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Green Tea for your Kidneys

Tea time.

Patients undergoing treatment with cyclosporin, the immunosuppressive, organ transplant anti-rejection drug, have been found to suffer the side effect of kidney damage due to nephrotoxicity. A recent study found that EGCg, an extract of the phenolic compound found in green tea, demonstrated a kidney protective effect in cyclosporine produced nephrotoxicity.

Source: Reno protective effects of green tea extract on renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system in chronic cyclosporine-treated rats.

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Health Tips Week of July 1

Health Fact # 341:

A minister was asked to inform a man with a heart condition that he had just inherited a million dollars. Everyone was afraid the shock would give him a heart attack.
So the minister went to the man’s house and said, “Joe, what would you do if you inherited a million dollars?”
And Joe said, “Well, pastor, I think I would give half of it to the church.”
At which the pastor fell over dead.

Researchers have shown that multivitamin use among women with no history of heart attack actually decreased the risk of experiencing a heart attack in the future. They also found that the longer the women supplemented with a multi, the lower the chances became of a heart attack occurring.

Source: Multivitamin use and the risk of myocardial infarction: a population-based cohort of Swedish women

Health Fact # 342:

Diabetes is increasing rapidly – even though many doctors and dentists want to keep all the sugar for themselves.

Magnesium supplementation appears to lower the risk of developing diabetes by lowering inflammatory indices associated with the disease and also improving insulin sensitivity, according to the latest research.

Source: Magnesium Intake in Relation to Systemic Inflammation, Insulin Resistance, and the Incidence of Diabetes.

Note, I will teach a class entitled “Diabetes & Erratic Energy” Tuesday July 16 from 6:30 – 9:55 pm. Since diabetes is very often preceded by another very, very common disorder called hypoglycemia or low blood sugar (that affects people throughout their body and emotions and energy), I am also teaching a class entitled “Hypoglycemia — Low Blood Sugar and Energy” on Tuesday July 9 from 6:30 – 9:55 pm. Steve

Health Fact # 343:

A passerby spotted a very old woman happily sitting on her porch and asked her what the secret was to her advanced age and good humor.
The old woman said she smoked four packs of cigarettes, drank a bottle of whiskey and ate only fast food every day.
“Amazing”, the passerby said. “How old are you?”
“24”, said the woman.

Daily intakes of resveratrol, a compound found in red wine and in high concentrations in other plant sources, may improve the metabolic profile of people with obesity, according to a new study.

Resveratrol demonstrated the ability to modulate certain pro-inflammatory immunoglobulins in human adipose tissue. These immunoglobulins have been associated with the development of Metabolic Syndrome and diabetes in humans.
Past studies have shown resveratrol to activate the SIRT 1 gene, a gene that when activated in animal models, was shown to increase longevity.

Source: Anti-inflammatory effect of resveratrol on adipokine expression and secretion in human adipose tissue explants.

Resveratrol generates several important health benefits discussed previously. Be sure to follow the dosages recommended by an experienced therapist. Steve

Health Fact # 344:

Protein problems.

Researchers have recently discovered the three specific peptide components of gluten, the main protein in wheat, rye and barley that make it so toxic to many people including those with Celiac disease.

Sources: Comprehensive, Quantitative Mapping of T Cell Epitopes in Gluten in Celiac Disease

Related resource material:
View an educational Powerpoint presentation entitled The Conundrum of Gluten Sensitivity by Tom O’Bryan, DC, CCN, DACBN.

Health Fact # 345:

What do we get from naughty cows?
Bad milk!

A recent study suggests that a replacing 25 grams per liter of carbohydrate with milk protein in a carbohydrate-electrolyte sports drink can improve the rehydration ability of the drink by improving fluid retention when the drink is taken post-exercise. In other words, it appears that milk protein is more effective than carbohydrates in a sports drink, when rehydration is a primary consideration.

