Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
by Erin Chamerlik, MT(ASCP)
It's Monday. Thanksgiving is over.
Pitch the leftover pumpkin pie, cookies, bread and pull yourself up.
You are on the slippery slope and you don't want to stay there because it is a fast slide down to January 1, 2011.
They stopped eating the stuff that comes in packages and cans, or that is passed to you through a drive-up window. They stopped eating highly processed rancid vegetable oils like canola, corn oil, safflower oil, peanut oil and soy oil. They eat animal protein, and healthy fat like butter, coconut oil, nuts and avocados. They eat vegetables, eggs, grass-fed meat, fruit, and fish.
Learn how to get off the SAD Standard American Diet. Factory food - processed food - simple carbs - bread - sugar - cereal - brownies - cookies - pie - candy --> fast tracking you to disease and weight problems.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
As much as the cancer patient will want comfort foods like sugar treats and bread or pasta, remember that cancer cells eat sugar, and these foods quickly breakdown into glucose in the bloodstream.
That is how the PET scans work. A sugar-dye is injected into the person, they are scanned and the results are seen as cancer cells take the glucose.
"Consider the million-dollar positive emission tomography device, or PET scan, regarded as one of the ultimate cancer-detection tools. PET scans use radioactively labeled glucose to detect sugar-hungry tumor cells. PET scans are used to plot the progress of cancer patients and to assess whether present protocols are effective." - Cracking the Cancer Code: The Secret to Transforming Your Health from Inside Out
By Matthew J. Loop (Reference Journal of Nuclear Medicine study by Gatenby, R.A. Potential Role of FDG-PET Imaging..) http://jnm.snmjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/36/5/893
SOURCE: A.P. John Institute for Cancer Research
(Volume 57, Number 4, Pages 429-431) Of The Journal Medical Hypothesis Appears An Article About The Dysfunctional Mitochondria:
"The mitochondria are compartments that produce most of the energy necessary to maintain all of the chemical activities of a cell. Without sufficient energy neither normal, or cancerous cells can sustain life.
Normally, cells derive approximately 70 percent of their daily energy needs from the mitochondria and approximately 20 percent from another process called glycolysis.
The article also points out that if cancer cells cannot utilize their mitochondria they must rely almost totally upon glycolysis for their major supply of energy.
This defect in the mitochondria, places cancer cells at a big disadvantage which cancer scientists and oncologists can now capitalize on.
Oncologists can also take advantage of these new findings and help shut down the energy supply to cancer cells through diet and nutrition."
Dr.Chi Van Dang, a researcher at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, reports (Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Feb 17, 1998) the benefits of a low carbohydrate diet for most cancer patients:
"A low carbohydrate diet reduces the availability of glucose to cancer cells. All carbohydrate foods are broken down by digestive enzymes into glucose. Glucose is the only food that can be broken down into energy by glycolysis. Without sufficient glucose, most cancer cells can not survive. Equally important, is the fact that shutting off the glucose supply to the body does not harm normal cells because they can still derive all of their energy needs from their otherwise healthy mitochondria."
To review the actual article please visit www.apjohncancerinstitute.org/doctor.htm
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I received a letter from a reader asking for help with child diagnosed with ADHD..here is the closing paragraph of the letter.
..." She LOVES CARBS, anything smooth and creamy, does not like hardly ANY fruits or veggies. Now, my question for you, after typing all this is…. How do we address the ADHD with diet and possibly medication treatment? The DR said that a side effect of the Ritalin would be wanting to eat more… YIKES, this kid can not have an increase in appetite or we are going to spill over into the area of overweight.
I am worn out looking for OTC Homeopathic drugs that do nothing but waste my money. Everyone has an opinion and I am without any positive results other than what I have always done for her. I know we need to change our diet and increase exercise. Can you give me some helpful advice?"
I feel very strongly that you can avoid Ritalin and its horrible side effects. Unfortunately, in the space of this email I am only able to say "do this" and "don't do that" without giving you the background info and how to's.
Nutrition is essential and foundational. What is right for your daughter is best modeled by you!
1. Eat whole animal foods, organic when possible.
Beef, lamb, poultry, eggs, organ meats from pasture-fed animals (Try Beyond Organic or find a local farmer to supply you. Commercially raised animals are given hormones, antibiotics, chemicals and don't have the right kinds of fat in their meat and eggs. Animal protein for every meal! Essential amino acids that build healthy neurotransmitters are found in meat and need to be supplied regularly throughout the day. Wild-caught (USA) fish not farm-raised. (visit www.westonaprice.org and find a local chapter. Email the closest one and ask them where to buy meat/eggs if you don't have a local source).
