Monday, August 12, 2019

Can Functional Medicine Help Us Live Longer?

Americans are not living longer, healthier lives. Can functional medicine change that?

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Despite incredible advances in modern medicine including research breakthroughs and life-saving medications and devices, Americans are not actually living longer, healthier lives. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, life expectancy has actually been falling over recent years. In fact, this is the first time since the 1918 flu pandemic that Americans have experienced a loss in years of life. Experts say that this decrease cannot be attributed to one single problem, but numerous factors including increased rates of suicide and the opioid epidemic.
If you have a common health concern like high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, mental illness, arthritis or asthma and visit your doctor, you are likely offered medication as a primary part of your treatment plan. It is no secret that the causes of many common health problems stem from lifestyle factors such as diet, inactivity and stress, however our health care system doesn’t strive to identify and ameliorate these root causes of chronic illness. If you are seeking out a lifestyle approach to better health that focuses on prevention, functional medicine may be right for you.
Functional medicine takes the science of medical training and a systems-focused medical approach to identify and better understand the underlying causes of disease. Functional medicine practitioners see themselves as patient-centered, treating the individual, not the disease. In functional medicine, the healthcare plan is personalized and unique and practitioners spend more time educating and counseling patients.
At a recent event entitled Food as Medicine at The Farmhouse at Ojai Valley Inn, Chef Jeffrey Zurofsky and Dr. Robin Berzin of Parsley Health discussed the popular diets – Paleo, Keto and Vegan for better health and vitality. While they didn’t recommend one specific diet above others, they did suggest that we are all different and need a nutrition plan that meets our own unique needs. Overall, they recommend a plan that includes a variety of plants and minimizes highly processed foods. They highlighted the important role of nutrition in health promotion and healing.
At Parsely Health, a healthcare company with offices across the county, doctors offer primary care services that combine modern medicine and technology with a functional, whole body approach. These doctors focus on nutrition, exercise, genetics, and mental health as major factors impacting well-being. Functional medicine doctors will refer their patients to specialists, such as cardiologists or dermatologists, as needed.
Unlike unqualified health coaches or those who earn quick online certificates, functional medicine practitioners are doctors or other medical professionals practicing evidence-based health care using modern diagnostic testing. If you are interested in incorporating functional medicine into your health care, it is important to seek services from a qualified provider. Check the credentials of providers and go with a qualified professional including a medical doctor, doctor of osteopathic medicine, nurse practitioner, doctor of chiropractic or a doctor of naturopathic medicine. If you have a medical condition, seek a provider who specializes in your condition.
As health care costs are rising while Americans are not achieving better health outcomes, functional medicine couldn’t be gaining attention at a better time. Preventative health care services that address causes of illness and educate and empower patients to live healthier lives are the future. If we can shift from a society that puts its resources into treating the symptoms of disease to a society that considers the social, economic and environmental origins of health problems, we can make additional strides to live longer and better lives as a whole.
LeeAnn Weintraub, a registered dietitian, provides nutrition counseling and consulting to individuals, families and businesses. Send LeeAnn an email at

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Fasting with Bicarbonates to Treat Cancer

