Sun, 17 Feb 2019 21:14:18 +0000 Sun, 17 Feb 2019 21:14:18 +0000 en What Doctors Don't Tell You What Doctors Don't Tell You <![CDATA[Alzheimer's: a possible cure]]> While medicine wrings its hands over the explosion in cases of dementia and Alzheimer's disease (AD), and the inability of the pharmaceutical industry to produce an effective drug to counter them, a few forward-thinking doctors here and there are quietly carrying out new research showing that medicine has it all wrong about the cause of the disease and its possible cure.

To date, most drug research has focused on the sticky amyloid beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients and now considered the hallmark of AD.

But Dale Bredesen of the University of California, Los Angeles, a well-known researcher in neurodegeneration, decided to peer a little closerdown to the molecular level of the cells.

What he discovered is nothing short of revelatory. He uncovered that a specific protein in the brain essentially has an 'on-off' switch, which either sends a signal to nourish neurons and their connections or sends them a suicide capsule, in the form of special death-inducing messages.

He also discovered that the suicide pill doesn't inevitably progress to total cell death. It's simply the body's conservation of resources, when the brain gets overloaded and needs to trim back inessential neuronal connections.

In fact, as we've detailed in our Brain Health special this month (page 28), Bredesen discovered many factorslike certain pharmaceutical drugs and medical conditionsthat flip the suicide switch, and many otherslike vitamin Dthat turn back the 'on switch' in those patients with anything other than the most advanced dementia.

Surprisingly, according to Dr Joseph Mercola, one of the biggest suicide capsules of all, as far as your brain is concerned, is vegetable oil (page 44).

Mercola and his fellow author Dr James DiNicolantonio stress that these vegetable oils are not 'vegetable' at all, but in fact derive from grains, beans and seeds, like soybeans, or sunflower or safflower seeds.

In order to extract oil from these intractable seeds, manufacturers must apply gargantuan amounts of damaging pressure and heat, then more heat to bleach, deodorize and clarify them before they are bottled. They are damaged further as they sit on store shelves for months, exposed to constant light, usually in clear glass or plastic bottles, before being heated once again for cooking.
All this heat, light and pressure wreaks havoc on these delicate and relatively unstable oils, causing a chemical change, oxidation, that triggers domino-style damage all over the body, but particularly in the brain.

Nevertheless, vegetable oils, with their damaged omega-6 fatty acids, are the staple of all processed foods, most restaurantsand many home kitchens. Mercola and DiNicolantonio report that the use of soybean oil has increased over 1,000 percent in the 1990s alone.

Small wonder that we consume 30 times more omega-6 fats than brain-healthy omega-3s.

The problem with this imbalance is that omega-6 causes inflammation, while omega-3 extinguishes it. With the entire house on fire, filled to the brim with damaged vegetable oils, we would need truckloads of fish oils to quench the fires we're brewing inside ourselves.

The other piece of this puzzle is that dementia and AD also result from a 'starving brain,' which has a reduced uptake of glucose due to impaired insulin sensitivity. Small wonder that AD has been called 'type 3 diabetes.'

The good news is that both Mercola and Bredesen have discovered ways to recondition a brain on suicide alert. In our special report, WDDTY details Bredesen's protocolone of the first comprehensive programs proven to reverse early Alzheimer's in 100 patients studied by 16 researchers from clinics across the US and Australia, both on cognitive tests and also brain imaging. Bredesen claims to have reversed AD in at least 1,000 patients. Only those in advanced stages see no improvement.

Dr Mercola's program mimics that to some extent, but focuses on the need to avoid vegetable oils at all costs and to ingest omega-3 fatty acids in far larger amounts than we've been accustomed to.

The bottom line, as we're discovering, is that AD isn't inevitable, even if you have a certain high-risk genetic profile. Keeping your marbles into old age has everything to do with what you choose to feed your bodyparticularly what you choose to feed your head.

Mon, 04 Feb 2019 14:27:00 +0000 busterwddty
<![CDATA[Let less food be your medicine]]> When it comes to diet, it's now clear that one size doesn't fit all. Different people have different metabolic types, so foods like meat that are life-saving to some are sheer poison to others.

We also have very different levels of the fat hormones leptin and ghrelin, which regulate appetite and fat levels, and appear to play an essential role in regaining lost pounds after a severe weight-loss regime.

Even the state of your microbiome, and the particular bugs that inhabit it, can play a big part in whether or not particular foods help to reverse illness or lose weight.

Then there are individual reactions and intolerances, even to healthy foods. Several years ago, two scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel carried out a unique study of 800 people, attempting to identify which foods caused blood sugar spikes after meals. They wanted to find the foods and dietary factors responsible for the worldwide epidemics of obesity and diabetes.

The problem was, they found no single uniform response to any food, even sugar. Virtually everyone in the study had highly individual reactions to the food put in front of them. One prediabetic woman cut out all offending foods but still couldn't control her blood sugar, until she discovered that the true culprit causing her spikes was tomatoes.

Certainly, more and more forward-thinking doctors and naturopaths are turning to the Paleo diet to heal chronic conditions. In this issue, functional medicine practitioner Marc Ryan has found success in healing autoimmune thyroid disease by combining the standard Paleo diet with dietary ideas from traditional Chinese medicine.

But if we had to choose a single diet that is essentially good for almost everyone, it would be the not-eating dietat least for a spell.

As Cate Montana reveals in our cover story this month, new evidence shows that the ultimate diet for restoring full health is either a short-term fast on water or liquids, or intermittent fastingcontrolling not simply what you eat, but when you eat.

Giving your body a short break from food affords it a chance to do a major clear-out, breaking down old and possibly defective cells and consuming them. Monitored water or juice fasts have been shown to reduce aging and to prevent or promote recovery from cancer, dementia, arthritis, high blood pressure and other conditions that lead to heart disease. Certain types of intermittent fasting even help to target chemotherapy more successfully, suggesting that the standard medical advice given to cancer patients, to consume lots sugar-laden food to keep their weight up, is completely counterproductive.

But water- or juice-only fasts need to be monitored and short term. And they aren't a successful way to lose weight, since any weight lost from these kinds of fasts is temporary.

The latest tweak on fasting is intermittent fasting. Researchers are discovering that leaving a larger span of time between the last meal of one day and the first meal of the next can have an extraordinary number of health benefits, including weight loss, without depriving yourself of food.

Pushing breakfast to noon, cutting out dinner or eating all your meals during an eight-hour window has been shown to decrease not only blood glucose levels but also evidence of inflammation in the body.

In many animal and human studies, periodic fasting has shown exciting evidence of protection against a vast array of degenerative diseases and even seizures. And perhaps most promising of all, it appears to help cells regenerate themselves, including in the brain.

Diets where you focus on restricting both the amount and types of foods during certain periods are showing extraordinary benefits, not only for weight loss, aging and a host of diseases, but even bone renewal.

Of course, there are certain people who should never fast. Pregnant women, type 1 diabetics, those with liver disease and others come to mind. You need to work with a qualified professional, and you need to know how to prepare your body for a fast and then how to start reintroducing food.

My late friend nutritionist Annemarie Colbin once told me of a woman who, convinced that a fast would cure her long-standing health problems, embarked on her own strict liquid-only fast, trudging through the freezing New York weather without sustenance for months, only to find that she was more ill than she had been before she began.

But given the longevity research showing that many people living in the Blue Zones, those areas like Okinawa in Japan with the longest-living people on earth, eat 10-40 percent fewer calories than the Western average, we might all do well to adopt the Okinawan dinnertime blessing as our New Year's resolution: "Hara hachi bu""May you eat until you are eight-tenths full."

Tue, 01 Jan 2019 15:03:00 +0000 busterwddty
<![CDATA[Lighting the way]]> In 1970, the late German physicist Fritz-Albert Popp had been playing around with ultraviolet light, in an attempt to find a cure for cancer, when he made an unexpected discovery. Using a special machine that could count individual photons, the tiniest units of light, Popp discovered that all living things, including humans, emitted a tiny current of light waves, of a surprisingly high intensity.

What's more, these photons in the living systems he'd examined were more coherent than anything he'd ever seen.

In quantum physics, coherence means that subatomic particles and waves can cooperate. They not only know about each other, but also are highly interlinked by bands of common electromagnetic fields so that they can communicate together. They resonate like a multitude of tuning forks all attuned to the same frequency.

As the waves sync up, they begin to act like one giant wave or subatomic particle. It becomes difficult to tell them apart. Something done to one of them will affect the others. They stop behaving like anarchic individuals and begin operating like a well-rehearsed marching band.

Another way to view coherence is like a subatomic telephone network. The better the coherence, the bigger the network and the more waves have a telephone, the more communication is possible.

The end result is also a bit like a large orchestra. All the photons are playing together, and although individual instruments can carry on playing individual parts, when you are listening, it's difficult to tell them apart.

Even more amazing, Popp was witnessing the highest level of this quantum order in a living system. Usually, coherence of this magnitude is only observed in material substances such as superfluids or superconductors studied in the laboratory at very low temperaturesjust a few degrees above absolute zeroand not in the hot and messy environment of a living thing.

Another place where coherence is observed is in laser light. All the photons of laser light oscillate in perfect harmony, behaving like one giant photon and vibrating in perfect rhythm. This organization makes for extraordinary energy efficiency. Instead of sending light about 10 feet (3 meters), like a typical 60-watt light bulb, the laser emits a light wave 300 million times that far.

The coherence of laser light is like comparing the photons of a single light bulb to sunlight. Ordinary light sources are incredibly inefficient. The intensity of light from a bulb is only about 6 watts per square inch (1 watt per centimeter) of light. But if you could get all the photons of this single light bulb to become coherent and resonate in harmony with each other, its energy density would be thousands to millions of times higher than that of the surface of the sun.

It took many years for scientists around the globe to begin confirming Popp's theories that light emitted from living things seemed to be the driver of many biological communication processes. Popp even discovered that the light changed, if a person was ill in any way.

Nearly 50 years after Popp's discovery, as we feature in our cover story this month, laser light therapy is one of hottest new treatments for all sorts of illnesses, from arthritis, joint and musculoskeletal pain of all varieties to depression and eye problems like macular degeneration. Even vets are using laser light to heal wounds in dogs. As the latest science has discovered, particular frequencies cause certain 'photochemical' reactions in the body, not unlike photosynthesis in a plant, which harnesses the power of the sun and converts it into usable energy.

Most of the science about laser therapy concentrates on the results and not why this type of light has such a profound effect on the body. But perhaps some clues come from Popp's work all those years ago.

He'd discovered that this mysterious light from humans was not only a communication system within our bodies, but with other living things. We send out light, and they send a synchronous reply. It stands to reason that if we can take in light from the outside, we might also be able to use it to correct our own light when it goes awry.

Popp began experimenting using various plant extracts to change the abnormal light emissions of people with illnesses. He discovered that certain substances, like a particular type of mistletoe, restored the light coherence in a woman with cancer. Following in Popp's footsteps, many pioneering practitioners are now going directly to lasers as a simple source of coherent light itself.

From all of us at WDDTY, may your holidays be filled with loveand light.

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 15:44:00 +0000 busterwddty
<![CDATA[The dental revolution]]> A subterranean revolution is taking place in dental medicine. To date, standard dentistry has operated as though teeth are inert substances entirely divorced from the rest of the body. Like carpenters or construction workers, dentists have hacked and drilled and pulled teeth like so much rotting wood, the theory being that once the rot has set in and a tooth has decayed, the only route is to clear out the decay and try to salvage what's left.

