Do you have Road Rage? Calcium Deficiency may be to blame

Are you more irritable lately?

Is PMS or mood swings making you less popular?

Are your facial muscles twitching from time to time?

Do your joints pop, creak, crack and grind?

Is low back pain or neck pain a daily occurrence?

Do you suffer with insomnia and restless sleep?

Have you been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia?

Have you broken bones recently?

Do you have a history of breaking bones?

Did you know that Phosphorus rich colas increase the risk of breaking a bone?

Do you think drinking colas is no big deal? Think AGAIN

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If your interest is piqued, read on.

In case you have been in a coma for the past decade –

Let me state CALCIUM is important for health and vitality.

Calcium keeps our bones and teeth strong – helping us to avoid osteoporosis and dental decay.

Calcium helps prevent kidney stones, bone spurs and soft tissue calcification, including the arteries.

Malignant Calcification is the deposition of calcium where it doesn’t belong like kidney stones, bone spurs and blood vessels.

Malignant Calcification is caused by a lack or deficiency of calcium NOT an excess as suggested by recent reports. Do not be misled.

It was once thought that kidney stones were due to excess calcium but studies showed that patients with the LEAST dietary calcium had the highest risk for stone formation.

In veterinary medicine the importance of calcium balance is well appreciated. If a bull gets a kidney stone it kills them [ouch].

A balance exists in our bodies between calcium, magnesium and phosphorus – more on this in a minute.

Let’s take a short diversion into the territory of “DON’T DO THIS”……..

Do not drink colas.

Colas are bad for you.

Phosphorus containing colas are the worst – avoid them.

Don’t just take my word for it.

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A Few Quick Excerpts from a Medscape report :

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/411896

Consumption of Carbonated Drinks by Teenage Girls Associated With Bone Fractures

Grace Wyshak, PhD, from Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, analyzed self-reported survey data from 460 ninth- and tenth-grade girls concerning physical activities, beverage consumption, and bone fractures to determine the possible association between carbonated beverage consumption and bone fractures among teenage girls. Nearly 80% of girls reported drinking carbonated beverages……
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The author found that the girls who drank carbonated beverages had about 3 times the risk of bone fracture than the girls who did not drink carbonated beverages. The girls who reported high levels of physical activity and drank cola beverages had nearly 5 times the risk of fracture as those who did not drink carbonated beverages.
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The author notes that “what is clear is that today’s teenagers are consuming diets that are high in phosphorous and low in calcium,” both of which can impact negatively on attaining peak bone mass. “Osteoporosis should no longer be considered only a geriatric disease but rather a pediatric disease with geriatric consequences,” writes Dr. Golden. “Pediatricians should be playing an active role in the National Bone Health Campaign and, if Wyshak’s work can be confirmed, we should be including education about carbonated beverage consumption in our efforts.”

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2000;154:542-543,610-613

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Another Key point:

pH – A Measure of acid and base:

Have you heard of pH, the acid-base scale?

Did you know that battery acid has a pH of 1?

The pH of water is 7.

Lye has a pH of 13.

Where does the pH of the average cola rate?

Would you believe that colas have a pH of 2.5 to 3.3?

~ A little background: The pH scale is on a logarithmic scale.

So, as we progress down the scale there is a multiplication factor of 10.

Battery acid is one million times more acidic water.

Water has a pH 7 [and is neutral] – a pH 6 is 10x more acidic than water, 5 is 100x, 4 is 1000x, 3 is 10,000x, 2 is 100,000x and finally a pH of 1 is 1,000,000 times more acidic than water.

Colas fall in the range of around a pH of 3 or 10,000 times more acidic than water !!!

~ A few quick points

Our bodies work best at a slightly alkaline level, 7.2 to 7.4 –

There are ways we maintain this optimal range.

The kidneys are important to balance acid.

Calcium is crucial in cancelling out our body’s acid output.

Calcium balances dietary phosphorus. [Phosphorus is found in meats, plants and colas to name a few]

Phosphorus is acidic.

Calcium is slightly alkaline

Acid is produced naturally as a by-product of metabolism.

Most of us are aware of the “Lactic acid burn” associated with intense activity.

We can expel a limited amount of acid through breathing. [Yawning makes us slightly less acid and more alkaline making us sleepy – interesting stuff]

The “alkaline tide” makes us sleepy after a meal [the stomach produces acid for digestion and releases the base or alkaline opposite into the blood stream, often resulting in after meal napping]

Acid wakes us up – exercise creates lactic acid and makes us alert.

Colas make us acidic, more alert and more susceptible to illness.

Let’s talk about our super-star, CALCIUM.

Proper Calcium balance is required for a long list of functions in the body – including proper sleep, skeletal muscle, heart, liver and brain function. Of course, calcium is needed for healthy bones and teeth.

If you are deficient in calcium, you will not sleep well. Many people are not aware of this fact.

Animals require calcium to sleep and more…..

Laboratory rats, when deprived of calcium become irritable, belligerent and eventually cannibalistic. Yes, you read that correctly. Interestingly enough, these same rats became friendly and docile again when re-fed a proper diet including calcium.

This sounds a bit like ROAD Rage, does it not?

So, it is worthwhile to learn how we can optimize our calcium balance.

I have mentioned the concept of a “calcium balance” a few times, let me explain what I mean.

Our bodies require around 60 minerals for optimal health. As you can imagine, this collection of characters must interact properly or all will be chaos. Some have bigger parts, but all serve a purpose and must be present in the correct ratios.

Calcium has its supporting cast. Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium and Potassium interact and keep us alive.

Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus have a love/hate relationship, let’s call it co-dependent but they try their best to get along.

You see, Phosphorus is the most plentiful in our diets [meats, dairy, fiber and colas all provide us with all we need, and more].

Magnesium is very important [some say 300 functions in the body] and, of course, Calcium is the prima donna [140 plus functions] that demands the spotlight.

