It Takes Guts to Cure Autism

17 Apr

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Of course I am not talking about bravery or determination but a healthy digestive system.

As well as Autism, I also include ADHD, ADD and Asperger’s – these are all other manifestations of a Gut/Brain disorder. The knowledge of this is not new (how the brain is linked to the gut). Hippocrates in ancient Greece said, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.

There have been many studies on Autism and the digestive system. James Adams — director of just one Autism/Asperger’s Research Program said “One of the reasons we started addressing this topic is the fact that autistic children have a lot of GI problems that can last into adulthood,” and Krajmalnik-Brown (a researcher for the program) said: “Studies have shown that when we manage these problems, their behavior improves dramatically.”

There is no possible solution without a full diet change and this is especially difficult for Gut/Brain disorders as the determination needed to achieve a healthy gut is undermined by an abnormal fixation with unhealthy foods. Change is difficult for most human beings but it seems almost impossible for those with a Gut/Brain disorder or those caring for sufferers.

Especially children.

It is estimated that 15 years ago, around 1 in 10,000 kids had autism in the U.S.

Now it is estimated to be 1 in 50.

At this rate, what will it be in another 15 years’ time?

I know I’ve suffered from many of the symptoms of a Gut/Brain disorder and still do if I fall off the ‘healthy food wagon’. Many people feel like they are suffering, but also find it isn’t easy to change their diet – even if their life depends upon it. That’s because it can be difficult for some to change a lifetime of poor dietary choices.

A guy was juicing for 60 days. Not only did he lose lots of weight, get off his prescription drugs and look much healthier but one of his employees in his business pointed out his thinking and clarity of decision making had considerably improved.

I have no doubt that since he was only eating (juicing) raw fresh foods he was also taking in friendly bacteria as well as feeding the existing friendly bacteria which would accelerate his recovery (plus he had cut out dairy, carbs etc). Maybe the simple solution is to do anything we can to improve our gut, then everything after that may become much easier?

Easy steps for a healthy Gut/Brain (all supported by studies), include:

  • Taking a powerful Probiotic which can be opened and mixed with any food. Studies show the brain is affected positively with this
  • Taking specific relaxation supplements to help with the anxiety that change causes and for a more relaxed sleep (opened and mixed for easy use).
  • Taking critical nutrients missing from the diet including Nascent Iodine Drops (4 drops x 4 times per day in a little water), and a good multivitamin containing selenium as a critical co-factor of Iodine.
  • Taking Coconut Oil for its effective MCT’s is helpful and is good for mixing in foods.
  • Krill Oil, Fish Oil complex or Hemp Oil for vegans.
  • Ancient Minerals Magnesium OIL Lotion
  • A better alternative is Magnesium Oil with added plant derived Melatonin (see studies at end)

Diet is the one solution that will make the biggest change. The diet that makes a dramatic difference. There are lots of other recipes on the internet and you can find them by searching on ‘Ketogenic’ recipes and ‘Paleo’ recipes.

Treating Autism With Nutrition

Many children with autism are plagued with gastrointestinal abnormalities such as imbalances in gut bacteria and leaky gut syndrome. This can lead to allergies that exacerbate physical and behavioral symptoms. The most common dietary allergens are casein in dairy products and gluten, which is found in wheat, spelt, rye, and barley. Studies show that eliminating these items from the diet usually leads to improvements in symptoms.

Sugar, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, coloring agents, and hydrogenated oils are also problematic and should be off limits. Avoidance of mercury-containing fish and eating only pesticide-free produce is also recommended.

Because these kids often have poor nutritional status due to digestive problems and limited food choices, targeted nutritional supplementation is very important. In a landmark study of autistic children, more than half were found to be deficient in vitamins A, B1, B3, B5, biotin, selenium, zinc, magnesium, essential amino acids, and omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. In addition to a good multivitamin and mineral supplement, positive results have been noted with additional vitamin B6, magnesium, vitamin C, zinc, and fish oil, as well as digestive enzymes and probiotics.

Other Natural Treatments for Autism

Speech therapy and a range of sensory and behavioral interventions are also recommended, and the earlier they are started the better. Other effective yet overlooked therapies include glutathione and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).

Glutathione is a crucial antioxidant and detoxifier that’s in short supply in children with autism. Levels can be increased by administering glutathione intravenously, through the skin, or with special oral preparations. HBOT, which involves breathing 100 percent oxygen in a pressurized chamber, is a highly effective treatment for brain and neurological disorders. Its popularity for children with autism is growing as parents report sometimes dramatic improvements in speech, behavior, and sociability.

PS.
The initial cause of Gut/Brain disorders arises from lack of friendly bacteria available at birth or in the first year. It is also likely to be compounded by vaccinations, the latest studies confirm. The good news it is a dysfunction – not a life sentence.

Studies:

Iodine Deficiency Linked to Autisim In a number of countries with reported increases in autism there has been a concomitant increase in the prevalence of iodine deficiency.
(3 4 5) Another line of evidence is the effect of iodine deficiency on brain development and the findings in some children with autism. Iodine deficiency during the prenatal period has been associated with a number of adverse effects on the brain resulting in a continuum of effects from mild to severe depending on the degree of iodine deficiency, from lowered IQ to severe mental retardation, i.e., cretinism. The mechanism of iodine deficiency is that insufficient levels of iodine lead to an imbalance in thyroid hormone metabolism with a decrease in circulating thyroxin (T4) in both the pregnant mother and the fetus. This results in irreversible changes in brain architecture such as less dense neural connections.
(6) It has been reported that some children with autism have “under connectivity” in certain regions of the brain.
(7) http://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/10/30/iodine-deficiency-cause-autism

According to World Health Organization, in 2007, nearly 2 billion individuals had insufficient iodine intake, a third being of school age. … Thus iodine deficiency, as the single greatest preventable cause of mental retardation, is an important public-health problem.”