Source: Effect of milk protein addition to a carbohydrate-electrolyte rehydration solution ingested after exercise in the heat

Health Fact # 346:

My friend Bob isn’t really overweight, he insists he’s just four feet too short.

Metabolic Syndrome is a condition combining several medical factors including central obesity and insulin resistance that can lead to significant increases in the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Patients with this condition, who supplemented with grape seed extract, demonstrated a significant decrease in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, according to a recent study.

Source: Effect of grape seed extract on blood pressure in subjects with the metabolic syndrome

Additional resources: Note: there are more than 30 different herbs, supplements, and foods that are well proven to benefit metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance (which can also be a common cause of obesity), and Type II Diabetes. Note, I will teach a class entitled “Diabetes & Erratic Energy” Tuesday July 16 from 6:30 – 9:55 pm. Since diabetes is very often preceded by another very, very common disorder called hypoglycemia or low blood sugar (that affects people throughout their body and emotions and energy), I am also teaching a class entitled “Hypoglycemia — Low Blood Sugar and Energy” on Tuesday July 9 from 6:30 – 9:55 pm. See our Schedule for full information. Steve

Health Fact # 347:

Why do chemists call helium, curium and barium the medical elements?
Because if you can’t helium or curium, you barium!

A recent study implies that significant amounts of fluoride are found in infant formulas increasing the chance of developing mild flourosis. Mild enamel fluorosis appears as barely noticeable faint white lines or streaks on tooth enamel that may occur when children ingest excess fluoride while their teeth are developing.

Certain clinicians claim that inappropriate amounts of ingested fluoride can interfere with optimal iodine absorption in the thyroid, perhaps leading to thyroid dysfunction.

To learn more about environmental toxins and chemical detoxification, I will teach a class entitled: “Detoxification & Environmental Health” on Saturday July 20 from 9 am to 5:30 pm. See our Schedule for full information. Steve

Health Fact # 348:

Why did the Governor install the electric chair in the vegetable garden inside the local prison?
The Governor prefers his broccoli stir-fried.

Broccoli, as many of us now know, contain several powerful anti-cancer compounds. The plant also contains an enzyme called myrosinase which is crucial to the conversion of the mother compound glucoraphanin into the bioactive anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory compound sulforaphane. Myrosinase unfortunately, can be easily destroyed by over-cooking thereby significantly decreasing the production of sulforaphane from the ingested plant.

Experiments in rats though, have demonstrated that the naturally occurring bacteria in their intestines can essentially act as the myrosinase enzyme converting glucoraphanin in the gut to suforaphane. This suggests that a healthy gut and micro-floral environment will override the inactivity of the myrosinase enzyme.

Source: Glucoraphanin hydrolysis by microbiota in the rat cecum results in sulforaphane absorption

I frequently recommend a synergistic or full spectrum pro-biotic from the refrigerated section of your health food store. I also recommend frequently eating some fermented foods such as unsweetened yogurt, miso, tempeh, soy sauce from organic soybeans, sauerkraut, kefir, kim chi, sauerkraut, pickles, kefir, …. Steve

Health Fact # 349:

How long does it take to ship tea from China by slow boat?
Oolong Time.

Small doses of the green tea extract EGCG were shown to increase fat cell oxidation, which is an aid in the process of weight loss reduction.

Source: Epigallocatechin-3-gallate and postprandial fat oxidation in overweight/obese male volunteers: a pilot study
In an unrelated study, those who consumed both green tea and coffee demonstrated decreased risk in developing certain types of brain cancer.

Source: Coffee and tea intake and risk of brain tumors in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) cohort study.

If you take supplements or extracts of green tea, I recommend the ones that contain about 300mg EGCG, the exact amount that produced the best results in the above studies. When preparing white or green tea, I strongly recommend only infusing them for no more than 3 – 5 minutes to efficiently extract the highly water soluble polyphenol catechins while minimizing caffeine extraction. Steve

Health Fact # 350:

Plant power.

