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Apr 21

Dealing with Pain (without opioids)

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

How do you deal with pain?  If you’re the average person, you go to the doctor, and the doctor prescribes an opioid for you.  Opioids (which come from the same ingredients found in opium and heroin) are highly addictive.  By treating pain, our medical community is creating drug addicts.  Some estimate the number is in the millions.  It’s becoming an epidemic.  Doctors prescribe over 250 million opioids per year!

 

So, what are the options?  Pain comes in many forms, so different things work for different people.  There is joint pain, muscle pain, internal pain, external pain, headaches, stomach pain, etc.  I suggest trying different remedies to see what works for you.  Here are some options for you:

acupuncture

chiropractic adjustment

massage

epsom salts bath

detoxification

anti-inflammatory diet

external oinments (icy hot, zhengu shui, etc)

essential oils

herbs

supplements

exercise

deep breathing

visualization

 

There are many choices.  Choosing opioids is a risky proposition.  Before you go down that road, look into some natural remedies.

 

Here is an article by Dr. Alan Sears.

http://bit.ly/2oYQtLH

Aug 30

Eat Fat, Get Thin

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

Ever since the 1980’s, the medical community has been telling us to eat a low-fat diet for better health.  Over fifteen years ago, I learned that fat and cholesterol played an important role in our health.  If we look at the past thirty years (the low-fat diet years), we’ll see there has been an increase in almost all diseases including diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, inflammatory diseases, chronic diseases, etc.  Pharmaceutical drugs seem to be our normal way of life these days.  It doesn’t have to be that way.

 

As more and more studies come out, we’re learning that dietary fat and cholesterol do not have the negative effects we thought they had on our health.  The true villain, it turns out, are the carbs.  (In the 80’s, the food pyramid told us to eat six to eleven servings of carbs per day!)  I think most people are aware now that trans-fats are bad and mono and polyunsaturated fats are healthy.  But now, some doctors are even saying that saturated fat may not be that bad.  (Many Naturopaths have been saying this for years.)  Coconut oil, a saturated fat, is good for you.  But what about butter?  Butter, like eggs, are back on the menu.  More and more doctors are finally beginning to promote this.  Below is an article written by Dr. Mark Hyman, MD.  It’s an excellent article.

 

“I understand why there is so much confusion around butter and saturated fat. The diet debates have America spinning.  Some advocate for putting dollops of butter in coffee, while others shun avocados and nuts as harmful, heart-disease-promoting and fattening foods.  What’s the average eater to do? 

Three recent studies add to an increasing body of evidence that saturated fat is not the evil, heart-disease-producing substance we once thought. A recent large review of the research found that the higher the saturated fat intake in the population, the lower the risk of stroke.

Another study of 3,333 people over 15 years led by Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian of Tufts, examined not dietary history but actual blood levels of fats, and found that those with the highest level of dairy fat (essentially, butter in the blood) had up to a 44 percent lower risk of developing diabetes compared to those who had the lowest levels of dairy fat in their blood.

And a third study, just published after 40 years, looked at 9,400 people residing in mental hospitals who were fed either butter and saturated fats or corn oil (omega-6 fats).  The researchers found surprising results. The corn oil group had a much greater reduction in LDL cholesterol (30 mg/dl vs. 5 mg/dl) but a higher risk of heart attacks than the saturated fat group.

Is butter a health food? Probably not. Should it be shunned? For sure not. A review of the literature and a growing consensus among a large group of leading scientists suggest that we, for far too long, have unfairly maligned butter and saturated fats.

America first went low-fat in earnest in 1980, when our government told us to cut the fat. That message was then reinforced with the USDA’s infamous food pyramid, which encouraged us to eat 6 to 11 servings of bread, rice, cereal and pasta a day.

Eleven servings of bread a day? That sounds a little crazy now. But back then, most Americans took that advice. As a result, we are now fatter and sicker than ever, with nearly 70 percent of us overweight and one in two with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. And while death rates from heart disease are declining due to better treatments, the percent of the population developing heart disease is increasing significantly.

What happened to our diet over the last century?  According U.S. Department of Agriculture records, our intake of saturated fats, eggs and meat decreased — butter from 9 to 4.6 pounds, lard and tallow from 10.5 to 6.0 pounds, red meat 71 to 60 pounds per person, per year. Egg consumption dropped from 374 to 250 per year. But our intake of refined vegetable oils increased from 9.8 to 35.2 pounds per person, per year, chicken by 57 percent, sugar by 39 percent and grains by 45 percent. 

While our total calorie consumption has increased (we eat more of everything), our fat consumption has decreased from 40 to 30 percent of our diet, and our sugar and carbohydrate consumption has increased dramatically.  And yet, obesity, diabetes and the incidents of heart disease are all increasing.

Today, we know some things we didn’t know back when we originally received all that low-fat dietary counsel. First, review after review after independent review of the research shows that there seems to be very little link between saturated fats and heart disease. In the absence of refined (starchy) carbs and sugars, and in the presence of adequate omega-3 fats, saturated fat itself is in no way linked to heart disease.

So why all the mixed messages? Well, the fact is, dietary saturated fat raises total and LDL cholesterol. But not all cholesterol is created equal. In fact, saturated fat improves the quality of the LDL cholesterol by increasing the less harmful large fluffy LDL particles, while also lowering triglycerides and raising your levels of good HDL cholesterol. A low-fat, high-carb diet, meanwhile, makes cholesterol quality worse.

