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Fed Up: The Movie, and My Thoughts

Fed Up—Movie Review

Stan Gardner, MD, CNS

See Fed Up if you want:

  • to understand the true cause of obesity
  • your family to eat better food
  • to understand the power of the processed food industry
  • to realize the government cannot (will not) help you be healthy
  • to understand that health for you and your family must be your personal responsibility

Epidemic of Obesity

 In the US today, 1/3 of Americans are overweight and 1/3 are obese.  At the present rate, in 2 decades 95% of the population will be overweight or obese.  By 2050, 1/3 of the US will have diabetes mellitus, type II.  The next generation of children will be the first generation in the history of the United States that will live shorter than their parents.

 True Cause of ObesityIt’s All Preventable

 Sugar is the cause of obesity, not fat.  There are 600,000 food items in stores; 80% of them have added sugar.  When the NIH and the Senate Committee came up with the “Dietary Goals for the US” in the 1970s and 80s, saying that fat was bad, the food industry doubled the sugar and halved the fat in most foods.  (This supposedly made food healthier, although there was no scientific support for that.  Even after 5 very expensive studies trying to prove that fat was bad and caused obesity, it could not be proven.  But it remained the prevailing theory.)

 The processed food industry then targeted children in their marketing, and Ronald McDonald entered the scene.  More recent studies have shown that sugar stimulates the brain in the same manner as cocaine and heroin.  Laboratory rats preferred sugar water over cocaine when given a choice.  Sugar is addictive.

 How the Government Contributes to Obesity

 When the World Health Organization (WHO) was ready to release a document  of dietary guidelines restricting sugar intake to 10%, the Bush administration threatened to withdraw $405M support of WHO if the document was released.  It was not printed.

The government subsidizes the processed food industry to the tune of $Billions, much of it through subsidizing corn to make high-fructose corn syrup.  Decades ago when across the board cuts were made to all services, the school lunch program was also cut.  In an effort to stay solvent, schools set up partnerships with fast food establishments and soda pop distributors.  This also provided a source of revenue for the schools.

The Lies that Perpetuate the Obesity Epidemic

 Robert Lustig, MD and neuro-endocrinologist, maintains the food industry is perpetuating three falsehoods to distract Americans from the problem of sugar:

  • Obesity is the issue (the real issue is the metabolic illness associated with obesity, which also is seen in non-obese children.  While 17% of children are obese, more than 50% of children have the metabolic problems that are present in obese children.)
  • A calorie is a calorie.
  • It’s about personal responsibility.  “It’s about how active kids are.”  “Voracious appetites and they don’t exercise enough.”

An Attempt to Change It

Michelle Obama became quite the early advocate for healthy eating and significant changes in the processed food industry.  Then the food industry decided to partner with her in this endeavor.  One and one-half trillion calories were trimmed off foods.  Unfortunately, this only amounted to about 20 calories per day reduction per person.  Her Let’s Move It campaign shifted from moving or changing the food industry, to supplying more healthy food, to more exercise.  The wife of the President of the United States could not move the nation toward healthier food options.

The Junk Food/Processed Foods/Sugar Industries are Using the Same Techniques as the Tobacco Industry Used in the 1950s and 60s

Hundreds of millions of dollars were spent through campaign donations and extremely effective lobbyists to keep the status quo relative to tobacco.  In the 1950s and 1960s the tobacco industry emphasis was on their assertion that the science was uncertain.  The tobacco industry sponsored game shows and cartoons.  Endorsements were made by doctors, dentists and celebrities.  Finally when a 1991 study showed that 6 year olds recognized “Joe the Camel” as much as Mickey Mouse, R.J. Reynolds was told to remove it from their marketing.  (Does any of this sound like the sugar industry politics of today?)  In 2009 the RICO case found the tobacco industry guilty of engaging in a decades-long conspiracy to defraud the American public about the health risks of tobacco.  The future of the tobacco industry presently lies in off-shore production and marketing to developing countries.

