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Essential Fatty Acids-The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Biomega3Ola!

No, not hello, but O for oil, L for low and A for acid.

Put that with Can and we have Canola, Canada Low Erucic Acid Rape (LEAR). Canola sure sounds better than rapeseed oil.

The oil from the rapeseed is the most toxic of all food oil plants. It is part of the mustard family, from which came mustard gas as a chemical warfare agent and blistered the lungs of many World War One soldiers. Canola oil contains large amounts of isothiocyanates, cyanide. It is an industrial oil used as a lubricant, synthetic rubber base and as an illuminant for the slick color pages in magazines.

Rapeseed oil was in widespread use in England and Europe between 1986 and 1991 till it was thrown out because of cows, pigs and sheep going blind, lost their minds and attacked people; they had to be SHOT!!! Remember Mad Cow; right. It wasn’t scrapie, it was canola oil :(.

It does not belong in the human body.

Here son, take this, it’s good for you! Yuk Dad, it tastes awful. Yes son, but it’s good for you.

Remember that? It was CLO or cod liver oil. Who sold my Dad on that? Grandpa did. Our Van Dueck ancestry has been traced back 8 generations to the areas of the North Sea. My metabolic profile is a parasympathetic fast. If we divide the earth latitudinally from zero at the equator to 10 at the north pole, I’m a 9! I need the ocean fish fats and the animal and land ones as well.

50 years later I understand what my Grandpa was doing. And I finally found a way to explain it to myself and patients. Fish oils, specifically the deep ones or Omega 3’s act like… believe it or not…ANTIFREEZE. Think about it for a sec, those fish live in frigid water, yet thrive. Some toads can freeze and thaw months later. That’s what antifreeze does. Compare it to the radiator in your vehicle; same thing. It keeps the motor hot in freezing temps and cold in hot temps. The oils in our body keep our blood and lymph moving, but the omega 3’s ‘radiate’ our temp control thermostat, which by the way is in the brainstem. So neck problems plus antifreeze issues can cause temperature fluctuations.

So check your antifreeze levels by contacting (Contact Reflex Analysis) the oil and salt (dehydration ) reflexes. Trace a finger along your collarbones towards the breast bone. You will come to a notch and a bump. Press hard down into these notches. If tender, it could be an indicator of deficiency of oil and/or salt. 50% of our brain and nerves are DHA or Omega 3. The brain is essentially a glob of cholesterol in a pool of salt water. When doctors convinced the food industry to restrict salt and fat; they made a powerful monetary move to keep us sick. No salt, no fat equals a shrinking brain, aka dementia, alzheimers, MS etc. Add some canola or other irradiated trans fats and voila MadHuman Disease.

*Just a note…get good salt like Grey Salt, Celtic Salt, Himalayan etc.

I was born in Vancouver and love seafood. I have startled many of my fishing buddies by eating eyes, roe and raw liver at the dock! But I can get my 3’s easily from our product company, Biotics, Omega 111 liquid. It has a pleasant lemon flavour to it. No longer is it YUK Dad.

You can’t lose fat unless you eat fat, but the right fat. If your cholesterol is above normal, eat Omega 3 liquid 2 grams/day if slightly elevated and up to 4 gm/s day if severe. If you have arthritic conditions you will need 5 or even more/day. Contact us for more information.

Why is the Paleo Diet the Best?

Paleo-Diet---chart-1-One wonders if any one way of eating is right for everyone and of course there will always be variations for each individual. However, from all our time in the holistic health business, the one way of eating that stands out is the Paleo Diet. For one thing…it isn’t a ‘diet’ per se. It’s just the right way to eat so if you are doing that, you shouldn’t gain unwanted fat. Just be aware that there are 2 takes on the paleo diet. One is protein, protein, protein so high in meats, fish and other proteins. The other one, which I think is a better way for most is the vegetable based paleo diet. This can be vegetarian but not necessarily and for myself, I don’t feel great on a veg diet so I prefer to include meat and fish but just not tons. So just be aware of that as you plan out what works best for you.

