Where Health and Leadership Cross Paths -Part 1

Writer’s Note: If this title sounds familiar, it is. I originally posted this article below on July 7, 2013.

I chose to repost it again in the interest of time this week, being that I am traveling, but I also wanted to emphasize the common points between detoxification and leadership: both require action to keep the rot from setting in.

So without further adieu and probably most of you have not read this before, let’s get to it…

Getting some fresh air is a nice detox routine

Getting some fresh air is a nice detox routine

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Where Health and Leadership Cross Paths (July 2013)

Since health and nutrition concerns are often vastly different from leadership issues,  I am currently working a new blog which will focus on leadership development.

I will keep the current leadership articles here on BestBuckBuck but will later republish them on my next blog.

In the future, BestBuckBuck.com will only cover health and ChallenYee.com will contain my thoughts and concerns on leadership.

Having cited the potential chasm between two broad topics and a need for blog separation, now let me touch on a life transition where health and leadership issues cross paths.

The circumstances of my father’s death in 1996 from pancreatic cancer was one of those “when your life turns around moments” (Jim Rohn), but only looking back on the event after a career change and involvement with health, medicine and nutrition. At the time his death was, for me, a more of a when your life gets turned upside down moments.

Personal and leadership development are on a spectrum, if the one does not lead to the next, and to action, then it is only an exercise in vanity. May I add, action without personal and leadership development leads to mediocrity at best or, quite simply, disaster.

If the mustard seed of my humble ideas will take root and truly help one other person with transcending a serious crux then I can consider this blog exercise to have served its purpose.

Reflecting on the original light-hearted “buck buck” concept, I muse that every improvement in condition begins with a form of detoxification.

In regards to leadership development, I may have an effect on one person, but that one may affect thousands and in turn, may save a team, an organization, a system, or a nation.

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Everyday Household Products to Avoid

Here are some tips from “Anti-Cancer- A New Way of Life” (2009) by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber to help you identify and resolve some common toxic conditions.

When I read this article I think about the many days my dad worked outside on his car repair business that was near a dry cleaners that was pumping out plumes of fumes, probably toxic fumes, into the air daily. My father passed away in 1996 from pancreatic cancer.

I think of the many incidences in the past where I was working with solvents and did not use protective gloves.

I think of stories I’ve heard of guys who didn’t think radioactive water was harmful to them because it looked harmless, and then to prove their “bravery” put their arms in it.

I think of all the fumes, both commercial and personal products, we’ve had to tolerate because we needed to be at work in it.

While I cannot draw any direct connection between cancer formation and a mist that you could smell as it drifts softly down upon your work area, like what was going on at my dad’s shop many years ago, it would benefit you to be aware of the many environments that people in the past just accepted that are now known cancer causing related conditions.

Certainly, if you must be in a toxic environment, take relief measures, many of which involve cranking up your healthy diet with powerful foods proven to be strong anti-cancer agents (which I will further document in future posts).

Let’s move on now to the tips from “Anti-Cancer”… 

Note: the tad bit of sarcasm that is used in item #4 by our good doctor. Somewhat rustic, though appropriate.

Getting some fresh air is a nice detox routine

Getting some fresh air is a nice detox routine

Everyday Household Products to Avoid
Avoid as Much as Possible

1. AVOID: perchloroethylene/tetrachloroethylene in dry cleaning

REPLACE with:  air out dry-cleaned garments in fresh air for several hours before wearing,  employ wet cleaning, liquid CO2 or silicone

2. AVOID: deodorants and antiperspirants containing aluminum (especially for women who shave their armpits, which facilitates penetration of aluminum)

REPLACE with: natural deodorants without aluminum

3. AVOID: cosmetics, shampoo, lotions, gels, hair dye, nail polish, sunscreen containing estrogens or placental products (common in hair products for Afro hairstyles), or with paragons or phthalates. Phthalates to avoid include: BBP and DEHP.* Parabens to avoid include, methylparaben, polyparaben, isoparaben, butylparaben

REPLACE with: natural and organic products free of parabens, phthalates, and estrogens. Many “organic” cosmetics are free of parabens and phthalates. Some companies, such as Body Shop or Aveda, make products without phthalates.

4. AVOID: perfumes containing phthalates (nearly all of them do)

REPLACE with: no perfume, or wear only toilet water (which contains fewer phthalates)

5. AVOID: chemical household pesticides and insecticides

REPLACE with: use insecticides made from essential oils or boric acid, or diatomaceous earth. See complete list of alternative remedies to most suspect pesticides and insecticides on http://www.panna.org

6. AVOID: heating foods or liquids (coffee, tea, baby formula) in plastic containers made with PVCs (which are liberated into the food when heated), polystyrene, or Styrofoam

REPLACE with: use glass or ceramic containers (including when using a microwave oven)

7. AVOID: preparing food in scratched teflon pans

REPLACE with: flawless Teflon, or else non-Teflon pans, such as stainless steel 18/10

8.  AVOID: common cleaning products such as liquid detergents, disinfectants, toilet bowl sanitizers with alkylphenols (nonoxynol, octoxynol, nonylphenol, octylphenol, etc)

REPLACE with: green or European Ecolabel products. Or replace with white vinegar (for counters and floors), baking soda, or white soap

9.  AVOID: excessive exposure to electromagnetic fields of cell phone

REPLACE with: reduce use of cell phones with an air-tube headset

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* BBP=benzyl butyl phthalate; DEHP=di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate.

