Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Preventing Heart Disease Presentation



Heart Health
Vascular Damage is the Problem Not Cholesterol




More than 60% of all heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol levels.

What is the rest of the story? What are we missing?


Cholesterol is one of your body’s basic building blocks.

Long Life - People with high cholesterol live the longest.

Prevent serious infections - Chol is assoc w/ a stronger immune system

Protection from cancer? Lowering Cholesterol tripled cancer in a study published this summer

Hormone Production - You need it to make most hormones and you therefore weaken the body by depleting hormones and also deprive the body of the

Build & repair cell membranes,

preserve your nerve cells through the formation of the protective “sheaths” that cover them and make

vitamin D which plays a key role in immune system function
Starving your body of this critical substance will lead to other health problems.

We already know that extremely low cholesterol levels result in muscle weakness, fatigue, depression, decreased sex drive, and “brain fog.”

LPa = LipoProtein with an adhesive!
What causes Lipoprotein(a) to go up? Sugars, starches, lack of omega 3 – all of which increase inflammation which causes cell damage…..so Lipoprotein a comes along to patch things.
Think of high LPa as a marker for inflammation and poor nutrition rather than the enemy
LPa is not typically measured in labs. If your Triglyceride/HDL ratio is less than 2.0 you have minimal amounts of LPa. If your ratio is above 2.0, you should be decreasing your intake of sugars and starches and increasing your fish oil intake.

FOUR MAJOR CAUSES OF VASCULAR DAMAGE

1. Tap Water
2. SAD Diet (standart american diet)
  • Low fruit/veg intake
  • Low omega 3 intake
  • Trans Fatty Acids
  • Sugars and Starches
  • Fast food

3. Low Thyroid & Thyroid Busters: tap water (fluoride and perchlorates), low thyroid, xenoestrogens
4. Vitamin deficiency – Especially C & E

Dangers of Chlorine
Chlorine is a well known and extremely strong household disinfectant.
Chlorine is used to bleach wood pulp in paper mills. It is also used to bleach paper Chlorine was used as a chemical weapon in World War I -it was known as mustard gas. Medical Experts on Chlorine Causing Cancer and Heart Disease:"We are quite convinced, based on this study, that there is an association between cancer and chlorinated water." - Medical College Of Wisconsin research teamDr. Robert Carlson, a highly respected University of Minnesota researcher who’s work is sponsored by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, sums it up by claiming , “chlorine is the greatest crippler and killer of modern times!”According to the U.S. Council Of Environmental Quality, “Cancer risk among people drinking chlorinated water is 93% higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine.”Dr. Joseph Price, a medical doctor, wrote a fascinating book in the late 1960's entitled, Coronaries/Cholesterol/Chlorine. He states, "The basic cause of atherosclerosis, heart attacks and most forms of strokes is chlorine. The chlorine contained in processed water."Dr. Joseph Price did a series of animal experiments on chickens. Within a few months, 95% of the chickens drinking chlorinated water developed atherosclerosis. To retest these results, Dr. Price divided the original control group into two groups, conducted the exact same experiment and obtained the exact same results.Both chickens and pigeons are excellent laboratory models in the study of atherosclerosis in humans. Recently, Richard Bull of the Environmental Protection Agency studied the effects of chlorinated water on pigeons. His findings support Dr. Price's research and go a step further. Interestingly Bull found pigeons given chlorinated water with diets low in calcium had serum cholesterol levels 50% greater than the unchlorinated group.

Chlorine causes excess free radicals. Free radicals lead to cell damage. Once the cells are damaged, we see an elevation in serum cholesterol levels, atherosclerosis and plaque formation. Chlorine can cause all these problems related to heart disease and can also be a cause of cancer. It is not just what we drink One of the most shocking components to all of these studies is that up to 2/3 of our harmful exposure to chlorine is due to inhalation of steam and skin absorption while showering. A warm shower opens up the pores of the skin and allows for accelerated absorption of chlorine and other chemicals in water. The steam we inhale while showering can contain up to 50 times the level of chemicals than tap water due to the fact that chlorine and most other contaminants vaporize much faster and at a lower temperature than water. Inhalation is a much more harmful means of exposure since the chlorine gas (chloroform) we inhale goes directly into our blood stream. When we drink contaminated water the toxins are partially filtered out by our kidneys and digestive system. Asthma and BronchitisChlorine vapors are known to be a strong irritant to the sensitive tissue and bronchial passages inside our lungs, it was used as a chemical weapon in World War II. The inhalation of chlorine is a suspected cause of asthma and bronchitis, especially in children… which has increased 300% in the last two decades. “Showering is suspected as the primary cause of elevated levels of chloroform in nearly every home because of chlorine in the water.” Dr Lance Wallace, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Skin Health Chlorine in shower water also has a very negative cosmetic effect, robbing our skin and hair of moisture and elasticity, resulting in a less vibrant and youthful appearance. Everyone knows what a chlorinated pool can do to the skin and hair. What’s surprising is that we commonly find higher levels of chlorine in our tap water than is recommended safe for swimming pools.Dr Z Rona MD MSc "Most people never give it a thought. After all, our elected public officials keep assuring us that chlorinated city tap water is completely safe for human consumption. Numerous scientific studies report that chlorinated tap water is a skin irritant and can be associated with rashes like eczema. .Killing Off the Good Bacteria & Promoting Yeast OvergrowthChlorinated water destroys much of the intestinal flora, the friendly bacteria that help in the digestion of food and which protects the body from harmful pathogens. The killing of the good bacteria allows pathogenic bacteria and yeast to overgrow even in the absence of taking antibiotics. These normal bacteria in our GI tract are also responsible for the manufacture of several important vitamins like vitamin B12 and vitamin K. It is not uncommon for chronic skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, seborrhea and eczema to clear up or to be significantly improved by switching to unchlorinated drinking water and supplementing the diet with lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus.
Recommendations1. Aquasana has several good units for filtering out the chlorine and you can find information at: http://www.aquasana.com/catalog.cfm This has won best buy from consumers digest.
2. AMAC Al & Sue McDonald distribute Mountain Valley Spring Water (what we use at the Hotze Health and Wellness Center) and have household units for removing chlorine and VOC’s. You can reach them at 713-937-8630 or http://www.amacwater.com/
www.amacwater.com/Filtration.htm

3. http://www.aehf.com/ 800/428-AEHF, fax 214/361-2534 or email aehf@aehf.com

Hypothyroidism and Heart Disease

Broda Barnes carefully compared the rate at which heart disease was seen among his patients with the prevailing rates of heart disease Among 1,569 patients that he followed for 8,824 patient-years, only 4 new cases of CHD were observed (Barnes noted they were only taking 2 grains a day and wondered if the dose was too low). This is a staggering 94% reduction in the expected incidence of the disease.
Atherosclerosis – coronary artery disease and its associated complications are the most serious side effects of an underactive thyroid. Unfortunately, Broda Barnes work was largely ignored. Some tried using Armour but often ignored the need to start at low doses and in the physicians hast in starting at too high a dose caused problems. Barnes had recommended starting with ¼ grain tabs after a heart attack.

In Russia, experiments with rabbits showed that while feeding cholesterol alone increased heart disease in rabbits, adding thyroid neutralized this effect. Sadly, the medical community latched onto the cholesterol theory and ignored the important role that hypothyroidism plays in producing heart disease.

In 1971, Dr. James C. Wren reported an extensive five year study with 347 patients with cardiovascular disease. All were treated with thyroid and saw a 44% lower death rate in his thyroid treatment group than expected.


Additional Research includes:
1. Subclinical hypothyroidism is an independent risk factor for atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction in elderly women: the Rotterdam Study Ann Intern Med. 2003 Nov 18;139(10):866
The risk of heart attack was 2.3 times those without hypothyroidism. Associations were slightly stronger in women who had subclinical hypothyroidism and antibodies to thyroid peroxidase with an odds ratio for myocardial infarction of 3.1.
The results of this epidemiological study suggest that subclinical hypothyroidism is a strong risk factor for atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction in elderly women. Moreover, although hypothyroidism is known to increase serum cholesterol levels, the association between thyroid function and cardiovascular disease found in this study was independent of cholesterol levels.
2. Ann Intern Med 1999; 131(5):348-51 showed a connection between low thyroid and increased homocysteine which is strongly associated with heart disease (more below).
4. Arch Intern Med. 2005;165:2467-2472 demonstrated hypothyroidism was associated with an increased risk of congestive heart failure (hazard ratio of 2.3) Walsh JP et al. Subclinical Thyroid Dysfunction as a Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease.

What is the relationship between the thyroid and heart attacks? Why does low thyroid adversely effect thyroid function?


A few key concepts emerge as we look at the effect of low thyroid function on the heart:
Research over the past forty years has clearly shown a direct relationship between heart attacks and sluggish thyroid function:


Mucin
Studies have shown that low thyroid levels causes a glue-like substance called mucin (mucopolysaccharides) to accumulate causing a cascade of biochemical changes leading to a degeneration of the arteries. Other studies have shown that the removal of the thyroid gland soon leads to atherosclerosis.
Researchers have discovered that mucin can even develop in children who have insufficient thyroid function. They found out that as long as thyroid is administered, the tissue would be normal. But if thyroid therapy was stopped, mucin rose rapidly. If thyroid therapy was begun again, the mucin content returned to normal. Therefore, one of the many preventive measures that can be done to prevent the possibility of heart attacks is to ensure the proper amount of thyroid is in the body.


The Thyroid/Homocysteine Connection

Studies continue to establish stronger links between even moderately elevated blood levels of homocysteine and heart disease. In the 1992 Physicians' Health Study, men with very high homocysteine levels had a risk of heart attack three times that of men with normal homocysteine levels. In fact, an elevated homocysteine level was such a dominant factor that it indicated increased risk even in the men who had no other cardiovascular risk factors.

Because of the importance of homocysteine levels as a heart attack risk factor, efforts have thus far concentrated on lowering high levels through any means possible. And up until now, the only consistently successful approach has been to increase the intake of the B vitamins especially folate, B6 and B12. However, new research indicates that simply lowering homocysteine levels in this manner may be masking a more serious underlying problem, the one that's causing the elevated levels in the first place. This bigger problem is an underactive thyroid.

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio have released new findings showing that correcting an underactive thyroid gland normalizes elevated homocysteine levels in the blood. Even more amazing is that the researchers were able to normalize homocysteine levels without having to administer any of the B vitamins. In other words, correcting the thyroid problem in turn corrected the vitamin deficiency. (Ann Intern Med 99;131(5):348-51)

This newly discovered link between hypothyroidism and heart disease supports the decades-old research of Dr. Broda Barnes. Dr. Barnes published the book, Solved: The Riddle of Heart Attacks, back in 1976.


Inflammation
Low thyroid function à decreased antioxidant production à vascular lesions à scar (plaque) formation àeventual artery blockage à heart attack or stroke ( "brain attack," as it is now called), or gangrene, or any set of symptoms caused, or contributed to, by decreased blood flow to organs.


