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Book Review: I Used to Have Cancer by James Templeton – Highly Recommended

One of the most inspiring books I recently read was James Templeton’s I Used to Have Cancer: How I Found My Own Way Back to Health. What makes it more special is that James is a personal friend of mine and until reading the book I only knew parts of his story, not the entirety. It offers his experiences and thoughts but also recognizes all cases are different. It does not make false promises, it offers suggestions from his experience – what he did while he was fighting cancer and what he would consider now with what he has learned since.

I strongly encourage you to read it and share it.

Here’s the summary from the publisher:

By all standards of success, James Templeton seemed to have it all. He was a highly
successful businessman, had a beautiful wife and daughter, and, only in his early
thirties, had his whole life in front of him. To avoid the same fate as his father and
grandfather, who both died of heart attacks at a young age, James became an avid
runner—a passion that he believed helped him stay fit and healthy. Imagine his shock
when, during a routine physical, his doctor noticed a mole on his body that turned
out to be a melanoma—a dangerous form of skin cancer. The mole was removed
immediately and James, who was diligent in his follow-up exams, appeared to be
cancer-free—but only for a short while. When the cancer reappeared and had spread,
on the advice of his doctor, James followed the conventional medical protocol, which
included surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. He was also involved in a clinical trial.
When he learned that the treatments weren’t working, James was obviously devastated.
He had reached a new low point in his life, and as he lay in the hospital bed, he
prayed fervently for help. As if by some miracle, help came to James in the form
of three different visitors who would change the course of his life—and help direct
him on a path back to health.

I Used to Have Cancer is James Templeton’s memoir—an inspiring look back at his
unique journey in overcoming stage 4 melanoma. James takes you with him on a
trip crisscrossing America, during which he shares the various natural approaches he
followed to battle his cancer—from diet and supplements to meditation and lifestyle
adjustments. As his journey continued, you will see first-hand how James’ definition
of success changed from making money to seeing the next sunrise. And how he
continues finding success by reaching out to others to share the lessons he has learned.
While this book largely focuses on the various methods James used to overcome
his own cancer, it is also an inspiring story of not giving up when all other avenues of
conventional medicine fail. It is about taking control of your life and finding a way back
from the brink of death. It is about being able to tell your friends, “I used to have cancer.”

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New Service Offering – EMF Home and Office Evaluation

We are pleased to announce a new service offering from Rosen Wellness – EMF Home and Office Evaluation.

With the introduction of the new 5G technology, the safety of EMFs particularly as related to wireless and cell phone technology, is once again making headline news across the natural health media and even the main-stream media.

Health professionals around the world have seen an explosion of cases of mysterious symptoms – insomnia, infertility, headaches, weight gain, depression, fatigue, brain fog and many other complaints. These symptoms remain unresolved, even with diet, exercise, and supplement protocols.

It is becoming widely accepted that EMF radiation from cell phones, WiFi, Bluetooth, and other “smart” devices is likely either a factor or the root cause of these health issues.

While it is virtually impossible in today’s world to completely avoid EMFs, there are many ways to reduce your personal exposure to these potential health hazards.

Our EMF Home and Office Evaluation is designed to:

  1. Identify sources of excessive levels of EMFs.
  2. Recommend ways to eliminate, reduce, and/or shield from these sources.
  3. Provide products to reduce and/or shield from these sources.

We will check your Home and/or Office for three types of EMFs. Radio Frequencies – WiFi, Cellular, Bluetooth, Cordless phones, microwave ovens, other “smart” devices. Magnetic Fields – AC power lines, fuse boxes, major appliances. Electric Fields – power outlets, internal power lines.

The cost for the service is $250 per location (home or small business office) plus $50 per hour for each hour over two hours. Most location evaluations will be completed within two hours.

Newsletter May 2019: The Devil is in the Details

The inspiration for this month’s newsletter comes from two client experiences this past month which illustrate the importance of details when we face health challenges.

The first example is a client with a sensitivity to corn. I have had several clients with corn sensitivities in the past and with each one I learn more about the subtleties of this condition. It is very difficult to completely prevent corn from entering your body because it is hidden in different forms and derivatives in many foods, drinks, and consumer products. Note the terminology “entering your body” as opposed to “removing corn from your diet” because of its inclusion in consumer products such as toothpaste or deodorant.  In most cases it can be identified on product labels, but in other instances (such as alcoholic beverages) it is not required to be on the label due to various labeling laws.

