Suggested Readings and Options on Nutritional Medicine

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food"

— Hippocrates, 460 B.C.E. to 377 B.C.E.

Prepared by Tamar Clarke, MLS, MPA

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.

Conferences:

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.

Resources:

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.


List of Health Conditions

A thru C D thru M N thru Z

To see the date of this website, it is at the bottom of this page.


5-HTP (Type of Amino Acid)

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)

Book on 5-HTP:

The Natural Way to Overcome Depression, Obesity, and Insomnia (1998) by Michael T. Murray, N.D. (Publisher: Bantam Books)

Book Review:

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
  • Aggression
  • Alcoholism
  • Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Bulimia
  • Carbohydrate cravings
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Chronic Pain Disorders (such as fibromyalgia)
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy
  • Headaches (migraines, tension headaches)
  • Hyperactivity
  • Insomnia
  • Myoclonus (muscle twitching)
  • Obesity
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Panic disorders
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seasonal affective disorder ("winter depression")
  • Suicidal thoughts and behavior

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 serotonin. 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:

At least 40 chemicals have been identified in the brain (more exist) that work as messengers. However, they exist in three categories:

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.

Term Definition
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:
  • nucleus - the headquarters
  • axon - the long tail
  • dendrites - the end of the tail
  • synapse - space between axon and dendrites
  • vesicles - located inside dendrites, they are tiny sacs or pouches; function as storage locations neurotransmitters
  • axon terminal - located at the end of an axon, wrapped up in a thin membrane
  • receptors - neuron surfaces
Neurotransmitters Chemicals in the brain that facilitate communication between brain cells or neurons.
Neurotransmitters, Role of
  • regulate our moods
  • control various functions such as appetite and sleep
  • govern our responses to pain

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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ADDICTION

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)

Book on Addiction:

Addiction: the hidden epidemic (2010) by Pam Killeen (Publisher: Xlibris)

Book Review:

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:

Many of the addictive substances are not just illegal drugs. It includes the legal drugs such as alcohol, tobacco, over the counter drugs, and prescription drugs. Even sugar, a food, is highly addictive. Some of the mental health drugs actually are causing more problems than what they solve. It affects all age groups. In a number of instances, overdose leads to death.

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
Acetylcholine
  • constipation
  • decreased sweating
  • drowsiness
  • impaired vision
  • impotence
  • increased heart rate
  • insomnia
  • loss of taste
  • mental confusion
  • nervousness
  • urine retention
  • weakness
  • helps with smooth, coordinated muscle
    movement and memory
Dopamine
  • anhedonia
  • depression
  • distractibility
  • lack of remorse about actions
  • low energy
  • irritability
  • muscle disturbances
  • trouble waking up in the morning
  • need to exert oneself to exercise
  • social withdrawal
  • tend to seek stimulants
  • tendency to gain weight
  • integration of thoughts
    and feelings
Endorphins and Enkephalins
  • anxiety
  • difficulty in feeling pleasure
  • fearful and insecure
  • inability to give or receive affection
  • lack of completeness
  • never feeling equal
  • phobias
  • poor pain control
  • sense of inadequacy
  • tendency towards addictive behaviors
  • calm
  • can handle pain
  • focused
  • have a sense of completeness
GABA - Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid
  • feeling of being overworked, pressured, and overwhelmed
  • feeling tense, trouble relaxing, sleeplessness
  • feelings of exhaustion or nervousness
  • increased anxiety or nervousness
  • seizures
  • plays a role in modulation
    and lessening of anxiety
Norepinephrine
  • anorexia and/or bulimia
  • apathy
  • attention deficit disorder
  • decreased sex drive
  • depression
  • disorientation
  • foggy or sluggish thinking
  • insomnia
  • lack of energy
  • lack of motivation
  • weight gain
  • attentiveness
  • dreaming
  • emotions
  • flight or fight response
  • learning
  • sleeping
Serotonin
  • anxiety and panic attacks
  • cravings for carbohydrates
  • depression
  • difficulty in making decisions
  • eating disorders
  • excessive feelings of guilt/unworthiness
  • inflexible behavior
  • irrational emotions, impatient, quick to anger
  • irritability
  • low energy and fatigue
  • low self-esteem
  • negativity and pessimism
  • obsessive thoughts
  • phobias
  • poor concentration
  • sleep disturbances
  • violence, anti-social behavior, suicidal
  • ability to sleep well
  • appetite control
  • can concentrate
  • confident
  • personal security
  • relaxation
  • self-esteem
  • sense of wellbeing

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:

John Abramson, MD
Dr. John Abramson, MD talks about the dangers and overuse of psychiatric drugs and the harm they can cause, especially to children.
Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD covers the importance of a healthy digestive and gut system. Antibiotics, vaccines and processed foods are not good for the gut. If a baby has colic, it is a sign of abnormal gut flora. She covers in detail the issues behind yeast overgrowth in the digestive system and the leaky gut. The essential role of cholesterol in our bodies is discussed and she recommends which foods are good for the gut, including prebiotic/probiotic foods.
Sally Fallon-Morell
Sally Fallon-Morell is knowledgeable about the health benefits of traditional diets.
Charles Gant, MD, PhD
Dr. Charles Gant, MD talks about neurotransmitters and stimulant drugs.
David Greenfield, PhD
Dr. David Greenfield focuses on internet addiction and the need to have balance in life.
Dr. Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD
Dr. Abram Hoffer, MD was a major pioneer in the use of nutrition to treat mental health disorders.
Joan Mathews-Larson, PhD
Dr. Joan Mathews-Larson covers neurotransmitter testing, amino acid testing and looking at adrenals, the thyroid, blood sugar, and environmental toxins.
David Miller, PhD
Dr. David Miller indicates that blood and urine tests show nutritional status.
Jurriann Plesman, clinical nutritionist
Jurriann Plesman covers the effect psychotropic drugs have neurotransmitters, hyperactivity, behavior found in addiction, bipolar disorder and other issues.
Carolyn Reuben, LAc
Carolyn Reuben reports that 80% of prisoners have drug and/or alcohol problems. With nutrition and acupuncture, 87% were able to stay out of the criminal justice system.
Julia Ross, MA
Julia Ross treats food addiction, mood problems, and alcohol and drug addiction. Critical and negative behavior is abnormal.
Scott Shannon, MD
Dr. Scott Shannon, MD reports that more children are being seen with mood problems and much of it is due to poor nutrition.
Stan Stokes, MS, CCDC
Stan Stokes lists tests that can be done. They are:
Peter Whybrow, MD
Dr. Peter Whybrow, MD reports on the importance of family meals and having a sense of community. People can be addicted to video games, the internet, gambling, and sex.

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 FATIGUE

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.

Book on Adrenal Fatigue:

Adrenal Fatigue, the 21st Century Stress Syndrome (2001) by James L. Wilson (Publisher: Smart Publications)

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ALKALINE vs ACID

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)

Books on Alkaline vs Acid:

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)

Book review:

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:

  1. Joints (arthritis)
  2. Nerves (neurotis)
  3. Intestines (enteritis, colitis)
Excessive acid levels affects the bones and teeth.

One category includes people who do have problems oxidizing weak acid foods. For these people, lemons are acidifying. People who do not have this problem, lemons are alkalizing. The body needs to protect the pH levels in the blood. If the proper pH is not maintained (too acid), acids move into the body's tissues.

pH levels can be measured with litmus paper, testing urine or saliva.

Three categories of foods are:
  1. acidifying foods
  2. weak acid foods
  3. alkalizing foods
It is noted that raw vegetables are not good for people with an active case of colitis. Those with an acid imbalance and inability to handle acids, alkalizing foods needs to be 60% to 80% of the diet. Some proteins are helpful, to enable the body to digest alkaline foods. White sugar is acidifying whereas sugar in fruits and vegetables are not acidifying. Germinated grains are not acidifying. Green, colored vegetables, and potatoes are alkalizing. Tomatoes are acidifying. Almonds, brazil nuts, and black olives are alkalizing. Banana is alkalizing. There is water that is also alkalizing.

The author covers eight rules for Acid/Alkaline balance diet.
Eight Rules for Balanced Acid/Alkaline Diet
Rule Number Rule
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.)

Hydration or water intake is important. The author explains about the different types of water and their effect on the body. Structured water represent smaller masses of water molecules and is more absorbable into the body's tissues. By testing the pH levels, one can adjust their intake of of alkaline or acid foods. Alkaline supplements can be used to help remove acids in the tissues. Alkaline supplements include the following minerals that are alkaline: calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and manganese.

Candida (overgrowth) can secrete acid wastes. Preprobiotics helps secrete removal of acids. Juicing also helps with de-acidifying. A suggestion is made to drink water everytime you use the bathroom. The author talks about draining acids from the body.

This a good hands on guide to work with a healthcare practitioner to balance the pH levels in your body. This book includes resources and an index. (Added 04/16/2013)

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)

Book Review:

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)

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ALLERGIES

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)

Book on Allergies:

The Vitamin Cure for Allergies (2010) by Damien Downing, MD. (Publisher: Basic Health Publications, Inc.)

Book review:

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?

  1. Inhalants (pollen from grass, ragweed, and trees; animal dander, molds; house dust mites)
  2. Foods (high on this list are wheat, diary, eggs, and food additives)
  3. Chemicals (from exhaust fumes, tobacco smoke, perfumes and scents, solvents, adhesives, alcohol, and cleaning fluids)
  4. Electrosensitivity (This is an area of debate and research; while not an allergy in a strict sense, it can cause problems for people.)
  5. Prescription drugs
  6. Organisms such as Candida
What are allergy symptoms?
  1. Inhalant allergy responses
  2. Conjunctivitis
  3. Coughing
  4. Headache
  5. Malaise
  6. Rhinitis-inflammation and swelling inside the nose
  7. Rhinorrhea-production of excessive amounts of mucous
  8. Sneezing-rapid, explosive exhalations through the nose
  9. Wheezing
Food Allergies and Intolerances (reactions take place in the intestines; when there are two or more symptoms, food allergy can be more definitely defined)
  1. Altered bowel habits such as constipation or diarrhea
  2. Altered pulse
  3. Belching
  4. Bloating (actually places pressure on the villi in the intestines)
Chemical Sensitivities (Note: The danger behind chemical sensitivities is that it can develop into multiple chemical sensitivities.)
  1. Anxiety, hyperventilation
  2. Burning or soreness in nose or throat
  3. Cough
  4. Headache, migraine
  5. Rhinitis, wheezing
  6. Smell sensitivity
Suggestions:
  1. Do a food diary and record reactions
  2. Do an elimination diet
  3. Minimize exposure to chemicals whenever possible
  4. Clean up your diet and reduce intake of chemicals, more emphasis on organic whole foods and traditionally grown foods. Farmer's markets are a good choice. Reduce intake of sugar and simple carbohydrates. Fats are needed. Sugar messes the flora in the intestines and makes the intestines more leaky.
  5. Do your own cooking-Important
  6. Fats are an important of a healthy diet; fats needed for cell membranes or cellular walls

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.

Nutritional Supplementation for Allergies
Nutrient Information
Vitamin C
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antioxidant
  • fights cancer
  • fights heart disease (reduces risk 40%)
  • fights infection
  • helps flush and block toxins
  • improve mineral absorption
  • moderate effect on histamine
  • strenthen tissues

Note: Dosage depends on how sick you are; there are different ways of taking Vitamin C other than by mouth.
Vitamin D
  • boosts resistance to infection
  • helps improve mood and treat depression
  • helps prevent cancer or slows the progression of cancer
  • makes muscles stronger, reduces risk of falls
  • reduces and delays the the development of autoimmune conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • reduces chronic pain
  • strengthens the heart, lowers blood pressure, reduces risk of stroke

For those with allergies, Vitamin D helps in the following ways:
  • alleviates dermatitis and eczema
  • helps with the healing and repair of tissues
  • reduces the risk of autoimmune disease
  • reduces the severity of asthma attacks
  • seems to reduce risk of severe anaphylactic reactions

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)

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AlZHEIMER'S

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)

Book on Alzheimer's:

Awakening from Alzheimer's: How 9 Maverick Doctors are Reversing Alzheimer's, Dementia, and Memory Loss (2012) by Peggy Sarlin. (Publisher: Online Publishing & Marketing)

Book review:

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.

Listing of Healthcare Practitioners who work with Alzheimer's
Healthcare Practioner Location
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

Listing of Protocol and Treatment for Alzheimer's
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)

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AMINO ACIDS (GENERAL)

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)

Book on Amino Acids:

The Healing Nutrients Within: Facts, Findings, and New Research on Amino Acids (1987) by Eric Braverman, MD with Carl Pfeiffer, MD, PhD. (Publisher: Keats)

Book review:

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:

  1. Aggressiveness, calm aggressiveness
  2. Appetite, help curb appetite
  3. Blood pressure, reduce blood pressure
  4. Cholesterol and triglycerides, lower serum cholesterol and triglycerides
  5. Diabetes, help control diabetes
  6. Drug addiction, fight drug addiction (heroin, cocaine, and alcohol)
  7. Growth hormone, cause the release of growth hormone, prolactin, and other hormones
  8. Hypoglycemia, help control hypoglycemia
  9. Muscle tissue, build muscle tissue
  10. Pain, relieve pain
  11. Parkinson's disease, control Parkinson's disease
  12. Stamina, promote stamina
The following amino acids act as neurotransmitters:
  1. Alanine
  2. Aspartic Acid
  3. GABA
  4. Glutamic Acid
  5. Glycine
  6. Taurine
Other amino acids act as precursors to neurotransmitters.

The authors have categorized the amino acids into the following seven categories:
  1. amino acids with important metabolites
  2. aromatic amino acids
  3. branched chain amino acids
  4. glutamate amino acids
  5. sulfur amino acids
  6. threonine amino acids
  7. urea amino acids
Below is a listing of amino acids, a very brief description of their role in human health (only cover major ones), whether or not it is essential, or non essential, and one of the seven amino acid categories.

Listing of Amino Acids, their role, essential status, and category
Amino Acid Basic role(s) Essential Category
AlanineFound in muscle and part of the glucose metabolism
Plays a role in:
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Hepatitis
  • Immunology
  • Kidney Stones
Essential, conditional Threonine amino acids
Arginine Involved in ammonia build and excretion, as well as DNA, polyamine and creatine synthesis
Plays a role in:
  • Cancer
  • Cholesterol Metabolism
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Fertility
  • Surgery and wound healing
  • Thymus
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:
  • Epilepsy
  • Thymus gland
Essential, conditional Glutamate amino acids
Carnitine Transport fat into the mitochondria of muscle cells, including the heart, for oxidation
Plays a role in:
  • Cirrhosis (in liver)
  • Myopathy (muscle weakness)
  • Heart disease
  • High Triglycerides
  • Kidney Dialysis patients
  • Thyroid
Essential, conditional Important Metabolities
Cysteine Important in energy metabolism; structural component of tissues and hormones
Plays a role in:
  • Asthma and Bronchitis
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heavy Metal toxicity
  • Psoriasis
  • Smoker's Cough
Essential Sulfur amino acids
Glycine Involved in the body's production of DNA, phospholipids, and collagen, and in release of energy
Plays a role in:
  • Cholesterol
  • Epilepsy
  • Gout
  • Kidney disease
  • Manic Depressive disorder
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Myasthenia
  • Wound healting
Nonessential Threonine Amino Acids
GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) A neurotransmitter in the brain
Plays a role in:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seizure disorders
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:
  • Alcholism
  • Brain injury
  • Cancer
  • Cataracts
  • Emotional disorders
  • Heavy metal toxity
  • Parkinson's
  • Ulcer
Not applicable Sulfur amino acids
Histidine An essential amino acid for infants, not for adults
Plays a role in:
  • Cataracts
  • Histamine
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Stress
  • Uremia
Essential Amino acid with important metabolites
Homocysteine Excess homocysteine can cause psychosis and mental retardation
Plays a role in:
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Methylation
  • Psychosis
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:
  • Alcoholism and chronic liver disease
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Endocrine function
  • Muscle building
  • Protein intolerance
  • Psychosis
  • Stress
Essential (all) Branched chain amino acids
Lysine Helps with growth and the immune system
Plays a role in:
  • Aging
  • Herpes (cold sores)
  • Marasmus
  • Stress
Essential Amino acid with important metabolites
Methionine Treatment for some forms of depression, schizophrenia, and Parkinson's disease
Play a role in:
  • Coronary Disease
  • Depression
  • Gallbladder
  • Parkinson's
  • Schizophrenia
Essential Sulfur amino acids
Ornithine Useful in a variety of health issues, realses growth hormone
Plays a role in:
  • Cancer
Not applicable Urea cycle amino acids
Proline and Hydroxyproline Highly concentrated throughout the body, except in the cerebrospinal fluid
Plays a role in:
  • Alcoholism
  • Cancer
  • Wound healing
Essential, conditional Glutamate amino acids
Phenylalanine Precursor of neurotransmitters called catecholamines
Plays a role in:
  • Depression
  • Infections and Catabolic (stress) states
  • Liver
  • Pain
Essential Aromatic amino acids
Serine Too much serine can cause problems
Plays a role in:
  • Cancer
  • Pain
  • Psychosis
Essential, conditional Threonine amino acids
TaurineNeeded for pre-term and infants
Play a role:
  • Brain
  • Cholesterol
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy
  • Eye
  • Gallbladder
  • Heart
  • Hypertension
Essential Threonine amino acids
Threonine Abundant in human plasma (blood)
Plays a role in:
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Immune system
  • Spasticity
Essential Threonine amino acids
Tryptophan Precursor of serotonin, an neurotransmitter
Plays a role in:
  • Agressive behavior
  • Anorexia
  • Depression
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Mania
  • Parkinson's
  • Pain
  • Pellagra
  • Suicide
Essential Aromatic amino acids
Tyrosine Located in both the brain and in muscle
Plays a role in:
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Parkinson's
  • Schizophrenia
Nonessential Aromatic amino acids

This books lists animal foods as sources of amino acids, plant based sources of amino acids are not included. The egg is a great source of amino acids. This resource covers a small glossary, extensive listing of references, and an index.

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ANTI-AGING MEDICINE

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)

Books on Anti-Aging Medicine:

Bombshell: explosive medical secrets that will redefine aging (2012) by Suzanne Somers (Publisher: Crown Publishing)

Book review:

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 lifestyle changes.

First, there a number of terms discussed in this book. The highlighted terms are:

Glossary:

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.

Health Systems and Information
Health System Information
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.)

This book ends with a chapter on how to address eighteen anti-aging issues. It includes a bibliography and an index. (Added 09/8/2012)

Breakthrough: 8 steps to wellness (2008) by Suzanne Somers (Publisher: Crown Publishers)

Book review:

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:

  1. Use of Bioidentical hormones replacement
  2. Avoid chemicals and do periodic detoxification
  3. Nutrition
  4. GI Tract
  5. Avoid pharmaceutical drugs unless absolutely necessary, use natural alternatives
  6. Supplement your diet
  7. Exercise
  8. Sleep

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

Book Review:

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
Hormone Information
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:
  • factor for neurotransmitters used for short and long term memory
  • regulates immune function
  • converts to steroid hormones
  • helps with moods
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
Concept Definition
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:
  • Alzheimer's
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cataract formation
  • Complications of diabetes
  • Heart failure
  • Premature skin aging
Homocysteine Homocysteine are a more accurate risk measure for potential heart attack risk instead of cholesterol. Elevated homocysteine levels are associated with:
  • Cancer, can play a role
  • Depression
  • Inflammatory bowel syndrome
  • Low thyroid function
  • Parkinson's
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:
  • Alzheimer's
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Fibromyalgia (and other autoimmune diseases)
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Pancreatitis
Inflammation occurs when the cytokines are activated in response to a fever or injury and they don't shut off. Measuring inflammation can be done through the C-Reactive Protein and Fibrinogen tests.
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. Methylation does:
  • Detoxify carcinogens and other poisons
  • Repair damaged DNA
  • Form new cells
  • Manufacture nutrients that can help with methylation
Oxidation Oxidative stress is like our cells rusting, like car rusts. Oxidative stress occurs on four levels:
  • Level 1 - This occurs at the molecular and cellular levels.
  • Level 2 - This affects the cell membranes, DNA, enzymes, protein synthesis, and mitochondrial function.
  • Level 3 - This affects the structural and functional level of blood vessels, nerve cells, skin, muscles, and organs.
  • Level 4 - At this level, premature aging, chronic and degenerative diseases take place.
Note: Anti-aging medicine seeks to address issues at the earliest level possible, like level 1 instead of waiting for it to progress level 4. Oxidative stress can be measured.

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
  • Cortisol
  • DHEA-S
  • Estrogen
  • Free T3
  • Free T4
  • IGF-1
  • Progesterone
  • Total Testosterone
  • TSH
  • Cortisol
  • DHEA-S
  • Estradiol
  • Free T3
  • Free T4
  • IGF-1
  • Progesterone
  • Total Estrogen
  • Total Testosterone
  • TSH
  • C-Reactive Protein
  • Cholesterol (total)
  • Fibrinogen
  • HDL
  • Homocysteine
  • LDL
  • LDL/HDL ratio
  • Lp(a)
  • TG/HDL ratio
  • Total/HDL ratio
  • Triglycerides (TG)
  • Albumin
  • Albumin/Globulin (A/G) ratio
  • Bilirubin
  • Blood urea nitrogen (BUN)
  • Calcium
  • Creatinine
  • Fasting Blood Sugar (FBS)
  • Fasting Insulin
  • Ferritin
  • Globulin
  • Hermatocrit
  • Mean corpuscular volume (MCV)
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Uric acid
  • White blood cell (WBC)

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:

For more information about anti-aging medicine, Dr. Philip Lee Miler has two websites, one of them being a blog. They are: www.antiaging.com and blog.antiaging.com (Added 09/10/2016)

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ARTHRITIS

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.

(Added 01/15/2013, Updated 11/04/2016)

Books on Arthritis:

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)

Book review:

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)

Book review:

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:

Holistic Approach to Treating Arthritis
Method Description
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.
This book covers in detail the roles and functions of various hormones.

With the right tools, using a multiple treatment approach, the human body can heal itself. This includes optimum nutrition. A single drug treatment does not deal with the underlying causes and has not been found effective for chronic health conditions. (Added 01/15/2013)

The New Arthritis Cure: eliminate arthritis and fibromylgia pain permanently (2009) by Dr. Bruce Fife. (Publisher: Piccadilly Books, Ltd.). (Added 11/04/2016)

Book Review:

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
Concept Information
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:
  • Joint capsule (fibrous, tough connective tissue that surrounds the joint)
  • Synovial membrane (inside capsule, filled with a slippery liquid called synovial fluid, and acts as a lubricant for the joint)
  • Ligaments (made of strong tissue and is a cordlike structure connecting the two bones together)
  • Cartilage (bones are capped with a layer of cartilage also known as articular cartilage, it acts as a shock absorber and protective pad to keep the bones from coming into direct contact with each other)
  • Synovial fluid (lubricates the joing between the cartilage of each bone end to allow for easier movement)
Low Carb Whole Foods Diet A low carb whole foods diet can help reduce oral infections. These foods include:
  • meat, fish, and eggs
  • good fats and oils
  • vegetables
  • hard and soft cheeses
  • unsweetened yogurt
  • nuts and seeds
  • low sugar fruits like berries
Nutrition Good nutrition helps the body to fight arthritis.
Rebuilding Damaged Joints Through Nutrition Two nutrients that are helpful. They are:
  • Glucosamine (1,500 mg glucosamine sulfate a day)
  • Chondroitin (1,200 mg chondrotin sulfate a day)
Vitamin C and manganese is also helpful. The author indicated that it is important to use reputable brands that contain these ingredients as listed on their bottles.
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:
  • Osteoarthritis (wear and tear type of arthritis, and increases with age)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (affects the synovial membrane ad may be an autoimmune condition)
  • Gout and Pseudogout (the body is unable to excrete uric acid)
  • Juvenile Arthritis (form of Rheumatoid Arthritis that occurs in children)
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis (affects the spine and the vertbrae into each other and fuse together
  • Reactive Arthritis (immune system is reacting to a bacterial infection in the genital, urinary, and gastrointestinal system)
  • Psoriatic Arthritis (inflammation of the skin, psoriasis, and the joints)
  • Fibromyalgia (instead of the joints, the body feels stiff, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, exhaustion, and considered to be an arthritis related condition. No definite diagnostic tests. Vaccinations may trigger this condition. No diagnostic tests are available to identify fibromyalgia.)
  • Acute Infectious Arthritis (caused by invasion of microorganisms, usually bacteria)

Dr. Bruce Fife offers a seven step plan in treating arthrits. It is:

Seven Step Treatment Plan in Treating Arthritis
Step Summary
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)

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AUTISM, PPD (PERVASIVE DEVELOPMENT DISORDER), and ADD/ADHD

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)

Books on Autism, PDD, and ADD/ADHD:

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)

Book review:

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)

Book review:

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:

  1. Check the digestive health system, with proper elimination, not having constipation or diaarhea, and digestion
  2. Check for food allergies, especially to gluten grains (wheat, rye, and barley) and casein, a milk protein found in diary products such as milk and cheese; an elimination diet can be helpful; be aware of the strong addiction these children can have for these foods
  3. Check the levels of toxins, as these individuals may have more problems in detoxifying. May need to facilitate the detoxification process
  4. Check for underlying infections and yeast problems
  5. Check the nutritional status and biochemical imbalances, to make sure that they have optimum nutrition. May need nutritional supplementation.

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 spectrum disorder.

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).

Book review:

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:

Name Descripton
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)

Book Review:

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)

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Web Resources on Autism and PPD

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)

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AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES

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)

Book on Autoimmune Disorders:

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)

Book review:

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:

The Killer T cells and the B cells need to be balanced in order for the immune system to work properly. Also, the T cells have two sets of helper cells. They are: T helpers and T regulators. Dr. Blum also refers to "rebel" cells that attack the body's tissues.

The four step plan to overcome autoimmune disease involves : In testing for autoimmune disorders, the goal is to catch it early, to identify when the immune system is not functioning properly, and begin corrective measures, so that the condition does not develop into a full blown disease state and cause organ and tissue damage. This is the philosophy behind functional and preventive medicine. A test recommended for identifying autoimmune conditions is the ANA test, the anti-nuclear anti-body test. It screens for systematic autoimmune disease. Lupus has been previously mentioned as an example of a systematic autoimmune disease. If the ANA test is positive, then move to more specific tests. Another test that is helpful is the anti-gliadin antibody test (AGA) and deamidated gliadin antibody (DGA) tests that check the body's reaction to gluten. These tests show up positive in celiac patients, before any damage occurs to the intestines.

Dr. Blum lists a number of nutrients that provide therapeutic benefits and are more effective and have a better track record than prescription drugs/medications. Another approach is to remove the following foods which includes diary, gluten, corn, and soy for three weeks at the same time and see if this helps. A major component of the immune system exists in the digestive system (70%) and it needs to be healthy. A leaky gut and dysbosis can trigger autoimmune conditions. The stomach needs the right acid and pH levels so that it can digest food properly (and enzymes), absorb various minerals and vitamins in food.

The role of stress on the immune system is explained in detail. The liver helps identify the toxins, and change the toxins into a form so that the body can expel it.

Dr. Blum covers other substances besides mercury that are toxic and harmful to human health. This includes arsenic, lead, plastics (xenoestrogens), prescription drugs and pesticides. She also covers on what approaches can be used to remove these substances from the body. This includes glutathione, chlorella, cilantro, and chelation. Some of the main chelation methods include: dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) is a pill you swallow; 2,3 dimercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid (DMPS) done via IV; and, EDTA which is good for removing lead and administered either by IV or rectal suppository. Chelation requires medical supervision.

The last chapter covers in more detail six specific autoimmune diseases that Dr. Blum encounters. For these autoimmune disorders, it is important to check the role of infections as triggers. For Multiple Sclerosis (MS), check for Chlamydia pneumoniae and Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) as triggers for MS. Low vitamin D can also play a role in triggering MS. For Rheumatoid Arthritis, proteus mirabilis can play a role in this condition as well as Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). For Sjogren's Syndrome, EBV can also play a role. Viruses can also trigger thyroid autoimmune diseases.

Brief Listing of Autoimmune Disorders
Autoimmune Disorder Symptoms Tests Treatment
Celiac Symptoms can include:
  • wide range of symptoms, from numbness, tingling in the extremities, fatigue to low thyroid function
  • arthritis
  • generalized brain fog
  • generalized fatigue
  • digestive issues, such as diarrhea, gas, and bloating after eating
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:
  • fatigue
  • muscle pain and weakness
  • fever when the disease is active
  • organ affected, other symptoms
  • color changes in fingers or feet
Tests include:
  • antinuclear antibodies (ANA)
  • anti-phospholipid antibodies
  • antibodies to double-stranded DNA
  • anti-Smith (Sm)
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:
  • eye pain
  • numbness, tingling, or pins-and-needles sensation anywhere in the body that doesn't go away after two weeks
  • swelling of the limbs or trunck
  • intense itching sensation, especially in the neck area
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:
  • muscle pain
  • fatigue
  • low-grade fever
  • depression
  • weight loss
  • morning stiffness
  • swelling of wrist or fingers
  • nodules or bumps under the skin and over an affected joint
Tests include:
  • hand x-ray
  • blood tests for ANA, rheumatoid factor (RF), and anti-citrullinated peptide/protein antibodies (anti-CCP)
  • blood tests for inflammation: ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) and high sensitivity C-reactive protein (some times called Cardio CRP)
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:
  • dry mouth and dry eyes
  • dryness in the vagina, skin, lungs, sinuses, and digestive tract
  • fatigue
  • joint pain
  • muscle pain
  • cognitive dysfunction
Tests include:
  • anti-nuclear antibodies (ANA)
  • anti-SSA antibodies
  • anti-SSB antibodies
  • measure DHEA-S and testosterone levels
Follow the four step plan and focus on healing the gut
Thyroid Autoimmune

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:
  • weight loss
  • rapid pulse
  • protuding eyes
  • insomnia
  • feeling too warm
  • restlessness
  • diarrhea
  • irritability
  • heart palpitations
Symptoms for Hashimoto's Thyroiditis:
  • enlarged thyroid (called a goiter)
  • sore throat
  • fatigue
  • hair loss
  • weight gain
Tests for both Graves and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis:
  • TSH
  • Free T4
  • Free T3
Tests for Graves:
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.

This resource suggests ways autoimmune disease can be cured when it is caught in its early stages. This is an excellent resource, well written with more up-to-date information on how our immune system functions. It includes recipes, recommended readings, nutritional supplements and herbs guide, notes, additional references, and index. (Added 09/12/2013)

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BACK PAIN

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)

Book on Back Pain:

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)

Book Review:

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:

The author covers the various mistakes made in treating back pain. One is that our bodies are not really designed to sit for hours, as it places extra stress on the spine, shortens the muscles in the front of the hips and the backs of our legs while weakening other muscles. Back pain can be of two types, one as a nerve based pain (with pressure on the nerve) or tissue based pain. A person can one or the other or both types of pain. Tight muscles can pull the back out of alignment. One comment about high heels, they do not help the back.

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:
  • cleans out toxins
  • hydrates tissues and organs
  • regulates body temperature
  • supplies oxygen
Water is needed to keep the spinal column hydrated, for muscles, and joints.
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:
  • acute
  • abnormalities
  • chronic
  • injury
The author indicates that is best to deal with pain before it becomes chronic. It becomes harder to treat chronic pain. Our bodies have nerve fibers and they have a pain receptor. When something is wrong, the nerve endings send a message.
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:
  • Level 1 - everyday stress
  • Level 2 - stressful occurrences like a car accident
  • Level 3 - major life events such as death, job changes, marriage, divorce, and personal injury
  • Level 4 - buried emotions
Note: The author mentions that too many of us are not taught to handle emotions and feelings in a socially appropriate manner. It is dangerous to repress or deny feelings.
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:
  • pooling of toxins in muscle tissue
  • imbalances in your diet, stress or damage to muscle tissue, or excessive exercise or physical activity
Dehydration and/or inadequate levels of oxygen to the tissues can also trigger point pain.
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:
  • hand held pressuring device on the knot
  • trigger-point massage therapy performed by a practitioner
  • lying down on a platform with a number of bumps (self-treatment)
It has been found to be helpful for a number of back pain situations.
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:
  • acupuncture
  • energy medicine
  • bodywork
  • nutritional analysis

In summary, all back pain is ultimately caused by one or more of three factors:

  1. Excess (too much)
  2. Deficiency (too little)
  3. Stagnation

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)

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Bioidentical Hormones

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))

Books on Bioidentical Hormones:

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)

BRAIN

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)

Books on the Brain:

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)

Book Review:

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:

Diet is important, knowing which foods have low glycemic levels (how much sugar is released into the blood stream when eating a specific food; vegetables generally have lower glycemic levels).

Fiber:
Fiber helps regulate the appetite hormone ghrelin. High ghrelin levels make you hungrier, and increase the desire for high calorie foods. Fiber slows down the absorption of foods into the bloodstream. Other benefits of fiber are: Omega-3s:
Information was covered on omega-3s essential fatty acids. They are essential to brain health. Low levels of omega-3s are associated or found in the following conditions: Omega-3s are found in the following food sources:

Sources of Omega-3s Essential Fatty Acids
Animal Sources Plant Food Sources
  • cod
  • mackeral
  • salmon
  • tuna
  • avocados
  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • flaxseeds
  • green leafy vegetables

Diet suggestions:
Dr. Amen presents seven rules for healthy eating. The rules are:
  1. Eat high quality calories, and not too many of them
  2. Drink plenty of water and avoid liquid calories
  3. Eat high-quality lean protein
  4. Eat "smart" (low glycemic, high fiber) carbohydrates
  5. Limit fat consumption to healthy fats, especially those containing omega-3s
  6. Eat natural foods of many different colors to boost antioxidants
  7. Cook with brain healthy herbs and spices
The term "gorilla" diet refers to a diet where only green foods, protein, and water are eaten. Slowly, eat new foods, to rule out foods that causes problems. The foods that commonly cause problems are peanuts, milk, eggs, soy, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, and wheat. This covers 90% of people's reactions.

Also, with the contamination of mercury on fish, it is important to be aware of which fish is not contaminated, or less likely to be contaminated by mercury. Always read labels on foods purchased in the grocery store. Restaurants are now issuing nutritional guidelines and calories on the foods served in their establishments.

Exercise:
Benefits of Exercise for the brain include the following: One type of exercise that helps enhance coordination is table tennis. Strength, resistance training, yoga, and dancing help both the body and the brain. Overweight and obesity is not good for the brain. It lowers your brain volume. Stress interferes with a person's ability to learn. The author suggest that to keep the brain "young", always keep on asking questions. Also, taking notes, this increases a person's comprehension. The author also covers the various types of intelligence: art, creativity, intuition, logic, mathematical, and social.

Brain types:
Dr. Amen talks about the various brain types that they see in their clinics. They are: The benefit of this resouce is that it talks about prevention and ways to promote our brain's health. The book ends with the Saddleback story, a church that collectively changed their diets from the white flour, doughnuts, etc. to a healthier and more wholesome diet, using small groups. The members that did change their diets reported healthier outcumes. The references are posted on the author's website and includes an index. (Added 08/08/2013)

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)

Book Review:

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:

Dr. Perlmutter lists five factors that lead to Alzheimer's. They are: This resource covers the following concepts:

Concept Information
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:
  • aging
  • damaged blood vessels
  • cognitive decline
  • diabetes
  • kidney disease
  • vascular disease
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:
  • an antioxidant
  • building block of cell membranes
  • fuel for neurons
  • precursor for brain supporting elements like vitamin D and other steroid hormones
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:
  • ADHD
  • autism
  • bipolar disorder
  • depression
  • epilepsy
  • schizophrenia
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:
  • allergies
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • digestive disorders
  • headaches
  • joint pain
  • low resistance to infection

Dr. Perlmutter covers the role of DHA, a type of omega 3 essential fatty acids.

Dr. Perlmutter recommends the following testing:

Test Function
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)

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BROMINE (CHEMICAL)

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)

Article on Bromine:

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.

Bromine is chemically similar to iodine. The body can bind with bromine instead of iodine. This causes problems with the thyroid. Bromine is toxic and needs to be avoided. It can cause delirium, psychomotor retardation, schizophrenia, and hallucination. It is a known carcinogen. Bromine (bromide) has been used in the following: How can our exposure to bromine be reduced?

It is a readable and informative article with references.(Added 07/02/2012, Updated 07/04/2013)

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CANCER

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)

Resources on Cancer:

Tomorrow's Cancer Cures Today: 25 secret therapies from around the world (2010) by Allan Spreen, MD and Roni Enten (Publisher: Health Sciences Institute)

Book review:

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)

Book review:


One key philosophy that all medical practitioners need to follow, is "First, do no harm" to the patient. This comes from Hippocrates Corpus and Hippocrates in Epidemics.

This book covers the actual benefits and hazards of chemotherapy, the use of drugs, to treat cancer. These drugs can be synthetic or poisons.

The author, Dr. Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. started his career as a science writer in New York City at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 1974. Initially, he was an enthusiastic believer in the value of chemotherapy. As he continued to learn more about chemotherapy, he learned that it was not as successful as it was hoped for. He writes about the shortcomings of chemotherapy treatment as well as in situations where it is successful. Chemotherapy has worked for some cancers. This doesn't mean that it necessarily works for all cancers.

Dr. Ralph Moss raises questions that all of us who are dealing with cancer need to be asking. They are: In this book, Dr. Moss answers these questions. One point that he makes is that some patients actually die from the chemotherapy treatment, not from the cancer. It is called "toxic death". Generally, chemotherapy is designed to harm the cancer cells, the bad guys. However, it can also harm the non-cancer cells. Some of these drugs are carcinogenic, increase the risk of cancer for the patient in the patient's life at a later time. Nurses are told to protect themselves when they handle drugs used for chemotherapy. These drugs are also called cytotoxic agents. Chemotherapy can cause nutritional deficiencies, especially with vitamin B1, B12, niacin, folic acid, thiamine, and vitamin K. Vitamin C is found to be helpful with chemotherapy's side effects. Nutritional supplementation can help protect the body's tissues and improve the effectiveness of the chemotherapy.

Dr. Moss covers as to what is proper behavior upon the part of physicians who specialize in cancer treatment towards their patient. The author discusses how clinical trials are conducted as well as the publication results. However, there are biases in how this information is presented and published. This includes "lead time bias", "stage migration", omitting unfavorable outcomes from the study and publication, "selection bias" in favor of healthier patients and the influence of the pharmaceutical companies on drug studies. He includes discussion on the use of words that don't quite mean what they say. As an example, tumor shrinkage does not mean that the cancer has been beaten.

The book covers in detail the four major cancers (breast, colon, small-cell lung, and ovarian); and in less detail about 50 other cancers, in alphabetical order. The appendix lists drugs used for chemotherapy.

The author addresses the issue about the "war on cancer". Has it been successful? If it hasn't, why not? He also makes a point that it is also important to include issues on the patient's quality of life in conjunction with chemotherapy. It appears that too few studies address the "quality of life" issue.

Finally, the author reminds us that as patients, we have rights when it comes to medical treatment. We have the right to determine what type of treatment to pursue. We all have the right to be respected in our choice of medical treatment, including the right not to accept chemotherapy. We all have the right to ask questions and obtain honest answers from our doctors, especially when it comes to the "cure" question, the "quality of life" question, and we will live longer and much how longer? We have the right to ask for definite proof from studies for specific treatment protocols. The book includes references, an index and contains technical/medical language.)(Added 05/04/2012)

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)

Article Review:

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)

Book review:

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:

  1. Carcinogens enter the body (environmental or dietary).
  2. Carcinogens can be safely eliminated; if not eliminated, they can cause DNA damage, result in improper genetic expression, or DNA mutation. The body will try to repair the damaged DNA cells; if not, these cells increase.
  3. Precancerous cells are formed, may either die or multiply to form tumors.
  4. Cancer cells form tumors and metastasize (spread). New blood vessels are formed to feed the tumors and support the spread of cancerous cells in the body.
Cristiana Paul explains the various intervention strategies that can be implemented to address cancer. Below is a table highlighting these strategies.
Stages in which the immune system seeks to control and remove cancer cells
Interventions Role
Intervention A Minimize exposure and getting carcinogens into body
  • Toxins from environment
  • Toxins from foods
  • Exercise to reduce levels of toxins
  • Need appropriate hormone intake and levels
Precancerous cells are either successfully removed or they need to be addressed by intervention B.
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:
  • Have adequate protein throughout the day
  • Increase fiber intake
  • Sweat
  • Drink clean water
  • Exercise
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:
  • Vitamins such as vitamin C, folate, vitamin K, and B12 help; minerals such as zinc and selenium; amino acid such as glutamine is fuel for immune cells
  • Herbs such as echinacea, astralagus, elderberry, goldenseal, andrographis, and specific mushrooms can enhance the immune system
  • Reduce stress, minimize intake of carbohydrates, deal with depression, get adequate sleep
Intervention F Additional nutritional supplementation, such as:
  • Consume adequate omega-3s
  • Keep folate in balance
  • Know IGF-1 levels, a marker of growth hormone, needs to be in the right range
  • Keep cholesterol in the right range
Intervention G Slowing down cancer cell proliferation and growth
  • Vitamin D supplementation (and needs a correct levels of vitamin K)
  • Know botanicals such as resveratrol, curcumin, green tea, broccoli, grape seed extract, pomegranate, quercetin, conjugated linoleic acid, luteolin, and ginger
  • Natural allies such as calcium, CoQ10, perillyl alcohol (found in cherries), garlic, and iodine
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
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)

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CANDIDA (YEAST SENSITIVITY)

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)

Books on Candida:

Complete Candida Yeast Guide, rev. 2nd ed. by Jeanne Marie Martin with Zoltan P. Rona, MD. (2000) (Publisher:Three Rivers Press)

Book review:

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:

Disease of unknown etiology (cause) often have a fungi connection. Treatment of fungal infection can help alleviate and eliminate other disease conditions a person may be experiencing.

While fungi are everywhere, it can change from round, benign, yeast-like substances to an invasive, budding myceliel form that causes harm to the body. The lack of hydrochloric acid in the stomach can also predisposes an individual to candida or fungal overgrowth. High levels of hydrochloric acid and gastric juices helps the body to kill off most fungi and other potentially harmful micro-organisms found in food. Low pancreatic enzymes can facilitate yeast/fungal growth.

To cure candida or bring the yeast under control, it is important to restore a friendly, healthy balance of bacteria in the body. Cleansing regimens are helpful. It helps to have a diet that avoid foods that feed the yeast. Mycotoxins can be a factor in hypoglycemia.

Testing for candida:
A live-cell microscopy (a drop of blood can show what is in the blood stream through a display of a high quality video camera connected to a color monitor and video recorder), pioneered by Canadian scientist Gaston Naessens, can display health and disease information not seen through other types of testing. CDSA, comprehensive digestive and stool analysis is another test that can help identify candida. Apparently, fungi manufacture uric acid, which plays a role in arthritis. Cholesterol will fight fungi; the more fungi that there is in the body, in response, the body and liver will manufacture more cholesterol to counter-act fungal mycotoxins. The real role of cholesterol in the body is to fight mycotoxins.

