Category Archives: Weight Loss

July 2018 Newsletter: The Sure Fire Way to Lose Weight

Happy Fourth of July!! I hope you are all enjoying your summer so far. As this newsletter reaches you I am in Seattle, Washington and soon Idaho on vacation.

The office is closed from June 29 until July 6.

I will be having a 2-day Flash Sale upon my return!

Flash Sale July 6 and 9 Only – Cleanse and Weight Loss Kits

There’s still time to drop a few pounds and clean up before the summer gets into full swing! In celebration of my return from vacation I will have a 2-day only Flash Sale on Design for Health cleanse and weight loss kits that I have in stock. SAVE $15 on: 14 -Day VegeCleanse Plus Detoxification Program, 14-Day PurePaleo Plus Detoxification Program, VegeMeal Plus Lean Body Program (Vanilla and Chocolate), Detoxification Support Packets, and Weight Loss Support Packets.

This will be on a first come first serve basis, so if you are interested please respond to this email and let me know what kit you would like and what day you will pick it up. I will get back to you with your cost before Friday July 6.

New Articles for July and August

The newsletters for this month and next month feature articles summarizing several excellent books I recently read. You will learn about the exciting and hopeful work of two medical doctors (Dr. Jason Fung and Dr. Dale E. Bredesen) who are preventing and reversing three of the most prevalent health issues we face today. Dr. Jason Fung is proving this with Type 2 diabetes and Dr. Dale E. Bredesen is showing this with Alzheimer’s disease. As you would expect they are facing criticism and ridicule from others in their profession, yet they have the real cases to support their success.

This month the newsletter features Dr. Fung and next month will feature Dr. Bredesen.

Why My Supplements Work

Common questions I hear from my clients are: Why do you use supplements in your practice? How did you choose these specific products and companies? And why are supplements not FDA approved?

One of my mentors, Dr. Davis Brockenshire, put together a short video which answers these questions and more. I am sharing it with you as what he says applies to my practice and I carry the same product lines as him. Click the link to watch the video and get the answers to these commonly asked questions.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzYwR8JPKiA&feature=youtu.be&inf_contact_key=0d42c2aee0354d6ed2a6fbaac47f5e60e622c96ea1e7a62c202cbe8aa82e6838

 

The Sure-Fire Way to Lose Weight

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

I recently came across the work of Dr. Jason Fung, a Toronto based specialist in kidney diseases who treats patients with end-stage kidney disease requiring dialysis. Most of them are obese and diabetic. While some may consider his work controversial, I have seen the results of his advice first hand in addition to the success stories he provides.

According to Dr. Fung, Type 2 diabetes is fully reversible and preventable and he does this without using medications or surgery. The key is to control the insulin resulting from the diet and to do that using intermittent fasting.

For the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1161

New study demonstrates the effects of intermittent fasting on body weight and metabolic disease risk factors in obesity

From the Designs for Health blog:

Intermittent fasting has become increasingly more popular over the past few years to support weight loss, insulin resistance, and aging. However, there have been limited human clinical studies on this topic. Now, in a new study published last Friday in Nutrition and Healthy Aging, researchers demonstrated the benefits of intermittent fasting in obesity.

This was a 12-week study that included 23 patients 25 to 65 years of age. They all had a BMI ranging from 30 to 45 kg/m2, were non-diabetic, did not smoke, had no history of cardiovascular disease, had a sedentary to light active lifestyle, and were not on any weight loss, lipid- or glucose-lowering medications.

For the rest of the article click here: https://blog.designsforhealth.com/node/825

Client Success Story: This Time The UTI Did Not Come Back

“It is empowering to work with Bernie and learn ways to help your body when it needs support. Recently, I had a urinary tract infection and was given a round of antibiotics from my primary care doctor. I reluctantly took them and felt better. Two days after I had finished the course of antibiotics the UTI had returned, and my doctor was ready to prescribe a second round. I knew this would not be good for my body so I reached out to Bernie. He was able to identify what was needed to kill the bacteria and support my health overall. I felt better quickly and Bernie was helpful and accessible throughout the process. It was such a relief to know that I helped my body heal naturally.” L.E.