Our bodies insist upon a 1:2:1 ratio [1 Magnesium : 2 Calcium : 1 Phosphorus]

In other words, if we have 1,000mg of phosphorus we need 2,000mg of calcium to be balanced. Here’s where the trouble starts. If we have a phosphorus burden [say a 12oz cola with 1,000mg of phosphorus] we must go to the bones to “borrow” calcium if we are short. A complicating fact is that the “bone bank” loans out calcium in increments of 10. This overshoots our needs and results in a relative excess of calcium that betrays the 1:2 ratio with magnesium [perhaps 1:8]. In nature and in our bodies there are ways that imbalances are corrected. In this case two things will happen – one is increased spilling of calcium in the urine – Secondly precipitation of calcium occurs [aka malignant calcification] in the tissues, blood vessels and bones in the form of spurring or calcium deposits. I told you there’d be trouble.

Take home message:

~We need to avoid excess Phosphorus in our diets [especially dark colas]

~It is important to get plenty of Magnesium [found in plants’ chlorophyll – YOUR veggies]

~Getting adequate Calcium is a must. [dairy is the primary dietary source, but often impractical]

Which Calcium supplement is best?

~Take 500mg of MCHA [Calcium] twice a day.

~MCHA is derived from cows and is 40-60% absorbed where calcium carbonate products are 3% absorbed.

No animal eats rocks for its Calcium, we shouldn’t either.

Remember calcium carbonate is chemically identical to limestone; so are oyster shells, egg shells, coral and dolomite. Calcium citrate is also an example of a metallic or rock-like mineral and therefore not very bio-available. Save your money.

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.

As always, feel free to comment or message questions or concerns.

Not Enough Time in Your Day to Eat Right?

If you are like most Americans then TIME is in short supply.

We all know that eating more fruits and vegetables is good for us.

People that eat more fruits and vegetables tend to have less heart disease, better blood pressure, fewer strokes and reduced risk of diabetes – even less cancer. Studies support all of this.

One argument that nearly everyone can agree on – Eating more Fruits and Vegetables is good for you.

Eating healthier takes a little extra effort, planning and time.

The “Fast Food” industry has capitalized on this fact.

Happy meal-ed and Super-sized – We are paying a hefty price for this convenience [no pun intended].

We are heavier than ever and arguably, less healthy, too.

Let’s face it – when we eat better – we feel better.

Is there a simpler way to eat better? YES

The struggle between Convenience and Healthfulness can be eliminated with BLENDING.

A simple way to get the vegetables that you’ve been meaning to eat and to eat the fruits that are spoiling in the fridge is to take up “Blending” – sort of a whole food “Juicing” – that is, you get the fiber that is lost with juicing and have less to clean up.

There are several very affordable and highly effective devices that are cheaper than 35 bucks.

[The best blenders are 3-5 hundred dollars, but the less expensive versions get the job done.]

I use a Cuisinart Smart Stick – an immersion, hand blender that chops, pulverizes and purees beautifully right in my 32 ounce Saints Super Bowl cup.

The recipe for my “Blended” shake includes:
– A Handful of baby spinach
– 8-10 baby carrots
– 2 Egg yolks [raw egg whites “steal” Biotin – yolks do not]
– An entire Apple minus the core and stem
– One Banana minus the peel [for my literal followers]
– 10-15 Frozen Blueberries
– 1-2 scoops of Whey Isolate protein powder
– A splash or two of milk, juice or water

There is a bit of prep work necessary but it is minimal. And cleanup is a snap.

Simple, Easy and Noticeably Beneficial.

I am more alert and energetic and you will be too.

Blending is a good habit and a simple way to increase your fruit and veggie intake.

Give it a try.

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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.

As always, feel free to comment or message questions or concerns.

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Why do YOU need extra B Vitamins?

Do you wake up and feel alert in the morning?

Or do you hit the snooze alarm 8 times?

Is your ability to focus on one thing limited?

Do your friends think you have ADD?

Is your energy level approaching zero?

Are you envious of a tree sloth’s pace?

Do little noises bother you?

Are you waking up to tingling hands?

Are chapped lips a continual problem?

Addicted to Carmex?

Are you trying to cut back on sugar?
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Most of Americans are short on B vitamins.

Think of the B vitamins as “worker B’s”.

The B’s get things done!

B vitamins are crucial to energy metabolism.

Sugar, both natural and processed, depletes or simply uses up our B vitamin supply.

Most doctors and dieticians point to foods and say “get your B vitamins HERE”.

The problem is that foods cannot supply the amounts of B vitamins that we need for Optimal health.

B1 or Thiamin

Studies show that 50-100 mg of Thiamin [B1] per day is a good idea but the best food sources supply only a fraction of that amount.

B1 will improve mental function, it reduces noise hyper-sensitivity and alleviates pain syndromes in many cases.

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]. WOW !!!

Many progressive doctors recommend 3,000 to 8,000mg of B1 in Alzheimer’s patients.

B12 or Cyanocobalamin

The RDA of B12 is 2 mcg per day – miserably low!!

B12 improves memory, energy levels and mood.

B12 helps us maintain blood pressure – low blood pressure will rise to normal in a few weeks with supplementation.

When patients are diagnosed with a B12 deficiency it is generally recommended that they should supplement with 2,000mcg per day for one month – then 1,000mcg per day as a maintenance dose.

Activated versions of B12 are available that are easier to absorb and utilize. Methylcobalamin is my favorite activated version – it is not usually necessary and is more expensive.

I have found taking higher doses of Cyanocobalamin – 5,000 to 10,000 mcg [once or twice a day for 30 days] will boost even the most resistant sufferer.

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. Again, WOW!!

Other B Vitamins

B2 or Riboflavin, B3 or Niacin, Pantothenic acid, B6 or Pyridoxine, Biotin, B9 or Folate, Choline, PABA and Inositol all have similar stories.

We cannot get enough B vitamins from foods alone.

The “RDA”

My observation – It seems that the RDA was “reverse engineered” from the average diet.

The thinking is “well, the average person does ok with these amounts”.

The problem is that the average person also has a lot of health issues, some mild while others are more severe.

Don’t shoot for Average – Aim Higher.

Finally –

I recommend taking a B complex supplement aka B100 or B150 [1 or 2 twice daily]

Taking additional B1 is advisable – 100mg of Thiamin [1 or 2 twice daily]

Extra B12 is helpful – 1,000mcg [1 or 2 twice daily is good – I take 3 twice daily]

Some need other individual B vitamins – most will do well with B complex, B1 and B12.

