FeaturedThe Power of Healthy Eating “Let Food Be Your Medicine”

This website challenges the mainstream advice on healthy eating and showcases the power of clean, whole foods to rebuild total body health.

Our ancestors ate diets that contradict modern nutritional dogma, and these traditional diets, full of animal fats and cholesterol, but low in sugar and grains, kept them in excellent health.

People eating this nutrient-dense, traditional diets lived healthy, disease-free lives. They died of old age, instead of heart disease, cancer or diabetes. They didn’t need medical procedures, expensive drugs, or insurance for long hospital stays.

What is a Traditional Diet?

Traditional diets come in many forms, but they all include real food, close to its natural state, and rich in vitamins and minerals. These clean, healthy foods are nature’s medicine, providing the basis for good health without the nasty side effects associated with drug-based therapies.

There are still societies in the world eating real food free of processed, polluted ingredients. These people enjoy excellent health without the intervention of doctors and drugs.

How much clearer could the relationship between healthy eating and disease be?

Benefits of Healthy Eating

The themes of this site include the benefits of:

  • Whole, real foods: Healthy eating habits begin with real, nutrient-dense, organically grown foods that are naturally low in carbohydrates and rich in protein and clean, natural fats.
  • The avoidance of artificial, processed foods that rely on chemical additives for flavor, appearance, and texture, and genetically modified ingredients for a cheap price. These foods have long shelf lives and even longer ingredient labels. The chemicals used to create these foods aren’t supportive of human health, and many have never been tested in the combinations in which they are used in food manufacturing.
  • Increased awareness of the profit-oriented agendas and dynamics which drive the “low fat, whole grain” health advice promoted by the Federal Government and our American medical organizations. Much of this advice is driven by the false assumption that the consumption of saturated fat and cholesterol causes heart disease. This lie is at the core of the healthy eating advice promoted by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, and all of the dietary agencies which follow. The misleading health propaganda these agencies promote exerts great influence on how our doctors determine the dietary advice and drug treatments they provide. Worse, it opens the door for the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry to endanger the health and the wallets of the American public through the sales of new but ineffective and often dangerous drugs.
  • Using whole foods as medicine to treat and heal chronic illness and to build and support vibrant health without the use of modern drugs. Most health problems are based on an unhealthy diet which is too high in carbohydrates, and low in real whole foods. Switching to a diet that emphasizes healthy fats and protein can transform illness into vibrant health.

Gardening Advice Recommendations

There are lots of gardening advice sources on the internet, and it can be tough choosing the best products for the money spent. But I’ve already spent the money and learned which resources really work, and I’m happy to share what I know with you. Here’s a list of the gardening advice books and systems I own and use. Hopefully, this will help you choose from the hundreds of products out there.


Top Recommendation:

I recommend the Food4Wealth system because this e-book/video system packs an amazing amount of gardening know-how in a very friendly package. It provides a practical step-by-step method to get you started and tells you what you need to know to you keep your garden going.

But most importantly, the author explains how to grow food with Nature instead of against it. He calls his method “ecologically-grown.” The food his methods produce is not only organic but is grown in a way that is self-sustainable. That is a really important distinction because not all organic food is grown in a way that supports the ecological system in which it is grown.

Food4Wealth was written by Jonathan White, an experienced, professional environmental scientist, and gardener. This man has over 20 years of experience in growing vegetables. Through personal research, he developed this comprehensive package of techniques to allow gardeners to grow food in small spaces with higher yields and less work. Jonathan’s easy-to-understand style makes Food4Wealth a good resource for beginners and advanced gardeners alike. Here’s a nice overview video from the author: What’s included in the package:

  • E-Book: Easy to read and navigate E-book with over 80 pages of quality information, including a number of easy to understand illustrations.
  • Video Tutorials: The package provides 14 video presentations with over 60 minutes of quick and easy “here’s how” type presentations. The author explains clearly and directly all you need to know.
  • One Page Project Plan: a task sheet that lists all the tasks from start to finish. It’s a “big picture” guide to help you through the whole setup process. It makes the process of getting started very quick and very easy. A Gardening Checklist: The checklist keeps you on task, and helps you avoid problems.
  • A Maintenance Plan: This is a very simple guide to show you what you need to check and maintain in your garden.
  • A Complete Materials List: This will help you get what you need to get started.

Bottom Line:

Food4Wealth is an easy to use, advice packed package provided at a fair price. The author is knowledgeable and sincere and has put together a program that will provide plenty of tips and advice for the beginner gardener, and help the more advanced gardener increase yields with less effort. The package is really valuable for anyone who wants to grow organic food.

If you have been thinking of starting your own organic vegetable garden or have already begun, Food4Wealth can help you get started easily and quickly. I highly recommend it!


Additional Books with Great Gardening Advice

Here are a few other gardening advice books I own and use as reference guides.

