Tag Archive: cancer

Jul 20 2017

Low Fat is OLD NEWS!!! – Saturated Fat is no longer the Devil – Research is even showing it!!!

I assume that most people reading my posts, watching my you tube videos or listening to my podcasts probably are not following the Low Fat Diet, but if you are listen up, because I am going to attempt to squash anything you may have been told about how bad saturated fats are for you and in fact I will give you some reasons as to why they MUST be included in the diet if you are hoping to achieve optimal wellness.

For many many years, saturated fats has been a bit of a dirty word that shouldn’t even be uttered around the health conscious. Well, that is all changing, and in fact more and more research is coming out on the benefits of Saturated Fats and I live in hope that one day our Government/s will realise this and things will change (although I will not hold my breath quite yet).

So, when we think of Saturated Fats, what do we think of? That’s right, artery clogging and heart disease promoting. Not to mention all of the so-called “research” that has come about in regards to red meat causing cancer. This is something I will be talking about in a future post.

We have been told to avoid it at all costs and instead replace it with unsaturated vegetable oils. I have one thing to say about that – PLEASE DON’T… This is one of the worst things for you to do. Unsaturated Fats are highly unstable and therefore can produce havoc in your body. Not to mention the high level of Omega 6’s in your body which will contribute to inflammation.

Saturated Fats on the other hand, are highly stable, they are delicious and extremely important for your body.

Next week you will find an episode on “Saturated Fats – 10 Reasons why Saturated Fats are ESSENTIAL for Optimal Health”. However, I am going to give you just a few today so you can see what sort of information you would find from that episode.

Benefit Number One – Improves Heart Health

Shock Horror! All this talk about it being bad for our heart, and we now know that it is actually good for you. I will go into the reasons why in the podcast…

Benefit Number Two – Stronger Bones

No more worrying that it will cause Osteoporosis because of leaching calcium from the bones. In fact, the opposite is true.

Benefit Number Three – Improved Liver Health

By incorporating Saturated Fat, you can maintain incredible liver health and in the podcast I will explain why…

Benefit Number Four – Healthy Lungs

I bet nobody suspected it would help the lungs at all. However research has shown that it does.

Well, that is a little taste as to what you will learn in the podcast. In episode 005 I will be discussing this topic, but in much greater depth. Stay tuned, listen in and keep informed…

Mar 20 2017

LCKL 065 – Biohacks 101 – Fasting – How Fasting Can Help Prevent and Treat Cancer

Are you dealing with Cancer at the moment and are wondering if Fasting would be helpful? Well, in this episode I will be going through the benefits fasting has on Cancer Prevention and Treatment.

SHOWNOTES
  • How Insulin Resistance Affects Cancer and How You Fasting Reduces It;
  • How Fasting can Starve the Cancer Cells;
  • How Fasting Induces Autophagy;
  • How Fasting sensitizes the body to cancer treatments;
  • How Fasting protects your healthy cells against the damaging effects of chemo and radiation;
  • How Fasting delays tumor progression and enhances lifespan.
TRANSCRIPT

There are many different reasons why both intermittent fasting and water fasting can help with cancer prevention and cancer treatment. For this podcast I will be going into how you can use fasting to prevent cancer and also how it can be used to treat it once you have already got it.

Reduces Insulin ResistanceStarves the Tumor Cells of Fuel SourceInduces AutophagySensitizes Cancer Cells to TreatmentsProtects the Healthy Cells against Damaging Effects of TreatmentsDelays Tumor Progression and Increases LifespanCase Study
  • Insulin Resistance occurs when your body stops listening to the request for increased insulin in response to high blood sugar levels. Insulin is a hormone that is secreted to help lower blood sugar levels but when you are consistently bombarding your system with excess sugar and carbohydrates the pancreas becomes tired and will stop listening to the requests. Therefore, more sugar will be floating around in your bloodstream. This is not a good thing.
  • Insulin Resistance has been linked to increasing the risk of many different cancers, which can be seen in multiple research articles. A few of these are listed in the shownotes section for this podcast episode.
  • By abstaining from consuming foods and beverages that are going to raise your blood sugar levels, insulin will no longer be bomarbed and therefore will become more insulin sensitive. This will mean less sugar floating in the blood and therefore less risk of cancers.
  • If fasting is a little difficult to start with, I would definitely recommend you start off by transitioning across to a low carb or ketogenic diet as that also improves insulin sensitivity.
  • Tumor cells are only able to survive on 1 of 2 fuel sources. They are only able to survive on either glucose or the amino acid glutamine. All tumor cells are able to survive on glucose while only some are able to survive on glutamine. No Cancer Cells are able to survive on Ketones.
  • Because of the tumor cells inability to survive and thrive on ketones, a ketogenic diet has been found especially beneficial for treating the cancers that are especially dependent on glucose as a fuel, such as brain tumors (glioma).
  • However, fasting is an even better way to protect against cancer. Although the healthy cells are able to survive on the ketones for fuel, the tumor cells are not. By completely eliminating the fuel source, the cancer cells will just die off.
  • However, fasting can not only prevent against cancer but it has also been shown to reduce side effects of conventional therapies which I will go into in the “treatment” section.
  • Autophagy is the process of programmed cell death. Fasting has been shown in multiple studies and anecdotal reports to begin the process of autophagy, both neuronal and general, therefore beginning to clear up the cellular garbage.
  • This is an incredibly important process as it ensures that you keep a clean house within your body and your cells. Your cells will create membranes which hunt out scraps of dead, diseased or worn out cells and then will gobble them up, strip them for parts and use the remaining molecules for energy or to make new cell parts.
  • Autophagy makes us much more efficient at getting rid of faulty parts, stopping cancerous growths and stopping metabolic dysfunction.
  • Fasting has been shown to improve the tumor cells response to conventional cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation.
  • In fact, one animal study showed that for mice with breast cancer who were put on a regime of fasting that radiation worked significantly better to slow the tumor growth and downregulate cancer pathways. They have shown that when fasting occurs during radiation that the tumor kill is significantly enhanced.
  • As mentioned previously, when the body is devoid of sugar, as is the case with both the ketogenic diet and with fasting, cell death will occur significantly in those cancer cells but there will be no damage to the normal cells that have been exposed to the chemotherapy.
  • Also, Chemotherapy is known to cause significant collateral damage to the immune system. However, fasting may mitigate some of these effects.
  • Many studies have shown that fasting can delay tumor progression and enhance lifespan.
  • In fact, there was one breast cancer study that was done which showed that because of fasting, the cancer cells will make new proteins and will take other steps to keep growing and dividing. Because of this, damaging free radicals will be created which will break down the cancer cells own DNA and cause it’s destruction.

Breast Cancer Case Study

  • 51 year old woman;
  • Stage IIA Breast Cancer;
  • Fasted for 5.8 Days Prior to Chemo;
  • Fasted for 1.6 Days After Chemo
  • Completed 4 Cycles of Chemo;
  • Medications – Was on 75mg of Docetaxel and 600mg Cyclophosphamide.
  • During fasting cycles she had minimal reactions to treatments but During regular cycles she had quite severe reactions.
  • She had remarkable results in regards to her immune system health, with her platelets improving, her white blood cells improving and much more.
  • All of this is covered in the course.

Within my course I have another 3 case studies of people who have actually benefited from using fasting during their cancer treatments with remarkable results.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
DisclaimerTranscript PDFResources

Please note that this information is not intended for medical purposes or to replace the advice of your medical practitioner. It is for informational purposes only to help guide you on your journey towards optimal wellness.

 

Feb 06 2017

LCKL 052 – Vitamin K2 – Vitamin D’s Partner in Crime – Use It To Help Protect Against Cancer, Heart Disease, Insulin Resistance and Osteoporosis…

Vitamin K is an incredible vitamin, that when used alongside Vitamin D can repair bones, repair wounds, prevent cancer, prevent alzheimers disease, improve insulin resistance and much much more…

SHOWNOTES
  • What Vitamin K is;
  • Food Sources of Vitamin K1;
  • Food Sources of Vitamin K2;
  • 9 Dangers of Vitamin K Deficiency;
  • 7 Symptoms of Vitamin K Deficiency;
  • 6 Causes of Vitamin K Deficiency;
  • 5 General Benefits of Vitamin K;
  • How Vitamin K helps your Heart;
  • How Vitamin K helps your Bones;
  • How Vitamin K helps Cancer;
  • How Vitamin K helps Alzheimers Disease;
  • How Vitamin K helps Inflammation;
  • How Vitamin K helps Insulin Resistance/Type 2 Diabetes;
  • Vitamin K Dosages;
  • Vitamin K Toxicity; and
  • Contraindications for Vitamin K.
TRANSCRIPT
What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?What is Crohn's Disease?What is Ulcerative Colitis?What are the Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease?What are the Complications of Inflammatory Bowel Disease?What are the Causes of Inflammatory Bowel Disease?Healing Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Group of inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine.
  • Consists primarily of Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
  • Both Autoimmune Conditions.
  • Affects the small intestine, large intestine, mouth, esophagus, stomach and anus.
  • Swelling and scar tissue can thicken the intestinal wall.
  • This will narrow the passageway for food that is being digested.
  • Deep ulcers may turn into tunnels, called fistulas, that connect different parts of the intestine.
  • Affects the top layer of the large intestine, the colon and the rectum.
  • Causes swelling and tiny open sores, or ulcers to form on the surface of the lining.
  • These ulcers can bleed and produce pus.
  • Ulcers may also weaken the intestinal wall so much that a hole develops.
  • The contents of the large intestine, including bacteria, will spill into the abdominal cavity or leak into the blood. This causes serious infection and requires emergency service.
  • Abdominal Pain;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Vomiting;
  • Rectal Bleeding;
  • Internal Cramps/Muscle Spasms in the Pelvis;
  • Weight Loss;
  • Joint Pain;
  • Skin Problems;
  • Fever;
  • Anemia.
  • Anemia;
  • Arthritis and Joint Pain;
  • Weak Bones and Bone Breaks;
  • Inflammation in the Eye and Eye Problems;
  • Liver Inflammation;
  • Gallstones;
  • Ulcers on the Skin;
  • Kidney Stones;
  • Delayed Puberty;
  • Growth Problems in Children and Teens;
  • Lung Problems.

Microbiota

  • IBD Affected Individuals have 30-50% less biodiversity of bacteria and generally have decreases in firmicutes and bacteroidetes.
  • IBD Affected Individuals are also more likely to have been prescribed antibiotics in the 2-5 year before their diagnosis.

Leaky Gut

  • When you have a defective mucosal barrier it results in an increase in intestinal permeability. This then promotes exposition to luminal content (toxins etc) and triggers an immune response which promotes intestinal inflammation
  • Studies have shown that IBD patients actually display defects in specialized components of the mucosal barrier, all the way from the mucus layer composition to the adhesion molecules.
  • These alterations have been shown to represent a primary dysfunction in Crohn’s Disease and perpetuate chronic mucosal inflammation in ulcerative colitis.