Causes of Hypothyroidism
Genetics would be one because typically we live with hypothyroidism long enough to have children.
Xenoestrogens: estrogen dominance is caused by petrochemicals, fuel exhaust we breath, estrogenic hormones in meat and chickens, plastics, propylene glycol, sodium laurel sulphate in ointments, herbicides and pesticides. These potent estrogenic substances block the production of thyroid hormone and greatly magnify the incidence of estrogen dependent cancers. All males and females in developed nations have estrogen dominance.
Mercury released from our dental amalgams is toxic to the thyroid gland.
Fluoride in our water directly interferes with thyroid function.
Selenium deficiency is related to lack of trace minerals in our soil.
Lack of iodine in our soil and diet
Diagnostic x-rays injure the thyroid gland (dental, neck, spine).
Perchlorates widely found in drinking water inhibit the production of thyroid hormone by blocking the reuptake of iodine
In the light of these common issues it is remarkable that anyone has normal thyroid function.

Vitamins for Heart Health
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KEEPING YOUR HEART HEALTHY - What You Can Do Right Now

- Suspect hypothyroidism and get it Treated with Armour. Test your basal body temperature first thing in the morning to see if your thyroid function is lower than normal ( 97.8 - 98.2 degrees is normal)
- Add Iodine (Iodoral) and Selenium
- Never drink tap water – avoid fluoride and chlorine
- Eat Organic
- Do not heat things in plastic
- Avoid Pesticides, Herbicides & Plastics
- Remove chlorine from drinking and bathing water
- Optimize Vitamin D
- Eat less refined carbs - cookies, white bread, and even fruit juice.
- Eat 9+ servings of vegetables and fruit
- Multivitamin with B-vitamins and Selenium (i.e. Power Pak) 1-2 /d
- Vitamin C, L-Lysine and L-Proline (Dr. Hotze Cardio Powder)
- Exercise (Interval training and not just “cardio”)
- Eliminate Trans fats and partially hydrogenated fats - eliminate corn oil and margarine. Use olive & coconut oil and butter instead.
- Eat natural fats from free-range or grass-fed animals, eggs, nuts and olive or coconut oil.
- Add Fish Oil Cardiovascular disease prevention: According to one analysis, consuming dietary fish oil or taking fish oil supplements is associated with a 23% reduction in overall mortality and a 32% reduction in death from cardiovascular causes in people with or without cardiovascular disease. This is much better than the most optimistic results with statin drugs and does not have the numerous complications of statins!

Avoid statins The Journal of the American College of Cardiology cancer (Alsheikh-Ali, A. A. et al. J Am Coll Cardiol 2007; 50:409-418)
Researchers at the Tufts University School of Medicine found that when statins were used to lower the cholesterol levels, the lower the cholesterol lowering the higher the risk of developing new cancer. Alarmingly, statin induced cholesterol reduction was associated with triple the incidence of cancer. Previous studies have shown the increase in cancer as well, the PROSPER trial showed statin use was associated with an increase in breast cancer by a factor of 15. In this recent Journal of the American College of Cardiology study, no single form of cancer predominated. The implication is that if there is a side-effect of having a very low level of LDL, it would likely apply to all types of cancer.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Glutathione –Essential for Health & Vitality

This fall a guest told me of the remarkable improvement she saw in a friend who saw Dr. Mabray in Victoria. She was not sure what he had done but she was amazed at how it had dramatically boosted her friend’s health. You may remember from Hormones, Health & Happiness that is was Dr. Dick Mabray who introduced Dr. Hotze to Armour Thyroid. I have had the chance to get to know Dr. Mabray over the years and I called him to find out what he was doing that was so effective. Dr. Mabray shared with me that he had recently found a new product and he was seeing remarkable results. I have been using this product myself for a couple of months and I am convinced you need to know about this product created by Dr. Robert Keller to boost glutathione levels.

In February of 2007 Dr John Nielson, the 159th president of the AMA said:
“This product, in my opinion, represents the single most important breakthrough in health that I will witness in my life time. I believe it will revolutionize, change, and transform the practice of medicine world-wide and make Dr Robert Keller more famous than Jonas Salk who created the polio vaccine.”
John Nielson MD, Former president AMA

How many nutritional supplements do you hear leading physicians recommend?
How many times have you heard someone in the medical community get this excited about any medical breakthrough? Have you ever heard a natural supplement described this way?
This article will introduce you to the supplement Dr. Nielson was referring to and why it is so important. MaxGXL™ is a patented natural product which doubles and even triples our intracellular glutathione – a substance essential to our health and well-being.

Why is Glutathione Essential to Health?
Glutathione - pronounced 'gloota-thigh-own' is found in all cells in the body. Our life depends on glutathione. Without it, our cells would be destroyed from unrestrained oxidation. MaxGXL™ has been clinically proven to dramatically increase the amount of intracellular glutathione.

Each and every cell in the body is responsible for its own supply of glutathione and must have the necessary raw materials in order to produce it. Glutathione is always in great demand and is rapidly consumed when we experience any sort of emotional or physical stress, fatigue and even moderate exercise.After age 20 our glutathione levels begin to fall Research shows that levels decline by 8% to 12% per decade, beginning at the ripe age of only 20. Decreased levels of glutathione can be further increased by physical stressors such as injury, inflammation, infections, and toxins such as heavy metals as well as emotional stress.

Glutathione's three major roles in the body are summarized by the letters A-B-C - Antioxidant - Blood Booster - Cell Detoxifier
A - The Master Antioxidant (fights biologic “rusting”)
Over the past thirty years, researchers have explored the role of antioxidants in good health as well as the treatment and prevention ofdiseases involving oxidative damage. As the graph above shows, we have more and more oxidative damage as our glutathione levels drop. This “biologic rusting” causes inflammation which leads to damage throughout the body such as in the blood vessels which can lead to heart attacks or the brain and lead to dementia.
We need to take in antioxidant vitamins like vitamin C and E from our diet and supplements; however, these antioxidants can only work when the “master antioxidant” glutathione is present.

B – Blood & Immune System Health
Glutathione plays a central role in the proper function of the white blood cells. Dr. Bustavo Bounous, a leading glutathione expert, says, 'Thelimiting factor in the proper activity of our lymphocytes (the white blood cells) is the availability of glutathione.' In other words, healthy growthand activity of the white blood cells depends upon glutathione’s availability. Put simply, glutathione is 'food' for the white blood cells and our immune system.
C - Cellular Detoxifier
we are continually inhaling, absorbing & ingesting chemicals that need to be detoxified by our body. Glutathione is one of the primary ways in which our body neutralizes these toxins and eliminates them from our bodies.

THE SOLUTION IS TO REPLETE GLUTATHIONE LEVELS

Glutathione has been shown to slow down the aging process, detoxify and improve liver function, strengthen the immune system, and reduce the chances of developing cancer. Glutathione also works to help improve mental functions, increase energy, improve concentration, permit increased exercise, and improve heart and lung function - just to name a few.

The Challenge of restoring glutathione
Unfortunately, we can’t raise our body’s glutathione level with ordinary foods or pure L-glutathione. Even though glutathione is present in many fruits, vegetables and meats, this protein is instantly broken down during digestion into its three amino acids. Cysteine, or N-acetylcysteine (NAC), is the most important of these precursors and is the main limiting factor necessary for the body to manufacture glutathione. Alone in the gut after digestion, cysteine is treated as a free radical and rapidly oxidized. Consequently, only a very small percentage reaches our bloodstream and cells.
Furthermore, glutathione is always in great demand and is rapidly consumed, so any glutathione that is made will be used up quickly making it even more difficult to increase this level.

The Solution: MaxGXL™
After years of research and development, Dr. Keller and the Max International scientific team developed MaxGXL, a product that contained the necessary components of glutathione that when absorbed into the body; stimulate the body’s own production of glutathione to be used by every cell.

MaxGXL Patented Formula Dramatically Increases Intracellular Glutathione.MaxGXL provides the proper nutrients needed to promote the body's own ability to manufacture and absorb glutathione. MaxGXL also aids in liver support, thus helping the liver to function as the main production site and storehouse for glutathione.


How Do We Know MaxGXL™ increases Glutathione levels?
The graph below shows the increase in glutathione levels experienced by 4 groups of people. Group 1 was tested after 6 months of use, while Groups 2, 3 and 4 were tested after only 3 months of the MaxGXL regimen.




What are the benefits of taking MaxGXL™ ?
We do not have a formal clinical study on the benefits but we can report that in our experience most who have taken MaxGXL for 1-3 months see noticeable improvements in their health.
Those taking MaxGXL have reported numerous benefits including:
- energy improved
- concentration improved
- improved exercise capacity and performance
- less anxiety and lower levels of stress
- back & joint pain
- restless leg syndrome
- asthma
- brain fog
- improved age related skin changes

How can I order MaxGXL?
The bottom line is this is natural supplement that really works. Dr. Keller is making MaxGXL available widely via distributers. Let me encourage you to see if you do not notice improved health and vitality with MaxGXL. MaxGXL can be ordered by going to http://www.naturalwellnesschoices.com/, click on the MaxGXL graph/picture. If you have questions, you can call Mandy Jacobs at 361-574-9697 (this is at Dr. Mabray’s Victoria office). If you order the MaxGXL I will be happy to send you some additional information by email.


To Your Health!
Don Ellsworth, M.D.

AgingIt is well known that aging is accompanied by a precipitous fall in glutathione levels. Lower glutathione levels are implicated in manydiseases associated with aging including cataracts, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's atherosclerosis and others.Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 47:1021-26, 1994.Antioxidant FunctionsAntioxidants are well documented and known to play vital roles in health maintenance and disease prevention. Glutathione is your cell's own majorantioxidant. Maintaining elevated glutathione levels aids the body's natural antioxidant function.Biochemical Pharmacology 47: 2114-2123, 1994.Neurological Disease Low glutathione levels have been associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as MS (Multiple Sclerosis), ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease),Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. The Lancet 344: 796-798, 1994.
CancerGlutathione plays a role in eliminating many carcinogens/acids and also maintains and optimizes white blood cell function while providing strongeranti-acidic/anti-tumor defenses.Cancer Letters 57: 91-94, 1991.Athletic PerformanceRaised glutathione levels help increase strength and endurance. Those interested in physical fitness can benefit from a definite athletic edge.Journal of Applied Physiology 87: 1381-1385, 1999.Toxins, Pollution and Radiation
Glutathione detoxifies a variety of pollutants, carcinogens and poisons including many found in fuel exhaust and cigarette smoke. It also retardsdamage from radiation exposure due to the eroding ozone layer.Annual Reviews of Biochemistry 52: 711-760, 1983AIDSGlutathione levels correspond to poor survival of AIDS patients. Much documentation demonstrates the role of enhanced glutathione levels in AIDS.Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA 94: 1967-72, 1997.Heart Disease, Stroke and CholesterolRaised glutathione levels fight the oxidation of fats circulating in the bloodstream including cholesterol, retarding the process of plaque formationin the arteries leading to most heart attacks and strokes.Nutrition Reviews 54: 1-30, 1996.
DiabetesDiabetics are more prone to infections and circulatory problems leading to heart disease, kidney failure and blindness.
Glutathione protects against the complications of diabetes.Clinical Science 91:575-582, 1996Lung DiseaseDoctors have used glutathione-promoting drugs to treat many lung diseases including asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. New and potentiallytherapeutic roles can be found for cigarette smoke damage, pulmonary fibrosis and other illnesses.American Journal of Medical Science 307:119-127,1994Digestive DisordersGlutathione protects the body from inflammation of gastritis, stomach ulcers, pancreatitis and inflammatory bowel disease including ulcerativecolitis and Cohn’s disease.Gut 42: 485-492, 1998HepatitisThe liver is a major storehouse for glutathione. Glutathione is impaired in alcohol hepatitis as well as in viral (acidic)hepatitis including hepatitis A, B, and C. Raised glutathione levels help restore liver function.American Journal of gastroenterology 91: 2569-2573, 1996
Kidney DiseaseThose with kidney failure or on dialysis suffer from high levels of oxidative (acidic) stress and decreased glutathione levels. Raisedglutathione levels help prevent anemia.Nephron 61: 404-408, 1992Pregnancy, Lactation and ChildbirthGlutathione's role in fetal and placental development is critical. It also acts in the placenta to detoxify pollutants before they can reach thedeveloping child. Many complications of pregnancy have been linked withpoor glutathione levels.Early Human Development 37: 167-174, 1994





Saturday, November 10, 2007

Hypothyroidism – A Major Risk Factor For Atherosclerosis

Conventional medicine is missing the primary causes of heart disease. For example:

60% of all heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol levels.

