- 0.1 Case Study: Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles
- 0.2 Case Study: Lead, Candles and More
- 0.3 Case Study A: French Homeopathy: Science, Wishful Thinking or Witchcraft ?
- 0.4 Case Study B: Auriculotherapy (Ear Acupuncture): French Quakery, Chinese pseudoscience or evidence-based Medicine ?
- 0.5 Case Study C: Acupuncture and Longevity Optimization
- 0.6 Case Study: Cell Phone Radiation & EMFs Toxicity
- 0.7 Case Study on the Keto and Paleo Diets (Link)
- 0.8 Limitations and Strengths of the Ketogenic Diet
- 0.9 Keto-strengths
- 0.10 Keto-Flaws and Serious Pitfalls
- 0.11 The Strengths and Limitations of the Paleo Diet
- 0.12 Happiness Medicine Institute’s Holistic Mediterranean Diet & Executive Recommendations
- 0.13 The Joie de Vivre French Approach to Food & the Art of Slow Eating
- 0.14 Case Study A: The Doctrine of Signatures (Teleological Nutritional Targeting)
- 0.15 The “Truth” (Debate) on Soy
- 0.16 Can Quality A2 Traditional-made Cheese be a Longevity and Medical Food ?
- 0.17 The French Paradox on the High Cholesterol & Low CVDs
- 0.18 Holistic
- 1 Session O: Dietary Supplementation & Optimal Longevity
- 1.1 Safe and Efficient Supplementation for Healthy & Optimal Lifespans
- 1.2 Unsafe and-or inefficient Supplementation
- 1.3 Case study A: One of many examples of Dietary Supplements ending up as expensive urine
- 1.4 Case study B: A Published Study Claims a 20 percent increase of Liver Damage coming from Dietary Supplements
- 1.5 H.M. Institute Appraisal
- 1.6 Case Study 3: Resveratrol in a capsule, food or bottle ? Depends if one is a mouse, a patient, holistically inclined or a marketing agent
- 1.7 H.M. Institute’s Critical Appraisal
- 1.8 Session
Case Study: Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles
With millions of tons of titanium dioxide produced globally each year, this toxic chemical is present in suncreens, in paint pigment, cosmetics, toothpastes, pharmaceuticals, paper and food. It adds whiteness and brightness to products and also helps to resist discoloration, inter alia. With Hi-tech development, titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) have become widespread. (Nanoparticles are ultramicroscopic in size, making them able to readily penetrating skin and blood vessels. They can cross both the gut and blood brain barriers).
In this perpective, animal studies indicate significant accumulation of nanoparticles in the brain, while toxicity studies have shown the particles have negative effects on brain cell viability and function. (Source) These studies show that titanium dioxide nanoparticles induce a surge of reactive oxygen species as well as decrease in mitochondrial membrane potential. (Ie, the mitochondria has five delicate membraned compartiments, and toxicants mess their integrity). T.D. (titanium dioxide) nanoparticles were also found to harm astrocyte cells, which help regulate serotonin, dopamine and other neurotransmitters. (Ibid). Studies also demonstrated that astrocyte cells that weren’t killed were left damaged; they became unable to absorb glutamate, a neurotransmitter, such that it accumulated outside the cell, which may be implicated in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. (Source) Prenatal exposure to titanium dioxide nanoparticles also affects the cerebral cortex, olfactory bulb and brain regions intimately related to dopamine systems of mammals (Source) as well as wine appreciation. Exposure to titanium dioxide nanoparticles equally alters oxidative and inflammatory responses as well as the renin-angiotensin system in the brain (which plays a role in cardiovascular health, including hypertension, and aging), thereby modulating brain function. (Source) These toxicants also induce strong oxidative stress and mitochondrial damage in glial cells in your brain. (Source)
Yet, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the one whose Commissioners tend to conceal pharmaceuticals’ toxic effects and promote deleterious products like Trans-fats, GMO, mercury, antibiotics overuse and, inter alia, deadly pharmaceuticals in exchange of private gains (Source), continues to allow manufacturers to use up to 1 percent food-grade titanium dioxide without declaring it on labels. (Source) To make matters worse, the FDA commissioners (who usually get nominated to this position after they give hefty bribery donations to political recipients) and the Federal Agency for Acohol and Firearms have not only allowed over 70 additives and chemicals in wine, many of which are toxic, but have enacted rules to conceal these ingredients from the Public by not requiring their labeling. (Source) Since assuming office, the “make American Great” Administration has reversed a ban of a pesticide linked to brain damage, delayed clean air rules designed to reduce mercury emissions, and proposed to mothball a program designed to protect farmworkers from pesticides. He’s proposed to gut the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, including cutting EPA funding for pesticide reviews by 20 percent, proposed a slashing of programs to protect children from lead, proposed deep cuts to Food and Drug Administration programs designed to review food chemicals and keep food safe and drafted newrules for industrial chemical reviews that will allow the EPA to rely on junk science. In particular, the new rules will allow the agency to ignore some of the ways in which American families are exposed to toxic chemicals, including “legacy” chemicals released into the environment decades ago, chemicals included in some household products like cosmetics, and chemical exposures and much more.
Case Study: Lead, Candles and More
Just one of many examples that affects consciousness disorders and accelerate aging and death. Lead, which, like arsenic, mercury, cadmium and thousands of other toxic chemicals, is still prevalent in Americans bodies, including babies. (Source). Lead is a divalent cation that mimics Ca2+ and potently activates PKC signalling. (Source). Administration of low levels of lead to rats produces deficits in PFC attentional regulation that mimic the symptoms of attention-deficit hyper-activity disorder (ADHD) (Source). In humans, lead poisoning is associated with reductions in PFC (Prefrontal Cortex) grey matter (Source) and with various behavioural changes that arise from PFC dysfunction, including ADHD-like attentional and impulse-control problems, and even sociopathic, (Source) irresponsible and criminal behaviours. (Source) In other words, lead poisoning highly correlates with crime rates and out-of-wedlock pregnancy in modern North America. (Source)
“Prenatal and postnatal blood lead concentrations are associated with higher rates of total arrests and/or arrests for offenses involving violence. This is the first prospective study to demonstrate an association between developmental exposure to lead and adult criminal behavior”. (Source)
All of this is nothing new. It’s been documented for millenia that lead poisoning had been constitutive of different epidemics and diseases, including what is called “painters’ madness” that Van Gogh suffered from, like with the mercury poisoned “Mad Hatters”of the Victorian epoque. One of the most famous and aggressive Empires to have fallen from lead poisoning was Rome. We can also see this in the stories that portray Emperor Nero’s imperial “wine-related”, but lead-driven anger. The Roman experts of those times would ferment wine in an abundance of lead in order to give it a sweet taste. Many authors have suggested that there was more than a correlation between lead and the fall of the Roman empire. Not only lead-sweeten wine, but wine cups, the piping system, foods preserved in lead syrup and lead utensils all contributed to lead toxicity in decadent Rome and its insane ruling class whose imperial members became so narcissistically predatory that they characterized their barbaric wars as “Pax Romana”, Roman Peace.
“At the peak of the power of the Roman Empire, lead production was about 80,000 tons per year, lead and its compounds were used with great inventiveness in numerous ways, and lead poisoning was pandemic, with the severity of poisoning proportional to the power and status of the class. Intake of lead by the aristocracy may have been as much as 1 mg/day. The resultant mental incompetence and especially the rapidly declining birth rate among the ruling class are now believed to have been major factors in the decline of the Roman Empire.(Source).
As a result, the poor decision making and impulsive behaviours of the Roman wealthy ruling class (consistent with PFC dysfunction) led to the downfall of Rome. Likewise with the American ruling class and the American Nation. To such a point that the toxicology experts can’t find lead-free Americans for cohort-based clinical trials.
