Monthly Archives: June 2010

Man Eating Plants?

Several months ago I attended the Weston Price Foundation annual conference and spent a very interesting day on the learning tract entitled “plant toxins”. While we are not exactly dealing with Audrey II the man eating plant of the Little Shop of Horrors, there is definitely some very important and useful information to understand about naturally occurring chemicals in plants that may be toxic to some people. Think about it – a plant is a living being and just like you and I, wants to survive. Therefore, it has some built in mechanisms to do so.

Nature has placed a variety of anti-nutritional factors and toxins in grains, nuts, seeds and beans for a variety of reasons. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Phytates are found in beans, grains, and seeds. Their primary function is to prevent premature sprouting. Ever wonder why we’ve found seeds that are thousands of years old, still intact, and able to grow plants from them? That’s why – the phytates have protected them from being “digested” and maturing. However, when we eat them, phytates that are still intact block proper absorption of many minerals, including zinc, calcium, and iron. So – while we are told that whole grains, nuts and seeds contain many valuable vitamins and minerals – our ability to digest and assimilate them is greatly diminished if the phytates are still present. This is why sprouting and fermentation are promoted to deactivate the phytates so the nutrients are available. And, this is why I encourage my clients to eat sprouted breads and fermented vegetables.

Protease inhibitors disrupt our ability to utilize the enzymes that help us digest protein. An example is trypsin, found in soybeans, other beans, grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables of the nightshade family (more about them later) and other fruits and vegetables. In most cases trypsin is neutralized by cooking, however not in the case of the soybean. So – while we are told that soy is an excellent source of protein – the actual truth is that it is difficult to digest and when mixed with other proteins (“protein shakes” or “health bars”) it is also inhibiting the digestion of those proteins. As I like to say, “It is not what happens in a test tube, but what happens in your body.” This is only one of the reasons why soy is not a health food despite what the food manufacturers tell you!

Back to the nightshade family. This includes white potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. These foods have been linked to muscle pain and tightness, morning stiffness, poor healing, arthritis, insomnia, heart burn and gall bladder problems. Many people have eliminated the above symptoms by removing nightshades from their diet. The reason behind this – nightshades contain calcitriol, the most active form of Vitamin D. To make a long story short, calcitriol signals the intestines to absorb calcium from the diet. If we have too much it leads to high blood calcium. The quick and easy solution for the body is to store the extra calcium in the soft tissues. Overtime these deposits build up, a condition known as calcinosis. Rather than your joints wearing out (the common view of osteoarthritis) perhaps the truth is that the cartilage is being slowly calcified?

One last plant toxin – oxalates – the salt form of oxalic acid. Again, I’ll get right to the point. Oxalates inhibit the absorption of calcium and represent about 80% of all kidney stone issues. Oxalates are found in a variety of plant foods, but the highest sources are in soy protein, spinach, peppercorns, and peanuts. Please note that cooking does not destroy oxalates, although they will reduce them slightly. This is another reason to avoid soy and why I recommend that spinach be cooked and not consumed as a large salad. One of the doctors at the conference told the story of another doctor who decided to eat healthy. Part of his plan was to have a large spinach salad every day for lunch. Within two months, he had developed severe kidney stones!

So where am I going with all of this? We are all individuals and all react differently to food. However, there are times when we think we are eating healthy foods, yet still seem to have discomfort, gas, indigestion, or a variety of other symptoms. It is at those times when we need to look really closely to see if there is something in the diet that is at the root cause.

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 Thiensville, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to http://www.brwellness.com/.

USDA Dietary Guidelines for 2010 – Press Release from the Weston Price Foundation

PRESS RELEASE

PROPOSED 2010 USDA DIETARY GUIDELINES –A RECIPE FOR CHRONIC DISEASE

Weston A. Price Foundation Proposes a Return to Four Basic Groups of Nutrient-Dense Foods

WASHINGTON, DC, June 21, 2010: The proposed 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines are a recipe for infertility, learning problems in children and increased chronic disease in all age groups according to Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation.