The majority of people with high cholesterol never suffer heart attacks.

What is the rest of the story? Could it be related to low thyroid function?

Broda Barnes initial research
Dr. Barnes noted that before the era of antibiotics, coronary artery disease was almost unknown. A certain percentage of the population was susceptible to tuberculosis and infections in general, and they would typically die young from infectious disease, primarily tuberculosis. Then came antibiotics and an entirely new population of people appeared: people who were susceptible to both infection and to coronary artery disease; except now they were enabled to live long enough to die from the slower of the two diseases: coronary artery disease.
Dr. Barnes noticed that the death rate from coronary artery disease in 1970 was ten times that of 1930. Statistically, the death rate would be expected to be double, not ten times the 1930 rate. The only way he could explain this to himself was that the people who were saved from tuberculosis were almost all dying of coronary artery disease.
Why would this be happening? What common denominator would there be to people susceptible to both severe infections and heart disease? Dr. Barnes knew from with his extensive experience treating thousands of people with thyroid replacement therapy that the incidence of both infection and coronary artery disease is dramatically reduced by thyroid replacement. Dr. Barnes realization that thyroid deficiency is the common denominator in both susceptibility to infection and coronary artery disease.
What about treatment? Does treatment with Armour Thyroid help?
Broda Barnes carefully compared the rate at which heart disease was seen among his patients with the prevailing rates of heart disease Among 1,569 patients that he followed for 8,824 patient-years, only 4 new cases of CHD were observed (Barnes noted they were only taking 2 grains a day and wondered if the dose was too low). This is a staggering 94% reduction in the expected incidence of the disease.

Dr. Barnes observed a 94% reduction in Heart Disease with Armour

Atherosclerosis – coronary artery disease and its associated complications are the most serious side effects of an underactive thyroid. Unfortunately, Broda Barnes work was largely ignored. Some tried using Armour but often ignored the need to start at low doses and in the physicians hast in starting at too high a dose caused problems. Barnes had recommended starting with ¼ grain tabs after a heart attack.

Since Broda Barnes’ research, heart disease remains the number one killer in this country and there are no signs of that changing anytime soon. If you asked most people on the street which they fear more, cancer or heart disease, they'd probably say cancer. But for every person you know who has died of cancer, you can probably think of another 20 who are on cholesterol or blood pressure medication, have had bypass surgery or angioplasty, or have died from cardiovascular problems.

Neutralizing Cholesterol with Thyroid Supplementation
In Russia, experiments with rabbits showed that while feeding cholesterol alone increased heart disease in rabbits, adding thyroid neutralized this effect. Sadly, the medical community latched onto the cholesterol theory and ignored the important role that hypothyroidism plays in producing heart disease.

Additional Research includes:
1. Subclinical hypothyroidism is an independent risk factor for atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction in elderly women: the Rotterdam Study Ann Intern Med. 2003 Nov 18;139(10):866 Data on thyroid status, aortic atherosclerosis, and history of myocardial infarction were obtained at baseline in a random sample of 1,149 women (mean age, 69 years) participating in the Rotterdam Study (Rotterdam, The Netherlands):
Subclinical hypothyroidism was present in 10.8% of participants. The risk of heart attack was 2.3 times those without hypothyroidism. Additional adjustment for body mass index, total and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol level, blood pressure, and smoking status, as well as exclusion of women who took beta-blockers, did not affect these estimates. Associations were slightly stronger in women who had subclinical hypothyroidism and antibodies to thyroid peroxidase with an odds ratio for myocardial infarction of 3.1.
The results of this epidemiological study suggest that subclinical hypothyroidism is a strong risk factor for atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction in elderly women. Moreover, although hypothyroidism is known to increase serum cholesterol levels, the association between thyroid function and cardiovascular disease found in this study was independent of cholesterol levels.
2. Ann Intern Med 1999; 131(5):348-51 showed a connection between low thyroid and increased homocysteine which is strongly associated with heart disease (more below).
3. Archives of Internal Medicine, November 29, 2005 showed that low thyroid function was associated with heart disease risk. Rodondi N et al. Subclinical Hypothyroidism and the Risk of Heart Failure, Other Cardiovascular Events, and Death. Arch Intern Med. 2005;165:2460-2466.
4. Arch Intern Med. 2005;165:2467-2472 demonstrated hypothyroidism was associated with an increased risk of congestive heart failure (hazard ratio of 2.3) Walsh JP et al. Subclinical Thyroid Dysfunction as a Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease.
5. 1971, Dr. James C. Wren reported an extensive five year study with 347 patients with cardiovascular disease. All were treated with thyroid and saw a 44% lower death rate in his thyroid treatment group than expected.

What is the relationship between the thyroid and heart attacks? Why does low thyroid adversely effect thyroid function?
Research over the past forty years has clearly shown a direct relationship between heart attacks and sluggish thyroid function. A few key concepts emerge as we look at the effect of low thyroid function on the heart:

Mucin deposition from low thyroid activity causes atherosclerosis to develop
Studies have shown that low thyroid levels causes a glue-like substance called mucin (mucopolysaccharides) to accumulate causing a cascade of biochemical changes leading to a degeneration of the arteries. Other studies have shown that the removal of the thyroid gland soon leads to atherosclerosis.
Researchers have discovered that mucin can even develop in children who have insufficient thyroid function. They found out that as long as thyroid is administered, the tissue would be normal. But if thyroid therapy was stopped, mucin rose rapidly. If thyroid therapy was begun again, the mucin content returned to normal. Therefore, one of the many preventive measures that can be done to prevent the possibility of heart attacks is to ensure the proper amount of thyroid is in the body.

The Thyroid/Homocysteine Connection
Studies continue to establish stronger links between even moderately elevated blood levels of homocysteine and heart disease. In the 1992 Physicians' Health Study, men with very high homocysteine levels had a risk of heart attack three times that of men with normal homocysteine levels. In fact, an elevated homocysteine level was such a dominant factor that it indicated increased risk even in the men who had no other cardiovascular risk factors.
Because of the importance of homocysteine levels as a heart attack risk factor, efforts have thus far concentrated on lowering high levels through any means possible. And up until now, the only consistently successful approach has been to increase the intake of the B vitamins especially folate, B6 and B12. However, new research indicates that simply lowering homocysteine levels in this manner may be masking a more serious underlying problem, the one that's causing the elevated levels in the first place. This bigger problem is an underactive thyroid.
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio have released new findings showing that correcting an underactive thyroid gland normalizes elevated homocysteine levels in the blood. Even more amazing is that the researchers were able to normalize homocysteine levels without having to administer any of the B vitamins. In other words, correcting the thyroid problem in turn corrected the vitamin deficiency. (Ann Intern Med 99;131(5):348-51)

Inflammation
We can now look Dr. Barnes' observations and see how inflammation and free radical mediated heart disease would be mitigated by thyroid replacement. Excess hydroxyl radicals left over from lipid peroxidation cause tiny areas of inflammation, then necrosis (tissue death), in the walls of arteries. When the body tries to repair this necrosis it forms a scar tissue and incorporates into the scar tissue calcium and cholesterol. The body's natural defense this oxidation (which is similar to rusting) is to produce antioxidants, which neutralize hydroxyl free radicals before they can do damage. Thyroid hormones regulate the rate of metabolism and when sluggish metabolism is present the rate at which antioxidants are produced would be slowed. Therefore, there would be less antioxidants, more free radicals and oxidative damage and similar to rusting we would see the vessels damaged and atherosclerosis would proceed more rapidly.

The sequence appears to be that: Low thyroid function à decreased antioxidant production à vascular lesions à scar (plaque) formation àeventual artery blockage à heart attack or stroke ( "brain attack," as it is now called), or gangrene, or any set of symptoms caused, or contributed to, by decreased blood flow to organs.

Low Cardiac Output/Cardiac Muscle Fatigue
The above mentioned Arch Intern Med. 2005;165:2467-2472 study demonstrated hypothyroidism was associated with an increased risk of congestive heart failure. This is basically sluggish muscle function but in this case the muscle is the heart. If you have a weak pump you have a greater chance the flow will be low in plugged arteries and this increases the risk for a heart attack and stroke.

Causes of Hypothyroidism (why is this problem so common?)
Genetics would be one because typically we live with hypothyroidism long enough to have children.

Estrogen Dominance is caused by petrochemicals, fuel exhaust we breath, estrogenic hormones in meat and chickens, plastics, propylene glycol, sodium laurel sulphate in ointments, herbicides and pesticides. These potent estrogenic substances block the production of thyroid hormone and greatly magnify the incidence of estrogen dependent cancers. All males and females in developed nations have estrogen dominance.

Antibiotics, chlorine from our water purification systems, fluoride, and NSAID drugs used for arthritis all kill the healthy bacteria in the intestinal tract. This results in overgrowth in the intestines of candida, fungi, mycoplasma, and anaerobic bacteria (Yeast syndrome). These dangerous organisms release powerful neurotoxic substances into the blood stream that damage the hypothalamus often resulting in multiple endocrine disorders including under activity of the thyroid gland.

Mercury released from our dental amalgams is toxic to the thyroid gland.

Fluoride in our water directly interferes with thyroid function.
Selenium deficiency is related to lack of trace minerals in our soil. The proper conversion of precursors into thyroid hormone depends on a selenium containing enzyme which is lacking.

Lack of iodine in our soil and diet leads to decreased thyroid hormone production.

Diagnostic x-rays injure the thyroid gland (dental, neck, spine).

Perchlorates widely found in drinking water inhibit the production of thyroid hormone by blocking the reuptake of iodine

In the light of these common issues it is remarkable that anyone has normal thyroid function!

Diagnosing Hypothyroidism
Dr. Barnes felt that 40% of Americans suffer from inadequate thyroid. Nobody disputes that hypothyroidism is common and commonly untreated. Even groups that use blood tests alone such as the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists state 20% of Americans are Hypothyroid. Dr. Arnold Jackson reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association that “Hypothyroidism is the most frequent chronic affliction and at the same time the most often overlooked condition…”

I wonder if things are not worse now with the increase in pollution. Since almost ½ of humanity is low on this key hormone, we would expect the addition of Armour Thyroid to the appropriate individuals to save million.

Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroid
How do you know if you have low thyroid? Primarily it is by the pattern of having typical symptoms and signs of low thyroid (hypo – Latin for low ..thyroid) such as: weakness, dry skin, coarse skin, lethargy, slow speech, swelling of the eyelids, sensation of cold, decreased sweating, cold skin, thick tongue, edema of the face, coarseness of hair, heart enlargement, pallor of skin, impaired memory, constipation, weight gain, loss of hair, pallor of lips, labored or difficult breathing, swelling of the feet, hoarseness, loss of appetite, nervousness, excessive and/or painful menstruation, deafness, palpitations, poor heart sounds, pain over the heart, poor vision, changes in the back of the eye, loss of weight, emotional instability, choking sensation, fineness of hair, cyanosis (bluish skin), difficulty in swallowing, brittle nails, depression, muscle weakness, muscle pain, joint pain, burning or tingling sensations, heat intolerance, slowing of mental activity, slow movements.
One may also see high cholesterol, hardening of the arteries, heart attacks, digestive problems, emotional disturbances, allergies, asthma, recurring infections, anemia, all types of skin problems like eczema and psoriasis.
Sadly, hypothyroidism often goes undiagnosed because blood thyroid values are usually within the broad reference ranges. What blood tests cannot tell us are changes within the range which take us out of our individual range or problems related to the utilization or regulation of thyroid hormone.
Dr. Barnes recommended a simple test, called the basal body temperature test, which anyone can easily perform at home. The temperature test should be done upon awakening in the morning, but before leaving your bed.
HOW TO TAKE THE BASAL TEMPERATURE TEST FOR DETERMINING LOW THYROID
If you are male or a non-menstruating female, take a digital thermometer or an oral mercury thermometer (which has been shaken down and placed at the bedside the previous evening) and place it in your armpit for 10 minutes immediately upon awakening while lying quietly in bed. Repeat the test three days in a row. Normal temperature is 97.8 degrees to 98.2 degrees. If your temperature is low, your thyroid gland is probably under active. The temperature should not be checked during menses.

TREATMENT OF HYPOTHYROIDISM
It was the opinion of Dr. Barnes and all of us at the Hotze Health & Wellness Center using the natural thyroid supplement; Armour Thyroid is the best kind because it contains all the essential thyroid components that are not found in other thyroid drugs such as Synthroid®.
Natural Thyroid Supplementation
Add Iodine (Iodoral) and Selenium
Never drink tap water – avoid fluoride and chlorine (see Oct NWC Newsletter on Chlorine)
Eat Organic
Avoid Pesticides, Herbicides & Plastics
Optimize Vitamin D

KEEPING YOUR HEART HEALTHY - What You Can Do Right Now

in addition to the above steps to optimize thyroid function:


- Eat less refined carbs - cookies, white bread, and even fruit juice.
- Eat 9+ servings of vegetables and fruit and supplement with fruit/vegetable capsules which has been clinically shown to lower cardiac score, lower blood pressure, improve vascular compliance, lower triglycerides, lower homocysteine, improve blood sugar control and raise anti-oxidant levels, see the Vanderbilt Study)
- Multivitamin with B-vitamins and Selenium (i.e. Power Pak) 1-2 /d
- Vitamin C, L-Lysine and L-Proline (Dr. Hotze Cardio Powder)
- Exercise (Interval training and not just “cardio”)
- Eliminate all trans fats and partially hydrogenated fats - eliminate corn oil and margarine. Use olive & coconut oil and butter instead.
- Add Fish Oil
- Suspect hypothyroidism and get it treated with Natural Thyroid. Test your basal body temperature first thing in the morning to see if your thyroid function is lower than normal ( 97.8 - 98.2 degrees is normal)

To your health!

Donald P Ellsworth, M.D.
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Saturday, October 6, 2007

Dangers of Chlorine

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Is Chlorine in Our Tap Water Dangerous?



The addition of chlorine to our drinking water began in the late 1800s and by 1904 was the standard in water treatment, and for the most part remains so today. We don’t use chlorine because it’s the safest or even the most effective means of disinfection, we use it because it is the cheapest. In spite of all our technological advances, we essentially still pour bleach in our water before we drink it. The long term effects of chlorinated drinking water have just recently being recognized.

Chlorine is a critical compound in the manufacture of aerosols, pesticides, and even hydrochloric acid (H2 + Cl2 ==> 2 HCl).
Chlorine is a well known and extremely strong household disinfectant.
Chlorine is used to bleach wood pulp in paper mills. It is also used to bleach paper
Chlorine was used as a chemical weapon in World War I -it was known as mustard gas.
Medical Experts on Chlorine Causing Cancer and Heart Disease:

"We are quite convinced, based on this study, that there is an association between cancer and chlorinated water." - Medical College Of Wisconsin research team

Dr. Robert Carlson, a highly respected University of Minnesota researcher who’s work is sponsored by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, sums it up by claiming , “the chlorine problem is similar to that of air pollution”, and adds that “chlorine is the greatest crippler and killer of modern times!”

According to the U.S. Council Of Environmental Quality, “Cancer risk among people drinking chlorinated water is 93% higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine.”

Dr. Joseph Price, a medical doctor, wrote a fascinating book in the late 1960's entitled, Coronaries/Cholesterol/Chlorine. He states, "The basic cause of atherosclerosis, heart attacks and most forms of strokes is chlorine. The chlorine contained in processed water."

Studies Showing Chlorinated Water is Dangerous

Dr. Joseph Price did a series of animal experiments on chickens. Within a few months, 95% of the chickens drinking chlorinated water developed atherosclerosis. To retest these results, Dr. Price divided the original control group into two groups, conducted the exact same experiment and obtained the exact same results.

Both chickens and pigeons are excellent laboratory models in the study of atherosclerosis in humans. Recently, Richard Bull of the Environmental Protection Agency studied the effects of chlorinated water on pigeons. His findings support Dr. Price's research and go a step further. Interestingly Bull found pigeons given chlorinated water with diets low in calcium had serum cholesterol levels 50% greater than the unchlorinated group. Chlorine causes excess free radicals. Free radicals lead to cell damage. Once the cells are damaged, we see an elevation in serum cholesterol levels, atherosclerosis and plaque formation. Chlorine can cause all these problems related to heart disease and can also be a cause of cancer.

Chlorine and other chemical compounds in our drinking water create 'free radicals'. A free radical is a chemical by-product of metabolism which behaves like bullets flying indiscriminately and whatever they hit can become damaged or destroyed. If our defense mechanism, our immune system is functioning properly, we can get neutralize them. However, if our immune system is overloaded with excessive amounts free radicals, like it is when we drink chlorinated water, we can have a very serious problem. Free radicals can attack the DNA, our cellular blueprint, alter it, change it, to the point that cells will multiply abnormally and then progress to cancer.

It is not just what we drink

One of the most shocking components to all of these studies is that up to 2/3 of our harmful exposure to chlorine is due to inhalation of steam and skin absorption while showering. A warm shower opens up the pores of the skin and allows for accelerated absorption of chlorine and other chemicals in water. The steam we inhale while showering can contain up to 50 times the level of chemicals than tap water due to the fact that chlorine and most other contaminants vaporize much faster and at a lower temperature than water. Inhalation is a much more harmful means of exposure since the chlorine gas (chloroform) we inhale goes directly into our blood stream. When we drink contaminated water the toxins are partially filtered out by our kidneys and digestive system.

Asthma and Bronchitis

Chlorine vapors are known to be a strong irritant to the sensitive tissue and bronchial passages inside our lungs, it was used as a chemical weapon in World War II. The inhalation of chlorine is a suspected cause of asthma and bronchitis, especially in children… which has increased 300% in the last two decades. “Showering is suspected as the primary cause of elevated levels of chloroform in nearly every home because of chlorine in the water.” Dr Lance Wallace, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Skin Health

Chlorine in shower water also has a very negative cosmetic effect, robbing our skin and hair of moisture and elasticity, resulting in a less vibrant and youthful appearance. Everyone knows what a chlorinated pool can do to the skin and hair. What’s surprising is that we commonly find higher levels of chlorine in our tap water than is recommended safe for swimming pools.

Dr Z Rona MD MSc "Most people never give it a thought. After all, our elected public officials keep assuring us that chlorinated city tap water is completely safe for human consumption. Numerous scientific studies report that chlorinated tap water is a skin irritant and can be associated with rashes like eczema. .

Killing Off the Good Bacteria & Promoting Yeast Overgrowth

Chlorinated water destroys much of the intestinal flora, the friendly bacteria that help in the digestion of food and which protects the body from harmful pathogens. The killing of the good bacteria allows pathogenic bacteria and yeast to overgrow even in the absence of taking antibiotics. These normal bacteria in our GI tract are also responsible for the manufacture of several important vitamins like vitamin B12 and vitamin K. It is not uncommon for chronic skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, seborrhea and eczema to clear up or to be significantly improved by switching to unchlorinated drinking water and supplementing the diet with lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus.

In addition to all the health risks related to chlorine in our water, it is the primary cause of bad taste and odor in drinking water. The objectionable taste causes many people to turn to other less healthful beverages like soft drinks, tea or other sweetened drinks. A decreased intake of water, for any reason, can only result in a lower degree of health

The Solution

The good news is that chlorine is one of the easiest substances to remove from our water. For that reason it logically should serve it’s purpose of keeping our water free from harmful bacteria and water borne diseases right up to the time of consumption, where it should then be removed by quality home water filtration.

We should appreciate that chlorine serves an important purpose and that the hazards of doing away with chlorine are greater than or equal to the related health risks. The simple truth is that chlorine is likely here to stay. It is also clear that chlorine represents a very real and serious threat to our health and should be removed in our homes, at the point of use, both from the water we drink and the water we shower in.



Recommendations



1. Aquasana has several good units for filtering out the chlorine and you can find information at: http://www.aquasana.com/catalog.cfm. This has won best buy from consumers digest.



2. AMAC Al & Sue McDonald distribute Mountain Valley Spring Water (what we use at the Hotze Health and Wellness Center) and have household units for removing chlorine and VOC’s. You can reach them at 713-937-8630 or www.amacwater.com; http://www.amacwater.com/Filtration.htm





To your health!



Donald P Ellsworth, M.D.

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Lowering Cholesterol Associated with Tripling of Cancer Risk

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September 15, 2007

In today’s issue: Lowering Cholesterol Associated with Tripling of Cancer Risk

I wanted to draw attention to an important new study which adds further evidence that we should be avoiding the highly promoted cholesterol lowering drugs known as statins. The Journal of the American College of Cardiology revealed that driving down cholesterol levels actually increases the risk of cancer (Alsheikh-Ali, A. A. et al. J Am Coll Cardiol 2007; 50:409-418)
Researchers at the Tufts University School of Medicine found that when statins were used to lower the cholesterol levels, the lower the cholesterol lowering the higher the risk of developing new cancer. Alarmingly, statin induced cholesterol reduction was associated with triple the incidence of cancer. Previous studies have shown the increase in cancer as well, the PROSPER trial showed statin use was associated with an increase in breast cancer by a factor of 15.
In this recent Journal of the American College of Cardiology study, no single form of cancer predominated. The implication is that if there is a side-effect of having a very low level of LDL, it would likely apply to all types of cancer.
This finding is alarming because of the scope of statin use and the fact that this study fits in with the findings of many other studies which have suggested serious adverse outcomes with statin use. Statins are also being pushed for prevention of a first heart attack in people with only moderate cardiovascular risk.