A recent study has demonstrated that changing ones diet to one primarily based in plants can change the pH of the urine to a more alkaline state. This increase in pH will then encourage the body to excrete uric acid. It is the accumulation of uric acid in the joints that is the primary direct cause of the joint condition, gout.

Source: Urine alkalization facilitates uric acid excretion.

Note, a proprietary extract of celery seed supports the reduc­tion of joint inflammation and its related discomfort, and, whose diuretic properties may also help to flush out urate crystal deposits for patients with gout. Also note, uric acid crystals is a secondary cause of kidney stones in men and women. There are also additional natural remedies. Steve

Health Fact # 351:

Winter is near but the flu, I won’t fear.

Daily supplemental use of tocotrienols (the sister of the tocopherol fraction of the vitamin E family) was shown to help increase the immune response in healthy women when administered a vaccine compared with women who received placebo prior to the vaccine.

Sources:

1. Effects of supplementation with tocotrienol-rich fraction on immune response to tetanus toxoid immunization in normal healthy volunteers

2. Vitamin E tocotrienols show immune boosting potential.
When taking vitamin E supplements, I strongly recommend a full spectrum vitam E containing all four tocopherols and all four tocotrienols.
Health Fact # 352:

We need to do something about all these hazardous drivers. Driving to work this morning on the freeway, I looked over and there was this man in a Jaguar doing at least 70 mph talking on his cell phone.

It scared me so badly that I dropped my electric shaver into my coffee, spilling it all over my lap top, which completely interrupted my Facebook friending.

A recent study has shown that cell phone use over the course of ten years doubles the risk of developing brain cancer.

To learn more about cell phones and EMF hazards, I will be teaching a class entitled: “Detoxification & Environmental Health” on Saturday July 20 from 9 am to 5:30 pm. See our Schedule for full information. Steve

Source: Cell phones and brain tumors: a review including the long-term epidemiologic data.

Health Fact # 353:

I could while away the hours
Conferrin’ with the flowers
Consultin’ with the rain.
And my head I’d be scratchin’
While my thoughts were busy hatchin’
If I only had a brain.*

Researchers have discovered that silymarin, the bioactive polyphenol found in the herb milk thistle seeds, demonstrates brain protective properties by limiting brain damage in laboratory models of stroke. They found that silymarin lowered the key pro-inflammatory transcription factor, NF-kappaB, in turn reducing the amount of free radicals that typically occur following a stroke.

Source: Preventive effect of silymarin in cerebral ischemia–reperfusion-induced brain injury in rats possibly through impairing NF-κB and STAT-1 activation
*From the song, “If I Only Had a Brain.” Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg.

Standardized milk thistle seed extract has more than 150 research studies and thousands of years of use showing that it profoundly benefits and protects the liver, brain, central nervous system, and small intestine (where most of absorption takes place). I have been working with milk thistle seeds and extract for more than forty years as a therapist + being the primary consultant for the largest manufacturer of milk thistle seed extract in the world. For adult dosage: I recommend an extract, in capsule not tablet, standardized for 140 mg. of silymarin one to two times per day for prevention or three to four times per day for therapy. Additonal resource material: Note, I will teach a class entitled ” Brain Nutrients: Foods, Herbs, Supplements & Essential Oils ” on three Tuesday nights, August 6, 13, & 20, from 6:30 – 9:55 pm. Steve.

Health Fact # 354:

3 SIGNS YOU MAY BE DRINKING TOO MUCH

Your idea of cutting back is less salt.
You sincerely believe alcohol to be the elusive 5th food group.
24 hours in a day. 24 beers in a case – coincidence?

Laboratory testing demonstrated that acetyl-l carnitine was shown to help decrease brain damage that is commonly associated with excess alcohol intake by significantly decreasing oxidative damage, a primary cause of brain cell death and injury while restoring proper nerve transmission.

Source: Acetyl-l-carnitine protects neuronal function from alcohol-induced oxidative damage in the brain.

