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Nutrition Talk / Child with SIFD on Medical Formula.
« Last post by kristennash on Today at 08:38:40 AM »
Hi Everyone!
I have a friend reaching out for some advice and help:

ďIím looking for a natural minded/holistic nutritionist/dietician for children. Bonus if they have experience with children with metabolic and mitochondrial disorders.
My daughter is on a medical formula called Neocate. I really want to get her off and replace it with something else. The 50% corn syrup solids just doesnít sit right with me. We are fighting to improve her speech and I feel cutting that out will help a lot.

Basically her medical condition is called SIFD but itís so rare, I doubt anyone would be familiar. Itís auto-inflammatory, metabolic, and mitochondrial disorder. She canít have dairy regularly. Sheís very picky and only eats a few things so the medical formula fills in the gaps. Sheís very delayed in speech due to several factors but I noticed one of those factors is due to brain fog. She has started ubiquinol, Whole Foods MV with glyconutrients, probiotic, and SBI, all of these things have improved her speech and decreased brain fog. The probiotic and SBI shrunk her belly and increased her speech. Oh and I also filter fluoride out of her water and got another boost in speech.Ē

Anyone that can help? Iíd love to send over your contact information!
Nutrition Talk / Re: Juicer Or Vitamix??
« Last post by James on September 19, 2018, 10:38:28 PM »
I prefer the Vitamix. The Vitamix leaves in the fiber, which is very important for a couple of reasons. One the fiber feeds our flora. Second it slows glucose absorption preventing blood sugar spikes. Fibers also help to control hunger.

The only thing about some of the newer Vitamix machines are they are made from polycarbonate (PC) a lot of PC is made using the strong estrogenic monomer bisphenol A (BPA). Most manufacturers using PC these days are making products from BPA-free PC. Not sure if Vitamix does. I have the older stainless steel Vitammix.
Nutrition Talk / Re: Inflammation and diet
« Last post by James on September 19, 2018, 08:04:59 PM »
Recently  I feel like I am hearing alot in the supplements/health world about inflammation. Eating this way causes inflammation or this herb/supplement reduces inflammation. Especially within the athletic circles with trends like cryotherapy and ice baths. But my understanding is that inflammation is our bodies response to damaged tissue by sending blood to the affected area to assist with healing. So shouldn't we be trying to assess what is causing tissue damage, rather than halting our bodies response to heal that damage? Isn't taking turmeric or an ice bath halting your bodies ability to heal? If someone could clear this up for me I would really appreciate it.

Yes, inflammation has its benefits as well. When we injure an area hormones known as prostaglandins dilate blood vessels that increases oxygen, nutrients and cholesterol to the injured area to aid with healing. The prostaglandins though can over-dilate blood vessels, which allows them to leak. As the fluid leaks from the blood vessels in the surrounding tissues this leads to the edema and pain.

There is acute (sudden) inflammation and chronic inflammation though. And this is where it gets a little more complicated.

With exercise the inflammation can be from the mico-tears in the muscles, which leads to the normal pain seen in things like a run. It is not lactic acid as is commonly claimed. Lactic acid is not even secreted by muscle cells. It is an abundance of protons that leads to the "burn". In this case is is best to maintain circulation to speed the healing process. Cold therapy counters this and contracts the muscles.

Now let's say the person has osteoarthritis. Again cold would be bad since it will contract the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Some people will resort to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, etc.), celecoxib (Celebrex), naprosyn (Aleve), etc..  These drugs have some notorious side effects though including heart attack, stroke, liver and kidney failure, etc.  And contrary to popular belief these side effects DO NOT require long term use of overdose. These side effects can occur with a single recommended dose. In fact about 2 dozen people died from ibuprofen induced hepatitis during clinical trials and I know of 4 people who developed ibuprofen induced kidney failure after a single recommended dose. The people most at risk are those with congestive heart failure, diabetes, atherosclerosis, Raynaud's disease or Raynaud's phenomena, alkalosis,  or any other cause of reduced circulation. Aspirin is a milder NSAID but also reduces circulation and can lead to peptic ulcers and death from hemorrhage  as they interfere with another prostaglandin needed to produce the stomach's protective lining and reduces blood clotting. NSAIDs have been shown to not only inhibit healing but also to deteriorate cartilage aggravating the osteoarthritis in the long run.

Now let's say the person has chronic arterial inflammation, which is what leads to arterial plaque formation. High cholesterol does not cause this, which is why 50% f heart attack victims have low to normal cholesterol levels. Cholesterol actually aids in healing. So when the arterial lining is damaged cholesterol comes and deposits to aid healing. If the source of inflammation remains cholesterol keeps depositing leading to thick plaque deposits.  Therefore this is an example of bad inflammation.