Bacteria and Fungi

  • There are many bacterias and fungi which may play a part in the development of Crohns Disease:
    • Mycobacterium Paratuberculosis – Prevents white blood cells from killing E Coli Bacteria. This bacteria is present in larger amounts in those with Crohns Disease. Cows milk is a common route of exposure. In fact one study found that Mycobacterium Avium Paratuberculosis (MAP) was present in 92% of patients with Crohns Disease. MAP is present in 2% of all pasteurised milk.
    • Aflatoxin, a Mycotoxin made by aspergillus molds has been found in patients with Crohns Disease.
    • Serratia Marcescens and E Coli is found in greater amounts in Crohns Patients.
    • Fungus Candida Tropicalis is also found in greater amounts in Crohns Patients.

Foods to Stay Away From When You Have IBD

  • Dairy Products – There have been numerous reports indicating that when they eliminate dairy products then symptoms such as Diarrhea, Abdominal Pain and Gas improves as well.
  • Carbohydrates – Adopting a ketogenic diet is incredibly effective at helping with inflammatory bowel disorders. One of the reasons for this is because the ketogenic diet reduces inflammation in the gut. The second reason carbohydrates are bad for IBD is because the sugars and carbohydrates are not absorbed when they pass through the bowel and when they get into the colon they ferment and produce gas and pain.
  • High Fiber Foods – If you have IBD, high fiber foods like fresh fruits and vegetables may make symptoms worse. Therefore, try steaming, baking or stewing them. You may have particular problems with foods like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, nuts, seeds, corn and popcorn.
  • Caffeine , Alcohol and Soft Drinks – All of these stimulate the bowels so make diarrhea worse.

Nutrients

  • Blueberries – Can help alleviate and protect against intestinal inflammation like ulcerative colitis. They are rich in polyphenols which have antimicrobial and antioxidant effects. When these are combined with probiotics they are known to reduce inflammation inducing bacteria but also helps to increase Lactobacilla.
  • Coconut Oil – Has been shown to soothe inflammation and help heal injury in the digestive tract. It has antimicrobial properties that promote intestinal health by killing microorganisms such as Candida which cause chronic inflammation.
  • MCT Oil – Caprylic Acid is a potent antifungal and so should be implemented in an IBD preventative diet.
  • Butyrate – This is a short chain fatty acid which is critical for the general homeostasis of enterocytes. Found in large quantities in the ketogenic diet.

Supplements

  • Vitamin D – Low Vitamin D increases your risk of Crohns Disease. Blood levels of Vitamin D were found to be significantly lower in patients with Crohns Disease.
  • Oregano Oil – This is a great way of killing off bad bugs and parasites in your gut.
  • Zinc – Trace element essential for cell turnover and repair.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS
DisclaimerTranscript PDFResources

Please note that this information is not intended for medical purposes or to replace the advice of your medical practitioner. It is for informational purposes only to help guide you on your journey towards optimal wellness.

TBA

 

Jan 25 2017

LCKL 047 – The Cancer Preventative Effects of the Ketogenic Diet

Have you or somebody you know just been diagnosed with some form of Cancer? Have you heard conflicting information on whether the ketogenic diet is beneficial for treating cancer? Are you still sitting on the fence about whether it is the right way to go? Well in this episode I will go through the reasons that the ketogenic diet can work for slowing the growth of and/or warding off cancer. That is not to say that it works for and so you need to listen to this episode and see if it might be worth trying.

SHOWNOTES
  • What Keto is;
  • How You Can get started on your own Ketogenic Eating Plan;
  • Where you can get an absolutely FREE Guide to Starting Keto;
  • The 3 Main reasons why you would want to start eating Keto Today;
  • The reasons why Keto works for treating Cancer (Hint: Otto Warburg);
  • Why its not just High Carbohydrate Diets that are dangerous for Cancer… It’s also High Protein Diets…
  • How Fasting can also help with Cancer Prevention and/or Progression;
  • How Keto has been proven (in animal studies) to help Colon Cancer;
  • How Keto has been proven (both animal and human case studies) to help Brain Cancer;
  • How Keto has been proven (in animal studies) to help Gastric Cancer;
  • How Keto has been proven (in animal studies) to help Prostate Cancer.
TRANSCRIPT
What is Keto?Why would you want to do Keto?Why does Keto work in treating Cancer?High Protein Diets and CancerFasting, The Ketogenic Diet and CancerResearched Cancers helped by Keto
  • For those of you that don’t know, keto is a high fat (70%+), moderate protein, low carb eating plan that’s whole aim is to switch your body from burning sugar to burning fat.
  • To do this you must eliminate almost all carbohydrates from your diet, except some leafy green vegetables and up your fat to include plenty of fats, especially saturated fats (as these are the most readily converted to ketones).
  • In order to test for ketones and to ensure that your blood sugar levels remain low you should get yourself a blood glucose and ketone test meter so that you can test your levels on a daily basis. It is best to test your glucose levels in the morning and then your ketone levels at night.
  • I have actually prepared a short ebook entitled “Beginners Guide To Keto” which you can get access to by completing the form below.
  • The number one reason that people would start a ketogenic diet is to lose weight. By switching your body from burning sugar to burning fat, you are essentially teaching it to start burning your own body fat for fuel, when additional fat is scarce. However, if you avoid eating fat whilst on a ketogenic diet (in the hope that you will burn more body fat) it will backfire on you. Your body can only function on two things. Sugar and Fatty Acids. If you do not provide your body with either of them you will end up feeling very lethargic, lacking in energy and generally unable to perform daily tasks. On top of that, if you are not giving your body sufficient fat it will start to store it, thinking that it is not going to get any ever again. Therefore, make sure that you are eating a good amount of calories.
  • The second reason you may want to do a ketogenic diet is because you or somebody you know may be suffering from epilepsy, depression or another condition involving the brain. The brain survives especially well on ketones and in fact thrives on them so many studies have shown how a ketogenic diet is very effective at helping these conditions.
  • The third reason you may consider a ketogenic diet is because of what we are talking about today and that is because the ketogenic diet has been studied extensively in regards to treating cancer. In this episode I will be giving you information on why the ketogenic diet works for treating cancer and also will cite some research studies that show this is the case.
  • The theory that keto helps with cancer began with the work of a leading cell biologist called Otto Warburg. He led to the discovery that cancer cells are actually unable to flourish using the energy produced from cellular respiration but instead only from glucose fermentation. This means that by depleting your body of the sugars, it also depletes cancer cells of their energy supply.
  • Research continues to show that sugar is the main source of fuel which feeds cancer and contributes to inflammation.
  • Cultures such as the Eskimos and the Masaii were able to sustain themselves through harsh environments by switching their body from sugar burning mode to fat burning mode. i.e. it puts them into a ketotic state.
  • As the body adapts to the use of ketone metabolism over time, the hormone which is essential to ketone metabolism, known as FGF-21 becomes much more efficient.
  • Cancer cells have 10 x the insulin receptors on their cell surface than normal cells. This enables the cancer cells to overindulge in the glucose and nutrients at a very high rate.
  • As long as you are consuming a high carbohydrate diet you are also giving your cancer cells the ability to thrive.
  • Research has actually found that those with the lowest survival rates also have the highest blood sugar levels.
  • Cancer cells have an inability to metabolize fatty acids for energy as they have damaged mitochondria that lack the ability to create energy from aerobic restoration.
  • There are a couple of advantages to using keto as a cancer therapy. Firstly, it is non toxic to the body and it helps you deal with the toxic therapies of cancer a lot better, such as chemo and radiation. However, if you do choose to take the radiation and chemo route then keto will increase the effectiveness of it.

