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 that promote the importance of nutrition in human health.
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.
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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 etc. 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 coveres 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. (Added 11/11/2014)
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)
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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.
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)
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)
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; with Secondly, if you could please make a link at the bottom of the post that redirects people “to learn more on hormone balancing and Dr. Natasha Turner, please visit www.drnatashaturner.com” contributions by Teresa Binstock, and Jack Zimmerman. (Publisher: Bramble Books)
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 autominue disease can be covered under the immune system, autoimmune diseases represent an 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 section on Wheat and Gluten Grains Sensitivity
includes a listing
of autoimmune disorders in the book called Dangerous Grains. There are quite a few of them.
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.
For more information regarding autoimmune diseases, read about gluten sensitivity. (Added 09/12/2013, updated 10/22/2013, updated 06/11/2017)
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.
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)
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)
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 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)
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. (Added 01/15/2015)
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:
|Neurotransmittrs||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).
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.)
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. (Updated 06/08/2012, 10/02/2014)
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)
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 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. (Added 03/25/2012)
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.)
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.
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.
There is a chapter on electricity. We need to understand that our bodies have an electrical component and we need to be aware of our exposure to electricity and its affect on our health. Actually, mainstream medicine does use electricity in a variety of ways. This includes EEG, EKG, X-ray, MRI, Electromyography and etc. The body does function as a battery. It is the actual impulses that carry information to the nerves, muscles, and organs that are electical in nature. Electrical disturbances involve the interplay between sodium and potassium (two major minerals). There is growing concern over our exposure to excess electromagnetic energy such as cell phones, wireless transmissions, living near high voltage electrical lines, and etc. There is a meter, a tri-fold meter, that can measure electromagnetic energy. This chapter covers the history behind the role of electricity in the body, the devices used, and it's uses in allopathic medicine. Emotional, chemical, and physical overload or nutritional stresses can interfere with body's electrical function. It can result in:
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:
|Listing of Chakras, their names, and location|
|One||Root Chakra||Base Chakra||Base of the spine|
|Two||Sacral Chakra||Spleen Chakra||Lower abdomen below navel|
|Three||Solar Plexus Chakra||Not mentioned||Upper abdomen in stomach area|
|Four||Heart Chakra||Not mentioned||Center of the chest, above the heart|
|Five||Throat Chakra||Not mentioned||Throat|
|Six||Third Eye Chakra||Brow Chakra||Forehead, between the eyes|
|Seven||Crown Chakra||Not mentioned||Top of the head|
Note #1: This supplements the information found in this resource. The order has also been seen in reverse order.
Note #2: One source is "A short guide to the 7 Chakras" by Michelle Fondin. She mentions the color, imbalances and the healing associated with each chakra. Another resource mentions types of stone or crystal associated with each chakra, and the ideas, qualities, and functions associated with each chakra. This resource is called What are Chakras? A beginner's guide to chakras by Diana McMahon-Collis.
Note #3: There is quite a bit of literature available about chakras.
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.
|Listing of the Major Types of Energy Medicine|
|Acupuncture||Acupuncture has a 4,000 year history. It was originally brought to France by Marco Polo from China. The book contains a chapter about acupuncture, explains how it works, and the various systems in the body.|
|Ayurvedic||This type of medicine has been in existence for 4,000 to 5,000 years. It has eight specialties.|
|Body Therapies||In summary, body therapies has to do with touch and massages. There are a number of approaches and some of them can be extremely beneficial for health issues not treatable by drugs and surgery.|
|Energy Psychology||It is used for emotional challenges, maximizing human performance, supporting the healthy development and wellbeing of individuals, and increasing compassion, understanding and peace in the world. There is some success in treating PTSD.|
|Homeopathy||The way homeopathy works can be considered to be energy medicine. A whole chapter covers on how homeopathy works. Some of the major beneficial homeopathic remedies and their benefit are listed.|
|Krebs Cycle||While this is not considered a discipline, the Krebs Cycle explains how carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are converted into water, carbon dioxide and ATP (adenosine triphosphate). A more detailed explaination is included in the appendix.|
|Quantum Physics||This deals with behavior and characteristics of matter and energy on a subatomic level.|
|Spiritual Healing||Religion does help with health, including prayers. The author discusses various forms of spiritual healing. People who can heal others, apparently, they possess a number of qualities that stand out. Several of them are: compassion, faith, hope, and serenity.|
|Yoga||While yoga is a form of exercise, it is more than just exercise.|
|Note #1: A number of therapies relating to energy medicine exist. This table covers some of the more significant therapies.|
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)
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.
Dr. Rogers has written an excellent resource on the dangers and the effects of chemicals and other toxins to human health (and other forms of life on this planet). She writes about the five major categories of toxins to our health; one, plastics/phthalates; two, pesticides; three, heavy metals (mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, antimony and arsenic among others); four, chemicals added to the water supply (chlorine and fluoride); and five, chemicals that end up in our air or ground (some of it due to chemical spills). The author covers specific toxic chemicals and their effect on human health (which includes learning disabilities). The combination of all these chemicals plays a major causative role in cancer, including cancer in children and cancer in whales.
The dangers of plastics/phthalates are that they are substances that get confused by the body as being part of the hormone process. They are considered to be environmental endocrine disrupters (EED). This can be a major factor in girls experiencing puberty at younger ages, other sexual abnormalities, impair fertility, among other effects on human health and mental health.
The dangers of chemicals are that they end up in the food chain, starting with the soil, absorbed by plants, moving into animal tissue, and ultimately, in human tissue.
Dr. Rogers writes about the various ways we can detoxify and reduce our toxic load in our bodies and regain our health. Four different methods for detoxification are presented. One includes drinking alkaline water using an Alkaline Water Machine. Two, one can take a detox cocktail (a simple one includes a heaping teaspoon of vitamin C, 300 to 600 milligrams of Lipoic Acid, and 400 to 800 milligrams of glutathione taken with 1-2 glasses of water). A third technique is the detox enema. A fourth technique covers saunas. Saunas can help the body remove the toxins via two types of saunas (regular sauna and Far Infrared Sauna). (Note: The Far Infrared Sauna is better for patients who are frailer and unable to handle a regular sauna.) In addition to the methods presented by Dr. Rogers, certain foods help the immune system promote health. This includes the foods from the cabbage family.
Dr. Rogers covers the role of electromagnetic energy needed to help heal bones and osteoporosis and QRS (Quantum Resonance Systems). She also covers the role of silicon for bone health.
The detoxification process is covered in two phrases. This process depletes and uses up nutrients, another reason for nutritional supplementation. Zinc, for example, helps to remove cadmium. Magnesium is important for detoxification. Kyolic (garlic) helps with detoxification. Dr. Rogers recommends appropriate tests and talks about the drawbacks of some medications as a factor in promoting illness, rather than reversing illness.
In this book, Dr. Rogers redefines as to what are the major cause of disease and illness. It is not viruses or germs. It is our exposure and overload to chemicals and our body’s inability to remove these toxins and EED. Toxins and EED affect quite a number of health and behavioral conditions.
Hopefully, all health care practitioners and informed patients will obtain a copy of this resource and use this information to enable their patients or themselves to get well.
Like all of her books, Dr. Rogers includes an extensive research bibliography and resources.) (Added 12/14/2011)
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.
The first method is reducing the total load starting with the bedroom (as most of us spend at least 8 hours a day in the bedroom). This means removing items and furnishings that aggravate environmental illness and using items/materials that do not aggravate environmental illness. The total load is defined with the following 12 boxes: inhalants, food allergies, chemical hypersensitivity (includes formaldehyde), newer molds, phenol, Candida, nutrition, hormone hypersensitivity (yes, hormones within the body), toxins, stress, miscellaneous, and mystery.
The second method is through food elimination diets (and keeping detailed records of what was eaten and how one felt). Two types of food elimination diets are covered in detail. One is the lazy bones diet (a diagnostic tool) and another one is rare foods diet (also a diagnostic tool). When following one of these diets, one needs to use organic food sources.
A third method is through allergy testing known as the provocation and neutalization methods where a specific allergy substance is tested one at a time and the degree of the exposure. This helps determine what is needed to neutralize the body's allergy reaction by creating IgG antibodies. These IgG antibodies counteract the allergy reaction. This type of allergy testing has to be done properly or it will be ineffective. The testing environment needs to have an absolute minimum of chemicals, molds, inhalants, and any other substance that can trigger a reaction. Staff cannot be wearing perfumes and other substances that give off aromas while testing E.I. patients.
A fourth method is the use of food rotation diet selecting foods within food families (4 to 8 day rotation diet).
The fifth method includes nutritional supplementation to correct nutritional deficiencies. Initially, the initial phase can be considered a corrective one. Once the nutritional levels are where they should be, the dosage needs to be modified to a maintenance level.
For really sick E.I. patients, they need to be sent to an environmental unit that is ecologically clean and hypoallergenic. The environmental unit was originally started by Dr. Theron Randoph, MD in Chicago. Dr. William J. Rea, MD operates one in Dallas, Texas. Universal reactors are among the most sensitive of E.I. patients. They react to almost everything. Blood or serum tests can be run to measure insecticide levels. The approach to treating environmental illness requires an active, participatory, and responsible role by people experiencing environmental illness. It focuses on identifying the causes of illness. It can take months to treat serious environmental illness. The E.I. patient needs to play an active role in regaining and maintaining their health. If the causes are few and simple, it can be treated much more quickly. (Note: This approach is a comprehensive approach and highlights the limitations of the "managed care approach".) (Added 9/10/2011))
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.
Also, we are being exposed to more chemicals in our environment. More nutrients are needed to detoxify the body. Medications can cause nutritional deficiencies. High cholesterol can be a result of deficiencies in copper, chromium, magneseum, and vitamin C. This book covers the benefits of detoxification and explains how a coffee enema works.
Furthermore, in this book, Dr. Rogers covers how certain nutrients are able to treat specific cancers successfully.
An individual's total nutritional picture needs to be assessed and evaluated (not focus on a single nutrient). Dr. Rogers presents the concept of "total load" as it affects human health. Total load is more than the nutritional status, it is also one's exposure to environmental toxins, one's spiritual status, and the support they receive from people around them. This book includes references to the medical literature.)
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)
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.
Over 200 synthetic chemicals are found in bodies, including breast milk. As for children's health, there has been a dramatic increases in non-communicable diseases. This includes:
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)
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.
In evaluating a patient's health, Dr. Loomis is looking to see if there is a carbohydrate deficiency, protein deficiency, or lipid deficiency. In other words, is the digestive system properly digesting these types of foods? Are the necessary plant enzymes present in the right amounts? To achieve optimum health, the body needs to be in balance, and not have a deficiency or excess of any particular substance or nutrient. This resource includes an index and bibliography. (Added 02/03/2017)
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:
|Allergies, Food||Digestive enzymes can reduce the degree of allergic reactions.|
|Anti-inflammatory Agents||Dr. Lark covers a number of other natural anti-inflammatory agents and their role. This includes:
|Cancer||Cancer cells are coated with an adhesive layer called fibrin. This layer is fifteen times thicker than what is found in normal cells. Pancreatic enzymes are able
to breakdown the fibrin layer, reducing inflammation and exposing the cancer cells to the immune system. |
Note: Chemotherapy treatment for pancreatic cancer has an extremely low rate of success. Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez experienced great success using pancreatic enzymes to treat pancreatic cancer.
|Circulating Immune Complexes||Digestive enzymes can help with circulating immune complexes (CIC). CICs can trigger inflammation.|
|Dietary Effects on Enzymes||Overuse of alcohol, caffeine, and drugs doesn't help our digestive health.|
|Digestive Enzymes||Digestive enzymes supplementation can help with health conditions fueled by systematic inflammation:
|Enzyme Inhibitors||It is helpful to be aware that there are substances that can inhibit enzyme absorption such as heavy metals. One substance to avoid is bromelain that have copper or iron.|
|Enzymes, Digestive||The body recycles enzymes. The body's level of enzymes begin to decline in the 40's.|
|Fermented Foods||Fermented foods are a rich source of enzymes.|
|Foods high in enzymes||Rich sources of enzymes are in sprouted seeds, grains, and legumes. One example are alfalfa sprouts. They are high in:
|Foods that stress the Pancreas||These foods stress the pancreas:
|Gas||Gas is produced when undigested and unabsorbed nutrients travel to the colon, ferment, and releases gas.|
|Indigestion||Indigestion can be a symptom of the pancreas stress and unable to meet the demands.|
|Infection and illness||It helps to eat lightly, so that the enzymes can be used to deal with the infection. Drink alot of water and rest. Other suggestions:
|Other Beneficial Nutrients||The author briefly lists nutrients that benefit digestive health. They are:
|Pancreas, Role||Pancreas produces:
|Pancreatic Enzymes||Pancreatic enzymes are potent and natural anti-inflammatory substances.|
|Pancreatic lipase||The liver helps with the digestion of fats.|
|Physical Injuries and Surgeries||Enzymes can help the body heal faster from physical injuries as well as from surgeries. If the surgery is being planned or scheduled, it is helpful to start enzyme
supplementation prior to the procedure to facilitate and speed up the healing process as well as reduce discomfort. Suggested enzymes are:
|Symptoms of Digestive Issues||List of digestive issues:
|Bromelain||Bromelain is from the pineapple. It plays a number of roles:
|Pancreatic Enzymes||Pancreatic enzymes include amylase, protease, and lipase. These enzymes breakdown carbohydrates, protein and fats.|
|Papain||Papain is from papaya. This enzyme helps with:
|Pepsin||Begins the digestive process for proteins in the stomach|
|Ptyalin||A digestive enzyme in saliva, begins the starch an sugar breakdown in the mouth|
|Note #1: Enzyme supplementation, taken with meals, helps with the digestion system. When supplementation is taken between meals, it helps the immune system, is
anti-inflammatory, and helps with cellular repair.
Note #2: The author explains that it is important to be aware of the potency levels for enzyme supplementation.
Note #3: It is better to use enteric coated tablets.
Tests to assess enzyme function listed below:
|Tests to Assess Enzyme Function|
|Stool tests||Stool tests measure:
|Ultrasound and X-Rays||Ultrasound and x-rays can provide a physical view of your digestive system|
|Urinary Analysis||Urinary analysis can be used to measure amylase levels.|
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 are different from prescription drugs that focuses on one or two molecules and many of these drugs are synthetic. Essential oils uses the plant and should not contain or include synthetic substances. We have a reference book that addresses essential oils. For those interested in using essential oils, it is important to obtain them from a reputable source and follow the directions on how to use them. One advantage of essential oils are that they are in a form easily received by the body.
We have one general resource that covers essential oils in depth. Specific essential oil companies will have their own reference guide on the use of their oils. The resources by Kymberly Keniston-Pond and Stephanie Tourles provide additional information on essential oils. (Added 03/28/2017, Updated 03//2019)
Essential oils: your guide to understanding and using essential oils 101 (2017) by Kymberly Keniston-Pon, CIR, CFR, CCMA. (Publisher: Adamsmedia) (Added 03//2019)
Essential Oils Natural Remedies: the complete A-Z reference of essential oils for health and healting (2015) (Publisher: Althea Press) (Added 03/38/2017)
Stephanie Tourles's Essential Oils: a beginner's guide (2018) by Stephanie Tourles. (Publisher: Storey Publishing) (Added 03//2019) (Added 03/38/2017)
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)
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 primarily monosodium glutatamate (also known as MSG), and aspartame. Dr. Blaylock has seen firsthand the effects of the excitotoxins on the brain and the damage it can cause to human health and our brains. Excessive excitotoxins can cause excessive electrical activity which can result in seizures. Glucose (a type of sugar) plays a major role in brain function.
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.
Some of these excitotoxins are amino acids and others are manmade. Dr. Blaylock explains how these amino acids function and the types of amino acids. The excitatory amino acids are generally regulated by the brain and the blood brain barrier. The brain has a number of functions that keeps these excitatory amino acids under control, so that they don‘t get out of control and cause harm.
Note: actually, there are quite a few excitotoxins besides glutatmate and aspartame, about seventy. However, this book focuses on monosodium glutamate (MSG) and aspartame. When monosodium glutamate (MSG) and aspartame are combined, it is much more toxic. Another substance that can be an excitotoxins is cysteine.
Excitotoxins are found in the following sources:
|Additives that always
|Additives that frequently
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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.
|Condition and Terms||Explanation and Information|
|AIDS/HIV||Avoid excitotoxins; AIDS dementia may be due to glutamate accumulation.|
|Alzheimers|| Alzheimers results in loss of memory. Higher functions of the brain become impaired. This
includes: speech, cognition, orientation, visual perception, and weakness. Also, large number of neurons
with glutamate receptors have been found to be damaged or destroyed. They also have high levels of destructive
enzymes and free radicals, triggered by the influx of calcium. Alzheimer‘s patients were found to have high
concentrations of aluminum, high levels of calcium, and low levels of magnesium. Magnesium was found to be
depleted in the hippocampus area of the brain that controls memory in people with Alzheimer‘s, the rest of the body
may have normal levels of magnesium. Aluminum has been found to displace magnesium.
Low levels of magnesium increases levels of free radicals. Chronic use of diuretics can lower magnesium levels.
Magnesium deficiency has been found to be common in alcoholism, chronic diarrhea, renal disease, chronic use of diuretics, diabetes, and patients undergoing cardiac surgery.
Note: Those with Rheumatoid Arthritis and treated with anti-inflammation medication, very few of them developed Alzheimer‘s.
|Alpha Lipoic Acid|| Alpha Lipoic Acid can do the following:
|Amino Acids|| There are about 20 amino acids. They are the building blocks of protein. Proteins can contain 5 to 1500
amino acids. Proteins perform a variety of functions in the body: cell membrane, to form enzymes, hormones, and
components of various tissues.
Some amino acids function as neurotransmitters: glutamate, aspartate, and glycine. Other amino acids have to be altered before they can function as a neurotransmitter.
Amino acids come in different categories based on their molecular structure: Aliphatic, aromatic, basic, and acidic.
Specific amino acids:
|Amyotrophic Laterial Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig‘s Disease||ALS patients have a deficiency of glutamate transporter proteins. It has a more rapid onset than Parkinson‘s.|
|Brain Injury||The real harm that can result from brain injury is not immediate; the real damage occurs from a delayed
reaction and that is responsibile for the secondary damage.
The brain injury in the following way:
|Brain Tumors||Brain tumors have increased 66% in people over age 65 from 1973 to 1969 in the United States.|
|DMAE (Deanol)||Found to reduce hyperactivity, increase attention span, and reduce irritability. Need to take this supplement for two to three weeks.|
|Migraines||Migraines can be triggered by MSG and other excitotoxins. It is suggested that the person reduce their intake of excitotoxins and take extra magnesium. This can reduce the frequency and result in milder attacks. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are also helpful.|
|Neurotransmitters||There are fifty known neurotransmitters. Some are activators, some are inhibitors, and others are modulators.|
|Parkinson's||Vitamin E was found to slow down the progression of Parkinson‘s. Parkinson‘s affects balance.|
|Schizophrenia||Excessive levels of dopamine have been found to trigger schizophrenia.|
|Seizures||Can be aggravated by excitotoxins; excitotoxins can also have a role in headaches, and developing brain disorders.|
|Strokes||Strokes including "silent strokes" weaken the blood brain barrier. This allows larger proteins to enter the brain. Another type of strokes are what we call ‘silent strokes’. With strokes, an area of the brain is deprived of its blood supply. Once a person has experienced a stroke, it is more important to avoid 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.
