Prepared by Tamar Clarke, MLS, MPA
When we think about nutritional medicine, it has been around for a long time. When we think about British sailors dying from scurvy (lack of vitamin C) and eating limes to prevent this, they became known as limeys. That situation would be an example of nutritional medicine. When we think about beriberi, that was found due to lack of thiamine, a B1 vitamin. Another example is rickets, caused by lack of vitamin D along with calcium or phosphate. With new tools, our understanding of the role of nutrition in human health has grown exponentially in recent decades.
This website on nutritional medicine information is in several parts. The first part lists the various topics addressing nutritional medicine information. As more resources are uncovered, more topics are added to this table. The second part list basic concepts behind nutritional medicine information. The third part lists conferences that are held and address nutrition and the role of nutrition in human health. The fourth part lists the book reviews and bibliographic citations pertaining to nutritional medicine information in alphabetical order. After each section, there is a link that brings you back to the table of topics addressing nutritional medicine information. The fifth and last part includes the disclaimer and closing comments.
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Overview: To promote optimum health, there are at least forty nutrients needed by the human body. This includes vitamins, minerals, trace elements, phytochemicals, and amino acids. In addition to these elements, we need essential fatty acids (the good fats), other fats, digestive and other enzymes, probiotics, fiber, and clean water.
In reading the literature on nutrition, there seems to be two schools of thought regarding the consumption of animal food sources in addition to the vegetables/fruits/whole grains. One school of thought says that we need animal food sources, and another school of thought says that we do not.
The basic principles of nutritional medicine can be outlined as follows:
One, nutrients are the building blocks of what goes into our bodies and our cells. It also makes our systems work effectively. This includes our skeletal system, our cardiovascular (heart) system, our muscular system, our digestive system, our central nervous system, our immune system, our circulation system, and etc.
Two, the intake of clean water or hydration on a regular basis is important to human health.
Three, everyone is unique when it comes to our body chemistry. What may work for one person may not work for another person. Nutritional needs vary from individual to individual. One person may not experience harm whereas other person may not be so fortunate, especially when it comes to toxic exposure.
Four, we all need to minimize our exposure to toxic substances and toxic chemicals. This includes toxins that we are exposed to from a variety of sources, from the air we breathe, pesticides and herbicides used in farming and on lawns, the building products used in construction, the cleaning substances in our environment, beauty products used on our skin, mercury used in dental fillings, chemicals added to the water supply, and from the foods that have preservatives and additives. These toxins can cause harm to our health when these toxins end up in our bodies and overloads the body. At this point, the chemically overloaded body becomes unable to remove all of these toxins. The threshold at which the body becomes overloaded varies from person to person.
Five, when it is stated that people can obtain all the nutrients that they need from diet and do not need nutritional supplementation, this is true under two conditions. One, the individual is eating a diet high in nutritional quality (generally from birth to the present time) and two; the individual is experiencing optimum health.
Six, the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) does not specify levels of nutritional support that promote optimum health. If someone is experiencing health issues, their nutritional needs are most likely to be higher and different that what is spelled out in the RDA. (Note: These standards are in the process of being revised and renamed as Dietary Reference Intake (DRI).)
Seven, what occurs in one system of our bodies can also affect another system. Dental health is closely connected to the body’s health. Mental health issues go hand in hand with physical health issues.
Eight, extra care needs to be made when people are considering starting a family. The future mothers and fathers need optimum nutrition and reduced exposure to toxic substances. The fetus lacks the ability to filter out toxic substances that may be present in the mother’s body.
Nine, there is no one magic pill that will cure the patient. It usually takes a holistic, dietary, comprehensive approach, detoxification, and time to resolve health issues, especially with more complex health issues.
Ten, as we are exposed to more toxic (chemical and non-chemical) substances from our environment, in the food we eat, in the air we breathe, the products used on our skin, the cleaning products we use, and even the clothes we wear, it is essential to utilize detoxification as part of our healthcare protocol to promote health, maintain our health, prevent the onset of disease, and in some instances, reverse the disease process.
Eleven, the use of nutritional supplementation is a much safer approach and has fewer minimal side effects compared to the use of prescription drugs. (Note: The fat soluble vitamins taken in excessive doses can cause toxicity; however, the doses have to be extremely high.)
Twelve, nutritional needs vary with each stage of life. The nutritional requirements are different for pregnancy, for the fetus, for infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and seniors.
Thirteen, under nutritional medicine, our dental health is extremely important and is intimately connected with our physical and mental health. Healthy teeth, as well as the proper spacing and alignment of teeth, is generally a sign of good physical and mental health.
Fourteen, under nutritional medicine, we each have a responsibility in making choices that promote our health and ability to have healthy children via diet and lifestyle decisions.
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This section covers conferences as well as organizations that promote the importance of nutrition in human health as well as alternatives to conventional and allopathic medicine.
A conference called Take Back Your Health is held twice a year, once in the spring, and once in the fall. Their website is: http://www.takebackyourhealthconference.com/.
Another conference on health and nutrition is hosted by the Weston A. Price Foundation. It is open to both health professionals and laymen interested in diet and health. One regional conference is held in the fall, and another is held in the spring. Their website is: http://www.prestonaprice.org.
Another organization that promotes and supports natural medicine is The Natural Health Federation. Their website is: thenhf.com. They have been in existence since 1955 and they support our right to choose when it comes to medical care. Unfortunately, in the United States, our choices are controlled by the health insurance companies, what employers will cover, and what our government will cover.
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Below are listings of various health conditions that affect one’s health, with a focus on nutritional medicine. Some of the books listed below may be available in later editions. When available, we have also included web resources.
5-HTP is a type of amino acid that plays a major role in brain health. Dr. Michael Murray, ND discusses in detail the benefits and role of 5-HTP in human health. (Added 08/11/2014)
The Natural Way to Overcome Depression, Obesity, and Insomnia (1998) by Michael T. Murray, N.D. (Publisher: Bantam Books)
This book covers the role of 5-HTP, also known as 5-hydroxtryptophan, a compound produced by an amino acid called tryptophan. It has been used in Europe. It can help boost serotonin levels in the brain. Dr. Michael T. Murray, a naturopathic doctor, explains the role of serotonin, an important neurotransmitter in the brain. There are also substypes of serotonin as well. Serotonin does the following:
More detailed list and signs of serotonin deficiency include:
|Detailed listing of serotonin deficiencies|
Dr. Murray also lists a table showing behavior that shows optimum serotonin levels (source: page 17).
While medications such as prozac and imitrex can be used to increase serotonin levels, they come with side effects.
Side effects can include nausea, fatigue, agitation, and loss of interest in sex. These
drugs affect the reabsorption of serontonin in the brain; however, they do not increase the actual supply of
Levels of serotonin can be too low or too high or too sensitive to electrical signals. Also, the pump
that reabsorbs neurotransmitters during reuptake can be faulty. Enzyme levels can be too high, resulting in
low levels of neurotransmitters. Molecules that block the receptor or neuron is defective or not enough "parking" spaces, or
weak electrical signals.
Another type of neurotransmitter is covered in detail, the beta-endorphin. Proper levels of serotonin are needed for proper levels of beta-endorphins. 5-HTP can also build up the body's supply of beta-endorphins. Endorphins work like opium and morphine, bind to receptors and block the perception of pain. Low levels of beta-endorphins show up as:
After a neurotransmitter has done its job, it goes into a "storage" location. This is called reabsorption or reuptake. Some of these chemicals such as serotonin and epinephrine can act as both neurotransmitters and hormones.
|Enzyme||An enzyme is defined as a chemical scissors. They can cut large molecules into smaller pieces. This makes it easier for the body to metabolize or breakdown substances, eliminate substances, or maintain a chemical balance.|
|Hormone||A hormone is defined as a chemical produced by a specific organ, and travels to tissues and organs elsewhere in the body.|
|Neurons||Components of Neurons:
|Neurotransmitters||Chemicals in the brain that facilitate communication between brain cells or neurons.|
|Neurotransmitters, Role of||
Exercise is able to elevate one's mood. It increases endorphin levels.
The author also talks about other conditions in more detail (what nutrients and herbs are beneficial), listed below:
It covers some of problems associated with the use of prescription medications.
This resource explains in detail the role of serotonin and how 5-HTP can help improve brain function, key to moods and behavior. It is a great resource to further one's understanding of brain chemistry and the benefits of 5-HTP supplementation. (Added 08/11/2014)
Biographical Information about Author
Dr. Michael Murray is one of the world’s leading authorities on natural medicine. He has published over 30 books featuring natural approaches to health. His research into the health benefits of proper nutrition is the foundation for a best-selling line of dietary supplements from Natural Factors, where he is Director of Product Development. He is a graduate, former faculty member, and serves on the Board of Regents of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. (Added 08/11/2014)
Website for Dr. Michael Murray, ND
For more information about Dr. Michael Murray, his website address is: www.doctormurrary.com. (Added 08/11/2014)
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Every day we hear in the news about the results of addiction or substance abuse, people who end up in our jails and prisons,
family violence, school shootings, emergency room visits, homelessness, and even death. One factor that may underlie many of these situations can be addiction
and substance abuse and its effect on human behavior and health. Nutritional deficiencies play a role in addiction, especially addiction to alcohol,
street drugs, nicotine, sugar, and even certain prescription and over the counter drugs. A properly nourished body and brain is much more likely to resist addiction
and substance abuse.
Pam Killeen has written a book about the various types of addictions and how an imbalanced brain chemistry can play a role in fostering addiction to various substances and specific behaviors. The author covers the role of nutrients in brain chemistry. This reduces the cravings and addiction. Using nutrients and diet along with detoxification is a more effective approach than just the use of counseling and psychiatric medications in treating substance abuse disorders because it addresses the root biochemical causes rather than just covering the problem up.
We have a second resource. Brigitte Mars has written a comprehensive resource on alternative means without the need for prescription drugs to deal with various types of addictions. In addition to nutrition, there are other protocols such as herbal approaches, homeopathy, nutritional supplements, and other lifestyle changes. Addiction is much more common than any other disease.(Added 11/11/2014, updated 12/08/2020)
Addiction: the hidden epidemic (2010) by Pam Killeen (Publisher: Xlibris)
Pam Killeen, a nutritional consultant, has written a book covering addiction, and the nutritional
issues associated with addiction or substance abuse. She consulted with a number of experts who provide more information about addiction and what
are the more successful ways to treat it. In most cases, it can be done without the need for prescription drugs. The author indicates that conventional
approaches to addiction have a 80% failure rate and nutritional approaches have a 80% success rate.
Briefly, what is addiction? It is compulsive behavior, and it is behavior that affects one's balance in life, making it unbalanced. It is a form of self-medication. Three factors play a role in addiction. They are:
Pam Killeen discusses arachidonic acid. It plays a role in producing adequate levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter
in the brain and curbs excess cortisol production. It has been found to be low in those with ADHD, alcoholism, autism,
schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Various roles of cholesterol are covered, including a role in brain health. Protein,
phospholipids, iodine, minerals, vitamin D, vitamin B12, folic acid, and copper/zinc ratio, they all play a role in brain health. Methylation
helps amino acids to become neurotransmitters. People sensitive to gluten were found to be low in serotonin, dopamine, and
norepinephrine. Eliminating grains and dairy seems to help a number of people with mental and physical health disorders.
Fermented foods are found to be beneficial for digestion. Hydrochloric acid in the stomach with pepsin helps break down proteins into amino acids and discourage the growth of unwanted bacteria, yeast, and parasites in the intestines.
Below is a table that covers some of the various neurotransmitters and their role in brain health.
|Table of Neurotransmitters and their role in brain health and addiction|
|Name of Neurotransmitter||Deficiencies||Optimum Levels and Benefits|
|Endorphins and Enkephalins||
|GABA - Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid||
The author makes a reference to epilepsy as a nutritional and biochemical disorder. She makes a point that while alcoholics are able to stop drinking; in most cases, they are not truly well and underlying biochemical imbalances exist along with an addiction to sugar. Alcohol is actually liquid sugar. Dr. Abram Hoffer, MD provided a list of nutrients that have been found helpful to deal with alcoholism. They are:
Two major pioneers in the field of nutritional medicine are: Dr. Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD and Dr. Weston Price, DDS. Pam Killeen interviewed a number of practitioners and others who were successfully using nutritional medicine to treat people with addiction or substance abuse issues. This includes a few that worked under the supervision of the courts and the criminal justice system. These people provided informative and detailed information relating to addiction and substance abuse issues. Below is a list listed in alphabetical order:
Pam Killeen covered an independent source for scientific research on medications. Problems exist with the
accuracy of prescription drug research and reports in the U.S.
As many as 20% of children in the U.S. are having mental health issues. A number of countries actually restrict what marketing can be displayed towards children.
This is an informative resource on the role of nutrition in addiction and substance abuse. Throughout the book, the author mentions various bibliographic sources. It includes resources, a glossary, a bibliography, references, and an index. (Added 11/11/2014, Updated 01/15/2014)
Addition Free Naturally: Free yourself from Opioids, pharmaceuticals, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, sugar, and more (2020) by Brigitte Mars, A.H.G. (Publisher: Healing Arts Press)
Brigitte Mars is the founding member of the American Herbalist Guild with almost fifty years of experience. She has written a wholistic and natural approaches to dealing with and treating addiction. She covers various therapies, specific types of addictions, and the withdrawal process and maintaining an addiction free lifestyle. There are many types of addictions besides the well-known ones of alcohol and opioid abuse. In dealing with addiction, especially ones that are more serious, it is extremely helpful to have a support system, whether it be your family, friends, or a support group to overcome addiction. It helps to avoid relationships that are emotionally toxic (not to mention physically abusive).
The key factor in addiction is that they stimulate the feel-good neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) and the problem is the lack of self-regulations. The environment can play a role in addiction. There are also biological factors contributing to addiction. This includes:
With some of other items, the key is also moderation especially when it comes to alcohol and caffeine. It is better not to even pick up smoking tobacco habit. Cannabis can have medicinal benefits (the right kind), but then the key is moderation.
The book is in three parts. They are:
In part one, various therapies can be utilized to treat addiction. It is covered in various levels of detail.
|Various Therapies to Treat Addiction|
|Note #1: Therapy and Counseling is definitely needed to deal with past traumas especially sexual abuse, as that can play a major role in addiction.
Note #2: When it comes to nutrition, diet and nutrition plays a major role in addiction as well as sugar levels being under control. The author covers in detail the role various foods play.
Note #3: The author covers the various roles nutrients including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other substances play in our bodies.
Note #4: In regards to psychedelics, there are plant-based ones and synthetic ones. One that is considered effective for overcoming addiction is lbogo, but it is currently classified as schedule #1 drug which limits research.
Note #5: Artificial sweeteners are even worse than sugar. Aspartame produces methanol and it becomes a volatile, flammable, poisonous liquid alcohol in the digestive tract.
Given the author's extensive background with herbs, she lists a number of herbs and their beneficial roles. Below is a partial listing:
|Herb||Role||Type of Addiction|
|Aloe Vera||Soothes lungs irritated from cigarette smoke and helps balance the liver function.||Covered in alcoholism|
|Ashwagandha||This herb helps the body to adapt to stressful situations.||Covered in Cannabis, sedatives|
|Cannabis||It calms nerves, relieves pain, and eases nausea.||Not mentioned in individual chapters|
|Dandelion||It is a gentle liver cleanser and digestive stimulant. There are two types, the leaf and the root.||Covered in Cannabis, food addiction, nicotine (tobacco), amphetamines (root)|
|Kratom||It is used to treat opium and opioid addiction and has been used in Southeast Asia. It also increases appetite and elevates mood. It is important to obtain this herb from a reputable source. It does have potential for abuse.||Not mentioned in specific chapters|
|Lemon Balm||It helps relieve pain and calm muscle spasms, restlessness, and nightmares.||Covered in amphetamines, sedatives|
|Milk Thistle||It stimulates protein synthesis in the liver and improves the breakdown of waste products. It helps the liver to regenerate especially from damage caused by alcohol and drugs.||Covered in alcoholism (the seed), amphetamines, sedatives|
|Mullein||It clears the lungs and lymph vessels and helps remove drug residues from the body.||Covered in nicotine (tobacco), opioids|
|Rosemary||This herb helps calm anxiety, improve mental alertness, lift depression, and improve liver and lung function.||Covered in Cannabis|
|Note #1: This table is just a small sample of the various herbs
covered to deal with various aspects of addiction. Most of the herbs listed in this table are herbs that can be grown in your garden except Kratom and
cannabis (legal issues).
Note #2: The author has written a more comprehensive resource dealing with herbs called The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine published in 2016 by Basic Health Publishing.
Note #3: Herbs can be taken in a variety of ways, as a tea, decoction, and as a tincture.
The following table covers various alternative approaches to treating addiction.
|Various Treatment Protocols to Treat Addiction Other Than Herbs|
|Essential Oils||Another approach is the use of essential oils that can help with addiction, moods, and anxiety. It can be used as part
of aromatherapy. Some of them are:
There are also flower remedies. Below is a sample:
|Homeopathy||In addition to herbs, homeopathic medicine known as homeopathic remedies can also be utilized to treat various aspects of addiction.
Below is a small sample of these remedies:
|Nutritional Supplements||The author list various nutritional supplements. A more detailed list is provided for each type of addiction. These are common ones:
One fact that the author mentions is that there are 10 million alcoholics in the United States. Two comments about opioids, methadone as well as fentanyl is derived from opium. Opium in its complete plant form is less harmful than the purified derivative containing the active ingredients. Also, when methadone is used to treat heroin addicts, it is the same as heroin except it doesn't produce the euphoric high.
One of the main points that the author raises that with some addictions, this leaves toxins in the body like tobacco and in some cases, tissue harm. In this case, it is important to remove these toxins from the tissues, and rebuild the tissues with nutrition and nutritional supplements. This resource provides a variety of tools to treat addiction that does not rely on prescription drugs. This resource includes a basic primer on the use of herbs, a primer for overdose and first aid, resources, glossary, bibliography, and an index. (Added 12/08/2020)
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Adrenal glands can be exhausted, which can affect your body’s ability to have energy and resist stress. Prolonged exposure to stress can facilitate adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal Fatigue, the 21st Century Stress Syndrome (2001) by James L. Wilson (Publisher: Smart Publications)
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It is important for the body pH to be neutral, not be too acidic or too alkaline. Generally, we are more acidic which predisposes us to disease conditions. Eat more vegetables, legumes like lentils, clean water, especially mineral water, reduce consumption of dairy, meat, sugar, and processed foods.
Another resource called the Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health by Christopher Vasey, ND gives detailed information on proceeding with an alkaline/acid diet. (Added 04/17/2013)
The Acid Alkaline Food Guide (2006) by Dr. Susan E. Brown, Larry Trivieri, Jr. (Publisher: SquareOne)
The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health: restore your health by creating pH balance in your diet 2nd edition (2006) by Christopher Vasey, ND. (Publisher: Healing Arts Press) (Added 04/16/2013)
The author, Christopher Vasey is a Swiss naturopathic doctor who specializes in detoxification and rejuvenation.
The book was written in French, and has been translated into English.
The optimum pH level for human health is between pH 7.36 and 7.42. Any number below 7.36, the reading is acid; any number above 7.36, the body is more alkaline. Apparently, enzymes can only do their work when the body's pH level is in the proper range. When the body is too acidic, this can be felt in:
|Rule Number One||A meal should never consist solely of acidifying foods but should contain alkaline foods.|
|Rule Number Two||The amount of alkalizing foods should be greater proportionately than the amount of acidifying foods at any one meal.|
|Rule Number Three||The proporiton of alkalizing foods sould be even greater when there is pronounced acidification of the internal environment or when the individual is unable to metabolize acids properly.|
|Rule Number Four||A diet consisting solely of alkaline vegetables and plant-based foods is possible, but only for a limited period (two weeks).|
|Rule Number Five||A meal should never consist solely of acid foods but should also include alkaline foods.|
|Rule Number Six||The quantities of weak-acid and acidifying foods a person eats should be tailored to his or her personal metabolic capabilities.|
|Rule Number Seven||Weak-acid foods should not be eaten too rapidly in succession.|
|Rule Number Eight||Weak-acid foods should be eaten when the body is ready to receive them.
(Note: Located on pages 64-68.)
Alkalize or Die (2009) by Dr. Theodore A. Baroody (Publisher: Holographic Press) (Note: In spite of the title of this book, it gives a good explanation about the health issues behind becoming acidic. It has menus and recipes as well.)
The pH Miracle: balance your diet, reclaim your health (2010) by Robert O. Young, PhD, and Shelley Redford Young (Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style)
This book explains in detail why it is important to maintain an alkaline level in our bodies (be more alkaline/base
is like baking soda and not acidic like vinegar ) and not have high levels of acid in our bodies. It also covers
what problems we will encounter with an acidic body. The best way to promote alkalinity is through eating foods and
drinking water that promotes our alkaline level. The right type of salt also helps the body to be alkaline. Some of
the alkalining promoting foods are: avocados, tomatoes, sprouts, lemons, limes, grapefruit, and pomegranates. Raw
foods are also alkalinizing. It also discusses what is the best water to use and drink. It needs to be pure,
alkaline, charged with electrons, and have the ideal molecular structure.
The book has chapters on cleansing, nutritional supplementation, the appropriate type of exercise, and motivation. It includes recipes, resources, and bibliographic resources.) (Added 02/07/2012)
Unfortunately, the incidence of allergies has been growing in developed countries. It is especially true of children, a number of them are being found to have an allergy to peanuts. In extreme cases, allergy reactions can release high levels of histamine, which can lead to anaphylactic shock. If not treated, it can result in death. We have one resource that discusses in detail how certain nutrients can help those with allergies and reduce the severity of the allergic reactions. (Added 11/08/2012)
The Vitamin Cure for Allergies (2010) by Damien Downing, MD. (Publisher: Basic Health Publications, Inc.)
The author, Dr. Damien Downing, MD, is an MD who practices
integrative medicine in the United Kingdom. What is an allergy? The author defines it as the body reacting to a particular substance, including
traditionally defined allergies, food intolerances, and food sensitivities.
What can trigger an allergy response?
There is is a GSTM1 gene. Those with normal GSTM1 genetic levels and who produce healthy enzymes made six times more IgE. Those with null or
no GSTM1 genes, who did not have functioning enzyme system, produced 15 times more IgE. Children who develop autism are less efficient in
removing mercury and lead from their bodies. They also function better off wheat and casein (diary) foods. Food allergies that are severe
tend to have an immediate reaction. Food intolerances tend to have a longer term response that can take from 72 hours to a week. (Note: There are
differences between food allergies and food intolerances; however, from a patient's point of view, both types of reactions are uncomfortable).
The less effective people are in detoxifying, the higher the likelihood they have in developing allergies, especially multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). Anaphylaxis occurs when the release of histamine is so high that it causes widespread swelling in the body, causes the blood pressure to drop to dangerous levels, and the only real antidote is epinephrine (adrenaline). This response requires immediate medical attention.
Note: Dosage depends on how sick you are; there are different ways of taking Vitamin C other than by mouth.
For those with allergies, Vitamin D helps in the following ways:
Note: Dosage for an adult, 4000 IU (use Vitamin D3); and half for children; blood tests, vitamin D levels need to be at least 40 ng/ml or 100 nmol/L.
|Essential Fatty Acids||We need fats, including polyunsaturated fats (both omega 3 and omega 6 in the right ratio), saturated fats, and cholesterol. The walls of the cells perform a number of functions, transmitting signals into the cell and to other cells; gives structure to cells;Fats are used as fuel by the body. Trans fatty acids cause problems.
Eat alot of green and other colored vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds, some oily fish for omega 3s; stay away from processed foods that may contain trans fatty acids. Our bodies are unable to process trans fatty acids.
|Magnesium||Magnesium also plays a role for those with allergies. Injected magnesium is useful as bronchodilatory drugs to deal with acute asthma attacks. Magnesium works with calcium as a team, with calcium as the accelerator and magnesium as the brake. Magnesium is important to providing cells with energy. People with chronic fatigue syndrome were found to be low in magnesium. Magnesium is also able to counteract histamine. Epsom salts is another way for the body to absorb additional magnesium.
Magnesium can help in the following conditions: anxiety, circulation problems, fatigue, gynecological problems, heart disease, headaches and migraines, and muscle cramps and spasms.
Loose bowels may mean that you have too much magnesium. For more information on magnesium, see section on magnesium.
Dr. Downing discusses the benefit of exercise. Figure out what foods and substances you are sensitive to, and avoid it as much as possible. Also, various treatment methods are presented to desensitize allergies. This publication lists resources, references, and has an index.) (Added 11/08/2012)
Alzheimer's is a major neurological condition that is affecting an increasing number of older Americans. It is now a major public health issue with a major impact on healthcare costs in the United States. It is a health condition that affect the families of these patients. Below is a resource that offers suggestions in treating Alzheimer's and other related neurological disorders. (Added 10/15/2012)
Awakening from Alzheimer's: How 9 Maverick Doctors are Reversing Alzheimer's, Dementia, and Memory Loss (2012) by Peggy Sarlin. (Publisher: Online Publishing & Marketing)
This book reports a variety of methods that can be utilized to reverse three major neurological conditions,
Alzheimer's, dementia, and memory loss, that affect primarily our senior citizens. Some of these methods have worked and most of them are basically safe and and many of the protocols are based on nutrition.
Basic information about Alzheimer's and its progress in three stages:
Another fact about Alzheimer's is that these people have trouble metabolizing glucose, especially in the brain. Without a constant supply of glucose, the brain neurons start to die. A backup source of fuel is ketones, a type of fat, which the liver can extract from coconut oil.
Another fact regards the calcium in the brain. Apparently, we can have too much calcium in our brains. The calcium imbalance in the brain shows up in autopsies for Schizophrenia, Huntington's, Parkinsons, and Alzheimer's. Too much unregulated calcium in the brain results in inflammation. For Alzheimer's, damage from calcium imbalance starts in the hippocampus. In Parkinson's, the damage from the calcium imbalance results in the loss of the ability to make dopamine.
According to one doctor, Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, Alzheimer's is often misdiagnosed in about 50% of the cases. The doctors do say that each person is different and their reactions will be different.
We have two tables. One table is about the various practitioners and come from a variety of medical disciplines. The second table covers the methods or substances that can offer assistance.
|Dr. Ronald Hoffman, MD||New York City|
|Dr. Farhang Khosh, ND||Lawrence, KS|
|Dr. Gary Klingsber, DO, MD||Englewood, NJ|
|Dr. Gail Lowenstein, MD||New York State|
|Dr. Jeffrey Morrison, MD||New York City|
|Dr. Tara Payman, ND||Tempe, AZ|
|Dr. Fred Pescatore, MD||New York City|
|Dr. Eric Udell, ND||Tempe, AZ|
|Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, MD||Glen Burnie, MD|
|Substance||Information about the Substance|
|Coconut Oil:||Coconut oil can improve cholesterol levels, raising HDL and lowering LDL; improve insulin and utilization of glucose; assists with digestion and absorption of nutrients; reduces inflammation and protect against osteoporosis. Coconut contains MCT, MCT means medium chain triglyceridess, a type of fat that is absorbable by the body without the need for enzymes. (Note: For more information about coconut, see the section covering coconut.)|
|Curcumin:||Curcumin is a compound found in a spice called tumeric. This spice is used in Indian cooking. Curcumin is found to help break down brain plaque. It also provides relief from joint pain. (Check with health care practitioner if taking a blood thinner medication.)|
|Energy Revitalization System||This is a powdered nutritional formula containing over fifty substances created by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum. This reduces the need to take multiple nutritional supplements.|
|Huperzine A:||Huperzine A is a plant extract, a health-giving, alkaloid compound extracted from the Chinese Moss plant (Herperzia serrata.) It works by suppressing the enzyme AChE, an enzyme that caused problems, breaking down acetylcholine, in Alzheimer's patients. It is a AChE inhibitor. This plant extract is an antioxidant, protects nerve cells, and wards off brain plaque damage. It can also help those with vascular dementia.|
|Lion's Mane:||This a mushroom with medicinal properties, energizes brain neurons. As we age, NGF (nerve growth factor) declines. In treating Alzheimer's, the brain needs more NGF. The Lion's Mane mushroom contains substances that can facilitate the growth of NGF.|
|Low Inflammation diet:||This diet eliminates sugar and simple carbs; eat primarily vegetables and proteins; and some complex carbs. Also, it is important to check for food sensitivities: gluten intolerance, milk intolerance, and yeast issues.|
|Ketogenic diet:||It is a low carb, high fat eating plan, forces the body into ketosis; and elevates the levels of ketones into the blood stream. This diet can help with Type I and II diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Huntington's disease, and Lou Gehrig's|
|Mangosteen:||Mangosteen is an Asian tropical fruit about the size of a tangerine grown in Thailand. It can be used as a juice and is available as as supplement. It is a powerful antioxidant.|
|Methylene Blue or Rember:||It is a dye that improves the mitochondrial function and targets the neurofibrillary tangles characteristic of Alzheimer's. Rember is a dressed version of methylene blue. (Note: Author tells you that this can be prescribed by holistic physicians and made by compounding pharmacies. where this can be purchased. It turns urine blue.)|
|Phosphatidylserine (PS):||Phosphatidylserine is a phospholipid, a class of fatty nutrients that maintains healthy cell membranes and speeds transmission of messages between brain cells. It helps with memory. The body manufactures PS, but also gets it from eggs and organ meats.|
|Prevagen:||Prevagen is a preparation that includes an active ingredient called apoaequorin, a substance in found in jelly fish. It keeps the brain cells alive longer and has a 50% reduction in cellular death.|
|Pycnogenol:||A pine bark extract and an antioxidant that supports blood flow to the brain. It also acts an anti-inflammatory agent. It helps protect neuronal cells from amyloid b-induced damage. (Use caution if using Coumadin or other blood thining medications.)|
Information is included on how prescription and over the counter medications interfere and reduce the body's vitamin levels, especially the B vitamins. There is also information on how some of the other nutrients, especially vitamins, can help those suffering from Alzheimer's, dementia, and Parkinsons. The authors address as to what is a optimum and better diet to follow. This book includes internet and other resources. (Added 10/15/2012)
Vitamins and minerals tend to be nutrients that people consider to be needed for optimum human health. Below we have a resource that covers the role of amino acids in human health. (Added 04/21/2013)
The Healing Nutrients Within: Facts, Findings, and New Research on Amino Acids (1987) by Eric Braverman, MD with Carl Pfeiffer, MD, PhD. (Publisher: Keats)
This resource covers the various roles amino acids play in human health. The authors use medical terminology
as well as biochemical language regarding amino acids. The research shows fascinating possibilities
and information. This book was written in 1987, new information as well as clarification should now be available.
Amino acids are designated as essential or non-essential. Essential amino acids are those that are needed in the diet for human health. In a number of instances, vitamin B6 is needed for the proper absorption and metabolism of amino acid. Basically, the non-essential amino acids can be created or reformed by the essential amino acids. The authors also address what they call inborn errors; for some individuals, their bodies show abnormal levels of amino acids (too low or too high). Amino acids also play a role in the detoxification process, in supporting the immune system, and speeding the healing following surgery.
There is definitely more up-to-date information covering amino acids. Monosodium glutamate (msg) and aspartame, both of which are not healthy for anyone are covered in a more up-to-date resource/book written by Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD called Excitotoxins: the taste that kills (1997). It covers the role of msg (monosodium glutamate) and aspartame (an artifical sweetener) in more detail.
Amino acids play a role in the following health conditions:
|Amino Acid||Basic role(s)||Essential||Category|
|Alanine||Found in muscle and part of the glucose metabolism
Plays a role in:
|Essential, conditional||Threonine amino acids|
|Arginine||Involved in ammonia build and excretion, as well as DNA, polyamine and creatine synthesis
Plays a role in:
|Essential, conditional||Urea cycle amino acids|
|Aspartic acid-Asparagine||Role in urea cycle and DNA metabolism, a major excitory neurotransmitter,
needs vitamin B6
Plays a role in:
|Essential, conditional||Glutamate amino acids|
|Carnitine||Transport fat into the mitochondria of muscle cells, including the heart, for oxidation
Plays a role in:
|Essential, conditional||Important Metabolities|
|Cysteine||Important in energy metabolism; structural component of tissues and hormones
Plays a role in:
|Essential||Sulfur amino acids|
|Glycine||Involved in the body's production of DNA, phospholipids, and collagen, and in release of
Plays a role in:
|Nonessential||Threonine Amino Acids|
|GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid)||A neurotransmitter in the brain
Plays a role in:
|Essential, conditional||Glutamate amino acids|
|Glutamic Acid||Is a stimulant neurotransmitter||Essential, conditional||Glutamate amino acids|
|Glutathione||A coenzyme in various enzymatic reactions, also important in red and white cell
blood cell formation and throughout the immune system, treatment of lead and other heavy metal poisoning
Plays a role in:
|Not applicable||Sulfur amino acids|
|Histidine||An essential amino acid for infants, not for adults
Plays a role in:
|Essential||Amino acid with important metabolites|
|Homocysteine||Excess homocysteine can cause psychosis and mental retardation
Plays a role in:
|Essential, conditional||Sulfur amino acids|
|Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine||Leucine works with fats, Valine works with carbohydrates,
and Isoleucine works with both fats and carbohydrates
Plays a role in:
|Essential (all)||Branched chain amino acids|
|Lysine||Helps with growth and the immune system
Plays a role in:
|Essential||Amino acid with important metabolites|
|Methionine||Treatment for some forms of depression, schizophrenia, and Parkinson's disease
Play a role in:
|Essential||Sulfur amino acids|
|Ornithine||Useful in a variety of health issues, realses growth hormone
Plays a role in:
|Not applicable||Urea cycle amino acids|
|Proline and Hydroxyproline||Highly concentrated throughout the body, except in the cerebrospinal
Plays a role in:
|Essential, conditional||Glutamate amino acids|
|Phenylalanine||Precursor of neurotransmitters called catecholamines
Plays a role in:
|Essential||Aromatic amino acids|
|Serine||Too much serine can cause problems
Plays a role in:
|Essential, conditional||Threonine amino acids|
|Taurine||Needed for pre-term and infants
Play a role:
|Essential||Threonine amino acids|
|Threonine||Abundant in human plasma (blood)
Plays a role in:
|Essential||Threonine amino acids|
|Tryptophan||Precursor of serotonin, an neurotransmitter
Plays a role in:
|Essential||Aromatic amino acids|
|Tyrosine||Located in both the brain and in muscle
Plays a role in:
|Nonessential||Aromatic amino acids|
The literature makes references to anti-aging medicine. This is a new area of medicine that explores the aging process that occurs in body and the
ways to reverse the aging process, focusing on nutrition, supplementation, and correcting the hormonal imbalance. It means addressing the various health
issues that become more common as we age. Changes do occur in our bodies as we become older. It can also be referred to as advanced medicine.
However, anti-aging is more descriptive.
One resource explains the various aspects of anti-aging medicine. It is called Bombshell, written by Suzanne Somers. It is a bombshell of medical information and readable from a laymen's point of view. The second resource, called Breakthrough, covers some of the issues associated with aging and the developments available for bodies experiencing aging, also written by Suzanne Somers. She interviewed the doctors and other individuals active in this field of medicine. These resources also touch on the changes that are experienced as we age.
A third resource written by Dr. Philip L. Miller, MD with Monica Reinagel is called The Life Extension Revolution. While this resource includes some of the information mentioned by Suzanne Somers, it offers more detail as to the type of treatments and nutritional supplementation that can be done stop and even reverse the aging process. Ultimately, the goal of anti-aging medicine is to maintain optimum health despite our age. (Note: The services of an anti-aging physician are needed.) (Added 04/08/2012, Updated 09/08/2016 and 06/10/2016)
Bombshell: explosive medical secrets that will redefine aging (2012) by Suzanne Somers (Publisher: Crown Publishing)
Suzanne Sommers interviewed healthcare practitioners who provide anti-aging medical care and/or do research in this area. It is an
exciting area of medicine and opens new frontiers. It can be called physiologic medicine. The basic premise that is needed for optimum health begins
with a clean and nutritious diet, reduced exposure to toxins and detoxification, nutritional supplementation, hydration (drinking clean water), and other
First, there a number of terms discussed in this book. The highlighted terms are:
Second, factors that accelerate aging are: mitchondrial dysfunction, loss of mitochondria, hormone imbalance, excess calcification, fatty acid
imbalance, DNA mutation, immune dysfunction, enzyme imbalance, excitotocity, circulatory deficity, loss of youthful gene expression, loss of insulin
sensitivity. Smoking and drinking alcohol accerate aging.
Third, we cover briefly information about the various systems and topics in the body.
|Bone health||Strong bones require the following minerals: boron, magnesium, zinc, manganese, Vitamin D, and Vitamin K2.|
|Brain health||When wastes (beta-amyloid, tau protein, and neurofibrillary tangle) in the brain are not successfully removed, higher risk for Alzheimers. Proper levels of testerone for men and estrogen for women helps with waste removal from brain cells.|
|Cancer||Curcumin, an inhibitor for mTOR, helps fight cancer (from the spice tumeric). Glutamate which includes MSG is not good for those dealing with cancer. Avoid the omega-6 oils. Cancer protective genetic switches get turned off and cancer occurs, called epigenetic control. Also, there are people resistant to cancer.|
|Cardiovascular health||Other factors need monitoring besides cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL. They are: fibrinogen, C-reactive protein, and hormonal imbalances. Those with congestive heart failure may benefit from: acetyl-L-carnitine, taurine, a special form of Coenzyme Q10 called ubiquinol, and DHEA. High consumption of sugar and processed carbohydrates, omega 6 oils, are factors in atherosclerosis.|
|Digestion||People who take acid blocking agents, their stomachs will not be able to digest and absorb minerals. Food intolerances and food allergies can affect or cause dementia.|
|Hormonal health||The correct testosterone levels are needed for optimum health in men. Signs of testosterone deficiency include: sleeping during the day in his easy chair, big belly heaving, shoulders sloping, enlarged prostate gland, and grumpiness. It also leads to accelerated aging and higher risk for elevated cholesterol, heart attacks, strokes, dementia, and diabetes. Sleep deprivation reduces testerone levels. Testesterone actually has a protective effect against prostate cancer. Low estrogen makes the menopausal women crave sugar.|
|Obesity||One cause is the high levels of excitotoxins, additives added to foods. One is MSG, monosodium glutamate. Another one is aspartame, an artificial sweetener added to diet sodas.|
|Toxins||Mineral analysis from hair, blood, and urine can show toxin levels. In addition to nutritional and mineral supplementation, need to remove toxins (Source: Dr. Garry Gordon, MD, DO.)|
Breakthrough: 8 steps to wellness (2008) by Suzanne Somers (Publisher: Crown Publishers)
This book opens up with a quote from Benjamin Rush, MD, a personal physician to George Washington and the
first American president. Dr. Rush was also a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He said that our country
was founded on the rights for all of us to experience religious freedom. Our rights also need to be expanded to
include medical freedom, the right to choose the type of medical care that we believe is most appropriate.
A number of topics are covered in detail.
A major topic is hormones. Apparently, hormones decrease with age. When testing for hormones, for example in your seventies, what is normal or common for people in their seventies, this level will not support optimum health. The readings need to match levels seen in people in their twenties, that will present optimum health.
The major hormones are:
The minor hormones are:
Suzanne Somers, by consulting with the major medical experts, explains the roles hormones play. Europe has been using bioidentical hormones for the past fifty years. There are major differences in using bioidentical hormones versus synthetic hormones. Synthetic hormones do not work as bioidentical hormones. In too many cases, synthetic hormones cause harm. Addressing hormone health can reduce a number of health issues experienced by older people. Dr. Thierry Hertoghe, MD, from Belgium is known as the father of bioidentical hormone. With bioidentical hormone treatment, the person's experiences a great improvement in their health and we can reduce costs associated with aging. It is important to assess both lab results as well as clinical symptoms in the patients. Sometimes, they are inconsistent. Correcting the hormonal balance can correct cholesterol levels and get people off statin drugs. An explanation on the problems associated with statin drugs and what factors cause heart attacks are provided. Bioidentical hormones can reduce the incidence of Alzheimer's. Low testosterone levels means earlier death. For an enlarged prostate and prostate cancer, the progesterone levels need to be checked. In testing for testosterone levels, it is important to assess total levels, free levels, and bioavailable levels for a more accurate assessment of how much testosterone is really useable in the body. A portion of testosterone is bound to a sex hormone calls SHBG, sex hormone binding globulin.
Our bodies can have the following toxins:
Steps to detoxification include:
One of the highlights is information on glutamate. High levels of glutamate are found in autistic children. Glutamate is different from glutamine. Causes of high cholesterol is covered. Problems with fluoride is also covered. The role of MSG in gross obesity is covered. Regular supplementation of probiotics is needed as dairy and meats can include residues of antibiotics. Structured water is covered. As we age, our cells become smaller. It becomes harder for regular water to enter and leave the cells. Structured water makes this easier for water to enter and leave the cells. Sea salt is 97% minerals. Spices have therapeutic value, too. They are listed, including tumeric.
Dr. Robin Smith, MD discusses the three types of stem cells, fetal, umbilical, and adult stem cells. The possibilities of what these stem cells can cover are addressed. They can be used for heart disease, hair growth, orthopedic uses in joints such as knee replacements. People can store their stem cells when they are health and have them in a storage environment designed to preserve the cells.
Nanotechnology is covered, with the use of patches. There are several types: glutathione patch (helps with detoxification), carnosine patch (repairs cells), sleep patches, and pain patches.
Eight steps are listed to get well. They are:
Allopathic medicine, according to Dr. Eric Braverman, MD doesn't pay attention to brain health and function and doesn't really pay attention
to the complete range of hormones. Instead of looking at the whole picture of human health, healthcare focuses on specialization.
This is a great resource, over 400 pages, on understanding the various issues associated with our health, what is not good for us, that are occurring in medicine, and what is beneficial for us. It includes a resource directory, recommended reading, studies, and index.
(Editor's note: When the costs of nursing home care per month runs between $6,000 to $8,000 a month in the United States, much of it funded by taxpayers, wouldn't it make more sense to provide health care coverage from our health insurance companies to cover anti-aging or advanced medicine. This is known as medical public economics. Our current United States healthcare system pays only specific medical procedures, which may or may not be effective. When healthcare insurance will only pay for specific procedures and protocol, does this allow freedom of choice for the patient, as well as freedom of choice for health care practitioners, especially those interested in nutritional and alternative medicine? Furthermore, paying for procedures that do not result in a positive outcome, this raises everyone's medical costs, especially when we are funding "disease medicine". If these procedures can be implementated as regular form of healthcare, supported by today's health insurance companies, by medicare and medicaid, we can perhaps reduce the need for nursing home expenditures. At the same time, reduce the incidence of disability and improve the quality of life and functional health. Also, some of these protocols may benefit children with biochemical imbalances and display learning disabilities, emotional disorders, and behaviorial problems.)(Added 09/8/2012)
The Life Extension Revolution: the new science of growing older without aging (2005) by Philip Lee Miller, MD with Monica Reinagel. (Publisher: Bantam) (Added 06/10/2016
This resource written by Dr. Philip Lee Miller, MD with Monica Reinagel offers a professional perspective on anti-aging medicine. Anti-aging medicine consists of the following:
Under the anti-aging protocol, we have a list of factors that are considered biomarkers of aging. They are:
Dr. Miller also lists the various factors that play a role in the aging process. They are:
This resources covers in detail hormones. Hormones are chemical messages that control every biological process in the body. A major difference between anti-aging medicine versus allopathic and conventional medicine, is that anti-aging seeks optimum levels as opposed to what is a range found for various age groups or cohorts. In supplementing hormones, hormones used need to be as biologically close as to what is found in the body. Synthetic hormones do not work in the same way as bioidentical hormones in the human body. Also, between various hormone levels, they need to be in a certain ratio, like the ratio of copper to zinc. Ratios need to be checked between testosterone versus estrogen as well as estradiol versus free testosterone. It is recommended that hormones be checked once a year. Below is a table listing some of the hormones:
|Information about hormones from an anti-aging medical perspective|
|Cortisol||High levels of cortisol causes a number of problems, including raising the blood sugar.|
|DHEA||DHEA is considered to be an anti-aging hormone at it promotes renewal and replacement of tissues. It also:
|Estrogen||Three types of estrogen exists, Estrone (E1), Estradiol (E2), and Estriol (E3). Estrogen deficiency manifests itself a number of ways, including loss of skin firmness and elasticity, dry skin, reduced feeling of wellbeing, memory loss and accelerated bone loss. The authors talk about balanced estrogen therapy, which uses all three types of estrogen. Estrogen dominance is not good especially for men. It can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes in men as well as inflammation of the prostate (BPH).|
|Growth Hormone||This hormone declines with age, definitely by age 60. Conventional medicine considers low growth hormone levels in older patients to be "normal". Anti-aging medicine believes that growth hormone levels should correspond to levels found at younger ages. Increasing the growth hormone levels can reverse the aging process. It is tricky to measure growth hormone levels as it pulses 5 to 6 times a day in younger people and for older people, 2 to 3 times a day. Insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) is a major marker for the growth hormone level. (Note: Professional medical guidance is needed with this hormone.)|
|Pregnenolone||This hormone helps boosts progesterone.|
|Progesterone||Progesterone plays a role in reducing the proliferation of cancerous breast cells. It also helps brain function and bone health. For men, progesterone helps them, too, with bone loss, prostate health, and sexual function.|
|Sex Hormones||Sex hormones decline in mid-life.|
|Testosterone||Testosterone is an energizing hormone. Symptoms of low testosterone can manifest itself as depression, fatigue, and loss of libido. It can help with mood and can keep the cholesterol and blood pressure down. Different types of testosterone exist. One that is a problem for prostate cancer growth is testosterone metabolite DHT.|
|Thyroid hormones||Thyroid plays a number of roles including fatigue, weight gain, cold hands and feet, and more susceptibility to colds and infections. The authors cover in detail the role of the various thyroid hormones. This includes TSH, T4, and T3, reverse T3, and thyroid antibodies.|
Some concepts are explored in this resource, especially to prevent the onset of disease at the cellular level. They are:
|Concepts pertaining to anti-aging medicine|
|Collagense||An enzyme that breaks down collagen. Cells become less responsive with age to signals that tell them to increase production of fresh collagen.|
|Free Radicals||This is a term for one or more unpaired elections orbiting around molecules and looking for another electron to restore its equilibrium. Free radicals can steal electrons from nearby stable molecules. This can cause molecules to function improperly.|
|Glycation||Glycation is a chemical reaction in which the molecules of sugar and protein are tangled up, resulting in deformed and non-functioning molecules. Glycated proteins
have a tendency to fuse together, a process known as cross-linking. This causes the body's tissues to become increasingly stiff and tough. Glycated proteins produce
cellular toxins known as advanced glycation end products or AGEs. It plays a role in:
|Homocysteine||Homocysteine are a more accurate risk measure for potential heart attack risk instead of cholesterol. Elevated homocysteine levels are associated with:
|Inflammation, Chronic||Other authors have addressed the chronic or systemic inflammation on this website. It is considered a hidden cause of disease. Below is a listing:
|Methylation||Proper methylation is essential for health. Methylation is the transfer of a methyl group (one atom of carbon attached to three atoms of hydrogen) from one molecule to anther.
|Oxidation||Oxidative stress is like our cells rusting, like car rusts. Oxidative stress occurs on four levels:
The testing protocol covers hormone profiles (male and female), tests on reversible risk factors, and blood chemistry. Anti-aging medicine looks for results that supports optimum health, whereas conventional medicine looks at levels that define a disease state. As a guide, below is a table of the various types of tests performed to assess one's health status from an anti-aging or advanced medicne's point of view.
|Listing of tests for Anti-Aging Medicine or Advanced Medicine|
|Female Hormone Levels||Male Hormone Levels||Reversible Risk Factors||Blood Chemistry|
Part of the anti-aging process is to keep our brains healthy. The authors cover that as well as various supplements that can be used to keep our brains healthy and resist aging. Other supplements are covered for overall general health. A few herbs are mentioned. Their roles that they play is discussed. One interesting nutrient is carnosine, an amino acid peptide.
This is a great resource on ways to promote health. It points out an alternative means of maintaining health until it is time for us to go, instead of living with declining health as we become older. Detoxification is not covered. The concluding chapters talk about the future of medicine, including stem cell research and cryonic suspension as well as the political controversy associated with these protocols. While the concept of anti-aging medicine refers to older people, it can be used to address people of all ages, especially those who are not experiencing optimum health. This book includes resources, references, and an index. It needs to be noted that as this book was written about ten years ago, more information has become available relating to anti-aging medicine. (Added 09/10/2016)
Website for Dr. Philip Lee Miller, MD and Anti-aging Medicine:
Antibiotics have been used successfully to treat a number of infections, some of which are life threatening. However, the overuse of antibiotics has led to the rise of superbugs, bacteria that causes infections (or health conditions) and are becoming increasingly untreatable by antibiotics. We have one resource that deals with this topic and offers alternatives to pharmaceutical type of antibiotics. It is really a reference book and covers herbal plants or medicinal plants. This website covers a section on Medicinal Plants. (Added 02/02/2018)
Herbal Antibiotics: natural alternatives for treating drug-resistant bacteria, 2nd edition (2012) by Stephen Harrod Buhner. (Publisher: Storey Publishing) (Added 02/02/2018)
Plant based medicines have been dealing with bacteria much longer than pharmaceutical based antibiotics. Plants were humanity's primary medicine. The following qualities of these plants are:
Complications from surgery is often caused by multi-drug resistant infections. Much of the antibiotics is used on livestock, such as cattle, pigs, and chickens. However, the use of antibiotics is leading to resistant bacteria. Bacteria is one of the oldest forms of life on this planet. Bacteria is able to change the permeability of their cellular membrane, altering the doorways that let in outside substances into the cell. This makes it harder for antibiotics to sneak inside their cells. Bacteria have the ability to alter their internal structure as well and causing the antibiotic to become ineffective. Bacteria also have the ability to destroy the antibody and remove the antibiotic substance as well. It turns out that bacteria have the ability to communicate with each other, sharing information on how to resist specific substances. When the DNA within the bacteria cells gets damaged, the cells begins to repair the damage. Animal farming (known as factory farms) and flies are another source of pathogenic animal bacteria. Farmed raised fish such as catfish, salmon, and trout are given antibiotics. The author talks in detail about the various strains as well as sources of contamination. Below is a partial listing of these strains:
There are two types of bacteria, based on their cellular structure. They are:
One type of infection that has become increasingly resistant to antibiotics is MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). It has been found to be a factor in:
Below is a table that this book addresses in detail various types of bacteria.
|Types of Bacteria Discussed in this Resource|
The author indicates that the rest of the world are finding problems with following western medicine's protocol and use of pharmaceutical drugs, especially antibiotics. They follow a plant based approach to treating infections, mostly herbs. The author lists these herbs in four categories. They are:
|Listing of Beneficial Herbs|
|Facilitative or Synergistic Herbs||
|Strengthening the Immune System||
As this is a second edition, the second edition contains more up-to-date information, than what was written in the first edition. This reference offers solutions to counteracting the rise of superbugs, bacteria that is not treatable by existing pharmaceutical based antibiotics. It is a reference book that has a place in every medical library, in the library of healthcare professionals, and others who are interested in exploring other options. This book has a chapter on preparing specific remedies. Another chapter covers herbal formulary. It has endnotes, recommended reading, resources, bibliography, and an index. (Added 02/02/2018)
Arthritis has to do with inflammation of our joints and this affects our ability to move around. It is also one of the most
common disorders people have and a major cause of disability. It occurs more frequently as people become older.
