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Sugar Melts Your Brain

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on November 13, 2018 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I read this on The Grain Brain doctors site and thought it was worth reprinting

…..a large number of studies that have confirmed the thesis that elevated blood sugar is profoundly detrimental, not just for the brain in general, but for brain function as well.

As the authors of a new paper entitled, Brain atrophy in aging: Estimating effects of blood glucose levels vs. other type 2 diabetes effects point out, our brains shrink as we age with as much as 5% volume loss occurring between age 60 and 70. And as you would expect, this correlates with declining function.

A lot of the research has shown that type 2 diabetes (T2D) is what accelerates brain aging. But as this new study shows, it’s not the diagnosis of T2D that is the issue. Well before that diagnosis is made, brain structure is affected by blood sugar, even in the “normal” range!

As the authors state,”In conclusion, this study showed that the impact of blood glucose on the brain is not exclusive to T2D, and that blood glucose levels even in the normal range can have a significant impact on total brain and grey matter atrophy. These results emphasize the need to consider the role of higher normal blood glucose as a risk factor for brain health.”

So again, the mission here is to keep blood sugar low. Useful lab tests include the blood sugar with the goal of keeping it in the upper 80s to low 90s, the average blood sugar or “A1c”, which ideally should be in the range of around 5.2, and the “fasting insulin level” with a target of 8 or lower.

These goals are best achieved by a diet that’s exquisitely low in sugar and welcomes healthful fat back to the table. Keep in mind that artificial sweeteners, paradoxically, are also known to elevate blood sugar, so no more aspartame!

Visit for more information from David Perlmutter, M.D. 

Echinacea For Anti Aging

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on November 7, 2018 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

"Echinacea the miracle herb against Aging and Cancer" has been studied and found to be abe to boost NK cells.

Natural killer cells (also known as NK cells, K cells, and killer cells) are a type of lymphocyte (a white blood cell) and a component of innate immune system. NK cells play a major role in the host-rejection of both tumours and virally infected cells.They are the key immune cell line of defense and can be counted on to reduce the frequency of death in advancing age.

Since NK cells decline in function and number with age, Echinacea can boost their production in just 2 weeks of an oral dose. Function was also restored. Don't be afraid of long term use. Take your echinacea 2X per day.

A good product is from Medi herb Echinacea premium.

Miller, Sandra. (2005). Echinacea: a Miracle Herb against Aging and Cancer? Evidence In vivo in Mice. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM. 2. 309-14. 10.1093/ecam/neh118.

Last Winter Sick??

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on October 25, 2018 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Did you find that you or a family member was sick alot last winter? Well many people did last year. It was amazing how many families struggled to be well. I have always believed that our health is supported by 4 areas just like 4 legs of a chair support the chair. Illness quite often can be traced back to one of these areas;

1.Getting enough sleep

2.Eating healthy ie..low to no sugar

3.Exercise/elimination [moving your bowels 2-3X per day]

4.Mental/Spiritual health

With Halloween coming up you may want to come up with a plan to lower the sugar impact like; having the family on grapefruit seed extract.

If you find the above 4 options causes to your weaken your immune system schedule a Biomeridian reading at our office and we can get to the bottom of it.

Next Best Thing To Fruits and Vegetables

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on October 9, 2018 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Are you thinking of going on a detox?

This powerful combination of micronutrients, fiber, fruit and vegetable extracts supports safe and effective detoxification. Take a look at Juice Plus all of the nutrients without the sugar.

Juice Plus+ products are made from the juice powder concentrates and oils from more than 40 different fruits, vegetables and grains. While Juice Plus+ isn’t a substitute for eating fruits and vegetables, our whole food-based products support a healthy diet by offering a much wider variety of naturally occurring vitamins, along with antioxidants and phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables. Every Juice Plus+ product is made from quality ingredients grown farm fresh, providing the natural nutrients your body needs.


TOP 5 Supplements I Recommend for your Health and Wellness

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on September 27, 2018 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

TOP 5 Supplements I Recommend for your Health and Wellness

I am all for eating organic and locally grown foods for our health however there are times when people have a need to consume large amounts of macronutrients for the healing affect and it is just not easy to eat that many fruits and vegetables.That is when high quality supplements can provide the needed nutrients for your health.

Here is my list:

Vitamin D in liquid form

Juice Plus Berrys,Greens,and Orchard

Omega 3 fatty acids, Vegetarian option

Inferior fish oil and krill oil brands lack this phospholipid complex. Instead they contain omega-3 fatty acids in the less beneficial form of free triglycerides. Here is what we recommend.

