Posts Tagged ‘Diet’

Restrictions on Food Supplements are Based on Misinformation

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

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Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, October 16, 2012

Restrictions on Food Supplements are Based on Misinformation

An alert from Europe to the rest of the world

by Gert Schuitemaker, PhD

Introduction: “It can’t happen here” qualifies for top placement on the all-time list of famous last words. The United States still has, for now, over-the-counter access to nutritional supplements. But no one who reads newspapers, watches televised news, or leafs through a magazine can miss the preponderance of negative reporting on vitamins. As OMNS continues to counter such misinformation (this issue is the 145th), we take a look at the real “risks” of dietary supplements. Readers may wish to keep in mind what Dr. Abram Hoffer famously said: “All attacks on supplement safety are really attacks on supplement efficacy.” If supplements are vilified, they can be made prescription. If they are prescription, costs will go up and access will vanish. – Andrew W. Saul, Editor

(OMNS Oct 16, 2012) A recent study explains that the risk of mortality from taking food supplements is far lower than other risks like smoking, pharmaceutical adverse drug reactions, cancer, and even dying from a lightning strike. [1] This important new information is relevant to recent food regulations in the European Union (EU) that are supposed to make commercially sold food supplements safer. The study shows the belief that food supplements are dangerous is mistaken.

The Codex Alimentarius was established In 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and later the World Trade Organization (WTO) as an international standard, with guidelines and codes of practice for the sale of food products, including food supplements.[2] In the natural health community, the Codex is considered a threat to freedom of choice and purchase of food supplements because it stipulates what doses of supplements can be sold and what wording may be used in advertising and packaging.

The Codex has not been adopted by the United States, but within the EU, it was signed into law in 2002 with the adoption of the European Food Supplements Directive. This set of regulations restricts the free choice of consumers when purchasing food supplements. To more fully appreciate this issue, it should be understood that compared to the United States, the EU is highly socialized and regulated. Acceptance of such rigid legislation by policy makers and politicians is easier in Europe than on the other side of the Atlantic. But giant food corporations are lobbying for similar limitations in the USA. Thus, the Codex Alimentarius and the EU legislation are considered a likely template for exporting this type of food regulation to the rest in the world.

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Got The Sugar Blues? Duffy Has Good News!

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

I recently completed reading a book titled Sugar Blues by William Duffy, I picked it up at a closeout sale at a Borders bookstore for half price. I like this one, learned a few things from it and have since recommended it to a few friends. I also have largely gone on a sugar-free experiment. I also recommend you read this book, it’s a classic diet book, yet it sounds as if it was written a couple years ago, there might be a few outdated bits and pieces but again, this is a classic worth reading and has a wealth of insight to offer you. I had reduced my sugar intake for a few years, seeking to be “moderate”, this book is actually helping me far “very easily” resist sugar. I am almost sugar free these days. I appreciate the history in this book, you will learn about the history of sugar, and other things like fermenting, sauerkraut and beer. You will learn how sugar was invented, and you will be reminded that unlike salt (so essential people used it as currency in the past) sugar is a relatively new addition to our diet. This book touched me in a positive way, and I feel it will do the same with you. You just might never look at food and eating the same way again! all good positive things!

Well, what else does the book talk about? Duffy makes it clear how he dislikes how sugar is labeled (or not labeled) on products and how it is inaccurate to lump refined sugar with other healthy carbs under the same label name. See, not all carbs are the same, but a food label doesn’t tell you that, nor does it say how much added sugar is in a product. You might be surprised to learn what I learned about brown and raw sugar products, and what they put sugar in (ketchup, mayo, dressing, etc), you’ll read about sugar and the persians, indians, crusades, and even slavery! The book is easy to read as well, well documented and sourced.

Knowing what I know now, it is difficult to allow myself to eat sugar, and I have this book to thank. This books acts as an anti-sugar vaccine or an anti-sugar booster shot. If you crave sugar simply read this book and you will no longer crave it!

