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Dieting - what it is and is not

Medical professionals who focus on maintaining good health and prevention of health problems most often describe dieting as consuming what your body needs.

Indiscriminately trying this diet or that because it worked for someone else can cause problems.

Madre mentioned drinking sufficient water. That is a huge factor for everyone because water is a vehicle used by toxins and wastes to exit. Insufficient water can, among other things, lead to impacted bowels or diverticulitis.

An insufficient supply of water to cleansing organs can be a primary reason for skin conditions and infections.

Also, having been a hard case for drinking enough water I've been told repeatedly by doctors over decades that other fluids do not do what water does. When they believe you won't drink water at all, then they'll go along with something is better than nothing. But the reality is that chemistry is everything and once water is combined with something else, it can't have the same effect as drinking enough plain water.

Madre also mentioned lemon water and that's a very multi-beneficial effort. Although lemons are acidic going in the body, they have an alkalinizing effect inside the body. The pH of tissues varies throughout the digestive system, the entire body actually. Lemon water being both acidic and becoming alkalinizing covers several wants of the colon walls and helps maintain good flora.

That said, too much of a good thing is not a good thing :.) Theodore Baroody, who wrote "Alkalize or Die", suggested rinsing the mouth out with pure water after consuming a lemon or lemon water because using it constantly can affect the tooth enamel.


WHEN to eat is every bit as important as what we eat. Eating too late or in the middle of the night usually results in food being left partially or not at all digested. A human colon is not built to hold food for a long time. Here's an excellent article on how eating can affect the human body.

From NOHA (Nutrition 4 Health)
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The Doctor's Corner
EAT YOUR WAY TO BETTER SLEEP
by Pauline N. Harding, MD, who is residency trained in Internal Medicine, Board Certified in Family Practice, and licensed as a Dietician/Nutritionist. She is an instructor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. She has been on the speakers' forum for the Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center Conference for Body-Mind Healing and the Wilson Foundation Conference on Ethics for High School Science Teachers, and she has acted as panel discussant for the American Psychological Association. Dr. Harding is Medical Director at Prairie Trail Family Medicine, S.C., in Winfield, Illinois. Her medical practice focuses on natural healing techniques, especially as they apply to problems associated with environmental sensitivity, allergies, fibromyalgia, fatigue, colitis, and sleep disturbances. She addresses the cortisol rhythm disturbances of school-age children, teens, and adults. She incorporates the use of natural hormone replacement therapy for men and women with consideration of the adrenal and thyroid status of the individual.
Ultimately, to maintain a normal sleep rhythm, one must maintain a normal eating rhythm. Part of the reason for this linking of eating and sleeping is the body's cortisol rhythm.
Normal Cortisol Rhythm - A Key to Better Sleep

Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands that are located above the kidneys. Cortisol helps regulate many body functions including activation of thyroid hormone, bone resorption, muscle strength, energy production, resistance to infection and cancer, resistance to auto-immune diseases, and intensity of allergic reactions. Cortisol is a strong determinant in how rejuvenating sleep will be.


Cortisol is produced in a cyclic fashion with the highest levels being released in the morning and the lowest at night. This 24-hour cycle is called the circadian rhythm, and an abnormal circadian rhythm of adrenal hormones can adversely affect multiple critical functions in the body, including energy production and immune surveillance. Any disruption in this rhythm can result in a tendency toward fatigue, easy bruising, infection, osteoporosis, low sex drive, infertility, migraine headaches, adult acne, abdominal bloating, and either low or high blood pressure.

A disruption in the cortisol level during the night will affect the quality of sleep. If the cortisol level is high during the night, an individual will have disrupted rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and will wake up non-refreshed, no matter how many hours of sleep the individual appeared to have.

Ultimately, to maintain a normal sleep rhythm, one must maintain a normal eating rhythm. Part of the reason for this linking of eating and sleeping is the body's cortisol rhythm.

REM sleep is the stage of sleep during which an individual dreams. It is accompanied by muscle relaxation and an increase in the breathing rate. The intense dreaming that occurs during REM sleep is a result of heightened cerebral activity. The paralysis that occurs simultaneously in the major voluntary muscle groups, including the muscles of the chin and neck, is thought to be a way to keep the body from acting out the dreams that occur during this intensely cerebral stage.

