Published on Thursday, 01 July 2010
An infertility study has revealed vitamin D deficiency among men who are unable to impregnate their partners. The discovery surprised the researchers who were investigating the incidence of DNA fragmentation of sperm. Australia fertility specialist, Dr Anne Clark screened the blood of over 800 men with fertility problems and found most had lower than normal levels of vitamin D. As we all know....SUNLIGHT is the major source of vitamin D.
The beneficial effects of vitamin D can provide are nothing short of amazing! So much so that optimizing your sun exposure, and hence the levels of vitamin D in your body, may indeed be one of the most crucial steps you can take in support for your long-term health.
I've discussed many of these benefits before concerning the fertility of women, but now it turns out vitamin D may also play an important role in the fertility of men! Dr Clark says, "Vitamin D and folate deficiency are known to be associated with infertility in women, but the outcomes of the screening among men in our study group came as a complete surprise. Men in the group who agreed to make lifestyle changes and take dietary supplements had surprisingly good fertility outcomes."
Dr Clark also said concerns about skin cancer and the resultant Slip.Slop.Slap campaign is likely one major contributing factor to the rampant vitamin D deficiency we now see around the world, along with indoor work and other lifestyle choices that do not include direct sunlight exposure. But evidence continues to mount in support of the obvious link between healthy vitamin D levels and getting the right amount of sunshine, which allows your body to produce it naturally. And unlike other medical fads that boomed and bombed, this evidence is very strong and keeps growing.
The most IRONIC finding is that too little Sun may be far worse than too much! In fact this concept questions the longstanding conventional belief that you should coat yourself with sunscreen whenever you're in the Sun. Researchers now believe that slapping on sunscreen actually contributes to far more cancer deaths than it prevents, as doing so blocks this vital vitamin production. Their main argument: Vitamin D is important for preventing at least 16 different types of cancer!
In fact, Dr Edward Giovannucci (a Harvard professor) offered such compelling evidence in one of his studies---vitamin D may prevent 30 deaths for each death caused by skin cancer--that the American Cancer Society is changing its own guidelines. Dr Giovannuci stated; "I would challenge anyone to find an area or nutrient or any factor that has such consistant anti-cancer benefits as vitamin D. The data is really quite remarkable!" Enough said?
Published on Monday, 26 April 2010
I was delighted to receive positive comments on my last week's article about Ancel Keys and his Phoney Fat Myth. His "lipid hypothesis" is finally being debunked yet still the denizens of the anti-fat camp keep going on about the increased risk of heart disease and high cholestrol. Ba Humbug! In fact, humans need them and here are a few reasons why:
1) Improved Cardiovascular risk factors
Saturated fat plays a key role in cardiovascular health. It is the preferred fuel for your heart. The addition of saturated fat to the diet reduces levels of Lipopretein that correlates strongly with heart disease risk. Research has shown when dieting, women eating the greatest percentage of saturated fat, lose the most weight.
2) Stronger bones
Saturated fat is required for calcium to be effectively incorporated into bone. Foremost dietry fat expert, Dr Mary Enig, says this is a strong reason to have as much as 50% of saturated fats in your diet.
3) Improved Liver health
Saturated fat has been shown to protect the liver from alchol and medications, including those drugs used for pain and arthritis.
4) Healthy Lungs
For proper function, the airspaces of the lungs have to be coated with a thin layer of surfactant. The fat content of lung surfactant is 100% percent saturated fatty acids. Deficiency of this critical fat makes for faulty surfactant and breathing difficulties.
5) Healthy Brain
Your brain is mainly made of fat and cholestrol. The lion's share of the fatty acids in the brain are actually saturated. A diet that skimps on healthy saturated fats robs your brain of the raw material it needs to function optimally. (See my previous article on statins affecting the brain)
6) Proper Nerve signaling
Certain saturated fats, particularly those found in butter, lard, coconut and palm oils, function directly as signaling messagers that influence metabolism, including such critical jobs as the appropriate release of insulin.
7) Strong Immune system
Saturated fats found in butter and coconut oil (myristic acid & lauric acid) play key roles in immune health. Loss of sufficient fatty acids in the white blood cells hampers their ability to recognize and destroy invaders such as viruses, bacteria and fungi. Lauric acid is especially effective as an anticaries and antiplaque agent.
NOTE: For more information on this new "fatty-enlightenment" I urge you to read Dr Mary Enig and Sally Fallon's classic article The Truth About Saturated Fats.
Published on Monday, 19 April 2010
We've all been fed a diet of bull about saturated fat by nutritional scientists who just KNOW they are right, regardless of the evidence. They and the medical profession have been duped into believing and disseminating one big unhealthy myth that "Saturated Fat Causes Heart Disease". This demonization of saturated fat began in 1953 with Dr Ancel Keys' publication of a paper comparing fat intake and heart disease mortality. He convinced the American Heart Foundation with his combination of dodgy science and force of personality to promote carbs over fat in dietary advice. So strong was his spell that the repeated failure of large clinical studies to back his claims has made no difference.
