I recently posted Wheat Belly and Undoctored Blog posts about the probiotic species, Lactobacillus reuteri, that in experimental models (aged mice) generated some fascinating effects, including thicker hair, no weight gain (compared to obese controls), more muscle preservation, increased dermal (skin) thickness and increased testosterone.
They observed that the L. reuteri-supplemented mice looked and acted more youthful. What made the findings even more surprising was the magnitude of these effects: the increase in dermal thickness, for instance, was an unprecedented 35%, the increase in skin thickness 100%, the increase in testosterone nearly 8-fold.
Another study from this same MIT group supplementing L. reuteri (strain ATCC PTA 6475) to aged mice makes some additional fascinating observations:
Wound healing time was cut in half, essentially restoring youthful capacity for repair. Hair regrowth was more rapid.
Collagen deposition was dramatically improved. (Recall that collagen loss/destruction in skin and other organs is part of the aging process.)
Oxytocin blood levels in females more than doubled, likely explaining the acceleration of wound healing (as well as increased grooming behavior).
Dr. William Davis, MD
Consistent with their observation that L. reuteri supplementation yielded youthful effects, vigorous wound healing is a marker for health and youthfulness, as is collagen deposition in skin.
Oxytocin levels also decline as we age and, beyond impairing wound healing, a lack of oxytocin can have other effects that include impaired insulin responses, higher blood sugar, and weight gain.
In other studies, oxytocin has been demonstrated to exert substantial weight-reducing effects when administered intranasally (24 units four times per day in human subjects and resulted in more than 18 pounds lost over 8 weeks with no change in diet).
This oxytocin-raising method, i.e., L. reuteri supplementation, suggests another way to obtain the varied benefits of higher oxytocin levels. (I shall be discussing the importance of oxytocin in weight, emotion, and sexual interest management in future.) Oxytocin is known to be anorexigenic, i.e., it reduces or eliminates the desire to eat.
Once again, we have to bear in mind that these observations were made in mice and there was no parallel human study. We also need to be careful about the judging the effects of a single species of microorganism, as they do not exist in isolation but in a complex microbial community with multi-faceted interactions with each other and the host.
Nonetheless, the effects were so dramatic that it is tempting to wonder if any of these effects translate to human benefits. I shall soon be reporting on my personal high-dose L. reuteri experience, as some interesting things happened.
“Inner Thoughts” Rodrigo Rodriguez, from the album “Inner Thoughts” (2006)
First of all I have found another interesting doctor/blogger and researcher, namely William Davis, MD, FACC. He is cardiologist and author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Wheat Belly series of books The first of which I read back in 2011, long before I discovered fasting as a primary route to health 18 months ago.
I am just re-posting here the blurb from Amazon.com cause it’s fast and easy and why re-invent the wheel … so:
“Conventional health care is no longer working in your favor—but thankfully, Dr. Davis is. In his New York Times bestseller Wheat Belly, Dr. William Davis changed the lives of millions of people by teaching them to remove grains from their diets to reverse years of chronic health damage. In Undoctored, he goes beyond cutting grains to help you take charge of your own health.
This groundbreaking exposé reveals how millions of people are given dietary recommendations crafted by big business, are prescribed unnecessary medications, and undergo unwarranted procedures to feed revenue-hungry healthcare systems. With Undoctored, the code to health care has been cracked.
Dr. Davis will help you create a comprehensive program to reduce, reverse, and cure hundreds of common health conditions and break your dependence on prescription drugs.
By applying simple strategies while harnessing the collective wisdom of new online technologies, you can break free of a healthcare industry that puts profits over health.
Undoctored is the spark of a new movement in health that places the individual, not the doctor, at the center. His plan contains features like:
• A step-by-step guide to eliminating prescription medications • Tips on how to distinguish good medical advice from bad • 42 recipes to guide you through the revolutionary 6-week program
Undoctored gives you all the tools you need to manage your own health and sidestep the misguided motives of a profit-driven medical system.”
If this is not a refreshing hurricane of fresh clean unbiased wisdom about health care I don’t know what is. Over the last few years as an owner operator of a retail healthcare site I have gradually moved to a head-space which recognizes that our health care system is profit/cost driven.
Modern western health care is all about making money and building power and anything coming out of organized health care about patients health and well-being is fresh out of Nils Brunsson’s “Organization of Hypocrisy”.
Current mission statements, photo ops, and publicity releases about western health care are nothing but political propaganda covering up what the real objectives of the organizations and corporations are. Brunsson nailed it through the heart, I read the 1992 edition, for about 50 bucks, but it now retails for $1200.00 Canadian, if you can get it at all.
Brunsson’s book was based on a series of empirical studies spanning several years. This book explored the ways in which organizations produce ideology and how the tension between ideology and their actual actions can benefits organizational legitimacy and survival.
Through interviews with managers and analysis of numerous organizations, the author examined the roles that individuals play in legitimizing the roles of institutions and how the relationship between action and politics (and the tension produced) within institutional environments determines their structure and policies.
This little book was a real good read and went a long way to helping me understand the structures in groups and organizations which gave me so much “cognitive dissonance” in my early adult life. It helped me understand why what you are told is never what you see and what you actually experience when dealing with government and health care.
Jerry Pournelle, 1933 – 2017
The notion that government and corporate healthcare exist to make patients healthy and to help them live better is one of the biggest, longest lived scams, in the history of the human species.
As we paraphrase Jerry Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy: “in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: The first group are those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, who genuinely care about the stated goals of the organization and strive to further those goals.
The second group are those who work for the organization itself, pushing and furthering the advancement and growth of the organization itself, by any means necessary, regardless of the long term consequences for the actual stated goals of the organization.”
Examples of the first group in Health Care would be the Nurses, Pharmacists, Doctors and other health Care Professionals who genuinely strive, often at risk to themselves and with great sacrifice, to make their patients healthier and to help them live healthier lives,
As against the second group comprising about 80 to 90 % of the organization and made up entirely of union representatives, administrators, non-medical support personnel, assorted executives, directors and managers, publicists and policy writers, public relations officers and privacy commissioners and all their myriad silo workers, as well as all the mirrored government ministers deputies, directors, managers and so on in their silos, all of whom work very hard to protect the system which is their bread and butter, the source of all their perks, power and money.
In an aside, as a retired IT support person tasked for a number of years with maintaining the financial systems for a major Health Care Region I can testify that the second group actually account for more than 70% of all the costs of socialized health care in countries like Canada.
And Pournelle’s The Iron Law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules and set the goals under which the organization actually functions.
One significant and inevitable result of that distribution of interests is that all cost cutting measures will always be done, with much publicity, to the first group who are actually doing what little good things actually come out of the system.
Whoa! Well, that started out as “GEE! Look at these great health books!” and turned into a rant. I wasn’t born cynical, government made me this way. Sorry about that.
I guess I will get back to work and read some more on the new health paradigm I am living.
I am going to post something about making super healthy Yogurt with the product pictured to the left here, as soon as I find out if I can get the product in my store and can make the Yogurt myself … we shall see.