Consumer Environment Cause Disease and Shorten Lifespan

24 08 2015
Healthy longevity is important especially if we hope to enjoy retirement with our loved ones.

Healthy longevity is important especially if we hope to enjoy retirement with our loved ones.

Updated:  24 Aug 2015

I’ve known for years the chemicals in our consumer marketplace and environment has a direct correlation with disease and rising mortality rates. Through epidemiological, disease prevention and mortality rate studies and World Health Organization reports, etc., a direct connection with consumer products is found to have an effect on health and longevity. And that connection is the Westernized cultures who produce the pathological causing pollutant and chemical contaminants and cellular oxidant agents.

Through the advancements of modern medicine a decline in mortality rates occurred as well as increased longevity rates during the early-mid-20th century. However the data today shows a reverse in trend. The marketplace in the later 20th and early 21st century changed and now produces more known carcinogens and other toxic chemical contaminants than ever before.

The global data shows a direct correlation to man’s manipulation of our environment and food chain for the sake of profit. As a result cancer is on the rise and so is every other medical problem including diabetes, arthritis, heart, circulatory and autoimmune disease to name a few. At this rate our children and their children will live shorter lifespans than previous generations and suffer unnecessary pain and costs that need not be.

Many of the statistical bullet points below were relative in 2007 when this article was first published. And now just as relative and more concerning today because mortality rates and disease is on the rise. And in an advanced civilization where modern medicine should be reducing these things.

Previous and Updated Consumer Statistical Facts,

It is a fact, cancer mortality rates throughout the globe have increased over the last decade. “7.6 million People died of cancer in the world during 2007.  13% of all deaths are due to cancer (American Cancer Society).”

Since then, cancer cases have risen globally. Unfortunately “Cancer is among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer related deaths in 2012 [World Health Organization, 2015] and (Woodard, 2015).”

Whereas 1965 to 1982 over 4 million distinct chemical compounds were formulated by corporations.  And at least 250,000 new formulations created annually since then.

Whereas approximately 6,000 chemicals are added to our foods (Woodard 2015). And the FDA has no knowledge of 1000 of them or effect on cellular health. And fewer than half the other 4000 chemicals have not been tested by the FDA (Marler 2013).

Whereas 700 chemicals have been found in drinking water.

Whereas over 500 chemicals can be found under kitchen sinks or laundry rooms in American homes.

Whereas over 800 neurotoxin chemical compounds are used in cosmetic-perfume industries.

How many store bought products are chemically influenced by man?

How many store bought products are chemically influenced by man?

Whereas 70% of our daily calories now consist of processed foods high in trans-fat, sugar, salt, other strange chemical preservative and processing additives, etc., that lack organic nutrients.

“But if we care about people dying before their lives are really over or having to endure preventable suffering, and our neighbors racking up huge medical costs that we all share, then that space on our plates for processed food shouldn’t be anywhere near 70 percent. Perhaps closer to 20 or 30 percent. It’s only then that we can call our food supply truly safe (Marler 2013).”

Whereas 310,000 Americans go to early graves due to processed food diets that cause heart and diabetes disease, etc., including cancer.

For example, food preservative BHA is a known carcinogen found in many processed foods we consume daily: McDonald’s sausages, an ingredient found in Gatorade, Tang, DiGiorno Pepperoni Pizza, breakfast steak, bread making, etc., (Marler 2013).

Whereas 3000 annual deaths and 130,000 food borne illness are reported by hospitals.

I believe I’ve made my point.

Even in this pristine environment how clean  and absent of pollutants is the air and water?

Even in this pristine environment how clean and absent of pollutants is the air and water?

There’s a lot of manmade toxic chemicals in the air we breathe, water we drink and foods we eat. And many health conscientious consumers don’t consider the cosmetic and hygiene products they use every day.

To provide awareness to common toxic home care products with known carcinogens, I want you to take the home use inspection challenge to see a sampling of how many unsafe chemicals our immune systems combat daily.

Look no further than your kitchen cleaning, or bathroom hygiene cabinets. Simply select a shampoo, toothpaste or common home cleaning product and look for 1 or all 3 toxic ingredients listed below. The 3 chemical and toxic ingredients I chose out of hundreds of unsafe chemicals consumers unknowingly consume daily: Propylene Glycol, SLS (sodium laurylsulfate) and DEA (Diethanolamine).

Below I’ve provided a short descriptor of each disease causing chemical ingredient found within common home use consumer products. Keep in mind, I’ve only listed 3 absorbed through the skin, inhaled or ingested when applied. Also I’ve barely scratched the surface or impressed upon the fact, there’s thousands of chemicals and toxins we take in daily found in our air, water and food.

    Propylene Glycol – What’s Anti-Freeze doing in our shampoos, deodorants, cosmetics, lotions, toothpastes and pet food, etc.?  Yes the main ingredient is Anti-freeze, Propylene Glycol.  “Topical application to injured skin or intravenous administration has sometimes been associated with lactic acidosis, Comas, Seizures & Renal Failure.  Linked to: Central Nervous System Effects, Metabolic Effects & Poisoning (Walker 2015).”

    SLS (sodium laurylsulfate) – What are concrete floor cleaner, engine degreaser and car wash detergents doing in hundreds of other personal home care and cleaning products, such as bath & body products, etc.?  The main ingredient is SLS. “SLS (sodium laurylsulfate) acts as a detergent. Used in the laboratory as a membrane destabilizer & solubilizer of proteins and lipids, causing potential harm to skin and eyes. Young eyes may not develop properly if exposed to SLS because proteins are denatured (Walker, 2015)”

    DEA (Diethanolamine) – What is a known cause, or contributor to cancer, or of being potentially dangerous or hazardous to our health doing in shampoos, conditioners, bubble baths, lotions, cosmetics, soaps, laundry and dishwashing detergents?

The main ingredient within many bath and body and cosmetic products is DEA, a known cancer causing ingredient. The California Center for Environmental Health (CEH) performed independent testing of 98 personal care products and found “products testing high in DEA and Cocamide DEA used to thicken hair, ‘was listed a known carcinogen last year.” Many personal care products with DEA in them is manufactured and sold by many major retailer brands consumers know and trust. Just to name a few Colgate, Palmolive, Colomer and Paul Mitchell.

Major retailers known to sell, or have sold products with toxic chemical ingredients include: “Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Pharmaca and Kohl’s and a store brand children’s bubble bath from Kmart and a children’s shampoo/conditioner from Babies R Us were also found with cocamide DEA. Falsely labeled organic products from Organic by Africa’s Best also tested for high levels of the cancer-causing chemical (CEH previously won a legal settlement with this company requiring it to end its use of phony organic labels) (Center for Environmental Health 2013).”

For a list of brands and retailers that sell DEA personal care products, click on CEH link below.

Still need more proof.  Check the back of your household cleaning, or hygiene product bottles. Pick an ingredient name you can’t pronounce or don’t understand its meaning. Type this name into an Internet search engine. You’ll see it is a manmade chemical product and it is not organic. I’m willing to bet you have at least 1 of 3 listed chemical ingredients in one or more of your favorite personal use and home cleaning products.  Most likely consumers are exposed daily to all 3 and too many other product chemicals too numerous list.

If you are using products with ingredients you can’t pronounce, or understand their origins, these almost always are manmade chemical ingredients.

