Archive for January, 2019

Newsy bits

  • Colonoscopy prep may upset your gut bacterial balance. Although colonoscopy is widely accepted as a smart move to head off colon cancer, a study showed that the complete bowel cleansing can create a long term deficiency of probiotic strains of bacteria. The problem may not persist for a year as is the case with antibiotics, but a month or more is still too long. In The Probiotic Cure, I outlined a massive number of benefits of our good gut buddies. So, it sure makes sense to me to get right on replacing them. My choice, of course, is Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics because it is in a class by itself at improving the gut environment so a person’s native strains can rebound. (I’d take at least 2 caps twice a day.) The typical freeze-dried probiotic products, with their mega billions of foreign strains, may actually confuse the gut and slow the return to normal
  • Aspirin—another insult to the gut. A daily low dose aspirin is often prescribed to middle aged folks, supposedly prevent cardiovascular problems. It is a blood thinner. A review of studies covering 160,000 participants questioned if any potential benefit was worth the risk of major bleeding, especially in people who did not have diagnosed cardiovascular disease. They found that if 265 people took aspirin for 5 years, one heart attack or stroke would have been prevented. However, one in 210 would have a major bleed which can also be fatal. Safe natural “blood thinners” with fringe benefits include: fish oil and vitamin E plus several herbs such as curcumin, garlic and resveratrol.
  • Ozone for whitening teeth. On a recent show, Philip Kozlow, DDS discussed various uses of ozone for oral health. He has since told me that it also helps with tooth whitening protocols.

Tastes your body hates

It should get our attention that two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke. Other serious complications of diabetes are kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage and amputation of limbs. Maybe you think that is not a problem for you. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control, “Nearly 1 in 4 four adults living with diabetes – 7.2 million Americans – didn’t know they had the condition.” Nearly 90% of adults with pre-diabetes are unaware. In 2017 diabetes in the US was responsible for an  economic cost of $327 billion.

Read this linked Library article to learn how to avoid diabetes. It also discusses the risks of unstable blood sugar and the immediate benefits of stabilizing blood sugar. The article also covers how the blood sugar system works and provides information on blood testing.

Too often, people live in a false sense of security until the doctor diagnoses “diabetes”. However, the body can tell us something is amiss long before that…if we pay attention to clues large and small. Here are some examples of early warning signs we should heed:

  • A big waistline. The American Heart Association warns that women with waists larger than 35 inches or men with waists over 40 inches have entered the danger zone. (Measure at the navel.)
  • Skin tags. These tiny bumps or skin growths are rather like grains of rice. They usually appear around the neck and skin creases or where clothing rubs. Research shows that if a person has several they should be concerned.
  • Carbohydrate cravings. When our blood sugar dips, it is a survival instinct to reach for something that will raise it quickly like sugars and starches. Of course, yeast overgrowth, low levels of serotonin (the happy hormone) or a mineral deficiency can also contribute to carbohydrate cravings.
  • Hypoglycemia . When blood sugar is lower than normal, that is called hypoglycemia. The effects of low blood glucose and the resulting lack of fuel for the brain can cause symptoms like headaches, trouble organizing your words or feeling weak, shaky, sweaty, foggy, drowsy, and cranky.
  • High blood pressure, Low HDL (good) cholesterol and/or High triglycerides. The American Diabetes Assn. says levels of this blood fat (triglycerides) should be 150 mg/dl or lower.
  • Acid reflux . This is also known as heartburn or GERD. (My book covers this subject in depth.)
  • Sleep apnea . This is a condition wherein oxygen intake is lowered during sleep. The results of sleep apnea can be snoring, poor sleep quality, daytime fatigue and increased cardiovascular risk. Sleep apnea is linkedto overweight and in my experience both can be caused by the same fast-acting carbohydrates.
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome. A woman with fertility issues, weight gain, irregular periods, acne or facial hair might suspect polycystic ovary syndrome and therefore suspect blood glucose issues.
  • Gallbladder trouble, recurrent infections, cuts that are slow to heal, dry skin, gum disease and are more of the many signs.