Melatonin for sleep in children with autism: a controlled trial examining dose, tolerability, and outcomes. Malow B, Adkins KW, McGrew SG, Wang L, Goldman SE, Fawkes D, Burnette C.

Source:

Sleep Disorders Division, Department of Neurology and Kennedy Center, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN 37232, USA. beth.malow@vanderbilt.edu Supplemental melatonin has shown promise in treating sleep onset insomnia in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Twenty-four children, free of psychotropic medications, completed an open-label dose-escalation study to assess dose-response, tolerability, safety, feasibility of collecting actigraphy data, and ability of outcome measures to detect change during a 14-week intervention. Supplemental melatonin improved sleep latency, as measured by actigraphy, in most children at 1 or 3 mg dosages. It was effective in week 1 of treatment, maintained effects over several months, was well tolerated and safe, and showed improvement in sleep, behavior, and parenting stress. Our findings contribute to the growing literature on supplemental melatonin for insomnia in ASD.

Robert Redfern

Could Curcumin Be The New Antibiotic?

15 Apr

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There have been numerous studies into curcumin’s clinical benefits and its ability to protect against diseases like cancer and diabetes. Last week, a study by researchers in India analyzed the antimicrobial activity of curcumin and its effectivity against bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Curcumin is derived from the Indian spice turmeric and contains antioxidant properties. It’s thought to have a range of anti-inflammatory benefits and can protect against various health conditions. Curcumin works to do this by killing the bacteria due to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

Curcumin’s Potent Antibacterial Properties

In the study, curcumin was added to a growing stock of bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Enterococcus faecalis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Results indicated that the curcumin killed all of the bacteria within two hours. More importantly, only a few micrograms were needed to achieve this.

Researchers analyzed how the molecules killed this bacteria and identified a number of techniques to determine how this was happening. When analyzed under the microscope, curcumin was shown to have weakened the outside shell of the bacteria, i.e. the membrane.

The curcumin had created structural changes to the bacteria’s membrane, having damaged it by adding holes in their otherwise intact exterior. By using colored dyes, it was determined that flooding from the outside had occurred. The bacterium depends on maintaining a different environment on the inside and out.

The results of the study indicated that for curcumin it doesn’t matter which species of bacteria were involved, the results were the same. The molecule has the same mechanism of action and the ability to kill bacterium.

Curcumin and The Future

This is just one of the many promising studies that indicates the effective anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin and its potential use within already available antibiotics. All of this shows curcumin’s powerful ability to heal wounds and highlights the important role it could be play in what could soon be coming, in a post-antibiotic era.

Taking curcumin on a daily basis is most beneficial for your overall health and protecting your body against various forms of bacteria.

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Breast cancer is one of the second leading causes of death amongst women. New research published in the Clinical and Experiential Medicine journal indicates that curcumin, an Indian spice derived from turmeric, is highly effective against fighting breast cancer. The study found that the higher doses of curcumin increased its efficiency.

Other research published in the Molecular Carcinogenesis journal found that curcumin actually caused cancer cells to commit suicide, a process referred to as apoptosis.

Scientists have known that curcuminoids have many potential uses as cancer chemo-preventive agents while research from the medical journal Anticancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry found that curcumin has a potential role in regulating breast cancer genes and in the prevention of cancer spreading throughout the body. There is also evidence to show that curcumin can prevent tumors forming, regardless of whether they are cancerous or benign.

As a spice curcumin has numerous anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-viral and antioxidant benefits and may be useful in assisting against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Curcumin has many health benefits especially when it’s taken on a daily basis. As a general recommendation, around 1-3 grams of the powdered root are recommended daily.

Robert Redfern

Thunder Ahead: How can Electro-Acupressure help?

13 Apr

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Headaches and migraines can be disabling enough to grind you down and stop you in your tracks. Robert Redfern explains more.

Headaches and Migraines are a real pain for sufferers. For those of us who are free of them, the only way we know how severely others are suffering, is when we see how debilitating it is for them and how they sometimes simply cannot function.

Even though Robert does not suffer from them (particularly since he changed his diet), he feels he can claim to have become an expert at least in preventing and clearing them with 23 years of doing just this.

What are headaches/migraines?

There are nearly as many types of headaches/migraines as there are opinions! In many cases, headaches may only occur occasionally and are quickly overcome by having something to eat or a quiet rest. However, some people may suffer unpleasant attacks, which may last for several hours, or even days, preventing them from carrying out their usual daily routines, which even affects the lives of others that rely on them.

Here are a few:

Toxin or weekend headaches/migraines come about through a high level of stress that constricts the blood capillaries in those who feel stressed about their daily jobs. Somehow, they manage to hold it together all week, then along comes Friday evening/Saturday morning and as soon as they relax, the capillaries’ toxins that would normally detox every day, suddenly rush into the system and bring about pain. The bad news is that it can last a few hours, or in the worst cases, 2 days and then clear just before going back to their jobs on Monday morning. This may be a factor in other types as well of course.

Triggers include:

Emotional stress– tension, anger or shock, Physical stress- overwork or lack of sleep/ rest
Diet – missing meals, dehydration, drinking too much alcohol or additives in processed foods
Environment– bright lights, computer screens, loud noises
Hormonal causes– female cycles
High blood pressure– diet and lifestyle

Tension headaches/migraines include:

Frontal Headaches/Migraines

These occur over the frontal region of the head (forehead). Migraine is a particular type of headache, often lasting many hours and accompanied by sensations of flashing lights, nausea and vomiting.

Occipital (Neck) Headaches/Migraine

This is a headache occurring over the back of the head. Many of those with occipital headaches suffer accompanying neck problems and both need to be addressed.