 Solutions

 Dr. Mark Hyman was interviewed extensively on the documentary.  He proposes:

  • A 10-day sugar detox diet
  • Taxation on soda pop
  • Eliminate food marketing to kids
  • Make labels more transparent
  • Get rid of all junk food in schools

 Dr. Robert Lustig proposes the following solutions:

  • Warnings on soft drink cans
  • Equal time advertising fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Voluntary agreements to reduce sugar content

 Dr. Gardner’s comments:

 We must assume personal responsibility for our health.  It will start with a diet of real food and no sugar.  Although the WHO wants to limit sugar to 10% of the diet, there is no known minimum need for sugar or carbohydrates.  We will get all the carbohydrates we need through eating good food.

The school lunch only accounts for 180 of the 1095 meals (16%) your children will eat.  You may send lunch to school, or your child may choose healthier food (which is becoming more available), but even if your children eat school lunch, you still control the vast majority of their meals.

 Although the movie did not bring out exactly how and why sugar causes fat, it is an important concept.  If you were on a 2000 calorie diet and those calories were burned throughout the day, you would feel good because that is what your body needs.  If you eat 500 calories as sugar, the normal insulin response would drive those calories into the storage form called fat, because the body does not need that rapid infusion of glucose into the body.  The other 1500 calories would be normally burned throughout the day, but you don’t feel good because your body needs and utilizes 2000 calories.  You eat 500 more calories to feel good.  Thus you gain fat (and weight).

The movie Fed Up is an excellent resource for information about our health.  Its message will disturb you, but it is well worth watching, and it may transform YOUR health.  Bon appetit!

 If you would like to know more about Dr. Gardner’s philosophies, visit him at his website keystohealing.net.  His office number is (801) 302-5397.  He will soon be releasing his popular Sweet Freedom From Sugar program.  If you would like to be placed on the interest list so you will be informed of the starting date, visit sweetfreedomforme.com

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Sugar: Not So Sweet!

One of the problems with regulating sugar consumption is being able to identify the foods that contain it. It’s not always obvious.  Many foods, however, do contain sugar.  For example, you maybe surprised to learn that: 1. Many meat packers feed sugar to animals prior to slaughter.  This improves the flavor and color of cured meat. 2. Sugar (in the form of corn syrup and dehydrated molasses) is often added to hamburgers sold in restaurants to reduce shrinkage. 3. The breading on many prepared foods contains sugar. 4. Before salmon is canned, it is often glazed with a sugar solution. 5. Some fast-food restaurants sell poultry that has been injected with a flavorful honey solution.

Lick the Sugar Habit

Nancy Appleton, PhD

My comments: Sugar is a toxin.  A toxin is any substance that interferes with the normal metabolism of the body.  As we explore Dr. Appleton’s book, the damaging effects of this substance (or substances) will be amply obvious.  If you or your loved ones have found yourself addicted to sugar and need help, please sign up on the interest list for my groundbreaking and amazingly successful program, Sweet Freedom from Sugar.  Just go to www.sweetfreedomforme.com and you will get word as soon as it is ready to launch.

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Ironing Out the Wrinkles in Skin Care

renu28The Skin Care Industry: Ironing Out the Wrinkles

Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and yet we bombard it, knowingly and unknowingly, with stuff that can do us a lot of harm.  In the effort to look and feel our best, we smear unsafe gunk on our face and body–creams and lotions that (like a lot of pharmaceutical drugs) mask the symptoms, while contributing to the overall problem.  In addition to masking symptoms, most of the popular skin care products are exceptionally costly.  We’d like to explore some of what we have discovered with you.

 As our world population ages, more and more people are seeking solutions.  Is it possible to look younger?  To feel better?  To live longer?

A recent discovery shows it is.