Garden fresh and farmers markets are very popular organic food sources for families

Garden fresh and farmers markets are very popular organic food sources for families

The best advice I can give you is to begin replacing all home cleaning and personal care products with “clean green home and hygiene products” and eat as fresh organic foods as possible. Also cut down on processed and convenience food consumption.

The chemicals we use to clean our homes and foods we consume are at war with our bodies.  And I’ve not even brought up the air we breathe and water we drink. To get more insight on these consumer topics of interest please click on the following MirrorAthlete article links: How Sick Buildings Effect Lives and Is Fluoride in Our City Water Needed or Safe.

It is more important than ever to remove the toxic household products and heavily processed foods from our plates. Consume as many fresh fruits and vegetables daily as possible. As a health insurance policy add a daily multi-vitamin and mineral supplement to provide an anti-oxidant boost to immune system. This will help shield cellular health by protecting it from free radical damage caused by product and environmental oxidant damage and environmental stress taken in daily.

Without preventative health measures in our Westernized culture the aging process will advance and more of us will likely experience insidious disease and shortened lifespans.

Still need more proof, simply visit our Word Press publication site at MirrorAthlete Fitness Secrets, scroll down on our home screen page, find “Topic Category” and select Cancer or Product Toxins or Consumer Safety. Or type in Topic of Interest in the site articles search box next to Topic Category.

Helpful Reference Links,

Center for Environmental Health (CEH). Study Finds Cancer-Causing Chemical in Nearly 100 Shampoos and Soaps. EcoWatch. 29 August 2013. http://ecowatch.com/2013/08/29/cancer-causing-chemical-in-shampoos/

Marler, Alan. Our Unsafe Food Supply Is Killing Us. The Daily Beast. 1 March 2013. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/01/our-unsafe-food-supply-is-killing-us.html

Walker, Dani. Toxins in Personal Care Products. Powered by WordPress. 2015. http://daniwalker.com/toxins-in-personal-care-products/

Woodard, Marc. Doomed to Get Cancer. MirrorAthlete Fitness Secrets. 22 Feb 2015. http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/?p=24

Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2015 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.com, sign up for FREE Monthly eNewsletter

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Aspartame the Silent Killer

22 02 2015

MirrorAthlete® Original Publication: Mar 25, 2008, Updated:  Feb 22, 2015

Many years back, I posted Dr. H. J. Roberts, Aspartame and Shocking Health Risks, featured in MirrorAthlete’s March 08 newsletter.

I’ve now updated this important topic to a group of new subscribers and consumers. Which include Victoria Inness-Brown’s famous experiment that exposed the truth about Monsanto the manufacture of Aspartame and its harmful effects on human health. Aspartame a substitute sweetener is alive and well and its addictive qualities are now hidden within approximately another thousand food products then when I first posted this information in 2008.

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While the chemical alone has the potential to make you fall ill with “who knows what,” I believe as scientific evidence showed us during the seventies, nothing has changed except the number of people who’ve become obese and those who now have diabetes disease.  There appears to be a strong correlation between this disease and Aspartames addictive flavor and weight gaining properties.  And this chemical sweetener appears to be a major contributor to an increasing childhood obesity epidemic.  Other illness and disease may be related to Aspartame, but epidemiological and controlled studies are still controversial and inconclusive for various subjective and objective reasoning as you’ll soon learn.

Aspartame History Matters, 

“In 1975 the FDA came to the conclusion that aspartame should not be allowed on the market. They requested that further studies be conducted. The FDA’s next move was to set up a public board of inquiry composed of outside experts to investigate the safety of aspartame, and in 1980 that board unanimously rejected aspartame’s request for approval. Another internal FDA panel convened in 1980 also rejected aspartame for approval.  If you count the Bressler Report compiled after 1977, FDA scientist’s uncovered fraud and manipulation so wrought with concerns they forwarded the files to the Chicago U.S. Attorney’s office for prosecution [Mercola, 2015].”

So this was 4 strikes against Monsanto of the times prior to FDA approval. But this didn’t detour Monsanto from getting their product approved to market. Eventually deep pockets prevailed and the FDA approved the chemical sweetener to market. The controversy and untold truths still continue today and the health concerns connected to the Aspartame have only grown. [Refer to www.mercola.com].  Yes the reality is we’re living in a grand consumer experiment.  Where there is no consequence to its creators and/or trustees who’ve unleased a consumer food chemical whose global effects on human health continue to be realized.

Within Dr. Roberts talking points back in March 08, I learned key consumer talking points I didn’t take lightly then, nor should you now.

  1. Aspartame is profitable. For example Maryland-based biotech company Genex Corp., went from reporting $14.3m in 1985 revenues to $2.8m in 1986 after they lost their aspartame business.”
  2. Aspartame was initially listed by the Pentagon as a biochemical warfare   agent. How does a consumer make sense out of this?
  3. Chemical changes occur within Aspartame sodas when stored in warm temperatures. Thereafter chemical properties are transformed into a chemical poison and toxins and bad for our health.
  4. Aspartame is a common sugar substitute in our food chain keeping us overweight and causing diabetes.  Aspartame is extremely bad for those now diagnosed with diabetes.
  5. There is a direct correlation between children with ADD and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and childhood obesity.
  6. Monsanto’s patent on Aspartame has expired, now there are over 6,000 products on the shelves [~5000 known in 2008] containing aspartame.  It is also marketed as NutraSweet, Equal and Spoonful.  And who knows exactly how many other brands or under how many food labels.
  7. Uninformed parents are unknowingly poisoning their children and themselves through easy bake, baked snacks or prepared or processed deserts, soda, ice cream, candy treats, weight loss and dietary foods, etc.
  8. The American Diabetes and Dietetic Association and the Conference of the American College of Physicians know about these health risk connections. While the U.S. FDA and many medical doctors endorse Aspartame as completely safe for human consumption!
  9. Children are specifically at risk and susceptible to Aspartame poisoning because of their thin “undeveloped” blood brain barrier.  This chemical effect on this barrier lowers its resistance to toxins absorbed by the body and increases the potential of neural cell death.

Aspartames chemical breakdown of this brain barrier could leave one susceptible to many types of disease.  For example, Multiple Sclerosis, hormonal problems, Alzheimer’s and dementia, ALS [also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease], hearing loss, Parkinson’s disease, brain lesions, memory loss, epilepsy, neuroendocrine disorders, etc.  The list of potential disease and ill-health problems are too numerous to list.  However, it should be noted if you have symptoms of any of the aforementioned diseases, in some cases once consumption of Aspartame products is stopped the symptoms clear up. [Refer to: http://www.mercola.com, Aspartame: Is This FDA-Approved Sweetener Causing Brain Damage?].

This is why Victoria Inness-Brown’s experiment proved on April 2011 that Aspartame is something all consumers should be educated on. This experiment truly challenged Monsanto and FDA to defend its position that Aspartame is a safe food chemical sweetener.

Summarizing Victoria Inness-Brown’s experiment:  Her family was addicted to diet sodas… “Concerned aspartame would one day lead to illness or disease, she performed an aspartame experiment.  Starting with 108 rats for 2 years and 8 months. “As for dose, she gave the rats a daily dose of NutraSweet comparable to 14 cans of diet soda per day for the females, and 13 cans for the males.” [http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/04/09/victoria-innessbrowns-aspartame-experiment.aspx#!]

Victoria ensured the doses per rat weight was adjusted, using under Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI), set by the FDA and considered safe for human consumption.  However, even after safe adjusted dosage distribution fed daily throughout this time, thirty seven percent of the female rats developed tumors, some of massive size.