2. Eat vegetables in salads, soups, or lightly steamed with organic butter. (No corn, white potatoes)
3. Eat 1-3 whole fruit per day (no fruit juice, just the whole fruit)
4. Eat healthy fat at least 3 meals a day. Organic butter, Extra virgin olive oil, raw unrefined coconut oil (Nutiva Brand), Organic Coconut Milk (like Thai brand canned), olives (read the labels, no additives), nuts, seeds, avocados
4. Eat 3 meals a day that consist of healthy animal protein, healthy fat, vegetables.
5. 100% completely eliminate gluten (wheat, barley, rye) and dairy (except organic butter). Google gluten-free and dairy-free websites to learn more about what foods contain gluten/dairy.
6. Drink only purified water. No soda, milk, juice, caffeine. Organic herbal tea is ok, try chamomile.
7. Use unrefined salt (not just sea salt) like the brand Real Salt.
8. Eliminate all refined oils including canola, sunflower, safflower, corn, soy, and peanut. These oils are refined at high temperatures and extracted with hexane, deodorized. These are toxic omega-6 oils. Your daughter must stay away from them, processed food and restaurant food that is made with them.
9. The most important thing to do first is add cod liver oil. Try Carlson's liquid cod liver oil with lemon (from vitacost.com). I would start with 1 tbs. per day. This is essential. It is omega-3 oil that the brain must have. It is healing and protective.
You can also try 1 tsp and work up to 1 Tbs over time.
10. Eliminate processed, refined, boxed, canned food with any ingredients that are not whole foods. No artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, etc.
11. Use only natural sweeteners in moderation. Raw honey, 100% pure maple syrup and stevia powder.
12. Don't cook food in the microwave or on non-stick cookware. Use stainless steel.
13. Eat whole, unprocessed non-gluten grains like brown rice (not quick cooking) and quinoa.
14. Avoid soy foods except fermented organic soy products like wheat-free Tamari sause, tempeh, miso.
15. No refined flour or refined grain foods like cookies, chips, crackers, bagels, box cereal
16. Buy lunch meats, chicken sausage, breakfast sausages without any added chemicals like nitrites. Look for organic brands like Applegate farms and Organic Prairie.
17. Supplements to consider: Nutrients that help build healthy brain cells, in addition to Carlson's Cod Liver oil, include pantethine*, phosphatidylserine*, magnesium (Relaxamag*), and blueberries.
Nutrients to help with digestion: a good probiotic (Like Dr. Ohhira's or WellnessResources.com Super dophilus*), digestive enzymes (Digestive Helper*) and a good multi-vitamin/mineral (Daily Energy Multi*)
18. Avoid immunizations now while healing the brain. Try to keep your daughter doing physical activity, crafts, hobbies, working on her music...all these things stimulate new nerve connections
I hope that you will take the courageous step to try this nutrition plan. Of course, your daughter will not be happy, and she may have detox reactions from letting go of the refined carbs - so maybe it is best to start this over a long weekend! It is going to probably be a matter of taking a black garbage bag through the kitchen and removing foods that aren't going to be allowed. If we get hungry enough, we'll eat the good stuff!
The brain, nerves, cells all need healthy fats from saturated animal and plant sources and the omega-3 fats.
I know that this list is lengthy. Except for a few supplements it is the way that we should all eat. Full-fat organic dairy may be ok, but would need to be tested after removing it 100% for a period of 3 weeks.
Tastebuds will re-set after awhile and the carb cravings do quiet down after about a week. If you can get through the first few days, it will get easier.
I hope I haven't scared you off. At least, please try this for 3 weeks. If you don't see big improvements, I would be surprised. None of us function well on high carbs and low vegetables/fruits/healthy fat/healthy protein.
If we need to schedule a phone consultation to get into more depth and detail, please let me know.
You may visit my website for more information about consultations - Get Better Wellness
Erin Chamerlik MT(ASCP)
Friday, November 12, 2010
“as many as 39% of the most common cancer cases could be prevented by an improvement in these nations’ overall diet, exercise habits, and weight management.” 1
Let’s talk about improving that “overall” diet.
We all love our grains!
Bread, pasta, baked goods, pizza, cereal, white rice, rolled oats, rolls, bagels, donuts, waffles, cookies, cakes, yada, yada, yada.
You can keep reading. I’m not going to make you feel guilty! I’m going to help you figure out how to improve your mood, drop some weight, lessen your cravings and improve that “overall” diet so that your “overall” health will soar!
Oh, and maybe that little benefit of preventing cancer will be the icing on your “overall” cake.
Remember, our bodies are amazing and self-healing WHEN we give them what they need.
We wouldn’t put kool aid in our car’s gas tank and then be surprised that the engine sputters and konks out. Likewise, we shouldn’t expect PEAK PERFORMANCE from our bodies unless we are eating for peak performance.
Here we go – white flour is man’s decimation of God’s creation.
