Broccoli, broccoli, broccoli

Okay, so not just broccoli, but word has it that broccoli in particular is extremely good to prevent and sometimes eliminate malignant cells in the prostate and even shrinks cells involved in benign prostatic hypertrophy.  The other cruciferous veggies, like brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower are also associated with decreased risk of colon cancers.

The vegetable should be eaten raw or lightly steamed, as the longer you cook it, the less effective it is, because the active enzymes are deactivated with prolonged heat.  Studies also show that isolated ingredients from these foods are not near as effective by themselves, so whole food is absolutely the best.  Or include some whole food supplements into your diet.

It is so true, that food should be our first line of medicine.  If only we could remember that.

New Year – New Beginnings

In honor of the New Year, instead of making resolutions I don’t usually follow through on, I have committed to laughing more.  Given the difficulties that my fellow humans have survived this last year, I think that more joviality might make the hard times easier to manage.  So, I will make every effort, when appropriate, to laugh more, share more of a positive perspective to my friends and patients and to appreciate others’ humor.

I am also going to start a liver cleanse next week.  I have done it many times before and find it to be a good way to get everything moving in my body.  Three weeks of clean food, lots of nutritional supplements which help to clean out the liver and digestive tract give me a great boost of energy and as a side effect, it helps decrease the incidence of migraine headaches. 

Happy and Prosperous  New Year to all!

Wisdom from the ages

“The consumption of sugar and other relatively pure carbohydrates has become so great during recent years that it presents a serious obstacle to the improved nutrition of the general public”  This was quoted from the American Medical Association in 1942!  Can you believe it?  The more things change, the more they stay the same, but in this case, it grows.  I am reminded of how diet can effect our current and long term health in very major ways.

I recently heard of a program for teaching kids about nutrition.  It categorized foods in green, yellow and red light groups.  The kids then can monitor their own red light foods, decreasing the number per week gradually.  It seems to work better than the parents always being the food police.  PS, it works for grown-ups too.

American Journal of Natural Medicine

From September 2002 article by Patrick Quillan, PhD:

“The assumption that human technology could improve on the wisdom of Nature has become a primary cause of disease  in the modern world.  We dissect food, take out the most glaringly obvious parts, attempt to recreate them in a laboratory, and label them as ‘active ingredients.’  In fact, it is the symphony of nutrients working synergistically that provides the quantum healing power of whole foods.”

I think this is an important concept.  I prefer to take in nutrients that are as close to their original form as possible.  They present with all the necessary cofactors to be digested more easily, absorb more readily, and utilized more completely.  Hard to improve on that.

Here is something interesting.

According to the Health Alert newsletter, and biochemistry textbooks, the symptoms for neuropsychiatric disorders are the same as those listed for Vitamin B deficiencies!  Who knew?! 

Also, another fact about Vitamin B:  most B vitamins sold in US are derived from coal tar…really, from India or China.  One place in US makes it;  Reilly Tar and Chemical, in Indiana, I think.  The vitamins are left after tar and creosote are extracted.  Makes you want to look for more whole food sources of nutrients, doesn’t it?

Stress and health

During the holidays I am reminded of the effects of stress on people’s bodies.  I see more upper back, neck and shoulder pain patients and more folks complaining about digetive disorders.  It is well known that prolonged stress can and does inhibit repair and recovery processes in the body and stress can come in physical, mental and emotional forms, but can also arrive in food that is non-nutritive and just plain bad for you.  I am one of those that can tell by the way my neck feels that I have had either had too much sugar, too much caffeine or both.

As we move into the December activities, I am going to renew my pledge to keep the sweets low, since it uses large quantities of vitamin B to process, it leaves the nervous system at a distinct disadvantage.  The B vitamins help to nourish and calm the nervous system and who doesn’t need that?!