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Healthy Granola Recipe

Posted by myhealthexperts on December 11, 2008

Healthy Granola Here!

Healthy Granola Here!

In a recent post I listed 5 healthy breakfast ideas. One of them involved granola. Truth be told I am not a big fan of commercial granola formulas. Most all of them have some type of vegetable oil, which may be adulterated and/or high in inflammatory Omega-6 fats. Plus they often have too much sugar. Worse – if they add fruits or nuts, chances are those items were heated and as such have lost most of their nutrient value. Not good.

So I set out to make a healthier granola. I went to Tommy K’s to get the best prices on my ingredients. I was shocked – a pound of organic cinnamon was $6.95! I am a big fan of herbs and spices and buy in bulk to save money – so $6.95 for organic (high potency) cinnamon is a deal. In case you do not know, cinnamon is great for normalizing blood sugar levels and this can decrease AGE (advanced glycation end-products). So if you want to lose weight or slow the formation of wrinkles (glycation of proteins), or have a family history of diabetes, cinnamon is great to help regulate blood sugar.

(Note: If you live out of town or want items shipped to you, call Tommy K’s at (203) 325-9544)

Here is how I made my granola:
– 2 cups of whole oats (not instant)
– 2 tablespoons of Quinoa (a grain) to add more crunch (not required)
– 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds
– 1 table spoon vanilla extract
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon
– 1/4 cup maple syrup
– 4 tablespoons coconut oil

– Preheat oven to 300 degrees
– Put all solids in a bowl (so whatever you add, nuts or seeds as well, go in the solids bowl)
– Heat coconut oil on pan to liquify
– Add all liquids in separate bowl (oil, vanilla, syrup)
– Mix liquids and then pour in solids bowl.
– Mix all together
– Place mix in glass or metal baking tray.
– Heat mix in oven for 25 minutes (stir occasionally)
– Allow to cool so oats become dry and crispy

Thats is! Then I add my blueberries, ground flax seeds, yogurt, coconut milk, cacao chips and if needed, some stevia to sweeten. Coconut oil is one of the healthiest oils to cook with, very stable at high temperatures (no adulteration), and it takes great!

Enjoy!

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How To Get Your Kid Into Harvard (or Yale)!

Posted by myhealthexperts on November 25, 2008

Passport to Prosperity?

Harvard: Passport to Prosperity?

My graduate thesis at New York Medical College was on “Nutrition and Brain Function in Children” so I learned a few things about optimizing brain function. And of course when our brains are working, everything else works too. We are after all – controlled by our brains.

In the wealthy suburbs parents send their kids to pre-schools that cost upwards of $30,000/year. This is the supposed track to getting them into the best schools and careers possible. But do the best intentioned parents often miss the boat? I’ve got some amazing discoveries to share that you’ve probably never heard anywhere before! But first:

1.) Is This a Healthy Goal?

In a society where its increasingly obvious that the norm is unhealthy on all levels, we need to look deeper into what society has us all chasing. Perhaps here we need to ask “whats so special about Harvard (or any other school)?” Look at so called ‘health care’: the best doctors, from Harvard and Yale, are blind lackies for the Medical-Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex, using modalities designed to make massive profits, not keep people healthy. Chemotherapy for example has a long term success rate of only 2.1%. How smart is managing disease instead of promoting health?

Look at Wall Street: the best minds from Harvard and Yale (speaking symbolically here of course) were great at making themselves massive profits, but as we’re just starting to see, bringing our great nation to its knees. How ‘smart’ is blind greed?

Bloomberg News had a recent article reviewing the careers of the great financial experts who have been called in to save the economy – and it concluded they were the same ones who helped create the current disaster. It went on to state that they should instead be given subpoenas for financial fraud!

The current system does not give our children any wisdom. And in a world where the air is thick with smog, the land and water contaminated with toxins, and we’re in a global depression on top of global warming, wisdom may be more valuable than a Harvard MBA.

2.) Lets instead make our children the best possible human beings they can be:

A better, more wholistic goal then would be to help our children simply be the best they can be. If they go to Harvard, great. If not, thats great too. There is a new paradigm emerging, and your kids will live it more than you can ever imagine. It will be forced on them just as ‘the sins of the father shall be visited upon the sons’.

By realizing the winds of change you will better guide your children through the cultural shifts already starting to happen. One of community over individualism, happiness over ambition and greed, and health over fast food, fast cars and fast cures (drugs). Lead by example.

3) Stop Being So Selfish:

‘Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself’ Kahil Gilbran.

Its not about you and your kid is not your ‘mini-me’. Having children is a selfish act, but parenting is an opportunity to practice selflessness. Yet so many ‘driven’ parents are driving their kids mad trying to make them into something they weren’t. Trying to compete with other parents or having your child compete with other kids increases the liklihood of programming an undertone of unhappiness into every facet of your childs life.

4) Take Care of Your Childs Basics:

Basic means primal – what we are designed by evolution to eat. And how we are basically designed to move in this world (aka exercise). Children need whole foods and daily exercise. Giving your kids the ‘video valium’ by putting them in front of a video game or TV does them no good. They need to be moving around, developing strong bodies and neural networks through play. Yes play has a vital evolutionary role, it programs the individual for life.

Whole foods means as close to natural as possible. This does not mean foods like cereal, milk, cheeze wiz, and juice. These are a great way to ruin your childs sensitive brain chemistry. Don’t blame them the next time they throw a fit – blame the food you are feeding them. If you need to give your child milk – at least make it raw milk, or better – hemp or almond milk.

One parent who I know has an adorable son with a learning disability. Nothing major but noticable. I repeatedly told her about looking into the basics first – food allergies, adverse reactions to vaccines, etc. Simple things that a qualified (few are) doctor could test for and clear up for her son. In fact there is a great book on the Four A’s that I advise any parent of a child with allergies or behavioral and/or learning issues read.

She still has yet to read it or do anything out of her comfort zone to help her son. Yet she feeds him cookies and candy – this is normal after all. To me this is stealing the childs future right out from underneath him. Something as simple as the nutrient alpha-lipoic-acid has been used to assist heavy metal detox for kids, and yet she would have no idea what this even means.

