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

When we think about nutritional medicine, it has been around for a long time. When we think about British sailors dying from scurvy (lack of vitamin C) and eating limes to prevent this, they became known as limeys. That situation would be an example of nutritional medicine. When we think about beriberi, that was found due to lack of thiamine, a B1 vitamin. Another example is rickets, caused by lack of vitamin D along with calcium or phosphate. With new tools, our understanding of the role of nutrition in human health has grown exponentially in recent decades.

This website on nutritional medicine information is in several parts. The first part lists the various topics addressing nutritional medicine information. As more resources are uncovered, more topics are added to this table. The second part list basic concepts behind nutritional medicine information. The third part lists conferences that are held and address nutrition and the role of nutrition in human health. The fourth part lists the book reviews and bibliographic citations pertaining to nutritional medicine information in alphabetical order. After each section, there is a link that brings you back to the table of topics addressing nutritional medicine information. The fifth and last part includes the disclaimer and closing comments.

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Part One: Table of Topics Addressing Nutritional Medicine Information

A thru D E thru M N thru Z

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Part Two: Basic Concepts Behind Nutritional Medicine Information

Overview: To promote optimum health, there are at least forty nutrients needed by the human body. This includes vitamins, minerals, trace elements, phytochemicals, and amino acids. In addition to these elements, we need essential fatty acids (the good fats), other fats, digestive and other enzymes, probiotics, fiber, and clean water.

In reading the literature on nutrition, there seems to be two schools of thought regarding the consumption of animal food sources in addition to the vegetables/fruits/whole grains. One school of thought says that we need animal food sources, and another school of thought says that we do not.

The basic principles of nutritional medicine can be outlined as follows:

One, nutrients are the building blocks of what goes into our bodies and our cells. It also makes our systems work effectively. This includes our skeletal system, our cardiovascular (heart) system, our muscular system, our digestive system, our central nervous system, our immune system, our circulation system, and etc.

Two, the intake of clean water or hydration on a regular basis is important to human health.

Three, everyone is unique when it comes to our body chemistry. What may work for one person may not work for another person. Nutritional needs vary from individual to individual. One person may not experience harm whereas other person may not be so fortunate, especially when it comes to toxic exposure.

Four, we all need to minimize our exposure to toxic substances and toxic chemicals. This includes toxins that we are exposed to from a variety of sources, from the air we breathe, pesticides and herbicides used in farming and on lawns, the building products used in construction, the cleaning substances in our environment, beauty products used on our skin, mercury used in dental fillings, chemicals added to the water supply, and from the foods that have preservatives and additives. These toxins can cause harm to our health when these toxins end up in our bodies and overloads the body. At this point, the chemically overloaded body becomes unable to remove all of these toxins. The threshold at which the body becomes overloaded varies from person to person.

Five, when it is stated that people can obtain all the nutrients that they need from diet and do not need nutritional supplementation, this is true under two conditions. One, the individual is eating a diet high in nutritional quality (generally from birth to the present time) and two; the individual is experiencing optimum health.

Six, the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) does not specify levels of nutritional support that promote optimum health. If someone is experiencing health issues, their nutritional needs are most likely to be higher and different that what is spelled out in the RDA. (Note: These standards are in the process of being revised and renamed as Dietary Reference Intake (DRI).)

Seven, what occurs in one system of our bodies can also affect another system. Dental health is closely connected to the body’s health. Mental health issues go hand in hand with physical health issues.

Eight, extra care needs to be made when people are considering starting a family. The future mothers and fathers need optimum nutrition and reduced exposure to toxic substances. The fetus lacks the ability to filter out toxic substances that may be present in the mother’s body.

Nine, there is no one magic pill that will cure the patient. It usually takes a holistic, dietary, comprehensive approach, detoxification, and time to resolve health issues, especially with more complex health issues.

Ten, as we are exposed to more toxic (chemical and non-chemical) substances from our environment, in the food we eat, in the air we breathe, the products used on our skin, the cleaning products we use, and even the clothes we wear, it is essential to utilize detoxification as part of our healthcare protocol to promote health, maintain our health, prevent the onset of disease, and in some instances, reverse the disease process.

Eleven, the use of nutritional supplementation is a much safer approach and has fewer minimal side effects compared to the use of prescription drugs. (Note: The fat soluble vitamins taken in excessive doses can cause toxicity; however, the doses have to be extremely high.)

Twelve, nutritional needs vary with each stage of life. The nutritional requirements are different for pregnancy, for the fetus, for infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and seniors.

Thirteen, under nutritional medicine, our dental health is extremely important and is intimately connected with our physical and mental health. Healthy teeth, as well as the proper spacing and alignment of teeth, is generally a sign of good physical and mental health.

Fourteen, under nutritional medicine, we each have a responsibility in making choices that promote our health and ability to have healthy children via diet and lifestyle decisions.

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Part Three: Conferences and Organizations that Address the Role of Nutrition in Human Health

This section covers conferences as well as organizations that promote the importance of nutrition in human health as well as alternatives to conventional and allopathic medicine.

A conference called Take Back Your Health is held twice a year, once in the spring, and once in the fall. Their website is:

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:

Another organization that promotes and supports natural medicine is The Natural Health Federation. Their website is: They have been in existence since 1955 and they support our right to choose when it comes to medical care. Unfortunately, in the United States, our choices are controlled by the health insurance companies, what employers will cover, and what our government will cover.

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Part Four: Specific Topics Listed in Alphabetical Order with Bibliographic Citations and Book Reviews

Below are listings of various health conditions that affect one’s health, with a focus on nutritional medicine. Some of the books listed below may be available in later editions. When available, we have also included web resources.

5-HTP (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: (Added 08/11/2014)

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Every day we hear in the news about the results of addiction or substance abuse, people who end up in our jails and prisons, family violence, school shootings, emergency room visits, homelessness, and even death. One factor that may underlie many of these situations can be addiction and substance abuse and its effect on human behavior and health. Nutritional deficiencies play a role in addiction, especially addiction to alcohol, street drugs, nicotine, sugar, and even certain prescription and over the counter drugs. A properly nourished body and brain is much more likely to resist addiction and substance abuse.

Pam Killeen has written a book about the various types of addictions and how an imbalanced brain chemistry can play a role in fostering addiction to various substances and specific behaviors. The author covers the role of nutrients in brain chemistry. This reduces the cravings and addiction. Using nutrients and diet along with detoxification is a more effective approach than just the use of counseling and psychiatric medications in treating substance abuse disorders because it addresses the root biochemical causes rather than just covering the problem up.

We have a second resource. Brigitte Mars has written a comprehensive resource on alternative means without the need for prescription drugs to deal with various types of addictions. In addition to nutrition, there are other protocols such as herbal approaches, homeopathy, nutritional supplements, and other lifestyle changes. Addiction is much more common than any other disease.

(Added 11/11/2014, updated 12/08/2020)

Books 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)

Addition Free Naturally: Free yourself from Opioids, pharmaceuticals, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, sugar, and more (2020) by Brigitte Mars, A.H.G. (Publisher: Healing Arts Press)

Book Review:

Brigitte Mars is the founding member of the American Herbalist Guild with almost fifty years of experience. She has written a wholistic and natural approaches to dealing with and treating addiction. She covers various therapies, specific types of addictions, and the withdrawal process and maintaining an addiction free lifestyle. There are many types of addictions besides the well-known ones of alcohol and opioid abuse. In dealing with addiction, especially ones that are more serious, it is extremely helpful to have a support system, whether it be your family, friends, or a support group to overcome addiction. It helps to avoid relationships that are emotionally toxic (not to mention physically abusive).

The key factor in addiction is that they stimulate the feel-good neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) and the problem is the lack of self-regulations. The environment can play a role in addiction. There are also biological factors contributing to addiction. This includes:

What addictions are being addressed? They include the following in alphabetical order and are covered as a chapter:

With some of other items, the key is also moderation especially when it comes to alcohol and caffeine. It is better not to even pick up smoking tobacco habit. Cannabis can have medicinal benefits (the right kind), but then the key is moderation.

The book is in three parts. They are:

In part one, various therapies can be utilized to treat addiction. It is covered in various levels of detail.

Various Therapies to Treat Addiction
  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Breathwork
  • Color Therapy
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Exercise
  • Flower Essences
  • Gem and Crystal Therapy
  • Herbs
  • Homeopathy
  • Journaling (writing in a journal)
  • Light Therapy
  • Massage and Bodywork
  • Nutrition
  • Positive Affirmation
  • Prayer
  • Psychedelic Therapy
  • Support Groups
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Visualization
  • Vitamins and other Supplements
Note #1: Therapy and Counseling is definitely needed to deal with past traumas especially sexual abuse, as that can play a major role in addiction.
Note #2: When it comes to nutrition, diet and nutrition plays a major role in addiction as well as sugar levels being under control. The author covers in detail the role various foods play.
Note #3: The author covers the various roles nutrients including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other substances play in our bodies.
Note #4: In regards to psychedelics, there are plant-based ones and synthetic ones. One that is considered effective for overcoming addiction is lbogo, but it is currently classified as schedule #1 drug which limits research.
Note #5: Artificial sweeteners are even worse than sugar. Aspartame produces methanol and it becomes a volatile, flammable, poisonous liquid alcohol in the digestive tract.

Given the author's extensive background with herbs, she lists a number of herbs and their beneficial roles. Below is a partial listing:

Herb Role Type of Addiction
Aloe Vera Soothes lungs irritated from cigarette smoke and helps balance the liver function. Covered in alcoholism
Ashwagandha This herb helps the body to adapt to stressful situations. Covered in Cannabis, sedatives
Cannabis It calms nerves, relieves pain, and eases nausea. Not mentioned in individual chapters
Dandelion It is a gentle liver cleanser and digestive stimulant. There are two types, the leaf and the root. Covered in Cannabis, food addiction, nicotine (tobacco), amphetamines (root)
Kratom It is used to treat opium and opioid addiction and has been used in Southeast Asia. It also increases appetite and elevates mood. It is important to obtain this herb from a reputable source. It does have potential for abuse. Not mentioned in specific chapters
Lemon Balm It helps relieve pain and calm muscle spasms, restlessness, and nightmares. Covered in amphetamines, sedatives
Milk Thistle It stimulates protein synthesis in the liver and improves the breakdown of waste products. It helps the liver to regenerate especially from damage caused by alcohol and drugs. Covered in alcoholism (the seed), amphetamines, sedatives
Mullein It clears the lungs and lymph vessels and helps remove drug residues from the body. Covered in nicotine (tobacco), opioids
Rosemary This herb helps calm anxiety, improve mental alertness, lift depression, and improve liver and lung function. Covered in Cannabis
Note #1: This table is just a small sample of the various herbs covered to deal with various aspects of addiction. Most of the herbs listed in this table are herbs that can be grown in your garden except Kratom and cannabis (legal issues).
Note #2: The author has written a more comprehensive resource dealing with herbs called The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine published in 2016 by Basic Health Publishing.
Note #3: Herbs can be taken in a variety of ways, as a tea, decoction, and as a tincture.

The following table covers various alternative approaches to treating addiction.

Various Treatment Protocols to Treat Addiction Other Than Herbs
Essential Oils Another approach is the use of essential oils that can help with addiction, moods, and anxiety. It can be used as part of aromatherapy. Some of them are:
  • Bergamot
  • Frankincense
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Rosemary
Note: Essential oils can be used in a number of ways, through a diffuser, topical use, and internal. It varies depending on the condition and essential oil.
Flower Remedies There are also flower remedies. Below is a sample:
  • Cherry plum - for out of control people and governed by their addiction, and people who have dark thoughts, including suicide
  • Lavender - calms nerves exhausted from stimulant use
  • Rescue Remedy - helpful for withdrawal and drug overdose
  • Willow - helps with bitterness
Homeopathy In addition to herbs, homeopathic medicine known as homeopathic remedies can also be utilized to treat various aspects of addiction. Below is a small sample of these remedies:
  • Aconitum napellus helps with anxiety
  • Arnica helps those who feel bruised, don't want to be touched and craves solitude
  • Ignatia can be used to treat acute grief, shock, anger, mood swings, and hysteria
  • Nux vomica helps reduce underlying tensions and relax the nervous system
Nutritional Supplements The author list various nutritional supplements. A more detailed list is provided for each type of addiction. These are common ones:
  • B Complex vitamins
  • Calcium and magnesium
  • GTF Chromium
  • L-Glutamine
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
Other supplements are mentioned in the various chapters covering sugar addiction, caffeine, cannabis use, food addictions, nicotine (tobacco) addiction, alcohol, and prescription and recreational drugs such as stimulants, sedatives, and opioids.

One fact that the author mentions is that there are 10 million alcoholics in the United States. Two comments about opioids, methadone as well as fentanyl is derived from opium. Opium in its complete plant form is less harmful than the purified derivative containing the active ingredients. Also, when methadone is used to treat heroin addicts, it is the same as heroin except it doesn't produce the euphoric high.

One of the main points that the author raises that with some addictions, this leaves toxins in the body like tobacco and in some cases, tissue harm. In this case, it is important to remove these toxins from the tissues, and rebuild the tissues with nutrition and nutritional supplements. This resource provides a variety of tools to treat addiction that does not rely on prescription drugs. This resource includes a basic primer on the use of herbs, a primer for overdose and first aid, resources, glossary, bibliography, and an index. (Added 12/08/2020)

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Adrenal glands can be exhausted, which can affect your body’s ability to have energy and resist stress. Prolonged exposure to stress can facilitate adrenal fatigue.

Book on Adrenal Fatigue:

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

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It is important for the body pH to be neutral, not be too acidic or too alkaline. Generally, we are more acidic which predisposes us to disease conditions. Eat more vegetables, legumes like lentils, clean water, especially mineral water, reduce consumption of dairy, meat, sugar, and processed foods.

Another resource called the Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health by Christopher Vasey, ND gives detailed information on proceeding with an alkaline/acid diet. (Added 04/17/2013)

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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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
  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 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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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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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:


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

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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: and (Added 09/10/2016)

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Antibiotics have been used successfully to treat a number of infections, some of which are life threatening. However, the overuse of antibiotics has led to the rise of superbugs, bacteria that causes infections (or health conditions) and are becoming increasingly untreatable by antibiotics. We have one resource that deals with this topic and offers alternatives to pharmaceutical type of antibiotics. It is really a reference book and covers herbal plants or medicinal plants. This website covers a section on Medicinal Plants. (Added 02/02/2018)

Book on Antibiotics:

Herbal Antibiotics: natural alternatives for treating drug-resistant bacteria, 2nd edition (2012) by Stephen Harrod Buhner. (Publisher: Storey Publishing) (Added 02/02/2018)

Plant based medicines have been dealing with bacteria much longer than pharmaceutical based antibiotics. Plants were humanity's primary medicine. The following qualities of these plants are:

Complications from surgery is often caused by multi-drug resistant infections. Much of the antibiotics is used on livestock, such as cattle, pigs, and chickens. However, the use of antibiotics is leading to resistant bacteria. Bacteria is one of the oldest forms of life on this planet. Bacteria is able to change the permeability of their cellular membrane, altering the doorways that let in outside substances into the cell. This makes it harder for antibiotics to sneak inside their cells. Bacteria have the ability to alter their internal structure as well and causing the antibiotic to become ineffective. Bacteria also have the ability to destroy the antibody and remove the antibiotic substance as well. It turns out that bacteria have the ability to communicate with each other, sharing information on how to resist specific substances. When the DNA within the bacteria cells gets damaged, the cells begins to repair the damage. Animal farming (known as factory farms) and flies are another source of pathogenic animal bacteria. Farmed raised fish such as catfish, salmon, and trout are given antibiotics. The author talks in detail about the various strains as well as sources of contamination. Below is a partial listing of these strains:

The spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria affects all forms of life. Some of these antibiotics are showing signs of genotoxicity, affecting the integrity of genetic structure in other life forms. One antibiotic, streptomycin, has been sprayed on fruit trees, affecting both the soil and the integrity and health of the trees. Unfortunately, the use of pharmaceutical based antibiotics affects our environment. There is beneficial bacteria. Breastfeeding introduces the following: These beneficial bacteria help create important vitamins in the gut such as B1,B2, B3, B12, and folic acid in the gut. They help the body to digest food and create natural antibiotics such as acidophilin, organic acids, and peroxides that help prevent bacterial infections. It is our immune system that is the foundation of our health and ability to resist disease. When the body is unable to restore a healthy ecology, people die.

There are two types of bacteria, based on their cellular structure. They are:

One type of infection that has become increasingly resistant to antibiotics is MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). It has been found to be a factor in:

Another type of bacteria is "extended-spectrum beta-lactamase". It is highly virulent and resistant to a class of antibiotics called beta-lactams.

Below is a table that this book addresses in detail various types of bacteria.

Types of Bacteria Discussed in this Resource
Category Names
Gram-Positive Bacteria
  • Clostridium difficile
  • Enterococcus spp.
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Streptococcus spp.
Gram-Negative Bacteria
  • Acinetobacter baumannii
  • Campylobacter jejuni
  • Enterohemorrhagic E. Coli
  • Haemophilus influenzae
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • Proteus spp.
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Salmonella spp.
  • Serratia marcescens
  • Shigella spp.
  • Stenotrophomonas maltophilia
  • Vibrio cholerae
Nonbacterial Variants
  • Candidas
  • Plasmodium spp. (malaria)
  • Aspergillus spp. (mold)

The author indicates that the rest of the world are finding problems with following western medicine's protocol and use of pharmaceutical drugs, especially antibiotics. They follow a plant based approach to treating infections, mostly herbs. The author lists these herbs in four categories. They are:

Listing of Beneficial Herbs
Category Names
Systemic anti-bacterials
  • Alchornea
  • Artemisia
  • Bidens
  • Cryptolepsis
  • Sida
Localized anti-bacterials
  • The Berberines
  • Honey
  • Juniper
  • Usnea
Facilitative or Synergistic Herbs
  • Black pepper (piperine)
  • Ginger
  • Licorice
Strengthening the Immune System
  • Ashwagandha
  • Astragalus
  • Boneset
  • Echinacea
  • Eleuthero
  • Red Root
  • Reishi
  • Rhodiola

As this is a second edition, the second edition contains more up-to-date information, than what was written in the first edition. This reference offers solutions to counteracting the rise of superbugs, bacteria that is not treatable by existing pharmaceutical based antibiotics. It is a reference book that has a place in every medical library, in the library of healthcare professionals, and others who are interested in exploring other options. This book has a chapter on preparing specific remedies. Another chapter covers herbal formulary. It has endnotes, recommended reading, resources, bibliography, and an index. (Added 02/02/2018)

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Arthritis has to do with inflammation of our joints and this affects our ability to move around. It is also one of the most common disorders people have and a major cause of disability. It occurs more frequently as people become older.

We have four resources that address the issue of arthritis from different perspectives. Penny Kendall-Reed, ND and Stephen Reed, MD cover the various approaches to treating arthritis. Dr. David Brownstein, MD has written a book that explains the development of arthritis due to the fact that the immune system is less able to perform at an optimum level. This theoretical approach can be used towards other health conditions. Ellen Kamhi, Ph.D, and Eugene R. Zampieron, ND have written a detailed resource on the alternative approaches to treating arthritis. We have a fourth resource covering arthritis by Dr. Bruce Fife, a naturopathic physician, called The New Arthritis Cure. We have a fifth resource on arthritis and suggestions on how to deal with it by Mark Wiley, OMD, PhD. It is Arthritis Reversed.

(Added 01/15/2013, Updated 11/04/2016, Updated 05/06/2020)

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)

Arthritis Reversed: Ground Breaking 30-Day Arthritis Relief Plan, 2 ed. (2014) by Mark Wiley, OMD, PhD. (Publisher: Tambuli Media)

Book Review:

The author, Dr. Mark Wiley has written a resource on how to deal and resolve arthritis issues. Dr. Wiley has training in both oriental and alternative medicine. He himself experienced arthritis and severe joint pain and he was able to heal himself. There are two main types of arthritis, one is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and the other is Osteoarthritis (OA). A third type of arthritis is Juvenile Arthritis which affects children 16 and under. It is noted that over 50 million Americans have some form of arthritis. He outlines the following Arthritis Relief Action Plan:

Dr. Wiley spells out the 8 myths about arthritis. They are:

Below is a table covering some of the concepts and issues relating to arthritis:

Various Issues Relating to Arthritis
Name Explaination
Bodywork Bodywork therapies include massaging.
Diet and Nutrition Both diet and nutrition play an important role in dealing with arthritis, to help with healing. Natural therapies have been found to be helpful, less dangerous, and need more time to work. Specific foods can definitely increase inflammation (and they are listed). It is important to eat healthy foods and basically avoid processed foods. One type of food that is healthy are the mushrooms.
Drug Treatment A number of drugs used to treat arthritis including cortisone are toxic to the body. They unfortunately mask the symptoms. Cox-2 inhibitors have been found to increase the risk for heart attacks and strokes.
Electromagnetic Radiation The author talks about electromagnetic radiation. There are a number of issues.
  • It interferes with our body's intracellar communications and cell membrane function
  • It reduces hemoglobin surfaces area and interferes with the bloods' ability to carry oxygen and nutrients into our cells and take away waste products out.
  • It activates proto-oncogenes (which can cause cancer)
  • It increases permeability of the blood-brain barrier and affects intro-cerebral pressure, which some believe seems to facilitate Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, autism, MS, and other neurodegenerative disorders.
  • It can cause DNA to break down and cause chromosome abberations.
  • Note: Other issues are listed. However, there are healthy EMFs in existence.
Energy Medicine Various forms of energy medicine including Reiki, Polarity Therapy, Quantum Touch, QiGong Therapy, Acupuncture, and others.
Exercise The right type of exercise is needed for arthritis. Excessive exercise can stress and damage the joints. Stretching, mindful walking, and yoga are beneficial. Other types of exercises are addressed.
Hydration Hydration is another work for drinking enough clean water. It helps the body to flush toxins out of the kidneys and the body. It helps the body to achieve homeostasis and it helps with emptying the bowels.
Natural Supplements The author covers in detail various natural substances, nutrients, and herbs that can help deal with arthritis. Below is a partical listing:
  • Boswellia Serrata
  • Burdock Root
  • Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO)
  • Devil's Claw
  • Hydrolyzed Collagen Type II
  • Proteolytic Enzymes
Osteoarthritis Calcification can be reversed and the damaged cartilage can be restored.
pH (acid vs alkaline) Our bodies need the right levels of acid and alkaline in various areas of the body. It is not the same everywhere. It can affect the immune system as well.
Rheumatoid Arthritis This type of arthritis is an autoimmune disease, a systemic disease, affecting the entire body. It is difficult to test. Not all people have the same symptoms.
Stress Exposure to excessive stress can definitely play havoc on arthritis. It can increase levels of cortisols (which can make it harder to go to sleep), affect the autonomic nervous system from being balanced. Techniques are offered on ways of managing and reducing stress.
Trigger Points Trigger points locks in toxins into muscle tissue, causing stiffnes, pain, and friction.
Tumeric (spice) Tumeric is a herb and spice that contains curcumin which is known to reduce inflammation naturally without damaging the liver and kidneys. It is helpful for a number of health conditions.

The author ends with an action plan that people can implement. References are listed at the end of each chapter. The appendix includes remedies that Traditional Chinese Medicine uses to treat arthritis. Basically, there is no one single magic bullet that can be used to treat arthritis. It offers hope, too, that we can heal from having arthritis. The healing process involves a number of approaches and it takes time. (Added 05/06/2020)

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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)

Book review:

For parents seeking alternatives to the use of medications in treating a child on the autism spectrum disorder (ASD), this is an excellent resource. This book was written with the collaboration of a parent with a child with ASD working collaboratively with a physician who sought answers to help these children to heal. Each child is unique. Autism Spectrum Disorder is defined. It can include:

There are questions, too, about ADD and ADHD, too. What also makes this resource helpful, is that the authors list various symptoms that have been found in these children. There are symptoms that are particular to autism, and there are other symptoms that people wouldn't consider to be part of the ASD. Autism affects a number of systems in the body, starting with digestion, detoxification, immune system dysfunction, neurological issues, and yeast overgrowth.

Three factors need to be taken into account when looking at the autism spectrum disorder issues. They are:

Below is a list showing the various types of behaviors seen in children in the autism spectrum disorder: Other types of behavior and health issues are also seen in children with ASD. The authors go into detail the role of diet, mainly to eliminate gluten types of foods and dairy. These children are known to be quite addicted to these foods and the earlier you can wean these foods from their diet, using alternative types of food, the easier this process is most likely to be. These types of foods are quite addictive and have opiate like qualities to these children. There are a number of other diets as well, and this is covered. Also covered are types of nutritional supplements that have been found to beneficial. It is recommended that testing be done by a physician familiar with the problems these children have.

This is an excellent resource for parents seeking answers on how to help their children to recover and even heal. It is written in plain language. The chapter on protocols specifies various behaviors and what can be done to address them. There is information about various nutritional supplements as well as resources. It includes an index. (Added 06/17/2022)

Control Hyperactivity A.D.D. Naturally, revised 3rd edition (1996) by Billie Jay Sahley, Ph.D. (Publisher: Pain and Stress Publications)

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. (Publisher: Bramble Books) (Corrected 06/17/2022)

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: (Added 9/10/2011)

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While the topic of autoimmune disease can be covered under the immune system, autoimmune diseases represent a unique type of disease condition. In this case, the immune system attacks the body's own cells/tissues. At the present time, 23.5 million Americans have autoimmune disease. Furthermore, there are at least 100 types of autoimmune diseases. The actual number seems to be much higher.

We have an excellent resource written by Susan S. Blum, MD, MPH with Michele Bender covering strategies that can be used to help those suffering from an autoimmune condition. Another worthwhile resource is one called the Autoimmune Solution, written by Dr. Amy Myers, MD. Complementing the information that Dr. Myers has provided, is another resource called Autoimmune Fix by Tom O'Bryan.

For more information regarding autoimmune diseases, read about gluten sensitivity. The section on Wheat and Gluten Grains Sensitivity addresses a partial list of autoimmune disorders in the book called Dangerous Grains. There are quite a few of them. (Added 09/12/2013, updated 10/22/2013, updated 06/11/2017, updated 11/09/2021)

Books on Autoimmune Disorders:

The Autoimmune Fix: how to stop the hidden autoimmune damage that keeps you sick, fat, and tired before it turns into a disease (2016) by Tom O'Bryan, DC, CCN, DACBN. (Publisher: Rodale) (Added 11/09/2021)

Book Review:

The author, Dr. Tom O'Bryan, DC, CCN, and DACBN has written a very detailed book addressing autoimmune disease. He states that the United States has the most expensive healthcare system in the world that underperforms. Our healthcare system generally starts to respond when people are in a disease state. Both Dr. O'Bryan and Dr. Amy Myers, author of the Autoimmune Solution, report similar issues regarding autoimmune disease. One that they both address is the effect of gluten on our intestines and the gut. With an autoimmune disease, our bodies have what they call an area of weakness or weak link and that tends to be where we see an autoimmune disease or condition develop. Furthermore, there are many types of autoimmune diseases.

Below is a table talking about some of the more interesting concepts regarding autoimmune diseases.

Some Main Ideas Regarding Autoimmune Diseases
Concept Information
Adaptive Immune System This is considered the secondary level of support with heavy artillery and used when the immune system needs a backup. It is humoral and it launches antibodies.
ANA Antibodies ANA antibodies stand for antinuclear antibodies. It can be tested in a test called multiple autoimmune reactivity test.
Antibodies (Specific) Dr. O'Bryan lists a number of specific antibodies that actually are specific to an organ. Below is a sample:
  • alpha-myosin affects the heart
  • cytochrome P450 hepatocyte affects the liver
  • myocardial peptide affects the heart
  • osteocyte is a factor in osterporosis
  • thyroglubin affects the thyroid
  • thyroid peroxidase affects the thyroid
A test that can measure these specific antibodies is the Multiple Autoimmune Reactivity Test.
Antibiotics Antibiotics can come from other sources other than what a doctor prescribes. It can come from:
  • In vegetables sprayed with antibiotics
  • In meat and poultry
  • In our water supply
Autoantibodies Autoantibodies that are produced will attack your body's tissue. The body needs to get rid of damaged cells. It can get out of control and start damaging healthy cells and tissues. There are also antibodies to toxins.
Autoimmune Diseases The U.S. National Institutions of Health (NIH) specifies that 8% of Americans have autoimmune diseases. Jeffrey Bland says that the number is more like 22%. Other statistics indicate that it affects 1 in 5 American women and 1 in 7 American men. Three main factors in autoimmune disease are:
  • genetic susceptibility
  • environmental triggers
  • loss of intestinal barrier function (This is one factor that we do have control over.)
Autoimmune Spectrum This refers to a range identifying where your health is regarding autoimmune disease from optimum health to disease state. This was developed by Dr. Melissa Arbuckle, MD, Ph.D. There are six stages:
  • Stage one is where there is cellular damage.
  • Stage two is where there is tissue damage.
  • Stage three is where there is organ damage.
  • Stage four is organ inflammation.
  • Stage five is when you start noticing symptoms.
  • Stage six is when a diagnosis of a disease is made.
Antibodies As the autoimmune disease progresses, the levels of antibodies increase. If the antibody levels can be decreased, that can prevent the onset of disease.
Chronic Disease The biggest challenge that the U.S. healthcare system is facing are chronic health conditions. Chronic health symptoms include:
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • insomnia
  • obesity
  • pain
Dairy The author mentions three problems with dairy. They include:
  • Pasteurization kills bacteria, enzymes, and vitamins
  • Homogenization gives milk a creamy consistency; however, it can create inflammation.
  • rBGH is a hormone that has been given to cows, to increase their milk production.
The protein structure of cow's milk is 8 times bigger than what is in breast milk.
Gluten Sensitivity Gluten insensitivity is the body's inability to easily digest gluten proteins found in grains (more than what is found in wheat, barley, and rye) and it can trigger inflammation. It is different from celiac disease where the villi are flattened. Flattening the villi does not occur with gluten insensitivity. More people have gluten insensitivity than celiac disease. ANA antibodies are elevated in 24% of people with celiac disease and 46% in people with non celiac wheat sensitivity (NCWS). Gluten sensitivity can be in a number of health issues. It includes (partial):
  • bone density
  • chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • chronic fatigue
  • joint pain
  • skin rash like dermatitis herpetiformis
Immune Systems The body has four different immune systems in the body. They are:
  • The gut, which contains 70% to 85% of the immune function.
  • The liver which contains Kupffer cells.
  • White blood cells in the bloodstream.
  • Glia cells are located in the brain.
Inflammation Inflammation is a way for the immune system to deal with a perceived threat or problem. It can be seen on a skin cut or it can occur within our bodies. Atherosclerosis is also inflammation, but we don't feel it. It is continued inflammation that poses a health risk. Chronic inflammation plays a role in:
  • autoimmune diseases
  • anxiety
  • chronic pain
  • fatigue
  • insomnia
  • weight gain
Innate Immune System This is a type of immune system which is considered the cellular and acts with protective handguns firing chemical bullets.
Leaky Gut Leaky gut means that tight junctions have not remained tight and allow substances to escape into our bloodstream. One cause of loose junctions is gluten.
Lipolysaccharides (LPS) If lipopolysaccharides (LPS) leaks from the intestines, it is a problem and can trigger inflammation. A test that can measure LPS is called the Intestinal Antigenic Permeability Screen.
Microbiome The microbiome refers to our gut and intestinal system. It is a mix of good and bad bacteria, and contains cells and genes. It has a number of roles. They include:
  • manufactures vitamins
  • regulates metabolism
  • influences genetic expression and brain chemistry (by sending messages)
The author discusses in more detail the message function. There are two big groups of bacteria in the gut. They are bacteroidetes and firmicutes. An imbalanced microbiome in the gut can result in autoimmune issues and diseases. The bacteria in the microbiome help digest amino acids and convert them into brain hormones called neurotransmitters. The author covers ways to improve our microbiome.
NSAIDS NSAIDS is an abbreviation for non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. This includes aspirin and ibuprofen. These medications calm down inflammation. Occasional use of NSAIDS are okay, but a steady diet of NSAIDS for six months can cause collateral damage and a secondary autoimmune reaction.
Sugar Dr. O'Bryan addresses the topic of sugar and provides a detailed listing of what sugar can do to our bodies. A partial listing includes:
  • Sugar upsets the mineral relationship in the body and can cause chromium and copper deficiencies. It can interfere with the absorption of calcium and magnesium.
  • Sugar feeds cancer cells.
  • Sugar can facilitate premature aging.
  • Sugar can play a role in food allergies.
Note: Artificial sweeteners are much worse.

