Overhaul Your Body in Just 10 Days

2 Mar

Modern life can put a lot of stress on your body. Fortunately, there are ways to reverse some of the damage you might have done and rejuvenate your body. Follow this plan to overhaul your body in only 10 days.

Step 1: Eliminate Processed Foods

Overhauling your body means getting a fresh start on the food you eat. One of the best ways to do this is to get on the Total 10 Rapid Weight-Loss Plan. This will introduce you to the fresh, healthy foods you need to lose weight and start anew. Cut out processed foods and packaged foods whenever possible, especially those with refined sugars.

Step 2: Choose Organic

Certified organic foods can be gentler on the environment and kinder to the animals involved. When buying animal products, try to buy those that came from animals that are more “wild.” For example, buy eggs from chickens that are free-range or meat that came from grass-fed cattle. Farmer’s markets are a great place to find these products while supporting local agriculture.

 

Step 3: Pick Mostly Plant Protein

The source of your proteins is key for overhauling your body. Aim to try and get most of your protein from plant sources rather than animal sources. Unlike animal protein, plant protein tends to be high in fiber, which helps to make you feel fuller after you’ve eaten them. Go with lentils or soy products like tempeh or edamame. Try to steer clear of dairy with the exception of Greek yogurt, which is higher in protein and a good source of healthy bacteria. Free-range omega-3-rich eggs and low-mercury fish are also great sources of protein.

 

Step 4: Start Your Morning With a Smoothie

Most people don’t get enough fruits and vegetables in their diet. One great way to start the day on top of your fruit and vegetable servings is with a fruit and vegetable smoothie that includes a wide variety of colors from kale and blueberries to carrots and cherries. Add some chia and flax seeds to add some omega-3s and a plant-based protein powder to increase your fullness factor while boosting your daily protein and fiber.

Step 5: Hydrate Your Body

Staying well hydrated is key to keeping your body functioning properly while also boosting your energy, which can lag if you become dehydrated. Men need about three liters of water per day (13 cups), whereas women need less at about two liters (nine cups). Your needs will vary based on how much exercise you do, whether or not you’re sick and how hot it is. Check your urine color and try to keep it the color of lemonade. If it gets too dark, you need more fluids.

Step 6: Use Microgreens

Microgreens are an in-between phase of growth between sprouts and the baby form of a vegetable. The greens are harvested when the plant is only one to three inches tall. These greens often have a stronger flavor than their adult versions and can have higher levels of vitamins and nutrients than adult plants. Some examples of plants grown as microgreens are red cabbage, cilantro and daikon radishes. Eat them with your salad, as a garnish or added to a smoothie.

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Step 7: Add Some Burdock Root

This root vegetable looks like a parsnip and can be cooked like a regular vegetable in a variety of dishes or ground and put into a smoothie. Burdock root is high in dietary fiber, B vitamins and a variety of minerals. One study of men and women between 50 and 70 also suggests that dried burdock root tea may help lower inflammation in those with osteoarthritis of the knee. While it may not be in your local store, it can be found in many specialty and Asian grocery stores.

Step 8: Drink Dandelion Root Tea

Having a cup of hot dandelion root tea 30 minutes before you have your evening meal can benefit your body’s functioning. Older studies in animals have indicated that dandelion extract may help bile release, which may assist with digestion. Animal studies have also found that some of the compounds in dandelion have antioxidant properties, which may help protect the liver from certain kinds of damage.

Step 9: Do a 10-Minute Meditation

When stress levels are high, a breathing meditation can help to soothe your nerves. Fortunately for those pressed for time, you can do this breathing meditation while you walk. The breathing pattern is four small breaths in and four small breaths out. Match each breath to a step so that eight steps equal eight breaths, which make up an entire cycle. If you do this for 10 minutes, you’ll feel your stress melt away.

 

Immunotherapy – Help Clear Cancer Cells

27 Feb

Since the incidence of cancer is approaching 1 out of every 2 of the general population (within a lifetime), with no medical cures in 60 years and billions of wasted donations and taxpayer’s money, the sensible thing is prevention.

There are many factors that trigger cancer but the prime cause was found as far back as 1931 when Dr. Otto Warburg of the Max Planck Institute, Berlin, was awarded the Nobel Prize for showing that cancer was a cell/oxygen dysfunction caused by an excess of glucose.

Consuming Sugar is Like Consuming Cancer

Cancer cells are a normal part of the immune system and since they are very weak cells compared to our normal cells they are easily killed by our hunter killer immune macrophages after they are no longer needed. That is, they are easily killed in their normal state but in a high glucose, low oxygen environment they become out of control and take on a new ‘yeast like’ life. They are still not normal cells and rely on the high glucose, which is needed to sustain them.

Preventing or Clearing Cancer

In my new book Cancer Cell Rehabilitation in 30 days, I outline the prime causes and the solutions to rehabilitating cancer cells back to a normal functioning part of our immune system. Of course cancer cells all die in normal circumstances but a little help is needed.