    For most kids, the following basics apply:

-Cut out sugar, white flour and soda
-Dilute juice with water – lots of water
-Kids need lots of healthy fats – avocado, flax, coconut milk/oil, nuts, seeds, hemp, soft egg yolks.
-Get them on a good multi-vitamin & DHA (fatty acid) supplement
-Try to eliminate the main food allergens: Wheat, Soy, Dairy, Corn, and Peanuts. This is especially critical if your child has allergies, asthma, and/or behavioral or learning challenges.

My graduate thesis showed that children who had higher test scores tended to eat better, exercise, took a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement and had more active and engaged adult caretakers. Which leads me to point 5.

5) Take Care of Your Basics:

Eat right and exercise! No parent is as patient and loving when they are wired on sugar and caffeine as when they are healthy and fit. Every aspect of your life flows better when you honor the life and body you inherit for these few short decades.

Despite that voice inside telling you to not eat healthy and exercise daily we all know, logically at least, that health and fitness are investments in ourselves that pay back huge dividends. Even more so for our children, and in more ways than one! After all, you might just live long enough to see your grandchildren get into Harvard!

If this was helpful to you, please share it with other parents who want to help thier children as well.

Best in Health;
Brian

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5 Great Breakfast Meals

Posted by myhealthexperts on November 21, 2008

Diabetes Delight!

Diabetes Delight!


Breakfast is perhaps the most important meal of the day. It literally breaks the fasting state we experience during sleep. Usually cortisol is high in the morning (this helps us wake up) so eating can help offset this elevation of stress hormone.

Many people feel too busy to eat a good breakfast, so they opt for the quickies: coffee, orange juice and either a bagel or muffin. These are some of the worst foods one can consume, and ensure long term health risks. My goals for breakfast: Low sugar, nutrient dense foods, as raw as possible, wheat free, healthy fats and of course good taste!

Breakfast can be a great way to jump start your committment to a healthy (and Whol-E) day. So here are 5 fast but healthy breakfast meals:
1) Breakfast Smoothie: This is very fast and easy. Start with some basics and build from there. My smoothie video is worth watching. I usually add 10 oz. water, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1 apple, and then a large handful of mixed greens. Blend well, then add some fish oil, or flax seed (grind in coffee grinder first). I add 2 raw eggs, but if you are not there yet, add a scoop of protein powder. I also add stevia and cinnamon to taste. These taste great and are super-nutritious!

2) Yogurt & Granola: I prefer goat or sheep milk yogurt, its healthier than cows milk. And I use a low sugar, low fat granola – FEED is a good brand, Galaxy Granola is my fav, and Bear Naked is okay if it’s all you got. I add only a little granola, and instead fill the yogurt up with blueberries, ground flax seed, some cocoa nibs (love these!), and coconut milk. I also add stevia and cinnamon to taste.

3) Oatmeal, Berries, Flax and Almonds: I add almonds &/or flax seed to practically everything. Slow cook oatmeal is best as its a lower glycemic index. Cook the oatmeal, then add almond or coconut milk when its done, plus ground flax seed and the berries. You can also add egg whites when the oatmeal is cooking and it will increase protein content. You can even add a scoop of protein powder. I also add stevia and cinnamon to taste if needed.

4) Breakfast Burrito: I am addicted to brown rice and sprouted wheat tortilla’s. You can jam them with healthy goodies and they taste amazing. For breakfast – I will cook a few eggs over easy (soft yolks are very healthy) and then add them to the tortilla (already warmed in the oven). I also add some chopped apple, avocado, almonds, sometimes goat cheese and/or flax seed, and then a healthy salad dressing (Braggs makes great salad dressings). These are fast and super healthy!

5) Egg white omelette: Several egg whites and of course, as many greens and veggies as you feel comfortable stuffing in there. I add raw onions, spinach, and mixed greens as the eggs cook. This softens up the greens and takes the edge off the onions. A slice or 2 of brown rice or sprouted grain bread could make an acceptable addition. I use avocado as a spread, but coconut oil or butter works and even ghee (raw butter), or organic butter is acceptable.

I always cook with coconut oil or butter – these are the only stable fats that do not create toxic substances when heated. And I use only stainless steel or cast iron cookware, teflon is not safe to use. Try them and realize its easy to eat healthy!

Please feel free to share this with anyone you think can use some healthy advice.

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Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants

Posted by myhealthexperts on November 4, 2008

Here is a question one of my readers recently asked me:
Q: I’m a 37 year old male. I suffer from erectile dysfunction, memory loss and depression. I’m looking for supplements to address my deficiencies. I think I have a manganese deficiency. What do you recommend?

A: I’m all for your desire to treat yourself. But thinking that a specific nutrient is the key is the wrong approach. Thats taking the conventional medicine way but instead of treating symptoms with drugs youre using nutritients. If you do want to ascertain what if any deficiencies you have, you must seek a qualified health professional (not your typical doctor) who can assess your nutrient status via blood, hair and other testing procedures.

For yours, and anyone else’s issues that are not life threatening or signs of more serious disease, you can always start some lifestyle changes yourself in addition to seeking professional care. If going solo, its best to start with the basics. A healthy diet, exercise and some form of mindfulness training are the foundation of your health and life.

Mindfulness training goes by many names; call it what you want, spirituality, religion, meditation, cognitive therapy, personal growth etc. Its a process by which the undisciplined, emotional, ego-centered voice in our head we commonly think of as ‘self’ starts to lose control to a more disciplined, balanced, rational, awakened self free of the dark energy and negative thoughts our common self lives on.

You diet must be more aligned with your evolutionary design. The recent advent of processed food, genetically modified foods, and even cooking have all ravaged the nutrient profile in modern human diets, leaving us vulnerable to a plethora of dysfunction. Combined with the modern environment full of increased toxins, increased information overload and chronic stressors from many sources and you have a recipe for disaster. So its probable that most of us will develop some type of disease and/or health concerns.