When people see multiple doctors for a number of years before finally getting the right diagnosis, our healthcare system can do a much better job. In treating autoimmune disease, it requires lifestyle changes and a commitment to make these changes. Dr. O'Bryan covers transition phase one and phase two, to make it easier for people to make changes. One question that comes up is whether or not GMO foods are triggering more and more people experiencing gluten sensitivity.

It is important to drink clean water, to help the body with detoxification. There is discussion on diet. The right nutrients reduce the risk of autoimmune disease. Medications can increase autoimmune disease development. Drugs that target cytokines (specific types of immune cell) create more inflammation. This resource also includes recipes to use. After completing the transition phases one and two (if needed), it is advised to slowly reintroduce foods not listed in the transition phases. It also means healing the leaky gut. It is suggested to redo the antibody testing and see if the levels have gone down (improved). This resource includes endnotes and index. (Added 11/09/2021)

The Autoimmune Solution: prevent and reverse the full spectrum of inflammatory symptoms and diseases (2015) by Amy Myers, MD (Publisher: HarperOne) (Added 11/09/2021)

Book Review:

The author, Dr. Amy Myers, MD came down with an autoimmune disease while attending medical school. She heard about and learned about functional and integrative medicine and found that those approaches enabled her to heal. She has written a comprehensive resource to understanding this type of health issue and the treatment protocols to follow. It definitely involves lifestyle changes including what foods you eat. It means avoiding gluten.

Below is a table talking about some of the more interesting concepts regarding autoimmune diseases.

Some Main Ideas Regarding Autoimmune Diseases
Concept Information
Antibodies There are different types of antibodies and they are called immunoglobulin or Ig.
  • IgA is in the mucosal lining of the gut and respiratory tract
  • IgE is found in allergies, an immediate reaction and causes inflammation
  • IgG results in a slower response up to 72 hours. It can respond negatively to gluten proteins. The author lists various symptoms associated with IgG.
Genetic Variations Dr. Myers mentions three types of genetic variations that can affect autoimmunity. They are:
  • One is MTHFR, which stands for methylenetetrahydrofolate gene. It helps us "methylate" heavy metals, a process that enables us to get these heavy metals out of our bodies. The following nutrients are needed: B6, B12, and folate for this process to work. But mutations in the MTHFR gene can get in the way. About 50% of the population have this problem, and 20% have two.
  • The second one is the GSTM1 gene. If you have this, you need to increase your intake of cruciferous vegetables, and extra glutathione, alpha lipoic acid, NAC (n-acetylcysteine) and magnesium.
  • The third one is COMT. It stands for catechol-O-methyltranferase. It enables us to process the following brain chemicals: dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. It helps with detoxification in the liver and gut. Extra B vitamins are needed.
  • Note: pages 145-6
Gluten, Grains, and Legumes Unfortunately, grains and legumes can cause problems for people experiencing autoimmune diseases. Gluten is the problem protein found in grains and they can be anywhere. More information is available from Dr. Amy Myer's website. More than 55 diseases have been found linked to gluten. As much as 30% of the population can be sensitive to gluten. It is not just celiac disease. The author covers testing for gluten sensitivity. Once it is found that you are sensitive to gluten, it has to be avoided and there is no going back to eating foods containing gluten. It can also cause leaky gut.
Immune System The author explains how our immune system works. Some of the terms are:
  • Innate immune system
  • Adaptive immune system
  • Antibodies - are specific types of immune cell and they identify invaders and incite inflammation to go after these invaders
  • Lymphocytes - are a type of immune system cell manufactured in the lymphatic system. It includes B and T Cells
    • B Cells - produce antibodies, cytokines ("messenger" chemicals), cause inflammation (produced in bone marrow)
    • T Cells - there are several types of T cells, killer T cells, helper T cells, and regulatory T cells, each having a specific function (produced in the thymus)
Note: There is more to how our immune system works. This is to give people a basic idea.
Infections Another component to addressing autoimmune conditions are underlying infections. Some of the common infections include herpes, Epstein-Barr, Lyme disease, and stress. These viruses can dig into the cells and tissues and surrounding areas, getting the attention of the immune system.
Inflammation Two types of inflammation exist. One is acute, where there is a rapid response to a cut, and when the cut is healed, the inflammation goes away. The second type of inflammation is inflammation that continues and become chronic, and causing health issues down the pike. The author lists various conditions associated with chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation can trigger an autoimmune condition.
Lectins Lectins are covered. They are carbohydrate binding proteins, keeping two carbohydrate molecules together. It is considered to be an anti-nutrient. It can be a problem for people with autoimmune disorders. It also stimulates the pancreas to produce more insulin. There is more information.
Leaky Gut A leaky gut allows substances to escape the intestines, through "holes" in the intestinal lining. This places an additional burden on the immune system, dealing with more than normal substances that are considered "foreign" and spurring the immune system into attack mode. Symptoms associated with a leaky gut are listed. Causes for a leaky gut are listed. A few are certain foods like GMOs, gluten, dairy, and etc. Gut infections and medications can also cause a leaky gut. This, too, is covered in detail.
Medications Dr. Myers covers in detail the type of prescribed medications. There are three types. They are:
  • Steroids - suppresses the immune system and NSAIDS are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that suppress inflammation
  • Disease Modifying Anti-rheumatic drugs (DMADs) interfere with DNA and cell replication
  • Biologics - a third type of drug interferes with how your immune cells communicate with each other
Note: Side effects are listed, too. Drugs that suppress the immune system are not addressing the underlying causes and does not support the immune system.
Molecular Mimicry This occurs when the immune system gets confused and targets a part of the body instead of the actual foreign invader.
Myers Way for Treating Autoimmunity There are four steps needed to treat autoimmune disease. They are:
  • One, heal your gut. 80% of your immune system is in your gut.
  • Two, remove all forms of gluten, grains, legumes, and other foods that cause inflammation.
  • Three, tame the toxins. The degree of exposure can make a difference between being healthy and sick.
  • Four, heal your infections and relieve your stress.
Note: We now have over 80,000 chemicals in our environment.
Stomach Acid Low stomach acid can cause a number of problems. They are:
  • acid reflux
  • reduced ability to digest proteins and break it down into amino acids
  • not making enough neurotransmitters from amino acids
  • setting the stage for SIBO and yeast overgrowth
Note: Stomach acid has a number of functions. Another one is that it protects you from unfriendly bacteria. Acid blockers are not a good idea for low stomach issues.
Toxins Toxins in our food, water, personal care products, and air do cause problems. They include:
  • heavy metals
  • mycotoxins (mold)
  • industrial chemicals
  • hormone disrupting plastics
Note #1: 80,000 chemicals are registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Studies have been done that show at least 91 chemicals are in our bodies. This whole issue of toxins is covered in detail. Some specific toxins are covered. Note #2: Initially, when fluoride was being added to municipal water systems, they used calcium fluoride. However, it is now sodium fluoride which is a toxic waste product of the aluminum industry.5
Warning Signs of Autoimmune Diseases (partial listing) Some of the warning signs of autoimmune disease include:
  • allergies
  • anxiety
  • arthritis
  • depression
  • digestive issues
  • fatigue
  • infertility
  • joint pain
  • muscle pain
  • sleep issues
  • weight, excess especially around the middle

Throughout the book, the author includes case histories of patients that have dealt with their autoimmune condition. Questionnaires are posted for various types of health conditions, that people can utilize. Another benefit is that the author specifies which nutritional supplements are beneficial depending upon what type of health condition that is being addressed. Stress also has a role in any type of health issue. There is also discussion what which tests are beneficial and what types of information that they provide.

This resource includes a number of appendixes that cover specific topics in more detail. They are:

In addition to the appendixes, this book list resources, selected bibliography, notes, and an index. (Added 11/09/2021)

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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Ayurveda is the healing system used in India for thousands of years. It is spreading to the United States. We have a resource that talks in detail the reset diet used in Ayurveda medicine, as a way to bring the digestive system back to health. For more information about Ayurveda, see the section on Eastern Medicine. (Added 02/24/2021)

Ayurveda Reset Diet (2021) by Vatsala Sperling, Ph.D. (Publisher: Healing Arts Press) (Added 02/24/2021)

Book Review:

The author, Vatsala Sperling, Ph.D. grew up in a home where food was grown and mealtimes and food were treasured. Food needs to be eaten with reverence, mindfully awareness, knowledge, and refinement. It is stated that overindulgence in rich foods will make you sick. Three steps are outlined in the Ayurveda diet lifestyle.

Our health is intimately connected with: The author covers in detail what has happened to food grown in the United States and factory farming. This unfortunately has a negative effect on our health. She makes recommendations on how we can address these issues, using the Ayurveda diet reset approach. It is basically simple and involves three concepts: The author discusses the history of the type of diet eaten in ancient times, during the hunter gatherer stage. The effects of European colonization did not improve the quality of food as well as the health of the people eating such foods. In the process, we lost the knowledge that indigenous people had on food and its relationship to health. It affected our environment as well. Chemicals are now found in our food supply, especially in the United States. These chemicals do end up in our bodies. Changes have occurred in the agriculture. Farmers initially used to grow all kinds of produce, and now they have become specialists into one or two cash crops. Unfortunately, the typical American diet with chemically processed foods results in gut dysbiosis, which leads to IBS, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, autoimmune diseases, autism, hernias, and other gastrointestinal disorders.

In this book, the author outlines in detail the Ayurveda Reset Diet that people can follow, to help heal the digestive system, and bring it back so that it functions in an optimum maner, giving the body all of the nutrients it can get from the food. It is best to eat seasonally grown food that is organic, food grown in that season. Organic foods have higher levels of nutrients and much less chemical residue. If possible, grow some of your own food. This diet is in three steps: It is noted that one necessarily doesn't need to eat three meals a day. Sometimes, early man just ate one meal a day. Eating constantly doesn't give our digestive system a chance to rest.

This program can be done for eight weeks, for six weeks, and even for one week. Day one of each week is just drinking water, as much as you would like. Day two, is taking in water and herbal teas (which are listed). For the eight week program, one eats vegetables the first and second week after day one and two. Then for week three and four, one eats only fruit. Then, with weeks five, six, seven, and eight, one eats different food groups at separate meals as well as mixing and combining food in a sensible way.

Below is a table talking about some of the more interesting concepts in the Ayurveda reset diet.

Some Main Ideas covered by Ayurveda Reset Diet
Concept Information
Autophagy It is in which injured or dying cells are destroyed by their own enzymes, then enclosed in tiny sacs and delivered to the lysosomes (organelles present inside cells) to be digested. Fasting helps turn on the autophagy process. Some diseases may be caused by faulty autophagy function.
Cryoprotectants A chemical that is added to frozen meats, one is sodium phosphate. This is to protect the meat from getting freezer burn. Avoid eating frozen meats doing the Ayurveda reset diet.
Diet Plan After Reset
  • Breakfast-whole fruits, nuts, seeds
  • Lunch-grains, vegetables, salads
  • Dinner-legumes or meat
Fasting Fasting helps with:
  • Clean up dental biofilms
  • Flush out overload of harmful germs from the gut
  • Flushes out the kidneys, the bladder, and urinary tract
  • Gives the digestive system a chance to rest
  • Helps wash out oral cavity
  • Improve oral hygiene, allowing beneficial germs to grow back in the oral cavity
  • Tissues in the body starts cleaning up the cellular waste.
Note: Fasting is limited to a short period of time.
Fats Fats support cellular structure, helps transport fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. It helps maintain nerve structures and makes cholesterol and hormones. Non-fat and low fat foods are not good for us.
Fiber Fiber intake cuts down the risk of heart disease, stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, cancer by 15% to 30%. It slows down the release of and absorption of glucose, important for people with type 2 diabetes.
Food Groups Listed in alphabetical order:
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Fats (animal and plant)
  • Fruit
  • Grains
  • Honey
  • Legumes, nuts, and seeds
  • Red meat and poultry
  • Seafood and fish
  • Vegetables
Mono-Diet Eating just one food with a meal. This helps the body to properly digest that particular food.
Proteins Proteins helps with growth and repair of tissues, provides energy, and synthesize enzymes, globulins, and hormones. Excess protein places an extra load on the kidneys.
Viruddha Ahara Different food groups have different digestive requirments. Some foods should not be cooked a certain way, like deep fried. Some are better eaten in season, like watermelon in the summer. Temperature of food can affect digestion. Proteins should not be combined with starches or carbohydrates, as this results in indigestion and malabsorption of both groups of foods. This causes systemic inflammation which precedes a number of diseases. It makes it much harder for the body to extract the needed nutrients in food.

This resource gives complete details on how to prepare for this diet (cleaning up the kitchen), to implement the Auyrvedic reset diet, which can be done over several different time frames. The Vatsala Sperling addresses special situations, like how to deal with sugar as well as caffeine withdrawal, changes for people with type 2 diabetes, and etc. Suggestions are provided on how to prepare vegetables, and etc. What we eat, how we eat it, and how we absorb the nutrients, all of this plays a major role in health. Finally, it is like both water and food have a soul and properties that we may not be aware of. This resource includes notes and an index. (Added 02/24/2021)

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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:

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: (Added 10/29/2015)

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The concept of biofilm is interesting one to explore especially when standard medical protocols don't work effectively. It is about bacteria that grows out of control and causes harm. We have one resource that addresses this topic. (Added 03/23/2018)

Book on Biofilms:

Combating Biofilms: why your antibiotic and antifungals fail (2014) by James Schaller, MD, MAR and Kimberly Mountjoy, MS. (Publisher: International Infectious Disease Press) (Added 03/23/2018)

Book Review:

In this book, a different perspective is offered as to why current medical protocols may not be working effectively. The authors describe biofilm as the egg white coating surrounding the yolk. This applies to bacterial strains, a number of them that are a major factor in lyme disease, chronic sinusitis, yeast infections, wounds, ear infections, gum disease, intestinal disease, bad breath, cystic fibrosis, and implants. These biofilms create a layer called "slime", play a role in infections, and uncontrolled growth. It grows in the following stages:

Any foreign bacteria can develop as a biofilm. It can grow on plastic, metal, or ceramic surfaces. This indicates potential problems for medical devices used for testing or are in contact with the body like a catheter. What the authors indicate is that each biofilm is unique and needs treatment tailored to that type of bacteria. Biofilms are not the same for each infection. New and mature biofilms are not the same, either. Furthermore, a one blanket approach will not work and in a number of instances, more than one treatment approach is needed. Different treatment approaches are needed for new and mature biofilms even if they are the same bacteria. It is important, too, to do retestng to verify that the biofilm issue has been addressed. While some of the standard pharmaceuticals and antibiotics can address biofilms, a number of other substances can be used such as herbs, enzymes, plant based sources, and essential oils. Biofilm infections need:

Biofilms are not a minor matter. Biofilm infections are the number one cause of death in children under the age of six. A number of health conditions are affected by biofilms. They are:

There a number of substances that can address biofilms. Most listed target specific biofilms. A few are able to address more than one type of biofilm. Here are a few:

This book gives a general overview about biofilms, how prevalent they are, and the role that they play in disease and health conditions. It is more for patient education and not a substitute for qualified medical care. As we become more aware of the shortcomings of the standard American health protocols or western medicine (generally allopathic medicine), one answer is biofilms. Furthermore, the authors specify that the three major players in American health care are:

The fourth and probably the most important player is the healer, the trained and educated medical professional. They are not being given recognition, the respect, and the role that they deserve to have. This book includes references, and the appendix includes additional references to Eugenol. (Added 03/23/2018)

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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: (Added 03/14/2016)

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We have a resource that covers in detail what functional blood chemistry analysis (FBCA) is and how it differs from western medicine's blood testing protocol. (Added 04/13/2020)

Books on Blood Testing:

Know Your Blood, Know your Health: prevent disease and enjoy vibrant health through functional blood chemistry analysis (2020) by Kristin Grayce McGary. (Publisher: Findhorn Press)

Book Review:

Kristin Grayce McGary, LAc, MAc, CFMP®, CST-T, CLP started experiencing health problems while a college pre-med student. She began a long process of getting to the root of her health issues, and eventually switched to an Asian medical school in Arizona. This author's approach is that health issues can be identified before they progress into full blown disease. It turns out that subclinical health issues are asymptomatic. At this stage of health decline, the subclinical phase, that is the time where lifestyle and other interventions can be implemented, to prevent the progression becoming full blown, into a much more serious health issue. When it becomes a much more serious health issue, we see complications.

Throughout the book the author addresses our bodies as being a garden and the medical care providers as our gardeners. The objective is optimum and functional health for all of us. What functional blood chemistry analysis can do is identify issues before they become full blown disease states and with complications.

The typical blood tests give readings where is generally now a full blown disease state. Other shortcomings of western medicine is the inadequate amount of time doctors/physicians have with their patients and the testing limits imposed by health insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, (and what the policies will cover or will not cover). The issue with a number of pharmaceuticals is that they tend to mask symptoms and not correct the underlying cause. What is also pointed out by the author is the western blood test ranges displayed is based on a small group of patients who are moderately to severely ill. The ranges listed for FBCA is based on the results of people who are healthy and fully functional. Follow-up is part of the functional blood chemistry analysis approach and with western medicine, we often don't see follow-up taking place. Furthermore, the treatment approach for functional medicine focuses on diet and nutrition.

This resource covers blood sugar issues. Some of the nutrition information being dished out to people with blood sugar issues, some of this information is actually incorrect information. Information is provided on which foods are better for those suffering from diabetes and have pre-diabetes. In fact, the author also list issues with metformin, a drug commonly prescribed for type two diabetes.

Futhermore, a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner can identify the processes that are occuring within the body from the FBCA testing. It emphasizes that each one of us are unique biochemically, and the cookie cutter approach for medical care is basically ineffective. One type of health issue has to do with our thyroids. The author indicates that the whole story regarding thyroid health is much more complex than just measuring T3 and T4 levels. She recommends the following thyroid tests:

Below is an explanation of the various components of the complete blood count panel (in alphabetical order):

Listing of Components Found in the Blood
Name Explaination
Hemoglobin Hemoglogin are proteins in the red blood cells that carry oxygen to the tissues.
Mean Corpuscular Volume Mean corpuscular volume measures the size of the red blood cells.
Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin Average quantity of hemoglobin in a single red blood cell
Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin Concentration It is the average amount of hemoglobin in your red blood cells
Platelets They are tiny blood cells necessary for clotting and vascular integrity.
Red Blood Cell Distribution Width This measures the variation of your red blood cells in volume and size
Red Blood Cells Red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body, and removes the carbon dioxide from the cells. A lower reading can indicate dehydration.
White Blood Cells They also known as leukocytes and helps the body to fight infection. There are five types of white blood cells. They are:
  • Basophils (contain heparin)
  • Eosinophils
  • Lymphocytes (two types, B cells and T cells)
  • Monocytes
  • Neutrophils (arrive when there is a bacterial infection and helps heal the damaged tissue)
Note: The author lists foods that help red blood cells.

Various minerals are covered and the role these minerals play, along with electrolytes. Bone health is addressed. A number of other nutrients are needed in addition to calcium for bone health. Hyrdration, exercise, sleep, and keeping stress down to a healthy level, all are important to optimum health.

Below is a table highlighting the types of blood testing that functional blood chemistry analysis supports:

Listing Tests and Comparing Western Medicine and Function Medicine Readings
Name Purpose Western Functional
ALT (Alanine Aminotransferase) An enzyme found mostly in the liver and kidneys and in other areas of the body 0-40 IU/L 10-26 IU/L
AST (Asparate Aminotransferase) AST is an enzyme found in the heart and liver as well as in other parts of the body. 0-40 IU/L 10-26 IU/L
Blood Urea Nitrogen Measures nitrogen in the blood that originates from the waste product urea 8-27 mg/dL 13-18 mg/dL
Fasting Blood Glucose Blood glucose is the type of sugar in the blood that is carried to the cells and providing them energy. 65-99 mg/dL 85-99 mg/dL
Serum Iron Iron is an essential element for blood production 38-169 ug/dL 85-130 ug/dL
Total Protein Measures protein in the blood 6.0-8.5 g/dL 6.9-7.4 g/dL
Uric Acid It is a by-product of the purines in the body. 2.5-7.1 mg/dL 3.7-8.6 mg/dL (female)
3.7-6.0 mg/dL (male)
Vitamin D3 Needed for healthy bones and teeth,for the immune system, and low levels increases risk for respiratory infections 30-100 ng/mL 48-85 ng/mL
White Blood Cells (WBC) Indicates immune function 3.4-10.8 x 10E3/ul 5-8 x 10E3/ul
Note #1: Additional tests are covered in detail:
  • Cholesterol Panel (if slightly elevated, it can be a sign of pre-diabetes)
  • C-Reactive Protein (measures inflammation, which can have a number of causes)
  • Inflammation markers
  • Iron Panel
  • Kidney Panel
  • Liver Panel
  • Parasites
  • Prostate Markers
  • Thyroid Panel
  • Urinalysis
Note #2: The testing ranges seem much narrower for functional blood chemistry analysis as opposed to western medicine parameters.
Note #3: According to Joseph Pizzorno, ND and editor of Integrative Medicine, a Clinician Journal has found that environmental toxic exposure can affect lab tests results.

The author also covers other tests, the pros and cons, such as the

Prevention is identifying health issues before they become full blown such as cancer, heart disease and type two diabetes. FBCA testing allows an individualized approach and giving a more complete view of what is going on in the body. Many subclinical conditions do not display symptoms. This resource comes with references and an index. After reading this book, it made me wish that Kristin Grayce McGary was my physician. It also raises the question, that maybe through functional blood chemistry analysis, we can find out why some people develop symptoms to the current coronavirus pandemic, and others are either immune or show considerable resistance. One interesting comment that the author made is that bacteria and viruses are pleomorphic, which means that they have more than one life cycle. (Added 04/13/2020)

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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 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.

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: (Added 07/20/2015)

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Generally, most of us take breathing for granted, something we don't think about. Behind breathing is the importance of oxygen to our health and to our cells. We cannot live without oxygen. Oxygen can be considered a nutrient that is even more important than water and other nutrients that are key to experiencing optimum health. We have a resource on the importance of breathing as well as the various methods and exercises that we can all implement to enhance our body's intake of oxygen through breathing. Proper breathing brings oxygen to our cells and helps to remove excess carbon dioxide and other wastes. This emphasis on healthy breathing is one activity that all of us can strive to develop and work on. (Added 06/26/2019)

Book on Breathing:

One Half Breath at a Time: discover how to turn stress and anxiety into calm ease, productive power, and joy with breath-centered practices (2018) by Joseph R. Roberson. (Publisher: Paper Tiger Press)

Book review:

This resource on breathing and its benefits has been written by Joseph R. Roberson. He has been a yoga instructor a number of years and has taught a hundreds of students. The mind and body connection is real. What proper breathing along with exercises can assist is enabling us to deal with stress more effectively, reduce our sense of pain, react to crises in a level headed manner, and even feel and develop a sense of peace. By not breathing properly, this can facilitate health issues progressing into a disease state. The benefits of proper breathing include:

Furthermore, when confronted with stress and fear of pain or being in an environment that makes us feel unsafe, most of us tend to tighten up, furthering adding to the pain as well as stopping or slowing down our breathing. With proper breathing techniques, this can enable us to slow down, and deliver more oxygen to our cells.

With our current economic environment, this now requires continuous and self-directed learning. Career changes as well as job changes are now frequent and common. This increases our exposure to stress, especially when changing jobs and careers. Symptoms of chronic stress are:

Concept Definition
ACE - Adverse Childhood Experiences People who have had adverse childhood experience, they experience a higher rate of health issues.
Acute Stress Acute stress can result in:
  • cognitive tunneling (also referred to as "survival mode")
  • dissociation
  • for athletes, it can result in choking
  • inability to execute simplest tasks
  • neurological tremors
  • reliance on subconscious and preconceived notions
  • tunnel vision
Note: People must vulnerable to acute stress are: fire fighters, first responders, police officers, and soldiers. Other victims include victims of war, street crime, car crashes and natural disasters.
After effects of Acute Stress As the author indicates, acute stress is no laughing matter. The after effects of acute stress can result in:
  • Acute stress reaction (shock) - ACR
  • Acute stress disorder - ASD
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD
Note: Thoughts can trigger reactions. Our bodies have cell memories.
Breathing The author covers in detail various types of breathing. They include:
  • Breath inquiry
  • Coherent breathing
  • Diaphragmatic breathing
  • Gratitude breathing
  • Suboptimal breathing
Note: Breathing is both autonomic and manual. Exercises to improve our breathing are covered. Healthy breathing helps the heart as well. Instructions and details are given on the breath inquiry as well as its benefits as well as for diaphragmatic breathing.
Chronic Stress Chronic stress is also harmful to all of us. Our bodies are not really designed to handle long term chronic stress. The effects of chronic stress on the body include:
  • overstimulates the sympathetic nervous system
  • parasympathetic nervous system is under-stimulated
  • disturbs the balance within the enteric nervous system and results in digestive problems
Note: The author indicates which groups of people are particularly vulnerable to the effects of chronic stress. Chronic stress affects breathing, causing it become shallow, hyperventilation (rapid breathing), and erratic breathing. It eventually gives way to disease. The author talks about the need for more training for police officers and reliance training. Supevisors who think that they can mistreat their employees are in for a rude awakening as this is not the way to get the best out of your employees.
Disease Stages Disease doesn't just start all of a sudden or overnight. It develops in stages:
  • stage one: condition is an unhealthy state
  • stage two: disorder is a disruption to normal and regular functional processes
  • stage three: syndrome is a collection of disorders
  • stage four: disease is abnormal pathophysiological to the body, many of them related to our heart.
Distress Bad stress is really distress.
Dissociation Dissociation is the separation of painful and repressed memories from conscious thoughts. It is not healthy to have dissociation. The services of a therapist may be needed.
DUKKA Types of suffering caused by dissociation and when our expections don't match reality.
Heart Rate Variability It is about variations of the heart beat and is the best of indicator of the overall synchronization betwee your organs.
Stages of stress Stress starts with being mild and progresses to more stress. The stages are:
  • stage one: hypotension
  • stage two: homeodynamic balance
  • stage three: eustress
  • stage four: distress
  • stage five: acute distress
True Health The symptions of real and true health include:
  • ease
  • episodes of happy exuberance
  • glowing vitality
  • wellness
Note: Health care in the United States focuses so much on disease. The focus needs to change towards promoting health.
Vital Signs The author indicates what the vital signs are:
  • body temperature
  • blood pressure
  • breathe rate (number of breaths in a minute)
VUCA V stands for volality; U stands for uncertainty; C stands for complexity; A stands for ambiguity

Breathing in a healthy way is covered by Ayurveda medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Humorism. It does play a major role in enabling us to be and feel healthier. This author is interested in bringing attention to the health benefits of healthy breathing and using this tool for health creation or creating healthier bodies. This resource offers detailed information on the dangers of excessive stress on health and how breathing can enable us to cope more effectively. The book ends with a discussion about habits and it is really about a lifestyle change and it needs to be done in stages or gradually. Habits are a more challenging type of learning. It helps to have motivation and a goal.

The resources specifies ways to assess your breathing, the physiology behind breathing, and types of breathing exercises. This book includes resources, notes, and a bibliography and would be an useful addition to both a professional and personal health library. (Added 06/26/2019)

Note: For more information about yoga, see the section on Yoga.

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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 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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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.
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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Cannabis is gaining more recognition and acceptance as a plant with a number of medicinal properties. We have a resource that covers this in detail. (Added 11/20/2020)

Book on Cannabis:

Cannabis Healing: A Guide to the Therapeutic Use of CBD, THC, and other Cannabinoids (2020) by Franjo Grotenhermen, MD. (Publisher: Park Street Press)

Book Review:

Dr. Franjo Grotenherm, MD, is a German physician who is knowledgeable about the various medicinal benefits of cannabis. More and more countries are allowing the use of this cannabis to be used for medicinal purposes. Cannabis is a plant and there are three types:

The active ingredient THC is tetrahydrocannbinol in cannabis. When it is more than 0.3 percent, it has an euphoric effect and is considered to be marijuana in the United States. Also, in the United States, the term hemp is used for various varieties of cannabis with less than 0.3 percent of THC. There are other types of ingredients in this plant that have medicinal properties.

The use of cannabis for medical purposes has a long history, and it has been used in a number of countries. The author also cites a number of studies world-wide that show the benefit of cannabis for a wide variety of health issues. Note that there are synthetic versions of cannabis.

There are multiple components of cannabis known as cannabinoids. There are 120 types, divided into ten large groups. They are:

The synthetic forms of cannabis include:

Two other types of components in cannabis with medicinal properties are terpenes (essential oils) and flavonoids. One chapter addresses the benefits of THC and another chapter addresses the benefits of CBD. These medications can be taken in a number of different ways. They can be:

Various Therapeutic Benefits of Cannabis
Category Specifics CBD or THC or Both
Cancer This varies with the types of cancer THC and CBD
Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Crohn's
  • Diarrhea
  • Enteritis
  • Gastritis
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Ulcerative colitis
Mental Disorders
  • Alzheimer's (also with CBD)
  • Bipolar
  • Depression
  • Obsessive and Compulsive Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)
Movement Disorders
  • ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
  • Cramps
  • Dystonia (muscle cramps)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscle Hardening
  • Paraplegia
  • Parkinson's
  • Spasticity
  • Tardive Dyskinesia
  • Tremors
  • Tourette's
  • Ankylosing
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraines
  • Neuralgia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Spondyltis
Respiratory Illnesses
  • Ashma
  • Cough
  • Bronchial Dilation
Miscellaneous THC can help with a number of health issues. They include:
  • Addiction (with withdrawal)
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypertension
  • Sleep disorders
  • Tinnitus
Note #1: This is just a partial listing.
Note #2: Cannabis is found to be helpful with appetite issues.

This resource refers to studies being done or have been completed on the therapeutic benefits of cannabis. It also includes stories of various individuals who have benefited from using this protocol. Common sense guidelines include starting with a small dose and gradually increasing it. It doesn't necessarily work 100% as each one of us are biochemically unique. It can be used for children, but the author advises that it be reserved for more serious illnesses. It includes some technical terms when it comes to describing a particular health condition and refers to some of the prescription drugs, though the author does specify what some of them mean. A chapter addresses side effects, precautions and contraindications of cannabis. Actually, in many cases, when compairing cannabis with prescription drugs and alcohol, cannabis came out as being safer, safer than using opiates, cocaine, alcohol, tobacco. and benzodiazepines. Actually, the most harmful one is alcohol.

This resource also includes information on how to make a number of products with cannabis. The appendix covers on how to grow this plant, drying the plant, and storing the plant. This resource contains a glossary, references, resources, and an index. (Added 11/20/2020)

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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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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
Picks up excess cholesterol and brings it back to the liver
There are different types of HDL, not specified. Not all of the HDLs are healthy.
Carries cholesterol to the cells that need it
LDL Type A Is okay and does not cause problems. It looks like a big fluffy molecule.
LDL Type B Is not okay and causes problems. It is small, hard and dense. It is also known as BB gun pellets. If damaged by oxidation, it causes problems for the arteries.