Some of the symptoms associated with candida in the five areas of the body are:
digestive system:
symptoms include bloating, gas, cramps, alternating diarrhea with constipation, or multiple food allergies, and colic and thrush in children
genito-urinary tract:
symptoms for women can include depression, mood swings, bloating, fluid retention, cramps, cravings for sweets, recurrent bladder or vaginal infections and discharge, and low libido. Symptoms for men can include chronic rectal or anal itching, recurrent prostatitis, impotence, genital rashes and jock itch.
nervous system:
symptoms includes abnormal fatigue, spaciness, anxiety, mood swings, drowsiness, memory loss, depression, insomnia, and/or mental fogginess. It can be a factor for autism, hyperactivity, and learning disabilities.
skin:
symptoms include hives, psoriasis, eczema, excessive sweating, acne, dandruff, athlete's foot, white flaky skin, and infections
endocrine system:
may be a factor in hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, and with the adrenal glands

It can also be a factor in heart disease, hyperlipidemia, cancer, gout, auto-immune disease, and other conditions related to age-related and degenerative diseases.

Foods to avoid:
  1. Grains: wheat, grain flours, pasta, and simple carbohydrates
  2. Legumes: white beans, dried split peas
  3. Starchy vegetables: corn, eggplant, potatoes, yellow sweet potatoes, iceburg lettuce
  4. Meats: sausage, luncheon meats, hot dogs, ground meats, shellfish, and red meat
  5. Sugars: sugar, honey, maple syrup
  6. Fruits, sweet: bananas, mangoes, melons, oranges, grapes
  7. Other: pickles, mushrooms, green olives, baking or nutritional yeast, miso, tempeh
Treatment for candida cannot be done by diet alone. It also requires aggressive antifungal therapy in most cases, under the guidance of a knowledgeable healthcare practioner. It requires a holistic approach to treating candida, strengthening the immune system of the host through better nutrition, reduced stress, cigarette and alcohol cessation, spiritual and psychological therapy, and a less-contaminated and less-polluted environment. Furthermore, treatment for candida releases extra toxins, which need to be treated as well.

Some of the treatment suggested for the following conditions:
Listing of conditions and suggested treatment
Condition Treatment
Autism Treat and check for the following:
  • checking for fungal metabolites
  • folic acid
  • food allergy testing, ELISA/ACT
  • high dosages of vitamin B6
  • nutritional supplementation
  • testing for heavy metal toxicity
Body odor and halitosis Treatment can include:
  • B complex vitamins
  • Bee propolis
  • Beta carotene
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Probiotics
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
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:
  • Reduce sugar consumption, sugar suppresses immunity within minutes, creating high levels of insulin, more fat in the body, insulin promotes cell growth, and probably breast cancer growth
  • Eradicating fungal mycotoxins from the body is the best form and prevention against breast cancer, red meats are a heavy source of fungal mycotoxins.
Eczema Treatment can include:
  • avoid chemicals and chlorinated water
  • diet in fresh and unrefined foods
  • nutrient supplementation
  • plant based diet is best
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.)
  • Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, hawthorn berries are high in bioflavonoids can neutralize uric acid
  • Bromelein, an amino acid from pineapples is helpful
  • Celery, liquid chlorophyll, carrots, spinach, parsley are recommended in large amounts
  • Folic acid and vitamin C are anti-fungal
  • Herbal remedies such as such devil's claw, burdock, and juniper helps also reduce serum chlosterol and uric acid levels
  • Human body cannot synthesize (handle) uric acid. Uric acid comes from the production and secretion by fungi
  • Lose weight
Hyperactivity Hyperactivity may be affected by sugar intake, hidden food allergies, sensitivity to chemicals such as lead, cadmium, and other toxic metals.
Suggestions include:
  • Check for micronutrient deficiences
  • ELISA/ACT blood test, to check out sensitivity to 300 specific foods and chemicals
  • Serum amino acid test, checks out the levels of precursors to neurotransmitters
IBD: Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis These conditions have a strong connection to fungal infection.
Suggestions include:
  • Aloe vera, garlic, and acidophilus are helpful
  • Check for parasites
  • Eliminate lactose (milk sugar), starches, grains, yeast, and refined carbohydrates in diet
  • Most common foods that causes problems are: milk, wheat, and yeast containing foods
  • Specific carbohydrate diet by Elaine Gottschall
Multiple Sclerosis Suggestions include:
  • MS is helped by the following nutrients: vitamin B12, essential fatty acids, folic acid, selenium, selenium, zinc.
  • Dietary suggestions for MS:
    • Avoid all dairy, grains, legumes, eggs, and yeast
    • Avoid all allergenic goods identified by skin and ELISA tests
    • Avoid all red meat and margarine
    • Eat fish and skinless breast of chicken and turkey for protein, fruits and vegetables for carbohydrates and micro-nutrients, and extra virgin olive oil and unrefined sunflower oil for fats
  • Check for heavy metals toxicity using hair analysis and urine testing
  • Anti-fungal treatment may help (check for yeast)
  • DHEA hormone may be helpful. DHEA is a hormone that helps the body regulate the immune system and maintains the metabolic and structural integrity of the nervous system. It has been used successfully for other auto-immune disorders.
  • Do need the services of a knowledgeable health care practitioner
Prostate Cancer Fungal connections have been found with prostate cancer
Suggestions for prostate and other cancers include:
  • avoid sugar, white flour products, dairy products, fatty foods, coffee, caffeine, alcohol, meat, chicken, tobacco smoke, and refined foods
  • a number of nutritional supplements are listed and how they are helpful
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:
  • GTF chromium (mineral) - 1 milligram three times a day
  • L-glutamine (amino acid) - 2,000 milligrams three times a day
  • Multiple and mineral supplement
  • Zinc (mineral) - 30 mg once a day
Note: A number of other health conditions are discussed by the authors. They include:
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Low Platelets and Thromocytopenic Purpura
  • Nail disease
  • Polycythemia
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Seborrhea, Folliculitis, and Scalp problems
  • Vaginitis, Chronic
  • Vitiligo
  • Weight control and candida

The authors explain and suggest four types of diets to address various stages of counter-acting the yeast.
  1. Phase I: This diet is designed to ease people into the more strict anti-candida phase II diet.
  2. Phase II: This diet is for regular or severe candida.
  3. Phase III: This diet is for following the candida treatment, a recovery diet and an immune system boosting diet.
  4. Phase IV: This diet is a post-candida treatment diet, and to prevent the reoccurrance of candida.
The authors list some of the foods in which there is controversy as to whether or not it is safe as anti-candida food. If in doubt, check with your health care provider. They include: Other interesting information is presented by the authors. Below is a listing.
Addendum Information
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:
  • alters structure of proteins
  • damages DNA
  • disrupts communication between cells
  • impairs kidney function
  • induces autoimmune disease
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:
  • Natural
  • Acquired
  • Passive
The authors list various nutrients that strengthen the immune system.


This is an excellent resource guide to understand candida and the various health conditions related to this fungal condition. It includes menu plans, recipes including detailed instructions on how to cook beans and how long to steam vegetables, references, resources, and an index. It expands the work on candida started by Dr. William Crook, MD. (Added 08/08/2013, corrected 01/30/2014)

The Yeast Connection: a medical breakthrough (1986) by William G. Crook, MD. (Publisher: Professional Books) (Added 08/08/2013)

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Chem Trails

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)

Book Review:

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:

For example, U.S. Code Title 50, Chapter 32, Section 1520a does restrict "the use of human subjects for testing of chemical or biological agents," but a loophole allows for “medical, therapeutic, pharmaceutical, agricultural, and industrial research and tests, including research for protection against weapons and for law enforcement purposes like riot control.”

Corporate interests (including the pharmaceutical industry) have interfered with the implementation of these laws, and the National Security Act has prevented information from being openly shared. The United States refused to sign the Convention on Biological Diversity attended by 193 nations in Japan in 2010 moratorium on "climate-related geoengineering activities that may affect biodiversity."

The author covers in detail the technology used to affect climate change, global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Disaster capitalists are able to make big profits from such disasters through weather derivatives and real estate and insurance scams.

Autoimmune diseases have skyrocketed since chemtrail-HAARP activity in our atmosphere. All living creatures are sensitive to electro-pollution emanating from power lines, cell towers, and other frequencies, but the nanoparticulates of heavy metals in the trails—aluminum, arsenic, barium, boron, cadmium, iron, manganese, zinc—mean heavy metal toxicity in our lungs and bloodstreams. Even the silver iodide used in local cloud seeding is toxic to plants and our bodies.

Chemtrails appear to be a global extension of biological and chemical warfare. Scientists who speak out may experience harm. Chapter 8 of the book is dedicated to the work of independent scientist Clifford E. Carnicorn. Polymers like Mylar are also used to deliver biological experiments like Morgellons fibers. Vaccinations and GMOs are other delivery systems that work against biological health with what is in chemtrails. For example, glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup destroys DNA and has been found in human placentas. Chemtrails can be used to spread bacteria and pathogens over large populations. Nutritional supplements can be used to boost the immune system and counteract some of the toxins we are being exposed to.

This book follows the pattern established by Smoking and Politics: Policymaking and the Federal Bureaucracy by A. Lee Fritschler, published in 1975, and The Case Against Fluoride: how hazardous waste ended up in our drinking water and the bad science and powerful politics that keep it there by Paul Connett, James Beck, and H.S. Micklem, published in 2010. All of these sources emphasize the need for an arm’s length relationship between the private and public sectors, the role of the public sector to protect public safety, and the need to further our understanding of science, technology, and the military’s exploitation of them.

Do the people doing this realize the consequences, the impact on soil, weather, and human, animal, and plant life? This book needs to be read by everyone concerned about our Earth, weather, environment, and human health issues. (Added 05/16/2016)

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CHOLESTEROL

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)

Book on Cholesterol:

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)

Book Review:

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.

Definition and Role of Cholesterol

First, the authors define what is cholesterol. It is a waxy substance needed as:

Low levels of cholesterol have been found to be linked to accidents, aggression, cancer, cerebral hemorraghes, depression, heart disease, and suicide. The authors do an excellent job of explaining the various components associated with cholesterol and which one does cause problems. Below is a table:

Types of Cholesterol
Type Subtypes Information
HDL
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.
LDL
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:

Issues with Statin Drugs

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:

Information about Fats

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:
  • butter
  • cheese
  • coconut oil
  • meat
Unsaturated
Monosaturated
Liquid at room temperture Found in:
  • Avocado
  • Macademian nuts
  • Olive oil
Unsaturated
Polyunsaturated
Liquid at room temperature Omega-6s
  • Linoleic Acid (LA) as found in vegetable oils
Omega-3s
  • Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) as found in walnuts, flaxseed
  • Docosahexanoic Acid (DHA) as found in fish and grass-fed meat
  • Eicosapentanoic Acid (EPA) as found in fish and grass-fed meat
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.

Information about Sugar and Other Factors behind Cardiovascular Disease

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:

The authors also specify what are the good carbohydrates and which ones are not good. They explain what glycemic index and glycemic load is. Also, sugar acts in the body in a number of ways, including glycation.

What can be done to improve Cardiovascular Health?

What can be done to improve cardiovascular health? It includes the following:

  1. Don't smoke
  2. Drink alcohol in moderation
  3. Eat a wholesome, low glycemic diet with plenty of omega-3s and fiber
  4. Engage in moderate to vigorous exercise
  5. Maintain a healthy weight

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)

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COCONUT (As a Food and Medicine)

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)

Book on Coconuts :

Coconut Cures: preventing and treating common health problems with Coconut (2005) by Bruce Fife, ND. (Publisher: Piccadilly Books. Ltd.)

Book review:

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)

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COOKBOOKS

This section covers various cookbooks that facilitate nutritional health and address specific health issues. We have three different cookbooks. They are:

(Updated 11/06/2015)

Books on Cooking:

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)

Book Review:

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)

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DENTAL HEALTH (GENERAL)

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)

Book on Dental Health (General):

Oil Pulling Therapy: detoxifying and healing the body through oral cleansing (2008) by Dr. Bruce Fife. (Publisher: Piccadilly Books, Ltd.). (Added 08/09/2016)

Book Review:

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:

The mouth includes and contains a considerable amount of bacteria which can influence our health. Oil pulling "pulls" disease causing bacteria, cleans the mouth far better than a toothbrush and mouthwash can. Dr. Fife covers root canals, amalgam fillings which contain mercury, and the work of Dr. Weston Price. Actually, the older the amalgams are, the less mercury they contain. Despite their reduced size, these fillings continue to release mercury vapor. The other question that all of us need to ask is what has happened to the mercury in the filling that is no longer there?

Below is a table about issues that the author covers regarding dental health.

Concepts relating to Dental Health Issues
Concept Information
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:
  • White bread is sticky and clings to teeth
  • Dried fruit is sticky, too
  • Soda contains acid
  • Chewable vitamin C is not recommended
The author provides a recipe for making your own toothpaste and covers the use and benefits of hydrogen peroxide.
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:
  • Fluoride poisons over 100 enzymes in the body.
  • Fluoride disrupts collagen, a major connective tissue in the body, causing premature wrinkling and aging.
  • Fluoride causes seizures in humans and animals.
  • Fluoride while reducing the incidence of cavities has the potential to cause gum disease.
  • Fluoride contributes to the formation of dental calculus or tartar on the teeth.
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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.
  • Amino acids are the building blocks for all proteins.
  • Mercury can attach itself to amino acids on cell membranes.
  • With mercury now part of the cell, when a white blood cell comes by to read its code, the code reads self-plus-mercury.
  • Since it is not an exact match, the cell is identified as foreign and is attacked by the body's immune system.
  • In this way, mercury can cause autoimmune disorders.
Mercury toxicity can lead to a number of autoimmune diseases:
  • Addison's Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Grand's Disease
  • Lou Gehrig's (ALS)
  • Lupus
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
Mercury generates free radicals. Chewing gum is not good for those with mercury fillings, as the chewing releases mercury vapor. Oral bacteria can convert mercury vapor into methylmercury, a highly toxic form of mercury, and a form that spreads to other parts of the body.
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:

It includes a number of tips relating to maintaining optimum dental health as well as physical health. This reference includes questions, bibliography, references, and an index. For additional information about mercury, see the section on Mercury (Chemical). For information regarding fluoride, see section on Fluoride. (Added 08/09/2016)

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DENTAL HEALTH (MERCURY AMALGAM SILVER FILLINGS)

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)

Books on Dental Health:

The Poison in Your Teeth (2008) by Tom McGuire, DDS. (Publisher: Dental Wellness Institute)

Book review:

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)

Web Resources on Dental Health (Mercury Amalgam Silver Fillings)

Dr. Tom McGuire, DDS maintains a website called the Dental Wellness Institute. The web address is: http://dentalwellness4u.com. (Added 10/19/2011)

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DVD Resources on DENTAL HEALTH (MERCURY AMALGAM SILVER FILLINGS)

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:

Mercury is known neurotoxin and is extremely dangerous to human health. As a neurotoxin, this means that this substance can harm our brain (as well as any area of the body). Besides being a metal, the other issue with mercury is its ability to volitalize. This occurs when a substance evaporates into a gas. For mercury, this is known as mercury vapor and it is measurable. Silver amalgams fillings contain fifty percent mercury. Another concern raised in this presentation is the disposal of mercury into our water system.

Our exposure to mercury can be a major factor in a number of illnesses, including Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Alzheimer's. While genetic susceptibility can be a factor causing some people can react more readily, it is really not safe for anyone. Mercury is extremely dangerous to pregnant women as it can harm the fetus as well as the mother. One in six women were found to have high levels of mercury in their bodies. It should never be used in young children. To get a general idea of what mercury exposure can do, it can play a role in the following conditions: Besides covering basic information about mercury and the use of mercury in dental fillings, this documentary covers the role of the American Dental Association, the role of the FDA on this subject, stories of two people who suffered severe reactions to mercury exposure, and independent sources that explains the dangers with mercury. This documentary brings up the need for more informed information about mercury, the need for informed medical consent, the apparent lack of collaboration between OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), FDA (Food and Drug Administration), and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in the United States. This film also shows the need for more thorough background checks on people appointed to head these agencies, to make sure that they do not have financial and other ties to the private sector that can cause conflict of interest issues. This film also addresses the need for dental education to address toxicology issues relating to mercury as well as safety in a dental office. This issue is not just limited to the United States.

An organization called the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology addresses the mercury dangers issues and a chemist, Dr. Boyd Haley, Phd. who has a Phd. in chemistry, he, too, explains the dangers associated with mercury.

This film/documentary is done extremely well. For more information about this documentary and topic, it is on the following website: http://evidence-of-harm.com. (Added 06/24/2016)

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DENTAL HEALTH (ROOT CANALS)

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.

Books on Dental Health (Root Canals):

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
Concept Definition
American Diets American diets tend to have an imbalance between calcium and phosphorous. This factor is due high intake of:
  • caffeine
  • refined grains
  • soft drinks and sodas (excess phosphorous)
  • sugar consumption (including hidden sugars)
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:
  • arthritic joints
  • calcium in the shoulder or elbow (bursitis or tendonitis)
  • eye cataracts
  • kidney stones or gallbladder stones
  • plaque in the arteries
Calcium plays a number of functions in the body.
Diagnostic Tools Dentistry has a number of diagnostic tools to assess dental health. Some of these tools have limitations. Below is a list:
  • A standard tool is the x-ray. While an x-ray can provide the dentist considerable information about the condition of the teeth, it doesn't always show the presence of infection. Neither are these x-rays complete. While the supposedly infected tooth is removed, the source of infection can also come from the neighboring tooth and it may not always appear in an x-ray.
  • Another type of x-ray is the three dimensional x-ray, which provides more detail. However, unfortunately, both dental and health insurance in the U.S. does not cover this.
  • A third tool, not used for diagnostic purposes, but more for research purposes is the electron microscope. It magnifies the dental and other tissues a 1,000 to 15,000 times, much more than the traditional microscope.
Diseases affected by root canals List of diseases and health conditions affected by root canals:
  • anemia
  • angina pectoris
  • aortitis
  • arteriosclerosis
  • bacteremia
  • endocarditis
  • glycemia
  • heart block
  • hyper and hypotension
  • leukocystosis
  • leukopenia
  • lymphocytosis
  • lymphopenia
  • myocarditis
  • pericarditis
  • phlebitis
When the infected root canal tooth was removed and it was a causative factor in a secondary health condition, the removal of the root canal tooth (and surrounding infected area as well), this also alleviated the secondary health condition.
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: This includes:
  • the brain
  • the eyes
  • the heart
  • the joints
  • the kidneys
  • the nervous system
In his research, Dr. Price removed the infected root canals from people and placed the infected tooth inside rabbits. They incidentally developed the same health issues experienced by the original patient. By removing the infected root canal tooth (and its surrounding tissues and bone that is infected), the health issues disappeared. For a more detailed listing of health issues, see the section on Diseases affected by root canals.
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:
  • acid and alkaline balance
  • infections
  • metabolism
  • pregnancy
  • pyorrhea
  • tooth decay
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:
  • acid and alkaline base in the saliva
  • lower ionic calcium levels
Both of these factors are in the diet, when the following foods are eaten. This includes:
  • refined grains and related products
  • sugar
  • white flour products
Tooth decay and cavities is actually a systemic health problem, not a local health issue.

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)

Book Review:

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:
  • Alzheimers
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Hearing loss
  • IBD - Irritable Bowel Disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stroke
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:
  • identify the infectious bacteria found to cause multiple systemic infections such as placenta infections leading to preterm labor and low birth weight in newborns
  • identify the infections in atherosclerotic plaques leading to heart attacks
  • identify other infections found in various organs like the liver, kidneys, and etc.
This is fairly new technology.
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:
  • infectious anaerobic bacteria
  • endotoxins
  • exotoins
There are leakage issues with the root canal. Generally, the body's blood supply or circulation system is not able to access the root canal area. Dentists need to remove the periodontal ligament lining the tooth socket as well.
Toxins in the Root Canal Toxins in the root canal can inhibit a number of enzymes. They are:
  • adenylate kinase
  • creatine kinase
  • phosphorylase A
  • phosphorylase kinase
  • pyruvate kinase
There are two types of toxins, one is endotoxins and second one is exotoxins.

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)

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DEPRESSION

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)

Book on Depression:

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)

Book Review:

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:

Candidiases can play a role in depression. Antiobiotics do not kill the yeast. Candida itself produces toxins. One of them is acetaldehyde. Yeast combined with sugar produces alcohol in the body.

The authors cover the over the counter medications, prescriptions drugs, illicit drugs, they can cause depression. One issue with psychiatric drugs, it is really a shotgun approach and they can actually make the depression worse. With orthomolecular psychiatry, they look at the following factors: The authors state that your nutrition is based on all of the following factors: Because digestion is so important for treating depression, the authors spend some time dicussing digestion and how it is supposed to work. Below is a table covering the issues behind digestion:

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:
  • Single molecules (examples include glucose and fructose)
  • Double molecules (examples include sucrose and lactose
  • Multiple molecules
Note #1: Carbohydrates play a role in giving us energy, forms ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which provides energy for most of the biochemical reactions in the body.
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:
  • Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)
  • Casein Free Diet
  • Elimination and Avoidance Diet
Digestive Enzymes Listing of Main Digestive Enzymes
  • Protease - digests proteins
  • Amylease - digests carbohydrates
  • Lipases - digests fats
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:
  • cell structure
  • energy
  • make local hormones
Note #1: Those who eat fish experience lower rates of depression.
Note #2: Types of fats:
  • saturated fats
  • unsaturated fats
  • monounsaturate
  • polyunsaturated
Note #3: One type of fat that is extremely unhealthy is the trans fat created by hydrogenation.
Fiber The authors recommend 25 to 30 grams of fiber daily.
Foods: Positive Foods and
Foods to Avoid
Postive Foods:
  • beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds
  • eggs and dairy
  • fats
  • fruits and vegetables, whole
  • grains and cereals, whole
  • meat and poultry, organic
  • seafood and fish
  • sweets - stevia

Foods to avoid:
  • alcohol
  • chemical food additives
  • chloride
  • coffee (organic is better)
  • fluoride
  • hydrogenated fats
  • white flour
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:
  • alpha linolenic acid (plant)
  • DHA - Docoshaexaennuric acid (seafood)
  • EPA - Eicasopentaenoic acid (seafood)
Protein Protein roles:
  • Plays a role in depression
  • Balance hormones
  • Helps with blood sugar
  • Heals wounds
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Body's building material
  • Amino acids precursor to neurotransmitters
Raw Foods Raw foods are a good source of enzymes.

In addition to the role of nutrition and diet in treating depression, other topics are covered. See table below:

Term Information/Explanation
Amino Acids The amino acids need to in balance for depression. It is a three step process. It is:
  • Assess the inhibitory amino acids
  • Assess the excitatory amino acids
  • Adjust and balance the inhibitory and excitatory amino acids
Note #1: Chapter 4 covers the various amino acids along with their roles.
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:
  • Amino acid therapy
  • Proper diet
  • Supplementation
  • Hormone therapy
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Lifestyle changes
Depresstion, Types of The authors cover various types of disorders. They are:
  • Major depression
  • Dysthymia - chronic mild depression
  • SAD - seasonal affective disoder which occurs in the winter
  • Postpartum depression - occurs in 70% of new mothers. Deficiency of iodine and omega 3 can t urn this into major depression
  • Bipolar mood swings
  • Anxiety disorders
    • generalized anxiety disorder
    • obsessive-compulsive disorder
    • panic attacks disorder
    • phobias
    • PSTD - post stress traumatic disorder
    • social anxiety disorder
Herbs for depression Four types of herbs that have been found to be helpful with mild or moderate depression are:
  • St. John's Wort
  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • Siberian Ginseng
  • Rhodiola
Neurotransmittrs Various Neurotransmitters that play a role in depression:

  • Dopamine
  • Endorphin
  • GABA
  • Glutamine
  • Melatonin
  • Norepinephrine
  • Serotonin
  • Thyroid hormones
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).

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DETOXIFICATION

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 with detoxification.

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)

(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)

Books on Detoxification:

Detoxification and healing: the key to optimal health (2004) by Sidney MacDonald Baker, MD (Publisher: Contemporary Books)

Book review:

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:

  1. Treat dysbosis (imbalance of germs in the digestive tract)
  2. Avoid food allergens
  3. Investigate gluten sensitivity
  4. Eliminate mercury
  5. Supplement with folic acid
  6. Take fatty acid supplements
  7. Consider vitamin and mineral supplements
Dr. Baker categorizes the types of allergens and toxins. Allergens are generally specific to a person's reaction to the substance. Not everyone will have an allergic reaction. Dr. Baker estimates that one third of the population in the United States have allergies, instead of the 4% to 5%. Immediate allergy reactions are triggered by the IgE antibodies; whereas delayed allergy reactions are triggered by IgG antibodies. Allergy reactions can be involved in as many as 150 health conditions.

Toxins in small amounts are harmful to everyone. Generally, the difference between allergens and toxins is not always clearcut. There are a number of different allergens. Below is a listing:
  • chemicals
  • dander
  • dust
  • food
  • germs
  • mold
  • pollen
There are three types of external toxins. Below is a listing:
  • biologic - from germs, insects, and plants
  • elementary - lead, mercury, aluminum, and etc.
  • synthetic - mostly petrochemical
Dr. Baker also discusses mercury, a well known neurotoxin. Sensivity to mercury varies from person to person. If a person is experiencing ill-health, if they have mercury in their dental fillings, it is not too late to remove dental fillings. Mercury tends to end up in various areas of the body. Incidentally, mercury has a long history of being used for medical purposes. There are no exact tests that can measure a person's level of mercury in their bodies and how sensitive their body is to mercury. Another interesting paradox regarding mercury detoxification, a first, second, and third treatment may not remove the mercury; however, it works on the fourth treatment. Symptoms from mercury can show up in all medical disciplines. The different forms of mercury are:
  • metallic mercury (quick silver) - little absorption
  • mercury vapor
  • organic forms of mercury - high absorption
    • methyl mercury
    • ethyl mercury
Unfortunately, larger fish population have acquired mercury in their tissues. Avoid eating larger fish.

Dr. Baker also discusses lead. Low levels of lead causes problems in attention, learning problems, and behavioral disorders. Lead tends to end up in bones. Lead can be a factor in seizures, headaches, abdominal pain, and irritability. Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and calcium can lower the body's lead level. Aluminum also causes problems. It is attracted to the phosphates in DNA. Other toxins are: antimony, arsenic, beryllium, bismuth, cadmium, platinum, thalium, thorium, uranium, nickel, silver, tin, and titanium. They have appeared in human tissues.

Toxins can be produced internally by the body, as leftover hormones, neurotransmitters, and toxic molecutes. Toxins can also come from the digestive tract. Alcohol can produce toxic effects. Alcohol from alcoholic beverages can interfere with many of the enzymes. Even if a person doesn't drink alcohol, yeasts can produce alcohol in the intestines. Yeast and mold can cause allergic reactions. Premature breast development may stem from exposure to estrogen and liver problems. According to Dr. Baker, when a person is experiencing illness, it is a signal that change is needed. Also, sick people are often found to have poorer detoxification systems. When a patient comes in with a health issue, Dr. Baker will ask the following questions.
  • Is something out of balance, e.g. zinc deficiency?
  • Is something wrong with the digestive process, e.g. magnesium deficiency? A person under stress loses magnesium. Is the stomach producing enough stomach digestive enzymes and acids?
  • Is there an underlying infection, such as a yeast infection, an Epstein-Barr virus, or herpes simplex?
  • Is there a chemical exposure, such as exposure to formaldehyde, pesticide, petrochemical, and etc.?
  • Are the adrenal glands functioning below par? This can be considered adrenal insufficiency.
  • Psychological factors can play a role, as well.
Dr. Baker discusses issues with gluten and casein. Problems with digesting gluten can be due to a particular peptidase called DPP4. Gluten not properly digested due to the DPP4, it mimics opium and family of drugs derived from opium (heroin, morphine, and codeine). Problems with DPP4 can also affect the body's ability to digest casein. Sensivity to milk products can be due to:
  • milk allergy (reaction is immediate)
  • lactose intolerance (body lacks enzyme to separate lactose into two sugars, glucose and galactose
Dr. Baker also emphasizes the importance of protecting the DNA, as this is blue print for our cells. Homocysteine is presented as problem molecule and bad for cardiovascular health. People with homocysteine problems may benefit from extra magnesium, more essential fatty acids, and have a tendency to have high cholesterol levels.

Some of the most troublesome toxins are those whose molecular structures resemble friendly molecules. Instead of just measuring the body'slevel of toxins, Dr. Baker recommends that testing be done on how well the body detoxifies. It is a two step process, take a substance like aspirin, caffeine, acetamenophen called probes, and measure the body's output for these substances. It is also recommended that this test be made part of a healthcare standard, for both those who are healthy and those who are sick.

Essential fatty acids, omega-3s, are covered. It plays a role in arthritis, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disese, colitis, depression, and eczema. It is suggested that can benefit those with bi-polar disorder. Large doses of flaxseed oil is found to be helpful to those with schizophrenia. The fats gives you curves, gives you energy, gives cells a strong membrane, and is needed in a number of hormones.

Dr. Sidney McDonald Baker talks about two approaches to medicine.
  • One is definitive diagnosis, where it is determined that the patient/person has diabetes, crohn's disease, or psoriasis.
  • The second is the descriptive diagnosis such as hyperactivity, depression, or tinnitus, or a collection of symptoms that do not match a specific diagnostic category.
The second approach to medicine is the medicine that enables the patient to regain their health.

This is a resource that discusses the various aspects of detoxification and its importance for human health. It includes notes and an index. (Added 09/12/2013)

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)

Book review:

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:

  1. dietary therapy to reduce intestinal membrane inflammation and altered bowel flora
  2. nutritional supplementation to increase phase 1 and phase 2 liver detoxification and stimulate bile flow; also enhance the cells' ability to function normally and promote self-healing
  3. sauna therapy to enhance the reduction of fat stored pesticide metabolites

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:

  1. heavy metal exposure (lead, mercury, and cadmium)
  2. pesticide and organic solvent residues (PCBs) stored in human fat tissue
  3. altered intestinal ecology

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:

  1. nucleus-contains the DNA code, toxins can damage the DNA two ways, altering DNA code or creating free radicals
  2. mitochondria-is the energy component of the cell, taking oxygen and glucose and turning it into fuel for the muscles and organs
  3. cell membrane-is a film of fat, needs to be fluid and soft, not rigid; as an outer shell of the cell, it plays a role in facilitating communication between cells; toxins can interfere with cell communication

Six steps of detoxification:

  1. remove obstacles to health (focus on diet)
  2. improve circulation
  3. enhance elimination
  4. repair gastrointestinal system
  5. stimulate the liver
  6. transform stress

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.

Health conditions:

  • ADD-ADD (attention deficit disorder) children may have damaged cell membranes and be deficient in DHA (decohexanoic acid)
  • Alzheimer's-brain damage, from environmental toxins, sensitivity to wheat gluten/gliadin, high levels of mercury
  • Asthma-increased along with the automobile use
  • Autoimmune conditions-(condition where the body attacks its own tissues) cell communication is affected, essential fatty acids are important to cell membrane health, wrong type of fat, hydrogenated is not good for the cells' membrane
  • Multiple chemical sensitivity-a legitimate health condition that can be treated with detoxification
  • Parkinson's-cause may be environmental toxins, it is not viral or an autoimmune condition, found more frequently in industrialized countries

Tests for detoxification are explained:

  1. Regular chemistry screening tests
  2. Acid/Base pH testing
  3. Testing for heavy metals: hair and urine
  4. Functional Liver Detoxification Profile
  5. Oxidative Stress Testing
  6. Intestinal Permeability Testing
  7. Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA) and Parasitology (Authors suggest that testing for parasites be done by labs that specialize in parasite testing)
  8. Food Allergy Testing (IgE and IgG)
  9. Elimination Provocation Testing (avoiding the food, followed by food challenge)
  10. Organic Acid Analysis
  11. Amino Acid Anaylsis
  12. Vitamin and Mineral Assay
  13. Hormone Level Analysis
  14. Essential Fatty Acid Analysis

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)

Book review:

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:

  • Clear up symptoms
  • Treat disease
  • Prevent future problems
There are two types of toxins to deal with, external sources and internal sources. What is interesting, the authors talk about specific types of detoxification related to specific conditions. They are:
  • Sugar
  • Nicotine
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Chemicals from prescription medications
Symptoms of toxicity are listed:
Symptoms of Toxicity
Agina pectoris Frequent colds Runny nose
Anorexia Headaches Nausea
Anxiety High blood fats Sexual dysfunction
Backaches Hives Skin rashes
Bad breath Immune weakness Sleepiness
Constipation Indigestion Sore throat
Coughing Insomnia Tight or stiff neck
Depression Irritated eyes Wheezing
Dizziness Itchy nose
Environmental sensitivity/allergy Joint pains Note: Some of these symptoms may be due to nutritional deficiencies.
Fatigue Menstrual pain
Fever Mood changes Source: Page 13

Interestingly, treating toxicity is also a component of treating obesity. Detoxification is also good for seniors in their seventies and eighties. Chemicals in foods are a major source of toxins. The authors emphasize that gastrointestinal or digestive health is important and essential to overall health. (Note: This is also stated by Brenda Watson.)

Fasting is another tool to facilitate detoxification. Fasting can be done just basically drinking water (and without nutrients). Another type of fasting is with juicing, with juicing supplying easily absorbable nutrients. Fasting goes back thousands of years. When undergoing a fast, it is important to gradually end the fast.

The authors also cover which nutrients can help heal the gastrointestinal tract. They include:
  • Aloe Vera - helps soothe and heal the GI tract mucosa and tissue
  • Ascorbic acid - is vitamin C, helps connective tissue repair, wound healing, general tissue strength
  • Essential fatty acids (EFAs) - helps maintain the integrity of the cell membranes, protect and heal cells and tissues
  • Fiber - the soluable type protects and provides movement of foods through the digestive system
  • Glutathione, L-cysteine, and N-acetylcystein (NAC) - provides fuel and act as protective anti-oxidant and detoxification supporter for the GI mucosa and other enzyme systems
  • L-Glutamine - used by the cells lining the gastrointestinal tract, in the intestines
  • Probiotics - essential for healthy bacteria/flora in the intestines
  • Selenium - helps the cells with chemical detoxification
  • Vitamin A - needed for normal growth, function, and repair of epithelial cells
  • Vitamin E - an antioxidant and protects cell membrane integrity and function
  • Zinc - essential to tissue health and repair
More information about these nutrients are covered in Staying healthy with Nutrition by Dr. Elson M. Haas, MD.

Intracellular water is defined as water found within our cells. In young and healthy individuals, they have 60% intracellular water; and it is 40% intracellular water in unhealthy older people. The seven foods that are considered to be the most sensitive are: corn, diary, eggs, peanuts, soy, sugar, and wheat.

Foods needed for an anti-candida diet are: veggies, lentils, beans, olive oil, fish, peas, nuts and seeds.

Due to the rapid growth (both in inches and pounds) during the teen-age years, specifically ages 13 thru 16, a high quality diet is essential to support this growth. Four grains that fit the criteria as complex carbohydrates, they are: amaranth, oats, quinoa, and brown rice. However, some people do better without grains in their diets. Nutritional needs are addressed for women, men, pregnancy, children, and seniors.

Addiction issues to sugar, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, and chemicals from recreational and and prescription drugs are addressed. One type of addiction is addiction to sugar. It is suggested to prevent blood sugar from rising to unhealthy levels, keep the intake of the following foods and simple carbohydrates to a minimum: white bread, pasta, bagels, pretzels, cereals, crackers, doughnuts, cakes, and pies. A major source of sugar are sodas, followed by sugar and candy. The authors list common sources of foods with sugar, hidden sugar, and different types of sugar and their names. Sugar can also prevent the immune system from operating at an optimum level. Nutrients to assist with sugar detoxification are listed. It is better to select foods that are nutrient dense and high in nutritional quality.

This informative resource includes recipes, resources, and an index. (Added 07/16/2013)

Deep Internal Body Cleansing: the third law of health and longevity (2001) by Dr. Yakov Koyfman, ND (Publisher: Koyfman Whole Body Cleansing)

Book review:

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:

  1. lose visible weight
  2. improve digestion
  3. improve metabolishm
  4. give colon a rest
  5. improve skin
  6. support, strengthen immune system
  7. cleans the body on a cellular level
  8. helps the body heal itself
  9. note: important to be careful in how to break the fast
Dr. Korfman also suggests which foods promote health and which ones don't. This resources offers more information on detoxification and its benefits. (Editor's note: If detoxification was used, especially for the kidneys, perhaps, fewer people will need to use dialysis.) (Added 07/04/2013)

The Detox Strategy: vibrant health in 5 easy steps (2008) by Brenda Watson with Leonard Smith, Md (Publisher: Free Press)

Book review:

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:

  • R is for reducing exposure to toxins
  • E is for eliminating toxins in the body via specific herbal cleansing regimes
  • N is for nourishing your body to encourage optimal self-detoxification
  • E is for exercising and relaxation
  • W is for wellness
Toxins include alcohol, drugs, and caffeine. Cleaning products can contain toxins. Mercury, a toxic metal, gets stored in the cardiac muscle 22,000 times higher than in skeletal tissue. The womb is not able to protect the fetus, either. Arsenic, lead, and mercury can trigger heart disease. Mercury is a also a toxin that takes needs to be flushed slowly from the body. Mercury also hides in fatty tissues. The following additives have been found in vaccines: aluminum, formaldehyde, monosodium glutamate (MSG), sulfates, and ethylene glycol (antifreeze). Toxins can be an underlying factor for fatigue, muscle and joint pain, skin conditions, hormonal imbalances, brain fog, problems in thinking clearly, neurological conditions and a low immune system. According to the Center for Disease Control in the United States, 80% of all illnesses have environmental and lifestyle causes.

Our bodies do detoxify. Detoxification is a slow process. It has been around for centuries and known in early civilizations. Fasting and herbs help with detoxification. The fat cells end up being the deposit for toxins. Toxins released from fat stores can slow the thyroid and a slower thyroid slows down the metabolism. Toxins also contribute to obesity. Chronic exposure to stress increases cortisol level, this raises blood sugar, increases insulin, increases fat storage, breaks down muscle, and blocks the conversion of T4 to T3 (thyroid hormones). It is suggested that cleansing be done at least twice a year. Chelation is anothe process that can be used to remove heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, nickel, lead, and mercury).

Brenda Watson provides suggestions on ways to reduce the level of our toxic exposure in our homes through various filters. Different types of water filters are covered (activated carbon filter, cation exchange softeners, distillers, reverse osmosis unit, and ultra violet disinfection units). It is important that our water be clean. Fluoride added to municipal water systems may actually cause a number of various health issues. Mold can cause problems, especially for the respiratory/lung system. Beauty products (personal care products) are not regulated by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency in the United States) and FDA (Food and Drug Administration in the United States). Taking supplemental amino acids can facilitate the detoxification process. Toxic exposure can affect the cardiovascular system, the endocrine system, fertility, the immune system, the musculoskeletal system, and the nervous system. respiratory system, and the cardiovascular system.

Ten most toxic substances are listed below. Brenda Watson explains how these substances are used, what they are made from, and what health problems they can cause.
  • Diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea
  • Diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA)
  • Methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl paraben
  • Petrolatum
  • Propylene glycol
  • PVP/VA copolymer
  • Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate
  • Stearalkonium chloride
  • Synthetic colors
  • Synthetic fragrances
Seven channels of elimination are listed:
  • blood
  • colon (toxic overload results in colitis)
  • kidneys
  • liver (performs 500 functions; toxic overload results in inflammation)
  • lungs (proper breathing is important)
  • lymph (deep breathing helps the lymphatic system, as well as jumping on a small trampoline)
  • kidneys
It is suggested that a total body cleanse be performed twice a year, total advanced body cleanse twice a year. Ms. Watson also covers the liver cleanse and the heavy metal cleanse. Convential and infrared saunas are also helpful. Baths and dry skin brushing are helpful.

It is important to eat at least 35 grams of fiber on a daily basis. Fiber can be soluable (pectin, gum, mucilage) which dissolves in water. Sources of soluable fiber include flaxseed, cauliflower, dried beans, and potato skins. Another form of fiber is insoluable. This type of fiber does not dissolve, controls and balances the pH, and tones the bowel. Sources of insoluable fiber include lentils, cranberries, apples, and beets.

Suggestions about diet are provided as well as more information on some of the nutrients. Zinc and iron may be deficient in a third of the population in the United States. Raw foods are beneficial. It is important to pay attention to the body's pH levels, drink clean water, and exercise. An easy form of exercise is jumping on a small trampoline. Sleep is important.

This resource is a readable resource on the role toxins play on human health and what we can do to protect ourselves. It includes recipes, resources, notes, and an index. (Added 07/04/2013)

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)

Book Review:

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.

  • One, it is important to know what type of mercury exposure that you are getting. Is it methyl mercury or metallic mercury? From a general perspective, it also raises the question what types of toxins are we being exposed other than mercury?
  • Two, it is helpful to assess to where the mercury has lodged or taken residence in the body. Has it reached the brain? Is it in a specific organ, especially in the kidneys? What testing can be done to locate the mercury?
  • Three, what is the most appropriate detoxification protocol to use, without causing additional harm and moving mercury into more sensitive areas, especially to the brain and the central nervous system?
  • Four, the health status and age also plays a role in how agressive the detoxification process needs to be. Someone with serious health issues, the detoxificaiton process takes longer and needs to be done more slowly. It also depends how efficiently the person's body is able to detoxify. Some are fast and others are slow in detoxifying. The slow detoxifiers need additional assistance.
  • Five, why have the drug chelation DMSA, DMPS and EDTA been responsible for a significant number of adverse reactions each year and for the death of several autistic children? These drugs chelators have been found to be beneficial for cardiovascular and circulatory conditions and are used by many holistic doctors.
    • First, DMSA is FDA approved for lead detoxification and cardiovascular disease. But none of these chelation drugs are FDA approved for mercury detoxification. This is due to no evidence being submitted to the FDA proving that they are effective for mercury detoxification. Their use for mercury detoxification is therefore off label use making them experimental for this purpose.
    • Second, these drug chelators depend on well functioning liver, kidneys and intestinal tract for the elimination of the drug/mercury complex. Most people with chronic mercury toxicity do not have well functioning organs of elimination. If they did, the mercury would not have accumulated in the first place.
    • Third, the most important disadvantages of these drug chelators are their poor bonding strength with mercury. This low bonding strength allows them to drop the mercury in the bloodstream. The drugs are then free to go back into the tissues and pull even more mercury into the bloodstream. This dramatically raises free blood mercury levels to dangerous levels. This free mercury is absorbed by the brain and nervous system due to their high lipid content and mercury’s fat soluble nature. Thus, these drugs are strong mercury mobilizers but weak chelators.
    • Fourth, the small size of the drug chelator mercury chelate make it difficult for the liver and kidneys to eliminate from the body. They can take close to 24 hours to totally leave the body. This is evidenced by the use of a 24 hour urine collection when a dose of DMSA is used diagnostically to determine the quantity of mercury in a patient.
    • Fifth, some people who are chemically sensitive can have extremely strong adverse reactions to these chemicals requiring a trip to the emergency room.

