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August 2016 Newsletter – It’s The Summer: Enjoy the Sun

As usual, the summer seems to be flying by. But, there is still time to enjoy it!

This month’s newsletter has three features. First, there are so many areas where the “natural health” world and the “mainstream health” world seem to clash. It is not only regarding what foods to eat, whether or not to vaccinate, but also what to do about the Sun. The “mainstream” view is to put on lots of sunscreen and you’ll be protected from sunburn and skin cancer. The “natural” view is that all this sunscreen is likely contributing to skin cancer, sun exposure is good for our health, and there are ways to protect ourselves from overdoing it. I feature a couple of articles below from the “natural” side of the debate.

Second, one of my favorite nutritionists and mentors is Ann Louise Gittleman. I’ve mentioned her several times in the past. One of the sun articles is from her and she had another very interesting article this past month about the link between medications, nutritional deficiencies caused by the medications, and then the resultant additional symptoms suffered. This particular article looks at the link between birth control pills and depression.

Third, I have another wonderful testimonial from a 25 year old female who had a lingering parasitic infection.

I hope you enjoy the newsletter.


Have Fun in the Sun

As mentioned above, sun exposure is one of those areas where the “natural” and “mainstream” worlds seem to clash. In “Sunscreen Savvy” Ann Louise discusses how the sun is an important nutrient and how to safely get your sun. You can read the article here: http://annlouise.com/2016/07/19/sunscreen-savvy/.

Another of my favorite sources of “natural” information is GreenMedInfo. Here’s a link to their feature about the benefits of sun exposure: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/therapeutic-action/sunlight-exposure.

Birth Control Pills and Depression
From Ann Louise Gittleman, “I have been concerned—no, make that worried—about the nutrient depletion impact of meds for years. Many anti-depressants can make us fat while others impact our ability to exercise (like statins). So—to get the low down on which class of drugs might be making us depressed, I turned to my friend the Natural Pharmacist Ross Pelton who wrote The Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook a number of years ago.

In it, I was astounded to learn that oral contraceptives are downright dangerous because they deplete more nutrients than any other class of prescribed meds. When I learned Ross had also written a book called The Pill Problem, I asked him to weigh in on how women can protect their health from the side effects of oral contraceptives.” Click here to read more about what Ross Pelton told Ann Louise: http://annlouise.com/2016/07/26/the-drugdepression-connection.


“The Bumps and Indentations are Gone”

Hello Bernie!

I’m terribly sorry I forgot to respond to your email. Anyways, all is well with me! I had some severe discomfort and pain towards the end of my stay in China (probably 3 months)…I believe that it actually had to do with the parasite finally leaving my body.

Thank you so much for checking in! I will definitely contact you should I have anymore concerns regarding foreign invaders!

Oh also, those bumps that were once on my arms and backs of legs are completely gone now. And the indentations on my nails are also gone!

May 2016 Newsletter – Three More Nutrition Myths Busted

I hope everyone caught my April Fool’s newsletter headline from last month! I know I got a few of you!!!
This month I’m continuing the theme from last month with three more nutrition myths busted!
Hope you enjoy.
Bernie

Nutrition Myths Busted – Part 2

Here’s the continuation from last month’s look at the seven nutrition myths that I come across on a daily basis. Most of them are unfortunately still widely accepted in the mainstream medical and media worlds (and some even in the “alternative” medical world). Most of these topics I’ve written about. Since this is a newsletter and not a book I will cover each one briefly and then provide links for your further reading. For your convenience I’ve kept the links from last month.

1. All calories are created equal. https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=92

2. Cholesterol causes heart disease. https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=279. Website: http://www.ravnskov.nu/cholesterol/

3. Artificial sweeteners are safe. https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=251. Website: http://www.janethull.com/

4. Soy is a health food. https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=243. Weston Price Foundation website: http://www.westonaprice.org/soy-alert/

5. Eating animal protein causes cancer (The China Study).
This is one of my favorites as it illustrates the use of selected data to support a point of view while completely ignoring other findings from the same study. For all the details click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=89. In addition to getting adequate protein, vegetarians and especially vegans may be at risk for other nutritional deficiencies as well. This article highlights those: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=87.