We have four resources that address the issue of arthritis from different perspectives. Penny Kendall-Reed, ND and Stephen Reed, MD cover the various approaches to treating arthritis. Dr. David Brownstein, MD has written a book that explains the development of arthritis due to the fact that the immune system is less able to perform at an optimum level. This theoretical approach can be used towards other health conditions. Ellen Kamhi, Ph.D, and Eugene R. Zampieron, ND have written a detailed resource on the alternative approaches to treating arthritis. We have a fourth resource covering arthritis by Dr. Bruce Fife, a naturopathic physician, called The New Arthritis Cure. We have a fifth resource on arthritis and suggestions on how to deal with it by Mark Wiley, OMD, PhD. It is Arthritis Reversed.
Arthritis: Reverse Underlying Cause of Arthritis and Clinically Proven Alternative Therapties, 2nd ed. (2006) by Ellen Kamhi and Eugene R. Zampieron. (Publisher: Celestial Arts)
Healing Arthritis: Complementary Naturopathic, Orthopedic & Drug Treatments (2004) by Penny Kendall-Reed and Stephen Reed. (Publisher: CCNM Press)
This book covers the various treatments for arthritis. One section of this book details the various natural supplements that alleviate arthritis.
Overcoming Arthritis (2001) by David Brownstein, MD. (Publisher: Medical Press Publisher)
Dr. David Brownstein, MD offers the theoretical approach as to why we develop health conditions such as arthritis. He also suggest treatment approaches that can be used not only for arthritis, but also to other health issues such as fibromylagia and chronic fatigue syndrome, and other autoimmune disorders. This approach is designed to support the immune system, and the alleviate the underlying cause of arthritis. This approach differs from the allopathic approach that prescribes a specific medication or procedure to address the symptoms of arthritis. However, this approach does not necessarily address the underlying cause for arthritis. Dr. Brownstein's approach is looking at the whole picture, the holistic point of view. The holistic approach addresses:
|1. Nutrition and diet||The nutrients found in nutrient dense foods can enable the immune system and the body to function more effectively.|
|2. Nutritional Supplementation||Nutritional supplements supplements the nutrients found in foods and speeds up the healing process. Nutritional deficiencies are commonly found in people suffering from chronic illness. Most common deficiencies are: vitamins B6 and B12, vitamin D, magnesium, essential fatty acids (omega 3) and selenium. Dr. Brownstein recommends B Complex, B6, B12, vitamin D, magnesium, essential fatty acids (omega 3) and selenium for nutritional supplementation. For those suffering from arthritis, many benefit from glucosamine sulfate and chondroiten sulfate. Glucosamine sulfate is amino acid derivative and a building block of cartilage. Chondroiten sulfate is a component of cartilage. It helps to use both substances together. Hair analysis and serum (blood) testing can measure nutritional status.|
|3. Balancing the hormonal system||Various hormones need to be at an optimum level in order for the body to heal. Patients suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome have imbalances or inadequate levels in their hormonal systems. Note: Dr. Brownstein has written a book about hormonal health. Hormonal evaluation needs to cover: thyroid, adrenal, ovarian, and testicular systems. When the right levels of hormones are missing, this will cause the immune system to function less effectively.|
|4. Detoxification||Sources of toxins are pesticides, heavy metals such as mercury, and hydrocarbons. Dr. Brownstein has found that patients suffering from chronic illness have elevated levels of toxins in their bodies. The liver plays a major role in changing toxic substances to less toxic and getting them ready to be excreted from the body via urine, sweat, and feces. However, with the detox pathways become overwhelmed with exposture to chemicals, the toxins begin to accumulate in the body's tissues/cells. As the toxin levels increase, the immune system is less able to function effectively and illness develops. Those with arthritis are found to have a poorly functioning liver. Toxic levels can be measured by an hair analysis test. A more sensitive test is a urine challenge testing. As for mercury, mercury is toxic to the DNA, blocks enzyme functions, decreases protein synthesis, and has been found to be linked to Alzheimer's and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).|
|5. Underlying Infection||Dr. Brownstein has discovered that infections can play an underlying role in arthritis. Among the sixteen infections listed, some of these infections are: candida, fungi, mycobacterium tuberculosis, mycoplasma, neisseria, staphylococcus aurea, and streptococcus. One of these infections, mycoplasma, becomes deeply embedded into the body's tissues and is difficult to identify. One way to identify mycoplasma infection is through antibody testing. Another type of testing is Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) can identify mycoplasma infection. Underlying infections can be found in patients with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Untreated chronic infection can exhausted immune system. Treatment may include a short term of IV antibiotic.|
|6. Food and environmental allergies||Allergies need to be screened. This includes foods, drugs, and environmental substances (dust, mold, grass). Screening for allegies can be done by using an electro-dermal system.|
|7. Hydration||With water being the number one substance in our bodies, we need to be drinking clean water. Ninety percent of the patients with chronic illnes were found to be dehydrated. Signs of dehydration include: fatigue, dry tongue, coated tongue, vertical ridge in nails, dry skin, and poor skin elesticity.|
The New Arthritis Cure: eliminate arthritis and fibromylgia pain permanently (2009) by Dr. Bruce Fife. (Publisher: Piccadilly Books, Ltd.). (Added 11/04/2016)
As more than 50 % of Americans over the age of 65 experience arthritis, this resource offers a different perspective and causes behind this health condition. Arthritis is a world wide health issue, too. Arthritis consists of a hundred different types of diseases. According to Dr. Bruce Fife, infection can be a source triggering arthritis. Infection can also be triggering fibromyalgia, as well, except the target organ is the central nervous system, instead of the joints. A number of health conditions can trigger arthritis. They are:
The author explains what our joints are. A joint is where two bones meet. The human body has 206 bones and 230 movable joints. Three types of joints exist. They are:
Arthritis can be one of two types, acute infectious arthritis or it can be chronic infectious arthritis. Antiobiotics will with help with acute conditions, but not with chronic conditions. It is hard to identify infection. For chronic conditions, a major culprit appears to be with our teeth. If they are not healthy, they can be a source of infection that spreads to our joints. Oil pulling using coconut oil can reduce the level of problematic bacteria, reducing the flow of infectious bacteria into the body. Oral infections also affect blood chemistry. Periodontal disease (gums) is actually arthritis of the teeth.
While in severe cases, joint replacement surgery is done. However, there are shortcomings with this protocol.
|Various Concepts Relating to Arthritis|
|Cholesterol||Cholesterol is actually needed by the body to repair any damage to the artery walls.|
|Fats||Dr. Fife goes into considerable detail about the health problems associated with polyunsaturated and hydrogenated fats. It definitely has an impact on arthritis. He also covers which fats are healthier for you like olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil (prepared a certain way), animal fats, and butter. Fats are needed by the body to absorb fat soluable vitamins.|
|Inflammation||Dr. Fife lists a diet and foods that can reduce inflammation, including bromelain. Dr. Andrew Weil, MD suggests tumeric/curcumin with a dosage of 400 to 600 mg three times a day with meals.|
|Joint Anatomy||Each joint has the following components:
|Low Carb Whole Foods Diet||A low carb whole foods diet can help reduce oral infections. These foods include:
|Nutrition||Good nutrition helps the body to fight arthritis.|
|Rebuilding Damaged Joints Through Nutrition||Two nutrients that are helpful. They are:
|Toxic Shock Syndrome||Tampons can trigger toxic shock syndrome, as well, especially when tampons are left in the body for too long a period of time.|
|Types of Arthritis||Arthritis affects most commonly the knees, the wrists, elbows, fingers, toes, hips, and shoulders. Common forms of arthritis are:
Dr. Bruce Fife offers a seven step plan in treating arthrits. It is:
|Seven Step Treatment Plan in Treating Arthritis|
|Step One||As a number of other health care practitioners indicated, your body's health begins with the health of your teeth and mouth. Oil pulling using coconut oil is one way to minimize the the exposure of bacteria and other unfriendly cells to your body and reduce the load on your immune s ystem.|
|Step Two||Fighting systemic infection can be done eatng coconut oil. For an active infection, eat 3 to 4 tablespoons of coconut oil. for a maintenance dose, take 1 to 3 tablespoons of coconut oil on a daily basis.|
|Step Three||Following an anti-arthritis diet help one's joints.|
|Step Four||Taking nutritional supplements to rebuild the joints as well as strengthen the immune system.|
|Step Five||Exercise and motion is important in treating arthritis. Motion helps deliver nutrients to the joints as well as remove wastes and toxins away from the joints. A great type of exercise is using the rebounder, a small type of trampoline. It is beneficial for everyone.|
|Step Six||Extra and excess weight places additional stress on the joints. In this case, it is important to lose that excess weight.|
|Step Seven||Step seven deals with inflammation and the need to calm down inflammation.|
This is a great resource to work with in combatting arthritis. The author has written a book entirely about oil pulling, called Oil Pulling Therapy, which has been reviewed for this website. The book includes references and an index. Two other books written by Dr. Bruce Fife have been reviewed for this website. They are: Coconut Cures and The Detox Book. (Added 11/04/2016)
Arthritis Reversed: Ground Breaking 30-Day Arthritis Relief Plan, 2 ed. (2014) by Mark Wiley, OMD, PhD. (Publisher: Tambuli Media)
The author, Dr. Mark Wiley has written a resource on how to deal and resolve arthritis issues. Dr. Wiley has training in both oriental and alternative medicine. He himself experienced arthritis and severe joint pain and he was able to heal himself. There are two main types of arthritis, one is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and the other is Osteoarthritis (OA). A third type of arthritis is Juvenile Arthritis which affects children 16 and under. It is noted that over 50 million Americans have some form of arthritis. He outlines the following Arthritis Relief Action Plan:
Below is a table covering some of the concepts and issues relating to arthritis:
|Various Issues Relating to Arthritis|
|Bodywork||Bodywork therapies include massaging.|
|Diet and Nutrition||Both diet and nutrition play an important role in dealing with arthritis, to help with healing. Natural therapies have been found to be helpful, less dangerous, and need more time to work. Specific foods can definitely increase inflammation (and they are listed). It is important to eat healthy foods and basically avoid processed foods. One type of food that is healthy are the mushrooms.|
|Drug Treatment||A number of drugs used to treat arthritis including cortisone are toxic to the body. They unfortunately mask the symptoms. Cox-2 inhibitors have been found to increase the risk for heart attacks and strokes.|
|Electromagnetic Radiation||The author talks about electromagnetic radiation. There are a number of issues.
|Energy Medicine||Various forms of energy medicine including Reiki, Polarity Therapy, Quantum Touch, QiGong Therapy, Acupuncture, and others.|
|Exercise||The right type of exercise is needed for arthritis. Excessive exercise can stress and damage the joints. Stretching, mindful walking, and yoga are beneficial. Other types of exercises are addressed.|
|Hydration||Hydration is another work for drinking enough clean water. It helps the body to flush toxins out of the kidneys and the body. It helps the body to achieve homeostasis and it helps with emptying the bowels.|
|Natural Supplements||The author covers in detail various natural substances, nutrients, and herbs that can help deal with arthritis. Below is a partical listing:
|Osteoarthritis||Calcification can be reversed and the damaged cartilage can be restored.|
|pH (acid vs alkaline)||Our bodies need the right levels of acid and alkaline in various areas of the body. It is not the same everywhere. It can affect the immune system as well.|
|Rheumatoid Arthritis||This type of arthritis is an autoimmune disease, a systemic disease, affecting the entire body. It is difficult to test. Not all people have the same symptoms.|
|Stress||Exposure to excessive stress can definitely play havoc on arthritis. It can increase levels of cortisols (which can make it harder to go to sleep), affect the autonomic nervous system from being balanced. Techniques are offered on ways of managing and reducing stress.|
|Trigger Points||Trigger points locks in toxins into muscle tissue, causing stiffnes, pain, and friction.|
|Tumeric (spice)||Tumeric is a herb and spice that contains curcumin which is known to reduce inflammation naturally without damaging the liver and kidneys. It is helpful for a number of health conditions.|
The author ends with an action plan that people can implement. References are listed at the end of each chapter. The appendix includes remedies that Traditional Chinese Medicine uses to treat arthritis. Basically, there is no one single magic bullet that can be used to treat arthritis. It offers hope, too, that we can heal from having arthritis. The healing process involves a number of approaches and it takes time. (Added 05/06/2020)
There are a lot of books on autism, ppd (pervasive development disorder), and ADD or ADHD. The first book written by William Shaw listed below talks about treatment options for autism and PDD. The treatment options can probably be used for individuals affected with ADD, ADHD, and learning disabilities. It can also be tried for individuals, especially children and teenagers, who have emotional challenges. The second book written by Jenn McCarth and Jerry Kartzinel, MD gives an excellent overview as well as the issues involved in dealing with the multi-faceted problems associated with autism spectrum disorder. It is a book that every family should have. The third book written by Billie Jay Sahley, Ph. D. addresses issues regarding ADD and ADHD. It details the role of amino acids in brain chemistry. ADD/ADHD are considered t o be part of the autism spectrum disorder. The fourth book by Jacuelyn McCandless, MD gives information about the theory and treatment of autism. A detailed book review has been written for this resource. The fifth book is a cookbook by Dr. Pamela J. Compart, MD and Dana Laake. The sixth book covers nutritional supplementation for children dealing with the autism spectrum disorder and written by Dr. Pamela J. Compart, MD and Dana Laake. (Updated 06/29/2012, updated 08/08/2013, updated 06/04/2014, updated 11/04/2014)
Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD (2002) by William Shaw (Publisher: Great Plains Laboratory)
Healing and Preventing Autism: a complete guide (2009) by Jenny McCarthy and Jerry Kartzinel, MD (Publisher: Dutton)
For parents seeking alternatives to the use of medications in treating a child on the autism spectrum disorder (ASD), this is an excellent resource. This book was written with the collaboration of a parent with a child with ASD working collaboratively with a physician who sought answers to help these children to heal. Each child is unique. Autism Spectrum Disorder is defined. It can include:
Three factors need to be taken into account when looking at the autism spectrum disorder issues. They are:
This is an excellent resource for parents seeking answers on how to help their children to recover and even heal. It is written in plain language. The chapter on protocols specifies various behaviors and what can be done to address them. There is information about various nutritional supplements as well as resources. It includes an index. (Added 06/17/2022)
Control Hyperactivity A.D.D. Naturally, revised 3rd edition (1996) by Billie Jay Sahley, Ph.D. (Publisher: Pain and Stress Publications)
This is a small book that highlights the role of amino acids along with nutrient therapy and diet to balance the brain chemistry for children with ADD or ADHD. Each child is biochemically unique. It also covers the side effects of using Ritalin on children. Ritalin is a schedule II drug, in the same category as morphine and opium. The amino acids that are discussed include: tryptophan, GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid), taurine, tyrosine, glycine, and l-glutamine. The minerals covered include magnesium, calcium, and zinc. The vitamins covered include the B vitamins (B3-niacinamide and B6-pyridoxine), vitamin C, and vitamin E. It has a bibliography.) (Added 9/21/2011)
Children with starving brains: a medical treatment guide for autism spectrum disorder, 2nd edition, updated 2004 (2003) by Jaquelyn McCandless, MD. (Publisher: Bramble Books) (Corrected 06/17/2022)
As the theory behind autism moves from unloving parents (untrue) to that of being a biomedical disorder, Dr. Jaquelyn McCandless, MD
explains the biomedical approach to treating autism. Dr. McCandless became the grandmother of a girl with autism. Dr. McCandless used her medical background
as a psychiatrist to finding and exploring ways to help her granddaughter overcome autism using the biomedical approach.
Autism is a complex medical disorder that involves multiple systems of the body. There is an interplay between the immune system, the gastrointestinal system, and the neurological system. system, Furthermore, each autistic child is also biochemically unique. It has nothing to do with bad parenting.
There are actually two types of autism, one is autism from birth. This is quite rare. The second type of autism, the more common type, is known as regressive autism. The child starts regressing usually after a series of vaccinations. The number of autism cases arose sharply after the implementation of the HebB vaccinations starting in 1991. (Note: It would be in the public interest for sources with no financial or research interests with the vaccine manufacturers to review the entire vaccination program. In fact, the levels of thimersol which contains mercury in vaccines exceeded the safety standards established by EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency (when it was in vaccines). See the section covering vaccinations on this website.)
It means looking at the following factors:
In the autism spectrum population, digestive disorders are common.
Treatment for autism consists of the following five strategies:
In treating autism, the best outcomes occur when treatment is started between 18 months and five years of age. In this case, the wait and see
attitude is not in the child's best interest. Detoxification takes longer in older children. Furthermore, some of the changes to the body become more
established in an older child. It becomes harder to correct and reverse the biological damage to the chld/adolescent/young adult with the autism
Dr. McCandless explains the Metallothionein theory. According to Dr. William Walsh, Ph.D. formerly with the Pfeiffer Treatment Center in Napersville, Illinois, a small peptide called "metallothionein" is the "missing link" in this disorder. This is found in the autism spectrum disorder. It is a protein with the following functions (page 32):
This book also refers the presence of opioids in autistic children. The more opioids present, the higher the degree of austistic symptoms.
Opioids come from the failure of the gut or digestive system to digest gluten and casein. These children may also have low levels of digestive
enzymes. Opioids are morphine-like substances and affect brain function. This may explain why some children have difficulty getting off the dairy products and gluten grains.
The SCD diet is briefly mentioned. SCD diet is a specific carbohydrate diet, without grains, lactose-free, and sucrose-free. Some parents have experienced success with this type of
diet for their children.
As far as treatment is concerned, there is no way of knowing ahead of time how the child will respond to treatment. It has been found that within the autism spectrum disorder, there are subgroups as to the type of treatment needed to treat the autism. Furthermore, the treatment can result one of the four types of outcomes:
(Note: One may want to read an article written by Tamara J. Mariea and George L. Carlo called "Wireless radiation in the etiology and treatment of Autism" covered in the
Electromagnetic Radiation section of this website.)
Furthermore, some of the testing and treatment protocols developed for the autism spectrum disorder might be useful for those suffering from other neurological disorders like Alzheimer's disease. Secondly, the health insurance companies in the United States may find that their costs can be reduced over the long term basis if they covered the various lab tests, developed and used to treat the autism spectrum disorder. Third, one of the most important lessons is that in order to treat the autism spectrum disorder, the whole system needs treatment. The allopathic approach to a specific piece of the picture and specialization represents a major weakness when it comes to treating autism. Fourth, everyone's health is intimately related to the level of toxins that exist in our environment, our air, and our food.
This is an excellent resource, explaining the theory, testing, and treatment for the autism spectrum disorder, using layman language as much as possible. It includes bibliographic resources and an index. (Added 06/29/2012)
The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook: the ultimate guide to the gluten-free, milk-free diet, 2nd ed. (2009) by Pamela J. Compart, MD and Dana Laake. (Publisher: Fair Winds Press).
While this resource is a cookbook with recipes for gluten and milk free foods, the real value of this book lies in the information parents and caregivers of children with ADHD and autism need to know in helping these children become healthier and overcome many (if not all) of the characteristics associated with ADHD and autism. This includes the issues behind autism. The authors define what is ADD/ADHD and autism. ADHD is a milder form of autism. It covers the role of diet and the benefits of doing an elimination diet.
The resource explains what a food allergy is (IgE reaction, fast reaction), food sensitivity (IgG reaction, delayed
reaction), and food intolerances (problems with the digestive process). The theory behind
opiate or opioid is explained and results in urine opiate peptide. When opiate like factors exist with certain foods,
it can be extremely difficult to wean children off these foods. Foods that can cause problems besides gluten and dairy
include soy, eggs, corn, and nuts.
The authors also cover briefly other types of diets. Below is a table:
|GAPS||Gut and Psychology Syndrome
It is the Specific Carbohydrate Diet along with the removal of milk casein.
|Oxalates||Low Oxalates Diet|
|Phenol Intolerance||Pheonol Sulfotransferace (PST) Deficiency|
|Salicylate Intolerance||Intolerance to Salicylates and also known as the Feingold Diet|
|Specific Carbohydrate Diet||Difficulty with different types of carbohydrates|
The authors also cover problems with yeast candida. Fiber and probiotics are important. The yeast releases toxic
chemicals and can contribute to a leaky gut.
The digestive process is covered. It includes digestion, absorption, transportation of nutrients to the tissues, utilization of nutrients by the tissues and cells, and higher nutritional needs caused by outside substances. Glycemic index and glycemic load are covered. Organic foods are better than non-organic foods.
Nutritional deficiencies are common in these children. They include the B vitamins, essential fatty acids, magnesium, and zinc. Zinc deficiency affects how food tastes to children.
Food cravings and addiction to wheat and dairy is quite strong for a number of these children and the authors list some of the strategies that can be used. The benefits of of doing an elimination food diet and various lab tests are discussed.
Helping these children to heal involves the entire family's support. This is a great resource. (Added 06/04/2014)
The ADHD and Autism Nutritional Supplement Handbook: the cutting edge biomedical approach to treating the underlying deficiencies and symptoms of ADHD and Autism (2013) by Dana Godbut Laake and Pamela J. Compart, M.D. (Publisher: Fair Winds Press)
This book discusses in detail the symptoms found in children with ADHD and/or autism. It includes the testing and nutritional supplementation that can address these symptoms, both physical and behaviorial. Dana Godbut Laake is a nutritionist with extensive knowledege and experience of the ADHD and autism condition and Dr. Pamela Compart, MD is a developmental pediatrician. The authors define what ADHD and autism is. Symptoms in these conditions can overlap. The main difference between ADHD and autism is the degree of severity. Autism is a much more serious condition, involves more systems in the body, and requires a more in-depth review of the child's biochemistry than for ADHD. The authors also state that each child is unique and treatment has to be tailored for that child. There are some general treatment guidelines that can be used as a start and have been found to beneficial. Then, there are more in-depth issues that can be explored for ongoing symptoms. The authors' approach is termed practice functional medicine and functional nutrition health, functional health, a concept that is geared to helping the particular patient to achieve health (as opposed to treating disease symptoms). They believe in the "do no harm" medical philosophy.
The authors discuss the two step process. The first step are general strategies and supplementation that can be used. This is discussed in detail. It is called the quick start approach. Tips on how to implement nutritional supplementation are provided. The following nutritional supplements have been found to help those in the autism spectrum disorder. They are:
The second step is a more detailed process. It requires the services and support of a healthcare practitioner knowledgeable about the health and testing issues associated with autism spectrum disosrder. A developmental pediatrician with post-graduate education in applied medical nutrition is the ideal medical professional.
The authors address various symptoms found in children with ADHD or autism, identifying and treating the underlying nutritional and biochemical issues. Included are the nutrients to address the issues and the dosage/amounts by the child's age are listed. The authors specify which types of nutritionals which can be used for a particular condition.
The authors also cover diet issues, and following the "do no harm" philosophy, removal of gluten (in grains), casein (milk protein), and soy products can be tried on a trial basis. In fact, pre-natal vitamins help mothers to have healthier babies, and reduce the incidence of autism, especially if they have a specific gene variant that causes folate deficiency. Also, information is provided on the various nutrients, which ones to use, how much, and their benefits. Pregnant mothers experiencing nausea in pregnancy may have a vitamin B6 deficiency. The following amino acids are discussed in depth: GABA, theanine, and taurine. Other nutrients covered include carnitine and co-enzyme Q10. Chapter 5 discusses interactions between medications, nutrients, and herbs.
Testing is covered. It turns out that the red cell blood testing is a more accurate test to use for magnesium and zinc, not the serum blood test. The use of digestive enzyme supplements is covered as many of these children have digestive issues. The authors also explain how the digestive system is supposed to work, issues associated with the digestive system, and which herbs are helpful. Protein is broken down into amino acids; and amino acids are broken down into peptides. The goals of the immune system are spelled out. Problems with the immune system can include the following:
The authors explain four mechanisms: methylation, sulfation, oxidation, and inflammation. Methylation and sulfation are involved with the detoxification process. Increase of substances and chemicals (foreign to our bodies) found in our environment places a heavier burden on the immune system and the detoxification process. Apparently, the release of histamine as an allergy reaction can affect the brain. Inflammation can occur in the intestines as well as in the brain.
This guide was written as a tool for parents and guardians to better understand and help their child(ren) with these disorders and work as an informed partner with their healthcare provider, most often, a developmental pediatrician and with a dietitian/nutritionist specializing in ADHD and Autism. It is a collaborative effort.
In conclusion, the book really opens doors to different methods, minimizing the use of prescription medications, treating ADHD and autism through nutrition. It is written with a minimum of medical terminology, includes references, and an index. It is a great resource for all pediatricians. (Added 11/04/2014)
The Autism Research Institute was started by a parent of a child with the autism spectrum disorder. They conduct conferences twice a year open to both parents and practitioners, one on the east coast and one on the west coast in the United States. Their website is: www.autism.com. (Added 9/10/2011)
While the topic of autoimmune disease can be covered under the immune system, autoimmune diseases represent a unique type of disease condition. In this case,
the immune system attacks the body's own cells/tissues. At the present time, 23.5 million Americans have autoimmune disease. Furthermore, there are at least 100 types of
autoimmune diseases. The actual number seems to be much higher.
We have an excellent resource written by Susan S. Blum, MD, MPH with Michele Bender covering strategies that can be used to help those suffering from an autoimmune condition. Another worthwhile resource is one called the Autoimmune Solution, written by Dr. Amy Myers, MD. Complementing the information that Dr. Myers has provided, is another resource called Autoimmune Fix by Tom O'Bryan.
For more information regarding autoimmune diseases, read about gluten sensitivity. The section on Wheat and Gluten Grains Sensitivity addresses a partial list of autoimmune disorders in the book called Dangerous Grains. There are quite a few of them. (Added 09/12/2013, updated 10/22/2013, updated 06/11/2017, updated 11/09/2021)
The Autoimmune Fix: how to stop the hidden autoimmune damage that keeps you sick, fat, and tired before it turns into a disease (2016) by Tom O'Bryan, DC, CCN, DACBN. (Publisher: Rodale) (Added 11/09/2021)
The author, Dr. Tom O'Bryan, DC, CCN, and DACBN has written a very detailed book addressing autoimmune disease. He states that the United States has the most expensive healthcare system in the world that underperforms. Our healthcare system generally starts to respond when people are in a disease state. Both Dr. O'Bryan and Dr. Amy Myers, author of the Autoimmune Solution, report similar issues regarding autoimmune disease. One that they both address is the effect of gluten on our intestines and the gut. With an autoimmune disease, our bodies have what they call an area of weakness or weak link and that tends to be where we see an autoimmune disease or condition develop. Furthermore, there are many types of autoimmune diseases.
Below is a table talking about some of the more interesting concepts regarding autoimmune diseases.
|Some Main Ideas Regarding Autoimmune Diseases|
|Adaptive Immune System||This is considered the secondary level of support with heavy artillery and used when the immune system needs a backup. It is humoral and it launches antibodies.|
|ANA Antibodies||ANA antibodies stand for antinuclear antibodies. It can be tested in a test called multiple autoimmune reactivity test.|
|Antibodies (Specific)|| Dr. O'Bryan lists a number of specific antibodies that actually are specific to an organ. Below is a sample:
|Antibiotics||Antibiotics can come from other sources other than what a doctor prescribes. It can come from:
|Autoantibodies||Autoantibodies that are produced will attack your body's tissue. The body needs to get rid of damaged cells. It can get out of control and start damaging healthy cells and tissues. There are also antibodies to toxins.|
|Autoimmune Diseases||The U.S. National Institutions of Health (NIH) specifies that 8% of Americans have autoimmune diseases. Jeffrey Bland says that the number is more like 22%.
Other statistics indicate that it affects 1 in 5 American women and 1 in 7 American men. Three main factors in autoimmune disease are:
|Autoimmune Spectrum||This refers to a range identifying where your health is regarding autoimmune disease from optimum health to disease state. This was developed by Dr. Melissa Arbuckle, MD, Ph.D.
There are six stages:
|Antibodies||As the autoimmune disease progresses, the levels of antibodies increase. If the antibody levels can be decreased, that can prevent the onset of disease.|
|Chronic Disease||The biggest challenge that the U.S. healthcare system is facing are chronic health conditions. Chronic health symptoms include:
|Dairy||The author mentions three problems with dairy. They include:
|Gluten Sensitivity||Gluten insensitivity is the body's inability to easily digest gluten proteins found in grains (more than what is found in wheat, barley, and rye)
and it can trigger inflammation.
It is different from celiac disease where the villi are flattened. Flattening the villi does not occur with gluten insensitivity.
More people have gluten insensitivity than celiac disease. ANA antibodies are elevated in 24% of people with celiac disease and 46% in people with non celiac wheat
sensitivity (NCWS). Gluten sensitivity can be in a number of health issues. It includes (partial):
|Immune Systems||The body has four different immune systems in the body. They are:
|Inflammation||Inflammation is a way for the immune system to deal with a perceived threat or problem. It can be seen on a skin cut or it can occur within our bodies.
Atherosclerosis is also inflammation, but we don't feel it. It is continued inflammation that poses a health risk. Chronic inflammation plays a role in:
|Innate Immune System||This is a type of immune system which is considered the cellular and acts with protective handguns firing chemical bullets.|
|Leaky Gut||Leaky gut means that tight junctions have not remained tight and allow substances to escape into our bloodstream. One cause of loose junctions is gluten.|
|Lipolysaccharides (LPS)||If lipopolysaccharides (LPS) leaks from the intestines, it is a problem and can trigger inflammation. A test that can measure LPS is called the Intestinal Antigenic Permeability Screen.|
|Microbiome||The microbiome refers to our gut and intestinal system. It is a mix of good and bad bacteria, and contains cells and genes.
It has a number of roles. They include:
|NSAIDS||NSAIDS is an abbreviation for non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. This includes aspirin and ibuprofen. These medications calm down inflammation. Occasional use of NSAIDS are okay, but a steady diet of NSAIDS for six months can cause collateral damage and a secondary autoimmune reaction.|
|Sugar||Dr. O'Bryan addresses the topic of sugar and provides a detailed listing of what sugar can do to our bodies. A partial listing includes:
When people see multiple doctors for a number of years before finally getting the right diagnosis, our healthcare system can do a much better job. In treating
autoimmune disease, it requires lifestyle changes and a commitment to make these changes. Dr. O'Bryan covers transition phase one and phase two, to make it easier
for people to make changes. One question that comes up is whether or not GMO foods are triggering more and more people experiencing gluten sensitivity.
It is important to drink clean water, to help the body with detoxification. There is discussion on diet. The right nutrients reduce the risk of autoimmune disease. Medications can increase autoimmune disease development. Drugs that target cytokines (specific types of immune cell) create more inflammation. This resource also includes recipes to use. After completing the transition phases one and two (if needed), it is advised to slowly reintroduce foods not listed in the transition phases. It also means healing the leaky gut. It is suggested to redo the antibody testing and see if the levels have gone down (improved). This resource includes endnotes and index. (Added 11/09/2021)
The Autoimmune Solution: prevent and reverse the full spectrum of inflammatory symptoms and diseases (2015) by Amy Myers, MD (Publisher: HarperOne) (Added 11/09/2021)
The author, Dr. Amy Myers, MD came down with an autoimmune disease while attending medical school. She heard about and learned about functional and integrative medicine and found that those approaches enabled her to heal. She has written a comprehensive resource to understanding this type of health issue and the treatment protocols to follow. It definitely involves lifestyle changes including what foods you eat. It means avoiding gluten.
Below is a table talking about some of the more interesting concepts regarding autoimmune diseases.
|Some Main Ideas Regarding Autoimmune Diseases|
|Antibodies||There are different types of antibodies and they are called immunoglobulin or Ig.
|Genetic Variations||Dr. Myers mentions three types of genetic variations that can affect autoimmunity. They are:
|Gluten, Grains, and Legumes||Unfortunately, grains and legumes can cause problems for people experiencing autoimmune diseases. Gluten is the problem protein found in grains and they can be anywhere. More information is available from Dr. Amy Myer's website. More than 55 diseases have been found linked to gluten. As much as 30% of the population can be sensitive to gluten. It is not just celiac disease. The author covers testing for gluten sensitivity. Once it is found that you are sensitive to gluten, it has to be avoided and there is no going back to eating foods containing gluten. It can also cause leaky gut.|
|Immune System||The author explains how our immune system works. Some of the terms are:
|Infections||Another component to addressing autoimmune conditions are underlying infections. Some of the common infections include herpes, Epstein-Barr, Lyme disease, and stress. These viruses can dig into the cells and tissues and surrounding areas, getting the attention of the immune system.|
|Inflammation||Two types of inflammation exist. One is acute, where there is a rapid response to a cut, and when the cut is healed, the inflammation goes away. The second type of inflammation is inflammation that continues and become chronic, and causing health issues down the pike. The author lists various conditions associated with chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation can trigger an autoimmune condition.|
|Lectins||Lectins are covered. They are carbohydrate binding proteins, keeping two carbohydrate molecules together. It is considered to be an anti-nutrient. It can be a problem for people with autoimmune disorders. It also stimulates the pancreas to produce more insulin. There is more information.|
|Leaky Gut||A leaky gut allows substances to escape the intestines, through "holes" in the intestinal lining. This places an additional burden on the immune system, dealing with more than normal substances that are considered "foreign" and spurring the immune system into attack mode. Symptoms associated with a leaky gut are listed. Causes for a leaky gut are listed. A few are certain foods like GMOs, gluten, dairy, and etc. Gut infections and medications can also cause a leaky gut. This, too, is covered in detail.|
|Medications||Dr. Myers covers in detail the type of prescribed medications. There are three types. They are:
|Molecular Mimicry||This occurs when the immune system gets confused and targets a part of the body instead of the actual foreign invader.|
|Myers Way for Treating Autoimmunity||There are four steps needed to treat autoimmune disease. They are:
|Stomach Acid||Low stomach acid can cause a number of problems. They are:
|Toxins||Toxins in our food, water, personal care products, and air do cause problems. They include:
|Warning Signs of Autoimmune Diseases (partial listing)||Some of the warning signs of autoimmune disease include:
Throughout the book, the author includes case histories of patients that have dealt with their autoimmune condition. Questionnaires are posted for various types of
health conditions, that people can utilize. Another benefit is that the author specifies which nutritional supplements are beneficial depending upon what type of health condition that is
being addressed. Stress also has a role in any type of health issue. There is also discussion what which tests are beneficial and what types of information that they provide.
This resource includes a number of appendixes that cover specific topics in more detail. They are:
The Immune System Recovery Plan: a doctor's 4 step program to treat autoimmune disease (2013) by Susan S. Blum, MD, MPH with Michele Bender. (Publisher: Scribner)
This resource explains in detail a four step plan to follow to overcome an autoimmune disease, actually cure, and even better, prevent the onset of
a fullblown autoimmune disease/condition. Dr. Blum was a doctor who successfully overcame her own autoimmune condition. She explains how
autoimmune disease can be "cured" by addressing the underlying factors that causes autoimmune diseases. The treatment protocol outlined by
Dr. Blum is more effective if the condition leading to autoimmune disease is caught in its early stages. The position of "wait and see
attitude" is not beneficial to the patient.
Two types of autoimmune conditions exists. One type of autoimmune is systematic, affects the entire body/system, all the tissues, for example, lupus. The other type of autoimmune disorder is organ specific. An example of an organ specific disease is multiple sclerosis, which affects the brain and the spinal cord. The difference between different organ specific autoimmune disorders is that the immune system cells target and attack tissue in different parts of the body.
Dr. Blum lists various five factors that promote autoimmune disorders. They are: allergens, environmental toxins, microbes, poor diet, and stress. Autoimmune disorders can be triggered by exposure to gluten grains, heavy metals, toxins, infections, and stress. With gluten, the immune system may treat gluten as a foreigner and the antibodies attack gluten. Unfortunately, other tissues get attacked. This is called mimicry and it is one way gluten triggers autoimmune disease. (Note: mimicry is can occur with other substances.) One toxin that can play a factor in promoting autoimmune disease is mercury. Mercury can be found in a number of sources, starting with dental fillings, cosmetics, pesticides, some vaccines, pollution, and occupational exposure. Two types of mercury exist, methyl mercury and mercury vapor. They both cause problems and can cross the placenta and lodge in the fetal brain.
Dr. Blum also gives a brief overview of the various cells that make up our immune system, and also play a role in the development of autoimmune disease. With stress, chronic stress releases cortisol from the adrenals on a continuing basis. Stress can affect the levels of good bacteria in the intestines. It is also important to have good flora in the intestines, beneficial flora help the killer T cells. The cells that affect autoimmune conditions are:
|Celiac||Symptoms can include:
||Better test than a biopsy for celiac is the anti-gliadin antibodies (AGA) and anti-deamidated gliadin antibodies (ADGA). This test can identify celiac before any damage occurs to the small intestine.||Nutritional supplementation including probiotic; also follow the healing the gut workbook guidelines.|
|Lupus||Symptoms generally affect the skin, joints, kidneys, and nervous system. Much more common in women, than in men.
Specific symptoms include:
||Follow the four step program outlined in the book; also, check EBV activity and hormones, especially estrogen and DHEA hormones.|
|Multiple Sclerosis (MS)||Symptoms, common, include:
||MS gets diagnosed when lesions are seen in the MRI, the myelin that surrounds the nerves is attacked. Also, it helps to test for yeast candida with IgG and IgM in the bloodstream.||Focus on the ketogenic diet, eating no grains and focus on eating healthy fats such as avocados, coconut oil, and grass-fed animals,
vegetables, berries, some nuts and seeds, and organic dairy products.
Also, the four step program outlined in the book helps.
|Rheumatoid Athritis (RA)||Rheumatoid Arthritis occurs when the immune cells attack the joints and a specific form of arthritis. Symptoms include:
||Follow the four step treatment plan, and focus heavily on healing the gut, doing a complete elimination and challenge diet.
Avoid the nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and peppers).
Suggest supplementation with omega-6 oil gamma linoleic acid (GLA).
Anti-inflammatory herbs may help such as curcumin and boswellia to reduce pain and inflammation. If problems persists after three months, have a stool analysis performed.
|Sjogren's Syndrome||Symptoms include:
||Follow the four step plan and focus on healing the gut|
Graves' Disease (thyroid produces too much thyroid hormone)
Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (body makes antithyroid antibodies which slowly destroys the thyroid gland)
|Symptoms for Graves' include:
||Tests for both Graves and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis:
thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulins (TSI) and TSH receptor antibody.
Tests for Hashimoto's Thyroiditis:
Anti-thyrologlobulin and anti-thyroid peroxidase and antibodies.
|Follow the four step plan outlined in the book.
Must remove gluten.
Take selenium, it helps the thyroid and reduce mercury exposure.
Ayurveda is the healing system used in India for thousands of years. It is spreading to the United States. We have a resource that talks in detail the reset diet used in Ayurveda medicine, as a way to bring the digestive system back to health. For more information about Ayurveda, see the section on Eastern Medicine. (Added 02/24/2021)
Ayurveda Reset Diet (2021) by Vatsala Sperling, Ph.D. (Publisher: Healing Arts Press) (Added 02/24/2021)
The author, Vatsala Sperling, Ph.D. grew up in a home where food was grown and mealtimes and food were treasured. Food needs to be eaten with reverence, mindfully awareness, knowledge, and refinement. It is stated that overindulgence in rich foods will make you sick. Three steps are outlined in the Ayurveda diet lifestyle.
|Some Main Ideas covered by Ayurveda Reset Diet|
|Autophagy||It is in which injured or dying cells are destroyed by their own enzymes, then enclosed in tiny sacs and delivered to the lysosomes (organelles present inside cells) to be digested. Fasting helps turn on the autophagy process. Some diseases may be caused by faulty autophagy function.|
|Cryoprotectants||A chemical that is added to frozen meats, one is sodium phosphate. This is to protect the meat from getting freezer burn. Avoid eating frozen meats doing the Ayurveda reset diet.|
|Diet Plan After Reset||
|Fasting||Fasting helps with:
|Fats||Fats support cellular structure, helps transport fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. It helps maintain nerve structures and makes cholesterol and hormones. Non-fat and low fat foods are not good for us.|
|Fiber||Fiber intake cuts down the risk of heart disease, stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, cancer by 15% to 30%. It slows down the release of and absorption of glucose, important for people with type 2 diabetes.|
|Food Groups|| Listed in alphabetical order:
|Mono-Diet||Eating just one food with a meal. This helps the body to properly digest that particular food.|
|Proteins||Proteins helps with growth and repair of tissues, provides energy, and synthesize enzymes, globulins, and hormones. Excess protein places an extra load on the kidneys.|
|Viruddha Ahara||Different food groups have different digestive requirments. Some foods should not be cooked a certain way, like deep fried. Some are better eaten in season, like watermelon in the summer. Temperature of food can affect digestion. Proteins should not be combined with starches or carbohydrates, as this results in indigestion and malabsorption of both groups of foods. This causes systemic inflammation which precedes a number of diseases. It makes it much harder for the body to extract the needed nutrients in food.|
This resource gives complete details on how to prepare for this diet (cleaning up the kitchen), to implement the Auyrvedic reset diet, which can be done over several different time frames. The Vatsala Sperling addresses special situations, like how to deal with sugar as well as caffeine withdrawal, changes for people with type 2 diabetes, and etc. Suggestions are provided on how to prepare vegetables, and etc. What we eat, how we eat it, and how we absorb the nutrients, all of this plays a major role in health. Finally, it is like both water and food have a soul and properties that we may not be aware of. This resource includes notes and an index. (Added 02/24/2021)
After hearing about two disastrous back surgery operations which left the patient unable to walk and needing to use a wheel chair, it was important to research back pain. In a number of instances, those suffering from back pain, they underwent back surgery. One alarming statistic that appears is that only 40% of the back surgeries are successful. What about the 60% that was not successful? We have one resource written by Jesse Cannone, who himself experienced back pain, was successful in treating it, and how he utlized non-surgical methods to deal with back pain causes. (Added 10/29/2015)
The 7-Day Back Pain Cure: How thousands of people got relief without doctors, drugs, or surgery (2011) by Jesse Cannone. (Publisher: www.losethebackpain.com)
Jesse Cannone covers various strategies to identify the causes of back pain. He covers about the various types of back pain and short term and long term strategies to identify and remove the underlying causes. Two people can experience the same pain but have different causes. He also covers the general protocol used by conventional medicine to treat back pain, starting with a physician/doctor, moving on to an orthopedist or back specialist, and etc. Generally, practitioners will view the problem from their perspective and the training they have. Pain is actually a signal that something is amiss and a message. Back pain does not necessarily mean that something is wrong with the back. Back pain is generally found to have three causes. They are:
|Concepts associated with Back Pain||Description|
|Lower Back Pain||One type of back pain, the lower back pain, people usualy complain of a dull aching feeling, a tight "locked up" sensation limiting movement, or sharp pains. There can be radiating pain in the legs or feet. Usually the cause are due to imbalances in the physical body, mind, and/or stress.|
|Diet||Certain foods do make you more sensitive to pain.|
|Fibrin||Fibrin is scar tissue and it can affect the spine (affect its mobility). As we age, the body produces less enzymes called proteolytic enzymes which helps to break down the fibrin. This affects the spine. Excess fibrin can cause arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, joint pain, and restrict blood flow.|
|Herniated Disc||The herniated disc is another type of back condition. When the outer part of the donut shapped disc between the bertebrae weakens and t he innter part ( a gel like substance) protrudes outward, something like a balloon squeezed from one side. Pain doesn't always occur until this protrusion touches a nerve. If it does, it usually causes pain in the lower back of one or both legs. It can be sharp, needed pain in the bottom of the feet. If the herniated disc is located in the upper part of the back, radiating pain can occur in the arms. It is also known as the bulging disc, ruptured disc or degenerative disc disease. The underlying causes tend to be muscle imbalance, d ietary issues, and emotions/stress.|
|Hydration||It is important to drink enough water to be hydrated. Water serves a number of functions:
|Inflammation||Inflammation plays a role in a number of diseases. It is a form of swelling and can damage nerves. The body can also be producing more fibrin (scar tissue). Excess body fat stimulates inflammation, too. Proteolytic enzymes can help turn off inflammation.|
|Knots||If a knot is only one side, it is likely to be just a knot. If you feel a knot on both sides in the same location, it is more likely to be a bone or part of a joint. The knot is also known as a trigger point. Put pressure firmly on a knot, it causes pain. It can also cause pain in other parts of the body, and it is called referred pain. Editor's note: A knot feels like a lump in the muscle.|
|Nerve Pain||Nerve based pain is a nerve that is being compressed, pinched, pressured by nearby bone or muscle. Nerve pain is generally burning, tingling, sharp, shooting, electrical, numb sensation or pins and needles.|
|NSAIDS||NSAIDS are a class of drugs like Advil that are intended for short term use. The main problem with these drugs is that that don't deal with the underlying cause(s). Long term use will result in side effects such as stomach ulcers and intestinal bleeding.|
|Pain||Four different types of pain are:
|Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction||Another type of back condition is the sacroiliac joint dysfunction. The sacroiliac joint connects the base of the spine to the pelvis. It is a weight being joint and it can become irritated and inflamed. Pain is usually in the lower back, and radiating into the buttocks and legs. The causes can be multiple pregnancies, one leg shorter than the other, muscle imbalance, and diet.|
|Sciatica||Another type of back condition is sciatica. Sciatica refers to a sharp or steady pain that radiates up and down the back of the leg. It can also be pain in the lower back, buttocks, and feet. It is a symptom of an underlying condition such as a herniated disc, piriformis syndrome, spinal stenosis, or another back problem. The underlying causes tend to be a muscle imbalances and/or emotions and stress.|
|Scoliosis||A type of back condition is scoliosis. Scoliosis is the curvature of the back. The back can curve to one side, uneven layout of the spine and back. This can cause tiredness, joint strain, and back pain. There are many causes for this including cerebral palsy, bone abnormalities present at birth, spina bifida, injury, previous surgery or osteoporosis. Mild scoliosis is most commonly caused by muscle imbalances.|
|Spinal Stenosis||Another type of back pain condition is spinal stenosis. The spinal cord narrows, compressing, and squeezing the spinal cord and nerves inside. It usually occurs in the lower back, lumbar, in the neck and cervical. Pain occurs if the nerve is touched or squeezed. Pain can occur in the back, legs, neck, arms, and hands. It all depends upon the location of the compression. It tends to occur more commonly in older people with the build up of fibrin, scar tissue, and the decline of proteolytic enzymes. Also, it helps to address nutritional deficiencies with calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D.|
|Stress||Stress and negative emotions are intimately connected with our well being. Stress can affect the arteries, reduce the flow of oxygen to the
tissues. It can also trigger inflammation. Three levels of stress are:
|Tight Muscles||Tight muscles can pull the vertebrae out of alignment, pinching a nerve or creating a herniated disc. Years of uneven muscle use can eventually result in back pain.|
|Tissue Pain||Tissue pain originates in the muscles, tendons, ligaments, or other connective tissues. Can have knots in the muscles.|
|TMS - Tension Myositis Syndrome||Underlying cause for TMS is repressed emotions.|
|Trigger point||A trigger point is caused in part by:
|Upper-Back and Neck Pain||One type of back pain condition is the upper-back and neck pain. This type of pain can cause problems for people to perform daily activities like driving a car, working at a computer, and even brushing their teeth. They can experience radiating pain into the arms or shoulder blads. Muscles may lock up, causing your head or arm not able to move. Usually, the causes are due to imbalances with your muscles, mind, and/or diet.|
The author makes a point of covering the roles of various medical specialists starting with the physician or medical doctor, moving onto the orthopedic specialist, chiropractor, physical therapist, accupuncturist, and massage therapist.
