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Want to Lose Weight? Eat Clean and Get Some Sun!

The problem is polluted food. The solution is to avoid the polluted food. But that isn’t enough. You must also get out into the sun and find  foods rich in sulfur.

Let’s start with the clean eating.

Monsanto has changed the DNA of soybeans, corn, cotton, canola, and alfalfa by putting the insecticide DDT into it.  Bugs bite into the plant and the DDT splits their abdomens open.  It should go without saying then that DDT is not safe for human consumption.  Unfortunately though, we unknowingly consume a lot of it in this country,  through this type of DDT infused crop. You can be sure, that if you are eating a processed food, it goes without saying that it is probably from a genetically modified crop with some sort of DDT insecticide. Want to lose weight 1

Although we do not immediately suffer the same fate as the bug, we apparently do pay a price as the number of gastrointestinal disorders has increased significantly over the past twenty years in the U.S. Once DDT gets into our gut, it appears to stay there for good.

Many of patients I treat for disordered eating are driven by a tendency to eat too much processed and/or polluted food in an effort to cut back on fat. This results in gastrointestinal problems that result, such as bloating, constipation, and weight gain.

According to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine regarding GE foods “…. it is clear that genetically engineered foods can pose serious risks to humans, domesticated animals, wildlife and the environment.” Although the role this problem plays in the field of eating disorders such as Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating is not even on the radar of researchers, the impact that GE is having on the obesity epidemic is beginning to gain some traction.

Impact of GE Grains on Obesity and Other Eating Related Illnesses

Researcher and professor, Åshild Krogdahl, and her colleagues at the Norwegian Veterinary College, conducted a 10-year study to determine if eating genetically modified grain had any adverse effects on animals including rats, mice, fish and pigs. The work was a multi-national collaboration with researchers from Austria, Hungary, Ireland, Turkey and Australia. The results confirm the obvious:

  • According to the findings, feeding rats, mice, pigs and salmon genetically engineered feed causes obesity, along with significant changes in the digestive system and major organs, including the liver, kidneys, pancreas, genitals and more.want to lose weight 2
  • Animals fed genetically engineered Bt corn were less able to digest proteins due to alterations in the micro-structure of their intestines. This fact that “they were less able to digest proteins” has huge implications in that the biochemistry of amino acids is necessary for all life processes. It not only explains the rise in obesity, but may explain increases in many modern diseases that are currently on the rise and/or reaching epidemic proportions in the U.S. including diabetes, digestive disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, autism spectrum disorders, autoimmune diseases, sexual dysfunction, sterility, asthma, and many more.
  • Perhaps the most important finding, from the perspective of what is and isn’t safe to eat, is the finding that the animals that ate fish that had been raised on GE grains also became obese and suffered the same gastrointestinal disturbances and immune disorders as those that werewant to lose weight 3 fed the grains directly.
  • Finally, the project did not just focus on weight gain but looked at the effects on organ changes too. Researchers found distinct changes to the intestines of animals fed GMOs compared to those fed non-GMOs. This confirms observations by other U.S. researchers. Significant changes occurred in the digestive systems of the test animals’ major organs including the liver, kidneys, pancreas, genitals and more.

The animals in this study were fed a diet of GE corn and soy, which contained toxic proteins from the bacteria Bt or Bacillus thuriengensis. As mentioned previously, Bt is an insecticide that works by killing larval insect pests which damage corn, soy, cotton, canola and other crops. By inserting and gene-stacking various Bt toxins, along with herbicide resistant gene sequences, the plants DNA is altered or genetically engineered for the specific purpose of killing the offending pests.

want to lose weight 4In essence, “The entire plant is made into a pesticide factory which is also resistant to herbicides..  Roundup, is such a product and is produced by  Monsanto…….It is the most popular herbicide used on herbicide tolerant  crops. [1]

In view of what we do know from these animal studies, there is a shocking lack of data on the effects of GE foowant to lose weight 5d on humans. There are very few studies to begin with, and as the American Academy of Environmental Medicine states,  Not a single human clinical trial on GEs has been published. A 2007 review of all published scientific literature on the “potential toxic effects/health risks of GE plants” revealed “that experimental data are very scarce” in general. The author of the review concludes his paper by asking, Where is the scientific evidence showing that GE plants/food are toxicologically safe, as purportedby the biotechnology companies?  Famed Canadian geneticist David Suzuki awant to lose weight 6nswers, “The experiments simply havent been done and we now have become the guinea pigs.”