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:

      Silver amalgam fillings - About 65% of the American population have at least one of these fillings.
      Fish, especially large fish
      Vaccinations, especially thimersol
      Discount herbal and mineral supplements, especially those from overseas. (Use American made products where there is FDA oversight.)
      Broken commpact CFL and long tube fluorescent light bulbs
      Fabric softeners and anti-static dryer sheets
      Personal care products such as cosmetics, mascara, and pigment removing creams
      High fructose corn syrup - some of this is made with mercury
      Antiseptics and drug preservatives
      Anti-itch skin lotions
      Drugs
      Fungicides
      Mold resistant paint
      Mushrooms
      Kidney stew (80% of the mercury in the body is stored in the kidneys)
      Broken (mercury) thermometers
      Coal burning power plants (a world wide issue)
      Fertilizers and sewage sludge
      Gold mining operations
      Industrial processes

It is helpful to briefly list how dangerous mercury is to human health.

  • One, a few milligrams of mercury can kill a human being
  • Two, mercury inactivates enzymes and generates free radicals. The existence of free radicals can damage existing cells.
  • Three, mercury has an affinity for sulfur and can pull it out of enzymes. This affects every organ, gland, and system in the body. The weakest system is most likely to feel it. What is each person's weakest system will vary from individual and this means that a wide range of symptoms occur from mercury exposure.
  • Four, mercury can influence and affect the synthesis of neurotransmitters.
  • Five, mercury toxicity can result in behavioral changes such as anger, fear, rage, anxiety, obsessive behavior and mental illness. Many of the symptoms for mercury toxicity have been found in schizophrenics.

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
Concept Information
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 can cause:
  • Can cause muscles and ligaments to tear doing yoga stretches
  • Can cause paralysis of the lower colon and slow down bowel transit time
  • Can cause poor memory
  • Can be a major factor in dementia and Alzheimer's
  • Can be a factor in osteoporosis
Magnesium malate is able to pull the aluminum out of the brain and nervous system.
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:
  • RF (radio frequency) can increase (double) the release of mercury from dental amalgam fillings
  • EMF (electromagnetic frequency) increases oxidation rate
  • Increases free radicals
  • Decreases glutathione levels
  • Reduces melatonin levels needed for restorative sleep
According to Dr. Tamara Mariea, MD, when autistic children were placed in a EMR/EMF shield environment, the elimination of toxic metals was more successful. Apparently, EMR causes the metals to be trapped in cells, slowing down their removal.
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:
  • amino acid deficiency
  • stress
  • liver toxicity
  • inflammation (which has a number of causes, high levels of omega-6 fats, and high insulin levels, infections and yeast overgrowth)
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:
  • First line of defense is the digestive system which breaks down the food.
  • Second line of defense is the lining of the intestinal track that doesn't allow any undigested proteins and other compounds to be absorbed.
  • Third line of defense is the liver that filters substances. When the liver is overworked, this releases foreign and other toxins into the blood stream.
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:
  • filters mercury which is fat soluable out of the blood
  • conjugates it
  • excretes it in the bile
  • the bile travels through the bile duct, into the intestinal tract, and then out of the body (This is how 90% of the mercury leaves the body.)
If the liver is under constant stress, it is harder for the body to deal with mercury detoxification.
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:
  • Magnesium chloride has an affinity for muscle and instestinal tract, it can also stress the kidneys (then use the topical form).
  • Magnesium glycinate is less likely to cause loose stools.
  • Magnesium malate targets the brain and nervous system.
  • Magnesium oil can be use for topical purposes.
  • Magnesium oxide or carbonate is a poorly absorbable form.
  • Magnesium theonate form seems well absorbed and helps the mitchondria to make energy.
Some mercury toxic people need four times more magnesium than calcium.
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:
  • It produces glutathione which is needed for mercury removal.
  • It is needed for regenerating anti-oxidants.
  • Mercury in the lining of the intestines is a major cause of deficient glutathine production through methylation.
  • Methylation dysfunction can play a role in: autism, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and mercury toxicity.
  • A simple test for methylation dysfunction is visiting a carpet store or a grocery store aisle filled with chemical cleaning supplies, is the person's reaction to the chemicals. If they can sense or smell these chemicals, that is not a good sign. A lab test assessing methylation function is: Glutathione S-Transferase. Low levels of glutathione shows poor detoxification ability.
Nutritional supplementation Certain vitamins, minerals, and other nutritional supplementation increases detoxification and elimination of mercury. Below is a listing:
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Cysteine (NAC)
  • Garlic
  • Magnesium
  • Methionine
  • Molybdenum
  • MSM
  • Selenium
  • Silymarin
  • Vitamins C, E, B1, B6 and B12
  • Zinc
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:

  • The body uses glutathione to transport mercury out of the cell and dumps it into the lymphatic and blood systems.
  • The liver uses glutathione to filter this mercury out the blood stream.
  • The liver attaches the mercury to carrier proteins and into the bile. The mercury containing the bile is excreted into the small intestines and travels to the large intestines and into the toilet. A fast bowel transit time prevents the mercury from being reabsorbed into the body. Otherwise, with a long bowel transit (36 to 72 hours), the mercury goes right back to the liver.

Recommended steps regarding mercury detoxification

  • Step one: Limit one's exposure to mercury
  • Step two: Reduce the amount of mercury in the body
  • Step three: Re-establish the body's production of glutathione, used by the body to eliminate mercury. It is also important to determine the cause of decreased glutathione production. (Note: When the mercury levels in the body decrease, the elimination functions in the body tend to improve.)
  • Step four: Improve the kidney, liver, and bowels function to increase the quantity of mercury that these organs can eliminate.
  • Note: While undergoing the mercury detoxification, it is extremely important to enough drink water, to help flush out the mercury especially from the kidneys.

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)

Book Review:

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:

  • altered metabolism
  • autoimmune disease
  • decreased immune function
  • enzyme dysfunction
  • hormonal imbalance
  • nutritional imbalances
  • psychological disturbances

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.

Concept Information
Aging Symptoms Aging includes a number of symptoms:
  • bone spurs
  • calcification to cartilage
  • cataracts (which can be delayed and prevented via nutrition)
  • decrease in near vision
  • degenerative heart and blood vessels
  • dry, wrinkled, and discolored skin
  • eye pressure, glaucoma
  • hardening of the arteries
  • high blood pressure
  • high blood pressure
  • joint degeneration
  • loss of hearing, smell, taste
  • loss of memory and senility
  • loss of urinary function
  • porous bones and easily fracture
  • respiratory muscles wasting away
Note: Aging symptoms are occurring in people at younger ages, to people in their forties and fifties, and even at younger ages. Third world countries do not report degenerative health conditions.
Air Pollution Air pollution sources include:
  • air fresheners
  • automobile exhaust
  • building materials
  • second hand smoke
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:
  • manufacture vitamins such as vitamin B3, B6, K, biotin, and folic acid
  • improve the efficiency of the digestive system
  • help reduce high cholesterol levels
  • help with a number of health conditions
Fiber is important to a healthy colon. Most of us are not getting enough fiber. The recommended range is 20 to 35 grams a day. Enemas are also covered, including detailed instructions on the coffee enema and how it works.
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.
  • Attitude
  • Undertake the natural foods diet, to strengthen the body's ability to handle detoxification
  • Excercise
  • Oxygen Cleansing
  • Fasting
  • Heat Therapy
  • Colon Cleansing
  • Kidney Cleanse
  • Liver Cleanse
  • Herbal Detoxification
All of these protocols are covered in detail throughout the book. The topic of hydrochloric acid is covered as it affects nutrient or the lack of nutrient absorption in the stomach along with digestive enzymes.
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:
  • colors
  • emulsifiers
  • flavor enhancers
  • flavors
  • preservatives
  • sweeteners
  • syntheric vitamins
Note: Drugs can also contain additives. Over time, these additives have a cumulative effect on the body.
Functional Age While we all have our actual chronological age, there is also functional age which can be assessed:
  • falling ruler test
  • flexibility test
  • skin elasticity test
  • static balance test
  • strength test
  • visual accommodation test
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:
  • Aluminum - affects the spinal cord, brain disease, and skeletal pain
  • Cadmium - a factor in emphysema, fatigue, headache, vomiting, loss of smell, and kidney failure
  • Chromium (toxic form) - a factor in lung cancer and kidney damage
  • Lead - affects the nervous system, bood forming system, kidneys, reproductive system and endoctrine system
  • Mercury - affects the nervous system, lack of concentration, memory loss, depression, fatigue, weakness, headach and stomach and intestinal disorders
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 food are:
  • How food is raised (especially about soil health)
  • How animals are raised
  • How food is prepared
This determines the nutrient levels in food. Today's plant foods do not contain the nutrients found in them a few generations ago. The author covers in detail what foods are good for us and what foods are not good for us.
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:
  • cellular respiration
  • growth
  • hormone synthesis
  • immune function
  • production of cytokines (chemical messengers)
  • regulates tissue repair
It is noted that the levels of oxygen in the atmosphere has been declining with the advent of industrialization. This affects the entire world. At the time of the dinosaurs, the oxygen levels was 50%. It now has declined to 21% or 19%. Deep breathing in clean air helps increase the body's oxygen levels. Three forms of oxygen exists. One is hydrogen peroxide. Another type of oxygen is ozone. Ozone theray has not been approved by the FDA but is used in Europe. The declining oxygen levels can be a factor in:
  • degenerative diseases
  • Epstein Barr virus (CFS)
  • Hantavirus
  • HIV (AIDS)
  • Type A Streptococcus
Pesticides Pesticides play in a role in:
  • birth defects
  • central nervous impairment
  • organ damage
  • sterility
  • tumors
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
  • antibiotics
  • chemical food additives
  • drugs found in foods
  • growth hormones
  • over the counter drugs
  • pesticides
  • prescription drugs
  • recreational drugs
Toxic overload When toxic overload exists in our bodies, the following symptoms are:
  • allergies
  • bad odor
  • back pain
  • body odor
  • constipation
  • depresion
  • excess weight
  • fatigue
  • frequent illnesses
  • gas
  • irritability
  • lack of endurance
  • poor digestion
  • poor memory
  • quarrelsomeness
  • reproductive issues
  • restlessness
  • skin problems
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:
  • microbes (viruses, bacteria, and parasites)
  • chemicals (inorganic and organic)
  • disinfectant byproducts
Other contaminants include herbicides, pesticides, nitrates, radioactive minerals, lead from lead plumbing.

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.)

Book review:

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:

  • Kidneys deal with water soluable toxins
  • Liver deal with chemical type of toxins
  • Skin releases toxins through sweating and perspiration
What are toxins? There are several types. They are:
  • Natural chemicals like poison ivy and spider bites
  • Living toxins like bacteria, yeasts, parasites, and viruses (also known as biologic toxins)
  • Man-made chemicals
How do these toxins enter our bodies? It can be occur through digestion (eating), inhalation (breathing), and through our skin.

What are the dangers and the effects of toxins on our bodies? There are four factors:
  • Toxins damage cells and the DNA and RNA within our cells
  • Toxins can damage nerve cells in our brain resulting in Alzheimer's, MS, and Parkinsons
  • Toxins can cause intestinal complications
  • Toxins accumulate in fat cells
While our exposure cannot be completely eliminated, detoxification is the next step.

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:
  • Aspartame
  • BHT
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • MSG
  • Olestra
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Splenda
Food coloring Many of the food coloring contain heavy metals. Below are examples of food coloring:
  • Blue 1 and 2
  • Green 3
  • Orange B
  • Red 3
  • Red 40
  • Yellow 5
Heavy metals Heavy metals include:
  • aluminum
  • antimony (fire retardant)
  • arsenic
  • mercury
  • tin
Note #1: The authors cover the various sources for heavy metals. It is noted that corn is soaked in a solution that contains mercury when making high fructose corn syrup. There are a number of other elemental elements listed on page 158.
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:
  • BPA (in plastic)
  • Phthalates
  • PFOA and PFCs (in non-stick cookware and utensils)
Note #1: Note: Our skin can absord chemicals.
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.

Other concepts covered regarding detoxification in the following table.

Concepts Information
Air pollution Various substances exist in our air. They are:
  • Acrolein (used as a pesticide)
  • Benzene
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Formaldehyde
  • Lead (lead dust)
  • Manganese
  • Mercury
  • Nitrogen dioxide (from cars)
  • Ozone
  • Sulfur dioxide
A number of sources that release chemicals into the air:
  • air/carpet fresheners
  • detergents
  • dry cleaning
  • household insecticides
  • lawn and garden chemicals
  • paint fumes
Note: The authors explain in detail about a number of these chemicals, where they originate from, and what harm they cause to human health.
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:
  • Antioxidant
  • Bacteria destruction
  • Bile production
  • Blood sugar control
  • Cholesterol creation
  • Toxin processing
  • Vitamin storage
Detoxification by the liver is done in a two step process, in phase I and phase II. In phase I, the liver uses enzymes to break down the structure of chemicals into a form that is less toxic and water soluable. Phase II uses nutrients and makes harmful substances less harmful and more water soluable. When these substances are water soluable, the kidneys take over.
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:
  • black walnut husks
  • clove
  • garlic
  • gentian root
  • ginger
  • Pau d'Arco
  • pumpkin seed
  • wormwood
Two prescription drugs dealing with parasites are mentioned.
Saunas Saunas are another means of facilitating detoxification. Three types of saunas are:
  • wet saunas
  • dry saunas
  • infrared saunas
Note #1: People who have metal artificial joints or silicone implants should not do saunas.
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:
  • iodine
  • copper
  • selenium
  • zinc
Water Clean water is essential to all living things. Water can be polluted from a variety of sources:
  • Commercial waste
  • Ground water in the watershed can get polluted
  • Municipal water and waste system uses chlorine
  • Unused pharmaceuticals that are disposed into our water supply
Note #1: The authors cover in detail about water testing and the importance of doing this.
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:
  • brain fog
  • constipation
  • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
  • mouth and gum soreness
  • severe fatigue
  • urinary pain and itching

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)

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DIABETES

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)

Books on Diabetes:

The Blood Sugar Solution (2012) by Mark Hyman, MD. (Publisher: Little, Brown and Company) (Added 03/15/2016)

Book Review:

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.

  • A significant myth is that diabetes is not reversible, it is reversible mainly through diet, nutritional supplementation, and lifestyle changes. This approach is more effective and less costly than the current health procedures covered by U.S. health insurance companies.

  • Another myth is that prediabetes is not dangerous. Prediabetes comes with significant health issues such as heart attacks, strokes, cancer, and etc.

  • Another myth is that lowering blood sugar prevents deaths. However, drugs to lower blood sugar levels comes with problems. It was noted that a commonly prescribed drug to lower cholesterol levels such as statin drugs increases the likelihood of developing diabetes. developing diabetes.

  • Dr. Hyman indicates that heart surgery and angioplasty are not good treatments for diabetics with heart disease. It is an invasive and costly procedure.
  • 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
    Concepts Explanation
    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:
    • Poor diet
    • Chronic stress
    • Microbes
    • Toxins
    • Allergies
    The author indicates that names of diseases become less relevant when dealing with underlying causes. Dementia, as an example, can have a number of different causes.

    Other causes of disease is from a variety of sources.
    • air
    • allergies
    • diet
    • drugs
    • free radicals
    • heavy metals
    • infections
    • inflammation (systemic)
    • organic pollutants
    • oxidative stress
    • physical and psychological stress
    • radiation
    • water
    Food cravings Supplements that can help control food cravings:
    • Alpha lipoic acid
    • Chromium
    • dl phenylalnine
    • Glutamine
    • N-acetyle-cycteine
    • PGX (fiber)
    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:
    • environmental toxins such as lead and mercury
    • insulin resistance
    • magnesium deficiency
    • omega-3 deficiency
    • potassium deficiency
    • sleep apnea
    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:
    • artificial sweeteners
    • chronic infections
    • environmental toxins
    • hidden food allergies
    • imbalances in gut flora
    • refined carbohydrates
    • sedentary lifestyle
    • stress
    • sugar intake
    • too much omega-6 fat intake
    • trans fats
    High levels of IgG, not IgE, plays a significant role for insulin resistance. Obese children were found to have higher levels of C-reactive protein and IgG levels.
    Insulin Insulin is a fat storage hormone. It can cause the following conditions:
    • Alzheimer's
    • depression
    • drives more inflammation and oxidative stress
    • high blood pressure
    • high cholesterol
    • high triglycerides
    • infertility
    • low HDL
    • poor sex drive
    • thickening of the blood
    Microbiome Microbiome is our gut bacteria or gut flora. It contains:
    • 500 species of bacteria
    • 3 lbs of body weight
    • 100 trillion microbial cells
    This bacteria controls:
    • digestion
    • inflammation
    • metabolism
    • produces vitamins and beneficial nutrients
    The microbiome plays a role in weight. The gut bacteria thrives on what you feed them. Quality and good food results in good bugs. Junk food results in: dysbiosis, damages the intestinal lining, creates a leaky gut, and inflammation.
    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:
    • TSH
    • T4 and T3
    • Thyroid antibodies
    The TSH levels can be normal while the T3 levels can be low, as an example. The thyroid is sensitive to environmental toxins and nutritional deficiencies.
    Note: Dr. Hyman covers other hormone issues.
    Toxins Five sources of toxins are:
    • Electromagnetic radiation or frequences (EMFs)
    • Food
    • Hidden environmental toxins and metals in body care products and household products
    • Metabolic toxins-waste from the body's cells
    • Water
    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:
    • Step one: Boost your nutrition
    • Step two: Regulate your hormones
    • Step three: Reduce inflammation (systemic)
    • Step four: Improve your digestion
    • Step five: Maximize detoxification
    • Step six: Enhance energy metabolism
    • Step seven: Soothe your mind

    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
    Tests Explaination
    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)

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    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)

    Book review:


    What I like about this book is that it covers both the dietary changes and nutritional supplementation needed to reverse insulin resistance, known as Syndrome X. Syndrome X also relates to high cholesterol, obesity, high blood pressure, and high triglycerides. It is really talking about sugar metabolism and factors relating to diabetes. Diabetes and prediabetes is reaching epidemic levels in the United States. More distressing, it is affecting younger people and spreading to places where the Western diet is being consumed. There is no one magic pill to reverse insulin resistance. One needs to change their diets along with the use of specific nutritional supplementation. The book covers the role of excess free radicals and the damage they cause to our cells. One factor about insulin resistance is that is speeds up the aging process of our cells and makes us more susceptible to disease.

    The book covers nutrition. It makes references to man's early diet, before the development of agriculture, known as the caveman diet or the Paleolithic diet which consisted mainly of wild game and plants. This diet, according to the authors, was much higher in nutritional quality, with more micronutrients and other nutrients, than the diets we are eating today. The authors indicate that agricultural and food processing affect the nutritional quality of our foods grown today. The cavemen or Paleolithic diet was also high in phytonutrients, which are chiefly flavonoids and carotenoids. Also, without the labor saving devices of today, early man was much more physically active.

    Nine principles for the anti-X diet are spelled out, like avoiding refined carbohydrates, eating foods in their natural and fresh state, what are the “good” fats, the proper ratio between the essential fatty acids known as omegas 3, 6, and even 9, and etc. The role of sugar as the “bad” guy is explained in detail, one of which it reduces the body’s ability to fight infection. It covers the glycemic index of foods; the lower index is less disruptive to Syndrome X. What is important is to consume foods high in nutritional quality, also known as nutrient dense foods.

    As for nutritional supplementation, a full chapter was devoted to each of these nutrients: alpha lipoic acid, vitamin E, and vitamin C. The authors cover the benefits of these three nutrients and suggest levels of nutritional supplementation, depending upon the degree of insulin resistance. One of the interesting facts made about alpha lipoic acid is that it supposedly helps with nerve damage, common to those who are diabetic. Vitamin E helps our hearts in a number of ways. Vitamin C plays a number of roles. It also helps our hearts and enables the body to fight and resist infection. The authors also explain the benefits of these nutrients along with minerals such as zinc, magnesium, and chromium, along with lesser known nutrients and herbal remedies.

    We also need to be physically active. This is definitely a book that explains the importance of both diet (what type of diet to follow) and specific nutritional supplementation to reduce insulin resistance and improve one’s health. (Added 10/11/2011)

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    DIGESTION

    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)

    Books on Digestion:

    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)

    Book review:


    Brenda Watson with comments from Dr. Leonard Smith, MD, explains how the digestive system is supposed to work and the various digestive disorders. They also offer more natural remedies to address these digestive issues. The acronym HOPE is used as a code for resolving digestive issues. H means high fiber, O means omega oils, P means probitics, and E means enzymes.

    This resource offers natural and nutrition based approaches to healing the digestive system. Anytime someone is suffering from or experiencing chronic illness, it is important and helpful to assess the digestive system and to check on how well it performs. This is one resource people can take with them when they visit their internal medicine doctor or their gastroenterologist. Digestive disorders affect 100 million Americans.

    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).

    Book review:

    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)

    Book Review:

    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:

    1. The foods you crave
    2. When you feel hungry
    3. How food is metabolized
    Various concepts are covered in the Microbiome Diet book. Below is a table:

    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:
    1. increased absorption of calories from food
    2. removal of h. pylori
    3. weight gain
    Bacteria There is good bacteria as well as bad bacteria. Bad bacteria will produce the following:
    • endotoxins
    • inflammation
    • trigger insulin overproduction
    • imbalance leptin (hormone)
    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. pyloriThe 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:
    1. Digesting food
    2. Neutralizing viruses and other toxic invaders
    3. Helps regulate ghrelin hormone that tells us when your body needs to eat
    4. helps regulate leptin, which tells you when you are full and suppresses your appetite It is needed to have a healthy weight.
    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:
    • Diet high in sweets, starches, and unhealthy fats
    • Medications
    • Stress (When we are under stress, as a survival mechanism, the body will hang onto the fats.)
    Inflammation itself can create a leaky gut.
    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:
    1. general
    2. stomach acid
    3. enzymes
    4. probiotics
    5. prebiotics
    6. spices
    7. supplements
    Obesity Factors in obesity:
    1. Toxins
    2. Antibiotics (Note: Animals are given antibiotics. Now, we have GMOs.)
    3. Unhealthy foods
    4. Stress
    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:
    • asparagus
    • garlic
    • jerusalem artichoke
    • jicama
    • leeks
    • onion
    Probiotics Below is a sample of what specific probiotic strains can do:
    Acidophilus gasseri
    Helps with weight loss
    Bifidobacterium
    Helps protect against gut infection and help with immune system
    Lactobacillus casei gg
    Protects from a variety of gastrointestinal diseases
    Lactobacillus plant strain Number 14
    Reduces size of fat cells and helps with weight loss
    Note: The more diverse the strains and the higher the number of the probiotics, the better it is for rebalancing the gut to an healthier environment.
    Yeast Overgrowth Yeast overgrowth is also an outcome of an unhealthy microbiome.


    The program is listed in three phases.
    • The first phase has four R's.
      1. Remove the unhealthy bacteria and foods that unbalance the microbiome
      2. Replace the digestive enzymes needed for optimum digestion
      3. Reinoculate with probiotics (bacteria) and prebiotics (foods and supplements that nourish the bacteria and keep it healthy)
      4. Repair the intestinal lining which have most likely become permeable and releasing partially digested food into your blood stream (and causing food sensitivities)
    • The second phase is called the metabolic boost.
    • The third phase is called the lifetime tune-up.

    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)

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    Stomach ailments and digestive disturbances (1997) by Michael T. Murray. (Publisher: Prima Publishing)

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    ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION

    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)

    Books on Electromagnetic Radiation:

    Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age (2001) by Dr. George Carlo and Martin Schram (Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc.)

    Book review:

    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.)

    Book review:


    This book covers two major topics, the water topic and the electromagnetic radiation topic. This review covers the electromagnetic radiation/fields topic. (Note: The water topic is covered under Water section of this website.)

    This highly technical topic was written for the purpose of educating the public about the importance, the hazards and its impact on human health, and safety options on the issue of electromagnetic radiation. The issue behind electromagnetic radiation is that it travels through space and matter. It can affect human tissue, as well.The term electromagnetic fields is used in this book.

    The authors refers to us as being electrical creatures. This exposure to electromagnetic fields affect quite a number of health conditions. This includes alzheimers, parkinsons, amyotrophic lataral sclerosis, childhood cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

    Dr. Smirnov developed a MRET-Shield polymer in 2002 (MRET is molecular resonance effect technology) to protect human tissue from the damaging effects of electromagnetic fields. The results of this device is shown using live blood cell analyis. Other testing protocols used include electroencephalograms, magnetic resonance angiography, thermography, SAR (specific absorption rate), and in vitro testing on blood cells (testing done within glass tubes).

    The book includes a bibliography. It can benefit from including a glossary of all the terms covered in the book.

    Wireless Radiation in the Etiology and Treatment of Autism: Clinical Observations and Mechanisms by Tamara J. Mariea and George L. Carlo. (Published by Journal of Australasian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine (August 2007), Volume 26, Number 2, pages 3-7).
    (Article review: Given the growing number of children being diagnosed with autism in the United States, this is a health issue that needs urgent attention. The article indicates that exposure to wireless radiation adversely impacts on children, especially those with autism.  Treatment is also covered.) (Added 03/25/2012)


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    ELIMINATION DIET

    The three most common foods that can cause problems for people are dairy products (with the exception of butter), gluten grains (which include wheat, rye, and barley), and sugar. This is a process that people can do for themselves, checking out what they are sensitive to. When undertaking an elimination diet, it is important to test one food at a time and check for reactions which can occur immediately, two hours later, four hours later, the next day, and in some instances two days later.

    Book on Elimination Diet:

    Tracking Down Hidden Food Allergy (1985) by William G. Crook, MD. (Publisher: Professional Books)

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    ENERGY MEDICINE

    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)

    Book Review:

    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:

    • anxiety
    • brain fog
    • difficulty in following directions
    • fear
    • feeling scattered
    • mood changes

    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:

    • Electrical energy
    • Gravitational energy
    • Kinetic energy
    • Light energy
    • Magnetic energy
    • Nuclear energy
    • Thermal energy
    • Spring energy
    • Subtle energy

    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
    Level Name Alternate Name 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
    Name Information
    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:

    • Attitude
    • Glandular malfunction
    • Improper acid and alkaline balance
    • Improper diet
    • Incoordination and imbalance of the circulation system
    • Incoordination and imbalance of the nervous system
    • Infection
    • Karma (Defined as the force created by a person's actions (good or bad deeds) that will determine what that person's next life will be like. The force created by a person's actions that some people believe causes good or bad things to happen to that person. This concept stems from Hinduism and Buddhism.)
    • Overexertion
    • Overtoxication
    • Poor assimilation and poor elimination
    • Spinal subluxation
    • Stress

    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:

    • IgA - Concentrates in body fluids such as tears, saliva, secretions in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract.
    • IgD - Regulates B cells activity.
    • IgE - Evolved as a response to parasites but also present in allergic reactions.
    • IgG - Coats microorganisms.
    • IgM - Combines in star shaped clusters, remaining in the blood stream and effective in killing bacteria.
    Unfortunately, our environment (air, water, and radioactivity) has become increasingly polluted and this is resulting fewer healthy babies. The best food for human infants in breast milk. Breast milk contains IgA which protects the infant's digestive tract. If this is not possible, the next option is goat's milk. It is also extremely important for infants and young children to receive emotional nurturing. Emotional neglect can leave a life long impact on their physical health. Marasmus is a condition where a young child dies from the lack of emotional nurturing. Unfortunately, we now have over 550,000 different types of toxic chemicals in our environment.

    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)

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    ENVIRONMENTAL ILLNESS

    Environmental illness is when people become sick to all substances in the environment. This includes chemicals, plants, animals, foods, and mold. Another name for environmental illnes is clinical ecology. Dr. Sherry Rogers, MD is a physician who experienced environmental illness. She has written a number of books related to this topic. They include: The Detoxify or Die, E.I. Syndrome, Tired or Toxic, You are What You Ate, The Cure is in the Kitchen, Macro Mellow and Wellness Against All Odds.) The book reviews are on Detoxify or Die, E.I. Syndrome and Wellness Against All Odds. (Added 8/29/2011, updated 9/9/2011)

    Books on Environmental Illness:

    Detoxify or Die (2002) by Sherry Rogers, MD. (Publisher: Sand Key Company)

    Book review:

    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)

    Book review:

    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)

    Book review:

    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.)

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    ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS

    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 two 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.

    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)

    Book on Environmental Toxins:

    The Healthy Home: simple truths to protect your family from hiddden household dangers (2011) by Dave Wentz and Dr. Myron Wentz with Donna K. Wallace. (Publisher: Vanguard Press) (Added 06/11/2017)

    The Household Pollutants Guide (1978) by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. (Publisher: Anchor Books) (Added 09/11/2017)

    Work is Dangerous to your Health: a handbook of health hazards in the workplace and what you can do about them (1973) by Jeanne M. Stellman, Ph.D. and Susan M. Daum, MD. (Publisher: Vanguard Press) (Added 09/11/2017)

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    ENZYMES

    Enzymes are an overlooked aspect needed for optimal health. The best way to obtain enzymes is through raw vegetables and fruits and through juicing. It apparently plays a number of roles besides one for digestion in the body. (Updated 02/03/2017, Updated 09/11/2017)

    Books on Enzymes:

    Digestive Enzymes: 20 million Americans suffer from digestive disorders. Are you one of them? (1993) by Jeffrey Bland. (Publisher: Keats Publishing)

    The Complete Book of Enzyme Therapy: a practical guide to using natural power of enzymes to maximize your health and combat a host of common disorders, ranging from allergies to cardiovascular disease to indigestion (1999) by Dr. Anthony J. Cichoke. (Publisher: Avery Publishing) (Added 09/11/2017)

    The Enzyme Advantage: For health providers and people who care about their health (2015) by Dr. Howard F. Loomis, Jr. DC and Arnold Mann. (Publisher: 21st Century Nutrition Publishing) (Added 02/03/2017)

    Dr. Howard F. Loomis, Jr. a chiropractor, developed an in-depth understanding of the role plant enzymes play in digestive and physical health. Plant enzymes are an important part of our health. If enzymes are not present in the food, then the body must utilize and mobilize the immune system to complete the digestive process. With the reduced dietary intake of enzymes in our food supply and diet (due to shelf life), this could explain the increased levels of degenerative diseases that are occurring at earlier ages. It actually takes time (years) before food enzyme deficiencies show up. If someone has an inefficient digestive system, food enzymes can help move essential nutrients past this.

    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:

    • auto-immune diseases
    • cancer
    • heart disease
    • infections
    • inflammatory diseases
    Enzymes play thousands of roles in:
    • digestion
    • energy, converting food to energy
    • removal of wastes
    • break up inflammation
    This is a checklist people can use to check and assess their levels of digestive enzymes:
    • difficulty in thinking clearly and quickly
    • experience excessive stiffness and/or soreness after heavy exercise
    • experience low levels of energy despite eating an adequate amount of food
    • restricted ability to eat a wide variety of foods
    • slow recovery from an injury
    Below is a table discussing some of the concepts the author covers in her book:

    .
    Concept Information
    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:
    • Alkalinzing agent (is it baking soda?) of sodium and potassium bicarbonate
    • Colloidal silver
    • Colostrum
    • Curcumin (from tumeric)
    • Essential fatty acids
    • Ginger
    • Magnesium
    • MSM - methylsulfmylmethane
    • Quercetin (a flavonoid)
    • Vitamin C
    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:
    • Cancer
    • Colitis
    • Crohn's
    • Endometriosis
    • Interstitial Cystitis
    • Rheumatoid Arthritix
    • Vascular Disease
    • Venus Thrombosis (clots)
    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:
    • beta carotene
    • calcium
    • cobalt
    • iron
    • magnesium
    • phosphorus
    • potassium
    • sodium
    • selenium
    • silicon
    • zinc
    Note: Foods cooked above 140 degrees, enzymes and other nutrients are lost.
    Foods that stress the Pancreas These foods stress the pancreas:
    • dairy products
    • red meat
    • wheat
    Note: Salmon and trout are easier to digest.
    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:
    • improve acid/alkaline ratio
    • detoxification
    • increase oxygen levels in tissues
    If traveling, taking a kit with the following items can be helpful:
    • digestive enzymes
    • colloidial silver
    • sodium and potassium bicarbonate
    • anti-infectious and anti-inflammatory herbs such as ginger and echinacea
    Other Beneficial Nutrients The author briefly lists nutrients that benefit digestive health. They are:
  • Cider vinegar
  • Fiber
  • Herbs, Culinary
  • Hydrochloric Acid
  • Lactobacillie and Bifiddobacteria (probiotics)
  • Water
  • Pancreas, Role Pancreas produces:
    • amylase
    • chymotrypsin
    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:
    • bromelain
    • papain
    • and/or pancreatic enzymes
    Note: It can also help with strenuous activities like gardening, home repair, shoveling, and etc. Repetitive stress injuries can also be alleviated with enzyme supplementation.
    Symptoms of Digestive Issues List of digestive issues:
    • abdominal bloating and discomfort after meals
    • chronic diarrhea
    • constipation
    • difficulty with foreign foods
    • flatulence
    • food appears undigsted in stools, e.g. corn
    • indigestion
    • intestinal cramping after eating
    • tired after meal


    Enzyme Information
    Bromelain Bromelain is from the pineapple. It plays a number of roles:
    • acts as a natural aspirin
    • can help with cardiovascular disease, reducing platelet aggregation or clumping (dissolving clots in the veins)
    • helps with protein rich foods
    • helps with surgical wounds
    • helps with upper respiratory infections
    • interacts with fibrin (coating found on cancer cells)
    Note: Bromelain can be used with antibiotics.
    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:
    • aids in recover from injuries and surgery
    • aids in inflammation, gluten intolerance, and traumatic injuries
    • helps with minor surgery and dental procedures
    Note: It can also help with childbirth.
    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:
    • enzyme levels
    • excess fat
    • mucous, blood, bacteria, yeast, and fungi
    • pH levels
    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)

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    ESSENTIAL OILS

    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. (Added 03/28/2017)

    Book on Essential Oils:

    Essential Oils Natural Remedies: the complete A-Z reference of essential oils for health and healting (2015) (Publisher: Althea Press) (Added 03/38/2017)

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    EXCITOTOXINS

    Generally, substances that are added to the food suppply, they are generally added for the purpose of preserving the food, additional nutritional content to the food, and in same cases, adding color to the food. Another category of substances added to food are substances that enhance the taste and flavor of the food. Unfortunately, it has been discovered that there are problems with these substances and they have been named as excitotoxins. A resource called Excitotoxins: the taste that kills discusses the effect excitotoxins have on human health, more specifically, on the human brain. (Added 05/23/2013)

    Book on Excitotoxins:

    Excitotoxins: the taste that kills (1997) by Russell L Blaylock, MD. (Publisher: Health Press)

    Book Review:

    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.

    Defining Excitotoxins

    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.

    Where Excitotoxins are found.

    Excitotoxins are found in the following sources:

    1. Hydrolyzed vegetable proteins (also contains three known other excitotoxins)
    2. Natural flavoring
    3. Vegetable protein
    Appendix I lists additional sources where MSG may be found. See table below:
    Hidden sources of MSG
    Additives that always
    contain MSG
    Additives that frequently
    contain MSG
    • Autolyzed Yeast
    • Calcium Caseinate
    • Hydrolyzed Oat flour
    • Hydrolyzed Plant Protein
    • Hydrolyzed Protein
    • Monosodium Glutamate
    • Plant Protein Extract
    • Sodium Caseinate
    • Textured Protein
    • Yeast Extract
    • Bouillon
    • Broth
    • Flavoring
    • Malt extract
    • Malt Flavoring
    • Natural Flavoring
    • Natural Beef or chicken Flavoring
    • Seasoning
    • Stock
    Source: page 255

    Note: Under the influence of the Glutamate Association, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States allowed ‘natural flavorings’ to include 30% to 60% MSG. If it is 100% MSG, it has to be listed as MSG. Unfortunately, health food products, supplements, and other substances now have excitotoxins as part of the ingredients list.

    How the excitotoxins work

    When we drive a car, we have a gas pedal, to accelerate the gas and propel the car forward. We also have a brake, to slow down the car. The brain cells, called neurons, do not touch each other directly. Neurotransmitters passes information between cells. They use neurotransmitters to send messages; and they also use transmitters to slow down messages. The brain regulates the presence of these transmitters. However, when the brain receives too much of substances that causes this accelerations, this adversely impacts the neurons. There is a lock and key mechanism between neurons and neurotransmitters. The neurons can be designed to handle a specific type of neurotransmitter, for example, glutamate. When the lock on the neuron is designed to handle glutamate; and the neurotransmitter is glutamate, we have a lock and key mechanism and they will connect. When there is an overload of glutamate, it is the neurons that are designed with the glutamate lock that are vulnerable to being harmed.

    Listing of Conditions and Terms with Explanation and Information
    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:
    1. Improve glutathione concentration in the brain
    2. Improve memory
    3. Protect against radiation injury
    4. Assist with metal chelation from mercury
    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:
    1. Methionine protects the liver from alcoholism, certain toxins and poisons.
    2. Cockroaches have high levels of cysteine and is immune to radiation.
    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:
    1. Brain injury occurs
    2. Glutamate accumulates in the brain, 10 to 20 times higher than normal; glutamate also releases additional glutamate, and peaks in 48 to 72 hours
    3. Calcium channels are opened
    4. Calcium pours into the brain cells
    5. Sets off a chain reaction involving destructive enzymes and free radicals.
    6. Administering anti-oxidants can prevent secondary damage from occurring. Antioxidants are: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, beta carotene, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, magnesium, chromium, zinc, and selenium.
    7. The brain cells/neurons that are vulnerable are those with glutamate receptors.
    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.

    Populations most strongly affected by Excitotoxins

    Unfortunately, two populations are particularly vulnerable to the effects of excitotoxins. It is our young and our elderly. Furthermore, it is not good for anyone.

    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.

    History

    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.

    Brief Historical Research on Excitotoxins
    Year Researcher/Practitioner
    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)

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    FATS

    We generally tend to think that all fats are bad for the body. There are actually some fats needed for optimum human health. (Updated 07/26/2016)

    Books on Fats:

    Eat Fat, Get Thin (2016) by Dr. Mark Hyman, MD. (Publisher: Little, Brown) (Added 07/26/2016)

    Book Review:

    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:

    • History regarding issues relating to fats
    • Facts about fats
    • Diet and eating plans
    • Recipes
    Before embarking on this program, Dr. Hyman presents a before and after quiz, to assess your progress.

    Dr. Hyman list four reasons to eat more fat. They are:

    • Feel good
    • Live longer
    • Lose weight
    • Prevent heart disease, dementia, diabetes, and cancer

    Four basic types of fats are listed. They are:

    • Monunsaturated
    • Polyunsaturated
    • Saturated (There are odd- and even-chain of omega fats. Different types of saturated fats exist, e.g. laurate, margaric acid, myristate, palmitate, pentadecanic acid, and stearate. Some of these fats come from the diet when you eat sugar and carbs. Others are produced by the liver.)
    • Trans fats (They are harmful. They increase heart attack risk, inflammation, diabetes, dementia, sudden death, increased risk of cancer, and obesity.)
    As for sugar, all forms of sugar are the same. A high sugar diet plays a role in coronary disease, leading to diabetes, blindness, nerve and kidney damage. Artificial sweetners are even worse for our health.

    Two theories regarding eating and diet are:

    • Energy balance hypothesis - This is about calorie intake and calories used by the body. Eat less calories than what your body burns, you will lose weight.
    • Hormonal or metabolic hypothesis of weight gain - This theory focuses more on what you and its impact on your metabolic switches and metabolism.

    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:

    • Fat cells are endocrine cells that produce hormones
    • Fat cells are part of the immune system and contain white blood cells (macrophages)
    • Fat cells produce adipocytokines
    • Fat cells are influenced by neurotransmitters
    • Fatty tissue are a storage organ and a reservoir of energy
    Roles of saturated fats are:
    • Strengthen the immune system and help the cells to communicate better
    • Helps the lungs, produce something called surfactant
    • Needed for hormones like testosterone and estrogen
    • Needed for nerves and nervous system
    • Help suppress inflammation
    • Contain fat soluable vitamins like Vit A, Vit D, and Vit K2
    • Saturated fat needed in the brain

    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:

    • Acclerated aging
    • Changes in major organs and in the gastrointestinal system
    • Faulty insulin regulation
    • Immune system problems
    • Issues with fertility and infertility

    Below is a table discussing foods that are beneficial to our health.

    Listing of Beneficial Foods
    Food Issues
    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)

    Book review:

    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)

    Book review:

    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:

    1. Produce steroids and synthesizing hormones
    2. Regulate pressure in the eye, joints, and blood vessel
    3. Regulare responses to pain, inflammation and swelling
    4. Mediate immune response
    5. Regulating bodily secretions and their vicosity
    6. Dilating and constricting blood vessels

    To improve's one nutritional health regarding healthy fats, the authors suggest:

    1. Reduce saturated and total fat intake in diet
    2. Eliminate margarine and other foods containing trans fatty acids and partially hydrogenated oils
    3. Take one to two tablespoons of organic, unrefined flaxseed oil daily (1 tablespoon per 100 pounds of a person's weight), flaxseed oil contains both alpha linolenic (omega 3) and linoleic (omega 6); with more of the omega 3 than in fish
    4. Limit total dietary fat to less than 30% of calories

    Trans fatty acids and hydrogenated oils can cause the following problems:

    1. low birth weight in infants
    2. low quality and volume of breast milk
    3. abnormalheart disease
    4. prostate disease
    5. obesity
    6. suppression of the immune system
    7. inadequate intake and deficiency of essential fatty acids

    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.

    Partial Listing of Health conditions affected by Essential Fatty Acid Deficiencies
    AIDS cancer hyperactivity lupus osteoarthritis
    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.)

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    FERMENTATION

    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:

    1. preserves food
    2. food is broken down into more digestible forms, making it easier for the body to digest the nutrients
    3. creates new nutrients
    4. removes toxins from the foods
    5. a number of fermented foods contain live cultures, beneficial to the digestive process, and beneficial to our health
    We have two excellent resources on the benefits of fermenting foods, both written by Sandor Ellix Katz. The first book written more recently, The Art of Fermentation is a comprehensive resource. The second book, Wild Fermentation is an earlier resource. It focuses more on recipes and the background of some of the recipes and the culture that fermented the food or drink. (Added 02/06/2014)

    Books on Fermentation:

    The Art of Fermentation: an in-depth exploration of essential concepts and processes from around the world (2012) by Sandor Ellix Katz. (Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing)

    Book review:

    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)

    Book review:

    It is an earlier edition on the subject of fermentation written by Sandor Katz. It includes an explanation on the benefits of soaking and fermentation of grains. This also applies to other foods, too. With grains, the fermentation process removes phytic acid, and enables more of the nutrients to be bioavailable, and absorbed by the body. Phytic acid can block the absorption of zinc, calcium, magnesium, and other minerals. (Added 02/06/2014)

    Web Resource on Fermentation:

    Sandor Ellix Kandor has a website on fermentation. It is: wildfermentation.com. (Added 02/06/2014)

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    FLUORIDATION

    For information about the practice of adding fluoride to municipal water systems, see the section FLUORIDE (CHEMICAL). (Added 04/01/2016)

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    FLUORIDE (CHEMICAL)

    Fluoride is a chemical that has been added to municipal water supply systems to help reduce dental cavities. We have an article that discusses briefly the medical issues associated with fluoride. A second articles addresses the serious effects fluoride has on the brain.

