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Our Second Brain

The completion of the Human Genome Project has ushered in many new disciplines in science & research. One of the many exciting discoveries is just how important our gut is in overall health & well being. Many are referring to the gut as our “second brain” because of how it feeds everything from our brains to our skin.

Enteric Neural Science is what I’m referring to here, this area of study has only come out in the last 10 years. Embedded in the wall of our gut lies a separate nervous system that is so complex it has been dubbed the second brain, the Enteric Nervous System. The focus here is how the environment of our intestines affects our nerves & messages going to our brains. Our gut produces a wide array of hormones & neurotransmitters, some of the same classes as those found in the brain. Of these neurotransmitters, the main four you might have heard of before are Serotonin, Dopamine, Acetylcholine & Gaba.

All but one of our neurotransmitters is made from amino acids from the proteins we consume. Some are made entirely by our bodies & some are converted by the biologic machinery we have.

This is why what we put into our bodies is so important. It’s our neurotransmitters that guide our brain function. So if our gut is out of balance we might be high strung at times or depressed. Being in a depressed state will affect the function of our intestines, which affects the production of nerve hormones; which affects brain function. You see how this can be problematic?

Every single cell in our body is connected to the neural tree, 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 require all the macronutrients (protein, fat & carbs) to make all parts of neurotransmitters for proper function. So foods that have things like anti-nutrients or any kind of dietary neurotoxin like phytic-acid, lectins, excessive caffeine, nicotine, vitamin/mineral depletion & alcohol can all affect neurotransmitter production.

I know what your thinking, “alcohol”! Yes alcohol, but don’t worry there are ways to combat the toxic affects of alcohol, more on this later.

The more we learn the more apparent it becomes that our digestive system sends way more messages to our brain then our brain does to our digestive system. In fact, 95% of the bodies serotonin is produced & housed in the gut, not the brain. Serotonin is one of our neurotransmitters that’s responsible for our mood. If serotonin levels are low we can experience anxiety & depression. Low serotonin levels are also associated with decreased immune system function.

Since the discovery that problems with the Enteric Nervous System are implicated in all sorts of conditions means the second brain deserves a lot more recognition than it has had in the past.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wheat & It’s Role In Anxiety

Could it be that our breads, pastas, & cerials are at the root of everything from anxiety, depression & migraines to autism, Crohn’s & diabetes. Everyday papers & studies are emerging confirming just how bad this stuff really is. With the threat of GMO’s at a all time high, the stakes have never been greater.

There is no dietary requirement for wheat/grains, yet in most cases it makes up the majority of our diets today. A lot of the time people can eliminate just this one thing & feel a dramatic improvement in mental clarity, energy, mood & even sleep. That is, if your sleeping well now, are you sleeping well? We never stop & ask ourselves how we feel, how we think, or how we sleep. There is a lot to be said for getting adequate quality sleep regularly. If I could sell quality sleep in a bottle I would be rich!

In my previous blog I went into detail about all the different classes of proteins found in wheat & why they are so important to be aware of. Deamidated Gliadin & Gliadorphins (aka Gluteomorphins) are simply the by-products of partially digested wheat. Remember, 100% of us do not have the digestive capability required to completely break this stuff down. So this means we are all affected in one way or another by what I’m about to explain, if you choose to eat wheat or any other gluten containing grains.

These peptides or partially digested gluten molecules just so happen to be toxic to our brains. They call these particular peptides Gluteomorphins because they bind to the opiate receptor sites in the brain like morphine. This stimulates our opiate receptors producing endorphines, the feel good hormones. You’d think this is a good thing, but when you have a bagel for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, pasta for dinner & this continues everyday for a lot of us. Eventually this causes a down regulation of the receptor, causing it to stop working.

We are no longer able to recieve the endorphin signaling in our brains. This is why Gluteomorphines are associated with anxiety, depression, attention deficit & autism. Bottom line is eating gluten makes it harder to feel happiness & life satisfaction.