Basically, in focusing on the causes for back pain, it is important to realize the interconnectedness of the mind, the body, and diet. This includes dealing with excesses, deficiencies, and stagnation. This is true for all health ailments. In treating pack pain, the author spells out short term and long term strategies. See the table below:
|Treatment Strategies (Short Term and Long Term)|
|Short Term or Long Term||Method||Description|
|Short Term||Far infrared heat||Far infrared heat can help penetrate the tissues, better than a heating pad. It transfers light energy into heat energy. This enables the toxins to break down and be flushed out of the body.|
|Short Term||Pain relief cream||Pain relief creams need to have natural ingredients. In addition to creating heat, it needs to have antioxidants to reduce inflammation, and do something to alleviate stiffness.|
|Short Term||Natural anti-inflammatory (e.g. Proteolytic enzyme therapy)||Proteolytic ensyme therapy include a blend of enzymes. It is better taken in capsule form.|
|Long Term||Muscle-balance therapy||With muscle balance therapy, you assess how your muscle are working, and if unbalanced, work to put them back into balance. Videos are available online to provide more information.,|
|Long Term||Trigger-point therapy||Trigger point therapy is designed to "dissolve" pain knots located in muscle tissue. There are three approaches:
|Long Term||Inversion therapy||Inversion therapy is inverting the body to an upside down position, using a special type of table. It helps to relieve pressure or compression caused by gravity. It also provides space between discs, allowing the injured disc to heal.|
|Long Term||Emotional troubleshooting||A variety of options are discussed in dealing with emotional sources of pain, included reducing your stress.|
|Long Term||Dietary adjustments||A number of suggestions are made regarding nutrition. One is to drink more water. The author lists the various roles water plays regarding back pain issues. It is important to take a high quality multi-vitamin supplement. It helps to use natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever sources. This includes proteolytic enzymes, quality vegetables, fruits, nuts, and wild-raised fish. Avoid foods known to promote inflammation.|
|Other||Other||The author indicated that most back pain issues are resolved temporarily if focusing just on short term solutions, and cleared up
following long term solutions. However, he did mention other treatments. They are:
In summary, all back pain is ultimately caused by one or more of three factors:
The book lists resources. The author makes references to online videos to explain in more detail in issues relating to back pain. Before undergoing back surgery with its low rate of success, read this book for safer alternatives. (Added 10/29/2015)
Website for Jesse Cannone and Losethebackpain website
For more information about Jesse Cannone and back pain videos, the website address is: www.losethebackpain.com. (Added 10/29/2015)
The concept of biofilm is interesting one to explore especially when standard medical protocols don't work effectively. It is about bacteria that grows out of control and causes harm. We have one resource that addresses this topic. (Added 03/23/2018)
Combating Biofilms: why your antibiotic and antifungals fail (2014) by James Schaller, MD, MAR and Kimberly Mountjoy, MS. (Publisher: International Infectious Disease Press) (Added 03/23/2018)
In this book, a different perspective is offered as to why current medical protocols may not be working effectively. The authors describe biofilm as the egg white coating surrounding the yolk. This applies to bacterial strains, a number of them that are a major factor in lyme disease, chronic sinusitis, yeast infections, wounds, ear infections, gum disease, intestinal disease, bad breath, cystic fibrosis, and implants. These biofilms create a layer called "slime", play a role in infections, and uncontrolled growth. It grows in the following stages:
Any foreign bacteria can develop as a biofilm. It can grow on plastic, metal, or ceramic surfaces. This indicates potential problems for medical devices used for testing or are in contact with the body like a catheter. What the authors indicate is that each biofilm is unique and needs treatment tailored to that type of bacteria. Biofilms are not the same for each infection. New and mature biofilms are not the same, either. Furthermore, a one blanket approach will not work and in a number of instances, more than one treatment approach is needed. Different treatment approaches are needed for new and mature biofilms even if they are the same bacteria. It is important, too, to do retestng to verify that the biofilm issue has been addressed. While some of the standard pharmaceuticals and antibiotics can address biofilms, a number of other substances can be used such as herbs, enzymes, plant based sources, and essential oils. Biofilm infections need:
Biofilms are not a minor matter. Biofilm infections are the number one cause of death in children under the age of six. A number of health conditions are affected by biofilms. They are:
There a number of substances that can address biofilms. Most listed target specific biofilms. A few are able to address more than one type of biofilm. Here are a few:
This book gives a general overview about biofilms, how prevalent they are, and the role that they play in disease and health conditions. It is more for patient education and not a substitute for qualified medical care. As we become more aware of the shortcomings of the standard American health protocols or western medicine (generally allopathic medicine), one answer is biofilms. Furthermore, the authors specify that the three major players in American health care are:
The fourth and probably the most important player is the healer, the trained and educated medical professional. They are not being given recognition, the respect, and the role that they deserve to have. This book includes references, and the appendix includes additional references to Eugenol. (Added 03/23/2018)
When Juan Ponce de León went looking for the fountain of youth and health, he thought it would be in a physical location. However, the first resource by Suzanne Somers, she has written a book that specifies the fountain of youth and health is in our bodies, in our hormones. Her book, Ageless, explains in detail from a number of practitioners on how bioidentical hormones can help us retain our health as we become older, along with major lifestyle changes and practices. It also covers an explanation on what the difference is between anti-aging medicine versus traditional and western (allopathic) medicine. The second resource provides more direct technical information about hormones in readable language, their benefits and issues if it a person is low. It covers both men and women. As women have more complex hormonal systems, addressing their hormes is a more complex process. For more information on hormones, check the section covering hormonal health.
Both authors cover the shortcomings with synthetic hormones. They address the health benefits associated with using bioidentical hormones and their ability to postpone the aging process. We might have fewer people in our nursing homes if bioidentical hormone replacement therapy became part of standard medical protocol in the United States. For women whose behavior is extreme, it might pay to check their hormonal health and levels. (Added 07/14/2015, updated 03/14/2016)
Ageless: the naked truth about bioidentical hormones (2006) by Suzanne Somers. (Publisher: Crown Publishers)
Bioidentical hormones made easy: Look great! Feel great! Have better sex! (2011) by Y.L. Wright, MA. (Publisher: www.Lulu.com) (Added 03/14/2016)
We have a resource that covers in detail what functional blood chemistry analysis (FBCA) is and how it differs from western medicine's blood testing protocol. (Added 04/13/2020)
Know Your Blood, Know your Health: prevent disease and enjoy vibrant health through functional blood chemistry analysis (2020) by Kristin Grayce McGary. (Publisher: Findhorn Press)
Kristin Grayce McGary, LAc, MAc, CFMP®, CST-T, CLP started experiencing health problems while a college pre-med student. She began a long process of getting to the
root of her health issues, and eventually switched to an Asian medical school in Arizona. This author's approach is that health issues can be identified before they
progress into full blown disease. It turns out that subclinical health issues are asymptomatic. At this stage of health decline, the subclinical phase, that is the time where
lifestyle and other interventions can be implemented, to prevent the progression becoming full blown, into a much more serious health issue. When it becomes a much more
serious health issue, we see complications.
Throughout the book the author addresses our bodies as being a garden and the medical care providers as our gardeners. The objective is optimum and functional health for all of us. What functional blood chemistry analysis can do is identify issues before they become full blown disease states and with complications.
The typical blood tests give readings where is generally now a full blown disease state. Other shortcomings of western medicine is the inadequate amount of time doctors/physicians have with their patients and the testing limits imposed by health insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, (and what the policies will cover or will not cover). The issue with a number of pharmaceuticals is that they tend to mask symptoms and not correct the underlying cause. What is also pointed out by the author is the western blood test ranges displayed is based on a small group of patients who are moderately to severely ill. The ranges listed for FBCA is based on the results of people who are healthy and fully functional. Follow-up is part of the functional blood chemistry analysis approach and with western medicine, we often don't see follow-up taking place. Furthermore, the treatment approach for functional medicine focuses on diet and nutrition.
This resource covers blood sugar issues. Some of the nutrition information being dished out to people with blood sugar issues, some of this information is actually incorrect information. Information is provided on which foods are better for those suffering from diabetes and have pre-diabetes. In fact, the author also list issues with metformin, a drug commonly prescribed for type two diabetes.
Futhermore, a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner can identify the processes that are occuring within the body from the FBCA testing. It emphasizes that each one of us are unique biochemically, and the cookie cutter approach for medical care is basically ineffective. One type of health issue has to do with our thyroids. The author indicates that the whole story regarding thyroid health is much more complex than just measuring T3 and T4 levels. She recommends the following thyroid tests:
|Listing of Components Found in the Blood|
|Hemoglobin||Hemoglogin are proteins in the red blood cells that carry oxygen to the tissues.|
|Mean Corpuscular Volume||Mean corpuscular volume measures the size of the red blood cells.|
|Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin||Average quantity of hemoglobin in a single red blood cell|
|Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin Concentration||It is the average amount of hemoglobin in your red blood cells|
|Platelets||They are tiny blood cells necessary for clotting and vascular integrity.|
|Red Blood Cell Distribution Width||This measures the variation of your red blood cells in volume and size|
|Red Blood Cells||Red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body, and removes the carbon dioxide from the cells. A lower reading can indicate dehydration.|
|White Blood Cells||They also known as leukocytes and helps the body to fight infection. There are five types of
white blood cells. They are:
|Note: The author lists foods that help red blood cells.|
Various minerals are covered and the role these minerals play, along with electrolytes.
Bone health is addressed. A number of other nutrients are needed in addition to calcium for bone health. Hyrdration,
exercise, sleep, and keeping stress down to a healthy level, all are important to optimum health.
Below is a table highlighting the types of blood testing that functional blood chemistry analysis supports:
|Listing Tests and Comparing Western Medicine and Function Medicine Readings|
|ALT (Alanine Aminotransferase)||An enzyme found mostly in the liver and kidneys and in other areas of the body||0-40 IU/L||10-26 IU/L|
|AST (Asparate Aminotransferase)||AST is an enzyme found in the heart and liver as well as in other parts of the body.||0-40 IU/L||10-26 IU/L|
|Blood Urea Nitrogen||Measures nitrogen in the blood that originates from the waste product urea||8-27 mg/dL||13-18 mg/dL|
|Fasting Blood Glucose||Blood glucose is the type of sugar in the blood that is carried to the cells and providing them energy.||65-99 mg/dL||85-99 mg/dL|
|Serum Iron||Iron is an essential element for blood production||38-169 ug/dL||85-130 ug/dL|
|Total Protein||Measures protein in the blood||6.0-8.5 g/dL||6.9-7.4 g/dL|
|Uric Acid||It is a by-product of the purines in the body.||2.5-7.1 mg/dL||3.7-8.6 mg/dL (female)
3.7-6.0 mg/dL (male)
|Vitamin D3||Needed for healthy bones and teeth,for the immune system, and low levels increases risk for respiratory infections||30-100 ng/mL||48-85 ng/mL|
|White Blood Cells (WBC)||Indicates immune function||3.4-10.8 x 10E3/ul||5-8 x 10E3/ul|
|Note #1: Additional tests are covered in detail:
Note #3: According to Joseph Pizzorno, ND and editor of Integrative Medicine, a Clinician Journal has found that environmental toxic exposure can affect lab tests results.
The author also covers other tests, the pros and cons, such as the
This section covers information relating to our brain and brain's health. We have two resources covering this topic. One is written by Dr. Daniel G. Amen, MD. The second one focuses on the impact grains, carbohydrates, and sugar have on the brain by Dr. Perlmutter, MD. (Added 08/08/2013) (updated 07/20/2015)
Use Your Brain to Change Your Age: secrets to look, feel, and think younger every day (2012) by Daniel G. Amen, MD. (Publisher: Crown Archetype) (Added 08/08/2013)
What is helpful about this book by Dr. Daniel G. Amen, MD, a psychiatrist, is that
it talks about prevention and ways to keep our brains along with our bodies healthy. Dr. Amen uses SPECT, a diagnostic imaging tool that
takes pictures of the brain. Basic lifestyle changes that promote life long brain and body health really needs to begin in childhood. It
can go a long way towards protecting the health of our brains and bodies. It is important, too, to identify those with ADHD and learning
disabilities. These individuals tend to develop other health problems. This book includes a number of case studies/stories.
The author says that it is important to know your numbers, the numbers that identify the status of your health. Below is a list:
|Animal Sources||Plant Food Sources|
Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar, Your Brain's Silent Killers (2013) by David Perlmutter, MD. (Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company)
David Perlmutter, MD discusses the role grains, carbohydrates, and sugar have on the brain. During the course of his practice, Dr. Perlmutter has seen that his patients were getting sicker when drugs were utilized to address specific symptoms. However, when his patients removed certain foods from their diet, their health improved. Most of the ill health he was seeing in his patients were due to their diets, especially with the high intake of carbohydrates which include sugar and wheat. This affects insulin levels. Dr. Perlmutter believes that as much as 40% of the population cannot properly process gluten and the remaining 60% of the population is harmed in some way by gluten. Many symptoms disappear after the removal of gluten in the diet. Gluten and a high carbohydrate diet stimulate inflammation. Inflammation has been found to be the cornerstone a number of many degenerative diseases. Digestive disorders and allergies are easier to spot and identify. However, it is not as easy to spot inflammation in the brain. When inflammation does not go away, it spreads to the rest of the body. It produces a number of chemicals that are harmful to our cells. Inflammation increases cytokines levels. Unchecked inflammation can lead to obesity, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders. Elevated cytokines levels are found in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, and autism. This can result in any one or more of the following conditions:
|Advanced Glycation End Products||Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) causes protein fibers to become misshpaen and inflexible. These type of proteins can cause
neurological disorders by being less functional, attach themselves to other damaged proteins, and increase free radicals. A high carbohydrate diet especially
fructose results in a high glycation process. The best way to minimize AGEs is to reduce sugar intake. Below is a list of what high glycation can cause:
|Cholesterol||Cholesterol is beneficial to our brain health. Those with higher
levels of cholesterol were found to have better brain function and less Parkinson's.
It plays the following roles:
|Fats||Our brains need healthy fats. When diet authorities encouraged high carbohydrates and less fats in our diets, the rates of diabetes mushroomed. Those with diabetes are more likely to develop Alzheimer's. It is being referred to as type 3 diabetes. What we really need for optimum health is a low carbohydrate and high fat diet.|
|Free radicals||Free radicals can impair fat, proteins, and DNA. People with celiac are found to have higher levels of free radicals.|
|Gluten||Gluten can actually be found in cheese, processed foods, pharmaceuticals, and nutritional supplements. Today's grains contain much more gluten than grains grown centuries ago. Eating foods with gluten creates a "high" and can be addictive.|
|Gluten sensitivity||Gluten sensitivity can cause movement and tremors problems. It disables the immune system and can be a factor in the following health conditions:
|Insulin||Insulin's job is to ferry glucose from the blood stream into muscle, fat, and liver cells. When the cells are
constantly exposed to high levels of insulin, our cells adapt by reducing the number receptors on their surfaces to respond to insulin. These receptors become
desensitized and develop insulin resistance. Higher levels of insulin become necessary for the sugar to enter the cells. Eventually, diabetes type 2 develops.
People with diabetes have high blood sugar levels because their body cannot transport sugar into cells.
Insulin is a anabolic hormone. It stimulates growth, promotes fat formation and retention, and encourages inflammation. High levels of insulin affects other hormones.
|Neurogenesis||Neurogenesis is the regeneration of brain cells. We can grow new neurons.|
|Oxidation||Oxidation is not beneficial to our health and the brain. It is similar to an apple turning brown. Reducing oxidation also reduces
inflammation. It can be a factor in the following conditions:
Dr. Perlmutter covers the role of DHA, a type of omega 3 essential fatty acids.
|C-reactive protein (CRP)||Measures inflammation levels|
|Cyrex array 3||Most comprehensive marker of gluten sensitivity|
|Cyrex array 4||Measures 24 other foods that a gluten sensitive person may react to|
|Fasting blood glucose||Measure blood sugar after fasting at least 8 hours. A normal range is between 70 and 100 milligrams per deciliter|
|Fasting insulin||Measures insulin levels. Insulin levels rise ahead of blood sugar levels. It is an earlier warning system for blood sugar issues.|
|Fructosamine||Measures the "average" blood sugar over the past two to three weeks|
|Hemoglobin A1C||Measures the "average" blood sugar of a 90 day period. Measure glycation levels.|
|Homocysteine||It is an amino acid and a measure of cardiovascular health. High levels are not good.|
|Vitamin D||Needed for optimum brain health|
Dr. Perlmutter, along with a treatment plan, recommends the following supplements to improve brain health. They are:
This resource explains the interaction of gluten, carbohydrates, and sugar with the brain and our health. He explains the testing protocol and the treatment plan which includes diet, exercise, and adequate sleep. It includes recipes, notes, and an index. (Added 07/20/2015)
Website for Dr. David Perlmutter, MD
For more information about Dr. David Perlmutter and his books, his website address is: www.drperlmutter.com. (Added 07/20/2015)
Generally, most of us take breathing for granted, something we don't think about. Behind breathing is the importance of oxygen to our health and to our cells. We cannot live without oxygen. Oxygen can be considered a nutrient that is even more important than water and other nutrients that are key to experiencing optimum health. We have a resource on the importance of breathing as well as the various methods and exercises that we can all implement to enhance our body's intake of oxygen through breathing. Proper breathing brings oxygen to our cells and helps to remove excess carbon dioxide and other wastes. This emphasis on healthy breathing is one activity that all of us can strive to develop and work on. (Added 06/26/2019)
One Half Breath at a Time: discover how to turn stress and anxiety into calm ease, productive power, and joy with breath-centered practices (2018) by Joseph R. Roberson. (Publisher: Paper Tiger Press)
This resource on breathing and its benefits has been written by Joseph R. Roberson. He has been a yoga instructor a number of years and has taught a hundreds of students. The mind and body connection is real. What proper breathing along with exercises can assist is enabling us to deal with stress more effectively, reduce our sense of pain, react to crises in a level headed manner, and even feel and develop a sense of peace. By not breathing properly, this can facilitate health issues progressing into a disease state. The benefits of proper breathing include:
Furthermore, when confronted with stress and fear of pain or being in an environment that makes us feel unsafe, most of us tend to tighten up, furthering adding to the
pain as well as stopping or slowing down our breathing. With proper breathing techniques, this can enable us to slow down, and deliver more oxygen to our cells.
With our current economic environment, this now requires continuous and self-directed learning. Career changes as well as job changes are now frequent and common. This increases our exposure to stress, especially when changing jobs and careers. Symptoms of chronic stress are:
|ACE - Adverse Childhood Experiences||People who have had adverse childhood experience, they experience a higher rate of health issues.|
|Acute Stress||Acute stress can result in:
|After effects of Acute Stress||As the author indicates, acute stress is no laughing matter. The after effects of acute stress can result in:
|Breathing||The author covers in detail various types of breathing. They include:
|Chronic Stress||Chronic stress is also harmful to all of us. Our bodies are not really designed to handle long term chronic stress. The effects of
chronic stress on the body include:
|Disease Stages||Disease doesn't just start all of a sudden or overnight. It develops in stages:
|Distress||Bad stress is really distress.|
|Dissociation||Dissociation is the separation of painful and repressed memories from conscious thoughts. It is not healthy to have dissociation. The services of a therapist may be needed.|
|DUKKA||Types of suffering caused by dissociation and when our expections don't match reality.|
|Heart Rate Variability||It is about variations of the heart beat and is the best of indicator of the overall synchronization betwee your organs.|
|Stages of stress||Stress starts with being mild and progresses to more stress. The stages are:
|True Health||The symptions of real and true health include:
|Vital Signs||The author indicates what the vital signs are:
|VUCA||V stands for volality; U stands for uncertainty; C stands for complexity; A stands for ambiguity|
Breathing in a healthy way is covered by Ayurveda medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Humorism. It does play a major role in enabling us to be and feel healthier. This author is interested in bringing attention to the health benefits of healthy breathing and using this tool for health creation or creating healthier bodies. This resource offers detailed information on the dangers of excessive stress on health and how breathing can enable us to cope more effectively. The book ends with a discussion about habits and it is really about a lifestyle change and it needs to be done in stages or gradually. Habits are a more challenging type of learning. It helps to have motivation and a goal.
The resources specifies ways to assess your breathing, the physiology behind breathing, and types of breathing exercises. This book includes resources, notes, and a bibliography and would be an useful addition to both a professional and personal health library. (Added 06/26/2019)
Note: For more information about yoga, see the section on Yoga.
Bromine is a chemical that has been added to the food supply and other substances. We have an article that discusses the medical issues associated with bromine. (Added 07/02/2012)
The Everyday Food Additive that Toxifies Us all by Dr. David Brownstein, MD (Published in Dr. David Brownstein's Natural Way to health: Achieving & Maintaining Your Optimal Health, January 2009, vol. 2, issue 1, pages 1-7)
Article review:Bromine is a member of the halide family of elements which includes bromine, chlorine, fluorine and iodine. The reduced forms are: bromide, chloride, fluoride, and iodide. They all have similar chemical structures. For information on Fluoride, see section on Fluoride. The body needs both chlorine and iodine. It is a chemical that has been added to our food supply and other substances.
It is a readable and informative article with references.(Added 07/02/2012, Updated 07/04/2013)
Cancer is a growing health issue, especially among children. There are a number of resources to read regarding cancer. In the cases of cancer, it is essential that the patient works with a knowledgeable healthcare provider or clinic. One resouce is a book written by Dr. Allan Spreen, MD with Roni Enten. We have included a book review. Two additional resources on cancer are included. One is a publication written by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. called “Questioning Chemotherapy” and the second is an article written by Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, MD about how nutrition can help those dealing with cancer. A fourth resource on cancer is Knockout by Suzanne Somers. In this book, Suzanne Somers interviews health care practitioners who are knowledgeable about cancer prevention and/or treating cancer. (Added 11/26/2011) (Updated 05/05/2012, Updated 08/16/2012)
Tomorrow's Cancer Cures Today: 25 secret therapies from around the world (2010) by Allan Spreen, MD and Roni Enten (Publisher: Health Sciences Institute)
The authors note that nutritionally deficient diets and environmental toxins are responsible for 95% of all
cancers. Dr. Allan Spreen, MD lists a number of remedies that can help the body heal and detoxify, using substances that cultures all over the world
found that helped people to get better and well in quite a few instances. A brief background and history of the various treatments are provided.
The treatment types covered include diet, food sources, herbal/plant sources, mushroom, nutritional supplementation, and miscellaneous.
The first approach includes diet: the Budwig Diet, the Gerson Diet, and the macrobiotic diet.
Another approach include various food sources: Eggplant Cure, or BEC-5 (effective for skin cancer), Graviola, sodium bicarbonate or baking soda, turmeric (a spice), Laetrile, citrus peel with d-limonene, and MCP ( modified citrus pectin) is a form of pectin.
A third approach includes herbal /plant substances: Chinese Happy Tree (scientific name: Camptotheca acuminata), mistletoe, triphala, oleander, intravenous aloe vera preparation called albarin, cansema, Essiac tea and paw paw.
A fourth approach includes a mushroom grown in Taiwan, antrodia camphorate.
A fifth approach includes nutritional supplementation, intravenous Vitamin C.
The sixth approach, miscellaneous, includes: cesium chloride combined with DMSO, antineoplastons that target cancer cells, and cancer cachexia combined with hydrazine sulfate.
The authors specify which treatments are considered legal or illegal to utilize in the United States. For “illegal” treatments, the book informs us as to where the treatment is available outside the United States. It also recommends a “legal” cancer treatment center using integrative medicine in the United States.)
Questioning chemothery (1995) by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. (Publisher: Equinox Press)
Nutrition and Medicine can beat cancer by Russell L. Blaylock, MD. (Published in the Blaylock Wellness Report, January 2012, Vol. 9, no. 1, pages 1 to 12)
This article brings us up-to-date on how nutrition can help us overcome cancer through diet and nutritional supplementation. Dr. Russell L. Blaylock,
MD talks about specific nutrients, especially nutrients found in vegetables (flavonoids) that can help us overcome cancer.
Dr. Blaylock discusses how cancer cells are different from normal cells. One, they depend upon sugar for their fuel. Two, their chromosomes and DNA are damaged. Three, they are unable to communicate with other cells. And four, cancer cells can divide continuously. For some people, there are genetic factors associated with cancer.
Dr. Blaylock lists nutrients that can help the body repair its DNA. They include: vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, quercetin, ginkgo biloba, resveratrol, curcumin, glutathione, alpha-lipoic acid, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and niacinamide.
The article covers in detail three types of cancer. They are: breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer.
For breast cancer, there are enzymes that promote breast cancer. Soy is not a good food for people experiencing breast cancer. Whereas, flavonoids can inhibit the growth of these cancer cells. DHA found in omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil can also inhibit cancer growth.
For prostate cancer, the suggestions made for breast cancer apply to prostate cancer. Milk intake is not good for men experiencing prostate cancer. Men with this type of cancer are found to be low in vitamin D3. Selenium supplementation can reduce prostate cancer by 63%. It is suggested that selenium be combined with the gamma-form of Vitamin E for better results. A diet high in vegetables, healthy fats, and low in sugar and bad fats will go a long way in preventing prostate cancer.
For colon cancer, it begins with polyps, a growth of tissue projecting growths within the intestine. Chronic inflammation and free radical generation are factors promoting colon cancer. Vitamin D3 and higher intake of omega-3 fats can help prevent colon cancer. Dr. Blaylock talks about "resistant starch" found in lentils and apples are helpful for colon health. The following nutrients are listed that show promise in dealing with colon cancer: quercetin, hersperdin, silymarin (milk thistle extract), vitamin E (natural, gamma form), mixed carotenoids, white tea, DHA (in omega-3 fatty acid), selenium, n-butyrate, vitamin D3, folate, curcumin, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and vegetables. Dr. Blaylock suggests that people keep their intake of omega-6 oils down, as they promote inflammation. Omega-6 fats are found in: corn, safflower, sunflower, peanut, soybean, and canola oil. Heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum, and fluoride are not good for the brain and the body.
Dr. Blaylock indicates that nutritional therapies can be used safely along with chemotherapy. Nutritional therapies reduce the complications associated with chemotherapy. More universities are setting up integrative medical departments that combine more traditional medical practices with nutrition. It is an easy to read, informative, and great article.) (Added 05/04/2012)
Knockout: interviews with doctors who are curing cancer and how to prevent getting it in the first place (2009) by Suzanne Somers. (Publisher: Three Rivers Press)
This book explores exciting developments in the treatment of cancer. Suzanne Somer, the actress who played Chrissy in Three's Company, has
developed and explored interesting developments, especially in the area of cancer. She is currently an author of 20 books and a cancer survivor
who now enjoys excellent health. She interviews doctors who have developed ways of treating cancer. In most cases, chemotherapy, radiation, and
surgery are not utilized. She also interviews people who provide information that can help us from getting cancer in the first place.
Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, MD
The first doctor interviewed is Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, MD. He practices in Houston, Texas and is also a biochemist. One of the observations he made was that the peptides (proteins with 50 or fewer amino acids) and amino acids profile were different in those who did not have cancer and those who did. Peptides have the ability to kill cancer cells without harming or killing normal cells. These peptides work to correct the DNA information found in cells. Dr. Burzynsk calls this group of peptides (also molecules) antineoplastons. These peptides also play a role in memory and slow down the progression of alzheimer's. The peptides system also functions like a second immune system. Cancer is also a disease of information processing between cells.
Dr. Burzynski checks out the patient's genetic makeup. He determines which genes are abnormal via lab results, genes facilitating the growth of cancer. He then determine which antineoplastons to use for the patient and counteract the cancer. Antineoplastons work on about 100 different genes. For 85% of their patients, they have the proper gene signature and 15% do not respond. It helps to turn on genes that fight cancer. Diet and nutritional supplementation are extremely helpful in dealing with cancer, especially in the beginning stages of cancer. For some patients, he will use chemotherapy, however, it is in lower dosages. He is able to reduce tumors. Many of his patients have had chemotherapy and surgery before coming to him. He has to treat the side effects and results of the chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery in addition to the cancer.
Most of the tumors are able to disappear in three to four months. The results also vary with the type of cancer, some more successful than others. As an example, pancreatic cancer is among the worst to treat. Chemotherapy is not good for liver cancer.
Dr. Buzynski talks about the genome. It contains 22 thousand genes. Generally, we use just a small amount of them. As we get older, fewer of these genes are active. To keep cancer from occurring, it is important to keep the genes that prevent cancer becoming active or turned on. Chemicals, stress, lack of sleep, cigarette smoking, poor diet with foods containing chemicals, all these factors can silence genes. Hormones have a role in regulating gene activity as well. A balanced hormonal system is important, especially to prevent and treat cancer. For prostate cancer, it is important to have the correct type of testosterone; apparently, it is a derivative of testosterone, DHT that causes problems with prostate cancer.
Cancer is actually a combination of numerous types of illnesses and they each have their own genetic signatures. Finally, we hear from Dr. Burzynski's patients that were treated successfully and stayed cancer free for a number of years.
Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, MD
The second doctor interviewed is Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, MD. He practices in New York City. First, in dealing with cancer, it is important to get the gut and digestive system working properly.
Dr. Gonzales met a dentist, Dr. William Donald Kelly, DDS. Dr. Kelly said that all diseases starts in the gut, with poor nutrition, poor absorption, and poor digestion. This dentist used large doses of pancreatic enzymes. Dr. Gonzales was impressed by the successful outcomes experienced by Dr. Kelly's patients. Dr. Gonzales decided to follow the protocol specified by Dr. Kelly.
Basically, the treatment protocol begins with the diet, nutritional supplementation especially enzymes, and detoxification. Diets are tailored to the patient's biochemical makeup.
Dr. Beard was a Scottish embryologist who lived over a 100 years ago. He felt that it was the pancreatic enzymes that provided a defense system against cancer. This was written in a book dated 1911. Detoxification includes coffee enemas, liver flushes, juice fasts, and other methods. Dr. Gonzales explains the benefits of doing a coffee enema. It stimulates certain nerves in the lower bowel, it turns on the parasympathic systems, causing the liver to release all its toxins. He also talks about sympathic systems. Another type of detoxification is doing a liver flush, a five day process. When the liver works better, everything else works better. He mentions electromagnetic radiation and aspartame.
In order to successfully follow Dr. Gonzales' protocol, the patient must be able to eat. Some cancer patients are too sick to eat. Currently, Dr. Gonzales is not able to inject enzymes. They are taken orally. Treatments outcomes are better when the patient has not undergone chemotherapy and radiation. Furthermore, while chemotherapy can shrink tumors; however, it doesn't necessarily prolong life. It works in a few cancers: childhood leukemia, some lymphomas, and testicular cancer.
The costs associated with Dr. Gonzales' treatment is much less than one specified for traditional chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. It includes testimony from patients who have been successfully treated and remain healthy.
Dr. James Forsythe, MD
The third doctor is Dr. James Forsythe, MD. He is both a board certified oncologist and a homeopathic doctor in Nevada. He saw the poor outcomes associated with traditional cancer treatments protocols. He became more interested in alternatives. Dr. Forsythe talks about pawpaw, Poly-MVA, a homeopathic remedy called Salicinium. As far as diet is concerned, no simple sugars for those with cancer. Sugar feeds cancer cell growth. This means no fruit, as well. A test called chemosensitivity test is discussed. This test checks to see which chemotherapy drug is compatible with a specific cancer. The body is self-healing when it has the right tools.
Dr. Julie Taguchi, MD
Dr. Julie Taguchi, MD is Suzanne Somer's personal physician and oncologist in California. She is board certified oncologist and required to offer her patients standard cancer treatment protocol by law in the United States, before suggesting alternatives. It is also called "standard of care". Dr. Taguchi does offer alternatives, including bioidentical hormones.
The next group of doctors and healthcare practitioners Suzanne Somers interviews talk about prevention. This includes ways that people can use to reduce their risk of cancer. They are: Dr. Russell Blaylock, Burton Goldberg, David Schmidt, Dr. Jonathan Wright, Dr. Stephen Sinatra, Dr. Michael Galitzer, and Cristiana Paul.
Dr. Russell Blaylock suggests minimizing intake of red meat, minimizing intake of omega 6 fats, increasing intake of berries, avoid soy foods, flavonoids are good for us, eat the densest vegetables, and drink purified water.
Burton Goldberg informs us that in Israel, they changed the diet given to their milk producing cows. They cut out the hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, and herbicides. In ten years, the rate of breast cancer was significantly reduced in women. He talks about a Dr. Munoz in Tijuana, Mexico who uses immune therapies to treat cancer, called dendritic cell therapy. A Dr. Marty Dayton in Florida combines nutrition with chemotherapy. Mr. Goldberg covers briefly Poly-MVa therapy as a cancer treatment.
Dr. Jonathan Wright, MD talks about the importance of hormonal health to general health and not having cancer. One important hormone among others is DHEA.
Dr. Michael Galitzer, MD says that the whole body needs treatment when dealing with cancer. By the time that there is a lump, the body is quite toxic. He talks about the Budwig diet. It is 2/3 cup of cottage cheese mixed with 6 tablespoons of flaxseed oil, with nuts and berries (no peanuts). He talks about hyperthermia as a treatment for cancer. A program called FIGHT has been proposed by Dr. Gary Gordon, MD. F is for fruits. I is for infections. G is for geopathic stress. H is for hormones. And T is for toxins. It is also important to include EM which stands for emotional and mental states. He also talks about detoxification, which includes saunas, juice fasts, chelation, etc. Colonics are helpful, as well. The lymphathic system also needs to be working properly.
Cristiana Paul, MS
Cristiana Paul, MS is a nutritionist. She put together a chart showing the stages in how cancer develops and the different stages where the body intervenes against the cancer.
According to the chart, cancer cells progress in the following way:
|Intervention A||Minimize exposure and getting carcinogens into body
|Intervention B||Support body's ability to eliminate (detoxify) carcinogens
Body tries to identify damaged cells, check those with mutations, and in some cases, is able to correct the coding using a backup and correct copy, check cells' DNA. Natural killer cells (NK) can recognize cancer cells and kill them, especially before they have a chance to grow and multiply. Strategies to deal with these precancerous/cancer cells are:
|Intervention E||Enhance the immune system; a strong immune system is able to fight and resist cancer cells more effectively.
Strategies to enhance the immune system are:
|Intervention F||Additional nutritional supplementation, such as:
|Intervention G||Slowing down cancer cell proliferation and growth
|Intervention H||Specific tumor suppressor genes can inhibit tumor growth if they function optimally|
Ms. Paul also makes suggestions on ways nutritional supplementation can be made more effective.
Bill Faloon, director of Life Extensions Foundation, provides additional information regarding cancer treatment. The first comment made is that surgery to remove a cancerous growth can actually facilitate the spread of cancer, where it mestatasizes elsewhere in the body. When the cancer is present as a tumor, the body is making an effort to contain the cancer. There are methods and treatment options that can be performed to reduce the risk of the cancer spreading throughout the body via surgical removal. He talks about citrus pectin (reduces tumor cell adhesion to blood vessel walls), cimetidine (drug that has anti-cancer activity), PSK (increases NK, natural killer cells), mistletoe (increases NK cells), interleukin-2, cancer vaccines. Surgery in itself is a stressor on the immune system and increases inflammation. Morphine also weakens the immune system. The foundation has a website.
This book is a great resource on understanding the various treatment options other than chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. It also includes options to increase the success of using surgery on removing cancer growths. All the authors emphasize the importance of nutrition. This book includes resources, a bibliography, and an index. (Added 08/16/2012) (Corrected 07/16/2013)
One of the side effects of antibiotic use is the development of excessive levels of yeast in the body. What happens when there is too much yeast in the body is that when sugar is eaten, this causes the yeast in the body to expand and generate a number of symptoms. It is similar to adding sugar to yeast when making bread. The symptoms vary with each individual. We have two resources covering candida. Dr. William Crook, MD allerted us to the existence of this medicial issue. Jeanne Marie Martin with Zoltan P. Rona, MD wrote a detailed resource about the various issues associated with candida and the treatment approaches needed. (Updated 08/08/2013)
Complete Candida Yeast Guide, rev. 2nd ed. by Jeanne Marie Martin with Zoltan P. Rona, MD. (2000) (Publisher:Three Rivers Press)
This book provides comprehensive information about candida, a yeast and type of fungus that can grow out of control with the body, and cause a number of
serious health issues. Candida is not a minor health issue
and for optimum health, it needs to be dealt with. It is a major health issue and it is becoming a hidden epidemic. Those with allergies,
viral infections, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, have taken alot of anti-biotics, birth control pills, immunosuppresent drugs, steroids,
undergoing excessive stress, and are overworked, they create an imbalance in the bowel and they are more likely to have candida. The
spread of candida can lead to infection, inflammation, and chronic disease. The authors discuss the various treatment methods and details
which foods to eat and avoid.
Background information on candida:
Mercury in dental fillings have been found to be an immunosuppressive agent, enabling benign candida (yeast) to change into a more invasive (mycelial) form of yeast. This form of yeast unfortunately can spread all over the body, to all of the organs and tissues. It can also cause permeabilty of the bowel area, creating a condition known as the leaky gut. Fungi/yeast by producing mycotoxins can initiate a number of degenerative diseases such as:
|Autism||Treat and check for the following:
|Body odor and halitosis||Treatment can include:
|Breast cancer||(Note: The incidence of breast cancer is increasing at alarming rates in the United States (from one in
eleven women to one in seven women; and
occurring at younger ages.)
Treatment can include:
|Eczema||Treatment can include:
|Gout||Treatment and information:|
(Note: Too much uric acid forms crystals in the blood stream, a factor in arthritis as well. Bioflavonoids can help neutralize uric acid.)
|Hyperactivity||Hyperactivity may be affected by sugar intake, hidden food allergies, sensitivity to chemicals such as lead,
cadmium, and other toxic metals. |
|IBD: Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis||These conditions have a strong connection to fungal infection.
|Multiple Sclerosis||Suggestions include:
|Prostate Cancer||Fungal connections have been found with prostate cancer|
Suggestions for prostate and other cancers include:
|Stroke, TIA, Atherosclerosis, and Heart Disease||Stroke is defined as an injury to the brain caused by a lack of oxygen. TIA is a minor stroke. Suggestions include: a vegetarian diet. Can also be related to fungal condition. Taheebo tea is helpful (an anti-fungal tea). Other natural anti-fungal substances include garlic, onion, olive oil, oregano oil, acidolphilus, whole leaf aloe vera juice, and digestive enzymes of all types. A number of nutrients and their benefits are covered.|
|Sugar cravings||Dietary supplements that can curb sugar cravings include:
|Note: A number of other health conditions are discussed by the authors. They include:
|Substance||Information/Role of Substance|
|Chemicals||There are now 70,000 chemicals in our environment.|
|Chronic illness||Check and see if there is an underlying fungal condition
Mercury dental amalgams are a major contributing factor to chronic illness
|Cyclosporin (drug)||The drug cyclosporin used to prevent transplant organ rejection, 100% of the people who use it, they get cancer.|
|Digestion||High protein foods need acid for digestion. If the acid levels in the stomach are low, vitamins and minterals are poorly absorbed. Low stomach acid may be due to heredity, drugs such as antacids, and anti-ulcer medications. For people experiencing digestive problems, simple cooked foods are better. Also, food combining can be helpful (eating protein digested foods separately from carbohydrate digested foods, fruits are eating alone, and vegetables are neutral foods).|
|Mercury||Mercury in dental fillings can:
|Parasites||It is increasing in the United States.|
|Electromagnetic radiation testing||Gauss meter (from Teldon) can be used to measure electromagnetic radiation levels.
Elmag (from Teldon) can be used to protect yourself from electromagnetic radiation.
|Immune system||Three types of immunity:
The Yeast Connection: a medical breakthrough (1986) by William G. Crook, MD. (Publisher: Professional Books) (Added 08/08/2013)
Cannabis is gaining more recognition and acceptance as a plant with a number of medicinal properties. We have a resource that covers this in detail. (Added 11/20/2020)
Cannabis Healing: A Guide to the Therapeutic Use of CBD, THC, and other Cannabinoids (2020) by Franjo Grotenhermen, MD. (Publisher: Park Street Press)
Dr. Franjo Grotenherm, MD, is a German physician who is knowledgeable about the various medicinal benefits of cannabis. More and more countries are allowing the use of this cannabis to be used for medicinal purposes. Cannabis is a plant and there are three types:
The use of cannabis for medical purposes has a long history, and it has been used in a number of countries. The author also cites a number of studies world-wide that show the benefit of cannabis for a wide variety of health issues. Note that there are synthetic versions of cannabis.
There are multiple components of cannabis known as cannabinoids. There are 120 types, divided into ten large groups. They are:
The synthetic forms of cannabis include:
|Various Therapeutic Benefits of Cannabis|
|Category||Specifics||CBD or THC or Both|
|Cancer||This varies with the types of cancer||THC and CBD|
|Miscellaneous||THC can help with a number of health issues. They include:
Note #2: Cannabis is found to be helpful with appetite issues.
This resource refers to studies being done or have been completed on the therapeutic benefits of cannabis. It also includes stories of various individuals who have benefited from using this protocol. Common sense guidelines include starting with a small dose and gradually increasing it. It doesn't necessarily work 100% as each one of us are biochemically unique. It can be used for children, but the author advises that it be reserved for more serious illnesses. It includes some technical terms when it comes to describing a particular health condition and refers to some of the prescription drugs, though the author does specify what some of them mean. A chapter addresses side effects, precautions and contraindications of cannabis. Actually, in many cases, when compairing cannabis with prescription drugs and alcohol, cannabis came out as being safer, safer than using opiates, cocaine, alcohol, tobacco. and benzodiazepines. Actually, the most harmful one is alcohol.
This resource also includes information on how to make a number of products with cannabis. The appendix covers on how to grow this plant, drying the plant, and storing the plant. This resource contains a glossary, references, resources, and an index. (Added 11/20/2020)
After seeing references being made to Chem Trails or chemtrails and changes in our weather patterns, some of them quite serious, the following resource was read. It is a technical book. However, the research is quite detailed and written by people who understand the science behind chem trails and our laws that are addressing these issues. (Added 05/16/2016)
Chemtrails, HAARP, and the Full Spectrum Domininance of Planet Earth (2014) by Elana Freeland. (Publisher: Feral House) (Added 05/16/2016)
This book explains the issues behind chemtrails, the cloud-like lines like strings crisscrossing the sky, the result of military and commercial jets. It includes a
brief glossary, bibliography, index, and footnotes.
What is in these string-like clouds? Why are they there in our skies? It is much more than to change our climate. What is the impact on human health of these chemical trails, on our environment, our soils and crops? Who is sponsoring this program, and why? Are chemtrails just in the United States or are they worldwide? These are questions all of us need to be asking.
The author explains how HAARP, the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Project, works in tandem with chemtrails to cause changes in our atmosphere and extreme weather like earthquakes and hurricanes like Katrina and Sandy. This book covers issues relating to our atmosphere, physics, geology, radiation, U.S. laws, biological weapons, directed energy weapons (DEWs), and medical issues. Unenforced laws written to protect our environment include:
As a number of Americans have been placed on statin drugs to reduce their cholesterol levels, we have a book written by Jonny Bowden, a nutritionist, and Dr. Stephen Sinatra, MD that addressed as to what is the true picture regarding cholesterol. (Added 02/01/2015)
The Great Cholesterol Myth: why lowering your cholesterol won't prevent heart disease and the statin-free plan that will (2012) by Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra, MD. (Publisher: Fair Winds Press)
Jonny Bowden, an nutritionist with a Ph.D, and Dr. Stephen Sinatra, MD, an integrative cardiologist, have written a book that focuses on cholesterol issues and addresses the hoopla surrounding the "need to reduce cholesterol" to improve heart or cardiovascular health. The premise has been that lowering cholesterol levels improves our cardiovascular health and the authors explain that statin drugs, while they can lower our cholesterol levels, at the same time, this does not improve heart or cardiovascular health. In doing so, they cover issues regarding inflammation, the consumption of fats and sugar. They present information on what can be done to improve cardiovascular (heart) health, including nutritional supplementation.
First, the authors define what is cholesterol. It is a waxy substance needed as:
|Types of Cholesterol|
Picks up excess cholesterol and brings it back to the liver
|There are different types of HDL, not specified.||Not all of the HDLs are healthy.|
Carries cholesterol to the cells that need it
|LDL Type A||Is okay and does not cause problems. It looks like a big fluffy molecule.|
|LDL Type B||Is not okay and causes problems. It is small, hard and dense. It is also known as BB gun pellets. If damaged by oxidation, it causes problems for the arteries.|
The authors lists tests that can more accurately present what is really going on regarding cholesterol, especially measuring type LDL Type B. Cholesterol travels as lipoproteins and blood tests measure the lipoproteins. Tests include:
What are the issues associated with statin drugs designed to lower cholesterol levels? One, the research is faulty on the benefits of statin drugs. Statin drugs depletes the body's stores of co-enzyme Q-10, increases the risk for cancer and diabetes, and interferes with the serotonin receptors in the brain cells. The authors covers a number of studies and explains their results and shortcomings. Games have been played with how the statistics are presented. Two, there is one case that the authors specify where statin drugs can be beneficial. Three, the authors state that under no circumstances, should statin drugs be given to children. One issue that the authors bring up is the quality of listening by doctors to their patients, especially when patients talk about side effects. Four, there are side effects associated with statin drugs. They include:
The authors provide an excellent explanation on the role fats have in our bodies as well as the type of fats that exist. Below is a chart covering fats or also known as essential fatty acids:
|Types of Fats|
|Type of Fat||Property/Properties||Food Sources|
|Saturated||Solid at room temperature||Found in:
|Liquid at room temperture||Found in:
|Liquid at room temperature||Omega-6s
|Trans Fats||Extremely bad for the body; liquid oils made solid by hydrogenation. If the word hydrogenated appears on the label, then it is a trans fat.|
What are the real culprits behind cardiovascular disease? It is the high consumption of sugar and simple carbohydrates. As more Americans reduced their fat intake and increased the carbohydrate intake, obesity levels in this country rose. Continued and prolonged stress can aggravate our health. Another factor behind cardiovascular disease is chronic inflammation (different from acute inflammation) and chronic inflammation has been found to play a role in a number of health issues. Sugar consumption plays a role in creating chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation plays a role in:
What can be done to improve cardiovascular health? It includes the following:
A chapter covers the supplements that enhance cardiovascular health. Below is a table showing the major and minor ones that enhance cardiovascular health:
|Major and Minor Supplements to Support Cardiovascular Health|
|Major or Minor||Name||Role|
|Major||Co-enzyme Q-10||It is a vitamin-like substance. It is needed by the heart and liver. It creates energy from the food/fuel.|
|D-Ribose||A five carbon sugar and helps with cellular energy.|
|L-Carnitine||It transports fatty acids to the cells.|
|Magnesium||A major mineral and acts as a natural calcium channel blocker.|
|Minor||Cocoa Flavanols||It helps the arteries and their walls.|
|Curcuin (from spice Tumeric)||It can reduce inflammation.|
|Fish Oils||It has high levels of omega-3s and helps with lowering triglycerides, lowering blood pressure, and anti-inflammatory.|
|Resveratol||It helps the ateries be more elastic and reduce the bad cholesterol.|
|Vitamin B3 known as Niacin (one type of Vitamin B3)||It helps reduce the bad LDL cholesterol levels.|
|Vitamin B5 known as Pantethine (one type of Vitamin B5)||It helps with cholesterol levels and other blood readings.|
|Vitamin C||Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant.|
|Vitamin E||Note: There are actually 8 components of Vitamin E and acts as a major anti-oxidant. The authors recommend the mixed tocophenols or high gamma Vitamin E.|
The authors lists the various tests that can be used as a more detailed assessment of your cardiovascular health. The authors also spell which foods are better for cardiovascular health and which ones to avoid. It is also important to have positive influences and support in your life, as well. This resource, while it tries to use plain language, the book has be written to address different audiences to include both the public and to the professional medical audience. It includes references, a glossary, and an index. (Added 002/01/2015)
Website for Jonny Bowden, Ph.D
For more information about Jonny Bowden, his website address is: www.jonnybowden.com. (Added 02/01/2015)
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is belief that our bodies operate on a clock, 24 hours, in which various parts of our bodies plays a role. In this case, we have an author who calls it the body clock instead of the Circadian Rhythm.(Added 02/27/2020)
The Body Clock in Traditional Chinese Medicine: understanding our energy cycles for health and healing (2020) by Lothar Ursinus. (Publisher: EarthDancer)
The author, Lothar Ursinus is one of Germany's leading alternative practitioners. Our organs play more than just one role, besides the stomach digesting food. There is an emotional component to all of our organs and all parts of our body are interconnected. It is not just our bodies, we are also all interconnected with each other. Furthermore, when we experience illness, it is a message coming from our bodies that something needs to be changed. The author covers various parts of the body. He also covers beneficial cell salts known as Schluesser salts (found in homeopathic medicine) as well as plants with medicinal properties. Every aspect of our bodies has an emotional component. It is related or connected with teeth. Each organ is active at a specific time in the 24 hour day, as well as inactive at a specific time in the 24 hour day. Below is a table:
|Table on the Circadian Rhythm or Body Clock and Various Organs|
|Organ||Information||Cell Salts/Schluesser Salts||Plants|
|Bladder||One needs to drink plenty of fluids to enable the bladder (along with the kidneys) to their job.||Number 7: Magnesium phosphoricum||birch leaves (Betula folium)
ground ivy (Glechomma hederacea)
|Colon||The colon is part of the immune system and plays a role in acceptance.
Note: Colon hydrotherapy (or colon irrigation) can release impacted stools and dissolve fecaliths.
|Number 4: Kalium chloratum||sage (Salvia officinalis)
|Gallbladder||The gallbladder produces bile which is used to digest fat as well as sending substances to the liver to be detoxified.||Number 2: Calcium phosphoricum||chicory (Cichorium intybus)
artichoke leaves (Cynara scolymus)
|Heart||The heart is the sun organ, the center of all movements as well as the connection between the body and mind.
Note #1: The human heart is the strongest transmitter of electromagnetic waves.
|Number 3: Ferrum phosphericum||hawthorn (Crataegus)
lily of the valley (Convallaria)
St. John's Wort (Hypericum)
mistletoe (Viscum album)
|Kidneys||It is the kidney's role to determine what substances should remain in the body.||Number 8: Natrium chloratum||horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
goldenrod (Solidago )
|Liver||The liver is a processing organ. It creates vitamins, proteins, cholesterol, sugar, minerals, and more. It also processes medicines, metabolic products, hormones, and harmful substances from our environment.||Number 6: Kalium sulfuricum||dandelion (Taraxacum)
milk thistle (Silybum marianum)
|Lungs||Lungs is an "earth" organ.||Number 11: Silica||ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)
cranesbill (Geranium robertianum)
|Small intestine||The small intestine has the important task of absorbing nutrients.
Note #1: Lectins in foods can increase intestinal permeability and result in chronic inflammation.
|Number 5: Kalium phosphoricum||lavender (Lavandula)
lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
chicory (Cichorium intybus)
|Spleen and Pancreas||The spleen and pancreas work together as a unit.
The spleen plays a role in determining what matter is
foreign and what belongs in our bodies, an important role for the immune system and autism.
Note #1: Dry lips is not a good sign of the spleen and pancreas.
|Number 10: Natrium sulfuricum||chicory (Cichorium intybus)
|Stomach||The stomach has the role of being the gatekeeper.
