Archive for June, 2020

What is a picture REALLY worth?

The old saying is, “A picture is worth a thousand WORDS.” However, I think the picture above is worth tens of thousands … of LIVES, making it priceless. The chart (terrifying) shows that Covid-19 patients, who are deficient in vitamin D and end up in the hospital, may be almost certain to die. Learn more about vitamin D, including healthy levels.

* Thank you to Bill Sardi for sending this shocking but useful chart.  Reference. Details:

Another Picture

The picture above might be worth billions of DOLLARS and thousands of LIVES. That is IF more official attention is paid to why deaths from covid-19 are going down. Then, perhaps the economy can rebound more quickly and the stock market (which, lest we forget, reflects the health of retirement savings) can rebound. This is the 7-day rolling average through June 23. Understandably, deaths as a percentage of cases would drop if a higher proportion of young and relatively health folks more likely to recover are tested. However, this chart also shows a drop in absolute numbers. That welcome decline surely must be due, at least in a small part, to an increased use of remedies that keep patients off often-deadly ventilators. Follow this link to a site describing a consortium of physicians who use a new protocol. It is successful, relatively inexpensive, widely available and produces few side effects. In addition to two medications, it includes intravenous vitamin C and, as indicated, zinc, and vitamins D and B1. Why is the use of this effective protocol not more widespread? This link explains what those doctors believe is the reason. (I would have guessed willful ignorance and that the authorities in power are hellbent on promoting vaccines and are more interested in doing tests on high profit new drugs, even if that is at the expense of the lives of many elderly patients.)

* Chart source. Thank you to Susan Linke for bringing the consortium to my attention.

Basic Supplement Program Suggestions

Recently, a listener, Wes, asked for a baseline for supplementation, a foundation as it were. That is a good question and this info may help others.

Supplements, as the name implies, are NOT a replacement for a sound diet. They help fill in nutritional holes that are found in even great diets and compensate for a person’s unique metabolic needs. This blog describes a program for an average person. However, YOU are not average and may find from experience and testing that you need more or less. If you have a special health concern, please consult a nutrition-oriented health professional. Laying a solid foundation with high quality supplements may mean that you will need fewer supplements to work on various complaints.

I promise you that I do not profit from any company mentioned here! I may link to respected sponsors to show you examples, but I don’t work for them.

  • Probiotics and Digestive Aids. You might be surprised to see this listed first. However, if you think about it, it is obvious that if digestion isn’t good, you cannot make the best use of the nutrients in your food or your other supplements. After reading about all the many jobs performed by your probiotics (friendly bacteria) it is clear why this is at the top of the list. In my book, The Probiotic Cure, I recommended Ohhira’s Probiotics and explained why. Also, as we age, our ability to create important stomach acid (HCL) and digestive enzymes can be impaired. .
  • Multi-Vitamin/Mineral – This is a logical and proven way to get balanced nutritional insurance. Agricultural practices have depleted nutrients in food crops so that even a great diet may be incomplete. Health food store multis are way better than those highly advertised products in the mass market. Read my page on how to pick a multi. (The best I have ever seen is Molecular Multi and I explain why.)
  • Vitamin D – It has long been known that vitamin D is required to build bone. However, widespread deficiencies of vitamin D (due to lack of sun–less in winter and staying out of the sun year-round and using sunscreen) have called attention to other benefits. According to the non-profit Vitamin D Council, low vitamin D is “a major factor in the pathology of at least 17 varieties of cancer as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, periodontal disease, and more.” Sun is the natural source of this vitamin and food provides very little. So, we supplement, but multivitamin/minerals usually do not contain enough. See this article for a lot more information on D, testing and dosing. Note, magnesium and vitamin K2 are required for vitamin D to be absorbed and work properly.
  • Fish Oil -We must really work at getting enough anti-inflammatory omega-3, especially because there is so much pro-inflammatory omega-6 in the food supply from vegetable oils. Essential omega-3 fat has been shown to be of benefit in prevention of heart disease, cancer and depression. It helps lower of triglycerides, reduces inflammation, improves bone health and aids dozens of other conditions. If you re-taste the supplement after you swallow it, that is a sign it might not be fresh. Sherry Rogers, MD recommends Carlson Cod Liver Oil, lemon, in glass. I respect Nordic Naturals process.
  • Magnesium – If the total elemental magnesium in your multi plus the amount in other supplements doesn’t add up to at least 450 mg, you might want to consider a separate magnesium supplement. See the Magnesium page for information on this crucial but often deficient mineral.
  • Vitamin C – Even conservative government-sponsored research shows that 500 mg of this basic antioxidant is needed for most people. Other studies show that a person who is toxic or sick may need a great deal more, even up to several thousand milligrams per day. Vitamin C has antihistamine properties, so allergy sufferers may also feel better with extra. If higher amounts produce a loose stool, then reduce the amount and/or change the form. An innovative product, Formula 216, helps the blood levels of C stay optimal around the clock and appear to even boost the level when we need more, such as when the body is under stress either physical or emotional. Read this page for a much more complete picture of vitamin C.
  • Vitamin E Complex – Natural vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol, not the synthetic dL-alpha tocopherol) works much better. It is important to look for mixed tocopherols with the rest of the vitamin E family (gamma, delta and beta tocopherols and 4 Tocotrienols which are also part of the vitamin E family. Research has shown benefit for heart disease, diabetes and various cancers.) This is the supplement I recommend, a product from Jarrow Formulas.