6. Antioxidants are essential nutrients.
This is quite simple. An antioxidant is not a nutrient. It protects the nutrients in plants. So, yes, blueberries are high in antioxidants, but they are high in nutrients and that is what is important! To better understand the subject click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=84.

7. There is no way to reverse Type II diabetes.
Type II Diabetes is about lifestyle or as I like to say TMS (too much sugar). Cut the carbohydrates to 30 per day, that gets the blood sugars back in balance, and no more diabetes. I noticed I haven’t written a specific article on this in the past, but in researching I did come across a few of my rants against the American Diabetes Association and their magazine Diabetes Forecast. For your enjoyment you can click on the following links: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=252, https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=245, https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=157. If you know someone with diabetes an excellent book is by Dr. Richard Bernstein called The Diabetes Solution. He also has an excellent and informative web site. Even more so for those with Type I Diabetes. Here’s that web site: http://www.diabetes-book.com/.

Beware: All Calories Are Not Created Equal

Many diet and exercise programs are based on us “counting calories” and assuming all calories are created equal. This is a false and perhaps dangerous presumption. You’ll soon see why it is false. And it is dangerous because it leads to the notion that you can eat whatever you want as long as you are within certain calorie ranges.

This notion goes back to the 1870’s and the scientific finding of the First Law of Thermodynamics. We learn from Wikipedia, “The first law of thermodynamics states that energy can be transformed, i.e. changed from one form to another, but cannot be created or destroyed. It is usually formulated by stating that the change in the internal energy of a system is equal to the amount of heat supplied to the system, minus the amount of work performed by the system on its surroundings.”

This theory was applied to the human being. We knew we got energy from food, but the question was how much and from what foods. This resulted in two myths. The first being it didn’t matter what we ate as long as we got calories; and second whatever calories we consume through eating we need to burn through activity otherwise these calories will store as fat and we will gain weight.

Food scientists were able to assign specific calories to specific foods through the use of a new breakthrough – the bomb calorimeter. Basically, this device measures heat flow in water from the burning of a specific substance. The change in temperature in the water is then converted into calories.

So this leads us to the key question. Does our body really work like a bomb calorimeter? And, are all calories used for energy and therefore the same independent of the food we eat?

As far as a calorimeter goes, I think we can all conclude that our body does not operate that way. But let’s assume that it does. If so, does it treat all calories equally? While you will see many studies supporting the notion that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie let’s take a logical view of this. A hardboiled egg has 75 calories. Approximately one half of a slice of bread or a bagel has 75 calories. Perhaps one bite of a donut or a piece of cake has 75 calories. Could it really be that these 75 calories would have the same impact in your body? I don’t think so and shortly you’ll see why.

Let’s go back to the calorimeter for a minute. Here’s what was discovered and agreed upon: 4 calories per gram of carbohydrate and protein and 9 calories per gram of fat. Simple conclusion – eat too much fat and you get fat.

Well, to start with, not all the figures hold up to further scrutiny – especially the fats! Different fats have different amounts of associated calories depending upon saturation levels. Polyunsaturated fats have 9.1 calories per gram, animal fats range from 6.5 to 8.0 calories per gram, while cocoa butter (the most saturated of fats) has 5.5 calories per gram. This is significant. I’ve written previously on the benefits of saturated fat, and yet it is these fats that have been so vilified that actually have less calories than the unsaturated oils we have been told are so healthy! The true fact is that the more saturated the fat, the fewer calories.

Now let’s look at carbohydrates. I’ve written many times that to your body carbohydrates equals sugar. All carbohydrates (both “simple” and “complex”) are broken down into simple sugars. To do this the body uses a process called hydrolysis. Basically water is added to a reaction. This causes total mass to increase which actually creates more calories! So, simple sugars really do have 4.2 calories per gram, yet starches (the more complex carbohydrates) have 4.44 calories per gram. Also note that soluble fiber has 2.0 calories per gram. What does this mean? We are getting significantly more calories per gram of carbohydrate than we may think, especially from a high fiber whole grain!