Total cholesterol, and especially LDL-C cholesterol, is not the best predictor of heart disease risk. What matters is the total-cholesterol-to-HDL ratio, and the LDL particle number and size. These are the factors that are the most predictive of heart disease. Eating more fat (except trans fats) and lowering sugar and refined carbs is one of the best ways (in addition to eating more non-starchy vegetables) to improve the quality of your cholesterol.

In fact, small LDL particles (from low-fat, high-carb diets) are associated with three times the risk of heart attacks compared to total LDL cholesterol. Saturated fat and fat in the context of a lower sugar and refined carbohydrate diet increases the LDL particle size (which is a good thing). Evidence also suggests that a bigger predictor of the extent of cardiac disease is the triglyceride-to-HDL ratio, not total or LDL cholesterol. That ratio is also improved by a higher total and saturated-fat diet, and worsened by refined carbs and sugars.  The evidence tying higher-fat diets to greater weight loss and improvements in cardiovascular risk factors has been repeated in many other studies

What about all the calories in fat (gram for gram, it has more than twice as many calories as carbs and proteins)? Shouldn’t we cut out fat to lose weight?  While a shrinking number of health professionals still suggest that low-fat diets are best for weight loss, the overwhelming scientific consensus no longer supports the conclusion that total fat causes obesity.

In a recent review of 53 high-quality, randomized, controlled trials, comprising research that compared low-fat to high-fat diets, lasting at least a year, researchers found that in more than 68,128 people, the high-fat diets led to greater weight loss than the low-fat diets. The researchers included only the best quality studies (53 out of 3,517 studies).

This is why the 2015 Dietary Guidelines removed its previous limits on total dietary fat. They also removed the previous limits on dietary cholesterol, saying it was “no longer a nutrient of concern.”  Afterreviewing the evidence, the USDA Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee concluded: “Reducing total fat (replacing total fat with overall carbohydrates) does not lower CVD [cardiovascular disease] risk.… Dietary advice should put the emphasis on optimizing types of dietary fat and not reducing total fat.”

So is butter really back?  In a word. Yes.”

I am going to be starting a ketogenic diet in September.  This is a high-fat, super-low-carb diet.  If anyone would like information on the ketogenic diet or would like to do it with me, please contact me.

Bill Shuttic

Ultimate Health & Wellness

310.413.0514

bill@ulti-health.com

Aug 01

Heart Health

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.  Many of us know people who have had a heart attack or stroke.  Most people try to lower their risk of heart disease by eating a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet, do more cardio workouts, or take pharmaceutical drugs like Statins.  The idea is that a high fat, high cholesterol diet, along with obesity, high blood pressure, and some other factors lead to heart disease.  People have been following this plan for thirty years, yet over the past thirty years, obesity and diabetes have skyrocketed, and heart disease is still the leading cause of death.  Has anyone stopped to ask why?

Thankfully, more and more research has been done on the topic of heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity, etc.  What did we find out?  Dietary fat is not the problem – it’s the starch.  (Low-fat diets are usually higher in starch.)  Cholesterol, in and of itself, does not cause heart disease.  And weight training and interval training is better than extended cardio workouts.  There is also more information coming out about cholesterol-lowering drugs that we’ll have to keep an eye on.  (I suggest you do a little research on your own, and talk to your doctor.).

There are many types of diets people are doing these days.  Mediterranean Diet, Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo Diet, Blood Type Diet, Adkins Diet, etc.  Which one is best?  Honestly, it depends on each individual.  Different things work for different people.  That being said, most of these healthy diet plans have something in common – a reduction in simple carbs.  People often get confused when talking about carbs.  So, let’s make a distinction.  For those who promote a high-carb diet, they are referring to complex (good) carbs, such as vegetables.  For those who promote a low-carb diet, they are referring to simple/refined (bad) carbs, such as bread, pasta, etc.  Yes, veggies and bread are both carbs.  This is why people can argue in favor of and against a high-carb diet and both be right.

Similarly, all fats were grouped together into one category and considered bad.  It turns out that fat is not only good for you but necessary.  Like carbs, there are good fats and bad fats.  Saturated fats and trans-fats have been shown to raise blood cholesterol that could lead to plaque buildup and heart disease.  Conversely, essential fatty acids are healthy fats.  Keep in mind, vitamins A,D,E, and K are fat-soluble which means fat is needed for the absorption of these vitamins.  (On a side note, have you noticed that many doctors are prescribing Fish oil and Vitamin D these days?  Why might that be?).   So, don’t be afraid of good fats like olive oil, flax seed oil, etc.  Coconut oil is also healthy, although it is a saturated fat.  Some natural health people maintain that saturated fat is also necessary for good health.  Keep an eye out for the latest news.  Until more research is done, I’d say to avoid most saturated fats.