But before we get to that part of the story, let’s first talk about some of the ingredients that got us into the mess of dangerous skin care.  We’ll just mention a few, along with what they’re used for, and why they are a problem for our overall well-being:

INGREDIENTS                                                                                            USED FOR               

1.  Phthalates, DEP, DBP, Fragrance                                                              Hold color and scents

2.  Parabens                                                                                                             Preservative (antibacterial, antifungus)

3.  Sodium Lauryl/ Laureth Sulfate                                                               Surfactant, Emulsifier, Detergent (lather)

4.  Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)                                                                          Thickening, cleansing, Surfactant

5.  Propylene Glycol                                                                                              Conditioning

6.  MEA, DEA, TEA (__ethanolamine)                                                         Emulsifiers, Foaming Agents, adjust pH

7.  Hydantoin, Urea                                                                                               Preservative

8.  Colors, Pigments                                                                                              Coloring

9.  Chemical Sunscreens                                                                                      Block UVB rays

On the surface (forgive the pun), these seem innocuous enough.  Look on the ingredients list for nearly every soap, shampoo, make up, and lotion.  You’ll have a tough time finding something without one or more of these ingredients.

Now let’s have a look at what these ingredients do:

Phthalates, DEP, DBP and Fragrance:  are endocrine disruptors (alter genital development)

 Parabens: have hormone disrupting effects (mimic estrogen), and are possibly a breast cancer risk.

Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate:  are a 1,4-Dioxane contaminant that causes cancer, neurotoxicity, and reproductive toxicity

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): opens pores so toxins enter more readily, causes allergic reactions, and is a 1,4-Dioxane contaminant that causes cancer

Propylene Glycol: is an irritant that causes dermatitis and allergies

MEA, DEA, TEA (___ethanolamine): cause allergic reactions and eye irritations, dryness of skin, and contain cancer-causing nitrates

Hydantoin, Urea: release formaldehyde and cause allergic dermatitis

Colors, Pigments: contribute to skin sensitivity and irritation, cancer causing

 Chemical Sunscreens: endocrine disruptors; cause free radicals

High Costs, Little to Show for Them

 We looked at the leading skin care products that are sold in the United States today.  It is very difficult to locate the ingredients list for most of the skin care products!  But we found info on three of the top four.  Number one costs $210.40 for one ounce.  Number two costs $355.35 for 1 1/2 ounces.  Number 4 costs $128.00 for 3 1/3 ounces.

Then we looked at a popular new skin care that comes in a night cream and day cream.  The day cream wholesales at $80.00 for 30 ml, or one ounce.  It retails for $110.00.

One site offers a price comparison of several leading products, naming them by name:

NeriumAD Age-Defying Treatment

$80

Arbonne Night Repair Crème

$85

Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector

$89

Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Serum

$108

PREVAGE Night Anti-Aging Restorative Cream

$132

Jeunesse Global Cellular Rejuvenation Serum

$134.95

Murad Intensive Wrinkle Reducer

$150

Premier Cru The Cream

$155

Shu Uemura Phyto-Black Lift Renewing Firming Night Cream

$155

Skinceuticals A.G.E. Interrupter

$156

Isagenix Ageless Renewal Serum

$159

Clé de Peau Beauté Intensive Wrinkle Correcting Cream

$170

Perricone MD Deep Wrinkle Serum

$185

Nu Skin ageLOC Future Serum

$201.75

La Prairie Anti-Aging Night Cream

$215

Celle Biotivia Advanced Anti-Aging Skin Cream

$249.95

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lifting Crème

$260

Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Cream

$260

A little pricey!

But that’s not the biggest issue that caused our concern.  Just have a look at the ingredients.  Mind you, not all are bad.  But many of them are from the list of toxic ingredients we shared above:

 Product #1: Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Polymethylsislsequioxane, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Isoceteth-20, 1-Methylhydantoin-2-Imide, Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Glucosamine HCI, Polysorbate 80, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Lysolecithin, Sclerotium Gum, Cetyl Alcohol, Equol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Narcissus Tazetta Bulb Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hexapeptide-2, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, PEG-75 Stearate, Pullulan, Isohexadecane, Ceteth-20, Decyl Glucoside, Steareth-20, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyltaurate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate Phenoxyethanol.

WHEW!  Took a while to type, and the spell checker had a heyday!

Here are the ingredients for Product #2:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Isostearyl Palmitate, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Squalane, Triethylhexanoin, Dimethicone, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Disodium Bis-Dioleoyl Glycerophosphoglycerin, Spinacia Oleracea (Spinach) Leaf Extract, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Carnosine, Methyl Dihydroxybenzoate, Micrococcus Lysate, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Arginine/Lysine Polypeptide, Hexapeptide-9, Dipeptide-4, Alpinia Speciosa Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Seed Extract, Prunus Yedoensis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, Panthenol, Sericin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta Sitosterol, Ceramide-3, Lecithin, Glycine Soja Oil, Limnanthus Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Hydrolyzed Oats, Acetyl Glucosamine, Glucose, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Arginine, Carbomer, Behenyl Alcohol, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Isohexadecane, Polysilicone-11, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Silica, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance/Parfum, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Disodium Edta

And ingredients for Product #3: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Extract, Porphyridium Cruentum Extract, Acacia Decurrens Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract , Lecithin, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Xanthan Gum, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum), Laureth-7, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Citronellol.

As Promised: A Healthy, Safe, Inexpensive Option 

Allow us to introduce you to Renu 28, a discovery that took over 5 years and millions of dollars to develop and bring to the market.  Within 10-yes 10!- days, you will have results such as this one.  Within 28 days, results will look like the picture above:

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 Ingredients for Renu 28?  Just four: aqua (water), Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Chloride.

Renu 28 is noncomedogenic, meaning it does not clog pores.  It is completely safe.  It is healthy.  It gets results.

And it is completely affordable!  Depending upon if you buy it wholesale or retail, you will invest between $35 and $50 for a one-month supply, of 2.7 ounces (small enough to take with you on an airplane, large enough to deliver a lot of bang for the buck).

Studied in Germany: Dermatest

28-day Study: 5 Star Rating ***** highest rating

 Subjective, Scientifically Based Results

  • Decreased Eye wrinkle depth:  21%
  • Overall wrinkle improvement: 23%
  • Improved facial skin texture: 22%
  • Increased Skin smoothness: 23%
  • Increased Elasticity: 20%
  • Increased Skin Moisture: 11%

This is so important, I am giving you my wife’s personal cell phone number, so you can order some.  Email Cristie at ctrcristie@hotmail.com or Call Cristie at 801.875.1964.  This is only available in limited quantities for the time being.

So now you know.  The largest organ of your body deserves your attention. This discovery puts a whole new face on the skin care industry!

To your dynamic health and energy, and to putting your best face forward!

 

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Blood Pressure: How High is Too High?

A reader writes: I am on co approvel 300 ml and natrilix 1.5 ml . Why is my bp still not under control? I walk 45 min daily. Do meditation and breathing daily. I am tired of my bp readings. It is always fluctuating from high to normal.. i am on 15 ml of seroxet for anxiety and depression under control. Why is my bp not going down?

My response: There are a lot of varied opinions around the issue of blood pressure control. My opinion does not fit the conventional medicine model, but is based on good, defensible science. The risk of high blood pressure causing cardiac events (heart attack and stroke) does not increase until the blood pressure levels are considerably higher than 120 over 80. In my opinion many people are on blood pressure medication without the need for it at all. If blood pressures are elevated (in my opinion), there are safe and effective things that can be done:

1) Reduce inflammation in your body (stop eating bad food, drinking pop, ingesting toxins)

2) Drink plenty of water because thick blood requires a higher blood pressure to circulate around the body (both of your blood pressure medications are diuretics)

3) Try 3 supplements–Hawthorn berry is a vasodilator, Magnesium at moderately high doses acts as a calcium channel blocker (a category of blood pressure medication), CoQ10 to support the energy system of the body (and heart).

Only when the above items do not adequately reduce the blood pressure would I consider medications.

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How Affordable is the Affordable Care Act? Thoughts on Insurance and Our Options for Health

For thirteen years I was involved in a cash pay practice.  My foray into the medical insurance industry in the last seven months has been an absolute disaster.  Let me start at the beginning.