The B vitamins are Non-Toxic – Just don’t take B6 by itself to avoid a reversible numbness. Always take the B vitamins as a group for proper balance.

We must supplement our diets to get optimal nutrition.

Remember….

To achieve 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.

As always, feel free to comment or message questions or concerns.

Are You a Vitamin Nut? [You should be]

Have you ever been told that “you can get everything you need from your four food groups”?

Has your doctor told you to take vitamins?

Have your heard of the RDA [Recommended Daily Allowance] for nutrients?

BTW- RDA’s are woefully inadequate to prevent illness, read on.

Have you ever wondered why doctors do not recommend taking vitamins?

Do you think taking dietary supplements is unnecessary?

Are you happy with your present health?

Do you get sick a few times a year?

Do you have allergy problems?

Are colds and the flu just part of life?

Do you get frequent sinus infections and bronchitis?

What about asthma or COPD?

Do you think getting sick is just due to exposure to bacteria and viruses?

Are you using hand cleaner frequently but still get sick regularly?

How often do you NEED to take antibiotics? 

Do you take 2-3 medications on a regular basis?

Is ADD medication part of your study habits?

Do you take medicine for high blood pressure, cholesterol or diabetes?

Do you have chronic pain and require daily medications?

Have you heard that malnutrition can cause many health problems?

Do you know how that veterinary doctors prevent and treat many illnesses in domesticated animals using nutrition?

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Most Americans believe that modern science is driven by the pursuit of knowledge and understanding of the world in which we live. This is true in theory, but not usually in practice.

Logically, one of the primary goals in medical science should be to seek out the better ways to diagnose, treat and hopefully prevent illness and disease.

Great advances have been made in diagnosis and treatment of disease and illness in the past century.

We can transplant many organs [and limbs], replace joints, remove cataracts, repair hernias, bypass blocked arteries, surgically repair/correct aneurysms, reattach severed limbs, and even resuscitate the near dead.

Modern science has given us many miracle medications, lifesaving antibiotics and a long list of immunizations that have reduced human suffering exponentially.

But, in the realm of chronic degenerative illness we have focused on the symptoms and not the underlying causes of disease.

We have a wide array of medications that treat thousands of symptoms – and we even have drugs to correct the symptoms or adverse reactions caused by the medications themselves.

The concept of prevention, true prevention, is only given lip service by mainstream medicine.

If you prevent something, what happens? [easy one] That is correct, NOTHING.

“Nothing” is hard to keep up with, isn’t it?

Where is prevention easiest to see at work? Domesticated animals.

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Let me divert our attention to a parallel to human medicine for a few minutes.

When it comes to true prevention Human medicine has not kept pace with Veterinary medicine.

Prevention requires a thorough understanding of the problem at hand – we need to know the underlying reasons WHY the condition occurs.

This understanding was developed out of necessity in the “animal business” – you see, a profitable animal is a healthy animal. [The opposite is true for humans].

Animal life cycles are much shorter than ours. Farmers will see many life cycles in a decade.

During the 1950’s we began using feeds or prepared pellets that contain “everything the animal needs” with our domesticated animals. Simple enough, but this led to a bit of trial and error, AKA PROBLEMS.

One by one, farmers discovered that certain nutrients, if absent, caused illness, birth defects and a list of ailments and disease. 

B9 shortages caused neural tube defects [Anencephaly, Spina bifida, etc].

Zinc deficiency in the expectant mothers led to cleft lip, club foot and chromosomal abnormalities similar to those found in Down’s syndrome.

Tin and Manganese deficiency [trace minerals] resulted in hearing loss and hair loss in sheep.

Copper deficiency was to blame for aneurysms – copper is a co-factor for the enzymes necessary to maintain elastic fibers [Hemorrhoids, varicose veins, stretch marks and crow’s feet are also examples what happens when elastic fibers fail]

A shortage of vitamin E causes Encephalomalacia or softening of the brain in poultry.

Vitamin E, Selenium and the EFA’s when lacking lead to muscular dystrophy that includes Mulberry Heart disease – a fatal cardiomyopathy – seen in pigs.

Domesticated animals do not get diabetes. 

With pigs and cows the goal is for them to gain one pound per day on their way to market. As you might imagine diabetes risk rises with such weight gain – and it does. 

However, scientists figured out that Chromium prevents [and treats] insulin resistance – aka Diabetes.

Chromium is included in every animal feed that is made.

From 1958 to the current day, pigs and cows Do NOT get diabetes in domestication.

Remember we have used insulin from cows and still use pig heart valves. We share physiology and biologic parameters with these animals – including insulin metabolism.

And the list goes on and on……

There are around 60 minerals, 16 vitamins, 12 amino acids and 3 fats that we need for optimal health.

The definition of an Essential nutrient goes like this – A natural chemical compound that is necessary for normal functioning and its absence results in deficiency symptoms. 

The most important nutrients are minerals. 

Plants can manufacture or make vitamins, amino acids/protein and fats.

Plants Can NOT make minerals, if minerals are not in the soil they will not be in the plant.

Our soil has been depleted of minerals for decades. 

Our farming methods [using NPK fertilizer] and our flood control [levees prevent flooding, but also prevent “new” dirt’s delivery] have cause much of this mineral depletion of our farmlands.

This is why farmers and veterinary doctors supplement animal feeds with minerals.

Animals cannot get their nutrition without dietary supplementation and we cannot either.

Back to prevention – 

Many studies suggest that proper nutrition can many prevent illnesses, from heart disease, diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, stroke and even cancer.

Most of the studies utilizing vitamins use doses much higher than what is available in foods.

Vitamin E – a great example of this problem:

Vitamin E, many researchers believe, prevents heart disease – the optimal dose is 400-800 I.U. per day.

This amount of Vitamin E cannot be easily gotten from foods alone[as with most of our nutrients]

The RDA is 15 IU per day [seems a bit low, does it not?]

Foods that are rich in vitamin E include vegetable oils, seeds, nuts and whole grains. 

Some vitamin E is also found in asparagus, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes and berries. 

But how much vitamin E do these foods contain? 