What about cholesterol?  As it turns out, cholesterol does not cause heart disease.  I know some people’s heads may explode when they read this.  But don’t take my word for it.  Check it out yourself.  According to the Framingham Heart Study, seventy-five percent of the people who had heart attacks had normal cholesterol levels.  The same study also said that “80% of heart attack patients had similar lipid levels to those who did not have heart attacks.” Furthermore, according to research done at the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University, nearly twice as many people with low cholesterol had heart attacks when compared to those with high cholesterol levels.  (Journal of the American Medical Association, 1994.)  To be clear, plaque buildup is bad but not the presence of cholesterol.  Here are some of the health effects of cholesterol:  plays a role in creating hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, cortisol, DHEA, and progesterone; helps make cell membranes, protects nerve sheaths, and provides energy to cells.  Our bodies produce cholesterol, and research has shown the amount of dietary cholesterol does not affect your blood cholesterol.  So, eggs are back on the menu.  Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Dr. Steven Nissen told USA Today: “It’s the right decision. We got the dietary guidelines wrong. They’ve been wrong for decades.”

According to Dr. Mercola, “As recently as 2010, US dietary guidelines described cholesterol-rich foods as “foods and food components to reduce.” They advised people to eat less than 300 milligrams (mg) per day, despite mounting evidence that dietary cholesterol has very little to do with cholesterol levels in your body.
Now, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) has done a complete about-face. They are finally acknowledging what the science shows, which is that “cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.””

What about exercise?   A Harvard study found that interval training reduced heart disease risk by 20%.  (Harvard Alumni Health Study, Circulation, 2000.) Interval training not only reduces cholesterol levels but can improve cholesterol ratios, raising HDL and lowering LDL.  Research at Colorado State University found that people doing interval exercises were able to continue burning fat 16 hours after exercising.  The study also showed that fat oxidation increased by 62% and the metabolic rate increased by 4%.

Another study done at Laval University in Québec compared high-intensity interval training (HIIT) with the typical long-duration cardio workout.  They discovered that although the long-duration group burned more calories, the HIIT group lost more fat.  For every calorie burned, the HIIT group lost nine times more fat!  (Metabolism, 1994.) So, with regard to heart health, reducing your risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, stroke, diabetes, and obesity, I recommend a HIIT workout.  If you are my client, you have experienced this, and you know what I’m talking about.

Lastly, I want to mention cholesterol-lowering drugs, such as Statins.  I’m not a doctor, so I’m going to quote some doctors and studies for you.  Please talk to your doctor about any pharmaceuticals you may be taking.  The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute conducted the Lipid Research Clinics Coronary Primary Prevention Trial to test the effectiveness of cholestryramine, a cholesterol-lowering drug.  According to Dr. Al Sears, MD, “what it all boils down to is that these cholesterol-lowering drugs lowered cholesterol, but they did not decrease deaths from heart attacks.” Just as importantly, Dr. Sears also says, “Statins block an antioxidant system important to your cardiovascular health and rob your organs of this crucial nutrient.  Statins can also make you chronically fatigued and cause muscle aches.  They also stimulate cancer growth in rodents.  In human studies, breast cancer was more common in women who took the drug than those in the control group.” Statins also have side effects including liver toxicity, digestive issues, muscle inflammation and weakness, kidney failure, etc.

One study done in Finland found that Statins decrease antioxidant levels by as much as 22%.  Another study showed that Zocor increases insulin levels by 13% which actually increases the risk of diabetes, insulin resistance, hypertension, and heart disease!  (Health Sciences Institute.). The Physicians’ Desk Reference lists the side effects of Lipitor as:  liver dysfunction, liver failure, kidney failure, constipation, insomnia, tinnitus, and high blood pressure.  So, if you’re having any of these health issues, and you’re taking a statin drug, they may be connected.

What’s the solution?  First, there are five blood tests you can use to get a good picture of your heart health:
Homocysteine
C-reactive protein
CoQ10
Insulin
VAP cholesterol

Talk to your doctor about these.  Homocysteine measures the health of your antioxidant system.  The higher your levels of homocysteine, the greater your risk of heart disease.  You can keep your homocysteine levels down with adequate amounts of B-vitamins.  C-reactive protein measures the amount of inflammation, injury or infection.  The higher the level of C-reactive protein, the higher your risk of heart disease.  Both the British Journal of Urology and the New England Journal of Medicine have published studies regarding the relationship between C-reactive protein and heart health.  Elevated CRP levels may also be linked to rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever, cancer, tuberculosis, and pneumonia.

Next, eat a clean diet.  Avoid GMO foods.  If you eat beef, pork, or chicken, make sure they haven’t been shot up with hormones, antibiotics, etc.  Eat free-range chicken, grass-fed beef, etc.  Cut down on starches, bread, pasta, cakes, cookies, sugar, soda, etc.  Eat fresh fruits and vegetables daily.  Drink fresh pressed fruit and vegetable juice.  Avoid store-bought, processed fruit juices.  Eat foods low on the Glycemic Index.  Eggs (including the yolk) are good.  Avoid acidic foods.  Eat foods that are more alkaline.

Exercise.  Don’t forget to exercise.  High Intensity Interval Workouts are best, if you can do them.  Of course, if you’ve recently had a heart attack or stroke, check with your doctor to make sure you’re able to work out.  You may want to start by just walking.