Omega 3 fatty acids

Diabetes-Diet Cure Claims;

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on August 25, 2018 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (1)

Berries in Juice Plus w/o the sugar 

Berries are rich in colorful, polyphenol-type antioxidants called anthocyanins — the same plant chemicals that color autumn leaves so brightly.

Along with berry fibers, the polyphenols in berries likely account for most of their apparent ability to reduce diabetes risk.

In a recent evidence review, researchers from China's Zhejiang University examined eight studies that compared people's intake of either berries or berry-source anthocyanins to their chances of developing diabetes (Guo X et al. 2016).

The Chinese team's analysis linked higher anthocyanin intakes to a 15% lower risk for diabetes, and higher berry consumption to an 18% drop in risk.

Specifically, the risk of diabetes declined by 5% with every 7.5 mg of anthocyanins or 17 grams (just over one-half ounce) of fresh berries consumed daily.

The evidence review's authors attributed these estimated risk reductions to three documented properties of dietary anthocyanins:

• Antioxidant effects (indirect).

• Stabilize blood sugar (glucose) levels.

• Dampen inflammation, which promotes and aggravates diabetes.

We should note that polyphenols and other food-borne “antioxidants” don't exert direct antioxidant effects in the body. 

Instead, they prompt our genes to ramp up the body's own antioxidant network, while curbing damaging inflammation and excessive production of free radicals.

Earlier research points to fruits and veggies

Another recent analysis — which encompassed 23 research papers — produce similar findings.

Its authors looked for links between intake of fruits, vegetables, and their fiber, and the risk of Type II diabetes (Wang PY et al. 2015).

The results linked higher intakes of fruits — especially berries — with reduced risk for diabetes.

Strong links were also seen between reduced diabetes risk and higher intakes intake of colorful vegetables, including cruciferous types like broccoli and kale.

Fruit and vegetables are rich sources of fiber, antioxidants, folate, and potassium, the combination of which could explain their protective effects.

And diets high in fruits and vegetables will tend to be lower in foods that promote diabetes, such as white flour goods — and cheap, omega-6-laden, inflammation-promoting vegetable oils (such as corn, soy, safflower, sunflower, and cottonseed)

Dietary fiber appears to improve insulin sensitivity, slow absorption of carbohydrates, and support insulin production.

In addition, the antioxidants in fruits and vegetables tend to reduce oxidative stress, which interferes with our cells' ability to absorb blood sugar.

There's also evidence that food-borne antioxidants improve insulin sensitivity and thereby reduce the risk or severity of diabetes.

Diabetes-Diet Cure Claims; Berries Enter the Fray

Berry news fuels a raging debate over diabetes cures and foes; The Healthy Skeptic weighs in

11/16/2016 By Craig Weatherby with Michelle Lee

5 Tips to Care for your Brain

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on August 25, 2018 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Brain

1.Drink More Water

Your brain is 80% water, so avoid anything that dehydrates it – such as caffeine or alcohol.

2.Get Regular Exercise

Exercise can boost blood flow and other positive nutrients to the brain, increase your levels of dopamine and generate new brain cells that can help the brain self-regulate and calm down. Walking can help you clear your mind, decrease anxious feelings, improve your mood and burn some calories all at the same time.

3.Eat a Healthy Diet 

It’s recommended that you eat 9 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. To help Juice Plus can help to fulfill these requirements if you find it hard to eat all of your fruits and veggies.Also you don’t get the fructose sugar that comes with eating fruit.

3.Quality Sleep 

When you don’t get enough sleep, you have overall decreased blood flow to your brain, which disrupts thinking, memory, and concentration.

4.Just Relax 

Learning how to counteract stress and calm your body helps your brain work better, puts you in a better mood, reduces blood pressure, and protects you from disease.

With BrainMD Neurolink it provides the nutrients to give you the focus and energy you need to do the things you love most in life

20years ago, my sister, Joanne, brought my 7-year-old niece, Jennifer, to see me because she was struggling in school and had emotional outbursts. When I scanned Jen, I found she had a brain that was working way too hard.

I tried many “traditional” interventions without any success, and my sister was calling me three times a week, upset about Jen’s behavior. Through my research, I discovered a combination of natural supplements that could help calm the brain and put her on them.

Four months later I realized I hadn’t heard anything from my sister, so I called her and said, “Hey, don’t you love me anymore?” Joanne said, “Of course I do, and you won’t believe how much better Jennifer is doing. She’s getting straight A’s in school and she is MUCH easier to be around.”

This was a very compelling experience that had a lasting impact on me.

Now 20 years after Joanne brought Jennifer to see me, Jennifer graduated from law school and is doing great. There is no question in my mind that supplements can have powerful, positive effects.  Dr Amen

Spinal Manipulation Can Alleviate Back Pain

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on April 14, 2017 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (18)

Follow the above link for the full article.

