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Knowing This Will Save Your Life

It’s pretty well accepted science that we are supposed to be enjoying a diet high in healthy fats, low in carbohydrates & low in sugars. Researchers have looked at the remains of our earliest ancestors clear on up to the upper paleolithic, 12,000 years ago. It turns out that early humans were extremely high level carnivores. Not only were we high level carnivores throughout all of the data samples, but we were higher level meat eaters than foxes, wolfs & other known meat eaters. In other words, the earliest humans got most of their protein & calories from animals sources. Now does this mean that we’re designed to get our protein from animal source food? You better believe it! We have a much larger small intestine & a much reduced large intestine that helps accommodate what anthropologists & those that study these things refer to as a higher quality diet. When they talk about a high quality diet, they are referring to protein & fat from animal sources.

People have this perverse idea that eating a high fat diet is going to lead to heart disease. Since the 1970’s we’ve been brainwashed to think saturated fat was bad for us. This just isn’t true, the science doesn’t support that. I know a lot of you are having a hard time with these high fat recommendations but we need to look at the peer reviewed science that tells us what is best for human physiology. This is just one of the many studies that are continuing to come out showing that there is no evidence to support the notion that that saturated fat increases heart disease. In fact, the evidence suggests that a lack of saturated fat may be damaging.

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In 2008 a study was published in the New England Journal Of Medicine called, “Weight Loss with a Low Carb Diet, Mediterranean Diet, or a Low Fat Diet. They took 322 moderately obese adults, average age 52 years & put them on one of these three diets.

After 2 years time when you compared the people on the low fat diet vs the low carb diet, those on the low carb diet had a dramatic & significant increased weight loss & their HDL or so called “good cholesterol” went up dramatically. Their triglycerides went down 24 points & LDL went down 3 points. Fasting insulin was far better in the group eating lots of fat, which is to be expected when you cut way back on carbs.

The people on the low fat diet (that doctors will tell you to go on for high triglycerides) went down only 2.8 points & there was no significant change in their LDL.

Having high triglycerides is a sign you are consuming too many carbs. Which if your on a low fat diet you have to fill in those calories somewhere.

I say, “so called good or bad cholesterol” because there is a lot more to it than just HDL, LDL & total cholesterol. I’m still trying to figure it all out, but this is the way cholesterol is treated today. If your total cholesterol is over 200, doctors want to put you on a “statin” drug. We shouldn’t blame doctors, after all, they’re trained in pharmacology not nutrition. Just ask your doctor how much education in nutrition they received. In my opinion doctors should NOT be giving out diet advice.

LDL & total cholesterol are not accurate markers anymore, maybe 10 years ago. For doctors to tell you that you need to cut back on saturated fats & prescribe these cholesterol medications when they don’t even know inflammation levels is kinda ridiculous.

Let me explain, CRP or C-reactive protein is a marker that rises in response to inflammation. Homocycsteine is an amino acid found in our blood & if elevated can contribute to vascular inflammation. This is how you can have a cardiac event like a stroke or heart attack & not even have clogged arteries. Do you see the common theme here? INFLAMMATION!

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If statin drugs didn’t make 29 billion dollars a year annually, we would not be talking about total cholesterol & LDL. We’d be talking about HDL to triglyceride ratio, CT heart scans & carotid artery scans & last but not least inflammation markers like CRP (C-reactive protien), Homocysteine.

Even if you have good or elevated levels of HDL….which was a good marker 10 years ago. It’s not enough, now we need to know if the HDL is functional. Dysfunctional HDL is very complicated but it’s basically the response of white blood cells to bacteria, micronutrient deficiency or other invaders.

We’ve been conditioned to think the lower our cholesterol the better. Cholesterol is the reason for heart disease in most doctors minds. Well the overwhelming & exponentially growing evidence says otherwise…

Some of you might be asking, “so what’s wrong with statin drugs anyway”. Well, the side effects of these drugs are joint pain, muscle aches, memory loss, lethargy, etc. (All things that mimic old age). People think they are just getting older when in reality the drug they are taking to prevent heart disease is the very thing that’s making them age. Statin’s turn off Mitochondrial function. Our Mitochondria are the power plants in our cells, they are the engine in our cells. Statin drugs should be a last resort not the first line of defense!

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Cholesterol is not such a bad thing, it actually works like a healing agent in the body. When you get injured your cholesterol goes up. You need cholesterol for cells to divide, replicate & repair themselves.