The same food habits that have made America the second most obese nation on the planet (after Mexico) are what is causing diabetes to reach near epidemic levels here. The remedy is mainly to go back to what we ate before we were derailed by bad advice from the government and other “experts”. Their misdirection led us to become addicted to fast acting carbohydrates (starches, sugars and sugary beverages). That stuff and alcohol now provide 30% of calories for the average American! In our Library read this article which shows which to foods to eat and which to avoid. The “goodies” in the picture above are obvious fast-acting carbs. But, as you read food labels, you find that so are ketchup, many ready to eat entrees, breakfast cereals and on and on. Learn more from my article on Diabetes and Weight Loss.

Magnesium is the nutrient insufficiency most associated with diabetes. Vitamin C has been shown to help blood sugar reactions. Exercise, of course, is preventive of diabetes and nearly every other complaint. Read about these motivators.

Pearls…of information

In the clinical nutrition seminars that I attend we are always happy when the presenter takes a break from some involved chemistry lecture and gives us “clinical pearls”. Those are tidbits we can put to use. I’ve gathered up a few items from the news and from last week’s interview with Bill Sardi.

  • There is a lot of information in the Immune Section of the HBN Library about preventing colds and flu and for dealing with them. I just added a very helpful article on that topic from Bill Sardi.
  • During last Saturday’s show, Mr. Sardi said in passing that when the eye doctor notices yellow deposits (Drusen) in the macula of the eye, it may be a clue that there is amyloid plaque in the brain (implicated in Alzheimer’s). I found this study.
  • We’ve mentioned several time on the show (and in last week’s blog) that supplements of IP6 help remove heavy metals, misdirected calcium, and excess iron. We also noted that has helped with cancer. Now a case report in a medical journal states that: “Inositol hexaphosphate [IP6] plus inositol induced complete remission in stage IV melanoma.”
  • When I was studying up on vitamin C, I was surprised to find a journal article suggesting that law enforcement and legal teams should be aware of the forensic potential of scurvy (low vitamin C). Vitamin C deficiency can mimic traumatic injuries and can be responsible for sudden death. Vitamin C deficiency is also associated with heart failure, rhythm disturbances and seizures.
  • Those who have been using Bill Sardi’s baking soda protocol may wonder about the effect on stomach acid we need for digestion. Yes bicarbonate neutralizes stomach acid, but we suggest taking it on an empty stomach at least 30-60 minutes before a meal. I take mine first thing in the morning.
  • A caller asked if it was okay to take vitamin K if you are on a blood thinning drug. Bill Sardi said that the warfarin and Coumadin type drugs are taken to reduce platelet clumping but they are vitamin K blockers. After 10 years on the drug, x-rays show calcification of the arteries because of lack of vitamin K which was needed to escort the calcium into bones. K also helps prevent wrinkles. (There are newer anti-clumping drugs that don’t block K.) Vitamin K comes from green leafy vegetables. He believes you should get a steady amount of K from food and supplements and have the doctor regulate the blood thinner dose accordingly around that. Natural blood thinners are fish oil, resveratrol, vitamin E, garlic. If there is an existing clot, the enzyme natto kinase might be indicated. Listen to my Dr. Anthony Thomas interview about vitamin K2. A great book on the topic Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life. An interview with the author LINK.

A Success and a Failure

😊 Glorious SUCCESS. During the December 15, 2018 radio program, Rosalind called Healthy by Nature. Two years ago, her husband was diagnosed with liver cancer. Based on information she learned from Bill Sardi, she began giving her husband IP6. She called the show to let Bill know that during a follow up appointment, the doctor could no longer find the liver cancer! Mr. Sardi said he often gets such reports. I have in fact seen grateful letters to him. One told of a person whose cancer had spread through the body. She was “fired from hospice” because she was no longer sick enough! She had been taking the recommended supplements (calcium, IP6, vitamin D3 and selenium).

Bill explained to our listeners that IP6 (from rice bran) binds up heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, copper, and iron) which damage cells in our body. Iron is a double-edged sword, but most people are only unaware of its use in our blood to avoid anemia. However, in excess, iron causes premature aging and disease. Iron is stored in the liver where it can cause real trouble, but fortunately, IP6 chelates (or binds) it out. Mr. Sardi said that most men and postmenopausal females could benefit from an annual liver (and brain and kidney) cleanse with 1600 mg daily of IP6. (He does not sell an IP6 supplement or recommend any particular brand.)

😞 “Got Milk?” FAILURE. If you do have milk, I hope it has been fermented or at least ultra-heat treated. Too many mainstream diet dictocrats fail to include those qualifiers when they recommend that adults, children, and even infants drink cow’s milk. Those “experts” either have not done their homework or they have an economic interest in promoting common dairy. Unfortunately, we now know that untreated cow’s milk delivers disease-causing information to our genes. Human mother’s milk also carries gene-modifying messages, but, obviously, they are the ones nature intended.