There are various ways to control inflammation.

Turmeric. Popular among many people. I am OK with it in small amounts and not my first choice. Turmeric is poorly absorbed and loaded with oxalic acid. Some people try to increase absorption with black pepper, but the way I see things when something is poorly absorbed or not absorbed by the body there is a very good reason for it. Such as increasing absorption of oxalic acid is a bad thing.

Licorice root is among my favorites. This is a steroidal anti-inflammatory and way more effective than turmeric. It is also very sweet and thus easy to get down. There is a lot of controversy that it raises blood pressure. This can occur if the person is taking massive amounts for a very long period of time. Research showed it takes 50 grams a day over 6 months to raise blood pressure. that would be a whole bottle of 100 count capsules daily for over 6 months. Increasing potassium intake reduces the risk even further. The biggest risk is if someone is on pharmaceutical steroids like Prednisone as licorice root prolongs the effects of these drugs. Makes it ideal though for weaning off these drugs.

Yucca schidegra root is my second choice for herbal anti-inflammatory. I often mix the root powder with the licorice root powder to make it palatable. Like licorice root it is a steroidal anti-inflammatory but does not raise blood pressure. The sterols in Yucca schidegra root powder relaxes the blood vessels lowering blood pressure, as well as lowers cholesterol and kills cancer cells. It is also a good source of potassium making it more beneficial to combine with the licorice root.

There are still numerous other herbal anti-inflammatories that do not overly constrict circulation like the NSAIDs. IN the long run though the best way to deal with chronic inflammation is to boost your adrenal glands, which are what regulate inflammation in the body to begin with.

The biggest suppressors of the adrenals are stimulants like caffeine and nicotine, stress and pharmaceutical steroids.

The most important nutrients there are for the adrenals are vitamin C and pantothenic acid. I prefer natural sources of C, other than camu camu, for better stability and synergistic bioflavonoids. My choices include acerola cherry, rose hips, amla and nettle leaf. For pantothenic acid I like pollen, which is the highest herbal source. Make sure  you are not allergic first. Same applies if you change sources as you can be allergic to one pollen and not another. This is why pollen is used to treat allergies, which results from adrenal dysfunction.  Contrary to popular belief the pollen does not have to be local. The allergies are being reduced due to its pantothenic acid supporting adrenal function.

My favorite herbs to support the adrenals include licorice root, Yucca schidegra root, jiaogulan, schisandra berry, ashwagandha, suma, astragalus and nettle leaf.
Nutrition Talk / Re: What could raise triglycerides on a low carb diet?
« Last post by James on September 19, 2018, 07:01:03 PM »
The rise could have been simply from insulin resistance that can occur for several reasons. And what she is eating is still providing sugars in the diet directly and the body can generated it own glucose from a variety of sources including some amino acids. People also overlook the fact that vegetables and even meats still contain sugars.

The information provided is too limited to really narrow it down and give solid answers.

Consider things such as is she overweight? Does she have PCOS? Does she have blood sugar issues such as reactive hypoglycemia?...........  We cannot look at one symptom and come to conclusions.  Many things are interrelated in the body.
Nutrition Talk / Re: What kind of water do you drink?
« Last post by James on September 19, 2018, 06:51:12 PM »
I prefer a good spring water or deep well waters such as when I go to campgrounds I fill up jugs with water from there.

If I do not have access to these I use reverse osmosis water but add food grade diatomaceous earth or a bit of trace element salt to it to help saturate the water first as "purified" waters such as distilled and reverse osmosis water are very hard on the body. Will get in to more of that later.

The absolute worst water for health is ionized alkaline water for a variety of reasons.

It is important to understand how the ionized alkaline water is made alkaline first. 

The ionized alkaline wateris made alkaline by the caustic, radical generating mineral (metal) hydroxides. During the electrolysis process water (H20) is split in to H+ and OH-. Again the H+ makes acid water. The OH- is attracted to the positively charged cations of the minerals in the water forming the corresponding mineral (metal) hydroxides. These include potassium hydroxide (main ingredient of Drano, sodium hydroxide (same as Red Devil lye) and calcium hydroxide also known as caustic lime used to make cement. All of these products come with a warning not to let contact tissues since they are caustic and can lead to tissue damage. They also dissociate forming the dangerous hydroxyl radical linked to cancer and other diseases.

