Archive for November, 2020

Nature has an answer that we have been missing

The 11/21/20 radio show with Jeff T Bowles will be so powerful and will focus a lot of attention on vitamin D. That is why, in lieu of a typical blog this week, I’ve updated these vitamin D pages in the library: Vitamin D basics and Vitamin D Supplements

The Care and Feeding of Your Brain, PART 5

In brain blogs Part 1 and Part 2, I discussed actions and substances to AVOID if you want to maintain brain health. Part 3 and Part 4 covered POSITIVE ACTIONS to take to protect the brain. Part 5 will discuss brain SUPPLEMENTS, but do remember that they are not a substitute for the items covered in Parts 1-4. We can’t wait for big pharma to discover a drug for Alzheimer’s Disease because they have not shown progress. Even so, the government does not allow natural products to claim help with brain problems. Fortunately, we can say that they help support normal function.

Multivitamin Mineral. B complex vitamins are particularly important for the nervous system. However, because the human body is so complex, if any single nutrient is lacking, that can throw the brain a curve. We have done whole shows on the wonders of vitamin B12. Deficiency of that vitamin can be diagnosed as dementia and can cause permanent nerve damage. Bill Sardi has taught us about vitamin B1 (thiamin or Benfotiamine). This is an interesting study, Long-Term Cognitive Improvement After Benfotiamine Administration in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Here is another study on the nutrient with patients who have mild cognitive impairment or worse.We obviously do not want to wait until we are in diagnosable trouble before helping the brain.

A good multivitamin /mineral benefits the brain and all body parts and systems which may indirectly affect the brain. For example, poor blood sugar management is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s and the mineral chromium helps with that. The mineral selenium helps protect nerve tissues and supports cellular energy production which boosts nerve communication. A balanced multi is the best base for a supplement program. The best one I have ever found (and the one I personally take) is Molecular Multi. It has excellent forms of the nutrients and in meaningful amounts. The great deal where you Buy 3 Molecular Multi and get 2 free brings the cost down to about $1 a day. The recommended dose of the product is 4 capsules a day, but even at 2 a day (about 50 cents), it is more powerful than any others I have found. What a fabulous deal on health and brain insurance.

Magnesium. Because magnesium takes up a lot of room, multivitamins do not attempt to put in large amounts of it. I always recommend taking extra because of the hundreds of jobs it performs in the body. Please see the list in my article on magnesium. One role is helping the nervous system and brain. Study on that. Note that magnesium levels are typically found to be low in those with Alzheimer’s disease.

Immune system. Many experts believe that infections of various kinds may be leading to dementia. As one example, since early in the 16th century we have known that syphilis can cause brain damage. So, whatever you do to keep your immune system tuned up is good for the brain. As we have discussed relating to covid-19: vitamin D, vitamin C and zinc are key protectors.:

Gingko. Many years ago, I saw a dramatic study demonstrating gingko’s improvement in brain blood circulation (that seems like a good thing). This fairly recent review of 9 clinical trials shows that this ancient herb helps with cognition even among AD patients. They used a gingko extract dose of dose of 240 mg/day which is easily attainable in standard supplements. Our sponsor Jarrow has a good product.

Resveratrol. Memory loss is associated with aging. Calorie restriction slows memory decline. Resveratrol has the same effect as noted in this STUDY. The lovely thing about this natural substance is that instead of side effects, there are a lot of fringe benefits some of which are listed in my Library page on resveratrol. In that article I also detail why the only resveratrol I recommend is Longevinex.

Ashwagandha. This herb is known traditionally in ayurvedic [Indian]medicine for helping the body deal with stress and to help sleep and cognitive function. Again, Jarrow Formulasis a good source.

Combination product. Kyolic’s Neuro-Logicis an impressive combination of ingredients known to help brain function along with the many well-known benefits of aged garlic extract.

Gut health. There is a whole new branch of science investigating the “gut/brain axis”. That is because our gut bacteria digest our foods into substances (postbiotics) that send instructions to the brain (as well as to the immune system and every other function). My choice has long been for the only 3-yrst fermented food concentrate including the naturally formed postbiotics,Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics.