The Sure-Fire Way to Lose Weight, Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

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

I recently came across the work of Dr. Jason Fung, a Toronto based specialist in kidney diseases who treats patients with end-stage kidney disease requiring dialysis. Most of them are obese and diabetic. While some may consider his work controversial, I have seen the results of his advice first hand in addition to the success stories he provides.

According to Dr. Fung Type 2 diabetes is fully reversible and preventable and he does this without using medications or surgery. The key is to control the insulin resulting from the diet and to do that using intermittent fasting.

I encourage you to read at least one of his three books or for those of you who prefer learning through listening and watching, view his many presentations on YouTube. The books are a progression of his knowledge sharing. The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss was published in 2016. It discusses the current obesity epidemic – how it has developed and how you avoid becoming obese. There is a strong link between being obese and developing Type 2 diabetes. In 2018 he wrote The Diabetes Code: Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally. This book focuses on the diabetes epidemic, the actual causes of diabetes, how not to treat Type 2 diabetes, and his proven methods for successfully treating Type 2 diabetes. The third book is The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Though Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting. This book provides more detail on various fasting techniques used to lose weight and manage and reverse Type 2 diabetes.

Following is a summary of the key points made in the books. Again, I encourage you to read the books to get the complete story and they include all the sources for his findings.

There is much deception around calories. The truth is that eating fewer calories will cause your body to burn fewer calories. This is part of our adaptive nature to the days of our ancestors when food was not available at every corner. Our basal metabolic rate slows down to compensate for less fuel. If it did not our ancestors would have not had the energy to hunt and survive while they had limited food. While there will be some short-term weight loss with restricted calories, eventually a plateau is reached, and weight loss stops.  And, as virtually everyone experiences when resuming how you ate before the “diet” the weight comes back on quickly and often exceeds where you started.

Obesity is not caused by an excess of calories or by a lack of exercise, but by a hormonal imbalance in the body. Hormones regulate appetite, fat storage, and blood sugar levels. Leptin regulates body fat and is involved in setting the body weight. Ghrelin regulates hunger. Peptide YY and cholecystokinin regulate feeling full and satisfied. But, only two hormones cause weight gain – cortisol and insulin. Therefore, to lose weight we must reduce these hormones. We can reduce cortisol through stress reduction techniques and we can reduce insulin through dietary techniques of what to eat and when to eat.

Dr. Fung recommends a moderate fat, moderate protein, low carbohydrate diet. For most people this means reducing consumption of added sugars, reducing consumption of refined grains, moderate intake of protein, increase consumption of natural fats, and increase consumption of fiber and vinegar. One key new learning for me was the moderation of protein intake. Too much protein can cause blood sugar levels to rise leading to a subsequent increase in insulin.

To reduce insulin enough to lose weight and to reverse Type 2 diabetes Dr. Fung recommends a variety of intermittent fasting programs. It is important to clarify the terms “intermittent” and “fasting.” Intermittent means there are periods of time when you do not eat any food. During fasting periods, you can have water, tea, coffee, bone broth, and add fats such as coconut oil and butter to the coffee or tea. This is critical to understand because a complete fast with no water or food will lead to dehydration which will impact metabolism. Another key point is that the basal metabolic rate does not slow down with intermittent fasting.

Dr. Fung describes a variety of fasting plans. The basic plan is 16 hours of fasting and an 8-hour window of eating. This can be accomplished by skipping breakfast (but again you are allowed coffee, tea, or bone broth with specified limitations) and eating lunch and finishing dinner between noon and 8 PM. This is a good plan for someone just looking to lose some weight.

The 24-hour plan consists of skipping breakfast and lunch 3-4 days per week and having three meals the remaining days of the week. There are also 36-hour plans, 42-hour plans, and 7-14-day plans. Again, the best plan for an individual depends on their specific objectives and their present condition.

Again, I encourage you to read the book or view the YouTube presentations as in this limited space I can only share the highlights.

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.

May 2018 Newsletter: Offering the Best Supplements Available

Offering the Best Supplements Available

I am frequently asked how I decide the products to offer my clients. There are so many products on the market all claiming to be the best! And, I am constantly approached by supplement manufacturers to carry their products. Since high quality supplements are critical for successful outcomes, those I recommend must be effective.