These are critical steps to follow:

  • A Ketogenic Diet: A zero sugar high-fat diet whereby your energy comes from fat and as cancer cells can only live of glucose, they quickly wither and die.
  • Missing minerals that have disappeared from the foods and are shown in studies to be anti-cancer (e.g. Selenium and Iodine).
  • Nutrients that re-educate the cancer cells to be eliminated by the immune system (e.g. Curcumin).
  • Better breathing to help oxygenate all normal cells to greater health (daily walking is good for this).
  • Improve blood flow around the whole body (e.g. by daily walking).
  • Nutrients to support your immune system (e.g. Vitamin D3, Beta Glucans)

Cancer Cell Rehabilitation in 30 days is available to read for free, CLICK HERE to download

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Prevention is easier Than Cure

It is obvious to everyone that prevention is the perfect plan to follow. You don’t even need to follow everything in my book to prevent it, just practice the steps above.

If you do have cancer

It is obviously better to find out sooner rather than later but this is not easy. Many tests such as breast screening (mammography or breast MRI) may have been shown to have no value and mammography may make matters worse. Thermographic full body screening using heat sensitive cameras are much more accurate. This is FDA approved in the USA but you would probably need to search out a private doctor.

The newer non-invasive blood tests are only provided as part of the medical systems ‘slash and burn’ options. The ‘Pharma Mafia’ are likely to be behind this and still pushing their ‘slash and burn’ since their newer drugs are not yet ready.

Immunotherapy

I could have called my new book, ‘Cancer Cell Immunotherapy’, as it describes how our lifestyle causes the failure of our immune system and the lifestyle therapy needed to correct and strengthen it. My plan describes perfect Immunotherapy. However, this name has been grabbed by Big Pharma.

Yes, big Pharma knows most cancers are a dysfunction of the immune system but their ‘Immunotherapy’ drugs are not ready. The CancerResearch.org website says, “Immunotherapy is a new class of cancer treatment that works to harness the innate powers of the immune system to fight cancer. Because of the immune system’s unique properties, these therapies may hold greater potential than current treatment approaches to fight cancer more powerfully, to offer longer-term protection against the disease, to come with fewer side effects, and to benefit more patients with more cancer types”.

Big Pharma Story

All of the drugs under research are $100,000 a year drugs prescribed to boost our hunter killer cells and of course the medical system is blackmailed into prescribing them. There will be no mention of a lifestyle change that can produce better results and nothing will stop Big Pharma except when it bankrupts the finances of our medical systems.

You have the perfect Immunotherapy system in Robert Refern’s book and Robert’s book can help you if you want to prevent it cancer, the sooner you start the sooner your Immunotherapy will show results.

Cancer Cell Rehabilitation in 30 days is available to read for free, CLICK HERE to download

Just so you know I try to follow my own advice in this book as much as possible since my father died of cancer at aged 64. I am now in my 70th year and feel great.

Robert Redfern

 

 

5 Ways to Improve Libido – In Women and Men

25 Feb

5 Ways to Improve Libido—In Women and Men

 

In today’s society, where sex is in your face every time you turn on the TV or open a magazine, you may think that a lack of interest is abnormal. However, Dr. Whitaker has talked to enough patients over the years to know that intimacy takes numerous forms, and for many folks—and couples—sex just isn’t that important, especially as they get older. That said, if you are looking for safe, natural ways to improve libido (in both women and men), here are some of my top recommendations.

Address Underlying Causes of Low Libido

If you want to improve sex drive, the first thing you need to do is look for and address underlying causes of low libido. Many of my female patients tell me that fatigue, stress, and the sheer busyness of life push sex into the background. These factors can also apply to men. Others say that if a relationship isn’t working, sex is the last thing on their minds. And, men, don’t forget that romance, emotional closeness, and foreplay are important to women. To paraphrase comedian Billy Crystal, men just need a place to have sex, but women need a reason.

Other lifestyle habits that can be underlying causes of low libido in women and men include drinking too much alcohol, smoking, and not getting enough exercise. (I’ll explain more about the importance of exercise in a minute.) So to improve sex drive, it’s important to correct these habits.

Beware of Medications Linked to Low Libido

When it comes to causes of low libido, you should also be aware that dozens of over-the-counter and prescription drugs are notorious for dampening sex drive. At the top of the list are blood pressure meds, antihistamines, birth control pills, progestins (Provera), and antidepressants. For example, SSRIs reduce libido or ability to achieve orgasm in more than half of the women who take them, and the widely used allergy/cold medication Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) has been shown to reduce the firmness of erections. Other meds that can be problematic are narcotics and sleeping pills. Therefore, if you want to improve libido, you should avoid these and look for other—preferable natural—options.

Improve Libido With Regular Exercise

Regular exercise can have a profound effect on libido and sexual performance. It helps enhance blood flow and addresses weight issues, two of the underlying causes of sexual problems in women and men. For instance, one study showed that men who burned 200 calories or more a day in physical activity—a level that can be met with as little as two miles of brisk walking—had about half the risk of erectile dysfunction as did sedentary men.

Plus, exercising regularly just makes you feel better overall. It boosts endorphins—the feel good chemicals in the brain that improve mood—and gives you more energy. Aim for a minimum of 30–45 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity four or more days a week.

