interestingly, a year after I bought the house in the mountains, my neighbor visited the guy with Parkinson’s and when he got back he told me that the man had been dramatically improving in his condition! Everyone was attributing it to the lower elevation, but was it really just getting away from the iron water that helped him improve?

His wife had no known health problems, but she of course had been menstruating each month. When a women loses blood during her menses, she loses some iron with it. This may have been enough to prevent the iron from building up in her system over the years.

The previous owners lived there for 20 years, but I only lived there drinking iron water for 18 months. So why was I affected so severely? I think it’s because I drink ¾ gallon water daily, and they likely only drank a cup or two if they are like the average American.

 

January 20, 2017

 

I seem to be able to get away with small amounts of dairy without much back pain. So maybe there is hope for my pancreas. I think I must also have a casein milk protein allergy because I get slight sinus congestion when I eat a lot of dairy (always fully fermented or using lactase enzymes), and I just feel better overall when I don’t eat dairy, so I’m never going to be a dairy eater again. But it is a good test for my pancreas if I can eat non fermented dairy without lactase pills and without any intestinal or back pain resulting.

For about a year I have been running again. I’m using minimalist “five finger” shoes with no arch support and no padding to speak of, so I have to run differently than I used to in order to prevent foot injury. This requires a shorter stride. I’m also hoping to do multi day trail running trips that require me to wear a backpack. So I’ve been carrying a lightweight backpack on my training runs.

Though I have no workout soreness that would be considered unusual, my ribs and mid back often feel tight and sometimes mildly painful. And now that I am getting in better shape, and I’m starting to run faster, my stride is lengthening some, especially if I am running down hills. I have begun to notice some pain in my right hip flexor called the psoas muscle. This muscle is used and stretched more with a longer stride.

The other week, I did a ½ mile near-sprint in the middle of a longer run, just for fun and to see what would happen. I felt fine. But for the next three days I had sharp and severe pain in my psoas muscles where they attach to my rib cage. It kept me from sleeping well for three nights.

Then yesterday I had a full body assessment from an athletic trainer at the gym. He found that my rib cage is very tight and the deep muscles of my hips are very tight. He had me do specific stretches for these, all of which were very painful.

My guess is that these deep muscles are very hard to get to for massaging out the iron and so they must still have iron in them. But maybe with enough of the right stretching I can finally get the iron out of these too.

So it’s a good thing I am running because I would not know that there is still iron in these muscles other wise.

 

December 2017

 

I ate some cheese the other day, did not take any enzymes, and didn’t have any pain at all! I’m very happy about this. Hopefully this means that the iron is out of my pancreas. But I still think I will stay away from dairy in general. I don’t think it is as healthy for adults as most doctors and TV commercials make it out to be. And at this point, I no longer miss it or crave it.

 

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Red Light Therapy

Red Light Therapy

Dr. Campise’s testimonial:

 

Last February I ran my first ultra-marathon. It was 32 miles long and climbed over 6,000 feet of elevation along the way! Needless to say it was very difficult. It took me about 9 hours to complete, which is not very fast compared to others but my goal was to finish it without any injuries and I accomplished that.

 

My biggest fear was the pain I would be in for the several days or weeks after the race.

 

I ran a regular marathon (26 miles) in high school where I was in severe pain even lying down for about 12 hours after. And I was in severe pain while walking for about 6 days after that high school marathon!

 

But this time…

After my very hilly ultra-marathon in February 2017, I was only moderately sore the next day, mildly sore the day after that, and almost no soreness at all by the third day after!

 

How was this possible? I’m not exactly sure, but I was using the full body red light therapy every daybefore and after the race and I know it had a huge role to play in both my success at finishing the race injury free and in my very fast almost pain-free recovery from the race.

 

How would red light do this? Nobody knows for sure. But it is known to reduce inflammation, increase cellular healing abilities, and increase cellular energy production. Not to mention it is known to be pain relieving in general.

 

 

Here are some videos about red light therapy (different company, but my light bed works even better):

 

Olympic Athletes testimonials

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIyjKwi1aVg

 

Tony Robbins testimonial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-gB4ZSCO-Q

 

Ann’s fibromyalgia and arthritis testimonial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRwMSc5dSCs

 

Weight lifter testimonial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXr1O6o24XM

 

Basketball (Phoenix Suns) testimonial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laiwvr2s8jo

 

Oregon project testimonial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bi_0NO0gvJM

 

Study showing red light (670nm) helps Lyme Disease

https://dc.uwm.edu/etd/798/

 

And more recently we’ve discovered the effects of red light on the genetic expression of a multitude of functions:

 

Red light stimulates collagen production in the skin, reducing wrinkles

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/cg8000703

 

Red light increases production of glutathione (antioxidants) in the liver

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3668802/

 

Red light reduces aging of retinal disease and macular degeneration

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28129566

 

Red light speeds up healing of burns by modifying genetic expression of the skin.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24729046

 

Red light improves immune function in the retina.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24729046

 

Red light stimulates the proliferation of stem cells

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18003339

 

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Health News # 19: The High-Performance Heart, Athletes and Heart Disease

Health News #  19: The High-Performance Heart, Athletes and Heart Disease

The High-Performance Heart

The human heart is a high-performance powerhouse, designed to beat billions of times during a lifetime, remain disease-free and provide the spark for all human activities both conscious and unconscious.