After you’ve laid a good foundation, if you have the resources to take additional supplements, these are supplements to consider because they have broad benefits.

  • Glutathione booster – Glutathione is the master antioxidant in the body and restores many of the others as well as being a detoxifier of, for example, pesticides and heavy metals. Unfortunately, we have lower levels as we age. Even expensive oral supplements of glutathione are not well absorbed. I greatly prefer to take a probiotic strain called ME-3. This friendly bacteria makes glutathione and greatly raises levels from inside us! It comes by itself and included in these 3 Reg’Activ combinations along with complementary nutrients to support special purposes: Cardiovascular, Detox / Liver, and Immune / Vitality.
  • LongevinexLongevinex is the only well studied and most beneficial combination for slowing the ravages of aging and for prevention (or even reversal) of many chronic degenerative diseases such as cardiovascular disease and Macular Degeneration.
  • Garlic – Garlic has been a popular heath food for thousands of years and any form will bring some benefit. But, there are over 850 scientific studies on Kyolic Aged Garlic. The variety of serious health conditions that show benefit is simply astounding.
  • CoQ10 – This is a “co-enzyme” produced by the body and found in the cells of all breathing, living things. It is an essential nutrient that helps support cellular and cardiovascular function. It does this by supplying the biochemical ‘spark’ that creates cellular energy. Our supply of CoQ10 diminishes as we age and takes a dramatic dip when “statin” cholesterol-lowering drugs are used. CoQ10 is one of the most important supplements for anyone with congestive heart failure and for those on a statin drug. Either use a ubiquinol form such as this fine product by Jarrow or at least take care to swallow the less expensive forms along with a meal that contains fat.
  • Aloe vera. Along with other important benefits, science has shown that the ‘miracle plant’ (if Lily of the Desert brand) greatly helps absorption of dietary supplements.

Why isn’t calcium on the list by itself? That mineral has been virtually crammed down our throats and is now often consumed to excess by those in middle age and beyond. I don’t recommend supplementing calcium unless there is a documented reason and it is combined with magnesium and vitamin K2 to make sure it goes into bone, not the arteries. Here is an important book on Vitamin K2 and another on the problems with excess calcium.

I am not embarrassed to take a handful of supplements because that has allowed me to get pretty old without having to take a handful pharmaceuticals and worry about their side effects.

 

Breathing is a powerful FREE health boost IF we do it PROPERLY

This is a guest post courtesy of Andrew Shepherd, DC of Parker Wellness Centers.
[brackets are Martie Whittekin, CCN additions]

Proper breathing decreases the risk of disease AND improves immune system strength! However, many people are “shallow breathers” as a reaction to environmental stressors.

Breathing in a shallow way keeps the body in a stress cyclical—stress causes shallow breathing and shallow breathing causes stress. This cycle activates the sympathetic nervous system which keeps the body in constant [debilitating] “fight or flight” mode.

Long term shallow breathing can have serious health consequences!

According to John Luckovich, an Integrative Breathwork Facilitator in Brooklyn, NY, “the chronic stress that is associated with shallow breathing results in lower amounts of lymphocyte, a type of white blood cell that helps defend the body from invading organisms, and lowers the amounts of proteins that signal other immune cells. The body is then susceptible to contracting acute illness, aggravating pre-existing medical conditions, and prolonging healing times. It is also a precursor for cardiovascular issues”. (Source: Headspace)

This is important information with all that is going on right now. [It is too bad that the “experts” in the media don’t mention that proper breathing is a free defense against covid-19 that has only positive side effects.]

Working on proper breathing techniques calms the sympathetic nervous system and will keep you less susceptible to illness and disease.

