Category Archives: Men’s Health

Pearls of Wisdom from Ann Louise Gittleman

This past week at my Open House we discussed Ann Louise Gittleman’s latest masterpiece Radical Metabolism. We were blessed to have Ann Louise join us live via Skype. She reviewed the key concepts which make her new approach to healthy eating “radical” and then we were treated to a thirty-minute Q A session. Ann Louise offered a few pearls of wisdom which I will share below.

Let’s start with what makes Radical Metabolism so radical. As usual, Ann Louise is rewriting the rules of nutrition. Even with all the efforts to eat clean, avoid gluten, and drinking lots of bone broth and Kombucha, we still struggle with our overall health. The book discusses the use of specific foods to drive digestion and metabolism, support the gall bladder and thyroid, burn fat and strengthen muscles. You learn how to reduce exposure to toxins that are in some of the popular “healing” foods and to clean up your kitchen. If you are interested in nutrition and care about your long-term health, I urge you to read this book! To order your own copy click here: RADICAL METABOLISM

Pearl #1 – Iron and Ferritin

Ann Louise discussed how excess iron may be at the root of a variety of health problems. Her advice is to get your ferritin level checked. Ferritin is a measure of stored iron in your blood. It is different than the basic iron level that is typically done in a blood test. “Normal” ranges for men are 20 to 500 nanograms per milliliter and for women 20 to 200 nanograms per milliliter. As you well know, “normal” does not mean “healthy.” Ann Louise recommends ferritin levels less than 100. Where do we get excess iron and ferritin from? Food sources include coffee, wine, and dairy.

Pearl #2 – The Importance of Cookware

Ann Louise stressed while what we eat is very important, just as critical is how we cook our food! She advises to avoid aluminum in all forms. Do not use aluminum foil in cooking, use parchment paper instead. Do not use aluminum in cookware and you need to be aware that aluminum is often hidden in cookware such as stainless steel. Pure stainless steel is fine. She explained a simple test to check your cookware. Use a magnet – if the magnet sticks it is pure. Aluminum is non-magnetic, so the magnet will not stick if aluminum is in the pot.

Here’s some brands and types of cookware she recommended: Saladmaster for stainless steel; Romertopf for glazed clay; and Le Creuset for enameled covered cast iron.

Pearl #3 – Tea and Coffee

One of the biggest surprises of the night was Ann Louise’s response concerning green tea! She stated that it and other conventional teas, such as black, white, and green (non-herbal) accumulate fluoride. The only form of tea she liked was Oolong.

Coffee was also discussed. This is another topic where you get a variety of opinions from nutrition experts. Ann Louise believes there are many health benefits to coffee, particularly to charge the metabolism. It is important to recognize that some people cannot handle caffeine. You may be one of them, such as I am. She does place limits on daily consumption and the sources. Coffee must be organic, and she recommended Purity Coffee as the cleanest available.

Pearl #4 – Bitters

A key part of charging your metabolism is the use of bitters to aid digestion. She advised they be consumed 20 minutes before a meal. To learn more about bitters please read the book.

Pearl #5 – Grapefruit

To charge metabolism and fuel weight loss Ann Louise recommended to each ½ of a pink grapefruit before each meal.

The Latest on EMFs

There is a lot of information on the Internet regarding EMFs and how they may affect you. This is an excellent summary. Please read it and if you have any questions let me know.

How You Are Affected by EMFs

I carry EMF products from Natures Frequencies. Here is a summary of the most popular items and how to use them. If you would like more information or would like to purchase them, please let me know.

How to Use Natures Frequencies Products

November 2018 Newsletter: What’s in Your Gut?

I’m excited to announce our November 15 Open House – Let’s Get Radical: Healthy Strategies for the New Year! Over the last few months I have been talking and writing about Ann Louise Gittleman’s new book, Radical Metabolism. Last week Susana and I began our own personal experiences and were very pleased with the results. Susana and I completed the 4-Day Radical Intensive Cleanse Program. This week we are beginning the next phase, the 21-Day Program.  Earlier this year I read Dr. Andre Camelli’s Cracking the Code: Unlock Your Genetic Potential. I believe that these two books can form the foundation for your personal ongoing healthy lifestyle program. At the November 15 Open House, we will discuss the important concepts in these books, raffle some books, and enjoy the tastes of the 4-Day Intensive Cleanse soup and juices. And, we will even hear from Ann Louise herself via Skype!

This month’s newsletter is packed with great information including: a look at a new tool we can use to solve your gut issues – the GI-MAP test; the second installment in the what to eat and why series – The Power of Protein; my colleague Vanessa Teff’s excellent article on breast cancer awareness versus breast cancer prevention; and a couple of client success stories. Enjoy!

Open House: Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:15

You’re invited to an Open House: LET’S GET RADICAL: HEALTHY STRATEGIES FOR THE NEW YEAR TWO BOOK REVIEWS, Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:15 – 8:30 PM.

Book One – Special Guest Author Ann Louise Gittleman will introduce her latest best seller Radical Metabolism. Ann Louise will join us via Skype for a brief introduction to her book. I will review all the key points and explain what makes this new approach truly radical.

“Want to see what the experts will be saying in twenty-five years? Simply see what (Ann Louise) is saying now.” Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Book Two – Are you ready to unleash your healing potential and transform your life now? Then you will want to hear about Dr. Andre Camelli’s Cracking the Code: Unlock Your Genetic Potential. Featuring his 21-Day Genetic Jump Start Program!

