Cholesterol and Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

CholesterolEggs and many other foods high in cholesterol such as dairy, meats and seafood have always been an important part of a healthy diet, regardless of what the government or their co-dependent “experts” may say on any given day. Recently, the government admitted its decade’s long advice to avoid cholesterol was just a big, fat medical myth. So now the rule followers can “safely” put eggs back on their plates. But even with this recent reversal, most government health experts still lag so far behind in their understanding of cholesterol.

In fact, a recent lab study published in Nature Medicine shows cholesterol increases production of a critical component in the nervous system. This study also suggests cholesterol may even help prevent the onset of brain diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s dementia. For this study, researchers started with mice bred in the lab to develop the serious nervous system disorder called Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease (PMD). This cruel disease disrupts myelin production in mice, and in humans. Myelin is the fatty sheath that covers and protects (insulates) nerve endings. Myelin sheaths allow your nerves to effectively send and receive electrical signals that prompt movement, thinking, and other neurological functions. But in PMD patients (as well as MS patients), the myelin sheath breaks down, which impairs normal nervous system functioning, such as motor coordination and cognition.

Cholesterol is absolutely critical for producing and maintaining myelin sheaths. Without it, you run a much higher risk of developing brain degeneration and neurological illnesses, such as PMD and MS. For this study, researchers wanted to see if cholesterol treatment could help slow myelin degeneration. They found what they were looking for!

After the researchers bred the mice to develop PMD on a high-cholesterol diet and after six weeks, the mice stopped experiencing cognitive decline. Moreover, their myelin content increased, inflammation decreased, and their motor defects improved. Even after the onset of clinical symptoms, cholesterol treatment prevented disease progression. The researchers say that you can absolutely apply these findings to humans.

Cholesterol is critical to human health. It interlocks lipid molecules, which stabilize cell membranes and not just in brain and nerve tissues. Cholesterol is a vital building block for all the tissues in the body. So if you follow a low-cholesterol diet or take cholesterol-lowering drugs, you can significantly harm your health. Of course, mainstream medicine ridiculously dubbed statins as “miracle drugs.” But by stripping the body of cholesterol, and blocking the liver’s natural function of producing cholesterol, statin drugs cause serious nervous system and brain damage. So the only “miracle” is the drug’s systematic destruction of your tissues, your cells, and your brain.

Some cardiologists admit to the damage statins can cause, but they say it’s a fair “trade off.” Yes, the drugs increase your risk of developing dementia, Type II diabetes, kidney failure, cataracts and others. But the risk is “worth it” because the drugs lower your heart disease risk. As George V. Mann, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University, stated, “Saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet are not the cause of coronary heart disease. That myth is the greatest scientific deception of the century, perhaps of any century.” These drugs’ only benefits are to big pharma’s bottom line.

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Toxic Stress

stressThere is one thing on this planet that can heal just about any problem in your life and that is the immune healing systems of the body. However, there is one thing that will turn off that one thing-toxic stresses. It is responsible for almost 95 percent of illness and disease. The remaining five percent is genetic and caused by stress somewhere in your ancestry at the cellular levels. There may have been a time when just eating well and getting a few minutes of exercise every day was enough, but those days are gone. Staying healthy is an active pursuit. What many people are realizing is that they need to be proactive and consciously taking the extra step to ensure their own good health. We are living in a world with a constant barrage of toxic assault from the pollution in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, the products we bathe in, the clothes we wear, the homes we live in, and even our food. With the right information from trusted sources, we can make changes in our lives that lessen our exposure and teach us how to purge what we cannot avoid from our bodies through detoxification.

Unfortunately, for many of us, there are toxins that pose possibly even greater threats to our livelihood and our health. These toxins are especially insidious because we can’t see, smell or taste them. We never know when these toxins may arise to poison us and they are different for each of us. It can be difficult to determine their source, but their effects on our health can be immediate, or culminate in chronic disease after years of exposure. The insidious danger I am referring to is toxic emotion. Before you dismiss the very real danger and effect toxic emotions have on your well-being, let me tell you there are many prestigious universities like Harvard and Mayo Clinic who agree that emotional toxins such as stress, anxiety, sadness, deep frustration, loneliness, helplessness and anger can indeed affect your thoughts, feelings, behavior and, ultimately, your health. For example, stress even appears to impair the clearance of fat molecules from the body. With all the environmental toxins and toxic stress it is no wonder that obesity has become such an epidemic!