[one mg of vitamin E = 0.67 I.U. or International Units of vitamin E]

Sunflower seeds [113 IU of vitamin E per pound] 36.5 mg vitamin E or 24.5 I.U. per 100 grams.

Almonds [80.5 IU of vitamin E per pound] 26.2 mg or or 17.5 I.U per 100 grams /3 ½ ounces.

Pine nuts [39 IU of vitamin E per pound] 12.6 mg or 8.4 I.U. per 3 ½ ounces. 

Peanuts [21 IU vitamin E per pound] 6.9 mg or 4.6 I.U. of vitamin E per 100 grams/3 ½ ounces .

Spinach [11 IU of vitamin E per pound] 3.5mg or 2.3 i.U. of vitamin E per 100 grams. 

Let me reiterate – scientists think that 400-800 IU of vitamn E per day is considered optimal

This example clearly shows that we cannot get the optimal amount of vitamin E with foods alone. 

There are similar examples for the B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin A, beta –carotene , minerals and the EFA’s. 

Dietary supplementation of vitamins, minerals and EFA’s is crucial to achieve optimal health and avoid illness.

We can, however, achieve proper and even excellent levels of protein and amino acids from our diets. 

Specific amino acid supplementation can be beneficial in treating a variety of conditions including depression, ADD, obesity, erectile dysfunction, high blood pressure and heart disease.

We must supplement our diets to get optimal nutrition.

Remember….

To achieve 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.

As always, feel free to comment or message questions or concerns.

Health Tips of the Day from TheVitaDoc

1) Cut back on Sugar [Reducing Sugar intake LOWERS Cholesterol]

2) Cut back on carbs [Rice/potatoes/pasta/bread turn into sugar]

3) Avoid processed foods [Fresh/Natural foods are Best]

4) Snack on fruits and vegetables [Nobody gets obese doing this]

5) Try to get 20-30 grams of protein per meal [Muscle burns fat]

6) Use Real Butter [Low fat diets keep you hungry]

7) Never use Margarine aka hydrogenated oil/Trans fat 
[Trans fat Increases Heart disease risk!]

8) Seek out Good Fats – sardines, salmon, tuna, walnuts and flax seeds or oil.

9) Avoid Corn oil, Safflower, Sunflower and Cottonseed oils – very high omega 6 to 3 ratio = bad.

10) Use Olive oil, Peanut oil or Lard – they are “heat stable”, lower in omega 6, high in omega 9.

11) Omega 3 oils are destroyed by heat. [Not “heat stable”]

12) 3% of you calories should come from the EFA’s

13) Take a Flax oil supplement – it helps you burn fat [contains ALA and LA – essential fatty acids or EFA’s]

14) Take a quality Fish oil or Krill oil – helps avoid depression, heart helper [contain DHA and EPA]

15) Eat 2 eggs per day [AHA study showed no increase in cholesterol]

16) Get 30 minutes of Sunlight per day [Boosts Vitamin D]

17) Avoid dark Colas [Phosphorus robs Calcium from our Bones]

18) Take a “Multiple Vitamin” [Chelated versions are best]

19) Consider a MCHA based Calcium supplement [Calcium carbonate = Limestone, a rock]

20) Exercise, stay active, but keep it FUN [Make a Commitment]

Remember….

To achieve 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.

As always, feel free to comment or message questions or concerns.

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

Fibromyalgia/Muscle Pain and Fatigue

Do you have chronic muscle pain?

Do you have unexplained muscle pain?

Do you have trigger points of pain and soreness?

Have you been diagnosed with depression but you think it’s physical?

Do you get tired easily? 

Is fatigue a significant problem for you?

Have you been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia?

Has your doctor put you on medication for overly sensitive nerves?

Are you tired of hurting? Read on.

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Fibromyalgia/Muscle Pain and Fatigue

If you’ve been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia you are likely to be frustrated and discouraged by the lack of genuine answers or even practical advice from your doctor. 

Here is a link to give you the mainstream thinking. Notice that eating a balanced diet is only mentioned in passing. [During the mid 1990’s doctors argued that Fibromyalgia didn’t exist all and was just depression or anxiety]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001463

It is the intention of this paper to offer you some hope and encouragement that people with Fibromyalgia do get better and many are able to do so with a nutritional approach. 

Fibromyalgia is a significant cause of pain and suffering. It can have a gradual onset or it may occur suddenly after an illness or injury. It is essentially a failure of the muscles’ integrity and function which results in pain, stiffness and weakness. 

It is a syndrome, meaning its cause or causes are not known and its very existence is not well defined by doctors and medical textbooks, and therefore a source of great frustration for patients who suffer with it. 

The facts support a nutritional/dietary cause. 

Fibromyalgia is increasing in occurrence and could very well be a new condition in the past 30 years. Further, it affects women much more than men. This is probably due to pregnancy/childbearing and body composition differences between the sexes. Women are more prone to certain deficiencies, minerals in particular. [Women have less muscle mass and naturally higher fat percentages – needing fewer calories but often with increased nutrient needs] 

Some fibromyalgia sufferers have consistent symptoms while others have symptoms that wax and wane. The location of pain, its character and association with other co-existing complaints can vary widely. Generally point tenderness and early fatigue are common complaints. 

Patients with Fibromyalgia have many similar complaints but each have their own history making them unique, so each person needs an individualized assessment. 

I’ve seen patients with very similar symptoms respond to very different treatments, everyone is different. Nutrition, digestion-assimilation and detoxification-elimination all interrelate. A doctor versed in each area can systematically optimize all three parameters.

Medical doctors are not formally trained in nutrition, but they do have extensive backgrounds in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, molecular biology (how the molecules of the life work), physiology, physics, microbiology, pathology (the study of disease), so when doctors are unsure or have no answers they tend to think that if it were important, they would know it already. 

There are many illnesses (diagnoses) or let’s say syndromes that reflect this assumption; “auto-immune” – blames the patient’s body – “genetic or hereditary” – blames the parents – “Idio-pathic” – says it’s a “stupid disease” and the list goes on. 

Occasionally, there are “breakthroughs” in getting the basic science or front line biology [usually from animal studies into mainstream medicine. 

