Category Archives: Women’s Health

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

 

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.

Yes, we use carbohydrates for energy.  They provide quick energy.  Carbohydrates are converted into blood glucose (blood sugar) 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.

However, carbohydrates are not the only source of energy. Fat (as will be detailed in the next article) also provides energy. When most of us think of carbohydrates we think grains, breads, and sweets.  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 as recommended by the USDA) we consume lots of sugar.  While sugar can be used for energy, excess sugar is converted into fat and stored and has many adverse affects on the body.  The bottom line – it is sugar that makes us fat!

Not only does sugar (excess carbohydrates) contribute to weight gain, after a time insulin resistance occurs. Insulin is the hormone produced by the pancreas to move the excess sugar out of the blood stream. When the body can no longer keep up with sugar consumption it will become insulin resistant. This condition blocks the burning of fat, causes fat storage around the abdomen, and causes inflammation. Inflammation creates another long list of possible symptoms. Unless there are dietary changes, the next steps are pre-diabetes, diabetes, and according to some experts, Alzheimer’s.

Here are some of the various consumption guidelines for carbohydrates. As I stated previously in the article and you will see there is quite the variation! The USDA/Federal Government’s 2000 calorie per day diet includes 300 grams of carbohydrates, the American Diabetes Association recommends about 150 grams of carbohydrates per day for diabetics, while alternative/holistic practitioners will recommend about 50-60 grams per day. Many holistic practitioners have found their clients blood sugar levels come into balance at that level of carbohydrate intake.

So, to gain control over your carbohydrate consumption, I recommend you eat these foods for carbohydrates:

  • VEGETABLES
  • Raw or steamed vegetables, preferably low carbohydrate veggies (leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower) with two meals per day and snacks
  • LIMIT starchy veggies (potatoes, yams, corn, squash, peas) to 3-4 times per week
  • SALADS: Raw vegetable salads

 

Practice balance and moderation of these foods:

  • GRAINS (Limited quantities ONLY – once per day maximum):
  • If you are gluten sensitive or intolerant you must avoid all gluten containing grains and foods. It is best to consume only organic grains to avoid pesticides.
  • Sprouted grain or sourdough bread.
  • Whole grains – brown rice, quinoa, bulgur, millet, and wild rice.
  • Use brown rice or quinoa for pasta.
  • FRUITS:
  • SWEETENERS: Not advised at all.  But if you must, limit to limited amounts of the following
  • Stevia (a natural sweetener)
  • Raw Honey
  • Pure Maple Syrup

 

Avoid these foods as best as possible:

  • Refined/White flour
  • Refined/White grains
  • Cookies, cakes, pastries
  • White sugar, brown sugar, all sweeteners not listed above
  • Processed refined grain cold and hot cereals
  • All artificial sweeteners

 

While it would be ideal not to eat the foods listed on the avoid list, I recognize reality.  So, since most people will continue to eat these foods, it is even more important to consume the foods listed as healthy!!

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.

 

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? We get excess iron from meat, cookware, and iron fortified foods.  Coffee, wine, and dairy BLOCK iron absorption furthering the problem.

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.

 

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/

Breast Cancer Awareness vs. Prevention

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.

Breast Cancer Awareness

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.

Soft tissue cancers soared in the 1980’s. Of all soft tissue cancers (prostate, breast, lymphoma & melanoma of skin) none receives more press than breast cancer. Even the research magazine Science, which is hardly sensational, noted at that time that the “breast cancer statistics are alarming.” From 1978 to 1987 breast cancer diagnosis grew from 130,000 to over 180,000 (an increase of 50,000 cases). I point this out because there was nothing done except talk of early detection. Remember, just 30 years prior in the 1950’s, Polio was considered a major epidemic with only 33,000 total cases per year!

Early detection certainly helps treatment and the death rate, but it does not significantly affect the incidence rate.

Did you ever wonder where all the donated money for breast cancer awareness goes to? If you thought a majority of it went to research, you’d be mistaken. Since 2008, it seems the biggest named non-profits continue to diminish how much is spent on breast cancer research, with an average range being 15 – 25% of profit. More and more companies are taking money away from research and instead spending it on education….and selling things that are pink.