With the mind-body connection being so strong, that your emotions may be the main culprit behind low sex drive, sleep problems, extreme fatigue, headaches, anxiety, irritability, digestive issues, skin problems, drug or alcohol use, eating disorders and more. Unchecked toxic emotion can contribute to serious health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and even diabetes. Since even childhood with our tummy aches resulting from social and achievement related stressors, we learned to be overly critical about our own achievements and protect ourselves with our sympathetic nervous system with our “fight or flight” response in uncomfortable situations. During the “fight or flight” response, heart rate and blood pressure increase, glucose levels are raised and blood is distributed from the digestive tract to the muscles. Years of experiencing this reaction due to stress, anxiety and anger cause permanent damage to the body.

Even as adults, we have developed coping mechanisms which can develop into high blood pressure or stomach ulcers as a result of experiencing strong feelings of anxiety, stress or sadness. This is how what we are experiencing on an emotional level triggers physical health problems that often seem to have no cause. Please decide for to purge yourself of your negative toxic stresses that have accumulated through the years with alternative mind-body healing practices and self-realization techniques which are preferential to medication by detoxing these unhealthy emotions from your mind and body for the prevention of chronic diseases such as mentioned in this article.

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Adrenal Fatigue-Never Ignore These Two Signs

Adrenal FatigueAdrenal fatigue is a hard disorder to recognize. Many of the symptoms you may experience may be related to your adrenal glands which are not functioning properly. Exhaustion sets in when stress overwhelms these two glands which sit up on top of your kidneys. Your adrenal system (part of the Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system (HPA)) is responsible for all your body’s responses, both physical and mental. (I have written a more extensive newsletter which is on my website www.learnconquersoarcoaching.com). It does this by producing hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones regulate the way your body stores and produces energy. They modulate your immune system, your heart rate, your muscle tone, and other biological components of the stress response. When do they happen? Whenever there is a death in the family (I felt this surge in adrenaline recently with the unexpected death of our beloved dog. As an aside, I was very happy that I did not get a flare-up of my psoriasis from being very sad and upset over the loss (see my loss and grief blog), the stress of a major surgery, or your daily commute in rush hour traffic. A healthy body’s levels of these hormones will return to normal once a perceived threat subsides. However, in the case of adrenal fatigue, your adrenal glands made up of the cortex and the medulla (inside the glands), may remain in the chronic “fight or flight” mode. Your cortisol levels soar, and your body becomes less and less sensitive to it.

Weight starts to accumulate around your mid-section even if you haven’t changed your habits. Chronically elevated cortisol levels can trigger great changes to your body in how it copes with stress, processes food, fights off illness and handles toxins. When your body stops functioning properly, chronic inflammation happens. It is harmful and inflammation is the driving force behind every debilitating disease thus far. You might have general malaise and tiredness and other vague symptoms like trouble remembering things and a poor mood. That is how it started for me; fatigue and pushing through the day thinking it would pass, but it did not. Then after a few months, I then started to get red spots on my body and the psoriasis took over my body inside and out. You might think that there are no signs of a physical illness and that you may continue your life’s travails with that persistent fatigue. Most doctors continue to diagnose it as “chronic fatigue,” which means nothing is wrong with you.

Usually there are two signs of adrenal fatigue- people suffering from this burnout depend on coffee or other forms of caffeine or stimulants to get going in the morning and to make it through the day. The second is that the person wakes up around 3 or 4 in the morning. Please take note if you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms on a daily basis: Unexplained tiredness, feeling rundown, a tough recovery from stress or sickness, cravings for salty and sweet foods, trouble waking up in the morning despite a normal bedtime, and peak energy and alertness after 6 p.m. With these signs, your adrenal glands could be suffering.