This unethical bum used epidemiolgical studies to prove that fat was bad, but out of the numerous populations he studied he left out the ones that did not prove his point, such as France and Switzerland. He "cherry-picked" his facts ! By the early 1960's the promotion of the low fat diet gained momentum and was causing havoc with our health. The idea that saturated fat is bad for your heart became so ingrained in the health community, that anyone daring enough to question this dogma was viewed as a quack, regardless of the evidence that SATURATED FAT IS NOT THE CAUSE OF HEART DISEASE !
It was Dr Keys that began the rise in trans fats in our food by relentlessly promoting that animal fats were bad and vegetable fats were good, so margarine and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils became the fat of choice and the surge in diabetes, cancer and heart disease began and now are our 3 biggest killers. But times are a-changing and in many ways for the better.
Along with a new interest in reviewing the sanity of vaccinating against every microscopic bug under the sun, medical scientists have finally begun to disregard Keys' Fat Myth and have realized that it's trans fats causing far more significant health problems than saturated fat ever could. They now know, and hopefully your own GP, that the shunning and replacement of saturated fat with a higher carbohydrate intake, particularly refined carbs (sugars & processed foods), can exacerbate insulin resistance and obesity, increase triglycerides and small LDL particles and reduce beneficial HDL cholestrol.
Your body needs some amount of saturated fat to stay healthy. What you don't need however, are trans fats and high fructose corn sugars in excess of 15 grams a day. With the average adolescent now consuming 75 gms of fructose (mainly in sweets and sodas) one can understand why we have an obesity epidemic. The easiest way to help your family stay healthy for a life-time is to simply eliminate processed foods and lower the intake of sugar and carbs.
Remember, you DO need Saturated Fat! Saturated fats provide a concentrated source of energy in your diet and they provide the building blocks of cell membranes and a variety of hormones. They slow down absorption so you can go longer without feeling hungry and they act as carriers for important fat-soluble vitamins A,D, E and K. So enjoy your meat, dairy products, butter and cook with Rice or Coconut Oils....guilt free!
Published on Monday, 22 March 2010
Last year I warned you on these pages about the health risk in plastic bottles, especially in baby bottles. These concerns of mine about BPA (bisphenol A) were based on studies that have found harmful effects in animals, because it is a synthetic form of estrogen and is not inert. And the recognition that the chemical seeps into water and soft drinks and baby formula. Nearly everyone, it seems, is exposed to BPA, starting in the womb.
This chemical is now implicated in a long list of health problems in humans, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer and we find out that food makers have been lining almost every metal can, from soups, juices, vegies, spagetti sauces, sardines, tuna fish, etc., found on our supermarket shelves for a very long time.
In January, after declaring BPA safe in 2008, America's FDA has had a change of heart after scientists reported their concern about the potential effects it had on the brain, behavior and the prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children. BPA is still found in many items made from plastic but many manufactures have substituted BPA-free polypropylene in their products. Unfortunately, in the light of public pressure and impending legislation, manufacturers of canned foods have been trying to switch to BPA-free cans but don't have a simple, safe and effective replacement as of yet. This problem isn't going to go away anytime soon.
So what can you do to reduce exposure to BPA? Use these tips:
1) Choose powdered baby formula over liquid unless they come packaged in glass.
2) Buy as many canned food items as possible (especially tomato-based pasta sauces) in glass containers.
3) Rinse canned vegetables & fruits. Better still, use fresh or frozen fruits & vegetables.
4) Avoid heating plastic bottles, kitchen and/or take-away containers.
5) Buy your baby bottles and sippy cups marked "BPA-free".
6) Use only porcelain, glass or ceramic plates in microwaves.
7) Don't buy plastic containers that have recycling numbers #3 or #7 on the bottom.
8) Throw away old, scratched and cracked plastic bottles and containers. Old plastic leaches more BPA.
Published on Wednesday, 10 March 2010
SORRY....THE AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL PROFESSION'S ''THOUGHT POLICE'' HAVE BANNED ME FROM SHOWING THIS TO YOU !!
Published on Sunday, 28 February 2010
Part of that amazing Neurological Seminar I took with Ted Carrick of the Carrick Research Centre in Florida was exploring the other 90% of the brain: the Glial Cells. The astrocyte glia is where thoughts and memories reside. Astrocytes facilitate synaptogenesis of neurons --a form of neuroplasticity. This means your brain can make and grow new connections. Research done by Dr Carrick isolated the molecucule responsible for this increase in synaptogenesiis -- CHOLESTEROL. Your astrocytes have the ability to synthesize Cholesterol and release it from their cell bodies to allow more nerves to link up and e x p a n d your mental abilities.