Another researcher, Dr. David Schubert[2] agrees, “If there are problems, we will probably never know because the cause will not be traceable as many diseases take a very long time to develop.”  He postulates further,  “If GE foods caused immediate and acute symptoms, with a unique signatureperhaps then we might have a chance to trace the cause.

However, that is what happened during a US epidemic in the late 1980s with a genetically engineered brand of a food supplement, L-tryptophan. The disease was fast acting, deadly, and caused a unique and measurable change in the blood.  It still took more than four years to identify that an epidemic was occurring and what the source was. By then it had killed about 100 Americans and caused 5,000-10,000 people to fall sick or become permanently disabled.

No Data Is Data

As discussed earlier, there is almost no research being done for the express purpose of scientifically establishing the links between GE foods and the dramatic increase in the specific health problems that US citizens are experiencing in comparison to citizens in other countries where GE crops are regulated or prohibited. But what we do have to go on is the unprecedented downturn in the health of one of the wealthiest developed nations in the world and what we can predict for the future based upon studies on the effects of GE on animals. If, as the biotech and food industries would have us believe, GE is safe, why are there no studies showing this?

The Link Lack of Sun Exposure and Obesity

Our skin produces huge amounts of cholesterol sulfate, which is also water soluble and provides a healthy barrier against bacteria and other potentially disease-causing pathogens that might otherwise enter the body through the skin. Cholesterol sulfate can enter both fat cells and muscle cells with equal ease. Dr. Stephanie Seneff proposes that, because of this, cholesterol sulfate may be able to protect fat and muscle cells from glucose and oxygen damage, which is known as glycation or more commonly inflammation.

She also argues that when you’re deficient in cholesterol sulfate, your muscle and fat cells become more prone to damage, which subsequently can lead to glucose intolerance; a condition where your muscles cannot process glucose as a fuel. As a result, your fat cells have to store more fat in order to supply your muscles. The more damage, the more fat that accumulates.

Sulfur also plays an important role in glucose metabolism. She hypothesizes that if sufficient amounts of sulfur is available, it will act as a decoy to glucose, effectively diverting it to reduce the sulfur rather than glycating and causing damage. This would have the beneficial effect of reducing inflammation, as sugar (glucose) is highly inflammatory and wreaks havoc in your body.

What to Do

Dietary Sources of Sulfur

  1. Sulfur is derived almost exclusively from dietary protein, so eat fresh caught fish and organic grass-fed beef, and poultry
    1. Meat and fish are considered “complete” as they contain all the sulfur-containing amino acids you need to produce new protein. Needless to say, those who abstain from animal protein are placing themselves at far greater risk of sulfur deficiency.
  2. Coconut oil and olive oil also contain sulfur (and are ideal sources of healthful saturated fats too).
  3. Other dietary sources that contain small amounts of sulfur IF the food was grown in soil that contains adequate amounts of sulfur, include:
    1. Organic Pastured Eggs, Legumes, Garlic Onion, Brussel Sprouts, Asparagus, Kale, Wheat Germ
  1. Another reason that we gain weight is that any diet high in grains and processed foods is likely to be deficient in sulfur. It turns out that once whole foods are processed, sulfur is lost.
  2. Eating organic helps to insure that the soil is richer. Additionally, soils around the world are becoming increasingly sulfur-depleted, resulting in less sulfur-rich foods overall.
  3. Drink water, such as Fiji water, that has minerals still in it. Soft water is easier to use for cleaning, but Hard water also tends to contain more sulfur than soft water, which, according to Dr. Seneff, may be why people who drink soft water are at greater risk of developing heart disease.

In addition to making sure you’re getting high amounts of sulfur-rich foods in your diet, Dr. Seneff recommends soaking your body in magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) baths to compensate and counteract sulfur deficiency. She uses about ¼ cup in a tub of water, twice a week. It’s particularly useful if you have joint problems or arthritis.

