To Your Health - October 2008
Welcome to the October issue of To Your Health. Our precious granddaughter, Sophia is now almost 14 months old! She started walking at 11 months and loves to sing, dance, play percussion, harass our animals (!) and keeps us non-stop entertained.
For those of you who don’t know, I will be posting blogs online at least once (and maybe more) weekly. I will cover many topics: enzyme nutrition, success stories, hormonal balancing, nutritional and medical myths, information on vaccinations and other drugs, environmental health, organic vs agribusiness foods, notes on the pro-thyroid diet and answers to common questions that my clients frequently ask. In some cases the blog will be expanded into a newsletter or article. As usual, my research is well referenced and free of ghostwriters!
This newsletter covers the tropical oils war, genetically engineered foods and liver nutrition with non-toxic substances.
To your health,
We adopted our precious baby boy on January 28 of this year (the day of his birth). He was doing well but at about 3 weeks old, he started with projectile vomiting and pain with drawing up his legs and lots of crying. I was already making homemade formula with raw milk from the Weston Price foundation, so I tried goats milk and the liver formula with the same outcome. It took me about two weeks of research to find your Web site, and I immediately ordered the DGST digestive enzyme for him. We gave him the recommended dose at EVERY feeding right before with a syringe. I am not exaggerating when I say this was a complete miracle. Literally, I had been praying for 2 weeks asking God to send me the answer and this was it. He did not have ANY problems after the first day. We never skipped the enzyme. He is now 6 months old and doesn't seem to need it anymore (although you may want to comment on this). Thank you so much for your wonderful work. I cannot imagine the amount of pain he would have had to endure as an infant. It brings tears to my eyes knowing that this simple cure has given our sweet boy a much more stable and positive beginning in life. Thank you.
K & V W
Reply from Lita Lee: I suggest that you continue giving your baby the DGST digestive enzyme. Digestive problems can cause many health problems, not just infant colic. You can help whatever problem your child has with these gentle enzyme formulas. Thank you for taking the time to write.
“When the intention is clear, the outcome will appear." — James Arthur Ray
Coconut Oil vs Soybean Oil: The Tropical Oils War
The Soybean Oil Industry’s Attack On The Coconut Oil Industry
Here is the history of the tropical oils war from Dr. Bruce Fife’s book, The Coconut Oil Miracle (previously titled The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil) and The Palm Oil Miracle. This story explains how coconut oil became a “despised artery-clogging villain” after being used for many years and being considered a healthy oil with research reports as far back as the 1950s. Until the late 1980s tropical oils were common ingredients in many foods and were used extensively because they gave foods desirable properties. For example, plant-derived saturated fats are highly stable and do not go rancid as do polyunsaturated oils (PUFA) do. Foods made with tropical oils remained fresh longer. Now it’s hard to find foods made with tropical oils. Nearly 80% of the vegetable oils in the United States today (written in 2001) comes from soybeans of which 75% is partially hydrogenated (containing up to 50% trans fatty acids). In 1982 a restaurant meal contained 2.4 grams of trans fatty acids. Now the same meal contains 19.2 grams.
This war began in the mid-1980s and was launched by the American Soybean Association (ASA), whose agenda was to increase sales of soybean oil by eliminating competition from imported tropical oils. The media started warning the public about a newly discovered health threat — coconut oil. It was proclaimed that coconut oil was a saturated fat and would cause heart disease. In response to this anti-coconut oil campaign, movie theaters began cooking their popcorn in soybean oil. Food makers began using soybean oil and partially hydrogenated soybean oil (margarine) instead of the tropical oils they had used for years. Restaurants stopped using tropical oils in favor of soybean and other vegetables oils. The ASA set out to scare people away from using tropical oils. In 1986, the ASA sent a “Fat Fighter Kit” to soybean farmers encouraging them to write to government officials, food companies, etc., protesting the use of highly saturated tropical fats. The wives and families of some 400,000 soybean farmers were encouraged to lobby touting the health benefits of soybean oil. Misguided health groups such as the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CPI) joined this lobby, issuing news releases referring to tropical oils as “artery-clogging fats.”
