Saturday, February 21, 2009
"Eat four stalks of celery before bed. Celery contains active compounds called pthalides, which relax the muscles of the arteries that regulate blood pressure. Pthalides also reduce adrenal (stress) hormones, which cause high blood pressure. When researchers injected a compound derived from celery into test animals, the animals' blood pressure dropped 12-14 percent. In humans, an equivalent dose would be supplied with about four stalks of celery.*"
*Source: George Mateljian Foundation, The World's Healthiest Food: Celery
Quoted from The Seven Principles of Fat Burning by Eric Berg, DC
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Insulin May Treat Alzheimer’s
Insulin may be a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s. Researchers lead by a Northwestern University team found that insulin may shield memory-forming synapses in the brain, thus slowing or preventing damage caused by the toxic proteins associated with Alzheimer’s. The findings provide evidence that Alzheimer’s may be a third form of diabetes.
Scientists used cells from the hippocampus, a memory center in the brain, to study the chemistry of memory. The cells are susceptible to damage caused by the toxic proteins that build in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s.
Scientists treated the hippocampal cells with insulin and the drug, rosiglitazone, which has been used to treat type 2 diabetes. They found that insulin kept the toxic proteins, known as ADDLs (amyloid beta-derived diffusible ligands) from attaching to the cells and destroying the cells’ ability to remember. Insulin’s brain-protecting ability was enhanced by rosiglitazone.
“Therapeutics designed to increase insulin sensitivity in the brain could provide new avenues for treating Alzheimer’s disease,” said senior author William L. Klein, a professor of neurobiology and physiology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and a researcher in Northwestern’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center. “Sensitivity to insulin can decline with aging, which presents a novel risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Our results demonstrate that bolstering insulin signaling can protect neurons from harm.”
“Recognizing that Alzheimer’s disease is a type of brain diabetes points the way to novel discoveries that may finally result in disease-modifying treatments for this devastating disease,” said Sergio T. Ferreira, a professor of biochemistry in Rio de Janeiro and a member of the research team.
Monday, February 09, 2009
Why coconut oil is best
The Statesman , 09/09/2006
By Philomena Yirenkyi
Why are fish oils like cod liver oil good for you? It is because they are high in omega 3 fatty acids, which research shows significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular and heart disease and also essential for normal fetal and infant brain and eye tissue development.
Omega 3 fatty acids are also essential in the treatment of allergies and asthma, nervous system disorders like multiple sclerosis, bipolar disorder and depression. These fatty acids in addition reduce the risks of several kinds of cancers including breast, prostate and colon cancer. Omega 3 fatty acids promote smooth and moisturized skin in addition to supporting treatment for eczema, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.
So if you want a smooth even glow to your skin, instead of opting for the toxic and highly carcinogenic hydroquinone containing creams and lotions that claim to given your skin that glow all women aim for, start adding coconut oil, an ultra rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids to your diet.
Coconut oil belongs to a group called saturated fats. These fats are very resistant to heat and chemical reactions. The vegetable safflower, canola, corn and sunflower oils belong to a class called unsaturated fats and are easily broken down by heating to all manners of chemicals that are highly carcinogenic. Margarine also belongs to this group and is to be avoided.
Butter is a saturated fat and is much better for you than margarine despite the hype. Of course, you need to limit your intake of butter, as any oil that hardens at room temperature is not good for your arteries. Extra virgin olive oil, an unsaturated fat like the vegetable oils however is good for use as a salad dressing or any form so long as it is not cooked with, as it suffers the same heat induced damage as vegetable oil and the other unsaturated oils.
Vegetable oils and the other unsaturated fats are loaded with Omega 6 fatty acids, which unlike the Omega 3 fatty acids in coconut oil contribute to many chronic diseases like heart and cardiovascular diseases and do support promote obesity. Extensive research has shown that the higher the ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 the higher the risk of many chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The chemical structure of coconut oil versus the unsaturated oils; vegetable, canola, safflower, and corn oil also support the observed benefits of coconut oil versus the undesirable effects of the other oils. Coconut oil's is composed of a certain kind of fatty acids called medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) and the vegetable and other unsaturated oils are composed of long chain fatty acids (LCFAs).
