WHY DO WE HAVE SO MANY VIDEO TESTIMONIALS?
MIKE'S VIDEO TESTIMONIAL
The range of motion in his cervical spine was terrible (almost non-existent), and he had an array of odd signs and symptoms (for one, he had tight hamstrings that affected his neck if he did not continually stretch them). He had widespread FASCIAL ADHESIONS with some TENDINOSIS thrown in here and there. I worked on Mike three times over the course of four days, and would guess that he is at least 80% better as far as pain is concerned, and infinitely better as far as his range of motion. But don't take my word for it; watch the video! BTW, Thanks Mike!
I specifically tell patients that these videos are not meant be an advertisement. Our hope is that they give others hope. There are so many people suffering with various CHRONIC PAIN SYNDROMES, that are not being helped by the myriad of things they have tried, my goal is to give them some hope. Yes, there are people just like you who have been given a SOLID GOLD BRICK in the form of having their lives given back to them.
MORE SIDE EFFECTS OF FLU SHOTS
Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder caused by the brain's inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally. Narcoleptics, when falling asleep, generally experience the REM stage of sleep within 5 minutes, while most people do not experience REM sleep until an hour or so later... The main characteristic of narcolepsy is Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS), even after adequate night time sleep. A person with narcolepsy is likely to become drowsy or fall asleep or just be very tired throughout the day, often at inappropriate times and places. Daytime naps may occur with little warning and may be physically irresistible. These naps can occur several times a day..... Drowsiness may persist for prolonged periods of time. In addition, night-time sleep may be fragmented with frequent awakenings. Wikipedia
Teams of scientists working independently from each in Sweden, Finland, and Ireland have published studies that show Narcolepsy rates were 7 to 13 times higher in vaccinated children than unactivated children. This increases the incidence of contracting Narcolepsy from about one in every 2,000 children to as many as one in every 140 children. What is life like for a child with Narcolepsy? Let me just say that thoughts of suicide are a common.
Many cannot function in school anymore, and those who do go to school, cannot get by without taking a host of drugs (RITALIN -- a legalized form of Meth, sleeping pills, ANTI-DEPRESSANTS, etc). They fall asleep at the drop of a hat --- anywhere. They have night terrors caused by the persistent hallucinations. They have a total loss of muscle control (weakness / collapse) brought on by laughter, having fun, being sad, or other intense, every-day, emotional responses. And the kicker is that there is no cure --- it's forever.
I am not going to lie to you --- the flu is a bummer. And these Flu Pandemics have the potential to be severe (the Swine Flu Pandemic of 1918 killed between 20 and 100 million people, depending on whose statistics you believe -- HERE). Just realize that with modern medicine, the threat of dying of a Flu Pandemic is small --- particularly in America (HERE). The threat of the accumulative neurotoxic effects of decades of flu shots is not (HERE).
FOLIC ACID SUPPLEMENTATION AND CANCER
IS THERE A LINK?
These studies, as are virtually all nutritional studies, are performed using Synthetic Supplements. Most likely, they are the same kind of Nutritional Supplements that you are taking. Is there really a difference between Synthetic Nutritional Supplements and Whole Food Supplements? You bet your sweet bippy there is! It is the reason that studies on specific Nutritional Supplements frequently show no benefit (HERE, HERE and HERE are a few examples). Allow me to explain.
Even though all vitamin companies will tout their products as "natural", this is far from the case. The vitamins found in "enriched" foods like the flour mentioned above, are cheap, super high potency, synthetic fractions of what God built into real food. For instance, women get duped into taking really crappy calcium supplements that contain mega amounts of ground up chalk (HERE) ---- and maybe some Synthetic Vitamin D ---- and are told it will prevent Osteoporosis. WHOLE FOOD NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS are different. The truth is, unless you are actually looking for a drug-like effect from the synthetic fraction (for instance, I.V. Ascorbic Acid for cancer), Whole Foods or Whole Food Supplements are the only way to go. I would suggest you glance at the link above to understand this concept better.
PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME REVISITED
PIRIFORMIS MUSCLE AND SCIATIC NERVE UNDERNEATH
"About 5 million of the 26 million Americans who suffer from low back pain each year have piriformis syndrome. Piriformis syndrome produces an intense, sometimes crippling pain deep in the butt cheek, usually just on one side..... Even though your back is flawless, the piriformis muscle in the buttock may tighten, go into spasm and entrap the sciatic nerve, causing the same symptoms and misery that come with herniated disks. Those who compile statistics declare that piriformis syndrome may account for as much as 50 percent of the pain that strikes in the backside and radiates down the back of the leg..... Many internists, neurologists and pain specialists aren't very familiar with this problem, and mistakenly think the source of the pain is in spinal nerve roots. Because it is so easy to confuse with herniated disk, piriformis syndrome can be extremely difficult to diagnose, partially because MRIs and X-Rays don't pick it up."
Of this Piriformis Syndrome, not all of it is alike. Some Piriformis Syndrome is caused by congenital issues or poorly understood factors that I have no answer for. These people are more likely to show positive findings with specific EMG testing. However, I would argue that the majority of the cases of Piriformis Syndrome will never test positive on an EMG. These are the people whose Piriformis Syndrome is largely the result of FASCIAL ADHESIONS and / or TENDINOSIS. I also believe that a fair number of these people have SYSTEMIC FASCIAL ADHESIONS as well; or maybe THORACOLUMBAR ADHESIONS. For more information on Piriformis Syndrome, take a few minutes to read my PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME BLOG POSTS.