Nutritional supplementation.  My first suggestion to my clients is to do a detox, so you can get the toxins out of your system and let your internal organs and immune system work properly.  After that, I suggest a good multi-vitamin/mineral supplement.  Dr. Sears recommends, in addition to a multi:
500 mg L-carnitine
500 mg L-arginine
500 IU Vitamin E
1000-3000 mg Vitamin C
100 mg CoQ10
50 mg niacin
For High Blood Pressure, he also suggests some herbs including:
Astragalus Root
Dandelion Roof
Cat’s Claw
Hawthorn

That should help give you some direction with regard to heart health.  If you need further assistance, please feel free to give me a call, text, or email to arrange an appointment.  I suggest you read The Doctor’s Heart Cure by Dr. Al Sears (which is where I got much of this information), Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter, and any other books you can find on heart health.

If you would like to get some lab tests done to check your cardiovascular risk, nutritional deficiencies, metabolic risk, inflammation, genetic predisposition, or hormone balance, please let me know.

Be Healthy!

Bill Shuttic
310.413.0514
Bill@ulti-health.com
Www.ulti-health.com

Jun 24

Is Your Dr Killing You?!

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

Is Your Doctor Killing You?!

I’m going to tell you something that Natural Health Practitioners have known for years – and it may shock you.  According to a study by Johns Hopkins, medical errors may be the third leading cause of death in the United States!  Let that sink in a minute.   So, after heart disease and cancer, you’re more likely to die from a mistake made by your doctor than such things as diabetes, stroke, emphysema, or bronchitis.  The study estimated that over 250,000 people per year die from medical mistakes.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/03/health/medical-error-a-leading-cause-of-death/

 

Compare other causes of death:

Heart Disease – 597,000

Cancer – 577,000

Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease – 143,000

Stroke – 140,000

Alzheimer’s – 85,000

Diabetes – 74,000

Pneumonia – 54,000

Guns – 30,000

 

Another study done by the Journal of Patient Safety estimates the number of medical error deaths between 210,000 and 440,000 annually.

https://www.propublica.org/article/how-many-die-from-medical-mistakes-in-us-hospitals

It is difficult to pinpoint a specific number because of the way the system is set up.  Regardless, that number is way too high.  Obviously, doctors and nurses are good people, and they are trying to help you.  But the system is what it is.  And you need to be aware of it.

 

What’s the solution?  Unfortunately, there is no easy answer.  One easy fix is to try to stay healthy, so you don’t have to end up in the medical system.  I suggest trying natural remedies before you start taking pharmaceuticals.  For those of you who know me, you know I have a Complete Wellness System where I stress exercise (personal training), relaxation (massage, breathing, stretching), detox, nutrition, and supplements (nutraceuticals).

 

Exercise – try to workout at least 30 minutes per day

Relaxation – try to get a weekly massage, stretch every morning, breathe deeply

Detox – keep your system clean.  You’re exposed to toxins daily

Nutrition – eat more fruits and vegetables.  Eat more Super-foods.  Cut out the sugar

Supplements – there are nutraceutical protocols for various types of health issues

 

Remember, you can invest in your health now, or you can pay the doctor later.  And since 250,000 people die annually from medical mistakes, I would suggest you give me a call, so we can work on getting you healthy.

 

Bill Shuttic

Bill@ulti-health.com

310.413.0514

Www.ulti-health.com

 

ps.  This is not medical advice.  Please consult with your doctor.

 

Jun 16

Why Exercise?

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

Why Exercise?

 

Is exercise really important?  Yes.  Why?  There are so many reasons.  There are different types of exercise, of course.  There is strength training, cardio, breathing, martial arts, tai chi, yoga, stretching, etc.  Exercise can help you lose fat and gain muscle.  It can help you fight disease and it can help you live longer.  The Journal of the American Medical Association did a study that showed “higher levels of physical fitness were beneficial, even in the subjects with other risk factors such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, cigarette smoking, and family history of heart disease.”  The Surgeon General said that even moderate exercise can ward off such things as cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and depression.  Exercise can reduce low back pain, headaches, and digestive issues.  All things being equal, people who exercise live longer.

 

People who don’t exercise can lose about five pounds of muscle every ten years.  This is why we need to exercise as we get older.  You’re never too old to exercise.  Also, if you lose five pounds of muscle every ten years, you’re also reducing your metabolism by five percent per decade.   And since muscle burns more calories than fat, unless you change your diet, you will begin to gain weight.

 

Exercise can do the following:

  • Increase metabolism
  • Burn more calories
  • Decrease body fat
  • Improve you body shape
  • Boost your cardiovascular
  • Boost energy
  • Reduce low back pain
  • Provide protection against osteoporosis and other health issues

(*from Infinity’s Complete Physique Program of E.N.E.R.G.Y.)

Cardiovascular training is good, but I prefer HIIT (high intensity interval training.)  How much exercise is good?  Some people work out every day.  Others workout three days per week.  I’ve seen people spend hours in the gym.  Doctors say you should get at least thirty minutes of exercise per day.  My opinion?  Any exercise is better than no exercise.  So, get out there and move!

Bill

www.ulti-health.com

ps.  come workout with me.  Sign up for a year, and get a free set of BillyStix.