The first population includes those brains are still growing and developing. This includes the fetus and continues until the child is six or seven years old. This also means that the mothers who are pregnant, they, too, need to avoid consuming excitotoxins as it can reach the fetus. The developing fetus has no built in mechanisms to protect it from dangerous substances or substances that do not belong in the brain. The neurons can be damaged by their exposure to excitotoxins. Damage to the frontal lobes of the brain can lead to arrested moral and social development. Areas of the brain that control endocrine functions, if they are damaged while the person is in infancy, it can cause problems later in the person‘s life. It can trigger the early onset of puberty; it can trigger diabetes. It can play a role in obesity and it doesn‘t matter how much the person eats. It is suggested that all midwives and ob/gyn physicians advise their patients to avoid eating food products containing excitotoxins.
The second population are our elderly. As people age, the blood brain barrier becomes less effective in blocking substances that can harm the brain tissue. More gaps appear in the blood brain barrier. An entire chapter has been written on the effects of excitotoxins on Alzheimer‘s. It also has a role in a number of degenerative diseases such as ALS, Parkinsons, vascular dementia, Huntingtons, and Alzheimer‘s. The brain does shrink with age.
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.
|1950's||Dr. T. Hayaski found that when MSG was injected into a dog‘s brain, the dog fell down in his cage and began to convulse wildly.|
|1957||Two ophthalmology residents, Lucas and Newhouse tested MSG and aspartate on mice and discovered afterwards, damage had been done to the nerve cells of the animals‘ inner retinas. It had been destroyed. Aspartame caused similar damage. Damage was more severe in baby mice. Eyes can be seen as an extension of the brain.|
|1968||Dr. John W. Olney, MD and neuroscientist, repeated the 1957 experiment and found damage had been done to the hypothalamus and circumventricular organs (adjacent to ventricular system). He also led the movement to ban MSG from baby foods in the United States.|
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)
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:
|Listing of Tests to Assess Weight and Health Issues|
|Number||Test Name||Purpose of Test|
|One||Cardio or High Sensitivity C Reactive Protein||This test measures inflammation.|
|Two||Carotid Intimal Thickness||It is an ultrasound test that looks for plaque in the arteries in the neck, which correlates with heart disease and stroke risk.|
|Three||Fibrinogen||This test looks at clotting in the blood.|
|Four||Genes or SNP||This test assesses your genetic susceptibility to heart disease factors.|
|Five||Glucose and Insulin Tolerance Test||This test helps to identify pre-diabetes and high levels of insulin.|
|Six||Gluten Antibodies||Testing IgG and IgA anti-gliadin and IgA and IgG tissue transglutaminase antibodies measures immune response found in wheat, barley, rye, spelt, and oats. This can help you identify the hidden cause of inflammation, heart disease, and other health conditions. The body should not be producing autoimmune antibodies to gluten.|
|Seven||Hemoglobin A1C||This test measures your average blood sugar levels over the previous 5 to 6 weeks.|
|Eight||High Speed CT or EBT Scan||This is a high-speed X-ray of the heart that can assess cardiovascular disease.|
|Nine||Homocysteine||This test measures your folate status.|
|Ten||Lipoprotein(a)||This factor can assess the risk of heart disease.|
|Eleven||NMR Lipid Profile or Cardio IQ Lipoprotein Factionations (Ion mobility)||This test looks at your cholesterol under an MRI scan to assess the size of the particles.|
|Twelve||Oxidized LDL||This test measures at the amount of oxidized or rancid cholesterol in the blood.|
Dr. Mark Hyman covers GMOs. The problems with GMOs are:
Below is a table discussing foods that are beneficial to our health.
|Listing of Beneficial Foods|
|Butter||Grass fed butter is better than grain fed better. Grass fed butter has more omega-3 fats, higher in conjugated linolenic acid, deeper yellow, has butyrate. Ghee is a form of butter that has been simmered and is used in Indian cooking.|
|Coconut oil and butter||It has medium chain triglycerides or MCT. It is a superfat and has a number of outstanding properties. One of them, is that it can reduce body fat.|
|Eggs||Best type of eggs to eat are those that are pasture raised or are omega-3 eggs. They have dark, deeply colored orange yolks. The yolks contain a number of nutrients (B6, B12, Folic Acid, B9, Pantothenic Acid (B5), Thiamine (B1), Vit A, Vit E, Vit K, Vit D, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, and zinc). The whites contain B2, Niacin (B3), and choline.|
|Nuts and Seeds||A handful of one or two a day is good for us. Purchase certified organic raw nuts and seeds and avoid roasted and salted nuts.|
|Olive Oil||Olive is a blend of fats and has Vit E, beta carotene, and squalene. It helps with your gut, good for the brain, and has anti-cancer properties. It is important to purchase brands that have not be adulterated with other oils. There is a website that list valid olive oil sources.|
|Palm Oil||It is derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree. The best type to use is red palm oil and one that is CSPO, certified sustainable palm oil. Avoid refined palm oil.|
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.
In conclusion, too many of the foods and substances added to our food supply made available in the United States are not real foods and do not promote anyone's health. Dr. Hyman reported that 70% of the American young men and women are too fat to serve in the military. This is a problem that everyone needs to be aware of. (Added 07/26/2016)
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.
This book also highlights the important role the omega-3 essential fatty acids play in brain and cardiovascular health as well as having problem free pregnancies, healthy babies and reduced incidence of postpartum depression. Omega-3 essential fatty acids has two components, the EPA and DHA. Dr. Stoll explores these two components in depth.
Dr. Stoll pinpoints a major difference between the Western diet and the Stone Age diet. The Western diet has become extremely low in the omega-3 fats while the Stone Age diet was much higher in the omega-3 fats. Another key point that the author makes is that for optimum health, the ratio between the omega-3 and the omega-6 fats, it needs to be a one to one ratio. Instead, we are having a 10 to 20 ratio of omega-6 fats to 1 ratio of omega-3 fats in the American diet. This is having an effect on a number of mental health disorders, particularly bipolar depression along with cardiac health issues. With the addition of omega-3 fat as a supplement, this may also help those suffering from depression, attention deficit issues, schizophrenia, postpartum depression, and inflammatory health conditions. Excessive intake of the omega-6 fats may be playing a role in obesity and diabetes. Higher levels of omega-3 fats reduces the incidence of cardiac sudden death. It also includes information about the omega-6 fats (source is primarily vegetable and seed oils).
The onset of depression is occurring at younger ages, now children are experiencing depression. This may be related to the omega-3 essential fatty acid deficiency. (It is much safer to give children additional essential fatty acids such as omega-3 rather than psychiatric medications.) A major difference between breast milk and prepared formulas is that breast milk includes the omega-3 fats where formulas generally do not have the addition of omega-3 fats. In fact, it is important for infant health and brain development to have adequate amounts of omega-3 fats. It shows up in the child's development of language and other brain related activities, including the ability to pay attention and master more advanced learning skills. (A major component of brain tissue/cells are the fats. The fats are also important for the strength and flexibility of cell membranes as well as signaling between brain cells.)
A major source of the the omega-3 fats is fish oil. This is one reason why the Mediteranean diet is good for our heart health, it is also higher in the omega-3 fats. Other sources of omega-3 fats are covered.
The author offers an Omega-3 Renewal plan and talks about diet and nutritional supplementation, along with recipes and references. (Note: As a reminder, it is best to work with a health care provider.)
This book has some technical language and chemisty information; however, it has been written for the public to understand the dynamics of the essential fatty acid picture, especially omega-3s.(Book Review added 01/1/2012)
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.
The authors list 21 functions essential fatty acids perform. A partial list includes:
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.
Essential fatty acids supplementation can help in the following conditions listed below. It takes some time (as long as two years) for the body to build up its stores of essential fatty acids to optimum levels.
|allergies||dementia||immune disorders||mental illness||rheumatoid arthritis|
|arthritis||diabetes||infant nutrition||multiple sclerosis||schizophrenia|
|autoimmune conditions||heart disease||inflammatory conditions||neurological diseases||sepsis|
|behaviorial disorders||heart disease||kidney function||obesity||stroke|
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:
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)
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)
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.
Unfortunately, fluoride has problems. Fluoride accumulates in the brain. When it reaches a certain level, it causes brain injury. Dr. Phyllis Mullenix, a neurotoxicologist, did research on the harmful effects of fluoride. Research on fluoride outside the United States confirms Dr. Mullenix's findings. It has been found to:
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.
It is a well written and brief article on the issues associated with the dangers of fluoride.) (Added 07/02/2012, Corrected 07/16/2013)
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.
|United States Federal Agencies with Partial Oversight over Fluoridation|
|CDC - Center for Disease Control||It is the office called Oral Health Division in CDC that overseas water issues.
|EPA - Environmental Protection Agency||The Office of Drinking Water in the EPA that is sets the fluoride limit in the water.
|FDA - Food and Drug Administration||The authors indicate fluoride needs to be considered a drug. The FDA needs to examine the safety and impact adding fluoride to water systems has on people. The official position of the FDA on fluoride is that it is an "unapproved drug." This raises ethical and medical issues, as this substance is being administered to people without their knowledge, and without their consent. Furthermore, there is no control as to how much fluoride they receive, and there is no way to control the levels of fluoride that end up in the population that are considered to be vulnerable to fluoride.|
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.
|Listing of Health Conditions Affected by Fluoride and Vulnerable Populations|
|Arthrits||Too much fluoride can cause stiff and painful joints and mimic arthritis. One in five Americans have arthritis.|
|Bone Health and Cancer||It can:
|Chronic Fluoride Toxicity Syndrome||Below are symptoms found with chronic fluoride toxity syndrome:
|Dental Fluorosis||Dental fluorosis is mottling of tooth enamel. Questions arise as to what this also means inside the body. It can be:
|Endocrine System||The endocrine system includes the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands. These organs secrete hormones into the blood stream. Fluoride is found to be an endocrine disruptor. Some studies show that fluoridation promotes an earlier menarche in girls. It affects the pineal gland and its output of melatonin.|
|Gastrointestinal System||Fluoride can damage the intestinal lining.|
|Infants||It is advised that infant formulas be reconstituted with water that does not contain fluoride. It was found that breast milk contains extremely little fluoride.|
|Kidneys||People with impaired kidney function accumulate more fluoride in their bones as well as in the kidneys. It needs to be noted that teas contain high levels of fluoride.|
|Mental Development of Infants and Children||There are studies show a negative impact fluoride has on the developing brain. It can affect concentration, memory, learning, and behavior.|
|Skeletal Fluorosis||Skeletal fluorosis occurs when the whole backbone is frozen into one curved block. First instance of skeletal fluorosis does not show up in X-rays. There are four different
stages. They are:
|Thyroid||Those deficient in iodine were found to be more sensitive to fluoride. Fluoride mmimics TSH (a thyroid hormone).
There are four ways fluoride interferes with the thyroid. It is:
|Vulnerable Population||As fluoride is added to our water supply, there are people in our population that are vulnerable to fluoride. They are:
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.
As this resource is 372 pages, there is quite a bit of information. As the authors point out, once the fluoride is added to the water, it is much more expensive and involved to avoid drinking this treated water. It can be done by purchasing bottled water, purchasing a water purification system like distillation or reverse osmosis. As mentioned earlier, it is disbursing a product that can be considered a medicine, being delieved to the entire population, without their informed concsent, and no knowledge on how their bodies will respond to this.
There is some technical language, though the authors do try to make it understandable for the public. Unfortunately, there are quite a bit of politics involved in fluoridation of our water supplies. A number of studies are looked at, for their completeness or lack thereof, their conclusions, and etc. This is disturbing. The authors conclude that when government agencies and professional groups get on the band wagon supporting a program that actually causes harm and is based on inadequate and incomplete research, it is "betrayal of the public trust". (Added 04/01/2016).
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.
The FODMAP is an acronym for:
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)
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):
|Listing of Various Unsafe Chemicals in the Food Supply|
|Various Factors Affecting Livestock||As we become more acquainted with the use of large feedlots to raise livestock, using a grain based diet (not their normal diet), there are issues with their sanitation, increased health issues and disease, use of antibiotics, and substances added to their food (that is not good for our health, either). It is suggested that meat be purchased from small farms that raise grass fed animals. These issues cover beef, chicken, and farmed fish. The author lists various antibiotics used on livestock. Most of the antibiotics used in this country are actually used for livestock, not on humans. (page 185)|
|Chemical Contaminant||Bisphenol A (BPA)||Bisphenol A is a type of plastic. There are others. This issue here is bioaccumulation, where levels build up within the body. It contributes to reproductive problems,
infertility, birth defects, obesity, and cancer. Other problems exist.
Note: It is strongly recommended not to place hot foods into plastic containers. Safer containers are ones made out of glass, stainless steel, and ceramics. (page 100)
|Hexane||Hexane is a volatile, flammable, and a petroleum solvent and it is used in processing various foods. One use is extracting proteins from soybeans. (page 107)|
|Pesticides||Pesticides are used for agricultural purposes and the use of these pesticides has increased exponentially worldwide. GMO seeds are playing a role in pesticide use. We are also seeing glyphosate in food, a major component in Roundup. The author covers various pesticides. It is unfortunately affecting adversely the bee population. A third of our food grown depends upon the bees for pollination. (page 112)|
|Food Ingredients as Contaminants||Artificial Colors||Artificial colors have been linked to childhood hyperactivity. The late Dr. Benjamin Feingold, MD pioneered in his research and findings on the role of artificial colors on childhood hyperactivity. There are two types of artificial colors. One is dyes, used for water based products and the second one is lake, used in oils and fats. An alternative is to use natural food colorings. (page 146)|
|Aspartame||Aspartame is an excitotoxin, causing brain cells to get so excited that they die. It is used heavily in diet based beverages. There are a number of problems associated with aspartame. The dairy industry wants to add aspartame to milk without labeling. (page 130)|
|Chemical Preservatives||Many of these chemical preservatives are designed to extend the shelf life of food. The author lists a number of them as well as the harm that they can cause. Common ones are BHT, BHA, and TBHQ. They are derived from coal tar and petroleum. It has been found to be a factor in behavioral and ADHD problems in children. Sulfites are used to prevent food spoilage and is found in restaurant food. Autistic children have problems removing excess sulfur from their bodies. (page 157)|
|Emulsifiers and Thickening Agents||One problem emulsifier mentioned is carrageenan and it has been found to cause gastrointestinal inflammation and cancer. Another one that is covered is soy lecithin which is derived from GMO soy. A third one mentioned is sodium nitrate. Others are listed. (page 166)|
|Molecular Alteration of Food||One type of molecular alteration is the homogenization of milk, spreading the milk fat throughout the liquid. It has been found to raise the xanthine oxidase (XO) levels. Another one is hydrogenated fats. It takes vegetables oils that are liquid at room temperature and are changed into a more solid form like margarine. This causes problems for our arteries. Trans fats are also not good, either and it can still be in our food if it is less than .5 grams. (page 178)|
|Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)||Monosodium glutamate is an excitotoxin like aspartame. It can damage the retina and cause liver and kidney damage. MSG is not necessarily labeled and it is hidden in a number of ingredients like yeast extract, textured protein, soy protein isolate, and list goes on. MSG has been added to growth enhancement products, fertilizers, and pesticides. (page 138)|
|Heavy Metals||Aluminum||Aluminum can come from industrial emissions released into the atmosphere and air. Another source of exposure are aluminum cans. The presence of fluoride increases aluminum bioavailability. It does accumulate in the bones and crosses the blood/brain barrier. It is being used in vaccines as an adjuvant. Aluminum has been found to be a factor in Alzheimer's. (page 86)|
|Arsenic||Arsenic has been used in pesticides and fertilizers. It is also found in sewage sludge as a biosolid along with other heavy metals. It is also used in treated wood. (page 14)|
|Cadmium||Cadmium is a heavy metal that damages all cells in the body. It targets the kidneys, liver, and the vascular (circulation) system. (page 78)|
|Copper||Copper needs to be balanced with zinc. Zinc and copper compete with each other. Too much copper impairs the thyroid and causes other problems. It includes anxiety, depression, and autism. (page 92)|
|Lead||There is really no safe level of exposure for lead. It is definitely harmful to our children. Lead crosses the placenta during pregnancy and decreases IQ levels. It accumulates in the bones. For the elderly, it plays a role in dementia and negative mental health issues. (page 67)|
|Mercury||Mercury is used in a number of consumer goods like thermometers, batteries, and light bulbs. It is used in vaccines and pesticides. The author lists various health issues stemming from mercury exposure. For more information on mercury that is covered in this website, check Mercury (Chemical) (page 37).|
|Tin||Tin is used in canned goods and has been used for a long time. It competes with zinc. (page 96)|
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.
|Table Listing "Safe" Levels of Heavy Metals
|Name of Metal||Limits Established by EPA
(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
|Harm it Causes|
|Arsenic||.010 ppb (parts per billion)||It is neurotoxic, causes cancer, developmental issues, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.|
|Cadmium||0.001 mg/kg/d (amount depends upon body weight)||Among a number of issues, it is a reproductive toxin.|
|Lead||50 ppb (parts per billion)||Lead is dangerous to children.|
|Mercury||2 ppb (parts per billion)||Mercury causes a number of health issues.|
|Tungsten||5 ppm (parts per million)||Tungsten increases the likelihood of strokes.|
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.
|Chemical||Issues||Affects on the Fetus|
|Arsenic||It is linked to:
||Affects on the fetus include:
|Cadmium||It is linked to:
||Affects on the fetus is congenital heart defect.|
|Lead||It is linked to:
|Mercury||It is a major neurotoxin. It also interferes with a number of processes in the body and displaces zinc.||It causes neurodevelopmental delays in children.|
|Note: Heavy metal exposure is linked to numerous health conditions. These chemicals are also found in infant formulas.|
This next table covers some of the terms in the book.
(Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor)
|It is a protein produced by the BDNF gene. It plays a role in learning and memory.|
|Corn products and sweeteners||A number of corn products contain traces of mercury. Corn sweetener is a factor in the rising incidence of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.|
|Epigenetics||Epigenetics is the combination of our exposure to the environment, especially food, and our body's ability to process and digest it.
This varies among everyone.
Note: This is one reason why mandatory health protocols are dangerous, as it can harm one person and not another.
|Fluoride||Issues with fluoride include:
|GRAS||GRAS is short hand for "Generally Recognized As Safe". As more research is uncovered on the various chemicals found in processed foods, more of the GRAS items will not longer be considered safe for public consumption.|
|Food Colors||A number of issues with food coloring, as a number of them contain traces of heavy metals and mercury.|
Note: According to the author, there has been no government funding to date in the U.S. designated to research the impact of food colorings on children. This includes plant-based sources.
|Methylation||Methylation has to do with groups of atoms in the body that are able to turn a "gene" on or off when needed. It includes
one carbon and three hydrogen atoms. The body's ability to produce methyl groups is called methylation. Those with poor methylation include
children with autism. The following nutrients are needed for methylation: choline, folic acid, and methionine. The following
health conditions are brought about by poor methylation:
|Obesogen||Obesogen is a foreign compound that disrupts normal functions in the body. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is one.|
|Oncogenes||Oncogenes are genes that cause cancer. If this gene turns on and is not turned off, it creates a tumor.|
|MT Genes||MT genes stand for Metallothionein genes which produce proteins that help the body to transport heavy metals out of the body. This includes: bismuth, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury, and silver. This plays a role in autism and Alzheimer's.|
|Pesticides||Pesticides levels are monitored by the USDA's Pesticides Data Program (PDP) on grains, fruits, and vegetables. However, this is not tested on an annual basis.|
|PON1||The PON1 gene produces an enzyme called paraoxonase-1. This enzyme is able to remove from the body a pesticide called organophosphate (OP).
If this enzyme level is low, it creates a number of problems especially those with autism and Alzheimer's. Inorganic mercury can also interfere with the PON1 function.|
Note: The author specifies which nutrients are needed.
|Testing||Biomarkers is a way of testing biological substances in our bodies. It helps doctors to determine the disease and health status.