Remember, 75 percent of people who suffer heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels.

It makes sense that low cholesterol levels are linked to cancer because cholesterol is one of your body’s basic building blocks. You need it to make most hormones and you therefore weaken the body by depleting hormones and also deprive the body of the cholesterol needed to build and repair cell membranes, preserve your nerve cells through the formation of the protective “sheaths” that cover them and make vitamin D which plays a key role in immune system function.
Starving your body of this critical substance will lead to other health problems. We already know that extremely low cholesterol levels result in muscle weakness, fatigue, depression, decreased sex drive, and “brain fog.” This new research shows that there may be even more deadly consequences.

In order to keep your arteries healthy remember to consume only natural fats. Avoid processed food, corn oil or fast foods containing “trans” fats – these man-made substances were never meant for consumption, and your body doesn’t know what to do with them. They wind up clogging your arteries and producing heart disease.
The best sources of natural fats are from free-range or grass-fed animals, eggs, nuts and olive or coconut oil. These are some of the healthiest foods you can eat. (As with all foods, look for organic or minimally processed options whenever possible.)
The health benefit of these natural fats comes from their balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Your body needs both but, as with cholesterol, they have to be in balance. Americans typically get plenty of omega 6’s and need to add high quality omega 3’s such as those from molecularly distilled fish oil and freshly ground flax. The benefits of omega 3’s include lower blood pressure, and decrease inflammation in body tissues. If you stick to eating natural fats, you’ll automatically get the right ratio of Omega-6 and Omega-3, which is about 2:1. As an added bonus, you’ll automatically reduce your risk of cancer.

9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables will dramatically improve your cardiovascular health as well. 2 capsules twice a day of capsules of fruits and vegetables has been shown to lower homocysteine levels, oxidative stress and vasospasm associated with a fatty meal (see the previous newsletter from Sept 2, 2007).

Furthermore, the addition of vitamin C and key amino acids such as lysine and proline allows your body to keep the inner blood vessel lining healthy.

To your health!


Donald P Ellsworth, M.D.
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Monday, September 3, 2007

Making Sense of out Health Care Crisis/Nutritional Update

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September 3, 2007




In this issue:

Making Sense of out Health Care Crisis by Marcia Smith, ND, PhD

Nutritional Update - Tokyo Women's Medical University

Previous issues can be accessed via the Natural Wellness Choices Blog: HEALTH ARTICLES




Making Sense of out Health Care Crisis by Marcia Smith, ND, PhD

A 3-year study conducted at Johns Hopkins University concluded that 3 out of 4 Americans will die of a chronic disease (Philadelphia Inquirer (11/30/2000). With new diseases being named on a regular basis, there is growing concern about what is really happening. In fact, a recent Harris Poll noted that concerns about our health are one of the key factors keeping us awake at night. The emergence of many chronic diseases has occurred only since the beginning of the 20th century. Before the 20th century most people died of infectious diseases (from viruses or bacteria). Since most are now dying from chronic diseases, the question we should be asking is not only "What is the cure?" but also "Where are these diseases coming from? What is the cause? and “Why are these chronic diseases proliferating now?" The last three questions are not generally being asked and the answers are essential for real movement toward health and away from our current health crisis.

The Current Medical Paradigm
The United States has the most sophisticated and effective system of crisis care in the world. Even taking that into account, the World Health Organization gave us the rank of 37th place in terms of our overall health–despite the fact that the United States is ranked in 1st place in the world with regard to healthcare expenditures. These statistics, combined with the statistics on chronic disease, are so dramatic that you would think that there would be a shock wave in the medical system and a huge coordinated effort to find the underlying causes. I don’t see evidence of either. It appears to be business as usual in the medical world–treating the symptoms and hoping for the best. Medical Doctors do a commendable job in helping the acutely ill, but it is time that they reevaluate how they think about health, i.e., what is the nature of disease and what is health?

The current medical paradigm clearly is not working. The system of mainstream medicine in the United States holds a lot of power over all of us...including Doctors and their associates. We are in a sort of “hypnotic trance” about disease and illness. We are led to believe that the cure for disease is just around the corner as soon as new drugs and/or procedures are discovered. This paradigm presupposes the possibility of finding a single cause for each disease and that the discovery of the cause will lead to a single drug or class of drugs that will “cure” each disease.

The ongoing, multibillion dollar “War on Cancer” (declared by President Nixon)–still not won after 30 years–and the many “Races for the Cure” maintain the illusion that it is only money that keeps us from “the cure.”

The current medical paradigm prevents individuals from truly understanding the state of their health. Doctors are treating disease labels–not assisting us in building our health. Since chronic diseases often have no “cures,” doctors simply manage the symptoms as best as they can. I have had many clients tell me that they were “healthy” despite multiple diagnoses and a long list of prescribed medications. Their definition of “health” was the absence of symptoms (because their drugs kept their symptoms under control) and “not missing work.” Even when there is a “cure” identified, this does not equate to restoring health–only to an absence from the disease-label. With regard to Cancer, you are technically considered “cured” if you are cancer-free 5 years after diagnosis. Not only may the “cure” (the treatment) have left you ravished, but, if the Cancer recurs more than 5 years after diagnosis, you are still counted as one of those who was cured.

The Process of Defining Disease Contributes to the “Hypnotic Trance”
The power to name implies the power to cure. Here lies the crux of Medicine’s hypnotic trance. Western medicine generally translates a symptom or complex of symptoms into a disease name. Some diseases are referred to by the organ involved. For instance, there is the general term Heart Disease. Other disease names are the translation of symptoms into Latin or Greek. The disease Lupus is a good example of the translation process. The Lupus patient typically has a rash on the face similar to the mask-like pattern on the face of a wolf. Lupus is the Latin name for wolf–thus the name Lupus for the disease. The patient is usually relieved to have a diagnosis. The diagnosis validates the patient. The problem is that having a disease name often creates an artificial reality or illusion that there is a cure, and if not now, there will be one "someday."

The process of translation described above does not, in fact, contribute to a cure. All it really does is create a kind of communication shorthand. The name and code number allow doctors to communicate amongst themselves and obtain insurance reimbursement. It also enables controlled studies to be done so that drugs, specific to the name of the condition, can be created. Unfortunately it also fosters a recipe-book approach to treatment–one drug or class of drugs for each separately-named disease. A current example of this is the “statin drugs” for Heart Disease.

What Actually is a Disease?
Robert Aronowitz, MD, Associate Professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School discusses the disease definition issue in his insightful book Making Sense of Illness (Cambridge University Press, 1998.) In that book he makes the distinction between specific disease and individual sickness. Dr. Aronowitz defines specific disease as essentially a mental construct created by a committee of doctors and scientists; individual sickness, he says, is the unique experience of the individual and may not always fit into a convenient definition. Dr Aronowitz describes in detail the definition and naming process involved with specific disease. The essence of this process is clear in his quote from Dr. Charles Rosenberg, Professor of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. "In our culture a disease does not exist as a social phenomenon until we agree it does.” In other words, a disease doesn’t actually exist until we say it does! Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a good example of how the condition did not become real until a group exist until we say it does! For many years prior to the naming of the specific disease, there were thousands of individuals experiencing symptoms of chronic fatigue.

Dr. Aronowitz would classify those symptoms as their individual sickness. Those who were suffering were very frustrated because their doctors often didn't believe in the reality of what they were feeling. Many were told that the symptoms were psychosomatic. Finally there were so many people presenting with the same or similar symptoms that a formal process was initiated to define and name the group of symptoms as a legally recognized specific disease.

The creation of a name for this illness really did nothing to solve the problem! In fact many chronic fatigue sufferers felt frustrated with the disease name that was chosen since it was only the description of their symptoms. They apparently would have felt comforted if the symptoms had been translated into Latin or Greek. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is now widespread. Few doctors are looking for the cause or asking the important question, "Why now?" Yet, those who have finally been diagnosed somehow feel a sense of relief. They are entranced by the fact that they finally have a name. Their doctor is now taking them seriously and will now acknowledge their sickness; the symptoms are no longer "just in their heads." And with the diagnosis, the patient assumes there will be a cure. Unfortunately, that supposition is an illusion–part of the hypnotic trance. There is no cure in sight, and from my experience, it is unlikely that a cure will come from mainstream science and medicine alone. I trust these examples will clarify Dr. Aronowitz's distinction between specific disease (the legal definition)–Lupus or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and individual sickness (the individual’s specific set of symptoms).

Hopefully you are now clearer about how the naming process contributes to the “hypnotic trance.” As long as the medical system is centered around disease names, not individuals, there will be little progress in dealing with chronic disease. Most disease names are descriptions of symptoms, not causes!

While the hypnotic trance surrounding disease lingers in our culture, you have a choice to make. You can continue to subscribe solely to the symptom-treatment approach and the “one disease, one class of drug” theory, or you can embrace a new health consciousness–a newly emerging natural health paradigm–a complementary approach which includes medications where absolutely needed. The natural health paradigm teaches that symptoms are, in fact, the very language of the body alerting you to poor health!

You can be thankful that those symptoms are alerting you that there is a problem in the body’s regulatory mechanisms. The symptom-suppression approach of modern medicine is actually turning off your body’s warning signals. It is similar to taping over the warning light in your car and continuing to drive or grabbing a mop (instead of turning off the faucet) when your sink is overflowing onto the floor! Getting you to a symptom-free state only through the use of drugs does not address the real causative issues and does not provide you with true health. In fact, artificially eliminating symptoms often drives the problems deeper and provides you with a false sense of security. Your symptoms, with or without a disease name, are only the “tip of the iceberg.”

Real healing requires numerous lifestyle changes that can move you towards optimal health and away from chronic disease. You will need to deal with imbalances in your body’s regulatory mechanisms – compromised due to the 20th century modernization process itself. It is a long-term process!

A Helpful Way to View the Situation
Donald O. Rudin, MD, longtime Director of the Department of Molecular Biology at the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, has created a very succinct term to describe the chronic diseases of the 20th century. The name he chose is not a description or translation of symptoms; it is a description of causes–The Modernization Disease Syndrome. (A syndrome is a complex of disease manifestations grouped under an umbrella and treated as a whole.) Dr. Rudin states that underlying this syndrome are imbalances in the regulatory mechanisms of the body resulting from "changes in lifestyle factors involving exercise, stress, smoking, drugs, pollutants, and especially a multiplicity of interacting dietary modifications which have not...been evaluated for their collective effect." In short, the modernization process has been an uncontrolled experiment with disastrous ramifications for our health. He puts special focus on the repair of nutrient deficiencies–making it clear that we will not solve our current healthcare crisis until we: 1) take our focus away from treating separate disease entities; 2) Understand the effects of the modernization process; and 3) focus our creativity on finding practical solutions to reverse the effects of that modernization process.

The Iceberg of Chronic Illness
The Iceberg of Chronic Illness is a pictorial representation of what I have presented here. The “tip of the iceberg” is individual sickness – whether or not it has been translated into a specific disease. Biological stressors, many of which are delineated in Dr. Rudin's quotation above, are the causes which are below the water line. They represent a much greater part of the iceberg. Biological stressors produce dysfunction in multiple systems, precipitating a complex of symptoms. As an individual resolves these biological stressors, the whole iceberg (including the tip) will naturally begin to shrink. Sometimes the tip will shrink to the point where disease disappears, i.e., the individual loses his or her disease label. Individuals on medications to treat the tip of the iceberg by alleviating the symptoms, will usually need to continue the medications during the process, reducing them under the guidance of a professional, while working to shrink the iceberg and to strengthen the terrain of the body. In other words, you need to resolve the biological stressors and repair the key areas of disturbed regulation in the body.