Cholesterol does not cause heart disease. It’s an essential component of our cell membraines. Cholesterol is very important to our brain. The brain is 2% of our body weight but it contains 25% of our total cholesterol. When we sleep at night our brain makes more cholesterol, thats part of why sleep is good for us. It’s the limiting factor for the formation of connections between nuerons so we can learn things & remember things. Cholesterol is necessary for the production of all our steroid hormones & those that regulate our blood sugar, mineral metabolism, & all our sex hormones. It’s also necessary for the production of bile acids for digestion.

If you think about it, it really does make sense. 60% of the solid weight of our brains is made from fat. Fat is fundamental as a energy source in human physiology. It’s a fundamental structural component of really every part of our bodies. Healthy cells requires healthy fats, they are constructed with the fats we choose to eat. This is why highly modified, long shelf life types of fats in grocery stores are damaging fats that will destroy the brain.

Don’t worry I’m going to try & bring this all back around. It’s important to do your best to read this again & do a few google searches if you need to. Knowing this information can mean the difference in preventing & even reversing sickness in yourself family & friends.

Everyone of us has something to gain here, the standard American diet that most of us have become accustomed to is a inflammatory one.

One of the main sources of inflammation in our diets is caused by cheap oils/fats that boost omega 6 fatty acids in our bodies. These oils include corn, canola, soy, & vegetable. Omega 6 oils have lots of polyunsaturated bonds. Every unsaturated bond in the oil is easily oxidized. Heat, light & oxygen are what cause the oxidation. So most of these oils are oxidized before you even eat them. When you consume these unhealthy fats your body has no choice but to try & make cell walls out of them. When they are oxidized inside the body they promote free radicals & cause general systemic INFLAMMATION.

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What’s making us all sick is the combination of these inflammatory oils & SUGARS in our diets.

You may think, “I don’t have any issues with this stuff” but I can assure you we are not designed to be eating these chemicals on a daily basis.

There are no biological free rides my friends.

If you ignore this information you will most definitely be put on some kind of cholesterol lowering medication & or some kind of insulin to manage blood sugars that have been out of control for years because of good old,” heart healthy grains”. Macronutrients are proteins, fats, & carbohydrates. The primary macronutrient that seems to trigger insulin in the greatest way are dietary carbohydrates in the form of sugars & starches.

Did anyone notice with this whole low fat thing how diabetes rates have skyrocketed? When you go low fat you have to fill in those calories somewhere. Inevitably you’ll fill them in with more carbohydrates.

Wheat products increase blood sugars more than any other food. Why is this important? It turns out the less insulin we actually need in the course of our lives, the longer we live & the healthier we are. Did you know that 2 slices of whole wheat bread have more of a affect on blood sugar then 2 tablespoons of table sugar. The glycemic index of whole wheat bread is 72. Table sugar is 59-65, there aren’t many foods above 70. Glycemic index refers to how high your blood sugar goes 90 minutes after you consume something. Think about it, if your having cereal or a bagel for breakfast. Then a sandwich for lunch, maybe pasta or more bread for dinner. Your basically spiking blood sugars all day long.

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If you have high blood sugars, you cannot control cardiovascular risk. It might not happen in your 20’s or 30’s but eventually if you do not have control over blood sugar you will have a HEART ATTACK, BYPASS, or need STENTS.

If that wasn’t enough reason to make you stop & think.

Glycation is the process by which mild elevations in blood sugar bind to proteins. When this happens it dramatically increases the production of free radicals which damage everything in site. Glycated proteins or proteins bound to sugar dramatically increase inflammation. For example if you glycate the proteins in the lenses of your eyes, you’ll develop cataracts. If you glycate the tissues of your arteries, you’ll develop hypertension or rigid arteries. If you glycate the proteins & cartilage of knees & maybe hips, over time you’ll develop arthritis.

Another consequence of high blood sugar is low blood sugar. This is where the cycle of hunger kicks in, having to eat every couple of hours. That used to drive me crazy!

The important thing here is to know why your doing what your doing. I hope it starts to click for all of you like it clicked for me. It’s been life changing to say the least. Making the changes that I suggest comes with a great learning curve. I’m confident in all I say because I’ve been through all of this.

