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Could Natural Progesterone Be YOUR Miracle Cure?

Progesterone has predominantly been associated with women and pregnancy, and although it is generally a female hormone, this wonderful hormone has the ability to balance and remedy a broad and very surprising range of ailments and conditions in both men and women. Until progesterone’s marvelous qualities are realized, it’s true to say that it is indeed a sleeping giant in our present world.

What are hormones all about?

The understanding of hormones has been dramatically distorted in our general society due to the abundance of information available out there, not to mention the elaborate and complex  processes these hormones are involved in. It is not hard to become overwhelmed when embarking upon the path of self discovery through hormone health.

Once the basic foundations are understood, the blurred lines and misconceptions associated with hormones can be broken down and easily clarified. Hormones are literally responsible for every  system, function, process, message and response within the human body. It is from the delicate relationship between the organs of the endocrine and exocrine systems that these hormones conduct and maintain every conceivable process, using their chemical messaging mechanisms.

Hormones are chemicals released by a cell, a gland or an organ that directly and indirectly affects specific systems taking place inside the body. It is essentially a chemical messenger that transports a signal from one cell to another. These chemicals have intricate roles to play according to the type of  system in the body they relate to. The endocrine system, which is composed of the glands known as the Hypothalamus, Pituitary, Pineal, Parathyroid, Thyroid, Pancreas, Adrenal and Ovaries/Testes use hormones to dictate essential actions. Each one of these endocrine glands relate to a specific system. For example one way the adrenal glands use it’s hormones is to regulate and reduce the effects stress produce upon the body with the use of it’s anti-stress hormones.

What is important to understand is that although each system in the body works within its own range of purpose, each aspect of one system supports another within the body. So what is happening in any given area or system inside the body effects the rest of the body directly and indirectly. What takes place in one gland creates a cascade of effects that trigger certain responses and actions throughout the rest of the body. This can be shown in the role of the hypothalamus which like all the glands, is responsible for an incredible amount of processes. Some functions of the hormones of the hypothalamus is to control body temperature, hunger, important aspects of parenting and attachment behaviors, thirst, fatigue, sleep and circadian cycles. As you can see, there are a number of different systems that are effected by this one gland and it is the same of all glands involved in the endocrine and exocrine system.This particular gland releases hormones that stimulate and control the pituitary’s hormone secretion, which goes on to release hormones that regulate the thyroid, adrenals, Gonadotropin (sex hormones)  and so on. If there is any disruptions in this continual, regulating mechanism there will be a disruption created for the entire body.

Like a machine each part plays a significant role that assists the other parts and when any one part is compromised or altered, it has an effect on the whole. This is why balancing hormones can be a complex situation. One must consider the factors of the relationship one gland has with the others. In the case of an imbalance of the sex hormones estrogen/testosterone for example (which is one of the most common hormonal conditions), one may only address this region and focus narrowly on those hormones relating to those glands. Where in reality the imbalance is a result of a change or disturbance within another part of the endocrine system, which over time created the resulted disruption in the sex hormones. A consideration for the ovaries or testes being hypo or hyper active can be the possibility that originally the adrenals were exhausted due to excessive stress which itself could have been induced from the pancreas being under pressure due to an insulin imbalance or from the thyroid having complications. And like this it goes on where over time every aspect of change described builds and progress to the resulting state of imbalance.

What is being outlined here is the major connections taking place in the body and how we must consider the resulting symptoms of a condition to be a part of a greater problem which could very well have began in another part of the body a long time before the present signs of imbalance. So through a method of investigation and discernment, one can establish the true root of their ailments. Everything comes back to hormones and can be altered through the treatment and support of this intricate network system.

What does progesterone have to do with all of this?

Let us go deeper into the characteristics and functions of this incredible hormone..

While men do naturally produce progesterone, and can benefit from using it, it is not a male hormone. The reason this hormone is so commonly associated with females is because amongst its many important roles is one directly for use during pregnancy. Throughout pregnancy a woman’s ovaries will produce large amounts of progesterone as it is necessary for fertility and for maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Progesterone is the MOST protective hormone the body produces, and the large amounts that are produced during pregnancy result from the developing baby’s need for protection from the stressful environment.

It has been demonstrated that estrogen, even in small doses, produced abortions, and that when it is given early enough, even a very small dose will prevent implantation of the fertilized embryo. Progesterone was known, by the early 1940′s, to protect against the many toxic effects of estrogen, including abortion, but it was also known as nature’s contraceptive, since it can prevent pregnancy without harmful side-effects, by different mechanisms, including prevention of sperm entry into the uterus. That is, progesterone prevents the miscarriages which result from excess estrogen, but if used before intercourse, it prevents conception, and thus is a true contraceptive, while estrogen is an abortifacient, not a contraceptive.(1)

If a woman has ovaries, progesterone helps them to regulate themselves and their hormone production. The symptoms and body changes leading up to menopause are associated with decreasing production of progesterone, at a time when estrogen may be at a lifetime high. Some women continue the cyclic use of progesterone after menopause, because the pituitary gland and brain may continue to cycle long after menstruation has stopped, and progesterone is an important regulator of pituitary and brain function. Due to progesterone’s relationship with the angrogen hormones, it can be useful to relieve severe symptoms such as hot flashes, menstrual pain, cramping, PMS, ovarian cysts, fibrocystic breast disease, high estrogen, etc. With the stimulation of the ovaries and adrenals and the  activation of the  the thyroid, one dose can sometimes have prolonged effects.

Normally, the brain contains a very high concentration of progesterone, reflecting its protective function for that most important organ. The thymus gland, the key organ of our immune system, is also profoundly dependent upon progesterone. This hormone helps to restore normal functioning of the thyroid and other glands.  Progesterone’s effects on the pituitary contribute to its protective effect against osteoporosis, hypertension, hirsutism, etc.

The cycling pituitary affects the adrenal glands and other organs, and progesterone tends to protect against the unopposed actions of  prolactin, cortisol, and adrenal androgenic stress hormones. In experiments, progesterone was found to be the basic hormone of adaptation and of resistance to stress. The adrenal glands use it to produce their anti-stress hormones, and when there is enough progesterone, they don’t have to produce the potentially harmful cortisol. In a progesterone deficiency, we produce too much cortisol, and excessive cortisol causes amongst many things, osteoporosis, aging of the skin, damage to brain cells, and the accumulation of fat, especially on the back and abdomen.(1)

Experiments have shown that progesterone relieves anxiety, improves memory, protects brain cells, and even prevents epileptic seizures. It promotes respiration, and has been used to correct emphysema. In the circulatory system, it prevents bulging veins by increasing the tone of blood vessels, and improves the efficiency of the heart. It reverses many of the signs of aging in the skin, and promotes healthy bone growth. It can relieve many types of arthritis, and helps a variety of immunological problems.(1)

It is common for an individual who suffers from one aspect of a progesterone deficiency to develop other problems at different times, such as cyclic depression or migraine headaches. Migraines which often are the cause of severe hormonal imbalance can be corrected over time with progesterone supplementation and they can be temporarily aided by taking the progesterone orally just as the symptoms begin.

Natural bio identical progesterone is an anti-tumor hormone and will stimulate your body to make it. A progesterone deficiency has often been associated with increased susceptibility to cancer, and progesterone has been used to treat some types of cancer.(1)

Not only does progesterone harmonize conditions inside the body but it can also be applied locally to the surface of the skin to support tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, sunburn, varicose veins, aging skin, acne, wrinkles, etc. In this case a little carrier oil such as olive oil can be put on the skin to speed absorption and to make it easier to spread the progesterone solution into and around the affected area. Through this method some of the progesterone will be absorbed systemically, but the highest concentration is sustained in the local area, helping to correct the problem.

It is now clear to see how progesterone therapy encompasses a broad spectrum of conditions in the human body. It is through its preventive and healing properties that progesterone buffers harmful and degenerative outcomes from occurring. In other words when sufficient amounts of progesterone are present in the body, the initial creations of imbalance associated with disease, are addressed before they can develop further.

What progesterone should I be using?

First and foremost, the use of natural progesterone therapy has been shown to have NO toxic side effects! This is an incredible point to fully absorb.  An overdose of progesterone produces euphoria and anesthesia. Because of the nature of progesterone, this treatment can be used safely and controlled at your discretion according to the results you are getting.

The progesterone being referred to for healing purposes is completely NATURAL! All of this information is out the door when synthetic progesterone is concerned, as synthetics have a completely different interaction within the body to the point of being carcinogenic and detrimental to ones health.

For those familiar with the misunderstood theories of progesterone being cancerous, there has been a corruption of the term “progestin” or “progestogen” by the industry and the drug regulators which has been terribly misleading. The synthetic chemicals classified as progestins often have anti-progesterone actions, and shouldn’t be called progestins at all, because they don’t support the functions that progesterone are responsible for, contrary to what the term falsely implies. It is exactly their anti-progesterone action that led to their use as contraceptives. This has left an aftermath of confusion for people with limited information who are lead by the medical industry. Ideally this has armed you with a discerning outlook towards the argument between synthetic and natural.

Another valid point concerning progesterone fallacies is that progesterone and Wild Yam (Dioscorea) are not the same. Do not confuse progesterone with unaltered wild yam (dioscorea). The human body cannot convert wild yam to progesterone. The body makes progesterone only from cholesterol and specific precursors. The conversion of wild yam to natural progesterone must be done in a chemical factory. So all “progesterone” products labeled “wild yam” (underived) are misleading. Unaltered wild yam, in sufficient amounts, is toxic.

An incredible progesterone formula with a high percentage of naturally sourced progesterone has been developed by an American doctor known as Dr Ray Peat. He offers a high concentration progesterone in a base of vitamin E oil for absorption efficiency and strength. Most progesterone products are suspended in synthetic vitamin E or even worse, toxic oils, such as soybean or corn oils. Some have parabens and other toxic ingredients. Most progesterone creams contain less than 0.1% of progesterone, barely enough to be effective  for most conditions.  Even true 3% progesterone creams are not enough for most people, which is why it is recommended to use Dr. Peat’s 10% progesterone dissolved in natural vitamin E, Progest E Complex.

Only dissolved progesterone is assimilated by the human body. If progesterone is taken dissolved in vitamin E, it is absorbed very efficiently, and distributed quickly to all of the tissues. When dissolved in vitamin E, progesterone begins entering the blood stream almost as soon as it contacts any membrane, such as the lips, tongue, gums, or palate, but when it is swallowed, the vitamin E allows it to be absorbed through the walls of the stomach and intestine, and it can be assimilated along with food, in the chylomicrons, permitting it to circulate in the blood to all of
the organs before being processed by the liver.

For dosage and supplementation recommendations please visit Dr Peat’s direct site here – Dr Peat’s Progesterone Summary.