“The estimated 3.5 million tons of lead produced annually during peak production in the 1970’s included about 0.4 million tons of organoleads. Such intense production has increased global contamination with lead enormously. Even under relatively ideal conditions the daily intake of lead is so much higher than in prehistoric times that investigators must pause to ask themselves what a proper control group really is”. (Source)
Candles, for example, often have a lead wick. The manufacturer’s reason is to slow down the candle’s combustion and to make the wicks more firm. Because most governments’ lawmakers appear to be either mentally impaired or don’t care about poisoning their People, children and animals, choosing bribery cash for their re-election campaigns over ethics, these candles, without labels, like with GMOs, glyphosate and thousands other toxic chemicals, continue to intoxicate with lead entire families thereby dysregulating stress signalling pathways and weakening PFC structure and function that promote conscioness disorders and accelerated aging.
“According to a recent study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 40 percent of candles on the market contain lead wires inside their wicks. (…) A candle with a lead-core wick releases five times the amount of lead considered hazardous for children and exceeds EPA pollution standards for outdoor air, says the CPSC. Exposure to high amounts of lead has been linked to hormone disruption, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and numerous health problems”. (source)
Per memory, the evidence conclusively shows that the “Sixth Life Extinction wave” (i.e., the fifth of which zapped the dinosaurs 65 millions years ago) is worsening everywhere where the Amerian fast-food, pink medicine, hi-tech and toxic GMO-Glyphosate agribusiness based economic model is taking root. In less than 40 years, over half of the World’s living species have been decimated and over two third of Americans have been diagnosed with some form of chronic disease and the World Health Organization’s and CDC’s prognoses indicate worse outcomes. And to this day, most American Democrats and Republicans leaders still appear to be oblivious to the most important duties and priorities Governments are constitutionally encoded with, protecting the “general welfare”, of which healthy food and water supplies as well as the Public’s health and future generations are paramount
Case Study A: French Homeopathy: Science, Wishful Thinking or Witchcraft ?
In the United States, conventional medicine proponents consider homeopathy to be pseudoscience if not quakery. And for the Government officials, who have created a “National center for complementary and integrative Health” center to better control Science have also stated that the Status of Homeopathy is akin to a placebo. Different anglo-american politicians-lawmakers have also opined that all homeopathic products should contain the label: “product has no health claims, does not work”.
“Most rigorous clinical trials and systematic analyses of the research on homeopathy have concluded that there is little evidence to support homeopathy as an effective treatment for any specific condition”. (Source).
For these scientists, the first homeopathic law of similarities and the second law based on energy vibrations increasing with dilution (i.e., called potentiation or “less is more”) are figments of the imagination, especially when homeopaths dilute active molecules so many times that there is allegely no trace of any biological activity.
On the other hand, the for the French and millions of other non-French patients, homeopathy, like acupuncture, sophrology, wine, aromatherapy and other alternative non conventional medicine, is science-based, first clinically, positive results are recorded and secondarily, with experimentation. In this perspective, and contrarily to many alternative and holistic techniques which can’t be studied in a Double blind Randomized Clinical trial (ie, because patients who do for example hot tub therapy know they are in a hot tub), homeopathy can be subjected to this form of hypothesis experimentation testing. The review of the published literature shows that some studies dont validate homeopathy and others do. Just one example, from the European mushroom of death, the Amanita Phalloide, whose genome contains lethal frequency medicine that homeopathy can dilute so as to produce an anti-cancer holistic bang targeting an “ensemble” of signalling pathways that eventually tells cancer cells to gently switch off genes.
“With approximately 1–200 mL of A. phalloides D2 per year, the tumor growth of B-CLL can be arrested. Amanita therapy also shows good results in therapy or prophylaxis in a variety of other tumors such as colon carcinoma, mammary carcinoma, or tongue root tumor. This therapy does not affect the activity of somatic cells, especially the immune cells. Amanitin stops the activity of the tumor cells, and then they lyse and migrate. Thus, homeopathic dilutions from A. phalloides offer a strong tool for the therapy of cancer” (Source)
Amanita phalloides dilutions, that contain amanitin, have been applied for over 300 years, the classical homoeopathic indication being the fear of death. A conventional cancer diagnosis usually provokes a “fear of death” big time emotion. Which often leads to heart attacks and other serious complications. Nocebo effects kill. A biochemical reality that most conventional physicians don’t understand. Or don’t want to understand. In cancer biology, the evidence suggests that Amanita vibes help to switch tumor activity off. We even understand why, the mechanisms of action. The demonstration contained above is both convincing and compelling. But mainstream conventional medicine experts refuse to seriously examine this evidence. Especially in the U.S. So we have another Franco-american “conflict of perception”.
Homeopathy has been reimbursed by the French National health-care system since 1944-5. It is the leading alternative therapy for most diseases. The French, like the Germans also love the homeopathic version of mistletoe called in France viscum album, which is often prescribed to cancer patients. (Source) And reinbursed by the Government. In 2004, 62 percent of French mothers used homeopathic medicines in the previous 12 months and a survey of French pharmacists was conducted in 2004 and found that an astounding 94.5 percent reported advising pregnant women to use homeopathic medicines (Damase-Michel, C., Vie, C., Lacroix, I., Lapeyre-Mestre, M., Montastruc, J.L. Drug Counselling in Pregnancy: An Opinion Survey of French Community PharmacistsPharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2004 March, 18;13(10):711”). Likewise with acupuncture and auriculotherapy, which is acupuncture via the ear. In this Presentation, we will briefly review some of the French People’s most used homeopathic products as well as the holistic therapeutic effect principle. (Source)
Case Study B: Auriculotherapy (Ear Acupuncture): French Quakery, Chinese pseudoscience or evidence-based Medicine ?
This “alternative medicine” is also controversial in the American mainstream, especially for Dr Barrett, chief of the American quackery brigade, who mocks this technique, as do many of his conventional and government colleagues who control the Government’s institutions. Easier to mock an innovative, but competing therapy than digging deep to ascertain it’s legitimacy and healing effects.
Auriculotherapy was invented in the 1950’s by Dr. Paul Nogier of Lyon, France, who expanded the original Chinese charts into a more comprehensive system. It has been recognized by the World Health Organization since 1987. Whereas the ancient texts showed only a few ear points for specific conditions, Dr. Nogier’s work demonstrated the ear is actually a micro-map (i.e., microcosm) of the entire body, with all body parts represented. Thus, all parts of the body can be evaluated and treated by means of the external ear. Much of Dr. Nogier’s original work has been verified in numerous research studies, and both Chinese and European systems are based on his work.
Auriculotherapy works by using points on the skin of the auricle (external ear) to diagnose and treat pain and medical conditions of the body. Also referred to as Auricular Medicine, practitioners all over the world use this therapy to treat pain, addictions and internal disorders. Whether used in conjunction with another treatment or by itself, auriculotherapy is often effective when other treatments have failed. Best of all, it is safe, non-invasive and has no known toxic effects. Auriculotherapy has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Just as this ancient healing art defines acupuncture points on the body for treatment of various conditions, similar points are defined on the ear. In France, ear acupuncture is often used as palliative care or for quality of life issues in oncology (Source).