The primary means of salvage are filling the hole with amalgam or composite, implanting a fake tooth or, in the case of root canals, removing the nerve, plugging it up with wax and leaving the dead tooth in the mouth.

As we saw in the last issue of WDDTY (October 2018), ozonethat amazing substance made of three molecules of oxygenis transforming medicine by killing infections and helping the body to heal. But it's also being discovered that ozone can be applied to the teeth and gums, with near miraculous results.

When early tooth decay is zapped with ozone, the decay-causing bacteria are immediately killed. And, incredibly, dentists at the vanguard of this therapy are finding that when certain minerals are also applied to the tooth in question, it remineralizes and essentially regrows.

Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has championed a device called 'HealOzone,' which sends ozone through a small suction cup over an exposed cavity on the tooth in order to halt the decay and help the tooth to heal. It's a procedure that takes just a few minutes and requires no anesthetic, not even a drill.

Some pioneering dentists are even using ozone to treat infections in or near the roots, thus curing abscesses and eliminating the need for root canal treatment. Ozone is also revolutionizing periodontal treatment, being used to kill all the bacteria causing advanced gum disease or left in cavitationsholes in the bone left when a tooth is pulled.

Needless to say, professional dental associations aren't thrilled with a simple and cheap substance that threatens to render most of their bread-and-butter work obsolete. Imagine what would happen if teeth no longer needed to be drilled, filled or capped, or roots pulled or plugged. Imagine if all that scraping under teeth and around gums was replaced by a quick shot of this simple gas. The vast majority of a dentist's work would no longer be necessary.

Small wonder then that most dental associations pooh-pooh ozone as unprovendespite a plethora of recent studies showing its efficacy (see our cover story). It's also not surprising that dentists using ozone are doing so without fanfare. One holistic dentist we know was continuously branded as a quack for using ozone and other nontoxic treatments in his practice.
Perhaps the most revolutionary finding is that teeth, like the rest of the body, are dynamic entities, with the ability to regenerate when dealt with appropriately. And we are just beginning to understand how integral our teeth and gums are to the dynamics of the entire body.

Recently, Evan Brand, a functional medicine practitioner in Kentucky ( healthy man under 40developed daily heart palpitations. For six months, he searched for the source of his problem, without success, until he isolated one potential source: his old wisdom tooth extraction sites.

He made contact with Dr Stewart Nunnally, a holistic dentist outside of Austin, Texas, who studied his X-rays and concluded that his jawbone was probably necrotic and needed cleaning out.
Brand flew to Texas, had the cavitation procedure done, and Nunnally was proved right. All four tooth extraction sites were infected under the gums and needed cleaning out with ozone.
When the necrotic bone was tested, it showed a variety of pathogenic bacteria present at "dangerously" high levels, says Brand. But the story has a happy ending.

"The first night after my procedure was the first night I did NOT have heart palpitations. My blood levels of ferritin and iron were sky high due to the inflammation caused by these infections, which was oxidizing my body (not good)."

Brand fully recovered, and there are two lessons to be learned. The first is that what happens in your mouth can affect every part of your body, thanks to the superhighway network of blood vessels in your gums, which travel to the rest of your body.

And the second is that before teeth are pulled, drilled or otherwise interfered with, all attempts should be made to keep them intact. And the best way to do so may be via this miraculous and plentiful gas.

Thu, 01 Nov 2018 11:53:00 +0000 busterwddty
<![CDATA[Ozone injection therapy: the magic bullet for joint and back pain]]> Although modern medicine has looked to the complex and high-tech, in fact, the biggest breakthroughs are occurring in the natural and the everyday. We see this with the powerful effect of a low-carb diet to reverse type 2 diabetes or heart disease.

And now, in the latest issue of WDDTY magazine, as Celeste McGovern discovered, a simple substancea thing that surrounds all of ushas the capacity to achieve the seemingly impossible: to rebuild our joints.

Up until now, medicine has operated on the assumption that cartilage, the cushiony stuff that sits between joints or spinal discs and enables them to move with ease, naturally wears out in all of us over time. Furthermore, once the stuff is gone, it's really gone, and the only way to deal with this is to manage it with painkillers or to rebuild it with some sort of operationtypically for the knees and hips, joint-replacement surgery.

Although these operations have helped many of the lame to walk again, they come with a coterie of potential side-effects, from nerve damage to loss of a limb or even death. The procedure may not work, the joint could come loose, and it will definitely wear out after about a decade and need replacinga far riskier operationor you could be slowly poisoned by metal leaching out of it.

Although joint replacement has been lauded as a miracle operation if the alternative is a wheelchair, a simple, cheaper and safer option has appearedliterally out of thin air.

Doctors aren't strangers to ozone. It's simply oxygen (O2) that has been exposed to energy in the form of UV radiation or electricity, like a lightning bolt, which causes the molecules to reconfigure into clusters of three oxygen atoms apiece (O3).

As long ago as the mid-1800s, scientists could generate this highly reactive gas in the laboratory and soon discovered its power as an antimicrobial. It played a huge role as a germicide, both in public water supplies and on the battlefield to sterilize putrid wounds, until the advent of antibiotics, when it fell into disuse. But now, it is regarded by the more conventionally minded as dangerous, highly unstable and otherwise useless.

But not among thousands more forward-thinking doctors, who are turning to ozone easily produced in their offices as a first-line treatment for spine and joint issues and finding amazing long-term success rates of 70 to 80 percent.

Injected ozone is also being used for spinal issues and all sorts of muscle and bone problems, from slipped discs and sprains to arthritis. And doctors are experimenting with other uses, such as gum disease, root canals, eye conditions and liver disease. Most amazing of all is the simplicity of administration. All that's required are a few simple injections somewhere in the vicinity of the area experiencing pain, for perhaps a month and a half.

Science is now beginning to back up these glowing statistics, with extraordinary before and after photos showing that worn-away cartilage can indeed regenerate, even after just a handful of shots. Herniated discs disappear. Even double-blind studies comparing ozone injections to a sham procedure show staggering differences in favor of ozone gas in every area measured.

Although no one is exactly sure why ozone has such a miraculous effect, the theory is that the injured areas of the body are poorly oxygenated, and the oxygen released by ozone quenches free radicals, lowers inflammation and boosts the body's oxygen reserves, and consequently, its natural ability to heal.

And despite all the protests of the medical profession about ozone's dangers, studies following spinal and arthritis patients for even a decade find that improvements persist and side-effects are minor. Small wonder that some 26,000 doctors in North America and Europe are turning to ozone over the conventional treatment approach.

This mass migration away from conventional medicine, with its invasive, risky and often unproductive treatments, isn't going to go down well with the medical vested interests. Whole industries and medical specialties built around killing pain, replacing joints or fixing spines are threatened by this simple, cheap and safe alternative.

Patients who couldn't walk are canceling surgery and discarding their canes and walkers. The pharmaceutical and surgical interests aren't going to take this lying down.

Nevertheless, so far, medicine hasn't been able to outlaw this natural gas for medical purposes. And it's up to all of us to make sure that it never does.

Wed, 26 Sep 2018 11:17:00 +0100 busterwddty
<![CDATA[Hearing loss and the benefits of acupuncture]]> Once you've got it, you've got to learn to live with itand strap on a device to help you do so. That's the usual medical thinking around hearing loss, which currently afflicts one in five peoplesome 48 millionin the US, and one in six, or 11 million people in Britain.

The primary medical solution to hearing loss is the mechanical replacement of hearing with one of a number of hearing aids. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and have been devised to help with a number of hearing issues.

Besides the discrete ones that sit inside or just outside your ears, for more severe and permanent hearing loss, where sound doesn't reach your inner ear, there are a range of 'bone-anchored' hearing aids involving operations to implant a device in your head, including one called an auditory brainstem implant, where electrical signals are sent directly to the brain, or middle ear implants, where the microphone's signals are sent directly to the middle ear.

The most well-known of these is the cochlear implant, a two-part affair consisting of a microphone that sits behind the ear and picks up sound, converting it into electrical signals, which then travel along a wire to a device on the skin.

These electrical signals are then picked up by the second device surgically implanted inside the skull, which then sends the signals on to the cochlea, the spiral cavity in the inner ear responsible for producing nerve impulses as a response to any vibrations from sound.

These devices can restore hearing to the profoundly deaf, particularly children born with or developing deafness under age 3, 80-90 percent of whom are said to develop speech and hearing equal to those of children born with normal hearing. Bottom line, though, is they're clumsy, requiring that you take off the microphone component before swimming or bathing, as it will be damaged if it gets wet.

Implants don't come without complications, either, and can cause nerve damage leading to facial paralysis, changes in the sense of taste, leaking of fluid around the brain, dizziness and problems with balance, tinnitus, and believe it or not, loss of the hearing you may have left.

Then there is the surgery for conditions labeled 'nerve deafness,' called 'stapedectomy,' where the stapes, or stirrup bones of the ear, are replaced. As with every operation, things can go wrong, and it's not unknown for patients to suffer perforation of the ear drum or injury to the facial nerves, problems again with vertigo and sense of taste, and yes, hearing loss. And like a knee or hip replacement, the false stapes can wear out or migrate, necessitating a 'revision' operation, with less favorable results than the original.

As ingenious as all these devices and procedures are, the simple fact is that a hearing aid can never completely master the complexity of sound perceived by the human ear. Testimony to that is the sheer number of patients who take out their hearing aids regularly rather than being subjected to a bombardment of soundmy grandmother, who preferred getting screamed at by her family rather than wear hers, being a particularly apt example.

As for tinnitus, treatments are essentially negligible, as medicine relies on giving patients low doses of antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs like Valium with the frequent addition of steroids shoved into the middle ear in an attempt to suppress the symptoms.

But now, in our cover story this month (page 56), Cate Montana has unearthed the extraordinary fact that scalp acupuncture, where the acupuncturist inserts tiny needles on specific points solely in the scalp, has an excellent track record for healing or improving all sorts of 'permanent' disabilities, especially neurological ones, including hearing loss and tinnitus.

To cite just one example from a German case study, published in the German medical journal Forschende Komplementarmedizin, two patients presented with sudden sensorineural healing loss (SSHL), a 22-year-old male college student and a 48-year-old pilot, both complaining of tinnitus, severe hearing loss and fullness of the ear. Medical treatment had only made matters worse.

The student was treated with scalp acupuncture and electroacupuncture (when the needles are attached to electrodes) for five days, and the pilot for seven. After a single treatment, the student had greatly improved, and by 10 treatments, he had entirely recovered, and the pilot had greatly improved as well.

As for tinnitus, a controlled trial comparing patients getting acupuncture versus no treatment found that acupuncture led to a statistically significant improvement in the condition.

Although reviews of the literature have found flaws in some of the studies, if the experiences of practitioners are anything to go by, conventional doctors would do well to prick up their ears.

Tue, 04 Sep 2018 16:40:00 +0100 busterwddty
<![CDATA[Mitochondria: small but mighty]]> Everybody's talking about them as the new hope for overcoming every condition from chronic fatigue to Alzheimer's disease. 'They' are the mitochondria of our cellsmicroscopic 'organs' in their own right that act like a teensy digestive system to convert the nutrients absorbed by the cell into energy, or 'respiration,' which the cell requires to carry out its business. These little 'organelles' even have their own DNA, and besides producing energy, they play an active role in monitoring and maintaining regular communication between neurons.

Where they differ from an ordinary digestive system is that each cell requires anywhere from hundreds to thousands of these little 'stomachs,' depending on the cell's job.

