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Jan 30

An Argument for Natural Medicine

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

Typically, when we talk about medicine, we think about pharmaceutical drugs.  Therefore, the first thing I want to do is take the “medicine” out of Natural Medicine.  Hippocrates (the Father of Medicine) once said, “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.”  Even back then, he understood that nature and food provides what we need to be healthy.

Let’s talk briefly about pharmaceuticals.  How do these companies come up with pharmaceutical drugs?  Many times, they will start with an herb and try to find the one chemical compound that they believe makes that herb effective in treating some underlying dysfunction in the body.  Then they take that compound to the laboratory, boost that compound, and create a synthetic drug that they can patent and trademark, so they can make billions of dollars.  Pharmaceuticals, by their very nature, are toxic to your system.  That’s why they come with a list of side effects.  Some people are taking drugs to counteract the side effects created by another drug.  That’s why many people are taking multiple drugs.  For example, you may take one drug for depression which may cause headaches, so you take another drug for headaches which causes intestinal discomfort, so you take yet another drug for your intestines.  Its kind of crazy, yet we’re conditioned to think that is normal.  One thing that most drug companies won’t tell you is that when you take their drug, it is not only toxic to your liver or kidneys (your main detoxifiers) but it also interferes with your absorption of needed vitamins and minerals.  If you then look at the side effects associated with a lack of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, you may find that those are the exact same side effects listed in small print on the drug.

For example, some drug side effects include muscle weakness, jitteriness, muscle cramps, body aches, etc.  Interestingly, a deficiency in calcium could lead to body aches, nervousness, and muscle cramps.  Other drug side effects include gas, bloating, constipation, and food sensitivities.  Would it surprise you if I told you that lack of enzymes could lead to bloating, constipation, gas, food sensitivities, and toxic conditions.  I just saw a drug ad on TV, and one of the side effects was urinary tract infection and bowel issues.  Can you guess the deficiency signs of probiotics?  You got it – yeast overgrowth, bowel disease, gas and bloating, etc.

There have been many doctors across the country who have cured people of various diseases from diabetes to cancer to irritable bowel syndrome by utilizing natural means.  Unfortunately, one can get into some serious legal trouble by stating that you’ve “cured” any disease.  So what is the answer?

As a Natural Health Practitioner, I cannot cure or treat any disease.  What I can do is look at the underlying cause of your disease and work on facilitating your own body’s regenerative abilities to heal itself.  Your body was made to heal itself.  Think about a bruise, cutting your finger, breaking a bone, etc.  Your body will always try to heal itself, because your body always moves toward health.  That’s what your immune system is for.  That system not only works externally but internally, as well.  If a smoker stops smoking, the lungs will begin to heal.  If you eat enzymes and probiotics, your gut will move toward health.  Your body is an intricate machine.  If one thing gets thrown off track, it could create a cascade of events that could lead to “dis-ease”.

For example, if you have acid indigestion, you may take some type of acid-blocker.  Lack of HCl could lead to high blood pressure, mental fatigue, mineral deficiencies (especially calcium), protein deficiencies, mineral deficiencies, and heartburn.  Your stomach needs hydrochloric acid in order to activate pepsin which is needed to digest protein.  When protein is undigested, it sits in your stomach, begins to decompose, and turns acidic, which could actually lead to more acid indigestion.  As it moves through the intestines, it does not get digested, leads to acidity in the system, does not get broken down into amino acids, can become toxic to your system which could lead to Leaky Gut syndrome and other intestinal issues.

That’s just one example.  You can typically look at any dis-ease and trace it back to its origin.  Natural medicine will then look at using food, nutrients, nutritional supplementation, detoxification, exercise, and relaxation to restore the body to health.  There will always be naysayers who will say that Natural Medicine doesn’t work.  But where our typical medical model focuses on chemical interactions, Natural Medicine looks at the whole body and the whole system.  Hence the term “Wholistic” or “Holistic”.

If you are taking drugs and are interested in looking at a more natural approach to health, please contact me.  Of course, I never suggest stopping your meds without your doctor’s approval.  If we can get your body healthy, your doctor should naturally reduce your meds because you no longer need it.  Luckily, many doctors are beginning to see the value of a healthy lifestyle on your overall health.  And if you listen closely to some of those drug ads, you might just hear something like, “along with a good diet and exercise…” so that gives me hope.

Bill Shuttic

Ultimate Health



Jan 26

Biggest Loser Challenge!

By Bill Shuttic | Blog


Biggest Loser Community Challenge

Let’s get healthy!  Ultimate Health is working with the Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce to partner with the Biggest Loser Community Challenge.   This is not a Weight Loss program.  It’s all about Health and Wellness.  We’re setting up teams of four people to compete with other teams.  This is an extensive online and interactive program.  I was asked, “how much commitment do I have to give?”  You can put as much or as little effort into the program as you wish.  Because it’s online and interactive, you track your progress online.  Your team members and your coach are there to keep you motivated.

