Feb 102012
 

Q: Many people are allergic to dairy as well as Gluten. The allergies seem to go hand in hand. Why is that?

The Short Answer:

  • every gluten molecule contains 15 receptor sites for Opioid Exorphins
  • every casein molecule contains 8 receptor sites for Opioid Exorphins

Both, glutens and casein, are addictive (their morphine/opioid connection!)

The (medium) Long Answer:

Both tend to destroy the gut mucosa barrier in those genetically not set up to handle them.
Since there is no health without a healthy gut mucosa, ingesting gluten and/or casein may trigger:
  • inflammation (acute and/or chronic, i.e. build-up over time)
  • -> over time leading to leaky gut syndrome
  • -> food and environmental toxins being dumped directly into the bloodstream

As a result the body tries to quench the inflammation:

  • leaching of calcium from bones and teeth to buffer blood pH value
  • -> bone loss, tooth enamel loss, osteopenia, osteoporosis
  • -> rheumatoid arthritis, osteo arthritis, fibromyalgia

All this leads to…

  • lack of mineral, nutrient absorption
  • -> physical / mental weakness, tiredness, chronic fatigue syndrome, etc.
  • -> sleep disturbance
  • -> heart irregularities, anxiety

and also:

  • kidney issues, UTI
  • shortness of breath, asthma, allergies

Over time the system develops…

  • weakened immune system
  • thyroid and adrenal issues
  • fertility problems
  • skin issues

etc., etc.

TESTING

These days it is so easy to “test” for the necessary underlying genes that predispose an individual to gluten and/or casein sensitivity. When we know if our body runs on “gasoline” or on “diesel” we will be able to avoid most health issues by feeding the body the right fuel.

 Posted by at 2:27 PM
Mar 282011
 

Question: I have read that using marijuana is less damaging to the body than alcohol consumption. – Anonymous.

Answer: I am happy that you have raised this topic. Sadly, the number of individuals regularly consuming this still illegal drug on a weekly or daily basis appears to be out of control. Despite its illegality, marijuana use in Canada puts it among the countries with the highest use in those ages fifteen and older.

Fortunately or unfortunately, we can find research to prove and justify or disprove just about any point. The comparison between long-term use of alcohol and marijuana you asked about nothing but proves this point. Both damage the body—just in different ways. Doesn’t really sound like a recommendation, does it?

From a natural medicine point of view (where health and overall wellbeing are our main concerns) there is simply no way to look at any drug use in a positive light—be it tobacco use, alcohol, marijuana, sleeping pills or other prescription and non-prescription meds.

Not prepared under controlled conditions, many toxic substances have been detected mixed in as dilatants such as powdered chalk, henna, glass, lead, turpentine, tranquilizers, glue, soil, engine oil, boot polish, animal feces… Today’s marijuana is not only easier attainable it is also many times more pure, concentrated and incomparably stronger than it was in the nineteen-sixties.

Let us take a closer look at how marijuana works in and on our body.

Research into its use for certain serious medical conditions shows its effect on the region of the brain that affects the brain’s ability to make good judgment calls. It, therefore, does not surprise that its side effects reach from sleepiness to decreased short-term memory (thus sensation of euphoria) to mood swings, paranoia, even hallucinations.

Dry mouth, red eyes and other (including intestinal) mucus issues may be traced to its same retarding actions on the body’s metabolism as does its action that impairs perception and motor skills.

Smoked, it first affects the lungs; taken orally, the gastrointestinal system where it interferes with the metabolic and digestive action of the body as well as the calcium metabolism.

Marijuana’s active components are highly soluble in lipids (fats) and thus can build up and remain in the body tissue for days and weeks. This accumulation in the body’s fatty tissue particularly affects all brain and nerve cells. And, since nerve cells control the function and performance of all our organs and mechanisms, there are few body cells and functions that are not negatively affected by marijuana use.

Links of regular use to cancer are strong, so are these to GI issues and mental disorders, even schizophrenia. From my clinical experience, I am also noting remarkably higher rates of low libido, erectile dysfunction and infertility among younger couples who use marijuana recreationally or daily.

However we look at it, feeling good comes from achievements and active participation in life not from sitting back and delving in passive brain stimulants or retardants.

Only you can make the decision about what will work best for you and your body. Raising relevant questions is important. Have your doctor help you make your decision or consult with a qualified natural medicine professional before you decide on your customized plan of action.