[1]The Cornucopia Institute Obesity, Corn, GMOs July 24th, 2012 Brattleboro.com
Anthony Samsel.

[2] Dr. Schubert

The Art of Getting Sun

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Reasons People Get Less Sun

  • Air conditioning – to avoid the hot sun
  • Air conditioning disease is the result of less vitamin D – China (March, 2011).
  • Increased use of multi-media indoors – TV, DVD, video games, and internet access
    • Teens increasingly indoors – especially dark skinned children
    • Problems of increased TV watching by toddlers (May, 2010).
    • Analysis of the time people spend outdoors (December, 2010).
  • More indoor jobs – more office workers, fewer farmers
    • Indoor jobs cities around the world: 30% in 1950, 70% in 2050
    • Urban residents had 2X less vitamin D – 2008
  • More people living in cities – where there is less Ultra Violet light (UV)
    • Air pollution reduces UV and thus vitamin D
    • UVB, which produces vitamin D, does not reflect off of buildings very well
  • People want whiter skin, especially women
    • May not burn from the sun if have enough vitamin D
  • Fear of skin cancer
    • Actually you can get enough vitamin D without getting much of a tan, much less get skin cancer
    • Most sunscreens increase the growth of skin cancer
    • Actually you get 1000X more cancer by not having the vitamin D
  • Less cholesterol – skin needs to produce vitamin D
    • Overview of Cholesterol and Vitamin D
    • Vitamin D bioavailability is associated with cholesterol (January 2011).
    • Eating less cholesterol is harmless other than it reduces vitamin D (June 2011).
  • More Obesity
  • Obese people need more vitamin D (2000)
    • Map of BMI increase (February 2011).
    • Obese people spend less time in the sun
    • Livers of those who are Obese do not function as well, and so do not provide as much vitamin D
  • More soft drinks – uses up Calcium And vitamin D
    • Surfers in Hawaii who drank large amount of cola soft drink had low levels of vitamin D
    • Too much fructose reduced both serum and active vitamin D in rats (April 2013).
    • HFCS consumes Magnesium needed by Vitamin D
  • Meat from factory farms – has far less vitamin D than from free-range farms
    • Eggs, chickens, sheep, pigs (500 IU/teaspoon of lard), farmed salmon has 4X less vitamin D than wild salmon
    • Wild game, which has been outdoors all of the time, has much more vitamin D – especially in the organ meats
  • Eating less fatty meat in an attempt to reduce cholesterol.
    • Fatty meat was discovered to have a liver-activated form of vitamin D in 2014
  • More drugs which consume or block vitamin D
    • Antiseizure, Prednisone, AIDS drugs, Orlistat, Questran, Dilantin, Phenobarbital, Rifampin, Steroids, Calcium channel blockers
    • Cholestyramine, Mineral Oil, St Johns wort
  • Use of polyunsaturated fats decreased bio-availablity of vitamin D
  • More windows
    • UVA from windows appears to destroy vitamin D
    • UVB (the one we need) is blocked by windows
    • More wall space devoted to windows in homes, offices, and public buildings
  • Increased salt consumption, which decreases Magnesium and Calcium
  • Fluoridated water decreases Magnesium – less vitamin D
  • Strong magnetic fields reduce vitamin D levels, perhaps from MRI
  • PCBs increase the chance of deficiency by 3%
  • Roundup (glyphosate) and it’s metabolites decrease vitamin D
  • Flame Retardants also retard active vitamin D
    • Flame Retardants were added to US clothing, mattresses, and cushions by 1980
    • Doubt that flame retardants are used in developing countries
  • Have a condition which Consumes vitamin D
    • Chemotherapy – (be careful, adding vitamin D increases the impact of some Chemo)
    • MS prevented AND treated by vitamin D, a mountain of evidence
  • Less liver eaten – which used to have large amounts of vitamin D

