The Missing Piece to a Good Diet: Part 1

The 1st article about “The Missing Piece to a Good Diet” published on the Arlington Examiner. Click here to read.

Are Toxic Metals Inside of You?

Dr. Max Gerson had summarized that the underlying cause of all disease is two things: toxicity and deficiency.
Now, without referring to a health textbook, or even having a background in biology, does that statement make sense to you? Does it speak to your commonsense or intuitiveness about the right nature of things?
Throughout ancient times, philosophers and great thinkers alike have valued the concept of balance. Aristotle had talked about the Golden Mean, where virtue is found between the extremes of excess and deficiency. Confucius talked about the Doctrine of the Mean, which represented moderation and objectivity as a guiding principle to life. Buddha spoke of the Middle Way, which is living between the extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification to lead to Nirvana.
Our physical health works the same way. We are already in touch with this concept–if we sleep too little we might get a headache. If we eat too much in one sitting, we feel nauseous. But you have to look even deeper…
Billions of cells are working in your body right now, working in harmony. But are they really? How do you know? Because you feel ok?
Like the straw breaking the camel’s back, our physical health works the same way. Disease, illness, or malaise doesn’t happen overnight. Today, we live in an unprecedented time of toxicity. Mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, arsenic, and nickel are all present in our cells today.
And although their amounts are miniscule, in the sophisticated biological harmony that our body tries to sustain, they are nails on the road. They can puncture, and wreak havoc on our wheels.
For example: magnesium is needed for over 300 chemical reactions in our body. That’s why it’s related to so many things such as blood pressure, mood, bone health, and blood sugar. If magnesium is even slightly deficient, our body will snatch toxic metals to take its place reducing the reaction to as low as 10% of its normal rate.
Do you wish you felt less anxious, more energetic, less depressed, or less overweight? Your toxic metals could be in the way.

Vitality and Health

Many of us know that vitality means “energy.” When it’s low, we feel tired or down. When it’s high, we feel good or optimistic.
But do you know the source of your energy? The source of what makes you feel more alive?
Many of us cannot feel the difference between stimulation and real energy. Not surprisingly, many of the pleasures we pursue such as sex, exercise, food, music, alcohol, and drugs are methods we use to enliven us.
Is there a way to tell whether the pleasure we engage in provides us with stimulation or real energy?
Inherently, ‘pleasures’ such as drugs and alcohol are harmful due to the plethora of negative effects it has on our body. In addition, they’re often sought after with an impulsive quality or desire because of the lift it can bring.
Other ‘pleasures’ such as sex, exercise, music, and food often go under the radar because they aren’t inherently harmful to the body. But they can be equally detrimental to our health based on:
1. The degree in which we engage in the pleasure
2. The quality in which we engage in the pleasure
And both of those factors are directly affected by how strongly we pursue the activity whether consciously or subconsciously to relieve our anxiety, panic attacks, depression, or other negative states of mind. In other words, we do it to stimulate us into a “better” state of well-being.
My point being, just because you’re not on an antidepressant doesn’t mean you’re not depressed. And by depressed I mean, your body’s inherent vitality or real energy can still be working at a suboptimal rate. What are some signs of this?
“I need to exercise in the morning to wake myself up”
“If I don’t have my morning coffee, I’m a zombie.”
“I’m soo tired in the afternoon.”
“All I need is 6 hrs of sleep, then I’ll be okay.”
“I’m not an alcoholic, but if I don’t drink for awhile, I feel down.”
“If I don’t exercise every other day, I feel down.”
“Loud music gets me going in the morning.”
“If I don’t eat chocolate or candy for awhile, I feel down.”
So what constitutes real energy then? Strong Adrenals + Strong Thyroid. This provides the person a constant healthy state of natural euphoria through hormones such as cortisol. Then, one is less likely to impulsively go after ‘pleasures’ to feel better. Rather, more effortlessly their pleasurable pursuits are done at the cost of moderation for the benefit of healthier enjoyment.


Why do I have Headaches? Part 2

My second article on Headaches published on the Arlington Examiner. Click here to read.

The Suspicion about Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine, Holistic Medicine, Natural Medicine, etc. These are terms used interchangeably when talking about Non-Conventional Therapies.
I strongly dislike these labels. They don’t point to any deeper insight or meaning. Unfortunately, that is the sad state of alternative therapies today. Because they automatically go against the status quo of conventional therapies, they are given a label and left in the corner fending for themselves. They are often accused of being “unscientific,” and are put to trial to prove their legitimacy.
But how many of us actually take the time to read the history of medicine, and human history? Most of us wait for things to be widely accepted, before embracing it wholeheartedly.  Others, are more daring, and take knowledge into their own hands, moving at the pace of their own inquisitive mind rather than at the the speed of the masses.
Thankfully, regarding alternative medicine, we don’t have to work too hard. Like an archaeologist, we merely have to dig up the artifacts buried deep within the health literature possessing the timeless secrets of health that has been lost to mainstream medicine for the past 100 years. In the early 1900’s, the United States was the booming natural health center of the world.  Or more correctly, just the health center of the world. The division between conventional medicine and non conventional medicine wasn’t made until the uprising of pharmaceuticals. Today, we have traded our books in physiology, nutrition, and biochemistry, for prescription pads.
In other words, we have our swapped our critical thinking for the easier “magic bullets” of drugs. We have become so fascinated with the crutches of what we call pharmaceuticals, we have forgotten how to walk. We have forgotten that we have legs—that our body has an innate ability to heal more powerful than the strongest drugs on earth.
As Dr. Bernard Jensen had mentioned, when Penicillin was first discovered in 1928, this was hailed as the crowning achievement of modern medicine. We foolishly thought that what we created in chemistry labs could replace the time-honored principles of proper diet and good bowel care. And we have paid a price for this:
  • The United States is the most drug-dependent nation in the world
  • 1 in 4 Americans have Pre-Diabetes
  • 1 in 3 American are obese
  • Conventional Medicine is between the 1st and third leading cause of death in America
At the same time, the WHO organization has announced that 80% of all chronic disease is preventable through lifestyle modifications, including nutrition. How ironic.
And to think, some of the biggest geniuses ever in science were alternative medicine minded:
  • Dr. Emanuel Revici (1896-1998), one of the most brilliant physicians who’s ever walked on earth. Known for curing cases of Cancer and HIV. Albert Einstein had referred to him as “the greatest mind he’d ever come across in his lifetime.” He is never mentioned in any medical textbook.
  • Dr. Linus Pauling  (1901-1994), a great chemist who won 2 Nobel Prizes in Peace and Chemistry. Not knowingly today, we take Vitamin C when we’re sick because of him. Also, he coined the concept of Orthomolecular Medicine: individualized nutrition to a person’s biochemistry. This is never mentioned in any conventional nutrition textbook.
  • Dr. Max Gerson (1881-1958), another great physician who was known as the first person to cure skin tuberculosis.  Cured Nobel Prize winner Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s diabetes, as well as his wife’s tuberculosis.  Famous for successfully treating hundreds of cancer patients. He is never mentioned in any medical curriculum.
  • And many others
This is not to say merely taking anything “alternative” is automatically more superior to “conventional” medicine. But for our health care system to make greater strides, we must pay respect to the powerful scientific works that have been wrongfully relegated to the outskirts of mainstream medicine.
In my 3 years of intense self-studying of alternative medicine, from all the therapies that I have tested, my personal opinion is that Nutritional Balancing through Hair Mineral Analysis provides by far the most comprehensive approach to health that results in long-lasting change. Thanks to one more genius not mentioned, Dr. Paul Eck.

Why do I have Headaches? Part 1

My first article on Headaches published on the Arlington Examiner. Click here to read.

The Secret Weapon against Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal glands are located right above our kidneys. Without them, we cannot live. They are probably the important glands in our body because they affect us in so many ways: our energy, metabolic rate, immune system, and blood sugar.
While blood and saliva tests look at the quantity of adrenal hormones secreted, the Sodium/Magnesium ratio in Hair Mineral Analysis indicates their overall effects on the body. If our body is a car, no matter how much fuel (adrenal hormones) we have in our tank, if our engine (adrenal effects) is weak, it will always impair our movement (physiology).
I would say more than 90% of our population suffers from some degree of adrenal impairment. The people who disagree, would only have to take note if they experience any of these symptoms:
  • Fatigue
  • Needing exercise or coffee to get your day going
  • Allergies
  • Sensitive to skipping meals
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Weight gain in the belly or trunk
And to be honest, many of us do experience at least one of these symptoms. Fortunately, there is one simple remedy that anyone can try to help their adrenals: eating every 3 hrs. You are not eating more in total, but more in the frequency of your meals.
Just divide your ideal weight by 15 (credited by the work of Dr. George Watson). This will give you the minimum number of ounces of chicken, fish, or beef as a source of protein that you should consume everyday for your adrenals. Divide that by 4 or 5, which is the number of meals you eat if you’re eating every 3 hrs.
For example, an adult male who’s ideal weight is 150 lbs, should eat 2 ounces of protein per meal, if they are eating 5 meals/day. Initially starting out, if you don’t measure out these quantities in the beginning, you will most likely under eat your minimum protein content. Just a rough estimate to keep in mind:
-1 glass of milk= 1 ounce of protein
-1 egg= 1 ounce of protein
– 1 deck of cards= 3 ounces of chicken
Eating every 3 hrs, ensures optimal levels of glycogen (storage form of glucose) to help prevent those dips in energy, blood sugar, and/or headache spikes in people who have adrenal impairment. In addition, benefits include potential weight loss. Refer to this link for more information:
But remember that restoring your adrenal glands for good requires many more factors than just changing your eating pattern. One’s oxidation rate has to essentially become balanced. But this could be a good way to start.