One of the body parts that requires the highest number of mitochondria to power its cells is the brain. Not surprisingly, nerve cells require a great deal of energy to do all they do, including maintaining communication around the body. They're also particularly vulnerable to free-radical damage, and woefully underdefended in that regard, particularly as free-radical production is highest within these cellular power plants.

The latest evidence shows that small changes in mitochondria caused by DNA and free-radical damage ultimately lead to neurological degeneration, which in turn may lead to one of a number of conditions from Alzheimer's to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The reason for this has to do with energy burnout. When neurodegeneration occurs, mitochondria are continuously called upon to produce ever more energyfar more than is needed by the brainwhich itself causes free-radical damage. But new evidence shows that much like a trusty sentinel, these mitochondria must be present for nerve cells to have optimum communication.

This holds all sorts of implications for any condition in which nerve communication is impaired.

It also suggests that the original theories about the cause of Alzheimer's, for instance, may be incomplete. The neurofibrillary tangles and plaques so characteristic of Alzheimer's may simply be a by-product of the conditionnot its cause.

Indeed, the latest evidence in our cover story this month (see page 28) is that the plaques are in fact the body's way of attempting to defend itself against Alzheimer's. Rather than counting plaques, gauging energy production within brain cells is a better way of determining the extent of the disease.

Alzheimer's is not the only serious neurological illness caused by faulty mitochondria. Energy deficits in brain cells may also be behind other serious conditions like Parkinson's, Huntington's disease, and even amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or motor neuron disease, which afflicted the late Dr Stephen Hawking). There's also evidence that the extent of energy deficit appears to determine the extent of the disease.

If all this is true, we may be treating all these diseases with the wrong medicine. For Parkinson's we focus on L-dopa, a brain chemical deficient in people with the condition, and never consider the role of the cells' energy supply. Small wonder that L-dopa often makes Parkinson's worse, and also why no drug for Alzheimer's, ADHD or motor neuron disease has made much of an impact on outcomes.

Medicine is convinced that these serious conditions require a heroic batch of chemicals to make much of a difference, but we're not only looking in the wrong place, we're trying too hard. In fact, it's not difficult to power up flagging mitochondria. New evidence shows that that an all-purpose nutrient, co-enzyme Q10, has miraculous effects on mitochondria, as does a newly identified type of B vitamin called PPQ, copiously present in many healthy foods but also available as a simple supplement.

Other simple supplements also demonstrate the ability to regenerate the mitochondria in neurons. In fact, one of the most promising is a supplement made up of a giant moleculeone of the largest pure carbon molecules in naturecalled buckminsterfullerenes after the famous architect and inventor, Buckerminster Fuller, because they resemble his geodesic domes. These 'fullerenes' have the capacity to continuously stabilize free radicals in the mitochondria like a reusable sponge.

Not surprisingly, these carbon molecules, called C60 after their chemical formula, are being investigated for a number of illnesses, but most particularly as an anti-aging supplement against a range of conditions resulting from oxidative damage.

Once again, the latest science shows us that medicine has it all wrong when it comes to attempting to fix neurological damage. Instead of turning to harsh chemicals to fix the by-products of the condition, we need to look to the sourcethe power supply. As with most areas of biology, everythingincluding medical solutionsis energy.

Tue, 31 Jul 2018 13:54:00 +0100 busterwddty
<![CDATA[The secret life of pain]]> We all know what causes physical pain, don't we? A part of your body gets crunched, cracked, stabbed, cut or burned, and you feel pain. Or, pain starts up when some body part gives way, like an overworked knee, or wears away, like cartilage, so that the parts no longer mesh together with ease.

In other words, pain is, essentially, some sort of mechanical issue, a faulty piece of equipment, caused by your body wearing out or getting broken. Or even, in the case of autoimmunity, that catch-all phrase medicine uses when it doesn't really know the cause, when our body decides, for some unknown reason, to start breaking itself.

This month's special issue on pain puts to bed those simplistic ideas.

As Cate Montana reports in our cover story (page 28), new evidence shows that many cases of back pain have nothing to do with wear and tear but are caused by infections: by bacteriaparticularly the very species that causes simple common acneas well as by fungi and other sorts of gut bugs. These bugs invade the tissues and begin causing all sorts of pain.

Besides back pain, bugs like these can also cause the most intractable cases of arthritis. When Sean Codling started suffering with ankylosing spondylitis in his 20s he was told that he would be in a wheelchair by 30 (page 66). Eventually, he discovered that bugs were the cause of his arthritic inflammation too.

Besides infections, other forms of pain are caused by simple stress. Drs David Wise and Rodney Anderson, who specialize in resolving pelvic pain, claim that it results from a mental/emotional cause: "The major contributing factor," they write in an excerpt from their book A Headache in the Pelvis (page 56), "involves a chronically knotted up, contracted pelvistypically a physical response to years of worrythat leads to tight, irritated pelvic floor tissue."

Besides stress, this can be caused by some sort of emotional or mental trauma, or even by a series of stresses, causing the sufferer's muscles to be permanently on-guard. Recently, a WDDTY staffer met someone at a pain clinic whose pelvic pain started the moment his girlfriend was diagnosed with cancer.

And we know there is something else going on here when we can think ourselves out of painor even, as recent evidence suggests, that pain can be lowered just from holding someone else's hand.

A friend of mine used to suffer from back pain so severe that in her lowest moments, she even contemplated suicide. One day, her brother, a pain expert, told her that her pain was a mental feedback loop and she should try one simple trick. Every time she had pain, she should name it'squeaky,' 'twitchy,' whateverand then forget about it and place her attention elsewhere.

She tried it for a few daysand never had a painful back again.

If bugs, stress or emotional grief are the cause of pain, the solution is very different from the mechanistically based treatments offered by modern medicine. It requires a good deal of detective work to find practitioners who understand these root causes and have developed reliable cures.

When Codling began doing his own reading and discovered that his situation might have something to do with allergies, he booked an appointment with the late WDDTY panelist, Dr John Mansfield, a pioneer in allergies and arthritis.

When allergies turned out not to be the whole story, Codling kept seeking, until he discovered the connection with infection.

In his case, the answer was simplea change of dietbut the path to finding that solution required years of digging and searching, and never giving up.

And that's the real crux of the issue. Since so little is really known about the source of much illness, and particularly pain, you need to take on board a certain attitude when you've got a condition like this: that you're going to find a solution, no matter what it takes.

For that's the worst part of pain, say Drs Wise and Anderson. It isn't the pain itself. All of us can take all kinds of sufferingjust consider women in childbirth. The problem begins when you get into the mindset that things will never get any better, that you are going to have to live with this pain forever.

If a doctor ever tells you that, run as fast as you can out the door and find another practitioner. In almost every instance, there's a way to get better. That doctor just doesn't know what it is, and you just haven't found it yet.

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:06:00 +0100 busterwddty
<![CDATA[The unfair pill]]> We're living in unfair timessome of the most unfair in recent history. And now WDDTY may have come up with a reasonable answer as to why.

It may have something to do, believe it or not, with aspirin and acetaminophen, those everyday painkillers we buy and consume by the handful to blunt the pain of everyday living.

The problem is, as we point out in our News Focus this month (page 20), these painkillers also blunt our emotions.

As Bryan Hubbard writes, psychologist Naomi Eisenberger and her colleagues from UCLA have been studying the sources of pain in the brain. They've discovered that the very same part of the brain that registers physical pain (the anterior cingulate cortex) also registers social pain, such as rejection, exclusionor even a sense of unfairness. And now we have discovered that treating the one also affects the other.

Recent studies show that a single dose of acetaminophen blunts physical pain, but also numbs us to social pain like hurt feelings or the outrage we generally feel when things are unfair, or even our positive feelings toward a social group.

In other words, painkillers make us a little less human, and a lot less concerned about other people and whether they are kind or cruel to us, or indeed whether we return a good deed. A lot less concerned about empathy and unfairness.

Just think of the implications of this, considering the amount of painkilling we currently do. As our cover story points out (page 28), in the United States alone, doctors hand out some 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillersalmost one for every man, woman and child in the country. In one year alone, Americans spent about $4 billion on over-the-counter painkillers.

In Britain, people take an average of 373 painkillers every year, according to the British Medical Association study; one in every 20 adults takes at least six painkillers every time they're feeling under the weather. And that was 13 years ago.

All those people getting blunted to sensitivity to others. All those people addicted to drugs. All those people not giving a damn anymore about whether things are unfair.

Here's the big issue. The soul of any successful society is turn-taking, or reciprocitya sense of fair play. The moment individuals begin to cluster in a group larger than the nuclear family, they appear to evolve a strong, in-built sense of fairness.

Our survival depends upon our ability to give each one of us a turn, and the extent to which any society begins to fray relates to a deterioration of a sense of fairness and basic reciprocity.

This has been demonstrated in the extensive work on fairness by Swiss economist Ernst Fehr from the University of Zurich, now based at the the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology.

Fehr has exhaustively tested his theory that people are inherently fair with a classic game theory experiment called the Ultimatum Game. In this game, volunteers are randomly paired, although never allowed to meet.

The pairs are then split off into "proposers" and "responders." The proposer is given a sum of moneysay, $10and allowed to offer the responder any amount of money, from $1 to $10, that he sees fit, while the responder's job is simply to accept or reject the offer.

If he accepts it, he will receive the designated sum, while the proposer keeps the rest. If the responder rejects the offer, however, both leave empty-handed.

This is a one-time-only offer, and both parties know thishence the name "ultimatum." There is no possibility of holding out for a better deal. Furthermore, as the game is only played once, the two players understand that there will never be any reprisal.

If human beings were innately selfish, it would make perfect sense for the proposer always to keep the lion's share and make the most derisory offer, and for the responder always to accept it, as something, no matter how little, is better than nothing. There is no social pressure to be generous in the game, as the two will never interact again.

In practice, this scenario rarely occurs with any pair in any society, even indigenous ones that don't have currency, but play for tobacco.

The most common offer is 50 percent, and the overall average ranges from 43-48 percent. Even though it means they stand to lose out personally, most people would rather share equally with people they haven't met and never will meet again.

And now we may have the missing piece to all this. The vast disparity between rich and poor in America and Western countries may not be solely down to the banking system or globalization.

Maybe it also has something to do with that giant dope-dealer, the pharmaceutical industry, which has made numb junkies of us all.

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:38:00 +0100 busterwddty
<![CDATA[Brains on fire]]> Much of modern psychiatry rests on the assumption that mental illness is a biological or genetic disease. Nowhere is this more evident than with serious conditions like depression, bipolar disorder or even schizophreniaall catch-all terms used to describe individuals who supposedly have lost contact with reality and suffer from delusions, hallucinations, illogical thought processes, or generally disturbed and even suicidal thoughts or behavior.

In some cases, medicine may be correct in blaming body chemistry, but by seeking the cause in some sort of faulty wiring in the brain itself, it could be fingering the wrong culprit. For years, studies have suggested that some of the behavior that we label depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder may in fact be caused by nutritional deficiencies and allergies.

And the latest information, the subject of our cover story this month (page 46), shows that the root of much so-called mental illness is a body and brain on fire.

Systemic inflammation is caused by an immune system in overdrive, which can wreak havoc on the body, causing all sorts of degenerative illness from type 2 diabetes to Alzheimer's disease. But new evidence also shows that when cytokinessome of the key players in regulating the immune systemare disordered, they can also affect neurological function, causing any one of a litany of conditions we label 'mental illness.'

