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Getting Rid of Unwanted “Guests”

In an earlier article, we learned why sometimes our digestion does not seem quite right and how we are exposed to and host all sorts of unwanted “guests” within our own bodies. Lots of times when the doctor cannot determine what is wrong with you or they tell you it is in your head, it may likely be these unwanted “guests” – parasites, yeast/fungi/mold, viruses, or bacteria that are taking over your body and creating a variety of symptoms.

Typical symptoms include: Allergies, anemia, asthma, bloating, chronic fatigue, constipation, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea, enlarged liver or spleen, flu-like symptoms that persist, gas, headaches, immune problems, irritable bowel, unexplained joint and muscle aches, skin problems, sleep disturbances, and teeth grinding can signal parasites, which masquerade so easily as other disorders. Some people will experience secondary gluten and/or lactose intolerance, so add food sensitivities to the list above.

This is all fine and good, but several questions remain. First, how do I know if a “guest” is the underlying cause of the symptoms? Second, what type of “guest” is it? And third, how do I get rid of it? All these are critical questions.

It is important to be aware of other causes of digestive distress which fall into three categories: food allergies/sensitivities, structural issues in the digestive tract, and ongoing emotional stress.

I will use the terms “allergies” and “sensitivities” interchangeably. They are technically not the same, yet they are each specific descriptions of an immune system response. The most common food sensitivities are wheat, gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, nuts, and sugar. Then there are less common ones such as oats, other grains, the nightshade family of vegetables, other fruits, etc. I have seen all kinds of food sensitivities in my clients. And yes, you can be sensitive to a “healthy” food!

There are a variety of testing options to identify food issues: blood tests, saliva tests, and of course muscle testing. Once the underlying cause is identified the solution is simple – avoid the foods that are causing the problem.

Second, there could be structural issues in the digestive tract: insufficient hydrochloric acid, insufficient bile, lack of a gall bladder, acid/alkaline imbalance in the small or large intestines, lack of digestive enzymes. To learn more about the structure and function of the digestive system click here and scroll through the articles: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?cat=15

Blood testing, saliva testing, and muscle testing can also be used here to identify the underlying issue. Once the cause is identified there are a variety of nutritional support products such as enzymes, probiotics, acid/alkaline balancers, and digestive tract healers.
Third, there can be excessive emotional stress. Too much stress keeps our body in a sympathetic nervous system response which is a problem as digestion is optimized as a parasympathetic nervous system function.

This can be identified through saliva testing of hormones or muscle testing or simply an awareness of current stressors in one’s life. It can be helpful to learn stress reduction techniques such as breathing and meditation to help alleviate some stress and to break the constant sympathetic nervous system response.

The next question is what type of “guest” are we dealing with. Testing options include muscle testing, stool testing, saliva testing, and blood testing. I have found muscle testing to be most helpful and the most cost effective. I previously used stool and saliva testing more frequently, but find I get similar results from muscle testing, and verification from blood testing.

Stool and saliva testing can identify parasites, yeast, fungus, and bacterial infections, along with inflammatory markers in the small and large intestines, pancreatic enzyme activity levels, and blood in the stool. Blood testing can identify chronic and acute infections from bacteria, parasites, and viruses, and suggest hydrochloric acid levels in the stomach. Often, we are told that our blood tests are “normal.” It is critical to remember that “normal” does not mean “optimal” or “healthy”. When we look at the details of the total white blood cell count and the differential we can observe patterns that suggest chronic and/or acute infection patterns.

Once we know what we are dealing then we use the proper remedies. Each type of issue requires its own protocol. The remedies I use include herbs, homeopathics, and nutritional products that are antimicrobial. Depending on the “guest” there are anti-virals, anti-fungals, anti-yeast, anti-mold, anti-parasites, and anti-bacterial varieties. There are also enzymes, probiotics, and other gut healers to support the digestive tract. To determine the specific protocol for each person I use muscle testing. I have many different products in the office and I use the muscle testing to identify the specific supplement(s) for each individual.

I hope this article has helped you to better understand the process and see that there is definitely a solution to digestive distress. This is one of the most common issues that clients come to the office for and one that is always resolved if the client is compliant with the recommendations. It important to recognize that getting rid of the unwanted “guest” and healing the digestive tract is a process that generally takes at least 3-4 months and for some people up to a year.

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.

August 2017 Newsletter: Tips for a Healthy Summer Vacation

I hope everyone is having an enjoyable summer. I know for me it is going by way too fast!
Thanks to everyone who attended the Open House a couple of weeks ago. We had a great discussion regarding The Ins and Outs of Digestion! The next Open House will be September 14 at 7:00 PM and the topic will be Fall Cleaning: Do You Really Need to Detox? More details to follow in a few weeks.

In this month’s newsletter, we’ll look at two things you are likely to be exposed to during the summer. One is obvious – the Sun! And the second is not as apparent – critters! These would be parasites, bacteria, fungi, and viruses found in exotic places of travel as well as your own backyard.

I hope you enjoy the newsletter.