Get 40X more vitamin D from grass-fed beef liver

  • Less Magnesium in foods – Magnesium is needed to utilize vitamin D (as well as build bones)
    • Magnesium and vitamin D deficiencies
    • Magnesium deficiency epidemic is similar to the Vitamin D epidemic
    • Reasons: use of artificial fertilizers, refining grains removes almost all of their Magnesium
  • More seniors
    • Seniors get 4X less vitamin D from the sun than youths (less Cholesterol in skin) *
    • Seniors tend to be outdoors less – get sick – vicious cycle
    • Seniors do not activate vitamin D as well (in liver, kidney, skin, etc)
    • More cataract surgery – leads to avoiding bright light
  • Excessive clothing (burka, nun habit, . . .) Worse farther from equator
  • Have a condition which prevents Adsorption in the gut
    • Bariatric Surgery, Colon Cancer, IBD UC and CD, Crohn’s
    • Gluten Intolerance, Celiac Disease, Cystic Fibrosis
    • Fat malabsorption syndromes from 1985
  • Have a condition which prevents conversion to active vitamin D
    • Kidney vicious cycle
    • HIV both prevents conversion and consumes vitamin D
  • Have a condition which requires more vitamin D – or time in the sun
    • Pregnancy- Need more vitamin D – Before , During, and After
    • Dark Skinned people need more sun to absorb vitamin D
    • Surgery and trauma
  • Lactose Intolerance or Vegan
  • Vitamin D in US milk wrong (Vitamin D2)
  • Reduces Calcium intake, needed to build bones, prevent Myopia, prevent cardiovascular disease
  • Health reasons to avoid sun (other than skin cancer) burn easily – redhead, etc – there are alternatives
  • If avoiding sun you need to supplement with vitamin D
  • Work long hours or night shift. Long hours reduced vitamin D by 8%
  • Live far from equator even more of a problem if the region is also cloudy (Washington State, Scotland)
  • 10X more SAD in Seattle than Miami
  • DDT and some other pesticides in our bodies reduce the vitamin D perhaps 3ng
  • Smoking reduces Calcium, which reduces vitamin D

What to Do?

What it boils down to is that the sun is not just good for us, it is vital to our survival and good health. For example, in one study, 38,472 women selected in 1991-1992, aged 30-49 were monitored for 15 years. Looking at the frequency of sunbathing vacations and sunburn, the researchers found that increased sunburn frequency was associated with reduced all-cause mortality!  Sunbathing vacations more than once a year also reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality.[1] Finally in another study involving 16,500 people, researchers looked at weather statistics and found a 60% increased risk of stroke for those with the lowest sun exposure.[2]

Steps You Can Take To Get More Sun 

  1. Get regular sun and learn how to monitor your vitamin D3 levels. 

In general burning is a bad idea as it can lead to skin cancer. There are many other variables to take into consideration when sunbathing. One is skin type.

According to the Vitamin D Council Parameters of Vitamin D3 Sulfate

 

Skin Type Skin color Skin characteristics
I White; very fair; red or blond hair; blue eyes; freckles Always burns, never tans
II White; fair; red or blond hair; blue, hazel, or green eyes Usually burns, tans with difficulty
III Cream white; fair; with any eye or hair color; very common Sometimes mild burn, gradually tans
IV Brown; typical Mediterranean Caucasian skin Rarely burns, tans with ease
V Dark Brown; mid-eastern skin types Very rarely burns, tans very easily
VI Black Never burns, tans very easily

There are other factors as well, which can affect the amount of vitamin D your body makes from exposure to the sun. These are:

  • The amount of skin you expose. The more skin you expose, the more vitamin D you can produce.
  • How old you are. As you get older, your skin has a harder time producing vitamin D.
  • Whether you’re wearing sunscreen. Sunscreen blocks a lot of vitamin D production and it has also been implicated in skin cancer.
  • The altitude you’re at. The sun is more intense on top of a mountain than at the beach. This means you make more vitamin D the higher up you are (at higher altitudes).
  • Whether it is cloudy. Less UVB reaches your skin on a cloudy day and your skin makes less vitamin D.
  • Air pollution. Polluted air soaks up UVB or reflects it back into space. This means that if you live somewhere where there is lots of pollution, your skin makes less vitamin D.
  • Being behind glass. Glass blocks all UVB, so you can’t make vitamin D if you’re in sunlight, but behind glass. In fact, light coming through glass has been shown to be more cancerous.