Below, a few conditions ear acupuncture can treat: Breast hyperplasia (Source), pain reduction (Source), children myopia (Source), pain control after Caesarean section (Source), stimulation on vagal activity in healthy men: evidence from a three-armed randomized trial (Source) Transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation protects endotoxemic rat from lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammation (Source) Effects of electroacupuncture at auricular concha region on the depressive status of unpredictable chronic mild stress rat models. (Source) Transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation triggers melatonin secretion and is antidepressive in Zucker diabetic fatty rats. (Source) Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation Modulates Default Mode Network in Major Depressive Disorder (Source) Chinese auriculotherapy to improve quality of life of nursing team. (Source) Auricular acupressure for pain relief in adolescents with dysmenorrhea: a placebo-controlled study. Auricular acupressure relieves menstrual pain and distress in high-school adolescents (Source)…The long-term effects of auricular therapy using magnetic pearls on elderly with insomnia. The results of this study indicate that auricular therapy could have a long-term effect on improving the quality as well as the quantity of sleep among the elderly (Source) A randomized controlled trial of auricular acupressure in heart rate variability and quality of life for hypertension. (Source) Study on the best solution of immediate analgesia of acupuncture for migraine. (Source) Efficacy of acupuncture combined with auricular point sticking on the content of serum prostaglandin F2α, and plasma arginine vasopressin in patients with menstrual headache (Source) The effects of auricular electroacupuncture on obesity in female patients – a prospective randomized placebo-controlled pilot study (Source) Acupuncture in treating sudden sensorineural hearing loss: a report of 2 cases. (Source) Clinical efficacy on vertebrobasilar insufficiency treated with auricular acupuncture. (Source) Auriculotherapy on menstrual irregularities in single girls with polycystic ovarian syndrome and aged 18-35 years in Isfahan in 2012. (Source) Ear acupuncture for co-occurring substance abuse and borderline personality disorder: an aid to encourage treatment retention and tobacco cessation. (Source)
Case Study C: Acupuncture and Longevity Optimization
Case Study: Cell Phone Radiation & EMFs Toxicity
In the same way that bioelectricity and photons can boost vitality and longevity, in a similar way, dirty electricity, cell phone radiation and harmful EMF (electro-magnetic frequencies) can be toxic and shorten lifespan. In this perspective, a look at the hard evidence shows that Emf toxicity and electro-smog are anti-Life frequencies and radiation coming from wifi, cell phones, cell phone towers, electrical appliances, smart meters, blue tooth technology, micro-wave oven, high voltage lines etc., all impact health and our polarity and battery-structured cells via different mechanisms including cell-membrane calcium channel flow. Just recently, in Poland, the number one issue in Krackow’s elections was based on removing electro-smog and cell phone towers. In France, Israel and a few other countries, cell phones and wifi technology have been banned from elementary schools as the evidence is irrefutable that wifi equipement and cell phones are even more damaging to young brains. But in the United States, Big Business has blocked responsible public regulation, notwithstanding the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) categorization of electromagnetic fields as ‘possible human carcinogens’ that might transform normal cells into cancer cells. (Source) In February, 2018, the findings of two government-funded animal studies were published thus confirming the association between cell phone radiation and cancer. (Source). The Ramazzini Institute in Italy replicaated the studies and corroborated a clear link between cellphone radiation and Schwann cell tumors (schwannomas). (Source A and Source B). In this perspective, Dr. Martin Pall published research22,23,24,25 (Source A and Source B) showing that low frequency microwave radiation activates voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs). (Source.) These channels are located on the outer membrane of human cells. Once activated, the VGCCs open up, allowing an abnormal influx of calcium ions into the cell, which activates nitric oxide (NO). NO is the only molecule in the body produced at high enough concentrations to outcompete other molecules for superoxide and is a precursor for peroxynitrite. (Source) These deleterious oxidant stressors coming from cell phones as well as cell towers are thought to be a root cause for many of today’s chronic diseases. (Source) Numerous other studies have confirmed that the electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation emitted by cell phones causes anomalous cell growth and cancer. (Source), Two areas of the body, the eyes, and the testes can be particularly susceptible to heating by EMFs because of the relative lack of available blood flow to get rid of the excessive heat load. Laboratory experiments have shown that short-term exposure to high levels of RF radiation (100-200 mW/cm²) can cause cataracts in rabbits and temporary sterility (lowered sperm count and motility) (Source) The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a web page entitled “Cell Phone Radiation Damages Sperm, Studies Show” published August 2013.” (Source) For eyes, the mechanism is unclear but may include changes in heat sensitive enzymes that normally protect cell proteins in the lens. Another mechanism that has been advanced is direct damage to the lens from pressure waves induced in the aqueous humor (Source). DHA is concentrated in our brain, testes, and eyes, so there’s a possibility that EMF oxidizes DHA. Prof Leszczynski of Finland’s radiation and nuclear safety authority found that, at the maximum legal limit for mobile radiation, one protein, in particular, HSP 27, was affected. HSP 27 plays a critical role in the integrity of the blood-brain barrier (Source). In this presentation, we will discuss some the emerging evidence on EMFs and Cell phone radiation’s impact on health and longevity as well as ways to mitigate and avoid their deleterious effects.
Limitations and Strengths of the Ketogenic Diet
Because there is a lot of confusion mingled with misleading and risky allegations with regard to the popular Ketogenic diet, this Presentation will examine the hard evidence. In this perspective, i will therefore briefly introduce the subject so that workshopees will be broached on the subject. For starts, suffice to characterize the Ketogenic diet as a nutritional regime that reshuffles the ratio of the three basic macronutrients. It reduces carbs to less than 5 percent or around 30 grams a day. Fats are the highest of all macronutrients. But trans-fats are rejected and grass-fed animal fats are prioritized. Protein from most animals is either moderate or relatively high.
The Ketogenic diet has been used as medicine for close to one hundred years. In particular with regard to epilepsy. More recently, certain scientists like Professor Seigfriend (who we interviewed for two hours) have promoted its use for certain types of brain cancer. Depending on many variables, other cancers can also benefit from this diet, but usually not long term. And more recently, after a few sweeping internet marketing tsunamis, a growing number of the educated population, including within Drs Hyman, Perlmutter and Mercola’s keto-communities, has been using with some success this diet for diabetes, blood sugar, weight management. For many people, they are satisfied because they can quickly see and feel improvements, in particular, the Hemoglobin A1C is low, insulin is flat-lined and weight is shed. And for some people that’s enough to kickstart a healthy holistic lifestyle. Moreover, by adopting this diet, the Keto-people are opting out of the GMO processed food standard american diet rabbit hole. Just this by itself is beneficial. And secondarily, the keto-guerrilos are seeing short term success with regard to the stabilization of their blood sugar. So that’s good too. For some people, all they need is a little extra voltage to rewrite the Subconscious’ self-sabotage program and dare live more holistically.
Keto-Flaws and Serious Pitfalls
However, the deleterious effects of this diet eventually catches up to the patient. And the published evidence has corroborated that this keto-diet should not be used long term for many decades. But the Keto-scientists have used flawed studies, in particular small population sizes conducted over short time periods, often over weeks or months. Monsanto used this same deceptive investigatory trick too. GMO foods were given to rats for a few months, no cancer. And the French followed up with a two years study with the same GMO food and rats and cancer spread all over (cf Senelli). An illustration of this flaw is a keto study published in 2017 documenting the results of 10 weeks of a ketogenic diet on 262 patients following a diet containing less than 30 grams of carbohydrate per day, with high fat and an average of 175 grams of protein per day (McKenzie AL, Hallberg SJ, Creighton BC, Volk BM, Link TM, Abner MK, et al. A Novel Intervention Including Individualized Nutritional Recommendations Reduces Hemoglobin A1c Level, Medication Use, and Weight in Type 2 Diabetes. JMIR Diabetes. 2017;2(1):e5). These researchers showed how 10 weeks of ketosis resulted in an average A1c decrease of 1.0%, an average weight loss of 7.2%, and how more than 56% of participants reduced their need for insulin drugs. However, in order to ascertain the true effectiveness of any diet, the cohorts should involved thousands if not tens of thousands of people. And for nutritional studies to be well designed, we need at least 2 to 5 and more years. And we already have these studies, all of which show that low carb diets and high animal diets are unhealthy.
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As these and other studies show, the keto diet long term tends to increase the risk for hemorrhagic stroke, hypertention, atherosclerosis (cf via the Tmao metabolite mechanism), diabetes mortality, risk for obesity risk for cancer (animal cholesterol is a factor) and, inter alia, an increased risk for all-cause mortality.