 

 

May 31

7 Easy Ways to Lose Weight

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

7 Easy Ways to Lose Weight

  1.  Don’t count calories.  The problem with counting calories is that most people will reduce their calorie intake without any thought to nutrients.  If you cut your calories too much, you may also be cutting your nutrients, which is bad for your health.  If your body is not getting enough nutrients, your body will go into starvation mode and will hang on to fat for your own survival.  And, it may slow down your metabolism.  If you cut calories, make sure that you are eating nutrient-dense foods and/or supplementing with a high-quality vitamin/mineral supplement.
  2.  Portion Control.  Most people simply eat too much, especially when going out to eat.  Restaurants will load up your plate, and you’ll eat it!  Simply reducing your portions can help lose weight.  As a general rule of thumb, your protein should be the size of your open hand.  Your carbs should be the size of your closed fist.  Think of a piece of fish the size of your hand and a pile of rice the size of your fist.
  3.  Drink more water.  Sometimes when you’re hungry, you’re actually just dehydrated.  If you start to feel hungry, have a glass of water.  Also, if you drink a glass of water 30 minutes before your meal, you may not be able to eat as much.
  4.  Try some high-intensity, interval workouts.  Studies have shown that people who do intervals burn more fat than people who do long, steady cardio workouts.
  5.  Build more muscle.  Muscle burns more energy.  The more muscle you have, the more energy you’ll need to sustain it.
  6.  Avoid simple carbs, sugar, and gluten.  Many people shed pounds quite easily by simply switching from soda to water, removing things like high fructose corn syrup, and ditching the bread.
  7. Eat more slowly.  If you eat quickly, you will overeat.  Your body doesn’t have enough time to tell your brain that your stomach is full.  If you slow down, your brain will have time to recognize that you’re full.  And that, my friends, will keep you from having to unbutton your pants to breathe.  :)

Bill

Ultimate Health

www.ulti-health.com

May 22

Sugar!

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

Sugar!

Ok, I first have to make a disclosure – I love sugar!  Arghhhhh.  I know.  Pastries, bagels, beer, etc.  We all have our vices.  That being said, let’s discuss why sugar is bad and what we can do about it.

Remember back in the day when fat was the culprit for people getting fat?  Surprise!  That was all wrong.  (Of course, Natural Health people already knew that.)  The main culprit turns out to be sugar.  Sugar not only causes us to get fat, but it also creates an acidic environment in your system which could lead to heart disease.   It also creates an insulin response which could ultimately lead to diabetes.

According to Dr. Robert Lustig from UC San Francisco, sugar is toxic.   He has been studying sugar and its effects on people and weight.  He thinks they’ve produced the “hard and fast data that sugar is toxic irrespective of its calories and irrespective of weight.”  A problem always arises when studying sugar and weight loss, because it’s difficult to pinpoint the cause of the weight loss – is it the sugar or the calories?  In Dr. Lustig’s study, he took a group of people and reduced their sugar by 10%.  Just that amount caused their fasting blood sugar levels to drop by 53% along with the amount of insulin their bodies produced.  Their triglycerides declined, their LDL levels declined, and they had less fat in their livers.

Obese people and people with diabetes often suffer from fatty liver.  This is normally associated with alcohol abuse, but more and more, fatty liver is being found in people who gain excessive amount of weight.  Dr. Lustig hopes that this new information will change the advice that doctors and government health officials give about eating sweets.  That’s right – doctors and the government have it wrong (does that surprise anyone…?)
(http://time.com/4087775/sugar-is-definitely-toxic-a-new-study-says/)

Sugar can cause Metabolic Syndrome.  It contains no essential nutrients.  This includes “added sugars” like sucrose and high fructose corn syrup.  This is why we say sugar is considered “empty calories.”  For a long time, high fructose corn syrup was used as a sweetener in many foods and drinks.  As more people started shining a light on the detriments of this sugar, the immediate response was to attack and demonize the messenger.  This is the way it usually goes.  But, as the facts became clear, high fructose corn syrup has been quietly removed.  As I’m sure you know, sugar is bad for the teeth.  Not just from the outside, but from the inside, as well.  Sugar creates bacteria in the mouth.

Sugars breaks down into glucose and fructose in your system.  Our bodies can create glucose but not fructose.  The liver metabolizes fructose (your liver is your body’s main detoxifier.)  Fructose is stored in the liver as glycogen, but when the liver is “full”, the excess fructose turns to fat.  This is why eating too much sugar can lead to fatty liver.  Studies have shown that people with fatty liver eat up to 2-3 times as much fructose as the average person.  Fruit contains fructose, but fructose from fruit is ok.  There is a difference between “added sugar” fructose and fructose from fruit.  I would say it’s almost impossible to eat too much fruit.  Too much added fructose can become VLDL cholesterol.

I’m sure you all know that sugar causes insulin resistance.  Insulin is a hormone that allows sugar (glucose) to enter the cells from the bloodstream.   It also tells the cells to burn glucose rather than fat.  Of course, sugar causes an insulin response, and too much sugar can either cause insulin resistance or create problems with your pancreas.  Either of these can lead to diabetes which can lead to diabetic neuropathy and/or blindness.  Studies have shown that people who drink sugar-sweetened (including packaged “fruit” drinks) have up to an 83% higher risk of Type 2 diabetes.