REM-disrupted sleep may be one of the reasons that some individuals can have a full eight hours or more of rest and none-the-less wake up exhausted.

Key to rejuvenating sleep is having a normal level cortisol at night. Key to a normal cortisol level at night is a normal cortisol rhythm during the day and leading up to sleep.

Food Glycemic Index and Cortisol Levels
Cortisol levels are rapidly responsive to our food intake during each day. The glycemic index of a meal affects the cortisol level for approximately the upcoming five hours.

The glycemic index of a food reflects how our blood sugar level is affected by the particular food. Foods containing high sugar and low fiber have a high glycemic index and result in wider fluctuations in insulin levels than foods with a low glycemic index.

High insulin levels have been found to be an underlying culprit in many diseases such as coronary artery disease. (N.B. If you have diabetes and use insulin injections, please do not interpret this statement to mean that you would be well served to cut back inappropriately on your dose. Please discuss interpretation of this information with your physician.)

High glycemic index foods, such as sugar and refined starches, cause cortisol levels to rise. For individuals who start the day with a normal cortisol level, starchy or sugary breakfast food choices can cause the cortisol to overshoot the normal range. The cortisol will likely remain elevated all day - and all night. Intervention with herbs or supplements that lower cortisol can help.

Worse than having a high glycemic meal is having no meal at all. Any time during the day that one does not eat within five hours of the previous meal or snack, the cortisol level tends to rise. A rise above the normal range during the day almost guarantees that the nighttime cortisol will be high and thus disrupt REM sleep.

If the cortisol level is high during the night, an individual will have disrupted rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and will wake up non-refreshed, no matter how many hours of sleep the individual appeared to have. . . . REM-disrupted sleep may be one of the reasons that some individuals can have a full eight hours or more of rest and none-the-less wake up exhausted.

A single late meal or skipped meal or high glycemic index meal during the day can result in a high cortisol during the early part of the night. A cortisol level higher than it should be during the night results in a disruption of REM sleep and with it non-refreshing sleep.

Low glycemic index foods such as eggs, meats, poultry, fish, and most vegetables tend to lower the cortisol level. If one starts with a normal morning cortisol, eating foods from the low glycemic index category every five hours during the day is needed to keep the cortisol on its normal downward track.

Note that the high glycemic index of sugar or starch, including whole grains, requires consumption of nearly an equal weight of animal protein to maintain glycemic balance. Vegetables usually balance themselves in terms of glycemic index, but vegetables are not of sufficiently low glycemic index to balance grains - at least not the grains as they are routinely prepared by most Americans. Note that many cultures about the world have developed a 3-step process of pan-frying, soaking, and steaming rice that lowers the glycemic index of this non-gluten grain.

To prevent the deleterious upward swing of cortisol, one usually does better to balance all sugars and grains, including whole grains, with animal protein. Even given what we know about the various pitfalls of animal protein, it probably remains better to eat animal protein with each meal at which we have sugar, including fruit, and/or grains. If animal protein is not tolerated for medical or religious or social-consciousness reasons, it probably better to remain vegan than to be carbo-vegan.

Has it always been this way? Perhaps not. Many factors have changed in the past century.

High Cortisol Caused by Non-Sprouted Grains
For example, our grains have been hybridized to contain about half the protein that they contained in 1900. In addition, our failure to sprout our grains in the preparation of the flour used for our commercial breadstuffs has added to the disruption in our cortisol rhythm.
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Non-sprouted grains result in an inflammatory-response in the gut that causes the secretion of excess cortisol into the intestinal tract. This hormonal drain of cortisol in the gut deprives other parts of the body of their fair share of cortisol. While allergy and inflammation manifest themselves elsewhere in the body, the gut is a set-up for intestinal dysbiosis (abnormal gut flora), lowered immune protection (due to lowered secretory IgA levels), and metabolic reactivity to foods.

. . . an elevated nighttime cortisol suppresses the immune system and with it our resistance to infection and cancer.
Sprouting removes much of the toxic peptides that are found on the hull of grains. Feed children sprouted grains to avoid or delay gluten- and gliadin-intolerance. Individuals with gluten-intolerance are advised to avoid gluten grains. Note that the incidence of gluten intolerance is especially high for those with Celtic, Nordic, or German background. However, travel and inter-marriage has led to the dispersion of this gene to virtually every land. In addition, with the introduction of genetically-modified grains into our food supply, the incidence of grain intolerance has risen in populations from all backgrounds.