Now for the grand finale! This whole theory assumes that all calories we consume are used for energy. This too is not true. Protein is used for a variety of body building functions. In fact very little protein is used for energy. Therefore, these calories really don’t count. Think about the Atkins diet. It includes lots of protein, yet people lose weight. In fact they are told to eat as much as they want and still lose weight. Next, let’s look at fat. Fat too is used for other functions besides energy. So, in reality, only some of these calories truly count. And here’s the important point – it is only carbohydrates where all the calories count! Many studies have shown that the number of calories is insignificant compared to their composition. People can gain or lose weight on calories ranging from 1000 to 4000 calories per day. It is all about how much fat, protein, and carbohydrate were in the diet!

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.

April 2016 Newsletter – Introducing A New Soy Based Diet That Gets Your Cholesterol to 150!

Hopefully all of you recognize that headline as an April Fool’s!

Unfortunately there are still many nutrition “experts” and mainstream medical personnel who believe soy is a health food and your cholesterol should be 150! In fact, these are just two of my favorite nutrition myths that I am compelled to debunk each and every day with my clients.

In the spirit of April Fool’s I’d like to review these top nutrition myths and provide you with the relevant information so you too can debunk them. Please see the featured article below for the details.

I’d also like to thank all my clients and mentors for their ongoing support. This past month of March 2016 was the best ever for my business. My business is primarily based on referrals and word of mouth. Satisfied clients refer their friends and relatives and it all goes from there. There is nothing more satisfying then when a client has normal bowel movements after three years of diarrhea or when migraine headaches no longer occur after years of suffering. It is an honor to work with each and every client as they become healthier and their health issues are resolved.

Don’t Be Fooled: Nutrition Myths Busted – Part 1

Following are seven nutrition myths that I come across on a daily basis. Unfortunately, most of them are still widely accepted in the mainstream medical and media worlds (and some even in the “alternative” medical world). Most of these topics I’ve written about in prior newsletters and articles. Since this is a newsletter and not a book I will cover each one briefly and then provide links for your further reading. Also, not to over burden you, I will split this article up between this newsletter and next month.

1. All calories are created equal.
Do you believe eating a hard-boiled egg or a half slice of piece of white bread can have the same effect in your body? They have a similar caloric count. If you cut back your calories each week to lose weight and you keep doing that will you eventually disappear from weight loss? Not likely. For the full story click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=92

2. Cholesterol causes heart disease.
We all have heard of people with “normal” cholesterol dropping dead from a heart attack. Even the cholesterol medications do not state they reduce the risk of heart disease, they only reduce cholesterol. Yet, we need cholesterol. It is the base ingredient for our steroid hormones. Perhaps that’s why there are so many side effects associated with statin medications. The real question is why is your body making cholesterol and what does it mean? Here’s one of my articles on cholesterol: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=279. And here’s a great website: http://www.ravnskov.nu/cholesterol/

3. Artificial sweeteners are safe.
Sorry, they’re not. They contain many harmful (potentially cancer causing) chemicals and while they don’t raise your blood sugar levels (they can’t because they’re not food) they still can cause an insulin response. For all the details click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=251.
If you want even more detail, here’s an excellent web site: http://www.janethull.com/

4. Soy is a health food.
Not really. You can’t digest it, it inhibits thyroid hormone production, and can cause hormone disruptions, plus it is mostly GMO. Other than that – it’s great! Here’s my article: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=243. For more information I encourage you to go to the Weston Price Foundation web site and read their vast collection of soy articles: http://www.westonaprice.org/soy-alert/

5. Eating animal protein causes cancer (The China Study). – sorry, you’ll have to wait for next month’s newsletter.

6. Antioxidants are essential nutrients. – sorry, you’ll have to wait for next month’s newsletter.

7. There is no way to reverse Type II diabetes. – sorry, you’ll have to wait for next month’s newsletter.

Don’t be fooled!!

January 2016 Newsletter – Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!! Wow – 2016!

Through the magic of the Internet I can send out this newsletter while still out of the country! I will be back in the office on Friday January 8 just for product pickup with appointments resuming on Monday January 11.

This is the time of New Year’s Resolutions – to eat better and to exercise regularly. So, I’m here to help and make it simple. This month’s newsletter looks at some gems from the past – the best foods to eat and the best way to exercise and the best book on nutrition!