The second example is a client with sensitivity to EMFs. I have devoted several recent articles and newsletters to the dangers of EMFs and the latest technology of 5G. This client’s experience indicates the impact EMF exposure can have when one is already health challenged.

I hope you find these two articles interesting and informative.

Corn: The Less Well Known Just as Serious Food Sensitivity

When you hear that someone has a food allergy or sensitivity what comes first to your mind? If you are like most people it is gluten, wheat, or perhaps dairy. Yet to many people, corn is equally problematic for two reasons – first, it is less known so not considered, and second, it generally acts more subtly.

I have several clients with corn sensitivities, and it is always a similar story – strange symptoms which no one can figure out, which go away when corn is completely removed from the diet. However, completely removing corn is a major challenge. My client correctly states that “corn is in everything.” Not only food and drinks, but consumer items such as toothpaste and deodorant.

I have a list that I provide for my clients of products that contain corn. Including: corn starch, corn syrup, corn meal, glucose, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, maltose, dextrins, cyclodextrins, maltodextrin, emulsifiers, lecithin, citric acid, lactic acid, sorbitol, mannitol, xantham gum, modified and unmodified starches, MSG, ethanol, and organic acids used in plastic.

Recently I have learned some more places where corn is hidden thanks to this recent correspondence from a client with a corn sensitivity:

“I just had a full circle/ ah HA moment and wanted to share with you… with the help of your guidance and knowledge (and internet) I came to realize Tito’s vodka, is 100% made of corn. I had 2 drinks this past weekend with Tito’s vodka, and have had some face issues. Nothing major just wasn’t as good as it was.”

To read the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1295.

Are EMFs Overloading Your System?

With the introduction of the new 5G technology, the safety of EMFs particularly as related to wireless and cell phone technology, is once again making headline news across the natural health media and even the main stream media. The wireless industry is encountering stiff resistance from local groups requesting that their local governments do not allow 5G installation until there are studies supporting safety. We are seeing many smaller towns and cities across the US, Europe, and throughout the world where these protests are taking place. Some municipalities are removing the WIFI from their schools. Earlier this month, the city of Brussels became the first major city to put a halt to the deployment of 5G.

For more information on this click here: http://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/12907/brussels-standards-must-be-adapted-to-enable-5g-deployment or here: https://www.worldhealth.net/news/brussels-first-major-city-halt-5g-due-health-effects/.

I would like to share a real-life client experience that occurred this past month. A client came in for a follow up appointment a couple of weeks ago. She reported that since her last appointment she noticed that she was not feeling well and had trouble sleeping. Like other clients, she concluded that it must be the new supplement causing the problem.

Under these circumstances during the muscle testing process I make sure to check if something new is present. And sure enough it was! For the first time ever with this client her body was suggesting EMF interference. Since it had never come up before I was a little surprised. So, I hesitatingly asked, “Has your exposure to EMFs increased recently?”

Her response, “Funny you should mention that. We recently put a new smart TV in the bedroom.” I asked, “When was that?”. The reply, “Right after my last appointment.” “Well, that is likely your problem,” I responded.

To read the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1300.

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Are EMFs Overloading Your System?

With the introduction of the new 5G technology, the safety of EMFs particularly as related to wireless and cell phone technology, is once again making headline news across the natural health media and even the main stream media. The wireless industry is encountering stiff resistance from local groups requesting that their local governments do not allow 5G installation until there are studies supporting safety. We are seeing many smaller towns and cities across the US, Europe, and throughout the world where these protests are taking place. Some municipalities are removing the WIFI from their schools. Earlier this month, the city of Brussels became the first major city to put a halt to the deployment of 5G.

For more information on this click here: http://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/12907/brussels-standards-must-be-adapted-to-enable-5g-deployment or here: https://www.worldhealth.net/news/brussels-first-major-city-halt-5g-due-health-effects/.

