Dr. Brownstein MD is a cardiologist who understands how to use food before prescription drugs to restore and maintain long-term health...and has the scientific background to support his beliefs. In his recent blog, he recollects an email debate he recently had with another cardiologist regarding actual benefits that statin drugs provide using the current scientific evidence. It's a great read...(click here).
Health Freedom Alliance recently posted an article asking this question: Food vs. Medicine: Should Diet Changes Come Before Prescription Drugs? It was a short article but it summarized how current American lifestyle choices are creating a sick population and the expense that this inflicts on all of us. Here's some quick facts:
While I don't have all the answers, my personal experience reflects my belief that correcting nutrition and exercise habits can bring these numbers into healthy ranges. At the end of last year, I was obese, had blood pressure in the pre-hypertensive levels, and high blood sugar...as well as low energy, vision problems, and other "old age" problems. I took the bad news to heart and change to a strict Paleo diet, started exercising more, and taking a supplement regime recommended by Margaret. In 3 months, I had lost 25 pounds (back to my high school weight!), brought my resting blood sugar consistently into the 90s, and my blood pressure well into the normal range. Pretty good for a 54 year old "old guy" without the use of drugs!
The key to my success was diet. A form of Paleo worked best for me. Transitioning my body from carb satiation to fat satiation, getting a majority of my calories from fats), was key. I have worked hard at eating smaller portions and choosing healthy proteins and more veggies. And I'm not hungry!
I'm not advocating to refuse all drugs but rather I'm suggesting that we look at the personal habits we each have and make corrections there first. Maybe a better title for my post is Food Before Prescription Drugs. Of course, the big questions is why don't our doctors steer us in this direction...
Recent research positively links multivitamin intake with a younger biological age. Here's a brief excerpt from the article and link to the full article. As you may have noticed, I added (Good) in front meaning a multi of good quality from a reputable manufacturer who test their raw ingredients and products (which precludes any products from the major box stores).
"New research shows the cells of multivitamin users may have a younger biological age than cells from non-users.
Researchers led by Honglei Chen, M.D., Ph.D. from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a division of the National Institutes of Health, looked at the length of telomeres, DNA sequences at the end of chromosomes that shorten as cells replicate and age.
The ageing and lifespan of normal, healthy cells are linked to the so-called telomerase shortening mechanism, which limits cells to a fixed number of divisions."
I just read several articles that report that dietary cholesterol is no longer a "dangerous food"! For the past 50 years, cholesterol has been touted as a "grave health hazard". However, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for America has removed cholesterol as a food to avoid. In fact, research has not found a correlation between high dietary cholesterol and heart disease.
Other research has shown that not only is dietary cholesterol not a cause of heart disease but essential to good health including it's role in vitamin D production.
It may turn out that the original guidelines on low (good) fat and low cholesterol intake may have been the biggest contribution our current obesity epidemic. As it turns out, trans fat and fructose (including HFCS) are the most dangerous food to a health body!
Bacon, eggs, and butter are the new health food!
"The body produces fat to protect its organs from the damaging effects of acids. A balanced pH, combined with a high-alkaline, low-carbohydrate diet and exercise may help you lose weight where other programs have failed."
This is a quote from an excellent article on the benefits of maintaining an alkaline body from our favorite herbal company, Nature's Sunshine. Click here to read more.
Many have seen the recent mainstream news on New York's crackdown on supplements sold at several major box stores including Walmart, GNC, Target and others. The allegations seem sensationalized and, given the source, probably somewhat true. However, the news highlights the fact that the supplement industry is not heavily regulated which places the burden on the consumer to be sure that they are buying from a reputable manufacturer; or buy from someone who does the research for you. Here's what Margaret had to say when she saw the article...
"I always talk about quality - this is why it is important to go with brands that test ingredients and stores that actually care about what they sell. The unregulated freedom we have means we have to do some research about what we are buying or buy from someone we trust. The FDA could further regulate the supplement industry but this would result in higher prices, fewer products, and less freedom."
Margaret spend a fair amount of time choosing our brands and since we work directly with our customers, we get excellent feedback on what works and what doesn't. We can easily recommend our premier brands including Margaret's practitioner lines: Biotics Research and Premier Research Labs, as well as retail brands including Bluebonnet, Nature's Sunshine, Sovereign Silver, Renew Life, and many others. Our online customers get the same service via email or phone when they take advantage of it.
Here's a link to an article that summarizes the recent media debate... (click here).