YOU Don’t Have to Be a Pirate to get Scurvy [and other useful info about Vitamin C]

Are you bruising easily?

Do your gums bleed?

Do you get frequent colds?

Is Asthma one of your ailments?

Are allergies an ongoing problem?

Have you had an abnormal Pap smear?

What about Cervical dysplasia?

Do you have Diabetes?

Eczema, a problem?

Gingivitis and dental problems?

Have you been diagnosed with Glaucoma ?

Do you have Hepatitis ?

High blood pressure, is it something you deal with?

Do you have episodes Hives from time to time ?

Did you know Vitamin C can help these problems?

Read on

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As most of us are aware, Vitamin C is important for proper health.

Scurvy or Vitamin C Deficiency is more common than you think.

When people have gums that bleed or easy bruising Vitamin C is the first thing to consider.

Frequent colds have been associated with low Vitamin C levels for almost a century.

Remember from history that death was the end-point in the days of the “Limeys” during the 1800’s. [along with erratic behavior and broken bones]

Between 1556 and 1857 – 114 epidemics of scurvy were reported during the winter months when fresh fruits and vegetables were not available.

This talk of Scurvy may seem antiquated and perhaps unnecessary but I assure you it is important.

Most of us are borderline low on C.

Doctors have discovered that many conditions can benefit from optimal levels of vitamin C. More on this in a minute.

It can be argued that we need around 4,000 mg Vitamin C [with rose hips] per day for optimal health.

We cannot manufacture our own vitamin C – it must be in our diets. Nearly every animal makes their own vitamin C – including dogs, cats, lions, tigers and bears.

A mule makes around 13 grams a day where a gorilla makes 4 grams or so; this means they are using that much and it gives us an idea what we need by example.

Most animals make about 30 mg per kilogram of body weight. For a person who weighs, say, 150 pounds, that adds up to about 2 grams a day. Rats, mice, and rabbits manufacture seven times that amount when under stress.

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Interesting Note:

Vitamin C is compartmentalized/”stored” in the tissues at a fairly steep gradient.

If the blood the level of vitamin C is 1, the lens of the eye has a level of 100 and the adrenal glands are at 150.

But if the blood level is only 0.1 the respective levels will be 10 and 15, a huge difference.

Each tissue has a similar gradient; as do many types of cells like white blood cells in particular but also realize that EVERY cell membrane’s optimal function relies on this gradient formation.

So, It is accurate… We do “urinate out excess water soluble vitamins”….. But, not before making stockpiles of sorts.

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Also…..

Animals that create their own Vitamin C do not have serious ALLERGIC reactions. [aka Anaphylaxis]

Scientists have been unable to induce/cause Anaphylaxis/Life threatening allergic reactions in animals that make their own vitamin C.

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How much Vitamin C is in foods?

Red chili peppers – 396mg/100gm or 3.5 ounces

Kale leaves – 186 mg /100 grams or 855 mg of vitamin C per pound

Strawberries – 59 mg / 100 grams or 271 mg per pound

Oranges – 50mg/100 grams [average orange = 200 grams]

Calf liver – 26 mg /100 grams or 119 mg per pound

Cantelope – 33mg/ 100mg or 150 mg per pound

Oysters – 30mg/ 100mg or 3.5 ounces = 1 or 2 oysters

Green onions – 32mg/ 100gm or 146mg per pound

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You can see that it is difficult to get the 1,000mg dose of vitamin C that is considered the starting point for our nutritional needs.

All serious studies use 1,000mg of vitamin C or more.

Vitamin C is 100% non-toxic – even at very high doses – Many doctors give 25,000mg of vitamin C intravenously with good results.

Various studies give tremendous results.

Here are a few excerpts to consider with associated links.

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From The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Vitamin C status and mortality in US adults Catherine M Loria, et al

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Conclusions: These data suggest that men with low serum ascorbate concentrations may have an increased risk of mortality, probably because of an increased risk of dying from cancer. In contrast, serum ascorbate concentrations were not related to mortality among women.

http://www.ajcn.org/content/72/1/139.full

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From Thorax – an International Journal of Respiratory Medicine Asthma

Association between antioxidant vitamins and asthma outcome measures: systematic review and meta-analysisS Allen, J R Britton, J A Leonardi-Bee

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Conclusions: Relatively low dietary intakes of vitamins A and C are associated with statistically significant increased odds of asthma and wheeze. Vitamin E intake does not appear to be related to asthma status.

http://thorax.bmj.com/content/64/7/610.abstract

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From the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

Blocking effect of vitamin C in exercise-induced asthma.Cohen HA, Neuman I, Nahum H.

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In 9 patients, a protective effect on exercise-induced hyperreactive airways was documented. Four of 5 patients who received ascorbic acid and documented a protective effect on EIA continued to receive ascorbic acid, 0.5 g/d, for 2 more weeks with the same protective effect.

CONCLUSIONS: The efficacy of vitamin C in preventing EIA cannot be predicted. However, vitamin C may have a protective effect on airway hyperreactivity in some patients with EIA.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9111435

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From The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Vitamin C and CataractsJacques, et al.

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Subjects taking vitamin C supplements for more than 10 years had a 77% lower risk of early lens opacities (cataracts) and 83% lower risk of moderate lens opacities.

http://www.natoph.com/cataract-studies.php [30 cataract studies]

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Vitamin C can help many conditions and ailments

Cervical dysplasiaDiabetesEczema Gingivitis Glaucoma Hepatitis High blood pressureHivesMacular degeneration Sports injuriesHerpes simplexArthritis ——————————————————–

Interesting stuff !

A few key points:

Vitamin C with rose hips includes the Bioflavonoids.

I prefer capsules over tablets and avoid chewable versions.

1,000mg twice a day is a good starting point.

I take 2,000mg twice a day [> 2 grams = limited absorption]

Vitamin C is 100% non-toxic – Bowel tolerance is the only limiting factor [loose stools]

With illness our bodies need even more vitamin C.

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And as I always say….

To achieve optimal health we need Full Spectrum Nutrition.

Around 90 nutrients are considered ESSENTIAL

These nutrients can be divided into 4 groups:

Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids [Protein] and Fats/Oils.

If Optimal Health is the goal, it is virtually impossible to get “everything you need” from foods alone.

To get full spectrum nutrition we ALL need to supplement our diets.

Supplements to consider:

1) Get a good multiple vitamin/mineral product. Versions with “Chelated” minerals are best. I also like those with some plant based vitamins.

2) Take a quality Calcium product. Look for MCHA as the calcium source and one that includes Magnesium, vitamin D and some assorted trace minerals.

3) Take Omega 3 oils. Flax oil is the best to start. Adding Krill or fish oil later [BTW – Krill oil in the container has a distinctive odor – if you place 3-4 desiccant packs in the bottle and refrigerate it, the odor is gone in 12 hours]

4) Find a good Colloidal mineral product for trace minerals. Make sure it’s from Humic shale and NOT ionic minerals. Humic shale is the “fossilized” remains of the dinosaur days. Plant based colloidal minerals are 98% absorbed.

5) Vitamin E is difficult to get in sufficient amounts from foods. I advise people to supplement with at least 400 IU per day. Natural versions are best, look for “d-tocopherol” but avoid “d-l-tocopherol”- it’s the man-made version and is only 25% usable. Look for a vitamin E with mixed tocopherols that also contains selenium.

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Do you have High Blood Pressure?

Do you have High Blood Pressure?

Is your blood pressure borderline high?

Did you have hypertension during your pregnancy?

Do you take medication for your high blood pressure?

Have you been told that hypertension is genetic?

Did you know that your diet plays a role in Hypertension?

Have you been told sodium causes high blood pressure?

Did you know that high insulin levels increase your blood pressure?

Have you heard that a low carb diet can help hypertension?

Did you know that YOUR Diet matters?

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If this topic applies to you – Read on

High Blood Pressure or Hypertension is a risk factor for stroke as well as heart disease, hardening of the arteries, kidney disease and even damage to your eyes.

As we age we are more likely to develop Hypertension.

Smoking raises your risk of high blood pressure.

Weight gain can increase blood pressure and weight loss sometimes reduces it [but not always].

High Blood pressure is considered “The Silent Killer” – most people do NOT feel their blood pressure.

Again, MOST people do not feel their blood pressure – even if you don’t feel it – it can still KILL.

Many Hypertensive patients develop Kidney disease and even require dialysis if untreated.

It is very important to regularly have your blood pressure checked and treated if it is high.

Have your blood pressure checked regularly.

Borderline high blood pressure is treated with diet and exercise.

If hypertension runs in your family – it may be because you eat alike. DIET matters.

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“While scientists debate what actually causes hypertension, one thing is clear: it is very responsive to nutrient and diet therapy.”

~ Dr Robert Akins – from the Vita-Nutrient Solution

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Is Sodium the cause of Hypertension? Yes and No.

A little background:

There are four minerals that interact to keep us alive.

Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Sodium.

Each of these mineral are vital to our bodies.

Each of these minerals have dozens of functions and purposes.

Without sodium we have a low blood pressure and brain swelling.

If potassium is lacking our hearts will stop and will cause confusion.

Magnesium deficiency causes the high blood pressure of pregnancy [pre-eclampsia]

Magnesium is needed to avoid allergies, kidney stones, muscle spasm, asthma, heart arrhythmia, and even seizures.

Besides being good for the bones, calcium prevents muscle twitching, insomnia, Road Rage, PMS as well as low back pain.

This list goes on and on……

Important factoid ; It is not the presence of sodium in our diets that causes high blood pressure – it IS the LACK of potassium as well as imbalances in calcium and magnesium levels and ratios.

“Salt Sensitivity” or the tendency to swell/”retain fluid” when exposed to salt is due to the lack of calcium in the diet.

Conversely, with proper calcium supplementation most cases of fluid retention resolve in a week or two. Potassium plays a role but a smaller one.

Sodium is Everywhere in the American diet.

Improving the sodium to potassium ratio is an important endeavor…..

Here is a paper on risks of a high Na:K ratio [sodium : potassium]

AKA – Too much sodium and not enough potassium

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http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1106080

From the Archives of Internal Medicine

Sodium and Potassium Intake and Mortality Among US Adults

Prospective Data From the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

Quanhe Yang, PhD; Tiebin Liu, MSPH, et al.

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Background: Several epidemiologic studies suggested that higher sodium and lower potassium intakes were associated with increased risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Few studies have examined joint effects of dietary sodium and potassium intake on risk of mortality.

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Methods: To investigate estimated usual intakes of sodium and potassium as well as their ratio in relation to risk of all-cause and CVD mortality, the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Linked Mortality File (1988-2006), a prospective cohort study of a nationally representative sample of 12 267 US adults, studied all-cause, cardiovascular, and ischemic heart (IHD) diseases mortality.

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Conclusion Our findings suggest that a higher sodium-potassium ratio is associated with significantly increased risk of CVD and all-cause mortality, and higher sodium intake is associated with increased total mortality in the general US population.

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As you can see, this is important stuff.

This is one case where “Eating Right” can help us get and stay healthier.

It is Simple….

Processed food tends to be low in potassium [and high in sodium]

Natural foods including fruits and vegetables tend to be richer in potassium and magnesium.

If we make an effort to eat more natural foods and avoid processed foods we will do better.

If you are not on board with fruits and veggies there are a few alternatives.

One is juicing, another is blending and there are always concentrated fruit/vegetable pills, potions and powders.

It is your choice – To be healthy or to be sick – Diet matters!!!

For the more serious supplement takers there is a long list of nutrients that have shown promise in the battle against high blood pressure.

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Here is partial list of what Dr Atkins recommends for hypertension:

Taurine : 1,500-3,000 mg

Vitamin C : 1-3 grams

Magnesium : 500-1,000 mg

Potassium aspartate : 400-800 mg

Arginine : 2-5 grams

Vitamin B6 : 100-200 mg

Inositol : 500-1,500 mg

EFA’s : 3,600-7,200 mg

CoQ10 : 100-200 mg

Choline : 1,000-1,500 mg

Carnitine 500-1,000 mg

Calcium : 750-1,500 mg

Chromium : 300-600 mcg

Natural Vitamin E : 400-800 IU

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Let me reiterate –

Visit your doctor on a regular basis and take an interest in your health.

Do not change you medication or stop taking any medication without your doctor’s direction.

You cannot feel your blood pressure get it checked regularly.

Be aware that untreated high blood pressure can kill you or cause serious health problems including strokes, kidney failure and heart failure.

Finally, your diet does affect your blood pressure – seek out healthier diet options that include foods rich in potassium and magnesium.

The EFA’s or essential fatty acids found in fish oil and flax oil can reduce blood pressure.

A lower carb diet reduces insulin levels and subsequently blood pressure.

Sugar depletes B vitamins.

Supplemental B vitamins are important to take – foods alone don’t give you optimal amounts.

Sunlight per day can reduce your risk of hypertension.

Vitamin D is made in your skin when you get sunlight.

The darker your skin the more sunlight per day you’ll need.

15-45 minutes per day is the range – from fair to dark skin, respectively – to create adequate vitamin D.

Once activated, Vitamin D increase calcium absorption by 10 times for a full 24 hours.

On the topic of calcium – do not drink dark colas – their phosphorus robs the body’s calcium.

[One 12 ounce cola contains 1 gram of phosphorus and steals 2 grams of calcium from your supply.]

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Take Home Message……….

We cannot get “Full Spectrum Nutrition” from foods alone.

We MUST to supplement our diets to get “Full Spectrum Nutrition”.

To achieve Optimal Health we need “Full Spectrum Nutrition”.

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And as I always say….

To achieve optimal health we need Full Spectrum Nutrition.

Around 90 nutrients are considered ESSENTIAL.

These nutrients can be divided into 4 groups:

Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids [Protein] and Fats/Oils.

If Optimal Health is the goal, it is virtually impossible to get “everything you need” from foods alone.

To get full spectrum nutrition we ALL need to supplement our diets.

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Supplements to consider:

1) Get a good multiple vitamin/mineral product. Versions with “Chelated” minerals are best. I also like those with some plant based vitamins.

2) Take a quality Calcium product. Look for MCHA as the calcium source and one that includes Magnesium, vitamin D and some assorted trace minerals.

3) Take Omega 3 oils. Flax oil is the best to start. Adding Krill or fish oil later [BTW – Krill oil in the container has a distinctive odor – if you place 3-4 desiccant packs in the bottle and refrigerate it, the odor is gone in 12 hours]

4) Find a good Colloidal mineral product for trace minerals. Make sure it’s from Humic shale and NOT ionic minerals. Humic shale is the “fossilized” remains of the dinosaur days. Plant based colloidal minerals are 98% absorbed.

5) Vitamin E is difficult to get in sufficient amounts from foods. I advise people to supplement with at least 400 IU per day.Natural versions are best, look for “d-tocopherol” but avoid “d-l-tocopherol”- it’s the man-made version and is only 25% usable. Look for a vitamin E with mixed tocopherols that also contains selenium.

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Increasing Longevity – Can It Be Done?

Do YOU want to live a Longer, Healthier Life?

Doesn’t Everyone?

