amalgam fillings—friend or foe?

I never thought twice about letting the dentist pack mercury into my teeth. Then, with that mercury “safely” packed into my cranium, I cracked ice with my teeth relentlessly for many years. Ten years ago I learned about the importance of getting the mercury OUT of my mouth, and I had my totally traditional dentist drill out my fillings and replace them with composite fillings.

He scoffed at the idea that this was needed—but in the end, wasn’t going to watch me go to another dentist to have it done. Unfortunately, he tried desperately to get a dental dam in place in my small mouth—I had read that is important and insisted on it. But when he couldn’t pull it off, I let him drill all that mercury out with no protection besides my tongue from it going down my throat!

Take a look at this highly-watched scientific proof that mercury can and does off-gas out of your teeth. You often don’t know your teeth are cracked.

Mercury, the second-most toxic substance on Earth, coming off your teeth as gas, crosses the blood-brain barrier and is well known to cause all kinds of neurological havoc, including Alzheimers. Here’s a five-minute video by Canadian researchers about the literal “brain damage” caused by mercury exposure.

This one’s easy. Don’t put metal fillings in your face. If you have them, have a biological (holistic) dentist remove them safely and replace them with composite.

The next issue, root canals, is thornier!

Seven reasons not to drink soda, part 2 of 2

Here are seven kicks in the pants, to help you quit the soda habit:

1. SODA BRAIN! Brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, is added to soft drinks. It’s an industrial chemical used in plastics as a flame retardant. (It’s also in sports drinks.) It is known to cause nerve disorders and memory loss. It builds up in body fat and causes behavioral and mood problems, infertility, and heart problems.

2. FAT ON THE INSIDE! Researchers in Denmark found that those who drink soda have fat stores around their liver, other organs, and skeletal muscles, which leads to diabetes. Soda drinkers in the study also had much higher triglyceride blood fats and cholesterol than non-soda drinkers.

3. HORMONE UPSET! Aluminum cans are coated with BPA, which interferes with hormones and causes obesity, diabetes, cancer, and infertility. Neither Pepsi nor Coke has been willing to switch to BPA-free, while everyone else in America is doing so.

4. FRANKENFOOD! Lots of soda ingredients are corn-derived, and nearly 90 percent of the corn grown in the U.S. is now genetically modified. The U.S. government isn’t particularly interested in testing this horrible social experiment, but we know that genetically modified crops are linked to rapid aging, infertility, and gastrointestinal tract damage. Not that those ingredients really resemble corn by the time you drink them….but you get none of the fiber and other nutritional benefits of corn (which are limited anyway) and all of the downside of the GMO “frankenfood.”

5. CARAMEL CANCER! Two chemicals with reeeealllly long names are known to cause cancer in animals, and they make the lovely brown color in colas. Center for Science in the Public Interest tried unsuccessfully last year to get the FDA to ban them. The chemicals are just cosmetic, but of course Coke and Pepsi aren’t gonna back down. (Look how big the experiment went over when Pepsi tried to make a clear cola called Crystal Pepsi in 1992. All they care about is what sells.)

6. DIET AIN’T ANY BETTER! Even diet soda makes you fat. A study in Texas found that those who drink diet soda gained 70 percent in waist circumference in 10 years, compared with people who don’t drink soda. Those who drank more than two per day? They had a 500 percent waist expansion! The culprit is the neurotoxin aspartame. It actually raises your blood glucose levels, even though it contains chemicals rather than sugar.

7. GET OLD FASTER! Phosphates in cola extend their shelf life and improve taste. But they rob your bones and blood of desperately needed minerals. That leads to kidney problems, osteoporosis, heart disease, and rapid aging. It stops children and teens from building bone mass, in the critical period they are developmentally meant to do so. (After 30, we generally lose bone mass.) Soda manufacturers have increased phosphate levels higher and higher—but a medical journal article two years ago showed that lab rats with elevated phosphates died much earlier than normal.

Seven reasons not to drink soda…..part 1 of 2

I watch the addiction of a few people close to me, to soda. One of my closest friends drinks it every day and calls it her “binky.” She kicks the habit but always goes back—because when she quits diet soda, she finds herself taking up sugar. Another tells me he is not addicted but seems to be in denial. I see him drink it 2 or 3 times a day. I’m not saying this to judge—just to express my concern, because soda is not food. It’s toxic acid.

One of my tennis teammates is 70 years old, athletic and quick and has never been overweight. One of the Jackson brothers, two local osteopathic surgeons, told her regarding a surgery they were planning related to her arthritis, “If you are going to drink soda after the surgery, I won’t do it. It will just quickly undo my work.”

If you drink soda, you can virtually guarantee that you will have arthritis by age 50. (Both my parents, nearing 70, have “bone on bone” arthritis problems, and neither of them drink soda.)