Temporal Headaches/Migraines

This is a headache/migraine occurring on the side of the head.

Vertex Headaches/Migraines

This is a headache/migraine occurring on the top of the head.

Cluster Headaches/Migraines

These are repeated very painful temporal headaches/migraines.

Sinusitis Headaches/Migraines

Frontal Headaches/Migraines caused by inflamed sinuses usually caused by infection, allergy or viral autoimmune diseases.

WHAT ARE THE SOLUTIONS FOR THESE HEADACHES/MIGRAINES?

Following my plan will always result in preventing and stopping these problems but I cannot promise they will never come back. The more of the following points you deal with the better chance of long-term help.

Some common causes:

  • TMJ (jaw pain/tension)
  • Not drinking 6-8 x 500ml (16fl.oz) glasses of water per day
  • Poor breathing patterns
  • Tension/ anxiety/stress/depression
  • Allergies
  • Excess unnatural foods (grains, cereals, sugar, processed foods in the diet)
  • Chemicals in foods
  • Dairy
  • Fluorescent lighting/bright lights
  • Emotional issues
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Lack of sleep
  • Alcohol (for some people, just 1 glass)

Even if you use my solutions below I still strongly recommend you deal with all of these common causes in your life. Not just for headache/migraines but for your health and quality of life.

The best solutions:

With or without dealing with these causes above Robert Redfern recommends:

Electro-acupressure. This is the fastest and most effective treatment for all headaches/ migraines. I can say this from experience both in treating many thousands of people over the last 23 years, including my own family. All of the various types listed above respond instantly by treating to prevent the attack; treating just as you feel it starting or repeated treatments over a few hours if it has already started. It also quickly deals with other causes including neck pain, shoulder pain and TMJ (jaw pain).

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Serrapeptase is very good at clearing some types and can be used alongside Electro-acupressure. Inflammation is always a factor in headaches/migraines and Serrapeptase is essential for support. There may be scarring in the brain contributing to these problems and serrapeptase is the better solution for this.

Products to help relax – can help to dramatically reduce many of the prime causes of headaches/migraines, including tension/anxiety/stress/depression.

This helps you keep life in balance and although your challenges are still there you will find you can deal with them much better and nothing helps as much as being headache/migraine free.

Headaches and migraines can make many lives a misery, the majority can get them under control to a point when they may never come back.

Robert Redfern

Herb-Drug Interactions: Why Most Fears Are Poorly Founded

11 Apr

Herb-Drug Interactions: Why Most Fears Are Poorly Founded

 

When it comes to deciding whether or not to take a nutritional supplement, drug interactions are a common concern, which is why Dr. Whitaker wants to let you know about an exciting—and somewhat surprising—development in this area. But first, let’s take a look at what drug interactions are, in case you aren’t familiar with them.

What Are Drug Interactions?

Any substance, whether it is a food, nutrient, herb, or another drug, can interact with a medication in one of three ways: It can increase the effect of the medication, decrease the effect of the medication, or—most dangerous of all—cross-interact in an unpredictable way and cause an entirely unrelated effect.

One common additive effect is the potentially lethal interaction of alcohol and barbiturates, two drugs that both suppress central nervous system activity. An example of interference is the adverse effect of dietary fiber on the absorption—and therefore the performance—of certain drugs, including the heart drug digoxin.

As for dangerous cross-interactions, they are much more likely to occur among multiple drugs than among combinations of nutrients or herbs and drugs. The unexpected interaction of the diet drugs fenfluramine and phentermine is a case in point. Six million Americans took fen-phen before it was discovered that this drug combination could cause serious heart valve damage and primary pulmonary hypertension.

Uncovering the Truth About Herb-Drug Interactions

Now that you understand the different types of drug interactions that can occur, let’s get back to the news Dr. Whitaker wants to share with you. Amidst all the negative buzz surrounding herbal supplement safety and effectiveness in the past few months shines a beacon of hope. Josephine Briggs, MD, director of the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health (NCCIH; formerly the National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine), recently announced that NCCIH is planning to take action to address concerns related specifically to herb-drug interactions—many of which, she says, are unsound and, therefore, unwarranted.

According to Dr. Briggs, “misplaced fear” about herb-drug interactions is why doctors don’t recommend herbal supplements to their patients. The reason this fear is inappropriate and “concern is often poorly founded” is that “most herb-drug interactions identified in current resources are hypothetical, inferred from animal studies, cellular assays, or other indirect means.” As a result, Dr. Briggs said the NCCIH intends to fund “a Center to develop rigorous evaluation standards for herb-drug interaction testing.”

Herb-Drug Interactions Are Far Less Common Than Other Drug Interactions

Folks, this is great news. It also reinforces what Dr. Whitaker has been saying for years: Although you do need to be mindful of potential herb-drug interactions, they occur much less frequently than expected—and far less often than drug-drug interactions. Yet, many patients take multiple drugs every day, and polypharmacy, which is defined as “the practice of administering many different medicines especially concurrently for the treatment of the same disease,” runs rampant.

Despite the fear of herb-drug interactions, they are also much less common than drug interactions with foods and beverages that most people consume every day. However, most doctors fail to discuss these food-drug interactions with their patients and rarely do they tell them to avoid the dietary culprits, which include grapefruit juice, coffee and tea (due to their caffeine content), and fiber-rich foods, as I mentioned earlier.

Finally, it’s important to recognize that in the case of herb-drug interactions, the culprits are usually the drugs, not the herbs, as they are much more pharmacologically active. In fact, when patients at the Whitaker Wellness Institute experience any incompatibility between a drug and an herb used for medicinal purposes, D. Whitaker generally discontinues the drug and sticks with the herb, as it is usually just as effective and far safer.