HbA1c: What is it?

HbA1c is an acronym for a test which measures the amount of glycated, or “sticky” hemoglobin in your red blood cells over time.


Hemoglobin is a substance inside your red blood cells which acts as a carrier for oxygen from your lungs to all of the other cells in your body.

As you probably know, sugar is very sticky, especially sugar in a liquid form. This is the form that is found in your bloodstream, especially after you eat a high carbohydrate meal.

The sugar in your bloodstream bonds (glycates) to the hemoglobin protein in your red blood cells, and makes this protein sticky. Since red blood cells live about 120 days, the test can “look backward” and give you a picture of your average blood sugar levels over the preceding 2 to 3 months.

Simply put, the higher your average blood sugar, the more hemoglobin that becomes glycated, and the higher your hemoglobin a1c levels on the test results.

The general consensus in the medical community is that an HbA1c level below 6 is normal. Many doctors only perform this test if they suspect a diagnosis of diabetes. You may have to ask for it specifically.

However, the EPIC study results suggest that the lower the number resulting from this test, the better.

Why is it important to keep your blood sugar and hence your HbA1c levels low? Because studies like the EPIC Norfolk study have shown that a glycated hemoglobin level above 6 sharply increases your risk of a heart attack.

The EPIC study results state: “In men and women, the relationship between hemoglobin A1c and cardiovascular disease (806 events) and between hemoglobin A1c and all-cause mortality (521 deaths) was continuous and significant throughout the whole distribution. The relationship was apparent in persons without known diabetes. Persons with hemoglobin A1c concentrations less than 5% had the lowest rates of cardiovascular disease and mortality…these relative risks were independent of age, body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio, systolic blood pressure, serum cholesterol concentration, cigarette smoking, and history of cardiovascular disease.”

If you plot the raw data from the EPIC study on a chart, as Peter at Hyperlipid did, it looks like this:

And another study just published here, found that “in the overall population, higher levels of GHb (glycated hemoglobin)were associated with increased risk of mortality from all causes, heart disease, and cancer.”

Pretty convincing reason to cut back on your carbohydrate intake, if you ask me. Keeping your carb intake low will automatically lower your average blood sugar, which in turn will lower your glycated hemoglobin levels.

Here’s an article on Science Daily’s website which explains why “Hemoglobin A1c outperforms fasting glucose for Diabetes risk prediction.”


HbA1c Values

The table below provides a reference for HbA1c values and how they correlate to blood sugar levels. Normal ranges are noted.

HbA1c Glucose level (mg/dl)
during prior 2-3 months
4% 60 (normal)
5% 90 (normal)
6% 120 (normal)
7% 150
8% 180
9% 210
10% 240
11% 270
12% 300
13% 330
14% 360

Alternative Health Research: Using Nutrition to Fight Disease

The phrase alternative health is an interesting one. It was coined to identify health care practices that are outside of mainstream medicine. Most often, “alternative” medical care utilizes a program of nutritional changes or nutritive supplements in some way.

How ironic that the use of clean, whole foods to treat illness is classified as an “alternative” cure within our medical system.

If our medical personnel was trained in nutrition, eating well would be the first method of treatment, instead of being sidelined as an eccentric option. Think of the money that could be saved if we turned to healthy food instead of drugs for treating illness.

Scientists willing to put aside old attitudes are discovering the genius of the body’s biological wizardry and its ability to maintain and restore its natural health when supported with proper nutrition and alternative health care.


Alternative Health Care: Using Nutrition to Heal

Currently, our modern medical system has taken the path of treating the body as a machine to control by either taking it apart or adding temporary fixes to hold it together. Most doctors don’t attempt to find and treat the root cause of the diseases they encounter. They only know how to treat the symptoms of the disease once it manifests.

There are, of course, some doctors who are the exception. For those doctors who have realized that good nutrition is the first and best medicine, I applaud you. Your patients are lucky to have your guidance. And I salute you for the courage to go against the mainstream in offering an alternative health care program.

The research done to support the idea that proper nutrition can heal people of various diseases is extensive.

