Are you drinking Coca Cola right now?
If so, you are one of 9 billion people doing the same today. And that just Coke. We’re not including other soft drinks, like the massive Pepsico products and a myriad other smaller ones.
The word is certainly spreading about soft drinks and their health issues, but soft drinks like Coke, Pepsi, and other sodas have retained millions of people. The only conclusion – given the totally damning health evidence, has to be that they (and you!) are addicted to them.
Around one in two Americans still drink soda on a daily basis.
Not just one glass, or can. They consume an average of 2.6 glasses per day.
But the Americans don’t hold the crown as soda squaffers.
Mexicans drink more than any other country in the world at roughly 163 litres (or 36 gallons) per person, every year.
So I wonder.. is there a connection between the 70,000 Mexicans who die every year and soda consumption?
(The number is probably much higher, since many people are not diagnosed, or may die of heart disease, strokes or cancer—all diseases that often stem from diabetes and soft drink consumption).
We already know from a vast number of studies that soda consumption in the Western world definitively relates to the steep increase in newly diagnosed diabetes patients as well. The difference, however, is that in western countries, the offending beverages are mostly sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, a seriously nasty and sneaky form of sweetener, (yes, more dangerous than regular sucrose, the commonly used sweetener in other countries). Any large amount of sugar is extremely hazardous to the body, but high fructose corn syrup is even worse than regular sucrose. It is particularly bad for the liver and for our blood sugar levels.
No matter what we choose, bad things happen within minutes of drinking a sugary soft drink:
- In just a few minutes, 10-12 teaspoons of sugar body-slam your system.
In a weird way, its formulation protects you from your body vomiting up this potent and toxic mix of sugar. Drink designers realised the problem and added phosphoric acid, carbonation, and other artificial flavours to mute its unacceptable vomit-prone sugary taste.
- Within 20 minutes, sugar in your blood surges to phenomenal levels, with an accompanying insulin response. Sensinga survival threat, your liver responds like a hero. To save you from all that sugar in your bloodstream it attempts to convert the sugar to fat cells. In the case of corn syrup, this is liver response is bordering on a death threat response. Naturally, our body has to suddenly store all that fat, so with no ability to do so immediately, it puts in the ‘wait lane’ AKA your blood stream. (Most people, told they have high triglycerides are never told what ‘triglycerides’ are? Imagine if your doctor cut the jargon and simply said, you have lumps of fat in your veins!) Eventually this fat gets stored on the body, or in the liver, and suddenly you are a target for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.
It’s also, naturally enough, a primary causative factor in obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and even many cancers.
- In a half hour, your body starts absorbing all the caffeine in the soda.
Your pupils dilate, your heart rate increases, you feel temporarily energized as your blood pressure rises, and your liver, in response to the caffeine, dumps even more sugar into the bloodstream. Insulin goes back up, you get hungry and that sugar gets stored as more fat.
- In ¾ of an hour, dopamine (a ‘feel-good’ hormone) is released, stimulating the pleasure centre of the brain.
Yes, just like heroin. And equally addictive. Imagine for a minute again, your doctor looking hard at you and telling you that you are a junkie. And you knowing it is true. This is right where the cognitive dissonance happens. A comfortable belief ( A few sodas can’t hurt me) clashes head on with science (You are an addict.) Why do so many people still drink the stuff?
It’s not logical. Neither is addiction. Can you see your cognitive dissonance at work?
- Within In an hour…
of squaffing that soda, the phosphoric acid in the soda binds onto usable calcium, magnesium and zinc in your digestive system. Here’s the in-body reason a soda drinker needs alkaline minerals. Every glass or can of soda grabs our available alkalis. Now you can’t put those essential minerals to use as they were intended. They attach to the phosphoric acid and pass from the body in the form of pee. About now you’ll probably want to visit the little room. Not because you have an excess of healthy water to your body’s needs. It’s caused by the caffeine. So if you decided on drinking a soda to quench your thirst, you’ll pee more than that away. You end up even thirstier and more dehydrated.. just how the drink designers wanted you to be.
- An hour later, caffeine and sugar hit has worn off,
and your mood and addiction starts showing up again in your familiar up and down mood swings. You are hungrier, tired, irritable, and sluggish.
- Even just one soda a day has massive consequences to your health. Not unlike the free hit of heroin the dealer offers our kids. He knows what we know. One is enough.
Let’s look now beyond the addiction process. Let’s look at what evryday users can expect.
Obesity and Diabetes ‘One a day?’
The Nurse’s Health Study monitored 90,000 women for 8 years. This huge study discovered that one soda a day added about 10 pounds of fat in 4 years.
One a day also doubles your chances of type 2 diabetes. Given that your odds of becoming a diabetic are now one out of three, I’m guessing that there’s a possibility that if you really love yourself and your family, there’s a choice to be made!
Excessive sugar intake actually dumbs you down. A 2002 UCLA study discovered how. A brain chemical called “brain derived neurotrophic factor” or BDNF, makes it harder for you to remember, and even harder to learn. A supporting study from University of Copenhagen linked low BDNF levels to depression and dementia.
BDNF levels are also connected to insulin resistance, which kickstarts not only diabetes, but also puts you into the high risk zone for Alzheimer’s disease.
This last problem seems like some sort of Frankensteinian creation. Imagine the glee from shareholders in soda companies when they learned that continual sugar consumption dulls the brain’s mechanism for knowing when to stop, making you definitely more susceptible to weight gain and obesity.
(According to a 2010 study from the University of Minnesota)
Bacon doesn’t cause heart attacks. Soda causes them. We now know a strong correlation between soda and heart disease is a real thing. One recent studies from Harvard (2012), concluded that just one can of soda a day increased heart disease by 20%. Yes, we have said that this risk can be associated with the increased risk of high blood sugar, and diabetes, but heart disease and stroke risk also increase significantly. Another study from the University of Miami showed that those who had a daily diet soda habit had a 61% increased risk of “cardiovascular event,” including heart attack and stroke, than those who drank no soda — even when factors such as smoking, physical activity, alcohol consumption and diet were controlled.
Drink soda, or other sugary beverages, and you’ll certainly score high on the scorecard for cancer risk, especially gallbladder and bile ducts around the liver, according to a Swedish study. The study suggests that obesity, and elevated blood sugar levels also increase the risk of malignancies. We know already that many cancers feed on sugar, so.. once again, the answer to the problem stares us in the face.
One particularly nasty, fastmoving and painful form of cancer is cancer of the pancreas. It’s also tied in with drinking a soda or two a day. Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C studied and concluded that risk of pancreatic cancer increases by about 87%, according.
As we said earlier, sSoda drinking is also one of the biggest causes of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, which can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer.
Researchers at the University of Adelaide recently concuded that soda consumption is also strongly related to COPD and increases risk of asthma attacks.
Soda Bones and Meth User’s Teeth
- A 2006 study published in the Academy of General Dentistry journal found that drinking soda is nearly as harmful for your teeth as drinking battery acid and the damage is comparable to what happens to a meth user’s teeth.We all know that sugar leads to tooth decay, but what about the phosphoric acid? It’s far worse! Look it up and you’ll discover it’s also used in cleaners for toilet bowls, grout, tile, automobile rims, and some general-purpose cleaners/degreasers.Look up how you should handle it and you’ll find this: Eye/face protection: wear tight-fitting government approved safety goggles (NIOSH or EN 166).
- Skin protection: Nitrile-rubber gloves are recommended for all handling conditions. Inspect gloves prior to usage for tears, holes, weak spots. Contaminated gloves should be disposed of according to all laws and regulations.
- Body protection: complete chemical-protective suit recommendation is dependent upon concentration and amount of phosphoric acid to be handled.
- Respiratory protection: use full-face air-purifying respirators with multi-purpose or type ABEK respirator cartridges as a backup to the engineering controls and when proper risk assessment recommends its usage.
To prevent exposure, the CDC recommends taking serious precautions to prevent the generation of mists, avoiding potentially hazardous exposure to eyes, skin, and nasal passageways. The CDC also recommends no eating, drinking, or smoking when handling phosphoric acid to avoid the possibility of ingestion.
..and we drink the stuff!
It’s a double whammy.