In 1984, I joined an insurance-based practice as a pediatrician.  While there, HMOs and PPOs and other “Os” (organizations) started forming.  In 1992, a retiring physician asked me to take over his practice, so I made the move to solo practice in a subspecialty of pediatrics called developmental pediatrics—learning disabilities, attention difficulties in children and adults.  A large part of my practice was Medicaid. When the Medicaid ‘rules’ changed in Montana, I could no longer make a living in medicine and stay in Montana.  We left our dream home that we had just built on 23 acres, and explored 7 practices back east that requested we join them.  We made the decision to join a family integrative medicine practice in Cleveland.

Cleveland gave me my first look at a mostly cash-pay practice, and it was extremely busy for me.  I had a waiting list of at least six months before patients could see me.

Four years ago, I started a cash-pay practice in Utah, but I could not get sufficiently busy, quickly enough, through word-of-mouth and lectures.  I decided that cash pay was not going to work in Utah–at least not as quickly as I needed it to– and so eight months ago I joined an insurance practice.  It took 6 months before I was ‘paneled’ (cleared for insurance) by 5 companies.  I was “denied” by a number of other companies who had closed their doors to new physicians.  (Denial is based on a company deciding they have enough doctors enrolled to meet their specifications to cover their patients.)

Here are some observations from the last 8 months:

  • Each insurance company has its own set of rules.
  • Each company has its own maximum allowable paid for each code.
  • Each code must have ‘documentation.’ The documentation is becoming more burdensome and changes regularly, always in favor of providing less and less reimbursement for patient care.
  • There is no monetary value placed on getting a patient well, or in reducing long-term (and short-term) health care costs.
  • Prevention and preventive care are defined by conventional medicine standards, while we in integrative medicine consider many treatments harmful, such as:
  •                Mammograms, which are X-rays of the breast for cancer screening.  This is alarming, considering it is well established that X-rays cause cancer, including contributing to breast cancer.  Thermograms remove all that risk, cause no pain, and are more sensitive than mammograms at picking up potential cancer in the breast–years before mammograms are able to see it.
  • A “preventive” visit (covered by insurance) may turn into a “diagnostic” visit–during the visit.  For example, a colonoscopy is preventive, but it changes when a polyp is found.  Co-pay is received from the patient upon check-in for a diagnostic or maintenance visit, but not necessary if it is preventive—unless the label changes during the visit.
  • Patients go in for their free ‘annual check-up’, but as soon as they talk about their headache, backache, that changes the ‘annual check-up’ to a non-preventive visit, so you are not allowed to bring anything up at that visit.  You must return another day to talk about anything that concerns you. How is that medical “care?”  It represents egregious medical indifference.
  • If medical care is ‘preventing’ diabetes, hypertension or heart disease from getting worse (thereby saving the insurance industry big dollars), it is still not considered preventive care and co-pay is charged.
  • Medications (sometimes very expensive) for treatment of symptoms are a covered service, while treatments (often less expensive) that address the causes of the condition are not covered—to name a few: chelation, intravenous nutrition, hyperbaric oxygen, NAET (allergy desensitization).
  • Out-of-network providers may not be covered at all for ‘preventive’ care.
  • Decisions regarding all of this care are more driven by stockholders and insurance company employees than by patient care.
  • Out of touch, retired practitioners make many of these (arbitrary) ‘decisions.’  But what is even more disgusting to me is that medical decisions, more often than not, are made by the insurance case manager.  Is there something wrong with this picture?  Whatever happened to “practicing medicine without a license?”
  • Some insurance companies refuse to arbitrate (even when promised care options are in their contract) over disputes, thus forcing expensive lawsuits to follow.
  • An insurance-pay practice requires an insurance biller (extra cost for a full time employee).  The doctor is paid a certain percentage of the maximal allowable reimbursement.  Someone must follow-up with the insurance company when errors are made, non-payments are overdue, the company loses billing forms and refuses to deal with incompletely filled out billing forms.  And the rules change on a regular basis.  And there are multiple insurance companies.  And …
  • Insurance companies pay handsomely for a qualified kidney transplant in an individual who is drinking soda pop and eating processed food on a daily basis, but squawks over paying for supplements and healthy eating to prevent serious illness.
  • When Medicare was introduced in the United States, the government made it clear that it would never become the insurance industry standard.  (It reminds me of the government promise that federal taxes would never exceed 1%.)  Because of its reimbursement scale, Medicare restricts care to the elderly.  Overall reimbursement from Medicare is about 60%.  How fiscally viable is a practice when physician offices have a 50 to 60% overhead?

