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Entry for July 22, 2007

Nutritional Deficiency

Symptoms & Recommendations For 24 Common Nutritional Deficiencies
By: B. SixWise

When the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion compiled their Healthy Eating Index for 1999-2000, they found only a slight reason to smile. Ten percent of the population had a good diet.

This was based on 10 aspects including how many servings of fruits, vegetables and meat were being consumed, along with how much sodium and cholesterol, and variety in a person’s diet.

The rest of their findings left something to be desired:

16 percent of the population had a “poor” diet

The rest of the population (74 percent) had a diet that “needed improvement”

As the USDA pointed out, poor or inadequate diets are linked to four of the top 10 causes of death — heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. And as it turns out, most of us have less-than-ideal diets that essentially leave our bodies starving for more nutrients.

Along with poor diets, studies have found that key nutrients in foods have declined from 1909 to 1994, likely because the soil is not as nutrient-dense as it once was and processing of foods degrades nutrients that do exist. So not only are we eating fewer healthy foods, but those we do eat contain fewer nutrients than they once did.

As a result, many Americans — even those who think they are eating relatively healthy — may be suffering from a nutritional deficiency. Some of the more common ones in the United States include: Zinc Iron B vitamins Magnesium Calcium Vitamins E and C Phosphorus Vitamin D Fiber Folic Acid Essential Fatty Acids Chromium

If you are experiencing any unusual health symptoms, a nutrient deficiency could be to blame. Below is a list of common and not-so-common nutrients, along with deficiency symptoms and foods you should eat if you think you need more.

Biotin

Deficiency: Uncommon

Symptoms: Dermatitis, eye inflammation, hair loss, loss of muscle control, insomnia, muscle weakness

Recommended Foods: Swiss chard, cauliflower, liver, salmon, carrots, bananas, cereals, yeast

Calcium

Deficiency: Average diet contains 40 to 50% of RDA

Symptoms: Brittle nails, cramps, delusions, depression, insomnia, irritability, osteoporosis, palpitations, peridontal disease, rickets, tooth decay

Recommended Foods: Spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens, collard greens, yogurt, milk, mozzarella cheese

Chromium

Deficiency: 90% of diets deficient

Symptoms: Anxiety, fatigue, glucose intolerance, adult-onset diabetes

Recommended Foods: Romaine lettuce, onions, tomatoes, brewer’s yeast, oysters, liver, whole grains, bran cereals, potatoes

Copper

Deficiency: 75% of diets deficient; average diet contains 50% of RDA

Anemia, arterial damage, depression, diarrhea, fatigue, fragile bones, hair loss, hyperthyroidism, weakness

Recommended Foods: Calf’s liver, crimini mushrooms, turnip greens, blackstrap molasses, raw cashew nuts, sunflower seeds, spinach, asparagus

Essential fatty acids

Deficiency: Very common

Symptoms: Diarrhea, dry skin and hair, hair loss, immune impairment, infertility, poor wound healing, premenstrual syndrome, acne, eczema, gall stones, liver degeneration

Recommended Foods: Wild-caught salmon (avoid farm-raised salmon because of pollutants), flax seeds, walnuts

Folic Acid

Deficiency: Average diet contains 60% of RDA; deficient in 100% of elderly in one study; deficient in 48% of adolescent girls; requirement doubles in pregnancy

Symptoms: Anemia, apathy, diarrhea, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, loss of appetite, neural tube defects in fetus, paranoia, shortness of breath, weakness

Recommended Foods: Romaine lettuce, spinach, asparagus, turnip greens, mustard greens, calf’s liver, parsley, collard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, lentils

Iodine

Deficiency: Uncommon since the supplementation of salt with iodine

Symptoms: Cretinism, fatigue, hypothyroidism, weight gain

Recommended Foods: Sea vegetables, yogurt, cow’s milk, eggs, strawberries, mozzarella cheese

Iron

Deficiency: Most common mineral deficiency

Symptoms: Anemia, brittle nails, confusion, constipation, depression, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, inflamed tongue, mouth lesions

Recommended Foods: Chard, spinach, turmeric, thyme, shitake mushrooms, green beans

Magnesium

Deficiency: 75 to 85% of diets deficient: average diet contains 50 to 60% of RDA

Symptoms: Anxiety, confusion, heart attack, hyperactivity, insomnia, nervousness, muscular irritability, restlessness, weakness

Recommended Foods: Swiss chard, spinach, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, black beans, navy beans

Manganese

Deficiency: Unknown, may be common in women

Symptoms: Atherosclerosis, dizziness, elevated cholesterol, glucose intolerance, hearing loss, loss of muscle control, ringing in ears

Recommended Foods: Mustard greens, kale, chard, raspberries, pineapple, romaine lettuce, collard greens, maple syrup Niacin (B3)

Deficiency: Commonly deficient in elderly

Symptoms: Bad breath, canker sores, confusion, depression, dermatitis, diarrhea, emotional instability, fatigue, irritability, loss of appetite, memory impairment, muscle weakness, nausea, skin eruptions, inflammation

Recommended Foods: Crimini mushrooms, tuna (be cautious of mercury and other pollutants that can be found in fish), wild-caught salmon, chicken breast, asparagus

Pantothenic acid (B5)

Deficiency: Average elderly diet contains 60% of RDA

Symptoms: Abdominal pains, burning feet, depression, eczema, fatigue, hair loss, immune impairment, insomnia, irritability, low blood pressure, muscle spasms, nausea, poor coordination

Recommended Foods: Calf’s liver, mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, turnip greens, sunflower seeds

Potassium

Deficiency: Commonly deficient in elderly

Symptoms: Acne, constipation, depression, edema, excessive water consumption, fatigue, glucose intolerance, high cholesterol levels, insomnia, mental impairment, muscle weakness, nervousness, poor reflexes

Recommended Foods: Chard, button mushrooms, spinach, avocado, papaya, lima beans, lentil beans

Pyridoxine (B6)

Deficiency: 71% of male and 90% of female diets deficient

Symptoms: Acne, anemia, arthritis, eye inflammation, depression, dizziness, facial oiliness, fatigue, impaired wound healing, irritability, loss of appetite, loss of hair, mouth lesions, nausea

Recommended Foods: Bell peppers, turnip greens, spinach, tuna, banana, chicken breast, turkey breast