“The proposed 2010 Dietary Guidelines perpetuate the mistakes of previous guidelines in demonizing saturated fats and animal foods rich in saturated fatty acids such as egg yolks, butter, whole milk, cheese, fatty meats like bacon and animal fats for cooking. The current obesity epidemic emerged as vegetable oils and refined carbohydrates replaced these healthy, nutrient-dense traditional fats. Animal fats supply many essential nutrients that are difficult to obtain from other sources,” explains Fallon Morell.

“The revised Guidelines recommend even more stringent reductions in animal fats and cholesterol than previous versions,” says Fallon Morell, “and are tantamount to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. While the ship of state sinks under the weight of a crippling health care burden, the Committee members are giving us more of the same disastrous advice. These are unscientific and grossly deficient dietary recommendations.”

The Weston A. Price Foundation is a non-profit nutrition education foundation with no ties to the government or food processing industries. Named for Dr. Weston A. Price, whose pioneering research discovered the vital importance of animal fats in human diets, the Foundation has warned against the dangers of lowfat and plant-based diets.

“Basic biochemistry shows that the human body has a very high requirement for saturated fats in all cell membranes; if we do not eat saturated fats, the body will simply make them from carbohydrates, but excess carbohydrate increases blood levels of triglyceride and small, dense LDL, and compromises blood vessel function,” says Fallon Morell. “Moreover, high-carbohydrate diets do not satisfy the appetite as well as diets rich in traditional fats, leading to higher caloric intakes and often to bingeing and splurging on empty foods, resulting in rapid weight gain and chronic disease.”

The proposed guidelines will perpetuate existing nutrient deficiencies present in all American population groups, including deficiencies in vitamins A and D found in animal fats, vitamins B12 and B6 found in animal foods, as well as minerals like calcium and phosphorus, which require vitamins A and D for assimilation. Moreover, low intakes of vitamin K2, are associated with increased risk of heart disease and cancer. The main sources of vitamin K2 available to Americans are egg yolks and full-fat cheese. Incredibly, the Guidelines single out cheese as an unhealthy food!

Fallon Morell notes that by restricting healthy animal fats in school lunches and diets for pregnant women and growing children, the Guidelines will accelerate the tragic epidemic of learning and behavior disorders. The nutrients found most abundantly in animal fats and organ meats-including choline, cholesterol and arachidonic acid-are critical for the development of the brain and the function of receptors that modulate thinking and behavior. Studies show that choline helps the brain make critical connections and protects against neurotoxins; animal studies suggest that if choline is abundant during developmental years, the individual is protected for life from developmental decline. The National Academy of Sciences recommends 375 mg per day for children nine through thirteen years of age, 450 mg for pregnant women and 550 mg for lactating women and men aged fourteen and older. These amounts are provided by four or five egg yolks per day-but that would entail consuming 800-1000 mg cholesterol, a crime by USDA standards. In their deliberations, the committee referred to this as the “choline problem.” Pregnant women and growing children especially need to eat as many egg yolks as possible-yet the Guidelines demonize this nutrient-dense food.

The Guidelines lump trans fats together with saturated fats-calling them Solid Fats-thereby hiding the difference between unhealthy industrial trans fats and healthy traditional saturated fats. Trans fats contribute to inflammation, depress the immune system, interfere with hormone production, and set up pathological conditions leading to cancer and heart disease, whereas saturated fats fight inflammation, support the immune system, support hormone production and protect against cancer and heart disease.

The vitamins and fatty acids carried uniquely in saturated animal fats are critical to reproduction. The Weston A. Price Foundation warns that the 2010 Guidelines will increase infertility in this country, already at tragically high rates.

“The 2010 proposed Guidelines represent a national scandal, the triumph of industry clout over good science and common sense,” says Fallon Morell. “It must be emphasized that the Guidelines are not based on science but are designed to promote the products of commodity agriculture and-through the back door-encourage the consumption of processed foods. For while the USDA food police pay lip service to reducing our intake of refined sweeteners, trans fats, white flour and salt, this puritanical low-fat prescription ultimately leads to cravings for chips, sweets, sodas, breads, desserts and other empty food-and-beverage-like products just loaded with refined sweeteners, trans fats, white flour and salt.”