Take Supplements That Help Improve Libido

In addition to tackling lifestyle habits and underlying causes of low libido, there are several supplements that can help improve libido in women and men. Here are a few of the ones I recommend (look for them separately or in combination formulas online or in health food stores, and use as directed):

  • L-arginine, an amino acid, is helpful because it enhances blood flow throughout the body, including to the genital area, which is essential for peak sexual performance and satisfaction in both men and women. For instance, as you may know, erections occur when nitric oxide (NO), a messenger molecule in the endothelial cells lining the arteries, signals the smooth muscles of the penile arteries to dilate, which engorges the penis with blood. If blood flow is compromised, you’re obviously more likely to have problems. Not surprisingly, NO also plays a role in sex drive and satisfaction. L-arginine is the direct precursor to NO. That’s why when taken as a supplement it’s beneficial for improving libido and overall sexual health.
  • Pycnogenol®, extracted from French maritime pine bark, contains flavonoids, proanthocyanidins, and other phytochemicals with powerful antioxidant activity that protect the artery walls and provide overall support for the cardiovascular system. Like arginine, Pycnogenol also aids in the production of NO, making it an equally effective supplement for supporting sexual function.
  • Epimedium sagittatum, commonly and appropriately referred to as horny goat weed, has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries as an aphrodisiac and enhancer of male sexual function. Its active ingredient, icariin, is now known to target some of the same mechanisms as Viagra and related drugs. It inhibits PDE5, boosts nitric oxide production, and mimics some of the effects of testosterone. If you decide to try this herb, look for a brand with standardized levels of icariin.
  • The root of maca (Lepidium meyenii), which is available as a lozenge, has long been used in the Andes to enhance vitality, fertility, energy, endurance, and stamina. It is suggested that maca may be beneficial in both women and men.
  • An extract of Avena sativa (wild oats) is believed to mimic testosterone. As a result, herbalists speculate that the extract can help enhance sexual performance, satisfaction, and vigor.

Consider Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

If you have followed these recommendations to improve libido but your level of desire still isn’t quite where you’d like it to be, consider bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. It’s no secret that hormones are inextricably linked with sex. More specifically, in women, the hormonal surge during puberty that reshapes the female body also sparks the sex drive, and fluctuations during the monthly cycle cause it to wax and wane. Then along comes menopause, which affects not only libido but all aspects of sexual function.

Similarly, while some physicians scoff at the concept of male menopause, there is no question that testosterone production slows down around age 40 and steadily declines thereafter. There is also no doubt that this is a primary reason many older men lose interest in sex and, along with other factors, have problems with sexual performance. That’s why I often prescribe testosterone therapy to my patients—but not just for men looking for an effective way to improve libido, etc.

Although it’s true that estrogen and progesterone are the quintessential female hormones, and they have strong influences on sexuality, testosterone is the hormone of desire in both men and women. So while bioidentical estrogen balanced with natural progesterone is an effective treatment for vaginal dryness, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and other menopausal symptoms, the addition of natural testosterone will usually improve libido for women as well.

Most hormones require a prescription. Although some bioidentical hormones are available from conventional pharmacies, for my patients, Dr. Whitaker prefers to order them from a compounding pharmacy. This allows them to be tailored to specific doses and combinations (i.e., adding testosterone to transdermal estrogen). To locate a compounding pharmacy near you, contact the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) at (800) 927-4227 FREE or iacprx.org. Note: Despite its maligned reputation, testosterone therapy is quite safe. Liver toxicity is only an issue with oral testosterone, which I do not recommend. And virtually all experts agree that the most serious concern—that testosterone could cause prostate cancer—is unfounded.

Now it’s your turn: Do you know of any other safe, effective ways to improve libido?

Dr. Whitaker

Beat the Winter Blues with Aromatherapy

23 Feb

While winter is a time usually associated with family, celebration, and lots of eating, it is also a time of increased sadness. Commonly known as “winter blues,” our biological clocks are disrupted as the days become shorter.

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This disruption is characterized by feelings of irritability as we long for bright, sunny days. However, this irritability has the capacity to transition into mild to severe depression, otherwise known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, due to decreased levels of serotonin in the brain. Winter blues may also negatively impact our productivity thanks to symptoms such as inconsistent sleep patterns, difficulty concentrating, a weakened immune system, a change in appetite which can lead to weight gain, loss of libido, fatigue, and a drop in energy level.

Aromatherapy

If these symptoms are not addressed, it could lead to a situation where we’re completely out of sync with our natural schedules, and it can make winter the most draining time of the year. But luckily, there’s a way to beat the winter blues: with aromatherapy.

The Importance of Aromatherapy

You may not realize it, but a lack of sunlight isn’t the only thing you’re missing in winter: the aroma of the great outdoors is vital to improving our well-being, and reminds us of the simple things we take for granted during spring and summer. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way all season long. Along with eating right, exercising, and exposing ourselves to light as much as possible, aromatherapy may be an answer to our winter problems.

With so many essential oils available on the market, it can be a little overwhelming to figure out which ones are best equipped to combat the dreariness that is winter. Depending on what specific symptom you’d like to address, there a variety of oils that can be employed.

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What Works for Which Condition

Depression: Feeling really blue? These should help bring back la vie en rose: basil, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, geranium, jasmine, lavender, melissa, neroli, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.

Fatigue/lack of energy: Forget the coffee: if you need to pep up, inhale some rosemary, peppermint, lemon, basil, ginger, tea tree or cypress instead.