 

Given all of the variables, it can get complicated. For example:

  • At noon in Miami, an individual with skin type III would probably need about 6 minutes of exposure to the sun to make 1,000 IU of vitamin D in summer and 15 minutes in winter.
  • Someone with skin type V would probably need around 15 minutes in summer and 30 minutes in winter.
  • At noon in Boston during summer, an individual with skin type III would probably need about 1 hour of exposure to the sun to make 1,000 IU of vitamin D.
  • Someone with skin type V would probably need about 2 hours of exposure.
  • During the winter months in Boston, it’s not possible for anyone to make vitamin D from the sun, no matter their skin ty

           Amount of Sunlight for People of Color 

Did You Know? 

We all started out at the equator and had dark skin. The farther away we got from the equator, the lighter our skin became and the less melanin we needed to protect against the potentially burnng rays of UVB. Today, in the U.S. people of color have significantly higher rates of cancer (although the rates dropped for cancer in 2013 among African Americans) heart disease and obesity.

If you are a person of color, the research says you will need up to 5 times more exposure as the melanin in your skin “protects” you from the sun.

“In a startling 2009 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that African-Americans have a much higher incidence of heart failure than other races, and it develops at younger ages. Before age 50, African-Americans’ heart failure rate is 20 times higher than that of whites, according to the study. Four risk factors are the strongest predictors of heart failure: high blood pressure (also called hypertension), chronic kidney disease, being overweight, and having low levels of HDL, the “good” cholesterol. Three-fourths of African-Americans who develop heart failure have high blood pressure by age 40.”[3]

 

When it comes to cancer, the picture is not much better.

 

“Despite……. declines….. death rates for all cancers combined remain 33% higher in black men and 16% higher in black women, compared to white men and women. African American men also have higher death rates for most of the major cancer sites (including lung, prostate, colon/rectum, liver, pancreas, and others). Notably, the higher overall cancer death rate in African American women compared to white women occurs despite lower incidence rates for all cancers combined and for breast and lung cancer.

Just recently, the new data have emerged showing that African Americans have the highest rate of obesity.[4]

  • African American women have the highest rates of being overweight or obese compared to other groups in the U.S. About four out of five African American women are overweight or obese.
  • In 2011, African Americans were 1.5 times as likely to be obese as Non- Hispanic Whites.
  • In 2011, African American women were 80% more likely to be obese than Non-Hispanic White women.
  • In 2007-2010, African American girls were 80% more likely to be overweight than Non-Hispanic White girls.

While rates are climbing for the population at large for all of these diseases, the fact that they are climbing faster among people of color is another important data point reinforcing the importance of sunshine as a means of prevention. Research is needed to determine whether there are differences in incidence among people of color in other parts of the world, i.e. does the incidence go down for them in warmer climbs.

  1. Get the app DMinder. It works out all of the details using our location and time of year/day and weather conditions. You program it with supplements, amount of time and time of day you are in the sun and it keeps a running tally of your level of vitamin D3.
  1. Take vacations that involve the sun. Go camping, zip-lining, canoeing, or skiing
  1. Take up a sport that is played outdoors. Tennis, golf, bike riding or roller blading are all good for you as they are low impact and/or high intensity interval (HIIT) types of activities and they can be done outdoors
  1. Get up with the sun – or as early as possible. Your body produces more melatonin if you get early morning sunlight. The more melatonin the better you sleep at night.
  1. Limit the time you spend using electronics. Read don’t watch – fall asleep with a book and not the TV. Write don’t text. When was the last time you actually wrote a letter to someone. It is amazingly gratifying. If you are addicted to surfing the net, set a limit, using an alarm (ok the one on your phone) and stick to it.
  1. Volunteer for Habitat or community activities that take place outdoors. There is something about working with a group of people and being outdoors that is so inspiring.
  1. If you work 3rd shift, consider changing shifts. It is that bad for you. Change jobs if changing shifts is not an option. Really, it is that bad for your health.
  1. If you live in the city, get out of it every chance you get. City dwellers get less sun.