Have Fun in the Sun
There are so many areas where the “natural health” world and the “mainstream health” world seem to clash. It is not only regarding what foods to eat, whether or not to vaccinate, but also what to do about the Sun. The “mainstream” view is to put on lots of sunscreen and you’ll be protected from sunburn and skin cancer. The “natural” view is that all this sunscreen is likely contributing to skin cancer, sun exposure is good for our health, and there are ways to protect ourselves from overdoing it.

Here are a couple of articles below from the “natural” side of the debate. In “Sunscreen Savvy” Ann Louise Gittleman discusses how the sun is an important nutrient and how to safely get your sun. You can read the article here: http://annlouise.com/2016/07/19/sunscreen-savvy/.

Another of my favorite sources of “natural” information is GreenMedInfo. Here’s a link to their feature about the benefits of sun exposure: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/therapeutic-action/sunlight-exposure.

What Not to Bring Home from Your Summer Vacation
Ever wonder why your digestion never seems just quite right? Well, as much as we don’t like to admit it we are exposed to and host all sorts of critters within our own bodies. Lots of times when your doctor can’t figure out what is wrong with you or they tell you it is in your head, it may likely be something else such as parasites, yeast/fungi/mold, viruses, or bacteria that are taking over your body and causing you a variety of symptoms.

Typical symptoms include: Allergies, anemia, asthma, bloating, chronic fatigue, constipation, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea, enlarged liver or spleen, flu-like symptoms that persist, gas, headaches, immune problems, irritable bowel, unexplained joint and muscle aches, skin problems, sleep disturbances, and teeth grinding can signal parasites, which masquerade so easily as other disorders. Some people will experience secondary gluten and/or lactose intolerance, so add food sensitivities to the list above.

I’ve had clients diagnosed with Crohn’s and a gluten sensitivity and we discovered parasites. They used anti-parasitic herbs and homeopathics to get rid of the parasites, healed their digestive tracts, no more gluten issues, and are now perfectly healthy.
For the rest of the article click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=757

What Not to Bring Home from Your Summer Vacation

Ever wonder why your digestion never seems just quite right? Well, as much as we don’t like to admit it we are exposed to and host all sorts of critters within our own bodies. Lots of times when your doctor can’t figure out what is wrong with you or they tell you it is in your head, it may likely be something else such as parasites, yeast/fungi/mold, viruses, or bacteria that are taking over your body and causing you a variety of symptoms.

Typical symptoms include: Allergies, anemia, asthma, bloating, chronic fatigue, constipation, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea, enlarged liver or spleen, flu-like symptoms that persist, gas, headaches, immune problems, irritable bowel, unexplained joint and muscle aches, skin problems, sleep disturbances, and teeth grinding can signal parasites, which masquerade so easily as other disorders. Some people will experience secondary gluten and/or lactose intolerance, so add food sensitivities to the list above.

I had a client diagnosed with Crohn’s and a gluten sensitivity and we discovered parasites. They used anti-parasitic herbs and homeopathics to get rid of the parasites, healed their digestive tracts, no more gluten issues, and are now perfectly healthy.

The rest of this article will focus specifically on parasites as typically they are not treated correctly by main stream medicine and have lingering and sometimes long-term effects. I worked with one client who had diarrhea for over two years with no support from her regular doctor or the GI doctor. In one week, the diarrhea was gone and in several months the parasite issue was resolved.

What makes parasites so nasty? First, they cause physical trauma to the body, particularly worms. They destroy cells in the body faster than cells can be regenerated. This results in ulceration, perforation, or anemia. Remember, parasites must eat, so they take away our own nutrients – vitamins, minerals, and amino acids – so they can live. Many people will become anemic and fatigued due to this. Not only do they eat, but they poop! They produce toxic waste materials that are harmful to your body. These wastes trigger the immune system leading to increased pain and inflammation.

They irritate bodily tissues, resulting in an inflammatory response from the body. This over time depresses the functionality of the immune system. The actual size and/or weight of the parasitic cysts cause pressure on nerves and organs. They may also cause obstructions, all resulting in malfunctioning of the body’s systems. They can lump together and form a ball, that acts like a tumor. Several years ago, there was a story of a woman from Arizona who they thought had a brain tumor. When they went to remove the “tumor” they found a long worm!

While parasites have always been around, it seems they are even more prevalent today. There are several reasons for this. First there is the international factor. There is an increase in international travel, an increase of refugee and immigrant populations from endemic areas, and an increase in the return of military personnel from overseas. Associated with this is the increasing popularity of exotic regional foods. All these factors bring “new” parasites into our environment. I’ve had clients get parasites in Mexico, Columbia, and Israel.

Within our own daily living there is the contamination of water supplies – both municipal and rural; the increasing use of day care centers – for both children and adults, and the continued popularity of household pets. I’ve had clients get parasites from swimming in rivers and lakes. These are all places where parasites can survive. In addition, the increasing consumption of processed and sugar-laden foods and the use of antibiotics and immunosuppressive drugs have suppressed our immune system’s ability to fight off parasites.