Stomach ulcers in animals [pigs] were shown to be caused by a bacteria [H. pylori] in 1958. There was a “breakthrough” in the late 1980’s when human testing verified the same, now it is thought that 90% of stomach ulcers are caused by this bacteria. 

Many medical “breakthroughs are more about breaking into mainstream circles than actual discovery. To say it another way, it is about the reluctant application of proven facts into a fairly rigid system that resists change. Fortunately there is increasing interest in natural or nutritional remedies.

Well done scientific studies do exist and it is my hope these “new” findings will make their way into the mainstream belief systems [ie telling patients/ the public at large about them]

A side note: If the mainstream medical establishment were to say that nutrition can prevent and/or treat disease and illness this would shake the foundation of “medicine” based health care. Further, the suggestion that we must supplement our diets with vitamins, minerals and oils/fats to get optimal nutrition is a slap in the face to our food supply and generally not well received by the food industry. We have several levels of “interests” to overcome before we can look at nutrition honestly as a nation, but luckily we are working on a personal level – therefore more practical.

It is easy to find examples of exaggerated delaying of clinical application from time of “discovery” of new scientific information. 
You are probably aware that Vitamin B9 [folic acid] can prevent birth defects. The connection was discovered in the 1950’s, yet expectant childbearing women were not told to take B9 until the mid to late 1990’s. Now supplemental Folic acid or vitamin B9 is widely recommended to prevent birth defects. Difficult to believe, isn’t it?

Selenium

A particularly scary example [as well as appropriate for this topic] is Keshan’s Disease, a disease of the heart in humans, is due to selenium deficiency. A fatal cardiomyopathy.

Keshan’s Disease has appeared in nearly every medical text book since the early eighties. The story goes like this: In the mid 70’s kids in Keshan’s province of China were dying of a new heart condition, 13 out of a thousand [where 3/1,000 is an epidemic]. 

Children that lived near a railroad line [and got some food from elsewhere, in addition to eating the typical diet] died of this fatal condition at a much lower rate only 1/1,000. 

Soil analyses indicated that selenium [a trace mineral/anti-oxidant] content in the soils were low. 

[Remember plants cannot make minerals – we are designed to get our minerals from plants grown in dirt – plants take rock-like mineral, 3% absorbable and convert them to a colloidal form, 98% absorbable]

A study was done… 36,000 kids… Some got selenium some didn’t and you guessed it. The kids in the non-selenium group had a rate of 13 out of 1,000 while in the selenium group only 1 out of 1,000 contracted this illness and died. Now every medical text book contains this info!! 

To this date I have not found one cardiologist who’s heard of it, however I’ve told a few about it. Initially the tone is somewhat mocking but once they look it up, they usually go out and purchase a selenium supplement. 

I’ll add now that viral cardiomyopathy, idiopathic cardiomyopathy, idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis, post-partal cardiomyopathy and sadly SIDS [sudden infant death syndrome] compare closely to Keshan’s, each named for the given presentation. Also their causes are listed as “unknown”.

The next time you hear of an athlete dying suddenly with no blockages and a failing heart you’ll have new insight. How many people await heart transplants who could benefit from this info? 100-200 thousand? 

White muscle disease, stiff lamb disease and mulberry heart disease are all examples of muscle diseases [“myopathies”] in animals and they were eradicated/prevented with nutrition in the late 1950’s. Vitamin E, Selenium, and the Omega 3 oils are credited in veterinary literature.

Fibromyalgia has just gained widespread acceptance as even existing, much less being appreciated as a preventable or reversible condition. 

Remember it took scientists/doctors more than a hundred years to agree that citrus [vitamin C] could prevent and reverse scurvy. 

The derogatory term “Limey” persists today for the British sailors required to carry/eat a quarter of a lime or lemon per day per sailor around 1795. The merchant ships didn’t follow suit until 1865; it’s worth noting not a single British navy sailor died of scurvy during that 70-year period.

Now, would you believe that in addition to bleeding gums and easy bruising that muscle pain also accompanies vitamin C deficiency?

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is important for muscle function as well, without it, muscle pain. 

Vitamin E also has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer as well as heart disease. 

Vitamin E in two Harvard Studies showed a 77% reduction in heart attacks and 47% reduction in death from heart disease. Check out Dr Atkins book Vita-Nutrient Solution .

CoQ10

CoEnzyme Q10 is also essential for muscle function, its deficiency results in fatigue/ weakness and even heart failure with fluid retention :and interestingly obese patients will often lose weight much easier on CoQ10; about 1/3 of overweight patients studied were deficient.

Interestingly enough: The Statin drugs, the popular cholesterol medications, impair the body’s ability to make CoQ10. Everyone taking a statin is wise to take extra CoQ10.

B Vitamins

Many of the B vitamin deficiencies can lead to pain syndromes.

Thiamin deficiency can lead to pain and noise hyper-sensitivity- small noises, big annoyance]. 

B6 or pyridoxine, B12, B9 or folate are important for nerve and muscle function and pain can result if they are deficient.

B vitamin deficiency can occur – either by dietary shortages or by over utilization – too much sugar in the diet depletes B vitamins – sugar is converted to fat and this burns or consumes B vitamins.

Chromium

Chromium deficiency leads to insulin resistance/hypoglycemia and eventually diabetes. Chromium being short will lead to protein wasting or muscle loss because sugar [glucose] is converted into fat with higher than normal insulin levels [usually sugar cravings will occur]. The brain works mostly on glucose, so the liver will convert protein from muscle into glucose for energy as needed. This loss of muscle can be perceived as weakness. To fix this problem; limit sugars and starches, increase protein intake and optimize chromium levels by supplementing [200-400mcg twice a day – chromium is safe, toxicity occurs above 70,000 mcg per day according to the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA].

Magnesium and Calcium Balance

Magnesium deficiency, either absolute or relative [compared to calcium], can cause significant muscle pain, spasm and weakness. Remember that magnesium is the mineral center of the chlorophyll molecule, the green pigment of plants. Greener vegetables have more magnesium [and those that start out green, tomatoes, in particular] 

Proper Calcium balance is required for proper sleep as well as muscle and nerve function. Many people are not aware of this fact. 
If you are deficient in calcium, you will not sleep well.
Neither do animals……..[and worse]

Laboratory rats, when deprived of calcium become irritable, belligerent and eventually cannibalistic. Yes, you read that correctly. Interestingly enough, these same rats became friendly and docile again when re-fed a proper diet including calcium.
So, it is worthwhile to learn how we can optimize our calcium balance.