Riboflavin

Deficiency: Deficient in 30% of elderly Britons

Symptoms: Blurred vision, cataracts, depression, dermatitis, dizziness, hair loss, inflamed eyes, mouth lesions, nervousness, neurological symptoms (numbness, loss of sensation, “electric shock” sensations), seizures, sensitivity to light, sleepiness, weakness

Recommended Foods: Mushrooms, calf’s liver, spinach, spelt

Selenium

Deficiency: Average diet contains 50% of RDA

Symptoms: Growth impairment, high cholesterol levels, increased incidence of cancer, pancreatic insufficiency (inability to secrete adequate amounts of digestive enzymes), immune impairment, liver impairment, male sterility

Recommended Foods: Button mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, cod, shrimp, snapper, tuna, halibut, calf’s liver, wild-caught salmon (again, be wary of pollutants like mercury and PCBs in seafood)

Thiamine

Deficiency: Commonly deficient in elderly

Symptoms: Confusion, constipation, digestive problems, irritability, loss of appetite, memory loss, nervousness, numbness of hands and feet, pain sensitivity, poor coordination, weakness

Recommended Foods: Asparagus, romaine lettuce, mushrooms, spinach, sunflower seeds, tuna, green peas, tomatoes, eggplant, Brussels sprouts

Vitamin A

Deficiency: 20% of diets deficient

Symptoms: Acne, dry hair, fatigue, growth impairment, insomnia, hyperkeratosis (thickening and roughness of skin), immune impairment, night blindness, weight loss

Recommended Foods: Calf’s liver, milk, eggs, carrots, spinach, sweet potato, kale, collard greens, chard, red bell peppers

Vitamin B-12

Deficiency: Serum levels low in 25% of hospital patients

Symptoms: Anemia, constipation, depression, dizziness, fatigue, intestinal disturbances, headaches, irritability, loss of vibration sensation, low stomach acid, mental disturbances, moodiness, mouth lesions, numbness, spinal cord degeneration

Recommended Foods: Calf’s liver, snapper, venison, salmon, beef tenderloin, lamb, scallops

Vitamin C

Deficiency: 20 to 50% of diets deficient

Symptoms: Bleeding gums, depression, easy bruising, impaired wound healing, irritability, joint pains, loose teeth, malaise, tiredness

Recommended Foods: Parsley, broccoli, bell pepper, strawberries, oranges, lemon juice, papaya, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, Brussels sprouts

Vitamin D

Deficiency: 62% of elderly women’s diets deficient

Symptoms: Burning sensation in mouth, diarrhea, insomnia, myopia, nervousness, osteomalacia, osteoporosis, rickets, scalp sweating

Recommended Foods: Shrimp, milk, cod liver oil, eggs (you can also get vitamin D from sensible sun exposure)

Vitamin E

Deficiency: 23% of male and 15% of female diets deficient

Symptoms: Gait disturbances, poor reflexes, loss of position sense, loss of vibration sense, shortened red blood cell life

Recommended Foods: Mustard greens, chard, sunflower seeds, turnip greens, almonds, spinach

Vitamin K

Deficiency: Deficiency in pregnant women and newborns common

Symptoms: Bleeding disorders

Recommended Foods: Spinach, Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, carrots, green string beans, asparagus, red bell peppers, strawberries, eggs, tomatoes, green peas

Zinc

Deficiency: 68% of diets deficient

Symptoms: Acne, amnesia, apathy, brittle nails, delayed sexual maturity, depression, diarrhea, eczema, fatigue, growth impairment, hair loss, high cholesterol levels, immune impairment, impotence, irritability, lethargy, loss of appetite, loss of sense of taste, low stomach acid, male infertility, memory impairment, night blindness, paranoia, white spots on nails, wound healing impairment

Recommended Foods: Calf’s liver, mushrooms, spinach, beef tenderloin, pumpkin seeds, green peas.

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July 22, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 05, 2007

Nutritional Causes of Allergies
By Dr. Paul C. Eck and Dr. Larry Wilson

Ever increasing numbers of people are suffering from allergies. Many individuals are developing allergies not only to dust and pollen, but to foods, household chemicals, smoke and other substances and products as well. Avoiding the allergic food, or substance is one possible answer. However, avoidance is often not practical, or even possible. Also, avoidance does not help identify the primary cause of the allergy problem.

Modern nutritional science and biochemistry are now capable of providing significant insights into the basic causes and correction of allergy problems. When the primary cause is corrected, avoidance is less important and general health is improved as well.

Adrenal Insufficiency As A Cause Of Allergies

Your adrenal glands are two almond-size glands that sit on top of the kidneys. The adrenal glands produce a variety of hormones, including cortisol (an anti-inflammatory hormone) which normally serves to prevent allergic reactions. Normally, when one is exposed to an irritating substance, the body increases its production of these anti-inflammatory hormones which prevents an allergic response from occurring.

Most individuals suffer from allergies because they are not producing adequate amounts of adrenal gland hormones. Often the problem is chronic and worsens when the person is fatigued, or under stress.

An adrenal insufficiency is the major cause of allergies to pollen, dusts, molds, animal hair, foods and environmental chemicals.

An adrenal insufficiency-caused allergy can be readily identified from a hair mineral analysis. As a rule the individual’s sodium and potassium levels are very low, as compared to normal values. In many cases, the ratio of sodium to potassium is also low (less than 2.50:1), which is indicative of adrenal burnout.

The precise cause of adrenal insufficiency can be any combination of the following:

• Nutritional, or stress-depleted adrenal glands.
• Insufficient stimulation of the adrenal glands by the pituitary gland.
• Inadequate transport and utilization of adrenal hormones.

The correction of allergies involves correcting one’s current biochemical imbalances.
The adrenal glands specifically require vitamins A, C and E, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and specific amino acids, to function optimally. Deficiency, or imbalance of these essential nutrients, or toxic substances which block normal physiological functioning, interfere with the synthesis and adequate secretion of the adrenal hormones. If a person is living a particularly stressful lifestyle, a requirement of these essential nutrients is increased.

Nutritional correction is made possible by taking extra quantities of the specific nutrients the adrenal glands require for optimal functioning and eliminating toxic substances such as heavy metals, that severely interfere with optimal adrenal gland activity.

