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Many people will expect this series to be about normal, prescription diabetes medications, but these do not treat the root causes. So, instead, the natural foods and herbs which send accurate messages of support and positive-change are preferable for diabetics to use, along with regular meds (if you and your doctor think this is best). I have always used the natural medicines at hand: food in good ratios and choices, movement, clean air, pure water and sunlight, alieviating stress by viewing Nature and other natural methods; all these are the tools of real Health.

I have been introducing you to 10 importqant herbs which can positively impact healing your diabetes: turmeric, garlic, peppermint, parsley, rosemary, chili pepper, cinnamon, ginger, basil and lavender. Turmeric is a member of the same botanical family as ginger is. Both are ant-inflammatories, and diabetes has an inflammatory component.

Dr, Mercola lauds turmeric and it is well-respected in the ancient health system of India, Ayurveda, humanity’s first formal system of medicine. You can buy turmeric on its own, but most of you will have had it when you use curry powder; it colors it naturally, and although it does not have the wonderful flavor of ginger, it’s neutral and is really a powerful food ally and healer.

In a recent email, Dr. Mercola said:

‘What makes turmeric so sought after and even revered by those who use it? Well, not only is turmeric a popular spice, but it has also become one of the most thoroughly studied nutrients for Health. Turmeric and its active compound curcumin affect more than 700 genes and 100 different pathways inside each of your cells. (Em: this is a potent example of epigenetics at work.)

What that means for you is this  is turmeric supports a normal immune response, healthy joints and bones, optimal digestion, blood and liver functions, and so much more. Liver health is critical for diabetics, as it is in the liver that the opposing hormone, which counters insulin excess, glycogen, is made and stored.

The turmeric rhizome also acts as an adaptogen – which is a substance which modifies your stress response – bringing it “down” if you are too anxious, and raising your response if you are lethargic or out-of-energy.

Turmeric is also a phenomenal antioxidant which helps your body defend against free radicals, providing support for your eyes, skin, and and all your cells. ‘

So, start investigating ways to add either curry powder or just turmeric to your recipes. Alone, turmeric doesn’t have a hot, spicy flavor (it can be bitter if using too much)(I’d say no more than 1 Tablespoon for a large soup-pot of food, at least until you know your tolerance for its flavor).  Also know that its rich color does stain! Curry powders do come in mild to hot. You can even start to make your own mix, as most Indian home-cooks do. It’s not hard!

If you suffer from GERD (Gastric Esophogeal Reflux Disease) or if you take Warfarin or Coumadin, ask your doctor about guidelines for amounts to use. If you are on anti-depressants, realize that turmeric does affect neuro-transmitters like serotonin and noradrenalin in positive ways, so you may not need as much medication with regular turmeric use; discuss this with your physician.

If you are just using normal food amounts, rather than curcumin supplements, the spice should be safe during pregnancy and probably is fine for the conditions just mentioned, too.

Just make sure that you start incorporating this wonderful food into your life.

Best to all — Em

REFERENCE:

For some healthy recipe ideas, see these at Eating Well.

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Well, another week has gone by with continued uncertainty about how large a nuclear event will happen in Japan, how much area of Japan and the world will be contaminated, as well as to what degree. This whole scene should be making all of us think hard!

The best solution to the energy-crisis (and looming rising oil costs) is conservation! It can do more than anything else to help the planet and our fiscal stability – personally and nationally.

All of us need money for more important things in life — like supporting our Health. We have to make serious choices here.

An Japanese-American nuclear physicist, just returning from Japan, was interviewed locally last night. He said that what happened imminently was going to determine the extent of the disaster, now that they have determined nuclear reactor 3 has been “breached” and serious radiation was beginning to escape.

He continued, that if, because of radiation hazard for the firemen and reactor workers, they have to stop dousing the other two at-risk reactors, and thereby they melted-down too, this would be a “much bigger catastrophe than Ukraine’s Chernobyl” (which has a dead-zone around it which will last for at least a couple of centuries).

The location of these 3 plants and the wider circle of contamination  will effectively impact Japan and Honshu Island to a huge degree, really pushing already strained population centers to the max. It would mean  removing a huge contaminated area, which threatens to bi-sect the island and make each half disconnected.

Already the economic impact is tremendous, with parts and supplies needed for already-exported goods not being able to be manufactured. The crisis will mean jobs lost or furloughed all over the world.

That’s bad enough, but now back to Health. Unfortunately, as I suspected, the longer the radiation was spewing, the more likely that even the ocean would be effected. I don’t know how far and how deep the samples were taken but news this week said “seawater” was showing radiation, as was land water, milk, spinach, potatoes, and some root crops (!), like turnips.  All still at “non-problematical levels”, but if the situation goes awry, as described above, all bets are off.

It’s a shame, as Japan’s industrial rise was based on a land which had NO ready-to-go natural energy resources of its own. I wish that over these last few decades, they would have immediately researched wind (which the Americans did and then turned the technology and industry over to the Japanese to manufacture), geo-thermal and wave-action technologies (their best source, but least-researched) and solar (which is less useful to them, as they are a far-north country), but all would help.

The Japanese government went against their people’s traditional Shinto respect for Nature in choosing nuclear power and it has come back to bite them with a vengeance.

The shame is shared by America. It turns out that General Electric (GE) manufactured this “cheap” version of a nuclear reactor. The global corporations are wreking their havoc again. I do not know to whom else they sold this crappy reactor, which is doing just what critics were concerned it would do. But, in reports online,  I did read that there are at least 23 of the same GE nuclear reactors in nuclear power stations in the United States! Some are even on earthquake faults here.

So, everyone, you may have one of these monsters on your doorstep. I suggest you find out, and while you’re at it, start campaigning to get it decommissioned, like we did (decades ago) to the one plant that our power company (built against our wishes), on the Columbia River, in Oregon. We know we are as safe and responsible as we can be, now. Can you say the same? Yes, it took a long public campaign and a short time to vote and then goosing the utility and the government to do what The People wanted. All the more reason for you to start now.

Oregon then followed through on energy conservation and research. We have wind-farms, wave-technology starting on the Oregon coast, bike lanes and public-use bikes in major cities, new, efficient forms of public transportation reaching as deeply as possible into suburban neighborhoods etc. Support for sharing cars. We have revised codes and building standards. We are intent on Green.

This allows all of us in Oregon to have the 2nd forward-most thinking and action on Healthcare.

Until last Thursday, I would have said First. But, to their credit, the Legislature in Vermont wrote and passed historic legislation to get private, for-profit health “insurance” companies and “health-plans” out of Vermont!

In the next couple of years, a plan being crafted now, will bring to Vermonters the nation’s first universal health-coverage! Bravo! Brava! It will be a single-payer system. And it will be drafted in co-ordination with physicians, so the emphasis will be Health and not admin or drug company lobbying.

Vermont is another Green-thinking state, not wildly spending our grand-children’s future.

Oregon and Vermont have a lot to teach the rest of the nation and you need to make your so-called “representatives” take a serious look. Instead of supporting the new campaign for nuclear power to rise again in  America, quash it! Stop it now and forever. Otherwise, people will be dealing with lots more than diabetes, as fallout, sooner or later.

Health and social services, as well as public-safety,  have to be the first concerns of any government, and we cannot have this when we are mired in poor decisions and falsely-helpful technology raping us in other areas of life.

Aussies and others have had successful experiments with cars run on water cells etc., there’s SO much alternative energy research to do to help the planet and ourselves. We need to support that research and not let researchers be harassed (and worse) by goons from big-Oil.

