|Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on December 7, 2018 at 12:40 AM||comments (3)|
BPA Biphenol A is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.
~ Don't microwave polycarbonate plastic food containers.
~ Plastic containers have recycle codes on the bottom.
~ Reduce your use of canned foods.
~ When possible, opt for glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers, particularly for hot food or liquids.
~ Metal (aluminum) food and drink cans are commonly coated with BPA-containing epoxy films.
~ Reusable water bottles (Polycarbonate plastic #7). Soda and beer (in cans). Fast food.
Wash your hands after handling cash register receipts. They imitate the body's hormones, and it can interfere with the production, secretion, transport, action, function, and elimination of natural hormones. BPA can behave in a similar way to estrogen and other hormones in the human body.
|Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on November 20, 2018 at 3:45 PM||comments (0)|
The Health Effects of Doubling Up on Sugar
The fact that Americans are eating about twice as much sugar as is recommended by health authorities — and nearly four times the amount suggested for optimal health — is great for Big Food, but what are the health implications of this unnatural trend? In an effort to study the health effects of a high sugar diet, documentary filmmaker Damon Gameau, from "That Sugar Film," conducted an experiment during which he consumed the average amount of sugar eaten daily by Australians, which amounts to 160 grams or about 40 teaspoons.
It's important to note that before the experiment Gameau ate very little sugar. Surprisingly enough, Gameau didn't feast on junk food all day to reach his goal. Instead, he ate commonly sold processed foods, many of which are marketed as healthy, such as fruit juice, yogurt and energy drinks.
Initially, Gameau thought it would be difficult to reach his daily goal of 40 teaspoons but to his surprise found it disturbingly easy. The film shows Gameau nearly reaching his daily sugar goal in just one meal with a small bowl of cereal, yogurt and fruit juice. It wasn't long before Gameau began feeling both the physical and psychological effects of eating a high sugar diet. One of the first symptoms he noticed was wild mood swings.
After eating a sugary food, Gameau experienced what's known as the typical "sugar high," accompanied by short-lived feelings of alertness and even euphoria. His wife reported spontaneous and even manic-like bursts of laughter. But less than an hour later he would crash, noting severe feelings of lethargy. Gameau also reported feeling aloof, distracted and unable to concentrate at home — a trait his wife described as extremely uncharacteristic.
High-Sugar Diet Wrecks Your Metabolism
Prior to the experiment, Gameau was in good health. A medical exam determined he was slightly healthier than the average western male in his age range. His diet consisted of about 2,300 calories per day, 50 percent of which was made up of healthy fats found in foods like nuts and avocado; 26 percent was derived from protein-based foods such as meat, eggs and fish, and the remaining 24 percent consisted of carbohydrates found in fresh vegetables.
Gameau weighed about 167 pounds and had a waist circumference of 33 inches (84 centimeters). Blood tests showed his liver was healthy and that he had low triglyceride levels (fat in the bloodstream) and no signs of insulin resistance or diabetes. Gameau also kept up his exercise routine, which consisted of running three laps around his garden twice a week followed by a 10-minute workout in his home gym. But despite maintaining weekly exercise, Gameau's health quickly deteriorated.
After 12 days of ramping up his sugar intake, Gameau had gained almost seven pounds, the majority of which went straight to his abdomen. In a month of eating 40 teaspoons of sugar per day, he added 2.75 inches (7 centimeters) to his waistline. But the health effects were more serious than just weight gain.
Within three short weeks, doctors were shocked to find that Gameau was already displaying signs of fatty liver disease. "By the end, I'd developed pre-type 2 diabetes, I had heart disease, I had 11 centimeters of visceral fat. But the big one was, the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease was almost in a full-blown state," said Gameau in a news article highlighting his film.3
How the Human Body Processes Sugar
In small amounts, sugar is typically harmless. As a carbohydrate, it helps supply you with the energy you need for your daily activities. All of your cells can use glucose. But at the same time, sugar is also calorie-rich, and once it is consumed in excess, negative health effects inevitably follow.
As noted in "That Sugar Film," sucrose or table sugar consists of 50 percent fructose and 50 percent glucose. Fructose used to be rare in nature and was only found in products such as honey and fruit; today however, highly processed fructose (typically from corn) is added to a large variety of food products.
Fructose, the simple sugar that is part of table sugar, has particularly pernicious effects. Your body actually processes fructose in the same way it processes alcohol, rapidly turning it into fat. This fat remains in your liver, increasing your risk of insulin resistance, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and diabetes. Once this fat is released into your bloodstream as triglycerides, it increases your risk for weight gain, blocked arteries and heart disease.
For the full article go to Dr Mercola's site below
|Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on November 13, 2018 at 5:00 PM||comments (2)|
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 www.drperlmutter.com for more information from David Perlmutter, M.D.
|Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on November 7, 2018 at 12:20 AM||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.
|Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on October 25, 2018 at 7:55 AM||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]
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.
|Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on October 9, 2018 at 5:15 PM||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.
|Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on September 27, 2018 at 8:05 AM||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
|Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on August 25, 2018 at 2:20 AM||comments (3)|
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
|Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on August 25, 2018 at 1:55 AM||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.
When you don’t get enough sleep, you have overall decreased blood flow to your brain, which disrupts thinking, memory, and concentration.
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
|Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on April 14, 2017 at 12:20 AM||comments (70)|
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