Article by Anna Spurge
Sources: Dr Ray Peat Articles

Cinnamon and it’s potential role in the prevention of metabolic and blood sugar disorders

Metabolic syndrome is associated with insulin resistance, elevated glucose and lipids, inflammation, decreased antioxidant activity, increased weight gain, and increased glycation of proteins. Cinnamon has been shown to improve all of these variables in in vitro, animal, and/or human studies. In addition, cinnamon has been shown to alleviate factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease by blocking and reversing tau formation in vitro and in ischemic stroke by blocking cell swelling. In vitro studies also show that components of cinnamon control angiogenesis associated with the proliferation of cancer cells. Human studies involving control subjects and subjects with metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and polycystic ovary syndrome all show beneficial effects of whole cinnamon and/or aqueous extracts of cinnamon on glucose, insulin, insulin sensitivity, lipids, antioxidant status, blood pressure, lean body mass, and gastric emptying. However, not all studies have shown positive effects of cinnamon, and type and amount of cinnamon, as well as the type of subjects and drugs subjects are taking, are likely to affect the response to cinnamon. In summary, components of cinnamon may be important in the alleviation and prevention of the signs and symptoms of metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular and related diseases.    (J Diabetes Sci Technol 2010;4(3):685-693.)

Findings and significance of Cinnamon’s health benefits

Cinnamon, along with other culinary herbs and spices, is attracting an increased interest in its effects on human biology and health. The review by Qin and colleagues in 2010 focuses on the evidence and mechanisms whereby it prevents insulin resistance, the metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes (T2DM). There is now an assembly of experimental and short–term clinical studies to this effect. Relatively small amounts (about 5g) can produce measurable effects on acute metabolic parameters. The active components identified so far are aqueous polyphenolic catechins and epicatechins which have been shown to reduce HBa1c in T2DM. One pathway by which cinnamon polyphenolics may work is by lowering serum RBP4 (retinol binding derived protein 4), an adipocyte-derived cytokine, and in turn up-regulating the glucose-uptake related gene for Glut4 and other related genes in adipose tissue and skeletal muscle.

History and botany of Cinnamon

There are several sources of culinary cinnamon from the C. aromaticum Cinnamomum including C verum from Sri Lanka and C aromaticum from China. It was known in ancient Egypt, Greece and in Rome (where it was valued even more than precious metals). The war between the Dutch and Portuguese in Sri Lanka in the 17th century was over cinnamon. Its identified properties, aside from its flavour and aroma, are those of a fungicide, antibacterial and insecticide (even of the larvae of the yellow-fever transmitting mosquito Aedes Egypti and probably other mosquitoes), preservative and embalming agent. Most of its culinary, antimicrobial and insecticidal properties are attributable to the oil fraction and its cinnamaldehyde content. The bio-active components are found in the dried bark or quills and the powder of the cinnamon plant which may grow quite large, although other parts of the plant like the leaves are good sources of the oil.

Herbs and Spices

In general the health effects of herbs and spices have been undervalued. However, there is no reason to suppose that these food ingredients, which have long been part of the human diet, are not active beyond taste and olfactory receptors when ingested. And at least, if their components are available, they may modulate gut physiology and microflora, if not be absorbed and active elsewhere in the body. We know increasingly that this is the case. After all they are able to provide bioactive components at the same or greater order of magnitude as those seen with micronutrients.

Again, their multifunctionality and plethora of mechanisms is evident. In the case of cinnamon, there are the dominant metabolic effects of the aqueous polyphenolics and the antimicrobial effects of the oily components. The Qin paper leads into how the metabolic effects of cinnamon might influence a number of pathogenic mechanisms and pathways, principally, but not only, relevant to diabetes and cardiovascular disease mechanisms. These include inflammation, generation of AGEs (advanced glycation end products) and growth factor modulation affecting the vasculature, angiogenesis and cancer and neurodegeneration.

Clinical Trials on Cinnamon

The available clinical trials of cinnamon or its aqueous extract are comprehensively summarised by Qin et al. Overall they demonstrate benefits on indices of diabetic control and cardiovascular risk, including dyslipidaemia and blood pressure with perhaps mild body compositional benefits. Of particular interest are the favorable effects seen on insulin resistance in women with the polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS),reported by Wang et al in 2007 [1].

Cohort studies – missed opportunities, future planning

Missing from the evidence at present are population-based studies. These could be ecological in locations where cinnamon usage is traditional and may be high. Likewise, cohort studies are needed but in the past such studies have largely ignored so-called minor components of the diet.

Present implications

Since there is a several thousand year history of cinnamon use by the human species, it is enjoyed by most, it has contributed to food safety, with few if any adverse effects in its more integrated forms (quill or powder), and it is now grown in diverse locations in what is generally a sustainable way, its potential use in health protection and enhancement looks promising.

Reference:

  1. Wang, J.G., et al., The effect of cinnamon extract on insulin resistance parameters in polycystic ovary syndrome: a pilot study. Fertil Steril, 2007. 88(1): p. 240-3.

Professor Mark L. Wahlqvist MD, FRACP, Asia Pacific Health and Nutrition Centre, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Article sourced from Sanitarium Nutrition Service

Bolin Qin, Kiran S. Panickar, Richard A. Anderson.
Diet, Genomics, and Immunology Laboratory, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, Maryland, USA.

Why Drinking Too Much Water Is Dangerous..

In 2007, a 28-year old Californian wife and mother of three children died from drinking too much water. Her body was found in her home shortly after she took part in a water-drinking contest that was sponsored by a local radio show. Entitled “Hold Your Wee For A Wii,” the contest promoters promised a free Wii video game machine to the contestant who drank the most water without urinating.

It is estimated that the woman who died drank approximately 2 gallons of water during the contest. When she and other contestants complained of discomfort and showed visible signs of distress, they were laughed at by the promoters and even heckled.

This tragic news story highlights the importance of understanding why drinking too much water can be dangerous to your health.

Whenever you disregard your sense of thirst and strive to ingest several glasses of water a day just because you have been told that doing so is good for your health, you actually put unnecessary strain on your body in two major ways:

  1. Ingesting more water than you need can increase your total blood volume. And since your blood volume exists within a closed system – your circulatory system – needlessly increasing your blood volume on a regular basis puts unnecessary burden on your heart and blood vessels.
  2. Your kidneys must work overtime to filter excess water out of your circulatory system. Your kidneys are not the equivalent of a pair of plumbing pipes whereby the more water you flush through your kidneys, the cleaner they become; rather, the filtration system that exists in your kidneys is composed in part by a series of specialized capillary beds called glomeruli. Your glomeruli can get damaged by unnecessary wear and tear over time, and drowning your system with large amounts of water is one of many potential causes of said damage.

Putting unnecessary burden on your cardiovascular system and your kidneys by ingesting unnecessary water is a subtle process. For the average person, it is virtually impossible to know that this burden exists, as there are usually no obvious symptoms on a moment-to-moment basis. But make no mistake about it: this burden is real and can hurt your health over the long term.

Forcing your body to accept a large amount of water within a short period of time – say, an hour or two – as several contestants did during the “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” contest can be fatally dangerous to your health. Here’s why:

  • If you force large amounts of water into your system over a short period of time, your kidneys will struggle to eliminate enough water from your system to keep the overall amount at a safe level.
  • As your circulatory system becomes diluted with excess water, the concentration of electrolytes in your blood will drop relative to the concentration of electrolytes in your cells. In an effort to maintain an equal balance of electrolytes between your blood and your cells, water will seep into your cells from your blood, causing your cells to swell.
  • If this swelling occurs in your brain, you’ll experience increased intracranial pressure i.e. your brain will get squeezed because the flat bones that make up your skull don’t provide much give. Depending on how much water your drink in a short period of time, you could experience a wide variety of symptoms, ranging from a mild headache to impaired breathing. And as occurred recently in the tragic water-drinking contest, it is quite possible to die if you drink enough water in a short enough period of time.

This information is particularly important for parents to pass on to their children. Foolish water-drinking contests are not uncommon among high school and university students, especially while playing cards.

So how much water should you drink to best support your health?

The answer to this question depends on your unique circumstances, including your diet, exercise habits, and environment.

If you eat plenty of foods that are naturally rich in water, such as vegetables, fruits, and cooked legumes and whole grains, you may not need to drink much water at all. If you do not use much or any salt and other seasonings, your need for drinking water goes down even further.

Conversely, if you do not eat a lot of plant foods and/or you add substantial salt and spices to your meals, you may need to drink several glasses of water every day.

Regardless of what your diet looks like, if you sweat on a regular basis because of exercise or a warm climate, you will need to supply your body with more water (through food and/or liquids) than someone who does not sweat regularly.

Ultimately, the best guidance on this issue is to follow your sense of thirst. Some people believe that thirst is not a reliable indicator of how much water you need, since many people suffer with symptoms related to dehydration and don’t seem to feel a need to drink water on a regular basis.  If you ask such people if they are thirsty and would like a piece of fruit or a glass of water, they will almost always realize that they are indeed thirsty.

Some people suggest observing the color of your urine as a way of looking out for dehydration. The idea is that clear urine indicates that you are well hydrated, while yellow urine indicates that you need more water in your system. While this advice is somewhat useful, it is important to remember that some food additives (including some synthetic nutrients) and heavily pigmented foods (like red beets) can add substantial color to your urine.

Article by Dr. Ben Kim

Monsanto’s crimes unpunished!

By John Percy


The many crimes of the rapacious global corporation Monsanto were exposed at a public forum in Sydney November 23, organised by Agent Orange Justice — Australia Vietnam Solidarity Network.

AOJ’s Rosanna Barbero presented a very educational talk interspersed with excerpts from videos that thoroughly demonstrated that this capitalist company puts its profits way ahead of the health of individuals and even the health and safety of humanity as a whole. It prompted a very useful and inclusive discussion.

Genetically modified food

Monsanto’s corporate crimes have so far gone unpunished, and its profits have soared, while it continues to destroy our food supply, our health and the planet. Monsanto is well known as the promoter of genetically modified food, which locks farmers into a dead-end dependence on the company, and the world into a dangerous course of patented and hazardous food crops that ultimately threaten the safety of the world’s food production.

The company is also the major financial beneficiary of Agent Orange, the herbicide used to defoliate the jungles of Vietnam for a decade from 1961 to 1971 and destroy the health of millions of Vietnamese and their offspring. Monsanto knew well beforehand, certainly by 1949, after an accident in its plant in Nitro, Virginia, that dioxin, the deadly by-product of Agent Orange production, had terrible health effects, including creating genetic malformations. But it suppressed the knowledge of these results and continued production.

The US military were also well aware of the toxic effects of Agent Orange: “[We] were aware of the potential for damage due to dioxin contamination in the herbicide. We were even aware that the ‘military’ formulation had a higher dioxin concentration than the ‘civilian’ version, due to the lower cost and speed of manufacture. However, because the material was to be used on the ‘enemy’, none of us were overly concerned”, wrote James Clary, a US Air Force scientist in Vietnam.

Monsanto’s profits have been enormous, rising to $6 billion in 2010-11. Aware of the dangerous game it plays with the health of people and the world, and the likelihood of political and legal challenges by its victims, it has set aside a fund of $256 million to fight court battles. Few individuals will be able to match it. It owns many of the capitalist politicians. Indeed, the George Bush administration became known as “the Monsanto administration”. The United Nations had initially taken a position against genetically modified food, but after Monsanto pressure and lobbying, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation eventually came out with the Monsanto line.

Monsanto also spends a chunk of its fabulous profits on PR. It has set up a foundation, with the stated goal of “contributing to food security”, and claims it is “a human rights organisation”.

