The Danger of GMO’s!!!

I found this on Dr Mercola’s site. It has some great information and links on GMO’s and California prop 37. Check it out.

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The first-ever lifetime feeding study1 evaluating the health risks of genetically engineered foods was published online on September 19, and the results are troubling, to say the least. This new study joins a list of over 30 other animal studies showing toxic or allergenic problems with genetically engineered foods.

The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, found that rats fed a type of genetically engineered corn that is prevalent in the US food supply for two years developed massive mammary tumors, kidney and liver damage, and other serious health problems.

The research was considered so “hot” that the work was done under strict secrecy. According to a French article in Le Nouvel Observateur,2 the researchers used encrypted emails, phone conversations were banned, and they even launched a decoy study to prevent sabotage!

According to the authors:

“The health effects of a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize (from 11% in the diet), cultivated with or without Roundup, and Roundup alone (from 0.1ppb in water), were studied 2 years in rats. [Editors note: this level of Roundup is permitted in drinking water and GE crops in the US]

In females, all treated groups died 2-3 times more than controls, and more rapidly. This difference was visible in 3 male groups fed GMOs.

All results were hormone and sex dependent, and the pathological profiles were comparable. Females developed large mammary tumors almost always more often than and before controls, the pituitary was the second most disabled organ; the sex hormonal balance was modified by GMO and Roundup treatments.

In treated males, liver congestions and necrosis were 2.5-5.5 times higher… Marked and severe kidney nephropathies were also generally 1.3-2.3 greater. Males presented 4 times more large palpable tumors than controls, which occurred up to 600 days earlier.

Biochemistry data confirmed very significant kidney chronic deficiencies; for all treatments and both sexes, 76% of the altered parameters were kidney related. These results can be explained by the non linear endocrine-disrupting effects of Roundup, but also by the overexpression of the transgene in the GMO and its metabolic consequences.”

Folks, if this doesn’t get your attention, nothing will.

Does 10 percent or more of your diet consist of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients? At present, you can’t know for sure, since GE foods are not labeled in the US. But chances are, if you eat processed foods, your diet is chock full of genetically engineered ingredients you didn’t even know about.

The study in question includes photos and graphs. I highly recommend taking the time to actually read through this remarkable study,3 and look at the documented evidence. They really are not exaggerating when they say it caused massive tumors… They are huge! Some of the tumors weighed in at 25 percent of the rat’s total body weight. This is the most current and best evidence to date of the toxic effects of GE foods.

Why Aren’t Americans Dropping Like Flies?

Rats only live a few years. Humans live around 80 years, so we will notice these effects in animals long before we see them in humans. The gigantic human lab experiment is only about 10 years old, so we are likely decades away from tabulating the human casualties. This is some of the strongest evidence to date that we need to exercise the precautionary principle ASAP and avoid these foods. Naturally, the study is already under heavy fire. According to Monsanto spokesman Thomas Helscher:4

“Numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies performed on biotech crops to date, including more than a hundred feeding studies, have continuously confirmed their safety, as reflected in the respective safety assessments by regulatory authorities around the world.”

However, it’s critical to understand that the longest feeding study was a mere 90 days long – a far cry from two years! In the featured study, the true onslaught of diseases really set in during the 13th month of the experiment, although tumors and severe liver and kidney damage did emerge as early as four months in males, and seven months for females.

Is it any wonder then that feeding studies lasting just a few weeks or even three months have failed to corroborate these horrific findings? Reuters quotes Mark Tester, a research professor at the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics at the University of Adelaide as saying:5

“If the effects are as big as purported, and if the work really is relevant to humans, why aren’t the North Americans dropping like flies? GM has been in the food chain for over a decade over there – and longevity continues to increase inexorably.”

Although there are clearly many variables that contribute to cancer, GE foods are a new candidate as they have been in our food supply for over a decade. Interestingly, cancer was just declared as having overtaken heart disease as the number one killer among American Hispanics,6 and according to 2009 CDC statistics it’s now also the leading killer in 18 states.

I believe it is crucial that we implement the precautionary principle as rapidly as possible as this study confirms it is difficult to predict precisely what GE foods might do to the youths of today, as many are eating a fair amount of GE ingredients practically from day one. (Yes, some infant formulas actually contain GE ingredients!) What will their health be 10 or 20 years from now? Most adults simply haven’t been eating GE foods long enough to tell what the real ramifications are.

Do we really wait 50 years to see what GE foods will do to the human health and lifespan?

GE Foods’ Connection to Breast Cancer

This newest study provides clear and convincing evidence that GE agriculture is contributing to cancer in exposed populations. The timing of this new study – two weeks before Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) – is therefore all the more fitting, as GreenMedInfo.com recently commented on this study:7

“…in female animals, 93 percent of the tumors found were in the mammary glands. They also ‘…observed a strikingly marked induction of mammary tumors by R[oundup] alone …even at the very lowest dose administered.'”