“One 12 oz. diet soda contains about 180mg of aspartame/15mg per oz, which equals approximately 4.5 packets of NutraSweet.”  The propaganda industry-machine tells consumers the ADI, set by the FDA equates to about 20, 12oz-diet soda for adults, or 6 for children is safe and acceptable.  If the rats get sick consuming far under ADI, why wouldn’t we?”

The insanity of it all, aspartame was once undeniably opposed by the FDA for approval to marketplace.  And where its chemical composition has not changed since the 80’s and continues to be claimed a safe food additive and recommended by many doctors as a safe sweetener substitute.

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Our Consumer Recommendation:  Do not consume aspartame, or products marketed under the following brands:  NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, Equal-Measure and Canderel.  Aspartame can be found in more than “now 6,000 products” including, but not limited to:  Diet sodas, juice drinks, flavored waters, chewing gum, table-top sweeteners, diet and diabetic foods, breakfast cereals, such as Fiber One, fiber supplements, such as orange flavored Metamucil, jams, and other sweets.

Be sure to read your food labels to ensure you’re not consuming this dangerous chemical.  Only purchase foods sweetened with natural sugars. If the label does not mention Aspartame, just keep this in mind… If it says artificial, substitute or other sweeteners, chance are its Aspartame or some other generic or similar manmade chemical sweetener.

I try to only consume products with sugar cane, or natural fruits, or one of the 3 major and naturally occurring sugars: lactose, fructose or maltose.  If you’re diabetic or allergic to any foods, or currently have disease, there may be health implications of consuming too many natural sugars as well.  Always seek dietary and medical advice from your doctor when any ill-health symptoms occur.

Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ANG MSC, CPT, RET.  Original 2008 and Updated 2015 MirroAthlete® Copyright.  All Rights Reserved. Sign up for free newsletters www.mirrorathlete.com.

 





Get Skinny by Activating Addictive Body Chemicals

11 11 2014
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Any aerobic endurance activity will release addictive body chemicals that benefit health and wellbeing

One way to increase the odds of longevity, good health and wellness is through daily physical activities that stimulate the body’s natural release of addictive feel good chemicals.

Of course eating a balanced diet is very important to sustain good health, body weight and wellness.  But through daily exercise activities the metabolisms effect on will power and motivation to continue it increases everyday you stay the fitness course.

What chemicals are stimulated through exercise and how do they help us sustain the daily activity habit?

1) Adrenaline a neurotransmitter and hormone produced by the adrenalin gland just above the kidneys, also known as norepinephrine and epinephrine (provides attention focus in brain).  Together these chemicals activate your fight or flight stimulation designed to get the body out of a stressful situation, or survive an injury scenario.  It acts as a natural pain killer, boosts oxygen and glucose fuel to brain, muscles and suppresses depression.  2)   Dopamine is produced and synthesized in the brain which boosts positive behavior, cognition, motor activity, motivation, sleep, mood, learning and attention.  3)  Serotonin is synthesized within the CNS (Central Nervous System).  This chemical is also found in many mushrooms, plants, fruits and vegetables.  Research shows Serotonin plays an important role in liver regeneration and induces cell division throughout the body (important for repair and healing of the body).  Serotonins role as a neurotransmitter of the brain is to modulate anger, mood, aggression, sleep, sexuality, appetite and metabolism.

How does one initially find the will power and motivation to exercise relative to lifestyle and fitness needs and stick to it?

I do realize exercise activities that work for some may not work for others.  But with a little more insight, maybe a daily workout concept can by applied on self that will resonate with you long-term. If you can commit to a low impact aerobics exercise program daily you will then begin to release the feel good chemicals to make exercise a joy as opposed to a burden and painful experience.

Continuous daily exercise triggers these feel good chemicals and will cause “for most” an addictive exercise habit within 1-2 weeks.  However, everyone differs slightly in metabolism, exercise interest, motivations, intensity and mode of exercise, etc.  For some the body chemicals release an instant craving for daily exercise.  Where for others it may take a little longer once daily exercise begins.  However these addictive cravings for daily exercise may be trumped by bad behavioral habits;  thereby challenging will power and the motivation to exercise daily.  And until these bad habits are changed, modified or stopped, the commitment to daily exercise is threatened.

To maximize the odds of achieving healthy  longevity and wellness 4 behavioral habits must be addressed. 1)  Stop substance abuse.  2)  Eat a balanced and nutritious diet.  3) Become addicted to your body’s natural producing chemicals through exercise.  4)  Remove yourself from unhealthy and stressful environments.

The increased exercise activities experienced by clients did not require a lot of will power, but did require some effort and discipline.  Hence a small amount of will power is required when you begin a daily walking program.

Find a motivator to increase your will power to get you moving.  For example, have a fitness goal in mind: weight loss, body tone, want to feel and look well, etc.  Then start daily exercise slowly by increasing intensity, duration and frequency when your body tells you its okay to do so.  In time your body will release more feel good chemicals, then you’ll become better conditioned as a daily practitioner of aerobic exercise.

The best New Year’s fitness resolution advice I could give you as I’ve done with so many past clients is to start a daily walking habit.  Walking is a low impact fat burning activity.  Many don’t understand the exercise science and benefits of a daily aerobic walking habit.  But I assure you, if you walk for at least 15 minutes a day, you’ll begin to release more of those feel good chemicals.  And in time, your walk pace and distances will increase, so will your muscle tone, metabolism and circulatory function and body fat weight will decrease and you’ll look and feel better.

If you’ve been sedentary for a long time, walking at first may seem uncomfortable and maybe feel unnatural.  But keep this in mind.  As hunters and gatherers are bodies were designed to move by walking.  Walking is a very natural thing for us to do.  And in a short period of time, if you walk daily you will become addicted to it.  From this point forward fitness levels increase and you’ll find yourself challenged and wanting to do other advanced activities you thought were no longer possible.

I’ve had some obese clients walk or ride a stationary bike for a year.  Thereafter participated in a competitive long distance walking, hiking, jogging and biking event, etc.  They never imagined themselves capable of doing anything like it.

Be excited about all the possibilities that lye in front of you and enjoy life to the fullest by maintaining a daily mobility exercise habit!   Now go get addicted to the natural feel good drugs produced by your own body and reap the wellness and health benefits!

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2014 Copyright, All rights reserved.  Mirror Athlete Enterprises Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free monthly eNewsletter.





Foods and Drugs that Don’t Mix Well

7 04 2013
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Many natural foods don’t mix well with medications

Many don’t realize some foods can interact badly with prescription drugs when consumed together.  Those that fail to read the dietary warning’s listed on specific pharmaceutical labels, or disregard the prescription use instructions can cause health risk to the body.

Listed below are 7 common prescription drugs and foods that when consumed together can increase health risk and/or cause severe ill-health side effects.  There are many chemical reactions that occur within our bodies to keep the metabolism and overall physiology balanced.  And when using pharmaceuticals it is important to understand, even the most benign appearing foods can cause an unhealthy chemical reaction within our bodies.

    The prescription drugs, incompatible foods, side effects and treatment use for various medications listed below are not fully disclosed.  The point is, one only needs to understand everything we put into our bodies causes some kind of chemical reaction.  Therefore, it is important if you take any pharmaceutical, ask your pharmacist if there is any food that would cause an ill-health effect, or risk to overall health when taken together.

Listed are commonly prescribed medications & foods that don’t interact well.