So what does it entail…basically, think about what our early ancestors would have eaten…before farming started. They would have had some meat, fish, vegetables and greens they could gather, nuts, seeds, berries and other fruit when in season. They would not have eaten out of season and they would not have had grains so therefore no gluten. It is becoming more and more known how much harm gluten does to us. So I know it’s hard to give up bread and the like but if you truly want to be healthy you must cut it out or severely limit it. Watch the media in the future and you will see this start to become mainstream much to the grain farmers chagrin. But it isn’t just wheat…rice is a starch too and there are some other grains that don’t have gluten but still give you a big sugar hit due to the starch content so they really should be limited too. We really don’t need grains so eat them either not at all or sparingly.

Then there’s dairy…it is one of the biggest allergens that we consume along with corn (most is GMO), wheat and other gluten foods, soy (also GMO). So unless it’s goat’s milk or fermented it’s best to also keep dairy low on the totem pole of foods you consume. A true paleo diet would not include dairy.

They also would have gotten fat in their diet from the food so the fat in meat, fish, maybe eggs to a certain extent (some people can be allergic) , seeds and nuts. They would not have used oils. However, if you use cold pressed oils like olive and grape seed that’s acceptable but be careful in cooking that you aren’t burning the oil. Coconut oil is a good choice too.

I am of the mind that moderation is always best. When we go too extreme, it’s hard to live in this world but do your best to adhere more to this type of diet and you will reap the benefits health wise.

So do eat….

Meat and Poultry from organic sources, fish (not farmed) and be aware of the radiation content due to Fukoshima so think of where it’s coming from. The Pacific got the big blast unfortunately.

Eggs in moderation as long as you aren’t sensitive to them

Fermented dairy in moderation

Lots of greens and other non starchy vegetables

Moderately from the starchy veg category such as beets, squash, potato family, carrots, parsnips

Low glycemic fruit such as berries and other fruit in season but consider moderation due to sugar

Nuts and seeds and also sprout them

Small amounts of cold pressed oils…NO Canola!! Olive and grape seed are best, Flax, coconut.

What we do in the morning is either raw granola (see my other blog ‘Good Nutrition in a Nutshell’ for recipes), poached eggs with some raw flat bread or some veggies or berries, raw flat bread with nut/seed pate and sprouts. A Paleo Wrap with scrambled eggs and veg or nut pate and sprouts etc. So we try to put some emphasis on raw food at breakfast and lunch.

Lunch could be soup with veg and meat, raw falafels with tzatziki and olives in a lettuce leaf wrap, raw flat bread with avocado, tomatoes, sprouts, and whatever else you want on there…maybe some left over organic chicken etc. Salad…I keep some cider/lemon marinated veg handy so that if I’m rushed I don’t have to chop etc and that way I can make sure I get my veggie quota for the day. We make our own dressings too. I would suggest investing in a dehydrator so you can make the raw foods and they keep really well so make lots of the flat bread and granola so you are good to go for a while. When preparing food in the dehydrator, temp must not be above 113 F or enzymes and goodies will be destroyed.

Dinner will consist of some cooked protein, a big salad and some other cooked veg. Sometimes it’s just a big salad with some protein added.

Do we ever make fried chicken, lasagna and all those favourites? Yes, but rarely and we use organic chicken and a reasonable oil for frying but deep frying doses cause the oil to change for the worst so it is best to do this only occasionally. I use non gluten noodles for pasta or I use my spiralizer to make zucchini noodles or maybe some spaghetti squash on occasion. So you can see even when you are breaking the rules, you can still make better choices. It’s also a REALLY good idea to take digestive enzymes when eating the odd meal like this or if eating out.

So our take on things is a combo of the paleo diet and raw foods. In our raw food recipes we do use some sprouted buckwheat and garbanzo beans but the sprouting makes them easy to process in our bodies. So we aren’t strictly adhering to the paleo diet but this combination works well for us. You have to find your own balance.

I’m attaching a food list and menu plan from Biotics ‘Control-It’ weight loss program. It’s stricter than my take on things but it is specifically for weight loss. They also recommend an appropriate EFA supplement, adrenal support and nutrient packed rice protein powder to go along with the food plan.

Control-IT_ApprovedFoodList    Keep in mind they are saying tofu, edamame are ok but they are trying to cater to the vegans as well so I personally wouldn’t eat these. This is not entirely a paleo diet as some might see it as they are allowing a very small amount of starch from grains like rice and oats.