Believe it or not, this is the exact same mechanism in the development of type II diabetes. We all grow up eating this way, from birth we eat so much sugar that we down regulate our insulin receptors. I know your thinking, “but I don’t even eat a lot of candy”. The truth is any form of carbohydrate is eventually broken down by our bodies into glucose. To make a long story short, a whole wheat muffin or bowl of oatmeal gets turned into the exact same thing as a can of soda or bag of candy. Not to mention the roller coaster of high blood sugar levels followed by insulin rebounds & insatiable hunger.

Think about this, what if I’m right…what if we’ve been going through life this whole time & been constantly dealing with low levels of inflammation. Well, I can tell you with 100% certainty we have. If you don’t believe me, good, I dare you to be a experiment of one.

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The Paleo Diet Part 2

Here goes, if you can dedicate yourself to what I’m about to outline I can guarantee you can loose 5 pounds in 7 days, providing there aren’t any major underlying conditions. You know what…I can guarantee you much more then that. I was sitting here reading through this again & I realized. I’m not here to sell you anything! I’m here to give you your life back!

Wether we know it or not we’ve been robbed of our quality of life. These huge corporations along with the bio-tech companies & our very own government have sucked all the life out of our food supply. They sell us these genetically mutated Franken foods & try to hide the fact that they are genetically modified. So then we go to our doctors because we develop all kinds of problems from ingesting insecticides & herbicides just to be put on more chemicals to help deal with being slowly poisoned. Our own government has sold us out to big business & the rich get richer while the rest of us get sick & fatten their pockets. Sorry for the rant.

Seriously, just give this thing a try, we all have so much potential that’s being robbed from us by the chemicals in our food. You owe it to yourself to at least give this a try. I don’t know it all but I’ve learned a ton in the last couple of years & deciding to start this blog has gotten me even more passionate about spreading this message.  Don’t worry, if you have a significant condition your battling or just wanting to look, feel & perform better, or your looking for relief from all the side effects from pharmaceuticals your forced to take because of a disease, you’ve come to the right place. In most cases, we can significantly lessen or even reverse diseases that mainstream medicine deem incurable. Just because your doctor doesn’t know about this doesn’t mean the information doesn’t exist.

As I’ve said before everyone is different, therefore everyone can require slightly different approaches. The idea here is to build a good base, this base will play a important role for the rest of your life. In my opinion, there is no better way to identify potential sensitivities & to start you on your path to a Paleo Diet. Now this may sound a little extreme, I’m going to ask you to give up a lot of the foods we have been enjoying all of our lives. I’m not saying you have to give them up forever, just long enough for your body to flush out all the toxins & so you can see how good we are designed feel. Ideally I would ask you to give up these foods for 30 days, this will really help determine what foods are hurting you. Once you see the potential you have to look, feel & perform in ways you never new you could, this will give you the motivation to push through. What you have to gain from this is most definitely worth a try.

After all, what do you have to loose? I find the people who can benefit from this the most are the ones who need this the most & are the hardest to get to buy in. They are so locked into what their doctor tells them & they come up with any excuse to not change. I always want to say, “how’s that working out for ya”. It’s pretty obvious that this old school mentality of trying to prevent or put a band-aid on disease with pharmaceuticals is not working. We are sicker then ever & show no signs of slowing down. I for one am no longer willing to take my chances. It’s pretty evident

Another approach to this would be extensive food sensitivity testing. The problem with this are all the false negatives, not to mention the fact that the current tests are only looking for a small fraction of the many different classes of proteins found in wheat. Just so you can get a sense of how complicated this is & how easy it is to be misdiagnosed.  Gliadins and Glutenins are the two main components of the gluten fraction of the wheat seed.  Gliadins are made up of alpha-gliadin, beta-gliadin, gamma-gliadin & omega-gliadin.

Wheat also contains agglutinins (proteins that bind to sugar) and prodynorphins (proteins involved with cellular communication). Proteins are chains of amino acids, think of them like a pearl necklace. When we eat wheat or any other protein, enzymes in the digestive tract called tissue transglutaminase (tTG) help to break apart the pearl necklace into smaller amino acids called peptides, then finally individual amino acids. The goal of digestion is to produce a pool of single amino acids that can be reassembled into new structures needed by the body. In this process, additional proteins are formed, including deamidated gliadin & gliadorphins (aka gluteomorphans). Under normal circumstances we digest our food & there is no problem. With gluten, we cannot completely break it down. Our bodies don’t recognize this strange protein & responds by ramping up our immune systems to fight what it thinks is a invader. As a result we develop systemic inflammation.