The decision starts with the desire to provide the best supplements on the market – products that will support my clients throughout their healing process. It is a difficult decision requiring substantial undertaking on my part to add new products. There is not only the dollar investment in inventory, but there is a significant time investment in learning the products. I need to understand what products are available and what they are used for.

I research the companies and ask questions to colleagues to learn from their experiences. Most important, before I bring new products into inventory I evaluate samples to see how they perform in muscle testing. Once I see they muscle test positive with clients I have the necessary confidence that the products will be effective with my clients.

When I decide to offer a new product line or increase my offerings from a specific company, it is newsworthy! Recently I have expanded my offerings from Designs for Health and have introduced the Intestinal Cleanse line from Southern Botanicals.

For a complete list of the product lines available click here: https://brwellness.com/?page_id=858

Exciting Products From Designs for Health

I have had an account with Designs for Health for many years, but had only used a few products in practice. Several months ago, I decided to take a closer look at their full array of offerings and noticed many possibilities to complement the other products I had available. The Designs for Health product line features many powders and liquids so it is very “child friendly.” There is Immunoberry – an elderberry and mushroom based immune system support product; Ginger Tussin – a cherry tasting herbal throat elixir and immune system support product; Silvercillin – a silver spray for immune system support; Curcum-Evail Chewables – a turmeric, anti-inflammatory product; OmegaAvail Smoothie – a fish oil in a variety of tasty flavors; and many others. For the line of immune system support products click here: https://brwellness.ehealthpro.com/t/product-category-index/immunity.

Designs for Health also features some highly specialized digestive enzymes that work in conjunction with other gut healing products. For the line of digestive support products click here: https://brwellness.ehealthpro.com/t/product-category-index/digestion-gi-health.

The product I am most excited about is VegeCleanse Plus. This is a detoxification program available in a 14 or 21-day version. It is very easy to do. Everything is in packets. I’ve seen amazing results in my clients completing this program. I like to pair it with the 14-day Lean Body Program – a weight loss program. I recently wrote an article, “What’s Right for You? Detoxification, Weight Loss, or Gut Cleanse?” To read the article click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1104.

To see all the program kits click here: https://brwellness.ehealthpro.com/t/program-kits.

One of my all-time favorite bars is the PB Meal bar. I call it “a healthy Reese’s peanut butter cup.” It is also the favorite of my wife Susana, my daughter Mollie, and my step-son Rafi! Designs for Health offers a wide variety of tasty bars. These bars are wonderful for on-the-go moms, college students, as a mid-afternoon snack (to carry you over until dinner), or post workout. For the full line-up of bars click here: https://brwellness.ehealthpro.com/t/product-category-index/foundational/bars?pages=1-2.

Here’s a quick review of some other Designs for Health best sellers:

Arthroben – This product is for the dietary management of osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal inflammation. Supports joint integrity, mobility and function and provides nutritional building blocks for cartilage, ligaments, and the skin. It also supports gut healing. https://brwellness.ehealthpro.com/products/arthroben-unflavored-slash-unsweetened

GI Revive – This product naturally supports GI health and function. It is available in both capsules and powder. It supports GI mucosal integrity and a healthy inflammatory response, promotes regularity and healthy bowel function. Along with Tegricel it helps heal the gut. https://brwellness.ehealthpro.com/products/gi-revive-capsules

Metabolic Synergy – This product is a nutritional support for ideal glucose, insulin, and leptin levels. It supports healthy carbohydrate metabolism and can reverse insulin resistance. https://brwellness.ehealthpro.com/products/metabolic-synergy-capsules-180-vegetarian-capsules

To learn more about Designs for Health products you can call or e-mail me or visit my e-store at https://brwellness.ehealthpro.com/. Use the code FIRST25 at check out to receive 25% off your first order.

Intestinal Cleansing from Southern Botanicals

Southern Botanicals offers a full line of herbal products. I am especially excited to introduce their line of Intestinal Cleanse products, included is a liquid product Intestinal Cleanse 3 which can be used for children.