For a quick parasite primer, we’ll start with the smallest guys – the protozoa. They account for 70% of all parasites and cannot be seen by the naked eye. They are single celled microscopic organisms that can take over the GI tract and from there migrate to other body organs and tissues. An estimated 7 million people have some form of protozoa living inside of them.

One of them is Entamoeba histolytica which causes a disease called amoebiasis. It mainly infects humans and other primates. It is found in water, damp environments and in soil, so it can contaminate fruits and vegetables. It spreads through fecal contamination. Other than the malarial parasite, it causes more deaths than any other protozoan. It is also very difficult to detect as it makes its way from the digestive tract to the lymph nodes and liver and even cause death. Some strains have become drug resistant and it can produce an autoimmune reaction. Symptoms include abdominal pain, weight loss, weakness, diarrhea, and liver abscesses.

Toxoplasma is another common parasite. This crescent shaped parasite will invade our central nervous system. We can become infected by eating undercooked meat or by handling infected cat litter. The cysts of toxoplasma are passed through cat feces. They become infectious within three to four days, but remain viable for up to 18 months! An acute infection is like mono. Chronic symptoms include hepatitis and lymph problems like Hodgkin’s in the host.

It is estimated that 50% of the US adult population may be carrying a latent toxoplasma infection. Those with a compromised immune system are even more susceptible. Also of greater risk are fetuses as they can suffer serious or fatal effects from infection. Typical symptoms include flu-like symptoms, fever, chills, fatigue, and headache.

Next come the worm family. It should be noted that unless the worm infestation is heavy, most people will not show symptoms of any disease. The smallest of these is the pinworm. It is the most common of all worms in the US and most prevalent in children. Contamination comes from food, water, bedding, house dust, and human contact. While anal itching is the most classic signal, these worms also produce many behavioral and neurological symptoms including hyperactivity and vision problems.

Adult females range from 8 to 13 millimeters in length and have a long, pin-shaped posterior, for which the worm is named. They make their home in the host’s intestines, but unlike many parasites they do not pass into the blood and cannot survive in other parts of the body for any length of time. They lay their eggs outside the body, usually around the anus, causing itching: this assists the larvae’s spread via hand contact.

The most common intestinal parasite in the world is the large roundworm. It is estimated that 1 billion people worldwide are infected. Children are also prone to this infection. It is spread through soil, food, and feces. They are transferred by ingestion. The eggs hatch and quickly penetrate the intestinal wall, where they enter the bloodstream. From there, the roundworm makes its way to the lungs, from where it is coughed up and swallowed, returning it to the gut. Symptoms include fever, tiredness, allergic rash, vomiting, diarrhea, nerve problems, and wheezing / coughing.

Next come the larger worms of the cestoda family. These include the tapeworms found in beef, pork, fish, and dog. Pictured here is the pork tapeworm. These are among the oldest known parasites and the largest. They can grow up to 36 inches! They each have a “head” that attaches to the intestinal wall. As long as the head remains attached, a new worm can grow from it. They are transmitted through infected food. A tapeworm attaches itself to its victim’s intestine with hooks on its “head”, or scolex. They mature over three to four months, during which time the reproductive organs develop and can survive for up to 25 years in humans. Tapeworms lack their own digestive tract so utilize that of the host.

Their eggs are excreted in feces and can survive on vegetation, where they are then consumed by cattle or pigs, and passed on to humans. It can be spread by kissing your dog and eating undercooked meat or fish. While this parasite doesn’t always produce symptoms, allergies, bloating and gas, dizziness, “fuzzy” thinking, hunger pains, mineral imbalance, nausea, vomiting, inflammation of the intestine, diarrhea, weight loss, dizziness, fits, malnutrition, and sensitivity to touch can signal this worm.

Last, but not least is the trematoda family – these are leaf-shaped flatworms, also known as flukes. There are blood flukes, liver flukes, lung flukes, and intestinal flukes. The name corresponds to the organ that they settle in. These originate life in the water.
The blood fluke lives in the bloodstream of infected hosts and cause schistosomiasis, also called bilharzia. They live in water, and penetrate the skin of victims who come into contact with contaminated water plus eating undercooked fish and contaminated produce. The parasite causes inflammation (swelling) and damage to organs, particularly the liver. The adult worms can persist in their human host for decades (up to 30 years), and may not cause any symptoms for years. They leave the host in feces and spend part of their lifecycle in a snail host. Symptoms include: fever, aching, cough, diarrhea, swollen glands, lethargy, depression, edema, enlarged liver, pain on the right side, vertigo, and even cancer.

As you can see there is quite a variety of parasites and they can be responsible for a variety of health issues. I see this all the time in my practice and fortunately have been able to help many clients regain their health.

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.

December 2016 Newsletter: In Loving Memory of Leo Rosen

This month’s newsletter is late and brief due to the passing of my Father last week. He lived a good and long life, just three months short of his 92nd birthday. From the Model T to the I-Phone he was certainly a member of what is now known as “The Greatest Generation.” He was a loving father, grandfather, and husband; successful attorney, World War II navy veteran, and polio survivor. We will all miss him dearly.

