Cholesterol & Heart Disease: Part 1

Cholesterol is a word everyone is familiar with today.  When we have our blood drawn, the number next to our “Total Cholesterol” or “TC” is usually of great interest to our doctor, particularly if it’s deemed “high.” That is also the case with our “LDL,” which is considered to be the “bad cholesterol.” So what has been conventionally accepted as high?

 

Total Cholesterol                                

              HIGH                                                       

>200 mg/dl
LDL
>160 mg/dl (if you have low risk1 for heart disease)
>130 mg/dl (if you have intermediate risk2  for heart disease)
>100 mg/dl (if you have high risk3 for heart disease)

*1. If you’re a nonsmoker AND nondiabetic AND nonoverweight AND no family history of premature heart disease AND TC <200   mg/dl AND HDL >40 mg/dl AND Blood Pressure  <120/80

*2. If you’re not high or low risk

*3. If you already have Heart Disease OR other Vascular Disease OR Type 2 Diabetes OR >65 years + >1 risk factor

 

Today, Heart Disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States. According to these guidelines, if one has high TC or LDL levels, then they are increasing their risk for heart disease. But is this really true? In this series, I’m going to explore some of the most commonly held notions about the relationship between diet, TC, LDL, and causes of heart disease.
#1: If your total cholesterol is greater than 200 mg/dl, you have an increased risk of heart disease.
Many studies have been conducted to explore the relationship between TC levels and heart disease. However, there is one study that has served as the main pillar: The Framingham Heart Study. This study was initiated by the Unites States Public Health Service in 1948, which looked at 5,209 adults from Framingham, Massachusetts to investigate the epidemiology and risk factors for heart disease. Before this study, doctors generally did not believe in the concept of risk factors for developing heart disease. They believed it was just a natural consequence of aging. One of the conclusions drawn from this study was that the higher your cholesterol levels were, the higher your risk for developing heart disease.
Since then, it has been accepted by the medical community as backbone evidence to express strong caution to patients that have high cholesterol.
However, this evidence was not true. Let’s look at a graph that compared people who got heart disease, to the ones who didn’t1:

 

 

  • The average cholesterol level in a patient who got heart disease was >200. The average cholesterol level in a patient who didn’t get heart disease was >200
  • The cholesterol distribution of people who developed heart disease and did not, was very similar. For example: 
 -TC of 180 mg made up almost the same portion of people who got CHD as the ones who didn’t
 -TC of 220 mg made up almost the same portion of people who got CHD as the ones who didn’t
 -TC of 340 mg made up almost the same portion of people who got CHD as the ones who didn’t
  • 100% of people with a TC >380 mg had heart disease
  • 100% of people with a TC <150 mg did not have heart disease
  • 90% of people with a TC 220 mg did not have heart disease
This shows that there isn’t a direct relationship between TC & heart disease. You’re at a 10-20% risk of getting heart disease if you’re total cholesterol is >150 <380. This risk goes to 0% when your TC <150 mg. But can you really be free of heart disease if your total cholesterol is less than 150 mg/dl? As Dr. Paterson in his 1963 study commented about one of his patients2: “Over a 9-year period, this man consistently showed a serum cholesterol level of less than 145 mg. per cent. The mean level was 111 mg. per cent. In our experience this is an extraordinarily low value; nevertheless, a severe grade of coronary sclerosis was demonstrated at autopsy…….it is important to note that he was hypertensive as well as having controlled diabetes.”
Risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, smoking, and being overweight, can cause heart disease regardless of TC level.  It must also be considered when looking at the 10-20% risk of heart disease in TC >150. This graph included subjects who had one or more of these risk factors.  For example, diabetic men were twice more likely to develop heart disease, even though their average cholesterol level with heart disease (239 mg%) were similar to nondiabetics with heart disease (244 mg%)3. Meaning, the 10-20% risk of getting heart disease could be reduced to  5-10% in nondiabetic  people who’s TC > 150 <380. If one takes into account the other risk factors such as smoking, hypertension, and being overweight, then this risk could very well go to 0%.
Proponents of the cholesterol-heart disease connection point to the relationship between total cholesterol and mortality in the Framingham Study. Indeed, a positive relationship was found between TC and mortality in age <50 years. Let’s take a look at this4:

 

 

But here is the problem: 80% of people who die from heart disease are 65 years or older. Meaning at most, this relationship points only to the 20% of people who die from heart disease5. Youth-Onset Type 2 Diabetes can significantly increase the risk of death at <65 years of age6. Interestingly, the significant increase in deaths occurs when the cholesterol jumps to 240 mg/dl—practically identical to the average cholesterol level of diabetics who got heart disease in this study.  Thus, Youth-Onset Type 2 Diabetes can confound the relationship between cholesterol & mortality in this age bracket.  
Have other studies showed a relationship between TC & heart disease? In 1966, a study published by Dr. Paulin looked at the relationship between lipids and coronary angiographic changes. Interestingly, Dr. Paulin was also a pioneer in Coronary Angiography. Let’s take a look at the graph that compared cholesterol levels to coronary changes (suggesting heart disease)7:

 

 

  • Many patients with a TC >281 mg% had no coronary changes
  • There were no significant coronary changes between patients with a TC >281 mg% compared to patients with a TC <280 mg%

 

What about age? The age group of males in this study was 26-67 years old. Many proponents of the cholesterol-heart disease relationship will claim that as one gets older, their cholesterol level will go down—skewing the relationship. After all, wasn’t it in the <50 years age group that the Framingham Study “showed” a direct relationship between total cholesterol and mortality? However, this does not explain the results of this study.
Countless studies have shown that cholesterol levels increase up to the age of 65 in males. Even then, cholesterol does not decrease significantly until age 70+8. This not only does not explain the lack of relationship between cholesterol & heart disease in Dr. Paulin’s study, but also, why there wasn’t a relationship between cholesterol & mortality in the 60 years age group in the Framingham Study?
Part 1 of this series shows that:
1. There is no “magic” total cholesterol level to be free of heart disease
2. Increased age does not explain the similar total cholesterol distribution between patients who get heart disease and don’t
3. There is no relationship between total cholesterol levels and heart disease

 


 

 

References

1. Kannel WB, Castelli WP, Gordon T.  Cholesterol in the Prediction of Atherosclerotic Disease.  New Perspectives Based on the Framingham Study.  Ann Intern Med. 1979;90(1):85-91.

2. Paterson JC, Armstrong R, Armstrong EC. Serum Lipid Levels and the Severity of Coronary and Cerebral Atherosclerosis in Adequately Nourished Men, 60 to 69 Years of Age. Circulation. 1963 Feb;27:229-36.

3. Kannel WB, McGee DL. Diabetes and Cardiovascular Risk Factors: The Framingham Study. Circulation. 1979;59:8-13

4.  Guyenet, Stephan. The Diet-Heart Hypothesis: A Little Perspective. http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/07/diet-heart-hypothesis-little.html

5. Go AS, Mozaffarian D, Roger VL, Benjamin EJ, BerryJD, Borden WB, Bravata DM, Dai S, Ford ES, Fox CS, Franco S, Fullerton HJ, Gillespie C, Hailpern SM, Heit JA, Howard VJ, Huffman MD, Kissela BM, Kittner SJ, Lackland DT, Lichtman JH, Lisabeth LD, Magid D, Marcus GM, Marelli A, Matchar DB, McGuire DK, Mohler ER, Moy CS, Mussolino ME, Nichol G, Paynter NP, Schreiner PJ, Sorlie PD, Stein J, Turan TN, Virani SS, Wong ND, Woo D, Turner MB; on behalf of the American Heart Association Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee. Heart disease and stroke statistics—2013 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2013;127:e6-e245.

6. Constantino MI. Long-term complications and mortality in young-onset diabetes: type 2 diabetes is more hazardous and lethal than type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2013 Dec;36(12):3863-9.

7. Cramer K, Paulin S, Werko L. Coronary Angiographic Findings in Correlation with Age, Body Weight, Blood Pressure, Serum Lipids, and Smoking Habits. Circulation. 1966;33:888-900

8. Total, LDL, and HDL Cholesterol Decrease With Age in Older Men and Women: The Rancho Bernardo Study 1984 1994. Circulation 1997 96:(1) 37-43.

 

 

Why do you have Insomnia?