The body usually cannot digest these LCFAs without some specially synthesized enzymes so they overload the digestive system, especially the liver and pancreas. These LCFAs are also mostly stored in the body as fat. This is why people buy into the "low fat� diet for losing weight propaganda. LCFAs can also be deposited inside the arteries in lipid forms such as cholesterol.
MCFAs on the other hand do not require any special enzymes in order to be broken down and hence do not over tax the digestive system like the LCFAs. Instead of mostly being stored as fat like the LCFAs, they are converted to energy by the liver. These MCFAs also tend to increase thyroid activity and hence the body's metabolism. A high metabolism is why some people can eat and eat but never gain weight. Chemical tests have shown that the MCFA, lauric acid is the primary fatty acid in coconut oil.
Extensive research on breast milk has shown that lauric acid is the ingredient that gives the baby immunity or the ability to fight off many infections. Lauric acic weakens and inactivates viruses including HIV, herpes, measles, influenza, fungi like ringworm, yeasts (including white or candidiasis) and bacteria like gonorrhea, salmonella and staph.
So, if you want to stay youthful and healthy physically and mentally with a well functioning immune system, have smooth supple glowing skin, healthy hair and nails, strong and intelligent children, lose weight and stay lean and fit and have lots of energy, start eating coconut oil today and throw away your vegetable, safflower, canola, corn and sunflower oils now!
Sunday, February 08, 2009
SADD=Seasonally Associated Depression Disorder may be one of the reasons that many of us are finding it harder to become motivated to exercise in the winter months. Rather than look on this as a "disease", think of it as a vestigial advantage that is no longer valid. In the days that our ancestors lived in caves over 10,000 years ago, the shortened days, overcast skies made it wise for our ancestors to stay in the darkened caves, sleep, eat less, and conserve energy and fat as food was scarce. They did not have the sophistication to store it safely, so lowering our metabolism and conserving every pound of fat for tomorrow's survival was an advantage for the survival of the species.
Today, we have an abundance of food, heated and lighted homes, so this seasonal clue to slow down our activities is not as essential to our survival and since we may "naturally" eat more and exercise less in these winter months, we have to overcome our genetic disposition and continue to be active. This requires us to override our natural and once positive tendencies. We can honor them for their essential past service and choose to ignore them in the face of present realities.
By consciously overcoming the "signs of the season", getting as much sunlight or daylight lighting exposure, maintaining our fitness level, through moderate exercise, and keeping our carbohydrate consumption low by eating vegetables and staying away form most refined and baked foods, we can survive the winter blues, cabin fever, and SADD.
Friday, February 06, 2009
During stress, the body goes after sugar fuel first. Then it goes after protein fuel—but not fat fuel. The protein it goes after is your muscles, specifically the thigh muscles and then the buttocks. Such people have weak knees and a flabby butt. Have you ever met anyone like that?
All this protein is then converted to FAT around the vital organs in the belly. This is why adding intense exercise is NOT a good idea. These people do better with light walking, about 30 to 45 minutes a day outside. They should not be cutting calories because that adds more stress. In fact, if you just ignored the typical recommendations “they” give you, you’d lose weight. Someday, I will find out who “they” are.
If you are staring into a computer all day long, you are triggering cortisol and you need to balance this by going outside and doing work around the yard, and with exercise, as well as making sure your sugars are nil. Consuming celery before bed is a very good idea, since celery lowers stress in the blood vessels.
You should also attempt to go to bed at 10:15 and be asleep by 10:30; this is something to shoot for. There are several things you can do to assist with sleep. Taking seven Calcium Lactate and Catalyn tablets one hour before bed will greatly assist you in being able to sleep through the night (call my office to get some).
The last point is this: If you do not get at least seven to seven and a half hours of sleep, your body will require more food and the wrong foods. Most of the fat around your body is burning during the deep-sleep cycles. So if your body is in stress mode all the time, find someone in your area that does my acupressure technique called Acupressure Stress Elimination Technique; it addresses a key factor in removing old body stress so that you can SLEEP!
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