The authors lists tests that can more accurately present what is really going on regarding cholesterol, especially measuring type LDL Type B. Cholesterol travels as lipoproteins and blood tests measure the lipoproteins. Tests include:

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
Liquid at room temperture Found in:
  • Avocado
  • Macademian nuts
  • Olive oil
Liquid at room temperature Omega-6s
  • Linoleic Acid (LA) as found in vegetable oils
  • 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: (Added 02/01/2015)

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In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is belief that our bodies operate on a clock, 24 hours, in which various parts of our bodies plays a role. In this case, we have an author who calls it the body clock instead of the Circadian Rhythm.(Added 02/27/2020)

Book on the Circadian Rhythm:

The Body Clock in Traditional Chinese Medicine: understanding our energy cycles for health and healing (2020) by Lothar Ursinus. (Publisher: EarthDancer)

Book Review:

The author, Lothar Ursinus is one of Germany's leading alternative practitioners. Our organs play more than just one role, besides the stomach digesting food. There is an emotional component to all of our organs and all parts of our body are interconnected. It is not just our bodies, we are also all interconnected with each other. Furthermore, when we experience illness, it is a message coming from our bodies that something needs to be changed. The author covers various parts of the body. He also covers beneficial cell salts known as Schluesser salts (found in homeopathic medicine) as well as plants with medicinal properties. Every aspect of our bodies has an emotional component. It is related or connected with teeth. Each organ is active at a specific time in the 24 hour day, as well as inactive at a specific time in the 24 hour day. Below is a table:

Table on the Circadian Rhythm or Body Clock and Various Organs
Organ Information Cell Salts/Schluesser Salts Plants
Bladder One needs to drink plenty of fluids to enable the bladder (along with the kidneys) to their job. Number 7: Magnesium phosphoricum birch leaves (Betula folium)
camomile (Chamomilla)
ground ivy (Glechomma hederacea)
Colon The colon is part of the immune system and plays a role in acceptance.
Note: Colon hydrotherapy (or colon irrigation) can release impacted stools and dissolve fecaliths.
Number 4: Kalium chloratum sage (Salvia officinalis)
naturtium(Tropaeolum majus)
Gallbladder The gallbladder produces bile which is used to digest fat as well as sending substances to the liver to be detoxified. Number 2: Calcium phosphoricum chicory (Cichorium intybus)
dandelion (Taraxacum)
artichoke leaves (Cynara scolymus)
celandine (Chelionium)
Heart The heart is the sun organ, the center of all movements as well as the connection between the body and mind.
Note #1: The human heart is the strongest transmitter of electromagnetic waves.
Number 3: Ferrum phosphericum hawthorn (Crataegus)
lily of the valley (Convallaria)
rosemary (Rosmarinus)
St. John's Wort (Hypericum)
mistletoe (Viscum album)
Kidneys It is the kidney's role to determine what substances should remain in the body. Number 8: Natrium chloratum horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
goldenrod (Solidago )
Liver The liver is a processing organ. It creates vitamins, proteins, cholesterol, sugar, minerals, and more. It also processes medicines, metabolic products, hormones, and harmful substances from our environment. Number 6: Kalium sulfuricum dandelion (Taraxacum)
milk thistle (Silybum marianum)
barberry (Berberis)
Lungs Lungs is an "earth" organ. Number 11: Silica ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)
cranesbill (Geranium robertianum)
Small intestine The small intestine has the important task of absorbing nutrients.
Note #1: Lectins in foods can increase intestinal permeability and result in chronic inflammation.
Number 5: Kalium phosphoricum lavender (Lavandula)
lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
chicory (Cichorium intybus)
dandelion (Taraxacum)
Spleen and Pancreas The spleen and pancreas work together as a unit. The spleen plays a role in determining what matter is foreign and what belongs in our bodies, an important role for the immune system and autism.
Note #1: Dry lips is not a good sign of the spleen and pancreas.
Number 10: Natrium sulfuricum chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Stomach The stomach has the role of being the gatekeeper.
Note #1: Conventional medicines such as acid blockers and antacids (substances to neutralize stomach acids) bring short term relief, but in the long run, are a burden on the gut, liver, and metabolism.
Number 12: Calcium sufuricum century (Centurium)
gentian (Gentiana)
wormwood (Absinthium)
masterwort (Peucedanum)
Note #1: The words in parenthesis is the Latin name of the plants.
Note #2: The author explains the medicinal benefits of the plants.

The source of information for the circadian rhythm or body clock comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has a wholistic perspective on health. Each of our organs plays a role regarding our emotional and mental health. The table above highlights some of the key roles of these organs. Throughout the book, the author also throws in tidbits about various health issues. An example are the signs pointing out to the initial stages of diabetes Type 2. There is discussion on AGEs (Advanced Glycation End Products), phytic acid, casein, fructose, the meridian role, remedy for ear infections, best not to eat in the evening, and etc.

While in Western medicine, we tend to focus on specific areas of our bodies and omit the emotional aspects of health. In conclusion, we all have basic emotional and physical needs. The author lists:

  1. Security, structure, and stability
  2. Appreciation, self-worth, introspection, and self-respect
  3. Love, being loved, being touched
The physical needs include:
  1. Diet
  2. Exercise
  3. Relaxation

The book offers a very different perspective generally not addressed in allopathic medicine. For those seeking healing, it is important to pay attention to the circadian rhythm. This book does not include a bibliography and an index. The author lists his website: for additional information. (Added 02/27/2020)

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Ran Knishinsky has written a book outlining the medicinal benefits of eating clay. (Added 4/11/2022)

Book on Clay:

Healing with Clay: a Practical Guide to Earth's Oldest Natural Remedy (2022) by Ran Knishinsky. (Publisher: Healing Arts Press) (Added 4/11/2022)

Book review:

Ron Knishinsky has written a resource about the medicinal benefits of eating the right type of clay as well as some of the cultural and historical uses of using clay for medicinal purposes. The author was experiencing a growth for which surgery was recommended. Eating clay helped remove the growth. His professional background includes experience with both allopathic and naturopathic medical industries. Each of them has a role to play.

Historically, eating clay was done in Egyptian times, in Roman Empire, in Greek medicine, in Chinese medicine, in Indian medicine and for thousands of years. What the clay does, it stimulates the immune system. With today's science tools, we can understand how clay can help us and the different types of clay. Below we have a table that covers some of the concepts pertaining to the use of clay for medicinal purposes.

Some Main Ideas Regarding the Medicinal Benefits of Clay
Concept Information
Aflatoxins Aflatoxins are a type of mycotoxins, produced by certain molds. It can grow in our soil, be in decaying vegetation, in hay and grains. It is genotoxic and can damage the DNA.
Benefits of Eating Earth Substances (such as clay) The benefits of eating the right type of clay are:
  • Draws toxins from the body
  • Provides an array of minerals
  • It absorbs and binds with pathogens, viruses, pesticides, and herbicides.
Cations Clay has layers that are negatively charged. These negative surfaces attract positive-charged atoms called cations.This gives clay the ability to attract a variety of molecules.
Ethnomedicine The medical definition of ethnomedicine is the comparative study of how different cultures view disease and how they treat or prevent it. Also, it is the medical beliefs and practices of indigenous cultures.
Geophagy The practice of eating earthy substances (such as clay) that in humans is performed especially to augment a scanty or mineral-deficient diet or as part of a cultural tradition.
Benefits of Eating Earth Substances (such as clay) The benefits of eating the right type of clay are:
  • Draws toxins from the body
  • Provides an array of minerals
  • It absorbs and binds with pathogens, viruses, pesticides, and herbicides.
Mycotoxins Mycotoxins are fungal poisons that can be found in a number of food sources. Taking clay can help us deal with mycotoxins.
Pharmacognosy It is the study of natural drugs and their constituents.
Roles of Minerals in Clay The minerals in clay have a number of roles. They include:
  • Act as a catalyst
  • Affect muscle traction
  • Maintain water balance and osmotic pressure
  • Regulate permeability of cell membranes
  • Regulate response of nerves to stimuli
  • Supply minerals that may be lacking in the diet
Science of Clay Clay contains minerals. They are all phyllosilicates, a category of silicate minerals made of parallel sheets, usually of aluminosilicate. Phyllo means sheets. Clay is also the smallest particles of rock. It comes in different shapes and sizes. Clay can have one of two properties. One is adsorption which attracts but it is on the outside. The other one is absorption, which acts like a sponge and can absorb toxins. They are seven different groups of clay.
  • Chlorite
  • Illite
  • Kaolin (sold as Kaopectate)
  • Lath Form group
  • Mixed layer group
  • Smectite (both adsorbale and absorbable)
  • Vermiculite
Note #1: The type of clay that the author recommends is smectite, under the brand name of montmorillonite available from

The biblical reference that we are created from dust and to dust, we return. After reading this resource, it sounds like this was possible. A chapter covers the use of clay for animals and another one covers the use of eating clay during pregnancy. Another chapter covers the ways one can utilize clay as a natural medicine. This resource includes notes, and an index. Added 04/11/2022)

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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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For people not knowledgeable about the benefits of a healthy colon, a clean colon free of toxins and impacted matter, it is a cornerstone of one's overall health. There is a procedure called colon hydrotherapy that uses water to clean the colon, performed by a licensed colon hydrotherapist. It is one procedure that is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We have one resource that addressed colon health and the benefits of cleaning one's colon. (Updated 09/01/2018)

Book on Colon Hydrotherapy:

Tissue Cleansing through Bowel Management (2981) by Bernard Jensen, DC, Ph.D, Nutritionist coauthored with Sylvia Bell, 12th edition. (Publisher: Bernard Jensen International)

Book Review:

This resource explains the benefits of cleaning the colon. It was written some time ago, but it is a forerunner of some of the newer books out there that cover what the late Dr. Bernard Jensen, D.C. and Ph.D covers on digestive health. His background includes chiropractic medicine and nutrition. He actually visited other countries and communities that were healthy and had long life spans and studied their lifestyles. Health includes the importance of regular elimination, healthy diet, use of probiotics (except that the word probiotics is not used), and the essential role of bowel health in overall health.

The authors make a point that our health care focuses more on addressing disease, instead of prevention. It turns out that the bowel has the poorest nerve structure of any organ in the body. This makes it hard for the bowel to send out signals when something is amiss except through elimination like constipation or diarrhea. When toxins accumulate in the bowel, the bowel is unable to let you know. It is different from when you get a cut or bruise, your body lets you know. When the body becomes toxic, proper oxidation cannot take place. A toxic colon also means that the colon is less able to absorb nutrients. Without oxygenation, we lack energy and are tired. A healthy colon does not produce much flatulence or gassiness. The functions of the digestive system are described in detail. It was noted that those in Africa and India on diets high in insoluable fiber are healthier and experience less cancer. The authors cover a number of issues relating to digestive health and overall health. Below is a table highlighting some of the issues and concepts covered by Dr. Jensen.

Concepts Relating to Colon Health
Concept Information
Bowel Pressure There are two types of pressure on the bowel. One is mechanical and other is chemical. Gravity plays a role on the colon. It can result in the prolapse of the transverse colon, creating problems for other organs located in the abdominal area.
Constipation Intestinal constipation creates more work for other organs such as the kidneys, the skin, liver, lungs, and the lymphatic system.
Digestive Juices in the Digestive System The digestive system includes a number of digestive juices. They are:
  • bile salts, they act like detergent to emulsify fatty acids and glycerides
  • fats are absorbed thru ducts in the villi called lacteals. Lacteals are connected to the lymph system.
  • hormones help with digestion in the small intestines
  • hydrochloric acid and enzymes
  • nutrients enter the villi
Elimination Channels The body has five elimination channels. They are:
  • skin
  • lymph
  • kidneys
  • lungs
  • bowel
Enemas A number of enemas are covered. They are:
  • Acidolphilus - a probiotic that helps to rebuild friendly bacteria in the gut
  • Broth - helps revitalize the intestines
  • Coffee enema - helps to detoxify the liver
  • Flaxseed tea enema - helps relieve inflammation and bleeding in the bowel
  • Processed clay water - helsp assist in absorbing and mobilizing toxins in the bowel wall
Hering's Law of Cure Hering's Law of Cure says that all cure starts within out and from the head down and in reverse order as the symptoms have appeared.
Iridology Iridology, the science of looking at the eyes, this can tell a trained person much about the patient's health.
Large Instestine Issues Various health issues that can occur in the large intestine are:
  • adhesions
  • ballooning
  • colitis
  • diverticulitis
  • mucosal dysfunction
  • spastic bowel
  • stricture
  • ulceration
Note: The authors cover appropriate testing for diverticula.
Laxatives It can tire out the bowel muscle.
Niacin (Vitamin B3) This nutrient pushes blood into all the organs.
Nutrients Needed in a Healthy Bowel A healthy bowel needs the following nturients:
  • magnesium (relaxes the bowel)
  • potassium
  • sodium (neutralizes the acid)
Refined Carbohydrates Refined carbohydrates lose nutrients that act as lubricants in the bowel.
Skin Brushing Skin brushing helps the body to remove top layer, eliminate uric acid, catarrh, and other various acids in the body.
Tonsils Tonsils help with eliminating catarrh, phlegm, and mucous acids.

Various diets are covered including fasting. Colema treatment, a form of colon hydrotherapy is covered in detail and information is provided in how to set up one at home. Diet recommendations are provided as well as nutritional supplementation.

Additional information has come up that expands on what Dr. Bernard Jensen covered. A word of caution on colon therapy is in cases of bowel abscesses, colon therapy can result in perforation of the bowel. In these situations, check with a qualified physician. One of the major aspects of this resource is how a number of health conditions such as asthma, arthritis, triglyercrides, and cholesterol levels can be alleviated by cleaning the bowel and restoring it to optimum health.

This resource includes case histories, bibliography, glossary, and color photos showing the before and after benefits of colon cleansing. (Added 09/01/2018)

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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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In view of the widespread flow of the coronavirus across the world, we have an article that highlights the nutritional medicine approach to treating this virus. This virus is also labeled as COVID-19. As we know more about this virus, we have added a book covering this topic by Dr. Joseph Mercola, MD. (Added 03/04/2020, Updated 12/10/2021)

Article and Book Review on the Coronavirus:

Nutritional Treatment of the Coronavirus by Andrew Saul (Publisher: Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, Jan. 30, 2020)

Article Review:

This article recommends the use of intravenous vitamin C to treat the more serious cases of the coronavirus. Two doctors started this protocal of using vitamin C to treat viruses. They are Dr. Frederick R. Klenner, MD and Dr. Robert F. Cathcart, MD. For milder cases, vitamin C orally can be taken until bowel tolerance is reached. The article talks about some of the past epidemics such as Flu Pandemic of 1919-1920, Swine Flu, and SARS.

Vitamin C fights all types of viruses. Even low dosages of vitamin C taken throughout the day can be beneficial. Additional recommended nutrients are:

This resource comes with references. For the complete version of this article, see Intravenous Vitamin C therapy is available in the United States under the auspices of a licensed medical provider. It can be used for provider/doctor providing the care for the patient for a multitude of chronic conditions from cancer, inflammation, anti vital etc. There is a lot of research that support the use of IVC to assist patients in the prevention of infection and recovery from acute conditions such as a viral infection. (Added 03/04/2020, Correction 03/05/2020)

The Truth About Covid-19: Exposing the Great Reset, Lockdowns, Vaccine Passports and the New Normal (2021) by Dr. Joseph Mercola and Ronnie Cummins. (Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing) (Added 12/01/2021)

Book Review:

Generally, this website focuses on information to enhance our understanding on how our bodies work from a nutritional medicine point of view. In view of the widespread path of COVID-19 over countries, this is a topic that needs further understanding. As a virus, the COVID-19 also mutates with time into variants. So, this pandemic is far from over. Dr. Joseph Mercola, MD has written a comprehensive resource covering COVID-19. Unfortunately, there are political overtones regarding this pandemic and the focus of world health authorities to push vaccinations. This pandemic has had a serious effect on the world economy, poverty, hunger, homelesses, and unemployment, including the United States. Furthermore, there is considerable misinformation taking place regarding this pandemic, including the testing protocols. It also includes censorship. And we need to be aware of how this pandemic is affecting individual rights and liberties.

This pandemic offers us an opportunity to reassess on how we can promote everyone's health. Dr. Mercola points out that it starts with our food and how farming practices and food processing has actually reduced the nutritional status in the food. It definitely impacts on everyone's health and it is becoming a worldwide issue. However, what we are seeing is the push for vaccinations with vaccine mandates. Apparently, the antibodies created by the initial vaccination require boosters. While COVID-19 is playing a factor in how many people have died, the real issue is comorbidities, other health issues affecting people like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, kidney disease, dementia, hypertension, and etc. People are not just dying from the COVID-19, it is when it occurs with other health issues. The elderly and those with compromised immune systems are at higher risk for COVID-19.

Again, Dr. Mercola points out that this pandemic offers us an opportunity to reassess on how we can promote everyone's health, in a way that strengthens our immune system and reduces our vulnerability to this pandemic and future pandemics. This means avoiding junk food and reducing our exposure to toxins.

The source of this virus appears to have been man-made, as a form of being a biological weapon, released from Wuhan, China. It is actually illegal to develop biological weapons, an effort led by Francis Boyle with the 1989 U.S. Bioterrorism law. Actually, effforts have been made to develop vaccines that can effectively and safely work with these weaponized viruses. Safety Issues were raised about safety and effectiveness about vaccines to deal with coronaviruses. Dr. Mercola covers the history in creating this vaccine against COVID-19.

Dr. Mercola identifies the key players that are pushing for vaccinations, vaccine mandates, and limiting and censoring information based on nutrition and other protocols. The manufacturers of these vaccines are profiting from this pandemic.

Below is a table that highlights some of the concepts covered in this resource.

Some Main Ideas Regarding COVID-19 and Coronaviruses
Concept Information
ACE2 ACE2 is a receptor on our cells. It is also a way for the SARS-CoV-2 virus to gain access to the cell.
Immunity This pandemic brings up the immune system issue. There is natural immunity. When one experiences the disease/illness, the body develops natural immunity. When someone takes a vaccination, the immunity provided by the vaccine is not the same. Natural immunity tends to be lifelong whereas vaccine immunity has a more limited lifespan. There is now discussion about booster shots to Covid
Medical Malpractice Medical errors in the U.S. are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

Note #1: Nursing home facilities that did not allow COVID-19 patients into their facility had a much lower death rate (almost zero) than nursing facilities that allowed COVID-19 patients. This is also true for hospitals.
Note #2: Ventilators were found not to be really effective.
National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act 1986 Initially, vaccine manufacturers were being sued for vaccine harm/injury. However, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act 1986 was passed and the liability for vaccine harm (including death) was removed from the vaccine manufacturers and transferred to the American taxpayers. There is almost no liability from vaccine manufacturers starting in 2011. It is basically very difficult to obtain federal compensation from this program.
Nutritional Protocols for Improving COVID-19 outcomes A number of nutritional protocols apparently plays a major role in surviving COVID-19. Briefly is a list. It is covered in more detail in this book.
  • Vitamin D
  • N-Acetylcysteine (NAC)
  • Zinc
  • Melatonin
  • Vitamin C
  • Quercetin
  • B Vitamins, especially B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, and B12
  • Magnesium
Note: Other helpful supplements are listed. Also, lifestyle changes like regular exercise and reducing stress can help all of us.
PCR Testing PCR refers to the testing used to determine whether someone has COVID-19. This test is considered unreliable and Dr. Mercola explains how. The majority of people tested positive for COVID are asymptomatic. These people are unlikely not to transmit the virus to others. The PCR test picks up inactive, non-infectious viral particles. It cannot distinguish between inactive and "live" viruses. Dr. Mercola also talks about the cycle threshold, called CT. If it is done over 35 times, it is not effective. This means that the number of people with COVID-19 is overstated.
Psychological Impact of Lockdowns Unfortunately, there are issues with lockdowns. It increases the risk of:
  • depression
  • drug overdoses
  • suicide
Reported Side Effects from Covid 19 Vaccines A number of side effects have been reported from the COVID-19 vaccines. They are:
  • Anaphylactic reactions
  • Chronic seizures and convulsions
  • Multisystem inflammatory syndrome
  • Paralysis including cases of Bell's Palsy
  • Persistent malaise and extreme exhaustion
  • Sudden death
Note: Adjuvants (substances added to vaccines) can cause problems in sensitive individuals. However, we don't know which people would have a serious allergic reaction.
SARS SARS stands for severe acute respiratory syndrome. The original form of SARS has a narrow host range. However, with manipulation, these viruses have been made to affect other species and made more dangerous. This is called "gain of function". There have been earlier SARS outbreaks, but they were not as dangerous as COVID-19.
Statistics Regarding COVID-19 Deaths 94% of people who died from Covid had 2.6 other health conditions that contributed to their death. The Center for Disease Control is inflating the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19. This means that only 6% of the deaths from COVID were solely due to COVID.
Sepsis Viruses are becoming a growing cause of sepsis. Severe sepsis can lead to multi-organ failure. Vitamin C, vitamin B1, and hydrocortisone can reduce the mortality rate from sepsis.
Treatment Protocols Dr. Mercola covers treatment protocols that can save lives. He calls them in two types, I-Mask (individual) and MATH+ (hospital). It is covered in detail.
    I-MASK (individual)
  • Ivermectin
  • Vitamin D3
  • Vitamin C
  • Quercetin
  • Zinc
  • Melatonin
    MATH+ (hospital)
  • Atorvastin
  • famotidine
  • Heparin
  • Methylpred
  • Therapeutic Plasma Exchange

  • Intravenous Vitamin C
  • Thiamine
  • Vitamin D
  • Melatonin
  • Zinc
Note #1: Instead of using a ventilator, the recommendation is to use high-flow nasal oxygen.
Note #2: Ivermectin is inexpensive and it reduced the death rate from COVID, by 75%.
Note #3: Hydroxychloroquine was used in Spain and France. In testing, the dosages were much too high.
Vaccine Effectiveness The effectiveness of vaccines is overrated and there is missing information. Dr. Mercola covers this and something called PIE for paradoxical immune response. One question that everyone needs to ask, what effect will RNA vaccines have on our DNA? What are the long term effects of this vaccine? Side effects are common especially with the second dose.

Note #1: What is RNA and DNA?
The two main types of nucleic acids are DNA and RNA. Both DNA and RNA are made from nucleotides, each containing a five-carbon sugar backbone, a phosphate group, and a nitrogen base. DNA provides the code for the cell's activities, while RNA converts that code into proteins to carry out cellular functions. RNA is the acronym for ribonucleic acid. RNA is a vital molecule found in your cells, and it's necessary for life. Pieces of RNA are used to construct proteins inside of your body so that new cell growth may take place. There is concern about vaccines affecting our RNA.

Every health care practitioner, legislator and government official, and concerned citizens, they need to read this book and get a basic understanding of what is really going on with this pandemic. We need to address the roles played by Big Pharma, Big Food, and Big Agriculture in this pandemic that is preventing all of us from seeing the larger picture, the role of nutrition and toxins in health. A more worrisome concern is the censorship and suppression of information that can help people recover from this pandemic. From a political perspective, the measures our governments are taking to address this pandemic are affecting individual rights, including medical rights. There are people whose health makes them vulnerable to vaccine harm. What rights do they have when vaccines are mandated, especially if the employer makes it mandatory. Meanwhile, companies and individuals that are profiting from his pandemic have gotten richer. It is essential that there be an arms length relationship between the pharmaceutical/vaccine industry and government health agencies including the CDC, NIH, FDA in the United States. Dr. Mercola also states that some people may already have some antibodies from previous exposure to the coronavirus in a cold and resist the Covid virus. According to Mark Ridley, viruses weaken over time. This book lists notes and an index. (Added 12/01/2021)

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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.
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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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: (Added 10/19/2011)

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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: (Added 06/24/2016)

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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: (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 is more common than we think. As much as ten percent of the U.S. population may be suffering from depression. More alarming, children are now being diagnosed with depression. We have a resource by Dr. Michael Schachter, MD covering the nutritional issues behind depression.

We have a second resource covering depression using integrative medicine by Dr. James M. Greenblatt, MD. Depression is like a silent disease as it may not be obvious to everyone who is affected. It is much common than it has been realized. Furthermore, many questions exist on how to best treat depression, other than the use of prescription drugs. If not treated or treated ineffectively, it has serious consequences. Dr. James M. Greenblatt, MD, a psychiatrist has written an informative resource on integrative medicines's approach towards treating depression. (Added 01/15/2015, Updated 03/26/2021)

Books 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
Neurotransmitters 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 While this resource focuses on depression, as a 350 page resource, it actually covers quite a bit of information about brain health. I suggest that for people dealing with brain health issues, this is worthwhile reading. It covers in detail the factors behind a healthy brain. It includes references, resources, a glossary, suggested readings, and an index (Added 01/15/2015).

Breakthrough Depression Solution: a Personalized Model for Relief from Depression, Mastering Your Mood with Nutrition, Diet, and Supplementation, 2nd edition. (2016) by James M. Greenblatt, MD with Winnie To, BS. (Publisher: Sunrise River Press) (Added 03/26/2021)

Book Review:

The author, Dr. James M. Greenblatt, MD is an psychiatrist who pratices integrative medicine and personalizes treatment for each of his patients. Integrative medicine combines coventional medicine and alternative methodologies. Depression cannot be seen, felt, or heard in a physical examination. However, it is a life threatening, life-robbing, and disabling disorder. Depression has a number of different causes and factors. Dr. Greenblatt makes the case that treatment for depression needs to be personalized to the individual, emphasizing the importance of nutrition as a start. Mainstream medicine's treatment for depression is through the use of psychiatric medications, and in a number of cases, trying one medicine after another, even multiple medications at the same time.

Cookie cutter medicine will not work for depression as there are multiple causes. It needs to be personalized to the individual's biochemistry, nutritional status, and life situation. Dr. Greenblatt calls his approach ZEEBRA. It also means that each one of us are unique individuals and so is our biochemistry.

What is depression? Below is a detailed listing of what is considered depression:

  • Persistant sadness, anxiety, or feeling of emptiness most of the day and every day
  • Marked decrease in interest or pleasure in almost all activities nearly every day
  • Binge eating or anorexia
  • Sleep too much or too little
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Feeling restlessness or slowed down
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Trouble concentrating or remembering
  • Feeling suicidal (Note: This is a serious one.)
All of these symptoms increase the risk of disease and death. What Dr. Greenblatt explained is that it is the general practitioners that write 62% of the prescriptions for anti-depressants and 65% of the prescriptions for anxiety. Psychiatrists only write 21% for depression and 13% for anxiety. It also raises the question, of what preliminary testing do both general practitioners and psychiatrists for these patients, other than just talking with the patient.

Below is a table talking about some of the more interesting concepts regarding depression.

Some Main Ideas Regarding Depression
Concept Information
Digestion Hydrochloric acid in the stomach is needed to absorb the B12 vitamins and minerals, make an enzyme called pepsin. Pepsin is needed to digest protein. Also, digestive enzymes help with:
  • Improve digestion
  • Reduce gassiness and bloating
  • Support healthy gut flora
  • Protect against inflammation in the gut
DTCA DTCA stands for direct-to-consumer-advertising. In 2003, 32 billion dollars was spent on TV commercials, billboards, radio, and newspapers ads on prescription drugs (and vaccinations). This type of advertising is illegal in the rest of the world. It creates pressure on doctors to prescribe these medications from patients.
DSM DSM stands for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, now it is in the fifth edition. It list in detail mental health disorders, and the input comes from approximately five percent of the practicing psychiatrists who are members of the American Psychiatric Association. DSM does not personalize treatment according to the patient's age.
Laboratory Tests Testing needs to include:
  • Amino acid and fatty acid imbalances
  • Dysbiosis (presence of "bad" bateria, yeast, or other flora in the intestines)
  • Celiac disease or other food senstivities (there is now a genetic testing for gluten sensitivity)
    Note: This topic is covered in detail.
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Imbalanced levels of digestive enzymes
  • Minerals, low or high levels of certain minerals
  • Parasites
  • Toxic metals (like mercury, lead, aluminum, cadmium, and etc.)
  • Vitamin deficiencies
Note: The author does list in detail specific tests to address these issues on page 205.
Medications, Psychiatric One issue that all patients need to be aware of is the need to withdraw from these medications under medical supervision as there can be adverse reactions.
Polypharmacy This is the practice of adding one prescription on top of an existing prescription, and the patient is on multiple psychiatric prescriptions at the same time. Some of these medications can affect the nutritional behavior in our bodies.
Sleep Problems Sleep problems are common in people with depression. Dr. Greenblatt covers what can be done to address these issues.
Thyroid Low thyroid levels do play a role in depression and fatigue. It is often not checked in patients experiencing depression. It is more than just simply the levels of the thyroid hormones, it is also the body's ability to utilize these hormones. This topic is covered in detail, like what nutrients the thyroid needs. The thyroid is also sensitive to environmental chemicals/toxins.
Types of Depression There are different types of depression. They include:
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Persistent depressive disorder called dysthymia
  • Disruptive mood dysregualtion disorder
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Substance and/or medication-induced depressive disorder (associated with substance abuse)
  • Depressive disorder due to another medical condition
  • Depression with anxious distress
  • Depression with atypical features
  • Depressive disorder with peripartum onset (post partum depression)
    Note: Baby blues last days up to two weeks whereas post partum depression is more serious.
  • Depression with seasonal pattern (Seasonal affective disorder (SAD))
Statistics on Depression
  1. Depression affects 120 million people world wide, and 15 million Americans.
  2. It affects teenagers as well as children.
  3. Depression is also number one cause of disability.
  4. The cost of depression in the United States runs about $30 to $44 billion dollars annually.
Studies Dr. Greenblatt points out the shortcomings of the research done on these prescription drugs. The studies do not cover long term effects on these medications as the studies last six weeks.
Success Rate for Treating Depression The success rate as far as treatment for depression is considered is rather low. It has a 33% success rate. 70% of the patients suffer a relapse.
ZEEBRA THEZEEBRA is the acronym for the treatment protocol using integrative medicine to treat depression outlined by Dr. Greenblatt.
  • T stands for Take Care of Yourself
  • H is for Hormones and Herbs
  • E is for Exclude
  • Z is for Zinc and other minerals
    Note: Zinc plays a major role in the production of neurotransmitters and has a number of roles. A number of other minerals as well as vitamins are covered in detail.
  • E is for Essential fatty acids and cholesterol
    Note: This topic is covered in detail and 60% of the brain's dry weight is fat.
  • E is for Exercise and energy
    Note: Exercise has a number of benefits.
  • B is for the B vitamins (and other vitamins)
  • R is for Restore
  • A is for Amino acides and proteins

This resource explains in plain language on the various factors pertaining to depression and how it can be treated successfully without relapsing or becoming depressed again. The suicide rate for people experiencing depression is another concern. Dr. Greenblatt explains in detail what the ZEEBRA plan is. Depression has multiple causes, and it takes biochemical testing to determine the cause. Other treatment modalities are covered like yoga, psychotherapy, and etc. Case studies are include and in some instances, the solution was simple and prescription drugs were not needed.

This is an extremely valuable resource, a resource that any employer seeking to provide quality health care coverage through their insurance policies for their employees. Blaming the patient for ineffective treatment means that the true cause has not be found. It is also a resource that Medicaid and Medicare can also examine. This book actually makes the case for comprehensive nutritional testing for all of us, as it affect a number of health issues, before taking out a prescription pad. It includes references, an appendix, index on recommended nutritional supplements, resources, and an index. (Added 03/26/2021)

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When we start experiencing considerable ill health, there is often a buildup of toxins in the body. There are several ways of detoxifying, to reduce the level of toxins in the body. This also helps with your health. We have quite a number of resources covering detoxification. Detoxification is a major aspect of maintaining our health.