Citric acid and phosphoric acid added to offset the sweet taste of the large amounts of sugar, and they actually corrode tooth enamel, supporting the corrosion happening from the sugar. right alongside the sugar. The Colgate Oral and Dental Health Resource Center, says that soft drinks are among the most significant dietary sources of tooth decay.
“Acids and acidic sugar byproducts in soft drinks soften tooth enamel, contributing to the formation of cavities. In extreme cases, softer enamel combined with improper brushing, grinding of the teeth or other conditions can lead to tooth loss.”
As we discussed earlier, phosphoric acid binds to calcium, magnesium and zinc—all vital bone and teeth minerals. It co-opts them, removing them from the body, making them useless for bone and tooth material.
The acid doesn’t just erode the outer surfaces of tooth enamel. It eats away at the inherent structure of teeth and bone, causing massive tooth decay, and osteoporosis as well.
Are you still reading? It only gets worse so how about making a decision? I speak from deep experience.
In high school I decided to be some sort of hero who could quaff a whole bottle of Coke art morning recess, lunch and afternoon recess. My teeth became so bad that I had them all removed. My happy smile isn’t mine. Not only that, I discovered some 5 years ago that my other legacy of my brief heroism was advanced osteoporosis.
An change of diet or a change of mind?
Soda consumption, to me, is the ‘gatekeeper’ of a whole fortress of ideas about what we can ‘get away with’ in our diet.
I can suggest a simple change from soda to good healthy water, and I would be totally justified. But if our overall diet is still high in sugar – and carbs, which quickly convert to sugar in our body to give us that sugar hit when we stop drinking Coke) then you’re still an addict.
I read many ‘experts’ suggesting reducing sugar. All I can say is ‘Good Luck”.
And I also understand that an addict cannot think outside of his or her addiction and so I have concluded that most people won’t take this advice unless they are really in some form of pain. What a terrible idea! To actually consciously degrade your own health through an addictive habit, and to be able to read a page like this and continue degrading your health because you are ‘not too bad’.. yet.
So I’m telling you the ‘bad’/good news. The ‘bad’ news is that the only certainty of recovery from your degrading addiction is to go cold turkey. The good news is the same. So it’s your attitude and whether you trust what I say that will ultimately determine whether you have the courage to drop the sweeties.
I can say this only because that is what I did. And my life is so much better because of it. At age seventy I do not have the luxury of another decade in which to think about getting well.
Ian is the inventor of the UltraStream, the world’s first natural water ionizer and hydrogen infusing water system.
The US National Institute of Mental Health says we now have over 40 million Americans affected by a mental or emotional condition. Then there is the other 50 million who suffer from intermittent bouts of anxiety and depression.
Wow. That’s nearly one third of the US population with mental health issues.
Scary? Damn right it is!
NIMH says just over 50% of adults with a serious mental illness get treatment .
This typically includes inpatient care (7.5 %) and outpatient therapy (40.5%), but the ‘top dog’ is prescription drugs (antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs).
Although people do achieve relief of their symptoms—side effects can be far worse than the original condition.
Think… suicidal thoughts or actions, the development of tics, liver damage, violent, aggressive or homicidal behavior and impaired immune function, to name a few.
What no-one talks about Neurotransmitters
Google how your brain works, and you’ll begin to understand why mental health conditions make a lot more sense…and you can see that there are other (safer) ways to deal with them!
Billions of cells in my brain talk to each other, exchanging information in the form of chemical messengers called neurotransmitters.
If brain cell ‘Fred’ wants to send a message to brain cell ‘Wilma’, Fred releases the proper neurotransmitter. The neurotransmitter floats across a miniscule space between the two cells (the synaptic cleft) and the receiving cell, Wilma, “catches” the message in one or more of its “catcher’s mitts” (neuroreceptors).
And it happens at the speed of light – or at last it should if everything is working to the max.
When the message is delivered, the leftover neurotransmitters need a cleanup. This happens in one of two ways:
- They are broken down by enzymes, pass through the liver and end up in your urine or feces
- They get sucked up by little “vacuums” (reuptake pumps) to be recycled.
The Big Stars of your Neurotransmitter Inner World.
Although your body has over 50 neurotransmitters, you do have an A-Team. Here are the nutrients they are made of: We’ll look at the common and less common ones and what happens if you are short on them.
Function: Regulates your appetite, mood, sensory perception and immune function.
Deficiency: Depression, eating disorders, chronic pain, sleep disorders, emotional problems, anxiety and aggression.
Food: Amino acid tryptophan, B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc and iron.
Gamma amino-butyric acid (GABA)
Function: Calming effect on your mood.
Deficiency:Anxiety, over-excitability, seizure disorders and mania.
The recipe: The amino acid glutamate, vitamin B6, manganese, biotin, lysine and taurine.
Function: Controls your arousal, movement and hormonal responses.
What deficiency can cause: Muscular and cell rigidity, tremors and Parkinson’s disease.
Food: The amino acids tyrosine or phenylalanine, vitamin B6, folic acid, iron, copper, magnesium and zinc.
Function: Controls electrical activity of your brain and is vital for memory storage.
Deficiency: Memory loss, depression, confusion and muscle incoordination.
Food: The amino acid choline, vitamins B6, B5 and B3, manganese, lysine and threonine.
Medications method of ‘helping’ neurotransmitters.
Psychiatric drugs achieve their intended effect by artificially manipulating our neurotransmitter levels.
Some antidepressants block our reuptake pumps from vacuuming up leftover serotonin. The drug forces serotonin to hang around between our brain cells, making us feel “happier.”
This can get nasty. It can eventually cause you to have too much serotonin—which can make your depression even worse!
By encouraging proper levels of neurotransmitters in your body, you could feel a whole lot better from mental health conditions!
Ways you can naturally help support your neurotransmitters…and your state of mind!
- A whole foods diet with lots of organic fresh fruits, green vegetables, grassfed meats, line caught fish, real grassfed butter, coco and olive oil, eggs. These foods that will load us up with the proper nutrients for your body to make your neurotransmitters. We ‘bring home’ our manufacturing process.
- Drop the soda, sugars and refined carbs. These leach essential nutrients from your bodyand are seriously addictive, even causing many mental conditions. If you don’t believe it, stop eating them fopr 2 weeks a see what your bosy and mind make up to force you back onto them!
- Encourage a healthy gut with probiotic supplementation or fermented foods. The majority of your body’s serotonin is created in your gut. From there it is sent express to your brain. Gut health is crucial to brain health!
- Make sure you have enough vitamin B12. B12 supports a process in your body called methylation. Methylation is vital to the formation of many neurotransmitters, and methylation abnormality is a factor behind mental health problems.
- Get sources of Omega-3 essential fatty acids like wild caught fatty fish. Omega-3 EFAs are vital to brain health. Supplement with a purified fish oil formula if your diet is lacking in this area.
- The new kid on the block is molecular Hydrogen. How does Molecular Hydrogen fit into this picture? Let’s look in more detail.
From the 700+ scientific studies so far, one benefit claim clearly emerges: one of the main actions of H2 is to improve cell signalling; in the brain, cell signalling is done by neurotransmitters.
We certainly need the nutrients mentioned above to make neurotransmitters, but it may not be enough. We also need the body to recognise that the neurotransmitter needs to be made. It has to send the message that the nutrients need to be used for that particular purpose. This message delivery is carried via cell signalling, and with our modern lifestyle and constant sate of low to mediam level toxicity, occasionally the body needs help with maintaining optimal cell signalling. H2, it appears, can do this.
A good number of studies have now shown H2 can increase a number of neurotransmitter levels, including dopamine, epinephrine and acetylcholine. In the studies, scientists were able to conclude that increase in dopamine levels were sufficient to lead to a reduction in Parkinson’s symptoms.
In addition to molecular hydrogen’s cell signalling role, it is also anti-inflammatory. This is important to our brain as well as our body. Between the brain and the rest of the body is the blood brain barrier (BBB). This semi-permeable membrane, when functioning optimally, allows the brain’s essential nutrients and neurotransmitters into the brain, and keeps everything else out. However, in less than optimal health, the BBB can become more porous and let things into the brain that are detrimental, such as free-radicals and heavy metals. This increase in porosity can be due to inflammation.