The question to remember is whether or not all forms of lead and mercury are being measured. This includes:
|Toxins||Toxins are found in plants. Yes, there are plants that are dangerous.|
|Toxicants||These harmful substances are man-made.|
|Vegetable oils||Vegetable oils are at a moderate risk for mercury contaminations. A substance called sodium hydroxide (also known as caustic soda) is added to older degraded vegetable oils to prevent rancid taste.|
|Water||Water has been found to contain a number of toxic substances. It includes:
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
Dr. Dufault explains that it is the food manufacturers that determine standards on these chemicals. These standards are not being based on science and their impact on health. Food labels do not include toxins and their levels.
The author also explains how we can minimize our exposure to these toxicants/toxins through diet as well as which nutrients are needed to counteract these toxicants. A major observation that has been made is the lack of research on understanding what are our basic nutritional needs that result in optimum health. Dr. Dufault also indicates what actions the FDA can take to improve the nutritional quality of our food as well as the safety of non-food items like baby products, cosmetics, medications, etc. In view of the overall picture on what is happening to our food supply, nutrition education needs to start with nursery school children and continue all the way to college.
Unsafe at Any Meal is a resource that all of our legislators, educators, health care professionals, and the public need to read. It includes resources, references, and an index. (Added 07/10/2019)
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 one author, a physician named Dr. Neil Nathan, MD, who kept an open mind about learning other protocols that might help his patients heal, many of them suffering from chronic illness, actually regain their health. Many of his patients have seen a number of doctors before they finally see him. A book like this gives us hope that there is medicine that can help us heal. It takes a lifestyle change and a personal commitment and responsibility to work on regaining one's health. The title of his book is: Healing is Possible.
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.
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.
After discussing the issues associated with the use of pesticides and herbicides in producing our foods, another wrinkle has appeared. It is the use of GMO foods. GMO stands for genetically modified organism. The GMO foods are under the auspices of the biotech industry, where biological and technology have been combined, to modify the genetic make-up of foods for various reasons and purposes.
Are GMO foods safe for human consumption? That is the real question. Does it also have optimum nutritional levels? What impact does genetically modified foods have on our environment and on other plants and animal life? Jeffrey M. Smith has written a book that basically exposes the issues behind GMO foods called "Seeds of Deception: exposing industry and government lies about the safety of the genetically engineered foods you're eating". He covers the shortcomings of using genetically modified foods and its potential dangers to human life, animal life, other plants, and its impact on the environment.
In conclusion about producing GMO foods as an argument to make food available to a growing world wide population, an alternative is sustainable agriculture. (Added 02/06/2014)
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:
|Number||Type of Change||Explanation|
|1||Code Scramblers||It rearranges the RNA code a number of different ways, creating new proteins.|
|2||Hitchhikers||Add-on molecules are added to various proteins.|
|3||Chaperones||It has to do with the shape of the protein, whether it gets folded or not.|
|4||Messing up the host's normal DNA - a hit and miss affair||It is not a precise science in inserting a specific gene into a host's DNA.|
|5||Horizontal Gene Transfer and Antibiotic Resistance||A marker, called antiobiotic resistant marker (ARM), it is a way to determine if a foreign gene has made it into the DNA. It also renders that cell resistant to antiobiotics. The ARM gene can transfer from the GM food into the bacteria found in the digestive system. This is called horizontal gene transfer. It can result in antibiotic resistant diseases.|
|6||Position Effects||Newly inserted gene can end up in any position in the DNA strand.|
|7||Gene Silencing - Gene no longer works||A gene can be turned off and not work.|
|8||Environmental Influences||Some genes are affected by the environment; results can be unpredictable. Pollen from GM crops (corn) affected the butterflies.|
|9||Light Switches - Turning on your Genes on (or off) on a random basis||A inserted gene, it doesn't know when it is supposed to be turned on or off. It also talks about about the Cauliflower Mosaic Virus (CaMV) promoter, which enables a virus to "hijack a plant cell's genetic machinery and make many copies of itself." It can cause or be a factor in immune or organ damage founds in rats.|
|10||Hot Spots||The DNA section or chromosome can become unstable.|
|11||Waking Sleeping Viruses||The insertion of modified virus and insect virus genes into crops, it can create virulent new viruses.|
|12||Cancer||It can cause unusual cell proliferation or reaction to dormant viruses and be a factor in activating cancer.|
|13||Risks from Breathing Genetically Modified DNA||People living next to a field of genetically modified cornfield developed respiratory problems.|
|14||Synthetic Genes||There are differences between natural and synthetic genes.|
|15||Genetic Disposition||The same gene in different varieties of plant species will produce different results.|
|16||Complex Unpredictable Interactions||When a foreign gene is inserted into another species, the whole metabolic process can be changed.|
|17||Rearranged Codes||With a new genetic code, the sequence of genetic information can be changed as well.|
|18||Gene Stacking||When more than gene has been added, these genes can interact in dangerous ways.|
|19||Nutritional Problems||The nutritional composition and levels can change in genetically modified foods, leading to unanticipated side effects.|
|20||Allergens||Levels of allergens can increase or new and unknown allergens can be created.|
|21||Human Error||Human error can change the outcomes for genetically modified organisms.|
|Note: Chapter 2 details these changes.|
Studies that explore the changes that occur with genetically modified foods need to check on the following factors:
Jeffery M. Smith has two websites that deal with his book and the genetically modified organisms issues.
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:
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. (Added 01/28/2017)
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).
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). (Added 11/06/21015)
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)
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)
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:
Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, 3rd edition (2016) by Andrew Chevallier. (Publisher: DK Publishing)
This book has 336 pages. It is a beautifully illustrated book, with color photos, with a glossary, bibliography, general index, index of herbs by ailment, and useful addresses and acknowledgements. (Added 10/07/2018)
Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants (1996) by Andrew Chevallier. (Publisher: DK Publishing) (Added 11//2017)
This book has 336 pages. It is a beautifully illustrated book, with color photos. It is an earlier edition of Encyclopedia of Herbal Plants. (Added 10/07/2018)
Grow Your Own Drugs: easy recipes for natural remedies and beauty fixes (2009) by James Wong. (Publisher: Reader's Digest Association)
This book includes recipes using plants for specific health conditions. It also lists the top one hundred medicinal plants with basic information about these plants. These medicinal plants are divided into the following categories:
This resource is 224 pages, with colorful pictures, and includes resources and an index. (Added 11/30/2017)
Healing Herbs A to Z: a handy reference to healting plants (2009) by Diane Stein. (Publisher: Crossing Press)
This resource lists herbs by their common names in alphabetical order, accompanied by their latin name. It includes herbs used in Chinese medicine and even some foods like red beets and bitter melon. A basic overview is given for each of the plants, some history, what it is good for, and their medicinal effects. A number of these plants have high nutritional content. Herbs can be used in the following ways:
Healing Plants: a medicinal guide to Native North American plants and herbs (1998) by Ana Nez Heatherley. (Publisher: The Lyons Press)
While this book is one of the older books, it covers herbal medicine from a Native American perspective, with anecdotes and stories interpersed throughout the book. The author covers the gathering and preparation process, the various ways to prepare herbal medicine, includes plants that are eaten as food, and the benefts these plants provide.
This book is 252 pages. (Added 10/07/2018)
The Herbal Apothecary: 100 medicinal herbs and how to use them (2015) by J.J. Purcell. (Publisher: Timber Press).
The author apparently is quite knowledgeable about the use of medicinal and herbal plants for therapeutic purposes. It includes a history on the use of plants for healing, covers basic human anatomy, includes a glossary of therapeutic actions, covers plant constituents and their functions. A chapter covers on how to set up a herbalist kitchen and guidelines to follow in setting up herbalist kitchen. 100 main plants are covered, with common names, alternative names, and latin name. Recipes are included in preparing these herbal remedies. Treatment approaches are listed for various health conditions.
This book has 292 pages. It has color photos and includes a listing of herbal suppliers, references, and an index. (Added 11/30/2017)
Herbs for Children's Health: how to make and use gentle herbal remedies for soothing common ailments (2015) by Rosemary Gladstar. (Publisher: Storey Publishing)
The author gives us an overview onthe use of herbs to treat health issues in children, the dos and don'ts. The author also lists situations when professional medical help is needed in the first chapter. The second chapter covers herbs that are best used for children. It also means that the dosage needs to be adjusted for a child's age and weight. The herbs that are listed include their common name, the latin equivalent, the parts of the plant that are used, their benefits, how to use the plant, and when needed, cautionary notes are included. The third chapter covers remedies that can be made to treat specific childhood ailments. The last and fourth chapter covers how to make these herbal remedies. This includes purchasing quality herbs, the use of dried herbs versus fresh herbs. She lists the following ways herbs can be used:
This book is 122 pages and includes recommended reading, resources, and index. (Added 11/30/2017)
Magic and Medicine of Plants (1988), by Reader's Digest. (Publisher: Reader's Digest Association)
While this book is one of the older resources, it contains considerable information regarding medicinal plants. The book includes the following sections:
Apparently there is considerable folklore and history regarding plants. Under the ABC's of plants, the editors covered the anatomy of plants and discussed plant names.
This book has 462 pages and has colorful illustrations and photos. This resource includes a glossary and index. (Added 11/30/2017)
The Medicinal Gardening Handbook: a complete guide to growing, harvesting, and using healing herbs (2014) by Dede Cummings and Alyssa Holmes. (Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing)
This resource focuses on 24 plants, 12 for growing and another 12 plants grown in the wild. The authors discuss about the parts of the plant that are beneficial, their properties and benefits, uses, and growing guidelines. These plants can be used in the following ways:
The book include a number of appendixes. The topics are:
This resource is 160 pages, includes color photos, resources, bibliography and an index. (Added 11/30/2017)
National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs: the worlds's most effective healting plants (2010) by Rebecca L. Johnson, Steven Foster, Tieraona Low Dog, MD, and David Kiefer, MD. (Publisher: National Geographic) (Added 05/08/2019)
The New Age Herbalist: how to use herbs for healing, nutrition, body care, and relaxation with a complete illustrated glossary of herbs and a guide to herb cultivation (1988) edited by Richard Mabey and others. (Publisher: Simon and Schuster).
This resources covers a number of topics relating to herbs. The chapters are:
This book is 288 pages and contains color photos. The herbs listed in the glossary are listed under their botanical families names with related herbal plants and listed under their latin names. This book includes resourcess references, and index. (Added 10/07/2018)
The New Healing Herbs: the essential guide to more than 130 of nature's most potent herbal remedies (2017) by Michale Castleman. (Publisher: Rodale)
This resource has 562 pages, includes references and an index. (Added 10/07/2018)
Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America, 3rd edition (2014) by Steven Foster and James A. Duke. (Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
This is a reference book on medicinal plants with color photos coverng a major part of North America. The plants are listed in alphabetical order by their common names, accompanied by their latin name in the following categories:
This book is 456 pages, with a glossary, references, index to plants, index to plants, and index to medical topics. (Added 11/30/2017)
Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: a beginner's guide (2012) by Rosemary Gladstar. (Publisher: Storey Publishing)
The author begins with a basic introduction to what medicinal herbs are, how they are used, their benefits, and starting a garden. She covers the various ways herbal remedies can be made. The second portion of the book deals with nine familiar herbs and spices that can be grown and used. The third portion covers an additional 24 safe and effective herbs to know, grow, and use.
This resource has 224 pages. It has color photos, includes resources, and an index. (Added 11/30/2017).
The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: thirteen essential plants for human survival (2014) by Katrina Blair. (Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing)
This resource covers thirteen wild plants that are commonly available. The author explains why these thirteen plants were selected for this book. Information on these plants include their history, benefit of these plants, edible uses, and medicinal uses. Recipes are included.
This book is 358 pages and includes references, resource list and an index. (Added 11/30/2017)
Mental and behavioral disorders are a very broad area. The book on Brain Allergies covers how allergies can also impact on the brain, and affect moods and behavior. The book on Gaba is really interesting on how one amino acid helps with anxiety. The Impossible Child by Doris Rapp, MD is a great book that shows how allergies can affect behavior. It also lists the symptoms that are easy to identify. It should be noted that nutritional treatments are generally more successful in younger patients. (Note: Doris Rapp, MD also produced videos showing behavioral changes in children after their exposure to an allergy substance.) Another great resource is a book called Nutrient Power written by Dr. William J. Walsh, Ph.D. The resource called Change Your Brain, Change Your Body by Dr. Daniel G. Amen, MD gives another perspective on the relationship between the brain and our bodies. He also explains how hormones can affect behavior. Another section to review is one that covers depression. (Updated 07/04/2013, 01/15/2015)
Brain Allergies: the psychonutrient connection (1987) by William Philpott, MD and Dwight K. Kalita. (Publisher: Keats Publishing) (Note: I regard this book to be a classic.)
Change your brain, change your body: use your brain to get and keep the body you have always wanted (2010) by Daniel G. Amen, MD. (Publisher: Three Rivers Press)
Dr. Danial G. Amen, MD is a psychiatrist who explains the connections the brain and the body have with each other.
He uses a specific imaging test to look at people's brains. This
test is called SPECT. The images that he sees tells him alot about the health status of the patient's brain as well
as their health. One is chronic fatigue syndrome. The health of the brain is closely interelated with the body's health. He is able to suggest
treatment to improve the brain's health, and at the same time, improve the patient's or person's health.
Strategies to improve brain/human health:
Dr. Amen covers a number of strategies to promote both brain health and human health.
|Adrenal Hormones||Helps control heart rate, blood pressure, the way the body uses food, and reactions to stress||Low||Abdominal fat, tiredness, low stress tolerance, craving sweets, difficulty concentration, mental fog, low libido, and poor memory.|
|High||Can lead to a rare type of tumor, high blood pressure and high heart rate.|
|Estrogen||Estrogen is needed for bones, cardiovascular system, reproductive system, and the brain in both men and women. Men need much lower dosages than women. For women, estrogen levels fluctuate with the monthly cycle; works less efficiently with age. Furthermore, three types of estrogen are mentioned (estrone, estradiol and estriol).||Low||Low in women:
Fuzzy thinking, trouble focusing, depression and bad moods.
|High||Not applicable to men.
High in women:
Weight gain, retaining water, bossiness, aggressive behavior, and depression.
|Ghrelin||Hormone that signals hunger||High||Your body thinks that you are hungry and makes you want to continue eating.|
|Growth||Hormone, also known as human growth hormone, that affects growth from childhood thru adulthood||Low||Delayed cognitive processing speed, decreased blood flow to the brain, obesity, decreased muscle mass and bone density, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.|
|Insulin||Hormone that takes nutrients from the bloodstream and stores in the body's cells||High||Too much stops fat burning; when it is unbalanced, it leads to obesity, insulin resistance, and eventually diabetes 2.|
|Leptin||Hormone that signals fullness, the end of hunger||Low||Feel like you are not getting enough to eat; always hungry.|
|Progesterone||Progesterone is the "feel good" hormone, calming, makes person feel peaceful, and helps with sleeping||Low||Not applicable to men. Low in women: Trouble sleeping, headaches, migraines, anxiety, fuzzy thinking, poor memory, mood swings, and difficulty concentrating|
|High||Not applicable to men.
High in women:
Not common unless pregnant or high dose of HRH therapy
|Testosterone||Hormone offers neuroprotection, helps prevent cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease and depression||Low||Low Testosterone in Men:
Declining libido, erectile dysfunction, depression, lack of energy, and memory problems
Low Testosterone in Women:
Lack of libido, depression, and poor memory
|High||High Testosterone in Men:
Aggression, moodiness, acne, and extreme competitiveness
High Testosterone in Women:
Obesity, irregular periods, acne, oily skin, excessive facial and body hair, aggression, high cholesterol, high blood depression, and diabetes
|Thyroid Hormones||Hormone that regulates how fast/slow your metabolism works||Low||Body moves more slowly and sluggishly, heart rate is usually slower and thinking is slower, bowels move more slowly and digestion is slower. This can show up as fatigue, weight gain dry skin, chronically low basal/ body temperature below 98.6, fuzzy thinking, depression, and being cold when others are fine.|
|High||Body functions work too fast, heart beats faster, bowels move faster, digestion works faster. This can show up as sleeplessness, anxiety, irritability y, racing thoughts, and feeling hot when others are fine.|
|Source: Chapter 7 on Hormones|
|Barley malt||Fructose||Invert sugar||Sorbitol|
|Cane juice crystals, extract||Fruit juice||Lactose||Sucanat|
|Cane sugar||Fruit juice concentrate||Malt syrup||Sugar|
|Corn syrup (or |
high-fructose corn syrup)
|Dehydrated cane juice||Glucose||Maltose|
Memory is covered. Three types of memory are mentioned. They are: working memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory. Dr. Amen also covers what can be done to improve memory.
Supplements on brain disorders:
Dr. Amen covers the basic supplements used to treat brain disorders. Some of these supplements are nutrients, herbs, amino acids, and other substances not specified. The benefits of these supplements are explained in detail, the recommended dosages, as well as when not to use this particular supplement. (Source: pages 323-349) Below is a table.
|1||Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC)||For focus and energy, can help those with ADD to focus||Found in Mitochondria|
|2||Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA)||For hormones (insulin), skin, cravings, and will power||Made in the body|
|3||Ashwagandha||For focus and energy, stress, anxiety, fatigue, passion||From a shrub|
|4||B Vitamins||For craving and willpower, weight, stress, heart, focus and energy, anxiety, immune system||Vitamin|
|5||Choline||For memory, needed for the structure and function of all cells||Nutrient|
|6||Chromium Picolinate||For craving and willpower, weight, hormones (insulin), some forms of depression||Nutrient|
|7||Cocoanox||For craving and willpower, immune system, and heart||A cocoa flavonoid from the cacao bean (from a tree)|
|8||DHEA||For weight, hormones (adrenal fatigue, testosterone), depression, passion||Hormone|
|9||DL-Phenylalanine||For craving and willpower, weight, focus and energy, skin, depression||An essential amino acid|
|10||DMAE||For skin, memory, ADD||Analog of B vitamin choline|
|11||Fish Oil||For cravings and willpower, weight, nutrition, skin, hormones, heart, focus and energy, exercise, immune system, sex, depression, bipolar disorder||Essential Fatty Acid, source of omega 3|
|12||Flaxseed Oil||For hormones (perimenopause, menopause)||Essential fatty acid|
|13||GABA||For craving and willpower, weight, stress, anxiety, some forms of depression||An amino acid that functions as a neurotransmitter|
|14||Ginkgo Biloba||For memory, focus and energy, passion||From Chinese Gingko Tree|
|15||Glycine||For craving and willpower, obsessive-compulsive disorder||Amino acid|
|16||Grape Seed Extract||For skin, heart, and memory||From grape seeds|
|17||Green tea leaf extract||For focus and energy, weight, heart, anxiety, immune system||From dried leaves of a evergreen shrub|
|18||5-HTP||For craving and willpower, weight, hormones (adrenal fatigue, PMS, leptin and ghrelin), sleep, stress, exercise, sex, insomnia, brain disorders, boosts serotonin||Amino acid|
|19||Huperzine A||For memory||not specified|
|20||Inositol||For craving and willpower, weight||Part of the B vitamin family|
|21||Iodine||For weight, hormones (thyroid), focus, and energy||Mineral|
|22||Kava Kava||For hormones (leptin and ghreline), sleep, and panic disorder||From root of a South Pacific pepper tree (herb)|
|23||L-Glutamine||For craving and will power||Amino acid|
|24||L-Theanine||For craving and willpower, stress, focus and energy, anxiety, and some forms of depression||Amino acid (found in green tea plant)|
|25||L-Tryptophan||For craving and willpower, weight, hormones (leptin and ghrelin), sleep, exercise||Amino acid|
|26||L-Tyrosine||For craving and willpower, weight, focus, and energy||Amino acid|
|27||Magnesium||For craving and willpower, weight, focus and energy, anxiety, panic disorder||Mineral|
|28||Melatonin||For hormones (femail hormones, leptin and ghrelin), and sleep||Hormone|
|29||Multi-vitamins||For nutrition, skin, and immune system||Vitamins and minerals|
|30||N-Acetyl-Cysteine||For craving and willpower||Amino acid|
|31||Panax Ginseng||For weight, stress, memory, exercise, hormones (insulin), focus and energy, anti-aging, immune system, passion||Herb (rejuvenation herb)|
|32||Phosphatidylserine (PS)||For weight, hormes (adrenal fatigue), memory||Not specified|
|33||Primrose Oil||For hormones (perimenopause and menopause)||Essential fatty acid|
|34||Resveratrol||For craving and willpower, weight, heart, immune system, anticancer properties||Phytoalexin, a chemical produced by plants responding to injury or infection|
|35||Rhodiola||For focus and energy, stress, immune system, depression, passion||Herb|
|36||Sage||For memory and cognitive improvement||Herb|
|37||SAMe||For craving and willpower, weight, focus and energy, sleep, ADD, passion||not specified|
|38||Satiereal||For craving and willpower, weight, sleep, stress, depression, and mood||Patented product made from saffron|
|39||Selenium||For hormones (thyroid)||Mineral|
|40||St. John's Wort||For craving and willpower, weight, stress, agoraphobia, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder||Plant|
|41||Valerian||For hormones (leptin and ghrelin), sleep, stress||Herb|
|43||Vitamin D||For nutrition, weight, skin, heart, memory, immune system, depression, bipolar disorder||Vitamin that is a hormone|
|44||Zinc||For focus and energy, ADD, passion||Mineral|
|Note: Source is Appendix C, pages 323-349.|
This resources offers another perspective on viewing brain disorders, ways to identify these conditions, and use of non-prescription drug treatments. It also provides detailed information the various effects hormones have on the behavior for men and women. It includes an index. Bibliographic references are listed on a separate website. (Added 07/04/2013)
Control Hyperactivity A.D.D. Naturally, 3rd ed. (1996) by Billie Jay Sahley. (Publisher: Pain & Stress Publications)
Gaba the Anxiety Amino Acid: Revolutionary Discoveries of How GABA affects Mind, Mood, Memory, and Behavior (2003) by Billie Jay Sahley. (Publisher: Pain and Stress Publications)
The Impossible Child in School, at Home: A Guide for Caring Teachers and Parents (1989) by Doris Rapp, MD. (Publisher: )
(Note: An excellent easy to read introduction on how allergies can affect behavior in children. This title may be out of print.)