A study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Mile Markers, and Prevention shows a link between the consumption of refined carbohydrates and cancer.
“Once again, we see that preventing cancer comes down to dietary choice. One of the easiest things a person can do to prevent cancer, based on this research, is to avoid all processed carbohydrates. That means eliminating from your diet refined white flour, refined white sugar, milled grains, and ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup.” 2
Stay with me for this … Wheat 101.
Behold the Wheat Berry, created with 3 parts:
- Bran (outer shell, has fiber)
- Germ (nutrient rich)
- Endosperm (mostly starch)
Whole wheat flour combines all 3 parts.
White flour is made from the endosperm only.
How is white flour made?
Today it is milled at high temperatures using high speed rollers.
Then it is hit with chlorine gas to whiten the flour and “age” it so that it can be immediately sold.
All this processing causes a loss of
- vitamins (75% B vitamins are lost),
- minerals (80% are lost), and fiber.
Oh, don’t forget about the bonus….a byproduct is formed called alloxan.
Google that little chemical gem and you will see that alloxan is a nasty chemical byproduct that is used by scientists to produce diabetes in lab rats for the purpose of studying diabetes.
Gosh, I wonder…. If alloxan is present in white flour and it causes diabetes in lab rats…. Could it cause problems in us humans? Hmmmm.
You know the answer.
IF you are going to eat bread, keep it very limited and look for 100% whole grains. It is still refined into flour and it still gives your blood sugar a jolt.
If you don’t see that as the first ingredient listed on the bread, move on!
Buy brown rice and spend the time cooking a big batch on the weekend.
Buy the oat groats or steel cut oats and take a pass on the refined rolled oats. It matters.
Try this in the world’s best laboratory (your body):
Eliminate refined flour for a week and see how you feel.
Best use for refined flour: Paper-mâché, or paste (flour + water).
"The risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer can be reduced through the simple act of substituting whole grains for refined grains. Refined foods such as white flour and white rice are stripped of the fiber and nutrients that whole grains still possess.
The first word on the label must be whole—don't be fooled by artificial brown or caramel coloring." Prescription For Dietary Wellness by Phyllis A Balch, page 108
2. http://www.naturalnews.com/001812.html http://www.healthiertalk.com/little-known-secrets-about-bleached-flour-0499
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I just drank milk for the first time in 10 years. I have long turned against pasteurized milk - it made me cough and always caused a phlegm reaction (sorry, gross). That is just an outward sign of a food sensitivity causing inflammation throughout the body. I quit pasteurized milk because the quick high heat destroys valuable nutrients and enzymes that bring health benefits. I quit commercial milk because homogenization blasts the healthy fat to smitherines.
Through realmilk.com I located a local source for raw milk.
It is legal to buy it in my state. Some states make this a criminal offense and armed raids have been happening across the country - confiscating and destroying milk and businesses and our choice to acquire the kind of food that we deem healthy.
The government will allow cigarettes to be sold but they do not want raw milk to be sold. It is safe to drink raw milk and it is healthy for the body.
Watch the trailer Farmageddon by Kristin Canty - and please forward this on!
Farmageddon Trailer, by Kristin Canty.
Please watch the trailer
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
"It was recognized as early as 1875 that the waste sulfite liquor contained some vanillin.
The problem was concentration and purification of the crude vanillin in the paper mill waste liquors."
"Natural "vanilla extract" is a mixture of several hundred different compounds in addition to vanillin.
Artificial vanilla flavoring is a solution of pure vanillin, usually of synthetic origin.
Because of the scarcity and expense of natural vanilla extract, there has long been interest in the synthetic preparation of its predominant component. The first commercial synthesis of vanillin began with the more readily available natural compound eugenol."
Monday, November 1, 2010
Questions: Which water is best to use for making baby formula?
here's more than you probably wanted to know... :)
Nursery water and tap water have fluoride that can damage the teeth-to-be (all people should avoid fluoride in water, toothpaste, dental treatments etc - accumulates in the brain, weakens the bones, links to cancer and all sorts of fun stuff).
I have a paper written by Russell Blaylock, MD neurosurgeon, "Why Fluoride is Toxic" if anyone wants a copy, let me know.
The best water is home-filtered water using reverse osmosis or some system that removes fluoride and other contaminants (there are hundreds on contaminants in water that can't be boiled out).
The pitcher filters and carbon filters don't remove fluoride effectively.
I have R/O in my home but it was expensive. I wrote to a company that sells and affordable system and asked for a discount I could offer my clients or class participants, here it is
please see the resources page on my website, Get Better Wellness.
Boiling water kills bacteria but doesn't get rid of chemicals like fluoride.
Purified water is better than distilled since these companies are usually reducing fluoride.
You can Google around for a list of bottled waters and their fluoride content, but I think Ice Mountain is good if you can't get a home filter now.