The Best Book on Nutrition

She’s been telling us to eat fat for over 20 years. Always ahead of her times, Ann Louise Gittleman has revised and updated her book Eat Fat, Lose Weight. This was the first book of its kind when it came out. I encourage you to read it. For a nice overview of the book, click here: http://annlouise.com/2015/11/20/debunking-those-big-fat-lies/

What to Eat – 20 Foods You Should Have in Your Diet
I have run these articles several times in the past, but the truth is, that there’s nothing really new in what is healthy to eat! While the articles each highlight ten foods as you read them you’ll see there are actually quite a few more listed that relate to the one identified.

The first ten foods are: Blueberries, Apples, Kale, Almonds, Quinoa, Wild Salmon, Avocado, Kefir, Coconut Oil, and Butter. To read why click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=78

The second ten foods are: Broccoli, Garlic, Sweet Potatoes, Eggs, Whey Protein, Water, Cranberry Juice, Olive Oil, Grass Fed Beef, and Brown Rice. To read why click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=77

The Most Efficient Exercise
In the past I’ve written a few articles about exercise. I’ve told you about PACE and PACE Express from Dr. Sears, BurstFit by Dr. Axe, and the Xiser stepper to name a few. All of these techniques are similar in they promote what is called “burst training” or “sprint training” and now “HIT” (high intensity training). All work off a similar premise – the human body was not designed to run a marathon and the average person does not have to spend hours upon hours exercising to get in shape.

In fact, they even boldly state that being fit is not necessarily the same as being healthy and that many people over-exercise which has negative impacts on their health. This has been my experience with many of my clients. They come to me and say, “I don’t get it. I work out every day with my trainer and I keep gaining weight.”

Body by Science explains all the whys behind this. It provides the research and the science behind how exercise impacts the body. I wrote a series of four articles which are listed below.

1. Introduction to Body by Science
2. The Cardio Myth
3. Fat Metabolism
4. Genetic Expression

So, without further ado, let’s get to Body by Science.

Getting Started With Body by Science

“I don’t understand. I work out every day and I’m still gaining weight.” Believe it or not I hear this question quite frequently. On the surface it seems to be quite the paradox. All the conventional wisdom tells us to lose weight all we need to do is watch what we eat (meaning to eat less) and exercise more. Follow this simple formula: use more calories than you take in.

In the past I’ve explained part of this myth – how all calories are not created equal. Based on what the calorie is from (protein, fat, or carbohydrate) it will have a different effect in your body. If you need a refresher you can find that article on my blog at https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=135.

Now let’s explore the other half of the equation: exercise more. This of course leads to a series of questions. What type of exercise is best? How many times a week should I exercise? How long should I exercise?

For the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=27

The Cardio Myth
This article addresses the cardio myth. The recommended method of exercise is what he terms high intensity training (or HIT). It benefits both the aerobic and anaerobic energy pathways. Most “cardio” only works the aerobic pathway.

High intensity training is in many ways the complete opposite of what is now known as “cardio.” HIT is designed to be short and sweet. The techniques work the major muscle groups to exhaustion and then you must stop, rest, and then begin the next exercise. Cardio is designed to be lower intensity so that you can perform the exercise without stopping, usually anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour.

For the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=26

Exercise and Hormones: Fat Burning (Yes) and Fat Storing (oh no!)

This article offers a clear explanation of the actual science of exercise, how activity relates to hormones, and how this determines what happens in your body. In short, it answers the question I am frequently asked. “Why am I gaining weight when I am working out every day?”
The effectiveness of exercise is all about hormones, fat metabolism and blood glucose levels. Hormones signal the body to burn fat and to store fat. High intensity training works the major muscle groups to exhaustion, uses up glucose, and encourages the body to burn fat and build muscle.

For the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=21

It’s In Your Genes: Ten Factors That Influence Exercise Outcomes
One of my favorite parts in Body by Science is the discussion of genetic expression. It plays a major role in our physical appearance. People can do similar types of exercise but in the end their genes determine how their physical activity is expressed in their body.
Quite simply there are certain things that are meant to be and they aren’t going to change. They show a picture of a forest of the same type of tree, yet one is significantly taller than the others. If you only saw it, you’d assume it was the norm, but in fact it is the exception.

These same basic principles apply to the human body. Some people are the way they are simply because of genetics. Two people could do the exact same workout but based on their genes one can emerge as a championship body builder and the other will not.

For the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=17
Here’s a link to the web site: http://www.drmcguff.com/. There are videos, blogs, and other helpful information. I highly recommend it.