Interestingly enough, he almost died last March after getting a bacterial infection in the hospital. So I’ve decided to feature an article below about the dangers of bacteria in the hospital. He died of kidney failure, my belief from all the medications he was on during that battle and throughout the later years of his life. So, I’m also featuring an article on that subject.

I will be out of the office from December 30 until January 12 of next year. I will send another reminder in a few weeks, but please plan ahead for your supplement needs. I will be out of the country, so not able to get things to you.


Hospital Acquired Infections

Here are several articles from Dr. Mercola covering this issue in depth. What can you do about it? Besides eating right and taking care of yourself to avoid the hospital I generally recommend to take lots of probiotics while in the hospital and upon release.

One in 25 patients end up with hospital acquired infections. Here’s the article: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/02/04/death-by-medicine-an-update.aspx

This hospital mistake kills 60,000 people per year. Here’s the article: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/04/09/hospital-acquired-infections.aspx

And one more, why hospital beds should have danger signs on them. Here’s the article: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/10/26/hospital-infections.aspx

Over use of Medications and Kidney Failure
Ever wonder why all the drug advertisements warn you about your kidneys?

Heartburn drugs linked to kidney disease. Here’s the article: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/02/03/heartburn-drugs-kidney-disease-risk.aspx

Regular use of aspirin and Tylenol linked to kidney disease. Here’s the article: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2002/01/05/aspirin-part-four.aspx

Certain types of antibiotics can cause kidney failure: Here’s the article: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/10/20/fluoroquinolones-side-effects.aspx

What They Ate, What We Eat

“I eat very healthy.” “My doctor tells me I can get all the vitamins and minerals I need from food.”

I often hear one or both of these statements from my clients.

Here’s my response: It is great that you eat healthy because that is the foundation to build upon. However, it is very unlikely that you can get everything you need from your food. There are two main reasons for this. First, most people have not eaten “very healthy” most of their lives. Therefore they are likely to have nutritional deficiencies. Second, and most important – what we eat today is very different from what our ancestors ate, and by ancestors I mean our grandparents and great-grandparents (think the 1920s). In the rest of this article we will explore some of the key differences between “traditional diets” and “modern diets.”

To get right to the point according to Sally Fallon Morrell, President of the Weston Price Foundation, “traditional diets maximized nutrients while modern diets minimize nutrients!” Here’s why:

Traditional diets foods came from fertile soil. Modern diets foods come from depleted soil. Numerous studies support the reduction of vitamin content of food since the 1930’s. Modern mass farming techniques do not replenish nutrients into the soil.

Traditional diets favored organ meats over muscle meats. Modern diets are almost entirely muscle meats with very few organ meats. Organ meats are loaded with specific nutrients that are essential to that specific organ’s function. For example, liver is loaded with B vitamins and Vitamins A and D. Muscle meat is mostly protein. True protein is important, but so are other nutrients.

Traditional diets emphasized animal fats. Modern diets stress vegetable oils. Animal fats are high in fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) and do not oxidize when cooked. Vegetable oils are highly processed such as corn oil, vegetable oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, or canola oil. These oils are inflammatory to the body. Of course even worse are the trans-fats in margarine.

Traditional diets had animals that were raised in pastures. Modern diets have animals raised in confinement. Animals raised in pastures are generally healthier and eat the foods they were designed to eat. Cows eat grass and their fat becomes Omega 3. When cows eat grains and corn they produce inflammatory Omega 6 fats. Chickens are not vegetarians! Animals raised in confinement are fed hormones to grow faster and given antibiotics to control bacterial infections. We are what we eat eats and these substances are being found in samples of our blood!

Traditional diets had dairy products that were raw or fermented. Modern diets have pasteurized dairy products. Raw or fermented dairy products contain their natural vitamins and healthy bacteria. Pasteurization kills the nutrients or makes them bio-unavailable while homogenizing makes the fats unusable to the body as well.

Traditional diets had grains and legumes that were soaked and/or fermented. Modern diets have refined and extruded grains. Soaked and fermented grains and legumes are easily digestible. Refined grains have the protein and fat removed so we are just left with the starch. Diets high in refined grains keep blood sugar levels high resulting in inflammation, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Extruded grains are damaged by the heating process, so even whole grain cereals are not healthy as the fats have been damaged during the processing.

Traditional diets had unrefined sweeteners such as honey and maple syrup. Modern diets have refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. Refined sugars are linked to all modern diseases and artificial sweeteners are no better!

Traditional diets had lacto-fermented vegetables. Modern diets have canned vegetables. Lacto-fermented vegetables are more easily digested, contain healthy bacteria, and have all their nutrients. The canning process reduces the nutrient content of the vegetables.

Traditional diets had lacto-fermented beverages. Modern diets have soft drinks. Lacto-fermented beverages contain healthy bacteria and vital nutrients. Soft drinks are loaded with sugar, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, and artificial flavors.

Traditional diets had unrefined salt. Modern diets have refined salt. Unrefined salts contain high volumes of trace minerals. Refined salt is just sodium.