To learn more about products from Southern Botanicals click here: https://healthfree.com/

Great Reads and Great Prices! Yoga and Health Related Books for Sale

I have available for purchase a great variety of Yoga and health related books. They are all in Like New condition. They are priced at $2.50, $5.00, or $10.00 each. You can save if you purchase over $50.

If you would like to purchase any books, please call Bernie at 262-389-9907 or email me at bernie@brwellness.com.

For the complete list of books click here: https://brwellness.com/?page_id=1135

February 2018 Newsletter: Spread the Love

 Spread the love this February with the gift of a healthy detox or weight loss program for you and your loved ones.

 

February is here and with that a desire to adopt a healthier lifestyle is a key goal for many people. Every day clients ask me how they can remove toxins and extra body fat to boost their energy levels and lose some weight, particularly the extra pounds they gained over the Holiday Season.

At my last Open House we explored the different types of programs that I offer to achieve your objectives and how to best select one that makes the most sense for your lifestyle. This information is summarized in the two articles below.

The first article explains cleanses, purifications, gut cleanses, and weight loss programs to help you decide what is appropriate for you and why these programs can be a success or a failure. The second article discusses why people do not always achieve their weight loss goals on these programs.

What’s Right for You? Detoxification, Weight Loss, or Gut Cleanse?

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

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

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

For the rest of the article click here: What’s Right for You?

Are You Weight Loss Resistant?

Ever notice what happens at the beginning of the year?  The New Year’s resolution.  This is the year you vow to get healthier, to lose those extra pounds, and to keep them off.  The health clubs are jammed with others making the same resolution.  There are lines of people waiting to use the stepping machines and the exercise bikes.  But, within a few short weeks the crowds disappear and there are no more lines.

Why does this happen?  You’ve cut back on the alcohol, are eating salads for lunch, skipping a meal here and there, and are working out hard at the gym.  Yet the pounds are not flying off.  This is not uncommon as over 95% of all diets end in disappointment.  However, don’t be discouraged.  If you read on you’ll learn how you can get lasting results.

For the rest of the article click here: Are You Weight Loss Resistant?

What’s Right for You? Detoxification, Weight Loss, or Gut Cleanse?

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

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

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

Purification or detoxification programs aim to improve the overall functioning of your body by removing toxins from your body. These toxins come from the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe (both indoor and outdoor pollutants), personal care products, and household products. Your body has three ways to deal with toxins. It can remove them – this is the optimal method, or it can hide them in body fat or deposit them in other tissues. The last two options are less than optimal. Once the toxins are placed in fat or other tissues we begin to experience a variety of symptoms.

Typical symptoms of toxicity include: chronic fatigue, constipation, gas and bloating, poor digestion, bad breath, inability to lose weight, headaches, mood swings, brain fog, joint pain and stiffness, sensitivities to smells, frequent colds, chronic infections, skin rashes, and hives. This can lead to long-term effects on the body that impact reproduction, development, brain function, endocrine system function, and immune system function.

Purification or detoxification programs target and support the body’s main organs of detoxification – the liver and kidneys, as well as the lymph, blood, skin, colon, and lungs. The programs include nutritional supplements to support these organs and drive detoxification and a clean diet to limit toxins entering the body.

During the purification or detoxification process the first couple of days are usually the most difficult as toxins begin to be released and the body is adjusting. But as the program progresses most people feel better – they have more energy, think clearer, sleep better, and lose weight.

I generally believe this is the best and safest place to start for one very important reason – the toxins that are stored in fat.

A weight loss program is designed to help you lose weight and burn fat. These programs will also feature a healthy diet, but the supplements are more designed to burn and reduce fat. Generally, there is no support for your detoxification organs. So, what can happen is the body can begin to dump toxins and there is no support to detoxify. This can result in a variety of symptoms occurring while losing weight. I can provide a real-life story of a client’s experience on the Whole30 program. This is a wonderful way of eating, a program I certainly encourage, and will support weight loss. However, I have heard of cases of a week of headaches while doing the program. In this case there was a dump of toxins from the fat into the blood stream with no mechanism for supporting detoxification.