Is this your child? Discovering and treating unrecognized allergies in children and adults (1991) by Doris Rapp, MD. (Publisher: William Morrow)
Is this your child’s world: How you can fix the schools and home that are making your children sick (1996) by Doris Rapp, MD. (Publisher: Bantam Books) (Note: All of Doris Rapp’s books are great resources. This particular title has comprehensive information.)
Natural Healing for Schizophrenia and other common mental disorders, 2nd ed. (1998) by Eva Edelman. (Publisher: Borage Books)
Nutrient Power: Heal Your Biochemistry and Heal Your Brain (2012) by William J. Walsh, PhD (Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing)
This book on the nutritional basis of brain chemistry updates the pioneering research Carl Pfieffer, MD and Abram Hoffer, MD performed. The author, William J. Walsh, PhD, with a degree in chemical engineering started his research into nutritional medicine after he started doing volunteer work with prison inmates, to assist them to integrate successfully back into society.
Many of these inmates had a history of behavioral and psychiatric disorders, much of which was responsible for them ending up in the criminal justice system and behind bars. In a number of cases, abnormal behavior was seen from infancy. Dr. Walsh and his fellow volunteers discovered through biochemical testing using special blood and urine tests, that most of these inmates had biochemical imbalances. The biochemical testing (blood, urine, and hair) can determine the person's biochemical profile. Upon further research, they were able to determine which nutrients can be used to correct imbalanced brain and body chemistry.
What is also interesting, that while it was important to identify nutritional deficiencies, it was also important to identify nutritional overload. For example, a person can have too much copper in their body. Nutritional supplements can cause nutritional overload in susceptible persons, especially for copper, folic acid, methionine, and iron. Both nutritional dificiencies and nutritional overloads need to be normalized in order to balance the person's body chemistry.
Deficencies in antioxidants affects and impairs the brain's ability to protect itself from toxic metals. A common nutritional deficiency common to mental health issues is vitamin B6 and zinc. Nutrient imbalances can alter gene expression and do play a role in the synthesis of neurotransmitters. Malabsorption of nutrients occurs in 10% of the population suffering from mental illness. It is 90% in those suffering from autism.
Epigenetic is a combination of genetic background and the environment. Dr. Walsh found that a person's medical condition is not solely due to genetics; environmental factors also play a role in modifying illness and genetics. Those with mild imbalances may function fine with a strong environmental support and can satisfy their nutritional needs by diet alone. Those with severe biochemical imbalances and due to genetic aberrations, they will need nutritional supplementation. In some cases, these individuals will need amounts much higher than specified by RDA standards. Individuals who have suffered long term serious mental illness may still need to take psychiatric medication, but can take them at lower dosages if used in conjunction with nutrient therapy. Oxidate stress is discussed, as well.
BASICS OF BRAIN CHEMISTRY
Dr. Walsh explains the basics of brain chemistry. This is extremely complex. There are about 100 billion neurons in the brain. In the brain, brain cells do not touch each other. However, the brain cells communicate with each other through synapses. Synapses are chemical transmission between brain cells.
Neurotransmitters are chemicals that are released from a nerve cell (neurons) and transmits to another cell. A neurotransmitter is a chemical messenger of neurological information from one cell to another. There are over 100 neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters have a six step life cycle from creation to deactivation.
|Behavioral Disorders||Discusses briefly the following behavioral disorders:
Nutrition and Mental Illness: an orthomolecular approach to balancing body chemistry (1987) by Carl C. Pfeiffer, MD. (Publisher: Healing Arts Press)
Nutritional Influences on Mental Illness: a sourcebook of clinical research (1991) by Melvyn R. Werbach, MD. (Publisher: Third Line Publisher).
(Note: This resource indicates the connection between learning disabilities and nutritional deficiencies and/or excessive levels of some nutrients and toxins. Some of the deficiencies include iodine, iron, magnesium, and zinc. Many of the subjects were also found to have elevated levels of copper and selenium. Also, children with learning disabilities had higher levels of heavy metals (aluminum, cadmium, lead, and manganese) in their bodies. A second edition was published in 1999.) (Added 11/22/2012)
Orthomolecular Treatment for Schizophrenia: megavitamin supplements and nutritional strategies for healing and recovery (1999) by A. Hoffer, MD., Ph.D. (Publisher: Keats Publishing)
(Note: It is a small book, discusses the effectiveness of vitamin B-3 (niacin) along with B-6 (pyridoxine), B-12, folic acid, zinc, manganese, selenium, essential fatty acids, and vitamin C to treat schizophrenia.) (Added 9/10/2011)
As more people become aware of the issues behind mercury and its impact on our health, in addition to lead, asbestos, and black mold, this is not a minor issue. Mercury is an issue that affects our entire planet. We have one resource covering mercury. For information on the use of mercury in dental fillings, see the section covering DENTAL HEALTH (MERCURY AMALGAM SILVER FILLINGS). (Added 08/05/2016)
Mercury Poisoning: the undiagnosed epidemic (2013) by David Hammond. (Publisher: David Hammond). (Added 08/05/2016)
The book on mercury poisoning is told from the perspective of a person who suffered from mercury poisoning. He was exposed to mercury in the late 1970's in a steel factory located in Australia. In the process of regaining his health, he became extremely knowledgeable about this entire issue. Reactions to mercury exposure can be immediate as well as delayed.
David Hammond found that doctors were unaware of the effects of chronic mercury exposure, including delayed reactions. Even very low levels of mercury can cause problems and result in a number of diseases. While hair analysis tests can indicate mercury levels, there is a right way and wrong way to interprete these results. Mercury has the ability to lodge itself in any area of the body. What the hair analysis tests indicates, does not indicate mercury levels in tissues and in the organs.
A historical perspective on mercury is given, past epidemics of merury poisoning and the use of mercury in medicines. This includes vaccines. There are non-medical uses of mercury, as well, like paints (now banned in the U.S.), in meters, in fluorescent tubes and light bulbs, and coal fired power plants.
Three forms of mercury exist and are listed in the following table:
|Three Forms of Mercury|
|Elemental Mercury||This type of mercury is a shiny liquid and metallic. It is used in thermometers. The issue here is its vapor and ability to cross the blood brain barrier and placenta.|
|Inorganic Mercury||It comes in two forms. It is mercurous and mercuric.|
|Organic Mercury||This type of mercury comes in two forms. It is methylmercury and ethyl mercury.
Note #1: Thimersol is a form of ethyl mercury: Thimersol is also form of mercury that has been used in vaccines. The problems associated with thimersol is that it can cause the following:
Mercury unfortunately can affect any part of the body, including cells. Below is a table covering some of the effects of mercury:
|Effects of Mercury on the Human Body|
|One||Mercury disrupts cellular transport, the way molecules and chemicals move in and out of our cells. This is called the mineral transport.|
|Two||Mercury has a high affinity for sulfur-hydrogen ("thiol") and sulfur-sulfur compounds. This affects many of the body's proteins,
amino acids, and enzymes. This results in the following:
|Three||Mercury reduces the uptake of dopamine and noradrenaline which can result in motor deficits and anxiety|
|Four||Low dose of mercury can lead to hand tremors, memory disturbance, dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system.|
|Five||Mercury generates highly toxic free radicals such as the hyroxyl radical which can damage DNA and proteins, causing mutations or inhibition of enzyme production.|
|Six||Generally, patients do not have an immediate reaction to mercury (especially with dental amalgams containing mercury).
The mercury ends up in the body several ways.
|Seven||Mercury interferes with a wide range of biological functions. It also has a synergistic effect on increasing the toxicity of other heavy metals. It was also found that girls (30% more) than boys were better able to excrete or remove mercury from their bodies.|
With all the issues associated with mercury as a toxic metal, one wonders why agencies with oversight have alerted us to its dangers? The Environmental Protection Agency in the United States has not been able to set a safe limit to mercury exposure. Actually, one hundred and fifty years ago, there was considerable conflict between dentists about the use the mercury in dental fillings. An experiment was done on sheep, they were given dental amalgams and then, after 30 days, they were sacrificed and their tissues, mercury levels were assessed. This is what they found.
The author covers mercury poisoning symptoms. Below is a table:
|Symptoms of Mercury Poisoning|
|Note: Complete list of symptoms is found on pages 62-4.|
This last table covers various health conditions impacted strongly by mercury exposure. In looking at the extensive list of health conditions, mercury, unfortunately, can affect the body in numerous ways.
|Various health conditions affected by mercury|
|ADHD||Actually, ADHD can be considered to be a milder form of the autism spectrum disorder. Lead exposure and exposure to tobacco smoking play a role. It is suggested that all special needs children needs to be tested for their exposure to heavy metals. It is estimated that at least 300,000 newborns have been exposed to dangerous levels of mercury in the United States.|
|Adrenal Insuffiency||Mercury reduces the amount of cortisol produced by the adrenals. Three levels of adrenal insufficiency exist.
|ALS or Motor Neuron Disease||ALS is the loss of motor nerve cells in the anterior horn in the spinal cord and motor nuclei in the brain stem. Mercury exposure can facilitate this condition.|
|Autism||Autistic children may be retaining mercury in their bodies. The plasma cystein levels are found to be 20% lower and the levels of glutathione are found to be 54% lower in autistic children. Chelation (not intravenous) was found to be beneficial. Other treatment methods include: Methyl B12, Special Carb Diet, Gluten and Casein Free Diet, food allergy treatment, and fatty acids supplementation.|
|Bipolar Disorder||This disorder is a cycling between mania and depression, caused by an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain. One factor is an uneven level of dopamine. Mercury influences the uptake of dopamine and norepinephrine. The case study presented indicated that the patient had problems with methylation.|
|Chronic Fatigue||Chronic fatigue is a common symptom of mercury poisoning. Mercury affects the adrenal glands. It does the following:
|Fibromylgia||Many of the fibromyalgia symptoms overlap with chronic fatigue symptoms. People with fibromyalgia are found to have thyroid antibodies. Urine tests for these individuals compared to controls, apparently, they do not seem to be excreting mercury at the same level. It may mean that more of the mercury ends up in the body's tissues.|
|Heart Disease (Cardiovascular Disease)||Mercury poisoning causes mitochondrial dysfunction and decreased energy production. This affects the heart.|
|Hypothyroid||Mercury disrupts thyroid function.|
|Immune System||Mercury has a high affinity for:
|Lead Exposure||As levels of lead in gasoline was reduced in the United States, apparently the crime rate declined. Countries with high levels of lead in the atmosphere and environment apparently
experience higher murder rates. Unfortunately, higher lead levels are seen in older homes and poorer families. Lead exposure causes the following problems:
|Multiple Sclerosis||Neurons in the brain are coverd by sheets of myelin which acts as an insulator. In multiple sclerosis, demylanation occurs which affects the speed of
electrical impulses. Aluminum, lead, and mercury can affect multiple sclerosis.
Note #1: A marker for lead poisoning are high levels of zinc porphyrin.
|Parkinson's||Many of the symptoms of Parkinson's are similar to mercury poisoning. A number of chemicals can produce Parkinson's symptoms.|
|Schizophrenia||Schizophrenia was known to be uncommon before the 19th century. Mercury decreases the following levels of neurotransmitters:
|Systemic Lupus Erythematosus||Mercury exposure has been found to trigger systemic lupus erythematosus, an autoimmune disease. Chelation was able to help many of these individuals.|
David Hammond discusses in detail testing for mercury exposure. He also covers various nutritional supplements in detail that assist with mercury detoxification. They include:
In a nutshell, mercury poisoned individuals are found to be:
David Hammond goes into specific details about doing mercury detoxification, which methods work better than others. Chelation approaches are detailed. One is oral chelation. While following the oral chelation protocol, alpha lipoic acid is able remove mercury from the brain. Intravenous chelation is discouraged as some individuals have been harmed. Chelation should not be performed when there is still mercury in the body/mouth. Dr. Andrew Cutler, Ph.D has written about doing chelation. There is the right way to do amalgam removal and a wrong way to do it. The wrong way will increase the body's exposure to mercury. The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology has developed a safe protocol for safe removal of mercury amalgams. The author also specifies a safer protocol in cleaning up after a broken fluorescent light bulb that has mercury in it. Also, thiols are discussed. Infared saunas can help facilitate the removal of mercury from the tissues.
David Hammond has done a major public service in writing this book and sharing information about mercury poisoning. A list of suppliers is provided and mercury levels found in fish are listed in the appendix. References are listed with each chapter and includes an index. Again, this resource is not a substitute for medical care, but more for information. (Added 08/05/2016)
William W. Rasmussen, M.A. has written a book addressing metabolic imbalances and how to address them. He also covers pH levels in the body and how Ayurveda treats these these metabolic imbalances. This review will focus on metabolic imblances and pH information. (Added 01/28/2017)
Metabolic Imbalances, pH and Ayurveda: more energy through individualized nutrition (2011) by William W. Rasmussen, M.A. (Publisher: Metabolic Press LLC). (Added 01/28/2017)
As it has become clear to many of us, we have a health crisis in the United States, along with a growing interest in nutrition. What William Rasmussen, M.A. covers in this book
is the fact that nutrition will benefit all of us. However, due to biochemical differences among people, nutritional support needs to be tailored to the person's biochemical
profile or makeup. This is biochemical individuality.
For people not familiar with Ayurveda medicine, this discipline comes from India. They noticed that biochemical differences existed among their people. Ayurveda lists four basic imbalance types that were common in ancient India. Imbalance types not common to Inia were not included in the Ayurvedic system. Ayurveda claims that one type of diet will not work for everyone. The author indicates that addressing one's biochemical prototype and addressing the imbalances will result in better health outcomes.
Basic dietary issues apply to all of us, like excessive intake of sugar, heat damaged oils, and chemically processed foods is largely responsible for many of the health conditions found in countries eating these foods. A healthy and functioning metabolism results in optimum health as well as optimum energy levels. All cells need energy to function on an optimal basis. The author lists six metabolic imbalances and types:
Dr. Schenker list 11 dietary rules that can help everyone. They are:
Six basic metabolic types are addressed or listed.
|Types of Metabolic Types|
|One||Water and Electrolyte Imbalance||Those with electrolyte excess need more water and less salt.
An excess can help cause heart attacks and strokes.
Those with electrolyte deficiency need less water and more salt.
Symptoms of electrolyte deficiency can result in:
Note #2: Adrenal glands need adequate sodium to create enough adrenal hormones.
|Two||Oxygen to Fuel Ratio||Those with lean burn imbalance have energy production is too fast and too hot. There are too many free radicals as a result. They need more animal fats like butter,
and less polyunsaturated omega-6 vegetable oils.
Those with rich burn imbalance do not have enough oxygen and not enough is reaching the cell power plants relative to food based fuel. Avoid dairy fats and egg yolks. Use more raw olive oil, vegetables, and fresh food.
Note #1: The mitochondria (powerplants) membranes need to have the right permeability levels so that enough oxygen relative to food based fuel is used for energy production. It can be too little oxygen or too much oxygen. The author covers symptoms for both imbalances, which can be a factor in a number of health conditions.
|Three||Sugar Oxidation Rate Imbalance||Fast sugar oxidizer burns sugar too fast. Reduce sugar intake, increased consumption of proteins and saturated fats is necessary. Low blood sugar
or hyper-insulin are common symptoms.
Slow sugar oxidizers, the body is not able to burn dietary sugars fast enough. This results in fatigue and accumulation of sugar. Reduce sugar intake, eat more low fat foods, low purine proteins, balance total fat intake, and eat the correct type of fats. Certain mineral supplementation speed up the sugar oxidation rate.
Note #1: Sugar is the body's fuel. Blood sugar regulation is a major problem in 80% of health problems. The author covers symptoms for both types of imbalances.
|Four||Autonomous Nervous System Imbalance||This is a flight or fight (sympathetic) imbalance. This causes the body to produce too much adrenal hormone, which stimulates the muscles with nerve impulses
to burn more sugar for energy. Eat more potassium and magnesium from green leafy vegetables and avoid excess salt to sedate adrenals.
The rest-and-digest (parasympathetic) imbalance can result in hyperinsulinism, low blood sugar, over-weight, and loose stools. Dietary interventions include reduced intake of sweets, sugars, and high glycemic foods because they trigger insulinism dumping that leads to low blood sugar or overeating. More fat and protein is required. A better ratio of calcium to magnesium and sodium/salt to potassium is required to balance this imbalance.
Note #1: The nervous system has two branches. They are:
|Five||Acid and Alkaline pH Imbalance||Six types of blood pH imbalances. Three types are excessive acid blood pH and three more are excessive alkaline blood pH levels. Assess blood pH, urine pH, and saliva pH.|
|Six||Prostaglandin, thyroid hormone, adrenal hormones.||Thyroid hormone and adrenal hormones can be excessive or deficient. Avoid omega-6 oils because they raise inflammatory prostaglandins PG2 and decrease
anti-inflammatory PG1 and PG3.
Note #1: Prostaglandins are fatty acid derivatives that play a role in most biochemical activities.
Note #1: Both a diet and supplementation are needed to address these metabolic imbalances.
Note #2: The foods that we eat affect our metabolic system. Depending upon your metabolic make-up, this determines which foods and nutrients are needed.
Note #3: Ayuredic medicine addresses some types of metabolic imbalances, but not the parasympathetic or fast sugar oxidizer imbalance. These two imbalances need more protein and saturated fat.
