Tuesday, July 29, 2008
becomes thick, sludgy, and sticky? What is
bile? Bile is the body’s emulsification
mechanism to break down fats and oils. Just
as soap works to break down fats, making
them water soluble, bile works in a similar
Bile consists of a mixture of bile salts, bile
acids, cholesterol, bilirubin and phospholipids,
mostly phosphotydlcholine. Bile salts
are a major eliminative pathway for heavy
metals and other toxins. For this reason
alone it is critical that the biliary channels
are open and free flowing.
After being made by the liver, bile is collected
and concentrated by the GB to 1/5 to
1/10th of its original volume. It is then released
for the emulsification of fats, fatty
acids, cholesterol and other lipids which
need to be digested and assimilated.
Examples of this are fat-soluble vitamins like
A, D, E, K, and CoQ.
These nutrients must be emulsified before
they can be utilized; so if your gallbladder
isn’t functioning right, you’re not absorbing
fat soluble nutrients the way you should.
The same bile acids are usually released and
reabsorbed several times for each meal
because they are recycled.
Another important GB mucosa function is to
recover sodium, chloride, bicarbonates and
other small electrolytes necessary to keep a
healthy acid/alkaline balance. In this way
GB helps alkalize and maintain intestinal pH
for healthy gut flora and discourages pathogenic
bacteria, fungal forms like candida,
and many types of amoeba and parasites
from taking up residence.
If the liver and gall bladder are doing their
job of making and releasing healthy bile,
many of the GI problems we see today
would not exist. Unfortunately the American
diet is not conducive to healthy bile flow
whether it is from the abuse of hydrogenated
oils, excess sugar and refined carbohydrates
or the reduction of fiber. The result is that
bile often becomes thick and sluggish. The
gallbladder becomes tender and swollen.
It’s amazing to me how many people have
this problem. Sugar cravings, hormonal
issues, gas, bloating, inability to tolerate
fatty meals, headaches, pain between the
shoulder blades or under the left shoulder
or just a generalized feeling of discomfort
after eating can all be attributed to biliary
Fortunately we have a simple evaluation that may detect gallbladder health and a remedy that has
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
A separate article from USA Today 'Everywhere chemicals' in plastics alarm parents .
Associated Press article on the EPA 12 states sue EPA to force companies to disclose more on toxic chemicals in communities
San Diego Union tribune: Toxic chemicals' economic, health consequences studied
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
wants to be up to speed on. We’re talking effective,
and we’re talking prevention of breast cancer,
ovarian cancer and prostrate cancer.
A few years ago, cell biologist Dr. Ana Soto was
working out the biochemical details of estrogen
sensitivity and its relationship to breast cancer
when something puzzling happened in her Tufts
University laboratory. Tissues growing in plastic
dishes containing no estrogens started proliferating
as if they contained estrogen. “This indicated that
some type of contamination had occurred," Soto
remembered. “We made an accidental discovery."
Soto traced the contamination to the plastic tubes
she was using to store blood serum.
Working with her colleague Carlos Sonnenschein,
Soto purified the contaminant and identified it as
nonylphenol, a chemical added during the manufacture
of plastic to prevent it from cracking. They discovered
molecules of nonylphenol were being shed
from the tubes into the serum. Soto and Sonnenschein
went on to prove that nonylphenol is estrogenic.
That is, it mimics the effect of estrogen
when added to tissues containing estrogen receptors.
In a series of experiments published in 1991, Soto
demonstrated that human breast tissue proliferates
in the presence of nonylphenol, possibly placing it
on the path to tumor formation.
This type of chemical and all other man-made chemicals that have
ability to mimic estrogen in the body are classified
with the name xenoestrogens. Many of these mimicking
hormones were previously thought to occur
only in pesticides; however, many of the "newly
discovered xenoestrogens” are found in materials
that were once thought to be inert.
Xenoestrogens are found in all kinds of plastics and
in the hormones used by stockmen and farmers to
fatten up animals for market—beef, chicken, turkey,
and pork. They are also found in detergents,
canned foods, and personal care products like
shampoos, sunscreens, and soaps. There are various
estimates stating that we are surrounded with
anywhere from 100,000 to 600,000 man-made
chemicals that belong to this group of xenoestrogens.
Xenoestrogens are linked to many forms of
cancer but mostly breast and ovarian cancer in
women and prostate cancer in men. They are also
responsible for premature sexual development of
boys and girls.