Irritability: Let’s face it–winter is irritating! And not just for the mind–these oils, when diluted in a neutral oil base, can also help reduce skin irritation caused by central heating: chamomile, lavender, marjoram, clary sage and linden berry, celery seed and rose

Positive emotions: frankincense, cedarwood, sandalwood, jasmine, ylang ylang and neroli

Appetite suppressant: Overeating? Feeling bloated? Try bergamot, juniper, lavender and celery seed oil.

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How to Use Aromatherapy Oils

In order to reap the most benefits, it’s best to inhale the oils so they can directly interact with your limbic system. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, or a combination of a few, to bath salts, a bubble bath or a simple, relaxing hot bath. Aroma lamps and diffusers are another popular method of inhalation because you can relax in the comfort of your home and experience the aromas permeating through the air.

Take several deep breaths, and visualize a warm beach or summer meadow–and you’ll be feeling a spring in your step before you know it.

Diane Small

Essential oils of lemon, orange, and grapefruit are inexpensive and
can be diffused in your home of office.

Here are some examples of simple essential oil diffuser blends:
1) 8 drops sweet orange, 2 drops ylang ylang
2) 6 drops grapefruit, 9 drops sweet orange, 2 drops ylang ylang
3) 6 drops grapefruit, 4 drops cypress
4) 10 drops bergamot, 2 drops ylang ylang
5) 7 drops sweet orange, 1 drop patchouli
6) 7 drops lemon, 2 drops frankincense
7) 12 drops lemon, 5 drops eucalyptus

Probiotics Guide

20 Feb

The more we learn about microbes, the more we find our health is tied to their well-being. Each person carries more bacterial cells than human cells in their body, and the gut is especially rich in microscopic friends. While our understanding of just how these bacteria influence our health is still in early stages, it’s clear that the balance of communities in our system plays an important role.

A variety of fermented foods can help maintain that balance, but supplements are also a quick and easy way to get a decent dose of good bacteria. Follow this helpful guide to find out what you should be looking for in a supplement. And remember, always discuss with your doctor first before deciding to take a probiotic supplement.

Types of Probiotic Bacteria

There are 500 to 1,000 different types of bacteria in your intestines amounting to trillions of microbes and all have their own role to play. Probiotic supplements contain a very small subset of bacteria believed to be helpful in nourishing key communities. Here are a few to look out for:

  • Lactobacillus: This is a diverse family of bacteria, some of which are found in dairy products. Lactobacillus bulgaricus, acidophilus, gasseri, rhamnosus and casei are all species that have some research supporting their use.
  • Saccharomyces boulardii: This is a type of yeast that some research suggests may be helpful in some cases of diarrhea and other GI complaints.
  • Bacillus coagulans: Similarly to Lactobacillus, this is thought to be a member of naturally occurring good bacteria. More research needs to be done, but some studies indicate it may help with certain gastrointestinal illnesses and diseases.
  • Bifidobacteria: Another intestine-dwelling bacteria that some studies are showing may be helpful for certain types of diarrhea and in conditions where the lining of the intestine and the bacterial communities that live there are damaged. The infantus kind is particularly helpful.
  • Streptococcus thermophiles: Unrelated to the Strep from “Strep throat,” this bacteria seems to work with Lactobacillus to produce helpful nutrients.

Our probiotic fact sheet has some in-depth information on some of these strains and their uses.

Probiotics are essential to basic human nutrition. Probiotics are live microorganisms (in most cases, bacteria) that are similar to the beneficial microorganisms naturally found in the human gut. These “good bacteria” are used to prevent and alleviate many different conditions, but particularly those that affect the gastrointestinal tract.

Our gut is home to over 500 bacterial species. These “visitors” form a bioreactor, which facilitates digestion, provides nutrients, and helps form the immune system. Some important nutrients made by this bioreactor include several B vitamins, vitamin K, folate, and some short-chain fatty acids. Up to 10% of an individual’s daily energy needs can be derived from the byproducts of the good bacteria in your gut.

Furthermore, probiotics can provide multiple benefits for your immune system. When probiotics are abundant in your body, it’s harder for bacteria that cause illness to get a foothold. Some also keep you healthy by making bacteriocins, which suppress the growth of harmful bacteria.

It’s time that you learned about some of the little friends that help you in so many ways. (They won’t get offended if you happen to mispronounce their names.)

  • Lactobacillus bulgaricus can be found in many yogurts and soft cheeses. It was discovered by the Bulgarian doctor Stamen Grigorov, hence the name bulgaricus. It helps to convert lactose and other sugars into lactic acid, which may be particularly helpful for those who are lactose intolerant.
  • Streptococcus thermophilus has nothing to do with strep throat, which is caused by a completely different bug. These friendly bacteria are also used to make yogurts and cheeses, and they even assist Lactobacillus bulgaricus by making nutrients that assist with growth.
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus casei both convert lactose into lactic acid – also helping the lactose intolerant. Research has indicated that L. Acidophilus may also be helpful at reducing cholesterol levels.
  • Bifidobacteria is a family of bacteria that has been studied for its ability to prevent and treat various gastrointestinal disorders, including infections, irritable bowel syndrome and constipation. In addition to making lactic acid, it also makes some important short-chain fatty acids that are then absorbed and metabolized by the body. There is also some experimental evidence that certain bifidobacteria may actually protect the host from carcinogenic activity of other intestinal flora.

Some yogurts contain the aforementioned bacteria; however, because they are sensitive to oxygen, light, and dramatic temperature changes, make sure to look for yogurts with “live and active cultures.” Many commercial yogurts are heat-treated or pasteurized, resulting in the loss of these valuable cultures. Learn more about the smart way to shop for probiotics.

If you are seeking non-dairy yogurt options, there are several that contain live probiotic cultures. Yogurts made from rice, soy and coconut milk are available on the market and also contain added probiotics that can provide the same benefits. Other alternative sources of probiotics include eating fermented foods like Brewer’s yeast, miso, sauerkraut, or micro algae. Whatever the source, always look for “live and active cultures” on the label.

If you want to supercharge your probiotic friends, you may want to feed them with prebiotics. That’s P-R-E-biotics. They nourish the good bacteria in your gut in order to keep them healthy against the bad bacteria. They should go hand-in-hand with probiotics. Prebiotics are found in many foods, including bananas, whole grains, honey, garlic and onions. Try to get two to four servings of these prebiotic-rich foods a day.

In order to reap the full benefits of taking probiotics, some experts recommend taking probiotic-rich food or a probiotic supplement for a minimum of two weeks – try it and see if you notice a difference!

 

Check the Label

Here’s some key information you need to find on the label before deciding to buy:

  • Goals: Read the label and make sure the health claims of the probiotic match what you’re hoping to get out of it.
  • Ingredients: Check to see if the pill contains something you might be sensitive or allergic to. While the pill contains bacteria, the coat may be made from many different ingredients.
  • Accuracy: Check to make sure the pill contains what it says it does. Any bacteria mentioned on the front should also be mentioned in the nutritional information on the back.
  • Storage: Check the storage instructions. Many probiotics need to be refrigerated, but not all do. If you don’t refrigerate when you need to, the bacteria in the pill may die, which lowers your dose.

Dose of bacteria

Recommendations about just how many bacteria should be in each pill vary widely, likely because we still don’t know exactly how much is enough. The dose is measured in colony-forming units (CFUs), and most will recommend a billion per dose is a good place to start. You should also know that these supplements can sometimes cause gassiness and bloating at the beginning, but this normally calms down after two weeks. To avoid this, try taking a lower dose to start out and then increase the dose once your body is used to it.

Follow the Expiration Date

This is more important for probiotics than for most other supplements you might be taking since there are living organisms in those pills. Some bacteria in an older probiotic close to the expiration have may have died, making the dose you get likely lower than what’s on the label.

Do Your Research

When deciding on a supplement, do your research about which brands with which bacteria might be best for your health goals. Check out this buying guide and if you see unfamiliar bacteria on a bottle, you can also punch it into MedlinePlus for more information on what research has been done for which uses. Last, you can always call the manufacturer and ask for the research on their claims.

Dr. Oz

 

The Link Between Anticholinergic Drugs and Dementia

19 Feb

The Link Between Anticholinergic Drugs and Dementia

 

When seniors complain of cognitive problems—particularly memory loss and dementia—more often than not, it’s chalked up to old age. But what’s really causing these issues? It could be your medications. According to new research, long-term use of anticholinergic drugs and dementia go hand-in-hand.

Results of a trial published in JAMA earlier this year found that regular use of anticholinergic drugs, which include antihistamines, tricyclic antidepressants, and meds to control Parkinson’s disease and overactive bladder, increased risk of developing dementia by a whopping 54 percent. Specifically, older individuals who used anticholinergic drugs consistently for over three years more than doubled their risk of dementia, compared to people who used anticholinergic drugs for three months or less. In short, extended use of anticholinergic drugs and memory loss are intimately linked.

Drugs and Memory Loss: Common Culprits

What is so disturbing about this study is that the drugs causing memory loss and dementia aren’t the usual suspects. You’d rightly assume that medications aimed at cognitive function, depression, or anxiety might alter brain function. But most people wouldn’t think that over-the counter meds taken for hay fever or prescriptions for urinary incontinence could be the drugs causing memory loss.

Although anticholinergic drugs target a wide variety of common ailments, they have one thing in common: They suppress the activity of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is an important neurotransmitter, or chemical messenger, that is active in nerves throughout the body. In the cardiovascular system, it helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure. In the bladder, it affects the tone of the smooth muscles that control urination. In the gastrointestinal tract, it influences peristalsis and stomach acid secretion. And in the brain, acetylcholine is absolutely essential for the formation of memories, learning, and optimal cognitive function.

Alzheimer’s disease and age-related memory decline are marked by a reduction in levels of acetylcholine in the brain, and many of the prescription and natural therapies for improving cognitive function boost acetylcholine production. No wonder drugs that block this neurotransmitter adversely affect the brain. The mystery is why so few doctors are warning their patients about this very serious side effect of so many medications.

Protect Yourself Against Anticholinergic Drugs and Dementia

Since doctors aren’t much help, the first step in protecting yourself it to truly know what medications are classified as anticholinergic drugs. Check out this list to see if any of your meds have anticholinergic effects. If you are taking any of these medications, look for natural treatment options for your specific health condition immediately. In the unlikely event that a natural solution does not exist, insist that your physician place you on something other than anticholinergic drugs.