Have you heard it’s ALL Genetic? [Not Likely]

Is Exercise the answer? [Not necessarily] 

Or Luck? [Why risk it?]

Could it be Nutritional? [More than Likely ;~]

Have you heard that Calorie Restriction [CR] increases longevity?

There is some suggestion it might.

Did You hear about the recent Monkey study?

It didn’t seem to work in Monkeys. 

A little disappointing to the CR crowd.

Confusing? Yes

Explanable? Yep

But, There is Good News !!

Read On…

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The original Calorie Restriction studies done in 1934 by Clive McCay and Mary Crowell at Cornell University.

Rats that were fed 30% fewer calories lived 50% longer than their well-fed counterparts.

Repeat – the calorie restricted animals lived 50% longer!

Exciting Stuff – Everybody wants to live longer!! [even rats]

This sounds like compelling evidence that calorie restriction increases lifespan.

However, on closer examination…

These under-fed animals were given the SAME Micronutrients as their shorter-lived counterparts. 

That is, both groups were given the same vitamins and minerals.

So, per calorie the “restricted” group had more vitamins and minerals – AKA Better Nutrition.

More on this in a minute.

A worthwhile discussion….

From the Journal Of Nutrition

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 © 2010 The American Institute of Nutrition

 Honoring Clive McCay and 75 Years of Calorie Restriction Research 

 by Roger B. McDonald 3 and Jon J. Ramsey

 A few excerpts…

 The uniqueness of McCay’s design compared with previous investigations was that retarded growth was achieved through the reduction of calories only. 

 Increased longevity by retarding growth in prior investigations had been achieved by the use of nutrient deficiency along with food restriction. 

McCay thought that nutrient deficiency together with food restriction most likely caused metabolic problems beyond limiting growth and stated: “It is doubtful if such studies…test the hypothesis [life span and retarded growth], because the two groups, separated on the basis of growth, are not homogenous. 

The slower growing group tends to include the inferior individuals that die prematurely.”

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Research investigating the effect of retarded growth on lifespan and published between 1935 and 1945 were generally consistent with McCay’s hypothesis that a reduction in energy rather than individual nutrients was the reason for increased longevity.

Although no direct comparisons of lifespan of rodents restricted in energy or nutrients were made during this time, retarded growth by feeding rats diets inadequate in B vitamins, calcium, and/or protein decreased lifespan or caused significant mortality during development.

http://jn.nutrition.org/content/140/7/1205.full

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I like this …[from above]

 ” Although no direct comparisons of lifespan of rodents restricted in energy or nutrients were made during this time, retarded growth by feeding rats diets inadequate in B vitamins, calcium, and/or protein decreased lifespan or caused significant mortality during development.”

In other words – if rats are malnourished they die younger.

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Various explanations have been put forth to explain this increase in longevity in rats.

Many studies have been done since the original research with mixed results.

Most recently a primate study showed NO Increase in Longevity in monkeys.

Let’s take a diversion into the land of “Why”.

Isn’t longevity genetic? 

“Everybody in this family or that country live to a hundred” – so it must be genetic, right?

 Not necessarily.

 Genetics play some role but there are other factors – including nutritional status.

Studies of identical twins do not support this idea. [lifespans vary widely]

Even genetically identical honey bees have varying lifespans.

As with healthiness, longevity can be traced back to nutrition.

People with better nutrition are healthier. 

People who are healthier live longer – common sense – Is it not?

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Back to the Rats…

If you read the original research carefully you’ll find a subtle but significant clue as to WHY the rats lived longer.

Divided into groups the rats were given either a normal calorie diet or a diet with 30% fewer calories. 

Both groups received the SAME micronutrients [vitamins and minerals] 

That is – Less calories WITHOUT Malnutrition – in fact they received more vitamins and minerals per calorie.

Their food was more nutrient dense.

The calorie restricted rodent lived 50% longer. 

Interesting Stuff!!

It doesn’t take much logic to see that these animals benefited from improved nutrition.

The Problem….

For the past 78 years the focus has been on the Calorie Restriction [CR] and not Nutrition.

Numerous studies have used calorie restriction while ignoring the micronutrient content of foods.

The results of these studies have been mixed – not surprising.

Let’s face it – Nutrition has been the step-child in science for too long.

Nutrition is the Answer.

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As I have stated many times before….

You cannot get Full Spectrum Nutrition from food alone.

Two thirds of our nutrients are minerals.

Our soil and farmlands have been depleted of minerals for 100 years.

Our farming methods, the use of levees/dams and subsequent lack of “new” minerals from flooding have led to this soil mineral depletion.

Adding insult to injury we have used a narrow spectrum fertilizer [NPK] that supplies only three minerals [Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium] – Remember we need around 60 minerals.

It is no surprise that illness is on the rise – more diabetes, more cancer and a list of others.

Side Note: We supplement animal feeds with minerals and vitamins. [and have done so for over 50 years]

Why? 

Because this makes them healthier [and more profitable]

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Remember….

We are designed to get our minerals from plants – not Rocks.

Plants take in “rock-like” minerals [elemental or metallic] and render them into a colloidal form – that gives a 98% absorption rate for animals where metallic minerals have a 3% absorption rate.

Plant based minerals [colloidal] = 98% absorption.

Rock based minerals like calcium carbonate or citrate have a limited absorption @ 3%. 

Tums and Caltrate contain calcium carbonate, AKA Limestone – a rock – Google it.

Another key point…..

Plants CAN make vitamins, amino acids/proteins and oils from sunlight and carbon dioxide via photosynthesis. 

Plants use this same process to make carbohydrates and sugars.

But, Plants Cannot make Minerals.

Finally….

We MUST Supplement our diets with MINERALS.

For each mineral deficiency there are, on average, 10 symptoms – learn about it.

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And as I always say….

To achieve optimal health we need Full Spectrum Nutrition.

Around 90 nutrients are considered ESSENTIAL.

These nutrients can be divided into 4 groups:

Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids [Protein] and Fats/Oils.

If Optimal Health is the goal, it is virtually impossible to get “everything you need” from foods alone.

To get full spectrum nutrition we ALL need to supplement our diets.

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Supplements to consider:

1) Get a good multiple vitamin/mineral product. Versions with “Chelated” minerals are best. I also like those with some plant based vitamins.

 2) Take a quality Calcium product. Look for MCHA as the calcium source and one that includes Magnesium, vitamin D and some assorted trace minerals.

3) Take Omega 3 oils. Flax oil is the best to start. Adding a quality Fish oil is a good idea [giving EPA and DHA]

4) Find a good Colloidal mineral product for trace minerals. Make sure it’s from Humic shale and NOT ionic minerals. Humic shale is the “fossilized” remains of the dinosaur days. Plant based colloidal minerals are 98% absorbed.

5) Vitamin E is difficult to get in sufficient amounts from foods. I advise people to supplement with at least 400 IU per day.Natural versions are best, look for “d-tocopherol” but avoid “d-l-tocopherol”- it’s the man-made version and is only 25% usable. Look for a vitamin E with mixed tocopherols that also contains selenium.

6) Try to find a Glucosamine Chondroitin and MSM product [bovine source is best] to protect your joints.

7)) Consider taking extra Vitamin C [products with rose hips also contain the Bioflavonoids from the natural C family]. I prefer capsules over tablets. Chewable versions can mottle teeth – not good.

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Senate Document 264

 
MODERN MIRACLE MEN

 
DR. CHARLES NORTHEN, WHO BUILDS HEALTH FROM THE GROUND UP 
 
    This quiet, unballyhooed pioneer and genius in the field of nutrition demonstrates that countless human ills stem from the fact that impoverished soil of America no longer provides plant foods with the mineral elements essential to human nourishment and health! To overcome this alarming condition, he doctors sick soils and, by seeming miracles, raises truly healthy and health-giving fruits and vegetables. 
 
By Rex Beach 
 
[EDITORS NOTE: Keep in mind, the opening statement above and the text that follows, Senate Document 264, was written by Rex Beach in 1936 and submitted as part of a Congressional investigation into our farming practices because of concern about the quality of our farm and range soils. The leading authorities of the day had been sounding the alarm that depleted soils were causing a significant decline in the nation’s health and a statistical and steady increase in the incidence of degenerative diseases throughout our society. When Congress saw the price tag on repairing the nation’s farm and range soils, they got “sticker shock,” and swept their own investigation under the carpet. This document is reproduced in its entirety, a copy of which was obtained from the United States Government Printing Office in Washington, DC. Only editorial comment has been added, and in some cases, italics have been added for emphasis. All editorial comment is clearly marked within brackets.] 
 
               Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until the depleted soils from which our foods come are brought into proper mineral balance? 
      
The alarming fact is that foods, fruits and vegetables and grains, now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain enough of certain needed minerals, are starving us – no matter how much of them we eat! 
    
This talk about minerals is novel and quite startling. In fact, a realization of the importance of minerals in food is so new that the textbooks on nutritional dietetics contain very little about it. Nevertheless, it is something that concerns all of us, and the further we delve into it the more startling it becomes. 
     
You would think, wouldn’t you, that a carrot is a carrot – that one is about as good as another as far as nourishment is concerned? But it isn’t; one carrot may look and taste like another and yet be lacking in the particular mineral element which our system requires and which carrots are supposed to contain. Laboratory tests prove that the fruits, the vegetables, the grains, the eggs, and even the milk and the meats of today are not what they were a few generations ago (which doubtless explains why our forefathers thrived on a selection of foods that would starve us!). No man of today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his system with the mineral salts he requires for perfect health, because his stomach isn’t big enough to hold them! And we are running to big stomachs. 
       
No longer does a balanced and fully nourishing diet consist merely of so many calories or certain vitamins or a fixed proportion of starches, proteins, or carbohydrates. We now know that it must contain, in addition, something like a score of mineral salts. 
               It is bad news to learn from our leading authorities that 99 percent of the American people are deficient in these minerals, and that a marked deficiency in any one or more of the important minerals actually results in disease. Any upset of the balance, any considerable lack of one or another element, however microscopic the body requirement may be, and we sicken, suffer, shorten our lives. 
 
      “It is bad news to learn from our leading authorities that 
       
       99 percent of the American people are deficient in these 
       
       minerals………. a marked deficiency in any one or more
 
        of the important minerals actually results in disease. ”
 
                   This discovery is one of the latest and most important contributions of science to the problem of human health. 
   So far as the records go, the first man in the field of research, the first to demonstrate that most human foods of our day are poor in minerals and that their proportions are not balanced, was Dr. Charles Northen, an Alabama physician now living in Orlando, Florida. His discoveries and achievements are of enormous importance to mankind. 
   
Following a wide experience in general practice, Dr. Northen specialized in stomach diseases and nutritional disorders. Later he moved to New York and made extensive studies along this line, in conjunction with a famous French scientist from the Sorbonne. In the course of that work, he convinced himself that there was little authentic, definite information on the chemistry of foods and that no dependence could be placed on existing data. 
                He asked himself how foods could be used intelligently in the treatment of disease, when they differed so widely in content. The answer seemed to be that they could not be used intelligently. In establishing the fact that serious deficiencies existed and in searching out the reasons therefore, he made an extensive study of the soil. It was he who first voiced the surprising assertion that we must make soil building the basis of food building in order to accomplish human building. 
   
“Bear in mind,” says Dr. Northen, “that minerals are vital to human metabolism and health – and that no plant or animal can appropriate to itself any mineral which is not present in the soil upon which it feeds. 
               
“When I first made this statement I was ridiculed, for up to that time, people had paid little attention to food deficiencies and even less to soil deficiencies. Men eminent in medicine denied there was any such thing as vegetables and fruits that did not contain sufficient minerals for human needs. Eminent agricultural authorities insisted that all soil contained all the necessary minerals. They reasoned that plants take what they need, 
and that is the function of the human body to appropriate what it requires. Failure to do so, they said, was a symptom of disorder. 
             
“Bear in mind,” says Dr. Northen, “that minerals are vital to human 
 
metabolism and health – and that no plant or animal can 
 
appropriate to itself [that is, manufacture, create or make from nothing] any mineral 
 
which is not present in the soil upon which it feeds.” 
                   
“Some of our respected authorities even claimed that the so-called secondary minerals played no part whatever in human health. It is only recently that such men as Dr. McCollum of Johns Hopkins, Dr. Mendel of Yale, Dr. Sherman of Columbia, Dr.Lipman of Rutgers, and Drs. H.G. Knight and Oswald Schreiner of the Untied States Department of Agriculture have agreed that these minerals are essential to plant, animal, and human feeding. 
 
               “We know that vitamins are complex chemical substances which are indispensable to nutrition, and that each of them is of importance for the normal function of some special structure of the body. Disorder and disease result from any vitamin deficiency. 
     
“It is not commonly realized, however, that vitamins control the body’s 
appropriation of minerals, and in the absence of minerals they have no function to perform. Lacking vitamins, the system can make some use of minerals, but lacking minerals, vitamins are useless. 
             
“Neither does the layman realize that there may be a pronounced difference in 
both foods and soils – to him one vegetable, one glass of milk, or one egg is about the same as another. Dirt is dirt, too, and he assumes that by adding a little fertilizer to it, a satisfactory vegetable or fruit can be grown. 
 
Lacking vitamins, the system can make some use of minerals,
 
but lacking minerals, vitamins are useless. 
             
    
“The truth is that our foods vary enormously in value, and some of them aren’t worth eating as food. For example, vegetation grown in one part of the country   may  assay 1,1 00 parts per billion of iodine, as against 20 in that grown elsewhere. Processed milk has run anywhere from 362 parts per million of iodine and 127 of iron, down to nothing. 
 
“Some of our lands, even in a virgin state, never were well balanced in mineral content, and unhappily for us, we have been systematically robbing the poor soils and the good soils alike of the very substances necessary to health, growth, long life, and resistance to disease. Up to the time I began experimenting, almost nothing had been done to make good the theft. 
    
“The more I studied nutritional problems and the effects of mineral deficiencies upon disease, the more plainly I saw that here lay the most direct approach to better health, and the more important it became in my mind to find a method of restoring those missing minerals to our foods. 
 
“Some of our lands, even in a virgin state, never were
 
well balanced in mineral content, and unhappily for us,
 
we have been systematically robbing the poor soils and 
 
the good soils alike of the very substances necessary to 
 
health, growth, long life, and resistance to disease.”
     
“The subject interested me so profoundly that I retired from active medical practice and for a good many years now I have devoted myself to it. It’s a fascinating subject, for it goes to the heart of human betterment.” 
       
The results obtained by Dr. Northen are outstanding. By putting back into the foods the stuff that foods are made of, he has proved himself to be a real miracle man of medicine, for he has opened up the shortest and most rational route to better health. 
       
He showed first that it should be done, and then that it could be done. 
 
He doubled and redoubled the natural mineral content of fruits and vegetables.    
 
He improved the quality of milk by increasing the iron and the iodine in it. 
 
He caused hens to lay eggs richer in the vital elements. 
 
By scientific soil feeding, he raised better seed potatoes in Maine, better grapes in California, better oranges in Florida and better field crops in other states. (By “better” is meant not only improvement in food value but also an increase in quality and quantity.)
     