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What can you do today to reduce the toxic effects on your environment?

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Pre-disease alert using blood testing

As part of our ongoing effort to increase the awareness of daily detoxification I believe it is important to increase the public’s awareness of the difference between “functional” blood testing and “conventional” blood testing.

The following information are based on my notes taken and information provided during a seminar by Dr. Ronda Nelson (2013).

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What is Functional Blood Chemistry?

It is an effective method of evaluating analyzing blood testing to reveal early stages of physiological imbalances.

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Why Use Functional Blood Chemistry?

By focusing on physiology rather than a specific disease diagnosis, you can evaluate slight variations before they become a disease process.

Using an automotive example, how much would it be worth to you if you could detect your timing belt is wearing down before it actually breaks? Therefore, if you could observe a trend that is bound to result in a imbalance that causes diseases, before the criteria is met for a disease, how valuable is that to you?

Functional Blood Testing is comprehensive, inexpensive, and often covered by insurance. Moreover, you can regularly have your blood tested to check your body’s trends.

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What is the key to Functional Blood Testing

The key are the acceptable ranges. If you understand the bell curve, you know that there is a gradient between optimal (center of curve) and the extremes, which lead to outlying results.
Using tighter levels of acceptance increases the sensitivity.

A conventional lab result is based on 95% of the population. Do you want your health evaluated on what 95% of people have when 50-80% of people suffer from being overweight, obesity and perhaps some early form of diabetes? The ranges used today are not the same ranges that are equal to 20 to 30 years ago when the obesity epidemic hadn’t gone crazy yet.

Therefore, it is not a surprise to me when I have a patient or a friend who is clearly overweight and suffering from obvious signs of disease and they are proudly proclaiming that “My blood tests are normal.”

Come on folks, “Normal” compared to what?

To make matters worse, as insurance companies seek to save money, a “complete” blood test of today are commonly a reduced set of tests that were historically used to provide a comprehensive blood evaluation.

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What can you do?

You have to seek out a doctor who is willing to “look beyond” conventional evaluation to uncover the real problem. You can ask your primary MD, although, for many people it is teaming up with an “alternative” or “Holistic” medicine practitioner who is trained in evaluating Functional Blood Chemistry.

A practitioner can also help you order tests, or it is possible that a patient, if educated, can order their own blood tests through certain labs that do not require a professional license to order.

If you would like to do some research and blood testing on your own, I suggest to go to www.directlabs.com to see what’s involved with a “patient-friendly” lab.

If you are a practitioner, I suggest you take a look at www.ProfessionalCo-op.com and see what a doctor friendly lab looks like.

Minimal testing is no longer adequate, you will need to include:

CBC with differential
Basic Metabolic Panel
Lipid Panel
TSH

Other suggested add-on tests include:
Fasting Insulin
PSA
Reverse T3
Vitamin D,1,25

By establishing a benchmark for yourself, you can provide yourself a powerful tool to help assess your body’s physiological condition and take action before many diseases set in.

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How is your sleep?

So How IS your sleep?

I’ve recently forced myself to change my sleeping habits. Before I was busy taking care of my blogging efforts into the night, using my sleep resource as an account to overdraw for my unhealthy routine. I would often go to sleep by 1-3 am and necessarily wake at 6-6:30 to begin my day. Now I get to bed earlier (before or around 11-12) and wake usually at 5:00 to begin writing which gives me less time to write but more sleep and offers a healthy “deadline” to get my almost daily articles for www.ChallenYee.com published.

Even if you really need to go for a few hours of sleep, which I do not recommend for an extended length of time, it’s better, according the Chinese medical and health philosophy to preserve the time between 1-3 am so your body stands to benefit from its most regenerative time (known among Chinese Medicine as the “Liver” time). As you increase your sleep hours, try to bracket this time period, before and after, to build your foundation of sleep hours.

I have heard of professionals who need to work at night and over a long period begin to develop difficult to treat and to diagnose diseases, like Multiple Sclerosis. My initial assessment is the body is not able to properly regenerate and heal because of the loss of these critical sleep hours, so people’s ability to sustain natural detoxification and healing suffers until the point overload and disease sets in.

For you, I have brought together a couple of resources that I hope will help you in your efforts to optimize your sleep.

I really dig this photo, it was taken off the shores of Oahu where I have many memories of good times and good friends.

