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Archive for February, 2012

Butter is Better!

Recently I was asked to reproduce some info from about 2 years ago that I wrote about margarine and why you should avoid it like the plague. I have no idea where that original email is now but here’s the lowdown.

You may be old enough to remember years ago when you bought margarine, it came sealed in a plastic bag with a red thingy inside that contained food colouring. As kids we loved to break the red thing and smoosh the marg around to colour it. Great fun! It really was quite unappealing to look at until the colour was distributed. What we didn’t know then was that it was a trans fat and most of you have an idea that they are not good for us. Here’s a chapter from Nutrition in a Nutshell Demystifying Fats. Get the whole book and The Non-GMO Shopping Guide free when you sign up for our weekly Healthflash on our website. Demystifying Fats tells you all you need to know.

Here’s a snippet I found on the web with a few pearls of information.

‘Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. It is made of cottonseed OIL (now it’s deadly canola), with the seeds cleaned by toxic carcino-chemical hexane, given shelf life by hydrogenating it, i.e. by boiling it so long that it turned sludgey when cooled, and then hardened into a brick. SEE THE FULL UGLY STORY here. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back. It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings so maybe you do eat it but DO YOU KNOW…the difference between margarine and butter?  Read on to the end…gets very interesting!  Both have the same amount of calories.  Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared to 5 grams.  Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.  BUT GUESS WHAT? Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods. Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few only because they are added!  Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods. Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.

And now, for Margarine..  Very high in trans fatty acids. The oil you’re never supposed to eat. Triple risk of coronary heart disease.  Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)  Increases the risk of cancers up to five fold. Lowers quality of breast milk. Decreases immune response. (flouride in water or toothpaste also does that, so we have increased suceptibility to disease, lessened ‘fight’ response. Margarine decreases insulin response. Turns you into a type II diabetic. And here’s the most disturbing fact…. HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC. This fact alone was enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).

You can try this yourself:  Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will note a couple of things: * no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something) * it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic. Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

Share This With Your Friends…..(If you want to “butter them up”)!’

Tran Fat Video Link. Be aware this is about 40 minutes long. Dr. Van Dueck (DiffRant) talks on trans fats.

Belly Fat Buster Featured on Dr. Oz

This week Dr. Oz featured one of Biotics products, 7 Ketozyme as a belly fat buster. I managed to miss seeing the show but I can give you the information about it here.

7 Keto-Zyme

7-Keto DHEA is more powerful than DHEA or DHEA-sulfate yet does not convert to testosterone or estrogen. 7-Keto-Zyme supplies 3-beta-Acetoxyandrost-5-en-7,17-dione (also referred to as 7-oxy-DHEA Acetate), a naturally occurring DHEA metabolite. Structurally, 7-oxo-DHEA Acetate is almost identical to DHEA, however, the activity has been reported to be up to 2.5 times greater. Also, studies at the University of Wisconsin have shown that supplementation with 7-oxo-DHEA Acetate increased IL-2 in human lymphocytes, enhanced memory, and increased thermogenic liver enzymes.

Some of the overall effects of 7-Keto-Zyme are:

• enhance immunity

• increase production of Interleukin-2 and white blood cells

• cardiovascular health: reduce risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

• increase metabolism: activate liver enzymes, increase thermogensis (fat burning).

• prevention of diabetes

• Increase energy

We use this product in our office for those patients who wish to maintain adequate DHEA levels without worrying about distorting their male & female hormone levels. Email us to order.

The Horrors of PPSD. Huh?

Let's go surfing now. Everybody's surfing now...Ode to the Beach Boys!

A recent Province newspaper editorial by Gordon Clark (Gordzilla in the City) was entitled ‘Don’t Go to Maui Unless You Can Risk the Horrors of PPSD’…so what’s he talking about? As that part of the paper was destined to be used as a parrot dropping catcher, I snatched it up before our Hawk Head parrot, Godzilla (Zilly) had a chance to make a deposit on Gordzilla’s story! I haven’t been to Maui but I’ve only ever heard people say they love it so I definitely wanted to know why he was ragging Maui. As it turns out, he too loved it and it was going home that was the pits. PPSD stands for Post Paradise Stress Disorder!