I would like to share a real-life client experience that occurred this past month. A client came in for a follow up appointment a couple of weeks ago. She reported that since her last appointment she noticed that she was not feeling well and had trouble sleeping. Like other clients, she concluded that it must be the new supplement causing the problem.

Under these circumstances during the muscle testing process I make sure to check if something new is present. And sure enough it was! For the first time ever with this client her body was suggesting EMF interference. Since it had never come up before I was a little surprised. So, I hesitatingly asked, “Has your exposure to EMFs increased recently?”

Her response, “Funny you should mention that. We recently put a new smart TV in the bedroom.” I asked, “When was that?”. The reply, “Right after my last appointment.” “Well, that is likely your problem,” I responded.

And it was! They turned off the WIFI and unplugged the TV that night and she reported her sleep improved. A couple of days later she reported that her husband had also installed 5G in the house at the same time! She was just in the office and reports that her sleep continues to improve.

So here is the case of someone who is already slightly compromised health-wise and the EMFs and 5G placed extra burden on her system that she could not handle.

While not everyone has reactions to EMFs to this extreme, there is sufficient evidence of their negative effect on our health. At this point you may be asking what you can do to best protect yourself and your family from these potentially harmful emissions. Yes, they are all around us – virtually everyone has a cell phone and a router in their home, but we can minimize our exposure.

The simplest thing to do is to turn your WIFI off at night when you are sleeping. Sleep is the time your body rests and repairs. The WIFI interferes with this process. Keep your cell phone at least six feet away from your body. If you can, put it on airplane mode. Unplug all other smart appliances that you do not need on during the night, particularly those in the bedroom. Consider wiring your house instead of using WIFI. As with my client, these few simple steps can make a big difference in your sleep and in your overall health and wellbeing.

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.

 

Corn: The Less Well Known Just as Serious Food Sensitivity

When you hear that someone has a food allergy or sensitivity what comes first to your mind? If you are like most people it is gluten, wheat, or perhaps dairy. Yet to many people, corn is equally problematic for two reasons – first, it is less known so not considered, and second, it generally acts more subtly.

This client testimonial pretty much sums it up:

“Nobody knows anything about this corn allergy, so I don’t really tell normal people who aren’t that educated in health and wellness/nutrition. My mom’s husband is a doctor (general practitioner) and he never had any clue as to what was wrong with me. Everyone just said it must be my anxiety which made me more anxious [but] I knew it was something else! 

I have to be so careful and can’t even eat anywhere but home since corn is in everything. I’m just so grateful that I understand what is happening with my body. That was super scary at times.

Thanks again 😊”

I have several clients with corn sensitivities, and it is always a similar story – strange symptoms which no one can figure out, which go away when corn is completely removed from the diet. However, completely removing corn is a major challenge. My client correctly states that “corn is in everything.” Not only food and drinks, but consumer items such as toothpaste and deodorant.

I have a list that I provide for my clients of products that contain corn. Including: corn starch, corn syrup, corn meal, glucose, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, maltose, dextrins, cyclodextrins, maltodextrin, emulsifiers, lecithin, citric acid, lactic acid, sorbitol, mannitol, xantham gum, modified and unmodified starches, MSG, ethanol, and organic acids used in plastic.

Recently I have learned some more places where corn is hidden thanks to this recent correspondence from a client with a corn sensitivity:

“I just had a full circle/ ah HA moment and wanted to share with you… with the help of your guidance and knowledge (and internet) I came to realize Tito’s vodka, is 100% made of corn. I had 2 drinks this past weekend with Tito’s vodka, and have had some face issues. Nothing major just wasn’t as good as it was.

Maybe a stupid email with just me ranting but wanted to share the fun facts that Tito’s is 100%… awful corn based. Shaking my head.”

This same client also discovered the hard way that some beers also have corn derivatives in them. She had some Blue Moon and her face broke out!

These stories have inspired me to write this article and do additional research into beers and vodkas that contain corn. Not that I am encouraging any one to consume alcohol, but it is a reality, and it is important to know this information. Most of us assume that beer is a wheat product and vodka is made from wheat, rye, or potato.

Vodka will be advertised as “gluten free” which is your first clue it may have corn. Among the most popular brands made from corn include the previously mentioned Tito’s, along with Deep Eddy and Smirnoff. Gluten free vodka may also be made from potatoes.  For a complete list of gluten free vodkas click here: https://urbantastebud.com/gluten-free-vodka-list/.