I certainly do not claim to have all the answers when it comes to successfully treating Piriformis Syndrome. However, I can tell you that if your pain is being caused by problems in the Fascia or Tendons, you will see positive results after just one treatment. This is what I told "E" who out of sheer desperation, made a tough 3 hour drive to see me on Monday after doing THIS TEST. Here is the email I got from her last evening. She has a disc problem (VERIFIED WITH MRI) and a Piriformis Syndrome ---- the later of which was being worsened by Spinal Decompression Therapy; something I have discussed many times on previous blog posts on this topic.
The pain I felt in my calf muscle after the tissue remodeling has remained and even intensified. The pain in my hip / glute is noticeably decreased. I'm even not feeling the pain with coughing that I was having before. I feel confident that the treatment did something positive for me even though it may not save me from surgery. Thank you!
ANTIBIOTIC OVERUSE CREATES FEAR IN PUBLIC OFFICIALS
THE WRITING ON THE WALL IS CLEAR
On some level, the medical community knows this (HERE). But despite governmental efforts (i.e. lots of tax dollars) to educate doctors; antibiotic prescriptions for things like colds, sniffles, sore throats, THE FLU, boo boos, etc, continue virtually unabated. This has public officials that know the score rather freaked out about the consequences that are beginning to rare their ugly head. How freaked out? Follow along and see.
Dr. Sally Davies is England's top medical adviser. She holds the title of Chief Medical Officer for the country and was the Director of Research and Development before that. Prior to that she was the Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and National Health Service (their version of Obama Care). She is so worried about this particular topic that she has petitioned Parliament to add "Antibiotic-Resistant Diseases" to the government's National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies. Other things on this list include terrorist attacks, hurricanes, tsunamis and alien invasions (just kidding ---- maybe). She called the looming situation "Apocalyptic" and had this to say about it. "There are few public health issues of potentially greater importance for society than antibiotic resistance". Think for a moment about what she is saying here. This is serious stuff! Others have been sounding the alarm for decades.
Interestingly enough, her address did not spend much time dealing with the overprescription of antibiotics ---- a colossal problem here in the U.S. Who / what did she blame increasing levels of Antibiotic Resistance on? Like a true socialist, she laid it largely at the feet of greedy Drug Manufacturers who are more worried about developing drugs for lifetime / chronic conditions than temporary infections. She says that in the past, there have always been new antibiotics to turn to when the old ones quit working. But why do the old ones quit working? Can anyone say, "Massive Overuse"? Apparently Britain has some of the same problems over there that we have here. And we are going to soon have some of the same problems here that they have there.
HERE ARE A FEW OF THE THOUSANDS OF COMMENTS ON THIS SUBJECT FROM ONE OF ENGLAND'S LARGEST NEWSPAPERS; THE GUARDIAN
It is interesting to note that not only were there literally thousands of comments on this article, many were quite similar to each other. There were scores of comments (like the one below) lamenting the problems associated with Socialized Medicine and the "rationing" that is taking place in their healthcare system ---- something that would never happen here in America ----- yeah, right.
"This is handy. Sickness benefits have been all but abolished in Britain, so we'll be faced with seriously ill people being forced to work until they die, infecting others in the process. It's almost as though they're deliberately trying to cull us."
The next three quips were in response to the idea that British doctors do not hand out antibiotics like candy --- like they do here in America. There were hundreds upon hundreds of similar anecdotes regarding this specific aspect of the problem of Antibiotic Resistance.
"So there's not one scientist or a scientophile willing to admit that the antibiotics themselves are the problem, not how they're used? Great, just keep on dishing out disasters wrapped as gifts and the humanity might have just enough time to make a 500-foot tombstone for itself with "Killed By Science" carved in it."
"Actually doctors do dish out antibiotics - I was at a baby group recently and they were recommending a doctor to each other on the basis that all you have to do is ask for an antibiotic and he will give you the prescription. The mothers seem to agree this is great and a doctor to be recommended. Nobody would listen to me when I tried to explain about antibiotic resistance and one of them snapped at me saying 'sometimes you know what you need yourself'. This doctor must be doing well out of his reputation."
"Yes, a cold is caused by a virus. However, doctors do dish out antibiotics to people who have colds. I was several times prescribed antibiotics by different doctors when I went to them with a bad cold. This happened in a work situation where I was required to see the company doctor(s). "I'll give you some antibiotics just to make sure this cold doesn't give you any infections in the throat or nasal passages", is what they said. So there you are. Doctors are dishing out antibiotics willy-nilly, "just in case" of infections and not because of infections."
If you want to learn how Antibiotics can be a portal to all sorts of sickness and disease, you need to read THIS. Is it possible to get through life without ever taking Antibiotics? My kids are 13 and almost 15, and have never had them. To learn more about Antibiotics, their ability to destroy your Immune System, and what you can do about it, HERE is the scoop.
MORE SYSTEMIC TENDINOSIS
Without delving into this issue too deeply, I am going to show you an email exchange that happened over the weekend. The thing I want you to notice is M's answer. Although her doctor is likely unaware of the fact; there is a very specific and logical progression that virtually all health problems go through before differentiating to the point where they can be named as specific disease entities (HERE). If the patient or their treating physician does not realize this (most do not), they will spin their wheels forever trying to deal with symptoms instead of addressing the underlying cause(s) of those symptoms. This concept is the same whether we are dealing with FIBROMYALGIA, AUTOIMMUNITY, CANCER, GUT ISSUES, HORMONAL PROBLEMS, or Systemic Tendinosis. Systemic problems have to be dealt with systemically if you want any hope of a solution.
I came across your website "Destroy Chronic Pain" and had a few questions!! I used to be a long distance runner and stopped 2 years ago because of chronic tendon pain. It is in my hamstrings, knees and feet/ankles. It flares up if i try to use an elliptical or any kind of exercise machine or if I'm on my feet all day. I mostly do light strength training and stretching. I can really only walk for exercise which is a huge let down for me since I used to race and run marathons. What i really am looking for is a honest answer from someone. Do people with these kind of injuries/chronic problems have them for years? Is it possible i could have this for the rest of my life and my running days will never be the same or could be over?? Have you treated other injured runners and have they returned to running again? I am only 26 and this has been heart breaking for me not only because i can't do what i love, but I also struggle with daily activity now too!!!! Any input would be helpful if you find the time!!
