Archive for August, 2017

Weather Emergency Suggestions

Photo from NY Times

See ways to help at the bottom of the page. The things below came to Bill Sardi’s mind because of the disaster in Houston. I want to do a show soon on preparedness. Those currently most affected probably have no way to access this information, but just in case you are in touch with someone there who can benefit:

  • Dietary supplements during hurricanes, when doctors and emergency rooms may not be accessible. (Since Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic is a first line defense and doesn’t need refrigeration, that should always be in your grab and go bag.)
  • Garlic is a good anti-bacterial, because the water and food may be contaminated.
  • For more severe infections, oil of oregano 3 times a day.
  • If you can’t get to the health food store, your kitchen cupboard spice rack may have good antibiotics like allspice and cloves.
  • Pepto Bismol. It is good to know if you get diarrhea, it keeps the bacteria from clinging to the wall of the digestive tract.
  • Vitamin D is not only key for the immune system, but because you are likely trapped indoors away from the sun.
  • Vitamin C helpful in dealing with the stress
  • Water flooding in homes can bring fungal growth and toxic mold; this cannot be eradicated with chlorine or anything else; wallboard must be removed. Some groups have volunteers to help with that. Samaritan’s Purse is an example.
  • If flooding is high and you must wade through water, remember it will most likely have sewage in it, so clean off as soon as possible.

Many churches even far outside the afflicted area are collecting basics. Money works to help provide necessities. (Check to see if your employer will match donations.) Here are some good options:

The Salvation Army

The Red Cross

Save the Children

Pioneering concepts in health and nutrition—Part 1

My trip down memory lane in preparation for our 20th anniversary radio show reminded me of concepts that we covered long ago and that are worth a second look. I’m listing older shows in part to demonstrate that what may seem like brand new information today might have been available to our listeners a decade or two ago. I could go back much further in some cases, but I wouldn’t be able to provide links to the very old shows. (They are still on tape.)

Estrogen dominance. Concerns over excesses of the estrogen hormone may come up in a discussion of breast cancer. However, there is more to the story…even for men. Guys can suffer prostate trouble and enlarged breasts due to estrogen. In 1999, John Lee, MD (now gone) made his first appearance on Healthy by Nature (HBN) to discuss estrogen dominance. The effects of this imbalance include endometriosis, abnormal menstrual periods, fibrocystic breast disease, sexual dysfunction, weight gain, infertility and much more. (Here is a responsible site with a more comprehensive list.) Excess body fat, stress and a poor diet can increase estrogen. But, Dr. Lee also pointed out that estrogen dominance can result from too little of the balancing hormone progesterone. (Note, the synthetic progestin drug that has historically been given in hormone replacement therapy interferes with the function of natural progesterone.)

Natural approaches to Heart Disease prevention. Twelve years ago, in this May 21, 2005 interview, the late great Jay Cohen, MD talked about his issues with statin drugs and his belief in magnesium’s importance for heart health. Prolific author and all-around genius, Sherry Rogers, MD made many, many appearances on HBN. As a good example, on June 6, 2009, she talked about her book, Is Your Cardiologist Killing You? Since at least 1994, cardiologist Peter Langsjoen, MD has been talking about the importance of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) for the prevention of heart trouble. We interview him on this May 5, 2007 show. (One of the serious problems with statin drugs is that they interfere with the body’s production of CoQ10.)

Underappreciated nutrients:

  • Vitamin D3 – There finally seems to be a growing awareness of the crucial role of Vitamin D for not just bone and immune health, but the prevention of a wide variety of other health problems. John Cannell, MD, founder of the non-profit Vitamin D Council made his first appearance on HBN, September 29, 2007. Too many physicians still fail to test for vitamin D or accept lab results that are far below optimum. Sadly, this oversight disproportionately affects African Americans who are then much more susceptible for example to cancer.
  • Vitamin K2 – Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue, a naturopath is the author of Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life. We first interviewed her in 2013, but I think this 2014 interview might cover more territory. One listener has credited this interview with saving him from dangerous carotid artery surgery.
  • Vitamin B12 – Low levels of this key nutrient are responsible for a bunch of symptoms that are often diagnosed as something else. That includes misdiagnosis of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and dementia. Sally M. Pacholok (one of those names I had trouble pronouncing) and her doctor spouse are the authors of Could It Be B12?: An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses. Her interview five years ago was inspiring. (By the way, acid-blocking heartburn drugs interfere with our production of B12.)
  • Magnesium – Carolyn Dean, MD / ND, author of The Magnesium Miracle simply added to my longstanding admiration for this mineral. (I learned in the early 1980’s that one reason for my migraines was inadequate magnesium). Listen to her September 1, 2007 Interview.