I’ve compiled a list of the research being done on various health conditions, and the treatments and cures being proposed using an alternative health approach, whole foods diet, and natural supplements:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease: Recent research on Alzheimer’s disease has suggested that a lack of dietary cholesterol can lead to an imbalance in the repair mechanisms of the brain.
  • Atherosclerosis: The latest research on atherosclerosis points to a chronic high carb diet as a factor resulting in inflammation, metabolic syndrome, high triglycerides and the proliferation of a subclass of small dense LDL particles termed Apo Pattern B. Dr. Ronald Krauss is one researcher to watch on this front. You can ask your doctor about the VAP test for checking your LDL particle size. Another path of research is exploring iodine deficiency as a factor.
  • Atrial Fibrillation (Heart Arrhythmia): A higher fat, low carb diet, the right vitamins and minerals, and iodine can be effective treatments for this condition.
  • Anemia: Persistent anemia is a marker for wheat gluten sensitivity. In a study published in 2008, a research team led by Prof. Reza Malekzadeh studied the prevalence of gluten-sensitive enteropathy (GSE) in a large group of patients with iron deficiency anemia (IDA) of obscure origin. They concluded that “There is a high prevalence…of gluten-sensitive enteropathy in patients with iron deficiency anemia of obscure origin. A gluten-free diet can improve anemia in GSE patients..”
  • Autism: Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride has discovered that in virtually all cases of autism, the patient suffers from severe digestive problems. Dr. Campbell-McBride began to research autism after her son was diagnosed with this condition. Since, she has found a distinct correlation between unhealthy intestinal flora, poor digestion, and toxicity from chemicals created by undigested foods, which can severely affect brain chemistry. She calls this Gut and Psychology Syndrome or GAPS. Her alternative health treatment detailed on the Gut and Psychology Syndrome DVD starts with prescribing the GAPS diet to help the patient heal the digestive system. There is also some evidence that vitamin D deficiency is linked to autism.
  • Cancer: Several studies have shown that some cancers are exacerbated by the high blood sugar levels associated with a high carbohydrate (sugar) diet. Dr. Eugene Fine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine is doing some interesting work treating some types of cancer with a very low carbohydrate diet. Several studies have shown that some cancers are exacerbated by high blood sugar levels. Dr. Fine leads the cutting-edge RECHARGE Trial which stands for REduced CarboHydrates Against Resistant Growth Tumors. His team is examining whether a very low carbohydrate diet can help cancer patients reduce the number of certain types of cancer in their bodies. Examples of the cancers being treated include metastatic breast cancer, colon cancer, and many others. Another team led by Dr. Anthony Heaney published a study in the August 2010 Cancer Research journal which shows that pancreatic cancer cells feed on fructose. Fructose is the main sugar found in fruit, table sugar and especially in processed foods, where it is part of the high fructose corn syrup added to so many manufactured food products. And this study reports two case studies in which children suffering from advanced-stage malignant Astrocytoma tumors were placed on a very low carb, ketogenic diet. The authors of the study write “Within 7 days of initiating the ketogenic diet, blood glucose levels declined to low-normal levels and blood ketones were elevated twenty to thirtyfold. Results of PET scans indicated a 21.8% average decrease in glucose uptake at the tumor site in both subjects. One patient 063024/hexhibited significant clinical improvements in mood and new skill development during the study. She continued the ketogenic diet for an additional twelve months, remaining free of disease progression.
  • Celiac disease: This autoimmune disease is rooted in a cereal grain gluten intolerance. The factors associated with celiac disease are shared by many autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and others.
  • Cholesterol levels: It is a fact that half of all heart-related deaths occur in people who have normal cholesterol levels. In the United States, we have been brainwashed into believing that elevated cholesterol is synonymous with death from heart disease. But this is not true. Inflammation measured by levels of C Reactive Protein and elevated triglyceride levels due to a high carb diet is much better predictors of heart disease. But mainstream doctors are prescribing dangerous drugs called statins in ever greater numbers to lower cholesterol. Alternative health strategies include lowering your carb intake and eating more fats and protein to address cholesterol issues.