By the early 1990s, the tropical oils market was only a fraction of what it once was. This had far-reaching economical effects on the producers of coconut oil, as we shall see below.
In October 1988, Nebraska millionaire Phil Sokolof, a heart attack patient and founder of the National Heart Savers Association began running full-page newspaper advertisements accusing food companies of “poisoning America” by using saturated tropical oils. One ad showed a coconut “bomb” with a lighted wick and cautioned consumers that tropical oils threaten health.
Meanwhile, tropical oil exporters from Malaysia prepared a public relations campaign against what it called “vicious scare tactics” being used against its product. At stake was a $3 billion-a-year vegetable oil market in the United States. The tropical oil industry, with few allies and comparatively little financial means to retaliate, couldn’t match the combined efforts of the ASA, CSPI and others. Despite testimonials of well respected medical professionals and researchers, the media paid little attention. Major newspapers, radio and TV networks picked up the anti-saturated fat ads and developed alarming news stories. One article was titled “The Oil From Hell.” Those who knew the truth were ignored and criticized by the brainwashed media. The fictional message won out over scientific fact.
Even popular medical doctors like Andrew Weil said (in his newsletter) that “saturated fats, all saturated fats, promote heart disease and, therefore, should be avoided.” As a result, tropical oils nearly disappeared from our food supply.
The gradual re-emergence of coconut oil and other coconut products in the early 2000s came about after Dr. Bruce Fife began writing the scientific truth about coconut oil. His first book, Saturated Fat May Save Your Life, appeared in 1998. To date, Dr. Fife has written six books on coconut oil plus other books on coconut products such as coconut flour and coconut water. His books are easy to read and very well referenced, making it obvious for the uninformed reader to quickly conclude that coconut oil is indeed the healthiest oil you can eat. For the fascinating story on how Dr. Fife brought back to life the coconut oil industry, read the entire story on the tropical oils war in Dr. Fife’s own words. Coconut Oil Vs Soybean Oil.
Introduction to Monsanto and the Genetic Engineering of Foods or Why We Should Buy Organic Foods
Biotech Industry Facts — Genetically Modified Foods:
The biotech industry has officially celebrated the planting of the billionth acre of genetically engineered crops.
75% of the world's genetically engineered crops are grown in the United States and Argentina.
More than 90% of world's genetically engineered (GE) seeds were developed and sold by the Monsanto Corporation (planted predominantly with Monsanto's genetically modified corn, cotton, soybean and canola seeds).
Monsanto's GE seed sales alone brought the company over $4 billion last year. Outside of GE seeds, Monsanto's past and present product-line has included Agent Orange, DDT, PCBs, rBGH and aspartame.
Notable historic quote: "Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA's job." — Phil Angell, Monsanto's director of corporate communications. "Playing God in the Garden," New York Times Magazine, October 25, 1998.
Lesson of the Week: School Lab Rats Freak Out on GE Food
Schools in Wisconsin are showing kids the dangers of genetically engineered (GE) junk food with some unique science class experiments. Sister Luigi Frigo repeats the experiment every year in her second grade class in Cudahy. Students feed one group of mice unprocessed whole foods. A second group of mice are given the same junk foods served at most schools. Within a couple of days, the second group of mice develops erratic sleeping schedules and becomes lazy, nervous and even violent. It takes the mice about three weeks on unprocessed foods to return to normal. According to Frigo, the second graders tried to do the experiment again a few months later with the same mice, but the animals have already learned their lesson and refuse to eat the GE food.
Seven out of every 10 processed or non-organic items in your grocery store have been genetically modified, so avoiding GM foods means avoiding most processed/commercial foods. Show Monsanto how you really feel by buying organic foods and by getting your food from local farmers who still control their own seed supply. Boycott Monsanto by refusing to buy foods that contain GMO ingredients. Better yet, grow some of your own organic foods and save the seeds. Raise your own soy-free, free range chickens and collect their beautiful eggs. If people stop buying poisons, no one will make them!