Here is a list of a few things that may work for you in navigating the confusing course of health care:

  1. Carry insurance with a high deductible (which is happening anyway) with a cash slush fund to be used for health care of your choosing (Health Saving Account).  Placing control of health back in the hands of the patient (where it belongs) will maximize health over the long term.
  2. Business initiated Wellness Programs show good statistics in reducing health care costs.  One of the core elements is providing Health Coaches that assist with difficult behavioral changes.  Patients need them and want them, but behavioral changes are difficult to make alone.
  3. Reimburse Alternative Medicine care at the same rate as Conventional Medicine.

The health care system is broken.  Although the free market system has created problems, the only thing that is worse than what we have is a government-run socialized medicine system. And unfortunately, that’s where we are headed (if not there already).

True preventive medicine treatment lies within the realm of the Alternative Medicine field.  Nutrients (real food and supplements) will prevent more disease than anything else.  Counseling around issues of sleep, exercise, water intake, attitude and emotional health take time and do not fit into insurance-based reimbursement patterns.  (For example, a son of mine was sick 3 times in 2 months.  Reason—stress and sleep deprivation.  It did not matter how many antibiotics he used. Until he started getting proper rest and reduced his over-committed life, he continued to get sick.  When he started sleeping and saying “No” to extraneous commitments, his dis-ease disappeared).

To your dynamic health and energy,

Dr. Gardner

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Gastritis and Other Stomach Issues

A reader writes:

I had an endoscopy 3 days ago (just concentrate on breathing hard and have the throat spray not sedation) the diagnoses was hiatus hernia and gastritis. I’m now awaiting the pathology results (had several biopsies) and will see GP to prescribe medication. In the mean time have researched that I would benefit from taking alginate – the only medication I found off the shelf was Gaviscon. Wow it was amazing took it 2 days after procedure (1st day after was in absolute pain presumably the biopsies done were then open to the acid/bile in my stomach) so I was very happy yesterday to be comfortable 1st time for about 10 months I have also stayed away from tomatoes chocolate and caffeine. Today not so good but had pineapple juice this morning which immediately aggravated it

My response:

Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach lining. The only time anyone looks for stomach inflammation is when there are symptoms like pain in the stomach area just below the sternum (breastbone).

Conventional medicine wants to neutralize the stomach acid or reduce the stomach acid production in order to reduce the gastritis. However, the stomach acid has an important function–it is the major step in the digestive tract to digest proteins. When proteins don’t digest properly, months and years later amino acid deficiencies are noted.

Alginate becomes like viscous gel that coats the stomach lining, thus reducing the inflammatory effects of the acid. Anything that coats the stomach lining, while permitting the acid to remain in the stomach is healthy:

  • DGL
  • aloe vera
  • liquid vitamin E

Unfortunately, Gaviscon has 2 ingredients other than alginate–aluminum hydroxide and magnesium carbonate or magnesium trisilicate, both of which are antacids. Aluminum is a toxic metal and is associated with neurologic disorders–Parkinson’s , Alzheimers.

You may want to try Gaviscon Infant, which has the alginate without the antacids. Inflammation in the stomach is very much tied into your diet, and it is quite different for everyone. Some of the most common triggers include: sugar and sweets, acidic foods, processed foods (with sugar, additives, colorings, flavorings), certain meats. Find what works for you and stay with it until the inflammation is resolved. Then don’t fall back into the same habits which may have caused it in the first place. (Because of conflict of interest with another company I represent, I can’t mention another product that has been very successful in this setting. If you would like more information about it, email Cristie at ctrcristie@hotmail.com. and mention this topic.)

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Eureka! I Have Found It!