Come and taste the Radical Metabolism 4-Day Intensive Cleanse soup and juices.  Join the raffle for free books! Seating is limited. Please RSVP to bernie@brwellness.com or call 262-389-9907.

What’s in Your Gut?

Capital One used to run commercials asking, “What’s in your wallet?” Many of us question what is in our gut. Now you can a specific answer, as several clients are now doing with the GI-MAP test. The GI-MAP is offered by Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory. This stool test utilizes cutting edge, Quantitative PCR technology to provide a true DNA/PCR based stool test. This technology has high sensitivity, specificity and a rapid turnaround. The GI pathogens include bacteria, parasites and viruses. Continuing with this platform, the GI-MAP measures opportunistic organisms, normal flora, fungi, parasites and antibiotic resistance genes. It also includes immunologic markers for GI health and function including SIgA, Elastase, Calprotectin and Anti-gliadin testing.

To learn more about the GI-MAP and Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory click here: https://www.diagnosticsolutionslab.com/

This test can be life changing! Here’s what one of my clients had to say:

“For months I was having some serious GI problems that my Gastroenterologist could not diagnose.  Decided to seek out consultation with Bernie at the suggestion of a friend.  Bernie suggested [the GI-MAP] test and it was discovered that I had an intestinal parasite along with some other things that were causing GI issues and bloating.  Bernie suggested some supplements and diet changes and I am happy to say that after 4 short months my GI issues have completely cleared up, I’ve lost 12 pounds, and have gained an abundance of energy!  I feel better than ever and attribute it to Bernie’s thoughtful and careful suggestions and support.  I highly recommend his services!” B.P.

The Power of Protein

While trendy diets come and go, what does not change is how the human body functions and the nutrients required for optimal health. There are disagreements and various interpretations of how much of each nutrient one should consume. Search the internet and you can find a study to support most any opinion. Ultimately this has led to mass confusion. As one of my clients recently said to me, “It’s kind of interesting when you think about it – how we are the only animals that do not know what to eat!”

In the spirit of helping you to understand what to eat and why, here is the second installment of four articles. Last month I provided an overview of each macronutrient (protein, carbohydrate, and fat). This month we begin a deeper exploration, beginning with The Power of Protein.

Protein provides the structural basis for our body: building and repairing our muscles, ligaments, tendons, nails, hair, organs, glands, blood, hormones, neurotransmitters, cell receptor sites, antibodies, and enzymes.  As you read and learn about what protein does in your body, please consider this question – are you eating enough protein?

To learn more about the benefits of protein, where protein comes from, the healthiest forms of protein to eat, and how much protein you should consume click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1215.

Breast Cancer Awareness vs. Prevention

Thanks to Vanessa Teff for allowing me to post her October newsletter.  Vanessa can be reached at: Optimum Vitality, 6654 University Ave, Middleton, WI 53562. Phone number: (608) 828-6312.  Website: https://www.optimumfunction.com/

October is breast cancer awareness month. I’m sure you’ve heard that statement before. The car dealerships are showing support with pink lights. The football players are wearing pink shoes. The cashiers are asking for a small donation to be sent to charity. Pink everything is being sold. Does bringing awareness to an issue help? It certainly does spread the word. However, awareness is not the same as prevention.

The tricky part about breast cancer is that 70 – 80% of diagnoses are not genetic. If that doesn’t catch you by surprise, read that statement again. Those of us without the gene are nearly just as likely and possibly, more likely to be at risk. Statistics tell us that 1 out of 3 women will get cancer. What a sobering statistic.

To read the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1230.

Vanessa also discusses the relationship between EMFs and soft tissue cancers. To learn more about the dangers of EMFs click here: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/can-you-really-be-allergic-wifi-and-cell-phones.

Client Success Stories

“I reached out to Bernie after hearing positive outcomes for two colleagues who see him.  I trust their perspectives, had some idea of what his recommendations would involve, and was ready to take on my declining health and wellness!  I was feeling overweight, tired, and simply unwell.

At my first appointment, Bernie identified two food categories to avoid, and I immediately started planning my food menus to reflect his suggestions.  Within just a couple of days, I felt like a different person.  My sleep has been improved, and my energy doesn’t lag during the day as it has for so long.  My digestion is improving, and I haven’t felt hungry or deprived, which has often been the case when trying to make healthier changes in the past.

I look forward to continued improvements in my overall health and wellness and appreciate Bernie’s patience and availability for follow-up questions!” K.L.

“Thanks again for all your help in balancing my gut issues. The dark circles and bags under my eyes have been greatly reduced. My skin rashes have all cleared up.  My digestion is working perfectly!! My thinking is more clear.  I have been able to stop using the prescription Metrogel 1% for rosacea….It’s amazing how your gut affects every part of your body!!!  Your supplements are fantastic!!!” C.W.

 

The Power of Protein

While trendy diets come and go, what does not change is how the human body functions and the nutrients required for optimal health. There are disagreements and various interpretations of how much of each nutrient one should consume. Search the internet and you can find a study to support most any opinion. Ultimately this has led to mass confusion. As one of my clients recently said to me, “It’s kind of interesting when you think about it – how we are the only animals that do not know what to eat!”