Not only that, but the other exciting benefits of paying attention to your breathing include:

✅ Reduce stress levels in your body
✅ Lower your heart rate
✅ Lower your blood pressure
✅ Reduce diabetic symptoms
✅ Reduce depression
✅ Better manage chronic pain
✅ Better regulate your body’s reaction to stress and fatigue

It’s also important to note that chiropractic adjustments will help reduce the stress on your nervous system and facilitate relaxation in the body which will allow you to take fewer [and deeper] breaths per minute.

Practicing proper breathing techniques AND getting adjusted regularly are two of the best things you can be doing for your health right now. [For important virus protection, also remember the vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc and selenium that we often discuss here and on the radio show.]

Take charge of your health and get a chiropractic adjustment. Practicing “breath focus” can combat stress AND help keep you healthy.

See what Harvard has to say about breathing and stress and relaxation techniques to fight stress!

[ Martie found an interesting site with 5 breathing exercises.]
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Sources:

  • Front Hum Neurosci. 2018; 12: 353
  • Am J Hypertens. 2009 Dec;22(12):1326-31. doi: 10.1038/ajh.2009.184. Epub 2009 Oct 1.
  • JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Mar;174(3):357-68. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.13018.
  • Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2005 Nov;1056:242-52.

Crucial Vitamin—the Rodney Dangerfield of nutrition

It is ironic that a nutrient essential to life seems to “get no respect”. (Hence the reference in the title to the comedian who made that line famous.)

The average person might know that vitamin C can help prevent colds. While that’s true, that is actually one of its least impressive benefits. A very thorough US National Institutes of Health fact sheet on vitamin C notes that as far back as the mid-1700s it was known that a sailor could die of scurvy without sufficient vitamin C. At the time the British Navy did not yet know that it was the vitamin C in the limes that cured scurvy and thereby saved untold numbers of lives. Because of that, British sailors became known as “limeys”.

The US government claims that scurvy is no longer a problem. Okay, we no longer hear about people in Western countries dying of scurvy. However, I think the feds forget that, like most diseases, scurvy does not appear suddenly like a light switch turned on. Victims gradually develop the symptoms of low vitamin C and so their deaths may well be given a different label such as “infection” or one of the other maladies listed below. For example, bleeding gums (which are very common) are an early warning sign of scurvy. Gum disease develops because vitamin C is needed to build connective tissue such as the kind that holds gums to the teeth. Once that gum connection is weakened, bacteria can enter, and real trouble begins. (Oral bacteria are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Of course, a coroner will list the death as heart attack, not a vitamin C deficiency.)

My vitamin C file folder weighs about 2 pounds, so, to keep this from becoming a book, I’ll just pull a few representative factoids from it:

  • Vitamin C (also known as ascorbate) is required for the repair of all body tissues including joints (think arthritis) and eyes (as in cataracts and macular degeneration).
  • Vitamin C helps refresh other antioxidants and even is protective for smokers. (It’s still better to quit.)
  • Vitamin C is a detoxifier.
  • Vitamin C levels are 10 times higher in the brain than anywhere else—likely providing antioxidant protection for the delicate tissue.
  • Because C is vital to the immune system, it has been found helpful not only against colds and flu, but even cancer and AIDS.
  • Vitamin C helps eliminate the stomach bacteria that cause gastric ulcers.
  • During the 2020 covid-19 crisis, many medical facilities around the world used intravenous vitamin C to keep patients from needing ventilators. Vitamin C calms the immune system’s runaway inflammation in the lungs — the real killer of most COVID-19 patients. (For the same reason, that procedure has already been saving lives from sepsis which is the immune overreaction that is the leading cause of death in hospitals.)
  • Vitamin C protects the cardiovascular system as antioxidant, but it also lowers blood pressure and may help cardio health in other ways.

Bill Sardi wrote a great post about vitamin C. Here is an interesting highlight:

Why do we need to supplement? Besides inadequate intake from fruits and vegetables and the lower amount in today’s diet, we may have increased need. For example, toxins from our increasingly polluted environment and food supply create free radicals that use up our vitamin C. Emotional stress also uses up C. With the excess of fast-acting carbohydrates in the diet, we should remember that blood sugar competes with vitamin C because it is a somewhat similar molecule.

How much to take? Everyone’s need is different. However, it is instructive to compare us to animals that make their own vitamin C from blood sugar. A goat the size of a 150 lb. human would make over 13,000 mg a day if under slight stress. The average produced by other animals would suggest we may need 3,500 a day. The government says that 2,000 mg a day is safe. We certainly need more than the pitiful RDA which is below 100 mg. I think a great solution is to take Formula 216 because this unique supplement seems to allow the body to increase its blood level to its need.

Vitamin C may not be a flashy new supplement, but the more you read, the more you will realize it is important to appreciate this basic.


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