Now, as promised last week, I’ll share why Dr. Robert Jay Rowen, MD cautions about the media’s use of potassium iodide as an effective help for this potential crisis of radiation poisoning, for the following reasons.

There’s been a massive run on potassium iodide, and regular store shelf supplies in some West Coast cities is sold-out. “Experts” are telling people that this combination will protect them from nuclear fallout, but Dr. Rowen says “They’re wrong!”.

He says that potassium iodide is a good product, but that the potassium is supposed to protect you from the radioactive cesium molecules. And the iodide protects against radioactive iodine isotopes.

But, here’s the problem:
___   First, in his opinion, there’s not nearly enough potassium in this combination to protect you against the radioactive cesium. (In your body, cesium acts like potassium. So the theory is that if you have enough potassium in your body, that is supposed to prevent your body from absorbing the cesium.)

But Dr. Rowen believes that most people are so deficient in potassium, that the small amount in potassium iodide won’t protect you. Instead, he says that you need to take a separate potassium supplement to protect yourself.

___   Second, Dr. Rowen says that you have to protect a lot more than your thyroid from radiation. The iodide in potassium iodide will protect your thyroid, but it won’t be as efficient at protecting your breasts and other organs.

Iodide and iodine — each serves slightly different roles in your body, and they each protect different organs, in different ways.

Yes,  iodide is only one form of iodine. In the event of nuclear fallout, it’s vital you protect your body with both nutrients, and potassium iodide doesn’t provide iodine.

Iodine is essential for your thyroid, and this gland needs it most — this is especially true for children’s thyroid glands, as they are growing and have faster metabolisms, so radioactive iodine will damage their gland much more. 

If you’re deficient in Iodine, as most Americans are, your thyroid will pick up any iodine your body ingests (we’ve talked about this danger before). This includes grabbing radioactive iodine isotopes, which can then poison your thyroid.

But, Dr. Rowen says, if your thyroid is sufficiently full of iodine, your gland will ignore any other iodine passing by — including radioactive iodine.

There are two products that provide ample amounts of both iodide and iodine, in addition to food sources.

___ Dr. Guy Abraham, MD’s landmark product, Iodoral, is the first. Dr. Rowan says ” I think most people should take one capsule daily, just for general nutritional purposes. I do. After a few weeks, your thyroid should be sufficient in iodine and iodide, making your organs more resistant to radioactive iodine.” Iodoral is a pill and tasteless, whereas that cannot be said for the next choice.

___  A good (but foul-tasting)  alternative is Lugol’s solution. This should be available from your pharmacist. Explain what you need it for so you get the correct version.  This is a centuries-old formula, from a Frensh pharmacist, for this lack-of-iodine problem, which used to be rampant in Europe plagued with goiter.

In a way, it is the liquid form of Iodoral. Two drops of this Lugol’s Solution – an iodine/iodide product —  is equivalent to one Iodoral tablet. Dr. Rowen says: “If you know there’s a significant risk of radioactive iodine exposure, you can double or triple the Lugol dose in the short run.”

___   Finally, Dr. Rowen also mentions that potassium iodide cannot protect you against the radioactive heavy metals — like uranium and plutonium! This is the greatest hazard!

Uranium atoms seem to be too large for conventional chelators to grab, so he recommends Metal Magnet.

It is a totally natural supplement from decayed organic matter, which contains active humic and fulvic acids. These are complex large organic molecules which are structured with lots of carboxylic acid chemical groups (which attract metals like a magnet). All size  metal molecules will fit in, even the big-boys like uranium. Find Metal Magnet on the Internet.

___   Strontium 90, which a also radioactive mineral, and has been found in American dairy in the past; it is a more difficult issue, as it is chemically similar to calcium,  so it can enter and stay in your bones — potentially causing bone cancer.

The  EDTA protocol can chelate calcium, so it should also grab strontium, and studies suggest it does. Dr. Rowen says: “For strontium 90, consider both oral and rectal EDTA, which may offer limited protection. If you are exposed to radiation, I’d go directly to intravenous EDTA under the care of a trained chelation doctor.”

___   And, as general, everyday protection:

He also recommend taking Chlorella (15 tablets daily!). This algae  is an excellent metal detoxifier and it is definitely a superfood; get it in juice form, too, in smaller quantities tho’,  in many of the “green” juices. Read the labels.

When the Ukrainian nuclear plant at Chernobyl melted down, Russian researchers found brown seaweed (alginate) greatly reduced radiation poisoning. Dr. Rowan suggests  Modifilan and  Pectasol Chelation Complex (same as Dr. Fuchs) as both products are rich in alginates. OR, as I have said many times — start using kelp in your diet. Read my archive.

Advanced Detox Formula has a long track-record helping cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy. The formulation greatly reduces the amount of radiation their body absorbs, so it will work for environmental exposure, too.

This protects you with its sulfur-bearing detoxification nutrients, which also help regenerate your greatest body-made anti-oxidant, glutathione. I suggest some sulfur-rich foods below. Dr. Rowan says to be  sure to take ADF along with supplemental vitamin C (2-8 grams daily ! Whoah!) and vitamin E (1,200 IU daily) when exposed to radiation. He suggests  vitamin E as Unique E, Carlson’s E, and Delta-Fraction Tocotrienols (take one softgel, twice a day).

I don’t know about you, but I have trouble after 500 mg of Vitamin C. I’d be in the bathroom all the time, but maybe if exposed to massive radiation, one can tolerate that much Vitamin C as your body would be using it up at a furious rate! So, I hope all this helps our Japanese friends, and any who are exposed in future nuclear events.

As usual, you can order King Chlorella, Pectasol Chelation Complex, Advanced Detox Formula and Delta-Fraction Tocotrienols from http://www.AdvancedBionutritionals.com .

___   Dr. Rowen, MD is a kindred spirit, as he, too, brings us back around to letting Food Be Your Medicine and savior. Remember, that everyday use of  certain foods can protect you — especially if you are eating as many raw, Living Plant Foods (LPF) as possible.

Plants have to survive constant assault from solar radiation. So, their plant chemicals  can help protect you as well. The Japanese use many of these products just naturally, and especially after the atomic bombs were dropped on them during WW2.

Generally, the Japanese diet is the healthiest in the world; their people are the most long-lived and if anyone can survive this catastrophe, the Japanese can, given half-a-chance as they already have all these good habits in place.

Their research has shown that for general radiation exposure, whether nuclear, or even medical gamma ray exposure, that Japanese fermented soybean paste ( miso) can protect you.Many studies confirm the efficacy of fermented soy, but it is salty, so a tablespoon is a lot to use at one time. Miso soup is a good choice. The recipe from Jim Healthy I published last time is at a level you can use through the day.

As an aside, Dr. Rowen tells  of a hospital right under ground zero in Japan, which survived the bombing. It was spared the destruction of the blast (which went outward more than downward). One of the doctors walked outside after the bomb dropped, saw the total destruction, walked back inside and told everyone to start eating miso. Those who did were spared radiation sickness, even at ground zero!

Organic soy bean miso is easy to find in the refrigerator case of good health stores. Read the labels, as some miso is also made from barley, and I do NOT know if it would have the same protective properties.

Tofu is NOT fermented. It does NOT count, and I would think the same is true of the whole soybean (edamame), as it is the fermentation process which releases other compounds in the soybean. Eat edamame for other healthy purposes. And, do NOT cook miso! Just add it at the end of the cooking process; just swirl it into the dish.

Start to eat seaweeds, sprouts, miso and radishes, onions and garlic everyday.