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Sugar is not a nutrient, it is not empty calories either, it is actually an anti-nutrient, when you eat it you are eating something that takes away vitamins from your body to rid itself of sugar.. thus Duffy defines it as a poison, and I see why.

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On Vitamin D – Dr. Plotnikoff

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Below is a collection of youtube videos by Dr. Plotnikoff on vitamin D

1- Vitamin D Supports Cancer Patients and Overall Health
Dr. Plotnikoff provides key insights into significant benefits of Vitamin D for cancer patients and anyone else supporting their health

2- Vitamin D: What future research is needed?
Vitamin D: New Dietary Intake Recommendations and Emerging Health Effects | Round Table Discussion
Patsy M. Brannon, Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, USA.
Gregory A. Plotnikoff, Allina Center for Health Care Innovation, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, USA.
A discussion from the Hot Topic Symposia presented at the 102nd AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo.

http://annualmeeting.aocs.org

http://www.aocs.org

3- Vitamin D levels in patients seen in clinics: Effects of normalizing vitamin D levels
Vitamin D: New Dietary Intake Recommendations and Emerging Health Effects | Round Table Discussion
Gregory A. Plotnikoff, Allina Center for Health Care Innovation, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, USA.
A discussion from the Hot Topic Symposia presented at the 102nd AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo.

http://annualmeeting.aocs.org

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4- Is vitamin D under-prescribed clinically?
Vitamin D: New Dietary Intake Recommendations and Emerging Health Effects | Round Table Discussion
Gregory A. Plotnikoff, Allina Center for Health Care Innovation, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, USA.
A discussion from the Hot Topic Symposia presented at the 102nd AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo.

http://annualmeeting.aocs.org

http://www.aocs.org

Trace elements content and hormonal profiles in women with androgenetic alopecia

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

J Trace Elem Med Biol. 2010 Dec 15.
Trace elements content and hormonal profiles in women with androgenetic alopecia.
Skalnaya MG, Tkachev VP.

Russian Society of Trace Elements in Medicine, Zemlyanoy Val str., 46, Moscow 105064, Russia; ANO “Centre for Biotic Medicine”, Zemlyanoy Val str., 46, Moscow 105064, Russia.

It is well-known that some trace element imbalances play a significant role in the pathomechanism of many forms of alopecia. Androgenetic alopecia, however, is a specific local sensitivity of hair follicle receptors to androgens.

In a clinical and laboratory study, 153 women with androgenetic alopecia (AGA) and 32 control women were examined. In AGA patients telogen hair and vellus hair (miniaturization, D<30μm) significantly differed in frontal and parietal hair comparison with occipital area (20±0.9% vs. 12±0.5% and 33±0.9% vs. 12±0.6% respectively).

In the AGA group levels of androstenedione and dihydrotestosterone were higher than in the control group. Hair elemental content, analyzed by ICP-MS, demonstrated a lowered Cu and Zn content in the frontal area in comparison to the occipital area. It is important to note, that the AGA patients with elevated levels of androstenedione and dihydrotestosterone presented an increased Cu content and decreased Mn, Se, Zn contents in the occipital area of scalp. The occipital level of Cu positively correlated with the concentration of free testosterone in the serum.

A negative correlation between the Zn content in the occipital area and the dehydroepiandrosterone level in the blood was found.

Unfortunately, a routine treatment course of AGA patients, including topical inhibitor of 5-alpha-reductase and minoxidil, had no effect on the Cu hair content in occipital and frontal areas.

However, there were positive changes in the morphological structure and other trace element contents. These data led us to hypothesize a key role of Cu metabolism disturbances in the AGA onset, development of AGA, and potential pharmaceutical targets for the treatment of AGA.

