Category Archives: Diseases of aging

Phytonutrients for Cataracts

Though most conventional physicians attribute cataracts to general aging, we believe that a cataract is often a symptom of an underlying condition due to a metabolic imbalance. It signals that the natural processes of your body are breaking down on some level, and that the normal flow of nutrients into the eyes, and waste products out of the eyes, has been compromised. Because cataracts typically progress slowly over many years there is often time for preventive measures to work quite successfully such as ingesting food with specific nutrients.

The group of nutrients known as antioxidants includes three types: phytonutrients, vitamin/vitamin-like nutrients and enzymes. You will note a common thread among many of these natural nutrients: they protect our eyes against UV radiation, blue light, and oxidative stress. In addition, research has shown that there are other nutrients that are important for vision health: amino acids, minerals, and herbs. We will address the phytonutrients here.

Phytonutrients are a group of nutrients coming from plant pigments. They are divided into groups based on their chemical composition, which is related to their color, making them most easily identified by color group: yellow, red, orange, purple, or blue. As a group, the phytonutrients act as solar radiation filters to help protect plant cells. Plants also use phytonutrients to absorb light and convert that light to energy.

Carotenoids are an important kind of phytonutrient with special importance given to the vision carotenoids: lutein, astaxanthin, zeaxanthin, mesozeaxanthin, and lycopene. Their function in the plant world includes coloring, fragrance to attract pollinators, and also to protect against   oxidative stress and UV radiation.

Bioflavonoids fulfill many functions that include plant coloring to attract pollinators, engaging in symbiotic relationships with other plant forms, providing UV protection, and protecting against disease. They include anthocyanins such as bilberry and other sub-groupings.

Polyphenols are complex plant chemicals with functions that include growth processes, hormonal adjustments, and protection, such as from UV light and microbes. Tannins found in wood are an example.

-excerpted from the book Natural Eye Care Series: Cataracts  click here 

Foods that can hinder or help Glaucoma

Dr. Marc Grossman and Michael Edson have written a great easy-to-read book on Glaucoma. this helps clarify what causes it, what eye drops do and how to control it naturally. A very interesting chapter is how food can affect the eye pressure which is a marker for Glaucoma. This is an excerpt from their book, Natural Eye Care Series: Glaucoma  click the title to get more info.

Foods Known to Decrease IOP  (A good thing). Studies have shown that there are natural ways to reduce intra-ocular pressure naturally including the following: eating a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables. People with glaucoma can reduce their eye pressure by five to seven millimeters of mercury (mm/Hg) with an improved diet and supplement program—a reduction that is as good as, or better than, achieved with drugs. In general, a diet high in beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium is recommended. Foods containing those nutrients include garlic, onions, beans, spinach, celery, turnips, yellow and orange vegetables, green leafy vegetables, seaweed, apples, oranges, and tomatoes.

In addition, drinking lots of water helps maintain the flow of nutrients to the eye and drains metabolic wastes and toxins from eye tissues. Optimally, you should drink 16 four-ounce glasses of water per day, every half-hour. Our bloodstream can only handle being diluted by about four ounces at any one time. When you drink more than four ounces at a time, this means more work for the kidneys to filter water that hasn’t had a chance to travel through the lymph system and clean body tissues.

Avoid carbonated, caffeinated, and alcoholic beverages since they can actually dehydrate eye tissues. Your optimal water intake depends upon your particular physiology, diet, climate, and physical activity. Too much water intake can reduce blood salt levels (hyponatremia) and cause cells to flood. Adequate water intake helps maintain the flow of nutrients to the lens and release wastes and toxins from tissues.[x] Spring water without chlorine or fluoride is the best. Drinking filtered water may remove needed minerals. Adding back a full complement of electrolytes will help prevent mineral deficiency that exacerbates dehydration.

A good way to gauge if you are properly hydrated is by the color of your urine. If it is dark yellow, then you are dehydrated and need to drink more water. If your urine is as clear as water, then you have over-hydrated and should cut back intake. Green tea is very beneficial for your health and body but drinking too much can be dehydrating.

FOODS THAT CAN INCREASE IOP (a bad thing): Coffee. Drinking just 1 cup of coffee can increase IOP by 1-4mm Hg for at least 90 minutes.Regular coffee drinkers have a higher average IOP (approximately 3mm Hg).However, coffee beans also contain antioxidant com-pounds. These antioxidative effects and their possible neuro-protective implications need further research. One study concluded that oxidative stress can be a causative factor in glaucoma, and targeted nutrients can reduce oxidative stress at the level of mito-chondria. This can be achieved by supplementing with ginkgo biloba and liquids that contain polyphenolic compounds (such as tea, red wine, dark chocolate, or coffee), which all have anti-oxidative properties.

Glutamate. Evidence also exists that glutamate contributes to glaucoma, so it is best to avoid any foods with monosodium glutamate (MSG). Glutamate that is not biochemically bound to other amino acids, causes our inherent glutamate levels to increase rapidly. These “free” forms of glutamate are found in nearly all processed or packaged foods. Genetic predisposition to glutamate sensitivity is being investigated. Glutamate naturally found in some food is linked to amino acids and is slowly processed by the digestive system. Free gluta-mate passes through the digestive system rapidly and is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. In some foods, such as aged or cured cheese or meats, soy sauce, mushrooms, tomatoes, broccoli, peas, walnuts, and gluten, glutamate exists in a free form. Glutamate is an essential nutrient for proper brain functioning, but excess glutamate results in “excitotoxicity” causing nerve cell death. Normally the brain is protected by the blood-brain barrier, but such protection can break down in cases such as head injury, stroke, or high blood pressure and as a by-product of aging. If the blood-brain barrier is compromised, then excess glutamate in the brain and nerve cell death can be the result.[vi]

Artificial sweeteners. Avoid artificial sweeteners as studies indicate possible neurotoxicity. Research has shown the intake of artificial sweeteners such as aspartame metabolizes into phenylalanine, aspartic acid, and methanol. An increase in phenylalanine and aspartic acid interferes with the transport of serotonin and dopamine to the brain, increases neuronal hyperexcitability, and leads to degeneration in astrocytes and neurons. 

Why EFAs help Macular Degeneration

[excerpted from the book: Natural Eye Care Series: Macular Degeneration for more information click here]

Omega-3 fatty acids. 2,000mg–3,000mg per day. Omega-3 fatty acids are a specific type of essential fatty acid known to reduce inflammation and lower the risk of chronic diseases. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish, are a primary component of retinal photoreceptors and of the myelin sheath that surrounds nerve fibers in the eye.

They are so essential to the retina that when omega-3 levels begin to fall, the retina begins to recycle DHA within the eye. The typical American diet is deficient in omega-3 fatty acids but has too much omega-6s (from vegetable oils and refined grains).

There are three types of omega-3 fatty acids: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is found in plant oils; eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) used primarily in the brain and retina, and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) used primarily in the heart and circulatory system; the latter two are found in fish oils. EPA and DHA are not naturally present in the body; we can synthesize them from ALA, but this ability declines with age. Therefore, it is important to get adequate EPA and DHA from other sources.

The primary omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA, may protect the retina through expression of genes, retinal cell differentiation, and survival. There has been extensive research about these two omega-3’s and much less about alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). It is likely that the three have very specific and independent roles in protecting against disease.

AMD. DHA has been found to have antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, antiapoptotic, and anti-angiogenic (limiting growth of new blood vessels) effects. While it is known that a low-fat diet (10% from fat) lessens AMD risk, it has been found that omega-3 fatty acids and olive oil further reduce AMD risk.Eighty-five percent of AMD patients over age 70 experienced improved vision after four weeks of supplemental omega-3s. Other reports, such as a meta-analysis of more than 270 studies and papers, a longitudinal study of over 1,800 people over 12 years, and a large 10-year study evaluating the diets of nearly 40,000 women confirmed these findings.A derivative of DHA protects retinal pigment epithelial cells from oxidative stress. Unlike the effect of DHA in other parts of the body such as the liver, it does not appear to be subject to lipid oxidation in the retina.

  • DHA reduces inflammation in retinal microcapillaries and in the retina, changing potent inflammatory agents to less powerful ones.[xx] Omega-3s reduce neuroinflammation.
  • EPA and DHA have the capacity to regulate formation of blood vessels, which is important with respect to the advanced form of AMD, choroidal neovascularization. They are able to encourage immune cell movement toward the site of extraneous formations of blood vessels that distort vision. The results indicate promising potential for omega-3 as a nutritional therapy that includes other conditions involving both inflammation and neovascularization
  • Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for nerve conduction in the retina and for retinal blood flow. Omega-3 DHA is present in large amounts in retinal epithelial cells, acting towards neuroprotection; this understanding presents possibilities for future therapies.

Sources.

  • Cold-water fish, especially mackerel, lake trout, sardines, tuna, and salmon. Also, halibut, river trout, catfish, cod, red snapper, and tuna packed in water.
  • Some microalgae, anchovies, salmon, herring, mackerel, tuna, and halibut. Also, liver, fish oil, and eggs from grass fed poultry.

 

 

 

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Natural help for Parkinson’s

The virus isn’t the only thing people are addressing with their health. For those who are facing Parkinson’s, a friend wrote a very informative book that talks about contributing factors for Parkinson’s and what natural treatments may offer help.

Parkinson’s Disease is not just a dopamine production problem, but a multi-faceted health disease with many factors that contribute to PD that should be taken into consideration as essential in determining an overall treatment strategy.  For example, these may include breaks in the blood-brain barrier, gut flora imbalances, inflammation, mitochondria dysfunction, heavy metal build-up, exposure to environmental toxins, over medication, hormonal imbalances, excessive alcohol consumption, chronic stress and other variables that play a role in PD and health overall.

Another example is that deficiencies in any of the following vitamins such as Vitamins B1, B6, B12, D3, E and minerals including iron, magnesium and selenium can all result in mimicking symptoms of PD, so need to be tested.

The brain is not a stand-alone system but is integrally connected to the health of the body overall, so looking at treating the whole body along with targeting Parkinson’s Disease symptoms and lack dopamine production is essential for maximizing treatment and overall body and brain health.

This book is a self-help guide in ways to help prevent and treat Parkinson’s Disease (PD) naturally, with over 640 peer review research studies supporting the recommendations covering diet, exercise, targeted supplements, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, yoga, juicing recipe, essential oils, intravenous glutathione therapy and much more.

Natural Parkinson’s Support by Michael Edson, MS, L.A.c Click Here for more info

Coronary problems, eye disease and homocysteine levels.

Homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino acid that is a breakdown product of the essential amino acid methionine. If your levels are high you may be at risk for coronary problems, cancer, deep vein thrombosis, stroke, kidney disease, hypothyroidism and reduced physical performance in older women. High levels also have been linked to aging eye disease such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

Normally homocysteine is converted into a harmless amino, cysteine or back into methionine but gluten sensitivity may increase the buildup and thwart its normal conversion. The usual problem is low B vitamins and low folate (B9)* which helps homocysteine normalize as well low levels of B6 and B12. Since stomach acid is required to produce B12 and adequate folic acid absorption, the aging body may suffer because they have reduced stomach acid. Also if you use acid-blocking heartburn drugs to reduce stomach acid that will affect your ability to process the B vitamins.

Routine blood tests can confirm B vitamin deficiencies but you should also ask to have your homocysteine levels checked. If low and if you have stomach acid problems you may want to supplement.

*folic acid is the synthetic version of  folate… not as good.

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Powerful personal story on domestic abuse and mental illness

This is a powerful new story told by the daughter of a women who suffered from domestic abuse, attempted suicide and incarceration in a mental institution. This book was written from the perspective of the mother and takes us through her emotional lifetime of trauma. I edited it and was totally engulfed in the tragedy and surprised at the ending. It is worth reading if you or anyone you know has been involved in the fear and sadness of a domestic situation or who has faced suicide or mental illness. I learned a lot and am much more empathetic for those who undergo this mental dysfunction. It will be out in February 2019.

Link to the book for pre-publishing purchase: Click Here

The Shattered Oak by Sherry Genga

A once vibrant oak tree in her yard began dying, voicing cries of help through its dead leaves and moss-covered branches. Inside the house Barbara too was in crisis, the recipient of her husband’s anger and rage. As time passes Barbara can no longer stay strong. While she deals with her own demons, the oak too weakens. Based on a true story, this woman takes us inside her emotionally charged existence, letting us feel the anguish of domestic abuse, divorce, attempted suicides, and incarceration in a mental institution. A savior finally unravels the mystery surrounding her dysfunctional mental state and leads her on the path to recovery. This book is a must-read for anyone going through domestic abuse or depression, or family members who are trying to make sense out of the situation.

This is an excellent book. We, as physicians, must always question that the obvious answer may not be correct. Medicine is a career of learning, unlearning, and learning anew as new diseases and cures are discovered. We should never avoid questioning a diagnosis or treatment as was well demonstrated by this book. –Mark Tuttle, MD

Zach Bush MD on autism, cancer, dementia, etc and gut connection

Great interview on disease based on gut problems and the cause that came from a change in our body when we started using pesticides (specifically glyphosate better known as Roundup)…. Amazing how many explosions of cancer, autism, MS, etc happened just after we started using toxic pesticides on our lawns and gardens!

If you only have time for a little segment listen from minute :33 to :40  and learn about the effects on the body and how we are destroying our cells ability to communicate. In an experiment he showed how quickly a cancer cell formed after removing the electron gap which facilitates cellular communication.

*click skip ad about ketosis to get to the video

Got stress? Try an adaptogen.

Our current lifestyles produce multiple scenarios where stress can develop. Even if you don’t think you are uptight, your body may be reacting making you tired, irritable, and lowering your immune response. In order for an herb to be considered an adaptogen it must be non-toxic to the body, increase the body’s resistance to all kinds of stressors including chemical, emotional and physical, and it would provide a normalizing effect without side-effects.

Adaptogenic herbs must also be capable of re-regulating the pituitary and adrenal systems which control our flight or fight response. When these glands recognize a ‘threat’ they release hormones such as cortisol or adrenaline. When the stress becomes chronic these hormones become pervasive. Adaptogens help to balance adrenal function by supporting the adrenals, thus counteracting the effects of the stressor.

Ashwagandha is a well-know adaptogen that contains withanolides that boosts resistance to fatigue and stress. Another herb, Rhodiola rosea includes salidrosides and the compounds rosavin, rosin and rosarin that are responsible for the stress-reducing effects and like ashwagandha moderates cortisol levels. Deer antler velvet is considered to be a natural adaptogen, restoring homeostasis to an unbalanced body by helping where it is needed. In addition to helping reduce stress and support normal cortisol levels, deer velvet works to support the body processes that help reduce pain and inflammation in joints and has been used for 2000 years in Asia as a treatment for menopausal symptoms.  Holy Basil is also an herb that has cortisol-mitigating action and is used frequently for adrenal fatigue although long-term use is not recommended for people on blood thinning drugs or who are being treated for blood sugar issues such as diabetics.                                                                                                            Link to Velvet Antler Click Here

Link to Rhodiola Click Here

 

How does fiber help prevent cancer?

Fiber is the super sponge in the body. When the liver processes carcinogenic toxins out of the blood they end up in the gut. In order to completely eliminate them from the body, something in the gut must absorb them. Enter: fiber!

If you eat sugar, white rice and starchy carbs you will not be able to facilitate this absorption. No sponges will be available to bind up the toxins which will then be reabsorbed. This means they will end up in circulation all over again doubling your carcinogenic exposure. Increased fiber can intercede and help remove them properly.

Fruit is a great fiber food with raspberries and pears being at the top of the list. Or you can add whole wheat pasta, barley, bran flakes and oats to your diet. Split peas, lentils and black beans are chock full of fiber as are artichokes and broccoli. Almonds are a high fiber nut and Two tablespoons of flaxseed provide about six grams of fiber and opposed to 1/4 cup of black beans to get the same amountWomen should try to eat at least 21 to 25 grams of fiber a day, while men should aim for 30 to 38 grams a day.

To facilitate a better working liver to help process those carcinogens out, you can take a potent curcumin supplement and also use milk thistle which also helps suppress the growth of blood vessels that feed cancer tumors.

For a good cancer preventive supplement that includes curcumin and medicinal mushrooms visit www.jivasupplements.org 

Re-hydration and cancer therapy.

I excerpted parts of this article with permission from the Mesothelioma info site. I felt it was really good information. Click here for the whole article

Dehydration occurs when the body is losing more fluids than it is taking in, with the result being a diminished ability for organs to carry out their normal functions. Being dehydrated means more than just losing fluid; it also means not having enough electrolytes, the minerals and ions that are carried in body fluids and that are so important for proper functioning of the body. Good hydration plays an important role in good health generally, but also in preventing cancer and in recovering comfortably from treatment for mesothelioma and other types of cancers.

Electrolytes are mineral ions, meaning minerals that have an electrical charge. They are dissolved in bodily fluids and are transported throughout the body where they play important roles in various functions of the body. Examples of electrolytes include potassium, magnesium, sodium, and calcium. You get electrolytes from your food and some of the fluids you drink.

Dehydration can cause an electrolyte imbalance, which can lead to a number of complications if not reversed. In cancer patients, a particular type of electrolyte imbalance is very serious: hypercalcemia. This is an excessive amount of calcium in the blood, and it can become an emergency situation. Hypercalcemia is a risk in cancer patients, particularly in lung cancer patients. Symptoms include vomiting, constipation, stomach pain, fatigue, lethargy, confusion, dry mouth, irregular heartbeat, and coma.

Any general type of electrolyte imbalance in cancer patients may cause symptoms such as muscle spasms, numbness, weakness, confusion and lethargy, twitching muscles, changes in blood pressure, irregular heartbeat and convulsions. It may also cause bone and nervous system disorders and seizures.

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