With all these complex connections to the brain and many ways that things can go wrong, it is certainly no wonder that drug companies are not having any luck finding a single silver bullet Alzheimer’s remedy!

How Government and Big Business Affect Nutritional Standards

Guest post by Michelle Ward, MS*

Government and big business as well as global and national politics all affect our food choices and not always for the better. Marian Nestle, PHD in Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics explains, “Because of their enormous financial and political resources, corporations and the government agencies that regulate them have an enormous influence over our food choices and the information we receive about them. With their huge advertising budgets and conspicuous presence in schools, entertainment media, and civic life, today’s giant food companies have had an easy time ingraining their products into our culture and transforming our way of eating – usually in an unhealthy direction. At the same time, the government agencies charged with regulating the food industry have often been more concerned with safeguarding corporate financial interests than protecting the public health. The US Department of Agriculture, for example, is obliged to serve as a booster of the meat and dairy industries while also providing the public with sound nutrition guidelines – a clear conflict of interest.”

When I began to study nutrition in the late 1990s, I looked behind the curtain and saw how the government, the pharmaceutical, chemical and food industries were all ‘in bed’ together. As I researched, I became disheartened about what I had uncovered and a bit angry with myself for being naïve enough to believe that the government’s first priority was to protect me and that as an American citizen I was to trust everything they said. My husband discounted my findings about the dangers of aspartame as an example and proclaimed, “Why would the government say something was safe to eat if it’s not? You’re such a conspiracy theorist!” He and I laugh about it now because science has proven over and over again that many of the things that the government has labeled as GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) are often not ‘safe’. Some are downright dangerous for human consumption. This begs the question why would the government allow unsafe foods, chemicals and medicines to permeate the lives of Americans and spread around the globe? I have seen through the years that it all comes down to desire for money, power and influence.

That may seem overly simplified, but unfortunately, there is plenty of evidence to back up this theory. In her excellent book, “The Unhealthy Truth: One Mother’s Shocking Investigation into the Dangers of America’s Food Supply– and What Every Family Can Do to Protect Itself”, Robyn O’Brien explores the dangers of our food supply and how government and big business shirk responsibility for assuring the safety of American citizens. Dr. Henry Miller, in charge of FDA biotech stated “U.S. agencies have done exactly what big agribusiness has asked them to do and told them to do” suggesting that the government has wiped it’s hands of any responsibility to make sure our food supply is safe. The FDA’s policy actually states, “Ultimately, it is the food producer who is responsible for assuring safety.” So, in essence, the corporations are expected to police themselves, REALLY? WHY would the government allow this to happen? One factor is that several administrations have rolled back regulations to benefit the industries that lobby them intensely.

What about testing and science?  A corporation introducing a product into the market is solely responsible to prove its safety. There are profits, patents, stock options, bonuses and other big money dependent upon research going the way the corporations want it to. Since the scientists conducting the research are funded by corporations who have a financial stake in the study outcome, data can be manipulated to show safety. Money corrupts and even legislators and regulators have been given incentives with money, board positions, stock options and future jobs to influence laws in favor of corporate interests.

Although the FDA’s website states, “All food additives are carefully regulated by federal authorities and various international organizations to ensure that foods are safe to eat and are accurately labeled”, this is far from the truth. In Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal, Melanie Warner points out that the GRAS Rule was originally created as “an escape hatch for the relatively small number of commonsense things that didn’t need an arduous approval process, such as spices, vinegar and salt.”

However, companies took advantage of this ‘voluntary’ GRAS loop hole allowing them to assess the safety of their own ingredients and cumulatively have put thousands of additives which have never been tested for safety into the food supply. As a consumer this may seem an insurmountable challenge. However, manufacturers ultimately respond to what consumers will pay for. That is why it is so important to continue asking questions and seeking the truth to expose the dangers. If we give up, the consequences for future generations could be dire.

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* Michelle Ward is a Certified Holistic Health Coach who believes in bio-individuality and evaluates each client’s specific nutrition, movement, stress, sleep, hydration and mindset in order to create a program that is unique and sustainable. To schedule consultation, visit www.TheMichelleWard.com or email her at [email protected] At one time she was offering the first consultation at no charge for our listeners. Wouldn’t hurt to ask.


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