Ketone body Metabolism
I have posted some links to a couple of research articles concerning ketoacidosis. It is known that when a person is fasting or consuming a high fat diet ketogenesis (making ketones) is activated becoming an alternative fuel source for tissues and the brain. Ketoacidosis results in increased lipid metabolism being that ketoacids are known to be the last step in lipid energy metabolism (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7554586).
If you would like to create your own ketones and activate lipid metabolism while feeding your brain avoid foods that cause high levels of blood insulin. This means avoid foods like grains (same as sugar), sugar, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and alcohol, and increase the intake of fats, proteins, nuts, seeds, berries, and vegetables (in that order). If you are all concerned about becoming acidic make sure to include dark leafy green vegetables in your meals. The dark-leafy greens contain calcium (needed to buffer acid) and vitamin K that directs calcium into the bone along with Vitamin D.
I would offer that you test the pH of your urine and see how your body responds to the diet I described above. Furthermore, keep track of how you feel during the transition from primarily burning sugar to primarily burning fat.
If you have any more questions please comment–I absolutely love this topic.
Did you read that title right? Yes you did. It turns out that cholesterol plays a huge role in brain function via synapse formation. The brain contains about 25% of the body’s cholesterol and this cholesterol is used to form crucial connections between communicating neurons (Synapses). Synapses make it possible for you to think and store memories! Poor cholesterol delivery to neurons may also play a role in Alzheimer’s disease.
What does this all mean? Eat more eggs!
For more information please visit: http://www.cholesterol-and-health.com/Memory-And-Cholesterol.html
I recently read a great book entitled Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker. This book discusses the inaccuracies and inconsistencies rampant in the field of psychiatry as it relates to pharmaceuticals and their efficacy in detail. Mr. Whitaker discovers that popular antidepressants and antipsychotics are not the silver bullet the American Psychiatric Association would have us believe. In fact, these medications do distort and have been shown to permanently alter brain chemistry, prolonging and in some cases worsening symptoms of “mental illness”. The drugs pushed by big pharma’s doctors are in most cases a lifetime prescription of misery sold as a certified cure.
Please read for yourself and you decide.
I was recently reminded about the importance of healthy digestion; more specifically the importance of proper gastric acid production. The stomach is an organ of the body that is responsible for the breakdown of foods and maintaining the sterile environment of the gastrointestinal system. This is done through the production of HCl (hydrochloric acid) by cells in the stomach resulting in a very acidic environment–optimally a pH of 1.5-2.0. It is imperative that the stomach is producing enough HCl for proper GI health.
Symptoms of decreased HCl production by the stomach may include: anemia, fatigue, brain fog, headaches, anxiety, food sensitivities, cracked finger nails, diarrhea, constipation, early satiety, decreased digestion, hair loss, and overgrowth of candida.
Eating a low fat diet is not resulting in a low fat nation when it comes to weight, nor is it resulting in better cardiovascular health, less cancer, and fewer cases of diabetes. In fact it seems to be doing the exact opposite. So why is this happening? Why is it that Americans spend more money on health care and yet we are nowhere near the top when it comes to international health rankings, and how can it be that Americans make up 6% of the World’s population yet we are responsible for 34% of the World’s biomass due to obesity? (http://www.americashealthrankings.org/Rankings)
Well, surely we can blame some of the weight problems on hormones, environmental toxins, sedentary lifestyle, and stress but I will submit that eating a low-fat diet is largely to blame. When we avoid high quality fats found in nourishing foods we set ourselves up for decreased satiety and food cravings. These food cravings often lead us to eating more, eating more sweets, and eating more carbohydrates. The elimination of fat from our diet is essentially causing us to eat more sugar. Too much sugar causes increased blood insulin levels, increased production of adipose tissue (fat), and increased triglyceride levels, both of which result in obesity, insulin resistance, sexual dysfunction, and increased risk for cardiovascular disease.
I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t eat low fat, eat good fat. Good fats can be found in a variety of places like sustainably harvested wild caught fish, grass fed beef, free range poultry, and organic-locally grown plants and nuts.
Finally, eat mindfully, enjoy your meals with your friends and family, move your body every day, and laugh often.
For more information on sugar Cristiana Blasutta, a certified health coach, will be presenting on the ill effects of sugar at VitaminLife in Redmond WA on the 24th of April @ 7pm.
I recently stumbled upon a great pulled pork recipe that is easy to follow and tastes amazing. It is one of those great set it and forget it methods of cooking. If you have a hankering for some great tasting home made BBQ then this will surely hit the spot.
This Pulled Pork recipe comes from George at http://www.civilizedcavemancooking.com.
Here are some pictures of my results.
Our March lotion making class was amazing. I got to meet some remarkable people and make some great lotions. The lotions produced are not only really nice for personal use but homemade lotions make great gifts. Mother’s Day is coming! I will be offering another learning opportunity with a class on how to create some spectacular first aid salves and lip balms. The class will be held on April 19th at 7:00pm. For details please email me at email@example.com.
What role will nutrition play in my future Medical practice? This question leads me to think that Nutrition is commonly thought of as a piece of a whole or a tool in the toolbox comprised of Naturopathic modalities like botanical medicine or hydrotherapy. However, I think of Nutrition as the bedrock on which the foundations of good health are dependent upon, not just a piece of the puzzle.
Next to clean air and clean water, nourishment is essential for life. It is often said that we are what we eat and food is medicine; these statements could not be truer. Proper nourishment provides us with the very molecules that construct our bones, muscles, and organs as well as supply us with the energetic properties indispensable for the billions of biochemical processes required to maintain the homeodynamic state of life. We are dependent upon nutrients for health from the time of conception until the day we succumb to the laws of thermodynamics and return to the Earth.
In my future Medical practice the word Nutrition will have several implications. First, nutrition will imply that the food we eat is as clean and free from environmental toxins as possible. Second, nutrition will imply that the nourishment is gathered from local sources to not only reduce the carbon foot print, but to also foster a sense of community with local food producers so that we begin to form a connection with our food and neighbors. Third, nutrition implies that we eat mindfully to remember our connection to this planet and its biological systems, knowing that our choices in nutrition have an impact. The fourth and final implication of nutrition is that we make every effort to enjoy our food with friends and family so that we bring the nutrients into a relaxed and loving environment where they may unleash their full potential.
As a Physician it is my goal to provide the means through which members of my community can regain health, maintain health, and realize freedom from disease in ways congruent with the laws of Nature, consistent with modern science, and with the least amount of force. In order for me to accomplish my goals, nutrition must provide the foundation on which I base the philosophy of all treatments and modes of healing.