  • Crohns’ disease: Jordin Rubin, the author of The Maker’s Diet, writes about almost dying from Crohn’s disease. Read the first chapter of his book to understand how he used an alternative health care program, a clean, whole foods diet and natural probiotics to heal his severely damaged digestive tract.
  • Depression: There are several nutritional treatments that are being used to successfully fight depression. These include chromium picolinate, omega 3 fatty acids, several B vitamins, vitamin D and low cholesterol. These alternative health strategies are especially helpful in the treatment of atypical depression, a condition associated with carbohydrate addiction.
  • Diabetes: Although it is seen as an alternative health treatment, the effect of a low carb diet on the symptoms of diabetes and diabetic blood glucose control is immediate and positive. There are many studies published showing that the lower the carbohydrate intake, the better control the diabetic has over his or her blood sugar. Other studies have shown that keeping your blood sugar low also lowers your risk of heart disease. A test called an HbA1c can help you determine if your average blood sugar is too high. The American Diabetes Association’s recommended diet is too high in carbohydrates and doesn’t achieve the blood glucose control that a low or very low carb diet does. I’ve written more about the effects of low carb diets versus the ADA’s diet recommendations for diabetics here. In addition, a low carb diet can reverse pre diabetes symptoms, and there is evidence of a diabetes iodine connection. One study has shown that iodine supplementation has a positive effect on blood glucose control in diabetic patients.
  • Epilepsy: The ketogenic diet, a high fat, adequate-protein, very low carbohydrate diet, has, during the past decade, been used with great success for the treatment of difficult-to-control seizures in children with epilepsy.
  • Fatty Liver Disease or “Hepatic Steatosis”: Hepatic Steatosis is the medical term for a fatty liver. A fatty liver is one in which there is an abnormal and excessive build-up of fat in the cells. The standard American diet of excessive fructose and polyunsaturated vegetable oil consumption and a deficiency of the vitamin choline are major factors in the growing numbers of Americans with fatty liver disease. Alternative health treatments for fatty liver show that increasing the amount of saturated fat intake cleanses the liver and protects it from damage from alcohol and other poisons.
  • Fibrocystic Breast Disease and Breast Cancer: David Brownstein, MD in Bloomfield, Michigan had gotten some amazing results in treating both fibrocystic breast issues and breast cancer. He has found that severe iodine deficiencies are strongly linked to both health issues. He tests his patients for iodine deficiencies and uses an iodine/iodide supplement for those who are found to be iodine deficient. Several labs offer the easy to use “iodine loading test” that Dr. Brownstein uses. See this site for more information. In addition, at least one study has linked a high carbohydrate diet and insulin resistance to breast cancer.
  • GERD: Recent research by Drs. Stuart Spechler and Rhonda Souza at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center suggest that gastroesophageal reflux disease might actually be an immune-mediated injury rather than a direct result of acidic digestive juices burning the esophagus. There is also a natural alternative health product called Protexid which is extremely beneficial for heartburn suffers, but the FDA has blocked the market access for this product. The results of a clinical trial on Tripiradol, the active ingredient in Protexid, were published in the Journal of Pineal Research and indicated that those who received the supplement reported a marked improvement in their acid indigestion symptoms. See this post by Dr. Eades on this product. I have personally taken this product, and continue to take it at any sign of heartburn, and it works every time. Within 15 minutes, no sign of the heartburn remains.
  • Inflammation: Chronic inflammation is not a healthy state for the body. It can cause or worsen many disease conditions, such as atherosclerosis and autoimmune diseases such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Inflammation can be measured with the C Reactive Protein blood test. Changes in diet and supplementation can lower CRP levels naturally.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Good nutrition can go a long way towards healing IBS. Visit Cure-my-Fatigue. This site is full of advice for relieving your pain and IBS symptoms and helping you through your day.
  • Heart Attack (myocardial infarction or MI): Recent research has suggested a different theory to explain heart failure. It is called the Myogenic Theory of Myocardial Infarction. Briefly, the Myogenic Theory of MIs states that the major etiologic (cause and effect) factor in an MI is a destructive chemical process; specifically, in situations of stress on the myocardial (heart muscle) tissue, often as a result of small vessel disease, the myocardial tissue gets insufficient oxygen and nutrients.
  • Obesity Research: Research on obesity is confirming what scientists have known for years. Persistent weight problems are strongly associated with the metabolic havoc resulting from the chronically elevated insulin levels associated with a high carb diet. Gary Taubes writes extensively about this in his book Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health (Vintage).
  • Reactive Hypoglycemia: Reactive hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is a condition in which your blood sugar falls into a range that is too low to support your body’s needs. These recurrent episodes of hypoglycemia generally occur about 2-4 hours after eating a high carbohydrate meal or food. Your symptoms may include dizziness, lightheadedness, flushing, and shakiness. Eating some sort of carbohydrate usually relieves the symptoms. A low carb diet can be very effective in controlling and even curing these episodes.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis/Arthritis: The latest studies point to chronic inflammation as an autoimmune reaction in response to food allergies and “leaky gut syndrome” associated with cereal grains and dairy products. In addition, the development of metabolic syndrome from a diet high in carbohydrates is strongly associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Alternative health strategies such as those found on the website Natural Arthritis Relief recommend avoiding the foods that cause the inflammation. In addition, a fatty acid called cetyl myristoleate has been used as an extremely effective treatment for arthritis. The exact mechanism of cetyl myristoleate’s physiologic activity is unclear, but it appears to have the same characteristics as the essential fatty acids, linoleic and alpha-linolenic acids, (omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids) except that cetyl myristoleate is stronger and longer-lasting. The common name for this acid is myristoleic acid, and it is found in fish oil, whale oil, and dairy butter. This page has more information. Check back periodically, as I will add more information on alternative health and nutrition as it becomes available.

Resources for Reading on Alternative Health Care

A List of High Protein Foods

Here’s a list of high protein foods. I’ve broken them down by category and included the calories, grams of protein, and the grams of carbohydrate minus the fiber. Feel free to print this for reference.

Meat and Seafood

Calories

Carbs/g

Protein/g

Beef, Ground,  4% fat, 1 ounce

38

0

6

Beef, Ground,  4% fat, 3.5 ounce

137

0

21.5

Beef, Ground, 15% fat, 3.5 oz

215

0

19

Beef, Ribeye Steak, 1 ounce

44

0

6

Chicken breast, boneless with skin, 5 oz

249

0

30

Chicken breast, boneless, no skin, 4 oz

130

0

27

Chicken, dark meat, 1 ounce

40

0

7

Chicken, white meat, 1 ounce

33

0

7

Egg, 1 large

81

1.2

6

Fish, Atlantic Salmon, cooked 3 ounces

155

0

22

Fish, Cod, 1 ounce

30

0

6.5

Fish, Flounder, 1 ounce

27

0

5

Fish, Haddock, cooked, 3 ounces

95

0

21

Fish, Halibut, cooked, 3 ounces

119

0

23

Fish, Salmon, 1 ounce

60

0

7

Fish, Sole, 1 ounce

27

0

5

Ham, smoked, 1 ounce

30

1

6

Hot dog, beef, kosher, 1

150

1

5

Lamb, 1 ounce

77

0

5

Lamb, chop 1 oz

70

0

7

Lamb, ground, 1 oz

80

0

4.7

Pork, chop 1oz

60

0

7

Pork, Roast 1oz

60

0

7

Scallops, 1 ounce

23

2

6

Shrimp, 1 ounce

26

1

6

Tuna, 1 ounce

33

0

7

Tuna, 6 ounce can

191

0

43

Turkey Breast, 1 ounce

30

1

7

Nuts and seeds are good sources of protein also, so I’ve included them on this list of high protein foods.

Nuts, Seeds, and Beans

Calories

Carbs/g

Protein/g

Beans, most kinds, ½ cup cooked

110

14

7.5

Coconut meat dried 1 ounce

187

6.7

2

Nuts, Almonds, 1 ounce sliced

170

4

3

Nuts, Cashews, 1 ounce

163

9

4.3

Nuts, Macadamia, 1 ounce

197

3.7

2

Nuts, Peanut Butter, 2 Tbsp

188

4.3

8

Nuts, Pecans, 1 ounce, raw

192

6

3

Nuts, Walnuts, 1 ounce

175

4

2

Seeds, Pumpkin, ¼ cup

296

5.6

19

Split peas, ½ cup cooked

114

12

8

And of course, dairy products have always been a way for me to get protein, so I included them on this list of high protein foods as well.

Dairy

Calories

Carbs/g

Protein/g

Cheese, Brie, 1 ounce

110

.1

6

Cheese, Cheddar, 1 ounce

105

.5

7

Cheese, Cottage, 1/2 cup

116

4

14

Cheese, Cream, whpd, 1 T

67

.8

1

Cheese, Gjetost,  1 ounce

118

11

3

Cheese, Mont Jack, 1 ounce

110

1

7

Cheese, Mozzarella, 1 ounce

80

1

6

Cheese, Parmesan, 1 ounce

110

1

4

Cream, half-n-half, 2 Tbsp (1/8 cup)

40

1.2

2

Cream, heavy, 2 Tbsp

104

.8

2

Cream, Sour, 2 Tbsp

60

2

0

Cream, whipping, 2 Tbsp

90

.8

2

Creme Fraiche, 1 ounce

103

.9

.7

Egg, 1 large

81

1.2

6

String cheese snack, 1 ounce

80

1

7

Fish Oil Side Effects

Fish oil side effects are actually more common than reported by the media. For instance, it’s very importantly to buy pharmaceutical grade fish and krill oil supplements. Buying low-cost oils is not recommended because the rate of rancidity in the cheaper products may be higher, and rancid fat is very harmful to your health. I also recommend following Dr. Eades’s recommendations in this blog about storing your supplements in order to keep them fresh.

Diabetics should not take large doses of fish or salmon oil. There are some studies that demonstrate that large doses of these supplements have a detrimental effect on blood sugar, and cause large rises in fasting blood sugar, especially if the person taking it is pre-diabetic or diabetic. The studies are here, here, here and this study discussed an apparent correlation between taking large amounts of fish oil and the development of Type 2 diabetes.

In addition, recent research has not been kind to EPA and DHA supplementation. There is now evidence that polyunsaturated fats, in general, are associated with a weakening of the immune system, and increased cancers.

This article by Chris Masterjohn is another eye-opener about the fish oil side effects and just how little of these essential fatty acids are actually needed.

Here’s another reason you might want to save your money: This long term study uncovered a nasty side effect of taking fish oil capsules. For the group in this study, taking fish oil capsules over the long term INCREASES the risk of heart failure and sudden cardiac death.

And this recent study revealed that, at least in mice subjects, the anti-inflammatory effects of taking fish oil are negated if sucrose (white sugar) is part of the diet.

The jury is still out, waiting on more long term studies, but I want to mention them so you can do your own research before deciding to add supplements of these oils to your nutritional regimen.