Last month I provided an overview of each macronutrient (protein, carbohydrate, and fat). This month we begin a deeper exploration, beginning with protein.

Protein provides the structural basis for our body: building and repairing our muscles, ligaments, tendons, nails, hair, organs, glands, blood, hormones, neurotransmitters, cell receptor sites, antibodies, and enzymes.  As you read and learn about what protein does in your body, please consider this question – are you eating enough protein?

Let’s take a closer look at the functions of protein:

Building and repairing muscles, ligaments, and tendons – this is obviously extremely important for all of us.  Be aware that building and repairing is a continuous process.  Exercise breaks down muscle and then the body builds newer, bigger, and stronger muscle in its place via the repair process.  Protein is essential for a strong body.  One of the key proteins utilized is collagen. For more information about healthy exercise, please visit my blog at: https://brwellness.com/?cat=10.

Nails and hair – for beautiful glowing hair and robust nails protein is important. Collagen also plays an important role here. For more information about collagen, please visit my blog at: https://brwellness.com/?p=774.

Organs and glands – these are at the basic operating systems of your body.  The heart and lungs for breathing and circulation; the stomach, small intestines, large intestines, and pancreas for digestion; the liver for hundreds of functions including keeping the blood clean; the endocrine glands for producing the hormones that regulate and monitor how your body functions.  Protein keeps these systems up and running! For more information about digestion, please visit my blog at: https://brwellness.com/?cat=15.

Hormones – regulating and controlling all the key processes of your body.  This includes blood sugar control, stress response, metabolism, and the menstrual cycle to name a few.  Along with neurotransmitters the hormones determine how you feel physically, mentally, and emotionally at any given moment. For more information about hormones, please visit my blog at: https://brwellness.com/?cat=11.

Neurotransmitters – neurotransmitters are very important for our mental health.  There are two types of neurotransmitters.  Excitatory neurotransmitters energize, excite, and stimulate us helping us to focus, learn, and remember.  Inhibitory neurotransmitters keep us happy, relaxed, and peaceful.  As with most areas of life, it is all about balance.

There are six key neurotransmitters: For focus – dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine; for learning and remembering – acetylcholine; for feeling relaxed – GABA; and for being happy – serotonin.

For a more detailed discussion of neurotransmitters, please visit my blog at: https://brwellness.com/?p=56.

Antibodies – a critical part of our immune system to keep us healthy. For more information on the immune system, please visit my blog at: https://brwellness.com/?p=780.

Enzymes – the catalyst to all the chemical reactions in our bodies.

Where does protein come from?

Proteins come from both animal (meat, fish, poultry, milk, cheese, eggs) and plant sources (whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds).  When we eat protein we are actually consuming amino acids.  Different proteins have different amino acid compositions.

Among the amino acids there are nine that are considered “essential.”  Anytime you hear the word “essential” in nutrition it means we need to eat that specific nutrient because our body does not manufacture it.  Other “essentials” are some fatty acids, Vitamin C, and minerals.

You will also hear the term “complete” as it relates to protein.  This means that the specific protein source contains all of the essential amino acids in sufficient quantities to sustain human life.  With few exceptions, only animal based proteins are complete.  Non-animal based proteins considered to be complete include spirulina and quinoa. This is why vegetarians are advised to combine foods (such as rice and beans) to receive all the essential amino acids.

Since our body is constantly building and repairing itself, it requires a constant supply of protein.  Therefore, I recommend protein be consumed with each meal.

What proteins should I eat?

It is best to consume grass fed meats, free range fowl, wild fish, and organic foods. Also, these are general guidelines. If you have a food sensitivity or allergy to any of the following food(s) you should not eat them. For further specific guidance I recommend you consult with a qualified nutrition consultant.

Eat these foods for protein:

MEATS:  Beef, bison, lamb, veal, lean pork; POULTRY:  Chicken, turkey, duck; SEAFOOD:  Any wild caught fish or shellfish, fresh or frozen. Bone broth from any of the above.

OTHER PROTEINS:  Legumes (beans and peas); NUTS & SEEDS:  Nuts and seeds such as: almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, raw or dehydrated. Natural nut butters where oil rises to the top – avoid commercial brands (containing hydrogenated oils and sugar), best is almond butter.

DAIRY: Eggs; Butter; Cheese, Cottage cheese; Yogurt without added sugar.

Practice balance and moderation of these foods for protein:

GRAINS (Limited quantities ONLY – 1-2 times per day maximum): Sprouted grain bread; Whole grain breads/crackers; Whole grains – brown rice, quinoa, bulgur, millet, wild rice; Whole grain cereals, pastas – i.e. oatmeal, health store cereals. Organic is best as conventional grains contain pesticides.

Avoid these protein sources: Lunch meat or cured and processed meats with nitrites or MSG; All soy that has not been fermented (miso and tempeh are okay); Wheat if you are gluten intolerant or sensitive.

How much protein should I eat?

This is a difficult question to answer.  You will see all kinds of answers depending upon the belief system of the practitioner.  The USDA’s guidelines tell you protein should be about 10% of daily calories which works out to about 45-50 grams of protein per day.  This is for the average 16-70 year old female.  That is a wide range and you are certainly not that!