One of the most common reasons people go to the doctor is lower back pain, and one of the most common reasons doctors prescribe powerful, addictive narcotics is lower back pain.

Now, research published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association offers the latest evidence that spinal manipulation can offer a modestly effective alternative.

Researchers analyzed 26 studies involving more than 1,700 patients with lower back pain. The analysis found spinal manipulation can reduce lower back pain as measured by patients on a pain scale — like this one — from zero to 10.

Spinal manipulation, which is typically done by chiropractors, physical therapists, osteopaths, massage therapists and some other health providers, involves applying pressure and moving joints in the spine. 

Patients undergoing spinal manipulation experienced a decline of 1 point in their pain rating, says Dr. Paul Shekelle, an internist with the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Rand Corp. who headed the study.

"So if it had been a 7 it would be a 6, or if it had been a 5 it would be a 4," Shekelle says. That's about the same amount of pain relief as from NSAIDs, over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen.

The study also found spinal manipulation modestly improved function. On average, patients reported greater ease and comfort engaging in two day-to-day activities — such as finding they could walk more quickly, were having less difficulty turning over in bed or were sleeping more soundly.

It's not clear exactly how spinal manipulation relieves back pain. But it may reposition the small joints in the spine in a way that causes less pain, according to Dr. Richard Deyo, an internist and professor of evidence-based medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University. Deyo wrote an editorial published along with the study.

Another possibility, Deyo says, is that spinal manipulation may restore some material in the disk between the vertebrae, or it may simply relax muscles, which could be important.

There may also be mind-body interaction that comes from the "laying of hands" or a trusting relationship between patients and their health care provider, he says.

Deyo notes that there are many possible treatments for lower back pain, including oral medicine, injected medicine, corsets, traction, surgery, acupuncture and massage therapy. But of about 200 treatment options, "no single treatment is clearly superior," he says. The findings of this study may slightly shift that evaluation of benefits.

The findings are in line with guidelines the American College of Physicians released recently. Those guidelines suggest people with low back pain use techniques that may help speed up the healing process, including heat wraps, massage, acupuncture and spinal manipulation. The bottom line message, says Deyo, is to try to avoid medication.

"Even over-the-counter medications have some important side effects and complications," Deyo says. "Spinal manipulation seems to be quite safe when it's done in the lower back."

Medications can cause gastritis, an upset stomach and a rise in blood pressure. And if patients are prescribed stronger medication, such as opioids, they risk long-term use and even addiction.

Dr. Steven Atlas, an internist and associate professor at Harvard Medical School who practices at Massachusetts General Hospital, says the study offers "more support for alternative treatments," particularly for patients who are not getting better with self-care techniques such as heating pads, exercise and yoga. 

Atlas says further research could help identify patients who would benefit most from spinal manipulation therapy. This could make it easier for doctors to refer patients for treatment by a chiropractor or physical therapist, he says

Transitioning to Tower Garden

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on March 19, 2017 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Transitioning to Tower Garden


As the 2016 season drew to a close, I got a Tower Garden with grow lights and moved the growing inside. This first winter, the yield of greens and herbs from my indoor Tower Garden eclipsed what I’d gotten out of my soil garden last summer. Those plants grow so quickly!


I was so thrilled with the results that I bought another two tiers for Tower Garden . I will be adding full spectrum lights for my tomato plants.


Here’s my point: I spent a significant amount of time, effort and money trying to grow food using traditional methods. And the results were pretty disappointing.


But when I planted an indoor Tower Garden, I was soon harvesting two times a week—and continued to harvest from the same plants .This should be for more than six months, they say. And the whole process has required little time or effort.It has been a wonderful humidifier through this dry winter.


Now it’s hard to imagine not harvesting my own fresh food daily. I don’t think I’ll be giving up Tower Gardening anytime soon.


That said, I still maintain my outdoor dirt garden—in addition to my two Tower Gardens—to grow root crops (which I can’t grow with Tower Garden).

Because who’s to say you can’t do both? 

Maintaining weight without Pasta/Grains

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on February 13, 2017 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)


What if you want to eat healthy but cannot afford to lose weight?


Dr Gundry's recommendations are:


Please eliminate all Lectin containing foods from your diet.; all grains, pseudo-grains, nightshades. Eliminate all American cow milk products. You may have goat yogurt and cheese, sheep cheese, coconut yogurt, coconut milk, French and Italian cheeses. Use Macadamia or walnuts for calories and be generous with coconut oil.Published on his Q&A under DiabetesCD from Ohio asking:



I have been having patients use raw milk that is not homogenized to make higher calorie healthy foods. I am on the search for more information on whether raw milk was considered when the list for no American cow milk was made.


Dr Pam