    The third resource explains in much further detail the information on fluoride reported in the two articles by Dr. Blaylock and Dr. Brownstein. It covers the external forces that promote fluoridation, adding fluoride to municipal water systems, and the ongoing campaign promoting that adding fluoride to the water is safe and beneficial. (Added 07/02/2012) (Updated 07/16/2013, 04/01/2016)

    Articles on Fluoride:

    Is fluoride making our kids stupid? The startling truth behind fluoride neurotoxicity by Jonathan V. Wright, MD. (Published in Nutrition & Healing, volume 20, Issue 4, July 2013. (pages 1-2,5, & 8) (Added 07/16/2016)

    Article review:

    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)

    Article review:

    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:

    • Damage areas of the brain
    • Factor in Alzheimer's disease
    • Accumulate in the pineal gland, the source of melatonin
    • Affect the brains cells in the fetus
    • Increase cancer rates
    • Weaken the cortical bone
    • Reduce sperm counts

    It is helpful to avoid the following products:

    • Teas high in fluoride
    • Fluoridated water
    • Toothpaste and other dental products with fluoride
    • Vaccines containing fluoride and aluminum
    • Medications containing fluoride

    The following nutrients are suggested to protect yourself from fluoride:

    • Magnesium malate
    • Calcium citrate
    • Vitamin E succinate or natural form
    • Vitamin C
    • Vitamin D
    • Selenium
    • Multi-vitamin/mineral
    • Curcumin

    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)

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    Book on Fluoride:

    The Case Against Fluoride: how hazardous waste ended up in our drinking water and the bad science and powerful politics that keep it there (2010) by Paul Connett, James Beck, and H.S. Micklem. (Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing) (Added 04/01/2016)

    Book Review:

    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:

    • One, fluoride is not a nutrient. It is not essential to human health. The authors treat fluoride as a drug.
    • Two, adding fluoride to water is actually a form of mass medication. The fluoride used in municipal water systems is not the same type of fluoride used in toothpaste and other dental products. Dental products use pharmaceutical grade of fluoride. Remember the movie called Erin Brockovich, where there were different types of chromium, including one type that is toxic. Furthermore, in medical treatment, there is supposed to be informed consent. The patient receiving a particular drug or treatment has the the right to be informed as to what the expected outcomes are as well as the risks.
    • Three, the difference between dose is the fixed amount, and the dosage includes body weight. They are two different concepts. The same dose or amount would have a different effect in an infant versus a grown man.
    • Four, in the United States, 32% of the children have dental fluorosis. This is attributed to fluoride over-exposure.
    • Five, the rates of dental cavities in children has actually been declining both in countries that do not use fluoridation and countries that do.
    • Six, to reduce dental cavities especially in children, it really requires nutrition education and reducing one's intake of simple sugars. We now have an obesity epidemic in the United States.

    Other than medical and dental facts:

    • One, none of the three federal agencies in the United States accepts responsiblity for the practice of adding fluoride to water. These three agencies are:
      • CDC - Center for Disease Control
      • EPA - Environmental Protection Agency
      • FDA - Food and Drug Administration
    • Two, the amount of fluoride allowed in water in the United States has been set at 4 parts per million, also known as 4 ppm.
    • Three, it was pointed out that in some areas of the world, the water has higher than normal levels of fluoride.
    • Four, it needs to be noted that there are other sources of fluoride like sulfuryl fluoride which is used as a fumigant on food in warehouses.
    • Five, the fluoride used in municipal water systems is mainly a hazardous waste product of the phosphate fertilizer industry. When fluoride is in our water system, it is given to our pets, ends up in our gardens, and other aspects of our environment.
    • Six, research showing the benefits of adding fluoride to the water and its impact on cavities is generally of poor quality. There has never been a randomized control trial (RCT) to demonstrate that swallowing fluoride lowers tooth decay. An RCT is the gold standard for epidemiological studies. (Note: Epidemiological studies is the study and analysis of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations.)

    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
    Agency Responsibility
    CDC - Center for Disease Control It is the office called Oral Health Division in CDC that overseas water issues.
    • The CDC does not oversee the safety of the fluoridation program.
    • The CDC does not vouch for the safety of chemicals used in this program.
    • The CDC does not accept any other liability in this matter.
    • The Oral Health Division does not do toxicological studies.
    • The Oral Health Division does not conduct health risk assessments.
    EPA - Environmental Protection Agency The Office of Drinking Water in the EPA that is sets the fluoride limit in the water.
    • The EPA's job is to regulate the contaminants in the water.
    • It is their job to set safety standards which is currently set at 4 ppm.
    • They also set the MCL, which stands for maximum contaminant level.
    • They have an office called the Office of Drinking Water, ODW.
    Note: The 2006 National Research Council study showed that the 4 ppm was not a safe limit and not a protective level. Harm was occuring even at the 2 ppm level. The EPA has been asked to reset this level, to one that is safer as well as a new health risk assessment. What might be considered safe for an adult can be harmful to an infant. If it was reduced to 0 ppm, this would eliminate the fluoridation program.
    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
    Condition Fluoride's impact
    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:
    • One finding is that cortical defects were found in boys.
    • 50% of the fluoride intake ends up in the bones.
    • A correlation exists between severe dental fluorosis and bone fractures for children and adults
    • Hip fractures are a problem for the elderly.
    • It is found to be a factor in osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer found in males.
    Fluoride is a mitogen, a substance that can stimulate cell division, a factor in cancer.
    Brain It can:
    • Fluoride does accumulate in the hippocampus.
    • It can cause the formation of beta-amyloid depositis, usually associated with Alzheimer's disease.
    • It increase production of free radicals in the brain.
    • It can affect the IQ, reduce it by 5 to 10 points.
    • Fluoride increases lead absorption in children.
    Chronic Fluoride Toxicity Syndrome Below are symptoms found with chronic fluoride toxity syndrome:
    • bone and joint pain
    • excessive tiredness not relieved by sleep
    • gastrointestinal symptoms
    • neurological symptoms (headaches and depression)
    • urinary problems
    • various skin rashes
    Note: The authors suggested that if someone experiences these symptoms, stop drinking fluoridated water and see if there are changes. Certain individuals can be extra sensitive to fluoride.
    Dental Fluorosis Dental fluorosis is mottling of tooth enamel. Questions arise as to what this also means inside the body. It can be:
    • questionable
    • very mild
    • mild
    • moderate
    • moderate to severe
    Note: 32% of school children aged 6 to 19 in the United States have dental fluorosis in the moderate to severe range. It is also a a manifestation of systemic fluoride poisoning.
    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:
    • Preclinical stage
    • Stage one
    • Stage two -
      • arthritic symptoms
      • calcification of ligaments
      • chronic joint pain
      • osteoclerosis of cancellous bones
    • Stage three -
      • crippling skeletal fluorosis
      • excessive calcification in joints, ligaments, and vertebral bones
    Note: Earliest symptoms of skeletal fluorosis is quite similar to arthritis.
    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:
    • fluoride induced goiter
    • low T3 and reduced absorption of iodine for the hyperthyroid patient
    • those deficient in iodine have increased risk of mental disabilities in children
    • thyroid stimulating hormone
    It is worth noting the various symptoms associated with hypothyroidism. They are:
    • depression
    • fatigue
    • heart disease
    • increased cholesterol levels
    • muscle and joint pain
    • weight gain
    Vulnerable Population As fluoride is added to our water supply, there are people in our population that are vulnerable to fluoride. They are:
    • the very young
    • the very old
    • those with poor nutrition and deficient in iodine
    • those with poor kidney function
    • those who drink excessive amounts of water, e.g. laborers, athletes, military, and diabetics
    • infants whose formula is reconstituted with fluoridated water
    Note #1: The concepts of margin of safety and the precautionary principle are covered in detail.

    For valid research studies on the safety and benefits of fluoridation, studies need to include data on the following elements:

    • dental education level
    • diet
    • ethnicity
    • income levels (dental problems more common in poorer neighborhoods)
    • local soil and food
    • other minerals in the water
    • quality of available dental services
    It needs to follow the scientific method.

    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)

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    FRACKING

    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)

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    GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS

    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)

    Book on Genetically Modified Foods:

    Seeds of Deception: exposing industry and government lies about the safety of the genetically engineered foods you're eating (2003) by Jeffrey M. Smith. (Publisher: Yes! Books)

    Book Review:

    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:

    • allergen levels in the GMO foods (allergen levels can increase)
    • death rate of animals fed GMO foods
    • effect on immune system
    • nutritional content of the foods
    • resistance to herbicides
    • size and other changes in organs
    Another area of concern that the book addresses is the influence of the corporations that produce and manufacture genetically modified foods over research studies and publications, government agencies, especially regulatory agencies that are supposed to oversee food (and drug) safety, the media (television), and our newspapers/journalists. This includes the lack of an arms length relationship between the public sector that is supposed to oversee/police/regulate a particular industry and avoidance of "conflict of interest" issues. When corporate management (many of whom lack understanding completely the science behind genetic modification of foods) overrules the scientists who do see problems with genetic modification, this creates another problem. Furthermore, when research is funded by the industry, rather than an impartial third party source, can the results reflect the scientific method?

    Apparently, Europe was exposed much earlier to the issues associated with genetically modifying foods than in the United States via the press. Genetically modified foods are now in 70% of processed foods in the United States. As the incidence of GM foods increased in the United States, so did the incidence of obesity and diabetes. For diabetes, it rose 33% from 1990 to 1998.

    rbGH/BST
    Jeffrey M. Smith also discusses the issues behind the use of bovine growth hormone in cows. It is also referred to as rbGH and increases milk production in cows 10% to 15%. It also causes a number of other problems, including problems in cows. rbGH is also referred to as BST. Farmers needed more antibiotics to treat the cows because of increased levels of infections. There were long term effects, as well with rbGH/BST. rbGH treated milk has higher levels of IGF-1, insulin-like growth factor-1. It resembles insulin and linked to higher levels of breast and prostate cancer. The hormone, rbGH, has been banned by EU (European Union), Japan, New Zealand, and Australia.

    L-Tryptophan (an amino acid)
    A particular source of L-tryptophan was found to have higher levels of impurities and trace contaminants. This caused problems for people who took it as as supplement. The source of impurities was found to be from genetically modified sources.

    GMO Issues
    One, many countries will not accept any corn, canola, and cotton from the United States and Canada. Efforts have been made to label GM foods in the United States; however, such measures have been defeated. As of 2003, 92% of Americans were interested in labeling of GMO foods. More people are allegic to soy foods, many of them are actually GM soy. A number of food manufactors have responded to consumer concerns and pressure to eliminate GM foods. Almost all industrialized countries now require labeling for GMO foods except in the United States.

    We also need to express our appreciation for the following individuals who spoke the truth about how genetic modification works.
    • Jane Akre, US television reporter
    • Alexander Apostolou, US FDA scientist
    • Britt Bailey, co-author of Against the Grain, Biotechnology, and the Corporate Takeover of Your Food in US
    • Richard Burroughs, US FDA veterinarian
    • Ignacio Chapela, US microbiologist
    • Shiv Chopra, Canadian scientist
    • Steve Drucker, public interest attorney in US
    • Sam Epstein, US writer
    • Becky Goldburg, Environmental Defense Fund in US
    • Zac Goldsmith, co-editor of Ecologist in UK
    • Bill Lambrecht, author of Dinner at the New Gene Cafe in US
    • Marc Lappe, co-author of Against the Grain, Biotechnology, and the Corporate Takeover of Your Food in US
    • Bill Lashmitt, US biochemist
    • Dr. Arpad Pusztai and his wife Susan, scientists in the UK
    • Joseph Settepani, US FDA scientist
    • Barbara Reed Stitt, author of Food and Behavior, A Natural Connection in US (Note: Her book shows how food and diet can affect behavior and learning.)
    • Laura Ticciati, founder of Mothers for Natural Law and co-author of Genetically Engineered Foods: Are They Safe? You Decide in US
    • Steve Wilson, US investigative reporter
    • Carol Yoon, US reporter
    Jeffery M. Smith offers suggestions on how to avoid GM foods. The major GM foods are: canola, corn, cotton, and soy. A number of companies are now making an effort to remove GM substances from their products.

    Note: GM substances can be found in substances besides foods. (Added 02/06/2014)

    Web resources:

    Jeffery M. Smith has two websites that deal with his book and the genetically modified organisms issues. They are:

    (Added 02/06/2014)

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    GLUTEN SENSITIVITY

    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)

    Book Review:

    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:

    • Barley - Hordein
    • Corn - Zein (Corn also contains fumonism, a problem for people with type 2 diabetes and heart disease.)
    • Millet - Panicin
    • Oats - Avenin
    • Rice - Oryzenin (As rice is grown in water, it has been found to be contaminated with heavy metals.)
    • Rye - Sesalin
    • Sorghum - Kafirin
    • Teff - Penniseiten
    • Wheat - Gliadin
      The following are pseudo-grains, they are vegetables that have gluten-like proteins:
    • Amaranth
    • Buckwheat
    • Quinoa

    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:

    1. Gluten sensitivity causes inflammation (systematic)
    2. Grain consumption leads to vitamin and mineral difficiences. It can lead to a breakdown in muscles, joints, bones, and other body tissues.
    3. Grain consumption causes leaky gut, which is a precursor to autoimmune diseases
    4. Grain is extremely difficult for the body to digest. Proteins in the grains are resistant to enzyme activity and breakdown.
    5. Gluten sensitivity affects the following areas of the body:
      • gut (instestines)
      • head (migraines)
      • joints
      • muscles (pain and weakness)
      • nerves (restless leg syndrome)
      Note: There are over 140 autoimmune diseases that can be triggered by eating grains.
    6. Gluten sensitivity can play a major role in a number of mental health conditions as well as being a neurotoxin (chemical that harms the brain):
      • ADHD
      • Bipolar syndrome
      • Depression
      • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
      • Peripheral neuropathy
      • Restless Leg syndrome (bacterial overgrowth in the intestines linked to gluten sensitivity)
      • Schizophrenia
      • Vertigo (dizziness)
      Note: Chronic pain annual costs in the United States runs between $560 billion to $635 billion a year. The author covers in detail issues with the use of prescription drugs. Prescription drugs are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.
    7. Milk has a protein called casein and it looks "like" gluten. It can cause the same reactions as found in 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
    Concept Information
    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:
    • ADD/ADHD
    • autism
    • bipolar depression
    • depression
    • facial palsies (Bell's palsy)
    • leaky gut syndrome
    • schizophrenia
    • seizure disorders (Epilepsy)
    The gut brain has five barriers. They are:
    • Barrier one: GALT (gastro-associated lymphoid tissues) acts like tonsils
    • Barrier two: tight junctions can be disrupted by gluten, glyphosate (found in Roundup), and atrazine.
    • Barrier three: mucosal layer which contains the villi
    • Barrier four: good bacteria (certain diseases like Crohn's, ulcerative colitis, and others are linked to certain types of flora)
    • Barrier five: stomach acid (need stomach acid for digestion; acid reflux drugs cause a number of problems)
    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:
    • Amylase Trypsin inhibitors (ATIs)
    • GLO-3A, a non-gluten protein
    With inflammation, adrenals produce more cortisol, affecting the muscle to fat ratio and leads to weight gain and hormonal imbalance. It affects the thyroid, sex steroids, women's organs, and estrogen dominance.
    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:
    • Excessive calcium deposits in your tissues
    • Leaky gut
    • Joint inflammation
    • Muscle stiffness
    The nightshade vegetables contain a compound called solanine that causes problems. Safer alternatives are: yams, sweet potatoes, and Japanese sweet potato.
    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:

    • high dose curcumin
    • omega 3 essential fatty acids
    • glucosamine
    • MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)

    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:
    • Brain fog
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle pain
    • Neuropathy and nerve damage
    Key Functions of Coenzyme Q-10:
    • Acts as a spark plug to convert energy to a usable form
    • Helps preserve the integrity of the nucleic material within the DNA
    Glucosamine Signs of deficiency:
    None listed
    Key Functions of Glucosamine:
    • Cartilage repair
    • Wheat germ agglutin (WGA) is a lectin which can provoke an inflammatory response. It goes after cartilagenous tissue where it can create inflammation and joint pain. Glucosamine binds with WGA and blocks inflammation and joint pain.
    Magnesium Signs of deficiency:
    • Bone loss
    • Depression
    • Elevated cholesterol
    • Hypertension
    • Muscle spasms in the eye or elsewhere with resultant pain and inflammation
    • Thickened blood
    Key Functions of Magnesium:
    • Bone development
    • Enables protein synthesis and proper muscle and nerve function
    • Essential for energy production
    • Magnesium is in over 300 functions in the body
    • Normal heart rhythm
    • Regulates sugar and blood pressure
    MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) Signs of deficiency:
    None listed
    Key Functions of MSM:
    • Relief from chronic pain from various forms of arthritis, joint inflammation, and muscle pain
    Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids Signs of deficiency:
    • Brain fog
    • Dry skin
    • Elevated triglycerides
    • High cholesterol
    • Hypertension
    • Pain without injury
    • Poor memory
    Key Functions of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids:
    • DHA - predominant essential fatty acid in the brain and needed and necessary for the production of myelin, a kind of fat that covers and protects the nerve fibers in the brain's white matter
    • Regulates inflammation and blocks conversion of omega-6 fats into arachidonic acid
    • Regulates the consistency of the blood
    Vitamin B1 (Thiamine or benfotiame) Signs of deficiency:
    • Cataracts
    • Contributes to glucose intolerance
    • Depression
    • Difficulty digesting carbohydrates
    • Fatigue and weakness
    • Impaired breathing
    • Loss of mental alertness
    • Muscle pain
    • Peripheral neuropathy
    • Poor appetite and weight loss
    • Uncontrolled eye movements
    Key Functions of Vitamin B1:
    • Helps generate energy from food
    • Helps prevent various conditions:
      • Anorexia
      • Cataracts
      • Cirrhosis
      • Depression
      • Heart failure
    Vitamin B12 Signs of deficiency:
    • Brain fog
    • Depression
    • Dizziness
    • Fatigue
    • Headaches
    • Irritability
    • Joint and muscle pain
    • Lack of mental clarity
    • Neuropathy
    • Poor memory
    • Ringing in the ears
    • Sleep disorders
    • Weight gain
    Key Functions of Vitamin B12:
    • Helps to produce melatonin to regulate sleep
    • Maintains energy production
    • Produces insulation surrounding nerves in the brain and spinal cord
    • Protects against cardiovascular disease, dementia, and neuropathy
    • Repairs and replicates DNA and RNA
    Vitamin C Signs of deficiency:
    • Bleeding gums
    • Fatigue
    • Joint pain and swelling
    • Rough skin
    • Rough skin
    Key Functions of Vitamin C:
    • Destroy cancer cells
    • Detoxify the liver
    • Helps reduce gluten-induced inflammation
    • Prevent constriction of blood vessels
    • Promote adrenal health
    • Protect against cell damage
    • Reduce heavy metal accumulation
    • Regulate heavy metal accumulation
    • Repair tissues
    Vitamin D Signs of deficiency:
    • Acne
    • Cancer
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Eczema
    • Muscle pain and weakness
    • Poor growth or bowed legs in children
    • Poor immune function
    • Sinus and chronic infections
    Key Functions of Vitamin D:
    • Helps regulate a number of vital body functions
    • Helps with strong bones and muscles
    • Prevents autoimmune disease by regulating immune cells
    Zinc Signs of deficiency:
    • Digestive disruption
    • Fatigue
    • Hair loss
    • Loose bowels
    • Malabsorption of nutrients
    • Poor blood sugar control
    • Reduced immunity
    Key Functions of Zinc:
    • Enables a vegetarian to to convert plant sources of omega-3 fats to the ones that the body can metabolize or use
    • Essential to the metabolism of omega-3 fats
    • Helps make digestive enzymes that enable the absorption of nutrients in food
    • Helps offset insulin resistance
    • Helps protect against free radicals
    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)

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    GUT AND PSYCHOLOGY SYNDROME

    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)

    Book on Gut and Psychology Syndrome:

    Gut and Psychology Syndrome: natural treatment for dispraxia, autism, ADD, dyslexia, ADHAD, depression and schizophrenia (2010) by Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD. (Publisher: Medinform Publishing)

    Book Review:

    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:

    • Essential or beneficial flora
    • Opportunistic flora
    • Transitional flora
    Dietary fiber is broken down into:
    • amino acids
    • minerals
    • oligosaccharides
    • organic acids
    • other nutrients
    The good bacteria in the gut produce nutrients, apparently absorbs the toxins, and recycles bile acids and cholesterol. Those with abnormal flora are found to be anemic and deficient in nutrients needed for a healthy brain and immune system.

    Dr. Campbell-McBride also discusses in detail what helps the immune system and what doesn't. An imbalance of Th1 and Th2 cells can result in:
    • allergies
    • autism
    • candidiases
    • chronic fatigue syndrome
    • eczema
    • viral infections
    For a balanced gut flora, the microbes in the gut need to be in balance. Another topic Dr. Campbell-McBride covers are the factors that damages the gut flora:
    • antibiotics
    • contraceptive pills
    • diseases, specific
    • fiber from grains
    • pain killers
    • steroid drugs
    • stress
    More information on candida is covered. Candida creates leaks in the intestinal wall and a leaky gut. The limitations of a stool tests are covered. It is important to assess the mural bacteria that live on the gut wall. Issues with yeasts that have been found in children with autism is covered. For healthier babies, it is important for the mother to have a healthy gut flora. The whole family generally needs to be treated, when there are problems with gut flora. Furthermore, the fetus does not have any built-in protection from:
    • mothers' mercury fillings
    • toxins from food and the environment
    • toxins produced from the abnormal gut flora
    The book also covers the impact vaccines have on children, especially children with a compromised immune system. This is when they are more vulnerable to the adverse effects from vaccines. In fact, their immune system can be assessed before vaccinating.

    With psychiatric disorders, Dr. Campbell-McBride finds that many of them have problems with their digestion and gut. In cultures that have never consumed grains, they do not develop schizophrenia. A detailed list of symptoms are provided relating to the gut and digestion prior to the patient developing schizophrenia. Epilepsy is covered, too, with a listing of nutritional deficiencies.

    It can take the body as long as two years to heal the gut. For those suffering from autism, the gluten free and casein free diet has become known. However, the author also suggests that other carbohydrates can feed the abnormal gut. It may not be enough to simply remove gluten and casein from those with the autism spectrum disorder. The behavior of candida in the body is explained, again this stems from an abnormal gut. Pathogens from candida damages the gut lining (resulting in the leaky gut). Candida can also play a role in:
    • arthritis
    • cancer
    • chronic fatigue syndrome
    • fibromylgia
    • multiple sclerosis
    • neurological conditions
    Appropriate digestive enzymes such as disaccharidases are needed to breakdown the double sugars (sucrose, lactose, and maltose). People with digestive issues have trouble digesting or breaking down these double sugars. Undigested starch, if not digested, becomes the perfect food for pathogenic flora in the gut, and allows it to flourish and produce toxins. (Single sugars are called monosaccharides and include galactose, glucose, and fructose.) This means no grains, too. Another type of enzyme called peptidases is needed to breakdown proteins into amino acids. People who are unable to produce peptidases have trouble digesting protein. Most GAPS people have inflammation and ulceration in their gut lining. The role of cholesterol is explained and is needed. Other digestive issues found in GAPS patients are also covered.

    Foods to avoid include:
    • grains and grain-like foods
    • lactose
    • processed foods
    • starchy beans and peas
    • starchy vegetables
    • sugar
    • lactose
    • processed foods
    Dr. Campbell-McBride lists wheat as the number cause of food allergies and food intolerances. There are issues with soy. The GAPS diet is similar to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). She suggests a simple test for identifying a true food allergy versus food allergies generated by an improper working digestive system and leaky gut. It is called the sensitivity test. A small sample of the suspect food is placed on the arm before the child goes to sleep. If in the morning, if it looks red, that indicates that it is a true allergy. When the gut heals, the person will be able to expand their food choices. Which foods are better for you are specified, as well. Again, organic is better than non-organic. This includes animal fat. Steps to deal with diarrhea and constipation are presented. When the gut wall is inflammed, fiber cannot be tolerated. It is noted that Dr. Campbell-McBride does not approve of the strict vegetarian diet for teen-agers and she explains why. (cross reference to SCD).

    The GAPS diet (and the beneficial bacteria is important, too) is presented in three stages:
    • Introduction to the GAPS Diet
    • The Full GAPS Diet
    • Coming off the GAPS Diet
    The author covers nutritional supplementation along with with a healthy diet. Natural forms of vitamins and minerals are better absorbed by the body. Supplementation includes:
    • cod liver oil
    • digestive enzymes
    • essential fatty acids
    • probiotics
    • vitamins and minerals
    She lists some of the various strains in probiotics and what they do. They include:
    • Bacillus subtilis
    • Bifidobacteria
    • Enterococcus faecium or Streptococcus faecalis
    • Escherichia coli or E. coli
    • Lactobacilli
    • Saccharomyces boulardil
    The stomach is where we begin to digest protein. Pepsin is a protein digesting enzyme. When hydrochloric acid is produced by the stomach walls, it activates pepsin. The role of secretin and cholecystokinin in the digestive process is explained. Without these enzymes, we have maldigestion and malabsorption. Normalizing stomach acid is key to digestive health. Stomach acid also serves as our first line of defense against unfriendly microbes. It turns out that these microbes love carbohydrates.

    Juicing is beneficial, as well. It provides a more concentrated source of nutrients and is more absorbable.

    Various digestive issues are covered such as constipation and diarrhea, ear infections, the role of genetics, the top ten factors to boost immunity, and the top ten factors that damages immunity, family health history, helping children with special needs, vaccination guidelines, guidelines for a safer and healthier pregnancy, and the feeding steps for a new baby.

    One of the best things about this book, the author explains how the gut can affect the family's health, and most importantly, our children's health. When one family member has gut issues, generally, the whole family also has gut issues. The process of introducing solid foods for new babies is provided. It details the ins and outs of how our digestion is supposed to work and what we can do to heal. It is a book that belongs in every gastroenterologist's professional library and for those who are seeking answers. The book includes a bibliography and an index. (Added 01/15/2015)

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    HORMONAL HEALTH

    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:

    1. the entire hormonal picture needs to be looked at, not just isolated hormones
    2. hormones need to be balanced
    3. small, physiologic does are needed (the range normally found in the body during the period of optimum health found in the age group of twenty and thirty year olds), not megadoses
    4. natural hormones perform better than synthetic ones (Dr. Brownstein uses natural hormones in his practice. Dr. Hertoghe also uses natural homones. In isolated and limited number of cases, Dr. Hertoghe will will use synthetic hormones when the patient does not react well with the natural hormone.)
    5. hormone therapy needs medical oversight, testing before supplementation and testing after supplementation, and adjusted as needed
    6. it is better to restore hormone levels experienced in a person's twenties and thirties, when optimum health has been experienced
    7. hormone levels decline with age, and with the decline in hormones, a number of health conditions occur

    (Added 10/21/2012, updated 08/11/2014)

    Books on Hormonal Health:

    The Miracle of Natural Hormones, 3rd ed (2003) by David Brownstein, MD. (Publisher: Medical Alternatives Press)

    Book Review:

    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.

    Basic Hormones and their roles
    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:

    1. drink adequate amounts of clean water
    2. heavy metal detoxification
    3. improve the diet
    4. sweating
    5. flushing the liver

    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)

    Book review:


    Dr. Thierry Hertoghe, MD, comes of a family of four generations of physicians that worked with hormonal issues and as endocrinologists in Europe. Hormones are more powerful than drugs. It takes an experienced eye to notice clinical signs and symptoms, signs not picked up by blood tests. Before lab tests were available, doctors had to rely on observing clinical signs. There are 100 different types of hormones in the body. All of the hormones (all of the deficiencies) need to be assessed, addressed, and balanced for optimum results. It turns out that most hormones decline with age. Hormones can affect all the cells in the body or a one or two organs. Start with the smallest dose, and work your way up. Hormones are produced by the body, and are not like drugs. When used properly, hormones are powerful tools for healing. This approach is in sharp contrast to the disease model of medicine. The disease model of medicine does not address all the health issues people encounter and face. The following organs produce hormones. Below is a table:

    Organs and the hormones they produce
    Organ Hormones
    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
    Pancreas Insulin
    Pineal (in the brain) Melatonin
    Pituitary (in the brain) Anterior: ACTH, Growth Hormone, TSH
    Posterior: Vasopressin
    Testicles Dihydrotestosterone, Testosterone
    Thyroid Calcitonin, Thyroid hormones

     

    Top Fifteen 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.

    Testing process:

    1. complete medical history
    2. thorough physical exam
    3. blood, saliva, and 24 hour urine tests
    4. age of patient
    5. doctor's clinical experience
    6. tests to rule out other conditions
    7. patient's reactions to clinical treatment

    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:

    1. Is your face puffy in the morning?
    2. Is your face swollen like a full moon?
    3. Is your fat concentrated around your abdomen?
    4. Do you have a double chin? Do you have cellulite?
    5. Do you bruise easily?


    The health conditions covered in this book are:

    1. Weight problems
    2. Skin and hair issues
    3. Smooth joints
    4. Bone issues
    5. Cardiovascular health
    6. Immune system
    7. Sexual issues
    8. Sleep issues
    9. Memory
    10. Moods
    11. Stress
    12. Energy

    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.

    1. Organic vegetables and fruits
    2. Organic meats like poultry, fish, and eggs (some animal proteins are needed for hormones)
    3. Clean water
    4. Healthy fats
    5. Grains-use sprouted grains
    6. Legumes-keep it to a minimum, two servings a week
    7. Avoid dairy and bread as it can become moldy inside the body
    8. Avoid sugar (contributes to overgrowth of yeasts and bacteria in our bodies)
    9. Avoid yeast and fungus (contributes to yeast overgrowth and can cause tenacious low grade fungal infections)

    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)

    Book review:

    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:

    • Remove the toxins from the body
    • Restore the nutrients hormones need
    • Rebalance the body's energy
    Our metabolism is like a chemistry lab. Catabolic activities break apart the larger molecules into smaller ones. Anabolic activities take glucose, fatty acids, amino acids, all smaller molecules and turns them into body tissues such as muscle, fat, and bone. Jillian Michaels details the role of hormones in regard to managing one's weight. Hormones are chemical messengers that control and coordinate activities throughout the body. It plays a role in diabetes and obesity. (Note: Hormone testing and supplementation needs medical supervision. Serious problems can occur like organ failure without proper supervision to the organs that produce these hormones.)

    Major hormones:
    Hormone Explanation
    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:
    • body temperature
    • digestion
    • heart rate
    • fertility
    • memory
    • mood
    • rate body burns calories

    A number of factors play havoc with our hormones. They are known as endocrine disruptors. Below is a list:
    • Blocking a real hormone from having access to its receptor
    • Changing the amount of a specific hormone that is produced
    • Impacting the speed at which the hormone is processed in the body
    • Increasing or decreasing the number of hormone receptors in certain parts of the body
    • Mimicking a hormone and clicking into a receptor, setting it off as if it was a hormone itself
    Pesticides do play havoc with our hormones. It is also factor in diabetes, as well, as increasing insulin resistance. One category of chemicals is organochlorines. These chemicals are known to cause the following effects:
    • breathing problems
    • dizziness
    • headaches
    • nausea
    • seizures
    • skin problems
    • tremors
    Jillian Michaels also talks about other chemicals/substances that causes problems with our endocrine systems. They are:
    • antibiotics given to chickens to prevent the spread of illness, in chickens housed in cramped quarters
    • carbon tetrachloride - linked to thyroid dysfunction
    • dioxins - affect thyroids, lower rate of male births, and builds up in human tissues
    • flame retardants put in clothes - affects the menstrual cycle
    • growth hormones given to cattle to create more meat
    • PBA - can mimic estrogen (and causing male fish to turn into female fish), create new fat cells and increase the cell size
    • PCBs - can cause a number of problems, including nervous system problems, increased incidence of cancer
    • pregnancy and lactation hormones given to dairy cattle to improve their yield
    The presence of these chemicals affect hormones in both sexes, causing premature sexual development and abnormalities, as well as reduced fertility. Another issue that has come up is the residue of pharmaceuticals that end up in the water. Municipal water purification systems are not designed to remove the residues of these prescription drugs. The reverse osmosis water purification can remove the residues of these prescription drugs. A chart on pages 74-75 covers these endocrine disrupters in more detail.

    The following classes of pharmaceutical drugs cause weight gain:
    • anticonvulsants
    • antidiabetics
    • antihistamines
    • antihypertensives
    • contraceptives
    • HIV antiretrovial drugs and protease inhibitors
    • psychotropics (antipsychotics, antidepressants, and mood stabilizers)
    • steroid hormones such as prednison
    Jillian Michaels also lists which foods to avoid:
    1. artificial preservatives and colors
    2. artificial sweeteners
    3. glutamates (more than one type of glutamate)
    4. high fructose corn syrup - doesn't suppress hunger, increases triglycerides, high levels of triglycerides prevents leptin from working in the brain; included in a number of foods
    5. hydrogenated fats
    6. refined grains - loss of fiber, B vitamins, and iron
    Jillian Michaels lists which foods that can be eaten occasionally. They are:
    1. caffeine
    2. canned foods
    3. excess alchohol
    4. excess soy
    5. full fat dairy and fatty meats
    6. starchy root vegetables
    7. tropical, dried,and canned fruits
    Jillian Michaels lists foods that are good for you in the table below.
    Foods that are good for you
    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:
    • Orange-(carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, and mangoes) have beta-carotene
    • Yellow-(citrus) have vitamin C
    • Purple-(grapes and olives) have high levels of resveratol, a type of plant antibiotic with anti-inflammation and blood-sugar-lowering effects
    • Red-(tomatoes)-have lycopene, a power anti-fighting antioxidant and oxidative stress
    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:
    • fiber
    • resistant starch (RSI)
    • oligosaccharides
    Whole grains need to be eaten as whole grains, not crushed or refined.

    These feeds need to be organic. Below is a list of why organic is better:
    • Organics help you stay slim and prevent diabetes
    • Organics help you avoid scary hormones
    • Organics help you avoid pesticides and other chemicals
    • Organics help you prevent antiobiotic resistance
    • Organics help make your food taste better
    • Organics in season makes your diet more diverse
    • Organics make your food more nutritious
    • Organics help save our earth
    List of what to purchase organic and sometimes organic
    Organic Sometimes Organic
    • apples
    • bell peppers
    • berries
    • celery
    • coffee
    • foods you eat alot
    • grapes
    • lettuce
    • meat, diary, eggs
    • peaches and nectarines
    • asparagus
    • avocadoes
    • bananas
    • broccoli
    • cabbage
    • corn
    • mangoes
    • onions
    • pineapple
    • processed Foods
    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.

    Jillian Michaels makes the following recommendations to help stabilize the metabolism.
    • One recommendation is eating four meals a day, starting with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack.
    • The second recommendation is to use salad or lunch plates, instead of the large dinner plates, for smaller food portions.
    • The third recommendation is to eat every four hours.
    • The fourth recommendation is not to eat after 9 pm. If you eat after 9 pm, this raises the blood sugar for the following morning.
    These recommendations will help keep the leptin levels stable and ghrelin levels in check. This affects the appetite.

    Jillian Micheals also discusses the toxins to avoid and the harm they cause as well as which products are better and safer. Some of them are:
    • Cleaning products - The safer cleaner products are ones that have been around for years. Sample of cleaning products includes white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, plain water, lemon juice, and castile soap.
    • Cosmetics and personal care products - These products can include chemicals that disrupt hormones. Most of these products have not been tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There is a website that lists safe products.
    • Medications, over-the-counter and prescription drugs are known to have unsafe substances. It is best to avoid:
      • antidepressants
      • anti-inflammatories
      • antibiotics
      • synthetic hormones
    • Plastics - certain plastics are not safe, other plastics are safer. Below is a listing of plastics that are safer to use. If you can, minimize the use of plastics.
      • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE)
      • High-density polyethylene (HDPE)
      • Low-density polyethylene (LDPE)
      • Polypropylene (PP)
    • rBGH - This is known as recombinant bovine growth hormone. It is a synthetic hormone given to cows so that they produce more milk. It is banned in Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and in 27 European countries. It is allowed in the United States. This hormone increases the insulin-like growth factor 1, IGF-1, levels. It is linked to cancer.
    • Water - It is suggested to drink water that has been purified by reverse osmosis, distilled, or run through an ativated carbon filter.
    Jillian Michaels and Mariska Van Aalst have written an informative and valuable resource with alot of extremely helpful information and explanations. One suggestion made by other authors and writers on this website that it is better not to microwave foods. It lists websites for additional information, selected references and it has an index. (Added 10/22/2013)

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    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)
    and
    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)

    Book Review:

    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.

    • Reduce inflammation by removing food sensitivities
    • Deal with low stomach acid (increase it)
    • Promote healthy bacterial balance
    • Repair digestive tract wall
    • Reduce the negative stress (stress plays a role in IBS, irritable bowel syndrome)

    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
    • Almond Milk, unsweetened
    • Beans
    • Eggs
    • Feta Cheese (small amts.)
    • Fish
    • Fruits except citrus
    • Lemons
    • Non-gluten grains
    • Oils such as olive oil, flaxseed, hemp,
      avocado, butter (small amts.)
    • Poultry
    • Vegetables
    • Citrus Fruits except lemons
    • Corn
    • Dairy
    • Gluten Grains
    • Hydrogenated Oils
    • Peanuts
    • Red Meats
    • Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners

    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.

    Treatment Pyramid

    Level Name Sublevel Name
    1. Inflammation Inflammation
    2. Mood and Food Hormones Dopamine, Low
    Gaba, Low
    Insulin, Excess
    Serotonin, Low
    3. Stress and Anti-stress Hormones Cortisol, Excess
    DHEA, Low
    4. Sex Hormones Estrogen, Excess
    Estrogen, Low
    Progesterone, Excess
    Progesterone, Low
    Testosterone, Low
    Testosterone, Excess
    5. Metabolism Thyroid Hormone, Low
    6. Renewal Acetylcholine, Low
    Melatonin, Low
    7. Strength Growth Hormone, Low
    Note #1: This is for information purposes. This program needs to be done under medical supervision.
    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)

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    HYALURONIC ACID

    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)

    Book on Hyaluronic Acid:

    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)

    Book Review:

    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:

    • It provides lubrication for the synovial fluid found in our joints and acts as a shock absorber, enabling our joints to operate smoothly.
    • It cushions the structure of the vitreous humor fluid found in the eye.
    • It plays a role in our heart valves, veins, and arteries.
    • It also keeps our skin looking smooth and not having wrinkles.
    • It has a role in the brain.
    • It helps maintain moisture in the cells.
    • It is produced during pregnancy, giving the expectant mother a glow.
    • When babies are born, they have alot of hyaluronic acid.
    Hyaluronic acid can be taken as supplement or as an injection. The best form of hyaluronic acid is bio-identical hyaluronic acid. High weight molecular hyaluronic acid is better than low weight hyaluronic acid. Food sources for hyaluronic acid are found in starchy root vegetables. Stocks and broths have been found to be helpful for joint health.

    The authors present the following formula: Aging = Wear + Tear - Repair. These three roles need to be balanced. When the body's ability to repair its tissues declines, the aging process sets in. The skin is a reflection of the person's health. Probiotics help with nutrient absorption and prevent the overgrowth of yeast and bacteria in the gut.

    The following protocol is presented for aging well:
    • Bio-identical hyaluronic acid (High Molecular Weight)
    • Carnosine (peptide)
    • Coenzyme Q-10
    • Grapeseed extract
    • Vitamin C
    • Vitamin E
    The authors talk about the role of sulfur found in MSM or Glucosamine Sulfate in joint health. Glucosamine helps build joint tissues. They also talk about the problem with NSAID medications for joint issues as they break down the wires or nerves that deliver pain signals in the joint; and the joint is still deteriorating.

    This resource talks about the interesting role of, a lessor known nutrient, hyaluronic acid in human health and in the aging process. The more medical and technical information with their sources is presented in the appendix. It includes an index. (Added 03/01/2015)

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    HYDROGEN PEROXIDE (Food Grade)

    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)

    Book on Hydrogen Peroxide (Food Grade):

    True Power of Hydrogen Peroxide: miracle path to wellness (2014) by Mary Wright. (Publisher: PowerofHydrogenPeroxide.com). (Added 01/28/20170).

    Book Review:

    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:

    • Does not have contaminants
    • Does not have toxins
    • Does not have cancer causing and toxic heavy metals
    • Does not have other harmful ingredients

    The author, Mary Wright, starts with saying that the four elements of life are:

    • oxygen
    • hydrogen
    • nitrogen
    • carbon
    The food grade version of hydrogen peroxide contains two of these elements, hydrogen and oxygen. One concern that the author brought up is the declining levels of oxygen in our environment. This affects everyone and can be playing a role in degenerative diseases. Our air can be containing more:
    • harmful micro-organisms
    • pathogens
    • toxins

    Some of the other concepts listed in this book include:

    Concept Information
    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:
    • lack of oxygen
    • body cannot expel enough carbon monoxide
    • causes rapid cell deterioration, weakens the immune system, allows pathogens to invade and cause illness and disease
    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:
  • Joins with substances to make carcinogens such as chloroforms, fromoforms, carbon techtachloride, bischlorothane, and other cancer causing agents
  • Combines with natural organic matter, decaying vegetation to form potent cancer causing trihalo methanes (THM's).
  • Chlorine levels in swimming poos are a 1000 times higher than what the EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) deemed as safe to be in the water.
  • Causes harm to a number of organs in the body, including the nervous system
  • It bioaccumulates in the body (builds up).
  • Note: Hydrogen Peroxided food grade 35% is recommended as a much safer alternative.
    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:
    • helps remove wastes
    • can purify and sterilize
    • defends against pathogens
    Oxygen at the right levels helps with the following:
    • Maximizes the healing process
    • Maximizes the immune system
    • Facilitates disease prevention
    • Benefits aerobic bacteria (bacteria that needs oxygen)
    • Destroys anerobic bacteria (bacteria that can live without oxygen)
    Oxygen plays a role in oxygenation. It is a chemical reaction that:
    • Converts or burns sugar into energy
    • Helps remove wastes from the human body
    • Can purify and sterilize
    • A powerful defense against pathogens
    Every cell in the body needs oxygen. Insufficient or reduced levels of oxygen results in:
    • Reduces cell's power
    • Reduces curative powers
    • Reduces cell's energy levels and cell reproduction
    At the right levels, oxygen does the following:
    • Maximizes the healing process
    • Helps the immune system
    • Helps with disease prevention
    Oxygen can be absorbed by the body 3 different ways. They are:
    • lungs
    • skin
    • stomach
    Weight Loss The author makes suggestions to facilitate weight loss. Instead of counting calories, do the following:
    • Eat healthy organic and natural food
    • Use sea salt
    • Install a water filter in kitchen
    • Reduce intake of white flour, corn syrup, and processed sugar
    • Reduce use of chemicals in home and in furnishings
    • Have fresh air flow in home and use a HEPA air filtration for bedroom
    • Wear natural materials for clothing (cotton, linen, silk, and etc.) as much as possible
    You may eat less and have more energy.