1.  Anti-depressants – SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) – Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, etc.  MAOI’s (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors) – Isocarboxazid, Phenelzine, Selegiline, Tranylcypromine, etc. Their relative generic counterparts are: Marplan, Nardil, (Emsam, Eldepryl, Zelapar) and Parnate.

Drug treatment purpose:  Anti-depressants are effective in treating depression, panic and other anxiety disorders.  They also require special considerations with regard to diet restrictions.  MAOI’s are normally used when other anti-depressants fail.  When used as prescribed they will boost mood by improving brain cell communication.

Side effectsDiarrhea, dry mouth, sleepiness, lightheadedness, dizziness, low blood pressure, nervousness, muscle aches, insomnia, weight gain, sense of taste, hampered sexual drive, erectile dysfunction, difficult urinating, tingling, or prickling sensation on skin.  If removed from anti-depressants too fast the following withdrawal effects are likely: insomnia, flu-like symptoms, fatigue, irritability and anxiety may follow.

Non-compatible foods:  Aged cheeses, pickled, or fermented sausages (pepperoni, salami), luncheon meats, beef liver, chicken liver, yeast-containing foods and beverages that have the compound tyramine in them.  This compound has an effect on blood pressure.  If the bodies MAO (Monoamine Oxidase) enzyme is inhibited by MAOI medication, it is necessary to avoid the foods that contain this compound.  If this diet restriction is not followed, then blood pressure can increase towards critically unhealthy levels.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherHigh levels of tyramine in the body can lead to high blood pressure, heart arrhythmia and brain hemorrhage.

2.   Anti-anxiety – Benzodiazepines are the most common anti-anxiety drugs, e.g., Ativan, Klonopin, Valium, Xanax, etc., and Generic: lorazepam, clonazepam, diazepam and alprazolam are all sedatives and bind with the brains natural sedatives to calm you down.

Drug treatment purpose:  To help relax and reduce anxiety.  Anti-anxiety drugs are also known as tranquilizers.  Anti-anxiety medications work by slowing down the central nervous system [reduced brain activity] and have a relaxing effect on the mind and body.  They are also prescribed for sleeping and muscle spasm disorders.  Often antidepressants will be prescribed to relieve symptoms of anxiety.

Known side effects:  Addiction, inability to focus-learn, uncoordinated, clumsiness, confusion, disorientation, blurred vision, upset stomach, lightheadedness, sleepy, impaired judgment, nausea, memory loss.  Long term users of these medications also experience depression.  High dosages and long term use will likely increase suicidal thoughts and feelings.  Benzodiazepines can also cause the opposite of a calming effect like mania, aggressive behavior, or hostility, rage and even hallucinations.

Non-compatible foods:  Alcohol.  When these drugs are mixed with alcohol the sedative properties on the brain and body is amplified.  Not only do you feel more drunk, but more tired and forgetful.  Coffee and drinks with caffeine in them affects anti-anxiety and asthma medications.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherYour breathing rate is significantly slowed down and risk of respiratory failure increases.

3.  Antibiotics – Monodox, Dynacin, Sumycin, Cipro, Levaquin, etc. Generics: minocycline, tetracycline and doxycycline, etc.  This listing represents a few of many antibiotics that could be prescribed.

Drug treatment purpose:   Antibiotics are used to kill bacterial infections.  They are not effective against fungal (ringworm or vaginal yeast infection), flu, or the common cold.

Side effects – Antibiotics are relatively safe when used appropriately.  However, like any medication unwanted side effects do occur.  If you experience any skin rash, hives, wheezing, anaphylaxis (shortage of breath), swelling of lips, tongue or face seek medical attention immediately.

Non-compatible foods:  Dairy products have calcium in them.  Calcium tends to bind with the antibiotics if a dairy product is consumed within a two hour window after taking the medication.  Vitamins and Antacids can also decrease the efficiency of antibiotics.  For example, ciprofloxacin an antibiotic used to treat urinary tract and abdominal infections among other things; when mixed with antacids becomes less effective when it binds to magnesium and calcium.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherThis binding prevents the antibiotic from absorbing into the body to fight an infection rendering various antibiotics useless.  When this happens the medication stays in the intestine and leaves the body at the next bowel movement.  Yet there are other antibiotics used for strep throat and ear infections where dairy products have no impact on those medications.

4.  High blood pressure, or anti-hypertension medications – Univasc, Zestril and Monopril can raise your potassium levels.  Common generics: Hygroton, Lozol, Mykrox, Diuril, Lasix, Esidrix, etc.  There are many specialized medications that are designed to treat both diuretic and high blood pressure cases.

Drug treatment purpose:  To lower blood pressure and reduce blood clotting risk.  Many classes of blood pressure medications include a diuretic treatment component.   These medications help to rid the body of excess water and sodium and help to control blood pressure.  Diuretics are often used in combination with other medications like anti-clotting prevention treatment that use aspirin and Plavix.  When patients are at high risk of stroke or heart attack, doctors often prescribe Plavix as an anti-platelet drug for blood clotting prevention.  The first line of attack is aspirin.  Both anti-clotting and blood pressure medications may likely be prescribed together, but not always.

Known side effects:  Gout,increase in blood sugar level, leg cramps, weakness, impotence may occur.

Non-compatible foods:  Limit foods high in potassium like bananas, salt substitutes with potassium, spinach, leafy greens and sweet potatoes.  Eating a banana one day, or leafy green the next should be ok.  But you’ll want to confirm diet and frequency of consumption with your prescribing physician.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherToo much potassium in the body can cause your heart to beat irregularly and in severe cases can cause cardiac arrest.  Also, two foods that can keep blood clotting medications from working are garlic and ginger.  They can cause excessive bleeding as they both have high doses of blood thinning agents in them.

5.  High cholesterolStatin drugs (blood cholesterol lowering medications) include: Lipex, Mevacor, Zocor, Crestor, Vytorin or Lipitor, to include generics like simvastatin, lovastatin, or atorvastatin, etc.

Drug treatment purpose:  Lower High Blood Cholesterol.

Known side effects and health risk:  As of recent studies, the following health risks are possible; memory loss, diabetes and muscle pain.  The food and drug administration has officially linked statin drugs with forgetfulness, confusion and increased blood sugar levels that would be of concern for diabetics.  Liver injury is also possible and is rare.

Non-compatible foods:  Some cholesterol medications can be affected by grape fruit juice or the fruit.  It is the inhibiting properties of this fruit that keeps the intestine and/or liver from breaking down the drug and increases the risk that the drug will accumulate in the body and become toxic.  It is the citrus that blocks the enzyme in the intestines and prevents the metabolism of these drugs.  The active component in this fruit is not yet known.  Check with your prescribing doctor about grapefruit products in the diet.  There are some statin medications that are not influenced by this fruit.  It is also true some immune drugs and allergy drugs like Allegra are affected by grapefruit.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherGrapefruit and its juice should be avoided using heart medicines and a number of other prescriptive drugs for cardio and immunological health related problems.  Be sure to consult with the prescribing physician with foods you should consume when on these medications.

6. Blood thinner – Coumadin (generic: warfarin) Aggrenox, Aspirin, Jantoven, Heparin, Lovenox, Plavix, etc.

Drug treatment purpose:  The job of blood thinners is to thin the blood for patients that are high risk of heart attack, or developing blood clots.

Known side effects:  Each medication listed can cause a combination of the following side effects; Nausea, irritated stomach, abdominal pain, diarrhea, headache, dizziness and indigestion.  Coumadin and Heparin can cause serious bleeding inside the eye and intestine, or cause bruising, blood in the urine, nose bleeds.  Other problems include kidney function, difficulty breathing and muscle aches.