Godzilla the Hawk Head Parrot

So I get that it was warm and after all it was a holiday so no work and there was probably yummy food and swimming with the dolphins, surfing, etc. but we all know that holidays come to an end so why such a bother. Well, those of us that live in the ‘frozen north’ need to realize that we get very little sun exposure for a good part of the year. So off we go to paradise and get a suntan only to return to the grey days of winter. Granted, those of you on the lower mainland (Vancouver) and I here on Gabriola Island (looking across the straight to the mainland) don’t have it as bad as some people in our vast country. Having lived in Inuvik many years ago, I do know what it’s like to have only a few hours of sun a day. However, we ‘the blessed’ still spend most of our fall and winter inside. AND those of us that aren’t athletically inclined aren’t out there skiing, skating and whatnot either. My experience with skiing left me with a toenail that fell off (the dreaded ‘black’ toe) and my day was spent mainly rolling down the hill looking for people to help me up. So here I am in the house or office holed up waiting for spring to show up.

So big deal. Suck it up.  I totally accept that I’m here because I want to be but 2 weeks of sun in the middle of the winter isn’t enough to avoid certain health problems that can creep up on us unsuspecting northerners. We don’t need much sun, just a few minutes a day but at this latitude, the strength of the sun is lacking this time of year. So what do I do, you ask? Every morning I take a drop or 2 of Biotics Research Bio D Mulsion Forte. In fact I do this every month except July and August. This gives me enough Vitamin D without sun exposure to get me through the grey days without any trouble. Email us to order.

More info.

Susan Van Dueck

Underlying Causes of Sleep Loss

Let’s look at 3 patterns of sleep loss: those who can’t fall asleep, those who can’t stay asleep, and “sleep neurotransmitters.

Perhaps one of the most meaningful things we can do for our clients is be the “detective” and find the underlying causes for poor sleep. We start by asking our clients how many hours they are sleeping each night; inquire about the quality of sleep and how they feel when they wake up.

Many people don’t get enough sleep. Some do it by choice, others have real problems sleeping. Sleep is the major metabolic equalizer. It is where the body restores and repairs. Poor sleep, limited repair. Limited repair translates into increased aging. If a person is not sleeping, they are headed to a state of chronic inflammation.

For people who have trouble sleeping, let’s look at 3 major patterns of sleep loss: those who can’t fall asleep, those who can’t stay asleep, and the basic neurotransmitters associated with sleeplessness. What’s interesting about each of these patterns is that each of them is directly or indirectly influenced by insulin and cortisol. This makes it imperative to address these issues with diet regardless of whatever our choice of supportive nutrients may be.

See the link for sample diets that are part of the Control-IT weight loss program. One of the major goals of the Control-IT weight loss program is the normalization of both insulin and cortisol. As a result, almost everyone who goes on the program to lose weight eventually finds themselves sleeping better. Click the link for more info on Control-It.

Let’s look at the first pattern of sleep loss, those who can’t fall asleep. As a rule of thumb, when someone has difficulty falling asleep they have hyper-cortical function. Some of the other symptoms of cortisol excess are depression, bone loss, fatigue, weight gain in the waist, loss of muscle mass and thinning skin.

There are a number of botanical agents that work well to reduce cortisol. We like the product by Biotics Research Corporation that was developed by Dr. Gary Lasneski over 15 years ago called ADHS, short for Adrenal Hyper Secretor. The combination of adaptogenic herbs, supportive low dose vitamins, and trace minerals necessary to feed the adrenal glands consistently shows reductions in both hyper-cortical symptoms and lab numbers. Clinicians dose it at 2 – 4 tablets morning and noon. The line of distinction between cortisol dominance and functional hypoglycemia is very thin.

Often supporting blood sugar will augment therapy. This leads to the next pattern, those who can fall asleep but can’t stay asleep. Their blood sugar gets so low that their adrenals give a little shot of glucocorticoids to maintain blood sugar levels and that little bit is all they need to wake up. These are the people who wake up in the middle of the night, they start thinking of all the things that they have to do during the day and whomp, that’s it, their up!

So if we can maintain healthy blood sugar, we wouldn’t need the adrenals to provide that extra boost. Again a Control-IT type protein diet with a good source of healthy oils and products to support functional hypoglycemia would be the solution for this condition of insomnia. We use Bio-Glycozyme at 3, three times a day. Give the last dose before bed with a little protein or good source of EFAs. Biomega 3 Liquid is a good choice. For a consistent functional glycemic formula, try Bio-Glycozyme. You will be glad you did.

The third pattern refers to neurotransmitter imbalances. The dance of the hormones and neurotransmitters is so elegant and so interconnected. If the excitatory neurotransmitters don’t have adequate inhibitory factors, sleep or relaxation is difficult. Serotonin is one of the main inhibitory NT. The use of 5-HTP with the cofactors necessary to make serotonin is a great base. Neuro-5-HTP by Biotics uses 50 mg of 5-HTP, the cofactors P-5-P, b3, and 50 mg of the inhibitory amino acid L- Theanine. Use 2, three times a day between meals.