I recommend the following rule of thumb: you should consume one-third of your body weight in grams of protein for the average person and one-half body weight for an active person. And the simplest rule of thumb is to have some complete protein with each meal. For an individualized program I recommend you see a qualified professional.

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.

October 2018 Newsletter: Let’s Get Radical! (Metabolism, that is)

Several weeks ago, I wrote a special email devoted to Ann Louise Gittleman’s latest book, Radical Metabolism: A Powerful New Plan to Blast Fat and Reignite Your Energy in Just 21 Days. While the focus of the book is weight loss it is much more than that. It provides a guide for long term health and vitality from a complete reboot of your metabolism. Many of my clients have already purchased the book, some have started the process, and others (including myself) plan to follow the program in the next couple of weeks. In next month’s newsletter I will share our experiences.

With football season back in full force concussions are again in the news. Did you know that there are nutritional protocols to support the brain in healing? My colleague Vanessa Teff wrote an excellent summary of information we learned earlier in the year at Physica Energetics Concordia training. With her permission I am including that information (with a few of my own edits) below.

While trendy diets come and go, what does not change is how the human body functions and the nutrients required for optimal health. There are disagreements and various interpretations of how much of each nutrient one should consume. Search the internet and you can find a study to support most any opinion. Ultimately this has led to mass confusion. As one of my clients recently said to me, “It’s kind of interesting when you think about it – how we are the only animals that do not know what to eat!”

In the spirit of helping you to understand what to eat and why I am offering a series of four new and updated articles. It begins with a quick overview of the three critical macronutrients – protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Subsequent articles will look in more depth at each macronutrient.  See below for the first installment.

Radical Metabolism: If You’re Going to Read One Nutrition Book – Read This

She’s done it again! Ann Louise Gittleman’s latest book, Radical Metabolism: A Powerful New Plan to Blast Fat and Reignite Your Energy in Just 21 Days is a game changer. RADICAL METABOLISM

It is the type of book that you do not want to put down! Jacob Teitelbaum, MD’s endorsement sums it all up, “A powerful ‘Force of Nature’ in the healing community. Ann Louise is used to being on the cutting edge. Want to see what the experts will be saying in twenty-five years? Simply see what she is saying NOW!”

If you have struggled with Keto and Paleo diets, or you have an autoimmune or thyroid problem, then THIS book is for you.

This groundbreaking program goes way beyond belly fat—it lays the foundation for a total health reboot. Ann Louise takes on the real factors driving autoimmunity, weight loss resistance, and mitochondrial dysfunction. She reveals the “new thyroid cure” – hidden connections between thyroid, gallbladder, and bile flow. No gallbladder? No problem, this book solves that too!

Radical Metabolism provides cutting edge information about why traditional detoxification and weight loss efforts often fail long-term—including Keto and Paleo.

If you feel like you have been in an endless, metabolism-crashing dieting loop, then you owe it to yourself to check out Ann Louise’s new book here. RADICAL METABOLISM

If you need any additional encouragement, if you order the book now you get over $107 of free gifts! RADICAL METABOLISM

Nutrition to Heal The Brain

Why are concussions hard to truly diagnose? Part of the reason is because cell death does not occur for 9-12 hours, so it is hard to recognize. Sometimes certain cell death does not occur for 7 days. Therefore, symptoms after a fall, hit or accident may occur several days after the event.

After each concussion, the cortex (outer most layer of the brain) thins. Believe it or not, each brain injury also creates changes in the gut. Any neuroinflammatory issue, especially those not caused by concussions and head trauma, become a gut issue. Outside the brain and spinal cord, there are more neurons in the gut than anywhere else in the body.

BDNF
Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) is a protein in the brain. It supports survival of existing neurons and encourages the growth and differentiation of new neurons and synapses. In the brain, BDNF is active in the hippocampus, cortex, and basal forebrain—areas vital to learning, memory, and higher thinking. Increasing BDNF drastically speeds up our rate of healing.

The best way to increase BDNF is through exercise. Be mindful, the days directly following a head trauma or accident are not the most beneficial times to move. Take it slow, use remedies first and let the body begin to recover. Because of the increase in BDNF with exercise, working rigorously before studying will help your brain absorb more information.

BDNF does not just help with inflammation associated to concussions but rather any nerve related disease, including Alzheimer’s. In a recent study on Alzheimer’s and BDNF, the only group that didn’t improve in memory and cognition were those who did not move. Get out and move!

There are a variety of herbs and nutrients that help reduce neuroinflammation. These include:

Glutathione: This is the most powerful antioxidant our body already makes. However, with exposure to environmental toxins and stress, we do not produce as much as we could. Applied directly to the skull after injury (within the first hour) will reduce the amount of cell death by 67%. Wow!!! Those of you with kids in sports, keep some on hand. When applied between 1 and 3 hours, it will reduce cell death by 30%. Know that it can still be applied topically years later.  Glutathione from Physica Energetics and Designs for Health are 3-5 times more bioavailable because they are a liposome.

Ginkgo Intrinsic (a Physica Energetics remedy) contains Ginkgo, Ashwaganda, Gotu Kola, St. John’s Wort & Skullcap. Ginkgo is a neuroadaptogenic herb which means that it helps the nerves adapt to stress. Ashwaganda is the vital life force herb that also nourishes the adrenals. Gotu Kola improves microcirculation, St. John’s Wort increases BDNF and Skullcap is calming – it brings the energy back into the nervous system. I also have found these herbs can be used separately and prefer the MediHerb products in those cases.

