I am in a book club in my neighborhood. While most book clubs choose a book for everyone to read, we are different. We bring books that we have read and talk about what we liked and didn’t like. Then we lend our books to each other. The only rule is that the books have to have a positive message. The reason most of us joined this club is because we were weary of buying a best seller and finding it full of violence and bad language. I have lent out several of my BTD books to people who were interested.
Several of the ladies like murder mysteries, and a series of murder mysteries by Susan Wittig Albert is particularly popular. We all live in the Texas Hill Country, and the setting for these mysteries is an imaginary Hill Country town. We all like to cook, and the theme of the books is herbs. The heroine owns a herb shop and catering company. In addition to clues there are recipes and fun facts about herbs.
My two favorite genres are classics and historical fiction, but once in a while I get in the mood for a good mystery. Last month I borrowed one of Susan Wittig Albert’s books called Nightshade.
When I picked it up, I was thinking of the lovely purple flowers that grow in my yard. I wasn’t thinking of all of the foods in the nightshade family: potatoes, tomatoes, chili peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, and bell peppers.
As I read the history of nightshades, I learned that many cultures have considered them all to be poisonous. Some modern nutritionists associate them with diseases like arthritis.
After the mystery was solved, I thought I would see what Dr. D. had to say about nightshades. Every type except Type A has nightshades that beneficial, neutral, and avoid. I couldn’t find any beneficial nightshades for Type A.
Potatoes are avoid for all types. For me (Type O) Eggplant is neutral, but I don’t really like it. Tomatoes are neutral. I eat them if I find them in a salad, but I don’t buy them. Green bell peppers and tomatillos are neutral. They are ok if they are cooked, but don’t like either of them raw. Red Bell Peppers and chili peppers are beneficial. I like both of them cooked and used as a seasoning, but I don’t like them raw.
The bad elements in Nightshades are compounds called alkaloids. Cooking reduces the alkaloid content by half. Perhaps that is why I instinctively prefer cooked peppers to raw peppers.
The pretty flowers that grow in my yard are called Deadly Nightshade. I’ve noticed that in dry weather the deer will eat almost anything green, but they do not touch the nightshade.
Interesting mystery and interesting food facts.
I have a dilemma about peanuts. How should we as a society balance the needs of peanut allergy sufferers with the needs of Type As for whom peanuts are a beneficial and inexpensive food?
When DD was a little girl, she did not like much meat, and she did not like cheese. (It amazes me how self aware she was of her nutritional needs as a Type A) Because of that, I packed a peanut butter sandwich in her lunch almost every day. I thought she would eventually get tired of it. I certainly desire more variety than that. But DD never did. She is now 22 years old and she still eats a peanut butter sandwich for one meal almost every day.
I have a vivid memory of her coming home from school one day with a paper from health class saying that peanut butter was an unhealthy food. This was shortly after I had started the Blood Type Diet, and it made me furious. We had a talk about protein, and about good fats and bad fats. She was convinced that peanut butter was beneficial for her, but she wanted a good grade in the class. We agreed that if there was a question about peanut butter on a test that she could answer what the teacher had taught, but continue to eat her peanut butter sandwich.
One of my nephews was allergic to peanuts. Eating anything with peanuts or peanut oil could send him into an asthma attack. His mother was very careful with what he ate. And after one time when he ate a peanut butter cookie at the insistence of an uninformed adult, he was very careful about what he ate as well. Eventually he grew out of the allergy. Today he is in his 30s. He has three children and none of them are allergic to peanuts.
However I have a friend whose elementary school son has a peanut allergy that is so violent that the smell of peanuts can send him to the emergency room. He has had attacks on airplanes and in the school cafeteria. His mother is on a campaign to get peanuts outlawed in the school, or to make students with peanut butter sandwiches eat their lunch in a separate room away from the other children.
I don’t see a fair way out of this situation. Her son’s life is at risk. I can’t ignore that. I would support a system where peanut allergy sufferers could declare themselves when they bought their ticket and flight attendants would not serve peanuts on those flights. What to do about school is more complicated. It would certainly be socially damaging for my friend’s son to have to eat his lunch alone in a separate room every day.
Yet it seems equally unfair for a Type A child to be stigmatized and sent to eat their peanut butter sandwich alone. While DD might have had the self confidence to stand up to that kind of pressure. I can easily imagine peer dependent Type A children who would eat more meat and cheese just so they didn’t call attention to themselves. That meat and cheese would be detrimental to their health - just not as rapidly as or as obviously as an allergic reaction.