What you may not know is that sugar can give you cancer.  The problem with cancer is that it multiplies so quickly.  Insulin is one of the hormones that regulates cell growth.  So, the more insulin you have, the more your cancer can multiply.  Cancer feeds on sugar.  This is why I tell people who have cancer to stop eating sugar.  Sugar is also acidic and causes inflammation which can also lead to cancer (as well as such things as high cholesterol and atherosclerosis.)

You may have heard that sugar is more addicting than cocaine.  Sugar is most definitely addicting.  Sugar causes a release of dopamine in the reward center of the brain.  We typically don’t get that much dopamine from our normal food.  Therefore, sugar becomes addicting for certain people, no matter how much they eat.  I’m a good example.  When I am eating too much sugar, I tend to put on about ten pounds.  I start to feel lethargic.  I don’t think as clearly.  I can feel that I’m on toxic overload.  So, I’ll do a 3-day juice fast or a water fast to clear all the sugar (and caffeine and other toxins) out of my system.  After a few days of withdrawals (usually headaches), I feel wonderful.  And I’m good for about a month until I have something really sweet.  Then, slowly but surely, I begin eating more and more bread and pastries and cookies, etc. until it’s time to repeat the procedure.  Some people like salty foods and have no problem with sweets.  Some people like sweets.  You guys know what I’m talking about.

Sugar also leads to obesity.  One of the reasons is that fructose, in particular, does not decrease satiety, so people tend to overeat when eating sweets.  Of course, many studies have shown a link between sugar consumption and obesity.  Children drinking sugary drinks increase their risk of obesity by 60%!

Here’s one that might shock you.  It’s not the fat in your diet that raises your bad cholesterol.  It’s the sugar!  For years, heart disease has been blamed on fat.  New studies are showing that dietary fat is not the problem.  (That low-fat diet we’ve been told to eat by the medical community and government has been doing us more harm than good.)  Studies show that large amounts of fructose can raise triglycerides, VLDL, and LDL, raise blood glucose, raise insulin levels, and increase abdominal obesity in as little as 10 weeks!  All of these, of course, can lead to heart disease.
(https://authoritynutrition.com/10-disturbing-reasons-why-sugar-is-bad/)

One good thing is that the Food and Drug Administration will be coming out with a new label that will show how much sugar has been added to each food.  The amount of “added sugar” will be expressed in grams and as a percentage of Daily Value.  This will be very helpful.  I think you’ll be surprised how much sugar you’re eating (and drinking.)  For example, how many of you have ever had one of those 20 ounce Cokes?  Each bottle contains 65 grams of added sugar.  That equals 130% of the Recommended Daily Intake!  Look for the new labels in mid-2018.
(http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/05/20/478837157/the-added-sugar-label-is-coming-to-a-packaged-food-near-you)

That’s pretty crazy, right?  So what can we do?  Well, unfortunately, fake sugar isn’t really a good choice either.  Aspartame turns to formaldehyde in your system.  All of those fake sugars can give you cancer.  If you need sweetness in your coffee, etc. you may want to try using stevia.  A lot of health foods are now using sugar alcohols like xylitol and sorbitol.  They have no calories.  Another option would be to switch from coffee with cream and sugar to tea.  Also, rather than drinking store-bought fruit juice, buy a juicer and make your own.  It’s much healthier.  Ditch the sodas – even the zero-calorie and sugar-free and diet sodas.  They actually can make your craving for sugar worse, but that’s a whole separate discussion.

I hope that helps.  It turns out sugar plays a huge role not only in weight gain and obesity but also acidity and inflammation which can lead to cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease.  So, you can see how important it is to reduce the amount of sugar you consume.  If you would like to get together and work on increasing your health, please give me a call, email, or text, and we’ll set up a program for you using various things like exercise, massage, diet, detox, and nutritional supplementation.

Be Healthy!

Bill Shuttic
CNHP, CCN, CCH, CMT, CPT
310.413.0514
Ultimate Health & Wellness
http://www.ulti-health.com

 

May 19

Fasting – Good or Bad?

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

Fasting – Good or Bad

For years, there has always been differing opinions as to whether fasting is good for you or not.  Is it healthy or unhealthy?  Typically, from what I’ve seen, doctors who practice western allopathic medicine tend to believe that fasting is harmful.  Eastern and natural medicine practitioners tend to lean toward using fasting to improve health.  Fifteen years ago, I learned that fasting is good for you because it clears the toxins from your body and boosts your immune system.  Unfortunately, every time I tried to explain that position to people, I would get hammered by doctors and people who were told by their doctors that fasting was harmful.

People have been fasting for thousands of years both for health and for religious purposes.  Others have fasted for political reasons.  Moses fasted forty days.  Jesus fasted forty days.  Gandhi twice fasted for three weeks.

Recently, I read an article about how a 3-day fast can regenerate your entire immune system.

“Although fasting diets have been criticized for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.

Scientists at the University of Southern California say the discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy.

It could also help the elderly whose immune system becomes less effective as they age, making it harder for them to fight off even common diseases.

The researchers say fasting “flips a regenerative switch” which prompts stem cells to create brand new white blood cells, essentially regenerating the entire immune system.

And the good news is that the body got rid of the parts of the system that might be damaged or old, the inefficient parts, during the fasting.

Now, if you start with a system heavily damaged by chemotherapy or ageing, fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system.”

