Archive for January 2017

Getting to Know Your Processed Food

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Nutritional expert Dr. Royal Lee once stated, “A food that is counterfeit is no different than money that is counterfeit.”  He was speaking in response to a question about processed food, where naturally occurring nutrients are removed and then synthetic chemical vitamins are added in an attempt to compensate. Wheat flour is a good example of this common practice. The wheat kernel is stripped of the nutrient-rich bran and germ, then bleached for appearance, and then “fortified” with a few vitamins and minerals. While this bleached wheat by-product leads to light fluffy cakes with a long shelf-life, the attempt to make up for the loss of nutrients by adding in synthetic vitamins does not replace the original goodness of the fresh, whole grain.

This process is equivalent to a thief robbing you at gunpoint and taking $100 of your hard-earned money.  A few minutes later, the thief repents, and returns to offer you $6 of Monopoly money.  It’s just not the same, is it?  

When natural nutrients are destroyed and synthetic chemicals are added back in, the food is labeled as fortified.  It may sound healthy, but to the human body, fortified food is not the same as whole food.

The practice of using synthetic vitamins and minerals to replace the essential nutrients removed during food processing is so common that we seldom stop to think about it anymore.  But think about it we must, since it is affecting the health of our families.  Additionally, this practice does not stop with our food. Commercial food and drug manufacturers also use synthetic chemicals in vitamin supplements and refreshments, promoting them as health-enhancing products when, in fact, they are not.

From a scientific perspective, the molecular structures of most synthetic vitamins are markedly different from those found in nature. Even though the chemical formula is the same, the shape is different.  The variations are minute, but significant. Vitamins produced in a lab from chemicals have a left rotation (called “levo“) while the other half rotate to the right.  In nature, all plant and animal-sourced vitamin molecules will rotate in the same direction.  Though some scientists will tell you that the body cannot tell the difference, imagine trying to put a left-handed glove on your right hand.  See the problem?

Additionally, in nature, all vitamins are accompanied by other related nutrients called synergists that must be present for any nutrient to be fully functional in the body.  If the synergists are missing, as with chemical vitamins, the effect on the body is more pharmaceutical than nutritional.  There is an effect, but it is often not the one that is desired. It can give us expensive greenish urine, but does not bring us better health.

Consider many of the so-called “healthy products” that are currently marketed to the American consumer.  Almost all of the vitamin supplements sold in pharmacies and big-box stores are made with synthetic chemical vitamins.  The well-known makers of the popular “energy drinks” use many of the same sources for these pseudo-vitamins in these beverages.  

Since there are only a few suppliers for the base components for these commercial products, the sources are easy to identify.  A quick internet visit to chemicalregister.com will confirm that many of these chemicals come from China.

Supplementing your diet with micro-nutrients can and often does improve health, IF the supplements are in the right form. In my nutrition-based practice, I recommend supplements that are concentrations of organic whole food.  This is a normal, natural delivery system for nutrients.  I use a supplement company that grows most of the food for their line of supplements on their own organically certified farm.  Additionally, they never process over 120 degrees, preserving the original nutrient value.  These are real supplements the way nature intended.

The Ancestral Diet and the Modern Diet

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

My hometown of Port Angeles is located approximately 15 miles from a famous archeological dig, the Manis Mastodon Site, unearthed in 1977.  According to the scientific journal “Science”, this location is the oldest human settlement the Western Hemisphere found to date.  There, tools and artifacts have been dated back to 13,800 years ago, older than the Clovis Site in New Mexico by 1000 years.  The dig at the Manis Mastodon site uncovered the remains of bison, caribou, and elk, but the nearly 14,000 year old mastodon remains the big attraction at the visitor’s center.

I recall reading about the discovery in the local newspaper when it was first publicized, trying to imagine the early humans’ relationship to this beast.  It was found with a spear point embedded in its rib, confirming for archaeologists that humans were indeed hunting in this area at that time.

I was reminded of the old joke about how to eat an elephant, which I have referred to many times in my life when faced with a large, daunting project.  Breaking things down into smaller pieces makes them manageable.

So close to my home there is an actual historical settlement where people literally “ate the elephant” for survival. Just south of Sequim, Washington, lays ample evidence of the known origins of a traditional diet in the Western Hemisphere.  

The Native American indigenous people survived many millennia before the arrival of the European settlers to “the New World.”  Tribal nations across the country consumed the food that was available to them, and it is well documented that there was an abundance of animal fat and protein in the primitive diet.  

Less obvious, perhaps, is the fact that nobody was getting their cholesterol checked on a regular basis. 14,000 years ago, people functioned without knowing their blood pressure or their resting heart rate.  Yet, they managed to survive as a culture for thousands of years.  Of course, the food was devoid of pesticides and herbicides; what today we would refer to as a totally organic diet. The carbohydrates that were consumed by early humans were in their complex form, since refined carbohydrates would not exist for another 13,400 years. 