Even though I am not a big fan of running, I have successfully treated all sorts of athletes, including runners. Unfortunately, SYSTEMIC TENDINOSIS is not something treatable with the Tissue Remodeling I do. You are going to have to find out what is driving the INFLAMMATION. I would suggest that you go to my blog and read about GLUTEN SENSITIVITY, AUTOIMMUNITY, and LEAKY GUT SYNDROME. My guess is that you are Gluten Sensitive, or have some other underlying issue as well as a Leaky Gut.
You may also want to read my Blog Post on CARDIO TRAINING -vs- STRENGTH TRAINING as well, as this could be causing your problems as well. Please stay in touch and let me know how things go for you after you have done an ELIMINATION DIET / PALEO DIET.
I will check out your blog! It's interesting you think it could be gluten or something else going on because I didn't even tell you about my irritable bowel type symptoms and issues with certain foods!
Thanks again! M
ADHD NUMBERS EXPLODE OVER THE PAST DECADE
"The rates of childhood attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis has increased by nearly 25% over the past decade, researchers [Darios Getahun, MD, PhD, and colleagues of Kaiser Permanente Southern California Medical Group] found." The work of Dr. Getahun and colleagues from JAMA Pediatrics as reported on Medpage Today
If you are a person who either struggles with ADHD yourself, or have children with ADHD; become proactive and intervene. Step up to the plate and be the parent you should be. Their / your future depends on it! Educate yourself. Read. Click on the links. Don't sit there in sheep-like fashion watching Seinfeld reruns while your doctor "medicates" you or your family with drugs in the Methamphetamine family (Adderall and Ritalin). Take the steps to defeat ADHD naturally.
TRANS FATS: DESTROYER OF HEALTH
"The National Institutes of Health has funded over $100 million on three studies at Harvard University over the past 20 years ---- the results of which unequivocally prove that the risk of Cardiovascular Disease correlates to the consumption of Trans Fats [and not Saturated Fats]." From the Foreword to Judith Shaw's 2004 book called Trans Fats; The Hidden Killer in our Food. "We were told by the experts then [the 1950's and 1960's] that the epidemic proportions of Coronary Heart Disease could be halted if the country united against butter, red meat, and eggs. However, funding for the research that unequivocally seemed to 'prove' the connection between Heart Disease and diets high in saturated fats were companies such as Proctor & Gamble (Crisco), Wesson and Mazola (Vegetable Oil), and Fleishmann's (Margarine) --- the very food giants who stood to benefit most from their conclusions." Ibid. It is interesting to note that the campaign against Saturated Fats was not only supported by organizations like the American Heart Association, but by our government as well.
WHAT ARE TRANS FATS?
In the late 1800's and early 1900's, German scientists developed a method of driving hydrogen atoms into vegetable oils (or sometimes into whale oil / fish oil) to convert them to a solid. The process of "Hydrogenation" spread to various parts of Europe until Procter & Gamble bought the US rights and set up a factory here in America. The name of their 1911 product? One that you likely grew up with ---- Crisco. Prior to this, people ate and cooked with lard, tallow, pork fat, and butter (or even bear "grease"). What is the common denominator here? They're all animal fats. Please note that obesity and heart disease were both extremely rare at this time.
As new sources of oils were found to hydrogenate (soybean oil was essentially a byproduct of animal feed until they started hydrogenating it), the hydrogenation industry literally exploded. Women were given free cookbooks from Proctor & Gamble that were full of recipes which relied on Crisco. Shortening was touted as "healthy" because it was made from "vegetables". And as the formulas were tweaked, it was discovered that Vegetable Shortening such as Crisco could actually produce foods that were thought by many to be superior in both taste and texture to those made with butter or lard. And no one could argue that Trans Fats provided foods with a longer shelf life --- something that the food manufacturers were quite interested in ---- particularly in the days before the Interstate Highway System and widespread refrigeration.
By the 1920's, animal fats were being largely phased out of the fledgling processed food industry as well as commercial bakeries. By the 1960's, Hydrogenated Vegetable oils had almost completely replaced animal fats across the board. If you are old enough to remember, much of this was due to the suggestion that animal fats were the cause of all sorts of health problems, including heart disease. You probably also remember that one of the selling points of these products was that they are made from healthy "Vegetables" (Vegetable Shortening).
Even though one of the most prestigious medical journals on the planet (The Lancet) suggested a relationship between hydrogenated oils and heart disease back in 1956, the information was largely buried / ignored, and life went on as usual. As people bought into the whole "unsaturated fats are healthy / saturated fats are unhealthy" myth (HERE), the hydrogenation industry exploded. However, by the late 1980's the tide was beginning to turn. Researchers were hollering for more funding for studies; and as the money and studies poured forth, the Trans Fat empire began to collapse, albeit slowly.
The earlier studies showed that as many as 20,000 Americans per year were dying as a direct result of dietary Trans Fats in the form of hydrogenated oils. By 1994, studies had upped that number to over 30,000 death per year. Twelve years later, a study in the The New England Journal of Medicine raised the number of estimated annual deaths directly due to Trans Fats nearly three times to over 100,000, saying that, "On a per-calorie basis, trans fats appear to increase the risk of Coronary Heart Disease more than any other macronutrient, conferring a substantially increased risk at low levels of consumption." I know what you're thinking; if Trans Fats are so bad, could someone please tell me why? It all has to do with the Cell Membrane.