10.  Get your vitamin D3 levels checked regularly.

  1. Invest in a UVB lamp. I have a UVB lamp that appears to provide significantly more vitamin D3 in a much shorter period of time than being in the sun even under optimal conditions.

Standing about 14 inches from the light bulbs, according to the meter, I can obtain 500 I.U. of vitamin D3 in 1 minute. I am currently using the lamp on 9 locations; front and back of lower legs; front, back and sides of thighs; front, back and sides of torso. I do not expose my face or neck. I get about 5,000 I.U. in about 10 minutes.

When I lay in the sun, I expose the front and back of my entire body in a bathing suit for half an hour to an hour.  I am getting about 7,000 to 10,000 according to my DMinder. I also garden and do so with arms and legs exposed but this is usually early morning or dusk when the UVB radiation is at it’s lowest.

Does Supplementation of Vitamin D3 Work? 

It is not clear if supplementation works. One study showed that the problems associated with vitamin D3 deficiency do not improve even if the serum levels of vitamin D3 go up with supplementation. (citation) This make sense, as we will see in chapter _, in that the supplemented D3 never becomes sulfated. It is the sulfur that appears to have all of the health benefits, for the cholesterol and the vitamin D3. I have concluded that I need all three, the sun, the UVB lamp and the supplement along with foods rich in vitamin D3 and cholesterol.

Vitamin D3 Toxicity

Another question is whether or not you can take too much vitamin D3. Toxicity is more likely to occur if the dose goes over 10,000 I.U. according to most authorities. The guidelines are still being revised by many agencies in view of the epidemic of vitamin D3 deficiencies.

Another problem when it comes to supplementing is vitamin D2. It can actually be harmful as it blocks the absorption of vitamin D3. Please do not take it as a supplement. Note that it is vitamin D2 that is put into fortified milk, fortified cheese, fortified cereal…., well everything that has been fortified basically.

There are some people who should not even take vitamin D3 supplements.

Who Should and Should Not Get Vitamin D BTR Show 722

Here are the recommendations from some organizations in the United States on how much vitamin D3 to take:

Recommended daily intakes from various organizations:

Vitamin D Council Endocrine Society Food and Nutrition Board
Infants 1,000 IU/day 400-1,000 IU/day 400 IU/day
Children 1,000 IU/day per 25lbs of body weight 600-1,000 IU/day 600 IU/day
Adults 5,000 IU/day 1,500-2,000 IU/day 600 IU/day, 800 IU/day for seniors

Summary

Not only is the sun good for us as long as we do not burn the skin, it is a life-saver. We will also see how the foods that have been kissed by the sun heal the body, block or prevent disease and sustain us well into old age.

[1] Yang et al. (2011). Ultraviolet exposure and mortality among women in Sweden. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 20(4):683-690.

[2] Mozes,A. (2012). Health Day. RSS Feed.

[3] DeSantis, C. (2013). Cancer statistics about African Americans released. American Cancer Society. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.org/cancer/news/expertvoices/post/2013/02/04/cancer-statistics-about-african-americans-released.aspx

[4] Source:  : CDC, 2013. Health United States, 2012. Table 68. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus12.pdf [PDF | 9.64MB]

 

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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The Sun Life Diet-The Role Vitamin D Plays In Your Overall Health

This week I spoke about all of the health advantages of adding sunlight to your daily routine. Vitamin D plays a major role on your overall health! If you missed last night’s episode you can tune in HERE.

What We Covered:

1:10-Recap of the Sunshine Diet

3:41-Cholesterol Sulfate & Vitamin D3

5:05-UVB Lamp

6:04-Sunlight

6:59-EndoPAT Machine

7:55-Dr. Stephanie Seneff

9:35-Myths about The Sun, Cholesterol, & Vitamin D

9:58-Myth: Too Much Sun Is Unhealthy

10:59-Vitamin D Deficiency

11:12-Myth: The Most Likely Cause of Skin Cancer is Overexposure To The Sun

11:59-Omega 3 Fats

12:55-Omega 6 vs. Omega 3 Ratio

15:10-Myth: Sunburn or Skin Damage from The Sun Is What Causes Skin Cancer

16:35-Sun Bathing and Sun Burn are Detrimental to Health

18:15-Sunscreen Is Good for You and Should be Worn at all Times When Outdoors

19:15-Two Different Types of Sun Rays

20:44-What Would Happen If The Sun Went Out?