The Fallacy of Carbohydrate Loading
Individuals who have been violating these eating guidelines may have depleted their liver glycogen stores. These individuals may find themselves hypoglycemic in fewer than five hours. It usually requires about three months of consistently eating glycemically-balanced meals at regular intervals in order to replenish the glycogen stores.

Glycogen from the liver is necessary to provide energy to allow the brain to continue to function during the night and during periods of skipped meals during the day. Brain cells are injured when glycogen is not available.
A fallacy that led to serious health problems for many athletes in recent decades was the belief that foods high in sugar and starch helped to promote glycogen storage. Carbohydrate-loading leads many athletes to develop profound fatigue and other conditions related to glycogen depletion. It now appears that a balanced intake of protein with non-gluten grains and non-fructose carbohydrates would have been a wiser choice.

Cancer and an Elevated Midnight Cortisol
In addition to disrupted REM sleep, an elevated nighttime cortisol suppresses the immune system and with it our resistance to infection and cancer. Researchers have reported that an elevated secretory midnight cortisol is correlated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Individuals who take measures to correct their cortisol rhythm find a better response to the regimens they use not only for recovering from infection but from malignancies as well.

Sex Hormone Balance and Cortisol
Also keep in mind that the body corrects abnormal cortisol levels by "stealing" from the sex hormones. The biochemists call this "pregnenelone steal," because pregnenelone is the precursor of BOTH cortisol and the sex hormones. Thus, abnormal cortisol by its nature causes derangements in the sex hormone balance.

Imbalances of sex hormones lead to lowered sex drive, balding, prostate enlargement, urinary hesitancy and dribbling, nighttime urination, PMS, uterine fibroids, heavy menstrual flow, and breast tenderness. It is much easier to correct the sex hormone imbalances if the cortisol rhythm is normal. If one fails to correct the cortisol rhythm, long-lasting correction of sex hormone imbalances is unlikely.

Pain, even a simple headache, can elevate cortisol. Pain and the elevated cortisol both contribute to sleep disruption.
It is also important to note that hormone imbalances can rarely be corrected safely simply by taking more of the hormone that is determined to be low. It is imperative that an effort be made to determine why the level is low and to address the primary imbalance whenever possible.

It is almost always necessary to correct dietary indiscretions in order to safely replace and balance hormones. Much of what one reads about the hazards of taking hormones such as progesterone or estrogen is associated with problems from the diet.

Diet modification can not only reduce the risks associated with the use of sex hormones, but also the proper diet can often reduce or eliminate the need for sex hormone replacement at all.

Actions to Take If I Do Not Start With a Normal Cortisol Rhythm
So far, this discussion has assumed a normal circadian rhythm of cortisol and the recommendations were for maintaining the normal rhythm.

If the rhythm starts out with disruption, then the first measure would be to correct the basic rhythm. A physician familiar with management of cortisol circadian rhythm can assist you.

The circadian rhythm of cortisol can be disrupted from birth. Contributing factors can include viral infections, birth canal trauma, an abnormal maternal rhythm, and irregular eating patterns. Any cause of disruption of the signals from the hypothalamus and pituitary to the adrenal can contribute to an abnormal cortisol rhythm.

Measures to reverse patterns caused by such diverse factors can include homeopathy, acupuncture, manual therapy such as cranio-sacral or Bowen (a neurostructural technique), herbs, and diet.

Pain as a Major Cause of Cortisol Imbalance
Pain, even a simple headache, can elevate cortisol. Pain and the elevated cortisol both contribute to sleep disruption. Dietary measures alone are seldom adequate to overcome the disruption of cortisol caused by pain. Pain management and correction of the underlying causes are primary in these instances.

A single skipped or late meal or a high starch or sugar load is enough to throw off the cortisol rhythm for the upcoming night and makes it less likely that the next day will start with a normal cortisol rhythm.

Emotions as a Contributor to Aging Hormone Levels
Emotions that arise out of feeling threatened or feeling any sense of lack are associated with the release of specific stress hormones, most notably cortisol. Fear, frustration, anger, and sadness increase cortisol and reduce sex hormones.