How can we protect ourselves from this onslaught
of xenoestrogens? Of course there are
some obvious choices we can make in our lifestyle:
avoid plastics, use natural health care products, and
eat organic especially when it comes to animal
products. Even with these changes there is a problem
with xenoestrogens being fat soluble, which
means they stay in the body for a long time. An
effective solution, one that can diminish the effects
of xenoestrogens, is the use of a natural progesterone
Both men and women need progesterone in levels
that the average person is not getting. Progesterone
effectively prevents the binding of xenoestrogens in our cells. It is the imbalance of estrogen to progesterone
ratio that sets up the breast cancer or
uterine cancer in the women. It is this imbalance
of estrogens to progesterone in the male that contributes
prostate problems. This imbalance can
also be a factor in heart disease and autoimmune
disorders in men AND women. But as with many
products, not all progesterone products are equal.
We spent considerable time researching this issue
and trying to find the best progesterone product
on the market. We realized that oral progesterone
tends to break down too fast, and it’s hard to get a
reliable dosage. The liquid forms are peaking too
fast thus not giving a steady release of progesterone
to the cells. Most of the creams we tried were
not very effective either. The research led us finally
to Broadmoore Labs, a company with a very
Broadmoore Labs has resolved that obstacle by a
unique two fold approach, which improve so
called transdermability. First, they use micronized
progesterone which is much easier to absorb.
However, if the oral implementation even micronized
is broken down too fast in the transdermal
application, it is absorbed much more efficiently.
The second approach relates to how the cells absorb
nutrients. Our cells exert constant specific
osmotic pressure. This partially prevents the toxins
from randomly entering the cell structure. The
cell lets in only substances that have “low surface
All fresh plants, fruits and vegetables naturally
contain fluids with very low surface tension. Low
surface tension is critical to healthy cellular function,
absorption of nutrients, and the removal of
toxins. Broadmoore Labs uses a proprietary catalyst
to alter the surface tension, thus making progesterone
even more available than it would be
just by being micronized.
When we first received this product, we were
impressed by the results. Whereas before we
needed weeks or months to achieve results with
some patients, Broadmoore Labs NatraGest
Cream worked in days. One of the users of this
cream had this to say: “I used NatraGest regularly
for years, and though I felt good, I didn't
know just how good this product was until I
couldn't find it for over 3 years. My health declined
dramatically until I found it again, and
now everything is back on track!” We have
heard similar statements from patients many
So, here’s the summary: We are surrounded by
literally 100’s of thousands of xenoestrogens
that have debilitating effects on our health by
disrupting our hormone function. Progesterone
is a natural way to keep these man-made xenoestrogens
from taking a hold of our cells’ mitochondria
and thus preventing cancer. Both
men and women can greatly benefit from applying
a small dose of natural progesterone.
Most products have unreliable dosing, peaking
too soon, or being trapped in the local tissue for
too long without providing true benefits to the
targeted cells. Broadmoore Labs have resolved
the problem by using micronized progesterone
and lowering the surface tension to
make the progesterone more available to all the
cells in the body.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Want to hear something that's intense? I have
some statistics that will amaze you. What if I
show you serious numbers, and I'm talking serious,
that prove today's fruits, vegetables, grains,
eggs, even the milk and meats we eat are not
even close to what they were a few generations
What if I were to say that “no man of today can
eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his
system with the mineral salts he requires for
perfect health”? Big deal you say. I’ve heard
that statement more than once. What if I were to
tell you that this statement was made at the 74th
Congress of the United States way back in 1936
and that this is an excerpt of a testimony pertaining
to the problem of “soil mineral depletion”?
You see, back in
1936 some astute
whistle that commercial
were not adding back into the soil the nutrients
and trace minerals necessary for healthy plants.
Fast forward to the 21st century and most industrial
farmers have still not learned this lesson.
So, year after year soil minerals are depleted.
For example, in 1914 an apple contained almost
half the minimum daily requirement of iron, but
today you would have to eat 26 apples to get the
same amount. Iron is not the only nutrient depleted.
In 80 years apples have declined in the
following minerals: the amount of calcium in
apples has dropped 48%; phosphorous 84%; iron
96%; and magnesium, the famous heart nutrient,
has dropped 82%.
Paul Bergner in his book “The Healing Power of
Minerals, Special Nutrients and Trace Elements”
quotes US Government statistics as he drives
home the point that we cannot live healthy lives
on the food of today. Before I go further I want
to make sure you understand we are talking
about RAW food here. We all know that
cooking and processing further depletes the minerals.
Paul Stitt, author and whole food activist, says
we lose 90% of the mineral content of our food
from garden to
gullet. So, we start
with depleted nutrients
in our food.
Then we process
them to remove the
enzymes to make sure they stay on the shelf
longer. Then we cook or microwave them which
further inactivate many of the nutrients and food
factors. One of the things that make food taste
good is the minerals in the soil. It’s not just a
HCL or zinc deficiency when food loses its
Today’s plants are not as healthy and don’t have
that vibrancy that well mineralized plants do.
One of the tastes many of us are familiar with is
the first bite of a vine ripened tomato grown in
one’s own garden. I'm not just trying to
impress you with statistics, but unless you are
convinced that food doesn’t contain the nutrients
we need, you won’t be confident in directing
your patients to get the high quality
supplements they need to achieve the level of
wellness that they desire.
The Journal of the American Medical Association
in 2002 volume states “Most people do not
consume an optimal amount of all vitamins or
minerals by diet alone. Pending evidence of
effectiveness from randomized trials, it appears
prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements”.
For the Journal of the American
Medical Association to say “it appears prudent
for all adults to take vitamin supplements” after
years of prejudice against the supplement industry
is a landmark statement.
Look at these statistics focusing on the mineral
calcium in a few common foods. In the last 80
years the amount of calcium has declined
81% in cabbage, 92% in lettuce, 56% in
spinach, and 48% in apples. These are absolutely
massive drops in the mineral levels in
During the same time period magnesium levels
have dropped by 77% in cabbage, 91% in lettuce,
35% in spinach, and as I said earlier, 82%
in apples. Iron levels dropped from 60% to
99% in the same vegetables.
These huge drops in mineral levels are occurring
in all our fresh foods. It’s not just fruits
and vegetables; the same types of things are
happening with chicken, beef, rice etc. We see
not only mineral depletions but vitamin reductions
Everyone wants to feel healthy, but how can
we feel good when we’re not getting the
basic nutrients our bodies need? The point is
that we are eating nutrient depleted foods in
the most stressful time in human history.
One researcher quoted our stress levels as
100 times greater than our grandparents. As
you know stress depletes nutrient levels
faster than those who are not under pressure
Remember the double blind 7 study with
10,000 participants in France. The National
Institute of Health in Paris funded the
SUVIMAX study which found a 37% reduction
in heart disease and death in men 45-60
and a 33% reduction in cancer from taking a
low dose antioxidant with just beta carotene,
zinc, selenium, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C.
Think of the reductions if the formula would
have been a full spectrum product.
This subject needs to be foundational in your
approach to nutrition for one great reason,
because foundational multivitamin/mineral
products not only save lives but improve
your quality of life. The science is
solid. Check it out.
A Killer Joke
Chuckling heartily pumps up the expression of at least 14 genes that regulate natural killer-cell activity. These immunological assassins destroy tumors and cells besieged by viruses on contact.
A Bloody Good Time
Laughter causes the inner lining of blood vessels to expand, increasing blood flow. Such vasodilation, also caused by aerobic activity, may be the result of a heaving diaphragm or the release of endorphins.
Milking It for Laughs
Breast-feeding mothers have even more reason to laugh. Watching a funny movie increases levels of the relaxing hormone melatonin in breast milk. And drinking the milk reduces allergic reactions in infants with atopic eczema.
Got diabetes? Some gentle ribbing could save your kidneys. Laughter increases their receptors for certain proteins that prevent cellular damage in diabetics. It also curbs the spikes in blood glucose after meals, either through muscle use or changes in neuroendocrine levels.
Wait For It...
Just the expectation of laughter can work wonders. Blood drawn from people right before they watched a comedy showed a beta-endorphin increase of 27 percent and a human growth hormone boost of 87 percent. Endorphins help the immune system, while HGH is good for muscles, bones, and internal organs.
Laugh One, Laugh All
A contagious laugh promotes bonding, reduces stress, and spreads the wealth of laughter's physical benefits. And we're programmed to capitalize on it: Just hearing laughter activates neurons in the premotor cortex that prepare the face to smile.
Sources: 1) Biomedical Research 2) American College of Cardiology conference 3) The Journal of Psychosomatic Research 4) The Journal of Psychosomatic Research and Diabetes Care 5) Experimental Biology conference 6) The Journal of Neuroscience
Monday, July 7, 2008
Because I desire to help the newborn, the aged, and those without hope.
Because I choose to care for the patient with the disease, not the disease.
Because I wish to assist rather than intrude; to free rather than control.
Because I seek to correct the cause, not its effect.
Because I know doctors do not heal, only the body can heal itself.
Because I have been called to serve others.
Because I want to make a difference.
Because everyday I get to witness miracles.
Because I know it's Right.