Life in a small town

Diet, Micro-nutrients, and Health … Part Four


“Àki”, Rodrigo Rodriguez, from the album “Inner Thoughts” (2006)

In many ways this journey of discovery about diet and health is a story of the great courage of the leading edge practitioners who are willing to try new ideas because of results rather than simply get along, go along, with the establishment in their field because of fear.

It also requires courage and determination to take responsibility for one’s own health and life and not to simply rely upon “expert opinion”. Turns out that “expert opinion” is the same as any other opinion, and is frequently wrong.

It’s your life … you have to take responsibility for it … the path the world wants you to take is often about what’s good for them and not what’s good for you.

As mentioned previously, this post was going to be about Iodine and it’s importance but has morphed into a story of courage to try new ideas in the face of ridicule and denial. This is my continuing summary of what I have found about diet and health over the last 15 months as I searched for the Holy Grail of a cure for my Type II Diabetes and High Blood Pressure.

This is part four of my summary, and I am trying to post all this consecutively so that we can find it just by following the “Previous Posts” link at the bottom of this post. There might end up being the odd post out of sequence but mostly they are all easy to find by following the “Previous Posts” links at the end.

As previously mentioned, I am posting information and links to authors of note and to books and information sources I have found helpful in my quest. Your mileage may vary but my personal over all goal is to stay healthy, happy, and maybe get wise if I live long enough. Peace of mind in a healthy body, the synergy is unbeatable, and I believe it is all related to our diet.

I am currently personally using all the things I write about and have found them helpful in my search for a healthy lifestyle. That said, none of what I write is intended as “medical advice”, I am not a doctor nor am I any kind of medical professional.

I am just a regular Joe who has made a habit of questioning “authority” most of my life, often quietly, and often while preparing for the inevitable outcomes and disasters when we are tasked to follow through with some ill conceived plan by some superior or authority who (charitably) lacks imagination.

“Mentioned in dispatches” often happens not because of anything particularly heroic but rather because it was obvious where the situation was going and one just prepared in depth for the inevitable disaster. Best possible outcome looks pretty good after some egotistical idiot’s plan blows up in his or her face.

My daughter says I am an ENTJ according to Myers Briggs  which probably explains my personality and my tendency to be skeptical of authority and self reliant. Whatever, I just don’t believe everything “authorities” tell me is so, and the older I get the less I believe. I guess you might say, personality wise, I am “from Missouri” –  “Show Me”.

These posts on diet and health are just my reflection on my own personal experiences, what I use, the effects I have experienced, and as mentioned many times, your mileage may vary.

I have mentioned previously that my family doctor is on board and exercises oversight on my lifestyle and nutrient choices. So far he has not disagreed with anything I am doing and so far everything seems to be working out for the better. I urge anyone who is going down the path of trying this stuff out to get their doctor of choice on board with their program of health and nutrition.

This journey has been mostly about nutrition and eating and when to eat and what to eat. The results are real, but there are a lot of folks in the medical establishment who are simply knee-jerk anti diet as a fix for all the usual diseases which they prefer to treat with medications and then treat the complications from the meds with more meds and while you are at it eat lots of carbs as per the Canada Food Guide.

If you just call your diet meat and veggies all of a sudden its fine. I eat meat and veggies…doc says good! I eat Keto, doc says bad. Keto  and fasting have become a trigger word that forces many to defend or pick a side.

This way of looking at things creates a lot of cognitive dissonance in the head of both patents and old school doctors, so much so that doctors who deviate from the medical association guidelines and government guidelines are often pilloried and treated like pariahs or quacks.

It takes a tremendous amount of courage for certified medical professionals and practitioners to speak truth to power.

Often the truth will not be accepted until the generation believing the current paradigm dies out and are replaced with people who don’t have their professional ego entrenched in the current paradigm.