If the problem originates at the level of the pituitary gland, other factors come into consideration. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for stimulation of the pituitary gland to produce adrenocorticotropic hormones (ACTH). In many allergic individuals the sympathetic nervous system has become exhausted, due either to excessive exposure to stress, or a relative inability to cope with stress. Often, copper toxicity, resulting from an adrenal insufficiency, has overstimulated the sympathetic nervous system until it no longer functions adequately. A nutrition and lifestyle program are required to rest and restore nervous system balance, as well as restore adrenal and pituitary gland activity.

Inadequate transport and utilization of adrenal cortical hormones occur due to factors such as inadequate transport across cell membranes and a deficiency of cell membrane receptors. On a tissue mineral analysis, these problems may be identified by very low sodium and potassium levels, together with high calcium and magnesium levels. Calcium serves to stabilize the integrity of the cell membranes, decreasing their permeability to cellular toxins, which interfere with vital cell functions.

An allergy sufferer, with the above mineral patterns, requires a different nutritional regimen, one that increases their need for an additional calcium and magnesium intake. Other nutrients such as copper must also be given to help retain calcium and magnesium in body reserves, particularly the bone. Bioflavonoids are helpful to reduce cell fragility and increased cell membrane permeability. We also recommend the use of a thymus glandular substance to assist in regulating excessive activity of their adrenal glands. Excessive activity of the adrenal glands, due principally to stress, results in a calcium, magnesium and zinc deficiency, which further contributes to excessively high histamine levels. Zinc is required to store histamine. A deficiency of zinc results in a release of histamines into the surrounding tissue fluids.

Conclusion

Our research indicates that the reason allergies are so common today is largely due to an adrenal burnout-induced imbalanced body chemistry. The body has become hypersensitive to foods and environmental chemicals, which cause many types of allergic reactions.

Body chemistry has become impaired due to inadequate diets, stress and environmental pollution. Today, children are born with toxic metal poisoning and nutrient deficiencies, which indicates that even if an individual eats well, they may still be afflicted with allergies.

Fortunately, many nutritional imbalances can be measured accurately using hair mineral testing. Research has shown that changes in diet and lifestyle, along with scientifically recommended food supplements, can bring about improvement in many allergic conditions.

July 7, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | 1 Comment

Entry for June 09, 2007

I’ve always liked baby carrots and we buy them all the time. After showing this article to my wife, we switched to buying the real carrots and I was amazed at the difference in taste. Baby carrots only have 70% of the beta carotene of a normal carrot.. WOW!

Hidden Story Behind Baby Carrots

“Baby” carrots are not actually young carrots, or even carrots that are grown specifically to be small. In fact, the concept of the baby carrot was born 21 years ago by a California farmer wanting to sell more of his carrots that he was throwing away due to imperfections — they were too knobby, twisted or broken.

After cutting the less-than-perfect carrots down to a uniformly smaller size, they were fed through an industrial potato peeler to smooth the edges and remove the skin. This marked the birth of the “baby” carrot market.

The success of baby carrots may be a reflection of the desire for food that is uniform in appearance and taste, and for food that is sterile, prewashed, and prepackaged.

Baby carrots are made out of a variety of carrot known as the Imperator. They are bred to grow faster and ripen quickly, and because of this, they only have 70% of the beta carotene of a normal carrot.

Dr. Mercola’s Comment:

When you’re roaming the produce aisles at a grocery store, as a matter of habit you may pick up a small bag of baby carrots from time to time, thinking it’s a healthy snack and a fast one at that. You may reconsider spending your hard-earned money on baby carrots, however, after reviewing this interesting story about their secret origins.

The writer of the linked article stopped buying baby carrots upon realizing that those convenient, small and expensive packages of baby carrots she was buying at the grocery store were nearly tasteless compared to the delicious organic kind she purchased previously at a farmer’s market.

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Entry for December 25, 2006

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The perfect Christmas present.

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Entry for September 03, 2006

This study shows the connection between lowering birth defects and the importance of taking prenatal vitamins. I think it also shows how malnourished people are from the fast food lifestyle and how bad our diet has become in today’s society.

Personally, I don’t think it’s normal for a person to be taking vitamins.

Prenatal vitamins cut birth defects: review

All women of childbearing age should consider taking a prenatal multivitamin to reduce the risk of serious birth defects such as heart malfunctions, a Canadian researcher says.

As many as one out of every 33 children born in Canada has a serious birth defect, according to the Motherrisk Program at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.

Dr. Gideon Koren, the program’s director, reviewed the findings of 41 studies on the effects of multivitamin supplements before conception and during the first trimester.

The prenatal vitamins differed from traditional vitamins because they contain a combination of vitamin A, all the B vitamins, as well as vitamins C, D, E and more iron and folic acid.

“It’s not a single element, but rather a mixture of different things that mom and baby might need,” Koren told CBC Newsworld.

The benefits of folic acid have been known for 15 years, but the review shows the prenatal vitamins can have a protective effect for other serious birth defects that cost lives and have huge effects on quality of life.

In Thursday’s issue of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada, the researchers reported taking a daily prenatal vitamin resulted in a:

48 per cent reduction in neural-tube defects.
39 per cent drop in cardiovascular defects.
47 per cent lower rate of limb deformities.
58 per cent reduction in cases of cleft palate.
52 per cent decrease in urinary-tract defects.
63 per cent drop in hydrocephalus. A dangerous build-up of fluid on the brain.

Can offer concrete advice 

“This study fills a gap in that we can now offer women some concrete advice,” said Dr. Donald Davis, president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, or SOGS. “We can say, ‘Look, this is one way you can help prevent these.'”

The Motherrisk program already advises women in their reproductive years who are sexually active and plan to start a family to take prenatal vitamins.

About half of Canadian women do not plan a pregnancy, which means they may not start taking the vitamins early enough, Koren said.

“There is no downside, really,” Koren said, adding it is up to medical groups such as obstetricians and gynecologists to formally make the recommendation.

The study did not find links between the multivitamins and prevention of Down’s syndrome, undescended testis, hypospadias (an inherited defect of the urinary opening on the penis), and pyloric stenosis (a narrowing of the sphincter that can block the flow of partially digested food into the small intestine).

If more research shows other vitamins beside folic acid can also prevent birth defects it may have implications for Canada’s food fortification program, the society said.

Flour and breads have been enriched with folic acid to help prevent neural tube birth defects since 1988.