A major infection such as Epstein-Barr virus can cause this kind of cytokine storm, but so can allergies and the typical Western diet. Numerous studies of schizophrenics have shown that foods containing gluten or dairy can often trigger psychotic events and behavior. Amino acids in these foods are similar to a substance called melanocyte-inhibiting factor (MIF), known to alter brain activity.

Many psychiatric patients given gluten produce a substance (leukocyte migration inhibition factor) that is similar to one produced by celiac patients, even though the psychiatric patients don't exhibit other symptoms of gluten intolerance, such as malabsorption in the gut.

Numerous studies have shown that even severely disturbed, hospitalized patients markedly improve when dairy and gluten are eliminated from their diet, and relapse as soon as the foods are reintroduced.

Besides food allergies, numerous nutritional deficiencies such as in certain B vitamins like folate have long been known to cause psychosis.

The most well-known advocate of this approach was the late Dr Carl Pfeiffer, founder of the Brain Bio Center in Princeton, New Jersey. Dr Pfeiffer postulated that most psychotic patients have either abnormally high or low levels of histaminethe body chemical mobilized in allergic reactionswhich is vital to the functioning of the nervous system. He also found that they were likely to have too much copper and deficiencies in zinc and other nutrients.

By manipulating their diet and adding supplements, Dr Pfeiffer achieved notable improvements in many patients.

More recently, we've discovered the role of sugar or a faulty microbiome in creating a brain on fire, which can be put out by cleaning up the diet and adding probiotics (see page 59), as well as other supplements.

More than 30 years ago, Drs Stephen Davies and Alan Stewart maintained that addressing nutritional imbalances, food allergies and hormonal imbalances "can. . . result in being able to gradually withdraw, in a controlled way, the anti-psychotic medication without relapse."

And WDDTY panel member Dr Melvyn Werbach amassed many studies in the 1990s showing that patients with clinical depression made a full recovery just by being given folic acid supplements.
All these years later, we have even more information to suggest mental illness isn't all in the head, or indeed the genes. New evidence from Kings College London shows that many cases of schizophrenia or bipolar illness are caused by environmental factors and not genes, and so are potentially reversiblesomething not usually told to patients suffering from a coterie of serious mental disorders.

The 'sick brain' theory justifies the medical approach to mental illness, with its armament of powerful drugs, lobotomy and electroshock. As Peter Breggin wrote many years ago in Toxic Psychiatry, "If irrationality isn't biological, then psychiatry loses much of its rationale for existence as a medical speciality."

That is even more true with new evidence that inflammationincreasingly seen to be the root cause of all diseasesmay be the root cause of all mental illness, too.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:06:00 +0100 busterwddty
<![CDATA[Germ warfare]]> Blaming health conditions on bugs like bacteria or viruses has fallen out of fashion. We look for lifestyle causes of illness, whether diet or too few important nutrients, lack of exercise, too much processed, sugary foods or even the fallout from drugs and other aspects of modern medicine. We figure that in almost every instance, we're ill because of something we're not doing right.

In our zeal to identify Big Pharma or Big Food as the cause of all our ills, we forget one still important source of illness: bugs, in the form of powerful viruses and bacteria.

It's not all about the bug acting on its own. Viruses and bacteria need a weakened host in order to take hold. As Celeste McGovern exposes in this month's cover story (page 28), a dormant Epstein-Barr herpes virus (EBV), the source of glandular fever, or mononucleosis, often called 'the kissing disease' because it can be contracted by mouth, lays dormant and can eventually attack the body years later when an immune system is under par.

As the virus awakens and begins to replicate, the immune system goes into overdrive and starts attacking its own tissuein this case, the thyroid gland.

The idea that EBV could cause problems years later was disparaged for many years because some 90 percent of people carry the virus. However, it's now gaining traction from increasing evidence that a virus can cause or incite many illnesses.

The late WDDTY panel member Dr Patrick Kingsley was one of the early proponents of the idea that viruses had a certain role to play in triggering or exacerbating many conditions, from cancer to multiple sclerosis. When taking a patient's history, Kingsley would routinely explore whether the patient had contracted chicken pox as a child.

"When I gave a talk about my work to a large group of cancer patients in London a number of years ago, I made the statement that, in my opinion, the shingles virus was somehow involved in patients with breast cancer," he wrote. "During the break I was surrounded by women, so I asked them what their experience had been, only to be told by just about all of them that they had had either shingles or chicken pox shortly before the first signs of their breast cancer appeared."

Kingsley considered the fact that many of his patients had never felt completely well after contracting glandular fever. After putting two and two together, he suspected that most lymph and blood cancers had some sort of viral cause.

Kingsley also noted that his multiple sclerosis patients who had been improving often had a renewed attack, even requiring hospitalization, when they'd had a urinary tract infection, even one without symptoms.

Kingsley's prescience was proved correct with recent evidence from Harvard Medical School demonstrating that the presence of the EBV can change certain cells in the breast, leading to cancer decades later. And this process occurs not simply in the breast but also the lymphatic system, the nose and throat, the stomach and even the body's soft tissues.

There's also new evidence that cancer can be caused by bacterial imbalances, with cancer patients having higher levels of Staphylococcus bacteria and breast cancer patients having fewer Methylobacterium than healthy women. Something in the viral and bacterial population has definitely gone awry.

While medicine is more than willing to consider bugs as the cause of things like cancer, they have only one solution to bugsantibioticsand then only for bacteria, since these drugs don't work on viruses. Over the years, they have minimized or destroyed the work of farsighted pioneers like Royal Raymond Rife, who developed a high-frequency device to kill offending microbes in the early part of the 20th century.

Happily, there are relatively simple solutions to strengthening your immune system against an EBV attack, whether or not you have a thyroid condition. In particular, Kingsley used to ensure that patients got enough B vitamins.

"Glandular fever seems to strip people of B vitamins," he wrote, "and if a person catches it, B vitamins given at the time may well hasten their recovery and stop it being too severe." In Kingsley's experience, glandular fever seemed to compromise the function of the liver. He routinely offered a patient who'd had glandular fever at any point a liver tonic or homoeopathy.

As McGovern outlines, it's not especially difficult to boost your immune system and send the virus back into dormancy. But first we have to appreciate that bugs of all varieties may play a central role in our healthand even with chronic conditions like an underactive thyroid.

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 15:29:00 +0000 busterwddty
<![CDATA[High drug pressure]]> If you are one of the millions of people taking powerful drugs to treat high and 'abnormal' blood pressure and prevent heart disease, you could be victim to one of medicine's greatest blunders in preventative care.

Although high blood pressure is seen as one of the most common health risks we face as we grow older, the standard method of measuring it is so seriously flawed that many millions of people believe their health is in jeopardy when it isn't, and so they're willingly taking drugs they don't need.

To make matters worse, there's no agreement in medicine about what a dangerous reading is, and the targets keep moving. In fact, just a few months ago, American medical authorities drastically lowered the threshold for what is now considered unacceptably high blood pressure, which essentially means that in a stroke millions of people will be labeled hypertensive and considered appropriate candidates for drug treatment.

According to these new guidelines, any 'abnormal' blood pressure readingand especially any level above 130/80 mmHgwill almost inevitably trigger a prescription for an antihypertensive drug.

However, the amazing fact is that the antihypertensive drugs given to patients with high blood pressure are actually increasing their chances of suffering the very heart attack they believe the drugs are helping to avoid. One group of antihypertensive drugscalcium-channel blockers (CCBs)even triples the risk.

Beta blockers are supposed to lower blood pressure and stabilize the heart's rhythm, but evidence from the New York University School of Medicine, which tracked 44,708 heart disease patients for more than three years, discovered that the drugs don't protect heart patients. Those taking the drugs are just as likely as those not taking the drugs to have a second heart attack or stroke. In fact, in those with heart disease risk factors, there were more cardiovascular disease-related deaths among people taking beta blockers.

European 'best practice' guidelines recommend that 'more than one drug is needed' particularly for patients with high-normal blood pressure and a history of heart or arterial disease. The three most common two-drug therapies combine a diuretic with a calcium-channel blocker, a beta blocker, an ACE inhibitor or an angiotensin-receptor blocker.

But researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle estimated that taking a calcium-channel blocker with a diuretic nearly doubles the likelihood of having a heart attack. And evidence shows that patients taking a calcium-channel blocker with a beta blocker increased their risk of heart attack by 60 percent.

Furthermore, the drug combos don't necessarily interact well together. Although calcium channel blockers can stop arterial constriction in the heart, which is caused by beta blockers, this may only happen when blood flow is normal. Likewise, while beta blockers may prevent the rapid heart rate induced by calcium-channel blockers, this may not prevent the decrease in blood pressure frequently caused by those drugs.

The bottom line? All this drug-taking isn't doing much good; a study of 2,000 patients with high blood pressure from 13 general practices across England revealed that only just over half of those taking antihypertensive drugs had achieved moderately healthy blood pressure levels.

Most drugs are not only vastly overused, but largely unnecessary for most mild cases of raised blood pressure. One study found that almost half the patients over 50 had normal blood pressure levels just one year after stopping their drugs.

High blood pressure is a symptom of our modern way of life. Processed foods and a sedentary lifestyle can all add up to an unhealthy blood pressure reading, which can often be resolved by judicious diet and exercise.

As you'll see in our Special Report on page 28, there are plenty of other ways to gently modify your diet and lifestyle that are far safer, and work considerably better, than swallowing a pill.

One of the most significant changes you can make is to stop eating high-glycemic-index foods that are readily converted into sugar. To that end, we wish to make special mention of the late Louise Hay. In addition to her groundbreaking work on the power of the mind to heal, Louise was also keenly concerned with the latest approaches to healthy diet, one reason that she lived to the age of 90. We offer her non-grain 'bread' recipes on page 38, in the hope that Louise is still baking healing foods in heaven.

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 17:56:00 +0000 busterwddty
<![CDATA[Blame it on the back]]> There's a medical problem out there that threatens to outstrip the cost of treatments for all types of cancers combined, and that's back pain.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in February 2008, Americans spent a staggering $86 billion on treatments for the spine in 2005an increase of 65 per cent in less than a decade. This is about the same as is spent on cancer treatment, and the numbers have only continued to spiral upward.

While the total costs increased by 65 per cent from 1997 to 2005, the money spent on drugsa cool $20 billion in 2005 aloneincreased by 171 per cent in the same period, with a 425 per cent increase in narcotic pain relief.

The statistics are similar in the UK, with the only difference being that our National Health Service (and hence all of us) are largely footing the bill.

This giant expenditure might even be worth it, if we were getting somewhere.

But as the bleak statistics starkly reveal, the number of people with lower back and neck pain serious enough to cause impairment has more than doubled, according to the American National Health Interview Survey, and both conditions lead the list of disabilities, resulting in a staggering 291 million days lost at work in 2012 alone.

At the top of the list of so-called back problems is sciatica, a condition where the sufferer has sharp, radiating pain cascading down from the glutes to the back of the foot. Some 40 per cent of all Americans and British people will suffer from sciatica at some point in their lives. Often it goes hand in hand with back pain in other areas.

The standard medical approach is to consider sciatica a problem of the spine or a matter of 'neuropathic pain'meaning nerve pain, the origin of which we haven't a clue about.

According to Harvard Medical School's health website: "A common culprit for sciatica is a herniated disc (also referred to as a ruptured disc, pinched nerve, or slipped disc). Discs can weaken over time. Or a vertebra can slip forward and the nerve fibres become compressed, like a garden hose with a kink in it. This can happen because of an injury or trauma, but is often the result of years of bending and sitting for long stretches."