Traditional diets had natural vitamins in foods. Modern diets have synthetic vitamins added. Real food has real vitamins and minerals. Processed foods lose the real vitamins and minerals during processing so synthetic vitamins are added back to make the food appear nutritious, but these synthetic vitamins are often rejected by the body.

Traditional diets had natural seeds. Modern diets have hybrid and GMO seeds. Natural seeds are as nature designed. Hybrid and GMO seeds are designed by man to produce greater yield. At the same time they allow for a large amount of pesticides and herbicides which are getting into the food and stay in our bodies wrecking much havoc, similar to the antibiotics and hormones being fed to confined animals.

So, as you can see Sally Fallon Morrell is right. By their very nature traditional diets maximized nutrient content while the modern diets minimize nutrients. This is why it is unlikely that you can get sufficient vitamins and minerals from your food unless you are very strict. I have been brief with all the points due to space limitations here, but elsewhere on my blog you can see many articles providing more details.

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.

September 2015 Newsletter – Back to School and Vaccine Education

Well, it’s that time of year – Back to School, the transition to Fall, and the start of the NFL! I tend to look forward to all of them. My kids are back to school – Zach is starting his Senior year at Madison and Mollie her Sophomore year at Northeastern. Seems just yesterday they were starting at Montessori! Later this month I start my own “Back to School” with a Standard Process training (Back to School for Doctors) in Denver and next month a Physica Energetics training (Concordia) in Santa Barbara. I always look forward to learning new, exciting, and cutting edge information and sharing it with you and my clients.

Back to School also brings up the Vaccine Wars. I have learned not to post too much stuff on Facebook about vaccines as it usually winds up getting ugly. It is the one topic that really pushes people’s buttons. From all I’ve read I’ve come to the conclusion that vaccines are neither as effective nor safe as the medical and government authorities would like us to believe. Also, I would question the total number and timing of the current vaccine protocol.

This quarter’s edition of Wise Traditions from the Weston Price Foundation has many articles on the topic, so I will share links and summaries of some of those articles below. The basic argument seems to be individual rights and choices versus what is perceived to be best for society and what happens when these seem to be in conflict. I invite you to read and decide for yourself.

Vaccine Education

The current issue of Wise Traditions from the Weston Price Foundation features many articles on vaccines. These articles highlight the risks versus the benefits; discuss how the debate has taken shape; describes the ingredients in vaccines; and offers suggestions for pre- and post- vaccination.

As usual, Sally Fallon, President of the Weston Price Foundation gets right to the point. She challenges the medical establishment with facts. http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/caustic-commentary-summer-2015/

You may remember Dr. Stephanie Seneff from my glyphosate articles. Well here she is again with another interesting twist to the topic. This position also makes a lot of sense to me. It looks not only at the impact of vaccines, but the impact of other environmental factors, such as the toxic overload that now exists. One of these key toxins is glyphosate from RoundUp. The glyphosate has two major impacts. First the antibiotic action disturbs the gut. It creates an increase of pathogens in the gut which increases the uptake of aluminum (from the vaccines) by the cells and transports it into the brain. Second the chelation property of the glyphosate interferes with the clearing of the glutamate (from the vaccines) as the detoxification systems of the body are disturbed. Chelation causes manganese not to be available for the detoxification cycle. Excess glutamate also affects the functioning of the brain. For all the details click here for the full article: http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/why-we-need-to-reexamine-the-riskbenefit-tradeoffs-of-vaccines/

This next article is where one would ask the most logical question – what is in the vaccines – and are the ingredients safe? This article tells you what these ingredients are, where they come from, and what they do in your body! http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/vaccination/adjuvants-in-vaccines/

Unfortunately it is getting more and more difficult for parents to choose not to vaccinate. This article explains why, but does offer some suggestions to protect your rights as parents. http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/vaccination/parens-patriae-and-mandatory-vaccinations/

This document gives some quick vaccine facts. Of course one of the scariest of these is the autism rate. In the 1980’s it was reported as 1 in 10,000. Today it is 1 in 68 and higher for boys. The “argument” is that we are better at diagnosing it today. If that is true, as another health expert said, then where are all the 40 year old autistic people hiding? I think that is a good point. To see this document click here: http://www.westonaprice.org/wp-content/uploads/WAPFVaccinationIndex.pdf

If you’d like a PDF of the full issue click here: http://www.westonaprice.org/wp-content/uploads/Summer2015.pdf

And of course for those of you wanting even more, there is the infamous Dr. Rand Tent video on YouTube that I have referenced before, The Exploding Autoimmune Epidemic, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aHRMjVHggI

End of Summer Cleanse

With the end of summer and the beginning of fall approaching, no better time for the 21 day purification program!

My Glyphosate Article Attacked by Local Monsanto Seed Dealer and My Response

This past week I experienced a first. One of my monthly nutrition articles in our local paper, the Ozaukee News Graphic, was attacked in a letter to the editor. The headline reads, “Rosen column based on faulty science.” Once I read the letter I of course had to see who this guy was, and sure enough he was a local seed distributor of Monsanto products. The irony is that the article is limited by space so I could only get so much in. My rebuttal to his attack will allow me to publish additional points. Hopefully the news paper will publish it, but if not, it is here on the web!