There are 4 primary reasons why people can’t sleep:
1. Copper imbalance
2. Biounavailable Calcium & Magnesium
3. Hypoglycemia
4. Emotional imbalance
 Copper is not something that most of us think when it comes to sleep, but it is the single most common cause of insomnia. Copper is important for many activities in the body such as the cross-linking of elastin and actin, the formation of superoxide dismutase (a critical antioxidant in our cells), and the formation of the pigment of our skin, hair, and eyes. So how does it interfere with sleep? Through 3 main ways: increasing levels of norepinephrine & epinephrine, reducing levels of serotonin, and causing a GABA/Glutamate imbalance. Copper increases norepinephrine by increasing its conversion from dopamine, and stimulates the production of epinephrine. Norepinephrine & epinephrine are excitatory neurotransmitters that are especially relevant when we are in “fight or flight mode,” when they are secreted from our adrenal glands. This can lead to symptoms of:
-Anxiety
-Hyperactivity
-Heart palpitations  
In fact, it was in 1984 that Dr. Pfeiffer and Dr. Goldstein discovered that the administration of copper can be equivalent to that of amphetamine in its CNS stimulation.
Copper interferes with the function of zinc and vitamin B6 to catalyze the formation of serotonin from 5-HTP, leading to lower levels of this neurotransmitter. Serotonin is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which is important for regulating mood and appetite. It’s also the precursor to melatonin—one of the most popular supplements people use for insomnia.  However, another important function that serotonin has in the body is regulating the flow of thoughts and information. When levels become low, one can experience:
-Racing thoughts
-Obsessive thoughts
-Anxiety
Not surprisingly, the class of drugs called SSRI’s is used in these conditions, which enhance the effects of serotonin.
Also, copper interferes with the function of vitamin B6 to catalyze the formation of GABA from glutamate, resulting in lower levels of GABA in relation to Glutamate. Glutamate is the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain, and GABA is the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. Together, they make up over 80% of brain activity. When there is an imbalance, one might experience:
-Anxiety
-Stress
-Muscle tension
In these conditions, the class of drugs called benzodiazepines are commonly used, which enhance the effects of GABA.
So would most cases of insomnia resolve just by lowering the copper? Yes, but not in the manner of “chelation” as one would think to remove the mineral. Copper has an intimate relationship to your adrenals that one must fully appreciate in order to correct not only insomnia—but also most health problems. According to Hair Analysis, at least 80% of the people are Slow Oxidizers, meaning their adrenals are suboptimal. When the adrenal activity is low, copper accumulates in the tissues such as the brain, kidneys, and liver. Whenever the adrenals are stimulated, copper in the tissues are pulled out, increasing its levels in the blood, and some are eliminated through the bile. In most patients who have copper-related insomnia, their adrenal activity or cortisol levels are high at bedtime, leading to copper dumping into the blood, causing the symptoms of high norepinephrine, low serotonin, and/or GABA/Glutamate imbalance that go along with it. Why is their cortisol high at bedtime? This is because the Slow Oxidizer upon getting out of bed has to whip their adrenals into action throughout the day whether it’s through caffeine, stress, or physical activity. By the end of the day, the adrenals are too stimulated, and it’s hard to unwind to sleep. Additionally, the elevated cortisol breaks down tryptophan levels (the precursor to serotonin) and reduces GABA levels, adding to the sleepless assault of copper.
What about Calcium & Magnesium? They are both sedative minerals, which relax the mind and can help many people fall asleep. Calcium helps to catalyze the formation of 5-HTP from tryptophan, and magnesium helps to catalyze the formation of serotonin from 5-HTP. Magnesium has also been found to possess benzodiazepine-like effects, in enhancing the effects of GABA. However, in many people their benefits are not fully felt because of sluggish adrenals. Adrenals have the ability to ionize a mineral, meaning it becomes the bioavailable form for the body to use. In many Slow Oxidizers, calcium & magnesium levels are above the normal limits, because low adrenal activity has failed to adequately ionize them, so they build up in the brain, arteries, and kidneys. They will then experience symptoms of calcium & magnesium deficiency such as:
-Muscle tension
-Irritability
-Restlessness
Hypoglycemia or “low blood sugar” is another cause of disturbed sleep, where the person might wake up several times after sleeping.  When the body’s blood sugar drops, epinephrine acts on the receptors on the liver to increase the production of glucose into the blood. As we know, epinephrine is an excitatory neurotransmitter that will cause a wakeful state.  What can cause this hypoglycemia? Sluggish adrenal activity and/or a blood sugar insulin imbalance. It can be difficult at times to differentiate whether the cause of the insomnia is excessive adrenal activity or low adrenal activity (less common) causing hypoglycemia.  Some hints to indicate that it’s low adrenal activity: the person wakes up between 1-3 am, and the person feels hungry.
Emotions can be a strong factor in allowing one to sleep properly. Anyone who experiences stress, worry, or grief, will find their sleep disturbed. As important as it is to engage in relaxing activities before going to sleep such as counting sheep, meditating, journaling, reading, and listening to music, their true power tends to be overstated in most health circles. I am not discounting their benefit, but in most people with severe insomnia, their chemistry is so imbalanced that no matter how much they “will” themselves to sleep, they will have limited success. Often, balancing their chemistry will allow these relaxing activities to become more effective. Nevertheless, emotions must be ultimately addressed.  The use of essential oils and Bach Flower remedies are specific remedies that can help balance a person emotionally.
So what can we make of all this? How should we go about correcting our insomnia? First, knowing the severity of our insomnia can give us a good idea on how to start. If your insomnia is mild-moderate, then you might get by with the following supplements:
-Coffea Cruda 30c, Passiflora Plex, Inositol 500 mg, Doterra Balance, Bach White Chestnut, Bach Flower Rescue or Sleep Spray, Tryptophan 1-3 grams: Good for racing mind
-Dr. Schulze’s Nerve Formula, Dr. Christopher’s Relax-Eze, Valerian Root, Theanine, PharmaGABA, and Paramin: Good for relaxing
*Note: Avoid the use of 5-HTP since it can raise cortisol levels, which can be detrimental in insomnia patients.
If your insomnia is moderate-severe, then the above supplements might not suffice. If benzodiazepines or other strong drugs are necessary to put you asleep, then you probably have elevated cortisol levels. In that case, specific cortisol-lowering supplements must be used (under the supervision of a health practitioner) in order to effectively reduce cortisol levels at bedtime. As long as cortisol levels are high, many supplements and even pharmaceuticals will not work, and you will be “refractory” to treatment. In fact, this population tends to be at high risk to becoming hooked or dependent on strong drugs to allow it to sleep (Was it because of high cortisol levels at bedtime that Michael Jackson only got sleep from Propofol?). It is important in this case, for the person to not become discouraged. The beauty of holistic medicine is its love affair with human physiology, allowing a cause to be found for every ailment.  It is especially important in patients who have “refractory” insomnia, to get their hair analyzed. The overall state of their adrenal activity must be assessed and balanced with specific supplements. For example, if a patient is a Slow Oxidizer, and even if their cortisol at bedtime is sufficiently reduced, there will always be the risk of their cortisol rising again since the person has to “whip” their adrenals into action throughout the day. Additionally, the patient must undergo detoxification to eliminate copper and toxic metals that are stressing the adrenals. Emotionally, the patient must also be addressed. Reading relaxing books, listening to relaxing music, meditating, journaling, and positive thinking can be good tools in helping one’s insomnia. However, the power of these tools is often overestimated since most patients with insomnia have a significant amount of biochemical imbalance (as explained) that unless addressed first, will easily overpower these psychological techniques.
Thanks for reading.
 References
“Hypercupremia-High Copper.” Insight Naturopathy.  2012. <http://naturalinsight.hubpages.com/hub/Hypercupremia-High-Copper>
Ross, Julia. “Eliminating the Top Causes of Insomnia: Neurotransmitter Deficiency and Cortisol Excess.” The Townsend Letter Group. 2011.
“Nutritional Causes of Insomnia.” Analytical Research Laboratories, Inc.  1990. <http://www.arltma.com/Articles/InsomniaDoc.htm>

 