 Posted by at 5:32 PM
Mar 262011
 

Question: I have a lot of friends that drink. I am looking for a good explanation on why alcohol is good/bad for you. S.T.

Answer: The mere fact that you are asking about alcohol consumption shows me that your “gut feeling” tells you that alcohol may not work for you, or a member of your family, or your friends.

1) Not every one tolerates alcohol the same.
Women, in particular, have a considerably lower alcohol tolerance (i.e. on average one glass of wine is the maximum for women vs. two for men).
Smaller built individuals as well as the young and the elderly also appear to have a lower tolerance for alcohol.

2) All alcohols turn to sugar (alcohol itself IS a sugar). – It’s not about the juice you drink with it!
Alcohol % proof directly refers to the drink’s sugar content.
The amount of sugar (or carbohydrates) the body needs to be converted into energy with the help of insulin must come from food not alcohol.

3) Excess sugar in the body causes inflammation and, thus, disturbs the body’s calcium metabolism (calcium leaching from bones to buffer the body’s pH value).
In addition, all sugars (including alcohol) nourish cancer cells, yeast cells, etc.

4) Individuals with a history of heart burn, midriff (liver or pancreas) or gut problems and those with a family history of high cholesterol or triglyceride levels, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, etc. should stay away from ALL alcohols.

Beer:
Due to its gluten content from malt (barley) beer primarily affects the gut by causing intestinal inflammation (bloating) and prompting the duodenum to slow down the digestive metabolism.
Beer also taxes the pancreas (insulin production) and stresses the liver.
A healthy liver is able to regulate the blood sugar (BS). However, the alcohol-triggered blood sugar roller coaster forces the liver to produce glycogen (a natural form of sugar) leading to insulin resistance.
The proverbial beer belly is the first visual sign of starting insulin resistance and an increased future risk of diabetes, heart or kidney disease!

Liquors / Hard Alcohols:
Booze directly affects the liver and, over time, may lead to serious liver disease, hepatitis, etc. in addition to paving the way to blood sugar fluctuations, high blood pressure and artery or heart disease.
Many spirits are made from grain and thus may want to be avoided by individuals who are gluten-intolerant.

Wine:
The only alcoholic beverage that shows some positive results in medical research in certain individuals is one glass of preservative- and sulfate-free red wine as consumed by the French and Italians daily and WITH food.
Higher levels of resveratrol (a high antioxidant) build up over time. However, the European lifestyle is totally different from ours here as well.

Other than the conditions mentioned above, you also might want to avoid alcohol if you experience many other problems including acne, allergies, immune deficiency syndromes, decreased libido or infertility; for women also painful menses or polycystic ovaries and for men erectile dysfunction.
Only you can make the decision about what will work best for you and your digestive system. Raising relevant questions is important. Have your doctor help you make your decision or consult with a qualified natural medicine professional before you decide on your customized plan of action.

 Posted by at 8:06 PM
Dec 162010
 

Worth repeating before the Holidays…
From cravings to headaches, sinus issues to fibrocystic ovaries, tender breast tissue, discharge, acne and more, excess sugar may be at the root of many of your health challenges.

“Sugar” comes in many forms:

  • anything sweet(ened) – except for herbs such as stevia
  • anything grain and starch (their carbs too turn to sugar in the body)
  • anything dairy (lactose also turns to sugar in the body)

Sugar makes the body more acidic and lowers iron (Fe) levels.
This in turn lowers the blood’s ability to carry oxygen. As a result, energy levels drop and heart and lungs are forced to work harder (shortness of breath and anxiety) as may be the kidneys (water retention).

Sugar causes inflammation and triggers the calcium leaching metabolism. This can add to the formation of fibroids (uterine and breast tissue). Amenorrhea (lack of or delayed monthly flow) or dysmenorrhea (painful menses and premenstrual syndrome) may be early signs of calcium leaching and pH buffering.

Sugar may promote acne. Higher levels of sugar are commenly related to acne and other skin eruptions. These can serve as early risk indicators for possibly future diabetes.

Sugar nourishes yeast cells. Yellowish or whitish discharge are a common result and possible sign of a yeast infection.  

Sugar nourishes cancer cells.  This process possibly is connected to sugar displacing blood oxygen. If detected early, many cancer cells can be outright starved if sugars, grain carbs and lactose are cut from the diet.

Now that we have recognized the “rat” let us remember the Power and Importance of Antioxidants!

 Posted by at 8:27 PM