How did our ancestors eat? Usually whatever they could pick or kill from their local environment. They picked fruit, nuts, greens, and roots, and killed local game like rabbits, seals, deer, and bison. This ‘pick/kill’ diet varied all over the globe. As omnivores, humans are remarkably capable of adapting to all sorts of diets. People have thrived on high fat, low carb diets to low fat, high carbs. The macronutrients are not the key – its the fact that all these foods were raw and fresh. From whale blubber to Yucca these foods were eaten with their nutrient contents intact.

I’m not saying any cooked food is bad. Certain nutrients are made available from heating. But in general nutrients are sensitive to degradation from 4 sources: heat, light, oxygen and time. It’s not easy making the shift to more raw foods, unless you have your mind on your side. Thats another reason to make regular practice of awakening a daily ritual. If you do need to cook, use lower temperatures as this is less destructive than high temperatures.

In general – a diet rich in greens, moderate in everything else is best. Moderate grains, fruits, raw nuts and seeds, and meats. Reduce dairy, and whatever dairy you consume should be raw – not pasteurized or homogenized. Eat organic where possible, especially animal products where toxins accumulate in higher amounts. Grass fed beef, wild salmon, organic eggs are great sources of protein. I eat my eggs raw, and my beef and salmon pan seared on the outside and raw inside. Avoid wheat, eat brown rice, millet, spelt, or sprouted grain products instead.

When I first started eating raw eggs and beef, I gagged several times. It was simply a mind game I realized and quickly eliminated that silly fear. The key is to take small steps, make changes in comfortable ways that do not stress you out. For example, getting off milk – do it in stages. Go from whole milk to 2%, then 1% then mix almond milk with 1% milk at 50-50 ratio, then shift to pure almond milk. Its easy that way.

To offset modernity and its associated toxins – the use of broad spectrum nutritional products is warranted. Think of nutrition as music – the more varied the instruments are the better. Together the symphony sounds more complete. This variety of instruments is identical to nutrition – take in a variety and in general never go for one single instrument (nutrient), unless directed by as health professional. With that said let me contradict myself and give you the other side: there is good science to support the use of certain nutrients that most people are short on.

Magnesium for example is one. Most people get far too much calcium and too little magnesium. And multi-vitamins are short on it as well, so some extra magnesium is a good idea. And of course a high quality multi-vitamin.

One more thing – try to decrease caffeine, sugar and bad fats found in processed/fried foods. These items are toxic to varying degrees. Drink green tea instead of coffee.

Start with these basics and give it three to six months. See if your conditions improve. In the short term, you can take a natural PDE-5 inhibitor like the herbs cnidium and a nitric oxide agent like L-Arginine for the impotence. St. Johns Wort or L-Theanine could work for the depression, and the memory loss may be more complex than this article can go into.

How does one make these changes? Mindset – you need to have a warrior mind. Call it what you want, only a focused, clear and disciplined mind will rise above the odds. Work on your mind and the rest will follow.

Erectile Dysfunction, Depression are Testosterone Issues:
I encourage all my male clients over 30 to get their testosterone levels checked. There is a silent epidemic of male hypogonadism (low testosterone) in men now for a variety of reasons. If you test low, contact me and I will share my natural, safe testosterone program for men.

PS: the title of this article is a reference to the subtitle of “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollen

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Slow Down Aging with Magnesium

Posted by myhealthexperts on September 28, 2008

Thats right, Magnesium Deficiency Leads to Accelerated Aging. A recent study showed that human cells grown in a magnesium deficient environment had accelerated aging. One of the mechanisms of this aging was an increased loss of telomere length. Telomeres are the protective regions on the end of chromosomes that keep all your cells dividing properly. Each time they divide, you age, in essence because the length of telomere shortens. This is why you only have so many cell divisions before you age and die.

Now we realize that our environment, not just nutrients like magnesium but stressors like toxic thoughts, toxic chemicals etc can also affect telomere length. Magnesium is especially crucial because Americans are notoriously deficient in magnesium – our soils are depleted of it from the ravages of industrial farming that literally causes fertile top-soil to wash away every year.

Foods high in magnesium include greens like Kale and Spinach, nuts like almonds and cashews – and if you can afford, organic as you typically will find more nutrients like magnesium in organic produce.

Supplemental magnesium is also a good idea for most as few eat healthy enough to get adequate amounts of magnesium. Look for a magnesium in a ‘Chelate’ form such as magnesium aspartate, or magnesium carbonate.

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A Day in the Life of Ginger

Posted by myhealthexperts on January 22, 2008

I was feeling a little under the weather one day. (I never get ‘sick’ but do
occasionally catch colds and flu’s – its just that since I took charge of my
health the impact these infections have on me is minimal! This is quite a change
from someone who used to be bedridden at least twice a year and had
allergies/bronchitis every spring as well!)

So when I feel I am catching a cold I load up on items that can help my immune
system work at its best. Normally I might take some colloidal silver,
Echinacea/goldenseal, and extra vitamin C. But all I had around was some organic
ginger. So all day I added ginger to whatever I ate and drank. And she was
keeping me out of bed and productive all day.

Ginger is caliente! (hot and spicy).  She is truly a miracle spice – acting as
an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. In this regard she works to aid
digestion, relieve nausea, heal ulcers, support cardiovascular health, reduce
pain and inflammation, and speed recovery from colds and flu.

My ginger orgy started off when I had my morning green tea. I boiled grated
ginger in the water and filtered the shreds as i poured the water into the cup.
Again don’t boil the ginger too long nor pour boiling water on the tea as heat
destroys nutrients.

After 20 minutes or so I make my morning smoothie. I upgraded my blender to
industrial strength since I plan on using it more and making larger quantities
of smoothies (something you might want to consider as you ease into the smoothie
lifestyle!) You know the deal here, lots of raw goodies:

•   1 head of Kale (great for balancing estrogen levels in both men and women!)
•   1 cup blueberries
•   1 handful parsley
•   2 tablespoons flax seed ground up
•   2 tablespoons organic rice protein (I like to rotate my protein sources –
whey one day, rice, and hemp etc)
•   12 oz water
•   1 tablespoon raw honey (also good when you are immune compromised, but be
careful as sugars can suppress the immune system. So only use honey with a
meal/smoothie or for a post-workout shake)
•   1 tablespoon lecithin
•   Ginger (I added the shredded ginger to my smoothie.)

After I train my morning clients, I came back home and made some more green tea,
again boiling the water with ginger. This time I take the shreds and add them to
my egg white omelet:

•   5 egg whites (don’t cook the yolk as you destroy its benefits, I eat organic
yolks raw (in a cup with a little cinnamon –taste great!)
•   handful of basil leaves
•   handful of cilantro
•   ½ cup of frozen organic broccoli
•   Ginger!
•   ½ cup of organic salsa with a teaspoon of curry added in (curry everything-
remember!). Add the salsa at the end just before serving the omelet.

I cook the omelet in a low heat stainless steel pan (Teflon will kill you). All
my food now is cooked as low heat as I can tolerate to both prevent nutrient
loss but also to inhibit cross linking of proteins. When you cook protein it
forms ‘wrinkles’ in the food that lead those same proteins when eaten to form
‘wrinkles’ on your skin and in other tissue like your heart.  You can see these
altered proteins – the brown crispy parts of the egg are those glycated or
wrinkled proteins. Brown and tough sections of chicken or well done meat (dark,
crispy) are the same thing.

For dinner I had some brown rice and chicken. Again I added some fresh ginger to
the rice, cooked the chicken in garlic, ginger and coconut oil, and added frozen
broccoli to the rice at the end (just long enough for it to soften up but not
get soggy).

My dessert was green tea and ginger ice cream. What a treat: a true fat burning
ice cream! (Green tea is clinically proven to help burn fat). All I added to the
mix was:
2 cups green tea with ginger shreds (filtered out)
½ packet of Fat Free, Sugar Free Jell-O Pudding Mix
4 teaspoons almond butter
2 cups ice
2 tablespoons flax seed (ground)

Put it in the ice cream maker and wow! What a treat! And it has no sugar, is
extremely low fat and can help your body burn fat. Now we’re talking! Normally I
would not use items with artificial sweeteners, but I made this dessert for my
clients who are overweight and for whom losing weight is the first priority.

I woke up the next day and was feeling much better – thanks to ginger!

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Nutrition Program Basics

Posted by myhealthexperts on January 15, 2008

I do not recommend supplements as a way to avoid eating a healthy diet. First and most important is to get as much of your nutrition from generous amounts of raw fruits and vegetables. My guess is most people do not consume enough raw, organic fruits and vegetables, and have increased exposures to environmental toxins in food, air, house, plastics, cell phones, etc. In these cases an aggressive nutrition program can afford some increased measure of compensation.

Basic Program: This is a general basic program I would recommend*:
#1. Good Multi-Vitamin: Not Centrum or One-A-Day, but I prefer highest quality multis that are ‘food based’. Companies like New Chapter, and Rainbow Light are more expensive but far better quality than most others.
#2. Fish and/or Flax Seeds (Extra Omega 3) (also – Extra Anti-Oxidants Vitamin C and E) Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish and flax oil are so critical to health – in a nutshell – if you want to look and feel good – you need these. They make skin look healthy, help form healthy brain chemistry so you feel happy and psyched to be alive, help form hormones that give us our sex drive, and they help us burn fat and add muscle. Is that enough reason?

My first choice is to rotate your source of EFA’s, for example using a bottle of high quality fish oil and then after that turn to flax seed. I prefer whole organic flax seed that you put in a coffee grinder just before you eat it. There is some controversy about flax being inferior to fish oil, but most healthy people are able to convert flax oil into the EFAs DHA and EPA.  If you are diabetic or have insulin issues, you should lean more towards fish oil as your body might not be able to convert enough plant based EFA’s into the critically needed DHA and EPA.  Try to get a balance of Omega 3 to Omega 6 of around 1:3. You will need to increase your intake of anti-oxidants to keep the Omega 3 in your body working properly.

Anti-Oxidants (Vit C, E, A): 2,000 to 5,000 mg Vitamin C spaced out during the day, along with Mixed Tocopherols (Not just Vitamin E, but Alpha, beta and delta and gamma Tocopherols too.) Don’t get DL-Alpha Tocopherol, it’s the synthetic version and is molecularly different than natural vitamin E (D-Alpha Tocopherol). Go for 400-1200 iu Mixed Tocopherols per day. This extra anti-oxidant protection is crucial to good health. Same for Vitamin A – get mixed carotenes and not just the popular beta-carotene.

3) Magnesium: Studies show most people are deficient in magnesium. Its critical for so many bodily functions, to help us relax, muscle contraction, blood flow, the list goes on and on. Do not take magnesium oxide, this is a rip-off. Try for amino-acid chelates instead. (400-800 mg daily)
#4. Whey Protein (and Lecithin) – If you exercise or want to reduce carb and fat calories, extra protein is beneficial. Protein actually can help us lose fat, as does healthy omega 3 fats! Whey protein is one of the best types, and is also shown to boost the immune system. Lecithin has a role in most all bodily processes including nerve transmission, energy production and breathing. Our brains are about 30% Lecithin. Nerves are insulated by lecithin, and the heart has high amounts as well. 

#5. MSM (or a Green Juice Powder): MSN (methyl sulfonal methane) is a great all-round supplement or if you feel the need for Greens – a powdered concentrate is great.  Greens have chlorophyll, that is high in magnesium and also helps pull out toxic heavy metals like aluminum and mercury! For joints and arthritis – I prefer MSM over Glucosamine sulfate as the life extensionists have reported glucosamine sulfate can accelerate advanced glycation end-products (AGE’s). These make you age faster! Not good. Stick with MSM in 1,500-3,000 mg/day and chondroitan sulfate if you want at 300 mg and up per day. These are good for joints, and can assist in growing new cartilage. That’s right- your doctor is wrong – you can grow new cartilage. Agents like SAMe are especially good for this, but at higher doses are quite expensive.

Other items: (Depends on your goals)

#6. ALA, ALCAR : Great for energy and anti-aging and brain function. In whatever dose you can afford, but at least 100 mg. ALA, 500 -1,500 mg. ALCAR. The R-ALA form is reputed to be the best form. These work on anti-aging, insulin function, brain function and fat burning – important for everyone. You can also use CoQ10 and/or Idebenone instead of ALA.