Oh, and guess what. I don’t care how young you are—50 is coming up faster than you think! If you’re 25 and think that when you’re 50, you’re washed up and don’t care about anything anyway (I thought this when I was 25)…..well, you’re wrong. When you’re 50, you love your life, you want lots more of it, you care about how you look, you’re a sexual person, and you have lots of goals. (For some reason, 5 years from that age myself right now, I feel the need to tell 20-somethings to care more about their future! I wish I had! I wish I didn’t eat so much sugar in my 20’s and get so much sun.)

I wonder if seven sobering facts about accelerated aging and disease risk from drinking soda would help any of my friends—including you?—kick the habit? Share this with anyone you know who loves the burn of carbonation—or is addicted to the caffeine rush—or maybe both.

I’ve been quizzing my readers who talk to me at classes about their soda addiction. I ask them what they like about it, and carbonation is a major answer. Try drinking kombucha from the health food store once a day instead. Synergy brand is most popular. Or if you need the caffeine boost and haven’t gotten your nutrition to the level where it sustains you, rather than needing the caffeine kick, drink an unsweetened, or stevia-sweetened bottled green tea from the health food store.

Tomorrow, the 7 reasons…..

A FISH STORY: the food, and the oil supplements

The debate over fish, and fish oil, is to me one of the most interesting ones in nutrition in its complexity. We have to ferret out, from the debate, the sophisticated marketing of the fish industry, which capitalized on emerging data 15 years ago that red meat is bad for us. (But fish is good for us, they clamored—and scrambled to provide “data” that this is so.)

Then we must evaluate the sources of fish, in a planet where virtually every waterway is highly contaminated and fish retain mercury at high levels off the coast of every continent. (Canned tuna is one of the most high-mercury foods you can find. I recommend you eliminate it from your diet.)

Then we have to look at farmed fish—even more problematic because they are fed ground-up fish pellets, made of guts and skin and bones. (Also chicken feces and genetically modified corn, soy, and canola oil.) These fish products, then, actually containconcentrated environmental pollutants.

Farmed fish is well documented to be higher in PCBs, dioxins, and other carcinogenic chemicals than wild fish. Most of the fish consumed by humans is now raised in farms. Wild “free range” fish eat plenty of toxins, too—but not concentrated in “fish pellets” like on the farms. Fish in farms are fed chemicals to make them pink rather than their natural grey color, are low in Omega 3’s due to their lack of a natural diet, and are given antibiotics at a higher rate than any other livestock!

And we have to look at the nonsense about fish oil. Does it really prevent heart disease? Everyone accepted this quickly as “settled science” mostly because a few data points were being repeated by so many doctors and so many supplement companies. But now we have 20 years of data and those who look at longitudinal trends know that fish oil has saved us from nothing.

What if a fish died and was floating in the water? Would you eat that fish’s flesh, or squeeze oil from it to eat, even 12 hours later? Of course you wouldn’t. It would be rancid. So says Dr. Brian Clement, N.M.D. and PhD, with whom I spoke in Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale. What if it sat for days, and then you deodorized and purified it, highly refined it, put it in gelatin capsules, and put it into distribution so it sat another several months before you ate it?

You’ve noticed that you burp up rancid fish oil taste for hours after you take yours? Rancid oils are carcinogens. The pharmaceutical companies that produce the vast majority of the fish-oil pills will pacify you by saying, “But we deodorize the oil.” Ah, so they use petroleum products, like coal tar, to mask the rancidity. I ask again, do you want to refine a fish-oil product and cover up the obvious signs that it is putrefied and not appropriate as food?

This is not an effective way to get Omega 3 fatty acids in your diet. Especially when there are perfect plant-food sources that don’t cause you to burp up rancid nasty.

Flax, chia, and hemp seeds are fabulous sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. I recommend having all three on hand. I love sprouted flaxseed to add to green smoothies. (I know of 28 anti-cancer compounds in flax. And this product is sprouted, which increases not only fiber, but also explodes vitamin and mineral content. Flax has 7x more lignans than the next-highest source—these compounds are highly breast-cancer protective.)

You get no fiber in your rancid fish oil caps. I really don’t think it’s a good source for anyone, of Omega 3’s. Save your money and eat some good whole foods instead:  greens have Omega 3’s in small but highly bio-available amounts.

And chia, flax, and hemp are perfect green smoothie ingredients, but I eat them in lots of ways:  roll raw cookies in them or put them in baked products. I love chia drinks from the health food store (one variety of Synergy kombucha is full of it). A spoonful of chia seed at night, chewed well and swallowed, and chased with a big glass of water, will fill up your stomach and get rid of your hunger.