Omega-3’s are first line therapy for any inflammation, anywhere in the body. In our diets, we typically do not get enough Omega-3’s nor enough healthy omega-6’s. (Note this is also a key aspect of Ann Louise’s Radical Metabolism.) Fish, walnuts, chia, avocado, hemp seeds, flax seeds, borage and black currant oil are beneficial sources of both.

Lymph support is needed to drain the GLYMP (lymph in the brain), especially after an injury. Without such, nutrients cannot get to the tissue.

Echinacea is not just an immune herb. Echinacea is a mood-altering plant that effects the brain through the cannabinoid receptors (those of you taking CBD oil may be able to relate to this).

The ABCs of Nutrition

While trendy diets come and go, what does not change is how the human body functions and the nutrients required for optimal health. There are disagreements and various interpretations of how much of each nutrient one should consume. Search the internet and you can find a study to support most any opinion. Ultimately this has led to mass confusion. As one of my clients recently said to me, “It’s kind of interesting when you think about it – how we are the only animals that do not know what to eat!”

In the spirit of helping you to understand what to eat and why I am offering this series of four articles. It begins with a quick overview of the three critical macronutrients – protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Subsequent articles will look in more depth at each macronutrient.

For the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1202.

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.

The ABCs of Nutrition: Protein, Fat, and Carbohydrates

While trendy diets come and go, what does not change is how the human body functions and the nutrients required for optimal health. There are disagreements and various interpretations of how much of each nutrient one should consume. Search the internet and you can find a study to support most any opinion. Ultimately this has led to mass confusion. As one of my clients recently said to me, “It’s kind of interesting when you think about it – how we are the only animals that do not know what to eat!”

In the spirit of helping you to understand what to eat and why I am offering this series of four articles. It begins with a quick overview of the three critical macronutrients – protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Subsequent articles will look in more depth at each macronutrient.

Let us begin with protein.  Protein is the structural basis for our body – our muscles, ligaments, tendons, organs, glands, nails, hair, vital fluids (blood, hormones, neurotransmitters), and enzymes are all protein based.  Protein builds and repairs all our cells and tissues.

We can obtain protein from both animal (meat, fish, poultry, milk, cheese, eggs) and plant sources (whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds).  When we eat protein we are actually consuming amino acids.  Different proteins have different amino acid compositions.  Since our body is constantly building and repairing itself, it requires a constant supply of protein.  Therefore I recommend protein is consumed with each meal.

The human body is an amazing instrument.  There are thousands of things happening simultaneously, every second.  To do everything the body does requires energy.  The source of the body’s energy is food.  Without food the body simply cannot continue to operate for a significant period of time.  Both fats and carbohydrates provide energy. But they do it differently.  Think of a fire.  A carbohydrate is like a piece of paper.  You put it in the paper and it burns up quickly and to keep the fire burning more paper is needed quickly.  Fat is like a wood log.  It burns smoothly, steady, and for a much longer period of time.

Carbohydrates are one of the more controversial elements of food.  You will see heated debates illustrating the benefits of both low and high carbohydrate diets.  The Standard American Diet (SAD) has become a high carbohydrate diet.  The federal government’s recommended diet calls for 60% of calories from carbohydrates.  We all know that has not produced a healthy population as obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease are at record rates.  I’m a believer in a low carbohydrate diet. Two of today’s most popular diets – Paleo and Keto – are low carbohydrate diets.

Carbohydrates provide quick energy.  They are converted into blood glucose which feeds our brain and red blood cells. Ever notice how irritable you get when hungry?  The brain does not operate very well without nourishment.  When most of us think carbohydrate we think grains.  They are not the only choice.  Vegetables and fruits contain carbohydrates and roughly 30% of protein converts to carbohydrates.

Remember this simple equation.  To your body: CARBOHYDRATE = SUGAR!  That’s all you need to know. If we consume lots of carbohydrates (like 60% or more of our diet) we consume lots of sugar.  While sugar can be used for energy, excess sugar is converted into fat and stored.  The bottom line is: it is sugar that makes us fat!

Speaking of fat, it is fat that has been unjustly demonized.  We have been suffering from a low-fat craze for the last thirty years.  Again, the Paleo and Keto diets challenge that assumption. Everybody (well not really everyone!) has been convinced that fat is bad for us and should be avoided at all costs.  So what has happened?  We got fatter!  Obesity rates are going through the roof.

This is why we need fats.  They make up cell membranes and hormones, are required for absorption of the fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K), are critical for infant brain development and the female reproductive system, and provide energy.

There are two types of fats – saturated and unsaturated (further defined as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated).  Saturated fats are solid while unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature.  Unsaturated fats are much more sensitive to light and heat.  When heated they oxidize forming “free radicals” that damage cells and are linked to a variety of diseases including cancer and heart disease. Therefore, particularly when cooking we want to use saturated fats such as butter, ghee, red palm oil, or coconut oil. The latest information is that avocado oil can tolerate higher heats so can also be used for cooking.  For salad dressing or other room temperature uses, olive oil and avocado oil are best.

