Sunday, October 14, 2012

Thought for the Hour

Do you believe that your health
is your most valuable asset?
Or do you only recognize it
after you have lost it?

Larry Cart, D.C.

Digestion vs Indigestion

Seems like everyone these days knows someone with a delicate stomach, or reflux or heartburn or worse, peptic ulcers. I grew up watching people pouring Maalox, Mylanta, Milk of Magnesia, Pepto-Bismal, Alka-Seltzer or chewing on a Rolaid or Tums. There was the archaic method of sipping milk and cream hourly as well. I knew people that lived on those products. In fact, as a nurse, I would see bottles of such continually at the hospital bedside. It was prescribed!

Did people ever bother to read the side effects? Nah. They took it like a champion, just as their parents and grandparents did. Antacids was clearly the drug of choice, unless something greater was needed to treat excessive Hydrochloric acid, such as using the H-2 receptor antagonists or proton pump inhibitors combating H.pylori.

The side effects of antacids are cruel and unjust.

They finally revealed the adverse effect of the sippy( milk and cream) diet. It resulted in renal failure, alkalosis and hypercalcemia. Projectile vomiting and exacerbation of the peptic ulcer disease ensued. As well, all the calcium chewable tablets which are severely overused, create increase calcium output in the urine and this has been associated with kidney stones. Do we have a kidney stone problem in this country? Yes we do! In addition, the calcium salts can contribute to constipation.

Here is where it all starts getting unfortunate:
Calcium carbonate, bicarbonate causes alkalosis. The product combines with hydrochloric acid in the stomach ( natural) and produces a carbon dioxide gas. This chemical combination causes gastric bloating and then headaches and muscle weakness. The Aluminum hydroxide in the products are not easily absorbed and accumulation occurs, especially in the presence of renal insufficiency. It is neurotoxic and also can bring on constipation.  Magnesium hydroxide can build up and create hypermagnesemia and this translates to cardiovascular and neuro problems. In addition, there is unnecessary salt in these products which is deleterious to health.

Remedy? Why would we want to alkalize the stomach when it needs Hydrochloric acid to digest? To offer the right digestives, natural food supplements that carry the digestive enzymes and acid bearing remedies to actually help the foods be assimilated seems to be the most common sensical approach.

When the stomach digests, it churns the food along with HCL, juices, pepsin and enzymes to break it down into chyme. If there is no HCL, the food begins to rot and ferment, much like grapes do when they are used to make wine. This fermentation process is abnormal to your stomach. As the churning gets harder, the deviant acids back up into the esophagus and causes heartburn. If an antacid is taken, it is assurity that a mass of undigested food left in the stomach will travel to place a burden on the gallbladder, liver and pancreas but they cannot. This begins the toxic process of poisons in the body from undigested matter. It will travel through the intestinal tract while all kinds of undesirable bacteria and viruses start scavenging the waste. Parasites which could have been swallowed and destroyed by the HCL in the stomach, now find a toxic environment in which to live. Candida ( yeast ) now replicates and can even be food for parasites!

Why do you have a strep or staph infection in the body? Because you have a body breaking down from the toxic waste build up. Tissue becomes de-vitalized and unprocessed metabolic waste lies in wait.

Disease is not the presence of something evil
but rather the lack of the presence of
something essential.

There is help with naturopathic, raw food supplements and homeopathic preparations. Make better food choices and do not cheat. Keep a diary for at least a week and look back on when you began to feel better by avoiding foods, especially wheat, grains and dairy. Seek an NRT practitioner who knows the way to uncover the issues that plague you and can target remedies to heal the digestive organs. It can be done.

Bettye Cart with excerpts from Mary Frost's book "Going Back to the Basics of Human Health."

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Intellectual Giants Paving the Way

There are several wayshowers that brought us the awareness of how nutrition and health affected our existence. The foremost one, Dr. Royal Lee, DDS birthed himself in the 19th Century and his discoveries came on the heels of the darkest times in our U.S. History: the great depression. His work preluded that time while he was busy inventing and patenting electrical motor products such as we use today in electric food mixers, sound movie cameras and projectors, fusion welding equipment, flamecutting machinery and drill presses, the electric typewriter, and various overspeed electrical devices. His engineering devices were used in Boeings airplanes, submarines and battleships.

While in Dental school at Marquette University, he wrote papers on the relationship of vitamin deficiency to tooth decay emphasizing the element of diet. It was then in 1929 he brought about a Vitamin Products Company that delivered from 1932 to 1946 250 million products for Doctors utilizing vitamins and minerals.

For 20 years he became an "out"spoken leader in the nutritional area, bitterly criticized by the medical and government societies. His only fault was finding the trace of poor nutrition to cardiovascular disease and many degenerative diseases. No one wanted to validate that, yet over the years all has been validated to this day. He was a vanguard and paid the cost of being so. He became a fearless speaker invited by many medical doctors and scientists who believed in his work. In 1942 he was elected to fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He organized the Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research in 1941. To this day, profits from the Standard Process Inc feed that Foundation.

So far, this foundation has researched and made discoveries in these areas:
1. working with fresh cane juice and developing a natural sugar containing all vitamins and minerals.
2. dehydrating citrus juices maintaining their vitamins and minerals.
3. developing a baking powder with less destructive action on vitamins and minerals.
4. research on aging and biological growth: ongoing.
There are 30 + more minor projects in this foundation.

In 1931 the FDA was created out of the Bureau of Chemistry. Those were the dark days when post World War 1 the foods of commerce became bleached, refined, chemical preserved, pasteurized, sterilized, homogenized, hydrogenated, artificially colored, defibered, highly sugared, highly salted, synthetically fortified ( enriched), canned and generally exposed to hundreds of new man-made chemicals ***Mary Frost.

Dr. Elmer M. Nelson who headed the FDA then ( despite court orders )blocked health food manufacturers from telling the public what the difference was between the quality vs synthetic, over-processed, counterparts. As example, whole wheat flour was blocked from publicizing that white flour had lost 30 different nutrients. The ludicrousness of Dr. Nelson's statement: "It is wholly unscientific to state that a well fed body is more able to resist disease than a less than well fed body."

This was the beginning of the U.S. Government controlling special interest groups like the commercialized food industry for 80 years +.

In 1937 when Dr. Royal Lee tried to advertise his hydrochloric acid digestive supplement, he faced opposition from the cigarette industry! Dr. Lee spent most of his early beginnings in and out of the court system fighting for his right to correct the nutritional deficiences via his pure raw food supplements.

In the mid-1940's, synthetic vitamins came into vogue and were added by the General Mills corp into cereals and grains for huge profit. The chemists working for these companies felt that vitamins and minerals concocted in a lab were far better than the real thing. So began the downward spiral of health.

Standard Process has been on a Wisconsin farm for 83 years. They have 420 acres of rich soil that has never been synthetically fertilized by insecticides, herbicides, fungicides or any genetically modified seeds. They use raw material like alfalfa, barley grass, beets, brussel sprouts, buckwheat, kale, kidney beans, oats, pea vine and spanish black radish to serve as nutrients in the soil, and turning the soil at intervals to maintain quality. They do not use any dairy or meat in production of their food supplement capsules (pareve). Thus, their products are revered.

Another vanguard, Dr. A.S. "Doc" Wheelwright, master of herbs and formulas created the Systemic Formulas supplements out of Ogden, Utah. A proprietary blend of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, RNA/DNA tissue factors, amino acids and botanicals were formulated by Doc Wheelwrights team who spend years of travel to Native American locations, Tibet, India, China, Africa, Polynesia, Brazil, Europe.

The young Doc Wheelwright at the age of 17 in 1935 won the Edison award for outstanding achievement in applied chemistry. They said that his garage lab was better than some college chemistry labs. While in the service, he was stationed in the South Pacific and became gravely ill. They called it severe gastrointestinal infection leading to jungle rot. Surgery failed and he was sent home to die. He had a surgical scar from his sternum (breastbone) to his pubis and the area swelled to 98 inches at the abdomen. He and his wife embarked on a healthy diet, fasting and herbs. He responded and became well and this began his work on proprietary blends of formulas. After serving in WW2, he made extensive contributions in the field of chemistry, defense explosives, photography, ready mix concrete, and electronics.
(master inventor like Dr. Lee almost synchronous in timeline)

Dr. Weston Price was considered the Isaac Newton of Nutrition. He traveled the world to study isolated human groups related to dental caries and nutrition. He compared all native cultures and their diet regimens to health.

"We can now visualize our universe, its light, gravity and heat, its seasons, tides, and harvest, which prepare a habitation for the universe of vital forms, microscopic and majestic, which fill the oceans and the forests. We have a common denominator for universes within and around each other, our world, our food and our life have potentials so vast that we can only observe directions, not goals. We sense human achievements or ignominious race self-destruction. Every creed today vaguely seeks a utopia; all have visualized a common controlling force or deity as the most potent force in all human affairs. Yes, man's place is most exalted when he obeys Mother Nature's laws."
--Weston A. Price, DDS

Bettye Cart, with excerpts from Mary Frost, Weston Price Foundation, Standard Process and Systemic Formulas, Inc.