Note #1: Conventional medicines such as acid blockers and antacids (substances to neutralize stomach acids) bring short term relief, but in the long run, are a burden on the gut, liver, and metabolism.
|Number 12: Calcium sufuricum||century (Centurium)
|Note #1: The words in parenthesis is the Latin name of the plants.
Note #2: The author explains the medicinal benefits of the plants.
The source of information for the circadian rhythm or body clock comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has a wholistic perspective on health. Each of our organs plays a role regarding our emotional and mental health. The table above highlights some of the key roles of these organs. Throughout the book, the author also throws in tidbits about various health issues. An example are the signs pointing out to the initial stages of diabetes Type 2. There is discussion on AGEs (Advanced Glycation End Products), phytic acid, casein, fructose, the meridian role, remedy for ear infections, best not to eat in the evening, and etc.
While in Western medicine, we tend to focus on specific areas of our bodies and omit the emotional aspects of health. In conclusion, we all have basic emotional and physical needs. The author lists:
The book offers a very different perspective generally not addressed in allopathic medicine. For those seeking healing, it is important to pay attention to the circadian rhythm. This book does not include a bibliography and an index. The author lists his website: http://www.healthy-active.com for additional information. (Added 02/27/2020)
Ran Knishinsky has written a book outlining the medicinal benefits of eating clay. (Added 4/11/2022)
Healing with Clay: a Practical Guide to Earth's Oldest Natural Remedy (2022) by Ran Knishinsky. (Publisher: Healing Arts Press) (Added 4/11/2022)
Ron Knishinsky has written a resource about the medicinal benefits of eating the right type of clay as well as some of the cultural and historical uses of using clay for medicinal purposes. The author
was experiencing a growth for which surgery was recommended. Eating clay helped remove the growth. His professional background includes experience with both allopathic and naturopathic medical industries.
Each of them has a role
Historically, eating clay was done in Egyptian times, in Roman Empire, in Greek medicine, in Chinese medicine, in Indian medicine and for thousands of years. What the clay does, it stimulates the immune system. With today's science tools, we can understand how clay can help us and the different types of clay. Below we have a table that covers some of the concepts pertaining to the use of clay for medicinal purposes.
|Some Main Ideas Regarding the Medicinal Benefits of Clay|
|Aflatoxins||Aflatoxins are a type of mycotoxins, produced by certain molds. It can grow in our soil, be in decaying vegetation, in hay and grains. It is genotoxic and can damage the DNA.|
|Benefits of Eating Earth Substances (such as clay)||The benefits of eating the right type of clay are:
|Cations||Clay has layers that are negatively charged. These negative surfaces attract positive-charged atoms called cations.This gives clay the ability to attract a variety of molecules.|
|Ethnomedicine||The medical definition of ethnomedicine is the comparative study of how different cultures view disease and how they treat or prevent it. Also, it is the medical beliefs and practices of indigenous cultures.|
|Geophagy||The practice of eating earthy substances (such as clay) that in humans is performed especially to augment a scanty or mineral-deficient diet or as part of a cultural tradition.|
|Benefits of Eating Earth Substances (such as clay)||The benefits of eating the right type of clay are:
|Mycotoxins||Mycotoxins are fungal poisons that can be found in a number of food sources. Taking clay can help us deal with mycotoxins.|
|Pharmacognosy||It is the study of natural drugs and their constituents.|
|Roles of Minerals in Clay||The minerals in clay have a number of roles. They include:
|Science of Clay||Clay contains minerals. They are all phyllosilicates, a category of silicate minerals made of parallel sheets, usually of aluminosilicate. Phyllo means sheets. Clay is also the
smallest particles of rock. It comes in different shapes and sizes. Clay can have one of two properties. One is adsorption which attracts but it is on the outside. The other one is absorption, which acts
like a sponge and can absorb toxins. They are seven different groups of clay.
The biblical reference that we are created from dust and to dust, we return. After reading this resource, it sounds like this was possible. A chapter covers the use of clay for animals and another one covers the use of eating clay during pregnancy. Another chapter covers the ways one can utilize clay as a natural medicine. This resource includes notes, and an index. Added 04/11/2022)
In keeping with the theme of this website, that food is our medicine and medicine is our food, coconuts fit this criteria. In tropical climates, where coconuts grow and in some instances, is the only source of food, coconuts are used both as a food and as a medicine. We have a comprehensive resource written by Dr. Bruce Fife, a naturopathic doctor about the nutritional and medicinal benefits of coconuts. (Added 10/15/2012)
Coconut Cures: preventing and treating common health problems with Coconut (2005) by Bruce Fife, ND. (Publisher: Piccadilly Books. Ltd.)
If there was a food with both nutritional and medicinal value, it would be the coconut. The coconut is a seed of the palm tree, the largest seed we have. It can be eaten as coconut water, coconut milk, coconut cream, and coconut oil. It is also food that is quite low in allergenic properties; very few people have allergy reactions to coconuts. In recent years, coconuts have received unfavorable publicity. This book changes that.
The coconut is also antibiotic, an immuno-enhancer, a food that can regulate the body's function and defense mechanism. It promotes the absorption of vitamins A, D, E, and K; also the following minerals: calcium, magnesium, and iron. It is non-toxic and protects the body from infectious agents such as viruses, bacteria, yeasts, protozoa, and worms without harmful side effects.It inhibits pro-inflammatory cytokins and stimutlates anti-cytokines. Actually, coconut oil is used in feeding tubes and IV solutions to treat critically ill patients.
And there are different types of saturated fats based on the molecular size. They are: short chain fatty acids (SCFs) medium chain fatty acids (MCFs) long chain fatty acids (LCFs)
Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids. It is quite absorbable and digestable by the body, without the need for digestive enzymes.
Coconut oil can help in the following health conditons:
In addition to the various health conditions, the author also discusses the health issues associated with toxins.
Two types of coconut oil:
RBD - refined, bleached, deodorized, and made from copra
Virgin - made fresh
Coconut flour is high in fiber and low in digestable carbohydrates (needs more water than other flours). It contains 71% digestible fiber. Coconut milk is rich in fat and protein. Coconut milk can be fermented.
The last chapter lists a number of health issues that can be treated or reduced with coconuts. The author lists recipes in how to treat these conditions. Some of the conditions listed include:
This resource includes resources, a bibliography, references and an index. (Added 10/15/2012)
For people not knowledgeable about the benefits of a healthy colon, a clean colon free of toxins and impacted matter, it is a cornerstone of one's overall health. There is a procedure called colon hydrotherapy that uses water to clean the colon, performed by a licensed colon hydrotherapist. It is one procedure that is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We have one resource that addressed colon health and the benefits of cleaning one's colon. (Updated 09/01/2018)
Tissue Cleansing through Bowel Management (2981) by Bernard Jensen, DC, Ph.D, Nutritionist coauthored with Sylvia Bell, 12th edition. (Publisher: Bernard Jensen International)
This resource explains the benefits of cleaning the colon. It was written some time ago, but it is a forerunner of some of the newer books out there that cover what
the late Dr. Bernard Jensen, D.C. and Ph.D covers on digestive health. His background includes chiropractic medicine and nutrition. He actually visited other countries and
communities that were healthy and had long life spans and studied their lifestyles. Health includes the importance of regular elimination, healthy diet, use of probiotics
(except that the word probiotics is not used), and the essential role of bowel health in overall health.
The authors make a point that our health care focuses more on addressing disease, instead of prevention. It turns out that the bowel has the poorest nerve structure of any organ in the body. This makes it hard for the bowel to send out signals when something is amiss except through elimination like constipation or diarrhea. When toxins accumulate in the bowel, the bowel is unable to let you know. It is different from when you get a cut or bruise, your body lets you know. When the body becomes toxic, proper oxidation cannot take place. A toxic colon also means that the colon is less able to absorb nutrients. Without oxygenation, we lack energy and are tired. A healthy colon does not produce much flatulence or gassiness. The functions of the digestive system are described in detail. It was noted that those in Africa and India on diets high in insoluable fiber are healthier and experience less cancer. The authors cover a number of issues relating to digestive health and overall health. Below is a table highlighting some of the issues and concepts covered by Dr. Jensen.
|Concepts Relating to Colon Health|
|Bowel Pressure||There are two types of pressure on the bowel. One is mechanical and other is chemical. Gravity plays a role on the colon. It can result in the prolapse of the transverse colon, creating problems for other organs located in the abdominal area.|
|Constipation||Intestinal constipation creates more work for other organs such as the kidneys, the skin, liver, lungs, and the lymphatic system.|
|Digestive Juices in the Digestive System||The digestive system includes a number of digestive juices. They are:
|Elimination Channels||The body has five elimination channels. They are:
|Enemas||A number of enemas are covered. They are:
|Hering's Law of Cure||Hering's Law of Cure says that all cure starts within out and from the head down and in reverse order as the symptoms have appeared.|
|Iridology||Iridology, the science of looking at the eyes, this can tell a trained person much about the patient's health.|
|Large Instestine Issues||Various health issues that can occur in the large intestine are:
|Laxatives||It can tire out the bowel muscle.|
|Niacin (Vitamin B3)||This nutrient pushes blood into all the organs.|
|Nutrients Needed in a Healthy Bowel|| A healthy bowel needs the following nturients:
|Refined Carbohydrates||Refined carbohydrates lose nutrients that act as lubricants in the bowel.|
|Skin Brushing||Skin brushing helps the body to remove top layer, eliminate uric acid, catarrh, and other various acids in the body.|
|Tonsils||Tonsils help with eliminating catarrh, phlegm, and mucous acids.|
Various diets are covered including fasting. Colema treatment, a form of colon hydrotherapy is covered in detail and information is provided in how to set up one at home. Diet recommendations are provided as well as nutritional supplementation.
Additional information has come up that expands on what Dr. Bernard Jensen covered. A word of caution on colon therapy is in cases of bowel abscesses, colon therapy can result in perforation of the bowel. In these situations, check with a qualified physician.
One of the major aspects of this resource is how a number of health conditions such as asthma, arthritis, triglyercrides, and cholesterol levels can be alleviated by cleaning
the bowel and restoring it to optimum health.
This resource includes case histories, bibliography, glossary, and color photos showing the before and after benefits of colon cleansing. (Added 09/01/2018)
This section covers various cookbooks that facilitate nutritional health and address specific health issues. We have three different cookbooks. They are:
Nourishing Traditions, rev. 2nd ed. (2001) by Sally Fallon with Mary G. Enig. (Publisher: New Trends Publishing, Inc.)
The Yeast Connection Cookbook: A Guide to Good Nutrition and Better Health (2007) by William G., M.D. C rook and Marjorie Hurt Jones (Publisher: SquareOne Publishers)
The Healthy Probiotic Diet: more than 50 recipes for improved digestion, immunity, and skin health (2014) by R. J. Ruppenthal. (Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing)
As we become more aware of various foods and their impact on our health and digestion, we learn more about probiotics. Probiotics provide the intestinal tract
with helpful bacteria that facilitates a healthier and stronger environment for the immune system as well as absorption of nutrients. While this cookbook is titled as a probiotic
cookbook, we are really talking about prebiotics. Prebiotics develop as probiotics for the digestive system, especially for the intestines, promoting a healthy flora for the intestines.
It offers a number of recipes for prebiotic foods.
Fermented foods and drinks contain alot of prebiotics per serving. The author gives detailed explaination of which foods and drinks contain beneficial bacteria as well as which ones don't. These recipes offers an alternative to probiotic supplementation. These recipes include recipes for yogurt, pickles, sauerkraut, fermented condiments, and drinks. Suggestions are also provided on ways to utilize prebiotic foods. It includes colorful pictures of the prepared dishes/beverages.
The appendix includes resources and a recipe index. (Added 011/06/2015)
In view of the widespread flow of the coronavirus across the world, we have an article that highlights the nutritional medicine approach to treating this virus. This virus is also labeled as COVID-19. As we know more about this virus, we have added a book covering this topic by Dr. Joseph Mercola, MD. (Added 03/04/2020, Updated 12/10/2021)
Nutritional Treatment of the Coronavirus by Andrew Saul (Publisher: Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, Jan. 30, 2020)
This article recommends the use of intravenous vitamin C to treat the more serious cases of the coronavirus. Two doctors started this protocal of using vitamin C to treat
viruses. They are Dr. Frederick R. Klenner, MD and Dr. Robert F. Cathcart, MD. For milder cases, vitamin C orally can be taken until bowel tolerance is reached. The
article talks about some of the past epidemics such as Flu Pandemic of 1919-1920, Swine Flu, and SARS.
Vitamin C fights all types of viruses. Even low dosages of vitamin C taken throughout the day can be beneficial. Additional recommended nutrients are:
The Truth About Covid-19: Exposing the Great Reset, Lockdowns, Vaccine Passports and the New Normal (2021) by Dr. Joseph Mercola and Ronnie Cummins. (Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing) (Added 12/01/2021)
Generally, this website focuses on information to enhance our understanding on how our bodies work from a nutritional medicine point of view. In view of the widespread path
of COVID-19 over countries, this is a topic that needs further understanding. As a virus, the COVID-19 also mutates with time into variants. So, this pandemic
is far from over. Dr. Joseph Mercola, MD has written a comprehensive resource covering COVID-19. Unfortunately, there are political overtones regarding this pandemic and
the focus of world health authorities to push vaccinations. This pandemic has had a serious effect on the world economy, poverty, hunger, homelesses, and unemployment, including the United
States. Furthermore, there is considerable misinformation taking place regarding this pandemic, including the testing protocols. It also includes censorship. And we need to be aware of how this pandemic is affecting
individual rights and liberties.
This pandemic offers us an opportunity to reassess on how we can promote everyone's health. Dr. Mercola points out that it starts with our food and how farming practices and food processing has actually reduced the nutritional status in the food. It definitely impacts on everyone's health and it is becoming a worldwide issue. However, what we are seeing is the push for vaccinations with vaccine mandates. Apparently, the antibodies created by the initial vaccination require boosters. While COVID-19 is playing a factor in how many people have died, the real issue is comorbidities, other health issues affecting people like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, kidney disease, dementia, hypertension, and etc. People are not just dying from the COVID-19, it is when it occurs with other health issues. The elderly and those with compromised immune systems are at higher risk for COVID-19.
Again, Dr. Mercola points out that this pandemic offers us an opportunity to reassess on how we can promote everyone's health, in a way that strengthens our immune system and reduces our vulnerability to this pandemic and future pandemics. This means avoiding junk food and reducing our exposure to toxins.
The source of this virus appears to have been man-made, as a form of being a biological weapon, released from Wuhan, China. It is actually illegal to develop biological weapons, an effort led by Francis Boyle with the 1989 U.S. Bioterrorism law. Actually, effforts have been made to develop vaccines that can effectively and safely work with these weaponized viruses. Safety Issues were raised about safety and effectiveness about vaccines to deal with coronaviruses. Dr. Mercola covers the history in creating this vaccine against COVID-19.
Dr. Mercola identifies the key players that are pushing for vaccinations, vaccine mandates, and limiting and censoring information based on nutrition and other protocols. The manufacturers of these vaccines are profiting from this pandemic.
Below is a table that highlights some of the concepts covered in this resource.
|Some Main Ideas Regarding COVID-19 and Coronaviruses|
|ACE2||ACE2 is a receptor on our cells. It is also a way for the SARS-CoV-2 virus to gain access to the cell.|
|Immunity||This pandemic brings up the immune system issue. There is natural immunity. When one experiences the disease/illness, the body develops natural immunity. When someone takes a vaccination, the immunity provided by the vaccine is not the same. Natural immunity tends to be lifelong whereas vaccine immunity has a more limited lifespan. There is now discussion about booster shots to Covid|
|Medical Malpractice||Medical errors in the U.S. are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
Note #1: Nursing home facilities that did not allow COVID-19 patients into their facility had a much lower death rate (almost zero) than nursing facilities that allowed COVID-19 patients. This is also true for hospitals.
Note #2: Ventilators were found not to be really effective.
|National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act 1986||Initially, vaccine manufacturers were being sued for vaccine harm/injury. However, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act 1986 was passed and the liability for vaccine harm (including death) was removed from the vaccine manufacturers and transferred to the American taxpayers. There is almost no liability from vaccine manufacturers starting in 2011. It is basically very difficult to obtain federal compensation from this program.|
|Nutritional Protocols for Improving COVID-19 outcomes||A number of nutritional protocols apparently plays a major role in surviving COVID-19. Briefly is a list. It is covered in more detail in this book.
|PCR Testing||PCR refers to the testing used to determine whether someone has COVID-19. This test is considered unreliable and Dr. Mercola explains how. The majority of people tested positive for COVID are asymptomatic. These people are unlikely not to transmit the virus to others. The PCR test picks up inactive, non-infectious viral particles. It cannot distinguish between inactive and "live" viruses. Dr. Mercola also talks about the cycle threshold, called CT. If it is done over 35 times, it is not effective. This means that the number of people with COVID-19 is overstated.|
|Psychological Impact of Lockdowns||Unfortunately, there are issues with lockdowns. It increases the risk of:
|Reported Side Effects from Covid 19 Vaccines||A number of side effects have been reported from the COVID-19 vaccines. They are:
|SARS||SARS stands for severe acute respiratory syndrome. The original form of SARS has a narrow host range. However, with manipulation, these viruses have been made to affect other species and made more dangerous. This is called "gain of function". There have been earlier SARS outbreaks, but they were not as dangerous as COVID-19.|
|Statistics Regarding COVID-19 Deaths||94% of people who died from Covid had 2.6 other health conditions that contributed to their death. The Center for Disease Control is inflating the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19. This means that only 6% of the deaths from COVID were solely due to COVID.|
|Sepsis||Viruses are becoming a growing cause of sepsis. Severe sepsis can lead to multi-organ failure. Vitamin C, vitamin B1, and hydrocortisone can reduce the mortality rate from sepsis.|
|Treatment Protocols||Dr. Mercola covers treatment protocols that can save lives. He calls them in two types, I-Mask (individual) and MATH+ (hospital). It is covered in detail.
Note #2: Ivermectin is inexpensive and it reduced the death rate from COVID, by 75%.
Note #3: Hydroxychloroquine was used in Spain and France. In testing, the dosages were much too high.
|Vaccine Effectiveness||The effectiveness of vaccines is overrated and there is missing information. Dr. Mercola covers this and something
called PIE for paradoxical immune response. One question that
everyone needs to ask, what effect will RNA vaccines have on our DNA? What are the long term effects of this vaccine? Side effects
are common especially with the second dose.
Note #1: What is RNA and DNA?
The two main types of nucleic acids are DNA and RNA. Both DNA and RNA are made from nucleotides, each containing a five-carbon sugar backbone, a phosphate group, and a nitrogen base. DNA provides the code for the cell's activities, while RNA converts that code into proteins to carry out cellular functions. RNA is the acronym for ribonucleic acid. RNA is a vital molecule found in your cells, and it's necessary for life. Pieces of RNA are used to construct proteins inside of your body so that new cell growth may take place. There is concern about vaccines affecting our RNA.
Every health care practitioner, legislator and government official, and concerned citizens, they need to read this book and get a basic understanding of what is really going on with this pandemic. We need to address the roles played by Big Pharma, Big Food, and Big Agriculture in this pandemic that is preventing all of us from seeing the larger picture, the role of nutrition and toxins in health. A more worrisome concern is the censorship and suppression of information that can help people recover from this pandemic. From a political perspective, the measures our governments are taking to address this pandemic are affecting individual rights, including medical rights. There are people whose health makes them vulnerable to vaccine harm. What rights do they have when vaccines are mandated, especially if the employer makes it mandatory. Meanwhile, companies and individuals that are profiting from his pandemic have gotten richer. It is essential that there be an arms length relationship between the pharmaceutical/vaccine industry and government health agencies including the CDC, NIH, FDA in the United States. Dr. Mercola also states that some people may already have some antibodies from previous exposure to the coronavirus in a cold and resist the Covid virus. According to Mark Ridley, viruses weaken over time. This book lists notes and an index. (Added 12/01/2021)
This section covers materials that relate to overall dental health. We have a resource on oil pulling that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. (Added 08/09/2016)
Oil Pulling Therapy: detoxifying and healing the body through oral cleansing (2008) by Dr. Bruce Fife. (Publisher: Piccadilly Books, Ltd.). (Added 08/09/2016)
This book covers an interesting and safe technique that can promote both your dental and physical health. The author, Dr. Bruce Fife, ND is a naturopathic physician who talks about both oil pulling and overall dental health issues. This is why this book is placed under dental health. Oil pulling actually has been used for generations in Ayurvedic medicine. The mouth is the window to the rest of the body and can indicate a person's overall health. This was known thousands of years ago. All disease apparently can start in the mouth. Farmers, when they consider purchasing an animal, they check the animal's mouth, as a sign to indicate how healthy the animal is. Bacteria and viruses in the mouth play a role in development of heart disease. An infected tooth or toothache is not a minor matter as it can affect your overall health. It can play a role in:
Below is a table about issues that the author covers regarding dental health.
|Concepts relating to Dental Health Issues|
|Cilantro||Cilantro is a herb with chelating properties. It is able to bind with mercury and help it get excreted from the body. There are different opinions relating to cilantro use.|
|Coconut oil||Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids, MCT for short. It is anti-inflammatory, immune enhancing, anti-cancerous, and protective from a number of health issues.|
|Composite||Composite is another type of material used for dental fillings. It is suggested that a compatibility test be done before using the composite.|
|Dental Care Tips||It is best to avoid snacking and eating late at night. Some of the foods do the following:
|Dental materials||Metals in mouth do produce electricity. Nickel is a toxic heavy metal.|
|Enzymes||Enzymes are made of amino acids, too. When mercury attaches itself to these enzymes, these enzymes become dysfunctional. This causes disruption in all of our biological systems. Some symptoms can result in mental deterioration and chronic fatigue.|
|Fluoride||Fluoride is its purest form is a gas and it is a poison. It is currently being added to two thirds of the water systems in the United States. The fluoride
that is used in the United States is a by-product in the manufacturing of aluminum, cement, steel, and phosphate fertilizer. Generally, it is a toxic waste and
expensive to dispose of. No previous research had been done to test its safety on people (and on our animals and plant life). It actually makes the teeth softer.
It increases risk of bone fracture. Fluoride can cause hypothyroidism, bone cancer, genetic damage, accumulates in and damages the brain. Below is more information
about the effects of fluoride:
|Healing Symptoms||In the process of using oil pulling, a number of symptoms can occur, like aches and pain, diarrhea, nausea, skin outbreak, and others. This is also part of healing crisis and it is considered to be a good sign. It is recommended that medications be avoided as much as possible. Herbs and vitamins are okay.|
|Heavy metals||Zinc and selenium are used in a number of enzymes and chemical reactions in the body. Mercury and nickel have the ability to displace zinc and selenium and the resulting enzymes become useless.|
|Healthy Diet||Healthy diets are essential to our dental and physical health. Dr. Fife covers the work of Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist that did research on societies that had excellent dental health and lived on traditional diets. What has happened to our foods as well as our consumption of sugar is playing a major role in deteriorating dental and physical health. Coronary heart disease was unheard of before the 1920's, before the changes in our food supply and diet occurred.|
|Mercury||Mercury has a special affinity for sulfur containing amino acids.
|Oil Pulling||Oil pulling is a procedure where 2 to 3 teaspoons, preferably coconut oil, is placed in the mouth and the person moves this oil around for 15 to 20 minutes. By doing this, the oil is able to attract the bacteria that is in the mouth. This bacteria are disease causing microoranisms and toxins in the mouth that causes ill health. Most of these microorganisms are covered with a lipid or fatty membrane. Oil and water do not mix. However, two oils are attracted to each other. This oil is not to be swallowed, and is spitted out into a paper cup and disposed into the trash. This procedures frees up the body to focus on self-healing and reduces systemic inflammation. Two types of bacteria exists in the mouth. They are planktonic (free floating) and biofilm (colonize on the surfaces). One type of bacteria called streptococus mutans is known to cause cavities.|
Gum disease and tooth decay are now common in the United States and world wide. Our teeth are meant to last a lifetime if properly taken care of and properly nourished. Dr. Fife covers some of the nutrients that are beneficial to healthy teeth and bones. Biological dentists are more knowledgeable about the issues associated with the dangers of mercury in dental fillings, safe removal of these fillings, and alternatives. This is more than a guide about oil pullings. The author presents a plan that enhances our dental health and physical health:
Optimum human health includes optimum dental health. Human health is dependant upon having healthy and happy teeth. However, the use of mercury in dental fillings represents a serious health hazard to our health. Mercury is known to be one of the most toxic substances as well as being a neurotoxin (toxic to the brain). The book listed below is written by a dentist extremely knowledgeable about the dangers of using mercury in dental fillings. For the best results, it is better to do a mercury detoxification program along with the removal of mercury amalgam silver fillings. For information about mercury as a chemical, also a heavy metal, see the section covering MERCURY (CHEMICAL). (Added 10/19/2011, Updated 08/05/2016)
The Poison in Your Teeth (2008) by Tom McGuire, DDS. (Publisher: Dental Wellness Institute)
This book explains the effect of mercury on human health. One, apparently when a fetus is conceived, the fetus is exposed to the mercury that is in the mother's dental fillings. The fetus has no way of protecting itself from any type of toxic substance. It offers one possible answer as to why some children develop autism and they have never been vaccinated. Two, mercury fillings releases mercury vapor. This spreads out throughout the body, adversely affecting the body's immune system and aggravating a wide variety of human ailments and health conditions.) (Added 10/19/2011)
Mercury Detoxification: the natural way to remove mercury from your body (2006) by Tom McGuire, DDS. (Publisher: Dental Wellness Institute)(Note: An excellent and readable resource; it offers information about detoxification.)(Added 10/25/2011)
Dr. Tom McGuire, DDS maintains a website called the Dental Wellness Institute. The web address is: http://dentalwellness4u.com. (Added 10/19/2011)
This DVD called "Evidence of Harm: Mercury dental fillings" presents the issues relating to the mercury use in dental amalgam fillings. It was produced in 2015 by Do No Harm Productions and Ministry Machine Productions, filmed by Randall More. It runs for one hour, nineteen minutes, and 35 seconds and the main presentation is captioned. It also includes addendum materials (not captioned) covering:
As this website focuses on nutritional medicine, promoting optimum health, and prevention of illness, disease, and injury, it is important to
cover dental health and root canals. This is another piece of the puzzle for keeping us healthy and why a number of us of
are experiencing health issues. According to the American Association
of Endodontists, more than 15 million root canals are performed each year in the United States.
Actually, cavities, even little cavities, are a sign of our systemic health is not as healthy as it can be. Generally, our society in the U.S. has grown to accept the incidence of cavities in children, teens, and adults as being normal. It is a sign that our bodies are not receiving optimum nutrition. Dr. Weston Price, DDS, a major pioneer and researcher on the role of nutrition in dental, physical, and mental health did considerable research on the issues and health outcomes associated with root canals. His research was performed from 1900 thru 1923, accompanied by a team of leading medical and dental scientists at that time. For people interested in dealing with their root canals (as well as dental fillings that have mercury), a specialty of dentistry called biological dentistry exist. These biological dentists are especially trained to deal with both root canals and mercury fillings and are more knowledgeable about the role of nutrition in dental health. They also know the dangers mercury poses and safe ways to dispose dental fillings that have mercury in them.
We have two resources covering the health issues on root canals. One is Root Canal Cover-Up by George E. Meining, DDS, FACD. The second resource is The Toxic Tooth by Robert Kulacz, DDS and Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD. Some of the information is covered in both books.
Root Canal Cover-Up (1998) by George E. Meinig, DDS, FACD. (Publisher: Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation).
Dr. George E. Meining, DDS was one of the founders for the Association of Root Canal Specialists. Dr. Meinig came across the research performed by Dr. Weston A. Price, DDS on root canals. Dr. Price wrote two books. One is Dental Infections, Oral and Systemic and the second one is Dental Infections and Degenerative Diseases. Dr. Meinig also came across the research of Dr. Hal Huggins, along with other people, who repeated many of Dr. Price's experiments, using guinea pigs instead of rabbits. He discovers evidence that root canals can damage your health, especially when your immune systems become weaker, and tells you what you can do about it. The immune system can be overloaded by stress. A number of basic concepts are listed below:
|Basic Terms and Concepts Relating to Root Canals|
|American Diets||American diets tend to have an imbalance between calcium and phosphorous. This factor is due high intake of:
|Bacteria found in Root Canals/Dentin||The harmful bacteria (mostly streptococcus veridans family of bacteria) have been found to be hardy and polymorphic. They mutate, become more virulent, and the toxins become even more toxic. They travel and spread to other parts of the body. Those with strong immune systems can keep the harmful bacteria at bay.|
|Cavitations||It is where there is a hole or gap in the tissues. In the teeth, it can be a cavity, especially where the enamel is. There can also be a hole or gap in the jaw, as a result of an infection. It can also be a cause in a number of degenerative diseases. Note: Cavitations can occur in other areas of the body, like the lungs.|
|Degenerative Diseases||What is degenerative disease, it is the slow loss of function along with the structural degeneration of various organs and tissues in the body. Degenerative diseases is a term that Dr. Weston Price used. What concerned him, was that he noticed that the incidence of degenerative diseases was increasing. At the same time, many of the people suffering from degenerative diseases also had root canals. Dr. Price also believed that many of these degenerative diseases were due to nutritional and/or metabolic disorders. Those who had a healthy mouth were less likely to suffer from a degenerative condition.|
|Calcium||When the body needs extra calcium, the calcium is taken from the bones. We need a sufficient amount of phosphorus so that we do not have excess calcium. The
excess calcium ends up being deposited in tissues where it causes problems. Some examples include:
|Diagnostic Tools||Dentistry has a number of diagnostic tools to assess dental health. Some of these tools have limitations. Below is a list:
|Diseases affected by root canals||List of diseases and health conditions affected by root canals:
|Focal Infections||About 95% of the focal infections start in the teeth and tonsils. The bacteria in the infected tooth and tooth area spread to other parts of the
body. The bacteria also changes and mutates, can exist without oxygen, and becomes more toxic. The heart seems to be particularly
vulnerable to focal infections, though it can spread to one or more of the following organs/tissues:
|Gum Infections||Regular clean-up of tartar reduces the potential irritation to the gums. Gum infection is also known as pyorrhea or periodontal disease. When it occurs, this indicates a weakness in the body's immune system|
|Ionic Calcium||Ionic calcium is calcium carrying an electric charge. Ionic calcium plays a role in:
|Root Canal||It is used as a treatment for a tooth that is dead or damaged. With a root canal, the tooth is cleaned out, disinfected with a disinfectant, filled with a substance and covered with a crown. It is used to save the natural tooth, instead of removing it.|
|Root Canal Infection||According to Dr. Price's research, root canal filled teeth remain infected. Despite procedures to remove all traces of infection, infection remains in areas not reachable in the dentum by surface cleaning, antibiotics and anti-septic solutions. As more people receive root canals, the incidence of degenerative diseases increased.|
|Tooth Anatomy||The outer layer of the tooth is the enamel. Under the enamel is the dentin which contains tubules. Tubules contain fluid which carries nutrients and other matter to keep the teeth healthy. Another layer is the cemetum. Note: When a person eats sugar, it causes the fluid to reverse itself, and creating a factor in tooth decay. Medications have been found not to have an effect on the bacteria lodged in the dentin. The bacteria is anaerobic. This means that they do not need oxygen to survive. With the advent of the electron microscope, we are able to see in depth what both the dentin and enamel look like.|
|Tooth Decay||Tooth decay is another term that covers dental cavities. Two causes of tooth decay are:
The best way to treat dental health issues is really prevention. This includes:
This resource includes references and an index. This book was written for both the laymen and dental professionals. It includes dental terminology, the protocol for treating, in this case, removing infected root canals. It is also a worthwhile resource for physicians, as well. The authors estimate that as much as 80% of health conditions originate from the mouth. (Added 09/24/2015)
Website for Price–Pottenger Nutrition Foundation
For more information about Dr. Price Weston, DDD, check the Price–Pottenger Nutrition Foundation website as well as book ordering information. The website address is: https://ppnf.org/about/. (Added 09/24/2015)
The Toxic Tooth: how a root canal could be making you sick (2014) by Robert Kulacz, DDS and Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD. (Publisher: MedFox Publishing).
This resource is a more recent book covering the issues and health dangers associated with root canals. Dr. Robert Kulacz, DDS is a dentist who discovered the health issues his patients were experiencing as a result of their root canals. The second author, Dr. Thomas E. Levy, MD and JD is a physician who also has a law degree. This book has been written for both the public and medical professionals. According to these authors, over 25 million root canals are performed each year in the United States.
These two authors have included more up-to-date information, information that verified Dr. Weston Price's research findings along with other medical scientists' research (see the book review for Root Canal Cover-Up). Below is a table highlighting some of the updates.
|Additional Basic Terms and Concepts Relating to Root Canals|
|Concept or Term||Information|
|Cavitations||When the source of the cavitations or jawbone osteoporosis is from a root canal tooth, it may or may not be painful. Most have toxins. The bacteria in it can lead to systemic illness. The treatment of these cavitations requires complete surgical removal of the dead, the diseased, and toxin containing bone.|
|Diagnostic Tools||X-rays that is covered by dental insurance give an incomplete picture. It cannot highlight the microscopic areas. 2D x-rays detected infection 70% of the time. A better tool is the 3D cone beam computed tomography X imaging (Note: Don't think that this type of x-ray is covered by U.S. dental and medical insurance.). The 3D technique is able to uncover infection 91% of the time. Blood tests and cultures are also needed to diagnose infection. Higher levels of albumin in the blood is another sign of infection.|
|Diseases linked to root canals||Below is a partial listing of diseases linked to root canals:
|Periodontitis, Apical||This infection around the root tip of the tooth originates from the teeth with an infected pulp or root canal space. Recent studies link apical periodontitis to a number of other diseases in organs and structures in the body.|
|Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)||It is technology that can prove the existence of the focal infection theory. It can:
|Root Canals||Root canals can infect the adjacent bone tissue. Extremely high percentage (over 95%) of root canals are chronically infected.
It is not possible with the current techniques to remove all of the pathogenic microorganisms from an infected root
canal tooth. Microbes lodged inside the root canal, with no access or need for oxygen, produce exotoins and are biologically
highly toxic and vertually untouchable by the immune system. Actually, the root canal paradoxically establishes a safe haven
for this toxic bacteria. This includes:
|Toxins in the Root Canal||Toxins in the root canal can inhibit a number of enzymes. They are:
Unfortunately, for Dr. Robert Kulacz, DDS. the New York State Office of Professional Discipline went after Dr. Kulacz,
attempted to revoke his license, and basically put him out of business. Dr. Kulacz describes the dental board attack on
his license in the preface to The Toxic Tooth. This book also covers the political and dental issues regarding root canals,
as if there continues to be a cover-up on the dangers associated with root canals. Furthermore, there is discussion about
the need for a fully informed medical consent for patients on the pros and cons of root canals. The authors indicate
that dentistry and medicine need to be treated as a single system, instead of as two separate systems. The book includes resources
and recommended readings.
(Reviewer's note: New York State is one state that has made the hair analysis test medically illegal, when the hair analysis test is a non-invasive, inexpensive test and provides information on both toxic metals and non-toxic mineral levels.) (Added 09/24/2015)
Depression is more common than we think. As much as ten percent of the U.S. population
may be suffering from depression. More alarming, children are now being diagnosed with depression. We have a resource
by Dr. Michael Schachter, MD covering the nutritional issues behind depression.
We have a second resource covering depression using integrative medicine by Dr. James M. Greenblatt, MD. Depression is like a silent disease as it may not be obvious to everyone who is affected. It is much common than it has been realized. Furthermore, many questions exist on how to best treat depression, other than the use of prescription drugs. If not treated or treated ineffectively, it has serious consequences. Dr. James M. Greenblatt, MD, a psychiatrist has written an informative resource on integrative medicines's approach towards treating depression. (Added 01/15/2015, Updated 03/26/2021)
What your doctor may not tell you about depression: the breakthrough integrative approach for effective treatment (2006) by Michael B. Schachter, MD and Deborah Mitchell. (Publisher: Warner Wellness)
Dr. Michael B. Schachter, MD and Deborah Mitchell have written a book explaining in detail the nutritional issues behind depression. It is based on
orthomolecular psychiatry, where depression is examined from a cellular point of view and the role of nutrients on the cellular level. There are
a considerable number of factors at play with depression. Depression is a result of a chemical imbalance in the brain, an imbalance that includes dozens of substances,
especially neurotransmitters. The building blocks of neurotransmitters come from amino acids (protein). There are two types of neurotransmitters, the
inhibitory and the excitetory. They need to be balanced. Other factors include nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, exposure to toxic substances, gastrointestinal
issues, immune system, the nervous system, inadequate sunlight, chronic disease, medications, and genetics. If the hormones are out of balance, so are the neurotransmitters.
Neurotoxins affect the brain and they include: lead, mercury, formaldehyde, dioxins, and there are others.
Depression starts with the gut; a gut that is working improperly. Dr. Schachter defines three types of allergies:
|Digestive and Diet Issues that play a role in Depression|
|Term||Explanation or Role|
|Caffeine||Caffeine stimulates the nervous system and inhibits the body's/brain's levels of serotonin. It also depletes the body's levels of vitamin c, magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, B vitamins, and hinders GABA metabolism.|
|Carbohydrates||Various types of carbohydrates:
Note #2: Carbohydrates combine with proteins to form glycoproteins, allowing for cell to cell communication.
Note #3: Carbohydrates can be refined or unrefined. Refined carbohydrates do not have fiber.
|Diets||Various diets are covered. The diets covered are:
|Digestive Enzymes||Listing of Main Digestive Enzymes
|Essential Fatty Acids||Essential fatty acids are essential for brain health and dealing with depression. It is needed in the diet. It includes the omega-3s and omega-6s.|
|Fats||The brain is more than 60% fat. Fats have three functions:
Note #2: Types of fats:
|Fiber||The authors recommend 25 to 30 grams of fiber daily.|
|Foods: Positive Foods and
Foods to Avoid
Foods to avoid:
|Hydrochloric Acid||It is a stomach acid that stimulates pepsinogen to form pepsin. Pepsin is needed to breakdown protein into smaller particles known as peptides. If stomach acid production is impaired, organisms such as candida or helicobacter pylori can reproduce. This results in stomach inflammation and depressive symptoms. This leads to poor absorption of amino acids, and problems for the brain.|
|Macronutrients||Nutrients needed in large amounts, e.g. protein|
|Micronutrients||Nutrients needed in small amounts, e.g. iodine|
|Omega-3s Fats||Information about omega-3s and omega-6s fats are discussed. People hospitalized for depression are often found to be low in omega-3s. Three types of omega-3s are mentioned:
|Raw Foods||Raw foods are a good source of enzymes.|
|Amino Acids||The amino acids need to in balance for depression. It is a three step process. It is:
|B Complex Vitamins||The B vitamins play a major role in brain health. The authors explain the various roles played by each of the B complex vitamins. |
Note #1: Other vitamins and minerals are covered, too.
|Depression, Treatment||Treatment of depression can require the following steps:
|Depresstion, Types of||
The authors cover various types of disorders. They are:
|Herbs for depression|| Four types of herbs
that have been found to be helpful with mild or moderate depression are:
|Neurotransmitters||Various Neurotransmitters that play a role in depression: |
|Testing||Testing is important as two people may have the same symptoms of depression, but the underlying factors causing the depression can be quite different. The authors lists 26 tests that can help address the biochemical factors underlying depression.|
|Toxins||The toxin issue is addressed and the body eliminates them via: carbon dioxide(lungs), saliva, stool, sweat, and urine. The liver's role in removing toxins are explained and the problems associated with heavy metals are covered. Chemicals are another factor that can cause depression.|
Imbalances with stress hormones, blood sugar hormones, and the fatty acid imbalance all play a role in depression. It is also important to include the role
of diet, toxins, and prescription drugs in depression. Methylation and transsulfuration are explained. These two procedures help the immune system, as well. Enzymes
can easily be poisoned by mercury and other toxic metals.
Dr. Schachter also covers the various hormones, benefits of exercise, and relaxation therapies. Bioidentical hormone supplementation is much better than using synthetic hormones. One chapter addresses energy medicine. Apparently, homeopathy is referred to or considered to be an energy medicine. The various psychiatric medications are covered in another chapter, in detail, along with their benefits and drawbacks.
Dr. Michael Schachter practices in New York, as the owner and director of the Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine, located in Suffern, New York (thirty minutes from New York City). The center just celebrated their fortieth anniversary and more information is available online at www.schachtercenter.com. While this resource focuses on depression, as a 350 page resource, it actually covers quite a bit of information about brain health. I suggest that for people dealing with brain health issues, this is worthwhile reading. It covers in detail the factors behind a healthy brain. It includes references, resources, a glossary, suggested readings, and an index (Added 01/15/2015).
Breakthrough Depression Solution: a Personalized Model for Relief from Depression, Mastering Your Mood with Nutrition, Diet, and Supplementation, 2nd edition. (2016) by James M. Greenblatt, MD with Winnie To, BS. (Publisher: Sunrise River Press) (Added 03/26/2021)
The author, Dr. James M. Greenblatt, MD is an psychiatrist who pratices integrative medicine and personalizes treatment for each of his patients. Integrative medicine combines
coventional medicine and alternative methodologies. Depression cannot be seen, felt, or heard in a physical examination. However, it is a life threatening, life-robbing, and
disabling disorder. Depression has a number of different causes and factors. Dr. Greenblatt makes the case that treatment for depression needs to be personalized to
the individual, emphasizing the importance of nutrition as a start. Mainstream medicine's treatment for depression is through the use of psychiatric medications, and in a number of
cases, trying one medicine after another, even multiple medications at the same time.
Cookie cutter medicine will not work for depression as there are multiple causes. It needs to be personalized to the individual's biochemistry, nutritional status, and life situation. Dr. Greenblatt calls his approach ZEEBRA. It also means that each one of us are unique individuals and so is our biochemistry.
What is depression? Below is a detailed listing of what is considered depression:
|Some Main Ideas Regarding Depression|
|Digestion||Hydrochloric acid in the stomach is needed to absorb the B12 vitamins and minerals, make an enzyme called pepsin. Pepsin is needed
to digest protein. Also, digestive enzymes help with:
|DTCA||DTCA stands for direct-to-consumer-advertising. In 2003, 32 billion dollars was spent on TV commercials, billboards, radio, and newspapers ads on prescription drugs (and vaccinations). This type of advertising is illegal in the rest of the world. It creates pressure on doctors to prescribe these medications from patients.|
|DSM||DSM stands for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, now it is in the fifth edition. It list in detail mental health disorders, and the input comes from approximately five percent of the practicing psychiatrists who are members of the American Psychiatric Association. DSM does not personalize treatment according to the patient's age.|
|Laboratory Tests||Testing needs to include:
|Medications, Psychiatric||One issue that all patients need to be aware of is the need to withdraw from these medications under medical supervision as there can be adverse reactions.|
|Polypharmacy||This is the practice of adding one prescription on top of an existing prescription, and the patient is on multiple psychiatric prescriptions at the same time. Some of these medications can affect the nutritional behavior in our bodies.|
|Sleep Problems||Sleep problems are common in people with depression. Dr. Greenblatt covers what can be done to address these issues.|
|Thyroid||Low thyroid levels do play a role in depression and fatigue. It is often not checked in patients experiencing depression. It is more than just simply the levels of the thyroid hormones, it is also the body's ability to utilize these hormones. This topic is covered in detail, like what nutrients the thyroid needs. The thyroid is also sensitive to environmental chemicals/toxins.|
|Types of Depression||There are different types of depression. They include:
|Statistics on Depression||
|Studies||Dr. Greenblatt points out the shortcomings of the research done on these prescription drugs. The studies do not cover long term effects on these medications as the studies last six weeks.|
|Success Rate for Treating Depression||The success rate as far as treatment for depression is considered is rather low. It has a 33% success rate. 70% of the patients suffer a relapse.|
|ZEEBRA||THEZEEBRA is the acronym for the treatment protocol using integrative medicine to treat depression outlined by Dr. Greenblatt.
This resource explains in plain language on the various factors pertaining to depression and how it can be treated successfully without
relapsing or becoming depressed again. The suicide rate for people experiencing depression is another concern.
Dr. Greenblatt explains in detail what the ZEEBRA plan is. Depression has multiple causes, and it takes biochemical testing to
determine the cause. Other treatment modalities are covered like yoga, psychotherapy, and etc. Case studies are include and in some instances,
the solution was simple and prescription drugs were not needed.
This is an extremely valuable resource, a resource that any employer seeking to provide quality health care coverage through their insurance policies for their employees. Blaming the patient for ineffective treatment means that the true cause has not be found. It is also a resource that Medicaid and Medicare can also examine. This book actually makes the case for comprehensive nutritional testing for all of us, as it affect a number of health issues, before taking out a prescription pad. It includes references, an appendix, index on recommended nutritional supplements, resources, and an index. (Added 03/26/2021)
When we start experiencing considerable ill health, there is often a buildup of toxins in the body. There are several ways of detoxifying, to reduce
the level of toxins in the body. This also helps with your health. We have quite a number of resources covering detoxification. Detoxification is a major
aspect of maintaining our health.
(Note: It would be interesting if we tested the toxic and heavy metals levels of people who commit crimes and other anti-social behavior, and see how many of them are actually suffering from toxic overload. Also, when people are admitted to nursing homes, it would be interesting to check their levels of toxic overload. Who knows what percentage of them have this problem? A fairly easy and inexpensive ($55) hair analysis test can measure heavy metal overloads. There are other tests that measure mercury toxicity.) We have a new section that addresses heavy metal detoxification. It is: Heavy Metal Detoxification. (Added 08/15/2019)
For resources on detoxification, the first book by Sidney MacDonald Baker, MD called Detoxification and Healing (2004) covers concepts that exists
A second resource is 7-Day Detox Miracle (2001) written by Peter Bennett, ND and Stephen Barrie, ND.
A third resource on detoxification, called The Detox Diet (2012) by Dr. Elson M. Haas, MD with Daniella Chace, provides more information.
A fourth resource is Deep Internal Body Cleansing (2001) by Dr. Yakov Koyfman, ND.
A fifth resource on detoxification is called The SimplyRaw Living Foods Detox Manual (2009) written by Natasha Kyssa and it is listed with a book review under Raw Foods.
A sixth resource on detoxification is listed under dental health, a book called Mercury Detoxification by Tom McGuire, DDS.
A seventh resource on detoxification has been written by Dr. Sherry Rogers, MD. It is called Detoxify or Die (2002) and it is listed with a book review under Environmental Illness.
An eighth resource on detoxification, called The Detox Strategy (2008), written by Brenda Watson along with Leonard Smith, MD. Brenda Watson has also written detailed information about the digestive system.
The ninth resource book is by Brenda Watson called Essential Cleansing for Perfect Health (2004) gives more details on the dangers and role of toxins on human health.
The tenth resource is called Mercury Detoxification Simplified (2014) by William W. Rasmussen, MA. While we have a number of resources covering detoxification, it is helpful to understand that specific toxins may require specific medical protocals. This apparently seems to be the case with mercury as a toxic substance, especially with its use in dental fillings. For more information about mercury, see the section covering Mercury (Chemical). (Added 09/07/2016)
The eleventh resource on detoxification is written by Bruce Fife, ND. It explains in considerable detail as to what detoxification is and why detoxification is important. It is called The Detox Book: how to detoxify your body, improve your health, stop disease, and reverse aging, 3rd edition (2011).
The twelfth resource on detoxification Detox Diets for Dummies written by Gerald Don Wooten, DO, M.Ed. and M. Brittain Phillips (2010). (Added 09/27/2017)
The thirteenth resource on detoxification is the 4-Week ultimate body Detox Plan by Michelle Schoffro Cook, DNM, DAc, and CNC (2004). (Added 01/30/2019)
(Updated 07/05/2012, Updated 09/24/2012, Updated 07/04/2013, 07/16/2013, 09/12/2013, 09/07/2016, 10/25/2016, 08/2017, 09/27/2017, 01/30/2019)
Detoxification and healing: the key to optimal health (2004) by Sidney MacDonald Baker, MD (Publisher: Contemporary Books)
When Dr. Sidney MacDonald Baker, MD started his medical education, the focus was on individual systems in the body, such as cardiovascular,
nervous, immune, gastrointestinal, urinary, integumentary (skin), musculoskeletal, endocrine, reticuloendothelial (part of the
immune system), and hematologic (blood). Medicine was viewed as
being very specific and narrow. An illness has a single cause and that can be treated with a single pill.
Under the integrative systems approach, the various systems of the body interact with each other and generally there is no single factor behind a health condition. After finishing medical school, Dr. Baker worked with another physician, a Dr. Edgar Miller, MD who was working in Nepal, who always asked the following question: "Have I done everything I can for the patient?" As Dr. Baker continued practicing medicine, he began to appreciate the detoxification role played in the body. The role of detoxification is important to everyone, the body's ability to remove unwanted waste from the environment and waste produced by the body's cells. This plays a major role in health, the ability to detoxify. Furthermore, each person is different, biochemically different.
Dr. Baker presents a list that can help keep the cells healthy, as well as the body healthy. They are:
7-Day Detox Miracle: revitalize your mind and body with this safe and effective life-enhancing program, rev. 2nd edition (2001) by Peter Bennett, ND, Stephen Barrie, ND, with Sara Faye. (Publisher: Three Rivers Press)
The authors are two naturopathic doctors, Peter Bennett, ND and Stephen Barrie, ND. They have written a book that explains a seven day detoxification process that people can participate in. This program is called EcoTox detoxification program. This applies to those who feel that they are in good health and those who are dealing with health issues. (For those with serious health issues, it is strongly suggested that you work with the services of a qualified health care practitioner who understands and is familiar with detoxification; familiar with the various tests that can be used to assist the detoxification process; and, enable the patient to regain their health.)
Detoxification is another way of looking at health, that it is our exposure to toxins that play a major role in developing health issues. Also, the lack of nutrients in our diets, much of it due to poor food choices, affects our health. For this type of health care, the patient needs to take personal responsibility in making food and lifestyle changes.