As a start: try Tofu – Seaweed Burgers Note: this makes 10-12 burgers. Experiment to see if they freeze well OR just reduce the recipe. Hijiki is a robust seaweed with lots of texture. You can also substitute nori seaweed without soaking or use several tablespoons of kelp sprinkles. Each of the potatoes (use the skin, too), seaweed and miso are very pH alkaline foods, That’s GOOD.

OK, we’re done, but find out if there’s a nuclear power plant near you and start to get it decommissioned like we did in Oregon; start to learn more about energy conservation; start to be proactive for getting the federal government to set aside research money to be spent on alternative energy; let your representatives know that you do NOT support expansion of the nuclear industry.

REFERENCE:
Hiroshima J Med Sci., 2001 Dec;50(4):83-6; Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, volume 18, number 4, 612-616, DOI: 10.1007/BF01055029.

Best to all — Em

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With the radiation jeopardy in Japan looming on the horizon and poised to spread into our air, water and soil, I want to share 2 emails and an article I received to help people make educated choices, for themselves and most importantly, for their children, who are even more at risk because of their much more active thyroids.

The two scientists who sent the information are:  Dr. Robert Jay Rowen, MD and Dr. Nan Fuchs, PhD, representing their colleague and supplement formulator Dr. Isaac Eliaz, PhD. at Advanced Bionutritionals in Northern California. And the recipes are from Jim Healthy at http://MyHealingKitchen.com

Dr. Fuchs discusses some research to show an individual’s Environmental Toxic Load and how that applies to Diabetes. She informs us:  ‘with an epidemic of diabetes in America, scientists now believe they have found out (one) of the reasons why’.

I think this hearkens back to what I’ve mentioned about Dr. Vickery‘s theories in the past fortnight. When our bodies are NOT properly nourished, they cannot DO the detox they are meant to do and are normally capable of doing. (Look for those articles in the sidebar … and later, in the archive.)

Dr. Fuchs reports: scientists tested 2,016 Americans for the presence of 6 toxins known as POPs (persistent organic pollutants). The researchers then compared the levels of these 6 toxins in the participants’ bodies to their history of blood sugar problems and diabetes.

This is what they discovered:  the people with the highest levels of these 6 toxins were 38 times more likely to have diabetes compared to the people with the lowest levels!

These toxins can destroy the beta cells in your pancreas (which produce your insulin, the hormone that regulates your blood sugar levels).

These toxins can also interfere with the cell receptors that carry glucose  to your muscle and fat cells. And the toxins can limit your cell receptors’ ability to use insulin. When your cells have a hard time accepting and using insulin, then your blood sugar rises, automatically.

Dr. Vickery’s protocol is designed to help you overcome this illness and debilitation body-wide cycle, in a total-Health aiming process using Platinum Plus and his seaweed-based supplement. These will build your body’s Health, not just help you to effectively detox. See those supplements at supernutrient.com .

Whereas, Dr. Fuchs’ suggestion will deal just with the immediate problem, radiation exposure and generalized detox.

Dr. Fuchs informs us that the good news is, PectaSol® Chelation Complex by Advanced Bionutritionals can help you safely and easily eliminate these dangerous environmental toxins from your body before they can destroy your health.

The heavy metals  everyone talks about most are mercury, lead and aluminum. But, now, when we talk about “heavy metal toxicity” we must include uranium — the heaviest heavy metal there is — and its spewing out of those Japanese nuclear power plants along with Iodine 131, a dangerous isotope of Iodine instead of the healthy Iodine form our body needs.

The best solution she has found to remove uranium is an oral chelation product made from modified citrus pectin and sodium alginate: Pectasol Chelation Complex. The specific pectin in this formula is the only one studies show to effectively bind to heavy metals and remove them. The sodium alginate comes from brown seaweed, long shown to bind to toxins in the intestines.

This works for environmental exposure and for those undergoing radiation treatments for cancer.

Dr. Robert Jay Rowen, MD adds that potassium iodide, which the media are discussing as preventative, is NOT good enough and we’ll talk more about why next time. And, for heaven’s sake, DON”T think that iodized table salt is going to protect you. It won’t. It doesn’t have enough Iodine in it, and your blood pressure will go up eating it more than usual.

There are MUCH better food sources of Iodine. I will talk about some of them at the end of the article, but we’ll finish the pectin discussion, as it will take time to order the supplement. Then, once you have the supermarket list, from the foods that I mention below, you can buy those foods, start using them, and be protected better,  TODAY!

Back to pectin — during the Chernobyl disaster in Russia, about 25 years ago, they used pectin to reduce radioactive radiation with great success. In exposed children, (the people most at-risk),  body radioactivity among children with elevated readings was reduced by over 50%.

And the Pectin Formula also removes any traces of mercury from fish and from old dental amalgams (“silver” fillings), which also poison us.

Please understand, that if you’re an average American between the ages of 58 and 92, new research shows your body is polluted with 700 synthetic chemicals as well as heavy metals like mercury, lead and arsenic.

And, if you are like me, trying to eat organic etc., for the past 40 years, you may still not have dodged-the-bullet. As Dr. Fuchs relates: Charlotte Brody had eaten organically for 20 years — BUT:

“Charlotte volunteered to have her blood tested for the presence of 210 different toxic chemicals as part of a recent scientific study, she thought her blood would be relatively clean —

Charlotte was shocked when scientists at Mount Sinai Medical Center discovered 85 different chemicals in her blood including more than two dozen types of PCBs, seven dioxins, and a banned household insecticide. “I’m proof that a healthy lifestyle doesn’t shield you,” she said after seeing the results.

Unfortunately, Charlotte’s story isn’t unique. Every person tested by Mount Sinai Medical Center in the same study was contaminated with an average of 91 chemicals each.

The evidence is clear: everyone, regardless of their lifestyle, needs to detox their body.”

Every time we eat in a restaurant or at a friend’s home, we don’t know the source of the food. Many towns have water that is not safe enough. When you were a child, you were exposed to chemical cleaners and water pipes at school etc., and meals there sourced from who-knows-where that may not have been what was best. And, don’t forget lead paint in homes, especially if you are a baby-boomer.

Just breathing the air and being stuck in “traffic” will bring in pollutants our bodies were never meant to deal with! No-one is immune. Period.

Most citrus pectin is composed of large long-chain carbohydrate molecules which are too big for your body to digest, so the pectin from the inner peels of citrus fruits simply passes through your body without binding to toxins.

The good news is, her friend and colleague Dr. Isaac Eliaz has found a way to modify citrus pectin.  By changing the size of the pectin molecules, now it becomes very easy for your body to digest.

First he broke down large citrus pectin molecules into smaller, easily absorbed pieces, while also changing the pH of the pectin molecule to make it easier for the molecule to bind to heavy metals, especially in the low-pH environment of your stomach.

The result is a patented form of modified citrus pectin called PectaSol®.  which is SO powerful, that it can trap and remove significant amounts of toxins in as little as 24 hours!

In addition to Dr. Eliaz’ patented citrus pectin, PectaSol® Chelation Complex also contains a second, natural chelating substance called alginate (from seaweed) (it’s usually in ice-cream, too).  Extensive studies at McGill University in Montreal show that alginates help prevent your body from absorbing lead, cadmium and other toxic metals.

The alginates in PectaSol® Chelation Complex bind to the toxins in your food right in the digestive tract so the toxins are eliminated before they even enter your blood stream or your tissues.

This specific pectin and these alginates were the only ones used in successful human clinical trials. This formula dropped their body levels of toxic metals by a whopping 74% on average.

Don’t just go grab pectin off the health store shelves. Go to the Advanced Bionutritionals site and see these products.