My recommendation is for most clients to do a detoxification program first and follow that with a weight loss program.

There are three reasons why a weight loss program may not be effective. First, there are instances when a person loses very few pounds on a program. In this case the body will not allow the fat to be burned and the subsequent release of toxins. The body is protecting itself from these dangerous toxins entering the blood stream where they can cause damage. Second, there may be a hormonal imbalance which is keeping the body in a fat storage mode. For more information on that click here: https://brwellness.com/?p=1100. Third, a bacterial imbalance in the gut.

There is significant current research suggesting the composition of one’s gut bacteria plays a major role in how much fat a person has on their body. People who are fat have a different gut bacteria composition than those who are thin. What has not been established is which comes first (the chicken or the egg?). Are there certain types of bacteria that make someone fat or once someone becomes fat do they tend to have a certain type of bacteria? Regardless, if that bacteria mix is prevalent, the person will not lose weight.

This is one of the times a gut cleanse program is needed. The gut cleanse programs target the digestive system. Gut cleanse programs will feature supplements to help digest food and to clean the intestinal tract with herbs and nutritionals that are anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. This helps to remove bad bacteria, fungus, yeast, or parasites that may be impacting your health. Gut cleanse programs also feature a healthier and cleaner diet.  Notice how this is consistent among all the programs suggesting that in all cases it is essential to eat healthier if you want to improve your health.

As you can see there are a variety of scenarios to consider in selecting the correct program for you. Therefore, I recommend a consultation to review your objectives and current health status to best decide.

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, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.

Are You Weight Loss Resistant?

Ever notice what happens at the beginning of the year?  The New Year’s resolution.  This is the year you vow to get healthier, to lose those extra pounds, and to keep them off.  The health clubs are jammed with others making the same resolution.  There are lines of people waiting to use the stepping machines and the exercise bikes.  But, within a few short weeks the crowds disappear and there are no more lines.

Why does this happen?  You have cut back on the alcohol, are eating salads for lunch, skipping a meal here and there, and are working out hard at the gym.  Yet the pounds are not flying off.  This is not uncommon as over 95% of all diets end in disappointment.  However, don’t be discouraged.  If you read on you’ll learn how you can get lasting results.

We are told the formula is simple – less food plus more exercise equals less weight.

Truth be told, the formula is much more complex.  You may be what is termed by leading nutritionists as “weight loss resistant.”  What does this mean?  Put simply it means having difficulty or an inability to lose weight.  There are several factors that contribute to this and here’s how:

  • Chronic stress – raises cortisol which breaks down muscle, puts sugar in the blood stream, and promotes fat storage which increases the likelihood of insulin resistance; and lowers DHEA (an anti-aging, libido stimulating, and fat burning hormone).
  • Insulin resistance – blocks the burning of fat, causes fat storage around the abdomen, and causes inflammation.
  • Hormone imbalances – imbalances of estrogen and progesterone in women promote fat storing; low DHEA and testosterone in men and women reduce the ability to burn fat and build muscle; high estrogen in men promotes fat storage; and high progesterone in women promotes insulin resistance.
  • Hypothyroidism – muscle building is slowed, metabolism is slowed, sex hormones are not produced sufficiently and are out of balance, and general low energy and fatigue.
  • Brain chemical imbalance – neurotransmitter imbalances cause cravings and inappropriate eating behaviors.
  • Chronic sleep deprivation – increases cortisol, creates sugar cravings, lowers thyroid function, lowers energy, and increases appetite.
  • Low Fat Free Mass – a low muscle mass to fat mass ratio keeps metabolism slow (this is often a result from chronic dieting).
  • Food allergies – can cause cellular fluid retention or “false fat” and create cravings for these foods.
  • Gut dysbiosis and yeast overgrowth – healthy bacteria is an important part of digestion as they consume calories, otherwise an increase of fat storage.
  • Toxic burden – disrupts pH balance in gut, blood, and tissues; slows metabolic rate; disrupts absorption of minerals; disrupts hormone receptor sites creating imbalances; and lowers thyroid function (hypothyroidism).

