By David Christopher, M.H.
My most poignant confirmation to the reality of medical fallibility and iatrogenisis occurred when I was privileged to attend a lecture presented by the renowned Dr. Robert S. Mendelsohn M.D. Among many accolades he had 38 years of pediatric practice, was professor of preventive medicine at the University of Illinois School of Medicine and national director of Project Head Start Medical Consultation Service. He dedicated the last decade of his life warning people of the dangers inherent in the practice of modern medicine. Yes I know he has his detractors (almost all of the entire medical field) but I found him to be totally genuine; especially after personally getting to know him at a one on one luncheon. Continue reading
Myths About Probiotics – Article from Natren Probiotics
Myth #1 –Yogurt and Kefir are effective probiotics.
Yogurt and Kefir are considered ‘functional fermented foods’ and while they may contain ‘live and active cultures’ it is usually in very low doses, too low to have any therapeutic effect. (1) In addition, they are often pasteurized (which kills probiotics) and lack any protective delivery system to help them survive transit through our harsh acidic stomach to reach the small and large intestine where they are most active. (1) (2) (3)
Also, most yogurts and kefir are filled with sugar, preservatives and all kinds of things that aren’t good for you. To give you an example, an average six ounce serving of yogurt contains 22 grams of sugar and 157 calories, with some yogurts as high 36 grams of sugar and 260 calories per serving! To get the same quantity of probiotic bacteria found in one convenient probiotic capsule (30 billion cfu) you would have to consume 27 servings of yogurt; that’s 4,239+ calories and 594 grams of sugar! (4) (5) (6)
We’re not saying, don’t eat yogurt or throw away your sauerkraut, we enjoy these too and believe they are great additions to a healthy diet (our founder even played a role in setting the liquid yogurt standards), but realize that the amount of probiotic received is minimal and not likely to have a major impact on your overall gut health.
Myth #2 – Very High Potency Probiotics offer better results than lower potency probiotics.
FALSE. The numbers of colony forming units (cfus) are important to be familiar with and should be clearly stated on the label for every strain included in the probiotic, however, a higher number does not always indicate a better product. Experts have agreed on a minimal number of viable cells at 1 billion cfus per day. (6) This provides a great starting point/minimum dose but what’s next? Well, it is not always an easy question to answer for one reason – you also need to know how PROTECTED those probiotics are and how well they will SURVIVE through transit, storage and shelf life.
Neurological disorders like Tourette’s Syndrome are becoming more commonplace in our society today because of poor diet and environmental toxins. A visitor has the following question:
10 Signs You Have Candida Overgrowth & What To Do About It
By Karen Foster
Imbalanced gut flora creates perfect conditions for specific bacteria and fungi. Candida Albicans is a fungus, a kind of a yeast, and small amounts of it thrive in the oral cavity and the intestines.
Increased level of candida, or candida outgrowth, enables the yeast to break down the intestinal walls and enter the bloodstream. In this way the yeast releases toxic byproducts into the body. Eventually, this leads to different health problems, ranging from digestion problems to depression, and in some cases even cancer.
What triggers the candida overgrowth?
The good bacteria in the intestines typically maintain normal candida levels. However, there are many factors that contribute to the candida overgrowth:
- Eating foods rich in refined carbohydrates and sugar (these feed the yeast)
- Excessive consumption of alcohol
- Oral contraceptives
- Stressful lifestyle
- Regular or increased consumption of antibiotics that kill beneficial bacteria
IT’S SPRING AND TIME FOR A CLEANSING FAST
Fasting can significantly reduce the effects of aging on the brain and fasting has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect on the entire body. Fasting is one of the key strategies for maximizing brain function Fasting is a practice used by many to rest the body’s digestive system so it can move into a cleansing mode.
Research has discovered that men, who had fasted for 24 hours, had a 2000% increase in circulating HGH. Women who were tested had a 1300% increase in HGH. The researchers found that the fasting individuals had significantly reduced their triglycerides, boosted their HDL cholesterol and stabilized their blood sugar.
The reason we get nauseated is actually a healing process because it usually stops us from eating, so we can go into a rest period for the body to use the energy for healing.
If you’ve ever watched a sick animal, the first thing they do when they’re sick is to stop food. They drink water and sleep because they intuitively know that is what they need to do to get well. Humans are the only species that seeks out more food when it is ill instead of water and rest, unless they are nauseated.
When we eat food the immune system gets activated to increase inflammatory conditions to ward off any unwanted microorganisms within the food, and these days with numerous chemical additives, processing, and genetically modified foods, this creates continuous inflammation.