Now let’s look at beer. You will find “gluten free” beer advertised as well for those with gluten sensitivities, but no mention of “corn free”.  If you watched the Super Bowl this year you noticed that Bud Light was attacking MillerCoors for using corn syrup. Although Bud Light does not use corn syrup they do use Dextrose which is a corn derivative! Nothing like advertising!!

Beer companies are not required to list all the ingredients on the label, so until a few years ago much of this was not publicly known. In response to a food activist creating an online petition and publicizing the ingredient controversy, Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors began to publish their ingredients online revealing that some beers contain corn syrup (GMO), high fructose corn syrup, sucrose (sugar), caramel color, artificial flavors, natural flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, and other additives.

Here are some of the corn derivatives found in specific brands:

  • High Fructose Corn Syrup (Guinness – unable to provide an affidavit for non-GMO proof)
  • Corn syrup (Miller Light, Coors, Corona, Fosters, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Red Stripe)
  • Dextrose (Budweiser, Bud Light, Busch Light, Michelob Ultra)
  • Corn (Red Stripe, Miller Coors Brand, Anheuser-Busch Brands)

For the full article Why Ingredients in Beer Matter – And What Beer Companies Aren’t Telling You click here: https://foodbabe.com/why-ingredients-in-beer-matter-and-what-beer-companies-arent-telling-you/.

To learn more about corn and some of the other ingredients you may not appreciate being in your beer click here: https://foodbabe.com/the-shocking-ingredients-in-beer/.  One of these ingredients is a caramel coloring used in Newcastle (a UK brand) that has found to be carcinogenic.

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.

Newsletter April 2019: The Wonderful Weston A. Price Foundation

I have decided to devote this newsletter to the wonderful work of the Weston A. Price Foundation. I am one of the Co-Directors (with Susan Wichman and Laurie Meyer) of the Ozaukee/Washington County Chapter. The Foundation provides a plethora of helpful information on current topics affecting our health.   While the original work of Dr. Price focused mainly on food, the Foundation has expanded its areas of interest to include environmental issues, pesticides, vaccinations, and other controversial topics.

As we know good health starts at the farm or ranch with healthy soil and healthy animals. The Weston A. Price Foundation helps citizens find food from chemical-free and pasture-based farms through its local chapter system.

The Foundation provides support to farmers who raise produce and pasture-fed meat, eggs, and dairy products.

All the information that the foundation provides is evidence-based.

For a quick review of the work of Dr. Weston A. Price click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1289

Click here for the Weston A. Price Foundation website: https://www.westonaprice.org/

I strongly urge you to become a member of the Foundation. For just $40 per year you receive a quarterly journal Wise Traditions with all their latest articles of interest. All the Journals are available online, but donations are still helpful and appreciated! Here’s a link to the Journals: https://www.westonaprice.org/category/journal/

Below are a few of the highlights from the most recent Wise Traditions, Winter 2018. I trust you will find them entertaining and enlightening!

The Crowd’s Dietary Wisdom

This may be my favorite article from this issue. The author, Tom Naughton, explains why we should listen to crowds, not experts! You will see how the “experts” believe they now best what is good for you and how they manipulate the uninformed to follow their point of view.

Several years ago, he directed the documentary Fat Head which I definitely encourage you to watch.

To read this article click here: https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/abcs-of-nutrition/the-dietary-wisdom-of-the-crowd/

Sunscreens: The Dark Side of Avoiding the Sun

This is another excellent article, especially as the weather (finally) turns warm. In this article Elizabeth Plourde enlightens us on the chemicals and nanoparticles in sunscreens. The widespread use of sunscreens has resulted not only in increased skin cancers but in contamination of the world’s water sources.

When Susana and I were in Australia at the Great Barrier Reef it was mandatory to wear a full wet suit when going in the water. The reason stated was to protect the reef from all the sunscreen. The chemicals are killing the ocean life. Makes you wonder what they might be doing to us!