    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)

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    IMMUNE SYSTEM

    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)

    Books on the Immune System:

    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)

    Book review:

    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:

    • alpha-carotene (carotene family)
    • alpha-lipoic acid
    • allium compounds
    • allyl sulfides
    • anthocyanins and proanthocyanins
    • beta-carotene (carotene family)
    • bioflavonoids
    • glucosinolates
    • flavonoids
    • isothiocyanates
    • lignans
    • lutein (carotene family)
    • lycopene (carotene family)
    • pectins
    • polyphenols and phenolic acids
    • quercetin
    • rutin
    • zeaxanthim (carotene family)


    There appear to be more than 1,000 phytochemicals; and 150 of them have been studied. Phytochemicals play the following roles:

    • Controlling the production of free radicals
    • Deactivating and detoxifying cancer-causing agents
    • Fueling mechanisms to repair damaged DNA sequences
    • Impeding the replication of cells with DNA damage
    • Improving immune cells' cytotoxic (destructive) power, the power to kills macrobes and cancer cells
    • Inducing beneficial antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral effects
    • Inducing detoxification enzymes
    • Protecting cells structures from being damaged by toxins

    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.

    Suggested Carbohydrates:

    • Top: Beans, green peas, and berries
    • Middle: squashes, wild rice, wheat berries, sweet potatoes
    • Low: potatoes
    • Unacceptable: sweeteners, white flour, white rice, cold cereals, commercial fruit juices
    Signs of deficiency of fats are: dry skin, thinning hair, muscle cramps, poor sleep, high triglycerides, and poor exercise tolerance. Dr. Furhman covers in detail health issues resulting from low EPA and DHA levels (omega-3 essential fatty acids). High intake of animal protein promotes aging, increased susceptibility to developing cancer, and making the body more acidic. Foods that support the immune system include cruciferous vegetables (kale, cabbage, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, and turnips) and mushrooms. Seeds such as flax seeds (grind at home), sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds also support the immune system.

    Suggested diet:
    1. eat a large salad (with nuts and/or seeds)
    2. eat 1/2 cup of beans or legumes in salad or soup
    3. eat three fresh fruits daily, especially berries, pomegranate seeds, cheeries, plums and oranges
    4. eat one ounce of raw nuts or seeds daily
    5. eat one large serving of green vegetable daily
    This resource covers how nutrition, diet, and nutritional supplementation helps the immune system to perform more effectively. It has recipes, a glossary, references and index. (Added 11/20/2012)

    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:
    • embraces the germ
    • de-emphasizing the terrain and environment
    • sees the germ as the bad guy. This is the basics of what the Big Pharmaceutical industry/companies focuses on and what doctors have been taught.
    Dr. Ronald Drucker offers another approach to obtaining optimum health and maintaining optimum health as we become older. It is strengthening our environment so that it can deal with the harmful germs and other harmful substances. It is done by strengthening the cells's ability to fight these harmful factors and it is done by providing the cells all the nutrients that they need, especially phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are a class of nutrients that are found in vegetables and fruits. Below are a number of different concepts covered in this book.

    Various Concepts Relating to Optimum Health
    Concept Information
    Aging Three factors that facilitate premature aging are:
    • Cellular starvation
    • Cellular dehydration
    • Toxin-related cellular damage
    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:
    • A fuzzy coat called glycocalyx. It is made of glycoprotein identifiers that can recognize self from foreign. This enables immune cells to identify defective cells and leave the healthy cells alone.
    • Semi-permeable
    • Takes in nutrients
    • Removes wastes
    The internal cell component has:
    • organells which are cell organs
    • nucleus which has the blueprint for cell replication
    • mitochondira for energy
    • ribosomes for protein production
    • performs digestive roles within the cell
    Cell Health Health begins with our cells, the building blocks of our tissues, organs, and body. It includes:
    • Healthy cells
    • Unrestricted cellular communication
    • Uninhibited and unaltered DNA replication
    Note: Our cells communicate with each other. Communication is needed so that the immune system cells know where to go and what to do. The surface of each cell contains molecules that can identify code. Intracellular is communication between cells and intercellular communication within cells.
    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:
    • maintenance of digestive function and normal blood sugar
    • absorption of nutrients
    • destruction of disease causing organisms
    • support and maintenance of friendly bacteria
    • regulation of inflammatory processes
    • anti-oxidant functions
    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:
    • One is the humoral immunity system. The liver and lymphocytes produce antibodies. Antibodies are liquid proteins that circulate in the blood stream and other bodily fluids. They interfere with the growth of pathogens.
    • Two is the cellular immunity system. Macrophages and killer T cells migrate through the body. These cells are:
      • eosinophilis
      • macrophages - ingest, digest foreign substances, bacteria and toxins
      • mast cells - fight parasites and allergies
      • natural killer cells - deal with viruses and certain cancer cells
      • polymorphonuclear leukocytes (white cells)
    Maintenance Therapy Maintenance therapy is designed to:
    • prevent disease
    • promote health
    • prolong and enhance quality of life
    • prevent deterioration from disease
    Note: However, this type of medical care is not considered medically necessary and may not have health insurance coverage including Medicare. Also, it was noted that doctors may not necessarily tell patients everything they need to know and/or provide incorrect information.
    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:
    • Includes cellular fueling and repair
    • Increasing cell life (anti-aging)
    • Inhibit cancer producing substances
    • Prevent degenerative disease
    In addition to vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, these phytonutrients are essential to our health. Lack of phytonutrients in our diet are playing a role in degenerative disease. Phytonutrients are essential for optimum health. They can:
    • Act as antioxidants
    • Enhance immune response
    • Enhance cell to cell communication
    • Cause cancer cells to die
    • Repair DNA
    • Eliminate toxic substances
    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:
    • autism
    • cancer
    • heart disease
    • Type II diabetes
    Note: With improved diets and cleaning up our entire environment of chemicals, the author feels that we can reduce the incidence of cancer by 75%.
    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:

    • Specific nutrient and phytonutrient deficiency (causes starvation and subsequent DNA damage) is the primary factor in premature aging and degenerative disease.
    • An oxygen-rich, alkaline, extral cellular environment and the maintenance of the optimum biological terrain is an environment in which disease cannot thrive.
    • Specific nutrients, phytonutrients, and co-factors in adquate amounts are the responsible for the prevention and cure for premature aging and most existing diseases.

    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).

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    IODINE LEVELS

    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.

    Book on Iodine Levels:

    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.)

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    JUICING

    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.

    Books on Juicing:

    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)

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    KETOGENIC DIET

    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)

    Book on Ketogenic Diet:

    The Everything Guide to the Ketogenic Diet (2015) by Lindsay Boyers, CHNC. (Publisher: AdamsMedia)

    Book Review:

    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:

    • First, from carbohydrates
    • Second, from fats
    • Third, from protein (least favorite)

    When carbohydrates are not available in the diet, the body will turn to fat as a source of energy needed by cells:

    • The liver breaks the fat into fatty acids
    • Fatty acids are broken into energy rich substance called ketones or ketonic bodies
    • The presence of ketones in the blood is called ketosis
    • The goal of ketogenic diet is to go into long term ketosis

    The role of protein is explained:

    • Protein provides structural support to every cell in the body and helps maintain tissues.
    • Protein acts as enzymes that play a role in all of the biochemical reactions in the body. This includes digestion and metabolism.
    • Protein helps maintain fluid and acid-base balance in the body.
    • Protein act as antibodies to keep the immune system strong and fight off illness.
    • Protein is made of amino acids and is converted into sugars, this is called deamination.
    The role of carbohydrates is explained:
    • The body sends out insulin to pick up the sugar and bring it to the cells.
    • After the cells use the sugar they need, the remaining sugar/glucose is converted to glycogen. Glycogen is stored in the liver and muscles.
    • What the liver cannot store, the remaining amount is converted to triglycerides, the storage form of fat and stored in fat cells.
    • When you have not eaten for a few hours, the body will call on the glycogen stored in the liver and muscle for energy.
    • The pancreas will release a hormone called glucagon which triggers the release of glucose from the glycogen stored in the liver, to help raise the blood sugar levels.
    • The glycogen in the muscles is used for muscles.
    • If carbohydrates are eaten, then the body doesn't need to use the glycogen.
    • Some cells such as the brain and muscles cannot use fatty acids directly. The body converts the fatty acids into ketones.
    • By avoiding carbohydrates, the body depletes its stores of glycogen and turns to fat for energy.
    • When the body starts using glycogen for energy, this causes the fat cells to shrink, helping you to lose weight and become leaner.
    • When insulin levels increase, your body stores fat. When the insulin levels drops, you burn fat for energy.
    • Sugar increases triglyceride levels and contributes to pre-diabetes.

    The role of fat:

    • Fat is part of the cellular membrane of every cell.
    • The brain is 60% fat.
    • Fat and cholesterol are the building blocks for a number of hormones.
    • Fat is needed for the immune system
    • Fat helps regulate the body's temperature.
    • Fat is a source of protection for the body's major organs.
    • Fat helps you absorb and digest other essential nutrients including vitamins A, D, E, and K.
    • The omega-3s play a role in brain function, growth, and development.
    • The omega-6s play a role in regulating metabolism and maintaining bone health.
    • When sugar is not available, fat can be used as a source of energy.
    • Fat intake does not cause the blood sugar to spike or rise rapidly and then fall.

    The basic ketogenic diet limits both carbohydrate and protein intake. Below are the ranges:

    • 60 to 75% of the calories are from fat
    • 15 to 30% of the calories are from protein
    • 5 to 10% of the calories are from carbohydrates

    Below is a table highlighting which foods are or not acceptable under the ketogenic diet.

    Fats Protein Carbohydrates
    Acceptable:
    • avocado
    • butter
    • coconut
    • mackerel
    • meat
    • nuts
    • olives
    • poultry
    • tuna
    Unacceptable:
    • canola oil
    • fruity yogurt
    • soybean oil
    • vegetable oil
    Acceptable:
    • bacon
    • sausage
    Unacceptable:
    • Meats, low fat,
      limit them because
      of the protein, not
      because
      of the fats.
    Acceptable:
    • asparagus
    • berries
    • broccoli
    • cauliflower
    • cucumbers
    • dark greens
    • green beans
    • leafy vegetables
    • mushrooms
    • spinach
    Unacceptable:
    • fruits
    • high carbohydrate
      vegetables such as
      white potatoes, sweet
      potatoes, yam, and corn
    • grains
    • sugar
    Dairy Beverages Grains and Sugars
    Acceptable:
    • butter
    • cream cheese
    • hard cheese
    • heavy cream
    • sour cream
    Unacceptable:
    • fruity vogurt
    Acceptable:
    • coffee, unsweetened
    • tea, unsweetened
    • water
    Unacceptable:
    • flavored water
    • fruit juices
    • sodas
    • sweetened lemonade
    • sweetened teas
    Acceptable:
    • none
    Unacceptable:
    • barley
    • breads
    • corn syrup
    • crackers
    • honey
    • maple syrup
    • pasta
    • rice
    • sorghum
    • sugar (all forms)
    • wheat

    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:

    • dizziness
    • irritability
    • intense cravings
    The signs of improvement are increased energy and improved mental clarity and memory.

    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)

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    Leaky Gut Issues

    Leaky Gut, also known at 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 two 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 more of this topic as a medical resource. These two 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)

    Books on Leaky Gut Issues:

    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)

    Book Review:

    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:

    • Instigate a disease condition
    • Perpetuate a disease condition
    • Prevent the resolution of a disease condition
    The leaky gut condition can cause the intestinal lining to be inflamed, damage the intestinal lining, and cause inflammation. Some of the symptoms of the leaky gut are:
    • bloating and gas
    • constipation or diarrhea
    • malabsorption
    The leaky gut syndrome plays a factor in a number of systems in the body and health conditions. Below a table is a listing:

    Table of Various Systems and Conditions Affected by the Leaky Gut
    System Specific Health Conditions
    Cardiovascular System
    • headache
    • heart disease
    • hypertension
    • pericarditis
    • vasculitis
    Central Nervous System
    • anxiety
    • autism
    • chronic fatigue system
    • depression
    • fatigue
    • fibromyalgia
    • migraine
    • mood disorders
    • multiple sclerosis
    • schizophrenia
    Digestive System
    • acid reflux disease (GERD)
    • celiac disease
    • constipation
    • Crohn's disease
    • diarrhea
    • food sensitivity
    • inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
    • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
    • ulcerative colitis
    Note: A number of neurotransmitters exist in the gut, not just in the brain.
    Endocrine (hormonal) System
    • adrenal fatigue
    • diabetes I and II
    • erectile dysfunction
    • heavy menses
    • irregular menses
    • low libido
    • polyceptic ovarian syndrome
    • premenstrual syndrome
    • suboptimal thyroid function
    Immune System
    • autoimmune diseases
    • multiple food sensitivies
    • recurrent or chronic infection
    Integumentary (skin) System
    • eczema
    • hives
    • psoriasis
    • seborrhea
    • severe acne
    Musculoskeletal System
    • joint pain
    • muscle pain
    • rheumatoid arthritis
    Respiratory System
    • asthma
    • cardiopulmonary disease (COPD)
    • chronic congestion
    • Note one: Leaky gut issues can be related to other health conditions such as dysbosis, insulin resistance, obesity, and Parkinson's.
    • Note two: Leaky gut can result in chronic inflammation.
    • Note three: Leaky gut can upset the homeostasis (balance in the body).
    • Note four: The various systems of the body interact with each other.

    Some testing is possible for the leaky gut syndrome. Below is a table:

    Tests to Measure aspects of the Leaky Gut
    Number Test Explaination
    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:
    • help to soothe irritated mucous membrains
    • high polysaccharide content
    • helps to produce a watery sticky coating that calms the inflamed mucous membraines, creating a protetive film.
    • Some of these herbs are:
      • aloe vera gel
      • licorice root
      • marshmellow root
      • slippery elm bark
    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.
    • encourages normal immunity
    • helps to displace heavy metals that have accumulated in the tissues
    • supports energy production
    • supports integrity of the cells lining the intestines.
    • zinc deficiency will cause cell wall damage and more inflammation

    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:

    • gluten free whole grains
    • healthy oils
    • hydrating fluids
    • natural flavorings and sweeteners
    • nuts and seeds
    • quality protein
    • vegetables and fruits

    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:

    • alcohol
    • artificial ingredients
    • caffeine

    The leaky gut diet is in three stages:

    • Phase One: Calming diet
    • Phase Two: Restoring diet
    • Phase Three: Maintenance diet

    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).

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    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)

    Book Review:

    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:

    • Performs protective and digestive functions
    • The gut is the largest immune organ
    • The gut has a nervous system of its own

    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:

    Term Explaination
    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:
    • can communicate with the body's immune system
    • metabolizes undigested food remnants especially carbohydrates
    • protects the lining of the gut
    • sticks to the gut wall
    • "30" microns thick "pond scum"
    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:

    • bacteria
    • drugs (especially NSAIDs, aspirin, and ibuprofen)
    • toxins
    • viruses

    The following supplements can assist with healing the leaky gut. They are:

    • glutamine (amino acid)
    • probiotics
    • tumeric
    • vitamin D
    • zinc

    Dr. Minocha lists various substances and factors that can be harmful to our intestines. They are:

    • alcohol
    • food surfactants found in food additives
    • gliadin/gluten
    • iron
    • mental state
    • NSAIDs
    • stress
    • surgery

    Intestinal bacterial can produce the following neurotransmitters in the gut and communicate with the brain. This includes:

    • acetylcholine
    • histamine
    • melatoinin
    • serotonin

    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.

    1. Probiotics reorient and revise the proteins protecting the tight junctions between adjacent cells of the leaky gut barrier
    2. Probiotics prevent barrier damage induced by excess oxidant and pro-inflammation chemicals in the body
    3. Probiotics increase the mucous lining of the gut wall preventing adhesion of bacterial to the wall and reducing the risk of their passage acrss the leaky gut.
    4. Probiotics increase production of anti-bacterial compounds known as defensin w hich increases resistance of the intestinal wall to bacterial damage.
    5. Probiotics provide competition to the bad bacteria, by displacing the bad bacteria attached to the intestinal/gut wall.
    6. Probiotics enhance the healing of damaged cells compromising the gut barrier.
    7. Probiotics increase production of protective proteins by the cells.
    8. Probiotics prevent inflammation induced death of cells in the gut barrier.

    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)

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    MENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS

    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)

    Books on Mental and Behavioral Disorders:

    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)

    Book review:

    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.

    1. One, it is important to get a good night's sleep of 7 to 8 hours each night.
    2. Two, it is important to exercise. This promotes brain health. It was pointed out that students who participate in a good physical education and sports program also do perform better academically.
    3. Three, it is important to keep negative stress to a minimum. Excessive stress impairs both our brains and bodies. (Note: For people who supervise others, overworking your employees will not result in a better outcome. If anything, it will lead to poorer and impaired performance and higher levels of sick leave. Chronic stress harms the brain and increases cravings for carbohydrates and sweets.)
    4. Four, it is extremely beneficial to be part of a supportive group.
    5. Five, he suggest what are healthy foods and which foods do not promote health.
    6. Six, hypnosis has therapeutic values. It can be help for those suffering from PTSD, post-traumatic stress syndrome.
    7. Seven, Dr. Amen presents 11 rules for brain-body-health nutrition.
    8. Eight, our skin can reflect the health of our brains.
    9. Nine, brain health is inter-related with cardiovascular/heart health.
    10. Ten, a healthy sex life is beneficial to human health.
    11. Eleven, depression has a number of different underlying factors.
    12. Twelve, for ADD, there are six different types.
    Role of Hormones in brain/human health:
    Dr. Amen also goes into detail about the role of hormones and the impact that they have on human behavior and physiology or body function, especially when they are too low or too high. Hormones levels do affect human behavior. For those dealing with weight issues, there are three hormones associated with weight management. They are: insulin, leptin, and ghrelin. Too much insulin stops fat burning. Below is a table illustrating how various hormones affect behavior.

    Effects of Hormones on Men and Women
    Hormone Role Level Symptoms
    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


    Role of Sugar:
    Like some of the other doctors mentioned in the nutritional medicine website, Dr. Amen talks about sugar. Sugar acts like a drug in the brain. Sugar can cause the blood sugar to rise, and then fall abruptly. This can leave the person feeling irritable, foggy, and stupid. Also, sugar consumption can promote escessive inflammation in the body. Sugar comes in a variety of ways and different names. Below is a table covering the various names sugar comes under:

    Listing of Various Names for Sugar
    AgaveDextoseHoney Molasses
    Barley maltFructose Invert sugarSorbitol
    Cane juice crystals, extractFruit juiceLactose Sucanat
    Cane sugarFruit juice concentrateMalt syrupSugar
    Corn syrup (or
    high-fructose corn syrup)
    GalactoseMaltodextrinTurbinado sugar
    Dehydrated cane juiceGlucose Maltose 

    Memory:
    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.

    Listing of various supplements/substances to treat brain disorders
    Number Name Description Type
    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
    42 Vinpocetine For memory Plant
    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)

    Book review:

    OVERVIEW
    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.

    1. Synthesis (generation by chemical reaction)
    2. Packaging into vesicles
    3. Release into a synapse
    4. Interaction with an adjacent cell
    5. Reuptake (transport back to the original cell for reuse)
    6. Death (deactivation by chemical reaction)
    Dr. Walsh covers a number of mental health disorders and the nutrient therapy that has been found to be helpful.

    TYPES OF MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS
    Medical ConditionInformation
    ADHD
    • Inattentive - Half are deficient in folic acid, vitamin B12, zinc, and choline
    • Impulsive and hyperactive - Zinc deficiency and copper overload
    • li>Combined inattentive and hyperactive - more than one chemical imbalance, more testing is needed
    • Need to avoid and limit intake sweets and food dyes
    • Note: For patients over age 14, compliance with the nutrient therapy program is poor
    Alzheimer's Disease
    • Case for metallothionein (MT) treatment
    • MT proteins do the following:
      • prevent toxic metals from passing the blood brain barrier
      • regulate copper metals
      • powerful antioxidant action against free radicals
    • MT formula contains 22 biochemical factors
    • Need gluathione, selenium, and zinc
    • Treatment is two step process:
      • normalization of plasma zinc
      • MT promotion therapy
    • Note: A fairly new process and still in testing stage
    Autism
    • B6 deficiency
    • Disordered metal metabolism
    • Elevated toxic metals
    • 95% have undermethylation issues
    • Epidemic increases in autism
    • 80% of those affected by autism are males
    • Best intervention is done by age 4; though it can be done at any age
    • High percentage have poor immune function, severe constipation, food allergies to gluten and casein, yeast overgrowth, and heightened sensitivity to metals
    • Brain structure is different
    • Brain inflammation (cannot break down gluten/casein)
    • MT proteins which regulate metals are low in autistics
    • Need special diets
    Behavioral Disorders Discusses briefly the following behavioral disorders:
    • Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD)
    • Conduct Disorder (CD)
    • Intermittant Explosive Disorder (IED)
    • Nonviolent Behavioral Disorder
    • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    Depression
    • People suffering from depression often suffer from low levels of vitamin B6 (needed for serotonim synthesis or production).
    • Five biotypes for depression are listed:
      • Undermethylated Depression
      • Folate Deficiency Depression
      • Hypercupremia (Excessive Copper) Depression
      • Pyroluric Depression
      • Toxic Overload Depression
    • Toxic metal overloads in the brain can cause:
      • Weakening of the blood/brain barrier
      • Alter neurotransmitter levels
      • Destruction or demethylation of the myelin shield
      • Increased oxidative stress
      • Destruction of glutathione and othe protective proteins
    Schizophrenia
    • Carl Pfieffer's definition of three biotypes of schizophrenia have been replaced by a newer definition/biotype
      • One is histapenia - replaced by overmethylation
      • The second one is histadelia - replaced by undermethylation
      • The third one is pyroluria (Pyroluria shows up in urine as mauve urine; Found in 20% of schizophrenics)
    • A small number suffer from gluten sensitivity
    • Symptoms and Treatment tables are provided for the three types of schizophrenia: overmethylation; undermethylation; and pyroluria.

    NUTRITIONAL IMBALANCE
    What is interesting is that the same nutritional imbalance can manifest itself in different ways. some of the various nutritional imbalances are discussed.

    Copper Overload:
    For example, copper overload can be found in hyperactivity, learning disabilities, postpartum depression, autism, paranoid schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Nutrient therapy can be used to normalize copper levels.

    Vitamin B6 Deficiency:
    Vitamin B6 deficiency can manifest itself as: irritability, depression, poor short term memory, and psychosis. Also, vitamin B6 levels are much higher in the brain than what is found in the blood. B6 is needed for efficient synthesis of serotonin, dopamine, and GABA, three important and major neurotransmitters. There are also different forms of vitamin B6.

    Zinc Deficiency:
    Zinc deficiency is found to be common in people suffering from mental health disorders. 90% of individuals suffering from or diagnosed with depression, behavioral disorders, ADHD, autism, and schizophrenia exhibit low normal to severe deficiency of zinc. Zinc deficiency has been associated with delayed growth, temper control problems, poor immune function, depression, poor wound healing, epilepsy, anxiety, hormone imbalances, and learning problems. Zinc is a component for more than 200 enzymes and has many important roles in brain function. Zinc helps protect the brain from toxic chemicals by preventing them from entering the brain. Cadmium overload can damage kidney tubules. Zinc supplementation needs to be done a gradual basis. Families who have children who exhibit violent behavior; when the levels of zinc was normalized in these children, the families report that their behavior improved.

    Malabsorption Issues:
    Malabsorption occurs when nutrients are not absorbed by the body throughout the digestive system. The consequences of malabsorption can lead to: nutritional deficiencies, inflammation of the intestines, candida, and other GI issues. Treatment depends upon the type of malabsorption which includes adjusting the stomach acid levels and administration of digestive enzymes. There are three types of malabsorption issues: 1. Stomach problems can occur with low or excessive levels of hydrochloric acid 2. Incomplete digestion in the small intestine 3. Problems at the brush-border of the intestines, where most of the nutrients are absorbed into the portal blood stream.

    Nutritional Treatment:
    Nutritional treatment takes anywhere from several weeks to months for it to work. 70% of the patients with patients with behavior, ADHD, depession are able to discontinue their psychiatric medicaiton withing six months of undertaking nutrient therapy. The other 30% are able to reduce their levels of psychiatric medication(s). Nutrient treatment for pyrrole disorders takes only a week; nutrient treatment for zinc deficiency takes six months.

    DETOXIFICATION:
    It is much easier to remove lead from soft tissues; it is more difficult and takes longer to remove lead from bones. Mercury is quite toxic especially to young children from conception to age four. If excessive levels of toxins are released too rapidly, it can cause side effects.

    CLINICAL PROCESS
    The process to assess biochemical imbalances involves the following:
    1. Detailed Medical History (extremely valuable) (Note: A detailed medical history and the existence of a family member with the same disorder is extremely beneficial.)
    2. Lab testing for blood and urine (Note: Use labs with CLIA certification;) The following tests have been found to be useful:
      • Liver Enzymes
      • Plasma zinc
      • Serum ceruplasmin
      • Serum copper
      • Thyroid Panel
      • Urine pyrroles
      • Whole blook histamine
    3. Diagnosis of chemical imbalance
    4. Treatment design
    5. Aftercare
    The raw materials for neurotransmitters are: amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and other biochemicals found in food. These substances can be used to correct the brain biochemistry without the side effects of psychiatric drugs (side effects can include sedation, weight gain, personality change and loss of libido (sex drive).

    This book includes references, a glossary, and lists resources. It offers extremely valuable language to explain on how nutritional deficiencies and overload affects human behavior and mental health.(Initially added 02/28/2013; re-added 07/04/2013)

    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)

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    MERCURY (CHEMICAL)

    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)

    Book Review:

    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
    Name Information
    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:
    • Can cause nervous system effects
    • Impaired motor coordination
    • Mild to severe retardation
    Note #2: The substitute of aluminum for mercury in vaccines is not a good idea, either. It is also toxic to the body.

    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
    Number Effect
    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:
    • Retards the growth of nerve cells
    • Causes the breakdown of tubulin, a protein in neural cells, resulting in brain lesions similar to those found in Alzheimer's disease
    • Mercury and other metals can block sites where cells allow molecules like hormones, neurotransmitters, and etc. to entier. This can affect the brain's serotoinin levels, dcreasing the uptake of serotonin and leading to anxiety and agression.
    • Reduces levels of glutathione
    • Reduces the ability of the thyroid storage hormone T4 to change to active form T3
    • Mercury displaces manganese and zinc, resulting in a deficiency of superoxide dismutase and can play a role in the development of Parkinson's, Alzheimers, cancer, and dengue fever
    • Inhibits the uptake of glutamic acid by neurons, resulting in extracellular fluid, excess is toxic
    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.
    • Absorbed by the lungs
    • Dissolves in the saliva
    • Ends up in the gut
    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.

    • blood     9 ng/g
    • urine     4.7 ng/g
    • oral/nasal   323 ng/g
    • liver     772 ng/g
    • stomach   929 ng/g
    • kidney   7439 ng/g
    From looking at this list, it looks like that our exposure to mercury in dental fillings exposes our kidneys to harm and potential kidney failure. A blood test is not an accurate assessment of mercury except in cases of acute exposure. One needs to do an biopsy (or autopsy after death). In looking cadevers, the following organs were found to be affected by mercury exposure. They were the pituitiary gland, thyroid gland, and occipital cortex (rear part of the brain's cerebral cortex).

    The author covers mercury poisoning symptoms. Below is a table:

    Symptoms of Mercury Poisoning
    System Symptoms
    Gastrointestinal
    • chronic constipation or diarrhea
    • food allergies and leaky gut
    • intestinal cramps
    Heart (Cardiovascular)
    • abnormally slow and rapid heartbeat
    • angina or chest pain
    • elevated blood cholesterol and homocysteine levels
    • irregular heart beat
    • low or high blood pressure
    Neurological
    • altered sensation
    • anhedonia
    • anxiety and panic attacks
    • balance and coordination
    • brain fog
    • chronic headaches
    • depression
    • inability to concentrate
    • insomnia
    • irritability
    • low muscle tone
    • memory loss
    • mental disturbances
    • mood swings
    • pins and needles
    • reduced intellect
    • ringing in ears
    • shyness
    • tremor
    • twitching
    Oral (Mouth)
    • alveolar bone loss
    • bleeding gums
    • loose teeth
    • metallic taste
    • tender teeth
    Skin
    • acne
    • excessive itching
    • extreme dryness
    • peeling
    • rashes
    General
    • allergies
    • chronic fatigue
    • cold hands and feet
    • extreme thirst
    • fibromyalgia
    • floaters in the eye
    • frequent urination
    • joint pain
    • leg cramps
    • low body temperature
    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
    Health Condition Information
    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.
    • primary adrenal insufficiency
    • secondary adrenal insufficiency
    • tertiary
    Adrenal glands contain the highest concentration of vitamin C in the body. Dissicated adrenal cortex can help deal with mild forms of adrenal insufficiency.
    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:
    • Affects stamina and ability to exercise
    • Reduces production of cortisol
    • Under stress, the adrenals are not able to keep cortisol levels up
    Mercury also impacts negatively on the thyroid. Mercury binds with selenium.
    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:
    • Amino acids, proteins, enzymes, and nucleic acids
    • Sulfur hydrogen groups which includes sulfur, selenium, and zinc
    Mercury affects the following immune cells:
    • Macrophages
    • Monocytes
    • Neutrophils
    Note: Selenium plays a major role in immune system function. One thing it can do, allow the yeast candida to proliferate.
    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:
    • absenteeism
    • higher high school dropout rate
    • longer reaction time
    • lower vocabulary
    • poorer hand-eye coordination
    • reading disability
    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:
    • acetylcholine
    • dopamine
    • norepinephrine
    • serotonin
    It is suggested that mercury toxicity be checked for those suffering from schizophrenia. Heavy metal poisoning can play a role in mental illness.
    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:

    • B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12)
    • Betaine hydrochloride (low acid stomach reduces mineral absorption, not to be used for those with ulcers)
    • Magnesium (and Calcium) (minerals)
    • Milk Thistle
    • Omega-3 oils (essential fatty acid)
    • Probiotics
    • Selenium (mineral)
    • Vitamin A
    • Zinc (mineral)

    In a nutshell, mercury poisoned individuals are found to be:

    • low in zinc (and high in copper)
    • need more magnesium
    • need more omega-3 essential fatty acids
    • need more selenium
    • need more vitamin C for adrenal function and the liver
    • need more vitamin E helps the liver

    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)

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    Metabolic Imbalances

    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)

    Book on Metabolic Imblances:

    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)

    Book Review:

    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:

    • Electrolyte mineral levels
    • Sugar oxidation rate
    • Oxygen to fuel ratio
    • Nervous system activity
    • Acid-alkaline pH
    • Prostaglandin/hormone levels
    According to the author, people with health problems have one or more of these metabolic imbalances. Once we have identified these imbalances, it can be corrected through specific foods, vitamins, and minerals. Some of the metabolic balances need a ratio of much more protein and fats relative to carbohydrates. Other imbalances can maintain blood sugar balance with a higher percentage of carbohydrates in the diet. Others need something in between. William L. Wolcott calls them protein, mixed, or carbohydrate types. The author and Dr. Schenker consider this misleading because all the metabolic imbalances need less carbohydrates than the what the standard American diet recommends. Three types of diets according to William Wolcott are:
    • Protein type diet
    • Carbohydrate diet
    • Mixed type diet

    Dr. Schenker list 11 dietary rules that can help everyone. They are:

    • Three meals a day with complete protein
    • Eat only three meals a day with no snacking
    • Include protein at each meal
    • Avoid juice and sweet beverages. Best beverage is water.
    • Avoid artificial sweeteners
    • Avoid fats and oils processed at high temperatures
    • Avoid sugar and avoid foods made with sugar
    • Eat at least two servings of vegetables a day
    • Use and drink clean water
    • Cook your vegetables but not too much
    • Cook your meat as little as possible

    Six basic metabolic types are addressed or listed.

    Types of Metabolic Types
    Number Type Description
    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:
    • low energy
    • fatigue
    • constipation
    • poor circulation
    • cold hands and cold feet
    • weak digestion
    Note #1: Cells need sodium to retain water and create normal hydration. Electrolyte deficient people are dehydrated.
    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:
    • Sympathetic - activates the muscles and stimulates the adrenals and suppresses other systems
    • Parasympathetic - rests, repair, stimulates digestion, assimilation, detoxification, and immunity
    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
    Concept Information
    Detoxification A number of books have come out addressing detoxification. The author indicates that effective detoxification is essential to a healthy body. It affects:
    • sufficient energy
    • efficient metabolism
    Note: Juice fasts do not take into account the body's need for amino acids to detoxify. Cysteine is needed to make glutathione.
    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:
    • abdominal pain
    • belching
    • bloated feeling or burning after meals
    • gassy
    • heartburn
    • nausea
    • vomiting
    Note: Two tablespoons of vinegar in a glass of water can reduce symptoms. This will confirm a lack of hydrochloric acid. If this makes symptoms worse, it is too much hydrochloric acid. As we age, our bodies produce less of this acid.
    Intestinal flora, healthy The following feed the beneficial flora in the intestines. They are:
    • fruit pulp (not juice)
    • milk sugar
    • pectin
    • polysaccharides
    Two, the best fiber supplements to feed the flora are:
    • inulin and FOS
    • glucomannan
    • apple fiber
    • apple pectin
    • grapefruit pectin
    • chia seeds
    • Note: Psyllium is fiber that does not feed the flora.
    Iodine Supplementation The following substances act as antagonists to iodine:
    • chlorine (found in municipal water systems)
    • fluoride (industrial waste added to municipal water systems)
    • bromide (added to baked goods)
    Note #1: Intestinal inflammation can reduce iodine absorption.
    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:
    • arsenic
    • iodine
    • iron
    • magnesium
    • mercury
    • selenium
    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:
    • drug addiction
    • alcoholism
    • eating disorders
    • food addiction
    • obesity
    The author recommends that people be assessed for neurotransmitter imbalances. If this imbalance is not dealt with, this can sabotage any nutritional program. This would be true for mental health issues including depression.
    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:
    • One, the acid-alkaline pH of the blood determines cellular oxygenation. Enzymes to load oxygen in lungs and unload at cells are pH sensitive. They slow down when pH is not optimal.
    • Two, the major source of acids in the human body stems from the waste products from burning and oxidizing sugars to make energy. They are lactic acid and carbonic acid.
    • Three, exercise speeds up the burning of sugars needed for energy.
    • Four, depending upon the type of metabolic imbalance, the rate sugar is used can be too slow or too fast.
    • Five, the respiration rate, breath hold time, saliva pH, and urine pH is required to know what type of pH imbalance is present.
    • Six, a deficiency of sodium or potassium can cause the body to not regulate the breathing rate to maintain optimal blood pH.
    • Seven, a slow respiration (breathing) rate with a long breath hold time is usually due to reduced burning of sugars for energy. If you have slow respiration rate and a short breath hold time, there can be acid blood due to the respiration rate not increasing to speed up the elimination of acids. Addressing mineral deficiencies of sodium or potassium is corrective.
    • Eight, it is possible to have alkaline blood as a cause of disease.
    Note: The body has three different ways to regulate the pH levels.

    The body has six types of acid and alkaline pH imbalances:
    • respiratory acidity
    • respiratory alkalosis
    • metabolic acidosis
    • metabolic alkalosis
    • potassium excess acidosis
    • potassium depletion alkalosis
    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:
    • Alarm stage
    • Fatigue stage (can start project but not finish them)
    • Exhaustion stage (cannot even start a project)
    Thyroid issues The following nutrients are beneficial for thyroid health:
    • iodine
    • selenium
    • B complex
    • vitamin B12
    • amino acid tyrosine
    Toxins that harm thyroids:
    • BPA - biphenol A
    • Heavy metals
    • PCBs - polychlorinated biphenyls
    • PCP - pentachlorophenol
    • Pesticides
    • PFOA - perfluorocctanoic acid
    Note #1: Conversion of T4 to T3 (thyroid hormones) , 60% occurs in the liver and 20% occurs in the intestinal tract.
    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.
    • One, cells need sodium to retain water and create normal hydration
    • Two, adrenal glands need adequate sodium to create enough adrenal hormones
    • Three, too much sodium can cause too much of the adrenal hormones and increase blood pressure to unsafe levels. Excess sodium can cause edema (swelling).
    • Four, too much water can result in sodium loss.
    • Five, a proper ratio between sodium and potassium is important.

    This table covers testing that can be done to determine metabolic profile.

    Testing for Metabolic Imbalances
    Number Name Test
    One Nutri-Spec Metabolic Marker Tests This protocol tests for the following conditions:
    • Orthostatic blood pressure challenge with four pulse rates
    • Respiration (breathing) rate
    • Breath hold time
    • Saliva pH
    • Urine pH
    • Urine specific gravity
    • Urine surface tension
    • Siemens multistix 10 SG urinalysis stris
    • Pupil size
    • Cough reflex
    • Dermograhics reflex
    • Rasomotor reflex
    • Pupil reflex
    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)

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    MISCELLANEOUS, GENERAL HEALTH, MORE HISTORICAL WORKS

    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)

    Books on Miscellaneous, General Health, More Historical Works:

    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)

    Book review:

    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)

    Book review:

    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)

    Book review:

    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)

    Book Review:

    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:

    • Herbs
    • Homeopathic Remedies
    • Medicinal Mushrooms
    • Nutrients
      • Amino acids
      • Enzymes
      • Minerals
      • Other
      • Vitamins
    • Other
      • Accupressure
      • Exercise
      • Fiber
      • Hormones
      • Hydrotherapy
      • Prayer
      • Prebiotics
      • Probiotics
      • Water

    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. Some of the highlights include:

    Bach Flower Remedies
    Bach Flower remedies are made from flower and plant extracts, given in a liquid solution. These 38 remedies can be used to address emotional states (along with counseling).
    Enzymes
    Enzymes help with digestion and many other functions of the body. While the body produces enzymes, it is also helpful to obtain enzymes from food, especially food that have not been cooked. Sources of enzymes include raw fruits, vegetables, herbs, seeds, freshly made juice, fermented foods, and supplements. Three types of enzymes can be obtained as supplements. They are: plant, microbial (fungal), and animal.
    Fiber
    The benefits of fiber are listed. It can help with weight loss and removal of toxins. It can also help reduce cholesterol levels. Dr. Stengler recommends 40 to 50 grams of fiber daily. In implementing a fiber supplementation program, it is recommended that one starts with a small dosage and gradually increase the dosage.
    Flaxseed
    For flaxseed, the author explains what is the best way to eat flaxseed. Eating the whole seed is not the best way; it needs to be grinded to release the oils.
    Food sensitivity
    Dr. Stengler explains the difference between a food sensitivity and food allergy as well as the best way to identify and treat a food sensitivity.
    Ginseng
    As for ginseng, there are three different types of ginsengs and they each have different effects.
    Glandular Extracts
    Extracts from an animal source, for a specific organ like the adrenals or thyroid, have been found to be beneficial.
    Green Tea
    Green tea has anti-oxidants and can help the liver with detoxification.
    Homeopathy
    Homeopathy, for those unfamiliar about homeopathy, it was started in the 1800s by a German physician named Samuel Hahnmann. It uses substances that causes health issues to reverse them by the use of very small substances that caused the initial health issues. Closely related to homeopathy are the Bach Flowers remedies. The substances can be diluted ten times (the use of X), can be diluted hundred times (the use of C). Ironically, the higher the dilution, the more powerful the remedy. Homeopathic remedies can be given via tablets/pills, lotion, and/or tincture. Below is a list of seven great homeopathic remedies:
    Aconite Nap
    This remedy is helpful for boosting the immune system, especially when you feel that you are starting to feel sick.
    Arnica
    Arnica is a great remedy to use when there is an injury. It helps to relieve pain, reduce shock, and speed up healing.
    Calendula
    Calendula made from the marigold flower and is great for soothing and speeding up healing of cuts and abraisons on the skin. It comes as a tincture or lotion.
    Hypericum
    Hypericum is made from St. John's wort. It helps to sooth nerve discomfort.
    Rhus Tox
    Rhus Tox is made from poison ivy. It can be used to relieve the effects of poison ivy.
    Symphytum
    Symphytum is a great remedy to use for bone fractures and is known as a knit remedy, as it helps the fractured bone to knit together.
    Hyaluronic Acid
    Hyaluronic acid helps with joint issues and is found in the synovial fluid.
    Oregano
    Oregano is helpful for fungal infections.
    Phytonutrients
    Phytonutrients are found in fruits and vegetables. It is what gives fruits and vegetables a specific color, flavor, and aroma. They are found to have medicinal properties.
    Schussler Cell Salts
    A remedy that addresses cell health, dealing with deficiencies or imbalance of various minerals. It complements homeoopathic remedies and it addresses cell health.
    Silicon
    Silicon, a trace mineral, plays a role in the formation of hair, bones, skin, cartilage, tendons, nails, and healthy artery walls.
    Spirulina
    Spirulina is a blue-green algae plant high in nutritional content, easily absorbable by the body. It plays a role in reducing high cholesterol and detoxification.
    Tumeric
    Tumeric is a spice that helps to reduce inflammation. It is made from a root of a plant called Curcuma Longa grown in Asia.

    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)

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    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)

    Book review:

    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)

    Book review:

    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)

    Book review:

    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.

    Vitamins:
    The vitamins can be fat soluble or water based. Vitamin D is unique and considered to be a hormone.

    The major minerals are:

    • Calcium
    • Magnesium
    • Phosphorous
    • Sulfur

    The electrolyte minerals are:

    • Chloride
    • Potassium
    • Sodium

    The trace minerals are:

    • Iron
    • Zinc

    The minor trace minerals are:

    • Copper
    • Chromium
    • Fluoride
    • Iodine
    • Manganese
    • Molybdenum
    • Nickel
    • Silicon
    • Vanadium

    The following nutrients are not classified as essential; however, they are known to enhance health and promote disease resistance:

    • Alpha-Lipoic Acid
    • Bioflavonoids
    • Choline
    • Coenzyme Q-10
    • Inositol
    • L-Carnitine
    • Orotic Acid
    • Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (PABA)
    • Vitamin B17
    • Vitamin F (essential fatty acids - linoleic acid and linolenic acid)

    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)

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    Web Resource on Miscellaneous, General Health, More Historical Works

    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.

    Databases on Miscellaneous, General Health, More Historical Works

    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.

    DVD Resources on Miscellaneous, General Health, More Historical Works

    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)

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    NUTRIENT - CALCIUM (Mineral)

    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:

    • Major minerals (like calcium and magnesium)
    • Electrolyte minerals (like chloride, sodium and potassium)
    • Minor minerals (minerals needed in small amounts)
    • Trace minerals (minerals needed in trace amounts, including iodine)
    (Added 09/02/2015)

    Book on Calcium:

    The Calcium Lie II: What your doctor still doesn't know (2013) by Robert Thompson, MD and Kathleen Barnes. (Publisher: Take Charge Books)

    Book Review:

    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 amino acids.

