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Carbohydrates in Nutrition

From the works of Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, California

Carbohydrates come in two basic forms: complex and simple. Simple carbohydrates (carbs) are one, two, or at most three units of sugar linked together in single molecules. Complex carbs are hundreds or thousands of sugar units linked together in single molecules. Simple sugars are easily identified by their taste: sweet. Complex carbs, such as potatoes, are pleasant to the taste buds, but not sweet.

There are two groups of complex carbs: high fiber and low fiber. High-fiber, complex carbs are not digestible, at least not by human beings, because we do not have the enzyme to do the job. Cows have that enzyme; that is why they can get calories out of grass, and we cannot. The main stuff in high-fiber, complex carbs that is indigestible by humans is called “cellulose.”

High-fiber (high-cellulose) vegetable foods are the healthiest choices for human nutrition, and intake of these foods is associated with lowered incidences of hypertension, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, etc. Examples are lettuce and broccoli. Examples of low-fiber, complex carbs are banana, tomato, squash and all cereals and grains (therefore bread and pasta), potatoes and rice.

It matters not if a carb is simple or complex. After digestion, it appears in the circulatory system in the simple form, as glucose, on its way to the cells where it is used for energy. To be transformed into simple sugars, complex carbs must be digested by the enzyme amylase. Amylase is secreted by the salivary glands, which empty into the mouth, and by the pancreas, which empties into the head of the duodenum.

Simple sugars and low-fiber, complex carbs represent a threat to health when they are consumed in inappropriate amounts such as may occur in low-soy, vegetarian diets where they are being eaten to replace the calories which would ordinarily come from protein. Processing of plant food strips away its fiber and/or vitamin content. A simple example of processing is cutting an orange in two pieces, pressing the juice into a glass and discarding the fiber. While it is true that fiber is an important part of your diet, even necessary to protect you from some diseases, carbohydrates themselves are not necessary. There are “essential” fatty acids and “essential” amino acids (from protein), however there are no known essential carbohydrates.

Most of our carbohydrates come from cereals and grains, both products of the agricultural revolution. Our bodies are not genetically designed to thrive on large amounts of these fiberless complex carbs. With the popularity of cereal- and grain-based “health diets,” carbohydrate metabolism has been upset in approximately 3/4 of the population which simply cannot handle this large load of carbs. Increased insulin output from the pancreas, over the years, results in hyperinsulinism, insulin resistance and the resulting diseases mentioned above: hypertension, dyslipidemia [disorder of fat in the blood serum], atherosclerosis [fat buildup in the large and medium sized arteries] and heart disease.

Complex carbs with lots of fiber should be consumed in proper proportion for maximum health and vitality. Complex carbs with lots of fiber are rich sources of necessary vitamins and minerals as well as enzymes when in the raw state. The problem happens when carbohydrates are altered by processes which provide empty calories stripped of much of their original food value.

I should also mention the relationship between simple sugars and mucus formation. The biochemical name for mucus is mucopolysaccharide. This literally means “mucus of many sugars,” and it tells us how mucus is formed through the linking together of sugar molecules. If you have a condition, such as asthma or emphysema, in which mucus is part of the problem, you can do yourself a lot of good by stopping your intake of simple sugars and lowering your intake of complex carbohydrates (which convert to simple sugars upon digestion). Unfortunately, this means such wonderful sweet fruits as plums, peaches, apples, etc., must go along with breads, pastas and pastries.

The most healthy form of sugar is the complex carbohydrates present in high-fiber vegetables; however, it is certainly acceptable to spice up your diet in moderation with simple sugars in the form of whole fruits – unless, of course, you are trying to avoid mucus formation. Eat your fruits, do not juice them and drink them, unless you are on a juice fast as described earlier in this book. Eating the whole fruit results in the inclusion of natural fiber, which allows proper absorption of sugars. If you must have juice, dilute it with twice the recommended amount of water, so as to get the taste without overdosing on simple sugars.