Most programs just measure pounds lost and are successful in that realm.  However, that is only part of the picture.  Soon after the program is completed the weight begins to come back on.  The reason – the underlying behaviors and lifestyle have not changed.  With the metabolism slowed from dieting and a return to prior habits, the pounds quickly come back on.

The best program for long term health and vitality will be one that addresses your individual needs.  Working with a qualified nutrition consultant you can determine your areas of weight loss resistance and develop a plan to address them.  As these areas are brought back into balance your metabolism will improve, enabling you to lose weight in a healthy manner.  It may take some time to get the body back on track.  The body has built-in healing mechanisms and with proper nutrition and healthy behaviors the body will heal.  As the body heals you will lose fat and weight.

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, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.

 

January 2018 Newsletter: Happy New Year, Open House and Start the Year Off With A Cleanse!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great Holiday Season and is rearing and ready to go for a Healthy and Happy 2018!

With the start of the New Year there is no better time for a cleanse!! While picking up the exercise is important, it all starts with what you are eating and the 14 day cleanse is the best way to clean up your diet! As mentioned in last month’s newsletter I will be hosting several one-hour group meetings to learn about cleansing. See below for dates and times and special pricing.

My next Open House will be Thursday, January 25 at my office at 7:15 PM. Note the slightly later starting time as I want to give the parking lot a few more minutes to clear out from the dinner crowd at the restaurant. There will be two topics.

Topic 1: Why Cleanse?

Topic 2: Quantum Physics and You!! (Hint: How and why the EMF Phone Chips, EMF Key Chains, Food Freshness Card, and Sleep Chips work!)

 

Open House

Quantum Physics and You – sounds like a very strange title, so what is it all about? At the next Open House, I will be featuring and talking about the products from Nature’s Frequencies. Many of you are already using them – the EMF Phone Chips, the EMF Key Chain, the Sleep Chip, and the Food Freshness Card – to name a few.

At my last Open House, I joked that I was about to risk my career with a demonstration of the Food Freshness Card. Here is what happened. I have samples of a certain bone broth protein that I was muscle testing on many clients because I was strongly considering selling it. However, it failed every test! I asked a colleague of mine who sells it if she tested it on people and she said yes, but everything that comes into the office is put on the Food Freshness Card. So, I decided to try that first in the privacy of one client, which proved successful, so I took the big chance at the Open House and sure enough it worked again. Once the product was on the Food Freshness Card for a few minutes it passed the muscle test!

There is a lot more information on the Nature’s Frequencies website. You can see independent studies of how food stayed fresh longer using the card and read multiple testimonials. Here’s the website: http://www.naturesfrequencies.com/

To read more about the dangers of EMFs click here:

The book, Zapped by Ann Louise Gittleman – http://annlouise.com/books/zapped/

EMF resources – http://annlouise.com/books/zapped/zapped-resources/

At the next Open House, I will repeat the demonstration and go into more detail as to why these products work and have product specials!! I hope to see you there!

Food Freshness Card – $50

EMF Cell Phone Chips – $10

EMF Key Chain – $35

 

Cleanse Group Meetings

Had a rough Holiday Season or just feel like losing some weight or feeling a bit healthier? Well, there is no better way than to start the New Year off then with a 14-day Cleanse. I have decided to offer three one-hour group meetings for you to come learn about the cleanse and hopefully purchase your own kit. At this meeting I will be specifically discussing the 14-day Cleanse, but the basic principles apply to all the cleanses I offer. As an added incentive you will receive a sample of five protein bars from Designs for Health with each cleanse purchased. These can be used as a healthy snack during the cleanse.

Here are the dates and times of the meetings that will all be held at my office. Please register early as seating is limited at each session.

Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Monday, January 8, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 5:30 PM

June 2017 Newsletter: Some Thoughts on Graceful Aging, Intermittent Fasting, and MSG

Thanks for all the enthusiasm for last month’s Open House! It was awesome! Once again we managed to get over 30 people accommodated comfortably in the office. And once again special thanks to my wife, Susana, for preparing lots of yummy and healthy food for the event!
We had great discussion about graceful aging and anti-inflammatory diets. The two main takeaways:

1. Graceful aging depends on a multitude of factors chief among them are the health of the endocrine system/hormonal balance and diet. We learned about the main endocrine glands and hormones and natural ways to support them. (See below for more information and links to articles I’ve written on the subject.)