How Words Can Be Deceiving – What Monsanto Says about Glyphosate but What it Really Means

As I’ve been saying over the past few months – I love to learn! I just returned from the Physica Energetics annual conference called Concordia. Not only did I get to be in beautiful Santa Barbara (I’d never been there before), hang out with some interesting practitioners, learn new stuff to apply in my practice, and gain knowledge to share.

This is under “knowledge to share.” Thanks to Dr. Robert Cass for educating me! Below is information quoted from his presentation.

“According to Monsanto, producer of Roundup, the most popular herbicide used on the planet, the product is nearly nontoxic for humans. The usage of Roundup to kill weeds has skyrocketed around the world since the year 2000, in part it went off patent that year, but also because of the enormous increase (especially in the U.S.) in the appearance of “Roundup-Ready” GMO crops.”

Before I continue – doesn’t the phrase “nearly nontoxic” concern you? That still means it is toxic!!

Continuing, “Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, kills weeds by interfering with what is called the shikimate pathway. This pathway is essential in plants for the synthesis of a class of amino acids called the “aromatics.” But this pathway is nonexistent in any mammalian cell. By simple logic, the fact that our cells don’t have this pathway means that glyphosate cannot harm us.”

So far – so good? We don’t have this pathway, so it can’t harm us. Apparently a true statement. But here’s the rub…

Back to Dr. Cass, “While mammals don’t possess the shikimate pathway all of the microbes that take up residence in our digestive tract do have that pathway. If they are exposed to glyphosate gut bacteria is disrupted causing inflammation in the gut along with an overgrowth of pathogenic forms and concurrent loss of beneficial bacteria…There’s also an intricate connection between the gut and the brain, such that an unhealthy digestive system translates into pathologies in the brain.”

Here’s why the aromatic amino acids are so important. In this category are: tryptophan (the precursor to serotonin), tyrosine (the precursor to dopamine), and phenylalanine. These are essential nutrients – neurotransmitters.

Serotonin deficiency plays a role in autism, obesity, Alzheimer’s, depression, suicide, and homicidal behavior. Serotonin is a precursor for melatonin which regulates the wake-sleep cycle. Tyrosine deficiency is associated with Parkinson’s disease. Glyphosate activates an enzyme called phenylalanine lyase (PAL) which breaks down phenylalanine and releases ammonia as a by-product. Excess ammonia in the blood is associated with seizures.

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 2015 Newsletter – Back to School and Vaccine Education

Well, it’s that time of year – Back to School, the transition to Fall, and the start of the NFL! I tend to look forward to all of them. My kids are back to school – Zach is starting his Senior year at Madison and Mollie her Sophomore year at Northeastern. Seems just yesterday they were starting at Montessori! Later this month I start my own “Back to School” with a Standard Process training (Back to School for Doctors) in Denver and next month a Physica Energetics training (Concordia) in Santa Barbara. I always look forward to learning new, exciting, and cutting edge information and sharing it with you and my clients.

Back to School also brings up the Vaccine Wars. I have learned not to post too much stuff on Facebook about vaccines as it usually winds up getting ugly. It is the one topic that really pushes people’s buttons. From all I’ve read I’ve come to the conclusion that vaccines are neither as effective nor safe as the medical and government authorities would like us to believe. Also, I would question the total number and timing of the current vaccine protocol.

This quarter’s edition of Wise Traditions from the Weston Price Foundation has many articles on the topic, so I will share links and summaries of some of those articles below. The basic argument seems to be individual rights and choices versus what is perceived to be best for society and what happens when these seem to be in conflict. I invite you to read and decide for yourself.

Vaccine Education

The current issue of Wise Traditions from the Weston Price Foundation features many articles on vaccines. These articles highlight the risks versus the benefits; discuss how the debate has taken shape; describes the ingredients in vaccines; and offers suggestions for pre- and post- vaccination.