These mineral (metal) hydroxides are also unstable and rapidly break down forming the dangerous hydroxyl radical linked to cancer and other diseases.

In addition the high pH of these waters dangerously neutralizes stomach acid, which increases the risk of NUMEROUS diseases and conditions including cancer, heart disease, hormone and neurotransmitter imbalances, immune suppression, etc. This is in part from ingestion of pathogens that we ingest every time we swallow. Normally these pathogens are destroyed by stomach acid, which is always present to some extent in the stomach for this reason unless blocked or neutralized. The other problem is that stomach acid is essential for the absorption of minerals, and some vitamins such as B6, B12 and folate. A loss of stomach acid by ionized alkaline water means a decline in those vitamins needed for the formation of our own methyl donor SAMe. Methylation is needed by the body for about 4,000 reactions in the body and a loss of methylation leads to numerous diseases and conditions. Making matters worse is the fact that methylation is also required for stomach acid formation. So long term use just compounds the problems.

A loss of stomach also increases the risk of allergies. Increased histamine from a lack of methylation is one factor to this. The other is the lack of stomach acid prevents proper breakdown of proteins by pepsin in the stomach, which is acid dependent for function. If proteins are not properly broken down the protein solutes get absorbed in to the bloodstream and as an antigen can lead to allergic responses.

Distilled water has its own set of problems.

First of all I want to dispel the myths of purity. When distilling water both toxic volatile organics and some fluoride can distill out with the water. This is why studies have shown that reverse osmosis is better at removing fluoride. R/O also removed volatile organics. And labs will triple distill water to get a reasonable level of purity.

Distillers do come with carbon filters to remove the volatile organics, which proves the water is not that pure after distillation. A problem though is carbon filters rapidly saturate in a very short time, as little as a week< making them worthless.

Also keep in mind that "purified" waters rapidly absorb gases from the air forming acids such as carbonic acid, sulfuric acid and nitric acid.

The distilled water supporters often want to argue about how rain water is distilled and so pure and good for you. This is mostly nonsense. The water starts out with evaporation or distillation to form the water vapor. But pure water is aggressive and rapidly tries to saturate with whatever it can. This can be dust, pollutants or atmospheric gases.

Rain actually forms from ice crystals in the upper atmosphere. The water vapor nucleates on dust particles to form the ice crystals. These grow until they drop melting as they drop. As they drop they pick up more dust, and react with pollutants and atmospheric gases that can form acids (ever hear of acid rain?). Once the water reaches the ground the water further saturates with minerals forming mineralized waters that help form our water bodies such as rivers, ponds, lakes, etc. So rain water is far from pure.

The purest water known is actually a lab generated water derived from filtration, not distillation, known as type 1 (ultrapure) water. You CANNOT drink this water as its purity makes it highly corrosive!!!!

That is why when referring to distilled or reverse osmosis water I write it as "purified" water with the word purified in quotes. The water is considered purified but is far from pure.

So why are "purified" waters so bad for the body?

Well one reason is that the water will saturate with what it can and since it does not have a brain to differentiate this means it can saturate with and remove beneficial nutrients as easily as "toxins".

The biggest issue with these waters though is not saturated, is the strong osmotic shift these can cause. If you remember back to 6th grade chemistry we were taught about them movement of water across membranes known as osmosis. In short water of higher purity moves to a an area of lower purity to reach equilibrium. As a basic example if you put a fresh water fish suddenly in to saltwater the higher level of fresh water inside the fish cells moves out of the cells in to the saltwater to try and reach equilibrium and the cells dehydrate. If a saltwater fish is suddenly put in to freshwater the higher level of purity of the external water moves in to the cells of the fish containing a high salt level trying to reach equilibrium. As a result the fish cells swell and rupture unless they have a means to rapidly remove the influx of fresh water like some sharks can do. If you want to look in to this principle more in depth research hypotonic and hypertonic IV solutions.  Each has different uses in medicine depending on the way the solutions move by osmosis.

Now our cells contain salts. When we ingest a "purified" water what happens? The water will rapidly enter the bloodstream raising the blood pressure, dangerously diluting the electrolytes and swelling the cells. The body responds to the dangers by trying to eliminate the water as rapidly as possible, which is why people urinate more frequently when ingesting "purified" waters. This can also lead to rebound hydration.

Due to the rapid absorption of "purified" waters these waters also pose a significantly higher risk of brain damage or death from water intoxication.  Mineralized waters have a lower risk by both slower absorption and in some cases providing electrolytes to reduce the risk of electrolyte imbalances that lead to the brain swelling.