As for me, I occasionally will take very small amounts of fish oil, but I believe the large doses I used to take were a factor in the higher blood sugars I was experiencing several years ago. My blood sugar is normal now.

When I first started taking it, I felt it had an initial benefit of decreasing my mood swings, and it still seems to help with that in small amounts. I also think that just keeping my carb intake and omega-6 fat intake low has a positive effect on my mood as well.

Healthy Bites Newsletter, Issue #003 – Lots of New Info!

Hello everyone, it’s been an interesting month for research, and I have some astonishing news to share…

New Cancer Theory

I’ve just learned about an Italian oncologist name Tullio Simoncini. He is from Rome, and he has written a book titled “Cancer is a Fungus.”

In his book, Dr. Simoncini states his theory that cancers are actually forms of sack fungus and that they can be killed by treating them with anti-fungal substances.

Dr. Simoncini writes that current and conventional cancer treatments are flawed and says that new treatments and research should be based on the model that cancers are actually fungal infections. He specifically names Candida albicans as the main culprit and says that these fungal cancers can be treated with anti-fungal medicine.

The most powerful antifungal, as Dr. Simoncini has discovered, is both inexpensive and unpatentable: sodium bicarbonate or plain old baking soda.

In addition, he has actually cured people of cancer by dousing cancer itself with a solution of sodium bicarbonate. The theory, I believe is that fungi can rapidly adapt to anti-fungal drugs and keep proliferating. But they cannot stand up to a change in the pH of their environment.

This theory hit me like a lightning bolt when I heard it. It makes a great deal of sense to me because I’ve also been following the work of Dr. David Brownstein and other doctors who are successfully treating breast cancer with iodine. As you may know, iodine is also a powerful anti-fungal medication. Hmmm, coincidence?

The links to Dr. Simoncini’s site and more information are on this page under the heading of cancer.

The page also includes information about Dr. Brownstein’s use of iodine to treat fibrocystic breast disease and breast cancer under Fibrocystic Breast Disease.


Drug Company Ties Exposed in Education…

The other story that I thought was interesting was an article in the New York Times by writer Duff Wilson. Here’s the first couple of paragraphs in case you haven’t’ seen it…

Harvard Medical School in Ethics Quandary

By DUFF WILSON

BOSTON — In a first-year pharmacology class at Harvard Medical School, Matt Zerden grew wary as the professor promoted the benefits of cholesterol drugs and seemed to belittle a student who asked about side effects.

Mr. Zerden later discovered something by searching online that he began sharing with his classmates. The professor was not only a full-time member of the Harvard Medical faculty but a paid consultant to 10 drug companies, including five makers of cholesterol treatments.

I was thrilled to read this because I believe the pharmaceutical companies have way too much influence over the decisions made on what treatments are given, and what subjects are researched within our health care system. If the newest generations of doctors are questioning the old school and their ties to the drug companies, maybe there’s hope for a health system that really cares about the health of the patient!


Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009

Finally, there’s a new bill on the floor of the House this week. It’s called the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009. The summary says that the bill is “To establish the Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes.”

These sweeping bills make me nervous, as they usually include an attack on our freedom to choose to eat and drink what we believe is healthy for us.

It’s not encouraging that the bill defines the following specifically: (14) FOOD PRODUCTION FACILITY- The term ‘food production facility’ means any farm, ranch, orchard, vineyard, aquaculture facility, or confined animal-feeding operation.

Hopefully, this is not an attack on sustainable farming and ranching in disguise. Only time will tell.

You can read the full bill here.


Well, that’s it for this issue. I hope the month of March sees you happy and well!

Ellen

CoQ10 Benefits

The list of CoQ10 benefits is impressive. CoQ10 is an enzyme with the body makes and uses to protect cell mitochondria (the cell powerhouses) from the oxidative damage associated with the work of cellular respiration and energy creation. Organs that work hard in the body (i.e., the heart and brain) have naturally high levels of CoQ10.

Studies have been done which demonstrate that CoQ10 supplements can be beneficial for people suffering from cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, gum disease, and many other conditions related to reduced mitochondrial function in the cell.


CoQ10 Benefits and Cancer

  • Drive cancer into remission: Studies of women with breast cancer suggest that CoQ10 supplements (in addition to conventional treatment and a nutritional regimen including other antioxidants and essential fatty acids) may shrink tumors, reduce pain associated with the condition, and cause partial remission in some individuals. However, the beneficial effects may be due in part to the additional antioxidants (vitamins C, E, and selenium) used in the noted studies.
  • Heart damage caused by chemotherapy: Several clinical studies suggest that CoQ10 may help prevent heart damage caused by certain chemotherapy drugs (namely adriamycin or other anthracycline medications).