To learn more click here: https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/environmental-toxins/sunscreens-the-dark-side-of-avoiding-the-sun/

Vaccinations

This is probably the one of the most divisive health issues confronting society today.  Whatever your view may be, I would recommend you to take a look at the Foundation’s new flyer devoted to this topic. It is a fact-based approach to the discussion looking at Myths and Facts about vaccinations, how to best build immunity, best practices if forced to vaccinate, and known harmful ingredients that are in vaccinations. Click here for the Vaccination Flyer: https://www.westonaprice.org/wp-content/uploads/VaccineFlyer2019.pdf

Who is Dr. Weston A. Price and What is the Weston Price Foundation?

I originally wrote the base of this article several years ago. Since then our local Chapter of the Weston Price Foundation is thriving and I believe his work and that of the Foundation is more important than ever. While the original work of Dr. Price focused primarily on food, he was interested in everything that impacts human health. The Foundation has expanded its areas of interest to include environmental issues, farming, pesticides, vaccinations, and other topics. It provides a plethora of helpful evidence-based information on current topics affecting our health.  I strongly encourage you to learn more about the Weston Price Foundation at www.westonaprice.org.

I am often asked by my clients or after a group presentation, “So, what do you eat?”  My answer – I follow the dietary guidelines of Weston Price.  Which of course leads to the next question, “Who is Weston Price?”

Weston A. Price was a pioneer in the world of nutrition.  He was a dentist from Cleveland, Ohio who lived from 1870-1948.  In the 1930s he began to notice an increase in cavities and crooked teeth in his patients.  Dental caries (cavities) happen to be the most basic form of disease common in humans, and often the first experienced.  Teeth come in crooked and/or crowded due to deformed dental arches causing insufficient space in the mouth for the teeth to come in correctly.

His mission – to discover what was causing the degeneration in dental health he was witnessing.  Coincidently, he repeatedly heard stories of isolated peoples in distant lands who supposedly had no cavities and perfectly straight teeth.  If this were so, then what he was experiencing in his practice could possibly be the result of nutritional deficiencies and not inherited genetic defects (the prevailing thought of the time).

Over the next ten years he traveled around the world to every continent (except Antarctica).  And what did he find?  When native people ate their traditional foods there were no cavities and perfectly straight teeth.  However, here’s what makes the study fascinating.  This was a time when our Western processed foods were just beginning to creep into these native cultures.  “Foods” such as canned milk and vegetables, white flour, and sugar were being introduced to those natives who wished to “modernize.”  This is critical because it allowed similar genes to be analyzed based on the nutritional quality of the diet.  What he found was that as the native people adopted a Western diet, they had more cavities and crooked, crowded teeth.  The more they abandoned their native diet, the worse their teeth were.  His travels are documented in his classic book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.  It contains many pictures and stories about what he encountered along the way.

The next question was – how did these diets differ?  What was in the native food that was not in the Western food?  Since he traveled all over the world he saw a wide variety of diets.  There were Eskimos that ate almost exclusively animal products; there were others who ate more grains and vegetables.  As a side note, he did not find any native diet that was strictly vegetarian; they all relied upon some animal foods for survival.

He took samples of their foods and brought them back to the United States to be analyzed.  What he found was that the diets of the isolated peoples in comparison to that of the American diet of the day contained at least four times the water soluble vitamins, calcium and other minerals, and at least TEN times the fat-soluble vitamins from animal foods such as butter, fish eggs, shellfish, organ meats, eggs, and animal fats! 

The specific nutrients in these foods are the fat soluble vitamins A and D, along with one that wasn’t yet identified.  Price called it “Activator X”, which we now understand is vitamin K.  These fat soluble vitamins are vital to health as they act as catalysts for mineral absorption and protein utilization.

For more information about our Ozaukee County Chapter or to be added to our e-mail list to be notified of future events e-mail us at wapfozwash@gmail.com

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

March 2019 Newsletter: March Madness – What’s the Right Diet for Me?

While filling out your NCAA Tournament Bracket can be challenging, nothing can be more maddening than trying to figure out your optimal diet. There are so many options and opinions, all claiming to be the best! The truth is that we are all different – different genes, different histories, different life circumstances, different metabolisms – and all these factors affect our health and what is the best diet for you. As a base line it is important to eat clean and healthy food, but after that the mixture of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats is not going to be the same for everyone.