Control-IT Meal Plans

If you want more info about the whole Control-It plan. Video  ControlITSheet

My parting words are…don’t go nuts (no pun intended) beating yourself up. Make the transition slowly and remember we also need to have fun and stuff our faces with pizza once in a while. LOL Just remember…heavy on the ‘once in a while’! AND if you are allergic or sensitive to gluten…maybe choose a gluten free crust:) Anyway…basically…take one day at a time and think about the consequences of continuing to eat the way modern society has taught us. Go back to basics and you will be glad you did. I’ll be posting more raw and paleo oriented recipes on my other blog as I go along but there are some up there now for you.

Here’s a couple of links to other paleo diet sites…one says no salt but that I can’t go with. Use grey, celtic salt, himalayan or any other GOOD quality sea or land salt.

http://thepaleodiet.com/what-to-eat-on-the-paleo-diet/

http://robbwolf.com/what-is-the-paleo-diet/

Susan

Tough Thyroid Cases

Overview of the thyroid system (See Wikipedia:...

Dr. David Brownstein estimates over 40% of Americans have suboptimal thyroid function.  Some say it’s close to 80%. Part of this can be attributed to our food supply and the lack of minerals in the soil but there are other contributing factors.

First of all, how do you know that you have a thyroid problem? Blood tests aren’t always conclusive so we use a temperature test. Download a Thyroid Temperature Chart so you can record your basal temperature. Also, here are some symptoms that might help you determine if this is something you should look into.

Hyperthyroid Symptoms (overactive)

Racing heart or increased heart rate, nervousness, tremor, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, increased problems sleeping, excessive weight loss, excessive sweating, and elevated basal temperature over 98.2. Dr. Broda Barnes (a reknowned researcher of thyroid dysfunction) said if the basal temperature went over 98.2 an immediate reduction in therapy is indicated. In his case he reduced the desiccated porcine thyroid.

Hypothyroid Symptoms (low function) Hypothyroid Questionnaire

Fatigue, morning headaches that wear off during the day, increase in weight, sensitivity to cold (rule out anemia and atherosclerosis), dry brittle hair, hair that falls out easily, dry, scaly or itching skin, reduced initiative, mental confusion, poor memory, low axillary temperature (below 97.8), muscle cramps at rest, reduced immune function, edema especially facial (myxedema), constipation, loss of outside portion of eyebrows, breast, ovarian or uterine cysts/fibroids, increase in serum lipids, increase or decrease in blood pressure, tinnitus, impaired hearing, depression, premature grey hair, red hair, type 1 diabetes, B-12/folate anemia, and vitiligo.

Adrenal Function Hypoadrenia Questionnaire

Additional symptoms of adrenal deficiency include feeling hot all the time, palpitations, low blood pressure (systolic of 100 or less), very slender build, dizziness (especially on standing up quickly), severe allergies, anxiety and feelings of impending doom, hypoglycemia, arthritis, weakness and fatigue after exercise, muscle twitching. There is an overlap between the symptoms resulting from hypothyroidism and adrenal insufficiency. Sometimes it is necessary to support the adrenal glands and thyroid simultaneously. For example, we’ve found clinically that when you place a patient on correct thyroid support, their basal metabolic rate increases and as a result of this, their utilization of minerals increases dramatically. In other words, they begin to utilize them correctly rather than storing them in soft tissue, arteries, the intercostals spaces, the aorta, etc.

*Very often if a person is calcium or magnesium insufficient when beginning treatment for the thyroid and aches and pains are present, they will exacerbate. Iron and copper (Fe/CU) free Multi-Mins at 3-5 tablets twice a day will generally take care of the aches, pains and cramps in a week or so.

Here are two cases that are not often associated with hypothyroidism: sleep apnea and elevated homocysteine. The Southern Medical Journal connected sleep apnea and thyroid hypofunction many years ago. In their report once the thyroid hypofunction was resolved, the sleep apnea resolved. Not all cases of sleep apnea are thyroid related, but it’s worth checking out.

Homocysteine, known as homocystinuria is an indication of B complex deficiency, mainly, folate, B-12, B-6, betaine and recent information indicates certain gene types need B-2 as well. There is a strong correlation between thyroid hypofunction and increased levels of homocysteine. Obviously when homocysteine is increased, dietary changes and supplementation with Bio-B Complex and Beta-TCP is certainly required.

By the way, the Beta-TCP is used for the betaine, also called trimethylglycine. Some companies use the term beta and some use the term trimethylglycine, however both are betaine.  The betaine used by Biotics Research is concentrated from organic beets and is called Beta TCP.

