Monday, April 06, 2009
FLOTUS Mrs. Obama created a veggie garden at the White House last month. I'm happy about this on many levels. If you want to keep track of Obama food-related stuff (like there's not enough to read here at SP?! what will people think of next?), this site is a kick (am I the only one noticing lots of cakes and grains??? lol)!
I know Alice Waters was inspiration.
CBS 60-Minutes 12-min. piece: www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/
Her restaurant site bio: www.chezpanisse.com/pgalice.h
Along the same lines, we have moms in the neighborhood trying to change up the school lunch program and they are being met with much resistance from the what sounds like a stereotypical Nurse Ratched-type "lunch lady". She has been there for over twenty years, is set in her ways and/or very comfortable with routine (I know from my own past diet history for example, that change is difficult, but not impossible). The moms keep working on her. If you're trying to get change at your school, maybe these links will inspire you and/or the "powers that be":
ANN COOPER: www.chow.com/stories/11358 (more about the Renegade Lunch Lady here: www.chefann.com/ , her book here: tinyurl.com/cejn2b ); and,
JAMIE OLIVER: www.jamieoliver.com/school-dinners
Where there's a will, there's a way. Speaking of which - I better get my will out on the pavement! :)
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Well, I'm sad and reaching for potatoes to increase my serotonin levels I guess. I'm going with it right now. Man, I haven't had a potato since Friday. ROFL! Okay, before THAT, I hadn't had them since whenever I last binged on chips. I almost bought chips last visit to Sam's Club ... I bought fruit and veggies instead. But I sure paused in the chip department. I breathed big as I swiftly waddled through toward the registers. "What's that gal running from?" I could hear people whisper as I flew by ... ah, fear and loathing of potato chips.
Sadness: DH left yesterday. It's getting more difficult to keep saying goodbye. On the bright side: I don't have as many meals to prepare and laundry to do. I think I gained three pounds while he was home. Food food food. Personally, I'm tired of thinking about it, and need a break.
Concerned: Sis might get Riffed in teaching position. She's the breadwinner in the family.
More sadness and concern: Mom. The inevitable is upon us: she's in the early stages of a sure lung cancer diagnosis. I've been waiting for it all my life. She says she didn't smoke while pregnant, but me thinks she doesn't want to be considered a ninny. She's smoked since she was 13; she's a really old 65 (looks 75). She's very private, and as I've shared before, she likes to stick her head in the sand about this type of thing (reality?). She knew I'd bombard her with info I've gleaned, but I've tried not to for her sake and comfort level. This will be a trying time for me to meet HER needs. It's not about me I have to remind myself. I will be there for her.
Tra la la. That's life right now. I think I'll do what's recommended: meditate, exercise and eat better.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
How many times have you heard that “the great truths are always simple?” We seem to fancy the complicated, involved and elaborate. Often and mistakenly we respect complexity and what we don’t understand. Yet in this uber technological age, we’re still not able to cure the common cold. Un…llesss? Could it be that we can help our immune system by eating nutritiously, exercising and getting rest (which helps destress the body)?
My family may think I take my diet too seriously at times, but I’m on a mission. First and foremost, I’m trying to NOT get lymphomas: lymphoma or GI cancers are an end result of undiagnosed or improperly treated celiac disease (it’s good to know your mission in life sometimes). Taking gluten out of my diet was a big step, because continual ingestion prevents nutrients from absorbing, and a lack of nutrition causes cancer (keep your cells healthy and they’ll do their job). Another personal weakness is my pancreas because diabetes runs on my mother’s side of the family. Aunt R just died because she didn’t care for herself I hear (I haven’t seen her for 40 years). She continued to eat poorly and drink soda. Who knows what her nutrient status was, esp her vitamin D level. As a result she had insomnia: she took too many sleeping pills, her blood sugar went too low, and she never awakened. My poor ma has lost two sisters within a few months. She has one left and she’s not doing well; memory issues for one (she was forgetful around the time of my marriage I remember). She’s also a hoarder of things (you should see her basement). Great things sold by Sotheby’s, but nonetheless, I swear there are nutrient deficiencies at the root of hoarding (I have the gene, too). This remaining sis, Aunt P, is a widow. Her teacher husband died from esophageal cancer, which I forgot. I was reminded by one of her three kids, my Cousin S. More about her later in another blog entry.
Lymph OMA. Oma=”a morbid condition” or “tumor” by two online accounts. What ARE the lymph glands and why do they go “morbid”? Lymph is clear fluid which runs through our tissues. They comprise 80% of our body fluids; the other 20% are from the circulatory/blood or cardio system.
Lymphoma is a disease in which malignant lymphocytes grow too fast or live too long. These cells may then accumulate in the lymph nodes or other areas of the lymphatic system to form tumors. When these cells accumulate in lymph nodes it's often called adenopathy - the enlargement of the lymph nodes; but adenopathy can have other causes, too.
Lymph glands are garbage dumps for toxins. To know lymphs, one must get to know the liver first. Here is a synopsis of a show by Dr. Becker, www.bioinnovations.net , about the liver. He is a lymphoma survivor, and an integrative MD:
Largest gland weighs 3-4 lbs, can cut it down 1/3 and it’ll grow back. Unique organ.
- Responsible for filtering harmful substances, medications, dead cells, toxins, excess fat.
- Controls vitamin absorption – ADEK. All nutrients go through the liver.
- Puffy? The liver processes albumin, which regulates/controls water.
- Produces globulin protein carries oxygen.