What is your Personality? Part 3

Did you know that every mineral has a personality associated with it? To me, this is the most fascinating concept I learned in Hair Mineral Analysis.  But does that really make sense? If we fully accept the relationship between mind & body, it does indeed. As you read in Part 2, our chemistry has a profound effect on our psychological well-being. One barrier that many have in fully grasping this concept is that I am providing a mechanical description of human psychology.  Meaning, your personality is directly derived from your chemistry and that I am discounting the power of human will. An analogy to an automobile may help.
Your “will” is you sitting behind the driver’s seat. You have the choice to push the gas pedal, hit the brakes, and steer right or left. If your car is in excellent condition, then you are working with maximum “potential.” If you are calm and relaxed, not frustrated or upset, you can “will” your “potential” to your liking. This is called self-actualization. You can accelerate as you like, slow down if you have to, and make the proper turns. I believe this is when true happiness can occur in human beings.
Unfortunately, most of our bodies today are weak—our cars are not in good condition. So our potential is much less than it can be. Does this compromise our ability to function in day to day life? No.  Most of us will be able to get by. An old rusty buggy might get you to the supermarket and back fine, but is it ideal? In my opinion, we are not here on this Earth to just function and get by. I believe we are here to evolve, grow, and mature as fully developed human beings. But what happens with the old buggy? It won’t accelerate like it should so you have push down on the gas pedal harder. You have to “will” it more. The brakes might not work well, so you have to go at a lower speed to make cleaner stops. You under utilize your “will.” You are either overexerting yourself or under exerting self. Your “will” and “potential” are not in harmony with each other. This conflict can engender feelings of tension and frustration within you. It may build up to the point that you take your car to the shop. Or, as in the case with most people, you learn to adapt. Your awareness of this conflict diminishes. You learn to “will” your way through life. But, you may end up paying devastating consequences. Your body becomes so weak that it won’t listen to your will anymore. Like a car that becomes stranded in the middle of the highway, you may suddenly collapse with a heart attack or stroke.
If we optimize our car (body), we will allow the maximum potential for our will to proceed with less frustration and tension. We can better cruise in life. So what constitutes the structure and function of our body? Minerals. They are responsible for our physical structure and the thousands of chemical reactions inside our cells, affecting every organ system in our body. These essential minerals are: Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Sulfur, Copper, Zinc, Iron, Manganese, Chromium, Selenium, Iodine, Lithium, Boron, and Molybdenum.  Like in a successful play, each of these minerals has to play their role and only read from their script. If a person’s chemistry is imbalanced, then this harmony becomes disrupted. Suddenly, the extras are playing the role of the protagonists. The quality of the play diminishes. The minerals that tend to become dominant in an imbalanced person are:
1. Copper: This is most prevalent imbalance today. This tends to be more severe in women, but is equally prevalent in men. Copper is a feminine mineral. In general, it is responsible for making us softer than our previous generations. It has a stimulatory affect, acting on our diencephalon (old brain). Copper dominant individuals can be very bright, creative, and sensitive.  However, they can also be too emotional, have racing thoughts, and experience mood swings. Some CNS (Central Nervous System) manifestations include:
-Anxiety
-Schizophrenia
-Depression
-ADHD
-Agoraphobia
 
2. Calcium: Similar to being strong structurally, it has a tough and protective effect on someone’s personality. However, it can also make one “too serious,” apathetic, and emotionally suppressed.  Some CNS manifestations include:
-Depression
-Low libido
 
3. Iron: “Iron heads” tend to be very common in our population today. Iron dominant tend to be determined, ambitious, and charismatic. However, they can also be risk-takers and have authoritative tendencies. It also accumulates in the amygdala of the brain, which has to do with feelings of rage and anger.
 
4. Manganese:  Manganese dominant individuals tend to be emotionally cool and quiet. However, they can show erratic behavior, extreme irritability, impulsiveness, and violent behavior. In fact “Manganese Madness” is a psychosis condition that tends to affect miners, welder, and others exposed to large quantities of manganese.  Some CNS manifestations include:
-Schizophrenia
-Violence (In fact, studies performed in the California State Prison System in the 1980’s showed that inmates had 2-7 times the amounts of manganese in their hair tissue as controls).
But as I mentioned in Part 2, we have a bigger problem to worry about in today’s modern era. This is the unprecedented high level of toxicity we are exposed to today. These are in the forms of ionizing radiation, EMF waves, pesticides, and especially, toxic metals. They wreak havoc by displacing our essential minerals, and causing and exacerbating their imbalances. Toxic metals imbalance a person’s chemistry, and poor nutrition makes you more susceptible to this consequence. So how do toxic metals affect our personality? Let’s look at Mercury, Lead, Cadmium, and Aluminum.
1. Mercury: Like copper, mercury is a very feminine and emotional mineral. Mercury toxic individuals tend to be very intelligent, have a good sense of humor, and exhibit quick thinking. However, they can be timid, irritable, devious, violent, and kooky. Mercury toxicity is shown in The Hatter character in Alice of Wonderland. Back then, mercury was used in the process of making hats, coining these mercury-toxic individuals as “mad hatters.”
2. Lead: Similar to its structural feature as extremely heavy and dense, it can lower one’s IQ and make one feel dull and “dense.” Interestingly, lead was used to make water pipes in the Roman Empire, where it poisoned the people who drank the water. Some believe this may have contributed to the unexpected fall of Rome. Some CNS manifestations include:
-Violence
-ADHD
-Mental retardation
 
3. Cadmium: It is a very heavy, hard, and tough mineral that industries use for plating to cover up softer minerals such as copper, brass, or aluminum. Similarly, it is has the effect of acting like a “pseudo-macho mineral” on one’s personality. It can harden individuals and make them appear strong, when they are really weak and brittle underneath.  It also has the interesting effect of sequestering copper, hiding the sensitive side of the person. Some CNS manifestations include:
 -Violence
-ADHD
-Mental retardation
 
4. Aluminum: It is a very lightweight, soft, and toxic mineral. Aluminum toxic individuals tend to be mentally weak, soft in the head, and exhibit forgetfulness and foggy thinking. Some CNS manifestations include:
 -Dementia
-Alzheimer’s disease
 
 5. Arsenic: This is considered to be the slow death mineral. It is used commonly today in pesticides. Some CNS manifestations include:
-Stupor
 So thus, as successful as Dr. Watson was 30 years ago in affecting his patients’ personalities by balancing their chemistry through diet and supplementation, it is a much more challenging task today because of these toxic metals. Detoxification MUST be accompanied for the ultimate balancing of one’s chemistry.  These are methods used to enhance the removal of these toxins through the elimination channels or emunctories of the human body. The 6 primary emunctories are:
1. Colon
2. Kidneys
3. Lungs
4. Liver
5. Skin
6. CNS (Central Nervous System-emotions)
Specific detoxification techniques include Coffee Enemas (colon, liver), Near Infrared Saunas (colon, kidneys, liver, skin), Castor Oil Packs (liver), and Meditation (CNS) which can help accelerate the process of balancing one’s chemistry based on Hair Mineral Analysis. If these emunctories are congested, then a Healing Reaction is more likely to occur.  This is where a patient will feel worse, as toxins are being removed from the cells into the bloodstream, but the body is unable to keep up with its elimination. It is not a sign of alarm, as the patient’s chemistry is in the process of balancing, but can be a cause for discomfort.
Thanks for reading.
 