 

The Result of Excess Carbohydrate Intake

Excess carbohydrates also causes generalized vascular disease. The high-carbohydrate diet that is now so popular, causes the pancreas to produce large amounts of insulin, and if this happens for many years in a genetically predisposed person, the insulin receptors throughout the body become resistant to insulin. Because insulin’s action is to drive glucose into the cells, this results in chronic hyperglycemia, also called “high blood sugar.” A large portion of this sugar is stored as fat resulting in obesity. Excess insulin also causes hypertension and helps initiate the sequence of events in the arterial wall that leads to atherosclerosis and heart disease.

Adult onset diabetes is known to be greatly benefited by the adoption of a low carbohydrate diet, moderate in fat, which stresses the importance of a regular intake of sufficient protein. You will not hear this advice from the American Diabetes Association (or from most doctors), since they are still operating on the research as it was twenty years ago.

Many cancers, such as breast, colon and lung cancer, apparently have a hereditary tendency. However, it may be that nutritional habits are passed on from one generation to the next, thus accounting for the familial tendency toward cancer.

Excess fats damage the immune system. Excess carbohydrates upset the hormonal system mentioned above and results in an imbalance that also suppresses the immune system. Thus obesity is associated with a higher incidence of infection.

(Dr. Kennedy is particularly skilled in the treatment of vascular disease, fatigue syndromes and digestive disorders)

Marinated Vegetables & Turkey Platter Recipe

Ingredients:
1/3 cup tarragon vinegar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped (or use 1 teaspoon crushed garlic from jar)
1 medium cucumber, sliced (1/2 of a long seedless cuke is good)
1 medium red onion, sliced and separated into rings
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into rings, cut in half
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into rings, cut in half
1 medium yellow bell pepper, cut into rings, cut in half
Kale or red-leaf lettuce leaves
24 thin slices smoked turkey (about 1 1/2 pounds)

Instructions:

Mix vinegar, oil, oregano, mustard, pepper, and garlic. Place cucumber, onion, bell peppers, and tomatoes in sealable heavy-duty plastic bag (or a large Tupperware-type container). Pour vinegar mixture over vegetables; seal bag and toss. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

Line serving platter with kale or lettuce. Drain vegetables. Arrange vegetables and turkey on lettuce.


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What to Feed Your Cat for Healthy Blood Sugar Levels and a Healthy Cat

Your cat is most often one of your closest friends and it can be very hard on both you and your cat when he or she has nutritional deficiencies.

Cats are carnivores! In the wild and in zoos they eat raw meat. Their food does not contain carbohydrates. Carbohydrates convert to sugar in a feline’s digestive tract.

Their bodies simply do not process blood sugar like they should and this plant-based nutritional product (WSN Glucose Support Formula) helps their body metabolize blood sugar more efficiently.

Fortunately, your cat’s body has miraculous healing powers, is very resilient and operates in a very intelligent manner. If you give your cat the right fuel and the right nutrients, he or she will respond very quickly. Some exercise also helps!

One of the most important things to get correct is what your cat eats.

There is a huge variety of cat foods on the market and you need to know which ones are good to feed your cat.

All cats are carnivores, like lions and tigers, and their body is designed the same way even though they are domesticated. So feeding your cat the appropriate food is very important to your cat’s overall health and nutritional needs.

Domestic cats will normally eat 4 to 6 ounces of food a day, some may eat more.

You DO NOT want to feed your cat ANY food that contains any of the following ingredients within the first 5 ingredients on the label:

Corn (meal), rice (any type), wheat, barley, rye, sorghum, potato (any type), carrots, beets, rye, oats, peas, yams, beans of any kind (Including the flour or mail from any of the above ingredients.)

You will see that dry food contains a lot of these ingredients.

Cats in the wild never eat these ingredients because they are carnivores and only eat other animals.

Big cats in the zoo are never fed these ingredients. Their good health is maintained by a 100 percent raw meat diet.

Getting Your Cat Started on the Right Diet

Remember, the first steps to doing this are:

  1. Restrict the carbohydrates in your cat’s diet and
  2. Get your cat the right nutritional supplement

These two actions are not optional or negotiable!

Doing 1 and 2 above on a regular basis is the only way to address key health issues that can affect your cat’s health and balance their body’s metabolism for a long lasting life.


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Lowering Blood Pressure: The Medications and the Natural Treatments

The Medications

If you take blood pressure medications to address hypertension, you will need to take a blood pressure lowering drug for the rest of your life. These medications do not change the underlying reason that the blood pressure is high and so you have to take the medications continuously for them to work.

These drugs are attempting to address the reason for hypertension, which is the small smooth muscles inside your arteries that tense up. When these muscles tense up, the arteries become narrower, more rigid and less flexible. These medications will lower pressure by slowing your heart beat, or interfering with nerve impulses to your arteries, or removing water from your body, or blocking biochemical reactions, or preventing calcium from entering the cells that make up the walls of your arteries.

Blood Pressure medications alter basic body functions not only in the blood vessels but other parts of the body as well. Because all of the body’s systems work together, these drugs can create a wide array of side effects.

There are different types of blood pressure medications.

Beta-blockers: Are used to control irregular heartbeats. These drugs limit the ability of the heart to beat faster and as a result they reduce the ability of the person to physically respond to “fight or flight” during an emergency. Fatigue is a side effect. Beta Blockers can increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

ACE Inhibitors: Lowers blood pressure by decreasing certain substances in the blood that tighten the blood vessels. It will dilate the blood vessels so the blood will flow more smoothly and the heart can pump blood more effectively using less pressure. Common side effects are violent cough, dizziness, fatigue and flu like symptoms. It can also produce a pounding or uneven heart beat.

Diuretics: Stimulates the kidneys to flush excess fluid and sodium out of the body. Less blood volume allows the heart to move the blood easier. Side effects are loss of potassium, dry mouth, dehydration, and raised blood sugar levels.

Calcium Channel Blockers: Keeps the blood vessels and heart from absorbing calcium, which causes the blood vessels to contract. Common side effects are headache, nausea, constipation, rash, dizziness and fluid retention.

Alpha Blockers: Stops certain nerve impulses to the blood vessels causing the vessels to relax. Common side effects are low blood pressure, dizziness, headache, pounding heartbeat, nausea, fatigue, fluid retention and an increase of the cholesterol levels in the blood.

Vasodilators: Cause the muscles in the blood vessels to relax, preventing the muscles from tightening and the walls of the blood vessels from narrowing. Side effects are headache, nasal congestion, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, pounding heartbeat, fluid retention and dizziness.

It is often recommended to take two or three of these drugs at the same time, which creates even more side effects as a result of the chemical interactions between the medications.

Natural Treatments: Addressing the underlying cause of the high blood pressure

Since blood pressure is affected by the small smooth muscles that line the inside walls of your blood vessels, the reason that these muscles tense up needs to be addressed.

The Reason: The loss of vital minerals by poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, being overweight, alcohol and caffeine in excess, emotional and physical stress and being diabetic results in these small muscles tensing up.

It is the replacement of vital minerals to your body that is essential to the natural and effective control of blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels and making them supple again.

Taking the vitamins and minerals your body is deficient in will naturally relax the muscles, relax the blood vessels and lower the blood pressure.

Magnesium is a key mineral. The body needs a proper balance of potassium, sodium and calcium. When the body is deficient in magnesium, the balance is disrupted.

We can’t get enough magnesium in our food supply as the soil is depleted of magnesium, and other vital minerals. Thus, supplementing your diet with whole food nutrients that will nourish the cells of your arteries will naturally lower blood pressure.

Where can you get these minerals?

How can you lower your blood pressure levels naturally without having to use additional drugs or medications.

The Blood Vessel Support Formula is a medical food specifically formulated for the dietary management of hypertension (high blood pressure). It is a unique combination of vitamins, minerals and herbs in a new and special form, and in sufficient dosage to provide your body with the nutritional support it needs to slow, stop and reverse high blood pressure.

For more information go here to get the Blood Vessel Support Formula


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Fish Oil and Nerve Pain Relief

Nerve pain, which is also referred to as neuralgia, is pain that follows the pathway of the nerve. It can have many different causes.

Sometimes a injury or site along the nerve pathway can be identified. There are many causes and it can be from inflammation, compression of the nerve, tissue damage from accident or surgery or tumors can cause nerve pain.

Nerve pain can cause discomfort in the face and surface of the eye. Other types of nerve pain are triggered by specific conditions, such as shingles, anemia, bacterial infections and diabetes. Chemicals such as those used in chemotherapy create nerve pain.

Neuralgia often develops into a condition called neuropathic pain. When this becomes chronic, it can cause damage to the myelin sheath that surrounds and insulates the sensory nerves or the motor nerves.

Then, just like an electrical circuit with exposed wiring, nerves that shouldn’t be communicating directly with each other cross paths and create the wrong signals being sent.

Dr. Gorgon Ko describes several case studies of chronic pain in the February 2010 “Clinical Journal of Pain.” Five patients with neuropathic pain experienced lasting relief by taking high dosages of EPA and DHA. Dosages of 2,400 to 7,200 mg a day contributed to improvements that were maintained for as long as 19 months”

It then follows that the higher the Omega-3 (EPA & DHA) content of the fish oil, the more it will nutritionally support and help your body to maintain normal nerve function.

* Average fish oil has 300 mg (EPA & DHA) Omega-3s.
* Higher Quality fish oil has 600 mg (EPA & DHA) Omega-3s.

Not all fish oils are the same. The highest quality fish oil comes from cold water fish, and the best cold water fish oil comes from the deep cold waters off the Norwegian coast. Cold water fish from deep waters have less exposure to toxins that are in the more shallow waters.

If the label does not state “cold water,” it is low quality warm water fish oil.

Omega 3 – The Missing Nutrients
800 mg EPA & 400 mg DHA
Enteric Coated – Citrus Flavor
Cold Water Fish Oil


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High Blood Pressure and Type II Diabetes

High blood pressure commonly occurs to diabetics. In truth, diabetes and high blood sugar levels are really only two of the many symptoms caused by insulin resistance.

Insulin resistance is caused by a diet that is too high in carbohydrates over a long period of time. In an attempt to keep blood sugar levels in a normal range the body produces increased levels of insulin.

Increased insulin levels can cause blood pressure to increase in one or both of the following ways:

The arteries of the body are normally like soft flexible rubber tubes. Each time the heart pumps the arteries expand slightly to maintain the blood pressure within normal levels.

The arteries are lined with smooth muscle tissue. High insulin levels promote the strengthening and thickening of smooth muscle tissue. This results in the walls of the arteries becoming thicker and more rigid. Thus when the heart beats the arteries can no longer expand as well as before and the blood is now forced through a narrower tube resulting in higher blood pressure levels.

Another way blood pressure levels go up is that insulin resistance (high insulin levels) promotes the buildup of plaque within the arteries of the body (atherosclerosis). This has been observed in numerous clinical trials and long-term studies. As plaque builds up within the arteries, the opening for blood to flow through the arteries becomes narrower, the heart must beat harder, resulting in raised blood pressure levels.

In some cases people will develop high blood pressure before developing high blood sugar levels. In other cases high blood sugar levels show up first, which is followed by high blood pressure levels.

To lower high blood pressure levels, most doctors prescribe one or more pharmaceutical drugs. These drugs can often artificially lower the blood pressure levels, but they do not address or correct that which is causing the blood pressure to be high in the first place — the high insulin levels in the body. This results in people often having to take blood pressure medications for life and never being rid of the problem.

The reason that blood pressure medications are normally by prescription only is that they can be lethal if taken incorrectly.

This is clearly covered in the following excerpt by two professionals in the medical field:

“A type of therapy used by the majority of physicians in our country for the past forty years is the administration of drugs at sublethal levels. Drugs, of course, are alien chemicals that are not normally present in the cellular environment of the human body. They radically alter man’s biochemical-physiological internal environment and often occasion very severe side effects. Needless to say, drugs do not halt or prevent the disease process, especially degenerative disease; at best they offer symptomatic relief, while the fundamental, underlying disease process continues uninterrupted.”

excerpted from Brain Allergies
by William H. Philpott, M.D. & Dwight K. Kalita, Ph.D.

Diabetes and its many symptoms can be turned around and your overall health improved by getting onto a high protein/low carbohydrate diet, taking the correct nutritional supplements, and putting a little exercise into your life!


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Are You Getting the Information You Need from Your Doctor

When you or a loved one becomes ill, it is usual to turn to the family doctor or specialist for advice. But if the recommended solution for the illness gives you concern or just doesn’t make sense to you, what should you do?

You should find another health professional that will direct you to a course of action (who will explain it in a way that you can fully understand) that makes complete sense to you.

Remember, if a person cannot explain something to you in a way that you can understand and that makes sense to you, that person really doesn’t understand it himself or herself.

But how can it be that doctors will direct patients to do something that that they themselves do not really fully understand, or is not in the best interest of the patient?

We hear how this can come about from one of the most highly regarded doctors in the medical profession today, from an article entitled:

Conformity* of Thought Among Doctors

[*Definition – Conform: bring into agreement; make similar.]

“More than any other profession, medicine develops, even demands, conformity among its practitioners. The concept of ‘accepted practices’ carries considerable weight in the medical profession.”

“For the young physician, the pressures of conformity start in medical school and are intensified in the training programs that follow.”

“The amount of material that a medical student or a training physician is expected to learn and understand, in addition to the time that he or she must spend caring for patients, is so large, that little time can be spent asking whether what is being taught is the best approach to a particular problem.”

“Since there is general conformity of medical practices and education across the country, there is little reason for the physician in training to have any doubts that he or she is learning the superior, if not the only, method of treating our common diseases.”

“After completion of medical training, conformity is necessary to receive hospital privileges and to acquire patients by referral from other doctors. The fear of disapproval from other physicians may sometimes be greater than the desire to do what seems best for the patient.”

“This fear is justified, for nonconforming physicians can be stripped of their ability to practice medicine regardless of the benefit their patients may be receiving from their particular approach.”

“Therefore, conforming to today’s accepted practices ensures a degree of safety for the physician. Regardless of the outcome of a therapy, good or bad, physicians are above blame if they have complied with the currently accepted approaches.”

“They can take comfort knowing that they did ‘what was considered best.’ This of course could be true, but what was thought best at any time in history is only just that – what was thought best at that time.”

“It bears repeating: The history of medicine, even to the present day, is as much a sequence of failures abandoned as well as successes built upon. Yet each ‘abandoned failure’ was strongly believed in and practiced in its day.”

“Even modern medicine is constantly cleaning house. It is estimated that 50 percent of all accepted medical practices are abandoned or replaced by safer or more effective ones every 20 years!”

“Until then, whatever is the ‘accepted practice’ of the day will be dispensed [Definition: provide to a number of people.] with enthusiasm and confidence by most physicians.”

“It is not hard to see, therefore, how something as simple as looking to diet and exercise as the first-line, even superior, therapy for the diabetic could be ignored, even belittled, given the present enthusiasm for drugs and technology that is brought about by medical training and continued by the forces of professional conformity.”

excerpted from Reversing Diabetes
by Julian M. Whitaker, M.D.

Always be willing to ask questions and demand answers, and demand that the answers make sense to you. If your doctor can’t explain what you want to know, or “does not have the time”, then it’s time for you to find another doctor who will and can. Do not allow yourself to settle for second-class service or a second-class doctor.


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What is Pre-Diabetes or Insulin Resistance?

Other than the genes you inherited, there are two primary causes of insulin resistance:

1) A long-term diet that has been high in carbohydrates and
2) Nutritional deficiencies.

When you eat, your body breaks the food down into sugar (glucose), which then enters your blood stream. When the glucose in the blood increases, the body produces insulin to push the sugar out of your bloodstream and into the cells where it can be used. When insulin is doing its job, it will keep your blood sugar in normal range.

The human body evolved eating meat, fat and high fiber vegetables, with some roots and tubers.

Eight thousand years ago the “agricultural revolution” took place, with man learning how to domesticate grain. Virtually overnight, man became dependant upon carbohydrates as the main source of food. Archeologists point to that exact time period that the average height of man drops by two inches and all of the degenerative diseases we have today became prevalent in the society of that time.

Carbohydrates are simply long chains of sugar molecules hooked end-to-end. When a person eats carbohydrates their normal digestive process breaks up these chains into the individual sugar molecules, and they pass right through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream, and load up the bloodstream with sugar.

If this happened every once in a while it would not be a problem. But as diets today are so high in carbohydrates, people have a constant high level of sugar pouring into their bloodstream year after year.

This requires the body to continuously produce high levels of insulin to keep that sugar level down. (Remember, Insulin’s job is to push sugar out of the bloodstream into the cells where it is used for energy.)

Eventually the cells in the body become insensitive to the effects of the insulin. There are little doors to the cell (called “cell receptors”) where insulin pushes the glucose into the cell. When these cell receptors become insensitive to the insulin, insulin cannot open these doors. This is called insulin resistance.

To handle this problem the body begins to produce even higher levels of insulin. This continues until their pancreas (where insulin is made) reaches the maximum amount of insulin it can produce, and when the insulin resistance of the cells increases again, the blood sugar begins to rise out of control.

The result is type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is actually an extreme case of insulin resistance.

When the body has become insulin resistant, the body needs a low carb pre diabetes diet to maintain normal bloods sugars and needs specific nutrients supplements to re-sensitize the cell receptors of the body to the insulin the body is making.


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Your Nerves and Vitamins

Your Nerves and Vitamins

The daily intake of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients affects the ability of the nervous system to perform its many necessary functions. There are several vitamins and minerals that directly influence nervous system functioning and health, and it is important to see to it that these are taken at adequate levels.

Because of the fact that commercial farmland today is extremely depleted of minerals, eating fresh fruits and vegetables nowadays no longer ensures that you will receive the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to maintain health and vigor. Because of this, most people supplement with vitamins and minerals.

Unfortunately, most of the vitamin and mineral supplements one finds in drug stores and health food shops are just isolated man-made chemicals, and they are not even close to the real vitamins and minerals found in fresh fruits and vegetables.

To be effectively absorbed and utilized by the body, vitamins and minerals must be the way they are in food. It’s like eating all the nutritious food you need, but without the bulk of the food.


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Neuropathy Drug Risks

Did You Know that Neuropathy Drugs Have a Greater Suicide Risk?

If you know someone who is taking Neurontin or Lyrica, you should forward this email to them. You just might save a life!

The FDA did an analysis of 199 studies done on a total of 44,000 patients who were taking anti-epileptic drugs. The results showed there was twice the risk of suicidal behavior in using anti-epileptic drugs as compared with patients taking a placebo.

Two of the anti-epileptic drugs in these studies were Gabapentin (marketed as Neurontin) and Pregabalin (marketed as Lyrica). Both of these drugs are advertised for neuropathy and are made by the drug company Pfizer.

In 2004 Pfizer was fined by the FDA and paid over 430 million dollars for promoting Neurontin to doctors as a medication for neuropathy, a use for which it was never authorized!

So here we have a drug company making two drugs that are prescribed by doctors for neuropathy, one of which was never authorized by the FDA for that use, and both are associated with a greater risk of suicidal behavior.

Drugs can never heal the body as they are an alien substance in the body. They cannot address the root of the problem, which for most people who have neuropathy, are very specific nutritional deficiencies.

There is a safe way to address and help reverse neuropathy by supplying the exact nutrients needed.


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