Whoa! That is more than enough for one sitting. In a future blog, I will continue the theme with at least: Toxins, Cancer, Diabetes and Mental Health.

Twenty years of guests that were ahead of their time

As we celebrated Healthy by Nature’s 20th Anniversary show last week, I hoped to pack in more content than the hour would allow. When reality sank in, I promised to follow up this week with some of the clips (in bold) and other information that we didn’t get to.

As I scoured the archives and converted old cassette tapes to digital (with the help of Jim Barto at Salem Broadcasting) I was amazed that information we broadcast in 1997 is still so important today. Next week I will list more of the game-changing guests and topics (and some links to interviews) that it has been my privilege to showcase. Studies show that it typically takes 40 years for a scientific breakthrough to get from the laboratory into everyday practice. I guess that is why our long-time listeners often tell me how they have benefited from hearing those guests and being ahead of the curve.

FOOD – The 2-minute audio clip from an interview with Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions is remarkable. She talks about the work of a pioneering dentist who traveled the world. He found that populations eating their native diets (which contained prized fats) were healthy and did not need braces or other dental work. When those folks moved to cities, they acquired Western diseases and their children had dental issues. We did air the clips from Robert Atkins, MD about bread and the one from Paul Stitt (the food industry whistle-blower) about the 23 appetite stimulants added to some processed foods. But they are worth repeating.

MEDICAL CARE – We didn’t have the 3+ minutes this clip from Gary Null, PhD would have taken, but it is a shocker. It is just one highlight of a show about a report, Death by Medicine, that this health guru and his cohorts compiled. It details and substantiates statistics from scientific studies about problems in modern medical practice. The combination of side effects of drugs given in hospitals, medical mistakes, unwarranted surgeries, hospital-induced infections and malnutrition plus others add up to an astonishing number. The total makes medical problems the number one cause of premature death in the US. In the whole interview with Gary Null, he also discusses the shocking lack of science to support chemotherapy for many types of cancer.

GRATITUDE. I thanked a lot of folks who have helped make the show possible. Of special note are sponsors Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics, Jarrow Formulas, Kyolic Aged Garlic, Lily of the Desert, The Kotsanis Institute and Bill Sardi, who while not a sponsor in the usual sense has been very supportive.

NONSENSE. These clips were just for fun: The train that came right beside our studio in the first year. Me mispronouncing a guest name and another. Gary Null making it clear he could handle the interview without me. (He clearly could.)

Our friend cholesterol?

As we all know, there has been long standing concern and confusion over the actual vs supposed health risk from high levels of cholesterol in the blood. Recently, it has been suggested that virtually all older persons should be on statin cholesterol-lowering drugs. (Which by the way are said to damage stem cells.) I worry that too often these discussions make it sound like cholesterol is an enemy. And they fail to mention why we have it to begin with. Therefore, I list the following just to provide some context for the debate which I guarantee will not end any time soon.

  • Big picture, nature’s original plan always makes sense. Why would we be given this waxy, fat-like substance in every cell of the body if it was designed to kill us?
  • About 75-80% of our blood cholesterol is made in the body…because we need it. If you eat cholesterol (e.g. in eggs), the body turns down its own production. Eating poorly (e.g. sugar and fake foods) can confuse the body into making too much cholesterol.
  • Cholesterol is required for us to make vitamin D.
  • We make hormones (including testosterone and estrogen) from cholesterol.
  • Cholesterol helps protect nerve fibers and is needed for proper brain function.
  • Bile that helps us digest fats is made from cholesterol. (Inadequate bile flow as one might have with gall bladder trouble or a low fiber diet is one reason for elevated cholesterol.)
  • Cell membranes depend on cholesterol. Membranes don’t just hold cells contents together. They also make sure that nutrients get in and wastes get out.
  • Cholesterol may be in the plaque in arteries because it is there to help repair damage. We need to be wary of things that damage arteries.

Sometimes I hear pronouncements that make it sound as though the “lower the cholesterol the better”. Given the important roles of cholesterol listed above, common sense says we would get in trouble if it is too low. In fact, with very low cholesterol there are more deaths from “all causes”, including cancer, violence, accidents, suicide (article) and even cardiovascular disease! Another study. Check this out: A study found that elderly folks with cholesterol lower than 189 had a doubled risk of dying early.

Cholesterol can irritate the lining of arteries when it becomes oxidized (e.g. rusty) due to either toxins or lack of protective antioxidants like vitamin E. Irritated arteries can build up plaque (which does contain cholesterol along with calcium.) Very high levels of cholesterol are associated with cardiovascular problems. That means they often appear together. However, the issue isn’t so black and white. I’m not sure it has been proven that the high levels themselves are the cause of the heart disease or have just become elevated in response to some other problem that also causes heart disease.

Bill Sardi answers listener questions

Last week I said that I might start the show by asking about some of the recent studies Bill Sardi has called to my attention. Well, that didn’t happen because the phone lines filled up so fast. (Newsletter subscribers know what’s coming and can be at the head of the line.) Here at least are links to those topics we didn’t cover: Vitamin D and Cardiovascular Risk Factors (low D levels = high risk factors); Cholesterol Drugs (may add just 4 days of life); Fish Oil During Pregnancy Reduces Risk of Diabetes in Offspring.

Bill Sardi, agreed to answer random listener questions. (I hope to do this once a month.) He is a prolific author, science investigator, and tireless campaigner for sanity in health care. He is also the sharpest supplement formulator I know. I took notes on his recommendations as best as I could with all the other things going on. I checked with Bill to make sure I didn’t miss anything crucial. These are very brief, so please listen to the show for details.

  • Prevent complications of diabetes – Vitamin B1 in an active form (e.g. Benfotiamin) and magnesium
  • Natural calcium channel blockers – Magnesium, Vitamins D and K, IP6 (from rice bran), resveratrol (see my article), CoQ10 (they help the powerhouses of the cells create energy to help balance the calcium)
  • Basal cell skin cancers – Mix IP6 powder with A and D ointment and apply.
  • Borderline Glaucoma – Vitamin B1 (see above), resveratrol, hyaluronic acid (all these orally)
  • Candida Yeast overgrowth – Most important, as much as possible, cut the starchy and sweet items from the diet. Oil of Oregano (the brand I recommended) and garlic. From our Library: Article and Symptom Quiz
  • Baking soda and vitamin C – Caller had heard baking soda would cancel vitamin C. Baking soda is sometimes used to buffer the acidity of vitamin C so it won’t irritate the stomach. If used for heartburn, consider reading my book, Natural Alternatives to Nexium to find out why you have heartburn and how to fix the underlying problem. Garligest is a good choice – 866-674-3955) 
  • Silicone toxicity from breast implants – Zinc, IP6, vitamin D, garlic, glutathione (Reg’Activ contains a friendly bacterium that makes glutathione. I’d pick the Detox & Liver purple box.) Far infrared sauna helps toxins go out through the skin and spares the kidneys.
  • Shingles – Avoid chocolate and nuts that are high in an amino acid the virus likes. Reduce stress. My article on shingles. Bill suggested thymus extract, zinc, Vitamin D, quercetin, and zygon

Phew. No wonder I had trouble keeping up. Again, for a little more detail, listen to the show. Mr. Sardi’s products: Longevinex 866-405-4000, Molecular Multi 800-247-5731, Garlinex 866-674-3955Garligest for heartburn 866-674-3955. His email: [email protected]


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