The Bottom Line on Herb-Drug Interactions

Until the NCCIH is able to establish more definitive standards for herb-drug interactions, we are, unfortunately, held to the ones that currently exist. If you aren’t familiar with them, there are several tools on the Internet that can help you. Also, if your doctor isn’t willing or able to work with you in this area, consider finding one who is. After all, the chances are great that you’ll gain far more benefit than harm from taking an herbal supplement.

Now it’s your turn: Do you know of any specific herb-drug interactions?

Dr. Whitaker

Cholesterol Essential to Heart Health

8 Apr

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Did you know that the liver produces cholesterol everyday to regulate hormones, brain function, and arterial health? Don’t let anyone tell you cholesterol is a disease. Your liver makes cholesterol because your body needs it. Calling cholesterol a disease is an utter contradiction.

Cholesterol produced by the liver helps protect the body–and the arteries–against harmful inflammation. Cholesterol is essential to health. It is oxidized cholesterol in low or high levels that is responsible for heart disease.

HOW DOES CHOLESTEROL OXIDIZE?

Cholesterol oxidizes after it is exposed to free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can destroy healthy cells in the body. Free radicals come from a number of external toxins, like air pollution, cigarette smoke, and drinking in excess. Free radicals can be found in our food and water in the form of pesticides and other toxic chemicals. So, free radicals are a given, though direct sources of free radical damage should be avoided, like pesticides and cigarette smoke. Free radical oxidation can be seen anywhere in nature – a banana that begins to turn brown, meat that goes bad, a scrape on the skin that becomes red and inflamed.

The process of oxidation is bound to happen, inside and outside of the body. Though it is not possible to eliminate free radicals altogether, the main problem occurs when the body does not have enough antioxidants to fight off free radical damage. A lack of antioxidants will allow cholesterol to oxidize. Oxidized cholesterol contributes to existing damage in the arteries and can affect the health of the heart.

HEART-HEALTHY MYTHS

There are an astounding number of misconceptions surrounding heart health in the medical community. The first
myth that needs busting is that of “bad” cholesterol. You may have been told by your doctor that there are two different kinds of cholesterol: good and bad, or HDL and LDL.

Bad cholesterol should be avoided at all costs, right? According to recent research, this myth is far from true. LDL (considered “bad”) cholesterol is not the evil many medical professionals make it out to be.

In a recent study published in the Journal of Gerontology, researchers assessed 52 adults from the ages of 60 to 69. The study participants were healthy, although not physically active in an exercise program. The researchers were surprised to find that the study participants with the highest levels of “bad” cholesterol gained the most muscle mass after completing an intense workout.

Study researcher Steve Riechman asserts that all cholesterol is good. Both LDL and HDL cholesterol are needed to balance overall health and provide specific benefits, such as the ability to gain muscle mass. Cutting out bad cholesterol completely can cause a number of health issues. Research supports cholesterol to prevent aggression, reduce the risk of hemorrhagic stroke, boost memory, fight infection, and even ward off cancer.

The second heart-healthy myth that needs busting is the recommendation to avoid saturated fat. Contrary to popular belief, saturated fat does not cause heart disease. In fact, a cardiology specialist at the Croydon University Hospital in London, Aseem Malhotra, believes that quite the opposite is true: Saturated fats in dairy and red meat may help to prevent heart disease.

The real danger can be found in trans fats in fast food and processed food, as well as baked goods and margarine. For years, we have been told by medical professionals to cut out trans fats and saturated fats completely. However, recent research points to the protective benefits of saturated fat in dairy to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of diabetes, thus protecting against heart disease.

Both of these studies rebut “common medical wisdom” that advises a heart- healthy low-fat diet to lower total cholesterol. This is a dangerous, slippery slope that does nothing to protect the health of the heart. Reducing the amount of healthy fat in the diet can actually increase the risk of heart disease. A low-fat diet will not benefit your heart.

THE CRITICAL HEART NUTRIENT

If avoiding cholesterol isn’t the answer, what can you do to protect your heart? The best way to guard your heart is to
cut out trans fats found in processed and fast foods. A heart-healthy diet consists of really healthy foods, free from starchy carbohydrates like cereals, cookies, white rice, potatoes, pastry, breads, and pasta. Enjoy up to 14 small portions of fresh or frozen vegetables a day; 3-5 portions of beans, nuts, and seeds; 3-5 portions of dark-skinned fruits; and liberal amounts of healthy oils, like hemp, krill, and olive oil.

There’s more. You can strengthen your heart with one critical nutrient to rejuvenate and energize every part of your body. A young, healthy heart is protected by ample levels of CoQ10 produced by the liver. CoQ10 is designed to support
the heart, lungs, and muscles and combat free radical damage. Over time, aging, poor diet, and illness begin to take their toll. By age 80, the body produces 65 per cent less CoQ10. A 75 per cent CoQ10 decline can lead to death.

The heart-healthy nutrient ubiquinol is a form of coenzyme Q10 that is eight times better absorbed. This powerhouse antioxidant can fuel each cell and process in your body, while protecting the health of your heart. Supplementing with ubiquinol is critical to correct a CoQ10 deficiency. Ubiquinol can alleviate atherosclerosis, hypertension, congestive heart failure, angina, and arrhythmia to strengthen your heart for years to come.

Robert Redfern

One Critical Mineral Your Body Cannot Live Without: Iodine

6 Apr

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An overlooked, underestimated mineral essential to your health.

Do you get enough iodine in your diet? This may be a difficult question to answer because iodine is rarely talked about. Iodine is a basic, essential mineral that is critical for healthy DNA function and development throughout life. Iodine is a building block that can benefit immunity, metabolism, endocrine function, and heart health.