Non-compatible foods:  Since Vitamin K (thickens blood) is found abundantly in leafy greens, they can block the effects of the blood thinners.  Leafy greens that can effect of blood thinners are Brussels sprouts, collard greens, spinach, cabbage, lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, parsley, kale, Swiss chard and Green tea.  Other foods that may impact blood thinner medications include:  cranberries, as well as the juice, garlic and ginger.  They can actually increase the blood thinning properties of the blood thinners that could amplify their effect.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken together:   Increased risk of stroke and heart attack.

7.  Thyroid – Synthroid, Armour thyroid, Levoxyl, Cytomel, etc.  Generic: Levothyroxin, thyroid desiccated, levothyroxine, liothyronine, etc.

Drug treatment purpose:  Used to regulate the thyroid glands to normalize hormone functions throughout the body when they fail to produce enough thyroid hormone.  Effective treatment can increase energy, mood disposition and body weight regulation.  To include supports male and female characteristic traits.

Known side effects:  Thyroid medications do not cause side effects if taken in the correct dose.

Non-compatible foods:  Tofu, soymilk (soy products) and walnuts can prevent your body from absorbing the thyroid medication.  It may not be necessary to give up these foods, but let your physician know about your dietary preferences.  It is very possible your soy diet preference can be resolved with a modification of dose.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherWeight gain, obesity and other ill-health and disease complications.

References,

American Heart Association.  Types of Blood Pressure Medications.  http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/PreventionTreatmentofHighBloodPressure/Types-of-Blood-Pressure-Medications_UCM_303247_Article.jsp

Ankrom, Sheryl.  Dietary Precautions While Taking MAOIs.  Former About.com Guide, updated June 17, 2009.  http://panicdisorder.about.com/od/treatments/tp/MAOIDiet.htm

Club Red.  Some Foods and Medications Just Don’t Mix.  January 2012.  http://www.clubreduva.com/food/food-articles/food-for-thought/january-2012-food

Drugs.com.  Common Side Effects, Allergies and Reactions to Antibiotics.  http://www.drugs.com/article/antibiotic-sideeffects-allergies-reactions.html

Drugs.com.  Underactive Thyroid (Hypothyroidism) Medications.  http://www.drugs.com/condition/hypothyroidism.html

Harris, Gardiner.  Safety Alerts Cite Cholesterol Drugs’ Side Effects.  The New York Times.  February 28, 2012.  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/29/health/fda-warns-of-cholesterol-drugs-side-effects.html?_r=0

Helpguide.org.  Anxiety Medication.  http://www.helpguide.org/mental/anxiety_medication_drugs_treatment.htm

Rodgers, Linda.  Foods and Medications that Don’t Mix.  Grand Parents.com http://www.grandparents.com/health-and-wellbeing/health/food-drug-interactions

Mayo Clinic Staff.  Depression (major depression).  Monomine Oxidase Inhibitores (MAOIs).  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/maois/MH00072

NBCNews.com. Foods to Avoid When You’re Taking Meds.  26 October 2006.  http://www.today.com/id/14785552/ns/today-today_health/t/foods-avoid-when-youre-taking-meds/#.UUeuPBesjTo

Vega, Jose M.D., Ph.D.  Side Effects of Coumadin, Plavix and Other Blood Thinners.  About.com.  http://stroke.about.com/od/caregiverresources/a/blood_thinners.htm

WebMD.com.  Hypothryroidism.  http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/hypothyroidism-medications

Woodard, Marc.  41 Drugs to Die For.  Mirror Athlete’s Fitness Secrets.  24 October 2010.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/?p=909

Woodard, Marc.  Defeat Anxiety and Panic Attacks.  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  24 November 2010.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/?p=966

Woodard, Marc.  How to Deal with Depression.  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  25 August 2008.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/?p=38

Woodard, Marc.  The Thyroid is a Powerful Weight Regulating Gland.  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  21 May 2012.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/?p=1341

Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, CPT, MSC ARNG Retired.  2013 Copyright, All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





Incompatible Food and Drug Mixes

7 04 2013
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Many natural foods don’t mix well with medications

Many don’t realize some foods can interact badly with prescription drugs when consumed together.  Those that fail to read the dietary warning’s listed on specific pharmaceutical labels, or disregard the prescription use instructions can cause risk to the body.

Listed below are 7 common prescription drugs and foods that when consumed together can increase health risk and/or cause severe ill-health side effects.  There are many chemical reactions that occur within our bodies to keep the metabolism and overall physiology balanced.  And when using pharmaceuticals it is important to understand, even the most benign appearing foods can cause an unhealthy chemical reaction within our bodies.

    The point is, one only needs to understand everything we put into our bodies causes some kind of chemical reaction.  Therefore it is important to understand, if you take any pharmaceutical, ask your pharmacist if there is any food that would cause an ill-health effect or risk to overall health when taken together.

Listed are commonly prescribed medications & foods that don’t interact well.

1.  Anti-depressants – SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) – Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, etc.  MAOI’s (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors) – Isocarboxazid, Phenelzine, Selegiline, Tranylcypromine, etc. Their relative generic counterparts are: Marplan, Nardil, (Emsam, Eldepryl, Zelapar) and Parnate.

Drug treatment purpose:  Anti-depressants are effective in treating depression, panic and other anxiety disorders.  They also require special considerations with regard to diet.  MAOI’s are normally used when other anti-depressants fail.  When used as prescribed they will boost mood by improving brain cell communication.

Side effectsDiarrhea, dry mouth, sleepiness, lightheadedness, dizziness, low blood pressure, nervousness, muscle aches, insomnia, weight gain, sense of taste, hampered sexual drive, erectile dysfunction, difficult urinating, tingling, or prickling sensation on skin.  If removed from anti-depressants too fast the following withdrawal effects are likely: insomnia, flu-like symptoms, fatigue, irritability and anxiety may follow.

Non-compatible foods:  Aged cheeses, pickled, or fermented sausages (pepperoni, salami), luncheon meats, beef liver, chicken liver, yeast-containing foods and beverages that have the compound tyramine [protein containing foods] in them.  This compound has an effect on blood pressure.  If the bodies MAO (Monoamine Oxidase) enzyme is inhibited by MAOI medication, it is necessary to avoid the foods that contain this compound.  If this diet restriction is not followed, then blood pressure can increase towards critically unhealthy levels.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherHigh levels of tyramine in the body can lead to high blood pressure, heart arrhythmia and brain hemorrhage.

2.   Anti-anxiety – Benzodiazepines are the most common anti-anxiety drugs, e.g., Ativan, Klonopin, Valium, Xanax, etc., and Generic: lorazepam, clonazepam, diazepam and alprazolam are all sedatives and bind with the brains natural sedatives to calm you down.

Drug treatment purpose:  To help relax and reduce anxiety.  Anti-anxiety drugs are also known as tranquilizers.  Anti-anxiety medications work by slowing down the central nervous system [reduced brain activity] and have a relaxing effect on the mind and body.  They are also prescribed for sleeping and muscle spasm disorders.  Often antidepressants will be prescribed to relieve symptoms of anxiety.