Monsanto is now the world’s top seed company, controlling a scary 23% of the world’s seeds. (Monsanto plus the next four global seed companies control 85%!) Its genetically modified seed has to be bought each season from Monsanto, and is dependent on using Monsanto’s “GMO ready” Roundup weed killer. It profits both ways. Once in, there’s no escape for the farmers. Monsanto has a special legal department of enforcers, to make sure no one reproduces seeds the natural way, but has to continue getting the patented seed from Monsanto.

As an indicator of how it operates, after the disastrous earthquake in Haiti, Monsanto donated food and seed. The GMO seed spread. People in Haiti have opposed this, with no success so far. Monsanto threatens to dominate Haitian agriculture.

In Malawi, through the World Bank and USAID, Monsanto donated seed, fertiliser and pesticide. Now Malawi is almost totally dependent on Monsanto, giving it a base from which to subvert African agriculture.

Rosanna Barbero explained how Monsanto works with aid agencies, for example World Vision, under the banner of providing livelihood support and “food security”, but actually enforcing dependence. Unfortunately, Monsanto has also targeted Vietnam, the major victim of its Agent Orange production. In 2000 it set up a plant in Vietnam. There has been opposition; farmers opposed the introduction of genetically modified seed, but their voices were not heard. Many Vietnamese are still insisting, however, that they can’t forget the past, the war and Monsanto’s terrible legacy through Agent Orange production.

We can’t ignore Monsanto’s role in the manufacture of Agent Orange and its refusal to accept responsibility for its crimes, and the threat it poses to agriculture on the planet.

Article sourced from Direct Action

Ultra-heated Proteins Cause Colon Cancer!

By Ori Hofmekler

Experimental studies show that all thermolyzed (ultra-heated) proteins can promote colon cancer and so do thermolyzed carbohydrates and fried fat.

Thermolyzed casein in particular has shown to cause the growth of aberrant crypt foci (ACF tumors) and colon cancer.

Ultra-heating makes proteins less digestible as a consequence of cross-linking and racemization – which involve formation of unnatural peptides and amino acids. As a result of decreased digestibility, more proteins escape from the stomach to the large bowel, where they’re fermented into tumor promoting waste products such as ammonia and a variety of toxic phenols. The colonic protein fermentation could explain several known associations between diets rich in fried food, roasted meats or ultra-heated cheese and colon cancer.

There is growing evidence that conventional household cooking preparations of protein play a major role in the pathogenesis of colon cancer. Exposure of food to high cooking temperatures (over 180ºC) such as with oven roasting or frying can lead to the formation of toxic carcinogenic compounds which include aromatic hydrocarbon, benzopyrene and heterocyclic amine.

Our society likes roasted and fried food. We like grilled meats, French fries and pizza. We like to carmelize or “brown” our food when we cook, particularly our proteins.

Studies sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, Toronto, Canada, indicated that the number of colon cancers increase threefold in animals consuming a diet in which approximately one half of the protein has been heated to a golden brown color. Note that in the typical diet, most of animal flesh and marine protein foods are heated to a golden brown color. Scientists suggest that heat treatment of proteins can lead to isomerization, deamination and other modifications of amino acids. The most obvious cancer promoters are heterocydic amines which could result from racemization of proteins into d-amino acids and cross linking of proteins into unnatural peptides such as lysinoalanine.

Technically, heated protein gets carcinogenic due to changes in their molecular integrity; reduced digestibility and increased nitrogen waste. The reduced digestibility of cooked proteins increase the load of nitrogenous waste material reaching the colon via fermentation to ammonia and phenols – both of which are cancer promoters.

Note that colon cancer is the third deadliest cancer in the U.S. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 150,000 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer every year and 55,000 will die as a result of the disease during that time period.

Digestive Resistant Fiber Can Help Prevent Protein Fermentation and Related Cancer.

The good news is that starches resistant to digestion (such as digestive-resistant maltodextrin) and other natural water soluble fibers serve as substrates to feed the gut flora (friendly gut bacteria) and increase colonic carbohydrate fermentation. This then increases the level of energy reaching the friendly bacteria and thereby REDUCES the level of colonic protein fermentation along with the risk of colon cancer formation.

Conclusion

  • Avoid eating roasted or fried proteins and melted cheese – yes, this includes grilled meat or fish, fried chicken, roast beef, barbeque, and pizza. To be on the safe side, avoid all kinds of carmelized sugar, toasted starch and roasted nuts.
  • If you still choose to eat grilled, roasted or fried food, try cutting off the burned or browned outer layer part.
  • Time under heat is a crucial factor. Short pasteurization is safer than long pasteurization – the longer a protein in heated the more degraded and toxic it gets.
  • Make sure your protein product does not include thermolyzed casein – which has shown to be the most carcinogenic among all other thermolyzed food.
  • You can still enjoy eating most of your protein foods warm if you cook them in a broth. This will limit the cooking temperature to a 100º Celsius threshold, which has shown to be quite safe and present minimum health risk. Cooking, stewing or poaching fish, meat or eggs in a broth can be your alternative to frying, grilling or roasting. But note that cheese must be eaten raw. Heating destroys fragile peptides and amino acids in cheese so to be on the safe side, avoid all kinds of pizzas and melted cheese treats.
  • Avoid protein powders which are exposed to ultra heat or heat/acid treatment. These often include protein isolates such as casein and whey isolates as well as soy, hemp and rice protein isolates.
  • Avoid whey proteins derived from ultra pasteurized milk. If the whey manufacturer fails to provide you with a certificate of conformity (CoC) which clearly declares that their whey is manufactured from raw milk, then most likely the product is ultra pasteurized.
  • Increase your fiber consumption particularly in your protein meals. Note that protein supplements formulated with digestive resistant fiber are more digestible, and safer.

Article sourced from Defense Nutrition

TOXIC Chemicals in Skin and Beauty Products Exposed!

Be sure to do your research and check the label of anything you put onto your body. If you wouldn’t eat it then don’t put it on your skin. 70% of everything you put on your skin is absorbed directly into your body, causing devastating hormonal and health damages.

Here is a breakdown of the main chemicals in beauty and skin care products to avoid:

Ingredient Use Dangers
Parabens Heavily used preservatives in the cosmetic industry; used in an estimated 13,200 cosmetic and skin care products. Studies implicate their connection with cancer because their hormone-disrupting qualities mimic estrogen and could disrupt your body’s endocrine system.
Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum These petroleum products coat the skin like plastic – clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins. They can slow cellular development, creating earlier signs of aging. They’re implicated as a suspected cause of cancer. Plus, they can disrupt hormonal activity. When you think about black oil pumped from deep underground, ask yourself why you’d want to put that kind of stuff on your skin…
Sodium laurel or lauryl sulfate (SLS), also known as sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) Found in over 90% of personal care products! They break down your skin’s moisture barrier, potentially leading to dry skin with premature aging. And because they easily penetrate your skin, they can allow other chemicals easy access. SLS combined with other chemicals may become a “nitrosamine” – a potent carcinogen.
Acrylamide Found in many facial creams. Linked to mammary tumors.
Propylene glycol Common cosmetic moisturizer and carrier for fragrance oils. May cause dermatitis and skin irritation. May inhibit skin cell growth. Linked to kidney and liver problems.
Phenol carbolic acid Found in many lotions and skin creams. Can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma, and even death from respiratory failure.
Dioxane Hidden in ingredients such as PEG, polysorbates, laureth, ethoxylated alcohols. Very common in personal care products. These chemicals are often contaminated with high concentrations of highly volatile 1,4-dioxane that’s easily absorbed through the skin. Its carcinogenicity was first reported in 1965, and later confirmed in studies including one from the National Cancer Institute in 1978. Nasal passages are considered extremely vulnerable, making it, in my opinion, a really bad idea to use these things on your face.
Toluene May be very poisonous! Made from petroleum and coal tar… found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage…May affect a developing fetus.

Juicing – elixirs to long life and health

Juicing is an incredible way to get an array of nutrients in a concentrated source. The juice of a vegetable or fruit is a miraculous gift from the earth that we should all take joy in benefiting from.

This is a brief guideline to making and loving the elixirs of life which are fresh juices.

First some general rules:

  1. Always wash your fruits and vegetable well.
  2. Peel the skin off anything that is exposed to chemicals in growing such as Apples, Pears, Peaches, ect.
  3. Do not combine melons of any sort in your juice. Eat melons alone or leave them alone is the saying. This is due to the chemical makeup of melons. They ferment faster than any other food in the stomach and will cause digestive upset if not eaten alone.
  4. For extra benefits add any appropriate supplements to your juice such as Udo’s Oil, Liquid Minerals, Bee Pollen, Probiotics, Chiromax or Cultured Yoghurt.
  5. Be Creative!

Vegetables Juice Combinations:

The amount of vegetables to use can be allocated according to the amount of servings required and what your personal preferences are. Ginger, Turmeric root and Garlic cloves are great additives to any of the following vegetables juices and supply a range of health benefits, if you don’t like the taste that the Ginger, Turmeric or Garlic creates try using less of it or cutting it out completely.

The following combinations can be altered and swapped around. It is really about using what you have in the fridge at the given time.

  1. Tomato, Carrot, Beetroot, Celery
  2. Carrot, Cucumber, Apple
  3. Tomato, Capsicum, Cabbage, Celery, Cucumber, Lemon
  4. Beetroot, Carrot, Apple
  5. Cucumber and Apple

Fruit Juice Combinations:

You can be very free with fruit juices because all fruits are yummy together really. Besides not combining melons in your fruit juices, the variations are unlimited. A delicious additive to fruit juices can be a cultured yoghurt. This combo is good in a 3:1 proportion, 1 proportion being the yoghurt. The yoghurt acts as a powerful probiotic and protein digester within the colon itself. Bee pollen is also a great nutritional additive to the juice. Bee Pollen contains a large spectrum of minerals, vitamins, proteins and oils essential for the body. Mint is also a delicious touch to any fruit juice. Again what fruits you use really depends what you have available at the time but here are some tasty examples.

  1. Apple, Pear, Pawpaw
  2. Berries, Kiwi Fruit, Apple, Dragonfruit, Mint
  3. Pineapple, Apple, Grapes, Orange
  4. Pawpaw, Grapes, Berries
  5. Apple, Kiwi Fruit, Cucumber
  6. Grapefruit, Pineapple, Orange
  7. Apple, Peach, Nectarine, Berries, Mint

Here is to good health..

Insulin and Its Metabolic Effects inside the Human Body

By Ron Rosedale, M.D.
Presented at Designs for Health Institute‘s BoulderFest, August 1999 Seminar

Case Histories

By-Pass Surgery

First, let‘s talk about a couple of case histories. These are actual patients that I‘ve seen; let‘s start with patient A. This patient saw me one afternoon and said that he had literally just signed himself out of the hospital “AMA,” or against medical advice. Like in the movies, he had ripped out his IVs.
The next day he was scheduled to have his second by-pass surgery. He had been told that if he did not follow through with this surgery, within two weeks he would be dead. He couldn‘t even walk from the car to the office without severe chest pain.

He was on 102 units of insulin and his blood sugars were 300 plus. He was on eight different medications for various things. But his first by-pass surgery was such a miserable experience that he said he would rather die than go through the second one. He came to me because he had heard that I might be able to prevent this.