Detoxification is a process of cleaning, nourishing, and resting the body from inside out, down to the cellular level. Detoxification medicine is used to remove the toxins that disturb the cell's ability to function normally. Detoxification has been around a long time in a number of healthcare systems around the world. It can help those who are sick, alleviate illnesses and disease, and it is quite safe. Each person is treated as an unique case. Detoxification in this publication does not refer to withdrawal and detoxification from alcohol and drugs.
This book describes in detail some of the approaches that are part of the detoxification process.
Detoxification therapy includes:
The following terms are defined: toxicology, biochemical toxicology, xenobiotics, process of detoxification, and toxity. (Note: xenobiotics are defined as chemicals or molecules that are foreign to biological systems.)
The three areas of detoxification refer to:
The authors cover how toxins affect human health. Also, nutrients are listed in order of importance to cell health. The top three nutrients are: water, carbohydrates, and fiber. To deal with the health conditions, it has to start with identifying the cause. Mainstream and allopathic medicine treats organs and organ systems and the "standard of care" treats the disease, not the person. This approach does not include biochemical individuality.
Symptoms of health along with questions are listed for energy level, skin, tongue, eyes, digestion, bowels, urine, joints, abdominal muscle tone, posture, and nails.
The authors also explain how cells function. Cells are the foundation of our bodies, basic unit of life. The cells have three parts:
Six steps of detoxification:
The authors cover quite a bit of information relating to toxins in our environment. Sources of toxins are covered: cleaning materials, bedding, soft vinyl floors, office supplies, cosmetics, and job-related toxins. Our municipal water systems only filter a limited range of substances. Air pollution is another source of toxins. Information is provided on how heavy metals (aluminum, lead, and mercury) impair human health.
Tests for detoxification are explained:
In the chapter covering the EcoTox program, detailed information is given on a number of nutrients, in foods and as supplements. It includes recipes and menus. This is an excellent resource covering the various aspects of detoxification. It includes a detoxificaiton annotated reading list by subject, recommended reading, and index. (Added 09/24/2012)
The Detox Diet, 3rd edition (2012) by Elson M. Haas, MD with Daniella Chace. (Publisher: Ten Speed Press) (Added 07/16/2013)
The authors, Dr. Elson M. Haas, MD who specializes in integrative and family medicine and Daniella Chace who is a clinical
nutritionist explain detoxification as a process and a lifestyle to help us feel better. Our bodies
are always detoxifying. The problem occurs when our bodies become overloaded with toxins, and is not able to keep up with the process of detoxifying.
This makes us more prone to developing illness.
Importance of detoxifying:
|Agina pectoris||Frequent colds||Runny nose|
|Anxiety||High blood fats||Sexual dysfunction|
|Bad breath||Immune weakness||Sleepiness|
|Coughing||Insomnia||Tight or stiff neck|
|Environmental sensitivity/allergy||Joint pains||Note: Some of these symptoms may be due to nutritional deficiencies.|
|Fever||Mood changes||Source: Page 13|
Deep Internal Body Cleansing: the third law of health and longevity (2001) by Dr. Yakov Koyfman, ND (Publisher: Koyfman Whole Body Cleansing)
Dr. Yakov Koyfman, ND emphasizes the importances of detoxification as another strategy towards
promoting and maintaining health, along with nutrition and exercise, and avoiding the onset of
ill-health and disease. Toxins come from a variety of sources, entering through the digestive (what we eat)
system, through our lungs (what we breathe), and through our skin. Toxins can accumulate along the walls
of the colon, creating what is called the "dirty" colon. Toxins can also accumulate in our organs, in the
liver, the kidneys, the pancreas, joints, and in the brain. This weakens our organs and the immune system.
It is considered a factor in chronic fatigue syndrome. For males, these wastes place more pressure on
the prostate gland in men, and more pressure on the ovaries and uterus in women.
As other authors on this website have indicated, our digestive health is important to our overall health. Colon hydrotherapy or colonic irrigation can be used to help clean up the colon. Some people may need 5 to 12 sessions, to clean up the colon. Two types of extra weight was mentioned, one is fatty weight and the other is toxic weight. Toxins in the small intestines expand bellies and waistlines.
Dr. Korfman indicates that it is important to detoxify starting with the colon in a specfic sequence, moving on to the liver, the kidneys, the lymphatic system, the spine/joints/bones, blood vessels, and finally to the cells. Fasting can also facilitate the detoxification process. The benefits of fasting include:
The Detox Strategy: vibrant health in 5 easy steps (2008) by Brenda Watson with Leonard Smith, Md (Publisher: Free Press)
Nutritional medicine would not be incomplete without discussing the role and importance of
detoxification, removing toxins from external and internal sources in the body. It is
estimated that 25% of global disease is caused by the pollution in our environment. Two thirds of
all cancers may be linked to environmental causes. The Environmental Working Group (EWG)
based in Washington, DC has found as many as 455 chemicals in the bodies of 75 people tested.
Ninety million Americans are now living with chronic disease. Causal links are being found between the toxins in our environment and autism, ADHD, and developmental delays in children.
Brenda Watson talks about the RENEW program to address the need for detoxification. They are:
Essential Cleansing for Perfect Health (2004) by Brenda Watson, N.D. with Suzin Stockton, M.A. (Publisher: Renew Life Press and Information Services)
Mercury Detoxification Simplified (2014) by William W. Rasmussen, M.A. (Publisher: Metabolic Balance Press). (Added 09/07/2016)
The title specifies the simplification of mercury detoxification. After reading this book, detoxifying from mercury is far from being simple. The author has had to undergo detoxification from his exposure to mercury. In this book, the author tries to explain the ins and outs of detoxifying from mercury. This includes the theories behind mercury detoxification and strategies needed to remove this toxin. He has tried a number of the protocols listed in the book. He takes the time explain which ones work and which ones don't work. This book raises questions regarding mercury detoxification. Five main questions and issues are raised.
In contrast this book discusses using the new natural non toxic mercury chelators and intestinal tract binders that have a strong bonding affinity with mercury and are more resistant
to releasing it. In addition, these natural chelators make a large complex with mercury that is very easy for the body to eliminate. Over 90% of some of these natural chelators is out
of the blood and body in 3 hours.
The author has described an approach to detoxification that lowers blood mercury levels and keeps them low. The first stage of detoxification is to take these intestinal mercury binders and or natural mercury chelators that will strongly bind with the mercury. The resultant bound mercury molecule is large enough to be easily eliminated by the organs of elimination. One product that the author recommends is MetalSweep/IMD. These products are used for several weeks to months until blood mercury levels have been reduced.
The second stage is the use of natural products to mobilize mercury in conjunction with the natural chelators and intestinal binders. These mobilizers pull mercury out of the cells and tissues where it has been stored. Natural detoxification products that mobilize mercury should be used in small quantities initially to prevent blood mercury levels rising to dangerously high levels. The author discusses how to use these Mercury mobilizers in conjunction with the natural chelators and intestinal mercury binders to keep blood mercury levels low. Some of the natural mercury elimination products discussed by the author contain a mixture of mobilizers and chelators making them undesirable for use at the beginning of a detoxification but advantageous for later stages of detoxification.
Given the serious effect mercury has on our health, it is helpful to list the various sources of mercury exposure. They include:
It is helpful to briefly list how dangerous mercury is to human health.
A number of concepts and information relating to detoxification is presented in this book. Below is a table talking about these issues.
|Various concepts relating to mercury detoxification|
|Allergies, including food allergies||Allergies can reduce the flow of blood to the capillaries, can result in fatigue and pH imbalances in the cells. Mercury toxic people have allergies.|
|Aluminum||The author covers a bit of information on aluminum. If a person is deficient in magnesium, the body will substitute aluminum for magnesium. (Note: Most Americans
are deficient in magnesium.) Glyphosate (found in Roundup) apparently causes aluminum to be more toxic. Fluoride increases the absorption of aluminum. Aluminum in the body
|Body types||Mercury can speed up the rate that sugars are oxidized for energy. This increases the severity of low blood sugar in fast sugar burners.|
|Electromagnetic Frequency (EMF, RF)||EMF does affect the health of mercury toxic people. It can:
|Energy||If the body is not functioning efficiently to make energy, you will have many of the symptoms found from mercury toxicity.|
|Heart attacks||Most heart attacks are caused by electrolyte stress causing the blood to become viscous like ketchup and this reduces the blood's ability reach the small capillaries in the heart. Other heart attacks are caused by magnesium or potassium deficiency.|
|Glutathione||Glutathione is a nutrient that is part of the detoxification process. What are the factors leading to low glutathione levels? They are:
|Intestinal inflammation||Intestinal inflammation common when there is mercury toxicity. It is also common when there is a leaky gut. Probiotics help with a healthy gut flora and inflammation. Kefir and fermented vegetables can help colonize the bowel with healthy flora. When there is mercury toxicity, the lining of the intestinal tract doesn't produce enough antibodies to limit the growth of yeast, fungus, and parasites.|
|Line of defense||To protect the body, the body has three lines of defense:
|Kidneys||The kidneys contain 80% of the mercury that is stored in the body. The kidneys cannot eliminate fat soluable toxins like mercury. The body needs to use glutathione to covert the mercury into a water soluable form so that it can be eliminated in the urine.|
|Liver||The liver plays a major role in detoxification including mercury. It does the following:
|Lymphatic system||The lymphatic system takes away wastes. It is the blood that brings nutrients to the cells. When there is lymphatic stagnation, this can result in chronic fatigue. Mercury can settle itself into the lymph nodes when there there lymphatic stagnation.|
|Magnesium||High intake of sugar, fruit, high carbohydrates increases our need for magnesium. Our soil tends to be high in calcium and low in magnesium. It is suggested that a
highly absorbable form of magnesium be used. There are different forms of magnesium. Below is a listing:
|Malic acid||Malic acid (malate) has a strong afinity for aluminum and is able to chelate from the tissues/cells.|
|Methylation||Methylation is one of the detoxification processes found in the body. It does the following:
|Nutritional supplementation||Certain vitamins, minerals, and other nutritional supplementation increases detoxification and elimination of mercury. Below is a listing:
|Omega-6 Oils||Excess omega-6 oils can gum the cellular membranes, in the cell's power plants, and reduce the cell's energy. This could be a major factor in older people experiencing less energy.|
|Selenium||Selenium is a mineral and is needed to make the thyroid hormone and glutathione.|
|Zinc||Zinc is another mineral that is needed for the production of transport proteins (metallothionein) which is used to move the mercury out of the body|
|Note #1: Mercury and lead can interfere with the production of the thyroid hormones and the adrenals. This includes the conversion of thyroid hormones T4 into T3.
Note #2: Mercury can suppress the immune system.
Note #3: Cilantro is a mercury mobilizer, but it doesn't bind it strongly enough to move it out of the body. It needs to be used with a natural chelator like NDF.
Note #4: For detoxification to work properly, the liver, kidney, and the immune system needs to be checked/assessed and working properly.
Note #5: When there is a large amount of mercury toxicity in the stomach lining, the stomach may not be able to produce enough hydrochloric acid to digest proteins. Normal hydrochloric acid levels are needed to destroy for food poisoning bacteria.
Note #6: Pesticide and mercury exposure is also increasing the incidence of autism.
Note #7: It is recommended that mercury detoxification be handled in two stages. It is the initial stage and the intermediate stage. The initial stage uses chelators. The intermediate stage will focus on mercury located in the deeper tissues like the brain and uses both mobilizers and chelators.
The author explains the normal mercury detoxification:
Recommended steps regarding mercury detoxification
As for tests, the author discusses a number of tests, what they can do and what they cannot do. One test that is recommended is the Tri-Test available from QuickSilver Scientific, Inc. This test checks for two types of mercury in blood, hair, and urine which indicates how efficient the body's mercury excretion is. The new mercury blood test is less useful but accurate. Hair analysis is accurate for mercury from fish but not metallic mercury from dental amalgams.
This resource contains alot of good information about the various approaches used to detoxify mercury and how it works. Christopher Shade, PhD is mentioned as being extremely knowledgeable about mercury detoxification protocols, what is safe and what is unsafe. The book ends with detailed coverage about dental practices and the pros and cons of various substances used in dentistry. It recommends testing the patient for compatibility/sensitivity before using a specific dental substance. The book includes resources and references. (Added 09/07/2016)
The Detox Book: how to detoxify your body, improve your health, stop disease, and reverse aging, 3rd edition (2011) by Bruce Fife, ND. (Publisher: Piccadilly Books, Ltd.). (Added 10/25/2016)
As all of us are being exposed to more and more toxins in our environment, this increases everyone's toxic load. Our health and detoxification system can only handle so much of these toxins. Bruce Fife, a naturopathic doctor has written a book on how we can help our bodies deal with these toxins. This will enable us to maintain our health and overcome existing health issues. While theoretcally, our bodies can process toxins, the question becomes, when do small amounts on top of other small amounts become too much? Toxic accumulation results in:
An unfortunate consequence of industrialization as well as the use of chemicals in farming and our environment is the rise of degenerative diseases. The growing use of chemicals now in the thousands is affecting our air, food, and water. Below we have a table covering a number of concepts relating to detoxification. Before undertaking any major detoxification protocol, it is important to embark on a nutrient dense diet, referred to as the natural foods diet.
|Aging Symptoms||Aging includes a number of symptoms:
|Air Pollution||Air pollution sources include:
|Cleansing the Mind||Another chapter covers our brain and mental health. B vitamins are essential for healthy brain function. A positive attitude helps as well as a relationship with God.|
|Colon Cleansing||A clean and healthy colon is essential to a healthy digestive system and a healthy body. A number of methods are suggested for colon cleansing. A whole chapter is
devoted to this topic. The author also addresses friendly bacteria which probiotics can help with. Some functions that this bacteria can assist with include:
|Detoxification||Detoxification is a process of removing toxins from our bodies through a number of avenues. The removal and reduction of toxins will strengthen the immune system. It also include cleansing or healing episodes when the person feels sick again. These symptoms are signs that healing is taking place. It occurs in reverse order as symptoms have developed. It is known as Hering's Law of Cure.|
|Detoxification Protocol||A number of detoxification methods are covered in this resource. However, the protocols needs to be done in a specific order.
|Exercise Detoxification||Exercise can help with detoxification. Walking is considered an excellent type of exercise.|
|Fasting||Fasting is the quickest way to detoxify the body and promote healing. It draws out the poisons/toxins. The author explains the various ways one can fast. Do eat the natural foods diet for several weeks before doing a fast. There are short and long fasts, juicing fasts, and the monofood diet.|
|Food Additives||We do have a number of food additives:
|Functional Age||While we all have our actual chronological age, there is also functional age which can be assessed:
|Heat Therapy||A whole chapter addresses heat therapy. This includes saunas, baths, and hot water bottles (avoid electric heating pads).|
|Herbal Detoxification||A whole chapter covers herbal detoxification. Herbs can be used to help the body detoxify. This is a much slower process and needs to be done following a clean diet s uch as the natural foods diet. Herbs can be taken as teas, in capsules, or at a tincture. Removing parasites is covered as well as fungal infections.|
|Heavy Metals||Heavy metals cause a number of health roblems. Below is a listing along with their effects:
|Natural Foods Diet||A whole chapter addresses natural foods. Nutrients in natural foods can assist the body in the detoxification process. Issues that we all need to be aware of regarding
|Nutritional Supplementation||While nutrients are added to processed food, it is never replaces what was originally present. Much of the nutritional supplements used in processed food are synthetic and lack phytochemicals. The author indicates that there are 90 nutrients needed for optimum health.|
|Oxygen Therapy||A whole chapter addresses oxygen therapy. Every living thing that breathes needs oxygen. Oxygen has a number of roles:
|Pesticides||Pesticides play in a role in:
|Substances that remain in the body's tissues||A number of items do remain in the body after taking them either via food or as a medicine
|Toxic overload||When toxic overload exists in our bodies, the following symptoms are:
|Water contamination||Waste water treatment plants are designed to remove organic human wastes, not man-made pesticides and chemicals. Three major contaminants in water are:
This resource would be excellent for anyone dealing with a major health issue, interested in detoxifying, and seeking alternatives to what allopathic medicine has to offer. This includes surgery. This book also deals with detoxification from a holistic point of view. Each chapter has a bibliography and the book has an index. This is also a resource for food manufacturers that are are interested in providing food products that is healthy. They may find this book to be of interest. Finally, the statement that a little doesn't hurt us, add up all the "littles that doesn't hurt" from our air, water, and food, that little bit of exposure can be the one that triggers ill health. This trigger point would vary from person to person. We need to keep in mind how these toxins affect infants, young children, pregnant mothers, seniors, and those dealing with health issues. (Added 10/25/2016)
Detox diets for dummies (2010) by Gerald Don Wooten, DO, M.Ed. and M. Brittain (Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc.)
According to this resource, over 80,000 man-made chemicals are released into the environment every year, and fewer than 3,000 have been tested to determine their toxic effects on humans. We need to also mention their accumulative effects as well as their synergestic effects (when one or more chemicals interact with each other). The internal effects of these chemicals and toxins affect the stomach, the intestines, the liver, the kidneys, the lungs, and finally our immune system. The external effects of chemicals shows up on our skin. Toxins affect our energy level, gets into our fat cells, places additional stress on the body, and affects our immune system. Toxins are probably the most serious danger to human health that we have today (not to mention, a danger to insect life, animal life on land, in air, and in water, our soil, our air, and our plant life).
The first step is to minimize our exposure to toxins as well as determine what they are. Toxins enter our bodies in one of three ways. They are:
This table covers sources of toxins.
|Listing of Toxins that harm human health|
|Type of Toxins||Information|
|GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)||Research exists that GMOs are not safe.|
|Food Additives||Food additives include:
|Food coloring||Many of the food coloring contain heavy metals. Below are examples of food coloring:
|Heavy metals||Heavy metals include:
Note #2: Heavy metals weigh five times the weight of water.
|Packaging||Packaging can contain substances that are not safe for our bodies. They are:
Note #2: The authors covers the harm that they do to our bodies.
|Toxins in soil||Toxins in the soil include biosolids, fertilizers, insecticides, and pesticides. Biosolids contain hormones, detergents, pesticides, carcinogens, antibodies, and pharmaceuticals.|
|Air pollution||Various substances exist in our air. They are:
|Alcohol abuse||Excessive alcohol intake damages the body and can be considered a toxin.|
|Allergies||Allergies have increased 300% since 1960.
Note: It would be interesting to investigate the cause behind this increase.
|Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder||Toxins and diet play a role in autism.|
|Chelation||A number of chelation methods exist. Chelation binds with toxins and helps the body to expel them. A drug called EDTA was found to remove a number of toxins. EDTA stands for ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid. It has been in use for 60 years and has been found to a number of heavy metals. Other chelation methods along with their effectivess are discussed.|
|Circulation system||Toxins can affect the circulation function. Heart disease a hundred years ago was not in the one of the top ten causes of death. Heavy metals are harmful to the circulation system, especially mercury. Those with enlarged hearts had mercury that was 22,000 times higher than those with normal hearts. The recommended test to measure mercury levels is the proactive urine test. The authors also list supplements that can be used to help circulation.|
|Dental Protocol (Mercury removal)||There are safe and unsafe ways of removing dental fillings that contain mercury.|
|Detoxification protocol||Different toxins need different methods for their removal. It is possible to get most of these toxins removed from the body.|
|Diabetes||In addition to high sugar consumption, mercury can also be a contributing factor for diabetes.|
|Diet and foods||The authors cover what is the better diet and foods that facilitate detoxification. It also includes recipes. Organic is best as well as meat from grass fed animals. It is recommended that fast foods and white foods be avoided. Casein found in milk and gluten found in grains apparently are chemically very similar. Sugar (both real sugar and artificial sweeteners) are listed under a variety of names.|
|Kidneys||Kidneys need alot of clean water to remove water soluable toxins from the body.|
|Liver||The liver is an important organ and has over 500 functions. Some of these functions are:
|Lymphatic System||The lymphatic system helps the body to remove wastes (and toxins). Exercise also helps the lymphatic system operate (and other organs in the body).|
|Mental Health||Exposure to toxins can definitely affect mental health (and behavior).|
|Mercury toxification||Mercury is a factor in a number of health conditions. This is listed on page 206.|
|Parasites||Items that help with parasites are:
|Saunas||Saunas are another means of facilitating detoxification. Three types of saunas are:
Note #2: The benefits of saunas are listed.
|Supplements||The authors covers nutritional and herbal supplementation (dosages are listed) that facilitate detoxification as well which supplements to select. Nutrients that can boost the immune system are listed. Another chapter covers nutrients that supports healthy body chemistry. It includes vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, and antioxidants.|
|Sugar||The high consumption of sugar in the American diet plays havoc in health, especially diabetes.|
|Thyroid health||Mercury makes it impossible for the thyroid gland to successfully produce good hormones. The thyroid needs:
|Water||Clean water is essential to all living things. Water can be polluted from a variety of sources:
Note #2: Methods that can be used to filter our water is covered.
|Yeast||Overgrowth of yeast especially candida can cause a number of problems such as:
This is a great resource to begin understanding the harm toxins do to our bodies, learning where they come from, what we can do to minimize our exposure, and prevent them
from causing harm to our health. The authors also address on how our bodies function, especially when it comes to detoxification. It is apparent that the authors are
knowledgeable about health issues relating to toxins and it is written in plain language that most people
should be able to understand.
The book ends with information on ten foods not to purchase, recommended supplements, the don'ts in following the detoxification protocol, and whether or not if the program is working. It includes recipes and an index. For a book that is written for "dummies", this resource contains alot of good information. It also makes a case why everyone needs to have a basic understanding of chemistry.
Note: This book is to educate patients on issues relating to detoxification. For serious detoxification, this needs to be done under the supervision of qualified health care practitioners. (Added 09/27/2017)
4-Week ultimate body Detox Plan (2004) by Michelle Schoffro Cook, DNM, DAc, and CNC. (Publisher: John Wiley) (Added 01/30/2019)
There is a safe way to undergo detoxification as well as an unsafe and dangerous way to detoxify. Michelle Schoffro Cook covers a four week plan to undergo detoxificaiton, step by step process, using a number of protocols. Some people may need more than four weeks, depending upon the severity of their symptoms. The detoxification process is:
There are a lot of books on diabetes; some do talk about reversing diabetes using nutrition. What I like about Dr. Bernard’s book, is that he explains the role of fat in the diet and how it can aggravate diabetes. We have a more recent resource written by Dr. Mark Hyman, MD about controlling blood sugar with a book review. (Updated 03/15/2016)
The Blood Sugar Solution (2012) by Mark Hyman, MD. (Publisher: Little, Brown and Company) (Added 03/15/2016)
This resource by Dr. Mark Hyman, MD offers further insight into issues relating to diabetes and obesity, also being referred to as diabesity. This is a resource to counteract sugar health issues through a number of means. It actually discusses a blueprint for a different medical approach, referred to as functional medicine. Functional medicine is interested in adressing causes behind ill health rather than addressing the symptoms. Functional health focuses on keeping people healthy and functional, instead of us deteriorating and unable to function in a normal manner. Diabesity can be prevented, treated, and reversed.
This resource can be covered under a number of different categories. However, we have it under diabetes as the author focuses on blood sugar issues.
Obesity and type 2 diabetes is now a global epidemic. The real cause is insulin resistance. Dr. Hyman offers a different perspective on health issues relating to diabetes. One of the more interesting comments presented by Dr. Hyman is that we need to measure both our blood sugar and insulin levels. It is the higher insulin levels that is the critical factor in diabetes. The higher our insulin levels are, the more insulin resistance we experience. It is also a major factor in gaining weight and expanding waistlines, as well. Apparently, insulin is a factor in premature aging. Dr. Hyman recomends testing for insulin levels, which is different from testing one's blood sugar. The agressive lowering of blood sugar levels actually led to more deaths and heart attacks. What drugs do for those with type 2 diabetes, is actually increases the levels of insulin when that is not the problem. It is insulin resistance. Hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, is an early sign of insulin resistance.
Dr. Hyman addresses seven myths regarding diabetes. We mention four of these myths.
To treat disease or more importantly bring back our health, it takes a number of factors, besides diet and nutrition. Dr. Mark Hyman offers a six week program along with quizes to measure your progress before and after. He covers a number of concepts and we have listed them below in a table.
|Concepts covered in the Blood Sugar Solution|
|Continuum Concept||Health issues is not simply a disease state. From optimum health, to hidden imbalances, to serious dysfunction, and finally disease state, this is the process that occurs starting with optimum health and ending with disease and death. This is considered the continuum concept. What progressive medical care can focus on is starting to identify the hidden imbalances before it becomes more serious and progresses to serious dysfunction and disease.|
|Disease, Causes||We see ads saying that germs can make us sick. There are five causes leading to disease. They are:
Other causes of disease is from a variety of sources.
|Food cravings||Supplements that can help control food cravings:
|Gluten Sensitivity||Wheat is hidden in a number of products. Hidden gluten sensitivity increases one's risk of death by 35 to 75%. It also damages the intestinal lining. Other areas of the immune system may be reacting to gluten and not be celiac.|
|High Blood Pressure||Dr. Hyman lists a number of causes for high blood pressure. They are:
|Infertility||One in seven U.S. couples are dealing with infertility. Most of it can be treated effectively through diet, lifestyle and supplements. Also, a low-glycemic-load diet can help prevent pre-term labor in overweight women. Insulin resistance in men lowers their testosterone levels.|
|Inflammation (Systemic)||Inflammation has been found to be a causative factor in a number of health conditions and disease conditions. The following factors play a role
in inflammation. They are:
|Insulin||Insulin is a fat storage hormone. It can cause the following conditions:
|Microbiome||Microbiome is our gut bacteria or gut flora. It contains:
|Nutritional Supplements||Prescription drugs are regulated. However, supplements are not regulated. It is important to obtain nutritional and herbal supplements from reputable sources. Dr. Hyman lists them on his website.|
|Seven Key Systems||Functional medicine recognizes seven key systems in the body. All of these are interrelated. Specialized medicine tends to focus on a specific area of the body, not paying attention to how one component relates to another component or system in the body.|
|Thyroid||A properly functioning thyroid is essential for our metabolism. When it is not working properly, this makes insulin resistance worse. And when
we have poor insulin resistance, this also hurts the thyroid. Dr. Hyman mentions the following tests. They are:
Note: Dr. Hyman covers other hormone issues.
|Toxins||Five sources of toxins are:
|Ultra-wellness, Steps||Ultra-wellness, a term for optimum health, a number of steps are needed to achieve this. It is also the treatment plan. They are:
Next, we have a table listing a number of medical tests that Dr. Hyman uses, depending upon the patient's needs.
|Main tests listed in Blood Sugar Solution|
|25 OH Vitamin D||Measures vitamin D levels|
|Ferritin||Measures iron and inflammation levels|
|Fibrinogen||Assesses clotting and thickness of blood|
|High sensitivity C reactive protein||Assesses inflammation (systemic)|
|Homocysteine||Measures folate levels|
|Insulin response test||Test insulin levels, insulin spikes first before the blood sugar goes up. This test measure fasting, 1 hour and 2 hour glucose and insulin levels after a 75 gram glucose load. It is like a glucose tolerance test, but it measures both glucose and insulin. Dr. Hyman indicates that this is an extremely important test.|
|Kidney function test||Measures kidney function|
|Lipoprotein||Measures cholesterol markers|
|Liver function test||Measures liver function|
|Macroalbumin||Early marker for kidney health|
|Sex hormones||Male - total and free testosterone
Female - more tests are needed
|Thyroid hormones tests||Several tests are needed|
|Uric acid||Measures gout|
|Note: Dr. Hyman explains these tests in greater detail on his website.|
This resource is over 400 pages and includes considerable information to help people live healthier lives, more importantly regain their health.
For people with more serious conditions, he recommends additional steps as well as professional help. It does address the political issues and
regulatory issues affecting American medical care. One fact presented is that food advertising geared to children are banned in Norway, Sweden, and UK.
A number of additional resources are available on Dr. Hyman's website, such as the food elimination diet and more details about medical testing. This resource includes recipes and meal plans, supplementation for specific issues, resources, and an index. (Added 03/15/2016).
Website for Dr. Mark Hyman, MD
For more information about Dr. Mark Hyman, he has the following website. It is: www.bloodsugarsolution.com. (Added 03/15/2016)
Dr. Neal Bernard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes (2007) by Neal D. Bernard, MD. (Publisher: Rodale) (Note: This book also includes menus and recipes.)
How to prevent and treat diabetes with natural medicine (2003) by Michael Murray and Michael Lyon, MD. (Publisher: Riverhead Bookds)
Syndrome X: the complete nutritional program to prevent and reverse insulin resistance (2000) by Jack Challem, Burton Berkson, MD, and Melissa Diane Smith. (Publisher: John Wiley)
The key to optimum health begins with your digestion. The book on Gut Solutions offers a comprehensive overview on how your digestive system works. It also cover digestive disorders and their treatment. The fourth book, The Healthy Gut Workbook, is designed for patient education on digestive disorders. A newer book, called the Microbiome Diet, offers a different perspective on our digestive system and expands the concept of our digestive flora into a broader context. For additional information relating to digestion, check the Section on Lectins. (Updated 06/08/2012, 10/02/2014, 03/27/2022)
Digestive Wellness, 3rd ed. (2005) by Elizabeth Lipski. (Publisher: McGraw-Hill)
(Note: The book covers what helps your digestive system to perform at its best.) (Note: This book discusses the concept of functional medicine or functional health, where health care focuses on how well your body is functioning, as opposed to waiting for a more serious “disease” situation. Our U.S. healthcare system focuses on treating “diseases” as opposed to promoting functional health.)
Food Intolerance: What it is and how to cope with it () by Robert Buist.(Publisher: Prism Press)
( Note: This book has lot of recipes.)
Gut Solutions: How to solve your digestive problems naturally, 2nd ed. (2011) by Brenda Watson with Leonard Smith, MD, Suzin Stockton, and Jamey Jones. (Publisher: Renew Life Press and Information Services)
The digestive system starts with chewing foods in the mouth, the food traveling through the digestive system, and its remnants eliminated from the colon. The digestive system provides three major functions. One, it transfers nutrients from the food into the body. Two, the digestive system removes wastes and toxins from the food and the body. The third function, the digestive system, especially the intestines, functions as part of the immune system. A healthy digestive system is essential and needed for optimum health.
Various health disorders connected with digestion are covered, starting with the esophageal, the stomach, the intestinal, and three accessory organs: the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.
A number of health issues are associated with digestion or the digestive system. This includes Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Heartburn (Acid Reflux), Candidiasis, Diarrhea, Gluten Sensitivity, Irritable Bowl Disease (Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis), Leaky Gut Syndrome, Parasitic Disease, NAFLD/NASH, and other digestive issues.
Some digestive disorders, with coments:
1. Candida/Candiadiasis - With the increased use of antibiotics, candida is now probably much more common today. Candida can also be an underlying factor in children having learning disabilities and hyperacitivy. Candida mycotoxins can lead to mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. Stool tests identifying candida are available. Treatment of candida requires major lifestyle changes, dietary changes, and nutritional supplementation.
2. Constipation - Constipation can cause a number of problems. The problem with stools taking too long a time to leave the body, is that the wastes in the stool can be reabsorbed into the body. People need to do anywhere from one to three bowel movements a day, totaling in length approximately 18 inches. Constipation can be a subclinical symptom of hypothyroidism. Another common cause of constipation can be a magnesium deficiency.
3. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - It is a condition where food from the stomach goes back up into the esophagus (the tube leading down into the stomach). It is really chronic heartburn. There are a number of causes. Some of them include: overeating, eating too rapidly, overweight, fatty foods and fried foods, beverages with caffeine, sugar, insufficient water intake, stress, and alcoholic beverages. Food allergies and sensitivities, especially wheat and dairy, can play a role in GERD. Inadequate or excessive amount of hydrochloric acid can aggravate GERD. As we become older, the production of stomach acid declines. A number of health conditions can result from GERD. This includes allergies, asthma, autoimmune disorders, gallbladder disease, iron and calcium deficiencies, and others. The standard medical treatment is covered, with what they are supposed to do and their drawbacks.
4. Heartburn - For occasional outbursts of heartburn, losing weight, avoiding sensitive foods, smaller and more frequent meals, and improving the bowel function can address heartburn.
5. Diarrhea - Diarrhea can have many different causes. It can be acute or chronic. In acute situations, it is generally the body's way of getting rid of a substance it cannot tolerate. In chronic situations, it important to identify the underlying cause.
6. Gluten Sensitivity - Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other grains. One component, an amino acid sequence, in today's wheat is 33-mer. It can trigger an inflammatory response. Gluten can also damage the cells lining the small intestines. When the villa are destroyed, nutrients cannot be absorbed into the body via the blood stream. This is called malabsorption. For every person diagnosed as being celiac, eight other people are also considered to be celiac are not diagnosed. Anemia can also be a sign of gluten sensitivity. Enterolab has developed a more sensitive test to identify anti-gliadin antibody in the stool. For the body to completely heal from gluten exposure and damage, it can take six months.
7. Irritable Bowel Disease - Two types of irritable bowel disease exists. The first one, Crohn's Disease, can affect any area of the intestines. The second one, ulcerative colitis, generally affects the lower portion of the intestines. Food sensitivities play a role in these conditions. These conditions can also cause other health issues.
8. Lactose Intolerance - The body is unable to digest milk sugar. This is different from a milk and casein allergy.
9. Leaky Gut Syndrome - This is an important concept, the leaky gut. This means that the lining of the intestines is porous, and leaks toxins, undigested food particles into the body. The toxins then interact with the body's immune system. Leaky gut can be a factor in a number of health conditions such as multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, fibromyalgia, ulcerative colitis and other autoimmune conditions. Increased intake of toxins from a leaky gut, this increases the work that the liver has to do to detoxify. Some of the causes of a leaky gut are: candida, caffeine consumption, and antibiotics. If an older person is experiencing considerable dizziness and is falling, it may be worthwhile to check out if this results from having a leaky gut.
10. NAFLD/NASH - NAFLD means Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. NASH means Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis. This means that the liver has a buildup of fat, and eventually, if left untreated, and lead to scarring and inflammation of the liver. This is not caused by alcohol consumption. A major cause is obesity, along with a number of other causes including dysbosis, leaky gut, inflammation, and candida overgrowth.
11. Parasitic Disease - It may be more common than thought in the United States, and not just be a third world health issue. What facilitates this condition are: nutritional deficiencies; drugs that suppress the immune system; and, the presence of mercury in dental fillings. Parasites can affect other areas of the body, other than the digestive system. Specialized testing is needed to identify parasites. Chronic parasitic infection can lead to more serious health issues.
The book covers the use of medications for digestive disorders. There are two major problems with medications. They are: 1. Most of the medicines are not really designed for long term use. When they used for long term use, year after year, serious side effects can take place. The authors indicate that they are being overprescribed. As an example, long periods of acid blocking medications can result in increased risk of c.difficile infections, pneumonia, and osteoporis. 2. Medications really do not address the underlying pathology that is causing the digestive distress.
Some of the concepts covered include:
1. Colon Hydrotherapy - This is a super enema that cleans out the colon using clean water. It has a number of health benefits to the body. It soaks up unwanted toxins and waste from the colon.
2. Digestive Enzymes - There are three main types of digestive enzymes to digest different types of food. One is called protease, used to digest proteins. The second one is lipase, used to digest fats. The third one is amylase, used to digest carbohydrates. There are several other digestive enzymes.
3. Dysbosis - This means that there is imbalance of good vs bad bacteria in the intestines. In this case, we don't have enough of the good bacteria, and too much of the bad bacteria. This affects nutrient absorption.
4. Elimination Channels - There are seven channels of elimination of toxins from the body. They are: liver, lungs, skin, kidney, blood, lymphatic, and colon.
5. Fiber - There are two types of fiber, soluable and insoluable. Fiber does three roles. One, it helps to curb the appetite. Two, fiber excretes more calories from food. Three, fiber slows down the conversion of carbohydrates and the absorption of sugar from food into the blood stream. Ideally, we need about 35 grams of fiber on a daily basis for optimum digestive function.
6. HCI or hydrochloric acid (Stomach Acid) - According to the book, hydrochloric acid is one of nature's most essential antibiotics. Proper levels of hydrochloric acid are needed for nutrient absorption in the stomach. It helps absorb nutrients like vitamin B12, selenium and zinc. Stomach acid breaks down proteins into amino acids. It is also needed for kill pathogenic organisms in the stomach. The stomach lining gland also produces pepsin.
7. Herxheimer (or die-off reactions) - During the detoxification process, toxins are released faster than the body can handle. The symptoms can be the following: fever, fatigue, diarrhea, cramps, flu-like symptoms, and skin eruptions. These symptoms usually last for a day or two, no longer than a week.
8. Probiotics - Probiotics serve a number of purposes. It protects the body from pathogens, supports immunity, maintains intestinal barrier, reduces inflammation, enhances detoxification, supports nutrient absorption, and manufactures vitamins. Before the advent of refrigeration, fermented foods were more commonly eaten, like yogurt and saurkraut.
For most of these digestive disorders, Brenda Watson recommends the comprehensive stool analysis (CSA) from Doctor's Data and the Food Sensitivity Test from EnteroLab. These tests can be ordered online, done in the home, and the results delivered to the patient's home. Other tests are suggested, depending upon what the condition is.
Two tests that can be done at home are: 1. The Apple Cider Vineger Test: Take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar after eating. If it relieves symptoms, the stomach may not have enough or producing enough acid (HCI). If you feel more burning, then you have too much acid. 2. Stool Transit Time Test: Take 5 to 12 charcoal tablets all at once and note the date and time. When the stools appear colored black, note the second date and time. Calculate the number of hours. It should appear within 16 to 30 hours.
Treatment is generally the same for most of these digestive disorders. One, is to clean up the diet. Two, avoid sensitive foods. Commonly, gluten and dairy are two sensitive foods. Three, detoxify and there are different levels of detoxification. Four, take probiotics. Five, add glutamine with gamma oryzanol with the meals. This will help the digestive system heal.
It is a well written resource, with colorful illustrations, resource directory, a bibliography, and an index. (Added 06/08/2012)
The Healthy Gut Workbook: Whole-Body Healing for Heartburn, Ulcers, Constipation, IBS, Diverticulosis & more (2010) by Victor S. Sierpina, MD (Publisher: New Harbinger Publications).
The Healthy Gut Workbook is based on functional medicine. This resource is a workbook and is designed more for patient use and education. It includes questionnaires, a food diary worksheet, doing a food elimination diet, fiber, information about foods, probiotics, and inflammation information. It covers a listing of food allergy symptoms. There are two types: rapid onset and slow onset. A rapid onset (IgA) can include shock (anaphylaxis), itchy rash, angioedema (swelling), diarrhea, wheezing, light-headedness, and etc. The slow onset (IgG) can include fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, depression, attention disorder, recurrent ear infections, dark circles under the eyes, abdominal pain, eczema, arthritis, muscle soreness, enlarged lymph nodes, and etc.
Some of the digestive disorders covered include diarrhea, constipation, heartburn and reflux, liver disease, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, and etc. The author covers different types of treatments for each of the digestive disorders, covering lifestyle options, conventional medical/surgical approaches, botanical and nutritional supplements, and other integrative, functional, holistic solutions.
It offers information to better understand gut health, the digestive process and treatment options. This resource includes a bibliography and an index.) (Added 07/05/2012)
The Microbiome Diet: the scientifically proven way to restore your gut health and achieve permanent weight loss (2014) by Raphael Kellman, MD. (Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books)
Dr. Raphael Kellman, MD has written a book expanding upon the role microbes play in human health. He suggests dietary
strategies to promote health and weight loss. Many of us are familiar with the presence of bacteria or flora in the intestines.
A healthy mix of
bacteria is essential to human
health and the immune system. Microbes play a role beyond what is found in the intestines. The more diverse our microbes
are, the healthier we will be. The microbiome refers to the bacteria that lives inside us and all around us.
It turns out that we are more microbial than cellular.
A healthy microbiome plays a critical role in maintaining a healthy weight, in our digestive system, our nervous system, and our immune system. Dr. Kellman talks about the microbiome diet that addressyh issues. Dr. Kellman lists the many problems - from obesity to depression to diabetes - that result from an unhealthy microbiome. He recommends the microbiome diet as an alternative to elimination diets and testing for food sensitivities. The microbiome determines the following:
Concepts covered in the Microbiome Diet
|Term||Definition and Role|
|Abdominal fat||Abdominal fat is a source of inflammation.|
|Antibiotics||Dr. Kellman also specified the role of antibiotics as a factor in leading to weight gain. Actually, about three fourths of the antibiotics
used in the U.S. are used on our animals. The antibiotics makes the livestock fatter. Antibiotics can cause the following:
|Bacteria||There is good bacteria as well as bad bacteria. Bad bacteria will produce the following:
|Fiber||As for fiber, a high fiber diet assists with weight loss and is a powerful prebiotic.|
|Food cravings||It turns out that antibodies causes cravings to foods.|
|Gluten||Gluten triggers production of zonulin. It opens up the tight junctions in the intestinal wall (creating the leaky gut).|
|H. pylori||The role of h. pylori is covered. It is a microbe that regulates the levels of hydrochloric acid. It is also
needed for a healthy weight. They play a role in:
|Hyrdochloric acid||Heartburn is caused by low stomach acid, hydrochloric acid. Hydrochloric acid works to keep the unfriendly bacteria out and the yeast turns out that antibodies causes cravings to foods.|
|Inflammation||While inflammation on a short term basis has beneficial purposes; long term inflammation actual impairs our
health. Factors that causes inflammation are:
|Insulin Resistance||Insulin resistance also means that the cells are unable to: unable to absorb nutrients and glucose, fatty acids, and amino acids. Sugar spikes up the blood sugar and nourishes the bad bacteria.|
|Leaky Gut||The leaky gut needs to be healed. According to Dr. Kellman, wheat cause the junctions in the intestines to open up; causing the gut to leak.|
|Nutritional supplementation for the microbiome diet||Dr. Kellman suggests nutritional supplementation to assist with the microbiome diet. They include:
Factors in obesity:
|Oligosaccharides||A specific type of sugar or starch is called oligosaccharides (contain soluable plant fibers, a type of
prebiotic, and promotes healthy bacteria, and begins to override the bad bacteria) and are found in the following foods:
|Probiotics||Below is a sample of what specific probiotic strains can do:
|Yeast Overgrowth||Yeast overgrowth is also an outcome of an unhealthy microbiome.|
This book offers a different perspective on digestive health. The microbiome diet is designed to reset the metabolism and help the body burn fat. It can also combat anxiety and depression, and help clear up brain fog. The sugar that he recommends is lakanto. The book includes meal plans, recipes, resources, notes and an index. (Added 10/02/2014)
Biographical Information about Author
Dr. Raphael Kellman, MD is a medical pioneer who takes a humanistic, holistic and innovative approach to patient care. His diagnoses and treatments are informed by the latest medical research and administered with compassion and kindness. He believes we are more than the sum of our parts and draws on a deep understanding of systems science, to promote an individual’s health based on genetics, behavior and the external environment. He practices in New York City.(Added 10/02/2014)
Website for Dr. Raphael Kellman, MD
For more information about Dr. Raphael Kellman, his website address is: http://raphaelkellmanmd.com/. (Added 10/02/2014)
Stomach ailments and digestive disturbances (1997) by Michael T. Murray. (Publisher: Prima Publishing)
As we become more aware of the benefits as well as the limitations of western medicine or allopathic medicine, answers are being sought, including Eastern Medicine which encompasses Ayurveda (India) medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Both of these disciplines have been in existence for thousands of years without the use of microscopes and other tools found in western medicine. We have a resource that covers these two disciplines of Eastern medicine and the author compares these two systems. There a number of similarities as well as some differences. (Added 02/24/2021)
Handbook of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda: an integrated practice of ancient healing traditions (2018) by Bridgette Shea, L.Ac. MAcom. (Publisher: Healing Arts Press) (Added 02//2021)
Two major healing systems come from India and China. The system from India is called Ayurveda and the system from China is called Traditional Chinese Medicine, also called TCM.
These two systems have been in existence
for thousands of years and are among the oldest healing systems in use today. The author Bridgette Shea, L.Ac. MAcom spent considerable time studying and learning both systems, including visiting China and learning
the language. She has written a book comparing these two systems, how they are similar and how they differ.
The goal of these healing arts is to restore balance to the body. It is also advised to start treatment before the symptoms become severe, as it will be easier to treat. The deeper that the pathogens enter the body, the more severe the signs and symptoms, and the longer the healing process. It is stated that disease actually starts in the mind.
The main focus of these two healing arts it to support the body's ability to heal itself. These two systems emphasize the importance of diet, breathing, and posture. Various parts of the body interact with each other, something that specialization in Western medicine tends to overlook. The first part of the book focuses on constitution, anatomy, and consciousness. The second part of the book focuses on how to balance yourself. The third part is geared to the practitioner. Both systems tell us that we need to listen to our bodies. There is internal communication in the body between cells, tissues, and organs.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has two main parts, acupuncture and herbals. Acupuncture is gaining more acceptance in the United States. Both of these systems include reference to ancestor worship. A word that is used throughout this book is Qi which stands for energy. Both systems talk about elements. Ayurveda uses the following elements of air, earth, fire, space, and water. Traditional Chinese Medicine mentions earth, fire, metal, water, and wood.
Below is a table talking about some of the more interesting concepts in these two systems.
|Some Main Ideas covered by Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine|
|Breathing||Proper breathing techniques actually help with detoxification. Seventy percent of the body's detoxification is through breathing.|
|Cleanse||Both systems cover cleanses in different ways. For Ayurveda, it is a means of removing toxins from the body and there are three types of cleanses. Traditional Chinese Medicine refers them as pathogens, instead of toxins.|
|Constitution||Both systems cover constitution (also kown as body types).
Everyone has these characteristics in varying degrees.
|Diet/Food||Both systems cover the importance of foods in the healing process as well as maintaining your health. Both suggest eating fruit separately. Different foods are required for different constitutions.|
|Consciousness||Both systems deal with consciousness. Ayurveda refers to five spirits, known as koshas. Traditional Chinese Medicine also refers to five spirits.|
|Exercise||It is recommended to exercise up to a mild sweat, not heavy sweating. Excessive sweating releases nutrients.|
|Medians and Channels||Meridians are paths within the body through which the life-energy known as "qi" (energy) flows in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is also known as channels.
There are 12 major meridians/channels. Below is a list in alphabetical order:
|Marma Points||A marma in Ayurveda is like an acupuncture point in Chinese medicine.|
|Oil Massage||Oils used in massaging draw out the fat soluable toxins from the body.|
|Pulse Diagnosis||Both systems indicate that a trained practitioner can read the radial pulse on the wrist and assess bodily strength or weakness.|
|Samprati||Samprati in Ayurveda medicine is the progression of disease from mild to more severe stages. Below is the listing:
(Refers to the Crown Jewel of the human body)
Note: This is considered the foundation and the strength for the body.
|Tissues in Ayurveda||Seven tissues in Ayurveda medicine are:
|Triple Burners||This refers to the torso, the upper point includes the heart and lungs the middle part refers to the midsection, the digestive area the lower part refers to the kidney area|
|Wen Bing||Concept of disease patterns in Traditional Chinese Medicine is in four levels. They are:
This is a book to read slowly and reread several times. It includes language used by these healing systems. The author understands both systems,
comparing these two systems, on how they are alike and how they are different. It helped her to learn both systems, and it boosted her understanding for each one.
Both systems focus on dealing with the root of whatever ails the person. She includes
information on prevention and maintenance. Both systems refer to bodily rhythms, like a body clock as well as seasonal changes. They both focus on self-awareness,
meditation, seasonal fluctuations, and lifestyle changes.
It turns out that there is more information about Ayurveda as some of it is now available in English and on the internet. Information about Traditional Chinese Medicine is in the hands of trained people who live in China, and some of the original text is in cryptic style. These two healing systems deserve our respect. This review just highlights some of the concepts covered by these two Eastern medicine healing systems and in this resource. The resource includes notes, glossary, bibliography, and index.(Added 02/24/2021)
After we think that we have covered all of our bases in our pursuit for optimum health from a nutrition point of view,
we learn about another factor impacting optimum human health.
It is our exposure to electromagnetic radiation (it can also be referred to fields). It comes from a number of sources. A major source are electronic devices, especially cell phones. This electromagnetic radiation unfortunately affects human cells. A term that has come up with this topic is electro-pollution. (Note: It is suggested that you read the book on cell phones before reading the book on molecular resonance effect technology. Electromagnetic radiation is a highly technical topic, a topic that everyone needs to understand.)
The first resource is about cell phones. The second resource is about Molecular Resonance Effect Technology, also known as MRET. It is used for water and electromagnetic radiation. The third resource is a journal article on wireless radiation and its effect on autism along with treatment. The fourth resource called Exposed adds more information regarding our exposure to electromagnetic radiation and what we can do about it. The fifth resource is EMF∗D by Dr. Joseph Mercola, MD with more information about radiation as well as its effects on our bodies. Both Bill Cadwallader and Dr. Mercola express concern over how the telecommunication industry is pushing for the increased use of cell phones without researching the effects of these phones on human health, especially on children. Both of these two authors discuss how the telecommunication industry attack and slander scientists that discover health issues associated with electromagnetic radiation. (Added 03/25/2012, updated 05/15/2020, coding corrected 05/15/2020, updated 07/31/2020)
Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age (2001) by Dr. George Carlo and Martin Schram (Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc.)
This exellent resource explains in more depth the issues and problems of electromagnetic radiation and fields in fairly easy to understand language.
Initially, cell phones were introduced as new technology without any initial testing as to its safety for human life. When reports starting coming out about health concerns regarding cell phones, the CTIA (the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association and association for cell phone manufacturers) hired Dr. George Carlo, an epidemiologist. They gave him a budget of 25 million dollars to research and investigate on the safety issues associated with cell phones. As Dr. Carlo's initial area of expertise was with epidemiology, not electromagnetic radiation/fields, he had to learn what electromagnetic energy was about. Before research could be implemented on the effects of electromagnetic fields on people/human health, they had to develop testing tools, especially tools to measure invisible radio frequencies. This includes the science of dosimetry. These waves travel through human tissue. There were concerns about the research on cell phone use on human health being funded by the industry. However, Dr. Carlo put in safeguards, with a peer review process, so that the research would be valid and based on the scientific method.