 

Dietary philosophy and supplements

DIETARY PHILOSOPHY

Dr. Connealy’s program, executed by her nutritionist, Liliana, is 80% alkaline and 20% acid foods (like animal products, grains, berries). They feed patients 20% fat, 30% protein, 50% carbs in the form of veggies, and about 50% raw in the form of vegetables, 2 green juices, and two salads daily. They do not serve any foods with dairy or gluten, and use only minimal grains and starchy vegetables (potatoes, yams, carrots, sweet vegetables). No more than 20 grams of sugar (no refined sugars) per meal.

SUPPLEMENTS DR. CONNEALY PRESCRIBES

Dr. Connealy says, “Every drug causes a nutritional deficiency. You must supply nutrients against the deficiency. For instance, Metformin causes B vitamin deficiency. Statin drugs deplete CoQ10. Red yeast rice also depletes CoQ10.”

I like how she studies the work of other pioneers and revolutionaries in integrative medicine and references and leverages their work regularly. (This is critical so that practitioners build on a foundation and everyone isn’t reinventing the wheel. Some, however, like Stanislaw Burzynski, truly invented “a wheel,” if not “the wheel.”)

She uses some of the research and/or best practices of Dr. Nick Gonzales, the Nobel Prize-winning Otto Warburg, the Gerson Therapy, Ann Wigmore, and more. (In fact, the Gerson Clinic used to be housed in Oasis of Hope, by Dr. Connealy’s partner Dr. Francisco Contreras.)

Tumors are formed, she said, when the immune system is depressed, through too much exposure to toxic chemicals and heavy metals, toxic foods, viral loads, and stresses. It takes about 8 years for a tumor to form. Cancer cells have been coating themselves with fibrinogen glue and mucous, creating 15 layers of protection.

Her philosophy is to use nutraceuticals to slow down the cancer, then stop it, then turn the body around and bring it back to a healthy state. The ideas below are to shift the pH, shut down the blood supply to the tumor, increase natural killer cell production, detoxify the patient, increase antioxidant levels, increase SOD production, strip the glue layer from the cancer cells and kill them.

pH Balancer: This product uses cesium and rubidium together to shift the pH around the tumor to 7.4, as cancer thrives in an acidic environment. This must be done at the cellular level; it is not enough to increase the pH of the blood.

Pancreatic enzymes: Dr. Connealy notes that Drs. William Kelly (and Nick Gonzales) proved that enzymes must be a major part of any integrative treatment of cancer. The kind I have used for years are not effective for me personally, I learned when Liliana tested me using Zyto technology. (Then I came home and had my friend Laura Jacobs test me again, with the same result.) I am switching brands, based on their testing of frequencies of many different products, relative to my own biochemistry. (Sometimes using the same product for a long time causes your body to react to it less effectively. What’s right for me might not be precise for you.)

Dr. Connealy likes Nutrizyme, taken 1-2 hours before meals. It is enterically coated so it can pass through stomach acid and enter the blood stream to break down the fibrinogen glue layer of a cancer cell. This product also has anti-carcinogen factors attached to aid the immune system in killing the cancer cell.

5,000 to 10,000 IU of Vitamin D: It’s absolutely critical as probably the nutrient most linked to cancer prevention. Hundreds of studies now show that cancer could be slashed in half, or better, if people did not fall below Vitamin D minimum thresholds.

4000 mg of oral Vita C: Even the FDA and National Institutes of Health (NIH) now acknowledge, due to incontrovertible evidence, the power of Vitamin C. It may be the best antiviral agent available—I have gotten rid of hundreds of little bugs in my family by administering this amount of it the minute anyone feels ill. Vitamin C increases the antioxidant level in your body on a cellular level, to stop damage to DNA.

Dr. Connealy manufactures VITALITY C that has a neutral pH so high doses will not upset your stomach. Part of the magic of Vita C is that it is mistaken for a glucose molecule by a cancer cell, which has 43 receptors for glucose, compared to a healthy cell that has only 2. When a cancer cells grabs it up, hydrogen peroxide is produced, which kills the cancer cell.

Essential Detox (Badmaev 269): Dr. C believes this to be the best natural antiviral medication and detoxifier of metals and environmental pollutants. It’s made from botanicals based on traditional Tibetan medicine but was developed by physicians in Russia, Europe, and the U.S.

Noni: Morinda Citrifolia increases natural killer cell production, and Dr. C prescribes Nutriceuticals’ freeze-dried Noni fruit in capsules, which retains enzyme activity and is 30 times more powerful than other Noni liquid or capsule.

Ecomer and V-Statin: Ecomer is used to shut down the blood supply to the tumor, as evidenced by 37 clinical trials, using shark liver oil. In addition to its anti-angiogenesis properties, it also increases white and red blood cell and platelet counts in all human beings, and detoxifies mercury by encapsulating it, carrying it through the kidneys with no damage, and excreting it in the urine.