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Entry for September 01, 2006

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In my quest for better health, I had a friend recommend a book called “Fit for Life”. I’ve never heard of it so it’s off to Doctor Google to find out more…

Amazon.com: Editorial Reviews

“It is not only what you eat that makes the difference, but also of extreme importance is when you eat it and in what combinations” say Harvey and Marilyn Diamond, authors of this classic bestseller. Their program results in eating balanced, nutritious, high-fiber foods, making dieting “unnecessary and as obsolete as sealing wax.”

The Diamonds explain that body functions have a daily cycle:

4 a.m. to noon–elimination (of body wastes and food debris)
Noon to 8 p.m.– appropriation (eating and digestion)
8 p.m. to 4 a.m.–assimilation (absorption and use)

Fit for Life aims to return you to a lifestyle based on your natural body cycles. That means 70 percent of your diet should be “high-water-content foods”–fruits and vegetables–which facilitate all body functions. Consume nothing but fruit or fruit juice until noon, then eat salad and vegetables with every meal for the rest of the day.

Two-thirds of the book is explanation and discussion; one-third is menu plans and recipes. You won’t be hungry, your food choices will be healthy, and you’ll lose weight without dieting. –Joan Price

Maybe I should start taking my vitamins after 8PM for better absorption?

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Entry for August 17, 2006

Multiple Sclerosis Radically Improves With Simple Diet Changes
By Jim Marlow, chief nutritionist at the Optimal Wellness Center

Gwen is a 26-year-old who was diagnosed last year with Neural demyelination, associated with probable Multiple Sclerosis. Her brain MRI, done in November 2005, showed five to six spots (light gray, old ones) and a couple that were active.

The past five years were very stressful for her. She does have a history of tremors since age 13 or 14. She used to get migraines with some vision loss. She has had a severely low libido, moderate sinus problems, dry skin and fatigue. 

After taking the Metabolic Typing test, she was assessed as a MIXED type. A review of her lab analysis from December 2005 identified that she clearly had been over-consuming carbohydrates and under-consuming protein. Also, her omega-3 fat and LDL cholesterol levels were very low — and omega-3 fats are critical to improving MS. A review of her Hair Element Analysis identified small but significant levels of mercury, arsenic and cadmium.  

For seven weeks now, Gwen has been doing her best to follow the Prime MIXED type nutrition plan, and she continues to have a very good response to it. Because of our entire program, she reports that ALL of her symptoms have improved. She is eating very well despite her difficulty in obtaining organic foods. She reports that she has experienced complete elimination of tingling and headaches, and a remarkable reduction in the occurrence of dry skin and sinus problems.

She also reports that she has not been having nightmares anymore, so she is sleeping much better, and her energy level is much improved. In fact, she stated that “my energy level is a thousand times better than it was.” 

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Entry for August 10, 2006

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A similar story with Quaker Oats…

You read everywhere that all of the B vitamins should be taken together and that’s why they make B complex. I was looking at the box for Quaker Oats the other day and I noticed that it’s fortified with B vitamins but riboflavin is missing.

How does this make any sense? I check out their web site, click on the link that says “Contact Us” and I ask them that very question.

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Entry for August 10, 2006

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I can never understand the standarization for nutritional facts on food. Some packages have a lot of information, some contain very little. Some contain the standard information, but leave out some important ones.

I’ll use the small 500 ml Dairyland 2% Milk as an example from Shoppers Drug Mart.

On the package it reads like this:

Vitamin A————–10%
Vitamin C—————0%
Calcium—————–80%
Iron———————0%
Vitamin D—————45%

On their web site…is a completely different story:

Q: What other nutrients are in Dairyland milk?

A: In addition to calcium and vitamin D, each glass of Dairyland milk provides vitamin B12, vitamin B6, vitamin A, niacin, riboflavin, phosphorus, zinc, and magnesium. This is what we call real food!

Q: Are phosphorus and magnesium important minerals for good health?

A: Milk and milk products contain several vitamins and minerals that are important for maintaining good health. Phosphorus is required for making energy in our cells and for strengthening our bones. Magnesium is also involved in making energy for our cells, but additionally, it is important for controlling calcium blood levels and muscle contractions. 250ml of Dairyland 2% milk provides 22% of our daily requirement of phosphorus and 14% of our daily requirements for magnesium.

Q: Why do I need Potassium?

A: Potassium is required for muscle activity and contractions. It is also involved in our maintaining our body\’s fluid balance. If we don\’t have enough potassium our blood pressure can rise. Dairyland milk and Dairyland yogurts are good sources of this important nutrient.

Q: Why do I need Riboflavin?

A: Riboflavin is required by our bodies for producing energy in our cells and keeping tissues like our skin, eyes, and nervous system healthy. Like calcium, riboflavin is difficult to get in large quantities in our foods. Dairyland milk and milk products are important sources of riboflavin in our diet. 250ml of 2% milk contains 25% of our daily requirements for riboflavin.

Q: Why do I need Zinc?

A: One glass of Dairyland milk provides about 11% of our recommended daily intake of zinc. Zinc helps our bodies build protein and it is involved in the immune response.

For some reason, the “powers that be” feel it’s more important to display ZERO PERCENT for vitamin C and Iron. But fails to tell the consumer that it also contains some very important vitamins and minerals:

250ml of Dairyland 2% milk contains 25% of our daily requirements for riboflavin.
250ml of Dairyland 2% milk provides 22% of our daily requirement of phosphorus.
250ml of Dairyland 2% milk provides 14% of our daily requirements for magnesium.
250ml of Dairyland 2% milk provides 11% of our daily requirements for zinc.

And although they mention that vitamin B6, B12, B3 (Niacin) and potassium are added, they don’t say how much.

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Entry for August 06, 2006

Deficiency Diseases and Good Nutrition
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)

Riboflavin is needed in every cell of your body every day. It promotes repair and proper growth of tissue, and is essential for good digestion and steady nerves. It is also vital to correct metabolism. Riboflavin is an important component in FAD (flavin adenine dinucleotide) and FMN (flavin adenine mononucleotide). These two coenzymes are common helpers in the metabolism of fatty acids and glucose. They are produced by a reaction that requires the enzyme flavokinase. Flavokinase is regulated by thyroxin, a hormone produced in the thyroid. Therefore, if you have a thyroid problem, flavokinase cannot be produced to stimulate (with the help of riboflavin) FAD and FMN production, and you’re not able to metabolize your food properly. If you have a thyroid problem, you’re going to have some troubles with your metabolism. You probably already knew that, but now you know how riboflavin is involved in metabolism.