As usual, Sally Fallon, President of the Weston Price Foundation gets right to the point. She challenges the medical establishment with facts. http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/caustic-commentary-summer-2015/

You may remember Dr. Stephanie Seneff from my glyphosate articles. Well here she is again with another interesting twist to the topic. This position also makes a lot of sense to me. It looks not only at the impact of vaccines, but the impact of other environmental factors, such as the toxic overload that now exists. One of these key toxins is glyphosate from RoundUp. The glyphosate has two major impacts. First the antibiotic action disturbs the gut. It creates an increase of pathogens in the gut which increases the uptake of aluminum (from the vaccines) by the cells and transports it into the brain. Second the chelation property of the glyphosate interferes with the clearing of the glutamate (from the vaccines) as the detoxification systems of the body are disturbed. Chelation causes manganese not to be available for the detoxification cycle. Excess glutamate also affects the functioning of the brain. For all the details click here for the full article: http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/why-we-need-to-reexamine-the-riskbenefit-tradeoffs-of-vaccines/

This next article is where one would ask the most logical question – what is in the vaccines – and are the ingredients safe? This article tells you what these ingredients are, where they come from, and what they do in your body! http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/vaccination/adjuvants-in-vaccines/

Unfortunately it is getting more and more difficult for parents to choose not to vaccinate. This article explains why, but does offer some suggestions to protect your rights as parents. http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/vaccination/parens-patriae-and-mandatory-vaccinations/

This document gives some quick vaccine facts. Of course one of the scariest of these is the autism rate. In the 1980’s it was reported as 1 in 10,000. Today it is 1 in 68 and higher for boys. The “argument” is that we are better at diagnosing it today. If that is true, as another health expert said, then where are all the 40 year old autistic people hiding? I think that is a good point. To see this document click here: http://www.westonaprice.org/wp-content/uploads/WAPFVaccinationIndex.pdf

If you’d like a PDF of the full issue click here: http://www.westonaprice.org/wp-content/uploads/Summer2015.pdf

And of course for those of you wanting even more, there is the infamous Dr. Rand Tent video on YouTube that I have referenced before, The Exploding Autoimmune Epidemic, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aHRMjVHggI

End of Summer Cleanse

With the end of summer and the beginning of fall approaching, no better time for the 21 day purification program!

My Glyphosate Article Attacked by Local Monsanto Seed Dealer and My Response

This past week I experienced a first. One of my monthly nutrition articles in our local paper, the Ozaukee News Graphic, was attacked in a letter to the editor. The headline reads, “Rosen column based on faulty science.” Once I read the letter I of course had to see who this guy was, and sure enough he was a local seed distributor of Monsanto products. The irony is that the article is limited by space so I could only get so much in. My rebuttal to his attack will allow me to publish additional points. Hopefully the news paper will publish it, but if not, it is here on the web!

This might be a bit long, but is well worth your time to read.

Here’s his letter followed by my response. For the original article click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=16

His letter:

Rosen column based on faulty science To the Editor

I recently had a chance to read your column on glyphosate by Bernard Rosen in which he discusses “research” on the negative health effects of glyphosate. This column is filled with inaccuracies and bad science. From the article: “As a side note, this is how Roundup kills bugs. It blows their guts up!” Roundup is a herbicide; it kills weeds, not bugs. The author may be confused with BT protein that is used as an insecticide, that protein does kill bugs by disrupting their guts. Interestingly, BT protein is commonly used as an insecticide in organic food production.

The rest of the author’s conclusions seem to be based on the “research” of Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D. Dr. Seneff has her doctorate in electrical engineering. It appears her “research” is based on two laughable methodologies. First, she assumes all correlation equals causation. Roundup has seen a large increase in use at the same time that many diseases have increased, so Roundup must be the cause. You could use the same faulty argument to claim that the increase in autism the last 20 years must be caused by the huge increase in cell phone use. Celiac disease can be explained by the large increase in hybrid cars, or even the large increase in organic food sales. The increase in one variable at the same time that another variable increases does not mean the one causes the other.

The other methodology used seems to be that if glyphosate can disrupt certain bacteria, it must disrupt the bacteria in our guts. This argument again comes from an electrical engineer who didn’t actually do any biological research.

Don’t believe me, take the author’s advice and actually Google Stephanie Seneff. You will find many articles debunking her wild claims. I think the best is on the Huffington Post (not a big supporter of Monsanto) titled “Condemning Monsanto with Bad Science is Just Dumb.”

