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Reflecting on the previous five years since I developed the painful, final developmental stages of my autoimmune disorder of plaque psoriasis and going into menopause, would I have paid attention to the warning signs of inflammation? It started with acid reflux (it really was a lack of stomach acid) and pruritus (dry, itchy skin) and a lack of vitamins and minerals. If I had not wanted to know the root cause back (through measuring and tests that are not normally tested in mainstream doctors offices), would I have started on a life journey towards self-enlightenment and helping others while helping myself? Or would I have been satisfied with just the easy route of a "get-well" supplement that would cover up my symptoms until a bigger disease hit my immune system like heart disease and/or cancer? Your body is telling you something. Please listen to your body. It is craving for good food that gives you vitamins and minerals to reduce the aging process and feeling less pain. I am pain-free today and my psoriasis has receded exponentially since those days.
It is crucial to understand that there are just too many "good foods" that people are not willing to give up. However, it is so important to understand that what you eat makes the biggest difference in your health and longevity. I have been one of the "lucky" ones that if I eat wheat or gluten, that I might find a new spot or two that shows up and it becomes itchy. It reminds me not to do it again. So I tend not to go the painful route and instead to eat a diet that is nutrient rich even when I travel half the month. I cannot control all the environmental assaults on the outside of my body (I detoxify), but I can control what foods I put in my mouth. If I cannot get good nutritious food in airports, I carry my own. I don't mean protein bars and such either.
Our bodies can adjust to occasional assaults, but the body cannot tolerate continuous nutritional deficiencies or excess food additives and omega-6 oils. When researchers deliberately produce a disease in experimental animals by using selected "bad" food products, such as omega-6 fats, high sugar foods, or certain food additives, it usually takes long-term exposure to cause disease. This is especially true with cancers of all types.
The wrong foods not only expose the cells of your body to direct harm, they also crowd out healthy nutrients from other sources. Using up your minerals to fight something your body doesn't recognize is really counterproductive. Eating the wrong foods also lowers your body's resistance to disease in a number of ways, which includes hampering the function of cells and organs, lowering the function of immune systems, impairing the body's natural detoxification, and making the brain work inefficiently and erratically. Unfortunately, most doctors read only a few articles in a handful of journals, usually the "New England Journal of Medicine," the "Journal of the American Medical Association," and maybe an additional journal that covers their specialty. They don't seem to realize that they are unaware of other scientific journals from prestigious universities and scientists. Not only have I gone to nutrition schooling, I am widely read in the causes of cancer, heart disease and age-related diseases. I am continuously studying the intricacies of disease and all that science has learned so far about how the body's cells function and I am totally amazed about how the human body works.
Now when someone talks to me about an "incurable" disease, I tell that person that it may be incurable within the world of traditional medicine, but alternative medicine (this had been around longer than traditional medicine) often has either a cure or a good treatment to improve the condition. What most traditional doctors do not know is that alternative medicine or complementary medicine is based on hard science from some of the best researchers and laboratories in the world.
Studying the disease processes of inflammation and excitotoxicity, a condition in which cells (particularly brain cells) are overstimulated to the point where they are killed. Dietary over-stimulation occurs through glutamate receptors in cells that transmit signals within the nervous system. For example, a taste enhancing food additive like monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a powerful excitotoxin which means that it triggers excitotoxity by delivering too much glutamate to the brain. Another is aspartame, a key ingredient in artificial sweeteners, is another excitotoxic food ingredient.
What most people don't know is that glutamate sensors exist not just in the brain. They are in every organ and tissue. So that means that eating food that raises blood levels of glutamate can cause major problems in the body. When I was younger, I used to get breathing problems and small headaches after eating "Chinese foods" or processed cereal foods with MSG. I hear people say they are not sensitive to MSG. However, the truth is that most of the effects of MSG occur silently and accumulate in the body over a number of years.
Studies have shown that when you combine foods containing MSG with those containing aspartame, blood glutamate levels are twice as high as they would be if you ingested MSG alone. Unfortunately, young people especially, eat several high MSG foods such as chips, a frozen dinner and a commercial soup where your levels can rise as much as 20 times higher than normal. If you add a diet soda with aspartame, glutamate could increase an additional 40-fold higher. Because of the way excitocity works, we know that people who have poor nutrition, chronic diseases, and chronic stress, or are exposed to other toxins, are much more affected by excitotoxic food additives. There may be a few who are born with a powerful detoxification and antioxidant systems and will have special protection against excitotoxicity. However, virtually all processed foods contain one or more excitotoxins and many contain three to five. When combined, their toxicity is multiplied.
MSG is often hidden behind such innocent-sounding names as hydrolyzed protein, vegetable protein, soy protein isolate, soy protein concentrate, soy sauce, hydrolyzed oat flour, whey protein, natural flavoring, spices, enzymes, autolyzed yeast extract, stock, broth, bouillon, natural flavoring, seasoning, spices, enzymes, texturized protein, sodium and calcium caseinate. This is not an all inconclusive list either.
MSG is associated with insulin resistance (Type 2 diabetes), hypertension, and high levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol. These factors are called metabolic syndrome, which affects about 45 million Americans already and is growing. As I have mentioned in other blogs, insulin resistance is the real start of most irritable bowel issues and inflammation which translates to the start of disease. There is an expectation that there may be a significant increase in the number of young people in their 20s and 30s suffering heart attacks and strokes in coming years. Even when I went to a clients' home to show the 13 and eight year old children some ideas to get them to eat a healthier diet, I brought my home blood pressure cuff for show and tell. The boys wanted to do it. So I placed the cuff on the 13-year-old who was lean; his reading was 100/75, but the youngest was a bit overweight and his reading was 138/92. I had to refrain from making any remarks to the child after I saw that result. Though, I did caution the mother to go see their doctor about the high blood pressure. Also, a known fact is that Type 2 diabetes alone increases a person's risk of having a heart attack by more than 360 percent, as well as increasing the risk of blindness, impotence, stroke, heart failure and early death.
Newer studies have shown that feeding MSG to animals increases the free radicals and lipid peroxidation products in the artery walls. The increase lasted for the equivalent of decades in humans. Similar studies have shown that MSG also causes prolonged production of free radicals in the liver, kidneys and brain. When you couple MSG with the artificial sweetener aspartame, it doubles the risk. I even gave up my favorite Trident chewing gum (dentists recommend this too when you cannot brush) because there is aspartame in it. If your diet is filled with food additive excitotoxins, they will age you much faster and more intensely than normal, which increases your risk of developing a chronic disease.
Here are some steps you can take to reduce you risk of being poisoned by your food:
Growing you own vegetables and fruits in your yard or a hydroponic garden indoors (even in the winter). Natural insect control such as ladybugs or praying mantis to control more harmful species.
Buying locally grown food by talking to local farmers about pesticide and herbicide use.
Organically fed and free-range meats that are lean cuts of meat as residues accumulate more heavily in fat.
Washing vegetables and fruits is critical. Using a vegetable wash with a bit of white vinegar in a two gallon pot with purified water. Make sure to wash them individually and rinse and dry them before consumption.
Examine fruits and vegetable before buying. Plants with spots and bruises are not safe to eat. Sick plants infected with molds, viruses, and bacteria secrete toxic substances to protect themselves and are very toxic to people.
Wash your poultry well with a brush. Not the same one you use for your vegetables.
This list is not complete. So much more to say, but if you would like to learn more, please contact me in the form below for a free consultation.