 

Anticholinergic Drugs Can Drain Your Memory

The next step is to ask your doctor if all of the medications you are taking are necessary in the first place. All too often, patients have a fistfuls of prescription and OTC drugs. This over medication even has a name—polypharmacy—and it’s making us sicker than ever before. Do what you can to par down your drug regimen. And again, natural solutions for most every health concern out there are available.

Anne Stopped Anticholinergic Drugs and “Dementia” Disappeared

I want to close with a powerful patient story. Anne’s daughter brought her to the clinic because she was concerned about her mother’s memory. Over a three- to four-month period, this 85-year-old, who was very involved in her retirement community, began missing meetings and social events, misplacing items in her house, and having trouble with names, including those of family members. She could easily recall things from her past, but more recent memories just didn’t stick.

It all came to a head when she fell outside her home. Confused and disoriented, she was taken to the hospital. An MRI ruled out a stroke but did show some age-related changes in the brain. They were told that Anne had early dementia and she was prescribed a patch for mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

It turned out that Anne, who had a relatively rapid onset of memory loss, had been prescribed not one but two medications for urinary incontinence, oxybutynin (Ditropan) and darifenacin (Enablex). Both are anticholinergic drugs, but oxybutynin is exceptionally potent. In one study, a negative impact on memory was noticed within one week of starting extended-release oxybutynin, and over the course of the three-week study, deterioration was “equivalent to that of 16 years of cognitive aging.”

The good news? Once Anne got off oxybutynin, her cognitive function improved and all was well.

Dr. Whitaker

What is Gluten: How Do I remove It From My Diet?

16 Feb

 

Step 1: Go Cold Turkey From Gluten for 10 Days

Most people know that gluten is found in certain grains, especially wheat. But it’s also found in barley, rye, oats and spelt. Quit gluten completely, as even the smallest amounts can cause a strong reaction depending on your level of sensitivity.

 Step 2: Uncover Hidden Gluten

Gluten is found in many of the things we eat, especially processed foods. Here are some hidden sources of gluten you may not know about:

  • Soup mixes
  • Salad dressings
  • Sauces and marinades
  • Beer and alcohol
  • Lipstick
  • Certain vitamins

Step 3: Embrace Gluten-Free Grains

Grains are gluten-free when they are in pure form (or ground into flour). Always check the product package to see whether any gluten-containing ingredients may have been added. Incorporate the below foods into your diet to get the essential fiber you need when going gluten-free:

  • Black rice (high in antioxidants)
  • Amaranth (high in protein and anti-inflammatory properties)
  • Corn flour
  • Buckwheat
  • Quinoa
  • Teff (great to use when making gluten-free bread)

Step 4: Load Up on Vitamin B12 and Folate

Gluten sensitivities can often cause nutrient deficiencies because it affects absorption in the gut. Get vitamin B12 from alternative sources like clams, low-mercury fish like trout or salmon or six ounces of beef. Get folate through alternative sources like greens, including spinach, peas and broccoli; black-eyed peas; and peanuts.

Sometimes giving up bread, pasta and carbs doesn’t stop your gas, bloating and stomach pains the way you expect they would. If you find yourself in this situation, try Dr. Oz’s new three-step gluten diagnosis plan to get rid of your gassy symptoms.

 

Step 1: Identify Your Symptoms

Track your symptoms using Dr. Oz’s Symptom Tracker and pay attention to the severity of your symptoms.

Ask yourself, on a scale of one to five, with five being the worst:

-How bloated are you?

-How bad is your stomach pain?

-How bad is your head pain?

If on most days you answer with anything higher than two, you could have a problem.

Step 2: Try an Elimination Diet

Now that you know your symptoms, use this elimination diet to find out what’s causing them.

First, completely eliminate foods with FODs, types of sugars that react in your gut and make you feel gassy and bloated for 10 days. Use this list of high FODMAP foods for guidance.

These are the most common FODMAP foods:

Dairy: cheese, yogurt and milk

Vegetables: asparagus, garlic, onions, cabbage, cauliflower, mushrooms, leeks, broccoli, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts and beans.

Fruits: apples, pears, plums, berries, avocado, cherries and dried fruit.

Step 3: Reintroduce These Foods One at a Time

Not all foods affect everyone in the same way, so it’s important to reintroduce the FODMAP foods into your diet to find out which make you feel sick.

Use the Symptom Tracker and, with each new FODMAP food you add back to your diet, ask yourself how you feel. If your bloating, gas or headaches return, you may be sensitive to that food.

Dr. Oz

 

Eating Sugar is Like Eating Disease

13 Feb

Natural Does Not Mean Healthy!

The word ‘natural’ is misused by misguided manufacturers and researchers. An example is fructose syrup, which is claimed to be ‘safer than sugar’ because it is ‘natural’. You will see it in almost all children’s drinks, processed foods you purchase at the store, jars of sauces and of course, ready made cakes and cookies.

Fructose Doubles the Death Rate!

New research from the University of Utah confirms high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is more toxic to female mice than table sugar. Not only did corn syrup adversely impact the animals’ rate of reproduction, it also caused premature death in twice as many cases.

Eating Sugar is like Eating Disease!

Whether it is a cold, the flu, chronic cough or a more serious problem, I am in no doubt sugar consumption is a major factor.

Just to be clear, examples of sugar are: fructose corn syrup, white or brown sugar, bread, cakes, cookies, breakfast cereals, white rice, potatoes, pasta, high sugar fruits, root vegetables such as parsnips and so on. To be sure stay under 25 on the Glycemic Index.