For the immediate, first-response foods to start building your body’s ability to neutralize these radiation isotopes showing up in our air, soil and water now, buy and use the following foods and the first 2 do most of the best work:  seaweed, miso (a savory Japanese fermented soybean paste) and whole soybeans (edamame)(less effective).

Japanese studies show miso strengthens people’s resistance to radiation poisoning by up to five times, and after all, the Japanese already have the most experience with radiation poisoning after America dropped 2 atomic bombs on them at the end of World War 2.

Much less effective sources of iodine, but still worth using are:  asparagus, garlic, sesame seeds, spinach, summer squash, Swiss chard and turnip greens. Read more of my Iodine and seaweed articles in the Title Archive, on the upper navigation bar.

If you think you’ll have a hard time introducing seaweed to your family, just do it! You’re helping to save their lives. Hide it or serve it openly. It’s delicious and so don’t let them them intimidate you.

Seaweed comes in simple forms like at this link, Maine Sea Seasonings. They have kelp, nori and dulse, which are in shakers, which you can buy online or in good health stores (Whole Foods only sells the kelp sprinkles). You’ll never know it’s in the recipe, but all-the-while it’s bringing Health.

In fact, I just put MSS kelp sprinkles into my little grandson’s baby yoghurt last Tuesday (the first day the radiation was supposed to reach West Coast America), and he looked up at me detecting the slight difference in texture (until the kelp would have softened), but he “understood” it WAS good for him, and immediately ate it all. His body told him it was good for him; he listened.

You and your children have to over-come any false messages born of poor food choice or ignorance in the past. These are the foods you need to NOURISH yourself!

And the Iodine in seaweed is not effected by cooking, so you can put it in soups, stews etc., too.

By the way, “Brava!” to my daughter, who has often been resistant (as an adult) to the “health food” she had her whole childhood, but she was giving my 22 month old grandson and herself a green protein drink from Bolthouse Farms, which they both loved. I think it was called Green Goodness. It had blue-green algae, spirulina, dulse,  chorella, jerusalem artichoke (very good sweetener for diabetics), and lots of other delicious veggies and fruits like: broccoli (you can’t taste it), barley grass, apple, pineapple, mango puree, banana puree and kiwi juice. My grandson came back for seconds and even thirds.  It tasted absolutely delicious.

That juice would be a good choice too, in these circumstances. It’s available at Walmart — dare I say it! and for much less money — and many other markets. I may actually have to go to Walmart and buy this, if the price really stays low there. Yeah, I know, I really don’t want to help Walmart, and this would be only the second time I have bought from them, but Health comes first, and if I can buy twice as much of this particular Bolthouse juice, for the same money, then I will.

Annie Chun makes a seaweed snack and you’ll find others at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and other good health stores, but eating the seaweed directly will give you MUCH more of what you are really eating it for.

Use the following link to get only organic seaweeds! Eden brand is the best sourced. You can get them at good markets and from their site.

For recipes which won the taste test for American palates, Jim Healthy at MyHealingKitchen shares the following recipes:

___ I’m drinking this delicious Miso-Ginger beverage as I write this — Jim Healthy’s recipe uses savory miso: first, fill a quart jar (or thermos) with hot water, add 2 teaspoons of grated fresh ginger (or minimum 1t dry ginger) with 1 tablespoon of miso (soy-based) (I am not sure if the barley-based will work the same), and enjoy it from a thermal bottle for hours. If you add a bit of kelp, or kelp sprinkles, call it a soup, and you’ve got twice the protection, as long as you eat the seaweed.

___ Nori-Wrapped Crab Rolls with Wasabi and Roasted Red Pepper or any other sushi recipe which contains seaweed
___ Seaweed Cucumber Salad

Jim continues: “Radiation causes cancer by creating free radicals molecules that damage DNA. So it makes sense to eat more foods and supplements that are rich in antioxidants. ”

NOTE: I am NOT including the cruciferous brassica foods: cabbage, cauliflower, mustard greens and more as they are also goiterogens, which impact your thyroid’s ability to function. When this gland is already under siege, I am NOT going to be eating these otherwise nutritious foods for awhile.

For Vitamin C, I suggest: any citrus fruit, tomatoes, kiwi, berries, cherries, cucumber, garlic, kale, onion, parsley, organic papaya, persimmon, fresh pineapple, potato with skin, red bell pepper, organic rosehips, watercress, spirulina and sprouts!

Vitamin E foods to choose: sunflower seeds, organic, non-irradiated almonds (you can only buy these online at nutz.com), olives and spinach, avocado, organic barley or barley grass, organic Brazil nuts, carrot, organic extra-virgin cold-pressed olive oil, brown rice.

For selenium, a mineral needed by diabetics and also part of the detox process, use: organic Brazil nuts, wild salmon, non-farmed, clean-sourced shrimp and organic turkey. All of these are cancer-blocking heavyweights. Let your eyes guide you: think Rainbow. The brightly-colored, fresh, raw plant foods tend to be antioxidant treasures.

You also should consume more organic brown rice, too. It is rich in fiber, phosphorus, antioxidants and selenium, all of which help escort toxins from your body.

And, Jim says, ” don’t forget herbal aid — Spanish researchers published research in the British Journal of Radiology demonstrating that nothing fights the free radicals created by radiation like fresh rosemary. Since rosemary’s essential antioxidants are fat-soluble, they provide critical protection in areas water-based antioxidants can’t reach.”

Other supplements that should be protective against radiation damage are Vitamin D (sunlight, seeds, dandelion greens, alfalfa sprouts, avocado, carrot and garlic) and Vitamin K (sprouts, carrot, cayenne pepper, ginger, grains, deep leafy green vegetables, kelp, oats, peas, potato with skin, soybeans, strawberries). Both of these Vitamins support cell “apoptosis”, which is the programmed cell-death of those tissues which accumulate various DNA errors (due to radiation and other causes). Vitamin D also supports DNA repair and is critical for proper function of your immune system.

And, I encourage you to help raise money for Relief Efforts in Japan! Please do NOT give money to the American Red Cross (I have LOTS of reasons to say this). Instead, please support Nobel Peace Prize recipients Doctors Without Borders or Mercy Corps who are effectively and selflessly delivering medical aid to the Japanese people.

More next week on radiation and detox.

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Best to all — Em

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Last time, I introduced the revolutionary ideas, research and results of the 50 year career of Dr. Brice E. Vickery, DC who has solved one of the largest health puzzles of them all, one with serious implications for healing diabetes.

Some people look down their noses at Alternative Medicine’s practitioners, but a caring healer, of any discipline, who uses astute observation and organized responses, can find out answers which less interested or less capable physicians miss. Period.

I’m not going to get involved in The Debate, although you’ve probably figured out which side I’m on, because what I deal with here is RESULTS, and Dr. Vickery has them, by the boatload.

Read Part 1 here:
Diabetes Solutions – Dr. Brice Vickery

Now, to continue —

How does Dr. Vickery find out about these imbalances which most other physicians miss, in their typical “exam” —  barely examining or questioning you in detail  or just interested in reading off your “lab test results” and then disengaging, regardless of your continued complaint and symptoms?

Dr. Vickery says: “When I discover viral or bacterial infections in my patients, one of the most frequent questions I am asked is, “Other doctors I’ve been to never found these things, how do you identify these infections?” The answer is simple, I am using a testing method that will allow me to search for diseases I suspect may be harbored by the body.”