The conversion from T-4 to the active molecule T-3 is dependent upon selenium, iodine, glutathione, zinc, copper and a host of other nutrients and this is why Biotics Research put Meda-Stim into their line. The product Meda-Stim is used to assist with the T-4 to T-3 conversion. Some doctors have called it “one of the best supplemental products available in the country.”

Also, excess cortisol and use of exogenous estrogen will to some degree, interfere with the conversion of T-4 to T-3, therefore any person with adrenal cortical hyperfunction or any person on exogenous estrogen should be checked to determine if they are making the T-4 to T-3 conversion. A common pattern seen with under-conversion is a free T-4 above the midline of the lab range with a free T-3 below the midline of the lab range. When this pattern is present, Meda-Stim is needed.

Here are some other factors that block this conversion.

T4 to T3 Inhibitors

Nutrient DeficienciesIodineIronSeleniumZincVitamin AVitamin B2

Vitamin B3

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B12

Theophylline

Medications AmiodaroneBeta BlockersBirth Control PillsIodinated Contrast AgentsLithiumMethimazole

Phenytoin

Propylthiouracil

SSRI

Other Factors
AgingAlcoholAlpha-Lipoic AcidBPAChemotherapyCigarette SmokingCruciferous Vegetables

Diabetes

Fasting

Fluoride

Growth Hormone DeficiencyHemochromatosisLeadLow Adrenal StateMercuryPesticidesSoy

Stress

Surgery

Radiation

Here’s a clinical pearl especially useful for resistant cases. Dr. George Goodheart years ago found that cellular resistance to T-3 can often be overcome with RNA using Nuclezyme-Forte at 2 capsules, three times a day or in some cases with riboflavin using Bio-GGG-B at 2 capsule, three times a day.

Another reason why people may not respond to the appropriate treatment is thyroid hormone resistance. Their lab tests are normal but still have hypothyroid symptoms. In other words their Free T4 and Free T3 are above the lab median so the conversion from T4 to T3 has been made but somehow the receptor sites have been blocked. This could be caused by competitive binding of the receptor sites.

Here are some of the factors causing competitive binding and thus thyroid resistance: Bisphenol A, found in many plastics and reusable water containers (a study of 394 adults detected BPA in 95% of urine samples); perchlorate, found in ground water; triclosan, used as an anti-bacterial, antifungal agent in soaps, toothpaste, skin care products, and fabrics (detected in 75% of urine samples especially those with the highest income); PCBs, outlawed in 1979 due to their half life are still in the environment; PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), not outlawed and are used as flame retardants in carpet, foam and building materials (detected in meat, fish, vegetables, dairy products, indoor air and household dust).

In some cases, a person’s symptoms and lab tests are normal after a detox. The detox process re-sensitizes the receptor sites and their own thyroid hormones work better. Never underestimate the value of clean food and water and an intentional avoidance of household toxins. Even diabetes patients can need less glucose support after a detox.

So if you’re doing all the right things and still not better, implement the 3-Step Detox from Biotics.

ITS TIME TO FEEL GOOD AGAIN

Dietary Recommendations

Eliminate refined carbohydrates, dairy, gluten and processed foods. Reduce total daily carbohydrate intake if the patient is overweight to 60 gram or less. Eliminate food in the cabbage family, soy, red clover, the skin from poultry, fatty beef, cosmetics containing estrogen and millet. Use only pure water (no well or city water). Increase oil and quality protein. If an increase in dietary protein causes gas and/or bloating, add Betaine Plus HP at 1 capsule in the middle of the meal (increase every third day until the patient experiences a slight burning in their stomach and then reduce).

Additional Notes and Nutrients to Consider

Selenium 200-400 mcg: Se-Zyme Forte provides 100 mcg of a food based selenium.

Iron – make sure ferritin is over 100 for men and 130 for women but under 200. Fe-Zyme provides 25 mg of iron as well as 8 mg of zinc and 2 mg of copper.

Iodine/ Iodide – Iodizyme-HP 1 tablet per day supplies 12.5 mg.

EFAs for cell membrane integrity. Optimal EFAs is a mixture of organic GLA, ALA and EPA/DHA from small fish. Use 3 capsules, twice a day

Magnesium 600-1000 mg – Mg-Zyme supplies 100 mg of aspartate, gluconate and glycinate,

Aqua Mag-Cl supplies 200 mg per tsp. (Due to a salty taste it must be mixed with juice to increase patient compliance.)