Riboflavin is also important in DNA and RNA metabolism. Animals fed no B2 had babies with extreme malformations in the skeletal system, because of mutations in the DNA. Low riboflavin can also cause degeneration of your nerves. Riboflavin is needed to stimulate the hormone that stimulates the adrenals to release their hormones. (The body is pretty complex.) Hormones from the adrenal glands are the ones that help you deal with stress, so you don’t want to disrupt those! The hormones from the adrenal glands also control where and how fat is deposited.

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Entry for July 24, 2006

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– Brendan Brazier (from the Jugo Juice magazine)

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Entry for July 15, 2006

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Iridology Appointment: 10:00 AM

She invites me in and shows me to her basement office. I take a seat and she hands me my eyology report and comments that it took her five hours to produce. She pulls up my iris pictures and reviews the report. It starts with my iris type.

Genotype (Iris Constitution): Biliary

Genetic predisposition to gastrointestinal weakness with poor liver, gall bladder and pancreatic function. Symptoms include biliousness, digestive disorders like flatulence, constipation erratic blood sugar levels, migraines, lethargy and skin problems. There may be a heightened sensitivity to chemicals and superheated fats and oils.

General Recommendations:

-Avoid high fat foods like cheese and meat, fried foods and high sugar foods.

-Ensure daily bowel movement

-Take hot and cold foot baths to encourage blood and lymph circulation.

-Avoid alcohol which puts stress on the liver and kidneys.

Everything so far is very generic and could apply to anyone.

“There are beginnings of healing lines in this profile and whatever he has done to come back to balance through natural means have been effective.”

“This profle is marked by a state of general anxiety.”

“The Digestive, Nervous, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Endocrine and Urinary need to be looked at in more depth and balanced.”

Then she goes into each system in more detail and pulls up each picture to explain her findings in the iris and sclera.

Body Systems

Digestive: This system shows lack of tone at the cecum reflexing the pancreas and the descending reflexing the heart and upper abdomen. There are no signs of the autonomic nervous wreath at the cecum (reflexing pancreas), the descending (reflexing the upper abdomen) and the sigmoid (reflexing the lower abdomen, the pelvis and the small intestines (reflexing the low back) on the left iris and the cecum on the right. In these areas there is a minimal nerve transmission which would therefore make these areas weaker. This system also shows signs of significant diet abuse and possible yeast indications. Healing lines are starting to happen especially in the esophagus, ascending, transverse and sigmoid colon, small intestines and the pancreas.

Nervous: This system shows a tendency to general exhaustion and general state of anxiety even though the patient projects a calm demeanor. These two qualities may have emerged with the recent illness however, numerous cramp rings suggest otherwise. Radicals denoting sluggish impulse at the transverse reflex the cerebellum, subcortex, the limbic and sympathetic nervous system and well as the adrenal gland. Again, there are the beginning signs of healing at the pituitary, pineal, conceptual mind, the cerebellum and the sinuses. There are also indications of drug imbediment in the head area, but this too shows healing signs.

Cardiovascular: This system shows vulnerability to problems due to genetics and diet abuse in the past. The area where is heart is in the iris shows a large and deep lacuna with healing signs. There are also indications of vascular plaque and fatty buildup, sluggish circulation with a potential for serious cardiovascular problems, and a weakened and possibly anemic state. Although there was no mention of cardiovasular problems, this system needs to be addressed with immediacy.

Endocrine: This system shows an anxiety line running through the adrenal on both irises and a staircase lacuna at the pancreas on the right. Although this seems to cause an immune compromise to the system, there are healing lines. There are also indications of healing lines at the thyroid. The prostate though shows possible imbalance.

Immune/Lymphatic/Respiratory: The Immune System shows the effects of longterm use of medications for allergies. However, there are healing lines in the respiratory (trachea, tonsils), the endocrine (parathyroid), and the lower jaw and sinus. There are indications of an imbalance in the Respiratory System especially in the bronchioles and at the throat.

Urinary: This system may also be vunerable due to it’s close connection to the heart and cardiovascular system and to it’s function of filtering toxins. The kidney shows a huge lacuna, congestion and pathogenic activity at the bladder and tissue hardening. However, there are healing lines in these two organs.

Muscular/Skeletal: There are indications of connective tissue breakdown and possible effects of long term use of medications in this system. Some areas of the iris show high tissue acidity or inflammation.

She points to the under part of the eye and says this is a sign of yeast overgrowth: Candida. I explain that the naturopath has already tried this and I didn’t feel any difference after three weeks of the Candida Diet and she felt that three weeks wasn’t long enough.

She takes a look at my suppliments and writes down the new dosage and splits them into three groups. Group one are the ones I need right now, Group two are needed but not as important and Group three she said I didn’t need.

Group two was my Enzymes and within Group three was Magnesium.

She also suggested some weird herbal remedies that I’ve never heard of. She only has one that she can sell to me and it’s called Chelex Tincture. The rest I’ll need to order from the health food store.

Chelex Tincture

Chelex tincture contains herbs researched for their effects on counteracting heavy metals and disarming free radicals and the essential oil of helichrysum, which has been studied for its natural chelating action. Chelex contains herbal ingredients synergistically formulated to help rid the body of heavy metals and other immune-damaging free radicals. Heavy metals absorbed from the air, water, food, skin care products, etc., lodge and store in the fatty layers of the body and give off toxic gases in the system, which may create allergic symptoms. Ridding our bodies of heavy metals is extremely important in order to have healthy immune function, especially if we have mercury fillings. This formula contains the essential oil of helichrysum, which may help the body in the elimination of heavy metals because of its natural chelating action.

So with her new suppliment dosages, I only take what she deemed necessary and I only take the supplements in group one and in her new dosage so I don’t take any enzymes with my dinner. We talk about jucing vegetables and tells me that I should purchase a juicer as they are fairly cheap at Wal-Mart for under $40.00.

She touches a bit on my emotional side and I explain about my deep connection with the death of John Lennon. I was only 10 years old at the time but it still has an effect on me and she thought it was weird because he isn’t somebody that I am close to. He wasn’t direct family. I also went further to explain a high school breakup that was very emotional for me.