You can find iodine almost anywhere in your body. Iodine is in the breasts and the thyroid. Iodine is in the cells. Iodine plays an integral, supporting role in cerebro-spinal fluid, salivary glands, prostate, and even the brain. Everyone – men, women, and children – everyone needs a lifelong organic iodine supplement every day for radiant health.

Iodine is a trace element that can be found in rocks, seawater, and some soil.

Iodine can also be absorbed through the diet, in shellfish and fish. Many people are led to believe that iodine deficiency is a non-issue because of fortified cereals and grains, but actual iodine levels in packaged foods will fluctuate greatly, depending on the quality of soil used to grow the food.

Iodine deficiency was not a problem hundreds of years ago before mass soil depletion took place. Modern farming has robbed our food supply of this critical mineral and antioxidant. Iodine working as an antioxidant can neutralize free radical damage, guard against oxidative stress, and thus reduce the risk of chronic disease – including atherosclerosis, arthritis, and diabetes.

Iodine is essential for healthy thyroid function. If thyroid function is compromised, a number of unpleasant and alarming symptoms will occur. Long-term thyroid dysfunction left untreated can result in heart disease.

It is never too early to start taking iodine as a supplement.

IODINE AND SELENIUM, THE PERFECT MARRIAGE

It is all well and good to decide to take an iodine supplement. You are certainly on the right track. But one critical point that is easy to overlook is the need for an iodine co-factor: selenium. Selenium is another important mineral found in soil. Selenium may also be found in water and some foods. Selenium is critical to support metabolism and provide further protective benefits as an antioxidant. Working hand-in-hand with iodine, selenium helps to protect healthy cells from free radical damage. Research supports selenium to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. A number of serious health conditions are also directly linked with low selenium levels – including Crohn’s disease and HIV.

Selenium is not naturally produced by the body, but it can be found in soil, water, some foods, and supplements. Unfortunately, selenium levels in soil and food are rapidly depleting. As mentioned above, chemical farming practices exhaust soil and reduce the mineral content of our food. It is a well- known, vicious cycle in the food production industry that further supports the need for a critical mineral supplement.

Taking selenium as a co-factor to iodine will support healthy thyroid hormone levels and balanced metabolism. Selenium takes it one step further by protecting the thyroid gland against potentially excessive iodine exposure.1 Selenium keeps iodine in check and completes the picture of radiant health.

YOU MIGHT BE IODINE DEFICIENT IF…

Now that you know how to take an iodine supplement with selenium, it is time to explore why. You may be suffering from iodine deficiency if you exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Cold hands or feet
  • Tingling hands or feet
  • Hair loss
  • Dry skin
  • Brain fog
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle pain
  • Swelling in the ankles
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Protect the cardiovascular system
  • Protect breast tissue, prostate, and ovaries

Restoring iodine levels can alleviate many of the symptoms listed above and provide added benefits to:

  • Improve thyroid function
  • Aid in detoxification
  • Regulate metabolism and energy
  • Boost immunity

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THE ALARMING IODINE MISDIAGNOSIS

Most doctors don’t connect imbalanced iodine levels with the potential for serious disease. A number of the symptoms listed above may be brushed off without a possible medical cure – such as chronic fatigue. Other symptoms related to iodine deficiency may mandate prescription drugs, according to a health professional – such as high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol.

Before you succumb to a lifetime of medical treatment due to a supposedly incurable condition, iodine deficiency must be examined and treated.

In many cases, it is entirely possible to supplement with iodine in the diet. Roughly 2 cups of kelp or kombu seaweed must be eaten each day for the correct dosage. While eating iodine-rich foods is certainly recommended, eating more than 2 cups of seaweed a day is often more expensive than taking a quick-absorbing iodine supplement.

A simple, effective, organic iodine supplement can help. Many people who take an iodine supplement with selenium as a co-factor experience relief for some of the most chronic symptoms listed above within a matter of hours or weeks. Just three drops of iodine a day delivers the amount your body needs. Remember – to achieve desired results, daily iodine must always be activated with a selenium supplement

It’s important to understand that there are over two dozen major symptoms of iodine deficiency, associated with an under active thyroid. Many times, a doctor may call the symptoms above “clinical depression” and mistreat an all-too-common mineral deficiency.

The first indicators of an underlying iodine deficiency may be subtle, but they are important to detect early on. If you tire easily, have restless sleep, or have experienced unexpected weight gain, you could be iodine deficient. This is the prime time to supplement with iodine and selenium to restore health and ward off chronic disease.

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT

NASCENT IODINETM

Is recognized by the body as the same iodine that is recognized by the thyroid and is absorbed effortlessly. One drop = 400mcg of iodine. Usage depends upon the desired effect, up to 10 drops a day (max) = 1 bottle will last
at least 2 months! According Robert Redfern Nascent Iodine is the best form of iodine supplementation.

Robert Redfern

Acupuncture helps Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

3 Apr

 

Chronic fatigue syndrome is far more than just being tired, it is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that may worsen with physical or mental activity and does not improve with rest. Those affected with chronic fatigue syndrome can get so run down that it interferes with the ability to function in day-to-day activities, with some becoming severely disabled and even bedridden. In addition to extreme fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome encompasses a wide range of other symptoms including, but not limited to, headaches, flu-like symptoms and chronic pain.

If you suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, Oriental medicine can help relieve many of your symptoms. Exceptional for relieving aches and pains, acupuncture and Oriental medicine treatments can help you avoid getting sick as often and assist with a quicker recovery, as well as improve your vitality and stamina.