(Note: It would be interesting if we tested the toxic and heavy metals levels of people who commit crimes and other anti-social behavior, and see how many of them are actually suffering from toxic overload. Also, when people are admitted to nursing homes, it would be interesting to check their levels of toxic overload. Who knows what percentage of them have this problem? A fairly easy and inexpensive ($55) hair analysis test can measure heavy metal overloads. There are other tests that measure mercury toxicity.) We have a new section that addresses heavy metal detoxification. It is: Heavy Metal Detoxification. (Added 08/15/2019)

For resources on detoxification, the first book by Sidney MacDonald Baker, MD called Detoxification and Healing (2004) covers concepts that exists 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)

The thirteenth resource on detoxification is the 4-Week ultimate body Detox Plan by Michelle Schoffro Cook, DNM, DAc, and CNC (2004). (Added 01/30/2019)

(Updated 07/05/2012, Updated 09/24/2012, Updated 07/04/2013, 07/16/2013, 09/12/2013, 09/07/2016, 10/25/2016, 08/2017, 09/27/2017, 01/30/2019)

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
      Mold resistant paint
      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)

4-Week ultimate body Detox Plan (2004) by Michelle Schoffro Cook, DNM, DAc, and CNC. (Publisher: John Wiley) (Added 01/30/2019)

There is a safe way to undergo detoxification as well as an unsafe and dangerous way to detoxify. Michelle Schoffro Cook covers a four week plan to undergo detoxificaiton, step by step process, using a number of protocols. Some people may need more than four weeks, depending upon the severity of their symptoms. The detoxification process is:

  • Cleanse the body of toxins
  • Reduce our exposure to toxins from a variety of sources
  • Rebuild the body through nutrition, exercise, and positive thoughts
It is important to:
  • Avoid sugar as sugar blocks the immune system from four to six hours
  • Sugar makes our bodies acidic and affects the pH levels
  • When the body becomes acidic, the body draws calcium from the bones to neutralize the pH levels.
Unfortunately, conventional farming practices depends heavily on the use of pesticides and a number of them end up in the foods. We also need to keep in mind the use of food additives used in food processing. Some of them are neurotoxins, toxic to the brain and other areas of the body. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finding residues of these toxins in our bodies. The author covers in detail on a number of toxins. Toxins exist in our water and in our air. Toxic exposure can make people fat, making it difficult to lose weight. These people need more time to detoxify. Toxins are found to exist in a number of health conditions. Prescription drugs that contain synthetic compounds also need to be filtered by the liver, the kidneys, and other detox organs. Cleaning products, personal care products, and cosmetics include a number of unsafe chemicals.

It is important to space out the detoxification, as an unsafe detoxification process will cause serioius harm. Toxins can be released through the digestive system, the kidneys and urinary system, the lymphatic system, the bloodstream and cardiovascular system, the skin, the lungs, and fatty deposits. Enzymes play a number of functions with detoxification, digestion, elimination and through the lymphatic system. The importance of nutrition cannot be overstated, either. Issues about candida are addressed. .

The four week plan is divided into the following categories:
  • Week one - Kidneys, urinary tract, and intestinal tract
  • Week two - Lymphatic system
  • Week three - Liver and gallbladder
  • Week four - Blood, circulation, respiratory, and skin
The protocol for each of these weeks covers what foods are beneficial, how to eat some of these foods, like fruit needs to be eaten by itself, digestive enzymes, types of teas and beneficial herbs, types of exercises, accupressure/accupuncture, skin brushing, and etc.

This is a highly informative resource and with a number of ideas to help people to detoxify and improve their health. One chapter covers a number of alternative health practices. This is a resource worth purchasing for personal use. This resource includes recipes, resources, bibliography, and an index. (Added 01/30/2019)

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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: (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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    The key to optimum health begins with your digestion. The book on Gut Solutions offers a comprehensive overview on how your digestive system works. It also cover digestive disorders and their treatment. The fourth book, The Healthy Gut Workbook, is designed for patient education on digestive disorders. A newer book, called the Microbiome Diet, offers a different perspective on our digestive system and expands the concept of our digestive flora into a broader context. For additional information relating to digestion, check the Section on Lectins. (Updated 06/08/2012, 10/02/2014, 03/27/2022)

    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
    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: (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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    EASTERN MEDICINE (includes Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine)

    As we become more aware of the benefits as well as the limitations of western medicine or allopathic medicine, answers are being sought, including Eastern Medicine which encompasses Ayurveda (India) medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Both of these disciplines have been in existence for thousands of years without the use of microscopes and other tools found in western medicine. We have a resource that covers these two disciplines of Eastern medicine and the author compares these two systems. There a number of similarities as well as some differences. (Added 02/24/2021)

    Handbook of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda: an integrated practice of ancient healing traditions (2018) by Bridgette Shea, L.Ac. MAcom. (Publisher: Healing Arts Press) (Added 02//2021)

    Book Review:

    Two major healing systems come from India and China. The system from India is called Ayurveda and the system from China is called Traditional Chinese Medicine, also called TCM. These two systems have been in existence for thousands of years and are among the oldest healing systems in use today. The author Bridgette Shea, L.Ac. MAcom spent considerable time studying and learning both systems, including visiting China and learning the language. She has written a book comparing these two systems, how they are similar and how they differ.

    The goal of these healing arts is to restore balance to the body. It is also advised to start treatment before the symptoms become severe, as it will be easier to treat. The deeper that the pathogens enter the body, the more severe the signs and symptoms, and the longer the healing process. It is stated that disease actually starts in the mind.

    The main focus of these two healing arts it to support the body's ability to heal itself. These two systems emphasize the importance of diet, breathing, and posture. Various parts of the body interact with each other, something that specialization in Western medicine tends to overlook. The first part of the book focuses on constitution, anatomy, and consciousness. The second part of the book focuses on how to balance yourself. The third part is geared to the practitioner. Both systems tell us that we need to listen to our bodies. There is internal communication in the body between cells, tissues, and organs.

    Traditional Chinese Medicine has two main parts, acupuncture and herbals. Acupuncture is gaining more acceptance in the United States. Both of these systems include reference to ancestor worship. A word that is used throughout this book is Qi which stands for energy. Both systems talk about elements. Ayurveda uses the following elements of air, earth, fire, space, and water. Traditional Chinese Medicine mentions earth, fire, metal, water, and wood.

    Below is a table talking about some of the more interesting concepts in these two systems.

    Some Main Ideas covered by Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine
    Concept Information
    Breathing Proper breathing techniques actually help with detoxification. Seventy percent of the body's detoxification is through breathing.
    Cleanse Both systems cover cleanses in different ways. For Ayurveda, it is a means of removing toxins from the body and there are three types of cleanses. Traditional Chinese Medicine refers them as pathogens, instead of toxins.
    Constitution Both systems cover constitution (also kown as body types).

    Ayurveda Traditional Chinese Medicine
    1. earth type
    2. fire type
    3. metal type
    4. water
    5. wood type
    1. Kapha which means stability, sustainability, and potential energy
    2. Pitta which means transformation and thermal
    3. Vata which means movement and kinetic

    Everyone has these characteristics in varying degrees.
    Diet/Food Both systems cover the importance of foods in the healing process as well as maintaining your health. Both suggest eating fruit separately. Different foods are required for different constitutions.
    Consciousness Both systems deal with consciousness. Ayurveda refers to five spirits, known as koshas. Traditional Chinese Medicine also refers to five spirits.
    Exercise It is recommended to exercise up to a mild sweat, not heavy sweating. Excessive sweating releases nutrients.
    Medians and Channels Meridians are paths within the body through which the life-energy known as "qi" (energy) flows in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is also known as channels. There are 12 major meridians/channels. Below is a list in alphabetical order:
    • Gallbladder
    • Heart
    • Kidneys
    • Large Intestine
    • Liver
    • Lungs
    • Pericardium (covering around the heart area)
    • Small Intestine
    • Spleen
    • Stomach
    • Triple Burner (torso area)
    • Urinary Bladder
    Marma Points A marma in Ayurveda is like an acupuncture point in Chinese medicine.
    Oil Massage Oils used in massaging draw out the fat soluable toxins from the body.
    Pulse Diagnosis Both systems indicate that a trained practitioner can read the radial pulse on the wrist and assess bodily strength or weakness.
    Samprati Samprati in Ayurveda medicine is the progression of disease from mild to more severe stages. Below is the listing:
    1. Accumulation (sanchaya)
    2. Provocation (prakopa)
    3. Spread (prasara)
    4. Deposition (sthana samshraya)
    5. Manifestation (vyakti)
    6. Disease Differentiation (bheda)
    Three Treasures
    (Refers to the Crown Jewel of the human body)
    English Ayurveda Traditional Chinese Medicine
    Energy Prana Qi
    Spirit Tejas Shen
    Essence, Vital Ojas Jing

    Note: This is considered the foundation and the strength for the body.
    Tissues in Ayurveda Seven tissues in Ayurveda medicine are:
    • Rasa-plasma
    • Mamsa-muscle
    • Medas-fat/adipose
    • Asthi-bone
    • Rakta-blood
    • Majja-nerves/marrow
    • Shukra/artava-male/female
    Triple Burners This refers to the torso, the upper point includes the heart and lungs the middle part refers to the midsection, the digestive area the lower part refers to the kidney area
    Wen Bing Concept of disease patterns in Traditional Chinese Medicine is in four levels. They are:
    • Protective Level
    • Qi Level
    • Nutritive Level
    • Blood Level

    This is a book to read slowly and reread several times. It includes language used by these healing systems. The author understands both systems, comparing these two systems, on how they are alike and how they are different. It helped her to learn both systems, and it boosted her understanding for each one. Both systems focus on dealing with the root of whatever ails the person. She includes information on prevention and maintenance. Both systems refer to bodily rhythms, like a body clock as well as seasonal changes. They both focus on self-awareness, meditation, seasonal fluctuations, and lifestyle changes.

    It turns out that there is more information about Ayurveda as some of it is now available in English and on the internet. Information about Traditional Chinese Medicine is in the hands of trained people who live in China, and some of the original text is in cryptic style. These two healing systems deserve our respect. This review just highlights some of the concepts covered by these two Eastern medicine healing systems and in this resource. The resource includes notes, glossary, bibliography, and index.(Added 02/24/2021)

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    After we think that we have covered all of our bases in our pursuit for optimum health from a nutrition point of view, we learn about another factor impacting optimum human health.

    It is our exposure to electromagnetic radiation (it can also be referred to fields). It comes from a number of sources. A major source are electronic devices, especially cell phones. This electromagnetic radiation unfortunately affects human cells. A term that has come up with this topic is electro-pollution. (Note: It is suggested that you read the book on cell phones before reading the book on molecular resonance effect technology. Electromagnetic radiation is a highly technical topic, a topic that everyone needs to understand.)

    The first resource is about cell phones. The second resource is about Molecular Resonance Effect Technology, also known as MRET. It is used for water and electromagnetic radiation. The third resource is a journal article on wireless radiation and its effect on autism along with treatment. The fourth resource called Exposed adds more information regarding our exposure to electromagnetic radiation and what we can do about it. The fifth resource is EMF∗D by Dr. Joseph Mercola, MD with more information about radiation as well as its effects on our bodies. Both Bill Cadwallader and Dr. Mercola express concern over how the telecommunication industry is pushing for the increased use of cell phones without researching the effects of these phones on human health, especially on children. Both of these two authors discuss how the telecommunication industry attack and slander scientists that discover health issues associated with electromagnetic radiation. (Added 03/25/2012, updated 05/15/2020, coding corrected 05/15/2020, updated 07/31/2020)

    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)

    Exposed: the Electronic Sickening of America and How to Protect Yourself - Includes Dangersof 5G and Smart Devices (2018) by William Y. Cadwallader. (Publisher: Stop Dirty Electricity)

    Book Review:

    The author, Bill Cadwallader, MBA EMRS, is a Certified Electromagnetic Radiation Specialist. He is a former Marine and has spent much of career working with technology. He became interested in this topic as he began to notice deaths and hear about deaths that occurred in conjunction with the heavy use of technology.

    While other resources address cell phones as an issue, there are basically two type of sources of electromagnetic radiation. Cell phones are not the only source of electromagenetic radiation. One is from wires and the other is wireless technology. See the following table:

    Wired Wireless
    • appliances
    • electrical wiring
    • power lines
    • baby monitors
    • cell and cordless phones
    • cell towers
    • surveilance systems
    • WiFi
    • wireless routers
    • wireless utilities meters
      (known as smart meters)

    Interestingly enough, electronic radiation has always existed in nature, on this planet and in our bodies. It can be considered the fourth form of energy. However, it is quite different from the type of radiation found in technology. Below is a list comparing the types of electronic radiation.

    Comparison Chart EMFs in nature versus man-made EMFs
    EMFS in Nature Man-Made EMFs
    • Direct current
    • Very low frequencies
    • Very low power density
      (except with lightening)
    • Non-polarized
    • Few sources
    • Alternating and Direct current
    • Much higher frequencies
    • Much higher power density
    • Polarized
    • Huge number of growing sources

    5G is a type microwave frequency which in the highest frequencies, can use millimeter waves (MMW). It is the fastest, shortest, and highest intensity wave length within the microwave spectrum. The question is really is what is the impact of 5g on human health, on animal health, and our environment. There is discussion about expanding the internet beyond an exchange of information to where the internet can contact devices like smart meters, smart houses, and etc. It is IoT (Internet of the Thing). Where are the following:

    • Pre-market studies
    • Long term studies
    • Any opportunity for an individual to opt out of this technology (especially those sensitive to electromagnetic radiation)
    • It will be everywhere and it will be IoT

    Bill Cadwallader makes a list of suggestions to reduce our exposure to electromagnatic radiation that poses harm to our bodies and our cells. There is something also called dirty electricty. Some suggestions are:

    • Do not use the microwave
    • Keep electronic devices out of the bedroom
    • Use corded phones
    • Avoid using wireless settings on your devices, like the laptop, printers, and other equipment
    To protect yourself and your family from EMR, other suggestions include shielding paint, grounding pads and shielded clothing. Lightbulbs can also be a problem, as well. Not all the ways people use to reduce their exposure to EMR work. To measure this exposure to the four types of radiation, you need to have three meters. They are:
    • A meter that measures WiFi/Wireless/Bluetooth/RF
    • A meter that measures Electric Radiation and Magnetic Radiation
    • A meter that measures Dirty Electricity

    Besides alerting us to the issues of electromagnetic radiation, Bill Cadwallader brings up a more disturbing issue that occurs in the United States. This has to do with the role of industries declaring that their products are safe and skewing their research studies to support this. The author stresses the importance of reading original and independent research. This applies to the tobacco industry, use of formaldehyde, issues on asbestos, issues on lead, issues with pesticides (DDT, DES, dioxin) lead in paint and gasoline, issues with GMOs, air pollution, some of the pharmaceuticals and vaccines, and now we are learning about plastics, especially BPA plastics.

    Unfortunately, games can be played to skew the research favored by the industry, especially if the research is funded by the industry and/or it would affect the profits. The author lists in detail what some of these games are. They unfortunately have history of fighting reputable scientists who have done the research in an ethical manner and those who follow the scientific method. One industry tactic is claim that more research is needed.

    Countries all over the world are becoming aware of these issues regarding EMR harm. They are implementing various measures to protect their citizens, especially children. This is a valuable resource to have on hand and share with family and friends. (Added 06/15/2020)

    EMF∗D: 5G, WiFi, and cell Phones: Hidden Harms and How to Protect Yourself (2020) by Dr. Joseph Mercola. (Publisher: Hay House, Inc.)

    Book Review:

    The author, Dr. Joseph Mercola, MD is a physician that has explored an number of issues relating to nutritional medicine. His more recent book, EMF*D, covers the dangers to human health from the electromagnetic spectrum which covers a broad range of these waves. This book is broken into five main areas. They are:

    • What EMFs are and how they work
    • The science of EMFs and their dangers, as well as the collaboration between the industry and government regulatory agencies in the United States
    • How EMFs damages the body
    • How to repair this damage
    • How to curb EMF exposure and reduce your risk of incurring future damage.
    Dr. Mercola covers a number of concepts that are helpful to obtaining a more complete understanding of what electromagnetic fields are about. Other authors use the term electromagnetic radiation. Below is a table that covers some of these concepts:

    Various Concepts covered regarding Electromagnetic Fields/Electromagnetic Radiation
    Concept Information
    Cordless phones and Cell phones Cordless phones use radio waves to communicate between the base of the phone and handset. Cell phones use have grown exponentially world wide. Cell phone use is dependent on nearby cell towers that receive and transmit radio waves. Video use means more and stronger cell towers.
    Direct Current (DC) and
    Alternating Current (AC)
    Direct current is the one way transfer of energy whereas AC is alternating and two way transfer of energy.
    Dirty electricity Dirty electricity is a high frequency voltage transients, electromagnetic interverence (EMI), and microsurge electrical pollution (MEP).
    Note: Light bulbs can be another source of dirty electricity, along with computers, monitors, TVs, and cell phone towers.
    Electrohypersensitivity About 3% of the population may be considered sensitive. It is not classified as a disease.
    There are varying degrees of sensitivity and it depends on the length of exposure and how much. Even low levels over a long period of time can cause problems.
    (Reviewer's Note: The number is probably higher. As our exposure grows, this is more likely to increase.)
    Common Symptoms:
    • fatigue
    • heart palpitations
    • headaches
    • insomnia
    • sensations of skin prickling
    Other Health Issues:
    • Alzheimer's
    • anxiety
    • cancer
    • decreased sperm count
    • depression
    • impaired sleep
    • infertility (and more miscarriages)
    • poor concentrations
    • tinnitus
    Note #1: Other health issues are covered.
    Note #2: Dr. Mercola covers in detail the various effects of EMFs on our bodies, especially on the role of calcium, its damage to the DNA, and a number of neurodegenerative diseases, including autism and ADD/ADHD.
    Note #3: It affects animals, insect population, and plants.
    Note #4: It is more dangerous to children and their brains are at higher risk. It can even affect the fetus.
    Note #5: We are seeing a higher suicide rate in young people. It affects the blood brain barrier, which is essential to protect the brain from potential harm.
    Note #6: Affects the NADHPH levels, which is the battery of your cell. It can be reduced. Dr. Mercola covers the ways that this can be increased. Additional details are covered as well as which nutrients are beneficial.
    Note #7: Schools that are being built or retrofitted to include this new technology, need to address issues relating to EMF/EMR.
    Electromagnetic Spectrum The electromagnetic spectrum refers to the full range from 3 Hz to 10 to the power of 22 Hz. However, there are different types of electromagnetic fields or categories. They include:
    • microwaves
    • radio and tv waves
    • radioactive elements
    • sunlight (a natural occurring one)
    • ultra-violet light
    • visible light
    • x-rays
    These electromagnetic fields can be ionizing or non-ionizing, and both of these types cause problems.
    FCC FCC is the abbreviation for the Federal Communications Commission, an U.S. federal agency that oversees the electromagnetic spectrum. They are not involved in testing the health outcomes from electromagnetic radiation exposure. The testing that they have done has been extremely limited, using a plastic facsimile of a human head (based on a 220 lb man) to measure the SAR, specific absorption rate, something that doesn't apply to women and children. This protocol does not measure cellular changes. Unfortunately, the FCC has eliminated the rights of municipalities to say where these 5G antennas can be situated (Court case dated January 2019 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit Court with the FCC against Los Angeles, California).
    Note #1: Other scientists are speaking out.
    Note #2: Safer alternatives are available like fiber optics.
    5G 5G refers to the fifth generation of developing electromagnetic fields with the capacity to use the internet to connect appliances with the internet, like smart meters. It is laying the groundwork for creating the Internet of Things or IoT. However, very few areas will be able to escape exposure to this form of EMF. It will be using millimeter waves (MMW). However, 5G has not been tested for long term safety and its effects on microbes, insects, animals, and plants. Some of the health effects of 5G include:
    • coldness
    • hallucinations
    • pain
    • paralysis
    • all of the above
    Note: Dr. Mercola lists other health problems that develop as a result of 5G exposure.
    HERTZ Hertz is the measurement in measuring the number of waves that pass through a fixed point per second in the electromagnetic spectrum. It can range from 3 Hz to 10 to the power of 22 (gamma rays). These units are:
    • 1000 Hz is Kilohertz (thousand)
    • 1,000,000 Hz is Megahertz (million)
    • 1,000,000,000 HZ is Gigahertz (billion)
    Note: 10 to the power of 22 means 10 times 10 times 10, etc. 22 times.
    Magnetic Fields Magnetic fields have two components. One is an electric fields and the second one is a magnetic field. There are a number of sources for magnetic fields.
    Meters Dr. Mercola covers which meters can be purchased and used to measure exposure to electromagnetic fields for four types of fields. They include:
    • radio frequency (RF) coming from cell phones, WiFi, and smart meters.
    • magnetic fields
    • electric fields
    • dirty electricity
    Various types of meters are covered. Generally, you will need at least two types of meters to cover all of the EMF exposures.
    Natural sources of radiation Our exposure to natural sources of radiation are in much lower frequencies, except for lightening. They include:
    • atmosphere's electric field
    • Earth's magnetic field
    • from our own cells
    • the sun
    Radio Frequency A frequency or band of frequencies in the range 104 to 1011 or 1012 Hz, suitable for telecommunications use.
    Sources of Electromagnetic Radiation Two main types of sources are from devices that we own and use and the other is external from cell towers, wireless hotspots, and satellites. The top six sources of EMFs in the home are:
    • bluetooth (devices that can transmit and receive data from other devices)
    • cell phones, laptops, and tablets
    • cordless DECT phones (Digital Enhanced Cordless Technology)
    • microwave ovens
    • smart meters, such as smart electric, gas, and water meters
    • WiFi routers (allows wireless access to the internet)
    (Note: The type of EMF that is part of our environment, this is not the focus of this topic.)
    Telecommunications Act
    of 1996
    Unfortunately, this 1996 U.S. law gave huge concessions to the wireless industry and blocked state and local governments from having a say in the placement, construction, modification of personal wireless service facilities. In other words, the industry can place cell towers wherever they like. This act is definitely in need of serious overhaul and need to include valid research findings on the health effects of cell towers and various electromagnetic fields.
    Note #1: Congressmen and congresswomen should not own stock in the telecommunications industry or accept their campaign contributions.
    Note #2: The Center for Disease Control did recommend caution on cell phone use, but this language has since been removed.

    How to protect yourself and family from EMFs, first reduce your exposure to EMFs. By using meters, you can identify these sources. Dr. Mercola goes into detail the various methods that can be utilized to reduce your exposure.

        First, reduce your exposure in your home, and use landlines instead of wireless connections.
        Second, make your bedroom and sleeping area a free EMF area.
        Third, children should not be given cell phones, especially young children.
        Four, there are filters that can be used, specialized types of filters, to reduce electromagnetic radiation.
        Five, light bulbs can be a source of radiation and stick to using incandescent light bulbs.
        Six, some equipment like baby monitors should not be used.
        Seven, there is something called sheilding paint and even EMF protective clothing.
    This is among few of the suggestions listed in his book.

    Unforunately, some of the research especially ones funded by the industry are biased and extensive spending by lobbyists have taken place to sway legislators and to state that the science in inconclusive. One tactic that the industry has engaged in is smearing scientists who found that there were problems with cell phone use as well as electromagnetic radiation exposure. This is a valuable resource to have on hand and share with family, friends, and most importantly, to people elected to public office, state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. (Added 07/31/2020)

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    Some people say that ignorance is bliss. Unfortunately, this is cannot be farther from the truth. As we learn more and more about the harmful effects caused by electropollution, this is an issue that all of us need to be concerned, as the use of electronic devices and tools increase and become more pervasive in our environment. The term electropollution is being used to address all forms of waves that are emitted from devices, wiring, cell towers and cell phones, computers, transformers, and etc. Unfortunately, this form of electronic activity is invisible. We have a resource that addresses this topic and some of the strategies that can be used to protect ourselves. Even our bodies have electrical energy, on a very low level. We are sensitive to various forms of electrical energy. It would be interesting to see if there is a connection between experiencing pain and our exposure to electropollution. For more technical information, see the section that covers electromagnetic radiation and fields. (Added 01/10/2022)

    Zapped: why your cell phones shouldn't be your alarm clock and 1,268 ways to outsmart the hazards of electronic pollution (2010) by Ann Louis Gittleman. (Publisher: HarperCollins) (Added 01/10/2022)

    Book Review:

    The author, Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS is a well known nutritionist, who found herself unexpectedly with a cell phone induced parotid gland tumor. Below is a table highlighting some of the major concepts pertaining to electropollution.

    Some Main Ideas Regarding Electropollution
    Concept Information
    Biophotons Biophotons are biological light particles and the smallest unit of electromagnetic radiation. Sick people have weak and chaotic biophoton radiation. They are also directed thorugh the body's system of meridians to specific organs or tissues that need them. Our cells send out frequencies when they need a specific nutrient. Think of each of us as an electric battery.
    Cells, Interrupted Electropollution can affect the electrical impulses that carries messages across the cell members either by causing a signal/message to drop or pickup outside interference. Cells have receptors and they can become overwhelmed. Other issues include:
    • Cellular membranes can be disrupted
    • Substances can leak from ruptured cells and damage your cellular DNA.
    • Cellular cell division can be disrupted
    • It can create oxidative stress and free radicals
    Note #1: Free radicals can contribute to arthritis by oxidizing joint fluid, and making it harder for nutrients to enter and leave cellular tissue.
    Note #2: A root cause of aging and other diseases.
    Note #3: EMFs can interfere with the body's production of melatonin and the pineal gland, causing sleep disturbances.
    Cortisol Fluctuations in cortisol can lead to numerous health disorders. A partial listing includes:
    • accelerated aging
    • autoimmune disease
    • belly fat
    • blood sugar ups and downs
    • erratic sleep patterns
    • mood disturbances
    • reduced immunity
    Electromagnetic Spectrum There are four main categories of the electrical energy.
    • ELF means extremely low frequency
    • RF stands for radio frequency (like what is found in microwave and also low frequency)
    • Dirty electricity (intermediate)
    • Ionizing radiation, x-rays, and gamma rays (highest)
    Below is a more detailed listing. There is a broad range of electromagnetic energy ranging frmo 10 ZHz to minus 10 Hz. Below is a list ranging from the lowest to the highest:
    • ELF (extremely low frequency)
    • Electricity (from power lines)
    • Radio
    • Television
    • Cell Phones
    • Radar
    • Microwaves
    • Infrared
    • Visible Light
    • Ultraviolet
    • X Rays
    • Gamma Rays
    Note #1: Electrical energy travels in waves of various widths, lengths, and speed (like a sine wave).
    Note #2: The author defines basic terms pertaining to electromagnetic energy.
    Electrosensitivy This refers to how sensitive you might be to exposure to electropollution. This varies from person to person. Children are definitely more sensitive and the author explains why.
    Exposure to Electropollution Exposure to electropollution can cause other symptoms.
    • Reduce melatonin levels
    • Produce more stress hormones such as cortisol
    • Increase heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and neurotransmtter acetylcholine (an excitability neurotransmitters)
    Note #1: It also stresses our endocrine system, digestive system, and reproductive system (increasing infertility issues).
    Nutritional Tools The author covers major nutrients that can help our bodies fight electropollution. They include:
    • Melatonin - It increases the antioxidant activity of two powerful chemicals. They are glutathione peroxidase and superoxide dismutase (SOD). Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant. Low levels can cause insomnia as well as trigger cancer.
    • Glutamine - the body's primary antioxidant
    • Superoxide dismutase (SOD) helsp repair cells damaged by free radicals.
    ORAC ORAC means Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. Foods high in ORAC are more beneficial, starting with artichokes.
    Superfoods The author lists superfoods that can help us cope better with exposure to electromagnetic radiation. She also explains why they and how they are beneficial. Below is a list by order of being most beneficial starting with artichokes.
    • 1. Artichokes
    • 2. Asparagus
    • 3. Blueberries
    • 4. Cinnamon (specific type)
    • 5. Cranberries
    • 6. Cruciferous vegetables
    • 7. Cumin
    • 8. Garlic
    • 9. Grass fed beef
    • 10. Mu.shrooms
    • 11. Olive Oil
    • 12. Pomegranate Juice
    • 13. Prunes (dried)
    • 14. Red beans
    • 15. Rosemary
    • 16. Sea vegetables
    • 17. Tart cherries
    • 18. Turmeric
    • 19. Wild Alaskan Salmon
    • 20. Walnuts
    • 21. Yogurt
    Note #1: See information on ORAC.
    Thyroid Issues Low levels of radiation can affect the thyroid. Unfortunately, hypothyroidism can cause:
    • cold intolerance
    • constipation
    • depression
    • fatigue
    • joint pain
    • low heart rate
    • muscle cramps
    Note: There are a few other issues, too.
    Water Water crystals can respond to negative and positive emotions.
    Minerals and Supplements The author covers minerals and supplements that are beneficial (listed in alphabetical order). First, general ones are listed. Second, more significant ones are listed. Minerals are essential to cellular health and are the front line of defense against electromagnetic radiation/fields. It is suggested that testing be done to assess one's baseline.
    • Calcium
    • Chromium
    • Magnesium
    • Manganese
    • Melatonin
    • Phosphorus
    • Potassium
    • Selenium
    • Sulfur
    • Zinc
    Other supplements are listed and the benefits that they provide:
    • Alpha Lipoic Acid
    • Coenzyme Q10
    • Glutathione
    • Honeybee Propolis/Royal Jelly
    • Melatonin
    • Milk thistle
    • NAC for N-Acetyl-Cysteine
    • Sea Buckhorn
    • Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)
    • Ultra H-3
    • Vitamin D
    • Whey (source is specified)

    Unfortunately, electropollution is odorless, colorless, and invisible. In regards to public safety, this is something that our government needs to pay more atention when it comes to electropollution. The current safety standards that are in place are not going to keep us safe. It is noted that the telecommunications industry convinced the FDA to allow cell phones to be sold without any premarket testing. Children are definitely much more vulnerable to electropollution and should not be given cell phones. Suggestions are given on how to protect our children. It is noted that when rural areas became electrified, lifestyle diseases started matching with urban areas. Radon is mentioned.

    The author includes a questionnaire to assess your home. There are tools that can be used to measure electromagnetic radiation in your environment. Medical imaging and other medical procedures can increase our exposure to electropollution. The author also includes recipes. At the end of the book, the author lists recommendations on how to reduce exposure to electromagnetic radiation. This is a useful resource, with strategies one can use to protect themselves from the harmful effects of electropollution. It is noted that the author has a website that can post more current information at

    (Added 01/10/2022)

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    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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    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: (Added 06/14/2016)

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    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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    As the number of chemicals increases and used in the United States and elsewhere, most of these chemicals are not tested for their safety and effectiveness on human, animal, and even plant health. However, one place where we can minimize our exposure to toxins that can cause harm to our health is in our homes. Environmental toxins besides chemicals also include noise exposure, radiation, building materials, workplace stress, and personal care products. We have an excellent resource that addresses the various steps one can take to keep our homes as clean and healthy as possible. Making these baby steps in cleaning up our homes can go a long way keeping ourselves as healthy as possible. It appears that new products and technical gadgets are designed in this country without first testing their impact on human health, especially for children who are more vulnerable than adults. We, in a sense, become the actual guinea pigs. We have one resource that covers environmental toxins in the home called The Healthy Home by Dave Wentz and Dr. Myron Wentz.

    This section list books that discuss in detail specific chemicals and other environmental toxins, what they are, problems with their use, and other information. The first one is called The Household Pollutants Guide by the Center in the Public Interest. The second one is Work is Dangerous to your Health by Jeanne M. Stellman, Ph.D. and Susan M. Daum, MD. The third book addresses the impact of environmental toxins on children's health. Children and fetuses are more vulnerable to effects of toxins in the environment.

    This website covers other topics like detoxification and specific substances that are not good for us (Detoxification, Bromine, Fluoride, Mercury, and etc.). (Added 06/11/2017, updated 09/11/2017, updated 12/11/2018)

    Book on Environmental Toxins:

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

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

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

    Children and Environmental Toxins: what everyone needs to know (2018) by Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSC, and FAAP and Mary M. Landrigan, MPA. (Publisher: Oxford University Press) (Added 12/11/2018)

    Book Review:

    If there is ever a book that needs to be in the hands of every public official, legislator, pediatrician and educator, it is this book. It is also book that needs to be read by every voter and everyone planning a family. The growing use of chemicals in the past century is emerging as a major threat to everyone's health, especially children. This includes animal life, insect life, bird life, sea life, and plant life. When chemicals are used regardless of where and when, the issue is where do these chemicals end up? Are these chemicals tested for their safety before being used? In a number of cases, chemicals can spread into the atmosphere, the air, as well as the soil, and in the ground water, rivers, and streams and remain in that environment for a considerable length of time. It some cases, it can remain in the environment for decades.