This is great news.  I always enjoy when science catches up with things we promote in natural health.  Some of you may have heard of Paul Bragg.  He’s famous for his apple cider vinegar.  He also wrote a book called The Miracle of Fasting.  He was one of the original health gurus in the early to mid 20th century.  Let me tell you what Paul was saying about fasting over 50 years ago: (from The Miracle of Fasting)

“Fasting is the best detoxifying method.  It’s also the most effective and safest way to increase elimination of waste buildups and enhance the body’s miraculous self-healing and self-repairing process that keeps you healthy and youthful.  A moderate, well-planned distilled water fast is our favorite.  It can cleanse your body of excess mucus, old fecal matter, trapped cellular, non-food wastes and help remove inorganic mineral deposits and sludge from your pipes and joints.

Fasting works by self-digestion.  During a fast your body intuitively will decompose and burn only the substances and tissues that are damaged, diseased or unneeded, such as abscesses, tumors, excess fat deposits, excess water, and congestive wastes.  Even a short fast (1-3 days) will accelerate elimination from your liver, kidneys, lungs, bloodstream, and skin.  Sometimes you will experience dramatic changes (cleansing and healing crisis) as accumulated wastes are expelled.  With your first fast, you may temporarily have cleansing headaches, fatigue, body odor, bad breath, coated tongue, mouth sores, and even diarrhea as your body is cleaning house.  Please be patient with your body!”

Isn’t it amazing that today’s science and medicine is saying the same thing that Paul Bragg and others have been saying for almost a hundred years.

That being said, I don’t typically tell my clients to jump into a water fast without their doctor’s supervision.  In today’s world, so many people have health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc. so a fast may be too much for your system.  I normally have people try a juice fast first, and see how that goes.  You also have to make sure that you start your fast correctly and finish your fast correctly.  After fasting for a few days, you don’t want to break your fast with a pizza and soda!  Avoid animal products when breaking a fast.  It is better to break a fast with soup, broth, lightly cooked vegetables, and a little fruit.

I also want to say that fasting is not a diet plan.  You will lose weight if you fast, but that is not really the purpose of a fast.  We want to cleanse our system which will help boost our immune system.
There are still different ideas on how to do a fast.  Some people will fast three days per month.  Something I’ve seen picking up in popularity is the 5-2 plan, where you eat five days then fast for two.  For some people, a juice fast is a good way to start.  Since everyone is different, my suggestion is to see what works for you.  What I will say is that doing a fast is like driving through a tunnel.  During the fast, you may feel ill, but when you finish, you should feel healthier, more energetic, and clearer thinking.

Here are some interesting quotes about fasting over thousands of years:

“Fasting is the greatest remedy– the physician within.”

Philippus Paracelsus, one of the three fathers of Western medicine


 

“Instead of using medicine, better fast today.”

Plutarch, a Greek biographer and moralist


 

“The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.”

Benjamin Franklin


 

“Everyone has a doctor in him; we just have to help him in his work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. …to eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness.”

Hippocrates, one of the three fathers of Western medicine


 

“A little starvation can really do more for the average sick man than can the best medicines and the best doctors.”

Mark Twain, in My Debut As a Literary Person


 

“Nature heals, the doctor helps!”

Paracelsus, writing about activating
the “doctor inside”, or our own healing nature


 

“Every fool can fast, but only the wise man knows how to break a fast.”

G.B. Shaw, writer


 

“Humans live on one-quarter of what they eat; on the other three-quarters lives their doctor.”

Egyptian pyramid inscription, 3800 B.C.

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If you have any questions, or if you’re ready to starting getting healthy, please give me a call, text or email.  We can work on detox, exercise, massage, and supplementation.

Be Healthy!

Bill Shuttic
310.413.0514
Ultimate Health & Wellness
http://www.ulti-health.com

May 18

Natural Antibiotics

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

Natural Antibiotics

I’m sure you’ve gone to the doctor and gotten antibiotics for some health issue.  The problem is that we’ve reached a point where antibiotics are so over-prescribed that it may be causing the emergence of super bugs that are immune to antibiotics.   What happens when antibiotics don’t work anymore?

Antibiotics only work against infections caused by bacteria, fungi and certain parasites. They don’t work against any infections caused by viruses. Viruses cause colds, the flu and most coughs and sore throats.

Also, antibiotics kill ALL bacteria – both good and bad.  Therefore, when we take antibiotics to kill the bad bacteria, we’re also killing the good bacteria.  We need good bacteria to be healthy.  This is probably one reason why probiotics have become so popular over the past few years.  Probiotics help rebuild the good bacteria in your gut.  http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/list-good-bacteria-7771.html

Of course, nature has provided natural antibiotics for us to use.  Unfortunately, most people don’t know much about natural remedies.  Most people just go to their doctor to get a pill.  If you begin to include natural antibiotics into your daily life, you can boost your health and avoid bacterial infections that require antibiotics.  Below is an article that lists 10 natural antibiotics.  Pick a few that you like and put them in your kitchen.  You’ll be healthier.

(from realfarmacy.com)
“Over the last several decades, over-use of antibiotics has reached an all-time high. The result has been drug-resistant bacteria and “superbugs” that evolve faster than scientists can figure out how to fight them. A future where bacteria are at the top of the food chain is not unheard of.