I really dig this calm photo I took many years ago, it was taken off the shores of Oahu where I have many memories of good times and good friends.- Challen

The following is an excerpt from “Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients” (2003) by Russell L. Blaylock, M.D. 

Stress and Immunity
There is little in life that is more stressful than having Cancer. This is not only because of the fear generated by the diagnosis but also because of the prolonged, often physically taxing treatments and their complications. When you have cancer, your life is completely disrupted, totally wrapped around your disease. It is as if you become a slave to your cancer.

If all this weren’t enough, your sleep is often disrupted. You feel tired and exhausted, which frustrates you. And you find that you cannot do many of the things you previously enjoyed. All of this adds to your stress.

We know from experimental studies that stress is much more than psychological; it can have profound physical effects that can be quite harmful. For example, animals put under chronic, unrelieved stress have been found to have severe depression of their immune system, especially of their cellular immune cells. This immune depression can persist for a very long time. In addition, chronic stress can dramatically increase the formation of free radicals.

This combination of increased free radical generation and immune suppression increases the likelihood not only that your tumor will recur, but also that you will develop a secondary cancer. So, you may be thinking about now, how can nutrition help with stress?

Actually, nutrition can help in many ways. Melatonin can help you to sleep better, and recent studies have indicated that may also have anticancer effects of its own … it protects the brain against stress-related free radical damage.

In addition, by improving your general nutrition, you will have a lot more energy, greater endurance, and far fewer complications associated with your treatments. Most patients
feel a greater sense of well being once they establish better eating habits … they begin to feel that they, not their cancer, are in control.”

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The following guidelines are an excerpt from “The Power of Nutrient Therapy” (2005) by Erik Smith, L.Ac, MSN. I have deleted dosage recommendations as you should consult with your health practitioner/dietician for guidelines for your specific needs.

INSOMNIA
General Dietary Guidelines
– Eliminate all source of caffeine- coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, hot cocoa.
– Avoid alcohol and refined sugar.
– Avoid foods high in Tyramine in the evening. Examples include pork (ham, sausage, bacon), cheese (especially aged cheeses), eggplant, tomatoes, spinach, sauerkraut, kim chee, tempeh.
– A whole foods diet is rich in calming B vitamins and magnesium which help minimize sleeping problems.
– Choose foods high in tryptophan in the evening. Examples include whole grains (especially brown rice, whole wheat and oats), turkey, bananas, milk, yogurt, eggs, fish, peanuts, figs, dates, papayas, beans, and nut butters.
– If you suspect nocturnal hypoglycemia, implement dietary therapies [for] Hypoglycemia.
– Combination herbal teas containing ingredients like chamomile, passionflower, lemon balm, skullcap, hops and valerian can be very helpful to calm the mind.

Nutrient Therapies [These should be considered in consultation with your nutritionist].
– Calcium & Magnesium – … within 45 minutes of bedtime.
– Melatonin – … taken 1-2 hours before bedtime. Only effective if the patient is deficient in melatonin. Melatonin production decreases with age.
CAUTION: melatonin is a hormone. Dosages greater than 5 mg can potentially disrupt normal circadian rhythm.
– 5-HTP – … before bed. 5-HTP is the precursor to serotonin and can increase REM sleep (by about 25%) and deep sleep stages 3 and 4, 5-HTP should not be used at the same time as melatonin therapy.
– Vitamin B Complex – … if stress is a major cause of the insomnia.
NOTE: A small percentage of patients have increased agitation and greater insomnia with B complex.
– Chromium Picolinate – … for patients with hypoglycemia.

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Additional Considerations
– Rule out restless leg syndrome as a potential cause of insomnia. If present implement appropriate nutritional therapies (also consider leg jerks from their sleeping partner)
– Regular exercise is extremely helpful in the treatment of insomnia. Exercise should be performed in the evening (5-6 hours before bed) for a minimum of 20 minutes at 60-75% of maximum heart rate.
– Qi Gong, Tai Ji, Yoga and deep breathing.
– Lavender oil is used by aromatherapists for anxiety and insomnia.
– If your patient is menopausal, consider implementing appropriate nutrient therapies.
– A host of medications can cause insomnia. Check the side effects of the ones [you are] taking.

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A good resource to check the adverse effects of pharma-drugs is http://www.ePocrates.com where you need to create a free account to access some pretty interesting and useful information.

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Savage focus on Carotenoids

The following contains an excerpt from Michael Weiner’s “The Antioxidant Cookbook” (1995).  Dr. Michael Weiner’s history of teaching school children at various levels comes across in his writing as he can take a complex subject and make it easy to digest without lowering your intelligence level.

In the following excerpt related to antioxidants and carotenoids, you will find an interesting fact related to the preservation of LDL. Now wouldn’t that simple bit of research be of interest to people who believe that LDL is simply the “bad” cholesterol?

Dr. Weiner is the popular radio talk show host, Michael Savage. Read on and enjoy being for a moment in the Savage classroom.

