Archive for December, 2017

Important books for your library

It probably shows in the photo that I’m very proud of my granddaughter, Kayla Leggett. She just graduated magna cum laude from Texas A & M University (TAMU). On the show website there is a LINK to a closeup picture of the cake I made for her. (BTW, everything you see on my cakes is edible, but not necessarily health food.)  If you know any Aggies (that’s what they call grads of TAMU), you might forward this link to them. Perhaps they will subscribe to the newsletter and learn more about being healthy.

Kayla’s degree is in biomedical sciences and she intends to go to medical school. As you might imagine, I am eager to “brain wash” her myself before the drug-company-indoctrinated medical school does their thing. Only a smattering of nutrition is taught in medical school. With a basic appreciation of the powerful effects of good nutrition and harmful toxins, she will more likely maintain her common sense and come out with a balanced view. So, we gave her 4 books, each with a coupon offering a hefty cash rebate when she reads that book. (Sneaky, right?) Not sure when she will get to them because she is studying for the entrance exam. But, when she needs money, she’ll find time!

That reminded me to list 11 books that I wish everyone would read. (No cash reward for you, just the benefit of the knowledge. Maybe gift ideas too.)

The big vitamin D mistake

It seems that the government and big medicine have exactly an upside-down approach to dietary supplements. For the most part, they just warn us about any potential harm that they can dream up. These influence leaders should be telling us that supplements might save our lives. Studies of benefit are abundant, but ignored. There is a built-in prejudice, a belief that normal health requires medication. Drug company staff and paid consultants who come and go through government and academia reinforce that concept.

For years, the nonprofit Vitamin D Council has monitored the science and informed us that higher blood levels of D (50-100 nmol/L) were of benefit for immune function, muscles, heart function, lungs, brain, depression, breast cancer protection and so on. However, the government has said that abysmal blood levels as low as 20 was good enough. They also steadfastly warned about getting more than small supplemental doses (e.g. 800 IU) acted as though the D2 added to milk was as good as the D3 used in pills. The FDA recommendations for daily intake were supposedly based on science. Really?

At first, I was excited when Bill Sardi sent me a journal article entitled The Big Vitamin D Mistake. The article reported that “a statistical error in the estimation of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin D was recently discovered.” It went on to say, “The largest meta-analysis ever conducted of studies published between 1966 and 2013 showed that 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels <75 nmol/L [below 75] may be too low for safety and [are] associated with higher all-cause mortality.” Deficiency is killing us! These scientists recommended that the RDA for adults be amended to 8,000 IU daily. Children age 3 and older should be given 3,000. Their recommendation for children over age 1 drinking enriched formula is 1,000 IU and for breastfed children older than 6 months, 1, 500 IU.

As noted, initially I was excited to get this improved information. Then I became angry. This article was published in July (5 months ago) and the error was discovered even before that! This is big news! Even generously assuming the error was just incompetence rather than mischief, why haven’t we heard about this from the FDA, AMA and media? Were they all just too busy browbeating us to get flu shots?

Are they as wrong about the vaccine as they were about vitamin D? As it turns out, the flu vaccination this year is about 10% effective! In contrast to the party line that especially seniors and children should get them because they are more likely to suffer more, the vaccine is less effective in seniors and infants because their immune systems are not capable of as hearty a response.  Wait a minute. Ten percent? Wouldn’t 10 out of a hundred people resist the flu even without shots? Because of the multiple toxic substances they contain (mercury, formaldehyde, antibiotics, aluminum, etc.) I just don’t believe that these injections should be taking willy nilly…but, that is a discussion for another day.



High blood pressure remedies revisited

When Bill Sardi was my guest on the radio program Saturday, he helped us understand the recently revised guidelines for blood pressure that suggest 46% of the population needs treatment. (Read Bill Sardi’s detailed explanation and expert analysis on that topic.) Below  I review some of the points he made, but first, here is a link to my updated article, 6 ways to lower blood pressure.

  • Blood pressure drugs. It often takes several drug types to reach the standard goals. Typical side-effects include: chronic coughs, nausea, dizziness, mental depression, heart failure, fatigue and gastric irritation. A new study shows that one drug ingredient in many BP medications increases the risk of skin cancer. That is not surprising since diuretics deplete zinc which is important for immune function.
  • Zinc for hypertension. Sardi explained that adequate zinc in the body is critical to maintaining normal blood pressure. Read his article on that.
  • Zinc is also NEEDED for: (in alphabetical order) Aging, Immunity, Antioxidant/anti-inflammatory, Atrial fibrillation repair, Cancer fighting, Diabetes prevention, Digestion, Eyesight, Fertility, Hair / skin / nails, Hormone balance (e.g. making progesterone), Muscle growth, Senses of taste / smell, Wound healing and more.
  • Zinc dose. Of course, everyone is not the same, but typically 30 mg. a day of a well absorbed form. (NOT zinc oxide! Almost any other form is better, e.g. zinc citrate)
  • Zinc status is often LOWERED by
    • Low intake: to get 30 mg you would need to eat 20 cups of cooked spinach, or 4 cups of pumpkin seeds or 4 chicken steaks a day
    • Drugs: Acid blocking heartburn drugs and blood pressure drugs
    • Age-related low stomach acid
    • Poor absorption / utilization. For example, taking a poorly absorbed form like zinc oxide. Or inadequate intake of B6 which greatly increases zinc absorption and/or selenium which makes it more useable. (Molecular Multi contains 30 mg and avoids these problems. Those are just two of the many reasons I recommend it.

The bottom line of the above and my article is to start with diet and lifestyle improvements, supplement zinc and hope you can avoid the drugs and their side effects. (Reminder, you need zinc for many, many important processes in the body and if you are low, taking blood pressure meds will only make that worse.)

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