“The currently accepted methods for testing in the field of status quo medicine are mainly biochemical. There is nothing wrong with these methods; they work well in certain instances. For instance blood and throat cultures for strep are fine if the strep is in either of these locations. But what if you are harboring strep, or hepatitis C, or Staph, etc., somewhere else, maybe your heart, spine, or brain? How do I find it? ”

“If I used a blood test, it may come up negative. Does this mean that the diagnosis for the pathogen is negative? No, it means I have to find the method that will allow me to test for strep in all areas of the body. The biochemical testing methods used today are not invalid, it’s just that these methods only allow them to find diseases part of the time …”.

And, all of us who have ever felt frustration at our physician, when dealing with “chronic” and “real” symptoms, know this all too well.

Dr. Vickery explains that these “usual” biochemical diagnostics are an outgrowth of Newtonian physics. In the 1700s, scientist Isaac Newton showed us that there are Universal Laws, by which the cosmos and our planet work.

Einstein did not prove Newton wrong, rather Albert just proved that Newtonian laws only applied in certain spheres, which did not always include energy.

Albert Einstein’s brilliant formula E=MC2 proves that Mass IS Energy, so the mass (our body) IS made of energy. We are Energy, living-energy.

So, in the recent past, many innovative doctors have developed  testing methods based on energy (quantum physics) in order to find out things that Newtonian methods could not.

Ancient Ayurveda, humanity’s first medical system, from 5,000 years ago in India, along with Traditional Chinese Medicine all understood the unseen biological energy pathways — which today we call “meridians” and acupuncture’s mapping makes them fully accessible.

Then, Dr. George Goodheart, DC, founder of Applied Kinesiology verified and showed the meridians to be an effective source of deep, personalized, location-specific information of Health and of Illness. Use the link to learn more about Applied Kinesiology.

Energy medicine will be as Thomas Edison said a century ago, “the Medicine of the Future”. Well, it IS here today.

Energy Medicine has been evolving since the nineteenth century in Europe and America, and the FDA and the FTC, finally,  now recognize certain of these testing methods as emerging science (often they are shamed into doing so because Europeans have long since approved and are benefiting from these techniques and equipment for diagnostics).

Dr. Vickery has been using these methods for many years now. I personally had a “work-up” done 20 years ago by my Naturopathic physician, and it was spot-on; he used both applied kinesiology and a form of the other energy diagnostic tool  –  a type of electro-acupuncture diagnostic machine developed by Dr. Reinhardt Voll, MD.

Dr. Vickery says: “Using either electro-acupuncture or kinesiology with homeopathic medicines I can locate in just a few minutes the presence of many different pathogens and toxic metals, measure their levels, and pinpoint the tissues and organs in which they reside“.

No need for expensive and mostly ineffective lab tests. Why does this work?

Everything in the universe has an energy footprint.

One sees that in inanimate objects (e.g. using a spectrometer) AND in human and other biological forms (which is why Royal Rife‘s machine in the 1920’s was able to cure “incurable” diseases, once the pathogens energy-frequency was found, and that was validated by visiting physicians from the Mayo Clinic as well as physicians and academics from UCLA — before US Government Hooligan “Agents” stole the machine, lab notes and set the research back another 80+ years).

Energy signatures of all imbalances and pathogens involved, blocked and open pathways, strength of response — all provide the crucial information for an effective diagnosis and treatment.

Understanding the complex biochemistry of living systems, and with these energetic sign-posts, has enabled Dr. Vickery to understand the Whole Picture. And, smartly, he saw that giving the ill person’s body the most effective, natural building blocks (what your body uses very effectively to heal itself) was what was needed for Healing.

Just as the father of European Medicine, Hippocrates, said thousands of years ago, “Let Food Be Thy Medicine“,  Dr. Vickery took that one step farther.

Brice made a way for people to be able to ABSORB the vital  nutrients their bodies needed but were NOT getting, no matter how much healthy food they were eating, because their digestion was SO impaired. We learned what that special formula was and where to get it last time.

So, how does this help those struggling with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and diabetes (hyperglycemia – high blood sugar)?

Well, the source of most diseases is pancreatic overload or pancreatic burn-out, which means that you cannot DIGEST the food you take in. Period.

Because of the lack of alkaline pancreatic enzymes, your food will not be processed in a way that helps you to fuel and heal your body, and each successive day that this continues just adds to the downward spiral.

You ARE malnourished, especially in regard to protein, no matter how much protein you have tried to bring into your body. And, just any old enzyme supplement does NOT apply here.

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is the common condition that Dr. Vickery finds in Fibromyalgia (FM) patients, too, leading to the root cause of FM, protein deficiency.

Hypoglycemia is a condition which has at least 100 different symptoms associated with it. For example, symptoms are: weakness, disorientation, headaches, slurred speech, tiredness or nervousness. If blood sugar levels become too low, even coma and death can happen. Sadly enough, doctors will often end up misdiagnosing this simple problem because they fail to administer a 6 hour glucose tolerance test or they misinterpret the results.

Diabetes and FM, along with all other disease, really starts, with pancreatic overload, which leads to loss of digestive function and then to protein deficiency in the body.

As mentioned, Dr. Vickery developed a highly efficient and accurate form of applied kinesiology, called the Vickery-Voll Test which allows him to test the three specific pancreas acupuncture points:

___  protein(1)

___   carbohydrate(2)

___   and fat(3).

If the number 2 point shows up, he knows that carbohydrate metabolism is impaired, which is the defining attribute of hypoglycemia.

This will happen when a person consumes too much sugar or refined carbohydrate, because your pancreas will work overtime secreting insulin to lower blood sugar and your adrenals will become stressed by producing high levels of adrenalin so that the liver cannot convert amino acids and fats to glucose to raise blood sugar back up again.

In this process all 3 acupuncture points will eventually register impaired metabolism.

But, it is with Point 1, protein deficiency, that FM finally occurs.

Meanwhile the thyroid gland is attempting to control the rate for utilizing blood sugar in your body, so it is working overtime also. That explains the epidemic of thyroid disease and obesity, too, from another source beyond the lack of detox mentioned in last week’s article.

The weakest link in your system determines how your body fails.

___ If the adrenals are the weakest, hypoglycemia will occur.

___ If the pancreas fails, diabetes will follow.

___ If the thyroid crashes, Hashimoto’s Disease could happen.

___ If the liver malfunctions, cirrhosis will develop.

Other glands also become involved in the imbalance including the hypothalamus, the pituitary and the sex glands.

Digestion becomes impaired as the pancreas stops making the necessary digestive enzymes, and now the entire body becomes deficient in proteins, its structural and functional building blocks, as well as necessary for nutrient transport and healthy immune response.

If the pancreas does not have the necessary amino acids it will not make digestive enzymes or glucagons (which allows the liver to convert glycogen, a sort of stored sugar, into glucose), nor will the adrenals make adrenalin (which allows the liver to convert protein and fats to glucose for balanced blood sugar.)

If the body cannot do these things blood sugars can never be properly balanced (no matter what medicine you take), and the glands will always be overworking to try to control an out-of-control situation.

Two things are necessary:

1. a low glycemic, low refined-carbohydrate, no sugar diet (gives over-worked glands a rest) (The Zone diet would be a good start.)
2. a balanced blend of immediately-available essential amino acids to start the system working properly again.

Dr. Vickery’s decades of experience shine through in his statement:

“But don’t make the mistake of thinking any amino acids will work, we already tried that, I had to develop a very specific blend of essential amino acids in the correct balance to one another. I want to make that very clear because if the amino acids are taken in the incorrect amounts or out of balance, you could just end up doing yourself more harm. All of my FM patients who have followed my FM program faithfully have gotten well. ” And, FM is the most-complex response in this symptom-cascade.