If any of you have heard of a school that has come up with a wise policy about this issue, I would be interested to hear it.
The British Naturopathic Association's annual Study Day on June 23rd 2012 will have the theme of Naturopathic Approaches to Endocrinology. MIfHI graduates, Drs. Tom and Jacqueline Greenfield, are presenting a lecture entitled: A Nutrigenomic Approach to Endocrinology. A summary of their lecture follows:
Medical endocrinologists typically deal with major hormonal imbalances pharmacologically. A reductionistic approach to the body perceives the organ which is producing increased or decreased levels of hormones as the source of the organic dysfunction; the "cure" is either hormone replacement therapy, suppression of excess hormone production or blocking receptor sites. In the same way, nutritional supplementation can be used to make up for deficiencies or excess to directly enhance or suppress the function of specific hormonal pathways. However this is not necessarily treating the patient as a whole: it could be seen as linear thinking, not looking for the reason behind the disturbance in homoeostasis, or whether the cause of the imbalance is still there. As naturopaths how can we support health in the patient with endocrine-related disorders using natural methods and a more holistic approach?
Nutrigenomics has brought a growing awareness of the potential for modification of food intake to promote health and reduce the risk of diet-related diseases. It is a way of altering the expression of genes through nutrition: a nutrigenomic perspective views nutrients as cell-signalling mechanisms which are detected by sensors in the cell: a variation in nutrient levels triggers a cellular mechanism which changes gene expression, protein and metabolite production. This can restore balance in many body systems where the individual's genes have been programmed during gestation to survive in an environment in which they no longer find themselves.
In our presentation we discuss ways of influencing hormonal pathways through diet and nutritional supplementation at the level of the gene using the example of types of thyroid dysfunction and diabetes. We also look at a commonly-supplemented hormone in detail: vitamin D, it's role in many disease processes; we review a hypothesis for the role of vitamin D3 and it's metabolite in dysregulation of androgen and glucocorticoid receptors in autoimmune disease.
Knowing what diseases to prevent and how to address existing illness is the key to individualised medicine. As naturopaths we can target prevention to the specific disease tendencies of the individual rather than assume everyone will get the same illnesses. We present a system devised by Dr. Peter D'Adamo ND which looks at three overriding responses to the environment: reactive, thrifty and tolerant, further refined by gene clusters, or haplotypes, in proximity to the blood group gene on 9q34. We discuss simple in-clinic biomarkers that can be used to assess the patient's epigenetics: how to determine their disease susceptibilities and which preventive measures may be the most appropriate for them; in the presence of an existing disorder, how to know which pathways to upregulate or downregulate through dietary intervention. We also discuss an educational opportunity for practitioners and the informed public to become certified in human individuality.
Other speakers at the event are Dr. Marilyn Glenville Ph.D., nutritionist specialising in women’s health, Alison Cullen, education manager at Bioforce UK, and Marian Baartz MSc., Iridologist. The event is open to non-members of the British Naturopathic Association.
We’re about a week away from the Jewish holiday of Shavuous, the commemoration of the Jews receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai. It’s a two day holiday, with blessings made over wine and bread at dinner and lunch both days. It’s traditionally celebrated with dairy foods, in contrast to the meat meals usually served at other holidays and Shabbos. Fish and eggs can be served with dairy meals, but not red meat or poultry.
With 3 O’s in the family, dairy meals are a challenge, and are less likely to feel satisfying than meat meals. Sure, we could defy tradition and make some meat meals for the holiday, but the kids would be disappointed. What’s Shavuous without cheesecake for dessert after every single meal? Plus, being a holiday, we want more than tuna and egg salad at every meal- it’s a time to rejoice with special holiday foods that are tasty and fun and don’t make us feel deprived.
It’s a precarious balance between health, enjoyable meals, and the tight food budget. My 17 year old daughter and I have no common cheeses. I’m not supposed to have mozzarella cheese, and she’s not supposed to have ricotta cheese. But last year we made this delicious vegetable lasagna that used both cheeses. It was delicious and satisfying and everybody enjoyed it. We both felt that the semi-compliance was worth it for a once-a-year holiday treat.
Last year, I made this delicious cheesecake with goat cheese and agave. It’s compliant for everybody in the household. We ended up making 4 or 5 recipes’ worth of cheesecake over the course of the holiday, as everybody enjoyed it, even guests who were not following BTD. However, goat cheese and agave are significantly more expensive than cream cheese and white sugar.