23:25-What The Sun Can Protect

24:50-Myth: Cholesterol Is Bad

25:17-Cholesterol Is The ‘Master Hormone’

25:50-Myth: LDL Cholesterol Is Bad

26:56-If I Have High Cholesterol, Taking A Statin Will Prolong My Life

27:33-Myth: High Cholesterol Causes Heart Attacks

28:35-Myth: High Cholesterol Causes Alzheimer’s

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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News You Can Use-Week of April 6th-12th, 2015

News You Can Use

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of April 6th-12th.

Between sunscreen and indoor lifestyles, bodies crave vitamin D

Tammi Leader Fuller, 55, is outdoors most of the time, running her Malibu, Calif.-based sleepover camps for grown-ups. Yet, she knows she does not get enough of D, the “sunshine vitamin,” because it requires ultraviolet rays to be absorbed. LEARN MORE

Scientists Discover Why You Should Mix Different Lettuces Together

There’s nothing quite as disappointing as looking at your lunch and thinking, “Another salad. Yawn.” While we love leafy greens, a boring bowl of monochromatic leaves isn’t the best way to go, according to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The reseachers discovered that different-colored lettuces have different, yet complementary, antioxidant effects. LEARN MORE

A Scientific Explanation for Food Cravings

Do you ever get food cravings? An irresistible urge to eat a specific food that leads to a bad mood or even physical pangs of hunger? LEARN MORE

Raw Milk – The Pros and Cons

In real food circles, people are encouraged to consume unprocessed, whole foods. Yet even seemingly unprocessed food that we buy at the supermarket has gone through some changes. For example, the organic milk you buy at Whole Foods is not exactly what came out of a cow, because it has been pasteurized – treated by high heat to kill off potentially lethal microorganisms. That’s why some people swear by raw milk. LEARN MORE

All People With Eating Disorders Are Underweight, Right?

As a clinical psychologist with an expertise in eating disorders, people frequently tell me stories about their experiences with eating and weight. Some tell painful stories of watching loved ones deal with severe symptoms. Some express their own struggles around dieting and body image. Some describe trying to treat patients. And some just ask questions. LEARN MORE

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Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Eating Disorder Pro Podcast-Are We Taking Too Much Vitamin D? W/ Wendy Myers

Wendy Meyers

On this week’s episode I spoke with Wendy Myers about the Marshall Protocol and the consumption of Vitamin D.

Wendy Myers is a CHHC (Certified Holistic Health Coach) and the founder, head writer and Chief Eating Officer of Live to 110. She is a certified holistic health and nutrition coach in Los Angeles, Ca, having attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York and graduated with a degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California.

If you missed it, you can tune in HERE.

What We Covered

1:20-Trevor Marshall/Marshall Protocol

1:40- Wendy Myer’s Background

2:30- What is Vitamin D Doing To Us?

5:32- Why Is The Immune System Failing?

6:07- Chronic Inflammation

10:44- Marshall Protocol

11:38- Vitamin D Is A Steroid

12:52- Many People Are Vitamin D Deficient

15:06- History of Vitamin D Deficiency

16:16- Immune System Is Failing For No Reason

19:30- Reduced Fat Foods

22:40- Wendy Myers

23:52- The Different Types Of Vitamin D

24:38- Cortisol

26:10- Infrared Sauna

32:35- Specific Examples of Health Improvements From The Infrared Sauna

36:18- Combination of Clean Eating & The Infrared Sauna

39:26- Purchase an Infrared Sauna at cs@liveto110.com or at liveto110.com

40:55- Who Should Avoid The Sauna?

44:30- How Often Should You Use The Infrared Sauna?

47:30- Yeast & Heat

50:00- Coffee Enema

51:44- Liveto110.com

53:16- Check out my article “The Missing Link” about Vitamin D and the Marshall Protocol On My Website: www.eating disorderpro.com

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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News You Can Use – Feb 6-13 2013

News You Can Use

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of February 6- February 13 2013!”

