Categories Gut health, Health

Phospholipid Colostrum

Allergy Research Phospholipid Colostrum is obtained from healthy, grass-fed cows, within the first 16 hours after birthing. It has an added natural phospholipid coating (liposomal) from sunflower lecithin, for enhanced protection, dissolution, and absorption.
* It is tested to be free of antibiotics and growth hormones.

Women who are pregnant, wishing to become pregnant, or breastfeeding should use only under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

Store in a cool, dry place, tightly capped.

 
Servings Per Container: 60

As a dietary supplement, 1 scoop (5 g) one or two times daily, or as directed by a healthcare professional.


Serving Size: 1 scoop (5 g)

Amount Per Serving
Calories … 50
Protein … 3g
Calcium … 25mg
Colostrum and Sunflower Lecithin Phospholipids … 5g
Immunoglobulins … 1g
(Total)
Proline-Rich Polypeptides … 200mg
(PRP)
Lactoferrin … 50mg

 


Quantity



Inflammation

Science is showing that chronic inflammation is at the root of nearly every disease.  Inflammation is linked to everything from metabolic disorders, like obesity and diabetes, to neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.

How Does Colostrum Work?
Colostrum is highly beneficial in the unique manner in which it provides the body with its numerous immune and growth factors. Most infectious disease-causing organisms enter the body through the mucous membranes of the intestinal tract.. In order to remain healthy, it is critical that we are able to combat disease-causing organisms, such as bacteria and viruses or as well as environmental toxins, contaminants and allergens where they attack us.

Clinical research by Dr. David Tyrell in England, published in 1981, revealed that a high percentage of the antibodies and immunoglobulins present in colostrum are believed not to be absorbed but remain in the intestinal tract where they attack disease-causing organisms before they can penetrate the body and cause disease. The remainder are absorbed and distributed to assist in our internal defense processes. It is this combination of action that makes colostrum so unique and effective as an oral supplement.

Healing the gut
Another critical action of colostrum’s growth factors, epithelial growth factor (EGF) in particular, is to heal and prevent damage to the lining of the gastrointestinal tract by maintaining integrity of tight junctions. The delicate lining between the GI tract and the bloodstream is one cell thick and, because it is permeable, it allows nutrients from food to gain access to the body.

The downside is that the lining can become hyperpermeable when the tight junctions loosen. This condition, commonly referred to as “leaky gut syndrome” or “leaky gut,” allows larger, partially digested food proteins, disease-causing microbes and toxins to enter the body as well. Once inside the bloodstream, the immune system recognizes these substances as foreign and mounts an inflammatory response against them. If the ensuing inflammation becomes chronic, the immune system may mistakenly attack healthy cells, which over time can lead to tissue destruction and autoimmune conditions.

Damage to the gut lining can be caused by a variety of factors, including NSAIDs, prescription pain medications, antibiotics, birth control pills, glyphosate, GMOs, poor lifestyle choices  i.e., chronic alcohol use and environmental toxins. Damage can be compounded by an unhealthy microbiome in which beneficial bacteria are unable to keep pathogenic bacteria in check.

Colostrum’s immunoglobulins, antibodies, lactoferrin and other immune-modulating components can help maintain a healthy microbiome.  When the GI lining is strong and the microbiome is healthy, the body can make good use of the foods and nutrients consumed and help maintain an optimally functioning immune system. Bovine colostrum is the only natural substance that has been clinically proven to heal damage to the intestinal lining and prevent intestinal hyperpermeability.

Reduce inflammation
Bovine colostrum contains more than 200 growth factors and immune-modulating components (such as the aforementioned PRPs) that function synergistically to help the immune system do its job more effectively.  PRPs can stimulate an underactive immune system to seek out and destroy viruses and bacteria to prevent infection. They can also tone down an overactive immune system, such as in the case of autoimmune conditions, to prevent further damage caused by excessive inflammation.

Note that when prescribing bovine colostrum as an adjunct therapy, for it to be effective its healing components must be bioavailable. The infant’s digestive system does not contain harsh stomach acids the way an adult’s digestive system does. The immature GI tract plus the natural lipid coating on mother’s colostrum guarantees maximum benefit for the infant.

But when raw, fresh bovine colostrum is processed into powder form, it loses the lipid coating that otherwise protects it from being digested in the adult’s stomach, and it becomes more like powdered milk. Thus, it is critical that the lipid coating be restored. The reapplication of lipids preserves the growth factors and immune-modulating components, making it as close to raw, fresh colostrum as possible.

Colostrum Meets the Microbiome A Tried and True Remedy for Gut Health Takes Centre Stage

The microbiome is one of the most exciting discoveries of 21st century biomedicine, and scientific heavyweights as prominent as Craig Ventner, whose company sequenced the human genome, are now sequencing the microbiome.

The microbiome is the ecological community of commensal, symbiotic, and pathogenic microorganisms that literally share our body space–the mass of trillions of microbes that live on and in your body. Most of them are in your large intestine, but they thrive in your mouth, on your skin, and even in your bloodstream.

The human gut contains on average: 40,000 bacterial species, 9 million unique bacterial genes and 100 trillion microbial cells. These hundred trillion microbes render us a walking, breathing ecosystem–more microbe than man.

Research on ancient and modern microbiomes is uncovering new insights into the fluid and ever-changing composition of our resident bacteria. An intact “microbial tomb” was found on teeth from humans buried in Pompei over a thousand years ago. Fossilized fecal samples from medieval times are being analyzed, and scientists are even going to sequence the microbiomes of identical twin astronauts up in space, to see how low gravity and diet might affect it.

The Human Food Project in Tanzania is sampling the gut microbiome of hundreds of Hadzabe hunter-gatherers, whose diet is so different than that of most individuals in developed nations.

Why such interest in the microbiome? Because the microbes we cohabit with, particularly those of the gut, help regulate human health and wellbeing, and even influence the brain, neurological function, and behavior. New research shows that beneficial bacteria in our microbiome may help us fight infection anywhere in the body. In fact, gut microbes help our bodies develop immune

And that brings us to colostrum: Mother Nature’s first food for the developing microbiome in all mammals, our earliest and most potent influence on gut health and bacterial composition.

Colostrum provides a cornucopia of nutrients, immunoglobulins, passive antibodies, and signaling peptides that Mother Nature has perfectly honed to protect the newborn infant from infection, and to help train and shape the emerging immune system so it can handle its environment. Ingesting colostrum establishes beneficial bacteria in the neonate’s digestive tract.

“Research shows that colostrum can restore a leaky gut lining to normal permeability levels, and reduce movement of toxins and gut microbes into the bloodstream.”

Colostrum contains immunoglobulins such as IgG, IgA, IgM; the immune modulating molecule lactoferrin; fat-soluble vitamins including retinol, tocopherol, and beta-carotene; water soluble vitamins including niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B12, pyridoxal, pyridoxamine, and pyridoxine; and minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, zinc, iron, copper and manganese.

It contains whey proteins, oligosaccharides, immunoglobulins, growth factors including IGF-1, IGF-2, TGFbeta and EGF, prolactin, and insulin. Fresh colostrum also contains both essential and non-essential amino acids, enzymes, and commensal bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium. Finally, colostrum contains a rich array of novel, potent signaling peptides called proline-rich peptides (PRPs).

Colostrum helps the newborn gut develop a healthy microbiota. When our gut ecology becomes imbalanced, we experience dysbiosis. Then the delicate gut lining and associated lymphoid tissue becomes inflamed, leading to altered levels of permeability.

That increased permeability can then result in microbial translocation–or the movement of toxins and gut microbes through the normally tight epithelial barrier of the gastrointestinal tract into the bloodstream. Microbial translocation has been implicated in the pathogenesis of HIV, cirrhosis, atopic dermatitis and many other conditions.