Absent some large personal reward, supporters of the current accepted medical paradigm will circle the wagons and revile anyone who disagrees with them. Just one example of this is reported in my last post on vested interests

We need to re-thread our heads about diet and food. So first I have a link to a 58 minute podcast from the 2 Keto Dudes. While in Perth, Australia, Richard Morris talked to Martin Cebis about the strategic dissonance in the health care system brought on by scientific findings about fat, sugar, and Diabetes.

Martin Cebis is an electronic engineer by training, with an MBA and lectures at the University of Western Australia on entrepreneurship and innovation. He is also a type 2 diabetic who reverse engineered his disease, discovered a dietary treatment using a low carbohydrate diet.

Lynne Farrow

Lynne Farrow

So, finaly, we get to today’s post on Iodine and why we need it … and why we can’t live without it.  I have just recently finished reading a book called: “The Iodine Crisis, What You Don’t Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life”

The author is Lynne Farrow. Her book is titled “The Iodine Crisis, What You Don’t Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life”. The blurb from “Goodreads is: Thanks to environmental pollutants Iodine deficiency has become a worldwide epidemic.

Everybody knows pollutants cause cancer. What they don’t know is that these pollutants cause a deficiency that can make us sick, fat and stupid.

Iodized salt–supposedly a solution to iodine deficiency– is actually a nutritional scam which provides a false sense of security.  The Iodine Crisis explains how we became so deficient, then shows the time-tested solution to reversing many conditions.

Lynne Farrow reveals how she and thousands of other patient-activists changed their lives by researching and using iodine. Frequently Asked Questions cover everything you need to know about iodine. The proof of iodine’s benefit is demonstrated by the dramatic case studies shared in this book.

So I started taking Nascent Iodine,  1 drop per day. I found further information at True Hope .  And the True Hope web site is at https://www.truehope.com/.  The information on this site has been a life saver for our family.

Here is a short excerpt from the story of Anthony Stephan  the founder of True Hope …: Ten children were left motherless the cold January day that Debbie took her own life. She had been suffering the pains of Bipolar Affective Disorder (BAD) for years and finally succumbed to the dark and irrational side of the disease.

Somehow, out of the sheer agony and crushing pain of her loss came a determination for Anthony her husband. He began a prayerful and desperate search to find hope and health for their children who were also ravaged by the disease. At the time of her death, two of Debbie’s children had also been diagnosed with BAD.

As a desperate father, and after exhausting all known medical routes, Anthony sought the help of a friend. Together these two men established a program of nutritional supplementation that would eventually lead to the recovery of Anthony’s children and the formation of The Synergy Group of Canada Inc. – a non medical research group dedicated to researching and overcoming the disorders of the central nervous system.

Debbie’s tragic death had initiated that series of events which would change the grim picture of mental illness forever. Anthony Stephan, in reflecting on the marvelous recovery of his children, said; “Truly God has answered my pleadings and intense prayers with a great blessing.” Go Read The Rest!

Well, until next time, I am now looking into diet and its connection to cancer according to some recent research by Dr. Thomas N Seyfried. Should be interesting.

Cheers

Joe

From my library, looking out over a cool rainy spring day … so much to learn, so much to share, so little time …

 

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Life in a small town

Diet, Micro-nutrients, and Health … Part Two

So here we are again, a summary of what I have found about diet and health over the last 15 months as I searched for the Holy Grail of a cure for my Type II Diabetes and High Blood Pressure.

I am posting information and links to authors of note and to books and information sources I have found helpful in my quest. Your mileage may vary but my personal over all goal is to stay healthy, happy, and maybe get wise if I live long enough.

Very secondarily is weight loss, which for me means gradual weight loss which is sustainable over the long term because of committed lifestyle choices.  Next up is the area of Fats and current National Government Food Guide misdirection.

Dr. Enig

Dr. Enig, Own work by FrummerThanThou (Processed and transferred by Ukexpat)

Mary Gertrude Enig (née Dracon; July 13, 1931 – September 8, 2014) was a nutritionist and researcher known for her unconventional positions on the role saturated fats play in diet and health.

She promoted skepticism towards the widely held view in the scientific and medical communities that diets high in saturated fats can contribute to development of heart disease, while she advocated for a diet based on whole foods and rich in certain saturated fats.