Many doctors and health consultants educated in the emerging natural health paradigm are using symptoms (individual sickness) as clues to the imbalances below the water line. They understand that biological stressors are, in fact, the cause of chronic conditions. These stressors are often intertwined–each person having a unique combination of many biological stressors along with their own genetic predispositions. These health consultants suggest various lifestyle and dietary changes that are known to address the Modernization Disease Syndrome. They are teaching the value of detoxification from various environmental pollutants. They also understand that deficiencies in key nutrients can cause imbalances in four regulatory systems: 1) Immune system; 2) Endocrine system; 3) Gastrointestinal system; and 4) Cellular communication system. A dietary deficiency can not be corrected with drugs or anything else other than the missing nutrients–vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, photochemicals and glyconutrients.

A Vision For The Future
I see there will be many creative solutions to the health problems precipitated by the modernization process. Progress will be made as we all: 1. break the hypnotic trance of current medical thinking; 2. turn our inquiry and resources toward understanding the nature of the Modernization Disease Syndrome in all of its many, intertwining manifestations, and 3. invest our time and financial resources in finding creative solutions to our health problems.

You can be part of the solution to our current healthcare crisis by taking the responsibility to explore and shrink your own “iceberg,” and by sharing the process with others.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi

Dr. Marcia Smith holds three degrees–a Masters degree and PhD in Holistic Nutrition and Doctor of Naturopathy degree. She currently teaches throughout the U.S. and Canada. Special thanks to Dr. Chris Morris, Noni Kaufman, Mickey Monroe, and Barbara Hartley for their valuable assistance in the creation of this paper.


Nutrition Update
A recent Japanese study provides further documentation that the whole food supplement can significantly reduce oxidative stress, decrease homocysteine and improve blood levels of essential nutrients. You can order this fruit/vegetable supplement through http://www.naturalwellnesschoices.com/

Topic:
Fruit and Vegetable Juice Concentrates Increase Antioxidants and Folate and Decrease Plasma Homocysteine Levels
Keywords:
ANTIOXIDANT STATUS, OXIDATIVE STRESS, CANCER, CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE - Fruit, Vegetable, Juices, Supplementation, Antioxidants, Phytonutrients, Beta-Carotene, Lycopene, Alpha-Tocopherol, Folate, Homocysteine
Reference:
"Four week supplementation with mixed fruit and vegetable juice concentrates increased protective serum antioxidants and folate and decreased plasma homocysteine in Japanese subjects," Kawashima A, Madarame T, et al, Asia Pac J Clin Nutr, 2007; 16(3): 411-21. (Address: Aoyama Institute of Women's and Natural Medicine, Tokyo Women's Medical University, 2-7-12 Kitaaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0061, Japan. E-mail: kawashima@ah.twmu.ac.jp ).
Summary:
In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving 60 Japanese subjects (mean age: 27.8 years; mean BMI: 22.1), supplementation with dehydrated concentrates from mixed fruit and vegetable juices was found to significantly improve levels of several antioxidants, thereby suggesting a protective effect against various diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. Subjects were randomized to receive either daily encapsulated supplementation with fruit and vegetable juice concentrates or a placebo, for a period of 28 days. Blood and urine samples were collected at baseline, day 14, and day 28. Results showed that supplementation significantly and dramatically increased concentrations of serum beta-carotene (528%), lycopene (80.2%), alpha-tocopherol (39.5%), and folate (174.3%), and significantly decreased homocysteine (-19.9%). Furthermore, levels of oxidative stress decreased significantly, with reductions found in lipid peroxidation (-10.5 %) and urine 8OHdG (-21.1%). The authors conclude that, "In the absence of dietary modification, supplementation with the fruit and vegetable juice concentrate capsules proved to be a highly bioavailable source of phytonutrients."



To your health!


Donald P Ellsworth, M.D.
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Saturday, May 5, 2007

Preventing Inflammation with Fish Oil

Preventing Inflammation with Fish Oil


We are Essentially Unbalanced

I consider high quality pharmaceutical grade, molecularly distilled fish oil to be among the most important supplements for us to take. Why? We are out of balance. That is to say we are out of balance in our essential acids. Both are necessary for our health, omega-3 fatty acids and their counterparts, omega-6 fatty acids, are essential polyunsaturated fatty acids because they cannot be synthesized in the body. The problem we have is that our diets are usually heavily loaded with inflammatory causing omega 6’s and far to low on omega 3’s.
Essential fats, or essential fatty acids (EFAs) are essential nutrients just like other vitamins and minerals.

EFAs are polyunsaturated fats, which are considered "good" fats. EFAs contribute to the healthy functioning of cell membranes, and are also critical for the synthesis of eicosanoids, a family of hormone-like substances that help in cell maintenance on a minute-to-minute basis. Just like other essential vitamins and minerals, EFAs are necessary for the maintenance of good health.

Omega 3’s
The major sources of 18-carbon omega 3 essential fatty acids (i.e. linolenic acid), are flax seed, soybean, canola, wheat germ, and walnuts oils. Linolenic acid is a short omega 3 which is only partially (less than 20%) converted to EPA and none to DHA.
The most potent omega 3’s are the 20-and 22-carbon sources are fish and fish oils (EPA & DHA)

Omega 6’s
Alpha Linoleic acid is the 18 carbon omega 6 which tends to increase inflammation and is found in safflower, corn, soybean, and cottonseed oils. Red meat products are a source of arachidonic acid. While some arachidonic acid is necessary for normal function like clotting, the problem is that we have far too much and this leads to Inflammation.


Omega Balance - We can get back into balance by:

Decreasing our intake of Arachidonic Acid/Omega 6 rich foods
Increase Omega 3’s, especially pharmaceutical grade, molecularly distilled fish oil (such as Nordic Naturals)


How Much Fish Oil Do We Need?

If you are healthy and taking for prevention, 2.5 grams a day

If you have chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, memory decline, etc you will need 5-10 grams a day.

2.5 grams = 4 Nordic Naturals ProOmega Capsules or 1 tsp of ProOmega Liquid
(I am taking 1 tablespoon of the liquid = 3 tsp = 7.5 grams daily)


Clinical Studies Have Shown Evidence that Fish Oil is Effective For:

Cardiovascular disease prevention: According to one analysis, consuming dietary fish oil or taking fish oil supplements is associated with a 23% reduction in overall mortality and a 32% reduction in death from cardiovascular causes in people with or without cardiovascular disease. This is much better than the most optimistic results with statin drugs and does not have the numerous complications of statins!

Stroke. Consuming fish oil from dietary sources at least once a week seems to reduce the risk of ischemic stroke by 27%. Higher serum levels of fish oil are also associated with a decreased risk of stroke.

Coronary Artery Disease slowing and regression: Fish oil supplements, 6 grams/day for three months and then 3 grams/day for 21 months, resulted in mild to moderate regression of atherosclerosis as measured by angiography in people with coronary artery disease.

Angioplasty. Taking fish oil orally prevents restenosis after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty.



Hypertriglyceridemia. Fish oil from supplements or from dietary sources can reduce triglyceride levels by 20% to 50%

Hypertension. Taking fish oils orally seems to produce modest, but significant reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients with mild hypertension with or without type 2 diabetes.

Obesity. Fish oil can improve weight loss and decrease blood glucose and insulin concentrations in overweight and hypertensive patients.

Osteoporosis. Epidemiological research indicates increasing intake of foods including fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids and decreasing intake of omega-6 fatty acids is associated with higher bone mineral density at the hip in both women and men. Taking fish oil orally, in combination with evening primrose oil and calcium, seems to decrease bone turnover and increase spinal and femoral bone mineral density in elderly people with osteoporosis.

Age-related maculopathy. There is evidence that people who ingest fish oil from dietary fish sources more than once per week have a reduced risk of developing age-related maculopathy.

Miscarriage. Taking fish oil orally prevents recurrent miscarriage and increase live birth rate in pregnant women with antiphospholipid syndrome.

Asthma. Research suggests that fish oil supplementation can improve peak flow and reduce medication use and cough in children with asthma.

Cataracts Fish oil from resulted in an 11% reduction in developing cataracts

Cognitive function. Epidemiological research suggests that consuming higher amounts of fish oil is associated with improved cognitive function in late adulthood.

Depression. Epidemiological research suggests eating fish lowers the risk of depression and suicide and the prevalence of depression is lower in countries with higher fish consumption

Developmental coordination improvement. A combination of fish oils (80%) and evening primrose oil (20%) seems to improve reading spelling and behavior when given to children age 5-12 years with developmental coordination disorder. However, it doesn't seem to improve motor skills.

Diabetic nephropathy. Taking fish oil orally reduces albuminuria in individuals with diabetic nephropathy.

Dry eye syndrome. Intake of omega-3 fatty acids is associated with a reduced risk of dry eye syndrome in women.

Dysmenorrhea. Taking fish oils, alone or in combination with vitamin B12, seems to decrease pain and interference with daily activities in adolescent girls and women with dysmenorrheal.

Dyspraxia. Taking fish oil orally, in combination with evening primrose oil, thyme oil, and vitamin E seems to improve movement disorders in children with dyspraxia. One small clinical trial has shown that this combination significantly decreases movement disorders as determined by objective measures.

Raynaud's syndrome. There's some evidence that taking fish oil orally can improve tolerance to cold and delay the onset of vasospasm in people with primary Raynaud's syndrome.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Taking fish oil orally seems to significantly decrease the duration of morning stiffness in patients with RA.

Some studies have also shown effectiveness in Alzheimer’s and Cancer

Steps to reducing inflammation and slow the aging process

Avoid simple carbohydrates and high glycemic index foods (see previous newsletter) because these increase insulin which activates Delta 5-Desaturase which is the enzyme which converts Omega 6’s to Arachidonic Acid and on to the “bad” eicosanoids
Avoid or at least limit arachidonic acid rich foods such as: fatty red meat (especially corn fed), organ meats and egg yolks
Eat more low arachidonic acid protein sources such as chicken, turkey and egg whites
Take Fish oil in the dose of 2.5-10 grams a day (4-16 caps or more realistically 2-4 teaspoons a day of Nordic Fish Oil. 1 tsp = 4 capsules = 2.5 grams of omega 3
Remember that when you use high dose fish oil therapy you need to use pharmaceutical grade fish oil
GLA (gamma linolenic acid) should be added when high dose fish oil is used. Borage Oil & Evening Primrose Oil are good sources of GLA. NOTE: GLA is NOT recommended during Pregnancy.
Fish oils need to be balanced with antioxidants. I strongly recommend adding vitamin C, 1-2 Power Paks and eating 9+ servings of fruits and vegetables. If you are not eating 9+ servings regularly, I recommend adding Juice Plus (fruits/vegetables in capsules) to ensure your intake of crucial anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.