Before going further into the results he has obtained, let’s see just what is involved in this matter of “mineral deficiencies,” what it may mean to our health, and how it may affect the growth and development, both mental and physical, of our children. 
     
We know that rats, guinea pigs and other animals can be fed into a diseased condition and out again by controlling only the minerals in their food. 
      
A 10-year test with rats proved that by withholding calcium they can be bred down to a third the size of those fed with an adequate amount of that mineral. Their intelligence, too, can be controlled by mineral feeding as readily as can their size, their bony structure, and their general health. 
     
Place a number of these little animals inside a maze after starving some of them in a certain mineral element. The starved ones will be unable to find their way out, whereas the others will have little or no difficulty in getting out. Their dispositions can be altered by mineral feeding. They can be made quarrelsome and belligerent; they can even be turned into cannibals and be made to devour each other. 
     
A cage full of normal rats will live in amity. Restrict their calcium and they will become irritable and draw apart from one another. Then they will begin to fight. Restore their calcium balance and they will grow more friendly; in time they will begin to sleep in a pile as before. 
 
“ They [rats] can be made quarrelsome and belligerent ;  they can even be 
 
             turned into cannibals and be made to devour each other…..
 
Restore their calcium balance and they will grow
 
more friendly; in time they will begin to sleep in a pile as before.”
 
            Many backward children are “stupid” merely because they are deficient in magnesia [magnesium]. 
            We punish them for our failure to feed them properly. [Remember, this is in the 1930’s]
          
Certainly our physical well-being is more directly dependent upon the minerals we take into our systems then upon calories or vitamins or upon the precise proportions of starch, protein, or carbohydrates we consume. 
    
It is now agreed that at least 16 mineral elements are indispensable for normal nutrition, and several more are always found in small amounts in the body, although their precise physiological role has not been determined. Of the 16 indispensable salts, calcium, phosphorus and iron are perhaps the most important. 
 
[EDITORS NOTE: Today (2002), many nutritionists, scientists and health care professionals insist that as many as 60 minerals (including trace minerals) are essential to achieving and maintaining optimal health, longevity and resistance to disease. Some of the most convincing evidence on the essentiality of plant derived minerals has come from research conducted by the Department of Agriculture and from veterinary science.]
 
Calcium is the most dominant nerve controller; it powerfully affects the cell formation of all living things and regulates nerve action. It governs contractility of the muscles and the rhythmic beat of the heart. It also coordinates the other mineral  elements and corrects disturbances made by them. It works only-in sunlight. Vitamin D is its buddy. 
   
Dr. Sherman of Columbia asserts that 50 percent of the American people are starving for calcium. A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association stated that out of 4,000 cases in New York Hospital, only 2 were not suffering from a lack of calcium. 
    
What does such a deficiency mean? How would it affect your health or mine? So many morbid conditions and actual diseases may result that it is almost hopeless to  catalog them. Included in the list are rickets, bony deformities, bad teeth, nervous disorders, reduced resistance to other diseases, fatigability, and behavior disturbances such as incorrigibility, assaultiveness and nonadaptability. 
    
Here’s one specific example: The soil around a certain Midwest city is poor in calcium. Three hundred children in this community were examined and nearly 90 percent had bad teeth, swollen glands, enlarged or diseased tonsils. More than one-third had defective vision, round shoulders, bowlegs and anemia. 
 
Calcium and phosphorus appear to pull in double harness. A child requires as much per day as two grown men, but studies indicate a common deficiency of one or the other as the cause of serious losses to the farmers, and when the soil is poor in phosphorous their animals become bone-chewers. Dr. McCollum says that when there are enough phosphates in the blood there can be no dental decay. 
 
“ A child requires as much per day [of calcium] as two grown men……”
 
            Iron is an essential constituent of the oxygen-carrying pigment of the blood: iron starvation results in anemia, and yet iron cannot be assimilated unless some copper is contained in the diet. In Florida, many cattle die from an obscure disease called “salt sickness.” It has been found to arise from a lack of iron and copper in the soil and hence the grass. A man may starve for want of these elements just as a beef “critter” starves. 
     
If iodine is not present in our foods the function of the thyroid gland is disturbed and goiter afflicts us. The human body requires only fourteen-thousandths of a milligram daily, yet we have a distinct “goiter belt ” in the Great Lakes section, and in parts of the Northwest the soil is so poor in iodine that the disease is common. [We began putting iodine in salt in 1924, in areas of Michigan the rate of goiter had reached 47%]
 
“If iodine is not present in our foods the function 
 
of the thyroid gland is disturbed [low thyroid/fatigue/
 
decreased body temperature] and goiter afflicts us.”
 
So it goes, down through the list, each mineral element playing a definite role in nutrition. A characteristic set of symptoms, just as specific as any vitamin-deficiency disease, follows a deficiency in any one of them. It is alarming, therefore, to face the fact that we are starving for these precious, health-giving substances. 
    
Very well, you say, if our foods are poor in the mineral salts they are supposed to contain, why not resort to dosing? 
 
[EDITOR’S NOTE: “Dosing” is the author’s term for “supplementing” with elemental or metallic minerals, and further refers to mineral supplements as drugs in the text below. These were the days before the development of chelated minerals, and only a little was known about colloidal or plant derived organically bound minerals, easily obtained from humic shale.] 
 
That is precisely what is being done, or being attempted. However, those who should know assert that the human system cannot appropriate those elements to the best advantage in any but the food form. At best, only a part of them in the form of drugs can be utilized by the body, and certain dietitians go so far as to say it is a waste of effort to fool with them. Calcium, for instance, cannot be supplied in any form of medication with lasting effect. 
    
But there is a more potent reason why the curing of diet deficiencies by drugging hasn’t worked out so well. Consider those 16 indispensable elements and those others which presumably perform some obscure function as yet understood. Aside from calcium and phosphorous, they are needed only in infinitesimal quantities, and the activity of one may be dependent upon the presence of another. To determine the precise requirements of each individual case and to attempt to weigh it out on a druggist’s scale would appear hopeless. 
     
It is a problem and a serious one. But here is the hopeful side of the picture: Nature can and will solve it if she is encouraged to do so. The minerals in fruit and vegetables are colloidal; i.e. they are in a state of such extremely fine suspension that they can be assimilated by the human system: It is merely a question of giving back to nature the materials with which she works. 
    
We must rebuild our soils: Put back the minerals we have taken out. That sounds difficult but it isn’t. Neither is it expensive. Therein lies the short cut to better health and longer life. 
              
“The minerals in fruit and vegetables are colloidal [note the use of this term] 
 
i.e. they are in a state of such extremely fine suspension
 
that they can be assimilated by the human system…”
 
            When Dr. Northen first asserted that many foods were lacking in mineral content and that this deficiency was due solely to an absence of those elements in the soil, his findings were challenged and he was called a crank. But differences of opinion in the medical profession are not uncommon – it was only 60 years ago that the Medical Society of Boston passed a resolution commending the use of bathtubs – and he persisted in his assertion that inasmuch as foods did not contain what they were supposed to contain, no physician could with certainty prescribe a diet to overcome physical ills. 
 
 
“But differences of opinion in the medical profession are not uncommon –
 
it was only 60 years ago that the Medical Society of Boston passed
 
a resolution commending the use of bathtubs.”   [written in the 1930’s!]
 
           He showed that the textbooks are not dependable because many of the analyses 
in them were made many years ago, perhaps from products raised in virgin soils, whereas our soils have been constantly depleted. Soil analyses, he pointed out, reflect only the content of samples. One analysis may be entirely different from another made ten miles away. 
            “And so what?” came the query. 
    
Dr. Northen undertook to demonstrate that something could be done about it. By re-establishing a proper soil balance he actually grew crops that contained an ample amount of desired minerals. 
    
This was incredible. It was contrary to the books and it upset everything connected with diet practice. The scoffers began to pay attention to him. Recently, the Southern Medical Association, realizing the hopelessness of trying to remedy nutritional deficiencies without positive factors to work with, recommended a careful study to determine the real mineral content of foodstuffs and the variations due to soil depletion in different localities. These progressive medical men are awake to the importance of prevention. 
 
[EDITOR’S NOTE: Those “progressive medical men” were about to get nudged into obscurity by the “age of antibiotics” and an ever growing popular belief that we could find a drug for every ailment. Preventative medicine took a back seat to pharmaceutical politics.] 
     
Dr. Northern went even further and proved that crops grown in a properly mineralized soil were bigger and better; that seeds germinated quicker, grew more rapidly and made larger plants; that trees were healthier and put on more fruit of better quality. 
 
By increasing the mineral content of citrus fruit he likewise improved its texture, its appearance and its flavor. 
 
He experimented with a variety of growing things, and in every case the story was the same. By mineralizing the feed at poultry farms, he got more and better eggs; by balancing pasture soils, he produced richer milk. Persistently he hammered home to farmers, to doctors, and to the general public the thought that life depends upon the minerals! 
      
His work led him into a careful study of the effects of climate, sunlight, ultraviolet and thermal rays upon plant, animal and human hygiene. In consequence he moved to Florida. People familiar with his work consider him the most valuable man in the state. I met him by reason of the fact that I was harassed by certain soil problems on my Florida farm which had baffled the best chemists and fertilizer experts available. 
            He is an elderly, retiring man, with a warm smile and an engaging personality. He is a trifle shy until he opens up on his pet topic; then his difference disappears and he speaks with authority. His mind is a storehouse crammed with precise, scientific data about soil and food chemistry, the complicated life processes of plants, animals, and human beings – and the effect of malnutrition upon all three. He is perhaps as close to the secret of life as any man anywhere. 
           
“Do you call yourself a soil a or a food chemist?” I inquired. 
              
“Neither. I am an M.D. My works lie in the field of biochemistry and nutrition. I gave up medicine because this is a wider and a more important work. Sick soils mean sick plants, sick animals, and sick people. Physical, mental, and moral fitness depends largely upon an ample supply and a proper proportion of the minerals in our foods. Nerve function, nerve stability, nerve cell-building likewise depend thereon. I’m really a doctor of sick soils.” 
      
“Do you mean to imply that the vegetables I’m raising on my farm 
are sick?” I asked. 
      
“Precisely! They’re as weak and undernourished as anemic children. They’re not much good as food. Look at the pests and the diseases that plague them. Insecticides cost farmers nearly as much as fertilizer these days. 
    
  “A healthy plant, however, grown in soil properly balanced, can and will resist most insect pests. That very characteristic makes it a better food product. You have tuberculosis and pneumonia germs in your system but you’re strong enough to throw 
them off. Similarly, a really healthy plant will pretty nearly take care of itself in the battle against insects and blights  and will also give the human system what it requires.” 
      
“Good heavens! Do you realize what that means to agriculture?” 
      
“Perfectly. Enormous savings. Better crops. Lowered living costs to the rest of us. But I’m not so much interested in agriculture as in health.” 
       
“It sounds beautifully theoretical and utterly impractical to me,” I told the doctor, whereupon
he gave me some of his case records. 
      
For instance, in an orange grove infested with scale, when he restored the mineral balance to part of the soil, the trees growing in that part became clean while the rest remained diseased. By the same means he had grown healthy rosebushes between rows that were riddled by insects. 
      
He has grown tomato and cucumber plants, both healthy and diseased, where the vines intertwined. The bugs ate up the diseased and refused to touch the healthy plants! He showed me interesting analyses of citrus fruits the chemistry and the food value of which accurately reflected the soil treatment the trees had received. 
 
 
“He has grown tomato and cucumber plants, both healthy 
 
and diseased, where the vines intertwined. The bugs ate up the
 
diseased and refused to touch the healthy plants!”
 
[ with  mineral rich soil pesticide wasn’t necessary]
      
 
There is no space here to go fully into Dr. Northen’s work but it is of such importance as to rank with that of Burbank, the plant wizard, and with that of our famous physiologists and nutritional experts. 
     
“Healthy plants mean healthy people,” said he. “We can’t raise a strong race on a weak soil. Why don’t you try mending the deficiencies on your farm and growing more minerals into your crop?”. 
       
I did try and I succeeded. I was planting a large acreage of celery and under Dr. Northen’s direction I fed minerals into certain blocks of land in varying amounts. When the plants from this soil were mature I had them analyzed, along with celery from other parts of the state. It was the most careful and comprehensive study of the kind ever made, and it included over 250 separate chemical determinations. I was amazed to learn that my celery had more than twice the mineral content of the best grown elsewhere. Furthermore, it kept much better, with and without refrigeration, proving that the cell structure was sounder. 
    
In 1927, Mr. W.W. Kincaid, a “gentleman farmer” of Niagara Falls, heard an address by Dr. Northen and was so impressed that he began extensive experiments in the mineral feeding of plants and animals. The results he has accomplished are conspicuous. He set himself the task of increasing the iodine in the milk from his dairy herd. He has succeeded in adding both iodine and iron so liberally that one glass of his milk contains all of these minerals that an adult male requires for a day. 
       
Is this significant? Listen to these incredible figures taken from a bulletin of the South Carolina Food Research Commission: “In many sections three out of five persons have goiter and a recent estimate states that 30 million people in the United States suffer from it.” 
              Foods rich in iodine are of the greatest importance to these sufferers. 
        
Mr. Kincaid took a brown Swiss heifer calf which was dropped in the stockyards, and by raising her on mineralized pasturage and a properly balanced diet made her the third all-time champion of her breed! In one season she gave 21,924 pounds of milk. He raised her butterfat production to 410 pounds in I year to 1,037 pounds. Results like these are of incalculable importance. 
       
Others besides Mr. Kincaid are following the trail Dr. Northen blazed. Similar experiments with milk have been made in Illinois and nearly every fertilizer company is beginning to urge use of the rare mineral elements. As an example I quote from statements of a subsidiary of one of the leading copper companies: 
       
Many states show a marked reduction in the productive capacity of the soil … in many districts amounting to a 25 to 50 percent reduction in the last 50 years … Some areas show a tenfold variation in calcium. Some show a sixty-fold variation in phosphorous… Authorities … see soil depletion, barren livestock, increased human death rate due to heart disease, deformities, arthritis, increased dental caries, all due to lack of essential minerals in plant foods. 
        
“It is neither a complicated nor an expensive undertaking to restore our soils to balance and thereby work a real miracle in the control of disease,” says Dr. Northern. “As a matter of fact, it’s a money-making move for the farmer, and any competent soil chemist can tell him how to proceed.
        
“First determine by analysis the precise chemistry of any given soil, then correct the deficiencies by putting down enough of the missing elements to restore its balance. The same care should be used as in prescribing for a sick patient, for proportions are of vital importance. 
        
“In my early experiments I found it extremely difficult to get the variety of minerals needed in the form in which I wanted to use them but advancement in chemistry, and especially our ever-increasing knowledge of colloidal chemistry, has solved that difficulty. It is now possible, by the use of minerals in colloidal form, to prescribe a cheap and effective system of soil correction which meets this vital need and one which fits in admirably with nature’s plans. 
       
“Soils seriously deficient in minerals cannot produce plant life competent to maintain our needs, and with the continuous cropping and shipping away of those concentrates, the condition becomes worse.” 
       