Cold & Flu Natural First Aid Kit

Many people today are incredulous about the true power of nutrition/supplements. They believe that just avoiding junk food, exercising, and maybe taking a multivitamin is good enough to be healthy. Therein, ailments that arise have to do with genetics, or psychological reasons. I think of no better opportunity to “prove the power” of nutrition/supplements than when you have the cold or flu. Even in people who have absolutely no experience with supplements, should make use of this post. There is nothing more empowering than taking control of your own health, and being your own healer when you’re sick. Over my years of experience, I have compiled the MOST effective natural first aid kit to take when you’re sick:
 1. Make sure you are taking Vitamin D 5,000 IU/day with food daily.
-This is for everybody regardless of whether they are sick or not. This supplement alone will raise your immune system, and has been shown to reduce the incidence of flu. Note: If you are just beginning vitamin D, get your vitamin D levels tested in 3 months. This way, you can adjust the dose if shows up too low or high.
2. Take 1 tspn of Nutribiotic Sodium Ascorbate Powder (Vitamin C Powder) three times a day, preferably not on an empty stomach. It’d be best to mix it in pure carrot or cranberry juice to mask the taste. Cut back if you start getting runny stools.
-The regular form of vitamin c is called “ascorbic acid” and it may give heartburn or indigestion in susceptible individuals. “Sodium Ascorbate” is the buffered version that can reduce that risk. Each tspn of this powder gives 4 grams of vitamin c. Unfortunately, most people are not aware of how vitamin c works. When you’re sick, your body’s need for vitamin c significantly increases to fight the infection. Your body will let you know if you’ve had enough once you start getting loose stools/diarrhea. Some people may have to take up to 20 grams or more of vitamin c when they’re sick! The body absorbs what it needs, and if it’s too much, it excretes it in the bowels. Adjust the dose as necessary.
3. Take (2) tablets of Limcomin three times a day preferably with food. Increase to (3) tablets if severe. 
-Limcomin is actually a Hair Mineral Analysis product, but it is excellent for colds/flu. It significantly enhances the immune system to help eliminate the infection.
4.  Put (4) drops of Doterra OnGuard in an empty capsule and take this twice a day, preferably with food.
-This is probably the MOST POWERFUL remedy listed on here. In fact, if you have a mild to moderate cold/flu, this item alone might be good enough. It consists of a blend of essential oils: cinnamon, clove bud, eucalyptus, rosemary, and wild orange.
5. Take 1 TBSPN of Sovereign Silver Colloidal Silver three times a day 30 minutes away from food or drink.
-This is an extremely powerful natural antibiotic that is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral. The best part is that it has no taste. Please refer to this website  for more information about Colloidal Silver.
To this day, neither myself, nor any of my loved ones have had to go to the doctor even when they’ve had the most debilitating and severe cold/flu (knock on wood) using these recommendations. Of course, in people who get sick frequently, the best approach is a Nutritional Balancing Program based on Hair Mineral Analysis. This will get to the root of the problem, and will help prevent future infections.

 

*None of these recommendations have been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to prevent or treat disease.

 