Generational gene transfer is yet another issue. A frequent claim has been that new genes introduced in GE foods are harmless, as they would theoretically be broken up in the intestines. But researchers have now discovered that genes can be transferred through the intestinal wall into your blood. GE crop genes have been found in sufficiently large amounts in human blood, muscle tissue and liver to be identified.8 And the biological impact – especially the generational impact – of this gene transfer is completely unknown, and cannot be known for at least a human generation or two. Unless we take notice of the results from animal feeding studies, that is…

10-Year Feeding Study ALSO Found GE Foods Cause Severe Health Problems

This news comes on the heels of another experimental animal feeding study carried out over a 10-year period in Norway. It was published earlier this summer, and in this study, genetically engineered (GE) corn and corn-based products were found to cause obesity, and alter the function of the digestive system and major organs, including the liver, kidneys, pancreas, and genitals.9 Animals fed genetically engineered Bt corn ate more, got fatter, and were less able to digest proteins due to alterations in the micro-structure of their intestines. They also suffered immune system alterations.

The impaired ability to digest proteins may be of particular concern as this can have far-reaching implications for human health. If your body cannot digest proteins, your body will be less able to produce amino acids, which are necessary building blocks for proper cell growth and function.

Monsanto’s GE Corn is Already Losing its Effectiveness, Giving Rise to Superbugs and Superweeds

Related news also sheds light on the massive devastation brought on the environment by GE crops, and how soil destruction ends up affecting your health by decimating the nutrient content in the foods you eat.

In response to a scientific study that determined Western corn rootworms on two Illinois farms had developed resistance to Monsanto’s YieldGard corn, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made an admission about genetically engineered crops: Yes, there is “mounting evidence” that Monsanto’s insecticide-fighting corn is losing its effectiveness in the Midwest. Last year, resistant rootworms infested corn fields in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Nebraska.

According to Bloomberg:10

“The agency’s latest statement on rootworm resistance comes a year after the problem was first documented and just as U.S. corn yields are forecast to be the lowest in 17 years amid drought in the Corn Belt. Corn is St. Louis-based Monsanto’s biggest business line, accounting for $4.81 billion of sales, or 41 percent of total revenue, in its 2011 fiscal year.

…The EPA’s focus is Monsanto’s YieldGard corn, which is engineered to produce the Cry3Bb1 protein from Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt, a natural insecticide.

The EPA expects to get data on the performance of YieldGard from Monsanto within two months and complete its analysis by year-end the agency said in its statement, which was e-mailed by Stacy Kika, an EPA spokeswoman. The evaluation will include a review of scientific studies, it said.

…The agency may implement ‘strategies’ to reduce the threat of resistance to Cry3Bb1, it said. Kika said she couldn’t comment on what those strategies may include.”

Considering the fact that YieldGard was introduced less than a decade ago, in 2003, this could be very bad news for farmers growing genetically engineered Bt crops everywhere. It really is just a matter of time before resistance sets in, and it doesn’t take very long. Naturally, Monsanto disagrees – more data is needed to prove their insecticide-fighting corn is failing, the biotech giant claims.

Roundup-Ready Crops Pose Even Greater Resistance Problem

But YieldGard is just one of Monsanto’s problems. Roundup-Ready crops are creating super-resistant weeds that no longer respond to the herbicide. In fact, the problem is so bad that 20 million acres of cotton, soybean and corn have already been invaded by Roundup-resistant weeds.11

To combat the problem, the EPA requires farmers to plant non-modified corn next to their Bt corn, in the hopes that unexposed bugs will mate with the resistant rootworms and create a new generation of hybrids that are again susceptible to the Bt toxin.

However, one has to wonder whether or not it might also work the other way around. The hybrids may just as well incorporate the resistance… Still, that’s the prevailing logic the EPA is running with at the moment.

Unfortunately, resistant weeds are not the only, or the worst, side effect of Roundup-Ready crops, genetically engineered to withstand otherwise lethal doses of glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup.

Mounting evidence tells us glyphosate itself may be far more dangerous than anyone ever suspected… Earlier this month, Purdue scientist Dr. Don Huber again spoke out about “the woes of GMO’s” and the inherent dangers of glyphosate in an article published by GM Watch.12

“Corn used to be the healthiest plant you could grow. Now, multiple diseases, pests, and weak plants are the common denominator of ‘modern’ hybrids,” he writes.

“Over three decades ago we started the shift to a monochemical glyphosate herbicide program that was soon accompanied by glyphosate- and insect-resistant genetically engineered crops.

These two changes in agricultural practices – the excessive application of a strong essential mineral chelating, endocrine-disrupting chemical for weed control and the genetically engineered production of new toxins in our food crops – was accompanied by abandonment of years of scientific research based on the scientific precautionary principle. We substituted a philosophical ‘substantially equivalent,’ a new term coined to avoid accountability for the lack of understanding of consequences of our new activities, for science.”

The Environmental and Human Health Hazards of Glyphosate

I previously interviewed Dr. Huber about the dangers of glyphosate, and if you missed it, I highly recommend taking the time to listen to it now. It is indeed sobering, as this broad-spectrum herbicide adds its own health risks to an already stacked deck of health hazards related to genetically engineered foods, whether it be Bt- or Roundup-Ready.

Total Video Length: 00:58:12

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The problem stems from the way glyphosate persists in and alters the soil, which has wide-ranging ramifications. As a potent organic phosphate chelator, glyphosate immobilizes micronutrients that are essential for normal physiological functions not only in soils, but also in growing plants and in those who eat the plants, namely animals and humans.

The nutritional efficiency of genetically engineered (GE) plants is profoundly compromised. Far from helping improve nutrition, micronutrients such as iron, manganese and zinc can be reduced by as much as 80-90 percent in GE plants! Glyphosate also decimates beneficial microorganisms essential for proper plant function and high quality nutrition, while promoting the proliferation of disease-causing pathogens.

Glyphosate is a very powerful selective antibiotic that kills beneficial, but not pathogenic, microorganisms in the soil and intestine at very low residual levels in food,” Dr. Huber writes.13Residue levels permitted in food are 40 to 800 times the antibiotic threshold and concentrations shown in clinical studies to damage mammalian tissues.

By genetically engineering plants with the insertion of certain foreign bacterial genes, glyphosate can be applied directly to crop plants without killing them. There is nothing in the genetic engineering technology that does anything to the glyphosate that is applied to the plant – and that accumulates in it. Both the toxic proteins produced by the foreign bacterial genes and the glyphosate chemical are now present in the feed and food produced for animal and human consumption.

Genetic engineering has introduced other genes for insect resistance where additional toxic proteins accumulate in plant tissues consumed by animals and man. These toxins are found in the blood and readily transferred across the placenta to developing babies in the womb.

Genetic engineering is more like a virus infection than a normal breeding process and results in a multitude of mutations and epigenetic effects as genetic integrity in the plant is disrupted.

These ‘foreign’ bacterial genes are highly promiscuous and easily transferred by wind or insects to other plants; to soil microorganisms during plant residue decomposition, or to intestinal microflora during food digestion where they continue to direct the production of toxins and allergenic proteins. Epigenetic effects are manifest in GMO plants as a yield drag, poor nutrient efficiency, increased disease, and reduced stress tolerance.”

As Dr. Huber warns, scientific studies demonstrate that the assumptions about genetically engineered crops relied upon by the biotech industry and ignorant regulators are invalid. The truth of the matter can be clearly seen in the following effects:

Development of resistant “super-weeds” Development of resistant “super-pathogens” and brand new GE-related organisms
Loss of natural biological controls of pathogens (plant, animal, and human) Degradation of soil quality
Reduced crop yields Reduced nutrient content
Increased disease and more virulent pathogens Exponential rise in infertility and birth defects

Why We Don’t Need Genetically Engineered Foods

As stated by Dr. Huber:

“Future historians may well look back upon our time and write, not about how many pounds of pesticide we did or didn’t apply, but by how willing we are to sacrifice our children and future generations for this massive genetic engineering experiment that is based on flawed science and failed promises just to benefit the bottom line of a commercial enterprise.”

The saddest part about the GE debacle is that there’s no real need to take the wild risks we’re currently taking with our food supply and our future. For years, genetically modified crops have been sold as the solution for feeding the world. But mounting evidence shows the way to feed seven billion plus inhabitants on this planet is by increasing biodiversity and sustainable agriculture.

In fact, the most authoritative evaluation of agriculture, the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development,14determined that the genetically engineered foods have nothing to offer the goals of reducing hunger and poverty, improving nutrition, health and rural livelihoods, and facilitating social and environmental sustainability.

The report was a three-year collaborative effort with 900 participants and 110 countries, and was co-sponsored by all the majors, e.g. the World Bank, FAO, UNESCO, WHO. In reality, genetic engineering reduce yields,15 increase farmers’ dependence on multinationals, reduce biodiversity, increase herbicide use, and take money away from more successful and appropriate farming methods.

Hans Johr, a high-ranking executive at the Nestle Company recently went on the record saying GE food is not only unnecessary, but that the food industry would be better off employing other techniques.

According to GM Watch:16

“Jonathan Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota and co-author of a study… on water management and yield production, agrees with Johr that GMOs are not the answer to food security. ‘I don’t think GMOs have contributed, or will likely contribute much, to food security. Most of the GMO traits are focused on pest and herbicide resistance, which is arguably a good thing, but are not improving yield characteristics all that much (at least compared to conventional breeding, or better yet, marker-assisted breeding).

Furthermore, there are other approaches to managing pests and weeds that would be equally (or more) effective, like not planting such large monocultures in the first place…’ Johr also went one step further, and addressed the issue of labeling. ‘We [Nestle] have a very simple way of looking at GM: listen to what the consumer wants. If they don’t want it in products, you don’t put it in them…'”

Passing Prop 37 is Key to Expanding Sustainable Agriculture in North America

Despite Johr’s stated view, Nestle has donated nearly $1.17 million to the “No on 37 Coalition,” which is working to prevent the labelling of GE foods in California. So much for listening to consumers…

Although many organic consumers and natural health activists already understand the importance of Proposition 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Foods Act, it cannot be overemphasized that winning the battle over Prop 37 is perhaps the most important food fight Americans – not just Californians – have faced so far. Once food manufacturers can no longer label or market GE-tainted foods as “natural” or “all-natural,” and once all GE ingredients are clearly marked, millions of consumers will demand non-GE alternatives, and organic and non-GE food sales will dramatically increase.

But in order to win this fight for the right to know what’s in our food, we need your help, as the biotech industry will surely outspend us by 100 to 1, if not more, for their propaganda.

Please remember, the failure or success of this ballot initiative is wholly dependent on your support and funding! There are no major industry pocketsfunding this endeavor, which was created by a California grandmother. In order to have a chance against the deep pockets of Big Biotech and transnational food corporations, it needs donations from average citizens. So please, if you have the ability, I strongly encourage you to make a donation to this cause.

It’s important to realize that getting this law passed in California would have the same overall effect as a national law, as large companies are not likely going to label their products as genetically engineered when sold in California (the 8th largest economy in the world), but not when sold in other states. Doing so would be a costly PR disaster. So please, I urge you to get involved and help in any way you can, regardless of what state you live in.

  • Whether you live in California or not, please donate money to this historic effort through the Organic Consumers Fund.
  • If you live in California and want to get involved, please contact CARightToKnow.org. They will go through all volunteer requests to put you into a position that is suitable for you, based on your stated interests and location.
  • No matter where you live, please help spread the word in your personal networks, on Facebook, and Twitter. For help with the messaging, please see CARightToKnow.org.
  • Talk to organic producers and stores and ask them to actively support the California Ballot. It may be the only chance we have to label genetically engineered foods.
  • For timely updates, please join the Organic Consumers Association on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.
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Vegan Quinoa & Sweet Potato Chil

This vegan chili is loaded with flavor and vitamins, and everyone in the family will ask for a second bowl. It’s easy to prepare, takes just over  a half hour to get on the table, and the best part! There’s only one pot to clean!!

makes 6 hearty bowls of chili

 

 

 

one 29 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
one 6 oz can tomato paste
32 oz vegetable stock
1 onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into bite sized chunks
1 cup dry quinoa
salt and pepper to taste
avocado, cilantro for garnish  (optional)

Heat the oil in a large heavy soup pot over medium low heat. Add onions, and cook until soft and they start to turn brown (about 10 minutes). Add the garlic, and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, and oregano and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the beans, stock, and potatoes, and season with salt and pepper . Cook for about 5 minutes, then add the quinoa. Continue cooking for about 15 minutes – 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until quinoa and potatoes are cooked and the chili has thickened. Add a bit of water if the chili becomes too thick for your liking. Top with avocado and chopped cilantro. Scrumptious!

Source – http://www.milkfreemom.com/vegan-quinoa-sweet-potato-chili/

Class this Thursday: How To Make The Perfect Blended Drink.

I would like to invite everyone to attend the class I will be teaching this Thursday at 7:00pm at Dr. Nick Delgado’s office.

This will be a fun and interactive class where I will show you how to make the blended drink I enjoy every day. Then we will work on customizing the drink for you. By the end of the class you will have a blended drink that you look forward to, and makes you feel great.

The blended drink (when done correctly) is the first and most important step in turning back the aging clock. It will give you more energy, relieve aches and pains, helps digestion, improves mental clarity, and is great for weight loss, and best of all, it only takes a few minutes.

If you have any questions about this or any of our future classes please feel free to call me at: 714-580-3922

See you there,

Ty

Time:         7:00pm

Address:    711 West 17th suite H-6

Costa Mesa, 92627

Seven Steps of Radiation Defense

By Nick Delgado on Mar 19, 2011 in FEATURED, Health Science, Uncategorized

In light of recent events in Japan and the resulting wave of radiation fear that gripped the American west coast, I’ve been asked to weigh in on the issue to tell people what I believe based on my own research and to try and respond to the question we’ve been hearing constantly since the panic began. What is Radiation poisoning? Am I in danger? If so, what can I do about it?

Officially the answer of whether or not you’re in danger is a simple one. NO. You are not. That’s what they’re saying. If you’re comfortable with that answer then you can stop reading right now. The authorities claim that, “The situation is under control, there’s no need to panic; no need to leave Japan!” They also say that radiation levels on the American west coast are at worst “about what you’d receive from an X-Ray” Again, if you’re comfortable with that answer. Than there is no need to read on any further.

