Archive for November, 2019

Do statin drugs lower testosterone and cause cataracts?

Our good friend Bill Sardi brings us important health news that the media misses. Well, gee…I think too often they don’t “miss” natural health news and drug negatives…they just fear annoying the drug companies who spend so many billions on advertising.

In a very interesting recent blog, Mr. Sardi brings us up to date on the controversy surrounding the controversial statin drugs for lowering cholesterol. He (and virtually all the integrative physicians that I know) think the whole emphasis on cholesterol is itself, at best, confused. These are quotes from that report which I thought were especially interesting:

Since most doctors are trained (directly and indirectly) and then incentivized by drug companies, we are at great risk if we robotically fill prescriptions without asking a lot of questions and researching other options.

Invisible and powerful but for good or evil?

Adults learn early that “what you don’t know can’t hurt you” is nonsense. But, too many are lulled into thinking that if “seeing is believing” then the reverse must be true…”if you can’t see it, it doesn’t matter”. We can’t see energy, but it can be good or bad for us.

Examples of POSITIVE Invisible Energy

  • Far Infrared light
  • Microcurrents
  • Music
  • Grounding to the earth’s energies
  • Reiki
  • Magnets
  • Whole Body Vibration

Examples of NEGATIVE Invisible Energy

  • Ultraviolet light
  • Microwaves and radar
  • X-rays
  • Bluetooth
  • Ultrasound
  • WiFi
  • Cellular waves

Among other effects, the negative waves of electromagnetic frequencies, EMF (which are also known as electromagnetic radiation or EMR), damage cell membranes, DNA, immune cells and nerves; create oxidation; and promote inflammation. That means they likely damage every cell and worsen virtually any condition…even if research has not yet been conducted on that specific issue. Symptoms don’t always show up immediately, but have already been shown to include anxiety, asthma, autism, cancer and other immune problems, cataracts, depression, headaches, heart irregularities, infertility, insomnia, loss of libido, obesity, rashes and tinnitus.

Think about relatively recent additions to the EMF load from recent generations of cell phones, cordless phones, computers (or tablets), Wi-Fi (everywhere), blue tooth, smart TV’s, appliances that communicate, baby monitors, satellites beaming down GPS coordinates, electric cars as well as “smart meters” being installed by the water, gas or electric utilities. These newer sources add to the milder electromagnetic fields from our traditional lamps, radios and standard appliances. Considering that the effects of the hundreds of frequencies are additive and cumulative, the reckless proliferation of these largely untested energies is quite scary.

We have to look beyond the threats that we’ve historically been lectured about such as smoking, overeating, and being sedentary. Those problems, as well as newly rampant toxins such as glyphosate (Roundup), work synergistically with EMF to create damage. Poor nutrition makes us more vulnerable. We must try to reduce these health threats because, as this US Centers for Disease Control graphic points out, sixty percent of the adults in this country have a chronic illness and forty percent have 2 or more! Our great grandparents could not imagine such a ridiculous situation.

And, sadly it is affecting children even more because their tissues are still developing and their brains are more easily damaged. Parents are casually letting younger and younger kids have WiFi enabled toys, tablets, cellphones and blue tooth gaming devices.

Good grief, we aren’t talking about that or even being brave enough to discuss the neurotoxic chemicals in vaccines that amplify those threats. Meanwhile, autism, which was unheard of in the 1970’s, now affects 1 in 50 kids and suicide is the 2nd leading cause of deaths in 10-year-olds! Worse yet, the negative effects of toxins, inadequate zinc and EMF have been shown to affect several future generations.

A good bad example are electric blankets. Why surround yourself with that negative energy all night. (If you must, just warm the bed before you get in and then unplug it.) A lot of what sounds like “progress” isn’t healthful. If your cell phone is getting the job done, why trade up to a higher number?

This recent journal article summarizes conservative medical opinion. For more information on EMF’s, listen to my 11/23/19 interview with Elizabeth Plourde, CLS, NCMP, PhD. She is the author of EMF Freedom: Solutions for the 21st Century Pollution – 3rd Edition. Also look at this page for videos and tips on protective devices.

Relevant QUOTES:

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

“When in doubt, don’t.” – Benjamin Franklin

Foods “they” said were healthful may not be

Steven Gundry, MD’s diet advice has helped thousands of patients lose weight and regain their health from really tough challenges. The surprise is that he didn’t offer the standard advice to eat less, limit fats and to consume whole wheat and brown rice. The notes below are a quick review of a few key points from his interview on HBN last week. (If you didn’t hear the show, I urge you to do so.)