Decreased permeability can lead to altered absorption of essential food components, a thickening of the lining, loss of the local villi and subsequent activation of the innate lymphoid cell, as bacteria have direct contact to the lining because of loss or decreased functionality of the mucus layer.

Research shows that colostrum can restore a leaky gut lining to normal permeability levels. The immunoglobulins in colostrum are especially impressive at combating gut pathogens, including H. pylori, E. coli and protozoan parasites and amoebas. Antimicrobial effects are likely due to the presence of the antibody (immunoglobulin) complement system.

In addition, research by David Tyrell, MD, in 1980, suggested that a high percentage of antibodies and immunoglobulins present in colostrum remain in the intestinal tract, where they attack pathogens.

A recent study on bovine colostrum suggested that it is a potential source of anti-infective glycans which might limit Campylobacter jejuni infection, the leading cause of acute bacterial infectious diarrhea in humans. Researchers found that bovine colostrum dramatically reduced the cellular invasion and translocation of C. jejuni, in a concentration dependent manner. Bovine colostrum also completely prevented C. jejuni binding to chicken intestinal mucin, in vitro.

Bovine colostrum can restore the damage caused by anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to the gut lining. For instance, the anti-inflammatory NSAID indomethacin when used alone causes a three-fold increase in gut permeability. But when taken with colostrum by healthy volunteers, there is no increase in gut permeability. Researchers concluded that bovine colostrum may provide a novel approach to the prevention of NSAID induced gastrointestinal damage in humans.

In another study, researchers determined that bovine colostrum is a rich source of tissue repair and growth factors, and limits gastrointestinal injury. Feeding with colostrum facilitated growth of the intestinal villi, assisting with the restoration of barriers that have become impermeable as well as too permeable. Only the colostrum casein fraction stimulated intestinal villus elongation, whereas the whey fraction and mature milk casein showed no such effect. Colostrum has therapeutic potential for intestinal inflammation.

“New research shows that beneficial bacteria in our microbiome may help us fight infection anywhere in the body.”

Colostrum enemas were effective in the treatment of distal colitis during a randomized, double-blind study. Fourteen patients with a mean age of 45 and mild to moderately severe distal colitis, were given colostrum enema or placebo enema for 4 weeks. Both groups also received the drug mesalazine.

The colostrum group showed a mean reduction in symptom score of 2.9, while the group only on medication showed an increase of 0.5. Symptoms improved in five of the eight patients in the colostrum group and in two of the six patients in the placebo group. The researchers concluded that bovine colostrum enemas may be a novel adjunctive therapy for left-sided colitis along with standard treatment with anti-inflammatory drugs such as mesalazine.

Lactoferrin is one of the main proteins in colostrum. High quality supplemental colostrum has over 1%. Lactoferrin binds free iron, which many bacteria and fungi need to reproduce. Lactoferrin can penetrate the cell wall of bacteria, which allows an antimicrobial enzyme in gastric secretions calls lysozyme to then enter the cell and cause it to burst. Together, lactoferrin and lysozyme can destroy Candida albicans.

We know that nutrients are absorbed along the length of the small intestine, which is lined with millions of microscopic, finger-like projections called villi. Each villus is connected to a mesh of capillaries so that nutrients can pass into the bloodstream.

Colostrum extract that contains bioactive components such as insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), enhances intestinal villus size and can modulate neonatal gastrointestinal tract development and function. Villus circumference and height in the small intestine, as well as epithelial cell proliferation, are higher in calves fed colostrum extract than in controls.

According to a review article in 2011 on colostrum, a commercial product which is made from large standardized pools of colostrum collected from over 100 cows has been used to treat a number of diseases, including diarrhea caused by diarrheagenic E. coli. Bovine colostrum contains significant antimicrobial properties as a result of natural exposure of the cows to antigens of pathogens that may afflict humans as well.

All colostrum and milk will contain some secretory IgA. The presence of secretory IgA in the intestinal lumen is part of the protective function of  the epithelial barrier in the intestine and also plays an important role in maintaining ecological tolerance with the commensal bacteria.

Milk and colostrum secretory IgA in the intestine will bind bacteria, toxins and other macromolecules, limiting their ability to bind to intestinal cells and thereby be transported through the mucosa to cause a systemic immune response. The mature stomach lining of an adult is of course more effective in digesting proteins and peptides than that of a newborn infant.

Fresh bovine colostrum has a natural phospholipid coating that enhances its properties, but this is lost during the processing of colostrum into a powder form. New research by biochemist Michail Borissenko, BSc, MSc, chief scientist at the Institute of Colostrum Research in New Zealand, suggests that coating bovine colostrum with high quality phospholipids during processing helps to make it more soluble and preserve it until it reaches the large intestine.

Although bovine colostrum is generally well tolerated, colostrum with the phospholipid coating restored may possibly increase tolerance and benefit for sensitive individuals. Colostrum and phospholipids together might provide an ideal and stable source of the ultimate “mother’s milk” for healing the gut and restoring a healthy microbiome.

Low Cost Vitamin D Levels Testing
Categories Health

Low Cost Vitamin D testing

Today I’m going to give you information on this very important hormone and how to get your levels checked for less than $50! CLICK HERE!

 Yes Vitamin D is actually a hormone that has many important functions to your health.  I’m going to post highlights from some of the published studies shown at the bottom of this page.

  • Optimal levels of 60-80 ng/mL is based on the reports done by Dr. Gominak M.D. a Neurologist on over 5000 patients. It has been a very consistent observation for more than 7 years of testing. Most patients test an average of 3-4 times per year in order to keep their sleep at its best.
  • Hormone D is made from the sun UVB light. When your skin is exposed to sunlight, it makes vitamin D from cholesterol. The sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) rays hit cholesterol in the skin cells, providing the energy for vitamin D synthesis to occur.  There is no UVB light in the winter months.
  • What you will need to have, in order to use vitamin D safely, is a blood test called the vitamin D3 25 OH blood level. In the past our vitamin D blood level fluctuated with the seasons, high in summer, low in winter. Because humans are hairless we developed our own sunscreen (melanin) to block the sun and the formation of D. In the summer, as we stay in the sun day after day we make vitamin D but we also make a tan, which blocks the formation of more D, regulating the amount we make.
  • Most people can make 20,000 IU of vitamin D on a summer day, lying by the pool in a bathing suit. Darker-skinned people need longer sun exposure to make the same amount of D. There are break- down processes in the skin that prevent the D blood level from rising above 80 ng/ml from just sun exposure. So that level appears to be the “natural” upper limit. Supplementing vitamin D as a pill can easily take the D blood level above 80 ng/ml and it turns out that a D level over 80 usually makes sleep worse.
  • Darker skinned people have a harder time converting UVB rays into Hormone D. Melanin reduces the penetration of UVB and thus contributes to vitamin D insufficiency in individuals with darker skin.
  • Your Vitamin D blood level it should be tested by using D3 25 OH, (LCMS technique, not immunoassay) and not the D 1,25 OH level.

Vitamin D deficiency has again become a major public health interest with its association with osteoporosis, osteomalacia, fractures, and more recently with prevention of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses.

Regular sun exposure has decreased due to changing lifestyles. Vitamin D deficiency is especially prevalent in dark skinned children and adults living in Northern latitudes, and obese children and adults.

Improving the vitamin D status worldwide would have dramatic effects on public health, and reduce healthcare costs for many chronic diseases. The most cost-effective way to remedy this deficiency is to increase food fortification with higher levels of vitamin D along with sensible sun exposure, and adequate vitamin D supplementation.