This year money is extra-tight, with my ex-husband still out of work and unable to pay child support. I’m going to have to cut some corners with the holiday cooking this year. I need to be extra-careful with my own diet since I’m very sensitive to “avoids” in my diet and I have not been well lately. But my children have been eating a lot of “cheat” foods at social gatherings, and I’m not convinced that one more weekend of sugar and non-compliant dairy will have a significant impact on them.
This year, we’ll be making one small “healthy” cheesecake that I can eat, and a much larger “unhealthy” cheesecake using more traditional, cheaper ingredients. That lasagna recipe may be used as a risotto instead, since rice is a lot cheaper than rice lasagna. I may skip the mozzarella cheese on top for my own sake, or make it in two batches so I can have the mozzarella-free version.
In an ideal world, Shavuous would be a time for cooking with fresh fish and goat dairy, and I would never cook with white sugar. But we don’t live in an ideal world and I need to make the most of what I have.
I was recently prescribed a new medicine to help with bio-film in my intestines. I have Lyme disease so extra measures are needed to help get my body back on the right track. My doctor and I discussed the dosage and because I’m so sensitive to medication we decided on a very low dose. The doctor’s office called in the prescription and my spouse picked it up the next day.
I started using the medicine and was surprised by how much I was affected by it. The fourth time I took the medicine I had such a bad reaction I nearly called an ambulance. But after about an hour and a half, the horrible pain, diarrhea, and weakness abated. The next day I thought “boy I’m sure glad I didn’t get the higher dose, that would have killed me”. But then I thought “hey, maybe I did get the higher dosage”. I never did check the package to see what dose it was!
So I looked, and sure enough it was incorrect, four times the dose we agreed on. The doctor’s office said they asked for the right dose. The pharmacy said they were told the wrong dose. Since nothing was in writing I had no idea who made the mistake that gave me such pain. But really, it was my responsibility to look at the package, wasn’t it? I couldn’t really blame the doctor or the pharmacy, mistakes happen. I have to take responsibility for my own health, lesson learned.
By the way, my health continues to improve. It’s been around two years since I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme disease which I contracted around 2003. The progress is amazingly slow, but I have much more energy these days. And my brain actually works almost like it did 10 years ago before the bites. I still have tons of pain, heart trouble, and various neurological symptoms. But they have decreased as well. My first step to health started with the Geno Type Diet and I can’t thank Dr. D enough for all his good work.
A whole new me
If you didn’t know it, your body will produce about 12 brand new skeletons over a normal lifespan. Things like muscle, skin and blood cells are replaced daily in order to keep our bodies at an optimum level of health.
Cells in our body are built upon proteins that do all kinds of jobs based on the types of carbohydrates that are assigned to them. Sometimes the proteins don’t fold just right and become impaired or useless. The cell usually stores these mis-folded proteins until too many are made and the cell gets clogged with them. The cell still functions but at a lower capacity and quality.
In comes Trehalose Complex by Dr. Peter D’Adamo. In a simplified explanation, Trehalose causes cells to either fix themselves or waive the white flag. By fixing corrupted cells and causing the destruction of others, more “new” you is created!
Trehalose also keeps the cell structure “together” better and the cell retains proper water balance. All of this results in a healthier cell. A healthier cell means a longer living cell and a healthier, longer living you.
I started using Trehalose on April 5th, 2012. I haven’t noticed anything extraordinary so far but I have noticed acne on my face and other places on my body that I don’t normally get it. I equate this to a “detox” effect of the Trehalose causing corrupted cells to be expelled and my skin is paying for it.
Even if I don’t notice what others have experienced, I chalk it up to the 12 years that I have been following ERFYT, LRFYT, GTD and SWAMI. After all, it does take a long time to process 7 trillion cells.
Thank you Dr. D.
I can’t remember the last time I ran fever. I’ve had a couple of colds since we moved to the Hill Country, but I don’t remember running a fever. The last time I remember running fever was in 2007. Overall, I’d say I’ve been exceptionally healthy on the BTD.
However, I did pick up a stomach bug last week and I ran fever for 24 hours. In between naps, I did a little self analysis. Why – I asked myself – did I get sick?
The first answer was obvious. I’ve been keeping a really fast pace, and have not been getting eight, or even seven hours of sleep. I know at 10:30 that I need to get off the computer and start winding down, but what I’m doing always seems so important to me at the moment. The fever forced me to slow down. It reminds me of the Bible passage in 2 Chronicles 36, where God says that Israel’s Babylonian captivity will last for 70 years to make up for their refusing to let the land rest every seven years as He had told them to do in the law.