  • While “inflammation” is often credited with being at the root of most degenerative diseases, he says that in a way it is another layer of symptom…“leaky gut” and its counterpart, “leaky brain barrier”.
  • The gut lining is supposed to keep junk out of the blood stream. When it is porous, pathogens, pieces of bacteria, toxins, and incompletely digested food can get into circulation and annoy the immune system. Trouble then starts when the immune system can’t tell if something is a threat or not. Allergies, autoimmune conditions (think rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, MS and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis), heart disease, Alzheimer’s and a great many other problems can result, but can be reversed.
  • Plants make “lectins” (a sticky protein) that stick to the lining of animals’ gut wall, blood vessels, joints and spaces between nerves. They make animals feel bad and therefore stop eating them…except humans who are not paying attention. Lectins are a major threat to the gut lining.
  • Foods highest in lectins are wheat, most grains (even quinoa but not sorghum and millet), beans (including peanuts), nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers and goji berries) and cashews. Peeling tomatoes and removing the seeds limits their lectin content. Wheat causes the creation of zonulin which in turn loosens the tight junctions between intestinal cells. While probably still not great, sourdough bread is better because it has had most of the lectins removed making white flour and fermenting reduces them further.
  • A protein called WGA from the heart of wheat can get through the gut lining even if it is not leaky. WGA can then cause trouble by occupying insulin receptors but failing to deliver fuel to muscle and brain cells. Dr. Gundry says this is one reason that we are fat, tired and not thinking clearly. He points out that smart societies have been eating white flour and white rice for thousands of years. And remember, today’s grains are a big source of agricultural chemicals like glyphosate in Roundup that kill our good bacteria and independently damage the gut wall. Oat products (e.g. cereal and granola–even some organic) also contain glyphosate.
  • Cooking in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot (on pressure setting) deactivates most lectins—except those containing gluten (wheat, rye and barley) and oats which contain a similar component.
  • Aside from foods that have had the lectins deactivated as noted above, the safest diet is what humans ate 10,000 years ago before the advent of grains and beans. That was largely leaves, root vegetables, pasture-raised meats, a minimum of seasonal fruit, wild seafood and shellfish. Corn, nightshades and quinoa were only in the Americas until about 1492 when they started being exported to the rest of the world. Today, Americans are composed of about 70% corn carbon atoms, whereas Europeans are about 5%.
  • In the summer, many plants create fructose because that makes their fruit appealing to animals who then spread their seeds far and wide as they poop. This also serves to fatten up the animals for a lean winter. Humans, however never have a lean winter and can eat fattening fruit all year long. Excess sugars, even fruit sugar, feed intestinal yeast and that can be a big problem. In his new book, Dr. Gundry says that patients who reduced fruit intake lowered their cholesterol and had better kidney function. Unripe fruit is worse and producers gas them to appear ripe.
  • Folks that live extremely long lives have a different and richer assortment of intestinal bacteria. He calls them “gut buddies”.
  • These gut organisms (as I also discuss in my book, The Probiotic Cure: Harnessing the Power of Good Bacteria for Better Health) are home to about 100 times as much DNA as in our own cells. They are a crucial part of our body’s instruction manual and they help keep the lining of the gut healthy.
  • He says we aren’t “what we eat”, but rather “we are what our gut buddies digest”!
  • Everything we do affects these critters. They like most vegetables, sunshine, and exercise (moderate). They are harmed by stress, most medications, chlorine in the water, herbicides like Roundup in the food, artificial sweeteners, preservatives and tens of thousands of other chemicals.
  • Resveratrol (the red wine molecule) helps our gut buddies and has a great many other health and longevity benefits. He thinks that Longevinex is the best and has taken it for many years.

If you have an autoimmune or other serious degenerative condition you may want to buy his books and adhere strictly to the program. Most people should at least make some baby steps toward reducing lectin intake and improving gut bacteria balance. (I also recommend giving your gut a boost with Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics.)

His series of books include The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age and The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain. Coming on 11/19/19! = The Plant Paradox Family Cookbook: 80 One-Pot Recipes to Nourish Your Family Using Your Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, or Sheet Pan.

Test your product sugar knowledge with this quiz

By now you all know the drill—sugar is bad for health. I imagine most readers have switched off of sweet soft drinks (hopefully the artificially sweetened ones too) and are keenly aware that they are taking a detour from their healthy path when they drink sodas or eat candy, cake, pie, cookies, puddings, ice cream, most commercial yogurts, popular cereals and the like. However, sugar lurks in many more surprising products in the grocery store. So, I took a stroll down the aisles where you might not think to look and created this quiz. At the end there will be a link to the correct answers.)

The Sugar Quiz

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). Sweet is sweet right? Not really…there is more to it. HFCS is corn syrup that has been altered to turn much of its natural sugars into fructose. Excess fructose consumption can lead to increased VLDL cholesterol, fat around our organs, high blood pressure, gout, fatty liver, insulin resistance (headed to diabetes), constant hunger and obesity. But, wait you say, isn’t fructose the kind that is in fruit? Yes, and that is why most functional medicine doctors caution against eating too much fruit. Which item of these A or B pairs contains HFCS?

A. Vlasic Sweet Relish

B. Vlasic Zesty Bread & Butter Pickle Chips

A. Kraft Classic Catalina Fat-Free Dressing

B. Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

A. Great Value Honey Barbecue Seasoned Chicken Wings

B. Minute Maid Premium Grape Punch

A. Campbell’s Tomato Soup

B. Van Camp’s Baked Beans

A. Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce

B. Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce

Added refined sugar. That includes sugar by several names: sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, and dextrose. Regular corn syrup (not the same as HFCS) and corn syrup solids are also frequently used sweeteners. Today’s corn syrups and dextrose (which is from corn) are a source of the neurotoxin, mercury. Which of these pairs contains added sugars?

A. Hormel Label Maple Bacon

B. Oscar Mayer Turkey Uncured Franks

A. Kraft French Onion Dip

B. Jif Reduced Fat Peanut butter

A. Ruffles Baked Cheddar & Sour Cream Chips

B. Sun Chips

A. Mrs. Baird’s Honey Wheat Bread

B. Mrs. Baird’s 100% Whole Wheat Bread

A. Marie Callender’s Salisbury Steak

B. Healthy Choice General Tso’s Spicy Chicken

Click here for the answers

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