#7. Resveratrol, Carnosine, NAC, Green Tea, and depending on what your goals are: certain amino-acids and herbs in high quantities can facilitate your success. Carnosine is anti-aging, NAC is great for the liver (if you drink alcohol!),  I recommend the cycling of nutrients according to needs – for example, for weight loss – a top goal for many – items like Green Tea, ALA, CLA and Omega 3 fats. After that then I can shift to other agents – like anti-oxidants for example. More on this in the next article.

#8. Pro-biotics: Healthy gut flora is critical.

#9. Iodine: Lugols solution for many reasons (see my iodine post)

#10. Digestive Enzymes: helps assimilate food and lessen work of GI tract in digestion.

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Nutrition: Your Only Hope

Posted by myhealthexperts on January 15, 2008

Summary: In an increasingly contaminated environment our exposure to known and unknown toxins has increased significantly. This has resulted in an increasing array of health (physical and emotional)problems, many of which in all probabililty affect you right now. Increasing nutrition in the body is the only way to help our bodies compensate and effectively remove these poisons before they cause serious harm. Children especially need to have proper nutrition since they are more sensitive to toxins than adults.

Face it, many things we do are unhealthy, even without our knowing it. Exposure to environmental toxins, pesticides and now other chemicals such as plastic compounds in our food, stress, and poor nutrition all take a toll. All produce chemical ‘scars’ (wounds)such as free radical damage, on our bodies. We age faster, gain fat easier and look older sooner. Every day a new company is admitting it sold products that it knew were dangerous, such as Merck and Pfizer selling dangerous drugs like Vioxx and Celebrex, or Dupont that knew its plastics were toxic in their no-stick cookware.

Most of us do not see just how much a threat toxins are to us and especially our children. Children are more sensitive and can pick up toxins from seemingly safe items such as the floors in your house: Walking in the house with shoes leads to increased levels of petroleum based toxins on the floors and carpets that kids get on their hands, and since their hands go into their mouths often – they ingest these toxins.
Nutrition is a compensation factor for all the other unhealthy things we do. Nutrients detoxify the liver, slow free radical damage, facilitate normal functioning of various systems, like our immune system, and in men for example- the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Testicular-Axis (HPTA). They maintain cell membrane integrity and assist in receptor viability. The list goes on and on, detoxification, sex drive, brain chemistry (mental state), are all affected by these natural substances.

The medical model of nutrition is extremely antiquated. I audited a nutrition class for medical students at New York Medical College, and found it lacking scientific validity. How ironic, the teacher (a Physician (a man of science)) is unaware that the themselves show how incredible and effective nutrition and natural compounds really are. The medical model states that all you need is the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of nutrients – the amount to prevent a “disease of deficiency” for that particular nutrient. So for example, Vitamin C, the RDA is 60 mg. (milligrams). This amount prevents most people from getting scurvy – the disease you get with low Vitamin C levels. It does not optimize health.

And to many, nutrition and supplements are fake and don’t really have any effect. Granted some supplements are hyped up and claims overstated, such as the anti-aging ‘GH’ pills and many of the “Viagra” type products on the market. And the scammers of Enron can be found in this and any industry also. But in truth many herbs and nutrients are very powerful. In fact about 40% of all medications are derived from plants. If you doubt this, do a search on any nutrient you choose on Medline or ChemAbstracts databases. You’ll be surprised at the thousands of scientific studies showing that nutrients are powerful.

So what do you want: to prevent scurvy or maximize your health? Many studies done on farm animals and lab animals(because animals are a business for which maximizing profit is important) show that high levels of nutrients make them healthier, live longer and get less disease. Studies on people also show that most of us are sub-clinically malnourished, we get enough nutrition to not get acute sickness, but not to be healthy. So which do you want – the Medical Model or the Scientific Model? Remember too that disease is how medical and pharmaceutical professionals earn a living. A little conflict of interest here? And we all know how easily people are swayed – just look at the headlines, or look at the Tobacco industry. I often joke that “M.D” stands for “Manage Disease”!

Are Naturalists Who Shun Supplements Correct?
Many health gurus believe that food gives us all the nutrients we need. I disagree. First off, naturally we were designed to live to only about 30-40 years of age. So our bodies did not evolve to require long term nutrition status for maximum longevity. Our bodies evolved to make babies and die by 30 or 40. Living to 80 or more requires a different perspective. Living to 80 or more and having the vitality of a 40 yr old requires an even more cutting-edge perspective. Also our food is not near as healthy as when we were all natural. Food now is processed, heated, cooked, stored etc. all of which depletes nutrition content of the foods. On top of that, we consume much higher (unnatural amounts) of sugar, unhealthy fats, and chemicals not normally found in food, such as xenoestrogens (which mimic estrogen in our bodies with unhealthy results). Every day the list of exposures grows: lipstick & cosmetics, plastics used for water and food, cell phones are just a few.

So, under scrutiny, the natural perspective does not hold up as valid. Unless you wish to die young. And according to the latest research, even 80 is young. People who eat healthy, exercise and take supplements are pushing the boundaries of our idea on aging – we will see more healthy and young looking 80-100 yr old’s in the near future according to researchers. So, optimal levels of Vitamin C are above 1,000 mg per day. Perhaps as high as 5,000 to 10,000 mg. Most primates (our closest relatives) consume 5,000+ mg per day of Vitamin C for example. The list goes on and on, Vitamin A, all B Vitamins, D, E, and so on. And then we have the newest area where other important plant based nutrients are now being discovered. This is the cutting edge for health conscious, anti-aging, and sports performance people. Alpha lipoic acid, grape seed extract, resveratrol, bioflavinoids, flavones, MSN, amino-acid therapies, herbal extracts like green tea.