What is your Personality? Part 2

“A twenty-two-year-old unmarried woman volunteered as a research patient in a study of the effects of nutritional biochemical treatment in mental illness.…The young woman frankly stated that she had no confidence whatever in the general physical approach we were taking to her kind of problem, but was convinced, rather, that she ‘needed psychoanalysis.’…..She gave the following information about herself in initial interview:
She lived in her family alone with her father. Her mother, a heart patient for many years, had died two years previously of a heart attack….Her father was an excessively ambitious physician who had spent almost no time at all at home with his wife and children….Her recollections of childhood and early youth consisted mainly of painful memories of family arguments, of her mother having fainting spells and heart attacks as a consequence of such arguments. She felt her father had indirectly caused her mother’s early death by his indifference, neglect, and cruelty.”
She reported the following symptoms: severe depression with frequent suicidal urges; often she would stay in her room for days, afraid to see anyone; she developed an extreme revulsion for her father to the point of feeling like running and screaming at his sight…She brooded over her mother’s death constantly, and could not separate this event from her revulsion for her father. On the other hand, she would occasionally be overcome with remorse about her hatred for him and would admit to herself that she also loved and admired him.
Although she was convinced that the suggested biochemical treatment was “silly,” she agreed to give it a fair trial. During the first month her worst symptoms began to disappear. Her depressed days became less and less frequent until they did not recur. And within three months’ time she stated she was well. Her attitude toward her father became normal. Six months after the start of her treatment she became engaged, and she was married the following year.”
This was a passage from the 1972 book, “Nutrition and Your Mind” by Dr. George Watson, Ph.D. This was one of the most influential books I have ever read in my entire life. I had always thought that problems with the mind were purely of psychological origin. They were to be solved with therapy sessions, where the art of understanding and analysis would help lift the cloud of distress from the patient. But as Dr. Watson illustrated through personal accounts, the solution was nearly always very simple: customized nutrition. Suddenly, patients who were told to just be “crazy, depressed, or psychologically unstable,” underwent magical transformation—sometimes overnight, with their previous personality becoming an unrecognizable shadow to their new self.
So how does this happen? One must first acknowledge that we need energy to do anything in life—plan, move, talk and laugh, contemplate, and cry. Second, that this outward energy is merely a reflection of the energy within our cells. The biochemical name for this energy is called ATP.
Our cells are 24-7 factories that work relentlessly day and night to form ATP. Because glucose is the main source of ATP, it becomes their best friend. However, this is no easy task. Glucose has to go through 18 steps before all of its ATP is created, and also, enough fat has to be available for this to occur properly. And herein, lays the problem.
People vary in their rate of how they burn or “oxidize” their glucose. There are 3 types:
1. Fast Oxidizers
2. Slow Oxidizers
3. Mixed Oxidizers
Fast Oxidizers burn glucose too fast, Slow Oxidizers burn glucose too slow, and Mixed Oxidizers are a combination of the two. Does this mean that Fast Oxidizers have more energy than Slow Oxidizers? On the surface, yes, but internally, they are not efficient. Like a wood stove with a fire that is burning too fast, they are overheating the room and are in danger of running out of fuel.
So what Dr. Watson was able to do through specific diet and vitamin/mineral supplementation was to speed up a Slow Oxidizer, and slow down a Fast Oxidizer. This allowed the person to burn glucose at a balanced rate, and thus, a dramatic turnaround would happen in their personality. So what are some personality traits associated with Fast and Slow Oxidizers? Based on degree of their imbalance, they can have one or more of the following symptoms:
Mild Fast Oxidizer
1. Energetic
2. Forward- looking
3. Positive
Extreme Fast Oxidizer
1. Nervousness
2. Fearfulness
3. Aggressiveness
4. High-strung
Mild Slow Oxidizer
1. Quieter
2. Gentler
3. Patient
Extreme Slow Oxidizer
1. Spacey
2. Apathetic
3.  Pessimistic
4. Depressed
5. Over analytical
6. Nervousness
7. Defensiveness
8. Rigidity
Based on Hair Mineral Analysis, at least 85% of people today are Slow Oxidizers. This can have a tremendous affect on many different aspects of your life such as the friends you make, the partner you choose, your profession, and the hobbies you partake in.
As Dr. Paul Eck, who enhanced the work of Dr. Watson, and created the nutritional balancing method based on Hair Mineral Analysis, explains:
“Many people have tremendous amounts of love and passion on the ‘inside.’ However, due to inadequate energy levels, they are relatively incapable of fully expressing their deep love and affection.
The reason some people appear to be cold, unloving, and lacking in feeling is not because they want to be this way. They are this way because they have no choice.
Don’t you remember what is was like when you were ill in bed, and you barely had enough energy to even sit up? Were you vivacious and enthusiastic and so radiating with energy that everyone wanted to be around you?
Were you an exciting person to be around? Were you loving and warm and sensitive to the feelings of everyone around you?
I believe that most people could be many times more loving and passionate if they just had more energy.”
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that were true! If all we needed were a couple of supplements with a diet to balance our chemistry, and then we could tap into our ‘best’ personality.  The reality is: this is true. However, the only difference is unlike Dr. Watson’s case of the 22-year old woman who dramatically changed after 6 months, it will take most people much longer.
This is because now, especially in the 21st century, we are faced with an unprecedented challenge that greatly delays the process of restoring balance to a person’s chemistry……..
Stay tuned for Part 3 to find out.

Are Fruits Healthy to Eat?

Whenever you go to the supermarket, there are plenty fruits to pick from. Apples, oranges, blueberries, watermelons….Generally, they are regarded as a healthy choice. In fact, in a person who mostly eats fast food, sweets, and preservative-rich processed foods, fruits can be a good way from transitioning to healthier eating habits. However, this is only because the person is now replacing their junk food. Inherently, excessive fruit consumption poses quite a few problems.  Before I explain, let’s put a couple things in perspective about the general population today:
              -Bloating
              -Stomach Pain
              -Depression
              -Constipation and/or Diarrhea
             *Note: Caffeine is dehydrating, so each cup of coffee=3 cups of water lost.
  • Most are very Yin, according to Hair Mineral Analysis
 
Most fruit consist of two simple sugars: glucose and fructose. Let’s look at the mechanism of their consequences:
1. Glucose & Fructose feed yeast–>Candida
2. Glucose causes insulin spike–>Diabetes
3. Fructose doesn’t cause an insulin spike, but increases your:
-Triglycerides
-Uric Acid
-Ghrelin (hormone that STIMULATES appetite)–>Diabetes
 
4. Glucose causes insulin spike, which can lower blood sugar and reflexively increases–>Cortisol
 
5. Glucose & Fructose pull water from the cells through osmosis–>Dehydration
 
6. Also, fruits are very Yin according to Chinese Medicine
    
       Reasons why people can be attracted to fruits:
  • They are consisted of simple sugars, so they are easier to digest
  • People generally have chronic low blood sugar due to weak adrenals, so are attracted to its blood sugar raising effects
  • Yeast craves for it, so people feel better when they eat it
  • Fruit is high in potassium, which helps boost a person’s adrenals
         *Note: better alternative is organic apple cider vinegar and/or carrot juice
 
The takeaway is this: although classic “junk food” has a much bigger role in increasing your risk for diabetes, you want to especially avoid the fruits high in fructose:
  • Figs
  • Apricots
  • Mangos
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Pears
 
And EAT the fruits with less fructose that are less sweet and don’t feed yeast as much:
  • Berries
  • Kiwi
  • Grapefruit
  • Pomegranate
 
Even then, you should limit eating fruits 1-2 times a day because of their very Yin nature. Also, you MUST eat fruit at least 30 minutes before all other foods, since it interferes with the digestion of protein and starch. A better option are cooked vegetables, which are packed with just as much antioxidants and fiber, don’t contain as much fructose to feed yeast, and are much more Yang. In my opinion, based on the population that we have today, fruit is NOT essential to a healthy diet. However, cooked vegetables ARE essential to a healthy diet.
 
 
 
 

What Supplements Should I Take?