Her book “Know Your Fats: A Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils, and Cholesterol” is a landmark in the world of nutritional information.

Mary Enig is perhaps the world’s foremost expert on fats, and Know Your Fats sets straight many of the misconceptions and mistakes commonly presented about the fat we eat. Here is the “go to” book for everything fat related.

No other component of our diet is so misunderstood. We buy awful-tasting low-fat and fat-free products under the guise that less fat in our diets means a slimmer, healthier body.

Big Pharmaceutical companies churn out cholesterol-lowering and fat-blocking drugs that interfere with our body’s functions. One study showed that a quarter of non-college educated adults believe we should completely eliminate fat from our diets.

That’s why we need books like Know Your Fats. Everyone, regardless of their interest in nutrition or biochemistry, needs a solid understanding about lipids.

This isn’t beach reading. You won’t carry Know Your Fats on your next Hawaiian cruise. It’s serious, technical stuff, even if Enig explains things lucidly and concisely. I don’t know if a book about lipids can be “fun,” and Enig doesn’t try (save for one particular amusing bit about CLA). Hard but definitely accessible material.

Another doctor I believe is on the right track is Dr. Bert Herring. Originally destined for the surgical suite, Bert’s experiences in the Marine Corps changed his outlook on medicine and the realities of global problems. After working at the National Institute of Health with a focus on cancer treatments, Bert found time to study global obesity.

The outcome of this research sparked the Fast-5 weight-loss tool, which has helped thousands of people overcome obesity. It’s a way of eating that is consistent with a lifestyle emphasizing simplicity and value—two virtues that are conspicuously absent in America’s booming weight-loss industry.

In 2005, Dr. Bert showed the world a way to maintain practical, sustainable intermittent fasting with his first book, The Fast-5 Diet and the Fast-5 Lifestyle. In his latest book, AC: The Power of Appetite Correction, he’s added over a dozen tools—all sustainable lifestyle options—to help you achieve appetite correction and fat loss without calorie counting or food restrictions.

With a diverse range of experience, from the no-nonsense world of the US Marines infantry to cutting-edge cancer research at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Bert maintains a strong sense of practicality and respect for real life.

“Life is for the living,” he says. “The way you eat has to be compatible with a life of spontaneity, fun and variety. Losing fat is almost impossible if you’re working against your body, rather than with it.”

Simplicity and value … that is really what it is all about. One unexpected benefit of our family diet is the dramatic reduction in food costs and the equally dramatic reduction in the time spent planing, shopping, preparing, cooking, eating, and cleanup. The savings are in the order of several hundred dollars a month in food costs and several hours per day which we no longer have to spend on the whole eating thing.

Canada Food GuideLastly, why have over 300 medical practitioners in Canada now signed on to a petition to health Canada to change the Canada Food Guide. These are highly intelligent, highly trained, highly professional medical practitioners. Why would they be willing to put their careers on the line to push government regulators to change the guidelines.

Is it really likely that they have all entered into some delusional episode brought on by eating too much fat and not enough carbs, or is it more likely that they are onto something important and are willing to push the truth at the risk of their professional careers.

Seriously, ask yourself what you could do with $500 to $800 a month in food and drug savings and an extra 4 or 5 hours in your day? Seriously!

Think about it!  $9000.00 dollars a year and 1500 hours a year. Couple that with vastly improved health, including complete cures for obesity, and type 2 diabetes,dramatic improvements in cardio vascular disease incidents and outcomes and cancer incidence and outcomes.  Isn’t something like that worth investigating.

More to follow in part three.

Cheers

Joe

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Life in a small town, The Inner Struggle

Pilgrim Strangers in a Strange Land …

  早春賦, William W. Spearman IV, from the album “Beautiful Japanese Songs” (2006)

Flowing BrookSo, fasting, how are things going? So far I have been following a 1 meal a day regimen and allowing myself a 4 hour window between 6 and 10 PM for eating and snacking. Blood sugars are testing at 5.0 to 7.5 international (the conversion factor is 18 for those who want to see that in American units , eg. 7×18=126, at least that is how I think it converts) and I think that is getting close to normal, or at least a close to normal as you can measure with meter technology that is + or – 20% accurate.  Resting blood pressure is 110/60 today and weight is 234 Lbs. (or 106 Kg). I am in trace keytosis and I feel great.