I have mentioned the concept of a “calcium balance” a few times, let me explain what I mean.

Our bodies require around 60 minerals for optimal health. As you can imagine, this collection of characters must interact properly or all will be chaos. Some have bigger parts, but all serve a purpose and must be present in the correct ratios.

Calcium has its supporting cast. Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium and Potassium interact and keep us alive. 

Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus have a love/hate relationship, let’s call it co-dependent but they try their best to get along. 

You see, Phosphorus is the most plentiful in our diets [meats, dairy, fiber and colas all provide us with all we need, and more].

Magnesium is very important [some say 300 functions in the body] and, of course, Calcium is the prima donna [140 plus functions] that demands the spotlight.

Our bodies insist upon a 1:2:1 ratio [1 Magnesium : 2 Calcium : 1 Phosphorus]

In other words, if we have 1,000mg of phosphorus we need 2,000mg of calcium to be balanced. Here’s where the trouble starts. If we have a phosphorus burden [say a 12oz cola with 1,000mg of phosphorus] we must go to the bones to “borrow” calcium if we are short. A complicating fact is that the “bone bank” loans out calcium in increments of 10. This overshoots our needs and results in a relative excess of calcium that betrays the 1:2 ratio with magnesium [perhaps 1:8]. In nature and in our bodies there are ways that imbalances are corrected. In this case two things will happen – one is increased spilling of calcium in the urine – Secondly precipitation of calcium occurs [aka malignant calcification] in the tissues, blood vessels and bones in the form of spurring or calcium deposits. I told you there’d be trouble.

Take home message:

~We need to avoid excess Phosphorus in our diets [especially dark colas]

~It is important to get plenty of Magnesium [found in plants’ chlorophyll – YOUR veggies]

~Getting adequate Calcium is a must. [dairy is the primary dietary source, but often impractical]

Which Calcium supplement is best?

~Take 500mg of MCHA [Calcium] twice a day.

~MCHA is derived from cows and is 40-60% absorbed where calcium carbonate products are 3% absorbed.

No animal eats rocks for its Calcium, we shouldn’t either.

Remember calcium carbonate is chemically identical to limestone; so are oyster shells, egg shells, coral and dolomite. Calcium citrate is also an example of a metallic or rock-like mineral and therefore not very bio-available. Save your money.

Protein and amino acids help prevent muscle pain.

As previously mentioned, protein and it’s building blocks amino acids have very specific functions dealing with cellular structure, membrane function and permeability, enzyme form and function as well as backup energy. 

Protein is important for normal muscle function.

The importance of getting balanced protein in adequate amounts cannot be overstated. Protein is built or comprised of 20 different amino acids [Think of amino acids as being the different railcars of a train with proteins being the whole train].

Remember animal proteins are complete and well balanced where vegetable sources are known for missing one or more of the essential amino acids. 

If any one of the 12 essential amino acids is missing problems ensue [Soy protein lacks the amino acid methionine, a sulfur containing amino acid]- methionine and cysteine [both sulfur containing] are necessary for flexibility of cells, tissues, joints and muscle alike; MSM, glucosamine and bovine cartilage supplements help here when there are shortages. 

Taurine [not strictly speaking an amino acid – actually a sulfonic acid] is also a sulfur containing molecule – that is naturally occurring -it helps equalize the balance of sodium and potassium as well as magnesium and calcium; those who tend to retain fluid benefit from taurine as a supplement without the side effects of medicine’s “water pills” or diuretics.

Tyrosine, an essential amino acid, is converted into several of the brain’s neurotransmitters [dopamine and adrenaline], and utilized in the production of skin and hair pigment [melanin] as well as being one part of the thyroid hormone [the other, Iodine]. 

Tryptophan [an amino acid found in turkey but not in corn] converts to serotonin [one of the neurotransmitters necessary for sleep and also suppresses hunger] and into niacin [Vitamin B3 whose deficiency leads to the four “D’s” of Pellagra diarrhea, dermatitis, dementia and death]. 

l-Carnitine [an amino acid which can be made from lysine, one of the essential amino acids] found primarily in red meat, is essential to carry fats into the body’s furnace [the mitochondria] and hence referred to as a “fat burner”; without it, weakness and fatty accumulation in tissues can occur [fatty liver] ; dose generally 500mg twice a day, up to 4,000 mg per day. 

There are other amino acids that are considered “essential”, that is we cannot make them from other amino acids and therefore they must be present in the diet. 

One final note here: l-glutamine, the most common amino acid in muscle, is not considered essential because we can make it from other amino acids. However, it approaches the essential category for many people because it serves as secondary energy source [it converts to glucose], it donates a nitrogen group [amino group] to help make other amino acids and to balance the body’s acid [when it donates that amino group to make urea] and as a protein reserve. 

l-glutamine is helpful in balancing blood sugar and also curbs the craving for alcohol.

Omega 3 oils and other Fats

The omega 3 fats found in cold water fish and in flax seed oil are necessary for normal brain function, skin, sinuses, lungs, heart, liver, eyes, and muscle, both structurally and for energy. 

Because fats tend to spoil or go rancid, they are taken out or “processed out” of many foods to extend shelf-life (low fat = longer shelflife). 

A big problem with several simple answers. 

Chickens fed flax-meal lay eggs rich in omega 3 fats.

Flax seed oil has twice the amount of the omega 3 fats as fish oil [everybody needs at least 6 grams or 6,000 mg per day, more is needed when deficiency syndromes occur. 

I recommend 2 eggs per day [be imaginative, soft scramble, poach, boil, over easy with butter but don’t fry in grease or overcook]. Also in eggs – carotenoids, B vitamins including lecithin/choline – Choline is not found in many foods and is very important for acetyl-choline production – the major neurotransmitter of the brain and body. 

Use Butter – Never use Margarine (hydrogenated oil) with its “trans” fats – the enemy to the good fats and sabotages the body’s ability to process fats normally. 