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

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Eating Disorders & Obesity: Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D

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The majority of the patients I see in my practice today (whether obese, anorexic, bulimarexic, or bulimic) are diagnosed with having a vitamin D deficiency by their family physician. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with reduced immune system function, 17 different types of cancer, heart disease, psychological disorders, neurological disorders, diabetes, stroke, hypertension, bone loss, muscle mass loss. Typically, when a patient’s blood test* comes back from the lab showing a deficiency in vitamin D, their physician prescribes them a vitamin D supplement. Is there a difference between the vitamin D supplement that is prescribed, the vitamin D that is sold at health food stores, and the vitamin D we obtain naturally from food and the sun? What is the best source of vitamin D?

If your physician writes you a prescription for vitamin D and you take it to the pharmacy, your pharmacist will hand you a bottle of vitamin D2 (or ergocalciferol). Vitamin D2 is a synthetic form of vitamin D that is derived from fungal sources using ultraviolet radiation; it REALLY shouldn’t be allowed to be called a vitamin, it’s more like a franken-vitamin! Synthetic vitamin D is less biologically active than natural forms of vitamin D; it takes the body 500% longer to convert synthetic vitamin D into a usable form. In addition to prescription vitamin D supplements, vitamin D2 can be found in “vitamin-enriched” foods, such as milk. There has been research done that looked at mortality rates for people who supplemented using vitamin D2 versus vitamin D3; it was determined individuals that supplemented with vitamin D2 had a two percent relative risk increase.

If you go to the health food store and pick up a bottle of vitamin D, you will likely be buying vitamin D3 (or cholecalciferol). Vitamin D3 is a natural form of vitamin D, it’s usually derived from either lanolin or cod liver oil extract. It is much easier for the body to convert vitamin D3 into a usable form. The study that compared mortality rates for those supplementing with vitamin D2 versus vitamin D3, individuals that supplemented with vitamin D3 had a six percent relative risk decrease. The Vitamin D Council recommends vitamin D3 for the treatment of vitamin D deficiency.

It is always best to discuss supplementing with vitamin D3 with your doctor, especially if you have sarcoidosis, tuberculosis, or lymphoma. The Vitamin D Council recommends a daily dosage of 1000 IU of vitamin D3 per 25 lbs of body weight; if you weigh 150 lbs, the recommended dosage would be 6000 IU per day. If your lab test shows that you are vitamin D deficient, each additional 1000 IU will usually producse a 10 ng/ml increase; if you weight 150 lbs, and your vitamin D test shows your vitamin D is 40 ng/ml, you would take 6000 IU per day PLUS an additional 2000 IU to be in the middle of the optimal range. The Vitamin D Council considers:

  •  a vitamin D level of < 50 ng/ml to be deficient
  • a vitamin D level of 50-70 ng/ml to be optimal
  • a vitamin D level of 70-100 ng/ml to be ideal if being treated for cancer or heart disease
  • a vitamin D level that is > 100 ng/ml to be excessive

In addition to taking a vitamin D3 supplement, there are several other sources of natural vitamin D that you can take advantage of. The best source of vitamin D is exposure to sunlight, but the amount of sun exposure that is considered safe is not usually enough to prevent and treat disease. There are also foods that are rich in vitamin D, such as eggs, organ meats, animal fat, cod liver oil and fish, but if you are vitamin D deficient it may be difficult to get vitamin D to an optimal level with food alone. In order to properly metabolize vitamin D, it is important to make sure you are getting sufficient magnesium, vitamin K, vitamin A, zinc and boron.

*it’s important to make sure your vitamin D levels are checked using a test called 25(OH)D as opposed to 1,25(OH)D. 25(OH)D is a better overall marker of vitamin D status.

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Sources:
 Test Values and Treatment for Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D: How to Determine Your Optimal Dose

 

News You Can Use – Aug 28 – Sept 4 2012

News You Can Use

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of August 28-September 4 2012!”

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!


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Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship.

© 2012, Dr J Renae Norton. This information is intellectual property of Dr J Renae Norton. Reproduction and distribution for educational purposes is permissible. Please credit ‘© 2012, Dr J Renae Norton. http://edpro.wpengine.com’