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Antioxidant
But – What does that mean? And – Why is it important?

Antioxidant. A powerful word. Simply explained, the body’s cells, during the normal metabolic process—called oxidation—of burning fuel (food) to produce energy for all the organs and systems, produces free radicals. These free radicals are a normal byproduct of the oxidation process. In today’s world, due to our extraordinary exposure to pollution, environmental toxins, carbon monoxide over-exposure to the sun’s rays and other threatening elements, our production of free radicals has increased beyond what our cells were designed to handle.
This excessive amounts of free radical elements in our bodies leads to premature aging neurological disorders, cancer, cataracts, other diseases, and death before our time. So, the key is to diminish free radical production, or destroy the free radicals!

Leave a cut piece of apple on your kitchen counter for a few hours and observe the changes. The browning of the fruit, the puckering of the skin. This shows all too clearly how free radicals can ravage our interior and exterior beings. Or, imagine a rusty piece of metal. Same concept. Over-oxidation.

Antioxidants are substances that help prevent the
production of free radicals. It’s that simple…

We now know many of the antioxidants. In order of importance, they are: vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, Beta and Alpha Carotene (also known as the carotenoids), Lycopene, and Lutein. It has been demonstrated conclusively in scientific studies that the addition of antioxidant nutrients to the human diet will assist with the prevention of disease and premature aging…
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Alpha and Beta Carotene (Carotenoids)
You have no doubt heard and read about the health benefits of Beta-Carotene. Over 70 studies conducted worldwide show that people lower their risk for cancer if they eat sufficient amounts of carotene. Epidemiological evidence supports the premise that carotenoids offer protection against certain types of cancer due to their antioxidant activity. Yet only recently the scientific community and general public recognize the relationship of free-radicals and antioxidants to health. Free radicals are unstable molecules with unpaired electrons that damage cell membranes and cause cell mutations. Antioxidants inhibit free radicals. This intensive view of inner cellular warfare may hold the keys to protecting humankind against premature aging and the associated diseases of aging.

Let us now focus on that remarkable class of compounds—the carotenoids- and see how some of them are more equal than others when it comes to cellular defense as it relates to antioxidant activity.

WHAT ARE CAROTENOIDS?
The carotenoids trap sunlight so that green plants can conduct photosynthesis. Remember, the collection of the sun’s energy by green plants and the conversion of carbon dioxide and water into glucose is the basis for life on earth! So to understand the carotenoids is to grasp the miracle and meaning of existence.

Technically carotenoids are classified as 40 carbon tetraterpenoids, but to the unaided eye they are the compounds that provide the brilliant colors found in nature. In flowers this rainbow of compounds mainly appear as yellow colors (as in daffodils, pansy, sunflowers); in fruit they project a red or orange color (rose hip, tomato, paprika, acerola, red pepper).

Carotenes were first discovered in 1831 in carrots, hence the name. There are now 563 known carotinoids. Of these, about 50 can be metabolized to Vitamin A (Retinole) by many animals. This conversion to vitamin A was once thought to be of importance only to nutritionists until the recent discoveries of the carotenes’ antioxidant properties.

HOW DO CAROTENOIDS ACT TO PROTECT OUR CELLS?
The carotenoids are readily oxidized (they lose or give up electrons) and so limit other oxidation reactions within cells. That is, the carotenoids figuratively “sacrifice themselves” in the oxygen wars so our cells may live!

Newer evidence shows that carotenoids not only act as passive players in the oxygen wars, but they also function actively as antioxidants by quenching various free-radicals that are generated inside cells…

ALPHA AND BETA CAROTENE
Newer evidence now shows that some carotenoids, especially Alpha-Carotene, have remarkable antioxidant activities. While Beta-Carotene generates vitamin A twice as efficiently as Alpha-Carotene, Alpha-Carotene is approximately ten times more powerful in inhibiting skin, lung, and liver carcinogenesis. The carotenoids may have highly specialized physiological functions, which may explain why Alpha-Carotene has been associated with lower cancer mortality in epidemiological studies, as well as anti-carcinogenic effects in animal studies.

In fact, one of the world’s leading cancer researchers, Dr. M. Murakoshi, has shown that Alpha-Carotene obtained from palm oil is more protective against carcinogens than Beta-Carotene. Indeed, Murakoshi found that the carotenes inhibited already present cancerous growths from further growths, particularly liver cancer.

The role of Alpha-Carotene in the quenching of singlet oxygen in blood plasma indicates this remarkable yet little known carotenoid can protect low density lipoprotein (LDL) from oxidation and thereby reduce the risk of heart attacks from arteriosclerosis and myocardial ischemia.

A very recent multicenter case-control study in nine European countries further supports the trend of medical reasoning. In a study of 683 people with acute myocardial infraction (MI or heart attack) and 727 people without a history of this disease, researchers found that the higher amounts of antioxidants in fat tissue reduce the risk of a first heart attack. In particular, high Beta-Carotene levels were found to be the most protective of the antioxidants studied. Low tissues levels of Beta-Carotene in smokers greatly increased the risk of MI, which suggests a relationship between oxidative stress, aging and many diseases, including heart attack. Other health benefits from alpha and Beta-Carotene may include a reduced risk of cataract.