. . . the body corrects abnormal cortisol levels by "stealing" from the sex hormones. . . . Imbalances of sex hormones lead to lowered sex drive, balding, prostate enlargement, urinary hesitancy and dribbling, nighttime urination, PMS, uterine fibroids, heavy menstrual flow, and breast tenderness.

In addition, release of digestive enzymes does not occur during a sense of flight or fight. Food will sit in the stomach and decay rather than digest when one eats while feeling stressed.

To determine whether it is safe to divert energy from the fight-or-fight system to the digestive system, the body effectively is asked, "Do I have enough of everything?" Those of us who have adequate food, clothing, and shelter sometimes fail to respond in the affirmative to the questions, "Do I have enough time? Do I have enough respect?" Satisfaction with our blessings is key to proper digestion.

Herbal Measures to Lower an Abnormally High Cortisol
Measures to help correct an overshoot in cortisol can include herbs such as de-glycerinized licorice (DGL) or phosphorylated serine or phosphatidyl serine. Phosphorylated serine taken at 6 p.m. can help bring a high cortisol down to normal by bedtime. In some individuals, the action occurs in as little as one hour and these individuals may need to take the phosphorylated serine later in the evening.

Herbal Measures to Raise the Cortisol Level
Note that whole licorice root extract (Glycyrrhiza glabra) does the opposite of DGL. Whole licorice root extract tends to raise the cortisol level. It is helpful for individuals with morning fatigue due to low cortisol. A cup of licorice tea in the morning can help overcome the lack of appetite experienced by those with low cortisol levels.

Adaptogenic Herbs to Balance the Hormones

Among other herbs that affect cortisol are included various adaptogens such as ashwaganda, Rhodiola rosea (Arctic root or golden root), Reishi, wild Chinese and American ginseng, cordyceps, Siberian ginseng (eleutherococcus senticosus), Dong quai, and black cohosh.

The mechanism by which adaptogenic herbs achieve their stress protection activity has been well-researched around the world. Adaptogens act by restoring hypothalamic and peripheral receptor sensitivity to the effects of cortisol and other adrenal hormones.

Siberian ginseng stimulates the adrenal gland. Sarsaparilla (Smilax officinalis) contains precursors to progesterone and testosterone. Rhodiola can help improve erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation in men. Rhodiola activates fat breakdown and mobilizes fat from adipose tissue.

Rose hips and Hawthorne berries contain high levels of Vitamin C and bioflavonoids. The adrenal gland is one of the highest utilizers of Vitamin C in the body.

Adaptogens allow the body to respond to stress with lower amounts of cortisol than may otherwise be needed. Adaptogens help the adrenals recover more quickly.

Steps to Take for a Normal Balanced Cortisol Rhythm:
1. Go to bed by 10 p.m.
2. Eat breakfast by 7 a.m.
3. Eat low glycemic index meals every five hours while awake.
4. If you eat gluten grains, use sprouted whole grains.
5. Avoid sugar and excess starch.
6. Maintain erect posture and avoid prolonged periods of sitting or flexion posture such as fetal position during the night. (See "How to Age Rapidly - or Not," in my "Doctor's Corner," for NOHA NEWS, Winter 2002.)
7. Control pain.
8. Manage emotional stress. Following the first seven guidelines allows us to respond with more stamina and less stress to the challenges of daily life.
9. Confer with a health practitioner familiar with hormone function and therapies that help correct cortisol rhythm.
10. Meditate daily. Know that each of us prays without ceasing. Discover anew that every thought and every word is a prayer. Keep in touch with the True Source of health and healing.
Conclusion
Establishing and maintaining a normal circadian rhythm of cortisol is a worthwhile health priority.

Normal cortisol rhythms would go a long way toward tipping the balance away from chronic infections, cancer, fatigue, and obesity. It will even help with easy bruising and stretch marks. Quite importantly, achieving a normal cortisol rhythm may change dragging out of bed in the morning to bouncing out of bed.

A relentlessly positive attitude will do more for your health than any fretting and fuming even about diet. Smiles to you!
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Books of Interest on Related Topics:
Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st-Century Stress Syndrome by James L. Wilson, Petaluma, CA: Smart Publications, c2001.
Dangerous Grains: Why Gluten Cereal Grains May be Hazardous to Your Health by James Braly, MD, Ron Hoggan, MA, Avery Publishing Group C2002. See the review in the Spring 2003 NOHA NEWS, pages 9-10, "DANGEROUS GRAINS."
Living Well with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need to Know by Mary J. Shomon, NY: Quill, c2004.