Introducing a New Line of Supplements

 A supplement is a supplement is a supplement, some might say.  However, I can assure you that that is not true!  There are so many grades and qualities of supplements on the market today.  These extend from pharmaceutical grade down to capsules that pass through the body intact (you can read the brand name on the capsule at the bottom of the port-a-potty).  Lower quality supplements may be full of toxic metals (including mercury, lead, arsenic, aluminum) and they may not contain what the label says they have.

For years I have used pharmaceutical grade supplements in my line, but I have been on the lookout or something that in my heart I believed to be possible–a plant-based supplement that energetically feeds our body food.  I am delighted to report that I have finally found it: Eureka!

A relatively new company has plant-based supplements of the highest grade.  In addition to being plant-based, these top quality supplements also have the following amazing benefits to add to their value:

1.These supplements have no fillers, flowing agents or binders.  This means there is no magnesium stearate and silica, ingredients that are present in almost all lines of supplements.  Although there is no evidence that magnesium stearate and silica are unhealthy, they are not native to the body, nor do they come from plant sources.  I am aware of 2 people who have reported having allergic reactions to magnesium stearate.  The compounding pharmacist of this new company contends that items to complement the main ingredient should fill the capsule, rather than “fillers.”

2.Each raw material ingredient is carefully evaluated as to its source and purity. Because this company serves clients worldwide, (including Japan, which has a much more stringent quality control over supplements entering the country compared to the US), their raw materials must be clean.  They do not import anything from China. Previous batches of supplements were not allowed into Japan because of the contaminants from Chinese raw material, so they discontinued the use of Chinese ingredients.

3.Most of the products are thoroughly researched before they are released to the public.

4.They are all gluten-free, non-GMO, and vegetarian (except ‘fish oil’ and a joint product).

5.For the detailed quality in their composition, they are available at competitive pricing.

6.All capsules are comprised of vegetarian cellulose, hypromellose, and do not contain the carcinogen Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

7.Many of the capsules have a patented Assimilation Enhancing System (AES) that is composed of plant-based digestive enzymes and mineral cofactors that all improve digestion and utilization of the product.

Some of the products add unique components I have not been able to include in any of my other products:

  • ·       Mobility Complex adds pain-relief herbs to the glucosamine and other factors that build the joint.
  • ·       Total Body Detox has at least 2 herbs to purify and detoxify each of the 5 detoxification organs—skin, liver, kidney, lung, colon.
  • ·       Herbal Calming Blend has all 3 calming herbs instead of just 2, and adds lavender to the product.
  • ·       PhytoEstrogen has a nice blend of several products that help with PMS and menopausal symptoms; not just one product that may or may not help.

Another benefit that appeals to me is the energetic ‘fingerprint,’ or the energy that a product imparts to the cells around them.  In supplements, the energetic fingerprint may be stronger in a plant-based extraction than a synthetic made in the laboratory.  It does not make sense to me that the number of cells in a product, whether medication or supplement, actually perform all the functions of the product.  It makes more sense that the energetic frequency of the molecules release energy to the surrounding tissue, which opens the door so the function takes place.

I will continue to offer the other products presently on the supplement site, unless one of these products clearly replaces all of the benefits at a comparable price.  Always remember that your diet is still the most important part of a healthy lifestyle, and taking supplements does not give you permission to eat poorly and expect to get the maximum results from supplements.  Remember to eat right, to focus on healthy vegetables and fruits as your core source of nutrition, and feed your self healthy thoughts to make everything nourish your body and mind.

To your dynamic health and energy,

Dr. Stan

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YOU and How You View Yourself

A commitment to body-respect is an essential step toward feeling and looking your best.  Women who like themselves are irresistible and fun to be around, regardless of their size.  It’s also important to remember that respecting yourself will actually help you reach your optimal size.  That’s because the feelings associated with self-respect create a metabolic milieu in your body that is conducive to optimal fat burning.  By contrast, the metabolic processes associated with unresolved emotional stress tend to keep excess body fat firmly in place.

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

Christiane Northrup, MD

Dr. Gardner’s comments:  Acceptance of where you are is a critical step in moving toward where you want to be.  Self-deprecation will never take you to your lofty aspirations. Today hold your head high and take one step closer to where you want to be. 