We do a different sort of hunting now.  In the 21st Century, conscientious shoppers spend a lot of time reading the labels on the food for sale at the grocery store.  For those who are interested in health, the goal of the hunt is to find a nutrient-rich, high quality organic food supply.  Today, this type of food can seem more elusive than a mastodon.  As consumers we must decipher, from reading labels on packages, whether or not the contents are something we really want to put into our mouths.

The Native American ancestors who occupied the area 14 millennia ago had no such worries.  Whatever maladies they may have suffered as a culture, cancer was probably not one of them.  Now we live in a world where it comes as no surprise to learn that almost everything we have been eating, breathing or cleaning with is a known or possible carcinogen.  While regulatory agencies try to limit the exposure of the known carcinogens that we consume, these limits often come only after decades of exposure to the offending substance.  

Big agribusiness and the chemical industry have now introduced over 80,000 new artificial chemicals into our food supply and environment.  Much of this is done without sufficient testing to evaluate the risks of exposing the population to potential threats.  Regulatory agencies have explained that extensive safety studies are not practical; it would be too expensive and it would slow the progress of new products to the market.  

While you and I may believe that delaying the marketing of new chemicals is a great idea, it is likely that DuPont and Dow Chemical do not. Rather than proving the safety of a new product prior to introduction to the public, the product must be proven to be unsafe before it is “pulled” from the market.  In the meantime, we are all exposed to it.  This is not the recipe for another 14,000 years of survival.

 

My “Truly Affordable” Health Care Solution

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

I was recently asked to speak at an event in my town sponsored by the Democratic Party about the “crisis” of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known by most as “ObamaCare”. The invitation came from a local physician, who believed that the public should have input from all sides, including that from the “alternative perspective”.

After quickly considering all of my Sunday afternoon options, I declined the invitation. While I agreed that everyone in the health care conversation would benefit from my perspective, I was pretty sure that nobody who would attend this function really wanted to hear what I had to say.

This morning, I read an article in the local newspaper about the event. The story in the paper only confirmed that my opinions about the practicality and affordability of Obamacare would have fallen on deaf ears. According to the article, everyone at the meeting agreed that repealing the ACA would be a disaster for everyone. I totally disagree. Done properly, a new system that gives coverage to every person is just what we need!

The biggest problem we have with the Affordable Care Act is that it is not really affordable. On the other hand, complete coverage could be very affordable but requires a total reconsideration of several factors that nobody wants to talk about. Surprisingly, it starts with a premise that should be near and dear to the heart of all Americans—freedom!

America is the “land of the free”, right? You do not hear that much anymore. The phrase has slowly been changed to “freedom isn’t free”. The implication is clear—we aren’t really free and we should all be OK with that. Events, like the one I did not attend, are occurring all over the country right now. These events are telling us that we have to accept the government’s right to make our decisions for us, including about our health and health care. If you don’t like the set-up, too bad. And, by the way, you have to pay for it anyway!

ObamaCare has been a disaster for the large number of people who prefer the natural health alternative. Resources are being routed into a system which they neither support or routinely participate in, except in an emergency. Paying the massive insurance premiums needed to support the current system leaves them without the financial resources needed to participate in a truly natural health care system, one that focuses upon “health” rather than on “disease”.

Contrary to the initial promises made by the advocates of the ACA, natural preventative care does not play an active role in this system. The term “preventative care” has been redefined to meet the needs of the pharmaceutical and medical lobbyists and true preventative care has been marginalized into near extinction.

As a result, most of my patients use cash to pay for their care. Plus, they also pay their ever-increasing insurance premiums. The people I treat are not seeking to get another chemical in the form of a prescription. They know that they are getting enough chemicals already from the processed GMO food products they are eating. My patients are seeking advice regarding health alternatives from nature. And I am pleased to provide them with those options. They pay out-of-pocket because our protocols are “not a covered service”.

So, what is my “Truly Affordable Health Care Solution”?

It is pretty simple—get rid of all of the expensive stuff that really doesn’t support true health, like insurance companies and government interventions.

I recommend an automatic health savings account totally directed by the person responsible for making the individual health care decisions. The account would be backed by a major medical policy that would kick-in only when the annual health expenses exceed $10,000. Each American would receive an annual health care allotment that can be used as they choose (freedom returns). If they don’t spend it, it can be rolled-over into the next year.

Everyone will be covered. Everyone becomes responsible. Freedom of choice in health care returns.

Health savings accounts have worked well in the past. The problem came from the “disease care” industry as people increasingly made natural health care choices. The insurance companies, the hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry all lost market share when people were actually empowered to make their own choices. The money flows away from them. These are the groups that do not really want the system improved.

That is why those groups need their lobbyists!

MORPHOGENIC FIELD TECHNIQUE
Port Angeles, Washington