To make a long story short, this gentleman right now is on no insulin. I first saw him three and a half years ago. He plays golf four or five times a week. He is on no medications whatsoever, he has no chest pain, and he has not had any surgery. He started an organization called “Heart Support of America” to educate people about the alternatives to by-pass surgery that have nothing to do with surgery or medication. That organization, as he last told me, had a mailing list of over a million people.

High Triglycerides/Cholesterol

Patient B is a 42-year-old man who was referred by patient A. He had a triglyceride level of 2200, a cholesterol level of 950 and was on maximum doses of all his medications. He was not fat at all; he was fairly thin.

This man was told that he had familial hyperlipidema and that he had better get his affairs in order, because if that was what his lipids were despite the best medications with the highest doses, he was in trouble.

Whenever I see a patient on any of those medications, they‘re off the very first visit. They have no place in medicine. He was taken off the medications and in six weeks his lipid levels, both his triglycerides and his cholesterol, were hovering around 220. After six more weeks, they were both under 200, off of the medications. As I said earlier, they have no place in medicine.

I should mention that this patient had a CPK that was quite elevated. It was circled on the lab report that he had brought in initially with a question mark by it because they didn‘t know why. The reason why was because he was eating off his muscles–if you take (gemfibrozole) and any of the HMG co-enzyme reductase inhibitors together, this is a common side effect, which is in the PDR; they shouldn‘t be given together.

So, he was chewing up his muscles, including his heart, which they were trying to treat. If indeed he were going to die, it would be that treatment that would kill him.

Severe Osteoporosis

Let‘s go to something totally different–a lady with severe osteoporosis. This fairly young woman was almost three standard deviations below the norm in both the hip femeral neck and the cervical vertebrae and was very worried about getting a fracture. She was put on a high-carbohydrate diet and told that this would be of benefit. She was also placed on estrogen, which is a fairly typical treatment.

They wanted to put her on some other medicines, but she wanted to know if there was an alternative. Although we didn‘t have as dramatic a turn around in this case, we did take her off the estrogen she was on and got her to one standard deviation below the norm in a year.

Severe Angina of the Leg

Claudication, that is, severe angina of the leg when you walk (this is the same thing as angina of the heart, except of the leg), is characterized by pain in the legs after walking a certain distance.

My stepfather had extremely severe claudication. It was a typical case; he would walk about fifty yards and then get severe, crampy pain in his legs. He was going to see the best doctors in Chicago, but they couldn‘t figure out what was wrong with him initially.

For example, he went to a neurologist who thought it might be neurological pain or back pain. Finally, he went to a vascular surgeon who thought it was vascular disease, so they did an arthrogram–sure enough he had severe vascular disease. They wanted to do the by-pass surgery that is typically done for this, and he was considering it because he had a trip planned to Europe in two weeks, and he wanted to be able to walk around.

Ten years prior he‘d had an angioplasty for heart disease. At the time I’d told him to change his diet, but of course he didn‘t. This time, however, he listened. I said that if he did exactly as I told him, he could avoid the by-pass and be walking just fine in two weeks. Modulating this one aspect of his disease–I have never seen it fail–works very quickly to open up the artery.

High Cancer Risk

This patient had a mother and sister who had both died of breast cancer. I put her on the exact same treatment as the other cases I just mentioned, because they all had the same thing wrong with them.

A Problem with Typical Treatments

What would be the typical treatment of cardiovascular disease? First they check the cholesterol. To treat high cholesterol (over 200) they put you on cholesterol lowering drugs, which shut off your CoQ10. What does CoQ10 do? It is involved in the energy production and protection of little energy furnaces in every cell, so energy production goes way down.

A common side effect of people who are on all these HMG co-enzyme reductase inhibitors is that their arms feel heavy. Well, the heart is a muscle too, and it‘s going to feel heavy too.

One of the best treatments for a weak heart is CoQ10 (for congestive heart failure). But doctors have no trouble shutting CoQ10 production off so that they can treat a number.

The common therapy for osteoporosis is drugs, and the common therapy for calaudication is surgery. For cancer reduction there is nothing.

But all of these have a common cause–the same cause as three major avenues of research in aging, one of which is called caloric restriction.

Caloric Restriction Research

There have been thousands of studies done since the 1950s on caloric restriction of laboratory animals. If you restrict calories but maintain a high level of nutrition, called CRONs (Caloric Restriction with Optimal Nutrition), or adequate nutrition, CRANs (Caloric Restriction with Adequate Nutrition), these animals can live anywhere between 30 percent and 200 percent longer, depending on the species.

Researchers have tested caloric restriction on several dozen species, and the results are uniform throughout. They are doing it on primates now, and it seems to working with primates, though we won‘t know for sure for about another 10 years.

Centenarian studies

There are three major centenarian studies going on around the world. They are trying to find the variable that would confer longevity among this group of people who live to be 100 years old. Why do centenarians become centenarians? Why are they so lucky? Is it because they have low cholesterol, exercise a lot and live a healthy, clean life?

Well, the oldest person ever recorded was Jean Calumet of France who died last year at 122 years of age. She smoked all of her life and drank.

What researchers are finding from these major centenarian studies is that there is hardly anything in common among these people. They have high cholesterol and low cholesterol, some exercise and some don‘t, some smoke, some don‘t. Some are nasty as can be, some nice and calm and some are ornery.

But, they all have relatively low sugar for their age, and they all have low triglycerides for their age.

And, they all have relatively low insulin.

A Common Cause

Insulin is the common denominator in everything I‘ve just talked about. They way to treat cardiovascular disease and the way I treated my stepfather, the way I treated the high risk cancer patient, and the osteoporosis and high blood pressure. The way to treat virtually all of the so-called chronic diseases of aging is to treat insulin itself.

The other major avenue of research in aging has to do with genetic studies of so-called lower organisms. We know the genetics involved. We‘ve got the entire genes mapped out of several species of yeast and worms now. We think of life span as being fixed, sort of.

Humans tend to have an average life span of 76 years, and the maximum lifespan was this French lady at 122 years. In humans we feel this length of time is relatively fixed, but in lower forms of life it is very plastic. Lifespan is strictly a variable depending on the environment. Other species can live two weeks, two years or sometimes 20 years depending on what they want themselves to do, which depends very much on the environment.

If there is a lot of food around they are going to reproduce quickly and die quickly, if not they will just bide their time until conditions are better. We know now that the variability in lifespan is regulated by insulin.

Often it is thought that insulin’s role is strictly to lower blood sugar. I once had a patient list off about eight drugs she was on and not even mention insulin. Insulin is not treated as a drug. In fact, in some places you don‘t even need a prescription, you can just get it over the counter, it‘s treated like candy.

Insulin is found in even single-celled organisms and has been around for several billion years. Its purpose, in some organisms, is to regulate lifespan. The way genetics works is that genes are not replaced, they are built upon. We have the same genes as everything that came before us–we just have more of them.

We have added books to our genetic library, but our base is the same. What we are finding is that we can use insulin to regulate lifespan too.

Aging is a Disease

If there is a single marker for lifespan, as they are finding in the centenarian studies, it is insulin, specifically insulin sensitivity.

How sensitive are your cells to insulin? When they are not sensitive, the insulin levels go up. Who has heard of the term insulin resistance?

Insulin resistance is the basis of all of the chronic diseases of aging, because the disease itself is actually aging.

We know now that aging is a disease. The other case studies that I mentioned, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, obesity, diabetes, cancer, all the so-called chronic diseases of aging and auto-immune diseases, those are symptoms.

If you have a cold and you go to the doctor, you have a runny nose. I did Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) for 10 years so I know what the common treatment for that is, a decongestant. I can‘t tell you how many patients I saw who had been given Sudafed by their family doctors for a cold who then came to see me afterward because of a really bad sinus infection.

What happens when you treat the symptom of a runny nose from a cold and you take a decongestant? Well, it certainly decongests you by shutting off the mucus, but why do you have the mucus? It’s because your body is trying to clean and wash out the membranes. What else is in mucus? Secretory IgA, a very strong antibody to kill the virus. If there is no mucus, there is no secretory IgA.

Decongestants also constrict blood vessels, the little capillaries, or arterioles, that go to those capillaries, and the cilia, the little hair-like projections that beat to push mucus along to create a stream. They get paralyzed because they don‘t have blood flow, so there is no more ciliary movement.

What happens if you dam a stream and create a pond?

In days you‘ve got larvae growing, but if the stream is moving, you are fine. You need a constant stream of mucus to get rid of and prevent an infection. I am going into this in some detail because in almost all cases, if you treat a symptom you are going to make the disease worse. The symptom is there as your body‘s attempt to heal itself.

Now, the medical profession is continually segregating more and more symptoms into diseases–they call the symptoms diseases. Using ENT for example, a patient will walk out of the office with a diagnosis of Rhinitis, which is inflammation of the nose. Is there a reason why that patient has inflammation of the nose? I think so. Wouldn‘t that underlying cause be the disease as opposed to the descriptive term of Rhinitis or Pharyngitis?

Someone can have the same virus and have Rhinitis, Pharyngitis or Sinusitis. They can have all sorts of “itis‘s,” which is a descriptive term for inflammation. That is what the code will be, and that is what the disease will be. So they treat what they think is the disease, but which actually is just a symptom.

The same thing happens with cholesterol. If you have high cholesterol it is called hypercholesterolemia.  Hypercholesterolemia has become the code for the disease when it is only the symptom. So doctors treat that symptom, and what are they doing to the heart? Messing it up.

What you have to do if you are going to treat any disease is get to the root of the disease. If you keep pulling a dandelion out by its leaves, you are not going to get very far. But the problem is that we don‘t know what the root is.

The root is known in many other areas of science, but the problem is that medicine really isn‘t a science; it is a business (but I don‘t want to get into that, we could talk for hours).
You really need to look at the root of what is causing the problem. We can use that cold as a further example.

Why does that person have a cold?

If he saw the doctor, the doctor might tell him to take an antibiotic along with the decongestant. You see this all the time because the doctor wants to get rid of the patient. In almost all cases of an upper respiratory infection, it is a virus, and the antibiotic is going to do worse than nothing, because it is going to kill the bacterial flora in the gut and impair the immune system, making the immune system worse.

The patient might see someone else more knowledgeable who will say, “No, you caught a virus, don‘t do anything, go home and sleep, let your body heal itself.” That‘s better. You might see someone else who would ask why you caught a virus without being out there trying to hunt for viruses with a net. We are breathing viruses every day; right now we are breathing viruses, cold viruses and rhinoviruses.

So why doesn‘t everybody catch a cold tomorrow?

The Chinese will tell you that it is because the milieu has to be right, if the Chinese were to quote the French. Your body has to be receptive to that virus–only if your immune system is depressed will it allow that virus to take hold.

So maybe a depressed immune system is the disease. You can be given a bunch of vitamin C because your immune system is depressed and it is likely that the person has a vitamin C deficiency. That‘s where most of us are at right now, where we would recommend a bunch of vitamin C to try to pick up the immune system.

But why is the vitamin C not working? Vitamin C is made in almost all living mammals except humans and a couple of other species. Vitamin C is made directly from glucose and actually has a similar structure; they compete for one another.