Fasting with Bicarbonates: A New Approach to Treating Cancer

This would have to be the least expensive cancer treatment in the world. The foundation of this approach is to combine two extraordinarily powerful therapies, a combination of fasting, intermittent fasting, Ketogenic diet as one leg of the treatment and the second is to flood the body with different forms of bicarbonate—taken orally and administered trasndermally. This would add up to a shoot out at the OK Corral, massacre take no prisoners type of approach to cancer. The object—quick death of cancer cells through starvation.
There has already been a growing body of evidence supporting the role of fasting in both cancer treatment and prevention. Fasting using bicarbonates in all ones water intake to wipe out cancer is a new therapy that is a game changer. In the last chapter we saw why bicarbonate should be used by all cancer patients. Now we add an ancient practice like fasting, or new ones, intermittent fasting or or what are called Nutrition and Fast-Mimicking Diet (FMD). All forms of fasting or dietary restriction are strong weapons in our arsenal to fight, and  defeat, cancer.
One of the downsides of multi-day water fasting is the detox symptoms, which is an indication a person’s detox pathways are impaired. KetoFasting. a term and book by Dr. Joseph Mercola, offers a complete system that starts out with intermittent fasting and a cyclical ketogenic diet, and then goes on to a partial fast instead of a water fast.
The minimum one needs to do is is stop eating (at least 13 to 16 hours a day) and start regulating one’s dosage of bicarbonate by constantly maintaining one’s urine pH at eight for ten days. For some patients prolonged fasts might be necessary, and for still others, some liquid form of super-food needs to be used.
The Gerson Method floods the body with fruit and vegetable juices that maintain many of the dynamics of fasting, but as we will see in later chapter, water fasting cuts to the bone in terms of what it will do to cancer. The Gerson Method is completely against the use of sodium bicarbonate so as we shall see directly below it is magnesium bicarbonate that is our first choice.
Researchers have found that intermittent fasting inhibits the development and progression of the most common type of childhood leukemia. At the end of seven weeks, the fasted mice had virtually no detectable cancerous cells compared to an average of nearly 68 per cent of cells found to be cancerous in the test areas of the non-fasted mice, showed the findings published online in the journal Nature Medicine. ‘Mice in the ALL model group that ate normally died within 59 days, while 75 percent of the fasted mice survived more than 120 days without signs of leukemia,’ according to Chengcheng (Alec) Zhang, Associate Professor at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
The most logical, effective, safe, necessary and inexpensive way to treat cancer is to cut off the supply of food to tumors and cancer cells, starving them with a lack of glucose. Sugar feeds tumors and creates general inflammation that is pro-cancer so glucose starvation—that is, depriving cancer cells of glucose—activates a metabolic and signaling amplification loop that leads to cancer cell death.
Research published in June 2013 by researchers from the University of South Florida and Boston College using mice models reported that a “Ketogenic Diet alone significantly decreased blood glucose, slowed tumor progression and increased mean survival time by 56.7% in mice with systemic metastatic cancer. While Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy alone did not influence cancer progression, combining the Ketogenic Diet with Hyperbaric Oxygen elicited a significant decrease in blood glucose, tumor growth rate and a 77% increase in mean survival times compared to the controls.
Ketogenic diets are a good option if one needs a long term fast but finds that too difficult. One can still stop eating for the 13 to 16 hours a day but when one eats its with a low sugar high fat diet that Ketogenic diets provide. Evidence leads us to believe that tumors of non-hepatic tissues may be unable to metabolize ketone-bodies and suggest a therapeutic strategy for selective starvation of tumors by dietary modification.
Combine bicarbonate with fasting hits cancer cells where it hurts. Through manipulation of the circadian oscillation with bicarbonate, and shutting down the glucose metabolism of cancer cells with fasting, we can kick cancer cells down the block.
The best bicarbonate is magnesium bicarbonate, a magical mineral formula. If that is not available taking one’s bicarbonate with lemon is ideal because the lemon turns bicarbonate into CO2. Scientists at Ludwig Cancer Center were able to measure the changes in cancer cells by seeing how much bicarbonate was changed into CO2 in the most hypoxic cancer cells. As bicarbonate is transformed into CO2 inside cancer cells their pH rises making them easier targets for other cancer therapies. This is a demonstration how CO2 is also a medicine and a measure of health when present in the blood in sufficient quantities. When carbon dioxide levels fall in the blood so does oxygen and it is impossible to stay healthy for long when this happens.
Sodium Bicarbonate can rapidly Alkalize your body far more effectively than diet, but it can’t be continued long term because of the excess sodium. Magnesium Bicarbonate has no such problems and can be used long term. The truth is that magnesium is difficult to absorb into the body unless its attached to a bicarbonate ion. In the general population between 80 to 90 percent of people are magnesium deficient. Among cancer patients its more like 100 percent, so flooding the body with an absorbable magnesium is necessary.
Best-Bottled Waters in the World are High in Magnesium Bicarbonate
Donat Mg from EuropeUnique Water from Australia and Noah’s from California get my votes as the three best-bottled waters in the world because of the large concentration of magnesium bicarbonate present. Nothing will do more to overcome mitochondrial decay and general low levels of cell energythan jacking in high levels of magnesium bicarbonate into the cells. If one does not live in Europe, California or Australia then one can buy a magnesium bicarbonate concentrate in the States.
Knowing More About Bicarbonates
Disease prefers the body to be in an acid state and fighting that acidity is not easy unless bicarbonates are employed. The body’s own natural solution to excess acid is to buffer with bicarbonates. The stomach, pancreas and kidneys all produce bicarbonate. With the onslaught of acidity from foods, stress and a host of toxins including prescription drugs our bodies often cannot keep up adequately with sufficient production of bicarbonates. This is where magnesium bicarbonate comes in, providing the body with a form of bicarbonate that is taken directly into the cells at therapeutic levels. It would not be a great exaggeration to look at magnesium bicarbonate as rocked fuel for the cells, especially for the mitochondria.
Bicarbonates are the primary transporters of oxygen in the body and are used to buffer acidity, while magnesium is known as the master mineral because it’s vital for most bodily functions. Usually magnesium and bicarbonates come attached to something our bodies do not need any more of, like sodium for the most common form of bicarbonate or the many things attached to common magnesium formulas. Part of the genius of magnesium bicarbonate is that these two necessary substances come packaged together.
Magnesium Bicarbonate is unique in that both minerals are desperately needed by the body but rarely found together in nature except in some natural spring waters.
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In all cases, cancer cells, when deprived of nutrients, starve to death faster than healthy cells. The reason cancer is such an insidious enemy is that its cells divide uncontrollably, leading to the formation of tumors that keep growing, impair bodily functions, and in a worst-case scenario, metastasize—they spread from their original site, wreaking havoc around the body.
One test-tube study actually showed that exposing cancer cells to several cycles of fasting was as effective as chemotherapy in delaying tumor growth and increased the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs on cancer formation.
Ludwig Cancer Researchs said that bicarbonate cleans cells, helping them return to proper working order with normal circadian oscillations. This forces cancer cells to restrict the hours the cells can intake nutrition putting them into a partial starvation mode. In order to keep dividing indefinitely, cancer cells cannot afford the periodic fasting imposed by the circadian rhythm; before they can divide, they need to grow, and in order to grow, they need nutrients. That is why the most aggressive cancers have to take down the circadian oscillation.
We can think of the circadian cycle as a sort of internal clock that regulates many different mechanisms. The cycle starts over about every 24 hours (hence the term “circadian”, coming from Latin circa “about” and dies “day”). Among its many functions, it tells cells when they’re supposed to produce and consume nutrients. Healthy cells are normally allowed to do so for about 12 hours a day, in order to prevent them from being overwhelmed by a flood of excessive nutrients. Cancer cells need to eat 24 hours a day.
That’s one reason why cancer and acidity are related. Acidity is what forces cancer cells to shut down the oscillation allowing it to eat their hosts out of house and home. When we combine fasting with bicarbonates we open the cancer cells circadian oscillation and deny them food when it is time to eat, which is all the time for them. We starve the cancer cells. This prevents cancer cell division and growth.
Furiously paced division requires furious nutrient intake so if we open the oscillation with bicarbonate and we fast we hit them day and night 24/7. That’s a brutal condition for cancer cells. What we are doing is violently pulling the rug out from under cancer cells survival strategies.