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Your Nutritional Prescription

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”  Hippocrates

 For years, I have lamented the fact that doctors get very little, if any, nutritional training in their medical school classes.  My own efforts to be current in this very important field of nutrition led me to become a Certified Nutrition Specialist several years ago.  I have felt as though I am swimming upstream, against a strong current filled with tree branches and mud, as I have championed using nutrition as a first choice therapeutic tool.

But I am encouraged!  Why?  On March 15th 2014, an article appeared in the Wall Street Journal, entitled “A Delicious Prescription.”

Doctors and chefs, along with dietitians and nutritionists, health care practitioners and educators are meeting together in Napa Valley, California, to discuss food and its impact on health.  At the present time, this effort is brought about from the allopathic medicine perspective, but it represents a major leap into the world of nutrition, which has largely been ignored in Western medicine.

A large full-page picture spread of good foods and their benefits are part of the article.  Some even go against the grain of prevailing medical philosophy.  Here are some highlights:

 Healthy fats:

  • anchovies with omega 3 fatty acids and selenium; low in mercury;
  • avocados with monounsaturated fat, potassium, vitamins C and K and folate;
  • eggs as a source of iron, protein, vitamins A and B and folate (notice they left out cholesterol and fats!–which caused eggs to be mislabeled as a “bad” food for years);
  • grass-fed beef with vitamins B and iron;
  • wild salmon with protein, vitamins B and D and omega 3s;
  • olive oil with monounsaturated fat.

Proteins:

  • organic chicken with vitamin B6, iron and protein and omega 3;
  • nuts with protein, magnesium and monounsaturated fat;
  • seeds with folate, fiber, protein and zinc.

Vegetables:

  • carrots with vitamin A, fiber and beta-carotene;
  • dark leafy greens with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, calcium, sulforaphanes and folate;
  • parsley with folate and potassium and vitamins A and C;
  • squash with beta-carotene and other antioxidants and fiber and vitamin A;
  • cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, bok choy, brussels sprouts) with fiber, vitains C, E D and folate;
  • green beans with fiber and regulate blood sugar;
  • onions and garlic with sulfur and folate.

 Fruits:

  • berries with polyphenols and fiber, vitamin C and potassium,
  • coconut with calcium, potassium, magnesium and electrolytes;
  • stone fruit (peaches, plums, nectarines cherries, apricots) with vitamins C and K, potassium and beta-carotene.

 Whole grains:

  • barley,
  • buckwheat,
  • oats,
  • quinoa,
  • wheat and
  • wild rice with fiber.

Mushrooms with minerals and vitamins B and D.

You might want to place a copy of this list of magical foods in your kitchen to inspire their use in meals you prepare.

Getting in the Swim of Things

With the Wall Street Journal article, I am seeing conventional allopathic medicine start to catch up to the science of nutritional medicine.  (They now have ‘pharmaceuticals’ for fish oil, vitamin D, eye antioxidants, and folate, which are no better than a high-grade supplement but much more expensive).

 If this nutritional trend continues, I might begin to feel as though I’ve joined a pool party!  No more swimming against the current in a muddy, tricky river.  But even this venture into previously uncharted waters is merely dipping conventional medicine’s toe into the pool.

However, my assessment of this ‘big toe in the swimming pool’ of food and health is guarded.  Dr. Harlan is quoted in the article as saying, “Make no mistake.  I am an allopathic physician.  I do not believe in anything other than evidence-based medicine.  As an internist, I prescribe statins and beta-blockers and ACE inhibitors and aspirin.  I believe in them and they have a role.  Diet alone is very good.  Medication alone is very good.  But diet plus medication is synergistic.  It’s another tool in the box that physicians should have available to them.”

I’m really looking forward to the day when not only the big toe or foot is in the science-based nutritional swimming pool, but allopathic medicine takes a giant leap forward.  Maybe in my lifetime, their whole body will jump in and harness the power of nutrition to address health and disease prevention and treatment.  I certainly hope so.  In the meantime, we can all show them the difference it makes to eat wisely, and healthfully.

To your dynamic health and energy!

Dr. Stan