Eat Your Fruits – It’s Okay

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If you had any doubts about the benefits of eating whole fruit, you can put them to rest. A study out of China published in the New England Journal of Medicine (April 7, 2016, pp 1332-1343) reveals that a higher level of fruit consumption led to lower blood pressure and lower glucose levels. There was also a 30-40% reduction in death from heart disease, and of heart attack, and stroke, both from vessel occlusion and brain hemorrhage.

The greater the fruit intake, the lower was the risk. Apples, pears, and citrus fruits are the main fruits eaten in China, although average fruit consumption in China is generally quite low. Fruit is a rich source of potassium, magnesium, fiber, folate, antioxidants, and many phytochemicals with cardioprotective effects. Fruit is also low in calories, sodium, and fat. Raw vegetable intake in China is high, so it is interesting that adding fruits had substantial beneficial effect.Continue Reading

Stop Blood Clots With Lumbrokinase (Boluoke)

driverBlood clots cause heart attacks, strokes, phlebitis, blockage of lung arteries, often leading to severe illness or sudden death. Persons who spend hours in sitting positions, such as in plane flights or long distance driving, are especially susceptible to blood clots forming in their legs, then breaking off and going to the lungs. Symptoms include sudden shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, passing out, palpitations, and the possibility of cardiac arrest.

Hospital patients, especially post-operatively, are often immobile, therefore extremely susceptible to forming blood clots in their legs. In all of these instances, physicians routinely order blood-thinning agents, usually heparin, to avoid serious complications.
Atrial fibrillation, a heart irregularity causing blood clots that migrate from the heart to the brain, is a major cause of stroke, and eventually develops in 25% of adults.

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The Benefits of Vitamin C in Treating Infection

I.V. DripA new study* validates the powerful effect of intravenous vitamin C in recovery from infection.

Dr. Fowler described his study in the October 2015 issue of the Townsend Letter, the major alternative medicine journal. Twenty-four patients, all critically ill with severe sepsis, were treated in the intensive care unit. Sepsis is a disseminated infection that travels through the blood stream, causing damage to heart, kidneys, liver, lung and brain, often resulting in death or permanent organ impairment.

Sixteen patients were given medium or high dose intravenous vitamin C, and 8 patients were given placebo. There was rapid correction of organ failure in the vitamin C-treated patients, more impressive in those who received higher doses. No correction occurred in patients who were given placebo.

Biomarkers of inflammation were also measured, including C-reactive protein and procalcitonin, and these declined significantly, only in the vitamin C-treated patients. Another marker, thrombomodulin, is released into the blood as an indicator of severe vascular injury. It rose in the patients on placebo, but not at all in patients on intravenous vitamin C.
Mortality was 62% in the patients on placebo, and 38% in vitamin C-treated patients.

Both human and animal studies have demonstrated benefits of vitamin C in treating infection. High levels of vitamin C in the blood cannot be achieved with oral doses alone, because there is a limit on how much can be absorbed from the GI tract. Intravenous vitamin C is safe, easy to administer, and can be given in high doses.

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The Power of Vitamin D and Leaky Gut

Vitamin DCrohn’s disease is an inflammation of the intestine characterized by pain, bleeding, and ulcerations in the gut. Impaired gut permeability leads to the passage of bacteria, toxins, or other substances through the gut lining into deeper tissues, and throughout the body. This aggravates the inflammatory immune response. Increased gut permeability occurs before clinical relapse in Crohn’s disease.

Vitamin D supplementation has been demonstrated to maintain intestinal integrity, thus reducing leaky gut. Crohn’s disease patients were treated with vitamin D 2000 units daily for 3 months. They were found to have more intact gut linings than those treated with placebo. They also had reduced evidence of inflammation, measured by C reactive protein and antimicrobial proteins. (United European Gastroenterology Journal, 2015).

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Artificial Sweeteners Cause Weight Gain and Diabetes

diabetesArtificial sweeteners, because they contain no calories, are used in place of sugar to prevent weight gain and diabetes. Unfortunately, they do not provide the benefits attributed to them.

The major artificial sweeteners are Aspartame (Nutrasweet), Sucralose (Splenda), and Saccharin (Sweet “N Low). More than 6000 foods contain these products, and the number is rising. The list includes breads, cereals, sodas, canned products, chewing gum, candy, sauces, soups, jams, jellies, and dried fruits. Twenty percent of the U.S. population, from age 2 on up, consume a diet drink daily.

Nevertheless, weight gain, and resultant diabetes, continue to increase. One third of the population is obese, and 30 million people are diabetic.Continue Reading

Top Ten Super Foods

FoodsThe CDC completed a cross sectional study looking at the nutrient density of powerhouse fruits and vegetables. Let’s look at the top 10 nutrient dense foods that we should be emphasizing on a daily basis.

Superfood List

  1. Watercress – This may surprise many as it is not always the first food selected in the produce aisle. However, it is now the unrivaled superfood champion. Gram for gram, this mild tasting green contains 4 times more beta-carotene than an apple and 238% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin K. It is also very rich in anticancer phytonutrients. If you are less familiar with watercress, start adding it to salads, wraps and vegetable juices.
  2. Chinese cabbage – CABG which is also called Knoff or celery cabbage. This is very rich in calcium and iron and as a member of the cruciferous vegetable family also is anti-inflammatory, reduces heart disease and cancer.
  3. Swiss Chard – This is another favorite leafy green that contains at least 13 different antioxidants and has been used to prevent type 2 diabetes
  4. Beet greens – This is another compelling reason to buy organic beets. The beet itself is high in bioflavonoids, antioxidants and an excellent food for detoxification and liver support. Now we are reminded of the nutritional content of the leafy green that is attached to the beet, that sometimes gets overlooked. This is a wonderful green to add to a stir fry or your vegetable juice.Continue Reading

Intravenous Vitamin C

Vitamin C DripIntravenous vitamin C has a storied past. Not at the time identified as the active therapeutic component, vitamin C in citrus fruits was demonstrated by James Lind in 1747 to prevent scurvy in sailors. Citrus fruit therapy had been inconsistently utilized for 500 years for the same purpose, but was not officially acknowledged and promoted by the British admiralty until 1785, 50 years after Linds great experiment. During that interval multitudes of nutritionally deprived seamen suffered and died from a preventable disease Scurvy caused gastrointestinal, skin and mucous membrane bleeding, skin rashes, loss of teeth, fatigue, depression, and poor wound healing. Oranges and limes, high in vitamin C, were the answer.

Linus Pauling, a world famous chemist and beneficiary of two Nobel prizes, began studying vitamin C in 1966, after discussions with Irwin Stone, another researcher. From his work came the recommendation of vitamin C for the common cold, an idea repudiated out of hand by the medical community. He later studied intravenous vitamin C as a treatment for lung cancer, with survival rates months longer than for patients who did not receive vitamin C.Continue Reading

Does Coffee Extend Lifespan?

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In a very large study involving over 400,000 men and women over 13 years, those who drank more coffee were found to live longer. (NEJM May 17, 2012, pp.1891-1904)

Subjects were aged 50-71 at baseline. Compared with men who drank no coffee, the incidence of death was 6% less in men who drank one cup of coffee daily, 10% less in those who drank 2-3 cups daily, and 12% less in those who drank 4-5 cups daily.

In women, those who drank one cup of coffee daily had a 5% lower risk of death compared with those who drank no coffee. Risk reduction was 13% in women who drank 2-3 cups daily, and 16% in those who drank 4-5 cups daily.

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Nutrient Therapies and Mental Health

A soon-to-be-released book, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments in Psychiatry, by Stradford, Vickar, Berger, and Cass, lists a number of nutrient therapies found to be beneficial for mental health problems.

  • Niacinamide– for Alzheimers disease treatment and prevention- up to 6000 mg daily.
  • Methylation supporters– affect dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin to impact memory, mood, concentration, and sleep. These include folic acid or tetrahydrofolate, B6, B12, and SAM-e. Folic acid may be low in depression or schizophrenia. Vitamin B12 may improve depression and prevent Alzheimers disease. Vitamin B6 in a dose of 100 mg daily may improve PMS, and improve IQ in children with developmental disorders. SAM-e, also a methyl donor, can help depression in a dose of 400- 1600 mg daily.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids, especially DHA, are beneficial for depression, bipolar disorder, as well as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.Continue Reading

How to Cleanse and Nourish Your Cells with Fresh Vegetable Juices

By Dr. Ben Kim

I’m often asked to name one thing that can be done right away to get healthier. With respect to food choices, the best suggestion I have is to begin drinking freshly pressed vegetable juices. Drinking just one freshly pressed juice each day is a reliable way of infusing your body with a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that can protect your cells against premature aging and disease.

Almost everyone who has studied nutrition can agree that freshly pressed vegetable juices are highly beneficial to human health. But few people make time to prepare and drink them regularly.
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