Heavy metals and excess free-radicals in the brain may contribute to the development of neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimers. They can not only destroy the neurotransmitters. They can damage the receptors. We certainly need sufficient neurotransmitter levels, and proper functioning receptors for proper brain function. By decreasing inflammation at the BBB, molecular hydrogen can help reduce free-radical damage to the neurotransmitters and their receptors.
Molecular Hydrogen is also a selective antioxidant, so it mops up free radicals.
Therefore, in addition to its role in helping neurotransmitters and their receptors talk to each other, and keeping the bad guys out of the brain, it can also help mop up any of the bad guys that do happen to find their way into the brain.
Scientific Studies suggest that Molecular Hydrogen can:
- Help increase the levels of neurotransmitters
- Protect neurotransmitter receptors from damage
- Improve the function of the blood brain barrier
- Reduce free-radical damage in the brain.This video is a discussion between friends about the effects of molecular hydrogen on depression and brain.
For more information on how to access H2, go here.
What if millions of medical diagnoses, procedures, and treatments were based on, at best, questionable scientific evidence, but still performed daily, the world over, in the name of saving patients lives or reducing their suffering? A new JAMA review indicates this may be exactly what is happening.
A disturbing new review published in JAMA online about overuse of medical care, i.e., health care where “risk of harm exceeds its potential for benefit,” concludes that many common medical procedures, given to millions are subjected to each year, have questionable or even non-existent evidence.
According to the review, co-authored by researchers from some of the country’s most respected medical institutions, medical overuse can also be defined as ‘a health care practice, about which when patients are fully informed, they would choose to forego care’. They go further:
Medical Overuse encompasses over diagnosis, which occurs when “individuals are diagnosed with conditions that will never cause symptoms,” and over treatment, which is treatment targeting over diagnosed disease or from which there is minimal or no benefit.”
Obviously when information is withheld on the real risks and benefits of a procedure, the whole principle of informed consent is violated. It’s a far too common occurrence in today’s medicine where money competes with scientific evidence to drive the doctor’s consensus that determines standard of care. It appears published biomedical literature is so corrupted by industry influence, and bias, that the entire ideal of ‘Evidence-Based Medicine” is in reality based on no more than a coin’s flip worth of certainty.
There’s also the more insidious problem of the mis-classification or misunderstanding of disease. This can mislead health care professionals and their patients into performing or undergoing harmful procedures without anyone understanding and accepting the harm and even lethal result they have wrought.
Over the past eight years, a vast, submerged iceberg of overdiagnosed and overtreated medical conditions, with the worst examples being common forms of breast, prostate, thyroid, and ovarian cancer has been identified. It wasn’t till 2013 that the issue broke open.
A National Cancer Institute commissioned expert panel acknowledged that early-stage or ‘stage zero’ breast (DCIS) and prostate (HGPIN) “cancers” are actually benign or indolent lesions of epithelial origin and should never have been, and should never be, termed “carcinomas.”
Summarizing, the report revealed that millions have been wrongly diagnosed and treated for breast and prostate cancers over the past few decades that they never had. In the case of stage zero breast ‘cancer’, some 1.3 million American women were subjected to sa combination of either mastectomy, lumpectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy over the past 30 years, even though their screen-detected condition had no symptoms. Left untreated this would likely never have caused them any harm. It doesn’t even account for the radiobiological harm caused by x-ray mammography. This could well have planted the seeds of malignancy into the healthy breasts of millions of women in the name of “prevention through early detection.”
The study, titled “Update on Medical Practices That Should Be Questioned in 2015,” reviewed 910 articles published in 2014, of which 440 directly addressed medical overuse. 104 of these were selected as “most relevant,” with the 10 most influential articles selected by author consensus, and forming the basis for their 10-topic critique, which is divided into three sections: overdiagnosis, overtreatment, and methods to avoid medical overuse.
- Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis: Colloquially known as “blocked or restricted arteries in the neck,” carotid artery stenosis often presents with no symptoms (asymptomatic), and yet is routinely treated with carotid angioplasty and stenting (placing a balloon or stent within the artery to open it) or surgical endarterectomy (removal of the inner lining of the artery and obstructive deposits found there) as “precautionary measures.” The review referenced a systematic review and meta-analysis by the US Preventive Services Task Force that found no studies providing data on whether screening for carotid stenosis reduced stroke. What was found is that carotid ultrasonography screening leads to many false-positives; a finding that I believe, contributes to increased morbidity and mortality in screened populations. This is especially apparent when you consider that safe and effective non-surgical alternatives exist: pomegranate juice has been found to reverse carotid artery stenosis within only months!
- Screening Pelvic Examinations Are Inaccurate in Asymptomatic Women and Are Associated With Harms That Exceed Clinical Benefits.
Pelvic examination is often included in annual preventive visits for women and usually consists of both visual examination and the insertion of the hand and instruments like a speculum in the vagina. This soft-tissue evaluation includes the upper genital tracts, as well as urethra, bladder, and rectum. Amazingly, a cited review found no studies assessing the effect of pelvic examinations on morbidity or mortality from cancers (including ovarian cancers) or benign gynecological conditions. Moreover, it was found that the harms of screening include “discomfort, anxiety, psychological effects, embarrassment, and unnecessary procedures, including surgery (1.4% [29 of 2000] of women in one study).” The review opined strongly about the study implications: “Do not perform screening pelvic examinations. Clinicians should educate female patients about the low value of the examination. This review informed a new guideline from the American College of Physicians recommending against routine pelvic examinations for screening asymptomatic women.” [emphasis added] Given the lack of evidence supporting pelvic examinations, could the practice be considered just another form of the violation of women by medical care providers, not unlike unnecessary C-sections?
- Head Computed Tomography Is Often Ordered but Is Rarely Helpful:
Computer tomography uses ionizing radiation and sometimes a contrasting agent in diagnosis, both of which have significant potential to cause adverse health effects. Often CT scans produce incidental, and clinically unimportant findings, and will lead to additional CT scans being ordered. The review concluded, “A second head CT scan rarely affects patient management. Clinicians should be judicious in ordering multiple CT scans in the same patient.” Consider also, that a study published in the NEJM in 2007 estimated that .4% of all cancers in the US may be attributable to CT scans!
- Thyroid Cancer Is Massively Overdiagnosed, Leading to Concrete Harms:
In the past 30 years, there has been a global increase in the implementation of thyroid cancer screening programs which have lead to dramatically increased rates of diagnosis of “thyroid cancer,”mostly due to papillary carcinomas, which are non-fatal. Thyroid cancer mortality rates remained the same throughout this period, a clear indication of overdiagnosis, i.e. the thyroid lesions were non-cancerous insofar as they would have never caused harm if left untreated. The review cited a new study that reviewed the 15-fold increase in thyroid cancer in South Korean, from 1993 to 2011, concluding that, “Overdiagnosis of thyroid cancer is extremely common. The harms associated with this overtreatment include lifelong thyroid replacement, hypoparathyroidism, and vocal cord paralysis.” Learn more by reading my article, “Thyroid Cancer Epidemic Caused by Misinformation, Not Cancer.”Ian: Is it any wonder we as ordinary mortals are resorting to alternative methods? While the efficacy and medical veracity may often be in question, it’s, to my mind, healthy in that whatever the form, people are taking responsibility for future health away from the medical establishment.
Full report here
Author Sayer Ji is founder of Greenmedinfo.com, where this article first appeared. He is on the Board of Governors for the National Health Federation, and Fearless Parent, Steering Committee Member of the Global GMO Free Coalition (GGFC), a reviewer at the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. Like on Facebook – Follow on Twitter
We’ve had quite a long association with Pete Evans.
He actually uses our products every day in the form of our UltraStream So I have learned a few things about him. He’s certainly a guy who leads with his jaw.
I do wonder what all the social media storm against Pete Evans is for.
One thing I have learned is that people are very protective over their knowledge and health and diet is a particularly sensitive issue. I remember another ‘lead with your chin’ lady who wrote a book about veganism, suggesting that broad acre farming was responsible for the ‘ethnic cleansing of many thousands of small animals whose home was naturally in open prarie or paddock. At a press conference a (I assume) vegan jumped out from behind her and hit her in the face with an acid-laced cream pie. Horrible.. but evidence of how aggressive people can be over food choices.