She talks about my internal vibration and says that in meditation, the body has a natural vibration that has a positive impact.

She shows me the area of the heart and it has healing lines. She said that whatever changes that I have made recently have prevented a heart attack! I found this really amazing because I never mentioned anything about my high blood pressure or the chest pains. I do know that magnesium and omega 3 is known to prevent heart attacks and I’ve added both recently. But she just told me that I didn’t need the magnesium supplement that I was taking?

She went on to explain about taking cold foot baths and that exactly what Dr. Jenson was taking about in his book. Another suggestion? I should eat seven almonds per day. She gave me a bunch of good food combinations and explained in more detail:

The theory of dietetics is based upon the hypothesis that inadequate absorption of food causes degeneration of tissue, and that for perfect metabolism do not combine foods high in starches with food high in proteins or fats in the same meal. It is, of course, impossible not to combine proteins and carbohydrates in the same meal. Practically all foods have some protein, some carbohydrate or some fat. However, a meal can be predominantly protein or predominantly carbohydrate.

The contention of these doctors is that a combination of high protein and high starches inhibits the absorption of all the nutritive factors of foods and results in an unnecessary burden upon the entire digestive apparatus.

She said that it would take six months before a person sees any change in the iris but we would have a follow up session in a couple of weeks. I ask her about taking wheatgrass and she says I should take it everyday.

I leave her house a little disappointed and with a little bit more knowledge. I don’t know what to think. It’s the most detailed report I’ve ever seen but how accurate is it? My other Doctors have told me that everything is normal but there is certainly a difference of opinion here!

Everything she seemed to suggest is on the expensive side. I’ll have to break everything down and research everything with Dr. Google before I try anything else.

July 16, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 25, 2006

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Still waiting for the tests to confirm whether or not I have Beriberi but I thought I’d try contacting Health Canada to find out if they have any statistics on the number of reported cases in the past twenty years. I also contacted the US Department of Health with the same question.

Diet has always had a vital influence on health. Until as recently as the 1940’s, diseases such as rickets, pellagra, scurvy, beriberi, xerophthalmia, and goiter (caused by lack of adequate dietary vitamin D, niacin, vitamin C, thiarnin, vitamin A, and iodine, respectively) were prevalent in this country and throughout the world.

Today, thanks to an abundant food supply, fortification of some foods with critical trace nutrients, and better methods for determining and improving the nutrient content of foods, such “deficiency” diseases have been virtually eliminated in developed countries.

For example, the introduction of iodized salt in the 1920’s contributed greatly to eliminating iodine-deficiency goiter as a public health problem in the United States. Similarly, pellagra disappeared subsequent to the discovery of the dietary causes of this disease. Nutrient deficiencies are reported rarely in the United States, and the few cases of protein-energy malnutrition that are listed annually as causes of death generally occur as a secondary result of severe illness or injury, child neglect, the problems of the house-bound aged, premature birth, alcoholism, or some combination of these factors.

June 25, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 22, 2006

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We were doing our regular grocery shopping the other day and my wife pointed out a drink called Arthur’s Green Energy. It was a thick green liquid and the ingredients said it contained wheatgrass. I picked some up and forgot about it. Yesterday I bought a small one from Shoppers and WOW this stuff is great. It tastes nothing like I imagined. It has a very sweet taste to it and it’s like a pear/apple/peach drink. Great stuff, in fact, it’s very filling so I’ll try drinking a bottle of Green Energy instead of eating chocolate bars.

Here’s what it says on their website:

Arthur’s Green Energy

Believe it or not Green Energy has won awards based on its taste. Just close your eyes and chug, as beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

Key Benefits:

A serving of ARTHUR´S = 2½ SERVINGS of fresh fruits and vegetables. A healthy diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables may help reduce the risk of some types of cancer. A balanced source of 16 essential nutrients plus many more naturally occurring nutrients essential for the proper functioning of your body.

A calorie efficient meal replacer (245cal/serving) with all of the nutrients of a typical nutritional meal. Green Energy’s snappy, refreshing taste can be enjoyed anywhere, any time of the day!

Ingredients: Apple Juice, Banana Puree, Passionfruit Juice, Prune Plum Puree, Spirulina, Soy Lecithin, Wheat & Barley Grasses, Vitamin C. 

June 22, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 16, 2006

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To the walk in clinic and I explain to the receptionist that I would like to speak to a doctor about nutritional deficiencies. It’s a friday night so it’s not too busy and I’m called in within 5 minutes.

The doctor comes in, reads my file and says “I hear you would like to speak to a doctor…well, I am one.”  I thought that was funny and I like him almost immediately. I give him the coles notes version of my history of symptoms starting with the mysterious internal vibration. I tell him about the various tests and procedures done by my regular doctor that all came up with nothing. I explain about how my research indicates that it could be a nutritional B vitamin deficiency and it’s my hunch that I have Beriberi. I’ve read that there is a blood test and I would like it done.

He says he hasn’t heard the term Beriberi since medical school and admitted that he wouldn’t even know how to treat it. I’d say he’s an older man in his mid-fifties.  I told him that from what I’ve read, it’s very easy to treat with high doses of B1 vitamins and in some cases, vitamin injections. He’s heard of B12 injections but not B1. He mentions about folic acid and I told him about my research regarding the chemical reaction of B1 with folic acid so I would really like to have that tested as well.

He questions why I think I have a nutritional B vitamin deficiency and hesitantly, I mention about how I think electromagnetic radiation had an effect on my stomach and disturbed the normal absorption of vitamins and minerals from my food. I continue my story with the purchase of the wireless intercom system and how when I discovered the symptoms to be EMF, I bought a meter to test around the house. I was probably low with B vitamins to begin with and the EMF exposure created a nutritional deficiency. Then he asks about how I learned about electromagnetic radiation. So I explain the story about the global tv show and Dr. Riina Bray.

At the end of my story I told him how I thought it sounded like something from a science fiction novel and he agreed saying this was the first time he had ever heard a story like mine.

So he writes out the lab requistion form for a blood test.

June 16, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 15, 2006

Dear Dr. Google…

I’ve been taking high doses of niacin for over a month and although there is some improvement, I still have the mysterious internal tremor and low stomach acid. I forgot to take my acidophilus this morning and I had the head pinching. It disappeared when I took the acidophilus so something is obviously still wrong. Maybe it’s not a niacin deficiency at all? I have nervous system symptoms that are effected by diet. It has to be a nutritional deficiency, I just don’t know what kind.

With the Iridology charts and the deep lines at the top of my iris suggesting something effecting the cerebrum part of my brain, I start looking up symptoms with the cerebrum. With iridology some practitioners feel they can diagnose severe disease well before symptoms present themselves. So let’s see what I find out. I start reading about a whole bunch of scary neurological disorders and nothing matches my symptoms. It has to be a nutritional deficiency.

I start googling vitamin deficiencies and I look up every one. A, B, C, D, E, K etc. After reading them all and not finding anything as a possible match, I decide search for vitamins deficiencies that can effect the brain or more importantly, the cerebrum. This time I come across a more detailed decription of a Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) deficiency.

Vitamin B1 Deficiency

Vitamin B1 (thiamin) deficiency may result from a deficiency in the diet. People whose diet consists mainly of polished (refined) white rice are at risk of vitamin B1 deficiency, because polishing removes almost all of the vitamins. Alcoholics, who often substitute alcohol for food, are at high risk of developing this deficiency.

Symptoms

Early symptoms are vague. They include fatigue, irritability, memory impairment, loss of appetite, sleep disturbances, abdominal discomfort, and weight loss. Eventually, a severe vitamin B1 deficiency (beriberi) may develop, characterized by nerve, heart, and brain abnormalities.

Brain abnormalities due to vitamin B1 deficiency occur primarily in alcoholics. Brain abnormalities may develop when a chronic vitamin B1 deficiency is suddenly worsened by a rapid, substantial decrease in the vitamin B1 level (which can be caused by an alcoholic binge) or by a sudden increase in vitamin B1 requirements (which may occur when an undernourished alcoholic is fed intravenously).

Diagnosis and Treatment

The diagnosis is based on symptoms. Tests to confirm the diagnosis are not readily available. All forms of the deficiency are treated with vitamin B1 supplements.

A balanced diet containing all essential nutrients will prevent a thiamine deficiency and the development of beriberi. People who consume large quantities of junk food like soda, pretzels, chips, candy, and high carbohydrate foods made with unenriched flours may be deficient in thiamine and other vital nutrients. They may need to take vitamin supplements and should improve their diets. Usually there are other deficiencies in the B vitamins that will also need treatment.

Excess thiamine is excreted by the body in the urine, and negative reactions to too much thiamine are rare. Thiamine is unstable in alkali solutions, so it should not be taken with antacids or barbiturates.

Thiamine should be taken daily, with the dose depending on the severity of the disease. Additional supplements of B vitamins, a multivitamin and mineral complex, and Vitamin C are also recommended. Other alternative therapies may help relieve the person’s symptoms after the thiamine deficiency is corrected.

So maybe I had multiple B vitamin deficiencies? Another web site talks about how a B1 deficiency can lead to a disease called Beriberi :

Beriberi – this is caused by thiamin deficiency and affects the cardiovascular, muscular, gastrointestinal and nervous systems. As well as the above symptoms, a person with ‘dry’ beriberi may have: nerve degeneration, nervous tingling throughout the body, poor arm and leg coordination, and deep pain in the calf muscles. Symptoms of ‘wet’ beriberi include: an enlarged heart, heart failure and severe oedema (swelling).

Thiamine Deficiency And Dependency

The coenzyme thiamine pyrophosphate, the active form of thiamine (vitamin B1), participates in carbohydrate metabolism through decarboxylation of -keto acids. Thiamine also acts as coenzyme to the apoenzyme transketolase in the pentose monophosphate pathway for glucose. Deficiency causes beriberi with peripheral neurologic, cerebral, cardiovascular, and GI manifestations.

Another site lists another set of symptoms:

Deficiency Symptoms: Depression, constipation, impaired growth in children, shortness of breath, numbness of hands and feet, weakness, fatigue, nervousness, sensitivity to noise, loss of appetite.

Inhibits Absorption: Tobacco, stress, fever, coffee, alcohol, surgery, raw clams

Enhances Absorption: B-complex, sulfur, manganese, niacin, B-2, folic acid, C, E

And then another says one of the Neurologic signs is a….TREMOR.

Pathophysiology
Nutritional disease results from Thiamine deficiency

Symptoms : Weakness, irritability, Nausea, Vomiting, Burning feet, Pruritus

Signs

Neurologic: Tremor, Diminished reflexes in lower limbs, Muscle atrophy

Cardiac: Congestive Heart Failure, Pedal Edema , Pleural Effusions

And yet another:

The following systems are most affected by beriberi:

Gastrointestinal system

When the cells of the smooth muscles in the digestive system and glands do not get enough energy from glucose, they are unable to produce more glucose from the normal digestion of food. There is a loss of appetite, indigestion, severe constipation, and a lack of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.

Nervous System

Glucose is essential for the central nervous system to function normally. Early deficiency symptoms are fatigue, irritability, and poor memory. If the deficiency continues, there is damage to the peripheral nerves that causes loss of sensation and muscle weakness, which is called peripheral neuropathy. The legs are most affected. The toes feel numb and the feet have a burning sensation; the leg muscles become sore and the calf muscles cramp. The individual walks unsteadily and has difficulty getting up from a squatting position. Eventually, the muscles shrink (atrophy) and there is a loss of reflexes in the knees and feet; the feet may hang limp (footdrop).

Cardiovascular system

There is a rapid heartbeat and sweating. Eventually the heart muscle weakens. Because the smooth muscle in the blood vessels is affected, the arteries and veins relax, causing swelling, known as edema, in the legs.

Musculoskeletal system

There is widespread muscle pain caused by the lack of TPP in the muscle tissue.

A thiamin deficiency also produces Warnicke-Korsakoff syndrome, sometimes called cerebral beriberi, a disorder of the central nervous system.

Muscles shrink (atrophy) and there is a loss of reflexes in the knees and feet? Could this explain my Plantar Fasciitis? A B1 deficiency is linked to the Gastrointestinal system and the Nervous System. The two things I have symptoms for. The two things I’ve been telling the doctors about and now I have a link to the cerebrum.

What is Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome?

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS) is a neurological disorder. Wernicke’s Encephalopathy and Korsakoff’s Psychosis are the acute and chronic phases, respectively, of the same disease. Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is a combination of  Korsakoff’s syndrome which constitutes confusion, aphonia and confabulation and Wernicke’s encephalopathy which is nystagmus, opthalmoplegia, coma and, if untreated, death. It is also known as cerebral beriberi, which is beriberi (thiamine deficiency disease) in the brain. This results from severe acute deficiency of thiamine superimposed on a chronic deficiency. Usually found in malnourished chronic alcoholics.

Korsakoff’s syndrome, with symptoms of severe anterograde and retrograde amnesia, is caused by damage to mammillary bodies and other brain regions due to deficiency of thiamine. This is most often caused by chronic alcoholism, though other conditions including severe malnutrition, have been known to cause it. An association of Gayet-Wernicke and Korsakoff’ syndromes frequently observed in alcoholic, nutritionally deficient patients with the Gayet-Wernicke syndrome. Patients develop symptoms of the Korsakoff syndrome, mainly amnesia with a tendency to confabulate with or without polyneuropathy.

I don’t think I’ve gotten to the point of the Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome so it appears what I could have is a B1 deficiency that may led to it. Scary stuff…and it’s starting to make a bit more sense.

I’ve had this very weird feeling in my head almost from the time when the other symptoms started happening around July 2005. If I tilted my head back and kept it there for 5-10 seconds, when I try to bring it back, my head has a heavy sluggishness feeling. Almost like the fluid trying to balance itself. It dosen’t happen all of the time and I didn’t quite know how to explain it so I never mentioned it. The Cerebellum is the part of the brain below the back of the cerebrum and it regulates balance, posture, movement, and muscle coordination.

Down to Shoppers Drug Mart to pick up 100 mg of B1 suppliment.

June 15, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 13, 2006

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After spending most of the evening reading about iridology, I come across a web site with the Universal Iridology Chart. This chart combines the American, European & Australian Charts into one.

Iridology

Practitioners claim to be able to understand an individual’s state of health and to diagnose disease by examining the color, texture, and location of various pigment flecks. Iridologists state that disease is due to “imbalances” which can be treated by nutritional supplementation with vitamins, minerals, and herbs. Others claim to be able to uncover a complete past medical history, including such things as surgical removal of the appendix. Future health problems are also not out of reach for some practitioners who feel they can diagnose severe disease well before symptoms present themselves.

How Can It Help?

Iris analysis shows basic constitution, its inherent fixed strengths and weaknesses, and gives a baseline for building and maintaining health. Since the iris changes with fluctuations in body health, it provides an ongoing picture of internal conditions and is an effective way to monitor healing. It gives the individual the opportunity to understand and take responsibility for his or her own body.

Iridology shows the state of body tissues, toxic deposits, inflammation, physical and mental fatigue and stress, preclinical stages of disease and healing. However, iridology cannot determine such things as blood pressure, medications being used, pregnancy, tumors, hemorrhage, gallstones, kidney stones or blocked arteries.

Tissue conditions are revealed at four levels of the iris: acute, subacute, chronic and degenerative. Iridology reveals problems in the formative stages, before any disease symptoms have started to appear, so early corrective action can be taken.

How Does It Work?

The eyes are an extension of the brain via the optic nerves. The nerve fibers that end in the iris connect to the entire body. Different parts of the iris correspond to different parts of the body. The presence or absence of certain markings in the iris reflects the condition of the associated body part. There is almost 120 years of scientific data showing the accuracy of iris analysis.

The Jensen charts show the eyes and map body parts to correspond to certain areas of the iris. There are 166 areas: eighty-six in the left iris and eighty in the right iris. The layout of the eye charts is analogous to the body with the brain at the top, the feet at the bottom, the skin on the outside and the bowels on the inside. The right eye reflects the right side of the body and the left eye reflects the left side.

Nutrition is often used as an associated therapy after iridology indicates which areas of the body need healing. Iridology nutrition charts show which vitamins, minerals and herbs are helpful for different areas of the body.

If Iridology is linked to nutrition and can determine what areas of the body are being effected, then this might the breakthrough I’ve been waiting for. I’ve had my appendix removed when I was about seven years old so it will be interesting to see if I can find that on the charts. If I can take a picture of my iris, compare it to the chart… who knows what I can discover and maybe I’ll find out where the problem lies and that’s my biggest problem.

June 14, 2006 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 09, 2006

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I’ve heard about a movie called Super Size Me for a while and Kevin Trudeau mentions it in his book. I finally decide to rent it and see what it’s all about.

Half way through the movie and I start feeling sick. I don’t think I can ever eat at McDonalds again. It’s truly amazing how fast food can have such an effect on the body and everyone does it. No wonder everyone is so sick. I used to love the chicken McNuggets but not after watching how they make them. No thanks.

The best part of the movie for me was the bonus material. He did an experiment where he had a McDonalds product in a sealed glass jar and left it for weeks to watch it break down. He compared it to a burger and fries from a local resturant. After two weeks, the Big Mac still looked good without any mold or signs of age. Week after week various types of mold would form on the burgers but the amazing thing was the fries. After ten weeks the fries still looked perfect with no sign of any mold. Makes you wonder if it is really food at all?

I’ll never have McDonalds fries again…

June 9, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for May 22, 2006

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Today I come across an online nutrition calculator. Here is what it says:

Daysworth Nutrition Calculator

This powerful new tool can help you in countless ways. Use the Daysworth Nutrition Calculator to determine your nutritional status. Just select a single food or build your own personal menu from over 6,000 food choices. The online calculator will determine your nutritional status based on the foods you eat.

Keep track of your calories, fat and carbohydrate intake to help with your weight loss goals. Monitor your intake of cholesterol, total fat and saturated fats to help ensure optimal heart health. Watch your protein and carbohydrate levels to make sure you’re getting enough for optimal athletic performance and muscle growth. Check your fiber intake to help maintain regularity and prevent uncomfortable or unhealthy conditions. Guarantee your diet includes all of the essential vitamins and minerals you need to maintain good health. 

And the best thing of all? It’s totally free! I register with the site and I enter all of the foods for today.

With my healthy new diet eating oatmeal and apples for breakfast, a tuna sandwich with tomatoes for lunch, a banana for an afternoon snack and halibut fish with broccoli and potatoes for dinner, I should have no problem.

Today’s diet, according to the calculator I am deficient in ten vitamins and minerals based on the daily recommended allowance. Good thing I’m not tracking my old diet. I’m in deep trouble…

May 22, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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