Acetyl-L-Carnitine tends to work more on the brain while L-Carnitine works more on the heart. For adult dosage: I recommend one to two capsules one to three to times per day. Note, I will teach a class entitled ” Brain Nutrients: Foods, Herbs, Supplements & Essential Oils ” on three Tuesday nights, August 6, 13, & 20, from 6:30 – 9:55 pm. I am also teaching a class entitled “Substance Abuse: Preventing and Treating Food Addictions, Alcohol, and Tobacco Smoke on Saturday September 7, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm. Steve

Health Fact # 355:

I saw a sign on the side of the road the other day that said, “Tiredness can kill.” I didn’t know that. Last Saturday, I stayed up all night watching movies. I could have died.

Melatonin, the hormone many people associate with sleep and your circadian rhythm, possesses many potent therapeutic properties. These include antioxidative, antihypertensive and anti-cancer.

In the latest research, melatonin was shown to substantially enhance standard cardiovascular medications’ anti-ischemic and anti-anginal properties when compared to using the medications without melatonin.

In separate studies of diabetes and models of liver damage, melatonin has demonstrated powerful therapeutic antioxidative qualities. These same antioxidative characteristics were also displayed in cancer models where melatonin was able to suppress VEGF expression. VEGF is a protein, that when activated, stimulates the growth of new blood vessels, a crucial aspect of cancer growth and tumor genesis.

Sources:

1. Melatonin in the combined treatment of cardiovascular diseases

2. Melatonin suppresses tumor angiogenesis by inhibiting HIF-1alpha stabilization under hypoxia.
Since melatonin also generates hormonal effects on the brain, I suggest it not be taken every 24 and also to stay on the conservative dosage amounts. Also, less melatonin can be taken if combining it with small amounts of vitamin C, vitamin B-5, and vitamin B-6.

Steve

Health Tips – Week of June 17th

Health Fact # 322:

Think pink.

A recent study has found that subjects with mild to moderate hyperlipidemia (blood fats – Steve) who were supplemented with astaxanthin demonstrated significantly improved levels of HDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

Astaxanthin, the pink pigment found in salmon and krill, is also a powerful antioxidant and has demonstrated benefits in athletic performance as well as cardiovascular and skin health.

Source: Administration of natural astaxanthin increases serum HDL-cholesterol and adiponectin in subjects with mild hyperlipidemia.

Astaxanthin is a powerful, recently discovered, anti-oxidant. It is in the carotene or carotenoid family of anti-oxidants. Astaxanthin is the red pigment found in salmon and the crustacean krill. Astaxanthin produces other therapeutic benefits as well, including an increase in the activity of your immune response and a decrease in specific markers of inflammation. Steve

FYI: Information on High Quality Krill Oil & The Antioxidant Astaxanthin Found in Wild Salmon, Wild Salmon Oil, Krill, & Krill Oil:

Astaxanthin Rich Salmon & Krill Oil

High quality krill oil has a high phospholipid content, often containing a minimum of 40% phospholipids, mostly as phosphatidylcholine. This high quality is a virgin krill oil, the purest form available, with higher phospholipid bioavailability, enhancing the absorption of one of krill’s shining features, the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin.

Astaxanthin, the carotenoid from the microalgae, haematococcus pluvialis, is a natural staple of wild salmon and krill’s diet and gives them and other crustaceans their vibrant pink color. Many studies suggest that this exceptionally high level of astaxanthin offers an array of therapeutic benefits, which may include:

Powerful antioxidant

Cardiovascular health – helping to promote healthy lipid profiles; potential anti-hypertensive

Sports performance – increasing muscle endurance and reducing exercise-induced muscle damage

Eye support – Reducing eye fatigue and improving visual acuity

Supporting skin health – protecting against UVA-induced aging, as in skin sagging and wrinkles

Anti-inflammatory

Gastric health support – helping to reduce gastric inflammation and reflux symptoms

Astaxanthin comes from naturally occurring levels found in wild salmon, wild salmon oil, krill oil and from microalgae hopefully using a solvent-free technology that ensures maximum control and purity. There are hundreds of clinical studies on Astaxanthin, both animal and human.