Diet is the most critical component to restoring adrenal function. Cutting out all sugars and grains are first and foremost and go for nothing but steamed vegetables and lots of animal protein. The next important thing to do is to get enough sleep every night until adrenal recovery with an optimal time of nine to ten hours. For more information about supplementing your adrenals and functional adrenal tests, please contact me at debbie@learnconquersoarcoaching.com.

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How to Cure Hay Fever

hay feverWith the nagging symptoms of hay fever, the focus is mainly on environmental triggers like pollens, animal dander, dust, etc. Clearing your environment of all these things is important if you suffer from serious allergies. However, this is only half of the big picture. A true cure for hay fever requires “cleansing your internal environment.” If your insides are shipshape, then the external factors that fuel your allergies just won’t trigger the same reactions. Since I have reduced my body’s and clients’ inflammation, we have experienced such radical diminishing of runny noses, itchy eyes, scratchy throats, headaches, losing weight and other symptoms without prescription or non-prescription drugs. Even without locking ourselves inside until winter. There are a few changes that will have to be undertaken.

First and foremost is cleaning up your diet. Please eliminate any foods that contain yeast that may contribute to Candida overgrowth. It is not only a “female” problem. Common factors include antibiotic use and a heavily-processed, high sugar diet which can contribute to bacterial imbalances. This paves the path to Candida colonization in your gut. Yeast overgrowth compromises your digestive tract’s integrity by weakening the walls of your small intestine causing “leaky gut.” This allows food particles, yeast and other toxins to permeate your gut’s lining and trigger systemic reactions. I found it also undermines your immune system and trains your body to be hyper-vigilant toward all kinds of substances it may not have responded to before. Candida can actually create allergies where there were none before and make existing allergies to worsen.

With yeast overgrowth, it requires eliminating sugar or any food that converts to sugar in your body like white bread, pasta, etc. Even cheese and fermented foods also are to be included in this category. Look online for a complete list of foods. Here is a short list you can use as a guide: sugar, fruit juice or fruit, simple carbohydrates and starches, fermented foods, vinegar, cheese, smoked meats or fish and mushrooms. Please get rid of them. It could be making your allergies worse. Identifying other food sensitivities will take a bit of detective work. There is an ALCAT test on the market and it is the easiest way which does not require a doctor’s visit. There are other companies out there that may have similar tests, but it takes time to track down a company to do it for you.

However, what I offer, in addition to access to these types of tests, and while awaiting the results, is a food elimination strategy. It is cheaper and it’s reliable and not an easy one. You will need to avoid certain groups of foods, several at a time, for three weeks each. Then, you can add one food back from each category every five days. The general categories of foods include anything containing dairy, wheat, corn, chocolate, soy and caffeine. It looks pretty straightforward, but it can actually be pretty tricky. Each category of food contains many different food items, especially abundant in processed foods and may be hidden under different names on the ingredients list. You’ll even find these allergens in some non-food items.

Also, you will want to keep a food diary along with a log of how you feel and any symptoms that may pop up as you re-introduce each allergen. When all is said and done, this process may take up to six-months to complete. Once this is done, you’ll need to go onto the second phase of nutritional supplementation. Remember for lasting results, you will need to correct your diet and taking a few nutrients so you can cure your allergies.

This strategy takes several months and it isn’t as easy as popping a pill. However, as anything in life that has lasting results, your lifestyle familial diet habits may need to be modified to give your body resilience against our ever-changing environment. Control what you can inside. I did not say it would be easy.

Canola Oil Dangers

canola oilFat is not the enemy. Fat does not make you fat! Over fifty years of bad science, mostly funded by the U.S. Canola Association, eating the right fats can sustain and improve your health. There are five reasons to avoid vegetable oils, especially Canola Oil. Avoid it at all costs.