Porcine glandular: Biotics Research has the only porcine glandular on the market called GTA. GTA by law has to have the thyroxine removed; however, it has many of the co-factors necessary to feed the thyroid and enhance physiology. GTA has 5 mg of porcine thyroid with trace amounts of selenium, rubidium and SOD and catalase, GTA-Forte II has 20 mg of porcine thyroid with zinc, selenium, copper, rubidium, with SOD and catalase.

Dr. Broda Barnes used 1 grain or 60 mg and added ½ grain or 30 mg every month until the patient bloomed. Dr. Starr found out that sometimes the recommendation of desiccated porcine thyroid made patients worse. This may happen to patients with severe allergies, chemical sensitivities and chronic pain. These were the patients that needed the therapy the most and yet due to toxins and nutrient deficiencies patients would have an aggravation of symptoms. At these times therapy would have to be reduced and then a detox would be instigated. You see, environmental toxins interfere with thyroid as well as other hormonal functions. If the receptor sites of the cell are already full or blocked, then the body will signal a heightened or alarmed state. Therapeutically we need to explain the process and go back to the basics of clean food and some form of detoxification. So in some cases, starting with a detox may be the best way to go.

Contact us for more info.

Essential Tips for Following a Healthy Eating Regimen While on Vacation

Sticking to a healthy eating regimen doesn’t have to be a chore while on vacation. You’ve worked so hard to shed those pesky pounds, and the last thing you want to do is gain them back while traveling. Implementing a healthy eating plan and fitting in some exercise will keep your weight loss goals in check.

Traveling

You’ll find an assortment of delicacies and temptations surrounding you throughout your trip, starting with the airport terminal. fruits and vegScents of popcorn, hot dogs, french fries and burgers will be within reach, but this isn’t the way you want to begin your trip. Walk around until you find something healthy and nutritious. Not only are you getting exercise, but you can weigh your options accordingly. Eating a full meal prior to your departure will help to fight off the urge to indulge in these temptations. Also, make sure to bring an assortment of healthy snacks with you for when you do get a little bit hungry. Items such as dried fruits, vegetables, and nuts are a great choice.

Plan Ahead

Most travelers rely on convenience foods and restaurants when going on vacation, but you can still follow a healthy diet with a little research and planning. If you intend to stay at a hotel or bed-and-breakfast, scope out a place ahead of time to see which one offers the most nutritious options. Free breakfast buffets can save the average traveler money, but you won’t benefit from the meal if all they offer is coffee, pastries and bagels. A breakfast that includes lean protein, fruits and whole-grains can leave you feeling full and satisfied longer. You can also book a room with a microwave, refrigerator and kitchenette, so you can keep healthy options in your room. You may find the goody bar to be tempting, but it won’t hold much nutritional value in the options that it offers. Often times it is difficult to find the hotel and restaurants that can accommodate to your healthy needs. I have found that a little research goes a long way in this regard. On my most recent vacation, I found a great site that listed reviews for Las Vegas hotels regarding not only their amenities and services, but also the restaurants in the surrounding area. This made it extremely easy to remain healthy both within and outside of the hotel on my vacation!

Restaurants and Eateries

Restaurants are an important part of vacationing, so you will need to know how to dine wisely. The Internet and cell-phone applications are a great resource when it comes to choosing where you want to eat. You can look up the nutritional information ahead of time such as calories, fat and sodium to ensure that you’re staying within reason. A restaurant that focuses on fresh ingredients will be your best option, and you’ll have an assortment of items to select from that includes fish, salads and vegetables. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for special dietary requests for your meal preparation. You can save calories by asking for your salad dressing to be placed on the side or by having your chicken grilled instead of fried.

Make Time for Something Special

Moderation is the key to any healthy eating plan, so you want to remember to indulge in a little decadence too. Going for ice cream can be a fun way to cap off an afternoon of adventure. If you’ve just finished rock climbing or golfing 18 holes, you’ve burned off calories and can afford a small sweet treat. Choose your options carefully before making your final decision. Instead of having a two-scoop sundae with hot fudge and whipped cream, you can select to have one scoop plain.