CoQ10 Benefits and Heart Health

  • Prevention and Treatment of Heart Disease: CoQ10 improves energy production in cells, inhibits blood clot formation, and acts as an antioxidant in the heart muscle. In fact, the heart has the highest natural concentrations of CoQ10, so it’s not surprising that supplementation would strengthen the heart. A clinical study found that people who received daily CoQ10 supplements within 3 days of a heart attack were significantly less likely to experience subsequent heart attacks and chest pain. In addition, these same patients were less likely to die of heart disease than those who did not receive the supplements.
  • Cardiomyopathy and Congestive Heart failure (HF): People with cardiomyopathy (weak heart) often develop congestive heart failure. These patients with these conditions often have a deficiency of CoQ10. Supplementation with CoQ10 can strengthen the heart muscle, and reduce the abnormal levels of fluid retention.
  • Heart surgery: Clinical research indicates that introducing CoQ10 prior to heart surgery, including bypass surgery and heart transplantation, can reduce damage caused by free radicals, strengthen heart function, and lower the incidence of irregular heartbeat (arrhythmias) during the recovery phase.
  • High Cholesterol Levels: CoQ10 levels tend to be lower in people with high cholesterol compared to healthy individuals of the same age. In addition, certain cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins (such as atorvastatin, cerivastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, simvastatin) deplete the natural levels of CoQ10 in the body. Taking CoQ10 supplements can help to offset the deficiency caused by statin medications, and reduce the muscle pain associated with statin use.

Other CoQ10 Benefits

Other preliminary clinical studies suggest that CoQ10 benefits may also include the ability to:

  • Reduce High Blood Pressure: Several clinical studies have shown that taking CoQ10 supplements can help lower blood pressure.
  • Heal Periodontal (gum) disease: Gum disease is associated with swelling, bleeding, pain, and redness of the gums. Clinical studies show that people with gum disease tend to have low levels of CoQ10 in their gums. In a few clinical studies involving small numbers of subjects, CoQ10 supplements helped hasten healing and tissue repair. CoQ10 is used in mouth rinse products for this condition.
  • Improve immune function in individuals with immune deficiencies and chronic infections
  • Reduce tremors associated with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease
  • Boost athletic performance. Frequent, intense exercise can deplete CoQ10 levels, and supplementation can help rebuild stores.
  • Enhance physical energy, especially for those with chronic fatigue, and muscular dystrophy
  • Help you stay younger longer. CoQ10 delays the aging process in the cells and this translates into a longer, healthier life.

Dosages vary depending on the health issues you want to address. General recommendations are to take a minimum of 50 mg up to 400 mg a day. Absorption rates are highly individualized and may vary as much as 300%. CoQ10 molecules are fat-soluble, so it’s best to take supplements with some sort of fatty food, such as butter or heavy cream.

A Leaky Gut Can Lead to Serious Health Issues

Leaky gut refers to a health condition that is triggered by food allergies or sensitivities. Basically, a person suffering from a leaking gut is eating foods to which he or she is allergic. These foods damage the lining of the digestive tract, which then allows undigested food particles to “leak” out of the gut into other parts of the body. These undigested molecules trick the body’s immune system into attacking itself, which results in all kinds of health issues, including organ damage and inflammation. Doctors call it a problem with intestinal permeability.


How Normal Digestion Works

In a healthy human digestive system, the cells lining the intestinal tract are tightly fitted together and act as a barrier that allows only properly digested fats, proteins, and starches to pass through and enter the bloodstream.

The process of passing food molecules to the bloodstream works via several methods. Diffusion, which is a passive process, and active transport, which actively carries vitamins, minerals, and normal nutritive molecules to the bloodstream from the hollow tube of the digestive tract. These transport methods work through the cells lining the intestine and are tightly regulated.


What Happens When Digestion Breaks

However, substances can also pass beyond the intestinal wall through the spaces between the intestinal wall cells. Normally, these spaces are sealed tightly, but when the intestinal lining is irritated by some external trigger, the spaces between the cells get wider and looser and begin to “leak” undigested, larger protein molecules from the intestines into the blood.

Since the proteins are undigested and unexpected, they seem foreign to our immune defenses, and the immune system reacts by creating aggressive antibody cells to attack these foreign invaders.

To complicate matters, these leaked protein molecules may act as “mimics” or mirrors of normal body proteins.

In a process called “molecular mimicry”, parts of these foreign proteins may look chemically similar to normal tissue proteins found in the body. When activated to attack the foreign proteins, the immune system antibodies mistake these similar tissue proteins as also foreign and attack them as well.

As the intestinal wall is compromised by the external trigger and becomes increasingly irritated, it becomes more permeable or “leaky” and a condition is known as “leaky gut syndrome” develops. It is this leaky gut condition which is causing the health problems associated with food sensitivities, and the resulting autoimmune antibody reactions and disorders which develop.