Another fat we hear of are trans fatty acids.  These are formed during the process of hydrogenation.  Polyunsaturated oils, usually corn, soybean, safflower, or canola, are heated to high temperatures and injected with hydrogen atoms.  During the heating process the nutrients in the oils are destroyed, the oils become solid and have oxidized.  Trans fats have been linked to many ailments, including cancer, heart disease, and reproductive problems.  Trans fats are commonly found in commercial baked goods, cookies, crackers, margarines, vegetable shortenings, and processed dairy products.

I hope you have enjoyed this introductory article. Subsequent articles will focus on protein, carbohydrates, and fat providing additional details on the nutrients and specific examples of good and bad food choices.

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 2018 Newsletter: Back to School Learning Opportunities for All

Can you believe it is already the end of summer and Back to School season? In honor of going back to school this month’s newsletter focuses on learning opportunities. There are suggestions from Dr. Brockenshire for back to school nutrition tips for your kids, a link to a web site that makes low carb and keto diets simple, a review of the importance of calcium and magnesium, and several of my favorite YouTube channels.

September is also a big month for national and Jewish Holidays. The office will be closed on the following days:

September 3 – Labor Day

September 10 and 11 – Rosh Hashanah

September 18 – early closing at 3 PM – Yom Kippur

September 19 – Yom Kippur

September 24 and 25 – Sukkot

 

Back to School Nutrition

Are you ready for the kids to go back to school? Are the kids ready to go back to school? Either way it is here, and the following brief video provides some healthy suggestions as you prepare. I have all the products he mentions in the office and others as well. Enjoy!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF8icCD4VCE&feature=youtu.be&inf_contact_key=6757662ccf556c8df0a5544f6a51a3bb1a6b907e6b3e91b1ed568f44f173f87c

 

Magnesium and Calcium: Are You Deficient?

We hear a lot about the importance of calcium and magnesium to our health. I’ve attended several seminars recently where this was emphasized. One presenter said he checks for calcium, magnesium, and other minerals on all his clients. Why are minerals so important to us?  They assist the body in energy production – minerals contain no calories or energy.  They work with vitamins and enzymes to fuel all our metabolic processes.  Our health cannot be optimized if these processes are impaired.

Another presenter stated that 74% of the US population is deficient in magnesium. In preparing for this article, a quick Google search reveals another website saying 80%. Quick searches state similar high numbers for calcium deficiency.

Why so much deficiency? For the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1190

 

Low Carb and Keto Made Simple

Low carb diets (such as Paleo) and the Keto diet is all the rage today, yet it can be confusing and not everyone finds success. This is a helpful website on all things low carb and keto: https://www.dietdoctor.com/

Here’s my recent article The Sure Fire Way to Lose Weight: https://brwellness.com/?p=1161

 

Your Back to School  – YouTube Resources

While the kids are going back to school to learn, you can join the fun and learn more about nutrition. Here’s a few of my favorite YouTube Channels.

Eric Berg, D.C: https://www.youtube.com/user/drericberg123

Davis Brockenshire, D.C. (Innovative Health Solutions): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-23KJC-sZs-E2vGbFllVCQ

Randy Tent, D.C. (Diverse Health Services): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXV1erzvdUmHDusYfDqgntg

Ann Louise Gittleman: https://www.youtube.com/user/DrAnnLouise

 

Success Stories

“Thanks again for all your help in balancing my gut issues. The dark circles and bags under my eyes have been greatly reduced. My skin rashes have all cleared up.  My digestion is working perfectly!! My thinking is more clear.  I have been able to stop using the prescription Metrogel 1% for rosacea…It’s amazing how your gut affects every part of your body!!!  Your supplements are fantastic!!”  C.W.

“I reached out to Bernie after hearing positive outcomes for two colleagues who see him.  I trust their perspectives, had some idea of what his recommendations would involve, and was ready to take on my declining health and wellness!  I was feeling overweight, tired, and simply unwell.

At my first appointment, Bernie identified two food categories to avoid, and I immediately started planning my food menus to reflect his suggestions.  Within just a couple of days, I felt like a different person.  My sleep has been improved, and my energy doesn’t lag during the day as it has for so long.  My digestion is improving, and I haven’t felt hungry or deprived, which has often been the case when trying to make healthier changes in the past.

I look forward to continued improvements in my overall health and wellness and appreciate Bernie’s patience and availability for follow-up questions!” K.L.

 

Magnesium and Calcium: Are You Deficient?

Magnesium and Calcium: Are You Deficient?

We hear a lot about the importance of calcium and magnesium to our health. I’ve attended several seminars recently where this was emphasized. One presenter said he checks for calcium, magnesium, and other minerals on all his clients. Why are minerals so important to us?  They assist the body in energy production – minerals contain no calories or energy.  They work with vitamins and enzymes to fuel all our metabolic processes.  Our health cannot be optimized if these processes are impaired.

Another presenter stated that 74% of the US population is deficient in magnesium. In preparing for this article, a quick Google search reveals another website saying 80%. Quick searches state similar high numbers for calcium deficiency.

Why so much deficiency? My answer is simple. Minerals come from plants that are grown in healthy mineral rich soil or from animals that ate plants that are grown in this soil.  The first problem is that plants (vegetables) are under-consumed in most American diets. The second problem is that most of the plants are grown in nutrient depleted soil. There are many studies showing the significant drop in the vitamin content of our vegetables and fruits compared to pre-1950 levels. And the third problem is that most of the animals are not eating healthy plants!