    Over 200 synthetic chemicals are found in bodies, including breast milk. As for children's health, there has been a dramatic increases in non-communicable diseases. This includes:

    • ADD/ADHD
    • asthma (one in ten children)
    • autism (now one in 68 children)
    • birth defects (certain birth defects have more than doubled)
    • cancer - leukemia and brain cancer
    • childhood cancer
    • diabetes
    • learning disabilities (one in six children)
    • lowering IQ levels
    • obesity - childhood obesity has tripled
    • reproductive problems becoming more common
    • Type 2 diabetes is occurring at younger ages
    Children are being exposed to:
    • lead
    • methylmercury
    • organophosphate
    • pesticides
    • polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
    One major problem with this chemical soup exposure is that we don't have complete control of where these substances land or end up. The other problem with a number of these chemicals that a number of them are endocrine disrupters. They can affect the hormone and endocrine system two ways. One, they can mimic natural hormones. Two, or they can block certain hormone reactions. This affect the body's reproductive systems. More people are experiencing infertility issues.

    Another major problem with these chemicals is that most of them are not tested for their impact on human (and animal, plant, insect, sea life, and etc. life). 85,000 chemicals have been reported to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Less is known about effects of more than one toxic substance at the same time and their synergetic impact.

    Exposure to specific or groups of chemicals may trigger health issues at a later time in a person's life. This includes hypertension, heart disease, stroke, cancer and neurodegenitive diseases. Some of these chemicals can cross the placenta barrier and interfere with fetal development. Children are more vulnerable to environmental toxins for the following reasons:
    • Children are more exposed to environmental toxins because of their smaller body size.
    • Children's metabolic pathways are immature and are still developing.
    • Children are undergoing rapid development and growth and this process can easily be disrupted by environmental toxins.
    • Children have years ahead of them and are vulnerable to diseases with a latency or incubation period (delayed onset of disease).
    While there are some regulations regarding environmental toxins, the older regulations does not take into account the impact of environmental toxins on children. This includes fetuses. Five concepts regarding environmental toxins are outlined by the authors.
    • One, chemical toxicity in children can occur with minimal or no symptoms. This is known as subclinical toxicity. (Note: Subclinical toxicity can be measured by IQ tests, x rays, and lung function tests.) It turns out that toxic chemicals can leave a biochemical footprint in the body.
    • Two, there are social implications for subclinical toxicity in our society. There are long term implications especially for school systems and the ability of children to learn. On a long term basis, a number of people in our prisons have learning and behavioral issues.
    • Three, epidemiological studies (health outcomes on specific populations) based on advances in exposure and measurement technology are now possible to measure the real impact of environmental toxins on children.
    • Four, studies that have made use of new, sensitive, biological markers on health outcomes.
    • Five, after decoding the human genome, scientists now better understand the impact of the environment on our DNA and why children have different susceiptibilties to toxic chemicals.
    The authors cover in detail some of the toxic chemicals and the harm that they cause. They can be pesticides, herbicides, solvents, drugs like steroids and DES, heavy metals, radiation, and plastics. It can include food additives like artificial coloring, artificial flavoring, emulsifiers, preservatives, and stabilizers. Another issue are geneticially modified organisms (GMOs). Endocrine disruptors affect the endocrine glands' ability to function properly. (Note: The endocrine glands include the pituitary, thyroid, pancreas, adrenal glands, ovaries for females, and testes for males.) Where these endocrine disruptors are found are covered. There are chemicals known as obesogens that facilitate obesity. Issues on flame retardants are addressed.

    Toxins in the home, cleaning products, personal care products, in the schools, in daycare are covered. Issues in our food supply are addressed. Some specific chemicals are covered. While communicable diseases are on the decline, non-communicable diseases are increasing in our children. The authors cover what existing regulations we have on the books addressing environmental issues and what more work needs to be done. This valuable resource includes resources, references, and an index. (Added 12/11/2018).

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    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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    The use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes goes back centuries. It was used in ancient Egypt, in ancient Rome and Greece. It is a plant based approach for medicinal and therapeutic purposes. Essential oils are made from leaves, roots, flowers, and bark of plants. There are basically three ways essential oils can be used. It can be used as an aroma, placed on the skin, or taken internally. If placed on the skin, it can be undiluted or diluted with a carrier liquid like fractionated coconut oil.

    Essential oils are different from prescription drugs that focuses on one or two molecules and many of these drugs are synthetic. Essential oils uses the plant and should not contain or include synthetic substances. We have a reference book that addresses essential oils. For those interested in using essential oils, it is important to obtain them from a reputable source and follow the directions on how to use them. One advantage of essential oils are that they are in a form easily received by the body.

    We have one general resource that covers essential oils in depth. Specific essential oil companies will have their own reference guide on the use of their oils. The resources by Kymberly Keniston-Pond and Stephanie Tourles provide additional information on essential oils. (Added 03/28/2017, Updated 03//2019)

    Book on Essential Oils:

    Essential oils: all-natural remedies and recipes for your mind, body, and home (2016) by Susan Curtis, Pat Thomas, and Fran Johnson. (Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Limited DK, division of Penguin Random House LLC) (Added 08/15/2019)

    Essential oils: your guide to understanding and using essential oils 101 (2017) by Kymberly Keniston-Pon, CIR, CFR, CCMA. (Publisher: Adamsmedia) (Added 03/28/2019)

    Essential Oils Natural Remedies: the complete A-Z reference of essential oils for health and healting (2015) (Publisher: Althea Press) (Added 03/28/2017)

    Stephanie Tourles's Essential Oils: a beginner's guide (2018) by Stephanie Tourles. (Publisher: Storey Publishing) (Added 03//2019) (Added 03/28/2017)

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    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.


    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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    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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    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: (Added 02/06/2014)

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    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 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 (Added 04/01/2016)

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    In this section, we cover the FODMAP diet, a diet originally developed in Australia to deal with digestive issues. This starts with IBS, irritable bowel syndrome. One of the authors talks about different types of IBS issues. As many as one in five Americans suffer from digestive disorders. The FODMAP has been found to provide relief for 75% of the people suffering from IBS, irritable bowel syndrome. It may help people experiencing leaky gut issues.

    The FODMAP is an acronym for:

    • F is fermentable
    • O is for oligosaccharides (includes fructans and galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS))
    • D is for disaccharides (includes lactose which contains glucose and galactose)
    • M is for monosaccharides (includes fructose)
    • P is for and polyols (includes sugar alcohols such as maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol, and xylitol)
    A healthy digestive system has healthy bacteria that is able to break down the sugars, sugars that produce hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane gas. This can cause bloating and discomfort. However, some people are more sensitive to these sugars. For these people, they experience more issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Also, saccharides means sugar.

    Danielle Capalino and Patsy Catso, both registered dietitians, cover the protocol for undertaking the FODMAP diet. Foods that are high or low FODMAP are listed. There are two ways of implementing the testing phase. One, is to test all of the various sugars or two, test specific types of sugars. Before implementating this diet, it is a good idea to document your baseline symptoms (foods you eat along with its preparation) and digestive activity. This will help the practitioner working with you to fine tune your digestive protocol.

    The FODMAP protocol is a three step process.
    • Phase one is the elimination diet (2 weeks), eliminating the high FODMAP foods
    • Phase two is the testing
    • Phase three is the personalization
    An alternative elimination diet that focuses on specific sugars is:
  • Week one - avoid lactose
  • Week two - avoid excess fructose
  • Week three - avoid fructans
  • Week four - avoid galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS)
  • Week five - avoid polyols

  • The FODMAP diet is more than just a yes and no for specific foods. Some people may react to just one of the sugars or multiple sugars. Some of the problem foods can be taken as long as it is a small amount. In this case portion size does matter. This is part of personalizing the FODMAP diet. Other people may have other issues such as gluten issues and/or autoimmune issues. The FODMAP diet focuses on sugars whereas the gluten free diet focuses on gluten proteins. It is important to also monitor medications (over the counter and prescription) that have high levels of FODMAP ingredients.

    SIBO is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, where there is too much bacteria in the small intestine, and a breath test can measure this. Treatment for SIBO is antibiotics and low FODMAP diet. Keep added sugars to a minimum.

    We have four resources covering the FODMAP diet. Danielle Capalino and Patsy Catso cover in detail what the FODMAP diet protocol along with recipes. The other two resources are FODMAP cookbooks by Dianne Fastenow Benjamin and Karen Frazier. (Added 01/30/2019)


    Healthy Gut, Flat Stomach: the fast and easy low FODMAP Diet plan (2017) by Danielle Capalino. (Publisher: The Countryman Press) (Added 01/30/2019)

    The IBS Elimination Diet and Cookbook (2017) by Patsy Catsos, MS, RD, LD. (Publisher: Harmony Books) (Added 01/30/2019)

    Patsy Catsos writes in considerable detail about the IBS Elimination Diet. 87% of the people with IBS improve on the FODMAP diet. This diet was originally developed in Australia, at Box Hill Hospital and Monash University. FODMAPs are about natural sugars that are in foods. All FODMAPs have a few things in common:

    1. They may be poorly absorbed in the small intestine. As hours go by after a meal, these carbohydrates linger in the intestines.
    2. They are the favorite foods of the bacteria that live in your gut. When the bacteria eat FODMAPs, they produce gas.
    3. FODMAPs can act like a sponge to draw and hold excess fluid in the intestines.
    This combination of gas and fluid can cause the intestines to swell up like a balloon. To implement this program, the following steps are:
    1. Get ready, educate yourself about FODMAPs and consult your physician and dietitian.
    2. Record your baseline symptoms
    3. Plan your diet and go shopping
    4. Eliminate high FODMAP foods from your list
    5. Monitor your symptoms and compare them to your baseline
    6. Reintroduce FODMAPs and monitor your symptoms
    7. Evaluate your results
    8. Enjoy the most liberal and varied diet you can tolerate
    Those with IBS has a digestive system that does not function properly. They may experience the following symptoms:
    • A sense of incomplete evacuation
    • Abdominal pain or cramping
    • Alternating diarrhea and constipation
    • Bloating (abdominal fullness, pressure, or a sensation of trapped gas, not to be confused with excess belly fat)
    • Constipation (hard, dry, or infrequent bowel movement)
    • Diarrhea (loose, watery, or frequent bowel movements)
    • Distention (bouts of measurable increase in girth—can be seen on the outside
    • Excess gas (wind)
    • Fatigue
    • Urgency to use the toilet
    IBS can be:
    • IBS-C (constipation predominant)
    • IBS-D (diarrhea predominant)
    • IBS-M (mixed bowel pattern)
    Reasons for IBS can be:
    1. Poor coordination or spasms of the intestinal muscles as they move food through the digestive system
    2. Heightened pain when excess gas or fluid builds up in the intestines. This is called visceral hypersensitivity.
    3. Miscommunication between the cut and the brain, stress may play a role here in ways that are unclear at this time.
    4. Low grade inflammation or auto-immunity
    5. Imbalance in the gut microbiome (microbes that live in the gut which includes bacteria, yeasts, and archaea)
    Related health issues to IBS can include:
    1. Anal or rectal problems such as abscesses, skin tags, fissures or hemorrhoids
    2. Aching joints or inflammatory arthritis
    3. Poor growth (in children) or failure to thrive
    4. Itchy rash
    5. Family history of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, or ovarian cancer
    6. Foul smelling or greasy stools
    7. Osteoporosis or osteopenia
    Sample surveys are included, one on the baseline symptom survey. Different plans are provided for reintroducing high FODMAP foods (challenge of the various sugars, one type of sugar at a time, or a combination). Along with recipes, this resource includes bibliography and readings, a general index, and a recipe index. (Added 01/30/2019)

    The Low-FODMAP Cookbook: 100 delicious, gut friendly recipes for IBS and other digestive disorders (2016) by Dianne Fastenow Benjamin (Publisher: Fair Winds) (Added 01/30/2019)

    The Quick and Easy IBS Relief Cookbook (2017) by Karen Frazier. (Publisher: Rockridge Press) (Added 01/30/2019)

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    A major source of toxins that can cause harm to our health is through food and beverages. This applies to both plant based food sources and animal sources of food. In a number of cases, these toxic substances are in our environment (like in our water supply, in the soil, and in the atmosphere) and in other cases, it is part of the processing used in preparing food for human consumption. For plant based foods, the use of pesticides and other chemicals in growing food can cause health issues. The use of chemicals in processing foods poses another concern or chemicals used as additives to food supply and beverages. The use of antibiotics in livestock raised in factory type of environment can cause a number of other problems. We have one resource that addresses these concerns in detail. This review includes page numbers in parentheses where the information is posted in the book.

    We have a second resource that explains in more detail health issues associated with heavy metals found in our food written by Dr. Renee Joy Dufault. (Added 02/20/2018), (Updated 07/10/2019)

    Books on Food Chemicals:

    Food Forensics: the hidden toxins lurking in your food and how you can avoid them for lifelong health (2016) by Mike Adams. (Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.) (Added 02/20/2018)

    Book Review:

    This book raises a number of questions regarding food safety from harmful chemicals. It also raises questions about government regulation and oversight on our food supply and its impact on human health and all other forms of life in the United States. This issue is also true for other parts of the world. Mike Adams has performed a major public service in addressing this topic. These substances are found in all types of food, even organic food, in powders, in dietary supplements, and even in personal care products. Mike Adams uses the following technology to measure heavy metals and other elements in low concentrations. This technology includes (pages ix, xi):

    • inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry instrument (ICP-MS)
    • liquid chromatography - mass spectrometry (LC-MS) (Detect pesticides, herbicides, and other organic molecules)

    Where are these substances found? They include the following (page 3):

    • emulsifiers
    • fertilizers
    • food additives
    • fungicides
    • herbicides
    • insecticides
    • pesticides
    • preservatives
    • rodenticides

    The first part of this book addresses heavy metals. Heavy metals have been released into our environment. Our bodies absorb it by breathing the air, ingesting it via food, and it can be absorbed through our skin. This affects not just human life. It also affects animals, plants, and fungi. It can cause or trigger the following health issues (page 2):

    • cancer
    • heart and lung ailments
    • immunological and digestive disorders
    • inflammation (systemic)
    • neurological damage
    • organ failure
    The real danger of these toxins is that they can alter our DNA (the blueprint that is inside the cell) and DNA methylation. This also results in (page 6):
    • decline in cognitive function (intelligence)
    • cancer
    • infertility

    The following organizations (many of them government) that set standards on safety levels for various chemicals include (page 13):

    • California Proposition 65
    • European Food Safety Authority
    • European Union
    • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
    • The Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain
    • U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention
    • United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    • United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    • World Health Organization
    Below is a table that highlights some of the issues associated with these toxins.

    Listing of Various Unsafe Chemicals in the Food Supply
    Type of
    Name Information
    Various Factors Affecting Livestock As we become more acquainted with the use of large feedlots to raise livestock, using a grain based diet (not their normal diet), there are issues with their sanitation, increased health issues and disease, use of antibiotics, and substances added to their food (that is not good for our health, either). It is suggested that meat be purchased from small farms that raise grass fed animals. These issues cover beef, chicken, and farmed fish. The author lists various antibiotics used on livestock. Most of the antibiotics used in this country are actually used for livestock, not on humans. (page 185)
    Chemical Contaminant Bisphenol A (BPA) Bisphenol A is a type of plastic. There are others. This issue here is bioaccumulation, where levels build up within the body. It contributes to reproductive problems, infertility, birth defects, obesity, and cancer. Other problems exist.
    Note: It is strongly recommended not to place hot foods into plastic containers. Safer containers are ones made out of glass, stainless steel, and ceramics. (page 100)
    Hexane Hexane is a volatile, flammable, and a petroleum solvent and it is used in processing various foods. One use is extracting proteins from soybeans. (page 107)
    Pesticides Pesticides are used for agricultural purposes and the use of these pesticides has increased exponentially worldwide. GMO seeds are playing a role in pesticide use. We are also seeing glyphosate in food, a major component in Roundup. The author covers various pesticides. It is unfortunately affecting adversely the bee population. A third of our food grown depends upon the bees for pollination. (page 112)
    Food Ingredients as Contaminants Artificial Colors Artificial colors have been linked to childhood hyperactivity. The late Dr. Benjamin Feingold, MD pioneered in his research and findings on the role of artificial colors on childhood hyperactivity. There are two types of artificial colors. One is dyes, used for water based products and the second one is lake, used in oils and fats. An alternative is to use natural food colorings. (page 146)
    Aspartame Aspartame is an excitotoxin, causing brain cells to get so excited that they die. It is used heavily in diet based beverages. There are a number of problems associated with aspartame. The dairy industry wants to add aspartame to milk without labeling. (page 130)
    Chemical Preservatives Many of these chemical preservatives are designed to extend the shelf life of food. The author lists a number of them as well as the harm that they can cause. Common ones are BHT, BHA, and TBHQ. They are derived from coal tar and petroleum. It has been found to be a factor in behavioral and ADHD problems in children. Sulfites are used to prevent food spoilage and is found in restaurant food. Autistic children have problems removing excess sulfur from their bodies. (page 157)
    Emulsifiers and Thickening Agents One problem emulsifier mentioned is carrageenan and it has been found to cause gastrointestinal inflammation and cancer. Another one that is covered is soy lecithin which is derived from GMO soy. A third one mentioned is sodium nitrate. Others are listed. (page 166)
    Molecular Alteration of Food One type of molecular alteration is the homogenization of milk, spreading the milk fat throughout the liquid. It has been found to raise the xanthine oxidase (XO) levels. Another one is hydrogenated fats. It takes vegetables oils that are liquid at room temperature and are changed into a more solid form like margarine. This causes problems for our arteries. Trans fats are also not good, either and it can still be in our food if it is less than .5 grams. (page 178)
    Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Monosodium glutamate is an excitotoxin like aspartame. It can damage the retina and cause liver and kidney damage. MSG is not necessarily labeled and it is hidden in a number of ingredients like yeast extract, textured protein, soy protein isolate, and list goes on. MSG has been added to growth enhancement products, fertilizers, and pesticides. (page 138)
    Heavy Metals Aluminum Aluminum can come from industrial emissions released into the atmosphere and air. Another source of exposure are aluminum cans. The presence of fluoride increases aluminum bioavailability. It does accumulate in the bones and crosses the blood/brain barrier. It is being used in vaccines as an adjuvant. Aluminum has been found to be a factor in Alzheimer's. (page 86)
    Arsenic Arsenic has been used in pesticides and fertilizers. It is also found in sewage sludge as a biosolid along with other heavy metals. It is also used in treated wood. (page 14)
    Cadmium Cadmium is a heavy metal that damages all cells in the body. It targets the kidneys, liver, and the vascular (circulation) system. (page 78)
    Copper Copper needs to be balanced with zinc. Zinc and copper compete with each other. Too much copper impairs the thyroid and causes other problems. It includes anxiety, depression, and autism. (page 92)
    Lead There is really no safe level of exposure for lead. It is definitely harmful to our children. Lead crosses the placenta during pregnancy and decreases IQ levels. It accumulates in the bones. For the elderly, it plays a role in dementia and negative mental health issues. (page 67)
    Mercury Mercury is used in a number of consumer goods like thermometers, batteries, and light bulbs. It is used in vaccines and pesticides. The author lists various health issues stemming from mercury exposure. For more information on mercury that is covered in this website, check Mercury (Chemical) (page 37).
    Tin Tin is used in canned goods and has been used for a long time. It competes with zinc. (page 96)

    To get an understanding of how even small infinitely small amounts of heavy metals can cause harm, we have a chart showing what is the so-called safe levels in heavy metals.

    Table Listing "Safe" Levels of Heavy Metals
    (pages x-xi)
    Name of Metal Limits Established by EPA
    (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
    Harm it Causes
    Arsenic .010 ppb (parts per billion) It is neurotoxic, causes cancer, developmental issues, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
    Cadmium 0.001 mg/kg/d (amount depends upon body weight) Among a number of issues, it is a reproductive toxin.
    Lead 50 ppb (parts per billion) Lead is dangerous to children.
    Mercury 2 ppb (parts per billion) Mercury causes a number of health issues.
    Tungsten 5 ppm (parts per million) Tungsten increases the likelihood of strokes.

    The author addresses detoxification methods like filtering tap water, issues with teas (they are high in lead and fluoride), the use of infrared saunas and sweat lodges, and etc. Serious detoxification needs to be done under medical supervision. The best approach is to avoid exposure to these toxins in the first place. (page 201)

    This is a great resource to have on hand for everyone. This includes both consumers and ethical companies that make our food possible. Use of lead and exposure to lead led to the downfall of the Roman Empire. It is no laughing matter our exposure to toxins and much of it is from food. This resource makes a powerful statement that toxins have leached into our food supply and this includes personal care products. It is recommended that food, especially processed food, be tested for toxic substances. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs to take the lead role in this endeavor. Testing needs to be done by an independent party with no ties to the industry. We cannot have a fox guarding the chickens. While some companies are trying to clean up the various toxins found in their products, not all of them do that. In fact, the FDA and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) have not set up limits for heavy metals in foods, beverages, and dietary supplements. The presence of toxins is also a problem for food that is considered organic. (page xiv)

    This problem of toxins in our food supply is not just a problem in the United States. It is a worldwide problem. Mike Adams addresses the international standards used on testing toxins. There are a number of organizations in the world that regulate the level of toxins found in a variety of substances, especially food. Even tattoo inks have been found to contain heavy metals. It is not just acute exposure to these toxins that is a problem, it is also long term exposure to low levels that can trigger health issues. A substantial portion of the book lists data on a number of products, levels of heavy metals and other elements. This resource includes an extensive listing of references or endnotes as well as an index. (Added 02/20/2018)

    Website for Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

    For more information about Mike Adams and his work, his website address is: (Added 02/20/2018)

    Unsafe at Any Meal: what the FDA does not want you to know about the foods you eat (2017) by Dr. Renee Joy Dufault. (Publisher: SquareOne Publishers) (Added 07/10/2019)

    Book Review:

    The author, Dr. Renee Joy Dufault has a background in environmental policy analysis and planning and a doctorate in health education. She has worked for a number of U.S. government agencies including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). After leaving the government, she founded the non-profit Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute (FIHRI). What Dr. Dufault has done in this book is explain the relationship of the various toxins (defined toxicants), especially heavy metals such as mercury and lead in our food, and the impact it has on health. This includes the mushrooming obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemics, cardiovascular health, and other health issues.

    As the food supply has become increasingly processed, we are now paying a price when it comes to our health as well as our ability to have healthy children. The issue with processed food is the levels of inorganic mercury. There are actually two types of mercury. There is the organic and inorganic form of mercury. Mercury is used to make high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and it is also found in medicines. It is used as a biocide, to kill germs and pathogenic organisms, including mold. It is in a number of baby products ands lengthens shelf life. Two main considerations regarding these chemicals are:

    • One, the amount or level of the substance; and
    • Two, genetic susceptibility, which varies from person to person
    As everyone's exposure varies as well as individual susceptibility to a particular substance varies, what is safe for one person may not be safe for another person. This is essentially true with exposure to adults, as well as exposure to infants and children. These substances are now being found to play a role in the following health conditions:
    • Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Autism
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Diabetes, Type 2
    • High blood pressure
    • High blood sugar
    • High cholesterol
    • Obesity

    This first table addresses issues of heavy metals.

    Chemical Issues Affects on the Fetus
    Arsenic It is linked to:
    • cancer including lung cancer
    • hampered immune function
    • infant mortality
    • skin lesions
    Affects on the fetus include:
    • depressed immune system
    • lower birth weight
    • shorter length
    • smaller heads
    Cadmium It is linked to:
    • cancer
    • kidney disease
    • severe stomach pain
    • vomiting
    Note: It bioaccumulates in the body.
    Affects on the fetus is congenital heart defect.
    Lead It is linked to:
    • impairs a child's ability to learn
    • inability to smell
    • serious brain and blood disorders
    Not specified
    Mercury It is a major neurotoxin. It also interferes with a number of processes in the body and displaces zinc. It causes neurodevelopmental delays in children.
    Note: Heavy metal exposure is linked to numerous health conditions. These chemicals are also found in infant formulas.

    This next table covers some of the terms in the book.

    Concepts Definition
    BDNF -
    (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor)
    It is a protein produced by the BDNF gene. It plays a role in learning and memory.
    Corn products and sweeteners A number of corn products contain traces of mercury. Corn sweetener is a factor in the rising incidence of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
    Epigenetics Epigenetics is the combination of our exposure to the environment, especially food, and our body's ability to process and digest it. This varies among everyone.
    Note: This is one reason why mandatory health protocols are dangerous, as it can harm one person and not another.
    Fluoride Issues with fluoride include:
    • Lower IQ levels in children
    • Harm to the fetus
    • Weakening of bone throughout the body
    • Measured levels deemed safe for adults, but that may be too high for infants, children, and the fetus.
    Note: The topic on fluoride is covered under See Section on Fluoride.
    GRAS GRAS is short hand for "Generally Recognized As Safe". As more research is uncovered on the various chemicals found in processed foods, more of the GRAS items will not longer be considered safe for public consumption.
    Food Colors A number of issues with food coloring, as a number of them contain traces of heavy metals and mercury.
    Note: According to the author, there has been no government funding to date in the U.S. designated to research the impact of food colorings on children. This includes plant-based sources.
    Methylation Methylation has to do with groups of atoms in the body that are able to turn a "gene" on or off when needed. It includes one carbon and three hydrogen atoms. The body's ability to produce methyl groups is called methylation. Those with poor methylation include children with autism. The following nutrients are needed for methylation: choline, folic acid, and methionine. The following health conditions are brought about by poor methylation:
    • Alzheimer's
    • Atherosclerosis
    • Autism
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Hyperglycemia
    • Low high-density lipoprotein (HDL cholesterol)
    • Type 2 diabetes
    Note: The author specifies which nutrients and foods help methylation.
    Obesogen Obesogen is a foreign compound that disrupts normal functions in the body. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is one.
    Oncogenes Oncogenes are genes that cause cancer. If this gene turns on and is not turned off, it creates a tumor.
    MT Genes MT genes stand for Metallothionein genes which produce proteins that help the body to transport heavy metals out of the body. This includes: bismuth, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury, and silver. This plays a role in autism and Alzheimer's.
    Pesticides Pesticides levels are monitored by the USDA's Pesticides Data Program (PDP) on grains, fruits, and vegetables. However, this is not tested on an annual basis.
    PON1 The PON1 gene produces an enzyme called paraoxonase-1. This enzyme is able to remove from the body a pesticide called organophosphate (OP). If this enzyme level is low, it creates a number of problems especially those with autism and Alzheimer's. Inorganic mercury can also interfere with the PON1 function.
    Note: The author specifies which nutrients are needed.
    Testing Biomarkers is a way of testing biological substances in our bodies. It helps doctors to determine the disease and health status. The question to remember is whether or not all forms of lead and mercury are being measured. This includes:
    • cholinesterase
    • mercury, two forms (both organic and inorganic)
    Toxins Toxins are found in plants. Yes, there are plants that are dangerous.
    Toxicants These harmful substances are man-made.
    Vegetable oils Vegetable oils are at a moderate risk for mercury contaminations. A substance called sodium hydroxide (also known as caustic soda) is added to older degraded vegetable oils to prevent rancid taste.
    Water Water has been found to contain a number of toxic substances. It includes:
    • arsenic
    • cadmium
    • inorganic mercury
    • lead

    A major concern is the lack of research on the health impact of these toxicants on health. In this case, ignorance not bliss. We need to consider the long term impact of these substances, the bioaccumulation of these toxicants, as well as the interaction of more than one toxicant with each other. This applies to both food consumption (dietary exposure) and to agricultural workers (occupational exposure). Furthermore, the FDA needs to monitor both organic and inorganic mercury. The public economic cost of children with autism and other behavioral disorders as well as the need for special education, far outweigh what it would cost to prevent these health conditions and disabilties. We also need to make sure that all of our pregnant mothers are healthy (and not overweight). As an example, for each child with autism, the costs can range from $40,000 to $60,000 a year. This becomes and is already a public health crisis.

    Dr. Dufault explains that it is the food manufacturers that determine standards on these chemicals. These standards are not being based on science and their impact on health. Food labels do not include toxins and their levels.

    The author also explains how we can minimize our exposure to these toxicants/toxins through diet as well as which nutrients are needed to counteract these toxicants. A major observation that has been made is the lack of research on understanding what are our basic nutritional needs that result in optimum health. Dr. Dufault also indicates what actions the FDA can take to improve the nutritional quality of our food as well as the safety of non-food items like baby products, cosmetics, medications, etc. In view of the overall picture on what is happening to our food supply, nutrition education needs to start with nursery school children and continue all the way to college.

    Unsafe at Any Meal is a resource that all of our legislators, educators, health care professionals, and the public need to read. It includes resources, references, and an index. (Added 07/10/2019)

    Online Diet Tutorial from the Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute (FIHRI)

    For a free online tutorial for people and families to improve the nutritonal quality and safety of their diets, it is: (Added 07/10/2019)

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    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: (Added 02282017)

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    One needs to keep in mind that our most important asset is our health. Without it, it affects our ability to make choices in what we would like to accomplish in life. It also affects the lives of our family members when it comes to dealing with health issues. As more people become aware of the shortcomings found in allopathic medicine, functional medicine is becoming more appealing. Most of us would like to be healthy and functional towards the end of our lives. That is what functional medicine focuses on. Many of the protocols covered in functional medicine include nutrition and hormonal health. The process of regaining one's health under functional medicine occurs in stages. It generally does not happen overnight. A number of these topics are covered by various other authors on this website.

    We have one author, a physician named Dr. Neil Nathan, MD, who kept an open mind about learning other protocols that might help his patients heal, many of them suffering from chronic illness, actually regain their health. Many of his patients have seen a number of doctors before they finally see him. A book like this gives us hope that there is medicine that can help us heal. It takes a lifestyle change and a personal commitment and responsibility to work on regaining one's health. The title of his book is: Healing is Possible.

    We have added a second resource that appropriately seems to fit in best with functional medicine. The author is someone as a patient who recovered from being seriously ill and regained his health. The approach is a holistic one, utilizing a number of strategies, starting with cleaning up one's diet, and utilizing a variety of techniques. It is told in a humorous manner with anecdotes.

    A third resource is written by a biochemist who lays out the theoretical foundation of functional medicine. (Added 05/08/2019, Updated 09/08/2019, Updated 06/12/2021)

    Books on Functional Medicine:

    Healing is Possible: new hope for chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, persistant pain, and other chronic illness (2013) by Neil Nathan, MD. (Publisher: SquareOne)

    Book review:

    Dr. Neil Nathan, MD, addresses a number protocols to address ongoing health issues. He lists them as the BIG SIX and then, if they don't resolve the patient's health issues, then they are the LITTLE SIX. In most instances, this approach resolves their issues. In some instances, additional research and investigation is needed. Furthermore, healing is done in stages. It is not possible to deal with everything at the same time. It is also important to determine whether or not a specific protocol works.