Dr. Mark Sircus AC., OMD, DM (P)


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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Kitchari: A Detoxifying Ayurvedic Meal

Written by: Penny Platt / 

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Kitchari is a traditional Ayurvedic dish that's known for its ability to detox the body and balance all three doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha. The combination of rice and lentils provides all the amino acids needed to form a complete protein, and ginger is known for improving digestion. Turmeric is recognized for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making this meal a synergistic healing powerhouse.
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Yellow split mung beans contain 94mg of magnesium per 50 grams, or 23% of the US RDA. They are also rich in potassium, folate and thiamine. Using ghee is preferred in this dish, but for a vegan option, substitute a good vegetable oil.  You can purchase ghee and dal in a major health food store or at your local Indian grocery store.


                Qty       Type     Item      
                1              Cups       Split Mung dal  (yellow lentils)
                2              Cups       White Basmati rice
                1              inch        Fresh ginger root
                1              small       handful of cilantro leaves
                2              T              Ghee (clarified butter)
                1/2          t               Turmeric
                1/2          t               Coriander powder
                1/2          t               Cumin powder
                1/2          t               Whole cumin seeds
                1/2          t               Mustard seeds
                2              Cloves    Garlic (optional)
                1/2          t               Salt (rock salt is best)
                1              pinch      Hing (also called Asafoetida)
                5-7          cups        Water
*Note: For extra flavor, add Bragg’s Liquid Aminos after cooking. 