Yeon-Kyun Shin, a biophysics professor, linked his research well with this finding. In an interview in February, last year, in Science Daily, stated that cholesterol-reducing drugs known as Statins may lessen brain function. He said that results from his study show drugs that inhibit the liver from making Cholesterol may also keep the brain from making Cholesterol, which is vital to effiecient brain function.
He went on to say: "If you deprive the Cholesterol from the brain, then you directly affect the machinery that triggers the release of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters affect the data-processing and memory functions. In other words - how SMART you are and how well you remember things. My study shows there is a direct link between Cholestrol and neurotransmitter release....and we know exactly the molecular mechanics of what happens in the cells. Use Statins at your own risk".
In fact, as I have told my patients countless times, drugs like Lipitor, Crestor, Zocxor, etc. carry serious health risks: destruction of muscle, liver damage, increased cancer risk suppression of the immune system, just to name a few. Now with this new information about the risk of reducing mental capacity and function and the increasing scientific evidence showing that Cholesterol is actually not to blame for coronary heart trouble but the insidious incidence of Inflammation residing in one's body is the likely cause.
If you need to lower your Cholestrol a bit, I would recommend a safer, natural way would be through increasing soluble fiber, like psillium 2 or 3 times a day or more enjoyably eat any dish containing avocados. New reasearch shows eating avocados can lower your cholestrol even faster than drugs without the side effects mentioned.
Published on Monday, 15 February 2010
With warnings of an uncertain Cold and Flu Season approaching and even though we know that the last episode of this flu proved to be over-hyped and milder than the regular garden variety flu, we decided to go into hand sanitisation in a BIG way. It seemed a logical approach since the hands seem to be the main transmission element in colds and flu.
Carol, our office manager, had already put a bottle of hand sanitizer on the reception desk for those patients wanting to be on the safe side before getting a spinal Tune-up. It was readily received and happily appreciated, so the next step seemed obvious....go to the general public.
We searched out and soon found a company, Henleys, that made proper public hand sanitizer dispensers. Our next step was easier, convincing the Body Corporate of our building to position and install a dispenser on each floor. With their approval it was very soon that we had two professional looking hand sanitizer dispensers near each lift door.
We are happy to say, now that we have been replacing the empty dispenser bags on a regular basis, that our idea of "giving-health-a-hand" has turned out to be very successful. So the next time you are visiting our multi-disciplinary day and night health centre please avail yourself of this extra hygienic service.
Published on Wednesday, 10 February 2010
On a recent Caribbean cruise I discovered there were islands where hypertension doesn't even exist. The Kuna Indians living on a group of islands off the coast of Panama experience no high blood pressure. In fact, after the age of 60, the average blood pressure for the Kuna islanders is a perfect 110/70.
Is it because they eat less salt? No. Kuna Indians eat as much salt, if not more salt, than people in Australia (they use salt to preserve fish). Is it due to their genes...you may ask. No. Kuna Indians who move away from the islands are just as likely to suffer from high blood pressure as anyone else! So what makes these folks practically "immune" to hypertension and lets them enjoy much lower death rates from heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and even cancer?
Harvard reserachers were stunned to discover it's because they drink 4-5 cups of cocoa each day. That's right....COCOA ! Studies show the flavonols in cocoa stimulate your body's production of nitric oxide, boosting blood flow to your heart, brain and other organs. In fact, one other study found that there are also polyphenols in cocoa that may be responsible for an anti-inflammatory effect as well.
But that's not all....a University of Barcelona professor found people who drank two cups of milk mixed with 40 grams of cocoa powder every day for 4 weeks had lower levels of 2 markers that signal the potential for clogged arteries. This means there's help for congestive heart failure, stroke and even impotence. All these areas mentioned are tissues that are sensitive to the effects of nitric oxide. Now...if anyone complains about your new found obsession for hot cocoa....blame it on the Indians.
Published on Tuesday, 01 December 2009
I am including this topic in this Health Tips page to help in alleviating some of the mental pressure people are feeling from the constant fear mongering from our media, government and left-wing environmental groups. Daily, I relieve nerve pressure of a mechanical origin in the spine but the pressure on the minds of our citizens needs another kind of help. That calls for a clear, logical explaination why the whole idea that Man-Made Global Warming does not exist and is based on phony science.
A profound truth is emerging....that there is not a legitimate scrap of scientific evidence that man-made carbon dioxide causes global warming. The Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, the main source of data on global temperatures, has been exposed as suppressing and mis-stating the data it gives to the IPCC. Yet the IPCC has been devious and incompetent in not changing its dire predictions. Australia should boycott all further meetings, ignore their reports and withhold funding. We should also seriously think about dumping Prime Minister Rudd and his equally ignorant Climate Minister, Wong for pursuing such a fruitless agenda and not seeing the danger of signing a dodgey treaty in Copenhagen that will tie us to a "guilt tax" costing billions through a global UN governing body affecting our economy, our democracy and way of life. The blind are literally leading the blind in this situation.