Nutrition Science: One Example 

Let’s take one nutrient and look at what it does. Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a key anti-oxidant because it acts on both water and fat soluble reactions to stop free radical proliferation. Even more critical is that ALA acts at the mitochondria(1). In order to burn fats and carbohydrates to give us energy, mitochondria take electrons from oxygen and shuffle them among a suite of molecules in a complex chain reaction. Invariably, some of the electrons get misplaced, creating free radicals. Mitochondria produce more oxidants than any other single site in a cell, the main offenders being superoxide, hydrogen peroxide, and hydroxyl radicals. Even worse, unlike DNA in the nucleus, there are no repair mechanisms for mitochondria DNA. This is why many experts think aging and disease begins here, in the mitochondria. This is why ALA is so important! It works at a key area of free radical damage, and it also assists in the metabolism of fats and carbs! In a sense, free radicals are like an engine overheating- and anti-oxidants like ALA act as a cooling system to keep the engine running stronger! ALA also increases the number of Glut-4 receptors on the cell membrane, specifically muscle cells. What does this mean to you? This increases the ability of glucose to be driven into muscle cells instead of fat cells, hence a partioning effect. ALA in doses of 300mg up to 1200 mg are well tolerated and effective.

How good is ALA? In fact Nestle Corporation is applying for a patent on a combination of nutrients to slow aging. And they are both critical mitochondria DNA repair agents: ALA and Acetyl-L-Carnitine(ALCAR). ALCAR is another key nutrient for many aspects. ALCAR has been shown to increase IGF levels(2). It also can reverse DNA damage in the mitochondria(3). When rats, and humans are stressed, cortisol levels rise, and Testosterone drops! This change in hormone levels is what leads to disease and aging. Yet even under stress, which reduced Testosterone levels, ALCAR kept them up(4). It can also have a positive effect on the testes(5) , aiding older men and bodybuilders in post cycle recovery. ALCAR is effective at doses of 1,000mg to 10,000 mg (taken on an empty stomach or with juice.) Dr. Bruce Ames made these two agents famous in his research showing that their combination was a key to slowing down and reversing many effects of aging!

References:
1.Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 2002 Jul 1;182(1):84-90. Antioxidant and prooxidant activities of alpha-lipoic acid and dihydrolipoic acid. Moini H, Packer L, Saris NE.
2.Acetyl-L-carnitine administration increases insulin-like growth factor 1 levels in asymptomatic HIV-1-infected subjects: correlation with its suppressive effect on lymphocyte apoptosis and ceramide generation. Di Marzio L, Moretti S, D’Alo S, Zazzeroni F, Marcellini S, Smacchia C, Alesse E, Cifone MG, De Simone C. Department of Experimental Medicine, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy
3.Mitochondrial decay in aging. Reversal through supplementation of acetyl-L-carnitine and N-tert-butyl-alpha-phenyl-nitrone. Hagen TM, Wehr CM, Ames BN. Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California at Berkeley 94720, USA.
4.Effect of different chronic intermittent stressors and acetyl-l-carnitine on hypothalamic beta-endorphin and GnRH and on plasma testosterone levels in male rats. Bidzinska B, Petraglia F, Angioni S, Genazzani AD, Criscuolo M, Ficarra G, Gallinelli A, Trentini GP, Genazzani AR. Department of Endocrinology, Medical School of Wroclaw, Poland.
5. The effect of L-acetylcarnitine on some reproductive functions in the oligoasthenospermic rat. Palmero S, Leone M, Prati M, Costa M, Messeni Leone M, Fugassa E, De Cecco L. Istituto di Fisiologia Generale, Universita di Genova, Italy.

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Celery- Sexy?

Posted by myhealthexperts on January 13, 2008

My clients know I am big on daily celery use in my smoothies. This is for many reasons, celery contains anti-cancer compounds called coumarins. Coumarins also enhance activity of immune related white blood cells. Celery also has 3nB -a potent coumarin compound that can lower blood pressure.  But primarliy I like celery because it contains androsterone, an odorless hormone released through male perspiration that turns women on. (Women are very sensitive to pheromones!)

Hmmm Good!

Banannas are also a good food here (I limit their use because of their high sugar content) because they have the enzyme bromelain which is purported to increase libido in men (I am not sure on this ‘claim’ so don’t quote me!).

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Cosmetics Toxic Dangers

Posted by myhealthexperts on January 13, 2008

I love the so called Health Guru’s and Medical Experts that claim you don’t need dietary supplements. This is fine if you are okay with increasing your risk of cancer, depression, heart disease, infertility….the list goes on and on. Keep trusting those “Authority Figures”!

Here is yet another reason why You Need Added Detox Support from Supplements!!!

(Detox support that MyHealthExperts.com can give you!)

Women ingest anywhere from 7 to 12 POUNDS of lipstick in their lifetime. Did our ancestors have to evolve detox capacity to remove lipstick from their bodies? NO!! You’re body is ill equipped to deal with this and all the modern exposures to toxins we get daily.

How do you think the body gets rid of these toxic poisons?  Detoxification pathways that involve enzymes, amino-acids and vitamins in addition to herbs that also facilitate and enhance these key detox processes.

“Some frightening statements have appeared in press reports in recent months: “Put down the lipstick if you value his sperm.” “In a lifetime a woman eats about 4.5kg of lipstick. Most contain coal tar dyes that are carcinogenic.” “Nail varnish contains some of the most toxic substances in cosmetics including toulene, a central nervous system toxin.” “Powder foundations are up to 80 per cent talc, a known carcinogen.” Is this just scaremongering? Are we exposed to more carcinogens eating burned toast? Consumers are beginning to wake up to the fact that we know very little about the chemicals we slather over our bodies. Irritants, toxins, potential carcinogens (which cause cancer), mutagens (which damage DNA) and teratogens (which cause birth defects) are just some of the chemicals said to be lurking in these feel-good products. (source: http://www.ewg.org/node/15094 )

“Lipsticks tested ranged from high-end $30 Dior lipsticks to drugstore offerings. L’Oreal owns six of the 11 lipsticks with the alleged highest lead content, under the brands of L’Oreal and Maybelline.

The brands with highest lead content included: L’Oreal Colour Riche in True Red and Classic Wine, Maybelline’s Incredifull Lipcolor in Maximum Red, and Christian Dior Addict Positive Red.

