Category Archives: Men’s Health

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.

For the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=16

Client Success Story: Natural Supplements to Reduce Period Symptoms

“Thanks to Bernie and his supplement help, my period and period symptoms have become extremely tolerable.  I went from taking 5+ Advil each day due to awful period cramps and body fatigue. After seeing Bernie for about 1 month, I have decreased my Advil intake during my period to only 2 throughout my whole cycle.  I have never been on birth control before because I hated the thought of it and what it could do to my body.  This process has been better than even the thought of birth control to control my period and every changing hormones.” C.S

January 2019 Newsletter: Happy New Year – Let’s Make 2019 Your Healthiest Year Ever!

Happy New Year – Let’s Make 2019 Your Healthiest Year Ever!

With the New Year our thoughts turn to our annual New Year’s resolutions. This year let us all resolve that 2019 will be our healthiest year ever! We will do what we need to do – eat healthier, exercise more, and engage in activities that reduce our mental and emotional stress.

This may seem like a lot to do. My advice is to do what you can. Create success that builds on success. The path to be your healthiest self involves multiple steps. Take them one at a time and keep moving forward!  One of the best ways to be successful is to have a partner or partners walking the path with you. Share your successes; motivate and support each other when you struggle.

An even more significant resolution may be to help someone else become healthier in 2019. Many of you mention a friend or loved one that you would like to come see me. Now is the perfect time to encourage them to set up an appointment. Let us make 2019 the healthiest year ever for everyone we know!

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This newsletter has the final installment of the articles overviewing the macronutrients. See below for Fabulous Fats!

Did you overdo it during the Holiday Season? Looking for a cleanse or detoxification program? If so, see the article below on what type of program is best for you.

Fabulous Fats!

In this final installment of articles overviewing the macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate, and fat) we complete the picture with fat. Everybody knows that fat is bad for you.  Right? Well, not exactly.  It is fat that has been most unjustly demonized.  We have been suffering from a low-fat craze for the last thirty years.  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. 

For the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1262

In case you missed them, here are the previous articles:

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

For the article on protein click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1215

For the article on carbohydrates click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1251

What’s Right for You?

This is the time of the year when we re-focus on our health. There are a couple of reasons for that. First, it is a New Year, so it is time to make changes – eat better, exercise more, and lose weight. Second, many of us recognize the Holiday Season took its toll. We notice a few extra pounds, an overall sensation of not feeling our best, and it seems we’re either getting sick or fighting off a cold or flu. Then the natural human desire to feel better takes hold.

We look for a solution, something to make us feel better. This is typically some type of “diet” or “weight loss program” or “cleanse.” There are many programs to choose from, but the important question is what is best for you. In determining that you need to understand the different types of programs available.

I classify programs into three main categories: purification or detoxification programs, gut purification programs, and weight loss programs.

For the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1104

Fabulous Fats

In this final installment of articles overviewing the macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate, and fat) we complete the picture with fat. Everybody knows that fat is bad for you.  Right? Well, not exactly.  It is fat that has been most unjustly demonized.  We have been suffering from a low-fat craze for the last thirty years.  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. 

So yes, 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.  Ever wonder why everyone seems to have a Vitamin D deficiency these days?  Perhaps because they are not consuming the right fats for Vitamin D metabolism.

There are two types of fats – saturated and unsaturated (further defined as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated).  One of the easiest ways to tell them apart is that saturated fats are solid while unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature.  Unsaturated fats are much more sensitive to oxygen, light and heat. 

This sensitivity underlies the critical nature of fat you need to understand.  When fats are heated or exposed to excess light and oxygen they oxidize.  It is dangerous when we consume oxidized fats.  Oxidation leads to inflammation which damages cells and is linked to a variety of diseases including heart disease.

Saturated fats are able to withstand greater temperatures before oxidation occurs.  The most susceptible fats to oxidation are the unsaturated fats, particularly the polyunsaturated ones such as vegetable oil, corn oil, soybean oil, canola oil, and cottonseed oil.  Note that margarine is made from various combinations of these oils.

Therefore, when cooking with fats and oils we want to use saturated fats such as butter, clarified butter (ghee), avocado oil, or coconut oil.  For salad dressing or other room temperature uses olive oil is best, followed by flax oil, pine nut oil, sesame oil or hempseed oil.

Another fat we hear of are trans-fatty acids.  These are formed during the process of hydrogenation.  Hydrogenation is used to “stabilize” vegetable oils so they will not oxidize and was initially developed to lengthen shelf life of processed foods.   