Canola oil is a polyunsaturated fat. It is prone to oxidation. (1) Heat, light or oxygen can cause it to go bad. They still use a high heat process to extract the oil from the rapeseed. Much of the product spoils before it leaves the factory. The consequences of long term use should have you using for other higher cooking temperature oils, like organic extra-virgin coconut or macadamia nut oils. They are cold-pressed, but can heat up to 425 degrees without changing their beneficial properties. The Canola manufacturing process produces chemical products called aldehydes. These compounds take time to build up in your body and over the years can lead to heart disease and cancer. (2) A study in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry reveals that aldehydes are formed at higher rates as the temperature of canola oil rises. (3) Even though Canola Oil is rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, the high heat processes of 176 to 248 degrees F to get the oil out of the rapeseed changes the Omega-3s and gives it a foul smell. So the manufacturers deodorize the product by using more heat.(4) With that higher heat process, they turn into harmful Trans fats which can cause heart disease, stroke and diabetes.(5) Even though Canola Oil began as rapeseed oil and it naturally contains high levels of erucic acid and glucosinolates, the FDA found them unfit for human consumption in 1956. Newer breeding practices in the early 1970s reduced the amount of toxins in the oil. (6) They are still in the canola oil and erucic acid is linked to heart damage. In one study, the rats that consumed the most erucic acid developed the most lesions and fat deposits in their hearts. (7)

About 90 percent of canola oil in the United States is genetically modified (GM). The DNA is altered so that rapeseed plants can resist the pesticide Roundup. The chemicals found in the Roundup put us at risk for DNA damage and raises our risks of developing certain cancers. Research also suggests that genetically modified organisms (GMO) could be blamed for a number of health problems such as compromised immunity, infertility, insulin spikes, and premature aging. GMOs can also change major organs, especially in the digestive system. (8)

Canola Oil is the largest source of vegetable oil in the world. (9) Always choose fats that have gone through the least processing and look for terms like “cold-pressed.” Manufacturers keep oil below certain temperatures to keep them from turning rancid. That means less toxins and health threats. Avoiding GM products is easier by looking for “organic” or “Non-GMO Project Verified” on the label.

REFERENCES:

  1. Rubin, Jordan, and Joseph Brasco. Restoring Your Digestive Health: How the Guts and Glory Program Can Transform Your Life. New York: Twin Streams, 2003. 84. Print.
  2. http://www.livestrong.com/article/459786-can-you-get-sick-from-eating-rancid-oil/
  3. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf03523f?_sm_au_=iHVlsFnjnWrF6S57
  4. http://www.drfranklipman.com/canola-oil-a-healthy-oil-fraud/
  5. http://hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/transfats/
  6. http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/crops/soybeans-oil-crops/canola.aspx
  7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1277456/pdf/compmed00043-0031.pdf
  8. http://www.responsibletechnology.org/posts/gmo-health-dangers/
  9. http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/crops/soybeans-oil-crops/canola.aspx

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Loss and Grief

love and griefMost recently, another family member passed away and this time so unexpectedly. Our loss impacted our family in different ways. My spouse found the lifeless body of our beloved seven year old German Shepard while I was away on a flying trip. What happened next for us was such an emotional burden of shock and disbelief and learned habits of loss and grief. I received the phone call after my spouse who is medically trained in CPR who tried to revive his body. I then started crying in the public restaurant and tried to keep it together. After that outburst of emotion, I went into action so that my spouse would get some help to lift the 92 pound lifeless body into the car. Most of us rely on old ideas to deal with whatever crisis confronts us. As we have patterned our other habits, we typically do the same actions the same way. While we typically do not experience loss and grief daily, we have emulated others and their patterns of what to do intellectually the way we learned to deal with whatever challenges come our way.

It is not all of our faults on how we developed and maintained our habits. All physical and emotional actions become habitual. Even loss is inevitable and sometimes predictable. As we grew up, our primary caretakers, usually our parents, we learned from watching and mirroring what the parents do before there are words. After the child learns verbal skills, there is more of an understanding about how the parents deal with life’s lessons including loss and grief. In dealing with loss and grief through a child’s eyes, the caretaker usually only teaches the familial habit patterns and what they remember. They are usually patterned after others from the past who may have said, “Don’t feel bad. Replace the loss. Grieve alone. Just give it time. Be strong for others and keep busy.” After hearing these statements, how can we focus on the recovery of loss and grief of the individual? Everything we do and say is deeply personal and we should focus on the individual and not on blanket statements. Otherwise, after hearing these types of intellectual advice, we then mistrust our feelings and may not fully experience any future success in love and living a life fully lived.