A famous nutrition authority recently said, “One sure way to end the American people’s susceptibility to infection is to supply through food a balanced ration of iron, copper, and other metals. An organism supplied with a diet adequate to, or preferably in excess of, all mineral requirements may so utilize these elements as to produce immunity from infection quite beyond anything we are able to produce artificially by our present method of immunization. You can’t make up the deficiency by using patent medicine.” 
      
He’s absolutely right. Prevention of disease is easier, more practical, and more economical than cure, but not until foods are standardized on a basis of what they contain instead of what they look like can the dietitian prescribe them with intelligence and with effect. 
       There was a time when medical therapy had no standards because the therapeutic elements in drugs had not been definitely determined on a chemical basis. Pharmaceutical houses have charged all that. Food chemistry, on the other hand, has depended almost entirely upon governmental agencies for its research, and in our real knowledge of values we are about where medicine was a century ago. 
          Disease preys most surely and most viciously on the undernourished and unfit plants, animals, and human beings alike, and when the importance of these obscure mineral elements is fully realized the chemistry of life will have to be written. No man knows his mental or bodily capacity, how well he can feel or how long he can live, for we are all cripples and weaklings. It is a disgrace to science. Happily, that chemistry is  being rewritten and we’re on our way to better health by returning to the soil the things we have stolen from it. 
 
                  “Disease preys most surely and most viciously on the 
 
           undernourished and unfit plants, animals, and human beings alike,
 
  and when the importance of these obscure mineral elements is fully 
 
  realized the chemistry of life will have to be written.”
 
            The public can help; it can hasten the change. How? By demanding quality of food. By insisting that our doctors and our health departments establish scientific standards of nutritional value. 
              The growers will quickly respond. They can put back those minerals almost overnight and by doing so they can actually make money through bigger and better crops. 
       It is simpler to cure sick soils than sick people – which shall we choose? 
 
[EDITOR’S NOTE: It would seem that what we chose instead was NPK, the common commercial fertilizer still used today and consisting of three minerals, nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus–the only three necessary to make a plant look like a plant–three out of 60 essentials minerals. The inevitable result is the ever escalating incidence of chronic and degenerative disease, poor resistance to infectious disease, the highest incidence of birth defects of the 32 industrialized nations, and a life expectancy of about half of what the scientists tell us is our potential longevity, but only if we get the raw materials that our bodies need. That means minerals, and America’s farmlands have been mined dry.]

Do YOU eat Eggs?

You Should

Did you know that Eggs supply the “essential” nutrient Choline?

Important for Brain function

Did you know that Eggs supply the most absorbable protein?

One egg contains 6 grams of protein and only 70 calories!!

Did you know that eggs help you lose weight?

Egg eaters vs Bagel eaters – Egg eaters lose more weight

Did you know that egg yolks color come from lutein and
zeaxanthin [both are carotenoids]?

Carotenoids reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.

The fat in eggs improve lutein and zeaxanthin absorption.

Do you know the nutrients found in eggs?

B12, Vitamins A, E and D are found in egg yolks.

Are YOU unsure if eating EGGS is Ok or even Good for you?

Let’s review what the Experts say…..

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News from Harvard Health

Egg Nutrition and Heart Disease : Eggs aren’t the dietary demons they’re cracked up to be

JULY 2006

Common misconceptions keep many people, especially those worried about heart disease, from eating eggs. The July issue of the Harvard Heart Letter unscrambles the dietary facts and myths about the egg.

Fact: Eggs are a good source of nutrients. One egg contains 6 grams of protein and some healthful unsaturated fats.

Fact: Eggs are also a good source of choline, which has been linked with preserving memory, and lutein and zeaxanthin, which may protect against vision loss.

Fact: Eggs have a lot of cholesterol. The average large egg contains 212 milligrams of cholesterol. As foods go, that’s quite a bit, rivaled only by single servings of liver, shrimp, and duck meat.

Myth: All that cholesterol goes straight to your bloodstream and then into your arteries. Not so. For most people, only a small amount of the cholesterol in food passes into the blood. Saturated and trans fats have much bigger effects on blood cholesterol levels.

Myth: Eating eggs is bad for your heart. The only large study to look at the impact of egg consumption on heart disease—not on cholesterol levels or other intermediaries—found no connection between the two.

In people with diabetes, though, egg-a-day eaters were a bit more likely to have developed heart disease than those who rarely ate eggs.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/egg-nutrition

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From About.com Guide

Eggs Really ARE Incredible!

Egg Nutrition and Cooking
By Laura Dolson,
Updated March 27, 2009

Excerpts
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Eggs have lots of vitamins. They are rich in the B vitamin family, and also contribute vitamins A and D.

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In particular, egg yolks are one of the greatest sources of riboflavin, B12, and choline, which may well not only help developing brains in utero, but protect us from age-related memory loss.

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In the mineral department, eggs are especially rich in selenium.

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Eggs are also abundant in lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids which protect our eyes from macular degeneration, among other benefits.

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And the lutein in eggs seems to be better absorbed than when it comes from vegetable sources.

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Almost all these nutrients are in the yolk of the egg.

http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/nutrition/a/eggs.htm

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From….

Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care

Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2012 Mar;15(2):117-21.

Rethinking dietary cholesterol.
Fernandez ML.

Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut 06269, USA. maria-luz.fernandez@uconn.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:
The perceived notion that dietary cholesterol is associated with increased risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) has led to dietary recommendations of no more than 300 mg/day for healthy populations in the USA.

This study will review the recent evidence that challenges the current dietary restrictions regarding cholesterol while it presents some beneficial effects of eggs (an icon for dietary cholesterol) in healthy individuals.

RECENT FINDINGS:
The European countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Korea and India among others do not have an upper limit forcholesterol intake in their dietary guidelines.

Further, existing epidemiological data have clearly demonstrated that dietary cholesterol is not correlated with increased risk for CHD.

Although numerous clinical studies have shown that dietary cholesterol challenges may increase plasma LDL cholesterolin certain individuals, who are more sensitive to dietary cholesterol (about one-quarter of the population), HDL cholesterol also rises resulting in the maintenance of the LDL/HDL cholesterol ratio, a key marker of CHD risk.

SUMMARY:
The lines of evidence coming from current epidemiological studies and from clinical interventions utilizing different types of cholesterol challenges support the notion that the recommendations limiting dietary cholesterol should be reconsidered.

 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22037012  

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From the Journal of Food & Function – Linking the chemistry and physics of food with health and nutrition

Food Funct. 2010 Nov;1(2):156-60. Epub 2010 Oct 19.

Effects of eggs on plasma lipoproteins in healthy populations.
Fernandez ML.

A Few Excerpts…

Extensive research has not clearly established a link between egg consumption and risk for coronary heart disease.

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It is also important to note that 75% of the population experiences a mild increase or no alterations in plasma cholesterol concentrations when challenged with high amounts of dietary cholesterol (normal responders and hypo-responders).

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Egg intake has been shown to promote the formation of large LDL and HDL subclasses in addition to shifting individuals from the LDL pattern B to pattern A, which is less atherogenic.

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We need to acknowledge that diverse healthy populations experience no risk in developing coronary heart disease by increasing their intake of cholesterol but in contrast, they may have multiple beneficial effects by the inclusion of eggs in their regular diet.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21776466

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From the Journal of the American College of Nutrition

The LDL to HDL Cholesterol Ratio as a Valuable Tool to Evaluate Coronary Heart Disease Risk.
Fernandez ML and Webb D.

A few Excerpts

What the Numbers Reveal

Studies have looked at the effect of egg consumption on blood cholesterol levels and have found a small impact.

This is important because newer research has identified the LDL:HDL ratio (“good” cholesterol to “bad” cholesterol) and the Total:HDL ratio (the sum of all cholesterol components to “good” cholesterol) to be better indicators of heart disease risk than either indicator alone.

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A review of more than 30 studies published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition in 2008 argues that the LDL:HDL ratio is a much better indicator of heart disease risk than either indicator alone because the ratio reflects the “two-way traffic” of cholesterol entering and leaving the blood system.

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The Journal of Nutrition published a study in 2008 that found that overweight men who ate eggs while on a carbohydrate-restricted diet have a significant increase in their HDL levels (the “good” cholesterol) compared to men who did not eat eggs.

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A 2008 study from the journal Ateriosclerosis, Thrombosis, Vascular Biology found low HDL is associated with poor memory and a decline in memory in middle-aged adults.

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From the Journal of Nutrition

Maintenance of the LDL cholesterol: HDL cholesterol ratio in an elderly population given a dietary cholesterol challenge.
Greene CM, et al.

In 2005 researchers at the University of Connecticut found that healthy, elderly adults who ate three eggs a day for one month did not experience an increase to their LDL:HDL ratio or to their Total:HDL ratio, which are two major indicators for heart disease risk.

J Nutr. 2005; 135:2799-2804.

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Take home message……

Eggs are very nutritious and good for you !!

Eggs do contain cholesterol, however eggs do not increase blood cholesterol in a meaningful way.

Eggs actually increase the good cholesterol, HDL , while they raise LDL [bad cholesterol] only slightly.

Your LDL to HDL ratio is more important than Total Cholesterol.

HDL protects the heart – eggs raise HDL numbers.

Eating two eggs per day will improve your hormone levels.

Men who eat two eggs per day have higher testosterone levels.

Eggs are one of the best food sources of choline.

Choline is in the B vitamin family. [part of the B Complex]

Choline is an “essential” nutrient – it must be in the diet.

Acetylcholine is made from choline.

Choline is necessary for Brain function [acetyl-choline]

Acetylcholine is the most common neurotransmitter in the body.

Kids are healthier with adequate dietary choline.

There is a link between acetylcholine and Alzheimer’s disease.

There is a 90% loss of acetylcholine in the brains of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, a major cause of senility.

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Egg Eating Tips

Add cheese to scrambled eggs – I like Mexican shredded cheese

Cook your eggs in butter – never margarine [“Trans-Fats” are BAD]

Boil eggs for the week – For convenience and deliciousness.

If you microwave eggs…..remove from shell.

Eggs will EXPLODE in the shell in the microwave!!!

The “date” on eggs refers to freshness and potency of nutrients, not food safety.

Eat two eggs per day.

If you are active eat more [I eat 4-6 eggs per day].

Eat the YOLK – where the nutrition is primarily located.

Egg whites should NOT be eaten raw.

Raw egg whites will block absorption on Biotin [hair loss, oily hair and fine skin rashes are seen in Biotin deficiency]

Raw egg yolks do not inhibit Biotin absorption.

Raw egg yolks are found in Caesar salad dressing, smoothies, real food protein shakes, mayonnaise , ice cream and egg nog as well as cookie dough.

There is a very small risk of infection from eating raw egg yolks,
Do so at your own risk.

[I add 2-3 egg yolks to my morning protein shake]

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And as I always say….

To achieve optimal health we need Full Spectrum Nutrition.

Around 90 nutrients are considered ESSENTIAL.

These nutrients can be divided into 4 groups:

Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids [Protein] and Fats/Oils.

If Optimal Health is the goal, it is virtually impossible to get “everything you need” from foods alone.

To get full spectrum nutrition we ALL need to supplement our diets.

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Supplements to consider:

1) Get a good multiple vitamin/mineral product. Versions with “Chelated” minerals are best. I also like those with some plant based vitamins.

2) Take a quality Calcium product. Look for MCHA as the calcium source and one that includes Magnesium, vitamin D and some assorted trace minerals.

3) Take Omega 3 oils. Flax oil is the best to start. Adding Krill or fish oil later [BTW – Krill oil in the container has a distinctive odor – if you place 3-4 desiccant packs in the bottle and refrigerate it, the odor is gone in 12 hours]

4) Find a good Colloidal mineral product for trace minerals. Make sure it’s from Humic shale and NOT ionic minerals. Humic shale is the “fossilized” remains of the dinosaur days. Plant based colloidal minerals are 98% absorbed.

5) Vitamin E is difficult to get in sufficient amounts from foods. I advise people to supplement with at least 400 IU per day.
Natural versions are best, look for “d-tocopherol” but avoid “d-l-tocopherol”- it’s the man-made version and is only 25% usable. Look for a vitamin E with mixed tocopherols that also contains selenium.

6) Try to find a Glucosamine Chondroitin and MSM product [bovine source is best] to protect your joints.

7)) Consider taking extra Vitamin C [products with rose hips also contain the Bioflavonoids from the natural C family]. I prefer capsules over tablets. Chewable versions can mottle teeth – not good.

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Do you Have a Nagging Sports Injury?

Do you have a painful shoulder?

Do your wrists hurt?

Carpal tunnel syndrome an issue?

Have you pulled a muscle?

What about tendonitis, does it come and go?

Is Tennis elbow getting you down?

Does your neck get stiff and painful?

How about foot and ankle pain?

Do you get frequent leg cramps?

What about muscle spasm?

What about shin splints?

Achilles tendonitis, is it your weakness?

Have you ruptured your Achilles tendon?

Does your low back give you fits?

Have you had a nagging injury that you are trying to ignore?

Has an injury or an over-use syndrome got you down?

Rest, Ice and Elevation not relieving your aching joints?

Are your Muscles persistently sore and painful?

Do you have an old joint injury that flares up now and again?

If so, you are not alone

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No matter your level of participation or degree of expertise – YOU are an athlete.

All Athletes, whether casual or professional, are at risk for sporting related injuries.

People have different reasons why they exercise.

A lot of people are trying to lose weight, while others are trying to maintain their fitness.

Many are focused on heart health, high blood pressure or their blood sugar.

All around fitness and well-being is the goal for the truly devoted.

Some are into competitive sports where improving performance can pay off.

Still others are just having fun.

Finally, a select few make a living playing their favorite sport.

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Can we prevent injuries?

Yes, many are preventable, but some are not.

A lot of people view injuries as cases of “Bad Luck”, freak accidents or just part of the game.

THINK AGAIN

Consider…..

Athletes, by design, push themselves to extremes that “couch potatoes” only see on TV.

Exercise, also by design, puts Stress on our bodies.

Our bodies grow stronger as we endure Stress but it can cause problems as well.

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A diversion…..

A quick definition and explanation:

Stress – a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation.

Think of stress as something that exceeds a given tool’s limits. [Our Bodies are essentially tools]

A Few Analogies:

~Driving

You need your car to get around but if drive too fast or too carelessly or text while driving your auto will encounter “stress” in a special way – a collision.

A minor wreck may not even damage your bumper [little stress] but a “full speed rear-ender” can send you shopping for a new vehicle [BIG stress].

~Working

Using a shovel with a wooden handle. If you’ve had the privilege of digging a ditch you have heard the creak and groan of exceeding the shovel’s capacity [stress].

If your shovel is small enough and the dirt hard enough you may have broken its handle [big stress].

~ Boxing

My third example involves unintended stress. Imagine you are a boxer and you’ve lucked out – a title fight with Mike Tyson.

If you are well trained, in perfect condition, and skilled in the arena of boxing you may escape with a bad headache and the beginning of your Van Gogh Halloween costume.

However, if you are like me [not a big fan of getting punched] and not particularly well trained – you may find yourself in the hospital, or worse.