Initially, the research results did not show evidence of harm. However, as the research continued and became more sophisticated, a different report emerged. Some of the issues included damage to DNA and genetic changes to cells, its impact on heart pacemakers, and cancer. The term micronuclei testing is explained. This research endeavor actually was an international effort. Britain has banned the use of cell phones in children, as it was discovered that children's brains were more susceptible to the effects of electromagnetic fields/radiation.
For those more interested in the technical aspects of cell phone safety, the following terms are covered: comet assay (measures DNA damage), dosimetry (science of measuring the amount of radiation that emanates from an antenna, micronuclei (fragments of DNA that have defined membranes and an indication of genetic damage), and SAR (specific absorption rate, amount of energy from an antenna that passes through biological tissue during a specified time frame).
Much of the conflict between an industry and the safety of their product is similar to the tobacco industry conflict with research findings that did show harm to human health. This book does an excellent job of explaining the history of this research endeavor, the issues behind cell phone use and other electromagnetic radiation/fields.
Molecular Resonance Effect Technology: The Dynamic Effects of Human Physiology (2008) by Dr. Howard Fisher and Dr. Igor Smirnov. (Publisher: Britannia Printers Inc.)
This book covers two major topics, the water topic and the electromagnetic radiation topic. This review covers the electromagnetic radiation/fields topic.
(Note: The water topic is covered under Water section of this website.)
This highly technical topic was written for the purpose of educating the public about the importance, the hazards and its impact on human health, and safety options on the issue of electromagnetic radiation. The issue behind electromagnetic radiation is that it travels through space and matter. It can affect human tissue, as well. The term electromagnetic fields is used in this book.
The authors refers to us as being electrical creatures. This exposure to electromagnetic fields affect quite a number of health conditions. This includes Alzheimers, Parkinsons, amyotrophic lataral sclerosis, childhood cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Dr. Smirnov developed a MRET-Shield polymer in 2002 (MRET is molecular resonance effect technology) to protect human tissue from the damaging effects of electromagnetic fields. The results of this device is shown using live blood cell analyis. Other testing protocols used include electroencephalograms, magnetic resonance angiography, thermography, SAR (specific absorption rate), and in vitro testing on blood cells (testing done within glass tubes).
The book includes a bibliography. It can benefit from including a glossary of all the terms covered in the book.
Wireless Radiation in the Etiology and Treatment of Autism: Clinical Observations and Mechanisms by Tamara J. Mariea and George L. Carlo. (Published by Journal of Australasian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine (August 2007), Volume 26, Number 2, pages 3-7).
Given the growing number of children being diagnosed with autism in the United States, this is a health issue that needs urgent attention. The article indicates that exposure to wireless radiation adversely impacts on children, especially those with autism. Treatment is also covered.) (Added 03/25/2012)
Exposed: the Electronic Sickening of America and How to Protect Yourself - Includes Dangersof 5G and Smart Devices (2018) by William Y. Cadwallader. (Publisher: Stop Dirty Electricity)
The author, Bill Cadwallader, MBA EMRS, is a Certified Electromagnetic Radiation Specialist. He is a former Marine
and has spent much of career working with technology. He became interested in this topic as he began to notice deaths and hear
about deaths that occurred in conjunction with the heavy use of technology.
While other resources address cell phones as an issue, there are basically two type of sources of electromagnetic radiation. Cell phones are not the only source of electromagenetic radiation. One is from wires and the other is wireless technology. See the following table:
Interestingly enough, electronic radiation has always existed in nature, on this planet and in our bodies. It can be considered the fourth form of energy. However, it is quite different from the type of radiation found in technology. Below is a list comparing the types of electronic radiation.
|Comparison Chart EMFs in nature versus man-made EMFs|
|EMFS in Nature||Man-Made EMFs|
5G is a type microwave frequency which in the highest frequencies, can use millimeter waves (MMW). It is the fastest, shortest, and highest intensity wave length within the microwave spectrum. The question is really is what is the impact of 5g on human health, on animal health, and our environment. There is discussion about expanding the internet beyond an exchange of information to where the internet can contact devices like smart meters, smart houses, and etc. It is IoT (Internet of the Thing). Where are the following:
Bill Cadwallader makes a list of suggestions to reduce our exposure to electromagnatic radiation that poses harm to our bodies and our cells. There is something also called dirty electricty. Some suggestions are:
Besides alerting us to the issues of electromagnetic radiation, Bill Cadwallader brings up a more disturbing issue
that occurs in the United States. This has to do with the role of industries declaring that their products are safe and
skewing their research studies to support this. The author stresses the importance of reading original
and independent research. This applies to the tobacco industry, use of formaldehyde, issues on asbestos, issues
on lead, issues with pesticides (DDT, DES, dioxin) lead in paint and gasoline, issues with GMOs, air pollution, some of the
pharmaceuticals and vaccines, and now we are learning about plastics, especially BPA plastics.
Unfortunately, games can be played to skew the research favored by the industry, especially if the research is funded by the industry and/or it would affect the profits. The author lists in detail what some of these games are. They unfortunately have history of fighting reputable scientists who have done the research in an ethical manner and those who follow the scientific method. One industry tactic is claim that more research is needed.
Countries all over the world are becoming aware of these issues regarding EMR harm. They are implementing various measures to protect their citizens, especially children. This is a valuable resource to have on hand and share with family and friends. (Added 06/15/2020)
EMF∗D: 5G, WiFi, and cell Phones: Hidden Harms and How to Protect Yourself (2020) by Dr. Joseph Mercola. (Publisher: Hay House, Inc.)
The author, Dr. Joseph Mercola, MD is a physician that has explored an number of issues relating to nutritional medicine. His more recent book, EMF*D, covers the dangers to human health from the electromagnetic spectrum which covers a broad range of these waves. This book is broken into five main areas. They are:
|Various Concepts covered regarding Electromagnetic Fields/Electromagnetic Radiation|
|Cordless phones and Cell phones||Cordless phones use radio waves to communicate between the base of the phone and handset. Cell phones use have grown exponentially world wide. Cell phone use is dependent on nearby cell towers that receive and transmit radio waves. Video use means more and stronger cell towers.|
|Direct Current (DC) and
Alternating Current (AC)
|Direct current is the one way transfer of energy whereas AC is alternating and two way transfer of energy.|
|Dirty electricity||Dirty electricity is a high frequency voltage transients, electromagnetic interverence (EMI), and microsurge electrical pollution (MEP).
Note: Light bulbs can be another source of dirty electricity, along with computers, monitors, TVs, and cell phone towers.
|Electrohypersensitivity||About 3% of the population may be considered sensitive. It is not classified as a disease.
There are varying degrees of sensitivity and it depends on the length of exposure and how much. Even low levels over a long period of time can cause problems.
(Reviewer's Note: The number is probably higher. As our exposure grows, this is more likely to increase.)
Note #2: Dr. Mercola covers in detail the various effects of EMFs on our bodies, especially on the role of calcium, its damage to the DNA, and a number of neurodegenerative diseases, including autism and ADD/ADHD.
Note #3: It affects animals, insect population, and plants.
Note #4: It is more dangerous to children and their brains are at higher risk. It can even affect the fetus.
Note #5: We are seeing a higher suicide rate in young people. It affects the blood brain barrier, which is essential to protect the brain from potential harm.
Note #6: Affects the NADHPH levels, which is the battery of your cell. It can be reduced. Dr. Mercola covers the ways that this can be increased. Additional details are covered as well as which nutrients are beneficial.
Note #7: Schools that are being built or retrofitted to include this new technology, need to address issues relating to EMF/EMR.
||The electromagnetic spectrum refers to the full range from 3 Hz to 10 to the power of 22 Hz. However, there are different types of electromagnetic
fields or categories.
||FCC is the abbreviation for the Federal Communications Commission, an U.S. federal agency that oversees the electromagnetic spectrum. They are not involved in
testing the health outcomes from electromagnetic radiation exposure. The testing that they have done has been extremely limited, using a plastic facsimile of a human head
(based on a 220 lb man) to measure the SAR, specific absorption rate, something that doesn't apply to women and children. This protocol does not measure cellular changes.
Unfortunately, the FCC has eliminated the rights of municipalities to say where these 5G antennas can be situated (Court case dated January 2019 with the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the 10th Circuit Court with the FCC against Los Angeles, California).
Note #1: Other scientists are speaking out.
Note #2: Safer alternatives are available like fiber optics.
||5G refers to the fifth generation of developing electromagnetic fields with the capacity to use the internet to connect appliances with the internet,
like smart meters. It is laying the groundwork for creating the Internet of Things or IoT. However, very few areas will be able to escape exposure to this form of EMF.
It will be using millimeter waves (MMW). However, 5G has not been tested for long term safety and its effects on microbes, insects, animals, and plants. Some of the
health effects of 5G include:
||Hertz is the measurement in measuring the number of waves that pass through a fixed point per second in the electromagnetic spectrum. It can range from 3 Hz to
10 to the power of 22 (gamma rays). These units are:
||Magnetic fields have two components. One is an electric fields and the second one is a magnetic field. There are a number of sources for magnetic fields.
||Dr. Mercola covers which meters can be purchased and used to measure exposure to electromagnetic fields for four types of fields. They include:
||Natural sources of radiation
||Our exposure to natural sources of radiation are in much lower frequencies, except for lightening. They include:
||A frequency or band of frequencies in the range 104 to 1011 or 1012 Hz, suitable for telecommunications use.
||Sources of Electromagnetic Radiation
||Two main types of sources are from devices that we own and use and the other is external from cell towers, wireless hotspots, and satellites. The top six
sources of EMFs in the home are:
|Unfortunately, this 1996 U.S. law gave huge concessions to the wireless industry and blocked state and local governments from having a say in the placement,
construction, modification of personal wireless service facilities. In other words, the industry can place cell towers wherever they like. This act is definitely in
need of serious overhaul and need to include valid research findings on the health effects of cell towers and various electromagnetic fields.
Note #1: Congressmen and congresswomen should not own stock in the telecommunications industry or accept their campaign contributions.
Note #2: The Center for Disease Control did recommend caution on cell phone use, but this language has since been removed.
How to protect yourself and family from EMFs, first reduce your exposure to EMFs. By using meters, you can identify these sources. Dr. Mercola goes into detail the various methods that can be utilized to reduce your exposure.
Unforunately, some of the research especially ones funded by the industry are biased and extensive spending by lobbyists have taken place to sway legislators and to state that the science in inconclusive. One tactic that the industry has engaged in is smearing scientists who found that there were problems with cell phone use as well as electromagnetic radiation exposure. This is a valuable resource to have on hand and share with family, friends, and most importantly, to people elected to public office, state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. (Added 07/31/2020)
Some people say that ignorance is bliss. Unfortunately, this is cannot be farther from the truth. As we learn more and more about the harmful effects caused by electropollution, this is an issue that all of us need to be concerned, as the use of electronic devices and tools increase and become more pervasive in our environment. The term electropollution is being used to address all forms of waves that are emitted from devices, wiring, cell towers and cell phones, computers, transformers, and etc. Unfortunately, this form of electronic activity is invisible. We have a resource that addresses this topic and some of the strategies that can be used to protect ourselves. Even our bodies have electrical energy, on a very low level. We are sensitive to various forms of electrical energy. It would be interesting to see if there is a connection between experiencing pain and our exposure to electropollution. For more technical information, see the section that covers electromagnetic radiation and fields. (Added 01/10/2022)
Zapped: why your cell phones shouldn't be your alarm clock and 1,268 ways to outsmart the hazards of electronic pollution (2010) by Ann Louis Gittleman. (Publisher: HarperCollins) (Added 01/10/2022)
The author, Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS is a well known nutritionist, who found herself unexpectedly with a cell phone induced parotid gland tumor. Below is a table highlighting some of the major concepts pertaining to electropollution.
Unfortunately, electropollution is odorless, colorless, and invisible. In regards to public safety, this is something that our government needs to pay more atention when
it comes to electropollution. The current safety standards that are in place are not going to keep us safe. It is noted that the telecommunications industry convinced the
FDA to allow cell phones to be sold without any premarket testing. Children are definitely much more vulnerable to electropollution and
should not be given cell phones. Suggestions are given on how to protect our children. It is noted that when rural areas became electrified, lifestyle diseases
started matching with urban areas. Radon is mentioned.
The three most common foods that can cause problems for people are dairy products (with the exception of butter), gluten grains (which include wheat, rye, and barley), and sugar. This is a process that people can do for themselves, checking out what they are sensitive to. When undertaking an elimination diet, it is important to test one food at a time and check for reactions which can occur immediately, two hours later, four hours later, the next day, and in some instances two days later.
Book on Elimination Diet:
Tracking Down Hidden Food Allergy (1985) by William G. Crook, MD. (Publisher: Professional Books)
While the emphasis of this website is on the role of nutrition in health, it is helpful to understand energy medicine. Energy medicine in this case relates to physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects as it relates to health. We have one resource by Dr. C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD who has written a book called Energy Medicine. Energy medicine can be considered another piece of the puzzle to understanding our health and healing whatever ails us. (Added 06/14/2016)
Energy Medicine: practical applications and scientific proof (2011) by C. Norman Shealy, MD, Ph.D. (Publisher: 4th Dimension Press). (Added 06/14/2016)
This resource covering energy medicine covers a dimension that occurs in our bodies and consciousness. It is called energy and it has an effect on our health. Not all
health issues can be resolved through nutrition, drugs, and surgery, though nutrition is needed as the basis for good health. Dr. Shealy covers a number of health approaches
in energy medicine, some of which have been in existence for thousands of years. Energy medicine is also used to describe phenomenon that is not easily seen or understood, like the effectiveness of
homeopathy and acupuncture. Furthermore, all of our body systems are interrelated. Disease is a result of the interaction between physical, mental, emotional, chemical,
and electromagnetic factors.
Energy can be defined as potential or kinetic. An example of potential energy is wood. Wood has the potential to provide heat. Kinetic is active energy. An example is electricity.
Energy exists in a variety of forms. They are:
Energy medicine also mentions the seven chakras. They have to do with different parts of the body and each part represents a meaning. The chakra concepts comes from India and it relates to different areas of the body. The seven chakras are:
Dr. Shealy documents the various types of energy medicine approaches. With some of them, he describes in detail on how they work. Below is a table listing a number of these approaches.
Edgar Cayce is referred to as the father of holistic and energy medicine. He lists the following as causative factors in disease. They are:
Energy medicine has a place in helping all of us to acheive optimum health, healing that is safe. Our attitudes and emotions definitely affect our health. Past life events can play a role in our current lives. All illnesses have some disorder of the psyche, especially our connection with the ideal self, our soul. Inflammation also plays a role in having health issues. Foods that can calm down systematic inflammation are listed. The author talks about the immune system and the types of cells that compromise the immune system function. Autoimmune diseases occur when antibodies attack the body itself. Five types are specified and they are:
While allopathic medicine has a specific place in medicine, it is designed to treat acute and serious problems. However, there are a number of health problems that can be better treated by energy medicine as it results in healing in a safe manner. This includes depression and pain.
The author made it a point to be familiar with the various protocols considered to be energy medicine. It covers a considerable amount of information relating to energy medicine as it is 330 pages. It even includes some exercises that people can try doing on themselves. A test that can measure free radicals in the body is Oxidata® test. The author assumes that the reader has some familiarity with chakras. This resource includes a bibliography, a listing of resources, and a detailed listing of what is considered alternative medicine. (Added 06/14/2016)
Website for Dr. Norman Shealy:
For more information about Dr. Shealy and his work, Dr. Norman Shealy has the following website: https://normshealy.com/. (Added 06/14/2016)
Environmental illness is when people become sick to all substances in the environment. This includes chemicals, plants, animals, foods, and mold. Another name for environmental illnes is clinical ecology. Dr. Sherry Rogers, MD is a physician who experienced environmental illness. She has written a number of books related to this topic. They include: The Detoxify or Die, E.I. Syndrome, Tired or Toxic, You are What You Ate, The Cure is in the Kitchen, Macro Mellow and Wellness Against All Odds.) The book reviews are on Detoxify or Die, E.I. Syndrome and Wellness Against All Odds. (Added 8/29/2011, updated 9/9/2011)
Books on Environmental Illness:
Detoxify or Die (2002) by Sherry Rogers, MD. (Publisher: Sand Key Company)
When reading this book Detoxify or die, by Dr. Sherry Rogers, MD, one is reminded of the book called the Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Furthermore, after reading this book, everyone needs to know basic chemistry, what is safe or not safe to human and other life forms.
The E.I. Syndrome, Revised: an RX for environmental illness (1995) by Sherry Rogers, MD (Publisher: SK Publishing)
E.I. stands for environmental illness. This occurs when a person becomes allergic to everything in the environment. This includes foods, chemicals, inhalants, molds, and pollens. The symptoms of environmental illness can affect any system and/or organ in the body: eyes, ears, nose, and throat; respiratory; cardiovascular; gastrointestinal; skin; muscle/joint; neurological; genitourinary; and metabolic/endocrine. Dr. Rogers provides you a list of the various symptoms. Environmental illness expands the definition of allergy beyond the skin and lungs to one or more target organs in the body. This book discusses more advanced diagnostic methods and treatment for those experiencing serious environmental illness.
Wellness Against All Odds (1994) by Sherry A. Rogers, MD. (Publisher: Prestige Publishing)
Dr. Rogers covers nutritional deficiences common in the American population, such as copper, zinc, and magnesium. People with Alzheimers have half the levels of vitamin A and E. Magnesium (a mineral) is needed for 300 enzymes. Dr. Rogers specifies which test more accurately measures the magnesium levels in the cells (not the blood stream). Blood tests do not measure accurately the magnesium levels within cells. In fact, people die from having an undiagnosed magnesium deficiency.
As the number of chemicals increases and used in the United States and elsewhere, most of these chemicals are not tested for their safety and effectiveness on human, animal, and even plant health. However, one place where we can minimize our exposure to toxins that can cause harm to our health is in our homes. Environmental toxins besides chemicals also include noise exposure, radiation, building materials, workplace stress, and personal care products. We have an excellent resource that addresses the various steps one can take to keep our homes as clean and healthy as possible. Making these baby steps in cleaning up our homes can go a long way keeping ourselves as healthy as possible. It appears that new products and technical gadgets are designed in this country without first testing their impact on human health, especially for children who are more vulnerable than adults. We, in a sense, become the actual guinea pigs. We have one resource that covers environmental toxins in the home called The Healthy Home by Dave Wentz and Dr. Myron Wentz.
This section list books that discuss in detail specific chemicals and other environmental toxins, what they are, problems with their use, and other information. The first one is called The Household Pollutants Guide by the Center in the Public Interest. The second one is Work is Dangerous to your Health by Jeanne M. Stellman, Ph.D. and Susan M. Daum, MD. The third book addresses the impact of environmental toxins on children's health. Children and fetuses are more vulnerable to effects of toxins in the environment.
This website covers other topics like detoxification and specific substances that are not good for us (Detoxification, Bromine, Fluoride, Mercury, and etc.). (Added 06/11/2017, updated 09/11/2017, updated 12/11/2018)
Book on Environmental Toxins:
The Healthy Home: simple truths to protect your family from hiddden household dangers (2011) by Dave Wentz and Dr. Myron Wentz with Donna K. Wallace. (Publisher: Vanguard Press) (Added 06/11/2017)
The Household Pollutants Guide (1978) by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. (Publisher: Anchor Books) (Added 09/11/2017)
Work is Dangerous to your Health: a handbook of health hazards in the workplace and what you can do about them (1973) by Jeanne M. Stellman, Ph.D. and Susan M. Daum, MD. (Publisher: Vanguard Press) (Added 09/11/2017)
Children and Environmental Toxins: what everyone needs to know (2018) by Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSC, and FAAP and Mary M. Landrigan, MPA. (Publisher: Oxford University Press) (Added 12/11/2018)
If there is ever a book that needs to be in the hands of every public official, legislator, pediatrician and educator, it is this book. It is also book that needs to be read by
every voter and
everyone planning a family. The growing use of chemicals in the past century is emerging as a major threat to everyone's health, especially children. This includes animal life,
bird life, sea life, and plant life. When chemicals are used regardless of where and when, the issue is where do these chemicals end up? Are these chemicals tested for their
safety before being used? In a number of cases, chemicals can spread into the atmosphere, the air, as well as the soil, and in the ground water, rivers, and streams and remain in that
environment for a considerable length of time. It some cases, it can remain in the environment for decades.
Another major problem with these chemicals is that most of them are not tested for their impact on human (and animal, plant, insect, sea life, and etc. life). 85,000 chemicals have been reported to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Less is known about effects of more than one toxic substance at the same time and their synergetic impact.
Exposure to specific or groups of chemicals may trigger health issues at a later time in a person's life. This includes hypertension, heart disease, stroke, cancer and neurodegenitive diseases. Some of these chemicals can cross the placenta barrier and interfere with fetal development. Children are more vulnerable to environmental toxins for the following reasons:
Toxins in the home, cleaning products, personal care products, in the schools, in daycare are covered. Issues in our food supply are addressed. Some specific chemicals are covered. While communicable diseases are on the decline, non-communicable diseases are increasing in our children. The authors cover what existing regulations we have on the books addressing environmental issues and what more work needs to be done. This valuable resource includes resources, references, and an index. (Added 12/11/2018).
Enzymes are an overlooked aspect needed for optimal health. The best way to obtain enzymes is through raw vegetables and fruits and through juicing. It apparently plays a number of roles besides one for digestion in the body. (Updated 02/03/2017, Updated 09/11/2017)
Books on Enzymes:
Digestive Enzymes: 20 million Americans suffer from digestive disorders. Are you one of them? (1993) by Jeffrey Bland. (Publisher: Keats Publishing)
The Complete Book of Enzyme Therapy: a practical guide to using natural power of enzymes to maximize your health and combat a host of common disorders, ranging from allergies to cardiovascular disease to indigestion (1999) by Dr. Anthony J. Cichoke. (Publisher: Avery Publishing) (Added 09/11/2017)
The Enzyme Advantage: For health providers and people who care about their health (2015) by Dr. Howard F. Loomis, Jr. DC and Arnold Mann. (Publisher: 21st Century Nutrition Publishing) (Added 02/03/2017)
Dr. Howard F. Loomis, Jr. a chiropractor, developed an in-depth understanding of the role plant enzymes play in digestive and physical health. Plant enzymes are an
important part of our health. If enzymes are not present in the food, then the body must utilize and mobilize the immune system to complete the digestive process. With
the reduced dietary intake of enzymes in our food supply and diet (due to shelf life), this could explain the increased levels of degenerative diseases that are occurring
at earlier ages. It actually takes time (years) before food enzyme deficiencies show up. If someone has an inefficient digestive system, food enzymes can help move
essential nutrients past this.
The enzyme cure: how plant enzymes can help you relieve 36 health problems (1998) by Lita Lee with Lisa Turner. (Publisher: InnoVision Health Media)
Enzymes: the missing link to health (2013) by Susan M. Lark, MD. (Publisher: Women's Wellness Publishing, LLC) (Added 02/03/2017)
Dr. Susan M. Lark, MD discusses the essential roles enzymes play in a healthy digestive system and in our health. Digestive enzymes play a role in:
Tests to assess enzyme function listed below:
This book was written to be used for educating the patient and to work with a qualified healthcare practitioner. This book offers a number of suggestions to increase enzyme consumption, including juicing recipes. The author also suggests dosages for some of the enzyme supplementation. It covers how a number of health conditions are affected by our enzyme intake and enzyme levels. (Added 02/03/2017)
Food Enzymes: the missing link to radiant health, 2nd edition (1993) by Humbart Santillo.(Publisher: Hohm Press)
The use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes goes back centuries. It was used in ancient Egypt, in ancient Rome and Greece. It is a plant based approach for medicinal and
therapeutic purposes. Essential oils are made from leaves, roots, flowers, and bark of plants. There are basically three ways essential oils can be used. It can be used as an aroma,
placed on the skin, or taken internally. If placed on the skin, it can be undiluted or diluted with a carrier liquid like fractionated coconut oil.
Essential oils: all-natural remedies and recipes for your mind, body, and home (2016) by Susan Curtis, Pat Thomas, and Fran Johnson. (Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Limited DK, division of Penguin Random House LLC) (Added 08/15/2019)
Essential oils: your guide to understanding and using essential oils 101 (2017) by Kymberly Keniston-Pon, CIR, CFR, CCMA. (Publisher: Adamsmedia) (Added 03/28/2019)
Essential Oils Natural Remedies: the complete A-Z reference of essential oils for health and healting (2015) (Publisher: Althea Press) (Added 03/28/2017)
Stephanie Tourles's Essential Oils: a beginner's guide (2018) by Stephanie Tourles. (Publisher: Storey Publishing) (Added 03//2019) (Added 03/28/2017)
Generally, substances that are added to the food suppply, they are generally added for the purpose of preserving the food, additional nutritional content to the food, and in same cases, adding color to the food. Another category of substances added to food are substances that enhance the taste and flavor of the food. Unfortunately, it has been discovered that there are problems with these substances and they have been named as excitotoxins. A resource called Excitotoxins: the taste that kills discusses the effect excitotoxins have on human health, more specifically, on the human brain. (Added 05/23/2013)
Book on Excitotoxins:
Excitotoxins: the taste that kills (1997) by Russell L Blaylock, MD. (Publisher: Health Press)
Ever wonder why if something is different about the foods we are eating in the United States, compared the foods
eaten 30 to 40 years ago? Even if we take into account the changes in our soils and agricultural practices, another
answer can be the use of excitotoxins in our food processing and drinks. Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, MD, a neurosurgeon,
has written a comprehensive explanation on the issues associated with excitotoxins. This book explains the structure
of the brain and the roles different parts of the brain are responsible for. All parts of the brain are inter-related
with each other. There are a number of circuits in the brain; and there is an electrical component as well or they
function like electrical cables. The brain depends on a careful balance of excitatory and inhibitory systesm,
positive and negative impulses. If this is not balanced, it can result in: minor tremors, writhing, and seizures.
Excitotoxins are substances that affect the brain by exciting the cells to the point where the cells becomes exhausted.
When the brain cells become exhausted, the cells collapse from exhaustion and ‘die’. While the brain has trillions of
cells, it is not good when we lose too many of these cells. At that point, it will begin to affect brain function.
Excitotoxins are a type of food additive that has no nutritional benefit and does not play a role in food preservation.
The excitotoxins covered in this book, they enhance the taste and flavor of the food.
Where Excitotoxins are found.
Excitotoxins are found in the following sources:
Note: Under the influence of the Glutamate Association, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States allowed ‘natural flavorings’ to include 30% to 60% MSG. If it is 100% MSG, it has to be listed as MSG. Unfortunately, health food products, supplements, and other substances now have excitotoxins as part of the ingredients list.
How the excitotoxins work
When we drive a car, we have a gas pedal, to accelerate the gas and propel the car forward. We also have a brake, to slow down the car. The brain cells, called neurons, do not touch each other directly. Neurotransmitters passes information between cells. They use neurotransmitters to send messages; and they also use transmitters to slow down messages. The brain regulates the presence of these transmitters. However, when the brain receives too much of substances that causes this accelerations, this adversely impacts the neurons. There is a lock and key mechanism between neurons and neurotransmitters. The neurons can be designed to handle a specific type of neurotransmitter, for example, glutamate. When the lock on the neuron is designed to handle glutamate; and the neurotransmitter is glutamate, we have a lock and key mechanism and they will connect. When there is an overload of glutamate, it is the neurons that are designed with the glutamate lock that are vulnerable to being harmed.
Populations most strongly affected by Excitotoxins
Unfortunately, two populations are particularly vulnerable to the effects of excitotoxins. It is our young and our
elderly. Furthermore, it is not good for anyone.
It should be noted that later studies on the effects of excitotoxins were able to use more precise tools that could see more details; whereas earlier studies used less precise tools. Below is a table highlighting some of the earlier research performed on excitotoxins.
This resource includes a glossary, notes, an index, and a comprehensive listing of where monosodium glutamate (MSG) is included in foods. An additional chapter has been added called update and analysis.(Added 05/23/2013)
We generally tend to think that all fats are bad for the body. There are actually some fats needed for optimum human health. (Updated 07/26/2016)
Books on Fats:
Eat Fat, Get Thin (2016) by Dr. Mark Hyman, MD. (Publisher: Little, Brown) (Added 07/26/2016)
After being told in the United States, that eating fat is unhealthy and will make us fat, this book states otherwise. This compaign was stated in 1980, pushed by Big Government, Big Agriculture, and Big Food. The diet mantra pushed us to eat more carbohydrates and less fat. Statistics on American health actually shows that instead of getting thinner, we as a nation are getting fatter. Fat was replaced by sugar and carbohydrates, and especially liquid sugar found in drinks. In fact, some people may be intolerant to eating carbohydrates. The main point that Dr. Mark Hyman, MD makes in his book called Eat Fat, Get Thin is that eating fat doesn't make you fat. In fact, eating the right type of fat can help you feel satiated and help you stay thinner. Increased fat intake lead to lower cholesterol levels and triglycerides levels.
The book is in four parts. It covers:
Dr. Hyman list four reasons to eat more fat. They are:
Four basic types of fats are listed. They are:
Two theories regarding eating and diet are:
It is not necessarily the amount of food that is eaten. It is the quality of food. Eating fat cuts down food cravings and keeps you satiated. Being fat also makes you eat more. Fat cells produce all kinds of molecules. They are:
Omega-3s help with depression and bipolar. 90% of the Americans are deficient in the long chain omega-3s, EPA and DHA. Some discussion is on the omega-6s fats. Excess omega-6 fats cause health issues.
Amount of protein needs to be in the right range. Excess protein turns into sugar. It takes some time for the body to transition to a high fat diet. Those who ate a higher fat diet had a faster metabolism. It helps to lower inflammation as that helps with healing and weight loss. Most of the cholesterol in the body is from the liver. This cholesterol results in the body's response to sugar and carbs. It is the small LDL pattern B with cholesterol that is dangerous for cardiovascular health. There are apparently toxins that cause obesity, called obesogens.
Below is a table indicating the type of tests recommended by Dr. Mark Hyman:
Dr. Mark Hyman covers GMOs. The problems with GMOs are:
Below is a table discussing foods that are beneficial to our health.
Dr. Mark Hyman has written an excellent resource covering the health benefits associated with eating healthy fats. He lists suggested nutritional supplements, what foods to eat,
what foods to avoid which includes gluten, grains and dairy, good sources of fat, good sources of protein, good carbs, and what to drink which includes
bone broth. Parts three and four in this book provide an eating plan and recipes. This resource includes an index, resources and references/notes.
Evening Primrose oil: its remarkable properties and its use in the treatment of a wide range of conditions (1984) by Judy Graham (Publisher: Thorsons Publishing Group)
Flax for Life: 101 delicious recipes and tips featuring fabulous flax oil (1996) by Jade Beutler (Publisher: Progressive Health Publishing) (Note: This is more of a cookbook.)
The Omega-3 Connection: the groundbreaking anti-depression and brain program (2001) by Andrew L. Stoll, MD. (Publisher: Simon & Schuster)
After reading the Omega-3 Connection by Andrew L. Stoll, MD, I can now understand why grocery stores sell eggs that supposedly have higher concentrations of omega-3 essential fatty acids.
Understanding fats and oils: your guide to healing with essential fatty acids (1996) by Michael T. Murray and Jade Beutler. (Publisher: Apple Publishing)
Essential Fatty Acids are fats that the body cannot produce internally and are needed from the diet. Essential
fatty acids (phospholipids) are essential to functioning cellular membranes, cellular membranes that are fluid, and
allow the movement of nutrients, water into the cell and movement of wastes out of the cell. It also affects the cell's ability to communicate with other cells. Essential fatty acids are needed for hormone like substances known as prostaglandins. It is estimated that 80% of Americans are low in essential fatty acids, much of the deficiency due to food processing methods and dietary choices. When there is a deficiency of essential fatty acids, it affects muliple health conditions in broad and vague ways.
To improve's one nutritional health regarding healthy fats, the authors suggest:
Trans fatty acids and hydrogenated oils can cause the following problems:
More omega 3 fats can help the cellular membrane be more receptive to insulin (less insulin resistance), a factor in diabetes. Antioxidants are needed to protect the cells from free radical damage. Free radicals come from two sources. One is internal. External sources are from solvents, drugs, air pollution, and alcohol. Three antioxidant nutrients are: vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium. The authors cover in detail multiple sclerosis and the Roy Swank diet. The authors also cover the omega 6 to omega 3 ratio and its impact on health. Omega 3 oils can help lower high cholesterol, lower high triglycerides, prevent heart attacks, and reverse blockage of clogged arteries.
It is a detailed resource on the nutritional role of essential fatty acids in human health and the best way to address getting this nutrient as a supplement and a great guide for patient education in human health. It includes chemistry diagrams, recipes, and resources. (Book review added 11/22/2012)
Eat fat, lose fat: the healthy alternative to trans fats (2005) by Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon. (Publisher: Plume Book/Penguin) (Added 10/25/2011)
(Note: This book explains the benefits of healthy fats on our health and ability to lose weight. It includes recipes.)
Before the use of refrigeration, vegetables and other foods sources (including drinks) were fermented. All cultures included fermented foods in their diets. With the western diet, the use of fermentation declined. It turns out that fermented foods/drinks offer nutritional benefits. They are:
Books on Fermentation:
The Art of Fermentation: an in-depth exploration of essential concepts and processes from around the world (2012) by Sandor Ellix Katz. (Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing)
It is a comprehensive resource on fermentation, like a one volume encyclopedia on this topic. (Added 01/30/2014)
Wild Fermentation: the flavor, nutrition and craft of live-culture foods (2003) by Sandor Ellix Katz. (Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing)
It is an earlier edition on the subject of fermentation written by Sandor Katz. It includes an explanation on the benefits of soaking and fermentation of grains. This also applies to other foods, too. With grains, the fermentation process removes phytic acid, and enables more of the nutrients to be bioavailable, and absorbed by the body. Phytic acid can block the absorption of zinc, calcium, magnesium, and other minerals. (Added 02/06/2014)
Web Resource on Fermentation:
Sandor Ellix Kandor has a website on fermentation. It is: wildfermentation.com. (Added 02/06/2014)
For information about the practice of adding fluoride to municipal water systems, see the section FLUORIDE (CHEMICAL). (Added 04/01/2016)
Fluoride is a chemical that has been added to municipal water supply systems to help reduce dental cavities. We have an article that discusses briefly the medical issues associated with fluoride. A second articles addresses the serious effects fluoride has on the brain.
The third resource explains in much further detail the information on fluoride reported in the two articles by Dr. Blaylock and Dr. Brownstein. It covers the external forces that promote fluoridation, adding fluoride to municipal water systems, and the ongoing campaign promoting that adding fluoride to the water is safe and beneficial. (Added 07/02/2012) (Updated 07/16/2013, 04/01/2016)
Articles on Fluoride:
Is fluoride making our kids stupid? The startling truth behind fluoride neurotoxicity by Jonathan V. Wright, MD. (Published in Nutrition & Healing, volume 20, Issue 4, July 2013. (pages 1-2,5, & 8) (Added 07/16/2016)
The Center for Disease Control in the United States claims that adding fluoride to the water supply, in the effort to reduce the incidence of dental cavities as a major public health accomplishment. More than 70% of the communities in the U.S. now add fluoride to their water supply. Evidence is appearing that this is actually having a different, and more dangerous effect. It is reducing the IQs in children. The studies done that higher intake of fluoride results in lowering IQs levels, affecting learning and memory, and create thyroid problems. One study is the Harvard Study; another study is one presented by the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences. The doctor that brought attention to this matter is Dr. Phyllis Mullenix, Ph.D. Dr. Wright talks about other substances, strontium and xylitol, that help prevent tooth decay.) (Note: If the sugar consumption for children from drinks and food in the United States was reduced, that would be beneficial to both their dental and physical health.) (Added 07/16/2013)
Why Fluoride is Toxic by Russell L. Blaylock, MD (Published in the Blaylock Wellness Report, September 2004, Vol. 1, no. 4, pages 1-9)
Fluoride (is a chemical that is part of the halide family) has been added to municipal water systems and toothpaste. It is included under the
impression that it reduces dental cavities in children.
It is helpful to avoid the following products:
The following nutrients are suggested to protect yourself from fluoride:
With all the problems associated with adding fluoride to the the water supply, it doesn't reduce the incidence of dental cavities. All European
countries have banned water fluoridation. The author suggested that fluoride levels be tested in spinal stenosis.
Book on Fluoride:
The Case Against Fluoride: how hazardous waste ended up in our drinking water and the bad science and powerful politics that keep it there (2010) by Paul Connett, James Beck, and H.S. Micklem. (Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing) (Added 04/01/2016)
This resource has been written by four people extremely knowledgeable about science. They are people who care about others and have integrity. Each of them became interested in the issue on the practice of adding fluoride in different ways. Paul Connett has a Ph.D in chemistry. Dr. James S. Beck holds doctorates in medicine and biophysics. The third author, H. Spedding Micklem is an emeritus professor of the School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh, in United Kingdom. The fourth contributor is Peter Meiers, who has a strong interest in the history behind the use of fluoride.
This resource covers a number of issues associated with fluoridation. First, we will list some of the basic facts about the fluoride added to our water supplies. The facts with a medical and dental component are listed and facts other than medical and dental will be listed. Second, further clarification on government oversight is presented. Finally, we address health conditions affected by fluoride in a table.
Medical and dental facts:
Other than medical and dental facts:
The three government agencies in the United states that have some oversight, but not complete control, over the fluoridation program are: the CDC, EPA, and FDA.
In this section of the review, we cover the various conditions that are impacted by fluoride. Fluoridation needs to be examined from three perspectives: dental, medical, and industrial. One of the qualities or properties of fluoride is that it can inhibit enzymes in vitro (test tubes). It has been found to interfere with G proteins. These G proteins deliver messages to cells. Therefore, fluoride can affect various areas of the human body. It can affect both our farm and domestic animals.
For valid research studies on the safety and benefits of fluoridation, studies need to include data on the following elements:
This resource is destined to become a classic following the example set by Smoking and Politics: Policymaking and the Federal Bureaucracy by A. Lee Fritschler, published in
1975. Unfortunately, the type of dynamics outlined in The Case Against Fluoride is occuring in other areas such as GMOs, vaccinations, mercury in dental fillings, root canals,
and chem trails. This is a book that every public official and legislator needs to own and read. It is also a book that any citizen concerned
about fluoride safety and the health of our children needs to read as well as all health care professionals, including dentists.
Website for Fluoride Action Network
For more information about the Fluoride Action Network, see http://fluoridealert.org. (Added 04/01/2016)
In this section, we cover the FODMAP diet, a diet originally developed in Australia to deal with
digestive issues. This starts with IBS, irritable bowel syndrome. One of the authors
talks about different types of IBS issues. As many as one in five Americans
suffer from digestive disorders. The FODMAP has been found to provide relief for 75% of the people suffering from
IBS, irritable bowel syndrome. It may help people experiencing leaky gut issues.
Danielle Capalino and Patsy Catso, both registered dietitians, cover the protocol for undertaking the FODMAP diet. Foods that are high or low FODMAP are listed. There are two ways of implementing the testing phase. One, is to test all of the various sugars or two, test specific types of sugars. Before implementating this diet, it is a good idea to document your baseline symptoms (foods you eat along with its preparation) and digestive activity. This will help the practitioner working with you to fine tune your digestive protocol.
The FODMAP protocol is a three step process.
The FODMAP diet is more than just a yes and no for specific foods. Some people may react to just one of the sugars or multiple sugars. Some of the problem foods can be taken as long as it is a small amount. In this case portion size does matter. This is part of personalizing the FODMAP diet. Other people may have other issues such as gluten issues and/or autoimmune issues. The FODMAP diet focuses on sugars whereas the gluten free diet focuses on gluten proteins. It is important to also monitor medications (over the counter and prescription) that have high levels of FODMAP ingredients.
SIBO is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, where there is too much bacteria in the small intestine, and a breath test can measure this. Treatment for SIBO is antibiotics and low FODMAP diet. Keep added sugars to a minimum.
We have four resources covering the FODMAP diet. Danielle Capalino and Patsy Catso cover in detail what the FODMAP diet protocol along with recipes. The other two resources are FODMAP cookbooks by Dianne Fastenow Benjamin and Karen Frazier. (Added 01/30/2019)
Healthy Gut, Flat Stomach: the fast and easy low FODMAP Diet plan (2017) by Danielle Capalino. (Publisher: The Countryman Press) (Added 01/30/2019)
The IBS Elimination Diet and Cookbook (2017) by Patsy Catsos, MS, RD, LD. (Publisher: Harmony Books) (Added 01/30/2019)
Patsy Catsos writes in considerable detail about the IBS Elimination Diet. 87% of the people with IBS improve on the FODMAP diet. This diet was originally developed in Australia, at Box Hill Hospital and Monash University. FODMAPs are about natural sugars that are in foods. All FODMAPs have a few things in common:
The Low-FODMAP Cookbook: 100 delicious, gut friendly recipes for IBS and other digestive disorders (2016) by Dianne Fastenow Benjamin (Publisher: Fair Winds) (Added 01/30/2019)
The Quick and Easy IBS Relief Cookbook (2017) by Karen Frazier. (Publisher: Rockridge Press) (Added 01/30/2019)
A major source of toxins that can cause harm to our health is through food and beverages. This applies to both plant based food sources and animal sources of food. In a number of cases, these toxic substances are in our environment (like in our water supply, in the soil, and in the atmosphere) and in other cases, it is part of the processing used in preparing food for human consumption. For plant based foods, the use of pesticides and other chemicals in growing food can cause health issues. The use of chemicals in processing foods poses another concern or chemicals used as additives to food supply and beverages. The use of antibiotics in livestock raised in factory type of environment can cause a number of other problems. We have one resource that addresses these concerns in detail. This review includes page numbers in parentheses where the information is posted in the book.
We have a second resource that explains in more detail health issues associated with heavy metals found in our food written by Dr. Renee Joy Dufault. (Added 02/20/2018), (Updated 07/10/2019)
Books on Food Chemicals:
Food Forensics: the hidden toxins lurking in your food and how you can avoid them for lifelong health (2016) by Mike Adams. (Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.) (Added 02/20/2018)
This book raises a number of questions regarding food safety from harmful chemicals. It also raises questions about government regulation and oversight on our food supply and its impact on human health and all other forms of life in the United States. This issue is also true for other parts of the world. Mike Adams has performed a major public service in addressing this topic. These substances are found in all types of food, even organic food, in powders, in dietary supplements, and even in personal care products. Mike Adams uses the following technology to measure heavy metals and other elements in low concentrations. This technology includes (pages ix, xi):
Where are these substances found? They include the following (page 3):
The first part of this book addresses heavy metals. Heavy metals have been released into our environment. Our bodies absorb it by breathing the air, ingesting it via food, and it can be absorbed through our skin. This affects not just human life. It also affects animals, plants, and fungi. It can cause or trigger the following health issues (page 2):
The following organizations (many of them government) that set standards on safety levels for various chemicals include (page 13):
To get an understanding of how even small infinitely small amounts of heavy metals can cause harm, we have a chart showing what is the so-called safe levels in heavy metals.
The author addresses detoxification methods like filtering tap water, issues with teas (they are high in lead and fluoride), the use of infrared saunas and sweat lodges, and etc. Serious detoxification needs to be done under medical supervision. The best approach is to avoid exposure to these toxins in the first place. (page 201)
This is a great resource to have on hand for everyone. This includes both consumers and ethical companies that make our food possible. Use of lead and exposure to lead led to the downfall of the Roman Empire. It is no laughing matter our exposure to toxins and much of it is from food. This resource makes a powerful statement that toxins have leached into our food supply and this includes personal care products. It is recommended that food, especially processed food, be tested for toxic substances. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs to take the lead role in this endeavor. Testing needs to be done by an independent party with no ties to the industry. We cannot have a fox guarding the chickens. While some companies are trying to clean up the various toxins found in their products, not all of them do that. In fact, the FDA and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) have not set up limits for heavy metals in foods, beverages, and dietary supplements. The presence of toxins is also a problem for food that is considered organic. (page xiv)
This problem of toxins in our food supply is not just a problem in the United States. It is a worldwide problem. Mike Adams addresses the international standards used on testing toxins. There are a number of organizations in the world that regulate the level of toxins found in a variety of substances, especially food. Even tattoo inks have been found to contain heavy metals. It is not just acute exposure to these toxins that is a problem, it is also long term exposure to low levels that can trigger health issues. A substantial portion of the book lists data on a number of products, levels of heavy metals and other elements. This resource includes an extensive listing of references or endnotes as well as an index. (Added 02/20/2018)
Website for Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
For more information about Mike Adams and his work, his website address is: www.NaturalNews.com. (Added 02/20/2018)
Unsafe at Any Meal: what the FDA does not want you to know about the foods you eat (2017) by Dr. Renee Joy Dufault. (Publisher: SquareOne Publishers) (Added 07/10/2019)
The author, Dr. Renee Joy Dufault has a background in environmental policy analysis and planning and a doctorate in health education. She has worked for a number of U.S. government agencies including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). After leaving the government, she founded the non-profit Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute (FIHRI). What Dr. Dufault has done in this book is explain the relationship of the various toxins (defined toxicants), especially heavy metals such as mercury and lead in our food, and the impact it has on health. This includes the mushrooming obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemics, cardiovascular health, and other health issues.
As the food supply has become increasingly processed, we are now paying a price when it comes to our health as well as our ability to have healthy children. The issue with processed food is the levels of inorganic mercury. There are actually two types of mercury. There is the organic and inorganic form of mercury. Mercury is used to make high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and it is also found in medicines. It is used as a biocide, to kill germs and pathogenic organisms, including mold. It is in a number of baby products ands lengthens shelf life. Two main considerations regarding these chemicals are:
This first table addresses issues of heavy metals.
This next table covers some of the terms in the book.
A major concern is the lack of research on the health impact of these toxicants on health. In this case, ignorance not bliss.
We need to consider the long term impact
of these substances, the bioaccumulation of these toxicants, as well as the interaction of more than one toxicant with each other. This applies to both food
consumption (dietary exposure) and to agricultural workers (occupational exposure).
Furthermore, the FDA needs to monitor both organic and inorganic mercury. The public economic cost of children with autism and other
behavioral disorders as well as the need for special education, far outweigh what it would cost to prevent
these health conditions and disabilties. We also need to make sure that all of our pregnant mothers are healthy (and not overweight).
As an example, for each child with autism, the costs can range from $40,000 to $60,000 a year. This becomes and is already a public
Online Diet Tutorial from the Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute (FIHRI)
For a free online tutorial for people and families to improve the nutritonal quality and safety of their diets, it is: http://foodingredient.info/healthydiettutorial.html. (Added 07/10/2019)
While fracking is a process of obtaining gas from the earth through drilling and use of water and chemicals, this process affects human health in a number of ways. Instead of a book review, we have a link to a website and an article written by Judy Stone, MD about the adverse health outcomes occurring in areas where fracking has occurred. The link is: https://www.forbes.com/sites/judystone/2017/02/23/fracking-is-dangerous-to-your-health-heres-why/#3ce1aa025945. (Added 02282017)
One needs to keep in mind that our most important asset is our health. Without it, it affects our ability to make choices in what we would like to accomplish
in life. It also affects the lives of our family members when it comes to dealing with health issues. As more people become aware of the shortcomings found in
allopathic medicine, functional medicine is becoming more appealing. Most of us
would like to be healthy and functional towards the end of our lives. That is what functional medicine focuses on. Many of the protocols covered in
functional medicine include nutrition and hormonal health. The process of regaining one's health under functional medicine occurs in stages. It generally
does not happen overnight. A number of these topics are covered by various other authors on this website.
We have added a second resource that appropriately seems to fit in best with functional medicine. The author is someone as a patient who recovered from being seriously ill and regained his health. The approach is a holistic one, utilizing a number of strategies, starting with cleaning up one's diet, and utilizing a variety of techniques. It is told in a humorous manner with anecdotes.
A third resource is written by a biochemist who lays out the theoretical foundation of functional medicine. (Added 05/08/2019, Updated 09/08/2019, Updated 06/12/2021)
Books on Functional Medicine:
Healing is Possible: new hope for chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, persistant pain, and other chronic illness (2013) by Neil Nathan, MD. (Publisher: SquareOne)
Book review:Dr. Neil Nathan, MD, addresses a number protocols to address ongoing health issues. He lists them as the BIG SIX and then, if they don't resolve the patient's health issues, then they are the LITTLE SIX. In most instances, this approach resolves their issues. In some instances, additional research and investigation is needed. Furthermore, healing is done in stages. It is not possible to deal with everything at the same time. It is also important to determine whether or not a specific protocol works.
The Big Six includes imbalances relating to:
As for Lyme disease, there are a number of factors that need to be considered, such as exposure to mold or the presence of other infections. Infections can weaken the adrenal gland, the thyroid gland, deplete magnesium levels, and impair the body's ability to remove toxins.
Testing and treatment protocols are addressed for each of these conditions. Differences between using natural or bioidentical forms of hormones versus synthetic versions are addressed. The blood test for magnesium, for example, is not accurate measurement of body's levels on this mineral. Symptoms of various deficiencies are listed. Some of the conditions addressed in this book are not considered a valid diagnosis by the current U.S. medical system, such as chronic yeast infection. Chelation and safe ways to remove toxins such as mercury is addressed. The importance of restful sleep cannot be overestimated and Dr. Nathan addresses ways to help with sleep issues. Cancer, autoimmune issues, and autism are covered in separate chapters. The chapter on cancer talks about the Livingston vaccine that targets a bacterium that can cause cancer. Apparently, there is a bacterium that has pleomorphic properties, the ability to change shape and appearance and is called progenitor cryptocides. As for autism, many as one in 50 children may be developing this. Each patient is biochemically unique. Furthermore, in this age of technology, all of us are getting exposed to toxins, whether it is in the air, the water, the food, and even medicines.
One of the most significant statements that this physician makes is that healing or health care practitioner, it needs to include compassion, kindness, in-depth knowledge, and ability to communicate complicated medical information. A board certified physician may not necessarily have these qualities. These people skills are just as important as having the technical medical skills. The present medical educational system does not promote these people skills. The mind and body connection is real. Healing begins with ourselves.