Further evidence of the specialized nature of the carotenoids is demonstrated by the appearance of two carotenoids in the macular region of the retina where Beta-Carotene is totally absent. These two retina specific carotenoids are Zeaxanthin (a yellow pigment found in corn seeds, sweet red pepper, bitter orange peel and in green algae) and Lutein (found in the green leaves of all higher plants, also in algae in citrus rind, in apricot, peach, plum, apple, and cranberry).

HOW THE ANTIOXIDANTS COMPLEMENT
RATHER THAN COMPETE WITH ONE ANOTHER
Interestingly, just as foods work together so do the antioxidants. Professor Lester Packer of the University of California at Berkeley is one of the world’s pre-eminent
antioxidant researchers. He and coworkers recently demonstrated how carotenoids interact with vitamins E and C. Beta-Carotene, it was shown can protect LDL against oxidative damage even when vitamin E levels are low.

This is a variation on the old theme among nutritionists to “eat a wide variety of foods.” But it makes good sense because if we do eat widely of fruits and vegetables we gain from nature’s pharmacy her many protective substances, especially the carotenoids and flavonoids. [As of this writing] there is not a Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for carotenes. However the NCI (National Cancer Institute) guide recommends 6 mg of Beta-Carotene per day and some researchers believe the daily intake should be as high as 15 to 20 mg. Average daily consumption in the United States is 1.5 mg (according to U.S.D.A. studies). Now it is also true that we rarely eat consistently wisely, especially when we are busy and when we travel, which is why we take and recommend nutrients and other supplements.

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DRUG-INDUCED DISEASES

I am going to offer you one more passage from the book “The Pharmaceutical Myth.”(www.thehealingbody.com). I am impressed by the amount of plain and dirty facts that point to the harm sustained medical drug use has on society. The author, Gerald Roliz, writes having a professional background in pharmaceutical sales. He goes into the common tactics he used  to gain favor of medical doctors before his conversion to a health-conscious Certified Nutritional Consultant.

As an “alternative” medicine practitioner, I often have to contend with a patient’s “safe” use of several prescribed drugs when they are highly likely the cause of many of their chronic conditions. A problem is the landscape is so full of people bound to drugs from, to use an engineering development term,  both “the front end and the back end”, it is hard for many to see what life would be like without them.

I have no legal power to recommend a patient refrain from taking their legally prescribed drugs and due caution must be used to avoid withdrawal symptoms should people decide to wean themselves off.

However, I can tell people to stop taking commonly used “illegal” substances or to stop using their self-medicating methods, I can say “Stop drinking yourself to death” or “Stop smoking, it’s killing you” or (now I’m going to be somewhat facetious) the FDA can say,  in BIG LETTERS, for example, on your vitamin C bottle “UNDER 12 YEARS OF AGE…CONSULT A PHYSICIAN BEFORE USING THIS PRODUCT” (while allowing the prescribing all sorts of mind-altering drugs to children) and as we know, if it is in BIG LETTERS, it must actually be DANGEROUS but taking a load of pharmaceuticals is NOT DANGEROUS it is HEALTHY, right?

Can you detect a slight bit a sarcasm?

Without further adieu, let’s go to Roliz’s writing…

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DRUG-INDUCED DISEASES
The very first book to clearly catalogue and explain the phenomenon of Drug-Induced Diseases was written by L Meyler and H.M. Peck in 1962. Before a scientific book is published, a significant amount of clinical data must be gathered. Therefore, allopathic medical doctors had known that pharmaceuticals cause diseases long before 1962.

Studies have documented the occurrence of drug-induced diseases since modern medicine began. The very first volume of Drug-Induced Diseases included nearly 200 pages of evidence. It underwent revisions and the fourth edition was published by 1968.

In 1964, two years after the first edition of Drug-Induced Diseases was published, Louis Lasagna revised the Hippocratic Oath. Was it mere coincidence that he removed the statement to avoid giving poisons to patients?

In the 1960s, allopathic medical doctors had the opportunity to make a moral decision to stop prescribing pharmaceuticals that cause withdrawal syndrome, side effects, liver damage, kidney failure and drug-induced diseases. Instead, they rewrote the sacred pledge all medical doctors make to society. Chapter One makes it clear that pharmaceutical drug therapies provide no realistic solutions to our society’s health problems. Even more unthinkable, they may actually be contributing to it.

In 2005, two pharmacists published an updated version of the book called Drug-Induced Diseases: Prevention Detection, and Management.

The authors, James E. Tisdale and Douglas A. Miller, thoroughly detail in 870 pages the multiple conditions and diseases patients can actually develop from specific pharmaceuticals. Only five years later, the second edition bloated to 1,110 pages with the inclusion of additional documentation. We can only assume future editions will be even larger.

It is now well documented that:
– Lupus Erythematosus [6 references]
– Hypothyroidism [10 references]
– Leukemia [6 references]
– Lymphoma [6 references]
– Breast, endometrial, bladder, skin cancers [6 references]
– and many more diseases can all be drug-induced.

In 1962. allopathic medical doctors and the medical establishment chose to bury that data from the public. They hid it like a repressed memory in the darkest corner of pharmacy school libraries to collect dust and be ignored. Medical doctors failed to read it and now more patients have developed additional diseases. These books are available everywhere with just a few clicks by searching “drug-induced disease” on the web. Multiple sources list the dangers of psychiatric, cardiovascular, cancer and osteoporosis drugs, among
others.

(Thank you again, Gerald for your research and courage to step forward with your story).

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Med toxicity level: Get help from Epocrates

You’ve heard how taking drugs can add to your daily toxicity, right?

The questions are, “How much toxicity?” and “what are the known effects?”

I found this helpful link from Gerald Roliz, CNC, in his book “The Pharmaceutical Myth”  (2013).

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Here’s a way you can quickly find out in pretty precise terms how much a specific drug will cause stress on your body. You can also look up the adverse effects.

Go to www.Epocrates.com

It is a site where you can get all kinds of info about drug safety.

You will need to do the simple and free registration process. If you are not a practitioner, you can sign up as “student-other”.

After signing up, search under the tab “DRUGS” and type in your drug of choice.

Look at the specific information listed under “Safety/Pharmacology” and listed by “Excretion” you can find the percentage of the drug is passed through your system either through the “bile”, which indicates how much stress your liver endures to filter out the drug, or “urine” which indicates how much stress your kidneys will go through just to eliminate one drug. What if you are taking 3, how about a regimen of 10?

For example Tylenol a pretty common drug, passes through 5-10% unchanged through the urine (kidney). This is evidence why this drug puts your liver under a lot of stress.

As you know, working on a problem is not free, it accumulates like the tax forms that are stacking up on your desk now.

Also keep in mind, this is only one aspect of how a drug stresses your body.

For more interesting facts, lookup “Adverse Reactions” and you will find that for every combination of drugs you can have an increased risk an existing reaction or possibly a new one. Everything is actually pretty well documented, you have to start asking yourself,   “What is the real benefit?”

Fun, huh?

If you’ve successfully weaned yourself of a drug, I’d like read your comments on your experience and others would also.

I hope you get some value from this, if not at least be more aware of how you can be putting your body’s natural defenses under load.

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The Cholesterol ILLUSION

“Have you been taking a statin drug?”

The prolific use of pharmaceuticals to treat common disease symptoms often contribute to further imbalances in our body’s chemistry and overload the liver’s ability to detoxify the blood, thereby contributing to the formation of diseases.

Cholesterol, particularly LDL, is generally perceived by the public as the root of disease. However, it should be viewed as a transport mechanism (like an emergency response vehicle) which ferries cholesterol to parts of the body based on real demands requiring it. For example, if there is a tear in an artery, cholesterol is used by the body to path the damage until it can heal. In other words, if cholesterol is high, there is likely a real reason for it to be high. However, treating the problem with a cholesterol lowering drug is simply like knocking out the ambulance on the way to or from an accident site.

Need a break from bad news? Here's a nice tourist photo of Venice in 1989. Photo: Challen Yee

Need a break from bad news? Here’s a nice tourist photo of Venice in 1989. Photo: Challen Yee

The following is from “The Pharmaceutical MYTH” (2013) by Gerald Roliz, CNC. This passage,  includes part of a case study and a list of important functions cholesterol supports in the body. Please note, I have deleted the reference notations in the excerpt but virtually every claim made in it has a medical literature reference.

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THE CHOLESTEROL ILLUSION

[Mike, a truck driving patient] confessed. “I’ve been taking these damn drugs for years. Now I have muscle pains and forget which roads I’m supposed to be on so my deliveries are delayed.” Ten years ago, Mike was told by his medical doctor that he had high cholesterol.

I [Roliz] noticed Mike’s testosterone levels were also low. His testicles could not produce testosterone due to a shortage of precursor material. His testicles wanted to get his hotrod going, but he was running out of gas. I informed him that he needed to have his medical doctor lower his dosage because his testicles were starving for cholesterol.

“But… why didn’t my…. my medical doctor… um… tell me about the um… that the testicles needed cholesterol to make the um… the um… testosterone?”

Cholesterol is an essential building material of the brain and because Mike’s body lacked a sufficient amount of it, his memory may have been negatively impacted. He paused between sentences as if his mind had parked at a rest stop to search for words. [Mike’s wife] mentioned that ever since he began taking the cholesterol lowering medications, his responsiveness and overall mental function had declined. “His moods have ups and downs, but I figured it was because he has a stressful job. Is cholesterol required for a balanced endocrine system?” I explained that for optimal health, our bodies require ample supplies of cholesterol for the production of many essential hormones … the statin drugs have the potential to cause male and female hormonal imbalances.

