Category Archives: Children’s Health

Issues and topics related to keeping kids healthy

Brain Health: Effect of Wheat and Aspartame (17 min video)

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Ever Experienced a “Food Coma?”

grandcanyon-colorinthecanyonWhile on a bus tour to the Grand Canyon, we were offered our boxed continental breakfast. It contained a large muffin, peanut butter crackers, chocolate chip cookies, an apple and OJ. Being “others centered” I was relegated to the 1/2 seat left next to a gentleman that took up 1.5 seats.  Fortunately I long ago learned not to count on meals like this, so I had consumed a filling, balanced breakfast befor enjoying the tour. Therefore I was awake and intrigued by the stories and information our fine tour guide had to share.

Remember when you were a child playing the Jello game in the car? Whenever the car turned the objective is to lean and squish the person next to you as if you were a large, unsupported mass of Jello. This game provides hours of entertainment for children, unlike my two hour bus ride. My Jello game partner was a large lifeless, formless mass after consuming a large quantity of simple carbohydrates unbalanced by any sort of protein or good fats. He was in a deep “food coma!”

After the unbalanced, hthe_jello_kingigh carbohydrate meal my Jello game partner certainly experienced a large insulin dump which led to very low blood sugar in the brain (hypoglycemia). Unlike literally every other organ in the body, the brains only energy comes from blood glucose.  The other organs can metabolize proteins or fats for energy when necessary. Since the brain does not, low blood sugar symptoms are primarily mental emotional. Symptoms like the inability to stay awake. poor focus, anger, frustration or even minor seizures can manifest when the brain becomes unfed in a hypoglycemic state. I’ve heard expert criminal witness’ testify that virtually every hate crime done occurs while the offender is in a hypoglycemic state.

Another intriguing concept that my Jello partner experienced is the accumulation of fat. Insulin is a self preservation hormone. When insulin is secreted it causes nearly 40% of that meal to be stored as fat, like triglycerides. The perceptive mind can then recognize that this is part of why the 1980’s low fat mentality led to the fattening of America. If my Jello Partner had simply consumed a good source of protein like eggs, or turkey with some good fats like olive oil, avocado, or almonds he may have also learned from our fine tour guide and if done consistently, would not likely require 1.5 seats.

The take away: When you get sleepy after a meal, something in that meal caused an insulin dump. That insulin dump starved your brain of energy and will likely be stored in large part as fat. The better you learn to manage this experience the better you can capitalize on this God given life and the better your long term health outlook will be.

EAT THIS FOOD TO LOSE YOUR BELLY FAT

veggies to loose belly fat

The Dr. V summary of this ground breaking paper is:

When one eats too many processed, low soluble fiber foods they create an intestinal environment that is conducive to storing belly (visceral) fat. When one consumes appropriate vegetable fiber it promotes a healthier intestinal environment that stimulates metabolism and virtually melts away belly fat. Clinically I have long understood that  fat storage in the lower abdominal area is a consequence of poor intestinal function. This paper confirms what we have known clinically for many years. The now confirmed conclusion is, if you want to loose belly fat eat fewer processed carbohydrates and more vegetables. Vegetables also help one feel satisfied longer from the food that is consumed, as opposed to the desire for further empty calories soon after the consumption of said empty calories. Eat vegetables to be lean and satisfied.

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v489/n7415/full/nature11552.html

DO MOSQUITO’S LIKE YOU?

B1 (thiamine) deficiency can cause lactic acidosis, thus making one smell fruity and attractive to the pesky mosquito. Yes, I am referring to the same lactic acid that builds up with over training and thiamine is beneficial there too. I have had many patients who had previously been attacked, get passed over by mosquito’s after adding a good B1 to their diet. A few other possible symptoms of B1 deficiency are spotting or frequent menses, emotional instability, fatigue, headaches, hypoglycemia, or slow metabolism.

INHIBIT VIRAL REPLICATION BY…

Did you know that in order for a virus to replicate (reproduce),  it needs to get through the fatty cell wall? If the cell wall is healthy and intact, it is virtually impenetrable to viruses. One of the best ways to enhance and maintain the integrity of the cell wall is to consume appropriate amounts of omega 3 fatty acids. Most commonly consumed as fish or flax-seed oil capsules.