So what were the big objections to Pete Evans’ 2 week trial with Mike Willesee? The comments I bothered to look at came from either Vegans or established dieticians.. and I have to say that the Paleo diet is indeed a challenge to anyone attempting to adhere to the old and now disproven theories of diet we were brought up on.
Experts are Speaking up on Paleo diet
Never mind that very qualified medical professionals like David Perlmutter and cardiologist Dr William Davis (and an increasing number of others) agree with the basics of a no-grain diet. Never mind that Mike Willesee, a man steeped in bad diet and lifestyle emerged from the test wanting to continue. Never mind that Pete Evans may be a bit of a wild card, as I said, leading with his chin.
I see the Paleo Diet situation as akin to the Climate Change Debate. It took time for the established order to understand and respond to the fact that they just could not keep on polluting in the name of progress. The evidence for the Paleo diet is clear, whether you, like the climate denialists, want to nit pick about what he eats on his TV show, or whether fermented nuts are good for you.
Big changes are always accompanied by big resistance. It’s true ona grand scale as it is on a small personal scale: we are all inherently scared of change. But if the science is right, there’s a much bigger and (up until now) hidden factor at work here. Our power to think clearly about diet is affected by our addictions – as strong, we are reliably informed – as cocaine. These addictions cause our mood swings, many of our unexplained health problems, and our mental fuzz. They are, simply, sugar and wheat.
I have no issue with anyone expressing themselves. But if I see someone under the influence of drugs I always think I should relate to the person behind the addiction because the addiction is presenting a false face to the world. The real and perfect person lives somewhere in there, smothered emotionally and mentally as well as physically by a ‘habit’ that has true power over them. It remains to be seen and accepted that people with these addictions cannot help but protest because their ‘reality’ is totally in opposition to removing the sources of their addiction.
A ‘Pete Evans Challenge’
I’d like to lay down a challenge to the people with the most heat with Pete Evans. Go here, and I’ll hold our online Alkaline Paleo Course open and free for now (normally $95). Put yourself through our New Alkaline Diet and Defence Program.
Expose yourself to some theories you may disagree with.
Argue with us; we have a forum for that purpose.
But try us out.
I can only say that like Pete Evans I have come to a clearer mind, better daylong energy, and a greater than ever appreciation of food without bread/sugar driven eating rampages.
That old saying ‘Don’t Shoot the Messenger’ seems apt here. Pete Evans, I admit, isn’t the ideal messenger. But the message is what it’s all about, is it not?
I have to admit, I wasn’t fun to live with when anyone got between me and food when I was hungry. How about you? Do you get angry? If so blame your caveman within. He or she is talking to you.
Where does this anger come from? And why doesn’t everyone get like I did?
The Side Effect of My Type of Hunger
Everything you eat – carbohydrates and proteins – are converted through digestion into simple sugars (such as glucose). there is a proviso: IF you are not in ketosis!
These nutrients enter your bloodstream, then they are distributed to your organs and tissues and consumed as fuel.
Obviously, the amount of these nutrients circulating in your bloodstream start to drop if not replenished.
Sufficiently low blood-glucose levels will send a signal to your brain which interprets it as (in caveman terms) a life-threatening situation.
Unlike most organs and tissues in your body which can use a variety of nutrients to keep functioning, your brain is critically dependent on a little glucose to keep on thinking about sabre toothed tigers. If you are in ketosis, it will ‘mainline’ on ketones, converted from fat. But, as I discovered, getting into ketosis means getting off the ‘fast action’ sugars and carbs that supply an excess of glucose.
I found it quite disconcerting. My normal easy going nature became quite agressive, and I had trouble concentrating. The worst aspect of it was that i thought this was normal.
This diagram from Amanda Saltis’ article demonstrates the process.
More ways of seeing if you are like me.
Besides a drop in blood-glucose concentrations, another reason people can become hangry is the glucose counter-regulatory response. Let me explain.
When blood-glucose levels drop to a certain threshold, the brain sends instructions to several organs in your body to synthesise and release hormones. These hormones increase the amount of glucose in your bloodstream.
There are four main glucose counter-regulatory hormones.
(a) Growth hormone from the pituitary gland situated deep in the brain;
(b) Glucagon from the pancreas;
(c) Adrenaline, which is sometimes called epinephrine,
(d) Cortisol, which are both from the adrenal glands.
These last two glucose counter-regulatory hormones are stress hormones. They are are released into your bloodstream in many stressful situations, independent of the physical stress of low blood-glucose levels.
Our ‘fight or flight’response releases Adrenaline. It is one of the major hormones released into our bloodstream in response to a sudden scare, such as when we see, hear or even think something that threatens our safety.
The flood of adrenaline you get during the glucose counter-regulatory response promotes a similar response.
Nature and nurture
Hunger is also linked to anger becasue, believe it or not, both are controlled by the same genes. The product of one such gene is neuropeptide Y. It’s a natural brain chemical released into the brain when you are hungry.
It stimulates voracious feeding behaviours by acting on a variety of receptors in the brain, including one called the Y1 receptor.
Besides acting in the brain to control hunger, neuropeptide Y and the Y1 receptor also regulate anger or aggression. So people with high levels of neuropeptide Y in their cerebrospinal fluid may also show high levels of impulse aggression.
As you can see, there are several pathways that made me you prone to anger when I was hungry. Angry hunger is surely a survival mechanism that has served humans and other animals well.
We have to admit that if hungry organisms (us) stood back and graciously let others eat before us, our species probably wouldn’t be here today.
While many physical factors contribute to angry hunger, psychosocial factors also have a role. Culture influences whether you express verbal aggression directly or indirectly, for instance.
And as we are all different across all of these factors, it’s little wonder there are differences in how angry people seem to get when they’re hungry.
Dealing with hungry anger.
The easiest way to handle hunger-anger would seem to be to eat something before you get too hungry. While you may yearn for quick-fix foods, (foods that keep you in the acid hunger cycle), these foods generally induce large rises in blood-glucose levels that come crashing down fast. Think breads, and sugars, now known to be highly addictive, creating addict-like responses.
￼Ultimately, they may leave you feeling angrier and hungrier. It was only when I went ‘cold turkey’ with carbs and sugars that my hunger-anger ceased, I stopped scanning the table for other people’s leftovers, and getting angry.
In these cases, it can help to remember that, with time, our glucose counter-regulatory response will kick in and our blood-glucose levels will stabilise.
Ketones help keep my hunger under control because my brain can use ketones in place of glucose for fuel. In fact ketones are my natural ancestral brain food! Am I always in ketosis? As long as I limit my addictive carbs and sugars. Yes, I have a ketone tester which tells me immediately whether I am in ketosis or not. I am never half in ketosis, so I am either an addict to hunger-anger, or I am not.
And.. like any addict, I really didn’t understand my addictive state. If you’d like to know more about my diet turnaround, here’s a link to our New Alkaline Diet and Defence Program.
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Almost everybody who starts our New Alkaline diet has to deal with cravings. I’m sure even Elle McPherson went through them.
Unless you never ate sugar in your life, you’ve had cravings. Yet… knowing that it’s a common problem doesn’t make it any easier for you.
We’ve found that these tactics help a lot. We are asking a lot to give up your ‘crutch’ your ‘Mother’s Little Helper’ so the least we can do is show you what we have learned about overcoming cravings.
There are a few tactics we have found that work for almost everybody.
5 Crave Stopping Hacks
1. Sleep Enough.
It sounds like an odd first hack, but short on zeds does make you crave junk food. It’s also a sure way to make sure that you don’t have enough willpower to resist because you feel like well… crap..
Without sufficient sleep, 2 things happen.
a) You overproduce cortisol. This makes you hungrier, particularly for sugar.
b) Your body sends less glucose to your prefrontal cortex , your impulse-control center. You have less control over your actions (and your cravings).
How important is sleep? Try living without it.
2. Eat Enough Healthy Fats.
We usually crave non-NAD (New Alkaline Diet) foods because we’re just not eating enough, especially when first starting on the diet. Remember that you’re cutting out a lot of the nasty starches and sugars, so you need a replacement. The health-friendliest and most satisfying way to replace it is with good fats, such as coconut oil, pastured beef fat, avocado fat etc.
Make sure that you eat enough food at every meal. If this doesn’t seem a problem,Sounds like it shouldn’t be a problem, but when you’re changing diet, you often under eat without even knowing.