So what do we do?

If up to 80% of breast cancer is not genetic but rather environmentally induced, then we need to look at our environment. Diet, exercise and stress are BIG factors. How we view what we’re putting into our body can be just as important as what we put in.

As women, we hold a lot in. We need to start to rewrite that story for ourself as the negative is not worth holding on to. Remember, the mind doesn’t know if it’s happening in the present moment or if it happened in the past. When we continue to replay a situation in our head, our body responds as if it’s happening at that moment (cortisol and adrenaline are released and we automatically go into fight/flight). When you sense this happening, stop and reset your thought pattern.

You hear this often and it is true, hormones play a major role in our health. Some breast cancer is estrogen dominant. Thanks to cancer research we can now test for such. Estrogen by itself doesn’t cause cancer but it can influence its growth. Estrogen is needed for cellular hydration, signaling and of course, cell proliferation. Estrone (E1), Estradiol (E2) and Estriol (E3) are all needed but in different quantities. E3 is known as the “good” estrogen. Therefore, we want this number to be greater than E1 & E2 combined. For menopausal women, we want the progesterone/E2 ratio to be between 200 & 500. The estrogen quotient: E3/(E1 + E2) should be greater than 1. These numbers are important. It’s one more way we can be proactive about our health. If you don’t know what these numbers are, ask your doctor. It’s a guide for our reproductive health, menopausal health and long-term brain health. These numbers can be tested via blood or saliva. Here at the clinic we do saliva testing and it’s a very easy way to get a baseline.

In today’s newsletter, I want to touch upon an environmental factor not often connected to women’s health and especially not breast cancer – electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs). EMFs are emitted from any device with a battery or plug. Your blender emits an EMF when turned on. Some EMFs are more detrimental than others. Those connected with WIFI, cell phones, high tension power lines, high powered walkie talkies, fit bits, and smart meters create more cellular damage than blenders and hair dryers. Unlike some toxic exposure, EMF exposure is accumulative. I bring such a silent environmental factor up because I’ve seen if ravage my family.

Out of all of the patients and clients that come into the clinic with cancer, breast cancer is by far the greatest one we come across. We’ve seen lumps connected to radios being carried for one’s job and electronic key cards being clipped on to one’s shirt. Every time you turn around you hear of a newscaster having breast cancer. Is it any coincidence their mic packs are clipped onto their bras? Maybe but it’s certainly not something I’m willing to risk after what I’ve seen.

We don’t need to feel a difference being exposed to EMFs in order for them to damage our DNA. This was brilliantly demonstrated by the research Henry Lai was conducting on microwaves.  The world is constantly changing around us. Cell phones are here to stay. We need to become more resilient.

One way in which to do that is by having some sort of protection on your device or within your vibrational field. Dr. Teff has spent many years researching this topic and working closely with several companies creating products to limit our cellular exposure and damage. Nature’s Frequencies, a frequency based research company out of Massachusetts, was able to create tools that we can use to protect us in our daily routines. By putting one of the cell phone stickers on your phone, they’ve found that the cell phone radiation is less heating to the body and penetrates a shorter distance. Remember, in kids, the cell phone radiation travels completely through their brains, affecting all neurons. Neurosurgeon and researcher Dr. Leif Salford has done quite a bit of research on the subject. He concluded that the weakest exposure to wireless radiation had the greatest effect in causing the blood brain barrier to leak. This is important as kid’s brains aren’t fully developed until the age of 20.

As of December of last year, Kaiser Permanente concluded that exposure to certain magnetic fields “at levels commonly found in homes, offices and the urban environment” can triple the rate of miscarriages.

As you can see, this topic doesn’t just apply to breast health. We can all benefit from EMF protection. However, some of us are more greatly affected than others.

If you’re interested, Nature’s Frequencies has created products that you can clip on your keychain, stick on your phone or plug into your home outlet, making cellular protection a possibility.

My mom had breast cancer. The EMFs didn’t cause the cancer (that’s a story for another day) but they certainly influenced the growth of it. If there’s something you can change today to balance your body and create harmony within, do so! There’s no reason to wait.

Click Here to Read More About Nature’s Frequencies Products

 

 

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

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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

 

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“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.