This table covers the various concepts and issues addressed in the book.
|Various Concepts Relating to Metabolic Imbalances|
|Detoxification||A number of books have come out addressing detoxification. The author indicates that effective detoxification is essential to a healthy body. It affects:
|Diets||The authors covers in detail the pluses and minuses of various diets from a metabolic point of view.|
|Fermented Foods||Fermented foods are helpful in keeping our intestinal tract healthy with beneficial bacteria in the gut.|
|Food cravings||People often crave the foods that they are allergic to. Some food cravings are due to nutritional deficiencies.|
|Food processing||The author covers in some detail about issues associated with food processing. This includes rancid and contaminated oils. Also, the politics (primarily by the processed food industry or agribusiness) is involved behind food processing and diet (including the bias against saturated fats) in the United States.|
|Hydrochloric Acid||Symptoms of hydrochloric acid deficiency are:
|Intestinal flora, healthy||The following feed the beneficial flora in the intestines. They are:
|Iodine Supplementation||The following substances act as antagonists to iodine:
Note #2: Foods that reduce iodine absorption are listed.
Note #3: Imbalanced urine pH can cause the body to lose iodine.
|Minerals/Elements||The author covers in detail minerals and elements. They include:
|Neurotransmitter balancing||Neurotransmitter deficiency can occur if the body lacks essential amino acids. If the person has low neurotransmitter levels, they can crave junk food.
Balancing the neurotransmitter levels has been found to help with:
|Oils||Organic coconut and raw organic olive oils are better for you. Oils processed with petroleum solvents or expeller pressed are problematic. Mono or saturated fats are needed by the body. Avoid rancid oils. Issues regarding fish oil processing are addressed. The type of fats and oils also affect cellular permeability (rich or lean burn).|
|Pasteurization||Pasteurization damages nutrients, especially vitamin C, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12. This explains why raw milk is better. There is also the effect of pasteurization on enzymes. Grass fed milk is superior.|
|pH levels||What is key is the pH levels in the blood, not the cells. The body depends upon normal pH levels in the blood to supply oxygen to the cells. For people with health
issues, their bodies are often not able to regulate pH levels in the blood. Metabolic balancing will help the blood to be in the optimal range which is 7.45 to 7.46.
If the pH blood range is off, then it is important to find out why. Some of the basic facts regarding pH levels are:
The body has six types of acid and alkaline pH imbalances:
|Protein digestion||The body needs to digest the protein and break it down to amino acids. This involves the stomach, pancreas, and liver to process protein. This includes the need for HCI, also known as hydrochloric acid (located in the stomach), and digestive enzymes to help with protein digestion. Raw unheated protein powders, amino acids, partially digested proteins like what is found in kefir, and herbal digestive stimulants can be used to facilitate protein digestion.|
|Stress||Stress is in three stages:
|Thyroid issues||The following nutrients are beneficial for thyroid health:
|Vegetarian diets||The China Study has omissions and serious flaws. Raw vegan foods contain protein but western cooking temperatures damages the amino acids or makes them unavailable for absorption. Cooking on a low fire as done in China does not have this damaging effect on the proteins. The rich burn and slow oxidizer imbalances common in China need to avoid saturated animal fat but need saturated fat from coconuts. Some other imbalances benefit from saturated animal fats.|
|Water and electrolyte balance||It can be excessive or deficient.
This table covers testing that can be done to determine metabolic profile.
|Testing for Metabolic Imbalances|
|One||Nutri-Spec Metabolic Marker Tests||This protocol tests for the following conditions:
|Two||Glucose Potassium Challenge Test||Wolcott uses this test to determine carbohydrate tolerance along with symptomology. It is expensive but more accurate.|
|Three||Hair analysis test||Hair analysis is the only low cost accurate way to assess trace mineral status. It is used along with other tests by Wolcott.|
This review highlights some of the key points that the author has made regarding metabolism. It is apparent that the author is extremely knowledgeable about metabolic imbalances, the nutrition needed to address these imbalances, and how the food needs to be prepared or not prepared. Nutrition definitely plays a role in promoting a balanced and healthy metabolism. A number of other sources are mentioned by the author. This book includes detailed appendixes covering a number of topics to supplement what the basic text covers, resources, references, and bibliography. (Added 01/28/2017)
In this section, the books talk in general terms about being healthy and preventing illness and disease. The China Study is a book that explored diet and health outcomes for a fairly large Chinese population, mostly in rural areas. One book is about vitamins and minerals, designed for self-teaching, written by Dr. Steve Blake. A newer book called The Natural Physician's Healing Therapies by Dr. Mark Stengler, ND covers various remedies and specific nutrients and their health benefits. (Updated 10/02/20014)
An Alternative Approach to Allergies: the new field of clinical ecology unravels the environmental causes of mental and physical ills (1982) by Theron G. Randolph, MD, and Ralph W. Moss. (Publisher: Bantam Books)
(Note: Theron Randolph, MD was a major pioneer in the area of environmental medicine.)
Apple Cider Vinegar: Miracle Health System (2008) by Paul C. Bragg and Patricia Bragg. (Publisher: Health Science)
Don’t drink your milk!: new frightening medical facts about the world’s most overrated nutrient (1996) by Frank A. Oski, MD. (Publisher: Teach Services, Inc.)
(Note: It is important to keep in mind that there are different types of milk, pasteurized milk and raw milk.)
Dr. Atkins' Vita-Nutrients Solution: Nature's Answer to Drugs (1998) by Robert C. Atkins, MD. (Publisher: Simon & Schuster)
This book is actually a comprehensive one volume encyclopedia covering nutrients found to promote health. Dr. Robert Atkins, MD writes about the benefits and suggested dosage and usage recommendations for each of the nutrients covered in this book. The nutrients covered go beyond vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids. Dr. Atkins also covers fat-based nutrition, digestive aids, superfoods, nutrients that do not belong to a specific category, cartilage-building nutrients, hormones and glandulars, and herbs. He also presents a listing of nutritients that can be utilized to treat a specific health condition. The book does not cover phytochemicals. At the time of publication, information was just beginning to be compiled about the nutritional and health benefits of phytochemicals.
The main point Dr. Atkins makes is that nutrition is much safer than the use of prescription drugs. Drugs are considered to be disablers and in some instances, are needed. However, in most cases, it is more effective to use nutrients. When there has been a nutritional deficiency, higher therapeutic dosages are needed, to bring up the levels in the tissues. After the tissue levels have reached their optimum level taking weeks and months, the dosage can be reduced to a maintenance level. It generally takes some time for the body to reach the optimum level.
Vitamins include vitamin A, carotenoids, B complex, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12, choline and lecithin, inositol, pantethine/pantothenic acid, PABA, biotin, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, vitamin D, vitamin E. tocotrienols, and vitamin K.
Minerals include calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, iod,ine, chromium, vanadium, selenium, molybdenum, boron, silicon, and germanium.
Amino acids covered include arginine, glutamine, lysine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, GABA, methionine, glutathion, N-Acetyl Cysteine, taurine, valine, histidine, tryptophan, carnitine, and acetyl l-carnitine. Fatty acids cover the omega-3s, DHA, flaxseed oil, gamma-linolenic acid.
Digestive aids cover fiber, beneficial bacteria, FOS, and charcoal. Superfoods cover barley and wheat grass, chlorella, spirulina and bee products. Nutrients that do not belong to a specific category include: coenzyme Q10, lipoic acid, phosphatidyl serine, DMSO, caciul AEP, creatine, octacosanol, gamma-oryzanol, DMG, trimethylglycine, and NADH. Additional chapters cover cartilage-building nutrients, hormones and glandulars, and herbs. Dr. Atkins advised that the use of hormones and glandular supplementation needs medical supervision.
People need the right amount of nutrients, not too little or not too much for optimum health. Free radicals and antioxidants are explained. The history of nutrition did not initially address optimum levels of nutrients, focusing more on deficiencies. Dr. Atkins presents some interesting information regarding nutrients. Cholesterol is really a harbinger of heart disease, not an indication of heart disease itself.
1. Vitamin B6 in therapeutic dosages benefits fifty percent of autistic children. Vitamin B6 can also help those with ADHD/ADD.
2. A better and recommended test for measuring vitamin B12 is a blood test for methylmalonic acid. B12 deficiency can affect depression and peripheral neuropathy.
3. Dr. Fred Klenner, MD used intraveneous vitamin C in the 1940s to treat polio and to treat drug withdrawal.
4. 800IU of vitamin D3 was found to reduce hip fractures by 43% in the elderly population.
5. Vitamin E can reduce heart disease by fifty percent.
6. Various nutrients can be utilized to help Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
7. In testing for zinc deficiency, a swish of liquid zinc sulfate_heptahydrate in the mouth can be given. If the person notices the bitter taste, he or she does not have a zinc deficiency. If the person doesn't taste anything, then they do have a zinc deficiency.
8. Taurine, an amino acid, instead of using diuretics, promotes fluid excretion, and restores a natural balance between potassium and sodium. Diuretic drugs can impair kidney function, drain body of trace minterals and nutrients, and cause other adverse effects on the body.
9. Tryptophan (an amino acid) for the open market has been banned by the FDA. It is a serotonim building block and available by prescription.
Dr. Atkins lists which nutritional supplements that would address specific health conditions. The book is written for the laymen, is easy to read, and includes a bibliography and index. (Added 05/22/2012)
Eat for Health: the body makeover (2010) by Joel Fuhrman, MD. (Publisher: Nutritional Excellence)
(Note: This book is printed in one volume as Book 1 and Book 2)
Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, rev. 2nd ed. (1998) by Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno. (Publisher: Prima Publishing)
Library of food and vitamin cures (2010) by Jonathan V. Wright, MD (Publisher: Nutrition and Healing)
In spite of its title, this book has only 116 pages with a number of suggestions for a variety of health issues by using specific foods and nutrients. It covers a listing of symptoms, your skin, hair, fingernails, and other parts of the body that each of us can examine. For example, dry skin may be a sign of an essential fatty acid deficiency.
Some other points raised in this book include:
Arthritis-As for arthritis, which can be painful, one of the suggestions (among other suggestions) is niacinamide, 1000 milligrams three times a day.
Bruising-Easy bruising can mean a vitamin K deficiency.
Cancer-Information is provided on cancer treatment.
Cataracts-If you are developing cataracts, it would be helpful to eliminate all sugar from your diet.
Cholesterol-Suggestions are provided in ways to lower cholesterol, without the use of drugs. An interesting finding from Japan is that small quantities of lead in experimental animals can elevate the body's level of cholesterol.
Colds, Flu, and Bronchitis-Suggestions on how to handle colds, flu, and bronchitis are provided.
Eczema-Eczema can be caused by food allergies, along with zinc and essential fatty acids deficiencies.
Heart health-As for heart health (heart attack and stroke), C-reactive protein is a factor to check for, more important than homocysteine and cholesterol.
Male/Female Health-Male and female health issues are addressed.
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright, MD also provides suggestions for chronic fatigue, hearing loss, depression, asthma attacks, colitis problems, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, and how to handle bladder and urinary tract infections. This is a fun and interesting book to read.) (Added 01/1/2012)
Mental and Elemental Nutrients: A physician’s guide to nutrition and health care (1975) by Carl C. Pfeiffer, MD. (Publisher: Keats Publishing)
(Note: This book is considered to be a classic.)
Natural Medicine, Optimal Wellness: The patient’s guide to health and healing (no date) by Jonathan V. Wright, MD and Alan R. Gaby, MD. (Publisher: SquareOne)
The first few chapters covers how natural medicine works, most of which is based on nutrition. The authors explain the reasons and benefits of nutritional supplementation.
The second chapter explains the role of the digestive process (which includes hydrochloric acid and pepsin) and how it promotes health. The lack of hydrochloric acid and pepsin (and poor stomach function) affects a number of health problems. (Note: The authors recommend that supplementation with hydrochloric acid and pepsin be provided under medical supervision. Poor stomach function seems to occur more often as people become older.)
The third chapter discusses the role of food allergies and its impact on health. One of them is ADD/ADHD.
The authors explain the difference between an allergy reaction and a food intolerance. An allergy reaction is a response activated by the immune system. A food intolerance is food improperly absorbed in the digestive process and/or generates a drug-like reaction. Allergy testing will not be able to pick up food intolerance reactions. This is one reason why a food elimination diet is a good approach, as it can illustrate both types of reactions to foods.
The fourth chapter discusses the role of hormones in male and female health.
The authors cover specific health conditions. First, Dr. Wright discusses a case history, and Dr. Gaby follows with additional commentary and information.
The first condition happens to be on alcoholism. Both doctors point out that there is a biochemical and nutritional factor in alcoholism. With nutritional supplementation and dietary changes, the cravings for alcohol can be reduced significantly. Sugar is not good for these people.
Another condition covered is asthma. Food allergies need to be checked out. The digestive function and levels of hydrochloric acid need to be checked as well. For those who have asthma, an elimination diet needs to be under medical supervision as these people (children and adults) can have a severe reaction requiring medical attention. For patients having an asthma attack, a nutritional cocktail can be injected to relieve symptoms (and prevent the patient from having to go to the emergency room).
For angina, the authors talk about the use of chelation therapy (less expensive than coronary by-pass surgery) and the use of hormone therapy, in addition to dietary changes and nutritional supplementation.
For people with diabetes, the authors talked about two types of diets.
Infertility can be addressed by nutrition when other causes have been ruled out.
For irritable bowel syndrome, common foods problems are diary, wheat, caffeine, onions, and chocolate. Drinking enough water (hydration) and fiber is important.
Those with lupus are found to be sensitive to gluten and gliadin.
Migraine headaches can be alleviated by magnesium and vitamin B6. Food allergy also plays a role in migraines.
For multiple sclerosis, Dr. Gaby refers to the Swank diet.
For recurrent infections, these patients experience repeated infections, the authors talk about the need to eliminate sugar. The authors explain the adverse effects of sugar on the immune system.
Toxemia in pregnancy can definitely be prevented by diet and nutrition. Also, to reduce the incidence of low-weight babies, this can be accomplished through proper nutrition. Drs. Wright and Gaby refer to the work of Dr. Tom Brewer, MD.
With ulcerative colitis, about half of the patients were able to recover by avoiding foods that they were allergic to.
Other health issues covered include: anxiety, atherosclerosis (prevention and treatment), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, cholesterol, chronic fatigue syndrome, ear infections, eczema, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, gallstones, gout, hepatitis, hypertension, macular degeneration, memory loss and depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and shingles.
(Note #1: There are conflicting view points on the health benefits of soy based foods and the removal of mercury fillings from teeth.
Note #2: Dr. Wright's medical care for his patients address causes and prevention, focus on nutrition, minimal use of prescription drugs, and no surgery. His patients were willing to change their diets and most of them regained their health and remained healthy. This type of care provided by Dr. Wright contrasts with the health insurance companies limit of seven minutes for a doctor and patient visit. This piecemeal approach to medical care does not seem fair to the physician who wants to help his patients get better and to the patient that is experiencing discomfort and pain. Does the seven minutes visit include the time a physician needs to examine the patient's records and to communicate health information to the patient? Paradoxically, the seven minute doctor visit may be a major factor in the United States’ escalating medical costs. This book also highlights the need for patient health care education, including nutrition.
Note #3: The current medical system in the United States does not seem to acknowledge of the role of digestion, food allergies, proper hydration and fiber intake, measuring nutritional status, and detoxification.)
This book is a great resource with a lot of information and explanation on diet, nutritional supplementation, and tests. It is written for the laymen. The appendix includes instructions for a food elimination diet. References are provided. (Added 02/22/2012)
The Natural Physician's Healing Therapies: proven remedies medical doctors don't know, updated (2010) by Mark Stengler, ND. (Publisher: Prentice Hall Press)
This book written by Dr. Mark Stengler, ND lists at least four types of remedies and treatments that can be used to address specific medical issues and conditions. It discusses in detail the specific benefits of various remedies, including specific nutrients. It is a handy guide for those who seek alternatives to prescription medications. Below are the various types of remedies:
All of these remedies are listed in alphabetical order. The dosage and frequency are listed; and, how these remedies can be used for specific health issues. br> br> Some of the highlights include:br>
This resource covers issues beyond nutritional issues. It expands into the use of herbs, medicinal mushrooms, and homeopathy. In conclusion, the 500 page book offers alternatives to prescription medications. The book includes an quick cure finder, an index, written with a minimum of medical terminology. The bibliography is listed on the website/internet. It is quite interesting to read. (Added 10/02/2014)
Biographical Information about Author
Dr. Mark Stengler has been in private practice for over 17 years and worked with thousands of patients. They have been helped by his commitment to providing excellence in natural healthcare. Dr. Stengler is aware of and experienced in traditional as well as cutting-edge healing therapies to help patients meet their health goals. He has been trained in both conventional medicine and natural medicine. Dr. Stengler constantly researches the latest breakthroughs in natural healing. Optimal healthcare involves addressing the body, mind, and spirit. By listening carefully to his patients and utilizing modern diagnostic testing techniques, Dr. Stengler is able to pinpoint and treat the root cause(s) of a person’s health problems. He is the author of sixteen books and publishes a newsletter called Bottom Line: Natural Healing. He is located in California. (Added 10/02/2014)
Website for Dr. Mark Stengler, ND
For more information about Dr. Mark Stengler, his website address is: http://www.markstengler.com/. (Added 10/02/2014)
Nutrition and physical degeneration, 6th ed. (2000) by Weston A. Price, DDS (Publisher: Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation)
(Note: This book is considered to be a classic as it defines the relationship between diet, dental, and human health. This book covers ten traditional societies that experienced optimum dental and human health thru their traditional diets. It was written by a dentist, Weston A. Price, DDS that was concerned about the relationship with poor dental health with human health problems in his patients. He traveled and explored societies that never had been exposed to the Western diet/foods. He saw that they had great dental and human health, produced healthy children, and ate traditional foods native to their environment.) (Added 12/14/2011)
Nutrition against disease: environmental protection (1971) by Roger J. Williams. (Publisher: Bantam Books)
(Note: This book is also considered to be a classic.)
Prescription for Natural Cures: a self-care guide for treating health problems with natural remedies including diet, nutrition, supplements, and other holistic methods (2004, 2011) by James F. Balch, MD, Mark Stengler, NMD, and Robin Young Balch, ND (Publisher: John Wiley)
(Note: This book covers a number of health conditions, geared to educating the patient. It provides information on specific tests needed for specific health conditions, in addition to diet suggestions, nutritional and other supplements, and treatment options. The book covers the essentials of what is considered "natural medicine" which includes nutritional supplements. There is a glossary, information about homeopathy, herbal medicine, and specific herbs. It has a chart showing foods’ fiber levels. (Added 8/29/2011)
Prescription for Nutritional Health, 4th edition (2006) by Phyllis A. Balch. (Publisher: Avery)
(Note: This is an excellent resource and covers many different types of health issues.)
The China Study: the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted and the startlingp implications for diet, weight loss, and long-term health (2006) by T. Colin Campbell with Thomas M. Campbell II, MD (Publisher: Benvella Books)
If you ever felt like Alice in Wonderland when it came to knowing what is accurate nutrition information, this book explains why we have conflicting information regarding human nutrition and why the public is confused about what is good nutrition. There are different schools of thought regarding diet and nutrition. For years, the American public has been informed that there is no direct relationship between health and disease. This book refutes that claim. Most emphatically yes, there is a direct correlation between what we eat and our health.
This book is based on a study that was done in China, covering the population that live in a number of generally rural areas in China and their health outcomes. This study explored the relationship between diet and health.
This book also provides information as to what is the ideal nutrition for optimum human health. The authors emphasize the importance of a plant-based whole food diet as the key to optimum human health, not an animal-based diet, especially when it is 20% or higher of the total food consumption. It is the high intake of animal protein that seems to promotes heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. The authors do present a chart of what is a healthy diet. The plant-based whole foods diet can prevent, and in some cases reverse, the following health conditions of heart disease, cancer, diabetes. It can also help with other health conditions.