It has been known for many decades that sugar depresses the immune system. It was only in the 70s that they found out that vitamin C was needed by white blood cells so that they could phagocytize bacteria and viruses. White blood cells require a fifty times higher concentration, at least inside the cell as outside, so they have to accumulate vitamin C.

There is something called a phagocytic index, which tells you how rapidly a particular macrophage or lymphocyte can gobble up a virus, bacteria or cancer cell. In the 70s Linus Pauling knew that white blood cells needed a high dose of vitamin C and that is when he came up with his theory that you need high doses of vitamin C to combat the common cold.

But if we know that vitamin C and glucose have similar chemical structure, what happens when sugar levels go up? They compete for one another upon entering the cells. And the thing that mediates the entry of vitamin C into the cells is the same thing that mediates the entry of glucose into the cells. If there is more glucose around then less vitamin C will be allowed into the cell, and it doesn‘t take much glucose to have this effect. A blood sugar value of 120 reduces the phagocytic index 75 percent.

Here we are getting a little bit further down into the roots of disease. It doesn‘t matter what disease you are talking about, whether you are talking about a common cold or cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis or cancer, the root is always going to be at the molecular and cellular level, and I will tell you that insulin is going to have its hand in it, if not totally control it.

What is the purpose of insulin?

As I mentioned earlier, in some organisms it is to control their lifespan. What is the purpose of insulin in humans? Your doctor will say that it‘s to lower blood sugar, but I will tell you right now that that is a trivial side effect. Insulin‘s evolutionary purpose as is known right now, we are looking at other possibilities, is to store excess nutrients.

We come from a time of feast and famine when if we couldn‘t store the excess energy during times of feasting, we would not be here because all of our ancestors encountered famine. We are only here because our ancestors were able to store nutrients, which they were able to do because they were able to elevate their insulin in response to any elevation in energy that the organism encountered.

When your body notices that sugar is elevated, it is a sign that you‘ve got more than you need; you’re not burning it so it is accumulating in your blood. So insulin will be released to take that sugar and store it. How does it store it? Glycogen?

Your body stores very little glycogen at any one time. All the glycogen stored in your liver and muscle wouldn’t last you through one active day. Once you fill up your glycogen stores that sugar is stored as saturated fat, 98 percent of which is palmitic acid.

So the idea of the medical profession recommending a high complex-carbohydrate, low-saturated-fat diet is an absolute oxymoron. A high-complex-carbohydrate diet is nothing but a high-glucose diet, or a high-sugar diet. Your body is just going to store it as saturated fat, and the body makes it into saturated fat quite readily.

Insulin’s Other Roles

Insulin doesn‘t just store carbohydrates, by the way. Somebody mentioned that it is an anabolic hormone, and it absolutely is. Body builders are injecting themselves with insulin because it builds muscle and stores protein.

Magnesium

A less known fact is that insulin also stores magnesium. But if your cells become resistant to insulin, you can‘t store magnesium so you lose it through urination.

Intracellular magnesium relaxes muscles. What happens when you can‘t store magnesium because the cell is resistant? You lose magnesium and your blood vessels constrict.

This causes an increase in blood pressure and a reduction in energy since intracellular magnesium is required for all energy producing reactions that take place in the cell.

But most importantly, magnesium is also necessary for the action of insulin and the manufacture of insulin. When you raise your insulin, you lose magnesium, and the cells become even more insulin resistant. Blood vessels constrict and glucose and insulin can‘t get to the tissues, which makes them more insulin resistant, so the insulin levels go up and you lose more magnesium. This is the vicious cycle that begins even before you were born.

Insulin sensitivity starts to be determined the moment the sperm combines with the egg. If a pregnant woman eats a high-carbohydrate diet, which turns into sugar, animal studies have shown that the fetus will become more insulin resistant.

Worse yet, researchers have used sophisticated measurements and found that if that fetus happens to be a female, the eggs of that fetus are more insulin resistant. Does that mean it is genetic? No, you can be born with something and it doesn‘t mean that it is genetic. Diabetes is not a genetic disease as such. You can have a genetic predisposition, but it should be an extremely rare disease.

Sodium Retention: Congestive Heart Failure

We mentioned high blood pressure; if your magnesium levels go down or your blood vessels constrict you get high blood pressure. Insulin also causes the retention of sodium, which causes the retention of fluid, which causes high blood pressure and fluid retention: congestive heart failure.

One of the strongest stimulants of the sympathetic nervous system is a high level of insulin. What does all of this do to the heart? Not very good things.

There was a solid study done a couple of years ago that showed that heart attacks are two to three times more likely to happen after a high-carbohydrate meal and are specifically NOT likely after a high-fat meal.

Why is that?

Because the immediate effects of raising your blood sugar from a high-carbohydrate meal is a raise in insulin. This immediately triggers the sympathetic nervous system, which will cause arterial spasm, or constriction of the arteries. If you anyone is prone to a heart attack, this is when they are going to get it.

Blood Lipids

Insulin mediates blood lipids. For that patient mentioned earlier who had a triglyceride level of 2200, one of the easiest things we can do is lower triglyceride levels. It is so simple. There was just an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) saying that the medical profession doesn‘t know how to reduce triglycerides dietarily, that drugs still need to be used.
This is so ridiculous because you will find that it is the easiest thing to do. There is an almost direct correlation between triglyceride levels and insulin levels, though in some people more than others.

The gentleman who had a triglyceride level of 2200 while on all the drugs only had an insulin level of 14.7. That is only slightly elevated, but it doesn‘t take much in some people. All we had to do was get his insulin level down to 8 initially and then it went down to six and that got his triglycerides down to under 200.

The way you control blood lipids is by controlling insulin.

LDL cholesterol comes in several fractions, and it is the small, dense LDL that plays the largest role in initiating plaque, as it‘s the most oxidizable, and it’s the most able to actually fit through the small cracks in the endothelium. And this is the cholesterol that insulin actually raises the most. When I say insulin, I should say insulin resistance. It is insulin resistance that is causing this.

Cells become insulin resistant because they are trying to protect themselves from the toxic effects of high insulin. They down regulate their receptor activity and number of receptors so that they don‘t have to listen to that noxious stimuli all the time. It is like having this loud, disgusting music played and you want to turn the volume down.

You might think of insulin resistance as similar to sitting in a smelly room and pretty soon you don‘t smell it anymore because you get desensitized.

You can think about it, it’s not that you are not thinking about it anymore. But if you walk out of the room and then come back in, the smell is back, which means you get resensitized.

If your cells are exposed to insulin at all, they get a little bit more resistant to it. So the pancreas just puts out more insulin. I saw a patient today whose blood sugar was 102 and her insulin was 90! She wasn‘t sure if she was fasting or not, but I‘ve seen other patients where their blood sugar was under 100 and their fasting insulin has been over 90.

That is a fasting insulin. I‘m not sure how many people are familiar with seeing fasting insulins, but if I drank all the glucose I could possibly drink my insulin would never go above probably 40. So she was extremely insulin resistant.

What was happening was that she was controlling her blood sugar. Statistically she was not diabetic or even impaired glucose tolerant. Her glucose is supposedly totally normal. But her cells aren‘t listening to insulin; she just has an exceptionally strong pancreas.

Her islet cells that produce insulin are extremely strong and are able to compensate for that insulin resistance by producing thirty times more insulin than what my fasting insulin is. And just by mass action her pancreas is yelling so loud that her cells are able to listen, but they are not going to listen forever. Her pancreas is not going to be able keep up that production forever.

Once her production of insulin starts slowing down, or her resistance goes up any more, then her blood sugar goes up and she becomes a diabetic. For many years, decades before that, her insulin levels have been elevated but have never been checked.

That insulin resistance is associated with the hyperinsulinemia that produces all of the so-called chronic diseases of aging, or at least contributes to them. As far as we know in many venues of science, this is the main cause of aging in virtually all life.

Insulin is that important.

So controlling insulin sensitivity is extremely important.

Insulin and Cardiovascular Disease

Insulin is a so-called mytogenic hormone. It stimulates cell proliferation and cell division. If all of the cells were to become resistant to insulin we wouldn‘t have that much of a problem, but all of the cells don‘t become resistant.

Some cells are incapable of becoming very resistant. The liver becomes resistant first, then the muscle tissue, then the fat. When the liver becomes resistant it suppresses the production of sugar.

The sugar floating around in your body at any one time is the result of two things, the sugar that you have eaten and how much sugar your liver has made. When you wake up in the morning it is more of a reflection of how much sugar your liver has made. If your liver is listening to insulin properly it won‘t make much sugar in the middle of the night. If your liver is resistant, those brakes are lifted and your liver starts making a bunch of sugar, so you wake up with a bunch of sugar.

The next tissue to become resistant is the muscle tissue. What is the action of insulin in muscles? It allows your muscles to burn sugar for one thing. So if your muscles become resistant to insulin it can‘t burn that sugar that was just manufactured by the liver. So the liver is producing too much, the muscles can‘t burn it, and this raises your blood sugar.

Well the fat cells become resistant, but not for a while as it takes them longer. So for a while your fat cells retain their sensitivity.

What is the action of insulin on your fat cells? To store that fat. It takes sugar and it stores it as fat.

So until your fat cells become resistant you get fat. As people become more and more insulin resistant, their weight goes up and up.

But eventually they plateau. They might plateau at 300 pounds, 220 pounds, 150 pounds, but they will eventually plateau as the fat cells protect themselves and become insulin resistant.

As all these major tissues, your liver, muscles and fat, become resistant your pancreas is putting out more insulin to compensate, so you are hyperinsulinemic and you‘ve got insulin floating around all the time, 90 units or more.

But there are certain tissues that aren‘t becoming resistant such as your endothelium; the lining of the arteries doesn’t become resistant very readily, so all that insulin is affecting the lining of your arteries.

If you drip insulin into the femoral artery of a dog, there was a Dr. Cruz who did this in the early 70s by accident, the artery will become almost totally occluded with plaque after about three months.

The contra lateral side was totally clear, just contact of insulin in the artery caused it to fill up with plaque. That has been known since the 70s and has been repeated in chickens and in dogs; it is really a well-known fact that insulin floating around in the blood causes a plaque build-up. They didn‘t know why, but we know that insulin causes endothelial proliferation. This is the first step as it causes a tumor, an endothelial tumor.

Insulin also causes the blood to clot too readily and causes the conversion of macrophages into foam cells, which are the cells that accumulate the fatty deposits. Every step of the way, insulin is causing cardiovascular disease. It fills the body with plaque, it constricts the arteries, it stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, it increases platelet adhesiveness and coaguability of the blood.
Insulin is a part of any known cause of cardiovascular disease. It influences nitric oxide synthase; you produce less nitric oxide in the endothelium. We know that helps mediate vasodilatation and constriction, i.e. angina.

I mentioned that insulin increases cellular proliferation, what does that do to cancer? It increases it. And there are some pretty strong studies that show that one of the strongest correlations to breast and colon cancers are levels of insulin.

Hyperinsulinemia causes the excretion of magnesium in the urine. What other big mineral does it cause the excretion of? Calcium. People walking around with hyperinsulinemia can take all the calcium they want by mouth and it‘s all going to go out in their urine.

Insulin-like Growth Factors (IgFs)

Insulin is one of the first hormones that any organism ever developed, and as I mentioned in genetics, things are built upon what was there before. So all the other hormones we have in our body were actually built upon insulin. In other words, insulin controls growth hormone.

The pituitary produces growth hormone, and then it goes to the liver and the liver produces what are called IgF 1 thru 4, there are probably more. What does IgF stand for? Insulin-like growth factor. They are the active ingredients. Growth hormone has some small effects on its own, but the major growth factors are the IgFs that then circulate throughout the body.

Why are they called IgF‘s or insulin-like growth factors? Because they have an almost identical molecular structure to insulin. When I said that insulin promotes cellular proliferation, it is because it cross-reacts with IgF receptors. So somewhere in the evolutionary tree, IgFs diverged from insulin. Insulin can work very well by itself; it doesn‘t need growth hormone, but growth hormone can‘t do anything without insulin.

Thyroid

The thyroid produces mostly T4. T4 goes to mostly to the liver and is converted to T3. We are getting the idea that insulin controls a lot of what goes on in the liver, and the liver is the primary organ that becomes insulin resistant.

When the liver can no longer listen to insulin, you can‘t convert T4 to T3 very well. In people who are hyperinsulinemic with a thyroid hormone that comes back totally normal, it is important to measure their T3. Just as often as not, their free T3 will be low, but get their insulin down and it comes back up.

Insulin helps control sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone as well. Insulin helps control the manufacture of cholesterol and where do all the sex hormones come from? All the stearic hormones are originally derived from cholesterol, so that‘s one way. Dr Nestler from the University of Virginia who has spent the last eight years doing multiple studies to show that DHEA levels are directly correlated with insulin levels, or I should say insulin resistance.

The more insulin resistant you are, the lower your DHEA levels. He firmly believes, and has a lot of studies to back it up, that the decline in DHEA is strictly due to the increase in insulin resistance with age. If you reduce the insulin resistance, the DHEA rises.

And how are these sex hormones carried around the body? Something called sex hormone binding globulins. The more that is bound, the less free, active hormone you have. Sex hormone binding globulin is controlled by what? Insulin. There is not a hormone in the body that insulin doesn‘t affect, if not directly control.

Osteoporosis

You take a bunch of calcium. The medical profession just assumes that it has a homing device and it knows to go into your bone. What happens if you have high levels of insulin and you take a bunch of calcium? Number one, most of it is just going to go out in your urine. You would be lucky if that were the case because that part that doesn‘t does not have the instructions to go to your bone because the anabolic hormones aren‘t working.

This is first of all because of insulin, then because of the IGFs from growth hormone, also testosterone and progesterone. They are all controlled by insulin and when they are insulin resistant they can‘t listen to any of the anabolic hormones. Your body doesn‘t know how to build tissue anymore so while some of the calcium may end up in your bone, a good deal of it will end up everywhere else–leading to metastatic calcifications, including in your arteries.

Diseases are a result of a lack of communication. There are certain things that your cells need to be healthy. If you learn nothing else today, you should know that everything is at the cellular and molecular level and we are nothing but a community of cells. We are a commune of cells; a metropolis of cells that have been given instructions to cooperate.

When you have a large number of cells, like we have ten trillion or so, there must be proper communication so that there will be proper division of labor. You can take most any cell in your body, put it in a petrie dish and under the right conditions it can live all on its own. They each have a life of their own.

You can manipulate the genetics of a cell, and we‘ve now made a blood cell into a nerve cell. Pretty soon we are going to be able to take any cell we want and make it into any other cell, because every cell in your body has the identical genetics, all derived from that egg and that sperm that came together. Why is one cell different from another? Because they are reading different parts of the same library.

You can influence which part of that genetic library that every cell reads by the environment of that cell. The environment of that cell is going to be very much dictated by hormones and what you eat. Eating is just internalizing the external environment. That is what you have circulation for, to bring that external environment to each and every one of those cells that is inside of you.

I hope that by now you have gotten the idea that high insulin resistance is not very good for you.

So now let‘s talk about what causes insulin resistance.

What Causes Insulin Resistance?

Any time your cell is exposed to insulin it is going to become more insulin resistant. That is inevitable; we cannot stop that, but the rate we can control. An inevitable sign of aging is an increase in insulin resistance.

That rate is the variable. If you can slow down that rate, you can become a centenarian, a healthy one. You can slow the rate of aging. Not even just the rate of disease, but the actual rate of aging itself can be modulated by insulin. We talked about some of the lower animals and there is some pretty good evidence that even in humans we still retain the capacity to control lifespan at least partially. We should be living to be 130 to 140 years old routinely.

Let‘s talk about carbohydrates. We talk about simple and complex carbohydrates, this is totally irrelevant, it means absolutely nothing. Carbohydrates are fiber or non-fiber. Few things in life are as clear-cut as this. Fiber is good for you, and a non-fiber carb is bad for you. You can bank on that.

There is not a whole lot of middle ground. If you have a carbohydrate that is not a fiber it is going to be turned into a sugar, whether it be glucose or not. It may be fructose and won‘t necessarily raise your blood glucose. Fructose is worse for you then glucose so if you just go by blood sugar, which is just glucose, it doesn‘t mean that you are not raising your blood fructose, or your blood galactose which is the other half of lactose.

All of those sugars are as bad or worse for you than glucose. You can‘t just go by so-called blood sugar because we just don‘t measure blood fructose or blood galactose, but they are all bad for you.

Why are they bad? Well number one we know that it provokes insulin and every time you provoke insulin it exposes your body to more insulin and just like walking in a smelly room your body is going to become more resistant to insulin.

So every time you have a surge of sugar and you have a surge of insulin, you get more and more insulin resistant and risk all of the problems we‘ve talked about.

Harmful Effects of Sugar

We know sugar increases insulin, but even by itself sugar is bad for you. You can divide aging into basically two major categories, one being genetic causes of aging. Cells have a limited capacity to divide, but normally we don’t reach that capacity. The more rapidly you make cells divide, the more rapidly they age.

One of the effects of insulin is to stimulate cellular proliferation and division. So we know that it increases the rate of aging of a cell population by that alone. But to get to the other category, our cells accumulate damage with age and we can’t help that.

When I say aging, I really am talking about something called senescence, or the damage associated with aging, but the common usage is the word aging. I can’t prevent you from being a day older tomorrow; that is aging. When we talk about aging we normally think about the damage that is associated with that day.

We have accumulated more damage during that day, which is called senescence. What causes that damage? There is often an example of test tubes in a laboratory. You don‘t think of test tubes as aging, yet if you mark test tubes with a little red dot and counted the number of test tubes there were at the end of the year with a little red dot left, there would hardly be any. Why? Because they have encountered damage; they‘ve broken, so even though there is not aging they do have immortality rates. Aging is an increase in the rate of mortality.

In humans, the rate of mortality doubles every eight years.

That is really how you gauge the rate of aging. We found in animal studies that the rate of aging can be largely controlled by insulin, but the damage that accumulates during that aging is caused largely by sugar.

The two major causes of accumulated damage are oxygenation and glycation.

Oxidation

Whenever oxygen combines with something, it oxidizes. Oxygen is a very poisonous substance. Throughout most of the history of life on Earth there was no oxygen. Organisms had to develop very specific mechanisms of dealing with high levels of oxygen before there could ever be life with oxygen.

So we evolved very quickly, as plants arose and developed a very easy means of acquiring energy, they could just lay back and catch rays, they dealt with that oxygen with the carbon dioxide by spitting it out, so the oxygen in the atmosphere increased. All the other organisms then had to cope with that toxic oxygen. If they didn‘t have ways of dealing with it, they perished.

One of the earliest ways of dealing with all that oxygen was for the cells to huddle together so that at least the interior cells wouldn‘t be exposed as much. So, multi-celled organisms arose after oxygen did. Of course, with that came the need for cellular communication.

Glycation

Everyone knows that oxygen causes damage, but unfortunately the press has not been as kind to publicize glycation. Glycation is the same as oxidation except substitute the word glucose. When you glycate something you combine it with glucose. Glucose combines with anything else really; it‘s a very sticky molecule.

Just take sugar on your fingers. It‘s very sticky. It sticks specifically to proteins. So the glycation of proteins is extremely important. If it sticks around a while it produces what are called advanced glycated end products (A.G.E.s).

That acronym is not an accident. If you can turn over, or re-manufacture, the protein that‘s good, and it increases the rate of protein turnover if you are lucky. Glycation damages the protein to the extent that white blood cells will come around and gobble it up and get rid of it, so then you have to produce more, putting more of a strain on your ability to repair and maintain your body.

That is the best alternative; the worst alternative is when those proteins get glycated that can‘t turn over very rapidly, like collagen, or like a protein that makes up nerve tissue. These proteins cannot be gotten rid of, so the protein accumulates, and the A.G.E.s accumulate and continue to damage.

That includes the collagen that makes up the matrix of your arteries. A.G.E.s are so bad that we know that there are receptors for A.G.E.s, hundreds of receptors, for every macrophage. They are designed to try to get rid of those A.G.E.s, but what happens when a macrophage combines with an A.G.E. product?

It sets up an inflammatory reaction. You eat a diet that promotes elevated glucose, and you produce increased glycated proteins and A.G.E.s, you are increasing your rate of inflammation of any kind. You get down to the roots, including arthritis and headaches.

When you start putting people on a diet to remedy all of this, patients who used to have horrible headaches or shoulder pains don‘t have them anymore.

Glycated proteins make a person very pro-inflammatory, so we age and, at least partially, accumulate damage by oxidation. One of the most important types of tissues that oxygenate is the fatty component, the lipid, especially the poly-unsaturated fatty acids, and they turn rancid and glycate.

The term for glycation in the food industry is carmelization. It is used all the time to make caramel. So the way we age is that we turn rancid and we carmelize. It‘s very true, and that is what gets most of us. If that doesn‘t get us, then the genetic causes of aging will, because every cell in your body has genetic programs to commit suicide. There are various theories for why this is, one being that if they didn‘t, virtually every cell in your body would eventually turn cancerous.

Whether those so-called applopatic genes developed as a means to prevent cancer or not is open to speculation, but it is a good theory. We know that all cancer cells have turned off the mechanisms for apoptosis, which is the medical term for chemical suicide. So we know that it plays a role.

Diet

Diet really becomes pretty simple. Carbohydrates we started talking about. You‘ve got fiber and non-fiber and that‘s really clear-cut. Fiber is good, non-fiber is bad. Fibrous carbs like vegetables such as broccoli are great. What about a potato? A potato is a big lump of sugar. That‘s all it is. You chew a potato, what are you swallowing? Glucose. You may not remember, but you learned that in eighth grade, but the medical profession still hasn‘t learned that.

The Major Salivary Enzyme

The major salivary enzyme is amylase. It is used to break down amylase, which is just a tree of glucose molecules. What is a slice of bread? A slice of sugar. Does it have anything else good about it? Virtually nothing.

Somebody e-mailed me who had decided to do a little research. And there are over 50 essential nutrients to the human body. You know you need to breathe oxygen. It gives us life and it kills us. It’s the same thing with glucose. Certain tissues require some glucose. We wouldn‘t be here if there were no glucose, it gives us life and it kills us. We know that we have essential amino acids and we have essential fatty acids. They are essential for life, we better take them in as building blocks or we die.

So this person took all the essential nutrients that are known to man and plugged them into a computer data bank, and he asked the computer what are the top 10 foods that contain each nutrient that is required by the human body. Each of the 53 or 54, depending on who you talk to, essential nutrients that there are were plugged in, and did you know that grains did not come up in the top ten on any one?

What is the minimum daily requirement for carbohydrates?

ZERO.

The food pyramid is based on a totally irrelevant nutrient.

Why do we eat?

One reason we eat is for energy. That‘s half of the reason. The other essential reason (Not just for fun! Fun is a good one, but you won‘t have much fun if you eat too much) is to replace tissue and gather up building blocks for maintenance and repair.

Those are the two essential reasons that we need to eat. We need the building blocks and we need fuel, not the least of which is to have energy to obtain those building blocks and then to have energy to fuel those chemical reactions to use those building blocks.

The building blocks that are needed are proteins and fatty acids, not much in the way of carbohydrates. You can get all the carbohydrates you need from proteins and fats.

There are two kinds of fuel that your body can use with minor exceptions, sugar and fat. We mentioned earlier that the body is going to store excess energy as fat. Why does the body store it as fat? Because that is the body‘s desired fuel that will sustain you and allow you to live. The body can store only a little bit of sugar.

In an active day you would die if you had to rely 100 percent on sugar.

Why doesn‘t your body store more sugar if it is so needed? Sugar was never meant to be your primary energy source, it is meant to be your body‘s turbo charger.

Everybody right here, right now should be burning almost all fat with minor exceptions. Your brain will burn sugar, though it doesn‘t have to, by burning by-products of fat metabolism called ketones. That is what it has to burn when you fast for any length of time. It has been shown that if your brain was really good at burning ketones from fat that you can get enough sugar from eating 100 percent fat.

You can make a little bit of sugar out of the glycerol molecule of fat. Take two glycerol molecules and you have a molecule of glucose. Two triglycerides will give you a molecule of glucose. The brain can actually exist without a whole lot of sugar, contrary to popular belief. Glucose was meant to be fuel used in an emergency situation if you had to expend an extreme amount of energy, such as running from a saber tooth tiger.

It is a turbo charger, a very hot burning fuel. If you need fuel over and above what fat can provide, you will dig into your glycogen and burn sugar. But your primary energy source as we are here right now should be almost all fat.

What happens if you eat sugar?

Your body‘s main way of getting rid of sugar, because it is toxic, is to burn it. That which your body can‘t burn your body will get rid of by storing it as glycogen, and when that gets filled up your body stores it as fat. If you eat sugar your body will burn it and you stop burning fat.

Another major effect of insulin on fat is it prevents you from burning it. What happens when you are insulin resistant and you have a bunch of insulin floating around all the time? You wake up in the morning with an insulin level of 90.

And how much fat are you going to be burning? Virtually none. What are you going to burn if not fat? Sugar coming from your muscle. So you have all this fat that you‘ve accumulated over the years that your body is very adept at adding to. Every time you have any excess energy you are going to store it as fat, but if you don‘t eat, where you would otherwise be able to burn it, you cannot. You will still burn sugar because that is all your body is capable of burning anymore.

Where does your body get the sugar?

Well you don‘t store much of it in the form of sugar so it will take it from your muscle. That‘s your body‘s major depot of sugar. You just eat up your muscle tissue. Any time you have excess you store it as fat and any time you are deficient you burn up your muscle.

So where do carbohydrates come in?

They don‘t. There is no essential need for carbohydrates. Why are we all eating carbohydrates? To keep the rate of aging up, we don‘t want to pay social security to everyone.

I didn‘t say you can‘t have any carbs, I said fiber is good. Vegetables are great; I want you to eat vegetables. The practical aspect of it is that you are going to get carbs, but there is no essential need. The traditional Eskimo subsists on almost no vegetables at all, but they get their vitamins from organ meats and things like eyeball, which are a delicacy, or were.

So, you don‘t really need it, but sure, vegetables are good for you and you should eat them. They are part of the diet that I would recommend, and that is where you‘ll get your vitamin C. I recommend Vitamin C supplements, I don‘t have anything against taking supplements, I use a lot of them.

Fruit is a mixed blessing. You can divide food on a continuum. There are some foods that I really can‘t say anything good about and the other end of the spectrum are foods that are totally essential, like omega-3 fatty acids for instance, which most people are very deficient in, and even those have a detriment because they are highly oxidizable, so you had better have the antioxidant capacity. So if you are going to supplement with cod liver oil you should supplement with Vitamin E too or it will actually do you more harm than good.

Most foods fall somewhere in the middle of the continuum. For example, with strawberries you are going to get a lot of sugar, but you are also going to get a food that is the second or third highest in antioxidant potential of any food known, the first being garlic, the second either being strawberries or blueberries. I will let some patients put strawberries in, let‘s say, a protein smoothie in the morning. But if they are a hard core diabetic, strawberries are out.

It doesn‘t take much, any type I diabetic who is not producing any insulin can tell you what foods do to their blood sugar. It doesn‘t take much. What is very surprising to these people once they really measure is what little carbohydrate it takes to cause your blood sugar to skyrocket.

One saltine cracker will take the blood sugar to over 100, and in many people it will cause the blood sugar to go to 150 for a variety of reasons, not just the sugar in it.

We only have one hormone that lowers sugar, and that‘s insulin. Its primary use was never to lower sugar. We‘ve got a bunch of hormones that raise sugar, cortisone being one and growth hormone another, and epinephrine and glucagon.

Our primary evolutionary problem was to raise blood sugar to give your brain and your nerves enough as well as, primarily, red blood cells, which require glucose. So from an evolutionary sense if something is important we have redundant mechanisms. The fact that we only have one hormone that lowers sugar tells us that it was never something important in the past.

So you get this rush of sugar and your body panics, your pancreas panics and it stores, when it is healthy, insulin in these granules that is ready to be released. It lets these granules out and it pours out a bunch of insulin to deal with this onslaught of sugar and what does that do?

Well the pancreas generally overcompensates, and it causes your sugar to go down, and just as I mentioned, you have got a bunch of hormones then to raise your blood sugar, they are then released, including cortisone. The biggest stress on your body is eating a big glucose load.

Then epinephrine is released too, so it makes you nervous, and it also stimulates your brain to crave carbohydrates, to seek out some sugar. So you are craving carbohydrates, so you eat a bowl of cheerios or a big piece of fruit so that after your sugar goes low, and with the hormone release, your sugars go way up again, which causes your pancreas to release more insulin and then it goes way down.

Now you are in to this sinusoidal wave of blood sugar, which causes insulin resistance. Your body can‘t stand that for very long so you are constantly putting out cortisone.

Insulin Resistance

We hear a lot about insulin resistance, but stop and think a little bit, do you think our cells only become resistant to insulin? The more hormones your cells are exposed to, the more resistant they will become to almost any hormone. Certain cells more than others though, so there is a discrepancy. The problem with hormone resistance is that there is a dichotomy of resistance–all the cells don‘t become resistant at the same time.

And different hormones affect different cells, and the rate of hormone is different among different cells and this causes lots of problems with the feedback mechanisms. We know that one of the major areas of the body that becomes resistant to many feedback loops is the hypothalamus.

Hypothalamic resistance to feedback signals plays a very important role in aging and insulin resistance because the hypothalamus has receptors for insulin too. I mentioned that insulin stimulates sympathetic nervous system; it does so through the hypothalamus, which is the center of it all.

Can Insulin Sensitivity Be Restored?

Insulin sensitivity can be restored to its original state, well, perhaps not to its original state, but you can restore it to the state of about a 10-year-old.

One of my first experiences with this, I had a patient who literally had sugars over 300. He was taking over 200 units of insulin, and he was a bad cardiovascular patient, so I put him on a low-carbohydrate diet.

He was an exceptional case, after one month to six weeks he was totally off of insulin. He had been on over 200 units of insulin for 25 years. He was so insulin resistant, but one thing good about it is that when you lower that insulin, that insulin is having such little effect on him that you can massively lower the insulin and its not going to have much of an effect on his blood sugar. Two hundred units of insulin is not going to lower your sugar any more that 300 mg/deciliter.

You know that the insulin is not doing much, so we could rapidly take him off the insulin and he was actually cured of his diabetes in a matter of weeks. He became sensitive enough and was still producing a lot of insulin on his own. Then we were able to measure his own insulin. It was still elevated, and it took a long time, maybe six months or longer, to bring that insulin down.

It will probably never get to the point of the sensitivity of a 10-year-old, but yes, your number of insulin receptors increases and the activity of the receptors, the chemical reactions that occur beyond the receptor, occur more efficiently.

How to Increase Insulin Sensitivity

You can increase sensitivity by diet, which is one of the major reasons to take omega-3 oils. We think of circulation as that which flows through arteries and veins, and that is not a minor part of our circulation, but it might not even be the major part. The major part of circulation is what goes in and out of the cell.

The cell membrane is a fluid mosaic. The major part of our circulation is determined by what goes in and out. It doesn‘t make any difference what gets to that cell if it can‘t get into the cell. We know that one of the major ways that you can affect cellular circulation is by modulating the kinds of fatty acids that you eat. So you can increase receptor sensitivity by increasing the fluidity of the cell membrane, which means increasing the omega-3 content, because most people are very deficient.

They say that you are what you eat and that mostly pertains to fat because the fatty acids that you eat are the ones that will generally get incorporated into the cell membrane. The cell membranes are going to be a reflection of your dietary fat and that will determine the fluidity of your cell membrane. You can actually make them over fluid.

If you eat too much and you incorporate too many omega-3 oils then they will become highly oxidizable (so you have to eat Vitamin E and monounsaturates as well).

There was an interesting study pertaining to this where they had a breed of rat that was genetically susceptible to cancer. Researchers fed them a high-omega-3 diet, plus iron, without any extra Vitamin E and they were able to almost shrink down the tumors to nothing because tumors are rapidly dividing. This is like a form of chemotherapy, and the membranes that were being formed in these tumor cells were very high in omega-3 oils. The iron acted as a catalyst for that oxidation, and the cells were exploding from getting oxidized so rapidly. So omega-3 oils can be a double-edged sword. In fact, most food is a double-edged sword.

Like oxygen and glucose, food keeps us alive and kills us. Eating is the biggest stress we put on our body and that is why in caloric restriction experiments you can extend life as long as you maintain nutrition. This is the only proven way of actually reducing the rate of aging, not just the mortality rate but the actual rate of aging.

It has actually been shown by quite a number of papers that resistance training for insulin resistance is better than aerobic training. There are a variety of other reasons too. Resistance training is referring to muscular exercises. If you just do a bicep curl, you immediately increase the insulin sensitivity of your bicep. Just by exercising you are increasing the blood flow to that muscle, and one of the factors that determines insulin sensitivity is how blood can get there. It has been shown conclusively that resistance training will increase insulin sensitivity.