    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:
    • Boron
    • Calcium
    • Chromium
    • Iron
    • Magnesium
    • Manganese
    • Phosphorus
    • Potassium
    • Selenium
    • Silica
    • Sulfur
    • Zinc
    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:
    • apathy
    • decreased concentration
    • delirium
    • depression
    • endocrine cancers
    • hallucinations
    • headaches
    • irritability
    • psychomotor retardation
    • schizophrenia
    An antidote to bromine is increased intake of iodine and sodium chloride. Note: Australia has banned the use of bromine. King Arthur flour does not include bromine. Note: The theory that covers the behavior of bromine over iodine is called the Thompson-Doberheiner Principle.
    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:
    • Accelerates brain aging
    • Adrenal glands, suppression
    • Arterial plaque
    • Bone spurs
    • Brain shrinkage
    • Calcium deposits in tissues other than bones
    • Causes impaired memory
    • Cataracts
    • Connective tissues weakened
    • Dementia
    • Gallstones
    • Heart disease and cardiovascular disease
    • Hypertension
    • Headaches and migraines
    • Inflammation
    • Irritability
    • Joint deterioration
    • Kidney stones
    • Obesity
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Psychomotor retardation
    • Schizophrenia
    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:
    • Type I - Failure of the thyroid glands to produce sufficient levels of thyroid hormones
    • Type II - Thyroid Hormone Resistance, levels are adequate, but the body is unable to recognize or use them
    • Type III - Autoimmune thyroid disease
    • Type IV - Severe selenium deficiency (rare)
    • Type V - Abnormal ratio of T3 hormones
    Four of these types are reversible. A Type VI is Rubidium and/or lithium excess (not listed in the book). Other factors that play a role in impaired thyroid function include:
    • amino acid deficiency
    • deficiency of whole vitamin C (not ascorbic acid)
    • monosaccharide deficiency
    • selenium deficiency
    • sodium and potassium deficiency
    • trace mineral deficiency
    The most reliable test for hypothyroidism is taking the body temperature first thing in the morning upon waking up. It is called the basal body temperature. HTMA (hair analysis) and lab tests help determine the type of hypothyroidism.
    Obesity Underlying metabolism disorders need to be addressed and corrected. This can be due to:
    • excess calcium
    • hypothyroidism
    • insulin resistance
    Also, our bodies need whole vitamin C, not ascorbic acid.
    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:
    • Reduce birth defects over 98%
    • Reduce miscarriage over 70%
    • Reduce neonatal deaths in one year by 50%
    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:
    • affects the stomach's ability to produce stomach acid
    • affects the stomach's ability to digest protein
    • ability to get amino acids into cells is impaired
    • ability to produce protein molecules, neurotransmitters, and nitric oxide
    All this leads to ill-health and disease.
    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:
    • bleeding from old wounds and scars
    • bleed gums
    • connective tissue weakness
    • elevated cholesterold
    • frequent bruising
    • muscle and joint aches and pains
    • purple, swollen gums
    • thin skin
    • weak tissues
    Vitamin C deficiency In addition to the information presented under scurvy, whole vitamin C is needed for:
    • Atherosclerotic plaque and vascular disease
    • Chronic anemia
    • Connective tissue weakness (includes a role in back problems and herniated disks, joints, neck, knees, cartilage, fascia, and tendons)
    • Elevated cholesterol
    • Hemorrhage and easy bruising
    • Type 1 hypothyroidism
    Note: When Linus Pauling talked about the benefits of vitamin C, he was talking about whole vitamin C. Whole vitamin C includes:
    • Ascorbagens
    • Ascorbic acid
    • Bioflavonoids
    • Copper
    • J factor
    • K factor
    • Rutin
    • Tyrosinase
    Dr. Thompson explains the role of each of these components of whole vitamin C.

    Tests:
    The authors recommend two beneficial tests to measure mineral health. They are:

    • Bone mineral density test - the results actually shows a deficiency of minerals when there is bone loss. The tests levels need to be that of a 20 year old, regardless of age.
    • Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) test - the results measure the mineral levels in the body
    When there is an amino acid deficiency, this means that the body cannot grow and repair itself. Amino acid deficiencies can result in the following conditions:

    Listing of Amino Acid Deficiencies
    • anxiety
    • blood pressure, increased
    • cancer risk, increased
    • depression
    • heart disease
    • immune system, reduced function
    • insomnia
    • migraine headaches
    • other chronic medical problems
    • stroke

    The following amino acids and their roles/functions are covered:

    • Arginine
    • Carnitine
    • Glycine
    • Lysine
    • Melatonin
    • Methionine
    • Serine
    • Threonine
    • Tyrosine
    • Tryptophan
    The authors do an excellent job of explaining the various roles vitamins and other nutrients have in human health. In order for the vitamins to work properly, they need minerals as well. Vitamins are complex molecules and the best source is from food, organic, and extracted without heat. Vitamins and nutrients listed are:
    • Vitamin A
    • Vitamin B family (more than 50 types of B vitamins, good sources are: rice bran, raw foods, and sprouts)
    • Vitamin C (whole vitamin C)
    • Vitamin D (referred to as a hormone with ten different compounds)
    • Vitamin E (need the complete vitamin E)
    • Vitamin F (The authors' name for essential fatty acids, needed from the diet.)
    • Vitamin H (The authors' name for HDL cholesterol)
    • Vitamin K (Vitamin K is in two forms, K1 and K2)

    The treatment protocol recommended by the authors include:

    • Take the HTMA test
    • Eat locally grown and organic vine ripened foods
    • Drink pure water
    • Take more natural sea salt
    • Eat raw nuts and seeds
    • Eat high quality proteins
    • Wean yourself off the various medications (under medical supervision)
    • Essential monosaccharides (found in maple syrup)
    • Supplementation where needed, especially whole food vitamins

    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)

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    NUTRIENT - GLUTAMINE (AMINO ACID)

    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.

    Book on Glutamine (amino acid):

    The Ultimate Nutrient Glutamine: the essential nonessential amino acid (1994) by Judy Shabert and Nancy Ehrlich. (Publisher: Penguin Group)

    Book review:

    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)

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    NUTRIENT - MAGNESIUM (MINERAL)

    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)

    Books on Magnesium (mineral):

    Heart Healthy Magnesium: your nutritional key to cardiovascular wellness (1994) by James B. Pierce, Ph.D. (Publisher: Avery Publishing Group)

    Book review:

    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)

    Book review:

    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.

    Listing of Health Conditions affected by Magnesium Deficiency
    Anxiety and Panic Attacks Asthma Blood Clots
    Bowel Disease Cystitis Depression
    Detoxification Diabetes Fatigue
    Heart Disease Hypertension Hypoglycemia
    Insomia Kidney Disease Migraine
    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.

    Testing magnesium:
    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:

    1. Blood ionized Magnesium-Most accurate test and developed by Drs. Bella and Burton Altura
    2. Buccal Cell Smear Test (EXATest)-cells are scraped using a wooden spatula from the mouth between the bottom teeth and front lip, cells are placed on a microscope slide and sent to a lab
    3. Red and white blood cell test-red and white blood cells contain magnesium
    4. Serum magnesium test - least accurate measurement as only 1% of the body's magnesium is in the blood stream. Most of the magnesium is in the body's tissues. Under stress, the body can pump out magnesium out of the tissues into the blood stream, giving a distorted reading.
    5. Magnesium Challenge Test-useful to test people who are magnesium wasters
    6. Oral clinical trial-try supplementing magnesium and see what happens

    Magnesium's role in various health disorders/health conditions:

    • Alcoholism-magnesium deficiency may play a role
    • Aluminum-aluminum can mimic magnesium; however, aluminum causes harm
    • Arrhythmia-a balance of potassium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium is needed for a normal heart muscle contraction and heartbeat
    • Asthma-People with asthma tend to be low in magnesium. Drugs used to treat astham causes the body to lose magnesium. Magnesium sulfate was found to be helpful.
    • Blood sugar-magnesium helps balance blood sugar
    • Brain surgery-giving patients intraveneous magnesium before undergoing brain surgery improves outcomes
    • C-Reactive Protein - a powerful indicateor of heart disease
    • Cerebral palsy-low birthweight babies had a lower incidence of cerebral palsy and retardation if their mothers were treated with magnesium sulfate shortly before giving birth
    • Chemicals, Toxic-According to Dr. Samuel Epstein, a professor of occupational and environmental medicine, our cells now carry 500 different chemical compounds in our cells. These chemicals can stop a number of enzymes from carrying out their function.
    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome-magnesium deficiency common
    • Dehydration-a factor in high blood pressure
    • Developmental disabilities-can be caused by long term fetal exposure to mercury (Dr. Deborah Baker provides 300 mg to 500 mg of magnesium glycinate daily in divided doses as part of the mercury detoxification protocol.)
    • Diabetes-the need for magnesium is higher; and more magnesium is lost from the body
    • Diuretic drugs-drain both potassium and magnesium from the body
    • Drug-Lasik depletes the body's levels of calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
    • Environmental illness-may have a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium helps to detoxify toxic chemicals. Magnesium also binds with heavy metals and helps with their removal from the body. (Note: Environmental illness is not recognized as a disease by allopathic medicine and this field of medicine lacks a treatment protocol.)
    • Fibromyalgia-magnesium and malic acid may help reverse and alleviate symptoms
    • Heart Attack-providing intraveneous magnesium reduces the risk of death by 55%. The way a heart attack occurs is in three stages. Stage one: loss of arterial elasticity (magnesium prevents blood clot formation and artery spasm and magnesium is needed to help maintaining healthy elastin, a substance responsible for arteries being elastic). Stage two: inflammatory resonse and a balance of magnesium and calcium are needed. Stage three: heart attack takes place. The incidence of heart attacks higher in areas when water is low in magnesium and the diet is low in magnesium.
    • Heart disease-Calcium without a balance of magnesium can be deposited on the lining of the arteries, causing hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis), can coat and stiffen cholesterol deposits, can cause blood pressure to rise, increase risk of a heart attack and stroke. Calcium can also be deposited in the brain.
    • Heartburn-heartburn is due to sugar fermented in the stomach and a backflow of pancreatic enzymes from the small intestines
    • High cholesterol and hypertension-may be due to low magnesium (Note: what really causes problems is oxidized cholesterol, not cholesterol in itself. It is oxidized cholesterol that damages blood vessels.)
    • Homocysteine-is a more accurate indicator of having a potential heart attack
    • Infertility-low levels of magnesium may play a role in infertility
    • Insulin-magnesium needed for the production, function, and transport of insulin (People with the highest levels of magnesium had the lowest risk of developing diabetes.)
    • Kidney stones-need more magnesium to dissolve calcium and prevent the formation of kidney stones
    • Leaky gut-leaky gut needs to be addressed for better magnesium absorption
    • Muscle twitches-a sign of magnesium deficiency
    • Methylation-magnesium helps the body metabolize B vitamins
    • Neurological conditions (Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Senility, and dementia)-may be low in magnesium
    • Obesity-Magnesium helps the body digest, absorb, and utilize proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Magnesium is necessary for insulin to open cell membranes for glucose. Magnesium prevents obesity genes from expressing themselves. 55% of obese children do not receive enough magnesium in their diets.
    • Osteoporosis-too much calcium makes it worse. Magnesium supplementation increased bone density.
    • Pregnancy-for eclampsia, magnesium sulfate has been used successfully for the past 75 years
    • Psychiatric conditions-a number of psychiatric conditions, including depression and addictive behavior, may be due to magnesium deficiency
    • Strokes-about twenty percent were found to be deficient in magnesium
    • Sudden cardiac death syndrome in athletes-may be due to a serious magnesium deficiency, especially after strenuous exercise
    • Sudden infant death syndrome-less common when adequate levels of magnesium are present in both the mother and child
    • Syndrome X-stems from a long term deficiency of magnesium

    Magnesium supplementation:
    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)

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    NUTRIENT – VITAMIN B3 or NIACIN (VITAMIN)

    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)

    Book Review:

    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:

    • Pellagra - 100 to 1,000 mg of niacin
    • Schizophrenia - 3,000 mg or higher of niacin

    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:
    • Cysteine
    • Glutamine
    • Selenium
    • Tryptophan
    Alcoholism Nutritional supplementation was found to reduce cravings. The orthomolecular program for alcoholism is:
    • Vitamin C (up to 10 grams a day)
    • Niacin (3,000 mg in divided dosages)
    • B-Complex vitamins (several times daily with meals)
    • L-glutamine (amino acid) - 2,000 to 3,000 mg a day (reduces cravings)
    • Lecithin (2 to 3 tablespoons, helps mobilize fats out of the liver)
    • Chromium (200-400 mcg, helps control blood sugar levels)
    • High quality multi-vitamin, multi-mineral, magnesium and vitamin E supplement
    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:
    • Vitamins B3, B1, and B-Complex
    • Magnesium and calcium
    • Vitamin C and E
    • Zinc
    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:
    • Bipolar disorder
    • Schizophrenia (Nicotinic acid receptors are not be functioning properly)
    • Schizoaffective disorders
    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)

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    NUTRIENT – VITAMIN B6 (VITAMIN)

    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)

    Book on Vitamin B6:

    Vitamin B6 Therapy (1999) by John M. Ellis, MD and Jean Pamplin. (Publisher: Avery Publishing Group)

    Book review:

    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:

    • abnormal weight gain
    • edema
    • in coordination of hand movements
    • muscle spasms
    • painful finger joints
    • paresthesia of hands

    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.

     

    Role of Vitamin B6 in various health conditions
    Health Condition Information
    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.

    Dr. John M. Ellis recommends supplementation on a daily basis of vitamin B6 for the following age groups
    • Children Aged 4 and under - 10 milligrams
    • Children aged five to eighteen - 50 milligrams
    • Pregnant females aged thirteen to eighteen - 200 milligrams
    • Adults - 100 to 200 milligrams
    • Diabetics aged thirteen and above - 300 milligrams

    This book includes references, a bibliography, and an index. (Added 10/21/2012)

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    NUTRIENT – VITAMIN C (VITAMIN)

    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)

    Resource on Vitamin C (Vitamin):

    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)

    Article review:

    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)

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    NUTRIENT – VITAMIN D (VITAMIN)

    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)

    Book on Vitamin D:

    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)

    Book Review:

    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:

    • Autoimmune health
    • Bone health
    • Brain health
    • Cellular health
    • Mood-related health
    • Muscular health
    • Organ health
    Deficiency of vitamin D plays a role in the following health conditions:

    Listing of health conditions affected by Vitamin D
    Cancer Diabetes Infertility Psoriasis
    Chronic fatigue Fibromyalgia Multiple sclerosis Rheumatoid arthritis
    Dementia Heart disease Osteoporosis Rickets
    Depression Hypertension (blood pressure) Osteoarthritis Stroke

    The book includes resources, selected bibliography, and an index. It is a great resource covering the role of vitamin D in health and strategies to increase our vitamin D levels. (Added 12/12/2014)

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    NUTRIENT - VITAMIN K2 (Vitamin)

    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)

    Book on Vitamin K2:

    Vitamin K2 and the calcium paradox: how a little known vitamin could save your life (2012) by Kate Rhéaume-Bleue. (Publisher: HarperCollins)

    Book Review:

    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:


    Condition Information
    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).

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    OBESITY

    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)

    Books on Obesity:

    Sexy Forever: How to fight Fat after Forty, shed the toxins, shed the fat (2010) by Suzanne Somers. (Publisher: Crown Publishing)

    Book review:

    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:

    • mucus
    • hydrochloric acid
    • digestive enzyme called pepsin
    • an acid regulating hormone called gastrin
    • gastric lipase (helps to digest fat)

    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).

    Book review:

    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:

    • Step one: Carbohydrate production stimulates insulin release, causes storage of carbohydrates as fat.
    • Step two: High insulin levels suppress glucagon and human growth hormone. Glucagon's role is to promote burning of fat and sugar. Growth hormone is used for muscle development and building new muscle mass.
    • Step three: High insulin levels causes hunger. After a grain meal, insulin rises to lower blood sugar, causing hunger after eating a meal. This also means cravings, usually for sweets and more grains. Cravings for grains and sugars are symptoms of addiction.

    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:

    1. Eliminating the intake of grains, starches, and sugars, you will moderate the insulin response
    2. Increasing the intake of complex carbohydrates from fiber-rich vegetables, while avoiding grains, starches, and sugars, will boost your body's fat-burning capacity
    3. Eating foods, like proteins and fats, that don't produce an elevated insulin response will help you feel nourished and satiated so that you're not tempted to indulge in the wrong foods
    4. Adding the right fats to the diet, you will slow down carb digestion and absorption, further moderating the insulin reaction

    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:

    1. contains phytochemicals and agents that cleanse, repair, build cells, organs, and tissues
    2. contains fiber
    3. helps with the acid/alkaline balance
    4. 1 lb of vegetables for every 100 lbs of weight a day
    5. organic is better
    6. raw is better as cooking and processing destroy essential food micronutrients

    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:

    List of Recommended Vegetables
    Asparagus Chinese Cabbage Kale Romaine Lettuce
    Bok Choy Collards Kohlrabi Scallions
    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
    Cauliflower Escarole Radicio Turnips
    Celery Fennel Radishes Zucchini

    These vegetables are listed as being high in nutrition: bok choy, collard greens, and swiss chard. The following vegetables are best avoided:

    • beets - triggers insulin response
    • carrots - triggers insulin reponse
    • corn (a grain) - triggers insuline response
    • iceburg lettuce - low in nutritional quality
    • potatoes - triggers insulin response
    • squashes - triggers insulin response

    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 recommended.

    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)

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    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)

    Book Review:

    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:
    • aerobic (cardiovascular) - increases heart rate and builds endurance, requires additional intake of oxygen
    • anaerobic - builds strength and lean muscle, does not requires additional oxygen
    Exercise contributes to weight loss. The author recommends aerobic exercise five times a week. Both calorie reduction and exercise are needed for weight loss. Walking and using the stairs are highly recommended.
    Fiber Intake Optimum fiber intake is 30 to 35 grams a day. Two types of fiber include:
    • soluable (absorber) - It absorbs water and slows the absorption of fat, sugar, and cholesterol in the stomach and intestines. It also helps to regulate blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestines.
    • insoluable (cleanser) - It promotes the movement of waste and improves bowel regularity.
    The body produces more insulin when it doesn't have enough fiber. The author lists foods that contain soluable and insoluable fiber. Some foods contain both types of fiber. Two of them are beans and broccoli. It is important to drink enough water along with fiber.
    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:
    • heart disease
    • hypertension
    • insulin resistance
    • interfere with weight loss
    Sleep is needed to:
    • conserve energy
    • detoxify
    • maintain neurological and cognitive functions
    • maintain proper immune function
    The author covers various factors that can cause sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation produces more ghrelin and less leptin. This affects your appetite and cause sugar cravings. The author lists various supplements that can help improve sleep patterns.
    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:
    • delivers oxygen to the cells
    • enhances metabolism and giving you energy
    • ensure a smooth and easy digestion
    • maintain proper body temperatures and pH balance
    • transports nutrients to organs, tissues, and cells
    The author lists symptoms of dehydration. It can contribute to weight gain, as well. Water helps to burn fat, satisfy appetite, and tone your muscles.
    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:
    • blood sugar surge
    • body's inability to metabolize gluten and lactose
    • foods high in glycemic index
    • high omega6s and low in omega3s fats
    • sugar
    • trans fats
    Chronic inflammation can cause a number of symptoms in the body, including dental issues. It can promote weight gain. Exercise actually releases substances that reduces inflammation.
    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:
    • allergies
    • bone loss
    • carpal tunnel syndrome
    • high cholesterol
    • sleep apnea
    • swollen legs
    • weight gain
    Nutritional deficiencies, metal toxicity, high fluoride levels, play a role in thyroid issues.
    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:
    • asbestos
    • chlorine
    • dioxins
    • heavy metals
    • PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls)
    • pesticides
    • phthalates (soft plastics and fragrances)
    • VOCs (paints and varnishes)
    Weight gain is one symptom of toxic build-up. An accumulation of toxins can lead to chronic inflammation. The author also provides a list to help reduce one's exposure to toxins and lists various supplements that can assist with detoxification.
    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:
    • blood analysis - candida immune complex assay
    • oral yeast, swab the mouth
    • stool sample
    The author lists various foods to avoid indealing with candida/yeast issues and supplements that can be used to deal with yeast issues.
    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:
    • agmatine
    • aspartic acid
    • dopamine
    • empinephrene (adrenaline)
    • GABA
    • glutamate
    • glycine
    • histamine
    • norepinephrine
    • PEA (phenylethylamine)
    • serotonin
    • taurine

    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:

    • pharmaceutical grade
    • medical grade
    • cosmetic or nutritional grade
    • feed or agricultural grade
    The author suggests:
    • supplements should not contain preservatives or artifical flavorings
    • use natural forms of the nutrients
    • supplements need to be stored in amber glass
    • be aware of contaminants in herbs
    • vacuum sealed
    Some dosages need to be split because the body can only absorb so much and be aware of binders used in nutritional supplements. Also, prescription drugs can have an effect on nutrients. An example, diuretic drugs can decrease magnesium, potassium, sodium, and zinc levels. Dr. Smith explains in detail on how the digestive system works.

    This book offers an overall view on the various factors that play a role in being overweight. It is much more than just reducing calorie intake. This book list resources, testing labs, dietary supplement information organization, pharmaceutical grade supplements, professional and information organizations. It also includes references and an index. (Added 06/02/2015)

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    ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE

    The subject of orthormolecular medicine is really an interesting one. It is quite similar to what nutritional medicine stands for, but the wording is based on activity on the cellular levels within the body. We have two resources on this subject. Both are quite readable, one has been written for the public, and the second is more like a reference book. (Added 02/17/2016)

    Books on Orthomolecular Medicine:

    Orthomolecular Medicine for Everyone: Megavitamin Therapeutics for Families and Physicians (2008) by Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD Andrew Saul, PhD. (Publisher: Basic Health Publication) (Added 01//2016)

    Book Review:

    First, the authors, the late Dr. Abram Hoffer, MD and Dr. Andrew Saul, PhD cover two main principles in orthomolecular medicine. They are:

    1. The principle of individuality in which each person is unique from a biochemical point of view, more than just anatomical differences. Each one of us is different in terms of nutritional requirements and our response to treatment.
    2. The orchestra principle stated initially by Roger Williams, a biochemist, that in order for the body to perform at an optimum level, all the nutrients have to be in place at the right levels. This includes vitamins, minerals, amino acids (proteins), essential fatty acids, and other nutrients.
    Second, the authors discuss orthomolecular psychiatry. Psychiatric symptoms are occurring because of issues with the physical and biochemical issues going on within the body, including the brain. What mainstream psychiatry tends to do is deal with the symptoms instead of dealing with the underlying causes. This generally does not lead to recovery and healing. People with psychiatric disorders tend to be low in the B vitamins and consume too much of the processed and refined foods.

    Third, diseases can be local and specific to an area of the body or it can be systemic and affect the entire body and entire system.

    Below is a table of the various concepts covered by the authors.

    Major terms covered for Orthomolecular Medicine
    Concepts Explaination
    Balanced Diet The balanced diet concept should not be used to increase the consumption of white flour and sugar. The best diets are those based on whole foods. Avoid junk foods.
    Biochemical Differences or Individuality Each one of us are different when it comes to our nutritional needs, especially for optimum health.
    Carbohydrates A number of issues are listed with carbohydrates.
    • One, what matters in eating a carb is to be aware of their nutritional content.
    • Two, it helps to be aware at the rate the sugar from the carbohydrate is absorbed in the body. A slow sugar release is better than a fast release that can cause the blood sugar to rise rapidly or spike.
    • Three, plain sugar is known to be a factor in a number of diseases.
    • Four, there are different types of sugars. They are:
      • Monosaccharides (glucose, fructose, and galactose)
      • Disaccharides (sucrose and lactose)
      • Polysaccharides (long chains of glucose molecules attached to each other, vary in length from short chain carbs to fibrous ones such as fiber)
    • Five, refined carbohydrates causes three types of problems. They are:
      • Removes fiber
      • Causes overconsumption of calories, leading to obesity and type 2 diabetes
      • Removes protein which is needed to neutralize hydrochloric acid in the stomach
    Dependent Nutrient (or Nutrient Dependencies) When someone has experienced a nutritional deficiency, it can become a dependent nutrient that even with being restored to normal levels of the nutrient, the body will continue to be dependent on the nutrient and still need additional supplimentation. or a chronic deficiency (p. 36). There seems to be an connection between chronic food allergies and nutrient dependencies.
    Disease Stages While it is fairly easy to identify disease conditions, before it reaches that level, there are subclinical signs. Below are the stages that lead to ill health:
    • Preliminary stage - stores of nutrients are depleted
    • Biochemical stage - micronutrients are depleted and enzymes become less efficient
    • Physiological stage - enzyme activity is impaired and symptoms such as anorexia, depression, irritabiity, anxiety, insomnia, and somnolence.
    • Classifical deficiency stage - near death stage
    Long term and untreated nutritional deficiencies can lead to ALS, progresive muscular atrophy, progressive bulbar palsy, and primary laterial sclerosis.
    Fiber issues The lack of fiber can cause the following problems:
    • Varicose veins
    • Deep-vein thrombosis
    • Hemorrhoids
    • Diverticular disease
    • Colon cancer
    • Dental caries and periodontal disease
    Infertility Poor diets play a role in infertility.
    Minerals Both plants and animals need minerals.
    Miscellaneous Nutrients Other nutrients and their benefits are covered. This includes:
    • Alpha Lipoic Acid
    • Bioflavonoids (Vitamin P)
    • Boron (mineral)
    • Calcium (mineral)
    • Essential Fatty Acids (Omega-3s, Omega-6s, and Omega-9s)
    • Folic Acid (also known as Vitamin B9)
    • Inositol (unofficially part of the B Vitamin family)
    • Magnesium (mineral)
    • Manganese (mineral)
    • Selenium (mineral)
    • Zinc (mineral)
    • Vitamin A
    • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
    • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
    • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
    • Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
    • Vitamin B9 (Known as Folic Acid)
    • Vitamin B12
    • Vitamin D
    Mood disorders Obesity often associated with mood disorders
    Niacinamide or Niacin Therapeutic benefits of niacinamide or niacin are listed:
    • Decreases LDL cholesterol
    • Decreases triglycerides in the blood
    • Decreases lipoproteins (a) levels in the blood and elevates HDL levels
    • Inhibits free fatty acid mobilization
    • Anti-inflammatory properties
    • Restores intestinal permeability (leaky gut) to normal levels
    Niacin seems to help with allergies and a number of other health conditions. Children with learning and behavioral disorders may have higher needs for this nutrient. Their symptoms seem similar to those with subclinical pellagra. Issues in taking niacin are covered.
    Nutritional Testing Testing is not always accurate and easy to do. Some people may have normal levels, but their actual needs are higher and they do better with supplementation. One approach to taking nutritional supplements is to start with a low dose, increase the dosages gradually until the symptoms disappear. Some people have recovered when given 100 to 1,000 times the recommended nutrient levels. This is considered megadose vitamin therapy. An orthomolecular physician is trained to identify and determine a patient's needs.
    Obesity About 80% of Americans over the age of 25 are overweight.
    Optimun Nutrient Requirements Table Listing of Nutrients and levels
    • B1 (Thiamine) - 25 mg
    • B2 (Riboflavin) - 25 mg
    • B3 (Niacinamide) - 300 mg
    • B6 (Pyridoxine) - 25 mg
    • Folic Acid (Vit B9 and other names) - 2,000 mg
    • B12 (Cobalamin) - 500 mg
    • Vit C - 2000 mg
    • Vit D - 1,500 IU
    • Vit E (Natural mixed tocopherols) - 200 IU
    • Zinc - 25 mg
    • Magnesium - 500 mg
    • Selenium - 200 mcg
    • Chromium - 200 mcg
    Vitamin C The late Dr. Frederick R. Klenner, MD found many therapeutic benefits for vitamin C. Subclinical symptoms of vitamin C deficieny start with minor symptoms and grow progessively worse:
    • sallow and muddy complexion
    • sore and bleeding gums
    • nose bleeds
    • skin hemorrhages
    • skin becomes dingy and brown
    • teeth loosen
    • old healed scars reopen
    • healing ceases
    • shortness of breath
    • death
    Note: Additional vitmain C can stop a cold in hours, a flu in one day, and viral pneumonia in to days as well as a variety of health conditions/diseases. Vitamin C's role in the body is covered. It does the following:
    • strengthens connective tissue
    • strengthens immune system
    • neutralizes free radicals
    • kills viruses (with high dosages)
    Instructions are given on how to administer orally vitamin C.
    Vitamin E Vitamin E was discovered in 1922 and plays a major role in fertility. It can help with burns and there are a number of benefits and roles for vitamin E. There are 8 forms of vitamin E. People who are experience health issues need more vitamin E, using the natural form.

    The authors cover various conditions and how specific nutrients can help. Some of the more interesting comments are:

    • A four day fast can help clean the bowel of organisms and help with candida.
    • Arthritis occurs when the cartilage can no longer repair itself at the rate equal to the rate of deterioration. Additional vitamin B3 (Niacin) has been found to be beneficial.
    • A relationship has been found between schizophrenia and cancer.
    • Intravenous Vitamin C at high dosages can be used to treat cancer.
    • Nutrients are suggested to address aging and senility issues.
    • Nutritional suggestions are made for brain injury.
    • Psychiatric disorders and addiction are addressed.
    • Better diets may reduce criminal behavior as much as 25%.
    • Adolescents are generally difficult patients to treat under this approach.
    • Four types of multiple sclerosis may exist.
    • Toxic and heavy metals are covered.

    This resource is excellent present for the layman interested in knowing more about being healthier and someone interested in medicine. It is also a great resource for people seeking alternatives to the prescription drug protocol. This book refers to the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, includes internet resources, bibliography, references, and an index. (Added 02/18/2016)

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    The Orthomolecular Treatment of Chronic Disease: 65 Experts on Therapeutic and Preventive Nutrition (2014) edited by Andrew W. Saul, PhD. (Publisher: Basic Health Publication) (Added 02/18/2016)

    Book Review:

    This resource ranks as a reference book on the subject of orthomolecular medicine. The editor, Andrew Saul, Phd. has compiled information from a variety of sources. It is 800 pages. This resource is divided into three sections and parts. The first part covers the foundations of orthomolecular therapy. The second part covers doctors, biochemists, and other medical scientists and researchers who did pioneering work in orthomolecular medicine. The third part covers the treatment protocols for the following health conditions. Below is a table:

    • Alcoholism
    • Alzheimer's
    • Cancer
    • Cardiovascular Disease
    • Depression and Anxiety
    • Drug Addiction
    • Eye Disease
    • Fatigue
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Hyperactivity and other
      Learning and Behavioral Disorders
    • Radiation Sickness
    • Schizophrenia and Psychosis

    The appendixes cover:

    • Safety issues of antioxidants
    • Use of Vitamin C as an antitoxin, antibiotic, and antiviral
    • Use of Vitamin C as an intraveneous vitamin for cancer care
    • Radiation injury treatment

    The resource includes a bibliography, information about the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, and the International Society of Orthomolecular Medicine. Two separate indexes include one for authors and one for subjects. (Added 02/18/2016).

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    OXYGEN

    Generally, when we think about oxygen, we think of it as being in the air. Oxygen is essential to our health. From a nutritional medicine point of view, we can consider oxygen to be a nutrient. The section on HYDROGEN PEROXIDE (Food Grade) covers the role of oxygen in our health. (Added 01/28/2017)

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    PARASITES

    Generally, in the western world, we don't think about the existence of parasites. However this problem does exist and can cause health problems. We have one book that covers this topic. (Added 12/01/2014)

    Book on Parasites:

    Parasites: the enemy within (1991) by Hanna Kroeger (Publisher: Hanna Kroeger Publications)

    Book Review:

    Hanna Kroeger has written a book covering the parasites. What are parasites? Parasites are defined as an organism that derives its food, nutrition, and shelter by living in or on another organism. With mobile and air travel, they are more common than we think. They can be present in any disease condition. Parasites do one or more of the following four things:

    1. They can cause physical trauma to the body by perforation of specific tissues and organs.
    2. They can erode, damage, or block certain organs. They can create a ball or tumor.
    3. Parasites have to eat and deprive the body of nutrients.
    4. Parasites leave wastes which can be toxic to the body or be hard for the body to remove.
    Below is a list of five groups of parasites that the book refers to:
    1. Roundworms
    2. The Single Cell Parasites
      (Note: A factor in a number of health conditions such as arthritis, asthma, colitis, diabetes, MS and etc.)
    3. The Tapeworm Family
    4. The Flukes Invaders
      (Note: They can affect specific organs such as the liver, lungs, and blood.)
    5. Spirocchetes
    The author writes about what can be prevented from having parasites. One food that is helpful is apple cider vinegar. Other foods are listed, as well. After a person has been treated for parasites, it is important to rebuild the body's nutritional status.

    The book includes symptoms associated with parasites for children and adults. It also includes remedies, many of them are herbs and a short bibliography. (Added 12/01/2014)

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    PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

    In general, this website focuses more on nutritional medicine, rather than on prescription drugs. However, it is important to be aware of the benefits and shortcomings associated with prescription drugs. There can be problems with over the counter medications, as well. We have one resource written by Dr. David Brownstein, MD that addresses the negative impact prescription drugs can have on our health, and that nutritional methods work much better and are safer.

    Book on Prescription Drugs:

    Drugs that Don't Work and Natural Therapies that do!, 2nd ed. (2009) by David Brownstein, MD. (Publisher: Medical Alterntives Press)

    Book Review:

    As more of us become of aware of alternative medicine, especially medicine based on nutrition, the question of prescription drugs and their safety comes up. Dr. David Brownstein, MD has written a book that explains in plain language the pitfalls on using prescription drugs and recommends alternatives that are much safer and effective. He saw in the course of his practice that his patients were not always getting better and he researched alternatives.

    As Dr. Brownstein indicates, some of the prescription drugs used for medical care, especially for medical emergencies, do save lives. However, it can be overdone and there are safer alternatives, based on nutrition. Medicine has made tremendous strides in healthcare except in one area. It has to do with the use of molecules that are not found in nature and our environment. This is what is found in most prescription drugs. This book covers the most commonly prescribed drugs by their category. Below is a listing:

    • antiacid drugs
    • anti-depressant drugs
    • anti-inflammatory drugs
    • cholesterol lowering drugs
    • diabetes medications
    • hormone replacement therapy
    • osteoporosis drugs

    Below is a table covering key points with each of the categories listed above.

    Listing of various conditions improved by natural therapies
    Category Information
    Antiacid Drugs Despite all of the commercials on television that tell us that stomach acid is bad for you, we need adequate levels of stomach acid to properly digest our foods. Stomach acid is known as hydrochloric acid. We also need the hormone called gastrin for optimum digestion. Dr. Brownsteins lists eight consequences of low stomach acid. They are:
    • Vitamin B12 deficiency
    • bacterial overgrowth in the stomach
    • H. pylori infection
    • c. difficile infection
    • yeast and candida overgrowth
    • poor protein digestion
    • hypothyroidism
    As for heartburn, too much abdominal fat can cause problems. GERD is also covered. People with asthma were found also to have low stomach acid. He lists nutritional approaches to dealing with these digestive problems.
    Anti-depressant Drugs Our bodies and brain need to maintain their balance or homeostatis. As an example, if we are physically too hot, we need to cool down. It turns out that nutritional deficiencies can affect the brain's ability to maintain its balance and result in a number of health conditions, including the onset of:
    • ADHD
    • anxiety
    • cancer
    • depression
    • fatigue
    Dr. Brownstein explains what SSRIs drugs are, how they work, and the problems associated with their use. Safer alternatives are recommended. Psychotherapy and exercise can help alleviate depression, as well as cleaning up the diet. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter, is covered in detail and its role in health. A wide variety of factors can affect depression as it is a condition with multifaceted causes. Dr. Brownstein found that the long term use of anti-depressant drugs affects mortality.
    Anti-inflammatory Drugs Anti-inflammatory drugs are called NSAIDS, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Unfortunately, over a long period of time, these drugs impairs an enzyme in the prostaglandin pathway. A number of factors can trigger inflammation, including leaky gut. It does this by increasing gut permeability. NSAIDS drugs should only be used for a short period of time, no more than two to three weeks. Dr. Brownstein lists a number of natural anti-inflammatory agents and enzymes.
    Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Dr. Brownstein makes a point that cholesterol is an essential component needed in the body. It is needed by every cell in the body. Also, elevated levels of cholesterol does not cause heart disease. Elevated cholesterol levels can be due to suboptimal adrenal function. Cholesterol is a precursor for adrenal hormones. Dr. Brownstein indicates that bio identical hormones can help balance adrenal hormone function. Cholesterol is also needed for the nervous system, especially the myelin shealth covering nerve cells. It is also needed by the immune system. The statin drugs lower cholesterol levels and they do this blocking on an essential enzyme. He lists two nutrients that can reduce cholesterol levels, niacin and fish oil.
    Diabetes Drugs 40% of the American people are diabetic or prediabetic. This can lead to a number of complications listed below:
    • amputation
    • blindness
    • cataracts
    • depression
    • heart disease and stroke
    • high blood pressure
    • kidney disease
    • nervous system damage
    What is most effective in dealing with diabetes are lifestyle changes, changes in diet (losing weight) and exercise. The body is not designed to tolerate high levels of blood sugar. It also means that insulin receptors have trouble absorbing insulin. Dr. Brownstein lists the underlying factors causing diabetes:
    • diet high in refined sugars
    • genetic predisposition
    • insulin resistance
    • obesity
    • old age
    It is important to treat the diabetes before the pancreas become exhausted. Fat cells do produce inflammation. Hormones need to be balanced, especially as we get older. Common nutritional deficiencies are with magnesium and iodine. Other nutrients beneficial for diabetes are listed.
    Hormone Replacement Therapy For twenty five years, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) was presented as a valuable therapy. However, this HRT used synthetic hormones and it was discovered that the patients experienced higher levels of breast cancer, heart attacks, and strokes. Dr. Brownstein indicates that it is better to use bio identical hormones instead of synthetic ones. Bio identical hormones can help with the following conditions:
    • improve wellbeing
    • slow aging
    • reverse a number of chronic health conditions (which are listed)
    Hormones can have anabolic (tissue rebuilding) properties.
    Osteoporosis Drugs As much as 55% of Americans older than 55 are at risk for osteoporosis. Dr. Brownstein list the following nutrients beneficial for bone health. They are:
    • boron
    • calcium
    • chromium
    • copper
    • iron
    • magnesium
    • phosphorous
    • silica
    • strontium
    • sulfur
    • zinc
    Dr. Brownstein explains the process of how bone health works. It is done through osteoclasts and osteoblasts, where bones are taken down and then rebuilt. He lists factors that impair bone health and explains what the bone density test means. We can have thin strong bones or weak thick bones. Certain medications can increase the risk of fractures. Low levels of vitamin K can increase risk of fractures. Fourteen risk factors for osteoporosis are listed. Dairy product do not necessarily mean better bone health. Dr. Brownstein explains in detail the issues and side effects of using drugs to treat osteoporosis. Nutritional approaches to healthy bone health is provided.

    In covering prescription drugs for chronic health conditions, Dr. Brownstein repeats throughout the book about the problem of using synthetic molecules. They have the effect of blocking an essential enzyme or other biological pathway. In fact, the more prescription drugs are used, this increases the likelihood of side effects and interactions between various prescription drugs. In the United States, the healthcare statistics are sobering, with 700,000 emergency room vists a year and 106,000 deaths due to adverse drug reactions.

    This is a great resource. It is better for the body to use essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and other botanicals found in nature to help the body heal. It is written to educate the public and it is not a substitute for obtaining medical services. It includes references, and an index. (Added 06/16/2015)

    Website for Dr. David Brownstein, MD

    For more information about Dr. David Brownstein and his books in addition to the one on drugs that don't work, his website address is: www.drbrownstein.com/. His books are written to help patients understand his approach to medical care and achieving optimum health. (Added 06/16/2014)

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    PROBIOTICS

    The subject of probiotics is an extremely interesting one. We have one resource that covers the basics on probiotics. This is a fairly new area and an approach that would probably be beneficial for everyone, especially those experiencing health issues. Fermentation is another way of increasing one's dietary intake of probiotics. This website has a section covering fermentation. (Added 03/22/2016)

    Book on Probiotics:

    The Probiotics Revolution: breakthrough discoveries to enhance immune function, curb inflammation, fight chronic bowel inflammation, prevent allergies and asthma, eliminate yeast infections and improver overall health. (2007) by Gary B. Huffnagle with Sarah Wernick. (Publisher: Bantam Books) (Added 03/22/2016)

    Book Review:

    As knowledge grows on the importance and benefits of probiotics, this resource explains alot about probiotics. They are considered bacteria. It is also learning about the beneficial role microbes play in human health, especially in the intestinal gut. Dr. Gary Huffnagle explains the naming protocol used for probiotics. See table below:

    Genus (Capitalized) Species within Genus (Italicized) Specific Strain within Genus
    Below is an example:
    Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG

    Some of the concepts relating to probiotics are listed below:

    Term Explaination
    Aging In midlife, the body has less Bifidobacterium and more E. coli and Clostridia. Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and Saccharomyces boulardii lyo can help counteract diarrhea. For menopausal women, E. coli levels increase and lactobacilli levels decline.
    Antibiotics Antibiotics are chemical compounds derived from microbes. They kill bacteria, but not affect viruses and yeasts. As animals are fed antibiotics, low levels of antibiotic residues end up in the tissues/meat. Another low level source of antibiotics is in water and streams.
    Antibacterial compounds Antibacterial are made from synthetic compounds and are able to kill bacteria.
    Antimicrobials Antimicrobials can kill bacteria and other forms of microbes.
    Bacteria Bacteria are microscopic single-cell life forms. They are quite diverse in terms of size, shape, color, and in growth. They can be shaped like rods, balls, and spirals. Also, there are three types:
    • probiotics
    • prebiotics
    • metabiotics
    Breastmilk Breastmilk contains probiotics. Infant formulas have less.
    Colicky babies Colicky babies were found to have different gut flora patterns versus non-colicky babies.
    Digestive disorders Probiotics can definitely help digestive disorders such IBD, Instestinal Bowel Disease. They tend to have lower levels of probiotics in their gut microflora and lower in the Regulatory T cells, cells which fight inflammation. The following three probiotic strains are found to be helpful:
    • Lactobacillus reuteri
    • Lactobacillus Plantarum 299v
    • Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG
    Note: There is a product with a high number of probiotics (both in strains and amount). It is VSL#3. This requires medical supervision. Other digestive disorders include peptic ulcers, viral gastroenteritis, and antibiotic associated diarrhea.
    Fiber While the body cannot digest fiber, probiotic microbes thrive on fiber. The author discusses in detail information about fiber and its role.
    Immune System The immune system consists of white blood cells and operates all over the body. It travels via the blood stream and the lymphatic system. The immune system has more than two dozen types of white blood cells. These cells are produced in the bone marrow. Probiotics can play a role in producing white blood cells. Below is a listing of the main types of white blood cells:
    • Lymphocytes (officers) (Note: Eight types of these cells exist-below are three. These cells act like the brains of the immune system.)
      • Helper T Cells-They are detective type of cells. When they don't do their job properly or there isn't enough of them, it is a major factor in autoimmune disease, allergies, and out-of-control inflammation.
      • Regulatory T Cells-They are peacekeeping type of cells.
      • B Cells-They are antibody producing cells.
    • Phagocytes (Foot soldiers) (Note: They look for the bad guys to attack.)
    • Dendritic Cells (Intelligence agents)
    • Mast Cells (Water brigade)
    Note: The body needs a balance between helper T cells and regulatory T cells for optimum immune function. The author explains in more detail on how these cells operate. Probiotics can help these cells and the immune system perform better.
    Immune System Mistakes Problems with the immune system can result in:
    • Allergies
    • Autoimmune diseases
    • Cancer
    Note: The immune system also affects neurotransmitters.
    Metabiotics Metabiotics are produced by bacteria. When the bacteria and probiotics are no longer present, they can leave metabiotics and provide benefits. One type of metabiotic is short-chain fatty acids (SCFA). They provide a number of benefits.
    • SCFA helps maintain a balanced microflora. Harmful yeasts like Candida Albicans don't do well.
    • Nourish the cells that line the colon. This results in a healthier intestinal lining.
    • Send signals that limit inflammatory response.
    Microbes Listing of some of the microbes:
    • Bacteroids - helps with digesting carbohydrates; dominates or lives in the large intestine
    • Bifidobacterium - found in yogut
    • Candida Albicans - if not kept in check; causes a number of health conditions; simple carbs facilitate the growth of candida albicans
    • Clostridium difficle - if not kept in check; causes diarrhea
    • Clostridium tetani - a bacteria that causes tetanus
    • Enterococcus - lives mainly in the small intestines
    • Klebsiella - helpful at low levels and makes vitamin B12 and vitamin K; too much can cause pneumonia
    • Lactobacillus - bacteria found in fermented dairy products; can also keep the helicobacter pylori levels under control. H. pylori can cause ulcers. It can counteract candida albicans.
    • Pseudomonas aeruginosa - if not kept in check, causes pneumonia
    • Streptococcus - lives mainly in the small intestines
    • Streptococcus mutans - if these levels are high in the mouth, can cause dental cavities
    Note: A detailed table of these various strains and their benefits are listed in a table on pages 263-5.
    Other diseases Probiotics can help with:
    • Allergic rhinitis and hay fever
    • Allergies
    • Asthma
    • Autism
    • Autoimmune diseases (There are quite a few of them.)
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Celiac disease (Note: a protein made by Candida Albicans is biochemically similar to gluten and the immune system may target the gluten.)
    • Colorectal cancer
    • Eczema and atopic dermatitis
    • Fibromylgia
    • Food sensitivity (different from food allergies)
    • Kidney stones
    • Obesity
    • Oral health (dental)
    • Sinusitis
    • Urinary tract infections
    • Vaginitis
    Parasites Examples of parasites are Giardia and Cryptosporidium. Giardia is found in lakes and streams. Cryptosporidium can cause diarrhea, dehydration, nausea, vomiting, and even death. In healthy and uninfected microflora, parasites are rare.
    Phenols Phenols are a type of antioxidant found in plants. There are quite a few types of phenols and they support probiotic microbes in the digestive tract. They can act as selective antibiotics and inhibit the growth of non-probiotic bacteria.
    Prebiotics The roles of prebiotics are:
    • Feed probiotics
    • Slow down microbes they compete against for survival
    • Some act like selective antibiotics
    • Inhibit the growth of particular microbes
    Probiotics Probiotics can help enhance the immune system the following ways:
    • Probiotics promote a healthy gut by producing anti-microbial compounds that destroy harmful microbes and crowd out the undesirable microbes.
    • Probiotics send "all is well" messages to the dendritic cells. This causes more lymphocytes to turn into regulatory T cells and another way of fighting inflammation.
    • Probiotics affect the B cells in the intestinal tract. The B cells are more likely to make IgA secretions (antibodies that declare molecules to be harmless) than IgE (antibodies that activate mast cells). This results in fewer allergic reactions to innocuous substances.
    In summary, probiotics afffects our white blood cells and supports an immune system that serves us, rather than cause harm.
    SIBO SIBO stands for small intestine bacterial overgrowth. It is where the microflora of the large intestine invade the small intestine. Candida Albicans can be involved. There is a test to assess this condition.
    Tests While tests can be used to measure microbes in the intestines, another indicator for microflora health is the person's health.
    Triclosan Substance used in antibacterial soaps. This can lead to antibacterial resistance.
    Viruses While viruses are microbes like bacteria, viruses are like capsules filled with genes. They are able to invade other cells and take them over. When the invaded cells reproduce, the new cells also contain the virus. If the virus can cause disease, the disease spreads. Antibiotics cannot kill viruses or the cells that contain them.
    Yeast Yeast is a type of fungus. A major yeast is Candida Albicans. If it proliferates within the body, it can cause various illnesses.