Incredible weight loss, relief from acid reflux. Relief from irritable bowel syndrome. Increased energy & deeper sleep. Relief from arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis. Dramatically improve cholesterol values. Reduced blood pressures & inflammatory markers. I’m know I left out a lot, but these are all things that you can expect to improve dramatically.

A high fat diet is a way more sustainable energy source. Food cravings will be a thing of the past. No more mood spikes or eating & snacking every couple hours.

All it takes is 1 week to start feeling the changes. Bulletproof coffee is a great way to get these healthy fats into your diet.

My next blog will consist of what I do on a daily basis & should give some clarity on the changes necessary for health & wellness. Feel free to leave questions in the comments.

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The Human Genome Project

Where do I begin…. The Human Genome Project started in 1990 with the goal of sequencing & identifying the Human Genome. On April 14, 2003 the successful completion of the HGP was announced. What does this mean for us? Well it’s pretty amazing actually, it’s like having a complete set of blueprints to the human body. The culmination of work done by Scientists & Doctors to date is pretty amazing.

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This picture represents the complete set of human DNA in book form……The Human Genome.

We are in the midst of an epidemic of autoimmune diseases. Asthma, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, ms, celiac disease, etc. These disease’s have only taken shape in the last 40-50 years. This amount of time is too short to blame on genetic changes. It takes centuries for genes to change not decades. We are changing our environment so fast that we cannot adapt & we are paying the price.

The completion of the HGP opened up countless avenues for study. Epigenetics for example, is the study of how our environment impacts & changes the expression of our genes. When I say environment I mean the food we eat, the air we breath, the chemicals we elect to use. Radiation maybe from the Fukushima disaster. The introduction of antibiotics coincides with the development of this epidemic of autoimmune diseases. Antibiotics are like a bomb that gets dropped on this village of bacteria. They kill both the good & bad colonies of bacteria.

Let me try to break this down as simple as I can. We know now that there are around twelve hundred different microorganisms that live in our gut at any given time. This is what they call the Microbiome & is thought to consist of 8,000,000 genes. The Human Genome is the full set of genetic blueprints that each baby inherits from it’s parents & consists of only about 20,000 genes.

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Those genes….the microbiome & our genes….the human genome are compatible & because they lived in piece with our mothers they will live in piece with us.

If we were lucky & born through natural delivery we inherit this wealth of bacteria from our mothers. This gut bacteria or gut flora is predominantly good bacteria. There is some bad bacteria but with out both we could not survive. The good is there to keep the bad in check in a sense. Unfortunately in this modern world we have an array of immune insults that if we aren’t careful can lead to a deficit in good bacteria. If your gut flora is abnormal the immune system cannot function well & we develop inflammation.

On the other hand, if you were born through c-section….both good & bad bacteria that was never supposed to be there can come in & affect us from birth. We know now this increases chances for autoimmunity by 3-4 times. Kinda scary huh?

Physiologists have known for decades that 90% of our immune systems are in our guts. The digestive system is the biggest & most important immune organ in the body. The environment we are exposed to impacts directly the composition of our gut bacteria. The food we choose on a daily basis has a dramatic impact on the development & maintenance of our gut health. It’s pretty safe to say we need to be very careful what we expose ourselves to because it has a direct impact on how we develop & age.

Every cell in our body is made up of the food we eat. Instead of thinking about food as carbs, fats, proteins, sugars, or calories. We should think of it like information. The food we eat talks to our genes & it can either be inflammatory or health provoking. It can sustain & maintain excellent health over a life time.

We know that just because you may be genetically skewed to develop cancer, celiac disease, or any other problem doesn’t mean you will. Thanks to the work done by cutting edge Doctors we now know there are three factors in the development of any autoimmune disease.

  1. A Genetic vulnerability to a particular condition (the genetic deck of cards you were dealt, you can’t change).
  2. An Environmental Trigger (the straw that broke the camels back). There are an array of tests becoming available that can identify these vulnerabilities.
  3. Intestinal Permiability (leaky gut). This is the one thing everyone of us can change & with only two components you don’t have the recipe for autoimmunity.

We need to heal & seal our gut lining so food has the chance to be digested properly before it absorbs into our blood stream. Once this is accomplished autoimmunity scales down & the immune system can rebalance itself & pull in all the soldiers that are fighting the battle.