3. Avoid Snacking.
If you are already a snacker you’ve trained your body like a puppy to beg for food at regular hours. Continue to snack regularly, and you’ll continue to be reminded snack at those times because your body will expect it.
I know, I know. You don’t like this suggestion. just remember the AA maxim. One day at a time.
Once you say no to snackaddiction (and begin eating only nutritious NAD foods), your hunger pangs will cease because you’re getting off the up-down mood cycle so evident in over-acidic people.
4. Drink More Water: alkaline hydrogen rich pure water if possible..
Drinking has the same problems as eating. Being dehydrated supercharges your cravings. You don’t need to drink gallons, but definitely make sure you drink water regularly.
5. Go Cold Turkey.
There’s no easy way to say this. Just do it. We admit we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable. Face it, Kiddo. If you could have changed your diet, YOU WOULD HAVE! Sugar is by far the most addictive part of non-NAD foods. It isn’t easy to give up processed sugar cold turkey, but if you can do it, your cravings will be much easier to control sooner rather than later. I can absolutely say that my whole food preferences, servings size and enjoyment have all changed as I gave up on sugar (and grains and acidic foods!)
Are you in? Or are you still trying to manage the addict?
PS: Hey, if this resonates with you… we KNOW where you are!
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Our friend and lover of H2, Biochemist Tyler LeBaron recently posted this quite excellent summation of the placebo effect.
What is the PLACEBO effect?
Many skeptics have claimed that the purported benefits of ionized alkaline water are simply attributed to the placebo effect. In stark contrast many who realize that the benefits of the water are not simply attributed to the placebo effect, quickly declare, “it is not Placebo”. I know all of you know that the water has remarkable therapeutic potential due to the dissolved H2 gas , so I don’t need to explain that. But I do see the need to discuss what the placebo effect really is.
(Ian: see this link on his site)
Many people incorrectly believe that the placebo effect is simply a psychological phenomenon wherein people just “think” they feel better, but they don’t really get better (aka its all in you head). For example, a diabetic who “feels” better after drinking the water, but nothing physiologically has changed (e.g. sugar levels). In other words they believe the placebo effect is only in the brain, but not the actual body (i.e. psychological, but NOT physiological).
Therefore when people ingest something (the water, vitamin, herb, etc.) and they actually have physiological changes (e.g. less pain, lower blood sugar, better eyesight, etc.), they then declare that the substance truly is therapeutic and not just placebo. However, this conclusion is incorrect as it is based on a faulty premise.
The fact is the placebo effect is a phenomenon wherein there is a real physiological, not just psychological benefit. The placebo effect is very powerful. It has been shown to have highly beneficial effects on chronic pain, inflammation, glucose levels, hormones, depression, etc. The placebo effect actually causes real measurable biochemical changes. Interestingly the effects of the placebo are even altered by “pill size”, color, oral ingestion vs. inhalant or injection, etc. The benefits of the placebo can last for at least over two years for things like rheumatoid arthritis.
The placebo effect is so powerful that in some cases it works just as effectively as proven drugs (e.g. NSAIDs). Interestingly, there is also evidence that in some cases animals = can be subject to the placebo effect as well. There is also the NOCEBO effect, which is basically the opposite of the placebo effect. That is people believe that a certain thing will cause harm and it does.
IMPORTANTLY, just because a certain treatment (e.g. H2-water, drug, herb, etc.) really does work in and of itself, this does not mean that the placebo effect is not providing additional benefits!!! So those of us drinking hydrogen-water, the more we believe it will help us, the higher the probability that it will benefit us even beyond the normal amount.
The FACT that the placebo effect is a real physiological phenomenon helps us partly understand why many genuine “snake-oil” products seem to actually work, and also why alkaline water with NO hydrogen gas can also be of some benefit under the right conditions. Thus the importance of placebo-controlled studies.
If you could get a device implanted that prevented appetite would you do it?
We’ll assume for the moment that it is guaranteed to work. Well, it’s available.. or it will be soon but don’t hold your breath for it as a Medicare deduction..
The details are below, but it brings up an important question for me. If suddenly our hunger was halted, wouldn’t we still be attracted to the foods that caused us the problem in the first place? And if we don’t address the possibility that our food choices rather than our food quantity may be the reason for our obesity and ill health, how will reduced hunger help?
Knowing what we now know about the addictive nature of grains and sugar, let’s say you’ve implanted the device.. will it halt the addictive behaviour or what? Will it leave you unhungry but unhappy?
Seems to me that as long as you eat addictive food, hunger will be just one of the tools your addiction will use to keep you that way. Cassie and I have written lots more on this subject in our New Alkaline Diet and Defence Program.
It’s a revision, update and re-release of our 2006 program that was downloaded thousands of times, and it’s free for now because we need feedback. Take a look here now!
EnteroMedics’ Maestro System has become the first obesity device to be approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in ten years.
The device, which the company compares to a pacemaker, is designed to block signals in the nervous system to reduce feelings of hunger.
Obesity is, excuse the phrasing, a growing problem across the world. It is estimated that one third of Americans are clinically obese. While eating less is may present the simplest and most obvious solution for many, combating obesity or stimulating weight loss, especially in the morbidly obese, is not a linear problem. Often it is simply not practicable or effective for those treating obese patients to recommend diet and exercise, and more drastic treatments such bariatric surgery are too invasive for some patients or may have other adverse effects.
The now FDA approved Maestro System, which has been in use in Australia since mid-2011, is implanted via an outpatient procedure. By applying electrical pulses in what EnteroMedics calls VBLOC vagal blocking therapy, it is designed to interfere with signals between the stomach and the brain along the vagus nerve, which regulates the digestive system. Like other approaches to suppressing appetite , the desired result is to decrease feelings of hunger or induce a sense of satiety. The implanted system is connected to a battery which must be regularly recharged by the patient.
“VBLOC Therapy offers an entirely new approach to the treatment of obesity,” says Scott Shikora, MD, FACS, EnteroMedics’ Chief Consulting Medical Officer. “By blocking signals along the nerves that connect the brain and stomach, VBLOC to reduces feelings of hunger and promotes earlier feelings of fullness, which can help people with obesity reduce the number of calories consumed and promote safe, healthy and durable weight loss.”
The procedure is fully reversible and non-invasive and, according to the company, the system allows patients to “lose weight without lifestyle compromises,” it is not designed to suit everyone who needs to shed a few pounds. EnteroMedics specifies that the device is “for the treatment of adult patients with obesity who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 to 45 kg/m2, or a BMI of at least 35 to 39.9 kg/m2 with a related health condition such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels, and who have tried to lose weight in a supervised weight management program within the past five years.”
While clinical trials showed that the device is effective, the FDA notes in itspre-approval report that the trial patients lost 8.5 percent of their excess weight compared to those implanted with a sham device, falling short of the 10 percent requirement. Despite this the FDA has approved the device, which will only be implanted at specially chosen clinics by surgeons who have undergone both implant and explant certification.
The same paper also noted that in longer term weight loss patients it is important that lifestyle and diet habits are also changed, along with any use of a device.
Cassie was cleaning up her computer this morning after retrieving it from the clutches of a virus which played havoc with her browser. She found a post she had written for her Alkaline Paleo Diet blog which she had written over a year ago but had never actually added to her blog.
It really inspired me! There are times when it seems the world conspires to cause you trouble. I’m sure you can relate to that, and yesterday was one. It’s always the same: my busy frantic mind thinks that the way to happiness and peace is to work harder, think harder and try harder. Now.. although her post isn’t exactly about that, it still inspired me right out of that mindset and reaffirmed the reason I go to the AlkaWay ofice every day.
This is a small excerpt.
“I believe the whole subject of my decision for my dietary choice is in the end about my own self-empowerment.
Can I decide for myself what I need to eat for my bodies health? Or am I at the mercy of my cravings or someone else’s food cult? Because whenever I decide that someone else is going to fix me I have given my power away. And when I give my power away to someone else’s ideas I know now that I will be assured of the limited consequences of this choice. This choice will lead me to finally ignoring my body and its needs because I tried all those things that someone else told me to do and they didn’t work so I gave up.”
Here’s the full version of what she wrote.
We talk a lot about the effect of acidifying foods on this website, and the alkaline diet.