However, most of the people asking me about radiation fall into a different camp. These are people who are suspicious of official sources and always want to get at what they see as “the real story” They’re leery of the official statements and are hoping that I will tell them something more than what they hear on television. Therefore, with some trepidation I will share with those people some of what I have learned through my own research and through my correspondence with experts around the world. OK here goes…

The first thing I notice that seems largely missing in news media is the risk associated with long term low dose radiation exposure of cancers (caused by even trace amounts of radiation). This kind of exposure often triggers deadly cancer that develops after 5 to 10 years. One reason people observing events in Japan believe that the radiation will disperse before it results in exposure. Others think where radiation has been detected the levels resulting from the uranium particles are too low doses to cause any related health issues.

But there is another factor. Radiation emanating from plutonium rather than uranium changes things for the worse. “Plutonium” is reported to be far more toxic than the uranium that escaped from the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine. The tiny radioactive dust particles last years in the soil and water and birth defects in children as well as cancer rates may reach an all time high. If the radiation that has now reached the west coast via the jet stream from Japan (detected in Sacramento) is from plutonium that complicates things. In either case, low doses like these won’t take their toll until 10 years from now. I should reassert here that no official has confirmed the presence of Plutonium in California. (Based on what I’ve been told it may be difficult for them to tell the difference anyway… and that’s the worst case scenario as I now see it.)

Moving right along:
“What do I do about radiation exposure?” That’s the question. Whether you have reason to believe you’ve been exposed due to a Geiger counter reading or local report or even if you just want to be “safe rather than sorry” There are some established ways to mitigate the risks of low dose exposure to radiation.

CONSTANT LOW DOSE VS QUICK HIGH DOSE
The low amounts of radiation currently reported to be reaching the California coast are not likely to cause radiation poisoning symptoms associated with short exposure to very high doses such as those that may be experienced by Japanese working near the actual reactor. Large dose radiation sickness presents an immediate risk such as;
1. Infections due to low white blood cells, bleeding due to low platelets, and anemia due to low red blood cells. A hematologist or a health professional trained to use a microscope looking at blood samples can see the appearance of Leukemia.
2. Gastrointestinal symptoms, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain are usually seen within one to two hours of exposure.
3. Neurological symptoms such as dizziness, headache, or decreased level of consciousness with an absence of vomiting.

FOR LONG TERM LOW DOSE DAMAGE:
The medical literature suggests there are effective intervention methods that can detoxify the body even after exposure according to Current Medicinal Chemistry, Volume 12, Number 23, November 2005.
I present the following as a general guideline to dealing with low dose radiation. I make no claims to their efficacy to cure or treat a disease without your doctor’s advice. That said, here it is.
The following 7 steps below are designed to protect from long term damage associated with radiation exposure (including from cell phones, nuclear reactors or fallout). We trust RAD Defense (aka, Slim-Blend) will also prolong your life expectancy.

1) Potassium Iodine & Iodide should be taken as a daily dose of one 12 mg. tablet of Iodoral (Rad-Iodine)to protect the thyroid gland from thyroid cancer. This amount of Iodine is equal to the same quantities of seaweed commonly consumed by people in Okinawa, one of the longest lived cultures in the world. We have Iodoral (Rad-Iodine) which is very hard to keep in stock since the Japan nuclear disaster. We also have a rich supply of seaweed in Delgado Slim Blend.

2) Melatonin is protective from radiation poisoning resulting from a large “quick kill dose” as opposed to small doses of particles absorbed into the body over time that create cancer.

3) Gluthonine is generally administered via IV; however we have developed a liposomal delivery that actually breaches the blood brain barrier for anti oxidant protection.

4) Green sprouts rich in chlorophyll help protect our DNA from radiation poisoning. Consumed in salads or added to a blended drink as found in Delgado Slim Blend will add health benefits for the rest of your life.

5) Beta Glucan like the following; medicinal mushrooms, activated Barley & seaweed.
Slim Blend has seaweed & Activated Barley. Stem Cell Strong has 5 mushrooms – Maitake, Reishi, lion’s mane, Cordceps, Mushrooms. Together the combination of Slim Blend & Stem Cell Strong contains an effective dose of beta glucans. The use of Beta Glucans against radiation has been documented well. Breast Cancer survivors of radiation treatments were given injections of Beta 1, 3 Glucan and healed their radiation sores. In 1985 the US Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute experimented and gave mice lethal doses of radiation. They then consumed oral dose Beta 1, 3 Glucan.70% of the mice were completely protected from damage.

6) Consume 40 to 60 oz of Blended Drink with other detoxifiers added in the blend such as cilantro herb, Holy Basil, Kale, Napa cabbage. Eat salads with raw broccoli all of which serve as effective whole food anti-oxidants, rich in Vitamins A E, B vitamins.

