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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition to Heal The Brain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The ABCs of Nutrition

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

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

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

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

The ABCs of Nutrition: Protein, Fat, and Carbohydrates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 2018 Newsletter: Back to School Learning Opportunities for All

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

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

September 3 – Labor Day

September 10 and 11 – Rosh Hashanah

September 18 – early closing at 3 PM – Yom Kippur

September 19 – Yom Kippur

September 24 and 25 – Sukkot

 

Back to School Nutrition

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

 

Magnesium and Calcium: Are You Deficient?

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

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

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

 

Low Carb and Keto Made Simple

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

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

 

Your Back to School  – YouTube Resources

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

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

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

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

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

 

Success Stories

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

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

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

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

 

Magnesium and Calcium: Are You Deficient?

Magnesium and Calcium: Are You Deficient?

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

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

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

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

Magnesium

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

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

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

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

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

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

Calcium

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

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

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

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

August 2018 Newsletter: Preventing and Reversing Cognitive Decline

Tenth Anniversary Edition of the Monthly Newsletter

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

Preventing and Reversing Cognitive Decline

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

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

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

Preventing and Reversing Cognitive Decline

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

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

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

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

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

Share the Care

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

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

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

Thank you for being a valued client.

At Home Gluten Test Kit

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

ConsumerSafetyGuide.com

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

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

 

The Importance of Trust

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

 

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

 

Preventing and Reversing Cognitive Decline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

June 2018 Newsletter: I Can Eat Tomatoes Again!

In last month’s newsletter I described some of the supplements from Designs for Health that I have begun to utilize with clients.  I am pleased to tell you some exciting results. I will fill you in on the details below, but the result is this month’s headline, “I can eat tomatoes again.”

On June 7 we will host an Open House. We have a special guest speaker, Mr. Wes Manko, to offer his expertise how to stay safe and recognize potentially violent situations. Please see below for more details and registration information for this event.

Please note the office will be closed this Friday June 1 and will re-open on Monday morning June 4.

I Can Eat Tomatoes Again!

This was the greeting I received last week from two of my clients – a husband and a wife – as they entered my office.

I have been working with them for several years. During this time, they have experienced great progress. The husband lost 45 pounds, his fatty liver is no longer fatty, and his digestion and energy levels are vastly improved; while the wife is now off three heart and blood pressure medications, has seen a reduction in her cat allergy symptoms, has seen a reduction in foot fungus, and has also lost some weight. However, for both the one lingering issue has been food sensitivities. We completed a variety of gut cleansing and gut healing protocols. Each likely helped to some degree as evidenced by the reduction of symptoms and weight loss, yet the long list of food sensitivities remained.

Enter the Designs for Health enzymes and gut healing products. For gut healing the husband is using Tegricel and Immunitone Plus; while the wife is using Tegricel, Immunitone Plus, and Zinc. They both are using the enzyme AllerGyzme. With AllerGyzme, I noticed that several of their food sensitivities went away. We decided they would try some of those foods to see what would happen and sure enough they came back the next month and reported they ate them and had no adverse reactions! He has eaten beans, tomatoes, potatoes, gluten free bread (tapioca), onions, and deli meats. She has added back beans, tomatoes, potatoes, paprika, onions, and deli meats.  It is interesting to note that they can apparently handle nightshades now with the AllerGyzme.  I’m looking forward to continued improvements when they come in later this month.

Another client is reporting similar success and is also very pleased. While I wouldn’t encourage it, she told me today she had a double decker ice cream with a cone and had no ill effect. She was also able to eat a corn tortilla. She is taking GI-Microb-X, Glutamine, Tegricel, and AllerGzyme.

You’re invited to an Open House – YOUR BEST DEFENSE – SMART STRATEGIES FOR STAYING SAFE

Please join us at our Open House, Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 7:15 – 8:30 PM at our office at 10040 N. Port Washington Road in Mequon.

Special Guest Speaker Author Wes Manko will discuss his book:  Your Best Defense:  Smart Strategies for Staying Safe. The book provides practical advice and tips for people of any age on how to avoid and or deal with potential of episodes of violence that mark everyday life.

This book does not deal with the applications of physical self-defense tactics but rather how to apply knowledge to minimize or eliminate the potential of violence.

Wes Manko is the owner and chief instructor of DEFENSEWORKS, an organization that provides self-defense training workshops to corporations, non-profits and individuals. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Mount Mary University where he teaches a course on woman’s self-defense. In 2005, Mr. Manko was awarded a citation from the Wisconsin State Assembly for teaching violence prevention and realistic self-defense.

As always, we will have some delicious gluten-free snacks and desserts.

Seating is limited so please RSVP to bernie@brwellness.com or call 262-389-9907.

No Time to Exercise? Think Again

From a recent Designs for Health blog: “Exercise can be such a drag, right? You’ve gotta change your clothes, drive to the gym, spend half an hour on the bike or treadmill – maybe even more, then do some lifting, take a shower… If it seems like a huge time commitment to fit exercise into your day, even though you know you “should,” take heart. Research indicates that very short bouts of intense exercise may be more enjoyable than long, slow slogs, and more than that, they’ll get you the same or better results.”

For the rest of the article click here: https://blog.designsforhealth.com/node/807

 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

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