Research on Chronic Fatigue and Acupuncture

A study in China evaluated cupping as a treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome. All of the study patients complained of fatigue and some had additional problems with headaches, insomnia, muscle-joint pains, backaches and pains, poor memory, gastrointestinal disturbances and bitter taste in their mouth, among other things. Patients ranging in age from 28-54 received sliding cupping treatments twice a week for a total of 12 treatments. The results showed there was vast improvement in fatigue levels, insomnia, poor memory, spontaneous sweating, sore throat, profuse dreams, poor intake, abdominal distention, diarrhea, and alternating constipation and diarrhea.

In another study conducted at the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou University of TCM in Guangzhou, China, subjects with chronic fatigue syndrome were evenly divided by random selection into an acupuncture group and a control group. The observation group was treated with acupuncture and the control group was treated with an injection. Participants completed a fatigue scale and results showed that people who received acupuncture reported significantly more relief from their symptoms. A similar study conducted in Hong Kong gave half of the group conventional needle acupuncture and half (the control group) sham acupuncture. Again, using a fatigue scale, improvements in physical and mental fatigue were significantly bigger in the acupuncture group and no adverse events occurred.

Most significantly, 28 papers were statistically reviewed through a meta analysis in order to assess the success of acupuncture as a therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome. The results showed that treatment groups receiving acupuncture for chronic fatigue syndrome had superior results when compared with control groups. Rightly, they concluded that acupuncture therapy is effective for chronic fatigue syndrome and that it does merit additional research.

Christina Sarlo LMT, L.Ac., NCCAOM

Put Insomnia To Rest

2 Apr

 

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Our society puts a premium on our waking hours, and we thus have the tendency to underestimate the importance of a full-night’s sleep. Millions of people who suffer from insomnia look for quick fixes instead of exploring the root causes of the problem. Sleep hygiene is an afterthought for many people. Evening is a time to allow our minds and bodies to turn inward to our subconscious. Sleep deprivation is the root of many health issues like memory impairment, a weakened immune system and stress that can lead to cardiac disease, heart disease and digestive disorders.

Exposure to the diminishing light at dusk helps regulate sleep hormones in the body. Excessive lighting at night, evening shift work, evening computing, video games, television and late-night eating all serve to counteract the body’s natural rhythms. It’s no wonder people have trouble sleeping. Rather than embrace nighttime as rest time, we tend to let our minds wander from one element of stress to another, which can keep us up for hours or perhaps an entire evening. We are then forced to approach the new day without having benefited from the regenerative powers that nighttime brings.

In Oriental medicine, sleep occurs when the yang energy of the day folds into the yin energy of nighttime. Yin energy of the body is cooling and restorative; it is the time of day when our bodies turn inward and regenerate. This is the time we dream and explore the caverns of our unconscious mind. Conversely, daytime is yang, which is expansive. We expend the energy we have built up from the process of sleeping. Together, this is the cycle of yin and yang.

To apply this yin-yang concept to your everyday life, try eating your last meal at least three hours before going to bed. For example, you can “cool” your yang energy down by avoiding hot and spicy food and drink. Avoid alcohol, coffee, chocolate and any other stimulants, especially late in the day.

To improve your sleep cycles, help circulate your body’s energy by working out or with gentle exercise. Build your body’s nutritive aspect by eating marrow-based soups and stews, dark pigmented vegetables and fruits. Avoid overworking or over rumination as well.

An invaluable tool to help your brain unwind is meditation. It helps the body create a sense of calm. Meditation can reduce stress, increase feelings of well-being and improve overall health. It can help one increase alertness, relaxation and reflection even in “waking” states. Meditation is best practiced during the day to help improve your sleep patterns at night.

Christina Sarlo LMT, L.Ac., NCCAOM

Knock Out a Top Cause of Diabetic Complications

30 Mar

If you have diabetes, what I’m about to tell you in this blog post could prevent you from having a premature heart attack, save your eyesight, kidneys, legs, and nerves—even save your life. Diabetes has a devastating effect on virtually every system in the body, which sets the stage for a variety of diabetic complications. But, as I will explain, this devastation is largely preventable.

Knock Out a Top Cause of Diabetic Complications

Nutrient Losses Cause Diabetic Complications

Diabetes is a nutritional wasting disease. The elevated blood sugar levels that characterize diabetes cause excessive urination. In fact, diabetes mellitus is taken from two Greek words meaning “to pass through” and “honey,” referring to excessive glucose-laden urination.

High blood sugar levels, which are caused by either lack of insulin or insulin resistance (type 1 or type 2 diabetes, respectively), overwhelm the kidneys’ capacity to reabsorb glucose as well as all water-soluble nutrients. Elevated blood sugar levels essentially act like an osmotic diuretic, washing out virtually everything.

Every time blood sugar rises and urination increases, patients with diabetes lose water, magnesium, zinc, B12, B6, folic acid, and many other nutrients. Although water is replaced by drinking, nothing is done to replenish the water-soluble nutrients that are also swept out.

Replacing Lost Vitamins and Minerals Is Critical

As a result of these continual nutritional losses, diabetes is our number one cause of blindness, amputation, and kidney failure, and it dramatically increases the risk of both heart attack and stroke. I believe that if you were to give a healthy person an osmotic diuretic every day without replacing nutrients, they would develop these (and other) diabetic complications. Let’s examine some of the nutrient losses and their consequences.

  • Magnesium. Excessive urination washes out magnesium. Low magnesium levels are present in 25 percent of people with diabetes, and even those with levels considered to be “high” for diabetics don’t reach the average levels of the non-diabetic population.

As magnesium levels decrease, glucose control deteriorates because magnesium is essential to normal carbohydrate metabolism. Low levels are associated with diabetic retinopathy, and diabetics with the lowest magnesium levels have the greatest risk of going blind. Low magnesium is also associated with high blood pressure and vasospasm (constriction of blood vessels) as well as cardiovascular disease. Magnesium is involved in glucose transfer across cell membranes and improves insulin sensitivity and glucose control. It also helps decrease oxidative stress.