The Weston A. Price Foundation proposes alternative Healthy 4 Life Dietary Guidelines, which harkens back to the traditional four basic food groups, but with a renewed emphasis on quality through a return to pasture-based feeding and organic, pesticide-free production methods:

Every day, eat high quality, whole foods to provide an abundance of nutrients, chosen from each of the following four groups:

ANIMAL FOODS: meat and organ meats, poultry, and eggs from pastured animals; fish and shellfish; whole raw cheese, milk and other dairy products from pastured animals; and broth made from animal bones.

GRAINS, LEGUMES AND NUTS: whole-grain baked goods, breakfast porridges, whole grain rice; beans and lentils; peanuts, cashews and nuts, properly prepared to improve digestibility.

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES: preferably fresh or frozen, preferably locally grown, either raw, cooked or in soups and stews, and also as lacto-fermented condiments.

FATS AND OILS: unrefined saturated and monounsaturated fats including butter, lard, tallow and other animal fats; palm oil and coconut oil; olive oil; cod liver oil for vitamins A and D.

AVOID: foods containing refined sweeteners such as candies, sodas, cookies, cakes, etc.; white flour products such as pasta and white bread; processed foods; modern soy foods; polyunsaturated and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and fried foods.

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The Weston A. Price Foundation is a 501C3 nutrition education foundation with the mission of disseminating accurate, science-based information on diet and health. Named after nutrition pioneer Weston A. Price, DDS, author of Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, the Washington, DC-based Foundation publishes a quarterly journal for its 13,000 members, supports 450 local chapters worldwide and hosts a yearly International conference. The Foundation headquarters phone number is (202) 363-4394, www.westonaprice.org, info@westonaprice.org.

CONTACT: Kimberly Hartke, Publicist
Home office 703-860-2711 cell 703-675-5557
press@westonaprice.org

Here’s the additional info they sent along with the Press Release:

USDA has issued draft Dietary Guidelines for 2010. Rather than correct its anti-saturated fat and anti-cholesterol position, which has led to an epidemic of disease in this country, the new Guidelines are worse than ever, with more stringent restriction of saturated fat (7 percent of total calories, down from 10 percent) and cholesterol consumption of less than 300 mg per day (less than 200 mg for those with risk factors for heart disease or diabetes–one egg contains about 245 mg cholesterol), and reduction of salt intake from 2.3 grams to 1.5 grams (about one-fourth teaspoon).

The guidelines sweep the dangers of trans fat under the rug by lumping them with saturated fats, using the term “solid fats” for both, promote an increase in difficult-to-digest whole grains, and recommend lean meats and lowfat dairy products. Cheese is specifically singled out for avoidance because of its high “solid fat” content. Since, as the Committee admits, no one follows earlier versions of the Guidelines, it is recommending a focus on “actions needed to successfully implement” key recommendations, in other words on how to force people to eat in this highly deficient and grossly unsatisfying way.

ACTIONS TO TAKE

1. Please take time during this week to post a comment at the USDA website. Go to www.dietaryguidelines.gov and scroll down to “SUBMIT Written Comments.” It is particularly important to describe any adverse health effects you or family members have suffered by following earlier versions of the Guidelines. You may also want to use any of the talking points listed below.

2. Please also EMAIL your comments to your Senators and Representative in Congress. Let them know that USDA’s formulation of dietary guidelines is a complete waste of taxpayer money and has resulted in a health crisis of epidemic proportions, especially in our children. It would be good also to PHONE your elected officials as well. For congressional contact information, go to www.house.gov and www.senate.gov.

3. If you live near Washington, DC, consider attending the public hearings at USDA on July 8. You can sign up to give an oral presentation (as I will do) or simply attend to show support. To sign up for attending the meeting, go to www.dietaryguidelines.gov and scroll down to “Meeting Registration/Oral Testimony.”

4. Please send out the Press Release below to your local newspaper and radio shows. You may add your own contact information to that of our publicist Kimberly Hartke. In addition, you may add a paragraph to the press release about how the USDA dietary guidelines adversely affected your own health and that of your family.

5.Please broadcast this action alert to other groups. Let’s create a tidal wave of outrage!

TALKING POINTS

1. The proposed 2010 Dietary Guidelines perpetuate the mistakes of previous guidelines in demonizing saturated fats and animal foods rich in saturated fatty acids such as egg yolks, butter, whole milk, cheese, fatty meats like bacon and animal fats for cooking. The current obesity epidemic emerged as vegetable oils and refined carbohydrates replaced these healthy, nutrient-dense traditional fats. Animal fats supply many essential nutrients that are difficult to obtain from other sources.

2. When a healthy food like cheese is singled out as a food to be avoided, there must be something wrong with the premises on which the guidelines are based.

3. Basic biochemistry shows that the human body has a very high requirement for saturated fats in all cell membranes; if we do not eat saturated fats, the body will simply make them from carbohydrates. But excess carbohydrate increases blood levels of triglyceride and small, dense LDL, and compromises blood vessel function. Moreover, high-carbohydrate diets do not satisfy the appetite as well as diets rich in traditional fats, leading to higher caloric intakes and often to bingeing and splurging on empty foods, resulting in rapid weight gain and chronic disease.

4. The proposed guidelines will perpetuate existing nutrient deficiencies present in all American population groups, including deficiencies in vitamins A and D found in animal fats, vitamins B12 and B6 found in animal foods, as well as minerals like calcium and phosphorus, which require vitamins A and D for assimilation. Moreover, low intakes of vitamin K2, are associated with increased risk of heart disease and cancer. The main sources of vitamin K2 available to Americans are egg yolks and full-fat cheese.

5. By restricting healthy animal fats in school lunches and diets for pregnant women and growing children, the Guidelines will perpetuate the tragic epidemic of learning and behavior disorders. The nutrients found most abundantly in animal fats and organ meats-including choline, cholesterol and arachidonic acid-are critical for the development of the brain and the function of receptors that modulate thinking and behavior. Studies show that choline helps the brain make critical connections and protects against neurotoxins; animal studies suggest that if choline is abundant during developmental years, the individual is protected for life from developmental decline.

6. The National Academy of Sciences recommends 375 mg of choline per day for children nine through thirteen years of age, 450 mg for pregnant women and 550 mg for lactating women and men aged fourteen and older. These amounts are provided by four or five egg yolks per day-but that would entail consuming 800-1000 mg cholesterol, a crime by USDA standards. The committee referred to this as the “choline problem.” Pregnant women and growing children especially need to eat as many egg yolks as possible-yet the Guidelines demonize this nutrient-dense food.

7. The Guidelines lump trans fats together with saturated fats-calling them Solid Fats-thereby hiding the difference between unhealthy industrial trans fats and healthy traditional saturated fats. Trans fats contribute to inflammation, depress the immune system, interfere with hormone production, and set up pathological conditions leading to cancer and heart disease, whereas saturated fats fight inflammation, support the immune system, support hormone production and protect against cancer and heart disease.

8. The vitamins and fatty acids carried uniquely in saturated animal fats are critical to reproduction. The 2010 Guidelines will increase infertility in this country, already at tragically high rates.

9. The Guidelines are not based on science but are designed to promote the products of commodity agriculture and-through the back door-encourage the consumption of processed foods.

10. The Guidelines promote the consumption of whole grains, which can contribute to digestive disorders unless properly prepared.

11. The Guidelines completely avoid mentioning blood sugar problems caused by a diet high in carbohydrates and low in fat; the diet is particularly dangerous for those suffering from diabetes or hypoglycemia, since fats help regulate blood sugar levels. Many people have difficulty concentrating or can even suffer from seizures on a diet too low in fat.

12. The Guidelines urge salt restriction, which will lead to an increased use of artificial flavors like MSG in processed foods.

13. The Guidelines should be scrapped and the committee members should be replaced with individuals who have no ties to the food processing industry or to universities that accept funding from the food processing industry.

Lose Weight, Feel Better, Sleep Better, Look Better with Real Food!

Want to drop a few pounds, feel better, sleep better, look better and eat real food?

TWO WEEK SUGAR DETOX DIET

Then try my brand new two week sugar detox diet. Two weeks of wonderful meals from real foods! You get a day by day plan of what to eat and when to eat along with weekly shopping lists and recipes. Nice and easy!