    The Big Six includes imbalances relating to:
    • Adrenal Gland - plays an important role in dealing with stress (physical, emotional, and spiritual) and produces a number of hormones including DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), mineralocorticoids, and cortisol.
    • Thyroid - makes two hormones (T3 triiodothryonine and T4 tetraiodothyronine)
    • Sex Hormones - estrogen plays a role in mental health, hormone balance is needed for both men and women
    • Magnesium - deficiency of magnesium is common. Chronic illness depletes the body's levels of magnesium.
    • Food Allergies - they can be immediate or delayed. Understanding the science behind food allergies involves understanding nutrition and the immune system.
    • Overgrowth of Yeast and Toxic Bacteria in the digestive tract - a balance between the good bacteria and the pathogens (keeping them in check) is needed for a healthy digestive and immune system.
    The Little Six includes:
    • Heavy metal toxicity, especially mercury and lead (exposure to mercury in dental fillings, in vaccines, electrical charges between dental fillings, and mercury in fish (use a biological dentist)
    • Residual infections such as Epstein-Barr, Lyme disease, mycoplasms infections
    • Mold toxicity
    • Amino acid deficiencies - affects neurotransmitters, depletion common in chronic illnesses
    • Hypoglycemia - low blood sugar issues and insulin resistance
    • Methylation - the process behind methylation needs to work properly
    Some people will need more coverage than what the Big Six and the Little Six covers. Dr. Nathan discusses prolotherapy (treatment for joint issues and damaged tendons), osteopathic craniosacral manipulation, hypnosis, and manual medicine (involves the use of touch). Chronic systematic inflammation can be measured a number of ways.

    As for Lyme disease, there are a number of factors that need to be considered, such as exposure to mold or the presence of other infections. Infections can weaken the adrenal gland, the thyroid gland, deplete magnesium levels, and impair the body's ability to remove toxins.

    Testing and treatment protocols are addressed for each of these conditions. Differences between using natural or bioidentical forms of hormones versus synthetic versions are addressed. The blood test for magnesium, for example, is not accurate measurement of body's levels on this mineral. Symptoms of various deficiencies are listed. Some of the conditions addressed in this book are not considered a valid diagnosis by the current U.S. medical system, such as chronic yeast infection. Chelation and safe ways to remove toxins such as mercury is addressed. The importance of restful sleep cannot be overestimated and Dr. Nathan addresses ways to help with sleep issues. Cancer, autoimmune issues, and autism are covered in separate chapters. The chapter on cancer talks about the Livingston vaccine that targets a bacterium that can cause cancer. Apparently, there is a bacterium that has pleomorphic properties, the ability to change shape and appearance and is called progenitor cryptocides. As for autism, many as one in 50 children may be developing this. Each patient is biochemically unique. Furthermore, in this age of technology, all of us are getting exposed to toxins, whether it is in the air, the water, the food, and even medicines.

    One of the most significant statements that this physician makes is that healing or health care practitioner, it needs to include compassion, kindness, in-depth knowledge, and ability to communicate complicated medical information. A board certified physician may not necessarily have these qualities. These people skills are just as important as having the technical medical skills. The present medical educational system does not promote these people skills. The mind and body connection is real. Healing begins with ourselves.

    This resource has a place in everyone's personal health care library. This is written in plain language. It is a welcome addition to anyone dealing with chronic illness and for physicians interested in helping their patients to heal. This resource includes case studies and a short bibliography after each chapter and an index.

    Note: The author has written another book called Toxic: Heal Your Body from Mold Toxicity, Lyme Disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and Chronic Environmental Illness with more up-to-date information. (Added 05/08/2019)

    The Healing Point: get well, stay well (2017) by James Lilley. (Publisher: James Lilley)

    This book is a guide and a roadmap to regaining one's health. It is written by someone, in this case, James Lilley, who found himself quite ill, and gradually regained his health by doing diligent research and making lifestyle changes. Without using medical terminology, James Lilley explains a number of medical concepts in plain language and that everyone should be able to understand.

    Pain is a signal from the body that something is amiss. Using pain killers mask the symptoms, and does not address underlying causes. It is estimated that there are actually 100,000 deaths a year in the United States due to prescription drugs. It includes the importance of a balanced pH (acid/alkaline) level in our bodies.

    Health begins with our cells and is also based on the quality of the their nutrition (not quantity of calories). Our health and a strong immune system depends on having a healthy digestive system. A number of substances can cause problems. Below is a listing:

    • bacteria
    • chemicals
    • contaminated food
    • fungus
    • gas fumes
    • heavy metals
    • medications and drugs
    • mold
    • personal care products
    • pesticides
    • synthetic fabrics
    • viruses
    According to Dr. Sherry Rogers, MD, when our exposure to toxic substances cross a certain threshold, disease or ill health steps in. James Lilley discusses in some detail the issues on heavy toxic metals and that they can end up anywhere in the brain and the body. They affect the pituitary gland in the brain and mimic some of the minerals and mess up our enzyme activity. Heavy metals can prevent nutrients from reaching the mitochondria in the cells and this affects energy and causing fatigue. (Note: Mitochondria is located within our cells and serves as the cell's energy source.) Detoxification from heavy metals has to be done slowly. A number of detoxification protocols are covered.

    James Lilley has put together a number of internet resources, mainly through YouTube that people can access. They are listed at the end of the chapter and below is a partial listing.

    Topic Presenter
    Candida Cleanse Christa Oreccchio, Clinical Nutritionist
    Gerson Therapy Documentary Incomplete
    How the Body Works Dr. John Bergman
    How to Make Diseases Disappear Dr. Rangan Chattergee
    Keto Diet Dr. Ken D. Berry
    Is Ketosis Safe Long Term? Dr. Eric Berg, DC
    Leaky Gut: What it is, What it Does to Your Body, and How to Reverse It. Dr. Darren Schmidt
    Minding Your Mitochondria (Mitochondria are the cell's energy source) Dr. Terry Wahl
    Natural Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Treatment Dr. Joseph Mercola
    The Riddle of DMSO (Dimethyl Sulfoxide) Dr. Stanley W. Jacob
    Three Most Helpful Nutrients for Hashimoto (Type of Thyroid Condition) Dr. Izabella Wentz
    Understanding the pH and the acid/alkaline balance in our Bodies Dr. Peter Glidden
    Note: A few links did not function and may be found under another source.

    The path to wellness involves a number of lifestyle changes. It means eating "clean" food, using "clean" products to keep your home clean, filtering your water, avoiding certain oils for cooking and salad dressings, checking your home for mold, using fabrics that "breathe", what types of cookware to use, issues with electromagnetic radiation, need for clean personal care products, and etc. The best "organic" food is one that is home grown. Organic foods are allowed some pesticides and they are listed. Foods that trigger problems are covered. The issues on lectins are addressed and non-lectin foods are listed. The keto diet and other types of diets are discussed. Juicing inceases the body's ability to absorb nutrients. A high quality type of juice is wheatgrass juice. A chapter covers recipes. Five major supplements are covered: magnesium, vitamin B12, Krill oil, vitamin C, and probiotics. Six different adaptogens are covered, herbs with medicinal and therapeutic properties.

    Healthy pooping is another indicator of health issues. Constipation can be a sign of an underperforming thyroid. Poop should not have a foul odor, either. One's urine needs to have the color of straw or light lemon color. Certain categories of foods are known to cause problems. They include the grains, dairy, and GMOs. A lack of minerals or deficiency prevents the body from being able to absorb vitamins, enabling toxins and pathogens to accumulate in the body. Exercise goes a long way in helping our bodies to heal. There are over 90 essential nutrients needed in our bodies. The path to healing needs to be done slowly, to see if it works, and it will take time. The possibility of parasites is covered. Stress issues are addressed. Apparently, men have a higher risk for stress and suicide, which is interesting. The issue of contaminated water was included. One million people die from drinking contaminated water each year.

    Below is a table that are techniques that can be done at home.

    (Note: For more serious health issues, seek the services of a qualified health care practioner.)

    Name of Procedure Protocol
    Apple Cider Vinegar James Lilley explains the benefits of taking apple cider vinegar. One of them is calming down the overactive immune system and increasing the metabolism.
    Biofilm, Low-grade infection Use cistus-incanus tea for a two week period
    Detoxification from Heavy Metals There are different ways to detox from heavy metals (do it slowly). One is drinking 16 ounces of celery juice using a mason jar and juicer. Two, is using an infrared sauna. And three, is using pectasol-C, a modified citrus pectin.
    Diatomaceous Earth Using a food grade version of diatomaceous earth, it can be used to help deal with fungi and parasites.
    Food Diet Dairy Write down everything you eat, drink, and take as nutritional supplements and prescription drugs over a 24 hour period. Include your symptoms, as well.
    Inflammation Inflammation that becomes chronic causes a number of issues. Food choices play a major role in reducing chronic inflammation.
    Liver Detoxification Use a Castor Oil Pack on the abdomen, and another approach is using milk thistle
    Master-Cleanse The Master-Cleanse helps to clean out the liver and kidneys, and at the same time, gives the digestive system time to repair itslef. It was designed by Stanley Burroughs. It is not recommended to anyone taking medications while doing this cleanse. First part involves the salt water flush (need the right type of salt) and the second part has a drink with organic lemons, grade B maple syrup, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Instructions are available online.
    Salt and Soda Bath First, add Epsom salts to the bath, to increase the body's intake of magnesium, Then, add Arm and Hammer baking soda to drain the lymphatic system and balance the pH levels.
    Test for Candida A test that can be done at home to see if you have a yeast/candida issue. Spit into a glass of water, the spit can float, sink, or grow jellyfish type of legs. A particular type of probiotic that can help is Saccharomycees Boulardii. Do this for six consequitive mornings.
    Timeline and History of Health Issues It helps to write down a chronological sequence of events, when there were health changes and what exposure also occurred, like painting a room or being exposed to a stressful event like a death, a emotionally toxic boss, other traumatic situations and/or exposure to toxins.
    Thyroid Issues For those with thyroid issues, it helps to take iodine along with selenium and Vitamin E. Soy based foods can be problematic for those with thyroid issues.
    Water Clean water is essential to everyone's health. Apparently, there is a form of water, called the 4th phase water. Apparently, this form of water acts a telephone and carries messages within our bodies and cells.

    Unfortunately, the number of people experiencing autoimmune health issues continues to rise. In an autoimmune case, this means that the immune system has gone awry and is attacking the body's own tissues. One important suggestion is locating a doctor that has the expertise, especially in functional medicine, to address the various possible issues. This means doing your homework and research in locating such a practitioner.

    What is valuable about this resource, it explains a number of options to address the various possible health issues that one may be having to address in their path to achieving wellness and optimum health. Some suggestions are made on what a person can do at home and using the internet to expand upon the concepts addressed in this book. (Added 09/08/2019)

    The Disease Delusion: Conquering the causes of chronic illness for a healthier, longer, and happier life (2014) by Dr. Jeffrey S. Bland. (Publisher: Harper Wave) (Added 06/12/2021)

    Book Review:

    The author, Dr. Jeffrey S. Bland is a biochemist who makes a convincing argument for the need for medical care to address chronic disease, instead of just focusing on acute disease. Infectious diseases have been dealt with, and now we have chronic disease. Instead of placing a bandaid on our symptoms, which doesn't solve the problem, a more appropriate choice is to address underlying causes which is what functional medicine does. Dr. Bland lays out the principles in functional medicine. Furthermore, 78% of medical expenses now goes to chronic disease. He makes the following case:

    • Medicine by symptom to medicine by cause
    • Medicine by disease to medicine by cause
    • Medicine by organ to medicine by organism

    A number of chronic diseases have multiple causes, including depression. They include:

    • Heart and blood vessel diseases like type 2 diabetes, gout, high blood pressure, and dementia
    • Autoimmune inflammatory diseases like arthritis
    • Neurological disorders like depression, ADHD, and autism
    • Digestive diseases like gastric reflux, duodenal ulcer, and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

    The characteristics of chronic illness include:

    • Have multiple causes
    • Do not heal themselves
    • Grow worse over time
    • Usually have complex symptoms and profiles
    Functional medicine looks at:
    • Biochemistry
    • Diet
    • Environmental factors
    • Lifestyle

    Below is a table talking about some of the more interesting concepts regarding functional medicine.

    Some Main Ideas Regarding Functional Medicine
    Concept Information
    ADRs - Adverse Drug Reactions Drugs have caused adverse reactions and even death. Two drugs that have caused death include Vioxx and Avandia.
    Biomarkers Biomarkers can indicate functional health status on various components of our health. Some commonly known ones measure your blood sugar, LDL or HDL cholesterol levels, and triglyceries (level of fat) in the blood.
    Chronic Illness Examples of chronic illness include:
    • Autism spectrum
    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    • Dementia
    • Depression
    • Fibromyalgia
    • High blood pressure
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    • Muscle weakness
    • Sleep disturbances
    Chronic illness is a result of an imbalance in one or more of our physiological processes.
    Epigenetics The role of environment interacting along with our genetics. This affects our health.
    Genetics There are two components to our genetic code. There is the basic code and there is something called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) that can vary from person to person. An example is the MTHFR (an abbreviation for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) which affects the body's ability to metabolize folic acid.

    Note: The author spends some time discussing genetics and how our genetics interact with the environment. There is really no specific gene for a specific chronic disease. While we cannot change our genetic code, we can change the messages that our genes receive from the environment that regulates genetic expression.
    Genetic Expession The concept that environment and lifestyle can influence the expression of genes, and therefore also disease and health patterns.
    Mitochondria Mitochondria are known as the powerhouses of the cell. They are organelles that act like a digestive system which takes in nutrients, breaks them down, and creates energy rich molecules for the cell. The biochemical processes of the cell are known as cellular respiration. In more simpler terms, mitochondria is the source of cellular energy.
    Organ Reserve It has been defined the amount of organ function that is available to manage physiological demand under stress.
    Physiological Processes, Seven Core List of Physiological Processes
    • Assimilation and Elimination
    • Detoxification
    • Defense (immune system and removing old and dead cells)
    • Cellular Communications (cells communicate with each other)
    • Cellular Transport
    • Energy (bioenergetics, and role of mitochondria)
    • Structure (bones and connective tissue)
    Note: The author includes questions to help identify areas of weaknesses in any one of these physiological processes. Each of these processes are covered in detail with their own chapter.
    Polypharmacy Multiple drugs prescribed for various symptoms at the same time. Unfortuntely, in most cases, the disease gets progressively worse over time.
    Pharmocogenomics This is about an individual's sensitivity to prescription drugs as well as over the counter medications based on their genetic makeup.
    POP POP stads for persistent organic pollution and are hazardous to everyone's health. It poisons our mitochondria.
    Prescription Drugs Prescription drugs have a 30% to 80% success rate, depending on the drug. Prescription drugs may be appropriate for accute illness, but inappropriate for long term management of chronic illness. There are issues in how testing for new prescription drugs are conducted like too short a time frame.
    Symptom Suppression While one symptom can be repressed, it can interfere with other processes in the body. An example is the statin drugs used to lower the bad cholesterol. At the same time, statin interferes with the coenzyme Q10 levels in the body. Another example can include presecription drugs that affect the nutritional status of various nutrients.
    Toxins Toxic substances behave like fats. These toxins tend to stick themselves into the body's fatty regions. The body needs to change the fatty nature of toxins into water soluble form, to be eliminated by the kidneys. Plasticizers do not breakdown as easily and interfere with hormonal function.

    Functional medicine can be used to address chronic diseases (besides acute disese which is what our current health care model focuses on). Chronic disease is increasing among all ages, both genders, and in all races. Our health care policy in the United States needs to address how nutrition and our genetic makeup can specify what our nutritional needs are. This includes the need for appropriate biochemical testing. Dr. Bland also discusses some of the roles various enzymes that play a role in various physiological functions. It also covers electromagnetic radiation. It has to be a wholistic approach addressing health issues, starting with diet, lifestyle, and our environment, not solely on our genetics.

    This is one book worth purchasing for a personal library addressing health and medicine. It is also a resource for every legislator interested in reforming American health system needs to read and understand. The cost of chronic disease world wide is estimated to reach 47 trillion dollars by 2030.

    This resource includes a seven day eating plan, glossary, glossary, resources, notes, and an index. (Added 06/12/2021)

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    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.

    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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  • Glutathione

    As research grows more and more on the role of nutrients in our cells including our immune system, we have a resource that covers in detail how glutathione was discovered and found beneficial to help our immune system and help patients who have serious health issues. (Added 02/08/2022)

    Book on Glutathione:

    Breakthrough in Cell-Defense: an amazing health discovery for the 21st century! and how to benefit from the real glutathione revolution (1990) by Dr. Allan C. Somermsall Ph.D, MD with Dr. Gustavo Bounous, MD, FRCS. (Publisher: Goldleneight Publishers) (Added 02/08/2022)

    Book review:

    Unlike most of the other resources mentioned on this website, this book contains research/biographical information on Dr. Gustavo Bounous, a physician trained in Italy and who eventually moved to Canada, becoming a Canadian citizen and a major medical researcher. Dr. Bounous was a recipient of the distinguished Medal of the Canadian Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. He became the director of research and development for Immunotec Research, Ltd. This book covers the process of how glutathione was discovered and its role in human health (and mice health, too).

    Before Dr. Bounous did research on glutathione, he found the elemental diet which is a water soluble formula, with amino acids and small peptides, free fatty acids, lactose-free mono and disaccharides, minerals and vitamins. It benefitted patients with multiple trauma, major surgery, several burns. This became known as flexical. It was better than intravenous feeding preparations made with whole proteins.

    While Dr. Bounous was trained in Italy, focusing on surgery and traditional medicine, his research actually geared him towards nutrition. At the time, when he started assessing the role of nutrition in human health, this concept was considered revolutionary. Initially, mainstream medicine were resistant to the role of nutrition in health. Dr. Bounous discovered that the right types and levels of nutrients can strengthen everyone's immune systems. Dr. Bounous in collaboration with Dr. Patricia Kongshavn, MD, an immunologist learned about the immune system. While we think about the organs that produce immune cells, the cells that operate as part of the immune system, there is a physical component of our immune system, such as our skin and other avenues.

    Some Main Ideas Regarding the Immune System
    Concept Information
    Cells Active in our immune system (in alphabetical order)
    • Antigen processing cells
    • B Cells (from bone marrow)
    • B Memory Cells - recognize previous threats
    • K Cells
    • Macrophages
    • Mast Cells - release histamine
    • NK Cells - can kill cancerous cells
    • T Cells (from the Thymus)
    • T Helper cells - act as commander in chief
    • T Killer cells - cells that destroy the "enemy"
    • T Memory cells - recognize previous threats
    • T Suppressor cells - stops the fight when the "threat" has been eliminated
    Challenges or Roles of the Immune System The author specified four challenges to the immune system. They are:
    • To identify the enemy
    • To carry out immuno-surveillance
    • To fight back
    • To turn-off or shut-down when it has done its job
    External Barriers that are part of the Immune System We tend to ignore the role of our skin as part of the immune system. However, without our skin, we would lack the protective barrier our skin plays against outside sources. There are other physical barriers. They include:
    • Skin
    • Respiratory tract, linings along the airways
    • Gastrointestinal tract
    • Urogenital tract
    • Auditory (ear) canal
    Glutathione While in the process of working with whey, donated by a company that thought that they had no use for, Dr. Bounous discovered that this type of whey helped the mice resist cancer/tumors. Down the pike, he discovered that the nutrient was glutathione. It can protect against:
    • Free radicals
    • Infection
    • Potential carcinogens
    What is glutathione? It is a tripeptide and contains 3 amino acids.
    • gamma-glutamic acid
    • cysteine
    • glycine
    Glutathione operates within our cells. The levels go up or down depending upon the existence of health threats. It has a number of roles:
    • Anti-oxidant and free radical scavenger
    • Detoxifying agent
    • Enhance our immune system
    • Regulator of other antioxidants
    Organs that are involved with our immune system A number of our organs and tissues play a role with our immune system. They include:
    • Bone marrow - produces one type of immune system cells
    • Kidneys - eliminate water based waste
    • Liver - converts oil based substances into water based substances, making it possible for the kidneys to eliminate waste
    • Lymph nodes and spleen
    • Thymus gland - they produce T Cells
    Other Players and Processes in our Immune System
    • Antigens are foreign matter that our bodies consider to be a threat
    • Antibodies
    • Primary Response - first response to a perceived threat
    • Secondary Response - another response following the first response to a perceived threat
    Threats to Our Immune System
    • Free radicals
    • Oxidation
    • Xenobiotics - foreign matter in our bodies

    This resource explains in detail how glutathione works. It operates within our cells. Apparently, pasteurization affected the outcome of whey to be an effective process to enable the body to absorb glutathione. It is more complex that just taking it as a supplement. It has to be done in a certain way. A company was developed to make a specific product that would enable the body and our cells to absorb glutathione and it is Immunotec Research, LTD. It is a product that is considered to be nutritional pharmacology or nutriceutical. It showed promising results in a number of studies including one on AIDS/HIV and cancer. This resource includes references and an index. (Added 02/08/2022)

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    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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    Another category of nutrients covered in this section are glyconutrients, form of plant sugars found in a variety of plants in nature, including trees, seaweed, fungus, mushrooms, and herbs. Apparently, when we think about sugar and the high consumption of sugar in American diets, we see the results especially the obesity epidemic. We are also seeing type 2 diabetes occurring in American children at younger ages. However, these other forms of sugar have beneficial benefits to human health. We have two resources highlighting the therapeutic benefits of these sugars. They are known as glyconutrients. (Added 01/03/2018)

    Books on Glyconutrients (Sugars):

    Miracle sugars: the gluconutrient link to disease prevention and improved health (2003) by Rita Elkins, M.H. (Publisher: Woodland Publishing)

    Book review:

    The late Rita Elkins has written an informative book about plant sugars, also known as glyconutrients. Glyconutrients are defined as many different kinds of beneficial plant sugars. It is also a new developing science called glycobiology. Sugar as we know it has received a bad repution especially when it comes to table sugar and high fructose corn syrup. The high consumption of these sugars can be as much as 130 pounds of sugar per person in the United States. However, there are other types of sugars. A number of plants contain special sugars also have the ability to fight disease and perform specific immune system activity.

    In this book review, we cover concepts relating to glyconutrients in the first table, the second table covers specific glyconutrients, and the third table addresses various health conditions that glyconutrients can help address.

    Glyco means sweet. Glycoforms are when sugars combine with proteins or fats. Glycoprotein is sugar with protein and glycolipids is sugar with fats. The study of glyconutrients is called glycobiology.

    Concepts relating to Glyconutrients
    Concept Information
    Autoimmune Disease This is when the immune system attacks the body's own tissue, not a foreign invader. There are many different types of autoimmune diseases. It is also an overactive immune system.
    Disease Disease has three major causes:
    • Malfunctioning of the immune system
    • Free radicals damaged from bad fats, bad chemicals, ultra-violet rays, and other toxins
    • Deficiency of one or more vital and essential nutrients
    Note #1: When we lack one or more of these glyconutrients or plant sugars, this weakens our immune system. Note #2: The number of diseases, the underlying cause is a poorly functioning immune system. This plays a role in obesity, heart disease, and other health conditions.
    Note #3: Declining nutritional levels in the soil, environmental toxins, and nutritional deficiencies in the food supply and in people, all of this plays a major role in declining health.
    Glutathione If low in glutathione, the body is more vulnerable to degenerative diseases like diabetes and premature aging.
    Glyconutrients Glyconutrients can do the following:
    • Augment the cancer killing aspect of conventional cancer treatments
    • Boost brain function
    • Decrease allergy symptoms
    • Decrease body fat
    • Decrease depression
    • Ease chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia symptoms
    • Ease joint inflammation and repair cartilage
    • Enhance wound healing
    • Fight bacterial and viral infections
    • Fight tumors
    • Heal damaged tissue
    • Help control some types of obesity
    • Increase bone density
    • Increase muscle mass
    • Lower bad cholesterol
    • Modulate wound healing
    • Regulate overactive immune responses
    • Repair mucosal lining
    Note #1: These glyconutrients or glycoforms, enables the the immune defense cells to bind with microbial invaders and antibodies. This is done by blocking the suger receptors of more undesirable organisms such as bacteria or viruses, decreasing the likelihood of an infection.
    Immune system Unlike other systems in the body, the immune system is a system of cells with specific functions and communication abilities to communicate with each other. The immune system has three major functions:
    • Recognize foreign invaders
    • Respond to foreign invaders
    • Remember these foreign invaders
    Note #1: Effective communication between immune system cells is needed for optimum immune system function.
    Note #2: The cells need a healthy cellular membrane coating for effective and speedy cellular communication.
    Immune System Cells/Agents Below is a listing of some of the various immune cells in the immune system and their functions:
    • Cytokines are proteins that have the ability to command other immune cells to attack, multiply or die. (If unregulated, it results in autoimmune disease.)
    • Interferon - A powerful immune weapon that is released by macrophages.
    • Interleukin - Fights tumors, bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
    • Macrophages and neutrophils - They circulate throughout the body and act as sentinels, continually watching for foreign invaders. When they are discovered, these cells surround the substance and destroy it by releasing toxic molecules. Unfortunately, it can damage healthy tissue, a situation seen in autoimmune diseases.
    • Natural killer cells (NK) - It is another type of lymphocyte. When their levels decrease, the immune system is less effective. Low levels of these NK skills can indicate a compromised immune system.
    • Phagocytes - Cells that eat germs.
    • White Blood Cells (also known as lymphocytes) have two types:
      • T Cells - They work to eradicate, attack, and remove infected cells and communicate with with other cells.
      • B Cells - They produce antibodies, which creates an antigen, and flag it for destruction by other immune cells.
    Probiotics Lactobacteria helps keep the Candida in check.
    Polysaccharides Polysaccharides are complex sugar molecules with multiple saccharide links.

    In this second table, it includes a list of what the author considered to be eight essential sugars that benefit human health and more specifically our immune system, the system in our bodies that is designed to fight disease and keep us healthy. The third column indicates sources of these sugars.

    Name of Plant Sugar Functions Source
    Fucose Fucose is able to:
    • Facilitate efficient neuron transmission in the brain
    • Inhibits tumor growth and its spread
    • Normalize an overactive immune system
    Note #1: The inability to metabolize fucose has been linked to a number of disease such as cancer, diabetes, and viral infections.
    Fucose is found in breastmilk and medicinal mushrooms.
    Glactose Glactose is able to:
    • Absorbs and fight tumors
    • Boosts calcium absorption
    • Fights tumors
    • Helps with wound healing
    • Inhibits inflammation
    • Lack of glactose linked to autoimmune diseases
    Galactose is from the conversion of lactose, a milk sugar found in dairy products
    Glucose The issue with glucose is that it is easily found in our diets and we are just eating too much of this type of sugar. Easily available
    Mannose Mannose helps with:
    • Anti-inflammatory effects
    • Fights microbial invaders
    • Helps with tissue regeneration
    • Lower blood sugar levels
    • Plays a role in cellular interactions
    Mannitol is an alcohol form of mannose and has a number of properties.
    N-Acetylgalactosamine N-acetylgalactosamine helps with:
    • Inhibits tumor growth
    • Keeps cell communication clear and prompt
    Not specified
    N-Acetylglucosamine N-Acetylglucosamine is able to help with:
    • Anti-tumor activity
    • Prompts the production of cartilage
    Note #1: Deficiencies or inability to metabolize this sugar have been linked to bowel disorders/diseases.
    Not specified
    N-Acetylneuraminc Acid N-Acetylneuraminic acid helps with:
    • Anti-viral and anti-bacterial actions
    • Boosts immune function
    • Fights pathogens
    • Helps with brain function and growth
    • Lowers LDL cholesterol
    Note #1: The impaired ability to digest this sugar has be found in certain diseases or disease states.
    Found in breastmilk. This is another reason to encourage breastfeeding for all babies and infants.
    Xylose Xylose seems to have the following qualities:
    • Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
    • Discourage ear infections
    • Prevent certain cancers
    It is found in Xylitol, a sugar and used in chewing gums
    For sugars not specified as to where they exist, these sugars can be found in the following sources:
    • Algaes, blue/green - have complex polysaccharides
    • Aloe Vera - beneficial for a number of issues. Includes mannose-6 phosphate and acetylated mannose.
    • Arabinogalactans - from saps of trees and plants
    • Breastmilk (contains glyconutrients and antibodies from the mother's immune system, not found in formulas)
    • Bread molds
    • Mushrooms
    • Pectins
    • Seaweed
    Note #1: The author lists a number of other glyconutrient sources. The ones listed are considered essential, though there are a number of other glyconutrients.
    Note #2: Herbs are rich in glyconutrients. One is Echinacea purpurea (a herb). The author also covers medicinal mushrooms.
    Note #3: Issues with synthetic drugs include side effects. Substances found in synthetic drugs contain substances that are considered foreign by the body and they trigger immune responses.
    This table list 8 major sugars. However, there are other sugars. Their specific functions are covered in this resource. They include:
    • Acemannan
    • Beta-glucans
    • Bovine tracheal cartilage
    • Chitins and chitosan
    • Fucoidans
    • Lentinan
    • Ling zhi-8
    • Maitake d-fraction
    • Inulin and oligofructose
    • Polysaccharide K and P
    • U-Fucoidan
    Note #1: The author makes references to other sugars in the book.
    Note #2: There are hundreds more of monosaccharides in various plants.

    The third table addresses specific health conditions that glyconutrients can be used to help with healing.

    Listing of Health Conditions that can benefit from Glyconutrients
    Health Condition Information or Benefits of Glyconutrients
    ADHD ADHD children and adults may have problems metabolizing sugar and may not have the right enzymes needed to digest these sugars.
    AIDS Sugars play a role in how AIDS viruses spread. Suggested glyconutrients are listed along with other ingredients to boost the immune system.
    Allergies This means that the immune system has going awry. Those with allergies have high levels of IgE and continued release of histamine. The author makes a number of suggestions.
    Asthma Asthma attacks can be triggered by allergies, infections, strong odors or fumes. Glyconutrients like alpha-L-acid glycoprotein and fucoidan may help.
    Alzheimer's People with Alzheimer's may have trouble metabolizing sugars. A number of glyconutrients to address are listed. Other supplements are also listed to address brain function.
    Autoimmune Disorders In autoimmune disorders, the the immune system in the body is unable to distinguish the difference between foreign matter versus the body's own tissues. This includes: Crohn's disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 1 diabetes.
    Cancer Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. The immune system is not attacking these cancerous cells and containing their growth. The author lists a number of glyconutrients with anti-tumor properties. Four ways glyconutrients can fight cancer:
    • One, stimulate macrophage and immune killer cells to destroy cancer cells (first line of defense)
    • Two, increase production of substances like interferon to target and destroy cancer cells (second line of defense)
    • Three, activate T cells to recognize invaders and destroy them (second line of defense)
    • Four, assist with determining when cells die off (apoptosis) (last line of defense)
    Note #1: Medical supervision is recommended if using large dosages of glyconutrients to address cancer.
    Note #2: Chemotherapy weakens the immune system and increases susceptibility to infections.
    Note #3: The author lists a number of glyconutrients as well as other supplements to address cancer.
    Candida Mannose speeds up the destruction of yeast organisms.
    Diabetes, Type 2 Aloe vera is beneficial. It can help with vision, better wound healing, and lower blood pressure. Medicinal mushrooms are also beneficial. Those with diabetes td were found to be low in N-acetylneuroamminic acid-galactose (NANA-GAL). Fucoidan is also helpful by slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. Other suggestions are made.
    Fibromyalgia In this condition, impaired muscle repair and regenerations may be happening. Glyconutrients as well as other nutritional supplements are listed.
    Heart Disease Inflammatory response is a component in triggering heart disease. C-Reactive Protein is a predictor of heart attacks and strokes. This protein is released by the body in response to injury, infection and inflammation. Plaque that sticks to the artery walls typically contain inflammatory cells. About 25% of the population has elevated C-reactive protein levels. The author lists a number of glyconutrients that fight coronary inflammation and other suggested supplements.
    Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Crohns' and Ulcerative Colitis) Those with this type of condition ten to have problems with metabolising monosaccharides (sugar) function in their colons. All eight sugars are needed in the colon. These people tend to have lower levels of the eight major glyconutrients/sugars. Acemannan may help reduce the inflammation.
    Lupus Low levels of mannose binding proteins are seen.
    Multiple Sclerosis The immune system attacks the myeline sheaths, the lining covering nerve cells. The following glyconutrients may be of help are: acemannan, galactose, and xylose. There can also be an infectious component as well.
    Osteoarthritis N-acetylglucosamine stimulates the regeneration of cartilage in damaged joints.