In the hydrogenation process 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. 

A very important classification of fats are the essential fatty acids, specifically Omega-3’s and Omega-6’s. These are polyunsaturated fats (so remember you do not want to heat them to high temperatures). We need all the essential fatty acids. The issue (like much of nutrition) is balance. The essential fatty acids are the precursors to prostaglandins – a form of hormones that support many functions including normal growth and the inflammatory response. They also assist in blood coagulation and circulatory functions.

Omega 6’s are generally considered “pro-inflammatory” while Omega 3’s are “anti-inflammatory.” Too much inflammation is linked to many chronic diseases, yet at the same time, our body requires inflammation as a normal function. Our body was designed to consume the Omega 3’s and 6’s in relatively equal amounts (you’ll see anywhere from 1:1 to 2:1 Omega 6’s to 3’s in the nutrition literature). Unfortunately, many Americans are in the 20:1 to 50:1 ratio. Why? Omega 6’s are found heavily in grains which we eat and feed to our animals and form the base of these diets.

Many of us have been encouraged to increase our consumption of Omega 3 essential fatty acids (found in fish oil).  These are EPA and DHA which are beneficial to the nervous system and the cardiovascular system.  They are important for normal growth of our blood vessels and nerves.  Omega 3’s have been found to decrease blood clotting, lower triglyceride levels, decrease blood pressure, and reduce inflammation in the body. 

Omega 6’s are equally important. The specific Omega-6 oils to consume include linoleic acid (LA), alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). These fats are known to fire up your metabolism, enhance cell membrane structure and function, and synthesize eicosanoids.

If you want to learn more details regarding the Omega 6’s I strongly encourage you to ready Ann Louise Gittleman’s latest book Radical Metabolism which I have highlighted recently on my blog and in recent articles concerning healthy lifestyle and weight loss.

I recommend you eat these foods for healthy fat (organic preferred):

  • Butter
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Virgin Coconut Oil and MCT Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Fresh Flaxseed oil or ground flax seeds
  • Hemp/hempseed oil
  • Chia seeds
  • Additional nuts and seeds: almonds, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame, hemp – raw or dehydrated
  • Grass-pastured meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy (avoid dairy if lactose sensitive)
  • Wild caught cold water fish

Best sources of the essential fatty acids include: black current seed oil, evening primrose oil, flaxseed, lecithin, linseed oil, seafood (halibut, salmon, scallops, shrimp, snapper, and tuna), sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, wheat germ, and winter squash.

Avoid these foods (the trans-fats and oxidized oils):

  • Margarine and other trans-fats
  • Vegetable oil, corn oil, soybean oil, canola oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil
  • Any highly processed and/or GMO oils

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

December 2018 Newsletter: Happy Holidays and Pearls of Wisdom from Ann Louise Gittleman

Happy Holidays!! My best wishes to you and your family for a Happy and Healthy holiday season. Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!!

I recognize this is a busy time of year so I’m keeping this month’s newsletter short and sweet.

During my November Open House we were joined by Ann Louise Gittleman who discussed the “radical” in her new book Radical Metabolism and we were treated to a spontaneous half hour question and answer session with her. She shared several pearls of wisdom which are highlighted below.

Let us continue to look at the key macronutrients. This month we look at carbohydrates. The amount of carbohydrates to have in our diet is probably the most controversial question of nutrition.  You will see heated debates illustrating the benefits of both low carbohydrate diets and high carbohydrate diets.  See below and form your own opinion!

And last but not least is a link to my website to learn more about the dangers of EMFs.

Enjoy!

Pearls of Wisdom from Ann Louise Gittleman

At my Open House a couple of weeks ago 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.

To learn what makes Radical Metabolism so radical and to enjoy these five pearls of wisdom (Pearl #1 – Iron and Ferritin, Pearl #2 – The Importance of Cookware, Pearl #3 – Tea and Coffee, Pearl #4 – Bitters, and Pearl #5 – Grapefruit) click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1247

Cut the Carbs

In this third installment of articles overviewing the macronutrients ((protein, carbohydrate, and fat) we turn our attention to carbohydrates. The amount of carbohydrates to have in our diet is probably the most controversial question of nutrition.  You will see heated debates illustrating the benefits of both low carbohydrate diets and high carbohydrate diets.  The Standard American Diet (SAD) has become a high carbohydrate diet.

To read the full article click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1251

The Latest on EMFs

We hear a lot these days on the dangers of EMFs. I urge you to learn more information from this recent article on my website. https://brwellness.com/?p=1242