Stress Release: This is fetal wheat tissue product (no fiber, no gluten, only protein) developed over 50 years by a family of botanists from Michigan. They used it in Chernobyl to detox the radiation damage. It increases SOD (Super Oxide Dismutase) in the body that detoxifies poisons from chemo and radiation, which reduces their side effects. SOD is the intracellular garbage man in the body. Fetal wheat protein increased SOD level in 100% of those tested.

Natura Herbals Anti-Cancer Formulas: Dr. Huang Chuan Gui is Asia’s most respected cancer physician, and his family has made herbal medicines for cancer for over 900 years. His proprietary formulas are specifically for the respiratory, digestive, urinary, ductless glands, blood, lymphatic, motor system, and central nervous system.

I need to gain some weight! Part 3 of 3

I have been studying a massive amount of information in the past few months about over 80,000 toxic chemicals and metals in our environment. Where they come from, what they do to us, how to avoid them, and how to get rid of them. Food (especially meat/dairy and processed foods), cosmetics, clothes, furniture and paint and carpet, water, air, dental and medical procedures, and more.

I’m doing this for a few reasons. First, I just finished an 8-page paper on the effects on your health of far infrared sauna treatment. I’ve been using mine every day, plus taking fulvic acid, to bring metals and chemicals out. I want them gone, and in my hyper-focus on toxicity lately, I find myself undertaking new, good habits to get as clean as possible. I need my energy and health so I can take my mission further, harder. I go 100 miles an hour and I don’t want to slow down!

I keep encountering more information about how chemical toxicity in our cells impedes weight loss. I can’t imagine that it doesn’t cut both ways, impeding your ability to arrive at your optimal weight, whatever direction that needs to go, up or down.

Second, I’m developing a detox program. I joined Tera in hers last year, but I concluded that I wanted a harder-hitting, information-dense, educational cleanse that would educate you while giving you measurable results. (If you’re going to suppress calories, might as well be getting healthier at the same time that you’re getting thinner!)

I’d hoped to kick it off right after New Year’s, but I keep getting more ambitious with it so we won’t be ready. Much like I did with 12 Steps to Whole Foods, I’m synthesizing all the best texts and best practices in detoxification and disease risk minimization. All boiled down into one 21-day program. It’s a food-elimination program to test your food sensitivities / allergies. It’s a kidney cleanse. It’s a colon cleanse. And it’s a liver and gall bladder flush as well. You can do it with us once, or join for life and do it twice a year. We’ll have expert phone calls every night with fabulous content, you’ll be assigned a “detox buddy” to be accountable to, if you don’t bring your own, and you’ll know exactly what to do and eat every day.

The manual holds your hand, answers common questions, educates you in the briefest way about what products you’re using that are toxic and what the alternatives are. It gives you recipes to get through an effective cleanse, using food, either at a newbie’s pace, or a more advanced one for those already “initiated” who eat pretty clean and have detoxed before. There will be a fully medically supported option—I am talking to a few docs who have published in the arena of cleansing, and will pick one to work with. You’ll know exactly why you’re doing each part of the detox.

My point is, purging fat cells (and organs) of the chemicals they’ve been storing for years is something that cannot be neglected in any effort to change your weight–up or down. Did you know that thin people can be fat inside? That’s right—a study I read about three years ago found that many people who are normal weight have organs marbled with fat, which is far more dangerous than fat held in adipose tissue under the skin, the kind we can see. People who work out regularly, who are visibly overweight, have much lower morbidity, that normal-weight people who don’t exercise and are internally “fat.”

So fat can’t necessarily be thin……but thin can be fat!

And no matter how much whole plant foods some people eat, and no matter how many chemicals they eliminate, those who have a damaged gastrointestinal tract can’t fully utilize nutrition. Another element that absolutely must be addressed is healing the gut. Because of many years of a wretched diet, you might have an inflamed digestive system in serious need of some rehab. Many underweight people fall in this category.

That rehab is done by eliminating dairy and gluten for a time and learning to eat probiotic-rich foods to build up an army of healthy microorganisms to protect and defend the lining of the stomach, intestines, and colon.

Can’t wait to share more with you about detoxification, one of my major projects of 2012. I am very excited about it and the potential to help people get better, rise above their health problems.

Gain weight the right way….I hate when a young mom tells me her pediatrician told her to feed her underweight baby lots of candy, ice cream, butter, and fried food. So then you’ll have a baby with more body fat who is ill and damaged in many ways, with tastes set to junk food. How is that useful? Take the time to find ways to get higher-calorie WHOLE PLANT FOODS in your diet if you are truly malnourished. The plant kingdom is VAST. With a little creativity and dedication, it can provide weight loss, weight gain, whatever you need.