In addition to its rich phospholipids, omega-3s, and astaxanthin, wild salmon, wild salmon oil, and krill oil also naturally contains several other antioxidants including, canthaxanthin, β-carotene, vitamin E and trans-retinol vitamin A, which offer benefits of their own while also protecting these nutrient-dense oils from oxidation. Like very high quality other fish oils, high quality krill oil is made using a unique cold-extraction process that converts it into stable oil. Krill oil protects the lipids from alteration and avoids peroxidation. Krill is very low on the “food chain.” It is free of heavy metals and organohalide pollutants, making it extremely pure. These products do not cause reflux or regurgitation commonly experienced by those consuming lower quality regular fish oil supplements.

As a supplement, for adult dosages, I recommend 3 – 4 mg of supplemental astaxanthin once per day for prevention and two to three times per day for therapy. Since astaxanthin is a fat soluble carotenoid, it is best taken with or after meals that contain some healthy fat. Steve

 

Health Fact # 323:

 I’m proud to say that I’m a lacto-ovo-pesco-pollo-carne-vegetarian.

Researchers have determined that a radical change in diet, going from primarily a plant based to one dominated by refined carbohydrates and animal fat, has altered our intestinal environment and therefore changed the nature of our intestinal bacterial composition.

The researchers state this change partially explains the rise in certain gastrointestinal symptoms and conditions.

Source: Impact of diet in shaping gut microbiota revealed by a comparative study in children from Europe and rural Africa

Additional resources:

1.   Stool Analysis: With the importance of gut health and its interconnectivity with immunity being discovered, stool testing may be more important than ever – a review of a novel method involving DNA detection.

2.   See my previous discussion of a wide range of health promoting fermented foods. Steve

3.   See my previous discussion of counteracting Candida albicans naturally. Steve

 

Health Fact # 324:

What’s a vampire’s favorite fast food?

A guy with very high blood pressure.

Researchers have substantiated that supplemental potassium is protective against the destructive effects of a high salt diet. Salt, as many know, when used in inappropriate amounts can cause high blood pressure and contribute to increased cardiovascular disease risk.

Source: Protective effect of dietary potassium against cardiovascular damage in salt-sensitive hypertension: possible role of its antioxidant action.

Sodium and potassium are two primary electrolytes and are best kept in balance with usually more potassium. Potassium rich foods include most fruits and vegetables. Vegetables often also contain some sodium. Vegetables and fruits contain other electrolyte minerals, vitamins, other minerals, and other very important nutrients. Steve

 

Health Fact # 325:

Think zinc.

Supplemental zinc was shown to reduce markers of atherosclerosis in elderly subjects by reducing C reactive protein and specific inflammatory cytokines.

Source: Zinc decreases C-reactive protein, lipid peroxidation, and inflammatory cytokines in elderly subjects: a potential implication of zinc as an atheroprotective agent

 

Zinc generates many other health benefits including immune enhancement and reproductive health. Some zinc liquids allow you to easily test your body’s zinc levels, as well as provide you with supplemental zinc! For a therapeutic dosage for adult women, I recommend 25 – 35 mg. of zinc. For adult men, I recommend 30 – 55 mg. of zinc. Zinc is best absorbed when taken with a healthy protein. Bread and crackers decrease zinc absorption because of the phytates or  phytic acid.  Steve

GMO NEWS:

List of companies that still use GMO’s.

 

Health Fact # 326:

 What fish terrorizes other fish? Jack the Kipper.

Depression information that is not depressing:

Fish oil was shown to decrease symptoms of depression when supplemented to adolescent boys who were experiencing depressive states. This is another study that demonstrates the anti-depressive qualities of fish oil supplementation.