CELL MEMBRANES / THE LIPID BI-LAYER
- PROTECTING INDIVIDUAL CELLS FROM THEIR SURROUNDINGS: This is important for keeping bad things out of the cell and allowing good things to enter into the cells.
- CELLULAR SIGNALING AND COMMUNICATION: The cell membranes not only transmit nerve-like messages via the fact that they are electrically charged (see below), the fluidity and mobility of the membrane has the ability to conduct / transmit messages. This should remind you of one of the properties of FASCIA.
- IT IS AN ANCHOR SYSTEM FOR ALL SORTS OF STRUCTURES BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE CELL: This sort of goes hand in hand with the next bullet point. Cell Membranes provide cohesion so that groups of similar cells can group together into functional units, tissues, and even organs.
- CELL MEMBRANES HELP GIVE INDIVIDUAL CELLS AND TISSUES THEIR UNIQUE SHAPE: Without Cell Membranes, each cell would effectively function like an amoeba. Some people I know would barely notice this. Trans Fats stiffen Cell Membranes and leave them less flexible and fluid. Although this sounds harmless enough, it is the basis of the disease process we will look at momentarily.
Cell Membranes are said to be "Selectively Permeable". In English, this means that the cells choose what they allow to enter into them or go out of them, in relationship to what their individual needs are. There are several methods of transporting things across the Cell Membrane. We will explore some of these related to disease processes when we specifically deal with the Cell Membrane in just a moment.
- CELL MEMBRANES ALLOW WATER AND OXYGEN INTO THE CELL, WHILE LETTING CARBON DIOXIDE OUT: This process does not require energy.
- THE CELL MEMBRANES HAVE CHANNELS MADE OF PROTEIN THAT ALLOW FOOD TO BE TRANSPORTED INTO THE CELL: The opposite is true as well. The cells expend energy to pump certain substances back and forth across the cell membrane. This also occurs in a different manner via processes of known as endocytosis (moving things into the cell) and exocytosis (moving things out of the cell) respectively. Instead of substances being pumped through channels, they are engulfed like something from the movie, "The Blob". Then the whole thing is moved across the cell membrane and the contents "spit out" where they need to be.
Consuming Trans Fats in the form of Partially Hydrogenated Oils is a veritable death sentence. Oh, don't get me wrong ---- it's not like they will kill you as soon as they hit your mouth. Instead, they'll do in a slower and more subtle fashion. It is now known that consuming these man made fats dramatically changes both the structure and the function of the Cell Membranes. This means that man made Trans Fats can kill you in a slow, painful manner (Diabetes) --- or all at once (Heart Attack). Follow along as I show you some things that just might save your life, while giving you a better quality of living in the process.
As you saw in the pictures above, Cell Membranes are composed of two layers of phospholipids that are positioned opposite each other. Their attracted-to-water (hydrophillic) tails face each other so that the water-repelling (hydrophobic) heads create a barrier-like outside edge of the cell. This allows the cell to block substances from entering the cell ----- unless the cell decides it needs to let them in. When it all works like it should, life is peachy. When it does not, health can go south in a hurry.
Trans Fats create what some experts refer to as "Stupid Cell Membranes". Allow me to explain. As more and more Trans Fats are incorporated into Cell Membranes, they lose both their flexibility and ability transmit and receive messages. After this, they begin to fail at being "Selectively Permeable". On one hand, they start letting things into the cells that should not be there, while preventing things from coming in that should be in the cell. On the other hand, they keep things inside the cell that should be let out (i.e. metabolic waste products) and let things out that should stay in.
One of the chief ways that this happens is that the specific fats and oils that make up the "lipid bilayer" (Cell Membrane) must be able to respond to their environment, and respond quickly --- almost instantaneously. One of the reasons your body can metabolically react like it does to things like hormones, neurotransmitters, inflammatory mediators, nutritional compounds, drugs, etc, is because of the fluidity of the Cell Membranes. Take away that fluidity and the body reacts in completely different ways. As you might imagine, the less flexible your Cell Membranes become, the more prone to diseases you are.
ASSOCIATED WITH TRANS FATS
"[Trans Fats have] no safe level of human consumption. [They have a] tolerable upper intake level of zero." From a 2002 report put out by the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Science.
Because Systemic Inflammation has been strongly associated with dozens of disease processes as well as dramatic increases in C-Reactive Protein (CRP), it is advised to learn what it is and how to avoid it. We know that Trans Fats are one of the major sources of Inflammations for most Americans. In fact, several governmental organizations have issued statements regarding the fact that there is no level of the Partially Hydrogenated (artificial / man made) Trans Fats that can be safely consumed in our diets.
- HEART DISEASE / CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE: There have been dozens of studies linking dietary fat to Heart Disease. Be aware that while the evidence for a causal link between Trans Fats and Heart Disease is overwhelming, the evidence for a causal link between Saturated Fats and Heart Disease is not. We can see this in a blood test by watching for an increase in the ratio of bad cholesterol to good. Remember also that although Trans Fats contain no cholesterol themselves, they jack the ratio of the LDL (bad) to the HDL (good).
- IMMUNE SYSTEM FUNCTION: Studies have shown that Trans Fats stimulate the part of the Immune System that deals with Inflammation. Look at the earlier link. How many diseases are associated with Inflammation? Too many to count. Interestingly enough, there is a growing body of researchers (see previous bullet point) who believe that high cholesterol has little to do with dietary cholesterol. Instead they believe that Cholesterol is the body's "patch" to fix the damage that occurs in arteries caused by ---- you guessed it ----- Inflammation.
- ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: Although this one is also being linked to high blood sugar and HFCS, the Archives of Neurology tied it to Trans Fats in a study that was published almost 10 years ago to the day.