The lipsticks do not list lead as an ingredient and there is no FDA requirement to report the level of lead in lipstick, Malkan said.” (source: http://www.ewg.org/node/25632

Toxicity of some common ingredients in cosmetics

The following ingredient assessments include DEA, lanolin, mineral oil, propylene glycol, parabens, artificial colours and fragrances. Specific references are included.

DEA – diethanalomine

DEA is a detergent and emulsifier, frequently used in both cosmetics and shampoos. It is used by itself and in combination as part of cocamide DEA, lauramide etc. In spite of US FDA warnings and recommendations to the cosmetics industry dating back to the 1970’s, concerning the NTP (National Toxicology Program) findings that DEA has a relationship to cancers in animal testing, it is still widely used. The NTP tests revealed that DEA can cause cancer in rats by itself, and it can combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines which are also cancer causing. They also found that repeated skin application to mouse skin of DEA or cocamide-DEA, induced liver and kidney cancer and accumulated in organs, such as the brain, where it induced chronic toxic effects. DEA is also noted as a mild skin and severe eye irritant.

Propylene glycol

Propylene glycol is frequently mistaken by consumers for ethylene glycol which is a dangerous antifreeze (propylene glycol can also be used for this) that is highly toxic by ingestion. The urban myth/story that my dog licked up the car antifreeze and died, refers to ethylene glycol. There are conflicting opinions about propylene glycol mainly due to the fact that there are several types which are commonly grouped together. They are propylene glycol, propylene glycol alginate and propylene glycol ether, all of which have a different toxicity. Some researchers/writers do not distinguish between them.

Propylene glycol alginate combines propylene glycol with free alginic acid which is isolated from brown algae by a process involving washing out undesirable salts, an alkaline salt extraction procedure, clarifying and treating with mineral salts. There is no chronic toxicity information available but this chemical is permitted in foods.

Propylene glycol ethers are eye irritants, experimental teratogens, have dangerous reproductive effects and are ingestible poisons.6 Propylene glycol ethers are commonly used as co-solvents (aids in mixing oil and water) in cleaning products. They demonstrate easy absorption into the skin and have been suspected of liver and kidney abnormalities.7 They’re used in cleaning because they increase the uptake of oils. Propylene glycol ether has also been noted as an experimental carcinogen in animal tests.

Propylene glycol has been reported as a problem if you already have liver or kidney problems. It is also a problem in cosmetics in areas of low humidity less than 65% because of the potential to remove water from your skin. This is not what you want in a moisturiser. A clinical review published in the American Academy of Dermatologists journal of January 1991, shows propylene glycol to cause a significant number of skin reactions and it is named as a primary irritant to the skin even in low levels of concentration. It can be dangerous to children in large oral dosage (79g/Kg) because it behaves like a general anesthetic causing seizures and changes in the surface EEG. Although cosmetics are not intended for oral use, this effect has caused problems because 1. children eat them 2. propylene glycol is often one of the largest ingredients by volume.23

Mineral Oil aka petrolatum, paraffin

Mineral Oil forms an occlusive barrier on the skin, effectively preventing the skin from breathing and function normally. This barrier can inhibit the skins’ own NMF (Natural Moisturising Factor), which may lead to excessive dryness and/or fluid retention. Many years ago, mineral oils were the preferred base oils of aromatherapists, as they were considered non-toxic, cheap and easily able to pick up the smell of essential oils. They are still widely used in ‘baby oils’ and moisturising creams. Despite the name, mineral oils are manufactured from crude petrol. According to the International Agency for Research into Cancer in Geneva, they are probably carcinogenic as ‘analyses of mineral oils used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes reveal the presence of several carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons which are in the Eighth Report on Carcinogens, including benzo[b]fluoranthene, benzo[k]fluoranthene, and benzo[a]pyrene.’9 They’re noted as a human teratogen by inhalation which has caused testicular tumours in the foetus. They are also skin and eye irritants and may be implicated in aspirational pneumonia.6

Parabens

The most frequently used chemicals in cosmetics aside from water. They are used as preservatives and antibacterials. Because of their frequent use as preservatives for other ingredients, such as surfactants, they are not listed on all labels that contain them. Unless ingredients are labelled UP, they are probably preserved with parabens. There are 4 main paraben types which are methyl, ethyl, propyl and butyl paraben. They were considered innocuous until quite recently. Research in the UK 21 at Brunel University established that the oestrogen mimicing effect of parabens (known since 1938) could be responsible for upsetting the oestrogen balance in animals including humans. Upsetting the oestrogen balance is considered to have significant effects including lowered sperm counts, breast cancer, osteoporosis, and autoimmune disease. The response to this study from the cosmetic industry association in Europe, (COLIPA) was that the findings were irrelevant as they believed that parabens didn’t penetrate the skin. There is no scientific validity to this claim. Skin penetration is affected by many factors such as heat, hydration, occlusion and chemical synergies.

Parabens are also noted as a cause of allergic dermatitis. Methylparaben has been noted as a suspected mutagen. It is also moderately toxic by ingestion. Parabens are also suspected allergens.6 The Brunel University group published this statement as part of their research findings: “Given their use in a wide range of commercially available topical preparations, it is suggested that the safety in use of these chemicals should be reassessed, with particular attention being paid to estimation of the actual levels of systemic exposure of humans exposed to these chemicals. The acquisition of such data is a prerequisite to the derivation of reliable estimates of the possible human risk of exposure to parabens.”

Lanolin

Used in all types of cosmetics. Lanolin is a natural wax coating on sheep wool and is removed by boiling the wool and collecting the wax. It has long been noted as an allergen, and it is now also adulterated with chemical pesticides and fertilisers. Note: sheep are dipped in pesticides and eat grass grown with fertilisers. The result is contamination with a multitude of dangerous organophosphates and other carcinogens and neurotoxins. Diazinon was found in 84% of samples taken in a test sampling that included dieldrin and DDT and over a dozen other pesticides.15 Diazinon is a neurotoxic contact poison which easily penetrates the skin barrier. As a consequence of the widespread contamination, lanolin shouldn’t be used unless it is purified and cosmetics with lanolin should be avoided unless the label states that the lanolin is purified. Especially do not use lanolin on cracked nipples of nursing mothers. The toxins will transmit straight to the baby.