A Hair Mineral Analysis is the best way to determine what specific supplements your body needs. However, for general health here are the best supplements to take:
1. Healthy Origins Vitamin D3 5,000 IU: Take 1 softgel daily with breakfast
*After 3 months of supplementation, get your blood test for vitamin D levels.  The level should be MINIMUM 40 ng/mL and optimally 50-80 ng/mL.  As a general rule, for every 1,000 IU you increase the dose, the level increases by 10 units. However, people can vary in their rate of vitamin D absorption.
-Benefits: energy, mood, immune system, bone health, and muscle/joint pain
 
2. Bluebonnet Calcium Magnesium Plus Boron: Take 1 capsule three times a day with food
-Benefits: energy, mood, anxiety, sleep, bone health, and muscle cramps
 
3. Carlson Super Omega Fish Oil: Take 1 softgel twice daily with food
-Benefits: energy, mood, anxiety, immune system, and muscle/joint pain
 
4. Solgar Chelated Zinc: Take 1 tablet with food once daily
-Benefits: energy, mood, anxiety, and immune system
 
5. Nature’s Way Kelp: Take 1 capsule three times a day with food
*Take twice a day if it interferes with sleep.  Note: Patients with Graves Disease should NOT take kelp.
-Benefits: energy
 
6. Endomet Megapan: Take 1 tablet with breakfast once daily
-Benefits: energy
 
For a person who doesn’t like taking a lot of supplements, the FIRST 3 SUPPLEMENTS are absolutely critical. In some others who just want more energy, ALL of these supplements are essential.

 

*None of these recommendations have been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to prevent or treat disease.

What is your Personality? Part 1

What is personality? It has many different definitions, but I think it is the way we interact with the outside world—our loved ones, friends, and strangers.  It is what the people outside of you see. What factors define our personality? Generally, most of us would agree that it’s the combination of our genetics and environment. Either way, we tend to believe it is purely of psychological origin. In other words: mind over matter. I hope by the end of this writing, you will come to realize the other critically important neglected factor in defining our personality: nutrition.
When I first entered alternative medicine, understanding the relationship between nutrition and personality was the last thing on my mind. I was mainly concerned with grappling with physical ailments using natural remedies. But, as my reading continued, the evidence became not only plausible—but certain that there was indeed a strong relationship between your nutrition and personality. Initially I asked myself, “How many people know about this?” to later, “People should really know about this.”
Before one can fully grasp what I’m about to say, let’s first explore the chemistry of our body. Every second that we are alive, our cells are working. Thousands of reactions are taking place, allowing us to function the way we do when we go about our daily lives. These include hormones, neurotransmitters, and other signals our body produces. Do these have an effect on our personality? If they didn’t, psychiatrists would never prescribe medications. Medications can manipulate your chemistry, so you “feel” better. Suddenly, a person can go from feeling depressed and even suicidal, to feeling cheerful and optimistic about life on an antidepressant. A hyper, rambunctious child can become calm and docile when they’re on an ADHD medication. The shy, quiet person can become life of the party after a couple shots of alcohol. Why is this so? Because anything that can manipulate your chemistry, will affect your personality.
But what does this have to do with nutrition? Can nutrition “manipulate” our chemistry to affect our personality? Let’s look at some examples in studies:
  • Incarcerated juveniles put on a sugar-restricted diet had a reduction in antisocial behavior, disruptive behavior, and assaults compared to non-restricted juveniles.
  • In bipolar patients, people hospitalized for mania had a higher blood marker for food sensitivity to gluten than non bipolar patients.
  • People who had lower blood levels of omega-3 were more likely to report depression, impulsiveness, and a more negative outlook on life.
  • Substance abuse patients who supplemented with omega-3 showed a reduction in anger after 3 months.
  • People with extremely low vitamin D levels had an increased risk of depression
  • In ADHD children, supplementing with magnesium and vitamin B6 reduced hyperactivity after 2 months
 This only scratches the surface of the staggering relationship between nutrition and our personality.  In Part 2, I will examine this relationship deeper, as well as its relevance to toxic metals, and on how you can personally benefit from this knowledge in helping yourself become the person that you always wanted to be.

The Silent Creature Disrupting your Health

According to Rice University, 70 % of people have this.  It is the epidemic sweeping our nation that you never hear about.  It is Yeast, aka: Candida. So where does it usually come up?
1. Vaginal  infections
2. Toenail Fungus
3. Athlete’s Foot
These are probably the 3 most common conditions we think of when it comes to yeast. But in fact, you’re lucky to have anyone of those. Why? Because that immediately says you have yeast.  In a lot of us, yeast will be thriving within us, without us ever really knowing. We may suffer from chronic headaches, PMS, weight gain, seasonal allergies, heartburn, and even fibromyalgia—never knowing its connection to Candida.
So what is Candida exactly? It is a normal resident of our intestines, but we are referring to the Candida as the opportunistic pathogen that thrives under “favorable” conditions which include:
  • The use of birth control pills
  • Regular consumption of rice, bread, or pasta
  • Regular consumption  of sweets or fruit
  • Regular consumption of alcohol
  • Stressful life events
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Having Mercury Amalgams
Candida produces over 70 toxins in the body, and along with disrupting the immune system (70 % of the immune system is in the gut), it interferes with estrogen, progesterone, and other hormones in the body. Since it wants to survive, it will trick the person into craving for sweets —when it’s really the yeast that wants to feed.  Candida’s role is mainly as a janitor of the body—it thrives under “dirty” conditions of the body that helps to break down rotting or putrefying food. When the body’s terrain is “clean,” the yeast’s services will no longer be required, and will go away. What about taking an antibiotic and getting rid of the yeast?
In certain rare acute situations that might be warranted, but in general, most people have chronic yeast infection. Meaning, they may experience relief from the antibiotic, but the problem remains—the terrain is dirty because of their lifestyle. So the yeast will often come back as the same symptom, or in a different symptom or disease. Also, when you “kill” yeast, who do you think has to clean up its remains? Your body. This puts tremendous stress especially on your liver to detoxify the dying yeast, and your bowels to excrete it out.
If it’s such a big deal, then why don’t most doctors know about it? Unfortunately, most physicians only put weight on something if it can be measured.”  The next time you go for your physical, you can request to have your blood tested for Candida Immune Complexes Test.  However, in my experience, most people have it whether it shows up or not. If you’re really interested to know if yeast IS a problem for you, then do this free yeast questionnaire. The results can give you an idea on how MUCH Candida is a problem for you CURRENTLY.
The benefit of the Hair Mineral Analysis is it can give you a road map on how to balance your body’s chemistry. Then naturally, over time, your yeast will go away.
 