Hydrogenated oil [margarine] cannot be avoided completely because it is found in many processed foods like peanut butter, bread and many baked items, again the force behind this is extension of shelf life and reduced cost. 

Taking extra vitamin E, vitamin C and omega 3 fats [like flax seed oil or fish oil] help protect you from trans fats .

It is also wise to avoid the omega 6 rich oils – safflower, sunflower, corn, canola and soy bean oil. Use olive oil.

Quick side note; Vitamin E is difficult to get in sufficient amounts from foods so I advise people to supplement with at least 400 IU per day [the 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.

Adrenal Exhaustion

The adrenal glands are like hormone factories that sit atop the kidneys, named for the adrenaline they produce and they also make a long list of hormones that are based on the cholesterol molecule. In fact over 150 cholesterol based hormones are made there including cortisone, estrogen, testosterone, progesterone and aldosterone. 

If we are “stressed”, physically, emotionally, nutritionally or with toxins/chemicals/medications etc, Adrenal Exhaustion can occur which classically manifests as odor/smell sensitivity to fumes, foods, perfumes or an unusually sensitive sense of smell which will lead to frequent nausea or upset stomach. 

The short answer is this: by taking an Adrenal Extract you can supplement the adrenal glands’ function while you take other measures to support its function like getting more sunlight, supplementing with vitamin C, getting more animal protein and fat (red meat, eggs etc). Women need about 5% of the testosterone [the male hormone] for muscle strength and maintenance as well as for libido. The adrenal glands produce testosterone under the direction of the growth hormone [the trace mineral boron is also necessary for the adrenals to make testosterone].

Another thought: Basal Body Temperature
If your temperature is ever 97.8 or less you probably have an “underactive” thyroid gland, even if the lab tests are “normal”. Taking the temperature orally under the tongue is probably the best way; the typical way axillary or under the arm is too variable and often gives a lower temperature, variations in humidity/moisture cause this discrepancy [the more moisture the better the heat transfer], therefore oral temperatures are more accurate.

Iodine deficiency or lack of dietary iodine will impair the thyroid glands’ ability to make thyroxine, the thyroid hormone [The thyroid hormone works by “setting the thermostat” or the “idle of the body” [like a car will idle too low and die at red-lights or rev if the idle is set too high].

A few interesting tips:
If you apply a 3-4 inch circle of tincture of iodine on your bare skin it should last 24 hours. If your body is short on iodine, the body will eagerly and quickly absorb the iodine, making the stain disappear in 2-3 hours.

This is both diagnostic as well as therapeutic [ie gives your body a source of iodine]. You can re-apply this in different locations repeatedly [the same spot may get irritated]. I’ve seen people with increasing energy in a week or so.

There are products which contain both iodine and tyrosine that can be taken by mouth. Potassium Iodide is the fastest iodine to be utilized [kelp, although more popular doesn’t work as quickly or as completely. 

Sea salt is not a good source of iodine, contrary to popular belief, where iodized salt is, you can buy iodized sea salt.

More symptomatic patients require thyroid replacement medication. See your doctor if you have significant symptoms and do not stop any medication before discussing it with your physician.

In conclusion, Fibromyalgia is very real, yet it’s been largely ignored by Organized Medicine until recently.

Fibromyalgia is not a deficiency of any medication. Medicines can provide much needed symptom relief but we must also consider the underlying causes of these symptoms.

There are answers to help each patient, however, just as we differ as individuals so will the path to recovery. 

Careful evaluation of each patient can help determine the actual causes of the symptoms [Heart, lung, thyroid, kidney or liver problems, diabetes, electrolyte abnormalities, anemia, immune problems and vitamin/mineral deficiency]. 

The depth of testing must be individualized to accommodate each patient’s presentation; often tests are too much of the focus and the history’s value is under-valued [Listen to the patient first]. 

Many Fibromyalgia victims come to me after being diagnosed as depressed or after being treated “unsuccessfully” for depression for extended periods of time, months to years. 

Finally – Depression may make pain worse but Depression does not cause muscle pain but the reverse is true, chronic muscle pain can cause depression.

Summary:

It is very important to be evaluated by a doctor. There are many treatable conditions that cause fatigue and pain.

Balanced nutrition is necessary for optimal health

Consider taking a CoQ10 supplement.

Take supplemental Calcium [MCHA is the best type]

Measure you body temperature.

If your blood pressure is low, consider extra B12.

Make sure you are getting extra vitamin C.

Take a B complex supplement.

Get a good multiple vitamin mineral product that includes selenium.

Consider taking extra vitamin A and vitamin E.

Take quality omega 3 supplements.

Avoid Trans fats. [Margarine or hydrogenated oil]

Consider taking supplemental digestive enzymes.

Finally, get some sunlight every day – 20 to 30 minutes [Vitamin D]

Remember….

To achieve 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.

As always, feel free to comment or message questions or concerns.

 

Can You “Get Everything You Need from the Four Food Groups”?

Do you think that you can “get everything you need from the four food groups”?

Doesn’t it seem that Drug companies control Health Care?

Medical studies almost always involve Drug therapies not nutrition – ever wonder why?

Do you have drug advertisement fatigue? [I do]

Have you ever noticed that medication seems to be the first line therapy for most problems?

Doesn’t it seem more logical to put diet and nutrition first?

Have your doctors recommended dietary supplements to you? [Probably not]

Do you have faith in our food supply?

Is there good evidence that we need to supplement our diets? Yes

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Our Food Supply:

It is important to realize that we share a lot of biology with animals.

Our nutritional needs are very similar to most animals, including lions, tigers and bears – cows, pigs and chickens, too!

Farmers and veterinary scientists add vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fats to animal feeds, and have been for over 50 years. Are you curious about why this is?

As simple as it sounds – this makes animals healthier.

As I have stated many times:

Our soil is depleted, that is, our farmland has been stripped of minerals. [We need around 60 minerals]

We have used a “fertilizer” for over 100 years, NPK or nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

We have also utilized levees for around 100 years as well.

With 5-7 years of using the same soil without flooding [no new minerals] the minerals are depleted.

[Think of your checking account – all withdrawals and no deposits = trouble.]