Long before there were pharmaceutical antibiotics – developed in the 1940s, there were foods and herbs that helped guard against infection and disease on a daily basis. Many of these natural defenders are still in use today with holistic healers around the globe.

Our ancestors also had a solution for healing, using antibiotics from nature and it would be good to remind ourselves who these antibiotics are and possibly think about using them in case of an illness.

Natural Antibiotics That Our Ancestors Used Instead of Pills

Oregano and the oil of oregano
You’ve probably used oregano as a flavoring in your favorite Italian dishes without even realizing the health benefits that it contains. Beyond its antibacterial properties, oregano can help with digestion and aid in weight loss. An oil that is found in oregano, Carvacrol, has been found to fight the bacteria that can lead to infections. The oil of oregano has been found to treat digestive infections, and even one particular yeast infection. It is more than just a food flavoring.

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
The far-reaching benefits of daily doses of apple cider vinegar (ACV) include antibiotic and antiseptic properties, naturally alkalizing your system, and can aid you in everything from managing your weight to lowering cholesterol and your risk of cancer.

A chemical-free astringent, ACV can be used topically to disinfect and sterilize.

Honey
Ancient Romans used honey on the battlefield to treat wounds and prevent infection.

Civilizations all over the world continue to consider honey one of the best natural antibiotics, antimicrobials, anti-inflammatories, and antiseptics known to man after thousands of years.

New Zealand’s Manuka honey has been proven to have the highest levels of antioxidants and curative powers.

An enzyme found in honey releases hydrogen peroxide. This process helps your body fight infection and prevents the growth of bacteria. Soothing to the digestive system, honey removes toxins from the blood and helps your liver operate more efficiently.

A great boost to the immune system, consider combining honey with cinnamon to strengthen your white blood cells! Raw, organic honey is the best option since most pasteurization methods kills the antioxidant effects.

Turmeric
This spice isn’t just rich in color and flavor, but it also products your body against harm. Turmeric and be both consumed and applied externally, making it a great choice for fighting against bacteria. For extra benefit, from combining two bacteria fighting substances, you can mix turmeric with honey and create a paste to apply to infected areas on your skin.

You can protect your body against infections and bacteria based sicknesses by taking advantage of these safe and natural remedies that are available in the average kitchen. Protect your body without the use of prescription drugs by using honey, oregano, garlic, echinacea, and turmeric.

Garlic
Flavorful and wonderful on a piece of butter toast, this plant also has very powerful qualities to it. Garlic can fight such simple infections as the common cold, pushing the germs away before they have a change to disrupt your life. Using the allicin that it contains, garlic protects against yeast, parasites, bacteria, and more. If you are looking for a simple way to live healthier, add more garlic to your diet.

 

Grapefruit Seed Extract
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a study that found grapefruit seed extract (GSE) effective against more than 800 forms of viruses and bacteria, more than a hundred strains of fungus, and many parasites.

High in many antioxidants, GSE boosts immunity, alkalizes the body naturally, and aids in digestion by improving your beneficial gut flora.

Echinacea
So, you might not have as much experience with this product, but it is a safe herb that is found in many kitchens. The consumption of this herb has been proven to reduce the amount of colds that a person deals with in their life, and shorten the colds that the person does have to face. This herb is a great choice when taken as a preventative measure.

Cabbage
There are sulfur compounds found in cabbage – a member of the cruciferous family that includes broccoli and kale – that have been shown effective as cancer fighters.

What many people don’t realize is how much vitamin C is found in cabbage. One cup provides 75% of what you need every day.

Naturally antibacterial, eating shredded raw cabbage in your salad, as a side dish in the form of slaw, or drinking fresh cabbage juice (with honey added to sweeten) is an excellent way to improve digestion, prevent disease, and even manage your weight!

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
There is not enough that can be said for the benefits of coconut oil. It has naturally occurring anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties and is packed with antioxidants you can’t find anywhere else in nature.

Use it to boost your immune system, balance thyroid, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, and even improve brain function. Safe to use internally and externally, coconut oil is one of the most versatile and unique gifts from Mother Nature.

Stir a spoonful into your morning coffee for added energy and a clearer head all day.

Fermented food
Unpasteurized cabbage, homemade pickles, kefir and probiotic yogurts, all of these renew our intestinal flora, protects us from cancer and keeps our body fit to fight off infections.

Colloidal Silver
A natural antibiotic, colloidal silver is a mixture of silver particles suspended in fluid that have been used for centuries.

This treatment is temporary since too much silver – a heavy metal – can be toxic. However, it disables the enzyme that single-cell bacteria require to multiply. Deprived of their oxygen supply, the bacteria and viruses are destroyed without damage to you.”

 

Sources and References:
http://naturalnews.com
http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com
http://www.myhealthwire.com
http://higherperspective.coml
http://www.coolhealthyrecipes.com

I like all of the above.  I take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar every morning.  I often cook with garlic and turmeric.  I put honey (real honey) in my tea, and sometimes I just take a teaspoonful.  So tasty.

If you’re ready to get healthy, give me a call, text, or email.  We’ll put together a program using multiple health modalities including massage therapy, personal training, detox, nutritional supplementation, and clean eating.

Be Healthy!

Bill Shuttic
310.413.0514
Ultimate Health
http://www.ulti-health.com

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