- Makes immune factors to prevent infections. Hep C sufferers have chronic sinus/colds. Fix the liver/fix the colds.
- Controls thyroid function – conversion of T4 to T3 into active hormone. It recycles testosterone, estrogen, progesterone; the sex hormones.
- Primary organ of molecular digestion. All blood from intestinal tract from top of stomach to bottom of the rectum goes through the liver.
- Maintains glucose levels. We think the pancreas controls glucose. The liver makes chains of glucose or glycogen and releases it as you need it. If you maintain high levels of glucose for a long period of time, it overwhelms the liver with glycogen and the liver turns it to fat, the fat displaces liver cells: ie makes cirrhosis/hardens the liver: NAFLD or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
- Makes thousands of proteins for metabolic reactions that influence every cell in the body. Ancient Greeks called it the Hepar. “Seat of the soul.” They recognized it as the “center of all we are.”
The liver is high vascular organ. Of the thousands of the medicines on the market, none have proven to correct liver dysfunction. There are antidotes for poisonings, acetaminophen or agents to compensate, but no antidotes. The liver is unique as it can repair itself.
How does one feel when the liver’s off?
-Serum fats are altered: LDL is elevated, HDL is reduced.
-Elevated liver enzymes: SGOT, aminotransferases ALT, AST - the processing of proteins. The liver makes proteins which affect every cell in the body. When you can’t make them, they spill into the bloodstream. If there is liver enzyme elevation there will be trouble. You will have before this: sugar craving, fatigue, foggy headedness, intolerance to protein foods: “I’ve looked forward to this steak all week, but when I eat it, it makes me feel bad.” The aminotransferases, ie the liver enzymes, aren’t working properly. It can lead to depression; can even lead to delusions and hallucinations. Very common to be overwhelmingly blue w/liver disease.
-Digestive problems, IBS, reflux, heartburn – all liver related.
-Immune dysfunction, recurrent colds, sinus, tongue coating, skin rashes – last would be jaundice. You liver is your primary detox organ!
What sets you up for liver disease: heavy metals, food additives, mutated bacteria/fungal mycotoxins. One in 10 have liver problem. If your liver is healthy, you feel better. Liver is filter to clean out the junk: MSG, aspartame, nitrates, nitrites, perfumes, cleaning agents, carbon tetrachloride (dry cleaning agent), plastics, infectious disease, obesity, diabetes affects the liver the same as alcohol (is indistinguishable), high cholesterol, poor nutrition, hemochromatosis (iron overload), Wilson’s disease (copper overload), malaria (red blood cell parasite), drugs.
Number one cause for liver failure is acetaminophen/drugs esp w/caffeine or alcohol. Vicodin #1 drug, #2 Lipitor, Licinopril (backs up bile), beta-blocker Atenolol, Synthroid (less so), Amoxicillin, hydrochlorothiazide/HCL (bp med – causes sludgy bile), Zithromax (antibiotic), Norvasc (calcium channel blocker, bp med). When on 4 or more meds very high incidence of liver problems. Liver is primary excretion organ. Visit www.drugs.com for more info on drug side effects.
MILK THISTLE is used
-As Flavanoid antioxidant. Antidote to snake bites (which breaks red blood cells).
-In Type II diabetics: high blood sugars lead to fatty infiltration which compromises control of blood glucose, over time milk thistle helps. Improves A1C & fasting blood sugars.
-Germany approves milk thistle for heartburn, GERD, reflux, indigestion or dyspepsia/poor digestion.
-In toxin-induced liver damage from mushroom poisoning, drug overdose, alcohol poisoning, or environmental poisons, can also be used for any cirrhosis, lupus, and autoimmune diseases.
-It helps improve liver function for those w/Lou Gehrig’s, Alzheimer’s improves, Parkinson’s (not a cure, but improves neurological functions).
-Helps prevent UV damage to skin – also x-ray (cancer patients)/ionizing.
-Helps lower PSA for prostate cancer patients.
UC Irvine (known for liver studies) milk thistle helps defeat 4 types of liver cancer (#1 killer worldwide because people eat spoiled foods/mycotoxins. In US most cancers are metastasized cancers.)
Most people have these as basis for their illnesses:
1. Liver dysfunction (polluted environment? Work in Industry? Multiple meds?)
2. Magnesium deficiency
3. Yeast problem (Chronic fatigue, GERD, depression) yeasty/sugar problem makes liver dysfunctional!
Dose 360mg/active silymarin (milk thistle) 3x150mg tablet w/whole seed extract – brands vary. Can take long term. Echinacea can take short term. If you’re better, not necessary. If you have liver disease, work w/doc. Stop alcohol/drugs (work w/doc). If you take over 4 drugs (including OTC) it increases chances for liver problems.
Eat organic, high fiber, lots of fruits and veggies, lots of water. ALA , cracked chlorella (chelating agents help pull detox metals), exercise, saunas/steam rooms – sweat out toxins (limitations and cautions), probiotics (remember, blood from gut goes through liver. If gut flora’s off, it stresses the liver), vitamins esp ABCDEK, minerals, magnesium, calcium, Noni juice, digestive enzymes, protein, glutathione, garlic (if yeasty, don’t forget oregano oil, olive leaf extract, garlic, Indole 3 carbinol or I3C).
Magnesium is a cofactor for over 300 different liver enzymes. Control yeast because of mycotoxins.
celiac.com re: higher incidence of liver disease w/celiac patients: tinyurl.com/2u9frw
article re: celiac and liver diseases: tinyurl.com/aunera
liver primer: digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pu
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