(If you haven’t read my previous posts on this topic here , and here, and here, and here, and here, then let it be known that when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 7 years ago I was 270 Lbs., blood sugars were in the high teens, and blood pressure was in the 140 over 90 range. I felt like crap! And for most of the last 7 years I have struggled with pills, diet, and exercise, mostly with little long term success.

In January of this year I was testing blood sugars of 16.0 to 17.0 while taking 4 Metformin and a Gliclazide daily. We were talking about starting on Insulin injections. Things were not getting better and the prognosis was not good. I started fasting in January as part of a spiritual exercise. Then good things started happening to my body. My first reaction was “What the heck is happening?” then I started digging and found Jason Fung. The rest I have blogged about.)

So back to the here and now. I have been watching a lot of videos on YouTube and some TED talks about weight loss, aging, diabetes and how to treat it and am observing that they fall into two broad categories.  The first category holds the vast majority of these presenters – who are basically using existing research (not their own) to debunk all the currently accepted or even medically recommended methods for dealing with weight loss and with “type 2 diabetes”.

This category contains all the specialists, gurus, consultants, program deliverers, diet preachers, experts, who are trying to turn sick folks away from the generally accepted practices of the medical community so that they can convert them to their “specialist” path to health.

They do not see generally accepted practices as wrong because of the bad assumptions made about causes but rather as wrong because they do not deliver results. For example, this doctor makes a pretty good presentation before he eventually sets his outrageous hook,  and he uses “medical research” from the 1920’s as his starting point.

Dr. John McDougal 2013I believe Dr. McDougall is a legitimate medical practitioner who just happens to still be living in the old “Blood Sugar is the cause” paradigm.

These Gurus without exception do not see the medically accepted practices and the people who deliver these practices as “wrong” because they have misdiagnosed the disease or misidentified the root causes but rather they see them as competitors in a marketplace.

They are pushing “Their Special Solution” as “The” only right answer, and they really want the sick folks to buy their product, or their method, or their “diet”.

The first flag that should go up when watching this category of practitioners is when you start feeling that they are spending an awful lot of time going into great depth and detail about what is wrong with everybody else’s solutions and you start wondering what their “special” solution is.

Inevitably, after they spend 3/4th of their presentation  running down their competition and dangling the bait of a miracle solution they then set the hook by presenting “their program” or “their product” and telling where you can sign up for only $19.99 U.S. per week or buy the product for “only” $49.95 or $99.95 or whatever.

A few years ago I coined a phrase “The Howler Jungle” to describe the outrageous behavior of all the raging tribes of Howler Monkeys found on Facebook. Now I have coined the new metaphor “The Snake Oil Opera” to encapsulate the legion of salesmen out there, with sometimes dubious professional credentials (because Dr. does not a doctor make).

This class of professional FUD salesmen are working their collective asses off to sell their “secret” solution to the legions of sick suckers who are always looking for an easy fix for the results of their own behavior, and who are currently mindlessly following the prevailing medical mantra about obesity and diabetes.

This FUD salesmen crowd is stuck in the same old tired, deadly, “blood sugar is the cause” paradigm that is killing fat diabetics by their thousands every year. What they are upset about is not about patients dieing, but rather it is all about who is making the money from these legions of fat diabetics. They want a slice of the pie.

“Yamanakabushi” performed by Jean-Pierre Rampal & Yuzuko Horigome, from the album “Yamanakabushi: Japanese Melodies”, Vol. 3, (1982)

Jason Fung 2017Then there is a much smaller category made up of medical and scientific researchers and practitioners who are not being funded by the Drug Companies or Big Agriculture, or Big Government and they have no special “secret Gnostic jewel” they are trying to sell to get their slice of the pie.