Cassie and I and the AlkaWay team have benefited greatly by modifying our diet to include far more greens and other alkalinizing foods, and intentionally cutting our sugars and carbs, both of which are acidifying. I can say that I enjoy my food more than ever, eat less, and have a far more balanced mood variation than I’ve ever had. If you know someone with varying ‘upsandowns‘ through the day I can guarantee they are over-acidic. But there’s something more that can undo all our good alkalizing food effects. It’s stress.
So.. why is stress so damaging?
Stress And Alkalinity
Stress acidifies your body by stimulating production of the hormone cortisol.
But that’s not all. There are other side effects of stress.
We craves sugary foods when we are stressed, according to a Brazilian study. We have all experienced this. That’s why we call our ‘sweetie treats’ “comfort food”!
In the study, 31 of the 57 participants exhibited symptoms of stress, while the remaining 26 had no symptoms. The study concluded that “Stressed women are more prone to [sweet cravings]…” Why? Most likely due to the effect of stress on the endocrine system – levels of leptin, the “hunger hormone,” were higher in participants who were stressed and craving sugar.
Sugar is a super acidifier, and – get this – it actually destroys bone cartilage by combining with protein and creating degenerative compounds known as AGEs (Advanced Glycation End products).Sugar definitely ‘AGEs” our bones.
And that’s not all. Sugar increases calcium excretion in the urine.
You know that stressed and anxious feeling? Those stomach pains have a source. It’s stress affecting your thyroid, And… the hormones regulating your metabolism also get thrown off. Your digestion takes the effects of this disruption, making it difficult to ‘get things moving’.
In that situation, our body’s regular toxin removal process is ‘out of whack’. When we can’t absorb waste, poisons begin reabsorbing via the intestinal wall creating an acid tide beyond the colon.
Feeling sluggish is a drag. Stress can contribute to this feeling of exhaustion for a number of reasons.
Stress precipitates worry and anxiety, keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep. But you won’t rest for another reason.And it’s cortisol as the culprit once more. Stress triggers the production cortisol. This is what gives your body what it needs to respond in its ‘fight or flight’ response: increased heartbeat, dilated pupils to see more dangerous dinosaurs, tight muscles that are ready to run if need be, and more O2 to your brain for lightning reactions.
We can’t remain in this state, so the cortisol eases off, and we crash.
here’s a super obvious fact that we hear over and over and amazingly, IGNORE.
Regular exercise iWILL keep our energy levels up and cortisol levels regulated. It’s weird. You may be tired out, but the answer is right in front of you. Regular exercising several days a week will actually keep cortisol levels stable, so you have more energy in the end.
I know this one! Before I gave up gluten I’d have a bad back every six months, and every time it got worse! At the time, in my ignorance, it seemed not to have anything to do with strenuous activity or “throwing my back out.” Now I realise that beyond my diet remedy, it could simply be stress.
Stress tightens your muscles in the flight or fight response, and our muscles react by aches or pain. I sat at my computer for long periods each day, and my back and neck got very bad. Now as I write I’m standing and do so most of the day with a special computer stand. If I hadn’t done something about it, poor posture and spinal misalignment would be the result. I also make sure I stop, take a brisk walk and periodically stretch.
If stress causes sugar cravings, then reducing stress – and reducing sugar – would help weight loss.
Stress = Sugar = Weight = Stress = Sugar = Fat
In one study 61 women ate the same basic diet (high in sugar and fat).
After a year, they were evaluated for weight gain. It was discovered that those in the highest stress group gained more weight – especially abdominal fat – than those with less stress.
A recent study of obese men that changed nothing in their diet except the water they drank showed that just drinking hydrogen rich water allowed them to lose weight. The perfect diet supplement; Water!
6. Poor Memory
We all know that stress affects your brain, even more so traumatic stress. Your memory zone – the hippocampus –may actually decrease in size under prolonged stress. Unfortunately reduced brain function can or does often lead to reduced cognitive and analytic abilities – which translates into a depressed frame of mind. As we all know from the many people who have preached it to us, a positive attitude makes for a better life, but when you understand that stress actually shrinks your brain this becomes more than a theory. You can see the mechanics of the problem.
You have to beat it before you lose it.
7. Hair Loss
It’s not only cortisol that gives us our stress response. There’s another group of hormones that spike: androgens. Stress itself will cause one particular androgens, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) to spike, and this one, can affect your hair follicles and even induce hair loss. Ever notice how some people’s hair always looks lifeless?
Luckily it can be reversed. Eating and drinking a pH-balanced diet and exercising daily can certainly help rebalance these hormones.
Alkalizing = Bone Renewal and involves our whole body
Go to your local doctor. Ask him or her about your osteoporosis, but don’t wait for your doctor tor ask you about your stress levels.
Believe me, I know this from personal experience.His or her job is to identify and treat symptoms, and to target a particular body part or system – such as the bones and bone turnover – with drugs. A bit like applying weed killer to improve your lettuces in the garden!
So.. what is your alkalizing strategy? Do you have one? Do you even know you need one? Don’t feel bad about not knowing. You are still in the majority, but take comfort in the fact that you now know that you can do something…. NOW!
You can begin with simple alkaline electrolytes.
You can add some alkaline sachets to your water bottle.
You can take on an alkaline diet weight loss challenge.
You can buy an alkalizing jug.
You can order alkaline greens shake in powder form.
You can order powdered green alkalizer.
You can install your own alkaline UltraStream.
You can stop eating sugar.. and carbs.. and wheat.. and.. and!
Or you can do nothing and wonder.. has my brain already changed?
Whatever you do, let us know about your own alkalizing story. We share stories because we help people like you by sharing!
I received this from Tyler LeBaron today and it’s really worth a read. It’s aimed at vendors of ionized water.
Virtually nobody cares how/why they work but we all know they do and we all have one. And so too it is with water ionizers. It doesn’t matter how it works it just does!!!”
Right??? Or maybe not!?!
The analogy of the microwave sounds great on the surface; however, when actually paralleled with ionized water it immediately begins to fall apart. For example, virtually everyone already owns a microwave and knows that it works. This is in stark contrast to what we are doing with ionized water, which is introducing the idea to those who have never even heard of it!
Here’s a hypothetical example: let’s say that you are selling microwaves, but here’s the catch, no one has ever even heard of a microwave before. Now I ask.. how much luck would you have with the following sales pitch?
“This microwave heats your food up by using super-novaic powers that combine all of the Disney princesses together and they warm the food up in only seconds”? *
Now, those who actually “try it” may buy it. But obviously many people will not even waste their time with such nonsense (which ends up being a lot of sales lost)—not to mention the fact that you will be laughed at and ridiculed.
Don’t you think more people would listen and just “try it” if you said something more realistic about how it works such as saying, “its kinda like the sun, in that it sends out waves of energy which heats the food”.
Isn’t the latter explanation more reasonable?
If they have any doubt to what you say you can show them numerous scientific articles demonstrating how microwaves heat things up—In addition to having them just “try it”. By the same token, when we offer “simple” and “correct” information about ionized water more people will be interested and will try it. Moreover, there are numerous scientific articles to back up the accurate information, but obviously there are no articles to back up inaccurate information such as “Disney princesses” or any inaccurate claims about ionized water (e.g. “electron rich”—which ironically if it really were would actually be cytotoxic).
Now please don’t misunderstand. Just as you do not have to really comprehend the physics of how the “microwave” works, but just a simple explanation that is scientifically accepted; similarly, you do not have to understand the detailed chemistry behind how ionized water works. Just a simple and concise explanation that is backed up by the scientific literature is all you actually need. This simple fact of life will prevent you from losing another sale from someone who would have otherwise been genuinely interested.
*Note: Although you may feel that this example greatly exaggerates common ionized water claims, I am here to tell you that from a scientific point of view many ionized water claims sound just as silly as this one.
This article was brought to my attention by a client who has been happily drinking our water for many years. She asked for my comments. I’ll add them below. I’m also going to colour red the phrases that actually have no purpose but to reinforce the point.
It’s an ANTI alkaline water article and one reader already thought that because it is on our blog we too were anti alkaline water. Nothing could be further from the truth. We LOVE our water and have done ever since we began drinking it in 2000.
