Archive for December, 2010

Why I take as few drugs as possible Sometimes against my doctor’s orders – whoever that is at the moment.

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

By Lynne McTaggart who is the award-winning author of five books, including the international bestselling sensations The Field and The Intention Experiment

Just occasionally, I come across a medical hero, a doctor willing to break the conspiracy of silence that exists among doctors about the damage caused by their tools.

My hero of the hour is an American psychiatrist called Grace E. Jackson.  Dr. Jackson is utterly, refreshingly horrified by psychiatric medicine. In fact, she is horrified by most forms of pharmaceutical medicine, period.  She spends her life lecturing and writing about the dangers of drugs and their ability to cause mental illness.

So incensed is she about the current state of affairs that she felt compelled to self-publish a whistle-blower, entitled Drug-induced Dementia, which painstakingly catalogues a vast amount of scientific evidence showing that modern medicine is the primary culprit behind all forms of dementia, one of the most rampant epidemics of our time.

A new use for rocket fuel
One of her more outrageous snippets of information concerns the fact that in the 1950s, when doctors first began to treat psychiatric patients pharmacologically, they discovered that synthetic dye and rocket-fuel derivatives actually had what they considered some sort of medicinal effect. Thorazine (chlorpromazine), the first antipsychotic, was born.

There was only one hitch – the drug caused the patient to become so lethargic that his symptoms aped those of sleeping sickness.  The doctors also noticed that over time, the drugs caused all the hallmarks of Parkinson’s disease:  abnormal gait, tremor, dementia and involuntary movement. They also stupefied the patient, flattening out all feeling or excitation — leaving behind, in effect, a vegetable.

Nevertheless, with a brand of logic peculiar to modern medicine, these debilitating side effects were welcomed, on the premise that they were a damned sight better than a crazed hallucinator.

In fact, doctors began to view the arrival of parkinsonian effects as a benchmark in a patient’s therapeutic progress:  proof positive that the drugs were actually working.

Not-so-subtle brain damage
The damage caused by psychiatric medicine is only the tip of the iceberg. I began to look into this issue myself and discovered a good number of the major classes of drugs that doctors give patients as they age bring on dementia.

Heart drugs, cholesterol lowering drugs, sleeping pills, antidepressants, narcotics, stimulants, including Ritalin, the ADHD drug given to children, anti-cholinergics, anti-epileptic drugs, to name just a few, all can damage the structure of the brain.

Anti-depressants shrink the hippocampus of the brain, and statins lower crucial fats, or lipids, which compose much of brain tissue. 
Beta-blockers and other drugs that aggressively lower blood pressure, such as calcium channel blockers and ACE inhibitors, also  lower blood flow to the brain, creating all the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s Disease

Even good old painkillers – the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory class of drugs – can cause a variety of cognitive changes, from delirium to disturbances in memory and concentration.

Many of these drugs actually shrink brain volume, destroying the crucial fatty structures of brain cells, or causing abnormal accumulation of tissue in vital brain structures.

Soy Matches Casein for Muscle Protein Synthesis

Monday, December 6th, 2010

I print this article because people tell me I need to eat meat to get protein.

Protein from soy or casein both benefit the synthesis of muscle protein at the same rate, suggests a new study that supports both sources for muscle health.

Previous studies have suggested that casein is more effective at raising body protein levels than the equivalent level of soy protein in healthy young people, leading scientists from the US, the Netherlands and France to hypothesize that a casein protein/carbohydrate meal would result in higher protein accumulation in muscle, compared with soy.

However, according to findings published in Clinical Nutrition there were no differences between the protein sources in terms of acute muscle protein metabolism.

There were differences observed between the proteins for the uptake of amino acids in the leg, added researchers from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Maastricht University and University Hospital, and the University Hospital of Clermont-Ferrand.

The study involved 22 healthy 22 year olds randomly assigned to receive moderate-nitrogen and carbohydrate casein and soy meals.

While there were no differences in the synthesis of muscle protein between the groups, the researchers did note differences in changes in levels of glutamate, glutamine, serine, histidine, isoleucine and branched chain amino acids. August 16, 2010

Vitamin B-12

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Vitamin B-12 is one vitamin that is problematic in getting sufficient quantities in our bodies. Vitamin B-12 is made by microorganisms found in the soil and microorganisms in the intestines of animals, including humans. But the amount humans make is not adequately absorbed, so we need to consume B-12 in food. Unfortunately in the United States most of our agriculture takes place in lifeless soil. It has been destroyed by years of unnatural pesticide, herbicide and fertilizer use. So the plants grown in this soil and sold in our supermarkets lack B-12 as well as most other nutrients. The amount of organic soil in our country has shrunk dramatically as “factory farms” take over our soil and poison our world. Fertilizers add only a handful of nutrients out of the 100s which we find in organic soil. Raising cattle and chickens on whole foods and letting them fertilize the fields is the best way to get back to organic soil – but you must be organic throughout the whole process.

Nutrition for the Body

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Dr. Campbell, in his book THE CHINA STUDY, emphasizes that “nutrition” is a combination of many food substances. As the saying goes: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. He states:

“The main message I’m trying to get across is this: the chemicals we get from the foods we eat are engaged in a series of reactions that work in concert to produce good health. These chemicals are carefully orchestrated by intricate controls within our cells and all through our bodies, and these controls decide what nutrient goes where, how much of each nutrient is needed and when each reaction takes place.

“Our bodies have evolved with this infinitely complex network of reactions in order to derive maximal benefit from whole foods, as they appear in nature. The misguided may trumpet the virtues of one specific nutrient or chemical, but this thinking is too simplistic. Our bodies have learned how to benefit from the chemicals in food as they are packaged together, discarding some and using others as they see fit. I cannot stress this enough, as it is the foundation of understanding what good nutrition means.” (p. 228)

Processed food has most of it’s nutrients removed in the process. Sometimes some nutrients are replaced but never all.

Depression & Low Vitamin D

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Studies have shown there are vitamin D receptors throughout the brain and those people with low vitamin D are 85% more likely to be depressed than those with minimally adequate vitamin D.

Researchers at Georgia State University used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to analyze serum vitamin D and depression in 7970 non-institutionalized U.S. residents, aged 15-39.

It’s still not clear what part vitamin D plays in our health functions but we see a variety of new areas where vitamin D plays a major role.

A general rule is taking 1000 to 2000 IU a day provides you with a “normal” but not adequate amount for optimal health.

The optimal range for vitamin D is 50 to 80 ng/ml. Under 20 ng/ml is associated with depression. Minimally adequate is considered 30 ng/ml.