INDICATIONS FOR VITAMIN D TESTING

  • Patients diagnosed with any of the Vitamin D related diseases (cancer, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, depression, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and other others)

  • Patients with osteoporosis or rickets

  • Persistent and nonspecific musculoskeletal pain

  • Signs of depression or lack of energy

  • Patients with gastrointestinal disease and/or who have had a cholecystectomy

  • Elderly individuals

  • Patients having problems sleeping
  • Overweight individuals with a BMI >25

  • Infants that are exclusively breastfed or children without a well-balanced diet

  • Individuals taking Vitamin D supplementation greater than 50 mcg (2,000 IUs) per day

  • Individuals that reside above 42 degrees north latitude (a line approximately between the northern border of California and Boston)

  • Individuals with medium to dark complexions or who do not regularly receive 20 minutes of direct sunlight each day

Low Cost Vitamin D Levels Testing

The Vitamin D Deficiency Pandemic: a Forgotten Hormone Important for Health
https://publichealthreviews.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1007/BF03391602

Vitamin D as an effective treatment approach for drug abuse and addiction
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2251729413000050

The Possible Role of Vitamin D in Suppressing Cytokine Storm and Associated Mortality in COVID-19 Patients
https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.08.20058578v3

Scientific Documentation of the Relationship of Vitamin D Deficiency and the Development of Cancer
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19817700/

The Role of Vitamin D in Cancer Prevention
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1470481/

Vitamin D deficiency puts you at much greater risk for cancer — there’s more
https://www.ksat.com/sponsored/2019/10/17/vitamin-d-deficiency-puts-you-at-much-greater-risk-for-cancer-theres-more/

The world epidemic of sleep disorders is linked to vitamin D deficiency
https://drgominak.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Med-Hypoth-vitamin-d-sleep-gominak.pdf

Vitamin D deficiency changes the intestinal microbiome reducing B
vitamin production in the gut. The resulting lack of pantothenic acid
adversely affects the immune system, producing a ‘‘pro-inflammatory”
state associated with atherosclerosis and autoimmunity
https://drgominak.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Med-Hypoth-2nd-article.pdf

Vitamin D Is Not as Toxic as Was Once Thought: A Historical and an Up-to-Date Perspective
https://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(15)00244-X/abstract

Vitamin D for prevention of respiratory tract infections
https://www.who.int/elena/titles/commentary/vitamind_pneumonia_children/en/

New evidence that vitamin D prevents respiratory infections
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/315886

Vitamin D reduces respiratory infections in older, long-term care residents.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161116103005.htm

Association Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Allergic Diseases
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4975286/

Vitamin D: modulator of the immune system.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20427238

The Vitamin D Epidemic and Its Health Consequences
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16251641

Vitamin D Deficiency: A Worldwide Problem With Health Consequences
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18400738/

Low Vitamin D Raises Mortality Risk in Nursing Home Patients
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/760055

Vitamin D: Nutrient, Hormone, and Immunomodulator
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30400332

Categories Health, Mental health

Depression Memory Loss Treatment

MAO-B-Inhibiting Nutrients and the drug Deprenyl

Monoamine oxidase (MAO) is an enzyme involved in the degradation process for various monoamines released by neurons and glial cells, including dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine (NE).

 

All of which are crucial to brain function in various ways.

There are two types of MAO, Type A and Type B. Type B inhibition is what is used for anxiety, ADHD, depression, memory loss, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

MAO-B levels and activity are highly correlated and increase after chronic stress hormone exposure.

The enzyme monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) serves a function in youth by keeping neurotransmitter levels from elevating too high.  As we age past 45 years, however, MAO-B levels begin a steady rise that results the depletion in dopamine seen in elderly individuals.

MAO-B also may inflict toxic damage to brain cells via several well-defined mechanisms.

Excess MAO-B not only deprives us of our youthful emotions by depleting dopamine, but also impairs cognitive functions by decreasing acetylcholine while simultaneously accelerating brain aging.

People today should take steps to suppress MAO-B levels as they age past 45 years

Monoamine Neurotransmitters Include:

  • Dopamine
  • Serotonin
  • Adrenaline
  • Dimethyltryptamine (DMT)
  • Melatonin
  • Noradrenalin
  • B-phenylethylamine (PEA)
  • Benzylamine

Natural Products Screening for the Identification of Selective Monoamine Oxidase-B Inhibitors:

1. Amur Cork Tree (Phellodendron Amurense)

MAO-B Inhibition Very High (IC50 <.07 mg/ml)

Amur cork tree is one of the 50 fundamental Chinese herbs. It’s commonly used for it’s sedative, muscle relaxant, antiarrhythmic, positive inotropic, hypotensive, and antibacterial actions. 

 Phellodendron amurense (aka Amur cork tree; family Rutaceae) is a meagerly investigated Chinese medicinal plant. In our study, its bark ethanolic extract clearly was a selective hMAO-BI as its potent inhibition was previously spectrophotometrically confirmed [].

The plant constituted alkaloids such as phellodendron, palmatine, jatrorrhizine, and berberine [,] where the later displayed safe antidepressant-like activities in mice by the possible mechanism MAO-A inhibition and increasing DA, NE and serotonin brain levels [,].

PAB is high in the flavone tetramethyl-o-scutellarin, and the triterpenoids limonoids []. Limonoid obacunone was found neuroprotective in glutamate-induced neurotoxicity in vitro [].

In clinical studies, PAB extract supplement safely reduced cortisol [], and relieved mild anxiety in women []. Also, PAB inhibited pro-inflammatory cytokines [,] and protected from prostate tumors progression [], property found in some MAO-AIs [].

Based on our results and literature, there is a lack of knowledge on MAO-B inhibition and selectivity benefits of PAB extracts and phytochemicals. Further studies on PABEE as MAO-BI source for PD are highly recommended.

 
2. Gan Cao (Glycyrrhiza Uralensis Root)

MAO-B Inhibition Very High (IC50 <.07 mg/ml)

Gan Cao is a type of licorice (same genus), and is used in much the same way. Its traditional uses involves female disorders, digestive disorders, ulcers, and heart arrythmias. One of the most interesting sue of this plant, is as a “harmonizer” of other medicinal plants.

In Chinese traditional medicine this is one of the main herbs used in formulas for its ability to improve the outcomes of other plants.

The roots of Glycyrrhiza uralensis (aka Chinese licorice; family Leguminosae) is another commonly used medicinal plant in traditional Chinese and natural medicine. Our new finding that GUREE inhibits hMAO-B selectively is supported by our previous finding for its hMAO-B inhibition [].

Interestingly, GUR was more selective than Glycyrrhiza glabra in our screen. Reported Glycyrrhiza uralensis different active constituents from other Glycyrrhiza genuses may influence its MAO-B selective inhibition []. GUR contains unique phytochemicals including isoprenylated phenolics [] flavonoids, chalcones, and triterpene saponins [].

Chalcone isoliquiritigenin, is an inhibitor for MAO-B [] with multifunctional anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cytoprotective [] cellular detoxification system activator [] and anti-apoptotic [] anti-amyloid-β toxicity [] neuroprotective properties. GUR total flavonoid extracts showed neurogenesis protective effect in depressed rats model [].

The flavonoid liquiritin showed antioxidant and antiapoptotic neuroprotective effects in mice [] and ameliorated depression in rat model []. Its benzopyran dehydroglyasperin-C also showed neuroprotection []. Xiao Yao San, a traditional herb combination containing GUR for chronic depression, was effective in both animal models and clinical trials [,].

Other multifunctional properties of GUR constituents included reducing pro-inflammatory cytokines, nitric oxide, reactive oxygen species, lipid peroxidation [], and mitochondrial impairment []. Interestingly, GUREE reports covered its chemopreventive [] and anti-diabetic properties []. Therefore, specifically investigating GUREE as a selective MAO-BI could be beneficial.