Artificial Fragrance

Fragrance on a product label could mean anything but it is usually synthetic as essential oils are listed for marketing points. Unless an essential oil is specified, it’s odds on to be synthetic. If essential oils are specified, it’s likely they are very cheap commercial grades. For instance, most commercial bergamot oil has 5% real bergamot and 95% synthetic limonenes. Consider that next time you buy a cheap bergamot. Many fragrances both synthetic and natural can have a cumulative effect that can cause skin problems. In addition, synthetic fragrances often contain hundreds of ingredients including carcinogens such as methyl chloride. Because fragrance manufacturers do not have to disclose the ingredients in fragrances, or test for toxic synergies, there is no way of knowing whether they are safe or not.

Colours

Many of these colours are made from coal tars or are aluminium lakes, and it’s very doubtful if any of them are safe. All coal tars colours have been found to be carcinogenic in varying degrees. They’ve also been found to cause nausea, mood swings, headaches and fatigue. Dyes derived from precipitating soluble colours with aluminum and other chemicals, are termed ‘lakes’ and can be neurotoxic. Both lakes and coal tar dyes can be stored in our organs and fatty tissues. Although the toxicity of oral ingestion of colours in lipstick has been widely reported, research at the University of Pittsburg indicates that up to twice as much toxic material can be absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin as opposed to the oral route. So colours can be a problem area with shampoos, eye colouring, mascara and nail varnishes.

Colouring agents are becoming very controversial in all western countries, principally through the US public environmental watchdog groups (notably Ralph Nader’s) who fund private court actions against the use of known carcinogens and neurotoxins. These actions have seen colours regularly de-listed because of their toxicity. Unfortunately, government agencies, primarily the FDA (The Food and Drug Agency) in the USA, are the ones fighting the de-listings. Colours are allowed even though they are toxic because of a 1938 amendment to the pure Foods Act of 1901 which specifically excludes them from scrutiny. This is why they are still legal and why consumer groups have to privately go to court to prevent their use on a colour by colour basis. Note: There are ‘so called natural’ companies selling lipsticks with what they claim are annatto colours. When confronted with the fact that annatto colours are water soluble and not suitable for lipstick, these companies admit that they are precipitated with aluminium to form the neurotoxic lake’ colours’ referred to above.

from http://www.mvskincare.com.au/advice/ingred_hitlist.asp

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Iodine: Miracle Mineral

Posted by myhealthexperts on January 13, 2008

 Iodine: Pass (on)the Salt Please!

 Dr. Majid Ali, who hosts Science,. Health and Healing radio show every Monday and Tuesday on www.WBAI.org is literally a classroom on the air. Dr. Ali is the first doctor I recommend when clients ask me for such: www.MajidAli.com

Here are my Iodine Crib Notes: (from one of his shows):

Iodine acts as an:

-Anti-inflammatory (the newest theory with allot of scientific evidence on most disease states is that inflammation is the KEY!)
-anti-oxidant
-Detoxifying agent (pulls out toxic mercury, chlorine, bromide and fluoride)
-Reduces carcinogenic effects of chlorine (found in water and swimming pools)
-Anti-diabetic (via Thyroid Function)
– Immune system enhancer via Immune Cell formation and it helps form cytokines (agents that are involved in inflammation/immune response)

Back in 1894 (before big pharmaceutical companies controlled medicine) an article was published in the journal Lancet showing that iodine was useful to treat breast cancer.

Dr. Brownstein specializes in thyroid issues (energy, weight loss or gain) and tests his patients and found that over 95% of them were deficient in iodine. Many of his patients have seen 3,4 or more specialists (endocrinologists) who cannot figure out their health issues, specifically the thyroid. His research has yielded a totally different approach than most doctors use to test and treat the thyroid.

He mentions that the USRDA is totally erroneous for health, it only is the amount to prevent disease (here iodine deficiency will lead to goiter). He states that he had been taught in Medical School that there is enough iodine in salt to keep us healthy, and that supplementing with iodine is dangerous. He has discovered in his research that this is totally wrong, that there is no science to support this, and that treating patients with 100’s of times the USRDA (mg levels versus micro gram levels), mostly because most are deficient and the toxicity of our modern environment has made iodine needs increase, not decrease. Most adults need between 6-15 mg per day. That dose is many more times the RDA!!

And they find it works amazingly well. We need the 2 forms – iodine and iodide (iodine is the element and has 1 extra electron). Thyroid binds iodide, breast tissue bind to iodine. Lugol solution has both and they recommend this.

Iodine is an element in a family of elements called Halogens. Other halogens are bromide, chloride, and fluoride. Iodine is the only one we need, the others are toxic to us. Yet often our bodies are full of them since we get bromide from food(it’s added to baked goods), fluoride from toothpaste and water, and chloride from water as well. These agents replace iodine in our cells, making our bodies even more toxic, and depleted in this element. Dr. Bernstein has found that when he gives his patients 50 mg a day of iodine and tests before and after – he finds most ALL his patients are excreting in the urine toxic amounts of bromide and fluoride. Breast cancer patients have TWICE as much bromide than the rest of the people he tests.

He goes on to say that Table Salt does NOT give enough iodide, since chlorine and ferrous cyanide are used to bleach the salt, often binding the iodide and making it useless – in fact only 10% of iodide in salt is even bioavailable, but these agents reduce that amount even more. Therefore he recommends patients supplement with iodine. (again, a mix of iodine and iodide is best)

Bottom Line: If this interests you, let me know and I can point you to doctors who can work on this with you. After hearing this show, I am going to buy an Iodine Supplement (Lugol Solution), one with iodide and iodine, and for 90 days take 50 mg. per day. This; according to these doctors, is safe and non-toxic. From what I heard, if I get flu like symptoms, (a sign the iodine is pulling out allot of toxins like bromide) – I will back off the dose. Best thing is to get an ‘iodine challenge’ to measure levels of iodine in the body. Then you can see how much you need. But in general all of us need more iodine.Also – reduce exposure to toxic fluoride (toothpaste), chloride (tap water) and bromide (baked goods like breads). This is a big step too!

Read more here:

http://www.mbschachter.com/Iodine.htm

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