Green / White Tea Extracts Supplements

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Green or White tea extracts are powerful antioxidants and anti inflammation

These are some ideas, let’s start with my favorite:
New Chapter, Green and White Tea Force

New Chapter, Organics, Green & White Tea Force from iHerb or from vitacost:
http://www.vitacost.com/New-Chapter-Green-White-Tea or from Swansons: http://www.swansonvitamins.com/NWC034/ItemDetail?n=0

White/green tea extract 2x500mg/d [some is in EIF; subtract it from above amount and take whatever additional is needed]

Another option is, Green tea phytosomes such as this: Thorne Research, Green Tea Phytosome, 60 Veggie Caps

Other green tea or EGCg supplements (non-organic):

Now Foods, EGCg, Green Tea Extract, 400 mg, 180 Vcaps

Jarrow Formulas, Green Tea, 500 mg, 100 Capsules (more…)

Good Eating and Supplementing Habits

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Order of Supplements and Foods:

  • Get yourself a container for your supplements. I find using the weekly containers very convenient, they allow me to prepare all the supplements for the day and separate them in different chambers then take them with me so I never miss any dosage. Find out more about using a weekly supplement organizer for your daily regimen (click here).
  • Probiotics are best on an empty stomach.
  • Take Betaine HCL to increase nutrient absorption especially when eating a meal with protein.
  • Brewers Yeast best taken before or with a meal, but any time is also ok.
  • If you take iodine (Iosol or Lugol’s) it is important that you take Selenium. Also take vitamin C when on iodine, vitamin C will help the conversion if one is taking strictly potassium iodide. However, both Lugol’s and Iosol contain Iodine, so the C is not an absolute, but it is very useful for improve detox and loading.
  • Vitamin D is best taken with a meal that contains some fat (unless a sublingual form is taken).
  • Take tans-resv + curcumin at the same time because they are synergistic together.
  • Do not take C at the same time as when you take resv/curcumin
  • Ecklonia Cava (Fibroboost) is best taken prior to your first meal and then again later on perhaps prior to dinner (or after if you forget)
  • This may not be important at all. If you take more than 12.5 milligrams (more than two drops) [of iosol] then take it at a different time than your probiotics. For convenience, I take several drops in water either at night or in the morning. I have very frequently taking iodine filled water with supplements during meal time and have not found it to be of an issue.

Order of Food:
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On Multi Vitamin Supplements

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Research has shown that we cannot get enough nutrients from diet alone (partially due to depleted soils, modern farming, less-healthy animals and commercial processing)  however I do not use a multi-vitamin supplement.

There are thousands multivitamin supplements each boasting special ingredients. I find this confusing, also the manufacturers cannot possibly put everything I need in a pill. The processing involved also is something I like to avoid.

In some cases multivitamins have been found to contain contamination (more processing more risk of contamination or damage to nutrients). Many of these also use synthetic vitamins which I like to avoid (you can overdose on synthetic nutrients more readily than natural ones).

In reality, I like to get my multi-vitamins and multi-minerals from “whole food sources” like Desiccated liver, Brewer’s Yeast, Chlorella, Spirulina, Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, etc.

I have not seen one “healthy hair” supplement that has everything in the correct form, and in enough quantities. I prefer to take specific supplements, at good dosage and high quality in addition to super foods and a good diet.

With a very few exceptions for some multi vitamins.. one of them is the Mega Food brand. They make a good Vitamin B complex and a good one daily multi vitamin.

I prefer vegetable capsules over ones made of magnesium stearate, soybeans (most likely genetically modified cheap stuff), maltodextrose, or gelatin.

Updated: 5/13/2011

What is Hair?

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Hair is one of if not the fastest growing tissue of the body, it’s made up of proteins called keratins.

Every strand of hair is made up of three layers: The inner layer (medulla) present in thick hairs only; the middle layer (cortex) determines the strength of the hair strand, texture, and color, and the cuticle, which protects the cortex. The cross section illustration below shows more detail.

Hair grows from roots, which are enclosed in hair follicles.

Below you will see a few illustrations of the hair and skin, the skin is called the dermal papilla (DP), which is fed by the bloodstream carrying nutrients vital to the growth of hair.