Poor heart function isn’t always obvious — the first sign of heart disease is all too often death, even in highly trained athletes.

Surrounding the heart is an important layer of pericardial fat. This healthy fat also is a key energy source for the heart muscle and its continuous contractions, and for the local vessels bringing blood to and from the heart.

The excess accumulation of epicardial adipose tissue — called EAT — is considered an independent cardiovascular risk factor, as dangerous as high blood fats and hypertension.

Excess fat around the heart impairs its function many ways.

If you want a sense of what the fat is like surrounding the heart, take a look at your belly; better yet, measure it. In addition, pericardial fat can also be measured with an echocardiogram (along with other imaging technology such as MRI).

A recent study showed that low-carb eating was significantly better at reducing excess fat around the heart than a low-fat diet.

Those who exercise are not immune to excess pericardial fat, and athletic performance is impaired by it.

Many physically active people are unaware they have hearts that don’t work well. Or, they have signs and symptoms of heart problems that they ignore, such as abnormal blood fats (cholesterol and triglycerides), blood-sugar levels, and high blood pressure.

The best remedies for heart health are simple — a healthy diet void of junk food but rich in healthy fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals, and other natural nutrients; physical activity that raises the heart rate without abusing it.

Stress has a major influence on heart health, with excessive levels associated with poor heart function and disease. Even if you are doing everything right with diet and exercise, too much stress can still sabotage your heart. It’s not too late to take steps to improve your heart’s performance and to protect it from disease. These steps include improving your diet and nutrition, aerobic exercise and managing stress.

Want a high performance heart? Get healthy and fit — your heart will follow. READ MORE

When Athletes Have Heart Attacks

Many of these tragedies are the result of athletes being willing to sacrifice their health — sometimes unknowingly — while following no-pain, no-gain programs in a futile attempt to gain more more fitness.

Few are willing to discuss the real underlying cause. There are three important parts of the issue that are almost never discussed:

1. Cardiovascular disease does not occur in a healthy body.
2. Cardiovascular disease is preventable through a healthy lifestyle.
3. Cardiovascular disease is usually accompanied by abnormal signs and symptoms.

The key to the optimal human experience and long-term performance is to find the balance between fitness and health.

A very common problem is many athletes compromise their health at the expense of getting fit — typically by overtraining, which can include too much volume and not enough rest, but more typically involves too much high-intensity training. This regimen can produce a deadly combination of stress, inflammation and free-radical oxidation.

Avoiding heart disease, regardless of how fit you may be, means taking a careful assessment of many facets of your life, not just your training and racing. This includes managing stress levels, monitoring inflammation, and paying particular attention to diet, nutrition and training.

Signs & Symptoms

Your body’s trying to tell you something

Just before a heart attack, indications of an impending problem include chest pain or pressure, especially down the arm and worsened by exertion. Others include shortness of breath, high blood pressure (above 120/80), and a family history of heart disease.

Even earlier, often years or decades before a major cardiac event, subtle signs and symptoms may include:

1. Anxiety and stress
2. fatigue
3. nausea
4. pain in other parts of body
5. irregular heart rate
6. shortness of breath
7. sweating
8. swelling

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Endurance Athletes: No Immunity from Heart Disease

Inflammation is a major problem in the hearts of some athletes competing in long events.

In addition to avoiding the stress of overtraining, balancing the intake of different types of fats can prevent abnormal inflammation.

Chronic inflammation is commonly caused by dietary imbalance, which comes from two areas:

1. Consuming an imbalance of dietary fat: too much omega-6 (especially vegetable oils) and too little omega-3 fats can cause chronic inflammation.

2. Consuming refined carbohydrates, including sucrose, maltose and most other sugars, which are high glycemic, increase insulin. Elevated insulin levels cause many omega-6 fats to convert to chemicals that produce inflammation.

An important indication that your fats may be out of balance and your risk of inflammation is high has to do with how aspirin or other NSAIDS affect you. These drugs often provide many people with symptomatic relief of pain—but not everyone. If you do get relief from these drugs, it may indicate your fats are not balanced and chronic inflammation exists. That’s because the primary action of these drugs is to artificially balance fats for you.

Balancing dietary fats not only can reduce chronic inflammation, but reduce the risk of disease, and control pain. In addition, it can help with recovery from training and racing, prevent and correct many injuries, and improve athletic potential. READ MORE

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