Wash dal and rice together until water runs clear. Heat a large cast iron or stainless steel pot on medium heat then add ghee (clarified butter), next mustard seeds, tumeric, hing, whole cumin seeds, cumin powder, and coriander powder. Stir all together for a few minutes. Then add rice, dal and stir again. Now add the water, salt and bring to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes. Next turn heat down to low, cover, and continue cooking until both dal and rice becomes soft and well-done. Half way through you can add chopped vegetables such as carrots, beets, cauliflower, squashes, zucchini, spinach, kale, burdock, collards, dandelion greens or broccoli. The consistency should be slightly watery, so add water if necessary. The cilantro leaves can be added before serving.
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Saturday, August 3, 2019

10 Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones

10 Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones

by Dr. Edward Group  

The  kidneys are one of the most important organs in the human body. The kidneys help to detox and filter impurities from the blood, as well as waste products from your urine. Kidney stones form when the kidneys are not able to process toxins efficiently. Specifically, a crystallization of unprocessed minerals builds up. Kidney stones cause pain and possible blockage of urine flow.
The following are some simple natural remedies that may help soothe the discomfort of kidney stones and speed up the body’s natural healing process.
Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones
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1. Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, and Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

This is one of my favorites and easily one of the most effective remedies for kidney stones and the pain they cause. At the first symptom of stone pain, mix 2 oz of organic olive oil with 2 oz of organic lemon juice.
Drink it straight and follow with a 12 ounce glass of purified water. Wait 30 minutes. Then, squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon into 12 ounces of purified water, add 1 tablespoon of organic raw apple cider vinegar and drink. Repeat the lemon juice, water and apple cider vinegar recipe every hour until symptoms improve.

2. Uva Ursi

Uva Ursi is a common folk remedy for kidney stones. Not only will it help fight off infection in the kidneys, but it may also help reduce pain and cleanse the urinary tract. 500mg three times a day is recommended for kidney stones.

3. Dandelion Root

Organic dandelion root is a great kidney tonic and cleanser. Taking up to 500 mg twice a day may be beneficial.

4. Kidney Beans

The shape of this bean may be indicative of its healing potential. An effective urinary home remedy for kidney stones, traditionally the pods were used as a medicinal tonic.
Try removing the beans from inside the pods, and then boil the pods in purified hot water for six hours. This liquid can be strained through cheese cloth, cooled and taken throughout the day for one day to ease kidney stone pain.

5. Horsetail

Horsetail tea is an effective natural remedy for kidney stones. Drink up to 3-4 cups of horsetail tea daily or 2 grams of the herb in capsule form daily.

6. Pomegranate Juice

We’ve all heard that pomegranates have many health benefits. But, more specifically, the seeds and juice of pomegranates can be considered another natural remedy for kidney stones. This may be related to their sourness and astringent properties. I prefer eating organic pomegranates and drinking freshly-squeezed pomegranate juice.

7. Magnesium

Studies show that people with recurrent kidney stones who took magnesium supplements had a 92.3 percent improvement rate in reduction of kidney stones. 300 mg of magnesium orotate is recommended daily for prevention and reduction of stones.

8. Organic Celery

Celery in vegetable form and celery seed are great urine-promoters and kidney tonics. Regular use of celery seed, as a spice or as a tea, may prevent kidney stone formation.

9. Basil

A kidney tonifier, basil tea can be taken throughout the day for overall kidney health. If you have kidney stones, try taking one teaspoon each of basil juice with raw honey daily for up to six months. It’s believed that folk remedies with pure basil juice can help induce stone expulsion from the urinary tract.

10. Change in Diet

Unhealthy food intake is a primary cause of kidney stones. Cut down on the amount of soda and energy drinks you consume. Avoid processed foods and alcoholic beverages. Add more fruits and veggies to your diet, especially those listed above.

11. Bonus! Inversion Table

It sounds odd, but some research suggests using an inversion table can help pass stone fragments after extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy. Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, in short, is when a targeted shock wave is sent through the body to break up stones. It seems that inversion therapy helps the body push out the stones.
I also recommend reading the book “The Green Body Cleanse” to learn how to avoid kidney stone forming foods and beverages.
Remember that the remedies listed above are not intended to replace medical care. If you’re experiencing a lot of pain from kidney stones, see your doctor immediately. For optimal health, I recommend performing a colon cleanseliver and gallbladder cleansechemical and heavy metal cleanse and even a harmful organism cleanse at least 1-2 times a year.
Do you have a favorite kidney stone remedy I missed? If so, please leave a comment below.

Can Functional Medicine Help Us Live Longer?

Americans are not living longer, healthier lives. Can functional medicine change that? By LeeAnn Weintraub August 8, 2019 The Los Angel...