Evidence of this is seen in animals’ failure to thrive, birth defects and a long list of illnesses.

Plants and animals both need minerals to live and thrive. [Plants are more susceptible to disease, too]

Plants take metallic or rock-like minerals into their system and turn them into colloidal minerals [98% absorbable].

Plants make Vitamins, Amino acids/protein and Oils/Fats but they CAN NOT make Minerals.

Minerals must be in the soil or they will not be in plants.

Animals, by design, acquire their minerals through eating plants or by eating other animals [who have eaten plants and other vegetation like algae or seaweed].

Animals are not designed or suited to eat rocks for their mineral needs [neither are we]. Metallic minerals are 3% absorbed.

Until we repair our soil and farmland we MUST supplement our diets to ensure complete mineral nutrition.

We have done this is animals for over 50 years. [We deserve a similar effort]

If the Mainstream authorities were to say “Take nutritional supplements to stay healthy” – people will ask, WHY?

The answer is simple, yet unsettling.

Due to our farming methods our food supply is inadequate to provide proper nutrition or put another way – You can’t get your 90 some odd ESSENTIAL nutrients from food alone.

Remember “Essential Nutrients” are those that when absent will lead to symptoms – deficiency symptoms.

The good news is this – Science has provided us with a list of essential nutrients and we can achieve optimal health if we pursue and obtain them.

Many naysayers will say – “show me the evidence” and that is ok.

Unfortunately, in mainstream medicine the “Gold Standard” for evidence has been largely limited to the Double blind, placebo control type studies while many meaningful case studies are ignored.

There are numerous of double blind, placebo control studies that show the value of nutritional supplements – minerals, vitamins, amino acids and oils/fats.

There other ways to show benefit – case studies are valuable and informative.

[How many studies are necessary to show that we need water or oxygen?]

With medications we always have to worry about toxicity, side effects and adverse or unexpected outcomes [like birth defects or increased risk of cancer]

It is easy to see why “less is better” when speaking about medications.

Medications are almost always “disablers” – that is they block a given enzyme or normal cellular process in an effort to target a symptom or symptoms.

Nutrients act as “enablers” – that is they promote normal cellular processes, including vital enzymes.

Nutrients are safer than medications – cheaper and a lot more logical.

With nutrients there are optimal levels that can be sought – or the amounts associated with the best function, brilliant really.

Let me say that many medications are necessary and most are reasonably safe. Medications usually work faster, but they are rarely a good long term option. Talk to your doctor about any medication that you take.

Where possible it is best to use natural alternatives – remember “diet first” is the wisest choice.

I feel that Dr Atkins can assist me here……

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An excerpt from Dr Atkins’ book the Vita-Nutrient Solution

CASE HISTORIES PROVIDE SCIENTIFIC DATA

While these stories are certainly dramatic, others may be more illustrative because they are typical of 80-90 percent of patients with similar problems.

For example, Jack Spanfield came to the Atkins Center at age forty-three with an eleven-year history of ulcerative colitis. Its painful symptoms include frequent bloody diarrhea, mucus, and cramps. Jack had failed to benefit from the strongest of medications and required two painkilling enemas every day when I first examined him. After two weeks of targeted vita-nutrient therapy and a sugarless diet, he began to improve. Within six weeks his bowel function was completely normal, and within three months he was off all medications.

Marian Longstaff, a seventy-four-year-old woman, had had psoriasis for seventeen years. Even with considerable doses of prednisone, she was suffering from itchy, scaly patches on her scalp, knees, elbows, and arms. She improved within six weeks on a vita-nutrient program, and in seven months the scales, the itching, and the prednisone were all gone.

Isabel Palmer, a forty-one-year-old woman, had diabetes, asthma, migraine headaches, and high blood pressure. After a few months on vitanutrients targeted specifically to all of these conditions, every problem was gone or virtually gone.

Karen Wickman, a forty-eight-year-old woman with a complete absence of hair (alopecia areata), complained of fatigue, memory loss, and high cholesterol, for which she took a statin drug. After a few months of taking vita-nutrients she could buy in a health food store, her cholesterol dropped sixty points, even without the medications. Her memory and alertness improved, and best of all, her hair started growing in!

Ronald Dawson, age thirty-six, had migraines so severe that he had been on disability for four years. Within a month of starting vita-nutrients, he was off three different kinds of strong medications and his migraines had stopped.

The great majority of patients I see at the Atkins Center could also tell you stories of how they benefited by upgrading their nutritional intake.

Yet most had been told by well-trained specialists that nothing else— besides drugs—could help them. Don’t believe anyone who tells you that! It simply means that nothing can be done within medicine’s offcially sanctioned surgical and pharmaceutical boundaries.

Beyond these narrow confines, however, is a universe of scientifically validated treatments—vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids, enzymes, and other biochemical substances that exist naturally in our bodies or diet— which the medical establishment chooses not to recognize.

Taking nutritional supplements is not new. But what is new now is that medical science itself, through research and experiment, is beginning to legitimize the nonpharmaceutical prescriptions used for so long by progressive health practitioners.

Together, published studies and real-world clinical evidence prove that a wide range of these nourishing compounds can overcome illness as well as (and usually better than) the best drugs and invasive surgeries that money can buy.

The patients I have described refused the conventional wisdom of the medical establishment. In so doing, they recovered far beyond anyone’s expectations, simply by eating properly and taking nutrient supplements.

From headache to hypertension, diarrhea to diabetes, most modern-day illnesses are diet-related disorders. They result from eating incorrectly and not ingesting enough of the nourishing, naturally present biochemicals that optimize vital bodily functions.

Successful treatment of illness results from replenishing the supply of these substances through diet and nutritional supplements.

Atkins, Robert C. (2011-05-24 00:00:00-05:00). Dr. Atkins’ Vita-Nutrient Solution (Kindle Locations 358-370). Simon & Schuster, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
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Achieving better health through proper nutrition via wise food choices as well as targeted dietary supplementation is elegantly simple.

Don’t let outdated information keep you back – make an effort to learn about which nutrients are needed and how to get them.

As I always Remind you…

To achieve 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.

As always, feel free to comment or message questions or concerns.