This resource has a place in everyone's personal health care library. This is written in plain language. It is a welcome addition to anyone dealing with chronic illness and for physicians interested in helping their patients to heal. This resource includes case studies and a short bibliography after each chapter and an index.
Note: The author has written another book called Toxic: Heal Your Body from Mold Toxicity, Lyme Disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and Chronic Environmental Illness with more up-to-date information. (Added 05/08/2019)
The Healing Point: get well, stay well (2017) by James Lilley. (Publisher: James Lilley)
This book is a guide and a roadmap to regaining one's health. It is written by someone, in this case, James Lilley, who found himself quite ill, and gradually regained his health by
doing diligent research and making lifestyle changes. Without using medical terminology, James Lilley explains a number of medical concepts in plain language and that everyone
should be able to understand.
Health begins with our cells and is also based on the quality of the their nutrition (not quantity of calories). Our health and a strong immune system depends on having a healthy digestive system. A number of substances can cause problems. Below is a listing:
James Lilley has put together a number of internet resources, mainly through YouTube that people can access. They are listed at the end of the chapter and below is a partial listing.
The path to wellness involves a number of lifestyle changes. It means eating "clean" food, using "clean" products to keep your home clean,
filtering your water, avoiding certain
oils for cooking and salad dressings, checking your home for mold, using fabrics that "breathe", what types of cookware to use, issues with electromagnetic radiation, need
for clean personal care products, and etc. The best "organic" food is one that is home grown. Organic foods are allowed some pesticides and they are listed. Foods that
trigger problems are covered. The issues on lectins are addressed and non-lectin foods are listed. The keto diet and other types of diets are discussed. Juicing inceases the
body's ability to absorb nutrients. A high quality type of juice is wheatgrass juice. A chapter covers recipes. Five major supplements are covered: magnesium, vitamin B12, Krill
oil, vitamin C, and probiotics. Six different adaptogens are covered, herbs with medicinal and therapeutic properties.
Unfortunately, the number of people experiencing autoimmune health issues continues to rise. In an autoimmune case, this means that the immune system has gone awry and is
attacking the body's own tissues. One important suggestion is locating a doctor that has the expertise, especially in functional medicine, to address the various
possible issues. This means doing your homework and research in locating such a practitioner.
The Disease Delusion: Conquering the causes of chronic illness for a healthier, longer, and happier life (2014) by Dr. Jeffrey S. Bland. (Publisher: Harper Wave) (Added 06/12/2021)
The author, Dr. Jeffrey S. Bland is a biochemist who makes a convincing argument for the need for medical care to address chronic disease, instead of just focusing on acute disease. Infectious diseases have been dealt with, and now we have chronic disease. Instead of placing a bandaid on our symptoms, which doesn't solve the problem, a more appropriate choice is to address underlying causes which is what functional medicine does. Dr. Bland lays out the principles in functional medicine. Furthermore, 78% of medical expenses now goes to chronic disease. He makes the following case:
A number of chronic diseases have multiple causes, including depression. They include:
The characteristics of chronic illness include:
Below is a table talking about some of the more interesting concepts regarding functional medicine.
Functional medicine can be used to address chronic diseases (besides acute disese which is what our current health care model focuses on). Chronic disease
is increasing among all ages, both genders, and in all races. Our health care policy in the United States
needs to address how nutrition and our genetic makeup can specify what our nutritional needs are. This includes the need for appropriate biochemical
testing. Dr. Bland also discusses some of the roles various enzymes that
play a role in various physiological functions. It also covers electromagnetic radiation. It has to be a wholistic approach addressing health issues,
starting with diet, lifestyle, and our environment, not solely on our genetics.
In discussing nutritional medicine, when we consider food to be our medicine, it is important to know the type of seeds
are used to grow our foods in addition to knowing what farming and processing methods are being utilized.
Book on Genetically Modified Foods:
Seeds of Deception: exposing industry and government lies about the safety of the genetically engineered foods you're eating (2003) by Jeffrey M. Smith. (Publisher: Yes! Books)
One of the key points Jeffrey M. Smith makes is that there are at least 21 reasons why genetic engineering can go in different directions than planned. The genetic process is actually a very complex and involved process developed over centuries. Our knowledge of how this works in still imprecise and very elementary. Below are some of the factors that affect genetic changes:
Studies that explore the changes that occur with genetically modified foods need to check on the following factors:
Apparently, Europe was exposed much earlier to the issues associated with genetically modifying foods than in the United States via the press. Genetically modified foods are now in 70% of processed foods in the United States. As the incidence of GM foods increased in the United States, so did the incidence of obesity and diabetes. For diabetes, it rose 33% from 1990 to 1998.
Jeffrey M. Smith also discusses the issues behind the use of bovine growth hormone in cows. It is also referred to as rbGH and increases milk production in cows 10% to 15%. It also causes a number of other problems, including problems in cows. rbGH is also referred to as BST. Farmers needed more antibiotics to treat the cows because of increased levels of infections. There were long term effects, as well with rbGH/BST. rbGH treated milk has higher levels of IGF-1, insulin-like growth factor-1. It resembles insulin and linked to higher levels of breast and prostate cancer. The hormone, rbGH, has been banned by EU (European Union), Japan, New Zealand, and Australia.
L-Tryptophan (an amino acid)
A particular source of L-tryptophan was found to have higher levels of impurities and trace contaminants. This caused problems for people who took it as as supplement. The source of impurities was found to be from genetically modified sources.
One, many countries will not accept any corn, canola, and cotton from the United States and Canada. Efforts have been made to label GM foods in the United States; however, such measures have been defeated. As of 2003, 92% of Americans were interested in labeling of GMO foods. More people are allegic to soy foods, many of them are actually GM soy. A number of food manufactors have responded to consumer concerns and pressure to eliminate GM foods. Almost all industrialized countries now require labeling for GMO foods except in the United States.
We also need to express our appreciation for the following individuals who spoke the truth about how genetic modification works.
|Some Main Ideas Regarding the Immune System|
|Cells Active in our immune system (in alphabetical order)||
|Challenges or Roles of the Immune System||The author specified four challenges to the immune system. They are:
|External Barriers that are part of the Immune System||We tend to ignore the role of our skin as part of the immune system. However, without our skin, we would lack the protective barrier our skin plays against outside sources. There are other physical barriers.
|Glutathione||While in the process of working with whey, donated by a company that thought that they had no use for, Dr. Bounous discovered that this type of whey helped the mice resist cancer/tumors.
Down the pike, he discovered that the nutrient was glutathione. It can protect against:
|Organs that are involved with our immune system||A number of our organs and tissues play a role with our immune system. They include:
|Other Players and Processes in our Immune System||
|Threats to Our Immune System||
This resource explains in detail how glutathione works. It operates within our cells. Apparently, pasteurization affected the outcome of whey to be an effective process to enable the body to absorb glutathione. It is more complex that just taking it as a supplement. It has to be done in a certain way. A company was developed to make a specific product that would enable the body and our cells to absorb glutathione and it is Immunotec Research, LTD. It is a product that is considered to be nutritional pharmacology or nutriceutical. It showed promising results in a number of studies including one on AIDS/HIV and cancer. This resource includes references and an index. (Added 02/08/2022)
Most people in the United States are now seem to be familiar with the issue of celiac, an inability to digest gluten, a protein found in wheat. Tests can verify this type of condition. What is a related condition and something not as easy to spot is gluten sensitivity. Furthermore, apparently according to the resource that we have, all grains have some kind of gluten. We have a resource addressing gluten sensitivity called No grain, no pain, written by Dr. Peter Osborne, MD. It can also be considered to be an autoimmune condition, this inability to digest gluten and sensitivity to gluten. (Added 06/11/2017)
No grain, no pain: a 30 day diet for eliminating the root cause of chronic pain (2016) by Dr. Peter Osborne (Publisher: Touchstone). (Added 06//2017)
When we think of gluten, we think that it is in the following grains: wheat, rye, barley, and even oats. However, according to Dr. Peter Osborne, a functional medicine physician, all the grains have some type of gluten. This includes rice and corn as well as foods that have gluten-like proteins. One that is not considered a grain, but is a grass is wild rice. For those still dealing with health issues even after removing wheat from their diets, other problematic foods include: soy, dairy, and any food that the person is allergic to. In this book, in part, Dr. Osborne covers the science behind gluten sensitivity. As much as 20% to 30% of the population in the United States may have gluten sensitivity. It causes inflammation. There are 400 forms of gluten. Below is a list covering the various types of gluten in grains:
One way to see if food is at the root of your health issues, is to fast. If the symptoms improve, that is an indication, that certain foods could be part of the problem. The major problem behind gluten sensitivity is inflammation. Gluten sensitivity can cause the immune system to attack the body, seeking out the body's weakest areas. This is also an autoimmune issue, when the immune system attacks the body's own tissues and organs. Below are issues associated with gluten sensitivity:
Some of the key principles in functional medicine is that each one of us is biochemically unique.
Below is a table covering some of the ideas and concepts relating to functional medicine and gluten sensitivity.
|Concepts Relating to Gluten Sensitivity|
|Acid reflux and GERD||Both can benefit from a gluten free diet.|
|Arthritis||Grain consumption is a major factor. It is also a factor for fibromyalgia, lupus, tendon disorders, and other soft tissues problems.|
|Brains||Our bodies have two types of brains. One is the actual brain and the second one is our gut brain. The gut brain plays a role in producing dopamine and seratonin. If
their production is reduced, pain levels increases.
The actual brain has the blood brain barrier, to keep the toxins out of the brain. If this is breached, it can result in:
|Breast milk||Breast milk from the mother contains antibodies, probiotics, and immune supporting compounds like colostrum.|
|Collagen||Collagen is needed for muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Collagen needs vitamin C, folate, and iron.|
|Dental health||Gluten sensitivity shows up in the mouth (begins) as canker sores, cracked lips, inflamed gums and angular stomatitis, and inflamed corners of the mouth.|
|Gluten Free products||Gluten free products have a number of issues and can cause problems themselves.|
|Grain harm||Grain can cause harm four different ways. A major one is the leaky gut.|
|Gut health||When the gut is damaged, foods get fermented and it becomes a source of inflammation.|
|Gluteomorphin or gliadorphin and Casomorphin||These compounds sedate pain and enhances mood. Grains contain gluteomorphin or gliadorphin and dairy contains casomorphin. It makes the foods that have these substances addictive.|
|High fructose corn syrup||High fructose corn syrup is high in mercury, a toxic heavy metal. It is also playing a role in the current obesity epidemic in the United States.|
|Immune System||The body has two immune systems. One is the innate immune system that we are born with at birth. The other is the humoral immune system.|
|Inflammation||Two other proteins in grains can trigger inflammation. They are:
|Joint compression||When the joints are compressed and muscles deteriorate and get shorter, this results in pain and inflammation.|
|Lab tests||Lab tests have their shortcomings when it comes to identifying gluten sensitivity. It is better to avoid all forms of gluten.|
|Muscle mass||Muscle mass has been known to decrease as we get older. It is called saropenia. Over time, protein is withdrawn from the muscle bank to feed the immune system and to combat food's inflammatory effect. Meanwhile, muscles become progressively weaker and less dense, shrinking and shortening the muscles. This compresses the joints, producing pain. This results in reduced physical activity and weight gain.|
|Nightshade vegetables||Nightshade vegetables include potatoes, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, chile peppers, eggplant, and goji berries. They can be a factor in:
|Obesity||Current dietary guidelines emphasizing grains is playing a role in the current obesity epidemic. Two thirds of the Americans are overweight and 40% are obese. The U.S.
Dept. of Agriculture with the food pyramid and MyPlate overemphasizes grains and ignores the role of fats in health. Heavy people are at a higher risk for cancer, heart
disease, and strokes as well as metabolic syndrome.
Note: 27% of our young people are too heavy to serve in the U.S. military.
|Probiotics||Avoid the products that contain gluten, anywhere from 1 to 400 billion CFUs. Some do contain gluten.|
|Proteolytic enzymes||Proteolytic enzymes are derived from digestive enzymes. They are anti-inflammatory and have healing properties to boost the natural inflammation process to eliminate damaged tissue and speed the growth of new tissue.|
|Sugar||Sugar in the body can cause the blood to become thick and sticky, making it harder for the blood to reach the small blood vessels in the eye and the kidneys. Excess sugar gets converted to fat, gets stored in the liver and around organs, resulting in truncal obesity. Hormones can get bogged down with sugar, interferring with their travel and creating inflammatory stress.|
|Vaginal birth||This exposes the baby to protective bacteria as it goes through the birth canal.|
|The author addresses other foods that can be problematic, especially during the second phase of the diet plan. Toxins (includes heavy metals, plastics, mold, and pesticides) can also be a problem and need to be addressed and is covered in detail.|
Treatment starts with dietary changes for 30 days, a plan that is in two parts. Recipes are included as well as a diet plan. The author says to avoid eating out in restaurants during this time frame. One does not know where restaurants obtain their food and how it is prepared. Monsanto and big agriculture in this country pressured the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) not to label GMOs. Sixty-four countries now require GMO labeling. Another ingredient that can be found in restaurant food is monosodium glutamate (MSG). One has more control over food prepared at home as well as shopping for the ingredients.
Below is a list of nutrients that block inflammation:
Below is a table that covers various nutrients that can address inflammation.
|Listing of nutrients that can help address inflammation|
|Nutrient||Signs of Deficiency||Key Functions|
|Coenzyme Q-10||Signs of deficiency:
||Key Functions of Coenzyme Q-10:
|Glucosamine||Signs of deficiency:
|Key Functions of Glucosamine:
|Magnesium||Signs of deficiency:
||Key Functions of Magnesium:
|MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)||Signs of deficiency:
|Key Functions of MSM:
|Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids||Signs of deficiency:
||Key Functions of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids:
|Vitamin B1 (Thiamine or benfotiame)||Signs of deficiency:
||Key Functions of Vitamin B1:
|Vitamin B12||Signs of deficiency:
||Key Functions of Vitamin B12:
|Vitamin C||Signs of deficiency:
||Key Functions of Vitamin C:
|Vitamin D||Signs of deficiency:
||Key Functions of Vitamin D:
|Zinc||Signs of deficiency:
||Key Functions of Zinc:
|Note #1: This is for patient education, not a substitute for actual medical care.
Note #2: Some medications interfere with nutrient absorption.
Note #3: The author specifies the recommended dosage range and type of nutrient.
This is an extremely valuable resource in that it expands the issue of gluten sensitivity in other foods beyond what is found in wheat. It is also considered to be an autoimmune reaction by the immune system towards various gluten proteins. The testing protocol followed by functional medicine is covered in detail. The author provides a link to locate other functional medicine healthcare practitioners. It includes resources, notes, glossary, and an index. (Added 06/11/2017)
Another category of nutrients covered in this section are glyconutrients, form of plant sugars found in a variety of plants in nature, including trees, seaweed, fungus, mushrooms, and herbs. Apparently, when we think about sugar and the high consumption of sugar in American diets, we see the results especially the obesity epidemic. We are also seeing type 2 diabetes occurring in American children at younger ages. However, these other forms of sugar have beneficial benefits to human health. We have two resources highlighting the therapeutic benefits of these sugars. They are known as glyconutrients. (Added 01/03/2018)
Miracle sugars: the gluconutrient link to disease prevention and improved health (2003) by Rita Elkins, M.H. (Publisher: Woodland Publishing)
The late Rita Elkins has written an informative book about plant sugars, also known as glyconutrients. Glyconutrients are defined as many different kinds of beneficial plant sugars. It is also a new developing science called glycobiology. Sugar as we know it has received a bad repution especially when it comes to table sugar and high fructose corn syrup. The high consumption of these sugars can be as much as 130 pounds of sugar per person in the United States. However, there are other types of sugars. A number of plants contain special sugars also have the ability to fight disease and perform specific immune system activity.
In this book review, we cover concepts relating to glyconutrients in the first table, the second table covers specific glyconutrients, and the third table addresses various health conditions that glyconutrients can help address.
Glyco means sweet. Glycoforms are when sugars combine with proteins or fats. Glycoprotein is sugar with protein and glycolipids is sugar with fats. The study of glyconutrients is called glycobiology.
|Concepts relating to Glyconutrients|
|Autoimmune Disease||This is when the immune system attacks the body's own tissue, not a foreign invader. There are many different types of autoimmune diseases. It is also an overactive immune system.|
|Disease||Disease has three major causes:
Note #3: Declining nutritional levels in the soil, environmental toxins, and nutritional deficiencies in the food supply and in people, all of this plays a major role in declining health.
|Glutathione||If low in glutathione, the body is more vulnerable to degenerative diseases like diabetes and premature aging.|
|Glyconutrients||Glyconutrients can do the following:
|Immune system||Unlike other systems in the body, the immune system is a system of cells with specific functions and communication abilities to
communicate with each other. The immune system has three major functions:
Note #2: The cells need a healthy cellular membrane coating for effective and speedy cellular communication.
|Immune System Cells/Agents||Below is a listing of some of the various immune cells in the immune system and their functions:
|Probiotics||Lactobacteria helps keep the Candida in check.|
|Polysaccharides||Polysaccharides are complex sugar molecules with multiple saccharide links.|
In this second table, it includes a list of what the author considered to be eight essential sugars that benefit human health and more specifically our immune system, the system in our bodies that is designed to fight disease and keep us healthy. The third column indicates sources of these sugars.
|Name of Plant Sugar||Functions||Source|
|Fucose||Fucose is able to:
||Fucose is found in breastmilk and medicinal mushrooms.|
|Glactose||Glactose is able to:
||Galactose is from the conversion of lactose, a milk sugar found in dairy products|
|Glucose||The issue with glucose is that it is easily found in our diets and we are just eating too much of this type of sugar.||Easily available|
|Mannose||Mannose helps with:
||Mannitol is an alcohol form of mannose and has a number of properties.|
|N-Acetylgalactosamine||N-acetylgalactosamine helps with:
|N-Acetylglucosamine||N-Acetylglucosamine is able to help with:
|N-Acetylneuraminc Acid||N-Acetylneuraminic acid helps with:
||Found in breastmilk. This is another reason to encourage breastfeeding for all babies and infants.|
|Xylose||Xylose seems to have the following qualities:
||It is found in Xylitol, a sugar and used in chewing gums|
For sugars not specified as to where they exist, these sugars can be found in the following sources:
Note #2: Herbs are rich in glyconutrients. One is Echinacea purpurea (a herb). The author also covers medicinal mushrooms.
Note #3: Issues with synthetic drugs include side effects. Substances found in synthetic drugs contain substances that are considered foreign by the body and they trigger immune responses.
|This table list 8 major sugars. However, there are other sugars. Their specific functions are covered in this resource.
Note #2: There are hundreds more of monosaccharides in various plants.
The third table addresses specific health conditions that glyconutrients can be used to help with healing.
|Listing of Health Conditions that can benefit from Glyconutrients|
|Health Condition||Information or Benefits of Glyconutrients|
|ADHD||ADHD children and adults may have problems metabolizing sugar and may not have the right enzymes needed to digest these sugars.|
|AIDS||Sugars play a role in how AIDS viruses spread. Suggested glyconutrients are listed along with other ingredients to boost the immune system.|
|Allergies||This means that the immune system has going awry. Those with allergies have high levels of IgE and continued release of histamine. The author makes a number of suggestions.|
|Asthma||Asthma attacks can be triggered by allergies, infections, strong odors or fumes. Glyconutrients like alpha-L-acid glycoprotein and fucoidan may help.|
|Alzheimer's||People with Alzheimer's may have trouble metabolizing sugars. A number of glyconutrients to address are listed. Other supplements are also listed to address brain function.|
|Autoimmune Disorders||In autoimmune disorders, the the immune system in the body is unable to distinguish the difference between foreign matter versus the body's own tissues. This includes: Crohn's disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 1 diabetes.|
|Cancer||Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. The immune system is not attacking these cancerous cells and containing their growth. The author lists a number
of glyconutrients with anti-tumor properties. Four ways glyconutrients can fight cancer:
Note #2: Chemotherapy weakens the immune system and increases susceptibility to infections.
Note #3: The author lists a number of glyconutrients as well as other supplements to address cancer.
|Candida||Mannose speeds up the destruction of yeast organisms.|
|Diabetes, Type 2||Aloe vera is beneficial. It can help with vision, better wound healing, and lower blood pressure. Medicinal mushrooms are also beneficial. Those with diabetes td were found to be low in N-acetylneuroamminic acid-galactose (NANA-GAL). Fucoidan is also helpful by slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. Other suggestions are made.|
|Fibromyalgia||In this condition, impaired muscle repair and regenerations may be happening. Glyconutrients as well as other nutritional supplements are listed.|
|Heart Disease||Inflammatory response is a component in triggering heart disease. C-Reactive Protein is a predictor of heart attacks and strokes. This protein is released by the body in response to injury, infection and inflammation. Plaque that sticks to the artery walls typically contain inflammatory cells. About 25% of the population has elevated C-reactive protein levels. The author lists a number of glyconutrients that fight coronary inflammation and other suggested supplements.|
|Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Crohns' and Ulcerative Colitis)||Those with this type of condition ten to have problems with metabolising monosaccharides (sugar) function in their colons. All eight sugars are needed in the colon. These people tend to have lower levels of the eight major glyconutrients/sugars. Acemannan may help reduce the inflammation.|
|Lupus||Low levels of mannose binding proteins are seen.|
|Multiple Sclerosis||The immune system attacks the myeline sheaths, the lining covering nerve cells. The following glyconutrients may be of help are: acemannan, galactose, and xylose. There can also be an infectious component as well.|
|Osteoarthritis||N-acetylglucosamine stimulates the regeneration of cartilage in damaged joints.|
This is an informative book on the beneficial roles of these plant sugars, glyconutrients, on the immune system. Some of the various cells
in the immune system are covered.
While our current health care system focuses on special health conditions, a common denominator for these health conditions is the immune system. When the immune system starts failing or doesn't perform at an optimum level, we are seeing autoimmune diseases, allergies, various health conditions, and cancer. The list goes on and on. This book includes references and index. (Added 01/03/2018)
Sugars that heal: the new healing science of glyconutrients (2001) by Emil I. Mondoa, MD and Mindy Kitei. (Publisher: Ballantine Books)
Dr. Emil I. Mondoa, MD with Mindy Kitei have written an informative book on the role of glyconutrients and its effect of various health conditions. Apparently, there are eight essential sugars that are needed for optimum health. Glyconutrients play a number of roles in the body. They are:
Glyconutrients are also known as saccharides. Below is a listing:
There are over 200 sugars. However, out of this number, eight are essential. Below is a table:
|Name of Glyconutrient||Function|
|Fucose||Fucose helps the brain's long term memories, inhibit tumor growth, and guards against respiratory infections.|
|Galactose||Galactose inhibits tumor growth, helps with wound healing, and decreases inflammation.|
|Glucose||Glucose enhances memory, stimulates calcium absorption, enhances cellular communication. Too much glucose raises insulin levels, and causes disturbances in depression, maniac-depression, Alzheimer's, and eating disorders.|
|Mannose||Mannose facilitates cellular communication, inhibits tumor growth, prevents infections, and eases inflammation. It can lower blood sugar and triglycerides levels in diabetics.|
|N-Acetylgalactosamine||N-Acetylgalactosamine inhibits the spread of tumors and enhances cellular communication. Levels have been found to be low in people with heart disease.|
|N-Acetylglucosamine||N-Acetylglucosamine helps repair cartilage, decrease pain and inflammation, and improves range of motion. Deficiencies and defects are found in those with Crohn's, ulcerative colitis, and interstitial cystitis.|
|N-Acetylneuraminic acid||N-Acetylneuraminic facilitates brain development, learning, memory, performance, lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and mucous viscosity.|
|Xylose||Xylose is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and helps with cellular communication and colitis.|
These essential essential nutrients (also known as saccharides) are found in:
|Immune System||It helps to have an understanding of how our immune system works and the various roles these cells in the immune system play. The immune system can be overactive and this is
seen in lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and ulcerative colitis. The underactive immune system is seen in cancer, AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, Gulf War Syndrome, and
|Xenosubstrates||Xenosubstrates are items that our bodies cannot handle. They also compete with normal substrates and use up precious supply of existing enzymes. It also plays a factor in birth defects.|
The resources covers a number of conditions that glyconutrients can help address. They include:
This resource is for patient education. Generally, the glyconutrients are better absorbed from food. In cases of deficiencies, supplementation helps. One major point that these authors make is that what we need to check on is to look the nutritional status in people who have optimum health instead of just focusing on rescue medicine. Western medicine tends to look only at a small piece of the picture whereas Eastern and Asian medicine tends to look at the whole picture. The use of glyconutrients is needed under professional medical guidance. This resource includes resources, glossary, references, and an index. (Added 01/03/2018).
This topic covers the role of how our digestive system and instestinal flora status directly affects brain health. We have one resource on this, written by Dr. Campbell-McBride, MD. (Added 12//2014)
Gut and Psychology Syndrome: natural treatment for dispraxia, autism, ADD, dyslexia, ADHAD, depression and schizophrenia (2010) by Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD. (Publisher: Medinform Publishing)
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, MMEDSCI, MMEDSci, originally from Russia, is a British doctor with advanced training in neurology and nutrition.
She explains in detail that problems with eating foods and the digestive process was found to be common in children (and later as adults) who developed or have ADD/ADHD, allergies,
asthma, dyslexia, dyspraxia, eczema, and various other neurological and behaviorial disorders. Many of them are more vulnerable to developing substance abuse issues later
in life. She also
found that these children often have overlapping conditions, more than just one type of health/behavioral issue. Underlying all of these issues appear to be issues
with digestion. If left untreated, these children grow up to have bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric and psychological disorders.
As infants and young children, those suffering from the GUT and Psychology Syndrome, they experience bloating, colic, constipation, diarrhea, feeding difficulties, flatulence, and feeding difficulties. Eating problems start in early infancy, with a fussy reaction to foods, and often ending up on a limited diet. The author suggest that parents keep written documentation on their child's eating problems.
Dr. Campbell-McBride explains what healthy and unhealthy stools look and what they mean. She also covers in detail the role of the lymphatic symptom. It removes bacteria, viruses, fungi, dead cells, and various toxins. Lymph nodes produces lymphocytes which fights infections. Dr. Campbell-McBride notes that the measles virus was found in the ileal lymph nodes. Autistic children are found to have enlarged and inflamed lymph nodes in the gut wall. This is a sign of infection. Inflammation is also found in the colon as well for these autistic children. Three types of flora are mentioned:
We have a section covering detoxification, some of it is on heavy metals. However, we have a resource that focuses on toxic heavy metals. They are
extremely dangerous and harmful to everyone's health, especially to infants and children. Unfortunately, they have become widespread in our environment. In
view of the serious harm that heavy metals cause to all of us, we have designated a separate category covering detoxification on heavy metals. According to the
World Health Organization, in 1974, they reported that 82% of all degenerative diseases was caused by toxic metal poisoning. Exposure to toxins can play a
factor in experiencing fatigue.
For additional resources on detoxification, see the section on Section on Detoxification. (Added 08/15/2019)
Heavy Metals Detox: the fast track to a healthier version of you! (2019) by James Lilley. (Publisher: James Lilley)
James Lilley did alot of research on issues relating to heavy metal toxicity and detoxification. One of the main issues of doing serious detoxification, including
heavy metals, that it needs to be done gradually and in stages or you can overwhelm your kidneys or
the liver in undertaking this process. The author recommends pretoxing before detoxing. Excess toxins do get stored in our fat cells, muscle tissue and even bone tissue.
For serious detoxification issues, seek the services of a qualified health care practitioner. However, there are some techniques that can
be undertaken and will not cause serious reactions.
First, what are the heavy metals? Second, what is the basic information about these heavy metals? Third, where are these metals found and or sources of exposure? This is covered in the table listed below:
|Type of Heavy Metal||Information||Sources of Exposure|
|Aluminum||Aluminum is one of these metals that can enter the brain, crossing the blood and brain barrier and can be responsible for keeping someone awake (not able to go to sleep). It is also linked to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.||Avoid using aluminum pots and pans as well as aluminum foil. Read food labels as some do include aluminum like baking soda. It can also be found in personal
care products and packaging.
Reviewer's note: Aluminum is in vaccines.
|Cadmium||Cadmium is a carcinogen and is known to displace zinc. Cadmium can damage the kidneys, lungs, and even the skeleton.||It can be found in contaminated foods, in batteries, in synthetic rubber mats, tobacco smoke, and copy machines.|
|Lead||Lead is a major neurotoxin associated with major depression, reduced IQ, and anxiety disorders. It is another metal that is able to enter the brain, crossing the blood and brain barrier and can be responsible for keeping someone awake (not able to go to sleep). Lead is similar to calcium.||Lead can be found in plumbing, toys and spices imported from overseas.|
|Mercury||There are three types of mercury. They are:
According to the author, mercury can displace copper and zinc in the body. Both zinc and copper are essential minerals in the right range and ratio needed in the body. Mercury exposure can cause memory problems, anxiety, depression, and problems with the immune system, lungs, kidneys, and digestive system.
| Unfortunately, mercury is still being used in dental fillings in the United Sates. While mercury is a soft metal, during the process of chewing,
mercury in dental fillings can change to into a gaseous form, into mercury vapor and as a gas, it can spread to other areas in the body.
Reviewer's note: It is vaccines. We also have a section that covers Section on Mercury (Chemical).
The author presents three questions that need to be asked regarding our exposure to toxins. One, what is the substance, Two, how long have you been in contact with these substances? and three, what is the body's ability to detoxify toxins. This ability varies between people.
Other issues with these toxic heavy metals (as well as other substances) is their ability to mimic minerals and the body is not able to tell them apart. The author lists some other toxins that do that.
In testing for heavy metals exposure, it can be done three different ways, through hair, blood, and urine. The author recommends that all three tests be done to give the health care provider a more complete picture on how well the body is able to detoxify. Each of these tests addresses different issues.
The author indicates the various ways our bodies and organs work to remove these toxins and what their role is. The following avenues for detoxification are:
Other aspects of detoxification include sleep and stress. Sleep is essential in assisting with detoxification process and stress can block the detoxification process. Supplements are suggested that can help with sleep issues. At the same token, it is suggested not to overload the liver and kidneys with too many supplements. The author lists substances that act as binders to heavy metals (pros and cons) and can help remove them from the body. Other supplements including teas and herbs are covered. One protocol that is helpful is infared saunas as a means of detoxing. James Lilley explains how glutathione works and how nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 work. Other factors mentioned include leaky gut issues, endocrine disruptors, systemic inflammation and digestive and other enzymes.
The author explains in detail three main areas to consider with the detoxification process. They are physical, chemical, and emotional.
Unfortunately, the downside of the Industrial Revolution has been the greater exposure to these heavy metals, through a variety of means. It is also unforturnate that corporations ignore the existence of these heavy metals in their products as well as in the manufacturing process. Neither are organic foods tested or checked for the presence of heavy metals. It is important to be aware of the presence of heavy metals in nutritional supplements, like fish oils. Furthermore, under current farming and food processing practices, our processed foods are becoming deficient in calcium, magnesium, phosporus, potassium, and sodium. It makes sense that that assessing a patient's exposure to heavy toxic metals (and other substances) needs to become part of the standard medical protocol.
In understaking this detoxification process, the author explains, that first, one needs to empty the garbage truck before adding more garbage. In this case, clean up the blood and the lymphatic system before going after the toxins in the fat cells. Too many toxins can result in fatigue, headaches, and anxiety. (Reviewer's note: It is playing a role in anti-social behavior).
What is extremely helpful about this resource is that it is written in plain language. It offers hope and strategies for those who are dealing chronic health issues and seek to address the underlying issues. (Added 08/15/2019)
Website for ordering Heavy Metals Detox
This book is available from Amazon both in paper and in electronic format. It is: Amazon website for ordering Heavy Metals Detox. (Added 08/15/2019)
Hormones play a significant role in human health. In a number of instances, these hormones have a widespread effect on
the human body. Furthermore, hormones in small, physiologic doses, can help the human body heal and recover in a manner that
we expect pharmaceutical drugs and nutrients to perform.
Dr. David Brownstein, MD and Dr. Theirry Hertoghe, MD explain in detail the role of major hormones. Dr. Brownstein's book is a great resource for patient education and Dr. Hertoghie's book provides more in-depth information on hormonal health. Both books include case studies. Jillian Michaels has written a resource that explains on the various ways we can help our hormonal system be healthier through diet and reducing our exposure to toxins. Dr. Natasha Turner, ND has written several books on hormonal health and its impact on weight and our health. Two of Dr. Turner's books on hormonal health are listed and reviewed.
The principles of hormonal health include the following:
(Added 10/21/2012, updated 08/11/2014)
The Miracle of Natural Hormones, 3rd ed (2003) by David Brownstein, MD. (Publisher: Medical Alternatives Press)
Dr. David Brownstein, MD found that natural hormones can be used to
treat a number of health conditions, without the side effects found with prescription drugs. In fact, the underlying
cause that exist in a number of health issues has be found to be due to hormonal imbalance. Hormones are produced by
the body and perform a specific and regulatory role in the body. In general, our bodies are not designed to work well
with synthetic hormones such as birth control pills and provera (a synthetic version of progesterone). A chronic
health condition is often a sign of an hormonal imbalance.
The entire hormonal picture needs to be assessed in treating the underlying causes of illness. When treating hormonal imbalances, it works much better in conjunction with nutritional supplementation, dietary changes such as cleaning up the diet with whole foods, and detoxification.
|Hormone||Role and Information|
|Adrenal Hormones||The hormone produced by the adrenal glands are the steroid hormones. A major steroid hormone is hydrocortisone. The adrenal glands help fight infections, heal from injuries, and regulate blood sugar metabolism.|
|DHEA||DHEA is short for dehydroepiandrosterone, a hormone produced in the adrenals. It has been found to prevent and treat Alzheimer's, asthma and allergies, bacterial and viral infections, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, osteoporosis, and immune diseases. People with allergies and autoimmune conditions are found to be low in DHEA. It is also known as a precursor hormone, becomes converted to testosterone and estrogen, and increases progesterone. Depressed DHEA levels will affect other hormones. DHEA levels decline with age. DHEA needs to be taken under medical supervision. Too much DHEA supplementation will cause the body to stop producing DHEA.|
|Estrogen||Estrogen treats menopausal symptoms, retard osteoporosis, improve skin tone, and improve memory loss. Three types of estrogen are found in the body: estrone (10%), estradiol (10%), and estriol (90%). Trieste is similar to the estrogen levels/components found in the body. Estrogen also needs to be taken with progesterone.|
|Human Growth Hormone||Human growth hormone has been found to help with thinning hair, wrinkled skin, loss of muscle tone, low resistance to stress, depression, poor wound healing, varicose veins, cardiovascular conditions, fatigue, osteoporosis and other signs of aging. This hormone is produced by the pituitary gland located in the brain. It can help with fibromyalgia and obesity. Human growth hormone levels can be measured by checking the insulin like growth factor or IGF-1. It is an expensive hormone to use for supplementation. Exercise can help increase human growth hormone levels, as well as DHEA, amino acids, and niacin. Glutamine can also increase hormone growth hormone levels.|
|Hydrocortisone||Hydrocortisone is produced by the adrenal glands. It can help with chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune diseases, and hypothyroid. It is important to give physiologic doses, small doses. Prednisone, a synthetic version of hydrocortisone, at 5 mg is an equivalent of 20 mg and it can cause the adrenals to stop producing hydrocortisone. 40% of the patients with hypothyroidism will not improve unless their low levels of adrenal state in addressed in using low, physiologic levels of hydrocortisone.|
|Melatonin||Melatonin improve sleep disorders, an anti-oxidant, helps the immune system function better, and slow down the aging process. It has been found to help with cancer, delaying the progression of cancer.|
|Pregnenolone||Pregnenolone is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It helps with arthritis, depression, fatigue, memory loss, and moodiness. It is also known as the mother hormone, as it is a precursor to all of the adrenal hormones.|
|Progesterone||Progesterone is produce by the ovaries. The benefits of progesterone include: treating endometriosis, osteoporosis, premenstrual syndrome. It is a natural diuretic and a natural anti-depressant, help the thyroid, restore proper cell oxygen levels, normalize blood sugar levels, and stimulate cells (osteoblasts) necessary for building bone. It can counteract excess estrogen, especially when the excess estrogen comes from the environment. Men also benefit from progesterone, helping with cardiovascular disorders, prostate problems, and fatigue.|
|Testosterone||Both men and women need testosterone, at different levels. Testosterone has a number of benefits. It improves osteoporosis, helps with diabetes, better sense of wellbeing, and more positive mood, help with cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, and improve muscle mass. Side effects will occur if the dosage is too high.|
|Thyroid Hormones||The hormones from the thyroid play a major role in the body's metabolism and levels of energy. It is an extremely important hormone. Unfortunately, too many people have problems with their thyroid, with inadequate levels of thyroid hormones. It also affects other glands, like the adrenal glands, the ovaries, and the pituitary gland. The thyroid hormones also helps with mental functioning and recovering from infection and other illness. A number of factors can play a role in reducing thyroid hormone levels.
See section on Thyroid Issues.
A holistic approach is needed to identify thyroid issues. This includes looking at clinical signs, doing basal temperature testing, and lab tests. The basal temperature needs to be between 97.8 to 98.2 degrees, Fahrenheit. Blood tests do not measure the cellular level of thyroid hormones.
Toxins can cause hormonal imbalances and poison our cells that function as part of our immune system. The more toxins, the more likely there will be damage to the cells that are part of the immune system. The liver is sensitive to toxins. When the level of toxins overloads the liver, the toxins spread throughout the body. Mercury is a toxin that can disrupt the entire hormonal system.
Basic steps to detoxification are:
Dr. Brownstein talks about how you can flush and reduce the level of toxins in the liver. Supplements that help with
detoxification include: cilantro, garlic, vitamin C, and selenium.
In treating hormonal health issues, the entire hormonal system needs to be addressed. Furthermore, hormonal supplementation works and it works with very few side effects. This resource comes with a reading list, a glossary, resources, and an index. (Added 10/21/2012)
Hormone Solution: stay younger longer with natural hormone and nutrition therapies (2002) by Theirry Hertoghe, MD with Jules-Jacques Nabet, MD. (Publisher: Three Rivers Press)
|Brain||ACTH, DHEA, Pregnenolone|
|Kidneys||EPO (Erythopoeitin), converts thyroid hormone T4 to active T3|
|Liver||Somotomedin C, converts thyroid hormone T4 to active T3|
|Ovaries||Estrogens, Progesterone, Androgens|
|Pineal (in the brain)||Melatonin|
|Pituitary (in the brain)||Anterior: ACTH, Growth Hormone, TSH
|Thyroid||Calcitonin, Thyroid hormones|
|Organ||Hormones (Brief information)|
|ACTH||Its full name is adrenocorticotrope hormone. It control the adrenal secretion of anti-stress hormone.|
|ALDOSTERONE||Aldosterone controls blood pressure when you are standing. It comes from the adrenal glands.|
|CALCITONIN||Calcitonin strengthens the bones, makes it easier to bear with stress, protects the body from migraines and stomach ulcers, and fights inflammation.|
|CORTISOL||Cortisol helps the body respond quickly to stress. It does other things.|
|DHEA||The full name of DHEA is dehydroepiandrosterone. It is made into other hormones in the body.|
|EPO||(Erythropoietin) EPO increases the production of red blood cells.|
|ESTROGEN||Estrogen is a female hormone, creates the female shape.|
|GROWTH HORMONE||Growth hormone helps us to grow through childhood. When we are adults, the growth hormone helps to maintain muscle tone and keep our spine straight.|
|INSULIN||Insulin controls blood sugar.|
|MELATONIN||Melatonin is the sleep hormone and a powerful antioxidant.|
|PREGNENOLONE||Pregnenolone is considered to be a memory hormone.|
|PROGESTERONE||Progesterone is a major hormone through pregnancy. It can also protect the heart and bones.|
|TESTOSTERONE||Testosterone is a hormone is needed by both men and women. While it is regarded as a sexual hormone, it has other important benefits. It protects the heart and arteries, reducing the risk of heart disease. It counters high cholesterol and angina.|
|THYROID||Thyroid hormones speec up the metabolism and helps to control weight. It impacts on all of the body's cells.|
|VASSOPRESSIN||Vassopressin sharpens attention and concentration. It also helps with memory and a sense of wellbeing.|
Note: The book offers much more detail than what has been listed here.
Tests for specific hormones are listed. Also, Dr. Hertoghe presents questions that doctors and patients can answer for specific health conditions. Below is an example of questions:
The health conditions covered in this book are:
With each of these conditions, the authors provide a list of questions regarding the health condition, a checklist chart, and suggest which hormones can address the problem(s). Dr. Hertoghe found that grains, dairy products, sugar, and citrus aggravate rheumatoid arthritis. Also, a number of these patients are found to be low in cortisol and need vitamin K supplementation. For those suffering from osteoarthritis, they can benefit from checking their thyroid hormones, are found to have low DHEA levels, and need more calcitonin and testosterone. Bone loss can be treated hormonally. Women who have higher levels of testosterone have stronger bones. Hormones play a major role in cardiovascular health, too. Extra folic acid, riboflavin, vitamin B6 help reduce homocysteine levels. Excessive levels of cholesterol can be an indication of low thyroid function. Cortisol and aldosterone can help with dizziness and drowsiness. More than sixty percent of the men with sleep problems are low in testosterone and experience more depression. For those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome do better when they avoid bread, yeast, grains, dairy products and sugar. Milk apparently contains a protein that can decrease thyroid levels. Marijuana was found to stop the production of the human growth hormone.
Dr. Hertoghe and Dr. Nabet make the following dietary suggestions to improve hormonal health.
This detailed and informative resource on hormonal health includes resources, references, and an index. (Added 10/21/2012)
Master Your Metabolism: the 3 diet secrets to natually balance your hormones for a hot and healthier body! (2009) by Jillian Michaels with Mariska Van Aalst. (Publisher: Crown Publishers)(Added 10/22/2013)
Jillian Michaels is a physical trainer who discovered the importance of eating right, keeping one's exposure to toxins to a minimum, and keeping one's hormones in balance. This is in addition to the maintaining an exercise program. A number of points raised in this resource are stated by a number of other authors included on this webpage. In this book, Jillian Michaels presents a three part program to help your metabolism function better, including your hormones. This program includes the following:
|Estrogen and Progesterone||These hormones are created from cholesterol. The concern is about plastics that are biochemically similar to these hormones and it is confusing for the body.|
|Ghrelin||When you think about food, the body releases ghrelin and turns on the neuropeptide Y, which increases your appetite. It also helps the pituitary gland release growth hormone.|
|Growth Hormone||Growth hormone builds muscles, burns fat, resists heart disease, protects bones, increases overall health. It also helps the body to absorb amino acids, utilizes fat stores, and helps the liver.|
|Insulin||With insulin resistance, the body starts ignoring insulin levels. This increases the level of body fat and increases the level of insulin in the brain.|
|Leptin||Leptin is a protein made by fat cells. The fat cells actually behave as an endocrine gland. Leptin surges at night and helps the thyroid. Some people have low levels of leptin. People with high levels of leptin have excess fat. It also plays a role with the appetite through the neuropeptide Y.|
|Norepinephrine, epinephrine, and cortisol||Norepinephrine, epinephrine, and cortisol are produced by adrenal glands. Cortisol takes the fat from healthier areas from the butt and moves it to the abdomen, increasing visceral fat. It is no longer healthy peripheral fat. Limit caffeine, avoid simple carbs, processed foods, and refined grains.|
|Testosterone and DHEA||Testosterone and DHEA They boost libido, keep energy high, protect bonem and preserves mental function in later years. DHEA can help prevent breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, impaired memory, osteoporosis and protect brain function. They are anabolic hormones.|
|Thyroid Hormones||Controls the amount of oxygen each cells uses. This affects:
|Type of Food||Benefits of Food|
|Legumes||Beans have soluable fiber and resistant starch RSI. The resistant starch ferments, helps rebuild the intestinal lining, creates short-chain fatty acids, helps fight inflammation, cancer, bad "bugs" in the gut, and helps lower insulin levels.|
|Allium Family||Allium food family includes garlic, onions, leeks, chives, shallots, and scallions. They are excellent body detoxers and stimulate the body to produce glutathione, an antioxidant that lives in each cell. They fight free-radicals and can help fight obesity and diabetes.|
|Berries||Berries have high quantities of polyphenols. The colors found in berries are due to anthyocyanins, that help with fat metabolism. They also contain fiber. Berries need to be organic; and can be fresh or frozen.|
|Meat and eggs||Meat and eggs have a number of amino acids. One amino acid is L-arginine. It is needed for the production of protein and the release of growth hormone in the body. The amino acid tyrosine helps keep the appetite down and reduce body fat. This amino acid helps the thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal glands. Leucine helps the body produce growth hormone, regulate blood sugar levels, and helps the muscles that work with hormones. Omega-3s are found in salmon (wild caught), organic free range meats and eggs.|
|Colorful fruits and vegetables||The various colors found in fruits and vegetables provide a range of phytonutrients. They provide soluable and insoluable fiber.
The colors provide:
|Cruciferous vegetables||Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. They have anti-cancer properties and participate in the isothiocyanates process. Also, they have sulforapane that can help repair damage caused by diabetes. They include fiber and high water content.|
|Dark green and leafy vegetables||Spinach is quite good for you, with fiber and magnesium. Green leafy vegetables also have manganese, vitamin C, iron, and soluable fiber. They help with system-wide inflammation, reduce arthritis, and blood clotting.|
|Nuts and seeds||Best choices are almonds and walnuts. Nuts have omegas-3, antioxidants, fiber, L-arginine, and magnesium. They help with heart disease, diabetes, and inflammation. Seeds have resistant starch, like beans, and help with blood sugar.|
|Organic dairy||Best choice is organic, low-fat plain yogurt. Yogurt provides probiotics.|
|Whole grains||Best choices are oats and barley. Whole grains are good choices of phytochemicals and antioxidants. They include short-chain fatty acids.
Whole grains provide three types of fiber:
|Note: Check out the website known as the "Dirty Dozen" for 12 foods that are better eaten as organic; and 12 foods that can be non-organic.|
The Hormone Diet: a 3 step program to help you lose weight, gain weight and live longer (2009) by Natasha S.
Turner, ND. (Publisher: Rodale)
The Supercharged-Hormone Diet: A 30-Day Accelerated Plan to Lose Weight, Restore Metabolism, and Feel Younger Longer (2013) by Dr. Natasha S. Turner, ND. (Publisher: Rodale)
Both of these books cover basically the same information, with some differences. The Hormone Diet is covers more of the theory behind our hormonal health. The second book, The Supercharge Hormone Diet, is designed more as a hands-on resource, to assist people interested in implementating the hormone diet.
The author, a NY Times best selling author and naturopathic doctor from Canada, Natasha Turner, ND covers in detail the correct levels, role, and balance of hormones that are essential to having a healthy body. She also talks about the importance of exercise, eating right, and having a clean environment. One factor she also discusses is the role of chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is discussed as a key factor in all health issues. Inflammation can a play a role in abdominal obesity and insulin resistance.This resource cover a number of topics: digestion, the immune system, nutrition, exercise, abdominal obesity and insulin resistance, estrogen and progesterone decline, environmental toxins, liver detoxification, fatty liver tissue, sleep issues, and depression and stress. Unrelenting stress leads to excess cortisol. High levels of stress also reduces our levels of serotonin. Multi-tasking and chronic stress also depletes serotonin levels. Melatonin levels also declines with age. Too little or too much dopamine can cause problems. Acetylcholine is needed for effective communication between nerves and muscles. The author also spends time discussing the various hormones and their effect in the body and even on our weight. Many overweight and obese patients suffer from hormonal imbalance. Toxins can also make us fat, as well, and interfere with our hormonal health. Heavy metals can interfere with our hormones, as well.
Dr. Turner also covers the acid and alkaline issues. When our bodies become too acidic, minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium, and calcium may be stolen or leached from our vital organs and bones to combat or buffer the acid. It also interferes with human health. She also strongly recommends avoiding the use of plastics containers (use glass) to store foods.
As for digestion, Dr. Turner presents five keys for a healthy digestive system.
Dr. Turner also lists foods to use and which ones to avoid for detoxification.
|List of foods to use and avoid for detoxification|
|Foods to Eat||Foods to Avoid|
The best choice of water is reverse osmosis followed by spring water. It is also important to eat at regular times. Dr. Turner also discusses in detail various nutritional supplements to promote hormonal and other health issues.
Some of the tests recommended include testing the c-reactive protein and homocysteine levels. Appendix A covers a number of tests that can assess both nutritional and hormonal health.
Good and restorative sleep is essential to health, as well. The author details a number of strategies and rules to use to promote regular sleep. She also lists in details the hormones and herbs that help promote restful sleep.
A valuable aspect on hormonal health is a treatment pyramid showing seven levels of inflammation and the various hormones. The book includes treatment options. The seven levels listed are: inflammation, mood and food hormones, stress and anti-stress hormones, sex hormones, metabolism, strength, and renewal.
Treatment Pyramid – Below are the hormones and imbalances we experience which hinder our ability to lose weight, gain energy and feel balanced. In Dr. Natasha’s book the Supercharged Hormone Diet, the supplements, lifestyle and food suggestions for each of the imbalances are listed, which are recommended based on your personal goals.
|Level Name||Sublevel Name|
|2. Mood and Food Hormones||Dopamine, Low|
|3. Stress and Anti-stress Hormones||Cortisol, Excess|
|4. Sex Hormones||Estrogen, Excess|
|5. Metabolism||Thyroid Hormone, Low|
|6. Renewal||Acetylcholine, Low|
|7. Strength||Growth Hormone, Low|
|Note #1: This is for information purposes. This program needs to be done under
Note #2: The author specifies which nutritional and herbal supplements are recommended and the
recommended dosage. Not all of the treatments need to be done at the same time.
Note #3: For the Hormone Diet book, the information is in chapter 13; and for
the Supercharged-Hormone Diet book, this information appears in chapter 11.