    This is an informative book on the beneficial roles of these plant sugars, glyconutrients, on the immune system. Some of the various cells in the immune system are covered.

    While our current health care system focuses on special health conditions, a common denominator for these health conditions is the immune system. When the immune system starts failing or doesn't perform at an optimum level, we are seeing autoimmune diseases, allergies, various health conditions, and cancer. The list goes on and on. This book includes references and index. (Added 01/03/2018)

    Sugars that heal: the new healing science of glyconutrients (2001) by Emil I. Mondoa, MD and Mindy Kitei. (Publisher: Ballantine Books)

    Dr. Emil I. Mondoa, MD with Mindy Kitei have written an informative book on the role of glyconutrients and its effect of various health conditions. Apparently, there are eight essential sugars that are needed for optimum health. Glyconutrients play a number of roles in the body. They are:

    • Glyconutrients assist on how our cells form the structure of our body.
    • Glyconutrients assist with daily repair of tissues and healing.
    • Glyconutrients helps the immune system to determine what belongs to the body and what is foreign to the body.
    • Glyconutrients are:
      • anti-bacterial
      • anti-parasitic
      • anti-tumor (can be used in conjunction with standard cancer treatment)
      • anti-viral
    • Glyconutrients serve as building blocks for the manufacture of large molecules made of sugars in combination with proteins (glycoproteins) or fats (glycolipids).
    • Glyconutrients can also help the brain and the nervous system, bone density, and muscle mass.
    Note #1: It should be noted that a healthy diet is an essential part of the protocol.

    Glyconutrients are also known as saccharides. Below is a listing:

    • Monosaccharide - mono means one, saccharide means sugar
    • Disaccharide - di means two, saccharide means sugar, and two saccharides linked together
    • Oligosaccharides - means three to six monosaccharides
    • Polysaccharides - means hundreds and thousands of saccharides
    Saccharides play a role in cellular communication. The key to healthy aging is that when cells are replaced, replacing the worn out cells, the new cells are just as healthy as the cells they are replacing. Saccharides can help with this process.

    There are over 200 sugars. However, out of this number, eight are essential. Below is a table:

    Name of Glyconutrient Function
    Fucose Fucose helps the brain's long term memories, inhibit tumor growth, and guards against respiratory infections.
    Galactose Galactose inhibits tumor growth, helps with wound healing, and decreases inflammation.
    Glucose Glucose enhances memory, stimulates calcium absorption, enhances cellular communication. Too much glucose raises insulin levels, and causes disturbances in depression, maniac-depression, Alzheimer's, and eating disorders.
    Mannose Mannose facilitates cellular communication, inhibits tumor growth, prevents infections, and eases inflammation. It can lower blood sugar and triglycerides levels in diabetics.
    N-Acetylgalactosamine N-Acetylgalactosamine inhibits the spread of tumors and enhances cellular communication. Levels have been found to be low in people with heart disease.
    N-Acetylglucosamine N-Acetylglucosamine helps repair cartilage, decrease pain and inflammation, and improves range of motion. Deficiencies and defects are found in those with Crohn's, ulcerative colitis, and interstitial cystitis.
    N-Acetylneuraminic acid N-Acetylneuraminic facilitates brain development, learning, memory, performance, lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and mucous viscosity.
    Xylose Xylose is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and helps with cellular communication and colitis.

    These essential essential nutrients (also known as saccharides) are found in:

    • Aloe Vera (stabilized version)
    • Arabinogalactans (gum sugars)
    • Bran
    • Breast milk (rich in glycoproteins)
    • Mushrooms (reishi, maitake, cordycepts)
    • Pectins
    Other glyconutrients are listed.

    Concepts Information
    Immune System It helps to have an understanding of how our immune system works and the various roles these cells in the immune system play. The immune system can be overactive and this is seen in lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and ulcerative colitis. The underactive immune system is seen in cancer, AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, Gulf War Syndrome, and fibromyalgia.
    Immune Cell Role
    Neutraphils These are first cells to reach the injury site. They are also known as phagoctyes or eating cells. When they die, they release an enzyme that dissolves in the immediate area of the injury, resulting in pus. Glyconutrients facilitate the magnitude and speed in which neutrophils are mobilized. They are short lived cells.
    Macrophages They are the largest white blood cells. Their job is to analyze and digest pathogens. They also coordinate the body's defense, healing, growth, and remodeling. They are long lived cells. Saccharides enables these cells to be more effective.
    Natural Killer Cells These cells go after cancer cells and virus infected cells. They do this by dissolving the target cells' cytoplasm with enzymes. Saccharides increase natural killer cell production and effectiveness.
    B and T Cells These are lymphocytes and they come in two different forms, as the B cell and the T cell.
    • B cells produce antibodies that float in the blood stream, neutralizing and destroying unwanted particles and organism.
    • T cells come in two types. They come as helper T cells and they come as suppressor T cells. Helper T cells stimulate the immune response. Suppressor T cells stop the immune response after the infection has been eradicated.
      Note: In autoimmune diseases, there are usually too many helper T cells and not enough suppressor T cells. In cancer and AIDS, it is the opposite. Suppressor T cells outnumber the helper T cells.
    Cytokines Cytokines are proteins that make us feel sick as they fight pathogens. Cytokines consist of:
    • Interleukins - Some cells proliferate and others shut down
    • Tumor necrosis factor - Can shut down the blood supply to a tumor
    • Lymphokines
    • Interferons - Are better at identifying infected cells
    Glyconutrients help improve cytokines function.
    Xenosubstrates Xenosubstrates are items that our bodies cannot handle. They also compete with normal substrates and use up precious supply of existing enzymes. It also plays a factor in birth defects.

    The resources covers a number of conditions that glyconutrients can help address. They include:

    • Allergies (Allergic people produce more IgE than people without allergies)
    • Arthritis (Cartilage is made of glycoproteins, a type of glyconutrient)
    • Asthma
    • Autoimmune diseases
    • Brain function (memory, anxiety, depression, and insomnia)
    • Burns
    • Cancer (Various types of cancer are addressed.)
    • Cholesterol
    • Chronic fatigue syndrome
    • Crohn's disease
    • Diabetes
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Fungal infections
    • Heart disease
    • Hepatitis B or C
    • HIV
    • Gulf War Syndrome (Multiple vaccinations may have triggered this.)
    • Institial cystitis
    • Kidney disease
    • Lupus
    • Irritable bowel syndrome (Those with normal colon function have 8 or more monosaccharides.)
    • Opportunistic infections
    • Parasitic infections
    • Premature infant skin
    • Psoriasis (skin)
    • Pulmonary conditions
    • Ulcerative colitis
    • Wounds

    This resource is for patient education. Generally, the glyconutrients are better absorbed from food. In cases of deficiencies, supplementation helps. One major point that these authors make is that what we need to check on is to look the nutritional status in people who have optimum health instead of just focusing on rescue medicine. Western medicine tends to look only at a small piece of the picture whereas Eastern and Asian medicine tends to look at the whole picture. The use of glyconutrients is needed under professional medical guidance. This resource includes resources, glossary, references, and an index. (Added 01/03/2018).

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    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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    We have a section covering detoxification, some of it is on heavy metals. However, we have a resource that focuses on toxic heavy metals. They are extremely dangerous and harmful to everyone's health, especially to infants and children. Unfortunately, they have become widespread in our environment. In view of the serious harm that heavy metals cause to all of us, we have designated a separate category covering detoxification on heavy metals. According to the World Health Organization, in 1974, they reported that 82% of all degenerative diseases was caused by toxic metal poisoning. Exposure to toxins can play a factor in experiencing fatigue.

    For additional resources on detoxification, see the section on Section on Detoxification. (Added 08/15/2019)

    Book on Heavy Metal Detoxification:

    Heavy Metals Detox: the fast track to a healthier version of you! (2019) by James Lilley. (Publisher: James Lilley)

    James Lilley did alot of research on issues relating to heavy metal toxicity and detoxification. One of the main issues of doing serious detoxification, including heavy metals, that it needs to be done gradually and in stages or you can overwhelm your kidneys or the liver in undertaking this process. The author recommends pretoxing before detoxing. Excess toxins do get stored in our fat cells, muscle tissue and even bone tissue. For serious detoxification issues, seek the services of a qualified health care practitioner. However, there are some techniques that can be undertaken and will not cause serious reactions.

    First, what are the heavy metals? Second, what is the basic information about these heavy metals? Third, where are these metals found and or sources of exposure? This is covered in the table listed below:

    Type of Heavy Metal Information Sources of Exposure
    Aluminum Aluminum is one of these metals that can enter the brain, crossing the blood and brain barrier and can be responsible for keeping someone awake (not able to go to sleep). It is also linked to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Avoid using aluminum pots and pans as well as aluminum foil. Read food labels as some do include aluminum like baking soda. It can also be found in personal care products and packaging.
    Reviewer's note: Aluminum is in vaccines.
    Cadmium Cadmium is a carcinogen and is known to displace zinc. Cadmium can damage the kidneys, lungs, and even the skeleton. It can be found in contaminated foods, in batteries, in synthetic rubber mats, tobacco smoke, and copy machines.
    Lead Lead is a major neurotoxin associated with major depression, reduced IQ, and anxiety disorders. It is another metal that is able to enter the brain, crossing the blood and brain barrier and can be responsible for keeping someone awake (not able to go to sleep). Lead is similar to calcium. Lead can be found in plumbing, toys and spices imported from overseas.
    Mercury There are three types of mercury. They are:
    • Elemental or Metallic Mercury
    • Inorganic Mercury Compounds
    • Organic Mercury Compounds (forms methylmercury - a toxic and most dangerous form)
    Mercury is one metal that is able to enter the brain and can be responsible for keeping someone awake (not able to go to sleep).
    According to the author, mercury can displace copper and zinc in the body. Both zinc and copper are essential minerals in the right range and ratio needed in the body. Mercury exposure can cause memory problems, anxiety, depression, and problems with the immune system, lungs, kidneys, and digestive system.
    Unfortunately, mercury is still being used in dental fillings in the United Sates. While mercury is a soft metal, during the process of chewing, mercury in dental fillings can change to into a gaseous form, into mercury vapor and as a gas, it can spread to other areas in the body.
    Reviewer's note: It is vaccines. We also have a section that covers Section on Mercury (Chemical).

    The author presents three questions that need to be asked regarding our exposure to toxins. One, what is the substance, Two, how long have you been in contact with these substances? and three, what is the body's ability to detoxify toxins. This ability varies between people.

    Other issues with these toxic heavy metals (as well as other substances) is their ability to mimic minerals and the body is not able to tell them apart. The author lists some other toxins that do that.

    In testing for heavy metals exposure, it can be done three different ways, through hair, blood, and urine. The author recommends that all three tests be done to give the health care provider a more complete picture on how well the body is able to detoxify. Each of these tests addresses different issues.

    The author indicates the various ways our bodies and organs work to remove these toxins and what their role is. The following avenues for detoxification are:

    • digestive system
    • kidneys
    • liver
    • lungs
    • lymphatic system
    • skin
    We need to be aware of the essential role our kidneys play and how vulnerable that they can be to toxins (overwhelmed by toxins). Certain medications harm the kidneys. The author list plants in the home can improve indoor air quality. It helps your skin to wear clothing made from natural fibers and drink enough clean water.

    Other aspects of detoxification include sleep and stress. Sleep is essential in assisting with detoxification process and stress can block the detoxification process. Supplements are suggested that can help with sleep issues. At the same token, it is suggested not to overload the liver and kidneys with too many supplements. The author lists substances that act as binders to heavy metals (pros and cons) and can help remove them from the body. Other supplements including teas and herbs are covered. One protocol that is helpful is infared saunas as a means of detoxing. James Lilley explains how glutathione works and how nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 work. Other factors mentioned include leaky gut issues, endocrine disruptors, systemic inflammation and digestive and other enzymes.

    The author explains in detail three main areas to consider with the detoxification process. They are physical, chemical, and emotional.

    Unfortunately, the downside of the Industrial Revolution has been the greater exposure to these heavy metals, through a variety of means. It is also unforturnate that corporations ignore the existence of these heavy metals in their products as well as in the manufacturing process. Neither are organic foods tested or checked for the presence of heavy metals. It is important to be aware of the presence of heavy metals in nutritional supplements, like fish oils. Furthermore, under current farming and food processing practices, our processed foods are becoming deficient in calcium, magnesium, phosporus, potassium, and sodium. It makes sense that that assessing a patient's exposure to heavy toxic metals (and other substances) needs to become part of the standard medical protocol.

    In understaking this detoxification process, the author explains, that first, one needs to empty the garbage truck before adding more garbage. In this case, clean up the blood and the lymphatic system before going after the toxins in the fat cells. Too many toxins can result in fatigue, headaches, and anxiety. (Reviewer's note: It is playing a role in anti-social behavior).

    What is extremely helpful about this resource is that it is written in plain language. It offers hope and strategies for those who are dealing chronic health issues and seek to address the underlying issues. (Added 08/15/2019)

    Website for ordering Heavy Metals Detox

    This book is available from Amazon both in paper and in electronic format. It is: Amazon website for ordering Heavy Metals Detox. (Added 08/15/2019)

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    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)
    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: (Added 08/11/2014)

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    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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    The therapeutic benefits of hydrogen peroxide came up in a book written by Mary Wright. It needs to be specified that there is more than one type of hyddrogen peroxide. The one that this author specifies is the food grade version of hydrogen peroxide at 35% strength. For additional information on oxygen, check on Oxygen. (Added 01/28/2017, updated 01/03/2020)

    Book on Hydrogen Peroxide (Food Grade):

    True Power of Hydrogen Peroxide: miracle path to wellness (2014) by Mary Wright. (Publisher: (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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    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: (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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    A number of authors have written resources covering our intestinal health. The health of our intestinal health or gut is a major key to our overall health. The first resource is by someone who is a gastroenterologist and the second resource is by someone who is a naturopathic physician. Other sections that may be helpful cover digestion, lectins, and leaky gut. (Added 06/17/2022)

    Books on Intestinal Health:

    Fiber Fueled: the plant-based gut health program for losing weight, restoring your health and optimizing your microbiome (2020) by Will Bulsiewicz, MD, MSCI. (Publisher: Avery) (Added 06/17/2022)

    Book review:

    This is a book that I wish had been written over fifty years ago when I was dealing with digestive issues. It is quite detailed and explains the importance of a healthy microbiome for our overall health. Diet definitely plays a major role in your digestive health or the other way around, your digestive system, especially in the intestines, it plays a major role in your overall health. Dr. Will Busiewics is a gastroenterologist. In his book, he covers the role diet has on our digestive health. Research into our microbiome has been growing. We are a country that is overfed and undernourished.

    Below is a table taking about some of the main ideas Dr. Will Bulsiewicz covers.

    Some Main Ideas Regarding the Role of Intestinal Health
    Concept Information
    Antibiotics Antibiotics decimates the good bacteria and gut microbiota. CIPRO, a well known antibiotic, can wipe out a third of the gut flora. Other drugs (as much as 24%) can alter the gut bacteria.
    Dysbiois This means that there is a loss of harmony and balance in the gut. It can include leaky gut and inflammation. It can lead to disease such as:
    • alcoholic hepatitis
    • Alzheimer's
    • autoimmunity
    • congestive heart failure
    • coronary heart disease (were found to be low in SCFA and higher TMAO levels)
    • nonalcoholic fatty liver
    • obesity
    • osteoarthritis
    • type 2 diabetes
    It has also been associated with these conditions:
    • ADHD
    • Anxiety and depression
    • Autism
    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    • Migraines
    • Parkinson's
    Fermented Foods Dr. Bulsiewicz explains the benefits of fermented foods, foods commonly eaten before refrigeration. These foods are extremely beneficial to our gut. The most common types of fermented foods are:
    • Kimchi
    • Miso (don't let the water be too hot)
    • Sauerkraut
    • Sourdough bread
    • Tempeh
    Fiber Fiber is part of the plant cellular structure. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Microbes helps us digest fiber.
    FODMAPs FODMAPS are simple or s hort chain carbs in plant foods. They are fermentable and poorly absorbed. Five categories of FODMAP are:
    • Fructose
    • Fructans
    • Galecto-oligsaccharides (GOS)
    • Lactose
    • Polyols
    Note: Dr. Bulsiewicz recommends that the FODMAP diet is basically a short term diet.
    Food Allergies Food allergies trigger IgE response. IgE releases chemicals that cause allergic reactions. Most common food allergies are:
    • eggs
    • fish
    • milk
    • nuts
    • peanuts
    • shellfish
    • soy
    • wheat
    Food Groups Dr. Bulsiewicz discusses the following food groups and their beneficial properties.
    • Aromatics (onions, garlic)
    • Legumes
    • Sulforaphone (Brussel Sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables; have a quite few beneficial properties)
    • Mushrooms and Seaweed
    Food Supply The American food supply contains 10,000 food additives. Two emulsifiers cause problems in the gut. They are:
    • Carboxymethylcelulose
    • Polysorbate 80
    These emulsifiers reduce microbial diversity, induce inflammation, promote obesity and colitis in mice. Two others worth mentioning are:
    • Titanium Dioxide (makes intestinal inflammation get worse)
    • Trehalose (promotes c. diff. infection)
    It is best to eat a variety of vegetables, at least 30 different kinds of vegetables each week.
    Microbiota Microbiota is a term to cover what travels and exists in our intestines. It contains the following:
    • archaea (ancient organisms)
    • bacteria (most are beneficial)
    • fungi (similar to bacteria, multi-cellular organism. They have a nucleus and other organelles.
    • parasites (called nature's thieves)
    • viruses
    • yeasts (tiny particles made of DNA and RNA)
    Note: We have 39 trillion microorganisms in our gut. It helps to have diversity in our gut.
    Prebiotics Prebiotics have a number of benefits. A sampling includes:
    • blood sugar control
    • helps protect against colon cancer
    • lower cholesterol
    • promote growth of healthy gut microbes
    • other
    Some of the prebiotics include:
    • Acacia Powder
    • Beta Glucans
    • Psyllium
    • Other
    Probiocs Dr. Bulsiewicz talks about probiotics in detail. Some of the main benefits of probiotics include:
    • correct leaky gut
    • inhibit growth of pathogenic bacteria
    • optimize the immune system
    • reduce inflammation
    • other
    The author also covers the differences between eating fermented food (keep on eating them on a regular basis) versus taking probiotics. When taking probiotics, you need to know what strain, quanity, expiration date, and if it is allergen free. There are other considerations, too.
    Protein Dr. Bulsiewicz talks about the differences between plant sources of protein versus animal sources of protein. Plant sources are more beneficial. Animal sources of protein produces TMAO which results in cardiovascular disease.
    Second Brain The gut is our second brain. The gut produces more than 30 neurotransmitters.
    Short Chain Fatty Acids Three kinds of short chain fatty acids exist and they work together. Microbes release short chain fatty acids from fiber to help the colon's health. It also makes the colon more acidic and prevents the growth of inflammatory and pathogenic bacteria. A diet high in fiber helps the microbes to extract short chain fatty acids. The roles of SCFA are:
    • dominant energy for your colon
    • promote intestinal motility
    • reduce release of bacterial endotoxin
    • repair leaky gut
    • other roles
    It can help with cancer.

    This book is definitely a keep and worth having for a personal health library. It is also a good resource for legislators interested in improving the quality of health care provided to Americans. The author makes a case that our health care system needs to assess the status of gastrointestinal health whenever there are serious health issues, both physical and mental. Other suggestions are made that are more about lifestyle changes. The book covers a four week program, includes a food list, menus, recipes, and index. (Added 06/17/2022)

    Restoring Your Intestinal Flora: the key to digestive wellness (2019, 2021) by Christopher Vasey, ND. (Publisher: Healing Arts Press) (Added 06/17/2022)

    Book review:

    Christopher Vasey, a naturopathic physician who practices in Switzerland has written an easy to understand book on our gut flora and what we can do to improve its health. He gives a great overview on our digestive system. It turns out that the little creatures known as bacteria can be our friends and play a major role in our gut and our immune system. Below are some of the basic concepts pertaining to digestive health are listed in the table below:

    Some Main Ideas Regarding the Role of Intestinal Health
    Concept Information
    Alcohol High levels of alcohol is harmful to our microbiotic and Dr. Vasey explains how.
    Antibiotics While antibiotics have saved lives, there is a downside to using antibiotics. They can harm both the pathogenic bacteria and the good bacteria. The effects can be felt as long as three to six months. In some instances, even longer. Two types of antibiotics:
    • broad spectrum antibiotics
    • narrow spectrum antibiotics
    Note: There are natural types of antibiotics that do not kill the good intestinal flora.
    Bacteria, Role of in the Gut Bacteria in the gut has a number of roles. They do the following:
    • Bacteria break down partially digested food particles and fiber.
    • Bacteria synthesize vitamins, amino acids, and so on.
    • Bacteria destroys toxins and poisons, rendering them harmless to the body.
    Dysbiosis This means that there is an imbalance between the fermentation (85%) and putrefaction (15%) sections of the gut. It can lead to a number of health disorders.
    Fiber For a health gut flora or microbiota, it needs fiber. There are actually three types of fiber. They are:
    • mucilaginous (in okra, flaxseeds)
    • pectins (apples, guava)
    • oligosaccharides (legumes, nuts)
    Immune System Role in the Gut Microbiota plays a role with the immune system. They can:
    • Kills problematic microbes coming from outside the body
    • Stimulates the immune system to perform the same task
    Note #1: Half of the lymphocytes are in the gut. (Define lymphocytes)
    Note #2: Two types of bacteria are found to be low in people suffering from Crohn's. It is Faecalibacerium and Firmicutes.
    Major Categories of Gut Flora/Bacteria in the colon Dr. Vasey explains that there are two types of gut flora in the intestines. One is bacteria of fermentation and the second one is bacteria of putrefaction. Fermentation bacteria produces;
    • acetic acid
    • butyric
    • carbonic acid
    • lactic acid
    • Propionic
    • Succinic
    Putrefaction produces:
    • ammonia
    • hydrogen sulfide
    • indole
    • phenols
    • ptomaine
    • skatol
    • other
    Note: These two types of flora need to be balanced.
    Microbiota Microbiota is the term used to describe the gut flora that travels through our intestines. It is a term that covers:
    • Archaea
    • Bacteria
    • Fungi
    • Viruses
    Microbiota has a number of roles:
    • Role in digestion
    • Encourages absorption of nutrients
    • Manufactures vitamins and amino acids
    • Neutralizes toxins
    • Stimulates the intestinal transmit (movement of the bowels)
    Note #1: At birth, we have no flora. However, newborn babies pick them through the mother's birth canal, from breastfeeding, and touching.
    Note #2: We have over 100 trillion microorganisms in our gut, with over 400 species of bacteria. Just a minority are pathogenic (harmful) if not kept contained.
    Note #3: Each person's microbiota is unique.
    Note #4: Fiber intake helps our microbiota.
    Mucous Mucous in the gut helps with lubrication and movement of fecal matter.
    Nutrient Absorption in the Gut 90 to 95% of the nutrient absorption takes in the second half of the small intestine.
    Nutrients Produced in the Intestines A number of nutrients are produced in the gut. They are:
    • B vitamins: B1, B6, B9 (folic acid), B12
    • Vitamin PP (niacin)
    • Vitamin K
    • Various amino acids
    Probiotics Dr. Vasey discusses in detail what probiotics are, how they are made, and how they function. When the gut flora is balanced, it is no longer necessary to take probiotics.
    Toxins in the Gut Microorganisms are vulnerable to the toxins found in food. They do fight back. These toxins include:
    • food additives
    • herbicides
    • pesticides
    • poisons from air and water pollution
    Note #1: It is important to keep that pathogenic bacteria in small amounts, so that it doesn't overwhelm the gut. Note #2: Different types of toxins can cause a number of nervous and emotional disorders.

    As Hippocrates indicated, all diseases begin in the gut. Apparently, microorganisms in our gut play a major role in our immune system. Dr. Vasey makes a case for avoiding a high meat diet. It is best to have plants as 80% of one's diet, and the remaining 20% can be animal based. It affects the ratio between fermentation and putrefaction ratio in the gut. The author covers strategies to improve one's intestinal health, with three approaches. Eating fermented foods will help the intestinal health. This resource includes an index. Added 06/17/2022)

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    Iodine is needed not just for your thyroid. All cells in the body need it. (Note: There are different types of iodine.) It also looks like most people are not getting enough iodine in their diets worldwide. One exception is the Japanese. We have a resource written by Dr. Mark Sircus about iodine with a detailed book review. (Updated 05/28/2019)

    Books on Iodine:

    Healing with Iodine: your missing link to better health (2018) by Dr. Mark Sircus, OMD, DM. (Publisher: Square One Publishers, Inc. at

    Book review:

    Dr. Mark Sircus who was trained in acupuncture and Asian medicine at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Santa Fe and the School of Traditional Medicne of New England in Boston, he has written an informative book covering the issues surrounding iodine and its importance in our health. OMD means "Doctor of Oriental Medicine" and DM means "Doctorate in Medicine".

    One of the most startling facts that can be found in this book is that ninety percent (90%) of the population in the United States are deficient in iodine. When it comes to the world population, seventy-two percent (72%) are deficient in iodine. (Other deficiencies include: Selenium, Vitamin A, and Iron. Iodine also needs L-tyrosine (amino acid) to create thyroid hormones.)

    As it turns out, thirty percent of the U.S. population have thyroid issues. When we consider these statistics, it is apparent that our collective iodine levels have declined in the past forty years. This should concern and alarm all of us not only as why this represents a major public health issue, this also represents a nutritional medicine issue. It is extremely important for pregnant women to have proper iodine levels as it affects the health of their babies while in the womb and after birth. This overall decline in iodine levels is playing a role in the increased occurance of:

    • breast cancer
    • ovarian cancer
    • pancreatic cancer
    • prostate cancer
    • thyroid cancer
    • uterine cancer (uterus)
    Healthy levels of iodine can also help with skin cancer and liver cancer, both as a preventive measure and treatment protocol with skin cancer and liver cancer.

    Iodine is needed in all stages of life and needed with selenium, a mineral. The enables the conversion of thyroxine T4 to biologically active thyroid triiodothyronine T3. Two factors play a role in the decline of iodine in our bodies.

    • One, it has to do with the reduced dietary intake of iodine. Iodized salt is not necessarily the best way to absorb iodine as some of the iodine over time evaporates from the salt.
    • Two, iodine is a member of a group of elements called the halogen family in the periodic table of elements. The other members are fluoride, bromide, and chlorine. The body cannot easily tell these other three chemicals apart from iodine and this displaces our iodine levels. So, when fluoride is added to municipal water systems, this affects our iodine levels. Other sources of exposure to mercury and candida (yeast) can affect the body's iodine levels. A form of iodine, radioactive iodine, this is harmful and the author explains how it is harmful. (Note: The Fukushima meltdown harms all of us including sea life, releasing radioactive iodine.)

    The history of iodine as a medicine is covered by Dr. Sircus in this book; and apparently, it has a long history. It has therapeutic benefits espcially when used in conjunction with magnesium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, and selenium. It was used before the onset of vaccines, psychiatric medicines, statin drugs, and antibiotics. Dr. Sircus discusses the positive use of iodine in place of antibiotics, as iodine will not harm the bacterial flora (or create antibiotic resistant bacterial strains) in the body whereas antiobiotics do. It is also recommends the use of iodine instead of vaccines, vaccines that have harmful adjuvants/additives. Iodine can counteract bacteria, molds, yeasts, protoza and a number of viruses. Iodine is able to penetrate the cellular walls of micro-organisms including biofilms (which can resist anti-biotics or antibiotics are not able to penetrate). Before anti-fungal drugs, iodine was the standard treatment for yeasts conditions.

    In this informative book, iodine has a number of functions in our bodies. They are:

    • One, iodine is needed for oxygen based metabolism. When the oxygen levels in the cells drops below 60%, the respiration process of making energy changes into fermentation and this leads to developing cancer cells (besides exposure to toxins).
    • Two, iodine plays a role in producing red blood cells.
    • Three, five levels of the thyroid hormone pathways are covered, affecting the thyroid, liver, bloodstream, cell receptors, and metabolism.
    • Four, pH (acid/alkaline) levels need to be in the right range for iodine absorption. When the pH is off, the author explains what happens in our bodies. Both oxygen and iodine are needed to fight cancer. Cancer does not thrive in the presence of oxygen. Yeasts, mold, and fungus live in an anaerobic (no oxygen) environment.
    • Five, iodine goes after the free radicals in human blood cells.

    Iodine as a medicine plays a number of roles in the body. Below is a listing:

    • It is used for wound healing, bedsores, inflammatory and traumatic pain
    • High dosages of iodine can reverse certain diseases, including heart disease
    • Iodine decreases insulin needs in diabetics
    • Iodine can destroy pathogens, molds, fungi, parasites, and malaria
    • Iodine can make all of us smarter
    • There are other benefits

    What are some of the symptoms of an underfunctioning thyroid?

    • anemia
    • constipation
    • depression
    • infertility
    • memory loss
    • migraines
    • poor vision
    • repeated infections
    • rheumatic pain
    • skin problems

    How do we test our thyroid function? Dr. Sircus indicates that today's tests do not detect low thyroid function. Taking one's base temperature in the morning several days in a row is one method. It needs to be ideally 98.6 Fahrenheit or range from 97.7 to 99.5 Fahrenheit and not lower. As for iodine, a simple iodine test that people can do is to place a few drops of nascent iodine on the skin and if it disappears (absorbed by the skin) within 24 hours, you are deficient.

    Dr. Sircus lists symptoms of iodine deficiency. Below is a partial listing:

    • cold hands and feet
    • constipation
    • depression
    • edema
    • headaches
    • muscle cramps
    • myalgia (muscle pain)
    • poor memory
    • weight gain
    • others

    Environmental toxins in our air, water, personal care and cosmetic products, cleaning products, and food are causing a number of health problems. Toxins that affect our body's ability to absorb iodine are listed. Dr. Sircus lists some of the symptoms. Below is a partial listing:

    • aching joints
    • bloating
    • fluid retention
    • high cholesterol
    • high homocysteine levels (factor in heart disease)
    • sensitivity to cold
    • weight gain
    • other symptoms are listed

    Other interesting points that the author makes includes:

    • autism issues
    • birth control issues
    • breast cancer and mammogram testing issues
    • heavy metals' impact on our cellular enzymes
    • help with ovarian cysts and biomats
    • mercury can increase the excretion of magnesium and calcium from the kidneys as well as poisons the digestive tract and the nervous system
    • mercury in vaccines and the harm it causes in children
    • MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Stephylococcus Aureas)
    • presence of mercury in cancer cells
    • role of antibiotics in autism and other health conditions/diseases
    • role of the environment on our health
    • role of fungi in type 1 diabetes
    • presence of pollutants in our newborn babies (Report from EWG-Environmental Working Group)
    • selenium deficiency role on the estrogen/progesterone balance
    • use of antibiotics for ear infections in children
    • use of iodine for syphilis
    • using iodine to treat pertusis and herpes virus
    • women with low levels of thyroid hormones have an increased risk of having children developing autism

    What forms of iodine can we take? The author talks about nascent iodine and Lugol's solution. Lugol's is 2% iodine and it used to be 5% iodine. The dosage information is given including the amount of iodine. It is noted that the Japanese have a much higher intake of iodine and they have a longer life span. Providione iodine is for surface use, on the skin.

    Healing with Iodine is a resource that every physician, every legislator, every educator, and anyone else interested in health issues, would benefit from by having it in their professional or personal library. It addresses iodine as a substance that plays a role in a vast number of health issues. and is closely connected to thyroid gland function. It is written in plain language with some helpful medical and technical terms. It includes references and an index. (Added 05/28/2019, Revised 05/30/2019)

    Iodine, Why you need it, Why you can’t live without it (2009)by David Brownstein, MD (4th edition) (Publisher: Medical Alternatives Press)

    (Dr. David Brownstein has written other books related to health,e.g. Gluten-free diets, etc.)