The No-Grain Diet: Conquer Carbohydrate Addiction and Stay Slim for the Rest of the Your Life by Joseph Mercola, DO, Alison Rose Levy, Dutton Books, c2003. See the review in the Summer 2003 NOHA NEWS, pages 9-10, "LOSE WEIGHT-GAIN HEALTH."
Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You're Eating by Jeffrey M. Smith, Fairfield, IA: Yes! Books, c2003.
Share with me the names of your favorite books and authors who truly inspire you and refresh your soul. PHardingMD@comcast.net
Article from NOHA NEWS, Vol. XXX, No. 2,Spring 2005, pages 2-6.
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Re: Dieting - what it is and is not

This is all really great advice.

I just always have a hard time with eating regularly, especially when it comes to after midnight...I always find myself up rather late, especially with my work and school schedule, and in the past four years or so, have made a habit of eating dinner ridiculously late. And sleep by 10 p.m.?? Oh, dear. I'm screwed. I think regular eating is an incredibly important thing, however, in order to preserve metabolism and provide the body with sufficient energy. I too often skip meals and consolidate everything into one, which has proven to be a very bad idea.

Thanks for the info - hopefully many can benefit from it!
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This is all really great advice.

I just always have a hard time with eating regularly, especially when it comes to after midnight...I always find myself up rather late, especially with my work and school schedule, and in the past four years or so, have made a habit of eating dinner ridiculously late. And sleep by 10 p.m.?? Oh, dear. I'm screwed. I think regular eating is an incredibly important thing, however, in order to preserve metabolism and provide the body with sufficient energy. I too often skip meals and consolidate everything into one, which has proven to be a very bad idea.

Thanks for the info - hopefully many can benefit from it!
I hear you. I used to work 6am-6pm alternating 3 and 4 day work weeks. And worked 13 hours shifts for 3 days a week as well. Odd hours really kink things up.

The work around I've found is making and taking snackable things with me wherever I go. I might fix a meal, but separate it into different ziplock bags and eat it in in bits throughout the day. Soup that tastes alright at room temperature can be a good complement. Glasses of water between meals. Fruit usually after the glass of water. I end up eating almost all day long without even thinking about it anymore :.) Always snacking and never really hungry. Also keeps blood sugar evened out.

My new thing is green drinks that come in single serving packets. They can just be mixed with half a glass of water or pear or apple juice and there's a very healthy, inexpensive snack.

For those who like meat, particularly Slim Jims, a better version of that can be found at North Star Bison's website and it's called "meat sticks". Not very creative, but if you're gonna eat meat they taste much better than Slim Jims, cost less, no crap in them and semi-naturally preserved with spices so they can last all day without being in the fridge. I'm not quite vegetarian yet and they make great on-the-go snacks.
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Re: Dieting - what it is and is not

I am one of many thousands of people who was misdiagnosed as bipolar. The information in the article below has been common knowledge for some time. Much is omitted, but I posted this anyway because the importance of diet is now being picked up on more commercially for consumers and because correcting my diet was significantly beneficial in my recovery from being incorrectly medicated as an adult and most of my progress these past few years.

Bipolar Kids Need Nutrition, Not Junk Food and More Drugs

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(OMNS, October 16, 2008) The NY Times Magazine's cover story, "The Bipolar Kid" (September 14, 2008), is a very bleak article. While emphasizing the miseries of living with such a child, Jennifer Egan's article offers little hope except for ever-increasing doses of lithium. Long on discussions of definitions and diagnoses, it is remarkably short on treatment alternatives. Not a word about diet. Not a word about vitamins. Indeed, in this 9,500 word feature, describing the daily life of an out-of-control, beyond-ADHD boy, the word "nutrition" is not mentioned at all. Neither are the words "sugar" or "caffeine."