This is a comprehensive and detailed resource of restoring health, through diet, detoxification, supplements, and tests. It includes a small number of recipes, resources, and an index. This resource highlights the importance and role of hormones in human health. (Added 08//2014)
Website for Dr. Natasha Turner, ND and Resources on Hormonal Health
To learn more about hormonal health and balancing hormones Dr. Natasha Turner, ND maintains a website on hormonal health. It is: www.drnatashaturner.com (Added 08/11/2014)
Generally, when we think of nutrients needed for human health, we think of minerals, proteins/amino acids, and vitamins. Hyalurnic acid doesn't fit in these categories. However, it does play a significant role in human health. We have a book that explains the interesting role of hyaluronic acid. (Added 03/01/2015)
The HA Anti-aging answer: Using HYALURONIC ACID for flexible joints, vibrant skin and a healthy heart (2007) by Chris Meletis, ND and David Rousett (Publisher: Currant Book)
Chris Meletis, a naturopathic doctor, and David Rousett have written a book explaining the role of hyaluronic acid. Apparently, it is a substance that plays a number of beneficial roles in the body. As we age, we produce less of it. Below are some of the roles it plays:
The therapeutic benefits of hydrogen peroxide came up in a book written by Mary Wright. It needs to be specified that there is more than one type of hyddrogen peroxide. The one that this author specifies is the food grade version of hydrogen peroxide at 35% strength. For additional information on oxygen, check on Oxygen. (Added 01/28/2017, updated 01/03/2020)
True Power of Hydrogen Peroxide: miracle path to wellness (2014) by Mary Wright. (Publisher: PowerofHydrogenPeroxide.com). (Added 01/28/20170).
What is hydrogen peroxide? It is two atoms of hydrogen paired with two atoms of oxygen. There are different types of hydrogen peroxide at different strengths. 99% of the hydrogen peroxide is used for industrial purposes as well as for the food industry. The type of hydrogen peroxide needed for therapeutic purposes need to be food grade at 35% hydrogren peroxide andd the rest is water. It does not have the following:
The author, Mary Wright, starts with saying that the four elements of life are:
Some of the other concepts listed in this book include:
|Air Pollution||Oxygen levels in the atmosphere need to be a serious concern. The author lists a number of pollution sources. One suggestion is avoiding the use of synthetic clothing that do not allow the skin to breathe. Synthetic fabrics can release chemical gases. A suggestion made is to sleep with a window open allowing in fresh air. Spring cleaning is another suggestion.|
|Bromine||Bromine is another problematic chemical. It can be toxic and converts to dichlorobromomethane, bromoform, and bromate. It is extremely dangerous and harmful when bromine and chlorine are combined.|
|Cancer||Another root cause of cancer is oxygen deficiency. Cancer and tumor cells (anaerobic cells) cannot exist in the presence of oxygen.|
|COPD||Some of the factors in COPD are:
|Chlorine||Chlorine is not really good for our bodies. The author explains in detail some of the effect chlorine has. A few among many are:
|Obesity||Obesity has been increasing in the United States. It may be due to the fact that our cells are starving, not just for nutrients, but also not getting enough oxygen.|
|Oxygen||The author covers the importance and role of oxygen.
The role of oxygen is:
|Weight Loss||The author makes suggestions to facilitate weight loss. Instead of counting calories, do the following:
Detailed instructions are provided on the ways to use hydrogen peroxide (food grade at 35%) in this resource. It is important to start slow and keep this product out of the hands of children.
Food grade version of hydrogen peroxide of 35% needs to be obtained from a reputable source. It should not be frozen. This book offers a number of suggestions, especially when it comes to cooking and how our food supply is being manipulated with addictive substances. It can take 30 days to wean yourself off junk foods. Until the arrival of antibiotics, physicians were advocating the use of hydrogen perioxide plus fresh and unpolluted air to treat diseases. (Added 01/28/2017)
The body has a number of systems, including the digestive, central nervous system, skeleton, circulation, lymphatic, etc. that enables it to perform various functions. An important system is the immune system. It is this system that fights infections, viruses, pathogens, and support internal cellular functions to prevent illness and autoimmune disorders. Autoimmune disorders are caused when the immune system attacks itself and some area of the body (usually a target organ). We have one resource that addresses this issue. The second resource by Dr. Ronald P. Drucker, DC addresses the root factors supporting a strong immune system starting with our cells. This second resource can also be viewed as a resource addressing autoimmune diseases and anti-aging issues. (Updated 09/21/2016)
Superimmunity: the essential nutrition guide for boosting your body's defenses to live longer, stronger, and disease free (2011) by Joel Fuhrman, MD. (Publisher: HarperOne)
The immune system is the system that enables the body to fight influences that leads to disease and ill health. Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD talks about how nutrition can be used to promote the effectiveness of our immune system, the system that works to keep us healthy and prevent us from getting sick.
The modern diet with its processed foods, "fake" foods, food additives, and environmental challenges makes it harder for the immune system to perform its job successfully. One consequence of today's air travel is that microbes also travel with us, increase our exposure to more microbes. The overuse of antibiotics, prescription and over-the-counter medicines and drugs, and vaccines create additional problems. All this creates more work for our immune systems.
Dr. Fuhrman talks about macronutrients and micronutrients. The macronutrients are: carbohydrates, fat, protein, and water. The micronutrients are our vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytochemicals/phytonutrients. Phytochemicals and phytonutrients are found in plant based foods. These micronutrients can help our immune systems fight the free radicals and prevent cell damage. Excess levels of free radicals in the body create inflammation.
The phytonutrients and phytochemicals found in plant based foods include:
There appear to be more than 1,000 phytochemicals; and 150 of them have been studied. Phytochemicals play the following roles:
As the consumption of processed foods increased from 1935 to 2005, the rate of immune system disorders, allergies, autoimmune disorders and cancer increased. The flu emidemic of 1918 can be due to the distressed nutritional status of people following World War I, when food supplies were less reliable and of poorer quality. In cultures with healthy diets and peaceful environments, people are healthier and live longer.
Dr. Fuhrman talks about CNA which means comprehensive nutritional adequacy. Most people are low in CNA. People with optimum nutrition are less likely to become sick. ANDI (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index) measures the nutritional quality of food; higher the score, the more nutrients it has. ITC means isiothiocyanates and a phytochemical that can fight cancer and support the immune system. Glycemic index (GI) and glycemic load (GL) are covered. Two more terms covered included resistant starch and IGF-1, insulin-like growth factor 1. When sick, Dr. Fuhrman recommends the following nutrients as beneficial: zinc, vitamin D, elderberry and berry flavonoids, and caloric restriction. He also covers the benefits of nuts and seeds. Folate is recommended over folic acid. (Note: Dr. Fuhrman does not recommend vitamin C supplementation when you are sick. Exercise such as jogging, jumping in place, and exercising 3 times a week helps the body resist simple bacterial and viral infections.) As for the flu, there are over 200 viruses that can cause it.
Dr. Fuhrman covers the problems associated with medications used for allegies, diabetes and high blood pressure. There are risks associated with antibiotics. They include: diarrhea, digestive disturbances, yeast overgrowth, bone marrow suppression, seizure, kidney damage, severe bloody colitis, and life threatening allergic reactions. Antibiotics alter the flora in the intestines impairing the body's ability to resist disease. Nyquil can cause insomnia.
The Code of Life: the anti-aging disease prevention, and recovery breakthrough of our lifetime (2012) by Dr. Ronald P. Drucker, DC. (Publisher: www.codeoflife.info). (Added 09/21/2016)
Book Review:Before starting this book review, the author, Dr. Ronald P. Drucker, DC (DC stands for Doctor of Chiropractor) mentions two French scientists who lived at the time of Louis Pasteur. One was Antoine Bechamp, MD, PhD. a French researcher and cell biologist. He said " Germs do not cause disease in the real sense. Something happens in the body to allow the germ to become invasive." Another French scientist, Claude Bernard developed the following theory, "if the internal terrain was inhospitable place for disease to flourish, then the disease could never take over the host". Basically, both of these scientists were saying that it was the environment or the body's immune system that places a critical role in keeping unhealthy micro-organisms at bay in the body. Germs in of themselves are not the cause of disease. What makes us sick is an immune system unable to fend off harmful substances. However, allopathic medicine focused on as germs being the bad guys and the target. Allopathic medicine:
|Various Concepts Relating to Optimum Health|
|Aging||Three factors that facilitate premature aging are:
|Aloe vera Barbadensis Miller||It is a major healing plant. Aloe Vera has a number of ingredients with co-factors as well as beneficial nutrients.|
|Cancer cells||Cancer cells often display incomplete and abnormal sugars on their surfaces. In other words, cellular recognition and communication has been disrupted.|
|Cell Anatomy and Function||A cell has two components, the outer shell and what is inside the cell.
The outer shell has:
|Cell Health||Health begins with our cells, the building blocks of our tissues, organs, and body. It includes:
|Chematoxis||This is communication between cells and the immune system.|
|C.I.C.D.S.||C.I.C.D.S. stands for cellular and Immune Communication Deficiency. The author feels that all of us have C.I.C.D.S. to some degree and it plays a major role in our health status.|
|Complex carbohydrates||Complex carbohydrates play a role in cellular health. They are:
|DNA||The DNA is the blueprint or master plan of the cell. It is located inside the cell's nucleus. When toxins are present or we have missing nutrients, mistakes can be made in gene expression or creating new cells based on the DNA.|
|Exocytosis||Exocytosis is a process where the cell releases macromolecules or expels toxins from the cell's interior. It performs a number of functions.|
|Food||Food grown in the United States are deficient in nutrients, much of it due to the lack of nutrients in the soil. Cooking food above 115 degrees reduces much of the nutrients in the food. Microwave cooking have been found to reduce the nutrient levels by 90%. The author recommends which types of foods are better for us.|
|Immune System||The author discusses in detail information about the immune system. Two major divisions of the immune system are:
|Maintenance Therapy||Maintenance therapy is designed to:
|Phytonutrients||Phyto means plant and nutient is a constituent of food or a plant-derived natural nutrient. About a 1000 have been identified, and there
are probably more of them. The same phytonutrients that keep plants free of disease can do the same for human health. This includes:
|Polymanns||Polymanns are complex carbohydrates.|
|Polysaccharides||Polysaccharides (a type of sugar) perform a number of different functions. They are involved in cellular recognition, immune functions, and healing.|
|Stress||Stress increases nutrient needs and levels.|
|Synthetic Drugs or Compounts||Most of the synthetic drugs or compounds are artificial substances that the human body is not designed to receive. The vast majority of these substances cause short and long term cellular damage in varying degress without addressing the root cause of disease. It is noted that the pharmaceutical and drug companies cannot patent natural substances, but it is through patenting these synthetic substances that these companies make money. The side effects of many of these drugs are an indication of the harm these drugs cause. The pharmaceutical companies seek life long consumers of their products. In addition to synthetic drugs, the use of antibiotics is resulting in superbugs.|
|Synthetic Vitamins||Synthetic vitamins uses coal tar, petroleum products, animal byproducts, waste, shells and inorganic materials. They are not recommended. Natural vitamins are recommended as they include cofactors. They only need to be 10% to be labelled as "natural".|
|Telemores||Each cell has a telemore, the number of times it can be replicated before the cell dies (between 40 to 90 times).|
|Vaccinations||With mass vaccinations, we are seeing an increase in:
|Vitamin C||The author provided some interesting information about vitamin C. In diabetic patients, vitamin C can prevent cardiovascular complications and help normalize the glucose metabolism.|
The basic health facts that can be summarized are:
The code of life refers to the specific roles our cells play in health. Dr. Drucker also discusses the universal spectrum of life (the full spectrum of age and disease fight nutrients and bio-active nutrients). And a third concept is the symphony of life which is the complete, harmonious, and synergestic bio-chemical activity orchestrating every physiological function occurring throughout the human body.
This resource offers a different perspective on enjoying optimum health based on nutrition and keeping our cells strong. This resource does go into some coverage about which foods are good for you and which ones are not. This also includes soil health. A famous nurse, Florence Nightengale indicated that "nature alone cures". After reading this book, it is easy to understand this. Strides in health issues have been due to public sanitation, modern plumbing and garbage disposal. Some of the text covers the positions United States government agencies have taken on medical care, the control the pharmaceutical companies have taken over on our government, on the mass media like television, news, radio, and the internet. We also need to mention medical education and medical research. It indicates the shortcomings of American health care. The number of degenerative diseases are rising in the United States, whereas in some cultures, they do not experience degenerative diseases. It includes a number of references. (Added 09/21/2016).
A number of authors have written resources covering our intestinal health. The health of our intestinal health or gut is a major key to our overall health. The first resource is by someone who is a gastroenterologist and the second resource is by someone who is a naturopathic physician. Other sections that may be helpful cover digestion, lectins, and leaky gut. (Added 06/17/2022)
Fiber Fueled: the plant-based gut health program for losing weight, restoring your health and optimizing your microbiome (2020) by Will Bulsiewicz, MD, MSCI. (Publisher: Avery) (Added 06/17/2022)
This is a book that I wish had been written over fifty years ago when I was dealing with digestive issues. It is quite detailed and explains the importance of a healthy microbiome for our overall
health. Diet definitely plays a major role in your digestive health or the other way around, your digestive system, especially in the intestines, it plays a major role in your overall health. Dr. Will Busiewics is
a gastroenterologist. In his book, he covers the role diet has on our digestive health. Research into our microbiome has been growing. We are a country that is overfed and undernourished.
Below is a table taking about some of the main ideas Dr. Will Bulsiewicz covers.
|Some Main Ideas Regarding the Role of Intestinal Health|
|Antibiotics||Antibiotics decimates the good bacteria and gut microbiota. CIPRO, a well known antibiotic, can wipe out a third of the gut flora. Other drugs (as much as 24%) can alter the gut bacteria.|
|Dysbiois||This means that there is a loss of harmony and balance in the gut. It can include leaky gut and inflammation. It can lead to disease such as:
|Fermented Foods||Dr. Bulsiewicz explains the benefits of fermented foods, foods commonly eaten before refrigeration. These foods are extremely beneficial to our gut. The most common types of
fermented foods are:
|Fiber||Fiber is part of the plant cellular structure. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Microbes helps us digest fiber.|
|FODMAPs||FODMAPS are simple or s hort chain carbs in plant foods. They are fermentable and poorly absorbed. Five categories of FODMAP are:
|Food Allergies||Food allergies trigger IgE response. IgE releases chemicals that cause allergic reactions. Most common food allergies are:
|Food Groups||Dr. Bulsiewicz discusses the following food groups and their beneficial properties.
|Food Supply||The American food supply contains 10,000 food additives. Two emulsifiers cause problems in the gut. They are:
|Microbiota||Microbiota is a term to cover what travels and exists in our intestines. It contains the following:
|Prebiotics||Prebiotics have a number of benefits. A sampling includes:
|Probiocs||Dr. Bulsiewicz talks about probiotics in detail. Some of the main benefits of probiotics include:
|Protein||Dr. Bulsiewicz talks about the differences between plant sources of protein versus animal sources of protein. Plant sources are more beneficial. Animal sources of protein produces TMAO which results in cardiovascular disease.|
|Second Brain||The gut is our second brain. The gut produces more than 30 neurotransmitters.|
|Short Chain Fatty Acids||Three kinds of short chain fatty acids exist and they work together. Microbes release short chain fatty acids from fiber to help the colon's health. It also makes the colon
more acidic and prevents the growth of inflammatory and pathogenic bacteria. A diet high in fiber helps the microbes to extract short chain fatty acids. The roles of SCFA are:
This book is definitely a keep and worth having for a personal health library. It is also a good resource for legislators interested in improving the quality of health care provided to Americans. The author makes a case that our health care system needs to assess the status of gastrointestinal health whenever there are serious health issues, both physical and mental. Other suggestions are made that are more about lifestyle changes. The book covers a four week program, includes a food list, menus, recipes, and index. (Added 06/17/2022)
Restoring Your Intestinal Flora: the key to digestive wellness (2019, 2021) by Christopher Vasey, ND. (Publisher: Healing Arts Press) (Added 06/17/2022)
Christopher Vasey, a naturopathic physician who practices in Switzerland has written an easy to understand book on our gut flora and what we can do to improve its health. He gives a great overview on our digestive system. It turns out that the little creatures known as bacteria can be our friends and play a major role in our gut and our immune system. Below are some of the basic concepts pertaining to digestive health are listed in the table below:
|Some Main Ideas Regarding the Role of Intestinal Health|
|Alcohol||High levels of alcohol is harmful to our microbiotic and Dr. Vasey explains how.|
|Antibiotics||While antibiotics have saved lives, there is a downside to using antibiotics. They can harm both the pathogenic bacteria and the good bacteria. The effects can be felt as long as
three to six months. In some instances, even longer. Two types of antibiotics:
|Bacteria, Role of in the Gut||Bacteria in the gut has a number of roles. They do the following:
|Dysbiosis||This means that there is an imbalance between the fermentation (85%) and putrefaction (15%) sections of the gut. It can lead to a number of health disorders.|
|Fiber||For a health gut flora or microbiota, it needs fiber. There are actually three types of fiber. They are:
|Immune System Role in the Gut||Microbiota plays a role with the immune system. They can:
Note #2: Two types of bacteria are found to be low in people suffering from Crohn's. It is Faecalibacerium and Firmicutes.
|Major Categories of Gut Flora/Bacteria in the colon||Dr. Vasey explains that there are two types of gut flora in the intestines. One is bacteria of fermentation and the second one is bacteria of putrefaction.
Fermentation bacteria produces;
|Microbiota||Microbiota is the term used to describe the gut flora that travels through our intestines. It is a term that covers:
Note #2: We have over 100 trillion microorganisms in our gut, with over 400 species of bacteria. Just a minority are pathogenic (harmful) if not kept contained.
Note #3: Each person's microbiota is unique.
Note #4: Fiber intake helps our microbiota.
|Mucous||Mucous in the gut helps with lubrication and movement of fecal matter.|
|Nutrient Absorption in the Gut||90 to 95% of the nutrient absorption takes in the second half of the small intestine.|
|Nutrients Produced in the Intestines||A number of nutrients are produced in the gut. They are:
|Probiotics||Dr. Vasey discusses in detail what probiotics are, how they are made, and how they function. When the gut flora is balanced, it is no longer necessary to take probiotics.|
|Toxins in the Gut||Microorganisms are vulnerable to the toxins found in food. They do fight back. These toxins include:
As Hippocrates indicated, all diseases begin in the gut. Apparently, microorganisms in our gut play a major role in our immune system. Dr. Vasey makes a case for avoiding a high meat diet. It is best to have plants as 80% of one's diet, and the remaining 20% can be animal based. It affects the ratio between fermentation and putrefaction ratio in the gut. The author covers strategies to improve one's intestinal health, with three approaches. Eating fermented foods will help the intestinal health. This resource includes an index. Added 06/17/2022)
Iodine is needed not just for your thyroid. All cells in the body need it. (Note: There are different types of iodine.) It also looks like most people are not getting enough iodine in their diets worldwide. One exception is the Japanese. We have a resource written by Dr. Mark Sircus about iodine with a detailed book review. (Updated 05/28/2019)
Healing with Iodine: your missing link to better health (2018) by Dr. Mark Sircus, OMD, DM. (Publisher: Square One Publishers, Inc. at www.squareonepublishers.com)
Dr. Mark Sircus who was trained in acupuncture and Asian medicine at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Santa Fe and the School
of Traditional Medicne of New England in Boston, he has written an informative book covering the issues surrounding iodine and its importance in our health. OMD means "Doctor
of Oriental Medicine" and DM means "Doctorate in Medicine".
One of the most startling facts that can be found in this book is that ninety percent (90%) of the population in the United States are deficient in iodine. When it comes to the world population, seventy-two percent (72%) are deficient in iodine. (Other deficiencies include: Selenium, Vitamin A, and Iron. Iodine also needs L-tyrosine (amino acid) to create thyroid hormones.)
As it turns out, thirty percent of the U.S. population have thyroid issues. When we consider these statistics, it is apparent that our collective iodine levels have declined in the past forty years. This should concern and alarm all of us not only as why this represents a major public health issue, this also represents a nutritional medicine issue. It is extremely important for pregnant women to have proper iodine levels as it affects the health of their babies while in the womb and after birth. This overall decline in iodine levels is playing a role in the increased occurance of:
Iodine is needed in all stages of life and needed with selenium, a mineral. The enables the conversion of thyroxine T4 to biologically active thyroid triiodothyronine T3. Two factors play a role in the decline of iodine in our bodies.
The history of iodine as a medicine is covered by Dr. Sircus in this book; and apparently, it has a long history. It has therapeutic benefits espcially when used in conjunction with magnesium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, and selenium. It was used before the onset of vaccines, psychiatric medicines, statin drugs, and antibiotics. Dr. Sircus discusses the positive use of iodine in place of antibiotics, as iodine will not harm the bacterial flora (or create antibiotic resistant bacterial strains) in the body whereas antiobiotics do. It is also recommends the use of iodine instead of vaccines, vaccines that have harmful adjuvants/additives. Iodine can counteract bacteria, molds, yeasts, protoza and a number of viruses. Iodine is able to penetrate the cellular walls of micro-organisms including biofilms (which can resist anti-biotics or antibiotics are not able to penetrate). Before anti-fungal drugs, iodine was the standard treatment for yeasts conditions.
In this informative book, iodine has a number of functions in our bodies. They are:
Iodine as a medicine plays a number of roles in the body. Below is a listing:
What are some of the symptoms of an underfunctioning thyroid?
How do we test our thyroid function? Dr. Sircus indicates that today's tests do not detect low thyroid function. Taking one's base temperature in the morning several days in a row is one method. It needs to be ideally 98.6 Fahrenheit or range from 97.7 to 99.5 Fahrenheit and not lower. As for iodine, a simple iodine test that people can do is to place a few drops of nascent iodine on the skin and if it disappears (absorbed by the skin) within 24 hours, you are deficient.
Dr. Sircus lists symptoms of iodine deficiency. Below is a partial listing:
Environmental toxins in our air, water, personal care and cosmetic products, cleaning products, and food are causing a number of health problems. Toxins that affect our body's ability to absorb iodine are listed. Dr. Sircus lists some of the symptoms. Below is a partial listing:
Other interesting points that the author makes includes:
What forms of iodine can we take? The author talks about nascent iodine and Lugol's solution. Lugol's is 2% iodine and it used to be 5% iodine. The dosage information is given including the amount of iodine. It is noted that the Japanese have a much higher intake of iodine and they have a longer life span. Providione iodine is for surface use, on the skin.
Healing with Iodine is a resource that every physician, every legislator, every educator, and anyone else interested in health issues, would benefit from by having it in their professional or personal library. It addresses iodine as a substance that plays a role in a vast number of health issues. and is closely connected to thyroid gland function. It is written in plain language with some helpful medical and technical terms. It includes references and an index. (Added 05/28/2019, Revised 05/30/2019)
Iodine, Why you need it, Why you can’t live without it (2009)by David Brownstein, MD (4th edition) (Publisher: Medical Alternatives Press)
(Dr. David Brownstein has written other books related to health,e.g. Gluten-free diets, etc.)
Juicing is very good as it delivers enzymes and nutrients that are easily absorbable by the body. A good juicer is the Champion. Use organic vegetables as much as possible.
The Juicing Book: a complete guide to the Juicing of Fruits and Vegetable for Maximum Health and Vitality (1989) by Stephen Blauer (Publisher: Avery Publishing Group)
Juicing for Life (1992) by Cherie Calbom and Maureen Keane (Publisher: Avery Publishing Group)
Several authors on this nutritional medicine information website have made references to the ketogenic diet. Basically, a ketogenic diet is a high fat diet that reduces carbohydrate consumption and minimizes protein consumption. We have a resource that explains what the ketogenic diet is in detail. For a number of health conditions, the ketogenic diet has been found to be beneficial. There are also health conditions for which the ketogenic diet would be dangerous, especially for those with Type 1 diabetes (NOT Type 2 diabetes). A second resouce covers the ketogenic diet from a different perspective, how it affects the body and more detailed information. (Added 11/06/21015, Updated 02/20/2020)
The Everything Guide to the Ketogenic Diet (2015) by Lindsay Boyers, CHNC. (Publisher: AdamsMedia)
This resource on the ketogenic diet explains in detail what the ketogenic diet is, how to transition to this diet, for which health conditions this diet shows promise, as well as for which health conditions, this diet should not, repeat should not, be implemented. Fats helps with the feeling of satiety and feeling full.
When fat was demonized in the 1990s, this increased our consumption for carbohydrates. At the same time, obesity levels rose in the Unit:ed States. The logic behind the ketogenic diet is that when the body does not get carbohydrates in the diet, it turns to fat as a source of energy. An important fact mentioned by the author is that the brain is 60% fat. The ketogenic diet was found to be helpful for children with epilepsy. The body can get energy from the following sources:
When carbohydrates are not available in the diet, the body will turn to fat as a source of energy needed by cells:
The role of protein is explained:
The role of fat:
The basic ketogenic diet limits both carbohydrate and protein intake. Below are the ranges:
Below is a table highlighting which foods are or not acceptable under the ketogenic diet.
|Dairy||Beverages||Grains and Sugars|
The author talks about the ketosis or the keto flu which results in withdrawal reactions, especially from carbohydrates. The author lists a number of symptoms for the ketosis or keto flu. This affects hormonal and electrolytes levels. Withdrawal reactions from carbohydrates are real. They can be:
The author covers the role of cholesterol in understandable language, it has a number of functions. The quality of food does matter, e.g. organic is better than non-organic. Ketones levels can be tested (urine and blood). The author also specifies whether or not the ketogenic diet is suitable for. It is not recommended for pregnancy and those with kidney disease. It may benefit those with: Parkinson's disease, cancer, mitochondrial disorders, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Disease (Lou Gehrig's disease). The book includes a number of recipes to facilitate the ketogenic diet. It lists shopping list, index, resources, and meal plans. (Added 11/06/2015)
Holistic Keto for Gut Health: a Program for Restting Your Metabolism (2020) by Kristin Grayce McGary. (Publisher: Findhorn Press)
Kristin Grayce McGary was able to regain her health using alternative medicine, the keto diet, as well as ideas found in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and now serves as a holistic health consultant. A healthy gut is key to a healthy body. Health is not the absence of disease. It is having energy, clear thinking, good memory, healthy digestion, muscle strength, flexibility, emotional stability, joy, detoxification, and peace. Signs of immune system dysfunction include:
Leaky gut issues can play a role in a number of health issues. Some are:
The author discusses in detail about the Ketogenic diet. Below is a table addressing the ketogenic diet as well as a number of concepts relating to nutrition.
|Table Highlighting Various Aspects of the Ketogenic Diet|
|Benefits of the Keto Diet||
|Betaine Hydrochloride (Betaine HCL)||This enzyme is criical for the absorption of various nutrients in the stomach. The benefits are listed in detail by the author.|
|Bonked||It is a sudden collapse of energy in the body.|
|Carbohydrates||There are two types of carbohydrates.
|Dairy Issues||Dairy can be a factor in Type 1 Diabetes. It can a role in a number of other roles.|
|Denatured||Is food that has been robbed or removed of its nutrients.|
|Digestive Enzymes||Digestive enzymes helps the body to better breakdown the food and improve nutrient absorption. It is helpful when there are hidden food sensitivities and genetic factors.|
|Insulin||Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas to enable the glucose (sugar) to enter into the cells. When the cells become resistant to insulin, the insulin can no longer move the glucose into the cells.|
|Insulin-Like Growth Factor (IGF)||It enhances tumor cell growth.|
|Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS)||This sensitivity to gluten can result in an number of health issues. A few of them are:
|Other Benefits of the Keto Diet||
|Phytates||All grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and beans have nutrients. When phytic acid is bound to a mineral in the seed, it is known as phytate, making the minerals unavailable. They also contain lectins that resist digestive enzymes and stomach acid. Lectins hinder the natural cell repair of the intestinal lining, leading to leaky gut over a period of time. Soaking, sprouting, and fermenting, and cooking can reduce lectin content in these foods.|
|Prebiotics and Probiotics||The author covers in detail the benefits and roles of prebiotics and probiotics. Prebiotics help feed the probiotics. Probiotics help a number of systems in the body, including the immune system and gut health.|
|Sugar||Sugar consumption is now a world wide issue. It plays a role in a number of conditions. Below are a few:
|Stem Cells||Ketogenic diets increases the production of BDNF (brain derived neutrotrophic factor) which stimulates the production of neuronal stem cells and repair of neuron connections.|
|Testing, Functional||Functional blood chemistry analys (FBCA) is a type of blood testing that measures health, wellness, and optimum function. A number of these tests are available from Cyrex Labs. It is different from blood tests designed to assess disease status.|
|Thyroid Testing||The author discusses that for assessing complete thyroid testing, there are eight markers along with two thyroid
Note: These tests were not listed.
|Types of Ketogenic Diets||
|Types of Ketones Testing||
The author covers the paleo and primal diets and what they can do and cannot do. This resource also covers in detail about the nutrition that everyone could benefit from, even if they are not interested or do not need to go on the Keto diet. A number of the nutrients are covered as well as nutritional supplementations. Nutrients that are covered in detail include:
Leaky Gut, also known as intestinal permeability, may be one of these conditions that may be an underlying factor in a broad range of health conditions. According to Hippocrates, all diseases begin in the gut, also known as our digestive system. This condition may be the leaky gut. We have three resources that deal with this topic. The first resource covers the medical aspects as well as the dietary aspects of the leaky gut syndrome. The second resource covers the leaky gut from a more holistic point of view. The third resource covers more of this topic as a medical resource. These three resources complement each other.
For more information regarding leaky gut and what might be one factor causing this condition, read about gluten sensitivity (Added 01/03/2016, updated 06/11/2017, updated 08/22/2018)
The Complete Leaky Gut Health and Diet Guide: improve everything from autoimmune conditions to eczema by healing your gut (2015) by Dr. Makoto Trotter, ND with Doug Cook, RD. (Publisher: Robert Rose, Inc.) (Added 01/03/2016)
This resource on the leaky gut resource is a joint effort between Dr. Makoto Trotter, a naturopathic doctor in Canada working with Doug Cook, a
registered dietician. Dr. Trotter covers the medical aspects of the leaky gut condition and Doug Cook provides nutritional information and recipes
information to help the calming, restoring, and maintenance stages of the leaky gut diet.
The more medical and technical name for leaky gut is intestinal permeability. This occurs when substances such as incompletely digested food particles, chemicals from a variety of sources, especially those found in foods or added to foods, fungi, bacteria, viruses, food allergens, metabolic by-products and bacterial toxins escape the normal intestinal channels into the body. This escape of these various substances occur when the so-called tight junctions are loose and open in the lining of the the small and even large intestines. These tight junctions can be considered as spaces between the intestinal cells. The body's immune system encounters these substances and goes into action. The body's response can be immediate or delayed. This intestinal wall is supposed to protect the body from foreign materials and pathogens while allowing the absorption of water, electrolytes, and nutrients into the body. Because of the variety of substances that can leak with the leaky gut, the current testing methods is only able to partially measure the full number of leaks.
The leaky gut can cause the following conditions:
|Table of Various Systems and Conditions Affected by the Leaky Gut|
|System||Specific Health Conditions|
|Central Nervous System||
|Endocrine (hormonal) System||
|Integumentary (skin) System||
Some testing is possible for the leaky gut syndrome. Below is a table:
|Tests to Measure aspects of the Leaky Gut|
|One||Urine intestinal permeability test||measures mannitol and lactuluse|
|Two||Comprehensive stool analysis with parastology test||a more complete stool analysis test|
|Three||The immunoglobin G (IgG) food sensitivity test||checks for food sensitivities, and removing these sensitive foods helps to calm the digestive and immune system|
|Four||Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth test (SIBO)||measures types of breaths, glucose and lactulose|
|Five||Serum IgA test||measures another type of immune system response, the IgA response|
|Six||Hair analysis metal test||measures levels of toxic and non-toxic metals; too little zinc can contribute to leaky gut status|
The authors also cover nutrients and herbs that can facilitate healing for the leay gut. Below is a table:
|Table of Nutritionals and Herbs to help heal the Leaky Gut|
|Nutrient or herbs||Benefit|
|Essential fatty acids||Omega-3 fats are high in EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). It helps to increases production of anti-inflammatory cytokines (messenger chemicals). Cytokines helps shift the body away from inflammation and promote normal gut function. DHA helps protect the intestinal wall from inflammatory stimuli and maintain the integrity of the tight junctions.|
|Herbs||The authors mention herbs called demulcent herbs that can facilitate healing a leaky gut. These herbs help to to:
|L-Glutamine||Glutamine, an amino acid, helps support and strengthen digestive health and a primary fuel source for enterocytes, the cells that line the intestines.|
|Probiotics||Probiotics are good bacteria that adds a layer of protection in the intestines. Good bacteria is a layer of protection and a first line of defense for the gut epithelium, the outer tissue lining the alimentary canal. Flora or microbiota helps with the breakdown of foods into more manageable particles. Disruption of flora can lead to leaky gut syndrome. Dosage of probiotics needs to be at least 10 billion and include 8 or more strands.|
|Serotonin||Ninety percent of serotonin is synthesized in the digestive track, in specialized cells call enterochromaffin cells. Serotonin is needed for poper and healthy digestive system. It regulates the perception of pain, fluid secretion or motility. 5-HTP is a percursor for serotonin.|
|Tumeric||Tumeric is a spice. It is a powerful anti-oxidant, scavenger for free radicals, anti-inflammatory, normalizes intestinal motility, dampens systemic and gut level inflammation and normalizes gut function.|
|Zinc||Zinc, a mineral, does a number of things relating to digestive health.
The authors discuss briefly alternatives like acupuncture, homeopathy, biomechanics, and chiropractic. The three major foods to avoid are dairy, gluten and eggs. Other food items to avoid are listed. The authors do list gut friendly foods. They are:
Beans and grains are high in lectin. To reduce lectin levels, the authors suggest soaking beans and sprouting grains. Some other food items to avoid are:
The leaky gut diet is in three stages:
This resource is a practical one, explaining both the medical aspects of the leaky gut syndrome, stratgies to use to enhance a healthy digestive system, and diet information and recipes which are taken from a variety of sources. It includes resources, references, and an index. (Added 01/03/2016).
Eat Dirt: why the leaky gut may be the root cause of your health problems and 5 surprising steps to cure it (2016) by Dr. Josh Axe. (Publisher: Harper Wave) (Added 08/22/2018)
The title eat dirt is quite an interesting title. What Dr. Josh Axe, a doctor of naturopathic medicine and a clinical nutritionist, is basically saying is that why there is bad bacteria, there is also good bacteria. It is the good bacteria that can fight against the bad bacteria, and that is the reason behind exposing ourselves to more bacteria, especially beneficial bacteria, through our exposure to dirt. It is the bad bacteria that is a major factor in illness. To get more of the beneficial bacteria, this means being in direct contact with our soil and other places. Leaky gut is a serious issue and affects the whole body. The gut lining contains 70% of the immune system. There are three types of bacteria in the gut flora. They are:
|Highlighting the Major Players of the Digestive System|
Or Broken Down
|Stomach ||Upper muscle relaxes to let in food
Lower muscle mixes the food with digestive juices
|Stomach acid (hydrochloric acid?)||Protein|
|Small Intestine||Peristalis (muscle movement)||Small intestine digestive juice||Starches, protein, and carbohydrates
Note: When the small intestine is exposed to infection, it secretes zonulin.
|Pancreas||none||Pancreatic juice||Starches, fats, and protein|
|Liver and Gallbladder||none||Bile acids||Fats
Note: If the gallbladder is removed,
the small intestine has to work harder
to break down the fats, increasing
the risk for leaky gut.
|Health Conditions Affected by Leaky Gut|
|Note: Leaky gut affects the whole body.|
Website for Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, and CNS
For more information about Dr. Josh Axe, his website address is: https://draxe.com. For information covering leaky gut, check out https://draxe.com/7-signs-symptoms-you-have-leaky-gut/. (Added 08/22/2018)
Is it Leaky Gut or Leaky Gut Syndrome: clean gut, allergies, fatty liver, autoimmune diseases, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, autism, psoriasis, diabetes, cancer, Parkinson's, thyroiditis, and more (2014) by Anil Minocha, MD. (Publisher: LOGOS Enterprises, LLC) (Added 01/03/2016)
Dr. Anil Minocha, MD is a gastroenterologist and nutritionist. He has written a book from a medical perspective on the leaky gut. Like the reference listed above, The Complete Leaky Gut Health and Diet Guide, the leaky gut affects every system in the body. It can be a factor in arthritis, autism, dementia (associated with aging), diabetes, multiple chemical sensitivity, PTSD, schizophrenia, special needs children without autism, and among other conditions listed in the earlier reference. Tight junctions, spaces between the intestinal cells need to be tight, in order to not allow harmful substances to leak from the intestines into the body, and allowing the safe and nutritional ones into the body. The ability of the intestines to release nutrients into the blood stream can be impaired as well. The healthy gut performs three major functions. They are:
If the gut doesn't function properly, it can lead to inflammation. The leaks in the intestines can be in different sizes, small and large. Substances can go between cells (trans cellular) or through cells (para cellular). Dr. Minocha defines and discusses a number of terms. Below is a table:
|Bacterial toxins||Bacterial toxins that migrate through the intestinal wall and gain access to the brain produces flu-like sickness and fatigue.|
|Barriology||The study of the intestinal barrier is in its infancy and is called barriology. Bacteriology involves the study and physiology of the gut and disease states involving the intestinal barrier function of tight junctions between cells of the intestinal lining wall.|
|Bateroides vulgatus||Increased levels of Bateroides vulgatus, a type of bacteria, can result in higher levels of propionic acid, a substance harmful to the brain.|
|B. infantis||B. infantis, a type of bacteria, produces gamm amino butyric acid (GABA) and is involved in the regulation of anxiety and depression in the brain. It is found helpful in treating irritable bowel syndrome and modifying favorably the ratio of pro-inflammation to anti-inflammation chemicals.|
|Biofilm||Biofilm is a type of substance found in the intestinal lining. The characteristics are:
|Chronic Fatigue Syndrome||Those with chronic fatigue syndrome show abnormalities of the immune system, increased oxidative stress, and increased intestinal leakiness. Those with this condition often have a number of problems, including irritable bowel syndrome.|
|Gluten sensitivity||Gluten sensivity is higher in patients with multiple sclerosis.|
|Lewy bodies||Lewy bodies, an abnormal protein, is found in brain cells for those developing Parkinson's. This protein can also be found in the cells of the intestinal nervous system.|
|LPS toxin||Higher levels of LPS toxin from the gut plays a role in depression.|
|Oxidative burst||It is like an immune response that explodes in the form of "bombs" and can reach multiple organs. The body may lack substances that can counteract oxidative bursts. Oxidative burst can be life threatening.|
|Proprionic Acid||This is a neurotoxin that can cause autistic like symptoms, especially when there are high levels of Bateroides vulgatus, a type of bacteria. It is a problem when it leaks from the intestines and enters the brain.|
|SIBO - Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth||Those with fibromyalgia have a high prevalence of small intestinal overgrowth overgrowth (SIBO) which creates inflammation and increases fibromyalgia as well as the pain level. This increases leakiness in the gut.|
|Tight junctions||Tight junctions are gaps between the intestinal cells allowing substances to leak from the intestines into the body.|
|TLR||TLR stands for Toll-Like-Receptors and act as pattern identification sensors in cells including white blood cells. They play an important role in detecting and recognizing bad bacteria or toxins and are the first to mount an immune response.|
|Zonulin||Zonulin is a protein that is secreted by the cells of the gut wall. It acts as a critical traffic regulator across tight junctions of the gut barrier, opening up the passageways. The higher the levels of zonulin is, the leakier the gut is. Gluten can increase zonulin levels. Those with multiple sclerosis are found to have higher levels of zonulin. This can occur in other autoimmune diseases.|
Four types of substances can trigger autoimmune responses and can be measured by testing for antibodies. They are:
The following supplements can assist with healing the leaky gut. They are:
Dr. Minocha lists various substances and factors that can be harmful to our intestines. They are:
Intestinal bacterial can produce the following neurotransmitters in the gut and communicate with the brain. This includes:
The benefits of probiotics are mentioned in detail and listed below. Probiotics need to include at least a minimum number of 4 or more strands and at least 5 billion. The higher these numbers are, the better the probiotic is.
This resource lists the key points at the beginning of each chapter. The author lists various ways the intestinal gut can be strengthened and to prevent or reduce the likelihood of developing a leaky gut. One approach to reduce the likelihood of developing a leaky gut is breastfeeding. It is also written for the laymen, so that they can easily understand the information. References are listed at the end of each chapter. It is recommended that the services of a knowledgeable health practitioner be used.(Added 01/03/2016)
As information about lectins spreads, Dr. Steven Grundy, MD has written a resource that explains the issues on lectins and its impact on our digestive health, and ultimately our overall health. (Added 3/27/2022)
The Plant Paradox: the Hidden Dangers in "Healthy Foods that Cause Disease and Weight Gain" (2017) by Dr. Steven R. Gundry, MD with Olivia Bell Buehl. (Publisher: HarperWave) (Added 3/27/2022)
This resource by Dr. Steven Gundry, MD goes into detail from a different perspective about lectins not addressed in other resources on this website. Lectins have the ability to
harm our digestive systems, by causing loose junctions (holes) to occur in the digestive lining of the intestinal tract. This is known as leaky gut. A more technical term is intestinal permeability.
It turns out that all of our plant based foods
are not necessarily completely healthy
for our digestive systems. Why do these lectins exist in plants, besides just the gluten grains? Plant based foods are supposed to be good for all of us. Not so fast, plants also need to protect themselves
from predators and in order to do that, they have substances that cause discomfort, to discourage animals, insects, and even birds from eating their edible portions. This also includes humans.
Below is a table with a number of concepts that Dr. Gundry covers in his book.
|Some Main Ideas Regarding Plant Paradox|
|Body's Defense against Lectins||Our bodies have a number of ways of defending themselves from lectins. They include:
|C-4 Carbon||C-4 carbon can measure the level of corn eaten by chickens or cows. For chickens, they have seen 93% C-4 carbon and for beef 69% C-4 carbon.|
|Dairy||Apparently, there is a protein in milk that some people react negatively to. Depending on the type of cows that milk comes from, there are two types. One produces casein A-1 and the other one is casein A-2. Casein A-1 produces a lectin-like protein called beta-casomorphin that some people are unable to digest.|
|Fats||Dr. Gundry covers which types of fats are beneficial. This includes:
|Halobiome||It turns out that other areas of the body including our skin contains bacteria. Halobiome is more comprehensive than our microbiome.|
|Lectins||As mentioned earlier, plants have lectins as a way of protecting themselves from the environment and predators. Gluten happens to be one type of lectin.
There are others, as well, and Dr. Gundry goes into detail about these other plants.
What can lectins do?
|LPS - Lipopolysaccharides (fragment of a bacterium)||They are fragments of bacteria that can travel through the gut wall and into the body. The immune system treats the LPS as a threat.|
|MTHFR - Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase Gene||A type of genetic mutation that affects the body's ability to process folate (vitamin B5) and methylcobalamin (vitamin B12). As much as 50% of the population can be affected.|
|Phytates||Phytates can prevent the absorption of minerals in the diet.|
|Resistant Starch Foods||Resistant starch passes through the small intestines intact, resistant to enzymes that break down complex starches, and it doesn't absorb the calories as sugar. It is good food for the bacteria in the gut. Some foods that contain resistant starch include taro and plantains. Other sources are mentioned.|
|Seven Disruptors||Dr. Gundry discusses seven disruptors in considerable detail to our digestive system and ultimately, our health. They include:
Note #2: GMOs increase gluten sensitivity.
Note #3: Blue light comes from TVs, cell phones, tablets, and other electronic devices. Blue light suppresses melatonin and stimulates ghrelin and cortisol.
|Sialic Acid||Sialic acid is a sugar molecule found in the gut, in the brain, nerve endings, in joints, in all bodily fluids, and blood vessel linings.|
|Supplements||Dr. Gundry lists seven important types of supplements:
Note #2: Dr. Gundry lists more supplements on his webpage, www.plantparadox.com and www.gundryMD.com.
|Testing||Blood testing is available to measure insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) and lectins.|
|Trypsin Inhibitors||They can prevent digestive enzymes from doing their job.|
|WGA - Wheat Germ Agglutinin||Dr. Gundry talks about WGA. It is found in wheat and it can do the following:
|Transglutaminaese (also known as Meat Glue)||It used to bind together ground beef and fake crab seafood. It can cross the blood/brain barrier and it is a neurotransmitter disruptor. It has been approved by the U.S. FDA and it does not need to be labeled in our food. It can cause gluten ataxia, which is similar to Parkinson's.|
This resource explains a number of factors that impact and affect our health. Unfortunately, more and more of us will be
experiencing these types of gut issues. Changes in our food supply are a major factor. Plants from the new world include nightshade
vegetables, legumes, grains, squash, and chia, they can cause problems.
Much of our processed foods contain corn, soy, and wheat. Remember the use of biocides which include herbicides, insecticides, and pesticides. Nutritional decline in our soils has a direct impact on the nutritional levels found in food. The decline of the nutritional quality of our soils was reported as early as in 1936.
Recent innovations such as GMOs, use of rapeseed, antibiotics, drugs/medications, and chemicals are affecting our gut health. When animals are fed corn and other grains (not their natural diet) as well as antibiotics, these substances end up in their tissues. That is why Dr. Gundry (and other health practitioners) recommend wild caught game and fish. A recommendation is made that Americans reduce their intake of animal protein. Excess protein turns into sugar. Proper means of cooking can break down some of the lectins.
Dr. Gundry presents a three phase program to overcome issues caused by overconsumption of foods containing lectins. For people experiencing more serious health issues, he has a program called Keto Plant Paradox Intensive Care Program. This book includes foods that have fewer lectins, recipes, and meal plans for phase two and three. A number of other concepts are addressed, other than those mentioned in this book review. This resource includes references and an index. (Added 03/27/2022)
More and more people are reporting that they have Lyme disease, a disease that is caused by an insect bite that contained the harmful bacteria. It can cause serious and years long health issues. The symptoms vary from individual to individual. We have one resource written by two people who dealt with Lyme disease and undertook a number of different protocols, including alternative health as well as allopathic approaches. (Added 08/18/2021)
Liberating Yourself from Lyme: an integrative and intuitive guide to healing Lyme Disease (2021) by Vir McCoy and Kara Zahl (Publisher: Healing Arts Press) (Added 08/18/2021)
As I hear more and more about Lyme disease, it affects people differently. It can result in serious health conditions. We have a resource written by two people who have experienced years of illness as a result of Lyme disease. Vir McCoy experienced complications with Lyme disease lasting ten years. Kara Zahl also experienced Lyme disease with some symptoms that were different. These authors became experts about dealing with Lyme and tried various protocols, both allopathic or western medicine as well as alternative methods. One comment that the authors made is that this Lyme disease feeds on fear. So, the less fear that you have with this condition, the more likely that you are to overcome it. It has an emotional component. They describe these protocols in some detail in this book.
First, how does one get Lyme disease? It comes from bites by ticks. Ticks are not insects, although they are often mistaken for them. Ticks are actually classified as arachnids, or relatives of spiders, scorpions and mites. If you look closely at a tick when identifying it, it kind of resembles a spider with its four pairs of legs and lack of antennae. Ticks may be found in tall grass, where they may attach to a passing animal or person. Pulling a tick forcefully out from under the skin may leave the head behind. To lower your risk of getting bitten by these ticks, it suggested that you wear light-colored protective clothing, so you can easily see any ticks that get on you. Also, wear a long-sleeve shirt and long pants and have the shirt tucked into your pants and the pant legs tucked into your socks. There is also a homeopathic remedy, called Ledum Palustre (a high potency), that can counteract these bites, especially within the month after the bite has occurred.
If it is untreated, Lyme disease can morph or change into different forms. The initial bite can leave a large bull's eye rash on any area of the body, soreness in the liver, itch sensation in the hips. It can affect the brain. Tests exist for identifying Lyme and one is Borrelia burgdorferi.
|Some Main Ideas Regarding Lyme Disease|
|Homeopathic Remedies||The authors cover homeopathic remedies. One that is mentioned is Ledum Palustre.|
|Medications||The authors discuss about some of the various medications and antibiotics used to treat Lyme. They also cover essential oils, herbs, and tinctures.|
|Misdiagnosis for Lyme Disease||Lyme Disease can be confused with the following health conditions. They are:
|Nutritional Supplementation||The authors cover in detail about some of the nutrients beneficial to combating Lyme. They include:
Note #2: Fermented foods are beneficial.
Note #3: There is coverage about foods that can help the body deal with Lyme.
|Process of how Lyme Disease develops||Early identification is essential for more effective treatment. Lyme is known as the great imitator. It is transmitted by the bite of a tick that
has been infected with a spirochete called (Borrelia burgdorfei). There are a number of species. It can enter the brain and spinal fluid. After the bite
(in the skin for 24 hours), there can be a rash anywhere in the body. There is a window of 2-3 weeks after the rash to take the antibiotics. A month is too late.
Testing is needed for other coinfections, too. Spirochetes reproduce by forming hard cysts or egg sacks that hide in nerve roots, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons.
They can be dormant for years, and then suddenly flare up. They are capable of forming a slimy biofilm, biofilm that can be difficult for antibiotics to penetrate.
Antibiotics are rotated. Below are three primary stages:
Note: The spirochetes that cause Lyme are attracted to heavy metals.
|Types of Alternative Protocols to Use in Dealing with Lyme||Listing of Alternative Protocols
|Note: Spirochete is defined as any of a group of spiral-shaped bacteria. Some of them are serious pathogens for humans. They can cause diseases such as syphilis, yaws, Lyme disease.|
This resource covers treatments that one may not have heard about besides the ones listed in this review, as well as the spiritual aspect. A number of protocols listed in this book, it looks like it can help with other health conditions. It includes recipes, references and an index. The appendix includes:
The topic of nutritional medicine information would not be complete without addressing the role of medicinal plants. We have listed a number of references addressing plants that have medicinal and therapeutic properties. Some of the issues to be aware of about medicinal plants are:
The Backyard Herbal Apothecary: effective medicinal remedies using commonly found herbs and plants (2019) by Devon Young. (Publisher: Page Street Publishing)
This book has 192 pages. It is a beautifully illustrated book, with color photos, information about specific plants and recipes in using the plant and its medicinal benefits. It includes tools for a well prepared herbalist, a glossary, references, ackn