The American diet, by and large is very deficient in omega 3 fatty acids, yet higher in omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 6’s (nuts and seeds) are also good for us and anti-inflammatory in nature, but the omega 3’s tend to get processed out of foods because of their short shelf life. This short shelf life is also why I typically recommend they be consumed in capsule form, though tasting them is also highly beneficial to the digestion/absorption process. A common dosage would range from 2-6 capsules per day. Look for dry finger tips if your levels are getting very low. I find that adding 1-2 capsules in the morning, the dryness on my fingers will often resolve by lunch time. Enjoy some fish tonight!

a virus penetrating the cell

Exercise the Brain

In 1999 a California scientist made an amazing discovery: Rats that ran on a treadmill for 12 days in a row doubled their number of brain cells. This was considered such an astounding finding at the time that the Salk Institute researchers who made the discovery all took up running.

We now know that, like rats, humans have the ability to reproduce brain cells through aerobic activity. (The process is called neurogenesis.)   From Dr. Melillo, Disconnected Kids

Benefits of Vitamin C

The famous source of C

The famous source of C

When I posted the question, “What are the benefits of vitamin C?” The response was surprisingly limited. I thought since this was one of the first popularized vitamins that their would at least be an outpouring from the Dr.’s that follow these posts?

Vitamin C with it’s main active component of ascorbic acid is great for the immune system in many ways. It helps fight infections, it is an antioxidant (prevents aging), as well as a metabolizer of histamine. It has both antiviral and antibacterial properties to feed your bodies fight against these infections. As a key antioxidant it slows the ravaging effects of aging, minimizes the negative effects of chlorine, and helps our body deal with the polluted world we live in. Metabolizing histamine means that it is a natural antihistamine 🙂 Therefore, may be helpful against allergies.

The lungs are very dependent on Vit C to neutralize the toxins they come in contact with.

Vitamin C also has the properties of a natural chelator. It is often used in treating mercury poisoning or copper over load. Therefore, before and after dental work may be a good time to load up on your vitamin C.

Overdosing on vit C can cause a copper deficiency which can lead to an exaggerated response to stress since copper plays a role in cortisol (the stress hormone) function.

Therapeutically, C can be very effective. For short term, acute need, one could “ramp up” to 3-4,000 mg or until bowel movements get soft. Then back down slightly until symptoms dissipate. For longer, more preventative oriented uses, one would do better to use a lower dosed source that is balanced with the synergistic antioxidants of vitamin A and NAC.  May this information assist your ability to endure the pending cold and flu season.

Allergy Triggers

[Archives May 2011] If the winds and abrupt weather changes are causing you challenges like allergies or sinus congestion, try limiting dairy consumption. Dairy is the most common trigger I see with “environmental” allergies. We also stock some very effective natural antihistamines that actually treat the cause as opposed to dehydrating and suppressing the immune system like most anti-histamines. 

Conversely, If you primarily experience symptoms like sinus pressure with only barometric changes, like when our weather rapidly shifts from warm to cold and vice verse, you may want to consider helping the thyroid. Remember some of our former suggestions? B1, iodine, tyrosine, limiting wheat?

Causes of Allergies

[Archives April 2011] A lot of patients are experiencing Spring allergies, and we have been discussing allergy issues in general. Some considerations as potential causes of allergies might include body washes, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, candles, air fresheners, lotions, etc., etc. This is part of the reason that I suggest rotating these items so that you are less likely to develop sensitivities, as well as becoming more promptly aware when you do experience symptoms. Remember some of the symptoms mentioned were vertigo, frontal or right sided headaches, sinus congestion, poor digestion or sugar cravings. Any others that you have experienced?

Milk Sensitivy and Pasteurization

[Archives March 2011] At least 85% of the population is sensitive to cows milk. In fact if you were to feed a baby cow pasteurized milk it would be dead in less than 6 months. The milk protein (casein) triggers negative immune responses, so lactaid is not typically the answer. Better choices might be rice, almond or goat milks. What symptoms do you think milk might cause? All answers and guesses accepted. 

The 85% is the combined total of A and O blood types that are both highly dairy and especially milk sensitive. Raw is a better choice, but the A and O immune (lectin) reaction causes a suppression of the immune system, inflammation, and mucus.