This might be a bit long, but is well worth your time to read.

Here’s his letter followed by my response. For the original article click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=16

His letter:

Rosen column based on faulty science To the Editor

I recently had a chance to read your column on glyphosate by Bernard Rosen in which he discusses “research” on the negative health effects of glyphosate. This column is filled with inaccuracies and bad science. From the article: “As a side note, this is how Roundup kills bugs. It blows their guts up!” Roundup is a herbicide; it kills weeds, not bugs. The author may be confused with BT protein that is used as an insecticide, that protein does kill bugs by disrupting their guts. Interestingly, BT protein is commonly used as an insecticide in organic food production.

The rest of the author’s conclusions seem to be based on the “research” of Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D. Dr. Seneff has her doctorate in electrical engineering. It appears her “research” is based on two laughable methodologies. First, she assumes all correlation equals causation. Roundup has seen a large increase in use at the same time that many diseases have increased, so Roundup must be the cause. You could use the same faulty argument to claim that the increase in autism the last 20 years must be caused by the huge increase in cell phone use. Celiac disease can be explained by the large increase in hybrid cars, or even the large increase in organic food sales. The increase in one variable at the same time that another variable increases does not mean the one causes the other.

The other methodology used seems to be that if glyphosate can disrupt certain bacteria, it must disrupt the bacteria in our guts. This argument again comes from an electrical engineer who didn’t actually do any biological research.

Don’t believe me, take the author’s advice and actually Google Stephanie Seneff. You will find many articles debunking her wild claims. I think the best is on the Huffington Post (not a big supporter of Monsanto) titled “Condemning Monsanto with Bad Science is Just Dumb.”

Rick Lemke Mequon

Here’s my response:

To the Editor: Glyphosate: Just the Facts

I’d like the opportunity to respond to Mr. Rick Lemke’s criticism of my column which he states is “filled with inaccuracies and bad science.” Here are the facts.

Fact: Glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic. The first “inaccuracy” Mr. Lemke cited is my statement that Roundup kills bugs by blowing up their guts. Mr. Lemke is correct in that Roundup is sold as an herbicide which is designed to kill plants and weeds, but inherently kills the bugs that eat the contaminated plants. So, how do we get from an herbicide that kills weeds to killing bugs? Well, it turns out that glyphosate is patented by Monsanto as an antibiotic. Antibiotics kill both soil bacteria and human or animal gut bacteria. The collateral damage does not end with the destruction of the soil bacteria or killing of these bugs, but carries through the plant to the end user (humans) that ultimately consume the plant crop.

Fact: Glyphosate was first patented as a mineral chelator in 1964. This means it immobilizes nutrients so they are not physiologically available to the weed. Remember a “weed” is a plant. The plant is starved of minerals it needs to survive and thus dies. It is believed the same mechanism works in humans exposed to glyphosate. Thus the claim of various nutrient deficiencies described by Dr. Seneff.

Fact: Several studies including those done by Monsanto link glyphosate to cancer. Earlier this year the International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC) deemed glyphosate “probably carcinogenic.” That means it likely causes cancer. There are many studies supporting this conclusion. The web site Natural News recently had this to say, “Both Monsanto and the EPA knew full well, at least as early as 1981, that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, causes cancer in mammals. Earlier studies conducted during the late 1970s and early 1980s appear to have documented cancer-causing effects from glyphosate in rats, mice and dogs, though this information was buried by Monsanto with the blessing of the EPA.”

Fact: Dr. Seneff has numerous sources supporting her work, and has published over 170 referenced articles. Mr. Lemke continues his personal attack on Dr. Seneff calling her research “laughable” and makes other assumptions about her work. Dr. Seneff has a BS in Biophysics in 1968, a M.S. and E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1980, and a Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1985, all from MIT. Mr. Lemke was quick to dismiss Dr. Seneff’s degree in Biophysics given her doctorate degree in another area. However, these various degrees form the basis for her research interests that explore the intersection of biology and computer engineering in modeling. There are many different opinions with scientists on all sides of this discussion. Each has persuasive arguments.

Fact: Mr. Lemke’s business sells genetically modified and Roundup ready seeds. Mr. Lemke should point out this fact. He clearly has a financial stake in this discussion.

Fact: Monsanto seed products have been removed and/or banned by: Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, South Australia, Russia, France, and Switzerland.

I agree whole heartedly with Mr. Lemke’s conclusion. “Don’t believe me; take the author’s (referring to me) advice and actually Google Stephanie Seneff.” And do more: Google Glyphosate, GMOs, Cancer, Toxicity, Countries Banning Monsanto, and Countries Banning GMOs.

Bernard Rosen

Why and How You Can Work Out Every Day and Gain Weight

“I don’t understand. I work out every day and I’m still gaining weight.” Believe it or not I hear this question quite frequently. On the surface it seems to be quite the paradox. All the conventional wisdom tells us to lose weight all we need to do is watch what we eat (meaning to eat less) and exercise more. Follow this simple formula: use more calories than you take in.