High Protein Diets are also not the right diet for cancer prevention due to the fact that cancer cells are also able to feed off of the amino acid glutamine and also because of the fact that protein can be converted to glucose as well.

On top of the ketogenic diet, fasting for an extended period of time can stop the progression of cancer too. The more you eat, the more your blood sugar will remain elevated, your insulin levels will remain high and then the fuel source that is needed for cancer cells to develop and grow will remain a constant threat.

Colon Cancer

  • Keto for Cancer has been around for a very long time. In fact, in 1987, an animal study that was published by Tisdale et al saw decreased tumor size and improved cachexia in mice with colon cancer after eating a ketogenic diet.
  • In this study they found that mice with this colon cancer were fed diets in which up to 80% of the energy was supplied as MCT oils. The level of cachexia was reduced in proportion to the fat content in the diet.
  • Another study by Beck SA et al also found that when mice were given an 80% medium chain triglyceride diet, both the tumor weight and host weight loss were reduced and the nitrogen balance and urea excretion was also restored. This indicated that not only does a ketogenic diet reduce the weight of the tumor and reduce cachexia, but it also shows that excessive nitrogen catabolism in the cachexic state can be prevented by adopting the ketogenic diet.

 

Brain Tumors

  • In an article published in BMC Cancer in 2011, they hypothesized that glioma cells were incapable of metabolizing ketone bodies in vivo in an effort to compensate for glucose restriction. Therefore, this indicates there MAY be a potential disadvantage of tumor cells to normal cells under a ketogenic diet.
  • Another study published in Nutrition and Metabolism in 2010, they also found that after injecting mice with brain tumors, the ketogenic diet produced some remarkable results:
    • KD treatment significantly reduced the rate of tumor growth and prolonged survival time; and
    • KD reduced reactive oxygen species (free radical) production in tumor cells.
  • A final study that I am going to mention is a study that was published in PLoS one which showed that using a ketogenic diet alongside radiation improves its effectiveness and enhances the anti-tumor effect of radiation.
    • To do this, the mice with gliomas were put on either a standard diet or a ketogenic diet and then they were given radiation. The tumor growth was then followed in vivo imaging.
    • They found that the animals who were fed a ketogenic diet had an increased survival time of 5 days compared to those on the standard diet.
    • They found that 9 of the 11 irradiated animals maintained on the ketogenic diet had tumor cells that diminished below the level of detection.
    • After 101 days the animals switched to a standard diet and no tumor recurrence was seen, indicating that even if you do not stay on it forever, the initial keto plus radiation stops the recurrence.
  • There was also a human study done on 2 female pediatric patients with advanced stage malignant astrocytoma tumors.
    • Their diet consisted of 60% medium chain triglycerides and they were followed for 8 weeks as outpatients.
    • Within 7 days of starting the diet they found that blood glucose levels declined to low-normal levels and blood ketones were elevated 20-30 fold.
    • Results of the scans indicated a 21.8% decrease in glucose uptake at the tumor site in both of the subjects.
    • One of the patients showed significant clinical improvements in mood and skill development and remained free of disease progression.
    • Although a very small study, this warrants further research.

 

Gastric Cancers

  • Studies have found that the growth of Gastric Tumor Cells is adequately delayed by consumption of the Ketogenic Diet.
  • In fact, one study that was published in 2008 in BMC Cancer showed exactly this: o They had 24 female mice with gastric tumors;
    • They randomly split these mice into two groups and fed them either a ketogenic diet with added MCT and Omega 3 fats or a standard diet;
    • Once the tumor reached a size of 600mm3 to 700mm3 they ended the experiments. o The tumor growth and survival time was then recorded.
    • In this study they found that the tumor growth in the KD was significantly delayed compared to the standard diet. The tumor in the KD group reached the target volume at 34.2 days compared to 23.3 days in the standard diet group.

