Monthly Archives: November 2013

Thanks for the Wonderful Thank You

At Thanksgiving I like to pause and take time to reflect on what I am thankful for. While there is the obvious of good health and family, there was more this year. On Thanksgiving I received one of the nicest “thank you”/testimonials that I have ever received during all my years of practice. What made it special was it was not from what I would consider a client, but rather from someone who attended a single workshop last year. Meet Paula G. She writes about what happened to her in the last year since the workshop. I am thankful I am able to help people like here and I submit this letter not to boast, but in all humbleness.

Here it is:

11-28-13

Dear Dr. Rosen,

I’ve been wanting to write you for some time now. I want to share my health changes since attending your “Calories Are Bull$@%*” workshop at Field of Yoga on December 1, 2012. Since it’s the one year anniversary of my healthy eating journey, I thought I should just get this letter done.

I came to that workshop looking for ways to change my eating so I could lose weight and feel better. I was twenty pounds overweight and was taking cholesterol and blood pressure meds. I was exercising 6-8 hours a week and not losing weight. As a matter of fact, my waistline was continuing to expand. I felt bloated all the time, my knees hurt, I lived with constant muscle and joint pain, was tired most of the time and just didn’t feel good. Your workshop started with a description of my symptoms and the negative effects of statin drugs. Light bulbs were going on and bells were ringing. I knew I was in for an education that would totally change how I look at food and medication.

I made the commitment to change my eating and get off medications. I called my doctor and told her what I was doing and that I was going off my cholesterol meds immediately. This was strongly discouraged but I did it anyway, agreeing to come in at the end of three months to see how I was doing. Within three days I was eating non-processed, whole foods. No more cereal, hello protein shakes for breakfast. No more reduced fat diet food. Instead of focusing on what I couldn’t eat, I focused on what I could eat. I let myself have unlimited protein, fruits, and vegetables. I severely restricted carbs and sugars. I started reading nutrition and health books, including The Great Cholesterol Myth, Wheat Belly, Sugar Nation, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Grain Brain, and Salt Sugar Fat. I continued with my 6-8 hours of weekly exercise, adding the 5 Tibetans I learned at your workshop.

Many of my symptoms listed above were significantly improved within days. I was amazed at how fast the bloated feeling and knee pain went away. I started feeling better in general and the inches seemed to melt away. The weight came off slower at about two to four pounds a month but I felt so much better it didn’t matter. Other health changes I noticed include a clearer complexion, fewer headaches, no more joint pain and more energy than I have felt in years.

There were a few missteps with my medication and other health issues. At about week seven of healthy eating I developed diarrhea that lasted three months. I worked with a gastroenterologist who could find no reason for the on-going diarrhea. I was a day away from an exploratory scope when I was in for a cholesterol check with my regular doctor and I complained of low blood pressure. She agreed to stopping my blood pressure meds and I cancelled the scope for the next day. My digestive tract was completely normal within days. One med done! After 3 months of no simvastatin, my cholesterol numbers were terrible and I reluctantly agreed to go back on cholesterol meds. This time it was Crestor but only twice a week. My previous symptoms returned almost immediately. By this time I had lost 20 pounds and had been eating clean for six months. After a month on the Crestor my doctor agreed to another three month trial with no cholesterol meds. This time my numbers came back in very normal ranges.

So, where am I one year after starting this journey? I am down 20 pounds, no blood pressure or cholesterol meds, no knee, joint or muscle pain, only the occasional headache, my energy levels are good and my skin looks better than it has in years. I went from a size 12 to a size 6. And while I have not missed a single day of doing The 5 Tibetans, I still have gray hair. I love the way I eat now and plan to maintain it as a lifestyle.

I am so appreciative of the Calories Are Bull$%&* workshop. Your presentation changed my life. I am also very appreciative of Mary McInnis Meyer at Field of Yoga for her commitment to improving the lives of people in our community. You both are super stars!

Happy and Healthy,

Paula G

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.

November 2013 Newsletter – Meet Your “Horror-mones”

Meet Your Hormones – Learn About the Endocrine System

This month I begin my series of articles about hormones, or as one of my favorite clients refers to them as her “horror-mones.” The basic biology is the endocrine system is composed of glands that produce hormones. These biological agents pretty much control everything about us! I’ll leave it at that for now and encourage you to read the articles as I roll them out over the next few months!

On a local note I’d like to thank everyone who attended our introductory meeting for our local chapter of the Weston Price Foundation. The room at Slow Pokes was packed and unfortunately we were not able to accommodate everyone who expressed interest! Therefore, we have decided to have another introductory meeting later this month. I will send out an e-mail to announce that meeting.