I may come back to another facet of this next time. Meanwhile, try to find a Holistic Physician who is “open” to working with you and to work with Dr. Vickery, (who wants to train more physicians in his method, before he dies).

What a shame it will be if we lose this opportunity. Jump on it!

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This is a momentous edition. We begin the 4th year of serving diabetics and letting them learn alternative ways to help themselves with their diabetes — to see improvement, remission or cure.

I’m also going to introduce an important therapy this time.

Today also marks the 51st anniversary since my father brought us back to America, the land of his birth, and I often wonder if we would have had a healthier life if we had remained in Australia, where my sisters and I were born. I’ve seen massive changes in health in both places in the past 5 decades.

Unfortunately, only recently, Australia has joined the ranks of nations-in-trouble as its populace is generally over-weight and unhealthy, too. All the more reason to learn this landmark therapy!

In the same 5 decades, Dr. Brice E. Vickery, DC has been a caring, pro-active, observant physician who has put a vital piece of the Health puzzle together!

What Dr. Vickery has found confirms the accuracy of the foundation of Ayurveda, humanity’s first medical system, established in India 5,000 years ago — death and life begin in the colon — and that excellent digestion is the basis of Health.

In a world rampant with prescriptions of antacids of all kinds, this imbalance of digestive factors is a disaster. Usually, instead of excess acid, the symptoms of bloating, gas, burping etc., are really indicative of a stomach and digestive system which is under-served. It actually needs the ability to make MORE hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes and bile etc., to have proper digestion.

Without well-functioning digestion, protein components, especially, are not broken down properly into their individual amino acids.

Your body needs individual amino acids to build EVERYTHING!

These are called Free Amino Acids (F.A.A. – FAA).

Not only do most of us not have the critical FAA cellular building-blocks we need every second, but if whole or partly-digested proteins pass through the crypts in the intestinal wall, then our immune system reacts and food “sensitivities” or full-blown “food allergy” is born.

And, along with that, it means NONE of that improperly digested protein can be used by your body!

That issue also creates a “toxic load” as your body can’t use it, but must store it — the start of obesity —  and reflective of your overworked liver.

Dr. Vickery noticed many of his patients, with chronic conditions, like:

___   diabetes // hypoglycemia

___   fibromyalgia

___   chronic fatigue syndrome

___   Parkinson’s disease

___   GERD (gastro-intestinal esophageal reflux disease)

___   autism

___   celiac disease and Crohn’s disease

did well when he gave them a certain set of pharmaceutical-grade FAAs, using a patented  formula he invented and refined for decades.

Just any-old-formula won’t do, and the SOURCE and FORM of the FAAs is critical too. His formula also has other vital nutrients likely to be needed when your body is so depleted that its biochemistry is incredibly awry.

Why is protein important?

Even though many of us think we are succeeding in eating decently, did you know 9 out of 10 people lack the proper amount of protein in their organ systems for their bodies to function properly?

That’s amazing!

And, contrary to popular belief, a sufficient intake of protein in the diet does not automatically insure that your body is getting what it needs, because of improper digestion – both with hydrochloric acid in the stomach and with vital alkaline enzymatic buffers from your overwhelmed pancreas.

With excellent digestion, your body can manufacture thousands of systemic proteins which build and keep your body intact.  Without that ability, you’ll wither.

Protein is distributed throughout your body, providing:  structure, function, and organization of body systems. It is the foundation of your skin, nails and hair, and your blood, lymph and plasma. It is protein which  enables your muscles to contract and provides critical integrity to intestinal walls, so they can absorb the nutrients you need.

A bombed-out, caustic colon cannot absorb your nutrients properly and this is especially true in Crohns disease and also in celiac disease (where gluten allergy corrodes!).

Various internally-made proteins fight infection in your body and repair any tissue damage.  Your bone, lung and brain cells, and thousands of enzymes (that run the biochemical reactions to digest your food, repair damaged DNA and regulate all chemical reactions in your body) need protein for their structure and function.

Proteins help to carry oxygen to your cells! Other proteins remove toxins from the liver – which cleanses your whole body. The digested levels of protein vitally determine if your body makes 95% of all your hormones as well as whether there will be sufficient specialized proteins carrying hormones, vitamins, fatty acids and minerals to your cells.

When we talk about protein we are talking about your whole life-system itself. When we properly assimilate protein into our body-system daily, we are keeping the entire system intact, and it is catastrophic if we are lacking in vital amino-acids.

FAAs are the building blocks of thousands of proteins and enzymes, without which we cannot have Health.

Our body tries mightily to adapt if we are low on certain vital amino acids due to improper food choice and / or incomplete digestion. It will re-route and try other chemical pathways with up to 500 detours, but even then it is beaten, without success, oftentimes.

Protein is not stable, and it is constantly being used up and exchanged for new protein daily in a process called “protein turnover“.  About one pound of protein a day is lost in this process, so it needs to be replenished from your diet on a daily basis.

Here are some examples of turnover times for some of the most vital body proteins:

___   enzymes- 7-10 minutes

___    insulin- 30 minutes

___    liver protein- 10 days

___    muscle protein- 60 days.

In 1 year all the protein in our body has “turned over”, in good balance, or not.

Animal and vegetarian sources of protein provide the critical nitrogen element essential to your biochemistry.

There are 20 amino acids and at least 10- 12 of them are considered “essential” (most of these are critical life-long and some are “essential” only at critical times of development) because your body must get them everyday in food as you cannot manufacture them.

Nothing but protein sources can supply protein.

The carbohydrates and fats we eat are not part of the process, although they are also vital — especially the “good fats”, the Essential Fatty Acids from flax, hemp, borage or fish oils, and adequate vitamins and minerals — for proper biochemistry. Seaweed is a great source for the minerals, especially much-needed Iodine, as I have advocated for a long time.

And, to be digested properly, fats and carbohydrates need proper levels and types of proteins to make complete digestion happen.

EFAs must be carried to your cells by proteins and then absorbed there for your cellular energy to be produced!

And, diabetes prevents the conversion of EFAs to vital GLA and EPA — so diabetics need supplements for these vital fats, as well as proper digestion and transport proteins. Angstrom-sized, chelated zinc, magnesium and sulfur along with B vitamins and vitamin C are also necessary for proper conversion.  The minerals require proper types and levels of protein to be transported to your cells (that is, minerals must be chelated — on a label, that means it ending in —ate, for example the best form of magnesium is magnesium citrate).

Dr. Vickery says: “Adrenal fatigue, nutrient deficiencies and yeast metabolites all affect blood sugar and there is much information available about how the diet can be controlled in order to help a badly unbalanced secretory system regulate the blood sugars. What is not well known is the important role of protein in this whole system. Three things are core essentials for proper blood sugar regulation: a healthy nervous system, a healthy secretory system and properly functioning proteins dealing with sugar uptake and release from the cells.”

The blood detoxification process in your liver is an amazing two-phase operation in which the blood is filtered and toxins are broken down and prepared for removal from the body. This is known separately as the Phase I and Phase II detoxification pathway.

In a single minute of time, a healthy liver filters and detoxifies 99% of the waste material from two quarts of blood!

But, because the enzyme pathways of a sick or damaged liver will be unable to effectively break down and clear the body of this needed amount, toxins so poisonous material will end up in the blood again and then be  stored in body tissues (creating malfunctioning organs and obesity).

I hope you can see how important the complete digestion of adequate protein is!

So, if you are already ill with one or more of the imbalances (“dis-eases”) above, then you already know that this protein system is broken in your body. Pouring more (expensive) protein is not going to help and without great digestion, your supplement money is likely not benefiting you as it should, either.