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These three examples are analogous to our efforts.

We are reckless at times and pay the cost. This can be from not taking care of ourselves – drinking too much, not eating enough [or too much] or playing too much.

Often, we are merely doing “work” and exceed our limits. This can be from working too much without proper rest and relaxation – not re-charging our batteries.

Finally, we can put ourselves in situations where we encounter outside stress beyond our intended experience – sports or exercise.

All three examples can easily be applied to today’s topic –Avoiding Injuries.

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How can we fortify our bodies against stress and injury?

Put Simply – Full Spectrum Nutrition

Let’s review what nutrients we MUST have for optimal Health

The Essential Nutrients

Remember, by definition, a nutrient is considered “Essential” when its absence leads to symptoms or put another way – to achieve ideal health it must be present in your body.

Our food, ideally, should supply these “Essential” nutrients.

However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that you cannot “get everything you need from the four food groups”.

It is my firm opinion that we MUST supplement our diets to achieve optimal nutrition and ideal health.

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Our “Essential” Nutrients are easily divided into four groups:

Vitamins

Minerals

Amino Acids/Protein

Oils and Fats

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Each of these categories supplies Key nutrients to our health.

Optimizing or fine tuning each group will help us endure the stress and strain of exercise.

If you have inadequate nutrition you are at increased risk of injury.

Here’s a good overview….

VITAMINS [some important points]

~Vitamin C

Vitamin C is very important for the muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments and joints.

Often painful joints improve with vitamin C alone.

Tendons can rupture due to the lack of vitamin C.

Vitamin C “cross-links”/strengthens collagen – our major structural protein in bones, skin and muscle.

Athletes have increased needs for vitamin C.

Needs range from 2 grams to 8 grams per day.

I take around 6 grams a day, divided into 3 doses.

Vitamin C is 100% Non-toxic aka Safe, even large amounts.

Bowell tolerance or loose stools are seen with excessive dosing.

In animals that create their own vitamin C, they increase production when they encounter stress.

If you bruise easily, you are on the road to Scurvy – look it up.

We cannot make vitamin C – it must be in our diets.

~B Vitamins

Sugar depletes the B vitamins.

B vitamins help prevent fatigue.

B vitamins are necessary for optimal metabolism, performance and recovery.

Food sources are miserably low in B vitamin content.

Thiamin or B1 improves muscle function, including the heart.

B1 protects against pain syndromes and improves mental clarity.

Riboflavin or B2 also helps in energy metabolism.

Chapped lips are a symptom of a Riboflavin shortage.

Pyridoxine or B6 is crucial to muscle function.

Muscle spasm, asthma and carpal tunnel syndrome – B6 deficiency.

B12 is needed for proper energy utitilzation.

Many get “low blood pressure” if B12 is lacking [less than 120/80]

~ Vitamin E

Vitamin E is important for muscle function.

Muscle soreness is sometimes related to low vitamin E levels.

Vitamin E and Vitamin C collude – keeping cell membranes stable.

Vitamin E protects the heart and brain

~Vitamin D

Vitamin D is required for normal calcium metabolism.

Healthy bones depend on calcium and vitamin D.

Vitamin D can be made in your skin when exposed to sunlight.

With 30 minutes exposure your vitamin D is activated for 24 hours.

Activated, Vit D increases calcium absorption 10x for a full day.

~ Vitamin A

Vitamin A is important for healthy skin.

Dry eyes are an early indicator of a vitamin A shortage.

Vitamin A is important for intestinal health & proper absorption.

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MINERALS [a few important ones]

Minerals: Many scientists believe there are 60 minerals necessary for optimal health.

On average, for each mineral deficiency there are 10 symptoms.

~ Calcium

Calcium balance is crucial to health.

If calcium is missing there are dozens of problems.

Popping, creaking and cracking joints improve when calcium is optimized.

Low back pain is associated with a lack of calcium.

Twitching muscles indicate a calcium shortage or imbalance.

Insomnia is a key symptom of calcium’s deficiency.

Sleep becomes restorative when calcium is on the case.

Dark colas’ phosphorus rob calcium from our bodies.

Avoid phosphorus containing dark colas.

~Magnesium

Magnesium is vital to muscle health as well as over 100 other bodily functions.

Muscle spasm can be caused by a shortage of magnesium [other culprits include sodium, potassium, calcium and B6 deficiencies.]

Magnesium can prevent bone spurring, kidney stones, high blood pressure, migraine headaches, asthma and even seizures.

Exercise induced asthma can be prevented and reversed with magnesium [with EFA’s and B6]

~Zinc

A lack of zinc leads to more infections – including acne and prostate problems.

Without enough zinc you can expect a reduced sense of smell.

Many with hair loss are short on zinc.

“Smelly tennis shoe syndrome” is the result of a zinc shortage. [no joke- there are no odor producing sweat glands on the feet].

~Chromium

Chromium deficiency can cause a “sweet tooth” or insulin resistance.

Insulin resistance can cause weight gain, especially fat, and eventually lead to diabetes.

Chromium can help prevent weight gain and actually improve muscle growth.

~Copper

Elastic fiber maintenance in tissues, blood vessels, organs [including the skin] relies on copper.

Copper is needed for healthy bones, tendons, ligaments and joints.

“Stretch marks”, sagging skin and failing blood vessels are all indicative of a copper deficiency – including crow’s feet, varicose veins, hemorrhoids and aneurysms.

Joints function suffers when elasticity fails – making us more prone to injury.

~ Other minerals

Manganese, silicon, boron, iodine, selenium, molybdenum, vanadium, potassium, sodium and iron all have supporting functions as do a long list of trace minerals.

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PROTEIN and AMINO ACIDS [CAN be optimized through Diet]

Most people are aware that protein is important to health.

Protein is essential to proper joint and muscle function.

The brain, heart and liver have high metabolic demands for protein and amino acids.

Some protein sources are better than others.

Foods sources include two key categories: Animal and Plant sources.

Animal proteins provide all 20 amino acids in balanced, proportional amounts.

I recommend animal protein as your main source.

Plant sources are famous for missing one or more key essential amino acids [Soy has very little methionine, an essential amino acid and Corn lacks tryptophan, also essential].

When any “Essential” nutrient is missing or deficient there will be symptoms.

It is worth noting that methionine, an essential amino acid, is important for healthy joints.

If you are a vegan or vegetarian be sure to learn about what vegetables to combine to better achieve the proper amino acid balance.

I’m not a big fan soy protein, but if you like it that’s ok; soy should be less than 25% of the protein you consume to avoid amino acid imbalance.

For the more serious fitness enthusiast a protein supplement is recommended to ensure ideal protein balance.

Which protein supplement is best?

I like whey protein and egg protein.

There are various products that are well tolerated and even taste great.

It is a personal decision about which one to get.

Some like different flavors or a convenient ready to drink liquid.

I like to keep it simple.

Probably the best source is the “whey isolate” version, but it is more expensive.

I use an unflavored product that has no additives or flavors that can be mixed with almost anything, just not hot liquids – curdling will occur.

Separate amino acid supplements can be of tremendous benefit.

Specific amino acids can help optimize function and performance.

~ Arginine

l-Arginine, an essential amino acid, is good for the heart, helps circulation and improves endurance – it also works like a natural Viagra.

Arginine helps promote growth hormone production – aiding in recovery

Arginine improves your immune system as well as preserving muscle mass.

~ Glutamine

l-Glutamine helps promote muscle recovery – reducing injury risk.

Glutamine helps keep the intestinal lining healthy – improving absorption.

Sugar cravings vanish with 2-3 grams of glutamine [as needed]

The liver relies on glutamine to function well.

Glutamine also balances acid in the blood.

GABA, in the brain- nature’s Valium, is made from glutamine.

Glutamine can help to beat obesity via muscle preservation and liver support.

~ Carnitine

l-Carnitine is good for muscles, especially the heart.

Cardiomyopathy improves with carnitine.

Carnitine improves energy levels and endurance.

Muscle loss is reduced with carnitine.

Carnitine reduces “lactic acid buildup” – less pain from the gain.

Carnitine is essential to burn fat [mitochondrial function]

Thyroid function is dependent upon carnitine.

Mental acuity is improved with acetyl-l-carnitine.

~Other important Amino Acids

The branched chain amino acids [BCAA’s] are important for serious weightlifters and bodybuilders.

Tryptophan or its supercharged sibling 5-HTP helps with sleep and depression.

Methionine helps joint function, improves depression as well as helping the liver.

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OILS and FATS

Fat has a bad reputation.

In reality, what fat needs is a good publicist.

Excess fat does account for our undesirable weight.

The question is…”what” makes us fat?

The biggest culprits are carbohydrates or starches and sugar.

Carbohydrates are made from glucose – gathered into HUGE molecules called starches.

When we eat starches, especially in large amounts, insulin is produced and in short, the liver is directed to make fats – lots of it.

Back to the FATS….

~ The Essential Fatty Acids [EFA’s]

ω-3 fatty acids [Omega 3]
α-Linolenic acid or ALA (18:3)
ω-6 fatty acids:[Omega 6]
Linoleic acid or LA (18:2)

We have the EFA’s to thank for proper mental function.

Our muscles rely on the EFA’s.

Skin is dry and flaky without the EFA’s [Eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis]

Asthma can stem from a lack of the EFA’s.

Our hearts depend on and thrive with the EFA’s.

Migraines are associated with a poor EFA state.

“Hang nails” are a thing of the past if your EFA’s are optimized.

Inflammation is relived with the EFA’s [Tendonitis, bursitis, sprains and pulled muscles]

Margarine aka Trans-fats or hydrogenated oils sabotage the EFA’s.

A little more explanation on fats and oils

The Omega 3 oils get the spotlight nowadays and are very important.

α-Linolenic acid or ALA
eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA
docosahexaenoic acid or DHA

Dietary sources include cold water fish like tuna, sardines or salmon as well as fresh vegetables, but it is difficult to get enough from diet alone, unless you are an Eskimo.

Other fats or oils are also instrumental to good health; saturated fats found in animal products [including butter] and coconut oil, some Omega 6 oils [Linoleic acid or LA and gamma-linolenic acid or GLA] and the Omega 9’s are all part of the healthy team of good dietary fats.

Omega 3’s should comprise around 3% of your daily calories – or 7-10 grams.

The Omega 3’s come from animal and plant sources; fish oil, krill oil and flax oil supplements.

I take a concentrated fish oil capsule along with flax oil capsules.

You can also get liquid versions or combination products.

Saturated fats are rendered harmless when adequate amounts of the omega 3 oils are present.

The omega 6:3 ratio is an interesting topic.

The ideal ratio is one omega 6 to one omega 3. [1:1]

If the proper ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 oils is not maintained
there will be inflammation.

The ratio would ideally be 1:1 but our American diet gives some awful numbers, 15:1 .

I’ve seen a report of 50:1

[remember 3’s are soothing where 6’s are inflammatory]

A proper omega 6 to omega 3 ratio is vital to avoid an inflammatory environment in the body.

Omega 9 oils, although not essential, help out by displacing the plentiful Omega 6 oils.

Olive oil is heat stable.

Corn, sunflower and safflower are loaded with Omega 6’s and break down when heated.

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A quick Excerpt from PubMed

Biomed Pharmacother. 2002 Oct;56(8):365-79.

The importance of the ratio of omega-6/omega-3 essential fatty acids.
Simopoulos AP.

Abstract

Several sources of information suggest that human beings evolved on a diet with a ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFA) of approximately 1 whereas in Western diets the ratio is 15/1-16.7/1.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12442909

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And lastly….

The Vita-Nutrients: These are nutrients that are present in the body when it is at its best.

We can make them but not in optimal quantities, especially when we are under stress [physical or mental], and as we age.

~ Glucosamine

Glucosamine/chondroitin with MSM is a popular mixture to give athletes an ideal blend of joint nutrients [I prefer the bovine version].

I don’t have joint pain, but I take it as a preventative measure.

I think every athlete should take glucosamine to help prevent joint damage.

People with joint pain almost always have reduction of symptoms within 2 weeks.

~ Co-Enzyme Q10

Co-Enzyme Q10 or CoQ10 is a vitamin like compound found in every cell of our bodies and is crucial to energy production.

The more you learn about it the more you’ll want to take it.

I think 100-200 mg per day is a good place to start.

Some health nuts [like myself] take more, 400-800mg per day.

CQ10 is 100% non-toxic.

There other Vita-Nutrients to consider like DHEA, pregnenolone and Adrenal Extract for the more enthusiastic supplement shoppers.

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Take Home Message……….

We cannot get “Full Spectrum Nutrition” from foods alone.

We MUST to supplement our diets to get “Full Spectrum Nutrition”.

To achieve Optimal Health we need “Full Spectrum Nutrition”.

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And as I always say….

To achieve optimal health we need Full Spectrum Nutrition.

Around 90 nutrients are considered ESSENTIAL.

These nutrients can be divided into 4 groups:

Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids [Protein] and Fats/Oils.

If Optimal Health is the goal, it is virtually impossible to get “everything you need” from foods alone.

To get full spectrum nutrition we ALL need to supplement our diets.

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Supplements to consider:

1) Get a good multiple vitamin/mineral product. Versions with “Chelated” minerals are best. I also like those with some plant based vitamins.

2) Take a quality Calcium product. Look for MCHA as the calcium source and one that includes Magnesium, vitamin D and some assorted trace minerals.

3) Take Omega 3 oils. Flax oil is the best to start. Adding Krill or fish oil later [BTW – Krill oil in the container has a distinctive odor – if you place 3-4 desiccant packs in the bottle and refrigerate it, the odor is gone in 12 hours]

4) Find a good Colloidal mineral product for trace minerals. Make sure it’s from Humic shale and NOT ionic minerals. Humic shale is the “fossilized” remains of the dinosaur days. Plant based colloidal minerals are 98% absorbed.

5) Vitamin E is difficult to get in sufficient amounts from foods. I advise people to supplement with at least 400 IU per day.
Natural versions are best, look for “d-tocopherol” but avoid “d-l-tocopherol”- it’s the man-made version and is only 25% usable. Look for a vitamin E with mixed tocopherols that also contains selenium.

6) Try to find a Glucosamine Chondroitin and MSM product [bovine source is best] to protect your joints.

7)) Consider taking extra Vitamin C [products with rose hips also contain the Bioflavonoids from the natural C family]. I prefer capsules over tablets. Chewable versions can mottle teeth – not good.

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Do you have gray, white or silver hair? [Copper Deficiency]

Do you have fine lines on your face?

Are you developing crow’s feet around your eyes?

Do you have varicose veins?

Are hemorrhoids troubling you?

Stretch marks, do you have them?

Are you afraid of getting stretch marks during pregnancy?

Do you have sagging skin?

Does your skin lack the firmness of your youth?

Do you think that getting older means losing skin tone?

Did you know copper is an “Essential” trace mineral?

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Interested? Read on

A little Background….

Copper is a trace mineral that is needed for proper elastic fiber maintenance. 

Elastic fibers are important for almost all tissues, organs and joints as well as functional concerns – like blood vessel integrity.