When the drugs don't stop the painand they often don'tand the pain worsens, doctors turn to surgery, which, like pain medication, is also burgeoning. Some 1.2 million operations are performed every year in the US, one-quarter of which are spinal fusions, the operation of choice for sciatica, costing some $60,000 apiece.

Approximately 50 per cent of those surgeries fall into the category of the 'failed back syndrome'where medicine has singularly failed to do anything but make the problem worse.

The renowned British orthopaedic surgeon Professor Gordon Waddell once estimated that only 1 per cent of patients with low back pain can be classified as surgical success cases.

Maggie Hayward, for one, an exhibition manager from Southwest London, remortgaged her house to pay for the 35,000 it cost to have spinal fusion, banking on the fact that it would end the stabbing, burning pain she had in her lower back and legs, which felt like an electric shock. It was a last-ditch effort, since she'd tried everything from acupuncture to traction without success.

Like so many others, the operation did not affect the pain in any way. Maggie was forced to retire and was never able to work again.

One reason for all these failures, at least when it comes to surgery, is the simple fact that the pain radiating down your leg has nothing to do with your spine.

Physiotherapist Mitchell Yass is one of a growing number of forward-thinking physiotherapists who have concluded that sciatic pain isn't coming from your backit's from your hip.

Muscle imbalances surrounding the hip overwork certain muscles that ultimately strain or enlarge, eventually impinging on certain nerves, causing radiating pain down the leg.

As Dr Yass has discovered, the answer is simply to rebalance those hip muscles so that the ones causing the problems shrink back to normal and play again as a team. No surgery, no drugsjust a series of short exercises to get those muscles back into line.

And that's possibly why medicine has it so wrong when it comes to sciatic pain. Compared to drugs or surgery, there's not a lot of money to be made from telling people that they can sort themselves out by doing a few exercises. No big drug patent, no heroic surgery. Just, like most medical issues, a simple problem with an equally simple solution.

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 13:57:00 +0000 busterwddty
<![CDATA[Metal fatigue]]> Medicine is baffled by Alzheimer's disease (AD), and thus far, no matter how great the fanfare about amazing new breakthroughs, not one drug has managed to halt the slow but inevitable robbing of a person's identity.

There's a good reason for this. The fact is, conventional medicine has no idea what causes Alzheimer's, and that's because what we call 'Alzheimer's' does not have a singular cause. The brain requires healthy levels of tubulin, a protein needed for the healthy formation of nerve tissue in the brain, and without adequate levels, messages in the brain don't connect properly.

The label is used when doctors identify 'neurofibrillary tangles' and 'senile plaques' in the brainthought to disrupt communication between neurons and interfere with proper brain functionbut the reasons for the communication breakdown in the brain vary so widely that the end result is a collection of causes still looking for a tidy label. That label, up until now, has been AD.

AD isn't really a 'disease,' more a symptom of slow-motion poisoning. Chief among causes is heavy metal poisoning, whether aluminum or mercury from amalgam fillings. As our cover story details (page 28), John Blackburn began showing symptoms of Alzheimer's in his 50s. Luckily, he immediately suspected that the cause was the aluminum dust he'd been exposed to during his 20 years of working for a company that produced aluminum siding. Once he began a simple detox program, his health transformed.

Heavy metals act as a slow-motion poison on the brain, and increasing evidence points to aluminum. While John's exposure was occupational, aluminum is present in our cookware, our deodorants and even our makeup.

The other major assault on the brain comes from the mercury present in amalgam fillings. This information is hardly revelatory, although conventional medicine refuses to acknowledge mercury as a potential cause. In the 1980s, a research team from the University of Kentucky investigating the connection between mercury and AD found high levels of the element in the brain tissue of AD victims. In fact, the highest trace element in the brains of a batch of autopsied AD patients was mercury. Other researchers have found that animals given mercury or aluminum develop a diminished tubulin level similar to people with AD.

At 80, Pat, for instance, began showing symptoms of Alzheimer's. His wife, Melitta, suspected the problem was the 15 amalgam fillings in his mouth, and convinced him to undergo a test for amalgam poisoning, which revealed an extraordinarily high electrical current in his mouth.

Pat had the fillings removed in two sessions. Soon after his fillings were out, his doctor observed that Pat had suddenly 'woken up.' After five months of a detox program to get the amalgam out of his system, he was able to go out unassisted and handle matters such as letters and even the couple's tax returns.

Systemic Candida overgrowth, allergies and food intolerances, pesticides, molds, nutritional deficiencies, drugsthe entire gambit of 20th-century toxic rubbish in our environment conspires to poison us in slow motion. The more susceptible among us may experience a scrambling up of the signaling in the brain and begin to evidence some of the symptoms that we have up until now called AD. Others of us will just get hay fever.

Naturopath Dr Harald Gaier has been interested in the role of certain viruses in acting as an initial trigger, particularly the herpes virus, chlamydia or spirochetes from tick bites. One formal letter signed by a group of prominent scientists cited 79 reports of infections causing the onset of AD. This notion of toxic overload or a viral trigger is akin to the viral (or vaccine) trigger that often seems to precipitate myalgic encephalomyelitis (see page 53).

Ironically, once John had identified the cause, he was able to embark on a surprisingly simple treatment: a cocktail of natural ingredients, plus water and exercise, was all that was needed in order to give him back his brain. No drugs, no heroic effort with lists of supplements. In fact, no medical interventionjust a simple morning smoothie.

Understanding the most puzzling illnesses like AD or even cancer requires that we dispose of our notion of illness as having any one cause or acting similarly in all of us.

Labeling diseases is ultimately limiting, forcing very different symptoms and individual causes into a very small box. What causes cancer in you is not what causes cancer in me, and my body's individual symptom picture and response to it will ultimately be very different from yours.

In order to conquer AD, we first need to stop giving it a name. Once we do, we may stop looking for the single culpritor cure.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:18:00 +0000 busterwddty
<![CDATA[Curing from the cupboard]]> Desperate times call for desperate measuresa thought generally attributed to the Greek physician Hippocrates, the father of medicine, after writing in his Aphorisms, "For extreme diseases, extreme methods of cure... are most suitable."

This has been the catchphrase of medicine ever since. If a patient has some sort of serious condition, so the thinking goes, it can only be cured by a heroic measure: chopping it, burning it, freezing it or poisoning it with a potent drug.

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) like Crohn's fall into that category of 'extreme diseases.' To date, the modern treatment has zeroed in on the most extreme methods of treatment, whether steroids or powerful immune system-suppressing drugs like azathioprine, infliximab and methotrexate, all of which can have a number of life-threatening effects, from lowered resistance to infection and osteoporosis to liver and lung disease and lymphoma.

This might be worth it, if doctors had a clue that IBD required it, which would entail understanding what on earth IBD actually was. It also would be worth it if these extreme measures actually worked.

But no less distinguished an institution as the Mayo Clinic falls back on the same old story: faulty genes: "The exact cause of Crohn's disease remains unknown... A number of factors, such as heredity and a malfunctioning immune system, likely play a role in its development."

The Mayo also dismisses any notion that diet could be behind an inflamed gut: "Previously, diet and stress were suspected, but now doctors know that these factors may aggravate but don't cause Crohn's disease."

Tell that to Dane Johnson, featured in our cover story this month (page 28). Johnson, a successful American male model, was so sick with uncontrollable bloody bowel movements that he had to quit his work. Drugs weren't helping, so eventually he had to take matters into his own hands.

Johnson found the bulk of his treatment in the kitchen cupboard. A change of dietadding some things, eliminating othersessentially did the trick. No towering pile of supplements, no drugs, no radical anything.

Six dietary measures probably accounted for the vast majority of his positive outcome, and a few other lifestyle changesminimizing stress, getting enough rest and staying positiveput the icing on the cake.

Increasingly, pioneering researchers are discovering what the Mayo Clinic is still blind to: the answer to most gut problemseven the most extreme onesis in the diet. In fact, new research from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio shows that gut problems like Crohn's disease can even be reversed simply by eating more 'good' fats, such as from coconut oil and cocoa butter.

In the Case Western study, mice with a condition that mimics Crohn's that were given these good fats in their diet had some 30 percent fewer types of gut bacteria in the portion of the intestine commonly inflamed in Crohn's disease, compared to mice fed a normal diet. Even when the animals were given low concentrations of the coconut oil or cocoa butter, they had less severe intestinal inflammation and fewer of the distressing symptoms of Crohn's, such as swelling, cramping and diarrhea.

Although this preliminary study was carried out on animals, and of course may not apply to humans, it does offer a possible link between the types of fats we eat and the state of our microbiome.

"The finding is remarkable because it means that a Crohn's patient could have a beneficial effect on their gut bacteria and inflammation only by switching the type of fat in their diet," said lead researcher Alexander Rodriguez-Palacios.

The study is among the first both to identify specific changes in gut bacteria that are linked with Crohn's disease and to show that high-fat diets can bring about those changes and thus combat inflammation.

Rodriguez-Palacios and his team are now studying which components of the 'good' and 'bad' fats change which types of gut microbes and make the animals healthier.

Because the fats lower inflammation, they could have the same beneficial effects on other inflammatory bowel disorders too.

The Case Western team are hopeful that they'll be able to produce dietary advice to help IBD patients without the side-effects of drugs. Perhaps they should have a word with Dane Johnson. And while they're at it, they might remind the Mayo Clinic of another one of Hippocrates' famous aphorisms: 'Let food be thy medicine.'

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 15:28:00 +0100 busterwddty
<![CDATA[The healing power of a group]]> For many years, I refused to write about the strange healings that were happening in my workshops because I didn't believe them for one moment, which is to say, I had a hard time handling miracles.

By 'miracles' and 'healings,' I'm referring to genuine loaves-and-fishes-type miraculous eventsa series of extraordinary and untoward situations in which people were instantly healed of all sorts of physical conditions after being assembled into a small group and sent a collective healing thought. I am talking about the kinds of miracles that defy every last belief we hold about the way we are told the world is supposed to work.

My own, relatively conventional, view about the nature of reality had first taken a knock after researching my book The Field. The frontier scientists I met during the course of my researchall with impeccable credentials attached to prestigious institutionshad made astonishing discoveries about the subatomic world that seemed to overthrow the current laws of biochemistry and physics.

In countless experiments, they'd shown that our thoughts may not be locked inside our heads but may be trespassers, capable of traversing both other people and things, and even actually influencing them.

I had grown especially curious about the implication of these discoveries: that thoughts are an actual thing with the capacity to change physical matter.

This idea continued to nag at me. Is this a true power, and exactly how all-purpose is it, I wondered. What can you do with it? Are we talking here about curing cancer or just shifting a quantum particle? And what happens when lots of people are thinking the same thought at the same time? Does this magnify the effect?

This new science seemed to change everything we thought we knew about our innate human capacities, and I wanted to test it to the limit. Like a 21st-century doubting Thomas, I was essentially looking for a way to dissect magic.

Very little research had been carried out about group intention, and my plan was to fill that gap by enlisting my readers as the experimental body of group intenders in an ongoing scientific experiment. After the publication of my next book, The Intention Experiment, in 2007, I gathered together a consortium of physicists, biologists, psychologists, statisticians and neuroscientists highly experienced in consciousness research. Periodically I would invite my internet audience, or an actual audience when I was delivering a talk or workshop somewhere, to send one designated, specific thought to affect some target in a laboratory, set up by one of the scientists I was working with, who would then calculate the results to see if our thoughts had changed anything.