    This resource covers foods that contain prebiotics and type of strain. It has a chapter on chosing a probiotic supplement. The better products list the genus, species, and strain. Another chapter indicates how much we need depending on our health. The healthier we are, the less we need. The more health issues we have, the more we need. Furthermore, specific strains deal with specific health issues.

    • Maintaining good health - 5-6 billion
    • Improve health and prevent health issues - 6 - 10 billion
    • Mild to moderate health issues - 20-30 billion
    • Severe disease - need medical supervision and very high levels of probiotics
    Note: When taking an antibiotic and a probiotic, they should not be taken at the same time. Keep some time between taking these two products.

    This resource is a great guide on the role and benefits of probiotics. As this book was written in 2007, more research should be available on the various probiotics and their properties and benefits. We know more about autism which is a complex disorder. Information is changing about the importance of dietary fats. Generally, probiotic research and testing focuses on a specific strain. The author covers a chapter on getting the family adjusted to a diet with more probiotics, prebiotics, and fermented foods. This resource includes recipes, bibliographic citations, and an index. (Added 03/22/2016)

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    RAW FOODS

    Raw Foods is another way of looking at the relationship of diet and health. It also fits in with the scope of what is nutritional medicine. Raw foods, besides vegetables and fruits in their natural state, include foods that have been sprouted or fermented. Raw foods covers juicing (and is covered under Juicing). Prior to refrigeration, vegetables were processed in a way, fermented, so that they would not spoil. The Nourishing Traditions cookbook presents information on how to prepare cultured dairy products and fermented vegetables and fruits. The nutritional content of raw foods is considered to be superior to other methods of food preparation.   It also has enzymes, which apparently gets destroyed by heat and cooking. Another type of food is the superfood, a food very high in nutritional quality. We have included a raw food cookbook and the second book is about superfoods. The third book covers raw food from a detoxification point of view. Information on sprouts is covered separately under the Sprouts topic. We have included information about a DVD issued by Jason Wrobel on preparing ten vegan recipes. As a resource, we have a web link to the Raw Foods Institute. (Updated 04/27/2012, 07/05/2012)

    Books on Raw Foods and Superfoods:

    The complete book of raw food: healthy, delicious vegetarian cuisine made with living foods, includes over 375 recipes from the world's top raw food chefs, 2nd edition (2008) by Julie Rodwell & June Eding, editors. (Publisher: Hatherleigh Press)

    Book review:

    This book covers the basics needed for preparing raw foods. This includes having the right ingredients, the essential tools, the use of juicers and juicing, sprouting, dehydrating foods, and general tips. Raw foods are considered to be much higher in nutritional content and have more enzymes than food that has been cooked. It is an excellent resource for those interested in learning about preparing raw foods. The chapter on growing sprouts provides the basics of taking beans and having it grow into sprouts. This increases the nutritional content of the beans. Also, sprouting can be done with grains, nuts, and seeds. Fermentation of foods also increases their nutritional content, too. 50 major raw food chefs donated their recipes, and the book contains over 375 recipes.

    I enjoyed reading the chapter giving biographical information of the chefs who contributed recipes to this book, and how many of them regained their health through the raw food diet. If you are interested in a raw food diet, it is recommended that you transition to a raw food diet in stages. It includes resources, a glossary, and bibliographic references.) (Added 04/27/2012)

    Superfoods: the food and medicine of the future (2009) by David Wolfe. (Publisher: North Atlantic Books)

    (Note: This book covers in detail ten top superfoods: Goji berries, Cacao, Maca, Bee products, Spirulina, AFA Blue-Green Algae, Marine Phytoplankton, Aloe Vera, Hempseed, and Coconuts. It includes other foods as honorable mentions and recipes.) (Added 10/25/2011)

    The SimplyRaw Living Foods Detox Manual (2009) by Natasha Kyssa . (Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press)

    Book review:

    This book focuses on two topics, raw foods and detoxification. We have placed it under raw foods with a reference from the detoxification section. This is an excellent manual about how the raw food diet helps with detoxification. With our continuous exposure to the toxins in our environment, it is helpful to find ways that will enable our bodies to detoxify. According to the author, this prevents the onset of serious illness. In some cases, it reverses illness. By keeping our toxin levels to an absolute minimum in our bodies, we can experience and enjoy optimum health.

    Besides transitioning to a raw foods diet using a four week program, the author explores methods to facilitate detoxification, referred to as complementary detox therapies. They include: dry skin brushing, tongue scraping, rebounding (using and jumping on a small trampoline to strenthen the immune system), epsom salt baths, lymphatic massage, colonic irrigation, enemas, wheatgrass implants, far-infrared sauna, and deep breathing.

    The author discusses briefly the following: the acid/alkaline balance, sprouting, fermented foods, food combining, whole food supplements, herbal teas with the medicinal properties, specialized foods like bee pollen, chia seeds, hemp seeds, dulse, and other sea vegetables. The author covers in detail green smoothies. It has easy to follow recipes, most of them using the blender. An index and references are included.) (Added 07/05/2012)

    DVD Resources on Raw Foods

    This DVD is Jason Wrobel's Simple Vegan Classics: 10 everyday raw food recipes for health and longevity. Jason Wrobel produced this DVD and it runs for 75 minutes. For a fun, enjoyable, entertaining, educational introduction to vegan and raw food cooking, this DVD video is a must. Jason Wrobel is a known raw vegan chef and healthy living coach. The recipes presented in this video can help with weight loss, detoxification, and boosting your energy level. All of the recipes are healthy, nutritious, non-gluten, dairy free, and low glycemic (low sugar). All are sugar are and do not require cooking, and high in nutritional quality. You are introduced to foods that you may never have heard of. The recipes cover raw hemp milk, vanila latte, green breakfast smoothie, chia seed porridge, creamy ranch salad dressing, mock chicken salad, pasta marina, chili and sour cream, superfood fudge brownie, and strawberry parfait. The recipes are reproductions of basic foods, many of them comfort foods, that most people like, except that they are vegan (plant based food) and raw food. (Added 04/27/2012)

    Web Resource on Raw Foods

    There seems to be a number of Internet resources on raw foods. One that may be of interest is the Raw Foods Institute. They provide training on eating and working with raw foods, along with their health and medical benefits. Their website is: http://therawfoodinstitute.com/. (Added 10/16/2011)

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    SPECIFIC CARBOHYDRATE DIET

    This is an interesting diet where the role of sugars plays a significant role in human health. It is not just any sugar. Apparently, there are different types of sugars. We have one resource that addresses this topic. (Added 06/04/2014)

    Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet (2004) by Elaine Gottschall. (Publisher: The Kirkton Press)

    Book Review:

    This book covers in detail the benefits of following a specific carbohydrate diet known also as SCD for individuals suffering from intestinal disorders like celiac disease, chronic diarrhea, crohn's disease, colitis, cystic fibrosis, and ulcerative colitis. It has also been found to help a number of children with autism, many of whom suffer from digestive disorders. What the author is explaining that for certain individuals, the intestines are unable to digest certain sugars. The diet is designed to maximally nourish the individual and minimally nourish the intestinal microbes. This diet eliminates the sugars that facilitate fermentation and bacterial overgrowth and allows the foods and sugars that minimizes the stress (and fermentation) of the digestive process within the intestines. Three types of sugars are covered. They are:


    Type Name Information
    Single Molecule Type of Sugar Monosaccharide Monosaccharides, also known as simple sugars, include glucose, fructose, and galactose.
    Two Molecules Type of Sugar Disaccharides Disaccharides include lactose, sucrose, maltose, and isomaltose.
    Multiple Molecules Type of Sugar Polysaccharides Polysaccharides is referred to as starch and there are two types: amylose and amylopectin

    When these individuals are not able to digest the sugars, this generates fermentation in the gut, malabsorption of nutrients, and excess mucous. It can also cause injury to the small intestinal area, bacterial overgrowth, and cause harmless bacteria to change into harmful forms (like candida). This diet was originally created by Dr. Sidney V. Haas. It is similar to the anti-candida diet but there are differences. The specific carbohydrate diet allows monosaccharides, a simple sugar, in the diet, whereas the anti-candida prohibits sugar and cheeses.

    The author explains in detail as to what is malabsorption, somewhat different from maldigestion.

    • Food travels too quickly through the digestive tract resulting in diarrhea. Large food molecules such as starch, fat, and protein are not broken down and absorbed.
    • For some people, not all, they have poorly functioning pancreas that deliver inadequate levels of digestive enzymes to the small intestines. Again, large food molecules such as starch, fat, and protein are not broken down and absorbed.
    • The villi in the intestines are not able to absorb the carbohydrates, because these carbohydrates have not been broken down into a small enough size that the villi can handle.

    Below is a sample listing of foods that are allowed and not allowed on the specific carbohydrate diet. The website on the specific carbohydrate diet (listed below) provides a more comprehensive list and explanations.

    Sample Listing of Allowed and Disallowed Foods on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet
    Categories Allowed Foods on the SCD Disallowed Foods on the SCD
    Beverages
    • Natural fruit juices without added sugars
    • Apple Cider
    • Club Soda
    • All freshly squeezed juices such as grapefruit juice, orange juice, etc.
    • Apple Juice (with sugar)
    • Canned or frozen juices with added sugar
    Dairy
    • Butter
    • Dry curd (pressed) cottage cheese or farmer's cheese
    • Cheese, cultured
    • Homemade Yogurt - must be incubated at correct temperature for 24 hours
    • Natural cheeses (aged such as cheddar, edam, gouda, etc.)
    • Buttermilk
    • Cheese, processed
    • Cottage cheese
    • Lactaid Milk
    Fruit
    • Almost all fresh fruits, berries, lemons, etc.
    • Raisins, dates (with pits/not cooking dates)
    • Berries
    • Lemons
    • Plantains
    Grains
    • None
    • Barley
    • Cereals
    • Oats
    • Quinoa
    • Rice
    • Rye
    Legumes and Beans
    • Black beans
    • Lentils
    • Lima beans
    • Kidney beans
    • Navy beans
    • Split peas
    • Butter beans
    • Chickpeas
    • Mung beans
    • Pinto beans
    Meats, Poultry, Fish
    • All Meat is allowed
    • Sausages with no additives (no starch, grains or sugars)
    • Eggs
    • Fish
    • Processed or canned meats
    • Hot dogs, sausages with additives
    Nuts and Seeds
    • All nuts are allowed:
    • Almonds (raw)
    • Cashews
    • Coconut
    • Peanuts and natural peanut butter
    • Pecans
    • Walnuts
    • Seed Butters
    • Sesame seeds
    Oils
    • Olive oil
    • Peanut oil
    • Safflower oil
    • Sunflower oil
    • Soybean oil
    Spices
    • All fresh spices
    • Bay Leaf
    • Cilantro
    • Cinnamon
    • Garlic
    • Thyme
    • Cream of Tartar
    • Hydrolyzed Protein
    • Natural Flavors
    Sugars
    • Honey
    • Date sugar
    • Fructose (granulated)
    • Inositol
    • Maltitol
    • Stevia
    • Zylitol
    Vegetables
    • Almost all fresh vegetables with the exception of corn, potatoes, and parsnips
    • Tomatoes and pure tomato juice and paste (no sugars or additives)
    • Asparagus, fresh or frozen
    • Broccoli
    • Brussell sprouts
    • Carrots
    • Mushrooms
    • Asparagus, canned
    • Canned vegetables
    • Jicama
    • Parsnips
    • Potatoes
    Note: For those following a casein/milk free diet, omit the dairy. For more detailed and complete information, see the following website: http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/.

    This is a great resource on the benefits and reasons for implementing the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. It includes recipes, glossary, internet resources, references, and index. There is also a website further highlighting the information on this diet. One fact that the author makes is that not all beans are the same and acceptable with the SCD diet as listed in above table. It is also important be aware of what substances are added to nutritional supplements, as well. The website includes a list of foods allowed and not allowed. The website is: http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/. The information on the specific carbohydrate diet may be part of a new field called glycobiology, the role of sugars in health. (Added 06/04/2014)

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    SPROUTS

    To tie in with the purpose of this website, about the importance of food for health, it is helpful to know about sprouts. Sprouts are really like very young plants, baby plants. At this stage, it is found that they are very high in nutritional quality. Soaking and rinsing seeds, legumes, and grains increases their nutritional levels. Sprouting can be done easily in one's home and in the kitchen. We have one resource that discusses in detail the hows, the benefits, and related issues associated with sprouting. This can be considered a raw food. With the high nutritional and therapeutic qualities of sprouts, this is being treated as a separate topic. A second resource on sprouts is one written by Ann Wigmore.

    Book on Sprouts:

    Sprouts, the miracle food: the complete guide to sprouting, 8th edition. (2010) by Steve Myerowitz. (Publisher: Sproutman Publication)

    Book review:

    The author, Steve Myerowitz, started growing sprouts in his New York City apartment in the 1970s to treat his asthma and allergies, using living foods without pesticides and perservatives. He became quite good and knowledgeable about doing this; and has written this resource on sprouts. It covers sprouting from seeds, legumes, and grains. It is an extremely economical way to increase our nutrition by eating sprouts. The seeds, legumes, or grains are soaked overnight, and rinsed at least twice a day for several days or longer, depending upon the seed, legume, or grain. This multiples their nutritional content. As an example, in five days, the B vitamins increases 300% to 1500%. Furthermore, it is more than just B vitamins. It includes live enzymes, vitamins, amino acids, trace minerals, essential fatty acids, and etc. These are nutrients that are needed for new plant life. The nutrients are also broken down and simplified, making them more digestible. Generally, nutrients are better absorbed by the body when it is naturally in food. In fact, NASA was using a seed sprouting system for space shuttle travel.

    The author indicates that seeds used for sprouting are different from regular seeds. As for legumes, there is a difference between legumes designated for sprouting (more beans sprout) versus legumes found in the grocery store. Smaller bean sprouts can be eating raw; and larger bean sprouts can be lightly cooked. As for methods, the jar can be used. Another approach is using a sprout bag. A third way is using a vertical sprouter.

    This book also covers the nutritional and medicinal benefits of some of the sprouts. Alfala can help reduce cholesterol. Some of the beans, like lentil, mung, adzuki, china red pea, and chickpea help regulate insulin. Broccoli sprouts can help prevent and fight cancer. The magic broccoli ingredient is: glucoraphanin. Cancer starts because a carcinogen damages the DNA. Chlorophyll is covered and is good for anemia.

    Water used for soaking and rinsing needs to be good quality water. There is information about the different types of water purification systems. There is some discussion about the agricultural chemicals that has been used in conventional farming. The ones listed are: captan, mancozeb, aldicarb, chlordane, permethrin, endosulfan, lindane, parathion, methamidophos, dieldrin, and DDT. Chlordane, dieldrin, and DDT are now banned in the United States. The U.S. EPA has classified 70 of the 360 licensed pesticides ingredients as potential carcinogens. What is a better and safer approach is integrated pest management, bio-dynamic and organic farming. Sprouts do not have this problem.

    This is a great resource on the various aspects of growing sprouts and the nutritional content and medicinal benefits of the various sprouts. It gives detailed instructions on how to do it. The sprout chart lists the various seeds, legumes, and grains, how much to use, how long it takes to grow, skill level, preferred growing method, taste, and use. It includes a bibliography, resources, and an index.) (Added 07/27/2012)

    The sprouting book (1986) by Ann Wigmore. (Publisher: Avery).

    Book review:

    Ann Wigmore regained her health dealing with colitis and arthritis by changing her diet to include sprouts. She uses the term biogenic foods. These are foods that are able to create new life when planted and provide the body a form of living energy. They are: raw, unsprouted seeds, beans, grains, and nuts.

    Fresh vegetables and fruits before cooking are bioactive. While they have vitamins, minerals, proteins (amino acids), and enzymes, they are not cable of creating new life.

    Sprouts are at the peak of their nutritional value. The proteins (amino acids) found in sprouts are high quality and much more absorbable by the digestive system. Sprouts can help with aging, fertility, provides enzymes, and have a much lower level of toxic substances than conventionally grown plant-based foods.

    Ann Wigmore covers the history behind growing sprouts, suggests ways sprouting can be done (jar, sprout bags, trays, and automatic sprouter), and what can be used for sprouting (alfalfa seeds, almonds, cabbage seeds, chickpeas, cowpeas, funugeek, lentils, mung beans, peas, pumpking seeds, rye seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and wheat grains).

    A useful and readable resource on growing sprouts and their benefits. (Added 07/04/2013)

    Web Resource on Sprouts:

    A web resource on growing wheatgrass is: www.wheatgrassgreenhouse.com sponsored by Michael Bergonzi. (Added 01/15/2013)

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    SYSTEMATIC INFLAMMATION

    Parts of our bodies can experience inflammation, however, when it affects the whole body, it is considered systematic. Systematic inflammation can precede a number of health issues. Also, the topic of inflammation actually highlights a very different perspective on treating illness. Instead of using a pill to treat a specific symptom, or more specifically, an aspirin to relieve a headache, we are looking at a broader perspective. This means examining the underlying factors that affects ill-health. In this case, it is inflammation that plays a significant role in a number of health conditions. There are actually two types of inflammation, the acute and the chronic. Acute inflammation is an immediate defense reaction by the body and lasts a short time. Chronic inflammation is a continued response that doesn't go away and can be an underlying factor in a number of health conditions.

    We have three resources covering inflammation. One covers inflammation from a general perspective written by Dr. Nancy Appleton, Ph.D. The second resource is by Jack Chellem. The third resource written by Dr. Georges M. Halpern, MD covers additional concepts relating to inflammation as well as a specific food that can reduce inflammation. (Updated 07/14/2015)

    Books on Systematic Inflammation:

    Stopping inflammation: relieving the cause of degenerative diseases (2005) by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D (Publisher: Square One Publisher) (Added 07/14/2015)

    Book Review:

    Nancy Appleton, Ph.D discusses inflammation and its role in human health. Inflammation has three purposes. They are:

    1. The body tries to defend itself from foreign invaders
    2. The body is attempting to detoxify
    3. The body is trying to facilitate the healing process

    A number of causes behind inflammation exist. Below is a list.

    • AGEs - advanced glycation end products
    • Chemicals
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Estrogen therapy
    • Free radicals
    • High blood pressure
    • Hypersensitivity
    • Microbial infections
    • Obesity
    • Physical agents
    • Smoking tobacco
    • Surgery
    • Vaccinations

    Dr. Appleton covers a number of concepts relating to inflammation. Below is a table:

    Concepts covered on the topic of inflammation
    Concept Definition
    Advanced Glycation End Products It is when sugar combines with protein.
    Circulating Immune Complexes (CIC) They are cells that are part of the immune system. They include foreign invader or antigens and white blood cells called antibodies. This lays the groundwork for inflammation and disease/illness.
    Digestive System The digestive system needs the right kinds and levels of digestive enzymes in order to function properly.
    Free radicals Free radicals are molecules with a free electron. However, the free electron can cause problems for the body and there are a number of them:
    • attack cell membranes
    • interfere with protein synthesis
    • lower energy levels
    • prevent muscle building
    • wipe out cellular membranes
    • create metabolic waste products
    Homeostasis It is about balance within the body. Food and stress can upset this balance/homeostasis.
    Immune System Discusses the various components of the immune system.
    Metabolic Syndrome Metabolic Syndrome is also known as insulin resistance and the characteristics include:
    • high blood glucose
    • high blood pressure
    • high cholesterol
    • high triglycerides
    • low high density liproprotein
    Minerals The right balance of minerals are needed in order for enzymes to function properly. Minerals are interdependent on each other.

    Dr. Appleton suggest that food allergies can be an underlying factor in health issues. As much as 1/3 of the population in the United States may have allergies. Allergies weakens the immune system. Three major culprits for food allergies are wheat, dairy, and sugar.

    Inflammation plays a role in the following health conditions:

    • ADHD
    • Cancer
    • Candida
    • Celiac Disease
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Food Addictions and Disorders
    • Heart Disease
    • Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)
    • Obesity
    • Parkinson's
    • Respiratory issues

    Dr. Appleton lists a number of tests to address inflammation issues. Below is a table.

    Listing of Tests for Various Conditions
    Condition Tests
    AGEs (Advanced Glycation End) Hemoglobin A1c blood test
    Allergy
    • Body Monitor Kit
    • Elimination and challenge diet
    • IgE ELISA
    • Prime Test
    • RAST test
    • Skin prick test
    Note: Author recommends taking steps to heal the leaky gut before doing allergy testing for better results.
    Candida Albicans
    • Candida culture (from tongue)
    • Candida Immune Complex Assay Test (blood test)
    • Stool Test
    Infections
    • Blood Chemistry 25 and 21
    • Complete Blood Count (CBC)
    Inflammation
    • C Reactive Protein (major)
    • Other minor tests are listed

    The author presents recommendations and plans to address inflammation, the importance of detoxification, lifestyle changes, and diet information. Various means of detoxification are covered.

    This resource contains alot of information, using plain language. One observation that the author makes is that we do not study as to what makes people healthy. Developing nations, believe it or not, appear to have a much lower rate of disease. This resource includes a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. (Added 11/28/2015)

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    Website for Dr. Nancy Appleton, Phd.

    For more information about Dr. Nancy Appleton and her works, her website address is: www.nancyappleton.com. (Added 11/28/2015)

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    The Inflammation Syndrome: Your Nutrition Plan for Great Health, Weight Loss, and Pain-Free Living (2010) by Jack Challem. (Publisher: John Wiley and Sons)

    The Inflammation Revolution: a natural solution for arthritis, asthma, and other inflammatory diseases (2005) by Georges M. Halpern, MD, Ph.D (Publisher: Square One Publisher) (Added 07/14/2015)

    SUGAR

    In view of the issue and growing epidemic relating to obesity and diabetes, the topic on sugar is a major concern. As more people become aware of the effect sugar has on their health, they try to cut down on their consumption. It definitely plays a role in the current epidemic on diabetes, both in the United States and world-wide. However, sugar can be found in foods where we least expect them, especially in processed foods and drinks. Sugar is addictive, as well. We have a number of resources covering the issue of sugar and its effect on health. The first resource by Dr. Richard Jacoby, covers the impact sugar has on the body. The second resource, by JJ Virgin, discusses in detail the impact sugar has from various foods and drinks as well as a diet plan. The third resource, a book by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D addresses the overall health issues as well as its impact on behavior that is caused by sugar. (Added 08/03/2015)

    Books on Sugar:

    Sugar Crush: how to reduce inflammation, reverse nerve damage, and reclaim good health (2015) by Dr. Richard Jacoby and Raquel Baldelomar. (Publisher: Harper CollinsCrown Publishers)

    Book Review:

    Dr. Richard Jacoby, a podiatrist who has dealt with feet and leg issues experienced by diabetics, explains the effect sugar has on our bodies, most of it unfortunately, harmful. It is a major factor in chronic inflammation.

    Sugar causes the lining of the arteries to become more like velcro, instead of a smooth, teflon-like surface. Dr. Jacoby explains how inflammation works and it narrows our passages and arteries. Our cells have different types of receptors. They include: mechanical (pressure), thermal (temperature), and polymodel (unpleasant stimuli). Sugar damages the nerve cells and receptors in your hands and feet. Excess sugar gums up the nerves via inflammation via three main pathways. Type 2 Diabetes is a conformational disease. Conformational means that there are unfolding proteins. It also has a long incubation period, resulting in the development of diabetes type 2.

    As Dr. Jacoby is a podiatrist, he covers the Dellon procedure, a procedure that is safer for relieving pain for diabetics with peripheral neuropathy and has a safer outcome. This procedure decompresses the nerve in the tarsal tunnel. It also restores blood flow to the nerve function in the foot. Also, when there are high levels of glucose in the body, the body is less able to utilize vitamin C. When the blood sugar spikes or climbs up to high levels in the body, it causes the following:

    • Excess sugar gets stored as fat
    • Excess sugar gets attrached to proteins and they result in advanced glycation end products
    • The excess sugar builds up sorbitol in the cells, causing them to swell and compress the nerves. The nerves become inflamed, resulting in compression and scar tissue.
    Dr. Jacoby addresses a number of conditions and concepts affected by one's blood sugar levels. Below is a table.

    Condition and/or Concepts Information
    Acne Dr. Jacoby suggests that sugar be cut out or reduced significantly. Excess sugar and insulin creates IGF-1 and more oily skin.
    Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) AGEs are a toxic form of scar tissue. Glucose reacts with proteins, fats, and nucleic acids. It can keep the nerves from functioning properly and causing lesions. When AGEs occur, the result can be:
    • arthritis
    • cataracts
    • heart disease
    • memory loss
    • peripheral neuropathy
    • wrinkled skin
    Alzhiemer's With Alzhiemer's, these people are not able to smell peanut butter. Also, in Alzheimer's:
    • The brain cells become resistant to insulin.
    • Neurons don't enough fuel and they deteriorate.
    • This causes memory loss, confusion and dementia.
    • This creates protein plaques.
    Cancer Cancer is more common in people who have long standing diabetes. Cancer cells feed off sugar and diabetics generally have higher levels of sugar in their blood.
    Diabetes Type 2 When the blood is full of sugar, the tiny blood vessels get plugged up with oxidized glucose. Excessive sugar impairs nitric oxide. It is a natural chemiclas that relaxes the walls of your blood vessels. As the eyes and kidneys have very small vessels, they are at risk for being damaged by high blood sugar and low nitric oxide.
    Inflammation Inflammation can affect autonomic nerves, areas of the body that run and operate behind the scenes. This can affect the heart function and beat. It is part of the metabolic syndrome process and the best way to deal with it is to eliminating sugar from the diet. Years of high blood sugar will restrict the blood flow to the nerves, slowly damaging them.
    Multiple Sclerosis A compromised flow of blood in the veins draing the central central nervous system plays a role in the development of this disease. A diet in whole foods may be helpful.
    Peripheral neuropathy The five stages of peripheral neuropathy are:
    • Stage one: Intermittant pain and numbness in various areas of the body.
    • Stage two: More frequent pain and numbness
    • Stage three: Drugs and complications
    • Stage four: Less pain, however there are more risks
    • Stage five: Feeling no pain
    Root canals The problems that causes the dentist to do a root canal, Dr. Jacoby believes that a high sugar diet causes a compression of the nerve that the supplies the tooth from the trigeminal nerve branch. With compression, the nerve begins to die, similar to what happens in diabetic neuropathy.
    Sugar
    • Damages your immune system
    • Implicated in a number of health conditions:
      • allergies
      • asthma
      • depression
      • dry skin
      • fatigue
      • inflammatory bowel disease
      • wrinkles
    • Raises the triglycerides, cholesterol, and blood pressure, thus contributing to the development of diabetes and heart disease
    • High blood sugar levels damages the tiny blood vessels
    Tiredness If someone feels tired all the time, cutting out sugar may be helpful.

    Dr. Jacoby lists the following tests to help with sugar issues and peripheral neuropathy:

    • A1C - measures the blood sugar average over three months
    • Monofilament test - identifies areas for feeling
    • NCS - nerve conducting test that checks the on the electrical impulses in the nerve fibers
    • PSSD (pressure specified sensory device) - checks for pressure between two contact points
    • Punch biopsy - a visual view of the nerve fibers
    • SSR (sympathic skin srepsonse) - checks for small fiber neuropathy

    Dr. Jacoby also suggests supplements that can be beneficial. They are:

    • Alpha Lipoic Acid
    • Evening primrose oil
    • Fish oil
    • Magnesium
    • Vitamin B, both prescription and over the counter

    This resources explains in detail the dynamics of sugar and its impact on the body. Too much fructose can leade to a fatty liver which in turns leads to leptin resisteance. With insulin resistance, the body produces more leptin, but the brain doesn't get the message. Leptin is a hormone that signals to the body that you have plenty of stored fat and it turns off the hunger switch. Actually, the more sugar you consume, the hungrier you will feel. It is suggested that you try not to get too hungry. There are withdrawal issues when cutting out sugar. Avoid artificial sweeteners as it can lead to weight gain, alter your metabolism, alter brain activity, and perpetuate your desire for sweet foods. This includes high fructose corn syrup. A sugar craving may be a sign of a desire for a healthy fat. Fats helps with satiety. Eat regularly and stay hydrated. An interesting drink is hot buttered coffee. Sugar stimulates the brain to release the feel good chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins.

    This resource covers in detail the drawbacks associated with prescription drugs and the safer alternative is simply removing sugar from the diet. In summary, the prescription drugs do not deal with the underlying causes. The diabetes and peripheral neuropathy drugs can actually make it harder to lose weight, damage your kidneys, increase the risk for heart attacks, and increase the risk for pancreatic cancer. In fact, some conditions (depending the degree of damage) can be reversed by omitting sugar. Two types of diets are discussed, the ketogenic diet and the blood sugar regulation diet. This book covers various foods that cause inflammation.

    This a resource that explains how sugar affects our health. It includes medical terminology, especially when describing the various nerves and blood vessels. It includes a bibliography and index. (08/03/2015)

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    Sugar Impact Diet: drop 7 hidden sugars, lose up to 10 pounds in just 2 weeks (2014) BY JJ Virgin. (Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style).

    Book Review:

    Sugar is found in almost all foods. What JJ Virgin has done in her book, is specify and identify the impact various foods have in the amount of sugar it provides in the body, as low, medium, and high. She discusses in detail how some of the sugar is hidden and how to identify it.

    JJ Virgin also suggests a program, a three step program to transition from a high sugar intake, to a more moderate intake, and with a lifelong approach to keep the sugar balanced. To supplement the information presented in the book, she also has a website with additional resources. It is: http://www.sugarimpact.com/resources/. (Added 08/03/2015)

    Suicide by sugar: a startling look at our #1 national addiction (2009) by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D. (Publisher: Square One Publishers) (Added 08/03/2015)

    Book Review:

    Sugar is derived from three food sources: beets, cane, and corn. It is unfortunately addictive and not good for our health. Some of the sugars are hidden, especially in processed foods.

    Sugar upsets the homeostasis, the balance in the body. The body heals when it is in homeostasis. Sugar can affect the body in a number of ways. Some of them are:

    • Sugar can cause depression
    • Sugar can cause cataracts
    • Sugar can be a factor in epileptic seizures
    • Sugar can play a role in inflammation (chronic)
    The body needs minerals in the right range and they depend upon each other. All of the minerals are needed. Enzymes need minerals. When there is too much sugar, this depletes some of the minerals. Minerals are needed in the following systems:
    • the digestive system
    • the endocrine system which includes:
      • adrenal glands
      • hypothalamus
      • maile and female glands
      • pancreas
      • pituitary glands
      • thyroid glands
    • the immune system
    Dr. Appleton covers the difference between glycemic index and glycemic load. She also covers the difference between glucose and fructose. Glucose raises the blood sugar, whereas fructose does not. However, fructose raises cholesterol and triglycerides levels. Fructose goes to the liver and the liver cannot handle large amounts of sugar. Fructose becomes fat in the liver much faster than sucrose or glucose. Fructose also causes insulin receptors to lose their sensitivity to sugar. This can cause people to overeat, leading to weight gain. People with IBS issues may have problems in properly absorbing fructose. People with medical issues are found to be more sensitive to fructose.

    When foods are not properly digested, this plays a role in food allergies. It can cause inflammation in different organs and tissues, like the joints (arthritis), the nervous system (multiple sclerosis), in the intestines (colitis), and on the skin (hives, etc.). Sugar is acid forming and our bodies do not like having an acidic environment (pH levels). Excess sugar can cause calcium to be leached out of bones.

    Food labels do not report all of the various sugars found in the product.

    As for testing blood sugar levels, there are different tests. They are:

    • 12 hour fast
    • A1C test (glycated hemoglobin test)
    • insulin blood test
    • urine glucose test

    Intestinal bacteria also plays a role in weight issues and obesity. They are:

    • Firmicutes levels are higher in overweight people
    • Bacteroidates are higher in people lower in weight

    People experiencing health issues, reducing their sugar intake may help. This includes children as well. For children, excess sugar can cause the following problems:

    • allergies
    • cannot go without eating for four hours
    • difficulty in concentrating
    • difficulty in falling asleep
    • excess weight
    • frequent headaches
    • hyperactivity and restlessness
    • many cavities/dental fillings
    • more than one cold or bacterial infection a year

    Sugar can cause multiple problems in health including dental health. It is also quite addictive. The author suggests if dealing with health issues, check out your sugar intake. She also recommends three types of food plans and a green juice diet. This resource includes a glossary, lists resources, recommended reading, endnotes, and an index. (Added 11/28/2015)

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    Website for Dr. Nancy Appleton, Phd.

    For more information about Dr. Nancy Appleton and her works, her website address is: www.nancyappleton.com. (Added 11/28/2015)

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    THYROID ISSUES

    Thyroid health is covered as it plays a critical role in human health. It is also to increase our awareness on the importance of having healthy thyroids. While clinical symptoms of dysfunctional thyroids are much easier to identify, it is also important to be aware of subclinical symptoms (subclinical symptoms are generally more mild and less pronounced) of thyroid disorders. Apparently, even with subclinical symptoms, these symptoms can lead to other serious health issues. As an example, hypothyroidism may actually cause fibromylagia, a condition that is difficult to treat. Symptoms, especially for subclinical symptoms, vary from individual to individual. Apparently, the thyroid affect many areas of our bodies.

    According to Dr. David Brownstein, MD and Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD, thyroid problems may be much more widespread and common that have been previously known. Dr. Brownstein does an excellent job of explaining why this is happening. We have four resources covering this topic of thyroid health. The second resource by Kathleen Barnes gives an overview of thyroid issues. Dr. The first and fourth resource are reports prepared by Drs. Blaylock and Brownstein. The third resource by Dr. David Brownstein, MD, is a book that provides comprehensive coverage on thyroid disorders. (Updated 04/12/2012)

    Resources on Thyroid Health:

    Are you suffering from Hypothyroidism and don't know it? by Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, MD. (Published in the Blaylock Wellness Report, April 2008, Vol 5, no. 4, pages 1 to 4)

    Article Review:

    This article highlights issues associated with hypothyroidism.

    Basic Health Publications: User’s Guide to Thyroid Disorders (2006) by Kathleen Barnes.  (Publisher: Basic Health Publications)

    Book review:

    The following resource gives an excellent overview of thyroid issues. A poorly functioning thyroid can affect the adrenal glands. Also, repeated exposure  to radiation via dental x-rays, mammograms, and other imaging does not help our thyroids.

    Overcoming Thyroid Disorders, 2nd ed. (2008) by David Brownstein, MD (Publisher: Medical Alternatives Press)

    Book review:

    This is a comprehensive resource in overcoming thyroid issues, designed to educate patients about this condition. Most of the thyroid issues are on hypothyroidism (hypo means under), which is much more common than hyperthyroidism (hyper means over) and other disorders.

    Dr. Brownstein examines thyroid health from a holistic medical point of view. Thyroid problems affect every cell in the body.

    First, the blood tests are not completely accurate in identifying thryoid issues. Dr. Brownstein explains why these blood tests are incomplete. He also explains the process between TSH, T4, and T3. It is important to include a physical examination and look at the clinical symptoms. Some of the clinical symptoms of hypothyroidism are: dry skin, cold extremities, fatigue, weight gain, poor eyebrow, hair growth on body, constipation, low basal temperature (temperature of the body when waking up in the morning using a mercury free thermometer), elevated cholesterol, and mycoplasma bacteria infection. This also includes the patient's medical history.

    Second, Dr. Brownsteins explains the importance of adequate dietary iodine intake for optimum thyroid health. He also explains why natural thyroid extracts are superior to synthetic thyroid extracts to address an underactive thyroid. Even with natural thyroid supplements, people can respond differently even with natural thyroid supplements.

    Third, it is also important to access hormone health when dealing with thyroid issues. This includes the adrenals, pituitary, testes (in males), ovaries (in females), and the hypothalamus.

    Fourth, nutrient deficiencies can affect the thyroid function. They are: iodine, minerals such as zinc, and vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin C, and vitamin E.

    Fifth, it is important to undertake a detoxification program, especially with heavy metals. These heavy metals are: mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, and nickel. The author reports that mercury is toxic to DNA. Detoxification occurs with urination, defecation, breathing, and sweating. There is problem with fluoride. It is chemically similar to iodine, with the thyroid not always being able to tell them apart. The liver also plays a role in detoxification. When the liver becomes overwhelmed, then we have problems. The cells lose their ability to work and communicate properly. It sets the stage for chronic illness and autoimmune disorders, cancer, and accelerated aging.

    Sixth, Dr. Brownstein talks about the optimum diet, which includes organic foods and proper hydration. Many of his patients also turn out to be sensitive to gluten grains. Dr. Brownstein suggests a water filtering system that removes fluoride, chlorine, bacteria. The proper amount of water is taking your weight in lbs, change it to ounces, and divide it by 8. This is the number of glasses of water that people need for proper hydration. He talks about what is a healthy diet. He recommends that people with thyroid issues to avoid trans fatty acids, avoid artificial sweetners, and use organic sources of food. Organic foods are lower in toxins and higher in nutritional quality.

    Seventh, there is also something called thyroid hormone resistance which is similar to insulin resistance.

    Finally, the treatment plan needs to be tailored and adjusted for each individual. There are other issues that Dr. Brownstein covers, including the role of hypothyroid with fibromylagia, human growth hormone, and DHEA. Dr. Brownstein believes that as much as 40% of the population may have hypothyroidism. One fact is that a malfunctioning thyroid can be a factor in infertility and repeated miscarriages. There is discussion about autoimmune diseases, too, and its relationship to thyroid issues. This book is an outstanding resource on explaining thyroid disorders and some of the treatment methods to address these disorders. Includes bibliographic references.

    Thyroid Disease - An urgent national emergeny by Dr. David Brownstein.

    (Published in Dr. David Brownstein's Natural way to health: Achieving and maintaining your optimal health, August 2011, vol 4, issue 8, pages 1-3, 5-7)

    Article review:

    This article emphasizes the fact that much more people can be affected by thyroid issues than is commonly believed. More details about thyroid health issues are covered in Overcoming thyroid disorders, also by Dr. David Brownstein, MD.)

    DVD Resources on Thyroid Disorders:

    Overcoming Thyroid Disorders by Dr. David Brownstein
    (DVD Review:
    While some of this information is covered on thyroid disorders book by Dr. Brownstein, MD, this presentation talks about the importance of a healthy thyroid in human health. Dr. Brownstein also talks about the importance of a healthy thyroid in women planning to become pregnant. When a pregnant woman is low in thyroid function, it affects the development of the thyroid gland in the fetus. It also has an impact on the fetus becoming a child with ADHD. Thyroid health needs to be assessed through the following measures to accurately assess thyroid health:

    • medical history
    • physical examination
    • basal temperature
    • lab results
    (Added 01/15/2013)

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    TINNITUS

    Among people who have hearing loss issues, tinnitus has been reported as a problem that is difficult to treat. We have a resource by William A. Rasmussen that covers the possible causes and treatment approaches for tinnitus.

    Book on Tinnitus:

    Tinnitus Relief Naturally Through pH Balance (2015) by William W. Rasmussen, M.A. (Publisher: Metabolic Press). (Added 11/04/2016)

    Book Review:

    Many inviduals who have a hearing loss also report tinnitus issues. What is tinnitus? Tinnitus are sounds one hears in their ears, sound that is not coming from the outside environment. It can be a ringing, humming, chirping or roaring noise sound. It is extremely annoying, too. However, tinnitus has a number of different causes. One needs to determine the cause before selecting the treatment plan that will be effective. Below is a list of the various factors behind tinnitus:

    • Trauma - trauma or physical force can damage nerves, causing them to malfunction
    • Toxins - toxins can damage nerve cells
    • Diet - diet or food provides fuel for the cells
    • Nutrients - deficiency or excess nutrient levels can affect nerves
    • pH Balance -a significant pH imbalance can make it impossible for the nerve cell to function properly

    Below we have a table covering the various concepts and information presented by the author.