“For the past couple of years a product has slowly infiltrated the natural health arena and convinced unsuspecting consumers to shell out hundreds of dollars for a so-called miracle cure. The miracle cure? Alkaline water. I have to admit when I first heard about alkaline water and its incredible ability to cure cancer, I was intrigued. Then I started doing some research.”
OK, I admit it. I have changed my view of the alkaline diet drastically. I still believe we need to alkalize but the things I see and hear from alkaline diet practitioners sometimes leaves me gasping. Now before giving you the latest one, let me just fill in those new readers. I was vegetarian for 14 years. I have advanced osteoporosis at age 67 and I do indeed blame my vegetarian choices. I am now alkaline paleo, and if you’d like to understand more about that, check out Cassie’s blog at www.alkalinepaleodiet.com. But here’s just one thing that changed with my diet change.
From Cassie Bond,
I’d like to talk about two of the most important reasons I believe people give up using the program. It’s often those of us with health challenges that do give up before we even get to see the benefits.
I want to talk about the problems I have had, and have seen other people encounter in the first stages of this program. I will talk about the changes that we go through as our bodies adjust from a glucose burning body to a fat burning body. The other important thing I am going to talk about today are the “healing reactions” we encounter on our journey to good health. These healing reactions are another reason why we give up and go back to a high carbohydrate diet.
In the first few weeks to 2 months of starting the alkaline paleo program, we will encounter an uncomfortable period of change over, from a glucose burning body to a fat burning body. This period of change over is inevitable as the body changes from using one fuel as a source of energy to using another. The length of time this change will last depends on our personal genetics and our health history.
These changeover symptoms are usually just plain tiredness and sometimes there are flu like symptoms also which may last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. There are those of of us who will hardly even notice the difference but most us will have a sense of real tiredness, we will urinate a lot, have cramps and we will have foggy thinking.
One of the most important things to do to ease the symptoms in this adjustment period is to make sure we are getting plenty of Celtic sea Salt. This will make the process so much easier. The salt will help with the excess urination, tiredness and muscle cramping.
The changeover of the bodies fuels can also cause some depression. This is because the chemicals in the brain are readjusting as they are no longer receiving the opioid like reactions from the wheat and the dairy we have been eating, nor are we getting the blood sugar level highs from the high carbohydrates foods.
But don’t worry, I can guarantee these highs, and of course the inevitable lows that follow, will be replaced by a much more calm and stable mind when you have gone through the initial adjustments.
We need to make sure we can get plenty of rest in this changeover period as the body is doing a lot of work to get us well. It’s a good idea at this stage to start nurturing ourselves in ways that don’t include the old habits of eating high carb comfort foods. We can start doing really nice things for ourselves like taking a walk, reading a great book, having an Epsom salt bath, keeping a journal, meditating, watching a funny movie or just taking a nap.
Now the other reason we may give up the alkaline paleo diet is this. We all believe that when we start eating better we should start getting progressively better from our health challenges. This seems to make total sense right?
No, it’s not like this and I will tell you why.
Many of us who try the alkaline paleo program do so to heal from chronic health challenges that could have been present in the body anywhere from 6 months to many many years to even a lifetime.
When the body is chronically unwell it’s only option for our survival will mean putting some not imminently life threatening health challenges into deeper levels of our body. It leaves them there, till hopefully one day, it will be strong enough to deal with them.
As the body gets the nutrition and cleansing it needs it begins unwinding the deeper layer issues and with this unwinding we may feel ‘sick’ with different symptoms which can be confusing if we don’t understand what is happening.
I call these symptoms ‘healing reactions’ . Healing reactions occur because the body is finally able to deal with these deeper layer issues. Healing Reactions show us that we are now capable of deep healing and they are a great sign.
How can we tell whether what is happening to us is a ‘Healing Reaction’ or that we are just plain getting sicker?
First it is important to know that we must stay on the diet and not cheat to really know if these reaction are healing reactions If we cheat there will be reactions in the body to the cheat foods and these are not healing reactions. These reactions can be quite strong as your body says absolutely “no” to the cheat food and lets you know it. Cheat reactions can last for days after the cheat.
This is how to tell the difference between a ‘healing reaction’ or just plain getter sicker.
Just before we get healing reactions we will start to feel much better and will have more energy. Then in the next day or couple of days, we will find a ‘healing reaction ‘ will occur and we won’t feel good or we will even feel downright awful. Then after maybe a few day to a week we will start feeling good again. This will repeat until all our health challenges are gone.
At this point I would like to say, if you are at all worried about any reactions then it is important that you check with your doctor as it might be something that needs quick attention.
I have heard some people say that they aren’t doing well on a low carb diet and so they start to eat potato or white rice to get more carbs and then say they start to feel a lot better.
Watch out for this, as what is happening is that the healing reactions are actually being halted from the high carb intake and these people are also getting a blood sugar high.
If you do feel the need for more carbs eat some more vegetables, such as cauliflower, zucchini or eggplant as these are carbohydrates but they will not spike your blood sugar nor stop the healing reactions. Spiked blood sugar causes an ageing cascade in the body and is counter productive to healing and longevity.
I hope this helps to bring some reassurance that its ok to have healing reactions . I can honestly say I have now observed enough absolute healing in people from chronic ill health to know that these ‘healing reactions’ are a normal part of the process of total healing
If you let me know of your healing reactions I can help you with ways you can ease some of the discomfort. We really don’t want to resort to drugs if we can help it as this would be counter productive to the healing process.
Contact Cassie at http://www.alkalinepaleodiet.com
Here are the 13 reasons why our bodies, if given the right nutrition, will be so much more alkaline when including meat in the diet.
1. On the Alkaline Paleo diet stress is greatly relieved. Stress is the greatest acidifier and getting the right nutrition will calm the mind enormously.
It’s been both mine and Ian’s experience that stress is no longer nearly the problem it was prior to going on this Alkaline Paleo diet. By getting all of our amino acids so necessary from high quality protein (meat, eggs or fish)and the good fats we need, we’ve created a platform for the body to have the brain function as it should. Amino acids from good proteins are essential to a healthy psych. There are studies that show that many psychiatric disorders can be reversed when amino acids are supplied adequately to the diet.
|The Alkaline Paleo protocol will help to create a really calm and clear mind, a mind that doesn’t get caught on the small stuff and with the big stuff is able to creatively find way through and beyond. A calm mind created more alkalinity.|
And a calm mind allows for deep breathing. When we are stressed we shallow breathe which means we don’t eliminate the carbon dioxide so well from our lungs. Carbon dioxide comes from carbonic acid which is acidifying and part of the way the body gets rid of excess acids. Depression which doesn’t allow good thinking has become something that is very rare for us now and only lasts for a very short time before we get to understand what it is about and then do what it takes to move quickly through it.
And stable blood sugar levels from the Alkaline Paleo diet ends the up and down mood swings that come from fluctuating blood sugars. Ian used to get really grumpy when he didn’t eat on time as his blood sugar would get low if he missed a meal. Now because his blood sugar is balanced due to Alkaline Paleo diet he can now miss a whole meal and remains a happy boy!
2. On the Alkaline Paleo diet we don’t eat grains. Grains are much more acidifying to the body than meat.
Meat is acidifing but the most acidifying food (apart from sugar) is grains. One of the things about any grains is they are not easily digested because of many factors including phytates, lectins, gluten (forms of gluten are found in all grains) and high carbohydrate levels. When foods are difficult to digest this sets up inflammation in the gut which then promotes gut dysbiosis and finally inflammation throughout the body.
|Through incomplete digestion in the intestines, grains cause inflammation. Inflammation causes stress and therefore more bodily acidification.|
One way to gauge acidity is to measure acid-induced calcium loss in the urine. A study by the Uni of Toronto examined the effect of increasing gluten consumption with the level of calcium loss in the urine. An incredible 63 percent increase in calcium loss occurred with an increase of gluten from bread. About 10,000 years ago our Paleo ancestors ate meats, vegetables and a small amount of fruit, nuts and roots. This formerly alkaline human diet pH balance shifted to the acid side with the introduction of grains, especially wheat.
3. On an Alkaline Paleo diet sugars, the most acidic foods of all, are almost eliminated and cravings for sugar just disappear!