In the past I’ve explained part of this myth – how all calories are not created equal. Based on what the calorie is from (protein, fat, or carbohydrate) it will have a different effect in your body. If you need a refresher you can find that article on my blog at http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=135.

Now let’s explore the other half of the equation: exercise more. This of course leads to a series of questions. What type of exercise is best? How many times a week should I exercise? How long should I exercise?

Some people say “aerobic” is best. Some say weight lifting. Others say yoga, or interval training, and still others say high intensity training. Some tell you to do a different type of exercise every day for an hour. On the other spectrum some will tell you once to twice a week for fifteen to twenty minutes is all you need. You can see there is quite a variance in the answers.

To best understand any issue relating to health and nutrition I always ask one simple question. How is the body designed? When I discuss with clients what they should eat and what they should avoid I just don’t say “eat this and not that.” I explain to them how their body works and what the different foods will actually do in their body. When we understand how our body is designed to work it makes it much easier to determine what it needs and to separate myth from fact. Unfortunately in the world of health and nutrition there is a lot of myth and hype which is quite different than the facts.

Of course I am limited by the space of this article. Whole books have been written to address these questions and I’ve read quite a few of them! Recently I read one that I believe explains it the best – Body by Science by Doug McGuff, M.D. and John Little. With his medical background, Dr. McGuff understands how the body is designed and he uses this to explain the science of exercise.

My plan is to have several articles based on the book. I will use the remainder of this article to summarize the major points of the book. Future articles as noted below will be more in depth on specific topics. But in the mean time, if you are interested I’d encourage you to read the book sooner rather than later. It will likely change the way you think about exercise! Here is a quick summary of his major points:

1. Who can you trust? Most exercise testimonials and a fair amount of “research” is shall we say – slightly misleading and biased and does not address the true science of exercise.

2. Genetic expression plays a major role in our physical appearance. People can do similar types of exercise but in the end their genes determine how their physical activity is expressed in their body. I will have a separate article on this subject.

3. Being “fit” does not mean you are healthy.

4. High intensity training is his preferred method. It benefits both the aerobic and anaerobic energy pathways. Most “cardio” only works the aerobic pathway. The effectiveness of the exercise is all about hormones and blood glucose levels. High intensity training works the major muscle groups to exhaustion, uses up glucose, and encourages the body to burn fat and build muscle. I will have a future article about the “cardio myth.”

5. Fat metabolism and fat loss is also determined by hormone activity which is affected by the type of exercise. Hormones signal the body to burn fat and to store fat. Some exercise will produce the “burn” signal, others the “store” signal. I will have a future article about fat metabolism.

6. Exercising once to twice per week for 15 to 20 minutes when done according to his methodology is all you need to properly engage your body and manage the body building and fat burning hormones.

As you know from past articles I am also a big believer in “walking the talk.” I have found a local trainer who follows the basic principles as outlined in the book and began training several weeks ago. In one month I have already noticed several significant changes. I will keep you posted on that as well.

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.

January 2015 Newsletter – Start the Year with a Cleanse Plus: Purify the Body, Mind, and Soul and begin a Smart Exercise Program

Wow! That’s a long title for the newsletter, but it reflects all the new and important information I have to share with you. Remember last summer when I had lots of new stuff – well here we go again! Round Two! There is so much to share, so as I did last summer I’ll preview it here and provide the details over the next few months.

Before we get to the new stuff it is important to remember the basics. The best way to start off the New Year is to get back on track from the Holidays. Drop those few extra pounds and cleanse the body with the 21 Day Purification Program. I’ll be starting it myself next Tuesday (one last holiday dinner on Monday night!). See below for the details of the special offer.

Not sure if you need to the cleanse or not? Well, take this quick questionnaire to see: http://brwellness.com/docs/toxicity_questionnaire.pdf

Above, I also mentioned purifying the mind and soul, and starting a smart exercise program. I had some time at the end of the year to catch up on my reading. Two books had significant impact – Body by Science by Doug McGuff, MD and John Little and The Emotion Code by Dr. Bradley Nelson. I’ll tell you more about them below.

But for those who can’t wait here’s a quick summary.

1. Do the 21 Day Purification Program and take advantage of the group incentive!

2. Read the book Body by Science to learn how exercise impacts the body.

3. Read the book The Emotion Code to learn how to “release your trapped emotions for abundant health, love and happiness.” (That’s on the book’s cover.)

Of course if you do not have time to read the books, no problem as those will be my topics over the next few months!

One last note – unfortunately there is a January 1 price increase on many Standard Process products – anywhere from $.50 to $2.00. I will sell my existing inventory at the old prices, so if you need some supplements let me know so you can take advantage of the old prices.


Cleanse Special Offer

I have a special offer this month. It’s a group incentive and here’s how it works. For anyone who purchases the 21 Day Purification Program in January, I will put $1 into the pot. At the end of the month everyone who does the cleanse will get a future product discount based on how many people participate. For example, if 15 people do the cleanse, everyone will get $15 off their next supplement purchase. And an FYI – there are already 6 people on board from the pre-announcement!