We have been taught to acquire things and not what to do when we lose them. In our younger years, there is so much emphasis on learning to acquire things in order to make life successful and happy. So when we lose something or someone, what, where and how well will you be able to recover from that loss? To help with loss and grief or, any other area not related to success and happiness, you may need to change how you look at the world with new habits when the unexpected happens. You may be able to do this yourself or you may need some coaching to do some of the following changes:

You need to develop new habits by becoming AWARE of the need to have a new habit. You must learn the components or parts necessary to build the habit by identifying the ideas that do not work and REPLACING them with ideas that do. Finally, you must PRACTICE the new ideas so that you can turn these skills into life-long patterns when your life turns upside down with loss and grief. Then when you have those life skills of going through that loss, you will return to a deeper state of feeling more success and happiness in the growth of your soul and spirit.

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Common Medical Myths About Foods and Nutrition

Myths About Foods and NutritionBY JUST EATING A BALANCED DIET-This idea is too vague. A balanced diet for a fast oxidizer person (classified as an earlier stage of stress. Their adrenal and thyroid glands tend to be very active and burn their food faster. They will crave starches and sweets if they do not enough fats and oils with each meal). A balanced diet for a slow metabolizer (classified in a less healthful stage of stress called the exhaustion stage. Their digestive power is much lower and liver activity is usually more sluggish. Most do not handle fats and oils nearly as well as fast oxidizers. They do better on more protein, which stabilizes their abnormal oxidation rate and their blood sugar level. They can handle complex carbs and most vegetables).

JUST COUNT CALORIES IF YOU WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT– Many overweight people wish it were this easy. It may work if the adrenal glands are functioning properly. Starving by reducing calories often just makes weight loss and restoring one’s health more difficult later on.

NUTRITIONAL THERAPY IS PROBABLY INEFFECTIVE BECAUSE THERE ARE NO DOUBLE-BLIND STUDIES– This is totally false. How can a researcher disguise an apple or a beefsteak? How can a medical researcher disguise a sauna or a coffee enema? Also, each person is treated individually, so the only valid studies are those of general outcomes, not double blind which usually involve only one variable. The best studies are epidemiological or prospective and retrospective studies.

DRUGS AND SURGERIES ARE BETTER THAN DIET OR SUPPLEMENTS FOR SERIOUS CONDITIONS– This could not be more false. Drugs may be needed for some emergencies, at times, though not always. Nutritional balancing is for long-term, slow rebuilding of the body. This does not mean to abandon drugs, but natural and much less toxic alternatives are often better.

FOOD ALONE IS ADEQUATE TO MEET OUR NUTRITIONAL NEEDS– This 100 year old allopathic and homeopathic idea is so incorrect that it is still taught in medical and healing schools. Today’s food is so deficient in some nutrients that even eating very carefully rarely supplies all that our bodies require.

JUST EAT THE FOUR FOOD GROUPS ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNMENT’S FOOD PYRAMID. These are “dietetic” ideas that have little basis in fact or reality. In fact, they often lead to worse eating habits such as living on excessive starches.

VITAMINS AND MINERALS ARE ONLY HELPFUL TO CORRECT DEFICIENCY DISEASES SUCH AS SCURVY– This 100 year old allopathic concept is still taught in some medical schools and contains no truth at all. Anyone offering this advice has not researched the subject thoroughly.

DIETS CAN CLEANSE THE BODY– This is true, but only to a degree. A better way is that anything that enhances vitality will tend to cause the body to cleanse itself better. For example, a fruit diet, a fast or juicing may cause a cleansing of the intestines. However, fruit contains little sulfur and often slows the oxidation rate, causing more toxicity in the long run. Similarly, colon cleansing powders and drinks may relieve constipation, but are usually deficient in nutrients, so they upset body chemistry if used for any length of time. Balance the body by enhancing the energy level with saunas and enemas.

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