Don’t let food guilt get in the way of your good time. Planning your meals ahead and staying active will ensure a healthy and fun getaway!

This blog entry was submitted by guest blogger Cole Millen. Thanks Cole for your tips and contribution.

Your may want to refer back to my travel advisory blog and avoid intestinal upsets while traveling by thwarting the bugs etc. that can ruin your vacation. It always makes me cringe when I hear people relate how bad their trip was because they were sick the whole time. What a waste of money!

Have a great time wherever you might be heading but like Cole said, don’t over indulge just because you are on vacation. You will likely regret it later so do some planning ahead of time and save buying a new (larger wardrobe:). Muumuus and burlap sacks aren’t that attractive:(

Is Pituitary Dysfunction Behind Your Thyroid/Adrenal Issues?

pituitaryA great deal of the thyroid hypofunction that occurs, according to studies tracking blood chemistries, have their locus in the anterior pituitary or adrenal glands. Many times patients display symptoms of cold hands and feet and obesity among other symptoms. Upon testing, their thyroid panel is perfectly normal. If anything, the sTSH is low rather than high. High is where you would expect to find it, above 3.0, if the patient was a true hypothyroid. However, we find sTSH values down below 2.0, and that tells us that the pituitary and the thyroid simply are not communicating and in some cases the hypofunction at the pituitary level is also causing either adrenal hypofunction or hyperfunction. This is more common that you think and can also cause digestive issues since the pituitary plays a role there as well.

When adrenal dysfunction occurs, we have to fix the real problem, which is frequently at the anterior pituitary level. Using Cytozyme-PT/HPT together with ADHS will, in most cases, will improve things, especially if the diet is fixed to remove refined carbohydrates and foods high in complex carbohydrates.

In addition to all of the uses for Cytozyme-PT/HPT, we also consider it with insomnia, epilepsy, anorexia, inability to gain or lose weight, carbohydrate sensitivity, and neuromuscular disorders.

We can tell you another place where we’ve seen excellent results with Cytozyme-PT/HPT: Any female whose migraines occur on or near her menstrual cycle or exacerbate on or near her menstrual cycle is a candidate for pituitary therapy. That information is from Practical Endocrinology by Dr. Henry Harrower and it is as true today as it was over fifty years ago when Dr. Harrower recorded it.

Cytozyme PT/HPT has the highest concentration of pineal of any of the Biotics Research products. If you are looking for a pineal supplement, this is the one. Since we are talking about pineal, can we talk for a moment about melatonin and its use for jet lag? It may be very effective for this problem; however, it can cause hangover like symptoms for some people and melatonin included, we still have not found anything that works as well as thymus (Cytozyme-THY) for jet lag. Start taking it two days before you go on a trip at two tablets, three times a day. Take four tablets just before they get on the plane and a couple of tablets every hour while they are on the plane. The other nice thing about thymus is that you take literally hundreds of tablets of Cytozyme-THY and you are not going to cause any harm.

Back to Cytozyme-PT/HPT: for migraine headaches associated with menses, use the product at two tablets TID and we need to rule out a carbohydrate handling problem. In the majority of cases, carbohydrate sensitivity and/or reactive hypoglycemia are present. Therefore, Bio-Glycozyme Forte or GlucoBalance are generally also indicated along with dietary changes to eliminate refined carbohydrates and decrease total daily carbohydrate intake (if you are overweight). If there is no response with this therapy, a copper body burden should be ruled out and we can do this with a hair analysis.

Wilson’s disease is a problem involving toxic levels of copper but beyond this problem, increased copper levels can cause psychological and other problems. Several studies, including the work completed at Chino Prison in California, have implicated copper body burden as a cause factor in hyperactivity, learning disability, and psychological problems.

One more thing to be aware of with copper: if you have been on, or are currently on exogenous estrogen (birth control pills), and are having a problem with weight gain, inability to lose weight, headaches, and transient joint pain, always rule out a copper body burden.

Cytozyme-PT/HPT, a source of ovine pituitary and hypothalamus from young lambs, is one of the premiere neonatal glandular products produced by Biotics Research. Another excellent product from Priority One is Pituitary +. Both have pituitary, hypothalamus and pineal.