We need to consider the functions of cholesterol, rather than fear it blindly. Cholesterol is a fatty substance predominantly created by the liver as a building block for all of the cells in our body. Cholesterol has many important functions:

• Cholesterol makes cell membranes waterproof to maintain biochemical balance inside and outside the cell.
• Cholesterol is a repair substance, which is why it pervades scar tissue (including within arteries).
• Cholesterol is a precursor to Vitamin D.
• Cholesterol is a precursor to bile salts, vital for digestion and assimilation of fat-soluble vitamins.
• Cholesterol provides protection against cancer.
• Cholesterol is vital to proper neurological function for memory.
• Cholesterol assists with serotonin (5-Hl) receptor function in brain.
• Cholesterol is a major component of myelin sheaths lining nerve tissue and the brain.
• Cholesterol protects against free radical damage that leads to heart disease and cancer.
• Cholesterol is required for the production of steroid hormones, including testosterone, estrogen and progesterone.

When I explained this to Mike, he asked, “So why are so many people taking drugs to lower cholesterol? My doctor has been prescribing it to me for ten years. Doesn’t it prevent heart disease or heart attacks?”
I showed him the fine print in a 2004 magazine advertisement (I had saved) for Lipitor®, the highest grossing pharmaceutical and most commonly prescribed Statin drug in the US. “LIPITOR® has not been shown to prevent heart disease or heart attacks.”

[Are you confused? What is the purpose of lowering cholesterol levels if there is little to no cardiovascular benefit?]

Below: Fine print in a 2004 magazine advertisement.

Important information:
LIPITOR* (atorvastatin calcium) is a prescription drug used with diet to lower cholesterol. LIPITOR is not for everyone, including those with liver disease or possible liver problems, women who are nursing, pregnant, or may become pregnant. LIPITOR has not been shown to prevent heart disease or heart attacks. 

Above: Fine print in a 2004 magazine advertisement.

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Statin drugs are widely known to cause muscle pain, or myopathy. Over 900 clinical studies document the side effects of statin drugs. Furthermore, they have also been shown to increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cancer. I asked, “Did your doctor warn you about the dangers when he prescribed this medication?”

“No. But I’m damn sure as hell going to ask him why he didn’t!” Mike was furious. I reminded him to stay calm and assured him that we will be able to get him well again. In fact, we needed his medical doctor to work with us, so I encouraged him not to burn any bridges.

His job was to speak with his doctor about the best method to [switch] off the medication… Over the course of three months, through nutritional upgrades and a collaborative effort with his doctor, we were able to help Mike raise his cholesterol to a healthy level, restore healthy testosterone levels without the use of hormone replacement therapy, sharpen his memory and resolve his muscle pain. He’s improved his work efficiency 300% and not made a late delivery since.

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Trouble complying with your plan?

What determines your successful compliance with a plan, whether it be a diet plan or otherwise, is your perceived benefit versus your perceived sacrifice.

Do you understand the benefits?

Do you believe the benefits outweigh (no pun intended) what you will need to sacrifice in order to follow through with a well thought out and balanced plan?

There are two common obstacles that each of us needs to contend with: change and indecision.

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Change

We often believe it is easy not to change, when in fact change is inevitable. The question is, are you going to change for the better or change for the worse? Will your current habits lead to better health or worse?
Business teacher and mentor Jim Rohn gave a simple story to highlight the problems due to poor judgment which I will paraphrase.

"Jim Rohn - America's Foremost Business Philosopher"

“Jim Rohn – America’s Foremost Business Philosopher”

You’ve heard of the apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, what if that is true and you don’t do it? What if you ate a candy bar a day and thought ‘I don’t feel ill so it must be okay’ and then continue to do that instead of an apple?” Jim continues, “You’ve got to be brighter than that, you’ve got to get out of the First Grade!… The reason they make those 1st Grade desks so small is so you can’t fit in them when you’ve 25!”

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Indecision

Another issue we often face is indecision. We are afraid to go where there is uncertainty, when instead we choose the “security” of what is known.

Could it be that the real problem that you are afraid of failure?

Could it be that you feel undeserving of some great beneficial change?

Are you afraid to change not to make others feel uncomfortable with your success?

Mindset is not only for businessmen, athletes, and entrepreneurs.

Jim Rohn taught, “Indecision is the thief of [your] opportunity.”

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The Real Benefits

This hooks back to my original suggestion of perceived benefits and I hope this may help you connect the last dot or at least bring you one dot closer to empowering you, to help you make a decision to make a positive change for your health and for your life.

Your indecision to make a change could very well be that you do not have a big enough vision for you ultimate success. Stop thinking small. Small goals aren’t worth it and are easy to blow off. Small goals do not matter, if they are your end game. If you perceive the benefits as small you will sabotage a big opportunity by making it small!

You may ask, “I want to lose weight.  Shouldn’t that be my goal?”
I will say, “No, that is not good enough.”

You may then ask, “I want to have better health. Is that a good goal?”
I will say, “No. You will not succeed. You’ll give up as soon as you go grocery shopping when you’re hungry.”

Then you will ask, “What are you driving at?”

And I will answer, “Understand how your life will change as a result of having more energy, getting off or decreasing the use of drugs, and getting more from your life. Know how people will be amazed at the new you and how you will have confidence in yourself.
People will notice…
People will respect your accomplishment, maybe even admire your good looks and new vitality… wishing they could do what you did!
And your life will change once you realize much more is in your control than you now believe.”

After a pause, I will ask you, “Aren’t you going to enjoy your new self?”

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Ancient Fasting – Modern Issues

I was recently inspired to go back to the Old Testament to read what was written about healthy diets. This was prompted by my blogger-friend Erika Glenn when in her December 29th article “Promise Fast: Fasting For The Promises of 2014,” there is a link to a diet plan known as the Daniel Fast (Please go to her site via my link if you would like to learn more about the “Daniel Fast” and her amazing new blogsite erikaglenn.com).

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There’s so much on nutrition out there, I want to say, like fashion, there is nothing new, just things that have been forgotten and then rediscovered. In other words, while there are always new scientific research studies revealing yet another mind-blowing breakthrough from a much more sophisticated and incredibly expensive process using the latest technology, you can look back at the trials mankind puts its self through: the inevitable decadence that comes with overabundance then the sentimental reflection of how well served a peasant is with his diet of simple foods.

Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. Source: "The Bible Story" (1955), Arthur Maxwell

Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. Source: “The Bible Story” (1955), Arthur Maxwell

So let us take a brief look at an early version of a “fast” or what we call now a “cleansing” period by checking out:

The Book of Daniel, Chapter 1. In here we are introduced to the court of King Nebuchadnezzar (King Neb) of Babylon, who had just conquered Jerusalem and enslaved its population under Babylonian rule.

King Neb, desiring a few young nobles of Israel to serve in his court, invites Daniel and 3 others (Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah) to be indoctrinated into the Babylonian high court which included the rations of “the king’s choice food and … wine.”

Daniel and his friends, who apparently were educated in eating habits from both a health and spiritual point of view, were determined not to break their practices despite the threat of punishments which would result from disobedience to the king’s order.

Finding favor from God, Daniel is able to arrange a wager of sorts, allowing he and his friends to subsist on “vegetables to eat and water to drink” instead of the “rich foods and wine” the other students would be living on.

Long story short, Daniel and his friends are in better shape that their counterparts which the results clearly showed after 10 days. By taking that step of faith with boldness and courage, Daniel and his friends began their journey and life of great and miraculous blessing despite being in captivity in Babylon.

I’m neither a scholar of the Bible nor an expert on ancient Middle Eastern culture, so I am not going to be able to tell you exactly what was meant by “vegetable”, how rich the soils were, and so on and so forth, but there is clearly a health-mind-spirit connection with a proper diet. Some of the “out of body” experiences can be partially linked to biochemistry. Please see below.

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Be Alert During Your Detox, Cleansing or Fasting Program

Aside from the health benefits, I want to advise my readers of the potential unexpected (or perhaps anticipated) effects of a detoxification program, in most cases, some of these symptoms must be tolerated in effort to successfully complete a properly conducted dietary detox, cleansing, or fasting program. Although these programs may vary in intensity, whatever they may be named, they all work toward ridding the body of junk that’s not supposed to be there and this can result in some minor and/or some powerful experiences.

1) You may likely experience fatigue.
By allowing your body to unload toxins which have been stored for, perhaps, years, you may feel fatigue within the first week.

2) You may experience intense emotional flashbacks
Often the storing of toxins in our bodies coincides with stressful experiences in our past. These emotions may resurface as the toxins are released. It is important to continue the detoxification program to expel these toxins so that they do not return into your body with a vengeance.

3) You may experience a period of skin rash-like symptoms.
This is another potential manifestation as the toxins stored in your body are excreted through the skin, a major organ for elimination.
Although most of your daily detoxification is conducted through your breathing, bowel movements and urination, release though the skin is always a possible course for the body. Do not suppress a break-out.

Of course, assess other symptoms should they be indicate anything other than a breakout.

4) Diarrhea during the first two days is not uncommon. After two days, seek advice from your administrator to avoid chronic diarrhea.

5) Constipation. Just like I advised before, to not be constipated before the start of a detox program, you do not want to get stuck during a detox program. Drink more water and ensure increase bowel moving foods like prunes and senna tea.

6) Bloating After Meals. Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before each meal. This will improve your stomach’s ability to break down your food and reduce bloating

Be forewarned and therefore fore-armed for your best experience.

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