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    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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    Several authors on this nutritional medicine information website have made references to the ketogenic diet. Basically, a ketogenic diet is a high fat diet that reduces carbohydrate consumption and minimizes protein consumption. We have a resource that explains what the ketogenic diet is in detail. For a number of health conditions, the ketogenic diet has been found to be beneficial. There are also health conditions for which the ketogenic diet would be dangerous, especially for those with Type 1 diabetes (NOT Type 2 diabetes). A second resouce covers the ketogenic diet from a different perspective, how it affects the body and more detailed information. (Added 11/06/21015, Updated 02/20/2020)

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

    Holistic Keto for Gut Health: a Program for Restting Your Metabolism (2020) by Kristin Grayce McGary. (Publisher: Findhorn Press)

    Book Review:

    Kristin Grayce McGary was able to regain her health using alternative medicine, the keto diet, as well as ideas found in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and now serves as a holistic health consultant. A healthy gut is key to a healthy body. Health is not the absence of disease. It is having energy, clear thinking, good memory, healthy digestion, muscle strength, flexibility, emotional stability, joy, detoxification, and peace. Signs of immune system dysfunction include:

    • allergies
    • autoimmune disorders
    • cancer
    As many as 72 million Americans can be affected by immune system dysfunction along with gut dysfunction. Nutrients are absorbed by our cells three different ways:
    • One, transcellularity (cells of the gut lining)
    • Two, paracellularity (between the cells)
    • Three, thru crypts between finger like villi in the intestines
    A healthy digestive system is essential to your whole system. Leaky gut issues can cause a number of problems. Junctions within the intestines need to be tight. Issues of a leaky gut are:
    • abdominal pain or bloating
    • allergies
    • chronic bacterial or yeast (candida)
    • chronic sore throats or yeast (candida) overgrowths
    • diarrhea
    • exhaustion
    • headaches
    • memory issues
    • poor tolerance to exercise
    • swollen joints

    Leaky gut issues can play a role in a number of health issues. Some are:

    • autoimmune diseases
    • cancer
    • compromised liver function
    • irritable bowel syndrome
    • joint and collagen problems
    • mood disorders
    • ulcerative colitis
    • Note: And a few more
    Toxins do accumulate in the body's tissues. They can come from:
    • air and water pollution
    • beauty care products
    • chemicals
    • food preservatives
    • heavy metals
    • pharmaceuticals
    • unresolved emotions
    • Note: And a few more
    The author talks about Traditional Chinese Medicine which takes on a holistic perspective whereas Western medicine tends to be more mechanical and focuses on a specific health issue. The connections between our mind, our spirit, and our body is real. Stress is not such a minor issue and can play havoc with our wellbeing. The author makes a point that our ancestors were meat eaters, and that our physiology hasn't really changed that much over the centuries.

    The author discusses in detail about the Ketogenic diet. Below is a table addressing the ketogenic diet as well as a number of concepts relating to nutrition.

    Table Highlighting Various Aspects of the Ketogenic Diet
    Condition Information
    Benefits of the Keto Diet
    • Abdominal pain
    • Brain tumors
    • Epilepsy
    • Weight issues
    Betaine Hydrochloride (Betaine HCL) This enzyme is criical for the absorption of various nutrients in the stomach. The benefits are listed in detail by the author.
    Bonked It is a sudden collapse of energy in the body.
    Carbohydrates There are two types of carbohydrates.
    • One, are the simple carbohydrates, that the body can burn quickly, it also spikes up insulin
    • Two, are the complex carbohydates that are metabolized more efficiently and smoothly by the body
    Note: Too much glucose can damage the brain and high intake of carbohydrates can be a factor in Alzheimer's. Sugar also harms endothelial cells lining the artery walls.
    Dairy Issues Dairy can be a factor in Type 1 Diabetes. It can a role in a number of other roles.
    Denatured Is food that has been robbed or removed of its nutrients.
    Digestive Enzymes Digestive enzymes helps the body to better breakdown the food and improve nutrient absorption. It is helpful when there are hidden food sensitivities and genetic factors.
    Insulin Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas to enable the glucose (sugar) to enter into the cells. When the cells become resistant to insulin, the insulin can no longer move the glucose into the cells.
    Insulin-Like Growth Factor (IGF) It enhances tumor cell growth.
    Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) This sensitivity to gluten can result in an number of health issues. A few of them are:
    • ataxia or impaired muscle coordination
    • cognitive impairment
    • migraines
    • multiple sclerosis (MS)
    • restless leg syndrome
    • Note: there are others listed.
    Other Benefits of the Keto Diet
    • Increases glutathione production
    • Increases BDBF gene expression
    • Increases mitochondria concentration, which means more energy
    • Stimulates hematopoietic stem cells
    • Reduces inflammatory molecules
    • Reduces oxidative stress for the mitochondria
    Phytates All grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and beans have nutrients. When phytic acid is bound to a mineral in the seed, it is known as phytate, making the minerals unavailable. They also contain lectins that resist digestive enzymes and stomach acid. Lectins hinder the natural cell repair of the intestinal lining, leading to leaky gut over a period of time. Soaking, sprouting, and fermenting, and cooking can reduce lectin content in these foods.
    Prebiotics and Probiotics The author covers in detail the benefits and roles of prebiotics and probiotics. Prebiotics help feed the probiotics. Probiotics help a number of systems in the body, including the immune system and gut health.
    Sugar Sugar consumption is now a world wide issue. It plays a role in a number of conditions. Below are a few:
    • acidifying the blood
    • advanced aging
    • arthritis
    • candida
    • cardiovascular disease
    • depletes magnesium stores and causes other mineral deficiencies
    • diabetes
    • food allergies
    • immune system suppression
    • tooth decay
    • Note: Others are listed.
    Stem Cells Ketogenic diets increases the production of BDNF (brain derived neutrotrophic factor) which stimulates the production of neuronal stem cells and repair of neuron connections.
    Testing, Functional Functional blood chemistry analys (FBCA) is a type of blood testing that measures health, wellness, and optimum function. A number of these tests are available from Cyrex Labs. It is different from blood tests designed to assess disease status.
    Thyroid Testing The author discusses that for assessing complete thyroid testing, there are eight markers along with two thyroid antibodies.
    Note: These tests were not listed.
    Types of Ketogenic Diets
    • Standard Ketogenic Diet (SK))
    • High Protein Ketogenic Diet (HPKD)
    • Cyclical Ketogenic Diet (CKD)
    • Targeted Ketogenic Diet (TKD)
    Types of Ketones Testing
    • Blood Ketone Meter
    • Breathalyzer Test
    • Ketone Urine Strips
    Note: If on a keto type of diet, there are tests to measure your body's responses.

    The author covers the paleo and primal diets and what they can do and cannot do. This resource also covers in detail about the nutrition that everyone could benefit from, even if they are not interested or do not need to go on the Keto diet. A number of the nutrients are covered as well as nutritional supplementations. Nutrients that are covered in detail include:

    • amino acides
    • betaine hydrochloride (Betaine HCL)
    • cannabinoids
    • colostrum
    • digestive bitters
    • digestive enzymes
    • essential fatty acids
    • glutathione
    • L-glutamine
    • prebiotics
    • probiotics
    • vitamin D3
    (It would require a second book review to address nutrition aspects.) It is a great resource to have on hand and also points out another direction our health care system can focus on, a health care system that helps people to be healthy or regain their health. Regaining or achieving health is a holistic process. It explains a number of concepts in clear language that other authors in this website have touched upon. It has recipes, notes, bibliography, index, and food list. (Added 02/20/2020)

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    Leaky Gut Issues

    Leaky Gut, also known as intestinal permeability, may be one of these conditions that may be an underlying factor in a broad range of health conditions. According to Hippocrates, all diseases begin in the gut, also known as our digestive system. This condition may be the leaky gut. We have three resources that deal with this topic. The first resource covers the medical aspects as well as the dietary aspects of the leaky gut syndrome. The second resource covers the leaky gut from a more holistic point of view. The third resource covers more of this topic as a medical resource. These three resources complement each other.

    For more information regarding leaky gut and what might be one factor causing this condition, read about gluten sensitivity (Added 01/03/2016, updated 06/11/2017, updated 08/22/2018)

    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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    Eat Dirt: why the leaky gut may be the root cause of your health problems and 5 surprising steps to cure it (2016) by Dr. Josh Axe. (Publisher: Harper Wave) (Added 08/22/2018)

    Book Review:

    The title eat dirt is quite an interesting title. What Dr. Josh Axe, a doctor of naturopathic medicine and a clinical nutritionist, is basically saying is that why there is bad bacteria, there is also good bacteria. It is the good bacteria that can fight against the bad bacteria, and that is the reason behind exposing ourselves to more bacteria, especially beneficial bacteria, through our exposure to dirt. It is the bad bacteria that is a major factor in illness. To get more of the beneficial bacteria, this means being in direct contact with our soil and other places. Leaky gut is a serious issue and affects the whole body. The gut lining contains 70% of the immune system. There are three types of bacteria in the gut flora. They are:

    • the good guys are the mutualists
    • the bad guys are the pathogens
    • the neutral guys are the commensals
    The more technical and medical name for leaky gut is increased intestinal permeability. It is suspected that this is now a hidden epidemic. It plays a role in a number of autoimmune diseases. If the leaky gut becomes systemic, spreads to the entire body, becoming a much more serious health issue.

    What is the cause of this leaky gut epidemic? It is from the current food supply, environmental toxins, stress of modern life, germ warfare, and medication overuse. Increased levels of gluten in the food supply doesn't help. What helps to minimize the leaky gut is interestingly being born through the birth canal (vaginal delivery) as opposed to the cesearian approach. Eating more fiber is beneficial. Eating fiber increases a more diverse bacterial richness in the colon. According to Dr. Axe, what seems to be happening is the loss of bacteria that can metabolize carbohydrates. The author recommends eating food that is grown in your area, too.

    Information is provided on the digestive process. Below is a table covering the various organs and roles played in the digestive process:

    Highlighting the Major Players of the Digestive System
    Organ Action Digestive
    Food Processed
    Or Broken Down
    Mouth Chew (thoroughly) Saliva Starches
    Esophagus Swallowing none none
    Upper muscle relaxes to let in food
    Lower muscle mixes the food with digestive juices
    Stomach acid (hydrochloric acid?) Protein
    Small Intestine Peristalis (muscle movement) Small intestine digestive juice Starches, protein, and carbohydrates
    Note: When the small intestine is exposed to infection, it secretes zonulin.
    Pancreas none Pancreatic juice Starches, fats, and protein
    Liver and Gallbladder none Bile acids Fats
    Note: If the gallbladder is removed,
    the small intestine has to work harder
    to break down the fats, increasing
    the risk for leaky gut.

    In the large intestine, fiber becomes food for the gut bacteria. The intestinal wall has four layers. They are:
    • Serous layer - connective tissue
    • Muscular layer - responsible for movement
    • Submucosa
    • Mucosa
    The mucosal barrier controls which nutrients get absorbed while preventing allergens, microbes, and toxins from entering the body and blood stream. When the tight junctions in the intestinal lining starts breaking down (creating holes), this is where the leaky gut develops. Zonulin is a protein that signals when the tight junctions open and close. When the small intestine is exposed to any infection, it secrets zonulin in response. Exposure to bacteria and gluten trigger the release of zonulin. Increased use of antibiotics in hand sanitizers, chemical cleaners, medications, and other microbe killers decimates microbe diversity.

    What are the ways to reduce leaky gut?
    • Diet, clean it up
    • Environmental toxins, minimize our exposure
    • Stress, reduce our stress
    • Oversanitation
    • Over medication - keep the use of medication to a minimum
    What foods are high in probiotics? They are:
    • bone broth
    • flax seeds
    • kefir
    The reason to be concerned about the leaky gut is that the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association estimates that 50 million Americans have autoimmune conditions. Some of these conditions include:
    • allergies
    • autism
    • depression
    • eczema
    • lupus
    • metabolic syndrome
    • psoriases
    The immune system has two approaches, one is the innate immune system, the body's first line of defense. The second one is the adaptive immune system which functions like a blood hound and responds to unfriendly substances and its scent, especially when it is re-exposed. Natural immunization is different from formal vaccination. The following factors play a role in autoimmune disorders:
    • damaged gut lining
    • exposure to inflammatory antigens
    • genetic susceptibility
    A number of health conditions are found to be related to leaky gut issues. Below is a table highlighting a number of them:

    Health Conditions Affected by Leaky Gut
    • acne
    • asthma
    • autism
    • cancer
    • celiac disease
    • diabetes, type 1 and type 2
    • inflammatory bowel disease
    • metabolic syndrome
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Psoriasis
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Note: Leaky gut affects the whole body.

    There are tests to assess leaky gut issues. They are:
    • Lactulose Breath Test (LBT)
    • Organic Acides Test (OAT) which reveals vitamin and mineral deficiency
    • IgG - checks for food allergies
    • Stool test (balance of good and bad micro-organisms)
    It is helpful to remember two people in the history of medicine. One is Louis Pasteur, a French chemist, who talked about the germ theory and it was these germs that made us sick. There was another person named Antoine Bechamp who had a different view on the cause of disease, that disease was caused by an imbalance of good and bad bacteria. If our systems were balanced, pathogenic germs would not flourish. If it is imbalanced, the bad guys take over. It is turning out that Antoine Bechamp's theory is the correct one.

    Today's wheat has been cross bred with other grains, sprayed with a massive amount of chemicals, has fewer nutrients, and contains gluten. Gluten is a protein that acts like an adhesive, and holds food together. When large amounts of undigested protein ends up in the small intesting, this slows the down the absorption of other valuable nutrients. For a number of people, their immune system view gluten as foreign bacteria, causing more damage to the intestinal walls. The author list where gluten is found.

    Another type of food to be concerned with are the oils. Canola oil, corn oil, and soybean oil, 90% of these oils are from genetically modified organisms. Hydrogenated fats are bad for us, as they contain trans fats. Beneficial oils are listed, including ghee. A number other beneficial foods are listed as well as ones that need to be avoided.

    Dr. Axe includes information and the benefits of using high quality essential oils for medicinal purposes. They can be used with home made cleaning products. Municipal water systems that contain fluoride, the fluoride damages the intestinal lining, and chlorination destroys microbes on the skin. Specific strains of bacteria that are beneficial are covered. Beneficial mushrooms are covered in some detail. This resource addresses the issues regarding our soil and its deterioration both in terms of healthy bacteria and nutritional content. Minerals play a major role in everyone's health and in a number of health conditions. Specific pesticides are mentioned that are harmful to our gut health. One is organophosphate which can be absorbed directly into the blood stream from food. Another one is chlorpyrifos which is able to change the gut lining. Another chemical is glyphosate from Roundup (weed killer). It is playing a role in the increased incidence of celiac disease and other autoimmune condtions. Organic food is better for you.

    Issues occur in personal care and cleaning products that contain toxins. The book covers where they are found and how they are harmful. They are:
    • Chlorine
    • DEA - Diethanamine
    • Parabens
    • Phthalates
    • Sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) and Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
    • Tricloson
    • VOCs - volatile organic compounds
    In response to the stress that most of us face, the benefits of ashwagandha is covered. Other helpful herbs are covered. A number of strategies are covered to reduce our stress along with nutrient supplementation. A number of standard medications affect specific nutrients and our nutrition. Dr. Axe lists lists them. Probiotics with specific benefits are listed in a table.

    The program to heal the leaky gut is listed with five steps. They are:
    • Step one: Remove - remove foods that are harmful as well as toxic chemicals
    • Step two: Reseed - increase intake of probiotics
    • Step three: Restore - eat foods that are beneficial to our gut
    • Step four: Release - reduce one's exposure to stress and do activities that are healing
    • Step five: Reseal - nutritional and other substances that help heal the gut
    Dr. Axe specifies five types of leaky gut. They are:
    • Candida Gut
    • Stressed Gut
    • Immune Gut
    • Gastric Gut
    • Toxic Gut

    The author specifies treatment protocol to treat the five gut types. For the candida gut, the protocol is:
    • eliminate trigger foods, foods toxic to the spleen and small intestine
    • consume therapeutic foods
    • treat with supplementation
    • transform your lifestyle
    To treat leaky gut issues means not only changing your diet, but also using cleaning products and personal care products that do not contain harmful ingredients. Recipes are included for these types of products. This resource includes information on essential oils, issues with pesticides and chemicals found in our food, cleaning products, and personal care products. It is an welcome addition to any library focusing on health issues. It has a resource guide, notes (references), and an index. (Added 08/22/2018).

    Website for Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, and CNS

    For more information about Dr. Josh Axe, his website address is: For information covering leaky gut, check out (Added 08/22/2018)

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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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    As information about lectins spreads, Dr. Steven Grundy, MD has written a resource that explains the issues on lectins and its impact on our digestive health, and ultimately our overall health. (Added 3/27/2022)

    Book on Lectins:

    The Plant Paradox: the Hidden Dangers in "Healthy Foods that Cause Disease and Weight Gain" (2017) by Dr. Steven R. Gundry, MD with Olivia Bell Buehl. (Publisher: HarperWave) (Added 3/27/2022)

    Book review:

    This resource by Dr. Steven Gundry, MD goes into detail from a different perspective about lectins not addressed in other resources on this website. Lectins have the ability to harm our digestive systems, by causing loose junctions (holes) to occur in the digestive lining of the intestinal tract. This is known as leaky gut. A more technical term is intestinal permeability. It turns out that all of our plant based foods are not necessarily completely healthy for our digestive systems. Why do these lectins exist in plants, besides just the gluten grains? Plant based foods are supposed to be good for all of us. Not so fast, plants also need to protect themselves from predators and in order to do that, they have substances that cause discomfort, to discourage animals, insects, and even birds from eating their edible portions. This also includes humans.

    Below is a table with a number of concepts that Dr. Gundry covers in his book.

    Some Main Ideas Regarding Plant Paradox
    Concept Information
    Body's Defense against Lectins Our bodies have a number of ways of defending themselves from lectins. They include:
    • Mucous in nose and saliva in the mouth
    • Stomach acid
    • Bacteria in the mouth and gut
    • Mucous in the intestines
    C-4 Carbon C-4 carbon can measure the level of corn eaten by chickens or cows. For chickens, they have seen 93% C-4 carbon and for beef 69% C-4 carbon.
    Dairy Apparently, there is a protein in milk that some people react negatively to. Depending on the type of cows that milk comes from, there are two types. One produces casein A-1 and the other one is casein A-2. Casein A-1 produces a lectin-like protein called beta-casomorphin that some people are unable to digest.
    Fats Dr. Gundry covers which types of fats are beneficial. This includes:
    • Perilla Oil
    • MCT Oil
    • Other choices: Macadamia nut oil, walnut oil, avocado oil, Thrive Algae oil, and ghee
    Halobiome It turns out that other areas of the body including our skin contains bacteria. Halobiome is more comprehensive than our microbiome.
    Lectins As mentioned earlier, plants have lectins as a way of protecting themselves from the environment and predators. Gluten happens to be one type of lectin. There are others, as well, and Dr. Gundry goes into detail about these other plants.

    What can lectins do?
    • They can disrupt cellular communication. This is done by blocking and mimicking hormonal signals. Lectins can bind to an important docking port, resulting in reduced muscle mass, and starved brain and nerve cells.
    • They can cause gaps in the intestinal wall barrier, producing zonulin.
    • Lectins are large proteins.
    • They target and attach themselves to sugar molecules as well as mimic insulin.
    • They can confuse the immune system with molecular mimicry. Lectins can be indistinguishable from the body's proteins and by doing so, fooling the immune system.
    • There are two types of lectins.
    • There are a number of health problems that stem from eating lectins.
    Foods other than grains and beans that are high in lectins:
    • Bell peppers
    • Cashews
    • Chia
    • Goji berries
    • Peanuts
    • Sunflower seeds
    • Tomatoes
    • Zucchini
    There are other substances besides lectins that breach the intestinal walls. They are:
    • Over the counter painkillers
    • NSAIDS
    • Lipopolysaccharides (LPS)
    Note #1: Lectins and LPS are rampant in really sick people.
    LPS - Lipopolysaccharides (fragment of a bacterium) They are fragments of bacteria that can travel through the gut wall and into the body. The immune system treats the LPS as a threat.
    MTHFR - Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase Gene A type of genetic mutation that affects the body's ability to process folate (vitamin B5) and methylcobalamin (vitamin B12). As much as 50% of the population can be affected.
    Phytates Phytates can prevent the absorption of minerals in the diet.
    Resistant Starch Foods Resistant starch passes through the small intestines intact, resistant to enzymes that break down complex starches, and it doesn't absorb the calories as sugar. It is good food for the bacteria in the gut. Some foods that contain resistant starch include taro and plantains. Other sources are mentioned.
    Seven Disruptors Dr. Gundry discusses seven disruptors in considerable detail to our digestive system and ultimately, our health. They include:
    • Broad spectrum antibiotics
    • Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)
    • Stomach Acid Blockers
    • Artificial Sweeteners
    • Endocrine Disruptors
    • Genetically Modified Foods
    • Constant Exposure to Blue Light
    Note #1: Endocrine disruptors are playing a role in accelerated sexual development in children.
    Note #2: GMOs increase gluten sensitivity.
    Note #3: Blue light comes from TVs, cell phones, tablets, and other electronic devices. Blue light suppresses melatonin and stimulates ghrelin and cortisol.
    Sialic Acid Sialic acid is a sugar molecule found in the gut, in the brain, nerve endings, in joints, in all bodily fluids, and blood vessel linings.
    Supplements Dr. Gundry lists seven important types of supplements:
    • Green Plant Phytochemicals
    • Lectin Blockers
    • Long Chain Omegas 3
    • Polyphenols
    • Prebiotics
    • Sugar Defense (a Dr. Gundry product)
    • Vitamin D
    Note #1: Most people are low in vitamin D.
    Note #2: Dr. Gundry lists more supplements on his webpage, and
    Testing Blood testing is available to measure insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) and lectins.
    Trypsin Inhibitors They can prevent digestive enzymes from doing their job.
    WGA - Wheat Germ Agglutinin Dr. Gundry talks about WGA. It is found in wheat and it can do the following:
    • It behaves like insulin.
    • It blocks sugar from getting into muscle cells.
    • It interferes with protein digestion.
    • It promotes free radicals.
    • It reacts with other proteins.
    • It has an affinity for attacking our joints.
    Note #1: It also does a number of other things not good for our bodies.
    Transglutaminaese (also known as Meat Glue) It used to bind together ground beef and fake crab seafood. It can cross the blood/brain barrier and it is a neurotransmitter disruptor. It has been approved by the U.S. FDA and it does not need to be labeled in our food. It can cause gluten ataxia, which is similar to Parkinson's.

    This resource explains a number of factors that impact and affect our health. Unfortunately, more and more of us will be experiencing these types of gut issues. Changes in our food supply are a major factor. Plants from the new world include nightshade vegetables, legumes, grains, squash, and chia, they can cause problems.

    Much of our processed foods contain corn, soy, and wheat. Remember the use of biocides which include herbicides, insecticides, and pesticides. Nutritional decline in our soils has a direct impact on the nutritional levels found in food. The decline of the nutritional quality of our soils was reported as early as in 1936.

    Recent innovations such as GMOs, use of rapeseed, antibiotics, drugs/medications, and chemicals are affecting our gut health. When animals are fed corn and other grains (not their natural diet) as well as antibiotics, these substances end up in their tissues. That is why Dr. Gundry (and other health practitioners) recommend wild caught game and fish. A recommendation is made that Americans reduce their intake of animal protein. Excess protein turns into sugar. Proper means of cooking can break down some of the lectins.

    Dr. Gundry presents a three phase program to overcome issues caused by overconsumption of foods containing lectins. For people experiencing more serious health issues, he has a program called Keto Plant Paradox Intensive Care Program. This book includes foods that have fewer lectins, recipes, and meal plans for phase two and three. A number of other concepts are addressed, other than those mentioned in this book review. This resource includes references and an index. (Added 03/27/2022)

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    More and more people are reporting that they have Lyme disease, a disease that is caused by an insect bite that contained the harmful bacteria. It can cause serious and years long health issues. The symptoms vary from individual to individual. We have one resource written by two people who dealt with Lyme disease and undertook a number of different protocols, including alternative health as well as allopathic approaches. (Added 08/18/2021)

    Liberating Yourself from Lyme: an integrative and intuitive guide to healing Lyme Disease (2021) by Vir McCoy and Kara Zahl (Publisher: Healing Arts Press) (Added 08/18/2021)

    Book Review:

    As I hear more and more about Lyme disease, it affects people differently. It can result in serious health conditions. We have a resource written by two people who have experienced years of illness as a result of Lyme disease. Vir McCoy experienced complications with Lyme disease lasting ten years. Kara Zahl also experienced Lyme disease with some symptoms that were different. These authors became experts about dealing with Lyme and tried various protocols, both allopathic or western medicine as well as alternative methods. One comment that the authors made is that this Lyme disease feeds on fear. So, the less fear that you have with this condition, the more likely that you are to overcome it. It has an emotional component. They describe these protocols in some detail in this book.

    First, how does one get Lyme disease? It comes from bites by ticks. Ticks are not insects, although they are often mistaken for them. Ticks are actually classified as arachnids, or relatives of spiders, scorpions and mites. If you look closely at a tick when identifying it, it kind of resembles a spider with its four pairs of legs and lack of antennae. Ticks may be found in tall grass, where they may attach to a passing animal or person. Pulling a tick forcefully out from under the skin may leave the head behind. To lower your risk of getting bitten by these ticks, it suggested that you wear light-colored protective clothing, so you can easily see any ticks that get on you. Also, wear a long-sleeve shirt and long pants and have the shirt tucked into your pants and the pant legs tucked into your socks. There is also a homeopathic remedy, called Ledum Palustre (a high potency), that can counteract these bites, especially within the month after the bite has occurred.

    If it is untreated, Lyme disease can morph or change into different forms. The initial bite can leave a large bull's eye rash on any area of the body, soreness in the liver, itch sensation in the hips. It can affect the brain. Tests exist for identifying Lyme and one is Borrelia burgdorferi.

    Some Main Ideas Regarding Lyme Disease
    Concept Information
    Homeopathic Remedies The authors cover homeopathic remedies. One that is mentioned is Ledum Palustre.
    Medications The authors discuss about some of the various medications and antibiotics used to treat Lyme. They also cover essential oils, herbs, and tinctures.
    Misdiagnosis for Lyme Disease Lyme Disease can be confused with the following health conditions. They are:
    • Arthritis
    • Bell's Palsy
    • Bipolar
    • Depression
    • Meniere Disease
    • Meningitis
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Nerve Damage
    • Optic Neuritis
    • Schizophrenia
    Nutritional Supplementation The authors cover in detail about some of the nutrients beneficial to combating Lyme. They include:
    • Calcium
    • Coezyme Q10
    • Copper and Zinc (These two minerals have to be in the proper ratio)
    • Iron
    • Iodine
    • Lithium Orotate
    • Magnesium
    • Potassium
    • Selenium
    • Silica
    • Vitamin B
    • Vitamin C
    Note #1: Enzymes and probiotics also help. Enzymes can help breakdown the biofilm surrounding cysts.
    Note #2: Fermented foods are beneficial.
    Note #3: There is coverage about foods that can help the body deal with Lyme.
    Process of how Lyme Disease develops Early identification is essential for more effective treatment. Lyme is known as the great imitator. It is transmitted by the bite of a tick that has been infected with a spirochete called (Borrelia burgdorfei). There are a number of species. It can enter the brain and spinal fluid. After the bite (in the skin for 24 hours), there can be a rash anywhere in the body. There is a window of 2-3 weeks after the rash to take the antibiotics. A month is too late. Testing is needed for other coinfections, too. Spirochetes reproduce by forming hard cysts or egg sacks that hide in nerve roots, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. They can be dormant for years, and then suddenly flare up. They are capable of forming a slimy biofilm, biofilm that can be difficult for antibiotics to penetrate. Antibiotics are rotated. Below are three primary stages:
    • one, the adult form
    • two, the intracellular CWD or L-form
    • three, the cyst or egg form with successive mutations upon hatching

    Note: The spirochetes that cause Lyme are attracted to heavy metals.
    Types of Alternative Protocols to Use in Dealing with Lyme Listing of Alternative Protocols
    • Colonics and Coffee enemas
    • Dental health - if you have mercury in dental fillings, replace them
    • Detox protocols - a number of them are listed
    • Diet - select foods to strengthen the immune system; sugar feeds Lyme
    • EMR - Minimize exposure to electromagnetic radiation
    • Environmental toxins - heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium (avoid them)
    • Exercise (Gigong, Martial Arts, Nature walks, Tai Chai, Yoga)
    • Gallbladder and Liver flushes
    • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
    • Medicinal Mushrooms (chaga, reishi, turkey tail)
    • Ozone Therapy
    • Saunas - there are various types
    • Skin brushing - stimulates the lymphatic system
    • Clean water
    Note: Spirochete is defined as any of a group of spiral-shaped bacteria. Some of them are serious pathogens for humans. They can cause diseases such as syphilis, yaws, Lyme disease.

    This resource covers treatments that one may not have heard about besides the ones listed in this review, as well as the spiritual aspect. A number of protocols listed in this book, it looks like it can help with other health conditions. It includes recipes, references and an index. The appendix includes:

    • Appendix 1: Fire Love Exercise
    • Appendix 2: Lyme Emergency Meditation
    • Appendix 3: Recipes to Heal Lyme
    • Appendix 4: Homeopathic Remedies to Heal Lyme and Its Coinfections
    • Appendix 5: My Protocol for Healing Lyme
    It is definitely a worthwhile resource to give to anyone suffering from Lyme disease.

    (Added 08/18/2021)

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    The topic of nutritional medicine information would not be complete without addressing the role of medicinal plants. We have listed a number of references addressing plants that have medicinal and therapeutic properties. Some of the issues to be aware of about medicinal plants are:

    • One, the use of plants for medicinal purposes goes back thousands of years, in all ancient cultures and more recent times, before the development of prescription drugs.
    • Two, plants that have medicinal purposes come in a wide variety of forms, from herbs, mushrooms, flowers, and even trees.
    • Three, some of these plants are toxic. Therefore, it is essential to know what plants you are working with and how to use them properly. When used properly, they can be an alternative to prescription drugs.
    • Four, a number of prescription drugs are actually based on plants that were found to have therapeutic values for various ailments and health conditions.
    • Five, if collecting plants, it is important to leave some of the plants, especially endangered species. It is so that they can continue to grow and propagate. Another consideration is that there are places that are better than other locations in collecting these plants. It is not desirable to select plants located near heavily travelled roads and other areas with high exposure to chemicals.
    • Six, a major difference between prescription drugs versus medicinal plants is that prescription drugs often contain synthetic substances that can trigger the immune system, in the form of allergic reactions and side effects. Under proper use, medicinal plants do not have this issue (except when there is an allergic reaction). Furthermore, prescription drugs can be patented whereas herbal plants cannot be patented.
    • Seven, some of these medicinal plants can be grown in a home garden.
    • Eight, some of these plants are high in nutritional quality.
    • Nine, plants can be used for non-medicinal purposes, such as perfumes, spices, dyeing, and as less desirable purposes like poison.
    Medicinal plants can be used in different ways. They are:
    • Compresses/poultices
    • Salves
    • Teas/decoctions
    • Tinctures
    Unlike other sections in this website covering nutritional medicine information, a brief bibliograhic citation along with a short review is given. A number of these resources are reference books. (Added 11/30/2017, updated 08/27/2019).

    Books on Medicinal Plants:

    The Backyard Herbal Apothecary: effective medicinal remedies using commonly found herbs and plants (2019) by Devon Young. (Publisher: Page Street Publishing)

    This book has 192 pages. It is a beautifully illustrated book, with color photos, information about specific plants and recipes in using the plant and its medicinal benefits. It includes tools for a well prepared herbalist, a glossary, references, ackn