If you are deficient in copper elastic fibers are not properly maintained – resulting in sagging skin, stretch marks and crow’s feet to the more serious varicose veins, hemorrhoids and aneurysms, potentially fatal. 

Copper is also a co-factor to the enzymes need to produce the skin and hair pigment. Gray, white and silver hair is a symptom of copper deficiency.

It has been reported that excessive milk drinking in animals can induce copper deficiency.

Excessive zinc intake can cause a copper deficiency. 

There are reports of people developing aneurysms after taking supplemental zinc for 8-10 years [without taking any additional copper]. 

I personally knew a 41 yo man who took zinc for 10 years and died suddenly from a cerebral aneurysm – scary stuff.

Swayback [or saddleback] seen in animals is caused by copper deficiency [ lordosis in humans]

Gastrointestinal surgery, such as gastric bypass, can lead to copper malapsorption.

Copper is needed for proper energy metabolism [mitochondrial enzymes] , iron transport and production of WBC and RBC’s [myelodysplasia – pre-leukemia, neutropenia –low white blood cell counts, anemia low RBC counts.]

Copper deficiency has been associated with sensory ataxia, peripheral neuropathy, myelopathy – spinal cord degeneration.

It is best to take a zinc supplement that includes copper.

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Here a few articles and reports to consider……

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An awesome report/blog on copper…..

Understanding Copper Deficiency in Celiac Disease

July 28th, 2010 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

A few excerpts:

Copper usually receives little coverage, but this unpretentious nutrient deserves center stage. It is time for a serious role review.

Here are two reasons: First, deficiency of this trace mineral can debilitate and threaten our lives, and second, deficiency develops with increased frequency in those of us with celiac disease, unlike the general population.

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Copper is required for hemoglobin production in red blood cells, production and function of white blood cells, the absorption, transport and use of iron, energy metabolism, the development, growth and maintenance of bone and connective tissue, the formation and maintenance of myelin sheath (outer surface of nerve fibers), adrenal hormone production, thyroid hormone production, muscle tone, immunity, reproduction, tissue repair, pigmentation of hair and skin, and proper growth and development of infants and children.

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Copper deficiency is characterized by fatigue, anemia, neutropenia (low level of neutrophils, the most common type of white blood cell that protect against infection), leukopenia (abnormal decrease of leukocytes or white blood cells), bone and joint abnormalities, skin abnormalities, impairment of nerve and muscle function, impairment of adrenal and thyroid gland function, reproductive difficulties and loss of hair and skin color.

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Role of copper in connective tissue.

Connective tissue connects and supports a variety of other tissues. 

Connective tissue is made up of collagen and elastin proteins. 

These proteins require copper for synthesis. In addition, copper is a cofactor for the activity of a vital enzyme called lysyl oxidase. This enzyme begins the formation of cross-linkages, which stabilize and provide strength to collagen and elastin.

Elastin is a rubber-like protein that gives strength and flexibility to such organs and tissues as blood vessels, spinal discs, skin, lungs and bronchial tubes, heart, gallbladder, and the digestive tract.

Collagen is a strong, fibrous protein that makes up most of connective tissue. It is a main component of dermis (lower layer of skin) along with soft keratin, tendons, ligaments, deep fascia, bone, cartilage, and teeth (except enamel) forming the matrix of dentin, cementum, and alveolar bone. 

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How does copper deficiency impact connective tissue?

When copper is low, the body diverts copper from activity in connective tissue to more important uses, thereby weakening connective tissue and causing malfunction.

Disorders that may develop in organs and tissues composed of connective tissue include:

Slipped or herniated spinal discs

Spinal discs are located between vertebra and act like pads to separate and cushion these bones. Discs soften and may shrink due to lack of elastin.

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[And…….]

Weakened blood vessels.

Aneurysms

Lack of copper reduces the strength of elastin, a main component of artery walls. Weakening of arterial walls leads to the development of aneurysms or bulging of arteries much like a bubble on a bicycle tire. Rupture of an aneurysm results in hemorrhage that may be fatal, depending on location. 

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Hemorrhoids

Veins in the anal area weaken and swell from lack of elastin. 

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Varicose veins

These dilated superficial veins may develop from faulty elastin, thus leading to poor circulation and swelling of the lower legs.

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Premature aging of skin

Depleted collagen and elastin with resulting lack of elasticity and flexibility leads to loose and wrinkling skin.

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Premature graying. Copper is needed to make melanin, the pigment that colors hair and skin.

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Diverticulosis of the bowel

Limited research points to faulty collagen in the bowel wall that may involve copper deficiency.

[Full report]
http://glutenfreeworks.com/blog/2010/07/28/understanding-copper-deficiency-in-celiac-disease/

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Are you beginning to get the idea that Copper is important?

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From the USDA News from 2001

Copper Gets New Status

Leslie M. Klevay

A few exerpts:

Evidence indicates that chronic low-copper intake can increase risk of heart attacks and osteoporosis. Research that relates a low-copper intake to heart disease has been increasing over the last quarter century.

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It is easy to find a diet that fails to meet these dietary references intakes. For instance, a tuna fish salad made with lettuce, mayonnaise and salad oil is very low in copper. The recipe can be improved by adding high-copper foods such as soy or other legumes, mushrooms and sunflower or other seeds. Other good sources of copper include some ready-to-eat cereals, chocolate, nuts, peanut butter, liver and oysters.

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The panel also defined the tolerable upper intake for adults as 10 mg daily and suggested that it is quite unlikely that people will reach even half this level even if dietary supplements of copper and small amounts of copper in drinking water are included.

[Full article]
http://www.ars.usda.gov/News/docs.htm?docid=10680
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From the Nutritional Supplements Knowledgebase

Copper – Essential Micronutrient

Necessary for energy and respiratory function, copper also supports the formation of bone, collagen, red blood cells, healthy nerves and joints, hair and skin coloring, plus many enzymatic functions of the human body. It’s seldom supplemented by itself as most people get enough from a multivitamin/mineral.

Where to find Copper – 
Copper can be found in oysters, liver, nuts, legumes, and grains.

Note Copper is also used extensively in cookware and plumbing.

The Daily Value for Copper is 2 mg.

http://www.nutros.net/nsr-02008.html

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Richest Food Sources of Copper:

~ Liver (Pâté) 

Veal liver provides the most copper with 15mg per 100g serving or 753% of the DV.

~ Oysters 

Depending on type can provide 1-8mg of copper per 100g serving, 37%-500% of the DV. 

~ Sesame Seeds and Tahini sesame butter

Dried sesame seeds make a great topping and contain 4.1mg /100 gram serving. Tahini is commonly found in hummus, a ground chickpea spread and dip of the middle east.

~ Nuts 

Cashew nuts provide the most copper with 2.2mg/100 gram. (111% DV). Hazelnuts (88% DV), Brazil nuts (87% DV), Walnuts (79% DV), Pistachios (66% DV), Pine Nuts (66% DV), Peanuts (65% DV), Pecans (60% DV), and Almonds (59% DV). 

~ Calamari and Lobster 

100 grams of calamari provides 2.1mg of copper. Lobster, 100 gm, will provide 1.9mg of copper.

~Sunflower seeds 

Sunflower seeds give 1.8mg (92% DV) of copper per 100 grams. 

~ Sun Dried Tomatoes 

About 2 cups will provide 1.4mg of copper or 71% of the DV. 

~ Roasted Pumpkin and Squash Seeds 

Pumpkin and squash seeds contain about 1.4mg of copper per 100g serving (70% DV). 

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Copper is safe if taken properly.

Do not exceed 10 mg per day.

Do not take Copper alone.

Excess Copper can cause a Zinc deficiency.

Too much Zinc can cause a Copper deficiency.

Food sources are non-toxic.

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From The Linus Pauling Institute

Copper

Copper (Cu) is an essential trace element for humans and animals. 

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Although Hippocrates is said to have prescribed copper compounds to treat diseases as early as 400 B.C. (2), scientists are still uncovering new information regarding the functions of copper in the human body. 

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Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) for Copper

Age Group UL (mcg/day)
Infants 0-12 months Not possible to establish* 
Children 1-3 years 1,000 
Children 4-8 years 3,000 
Children 9-13 years 5,000 
Adolescents 14-18 years 8,000 
Adults 19 years and older 10,000

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/minerals/copper/

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What can cause us to get deficient in Copper?

Bariatric surgery for one…..

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From Obesity a research journal

Acquired Copper Deficiency: A Potentially Serious and Preventable Complication Following Gastric Bypass Surgery
Daniel P. Griffith, R.Ph.

A few excerpts….

Abstract

Copper is an essential cofactor in many enzymatic reactions vital to the normal function of the hematologic, vascular, skeletal, antioxidant, and neurologic systems. 

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Copper deficiency in the United States is believed to be relatively rare but has been described in the setting of zinc supplementation, myelodysplastic syndrome, use of parenteral nutrition and chronic tube feeding, and in various malabsorptive syndromes, including following gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery. 

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Copper deficiency is a well-documented cause of neurologic disease and hematologic abnormalities, including anemia with neutropenia, in adults 1–5. The neurologic manifestations may be similar to the myeloneuropathy observed with vitamin B12 deficiency. 

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Though copper deficiency is thought to be rare in developed countries, the neurologic symptoms can be profound and are frequently irreversible, making awareness and early diagnosis essential.

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Copper deficiency in the United States is believed to be rare but has been described in the setting of gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery. 

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Discussion

Copper is a trace element essential to all species. 

It is a cofactor in several oxidative enzymes vital to the function of hematopoietic, vascular and skeletal tissues, as well as the structure and function of the nervous system, including superoxide dismutase (oxygen radical scavenger), cytochrome-c oxidase (mitochondrial respiration), lysyl oxidase (collagen and elastin synthesis) and ceruloplasmin ferroxidase/haephestin (iron metabolism) . 

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Animal studies suggest that the duodenum is the major site of copper absorption, but some absorption also occurs in the stomach and ileum. Gastric pH has an important role in freeing copper bound to foodstuffs. 

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Based on our clinical observations, we advocate that greater awareness of the potential for copper depletion and hematologic and neurologic abnormalities must occur in physicians caring for patients after RYGB surgery. 

http://www.nature.com/oby/journal/v17/n4/full/oby2008614a.html

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A Quick Summary:

Copper is a trace mineral necessary for health.

Copper deficiency can lead to many health problems.

Crow’s feet, sagging skin and wrinkles are early clues.

Hemorrhoids and varicose veins are more serious.

Aneurysms can be fatal.

Anemia, bone and joint problems as well as graying of the hair are also symptoms that you are short on copper.

The recommended daily value is now 2 mg.

Copper is safe, but can be toxic with more than 10 mg per day.

No toxicity has been observed using food sources.

Copper should not be taken alone.

Copper should ALWAYS be taken with Zinc.

A Zinc excess can lead to a Copper deficiency.

Copper Bisglycinate, an amino acid chelate, is a good source.

Copper picolinate is also a good source.

Copper gluconate is essentially metallic and best avoided.

Usually a separate copper supplement is not required.

Most progressive multiple vitamins contain Copper.

Plant derived colloidal minerals provide trace minerals.

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Take Home Message……….

We cannot get “Full Spectrum Nutrition” from foods alone.

We MUST to supplement our diets to get “Full Spectrum Nutrition”.

To achieve Optimal Health we need “Full Spectrum Nutrition”.

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And as I always say….

To achieve optimal health we need Full Spectrum Nutrition.

Around 90 nutrients are considered ESSENTIAL.

These nutrients can be divided into 4 groups:

Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids [Protein] and Fats/Oils.

If Optimal Health is the goal, it is virtually impossible to get “everything you need” from foods alone.

To get full spectrum nutrition we ALL need to supplement our diets.

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Supplements to consider:

1) Get a good multiple vitamin/mineral product. Versions with “Chelated” minerals are best. I also like those with some plant based vitamins.

2) Take a quality Calcium product. Look for MCHA as the calcium source and one that includes Magnesium, vitamin D and some assorted trace minerals.

3) Take Omega 3 oils. Flax oil is the best to start. Adding Krill or fish oil later [BTW – Krill oil in the container has a distinctive odor – if you place 3-4 desiccant packs in the bottle and refrigerate it, the odor is gone in 12 hours]

4) Find a good Colloidal mineral product for trace minerals. Make sure it’s from Humic shale and NOT ionic minerals. Humic shale is the “fossilized” remains of the dinosaur days. Plant based colloidal minerals are 98% absorbed.

5) Vitamin E is difficult to get in sufficient amounts from foods. I advise people to supplement with at least 400 IU per day.
Natural versions are best, look for “d-tocopherol” but avoid “d-l-tocopherol”- it’s the man-made version and is only 25% usable. Look for a vitamin E with mixed tocopherols that also contains selenium.

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Is Your Child a PICKY Eater?

Are there certain foods they will NOT eat?

Will they NOT take vitamins, much less their veggies?

Are they frequently sick, sniffling more than playing?

Are you struggling to get their nutrition on track?

Do your kids get frequent earaches? [Flax oil helps]

Is asthma a problem, or chronic allergies?

Eczema and dry skin an issue? [Omega 3’s]

Does your child bruise easily? [Vitamin C]

Do their mosquito bites heal slowly?

Does your child have ADD or ADHD? [B’s and omega 3’s]

Are you aware that nutrition plays a role in these conditions?

Have you experimented with various chew-able vitamins or liquids?

Have you had limited success? [Me, too!]

Let me ask an easy one….

Does your child love mashed potatoes?

Most kids do.

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Few things are more common than a picky eater!

A finicky eater can frustrate the most patient of parents.

I’ve made bargains, I’ve used the bait and switch and now I’ve resorted to some crafty [and secretive] food augmentation – aka beating them at their own game😉

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A little background…

We all need certain nutrients and if you’ve been following my posts you already know.

It is difficult, if not impossible, to get OPTIMAL nutrition without supplementing your diet.

Even eating everything you are supposed to, you will still fall short.

Of course with stubborn kids this problem is magnified.

My goal is practical – to get proper nutrition relatively easily. 

As I have said many times before – dietary supplements are necessary to achieve optimal nutrition which is, of course, required for ideal health.

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Essential Nutrients fall into four categories: 

Minerals, Vitamins, EFA’s [Essential Fats] and Protein/Amino Acids

Plants are grown in the soil.

Plants CAN make vitamins, amino acids, protein, fats and oils using sunlight via photosynthesis using their chlorophyll. 

However Plants CANNOT make minerals.

Our soil is depleted of minerals due to our farming methods. 

We use a fertilizer that contains three minerals, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium – it can be argued that we need around sixty minerals. [this began over 100 years ago]

It has been shown that in 5-7 years of using the same soil that the mineral content drops to a level associated with problems – plants don’t grow healthy and animals that eat these plants have problems [failure to thrive, congenital birth defects and infertility to name a few].

We have prevented “new soil” deposition through flood control – levees and dams – for about a hundred years.

Because the plants are weaker [malnourished themselves] they are more susceptible to disease and insect dining.

These sub-optimal plants make fewer vitamins, amino acids, protein and essential fats.

So, until we correct our farmlands’ mineral problems we MUST supplement our diets.