Current Research on Leaky Gut Syndrome

Alessio Fasano, M.D. directs the Mucosal Biology Research Center and the Center for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Much of his research focuses on the relationship between intestinal permeability and the problems associated with it.

He and his research team have discovered a molecule, which they named zonulin. Zonulin is involved in the regulation of the spaces between intestinal cell walls (the permeability of the intestinal wall).

Dr. Fasano’s research has linked zonulin to the many autoimmune diseases, including type 1-diabetes, celiac disease, and multiple sclerosis. Dr. Fasano writes:

“Discovery of zonulin prompted us to search the medical literature for human disorders characterized by increased intestinal permeability…much to my surprise.. many autoimmune diseases – among them, celiac disease, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel diseases – all have as a common denominator aberrant intestinal permeability”.

In other words, many diseases start or are worsened by a leaky gut. Increasing the levels of zonulin increases the permeability of the intestinal wall.

Other factors are also involved, but the autoimmune response seems to be triggered by gut permeability and the leakage of foreign proteins that mimic self-proteins into the bloodstream.


What Increases Zonulin in the Gut?

Several studies have identified the factors which increase zonulin in the gut and loosen intestinal cell wall permeability.

One of the factors is grain consumption, especially wheat, rye, and barley. The consumption of wheat introduces a protein called gluten into the gut. Gluten contains a smaller protein called gliadin. Gliadin has been shown to cause an increase in zonulin and this increase in zonulin results in an enlargement of the spaces between the cells in the intestinal wall. Voila, the gut begins to leak, and the foreign gluten proteins get out into the body cavity and cause damage.

People suffering from gluten intolerance or sensitivity usually feel much better when they follow a Gluten-Free Diet

In fact, I believe that most people would feel much better if they avoided all grain products, especially those containing gluten.


Healing a Leaking Gut

Healing a leaky gut is a multiple-step process:

  • Find out what foods are causing allergic reactions, and remove them from your diet. You can do this by just keeping a food log in which you record what you eat and how you feel afterward. You have to pay attention, because sometimes the symptoms may be delayed by a day or two. For example, you may have wheat today, and be constipated two days later. This method is free, easy and it should help you pinpoint the offending foods. Then you can simply stop eating them and see if you feel better.If you want to have a blood test to check for autoimmune reactions in your body, there’s a test called the ELISA (Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay) test, which is a blood test that looks for food-related antibodies. Stephen Wangen discusses this in his excellent book Healthier Without Wheat: A New Understanding of Wheat Allergies, Celiac Disease, and Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance
  • Replenish the good bacteria in your gut by starting a regimen of probiotics supplementation or eating Lacto-fermented foods. There are also tests that will give an assessment of gut health based on the types of bacteria found in the stool. See Dr. Wangen’s book for more info.

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Butter vs Margarine: Which is Healthier

I sometimes see arguments on the subject of butter vs margarine, and someone always mentions that butter contains saturated fat, which is bad for the heart. This is a total lie.

Butter is clearly healthier for your body than margarine, and here’s why:

  • Butter is made from cream and salt and provides many health-building nutrients. Margarine is made with toxic chemicals using a process that introduces dangerous transfats.
  • Butter contains natural lecithin, a substance that assists in the proper assimilation and metabolism of cholesterol and other fat constituents. Margarine contains chemical-based lecithin and other emulsifiers, and many brands also contain skimmed milk powder which adds oxidized cholesterol. Oxidized cholesterol has been correlated as a major factor in the development of atherosclerosis.
  • Butter also contains a number of antioxidants that protect against the kind of free radical damage that weakens the arteries. The vitamin A and vitamin E found in butter both play a strong anti-oxidant role. Margarine is devoid of nutrition unless it’s added during the manufacturing process.
  • Butter is also a very rich source of selenium, a vital antioxidant. It contains more per gram than herring or wheat germ. Margarine does not contain selenium.
  • Many of the saturated fats in butter have strong anti-cancer properties. The polyunsaturated fats in margarine have no such properties.
  • Butter is rich in short and medium-chain fatty acid chains that have strong anti-tumor effects, and it also contains conjugated linoleic acid which gives excellent protection against cancer. Margarine contains inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids.
  • Butterfat contains glycosphingolipids, a special category of fatty acids that protect against gastro-intestinal infection, especially in the very young and the elderly. Margarine does not.
  • Butter is a good source of iodine, in a highly absorbable form. Butter consumption prevents goiter in mountainous areas where the seafood is not available. In addition, vitamin A in butter is essential for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. Margarine contains toxic metals and solvent traces.
  • This study shows that butter has a more positive effect on after meal triglycerides levels than vegetable oil. Higher after meal triglyceride levels are associated with the hardening of the arteries. Hence, butter has a more positive effect on cardiac health.

Still, think margarine is a health food?