What astounding omissions. Pediatrician Lendon H. Smith, M.D., nationally famous as "The Children's Doctor," was very plain in stating that sugar causes profound mood disorders. He specifically advised parents to give their children a "sugarless diet without processed foods." (1) It is not easy. The Center for Science in the Public Interest has reported that children between the ages of six and eleven drink nearly a pint of soda pop a day. 20% of toddlers drink soda pop, nearly a cup daily. (2) And, of the seven best selling soft drinks, six have caffeine in them. In sensitive persons, caffeine can cause psychotic behavior. (3)

Food colorings and benzoate preservatives increase childhood hyperactivity, according to research published in Archives of Disease in Childhood, June 2004. (4) The study, involving 277 preschool children, also demonstrated that withdrawing these chemical additives decreased hyperactivity. When additives were reintroduced, there was once again an increase in hyperactivity. "Additives do have an effect on overactive behavior independent of baseline allergic and behavioral status," said lead author Dr. J.O. Warner. So many parents, and any of us who have taught school the day after Halloween, can verify this.

It is possible that the children profiled in the NY Times story are unusual in that they do not consume any sugar, or any artificial food colorings, or any benzoate preservatives, or any caffeine-laced soft drinks. But it is much more likely that they do. The article ignored these important factors even though health professionals are increasingly aware that the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system is nutrient-dependent and additive sensitive. Ian Brighthope, M.D., says, "What is going on in the mind can be influenced by the nutrients and chemicals going into it. You can't get anywhere with a patient with psychiatric symptomatology if their brain is hungry, starved, or poisoned." (5)

Yet in the entire Times article, the words "allergy" and "junk food" are not mentioned, not even once. Children's learning and behavior problems often begin in their parents' grocery carts. Allergist Benjamin Feingold, M.D., was convinced of the negative effect of food chemicals on children's behavior and the role of good nutrition in treatment. (6) Says the Feingold Association: "Numerous studies show that certain synthetic food additives can have serious learning, behavior, and/or health effects for sensitive people." (7)

Another word totally absent from the Times article is "vitamin." Psychiatrist Abram Hoffer, M.D., has had decades of experience and considerable success treating children's behavioral disorders with vitamins. High doses of vitamin B-3 (niacin, or niacinamide) were first used by Hoffer and colleague Dr. Humphrey Osmond in the early 1950s. The trials were double-blind and placebo controlled. Over half a century later, vitamin therapy has still been largely ignored by the psychiatric profession, and, evidently, by some newspapers.

What a loss to patients and their families. I know and personally observed a preadolescent who was having serious behavioral problems in school and at home. Interestingly enough, the child had already been taking physician-prescribed little bits of niacin, though totaling less than 150 mg/day, but evidently it wasn't enough to be effective. When tried, drugs (especially Adderall) actually made him worse: far more angry and dangerously confrontational. I was present when his parents had to hold him down while he screamed death threats at them. In desperation, his mother finally tried giving him 500 mg of niacin, three times daily (1,500 mg total). There was some improvement. With about 500 mg every two hours (an astounding 6,000-8,000 mg/day), the boy was a new person. He was now a cheerful, cooperative, affectionate youngster. Adding vitamin C and B-6 to his regimen helped even more. His school performance soared, the teachers loved him, and they repeatedly said so. At age 15, his maintenance dose was about 3,000 mg/day. He has since graduated from high school and is successfully employed. This is exactly in line with what Dr. Hoffer has repeatedly demonstrated for over 50 years. (8)

People often ask, "If this treatment is so good, how come my doctor doesn't know about it? How come it is not in the newspaper?" Those are good questions.

The NY Times should know that reporting one side is not good reporting. To tell the whole story, we need nutrition. So do bipolar children.
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Re: Dieting - what it is and is not

Oh don't get me started on the importance of eating right and proper nutrition. Most of these ailments and health concerns that we have all these fucked up prescription meds for, can be treated with simply good nutrition, eating habits, and exercise.

People don't realize...I talk to personal trainers, exercise physiologists, nutritionists, who have helped people get off of their meds and feel 20 years younger. One lady had cancer and was given 2-3 months to live, she immediately started eating natural and whole grain foods and prolonged that expectancy to 3 years. Would she of lasted 3 years if she didn't do that? Well she may have lasted longer than the 2-3 months, but I doubt she would of lasted 3 years.

Our DNA is realistically not meant to die...it rebuilds and repairs.
As long as you are giving your cells the proper nourishment, you can solve a lot of health and quality of life problems that you may be experiencing.
Plus, it really isn't about how long we are here nearly as much as how we feel while we are here.
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Another good piece of advice, and probably the simplest, to improve your sleeping habits:

Don't drink caffeine. Ever. At all.
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^ Yup. Totally screws with the circadian rhythm, cortisol levels, hormone activities, digestion, weight gain...

Even too much tea with caffeine is not good, including green tea which is one of the trendy things to do. Those seeking the benefits of ECGC won't be able to drink enough green tea to get an effective amount anyway. If ECGC is the goal, capsules or gel caps are the better way to go; organic if possible.
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^ Yup. Totally screws with the circadian rhythm, cortisol levels, hormone activities, digestion, weight gain...

Even too much tea with caffeine is not good, including green tea which is one of the trendy things to do. Those seeking the benefits of ECGC won't be able to drink enough green tea to get an effective amount anyway. If ECGC is the goal, capsules or gel caps are the better way to go; organic if possible.
I also agree... I don't drink coffee at all. I look around me as far as how so many people (family, friends, co-workers) drink it as much and as often as they do, it's kind of scary. They are completely dependent on it, and some of them claim that they have read tons of articles that have convinced them that coffee is good for you.

As far as GREEN TEA goes, there are green teas out there like ITO EN, that are naturally sugar free, and have absolutely NO caffeine in it. I buy cases of 6-2 liter bottles, get them nice and cold, and will sometimes drink a whole 2 liter bottle in one day.
They serve as a great detox drink, and have helped me to lose weight.
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Water, just plain friggin' dihydrogen monoxide, is fantastic. I used to drink teas because they are delicious and better for you than other such drinks. I stopped because I cannot handle caffeine in any sense: my insomnia was worse than ever, even with the "decaffeinated" teas. Now I only have tea on special occasions. I miss it, but I feel a lot better without it.
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It's interesting how my.dragons.lady mentioned Reishi mushroom. I've been taking New Chapter's brand organic Reishi mushroom on and off for almost 2 years now, and I think it's one of the best things I've taken when it comes to natural medicines or supplements with regards to overall vitality. Many people in the area I live in can be prone to experience seasonal depression disorder, and I feel that Reishi along was a big help at countering those effects. I also think it has anti-aging properties to some extent as well.

And as far as finding natural ways to balance coritsol and hormone levels, I think that is also a key to anti-depressants rather than taking prescription meds like zoloft, paxil, or wellbutrin.

My question is do you think that people that are generally allergic to mushrooms would not be affected negatively by reishi mushroom if they take it in capsule form
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I like caffeine, I like uppers, I hate sleeping. Sleep is for the weak.

I got my eight hours last night. Before that I was up for 67... in that time I went fishing twice, rescued a lost dog that was caught out in a storm, found out the owner of the dog was the mayor of my town and that she didn't really care about it among other things.
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I like caffeine, I like uppers, I hate sleeping. Sleep is for the weak.

I got my eight hours last night. Before that I was up for 67... in that time I went fishing twice, rescued a lost dog that was caught out in a storm, found out the owner of the dog was the mayor of my town and that she didn't really care about it among other things.
Jason, you have already established to us by previous statements you've made on here that you are what dieting is not.
No need to keep beating a dead horse. Then again, if you literally did beat a dead horse, you could definitely burn some serious calories
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I'm trying to diet. I kid you not, I was about to make a thread dedicated to my dietingness <---- not a word so don't use it. Anyone have any hints as to how I can jump start my metabolism because "I haz none".


And yes, in the medical profession, you see fecal impaction. It's mostly in the elderly that you will see this.

Let me stress:

You do not want to have an impaction for three reasons:

1.) They will remove it digitally and no I don't mean with your cable channels. They reach in with their fingers and take it out.

2.) One word: Enemas ... That is all.

3.) If it's really bad, they may do both an Enema and digital removal. You don't want that.

It can be life threatening. If they trigger impulses on your sciatic nerve, you could die. You DON'T want this to happen.

Drink water.

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I'm trying to diet. I kid you not, I was about to make a thread dedicated to my dietingness <---- not a word so don't use it. Anyone have any hints as to how I can jump start my metabolism because "I haz none".


And yes, in the medical profession, you see fecal impaction. It's mostly in the elderly that you will see this.

Let me stress:

You do not want to have an impaction for three reasons:

1.) They will remove it digitally and no I don't mean with your cable channels. They reach in with their fingers and take it out.

2.) One word: Enemas ... That is all.

3.) If it's really bad, they may do both an Enema and digital removal. You don't want that.

It can be life threatening. If they trigger impulses on your sciatic nerve, you could die. You DON'T want this to happen.

Drink water.

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You said that you have tried to diet. If you will, please tell me what you eat in a day while your dieting?
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Re: Dieting - what it is and is not

To funk:

Breakfast ~
Cereal (Usually special K or Honey Bunches of Oats)

Lunch ~
A sandwich
Pringles <-- don't judge me. I like pringles. LOL

Dinner ~
Usually hamburger helper or a warm up dinner.

A quick fix.



I'd say, in a 24 hour period, I take 1500-2000 calories. Sometimes I cheat and have some sweets. It just feels like no matter what I do, I won't lose weight. I'm hypoglycemic so I can't skip meals. I tend to get jittery and I get bad headaches when I skip meals. I know the caloric system is obsolete, but it's easy for me.

I've tried vegis. I get hungry like 2 hours later...

I think high protein diets are really popular. I'd have to look it up.
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To funk:

Breakfast ~
Cereal (Usually special K or Honey Bunches of Oats)

Lunch ~
A sandwich
Pringles <-- don't judge me. I like pringles. LOL

Dinner ~
Usually hamburger helper or a warm up dinner.

A quick fix.



I'd say, in a 24 hour period, I take 1500-2000 calories. Sometimes I cheat and have some sweets. It just feels like no matter what I do, I won't lose weight. I'm hypoglycemic so I can't skip meals. I tend to get jittery and I get bad headaches when I skip meals. I know the caloric system is obsolete, but it's easy for me.

I've tried vegis. I get hungry like 2 hours later...

I think high protein diets are really popular. I'd have to look it up.
I'm not judging...I love pringles too.

Off the top of your head, what kind of healthy foods do you love to eat, and what kind of healthy foods do you absolutely hate?
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I'm not judging...I love pringles too.

Off the top of your head, what kind of healthy foods do you love to eat, and what kind of healthy foods do you absolutely hate?
Ideal place to start.



Quality vs quantity is key to saving money and improving or maintaining health. Quite literally, nutrient heavy food means less cravings, less deficiencies, better health and costs less long term, sometimes immediately. See the thread about "buying better for less". To improve on Hamburger Helper, let's break it down in terms of cost and benefits.

If one box of Hamburger Helper costs $1.30 and the added ingredients cost another $3-4 total including a fluid, you're feeding 3(?) people for about $1.65. The problem though are preservatives and hyrdogenated oil which make a lot of these products dead/almost dead foods that offer little if any nutrition. Inadequate nutrition means you're not getting what we all rightfully assume we're paying for, but it also means you'll be hungry sooner not to mention the hydrogenated oil in Hamburger Helper can accumulate causing weight gain and all kinds of issues as time goes on.

Since you're studying to be a nurse, you may already have been through basics that explain how eating too little slows metabolism. Unfortunately, eating low/no nutrient foods can have the same effect. Add to that health concerns and cravings that ponit to pica as discussed in the other thread about paper eating.

http://www.doctoryourself.com/recipes.html has a few very inexpensive recipes. Dr. Saul is a vegetarian but meat or vegetables can be added. Mike makes a great variation of an Italian Wedding Soup based on part of a recipe from that page. We make a large pot and after it cools we put in doubled ziplock bags then freeze and remove as needed. I make tomato based and sometimes stock based vegetable soups and do the same thing. A bag of soup, a few slices of real butter and multigrain bread (both without hydrogenated oils) and a couple of pieces of fruit can last all day. We've grown accustomed to eating room temperature foods for the most part so we don't worry about refrigeration (except in heat) or heating food.

Another inexpensive approach is green drinks and healthy oils which are not nearly as expensive as they seem. I start off every day with a green drink with added flax oil and vitamins. That alone can last me several hours though I make an effort to snack before I get hungry in order to keep my blood sugar even. I used to be hypoglycemic but managed to get it under control by snacking constantly instead of focusing on whole meals.

Also, avoid eating late. If you get hungry at night have a glass of water 30 minute or so before going to bed.

An added bonus is that eventually your health will improve such that you can lower your medical coverage to emergencies and catastrophic because your diet will negate the need for comprehensive.

This doesn't have to be done all overnight. Implementing one change at a time makes for a very tolerable transition.
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