Mainstream medicine continues to be driven by pharmaceuticals it seems & most Doctors aren’t going back to school to study postdoctoral. This is a very exciting time as far as technology & access to information. Share this information with as many people as you know. It really is amazing even with all this information how slow things spread. The next few blogs will help to bring all this around.

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Step-By-Step Bulletproof Coffee

In an effort to provide the most accurate information I can, I must share with you something I just found out. Apparently the process for sourcing bulletproof coffee beans has come into question. The bulletproof coffee beans were pushed as being superior to other beans because of mold (mycotoxin) contamination issues. A recent comparison was done with Bulletproof beans, Starbucks, Caveman Coffee beans, & a random bag of coffee from Whole Foods. No mold toxins were found in any of the bags tested.

Let me be clear, coffee with grass fed butter, mct & or coconut oil does wonders for cognitive performance. It increases energy, stamina, & helps to eliminate food cravings. There just isn’t really an issue with the mold toxins as I & many others were lead to believe. Going forward use whatever coffee you like.

I apologize for not being more specific on how to make this coffee. I was going to put this in the comments but wanted everyone to find this.

 

1. Start with 1 cup off your favorite single sourced coffee. I like Pete’s coffee (i usually make about 2.5 – 3 cups for myself).

 

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2. Add 1 tablespoon of Kerrygold grass fed butter (work your way up to 2 tbs over the next several days). A good rule of thumb would be 1 tbs for every cup of coffee.

 

 

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3. Add 1 tablespoon of either mct or coconut oil (work your way up to 2 tbs over the next several days). I use 2 tbs of mct & 1 tbs of coconut oil in mine.

 

 

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4. Mix in a blender for 20 seconds (the magic bullet is ideal for this)

5. It tastes fine without but I recommend a packet of stevia. Tastes like the best latte you’ve ever had.

 

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The Gluten Free Revolution

Well friends the information I’m gonna share with you is hard to take. I’m gonna do my best to not get too technical. Sad but true that one of our favorite foods is really taking a tole on everyone of us.

Gluten is not digestible by any human –Dr. Alessio Fasano.

Wheat & gluten containing grains like barley & rye are not digestible by 100% of humans. You see, when we ingest food we have an array of digestive enzymes in our saliva glands, stomach, pancreas & small intestine. Those enzymes are responsible for breaking down food into nutrients: amino acids (from proteins), fatty acids and cholesterol (from fats), sugars from carbohydrates as well as vitamins & minerals.

We can’t do this completely with Gluten. The composition of amino acids is unusual & we don’t have the enzymes to deal with this protein. Unfortunately it’s the same protein that gives elasticity to our favorite foods like bread, pizza, & pastas. The wheat plant that we have today despite common misconception is not gmo, rather it’s a result of hybridization that has gone on since the beginning of agriculture. Gluten containing grains have changed over the centuries. Ancient grains had a much lower concentration of gluten than we have today. Now, roughly thirty to forty percent of the dry weight is all gluten. While a few centuries ago it was half of that

What does this mean? Well because the body doesn’t recognize this strange protein, it considers it to be a foreign invader (Antigen). Our immune system responds by ramping up production of Immune cells called antibodies. We can look at these antibodies like soldiers. Our antibodies are designed to bind to foreign invaders & excrete them in our bowel movements. Now, in some people these soldiers will stay in the gut & fight the battle. The collateral damage will be inflammation in the gut which brings about a whole host of symptoms including: GI issues, irritability, lack of energy, poor sleep, to name a few. There are other people where these soldiers are programmed to leave the intestine & go somewhere else. They can go to our joints & cause joint pain. They can go to our nerves & cause peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage). They can go to our skin & cause rashes or itchy, stinging, & blistering skin. Even psoriasis.

In the worst case, these antibodies bound together with these partially digested gluten molecules can go to our brains & cause inflammation there. As you can imagine this can be catastrophic. If not addressed, this inflammation can cause Head aches, Depression, Anxiety, Seizures, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Dementia, Schizophrenia, etc.

There can also be a Non-immune nutritional deficiency from malabsorption.

You see, this isn’t only a GI condition & it’s not limited to Celiac disease like most people think. This is why Genes are so important, it’s all dictated by our Genetic makeup. Well, there’s a few other factors involved & I will elaborate on them over the next few blogs. Luckily we have the power to change a few of them & I’ll get to that.

There are so many pieces to this puzzle & I plan on giving you all of them.

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