Now, let’s take a closer look at these two essential minerals.

Magnesium

Magnesium is one of the most important minerals to the body. It is needed for over 300 different bodily processes. Magnesium aids in enzyme activation. Enzymes make everything happen in the body!

Magnesium helps metabolize blood sugar and produce cortisone.  Keeping your blood sugar levels under control is the key to health!  Another important role of magnesium is to support healthy nerve and muscle function.  It works with calcium to keep the nerves firing and the muscles moving!  It is involved in nerve signal transmission, muscle contraction, and heart rhythm.  Along with calcium and phosphorus it is one of the 18 nutrients critical to forming and maintaining bones and teeth.

Magnesium helps prevent heart attacks by regulating the neuromuscular activity of the heart and maintaining normal heart rhythm. It helps prevent calcium deposits, kidney stones, and gallstones. Magnesium is needed for proper Calcium and Vitamin C metabolism. And, it has been found to aid in bowel regularity.

A shortage of magnesium can show up in a variety of emotional symptoms such as nervousness, tension, and confusion. On a physical level it can result in tremors, muscular excitability, gallstones, kidney stones, or constipation. It has also been linked to blood clots in the heart and brain, along with brittle bones.

As you can see, this is definitely something we need to consume!  Magnesium is found in many vegetables. The highest amounts are found in artichokes, avocadoes, legumes (black beans, green beans, navy beans, pinto beans), nuts and seeds (cashews, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds), dark green vegetables (broccoli, spinach, Swiss chard), organ meats, seafood (halibut, salmon, shrimp), and tomatoes.

If you drink alcohol or eat a lot of sweets, you need to keep a close watch on your magnesium levels as alcohol and sugar deplete magnesium in the body.

Calcium

Calcium is one of the most talked about minerals and for good reason.  It supports strong bone structure, teeth, and muscle tissue, aids in blood clotting function, supports cardiovascular and nerve functions, and helps in normal functioning of many enzymes.  We often hear about calcium deficiencies in conjunction with osteoporosis.  As mentioned above it is one of the 18 nutrients required to build bones.

What else contributes to our calcium shortages? Would you believe soft drink (soda) consumption?  The reason is that phosphorus is added to them.  Phosphorus and calcium need to be in a specific relationship in our body.  So, when we take in excessive phosphorus and don’t have sufficient calcium intakes, our body must take it from a storage location.  You guessed it – the bones!

The best sources of calcium are of course from food.  It is also a misconception that this has to come from milk.  Leafy green vegetables are a great source of calcium.  For calcium choose: bone meal, cheese (best are Cheddar, mozzarella, and Swiss), collard greens, flaxseed, liver, milk, molasses, mustard greens, sesame seeds, spinach, turnip greens, wheat germ and yogurt.

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.

August 2018 Newsletter: Preventing and Reversing Cognitive Decline

Tenth Anniversary Edition of the Monthly Newsletter

Welcome to the Tenth Anniversary of my Monthly Newsletter! Amazing how time flies! I want to take the opportunity to thank all those who support me daily in this work – my wife Susana, my mentors, and all my clients – past and present!

Preventing and Reversing Cognitive Decline

Last month you met Dr. Jason Fung who works with Type 2 diabetes patients to fully reverse and prevent this disease without medications or surgery. He is using a special diet to control insulin with intermittent fasting.

This month, I am introducing Dr. Dale E. Bredesen, a Professor at UCLA, Founding President of the Buck Institute, and Chief Medical Officer of MPI Cognition. In 2017 he wrote, The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline. My summary of the book is the feature article of this newsletter.

I am also encouraging you to participate in my Share the Care program. Refer a friend or loved one to Rosen Wellness and you will both receive a benefit. See below for the offer details.

Preventing and Reversing Cognitive Decline

Alzheimer’s is feared like no other disease for two reasons: there is no effective treatment and the progression of the disease can be extremely challenging for both the person and his or her loved ones. As Dr. Bredesen says, “Everyone knows someone who’s survived cancer, but no one knows anyone who’s survived Alzheimer’s – until now.”

Alzheimer’s affects an estimated one in nine Americans 65 or older, which is approximately 5.2 million people. As the population ages this number is expected to continue to increase. The number of people affected by Alzheimer’s is creating a tremendous burden on Medicare, Medicaid, and our long-term care facilities, and of course on the families who are dealing with the disease progression.

In his book, Dr. Bredesen turns the conventional wisdom upside down! He believes that rather than Alzheimer’s being caused by the buildup of amyloid plaques in the brain, these plaques are the protective response of the brain from at least one of three main threats. He also states there is no single cause to Alzheimer’s and each type of threat requires different actions. It is not a question of what is “wrong” with the brain, rather it is a question of what conditions in each affected individual is causing this reaction in their brain. In many cases more than one of the three threats is present.

These three threats are: 1) Inflammation from infection, diet, and other causes; 2) The decline and shortage of supportive nutrients, hormones, and other brain-supporting substances; and 3) Toxic substances such as metals or biotoxins (poisons produced by microbes such as molds).

For the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1173

Share the Care

I am pleased to reintroduce the Share the Care program. It provides a wonderful incentive to share your success improving and restoring your health and quality of life with friends and relatives.