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FYI: Farmers and veterinarians have been supplementing animal feeds for over fifty years. 

Farmers PREVENT many of the illnesses and disorders we continue to suffer [diabetes, cancer, stroke, dementia, arthritis, heart disease, cardiomyopathy, infertility and many birth defects]

Every animal feed is loaded with supplemental nutrients.

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Back to my shenanigans…

Because gourmet mashed potatoes are so delicious will start with them. 

The brand that I like is Idahoan – it comes in a four serving pouch.

Older kids can easily eat one pouch or nearly so.

If you have more than one child they can share.

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Ingredients and Tools You’ll Need:

One pouch of Idahoan potatoes [Four Cheese and Buttery Homestyle are the the best]

Protein powder [whey isolate, unflavored, Natural – my favorite]

Co-enzymated B Complex [Source Naturals brand is fast acting]

Colloidal mineral liquid [Buried Treasure brand is good]

Vitamin C can also be added – capsules are easily opened or you can use the chew-able version. This will be helpful to kids with allergies, bruising or slow healing.

Egg yolks [discard the whites]

Butter [NEVER Margarine]

Flax oil [liquid or puncturing the gelcap version both work – Of the liquid varieties I avoid the “lignand rich” version because its particulate nature gives an unpleasant appearance to kids]

A little iodized salt

Water

A Hand Blender works best [Cuisinart Smart stick is the one I use].

One 32 ounce cup

A Microwave Safe bowl with a cover

A Microwave

Privacy [so your kids don’t see]

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How to get it DONE…

Using your 32 ounce cup

Add 1 cup of cool water [you can always add more later; with the added ingredients you need less water; I made a batch with 1 ½ cups of water and had to add more potatoes]

Add One scoop of protein powder.

Add One tablet of B complex [ Whole or broken in half]

Add 2-3 teaspoons of colloidal minerals [more for bigger kids]

Vitamin C [if desired, open a capsule and mix in – chew-able version will work here as well]

Mix thoroughly with hand blender

Pour mixture into a bowl

Gingerly add powdered potatoes

Mix carefully to avoid clumping

Crack and separate 2 eggs, saving the yolks – discard the whites.

Mix yolks in with a spoon

Add a touch of iodized salt

Add 2-3 pats of butter

Cover and microwave for 2-3 minutes

Check, stir and add a splash of water or milk if needed

Microwave further if necessary

Lastly, add 3-7 grams of flax oil 

Stir until fluffy

Cool a bit and serve!!

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Mission Accomplished

Minerals? Check

Vitamins? On Board

Eggs? Affirmative

Omega 3’s/EFA’s? Yep

Happy Kid? :~)

Satisfied Parent? Certainly

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Take Home Message……….

We cannot get “Full Spectrum Nutrition” from foods alone.

We MUST to supplement our diets to get “Full Spectrum Nutrition”.

To achieve Optimal Health we need “Full Spectrum Nutrition”.

————————————

And as I always say….

To achieve optimal health we need Full Spectrum Nutrition.

Around 90 nutrients are considered ESSENTIAL.

These nutrients can be divided into 4 groups:

Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids [Protein] and Fats/Oils.

If Optimal Health is the goal, it is virtually impossible to get “everything you need” from foods alone.

To get full spectrum nutrition we ALL need to supplement our diets.

———————————-

Supplements to consider for Adults and Teenagers:

1) Get a good multiple vitamin/mineral product. Versions with “Chelated” minerals are best. I also like those with some plant based vitamins.

2) Take a quality Calcium product. Look for MCHA as the calcium source and one that includes Magnesium, vitamin D and some assorted trace minerals.

3) Take Omega 3 oils. Flax oil is the best to start. Adding Krill or fish oil later [BTW – Krill oil in the container has a distinctive odor – if you place 3-4 desiccant packs in the bottle and refrigerate it, the odor is gone in 12 hours]

4) Find a good Colloidal mineral product for trace minerals. Make sure it’s from Humic shale and NOT ionic minerals. Humic shale is the “fossilized” remains of the dinosaur days. Plant based colloidal minerals are 98% absorbed.

5) Vitamin E is difficult to get in sufficient amounts from foods. I advise people to supplement with at least 400 IU per day.
Natural versions are best, look for “d-tocopherol” but avoid “d-l-tocopherol”- it’s the man-made version and is only 25% usable. Look for a vitamin E with mixed tocopherols that also contains selenium.

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Is YOUR Cholesterol Elevated?

Has your doctor given you 3-6 months to diet and exercise to reduce your cholesterol?

But, he didn’t tell you much specific advice on how to do it.

Does he want you to take a cholesterol medication?

Would you like to avoid taking medication for cholesterol?

DO the potential side effects and adverse reactions scare you?

They Should

Wouldn’t you rather use diet or supplements for cholesterol?

Most People Do.

Did you Know that supplements can help lower cholesterol?

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Do I have YOUR Attention? Read on…

Everyone is aware that heart disease can kill.

It is common knowledge that elevated cholesterol is associated with heart disease.

Heart Disease is the number one killer in the USA.

Serious stuff.

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Surprising Facts About Cardiovascular Disease

• More than 82 million American adults are estimated to have one or more types of cardiovascular disease — that’s one in three people.

• On average 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day.

• Heart disease is the number one cause of death among women 20 and older, killing about one woman every minute.

• More women die of heart disease than the next four causes of death combined — including all forms of cancer.

• Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

• Between 70 and 89 percent of sudden cardiac events occur in men.

• A report by The Institute of Medicine finds that even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can trigger a heart attack.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/meet-americas-number-one-killer.html

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A Few questions and a Few observations …

Does cholesterol cause heart disease?

Is Cholesterol really the villain?

Or, is Cholesterol like the “policeman at the crime-scene”?

How often are policemen at crime-scenes? Always, right?

Policemen at a crime-scene are there because of the crime.

Could it be that cholesterol deposition in the arteries is the result of the problem? [And not the CAUSE of the problem]

It can be argued that cholesterol is present in arterial blockages as a result of the “Problem”, not the cause of the problem.

The problem being a failing blood vessel.

Cholesterol is used as a patching material.

So, could it be that elevated cholesterol is a SYMPTOM of a problem or deficiency? Yep.

So, WHO is the Criminal?

Would you believe that it is nutrition, or lack of nutrition?

Lack of B vitamins, too much sugar, not enough vitamin E and C, insufficient EFA’s [Essential Fats including Omega 3’s], too many Trans-fats as well as elevated homocysteine levels.

Perhaps genetics are quite as important as nutrition.

[Japanese people in Japan – very low rates of heart disease but Japanese Americans have the standard American risk]

Let’s consider a few studies that support this assertion.

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From Harvard School of Public Health

The Nutrition Source
Fats and Cholesterol: Out with the Bad, In with the Good

An excerpt….

The Nurses’ Health Study found that women who ate 4 teaspoons of stick margarine a day had a 50 percent greater risk of heart disease than women who ate margarine only rarely.

[Check out rest of the article – it is very informative]

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/fats-full-story/
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Notice, it is “cholesterol free” margarine that is the culprit.

In other words, EAT Butter.

Avoid Trans-fat aka Margarine/hydrogenated oil

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From Harvard School of Public Health

An excerpt….

The Nutrition Source – Vitamin E and Health

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Vitamin E and Heart Disease

…………….the Nurses’ Health Study (2) and Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, (3) suggested 20 to 40 percent reductions in coronary heart disease risk among individuals who took vitamin E supplements (usually containing 400 IU or more) for least two years.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/vitamin-e/

[Full story is worth a gander]

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The follow up studies were done with patients that already had heart disease and had mixed results.

Prevention and treatment are two separate things.

The “preventive” evidence from the Nurses’ Health Study is valid.

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From Circulation – the Journal of the American Heart Association

An excerpt…..

Clinical Investigation and Reports

Low Circulating Folate and Vitamin B6 Concentrations
Risk Factors for Stroke, Peripheral Vascular Disease, and Coronary Artery Disease

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Conclusions—Lower levels of folate and vitamin B6 confer an increased risk of atherosclerosis. Clinical trials are now required to evaluate the effect of treatment with these vitamins in the primary and secondary prevention of vascular diseases.

http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/97/5/437.short

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From WebMD

Heart Disease and Homocysteine

A few excerpts….

There has been a lot of talk lately about a compound called homocysteine and its relationship to heart disease.

Homocysteine is a common amino acid (one of the building blocks that make up proteins) found in the blood and is acquired mostly from eating meat. High levels of homocysteine are related to the early development of heart and blood vessel disease. In fact, it is considered an independent risk factor for heart disease.

High homocysteine is associated with low levels of vitamin B6, B12, and folate and renal disease. Research has shown, however, that reducing your homocysteine levels with vitamins does not reduce the risk of heart disease.

[And]

Can High Homocysteine Levels Be Prevented?

High-risk patients with high homocysteine levels should increase their intake of B-vitamins in their diet. These vitamins can be found in a wide variety of fruits, green, leafy vegetables, and grain products fortified with folic acid.

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/guide/homocysteine-risk

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Do you notice any inconsistency here?

Homocysteine is an independent risk factor.

B Vitamins reduce Homocysteine.

In follow up studies of Patients with heart disease ALREADY are used….

Then the recommendation is to use DIET or foods to raise B vitamins not supplements.

Check out how much B vitamins are in foods – surprisingly small amounts – supplements are necessary to achieve optimal levels.

In order to get 1,000 mcg of B12 from one of the best sources of B12 – Lamb Liver – you’ll need about 2 pounds of liver. WOW!!

In order to get 100mg of B1 using one of the richest sources of Thiamin – Wheat Germ – you’ll need to eat 10 pounds of it! [2.01 mg of B1 per 100grams of wheat germ].

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From Science Daily

Lowering Homocysteine Levels With Folic Acid and Vitamin B12 Does Not Appear to Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke, Study Finds

ScienceDaily (June 23, 2010) — Patients who had experienced a heart attack and lowered their blood homocysteine levels with folic acid and vitamin B12 supplementation did not have an associated lower risk of heart attack, coronary death or stroke, according to a study in the June 23/30 issue ofJAMA.

[And]

Blood homocysteine levels are positively associated with cardiovascular disease, but it is uncertain whether the association is causal, according to background information in the article. A meta-analysis of prospective studies indicated that, after adjustment for known risk factors, a 25 percent lower than usual homocysteine concentration was associated with an 11 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease and 19 percent lower risk of stroke.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100622161253.htm

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Notice that the study involved people that already had heart disease.

This is analogous to studying fire prevention in a house that is already on fire.

Homocysteine is reduced by B vitamins [B6, B9 and B12] AND studies DO suggest a small but Statistically Significant reduction in both heart disease and stroke.

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From WebMD

High-Sugar Diet Linked to Cholesterol
Added Sugars in Diet Triple Risk of Having Low Level of ‘Good’ Cholesterol

An excerpt…

Excess sugar is known to contribute to obesity, diabetes, and other conditions linked to heart disease, and now new research links it to unhealthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

People in the study who ate the most added sugar had the lowest HDL, or good cholesterol, and the highest blood triglyceride levels. People who ate the least sugar had the highest HDL and the lowest triglyceride levels.

Eating large amounts of added sugar more than tripled the risk of having low HDL, which is a major risk factor for heart disease.

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20100420/high-sugar-diet-linked-lower-good-cholesterol

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It turns out that sugar makes your cholesterol go up, way up.

And if you cut back on sugar your cholesterol will go down.

Sugar and cholesterol…….
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In Linus Pauling’s book How to Live Longer and Feel Better he quotes a neat little study

Page 42…[spaced for easier reading]

It has been in a trustworthy clinical study that the ingestion of sucrose leads to an increase in cholesterol concentration in the blood.

This important study was reported by Milton Winitz and associates in 1964 and 1970.

These investigators studied 18 subjects, who were kept in a locked institution, without access to other food, during the whole period of study (about 6 months).

After a preliminary period with ordinary food, they were placed on a chemically well-defined small molecule diet (seventeen amino acids, a little fat, vitamins, essential minerals, and glucose as the only carbohydrate).

The only significant physiological change that was found was in the concentration of cholesterol in the blood serum, which decreased rapidly for each of the 18 subjects.

The average concentration in the initial period, on ordinary food, was 227 milligrams per deciliter.

After two weeks on the glucose diet it had dropped to 173, and after another two weeks it was 160.

The diet was then changed by replacing one quarter of the glucose with sucrose, with all the other dietary constituents the same.

Within one week the average cholesterol concentration had risen from 160 to 178, and after two more weeks to 208.

The sucrose was then replaced by glucose.

Within one week the average cholesterol concentration had dropped to 175, and it continued dropping , leveling off at 150, 77 less than the initial value.

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A few comments…..

Winitz and associates developed the “space food” for astronauts in the 1960’s.

Sucrose is “Table Sugar” and is comprised of one glucose and one fructose.

The primary fuel for our bodies is glucose – the brain works almost exclusively on glucose.

In the presence of glucose, fructose is “pushed” into cholesterol metabolism.

The conversion of fructose is expensive – it “BURNS UP” or uses up our limited B vitamin stores.

Linus Pauling won two unshared Nobel Prizes [One for Chemistry another for Peace]

Linus Pauling was no dummy – he gave up sucrose because of this study and others.

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On Egg consumption

From the Journal of Nutrition

A Review of Scientific Research and Recommendations Regarding Eggs
Stephen B. Kritchevsky, PhD

A few excerpts…..
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The diet of 5,133 Finnish men and women aged 30 to 69 years was assessed from 1969 to 1972 [20]. Over the subsequent 16 years of follow-up 244 participants died from CHD. After accounting for differences in age, there were no baseline differences in egg consumption between those who died from CHD and those surviving to the end of the study.

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In the Fakuoka Heart study, 660 cases of non-fatal MI were identified at 22 hospitals in Fakuoka City Japan from September 1996 to September 1998 [21]. The case-series was matched to 1,277 controls based on age, sex and area of residence. High egg consumption was classified as four or more eggs per week and was compared to consumption of fewer than 2 eggs per week. After adjusting for smoking, alcohol use, work related physical activity, leisure-time physical activity, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, diabetes, angina pectoris and obesity, there was no association between egg consumption and the first occurrence of non-fatal myocardial infarction (RRmen = 0.9, RRwomen = 0.8). Other dietary factors were not accounted for in the analysis.

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One study has looked at the role that animal products, including eggs, might play in modulating stroke risk. In 1979, participants in the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Life Span Study who were free of stroke, cancer and heart disease completed risk factor questionnaire including diet items (14,209 men and 22,921 women) [25]. After accounting for sex, age, city, radiation dose, body mass index, smoking status, alcohol use, education, history of diabetes or hypertension, those reporting almost daily egg consumption had a 30% lower rate of stroke death compared to those never consuming eggs (RR = 0.70, p < 0.05). Similar associations were seen for dairy product and fish consumption. The association was stronger for hemorrhagic stroke than occlusive stroke.