Look for a more detailed article on genetic engineering to come.
A Liver Nutritional Support Program with Enzymes and Non-toxic Substances
The liver is very important because it has many metabolic functions and has to detoxify everything, so many substances/drugs can harm it including over-the-counter drugs. Here is a simple list of liver support enzymes/foods that nourish, detoxify and protect the liver. These are in addition to your multiple digestive enzyme and others as determined by the Loomis 24-hour urine test. I am giving you this list of dietary supplements because I recently saw an elderly woman with no history of liver abuse who was diagnosed with “incurable autoimmune hepatitis” and who was prescribed prednisone for the rest of her life. She refused because she had just witnessed a relative die from this drug. In addition to the liver support formulas listed below, the woman followed my pro-thyroid diet, did hormonal balancing and took multiple digestive enzymes according to the Loomis urine test. This simple protocol was followed and the woman’s liver enzymes are now almost normal. I then recommended acupuncture plus a Chinese liver herbal formula recommended by the acupuncturist, which I thought would be a great addition to this program.
Thera-zyme TRMA: This is an enzyme for the immune system, soft tissue trauma, anxiety, infection (any kind), and the health of the hair, eyes, nails, skin and the liver. Usage, 4 caps between meals 3x/d.
Thera-zyme Lvr: An herbal/enzyme formula that nourishes and supports liver function. Contains enzymes plus liver supportive herbs. Usage, 1-2 caps with or between meals 3x/d.
New Chapter Turmeric: Turmeric is a mild curry spice used by millions of Asian people. It supports normal structure and function for healthy DNA, cardiovascular health and for people who may have skin problems, including psoriasis, gallbladder problems, and weak vision. It is a COX inhibitor (inhibits free radicals, like aspirin), and provides a gentle liver and colon detox. I use a potent organic extract from New Chapter.
Aspirin: According to Dr. Ray Peat, “Because of estrogen's role in liver disease, I think aspirin along with the progesterone and thyroid would help. Aspirin is the only safe antiestrogenic drug, and there's lots of research showing its anticancer value. And coconut oil works with the aspirin, lowering lipid peroxidation and prostaglandins.” Source: To Your Health, October 2003 and www.RayPeat.com.
Caffeinated Coffee (organic): A pro-thyroid nutritional medicinal that helps detox the liver. Black and green teas are also good but only if they do not contain fluoride. The only green tea I know of that does not contain fluoride is Matcha Green Tea from Japan. See To Your Health, October 2003.
Fruit Juices: Among all foods, fruits and fruit juices are highest in salicylates (aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid), so they are very anti-inflammatory and pro-thyroid (better when you add some sea salt to your fruits/fruit juices). They do not contain PUFAs (omega-3 and -6 oils), so are healthier than vegetable juices.
Progesterone: Dr. Ray Peat’s 10% oral progesterone provides nutritional support of normal structure and function in people who may have liver problems of any kind, seizures, blood pressure irregularities, female problems and many other health issues.
Thyroid Glandular: Since LDL cholesterol is converted into pregnenolone in the presence of thyroid hormone, this is important because pregnenolone is a major anti-aging steroid and is the precursor of progesterone.
Coconut Oil: This is the healthiest and most pro-thyroid oil you can eat, so naturally it will support all body functions including liver functions.
Chinese Herbs: I recommend going to an acupuncturist or Ayurvedic doctor to find the right herb for your liver. There are several very good formulas.
Homeopathics: There are many homeopathics that are liver formulas. Look for a health care provider who uses homeopathics.
Warning: Do not do liver/gallbladder flushes. They are dangerous because they can cause biliary obstruction if you start moving big gallstones. I have had many clients who have gotten serious gallbladder signs after a flush plus some who have had their gallbladders surgically removed. Even if the gallbladder is removed, you still have the condition because surgery does not correct the problem (fat intolerance) and your body makes another little gallbladder pouch.
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