The program is designed to help people you know take the next step with their health – and to express my gratitude to you.  Here is how it works: Tell your friends and family what I do and how I have helped you.  If they are interested, provide them my contact information.

They will receive $50 off their initial consult and you will receive 10% off your next purchase.

Thank you for being a valued client.

At Home Gluten Test Kit

I recently became aware of an at home gluten test kit. It is called Gluten Detective and it is the first at-home test for the identification and monitoring of gluten consumption. Gluten is hidden in many products and sometimes we can believe we are eating gluten-free foods and yet still being exposed to gluten. This test helps to identify if that is the situation. Gluten Detective offers 25% off the purchase of your first kit. There are stool and urine kit options available. Even at full price these kits seem to be reasonably priced. For more information click here: https://glutendetective.com/.

ConsumerSafetyGuide.com

I was recently contacted by Consumer Safety Guide and asked to add a link on my Resources page. I was very impressed with the information they provide and wanted to share it with you on my Website and here: https://www.consumersafetyguide.com/

In their own words, “Consumer Safety Guide was created to keep the public informed about consumer dangers and safety issues associated with numerous products that can cause the public harm. Our website is constantly being updated with the most recent information on the most popular prescription medications and FDA-approved medical devices that could be endangering your health or putting your loved ones at risk. Our mission is to keep you informed and help you make the most educated decisions about your health care!”

 

The Importance of Trust

“I have gone to Bernie with different issues over the past few years. I appreciate his vast knowledge outside of traditional western medicine. With each concern I bring he is always thorough, professional and dives right in to find the best solution. I know I can trust him when it comes to my health & wellness.” K.K.

 

“Have a fabulous vacation-I just wanted to say that today after taking my drops and pills, I felt so zen and like in a state of being relaxed! So, whatever they are doing…I’m excited️. Thank you so much!” H.J.

 

Preventing and Reversing Cognitive Decline

In my last article I mentioned that as a holistic nutritionist, it is important for me to provide my readers and clients with information to improve their health and to share this with others. Much of this information is not readily available, may be considered controversial, or is dismissed by the main stream as anecdotal or not supported by science. Yet the truth is that many people have benefited and there is real science to back it up.

In the last article you met Dr. Jason Fung who believes Type 2 diabetes is fully reversible and preventable and is doing this with his patients without medications or surgery. He is using a diet to control insulin and using intermittent fasting.

In this article I am introducing Dr. Dale E. Bredesen, a Professor at UCLA, Founding President of the Buck Institute, and Chief Medical Officer of MPI Cognition. In 2017 he wrote, The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline.

Dr. Bredesen writes how Alzheimer’s is feared like no other disease for two reasons: there is no effective treatment and the progression of the disease is extremely challenging for both the person and their loved ones. As he says. “Everyone knows someone who’s survived cancer, but no one knows anyone who’s survived Alzheimer’s – until now.”

Alzheimer’s affects an estimated one in nine Americans 65 or older, which is approximately 5.2 million people. As the population ages this number is expected to continue to increase. The number of people affected by Alzheimer’s is creating a great burden on Medicare, Medicaid, and our long-term care facilities, and of course on the families who are dealing with the disease progression.

In his book Dr. Bredesen turns the conventional wisdom upside down! He believes that rather than being caused by the buildup of amyloid plaques in the brain, these plaques are the protective response of the brain from at least one of three main threats. He also states there is no single cause to Alzheimer’s and each type of threat requires different actions. It is not a question of what is “wrong” with the brain, rather it is a question of what conditions in each affected individual is causing this reaction in their brain. In many cases more than one of the three threats is present.

These three threats are: 1) Inflammation from infection, diet, and other causes; 2) The decline and shortage of supportive nutrients, hormones, and other brain-supporting substances; and 3) Toxic substances such as metals or biotoxins (poisons produced by microbes such as molds).

Dr. Bredesen calls his protocol RECode. The three threats are further broken down into 36 factors which can play a role in Alzheimer’s and his complete protocol addresses all of them. He has found that not all 36 will apply to everyone, so everyone is evaluated for what they require. The protocol is designed to prevent and reduce inflammation, optimize hormones, trophic factors and nutrients, and eliminate toxins.

As you can see, diet plays a big role. The foods he recommends are like those of Dr. Fung. Some people refer to Alzheimer’s disease as Type 3 diabetes.

I don’t want to give away the whole book, nor do I have the space here to go into great details. But I do want to share one last thought. Dr. Bredesen refers to investigating these 36 factors as a “Cognoscopy.” In determining the individual protocol the following factors are evaluated: homocysteine, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, folate, insulin resistance, C-reactive protein, ratio of albumin to globulin, Interleukin-6, Vitamin D3, TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3, estradiol, progesterone, the estradiol-progesterone ratio, cortisol, pregnenolone, DHEA, zinc, copper, magnesium, selenium, glutathione, mercury, level, cadmium, sleep patterns, LDL-p, Vitamin E, Vitamin B1, leaky gut, food sensitivities, autoantibodies, mitochondrial function, BMI, genetics, quantitative neuropsychological testing, imaging, and a few others!

Based upon this analysis specific recommendations are established. With those who are compliant he is seeing significant improvements in their condition. Dr. Bredesen is still challenged by many of his colleagues, but he carries on as he sees his patients’ lives improve.

For more details and information I encourage you to read his book. I can assure you will find it very interesting and eye opening.

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.