- CANCER: The first studies on Trans Fats and cancer occurred back in the 1940's. Since then the consensus of the mainstream medical community is that there is either no link, or the link is minimal. However, there are numerous scientists and studies from around the world linking the two. Stop for a moment and think. It is only logical that impairing the integrity of the cell's guardian membrane would have consequences as far as cancer is concerned.
- DIABETES: Stupid Cell Membranes have been shown by studies not to function optimally as far as allowing glucose in and out of the cells. Trans Fats have been shown to alter the effects of both Insulin and Insulin Receptors (Insulin Resistance); a precursor to / component of Type II Diabetes.
- OBESITY: Trans Fats cause obesity ---- even in the absence of caloric excess. Like Cortisol, their intake is shown to cause most of the excess fat to be deposited in the abdominal area. Abdominal Obesity is associated with far more health issues than generalized weight gain.
- LIVER FUNCTION: The Liver is your body's chemist. Trans Fats alter the way that your body metabolizes certain fats. Be aware that the most common cause of mild to moderately raised levels of liver enzymes is a fatty liver, and a fatty livers occur most commonly in people who are obese.
- FEMALE INFERTILITY: Just a 2% increase in Dietary Trans Fats caused female infertility to skyrocket.
- DEPRESSION: Studies have shown that Trans Fats lower brain levels of DHA. DHA is the two active components of PFGO. Note that dozens of scientific studies have linked low brain levels of DHA to Major Depressive Disorder (DEPRESSION).
For someone who is GLUTEN SENSITIVE, they will often feel better almost immediately after cutting wheat and wheat products out of their diet, the same cannot usually be said for Trans Fats. This has to do with the fact that once Trans Fats are incorporated into the Cell Membranes, they tend to stick around indefinitely. If you cut Trans Fats from your diet and dramatically increase the intake of healthy fats (including "clean / unprocessed" animal fats), it will take time for the Cell Membranes to regenerate themselves. How long, I'm not sure. But don't expect for all of these problems to go away overnight just because you changed your diet.
IS THERE SUCH A THING AS HEALTHY TRANS FATS?
TRANS FATS MAKE UP A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THESE COMMON FOODS
"Unlike butter, the manufactured hydrogenated vegetable fat in crackers, and cookies, precooked french fries, and pot pies, buns, muffins, salad dressings, chicken legs, and fish filets, ensured that the product that started out in New Jersey would still be fresh when it got to Washington state and for months and years to come. It would preserve foods shipped across the seas." Judith Shaw from Trans Fats; The Hidden Killer in our Foods.
- Commercial French Fries
- Commercial Peanut Butter
- Almost Anything that is Commercially Battered and Fried (Fried Chicken)
- Baked Goods, Including Pie Crusts, Donuts, Cake Mixes, Muffins, Pancake / Waffle Mixes, Cookies, Biscuits, Sweet Rolls, Crackers, Pretzels, etc
- Many Breakfast Cereals
- Vegetable Shortening, Cake Frosting
- Non-Dairy Creamers & Fast Food Milk Shakes
- Microwave or Movie Theater Popcorn, Potato Chips, Corn Chips
- Fast Food / Snack Food / Candy Bars
- Numerous Packaged or Processed Foods
How can we determine whether or not Trans Fats are present in a food or not? Although Trans Fats were required to be labeled as such by a federal law passed in 2006 (See Below), things are never as easy as they should be. Remember how we learned earlier that Trans Fats are made up of oils that have been "Hydrogenated"? It used to be that you simply looked for the numbers of grams of Partially Hydrogenated Fats on a food label. With the new law, all we need to do is look for the numbers of grams of Trans Fats --- sort of.
As unbelievable as it may sound to you (sarcasm is intended), when the government created the regulations to disclose the amount of Trans Fats to the general public via food labels, they created a loophole --- one that in many cases you could drive a Mack truck through. They said that as long as a food does not have at least .5 grams of Trans Fats per serving, it does not need to be labeled as containing Trans Fat. Think about it this way; many of the foods that contain copious amounts of Trans Fats also happen to be foods that come in very small serving sizes. Let me explain. A certain cookie may have .49 grams of Trans Fat per serving. But if a serving size is two small cookies, and the average person eats a dozen at a sitting, they are getting a serious jolt of Trans Fat ----- nearly 6 grams ---- even though the "Government Approved" food label tells you that these cookies contain 0 grams of Trans Fats. Make sure that you not only read the "Nutrition Facts" part of the label (below), but the "List of Ingredients" as well. Again, just look for the words Hydrogenated or Partially Hydrogenated.
HOW TO GET TRANS FATS OUT OF YOUR LIFE
Since the early 1970s, for instance, Americans' average fat intake has dropped from over 40% of total calories to 34%; average serum cholesterol levels have dropped as well. But no compelling evidence suggests that these decreases have improved health. Although heart disease death rates have dropped--and public health officials insist low-fat diets are partly responsible--the incidence of heart disease does not seem to be declining, as would be expected if lower fat diets made a difference. This was the conclusion, for instance, of a 10-year study of heart disease mortality published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 1998, which suggested that death rates are declining largely because doctors are treating the disease more successfully. AHA statistics agree: Between 1979 and 1996, the number of medical procedures for heart disease increased from 1.2 million to 5.4 million a year. "I don't consider that this disease category has disappeared or anything close to it," says one AHA statistician. Food Researcher Gary Taubes from a 2003 internet article.
And if you simply followed logic, you would have to assume that dramatically cutting back on fat and it's 9 calories per gram as opposed to 4 calories per gram for both carbs and protein, would solve the problem. Only it hasn't solved the problem. It's made it worse. This is because most doctors do not have as good of an understanding of the relationship between the Endocrine System and weight as they should have (HERE). And even though study after study is showing that animal fats (particularly fats from non-obese, clean animals) is not the pariah it was once thought to be, we are still bombarded by experts telling us to further cut down our intake of fat (Fuhrman, Pritikin, Ornish, McDougal, etc). Here are a few simple ways to get healthy fats into your system while avoiding the baddies.