Furthermore, there’s evidence that even ketones can fuel cancer growth. (Source). Naturally induced ketones with restricted caloric intake or fasting is usually healthy, if only because other longevity mechanisms kick in, including autophagy. But taking exogenous ketones and eating in a way that gets the body to run on ketones most if not all of the time has been shown to be long term deleterious to health
On the other hand with organic plant-strong Mediterranean or Vegan diets, based on healthy carbs, mushrooms and little if any animal food and chemicals, insulin is not spiked and there are no issues with uncontrolled obesity, diabetes or other metabolic disorders. The scientific data shows that insulin resistance and blood sugar instability result from animal fats in association with refined toxic carbs and toxicants. (Source)
Another way to demonstrate this above-mentioned assertion would be to conduct an experiment to simply reduce free fatty acid (fat) in the bloodstream to see if insuline resistance got better, became more sensitive. This working hypthesis was put to the test in 1999 and since, it has not been refuted.
“We conclude that lowering of elevated plasma FFA levels can reduce insulin resistance/hyperinsulinemia and improve oral glucose tolerance in lean and obese nondiabetic subjects and in obese patients with type 2 diabetes” (Diabetes. 1999 Sep;48(9):1836-41. (Source))
The Strengths and Limitations of the Paleo Diet
In this Presentation, we will analyze the evidence that suggests that paleo diets are ok short term as long as the principle of nutritional synergy (the combo of nutrients) is respected. However, the evidence also suggests that mid to long-term, the paleo diets are inconsistent with human optimal healthy long lives, let alone evolutionary biology and human cellular homeostasis. These animal-strong and plant-weak (under 5 percent of total calories a day) diets tend to fuel endocrine, cancer, kidney and, among other ailments, cardiovascular complications. Cancer for example does not only use glucose, glutamine, acetate and animo acids to grow. Cancer cells are metabolically flexible, when glucose is insufficient, they will use fatty acids and in particular cholesterol as a fuel. Research has shown beyond any reasonable doubt that for key oncogenic events to materialize, an abundance of cholesterol is needed. Without enough cholesterol, cancer cells just can’t proliferate. (Source). Animal foods also promote CVDs, (Source), Kidney failure and a slew of other chronic diseases. Plants (carbs) don’t because they don’t have cholesterol and not much saturated fats (outside of coconut oil). And they are rich in fiber and key nutrients, including polyphenols, bioflavonoids, omega 3 and antioxidants.
Happiness Medicine Institute’s Holistic Mediterranean Diet & Executive Recommendations
The Holistic Mediterranean Diet is an improvement over the classical Med-Diet in that it upregulates and improves the expression of thousands of genes while diversifying the microbiota like no drug or other diet can. For many decades, the prevailing evidence had determined that theclassical South European Mediterranean Diet has been the best human longevity diet. Thousands of published papers in the best peer-reviewed journals corroborate this piece of allegation. Even the controversial Ancel Keys ended up adopting the Med Diet by moving to South Europe where he lived with his wife in decent shape until he reached 100 years. (Source) The French version of this classical Italo-Greek Diet is what super-longevity champion Jeanne Calment thrived on until 122 and a half years.
Out of over a dozen Mediterranean versions of the Med-Diet, the Hapiness Medicine Institute’s Holistic Medicterranean Diet has fine-tuned this nutritional regime by taken the best of all of these Med-diet versions, from the Med-diet of Kosher Israel, to the mint-humus Med-diet of Morocco, Lebanon, Spain, Turkey, Icaria, Italy, Corsica, Croatia, Slovenia and more while improving it in light of new scientific discoveries, daring medical hypotheses and intuitive guidance.
In this Presentation, we will thus prove beyond any reasonable doubt that the Happiness Medicine Institute’s Holistic Med-Diet is clinically and nutritionaly superior to all other diets, in particular with regard to chronic diseases and TMAO avoidance, energy production, diversity of the microbiota and longevity optimization. The popular keto-paleo and even vegan medical doctors and plant-based nutritionists who unscientifically equate wine with “alcohol” will instinctively and-or ideologically protest against Happiness Medicine Institute’s executive conclusions. But the data is irrefutable. Epidemiologically, the longest-lived people who have out-survived all others, including the Seven-Day-Adventists, the Amish and the Okinawans, have all adopted the so-called longevity or blue zones traditions based on ancestral fiber-rich & wine-strong Med-Diet, inter alia. With today’s scientific discoveries on the halmarks of aging and the tweaking of longevity genes, we should be able to do much better than even today’s longevity record-breaker champion, Jeanne Calment herself, if only because Jeanne smoked cigarettes and had lots of sweets (e.g.. pastries and chocolate) until 119 years when she willingly accepted her personal doctor’s strict recommendations to stop these two habits.
For now, and in general, the Happiness Medicine Institute recommends one of two nutritional modalities, depending on genetic variations (SNPs), health status, energy requirements, culture and tastebuds. The first is to thrive only on fungi (mushrooms) & organic wholesome, fiber-rich, anti-inflammatory plant-based foods at least half of which should be raw (fresh, sprouted or fermented). The second nutritional regime would be “mostly vegan”, which means that the general principles of the Holistic Mediterranean Diet mentioned above would apply, in particular, at least 95 percent wholesome mushrooms and plants (e.g., fruits, flowers, greens, seeds, nuts, beans, berries etc) and not more than 5 percent quality and sustainable animal foods who do not produce cortisol-laden fear when they die. However, because being 100 percent vegan under holistic conditions is difficult and quasi-impossible for most People, being vegan five days a week, fasting to activate autophagy, mitophagy & cellular repair, inter alia, on the sixth day and, on the seventh day, Sabbath, the day of therapeutic rest, having some small amounts of healthy ancestral wine and food from our animal cousins, all of which can be optimizing and is consistent with the Science that supports the Holistic Mediterranean Diet, a diet that is based on no less than 5 millions years of evolutionary biology. But there are two conditions. And these are hinged on common sense, forensic science and intuitive intelligence. First, the food-medicine that animals can share with humans should not be the result of violence and unsustainable practices, if only because the death-fear emotion in sentient animals produces an abundance of endogenous toxic chemicals (i.e. endotoxins), including lactic acid and cortisol, both of which acidify human tissues and if there’s a PH condition that most humans need to avoid, it’s acidification and uric acid of their tissues. While this feat is holistically accomplishable with dairy, eggs and sustainable raw organic honey, it is less with fish, especially these days when the powers that be are willy nilly continuing to destroy the Ocean’s homeostasis and Life on Earth. And secondarily, when animal foods are ingested, for proper and clean digestion, and in order to bypass their high cholesterol, choline, carnitine, bacterial load, putrefaction content and saturated fats, inter alia, holistic nutritional rules that help to mitigate if not reverse the damage should be applied (This Presentation will go over some of these nutritional and combination “synergy” rules).
The Joie de Vivre French Approach to Food & the Art of Slow Eating
Food is not only about ingesting calories. Nutrition is also more than a Science. It’s also an art. An art that creates scientific biochemical results. Hence the esthetics of Food. In France, one of the first concerns is “presentation”, how food is presented on the table. It has to look appetizing. Second, the gusto-olfactory senses that target the limbic zone need to be activated via pleasant aromas. If the food doesn’t smell good, including the camembert cheese, then French people tend to avoid it. Third, the eater should be mindfully present in his or her food experience and enjoy salivating and downing the tasty food, including with quality wine that will help to digestive juices to get better activated. All negative and-or stressful talk should be deferred. Fourth, this mindful enjoyment (ie, part of the joie de vivre experience) should be expressed in a serene and beautiful atmosphere (flowers on the table etc) and the eating should be slowly savoured. Fast eating in a stressful environment activates the sympathetic dominance system which reduces the flow of the gastric juices and favors intestinal permeability (leaky gut syndrome). This is called the sympathic physiologic strress reponse, which is an evolutionary mechanism. Among other disorders, fast and stressful food eating leads to metabolic havoc, including, but not limited to obesity and liver disease.