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In summary, eight studies have reported on the egg consumption and CHD risk directly. On the whole they do not support the contention that egg consumption is a risk factor for heart disease. However, the largest by Hu and colleagues is the only one to specifically address issue [23]. It is also the one that used the most well developed dietary instrument and the most sophisticated analytic approach. This study showed no increase in risk associated with egg consumption in the general population. The issue of the role of dietary cholesterol in diabetics requires further examination.

http://www.jacn.org/content/23/suppl_6/596S.full

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My approach to heart disease is based on common sense, well-done studies, personal experience, clinical evidence and a smattering of suspicion of the ulterior motives of organized medicine.

It seems that medication is the chief weapon against heart disease.

Diet and Nutrition is given lip service but no real emphasis.

I like studies that involve long term observation of populations.

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Summary Info:

Elevated cholesterol is more like the policeman than the criminal.

Cholesterol is a nutrient.

Cholesterol is in EVERY cell of our bodies.

Most hormones are “based” on the cholesterol molecule.

Cell membranes are as much as 24% Cholesterol

Cholesterol gives cell membranes rigidity

12% of the brain is fat – aka cholesterol

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A quick point from…..

How Cholesterol Help Your Brain and Nerve Cells?

http://cholesteroladvice.hubpages.com/hub/How-Cholesterol-Help-Your-Brain-and-Nerve-Cells

an excerpt…

“The average human brain weighs about 3 pounds. Up to 78 percent of that weight is water. Some of the weight is protein (8 percent), some is carbohydrates (1 percent), and some is a grab bag of organic and inorganic compounds (3 percent). The rest (up to 12 percent) is fat, including — surprise, surprise — cholesterol.”

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Eat two eggs per day – there is no evidence that eggs/cholesterol increase the risk of heart disease or death. AND, there is evidence that eating eggs reduces you risk of stroke.

Avoid table sugar [sucrose] and processed food that contains added sugar.

Use REAL butter – No evidence that butter leads to heart disease.

There IS evidence that Margarine aka Trans-fat and hydrogenated oil can cause heart disease.

Take a supplemental EFA’s [to include the omega 3 oils – flax and fish oil].

Use Olive oil [omega 9 rich – it improves the omega 6 to 3 ratio]

Avoid omega 6 rich oils like corn oil, sunflower and safflower oils.

It is difficult to get adequate Omega 3’s from the diet alone.

It is IMPOSSIBLE to get optimal amounts of the B vitamins with diet alone.

Taking Supplemental B vitamins will reduce homocysteine in the blood.

If your cholesterol is elevated – there are two B vitamins that have shown promise in reducing cholesterol numbers, Niacin and pantothenic acid [and its Siamese twin version pantethine].

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Take Home Message……….

We cannot get “Full Spectrum Nutrition” from foods alone.

We MUST to supplement our diets to get “Full Spectrum Nutrition”.

To achieve Optimal Health we need “Full Spectrum Nutrition”.

————————————

And as I always say….

To achieve optimal health we need Full Spectrum Nutrition.

Around 90 nutrients are considered ESSENTIAL.

These nutrients can be divided into 4 groups:

Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids [Protein] and Fats/Oils.

If Optimal Health is the goal, it is virtually impossible to get “everything you need” from foods alone.

To get full spectrum nutrition we ALL need to supplement our diets.

———————————-

Supplements to consider:

1) Get a good multiple vitamin/mineral product. Versions with “Chelated” minerals are best. I also like those with some plant based vitamins.

2) Take a quality Calcium product. Look for MCHA as the calcium source and one that includes Magnesium, vitamin D and some assorted trace minerals.

3) Take Omega 3 oils. Flax oil is the best to start. Adding Krill or fish oil later [BTW – Krill oil in the container has a distinctive odor – if you place 3-4 desiccant packs in the bottle and refrigerate it, the odor is gone in 12 hours]

4) Find a good Colloidal mineral product for trace minerals. Make sure it’s from Humic shale and NOT ionic minerals. Humic shale is the “fossilized” remains of the dinosaur days. Plant based colloidal minerals are 98% absorbed.

5) Vitamin E is difficult to get in sufficient amounts from foods. I advise people to supplement with at least 400 IU per day.
Natural versions are best, look for “d-tocopherol” but avoid “d-l-tocopherol”- it’s the man-made version and is only 25% usable. Look for a vitamin E with mixed tocopherols that also contains selenium.

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Your feedback is important – please comment , ask questions and suggest topics that interest you!!

If you like this post and this page be sure to “LIKE” both before you leave.

Are YOU stressed out?

Are you a stress MONSTER?

Do you FEEL you’re stressed?

Do you do shift-work?

Have you pushed yourself so far that you’ve gotten sick?

DO you know what stress is?

Stress is part of life – can YOU handle it?

Have YOU heard that stress KILLS?

Why is it that some people handle stress better than others?

Have you noticed that some people age faster than others?

Have you developed gray hair ?

Do you feel like you are “falling apart?

Did you know that proper nutrition improves your stress?

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If you are “stressed out” – YOU are not alone.

Here is one definition of stress that I think is appropriate.

Stress – a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation.

Most of us experience the symptoms of stress. 

We have meltdowns, blow-ups and crashes. 

Sometimes we get an illness with an illness on top.

Stress can be emotional, physical or spiritual – we are pushed beyond our abilities on a regular basis.

Let’s face it, we are an entangled bundle of the three – emotional, physical and spiritual.

It is common sense that nourishing our bodies improves our ability to handle stress.

We must optimize our emotional and spiritual beings as well as our physical bodies. 

Your emotional and spiritual enrichment is complex – I will leave these to you and yours.

However, it is true that the physical affects its two partners [emotional and spiritual] both positively and negatively, as the case may be. 

The PHYSICAL responds to nutrition- good or bad.

From your brain to your heart- to your senses around to your mood and across the body from your skin, your sinuses and taste-buds to your fingertips down to your toes YOU are susceptible to stress. 

Full spectrum nutrition can protect you from stress.

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Let me digress for a few minutes to make a couple of observations.

Think of stress as something that exceeds a given tool’s limits.

A Few Examples:

~Driving

You need your car to get around but if drive too fast or too carelessly or text while driving your auto will encounter “stress” in a special way – a collision. 

A minor wreck may not even damage your bumper [little stress] but a “full speed rear-ender” can send you shopping for a new vehicle [BIG stress].

~Working

Another example is a shovel with a wooden handle. If you’ve had the privilege of digging a ditch you have heard the creak and groan of exceeding the shovel’s capacity [stress].

If your shovel is small enough and the dirt hard enough you may have broken its handle [big stress].

~ Boxing

My third example involves unintended stress. Imagine you are a boxer and you’ve lucked out – a title fight with Mike Tyson. 

If you are well trained, in perfect condition, and skilled in the arena of boxing you may escape with a bad headache and the beginning of your Van Gogh Halloween costume. 

However, if you are like me [not a big fan of getting punched] and not particularly well trained – you may find yourself in the hospital, or worse. 

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These three examples are analogous to our efforts.

We are reckless at times and pay the cost. This can be from not taking care of ourselves – drinking too much, not eating enough [or too much] or playing too much.

Often, we are merely doing “work” and exceed our limits. This can be from working too much without proper rest and relaxation – not re-charging our batteries.

Finally, we can put ourselves in situations where we encounter outside stress beyond our control. Infections fit into this category. 

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A quick observation: 

The Flu doesn’t kill everybody, does it? Who does it kill? 

That is correct – the old and frail as well as the young and susceptible die from the Flu.

So, it is not the flu that kills – but YOUR ability to survive it – much like taking a punch from Mike Tyson.

It is the difference between the people that kills them. 

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As I have stated many times before –

To achieve optimal health we MUST have Full Spectrum Nutrition.

Around 90 nutrients that are considered ESSENTIAL health.

An “Essential” nutrient, if absent, will cause symptoms – on a sliding scale, depending on the degree of deficiency and primary nutritional state.

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Consider…

You can be balding but not totally hairless.

You can have trouble hearing but not be deaf.

Vision can be slightly blurry to blind.

You may have premature wrinkling, but not yet prune like.

The aching in your joints may be annoying but not yet disabling.

Your energy levels may wax and wane.

The dryness of your skin can vary from mild to severe.

Your carpal tunnel syndrome can be subtle or super-painful.

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There are hundreds of examples of symptoms that occur when we lack “Essential” nutrients.

Remember the sliding scale goes from severe deficiency to Optimal nutrition. 

It is YOUR job to feed yourself and seek out proper nutrition, nobody will do it for you – not the government, not McDonalds and it certainly won’t happen by chance.

Gambling on nutrition usually gives you average nutrition/health, but sometimes worse – never better. 

Interestingly enough, many of these symptoms can improve with proper dietary supplementation.

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Before we review our list of nutrients to consider:

A Quick Review of some Do’s and Don’t’s —– 

Do drink plenty of water [but not distilled water = no minerals]

Use REAL Butter

Never use Margarine [AKA Hydrogenated oil or TRANS fat]

Be aware that TRANS fat is in a lot of foods

Look for products without Trans fats

Trans fat has a strong association / causes Heart Disease

Don’t drink dark colas [Phosphorus robs our Calcium]

Avoid Sugar [It increases cholesterol and depletes B vitamins]

Get 30 minutes of Sunlight per day [Vitamin D and others]

Get some exercise EVERY day [the stairs or the parking lot counts]

Focus on positive thinking [set nutritional and health goals]

Use your Brain daily [Reading and Thinking counts]

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Back to Nutrition……

To achieve Optimal Health we need “Full Spectrum Nutrition”.

To endure and even thrive in the face of STRESS we need “Full Spectrum Nutrition”.

We cannot get “Full Spectrum Nutrition” from foods alone.

We MUST to supplement our diets to get “Full Spectrum Nutrition”.

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Here is a list of Nutrients that make up Full Spectrum Nutrition.

Vitamins [B’s, C, E, A, D, K, Carotenes]

Minerals [Major, Trace, Ultra-trace]

Oils and Fats [EFAS, DHA, EPA, GLA]

Amino Acids [Protein as well as Targeted Amino acids]

Other Vita-Nutrients [CoQ10, Glandulars, Creatine, Glucosamine]

Digestion/Assimilation [Digestive Factors and Enzymes]

Beneficial Bacteria [Bifidobacterium and friends]

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My Best Supplement Advice:

1) Take a quality Multiple Vitamin/Mineral product – Chelated minerals are 40-60% absorbed, Plant based vitamins are desirable, natural is better.

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2) A separate B Complex [all the B’s] is a good idea. I also take extra B1 and B12 – my mental focus and performance stays top notch with this approach.

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3) Extra Vitamin C is a plus. With illness we need more. I think taking 2-4 grams per day is wise. 

A good start is 1,000mg twice a day. Vitamin C is 100% Non-toxic. 

Bowel tolerance or loose stools are seen if you take more than you need.

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4) Vitamin E is difficult to get in sufficient amounts from foods. 

I advise people to supplement with at least 400 IU per day.

Natural versions are best, look for “d-tocopherol” but avoid “d-l-tocopherol”- it’s the man-made version and is only 25% usable. 

Look for a vitamin E with mixed tocopherols that also contains selenium.

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5) Get a Calcium product that utilizes MCHA as its source [a naturally occurring “chelated” Calcium], Also get 30 minutes of sunlight per day [Vitamin D]

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6) Incorporate the EFA’s into your daily regimen – Flax oil +/- Borage oil plus Fish or Krill oil is a smart plan. 

Use Olive oil while avoiding other omega 6 rich cooking oils – Improving your omega 6:3 ratio – ideally 1:1 is our goal.

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7) For your Trace and Ultra-trace minerals – get a quality Plant Derived Colloidal product – “Humic shale” versions are best [Ionic versions are less effective – not from plants]. 

Humic shale is the “fossilized” remains of the dinosaur’s vegetation.

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8) Work on getting 20-30 grams of protein per meal. 

Animal sources are “complete” – having a full complement of the 20 amino acids in the correct amounts.

Plant sources lack one or more amino acids.

Vegetarians and Vegans must use intelligent/thoughtful “mixing” of vegetables to achieve a “balanced” and complete array of the amino acids.

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9) Consider specific amino acid supplements for special needs. 

L-Arginine is good for Growth hormone production, Cardiac function, Erectile dysfunction [natural Viagra], Wound healing and Immune function. 

L-Glutamine curbs Sugar and Alcohol cravings, rebuilds the Gut/intestines, helps with Liver function and Muscle repair/building.

L-Carnitine, a fat carrier, helps burn fat – it’s good for the Brain, Heart and other muscles; it also fights Fatigue.

L-Tryptophan or its “ready to go” super twin – 5 HTP helps with sleep and mood by boosting serotonin levels in the brain. 

There are many amino acids that give specific as well as general benefits to our health.

[Side note: Nutrients are always preferable to Medication if they give similar or even superior results because they lack, the sometimes dangerous, side effects and adverse reactions seen in pharmaceuticals.]

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10) Other Vita-Nutrients to think about: 

CoQ10 is certainly a must for people taking cholesterol medication [the “Statins”] because these drugs inhibit the body’s ability to make CoQ10. 

CoQ10 deficiency causes fatigue, weight gain and has been associated with Congestive heart Failure as well as increased Cancer risk. 

Creatine is not just for weight lifters – it has been shown to improve Brain function [in the elderly especially], it helps heart function as well and may help prevent Cancer.

Various Glandular products can help optimize our systems. 

Adrenal extract is one that I use regularly. 

I also take some DHEA. 

[Side note: Historically, we have not always had an ample food supply – in tougher times we didn’t waste or view organ meats as undesirable – in fact we relished their consumption. Today, we avoid organ products and inadvertently miss out on valuable nutrition.]

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11) I take a Glucosamine/Chondoitin/MSM product to protect my joints – it’s good prevention against Arthritis. 

People with Arthritis already can see improvement in 2-3 weeks [even RA or Rheumatoid Arthritis]. 

The best version is derived from cows –aka Bovine source.

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12) Taking a “Full Sprectrum” digestive aid can help optimize digestion/absorption/assimilation of nutrients – from food as well as dietary supplements. 

Look for products that contain Betaine HCl and Oxbile as well as the Pancreatic enzymes. 

Check with your doctor if you have digestion related symptoms – early detection and treatment of GI problems is very important. 

Without good digestion you cannot have good nutrition.

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13) The Beneficial Bacteria assist in a number of ways. 

By keeping our normal flora in our intestines healthy we can keep “pathogenic” [disease causing] bacteria at bay. 

Conversely, when we take antibiotics – we kill off the good bacteria as well as the “bad” and this can lead to overgrowth of yeast and disease causing bugs. 

Although not dinner conversation, these beneficial bacteria [Bifidobacterium strains in particular] comprise around one half of the normal stool’s composition – now you know. 

There are various products available and even some yogurt preparations contain the “Pro-Biotics”. 

Interestingly enough, one of the benefits of eating raw vegetables is getting many of these soil based bacteria.

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And as I always say….

To achieve optimal health we need Full Spectrum Nutrition.

Around 90 nutrients are considered ESSENTIAL

These nutrients can be divided into 4 groups: 

Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids [Protein] and Fats/Oils.

If Optimal Health is the goal, it is virtually impossible to get “everything you need” from foods alone.

To get full spectrum nutrition we ALL need to supplement our diets.

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