One of the latest trending diets is the Keto Diet. At first all we heard was the successes, but now more and more nutritionists are writing about how it is not the perfect diet for everyone. In this month’s feature article, I offer my thoughts on the subject. See below for “To Keto or Not…That is the Question.”

Susana and I are just back from our trip to Australia. It was one of the most beautiful places we have visited. Charming cities, breath-taking landscapes, and wonderful people. If it is not on your bucket list you may want to reconsider!

Exciting news: I am making this one-time special offer for new clients to save $100 on their initial consult if they are referred by existing clients or readers of this newsletter! This offer is good for the month of March only. This is a great time for you to remind your loved ones, friends, and colleagues that you have encouraged to make an appointment, that NOW is the time!

To Keto or Not…That is The Question

It seems everybody is talking about the Keto Diet. You may have tried it yourself, or you may know someone who has tried it. It may have worked great or not. Any outcome is possible, as with all diets it is critical to remember we all have different body chemistries and what works for one could be difficult for someone else.

In this article we will look at the history of the Keto Diet, the positives, the negatives, and why it may or may not work for you. For the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1282

Additional Sources for Keto Diet Information

Here’s some additional sources for information on the Keto Diet:

This is one of my favorites that I have linked to in the past: https://www.dietdoctor.com/

This one from Harvard gives you the mainstream take on it, so I find that interesting: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/should-you-try-the-keto-diet

Here’s from Mr. BulletProof: https://blog.bulletproof.com/keto-diet-beginners-guide/

And here’s a couple from Ann Louise Gittleman: https://annlouise.com/2019/01/08/is-keto-actually-your-kryptonite-why-keto-doesnt-work-for-everyone/

And https://annlouise.com/2018/03/13/the-ketogenic-diets-fatal-flaw-the-con-of-going-keto/

And one last blog from James Templeton: https://unikeyhealth.com/blogs/health-keys/keto-craze-or-cure

Success Story – GI Upsets No More

“I have been suffering with GI upset for years and could never figure out what the problem was. I tried giving up certain foods that I thought were the source of the problem however I continued to run to the bathroom after almost every meal. I had seen a few doctors and they just kept telling me it was IBS and sent me on my way but I was still suffering and wanted an answer. I was referred to Bernie by a friend and boy am I glad I saw him! He figured out that I had a mold that was causing the upset as well as a few foods that I was sensitive to that I ate pretty frequently. After only a few short months of taking supplements and avoiding dairy and cashews I actually forgot that I used to have any digestion problems in the first place! Even my friends and family have noticed the difference! I am now eating the right foods for my body, taking supplements to get rid of the mold, and I am no longer going to the bathroom 5-6 times a day!”  K.T.

To Keto or Not…That is The Question

It seems everybody is talking about the keto diet. You may have tried it yourself, or you may know someone who has tried it. It may have worked great or not. Any outcome is possible, as with all diets it is critical to remember we all have different body chemistries and what works for one could be difficult for someone else.

In this article we will look at the history of the keto diet, the positives, the negatives, and why it may or may not work for you. For more information on the keto diet, I recommend the website www.dietdoctor.com.

Like most trendy diets, the keto diet is not new. The concept has been around for many years (it was designed in 1923 by Dr. Russell Wilder at the Mayo Clinic for the treatment of epilepsy) and was initially found to be helpful in reducing seizures in children. Studies have shown it to reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Others have used it as an anti-cancer diet. The current trend is focused on weight loss.

The keto diet is a low carbohydrate, moderate protein, high fat diet. By limiting carbohydrates, the body will enter the metabolic state of ketosis, meaning it is breaking fat into ketones to meet its energy requirements. It uses these ketones (instead of the glucose from carbohydrates or protein) as its source of energy. Protein is also restricted as it can be converted into glucose which would take you out of ketosis. A typical ratio of nutrient consumption based on 2000 calories a day might look like 165 grams of fat, 40 grams of carbs, and 75 grams of protein. This is approximately 75% of calories from fats, 20% from proteins, and 5% from carbohydrates. Naturally, this will vary by person, but the key point is the high fat.