    List of concepts relating to Tinnitus
    Concept Information
    Allergies Allergic reactions can trigger inflammation, reduce the blood flow to and lymphatic flow away from the inner ear, and resulting in pH imbalances. Problems with lectins can result in delayed reactions to food, including ringing sounds in the ear. Two tests for food allergies and sensitivities are:
    • IgE-immediate reactions
    • ALCAT-tests for delayed reactions
    Artificial Sweeteners Artificial sweeteners that contain methanol, methanol converts to formaldehyde which is damaging to the nerves, destroying the myelin sheath protecting the nerves.
    Foods to Avoid The author covers various foods and other ingredients that are not good for those suffering from tinnitus. This includes:
    • alcholic beverages
    • caffeine
    • MSG
    • pesticides
    Heavy Metals Heavy metals include mercury, lead, cadmium, and arsenic. Also, included are aluminum, fluoride, and palladium, and toxic form of chromium. Exposure to these chemicals come from a variety of sources. While this is not a heavy metal, tinnitus sufferers need to be aware of their exposure to electronic magnetic radiation. This includes cell phone use and smart meters.
    Infection Deficiency of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin D increase the likelihood of infection. Important to also take vitamin K2 when taking more than 1,000 UI of vitamin D. At the first sign of infection, the author recommends:
    • cayenne pepper
    • vitamin A
    • vitamin C (10 grams)
    • vitamin D3
    • zinc gluconate
    Inflammation (systemic) A number of factors can facilitate inflammation. They are:
    • Normal intake of sugar and high carbohydrate foods
    • Normal intake of omega 6 fats
    • Allergies and food intolerances
    • Deficiencies of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K2
    Leaky Gut Leaky gut is responsible for a number of food intolerances. Gelatin, collagen protein, and bone soup helps to rebuild the intestinal lining tissues. With the leaky gut, this releases foreign proteins in the blood stream. The liver becomes the second line of defense against foreign matter in the blood stream.
    Nerve Cells Nerve cells need a healthy balance between sodium and potassium (both are minerals). Excess sodium can affect oxygenation and detoxification in the cells. It can also make the blook more thick and viscous. In this situation, the person needs to reduce sodium intake, increase potassium intake and water intake. It can also be that the body's thirst awareness mechanism is malfunctioning. A major source of excess sodium is from processed foods.
    Nutrition Nutritional needs vary between people. The author discusses in detail the healthier ways of preparing food, for optimum nutrition as well as which fats are better for us. Also, how foods are produced affects the nutritional levels. Minerals are better absorbed from food than from supplements. The author also outlines what is an optimal diet for those suffering from tinnitus.
    pH Levels pH levels have to do with our acid and alkaline levels in the body. This includes our blood, urine, saliva, and etc. An imbalance will affect nerves. Nutritional imbalances can affect our pH levels. The author talks about how to test our pH levels and correct our pH levels.
    Prescription Drugs Some prescription drugs have been known to affect hearing. Check the Physicians's Desk Reference for side effects. A number of antibiotics are extremely destructive to nervous tissue. Some of them are:
    • Avlox
    • Ciproloxacin (Also known as CIPRO and a dangerous antibiotic)
    • Floxacin
    • Levofloxocin
    • Noroxin
    • Tequin
    Sleep More sleep can help people focus. The following nutrients can help with sleep. They are: amino acids, 5-HTP, herbs, magnesium, and melatonin.
    Stress Stress reduces the absorption of calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients from the intestinal tract. It can also kill the intestinal flora, causing inflammation in the intestinal tract and resulting in a leaky gut. Continued unabated stress will hurt the adrenal glands, shut down the digestive system, the immune system, and the detoxification system. Sugar and caffeine cause stress and is not good for the adrenals.
    Supplements, Nutritional Supplements for those suffering from tinnitus are listed. They are:
    • B Vitamins (B Complex, B1, B12)
    • Coenzyme Q10
    • Enzymes
    • Fish oil
    • Magnesium
    • Phoshatidyl choline (helps the myelin around nerve cells)
    • Probiotics
    • Resveratol
    • Taurine
    • Vitamin A
    • Vitamin E
    • Zinc
    Note: Depending upon the type of tinnitus, nutritional requirements may vary from this list. Herbs are mentioned. Detoxification is also needed.
    Toxins Toxins are known to damage nervous tissue, damage the myelin sheath that acts as an electrical insulation around nerve cells. Infrared saunas is one way to remove these toxins.

    This resource covers a condition that affects quite a number of people and a condition that doctors have not found easy to treat. Other therapies are mentioned, other than one based on diet and nutrition. This book includes a resource section, appendixes, and references. Another book Mr. Rasmussen has written has been reviewed for this website and it is called Mercury Detoxification Simplified. (Added 11/04/2016)


    VACCINATIONS

    In recent years, the issue of vaccinations has become an extremely controversial and hot medical issue as reports of adverse effects have increased. We are also experiencing growing numbers of children being diagnosed with autism, learning disabilities, and other health issues. What also makes this topic more controversial is that our public laws require vaccinations as a prerequisite to attending school. I have included two resources under Books on Vaccinations that can assist parents and the public on making more informed decisions on this issue.

    The first book listed provides the questions and research all parents need to do on behalf of their children and for themselves. The second book talks about the impact that vaccinations is having on our society. In all of the years of reading, this is one scary book. The author is actually a medical historian and his initial focus was to write about the benefits of vaccinations.

    The book called Healing and Preventing Autism has a chapter on vaccines (listed under Autism), explaining why some children are affected and others are not.

    Also, we have three different articles on vaccinations from the Blaylock Wellness Report that reports in detail the effects and dangers associated with vaccinations. A fourth article by Dr. David Brownstein, MD discusses the flu vaccine.

    We have included a link indicating the various substances added to vaccines, with the permission of the author. While it is a few years old, it gives people an idea of the various substances used in vaccines. It is: http://www.informedchoice.info/cocktail.html. (Updated 07/02/2012, updated 01/03/2016)

    Books on Vaccinations:

    20 Reasons Why I should Research Vaccines (2008) by Lisa F. Reiss. (Publisher: Lisa Publishing)

    Vaccination, Social Violence, and Criminality: the Medical Assault on the American Brain (1990) by Harris L. Coulter (Publishers: North Atlantic Books and The Center for Empirical Medicine)

    Articles on Vaccinations:

    Vaccinations: the hidden dangers by Russell L. Blaylock, MD (Published in the Blaylock Wellness Report, May 2004, Vol. 1, no. 1, pages 1-9)

    Article review:

    It is interesting that the very first issue in the Blaylock Wellness Report focuses on vaccinations. Despite the publicity that vaccinations supposedly prevents us from developing disease, scientific evidence indicates that there are issues regarding vaccinations. The vaccination program has grown. As of 2004, 22 inoculations are now required for children before they attend school. The decline in infectious diseases is really from improved nutrition and sanitation, not from vaccinations. The article indicates that all types of changes following the vaccination needs to be studied, serious changes as well as more subtle changes. Subtle changes can result in serious changes and harm to the immune system over a long term basis.

    What do the vaccines contain?

    Some of them are known to have mercury and aluminum, both are toxic to the brain. They overstimulate the brain's immune system. Mercury can incapacitate numerous enzymes in cells and block the removal of excess glutamate.

    Vaccines contain additional substances known as "adjuvants". One of them is squalene. It is known to stimulate an immune reaction and activate microglia. This is not good for brain health and can be a factor in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinsons, Alzheimers and ALS.

    One concept covered in the article talks about the Gulf War Syndrome. Soldiers were given 17 vaccinations within a week's time frame. These vaccinations were not designed with be given within that time frame. These soldiers, many of them and their families, became chronically ill. One recommendation about MMR, it is preferable to give each of the vaccines separately, not together. Another concept covered is toxin synergy. One toxin may not be dangerous. However, if the person is exposed to more than one toxin (which can come from a source other than the vaccine), the toxic effects increases dramatically. Another concept is "bystander injury". This means that the surrounding area as well as the targeted area is affected.

    The flu shot program is covered. There are different flu strains. The flu shot may not be covering the killer strain. Multiple flu shots (five or more) increases ten times the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease.

    The author suggest caution about vaccinations. Do not compress multiple vaccinations within a short time frame. Furthermore, it is not effective. To protect yourself, maintain optimum nutritional health. Nutritional deficiencies increase vaccine complications. Beta glucan helps the immune system. Suggestions are made to avoid the omega-6 oils (corn, safflower, sunflower, peanut, soybean, and canola), avoid sugar, avoid fluoride and avoid processed foods. It is better to prepare foods from scratch.(Added 06/29/2012)

    The Trouble with Vaccines by Russell L. Blaylock, MD (Published in the Blaylock Wellness Report, May 2008, Vol. 5, no. 5, pages 1-8)

    Article review:

    In 2008, the number of required vaccines for the first year of life is now 24. Before starting school, children are required a total of 40 vaccines. For an entire life, 150 vaccines are now required. Actually, better nutrition and sanitation has reduced the death rate from childhood diseases. Disease contracted naturally, like chicken pox, provides better and life long immunity than a vaccination. The immunity from a vaccine doesn't is limited to about ten years.

    Some vaccines, such as tetanus and DtaP can increase the risk of children developing asthma, eczema, and even juvenile diabetes.

    College students who are required to get booster shots of MMR, etc. experience a higher incidence of menningitis.

    Herd immunity is really a myth.

    The dangers of live virus in vaccines are covered. One, the virus becomes embedded in a person's internal organs. Two, the virus also mutates (changes) and it can cause unrelated diseases. For example, the measles vaccine can cause multiple sclerosis, muscle pain, Crohn's disease, or brain degeneration at a later time.

    Vaccines can be contaminated. An example is SV-40. It is known to cause cancer. Another one is cytomegalovirus. It associated with strokes.

    Vaccines have a failure rate between 35% to 90%.

    What be helpful? It was found that vitamin A and zinc reduces the mortality rate in young children at risk of dying from measles.(Added 06/29/2012)

    Do Vaccines do More Harm than Good? by Russell L. Blaylock, MD (Published in the Blaylock Wellness Report, May 2011, Vol. 8, no. 2, pages 1-7)

    Article review:

    More information on the effects of vaccinations are covered. The Hib vaccine in 1986, there was an 62% increase in juvenile diabetes in children aged 2 to 4 in Finland.

    Aluminum in vaccines are higher than the FDA safety limit. What can neutralize the harmful effects of aluminum is silicon (slicic acid).

    An emerging vaccine induced disease is macrophagic myofasciitis. This is a gradual onset of severe muscle pains and debilitating weakness.

    Instead of the government doing independent research on the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations, more vaccines are being mandated. The author indicates that no independent study is being done on the safety of vaccinations, both short and long term.

    The best protection against infections is good nutrition and healthy habits. Some of these nutrients are:

    (Added 06/29/2012)

    The Truth about Vaccines by Dr. David Brownstein, MD (Published in Dr. David Brownstein's Natural Way to health: Achieving & Maintaining Your Optimal Health, November 2010, vol. 3, issue 11, pages 1-7)

    Article review:

    The newsletter covers the pros and cons of taking the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine does contain mercury. Two antiviral medications, Relenza and Tamiflu, have side effects and should not be used for treatment of the flu.

    What steps can be done to reduce the chances for getting the flu? They are:

    In conclusion, Dr. Brownstein does not recommend the use the flu vaccine including pregnant women and children. They cause more problems than it solves. It is a readable, brief article, and includes references.) (Added 07/02/2012)

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    VISION

    As more Americans become older, more are experiencing vision health issues. Both a good diet high in nutritional quality and nutritional supplementation promote vision health. (Note: Also, a well functioning digestive system is needed.)

    Book on Vision:

    Basic Health Publications User's Guide to Eye Health Supplements: learn all about the nutritional supplements that can save your vision (2003) by Bill Sardi and Jack Challem (series editor). (Publisher: Basic Health Publications, Inc.)

    Book review:

    This is a fairly small publication covering the various nutrients needed for optimum eye/vision health. Apparently, the eye needs quite a number of different nutrients to function properly. As we age, apparently, a number of components in the eye do become less with time. There are six types of cataracts: metabolic, radiation, sugar, sunlight, toxic, and traumatic.

    For vitamins, the eyes need vitamin A, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, vitamin E (with selenium), and vitamin K.

    For minerals, our eyes need calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium, zinc, copper, and boron. One fact to be aware of is that eight in ten Americans are deficient in magnesium and omega-3 fats. As for zinc and copper, it needs to have the right ratio. Phytic acid is covered (known as inositol hexaphosphate).

    For amino acids, our eyes need arginine, carnitine, proline, and taurine. Omega-3 fats are also needed. Carotenoids are a category of colored dietary pigments. This includes beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. A category of independant nutrients include: coenzyme Q10, glutathione, and citicholine. The author writes that alpha-lipoic acid has been shown to prevent cataracts in animal studies. Low levels of glutathione are found in every cataract.

    Bioflavonoids are part of healthy eyes. They work four different ways: antioxidant properties, prolong the action of vitamin C, strengthen the capillaries and keep inflammation and swelling down in ocular tissues, and prevent overclotting of blood in the eyes. A chapter also talks about herbs, and how they can help our eyes.

    Finally, a small chapter talks about hyaluronic acid. It affects the clear fluid in the eyes. This book also includes a short bibliography. (Added 05/22/2012)

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    WATER

    The most important nutrient that our bodies need is water. Our bodies are 70% water, it has to be the number one nutrient needed for optimum health. We can live without food for a number of days; however, we cannot live without water for a number of days. The Native Americans understood the importance of water and its impact on their health. In fact, they have a song promoting the healing qualities of water.

    There are many different types of water. We can start with tap water, filtered water, reverse osmosis water, spring water, mineral water, distilled water, seltzer water, and ionized water.

    An experiment people can try is drinking different types of water such as spring water, seltzer water, mineral water, and ionized water and see how they make you feel and how hydrated you feel. Do not use tap water unless it has been filtered and do not used distilled water for an extended length of time. If a particular type of water makes you uncomfortable, switch to another type of water.

    We have three books on water. The first book talks about ionized water and its' health benefits. The second book talks about the structure of water (along with electromagnetic radiation reviewed in another section of this website). The third book talks about water's role in a number of health conditions. (Added 03/11/2012, updated 03/25/2012)

    Books on Water:

    The miraculous properties of ionized water: the definite guide to the world's healthiest substance (2006) by Bob McCauley (Publisher: Spartan Enterprises)

    Book review:

    This book talks about the importance of water in our bodies, as the cornerstone of health. It is needed in every action, reaction, and bodily function. The brain is 85% water, blood is 83% water, and the liver is 90% water.

    Different types of water are discussed. Distilled water lacks minerals. Well water is okay especially if it goes through a clay level. Problems with fluoride in the water is covered. It can cause arthritis and change the permeability of cells. Chlorinated water is not good for infants.

    Russia did research on ionized water, creating water with positive and negative ions. Sixty to eighty percent of diseases can be alleviated by proper hydration. Alkaline ionized water can give you additional energy. The author talks about ORP, Oxidation Reduction Potential. It affects the oxidation in the body. It can be negative or positive. Also, water comes in molecular clusters. Smaller clusters results in better absorption of water by cells.

    Alkaline ionized water is considered six times more hydrating than conventional water. While alkaline ionized water is good for internal use, acid ionized water is good for plants. Acid ionized water can be used to treat diabetic skin ulcers. Acid wastes are located in joints. There are devices that can be attached to water faucets and ionize the water.

    The author suggests that people start the day with water, thirty minutes before eating breakfast and sixty minutes after eating.

    This book has bibliographic references. The appendix list ten reasons for not drinking sodas and ten reasons for drinking water. (Added 03/11/2012)

    Molecular Resonance Effect Technology: The Dynamic Effects of Human Physiology (2008) by Dr. Howard Fisher and Dr. Igor Smirnov. (Publisher: Britannia Printers Inc.)

    Book review:

    This book covers two major topics, the water topic and the electromagnetic radiation topic. This review covers the water topic. (Note: The electromagnetic topic is covered under electromagnetic radiation section of this website.)

    This book covers the importance of water and its healing properties. It has to be the right type of water. References are made to water with healing properties found in Lourdes, France; Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic; natural springs outside Panama City in Panama; Tibetian mountains; and, Caucasian Mountain springs. The authors refer to Masatu Emoto. He found that water from different geographic areas have different crystalline structures. Water is affected by the geo-magnetic fields in different locations on this earth.

    Following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Russia, quite a number of people developed cancer except for people drinking water from the Caucasian Mountain springs. The structure of water was examined. Instead of being in large molecular clumps, it was more linear or single file. It was found to be much more absorbable by the body.

    The authors refer to intracellular water, the type of water used within the human body is not quite the same water most of us drink.

    A device was developed to reproduce and alter the structure of water, changing the structure of water to the type of water that the body uses. The device used MRET technology. MRET "generates a very subtle, low frequency electromagnetic oscillations similar to those healthy geomagnetic fields found in specific areas" (page 12) like the Caucasus Mountains in Europe. The results of the MRET treated water versus the control water are shown using dispersion staining microscopy, nuclear resonance spectrometry, vicosity testng, and high voltage photography.

    This treated water can improve hydration (the body's ability to absorb water), improve nutrient absorption, increase cellular detoxification, enhance immune response, decrease inflammation, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-tumor, and inhibit growth of mutated cells (page 70). MRET treated water also balances the pH levels of water to 7.0, a neutral setting. Some specific treatment examples included those suffering from HIV, psoriasis, use in conjunction with chemotherapy, ear infections (otis media) and allergic rhinitis.

    Anti-aging medicine is discovering that as we become older, our bodies hydrate less effectively. Hydration is essential to optimum health.

    This book includes references and also covers MRET technology in regards to electromagnetic radiation/fields. This section of the book is covered under electromagnetic radiation. To really understand all of the concepts covered by the authors, you may need to read this book more than once.
    (Added 03/25/2012)

    Your body's many cries for water: You are not sick, You are Thirsty! Don't Treat Thirst with Medications!, 2nd edition (1997) by F. Batmanghelidji, MD. (Publisher: Global Health Solutions, Inc.)

    Book review:

    This book talks about the role of water and need for proper hydration for optimum health. Dr. Batmanghelidji, MD discusses what is not good for hydration, and actually makes us more dehydrated. It is sodas. Use of caffeinated beverages does not help with hydration. The color of urine needs to be colorless or very light yellow.

    Water in the body serves a number of functions:
    1) Plays a hydrolytic role in the body
    2) Affects hydroelectric energy and "ATP and GTP"
    3) Functions as adhesive material in the bondage of the cell architecture
    4) Functions as part of the waterways in the body
    5) Body functions more effectively in solutions with lower viscosity (thickness)

    Inadequate hydration or intake of water affects the following health conditions: peptic ucler, colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, lower back pain, headaches, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, excess body weight, asthma, allergies, and diabetes. The author states that morning sickness in pregnancy is actually a sign of dehydration, not enough water in the body for both the mother and the fetus. Lack of hydration can be a factor in alzheimer disease, constipation, chronic pain, stomach function, and migraines. Salt is also important.

    Dr. Batmanghelidji offers an interesting perspective on AIDS. The factor that is behind AIDS is low levels of the following amino acids: methionine, cystine and cysteine, and high levels of the following amino acids: arginine and glutamate. AIDS may be a metabolic disorder not caused by a virus.

    The book covers the response of the United States medical system on the role of water in human health, when the author tried to bring it to their attention. The book includes testimonials from people who have benefitted from the author's advice and bibliographic references.

    (Note: This book suggests using tap water. It should be filtered. The author has written books more up-to-date.)) (Added 03/11/2012)

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    WHEAT AND GLUTEN GRAINS SENSITIVITY

    It turns out that more people are probably suspected can be sensitive to wheat and the gluten grains. This includes rye and barley. Note: One source indicates that oat is not considered to be a gluten grain. What is not good about gluten is that in some cases, it can damage the intestinal lining and reduce the body’s ability to absorb the nutrients eaten and digested by a person. There are three main types of wheat sensitivity, celiac, gluten intolerance, and wheat allergy. The Wheat Belly book gives an interesting and detailed perspective on how wheat can affect human health. For those who need guidance in following a gluten-free diet, we have included The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet by Dr. David Brownstein, MD. Another resource providing guidance on how to follow a gluten-free diet and lifestyle is The G-Free Diet by by Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Another resource is Dangerous Grains by James Braly, MD and Ron Hoggan, MA.

    For more information regarding gluten grains sensitivity, read about gluten sensitivity.

    (Updated 04/27/2012, 07/16/2013, 10/22/2013, 06/11/2017)

    Books on Wheat and Gluten Grains Sensitivity:

    Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic (2010) by Peter H. R. Green and Rory Jones. (Publisher: William Morrow)

    Dangerous grains: why gluten cereal grains may be hazardous to your health (2002) by James Braly, MD and Ron Hoggan. (Publisher: Avery) (Added 10/21/2013)

    Book review:

    Dr. James Braly, MD with Ron Hoggan have written a resource that explains in greater detail the effects of gluten grains on human health. The authors discuss both celiac disease and sensitivity. The authors estimate that as many as 90 million Americans may have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. It can also be a population that is chronically ill and unresponsive to conventional medical treatments. Gluten sensitivity can be an underlying factor in obesity and run in families.

    • First, we will discuss briefly the history behind eating grains.
    • Second, we will talk about gluten itself and its behavior within the body.
    • Third, the impact and role gluten has in our health and in autoimmune diseases.
    • Fourth, we will cover where the gluten is found.
    • Fifth, testing issues are covered.
    • Sixth, a partial listing of autoimmune disorders are listed in a table
    • Seventh, suggestions the authors make to recognize this health issue and how we can be proactive and prevent the onset and development of full fledged autoimmune diseases.

    History behind eating grains:

    Grains were not initially part of the human diet. Man's initial diet was meat, organs, vegetables, and fruit. Cancers were rare or non-existent while this diet was eaten. The further away the population is from the middle east,the higher the incidence of gluten sensitivity. Grain seeds were very hard and could not be eaten unless cooked or sprouted. Grains could also be stored for long periods of time and enable communities to be established. As the consumption of grains increased, our ancestors became smaller, bones weaker, and brain size reduced. The incidence of cancer increased along with our grain consumption.

    What is Gluten and its behavior?

    Gluten is more than just gluten. Two other proteins are: gliadin and glutenins. The diary and gluten grains contain morphine-like substances that affect behaviors, cause learning difficulties, change emotions and moods, cause or aggravate neurological diseases, alter our immune system, and increase our risk of cancer. These proteins can cause problems in any area of the body and not involve the intestinal tract. Gliadin is found in all cereals except oat. Gliadin acts as an invading bug or microbe. Glutenins may actually be associated with anti-immune properties.

    Gluten also contains the following opiods: A4, A5, B4, B5, and C. Certain peptides (protein fragments) found in gluten and casein (milk protein) look and act like morphine. They are hidden in an inactive state until they are released by the digestive process and by pancreas secretions. Once freed from the larger protein structure, they are resistant to enzyme digestive process in the intestines. They are referred to as "comfort foods" and as exorphins. Exorpins interfere with the immune/defense system that is designed to destroy cells showing signs of developing into cancer. Natural killer cells are designed to identify these aberrant cells. Opiates and opiods interfere with the natural killer cells.

    Impact and role of gluten on our health and in autoimmune diseases:

    The authors list a number of health conditions that have gluten as a root cause of the following health conditions:

    • autoimmune diseases
    • cancers, a number of them
    • chronic pain syndrome
    • neurological diseases
    • premature death
    • psychiatric and other brain disorders
    It also plays a role in the following health conditions:
    • ADD
    • chronic liver disease
    • epilepsy
    • infertility
    • learning disorders/problems
    • miscarriage
    • osteoporosis
    • premature births
    • short stature
    When gluten is not completely digested, the undigested proteins can enter the blood stream, triggering antibodies and causing inflammation, damaging internal organs and tissues. Damaged intestinal lining impairs the intestine's ability to absorb nutrients. Also, the mucous lining of the small intestines serves three purposes:
    • releases gut hormones and enzymes that stimulate or aid digestion and intestinal immune function
    • absorbs health promoting nutrients from food
    • acts as a selective barrier blocking absorption of undigested or partially digested protein as well as toxins, anti-nutrients, bacteria, yeasts, and parasites
    Other symptoms commonly associated with gluten sensitivity:
    • chronic ear infections
    • heartburn
    • low blood pressure
    • obesity
    • respiratory issues
    • weaker bones (due to mineral malabsorption)
    Gluten sensitivity can cause the following nutritional deficiencies:
    • calcium
    • iron
    • magnesium
    • potassium
    • selenium
    • vitamin A
    • vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
    • vitamin B9 (Folate)
    • vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)
    • vitamin C
    • vitamin D
    • vitamin E
    • vitamin K

    Where is gluten found?

    Gluten is found in the following grains: wheat, rye, barley, spelt, kamut, and triticale. Oats may not have gluten; however, it contains glutenin. It is best to avoid oats, as well. The glutenen can cause abnormal changes to white blood cells inside the test tube. Gluten can be found in prescription medicines. In eliminating gluten from the diet, withdrawal reactions are common, including irritability. The following food additives can include gluten:

    • Fu (dried wheat gluten)
    • HPP (hydrolyzed plant protein)
    • HVP (hydrolyzed vegetable protein)
    • MSG (monosodium glutamate)
    • TPP (textured plant protein)
    • TVP (textured vegetable protein)

    Testing for gluten:

    Dr. Braly lists three types of blood tests to see if gluten is a problem. They are:

    • Tissue transglutaminase (tTG)
    • Endomyseal antibodies (EMA)
    • Anti-gliadin antibodies
    Another type of test covered is the rectal challenge test (besides the strict biopsy test for celiac disease). In addition to the gluten specific testing, the authors recommend additional testing for conditions commonly found in people who are gluten sensitive and for optimum health, such as bone density, thyroid, glucose tolerance, liver function, eye issues, and dental issues.

    Partial listing of Autoimmune Diseases/Conditions

    What is really helpful with this resource, the authors list a number of autoimmune conditions/diseases. Below is a table:

    Partial Listing of Autoimmune Conditions
    1 Addison's Disease * 13 Diabetes mellitus * 25 Oral cankers (aphthous ulcers)
    2 Alopecia Areata (sudden head baldness confined to limited areas/patches) 14 Fibromyalgia 26 Polymyalgia rheumatica *
    3 Arthritis 15 Graves' disease * 27 Purpura
    4 Autoimmune hemolytic anemia * 16 Hypoparathyroidism 28 Sarcoidosis
    5 Autoimmune thyroid disease 17 Idiopathic thrombocytopenic 29 Scleroderma *
    6 Biliary atresia 18 Insulin-dependent diabetes (Type 1) * 30 Sjogren-Larsson syndrome *
    7 Biliary sclerosis 19 Lupus erythematosus (systemic) * 31 Systemic lupus erythematosus
    8 Celiac disease * 20 Microscopic colitis 32 Thyrotoxicosis *
    9 Childhood asthma * 21 Multiple Sclerosis 33 Trigeminal neuritis
    10 Chronic autoimmune hepatitis * 22 Myasthenia gravis * 34 Ulcerative colitis *
    11 Cirrhosis (of the liver) 23 Nephropathy (kidney disease) 35 Vasculitis
    12 Crohn's disease 24 Optic neuritis 36 Vitiligo *
    *Means that it has the genetic marker called "HLA-B8".
    Source: page xi and page 118

    Suggestions by the authors on how we can be proactive in addressing and minimizing autoimmune disorders/conditions

    To promote health and reduce the incidence of health problems, the authors recommend identifying gluten as a health issue and being proactive against the development of full fledged autoimmune diseases. Tests are available that can predict the possibility of having an autoimmune disorder before it develops into a fullfledged health condition and disease state.

    This resource provides interesting information regarding health issues associated with gluten. It includes an index, resources/notes, and appendix D provides a comprehensive lisitng of gluten-associated medical conditions (pages 187-202). (Added 10/22/2013)

    The G Free Diet: a gluten-free survival guide (2009) by Elisabeth Hasselbeck. (Publisher: Center Street) (Added 07/16/2013)

    Book review:

    This book on following a gluten free diet offers tips that will enable anyone who needs to follow a diet completely free of gluten. The author, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, learned that her health problems were due to her body's inability to digest gluten. Only by completely avoiding gluten, she was able to regain her health. She presents information on what are the complications, both on a short-term and long-term basis, when the body is unable to digest gluten properly. The body's inability to digest gluten can cause damage to various parts of the body. Damage occurs to the villi located in the intestines, small hairs that absorb nutrients. This impairs the body's ability to absorb nutrients. The problems are:

    • celiac disease
    • increased risk for autoimmune conditions
    • infertility
    • intestinal cancer
    • iron deficiency or anemia
    • linked to ADHD, depression, and bipolar disorder
    • miscarriage
    • osteoporosis
    • stunted growth in children
    • thyroid problems
    • type 1 diabetes
    The tests to measure gluten sensitivity are discussed.

    The concept of cross-contamination is explained. Oat, in itself, is a grain that does not contain gluten. However, it can be processed in a physical facility that processes wheat, barley and rye. These grains do contain gluten. If oats are processed in the same equipment that processes wheat as an example, this can cause gluten to be added to oats. Also, gluten can be found in non-food substances such as glues used on stamps, in beauty and personal care products. The author also offers traveling tips, how to set up a gluten free kitchen (to avoid cross contamination), suggestions for going to restaurants, how to handle social events, and birthday party situations. A list of ingredients (quite a few are listed) that contain gluten are provided.

    Some discussion is covered on the autism connection, the autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Those suffering from the autism spectrum disorder, many of them are found to be sensitive to casein, a protein found in milk, cheese, and other diary products. 12% to 19% of ASD children have gastrointestinal issues, with bloating, diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, and chronic yeast infection. The consumption of gluten grains, unfortunately, for these children with ASD can create the release of peptides, triggering an opiate-like, effect similar to opioids, effect in the brain. Some of the effects also include a reduced attention span, impulse control issues, erratic behavior, poor language and social skills, and even seizures. The opiate response can make it extremely difficult to wean these children from foods containing gluten and casein, especially if they love foods like pizza, ice cream, and macaroni and cheese (especially if they have extremely limited diets). Many parents that have removed such foods in their children's diets, they report improvements in their children's behavior, better eye contact, and language skills. For gluten, it takes three months before improvements can occur. For casein, it would take at least three weeks to see if there are physical and behavioral changes in the child.

    The author makes a point that avoiding gluten can be an opportunity to explore other foods that are actually higher in nutritional content. This is an excellent hands-on guide to seek ways in removing gluten from the diet and other sources of exposure. This resource includes resources and an index. (Added 07/16/2013)

    The guide to a gluten-free diet, 2nd edition (2009) by David Brownstein, MD and Sheryl Shenefelt, CN. (Publisher: Healthy Living)

    Book review:

    This is a great guide to assist people in following a gluten-free diet. For those with gluten sensitivity, it impairs the gut lining. This leads to gut inflammation and malabsorption of foods. It can play a role in a number of health conditions. This is listed in Table 4 (page 44) and Table 5 (page 81). It can be a factor (partial listing) in autism, asthma, autoimmune disorders, depression, diabetes, infertility, irritable bowel, obesity, and osteoporosis. It lists alternatives to gluten flours; lists other sources of gluten foods; and lists food additives that contain gluten. It makes suggestions on what to order in restaurants and avoid gluten. It lists other resources such as books, websites, and organizations to better understand and follow a gluten free diet.) (Added 04/27/2012)

    Healthier Without Wheat: A New Understanding of Wheat Allergies, Celiac Disease, and Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance (2009) by Stephen Wangen. (Publisher: Innate Health Publishing)

    Wheat belly: lose the wheat, lose the weight, and find your path back to health (2011) by William Davis, MD. (Publisher: Rodale) (Added 9/21/2011)

    Book review:

    If any book can persuade someone to stop eating wheat, this book can. The title "Wheat belly" refers to growing obesity epidemic and the bigger waistlines in the United States.

    Actually, the wheat that we are eating today is different from the ancient wheat grain, and even different from the wheat eaten fifty years ago. The ancient grain was initially known as einkorn. Wheat has changed throughout time. The variety that is generally consumed today is dwarf wheat, genetically modified to create fluffier breads, shorter growing seasons, greater disease resistance, increased yield, and etc. This is an argument for doing indepth testing for foods that have been genetically altered. (Note: The problem with irradiation is that it reduces foods' nutritional content/levels.)

    Wheat is a food that crosses the blood brain barrier and binds with opiate receptors. This is a major reason why wheat is a difficult food to stop eating. People can experience withdrawal reactions when they stop eating this food. It also stimulates the appetite. Naloxon is one substance that can block the effects of wheat on the brain.

    Another fact about wheat, it actually is a food that raises the blood sugar, more than table sugar. This is important for people who are prediabetic or diabetic. As for wheat substitutions, the author suggests that you stay off corn starch, rice starch, potato starch, and tapioca starch as these foods trigger the glucose-insulin response (raise the blood sugar). The fat that accumulates around the stomach is referred to as visceral fat. It is not good for human health.

    The book talks about the immune mediated gluten intolerance and that this condition includes: dermatitis herpetiformis, liver disease, autoimmune diseases, insulin dependent diabetes, neurological impairment, and nutritional deficiencies.

    The author goes into details on other effects of eating today's wheat. It can affect our skin, cardiovascular health, intestinal area, and brains. Most of the side effects are reversable if the consumption of wheat is stopped; some are not. This book includes non-wheat recipes and bibliographic references.

    While we don't like to think that any one food can be the ultimate bad guy for human health, the author makes a case of portraying wheat as the bad "health" guy. (Added 9/25/2011)

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    WHEATGRASS (As a Food and Medicine)

    In keeping with the theme of this website, that food is our medicine and medicine is our food, we have another food, wheatgrass juice, that has been found to have therapeutic properties. We have included two resources that covers this topic in detail. One was written by Steve Meyerowitz and the second one written by Ann Wigmore. (Added 11/08/2012, updated 02/06/2014)

    Books on Wheatgrass:

    Wheatgrass: Nature's Finest Medicine, (2006) by Steve Meyerowitz. (Publisher: Sproutman Publications)

    Book review:

    This book covers various aspects of wheatgrass. The review will focus on the medical aspects of wheatgrass. Wheatgrass is defined as a variety of grass, made into juice, that is used like herbal medicine for its therapeutic and nutritional properties.

    It can also be made into a frozen juice, into a powder, or tablet. The nutritional benefits of 15 pounds of wheat grass is equal in nutritional value of 350 pounds of vegetables. Grass eating hens had a 89% productivity output eating wheat grass. It was much higher than the 40% productivity output from alfalfa. Animals did better on grass than on vegetables. This grass along with sprouts are considered to be a perfect food.

    Grass is a plant from the graminea family, with narrow leaves, hollow stems, and inconspicuous flowers. Grasses are actually grown all over the world. When you are planting a grain, you are actually growing grass. Grasses are the primary source of food for domestic and wild grazing animals. It is mentioned by the ancient Hebrews and Chinese. Wheat grass is a variety of a grass like a barley; wheatgrass refers to the product grown indoors in trays and juice consumed for health maintenance or treatment. People can grow wheatgrass and juice it. Or, they can purchase it from a reliable source.

    Pioneers who saw the benefits of wheatgrass juice are: Charles F. Schnabel, V.E. Irons, Ann Wigmore, Viktoras Kulvinskas, and Yoshihide Hagiwara.

    Wheat grass juice has:

    • water
    • oxygen
    • enzymes
    • proteins
    • phytochemicals
    • chlorophyll
    • carotenoids
    • fatty acids
    • amino acids

    It was noted that the protein found in grass is in the form of poly peptides, shorter and simpler chains of amino acids and more absorbable by the body. Chlorophyll is found in grass and has healing properties. The author writes that it can be used to heal infected and ulcerated wounds.

    The medical benefits associated with wheatgrass juice and substantiated by research (listed on page 60) include:

    • enhances immunity
    • enhances stamina and endurance
    • helps skin diseases
    • increases longevity
    • inhibits carcinogens
    • lowers atherosclerosis risk
    • neutralizes pesticides
    • prevents inflammation
    • promotes cellular rejuvenation
    • provides antioxidants
    • provides growth hormone
    • reduces cholesterol
    • repairs DNA
    • stops free radicals

    Healing with wheatgrass juice involves four steps

    1. Cleanse and detoxification
    2. Nourish
    3. Rejuvenate
    4. Heal with oxygen, water, and rest

    The author covers the pros and cons of fresh wheatgrass juice versus frozen juice, powder or as tablets. Fresh wheatgrass juice has a life force and energy. For disease situations, intake requires 10 to 20 ounces of fresh wheatgrass juice on a daily basis. It needs to be taken on an empty stomach and wait 30 to 45 minutes before eating anything else. Start with small doses, and gradually increase the amount of wheatgrass juice. It can also be taken rectally, via an implant. When drinking wheatgrass juice, a maintenance dose is two ounces; a therapeutic dose is 6 to 10 ounces. Generally, people drink two ounces at a time. Those allergic to wheat and gluten, wheatgrass juice does not contain gluten and should not cause problems.

    The author defines allergies as immune responses to toxic irritants, and detoxification is crucial to any allergy treatment program; also colon health is important. Stories from people who have benefited from wheatgrass juice are presented. Information on the equipment and steps needed to grow wheatgrass and make juice is provided.

    It is a comprehensive resource on the benefits of wheatgrass, including medical information supported by research. It includes references, resources, and an index. (Added 11/08/2012)

    The Wheatgrass Book (1985) by Ann Wigmore. (Publisher: Avery)

    Book review:

    This resource discusses in detail the nutritional benefits of wheatgrass, how to grow wheat grass, juicing it, and various therapeutic uses of wheatgrass. It includes recipes.

    Ann Wigmore discusses the reasons why and how wheatgrass is beneficial to human health from a nutritional point of view. Wheatgrass juice can also help us with DNA repair. Nutrients found in wheat grass juice are more easily absorbable by the body. It also has an alkalizing effect on the blood. Healthier blood means a healthier body.

    Ann Wigmore discusses two types of enzymes, one is indogenous and the other is exogenous. Indogenous enzymes wear out with age whereas exogenous enzymes comes from diet and uncooked food. Enzymes play a number of roles and are considered life energy. As we get older, our ability to handle heavy fats, proteins, and excess calories is reduced. While enzymes do the actual building, the amino acids are the raw materials in which the enzymes work with. Deficiency of amino acids can result in allergies, low energy, sluggish digestion, poor resistance to infection and premature aging.

    Below is a table discussing the various nutrients and its role in human health. Four types of nutrients are covered: amino acids, enzymes, minerals, vitamins and those that do not fit within the first four categories, the other category.

    Nutritional Benefits of Wheatgrass
    Type of Nutrient Name Role
    Amino Acid Isoleucine It is needed for growth.
    Amino Acid Leucine It helps us keep alert and awake.
    Amino Acid Lysine It helps with anti-aging, helps with body growth and blood circulation, helps with the immune system, energy level and vision.
    Amino Acid Methionine It helps cleanse and regenerate kidney and liver cells, stimulates hair growth and mental calmness.
    Amino Acid Phenylalanine It helps the thyroid produce thyroxin hormone needed for mental balance and emotional calm.
    Amino Acid Threonine It stimulates smooth digestion, assimilation of foods and overall body metabolism.
    Amino Acid Tryptophane It is essential for building rich, red blood, healthy skin and hair, calms the nerves and stimulates better digestion.
    Amino Acid Valine Deficiency of this amino acid can result in nervousness, mental fatigue, emotional outbursts and insomnia.
    Enzyme Amylase It facilitates starch digestion.
    Enzyme Catalase It catalyzes the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen in the blood and body tissues.
    Enzyme Cytochrome c oxidase It is needed for respiration (breathing).
    Enzyme Lipase Lipase splits the fat molecules.
    Enzyme Peroxidase The action is similar to catalase on a cellular level.
    Enzyme Protease It is a protein digestant.
    Enzyme Superoxide dismutase (SOD) It is found in all body cells. It can protect us from cell damage due to superoxides, infection, aging, se radiation, poisoning by bad food and substances found in prescription drugs, and in the air.
    Enzyme Transhydrogenase It aids in keeping the muscle tissue of the heart toned up.
    Mineral Calcium Calcium is a major component of bones and teeth. It plays other roles.
    Mineral Iron It plays a role in biological oxidations and in transportation of oxygen.
    Mineral Magnesium It draws excess fat. Magnesium is important for muscle function and bowel health. It draws fat out of the liver in case of fatty infiltration.
    Mineral Potassium It acts as an invigorator, stimulant, and maintains a smooth mineral balance.
    Other Bioflavonoids Bioflavonoids detoxify cells and prevent their deterioration.
    Other Chlorophyll Chlorophyll is practically identical or quite similar to human blood. Human blood has iron as nucleus and Chlorophyll has magnesium as nucleus. Chlorphyll helsp the hemoglobin regenerate and helps the immune system. It is also a green and purple pigment grown in plants. It can help with anemia, help protect us from carcinogens, strengthen cells, detoxify the liver and bloodstream, chemically neutralize the polluting elements themselves. Chlorophyll also converts the sun's energy into a form that plants, animals, and humans can utilize. It is also helpful for those suffering from ulcerative colitis, skin disorders, gun and dental problems.
    Other Liquid Oxygen Cancer cells cannot exist in the presence of oxygen.
    Vitamin Choline It is grouped with the B vitamins. It prevents deposits of fat.

    Instructions for growing wheatgrass:

    Instructions for Growing Wheatgrass
    Step Instructions
    Items Needed for Growing Wheatgrass Items needed:
    • cafeteria type of trays with lids, size 10" by 14";
      one to hold the soil and one to act as a lid
    • organic hard winter wheat berries
    • potting soil
    Step One Soak wheat berries for 12 hours; 1 cup for 10" by 14" inch tray
    Step Two Plant sprouted berries in bottom tray using potting soil.
    Step Three Spread the sprouted berries. They can touch each other, but not be on top of each other. Place the top lid over the bottom tray.
    For the summer months, it takes about two days; for the winter months, it takes about three days. Temperature needs to be between 65 to 75 degrees.
    Step Four Water the berries. Make sure that it is not too damp. No direct sunlight at this time.
    Step Five After the plants have reached a height of one inch, place the tray in sunlight. It will need watering, either daily or every other day.
    Step Six When the plants have reached a height of 7 to 10 inches high after six to twelve days, the grass is ready to be harvested. Cut the grass as closely possible to the soil and juice it.
    Note: Need a juicer (either manual or electric) that can handle wheatgrass. It is best to drink it as soon as it has been made.


    From the perspective of nutritional medicine, wheatgrass juice offers a number of therapeutic properties for human health. (Added 02/06/2014)

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    The books and resources listed above are for educational purposes only and do not substitute for the services of knowledgeable healthcare professional(s) and nutritionist(s). The creator of this website waives any liability from the use of this information. This is only a limited listing as there are quite a few more titles addressing issues of the body biochemistry. Note that this guide does not include homeopathic works, which can also be helpful.

    Inferior doctors treat diseases
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    Source: Inner Canon of Huangdi or Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon, Huangdi Neijing. This is an ancient Chinese medical text that has been treated as a primary source for more than two thousand years. It is comparable to the Hippocratic Corpus in Greek medicine. Information is available from Wikipedia on Huangdi Neijing.

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