After thousands of years of Ice Age, about 12,000 years ago, there was dramatic global warming. Ice sheets melted, sea levels rose and the warming seas released their stored CO2. The warmth and increasing CO2 encouraged the spread of grasslands and forests which allowed animals and humans to thrive. None of these dramatic changes were caused by emissions from the camp fires of Cave Men. There is now strong evidence to support the idea that sunspot numbers affect the solar wind enough to cause it to regulate the bombardment of cosmic rays on the Earth's atmospheric water molecules. When solar activity is weaker, more cosmic rays hit these molecules and cloud formation builds up, decreasing the heat escaping the Earth into space and vice versa. It seems that it's water vapour that's the primary green-house gas and climate motivator not the humble and insignificant CO2.
Since then Earth has experienced see-saw heating and cooling as seen in thousands of lake, ice, tree and even cave core samples. It was 3 degrees warmer in 900AD when the Viking discovered a green Greenland. By 1400 they left their settlements there as it froze over. The most recent warming phase started at the depth of the Little Ice Age about 300 years ago. There were no coal burning steam engines or oil burning machines then, but still the planet warmed up.
Climate fluctuations continue in recent times, but were not in step with man's CO2 emissiuons. When industry declined in the Great depression of the 1930's, CO2 emissions fell but temperatures rose, making the '30's the hottest decade on record last century, not the 1990's as Gore & his Eco-fascists would like you to believe.
Then during the immediate post war boom in industry, emissions soared but temperatures fell and in 1974 there was a warning of the starting of an Ice Age by the psudoscientists in the enviromental movement. Newspapers and magazines trumpeted the fact that we'd be shivering by 1999. Now, since the start of the new century, with emissions from China and India growing strongly, world temperatures are again steady or falling in some areas much to the embrassment of the global warming fanatics. You have wonder why the media have been so incompetant in exposing these discrepencies and informing the public of this nonesense!
The message I am giving you here, after over 10 years of my personal research into every pro and con book, report, petition or lecture given by a scientist, climatologist or Greenie, is don't panic. Man's production of CO2 does not control world temperature and to fight it by reducing carbon emissions when CO2 only makes up 0.038% of our total atmosphere is a waste of time, money and effort. At that percentage....it's considered a Trace Gas. Even if you double that amount to 0.076%, it really doesn't add up to a hell of alot does it? The main gases that make up our atmosphere are Nitrogen with 78%, Oxygen at 20.9% and Argon 0.93%. Methane doesn't even get a mention!
The only thing true about the climate change issue is the adverse effects to humanity from these false claims. It will only be worse if nations tie themselves to an Emissions Trading Scheme. After 2 decades of suffering the consequences of this fraudulent misrepresentation of science for what can only be seen as self-serving political and idealogical purposes, it is time we put an end to this travesty and expose the perpetrators before it is too late for our lifestyle but thankfully not our planet.
Published on Wednesday, 07 October 2009
I've been repeatedly warning my friends and patients both in the office and my newsletter, "Your Chiropractor" about vaccinations and how they don't live up to the hype and mantra of how wonderful they are. There is some danger, aside from the other undesireable ingredients they contain, that's specifically the toxic mercury-based preservative Thiomersal. Unfortunately, with the continuous media scare-mongering and medicine's ''guilt-trip'' on our citizens this will no doubt brainwash them to ignore these warnings so the damage will be done. What damage? Read on!
The people at the Australian Vaccination Network have shown me a new study, just published in the Journal of Neurotoxicology. Researchers found that primates that received just ONE vaccination containing Thiomersal, found in many vaccines including the new AH1N1 (swine flu) shot, had significant neurological impairment when compared with those who received a saline solution injection or no injection at all. Please Note: the amount of Thiomersal was adjusted for weight and that these primates received only 2 mcg - the new Swine Flu vaccine contains 24,5mcg or 49 times the FDA allowable daily limit for an adult!
According to Dr. Andrew Wakefield, co-researcher of the project, "What is particularly concerning is that in spite of the strong recommendation to remove Thiomersal from all vaccines a decade ago, millions of people, many of them the most vulnerable,i.e. children and pregnant mothers and the elderly, are still getting mercury in their shots." He also added; "The implications for Australia's national 10 million dollar Swine Flu campaign which is particularly targeting pregnant women as its first recipients are frightening! If this vaccine has not been shown to be safe in children under the age of 10, surely foetuses should be excluded from being exposed to this nerve toxin.....otherwise it doesn't make sense."