There are a number of nutrition facts that can be confusing. Below is a list:
1. One of the facts that can be confusing to people as to exactly which carbohydrates are healthy (simple (sugar, white flour, white rice) versus complex (whole plant foods)). The simple carbohydrates is quite low as far as the level of nutrients are concerned. It is the complex (legumes, whole grains, root vegetables, and etc.) carbohydrates that are healthy.
2. Another fact that can be confusing is that animal based foods are not the only source of protein. Plant foods also contain protein.
3. A third fact is that despite the considerable research done on genetics, the role of genetics actually plays a minor role in people developing disease.
4. A fourth fact is that plant fiber is best for human health.
5. A fifth fact is that the high intake of dairy products results in more prostate cancer.
6. A sixth fact concerns a growth hormone, known as insulin-like growth factor 1 (called IGF-1). It can be used as a predictor of cancer.
7. A seventh fact is that cow's milk and casein (a protein in cow's milk) actually adversely affects human health. Studies show that it plays a role in the development of Type 1 diabetes in young children.
8. An eighth fact made in this book is that a plant-based whole food diet can prevent the onset of vascular dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
9. A ninth fact talks about the incomplete representation of information on fat and cholesterol. The emphasis on the dangers of high fat and high cholesterol in human health was actually part of a larger picture of a diet heavily based on animal protein. The authors call it scientific reductionism.
This book is like a report card on the status of the American people's health. In spite of spending more money on healthcare than any other country, this showcases how well the American medical care system is performing its role (not too good) and is not promoting health for all Americans. The authors explain the politics that has affected the American healthcare system and the processed food industry. This includes the relationship of the pharmaceutical industry and food industry with the American medical healthcare system.
Instead of focusing on specific nutrients, this book recommends a plant-based whole foods diet, a diet that can prevent and even reverse a variety of health conditions, especially when it comes to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. This book includes references. (Added 1/16/2012)
The Self Health Revolution (2012) by J. Michael Zenn (Publisher: Litho Books)
The author starts with his personal story and odyssey to achieve optimum health after examing the health issues his father faced. This book discusses what it takes to achieve optimum health, primarily through diet. It includes information on the importance of drinking water and what type of water to use. (Note: There is probably more information about water.)
The book covers the importance of breathing, getting oxygen into your lungs and cells as well as obtaining a good night's rest. What I like about this book, it discusses health from a wholistic point of view. It also explains the political issues behind the United States health care system.It explains why we see so many prescription drug ads on commercial television in the United States. Finally, there is the emotional and psychological component to achieving optimum health, as well. It includes a few recipes, resources, and references (including website resources).) (Added 02/07/2012)
Ultra-Prevention: the 6-week plan that will make you healthy for life. (2003) by Mark Hyman, MD, and Mark Liponis, MD. (Publisher: Atria Books)
Vitamins and Minerals Demystified: a self-teaching guide (2008) by Dr. Steve Blake (Publisher: McGraw Hill)
The author, Dr. Steve Blake with a background in naturopathic medicine and holistic health, covers vitamins, minerals, and miscellaneous nutrients not classified as essential. It explains the roles these nutrients play and which supplements are best absorbed by the body. Nutrients are needed in the right range, not too little or too much. It specifies which foods are high for that particular nutrient. Spinach comes out as a winner, high in a number of nutrients. Free radicals and fluid types found in the body are explained.
The vitamins can be fat soluble or water based. Vitamin D is unique and considered to be a hormone.
The major minerals are:
The electrolyte minerals are:
The trace minerals are:
The minor trace minerals are:
The following nutrients are not classified as essential; however, they are known to enhance health and promote disease resistance:
Each of chapters is followed by a multiple choice quiz, to check your understanding of the text. The answers are posted in the appendix. It is a nice resource using non-technical language to educate us about the various nutrients our bodies need for optimum health.) (Added 07/27/2012)
Another excellent resource is the Weston A. Price Foundation. They focus on what is healthy nutrition and follow the principles outlined in Nourishing Traditions. They will be having a conference in Dallas, Texas from November 11 thru November 14, 2011. Their website is: http://www.westonaprice.org.
We have included two online databases on nutritional medicine, available through the internet. Access to these databases are available with a subscription fee. They include a number of articles relating to nutritional medicine. Both are great resources. (Added 04/22/2012)
The first database is by Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD. His database is called the Blaylock Wellness Report. The url address is:
drblaylock.newsmax.com. You need a password to access this database, and the password changes on a monthly basis. This database started with the May 2004 issue.
New reports are issued on a monthly basis. Some of the topics covered include information on: depression; losing weight; using nutrition to beat cancer; specific cancers like breast, prostate, and colon; headaches; vaccinations; reducing risk of a stroke; heart disease; vitamin D; detoxification; probiotics; vision; cardiovascular disease; autism; healthy aging; cholesterol; and, other topics. It covers many of the topics addressed in this nutritional medicine website. It is now up to report number 94 as of April 2012.
The second database is by Dr. David Brownstein, MD. This database is called Dr. Brownstein's Natural Way to Health: achieving and maintaining your optimal health.
This database was started May 2008 and reports are issued monthly. Some of the topics covered include: irritable bowel issues; environmental toxins; depression;
prostate health; mercury issues; arthritis; dangers of soft drinks; nutrients to speed recovery after surgery; asthma; problems of stomach acid drugs; iodine; salt;
and etc. It covers issues related to nutritional medicine and topics listed on this website. Its purpose is to educate patients about health care issues, and used in
conjunction with seeking medical services.
As of April 2012, it is now up to 48 issues. The url address is: drbrownstein.newsmax.com. A password is needed to access this database, a password that changes on a monthly basis.
This DVD called "FoodMatters: Let thy Food by thy Medicine" is authored by James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch. It covers major issues facing American medicine and what can be done to improve our health. Issues like cancer, obesity, heart disease, depression, mental illness, and other chronic conditions are addressed. The speakers come from both the United States and United Kingdom. It is closed captioned and runs for 80 minutes. Permacology Productions Pty Ltd produced this dvd. (Added 04/22/2012)
An interesting molecule that plays a major role in the health of our blood vessels is nitric oxide. It is known as a signaling molecule. We have a resource the explains the valuable role nitric oxide plays in the health and function of our arteries. As the role of nitric oxide becomes better known, it may become considered a new vitamin and a substance that is essential for a number of health conditions. (Added 02/25/2018)
The Nitric Oxide (NO) Solution: how to boost the body's miracle molecule to prevent and reverse chronic disease (2010) by Nathan S. Bryan, Phd. and Janet Zand, OMD with Bill Gottlieb, CHC. (Publisher: Neogenis)
What is nitric oxide? It is a signaling molecule that enables blood vessels to expand and contract as the need arises. This molecule consists of one atom of nitrogen and one atom of oxygen, and labeled as NO. This expansion and contraction of our arteries is known as vasodilation. This is function is essential for functioning blood vessels. When the blood vessels lose their ability to be elastic, a number of health problems occur. Our blood vessels are lined with endothelium which is one cell thick. Nitric oxide helps the blood vessels to expand and contract. As we age, our bodies produce less nitric oxide. However, the authors suggest an number of ways to increase nitric oxide levels mainly through diet, specifically vegetables. The levels of nitric oxide levels need to be in the right range, not too low or too high.
What are the benefits of nitric oxide? Below is a list:
What happens when the body is too low in nitric oxide?
A number of health conditions are affected by low nitric oxide levels. They are:
There are four ways the body can develop nitric oxide in addition to recieving it via diet. They are:
What can reduce nitric oxide levels? Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) can reduce nitric oxide levels. Excess weight lowers nitric oxide levels.
A number of foods can boost nitric oxide levels. They include kale, swiss chard, arugula and spinach. In fact, the authors include a chart showing levels of nitric oxide. Polyphenols can also boost nitric oxide levels. Other methods like exercise, deep breathing, also helps NO levels.
This resource explains why nitric oxide is beneficial to our health. How to measure nitric oxide levels: nitric oxide diagnostic test strips on saliva.It even includes recipes and a number of suggestions for increasing low levels of nitric oxide. This is something that needs to be assessed for anyone experiencing signifant health problems. This book includes an index. (Added 02/25/2018)
Another major component to nutritional medicine and our health include the role of minerals, especially calcium. We tend to think overwhelmingly about calcium as being a major mineral especially its role for bone health. However, we need a number of other minerals for optimum bone health, including magnesium and vitamin K2. We have a resource that covers the role of calcium and the need for other minerals for optimum bone health. Dr. Robert Thompson, MD and Kathleen Barnes have written a book called "The Calcium Lie II: What your doctor still doesn't know". For people not familiar with minerals, there are four categories of minerals. They are:
The Calcium Lie II: What your doctor still doesn't know (2013) by Robert Thompson, MD and Kathleen Barnes. (Publisher: Take Charge Books)
Dr. Robert Thompson, MD covers the misconceptions and the lack of information we all have on calcium. There are many misconceptions. The book revolves around the theory
called the Calcium Theory. It is a rather complex on how excess calcium causes havoc on the body, and it goes down through seven levels. It affects all every system
and every cell in our bodies. However, as this book also covers a number of other issues such as amino acids and vitamins. It also covers in detail other nutrients
such as vitamins and essential fatty acids that are needed in our diets and for optimum health, especially bone health.
Dr. Robert Thompson, MD received the traditional medical education. However, he was able to expand his knowledge of medicine, incorporating nutrition, homeopathy, and herbs into his practice and improving the health outcomes for his patients. It turns out that Dr. Thompson is ob/gyn physician in Alaska. His patients would ask him questions about various supplements, so that they would have a healthy, problem free pregnancy and a healthy baby. And he would research for answers to his patients' questions.
The first issue that he addresses is the role of minerals in health. The author covers about incorrect information, and calls them lies. The mineral that receives the most attention is calcium. It turns out that excess calcium creates a number of health problems. Dr. Thompson presents the Calcium Cascade Theory. It starts with the body having excess calcium and this leads to a number of problems. Below is the Calcium Cascade Theory:
|Stage Level||What occurs|
|Stage One||The body has excess or relative calcium.|
|Stage Two||Calcium seeks and needs more magnesium, to keep the calcium and magnesium in balance.|
|Stage Three||Magnesium deficiency occurs in proportion to the levels of calcium that exist. This results in increased
muscle tension and nerve endings firing erratically, and other "electrical" malfunctions.
In the body's need for more magnesium, the body suppresses the adrenal function. This helps the body to retain the magnesium it needs. Adrenal suppression causes a continuous loss of sodium and potassium in the urine as well as a compromised immune system resulting from adrenal suppression.
|Stage Four||With the continued depletion of sodium and potassium that are stored within the cells, this leads to a loss
of sodium and chloride that is needed to produce the stomach acid needed for the proper digestion of protein into
This increases the incident of heartburn and other digestive disorders. The use of prescription drugs to address these digestive issues further harms and impedes the digestive process.
The body gradually loses its ability to digest protein and absorb the essential amino acids that are the building blocks of various compounds like protein and neurotransmitters in the body.
|Stage Five||Sodium depletion leads to the failure of the membrane electrical potential and ion exchanges for cellular function, the mechanism
by which or bodies get essential amino acids and glucose into all of our cells, except fat cells. The fat cells are able to
keep absorbing glucose without sodium while the rest of the body's cells are starving.
Intracellular potassium levels decline dramatically and this leads to increasing degrees of thyroid hormone resistance (type 2 hypothyroidism), with all the symptoms of hypothyroidism and slowed metabolism with what are thought to be normal blood tests. Correct diagnosis requires blood tests, HTMA, basal body temperatures, and total and reverse T3 ratio.
|Stage Six||All cells (except fat cells) become starved for glucose and amino acids. This increases cravings for glucose and increased
food intake. The loss of minerals also lead to mroe food cravings.
This results in intracellular deficiencies of sodium, potassium, and essential amino acids. More cravings for food occur.
|Stage Seven||The end result is multiple metabolic malfunctions, including obesity, heart disease, type 2 hypothyroidism, type 2 diabetes, anxiety, migraines, depression, dementia, hypertension, and the list goes on and on.|
It turns out that our bodies are 72% water and 28% are minerals. Also, when we stopped preserving foods in the traditional ways, before refrigeration, health problems
starting showing up along with the depletion of minerals in our soils. To assess our current health status, Dr. Thompson recommends the HTMA test, a type of hair analysis
test that assesses your mineral levels. One of the most interesting points, Dr. Thompson makes is about vitamin C. Below is a table highlighting some of the key points
Dr. Thompson makes.
|Concept and/or Conditions||Information|
|Amino acids||Excess calcium interferes with how amino acids function in the body.|
|Bioidentical hormones||Dr. Thompson uses Trans Mucosal bioidentical hormones replacement therapy (TMHRT). Unfortunately, for the pharmaceutical companies, bioidentical hormones are not patentable. The FDA, Medicare, and health insurance companies need to support the use of bioidentical hormones. Synthetic hormones are not recommended as they result in a number of side effects.|
|Bones||Our bones are actually made from the following minerals (along with 64 other minerals). The list includes:
|Bromine||Bromine interferes with the iodine function. It is sprayed on fruit, added to canned foods, bottled foods, carbonated drinks, energy drinks,
and bakery products. It is used in swimming pools, too. It causes a number of problems. It is a factor in the following conditions:
|Calcium||Excess calcium leads to nutrient digestion and absorption issues, and multiple diseases. Women who took extra calcium had higher rates of heart attacks.
Calcium hardens concrete. Excess calcium can be a factor in:
|Collagen and Cartilage||Loss of collagen or soft tissues like cartilage is caused from amino acid deficiencies, vitamin C deficiencies, impaired metabolism, and tissue injury. Need real vitamin C, whole vitamin C, not ascorbic acid. Need the right ratio between copper and zinc for these soft tissues.|
|Diabetes||Testing for diabetes needs to include both sugar and insulin levels in the body. Type II diabetes is completely reversible with early detection.|
|Hydrochloric acid||Hydrochloric acid needs adequate levels of sodium chloride; otherwise, the stomach will not produce enough hydrochloric acid for proper digestion. Low stomach acid also allows excess calcium to roam around the body. Low stomach acid causes incomplete digestion, especially for proteins. Proteins need to be broken down into amino acids, minerals don't get properly absorbed.|
|Hypothyroidism||The authors list five types of hypothyroidism. They have excess intracellular calcium. They are:
|Obesity||Underlying metabolism disorders need to be addressed and corrected. This can be due to:
|Osteoporosis||This condition is really a loss of minerals. It is preventable with the right levels of nutrients.|
|Pregnancy||In pregnancy, the mother's need for minerals are higher. As it is in everyone's and society's interest to have healthy babies, an absolute minimum of birth
defects, and problem free deliveries for the mothers, Dr. Thompson makes recommendations. It is better to space apart pregnancies
(three years is best), to give the mother's body time to rebuild her nutritional stores. Thyroid issues also play a role in having healthy babies, too.
Miscarriages are related to mineral deficiencies. With proper minerals levels in the mother's body (based on animal research data), the following can be done:
|Salt intake||When we think of salt, we think of table salt. The authors talk about sea salt, which contains a range of minerals. When salt intake is inadequate, it
causes the following problems:
|Scurvy||Scurvy is due to vitamin C deficiency. It also plays a role in soft tissues, like cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. Symptoms of scurvy include:
|Vitamin C deficiency||In addition to the information presented under scurvy, whole vitamin C is needed for:
The authors recommend two beneficial tests to measure mineral health. They are:
|Listing of Amino Acid Deficiencies|
The following amino acids and their roles/functions are covered:
The treatment protocol recommended by the authors include:
This book makes excess calcium as the bad guy when it comes to our health. The authors also explain issues behind prescription drugs and their shortcomings. One type of drug, the statin drug, actually accelerates mental decline, frailty, and early death for the elderly. Some of the diabetic medications actually cause weight gain. Some of the depression drugs cause more harm than good. This book also makes references to the electrical activity that occurs between sodium and potassium (S/PMEP process). It includes resources, references, and an index. (Added 09/02/2015)
Glutamine is an amino acid that used with therapeutic levels can promote healing. This was listed under miscellaneous, and has been moved to its own category of Nutrient - Glutamine (amino acid). The resource listed below discusses in detail the importance and benefit of glutamine.
The Ultimate Nutrient Glutamine: the essential nonessential amino acid (1994) by Judy Shabert and Nancy Ehrlich. (Publisher: Penguin Group)
Glutamine is an amino acid (a protein). It is listed as the essential non-essential amino acid. Generally, most of the glutamine resides in the muscle tissue and in the intestines.
There are five categories of immunoglobin cells, IgA, IgD, IgE, IgG, and IgM. Each plays a role in the body's immune system. Dr. Harry Eagle discovered that cells could not grow in a glass cell dish without glutamine. Dr. Eric Newsholme and Dr. John Alverdy performed additional research. The intestines are part of the body's immune system. Our skin also plays a role in protecting our bodies, too.
Higher amounts of glutamine is needed especially when the intestines are under stress. When a person becomes quite sick, the body will remove glutamine from the muscle tissue to the intestines, causing a wasting effect on the body. Higher amounts of glutamine is needed especially when the intestines are under stress. It seems that the intestines need more glutamine when there is illness. It is noted that a blood test is not an accurate indicator of the body's levels of glutamine.
Glutamine can be used in a number of health conditions. It can be used to help with wound healing, infections, and support the gastro-intestinal tract. Glutamine can be used to supplement chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is known to harm cells in the intestinal lining. It can help those with HIV/AIDS, stomach and intestinal ulcers, burns, protect the liver, bone marrow transplants, and tumors. It can help mentally impaired children, depression, curb addiction to alcohol, alleviate pain, and help the elderly.
The authors suggest the use of glutamine supplementation for very ill people, especially those who are hospitalized. Glutamine can be added to intravenous fluids and hospital food. (Some hospitals are doing this.) It can speed up the healing and reduce the length of hospitalization. This is a nutrient that can be used for medicinal, healing, and therapeutic purposes.) (Book review added 04/04/2012)
A number of authors referred to magnesium as being an important mineral in a number of health conditions, especially for our cardiovascular and heart health. Unfortunately, it looks like magnesium deficiency is pretty common in the American population. With today's agricultural practices and food processing practices and along with an increased exposure to toxins, our needs for magnesium are increasing. Also, as we become older, we are less able to absorb magnesium from our diets.
James B. Pierce, Ph.D. has written a book focusing on magnesium's impact on cardiovascular health. With the second resource, Carolyn Dean, MD, ND has written a detailed resource on magnesium, in a language written for laymen. (Added 04/23/2012, updated 09/24/2012)
Heart Healthy Magnesium: your nutritional key to cardiovascular wellness (1994) by James B. Pierce, Ph.D. (Publisher: Avery Publishing Group)
The author, James B. Pierce, Ph.D. started with a persona journey to deal with his health issues. With a background in chemistry and thirty years of teaching college chemistry, he started researching the literature and discovered the important role of magnesium. He learned how essential it was to have the proper levels of nutrients in his body, especially magnesium. In doing so, he regained his health. This book was written for patient education.
Basic facts about magnesium are covered. Magnesium is needed in over 300 enzymes. High blood pressure can be due to a magnesium deficiency. Diuretics medication can cause an elimination of magnesium and potassium through the kidneys. Magnesium plays a role in the maintaining the body's level of potassium.
There are a number of reasons why we can be low in magnesium. To begin with, our dietary intake can be low; the water we drink can be low in magnesium. Stress can reduce our levels of magnesium, so can endocrine disorders. High consumption of alcohol, antibiotics, and chemotherapeutic agents can reduce magnesium levels. Two conditions in pregnancy, pre-eclampsia and eclampsia can be the result of inadequate magnesium. Severe burns increase the body's need for magnesium.
According to Dr. Leo Galland, MD, a common sign of magnesium deficiency is super excitability and muscle cramps. It can also occur with chronic fatigue syndrome. One test to measure the levels of magnesium is the magnesium loading test. Blood or serum tests are not always accurate indicators of the body's actual levels of magnesium. Dr. Pierce explains about electrolytes. If the body is low in magnesium, calcium can move in to replace the missing magnesium. Dr. Bernard Horn, MD, used magnesium sulfate via IV solution for patients who had undergone heart surgery. It helped with the rate of the blood flow.
Arrhythmia, irregular heartbeat, can be the result of inadequate levels of potassium and magnesium. The side effects of standard calcium channel blockers and beta blockers are covered. People who died from heart attacks; it was found that their magnesium levels in their tissues were 42% to 50% below normal. There is a whole chapter covering the pros and cons of taking aspirin and its effectiveness.
Dr. Pierce also discusses nutritional supplementation for magnesium, and how to take it and how much. Other nutrients, especially vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E are needed for optimum cardiovascular health. It is quite an informative and readable book and it includes references.
Magnesium Miracle (2007) by Carolyn Dean, MD and ND. (Publisher: Ballantine Books)
Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD and ND received both the standard medical education and
naturapathic medical education. She has written a detailed resource on the nutritional roles of magnesium. Changes in agricultural practices and food processing practices has reduced the levels of magnesium in our water and food. With our increased exposure to toxins from the air, water, environment, and food, our needs for magnesium have increased. This includes fluoride which binds with magnesium, making magnesium less available to tissues in the body. Researchers in magnesium research are Dr. Bella and Barton Altura in the United States. Research on magnesium has been done in other countries.
Below is a table showing all the various health conditions affected by inadequate levels of magnesium.
|Anxiety and Panic Attacks||Asthma||Blood Clots|
|Musculoskeletal Conditions||Nerve Problems||Obstetrical and Gynecological Problems|
|Osteoporosis||Raynaud's Syndrome||Tooth Decay|
Role of magnesium:
Magnesium is involved in over 325 enzymes processes in the body. Magnesium also plays a role in our body's electrical system. It is essential to cell production and cell growth. We tend to think that calcium is important for our health. However, calcium has a partner called magnesium, and they both need to be in the body in the correct ratio. It is two parts calcium to one part magnesium. This means not too much calcium vs magnesium and vice versa, working together simultaneously. Magnesium is absorbed in the intestines. Junk food generally lacks magnesium, sugar will use up magnesium, prescription drugs can reduce the availability of magnesium to the body.
The author explains in detail the various testing methods for magnesium. Only one percent of the body's magnesium is in the blood stream; the rest of it is in the body's tissues. Below are the different types of tests for magnesium:
Magnesium's role in various health disorders/health conditions:
This book also covers supplementation. Magnesium comes in combined with other substances. The best forms are: magnesium taurate, magnesium glycinate, magnesium citrate, magnesium malate, magnesium orotate, and magnesium oil. Check for elemental magnesium on the label.
Foods high in magnesium:
Kelp, wheat bran, wheat germ, almonds, and cashews
It includes resources, a bibliography, and an index. (Added 09/24/2012)
Niacin: the real story (2012) by Abram Hoffer, MD, Ph.D, Andrew Saul, Ph.D, and Harold D. Faster, Ph.D. (Publisher: Basic Health Publications). (Added 10/28/2016)
While the whole family of B vitamins are needed for our health, another major B vitamin is vitamin B3 also known as niacin. Three authors have collaborated on a book that describes in detail the myriad benefits of this vitamin B3 or niacin. Dr. Abram Hoffer and Dr. Harold D. Faster, Ph.D are major players in understanding the role nutrition has in health, especially when it comes to psychiatric disorders. They did not live to see this book completed. Dr. Andrew Saul, Ph.D completed this book.
What is niacin? It is involved in 500 reactions in the body. It is vitamin B3 that comes in a form that produces a flush reaction whereas the second form doesn't produce a flush reaction. The first form of niacin is found to be able to reduce harmful levels of cholesterol whereas the second form doesn't. Niacin has been found to be extremely beneficial regarding mental health disorders. A third form of niacin has been found.
Niacin is a precusor for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotice, also referred to as NAD, and NAD is involved in 450 processes in the body, including anabolic and catabolic reactions.
The authors compared pellagra and schizophrenia. They were found to be quite similiar. It is matter of degree, those with schizophrenia need much higher dosages of niacin than those with pellagra over a longer period of time. Pellagra was found to be vitamin B3 or niaicin deficiency especially with the introduction of white flour and white rice into people's diets. The dosages are quite different for these two types of conditions:
The authors talk about deficiencies and dependency. When someone has had a nutritional deficiency for a long period of time, it can become a dependency. When this nutrition becomes dependent, one needs to have lifelong nutritional supplementation so that the proper levels are in the body. Otherwise, the person will not have enough of this nutrient. A deficiency of a single nutrient can play a role in a number of health conditions. Note: When soldiers had experienced severe nutritional deficiencies in war time, extra niacin helped with the symptoms. Pandeficiency disease was defined as deficiency of several vitamins.
Niacin supplementation needs to be done gradually, especially the flush type of niacin. The authors explain how to do it. The dosages need to be divided into smaller amounts taken throughout the day. It involves quantity, dosage frequency, and duration.
|Benefits of Niacin in various health conditions|
|Health Condition||Benefits of Niacin|
|ADHD||ADHD is really a conditition with nutritional deficiencies. Niacin can help with the hyperactivity.|
|AIDS or HIV||Nutritional therapies and supplementation has been found to reduce symptoms and the mortality rate. The following nutrients found helpful for AIDS:
|Alcoholism||Nutritional supplementation was found to reduce cravings. The orthomolecular program for alcoholism is:
|Arthritis||One example was offered, 2,000 mg of niacin, divided into smaller amounts taken throughout the day. The greater the stiffness, the more frequent the dosages.|
|Multiple Sclerosis (MS)||Niacinamide found to prevent the degernation of dymyelinated axons and improve bahavioral deficits. It increases NAD levels. When treatment
starts early, nutritional supplementation is more successful. Dr. Frederick Robert Klenner, MD used the following:
|Cholesterol||Niacin (the flush type) is able to reduce unhealthy cholesterol levels as well as triglycerides.|
|Down's Syndrome||Dr. Henry Turkel, MD found that nutritional supplements for those with down's syndrome, this alleviated a number of symptoms.|
|Obesity||Many traditional nutritionists say that it is too many calories and too few calories expended. What the authors recommend is eating the stone age diet and ample amount of B vitamins. Hunger for nutrients plays a role in weight gain. Some psychiatric drugs result in weight gain.|
|Psychiatric Disorders||Niacin supplementation has been found to help with:
|TB||Tuberculosis can be a sign of niacin deficiency.|
|Note: We listed some of the major health conditions. It can help with addiction, allergies, Alzheimer's, cancer, cataracts, dental issues, fatigue (common in all nutritional diseases), fetal alcohol syndrome, inflammation, migraine headaches, nephritis, Parkinson's, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and skin issues.|
The question that these authors raise, a question that is worth repeating is: "What works best needs to be asked". They also point out that too much of the medical research is motivated by a profit motive. This explains why not much attention has been given to niacin. Furthermore, according to orthomolecular medicine, a small percentage of the population are found to have high needs for specific nutrients, the rationale for megavitamin therapy. This makes the argument that all of us are not the same when it comes to our biochemistry. It is what you eat and absorb. The nutrition standards unfortunately like the RDA are too low and does not reflect individual needs. Many of the genetic disorders can be remedied by nutrition. Compared to psychiatric drugs, nutritional supplementation is much safer and more effective. This resource includes references, a list for further reading, and an index. (Added 10/28/2016)
As we cover the family of the B complex vitamins, vitamin B6 plays a significant role, enabling the enzymes to perform their function. It is a water soluble vitamin. We have a resource that covers the role of vitamin B6 by Dr. John M. Ellis, MD. (Added 10/21/2012)
Vitamin B6 Therapy (1999) by John M. Ellis, MD and Jean Pamplin. (Publisher: Avery Publishing Group)
Dr. John M. Ellis, MD explores the role of vitamin B6 in human health. Vitamin B6 is also known as pyridoxine. Enzymes in the body depend on having enough of the Vitamin B6.
More than 100 enzymes, complex proteins, in the body need vitamin B6. Nineteen amino acids also require vitamin B6 so that they can perform their function or roles. As we age, we
need to consume more vitamin B6, as our ability to absorb them is reduced. The history of the research on vitamin B6 is presented as well. Vitamin B6 is needed to process tryptophan,
an amino acid found in beef. Pecans, peanuts, bananas are high in vitamin B6.
Dr. Ellis explores the role of vitamin B6 in the following health conditions:
Pressure on the median nerve often results in carpal tunnel problems. Additional vitamin B6, ranging from 50 to 300 milligrams helps relieve the symptoms, it needs to be taken for a period of time ranging from 30 to 90 days for improvement to be seen and felt. In pregnancy, the body's needs for vitamin B6 increases. Dr. Ellis explains how this occurs. Enough vitamin B6 also results in a healthier baby and a healthier pregnancy, with fewer complications. Nausea in pregnancy can be due to low levels of vitamin B6 and vitamin B1 (25-100 milligrams of B1 and 50 milligrams of B6). Swelling or edema can be helped by vitamin B6 supplementation (200 milligrams of B6 and 500 milligrams of magnesium oxide). More vitamin B6 is needed for gestational diabetes (300 milligrams).
Extra vitamin B6 given intravenously helps with the following conditions in pregnancy:
Edema in pregnancy occurs when the body's water regulating system is altered or interferred. The water seeks the path ofleast resistance to settle, and it ends up in the legs. Water pills do remove the extra water, however, it overloads the kidneys and causes a loss of minerals. A pregnant woman with edema would benefit from 300 milligrams of B6 and 500 milligrams of magnesium oxide.
When tryptophann is given to pregnant women, abnormal excretion of the xanthurenic acid appears in the urine. This means that there is a vitamin B6 deficiency. Those who experience toxemia in pregnancy, they are found to be low in vitamin b6.
|Arthritis and rheumatism||Vitamin B6 helps improve the function of the synovial, the sheath that surrounds the tendons. vitamin B6 is also found to be essential for the maintenance of the hyaluronic acid. Inadequate vitamin B6 shows up in hand movement, the reduced flexibility and movement. Vitamin B6 assists enzymes in moving lysine to the molecules of collagen and elastin in the connective tissue, cartilage in joints, the synovium in around tendons and the matrix between cells. 90% of what is arthritis is a biochemical change in the synovium of the tendons and joints, particularly in the fingers, thumbs, elbows, shoulders, knees and hips. Root cause is vitamin B6 deficiency.|
|Brain function||Additional vitamin B6 along with magnesium was found to be helpful to children with autism, some of them. Vitamin B6 was also helpful to children with Down's Syndrome . in Down's syndrome, serotonim levels are depressed. Vitamin B6 helps increase serontonim levels. It can also help ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) children.|
|Carpal tunnel syndrome||Pressure on the median nerve often results in carpal tunnel problems. Additional vitamin B6, ranging from 50 to 300 milligrams helps relieve the symptoms, it needs to be taken for a period of time ranging from 30 to 90 days for improvement to be seen and felt.|
|Coronary heart disease||With vitamin B6 supplementation, fewer heart attacks (20%) and a longer life span. Vitamin B6 along with folic acid and vitamin B12 can reduce high levels of homocysteine. Low levels of vitamin B6 contributes to the calcification of the aortas of patients with advanced atherosclerosis.|
|Diabetes||Proper levels of vitamin B6 can help protect vision problems and the kidney problems in people who are diabe, and prevent complications associated with diabetes.|
|Edema||See section on Gynecologic and obstetric disorders|
|Gynecologic and obstetric disorders||In pregnancy, the body's needs for vitamin B6 increases. Dr. Ellis explains how this occurs.
Enough vitamin B also results in a healthier baby and a healthier pregnancy, with fewer complications. Nausea in pregnancy can be due to
low levels of vitamin B6 and vitamin B1 (25-100 milligrams of B1 and 50 milligrams of B6). Swelling or edema can be helped by vitamin B6
supplementation (200 milligrams of B6 and 500 milligrams of magnesium oxide). More vitamin B6 is needed for gestational diabetes (300 milligrams).
Unfortunately, much of the current food processing, heating, canning, freezing, etc, removes or reduces the level of vitamin B6. The digestive system requires enzymes from three areas: the stomach, the small intestine, and from the pancreas and liver.
This book includes references, a bibliography, and an index. (Added 10/21/2012)
Vitamin C provides a number of benefits and roles in human health. We have an article that briefly explains what vitamin C can do. (Added 04/27/2012)
Intravenous Vitamin C has performed miracles by Russell L. Blaylock, MD (Published in the Blaylock Wellness Report, March 2012, vol. 9, no. 3, pages 1-9)
This is the first article that I have seen that presents the medicinal benefits of using intravenous vitamin C. This is an example where therapeutic levels of a specific nutrient administered intravenously can be used for healing and medical purposes. In this article, high doses of vitamin C were administered to a young girl, deathly ill, with viral septicemia (infection by an uncontrollable virus). It was affecting all of her major organs. She recovered. Also, Dr. Blaylock uses intravenous vitamin C for a number of ailments, including infections and even cancers. This article also explains the role of vitamin C. It is an excellent and readable article and includes references.) (Added 04/27/2012)
Generally, when we think about the role of vitamin D, we think that its primary benefit is supporting our bones. According to Dr. Michael F. Holick, MD vitamin D plays a major role in our immune systems. We have one book covering the role and topic of vitamin D in a variety of ways. (Added 12/12/2014)
The Vitamin D Solution: a 3 step strategy to cure our most common health problem (2010) by Michael F. Holick, Ph.D. MD (Publisher: Hudson Street Press)
Dr. Michael F. Holick, Ph.D, MD has written a book explaining in detail the various roles of vitamin D
in human health. Dr. Holick has spent thirty years researching this vitamin.
What is vitamin D? Is it actually a vitamin? The research now considers vitamin D to be a hormone and it plays a major role in human health, beyond that of bone health. It helps the immune system and is stored in all cells. The author indicates the vitamin D deficiency is widespread all over the world.
The best source of creating vitamin D in our bodies is actually from sunshine, especially during the summer months. Sunshine helps the body create vitamin D in the skin tissues. Animals also need vitamin D as well. One interesting fact that the author points out, is that it is harder for those with darker skin pigmentation to create vitamin D from the sun, especially African Americans.
People who are extremely overweight and mothers who are pregnant need more vitamin D. Optimal levels of vitamin D during pregnancy benefits the future health of the fetus and reduces the incidence of birth complications for the mother. This includes reducing the need for ceasarians operations. Most newborns (81%) are being found to be low in vitamin D and this affects their long term health. Vitamin D also helps the body to absorb calcium. Optimum levels of vitamin D result in fewer dental cavities. Dr. Holik lists what is the ideal intake of vitamin D by age and conditions. Dr. Holick includes factors that reduces the body's ability to absorb vitamin D.
The accurate way to measure vitamin D levels is through the serum 25 (OH) D test. The ideal level of vitamin D in the body is 40 nanograms per milliliter.
The best way to obtain vitamin D, other than through supplementation, is from the sun. Dr. Holick explains that the sun sends out a number of different types of rays (electromagnetic radiation). They are: UVA, UVB, and UVC. The ray that is beneficial for the creation of vitamin D is: UVB. It is UVA that causes skin wrinkles. He covers the concept of activated vitamin D. Dr. Holick covers other strategies to increase vitamin D levels, especially through the use of special lighting, like a bright light or through the Sperti lamp.
Vitamin D benefits the following areas in health:
|Listing of health conditions affected by Vitamin D|
|Chronic fatigue||Fibromyalgia||Multiple sclerosis||Rheumatoid arthritis|
|Depression||Hypertension (blood pressure)||Osteoarthritis||Stroke|
We think we know about all of the vitamins essential to human health. There is one more vitamin and it is vitamin K. Vitamin K turns out to be two vitamins, K1 and K2, each with significantly different roles. We have a resource written by Dr. Kate Rhéaume-Bleue, ND that covers in detail the role of vitamin K2 and its relationship with calcium. The role of vitamin K2 adds another major piece to the puzzle of what is optimum nutrition. (Added 08/09/2015)
Vitamin K2 and the calcium paradox: how a little known vitamin could save your life (2012) by Kate Rhéaume-Bleue. (Publisher: HarperCollins)
Dr. Kate Rhéaume-Blue, a Canadian naturopathic doctor, is extremely knowledgeable about the role of vitamin K2 and its relationship with calcium, a
mineral essential for optimum bone health. Vitamin K was discovered over seventy years ago by Henrik Dam, a Danish biochemist. It was seen to be in two forms. It was
also seen by Dr. Weston Price, a dentist, but it was an unnamed nutrient and he called it "activator X". Dr. Price saw that this unnamed nutrient
played a major role in healthy teeth and bone health as well as general health in primitive peoples that ate traditional foods and had not been exposed to western foods.
Another name for vitamin K2 is menaquinone.
Dr. Rhéame-Bleue brings us up-to-date the real role and importance of vitamin K2. First, Dr. Rhéaume-Bleue makes it clear that vitamin K1 and vitamin K2 are two different vitamins with different roles. With our concerns on osteoporosis and fractures especially in older people, and especially after menopause, people take calcium supplements in the belief that our bones need calcium, to prevent the onset of osteoporosis and fractures. However, there is one problem, we can take all the calcium we want, however, does the calcium reach the bones and teeth? Calcium can go to places other than bone tissue and teeth. Calcium in the wrong place cause problems.
How does vitamin K2 work? It plays as a key element in placing the calcium in its proper place. It activates a special protein called osteocalcin which enables the calcium to be attracted to bone and teeth tissue. It also activates another protein matrix GLA protein and it sweeps away the calcium deposits in the arteries and veins (soft tissues).
Vitamin K2 plays a role in the following conditions listed below:
|Adolescence||These are important years, years of rapid physical and sexual growth as well as high nutrition needs. Optimum nutrition is essential for this age group as it also lays the foundation for health later on in life. Adolescents tend to have more cavities.|
|Alzheimer's||People with Alzheimer's were found to be low in vitamin K2. Signs of free radical damage are found in Alzheimer's. Vitamin K2 can help with minimizing free radicals, increasing insulin sensitivity, reducing depletion of glutathione, and preventing/minimizing TIAs/strokes. Those with Alzheimer's are found not to use glucose properly.|
|Atherosclerosis||Atherosclerosis is a buildup of calcium-laden plaque in the arteries. This clogs up the coronary arteries or other arteries.|
|Dental health||Vitamin K2 plays a significant role in the development of cavities and the dental arch that provides spacing for the teeth. Tooth decay and gum disease are considered to be harbingers of heart disease. Vitamin K2 reduces the level of harmful bacteria in the mouth. With an accumulation of soft plaque, it becomes tartar.|
|Diabetes||Vitamin K2 activates a special protein called osteocalcin. Osteocalcin also acts as a hormone and increases insulin sensitivity. Vitamin K2 is also found in the pancreas. Periodontal disease is considered to be an early complication for diabetes.|
|Heart disease||A factor in heart disease is the accumulation of calcium in the arteries. Both vitamin D and K2 are needed for a healthy heart. Vitamin D increases the absorption of calcium from the intestines. However, once the calcium is in the blood stream, vitamin D has no control over the calcium.|
|Infertility||Vitamin K2 has a role in fertility.|
|Labor and delivery||Proper levels of vitamin K2 helps both the mother and the fetus. When the mother's pelvis is narrow, this results in prolonged labor.|
|Osteoporosis||Osteoporosis is a major factor in disability and death for the elderly in North America. It affects posture and loss of height. For optimum bone health, the right range of vitamin A and vitamin D is needed along with vitamin K2. Other nutrients needed for healthy bones include magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, boron, and other B vitamins.|
Vitamin K2 also plays a role in preventing cancer, arthritis, wrinkles, myelin loss (in Multiple Sclerosis - MS), and it promotes normal facial development .