Known side effects:  Addiction, inability to focus-learn, uncoordinated, clumsiness, confusion, disorientation, blurred vision, upset stomach, lightheadedness, sleepy, impaired judgment, nausea, memory loss.  Long term users of these medications also experience depression.  High dosages and long term use will likely increase suicidal thoughts and feelings.  Benzodiazepines can also cause the opposite of a calming effect like mania, aggressive behavior, or hostility, rage and even hallucinations.

Non-compatible foods:  Alcohol.  When these drugs are mixed with alcohol the sedative properties on the brain and body is amplified.  Not only do you feel more drunk, but more tired and forgetful.  Coffee and drinks with caffeine in them affects anti-anxiety and asthma medications.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherYour breathing rate is significantly slowed down and risk of respiratory failure increases.

3.  Antibiotics – Monodox, Dynacin, Sumycin, Cipro, Levaquin, etc. Generics: minocycline, tetracycline and doxycycline, etc.  This listing represents a few of many antibiotics that could be prescribed.

Drug treatment purpose:   Antibiotics are used to kill bacterial infections.  They are not effective against fungal (ringworm or vaginal yeast infection), flu, or the common cold.

Side effects – Antibiotics are relatively safe when used appropriately.  However, like any medication unwanted side effects do occur.  If you experience any skin rash, hives, wheezing, anaphylaxis (shortage of breath), swelling of lips, tongue or face seek medical attention immediately.

Non-compatible foods:  Dairy products have calcium in them.  Calcium tends to bind with the antibiotics if a dairy product is consumed within a two hour window after taking the medication.  Vitamins and Antacids can also decrease the efficiency of antibiotics.  For example, ciprofloxacin an antibiotic used to treat urinary tract and abdominal infections among other things; when mixed with antacids becomes less effective when it binds to magnesium and calcium.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherThis binding prevents the antibiotic from absorbing into the body to fight an infection rendering various antibiotics useless.  When this happens the medication stays in the intestine and leaves the body at the next bowel movement.  Yet there are other antibiotics used for strep throat and ear infections where dairy products have no impact on those medications.

4.  High blood pressure, or anti-hypertension medications – Univasc, Zestril and Monopril can raise your potassium levels.  Common generics: Hygroton, Lozol, Mykrox, Diuril, Lasix, Esidrix, etc.  There are many specialized medications that are designed to treat both diuretic and high blood pressure cases.

Drug treatment purpose:  To lower blood pressure and reduce blood clotting risk.  Many classes of blood pressure medications include a diuretic treatment component.   These medications help to rid the body of excess water and sodium and help to control blood pressure.  Diuretics are often used in combination with other medications like anti-clotting prevention treatment that use aspirin and Plavix.  When patients are at high risk of stroke or heart attack, doctors often prescribe Plavix as an anti-platelet drug for blood clotting prevention.  The first line of attack is aspirin.  Both anti-clotting and blood pressure medications may likely be prescribed together, but not always.

Known side effects:  Gout, increased blood sugar levels, leg cramps, weakness, impotence may occur.

Non-compatible foods:  Limit foods high in potassium like bananas, salt substitutes with potassium, spinach, leafy greens and sweet potatoes.  Eating a banana once a day, or leafy green the next should be ok.  But you’ll want to confirm diet and frequency of consumption with your prescribing physician.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherToo much potassium in the body can cause your heart to beat irregularly and in severe cases can cause cardiac arrest.  Also, two foods that can keep blood clotting medications from working are garlic and ginger.  They can cause excessive bleeding as they both have high doses of blood thinning agents in them.

5.  High cholesterolStatin drugs (blood cholesterol lowering medications) include: Lipex, Mevacor, Zocor, Crestor, Vytorin or Lipitor, to include generics like simvastatin, lovastatin, or atorvastatin, etc.

Drug treatment purpose:  Lower High Blood Cholesterol.

Known side effects and health risk:  As of recent studies, the following health risks are possible; memory loss, diabetes and muscle pain.  The food and drug administration has officially linked statin drugs with forgetfulness, confusion and increased blood sugar levels that would be of concern for diabetics.  Liver injury is also possible and is rare.

Non-compatible foods:  Some cholesterol medications can be affected by grape fruit juice or the fruit.  It is the inhibiting properties of this fruit that keeps the intestine and/or liver from breaking down the drug and increases the risk that the drug will accumulate in the body and become toxic.  It is the citrus that blocks the enzyme in the intestines and prevents the metabolism of these drugs.  The active component in this fruit is not yet known.  Check with your prescribing doctor about grapefruit products in the diet.  There are some statin medications that are not influenced by this fruit.  It is also true some immune drugs and allergy drugs like Allegra are affected by grapefruit.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherGrapefruit and its juice should be avoided when using heart medicines and a number of other prescriptive drugs for cardio and immunological health related problems.  Be sure to consult with the prescribing physician with foods you should consume when on these medications.

6. Blood thinner – Coumadin (generic: warfarin) Aggrenox, Aspirin, Jantoven, Heparin, Lovenox, Plavix, etc.

Drug treatment purpose:  The job of blood thinners is to thin the blood for patients that are high risk of heart attack, or developing blood clots.

Known side effects:  Each medication listed can cause a combination of the following side effects; Nausea, irritated stomach, abdominal pain, diarrhea, headache, dizziness and indigestion.  Coumadin and Heparin can cause serious bleeding inside the eye and intestine, or cause bruising, blood in the urine, nose bleeds.  Other problems include kidney function, difficulty breathing and muscle aches.

Non-compatible foods:  Since Vitamin K (thickens blood) is found abundantly in leafy greens, they can block the effects of the blood thinners.  Leafy greens that can effect of blood thinners are Brussels sprouts, collard greens, spinach, cabbage, lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, parsley, kale, Swiss chard and Green tea.  Other foods that may impact blood thinner medications include:  cranberries, as well as the juice, garlic and ginger.  They can actually increase the blood thinning properties of the blood thinners that could amplify their effect.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken together:   Increased risk of stroke and heart attack.

7.  Thyroid – Synthroid, Armour thyroid, Levoxyl, Cytomel, etc.  Generic: Levothyroxin, thyroid desiccated, levothyroxine, liothyronine, etc.

Drug treatment purpose:  Used to regulate the thyroid glands to normalize hormone functions throughout the body when they fail to produce enough thyroid hormone.  Effective treatment can increase energy, mood disposition and body weight regulation.  To include supports male and female characteristic traits.

Known side effects:  Thyroid medications do not cause side effects if taken in the correct dose.

Non-compatible foods:  Tofu, soymilk (soy products) and walnuts can prevent your body from absorbing the thyroid medication.  It may not be necessary to give up these foods, but let your physician know about your dietary preferences.  It is very possible your soy diet preference can be resolved with a modification of dose.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherWeight gain, obesity and other ill-health and disease complications.

References,

American Heart Association.  Types of Blood Pressure Medications.  http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/PreventionTreatmentofHighBloodPressure/Types-of-Blood-Pressure-Medications_UCM_303247_Article.jsp

Ankrom, Sheryl.  Dietary Precautions While Taking MAOIs.  Former About.com Guide, updated June 17, 2009.  http://panicdisorder.about.com/od/treatments/tp/MAOIDiet.htm

Club Red.  Some Foods and Medications Just Don’t Mix.  January 2012.  http://www.clubreduva.com/food/food-articles/food-for-thought/january-2012-food

Drugs.com.  Common Side Effects, Allergies and Reactions to Antibiotics.  http://www.drugs.com/article/antibiotic-sideeffects-allergies-reactions.html

Drugs.com.  Underactive Thyroid (Hypothyroidism) Medications.  http://www.drugs.com/condition/hypothyroidism.html

Harris, Gardiner.  Safety Alerts Cite Cholesterol Drugs’ Side Effects.  The New York Times.  February 28, 2012.  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/29/health/fda-warns-of-cholesterol-drugs-side-effects.html?_r=0

Helpguide.org.  Anxiety Medication.  http://www.helpguide.org/mental/anxiety_medication_drugs_treatment.htm

Rodgers, Linda.  Foods and Medications that Don’t Mix.  Grand Parents.com http://www.grandparents.com/health-and-wellbeing/health/food-drug-interactions

Mayo Clinic Staff.  Depression (major depression).  Monomine Oxidase Inhibitores (MAOIs).  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/maois/MH00072

NBCNews.com. Foods to Avoid When You’re Taking Meds.  26 October 2006.  http://www.today.com/id/14785552/ns/today-today_health/t/foods-avoid-when-youre-taking-meds/#.UUeuPBesjTo

Vega, Jose M.D., Ph.D.  Side Effects of Coumadin, Plavix and Other Blood Thinners.  About.com.  http://stroke.about.com/od/caregiverresources/a/blood_thinners.htm

WebMD.com.  Hypothryroidism.  http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/hypothyroidism-medications

Woodard, Marc.  41 Drugs to Die For.  Mirror Athlete’s Fitness Secrets.  24 October 2010.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/?p=909

Woodard, Marc.  Defeat Anxiety and Panic Attacks.  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  24 November 2010.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/?p=966

Woodard, Marc.  How to Deal with Depression.  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  25 August 2008.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/?p=38

Woodard, Marc.  The Thyroid is a Powerful Weight Regulating Gland.  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  21 May 2012.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/?p=1341

Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, CPT, MSC ARNG Retired.  2013 Copyright, All rights reserved, MirrorAthlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





Successful Weight Loss Based in Blood Chemistry Fuel

24 02 2010

Geese Are Good Source of Protein, But I'd Rather Watch Than Consume These Beautiful Birds.

Doctor’s and Dieticians tell us to limit bad fats “saturated (animal products, meat, eggs, etc.) including Trans fats, which also correlates with bad LDL cholesterol and plaque buildup in the arteries.”  Both of these fats are associated with risk for cardiovascular heart disease.  Also diabetics are at great risk for heart attack or stroke.  However, too little saturated fat in the diet replaced by carbohydrates is causing an epidemic of obesity and many secondary health issues.  Just as many current studies now show an inverse relationship in dietary fat.  The more saturated fat in a diet, the less likely men will have an incident of stroke.  Just as post menstrual women with heart disease, a dietary habit of saturated fats had lower risk for heart disease.  It appears saturated fats are necessary in the diet.  Because with animal products, HDL’s (the good cholesterol) is received when metabolized also lowers triglycerides.  High carbohydrates intake appears to be a big part of the puzzle with regard to health problems.  It appears the body chemistry requires a certain amount of saturated fats (not manmade Tran’s fats).  Complete avoidance of animal fats does not seem to be a good ideal as far as the body chemistry is concerned.  Science can not accurately tell us the perfect diet.  But it is overwhelmingly apparent you are better off with a “low carbohydrate diet as opposed from one where you decrease animal products in the diet.

One big common denominator we did not have when I was a kid was obesity run amok.   Nor do I remember the onslaught of fast food restaurant chains we now have and energy, diet drinks, etc..  The only things we really had at that time that I can recall was a McDonald’s and Dairy Queen.  There were also no artificial sweeteners, or to think about it tons of artificial flavorings in products.  Everything was pretty natural.  Even the Swanson TV dinners, meat pot pies (frozen dinner meal) tasted pretty good in the 70’s.  And the other thing I remember as a kid, most of the dinner meals consisted mostly of meat, chicken, fish, potatoes and vegetables with lots of casseroles made out the same main staples.   We didn’t have a lot of fast food conveniences with preserved type foods.  And almost everyone around us had gardens and canned fruits and vegetables.  In today’s society everything has changed to quicker processing, fast distribution and chemical ingredients for taste.  This manmade tactic keeps profits high for corporations at the expense of our children’s health.  It is obvious, there is a big difference in the way our culture consumes food and food selection, compared to the types of food we had when I was a kid.  Be sure to read Restaurant Foods Healthy?”  If you haven’t read this article, you really need to.  Many restaurant chains serve processed everything.  “That’s why it tastes so good; you’re addicted to the food chemicals!”

Also when I was a kid, you rarely heard about heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, etc., compared to today.  And to see an obese kid, that was real rare.  Today, I see kids while I’m on my daily walks that appear to have body fat typical to those in my generation (25-45%).  I’m currently holding around 25% body fat which is considered borderline obesity.  The kids I’m talking about appear to be around 25-60%.  I’m not sure unless they change their eating habits how they’ll fare when they hit their 40’s and 50’s.  I fear our children will experience an epidemic of illness/disease pain and suffering not seen in our generation when they reach our ages.

Now when I look at food and blood chemical science; including my consumption exercise lifestyle today I note the following.  My habits have not changed much from when I was a kid.  For example, I exercise daily through various activity and still consume mostly a meat, potato, chicken, fish and vegetable diet.  However, I do consume the occasional fast food, or additional carbohydrates when pasta’s, breads, chips, soda craving strikes, but not often.  I also did not experience a lot of deserts as a kid.  I guess that’s why I don’t really crave them.  But when I do eat deserts, I do enjoy it.  Of course, when processed foods are so abundant in our food chain a little bit is going to get incorporated into any diet.  And this requires awareness, especially if one is experiencing weight loss difficulties.

Currently, I’m holding 15lbs over “My” ideal body weight with no cardiovascular or circulatory diseases, etc.  As a matter of fact, when I see my doctors’ vital statistics are always taken, “blood pressure and heart rate.”  The following represents my vital averages:  My blood pressure is typically around 122/70 and heart rate 58beats/min and my weight rarely changes unless I reduce consumption, or exercise more.  My last blood results reveal Iwas slightly higher in glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides.  I know what caused this elevation; during the last blood draw period I was simply consuming too many calories and didn’t fast the recommended period.  Even with these flaws in my consumption behavior, my blood tests didn’t send up any health warning red lights.

I attribute my good blood chemistry results to my childhood eating habits.  I eat more organic protein type food sources than carbohydrates.  My blood chemistry reflected a High HDL count (good cholesterol), Low LDL count (bad cholesterol) and low triglycerides (read  “Why you should be concerned about triglycerides“).  My eating habits are still predominately high intake of proteins (40-50%), carbohydrates (20-30%) and fats (~25%).  I know if I cut the carbohydrates in half and increased the proteins my blood chemistry weight regulatory mechanisms would lower my weight over a long period of time.  “I would lose weight slow and safe, not fast like extreme dieting.”  I know this because I’ve experimented with blood chemistry lab results and compared the results and body weight.  I’ve changed my fuel mix and exercise habits based on these results to lose and maintain stable weight.  I also use a weight scale, every other day and base my weight loss balance on how my clothes fit. Recall, exercise increases muscle mass, muscle is heavier than body fat. So weight may not change much while beginning an exercise program as muscle weight increases and fat burns off.  If you’re eating and exercising correctly, through time, you’ll lean out safely while losing body fat without breaking your metabolisms regulatory mechanisms.

Exercise is an important component to a successful weight loss program (see MAE article, How to Exercise, Increase Fitness Levels, Feb 2010).  Regardless of age, this is a fact.  The human body is designed to walk in order to accomplish all tasks necessary in life; as it was from day one.  And to quit walking by becoming a couch potato is the worst habit you or your kids could get yourself into.  If I didn’t participate in daily activity, my slower 50+ metabolism would most likely make it more challenging for me to maintain my weight regardless of how I balanced my blood chemistry through the foods I consume.   Balanced consumption and exercise activity go hand in hand.

I believe as science is finding out, I’m healthy for my age predominantly due to my animal diet preference and exercise habits from childhood; also awareness of man’s meddling with our foods for profit.  Now science confirms healthy blood results based in part on good eating habits, the way nature intended.

Reference:  What if Saturated Fat is not the ProblemLearn About Triglycerides and Levels

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET2010 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





New Year's Resolution, "Activate Addictive Healthy Chemicals"

22 01 2009

 The secret to living a long healthy life is to learn how to apply positive healthy activities to your lifestyle in order to generate the body’s natural release of these addictive healthy chemicals.   Of course eating a healthy diet is very important to your health.  Nutrition is covered in many other articles I write so this will not be the focus here.  Instead, I will focus on the addictive chemicals produced by the body to further stimulate will power, whereby activity is a “Major” component to healthier happier living and living longer!

You’re body produces natural and addictive chemicals that are optimally activated during exercise, or during increased activity:   1) Adrenaline a neurotransmitter and hormone produced by the adrenalin gland just above the kidneys, also known as norepinephrine and epinephrine (provides attention focus in brain).  Together these chemicals activate your fight or flight stimulation designed to get the body out of a stressful situation, or survive an injury scenario.  It acts as a natural pain killer, boosts oxygen and glucose fuel to brain, muscles and suppresses depression.  2)   Dopamine is produced and synthesized in the brain which boosts positive behavior, cognition, motor activity, motivation, sleep, mood, learning and attention.  3)  Serotonin is synthesized within the CNS (Central Nervous System).  This chemical is also found in many mushrooms, plants, fruits and vegetables.  Research shows Serotonin plays an important role in liver regeneration and induces cell division throughout the body (important for repair and healing of the body).  Serotonins role as a neurotransmitter of the brain is to modulate anger, mood, aggression, sleep, sexuality, appetite and metabolism.

 How does one find the will power to activate the body’s natural addictive health hormone chemicals and stick to a healthy activity lifestyle?  I’ve been managing chronic pain and bodyweight challenges for the last 10 years and enjoy a quality of life that would not be possible without daily activity.  I do realize what works for me may not work for you.  But with a little more insight provided to you through my example, maybe I’ll provide a plan that will resonate where other fitness activity plans have failed.

 As I stated at the beginning of this article, the secret to a healthy life plan is to develop an addictive healthy life program where natural release of feel good chemicals will make exercise and/or activity a joy instead of a burden.  Increased activity through behavioral change will trigger your addictive chemical release within 1-4 weeks, thereby increasing your will power to stick with a fitness program.  This is because each one of us has a different metabolism that may, or may not respond to activity hormone stimulation immediately, thereby challenging your will power until natural addiction occurs due to increased activity.  The requirement to maximize a healthy life program and live longer requires application of three behavioral change categories.  1)  Stop substance abuse.  2)  Eat a balanced and nutritious diet.  3) Become addicted to your body’s natural producing chemicals through exercise.  The increased activity in my life does not require a lot of will power, but does require effort; hence a small amount of will power is required.  By finding a motivator to get you moving and by slowly increasing activity activates powerful feel good and healthy chemicals.  Once you find an activity, or exercise you can start with, you can become addicted to a routine that makes you feel good on a daily basis and wanting more!  I will now provide an example of a healthy annual resolution plan I put into practice daily to improve my overall health, better quality of life, and the will power to positively motivate continuation of this process indefinitely.

 Six years ago for example, my New Year’s Resolution was to begin a walking program.  This is because that was the year I collapsed a hip during military training.  Instead of nursing my injuries for months and beginning a “cautious” low activity lifestyle, I decided this was not the direction I wanted to take and was not in my best health interest.  Without increased blood circulation and activity, pain becomes greater due to the bodies inability to stay on the mend, weight increases and then you become susceptible to all types of health risks.  Five years ago my New Year’s Resolution was to further exercise my medical health benefits and visit my primary care physician getting referrals to specialists that would provide valuable insight, tests, consulting and therapy to further learn how I could improve my physical health situation while continuing my walking exercise program.  There are a lot of people out there suffering that have benefits where further referral work could be accessed and never used, this is a big mistake!  Take your health into your hands and do something about your illness or disease before it’s too late!

Four years ago I purchased a gym membership and stuck to an aerobics and stretch program after my first hip surgery and shoulder injuries.  This was a very tough year for me that pushed my physical limits in terms of sheer willpower not to be defeated mentally.  Three years ago my New Year’s resolution was to give up drinking alcohol (not that I consumed a lot of alcohol) and substitute an electrolyte drink, or regular soda once and awhile (not diet – Never Drink Diet – See my article on Aspartame the Silent Killer at the sites Health Repository).  Any alcohol with regard to my predicament was going to be a detriment to my health.  I also continued to participate in a daily walking, gym aerobic and stretch program.  Two years ago I resolved to plan and prepare for a total hip surgery on my other injured hip.  I also decided I would not have a scheduled shoulder surgery.  I instead would do the best I could to naturally rehabilitate my two shoulders through exercise therapy and nutritional supplementation (See our Wellness Company Wholesale products program).

 Last year my New Year’s Resolution was to apply all the physical therapy resources at my disposal to rehabilitate myself after a total hip replacement.  This meant being consistent with my in-home therapy exercises, to include using crutches and cane while on the mend.  I continued to go to the gym for stretching activity and instead of walking, used crutches to make small distances each day while managing pain.  I also began a total supplemental pack loaded with natural supper food quality nutrients to my daily diet (see our Wellness Wholesale Company).  Although pain management is not discussed here (visit our Chronic Pain Center) if you have acute or chronic pain, use of pharmaceuticals and natural supplementation within a pain management program can be a positive-negative experience.  The trick to good pain management using pain killers and muscle relaxants during increased activity is “not” to become addicted to these substances while managing appropriate dosages, while minimizing further health risk!

Realize there is a health risk even with moderate use of pharmaceuticals.   If you become addicted to your prescriptions, get help from your health provider!  Always consult with your physician if you will be actively conditioning your body while on the mend and using pharmaceuticals.  This year my New Year’s resolution was to get back into a fitness center as my past years membership expired.  I just signed on to a fitness membership at the beginning of the year.  When in the fitness center I work various resistive weight, stretch techniques and aerobics equipment.  Almost everyday I ensure I walk at least 30 minutes and break to do stretch exercises.

An annual healthy life resolution plan has allowed me to manage weight, pain and while significantly improving life style on a daily basis.  Achieving longer-healthier living while aging is to tap all health knowledge information and apply it to your particular situation.  Find an addictive activity passion!  If you can do this, you can stay on the mend naturally. Be excited about your life while enjoying life to the fullest!  Keep your New Year’s Resolution focused on your health each year.  Healthy body, mind and soul success will be the result of your efforts.  Now go get addicted to the natural healthy drugs produced by your body and reap the enhanced will power, longer living and happier-healthy daily rewards!

 Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2008 Copyright, All rights reserved.  Mirror Athlete Enterprises Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free monthly eNewsletter.