To order:

Co-Creative Health Solutions

778-788-4325

cchs@shaw.ca

http://www.co-creative-health-solutions.com

Christmas Stress

Yes, it’s here again. Likely the most stressful time of the year. Why? Well, we can only speculate but often our finances are stretched, there’s a lot of social activities that press our time meaning less sleep and downtime, the consumption of too much food and food that isn’t good for us and so on. One other thing is that where we live (Vancouver area) it means less light at this time of the year which is tough on many of us. Some people experience SADS (Seasonal Affective Disorder) which among other symptoms can cause depression. So what do we do about this? Understanding how your body reacts to all this will help to reveal a solution. So here’s the story…And I have borrowed some of the explanation from Dr. Bob De Maria who is connected with Biotics Research our ‘go to’ nutraceutical company.

How would you like to be one of two paired glands in the body that most people think are totally insignificant and it is suggested have minimal or no significant purpose? The adrenal glands would fit the description of that commentary. Are you tired? Have you ever heard someone say, “I was only picking up my socks or a pencil; something insignificantly light and my back went “out”. The adrenal glands are your back up hormone system in the body creating the ingredients for strong ligaments and tissue. You may not realize that what you eat (sugar) and how you perceive challenges (stress) have the potential to exhaust or fatigue adrenal function. Waking up worn-out and experiencing pain with trivial actions is two of the most common body signals of “adrenal fatigue”. I know this first hand…my adrenals were stressed recently from doing a lot more physical work that I wasn’t used to and this went on for about 3 months. 2 months into it bam! I felt like there was a hole through my mid back to my chest. Very annoying and chiropractic adjustments didn’t help. So sure enough I tested for hypoadrenania and so I supplemented with Cytozyme AD and after a couple of weeks the symptoms went away.

Adrenal exhaustion is rampant in our society today. We ask you these questions – does bright light bother your eyes, do you get dizzy from a sit to a stand position – do you crave salt (chips, pickles and olives), twitching below the eye or in other muscles? If it’s a yes, you can almost be guaranteed you are in the later stages of adrenal gland impairment. Rest and minimizing commitments requiring full attention of adrenal function is absolutely necessary to achieve optimal adrenal function.

A little known fact by most is the steroids used and created by the adrenal get their basing structure from cholesterol. You may have been on cholesterol meds for years and still contend with annoying high cholesterol numbers. Cholesterol is created in the cascade of the hormonal function to either end up as cortisone, progesterone and or one of many other “adrenal” corticoids. We would suggest if you have long term or “stubborn” cholesterol levels that do not want to drop even with spectacular diet changes – always question stress. Stress and sugar from our observation are the two leading factors increasing ones cholesterol and sabotaging optimal adrenal function. Add red, yellow or orange Bell peppers to the diet, avoid sugar and we also encourage more protein with each meal. We recommend adrenal glandulars and other supplementation to support adrenal restoration.

Shocking Statistics About Our Food Supply

I’ve brought these facts to your attention before but I still get people who think we should get everything from our food and that we don’t need to supplement. Read on to understand why we are in trouble these days. Yes, 100 years ago ‘an apple a day might have kept the doctor away’ but seriously…you’d need to eat a bushel full nowadays! Sad but true!

Can you eat these in one day?

In 80 years apples have declined in the following minerals: the amount of calcium in apples has dropped 48%, phosphorous is down 84%, iron 96%, and magnesium, the famous heart nutrient, has dropped 82%.

Want to hear something that’s intense? These statistics that will amaze you. What if I show you some serious numbers, and we’re talking serious, that prove today’s fruits, vegetables, grains, eggs, even the milk and meats we eat are not even close to what they were a few generations ago? What if we were to say that “no man of today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his system with the mineral salts he requires for perfect health”? Big deal you say. Maybe you’ve heard this before but have you really understood the whole scenario?

What if I were to tell you that this statement was made at the 74th Congress of the United States way back in 1936 and that this is an excerpt of a testimony pertaining to the problem of “soil mineral depletion”? You see, back in 1936 some astute scientists were blowing the whistle that commercial fertilizers were not adding back into the soil the nutrients and trace minerals necessary for healthy plants.

Fast-forward to the 21st century and most industrial farmers have still not learned this lesson. So, year after year soil minerals are depleted. For example, in 1914 an apple contained almost half the minimum daily requirement of iron, but today you would have to eat 26 apples to get the same amount. Iron is not the only nutrient depleted. In 80 years apples have declined in the following minerals: the amount of calcium in apples has dropped 48%; phosphorous 84%; iron 96%; and magnesium, the famous heart nutrient, has dropped 82%.

