Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Nutrient turned into cholesterol drug is just as dangerous as other drugs - By Dr. Rowen

Doctor still has you worked up about the allegation that cholesterol kills, well this study actually conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will convince you chemically treating cholesterol is worthless.
Susan Shurin is acting head of the Heart Division of the NIH. She said that the study was performed to check out a common practice (boosting "good" cholesterol) in the face of questionable evidence.

We've known for years that niacin (vitamin B3) has a favorable effect on HDL cholesterol levels. HDL is the fraction of lipids in your blood that actually carries cholesterol from your arteries and tissues to your liver for elimination.
Researchers made a drug out of niacin called Niaspan. It is long-acting niacin, which is less likely to cause the typical niacin flush.
Researchers enrolled several thousand statin users with stable heart disease. They were randomized to receive either Niaspan or placebo. Those getting the Niaspan had a significant increase in the risk of stroke, so the NIH terminated the study early. The Pharma company's stock shares dropped (of course). Dr. Shurin said that this sends them back "to the drawing board."
So what does it take to disprove a myth? The researchers admitted that treating a risk factor did NOT translate into reducing the risk. That's huge. And that's exactly what we see in medicine today. All drugs do is suppress symptoms or risk factors, which does not necessarily translate into protection from the end event (like a heart attack). 

Yes, HDL is important. Yes Niaspan does raise HDL. But niacin in this form can be irritating to your liver. Most integrative doctors recommend plain old niacin that flushes rather than the Pharma Niaspan version. Perhaps the added Pharma chemicals to the drug had a bad effect. Perhaps liver irritation played a role. Perhaps it was the combination with statins that did it. If so, medicine had better look long and hard at the millions taking statins with other petrochemical pharmaceuticals. But they won't bother until thousands of people die from stroke, heart failure, or some other issue.

On the other hand, let's turn to what's really happening. Science has unequivocally shown that it is damaged cholesterol and fatty acids that cause heart disease. Damaged lipids come from exposure to heat and air outside your body, and metals and inflammation inside your body. Niaspan doesn't fix that. Statins don't either.
This study should show you that your doctor's chemical attempts to manage your cholesterol are bogus. Even IF statins work, you need to treat a huge number of people (80) for several years just to save one life. That's why Pharma is racking up bazillions. If you follow the recommendations in these pages, I believe that the overwhelming majority of people will get results, not one in 80.
This includes diet first, detoxification second, supplements third. And stress reduction and exercise is a must. 

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Volume 11, issue 65, August 13, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Eat More Fat to lose more Fat

Thank goodness the 1980’s high-carb low-protein diet fads are over; unfortunately the damage was done.  Americans were fatter than ever.  Then came the 1990’s high-protein low-carb non-fat fads, which are still in full affect today, but what affect have they had?  You guessed it, Americans are fatter than ever.  There is no single thing to take the blame though, it is a mixture of imbalanced diet, complete lack of exercise, high stress (chemical and emotional) leading to hormone imbalances that result in increased fat storage in the body.  

But fats have gotten a bad reputation in the process.  Let’s talk about coconut oil.

Coconut oil is a good source of MCT (medium chain triglyceride), in fact over 50% of its fact content is MCT.  Why does that matter?  The body handles them differently, using the portal system in the body instead of the lymphatic system or bile salts for absorption.  They differ from LCT (long chain triglycerides) in that MCT have a shorter chain length making them a readily available cellular energy source for the body.  MCT do not have essential fatty acids, therefore are normally on 50-70% of dietary fat.  There is some evidence that suggests that absorption of LCT may be improved if combined with MCT.

Some research suggests that MCT, when substituted in diet for other fats, improves metabolic rate and energy expenditure.  This combined with the increased satiety that MCT provides, naturally leads to decreased body fat.  Two studies with MCT replacing corn oil and soybean oil, showed a significant reduction in body mass and body weight, one study included exercise and one study excluded exercise.  This suggests MCT may have a significant influence on weight management.

Other benefits of MCT in the diet include promoting healthy cholesterol levels in normal range, having positive effects on triglyceride levels as shown in separate studies.  MCT also, according to research, to promote healthy heart function and brain health via supporting heart energy generation.

How do you use oils in your kitchen?  Well, just about any oil can be used room temperature and added to a smoothie and you would not even taste it.  If you are not a smoothie drinker, here is a guide to cook by: Table for Best Temperature Cooking with Oils

1.       Olive oil – do not heat at all, it denatures the fatty acids and loses all its health benefits 
2.       Coconut oil – use with low to medium heat, like sauté and stir-fry applications 
3.       Grapeseed oil – great for high heat applications

Coconut oil is becoming more available in local grocers in metropolitan areas, so it is easily found.  If you are specifically having a health issue and need a high quality product, let me know and I can special order you some for you.  Coconut Oil I recommend

Grab a spoonful of coconut oil and enjoy!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

How many Apples a Day to Keep the Doctor Away?

Your Nutrition has gaps, big gaps.

More and more studies are finding that an apple today has significantly less nutritional value than it did 50 years ago.   
Some say 1/10th, some say 1/30th, and there are those that say it would take 50 apples today to equal the same nutrition as one apple in 1950 had.  So what are the possible causes?  Crops planted too close together, improper crop rotation, over-fertilization, genetic modification of food (bigger, brighter, resistant to more bugs), etc.  The list can go on and on. 

So why is that important to you? 

Say you do the right thing, and eat an apple a day. 

  • With less vitamins and minerals in that apple, when your body digests that apple into chemicals your body uses, you are getting less building blocks for your body to build new healthy cells. 
  • The less healthy cells you can make, the more time elapses before the diseased, broken, and old cells can be replaced. 
  • The longer the diseased, broken, and old cells are in your body, the longer they can damage your body. 
  • The more damage your body sustains on a cellular level, the more susceptible you are to diseases wreaking havoc on your body and causing illness.
  • The more illness you have the less time you have before your body gives out, not to mention the reduction in quality of life.

What I am saying is that “an apple a day to keep the doctor away” is nowhere close to enough nutrition for your body.  So you have two options, you can eat 10-50 times the amount of fruits and vegetables that you are currently eating (highly difficult and enormously expensive) or you can use supplements to fill in the gaps in nutrition.  Now a word to the wise with supplementation, if you are trying to replace whole-food nutritional deficiencies, using a synthetic multivitamin is not the best choice. 

I look at vitamins like I look at cars.  
If you take a new car, running beautifully, and disassemble it down to the nuts and bolts and then reassemble it, the car will never run as good as it did before you disassembled it.  The same is true for nutrition, if you get a well-functioning food, strip it down to it’s building blocks, then put it back together, the highly valuable natural organization and orientation is lost.  Your body knows how to use nutrition in it’s natural state, it does not know how to absorb synthetic nutrition.  That is why you have to take 3000% Vitamin C in synthetic form to absorb a recommended daily amount. 

That is why whole-food nutritional supplementation is necessary.  And that is why I recommend Juice Plus.  I have been a personal user since 1995 and when I moved to Nashville, I did not have anyone to refer my patients to, so I became a distributor in 2012. Juice Plus Published Clinical Research        


I believe your health is the best investment you can make, for yourself to live a better quality of life, for your family by investing in their healthy future, for your boss who will have less sick days from you, and for everyone whose life you affect, because a healthier you, via the butterfly effect, can positively affect the world you live in.