As it turned out, the experiments did work. In fact, they really worked. In the 30 experiments I've run to date, 26 have evidenced measurable, mostly scientifically significant change. To put these results in perspective, almost no drug produced by the pharmaceutical industry can lay claim to that level of positive effect.

A year after I began the global experiments with groups of thousands, I decided to scale down the entire process in my workshops by creating groups of eight people and asking them to send healing intention to one of their members. For me it was just another, more informal experiment, and just as foolhardy a oneuntil people with long-standing conditions reported instant, near-miraculous healings.

At some point I had to acknowledge that the group-intention experience itself produced some sort of mirror effect that caused big changes in people: changing individual consciousness, removing a sense of separation and individuality, and placing members of the group in a state of ecstatic unity. And this, in turn, proved to be a dynamic so powerful and life-transforming that it enabled individual miracles to take place. I recorded hundreds, if not thousands, of these instantaneous miracles in participants' lives. They healed long-standing serious health conditions. They mended estranged relationships. They discovered a renewed life purpose or cast off workaday jobs in favor of a career that was more adventurous or fulfilling.

And there was no shaman or guru present, no complex healing process involvedin fact, no previous experience necessary.

The inciting instrument for all of this was simply the gathering of these people into a group. Our cover story this month (page 28), an excerpt from my new book, The Power of Eight, is an attempt to understand more about the miraculous healing power of small groups, and also the healing power you hold inside you, which gets unleashed, ironically, the moment you stop thinking about yourself.

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:15:00 +0100 busterwddty
<![CDATA[Reversing the irreversible]]> Treatment of type 1 diabetes is touted as a great medical success storya condition considered long-since conquered, ever since Sir Frederick Banting and his colleagues at the University of Toronto ground up the pancreas of a cow and injected it into a 14-year-old diabetic boy in 1921.

There's no doubt that the discovery of insulin has allowed untold millions of people to live a relatively normal life.

However, a glance at the statistics tells a far less rosy story: at least 1.5 million deaths a year directly attributable to diabetes; more than 73,000 lower limb amputations every year in the US; a 75 percent possibility that a diabetic will develop kidney disease, and an even higher likelihood of some form of damage to sight; plus the risk of developing one or more of a litany of other illnesses, from cataracts and hearing loss to erectile dysfunction, depression and infertility.

And even if you manage to avoid all that, just taking high doses of insulin day after day can leave you with a higher risk of heart attack or cancer.

Then there's type 2 diabetes, the 21st-century epidemic, with some 86 million Americans with abnormally high blood sugar now considered on the verge of developing it.

Up until now, both types of diabetes have resisted a simple causative explanation. Type 1 diabetes, largely an autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own pancreas, has been considered a bad throw of the genetic dice and deemed irreversible. Once your pancreas packs up, that, supposedly, is that.

Type 2 diabetes, blamed exclusively on poor diet and lack of exercise, is considered the more treatable condition, but the fact remains that it has often resisted a simple dietary Band-Aid.

In our cover story this month (page 28), Celeste McGovern has investigated cutting-edge evidence showing that both kinds of diabetes are highly treatable, and possibly even curable. The first evidence is emerging that an inactive pancreas may, in fact, be brought back to life through extreme exercise, diet, special supplements like vitamin D, or even probiotics.

Cutting-edge research implicates a faulty microbiome, that microscopic population of good-guy bacteria recently discovered to be an important aspect of so many biological processes, as being central to whether or not we develop diabetes.

Having certain types of bacteria in your gut essentially is like wearing a bulletproof vest. In fact, new evidence (albeit mainly from animals, which may not apply to us) suggests that restoring the right gut flora may also be able to reverse the abnormal glucose metabolism that underpins diabetes.

Many environmental insults to the gut early in its formation are also being implicated in the development of diabetes. While researching her doctorate in chemistry, a Ph.D. student named Lisa Landymore-Lim studied groups of diabetic children and discovered a number of associations, leading her to suspect that drugs were at the heart of childhood diabetes: different countries had a different incidence of diabetes, and the average age of onset got younger with each passing decade.

As she looked further, she discovered a possible link between early-onset diabetes and high exposure to prescription drugs in utero and in early childhood.

Many drugs were implicated, including benzodiazepine tranquilizers and drugs to prevent miscarriage or morning sickness, but the most common drug of all was antibiotics, which the mothers had taken during pregnancy to treat infections.

As a chemistry student, Landymore-Lim realized that some of the drugs had structural similarities to a number of other drugs known to cause diabetes, but that the key factor linking them was that they were all capable of binding to zinc. As the pancreas is a rich source of zinc, she says, the chemical from the drug may bind to the zinc in the islet cells of the pancreas, displacing some or all of the insulin molecules there.

This would result in damage to the pancreatic cells and "activation of the body's immune system as it detects 'deformed' cells which it regards as 'foreign,'" she wrote.

All this suggests that the gut plays a central role in this puzzling condition. As 'death begins in the colon,' so may the development of diabetesand also its cure.

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:24:00 +0100 busterwddty
<![CDATA[Seeing clearly now]]> Ask most doctors why people develop eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, and they'll blame it on the fact that eyes just inevitably wear out. Two of those conditionsmacular degeneration and cataractseven have 'age' attached to a particular version of them, as in 'age-related cataracts' and 'age-related macular degeneration' (AMD).

If you've got either of them, according to modern medicine, it's just a bad roll of the dice, likely to have something to do with your genes.

Many leading doctors who specialize in functional medicine beg to disagree. Our eyes, like the rest of us, fall prey to disease because of some sort of stressor, whether nutritional or environmental. And the latest stressor, according to new research, is statins, which are now being linked to the development of cataracts. This ubiquitous cholesterol-lowering drug is handed out to everyone over 50, so it's small wonder that doctors blame the eye problem on age.

But as our cover story this month (page 28) makes clear, cataracts and glaucoma have more to do with nutritional deficiency than time.

This is not news. In 1980, the late Canadian biochemist and nutritional pioneer Dr Abram Hoffer was hailing the findings of nutritional researcher Dr Richard Passwater, who determined that patients with cataracts had one-sixth the amount of selenium in their lens tissues as those with normal eyes.

In fact, as long ago as 1939, researchers in Argentina found that 90 per cent of cataracts improved after being treated with vitamin C for just 10 days. In 1952, American ophthalmologist D.T. Atkinson gave 450 patients with early cataracts 1,000 mg of vitamin C and 20,000 international units (IU) of vitamin A per day. Very few of those given these supplements went on to have surgery.

Early research also found the same with glaucoma: in 1962, vitamin C was found to lower eye pressure.

Over the years, nutritional pioneers went on to discover that eye diseases had everything to do with excess oxidation, the result of free electrons from oxygen binding to biochemicals in ways that damaged them and caused mainly by light.

The cure was simple: antioxidantsvitamin C, vitamin E, glutathione and minerals like seleniumquickly put out these tiny fires.

The key to understanding eye diseases is taking on board the fact that the eye requires a denser level of nutrition than most of the rest of the body. In order to cope with the potentially damaging effects of light, the eyes are greedy consumers of the body's available nutrients; the concentration of vitamin C in the eyes, for instance, is 20 times that in the blood to protect lens protein from becoming opaque.

Once you understand the role of antioxidants in protecting the eyes, the link between statins and cataracts begins to make sense: statins are well known to wipe out the body's stores of coenzyme Q10, a highly potent antioxidant.

As Hoffer discovered in his own patients, nutritional therapy that included antioxidants as well as B vitamins not only slowed the development of cataracts, but actually reversed them.

One of his patients who'd developed cloudy vision at the age of 70 had been taking supplements of vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamine (B1) and niacinamide (B3). Hoffer only added two more supplementsriboflavin (B2) and cod liver oil (rich in vitamins A and D). A year later, the patient's lens had cleared and, within three years, an eye exam found no evidence of cataract. Those three nutrients, at relatively modest doses, were all she needed to resolve
the problem.

Dr Herschell Boyd, another pioneer in this field, had similar success with glaucoma patients. After giving 50 of his glaucoma patients high doses of vitamin C, their average eye pressure dropped by nearly 6 mmHg.

With such spectacular results achieved by credible researchers, you'd think that medical universities would be lining up to do more research on vitamin C. As one-quarter of the US population aged over 55 has AMD, and cataract removal represents the largest annual payout on Medicare, the cost savings of replacing all the drugs and surgery used to treat these kinds of eye problems with vitamin C would be staggering.

Boyd once asked this of the vice chancellor of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine: why not study antioxidants to cure eye diseases?

The answer? Researchers are paid by research grants from drug companies and the National Institutes of Health, neither of which funds vitamin C research.

At last, perhaps, you're beginning to see it all more clearly now.

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:01:00 +0100 busterwddty
<![CDATA[Mental starvation]]> Entire industries in modern medicinepsychiatry, the drug industry, even many therapeutic arms of psychologyare predicated on the idea that chronic, crippling stress, anxiety and a number of other forms of so-called mental illness are incredibly tough nuts to crack, requiring years of strong medication that, at best, can only control symptoms.

In fact, psychiatrists in America have lately abandoned any attempts at talking cures and are now just the people who dole out the drugs. Several years ago, The New York Times interviewed one prominent psychiatrist who confessed that his current patient load had swollen to 1,200 because he could treat them in 15-minute meetings that mostly consist of adjusting their prescriptions.

Small wonder that psychiatric drugs represent the most profitable sector of the drugs industry and one which, indeed, is one of the most profitable sectors of any industry. About one in five Americans is on some form of psychotropic drugone that changes your mental statespending some $11 billion on antidepressants and $16 billion on antipsychotics alone, many now inappropriately given for stress and anxiety.

To give you some idea of the enormous profits to be made by medicating for stress, in the US, Xanax, the number-one drug for anxiety, generates more revenue than Tide, the country's leading laundry detergent.

But all this medicating isn't doing much good. Studies have demonstrated that antidepressants are no better than a placebo and that more than half the prescriptions for antipsychotics are for uses with uncertain scientific evidence, according to Stanford and the University of Chicago. At the moment, the batting average of success with treatments for stress and anxiety stands at a paltry 12 per cent. There's also the problem of dependence: drugs for anxiety have a notorious history of causing addiction in short order.

And new evidence now shows that, far from 'fixing' an ailing brain, these psychotropic drugs are actually causing permanent damage to it.

As our cover story this month (page 28) illustrates, all this medicating is also completely unnecessary. The answer to most stress and anxiety, as we've discovered, may be no more complicated than simply popping a vitamin pill.

Pioneering Canadian psychiatrist Abram Hoffer first championed the use of a nutritional approach to mental illness after noticing that the symptoms of certain B-vitamin deficiencies were similar to those of schizophrenia.

As he wrote at the time, "If vitamin B-3 were removed from our food, we would all become psychotic within one year."

Hoffer and many others went on to treat symptoms of extreme anxiety and stress with B vitamins to enormous effect. People who had suffered years of crippling phobias or been on suicide watch and run through the entire coterie of pharmaceutical options got better overnight.

And now, new evidence offers a clue as to why they should be effective: a large portion of the population has a mutation in the gene that processes B vitamins, so requiring increasing doses to get an adequate supply.

This and other evidence suggests that B vitamins are the go-to supplement for many forms of so-called mental illness. As we wrote in our January 2015 edition of WDDTY, a huge body of evidence shows that B12 can be a simple cure for depression; one GP in the North of England has a casebook full of patients with debilitating depression cured by B12 shots.