 

Prostate Cancer

  • Recent research suggests that carbohydrate intake may actually influence the growth of prostate cancer cells.
  • In one study they tested whether a no carbohydrate ketogenic diet would delay prostate cancer growth compared to western (standard) and low fat diets in mice.
    • To do this they took 75 male mice and fed them a NCKD (84% fat, 16% protein), a Low Fat Diet (12% Fat, 72% Carbohydrate and 16% Protein) or a Western Diet (40% Fat, 44% Carbohydrate and 16% Protein).
    • After 24 days, all the mice were injected with the prostate cancer cells and the experiment ended once the tumor reached 1000mm 3.
    • They found that the NCKD mice lost more weight (up to 15% body weight), relative to the low fat and the western diet. They required extra calories to equalize body weight.
    • They found that after 51 days, the NCKD tumors compared to the western mice were 33% smaller. The volume was the same between the NCKD and Low Fat Tumors but the survival time was the longest in the NCKD mice.
    • Serum IGFBP-3 was highest and IGF-1:IGFBP-3 ratio was lowest amongst the NCKD fed mice.
    • Serum Insulin and IGF-1 levels were highest amongst the western mice.
  • However, if you are too scared to consume a NCKD then another study was done which tested whether you had to have no carbohydrates and whether a 10% or 20% carbohydrate diet was sufficient.
  • What they found was that the NCKD fed group were significantly lighter than the 10 and 20% group and the 10% Carbohydrate group had increased tumor size on days 52 and 59 but no other time in the study.
  • They found that the mice that consumed a 10% or a 20% carbohydrate diet had similar survival to those on the NCKD. This means you may not need to go as strict and it may still have an effect.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS
DisclaimerTranscript PDFResources

Please note that this information is not intended for medical purposes or to replace the advice of your medical practitioner. It is for informational purposes only to help guide you on your journey towards optimal wellness.

 

Jan 18 2017

LCKL 044 – The Hidden Power of Vitamin A and the Myths Surrounding It’s Toxicity

Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin which is absolutely essential for survival, both for the health of the brain, the eyes, the immune system, the skin and even in the prevention and/or treatment of cancer. However, due to the Vitamin A scare and the low fat craze we are becoming more and more deficient in this vital nutrient. Listen up to learn more…

 

SHOWNOTES
  • What Vitamin A is;
  • The different types of Vitamin A and how synthetic vitamin A differs from that found in liver and other animal products;
  • How a low fat diet can be detrimental to your overall health and how Vitamin A deficiency is one of the culprits;
  • The dangers associated with Vitamin A Deficiency and how you may become deficient in this essential vitamin;
  • General benefits associated with optimising Vitamin A levels;
  • How Vitamin A can help with Vision;
  • How Vitamin A can help with Brain Health;
  • How Vitamin A can help with your Immune System;
  • How Vitamin A can help with Skin Health;
  • How Vitamin A can help with Cancer;
  • How Vitamin A during pregnancy is not detrimental but is in fact essential to the health of you and your unborn child; and
  • Reasons why you should not believe all the studies you read or hear. Some of them are seriously flawed…
TRANSCRIPT
What is Vitamin A?SourcesDangers of a Low Fat DietDangers of Vitamin A DeficiencyCauses of Vitamin A DeficiencyGeneral Benefits of Vitamin AResearched Benefits : VisionResearched Benefits : MalariaResearched Benefits : Regulates ImmunityResearched Benefits : Reduces Menorrhagia (Excessive Menstrual Bleeding)Researched Benefits : Improves Brain HealthResearched Benefits : Improves Skin HealthResearched Benefits : CancerVitamin A Toxicity
  • A group of fat soluble retinoids, including retinol, retinal and retinyl esters.
  • It is involved in immune function, vision, reproduction and cellular communication.
  • Vitamin A was discovered by a researcher named E V McCollum in the year of 1907. He first became interested when he realised that cows who were fed wheat failed to thrive, became blind and gave birth to dead calves while those eating yellow corn did not.
    • After realising that it was too difficult to research on cows due to their size and inability for a large cohort he decided to test it on rats (which were just pests anyway).
    • He found that rats who were fed pure protein, pure skim milk, sugar, minerals and lard or olive oil for fat failed to grow. But those who were given butterfat or egg yolks had their health restored.
    • He found this fat soluble factor (Vitamin A) which was essential for growth and survival.
  • 5 Months after McCollums study, other researchers by the name Osbourne and Mendel found that cod liver oil produced the same results as butter in rat studies.
  • On top of this there were many other researchers that realised the importance of Vitamin A.

Preformed Vitamin A

  • Dairy Products;
  • Fish; and
  • Meat (especially liver).