Regardless of the cause of insomnia, sometimes we have to break the sleepless cycle. The past experience of not sleeping and the fear of another sleepless night is almost enough emotional stimulation to increase the very hormones and neurotransmitters that will cause insomnia. That’s when we use De-Stress. De-stress is a milk peptide derivative called a decapetide and has been shown by the University of Nancy in France to have anti-anxiety properties. In a 15 day trial, a number of physical parameters were measured, pre- and post-stress, and they all improved compared to controls. In the milk peptide group, cortisol tended to normalize, and heart rate, blood pressure, and ACTH levels all appeared to return to homeostasis faster after being stressed in the group who took the active component in De-Stress.

Also see the case studies and video we have a provided using the nutrients mentioned. These will give you further insights in restoring healthy sleep.

The more we learn about sleep the more we realize it’s not an option. For those of you that aren’t sleeping properly, you are missing out on the regenerative and anti-aging effects of sleep. Now you know there are solutions.

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Elusive Sleep

Wish you could sleep like a cat?

There’s no such thing as sleep ….  only wakefullness!

The brain does not sleep, but operates in states.  They’re called beta, alpha, theta and delta.  The alert stage is beta, the most restfull is delta.  Here is where we experience the REM state.  (Rapid Eye Movement).  This is the assimlation and healing time for our bodies.

The two hemispheres of your brain (left and right) end in tails which extend down into the neck.  This area is known as the brain stem.  It is in here that we find 5 personal computers for controlling heat, thirst and appetite, wakefullness, libido and muscles.

Regarding sleep or really wakefullness, the brain needs to rest or slow down.  To accomplish this the wake centre or computer needs proper positioning.  Looking at the neck from the side view you will see a curve.  This curve acts as shock absorber for the head.   It is 1/6 of a circle or a 60 degree arc.  This arc must be maintained for 14 ½ minutes before ‘sleep’ in order to set the curve and keep the computers in place.

DIRECTIONS:      fold a bath towel in half lengthwise, bring the long sides towards the centre, but leave a one inch space. Now, roll it up into a tight cylinder and secure with rubber bands.  Place this under your neck as you lie on your back for the 14 ½ minutes.  At the end of this time your neck’s soft tissues will mold into shape and the wake centre will be relaxed.  Remove the towel and now:

The eyes are the first area supplied by the brain, they too need positioning.  During those 14 ½ minutes force your closed eyes to look way up to the top of your head.  Do your best to hold this position, believe me, it is a challenge.  This will also rest the brain, settle all the stressful thoughts and prepare the brain to go into the deeper states.  Simple and effective.

Ah,  sweet sleep, well actually sweet rest!

You may also be interested in: The Underlying Causes of Sleep Loss

Check out  for our our sleep strips (edible film).


Blood Sugar Pandemic!

Picture in your mind the old Volkswagon beetle, nicknamed the ‘bug’.  Its shape is like your liver.  There’s a factory at the bottom to process food and remove toxins and there’s a hump for the top floor, called the antrum (attic) to store fuel.

The fuel is raw blood sugar or glycogen. This is what keeps us alive.  And listen to this: OUR BRAIN ONLY HAS A TWO MINUTE SUPPLY.  That’s why it needs a storage site.

When the storage site is depleted, the brain cannot maintain its reserve level and it gets stressed, really stressed.  Simple little things become big problems, tiredness turns to chronic fatigue, energy plummets and we feel strange sensations.  Self-esteem drops, we lose control, we’re worried, hopeless and distrustful.   We lose touch with our self and then others. Thoughts bombard our senses but we can’t stop obsessing.  The bedroom becomes a safe haven and sweets our counselor.

95% of respondents to our nutritional questionnaire, the Nutri-Q,  have their highest probability of health concerns coming from sugar handling issues.  Obesity and diabetes in children are a major concern today.  Diabetes is an old Greek word  meaning “run through”.  When we can’t handle the overload of bad sugars in the manufactured foods, the glucose ‘runs through’ us and out the urine.  And now ‘urine’ (you’re in) trouble!

Hey that took about two minutes to read, how’s your blood sugar doing?

Bio-Glycozyme Forte (Canadians) or Diaplex (US)  are our nutritional product and  Thera-ex 50 Blood Sugar is our skin patch to send controlling frequencies.

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