A Self-Guide to Treating Headaches

Headaches can be a difficult ailment to remedy. This is because so many different causes can be at play. Rarely, only  a single factor is the culprit. Based on my experience, here are the steps to take:
1. Do you get headaches less than 3 times/week? Then you can use the following acute remedies:
Dr. Schulze’s Deep Tissue Ointment:  It’s the combination and potency of the herbs that makes this formula good. You can apply it on your temples, behind your ears, and on your forehead when a headache strikes. Just be careful because it has cayenne and it emits strong vapors. Keep it away from your eyes. Generally speaking, if you get acute headache relief from medications like ibuprofen, Motrin, or Excedrin, this may be a good remedy for you. If it doesn’t work, it’s still a good thing to use for muscles pains, sprains, and other bodily pains.
Doterra PastTense: This is a roll-on of a blend of essential oils. You can roll it across the back of your neck, your temples, behind your ears, and a light swab across your forehead (too much, and it may cause a burning sensation). Similarly, if you get relief specifically from medications like ibuprofen, Motrin, or Excedrin, then this may be a good remedy for you.
 Copper 3 mg: Take half a tablet when you get a headache. Hidden copper toxicity is a cause of a lot of headaches, and this ironically helps by increasing the synthesis of ceruloplasmin in your body, which helps to bind and excrete copper from the body. In some cases, it’s strong enough to alleviate an acute headache. It might be particularly useful in women who suffer from headaches during their menses. You can take 1/2 tablet up to three times a day. However, more often, getting rid of copper toxicity is a long process, which is best done through a nutritional balancing program based on Hair Mineral Analysis.
P5P: This antagonizes and helps to excrete copper from the body. It might be particularly useful in women who suffer from PMS headaches (7-10 days before their menses). You can safely take this up to 3 times a day for 1 week. The only side effect to look for is increased heart palpitations. In that case, it might not be the best option for you.
Flush-Free Niacin 250 mg: It’s important that you get the flush-free  niacin, so you won’t get the unpleasant red flushing. Whenever you get a headache, immediately take 1 tablet. This also helps to lower copper.
2. Do you get headaches 3 times/week or more? In that case, you suffer from chronic headaches. Then you can use the following remedies:
Nexrutine 250 mg: Take 1 tablet three times a day with food. This will ONLY be a good option if your headache specifically gets better with medications like Motrin, ibuprofen, and Excedrin. After 2 weeks, you should get an idea if it helps or not.
5-LOXIN 75 mg: Take 2 tablets twice a day with food. This will be a good option if you don’t get relief with medications like Motrin, ibuprofen, or Excedrin. After 2 weeks, you should get an idea if it works or not. Then you can reduce it to 2 tablets once a day. More appropriately, if you have gotten headache relief from medications like prednisone or antihistamines, then this would especially be something to try. This means that there could be an allergic and/or adrenal component to your headaches. Again, this is very complex, Which of course, is best to handle through a Nutritional Balancing Program based upon Hair Mineral Analysis.
3. What if none of these remedies work, or produce limited relief? Then the following are most likely culprits:
-Bowel Toxicity: This can be due to constipation (meaning, not having the same number of bowel movements as meals/day), poor digestion, parasites, or toxins from yeast overgrowth. According to Rice University, 70% of people today have systemic Candida. Additionally, Hair Mineral Analysis can help detect some of these factors. In the meantime, Coffee Enemas may provide acute relief in some cases.
-Diet: A Nutritional Balancing Program based upon Hair Mineral Analysis, can tell you what diet is best for you. In addition, avoid wheat because it is inflammatory. Also, if you eat eggplants, tomatoes, potatoes, or peppers at least three times/week, then that may be a culprit. Those are part of the Nightshade Family of vegetables, which are notorious for increasing inflammation in sensitive individuals.
-TMJ: Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is actually another common cause of headaches. These people tend to grind their teeth at night, and/or have a misaligned bite.
-Dental Amalgams: Silver dental amalgams contain 50% percent mercury. In some susceptible individuals, they can be a cause of chronic headaches. In most cases, unless they are removed, a person’s headaches are more difficult to fully cure.
-Hidden Copper Toxicity: Although copper symptoms can be mitigated by copper, niacin, or P5P, they are not the correct way for long-term use. A Nutritional Balancing Program based upon Hair Mineral Analysis would be the way to go. Coffee enemas may provide acute relief in some cases.
-Dehydration: One is not fully hydrated unless they are drinking at least 8 glasses of spring water everyday.  Even slight dehydration can provoke headaches in some sensitive individuals.
4. Summary
Every disease or condition is never consisted of only one cause. It is always multifaceted or holistic. Many of these facets can be detected in Hair Mineral Analysis. However, in a headache sufferer who is just looking for some relief to get their head above water, then these above recommendations may be beneficial.
What to keep in mind with these recommendations? They don’t balance the body in the long-run, but are natural remedies that can be tested. Also, for the oral supplements, be sure to take them with a full or near full stomach, in those who have sensitive stomachs.

 

*None of these recommendations have been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to prevent or treat disease.

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