 
3. Psoralea Fruit Babchi (Psoralea Corylifolia)

MAO-B Inhibition Very High (IC50 <.07 mg/ml)

Psoralea fruit is a lesser known Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicinal plant species. It was used in the past for conditions like vitiligo and other skin related conditions. Recently it has received a lot of attention for its MAO inhibiting properties, and is suggested to be a norepinephrine, re-uptake inhibitor.  

In addition, the seeds of Psoralea corylifolia (aka, Bu Gu Zhi or Babchi; family Leguminosae) are important in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines []. PCSEE was one of the most potent and selective hMAO-BI using our fluorometric screening assay.

Our PCS findings are supported by our previous investigations on its hMAO-B inhibitory potency tested spectrophotometrically [], and its selectivity for hMAO-B using a luminescence assay [].

Previous PCS screened extracts for active constituents revealed that the ethanolic extract composes more medically active compounds than some other PCS extracts, which makes it a better candidate for novel phytomedicines [].

PSCEE is rich in benzopyrone structure constituents including coumarins and flavonoids. PCS furocoumarins psoralen and isopsoralen showed rat MAOs activities inhibitions [], which were supported by total furocoumarins potent antidepressant effects on mice []. PCS also contains isoflavones, which have been used as dietary supplements in various diseases, including osteoporosis, cognitive dysfunction, cardiovascular disease, and inflammation [], which are close to PCS multifaceted properties [].

We previously investigated bavachinin and genistein flavonoids constituents of PCS. Bavachinin exhibited a selective hMAO-B inhibition [] while isoflavone genistein was similarly potent but less selective against hMAO-B [].

Moreover, PCSEE contains monoterpenes that protected against the MAO-B substrate 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) SN cell damage and MPTP-induced motor deficits in PD model [], inhibited DA and norepinephrine (NE) transporters [], and showed antidepressant effects with catecholamine neurotransmitters regulation [,].

The PCS extracts were also neuroprotective against the MPTP precursor MPP+ [] and the nitropropionic acid (3-NP) induced cytotoxicity and mitochondrial dysfunction [].

Although the seeds are used in dermatological disorders health supplements [] and increasingly investigated on in vitro and animal models, the extract and its phytochemicals clinical effects on degenerative diseases are yet to be clinically considered.

From our results, the observed association between PCS constituents MAO-B inhibitions and the extracts neuroprotection in the previous reports suggests more investigations for potential beneficial PCS phytochemicals for PD.

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4. Ferula assafoetida roots

MAO-B Inhibition Very High (IC50 <0.07 mg/ml)

This resin has been used as a spice and a phytomedicine around the globe for centuries. In the folklore medicine, it is mostly used in asthma, gastrointestinal disorders, and neuronal disorders [].

In recent reports, the resin improved memory and learning in rats [], and exhibited neuroprotection and nerve stimulation in mice peripheral neuropathy [], and anticonvulsant properties [].

FAR contains bioactive phytochemicals such as polysulfides, sesquiterpenes, sesquiterpene-coumarins, diterpenes, phenolics, and flavonoids [,]. Its coumarin umbelliprenin showed anti-inflammatory properties [], while ferulic acid showed anti-atherosclerotic, antioxidant, and neuroprotective properties [] and became a candidate for AD [].

Therefore, investigations on the resin concerning PD need to be considered.

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Natural Products Screening for the Identification of Selective Monoamine Oxidase-B Inhibitors

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4898948/

 

DEPRENYL

The video below explains Deprenyl a VERY safe pharmaceutical drug with hardly any side effects that inhibits MAO-B.  

 

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The Most Sought-After Anti-Aging Drug

February 2016

By William Faloon

William Faloon
William Faloon

In the 1980s-1990s, published studies in Europe showed remarkable life span increases in animals given a drug called deprenyl.

In elderly rats treated with deprenyl, remaining life span doubled in response to the drug. Aged dogs given deprenyl had twice the survival rate compared with placebo-treated dogs.  Mice that were immune-suppressed lived up to about 200% longer on deprenyl. (Most elderly humans suffer immune suppression).

Not only were life spans lengthened, but some deprenyl-supplemented animals displayed more youthful energy levels, as related to sexual activity.

This outpour of scientific data from Europe had aging Americans clamoring to get their hands on deprenyl. It started being used in Europe to treat Parkinson’s disease in the 1970s, but the FDA did not approve deprenyl until 1989.

When deprenyl was finally approved, it cost Americans 4 times more money than what Europeans were paying for the identical drug. Unwilling to pay this extortionist price, Americans began ordering personal-use supplies from Europe.

The FDA struck back and launched criminal investigations against those seeking to make deprenyl more affordable. The FDA did this at the behest of the drug company that owned the patent on deprenyl.

One individual made a liquid form of deprenyl that sold quite well until he was arrested by the FDA and sent to prison for almost 13 years. Back in those days, deprenyl was the most sought-after anti-aging drug.

Some of our supporters still use deprenyl, though getting a physician to prescribe it for anti-aging purposes is sometimes impossible. This article will describe how Americans can now derive the anti-aging mechanism of deprenyl in a low-cost nutrient.

Deprenyl is a drug the FDA approved to treat early-stage Parkinson’s disease. It was enthusiastically greeted by neurologists when first approved in the United States, but its therapeutic effect on advanced Parkinson’s patients was disappointing.

That’s because a significant drop in dopamine occurs before symptoms of Parkinson’s disease become evident. Therefore, most Parkinson’s patients have already lost so many dopamine-producing neurons that deprenyl is of little value.

Deprenyl enhances the anti-Parkinson effects of standard drugs.  Its primary mechanism is to inhibit an enzyme in the brain that destroys dopamine.

Longevity enthusiasts realized 30 years ago that if low-dose deprenyl is initiated before the onset of Parkinson’s symptoms, the brain might be protected against Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

By inhibiting this dopamine-degrading enzyme, it was theorized, people might not only live longer, but behave younger.

This same enzyme (MAO-B) may be involved in the destruction of dopamine-producing neurons.

Dopamine Levels in the Brain

Prior to age 45 in people, dopamine levels remain fairly stable.  After that, dopamine in the human brain decreases by about 13% each decade.

When the dopamine-producing neuron content in the brain reaches about 30% of normal, Parkinson’s symptoms may be present.

When dopamine levels reach 10% of normal, death ensues.

This has led to the hypothesis that if we live long enough, we will all develop Parkinson’s symptoms due to dopamine depletion in our brains.

How Deprenyl Works in the Brain

How Deprenyl Works in the Brain  

Monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) is an enzyme in the brain that degrades neurotransmitters like dopamine.

As humans age, MAO-B levels begin to increase and degrade precious dopamine and other neurotransmitters.

Deprenyl is a selective inhibitor of MAO-B.  As little as 5 mg twice a week of deprenyl is all aging humans may need to maintain their dopamine at youthful levels.

Parkinson’s patients were prescribed 10 mg a day of deprenyl. The inventor of the drug (Dr. Joseph Knoll) believed this dose was too high.

It was long ago hypothesized that low-dose deprenyl might help prevent degenerative brain diseases and improve the quality of life. This is evidenced by increased “mounting frequency” in old male rats treated with deprenyl compared to untreated controls.

Dopamine is a primary “feel-good” neurotransmitter that progressively depletes as humans age. By restoring dopamine and other neurotransmitter levels using low-dose deprenyl, aging humans may regain some of their youthful sense of well-being.

Deprenyl has demonstrated intriguing anti-aging properties. Animals given relatively low doses of the drug live much longer than control groups not receiving deprenyl.