Rick Lemke Mequon

Here’s my response:

To the Editor: Glyphosate: Just the Facts

I’d like the opportunity to respond to Mr. Rick Lemke’s criticism of my column which he states is “filled with inaccuracies and bad science.” Here are the facts.

Fact: Glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic. The first “inaccuracy” Mr. Lemke cited is my statement that Roundup kills bugs by blowing up their guts. Mr. Lemke is correct in that Roundup is sold as an herbicide which is designed to kill plants and weeds, but inherently kills the bugs that eat the contaminated plants. So, how do we get from an herbicide that kills weeds to killing bugs? Well, it turns out that glyphosate is patented by Monsanto as an antibiotic. Antibiotics kill both soil bacteria and human or animal gut bacteria. The collateral damage does not end with the destruction of the soil bacteria or killing of these bugs, but carries through the plant to the end user (humans) that ultimately consume the plant crop.

Fact: Glyphosate was first patented as a mineral chelator in 1964. This means it immobilizes nutrients so they are not physiologically available to the weed. Remember a “weed” is a plant. The plant is starved of minerals it needs to survive and thus dies. It is believed the same mechanism works in humans exposed to glyphosate. Thus the claim of various nutrient deficiencies described by Dr. Seneff.

Fact: Several studies including those done by Monsanto link glyphosate to cancer. Earlier this year the International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC) deemed glyphosate “probably carcinogenic.” That means it likely causes cancer. There are many studies supporting this conclusion. The web site Natural News recently had this to say, “Both Monsanto and the EPA knew full well, at least as early as 1981, that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, causes cancer in mammals. Earlier studies conducted during the late 1970s and early 1980s appear to have documented cancer-causing effects from glyphosate in rats, mice and dogs, though this information was buried by Monsanto with the blessing of the EPA.”

Fact: Dr. Seneff has numerous sources supporting her work, and has published over 170 referenced articles. Mr. Lemke continues his personal attack on Dr. Seneff calling her research “laughable” and makes other assumptions about her work. Dr. Seneff has a BS in Biophysics in 1968, a M.S. and E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1980, and a Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1985, all from MIT. Mr. Lemke was quick to dismiss Dr. Seneff’s degree in Biophysics given her doctorate degree in another area. However, these various degrees form the basis for her research interests that explore the intersection of biology and computer engineering in modeling. There are many different opinions with scientists on all sides of this discussion. Each has persuasive arguments.

Fact: Mr. Lemke’s business sells genetically modified and Roundup ready seeds. Mr. Lemke should point out this fact. He clearly has a financial stake in this discussion.

Fact: Monsanto seed products have been removed and/or banned by: Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, South Australia, Russia, France, and Switzerland.

I agree whole heartedly with Mr. Lemke’s conclusion. “Don’t believe me; take the author’s (referring to me) advice and actually Google Stephanie Seneff.” And do more: Google Glyphosate, GMOs, Cancer, Toxicity, Countries Banning Monsanto, and Countries Banning GMOs.

Bernard Rosen

It’s In Your Genes: Ten Factors That Influence Exercise Outcomes

I have recently introduced you to the book Body by Science by Doug McDuff, MD and John Little. This book offers a clear explanation of the actual science of exercise, how activity relates to hormones, and how this determines what happens in your body. In short, it answers the question I am frequently asked. “Why am I gaining weight when I am working out every day?”

In the introductory article I summarized his key points. In this article I will address one of those key points. Genetic expression plays a major role in our physical appearance. People can do similar types of exercise but in the end their genes determine how their physical activity is expressed in their body.

One of my favorite parts in Body by Science is the discussion of genetic expression. Quite simply there are certain things that are meant to be and they aren’t going to change. They show a picture of a forest of the same type of tree, yet one is significantly taller than the others. If you only saw it, you’d assume it was the norm, but in fact it is the exception.

These same basic principles apply to the human body. Some people are the way they are simply because of genetics. Two people could do the exact same workout but based on their genes one can emerge as a championship body builder and the other will not.

Here’s a look at ten genetic factors that come into play.

1. Somatotype – a fancy word for body types. There are three main body types for humans. Endomorphy is the tendency towards soft and round body contours. Mesmorphy is the tendency towards being more muscular. Ectomorphy is the tendency towards being skinnier. What you are is what you have to work with. The ectomorph will have a hard time becoming an Olympic weight lifter!