- IF IT CONTAINS HYDROGENATED OR PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED FATS, DON'T BUY IT OR PUT IT IN YOUR MOUTH: It's not rocket science folks. Learn to read labels as though your life depends on it ---- mainly because it does. Just look at the list I created for you and avoid those foods as well. When you eat Trans Fats, you are changing your Cell Membranes for the worse. Unfortunately, it takes far longer to change them back. A key fact you must understand about these artificial fats is that they have a half-life of about 50 days. This means that after 100 days, 25% of the Trans Fats in the Krispy Kreme you ate just over 3 months ago is still part of your cell membranes!
- USE BUTTER INSTEAD OF MARGARINE: It never ceases to amaze me how many crappy spreads out there tout themselves as "Heart Healthy" when they know darn well that this is far from the case. For Pete's sake, use BUTTER!
- USE COCONUT OIL TO COOK WITH & EVOO FOR SALAD DRESSINGS: Remember that it is possible to turn good fats into Trans Fats via heat. Don't believe the hooey that certain celebrity doctors are saying about Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Fuhrman says it's on the short list of "worst foods"). It is the best salad dressing base I have found. Stay away from crappy "VEGETABLE OILS".
- EAT GOOD FATS FROM A WIDE VARIETY OF SOURCES: Nuts, wild fish, raw dairy (for those not sensitive), and even SATURATED FAT from "clean" meats are all fine to eat, and will provide you with quality fats to build healthy Cell Membranes with.
WHY ARE TRANS FATS INCORPORATED INTO VARIOUS FOODS IN THE FIRST PLACE?
FECAL MICROBIOTA TRANSPLANTS
ARE YOU SERIOUS?
AS SERIOUS AS A HEART ATTACK!
Almost exclusively due to unbridled Antibiotic use, about 3 million Americans a year are infected with a bacteria called Clostridium Difficile ---- a bug that is typically picked up in hospitals, doctor's offices, nursing homes, and other similar settings. Because this particular bacteria (C. Diff) attacks the Gut, about half a million of those infected develop cramping, diarrhea, and fever, along with a painfully inflamed colon. And despite the fact that you've never heard of C. Diff before, as many as 30,000 Americans die from it annually. Just another one of those dirty little secrets.
Interestingly enough, there is another group of people who tend to get this infection. Along with HELIOBACTERIA PYLORI INFECTIONS --- the stomach infection which is the known cause of Ulcers and Gastritis ---- people taking acid blocking drugs (prevacid, prilosec, tagamet, asiphix, etc) are getting it as well, due to their propensity to foul up the body's pH balance (they raise stomach pH, while lowering the pH of the body --- the exact opposite of what most people really need (see above link). Once C. Dif takes over the G.I. tract, all sorts of bad things begin to happen.
One of the last-ditch efforts being used in treating these individuals involves something called "Stool Transplants" (the official name is Fecal Microbiota Transplantation ---- FMT). Despite the fact that people suffering from C. Diff have Guts (intestines) that are literally devastated by the effects of INFLAMMATION, it has been discovered that transplanting "healthy" fecal material from a donor to the infected patient cures the infection in about 90% of the cases. Let's go look at some history to figure out why; because maybe if we can figure out why this is happening in the first place, it can be stopped in its tracks before it takes off and runs (no pun intended).
GUT HEALTH AND OUR MODERN MEDICAL COMMUNITY
For starters, your Gut is the seat of your Immune System. An Australian study done by a team of several medical doctors was published in a 1999 issue of The American Journal of Physiology. It was called, "The Intestine as a Sensory Organ: Neural, Endocrine, and Immune Responses". What did these researchers have to say about this topic? They said that according to the current research, "The gut immune system has 70– 80% of the body's immune cells" (HERE). When you look at the incredible amount of information packed in to these two highlighted sentences above, an interesting picture begins to emerge. We see just from these two sentences that there is a powerful relationship between the Endocrine System, The Gut, and the Immune System.
Just remember this; Dysbiosis is being linked back to numerous health problems of the Immune System and hormonal (Endocrine) system (AUTOIMMUNITY, THYROID PROBLEMS, BLOOD SUGAR DYSREGULATION / DIABETES, ADRENAL PROBLEMS, SEXUAL HEALTH, and a plethora of others). If neither you nor your doctor are versed in addressing these problems logically and systematically, you'll end up like so many others who are spending unholy amounts of money on medical care and getting nowhere as far as answers are concerned. More of the same-old same-old; more tests, more drugs, more surgeries, and more blank deer-in-the-headlight stares.
Remember how I said that if you go back 50 years or so, you'll see that the medical community thought differently about Gut Health than they do today? Let me prove it to you. Although veterinarians have been using this procedure on sick racehorses for the better part of a century, 55 years ago in Australia, Dr. Thomas Borody performed the first Stool Transplants on four C. Diff patients --- successfully, I might add. Why has it not garnered more attention before this? I probably do not have to tell you. For one thing, you cannot patent dukie like you can patent a drug. For another; you walk into your doctor's office, and he says you have a bacterial overgrowth in your large intestine. You assume he will give you an antibiotic (which is actually the current treatment of choice ---- after all, antibiotics kill bacteria). You fill the prescription on the way home. But as you surf the web, you stumble across my blog and begin studying the information that you find there. One of the first things that you learn is that it was the antibiotics that made you susceptible to the infection in the first place.