  • Zinc. Zinc is another water-soluble nutrient that is flushed from the body, and as a result, many diabetics have low zinc levels. This deficiency may impair the immune system, particularly T-cell function, which could lead to more infections and non-healing ulcers. Zinc deficiency also can cause hair loss as well as diarrhea, which triggers further nutrient losses.
  • B vitamins. B6, B12, and folic acid are water-soluble and therefore vulnerable to loss via excessive urination caused by diabetes. This leads to increased homocysteine levels and dramatically increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Low levels of B6 can cause glucose intolerance, depression, cracked lips, and dry skin. A B12 deficiency may have no obvious symptoms at first, but over time it can produce mental disturbances, anemia, and impaired nerve function. A lack of folic acid may bring on depression, forgetfulness, insomnia, irritability, and fatigue.

  • Antioxidants. People with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are routinely low in virtually all of the water-soluble antioxidants, and those with type 2 diabetes are often low in fat-soluble vitamins A and E. At the same time, high blood sugar causes severe oxidative stress, which consumes whatever antioxidants are available. If antioxidants are not liberally replaced, then free radical damage is accelerated.

The Most Common Diabetic Complications

Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant and vulnerable to urinary losses as well as poor cellular uptake. Blood cell levels of vitamin C are often substantially decreased in people with diabetes. As you probably know, severe vitamin C deficiency causes scurvy, which leads to bleeding gums, bruising, and poor wound healing. Furthermore, lack of vitamin C is linked with susceptibility to infection.

Folks, I don’t believe there is a single essential micro-nutrient that is not either wasted or used up in patients with diabetes. Not one. And the consequences of this fact are obvious.

The diabetic condition demands that these nutrients be replenished—and in large supply—to prevent the devastation that comes from nutritional deficiencies and ultimately leads to diabetic complications.

Glucose Control Won’t Solve the Problem

It’s also important to realize that glucose control won’t solve the problem. Here’s why. Although good glucose control reduces urinary losses of micro-nutrients as well as the other stresses of the diabetic condition, it does not eliminate them, because even under good control there are regular periods of high blood sugar. This point is missed entirely by virtually every conventional physician.

However, intervening with aggressive therapies to correct the numerous nutritional losses—even after diabetic complications have already occurred—can often mitigate these complications and prevent future occurrences.

Help Yourself to Better Health

At Dr. Whitaker’s clinic, they routinely prescribe high doses of water- and fat-soluble vitamins and minerals to virtually all of their patients. However, for their patients with diabetes, they bump up those amounts by at least 50 percent to compensate for nutritional deficiencies and protect against diabetic complications.

If you have diabetes, it is imperative that you do the same and replenish these vital nutrients. If you are seeing a conventional doctor, ask this question: “Doctor, I understand that diabetes causes losses of many micro-nutrients in the urine. Would it be wise for me to be on a nutrient supplement regimen to counteract those losses?”

If your doctor says it’s not needed or gives you some garbage about lack of science or some other nonsense, run—don’t walk—to a physician with a different attitude toward nutritional supplementation. You will save yourself a whole lot of needless suffering.

Now it’s your turn: Have you used any other natural therapies to prevent or treat diabetic complications?

Dr. Whitaker

Against the Grain

27 Mar

“Cereal Fibers’ May Help You Live Longer”

“The secret to a long and healthy life?
Eating CEREAL: Diet high in grains reduces the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes”

Robert Redfern states very clearly that eating grains and cereals (including wholegrain) are a prime cause of disease and are to be avoided as much as possible and replaced by vegetables, seeds and legumes in the diet.

Of course Robert Redfern had to read the study (http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/13/59) to find out if there was anything new he should know and if he needed to change his recommendations. What he found was not a scientific study but a review of people’s eating habits, through a questionnaire, asking how much whole grains they had eaten compared to processed grains. Important variables such as exercise and other diet choices were not considered. It is clearly a study to prove wholegrain is better for your health than processed grain and all of the references are selected to support this.

It is almost impossible to draw any serious conclusions from asking people to self-report on how much they have eaten a certain ‘healthier’ food. There could be a natural bias to report a better choice.

Those accurately reporting eating wholegrain as a healthier choice would almost certainly have been exercising more and eating more vegetables as part of their healthier choices. These other healthier choices were not taken into account.

The more vegetables eaten the healthier you stay and the amount consumed should have been reported and factored as part of the studies and the results.

Another factor in health is socioeconomic status. It is a fact that middle class people live longer and healthier than the working class and the poor. There is no mention of this in the study.

Out of 367,000+ people in the study there was no mention of vegetarians or 7th Day Advent or other groups that follow specific diets that can influence the outcome.

The amount of meat eaten is a big factor as eating meat alongside grains and cereals is shown in studies to be a major factor in disease. This was shown in a large study in China, which explained why slim people in China were getting the same rate of Diabetes Type 2 as people in the USA, where obesity is blamed as the main factor. It was found that eating meat and rice in the same dish caused a large elevation in blood sugar levels as well as the well-documented glycation damage that takes place to the arteries and organs. By not identifying the amount of combined meat and grain dishes, an important health risk was excluded.

In conclusion:

Whether the methodology was deliberately fixed or it was just badly designed isn’t clear but I believe not too much notice can be taken of this study.

I am in no doubt that an increase in fiber (fibre) in the diet is good for health but I disagree it should come from grains and cereals. The references this study selected failed to mention that fiber (fibre) from grains and cereals may be bad for your health. You can read more here: http://gut.bmj.com/content/48/5/587.full

the reputation of grains has taken a hit in recent years due to the ...

Below is the previous article from Robert Redfern. earlier articles on why grains and cereals are bad for you then see:

Can you stop all grains and cereals? It’s tough (Robert Redfern can vouch but there are over 100 studies showing it will help you to get and stay healthy).

