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We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact. I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled â€œopinion makers.â€? Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol. The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes exand could quite possibly result in malpractice. pensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will It Is Not Working! die this year of heart disease than ever before. These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.
Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year. Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped. Inflammation is not complicated -- it is quite simply your bodyâ€™s natural defence to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders.
However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process, a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial. What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body? Well, smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully. The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine. What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods. Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding. You kept this up several times a day, every day for five years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on in your body right now. Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. Several times a day, every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation.
Highly processed carbohydrates
What does all this have to do with inflammation?
Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandWhile we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies paper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels. respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there. I processed with omega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods all shared one common denominator -- inflammation in their arteries. have been slowly poisoning everyone.
How does eating a simple sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to make you sick? Let’s get back to the sweet roll. That innocent looking goody not only contains sugars, it is baked in one of many omega-6 Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard and you have a vi- oils such as soybean. Chips and fries are soaked in soybean sual of what occurs inside the cell. When we consume simple oil; processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In re- for longer shelf life. While omega-6’s are essential -they are sponse, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary pur- part of every cell membrane controlling what goes in and pose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for en- out of the cell -- they must be in the correct balance with ergy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected omega-3’s. to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works. If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the When your full cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that diproducing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat. rectly cause inflammation. 5
Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of omega-6. That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy. To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally, Alzheimer’s disease, as the inflammatory process continues unabated. There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils. There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state. To build muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Cut down on or eliminate inflammation- causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them.
One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef. Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labelled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today. The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers. What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.
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With the beginning of a new year, comes the chance to think about what we want to achieve and how we can make those thoughts become a reality. A lot of the time, new year resolutions fall to the way side because we get busy doing other things, especially when it’s time to go back to work and get the kids ready for school again. So rather than getting annoyed at yourself for slipping back into old patterns this year, change your mindset and start thinking about everything you are grateful for in your life right now. I often find that when you start being thankful, you can’t help but be present, you often get a warm feeling inside your soul and life seems to stand still for a moment with a sense of calmness and love. I often tell my clients it’s easy to be grateful in the good times, but it’s even more life changing when you have gratitude during the toughest days.
Let’s face it, ever-lasting happiness does not exist! and life would be pretty boring if it did. It is usually in our darkest hour that our true strength shines and our greatest challenge that gives us the most rewards. So this year when life throws you a curve ball, stop and see where the beauty is in your life. Ask yourself what has to happen in order to change things and work out the benefits to what is challenging you. I promise you that in taking a moment to do these few things, you will be able to take back control and make the best decisions you can at the time. We will always experience natural cycles of highs and lows, it’s how you decide to ride the wave and the way you view it that will leave the biggest impression. Wishing you all a joyful and rewarding 2013. If you need some help getting your life back on track and working with you mindset so that you can be the best version of yourself, book in to come see me.
Having a Gluten Free Diet is definitely the ‘in thing’ right now, it is now common to see restaurants and cafés advertising their Gluten Free options, even country bakeries are stocking Gluten Free breads!
Coeliac disease can be diagnosed with a biopsy of the small intestinal mucosa and is said to occur in people with a genetic susceptibility2.
But the question is why all of a sudden is Gluten a problem? Our parents grew up eating white bread and they are fine? Right?...? There are two answers to this question, and I’m sure it is a combination of both that is the answer. But before I get there let’s look at what Gluten actually is and what the difference is between Gluten Intolerance and Coeliac Disease.
Gluten Intolerance (or Sensitivity) has no know medical test to clinically diagnose it. People who believe they are intolerant to Gluten will take note of their signs and symptoms before and after eating a gluten free diet. The cause of gluten intolerance is currently clinically unknown5.
What is Gluten? Gluten is a protein carbohydrate mixture1 found in wheat, rye, barley and possibly oats.
A double blinded randomised placebo-controlled trial was conducted of people with gastrointestinal symptoms who were tested and confirmed ‘noncoeliac’ of a gluten free and non-gluten free diet. The participants were randomly given a diet either containing gluten or not and their symptoms were monitored. All participants that received the gluten containing diet reported symptoms worsening within one week. Symptoms included pain, bloating, stool consistency and tiredness.
What is the Difference Between Gluten Intolerance & Coeliac Disease? Coeliac Disease is an autoimmune (the immune system attacks itself) inflammatory disease affecting the small intestine2 The protein gliadin3 found in gluten triggers an autoimmune reaction which kills the mucous membrane of the villi in the small intestine2. The mucous membrane is where most of our nutrients are absorbed, therefore damage to them can cause a range of secondary conditions including diarrhoea, flatulence, abdominal distension (bloating) or in more severe cases, failure to thrive, muscle wasting, stunting of growth, anaemia, bone disorders, neurological symptoms, fertility problems2,3, chronic fatigue, general weakness, muscle or joint pain, depression & dermatitis4.