The ONLY way known out of this vicious biochemical swamp is to have the full benefit of predigested, top-notch, single amino acids in the correct form and balance of FAAs. Dr. Vickery’s Platinum Plus Formula provides this, along with the needed companion vitamins and minerals.

Don’t go to the health store for FAAs. They won’t be sourced properly, sized-properly and won’t give you the benefit that Dr. Vickery’s patented formula will do. Period.

You can learn a great deal more on Dr. Vickery’s own site, where you can also purchase his products.

Spend time at http://www.supernutrient.com in the Science section, if you feel comfortable, otherwise surf the site to understand as much as you can to feel confident and especially read the Hypoglycemia page

Dr. Vickery says that the status of your spinal disks is a lesser known source of blood sugar problems, as compaction causes autonomic nervous system aberrations which result in poor blood-sugar sensing capabilities.  Glucose sensing neurons in the autonomic nervous system, are also involved in pancreatic and adrenal secretions.

He adds:

“There is also a certain protein, AMPK, that researchers suspect may also be an important part of the body’s blood sugar metabolism regulation. The AMPK apparently senses low levels of energy molecules(ATP) within the cells and activates processes such as glucose manufacture by the liver and cellular glucose uptake by glucose transporter proteins (GLUT4) within the cell.

An AMPK related protein is an enzyme made up of a total of 661 amino acids, 325 of which are the essential amino acids (those that can only be gotten from the diet). Studies also show that amino acids enhance the activation of AMPK.”

DO discuss this all with your physician, too.

Some diabetics, with severe kidney disease, especially need an expert to help them with this therapy.

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Last week I tried to connect the need for moderation with the Holidays, celebrations, exercise and the Globesity Epidemic and said there’s reasons to make this a personal and family Quest, immediately. Let’s start, right!

Before New Year, you can mitigate the “damage” of holiday parties, so there’s less “need” for New Year Resolutions or for being behind the 8-ball with lots of holiday weight gain. You want a better outcome, right!

Last week I showed numbers that almost ALL of humanity is getting seriously fat, as a species. You can read additional stats here, and at Global Obesity Statistics.

More nations in perspective — some new:
Worst American Samoa. 94% of population is obese

Kiribati is at 82% overweight.

French Polynesia – 75% overweight

Saudi Arabia — 74% overweight

Panama — 67.5%

United States — 66.9% of us are overweight

Germany — 66.5% are fat

Egypt —  66%

Kuwait —  64% overweight

Bosnia and Herzegovina — 63%

New Zealand —  62.7% overweight

Malta —  62.3%

Israel — 61.9% fat

Croatia —  61.4%

Bahrain  and the United Kingdom —  61% overweight

Australia — 60.8%

Macedonia and Barbados —  60.4% fat

Seychelles —  60.1%

Chile —  59.7%  overweight

Canada —  59.1%

Italy  — 57.4% fat

Spain —  55%

Brazil —  54.7% overweight

France —  46.5%

China — 41.1% fat

India —  37.5% overweight

Japan — less than 30% are overweight

Laos and Ghana — Best

 

Where does this leave us and why?

What I’ve learned in researching this over the years is that knowledge and behavioral choices count!

The French are, I believe, keeping their weight down successfully because overweight is so taboo there. Women are savvy about eating healthfully on small amounts of food, so much so that it is an art form, especially necessary in the upper classes.

Contrary to being “good” numbers, even though at the bottom rankings, those of China and India are huge wake-up calls to the governments of those countries. The numbers of overweight people in those statistics are massive (and would be enough for whole country populations, elsewhere). Their future health care will bankrupt them. Nutrition education; farming practices for healthy food for everyone; return to heritage foods and meals; not too many empty, deleterious carbs (like white rice, grain flours or sugar) is necessary to instigate as progressive, immediate change.

The Campbell studies in China point out a massive problem, and as affluence arrives, it will only be greater. And, with the massive pollution plaguing the land, more obesity will happen as individual bodies try to cellularly protect themselves from the toxins, by using “fat” to segregate them. Pollution causes tissue pH acidity — the cause of disease. This is a massive problem in the making.

India has begun to have an out-of-control, huge diabetes problem, even though the obesity stats are not as bad as many countries. It’s a crisis for the country and is almost exclusively caused by rampant sugar use from candies and desserts, from upwardly-mobile Indians getting better paychecks. Losing this affluent class would be an economic blow, so educate them. Only if they are healthy people as the spearhead of all your economic hopes can you have a future!

The Samoans have had representation from several individuals on The Biggest Loser, because their culture lauds big bodies — possibly as an acknowledgment of famines or long sea journeys in the past, where only the fat and fit survived.  This may be a version of  Wilson Syndrome OR of the Thrifty Gene Theory.

Wilson’s Syndrome is discounted by some, but that’s self-serving, when the accuracy of blood tests for thyroid hormones is seriously questioned by just as qualified practitioners! And, when people are treated for Wilsons and FEEL better and can lose weight better, that counts, more than anything!

Groups most at risk for Wilson’s Syndrome are those who have experienced repeated episodes of famine. These groups include: Jews, Russians, Scots, Welsh, Irish and Native Americans. And, if your ethnicity combines several of these, become much more aware of what Wilson’s is all about! Regardless of ethnicity, 80% of victims are female. Anyone can get Wilson’s. Read more about the work of Dr. Broda Barnes, too. (I think you’ll find reference in my archive.)

Stress is at the Core of the obesity problems in many countries, and with this huge economic downturn, and personal finances in decline, I expect a lot more obesity and a lot more diabetes to surface. Stress makes more adrenaline hormone and that affects how much insulin hormone we are dealing with!

It doesn’t matter if the stressor is war — as it was in Central Europe (like the numbers from Bosnia, Croatia etc.,)  or famine or lack of food or less nutritious food (for the Native Americans).

The work of Dr. Barry Sears, PhD and his Zone Diet Program, along with the work of Dr. Robert O. Young, PhD and his pH Alkaline systems are central, as is understanding your ethnically optimal diet, which can be elucidated somewhat in the work of Dr. Peter D’Adamo, ND.

Countries are putting forth their most beautiful young people as “typical” and that’s before the statistics just claim them as more victims. There are barely any countries that are doing a decent job, citizen by citizen. Most are either thin because they’re poor and / or malnourished, rather than successfully managing their normal, healthy weight themselves.

Even those beautiful Scandinavians are not exempt.

So, that’s the reason to laud those who are doing the needed steps for health.

Among those, I include the Okinawans on traditional dietary foods (they are the main reason the Japanese stats look so good).

And, I include the Native Americans who have embraced a return to their ancestral foods and meals, eschewing the modern foods which were killing them from amazing rates of diabetes and heart disease. Those tribes include the Pima Tribe — highest in diabetes, worldwide (50+% of tribe members).

Native Americans and Alaska First Nations who have embraced modern foods have at least double the diabetes incidence of other Americans!

Most cultures with large numbers of fat people also tend to NOT be good at distinguishing when they start on the obesity path themselves. This is a scientific fact borne out in statements by participants in The Biggest Loser.

And, we know that people “start” getting fat, on a cellular level, with aberrations of metabolism etc. beginning 7 years before one starts to “look” fat.

Diet — portions and access to fresh vegetables and fruit as diet basis; enough fresh water daily; moderate exercise and stress reduction techniques  are the key to solving this Globesity Epidemic.

More, next time.