I explained all this so you would better understand what we are up against. The current tests performed to identify Celiac disease or Non-celiac gluten sensitivity are looking for a immune response to alpha-gliadin & tissue transglutaminase-2.  We know now that people can react to several other components of wheat and gluten, including gliadin (beta, gamma, omega), glutenin, WGA and deamidated gliadin — as well as other types of transglutaminase, including type 3 (primarily found in the skin) and type 6 (primarily found in the brain). This is how you can have a sensitivity to gluten but not have any GI symptoms, it all depends on your genes. The immune system may or may not react to gluten at first. People can have high antibodies to one of these peptides of gluten for decades with out feeling unwell.  Disease is progressive, we don’t develop chronic disease in our 40’s & 50’s, it starts early in life.

I think we all know someone who has always been able to eat as much of whatever they want & seem to always be in good health & never gain a pound.  These are the people who if genetically predisposed would most likely develop a degenerative neurological disorder such as Huntington’s disease, MS, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. Nobody is exempt from this sensitivity, it’s a matter of when & how you’ll be affected.

Another problem with the current tests are that they are only accurate when the damage has already been done & the only option is to be put on a immune suppressant. If your not sure what a immune suppressant is, Google it.

The tests for gluten sensitivity can be wrong 7 out of 10 times. We need to start focusing on preventative medicine because what we are doing now is not working. The other problem is most doctors today don’t have the time to keep up with all the latest advances & break throughs. Slowly but surely this is changing but who has the time to wait until they are educated?

Nobody is addressing the underlying problems. You need to quit fueling the fire & repair the damage. Proper supplementation & diet is the key. Our bodies need the appropriate nutrition to help turn on the genes to heal the gut, we need to drive out those pathogenic microbes & replace them with beneficial microbes.

 

Eliminating these 7 foods from your diet will make the biggest change in a matter of days.

  • Wheat & all gluten containing grains
  • corn & all corn products (corn syrup)
  • soy
  • peanuts
  • dairy
  • eggs
  • artificial sweeteners & sugar except where it’s naturally occurring.

The idea is to pull these foods out of your diet for 3-4 weeks. We need to let our immune systems cool off & hormones to come back into balance. The amount of chemicals (GMO’s) in our food supply today is sickening.

Your probably thinking, “what can I eat?” I know the list above seems like everything we eat on a daily basis. Just give it a chance, this isn’t one of those diets that leaves you hungry. It’s quite the opposite actually, take it from somebody who has been living this lifestyle for the last 2 years. It’s changed my life. When asked, “what’s Paleo”, it’s simple. Lean meats, fish, fruit & vegetables, healthy fats from nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, fish oil & grass fed meats. I’m currently working on a diet plan & a list of supplements that everyone is likely deficient in. Keep any eye out for those soon.

Like I said, it only takes one week to feel the difference I’ve been raving about, but in order to succeed you need to have a plan! I can’t stress this enough! You’ve heard that saying, “fail to plan, plan to fail”. It’s inevitable!

The changes in mood & energy in the first week are undeniable & always gives people the motivation to keep it up. Most definitely your going to have cravings, but this is a good thing. Whatever you crave is the thing that is hurting you the most.

 

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The Truth About GMOs

I was planning on starting off this blog by explaining what I do everyday. I think what’s more important right now is for everyone to know what foods they should absolutely be avoiding. I’m sure everyone has heard by now of Monsanto & Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s). If not, your in for a shocker.

It baffles me how many people I talk to on a daily basis who still don’t know about GMO’s. Well, I guess I’m not surprised. We have all been fooled by our government.

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What your about to learn should make you sick & angry. I don’t know about all of you but I’m tired of being lied to & taken advantage of. Our food supply has been poisoned right under our noses.