A Strong Immune System, to stay healthy…

Without a strong balanced immune system and a corresponding strong immune system response our bodies are incapable of dealing with even the smallest and seemingly harmless infections.

What are some of the consequences of exposure to these infections, especially when the immune system function is compromised? Problems that you wouldn’t think were found to be linked, such as:

  • Allergies
  • Out of control stress
  • Auto immune disease
  • Inflammation
  • Weight struggles
  • Digestive concerns
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Aging too quickly

How does the immune system protect us?

By activating an immune system response, either through the innate or adaptive immune system. The responses of these immune systems are characterized first by the body’s recognition of foreign invaders and their antigens (proteins located on the invader’s cell surface) and secondly, its response (attack) against them. What support can help us with the immune system

Vitamin D3

When we think of vitamin D3 we usually think of its role in calcium absorption; however, research on vitamin D3 and its role in the immune system, particularly its role in protecting against bacterial infections, found vitamin D3 is a critical component in the facilitation of a strong immune system. This is due to the fact that vitamin D3 receptors are found on the cells that make up the immune system. When there is a vitamin D3 deficiency these cells weaken and lose their ability to provide protection against foreign invaders.

Vitamin D3 is influential in both the innate and adaptive immune system responses. While both of these immune system responses are necessary for a healthy immune system they can also be detrimental depending upon the disease and infection the body is trying to deal with. The right amounts of vitamin D3 handles this dilemma by providing the balance needed.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid has been examined for its role in both preventing and treating cancer. In terms of cancer prevention vitamin C has a strong part to play in enhancing the immune system; therefore, the risk of cancer is minimized. Once cancer presents itself vitamin C can help the body resist further spread of the disease.

Vitamin C has exhibited other immune system benefits through numerous research studies. A lack of the proper amount of vitamin C has been shown to decrease the effectiveness of the immune system response. This research shows immune function returned when Vitamin C intake was restored in amounts high enough to avoid a deficiency.

Zinc Glycinate Chelate

Chelated minerals provide optimum results and benefits as they are absorbed and assimilated into the body more efficiently than non-chelated minerals! They accomplish this by the ease at which they move through the wall of the small intestine and cross the cell membranes. Zinc Glycinate Chelate’s absorption is facilitated even further with the help of Dimethylglycine HCL.

Even though zinc is a trace mineral and is only needed in minute amounts, intake is critical as it makes up the largest component of trace elements in the cells and is involved in a myriad of cell functions. Zinc is necessary for the proper functioning of the immune system with the potential to decrease the incidence of contracting the dreaded “common cold,” and may actually decrease the longevity of this virus when taken soon after symptoms appear.

A zinc deficiency can result in lower numbers of the body’s T-cells, resulting in debilitated immune function. T-cells are lymphocytes, a specific type of white blood cell found in the blood and other tissues and these are primary components of the immune system.

Beta Glucan 1, 3

This is extracted from the cell wall of the saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast. Beta Glucan has been scrutinized and studied with positive results in relation to immune system function. This yeast derivative has anti-tumor properties and prompts natural killer cells to take action.

Dimethylglycine HCL

Is a component of every cell in the body and is derived from glycine, an amino acid, which is a building block of protein and plays a role in metabolism. Dimethylglycine enhances the immune system response and fights infection. One example of Dimethylglycine’s impact on this response are findings from a research study. Animals involved in the study were either given Dimethylglycine or given none (control group). All animals were then observed for their immune system response. Those administered Dimethylglycine HCL exhibited extremely significant improvement (up to 1,000%), in regards to fighting off infections compared to those animals, which were given no Dimethylglycine.

Elderberry Fruit Extract

This is not a household name when it comes to fruit; however, maybe it should be. Elderberries are abundant in antioxidants and have been utilized for medicinal purposes for hundreds and hundreds of years. Research is abundant and studies on elderberry extracts show it can:

  • Hinder the duplication of certain strains of the influenzavirus
  • Decrease symptoms of influenza
  • Shorten and decrease symptoms associated with the “common cold.”

Larch Arabinogalactan Powder

The U.S.D.A. classifies Larch Arabinogalactan Powder as a reliable source of dietary fiber. This fiber acts as a natural probiotic and is responsible for higher levels of the “friendly” bacteria, which reside primarily in the large intestine, especially the bifidobacteria Bifidobacterium longum, and Lactobacillus.

More “friendly” bacteria equates to a healthier colon. A healthier colon equates to a stronger immune system response. Why? Seventy percent of the immune system lies within the gastrointestinal tract!

 

Robert Redfern

Constipation Causes and Remedies

11 Feb

 

Constipation: It’s not exactly a topic most of us like to talk about, but it’s something almost all of us experience on occasion. According to the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, a whopping 80% of people suffer from constipation at some point in their lives. For most of us, constipation is only temporary, but some of us develop chronic constipation.

When you’re constipated you have hard, dry stool, difficulty eliminating a bowel movement or infrequent bowel movements – fewer than three a week. You also often have pain, cramping and bloating.

What causes constipation?