Need to Suppress MAO-B in Aging Brains

The enzyme monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) serves a function in youth by keeping neurotransmitter levels from elevating too high.  As we age past 45 years, however, MAO-B levels begin a steady rise that results the depletion in dopamine seen in elderly individuals.

MAO-B also may inflict toxic damage to brain cells via several well-defined mechanisms.

Excess MAO-B not only deprives us of our youthful emotions by depleting dopamine, but also impairs cognitive functions by decreasing acetylcholine while simultaneously accelerating brain aging.

People today should take steps to suppress MAO-B levels as they age past 45 years. Those who are already taking low-dose deprenyl (5 mg twice a week) may be deriving enormous benefits by protecting against MAO-B toxicity.

The problem is that most doctors will not prescribe deprenyl to non-Parkinson’s patients. Insurance companies are unlikely pay for “off-label” use.

 

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The Blood Thinner Cure

Below is a condensed version about five pages long of the material in The Blood Thinner Cure book

The Blood Thinner Cure
Kensey and Turkington, 2001

Here is the book’s hypothetical account (in JBG’s words) of the underlying phenomena: Various things (eg, smoking, cholesterol) cause the blood to thicken. Thick blood makes the heart work harder, raising blood pressure and stressing the arteries, especially those near the heart. The arteries adapt by becoming thicker and less flexible; that is, they harden – arteriosclerosis. Hardened arteries “give” less with each heartbeat than healthy arteries, making the heart work still harder and raising blood pressure still further. Vicious cycle. The lessened “give” also causes blood flow to become turbulent, especially at places where the arteries branch. The turbulence tends to wear away the artery lining at the places of turbulence, resulting in actual lesions. With the aid of platelets in the blood, the arteries adapt by forming calluses over the lesions, narrowing the arteries – atherosclerosis. This causes flow to become even more turbulent. Second vicious cycle. The calluses in an artery can grow to the point of essentially closing off the artery. Or a piece can break off in one place and travel to another to cause a sudden, complete closure. Complicating the entire story is the fact that blood is “viscoelastic” in character, meaning that its viscosity changes in a counterintuitive way with its speed of flow: When the heart contracts, sending blood forward in a forceful surge, the blood becomes thinner; between beats, when the flow greatly slackens, the blood becomes very much thicker.

Note that the book was published in 2001. That means that mentions below of things like “recent findings” do not mean what they say, and today’s views on some things may be different from what is transcribed here; indeed, there are some things where my own views are different from what is transcribed here (eg, re the purported value of aspirin). A few parts of the book not of interest (eg, a section on smoking) are not covered here. The Diet section is omitted because much of its information is out of date (and wrong).

The remainder of this document consists of extracts from the text of the book, mildly edited by JBG, and transcribed to this form with the generous and talented help of MOG.

Part One [the problem]

People with very low blood pressure do not have heart attacks. There is no such thing as too low a blood pressure, as long as you’re not having other symptoms such as weakness or fainting.

In any complex fluid–whether its blood, ketchup, or paint–the thinner it is, the less work it takes to pump it. Therefore, the thinner your blood, the easier it is for your heart to pump it around your body, the less your arteries will have to stretch, and the less injury the arteries will sustain.

Blood is almost fifty per cent red blood cells, although the actual concentration (called the hematocrit) varies from one person to the next. The higher the concentration of red blood cells, the harder your heart must work to pump the blood. A ten percent increase in your hematocrit means a 25% increase in your blood’s thickness.

The second most important factor that determines blood thickness is how flexible your red blood cells are. Because red blood cells are almost three times as big as the capillaries through which they travel, they must be flexible.

The flexibility of a red blood cell is most affected by two variables:
*The age of the cell
*What is dissolved in the surrounding plasma.

One of the reasons why pre-menopausal women have such a low incidence of atherosclerosis is that they lose blood each month, which triggers the production of new, flexible young red blood cells. Basically, the younger your red blood cells, the more flexible they are. Old, stiff, red blood cells not only make the blood thick, they make it abrasive, worsening the damage inflicted by turbulent flow.

The plasma that surrounds the blood cells can turn to sludge in the presence of chronic infections and inflammations. When there is inflammation in the body (from artery damage itself, long term inflammation, or infection from any cause), the blood becomes thicker and stickier.

Cholesterol does not directly cause atherosclerosis, but it does increase viscosity. In addition, many diseases increase blood thickness by making red blood cells less flexible (as in diabetes or kidney disease) or by increasing their concentration (as in sleep apnea).

As the artery’s lining is injured, it releases C-reactive protein (CRP) into the blood stream. Measuring this protein’s level indicates how much injury is occurring. Researchers know that the higher the concentration of CRP the more likely a man is to have a heart attack or stroke. High CRP levels also predict future heart disease among healthy women. Measuring CRP may presently be one of the most accurate ways to screen for risk of heart attack or stroke because blood levels of this protein begin to rise six to eight years before a first heart attack or stroke.

Part Two [steps toward solution]

Blood donation. For now, the easiest way to thin your blood and make it healthier is to donate blood regularly. Not only will this help make your blood thinner, but also your blood pressure will probably drop, easing the wear and tear on your arteries. We’ve already seen stunning evidence from Finland in which men who gave blood were four times less likely to have heart attacks. Other studies have found similar results, claiming from a two- to tenfold reduction in heart attacks among men who gave blood.

Racehorse breeders have been using this technique since about 1910. Breeders discovered that if they removed blood from a racehorse and then let the horse recover for a few days, the horse would run faster than it could before.

If you’re healthy and you weigh at least 110 pounds, you can donate a pint of blood every eight weeks, according to American Red Cross guidelines. You will give a little less than one pint of whole blood. (The average adult has between 8 and 12 pints of blood and can easily spare one.) Just avoid lifting, pushing, or picking up heavy objects for at least four or five hours after giving blood. You may remove the band-aid after 24 hours. Your body replaces blood volume, or plasma, within 24 hours, but it takes 4-8 weeks for red blood cells to be replaced.

Aspirin. Basically, aspirin is a drug that stops platelets from sticking to injured surfaces, keeping them from clumping together as they normally do to form blood clots at the sites of injury. Once aspirin affects a platelet in this way, it can never become sticky again.

Recent research suggests a link between viruses (especially CMV, a member of the herpes family) and atherosclerosis, an idea that supports the role of inflammation in the plaque-forming process. When there is inflammation in the body (especially long-term inflammation), the blood gets thicker and more viscous. This is why people with inflammatory conditions, including arthritis, allergies, asthma, lupus, and frequent viral or bacterial infections, would benefit from taking a daily aspirin tablet. Theoretically, at least, aspirin should reduce the quantity of antibodies and immunoglobulins in the blood and therefore reduce blood thickness.

Aspirin alone will not prevent vascular disease. The other factors that cause atherosclerosis–high blood pressure, high blood viscosity, and the force of the heart’s contraction–cannot be controlled or reversed by taking aspirin.

Hydration. Once you realize you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. You need to drink enough water so that you don’t get thirsty in the first place. As you breathe, sweat, and move around, you’re losing water into the atmosphere. That fluid must be replaced.

When it comes to your heart, drinking plenty of water actually lowers blood pressure, softens and liquefies blood cells, and helps the cells move through your arteries more easily. And yet, while water is critical in keeping the blood thin and flowing smoothly, the thirst sensation probably doesn’t correlate with blood viscosity any more than with dehydration. You can go for hours without any fluid, to the point where your blood is getting thick as molasses, and still you might not feel thirsty.

For many years, doctors prescribed diuretics (drugs that help you urinate) to lower blood pressure. Many studies have since shown that strokes were often the unfortunate consequence. This isn’t surprising when you consider that using diuretics will make blood thicker.