 

Provitamin A

  • Beta Carotene, Alpha Carotene and Beta Cryptoxanthin.
  • These plant pigments are converted into Vitamin A.
  • Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin and therefore will be unable to be absorbed on a low fat diet.
  • Carotenes are converted by the action of bile salts and very little bile reaches the intestines when a meal is low in fat. Butterfat stimulates the secretion of bile that is needed to convert carotenes from vegetables into vitamin A and at the same time it provides an easily absorbed Vitamin A at the same time.
  • Although Carotenes from vegetables are able to be converted into Vitamin A, those with Diabetics, Poor Thyroid Function and Poor Digestive Issues cannot make the conversion.
  • Other issues that hinder this conversion include strenuous physical exercise, excessive alcohol consumption, excessive iron consumption, use of popular drugs, excessive polyunsaturated fatty acids, zinc deficiency and even cold weather.
  • In pregnant mothers a deficiency can result in offspring with eye defects, displaced kidneys, displaced hairlip, displaced cleft palate and abnormalities of the heart and blood vessels.
  • In 3rd world communities vitamin A deficiencies are rampant and contribute to high infant mortality, blindness, stunted growth, bone deformities and susceptibility to infection. Even in communities that have access to a plentiful supply of carotenes in vegetables and fruits deal with these issues. They have found that a scarcity of quality dairy, minimal consumption of organ meats and using vegetable oils instead of animal fats has contributed to these issues.
  • Being an infant or child;
  • Having Diabetes;
  • Low Thyroid Function;
  • Low Fat Diet;
  • Intestinal Roundworms;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Pancreatic Disease;
  • Celiac Disease;
  • Excessive amounts of stress;
  • Strenous Physical Exercise;
  • Periods of physical growth;
  • People with measles;
  • High Protein Consumption;
  • Pregnancy and Lactation; and
  • Growth and Repair of Body Tissues;
  • Protects Mucous Membranes of the mouth, nose, throat and lungs;
  • Promotes the secretion of gastric juices necessary for proper digestion of protein;
  • Helps to build strong bones and teeth and rich blood;
  • Essential for good eyesight;
  • Aids in the production of RNA; and
  • Contributes to the health of the immune system.
  • Vitamin A is an essential component of rhodopsin, a protein which absorbs light in the retinal receptors.
  • It also supports the normal differentiation and function of the conjunctival membranes and cornea.
  • In 1904 a Japanese physician by the name of M Mori treated children with Xeropthlamia with liver and cod liver oil with remarkable results. Xeropthalmia is a condition that starts with night blindness, leads to dissolution of the cornea and finally results in bursting of the eye. In fact when it came to treating this condition, cod liver oil was found even more effective than liver. They found that the result for this was so dramatic that by the evening the children with the night blindness were already dancing around briskly.
  • There was also research showing that cod liver oil also helped to reverse keratomalacia which is associated with severe nutritional deficiencies and is characterized by corneal ulceration, extreme dryness of the eyes and infection.
    • One researcher by the name of Bloch gave children a diet consisting entirely of whole milk, butter, eggs and cod liver oil and found that it cured night blindness and keratomalacia.
    • To test this, he gave one group cod liver oil/butterfat and one group margarine and half of the group that had margarine still developed corneal problems but the ones eating butterfat and cod liver oil still remained health.
  • Research has shown that Vitamin A Supplementation can reduce the incidence of malaria. In fact a research study that was published in the Lancet in 1999 in Papua New Guinea found that these people had a 30% lower incidence of malaria than those receiving a placebo.
  • A research study in the journal Nutrition Reviews has shown 3 ways that Vitamin A can influence immunity.
  • Vitamin A Deficiency leads to a loss of ciliated cells in the lungs, which is an important first line of defence against pathogens.
  • Vitamin A promotes mucin secretion and microvilli formation by the mucosa, including the GI tract mucosa.
  • Vitamin A also regulates T Cell Production and Apoptosis, also known as programmed cell death.
  • A study in the South African Journal of Medicine found that women who were treated with megadoses of Vitamin A (up to 100,000 IU per day) resulted in a 92% reduction in menorrhagia.

Memory and Learning

  • Lack of vitamin A interferes with optimal function of the hippocampus, which is the main seat of learning.
  • Scientists found that removing Vitamin A from the diet of mice reduced learning and memory.

Autism

  • Natural Vitamin A has been shown to help reconnect the retinoid receptors in the brain of autistic children, therefore helping with sensory perception, language processing and attention. Use of cod liver oil has also been shown to help children recover from autism due to the DPT Vaccine.