To protect the skin from immediate high exposure of radiation:
7)Bath for 20 minutes in chlorine free water with 1 pound of sea salt and one pound of baking soda. Also use the infra red spa 2 times a week and exercise on vibration plates or trampolines to stimulate the lymphatics at least three times a week. We have these Delgado Protocol approved devices to demonstrate at our Costa Mesa office and equipment for sale to assist your health endeavors.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Delayed Food Allergies

Delayed food allergies are a complicated problem, and contribute to a long list of problems including; headaches, arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, skin conditions, ADD, asthma and obesity. Delayed food allergies are difficult to identify simply because we don’t tend to link a headache or the appearance of a skin rash to some small thing we ate up to three days ago. Food sensitivities are among the most common forms of allergic reactions, and yet they don’t receive nearly the amount of the attention they deserve as the root cause of chronic illness.

In the case of food allergies and how they relate to asthma, there is a consistent finding in individuals who have what is called a non-allergic allergy. This means is that the individual has negative IgE skin test or RAST but still appears to be an allergic individual. This individual almost always has delayed food sensitivities as a complicating factor in their chronic asthma and bronchitis condition.

SAGE ANTIGEN /PRIME/ ALCAT TEST

The RAST (radioallergosorbent test) is an allergy blood test used to detect immediate reactions or acute allergies for Type I allergic response (IgE) antibodies. It is best used for obvious reactions to molds, pollens, dust and food. Many other allergy tests such as skin scratch tests or prick tests are less reliable or reproducible and unable to detect delayed reactions. IgE acute reactions to foods generally don’t need to be tested for by blood or skin test, because they reveal themselves clearly immediately following the absorption of the food in question.

The ALCAT Test or Antigen Leukocyte Cellular Antibody Test, measures leukocyte cellular reactivity in whole blood, the common pathway of all mechanisms. The test utilizes hematological instrumentation and is ideal for detecting delayed reactions to foods and chemicals of which standard tests are not equipped for. The ALCAT Test also reproducibly measures the final common pathway of all pathogenic mechanism, whether immune, non-immune or toxic. It is the only test shown to correlate with clinical symptoms by double blind oral challenges. The ALCAT Test also measures food sensitivity and food intolerance. It is a very common test for individuals that struggle with a variety of problems suspected to originate from food intolerance and allergy complications.

The PRIME Test for delayed food allergies reveals several different types of delayed allergic reactions, including IgG, immune complexes and white blood cell destruction. The Prime Test examines up to 220 foods and chemicals from a small blood sample. This test enables doctors to help their patients improve their health by removing the underlying cause of their symptoms. Special slides with microscopic amounts of different foods and chemicals are examined under the microscope after a person’s white blood cells are added to the slides. If the white blood cells break down and die, a food or chemical has been discovered that needs to be avoided.

For more information about these tests contact;

http://www.sagelab.com

Sage Medical Laboratory
1400 Hand Avenue, Suite L
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
(Mon.- Fri., 9am-6pm EST)
866-846-6628

The Protein Myth

I went to the LA Fitness Expo last weekend.  As I was walking around the show, I passed buy an area that was sectioned off in the middle of the expo for a lifting competition. There was a speaker on center stage who said something that caught my attention. He was talking about nutrition, specifically protein requirements. He said; “To build muscle I have consumed as much as 3 grams of protein per pound of body weight per day.” (Which is absolutely crazy!) He went on to say that he thought you could get the same results with only 1.5 grams per pound of body weight. (Still a bad idea)  This is a great formula for loosing bone density, stressing both liver and kidneys, and creating a long list of inflammatory issues.   Most people are surprised to discover that what personal trainers and other health care professionals have been taught in regard to protein consumption is simply wrong.    Personal trainers are commonly taught that a person needs to consume as much as 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. You can check this with any of the top certification boards, fitness magazines, or your local gym. However, there is a fallacy regarding the amount and type of protein you need.  In 1914, the dairy industry commissioned Drs. Osborne and Mendel to do a study on rats.  This study was called the protein efficiency ratio, or PER.  In this study they gave different groups of rats single foods of eggs only, meat only, rice only and potatoes only.  These rats were weighed, and their size and growth rates were measured.  When the data was published, the meat and dairy industry used this data to support the contention that the amino acid pattern that is needed for a rat that grows to full size at 9 weeks is the same as a human that grows to full size in 20 years.

This same thinking has lead the meat and dairy industries to assert that you had to combine meat with another food, or rice with beans to get a complete protein.   The implication is, of course, there was something inferior about consuming rice only, or potatoes only. Somehow, you had to combine foods to get the complete protein. To this day the textbooks being used in our major medical universities where registered dietitians are trained still contain that original published data, which is used to tell you how much protein you need. This research was included in Francis Moore Lepay’s book, Diet for a Small Planet.  However, in her 10th year revised edition she stated, “I was quite wrong.”  She stated that increased study and research had led her to conclude it was much easier to get all your protein from rice only or beans only, etc.  It wasn’t necessary to combine the foods and that you only need about 35 to 55 grams of protein to build up the body.  She went on to state that basing our protein needs on eggs, cheese or meat is responsible for our current trends of cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. This wave of avoidable illness stems from our having been told we must get our protein from eggs, fish, chicken or meat. At the same time, it has been known for decades that populations consuming high-protein, meat-based diets have higher cancer rates and lower life-spans (averaging as low as 30 to 40 years), compared to cultures subsisting on low-protein vegetarian diets (with average life-spans as high as 90 to 100 years).

Know your pH Level!

Knowing your pH (potential of hydrogen) levels is critically important to your over all health.  pH is the measure of the acidity and alkaline levels in the body. (You can pick up pH test strips at your local drug store.) Pure water has a pH level of 7.0 and is considered neutral neither acid or alkaline. Anything with a pH below 7.0 is considered acid, anything with a pH above 7.0 is considered alkaline.  For optimal health, your body’s pH level should be at 7.0 or higher or in an alkaline state.

The American diet is largely responsible for making our bodies highly acidic.  Eating a diet consisting of high acid producing foods like eggs, dairy products, white flour, sugar and meat, while consuming very few alkaline producing foods such as fresh vegetables raises our acidic levels. Many of us also consume large amounts of acid-producing beverages like coffee, soft drinks and use artificial sweeteners like NutraSweet, Equal, or aspartame.  Even some pharmaceutical drugs can be extremely acid forming.

An acid producing, imbalanced diet can result in a buildup of acid in the body and lead to “acidosis” which stimulates the predetermined genetic response to starvation and famine.  When this happens, the body begins to hoard every calorie consumed and stores it as fat, fearing that it is being starved and does not know when or where its next meal will come from.  It does this as a survival strategy.  Acidosis generally disrupts lipid and fatty acids, which are involved in nerve and brain function.  This disruption causes neurological problems as well as problems with hormonal balance within the endocrine system. This can affect the liver, kidney, heart, insulin regulation and cellular health and lead to a stroke, heart attack, aneurysm, cardiovascular problems, osteoporosis, obesity, joint pain, chronic fatigue, and high blood pressure.

To counteract this, many nutritionists and athletes recommend eating numerous small, healthy meals throughout the day in order to keep the body happy and confident that it will continue to be fed.  When the body finds itself in this comfortable, worry-free state, it will gladly burn those calories (an increase in metabolism), helping to slim the waistline, create lean muscle and avoid many of the problems that are associated with acidosis, obesity and insulin regulation.

pH and Cancer

Two main factors leading to cancer are an acidic pH and a lack of oxygen, however, we can manipulate these two factors so as to prevent and control cancer.

We know that cancer needs an acidic and low oxygen environment to survive and flourish.  Research has shown that terminal cancer patients have an acidity level of 1,000 times more than normal healthy people.  The vast majority of terminal cancer patients have a very acidic pH.  Why is this?

The reason is simple.  Without oxygen, glucose undergoing fermentation becomes lactic acid.  This causes the pH of the cell to drop to 7.0.  In more advanced cancer cases, the pH level falls further to 6.5 and can even fall to 6.0, 5.7 or lower.  The basic truth is that our bodies simply cannot fight diseases if our pH is not properly balanced.  Controlling your pH levels will greatly improve your body’s ability to fight toxins and allow healthy cells to thrive, preventing the low-oxygen environments where cancer and other diseases thrive.

Maintaining healthy pH levels is one of the simplest ways to improve your overall health. The first step is to make new lifestyle choices, avoid acid producing foods as well as pharmaceuticals, cigarettes and too much coffee or alcohol.  Next, include plenty of green vegetables and fresh fruits into your diet.

One of my favorite tools for maintaining healthy pH levels is Delgado Slim Blend, packed with 52 different vegetables, seeds, sea plants, exotic fruits and over 17 grams of dietary fiber per scoop, which is the highest amount of fiber offered in any whole food supplement!  Simply add one scoop to any juice or your blended drink.

You can have RESULTS, or you can have EXCUSES, BUT YOU CAN’T HAVE BOTH!

Myth: I don’t have time to exercise.

Fact: There are 72, 20 minute blocks of time in every day. If you set aside just two of them, you’ll have done 40 minutes of exercise . You can do that!

Training Tip:

If you do 20 minutes of cardio first thing in the morning when you get up you will ramp up your metabolism for the rest of the day. Plus you’ll feel energized and ready to tackle your work.

Many people claim that they don’t have time for cardio because they need to shower after. Since you can probably schedule most showers in the morning, you can plan your cardio for right when you get up, which is an excellent use of your time.

Are Energy Supplements Safe?

Everywhere we go from the gym to the local convenience store we are bombarded with countless energy drinks all promising to give us unlimited energy and stamina. It is actually impressive how many different ways supplement companies have found to package a massive dose of Guarana or other forms of caffeine.

Studies have shown that caffeine, as well as being addictive, can pose numerous health risks and in large doses can even be toxic.  One of the things people fail to understand is that caffeine is a vasoconstrictor. That means it constricts the blood vessels and causes the heart work harder to pump the blood into already narrowed blood vessels, which restricts blood flow and elevates blood pressure. However, in spite of potential risks, caffeine based energy supplements continue to be used by many athletes as well as being sold in every gym in the country to people simply trying to find the energy to get through their workouts.

Recognizing there was a serious problem with the way athletes were trying to get that extra energy they need for their training, Nick Delgado made developing a safe and effective energy supplement for the competitive athlete a priority at his research facility in Southern California. The design focus for this supplement was to create something that would give the body more energy as a by-product of making it work more efficiently, rather than using stimulants that stress the entire system and are potentially dangerous. This design philosophy ultimately resulted in the development of supplement now known as Power & Speed.

A major influence in the design process of Power & Speed comes from the asking the question, why are gorillas so strong?  We share 97.5% of the same DNA and yet we only have 1/6th their strength.  We know one of the reasons for the gorilla’s incredible strength is due to its extremely high levels of testosterone. High levels of testosterone make the body extremely efficient at utilizing nitrogen, which is used for extracting energy, or ATP from the cell.

Searching for a way to make humans have that same level of efficient energy extraction ultimately lead to the discovery, that an extract from a specific part of the kudzu plant in conjunction with an effective com­bination of whole natural herbs, and a unique nucleotide classified as a nitrogenous base, acceler­ates the metabolism and speeds up the KREBS TCA cycle. This actu­ally increases the production of ATP in the mitochondria of the cells and allows the body to more efficiently utilize nitrogen for energy extraction with out the elevated testosterone levels.

This combination of natural herbs in Power & Speed also has a vasodilatation effect. That means that your entire vascular system relaxes slightly lowering blood pressure. This makes it easier for your heart to work and more efficiently transports oxygen throughout your body.

Delgado Medical Research conducted a study with 200 MMA fighters measuring punching speed and reaction time.  The results showed that 100% of the fighters using Power & Speed demonstrated a measurable increase in speed and reaction time, with an average increase in speed of 30%.

Power & Speed if perfect for performance athletes demanding high-energy results, mental focus and vigor, without any of the common side effects associated with other energy supplements.

Get Tested, Information Is Power

Did you know taking nutritional supplements without doing your homework could actually be harmful to your health!  Supplement companies, fitness magazines, and the local vitamin salesman tell us we need their latest miracle supplement to achieve optimum health.  While most of us definitely benefit from nutritional supplements, there is only one way to know for sure….testing!   These simple tests can give you the Information you need to make the right selections.   We have all heard the phrase “knowledge is power” and when it comes to your health this statement has never been truer. That’s why I encourage all my clients to have theses done.

These two tests are done with a simple saliva test strip.

Nitric Oxide (NO): NO is very important to your circulation, proper sleep, and very powerful free radical scavenger.

pH -Potential of Hydrogen (PH):  PH is the measure of the acidity and alkaline levels in your body and is critically important to your over all health.  It greatly improves your body’s ability to fight toxins and allows healthy cells to thrive, preventing the low-oxygen environments where cancer and other diseases thrive.

 These following tests are usually done with a simple blood spot test, or 24 hour urine collection for more complete results.

DHEA and Pregnenlone:  These are key factors for a healthy immune system. When levels are compromised, you will be more prone to frequent illness, colds, and flu.

Testosterone:  What most people don’t realize is that Testosterone is critical to a healthy cardiovascular system.  Signs of low Testosterone include poor muscle tone, finding that it’s difficult to see gains from your workouts, decreased libido, and pale appearance of skin.

Estrogen: Knowing estrogen levels is important for both men and women as we have both good and bad estrogens in our body. An excess of 16 alphahydroxyestrone is a metabolite of estriol and has been has been directly linked to breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men.

Cortisol: There is a myth being circulated by some supplement companies that cortosol is bad and is the cause of belly fat. This is simply not true! The fact is low cortosol levels are a common cause of over eating. When you eat your body releases cortosol, giving you that satisfied feeling.  People with low cortosol don’t get that satisfied feeling, so they continue to eat, taking far more calories than they need.  Cortosol is also very powerful anti-inflammatory and plays an important role in a healthy immune system.

SHBG (Sex hormone binding globulin):  SHBG is a binding protein produced mostly by the liver and is released into the bloodstream. This protein binds hormones such as testosterone and estradiol in the bloodstream. Only a small fraction of these hormones are unbound, or made biologically available.

PSA (men):  Prostate-specific antigen or PSA is a protein produced in the prostate gland. Measuring levels is important because PSA can be used to detect disease.

Progesterone (women):  Produced by the ovaries during the release of a mature egg from an ovary, Progesterone is a non-estrogen female hormone that regulates mood, weight control, stamina, and many other processes.

Free T-3:  If you experience cold hands and feet, fatigue, and/or a thinning of the outer edge of the eyebrow, a thyroid panel including Free T-3 is also recommended.

These simple tests are your first step in making knowledgeable choices in nutritional supplements that will best benefit your body!  Disease prevention, sports performance and anti aging are critical needs that will improve your quality of life at any age.  If you would like to have any of these tests done please feel free to contact me. We have simple collection kits we can send you, or we will be glad to set up a time for you to come by the office.