Heart attacks occur more often in the morning: you are dehydrated and therefore your blood is thicker.

Drinking six to 10 glasses of water a day is good for you. I recommend 12 glasses of water a day. [3 quarts] If you have a weight problem, you’ll need an extra cup of water for every 25 pounds of excess weight. In addition, you should increase the amount of water you drink if you exercise briskly or if the weather is hot and dry.

The good news is that drinking more water is not going to hurt you. In terms of health benefits, few things can match water’s extensive pedigree. Water benefits elimination and detoxification, and helps most of your body’s systems work more efficiently.

Exercise. Exercise stimulates your body to make more blood vessels that can protect you in case one closes off, especially in the heart.

If you start heavy exercise with a heart that is pumping inefficiently, forcing sludge through narrowing arteries, you’re just speeding up the artery injury process described earlier. Some people have a normal resting blood pressure that spikes to fearsome levels during exercise, but you won’t know if you’re one of them unless a cardiologist gives you a stress test.

Start out slowly, and gradually build up your exercise time and frequency. Any activity you choose, however modest, is better than nothing.

As little as thirty minutes of moderate activity on most (preferably all) days of the week helps protect artery health. Casual biking, raking leaves, gardening, and walking, all help. To make exercise a part of your life, choose something you like.

After you get your viscosity and blood pressure under control, and you feel that moderate exercise is no longer enough, you can move into a more vigorous heart and lung conditioning program, eg:
* Brisk, sustained walking
* Jumping rope
* Aerobic dancing
* Serious biking

You should then exercise within your target heart rate range for thirty minutes each session. To calculate your target heart rate range:
1. Subtract your age from 220 [Suppose you’re 40: 220 – 40 = 180]
2. Multiply the result by .6 [.6 x 180 = 108]
3. Multiply the initial result by .8 [.8 x 180 = 124]
4. The span between 3. and 4. is your target heart rate range. [108 to 124]

Stress. Researchers found that patients who responded to stress with the highest blood pressure spikes showed thicker carotid artery walls. The link did not depend on other conditions, such as resting blood pressure, risk factors for heart disease, or the existence of heart disease.

Today, experts believe that the people at biggest risk are those who experience negative emotions such as depression, anger, and hostility. If you are chronically hostile or cynical, your body is more likely to react to stress with larger increases in heart rate, blood pressure, and stress hormones than people with less hostile feelings. Among people who have a biological tendency toward negative moods, stress appears to trigger a response as if the body were experiencing an actual physical injury. Research clearly shows that stress and many psychological symptoms appear to be directly related to viscosity. The more stress you feel, the thicker your blood tends to be.

The first step to managing your stress is to identify it. Many people underestimate the amount of stress they encounter in their daily life.

Fortunately, there are many simple things you can do to help manage stress in your life, eg:
* Journal
* Exercise
* Pray, or just sit quietly
* Get a massage, or take a warm bath
* Go outdoors, enjoy nature
* Laugh; humor can be a powerful antidote
* Seek support; talk things over with friends

Advanced techniques to try:
* Progressive muscle relaxation
* Breathing exercises
* Meditation; yoga
* Biofeedback-assisted relaxation
* Cognitive behavioral therapy

Heart disease patients who learn how to manage their stress with relaxation and biofeedback are 77% less likely to have a heart attack or require cardiac surgery than patients who receive only standard medical care.

Deep breathing is essential for stress management. Of all the things you can do to ease anxiety and stress, forming healthy breathing habits can produce the most dramatic results. Whole books have been written about how to do relaxation breathing. Here is one quick technique:
1. Sit in a chair with feet flat, thighs parallel to the floor
2. Inhale through your nose and breathe deeply, without forcing. Let your abdomen expand. Place your hand on your abdomen to feel it rise and fall with your breathing.
3. Fill your lungs with air with one continuous breath. Feel your chest expand fully and your shoulders rise.
4. Exhale slowly through your nose. Breathing out should take longer than breathing in.
5. Do this for at least a minute. Don’t strain, but concentrate on keeping your breathing deep.

Appendix: Diabetes

Both obesity and lack of exercise contribute to insulin resistance and can lead to diabetes.

High blood pressure and high blood viscosity are about twice as common in people with diabetes.

People who have diabetes tend to have thickened blood. When the diabetes is in poor control and sugar spills into the bloodstream, the red blood cells become less flexible, getting stickier and clumping more easily. Platelets, another blood component, also stick together more in people who have developed diabetes, even in the early stages of the disease.

People with Type II diabetes can often manage their condition with diet alone, aiming for healthy weight, lower levels of blood fats, normal blood pressure, and control of blood sugar.

Breathe Deep
Categories Health

Just Breathe

Early on in human evolution, when we were generally struggling to stay alive, we faced lots of physical dangers. This created the basic stress responses in our brains that we still carry today, hundreds of thousands of years later. Years of running from giant animals and the breathing that accompanied that activity stuck with the human psyche as a pairing that equated ‘danger’ with quick, shallow breaths.

Today, when we’re anxious, we still take quick, shallow breaths from our upper chest – this type of breathing is a natural response to stress and sends signals through our body that danger is nearby, which stresses us out even more.

Even if there’s no real physical threat, we all still experience these breathing patterns because the stress response hasn’t evolved to differentiate between various stressors. 

Which is why it’s important to pay attention to how you’re breathing the next time you’re stressed, angry, or worried. Look down, is your chest moving up and down with every breath or is your stomach?

With diaphragmatic breathing, you’ll breathe from the belly instead of the chest, which promotes deeper breathing and provides a sense of calm and relaxation encouraging the body to unwind. To practice, place your hand on your abdomen and push outward while inhaling. A few rounds of this and you’ll remind your body that you’re just fine, and not in any physical danger.

Today we have instant access to news all over the world.  Along with that comes stress and anxiety which builds up and can cause anger outbursts or also known as an “amygdala hijack“.  We only have a split second to either  REACT or to RESPOND to a situation.   Noticing your breath is key to keeping calm and to respond calmly to a situation instead of reacting with anger or rage.

I use the app REMBO and set a daily reminder to “Respond instead of React. Pause and take a deep breath”

“When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.” – Unknown

Categories Uncategorized

Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and Depression

It’s perfectly normal to feel anxious or depressed occasionally, especially in response to life’s stressors. However, when these feelings become prolonged, disproportionate or apparent for no significant reason, they need to be addressed.

 

Thankfully diagnosis and treatment methods have come a long way, with many public health campaigns working towards bringing mental illness ‘out of the shadows’.

 

The co-occurrence of anxiety and depression is a noted feature of these disorders. While behavioral and emotional symptoms may differ within the two, the fact remains they are both an unnatural and unwelcome state of mental health.

 

Characterized by a constant overwhelming state of fear or worry, anxiety can be debilitating in its physical manifestations too. The symptoms of depression may be similar with unrelenting feelings of sadness or despair.

 

Best Methods of Treating Anxiety and Depression

Latest research has shown that all anxiety and depression is caused by chronic low grade inflammation.

 

Our understanding of mental illness has evolved over time, yet it still presents certain difficulties. Diagnostically speaking, depression and anxiety primarily affects the way an individual thinks and feels, and in most cases subsequently behaves; therefore we generally rely upon patients to identify these changes themselves and seek help.

 

In some case family members or close friends may be able to identify vulnerable individuals and assist in requesting attention. Once diagnosed however, treatment can be quite successful using a variety of approaches; the most common of which are psychological therapies or ‘talking therapies’.   But addressing the low grade inflammation is proving to be the best treatment.

 

Such therapies are generally administered by a qualified psychologist and involve either behavior modification (Cognitive Behavior Therapy or CBT) or examination of intrapersonal and interpersonal patterns and behaviors.