Here’s what a sample day of eating looks like:
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Before Breakfast
– 8 oz water with juice of ½ of a lemon
-8 oz water

Breakfast
-2 eggs scrambled with mushrooms and peppers
-8 oz water

Snack Around 10:00
-1 apple

Before Lunch
-8 oz water

Lunch
-Large mixed greens salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers topped with leftover turkey and vinaigrette dressing

Between Lunch & Snack
-2 8 oz glasses water

Snack Around 3:30
-1 orange or 2 Clementines

Between Snack and Dinner
-8 oz water

Dinner
-Grilled sirloin steaks with sautéed garlic, onions, and peppers with a small baked sweet potato with real butter and a salad with vinaigrette dressing.

Evening
– 8 oz water

NOTES: For breakfast, sauté the veggies first in a little olive oil, set them aside. Then scramble your eggs. When your eggs are done, add the veggies back in. Use sea salt and pepper if you want.

A serving of sirloin steak for you is 4 oz. (about the size of the palm of your hand).

Feel free to top your potato with butter. DO not use margarine.
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That doesn’t look too hard now does it?

So, get on the ball, get ready for the beach, and give me a call or e-mail to get on the plan!
phone: 262-389-9907
e-mail: bernie@brwellness.com

To your health,
Bernie

When Healing Becomes a Crime

One of the first books I read during my holistic nutrition training and a real eye opener.  This book tells the story of the Hoxsey Cancer Clinics and how many people were cured from cancer through alternative therapies.  What becomes equally intriguing to the cancer cure is the surrounding politics and the detailed story of the rise of the American Medical Association and the subsequent politics of that.  There is also a DVD that tells the story as well.  If you are interested in cures for cancer and medical politics this is the book for you!

Herbal Supplement and Heart Drug Interactions to Beware Of

Beware of the following heart-disease and herbal supplement interactions according to the Mayo Clinic:

Ginseng with Warfarin (decreases the drug’s effectiveness), Antidiabetes meds (increases chances of having dangerously low blood sugar levels), and Digoxin (interfers with Digoxin test results by leading to false, increased levels)

Hawthorn with Digoxin (increases the drug’s effect)

Ginkgo Biloba with Aspirin (increases risk of bleeding), Warfarin (decreases the drug’s effectiveness), and Antidiabetes meds (increases chances of having dangerously low blood sugar levels)

Saw Palmetto with Warfarin (increases risk of bleeding)

Echinacea with Statins (increases risk of liver damage)

Garlic with Aspirin and Warfarin (increases risk of bleeding)

Primal Body – Primal Mind

I just finished this book a couple of months ago and it is one of my favorites.  It is consistent with how I l have come to look at the subject of health and wellness.  The subtitle says it all “Empower your total health the way evolution intended (and didn’t).”  Quite simply – how was the human being designed?  What did we do?  What was there for us to eat?  Some pretty simple questions with simple answers – no processed foods, no added sugars, exercise was a way of life and for life, not for competitions.  It is a fast and interesting read – highly recommended.

The Gut Flush

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 critter 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 – namely parasites, yeast, or other bacteria that are taking over your body and causing you a variety of symptoms.  Here’s a list of some of the typical symptoms associated:

Constipation, Diarrhea, Gas and bloating, Irritable bowel syndrome, Joint and muscle aches and pains, Anemia, Allergy, Skin conditions, Granulomas, Nervousness, Sleep disturbances, Teeth grinding, Chronic fatigue, Immune dysfunction.  I’ve even had clients diagnosed with Crohn’s and we discovered parasites and now they are healing their digestive tracts and getting healthier.

In the Gut Flush Plan, Ann Louise Gittleman tells you how to get rid of them!  I’ve used it with several clients, and all with great success. 

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration

The classic book by Dr. Weston A. Price, the first book I read as I started to study nutrition, which brought on my observation: “They knew this in the 1930’s!”  What did they know?  That our modern Western diet was causing increases in all forms of disease and ultimately killing us.  This book details Dr. Price’s world travels where he visited “primitive” people who for some strange reason were perfectly healthy and had perfect teeth.  You see, Dr. Price was a dentist, and he was wondering why he was seeing a big increase in cavities (the most basic disease) along with crooked teeth and not enough space for teeth to come in (perhaps why Orthodontics is so prevalent today).  Dr. Price tells us what they were eating, why it is healthy, and surpirse – that it is quite different than the modern diet.