2. There are many different “anti-inflammatory” diets out there. They have certain commonalities as most are gluten and dairy free, limit other grains, sugar, and processed food. Then you get more specifics – Paleo, Westin Price, histamines, FODMAPS, GAPS, SCD, salicylates, phenols, oxalates, glutamates, etc. In some of these diets we see that foods that are generally considered to be healthy (such as fruits and vegetables) contain certain chemicals that disturb select people. This leads to the possible conclusion that it is less about the food and more about the health of the digestive system.

Because of this….

I am pleased to announce the next Open House which will be Thursday, July 20 at 7:00 PM at my office. The featured topic will be Digestion. After May’s Open House I had multiple requests for this subject. While it is important to eat a healthy diet it is also critical to digest it properly!

One of the main points I made about the variety of anti-inflammatory diets is that many people have something disturbing their digestion, which is the reason they are inflamed by so many foods. We’ll explore signs of dysbiosis (poor digestion), how digestion is supposed to work, what can go wrong, and what to do about it! I hope you can join us. Watch for the official announcement and registration in early July.

The office will be closed on Wednesday May 31 and Thursday June 1 in observance of Shavuot. The office will also be closed on Tuesday June 13, Wednesday June 14, and the morning of Thursday June 15 as I will be moving my residence. Please keep those dates in mind.

The Key to Graceful Again – Meet Your Hormones
One of the major determinants of how graceful we age for both women and men is the health of our endocrine system and the hormones it produces. Many experts agree that your body’s most important functional system is the endocrine system. It is composed of glands (the endocrine glands) that produce hormones that control everything happening in the body. So, it’s time to meet your hormones. Or, as one of my favorite clients called them: her “horror-mones!”

Hormones are very powerful biological chemicals produced in very small amounts by the endocrine glands. Hormone levels are precisely and carefully monitored and controlled by the body. They are released into the blood stream and carried to specific cells to initiate specific activities; regulating, controlling, and coordinating all body functions. Many hormones are made at additional tissue sites as well as their “parent” gland. You can think of this as your body’s own inherent back-up system.

For the rest of this article click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=68

Here are links for the series of articles on hormones:

The second part of this article: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=67

The Thyroid Gland: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=65

The Adrenal Glands: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=64

Steroid Hormones Part 1: Introduction, Cholesterol, Pregnenolone, and DHEA: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=63

Steroid Hormones Part 2: Cortisol and Stress: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=62

Steroid Hormones Part 3: Introduction to Testosterone, Estrogen, and Progesterone: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=61

Steroid Hormones Part 4: Female and Male Life Cycles: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=60

Steroid Hormones Part 5: Hormonal Imbalances: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=59

What’s the Best Way to Lose Weight?
This is one of the great questions of our times and one I am asked quite frequently. Many of my clients (and myself) will use the “cleanse” (the Standard Process 21-Day Purification Program) or another version of that program. Another technique which seems to get more and more press all the time is intermittent fasting. Dr. Mercola is a big believer. Sometimes I’m skeptical about some of the things he pushes, but in the Spring 2017 Wise Traditions from the Weston Price Foundation there was an article about it.

Here’s the link: https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/couch-potatoes-marathon-runners/. Here’s a link to the Mercola website for more details on how to do it: http://www.mercola.com/infographics/intermittent-fasting.htm

I’ve never tried it myself. I am strongly considering it so I can have some actual experience with it, and perhaps lose a few extra pounds myself! Have any of you ever tried this or are doing it? If so, I’d love to hear about your experiences! Please send an email and I can share them in next month’s newsletter.

Added Bonus Article – The Dangers of MSG
This article was also in the Spring 2017 Wise Traditions. I always knew MSG was dangerous. I have an allergy to it and remember many migraines from Chinese food until I figured it out. This article links MSG to weight gain and obesity. I believe you’ll find it interesting and informative.
Here’s the link: https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/msg-three-little-letters-spell-big-fat-trouble/

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.