 

Generally, work will be done to identify and address key triggers and ways of managing future events. Such therapies are often combined with a focus on improving nutrition and encouraging regular exercise, which itself can actively promote a healthy mental state.

 

Indeed, a safe and effective first step towards self-empowerment is taking control over one’s diet. The benefits are both psychological and physiological. Reducing or eliminating spikes caused by sugar-laden foods and stimulants, such as excess coffee, cigarettes, etc., will help in reducing the debilitating feelings associated with general anxiety.

 

Children and Adults Can be Affected

Early life stress plays a major part in how well one can handle stress and if one has mental health issues later in life

 

Young people and children unfortunately are just as vulnerable to mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. While often harder to detect, once diagnosed, applied therapies specifically designed for children can usually assist the child in living a happier and more fulfilling childhood. 

 

A happier childhood better prepares the child for dealing with the stresses of teen years and young adulthood. The healthy and safe transition of young adulthood enables the individual to prepare for and live a life feeling in control, empowered and able to deal with everyday challenges.

 

As in any medical case, treatment is ideally specifically tailored to suit the individual, based on a thorough study of personal history of symptoms, responses and environment.

 

Lowering the low grade inflammation with fish oil has shown to help alleviate anxiety and depression.  Also making sure your gut is in optimal condition is very important.

 

Anxiety and Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES)

Those caught in the cycle know all too well how anxiety impacts on every aspect of their life. Unchecked, it renders you ineffective and can easily segue into depression, and insomnia.

CES offers an effective drug-free way to end the vicious cycle of anxiety. It provides effective relief with none of the unpleasant side effects of prescription drugs. For a public increasingly concerned with the effects of stress on physical health and emotional well being, CES provides a way of addressing that stress in a safe and effective manner.

CES directly reduces anxiety. Many experience this immediately in the course of treatment; others, hours, or several days after. CES leaves you feeling both relaxed and alert. The effect differs from pharmaceutical treatments in that people report their body as feeling lighter and more relaxed and their mind, more alert and clearer. Results are cumulative and lasting.

CES is not only for those with a diagnosed condition but those simply coping with the stresses of an everyday existence. Whether you are a student under pressure in preparing for an exam, an athlete dealing with pre-competition anxiety, a businessman dealing with the stresses accompanying his work, or a housewife juggling her many responsibilities, CES can help you lead a more balanced and productive life.

Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation has been used in many clinical trials with great results. 

CES balances your brain’s chemistry, allowing you to be at peace with yourself again. Many patients report feeling relief the very first time they use the CES Ultra. And unlike drugs, CES has no negative side effects. It is non-addictive and you can use it safely as often as you like. Use the CES Ultra at a set time each day as your schedule allows as well as when those moments of panic strike during the course of the day — when you literally lose it. Stop and use your CES ultra to round that anxiety off and feel yourself once again. 

 

 

 

Categories Diet, Health

Macrobiotic Diet

Macrobiotic Diet

Macrobiotics refers to the science of longevity and health. It is based on the view that each person is largely influenced by their environment and social interactions as well as the geography and climate of the place they live in.

Macrobiotics views illnesses as the body’s attempt to return to a more dynamic and harmonious state with nature. It highly stresses the importance of a healthy diet as one of the major factors that affect a person’s health and well-being.

A macrobiotic diet not only refers to a daily diet, but it also embraces the importance of living with healthy lifestyle habits for the long term.

What Foods Are Included in a Macrobiotic Diet?

A macrobiotic diet prioritizes locally grown foods which are prepared in a natural manner. Undertaking a macrobiotic diet also means taking extra care in the way the foods are being prepared and cooked. There is a strong emphasis on eating foods that are baked, boiled and steamed and using little fried and processed foods.

Whole grains, vegetables, fermented soy, fish, nuts, soups, seeds and fruits are the main composition of a macrobiotic diet. Other natural food products can also be incorporated in the diet.

The composition of a macrobiotic diet can be altered in order to suit an individual’s needs, with consideration of their particular health status.

This allows those with specific conditions, or even dietary requirements or preferences, to fine-tune their diet, whilst still adhering to macrobiotic principles and recommendations.

People who are utilizing a macrobiotic diet are encouraged to condition themselves to eat slowly and chew their food thoroughly.

What Foods Are NOT Included in a Macrobiotic Diet?

Since a macrobiotic diet strongly recommends that foods must be eaten in their most natural state, processed foods should be avoided. Fatty meats, dairy products, sugar, caffeine, refined flour, alcohol, poultry, zucchini and potatoes are some examples of foods that should not be included in the macrobiotic diet.

Macrobiotics aims to achieve balance in every aspect of your life. Therefore, foods which are highly-concentrated and over stimulating should also be eliminated from the daily diet.

Macrobiotic Diet Studies

Some studies reveal that following a macrobiotic diet has helped many people lower their levels of blood pressure and serum lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides). This is why some experts suggest that this kind of diet can also be used as an effective means of preventing the emergence of many cardiovascular diseases.

Many experts also believe that a macrobiotic diet can also serve as a valuable inclusion in a cancer prevention plan. However, the macrobiotic diet remains the subject of controversy as many experts doubt its benefits when practiced by people who have diagnosed malignancies.

On the other hand, many anecdotal reports claim that its therapeutic effects are remarkable to patients who are suffering from advanced cancer diseases. However, to date very few studies have been conducted that would prove or disprove the benefits of a macrobiotic diet.

Further studies are warranted in order to prove the effectiveness of a macrobiotic diet in cancer prevention. Other concerns expressed by some experts include claimed risks of nutritional deficiencies.

However, it is difficult to dismiss the long term health benefits of any diet which is based on the consumption of organic and locally grown foods and the exclusion of highly processed ingredients.

Categories Diet, Health

10 foods that sound healthy but aren’t

1. Sweetened yogurt

The average cup of flavored yogurt has 30 grams of sugar (7.5 teaspoons) — that’s as much as a chocolate bar! Some sugar occurs naturally in the yogurt, but most is added. Instead: Cut the sugar by making your own blend. Start with plain Greek yogurt and add fresh fruit, one teaspoon of jam or a drizzle of honey.

2. Bran muffins

They sound healthy because of the word bran, right? Reality check: the average donut shop bran muffin has almost 400 calories and a whopping 36 grams (9 teaspoons) of sugar — but only 4 grams of fiber. Instead: Make your own small muffins and freeze them for grab-and-go mornings.

3. Sushi

The fish is great, but when you’re mostly eating white rice and dipping it in soy sauce, you’re getting lots of refined carbohydrates and sodium. Instead: Opt for more fish (sashimi), less white rice (or choose brown rice if it’s an option), and some vegetables on the side. Use soy sauce sparingly, and add flavor with wasabi.

4. Gummy fruit snacks

Any time “fruit juice concentrate” appears on the ingredient list, translate it to mean sugar. Isolating the sugar from fruit to make processed fruit-flavored gummies is not the same as eating nutrient-rich, fiber-filled, fresh fruit. Instead: Opt for fresh fruit or real dried fruit, such as raisins, dates or prunes.

5. Hazelnut-chocolate spread

The health halo is about milk, cocoa and hazelnuts, but the ingredient list tells a different story: sugar and palm oil are the main ingredients, and neither is nutritious. If you compare a hazelnut-chocolate spread to chocolate frosting, you will see the same amounts of sugar and fat. Instead: Stick with peanut or almond butter.

6. Veggie sticks

I don’t mean carrots and celery! I’m talking about those bags of fried or baked snacks — crunchy sticks made from corn flour and potato starch with a dusting of spinach or beet powder for color. Yeah, those don’t count as vegetables. Instead: Try a platter of real vegetable sticks — cucumbers, peppers and carrots.