Stroke

  • Studies have shown that those with high levels of Vitamin A in their blood were much more likely to recover after a stroke.
  • Vitamin A has been shown to be useful in the treatment of psoriasis. Research has found that patients who suffer from advanced psoriasis had low levels of Vitamin A in their blood.
  • There has been a great deal of research done on the effect of Vitamin A and Cancer.
  • Unfortunately for some reason this research has not been widely adopted.
  • However, there have been a couple of situations historically which have shown that Vitamin A can be beneficial in the treatment of cancer:
    • In 1946 Dr Max Gerson testified before a US congressional committee on the successful of his Vitamin A cancer treatment but he was ignored. He was well known for treating terminal cancer using raw liver juice which is a strong source of Vitamin A.
    • In 1973 a physician by the name of Dr Kanematsu Sigiura published a study showing that mammary tumors were able to be regressed with the use of Vitamin A and Laetrile. However, his results were completely denied.
    • A study has been done showing that Vitamin A can be protective against lung and bladder cancers in men.
    • Also a study published in the Drugs of Experimental Clinical Research Journal has found that Vitamin A can also be protective against prostate cancer too. They found that 14 out of 15 patients with prostate cancer achieved total remission using Vitamin A as part of the cancer treatment.
  • Although Vitamin A Toxicity is not common it is something that can happen if you take excessive amounts of Vitamin A Supplements:
    • Symptoms of Vitamin A Toxicity include:
      • Dizziness;
      • Nausea;
      • Vomiting;
      • Headaches;
      • Skin Damage;
      • Mental Disturbances; and
      • Infrequent Menstruation.
    • Symptoms of Severe Vitamin A Toxicity can include:
      • Blindness;
      • Liver Damage – Can occur in children who take RDA Approved adult levels over prolonged periods of time or adults who take 5 times as much RDA Approved levels for 7-10 years.
      • Chronic overdose in children can cause fluid on the brain.
  • Acute vitamin A poisoning can occur in children after taking one dose of synthetic vitamin A in the range of 300,000 IU or a daily dosage of 60,000 IU for a few weeks.
  • There has been ongoing concern about the dangers of Vitamin A toxicity, especially in Pregnancy. Because of this the RDA has been reduced from 5,000 IU to 2,500 IU and the upper limit has been set at an upper limit of 10,000 IU for women.
  • However, unfortunately 1 tbsp Cod Liver Oil contains at least 15,000 IU and one serving of liver can contain up to 40,000 IU. Therefore, it is far too easy to go over the 10,000IU dosage.
  • This concern arose after an article entitled “Teratogenicity of High Vitamin A Intake” was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1995 showing that linked birth defects to high vitamin A excess in 22000 women. Researchers found that cranial neural crest defects increased with increased dosages of Vitamin A. However, what they didn’t report was that neural tube defects decreased with Vitamin A consumption. Other than this, no trend was apparent with musculoskeletal, urogenital or other defects. Plus when the Vitamin A was from food alone and not from supplementation, the cranial neural crest defects were much less pronounced.
  • But this research study was flawed.
    • What they did to determine this was that they interviewed these women and asked about their eating habits and supplement intake before and during pregnancy. This in itself is not an accurate way of determining accurate Vitamin A levels.
    • Blood tests were not taken to determine the actual usable vitamin A status of the mothers.
    • The birth defects were not weighed according to severity. Therefore it was unable to be determined whether the defects of the babies born to mothers taking the high doses of vitamin A were serious or minor compared to those taking lower amounts.
    • Most of all, the researchers failed to distinguish between manufactured Vitamin A in the form of retinol which is found in supplements and added to fabricated foods or from vitamin A containing foods. Synthetic vitamins are less biologically active and therefore less effective than naturally occurring vitamins.
    • They also made no distinction between those consuming whole Vitamin A from animal sources and those who ingested the retinol added to margarine, white flour and breakfast cereals. Remember that these foods are not only deficient in real Vitamin A but they also contain other substances that can cause birth defects.
  • What they have found is that cranial neural crest defects increased in proportion to the amount of retinol from supplements that were consumed during the first trimester of pregnancy (although it was considered safe up to 15,000 IU per day). Unlike Vitamin A from foods, the retinol from synthetic supplements can be teratogenic, especially when your health is not optimal.
  • However, there have also been many research studies that have shown this is not the case.
    • For instance, a study in Rome found no congenital malformations among 120 infants exposed to more than 50,000 IU of vitamin A per day.
    • Another study in Switzerland found that the blood levels of Vitamin A in pregnant women at a dosage of 30,000 IU per day had no association with birth defects.
  • It is important to note that Vitamin A toxicity does not occur from food unless you are consuming seal or bear liver. Even synthetic vitamins are not toxic if given in a single large dose or smaller daily doses. Do not be scared to consume the best superfoods – Liver and Cod Liver Oil.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS
DisclaimerTranscript PDFResources

Please note that this information is not intended for medical purposes or to replace the advice of your medical practitioner. It is for informational purposes only to help guide you on your journey towards optimal wellness.

 

Dec 26 2016

LCKL 034 – The Power of MSM for Treating Diabetes, Improving Athletic Performance, Fighting Cancer and Dealing with 23 Other Conditions

Are you suffering from chronic pain, allergies, low energy, parasitic infections and a lowered immune system? If so, then this episode is for you. In this episode I will be discussing what MSM is and how you can use it to improve your overall wellness. This episode is brought to you by my book “MSM Uncovered” as I even wrote a book on it because I love the supplement so much. If you have not yet read it, then you can get a print, kindle or PDF version of it from http://www.msmuncovered.info.