New case studies of patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder and even psychosis have reversed symptoms with multivitamin supplements that include very high doses of B vitamins.

Besides mental illnesses, even neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis appear to have a vitamin B12 deficiency as a major underlying component. The late Dr Patrick Kingsley successfully treated thousands of patients with MS, and a major plank of his treatment programme was injections of high-dose B12.

All this suggests a heretical thought. Many instances of so-called mental illness, severe stress and anxiety or nervous-system disorders may not be mental at all, but the simple result of deficiencies of the essential micronutrients that maintain calm, equilibrium and mood.

That's hardly revelatory, given that B vitamins are exactly what gets refined out in the processing of refined foods. Mental illness is not an illness; it should more properly be called 'mental deficiency'.

If so, that could mean one simple thing about most of us these days. We're not stressed or even crazy. We're just starving.

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:55:00 +0100 busterwddty
<![CDATA[A mental adjustment]]> Despite being the world's most popular form of alternative treatment, chiropractic has lately had a bad press, particularly in the UK. It began when Simon Singh, the self-appointed attack dog on all things alternative, decided to promote his book Trick or Treatment: Alternative Medicine on Trial by writing an article in The Guardian in 2008 specifically targeting chiropractors and their various claims.

"You might think that modern chiropractors restrict themselves to treating back problems, but in fact they still possess some quite wacky ideas . . ." wrote Singh, referring to Exhibit A, a patient leaflet produced by the British Chiropractic Association claiming effectiveness for a number of childhood disorders, including colic, asthma and bedwetting. Singh claimed the BCA "happily promotes bogus treatments" even though there is "not a jot of evidence".

The BCA decided to sue Singh personally on the advice of a leading London libel lawyer. They won the first round, but Singh prevailed on appeal.

From then on, it was open season at newspapers like The Guardian, which went on to claim that there is no scientific basis for the idea that 'subluxations'out-of-place vertebraeimpede life energy, which is what many chiropractors attempt to treat, and that routine treatments of children are potentially dangerous.

In fact, there are two camps of chiropractic. The first includes the 'mechanics', who see chiropractic as a more sophisticated form of physiotherapy, a purely mechanical treatment for back and neck troublesand they'd prefer to be absorbed into mainstream medicine.

The second refer to themselves as 'vitalists', and do not share the same view of the body as conventional biologists. They believe, as Life Universitythe world's largest chiropractic universityputs it, that all systems in the universe are "conscious, self-developing, self-maintaining and self-healing". In their view, the body can heal itself when you remove impediments in the form of badly positioned spinal vertebrae, which block the free flow of this energy like so many fallen branches lying across a railway line.

The main problem for vitalist chiropractors is that most of the scientific research on chiropractic has confined itself to (mechanical) effects on the back and neck, and the studies carried out to date have shown only modest success. And although chiropractors around the world have claimed extraordinary results with all manner of seemingly unrelated illnesses and conditions, they have not been able to explain how it all might work. Until nowin the light of new evidence that even the materialists can understand.

In our cover story this month, WDDTY regular Celeste McGovern reports on new research from New Zealand and Denmark showing that chiropractic adjustments create major changes in the brain, strengthening its signals to the rest of the body.

The breakthrough came when it was demonstrated that an adjustment of the spine doesn't just create local changes, but sends information to the central command system of the brain, which then alters its instructions to remote parts of the body too.

This can have an enormous effect on boosting muscle strength and core stability, in particular, by making muscles more efficient at producing force.

These discoveries can also have major implications for improving muscle strength with a host of conditionsfrom nervous system injuries to muscle weakness after surgery. It could even have an impact on athletes competing at a high level in sports.

But the most exciting finding is the evidence, albeit still preliminary, for effects on stroke patients and the elderly. One study showed that a single chiropractic adjustment could increase leg muscle strength in stroke patients by 64 per cent. Other research found that it can help the elderly regain their balance and reduce the likelihood of falls.

One of the cheapest shots in healthcare is to attack something you don't understand, particularly if you're operating with an agenda.

The other cheap shot is to say that a round peg is useless because it doesn't fit into a square hole. Most attempts to debunk homeopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture and other forms of alternative medicine apply an orthodoxand increasingly outdatedmodel of the body to systems thought to work by other mechanisms that are not always understood. We may not always be able to clarify how something works (tapping comes immediately to mind), but the more important question is: does it make people better without causing harm?

Rather than wishing to be enfolded into conventional medicine, Life U's website makes it clear that this is a school for "visionaries relentlessly committed to disruptive social innovation". As this university sees it, they are setting off a revolution in healthcare, and their students are leading the charge away from the "sickness care" of the conventional medical model to one of holistic wellness. May this new evidence give them the first major round of ammunition.

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:34:00 +0100 busterwddty
<![CDATA[Back to the future]]> To eat or not to eatthat is the question. Or, to put it another way, what is the perfect diet for health, perfect weight and longevity?

In the close to three decades since we've been publishing, WDDTY has seen (and, in many cases, seen off) the Cambridge Diet (a very low-calorie diet), the F-Plan Diet (F is for fibre), the Atkins Diet (one of the first low-carb diets), the Hip and Thigh Diet (more very low-cal), the Zone and Montignac (two variations on a low-carb theme), the 5:2 Diet (intermittent fasting, or eating less food two days a week) and now the Paleo Diet (a grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar- and carb-free diet of 'traditional' whole foods our ancestors presumably would have eaten).

Over the years, nutritionists have done a volte-face numerous times, first extolling the wonders of low-fat and complex carbs, then ditching that when new evidence emerged showing that high-fat and protein-based diets led to greater weight loss. They've swung from the importance of constant grazing and snacking to recommending that we leave at least five hours between meals.

Dr Robert Atkins, the first to recognize that a diet high in carbs led to weight gain, sparked off a diet revolution in the 1970s with his revolutionary Atkins Diet. However, at the time, Atkins didn't fuss overly much about the quality of food, allowing highly processed oils, and poor-quality meat and seafood. Atkins-labelled highly processed 'diet bars' and shakes containing artificial sweeteners and other fake foods were another feature of his diet.

Atkins also focused so much on eating high-protein, low-carb that Americans trying to shed the pounds looked upon it as a licence to tuck into a plateful of bacon, butter and steak, but pitifully little veg.

A year after the turn of the new millennium, the Paleo, or Stone Age, diet entered the public's imagination, and many nutritionists and functional medicine practitioners (including our own Dr Sarah Myhill) have extolled its virtues for helping ill people regain their health.

Like WDDTY, American nutrition pioneer Dr Joseph Mercola is always on the lookout for the perfect diet. Now age 62, during his many decades as a physician treating some 25,000 patients, he says he has been continuously refining what exactly constitutes the healthiest fare. And rather than looking for a weight-loss aid, he's looking for a diet for a long and healthy life.

After a good deal of research for his latest bookFat for Fuel (Hay House, May 2017)Mercola has come up with what he terms Mitrochondrial Metabolic Therapy, or MMT, which is essentially a Paleo diet, but with a number of important refinements.

One of his important concerns is that the current Paleo diet may be placing too much emphasis on proteinup to 38 per cent of the dietand allowing too many natural sugars in the form of sweet potato and fruit. Mercola's research suggests that such an amount of protein may be too much for optimal health and that too much natural sugar could inhibit the real point of his MMT dietburning fuel for fat.

For this reason, the MMT diet limits protein even more and adds more fat, which his evidence suggests is the optimal balance to convert the body from a sugar-burning machine to a fat-burning one.

Dr Mercola has amassed an impressive amount of evidence showing that burning fat as fuel reconstitutes the body's mitochondriathe 'energy packs' of cellsand creates far fewer free radicals. He also claims that it provides far less sugar to feed cancer cells, and inhibits certain metabolic pathways that are usually overactive in many degenerative conditions.

Mercola makes big claims for this dietas a preventative against cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's and morebut one fascinating aspect of the diet is its ability to turn off pain (see Special Report, page 28).

A decent amount of evidence shows that a high-fat, low-carb diet mitigates against all the processes that lead to inflammation and, in turn, result in migraines, arthritis and other states of muscle or joint pain.

This is not a diet for the faint-hearted. To carry it out properly, you need to monitor your protein and fat intakes, and Dr Mercola even recommends monitoring blood glucose levels to ensure they are low enough for you to make the conversion from sugar-burning to fat-burning. But as our ancestors couldn't always bring home the Stone Age equivalent of a steak for every meal, this diet of the future may more closely resemble the one from our past.

Wed, 03 May 2017 18:16:00 +0100 busterwddty
<![CDATA[A cleaner sweep]]> This magazine owes its start to dental fillingsmy dental fillings. I'd had bad teeth as a kidthe product of the average heavily processed, high-sugar, American dietand by the time I was a teenager, there weren't many of my teeth, other than the few at the front, that weren't covered in metal.

In my early 30s, I developed a load of unexplained, seemingly unrelated symptoms that worsened over the following months. After a great deal of searching and a number of false trails, I finally located a pioneering nutritional doctor who figured out that I had what would now be called a 'faulty microbiome'.

But at the time, gut ecology was far less understood, so he concluded it was likely to be an overgrowth of Candida albicansa diagnosis just starting to come into voguealthough he did allow that the diagnosis might not be precise. "When all you've got is a hammer," he said about his proposed treatment, "everything starts looking like a nail."

To a great extent, his prescription for treating my guta very restrictive diet plus some anti-yeast agentssorted it out at the time, but he and I could never quite figure out why the problem occasionally returned.

Eventually, after much of my own research, the penny finally dropped. It might all have to do with all those metal fillings still sitting in my mouth.

Recent lab evidence shows that amalgam fillings cause what tends to be called a 'leaky gut'. Ordinarily, the lining of your small intestine is essentially a clever 'sieve', allowing through only small particles of food, which then get transported to other cells in body, while blocking any larger food molecules, and potentially harmful toxins and bacteria.

But damage the sieve in any way and the toxic substances get through, altering the subtle balance of bacteria in the gut and unleashing a host of conditionsfrom ulcerative colitis to joint pain. Besides causing breaches in your gut wall, mercury in your mouth can so disturb your gut that it predisposes you to developing persistent parasites.

Even the European Parliament is now opting for a complete ban on amalgam fillings that should come into effect by 2018, following a damning report in 2012 by the European Commission's BIO Intelligence Service (BIS). The BIS confirmed the wide range of health problems the fillings cause: allergies, neurological diseases, kidney diseases, autism, autoimmune diseases and even birth defects.

I had my fillings out several decades ago, but at the time, most doctors advocated the use of chemical chelating agents like DMSA (dimercaptosuccinic acid) and DMPS (dimercapto-1-propanesulphonic acid), which do the job by chemically 'grabbing' heavy metals like mercury or lead. But they also come with a host of potentially horrific risks, including lasting kidney damage and even death.

In many cases, these chelators spring heavy metals from the brain or bones, where they've been lying dormant for years, and out into the body, causing even more ill health.

Enter Dr Christopher Shade, the subject of our cover story this month (page 56). After studying mercury toxicity, he wasn't satisfied with either the tests for mercury overload, which also uses chelators like DMSA, or the supposed cure.

He developed a new test that determines how well the body is excreting heavy metals, andalso distinguishes between different kinds of mercury in the body from different sources, like fillings or fish.