Why is Bile so Important?

The term “bile” has had an important relation to one’s health for over 2,000 years. Notably, as part of the four Humors of Hippocrates Medicine: black bile, yellow bile, phlegm, and blood. If any of these humors were out of balance with one another, then disease ensued. Today, bile represents the power of one’s digestion.
1-1.5 quarts of bile has to be produced by the liver each day to maintain a strong and healthy digestive system. Because 60% of our immune system is located in our intestines, one can imagine the consequences that occur when this is compromised. Anything less than this amount, will cause dysbiosis, indigestion, constipation, heartburn, and impaired detoxification of the body.
Most of my patients (who tend to be Slow Oxidizers), will have low bile flow. Only when they have a balanced oxidation rate, will their bile come up to speed. Until then, it is of utmost importance for them to receive the supplement GB-3. Impaired digestion will always lead to impaired health.

The Critical Need for Detoxification

Nutritional Balancing was a science developed by Paul Eck since the 1970’s. It was a brilliant yet simple model of healing that worked very well. However, flashing forward to 2011, the level of toxicity experienced by people today is unprecedented in our history.
From electromagnetic waves emitted by cell phone towers, ionizing radiation from nuclear plants, chemical preservatives in our grocery store, and the pesticide-rich but mineral deficient soil that we get our food from, we are assaulted by all angles. Because this occurs insidiously and in synergy, we have a limited understanding of our deteriorating health until the Doctor catches something in our blood work.
That is why for many people today, supplements are necessary but not sufficient for their health. Detoxification is also critical to resolve their long-lasting ailments.
The supplements given for Hair Mineral Analysis results helps to normalize one’s biological chemistry. In the process, many toxic metals that were hidden deep in the tissues become released into the blood. Although this is an overall gentle and gradual process, this can prove to bear intolerable in some patients, unless they are also doing coffee enemas, near infrared saunas, meditation, and even taking herbs for the kidneys and liver.



The Importance of Yin & Yang

Most of us have seen the picture of the famous black and white circle to represent “Yin & Yang.” But how many of us today know it’s supreme importance to health?
This 10th century symbol depicts the existing interconnectedness of opposing dual forces in nature, as taught by the 2,500 year old religious philosophy of Taoism. Hot & Cold. Dark & Light. Male & Female. They are the polar opposites that permeate our world. Yin predominantly means feminine, expanded, cold, and damp. Yang predominantly means masculine, contracted, hot, and dry. In illness, the person is either too yang or too yin. More than anything, our environment determines which side we’re mostly leaning towards.
Food that are Yang include:
  • Sea Salt
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Cooked Vegetables
Foods that are Yin include:
  • Fruits
  • Juices
  • Sugars
  • Alcohol
  • Raw vegetables
Yin foods are those that tend to grow above (fruits) the ground in trees, while Yang foods are those that tend to grow under (vegetables) the ground. Additionally, most bodies in the world today are too Yin due to:
  • Ionizing Radiation
  • Toxic Metals
  • Food Refining
  • Electromagnetic Pollution
  • Alcohol & Drug use
  • Medications
Earlier, I had not taken this concept too seriously in holistic health. However, it wasn’t until a recent patient of mine who was suffering from chronic vaginal yeast infection finally found relief when she switched to a more Yang diet. This was even after powerful natural anti-fungals such as Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, and Oil of Oregano had failed. Not surprisingly, a more Yang diet is essential to enhancing the effectiveness of Nutritional Balancing.
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