If you are interested in participating please call or e-mail so we can arrange for you to pick up your kit!


Body by Science

In the past I’ve written a few articles about exercise. I’ve told you about PACE and PACE Express from Dr. Sears, BurstFit by Dr. Axe, and the Xiser stepper to name a few. All of these techniques are similar in they promote what is called “burst training” or “sprint training” and now “HIT” (high intensity training). All work off a similar premise – the human body was not designed to run a marathon and the average person does not have to spend hours upon hours exercising to get in shape.

In fact, they even boldly state that being fit is not necessarily the same as being healthy and that many people over-exercise which has negative impacts on their health. This has been my experience with many of my clients. They come to me and say, “I don’t get it. I work out every day with my trainer and I keep gaining weight.”

Body by Science explains all the whys behind this. It provides the research and the science behind how exercise impacts the body. Over the next few months I will share this information with you. If you can’t wait, here’s a link to the web site: http://www.bodybyscience.net/home.html/. There are videos, blogs, and other helpful information. I highly recommend it.


The Emotion Code

As many of you are aware, there is more to the body than just the pure physical – there is the emotional and the spiritual as well. True health is not only a healthy body, but also a healthy mind and soul. There is a wide source of literature and studies supporting the role of emotion in our health. It is the basis for a variety of “energetic medicine” type practices.

The Emotion Code focuses on Dr. Bradley Nelson’s work with his chiropractic patients not only on their physical level, but on their emotional (and spiritual) level as well. He has found how emotions create the physical symptoms of his patients and by clearing the emotions the patient returns to health.

The book explains it all and gives the reader the tools to release their trapped emotions. Here’s a link to his website for more information. Warning – he’s selling all kinds of stuff which is usually a red flag for me, but all you really need is the book – so if you’re interested just start there before you go crazy buying stuff!!

And, over the next few months I’ll offer more insight in the newsletters as well. Here’s the link: http://www.healerslibrary.com/

Happy New Year! My best wishes to you, your family, and your loved ones for a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year!

Bernie

The Strong Link Between Nutrition and Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Have you ever wondered why there seem to be so many advertisements for erectile dysfunction (ED) medication – Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra – on television and in the magazines you are reading? I did, and began an investigation that would ultimately become my Doctoral dissertation. The reason is quite simple – there is a lot of erectile dysfunction (ED). Over 30 million men in the United States suffer from it. ED affects over 50% of men between the ages of 40 and 70 and the incidence of complete ED triples between those ages. Even more disconcerting, experts expect cases of ED to more than double over the next 25 years.

Erectile dysfunction imposes significant social costs. It impacts a man’s satisfaction with his life and his relationship with others. Studies show that sexual intimacy is desired by older adults. A study in 29 countries consisting of 27,000 men and women aged 40 to 80 found less than 20% of the respondents agreed with the statement “older people no longer want sex”. Due to the rising incidence of erectile dysfunction many couples will not be able to enjoy healthy sexual relations in their later years.

Why is erectile dysfunction on the rise? Many researchers, including me, believe it is a direct result of poor dietary habits and lifestyle choices. For many years it was thought that ED was mostly psychological, but recent studies have shown that over 80% of ED is due to physical causes. For the erectile process to function correctly several systems of the body need to be healthy – blood needs to be flowing smoothly and unobstructed throughout the body, nerves need to be firing and sending messages between the brain and the relevant body parts, and libido needs to be present to encourage sexual interest. All of these systems require proper nutrition to correctly function.

To better understand the causes of ED we can look at the scientifically documented risk factors. Risk factors related to lifestyle choices include alcohol consumption, diet, hormone levels, inflammation, obesity, sedentary (lack of exercise) lifestyle, cholesterol levels, use of prescription drugs, tobacco smoking, stress, and (yes) motorcycling. There is also a strong association between ED and the medical diagnoses of depression, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). Studies show that most men with ED suffer from these conditions which are often a direct result of the same lifestyle choice risk factors previously listed. In fact, the connection has been made that ED is often a warning sign for cardiovascular disease.

So, how is this all related to diet and nutrition? For the body to operate optimally it needs the right nutrients. Many studies have shown the connection between a poor diet and all the risk factors and conditions listed above. Diets that are high in sugars, refined grains, processed meat and dairy; while low in fruits, vegetables, protein and healthy fats produce these conditions. Once men are placed on healthier diets, their symptoms of ED are reduced and often completely eliminated. Through proper nutrition, regular exercise, and sometimes with the help of specific supplements proper erectile functioning can be restored.

Many people will ask, “What’s wrong with using medications”? My answer is while the medications will work in most cases, there are side effects, some of which can be quite dangerous. But even more important, the medication is not repairing the underlying condition. Erectile dysfunction is your body telling you that something is not quite right and needs your attention. It is your warning sign to take action before a more serious or life threatening event occurs.

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. He is an expert in the field of Nutrition and Erectile Dysfunction. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.