Additional steps to reduce inflammation
Drink green tea/take capsules
Increase fish oil dose until the TG/HDL ratio is less than 2 (up to 10 grams a day).
A even more accurate way to dose fish oil is to measure the Arachidonic acid to/EPA level. AA/EPA ratio can be measured at Your Future Health 877-468-6934. Disease prone state is an AA/EPA ratio of 10 or greater. 1.5 is idea, 3 is considered good. This is especially helpful to fine tune dosing for those needed more than 5 grams of fish oil daily.
Quercetin (from numerous sources; dietarily it is mainly obtained from onions, applies, fruit juices, and tea, supplements are often derived from eucalyptus)
Boswellia, boswellic acid (from frankincense) is a natural LOX inhibitor.
Add Curcumin (from turmeric)

To your health!


Donald P Ellsworth, M.D.
www.naturalwellnesschoices.com
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Friday, May 4, 2007

Saturday, April 21, 2007

The Toxic Effects of Sugar

What is the problem with sugar?
I recently read the results of a major European study which found that women with high blood sugar levels are at an increased risk of developing cancer.
The study, which looked at 64,500 people over the course of 13 years, linked high blood sugar with cancers of the pancreas, skin, womb, and urinary tract. High blood sugar was also linked to breast cancer for women under 49.
Women in the top quarter of blood sugar readings had a 26 percent higher chance of developing cancer than those in the bottom quarter.
See Diabetes Care, Vol. 30, No. 3, March 2007: 561-567
We all know that sugar causes cavities and as an “empty calorie” adds no nutritional problem is value to our diet. We tend to think of cutting back as eating less those around us. The problem is that even if we eat ½ of what those around us eat, we are still eating an enormous amount of sugar. Since the early 1800's, the average sugar consumption has increased from approximately 12 pounds per person annually to 124 pounds in 1980 and to 152 pounds in 1997. It is estimated that 75 percent of all sugar we consume comes from processed food.
Harmful Effects of Sugar
Increased risk of diabetes
Increased risk of cancer
Increased free radical formation
Increased in advanced glycation end products (AGEs)
Increased risk of cardiovascular disease

A. Increase in Diabetes
This type of diabetes that afflicts adults has risen 33 percent in the past decade alone. Three out of every 50 adults are now affected with the serious, but still curable, diet-linked condition, according to studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Sugars and starches increase insulin which leads to a decrease in insulin receptors in the cell and the development of insulin resistance. This leads to increased blood pressure, obesity, heart disease and diabetes
Insulin also increases appetite and blocks the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that informs the body to slow down eating. Without serotonin, there is a tendency to overeat, which then leads to a spiral of excessive sugar intake.
B. Increase in Cancer
Sugar feeds cancer:
For example, a study using a mouse model of human breast cancer showed that tumors are quite sensitive to blood-glucose levels. Sixty-eight mice were injected with an aggressive strain of breast cancer. They were then fed diets to induce either high blood-sugar (hyperglycemia), normal, or low blood-sugar (hypoglycemia). There was a dose-dependent response, the lower the blood glucose level, the greater the survival rate. It was shown that after 70 days, eight of the 24 hyperglycemic mice survived compared to 16 of 24 normal glycemic and 19 of 20 hypoglycemic mice. This suggests that the restriction of sugar intake is the key to slowing the effects of breast tumors.
Consider the million-dollar positive emission tomography device, or PET scan, which is regarded as one of the ultimate cancer-detection tools. PET scans use radioactively labeled glucose to detect sugar-hungry tumor cells.
C. Increase in Free Radicals and Reduced Antioxidants
Many studies have shown that a direct correlation exists between sugar and free radical formation.
A study from the University at Buffalo, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in August 2000, showed that excess sugar in the bloodstream stimulates the production of free radicals. In this study, researchers gave 14 healthy men and women who had fasted for 12 hours a drink containing 75 grams of glucose. The sugar content is equivalent to that in two cans of soda. Researchers then took blood samples from all participants before the glucose challenge and again at various intervals thereafter.
Diseases that result from free radicals include many age related illness such as atherosclerosis, dementia, cancer, arthritis, autoimmune disease, etc. Excess sugar generates free radicals indirectly. Excess sugar is converted into triglycerides and cholesterol in the liver. The excessive cholesterol and free fatty acid (FFA), when released in order to generate energy for the body, causes the production of free radical metabolites that inhibit glucose utilization by the muscle.
D. Increase AGEs (Advanced glycation end products)
AGEs are substances formed when blood sugar (glucose) attaches itself to proteins in the body's tissues. This results in cross-linked hard yellow-brown AGE compounds. Negative effects of AGEs include thickened arteries, stiff joints, feeble muscles, and failing organs. This is especially evident in elderly people. Diabetics suffer a very high incidence of nerve, artery, and kidney damage because their high blood sugar levels greatly accelerate the chemical reactions that form AGEs. The evidence is clear that sugar induced AGE’s make us age faster.
E. Increase in Heart Disease
Between 1910 and 1970, coronary heart disease escalated from a yet-to-be recognized problem to one of the most deadly diseases of the past century. Due to better consumer education, the intake of animal fat and butter dropped significantly while the intake of cholesterol remained unchanged in the past fifty years. The intake of refined carbohydrates (mainly sugar, fructose from corn syrup and white flour) however, increased significantly.
The increasing incidence of cardiovascular disease closely parallels the increasing consumption of sugar and not with the consumption of animal fat (saturated fat) or of total fat.
Epidemiological studies repeatedly confirm that in populations where sugar intake is high, there is a correspondingly higher risk of developing heart disease. The Masai tribe of East Africa and the Eskimos of North American have a diet consisting mainly of milk and meat that is high in fat. Yet they have a very low incidence of heart disease. In the past, coronary disease was considered rare among the black population in South Africa. However, during the past few decades, their consumption of sugar has increased greatly and so has the incidence of coronary artery disease. In Iceland, heart disease (and diabetes) was almost unheard of until the 1930s, although the Icelanders diet is tremendously high in fat.
Surgeon Captain T.L. Cleave, who wrote the classic study The Saccharine Disease, provides ample evidence that the coronary artery disease epidemic today could be traced to increases in refined carbohydrate intake. It takes about 20 years of continuous insult of sugar to produce pathological disease such as heart attacks and diabetes. Known as the Cleave's Rule of 20 years, the arrival of modern day atherosclerosis, diabetes, and other degenerative disease reflects the concurrent rise in refined carbohydrate intake 20 years earlier, as in the case of many modern civilizations. In Yugoslavia and Poland, the development of high heart disease rates since the mid 1950s was associated with a concurrent quadruple increase of sugar intake and occurred despite a fall in animal fat intake.
The inescapable conclusion is that coronary artery disease was a rare illness in the 19th century. It was a disease started in 1912, and arrived right on schedule in accordance to Cleave's Rule of 20 years (when the cola revolution was started in the 1890s and the introduction of four mills to produce refined flour).
The fact is that a high sugar intake is linked to an increased risk of heart disease. Simple sugars are the primary source of high triglycerides, a type of blood fat, and very low-density lipoproteins (LDL), which are an independent risk factor for atherosclerosis. Sugar lowers good HDL cholesterol and raises bad LDL cholesterol and blood pressure levels. It is estimated that a high sugar intake may account for as many as 150,000 premature deaths from heart disease in the US each year.
Studies have been conducted to support this. In one research trial, 18 male subjects received normal food followed by a rigorously specified diet in which protein and carbohydrate requirements were met by amino acids, essential fat, and glucose. The average concentration of cholesterol in the initial period, on normal food, was 227 mg/dl. After two weeks on the restricted glucose diet, it had dropped to 173. Two weeks later, the level was at 160. When the diet was altered by replacing 25 percent of the glucose with sucrose (while all other dietary constituents kept constant), the average cholesterol level rose from 160 to 178 within one week and to 208 within two weeks. The researchers carried the study one step further. The sucrose was replaced with glucose again. With this change, the cholesterol concentration dropped back to 175 within one week and the decline continued. It finally leveled off at 150 mg/dl, which was 77 mg/dl less than the initial value. This research finding links the consumption of sucrose (table sugar) directly to increased cholesterol. The exact mechanism is still under research.
In addition to glucose, fructose also raises blood triglyceride level. In a clinical trial conducted at the University of Minnesota, researchers followed 24 healthy adults who received one of 2 diets assigned randomly for a period of 6 weeks and then switched back to the other diet for 6 weeks. One diet provided 17% of energy as fructose and the other diet was sweetened with glucose and was absent of fructose. Both diets contain common foods and contained nearly identical amounts of the macronutrients. The researchers found that in men, the fructose diet raised plasma triglyceride levels by 32%, although there was no effect seen with the women being studied.
Elevated triglyceride blood level of in itself is a strong and independent risk factor for heart attack among middle-aged and elderly men. In fact, studies have shown that blood triglyceride level was a stronger risk factor than total cholesterol alone. It is not known why women appear to be immune to this other than postulations that the high level of estrogen acts as a protective factor. The exact mechanism is still under investigation.
How about cholesterol and fat as risk factors for cardiovascular disease? For decades, we were told that cholesterol was the culprit in atherosclerosis, and for good reasons, since arthrosclerotic plaque is found to be rich in cholesterol. The logic that dietary cholesterol in diet leads to serum cholesterol appeared to make perfect sense.
Over the past 40 years, our knowledge of the origin of atherosclerosis has increased exponentially. Many studies have failed to show that a change in the amount of cholesterol in the diet had any significant effect on the incidence of heart disease. In fact, the correlation between diet cholesterol and serum cholesterol level is indeed weak. Furthermore, cholesterol is an important macronutrient necessary for hormonal synthesis and cell membrane stabilization. A low cholesterol level (below 150 mg/dl) has been linked with an increased cancer risk. Cholesterol in its natural form when made by the liver is an antioxidant and thus of great benefit to the body. It is only when oxidized cholesterol is eaten that the cholesterol becomes bad.
Based on false logic, it was believed that diets concentrating on lowering total serum cholesterol level would reduce coronary heart disease risks. This belief is valid if the cholesterol being lowered is LDL cholesterol only. Unfortunately, most popular low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets lower both HDL cholesterol as well as LDL cholesterol. No cardiovascular risk reduction is achieved as the LD:HDL ratio remained constant. It must be remembered that cardiovascular risk is inversely related to HDL cholesterol level and directly proportional to LDL cholesterol level." In other words, the higher the HDL cholesterol, the lower the risk, and the higher the LDL cholesterol level, the higher the risk.
This is further complicated by the fact that consumers are often unclear as to what constitutes fat. There are different kinds of fat as there are different kinds of cholesterols. Monounsaturated fat such as olive oil is good. Natural unhydrogenated polyunsaturated fat, such as nuts and seeds, is good as well. Cold-water fish, such as salmon, for example, contain an abundance of this kind of fat with its active component omega-3 fatty acid, which is cardio protective. These two kinds of fats have been shown to reduce cardiovascular disease risk by 19 percent and 38 percent respectively in clinical studies.
Saturated fat is somewhat more complicated. It is derived from animal and diary products that are commercially raised. Unfortunately, commercially raised animals, such as poultry, are laced with hormones, antibiotics, and are grain fed. They have a higher level of saturated fat in their meat. Saturated fat from this source has been linked to a 17 percent increase in cardiovascular disease risk in some studies. Saturated fats from free-range animals are the preferred way. The amounts of saturated fat in organic eggs, for example, are much lower than that in commercial eggs.
The worse kind of fat is trans fat. This fat is produced when polyunsaturated vegetable fats are artificially hydrogenated, a process that increases the firmness of the oil and its resistance to oxidative damage. Trans fat is commonly used in cakes, donuts, fast foods, and fried foods. Trans fat has been linked to the highest risk of cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown that replacing 2 percent of energy eaten in the form of trans unsaturated fat with unhydrogenated, unsaturated fat, such as nuts, olive oil, and flaxseed oil, drops heart disease risk by 53 percent.
Cholesterol is not bad for you, and certain types of fat are good for health. Sugar, on the other hand, should be avoided.
I recommend completely avoiding Sucrose, Fructose (especially high fructose corn syrup), Artificial Sweetners and high Glycemic index /load foods

There are two common ways to classify carbohydrates:

Simple versus Complex Carbohydrates
High versus Low Glycemic Carbohydrates

A. Simple versus Complex Carbohydrates

All carbohydrates are broken down into sugar inside the body. It is the rate and the amount of this dissolution that determines the level of sugar in the blood. Complex carbohydrates such as green leafy vegetables, brown rice, potato, whole grain products, legumes, and fruits break down slowly, thus causing a gradual rise and fall in blood sugar. Generally speaking, most complex carbohydrates are considered good for health.
Simple carbohydrates such as cakes, white rice, and ice cream break down quickly once inside the body. This causes rapid spikes in blood sugar levels and subsequent valleys when the sugar is absorbed. Most simple carbohydrates are detrimental to our health.