“In this study, we cross-sectionally examined the association of the self-reported rate of eating with current Body Mass Index (BMI), and BMI-change from 20 years of age to the current age….Conclusion: Our results among middle-aged men and women suggest that eating fast would lead to obesity” (Source)
Fifth, food should be enjoyed with family and friends as long as the vibes are pleasant non stressful and when possible, the meal should be wrapped up with a warm herbal tea, so that the stomach PH and gastric juices work better. The largest meal should be eating at lunch time. Thereafter, a small siesta to help optimize the vagus nerve and microbiota functions while enjoying digestive “peace” either in a restful backyard hammock or in another quiet area. Eating late in the evening is not healthy for reasons which this Workshop will explain.
“Subjects who habitually ate before bedtime, and those who ate fast and before bedtime, tended to have an increased risk of NAFLD. Earlier intervention to modify these poor eating behaviors could be useful to prevent NAFLD”. (Population Health Management 2016;19:279-283). (Source) (NAFLD is non alcohol fatty liver disease, which is now a new epidemic in the USA).
In other words, when eating is not holistically approached, the gastro-intestinal signaling pathways are messed up, which leads to mal nutrient assimilation, a inefficient calorie burning rate, and, inter alia, food cravings.
Thus, in this Presentation, we will learn all about these principles, from digestion preparation (including bitters) to culinary principes, food combination, spice medicine and more. The take-away in this lesson is to understand that if the body-mind does not fully experience culinary beauty, taste and smell, then the body’s innate intelligence will not be entirely sastified, at which point the eater will seek to eat more and not assimilate well. This is one reason why the French tend to have small rations of quality food and why American fast food companies have a difficult time rooting on French soil.
Case Study A: The Doctrine of Signatures (Teleological Nutritional Targeting)
The Holistic Mediterranean Diet also incorporates the best of the millenia-old “Doctrine of signatures”. Referred to in the classical period of Rome as the “Law of Similarities” and the “law of like cures like” among the Homeopathes, this ancient healing art is now called by scientists, “Teleological Nutritional Targeting”. Often associated with the work of herbalists and wise women, this TNT (Teleological Nutrional Targeting) drew upon the belief that natural objects that looked like a part of the body or act like a body process could cure diseases that would arise there. In this perspective, folk healers in the Christian world claimed that God deliberately made plants to resemble the parts of the body so as to give them a clue as to what could cure them. This doctrine of signatures has been used around the world in pre-modern cultures where the principle of thought-by-association or “analogy” thinking has been accepted as a valid means of obtaining knowledge of the world. The idea is that a plant that looks like the disease, organ, or person will be healing and natural beauty. Horsetail (Equisetum arvensis) for example, looks like horse hair, so it is good for the hair. It also grows on wet sands, so it is remedy for the kidneys. Thus, the shape, color, and habitat all can be used to determine the uses of a plant. In addition to the appearance, the taste, smell, touch or texture can also provide “signatures” or cues from Nature. Thus, the putrid smell and bad taste of figwort (Scrophularia spp.) indicate that it is a remedy for putrefaction. Since it has gland-like or hemorrhoids-like flowers, it is also called figwort or pilewort and marked as a lymphatic remedy and a hemorrhoid remedy. Even sound can provide a signature. Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) and wild indigo (Baptisia tinctoria) have been used as Snake Medicines by American Indians because the seeds in the seedpod produce a rattling sound. Take the eyebright plant, whose flower looks like bright blue eyes, this plant has been used to treat eye diseases for millennia and many French naturopaths continue to use this plant for this purpose. Likewise with ginseng, this rooot looks like a two legged human and is one of the best adaptogenes for humans abundantly used by Chinese healers. There are thousands of plants that have a pattern that resembles a body organ or physiological function and that this pattern acts as a signal or sign or cue regarding healing benefit. In Anthroposophic Medicine, Mistletoe is a good case in point. A parasitic plant that resembles cancer’s modus operandi, the mystic scientist Rudolf Steiner deduced that Mistletoe should be indicated for cancer. Today, mistletoe is one of the most popular cancer medicines in Europe, in both its homeopathic version (called viscum album in France and escador in German) and IV drip medicine. Consider also a sliced carrot, this slice looks like the human eye (pupil, iris and radiating lines) and Science has shown that carrots greatly enhance blood flow to eyes while beta-carotene (precursor of Vitamin A) bolsters vision. A tomato has four chambers and is red, just like the heart. All of the research shows tomatoes are indeed pure heart and blood food. Apples as well. Cut the apple in half and it looks like a throbbing heart. Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows that grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food. Likewise with cancer. These clusters of cells could also be cancer cells and grapes’ resveratrol and polyphenols are great for the immune system’s anti-cancer brigade. Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys. Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet the body pulls it from the bones. A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebelums. Even the wrinkles or folds that are on the nut looks like the neo-cortex. And we now know that walnuts help develop many neuro-transmitters for brain function. Likewise with the prostate. This male and female gland (yes, females also have one, but it’s smaller and not used for semen production) looks exactly like a prostate gland. By being covered in muscles, the prostate gland looks even more like walnuts and yes, there are published peer-reviewed studies that show that walnuts slow down the growth of prostate cancer.
“The significant decrease in the alpha-T: gamma-T ratio with an increase in serum gamma-T and a trend towards an increase in the ratio of free PSA:total PSA following the 8-week supplement study suggest that walnuts may improve biomarkers of prostate and vascular status”. Nutr J. 2008 May 2;7:13. (Source)
“Our results suggest that a diet rich in ET-containing foods, such as walnuts, could contribute to the prevention of prostate cancer”. Food Funct. 2014 Nov;5(11):2922-30 (Source)
While some of this healing art may be exagerated, it is amazing how many of these plants that are suggestive of human body parts and-or physiological process does start the healing process in the targeted organ and as far as the Happiness Medicine Institute’s executive Committee is concerned, this type of medical art should the new standard of care replacing the Pharmakia-drug Cartel that finances corruption and a significant number of law-makers. This initiative would avoid the hundreds of thousands of prescription deaths each year from the Government’s certified conventional medicine while igniting the healing process pronto. Indeed, with Nature’s cues, from morphology, to smell, physiological function etc, this healing art is truly holistic and is thus a necessary part of the Holistic Mediterranean Diet and Optimal Longevity protocols.
In this Presentation, we will look over the scientific basis of some of the wild plants in terms of their morphology and other bodily function. There are hundreds and hundreds of these plants that have been validated by nutritional science. Thousands more await validation. The Swiss genie (in medicine) Paracelsus based part of his medical system upon this type of similarity or signature and called it “magia naturale”, or natural magic. Bacon was also a proponent, but being left brain dominant, he was more rigorous in terms of a cause-and-effect empirical association. Darwin also reasoned from the morphological similarities in birds on the Galapagos to arrive at the Theory of Evolution while Goethe tried to establish a new scientific discipline based on analogical thought, imagination and intuition. He was the first to observe that the flower structures were modified leaves. This was his starting point to the principles of developmental morphology. He realized that each vertebra was a variation on the same structural theme and that the skull in itself was a modified vertebra. Rudolf Steiner attempted to continue Goethe’s holistic approach, a few French scientists as well and then came the nasty British industrial Revolution, the excesses of the American civil war, the horrors of scientific materialism expressed via Dr Goebbles extermination schemes and the inanities of American taylor-based neoliberalism, all of which suppressed intuitive, archetypal and holistic science, based on the criticism that it was the product of “enthusiasm” and “fantasy” and therefore not the result of randomized controled studies and Science. This healing art was therefore characterized as quakery and rendered illegal when practiced as medicine. Etcetera with some ad nauseum.
The “Truth” (Debate) on Soy
As explained in the methodology section, in medicine, nothing is definitive while in nutrition or any health science, “truth” has often been self-servingly biased or assumed based on false premises and spurious representation. In other words, when anyone states “the truth” (“the truth about cancer”, the “truth about dairy”, “the truth about carbs” etc), we can be sure that bias and ideology rule. Nonetheless, with the emergence and accumulation of hard and reproducible evidence, we can now assert with a strong sense of scientific confidence that the “Soy” debate is “closed”, at least insofar as non GMO organic soy is concerned. Meta-analyses after meta-analyses have shown that traditionally grown soy (without the GMO and pesticides) is one of the healthiest foods for most people once it’s correctly prepared. In this perspective, the more fermented and-or sprouted, the healthier. But The scientific confusion stems from conventional nutritionists and medical doctors (including many integrative physicians) not understanding clinical nutrition and holistic science, in particular the difference between plant phytoestrogens and mammalian estrogens in relation to the Alpha and Beta estrogen receptors. In this Presentation, we will explain why organic quality fermented soy is a superfood. A small percentage of consumers will be allergic even to organic soy. We will explain why.
Can Quality A2 Traditional-made Cheese be a Longevity and Medical Food ?
“He will not look upon the rivers, the streams flowing with honey and curds”. Job 20:17
Not all cheese have been created equal. In this presentation, we will review the benefits as well as the weaknesses of cheese. Much of the deleterious aspects of cheese in the U.S. come from the inflammatory A1 beta casein type of milk, (even organic), which is the only type of milk we can find in the American mainstream. A2 beta-casein milk comes from South Europe, in particular France. As we will see via power point, it is much healthier. Another weakness of American cheese is the mandatory pasteurization of all American milk, even organic. This process destroys the naturally present SIgA, which is an immunoglobulin that helps neutralize lectin-like compounds in cheese by binding to them. Furthermore, raw cheese has all of the necessary enzymes for proper digestion, it’s other molecules are in better shape and it tastes much better. The ideal cheese is thus organic raw goat or sheep cheese that comes from well treated ruminants who are integrated in traditional farms. As a consequence, by grazing pasture land, they help to avoid wild fires while fertilizing the soil with their poop and providing quality milk for both their baby ruminants and humans who may benefit from cheese medicine. Under these conditions, cheese can’t be mass produced like in toxic animal farms.
We will also show that most of the strong anti-cheese claims of vegan American scientists and medical doctors are delusional (not anchored in scientific reality). Consistent epidemiological evidence has proven for many decades that the A2 cheese-based Mediterranean Diet is still the golden standard diet for healthy longevity, much more than the vegan, keto or paleo diets. We have sound evidence that supports this medical claim for multiple health conditions, including, but not limited to cancer prevention and cancer treatment, (for certain cancers), gout treatment, teeth caries, (cavities), CVD risk reduction, for different neurological disorders and inter alia longevity optimization. (Cf. HM Institute is drafting a detailed Report on this topic).
“The final analyses included 15 prospective studies. (…) This meta-analysis of prospective studies suggests a nonlinear inverse association between cheese consumption and risk of CVD. (Source) (European Journal of Nutrition, December 2017, Volume 56, Issue 8, pp 2565–257
Given genetic variations and damaged bodies, not everyone can benefit from cheese medicine. Some people are better off with no dairy at all, especially those without lactase who are lactose intolerant and taxed with an immune-disease, allergies, advanced cancer (especially hormone-sensitive cancers like breast, ovarian and prostate malignancies), advanced CVD, advanced Arthritis and genetic SNPs. For those not certain, a 99 dollars Genomic test may be indicated.
Outside of these categories of humans, most People will generally profit from small amounts of quality dairy, in particular raw probiotic-rich yogurt and cheese from well-treated A2 ruminants when taken holistically and synergistically during a Mediterranean-type diet. Consistent epidemiological evidence has proven for many decades that the Med Diet is still the golden standard diet for healthy longevity, much more than the vegan, keto or paleo diets. Like with fermented soy (miso, natto etc) and fermented grapes (wine, porto etc), fermented raw milk has preserved nutrient-densed foods and interesting molecules like stem cells, quality dairy has fed and healed humans for many millennia, including during Jesus Christ’s time when dairy was both a food and medicine, including, but not limited to camel milk.
“…. specific diseases and medical conditions that have been treated by camel milk or urine, including cancer,3 chronic hepatitis,4 hepatitis C infection5,6 and peptic ulcers.7 Even more recently, it has been reported that camel milk has cured severe food allergies in children who were unresponsive to conventional treatments8 and diabetes mellitus.9 Furthermore, camel milk is endowed with anti-malignant,10 antiplatelet11 and anti-thrombotic properties12 in addition to a host of anti-bacterial and viral properties,13,14 suggesting, among other things, the existence of a very strong immune system, which was recently shown to be equipped with unique light-chain-only antibodies.15”. (Source)
Since the French Roquefort sheep cheese (which has been a traditionally made – for over five hundred years – from free-range raw sheep milk from the great Larzac plains and aged in penicillin-laden super-bacteria-rich caves) is sold for dirt cheap at Trader’s Joe, we will briefly examine it’s medical claims as well as its nutritional elements, including, but not limited to B-6, B-12 and K-2 from the Microtiota’s bacteria, Vitamin D from the Sun and DHA from ALA.. Besides Roquefort, I have not found any other A2 raw quality cheese in the United States. Dutch Meadow Farms and Target sell A2 cow milk, but i have found not found A2 organic raw cheese.
Top: In France, Cheese is prefered raw and organic, from grass fed animals, without antibiotics and artificial hormones and combined with wine. Although cow cheese is cheaper, most of the French prefer sheep and goats cheese, if only because these cheese have healthier casein protein and lipid profile than cow cheese, hence the gusto-olfactory contentment. As an accompaniment, polyphenol-rich wine and when available, organic fresh grapes, olives and nuts are also indicated. This custom helps with digestion, bio-availability and mineral balance. Organic catechin-rich Green tea can also help to burn cheese’s rich saturated and unsaturated fat content while flooding the bloodstream with complementary antioxidants, blood-thinning compounds and immuno-building molecules. A2 cheese is also rich in important fats, like DHA as well as its many fat-soluble vitamines, like Vitamin A, D and the prized K-2 and B-12 etc..
The French Paradox on the High Cholesterol & Low CVDs
Coined by Professoer Serge Renaud of Bordeaux, the French Paradox concept means that the wine-drinking French are the only People among 40 studied countries that defy the causative association between dietary cholesterol & saturated fat intake in relation to coronary heart disease. Most American scientists couldn’t understand why a Nation that deliberately ignores the American Federal food guidelines could enjoy four times more full fat creamy butter, way more cheese and have an incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD) that is much less. (cf. ”Serge Renaud: from French paradox to Cretan miracle”. The Lancet. 355 (9197): (Source) And to this day, this French paradox phenomenon continues to be ideologically spined, from Dr Gerger, to Drs Barnard, Fuhrman, Klaper and the others, all of whom appear to need to demonize wine as “evil alcohol” devoid of health benefits. Yet, the evidence shows that when used holistically, wine is medicine and can help heal dozens of diseases and health conditions. For example, wine’s oligomeric procyanidins have been proven to confer protection to human vascular cells (Oenology: Red wine procyanidins and vascular health”. Nature. 444 (7119): 566. (Source) and red wine polyphenols were shown to reduce the absorption of malondialdehyde which is implicated in elevating levels of low-density lipoprotein in the onset of arteriosclerosis. (Source). Quality wine taken holistically is also an aromatase inhibitor, helps with digestion, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, boosts HDL, has vasodilatory and blood thinning properties (much less dangerous than aspirin or warfarin) as well as being favorable to the microbiota while being anti-bacterial, targeting especially deleterious bacteria, including those in the oral cavity and on wounds.
And even alcohol, in small to moderate quantities has consistently been proven to confer health benefits. Hundreds of published serious independent studies show that light to moderate alcohol consumption is cardioprotective. In this perspective, a 2006 study concluded, “Even in men already at low risk on the basis of body mass index, physical activity, smoking, and diet, moderate alcohol intake is associated with lower risk for myocardial infarction.” (“Alcohol Consumption and Risk for Coronary Heart Disease in Men With Healthy Lifestyles”. Arch Intern Med. 166 (19): 2145–50). (Source) Furthermore, besides ethanol, there are hundreds of other beneficial compounds and flavonoids in wine that all act synergistically and all the more so that wine is combined with food, especially a trans-fat free Med Diet type of nutrition regime which optimizes healthy lifespans, the evidence is also compelling on this point.
Furthermore, it has also been shown that cheese’s bioactive peptides (from cheese moulds) is a factor in the “French paradox”, if only because the vast majority of the French will pair cheese with wine. Inter alia, intestinal alkaline phosphatase (IAP), a potent endogenous anti-inflammatory enzyme, is stimulated by various components of milk, thanks to which this enzyme dephosphorylates and thus detoxifies pro-inflammatory microbial components like lipopolysaccharide, making them unable to trigger inflammatory responses, inter alia. (Source). And then, in addition to the dosage, there’s the quality of wine (most cheap wines are laden with glyphosate, heavy metals and other deleterious chemicals), the timing of wine drinking (ie chronobiology) and much more that explains this French Paradox, or why the CHD promoting animal fats are mitigated in their clogging and inflammatory effects. The fact that most vegetable oils, trans fats and animal fat contribute to CHD and CVD is not at issue. The point of the French paradox is that there are holsitical ways to bypass this problem, just like Jeanne Calment bypassed the nefarious effects of the cigarettes she smoked from 25 years old until 119 years with her Medterranean Lifestyle and attitude.
Session O: Dietary Supplementation & Optimal Longevity
Are non prescription pills, supplements and neutraceuticals useful or deleterious for durable health and optimal longevity ?
Many conventional and integrative medicine, biogerontology and anti-aging specialists claim that many dietary supplements like niagen (nicotinamide riboside), resveratrol, D-ribose, vitamin D3, antioxydants, Fish and MCT-Krill DHA-rich Oils, Algae, Vitamin B-12, metformin, ketones, Co-Q-10, PQQ, berberine, L-Carnitine, NAC, BDNF boosters, vitamins D & K-2 and many other supplements are safe and efficient insofar as risk prevention and longevity activators are concerned. This talk will show the data that either substantiates some of these claims or debunks them.
For example, on one of dozens of supplements we may review, fish oils, the viewer can confirm via mouse click below the data that confirms that fish oils are less and less reliable as healthy sources of long chain Omega 3s, worse, not only the evidence debunked the claim that fish oils are cardio-protective, even if they may reduce tryglicerides, but they were shown via multiple published peer-reviewed meta-analyses to significantly increase cancer risks, including, but not limited to aggressive prostate cancer (ie with a 71 percent risk).
Thus, for fish oil supplements and other pills and extracts (what is called neutraceuticals), we will weigh or evaluate the credibility and strength of the evidence and pinpoint where the preponderance of the evidence for a given product’s safety and efficiency may lie. In addition, we will teach workshopees how to employ a few of the forensic detective’s truth-digging tools, thanks to which the workshopee will be better able to distinguish flawed and biased publications from truthful ones supported by strong science and intuitive knowledge.
Safe and Efficient Supplementation for Healthy & Optimal Lifespans
A person’s genetic variations, (Apoe4, MTFR with methylation issues etc) allergies, the person’s gastrointestinal system, nutritional status, milieu status (where the person lives) inter alia are variables that determine what is safe and efficient insofar as supplements are concerned. If the person is living holistically 95 to 100 percent eating fresh organic food mostly from the garden and drinking healthy spring water and small amounts of wine, then there usually is no need for supplementation, even if he or she is vegan. But since most people don’t live holistically, we will review a few supplements that can help with both health and optimal longevity.
First off, if the person is 100 percent vegan, but imperfect holistically, then there are three key supplements that may be useful. He or she may want to consider algae based DHA, especially for motherhood. Fish oils tend to be full of toxic chemicals, metals and can putrefy. Furthermore, as we showed, there can be a link with cancer and fish oils. But DHA is too important to minimize. Unless a test can show that one’s ALA is properly absorbed and converted to DHA and EPA. Rare for most vegans, but holistic vegans can achieve this conversion. Also unless the person is drinking mountain water or eating organic dirt, there may be a deficiency with Vitamine B 12 that can lead to high homocystein and CVDs events. The deficiency of this vitamin triggers symptoms that are similar to Alzheimer’s Disease symptoms, so this supplement is also important for imperfect vegans. If there is a lack of sunshine on the skin, vitamin D 3 would also be recommended. Vitamin K 2 would be another one if the vegan lacks fermented foods.
For Mediterranean persons who actively enjoy the Sun and have on occastion wild clean small fish (cf the “smash” list) and-or A2 goat or sheep cheese (organic & raw preferably) with their wine, these last three supplements are not as needed. However, if the menu is not mostly holistic, then supplementation may be needed. A1 cows milk, or yogurt or cheese, even organic would be considered too inflammatory, but if A1 cow cheese is nonethless ingested, then lots of anti-inflammatory turmeric and protolytic supplementation may be a good idea. Because of the link between an excess amount of choline and Tmao molecules that can nurture CVDs, inter alia, and the association between rich cholesterol yolks and cancer, the evidence militates against eating eggs. The facts show that cancer cells thrive on dietary cholesterol, methionine, carnitine, inter alia, as much as on refined carbs (sugars), folic acid (not folate, but the supplement folic acid) and industrial vegetable oils, inter alia see ultra. If the concerned person is at least 95 percent holistic, has no major chronic diseases and has a source of holistic chicken who eat holistically, with lots of organic wiggly worms, bugs (for the zinc) and live plants (ie, with no inflammatory omega 6 rich grains) and who are happy laying eggs for humans, meaning no cortisol acidifying stress etc. then ingesting from time to time a few soft boiled eggs (not hard boiled as cooked yolks oxidizes its cholesterol which feeds arterial plaques and fried eggs produces lots of cancer-cancer acrylamides and other deleterious compounds) with some red HDL boosting and blood thinning bacteria-balancing wine can be compatible with healthy lifespans, as proves beyond any reasonable doubt just about all of the longevity and blue zone epidemiological published studies I’ve seen. Organic traditionally made wine is better because the resveratrol, pygnogenol, flavonoid, probiotics and hundreds of other keen molecules are potentialized with traditionally made, long-must macerated wine, inter alia. On the other hand, non traditionally made wines tend to be loaded with heavy metals, pesticides, glyphosate and other deleterious chemicals without a good phytonutrient or micro-organism profile and American red wines are often not fermented correctly. So good quality wine with eggs will help with the digestion of these foreign proteins and reptile lipids. One should not forget that chicken are birds and birds are one of the few reptiles animals that survived the Dinosaur Extinction 65 millions years ago, so they are biologically and evolutionary quite different from mammals including humans. In the same way we can make a case with gluten-laden wheat being a grass food evolutionarily designed for ruminants and not for humans, (this is a big argument of the keto-paleo proponents) we can also make a case arguing that reptile eggs should be left to real carnivores and even omnivores like cayotes and wild foxes.
In this Presentation then, we will look at some of the dietary supplements that may be indicated for those who do not eat perfectly holistic,some of which are magnesium, enzymes, probiotics, flavonoids, polyphenols, Vitamin D3 & K2, astaxantine, sirtuin boosters (we will go over the list), AMPK activators, Mitochondria promoters (PQQ, Co-Q-10 etc), mushrooms (lion’s mane etc), roots (turmeric, astralagus, beets, ginger powders etc), herbs & spices & detoxifiers (green tea, milk thistle, rhodiola, sulfurophane etc) and more.
Unsafe and-or inefficient Supplementation
Case study A: One of many examples of Dietary Supplements ending up as expensive urine
Recently published in the serious Journal of the American College of Cardiology, a systematic review of existing data and single randomized control trials published in English from January 2012 to October 2017 found that multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and vitamin C (the most common supplements) showed no advantage or added risk in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke or premature death.
“The authors identified individual randomized controlled trials from previous meta-analyses and additional searches, and then performed meta-analyses on cardiovascular disease outcomes and all-cause mortality. The authors assessed publications from 2012, both before and including the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force review. Their systematic reviews and meta-analyses showed generally moderate- or low-quality evidence for preventive benefits (folic acid for total cardiovascular disease, folic acid and B-vitamins for stroke), no effect (multivitamins, vitamins C, D, β-carotene, calcium, and selenium), or increased risk (antioxidant mixtures and niacin [with a statin] for all-cause mortality). Conclusive evidence for the benefit of any supplement across all dietary backgrounds (including deficiency and sufficiency) was not demonstrated; therefore, any benefits seen must be balanced against possible risks” (Source)
While this study claims that these supplements also showed no risk, I would question the calcium supplement. In Traditional Holistic medicine we are cautious with supplements and the data shows that some of the calcification we can see in age-related diseases like artherosclorosis, cancer and arthritis can be spurred by both the calcium in A1 cows as well as many calcium supplements. Best to take one’s calcium needs in vegetables, seeds and nuts. Calcium is better assimilable via organic plants, and all the more so that calcium interacts in synergy with its milieu.
Case study B: A Published Study Claims a 20 percent increase of Liver Damage coming from Dietary Supplements
A 2014 study published in the Journal of Hepatology found dietary and herbal supplements had a 20 percent increase in liver damage versus a 3 percent increase for Big Pharma medication.. In pertinent part, the Study states:
“ The Drug‐Induced Liver Injury Network (DILIN) studies hepatotoxicity caused by conventional medications as well as herbals and dietary supplements (HDS). To characterize hepatotoxicity and its outcomes from HDS versus medications, patients with hepatotoxicity attributed to medications or HDS were enrolled prospectively between 2004 and 2013. The study took place among eight U.S. referral centers that are part of the DILIN. Consecutive patients with liver injury referred to a DILIN center were eligible. The final sample comprised 130 (15.5%) of all subjects enrolled (839) who were judged to have experienced liver injury caused by HDS. Hepatotoxicity caused by HDS was evaluated by expert opinion. Demographic and clinical characteristics and outcome assessments, including death and liver transplantation (LT), were ascertained. Cases were stratified and compared according to the type of agent implicated in liver injury; 45 had injury caused by bodybuilding HDS, 85 by nonbodybuilding HDS, and 709 by medications. Liver injury caused by HDS increased from 7% to 20% (P < 0.001) during the study period. Bodybuilding HDS caused prolonged jaundice (median, 91 days) in young men, but did not result in any fatalities or LT. The remaining HDS cases presented as hepatocellular injury, predominantly in middle‐aged women, and, more frequently, led to death or transplantation, compared to injury from medications (13% vs. 3%; P < 0.05).” (Hepatology 2014;60:1399–1408)
From 2004 to 2013, Navarro and fellow researchers examined the hepatotoxicity levels in 839 patients suffering from liver injury, focusing specifically on whether levels were a result of taking supplements or medications. The results showed liver injuries from supplements increased by 20 percent over the almost 10-year study versus a 3 percent increase for Big Pharma drugs.
H.M. Institute Appraisal
Hepatotoxicity is essentially chemically-driven liver damage. Many dietary supplements are synthetic chemicals. As noted, HM Institute opined that anything synthetic is foreign to the liver, and hence has the potential to be toxic. While this study was a local and small one (under 1000 patients), it is not reflective on the entire Nation. There may also have been other variables, like sources of pollution or toxic additives in both the supplements and the food the patient ate. However, it must be noted that even if the Big Pharma Drugs’s injuries increasd by only 3 percent, that included 709 patients out of 839. So the thumbs down are still on the side of Big Pharma. It’s also possible that pharmaceutical drugs injuries maxed out. On the other hand, the supplements had started low and increased by 20 percent. To give a definite assessment, we would need to read the entire article. We only have read the abstract. Nonetheless, we need again to distinguish holistic from integrative medicine. Integrative medicine will have recourse to a lot of labs and supplementation, including bio-identical hormones to get quick results while holistic medicine will encourage the patient to produce his or her own chemicals (hormones, neurotransmitters, neuropeptides etc) via nutrition, detox, fasting, exercise, the microbiota and the like. For holistic medicine, including homeopathy, less is more, including with supplementation.
Case Study 3: Resveratrol in a capsule, food or bottle ? Depends if one is a mouse, a patient, holistically inclined or a marketing agent
Supplements are not always the preferred moleculary delivery system of important nutrients. In rodents for example, hundreds of studies have shown that resveratrol supplementation is healthy for mice: it decreased cardiovascular risk factors, improved cardiovascular function and physical capacity, and decreased inflammation, leading to improved vascular function, inter alia. But when this same supplement is given to humans, the opposite happens.
“Ageing is thought to be associated with decreased vascular function partly due to oxidative stress. Resveratrol is a polyphenol, which in animal studies has been shown to decrease atherosclerosis, and improve cardiovascular health and physical capacity, in part through its effects on Sirtuin 1 signalling and through an improved antioxidant capacity. We tested the hypothesis that resveratrol supplementation enhances training-induced improvements in cardiovascular health parameters in aged men. (…) Resveratrol did not alter the effect of exercise training on the atherosclerosis marker vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 (VCAM-1). Sirtuin 1 protein levels were not affected by resveratrol supplementation. These findings indicate that, whereas exercise training effectively improves several cardiovascular health parameters in aged men, concomitant resveratrol supplementation can blunt these effects. (J Physiol. 2013 Oct 15;591(20): (Source)
H.M. Institute’s Critical Appraisal
While resveratrol supplementation can have benefits in other areas of medicine than those mentioned in this study, including in longevity, the scientific data suggests that there are other better and more holistic ways to fix a cardiovascular problem than with supplements, unless the patient can’t get himself or herself to change lifestyle and nutrition. Furthermore, capsules not only can contain deleterious additives, but when molecules like resveratrol are isolated and increased, they are deprived of the synergistic “entourage” effect and thus, can generate side or toxic consequences. When mainstream scientists look at what Nature’s pharmacy can give them, they try to find the active ingredient and then isolate it, study it’s chemical configuration and then synthesize and patented it for cash-flow. Even if it’s not synthesized, these molecules will be increased like with tetrahydrocannabinol from cannabis, curcumin from turmeric or resveratrol from grapes. However, more and more Research is showing that for one molecule to work well, with little if any side or toxic effects, it needs it’s “entourage”, all of the other molecule-buddies it came with. This has been shown for tumeric and cannabinoids.
Same rationale for resveratrol. This molecule is a super-molecule. It is a stilbenoid found in the skin of red grapes and potentiated with traditional vinification. It was shown to extend the lifespan of yeast, worms, and flies. It has been shown to activate Sir2 and therefore mimics the effects of calorie restriction. But in holistic medicine, it acts better within the food and especially the wine because there, in its natural “habitat”, it is potentiated and synergized with all of resveratrol’s other buddy molecules it came with in the first place. The proof is in the sipping of moderate but quality wine.
“Wine intake may have a beneficial effect on all-cause mortality that is additive to that of alcohol. This effect may be attributable to a reduction in death from both coronary heart disease and cancer. (Source)
Furthermore, current evidence has shown that the mainstream scientists of yesterday were wrong on resveratrol dosage. If taken holistically, resveratrol-based food and especially red wine will have enough resveratrol strength to activate human longevity and wellbeing genes and pathways. Be that as it may, as a sirtuin activator, resveratrol can be helpful for some people.