SHOWNOTES
  • 8 Common Signs that you may be MSM deficient;
  • Why MSM is one nutrient that should be taken as a supplement and not purely in foods;
  • How MSM can help you improve your fitness;
  • How MSM is useful for treating Diabetes;
  • How MSM is commonly used in the treatment of Cancer; and
  • 10 other conditions that MSM has been useful in treating.
TRANSCRIPT
What is MSM?Signs of an MSM DeficiencySources of MSMSupplementation of MSMDosagesSide EffectsBenefit #1 - FitnessBenefit #2 - DiabetesBenefit #3 - CancerBenefit #4 - AllergiesBenefit #5 - AutoimmunityBenefit #6 - DetoxificationBenefit #7 - GERDBenefitBenefit #9 - Oral HealthBenefit #10 - Chronic PainBenefit #11 - Skin HealthOther Topics my book covers
  • MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) is a naturally occurring sulfur compound which is found in all vertebrates.
  • It is highly effective in improving joint health and hair health but also in reducing pain relief significantly.
  • MSM is a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic.
  • Low Energy;
  • Chronic Pain;
  • Allergies;
  • Low Resistance to Stress;
  • Parasites;
  • Tissue and Organ Malfunctions;
  • Unhealthy Skin and Hair; and
  • Low Immunity.
  • As you know I always recommend you get your nutrients from real food prior to taking supplementation.
  • However, MSM is not something that we seem to regularly consumed in the SAD diet and this is why I recommend a supplement also.
  • However, it is possible to get sufficient MSM if you are consuming a paleo and/or keto diet. Some of the sources of MSM that you may consume in your diet such as Bone Broth, Meat, Eggs, Fish, Poultry and Green Leafy Vegetables.
  • You are able to get MSM in capsules, crystals, flakes, powders, tablets, lotions or gels.
  • I prefer to use the crystals or flakes when taken internally as it is absorbed a lot quicker than the tablets or capsules.
  • Lotions and Gels are great to use when you are needing it to be absorbed into the skin (I.e. for pain etc).
  • I personally take about 4g of MSM per day and it is amazing the benefits it has provided to me.
  • However, if you are just starting off with it, I would recommend 500mg per day for 1 week.
  • Finally, add 1g per day until you reach 10g per day.
  • Keep taking this until you feel you have healed your deficiency and then reduce it to maintenance dose (about 4g per day).
  • MSM has very little side effects and has actually been found to have very little toxicity.
  • The only effects that have been reported (minimal cases) are loose stools, stomach upset and possible skin rashes.
  • MSM has been shown to help with athletic performance.
  • MSM works on collagen and affects muscles and joints. It is shown to work directly on the cell itself and make the cell walls more permeable therefore releasing toxins and absorbing nutrients more easily.
  • Reduces Pain Relief from Injury. MSM has been shown to speed up relief from inflammation and promote longer lasting healing.
  • Promotes Tissue Regeneration and Recovery. In order for connective tissue to be healthy it requires a great deal of sulfur. The Organic Sulfur in MSM can assist in the healing process and provide powerful musculoskeletal and respiratory support.
  • Increases Energy. Many athletes report increased energy when taking MSM, due to its ability to support the metabolic processes within the body.
  • In the book you will find the particular dosages recommended for athletes, as well as 2 studies showing how MSM is useful for athletes.
  • Sulfur is a requirement for the production of insulin.
  • Taking MSM regularly assists the cells to absorb better and therefore gives the pancreas the opportunity to regulate blood sugars more efficiently.
  • MSM has the ability to change a cancer cell into a non malignant cancer cell and will therefore slow the growth of cancerous tumors.
  • One example is the Cellular Matrix Study.
  • This study was done in 1999 and was inspired by a specific type of fatal breast cancer which responds to organic sulfur.
  • In this study they found that giving the participants 30g of MSM alongside the chemotherapy they had no awful side effects like nausea, hair loss or diarrhea.
  • On top of this, they found there was a reduction in cancer cell counts.
  • In the book I go through 4 studies indicating that MSM is effective at treating cancer. This includes Liver Cancer, Breast Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer and Malignant Melanoma.
  • MSM has been known to not only act as an anti-inflammatory but also inhibits histamine production.
  • Multiple studies have shown that taking as little as 1g per day was enough to help their body become more tolerant to certain foods.
  • There are two reasons that MSM is beneficial for treating autoimmunity.
  • The first is because MSM increases the body’s own production of glutathione and also because of its ability to help with food allergies.
  • This helps to reduce the burden on the body’s immune system.
  • MSM makes your cells more permeable and therefore allows toxins and metabolic wastes to be shuffled out of the cells, while still allowing essential nutrients and hydration to be moved into the cells.
  • MSM has an amazing ability to neutralize stomach acids and therefore is an effective treatment for Indigestion and GERD.
  • Improves Hair and Nail Health – If you have issues with growing your hair and/or nails, then MSM is a great option. MSM not only helps with tissue repair but it also helps your body build collagen.
  • MSM is very effective at coating the mucous membranes in the body and preventing allergens and toxins from entering the bloodstream.
  • Therefore it is effective at treating Leaky Gut Syndrome.
  • MSM reduces inflammation of the gums, therefore preventing gingivitis and periodontitis.
  • MSM helps with chronic pain in 4 different ways.
    • The first way is by regenerating body tissues. When rigid, fibrous tissue cells swell and become inflamed, pain will result from the pressure surrounding it. MSM will restore this flexibility and permeability of the cell walls, therefore allowing fluids to pass through the tissues with ease.
    • The second way is by reducing inflammation.
    • The third way is by dilating blood vessels and enhancing blood supply.
    • Finally, it has been shown to lower muscle cramping and consistent pain.
  • MSM helps the skin in 4 different ways.
    • The first way is by helping dry skin. It softens the skin, making it smoother, hydrated and much more flexible.
    • The second way is its ability to help inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.
    • The third way is that it helps eliminate age spots and hyperpigmentation.
    • Finally, it helps to reduce the onset and occurrence of wrinkles.
  • A Recipe of how to make bone broth.)
  • An explanation as to why we don’t get enough sulfur in our diet.
  • The 3 Other Supplements that should be taken alongside MSM.
  • Detox Symptoms you may experience.
  • Medications that are contraindicated with MSM.
  • How MSM works as a potent antioxidant.
  • How MSM works to fights Anxiety/Depression.
  • How MSM works to fight Candida Albicans.
  • How MSM works to fight Constipation.
  • How MSM works to improve energy and fight Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.
  • How MSM works to fight Eye Health.
  • How MSM works to fight Indigestion.
  • How MSM works to fight Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  • How MSM works to fight Liver Disease.
  • How MSM works to fight Osteoarthritis.
  • How MSM works to fight Parasitic Infections.
  • How MSM works to fight Sinusitis and other Respiratory Conditions.
  • How MSM works to fight Snoring.
  • How MSM works to fight Stomach Ulcers.
  • How you can use MSM to heal your pets.
  • 5 Powerful MSM Recipes…
ADDITIONAL DETAILS
DisclaimerTranscript PDFResources

Please note that this information is not intended for medical purposes or to replace the advice of your medical practitioner. It is for informational purposes only to help guide you on your journey towards optimal wellness.

MSM Uncovered Books in either Kindle, PDF or Print.