Like I just mentioned, the medical community's SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for treating C. Diff infections is treating them with antibiotics. But once you understand that Antibiotics do more to destroy American Immune Systems than almost any other common substance people ingest in the name of health, you'll begin to grasp how big a deal this really is. You see, although the Antibiotic treatment used to treat the initial C. Diff infection works about 90% of the time, reinfection rates are skyrocketing. This is not difficult to understand.
You get a cold or the flu and your doctor erroneously gives you Antibiotics --------> You take the Antibiotics faithfully ---------> The cold goes away like it would have done on its own anyway ----------> Antibiotics weaken the Immune System, which is largely made up of bacteria living in your Gut ----------> A weakened Immune System leaves you susceptible to more infections ---------> When you get another infection, you go to the doctor who prescribes you ---- yep; more Antibiotics.
As the cycle spins in a big circle (Sickness, Antibiotics, Sickness, Antibiotics), your run down Immune System gets weaker and weaker and weaker ---- each round hammering it into a veritable playground for all sorts of sickness and disease. And finally it happens. On one of those trips to the doctor, you pick up a C. Diff infection that someone has so thoughtfully left for you to find. Not only might it take years for anyone to actually figure out that your problem is a Clostridium Difficele infection, if they do figure it out, there is an almost 100% chance of you being treated with Antibiotics. Besides the cost of this particular antibiotic-therapy being ridiculously high (about $1,500 for 10 days), Antibiotics are exactly why the the recurrence rates for C. Diff are also so high. And as you might imagine, the odds of really bad things (like death) go up with each recurrence.
Although people who are not sick tend to gross out and talk about the "ick factor" of a Fecal Transplant, sick people really don't care as much as you might think. It is sort of like the TISSUE REMODELING TREATMENTS that are a huge focus of my practice. Because there can be some ugly and widespread bruising associated with the procedure, people who are not in pain tend to look at the bruising of people I have treated and say something along the lines of, "I would never have that done, even if you paid me" (HERE). This just means that any physical problems they may be dealing with have not reached critical mass ---- the point of true desperation. People who have the kind of pain that encompasses their whole being, ruins their life, and becomes the only thing that they can think about (HERE), couldn't care less about a bruise. Desperation born from pain produces people who would be willing to let you beat them with a ball-pein hammer if they thought it had a prayer of fixing their problem. In many ways, a Feces Transplant produces a similar situation. I get it ---- the term "Fecal Transplant" does sound kind of gross. But laying on your back, six feet under, with your arms folded across your chest, taking a dirt nap (or living the rest of your life in misery) doesn't sound too enticing either.
Truthfully, if you simply try not to think about it, going to the dentist is probably worse. After having the colon cleaned out via an enema --- similar to the preparation for a Lower GI Study ---- less than two ounces of donated fecal matter is "injected" into the rectum using a gizmo that is basically an extra-large syringe. It takes a grand total of about 5 minutes to perform the procedure, and patients often see dramatic changes within the first couple of days. The transplant typically needs to be done only once to re-establish the good bacteria and start the process of restoring one's Immune System.
Not that I am recommending it, but there are scientific studies as well as a growing body of anecdotal evidence for actually performing this procedure in the comfort of your own home. My interest in this topic was piqued a couple years ago after reading of an individual who got tired of bickering back and forth with his insurance company who were refusing to pay for the procedure (they called it "experimental"), so he went out and did it himself. He found a healthy donor, cleaned out his colon, and gave himself a Feces Enema. In fact, in Europe, they are beginning to use this technique to heal AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES. It's not like it's brain surgery, and it's definitely better than the alternative. Speaking of alternatives.......
A couple of big drug companies are working feverishly on medications and vaccines against C. Diff. If you understand VACCINES, you'll know that I do not believe this is a good idea. Many of these developmental drugs are being designed to go after the toxins made by the bacteria. Although this is not a terrible idea, I would rather see the infection dealt with than simply covering symptoms with a drug ---- and then using Antibiotics to take care of the C. Diff infection itself.
Furthermore, if you have been following my blog and grasp the relationship between the Gut and overall health, it is fairly easy to understand why it's actually being used to treat problems other than diarrhea and cramping. I have written extensively on the relationship between Gut Health and Immune System Function, and mentioned the amount of research associating abnormal Gut Flora (bacteria) with all sorts of disease process. Wikipedia agreed, saying this about Stool Transplants.
It can also be used to treat other conditions, including colitis, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and some neurological conditions and autoimmune disorders. Wiki paraphrased this from a 1989 issue of The Medical journal of Australia.
The thing is, Stool Transplants are a still a niche ---- a form of treatment done only by a select group of forward-thinking Gastroenterologists. If you are not already suffering from raging C. Diff infection, I want to go over a few methods to help prevent the problem from starting in the first place. These things might actually help cure the infection of one who already has C. Diff as well.
THINGS TO DO TO PREVENT CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFCILE AND OTHER SIMILAR INFECTIONS
- NIX THE ANTIBIOTICS: Although they have the ability to save lives, I would argue that other than our massive over-consumption of processed foods, nothing has done more to destroy the health of the American public than Antibiotics. When people have chronic infections, H. PYLORI, Staph, Strep, Yeast, Mold, Fungus, etc, etc, ANTIBIOTICS are almost always to blame. This is the case with C. Diff as well. The truth is, we are frequently way too clean both inside and out (HERE).
- CUT BACK ON SUGAR AND STARCHY CARBS: If Antibiotics are the cause of various forms of DYSBIOSIS (including C. Diff infections), SUGAR is the straw that stirs the drink. I have shown you over and over that UNCONTROLLED BLOOD SUGAR is at the root of practically all health problems --- including this one. Be aware that GLUTEN (grain protein) is being implicated in this problem as well.
- EAT A DIET OF WHOLE FOODS: Whole Foods are where it's at. If you are not eating a LOW CARB or PALEO TYPE DIET, you may want to look into some of the research on the subject.
- DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND EXERCISE: These are both generalized health tips that will boost your Immune System function and help promote Bowel Health. The best way to exercise is HERE. If you are fighting an active C. Diff infection, you may have to back off of the exercise until you get it under control.
- TAKE PROBIOTICS: Everyone needs to be periodically taking PROBIOTICS --- especially if you have been on Antibiotics. I recommend broad-spectrum HSO Probiotics that replenish your Gut with the same bacteria found in organic soil. If you have C. Diff, you have to get extremely serious about this by eating lots of fermented foods as well. Be aware that for some of you, probiotics will not be enough (HERE).
Be aware that I not only have numerous articles on FMT, but that it may need to be part of the protocol used for taking your health back (HERE).
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OBESITY
AND YOUR ENDOCRINE SYSTEM
WHAT IS A CALORIE?
By definition, a calorie is the amount of energy it takes to raise one cubic centimeter (CC) of water, one degree Celsius. There are three essential macro-nutrients (four if you count water). They are carbohydrates, fats (aka lipids) and proteins. The "Holy Grail" of weight loss is calorie counting. As far as counting calories is concerned, science tells us that.......
- CARBOHYDRATES CONTAIN 4 CALORIES PER GRAM
- PROTEINS CONTAIN 4 CALORIES PER GRAM
- FATS CONTAIN 9 CALORIES PER GRAM
- WATER CONTAINS NO CALORIES
Half the world's population is living on fewer than 2,500 calories a day, while about half are consuming over 3,000 calories per day. Looking at this calorie distribution map raises a question. If caloric intake is the sole cause of Obesity, why is 70% of the adult American population overweight or obese, while European obesity rates are a small fraction of ours, even though we are eating similar numbers of calories? As a side note: The Russians used to be lean, but the past decade has seen skyrocketing Soviet obesity due to processed foods and increasingly sedentary lifestyles. It seems like we won the Cold War and are now in the process of "Westernizing" the rest of the planet in regards to health and weight.
COMMON MYTHS & MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT DIET, EXERCISE, AND OBESITY
- Calories in, calories out, is the best way to understand the relationship between diet and weight.
- All calories are alike (HERE).
- If you want to lose weight, just eat less and exercise more (HERE).
- Overweight people consume far more calories than people of normal weight.
- Low calorie diets are a great way to lose weight.
- You need at least 130 grams of carbs a day to fuel your brain (HERE).
- Starvation diets are good for short-term weight loss.
- We all have a "set point" as far as our weight is concerned.
- Dietary fat causes obesity (HERE).
- Carbs are not addictive (HERE).
WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR WEIGHT,
THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM RULES
The Pancreas makes two very important hormones as far as weight is concerned; Insulin and Glucagon. Insulin is a storage hormone, which, in significant amounts can not only cause all sorts of sickness and disease, it can cause weight gain in the form of fat. Glucagon is its opposite. It causes the body to burn fat stores for energy.
Think about it for a moment........ what if you knew how to control these two hormones? It's easier than you might think. Because I have written extensively about these hormones, I will send you to a previous blog post on the topic (HERE). Just understand that as far as weight gain / obesity, dietary fat is essentially an inert substance. You''ll soon see that not only is it carbs that largely drive the Endocrine System, but that dietary fat actually has the effect of blunting the effects of carbs and insulin. No; dietary fat does not make one fat. If this were true, farmers would be feeding their cattle bacon instead of corn.
By now everyone knows that excess amounts of the body's chief stress hormone (Cortisol) causes obesity. When stress triggers the Sympathetic Nervous System, Cortisol is released into the blood stream. This immediately signals the body's "Fight or Flight" mechanism. The body needs glucose (blood sugar) and it needs it right now. Besides going after the glucose found in muscle glycogen, it actually starts breaking down its own muscle mass. Because the excess sugar is not needed for most of our modern stress responses (we are not having to run from a saber tooth tiger), the body starts storing this excess blood sugar as fat ---- belly fat. To learn about the relationship between Fibromyalgia and Adrenal Fatigue, just visit THIS PAGE.
SEX HORMONES; TEST & EST
Interestingly enough, your sex hormones play a huge part in your weight. For any number of reasons that can be seen HERE, our population faces an almost totally ignored health epidemic --- Estrogen Dominance. Estrogen Dominance is exactly what it sounds like --- a dominance or over-abundance of the sex hormone Estrogen in relationship to other sex hormones. Estrogen is the hormone that makes women women. It gives them soft skin, brings forth secondary sex characteristics, and it makes women naturally carry more body fat than men --- on average about 10% more.
Estrogen is made in two different places in your body; the ovaries and the fat cells. As women get heavier, fat cells increase, and as they increase, they make more Estrogen. The Estrogen causes women to be fatter, which causes them to make more Estrogen. Repeat the cycle indefinitely. Oh, and understand that on some level, this cycle happens in men too. Why do you think that overweight men are much more prone to having what looks like female breasts, impotence, and even more weight gain?
Testosterone, the male hormone, is also important in the weight department. Without proper amounts of testosterone, men cease acting and functioning like men. Some of the signs of low Testosterone include....
- Depression / Anxiety (HERE)
- Mental Fogginess / Difficulty Concentrating
- Inability to get Motivated
- Loss of Libido / Impotence (HERE)
- Muscle Loss / Weight Gain
Your Thyroid is the seat of your metabolism. When it does not function properly, weight gain is one of the most common consequences. Because I have a huge Blog Post on the thyroid, you can see how this all works by going HERE.
So, despite what you have been told, dietary fat does not make you fat. OBESITY is largely a function of your Endocrine System, and is driven (or controlled) by one's blood sugar. For more information on the Endocrine System and its relationship to Gut Health, visit ENDOGUT. I would also strongly suggest the book,Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes.
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).
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