Can vitamin K2 levels be tested? Testing for vitamin K2 is still in development at the time the book was written. There is an indirect way to measure vitamin K2 through measuring the levels of an enzyme called osteocalcin. High levels of this enzyme indicates a vitamin k2 deficiency. Measuring matrix GLA protein levels is a way of measuring arterial calcification.
Dr. Rhéame-Bleue spends some time discussing the differences between fat soluable vitamins (A, D, E, and K). One main reason to include the healthy fats in our diets, it is to obtain enough of the fat soluable vitamins. Vitamin A is found to be low in developing countries and needed for healthy pregnancies. Vitamin A and D work together. The roles and benefits of vitamin A and D are covered along with their impact on health. Vitamin A along with vitamin K2 helps to remove the excess calcium from the body. She mentions food sources for vitamin K2 and nutritional supplementation. The dangers of toxic overload for vitamin A and D are overstated. The differences between grain fed beef and grass fed beef are covered. Grass fed beef is better.
An interesting theory that is covered is the triage theory of aging. The body tries to make the best allocation of nutrients, especially when there is a deficiency
present. The more important needs are addressed first and the less important needs are placed on hold like bone health. However, when the lessor needs are not addressed,
this results in impaired health later on in the person's life and can be a factor in degenerative health conditions.
This is a great resource to help all of us understand the important role played by vitamin K2 along with some of the other fat soluable vitamins. It includes references and an index. (Added 08/09/2015).
In addition to vitamins needed for optimum health and to prevent the development of health issues, we need to remember the minerals. We have a resource that needs to be considered a classic, written by the late Dr. Carl C. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. and MD. He was the director of the Brain Bio Center in Princeton, New Jersey. He sought and discovered the role nutrition as well as minerals played in optimum health especially for mental health. This includes schizophrenia. This book addresses zinc as a major mineral, along with other minerals. While it was written some time ago, it really lays a great foundation for the role and importance of nutrition on health as well as the dangers of toxic heavy metals to everyone's health. (Added 10/07/2018)
Zinc and other Micro-Nutrients (1978) by Carl C. Pfeiffer, Ph.D., MD. (Publisher: Keats Publishing)
A number of minerals are covered in this resource. Some of the material in this book appeared originally in Mental and Elemental Nutrients by Carl C. Pfeiffer, Ph.D., M.D. This version is written for the public. It starts with zinc and moves on to cover the lesser known minerals. Below is a table highlighting key points about the various minerals.
|Basic Table Covering A Number of Minerals |
Note: Listed in alphabetical order.
|Calcium||Most (99%) of the calcium is used for the bone. The remaining one percent serves the following roles:
||Muscles cannot contract when there is a calcium deficiency.||High protein diets require more calcium. It is best to separate calcium from zinc as supplements as they compete with each other.
Note: This website covers calcium as a mineral in greater detail.
|Flouride||Given all the controversy over fluoride supplementation to municipal water systems, here is more information. Fluorine is a greenish yellow gas. Fluoride is fluroine bound to metals to make binary fluoride salts.||Fluoride is only beneficial at a certain time, when permanent teeth are being formed. Natural drinking water contains calcium fluoride. The fluoride supplementation used for U.S. municipal water systems
||Calcium fluoride is the type that should be used for supplementation. This website covers fluoride in greater detail.|
|Iron||Iron combines with protein to manufacture hemoglobin, coloring matter for red blood cells||Inadequate iron can result in:
||Excess iron can cause problems in joints and arthritis. In pregnancy, iron needs are higher.|
|Magnesium||Magnesium has laxative properties and is a cofactor for enzymes.||Some of the deficiency symptoms include:
||Magnesium deficiency found with eclampsia. As much as 80% of the American people may be low in magnesium.
Note: This website covers magnesium in greater detail.
|Manganese||Role of managanese include:
||People with myasthenia gravis were found to be low in manganese.||A combination of zinc and manganese can lower higher copper levels, high copper levels often found in schizophrenics. Soil levels of manganese have declined.|
|Phosphate||It is in a number of tissues. It functions as a the body's major anion. (Anion is a negatively charged ion, i.e., one that would be attracted to the anode in electrolysis.)||A deficiency upsets the normal balance between phosphate, magnesium, calcium, and potassium.||Food sources are listed, which includes pumpkin seeds.|
|Potassium||Potassium has a number of roles. It includes:
||It is the most abundant mineral next to calcium and phosphorus. Potassium and magnesium deficiency often found in alcoholics and the chronically ill.|
|Selenium||Selenium has a number of roles. It:
||Cancer rates are higher in communities with low levels of selenium in the soil.||One fourth of infant deaths are associated with selenium and vitamin E deficiency.|
|Sulfur||Sulfur is found inside cells, especially in skin, hair, and joints.||People with psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis may be low in sulfur.||A good food source of sulfur is in eggs.|
|Zinc||Zinc is needed for maximum growth.||Signs of zinc deficiency are numerous. Below is a partial listing:
||One of the issues raised about zinc is the soil levels have been declining. Those experiencing psychiatric issues may benefit from both zinc and vitamin B6
Cadmium, a heavy metal has been found to reduce zinc levels in testes. Puberty places tremendous nutritional demands and stress on the body, especially when it comes to zinc. It can also affect behavior. The author lists good food sources of both zinc and vitamin B6.
|Other minerals are covered. They are chromium, molybdenum, nickel, tin, and vanadium. Chromium along with manganese and zinc help with sugar metabolism. Some of these minerals are toxic in large amounts, but are needed in a minute range. Other minerals should not be in the body. Minerals that are toxic are covered as well. They are: lead, mercury, and cadmium.|
Another major contribution this resource covers is the dangers of heavy metals, lead, mercury, cadmium, and issues with copper. The table below highlights heavy metal issues.
|Information on Heavy Metals|
|Heavy Metal||Health Issues||Sources||Testing and Treatment|
||Sources of exposure:
||Testing and treatment:
||Sources of exposure:
||Testing and treatment:
||Sources of exposure:
|Copper||Health issues (with excess copper):
||Sources of exposure:
|This table highlights issues with heavy metals. Vitamin C acts as a strong reducing agent to bind metal ions and affect their movement across biological membranes. Zinc with vitamin C can be used to treat lead poisoning. African Americans have been found to have higher levels of copper, as their skin has a greater affinity for copper, making hypertension harder to treat. The author covers bismuth briefly as another heavy metal.|
As this resource was updated in 1978, there should be more current information covering this topic. It is a great resource and includes references with each chapter and an index. It is information (or updated version) that every health care professional need to have in their professional and personal library. (Added 10/07/2018)
This category addresses obesity. While simply being overweight does not seem to meet the disease criteria (recently changed to being considered a disease by the American Medical Association), it is not a good sign of health. It is definitely known that overweight leads to other health conditions. It definitely increases the incidence of diabetes. What is an important public health concern, is that more and more children, teenagers, young adults, and adults are becoming seriously overweight. Information is becoming available on the various health issues associated with obesity. The topic on wheat also has information affecting overweight. We have one resource that explains why it becomes harder to lose weight as one gets past the age of forty. It can also be considered as anti-aging medicine. This book is called Sexy Forever by Suzanne Somers. Another resource that deals with obesity is a book called The No-Grain Diet by Dr. Joseph Mercola with Alison Rose Levy. We have a book written by Dr. Pamela Warian Smith, MD, MPH about the various factors involved in losing weight.
For more information for a major factor that may be behind the current obesity epidemic in the United States, read about gluten sensitivity (Added 08/16/2012) (Updated 07/16/2013, 06/02/2015, 06/11/2017)
Sexy Forever: How to fight Fat after Forty, shed the toxins, shed the fat (2010) by Suzanne Somers. (Publisher: Crown Publishing)
This book present interesting ideas as to why it becomes increasingly more difficult to lose weight after reaching the age of forty. When we are able to lose the excess weight and regain our health, it helps with our sexual health. This explains the title given by Ms. Somers.
Apparently, as the toxins build up in our body, it plays a major role in weight gain and obesity. The toxins come from the environment and it can also come from metabolic processes that occur within the body. Toxins make it more difficult for the body to absorb the nutrients in the diet. Toxins create a gut imbalance, degrade the gut lining, allows the toxins to enter the blood stream, affecting the health of the entire body, including the lungs and skin. We need a healthy liver to lose weight, as well.
As for diet sodas, it makes you crave fattening foods. MSG and aspartame actually promotes obesity.
Suzanne Somers brings up the option of using glutathione patches, to help the body remove toxins. Colonics and infrared saunas can assist with the detoxificaiton process.
The issue of hormonal balance is addressed. A balanced horomonal system is essential for optimal health. The author also talks about the difference between hormones and bioidentical hormones. The body responds differently. Some of the hormones are: DHEA, progesterone, testerone, human growth hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin, insulin, cortisol, and thyroid. When your cortisol levels are high, it is harder to get a good night's sleep. Hormonal imbalances also play a role in heart disease. A male or female hormone blood test is available from Suzanne Somer's website and link to Life Extension.
Gluten intolerance is addressed. As many as 43% of the population may now have gluten intolerance. Processed, refined, and chemically sprayed foods are damaging to the gut. Food intolerances can cause all kinds of symptoms. They include: heartburn, migraine headaches, acid reflux, stomach aches, difficulty in getting out of bed in the morning, inability to lose weight, bloating, constipation. Food allergy reactions can be immediate or delayed up to three days.
As for fiber, soluable fiber absorbs toxins and insoluable fiber enables bulk to move through the digestive system.
Enzymes are needed for eating, digesting, absorbing, seeing, hearing, smelling, breathing, kidney function, reproduction, elimination, and removing toxins.
A properly functioning stomach produces and secrets five substances. They are:
Hydrochloric acid is needed:
1. to provide an acidic environment necessary for enzyme pepsin to break down proteins
2. to prevent infection by destroying most parasites and bacteria
Most people with heartburn have too little hydrochloric acid. Taking antiacids is not helpful. Low stomach acid leads to weight gain. Taking Prilosec will add to the person's toxic burden.
Exercise is also an essential component of promoting health. The
three types of exercise are: flexibility (like yoga), aerobic which promotes cardiovascular functioning, and strength (using weights). For better night's
sleep, turn off all lights and go to bed at an early hour. As you accumulate more fat, you accumulate more C-Reactive protein.
This book also includes recipes, resources, recommended reading, and index. It lists foods that are good for you to eat. It is an interesting resource to read. (Added 08/16/2012, corrected 06/02/2015)
The No-Grain Diet: Conquer Carbohydrate Addiction and Stay Slim for Life (2003) by Dr. Joseph Mercola with Alison Rose Levy. (Publisher: Dutton).
Two thirds of all Americans are now overweight or obese. Certain carbohydrates do cause weight gain. They are: all grains, starches, sugar, starchy vegetables such as potatoes and carrots, concentrated fruit products such as fruit juices, syrups, and sweeteners. Other simple carbohydrates include potatoes, corn, grains, baked goods, and pasta. A number of holistic doctors believe that grains also contribute to autoimmune disease.
Certain foods, specifically cereal grains can cause the immune system to misinterpretes cellular signals, and reacts to own body cells as if they are harmful.
Losing weight is about controlling insulin response. Weight gain is a three step process, involving the insulin hormone:
As much as 15% of the population may have gluten sensitivity. The protein, gliaden, is indigestible. Dr. Mercola discusses losing weight and explains the process:
Hormones fed to our cattle and other animals, this is creating a surpulus of estrogens in humans. Grass fed beef is better for you.
Saturated fats do have benefits, including utilizing essential fatty acids, protecting the arteries, using calcium, stimulating the immune
system, and adding structural stability to the cell and intestinal wall.
Because of the addiction factor for grains, limiting grain intake doesn't work. According to Dr. Mercola, it needs to be total avoidance. After three days of no grains, generally, the craving for it should decrease considerably. The cravings that do remain, they are emotional. The problem with all protein diets is that it can produce ketosis. Ketosis can lead to muscle breakdown, nausea, dehydration, headaches, light-headedness, irritability, bad breath, and kidney problems.
Select complex carbohydrates that don't trigger the insulin reaction:
Start with 20% raw vegetables, and gradually increase it to 50%. The more green the vegetable, the better it is for you. Below is a list of vegetables that are good for you:
|Asparagus||Chinese Cabbage||Kale||Romaine Lettuce|
|Broccoli Rabe||Cucumbers||Leaf Lettuce, Green and Red||Spinach|
|Brussels Sprouts||Dandelion Greens||Parsley||Swiss Chard|
|Cabbage, Green and Red||Endive||Peppers, Green, Yellow, Red||Tomatoes|
These vegetables are listed as being high in nutrition: bok choy, collard greens, and swiss chard. The following vegetables are best avoided:
Fruits are best avoided as they raise the blood sugar. Excess protein can weaken the kidneys. Organic eggs have a better
omega 3 to omega 6 ratio. It is better to select organic, grass fed beef and organic chicken. Unfortunately, alot of the fish has been
contaminated with mercury. Safer fish selections include: cod, haddock, mackerel, tilapia, and wild pacific salmon. Beans and legumes
contain both carbohydrates and proteins. Dairy really doesn't agree with most people. Problems are found with soy unless it has been
fermented or sprouted. Walnuts and flaxseeds are better choices. Sea salt works better. Among condiments, mustard and mayonnaise are
suggested. In addition, clean water, sleep, exercise, positive energy, and minimizing exposure to electronic magnetic radiation are
Dr. Mercola suggests a technique that can be used to address these emotional cravings for grain foods, called the EFT technique, means emotional freedom technique. The suggestions on diet made by Dr. Mercola are also stated by other authors listed in this website. This resource includes menu plans, recipes, references, no-grain resources, and index. (Added 07/16/2013)
Why you can't lose weight: why it's so hard to shed pounds and what you can do about it (2011) by Pamela Wartian Smith, MD, MPH. (Publisher: Square One Publishers)
What is valuable about this book on losing weight is that Dr. Pamela Wartian Smith, MD, MPH covers a number of bases or reasons as to why people may have difficulty losing weight. It is beyond a shadow of doubt that overweight plays a role in ill health. The author indicates that obesity plays a role in at least 35 diseases, particularly diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, and cancer.
The author present three types of problems pertaining weight loss problems. One has to do with lifestyle, the second has to do with health issues, and the
third has to do with biochemical factors. Below is a table:
|Listing the Various Factors Affecting Weight|
|Category||Type of Problem||Information|
|Lifestyle||Exercise||A sedentary lifestyle unfortunately plays a role in our health. Lack of exercise play a contributing role in a number of
health issues including a weakened immune system. The author talks about two types of exercise. It is:
|Fiber Intake||Optimum fiber intake is 30 to 35 grams a day. Two types of fiber include:
|Food Addiction||Another name for food addiction is compulsive overeating. The particular food acts like an opiate, giving a high like what caffeine, morphine, etc. provide. Carbs and dairy can do this. The worst food is sugar and the worst sugar is fructose. Fructose generates greater insulin resistance.|
|Sleep Deprivation||Sleep deprivation can lead to:
|Stress||A fine line exists between healthy and unhealthy stress. Two stress hormones include cortisol and DHEA. The issue with stress is chronic stress. Prolonged stress increases cortisol and decreases DHEA. Cortisol is an appetite stimulant. Too much cortisol will slow down the metabolism, causing more of the food to be stored as fat. The author lists supplements, many of them nutritients, that can help with stress.|
|Water/Hydration||It is important to drink enough water. The role of water includes:
|Health Issues||Food Allergies||Food allergies can play a role in weight gain. The foods you crave are often the foods you are allergic to. Food allergies are different from food intolerances. Allergies releases histamines, which in turn, can lead to inflammation. Serious food allergies can result in anaphylaxis, shock, which can be lethal. Food intolerance means that the body has difficulty and lacks the necessary enzymes to digest a particular food. The author lists both physical and emotional symptoms associated with food allergies. If you remove the foods that you are allergic to, this can help with weight loss.|
|Chronic Inflammation||Inflammation releases histamines and prostaglandins. With chronic inflammation, the body continues to destroy its own tissue, including health tissue. Diets
high in the following foods promote inflammation. These foods are:
|Thyroid Hormone Dysfunction||Thyroid problems can make it difficult to lose weight. Thyroid hormones helps the metabolism to convert oxygen and calories into energy. It is a three step
process. Iodine is needed in this process. Malfunctioning thyroid can cause the following problems:
|Toxic Buildup||Toxins in the body lead to weight gain. Toxins are released through the kidneys, liver, skin, and the gastrointestinal system.
The author provides a list of commonly found toxins. They are:
|Yeast Infection||Antiobiotics are not the only cause that facilitate yeast problems or yeast overgrowth. There are at least six species of candida yeast. Yeast
overgrowth can affect all areas of the body. Tests for candida are listed. They include:
|Biochemical Factors||Depression and anti-depressants||Depression goes in hand and hand with weight gain. Prescription drugs for depression can cause problems, as well, for weight gain. Depression affects both the mind and the body. It often results in reduced physical activity. Certain nutrients help with depression.|
|Female Hormone Imbalance||Estrogen is a hormone with three types and has over 400 functions in the body. Another hormone is progesterone. It affects a number of health conditions and weight. The author talks about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. This therapy helps prevent osteoporosis and heart disease. A physician knowledgeable about this therapy is needed and retesting needs to be done every three months.|
|Genes||Genes play a role in physical characteristics as well as how our bodies function. Not all of our genes are turned on or expressed. Mutation of genes can be benign or malignant (leading to cancer). However, lifestyle plays a major role in our health outcomes despite our genetic heritage.|
|Insulin Resistance||Insulin is a hormone and plays a role in the production of energy. Insulin allows sugar to move out of the bloodstream into the cells. When cells become less responsive to insulin, this is due to a number of factors, not just the intake of sugar. The author lists symptoms indicating insulin resistance. When the cells fail to absorb the glucose (sugar), the levels of glucose remains high in the blood stream. However, the body can only tolerate the glucose in a specific range. Excess glucose in the blood stream causes the liver to convert the sugar into fat. The fat is stored in the body, especially in the abdomen and the buttocks. When the cells are starved for glucose that they cannot absorb, the body craves carbs. The author indicates that the body needs some carbs and lists tests to measure insulin resistance. To deal with this, select foods low in glycemic index and glycemic load. Fiber helps to slow down the rate of blood sugar levels. Nutritional supplements to help reduce insulin resistance is listed.|
|Male Hormone Dificiency||Men undergo menopause. It is called andropause or male menopause. The author discusses the role of testosterone--as levels fall, the body makes less muscle. Men also need a small amount of of estrogen. The author recommends natural testosteroone when supplementation is needed.|
|Neurotransmitter Dysfunction||Neurotransmitters play a major role in weight issues, especially signalling when you have had enough to eat. Two types of neurotransmitters exist--inhibitory
neurotransmitters and excitatory neurotransmitters. The author covers the role, symptoms of deficiency, and food sources for the following neurotransmitters:
ADHD can be also be a symptom of poor neurotransmitter function. Serotonin, glutamate, and glycine play a role in weight. Urine tests can measure levels of neurotransmitters. Diet, exercise, and supplements can help with neurotransmitter production and levels. Note: Source is listed on page 172-6.
|Pregnenolone Insufficiency||Pregnenolone is the mother hormone. It produces other hormones and a precursor of all steroid hormones. As we age, women produce less estrogen and the body looks for other sources of estrogen. After female and male menopause, body fat begins to accumulate. Pregnenolone supplementation requires professional medical supervision.|
Dr. Smith discuses nutritional supplements. They can be of different grades such as: