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GMO’s, Glyphosate and deteriorating health in America!!

That headline should grab your attention, it did mine. The headline was the name  given an article published in the Journal of Organic Systems on November 2, 2014.   http://www.organic-systems.org/journal/92/JOS_Volume-9_Number-2_Nov_2014-Swanson-et-al.pdf   If you would like to read the details, click on the link.

Before you dismiss this as some crackpot swipe at GMO’s and glyphosate, let me explain that the Journal mentioned is not about organic foods, its about organic systems. Organic systems are systems based on organic chemistry, or anything containing carbon. We human beings are carbon based, therefore we are an organic system. Just to clear that up. This is a peer reviewed professional journal, not Mad Magazine.

At this point I would like to make you aware that this is not the only scientific research that has ever been done on the effects of glyphosate. In 2012 Dr/ Gilles-Eric Seralini published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, a paper outlining the effects of feeding GMO corn, Monsanto Roundup ready corn, to his lab animals. In that paper Dr. Seralini and his team found that rats fed for two years with this glyphosate treated corn developed many more tumors and died earlier than the control group that was fed a regular diet.

That paper was so hotly debated, and I am sure a lot of pressure from ‘you know who’ (Big Agra and certain chemical companies), it had to be retracted by the journal in 2013. However the journal publisher, Elsevier in Amsterdam stated, “no evidence of fraud or intentional misrepresentation of the data“. If that sounds a little fishy to you, it did to me too.

Fast forward to June of 2014 and the paper was again published in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe, an open access publication. This time Dr. Seralini also published all his raw data stating that he wanted to be a “paragon of transparency” and stated that he hoped companies making and selling genetically modified foods would follow his example. On that one I am still waiting, how about you?

Back to the research paper just published in the Journal of Organic Systems where the team led by Dr. Nancy Swanson looked at data since the introduction of GMO crops and related chemicals that started in 1974. There is mounting evidence that glyphosate (Roundup and others similar) interferes with many metabolic processes in both plants and animals. Research also shows that glyphosate residues have been found in both plant and animal, and yes, that would include us humans.

Dr. Swanson and her team looked at the incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases reported in the  United States over the past 20 years. They chose 22 diseases: stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, lipoprotein metabolism (cholesterol problems),  Alzheimer’s, senile dementia, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, autism, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal infections, end stage renal (kidney) disease,  acute kidney failure, cancers of the thyroid, bladder cancer, pancreatic cancer,  kidney cancer, and myeloid leukemia. The majority of these conditions had a strong correlation showing the effects of glyphosate and GE (Genetically Engineered) corn and soy. So much so that the researchers suggest more advanced research to further investigate this correlation.

When we look at the percentage of our corn and soy, as well as other crops, that are GMO or GE, something becomes very alarming. The percentage of corn that is GMO is at least 88 to more than 90%. Even though you may not eat a lot of corn in the form of just corn, you are getting it via the animal products that you eat. The majority of animal feed is GMO corn and other grains, think soy.

Let’s look at soy. 93% or more of all soy is GMO. And even if you are a vegetarian and don’t get it via animal feed, start reading labels. Soy oil is one of the foundation oils used in so many processed foods it is almost impossible to avoid. Oh, and let’s not forget canola oil, 90% of that is GMO. Get the picture?

When we look at the food dollar that is spent in the U.S. we see that 90%+ is spent on processed foods. WOW. The only safe thing to do is cook from scratch. I know, it sounds like hard work. However, when we see the results of the above mentioned research, we know that is the only way to actually stay healthy. Buy organic foods wherever possible. Local is great. Just read labels.

 

 

 

 

Regarding Ignorance and Shamelessness in the US Medical Industry … plus more!

The headline pretty much sums it up with the state of healthcare, or should we say ‘disease care’ in America.

Steven D. Shapiro, MD, chief medical and scientific officer for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) at the largest, international, inter-professional health meeting. In a plenary panel with his fellow health system leaders from Mayo and University of Minnesota, Shapiro stated bluntly, “Only about a quarter of what we do has strong evidence and we only do that about half the time.”

That should give you a warm fuzzy feeling for sure. And the fact that none of his colleagues challenged him is even more telling. That means they must agree, at least, with the basic tenets of his comment. Just sharing reality?  Scary, huh?

This is actually very telling about medicine, as practiced, today. Some science that might be distorted by money, GOD forbid, and only that is done half the time? So, if you are like me, you are wondering what is done the rest of the time?  More drugs and more side effects, then more drugs, that is what is done on a regular basis.

Take the recent news that sugar, and not sodium, is the root cause of hypertension.  Yet we see so many people that have been scared out of their minds about salt.  Medicine uses fear and guilt as well as the Old Testament did.

If this makes you question the ‘just through a prescription at it’ mentality of modern medicine, you are not alone.

What has to happen should be very clear, you have to be personally involved in your health care, not just a bystander. It is up to each of us to become more involved in what can make us healthy, and what can keep us healthy. Learning more about ‘the real truth of nutrition’ of the foods that we eat on a regular basis. Being flexible in our lifestyle and making small changes that can have a major impact on how we live and feel. Just ‘food for thought’.

Tomato soup recipe

Tomato soup recipe

 

12 medium tomatoes

1 large red onion

4 medium cloves garlic

Evoo (Extra virgin olive oil)

1 can tomato paste

5 cups chicken broth

4 tbsp solid part of coconut milk

Balsamic vinegar

Fresh basil

Sea salt

White pepper

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut tomatoes into 1/8 chunks. Do the same with the onion. Place tomatoes and onions on parchment paper lined pan. Drizzle with evoo and stuff garlic into some of the tomatoes so they don’t burn. Roast for 30-40 minutes until look roasted.

 

Add broth and tomato paste to pot on stove on medium heat. Add roasted tomatoes, onions and garlic to pot. Add fresh basil to taste along with salt and pepper. Add splash of balsamic vinegar (~2 tsp).

 

Cook on medium for about 15-20 minutes then reduce to simmer. Toward end add coconut milk. Use hand blender in pot to produce smooth consistency.

Pork breakfast sausage (without the bad stuff)

We all love good pork breakfast sausage, but we don’t want any of the bad ingredients like nitrates. Solution? Make you own! After you taste this you will know that it is well worth the effort.

 

1  pound ground pork (organic, free range)

1  teaspoon salt ( sea salt or Himalayan)

3/4 teaspoon black pepper

2  teaspoons sage

1  teaspoon thyme

1/2  teaspoon rosemary

1/4  teaspoon nutmeg

1/4  teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

 

Mix in large glass or stainless steel mixing bowl and make into patties. Makes a great addition to any breakfast, and no bad stuff!

Janine’s Mushroom gravy (Yummmy)

Gravy is a great addition to many dishes. Since we are grain free, most think that gravy is out of the question because you have to thicken it with flour, and we don’t use any grains or grain products in our diet. Here is a recipe that is grain free and as  close to Paleo as you can get. It is a fantastic ladled  over one of the Almond biscuits, or any other dish that you would use  with gravy with.

Recipe:

8 oz of fresh mushrooms diced

1 onion diced

2 jalapenos (Optional, but sure does add taste) diced

1 teaspoon Salt

1 can (13.66 oz ~) coconut milk, whole fat (important)

3/4 cup stock (chicken, pork, beef, etc.)

2 tablespoons garbanzo flour (more if needed for proper thickness)

3 cloves of fresh garlic diced

1 or 2 tbsp rice bran oil

Instructions:

Start with all ingredients chopped, diced and prepared. Heat (low heat) a saute pan and add oil, then add garlic, onion, and jalapenos (remember, optional) and stir until reduced.  Now add the mushrooms and stock, whisk in the garbanzo flour and bring up heat to a boil for a few minutes. Turn down heat and add the coconut milk and let simmer for a few minutes, then enjoy.

Remember, things like jalapenos and the type of stock you use are all optional. Play around with different flavors, add other spices that you might like, and find your favorite. See, cooking without grains can be fun, and very tasty!

 

Effects of vitmain D2 and D3 on Amyloid-B40 (plaque associated with Alzheimer’s)

Your doctor checked you vitamin D levels, they were low, and he or she put you on a D2 supplement. Good or bad? Could be a lot better for sure.

A new article in Current Alzheimer Research, ( http://bit.ly/1AGzvTl ) published in September, 2014, shows that vitamin D2 can actually cause an increase in the B-Amyloid plaque seen in Alzheimer’s disease, while the D3 form of the vitamin did not cause any increase in the B-Amyloid.

This is profound due to the fact that the prescription form of vitamin D that is used by mainstream medicine is the D2 form.  We can look into the prevalence of the increase in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and know that anything that increases the B-Amyloid plaques associated with it is not a good thing.

Ad to that the fact that we know from prior research that vitamin D3 is associated with a decrease (6%) in overall mortality and D2 is associated with an increase (2%) in overall mortality. Wow, and they still prescribe the stuff? You might ask; why haven’t we seen this in the mainstream news? Good question. My thought is that you may never see this in the mainstream due to the connection to Big Pharma, the drug companies that make D2.  Another interesting factoid, just published in the Journal Epidemiology, shows that low levels of vitamin D increases the risk of dementia. We just have to make sure it is the right kind of D, that being D3, and not D2.

Here is another place where you and I are going to have to look after our own health. We can’t depend on a system that advocates prescribing something that ca make for increased overall mortality.

Reminds me of a quote of a physician I have a lot of respect for: “never relinquish your common sense to anyone, especially a health care provider”, George McCullars, M.D, Ph.D. Now that we know, we can do the right thing!

 

 

 

 

 

Why insurance companies don’t pay for prevention!

This is something that we hear all the time; why don’t my insurance company pay for preventative care? Sounds reasonable, if they helped keep us healthier, then it would cost them less in the long run, right? Not so fast. Let’s look at the numbers before we place our bets.

Insurance companies know, from their history, that odds are you are not going to be with them long term. You change employers, you move, some company offers a lower rate, and you are gone, literally.

I think we can all agree that we are not in love with our insurance company, and may change frequently but, we need to understand their position on prevention. Why should one company spend the money to help some other company save money? Try and explain that to the shareholders.   Here is where we have to understand that all insurance companies are in business to make money. They are not benevolent societies, they are for profit corporations.

Now that we understand the economics of prevention from the insurance companies standpoint, we can understand why it is up to us individuals to take care of our own health. Prevention pays it’s dividends back to us in the form of better health and longevity. Think about prevention in your car. You change oil, etc. to make it last longer. We need to do the same thing for our bodies. Would you skip the oil change because somebody else refuses to pay for it. I didn’t think so.

Next time you ask your doctor to do a specific test that you are curious about, or have read about, and he or she refuses, you can understand the ‘why’. No insurance company wants to pay for prevention. After all, you probably wont be with them in the long run.

Grain Free Muffins (sub for cornbread)

Here is a recipe that can substitute for the cornbread muffins, dressing for the holiday turkey or just a bread to eat with meals. It is one  we all like. Whip up a batch and enjoy!

 

1 cup garbanzo flour

2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup oil (walnut, rice bran oil, butter, ghee) liquefied
3 eggs
1 3/4 almond milk (unsweetened)
1/4 cup honey
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon zantham gum

1 teaspoon salt ( sea salt or Himalayan best )

Preheat the oven to 375. Line  muffin cups with liners or use baking pan for large loaf. Mix together the dry ingredients and oil until smooth, then beat in the eggs until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Bake 30 to 45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean and the top Springs back when lightly pressed.

Thanks Colleen

Brief understanding of the ICD 9 diagnostic coding system

Here is a comment that we hear all too often; I asked my doctor to test my_____________, and they refused. Hopefully this will help you understand why this happens.

For instance, I talked to a gentleman that had asked his doctor to test his testosterone. He is over 50, and has experienced some fatigue, both good reasons to ‘want to know’. His doctor asked him why he wanted the test, and he responded; because I want to know. His doctor fired back; wrong answer! Needless to say, he was perturbed, until I explained the ICD coding system.

The ICD coding system is the International Classification of Diseases and it is used to tell the insurance company, and anyone else looking into your records, know exactly why the test was needed. Yep, once they use an ICD code, you are labeled. There are thousands of these troublesome little codes, and if the wrong one is used, you are labeled with something you may or may not have, for life. Oh, and there is not one for ‘the patient wanted to know’. No code, no test ordered and no test payed for by the insurance company.

This is why we do not file insurance claims or provide the information, ICD code, that is needed for the filing. We do not like being restricted by insurance companies and their cumbersome requests for ‘more information needed’, which always happens if a test other than the ‘routine’ are ordered.

We at Doctor’s Nutrition provide you with access to getting a test done because ‘you want to know’, and at a very reasonable cost. If you are tired of being told no, there is a better way. Taking control of your healthcare will be one of the best things you can do for yourself. Call us, we can help.
Dr. Jim

Pumpkin Pancakes!

These are Paleo (grain free) friendly and lip smacking good!

Pumpkin Pancakes
Ingredients:
4 Large eggs (whole)
4 Large egg whites
1 can of canned pumpkin (15-16 oz)
1/2 Cup almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp nutmeg powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 cup pecans, crushed (Optional)(can substitute other crushed nuts)
1-2 tbs of butter (can substitute Ghee or coconut oil)

Instructions
Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl

Heat your griddle or skillet to a medium heat,
making sure to coat griddle with butter or
other good fat.

Just like traditional pancakes, pour enough batter to
make the size you like. These pancakes do not bubble
Like those made with wheat flour as the batter is slightly
thicker. With medium heat the first side should take
2 to 3 minutes to brown, flip and brown the other side for another 1-3 minutes.
Enjoy!!!!!

One of my personal favorites (Dr. Jim)