Also on a local note my two part series called “From Head to Toe: What Your Body is Telling You” starts this Wednesday at the Mequon Rec Center. It is one of my favorite talks to give. There is still room to sign up and the event is free. For more information click here:
http://brwellness.blogspot.com/2013/03/rosen-wellness-2013-events.html

Meet Your Hormones – The Endocrine System – Part 1

Many experts would argue that among your body’s functional systems the most important is the endocrine system. It is composed of glands (the endocrine glands) that produce hormones that control everything that is happening in our body. So, it’s time to meet your hormones. Or, as one of my favorite clients called them: her “horror-mones!”

Hormones are very powerful biological chemicals that are produced in very small amounts by our endocrine glands. They are released into the blood stream and carried to specific cells where they initiate specific activities. They regulate, control, and coordinate all body functions. Many hormones are made at additional tissue sites as well as their “parent” gland. You can think of this as your body’s own inherent back-up system. They are powerful in very tiny amounts so their levels are precisely and carefully monitored and controlled by the body.

For the rest of the story click here: http://brwellness.blogspot.com/2013/11/meet-your-hormones-endocrine-system.html

Nutrition Turkeys

With Thanksgiving approaching, perhaps I can be among the first to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. If you’ve been reading the last few newsletters I’ve been talking about Weston Price and other early nutrition pioneers and linking to articles about them. I also have an article on two of the early “turkeys” of nutrition – yes the inventors of the Graham Cracker and Kellogg’s Cereal.

To read about these two nutrition “turkeys” click here: http://brwellness.blogspot.com/2010/02/nutrition-bad-guys-graham-and-kellogg.html

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.

Meet Your Hormones: The Endocrine System – Part 1

Many experts would argue that among your body’s functional systems the most important is the endocrine system. It is composed of glands (the endocrine glands) that produce hormones that control everything that is happening in our body. So, it’s time to meet your hormones. Or, as one of my favorite clients called them: her “horror-mones!”

Hormones are very powerful biological chemicals that are produced in very small amounts by our endocrine glands. They are released into the blood stream and carried to specific cells where they initiate specific activities. They regulate, control, and coordinate all body functions. Many hormones are made at additional tissue sites as well as their “parent” gland. You can think of this as your body’s own inherent back-up system. They are powerful in very tiny amounts so their levels are precisely and carefully monitored and controlled by the body.

Hormones from the different endocrine glands interact with each other in complex ways to coordinate the body’s systems. One of the best illustrations of this I have seen is from endocrinologist Dr. Henry Harrower. You can see this below or follow this link:

http://naturalhealthtechniques.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Harrowers_chart_Endocrine_Imbalance.gif

Proper nutrition is critical for the endocrine glands. Each of the major glands relies on a specific trace mineral to support its normal physiology and biochemistry. We consume these trace minerals when we eat real foods from both plant and animal sources. If we do not consume sufficient amounts of these minerals the glands will not function properly which will ultimately lead to a variety of symptoms in the body. More on this later when we look at each gland.

The endocrine gland and its associated trace mineral are as follows: pituitary (manganese); thyroid (iodine); adrenal (copper); pancreas (chromium); prostate/uterus (zinc); and testes/ovaries (selenium). The other major endocrine glands are the hypothalamus, pineal, parathyroid, thymus, and believe it or not – your fat cells.

A few more basics about hormones to provide you with additional background. On each human cell are receptor sites. You can think of these as ‘gates” located on the cell membrane that control the entry of hormones and other bio-chemicals into the cells. These receptors determine if and how effectively a hormone message is received.

There are a variety of scenarios in which these sites are not functioning optimally. They can become “resistant” to the hormone meaning more of the hormone is required to deliver the message. You may have heard of the term “insulin resistance” a condition that often precedes diabetes. In other cases an excess of one hormone may block the gate of another, or another substance may mimic a hormone and block a receptor site (this is called a xenohormone).

Hormones exist in two formats in the blood stream. Protein-bound hormones are considered inactive (as they are bound to a protein). “Free” hormones are the active form that is able to bind to cell receptors and initiate the cellular response.

The main control of the endocrine system rests in the hypothalamus-pituitary axis (or H-P axis). The hypothalamus is part of the limbic system so it is in the brain and receives information which it relays to the pituitary. The pituitary is also known as “the master gland” because it sends information to all the endocrine glands based on what it has learned from the hypothalamus.

In Part 2 of this article we will take a brief look at each gland, the hormone(s) it produces, and the basic function of those hormones.

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.