Those successful on the keto diet will lose weight and will report feeling fuller with fewer cravings, while boosting their mood, mental focus and overall energy. Like most diets, the keto diet presents the challenge of staying on the diet, in this case meaning to stay in ketosis. In order to do so you must maintain the ratio of nutrients that keep you in ketosis.

Those not successful will struggle on the diet and report low energy, stomach upset, and flu-like symptoms. Why does this happen? Two main reasons: an increase in toxicity and a challenged or missing gallbladder.

An increase in toxicity can occur when fat cells release stored toxins. We store toxins in our fat cells. As our body accesses the fat for energy these toxins are released into the blood stream. If there is not additional support for the detoxification organs (liver and kidneys) this toxicity produces the symptoms of the “keto flu” – nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, stomach ache, headache, irritability, weakness, muscle cramps and soreness, dizziness, poor concentration, difficulty sleeping, and sugar cravings.

The second point may be even more critical – a challenged or missing gallbladder. Despite what is often presented in the mainstream, the gallbladder is a very important organ. The gallbladder plays a critical role in the digestion of fats. The gallbladder stores and releases bile that is used to emulsify fats so they can be digested. Bile also alkalizes the small intestine, removes fat soluble toxins, and supports pancreatic digestive enzymes. So, it is obvious that if your gallbladder has been removed or it is under stress, you will not digest fats which will also product symptoms mentioned above as the “keto flu.” For more information on the gallbladder I suggest you read my article, The Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreas – Behind the Scenes Helpers of Digestion found athttps://brwellness.com/?p=121

However, all is not lost! There are supplements that may help prevent the “keto flu.” There are a variety of detoxification support and bile products that may provide enough support for your body.

The keto diet is not for people with chronic health conditions.  It can stress the heart and kidneys and some people may become dehydrated.

Being on the keto diet long term may be challenging, especially limiting carbohydrates. If you are not careful you can find yourself out of ketosis which means the weight loss will stop. Remember the keto diet is high in fat, not protein. If you eat too much protein your body will convert the excess into glucose which will also take you out of ketosis.

The most important point to remember from all of this is that we are all different. There is no single diet that is right for everyone. There are certain fundamentals that are true. We all need clean sources of food – proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. I believe it is also universal that everyone will benefit from eating more organic vegetables and consuming less sugar and avoiding artificial sweeteners and trans-fats.

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.

February 2019 Newsletter: Two of the Biggest Threats to Your Health

Winter is here! Today has been a snow day here in Milwaukee. I have been working from home, catching up on e-mails, talking to out-of-state clients, and rescheduling all my in-town clients. We’ve had about 7-10 inches of snow and more seems to be coming. The below zero weather comes later in the week. Needless to say, Susana and I are looking forward to our two-week trip to Australia coming up!

Per my earlier e-mail – the office will be closed beginning February 2 and I will be back the afternoon of February 19. I’m sending out this newsletter a few days early so that if you need supplies you will still have time to get them before I go. Please let me know as soon as possible so we can schedule a pick up.

This newsletter will be brief and will focus on what I believe are two of the major threats to our collective health: the coming rollout of 5G technology and glyphosate (the active ingredient in RoundUp).

Dangerous Substance #1: 5G

The new cell phone technology called 5G is beginning to be rolled out nationwide. The good news is it will be very fast and enable all kinds of new and amazing technology breakthroughs. The bad news is it may threaten your health. From what I have been hearing I have many concerns about the potential negative health effects from its deployment.

Here are some articles for you:

20000 Satellites 5G To Be Launched http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/20000-satellites-5g-be-launched-sending-focused-beams-intense-microwave-radiation?

Citizens Concerned About 5G http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/citizens-arms-against-5g-wireless-technology-roll-out-are-their-concerns-justifie?

While 5G is the latest technology, there are also concerns about EMFs which I have shared in the past. Here’s a great video from Nick Penault he calls EMF 101: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEHx6d7jpHQ

Dangerous Substance #2: Glyphosate

Glyphosate. Ever heard of it? Probably not. So, let me introduce it to you – it is the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup®. The more I learn about it, the more I am concerned. The more I learn about it, the more I am convinced that it may be the number one enemy of good health and the main pathway to so many of the modern diseases we now experience. And if nothing else, it is a great reason to eat organic.

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