Protein’s Role

Now, back to the macronutrients. As I said before, you don‘t want very much in the way of non-fiber carbs, but fiber carbs are great. You are going to get some non-fiber carbs though. Even if you just eat broccoli you are going to get some non-fiber carbs. That is OK since for the most part you are getting something that is really pretty good for you.

Protein is an essential nutrient. You want to use it as a building block because your body requires protein to repair damage and replenish enzymes. All of the encoded instructions from your DNA are to encode for proteins. That is all the DNA encodes for. You need protein, but you want to use it as a building block. I don‘t believe in going over and above the protein that you need to use for maintenance, repair and building blocks.

I don‘t think you should be using protein as a primary fuel source, though your body can use protein very well as a fuel source. It is good to lose weight while using it as a fuel source because it is an inefficient fuel source. Protein is very thermogenic, meaning it produces a lot of heat, which means that less of it is going into stored energy and more is being dissipated–just like throwing a log into a fireplace. Your primary fuel should be coming from fat.

You can calculate the amount of protein a person requires or at least estimate it by their activity level. The book “Protein Power” actually went very well in to this. You have to calculate how much protein is required by activity level and lean body mass. There is still some gray area as to how many grams per kilogram of lean body mass, depending on the activity that person requires.

It can range anywhere from one to two grams of protein per kilogram of lean body mass, maybe even a little bit higher if someone is really active. You don‘t want to go under that amount for very long. It is better to go over than to go under that amount for very long.

If you can cure a diabetic of diabetes, you can do the same thing to a so-called non-diabetic person and still improve that person. I want to improve my insulin sensitivity just as much as I do my diabetics because insulin sensitivity is going to determine, for the most part, how long you are going to live and how healthy you are going to be. It determines the rate of aging more so than anything else we know right now.

Supplements

What about supplements such as Chromium?

All of my diabetics go on 1,000 mcg of chromium, some a little bit more if they are really big people. The amount is usually 500 mcg for a non-diabetic, though it depends on their insulin levels.

I use a lot of supplements. What you really want to do is to try to convert the person back into being an efficient burner of fat. Earlier we talked about when you are very insulin resistant and you are waking up in the morning with an insulin level that is elevated, you cannot burn fat but instead are burning sugar.

One of the reasons that sugar goes up so high is because that is what your cell is needing to burn, but if it is so insulin resistant it requires a blood sugar of 300 so that just by mass action some can get into the cell and be used as fuel. If you eliminate that need to burn sugar, you don‘t need such high levels of sugar even if you are insulin resistant.

You want to increase the ability of the cells in the body to burn fat and make that glucose burner into a fat burner. You want to make a gasoline-burning car into a diesel-burning car. Did anyone ever look at the molecular structure of diesel fuel in your spare time? It looks almost identical to a fatty acid. There is a company right now that can tell you how to alter vegetable oil to use in your Mercedes. It‘s just a matter of thinning it out a little bit. It is a very efficient fuel.

Triglycerides

You can look at other variables that will give you some idea too, such as triglycerides. If people are very sensitive to high levels of insulin, they come in with insulin levels of 14 and they have triglycerides of 1000. You would treat them just as you would if they had an insulin level of 50. It gives you some idea of the effect of the hyperinsulinemia on the body.

You can use triglycerides as a gauge, which I often do. The objective is to try to get the insulin level just as low as you possibly can. There is no limit. They classify diabetes now as a fasting blood sugar of 126 or higher. A few months ago it might have been 140. It is just an arbitrary number. Does that mean that someone with a blood sugar of 125 is non-diabetic and fine? If you have a blood sugar of 125 you are worse than if you had a blood sugar of 124–same with insulin. If you have a fasting insulin of 10, you are worse off than if you had an insulin of 9. You want to get it just as low as you can.

Does This Apply to Athletes?

With athletes, think about the effect of carbohydrate loading before an event. What happens if you eat a bowl of pasta before you have to run a marathon? What does that bowl of pasta do? It raises your insulin. What is the instruction of insulin to your body?

PAGG Tim Ferris Fat Loss Formula

Timothy Ferriss - The Four Hour BodyThe PAGG fat loss treatment is a tested, scientific combination of materials discovered by Timothy Ferriss; Lifestyle designer and author of the top seller book ‘The Four Hour Body’. The use of the PAGG formula in conjunction with a slow-carb, high protein diet free from white carbohydrates and all sugars will provide an unbelievable body transformation by producing rapid weight loss and fat reduction.

This PAGG formula consists of the following:

Policosanol: 20-25mg
Alpha-lipoic acid: 100-300mg (some people may experience acid reflux symptoms with more than 100mg)
Green tea flavanols (decaffeinated with at least 325mg EGCG)
Garlic extract: 200mg

PAGG intake is timed before meals and bed which produces a schedule like this:

Prior to breakfast: AGG
Prior to lunch: AGG
Prior to dinner: AGG
Prior to bed: PAGG

AGG is simply PAGG minus the policosanol.

The dosing schedule for this should be followed six days a week. Take one day off each week and one week off every two months. This week off is critical.

Here is a look at these PAGG weight loss champions:

POLICOSANOL

Policosanol, an extract of plant waxes, often sugar cane, is one of the most controversial element in the PAGG stack. Tim originally experimented with policosanol at low and high doses to increase HDL cholesterol and decrease LDL cholesterol. This was used in combination with a time-release niacin and chromium polynicotinate. While undergoing this experiment, a pleasant side effect occurred: an unintended but significant reduction in body fat. The dosing of policosanol must be taken before the body’s peak cholesterol production between midnight and 4:00am. The use of policosanol before bed provides far superior effects for fat loss vs. AGG alone. The dosing of policosanol was tested by Tim with tree different brands and three different dosages (10, 23 and 40 milligrams per day). He found 23 milligrams per day to be optimal for fat loss, with little additional benefit from higher doses.

ALPHA-LIPOIC ACID (ALA)

Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger that has been proven to regenerate vitamin C and vitamin E; restore levels of intracellular glutathione, an important antioxidant that declines with age; and increase secretion of toxic metals such as mercury. It was first synthesized and tested in the 1970s for the treatment of chronic liver diseases. The intravenous interventions reversed disease in75 out of 79 subjects.

Given its impressive effects, the most remarkable feature of ALA is its apparent lack of toxicity in humans. It’s NOAEL (No Observable Adverse Effect Level) is 60 milligrams per kilogram of body weight, which would make up to4,091 milligrams per day safe for a 10.7st (68kg) person. The dosing for this stack will be 300-900 milligrams per day. Although lipoic acid naturally occurs in some organ meats and vegetables, including spinach and broccoli, the amounts are trace.

Tim originally began taking ALA for its impressive impact on glucose uptake and reduced triglyceride product. He wanted to increase muscular absorption of the calories (and supplements) he was consuming, and ALA turned out to be the perfect force multiplier. More calories absorber into the muscles meant fewer calories deposited as fat and faster strength gains.

ALA accomplishes this, in part, by recruiting GLUT-4 glucose transporters to the muscular cell membrane. This both mimics insulin and increases insulin sensitivity, and ALA is therefore being explored as an “insulin-mimetic” that can be used to treat type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Not only does ALA increase glucose and nutrient absorption, but it also demonstrates triglyceride inhibition and fat storage.

In one sentence, here is why alpha-lipoic acid is majorly affective for weight loss: ALA helps you store the carbohydrates you eat in muscle or in your liver as opposed to in fat.

GREEN TEA FLAVANOLS (EGCG)

Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is a catechin and flavanol found in green teas. It has been research for a wide range of applications, including decreasing the risk of UV-induced skin damage, inhibiting cancer growth and reducing mitochondrial oxidative stress (anti-aging).

Tim tested green tea and EGCG for the underreported “off-label” benefits. Specifically related to body recomposition:

  • Much like ALA, EGCG increase GLUT-4 recruitment to the surface of skeletal muscle cells. Of equal interest, it inhibits GLUT-4 recruitment in fat cells. In other words, it inhibits the storage of excess carbohydrates as body fat and preferentially diverts them to muscle cells.
  • EGCG appears to increase programmed cell death (apoptosis) in mature fat cells. This means that these hard-to-kill fat cells commit suicide. The ease with which people regain fat is due to a certain “fat memory” (the size of fat cells decreases, but not the number), which makes EGCG a fascinating candidate for preventing the horrible rebounding most dieters experience. Very exciting and important!

Human studies have shown some potential fat loss with as little as a single dose of 150 milligrams of EGCG, but in this stack it will be targeted to take 325 milligrams three to four times per day, as the fat loss results seem to “hockey-stick” – go from a mild incline to a sharp rise – between 900 and 1,100 milligrams per day for the 10.7 to 14.3st (68 to 90.7kg) subjects Tim has worked with. It is suggested to use decaffeinated green tea extract capsules as the source, unless you want to be stuck to the ceiling and feel ill. Using tea leaves and steeping cup after cup is too imprecise and too caffeinated.

If you are undergoing cancer treatment, please consult your doctor before using EGCG, as it ca increase effects of some drugs (the oestrogen antagonist tamoxifen, for example) while decreasing the effects of others, such as the drug Velcade, to which it binds. If you are undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma or mantle cell lymphoma, likewise avoid EGCG.

GARLIC EXTRACT (ALLICIN POTENTIAL, S-ALLYL CYSTEINE)

Garlic extract and its constituent parts have been used for applications ranging from cholesterol management to inhibiting lethal MRSA staph infections. Strangely, Tim and his test subjects have had the best fat loss results with extracts designed to deliver relatively high doses of allicin. Allicin, if delivered in a stable form, appears to have the ability to inhibit fat regain. The reason Tim’s results were “strange” relates to the “stable form” bit. Most research indicates that allicin should halve almost zero bio-availability more than six days after extraction from garlic cloves, particularly after exposure to stomach acid. Tim’s confounding results could be due to a combination of other organic components, most notably one precursor to allicin: S-Allyl cystein (alliin). S-Allyl cystein exhibits outstanding oral bio-availability, near 100% in large mammals.

Until further research concludes otherwise, it is suggested using an aged-garlic extract (AGE) with high allicin potential that includes all constituent parts including S-Allyl cystein. For precision and convenience, supplements should be used to reach the target baseline in dosing, and use extra garlic in food for delectable (but not necessary) insurance above that baseline.

Warnings

Ensure adequate consumption of B-Complex vitamins while using PAGG and consult your doctor before use if you have a medical condition (e.g. hypertension, hypoglycemia, diabetes) or are taking any medications in particular, blood thinning medications (e.g. warfarin, aspirin, ect.), thyroid medications, or anti-anxiety drugs like clozapine. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use PAGG. Blood thinning compounds are not for babies.

*Reference and information is gathered from Timothy Ferriss’s book, “The Four Hour Body

Video:Why Learn About Wild Foods

This video is from EatTheWeeds.com and has some great informative info on wild foods that could be growing in your backyard. This is episode 1 out of a very long list.

Eat Green. You can learn how to eat the weeds. Green Deane’s foraging techniques for wild food are usable anywhere. www.EatTheWeeds.com. The introduction is edited to fit the time slot.

The plants mentioned in this video include:

-Bidens Alba
-Wild lettuce
-Asiatic Dayflower
-Oxalis
-Crepis Paponica
-Stachys Floridana
-Lichen

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