After isolating the type of heavy-metal load carried by the patient, Shade offers a radically different system of detox that he claims avoids the uptake of metals back into the body, while assisting kidney excretion and the body's own cellular repair through the use of high-delivery antioxidants. He also tries to teach the therapists who use his protocols to tailor it to the individual.

Shade makes big claims for his products as an effective treatment for many illnesses like Alzheimer's or even autism that may have heavy metals as their cause, and he cites impressive case studies. There's also research showing the effectiveness of the main element of his protocol's chelationa form of silica.

A number of other natural chelatorsChlorella, glutathione, zeolite and even bentonite clayhave good evidence of powerful detoxification potential, but none offers the kind of highly focused removal and repair service touted by Shade. Now all he needs is a bit more independent verification of his own impressive products to confirm that they truly are a detox breakthrough.

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:24:00 +0100 busterwddty
<![CDATA[Weak at the knees]]> At any moment, up to a third of us are struggling with pain in our knees. In a major US National Health Interview Survey in 2006, nearly a third of adults reported experiencing some type of joint pain, with more than a sixth reporting pain in the knee. The situation is even worse in the UK, where major surveys in Bristol and Nottingham both estimated that up to a quarter of all adults suffer with chronic knee pain, while a Greater Manchester survey brought that figure up to nearly one-third of all men and women over the age of 45.

Even in China, knees are the most commonly reported parts that hurt and, indeed, with age the world over, the incidence of knee pain is only going in one direction.

Ask your doctor why and he'll invariably point to age-related 'wear and tear'. Not much can be done for these worn-out joints, says medicine, other than to make you more comfortable with painkillers and other drugs until you're an acceptable candidate for surgery.

First stop on the surgical highway is arthroscopic surgery, where areas of 'redundant' cartilage and inflamed tissue are removed. Last year, some 650,000 people in the US alone were offered this surgery, even though there's never been evidence to suggest the procedure either cures or arrests the osteoarthritic process.

In one study of 180 patients, one group was given the surgery, another was given a similar operation and a third was given a sham operationthe patients were surgically prepared, placed under anaesthesia and wheeled into the operating room where incisions were made in their knees, but no actual procedure carried out.

Over the next two years, during which time none of the patients knew who'd received which kind of treatment, all three groups reported moderate improvements in pain and function. In fact, the group who'd had the fake operation reported better results than some who'd actually undergone the real one. The mental expectation of healing was enough to marshal the body's healing mechanismsand it was these that produced the physical improvements, not the surgery itself.

But so ingrained is the idea that joints simply erode away with time that your doctor is bound to start urging you to have replacement surgery once you hit age 55. Some half a million knee replacements are performed in the US every year, and this figure is set to increase by an incredible 673 per cent over the next two decades, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

The medical research claims an astonishing success rate for 95 per cent of knee operations, with the majority remaining functional for at least 10 years.

But that impeccable track record refers simply to the knee replacements that 'take' while carefully omitting the overall complication rate of nearly one-fifth, which can include deep-seated infections, pulmonary embolism (obstruction in a blood vessel going to the lungs), deep venous thrombosis (blood clot in a vein), nerve damage to a limb or elsewhere and even, in extremely rare cases, permanent injury to a foot or loss of a limb.

The fact is, doctors rush in far too quickly to replace knees. As new research has recently uncovered, some one-third of knee replacements in arthritis sufferers shouldn't have happened in the first place, while the need for such surgery was debatable in a further 22 per cent. The report from the Virginia Commonwealth University in the US concluded that only 44 per cent of procedures were fully justified.

Impose those percentages on the 80,000 knee replacements carried out in the UK and the 600,000 carried out in the US every year, and you come up with the incredible statistic that more than 340,000 of them may not have been necessary.

Florida pain specialist Dr Mitchell Yass, for one, is convinced even that's an understatement. Dr Yass is one of the few outliers who believes that worn-out joints are rarely the source of pain. Yass has treated more than 14,000 patients and, in 95 per cent of cases, he says, the knee joint itself, even when severely arthritic, was not the problem.

Instead, in virtually every instance, what was presenting as knee pain was actually being caused by a muscle imbalance around the knee, creating misalignments that eventually translate into pain. When patients were treated with simple exercises, as described in our cover story this month (page 40), the pain invariably disappeared.

Knee pain is yet another instance where doctors believe that a problem can only be sorted by some sort of heroic intervention. As with so much in life, the answer is often easier than you think.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:10:00 +0000 busterwddty
<![CDATA[Combatting the lady killer]]> Medicine, were told, is feeling victorious about beating breast cancer, now that the incidence of heart disease has overtaken it as Britains number-one lady killer.

This victory celebration may be premature. While deaths may have decreased by 35 per cent since the early 1970s, the incidence of this form of cancer is going upby a projected 2 per cent. Breast cancer still accounts for a third of all cancers reported in women; it affects one in eight women and kills more than one in five of women diagnosed with the disease.

Small wonder that government agencies like the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Britains drugs watchdog, are turning to the aromatase inhibitor anastrozole as the new great white hope against breast cancer and urging millions of healthy women to get chemoprevention.

But this is simply more evidence of a long-standing mindset when it comes to cancer treatment, which argues that combatting cancer requires nothing less than all-out nuclear warfare. In the late 19th century, the response of surgeons to cancer was to cut away huge chunks of healthy tissue as an insurance policy that theyd got it all. In head or neck cancer, surgeons removed part of the jawbone; in breast cancer, they removed the breast, lymph nodes and most of the chest wall.

But even in the early part of the last century, if you had cancer of the pelvis or internal organs, you very well might have lost the entire lower half of your body.

While these days the treatments are less mutilating, todays doctors maintain the notion that every last cancer cell must be cut, burned or chemically blasted away and so prescribe a complex mix of drugs, radiation and surgery to ensure against the return of a single cancerous cell.

This mindset tends to create a Hobsons choice for every cancer patient between getting killed by the disease or getting killed by the cure. Not long ago, a doctor returned from an autopsy with the proud announcement that his patient, whod had widespread disseminated cancer, had died cancer-free. What he neglected to say was that the patient hadnt died of cancerit was the lung disease induced by the murderously high chemotherapy that finally got him.

Advocating chemoprevention is part of this same mindset. By pushing such a programme of drugs, NICE is ignoring the fact that healthy women will then be given a toxic agent that is itself likely to increase their chances of developing osteoporosis, heart attack, stroke, muscle or joint pain and even depressionall this for a drug that might lower the risk of cancer in high-risk women from 4 per cent to 2 per cent.

Dr Richard Evans and Dr Christine Horner (see page 50), both American surgeons, are two renegades brave enough to challenge the idea that cancer requires an all-out war. Dr Evans, author of Making the Right Choice, discovered that, in many types of cancer cases, patients opting for conservative surgery alone dont die a single day sooner than those who also get the chemo or radiation on top of surgery. In other words, he writes, there is no survival disadvantage to leaving tumour cells alone and simply observing the patient.

Dr Horner, a plastic surgeon who performs reconstructive surgery after mastectomy, goes one step further. After investigating the medical literature on cancer treatments, she was outraged to discover that many natural foods, spices and supplements have solid scientific evidence of slowing or even eliminating cancer.

One of the safest and most effective cancer killers is turning out to be vitamin C. While the late Nobel laureate Linus Pauling was advocating its use against cancer 40 years ago, its taken this long for medicine to catch up.

New evidence from the University of Iowa has confirmed that vitamin C given intravenously is some 500 times more concentrated than when taken orally, and specifically targets cancer by generating hydrogen peroxide in the body, which is lethal only to cancer cells, not healthy tissue. The vitamin has already passed the test-tube and animal trials, and is now being tested in patients with pancreatic and lung cancers, whose progress will be measured against similar cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation.

Instead of attempting to blast cancer out of the body with the most powerful armaments possible, its time to cut the war down to size. Cancer is not a disease requiring a massive external offensive. All thats necessary may be to offer the body under attack the gentle tools it needs to heal itself. As with so much of medicine, less is more.

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:52:00 +0000 busterwddty
<![CDATA[Not so little grey cells]]> Tell your doctor that you have to search harder to recall the names of distant friends or remember where you last placed your keys, and hes likely chalk it up to mild cognitive decline and tell you to get used to the inevitable slippery slope of ageing.

But as this months cover story (page 28) demonstrates, hed be resoundingly wrong. The latest brain evidence demonstrates the astonishing likelihood that the brain is far more malleable than originally thought, with the capacity to grow new brain cells and make new neural connections throughout your life, even in your twilight years.

In fact, scientists are now discovering that the brain can not only stay sharp, but be enhanced at any point in your life. So malleable are those little grey cells that you can increase the rate at which new cells grow by three to five timeseven in old age.

The question is no longer whether its possible to regenerate your brain, but the best way to do so, for there is a wide variation in this capacity, called neurogenesis, depending on how you live your life.

Not surprisingly, diet plays a major role in helping the brain renew its own cells. A high-sugar, highly processed diet is undoubtedly a cognitive killer, whereas a diet bursting with whole foods, omega fatty acids and plant polyphenols is superfood for the brain.

Psychologist Brant Cortright, who has researched brain enhancement for his new book, The Neurogenesis Diet and Lifestyle, details all the most important brain foods in our cover story, and also discusses the powerful and synergistic role that exercise plays when combined with an optimal diet. Like food, some forms of exercise are better for your brain than others, with aerobic exercise and walkingour personal favouritescoring high.

Diet and exercise are the two main pillars of a healthy brain. But there are several others that help to keep your brain young. Minimizing stress and maintaining strong social links protects against mental disorders like depression, and also slows cognitive decline.

Another important factor has to do with what scientists refer to as an enriched environment, which means a life full of surprises, variation and stimulation, all of which help the brain to make new connections. Studies of ageing animals show that a living area full of other animals, and fun and complex things to doactually increases cortical thickness, brain cell growth and branching, and even density in the spinal cord.

A similar thing happens in people who maintain a sense of curiosity throughout life. In 1991, the medical journal Nursing Forum published a study examining the factors that had contributed to the longevity of 17 war nurses whod lived through the American Civil War. Being married, having a vibrant social life, devoting yourself to a life of service and having a strong faith all played a part, but maintaining a pioneering spirita constant interest in new thingsappeared to be an important key to an overflowing fountain of youth.

But perhaps the greatest X factor of all is your own perception of how old you are. In 1981, eight men in their 70s and 80s attended a five-day retreat at a monastery in Peterborough, New Hampshire, organized by Harvard University, throughout which they were asked to pretend they were 22 years younger than they actually were.

When they got to the retreat, they were immersed in constant reminders from two decades earlier: old issues of LIFE magazine and The Saturday Evening Post, popular 1950s TV shows, radio stations playing Perry Como and Nat
King Cole.

The men were also asked to discuss events that had been current then too: Fidel Castros sudden ascendancy to power in Cuba; Nikita Khrushchevs standoff with Eisenhower during his visit to the US; home runs hit by Mickey Mantle; and knockout punches by Floyd Patterson. This carried on throughout the five days of the retreat.

At the end of the retreat, the researchers took the same physiological measurements theyd taken at the start of the study, and discovered that the men had actually had grown taller. In fact, their height, weight and gait had improved; their posture had straightened; their joints had become more flexible; and their hearing, eyesight, grip strength, memory and general cognitive function had all improved.

By the end of the five days, many of these octogenarians had given up their canes and were playing touch football.

Once theyd been reminded of their younger selves, their bodies actually became youngerand all in less than a week. And once they pretended to be younger, their brains and bodies followed suit. All of this suggests that youand your brainare only as old as you decide to be.

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