2. Muscle length determines how long a muscle can become, which will ultimately determine how large it can be.

3. Muscle fiber density determines the mass potential for the muscle. If it can have more fibers, it can become larger.

4. Skeletal formation – this will also impact how large a muscle can become based on how and where it attaches to the bones.

5. Neuromuscular efficiency – how wells nerves and muscles communicate will impact how well the muscles can develop.

6. Myostatin – this is a protein produced due to gene GDF-8 (growth and differentiation factor 8). This protein stops the muscles from becoming too large. So, a particular expression of this gene will allow muscles to grow larger than the might ordinarily be.

7. Interleukin-15 – this gene has various combinations which has associations to how one’s muscle size will respond to exercise.

8. Alpha-Actinin-3 – this is a protein component of fast-twitch muscle. Eighteen percent of the population lacks it while all champion athletes have been found to have it.

9. Myosin Light Chain Kinase – this is an enzyme that supports how your muscles build. Some people experience more muscle damage with exertion so should have a longer recovery time meaning they should train less frequently to maximize results.

10. Angiotensin Converting Enzyme – an enzyme that determines vascular tone. This influences exercise endurance.

So there you have it. What does it all mean? Set realistic expectations and goals around your exercise program. Accept who you are and the exercise you can perform. Some areas are out of your control and pushing beyond your body’s genetic design is not going to get you anywhere.

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.

April 2015 Newsletter: No April Fool’s Here: Serious Stuff for Your Health

I hope you are enjoying the series of articles based on the book Body by Science. This month’s newsletter features the third installment discussing the all important area of the hormonal impact of exercise. Unfortunately this is one of the most misunderstood aspects of exercise. While exercise has many benefits, improper exercise can create hormone imbalances. Hormones determine and drive most of our body’s functions, thus hormone imbalances can be at the root of many disturbing symptoms. For a refresher on hormones click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?cat=11

One of the best newsletters I receive is from Dr. Bruce West. Each month is packed with valuable information. His February issue was one of the best ever and I wanted to share a few of his nutritional nuggets from that issue. This article follows below.


New stuff in the office: Supplements for pets and water tests.

Did you know that almost 70% of pets in U.S. households are on medications? I was shocked, but I guess not surprised when I read that in an article about Pfizer’s pet drug division. Many of my clients have pets at home and they are just concerned about their pet’s health as their own. Standard Process has an excellent line of pet products, particularly for cats, dogs, and horses. I have several clients who are aware of this and I am able to supply them with product. If you are interested let me know.

Ever wonder if your water supply is safe. I’ve come across some easy do it yourself home water tests from Silver Lake Research. I have in stock the well water test kit ($25) and the city water test kit ($20). For more information on the test kits you can click here: https://www.discovertesting.com/products/display_products_overviews.sd?iid=1&headtitle=Drinking%20Water%20Test%20Kits
If you are interested give me a call or send an email.


Exercise and Hormones: Fat Burning (Yes) and Fat Storing (oh no!)

I have recently introduced you to the book Body by Science by Doug McDuff, MD and John Little. This book offers a clear explanation of the actual science of exercise, how activity relates to hormones, and how this determines what happens in your body. In short, it answers the question I am frequently asked. “Why am I gaining weight when I am working out every day?”

In the introductory article I summarized his key points. In this article I will address one of those key points. The effectiveness of exercise is all about hormones, fat metabolism and blood glucose levels. Hormones signal the body to burn fat and to store fat. High intensity training works the major muscle groups to exhaustion, uses up glucose, and encourages the body to burn fat and build muscle.

For the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=21


Nutritional Nuggets from Dr. Bruce West

One of my favorite nutrition publications I get is Health Alert by Dr. Bruce West. Each month I look forward to the latest edition. The official title is Health Alert: When All Other Treatments Fail. I think you get the picture. Dr. West is a Chiropractor and a big fan of Standard Process products. He is also a big fan of the truth. February’s issue was full of juicy nuggets that I’d like to share.

Nugget #1: Almost all treatment for heart disease is unnecessary!

Nugget #2: Artificial sweeteners cause diabetes!

Nugget #3: Heart attacks are not caused by clogged arteries!

Nugget #4: Multiple sclerosis is directly linked to poor gut flora!

To read the complete post click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=19