A hair follicle is mostly an epithelial tissue (i.e. it is a part of tissue made of closely-packed cells that are arranged in one or more layers and covers and body surfaces). A follicle originates in the dermis.  At the base of the hair follicle is what we call the dermal papilla (DP) enclosed within the hair bulb. The DP is crucial to the life-cycle of the hair, it contains nerves and blood vessels that deliver blood and nutrients (providing energy and amino acids) that are used in making keratin, a fibrous scleroprotein found in hair and nails.

Only the roots of hair are alive, and get nutrients from the blood stream, the visible part of hair is not living and therefore unable to heal itself. The health of hair is vitally connected to the scalp skin, nutrients, blood circulation and health of the body in general.

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What Milk to Consume

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

This is a very common question, most would consider organic milk sold in stores as healthy milk. You should know that “organic milk” really means almost nothing special, it may mean there are no antibiotics or hormones in the milk but it does not mean the milk is good. Why? because it is heavily processed and it still comes from cows that did not eat grass and ones likely confined indoors.

Milk that has been pasteurized, homogenized, reinforced, heated, skimmed is simply adulterated milk that should be avoided. Adulterated milk (modern day every day milk) has been shown in studies to be linked to acne and hair loss. Milk, especially cow milk that has been adulterated causes scalp itching, inflammation and with continuous use could cause insulin resistance and a myriad of diseases related with that. Many people are lactose intolerant as well.

Raw milk from older breeds like the Jersey or the African (A2 cows) contain the amino acid proline in the beta-casein protein while in the younger breeds like the Holsteins (A1 cows) the proline amino acid has mutated and as a result causes many of the allergic reactions in people.

This is important because beta-casein also contains an amino acid called BCM-7, which is a powerful opiate linked to negative health effects. The proline that exists in A2 cows has a strong bond to BCM-7, which helps keep it out of the cows’ milk. The histidine in the newer A1 cows, however, has a weak hold on BCM-7, which allows it to get into the milk, and also into the people who drink the milk. The theory goes that by drinking milk from A1 cows, which are the predominant cows used for dairy products in the United States, you’re exposed to BCM-7 and BCM-7 has been linked to:

  • Neurological impairment, including autistic and schizophrenic changes
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • An impaired immune response
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Heart disease…

Read more on this at “The Bovine – In response to Mercola’s Article on Raw Milk: http://thebovine.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/mercola-advocates-raw-milk-discusses-a1-a2-beta-casein-in-connection-with-autism-diabetes-heart-disease-etc/

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Prostate Health and Hair Loss

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Research has found a link between men’s prostate health and a healthy full head of hair.

The prostate is a cluster of small glands found only in men surrounding the urethra, located just below the bladder. We don’t fully understand everything the prostate probably does, we know it serves to squeeze seminal fluid into and through the urethra during ejaculation.

Many older men, and younger ones thanks to excessive pharmaceutical TV ads, know that prostate problems can cause annoying issues with urination if the prostate becomes enlarged; sometimes the prostate becomes cancerous. The non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate is known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

DHT is responsible for the division of cells in the prostate, DHT is expelled by the prostate normally however, if the prostate fails to expel DHT, it builds up and causes enlargement.

Studies have shown that modern diets are a culprit in prostate dysfunction and disease. Whether you call it a civilized diet, the North American diet, the West European diet or the Standard American Diet (SAD), these diets increase the cases of male pattern baldness (and female pattern baldness) and prostate cancers in men. Such symptoms where much less common or uncommon at all in other lands and people that lived and consumed a less civilized lifestyle and diet.

The link between diet and prostate (and hair loss) disease is thought to be the diet.  Our civilized and over processed diets lead to an overproduction of DHT causing BPH and prostate cancers.

The actionable takeaway here is that a change in diet is absolutely a must to lower your chances of of these conditions and improve overall health.An improved diet and lifestyle can prevent a myriad of disease, from migraines to cardiovascular and cancer diseases.

For men over 40 years of age, check with your physician about a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test for prostate health and have regular check-ups. Avoid pharmaceuticals and look for natural nutrients that are not synthetic.

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