God tells us to rest. Every credible diet and lifestyle program, including the BTD, emphasizes the need for rest. My common sense tells me to rest. If I ignore all warnings, something – like a stomach bug - will force me to rest. I’m caught up now. Even after I was over the virus, I slowed my pace over the weekend. I’m starting this week with a new commitment to get optimum rest.
While I was doing self analysis, I was confronted with something else. I’ve developed a pain that runs up and down my right arm. I recognize it from when I was on the computer all the time getting ready for a yearbook deadline. I’m spending too much time sitting at the desk holding the mouse. The easiest thing to do is to move the mouse to the left side of the computer. I get relief from the pain, but it doesn’t solve the underlying problem.
The hard thing to do is to stop trying to make every picture I take “perfect.” You see, I’ve developed techniques to open people’s eyes, improve lighting, take out background distractions, even move people around in pictures. When my clients pay me to do this, it is good. When I do this for the fun pictures I’m going to email to friends, it becomes compulsive. Being less compulsive about candid shots will mean less time at the computer, less pain, and more rest.
It seems so obvious, so easy. But I know that old habits are hard to break. Let’s see if I can start by posting this blog, then walking away from the computer and fixing a healthy dinner.
El mes pasado, escribía Martha sobre la importancia de la limpia y puesta en orden no solo de armarios, si no que extendió dicho concepto de limpia del acumulo general innecesario en nuestras vidas. Busquemos la fluidez dentro de lo simple y sin complicaciones. Nuestras vidas tienen sin duda un nivel de complejidad considerable y este hecho nos es muy íntimo y muy respetable. Sin embargo, la complejidad no debe ser complicada. Alcanzar la simplicidad como regla rectora puede ayudarnos a navegar con facilidad y gracia sobre una multitud de situaciones.
Tomemos por ejemplo el mundo de las dietas. ¿A caso este podría ser más complicado? Llámese dieta única para todos, paleo, vegetariana, etc. La lista es interminable!! Lo que a mí también me encanta de la dieta del grupo sanguíneo o Genotipo y el concepto de nutrición personalizada es que llevarla a cabo es muy sencillo y simple, aunado a su elegante plataforma científica que la respalda y trata a cada uno por su individualidad genética y fisiológica. En muchos sentidos simplifica nuestro estilo de vida y la manera en que elegimos nuestros nutrientes, y aún su impacto va más allá de la pérdida de peso, también nos brinda vitalidad y mejora de la salud. Esto también sucede cuando elegimos nuestras opciones en suplementos. Hay un montón de suplementos disponibles en el mercado, y puede llegar a ser abrumador examinar cuáles son los adecuados para nuestra individualidad tanto genética como fisiológica, ya que la gran mayoría entre nosotros no cuenta con un mínimo conocimiento de ello. Utilizando el concepto de suplementación personalizada permite espulgar en medio del desorden y encontrar aquellos productos diseñados específicamente para cada quien.
Siendo O, al igual que Martha, tenemos nuestros productos indispensables como lo son: Polyvite, Deflect, Polyflora, Phytocal. Estos forman una base central diurna y vamos agregando conforme nos vayamos sintiendo y de acuerdo a la temporada o conforme a nuestra actividad. Durante la primavera, generalmente ella agrega Phloxicin y Connectivar, brindándole a su cuerpo un apoyo favorable para todo el trabajo arduo de jardinería y preparación para el verano, trabajo que le encanta! De esta manera permite que los suplementos trabajen a favor de su salud y necesidad del momento.
Simplifique su vida ordenando su espacio, su dieta, sus pensamientos. Los invitamos este mes de mayo a que nos acompañen a tomarse el tiempo para simplificar y regresar a aquello que es esencial en sus vidas. Siguiendo los lineamientos diseñados por el Dr. D'Adamo, llámese BTD (La dieta básica fisiológica de cada quien) o bien los lineamientos Genéticos básicos de GTD (Genotipo) o la opción nutri genómica individualizada de punta llamada SWAMI, regeneramos nuestra sangre, regulamos la función intestinal, tonificamos el sistema nervioso, modulamos el colesterol, nos desintoxicamos, combatimos los efectos de raquitismo, escorbuto, anemia, descalcificación, diabetes, problemas de piel, oxidación, tumores, etc. Podría seguir enumerando los beneficios que aporta este estilo de vida y ciencia fisiológica y genética de vanguardia, antiinflamatoria por excelencia.
Otro día recuérdenme platicarles acerca de mis harinas de germinados ricas en vitaminas, especialmente A, B, C, E y K, así como minerales, aminoácidos, enzimas, oligoelementos, clorofila y otras sustancias biológicas activas. La idea de elaborarlas nació de Live cell, una bomba de nutriente en cada porción!