If we do decide to eat berries we will be ingesting some acidity and sugar from these fruit, but for the most part, with the Alkaline Paleo diet, Ian and I just prefer savoury foods now. Our sweet tooth has just faded away. No more cravings. This doesn’t mean there isn’t an occasional foray into the fruit world but where we craved sugar and fruit before, it is now just a nice thing to eat a tiny bit of fruit every now and again – as it would have been with our Palaeolithic ancestors.
4. On the Alkaline Paleo diet we need only a small amount of meat, eggs or fish with every meal.
|Compared with the amount of grains, nut and legumes we need to consume to get enough nutrition without eating meat, the amount of meat, eggs or fish we need is comparably much smaller in sheer bulk. This means we are not ingesting nearly as much acidic foods.|
5. On the Alkaline Paleo diet there are other factors in meat that lessen its acidity.
In his book ‘Wheat Belly’ Dr William Davis tells us that:
“New research suggest that meats have other effects when ingested that partially negate the acid load.
“Animal protein exerts a bone-strengthening effect through stimulation of the hormone insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), which triggers bone growth and mineralization.
|The net effect of proteins from meat, despite their acid-generating properties, is that of increasing bone health. Children, adolescents, and the elderly who increase their meat intake show increased bone calcium content and improved measures of bone strength.”|
6. On the Alkaline Paleo diet overall food consumption lessens, due to satiety from eating healthy fats, and less food consumption means less acidity in the body.
Eating too much is very acidifying no matter how alkaline a food is. When the stomach and digestive system is overloaded it puts tremendous stress on the body to deliver the saliva, hydrochloric acid, pancreatic enzymes, bile, digestive enzymes and all the other hormones and enzymes needed for digestion. We all know what it’s like to be over-full. We feel awful. The body is in an enormous amount of stress trying to deliver what is needed to digest this surplus of food and we know what stress does – it acidifies! Dairy – especially plain milk – is acidic and so is cheese.
7. On the Alkaline Paleo we eat very little dairy products. Dairy products are acid making in the body.
Dairy is very hard to give up as it has a opioid like effect in the brain which will cause cravings. Why do I mention this? Being addicted to any substance drugs or drug like food causes a stress reaction in the body and stress is acidifying.
Dairy is usually a part of a vegetarian diet as it is one of the few ways that a vegetarian gets enough quality protein, and fat soluble vitamins such a Vitamin A, K2, D3 and the vitamin B12.
If someone is vegan and doesn’t eat these foods they quickly become deficient in essential amino acids. These vitamins & amino acids will need to be supplemented in pill form in order to get these nutrients. Is this an optimal diet if you need supplements to survive?
What happens if you are vegetarian and have a food sensitivity to dairy? Unless we supplement with a large amount of eggs we will have a lot of deficiencies, we will get sick as vegetarians and vegans often do, despite their alkaline diet. I know, I was one of them. Bringing back meat into my diet allowed me to get nutrients I was badly missing.
8. On the Alkaline Paleo diet we drink leafy green vegetable juices. These are very alkalizing due to the high potassium levels – we love them.
We drink (when we are back in Australia) a green vegetable juice every day. We don’t add carrots, beetroot or fruit as they are high in sugar. Fruit juice is acidic also. We have juices of kale, celery, cabbage, cucumbers, parsley, lettuce, coriander (detoxes mercury) and some ginger.
|The alkalinity of the palaeolithic diet has been estimated to be 6 to 9 times more alkaline than the modern diet, thanks to its large potassium salt intake from vegetable sources.|
It is thought that our ancestors’ urine pH was as high as 7.5 to 9.0 compared to the our modern range of 4.4 to 7.0. Our Paleo forebears also lived in a much cleaner world where his air was clean and rich in oxygen, with clean food and (most likely alkaline) pure water, stress would have been limited to those moments where they were hunting – or being hunted!
9. On the Alkaline Paleo diet we have stable blood sugar levels from eating good fats and no high carb foods.
Even blood sugar levels are really important as spikes in blood sugar are very acidifying and cause glycation which cause the ageing process. Diabetics are an example of the effects of high blood sugars levels as they age much faster than those with healthy blood sugar levels.
10. On the Alkaline Paleo diet drinking alkaline ionized water alone will increase alkalinity – and help to negate the effects of AGE’s (free radicals).
Unlike our Paleo ancestors” world, in today’s world we need all the help we can to stay alkaline and drinking alkaline water is an easy and great way of achieving this. Alkaline water is a rich sourse of antioxidants. Antioxidants are fantastic for negating AGE’s in the blood stream thereby increasing the ability of the body to remain youthful and healthy.
11. On the Alkaline Paleo diet Candida Albicans and other bad gut bacteria, with their excretion of very acidic waste, will no longer thrive.
12. On the Alkaline Paleo diet we eat more vegetables now than we did as vegetarians. We don’t fill up on bulky grains, pulses or nuts so there is more room for fresh vegetables.
13. On the Alkaline Paleo diet we eat very little fruits as they are high in sugar and not nutrient dense.
We don’t eat much fruit as I have stated before it is acidifying due to the large amount of sugars now found in it.
Fruit is more like a treat than a necessary part of the diet, to be eaten sparingly
|This is what Dr Kate Shanahan, author of “Deep Nutrition” says when she speaks at Sean Croxtons’ Real Food Summit: “I should have corrected myself to say… (fruit is.)..mostly empty calories. They’ve been bred for sweetness and while fruits do of course convey nutrients to our bodies the nutrient to calorie ratio of most vegetable is far greater than that of most fruits.”|
This has been so good to write and I hope I have helped to make it clear that contrary to our modern belief that eating meat = acidity that actually eating meat= great nutrition and more alkalinity. I would love any comments on the above or any ideas you might have about why the Alkaline Paleo diet might contribute towards alkalinity.
All the Amino Acids are Necessary for An Easy Going Mood
I just listened to a doctor explain another reason why I am so happy and clearing minded on the Alkaline Paleo diet!
Apart from the fact that I am just healthy and getting all the nutrition my brain and body needs there’s even more benefits on being on the diet.
Dr Daniel Kalish treats people who have depression with natural foods.
From what I heard from him, I am finally getting all the Amino acids including L-Cysteine from good quality protein (eggs, fish and pasture fed meats), plenty of organic greenvegetables which supplies another important ingredient, 5HTP, and I’m getting plenty of Vitamin B6 which is necessary for amino acid and neurotransmitter synthesis (Serotonin & Dopamine).
There is evidence that shows that vegetarians are more depressed than meat eaters. I can vouch for that! Not only was I not getting the amino acids I needed but the high carbs were feeding the bad bacteria in my gut making me sick in mind and body.
Alkaline Water: A Great Detoxifier and Antioxidant Booster
I’m drinking good water which is a great detoxifier and I’ve taken out coffee and alcohol to give the liver a chance to get healthy so it can do its job of detoxifying. After my last binge in Italy my liver actually hurt to touch!
Eating Gluten Has A Big Effect on Mental Health
Another important thing is I am not eating any gluten. Gluten has a huge effect on the brain, not only does it have an opioid like effect but it also increases Serotonin which I would have thought was a good thing, but it’s not. The reason being is if we make too much Serotonin then our Dopamine is not being balanced and we are back in trouble again brain balance wise. We need a balance of Serotonin (the calming neurotransmitter) and Dopomine (the exiting neurotransmitter) to have the best happiness opportunity!
Balanced Blood Sugar Levels
Of course my blood sugar levels are balanced without the up and down of a high carb diet. This means that I don’t get mean if I don’t get something to eat on time!
Not Feeding the Little Critters!
Also I am not feeding those bad bacteria whose excretions go into my blood stream through my gut wall from leaky gut. This phenomena leads to foggy thinking.
Healthy Fats Feeds the Hormonal System and the Brain
Add to this that I am getting plenty of healthy fats (coconut oil, meat fats) which are giving me plenty of good cholesterol to create a good hormonal balance. Also coconut oils medium chain fatty acids creates Ketones which is a great source of energy for the brain.
All these factors are balancing my thinking so I am able to distinguish between the important things in my life that I need to address (like my present food choices) and the things that really aren’t important at all (like whether home is a bit of a mess!).
No wonder I am just so darned happy my body and mind are finally getting the chance to function as they should! I sure hope I’m not going to get caught again like I did with my Italian experience. Cross fingers!