So, if there is no medical test then how do we work out if we have a gluten intolerance? You have two options. 1. Make an appointment to see your Kinesiologist where you can be muscle tested to see if your body is reacting unfavourably to gluten (or any foods or allergens).
2. Stop eating gluten and note the difference in how you feel!! Simple.
So, if there is no medical test then how do we work out if we have a gluten intolerance? You have two options. 1. Make an appointment to see your Kinesiologist where you can be muscle tested to see if your body is reacting unfavourably to gluten (or any foods or allergens). 2. Stop eating gluten and note the difference in how you feel!! Simple.
So, Why is Gluten all of a Sudden a Problem?
What Can Kinesiology Do to Help?
Here are my two theories on the answer to this question.
As Kinesiology works with neurological impulses we can tune the body and turn the down the negative reactions that occur in the energetic, immune and gastrointestinal systems. Using muscle testing Kinesiology can also identify any emotional influences that may be impacting on the intolerance.
1. The grains we eat have changed. The grains that we eat in our diets are becoming more and more refined; the bread we eat now is different to the bread our parents ate when they were growing up. Also they ate les refined foods than we do now; they ate more fruits and vegetables, which means more fibre and more vitamins and minerals1. 2. Gluten always has been a problem, but we just never took notice until now. I’ll use myself as an example, before I entered the field of Natural Medicine, I was overweight, unhappy and suffering from depression, but I never thought that I had gastrointestinal issues. It’s normal to have pain before every movement and to be constantly farting (and they weren’t the ones that smell like roses)… Right? Once I started learning about my body and become aware of the ‘Gluten Free Fad’ I tried a gluten free diet, and now I know that I did have gastrointestinal problems! Not only that I no longer have the low lows of depression I used to, and I find it’s so much easier to lose weight. Also, you only have to look at the increasing rates of obesity, cancer and heart disease to wonder if our highly processed, gluten–containing diet is to blame.
Some people experience changes in their intolerances reactions that last for over a year or more, some people may require multiple balances to see a change in the symptoms they have.
I Challenge YOU!
If you suffer from any Gastrointestinal symptoms and can’t make it to see a Kinesiologist, I challenge you to try a Gluten Free Diet for 2 weeks and see what the difference in your symptoms are. It’s so easy these days and you can find Gluten Free options everywhere!! 1
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Pectoralis major Clavicular Levator Scapula Anterior Neck Flexors Posterior Neck Extensors Brachioradialis ICPKP Database, Dr Bruce Dewe
The Stomach Organ The main job of the stomach is to digest proteins. It then allows the mixture of food and enzymes called ‘chyme’ to enter the duodenum in order for all the other food types to be digested such as carbohydrates and fats. The stomach is one of the principal organs in the digestive system. The stomach holds the swallowed food for up to four hours depending on the amount of food, churning it to a pulp and initiating digestion, then passes it on by degrees into the duodenum.
Emotional Component • Difficultly in digesting life and assimilating new information. • Feeling stuck in a pattern of fear, limitation, worry, guilt and despair. • Behaving in a superior, arrogant, controlling way; thinking that you are better than others. • Or feeling inferior and second best. • At times can be self-obsessed and demanding, wanting everything your own way. • Difficulty in expressing yourself and dealing with rejection. • Feeling attacked and punched in the stomach • The Secret Language of your Body, Inna Segal.
The Earth Element The Earth Element metaphor corresponds to the foundations, the ground, the soil, the dirt. The Earth element is associated with the Season of Late Summer, and is said to be a time of transition not only between Summer and Autumn, but also between each of the seasons. In your current phase of change, do you feel like you have enough roots to nourish your growth and enough stability to give form to your dreams? Do you feel like you have your feet on the ground or do you need to be more grounded and centered? The Stomach Meridian function involves receiving potential nutrients and initiating the digestive functions. The 35 million cells in the stomach have multiple functions. The Stomach Function involves taking in new materials and new ideas, mixing them and temporarily storing them for further assimilation. The Stomach Meridian is particularly associated with the mouth as the beginning of the digestive system, but must necessarily involve the sense of smell, vision, etc. As it is often said, digestion truly begins in the brain and the Stomach Function has a strong mental/emotional component as well as a dietary component. We come into first contact with potential nutrients and new ideas through what we see, smell or hear and digestion occurs best when it involves a full appreciation with the five senses. Touch For Health, John Thie
Affirmations / Goals My stomach functions at optimum levels My stomach has adequate enzymes and acid to break down my food
Want to go Gluten Free but think you will miss bread to much? – Don’t fear here is a very simple gluten free bread recipe for you!
• 2 ½ cups blanched almond flour • ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt • ½ teaspoon baking soda • 3 eggs • 1 tablespoon agave nectar • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1. In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt and baking soda 2. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, then add agave and vinegar 3. Stir wet ingredients into dry 4. Scoop batter into a well greased 6.5 x 4 inch baby loaf pan 5. Bake at 300° for 45-55 minutes on bottom rack of oven; until a knife comes out clean 6. Cool and serve Makes 1 loaf (about 12 slices) 15
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