This is why "purified" waters should always be saturated such as by adding minerals back before ingesting.

Read this on "structured water":

As for hydrogen water that is more sales nonsense. If hydrogen really cured disease the way they claim then nobody would ever get sick as we generate a lot of hydrogen in the gut daily during the fermentation in the digestive system.:

Nutrition Talk / Cervical Polyp
« Last post by jillirish on September 18, 2018, 06:23:21 AM »
I am looking for some information on cervical polyps and the best way to address holistically.  There was a form post made back in 2012 on uterine polyps and I am wondering if the advice is the same for cervical polyps. 

For estrogen dominance take Amino D-Tox and Esto-DIM and eat lots of cruciferous veggies, eggs and clean proteins?


Nutrition Talk / Re: Oral Health
« Last post by jillirish on September 18, 2018, 06:00:42 AM »
Thanks so much for the reply.  This information has been very helpful!
Nutrition Talk / Re: Cleanse/fasting
« Last post by mattoconnor on September 12, 2018, 08:03:41 PM »

That is great you are considering a cleanse.  Itís one of the best things you can do for yourself. Despite you wanting to do a short 5 day regiment, the cleanse I have in mind is a bit  longer-- 14 days.  However, that does not mean you canít tinker with the cleanse to suit your lifestyle needs.  The one I highly recommend is the EJUVA herbal intestinal  Itís a cleanse that gained a great amount of notoriety among the raw food movement in the early 2000s.  Ejuva consists of Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Western herbs and is the only cleansing program in the world that approaches physiological elimination and cleansing from a balanced Western, Ayurvedic, and Chinese medicine point of view.  In completing the cleanse several months ago, my weight diminished to the 140-150lb. range and energy levels were very close to optimal.     A close friend recommended the cleanse because of its ďgentlenessĒ and his ability to maintain a structured work schedule.  The Ejuva program is a 4 phase cleanse that can be done in 12 days( 3days per phase) or up to 30 days to loosen and eliminate toxic material gradually and lessen its negative impact on the body.  The foods that are recommended to eat that do not interfere with the bodyís ability to eliminate toxins and waste products are raw, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.  As you move through each phase you are eating 1 less meal.   Also, you are taking herbals supplements throughout each phase. You also incorporate juicing into the later phases. I personally juiced with Granny Smith apples since they have the lowest glycemic index in the apple family.  Britney, if I can be of any help please let me know.  I am a new student with a nursing background.  best of luck,  Matt
Nutrition Talk / Re: Lectins and thyroid
« Last post by James on September 11, 2018, 05:44:07 PM »
This came up in an email a friend sent to me because she was reading some stuff on the supposed toxicity of lectins by this guy Grundy. This was my response:

"One of the big things about diet is there is so much speculation. For instance with Grundy his basis is the toxicity of the lectins. But if someone else comes along they can point out the toxicity of many of the foods he claims are alright to eat such as the strong goitrogenic effect of the flax seeds he says are OK or the high oxalic acid content of the purslane he claims is fine to eat."

Of course Gundry sells a lectin blocker so he has a financial incentive to hype of the dangers of lectins.

We also have top keep in mind that there are various types of lectins and to to imply that all are dangerous is ridiculous. That like saying because one plant fruit is poisonous this means all plant fruits are poisonous.

Also I looked in to some of the research instead of what is simply being repeated on the internet without fact checking. I can find very little backing Gundry's claims and what I could find was discussing cell cultures.  What happens in a Petri dish is not always the same as what happens in the body since in the body there are factors that can change the results such as metabolism, lack of absorption, digestion, etc.  Another factor is binding, which could be the case with lectins. Lectins can bind with carbohydrates, which are part of diet, but not part of the Petri dish culture studies I have seen. So this brings up the question does the carbohydrate binding of the lectins in diet block or reduce lectin absorption. Just like how dietary oxalate levels have very little to do with blood oxalate levels since dietary oxalates bind with minerals such as calcium in the diet preventing their absorption.  So we cannot rely on and apply Petri dish studies to how things work in the body yet that is what a lot of people seem to be trying to do.

Gundry even goes as far as claiming the lectins induce autoimmune hypothyroidism yet this study states one of the roles of lectins is to prevent autoimmune reactions:

"Biochim Biophys Acta. 2002 Sep 19;1572(2-3):187-97.

Animal lectins: a historical introduction and overview.

Kilpatrick DC1.

