I mentioned during the recent replay of a Bill Sardi interview, that I would include review points from that show in this week’s blog. Since people can click this link to listen to the show again in the archives, I will focus most on questions that came too late or that we only skimmed over. These points are in no particular order:
- Diff news. Clostridioides difficile is a bacterial infection which causes diarrhea that is very hard to stop and can be deadly—even after treatment with the strongest antibiotics. Widespread, reckless use of antibiotics has increased the risk of C. diff (especially in hospitals and senior facilities) because that kills off our protective bacteria…and worse yet, makes disease bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Recently, it was discovered that the drug Ebselin is helpful for fighting C. Diff. Interestingly, Ebselin is merely a synthetic form of the natural antioxidant, glutathione. Mr. Sardi pointed out that our bodies can make glutathione if we have Vitamin E and selenium. [I’d like to add that the probiotic strain ME3 makes glutathione in your intestinal tract continually. By the way, as exciting as ME3 is, it works with Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics which is important for building a diverse healthy microbiome—it is not a substitute.]
- Statin drug alternative? Cholesterol is often portrayed as a bad guy. However, as just 2 examples, cholesterol is needed for the body to make sex hormones and vitamin D. (Also note, 20% of the body’s cholesterol is contained in the BRAIN!) Statin drugs work like toxins interfering with the liver’s ability to make cholesterol. Sardi explained that just before statin drugs were developed, Dr. Lester Morrison, MD at Loma Linda University found that his patients with heart damage who were on oxygen and just barely alive had a 7-fold reduction in death when he gave them the supplement chondroitin sulfate. (FYI, by itself—not combined with glucosamine.) The patients also had 62.4% less arterial plaque and an impressive reduction in markers of inflammation. Read Sardi’s article about this for more details. [Hmmm…chondroitin cannot be patented like statins and so the attention went where the money is.]
- Arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the so-called “wear and tear” type. Bill said that hyaluronic acid (HA) is the synovial fluid that should be in healthy joints and that it also hydrates and plumps skin. He pointed out that supplementing 50 or 100mg / day of HA triggers the body to make more on its own. Estrogen also naturally signals the body to make HA. So, it is understandable that after menopause, HA may be reduced and that lack shows up in skin, hair and joints. (Resveratrol is a safe plant estrogen without the growth promotion factor.) Chondroitin that we just talked about above for heart health is also good for joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is a different issue—it is when the body’s immune system attacks body parts. For that, Sardi suggested vitamins D and A, zinc and resveratrol (Longevinex). [Gut issues are also usually involved with autoimmune conditions, so I recommend Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics.]
- Depression & Anxiety. Bill recommended not watching the news. 😊 Of course, exercise is helpful. Something few people know is that overdoing foods and beverages that contain polyphenols (e.g. substances in cinnamon, coffee, and green tea) can contribute to anxiety. Sometimes more isn’t better. A daily dose of 350 mg combined polyphenols is good. Food polyphenols are less likely to become excessive than those from supplements. E.g. 500-1,000 mg Curcumin is likely too much and even high dose resveratrol can be an issue. (Longevinex has a safe moderate dose.) What else helps anxiety? Try Vitamin B1 in the benfotiamine form (Nerve Guardian) (Be careful of excess sugar and alcohol because they block B1.) Supplement magnesium because for one thing, B1 needs it. The best magnesium for the nervous system is magnesium L-threonate. The brand I take is Now Magtein…one capsule before bed. Since the elemental magnesium in it is only 144 mg. per capsule, you can likely also take another mag during the day without risking a loose stool. B12 is helpful for depression and is also contained in Nerve Guardian.
- Question about vision. A listener said that Bill Sardi mentioned he had 20/20 vision and she wanted to know what supplement to take for that. Bill explained that his 20/20 vision is for distance…he still needs glasses for reading. The point he was making on air was that his eye doctor doesn’t see evidence of aging in his retina (such as the very common cholesterol deposits). Sardi believes that good news is because he takes Longevinex. We talked about cataracts, and he mentioned that he is currently using eye drops that he thinks are helping. (No guarantees.) Liquid MSM Drops with Vitamin C – 8 Ounces – Made with Gold Standard Organic Sulfur Crystals, Premium MSM Eye Drops.
- Cause or coincidence? One listener is taking a certain supplement and has developed knee pain. She wonders if there is a connection. Bill said that everyone is different and the only way to know is to stop taking the supplement and see if the problem goes away. If it does, restart the pill and see if the problem comes back. [This is also a method for tracking down food sensitivities.] Mr. Sardi also suggested that she try Longevinex Advantage formula.
- Ligaments. One caller has a “fallen uterus” and wants to strengthen the weakened ligaments that are responsible. Sardi said: Vitamin C with bioflavonoids 3 times a day [probably at least 500 mg each]; hyaluronic acid 50-100 mg; Chondroitin sulfate 1500 mg; and zinc 15-30 mg.