Paul Bergner in his book “The Healing Power of Minerals, Special Nutrients and Trace Elements” quotes US Government statistics as he drives home the point that we cannot live healthy lives on the food of today. Before I go further I want to make sure you understand we are talking about RAW food here. We all know that cooking and processing further depletes the minerals.

Paul Stitt, author and whole food activist, says we lose 90% of the mineral content of our food from garden to gullet. So, we start with depleted nutrients in our food. Then we process them to remove the enzymes to make sure they stay on the shelf longer. Then we cook or microwave them, which further inactivate many of the nutrients and food factors. What makes food taste good are the minerals in the soil. It’s not just a HCL or zinc deficiency when food loses its flavor.

Today’s plants are not as healthy and don’t have that vibrancy that well mineralized plants do. One of the tastes many of us are familiar with is the first bite of a vine- ripened tomato grown in one’s own garden. I’m not just trying to impress you with statistics, but unless you are convinced that food doesn’t contain the nutrients we need, you won’t understand the importance of taking the high quality vitamins and minerals you need to achieve the level of wellness that you desire and deserve.

The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2002 volume states, “Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins or minerals by diet alone. Pending evidence of effectiveness from randomized trials, it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements”. For the Journal of the
American Medical Association to say, “it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements” after years of prejudice against the supplement industry is a landmark statement.

Look at these statistics focusing on the mineral calcium in a few common foods. In the last 80 years the amount of calcium has declined 81% in cabbage, 92% in lettuce, 56% in spinach, and 48% in apples. These are absolutely massive drops in the mineral levels in our foods.

During the same time period magnesium levels have dropped by 77% in cabbage, 91% in lettuce, 35% in spinach, and as we said earlier, 82% in apples. Iron levels dropped from 60% to 99% in the same vegetables.

These huge drops in mineral levels are occurring in all our fresh foods. It’s not just fruits and vegetables; the same types of things are happening with chicken, beef, rice etc. We see not only mineral depletions but vitamin reductions as well.

Everyone wants to feel healthy, but how can we feel good when we’re not getting the basic nutrients our bodies need? The point is that we are eating nutrient depleted foods in the most stressful time in human history. One researcher quoted our stress levels as 100 times greater than our grandparents. As you know stress depletes nutrient levels faster in those under stress as opposed to those who are not under pressure and stress.

Working in the health care industry, I see the effects of these depletions and have clients who supplement with over the counter vitamins that are not doing the job. Certainly these statistics build a case for organic foods as they have more nutrients, but let’s face it—nobody eats organic all the time! Therefore, it is crucial to supplement your diet with a good multiple vitamin with minerals. That’s why I exclusively use nutraceuticals. Biotics Research Corporation, Standard Process Labs, Nutri-West, Priority One and VerVita are our companies of choice for many reasons. Watch our video on our website about Biotics and then you will understand better why we use them and these other companies. Also, you can view it underneath the Twitter updates on Vodpod.

There was a double-blind study with 10,000 participants in France. The National Institute of Health in Paris funded the SUVIMAX study which found a 37% reduction in heart disease and death in men 45-60 and a 33% reduction in cancer from taking a low dose antioxidant with just beta carotene, zinc, selenium, vitamin E, and vitamin C. Think of the reductions if the formula would have been a full spectrum product.

Everyone should be aware of these facts for one great reason, because foundational multivitamin/mineral products not only save lives but also improve your quality of life. The science is solid. Check it out. I hope you’re as passionate about this as I am. AND…if all you can afford to do is to buy one supplement, get a nutraceutical mineral supplement. It’s the minerals that are a the bigger issue as opposed to vitamins. There’s so much more I could tell you but at least take heed of this. It could save your life and that of your family!

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PS…I still remember the first time I really got the drift about organic food. I had just come home from an organic farm in Aldergrove, BC (Edenvale) and had laid my haul out on the counter. AND then it struck me…the vibrancy…it was amazing like nothing I’d seen before. I’m still lucky here on Gabriola to get amazing organic veggies from The Good Earth, an organic farm on a bog which is open about 6 months of the year. Look in your area for a good organic farm. I still have to wonder at the big organic outfits…do they add all the minerals back into the soil that they should? Hmmm…another investigation…

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