Archive for November, 2010

November 17th, 2010

10 Reasons to Ditch Dairy

This came from The Plant-Based Dietitian.  I hope you enjoy it.
1. Dairy destroys your bones.  Countries around the world that drink the most dairy have the MOST osteoporosis and hip fractures. As dairy and calcium consumption increases, so do your risk factors for osteoporosis and bone fractures. The high levels of sodium and animal protein places your body in metabolic acidosis (when your blood becomes acidic). To compensate for that, your body pulls minerals out of the bone-thanks to their great alkalizing effects-and they are excreted in your urine. To recap: the more dairy you eat or drink, the more bone you lose.
2. There are excellent plant-sources of calcium that do not cause metabolic acidosis; rather, they are alkalizing and support bone health. Broccoli, kale, other leafy green veggies, sesame seeds, tahini, calcium-set tofu, and fortified plant milks/juices all have adequate amounts of calcium to meet daily requirements.

3. The number one most important factor in bone health is exercise. To increase and maintain bone density, stress needs to be applied to your bones regularly. Add resistance training, and exercises such as walking, jogging in order to increase mass, and prevent osteoporosis. This factor far outweighs any nutritional component.

4. Casein-the primary protein in milk-causes physiological addiction. Have you ever noticed that the more cheese you eat, the more of it you crave? Casomorphines are formed in your brain when you eat or drink dairy. These are opiate-like substances that produce euphoria, making you physically need more dairy. The only way to break this addictive cycle, is to cut it out entirely. 

5. Casein is a potent carcinogen. Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author or The China Study,  found casein to be a powerful cancer promoter after decades of laboratory research. He was able to turn cancer on and off simply by increasing the amount of raw casein fed.

6. Dairy provides high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol, which are known to cause atherosclerosis. This leads to heart disease.

7. Vitamin D plays an important role in bone health too. No matter how much calcium you are consuming, you need vitamin D to help absorb it. Plus. 70-97% of the population is insufficient or deficient in their vitamin D levels. Ask your doctor for a 25-hydroxyvitamin D test and if your level is below 35-50 ng/mL, add a daily dose of sunlight (a few minutes at peak hours with no sunscreen). If this doesn’t improve your D levels, you need to supplement.

8. We are the only species that drinks the lactation excretions of another species AND the only species who continues to drink milk after being weaned.

9.  Besides being inherently unhealthy and disease-promoting, dairy comes packed with pesticides, antibiotics, hormones (even organic), steroids, heavy metals, and other toxins fed to the cows to improve milk production.
10. Seventy percent of the world’s population is lactose-intolerant. The fact that more people than not react with painful gastrointestinal symptoms upon consumption of dairy demonstrates the fact that the human body is not intended to consume it. Doctors and dietitians are now pushing the use of lactase enzymes and other symptom-relieving medications in order to ensure “adequate” intake of dairy products. Yet, if we have to force our bodies to accept something it doesn’t want, shouldn’t that be a sign that something is wrong?

November 10th, 2010

Dr. Andrew Weil on Health Insurance Reform

By Dr. Andrew Weil

First, understand this: Sunday’s House vote was not principally about health care reform. It was about health insurance reform. President Obama is among the few in the debate who consistently used the accurate term. At the signing, he said, “Today, after almost a century of trying … health insurance reform becomes law in the United States of America.”

So let’s talk about health insurance reform. I am happy that:

More Americans now have health insurance coverage. The fact that world’s wealthiest nation ever had tens of millions of uninsured citizens is an international disgrace.

The bill makes it more difficult to kick people out of the system on the basis of pre-existing conditions.

There is some preventive-care language that:

  • Provides a mandatory 15 billion to support prevention and wellness activities. 
  • Eliminates cost-sharing on recommended preventive services that are delivered by Medicare and by all insurance plans that are in the Health Insurance Exchange. 
  • Supports two independent, advisory task forces – the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Task Force on Community Preventive Services – as they review research with the aim of adopting proven and effective preventive services. 
  • Provides coverage under Medicare, with no co-payment or deductible, for an annual wellness visit. This will include a comprehensive health risk assessment and a five to 10 year personalized prevention plan. 
  • Delivers community preventive services by investing in state and local public health infrastructure and by providing grants to implement recommended services. 
  • Requires chain restaurants to post calorie counts on menus and make other nutrition information available.

On the other hand, I am not happy that an estimated 23 million Americans will still lack medical insurance in 2019, according to a Congressional Budget Office report. One can only hope that the single-payer system will eventually come to pass. 

And I am very upset that a fundamental result of this bill will be funneling billions more in taxpayer dollars to large pharmaceutical and medical technology companies, and to large insurers. These industries already make obscene profits, and their greed is the principal cause of our existing, dysfunctional “disease management system.” We’ll be on the right track when passing a piece of legislation makes big pharma and insurance stocks tank – rather than soar, as they have lately.

Now that the bill is law, it’s vital that we amend it to expand the covered therapies to emphasize diet, exercise, stress reduction, botanical medicines, biofeedback and other safe, low-cost interventions with proven worth. These are invaluable – either as principal treatments, or as adjuncts – to alleviate rampant, chronic diseases that resist treatment by conventional medicine, such as arthritis, Alzheimer’s and heart disease, chronic pain, insomnia and many others. These treatments are also generally excluded from Medicare and Medicaid, and likely won’t fare well under the mandated insurance plans in the bill. After all, the Department of Health and Human Services will determine the “essential health benefits” that those plans provide.

So we must keep pushing. Integrative medicine – which is the intelligent combination of conventional and alternative therapies for which there is scientific evidence of efficacy – is the medical paradigm that this legislation must be amended to embrace. Only then will we truly have health care reform.

November 3rd, 2010

Drinking water at the correct time

For Your Health… Read Below.

Another little tidbit that’s news to me.  Always knew to drink a lot of water, but who knew timing played a role on the anatomy


  Drinking water at the correct time maximizes its effectiveness on the Human body:2 glasses of water after waking up helps activate internal organs

  1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion

1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure

 1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack