Researchers finally have keyed in on neurodegeneration in ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. A neurotoxin called BMAA interferes in your ability to use Serine in your brain. Serine is necessary for healthy cell walls in your brain. L-Serine is a non essential free from amino acid that is available in cold water fish, dairy, tofu, eggs, seaweed and other foods. BMAA gets biomagnified in seafood like crab, shrimp, lobster if they are eating in the presence of algae blooms in the water. The cyanobacteria in these algae blooms carries the BMAA neurotoxin. Paul Cox, an ethno-biologist, pioneered this research.
So if you want to protect your brain against neuro degeneration like in Alzheimers, senile dementia, Parkinsons or ALS, do two main things. Give up shell fish and warm water fish and supplement Phosphatidyl Serine Matrix three times a day. This really is cutting edge research and it is a shame big pharma has spent countless billions looking at the tau proteins and such which are really just a manifestation of an underlying problem. All their fancy studies have come up empty. This link has a great overview on this area.
Over the last few years, I’ve heard of about every new diet that has comes down the pipe. A number of people talked about how much better they were feeling on a wheat free diet. At first I thought, “nonsense, how can wheat be bad for you.” It turns out that unsprouted wheat that is processed may be the very worst thing in your diet behind high fructose corn syrup. Wheat has components called Lectins and Gliadins that damage the gut. Put together in a kids cereal or a donut and you spell, attention deficit disorder and chronic inflammation. Show me an ADD child with Asthma and I’ll show you a kid eating Captain Krunch and fruit loops. The wheat aggravates what is called Leaky Gut Syndrome (see link below).
Many new diets want you to eat more fiber, more good fats and good proteins. The grains are not even part of these diets unless they are sprouted. Protecting the intestines, protects the liver. Fats and proteins are protective while fructose and grains can be destructive. Fructose and bacteria then get in a persons bloodstream and then cause the liver to get clogged up and turn into what is called a “fatty liver”. Next thing you know you have high cholesterol, food allergies, arthritis, asthma, and early dementia all with roots in a malfunctioning liver and intestine.
We have lots of defenses in the intestines and many proteins that battle too many bacteria and things to keep the intestinal wall intact. An earlier blog on alcohol and how it can damage two intestinal proteins is all part of this same pathway. I continue to tell anyone who will listen you can eat yourself to good health. No sense in allowing such a downward spiral of health that is actually very explainable and preventable.
Researchers finally figured out why drinking all those sodas can lead to health consequences and diabetes. Fructose is supposed to be handled in the small intestine and broken down carefully. It is not supposed to go to the liver. Taking in large quantities, think Big Gulp Coke with a donut causes a spillover of fructose. The liver turns the fructose into fat and a fatty liver is started causing all kinds of trouble with things like cholesterol, sugar levels, inflammatory compounds floating around in your blood. The fact remains, “Fructose is detrimental to your health.”
The following article in the economist illustrates the point and is plenty more detailed than this post. Cut and paste into your browser.
After Chiropractic care many times people say, “you look taller.” Well, there is some truth to that. It seems like the weight of the world is resting on your shoulders and it weighs you down. The neck goes forward, the shoulders get rounded and suddenly you are not standing up straight. I recently had a great adjustment by my Colleague Steve Berman D.C. in Austin. I felt taller and he announced, “you have reached your Full Chiropractic Height.” It is clear most of us do not exercise or stretch enough. On top of that many of us are not getting enough Chiropractic care. Chiropractors in general encourage healthy habits including a good diet, vitamins, enough rest. exercise and regular Chiropractic care. When you see the Slumpys of the world carrying their poor posture for all to see, you know they are not at their Full Chiropractic Height.
I came across a very interesting article on venom and the many uses in medicine. They talked about snakes, black widows, vipers, tarantulas, scopion and Gila Monsters. All of these can give you nightmares but they might drop your blood pressure or change how cancer is fought. The Wall Street Journal article can be seen at the following web address.
The fascinating idea is how we are still in this modern world Bioprospecting for substances to help of fight disease and live longer. Many of today’s Diabetes medicine came from venom of the Gila Monster. Even in ancient Greece, China and Egypt snake venom was used to make an ointment to lesson the effects of Gout. It is truly a shame to see the rain forests, (18 million acres a year), being burned to run more cattle in places like Brazil, Venezuela or Colombia because we may be killing off some very valuable plants or animals than can never come back. It almost seems like everything has its place and it’s benefits. I’ll just keep those snakes and spiders in the lab though.
Some very interesting research that came out that is just a new way at looking at what alcohol does to us. Everyone knows too much booze is really bad for you and it leads to Cirrhosis of the liver. El Barracho does not live too long. What is surprising is that most people assumed that it was the alcohol directly damaging the liver which is wrong. It turns out that the alcohol damages two proteins in the intestines that keep our flora, or intestinal bacteria, in line and stop them from having a wild growth, kind of like an algea bloom. When the bacteria get too high, they get into the bloodstream and then clog up the liver. When the White Blood cells go in to clean up they cause inflammation and then scar tissue which is followed by fat and like magic, you have Cirrhosis.
Perhaps we could just take more of the two proteins called REG3B lectin and REG3G lectin if you knew you were really going to drink too much. Until then, you can toast to your future, but maybe just one or two.
Amazing how science keeps finding out things but if you have ever had jet lag you would want to do whatever you can to help this problem. Seems like it takes one day to adjust for one hour. So when an El Pasoan goes to Europe, it is like 8 hours different. You are ready to come home by the time the jet lag wears off.
Seems like flashing light when you are sleeping at the end of your sleep cycle can help move this two hours. It may even work early in the sleep cycle to move the clock backward and can help the teenager that wants to stay up till 2 in the morning. It seems our clock is closer to 25 hours but the day is only 24. I suspect the moon is involved somehow.
The incredible thing about Mycoplasma is that this vicious, super small microorganism is that it is like the Borg in Star Trek, it has a shield. That variable shield mechanism is called Biofilm. It is almost like a cloaking device so our immune system can not see what is going on. A very scientific article spells it all out. One Borg episode on Star Trek had a Borg on the ship and he got blasted by a phaser. Another came back and he had a special shield that stopped the phaser. Data came up with the idea of a variable phaser. That zapped another Borg but they came back with a variable shield to counter the new phaser. In other words; Adaptation. So the real question is how do we adapt our immune system to counter this very real threat to our health. Article below is way out there on Biofilms. They even make towers.
Apparently some essential oils like Oregano oil have an effect on Biofilms. Vaporization may be the way to get some oils in your system. Whatever the case, a stiff round of Zithromax followed by Dioxicycline may not be enough to kill this insidious opportunist called Mycoplasma. The link below is the best general overview of Mycoplasma.
Magnetism and the human body have always interested the curious. Electricity and magnetism are certainly areas where we do not have all the answers. This inventor is trying to use a magnetic pulse to short circuit the pain pathways. He has already succeeded for migraines. In 2000, the three inventors filed an application for a patent. It detailed a portable device that presses against the skull and shoots magnetic energy into the brain, expunging a migraine before it starts. One study published in Neurology called such technology a “major step forward” in chronic migraine treatment.
Imagine if he could succeed on back pain? Perhaps I would be out of job.
An interesting article in the Wall Street Journal hit on some of the new findings in research in this neurological disease. http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-clues-to-target-alzheimers-found-in-proteins-1437413305
It seems that the proteins, amyloid and tau, become misfolded and start the cycle of degeneration in your brain. I was wondering if diet could play a role in reducing these effects. A natural minded M.D. had some interesting things to say especially when it came to sulfur containing compounds, (this includes onions and garlic), that become hard to detoxify. Thus the elimination of dairy products and most meats.