I encourage everyone to read Bill Sardi’s article,Investigators Find The Genetic Delivery Man of Disease – And It’s In A Milk Carton.” He links to an extensive study documenting the problems. Normal pasteurization kills bacteria, but it does not rid milk of “exosomes” that carry the genetic messages…messages that can lead to obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer and Parkinson’s disease. Ultra-heat treating of organic milk gives it very extended “sell by” dates. It also eliminates the exosomes. Of course, that heat treating doesn’t keep people from being allergic to milk or from experiencing gastrointestinal problems due to the lactose sugar it contains. Milk that has been fermented into yogurt, kefir and real cheese is free of the worrisome exosomes and is often better tolerated by those folks. Just watch the added sugar in some fermented dairy products. After weaning from breast milk, humans do not need to consume milk. Other food sources of calcium include broccoli, almonds, dark green leafy vegetables, figs, seafood, oranges and beans.

Vitamin C Facts – Part 2

As promised, listed below is more of the vitamin C science that I recently stumbled upon.

Aging and Alzheimer’s. In this journal article authors noted that supplementation with vitamin C appeared to reduce inflammation, signs of aging and unwelcome brain alterations as well as extend lifespan. Bill Sardi got my attention when he told us that there was a dramatic loss of health and lifespan when mice were altered so that they could no longer make vitamin C internally from their blood sugar. He also taught us that, due to a genetic mutation, humans lost the ability to make their own vitamin C. Therefore, to maintain optimum blood levels of C, we must eat a lot of it and supplement. See end of this blog for a third option.

Allergies. This study showed that vitamin C helped allergy symptoms. That did not surprise me since vitamin C has long been known to have an anti-histamine effect. Clinics that test for allergies and chemical sensitivities are ready with intravenous vitamin C to quickly stop a bad reaction. The linked study used vitamin C in IV form because they needed high levels and I assume they could not rely on people to pop vitamin C pills throughout the day.

Bleeding Gums, frailty and mood. This is one of the first signs of “scurvy”, a disease that medicine thought was long abolished. Scurvy is caused by inadequate intake of vitamin C and can lead to severe complications such as bone pain, heart failure and even seizures. Although a lot of supposedly “healthy” people can have early symptoms of scurvy, those most at risk are alcoholics, isolated elderly folks, persons with mental illness, and those who have gastrointestinal problems or have had weight loss surgery. A recent case report of 2 elderly gentlemen concluded: “After a few weeks [of vitamin C supplementation], a significant improvement was noted in level of frailty, mood, bleeding tendency, and gum health.”

Diabetes. A study published in November is entitled:“Ascorbic acid [vitamin C] supplementation improves postprandial glycaemic [post after-meal blood sugar] control and blood pressure in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Those of us who don’t want to become diabetic should also take note.

Gallbladder Stones. This journal article noted: “Risk factors for cholesterol gallstones in humans include obesity, aging, estrogen treatment, pregnancy and diabetes. Plasma ascorbic acid [vitamin C] levels are reduced in these groups.”  

Glaucoma. This study showed that vitamin C is metabolized into a substance that lowers the pressure inside the eye.

Protection from Toxic Drug Effects. This animal study showed that vitamin C reduced the genetic damage caused by a potent drug—without decreasing its effectiveness. I imagine we’d find that same effect with many other medications. Note, a large number of drugs deplete vitamin C.

Stress. Vitamin C accumulates in different amounts in different tissues. For example it is important in how the adrenal glands handle stress. I like the title of this article in Psychology Today, Vitamin C: Stress Buster.

Visceral Obesity [fat around abdominal organs] and Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Who would have thought of vitamin C as a way to fight fat? In an animal study, adding vitamin C to even a high fat diet reduced the risk of developing fat around organs and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (a big problem these days). Mice were used in the study. They make their own vitamin C internally, so I think it is really interesting that supplements of extra C had such an effect.

The wide variety of benefits of vitamin C shown in last week’s blog and this one certainly suggest its importance. As Bill Sardi taught us, we can keep a bottle of vitamin C pills handy so we can take a supplement 4 times a day and more when we are under stress. I think Formula 216 is better option.


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