There are actually a handful of different reasons why you might experience constipation. Some of the most common causes are:

  • Not eating enough fiber or drinking enough water.
  • Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement.
  • Lack of exercise: Exercise can help to keep your bowels moving. People who exercise more are less likely than those who don’t to be constipated.
  • Aging: As we get older, intestinal activity and muscle tone can slow down, leading to constipation.
  • Medications: Constipation is a side effect of many prescription and over-the-counter medications, including NSAIDs, narcotics, antacids containing aluminum and calcium carbonate, antidepressants, sedatives, iron supplements, diuretics and calcium-channel blockers. If you’re taking one of these medications, talk to your doctor about simple ways to relieve your constipation while staying on the medications you need.
  • Overuse of laxatives: If you use laxatives for long periods of time, your body gets used to the help. Once you stop using laxatives after weeks to months of using them, you may become constipated.
  • Traveling: Changes in diet and normal daily routine can lead to constipation.
  • Pregnancy: Hormonal changes and the weight of the uterus pushing on the intestine can cause constipation.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Certain diseases can also cause a person to develop chronic constipation. Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, hypothyroidism, diabetes, kidney disease and bowel cancer and are all good examples. A person can also develop chronic constipation after a spinal chord injury or stroke.

How can you treat constipation?

Since constipation is a symptom of an underlying issue, figuring out what’s causing your constipation can help you choose the best treatment option. Your doctor can help pinpoint a cause by taking your medical history, performing a physical exam and doing diagnostic tests like a blood test or colonoscopy if necessary.

Most people with mild constipation can get relief simply by making a few lifestyle changes:

  • Exercising for about 30 minutes a day stimulates the intestines and helps you maintain regular bowel movements.
  • Eating a fiber-rich diet. Fiber helps soften stool. Aim to get 25 g of fiber a day from fruits (prunes and apples in particular), vegetables, whole grains and beans.
  • Getting plenty of fluids. Water normally helps to soften your stools. When you don’t drink enough water, there isn’t enough left over at the end of digestion to keep your stools soft and you end up constipated. Make sure that you drink plenty of water and eat water-rich foods like watermelon, tomatoes and cucumber.

If you’re still experiencing constipation after making lifestyle changes, your doctor may recommend one of the following medications:

  • Laxatives: Laxatives come in various different forms; stimulants, lubricants, stool softeners, bulk-formers and osmotics. All laxatives work virtually the same way, by softening your stool and helping it pass through your colon. Just don’t overdo it on the laxatives. They can actually cause constipation if you take them too often for too long. They should be a temporary measure to get you back to normal.
  • Enemas: These medications are inserted into the rectum to help flush out stool. Some enemas only contain water, while others include phosphates or mineral oils. An enema is considered a quick fix for constipation because it works within minutes.
  • Colonic: A colonic is the infusion of water into the rectum by a colon therapist to cleanse and flush out the colon. It is also called colonic hydrotherapy or colon irrigation. Colonics involve multiple infusions of water into the colon. Enemas involve a single infusion of water into the colon. Colonics cleanse the entire length of the colon. Enemas cleanse the lower part of the colon, the sigmoid and part of the descending colon.

Fortunately, lifestyle changes coupled with short-term laxative us can fix most cases of constipation.

Dr. Oz

Eat Heart Healthy Foods

9 Feb

Having a healthy diet is one of the best ways to support your cardiovascular health and prevent heart disease.

Here are just a few of the suggested foods that support a heart-healthy lifestyle:

Cruciferous Vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables such as kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, radish, turnips and cabbages are a gold mine of antioxidants and other heart-saving phytochemicals. Make sure that cruciferous vegetables are part of your heart-health diet every day.

Fish
Fatty fish such as salmon and anchovies are loaded with the omega-3 fatty acids that will help your heart maintain a steady rhythm. Having a serving of fish a week could reduce your risk of death from a heart attack by 52 percent.


Flaxseed
Flaxseed is one of the most potent sources of omega-3 fats. Studies indicate that adding flaxseed to your diet can reduce the development of heart disease by 46 percent and help keep red blood cells from clumping together and forming clots that can block arteries. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp of flax-seed a day on your cereal or salad. Please soak first.


FruitFruit Salad: Orange and Pomegranates
Oranges contain folic acid that helps lower levels of homocysteine, a heart attack risk factor.

Grapes are loaded with flavonoids and resveratrol, both potent antioxidants that may discourage red blood cells from clumping together and forming an artery-blocking clot.

Pomegranates are chock-full of potassium and polyphenols, which promote heart-health and have been shown to help lower cholesterol. The latest studies are showing that the juice limits the genetic tendency toward hardening of the arteries.

 

Garlic
Just one clove a day, or 300 mg three times daily, reduces the risk of heart attack in at least three ways:garlic1

– It discourages red blood cells from sticking together and blocking your arteries

– It reduces arterial damage

– It discourages cholesterol from lining the arteries and making them so narrow that blockages are likely.

 

 

 

 

Green Tea
Green tea contains several powerful antioxidants that reduce bad cholesterol and boost good cholesterol, improving an individuals overall cholesterol profile.

Drinking green tea also seems to enhance cardiovascular health by improving the consistency of platelets in the blood, and may even lower blood pressure.

 

The benefits of green tea go beyond the social and if you haven’t ...

Nuts
Studies have found that those who eat more than 5 oz of nuts a week are one-third less likely to have either heart disease or a heart attack. Just don’t overdo it as nuts can pile on the pounds.

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