Source: Fish and n-3 (Omega 3 — Steve ) Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Intake and Depressive Symptoms: Ryukyus Child Health Study.

For both adolescent and adult depression, I almost always recommend copious or aggressive amounts of cold water, high quality wild fish and wild fish oils such as wild salmon and wild krill. Dr. Mark Hilbram, MD, PHD, Captain in the US Army, has been using agressive amounts of wild salmon and salmon oil to treat men and women soldiers coming back from the middle east for the last 10 years who were suffering from severe depression, suicidal depression, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In working with many clients with depression, I strongly recommend a holistic and team approach both with other therapists and also I strongly reccommend specific foods, herbs, and supplements, and sometimes even essential oils in addition to wild fish and fish oil. Note, I will be teaching a class entitled Brain Nutrients: Foods, Herbs, Supplements & Essential Oils on 3 Tuesday nights starting August 6. Steve

 

Health Fact # 327

Where do Russians get their milk?

From Mos-cows

Recent studies have demonstrated, in both animal and human clinical trials, that bovine lactoferrin can reduce the risk of developing colon cancer.

Bovine lactoferrin, is a glycoprotein found in cow’s milk and in higher concentrations in certain whey proteins. It possesses various properties including, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory.

Source: Cancer prevention by bovine lactoferrin: from animal studies to human trial

High quality Whey Protein Powders often contain bovine lactoferrin and generate many health benefits appropriate for lactose tolerant people. Note, I will be teaching a class on “Immune Dysfunction, Cancer Treatment & Prevention” on Wednesday night, September 11 and Sunday September 15. Steve

 

Health Fact # 328

How did the skeleton know it was going to rain?

He could feel it in his bones!

Red yeast rice (RYR) is commonly used as an alternative to statin drugs to lower cholesterol and balance blood lipids. But in a recent study, RYR use was also shown to increase osteogenic activity or in other words, enhance bone formation.

Source: Red yeast rice stimulates osteoblast proliferation and increases alkaline phosphatase activity in MC3T3-E1 cells.

If using red yeast rice, I recommend following correct dosage, and also combining it with other specific foods, herbs, and supplements for regulating cholesterol. Steve

 

Health Fact # 329

Walmart is coming out with its own brand of wine. It’s called “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Vinegar!”

Mice given different combinations of resveratrol, were shown to demonstrate significantly improved markers of skin cancer including decreased tumorgenesis (development of tumors – Steve), increased cancer cell apoptosis (death or termination of cancer cells – Steve), and decreased inflammation.

Source: Synergistic Effects of Combined Phytochemicals and Skin Cancer Prevention in SENCAR Mice

Resveratrol is a polyphenol found in grapes, wine and in high amounts in other plant sources and grape seed extracts. I have a lot of research and clinical experience with Resveratrol and am quite impressed with it when obtained from high quality food or used in appropriate therapeutic amounts as a supplement. When eating grapes and taking the grape seed extract, the grapes should be organic and contain the seed which has many therapeutic benefits. Steve

 

Health Fact # 330

How do I know that my youth is all spent?

Well, my get up and go has got up and went.

But in spite of it all I am able to grin

when I recall where my get up has been.

According to a recent Japanese study low levels of vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine – SS) are associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. It is theorized that high levels of homocysteine might accelerate dopaminergic (low amounts of the neurotransmitter dopamine – Steve) cell death thus leading to this diseased state.

Source: Dietary intake of folate, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and riboflavin and risk of Parkinson’s disease: a case-control study in Japan

In addition to vitamin B6, which when taking I recommend adding an appropriate amount of the whole B complex, I also strongly recommend people read about the herb Murcuna puriens (often called Velvet Bean) for Parkinsons. There are other nutrients and herbs proving beneficial for Parkinsons. Note, I will be teaching a class entitled Brain Nutrients: Foods, Herbs, Supplements & Essential Oils on 3 Tuesday nights starting August 6.