La salud es algo más que la ausencia de enfermedad: Es un sustrato fisiológico de florecimiento, que implica una actitud positiva frente a la vida. La prevención debe siempre ser nuestro principal propósito. Las enfermedades crónicas son producto de múltiples carencias. El término alostasis para apreciar la respuesta adaptativa del organismo a los desafíos externos. Hay un proceso de adaptación del sistema inmunológico, neurológico y endocrino a las demandas de la vida. Esta adaptación puede medirse mediante una serie de indicadores como la presión sanguínea o el colesterol, que ofrecen el indicador de carga alostática. Cuanto mayor es la carga alostática de una persona, más baja es su función cognitiva, y su tasa de mortalidad es mayor.
La Medicina se ha centrado en el malestar y ha olvidado el bienestar: En salud hay un excesivo interés en los indicadores objetivos: económicos, ambientales y de las capacidades personales; sin embargo, se han olvidado de la calidad subjetiva, como el bienestar o la felicidad.
Mas ejercicio, mas vida
Las personas mayores que realizan actividad física, aunque de jóvenes fueran sedentarias, están más protegidas frente a eventos coronarios que los ancianos que en su juventud hicieron mucho ejercicio y en el declinar de su vida se han vuelto pasivos. Este hecho indica que nunca es tarde para iniciar la práctica deportiva.
La prevención del cáncer es posible al reducir los factores de riesgo, esto es evitar cualquier cosa que aumente la posibilidad de desarrollarla, pues a pesar de que la predisposición a presentar ciertos tipos de cáncer depende no solo de la genética sino también de la epigenetica, apegándose a un estilo de vida saludable se reduce el riesgo.
Un estilo de vida saludable incluye:
• Correcta alimentación: Significa poner atención en la calidad y cantidad de los alimentos que ingerimos, esto es elegir los que estén libres de hormonas, químicos y/o agentes tóxicos y evitar los que estén muy procesados. Es recomendable que la alimentación incluya por lo menos el equivalente de 5 porciones de frutas y verduras al día, además de granos integrales y leguminosas, así como limitar las grasas saturadas mas no las indicadas para cada quien, como lo podemos determinar mediante un SWAMI (pidan informes).
• Buenos hábitos alimenticios: También la forma y frecuencia en que tomamos nuestros alimentos es muy importante, pues muchas veces malpasarse nos cobra la factura con enfermedades gástricas que de no atenderse a tiempo pueden derivar en algún tipo de cáncer. Asimismo, ello también puede afectar otras funciones del organismo.
• Evitar hábitos nocivos como el consumo de tabaco y alcohol. Fumar es uno de los principales factores de riesgo para el desarrollo de diferentes tipos de cáncer, no solo de pulmón, ya que altera diversos procesos químicos y a nivel celular del organismo. Por su parte, el abuso en el consumo de alcohol deteriora órganos como el hígado, riñones, así como la mucosa tanto gástrica como la garganta.
• Hacer ejercicio todos los días: A través de la actividad física regular el cuerpo se oxigena mejor y se estimula el sistema inmunológico, con lo cual el organismo tiene mayor oportunidad de protegerse contra las enfermedades.
• Mantener un peso adecuado: Al evitar la obesidad, estás evitando el cáncer, pues en la persona con obesidad ocurre un fenómeno que se llama proceso inflamatorio crónico de bajo grado. Esto significa que bioquímicamente en nuestro organismo las células se están inflamando, hay producción de células inflamatorias macrófagos y leucocitos que están rodeando a la célula grasa, lo que provoca que se inflamen los tejidos aunado a lectinas que aglutinan ciertos organos. Este proceso tiene mucho que ver con el proceso inflamatorio con el que comienzan muchos tipos de cáncer y/o patología en general.
• Protegerse del sol y usar un protector solar (con un SPF de mínimo 15) todos los días, debido a que una alta exposición a los rayos UV de la luz solar es el detonante del cáncer de piel.
• Prevenir y tratar las infecciones que pueden producir cáncer, como las infecciones por virus del papiloma humano (VPH), virus de inmunodeficiencia humana (VIH/SIDA), y virus de hepatitis B y C (VHB y VHC).
• Evitar conductas de riesgo tales como el uso de drogas, compartir jeringas, no usar preservativo.
Recuerden la importancia de dormir ya que es cuando reparamos todos los sistemas. Regular nuestro ritmo circadiano es de suma importancia con la ayuda de la metil cobalamina.
Los invito a practicar la prevención ¡Cuídense!