Best to all — Em

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Diabetics and everyone else need to know that food choices influence your Health on every level. More and more research is showing how detrimental food processing is, and the more processed a food is, the worse it is. Eating the most natural, simple (preferably organic) foods is a fundamental key to Health, and along with that is simple cooking (nothing fried, nothing cooked above 325F degrees — long and slow if you need higher temperatures to “cook” meat and poultry “safely”).

Here is an article to underscore this:
Ultra-Processing of Foods Cause Big Problems

And, before I get to Dr. Marchione again, today, you may know that I also love to write about Centarians and Super-Centarians, well a recent New York Times article revealed three critical attributes that are longevity’s version of the three R’s:

___   resolution

___   resourcefulness

___   resilience

We are certainly going to need these skills, even if we are not anywhere close to the century-mark, as these times have returned to being as challenging, or more so, than the period experienced by these elders in the early 20th century.  According to one study, the survivors of traumatic life events usually learn to cope better with stress and poverty and are more likely to live to 100 — so that may be a silver lining to this “Great Global Recession” if we make sensible Health choices from now on. Spend your money for Health, first.

Read more about other amazing centarians in my Titles Archive, above.

Now, Dr. Victor  Marchione, MD shares:

It might seem illogical that you could reduce your cholesterol by eating certain foods, but it’s true. Researchers discovered that pistachio nuts and sunflower seeds contain unique phytosterols that can block cholesterol from being absorbed into your bloodstream (although cholesterol IS  needed by your body, for all kinds of purposes, so you DO need to make sure your levels are not being made artificially too-low).

These phytosterols could also help prevent cancer and heart disease, treat enlarged prostate and control blood sugar in diabetics.

Em: Now, I am not in favor of eating pistachios (as they have been improperly cared for and are a huge mold source) and not in favor of large amounts of sunflower seeds (as they affect thyroids and most people have hidden thyroid problems because modern blood tests are not effective diagnostic tools for this).

However soaked almonds, preferably organic (mostly have to buy these online — see nutz.com) ARE Healthy, and soaking them reduces pressures on the pancreas. Read:

Soaking Almonds Helps Pancreas

As the article there instructs: “This traditional process is also called sprouting, although not every nut that is soaked can be sprouted. The process begins with fresh undried nuts that are soaked in water with the addition of a pinch of sea salt for twelve to twenty-four hours depending on the nut. They should be rinsed and the water changed periodically.

Taste them then too to determine what stage of soaked nut you like the best. When the soaking time is up, they are removed from the solution and slowly dried at a very low temperature with low humidity.

The drying heat is less than is used in the controversial pasteurizing process, and it is never high enough to destroy any of the nut’s natural enzymes so needed for ease of digestion.” Aim for no higher temperature than 118F. You need a programmable dehydrator for this. The article gives sources where to get sprouted nuts, too.

Pumpkin seeds are rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients, and diabetes, among other chronic diseases, is integrally involved with inflammatory processes. So, use raw pumpkin seeds — Trader Joe’s carries them.

Sesame seeds are a vital source of magnesium — an important mineral for diabetics.  They are also a very good source of manganese and copper,as well as being a good source of calcium, iron, phosphorous, vitamin B1, zinc and important dietary fibers known as lignans.

Walnuts: These are a very effective food for diabetes.  Their omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties and help in insulin sensitivity.

Em: Walnuts are rich in protein and fibers, folate, vitamin E, manganese, arginine, tannins as well as polyphenols. They are especially rich in ellagic acid which is an antioxidant that inhibits cancer cell growth. Of all the nuts, walnuts have the highest levels of polyunsaturated fats, including omega-3 fatty acids – good fats for the heart (which also regulates blood pressure, reduce blood clotting, improve blood vessel flexibility and elasticity).

People with diabetes often have low HDL (good cholesterol) levels and high triglycerides (blood fats, from too much circulating sugar). In Australia, a study at the University of Wollongong’s Smart Food Center and the Illawarra Diabetes Service found that people who consume 30 gm of walnuts daily decreased their bad cholesterol levels by 10 percent and increased their HDL levels.

You can use any nuts to lose weight on a moderate calorie diet.  After six months, the group eating  nuts lost more weight (18%) vs. the group not eating them (11%). The nut group also dropped more body fat (30% vs. 20%) and reduced their blood pressure, too (11% vs. 0%).

Grapes:  The French eat one of the fattiest, most cholesterol-ridden diets in the world, yet have one of the lowest rates of heart disease. That’s true because dietary cholesterol has very little effect on blood levels of cholesterol — your own liver is able to make the cholesterol your body NEEDS.  Researchers found the answer in red wine that the French drink in plentiful quantity. Wine contains a potent antioxidant called reservatrol.  Scientists have found lab animals live up to six times longer if fed this miraculous nutrient.

Em:  But the same nutrient is in red grape skins. You do not need the expense of wine or the toxic, acidic pH load.  You do not need to add to the damaging work-quota that your liver already has — trying to detox you from all the prescription drugs, environmental toxins, alcohol and tobacco use and more. Just eat organic grapes. And, yes, I mean ORGANIC grapes, as grapes are one of the heaviest pesticided crops.

Tangerine Tomatoes: No, they are not “designer foods”. This is a real breakthrough.  These tomatoes are a little-known species, and are distinctive for their orange color. They contain a better form of the precious nutrient lycopene than red tomatoes do.

Lycopene is particularly effective in fighting diabetes and cancer:  breast,  prostate cancer, ovarian, cervical cancer and colon cancer. It also can treat and prevent eye damage (critical knowledge for diabetics). Lycopene prevents:  cataracts, macular degeneration and more. A new study from the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry showed people who ate tangerine tomatoes as tomato sauce absorbed 200 times more lycopene than those eating regular tomato sauce.

Em: In this case, cooked tomatoes release more lycopene than raw tomatoes do.

Here’s a recipe from Dr. Marchione, MD – “The Food Doctor”:

THE FOOD DOCTOR’S SPECIALTY SOUP

Try this delicious soup. It is packed with ingredients shown in clinical studies to relieve joint pain, prevent cancer and heart disease, reduce blood sugar and prevent memory loss.

1             onion
2             carrots
2            celery sticks
3 med  potatoes – just washed and scrubbed, leave unpeeled
4 med  tomatoes – preferably tangerine-colored
14-oz. can of chickpeas
5 C        vegetable stock
1 t          ground cinnamon
1 ½ t    ground turmeric
1 T          grated gingerroot
1/8 t     cayenne pepper
½ t        curry powder
4 strands of saffron (optional, if too expensive)
1            bay leaf
1 T         fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1.  Dice celery, onion and potatoes. Peel and dice carrots. Dice tomatoes, remove seeds.

2.  Pour 1½ cups of the veggie stock into large saucepan. Add onions and simmer for a few minutes.

3.  While onions are simmering, deal with the spices. Mix in the cinnamon, curry, turmeric, cayenne, and ginger and add 2 T of the vegetable stock. Mix well.

4.  Add this mix to the onions and stock already being heated.

5.  Add the rest of your veggie stock to the onion and stock mix and let soup return to boil. Turn it down. Stir, then cover and heat, gently.

6.  After 5 minutes, add the potatoes, tomatoes, celery and carrots and allow it to simmer in the covered saucepan for 20 – 30 minutes or until
carrots and celery are tender.

7. Pour in the chickpeas, black pepper, saffron and heat thoroughly before serving.  Add fresh-squeezed lemon juice.

8. Enjoy!
This is just one of 30 delicious, healing recipes in “The Doctor’s Cookbook: Lifesaving Recipes”. You can learn more at his site: Dr. Marchione.

See you next time.

Best to all — Em

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