Believe it or not GMO’s have been in our food supply longer than you might think. The first GMO to hit grocery shelves was way back in 1994. Of course they have gotten much nastier over the years. It’s gotten to the point that over 90% of our food supply is all genetically modified. Some of you might be wondering how you’ve never heard of GMO’s before? I’ll explain….

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When the White House instructed the FDA to promote bio-technology, the person in charge of policy at the time happened to be Monsanto’s former attorney Michael Taylor. He lied about the opinions of the scientists working at the FDA. They warned their supervisors repeatedly that GMO’s could create allergies, toxins, new diseases & nutritional problems & that long term tests needed to be done. Instead the policy lied & said, “We’re not aware of any information showing that GMO’s are significantly different. Therefore, no safety studies are needed & no labeling is needed.” Once Taylor implemented this hands-off policy he was appointed Monsanto’s chief lobbyist & vice president. If that isn’t enough to get your blood boiling, get this. Michael Taylor is currently employed as the US food safety czar in the Obama administration. WHAT!?! Doesn’t get much more transparent than that.

So by slipping this stuff into our food supply without any knowledge of it, we find ourselves part of a massive experiment. In any other case there would have been 40,000+ studies done to be sure without a doubt that what is introduced to the public is safe. The exact opposite was done here, this policy was launched on fundamental assumptions that have since been proven wrong.

Once you start researching just a little you’ll find out the number of major food corporations that are opposed to labeling our foods & have donated thousands of dollars to fight California’s Prop 37 in November 2012 & Washington State’s I-522 measure in November 2013.

What could be so bad that they would spend thousands of dollars to not have to tell us if what we are buying has been genetically modified? Same reason why Monsanto has tried to hide it’s own animal safety studies. A lawsuit forced Monsanto to release their files & now we know the truth.

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There is good reason why GMO’s have been banned all over the world & no good explanation why the US hasn’t yet. In addition to the health dangers, independent studies also show that GMO’s don’t increase yields, don’t solve world hunger & massively increase herbicide use! In fact, there are now round-up resistant weeds. Farm experts say that such efforts could lead to higher food prices, lower crop yields, rising farm costs and more pollution of land and water.

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What few animal feeding studies we do have are pretty scary. There is so much evidence of harm in these animals that even the American Academy of Environmental Medicine recommended that every doctor should be prescribing a NON-GMO diet & the government should withdraw them immediately. These warnings have been ignored & United States is now the number one per capita consumer of corn in the world. In the US, corn is one of the top four most heavily subsidized food crops, so farmers have every reason to plant plenty of it. This is a perfect example of big business & big government merging. Talk about shitting where you eat huh!?!

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There are 2 major categories of GMO’s in use today. You have those that are designed to not die when sprayed with herbicide or round-up ready. There is already round-up ready corn, soy, cotton, canola, sugar beets & alfalfa. They are all drenched in round-up & some is even stored in the food portion of these crops. So with every bite you are getting a dose Monsanto’s herbicide.

Then you have those that are designed to produce their own toxic insecticide known as Bt toxin (a pesticide that is designed to kill bugs by making their stomachs explode), sounds pleasant huh? They take this bt toxin gene that is naturally occurring in soil bacteria & they force it into the DNA of corn. Of which, is then consumed by you. So now the plants become registered pesticides, the plants do the killing.

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The biotech industry & the Environmental Protection Agency swore that the bt toxin was safe & would only interact with certain insects & not with humans or mammals. This was overturned in the Journal of Applied Toxicology in 2012. They took the bt toxin out of a corn plant that was genetically engineered, then applied it to human cells & it poked small holes in the human cells, causing leakage. So the same mechanism that kills insects was poking holes in human cells.

The EPA & biotech industry have also said, “don’t worry about the bt toxin because it’s destroyed completely in the stomach, in the digestive process where it’s completely broken down.”

This was overturned in 2011 at the Sherbrooke University Hospital. Doctors were able to identify the presence of pesticides associated with genetically modified foods in maternal, fetal and non-pregnant women’s blood. They also found the presence of Monsanto’s bt toxin. They found that bt toxin was in 93% of the pregnant woman & about two thirds of the non-pregnant woman. They found the toxin in the cord blood, it was in the fetuses!!! This might explain the rise in autism among many other developmental issues.