This simple and easily comprehensive classification of carbohydrates is however incomplete. While most simple carbohydrates are harmful, some complex carbohydrates, such as potato starch, are also not good for health because of their relatively fast rate of breakdown which leads us to the second way of looking at carbohydrates, glycemic index.

B. High vs. Low Glycemic Index (GI) Foods

Another popular way to classify carbohydrates is the use of the glycemic index. This index is a measure of how a given food affects the blood-glucose levels. Each food is assigned a numbered rating. The index measures the entry rate of a carbohydrate into the bloodstream. The lower the rating, the slower the digestion and absorption process and the better it is for the body. This means a healthier and more gradual release of sugars into the bloodstream. Conversely, a high rating implies that blood-glucose levels are increased quickly, which stimulates the pancreas to secrete insulin to normalize blood-sugar levels. This rapid fluctuation of blood-sugar levels is unhealthy because of the amount of stress placed on the body.

The glycemic index of an individual carbohydrate serves only as a general guide. Nevertheless, this classification gives us a general understanding of which types of food breaks down faster and is therefore harmful to health. Similarly, the index also provides an indication of which kinds of foods breakdown slowly and are thus essential for anti-aging.

By using the glycemic index alone, one could misinterpret that a cup of low fat ice cream is healthier than a baked potato. This is because the glycemic index of low fat ice cream (glycemic index of 50) is actually lower than that of a baked potato (glycemic index of 85). This is obviously an incorrect conclusion.

The primary factors that determine the glycemic index are the structure of simple sugars in the food, soluble fiber content, fat content and the level of food processing.

Generally speaking however, selecting carbohydrates with a low to moderate glycemic index is an important part of a healthy eating program. The lower the index, the slower the rate of absorption.

The University of Sydney maintains a helpful database of the GI of foods at: http://www.glycemicindex.com/

As the website points out, low glycemic index foods:

Low GI diets help people lose and control weight
Low GI diets increase the body's sensitivity to insulin
Low GI carbs improve diabetes control
Low GI carbs reduce the risk of heart disease
Low GI carbs reduce blood cholesterol levels
Low GI carbs can help you manage the symptoms of PCOS
Low GI carbs reduce hunger and keep you fuller for longer
Low GI carbs prolong physical endurance
High GI carbs help re-fuel carbohydrate stores after exercise

Glycemic Load
The most important extension of the concept of glycemic index is called the glycemic load, which takes the quantity of available carbohydrates into account. Available carbohydrates are those that provide energy, i.e. starch and sugar, but not fiber. The glycemic load measures the effect of the glycemic index of a food multiplied by its available carbohydrate content in grams in a standard serving. Harvard School of Public Health professor and researcher Walter Willett, M.D., and his associates developed this concept as long ago as 1997, when they published journal articles on the subject. But it was only in their Harvard Women's Health Watch article and Dr. Willett's new book (see bibliography below) that they have published many of the GL numbers. For example, these resources have nice but very short lists of a few foods for which they have calculated the glycemic load (note in particular the high GI and low GL of watermelon). Now, however, Jennie Brand-Miller and her associates at the University of Sydney have calculated the GL of all 750 foods for which GI numbers have been calculated. This table was published originally in the July 2002 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, see http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content-nw/full/76/1/5/T1

Here is a table of the glycemic index of some common foods: http://www.centerforamericannurses.org/wellness/health/glycemic.pdf



Sugar Alternatives include:

1. Stevia
2. Xylitol and Erythritol

In the future we may be able to use Miracle Fruit. I just learned about a West African berry called Synsepalum dulcificum, only slightly better known as the miracle fruit, has a powerful natural property: Anything you consume for about an hour after eating one tastes sweet, even substances as diverse as goat cheese and rich stout beer.
A protein in the miracle fruit binds to a patient's taste buds, altering the tongue's sweet receptors so they activate when more sour foods are eaten. Experiments intended to genetically engineer the properties of the miracle fruit have largely failed.
The miracle fruit is a bit better known in Japan, as it's sold in freeze-dried, canned and tablet forms there. The movement has spread somewhat stateside, with a modest number of American growers selling cutting and seeds so folks can grow their own plants, as the berries are highly perishable.
Wall Street Journal March 30, 2007




124 Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health


Read the following from Nancy Appleton, Ph.D., Author of the book "Lick The Sugar Habit"

In addition to throwing off the body's homeostasis, excess sugar may result in a number of other significant consequences. The following is a listing of some of sugar's metabolic consequences from a variety of medical journals and other scientific publications.

1. Sugar can suppress the immune system

2. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body

3. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in
children

4. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides

5. Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious
diseases)

6. Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function, the more sugar you eat the
more elasticity and function you loose

7. Sugar reduces high density lipoproteins

8. Sugar leads to chromium deficiency

9. Sugar leads to cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostrate, and rectum

10. Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose

11. Sugar causes copper deficiency

12. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium

13. Sugar can weaken eyesight

14. Sugar raises the level of neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and
norepinephrine

15. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia

16. Sugar can produce an acidic digestive tract

17. Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children

18. Sugar increases irritable bowel disease

19. Sugar can cause premature aging

20. Sugar can lead to alcoholism

21. Sugar can cause tooth decay

22. Sugar contributes to obesity

23. High intake of sugar increases the risk of Cohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis

24. Sugar can cause changes frequently found in person with gastric or duodenal
ulcers

25. Sugar can cause arthritis

26. Sugar can cause asthma

27. Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast
infections)

28. Sugar can cause gallstones

29. Sugar can cause heart disease

30. Sugar can cause appendicitis

31. Sugar may increase multiple sclerosis

32. Sugar can cause hemorrhoids

33. Sugar can cause varicose veins

34. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users

35. Sugar can lead to periodontal disease

36. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis

37. Sugar contributes to saliva acidity

38. Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity

39. Sugar can lower the amount of Vitamin E in the blood

40. Sugar can decrease growth hormone

41. Sugar can increase cholesterol

42. Sugar can increase the systolic blood pressure

43. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children

44. High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs)(Sugar
bound non- enzymatically to protein)

45. Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein

46. Sugar causes food allergies

47. Sugar can contribute to diabetes

48. Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy

49. Sugar can contribute to eczema in children

50. Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease

51. Sugar can impair the structure of DNA

52. Sugar can change the structure of protein

53. Sugar can make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen

54. Sugar can cause cataracts

55. Sugar can cause emphysema

56. Sugar can cause atherosclerosis

57. Sugar can promote an elevation of low density lipoproteins (LDL)

58. High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in
the body

59. Sugar lowers the enzymes ability to function

60. Sugar intake is higher in people with Parkinson’s disease

61. Sugar can cause a permanent altering the way the proteins act in the body

62. Sugar can increase the size of the liver by making the liver cells divide

63. Sugar can increase the amount of liver fat

64. Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney

65. Sugar can damage the pancreas

66. Sugar can increase the body's fluid retention

67. Sugar is enemy #1 of the bowel movement

68. Sugar can cause myopia (nearsightedness)

69. Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries

70. Sugar can make the tendons more brittle

71. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraine

72. Sugar plays a role in pancreatic cancer in women

73. Sugar can adversely affect school children's grades and cause learning disorders

74. Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves

75. Sugar can cause depression

76. Sugar increases the risk of gastric cancer

77. Sugar and cause dyspepsia (indigestion)

78. Sugar can increase your risk of getting gout

79. Sugar can increase the levels of glucose in an oral glucose tolerance test over the
ingestion of complex carbohydrates

80. Sugar can increase the insulin responses in humans consuming high-sugar diets
compared to low sugar diets

81. High refined sugar diet reduces learning capacity

82. Sugar can cause less effective functioning of two blood proteins, albumin, and
lipoproteins, which may reduce the body’s ability to handle fat and cholesterol

83. Sugar can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease

84. Sugar can cause platelet adhesiveness

85. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance; some hormones become underactive and
others become overactive

86. Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones

87. Sugar can lead to the hypothalamus to become highly sensitive to a large variety
of stimuli

88. Sugar can lead to dizziness

89. Diets high in sugar can cause free radicals and oxidative stress

90. High sucrose diets of subjects with peripheral vascular disease significantly
increases platelet adhesion

91. High sugar diet can lead to biliary tract cancer

92. Sugar feeds cancer

93. High sugar consumption of pregnant adolescents is associated with a twofold
increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant

94. High sugar consumption can lead to substantial decrease in gestation duration
among adolescents

95. Sugar slows food's travel time through the gastrointestinal tract

96. Sugar increases the concentration of bile acids in stools and bacterial enzymes in
the colon

97. Sugar increases estradiol (the most potent form of naturally occurring estrogen) in
men

98. Sugar combines and destroys phosphatase, an enzyme, which makes the process
of digestion more dificult

99. Sugar can be a risk factor of gallbladder cancer

100. Sugar is an addictive substance

101. Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol

102. Sugar can exacerbate PMS

103. Sugar given to premature babies can affect the amount of carbon dioxide they
produce

104. Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability

105. The body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch

106. The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects

107. Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder (ADHD)

108. Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition

109. Sugar can slow down the ability of the adrenal glands to function

110. Sugar has the potential of inducing abnormal metabolic processes in a normal
healthy individual and to promote chronic degenerative diseases

111. I.Vs of sugar water can decrease oxygen to the brain

112. High sucrose intake could be an important risk factor in lung cancer

113. Sugar increases the risk of polio

114. High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures

115. Sugar causes high blood pressure in obese people

116. In Intensive Care Units: Limiting sugar saves lives

117. Sugar may induce cell death

118. Sugar may impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in living
organisms

119. In juvenile rehabilitation camps, when children were put on a low sugar diet, there
was a 44% drop in antisocial behavior

120. Sugar can cause gastric cancer

121. Sugar dehydrates newborns

122. Sugar can cause gum disease

123. Sugar increases the estradiol in young men

124. Sugar can cause low birth weight babies


To your health!


Donald P Ellsworth, M.D.
www.naturalwellnesschoices.com
Feel free to pass this information on to others