7. Water with vitamins

Water is essential to life, and so are vitamins. But when the two are combined in a bottle with food coloring and sugar, an unnecessary product is created. Instead: Drink plain water or jazz it up with citrus or mint. You get all the vitamins you need from food, or you can take a multivitamin when indicated (they have no sugar!).

8. Sweetened oatmeal

Oats are a nutritious whole grain, but not when your morning bowl is coated in three teaspoons of sugar. Skip the maple or brown sugar flavor packets. Instead: Make your own plain oatmeal with grated apple, coconut, mashed banana or fresh berries.

9. Granola bars

Often touted for their whole grain goodness, most granola bars are sticky-sweet junk food in disguise. Don’t let a few oats fool you — especially when you also see marshmallows and chocolate chips. Instead: If granola bars are a must-have, choose one with 6 grams of sugar or less per bar, and hopefully some fiber.

10. Pretzels

In the low-fat era, pretzels were the king of snack foods. But now we know that their refined flour and salt are just as detrimental to heart health as fatty foods, so pretzels have been reclassified to junk food. Instead: Crunch on air-popped popcorn.

None of these foods are off-limits, but it’s important to know the honest truth behind what you’re eating. Consider the 80:20 rule: If you eat well 80 per cent of the time, it’s alright to choose some of these indulgent foods 20 per cent of the time.

Categories Advice

Herbs and Vitamins for Healthy Teeth

Herbs and Vitamins for Healthy Teeth

Our modern diet has caused many of us to become deficient in certain minerals and our dental health can become adversely affected. Cavities in children and people of all ages are being linked to nutritional deficiencies.

Most of us take for granted that we are getting enough of the needed minerals in our diet. That assumes that everyone knows the importance of minerals for our health and wellbeing.

Much of our farmed soil has become depleted and the majority of people cannot afford a completely organic diet. Combined with dietary choices based on taste rather than health, it is easy to see how these nutritional deficiencies can occur.

Phytic Acid Locks Up Essential Minerals

Phytic acid is a substance commonly found in most grains, nuts and beans. It has the ability to bind to minerals in your body, just like a magnet. This process removes the minerals before they get a chance to be absorbed and deposited where we need them most.

If your family’s diet consists largely of grains (crackers, cereals, breads, pastas, rice, bagels, cookies, cakes) or bean salad or raw nuts and nut butters, chances are you are getting copious amounts of phytic acid in your diet and not enough minerals for your teeth and bones to grow and remain strong.

In addition to reducing intake of these food types, there are food preparation methods, such as soaking your beans and nuts overnight that can help remove some of the phytic acid before it is consumed.

Supplementation

Keeping the immune system strong with antimicrobials can help fight off decay and prevent infection or abscesses from setting in. Popular antimicrobials include licorice, myrrh, goldenseal and echinacea. Including garlic in your diet wherever possible is beneficial for boosting your immune system and preventing infections.

Calcium

Our dental enamel is approximately 90 percent calcium phosphate.

Calcium Rich Herb Sources

  • Shepard’s Purse, Clivers, Coltsfoot, Horsetail, Toadflax, Mistletoe, Dandelion, Plantain, Pimpernel and Chamomile.

  • Include these in your diet via teas, capsules, tablets or powders.

Calcium Deficiency

The body is always communicating feedback to us. The trick is learning how to listen to the signals. Signs of calcium deficiency include:

  • Rickets, unexplained nervousness, muscle spasms and cramps, joint pains, osteomalacia, cataracts, insomnia and tremors.

Getting enough calcium is important, but the issue of effective uptake of calcium may have more to do with the lack of Magnesium, Vitamin D and K2. This can be obtained from the foods we eat or by supplementation to ensure that the calcium we are digesting is actually getting absorbed correctly. If any of these are lacking the body will pass much of the available calcium from the body before it can be used.

Vitamins A, C and D

If not enough of these vitamins are being absorbed by the body, the teeth will break down and loosen.

Vitamin K2

Naturally found in the fermented Japanese dish of Natto Beans, this supplement has gained much attention recently. It is reported that anyone who is taking Vitamin D or Calcium supplementation should also be taking K2.

It is naturally found in egg yolks and some hard cheeses; however, the amount claimed to be needed in our diet is basically unattainable unless you are frequently consuming the fermented Natto Bean mixture.

K2 helps to deposit minerals such as calcium into the correct places in our bodies, such as the bones and the teeth and remove excess calcium from where we don’t want it deposited, such as between the joints, where it can cause painful inflammation.

Silica

Ever important for bone, teeth, skin and hair care, you can add this mineral to your diet with horsetail tea.

Categories Diet, Weight Loss

Eating Bread Causes Bloating and Other Digestive Problems

Eating Bread Causes Bloating and Other Digestive Problems

Do you or a member of your family experience bloating after eating bread? If you answered yes, then it is possible that you are sensitive to foods made from wheat. It is also quite probable that bread is such a regular part of your diet that you can’t imagine doing without it.

The simple sandwich is a staple for most families. However, if you want the symptoms to stop you have to eliminate the cause. You can either reduce your bread intake or look for other (gluten-free) types of bread.

If symptoms persist you may need to further limit or cease your intake of other wheat-based food also. As most bread is cooked from wheat flour a sensitivity to wheat will result in discomfort. An allergy may produce even harsher symptoms.

Wheat Allergy

If you are allergic to wheat you may experience itching, rashes, wheezing and your tongue and lips swelling within minutes of eating wheat bread. You must consult your doctor right away if you experience symptoms this severe.

Wheat Sensitivity

If you are sensitive to wheat you may experience bloating, stomach cramps, or diarrhea hours after eating wheat food products. In milder cases you may experience abdominal discomfort, especially after consuming a large serving.

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease occurs is an extreme form of gluten intolerance. This is a condition in which an individual’s intestine becomes damaged by a protein in the gluten. While affected, the intestines are unable to perform their proper function of nutrient absorption and excretion. If you suspect yourself to be gluten intolerant, consult a doctor and expect to undergo blood testing for an accurate diagnosis.

Avoiding wheat-based foods

Many people who are either sensitive or allergic to wheat products have made the choice to abstain from wheat-based foods and have found relief from their symptoms. Cases of wheat sensitivity are increasingly common especially as bread has now become part of a staple diet of many people and cultures.

What should you do if you are suffering from bloating and other stomach problems after eating food products that contain wheat? If your symptoms of wheat allergy persist for a longer period of time, or if blood is observed in your stool then you should seek medical help right away.

Any other serious symptoms such as vomiting and severe stomach cramps should also be referred to a doctor. If your symptoms are mild or if you are suffering from a bloated stomach, you can try an elimination diet. You can do this by avoiding foods made from wheat for at least a month.

If your symptoms cease, then wheat is almost certainly the culprit. Resume eating wheat products in small quantities to check if your symptoms recur. Do not start on bread immediately. Try pasta first for a couple of days before you choose to eat wheat bread again.

Monitor the after-effects of any food containing wheat. Do not overload your system. If you have a wheat sensitivity rather than an allergy you may be able to continue to eat wheat products in moderation. If this is the case, overloading your digestive system with wheat foods will cause any discomforting symptoms to return.

Aside from bread, other foods that can contain wheat include cereals, doughnuts, beer, soy sauce, biscuits, pastries and cakes. Make a point of reading food labels. If you choose to go on a wheat-free diet, alternatives are quinoa, buckwheat pasta, porridge, cornflakes and rice cereals. Some people who are sensitive to wheat may find the FODMAP diet helpful. This diet allows people to cut out fermentable foods that may lead to bloating and diarrhea.

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