Author information


Some proteins we now regard as animal lectins were discovered before plant lectins, though many were not recognised as carbohydrate-binding proteins for many years after first being reported. As recently as 1988, most animal lectins were thought to belong to one of two primary structural families, the C-type and S-type (presently known as galectins) lectins. However, it is now clear that animal lectin activity is found in association with an astonishing diversity of primary structures. At least 12 structural families are known to exist, while many other lectins have structures apparently unique amongst carbohydrate-binding proteins, although some of those "orphans" belong to recognised protein families that are otherwise not associated with sugar recognition. Furthermore, many animal lectins also bind structures other than carbohydrates via protein-protein, protein-lipid or protein-nucleic acid interactions. While animal lectins undoubtedly fulfil a variety of functions, many could be considered in general terms to be recognition molecules within the immune system. More specifically, lectins have been implicated in direct first-line defence against pathogens, cell trafficking, immune regulation and prevention of autoimmunity."
Nutrition Talk / Re: probiotic supplement recommendations
« Last post by James on September 09, 2018, 11:01:42 PM »
I prefer cultured foods, such as milk kefir for several reasons.

First reason is that most probiotics are very limited in the number of strains there are. Even though we cannot provide additional levels of all of the thousands of beneficial strains found in our body it helps to provide as many strains as possible. Most probiotic supplements contain one to about 18 strains of beneficial bacteria. Milk kefir has around 22 beneficial strains of bacteria and yeast.

Secondly a lot of probiotic supplements are of questionable activity since there is no way to tell how long they sat around as raw material, how long as a finished product, of they were shipped by UPS or the Post Office in their non-air-conditioned trucks in the heat of summer, etc. Kefir is freshly made and is kept refrigerated even during shipping.  If you let it sit for a few weeks capped you will notice the container starting to expand. This does not mean it is going bad, it shows the cultures are live and active. The bacteria are fermenting the sugars in the kefir, which produces carbon dioxide gas that expands the container. This decreases the sugar content and increases the levels of beneficial acids in the product making it more sour. The fermentation continues until all the fermentable sugar is used up.

More important than probiotics are prebiotics. Probiotics are great for cases of food poisoning or a jump start after antibiotic use. But again no probiotic source will replace all the thousands of beneficial strains of flora. The good news is that antibiotics don't kill all your flora. There will always be some survivors and those need to be fed to rebuild their numbers. This is where prebiotics really come in to play.

As for Candida the biggest mistake people make is they try to kill the Candida, which simply does not work. Keep in mind that Candida is a normal part of our flora in its benign yeast form.  It is only pathogenic in its fungal form and the form is determined by pH. In a normal acidic environment the Candida growth gene turns off and the Candida remains in its benign yeast form. In an alkaline pH, such as when the beneficial acid producing flora are reduced by antibiotic use the Candida growth gene is turned on and the Candida morphs in to its pathogenic fungal form. In its fungal form the Candida forms finger-like projections called hyphae that allow the Candida to dig in to tissues leading to damage and inflammation.

Because Candida is a normal part of the flora trying to kill it does not really work since as with the bacteria you are never going to kill them all off. And if the pH of the terrain is not restored to the proper acidic pH the Candida growth gene remains on and the Candida remains in its pathogenic fungal form.

There are herbs such as lapacho (ipe roxi, pau d' arco,. taheebo, etc.) that are effective in knocking back the Candida temporarily but again they do not change the pH of the terrain to stop the Candida growth nor to keep it in its benign yeast form. Therefore I do not recommend this as a long term solution but rather a temporary symptom reliever until the flora can be restored.

Another tactic some people try are the enzymes cellulase and hemicellulase to attack the Candida. In my opinion this is the worst idea ever and I did a video on this exact topic years ago.  Our flora do produce tiny amounts of cellulase and hemicellulase allowing them to break down the cellulose and hemicellulose in the fibers we ingest. These enzymes will break these fibers down in to their individual glucose units that they can then use as a food source for the fermentation.

The enzymes are believed to digest the cellulose and hemicellulose in the Candida cell walls. Although there is the question if the enzymes actually reach the Candida to begin with since enzymes can be digested by our digestive system just like other proteins. And even if the enzymes manage to somehow avoid digestion the next question is will they work in the pH of the terrain? Some enzymes function in an acidic environment and others in an alkaline environment.

Another big problem with these enzyme products is that the enzymes will pre-digest the probiotic fibers. This not only starves the flora of its food source but also increases blood sugar levels due to the increased glucose formation. Therefore these enzymes starve the flora reducing the necessary acid formation to control the Candida all while increasing glucose levels to feed the Candida.
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