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One of the only human feeding studies ever done on GMO’s found that genes can transfer from a genetically modified crop into DNA of gut bacteria & might continue to function once there.

This might explain why 93% of the pregnant woman tested had the bt toxin in their blood. It is also suspected that maybe it was from eating the animals that are fed this bt corn.

To make matters worse, not only do we have this bt toxin that pokes holes in human cells. We have these round-up ready crops that are produced by Monsanto in seed form. Round-up’s active ingredient is called Glyphosate. Glyphosate is a broad spectrum antibiotic that just so happens to kills our beneficial gut bacteria. You should all be familiar with what happens when you don’t have enough of the good bacteria. This is what leads to inflammation & opening of the tight junctions in our intestines. Which then leads to intestinal permiability (leaky gut) & starts the whole cascade process which leads to autoimmunity & I could on & on. I explain this process in detail in The Human Genome blog.

So this is one way our digestive capacity is reduced by GMO’s. The other way it affects us is by reducing digestive enzymes. One of the handfuls of studies done shows mice that were fed genetically modified soybeans for 8 months had damage to their testicles cells, their pancreatic cells & liver cells.

This is one of those studies I was talking about earlier that Monsanto was trying to hide. There were a number of digestive enzymes impacted by these GMO soybeans. This means that if we are not able to digest our meats & proteins all the way because of a reduction in enzymes. We can’t get the building blocks absorbed to rebuild our own muscles & bones, etc.

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We’ve talked about digestive problems & we’ve talked about immune system problems. There are a couple more issues with round-up or glyphosate. One is it’s an endocrine disruptor, this is your hormones. They find that animals that were fed round-up ready crops, females had more testosterone & males had more estrogen. It was feminizing the males & virilizing the females. This could explain the increasing problems in the US with hormone imbalances that lead to arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, PCOS, anxiety attacks, & weight loss…You can forget about loosing weight when your hormones are all out of wack.

The last aspect I want to cover is this, glyphosate was originally patented as a broad-spectrum chelator. Meaning that it binds to trace minerals making them unavailable for digestion & assimilation. Trace minerals are like keys in locks to certain metabolic pathways. Many diseases can be traced back to nutrient deficiencies. So you see how this is starting to add up? So even by taking your vitamins & minerals, if your eating GMO foods you are affecting your ability to use them.

There are a total of 9 GMO foods on the market now, I’ve already talked about corn, soy, cottonseed, canola, sugar from sugar beets. Then you have alfalfa which is related to animal feed, little zucchini, little crookneck squash & papaya. There is also what they call recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH). You have probably seen this on dairy products from time to time, rBGH is a GMO growth hormone given to cows to increase milk production. Sounds healthy huh?

I can’t stress enough how important it is to take this seriously. At this point, our food supply is heavily contaminated with genetically modified food’s & there’s just not enough studies to prove that these foods are safe for human consumption. The evidence for how toxic this stuff really is grows each day.

The number one excuse I hear from people when talking about changing their diet is, “it’s too expensive”. It’s really not, when I decided to make the switch I had those same misconceptions. It’s been proven that this can be done on a budget & there are tons of resources online to help with that. Think about it like this, spend a little more now on REAL quality foods that are going to make you loose weight, feel younger & have better sex! Or spend a lot later for all the prescriptions your going to need if you continue to eat this poison. After all it’s an investment in you & your families health & quality of life.

We are so lucky to live in a time with the ability to connect with each other like we do. We need to use it to our advantage. The thing that gets me most excited about all this is the potential each & everyone of you have. We are all in this together, all it takes is one week to start getting results & feel amazing. Most of us have no idea how good we are designed to feel everyday.

Use this information to help you, your family & friends. I guarantee everyone of you knows somebody who could use this. The diseases that so many end up with are not developed in our 40’s & 50’s, they actually start in our 20’s & 30’s.

I apologize for how long it’s taken for this blog to go up. My intentions were to try & post something at least twice a month. This one was supposed to go out a couple weeks ago but got erased due to a computer update. Anyway, going to do my best to get these out more regularly. Feel free to leave questions in the comments & check out the link below for excellent food options.