Examples of these presenters are Dr. Jason Fung, — ‘Therapeutic Fasting — Solving the Two-Compartment Problem’, also at The Aetiology of Obesity Part 1 of 6: A New Hope.

Dr. Jason Fung completed medical school and internal medicine at the University of Toronto before finishing his nephrology fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles at the Cedars-Sinai hospital.

He now has a practice in Ontario, Canada where he uses his Intensive Dietary Management program to help all sorts of patients, but especially those suffering from the two big epidemics of modern times: obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Fung uses innovative solutions to these problems, realizing that conventional treatments are not that effective in helping people.

Professor Valter Longo 2017Another researcher deserving notice (IMHO) is Dr. Valter Longo .  Dr. Valter Longo is the Edna M. Jones Professor of Gerontology and Biological Sciences, and Director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California – Davis School of Gerontology, Los Angeles.

Dr. Longo’s studies focus on the fundamental mechanisms of aging in simple organisms, mice and humans. The Longo laboratory has identified several genetic pathways that regulate aging in simple organisms and reduce the incidence of multiple diseases in mice and humans.

His laboratory also described both dietary and genetic interventions that protect cells and improve the treatment and prevention of cancer and other diseases in mammals.

He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1997,  and his postdoctoral training in the Neurobiology of Aging and Alzheimer’s Diseases at USC. He started his independent career in 2000 at the University of Southern California, School of Gerontology.

Bert Herring 2017Another doctor I believe is on the right track is Dr. Bert Herring. Originally destined for the surgical suite, Bert’s experiences in the Marine Corps changed his outlook on medicine and the realities of global problems. After working at the National Institute of Health with a focus on cancer treatments, Bert found time to study global obesity.

The outcome of this research sparked the Fast-5 weight-loss tool, which has helped thousands of people overcome obesity. It’s a way of eating that is consistent with a lifestyle emphasizing simplicity and value—two virtues that are conspicuously absent in America’s booming weight-loss industry.

In 2005, Dr. Bert showed the world a way to maintain practical, sustainable intermittent fasting with his first book, The Fast-5 Diet and the Fast-5 Lifestyle. In his latest book, AC: The Power of Appetite Correction, he’s added over a dozen tools—all sustainable lifestyle options—to help you achieve appetite correction and fat loss without calorie counting or food restrictions.

With a diverse range of experience, from the no-nonsense world of the US Marines infantry to cutting-edge cancer research at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Bert maintains a strong sense of practicality and respect for real life.

“Life is for the living,” he says. “The way you eat has to be compatible with a life of spontaneity, fun and variety. Losing fat is almost impossible if you’re working against your body, rather than with it.”

Simplicity and value … that is really what it is all about. One unexpected benefit of our family diet is the dramatic reduction in food costs and the equally dramatic reduction in the time spent planing, shopping, preparing, cooking, eating, and cleanup. The savings are in the order of several hundred dollars a month in food costs and several hours per day which we no longer have to spend on the whole eating thing.

Canada Food GuideLastly, why have over 300 medical practitioners in Canada now signed on to a petition to health Canada to change the Canada Food Guide. These are highly intelligent, highly trained, highly professional medical practitioners. Why would they be willing to put their careers on the line to push government regulators to change the guidelines.

Is it really likely that they have all entered into some delusional episode brought on by eating too much fat and not enough carbs, or is it more likely that they are onto something important and are willing to push the truth at the risk of their professional careers.

Seriously, ask yourself what you could do with $500 to $800 a month in food and drug savings and an extra 4 or 5 hours in your day? Seriously!

Think about it!  $9000.00 dollars a year and 1500 hours a year. Couple that with vastly improved health, including complete cures for obesity, and type 2 diabetes,dramatic improvements in cardio vascular disease incidents and outcomes and cancer incidence and outcomes.  Isn’t something like that worth investigating.

Cheers

Joe

Idiots HappenWhy do people insist on continuing to believe and do things and live lifestyles which have demonstrably bad outcomes every time?

 

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