Anyone with an interest in natural health and well being will be aware that white rice, bread and pasta should be avoided as they are not part of a healthy lifestyle. These grains are nothing but sugar and can lead to unstable blood sugar levels. However, replacing them with whole grains and cereals will not help. The fact is that we need to avoid all grains as they are associated with numerous health complications and diseases. Let’s take a look at the top reasons why we should eliminate these foods right away.

THEY HAVE A HIGH GLYCAEMIC INDEX

According to Dictionary.com the glycaemic index is a system that ranks foods by the speeds at which their carbohydrates are converted into glucose in the body; or to put it more simply, a measure of the effects of foods on blood sugar levels. All grains rank highly on the index, meaning that they raise blood sugar quickly as opposed to a slow, sustained release of sugar. High blood sugar levels are linked to a multitude of chronic diseases.

THEY CONTAIN MYCOTOXINS

Mycotoxins are poisonous substances produced by fungi which grow in yeast and mold. These toxins are linked to numerous diseases.

THEY CAN CAUSE INFLAMMATION

A proper essential fatty acid ratio is imperative to good health. Grains contain an improper balance of omegas-3s to omega-6s, leading to inflammation. This inflammation is further exacerbated by the unhealthy spreads we put on our grains. The sugars also contribute to damage through a process called glycation. These all damage the walls of our arteries and joints.

THEY CAN BE ACID-FORMING

Our body is naturally alkaline and to remain this way we require the majority of our foods to be alkaline-forming. Grains are acid-forming which can lead to calcium loss in the urine and an increased risk of osteoporosis. When our body becomes too acidic, acidosis sets in, bringing with it many health concerns.

THEY FEED THE UNFRIENDLY BACTERIA IN THE GUT

An overabundance of sugar from consuming grains feeds the unfriendly bacteria in our intestinal tract. In the proper amounts these bacteria are necessary; however, in abundance they create illness.

THEY HAVE A LOW FIBER CONTENT

Fruits contain twice as much fiber as grains, while non-starchy vegetables contain eight times more fiber.

THEY ARE A POOR SOURCE OF VITAMINS

Grains do not contain vitamin C or B12 and contain only trace amounts of folate and biotin, another B vitamin. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and low levels of B12 and folate lead to increased levels of the amino acid homocysteine, increasing the risk of heart disease.

THEY INHIBIT THE ABSORPTION OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS

Pyridoxine glucosides, found in grains, block the absorption of B vitamins grain in the intestines, including B6, which
is also related to increased levels of homocysteine. Vitamin D metabolism is also inhibited by the consumption of grains, reducing calcium absorption. Phytates, which are antioxidant compounds found in whole grains, chemically bond the iron, zinc, copper and calcium within grains, blocking their absorption during the digestion process.

Provide No Calcium

Grains contain no calcium and form an insoluble complex with calcium. Along with grain’s high levels of phosphorus this leads to a low calcium/phosphorus ratio. High levels of phosphorus speed up bone loss. Anti-nutrients are chemicals that prevent absorption of minerals and nutrients, damage the gastrointestinal tract and affect immune system function.

Inhibit Vitamin Absorption

Pyridoxine glucosides block the absorption of B vitamins in the intestines, including B6, which is also related to increased levels of homocysteine. Vitamin D metabolism is inhibited by the consumption of grains, reducing calcium absorption.

Inhibit Mineral Absorption

Phytates chemically bond the iron, zinc, copper and calcium within grains, blocking their absorption during the digestion process.

THEY CONTAIN ENZYME INHIBITORS

Enzyme inhibitors suppress the enzymes you need to digest food, compromising digestion and placing stress on the pancreas.

THEY CONTAIN GLUTINOUS PROTEINS

Glutinous proteins are found in grains and are responsible for food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities.

THEY CAN EXACERBATE CELIAC DISEASE

Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease affecting the small intestine. It may be triggered by eating too many grains early in life or a traumatic event creating stress in the body. Coeliac disease causes great distress to the immune system and can only be managed by completely avoiding gluten.

THEY CONTAIN LECTINS

Lectins are proteins in grains which are indigestible. Instead of being absorbed, these proteins attach to cells
in the intestines, increasing intestinal permeability and allowing partially undigested food proteins and undesirable bacteria to enter the bloodstream. This is a condition known as leaky gut syndrome. A leaky gut confuses the immune system, causing it to attack the body’s own tissues.

Eliminating grains and replacing them with low sugar fruits and non-starchy vegetables will lead to better health. Nutritious, healthy and gluten-free alternatives to grains include quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat. Get creative with these new foods and they will open up a whole new world of flavors and good nutrition.

Studies Continue to Prove: Nuts, in Moderation, Are Really Good For ...

What if gluten was a problem for almost everyone? What if sugar is inherent in high amounts in almost every modern diet (all grains and cereals, corn, bread, pastry, biscuits, breakfast cereals rice, potatoes, parsnips and pasta)?

What if these foods are the main cause of diseases such as lung disease? What if my super formulations are successful for lung diseases when these foods are avoided?

It is not a fade diet to stop eating all grains and cereals, corn, bread, pastry, biscuits, breakfast cereals rice, potatoes, parsnips and pasta. It is not a fade diet to stop eating all meat that comes from animals fed on grains and cereals and corn, or fish that are farmed and fed on grains, cereals or corn, on genetically manufactured plants (GM or GMO), whose genes are altered and mixed with those of insects or other living organisms. Real science shows these foods (so-called) are the cause of diseases.

... gluten free. The latest food fad – or could going gluten free really

It is a lifestyle change, something to do now and forever. Not just for a few weeks.

Robert Redfern

 

 

 

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