Here are some of the things offered:

Team vs. Team competition

Powerful team building

8 weeks of unique challenges

Individual Private Wellness Account

Interactive Health Tools

Dynamic Leaderboards

Motivation from Celebrities

Fitness videos and tracking

Nutrition tracking, recipes, and meal plans

Goal setting

Accountability partners

Over 10,000 prizes available to win:

Personal training with Dolvett Quince

Trips to the finale of the Biggest Loser

Week-long stay at Biggest Loser Resort

Garmin Vivofit fitness trackers

Signed copies of Dolvett’s 3-1-2-1 Diet book


If you would like to be on my Ultimate Health Team, let’s make this big!  It’s only $25 per person for the 8-week program.  And 20% goes to the Chamber, so you’re helping a good cause.


Jan 26

Stroke Awareness

By Bill Shuttic | Blog



I am part of an non-profit called Help for Stroke.  We are trying to educate people on what a stroke is, how to avoid having a stroke, and what to do after you’ve had one.  Did you know:

  • Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Nearly 800,000 people/year suffer a stroke
  • 80% of strokes are preventable
  • Stroke is a leading cause of disability
  • African Americans are at nearly twice the risk of stroke as Caucasians
  • Most people do not know the warning signs of stroke or what to do if they suspect they or a loved one has had a stroke.

Help for Stroke was founded by two time stroke survivor Richard Horton in 2012. Unexpectedly in 2011, after suffering 2 strokes, Richard found himself at a crossroads. Unable to walk, speak and effectively communicate in any way, he evaluated his condition and ability to fully recover. Although he knew it would be a long road and effort he chose to put aside his current condition and persevere to full recovery. It challenged him to explore his brain in new ways requiring him to change his diet, relearn walking, speaking and maintaining a positive outlook on his future despite the circumstance.

In and out of hospitals for several months, Richard learned the problems in his own life that put him face to face with stroke. He learned consistently high blood pressure for an extended period of years was the catalyst to that day in 2011. Through physical therapy, family support and a team of doctors and educators, Richard found out about how much he could have done to prevent a stroke. As he has continued to recover he’s naturally become passionate about stroke prevention.

Prior to the stroke Richard managed and worked with world renowned jazz artists to the tune of Paul Jackson, Jr., Doc Powell, Kirk Whalum, Ron Brown and Oleta Adams to name a few. Having come from a musical background Help for Stroke’s founder is shaping the organization to be one of inspiration through music and health education.

Post stroke, Richard’s 26 year career in insurance has helped bring him to meet and help many other stroke survivors find hope in recovery and the necessity of health care. The Mission of Help For Stroke is to expand stroke awareness, provide access to information to prevent the occurrence of stroke, provide useful information on health care and nutrition to the public, survivors, as well as caregivers to help prevent the reoccurrence of stroke.

HFS, also provides forums and events focusing on Help For Caregivers, providing activities to support this overlooked community.

Board of Directors

Richard Horton

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Bill Shuttic

Tamyia “Tugene” Davis


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Need your help!

If you are a Stroke Survivor, or if you have a friend or family member who is a Stroke Survivor, and you would like to help our cause, we are looking for short videos of people who have been through a stroke (themselves or in the family).  If you are willing to send us a brief 30-60 second video, we would greatly appreciate it.  You can start with, “I had a stroke” or “My dad had a stroke” and then explain what it was like for you.  If we like your video, we may use it on our website or in our marketing.

Thank you!

Jan 24

Functional Medicine

By Bill Shuttic | Blog


Functional Medicine

I had a conversation with a friend the other day who brought up something called “Functional Medicine” that he had never heard of before.  I found that a little surprising, because I have known about Functional Medicine for a number of years, and what I practice as a Natural Health Practitioner is similar to Functional Medicine.

Functional Medicine is the 21st Century medical model.  It is a bridge between Western Allopathic Medicine and Natural Medicine.  It addresses the underlying cause of disease using a systems-oriented approach that creates a “partnership” between the practitioner and patient.  For example, comparing the two forms of medicine:

Functional:                                                                  Allopathic:

Health-oriented                                                          Disease-oriented

Client-oriented                                                           Doctor-oriented

Client is biochemically unique                                 Treats everyone with same diagnosis

Holistic                                                                         Specialized

Focus on cause                                                           Focus on symptoms

Preventive                                                                   Reactive


In general, Functional Medicine is client-focused, works on balancing functional “systems”, integrates physical, mental, and emotional health, pinpoints the underlying cause of disease, based on lifestyle changes, nutrition, exercise, and is interested in outcomes rather than suppressing symptoms.

Let me give you a couple examples.  Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States (approx. 597,000 deaths/year.)  If you go to the typical Western Allopathic doctor with a heart condition, you are likely to go home with a couple bottles of pharmaceutical drugs such as anti-coagulants like Warfarin (Coumadin), Haparin, Xarelto, Pradaxa, Eliquis, etc.  Or, you may get an ACE Inhibitor like Lotensin, Capoten, Vasotec, Monopril, Zestril, Univasc, or others.  Other pharmaceuticals include Beta Blockers, Calcium Channel Blockers, Vasodilators, Diuretics, and Statins like Lipitor and Crestor.  The amount of pharmaceuticals we consume can make your head spin.   Here is a piece of information you may not know:  Iatrogenic death (death by doctor) is the 3rd leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer (approx. 225,000 deaths/year.)

Conversely, Functional Medicine (and Natural Medicine) will focus less on taking meds to stop the symptoms and more on the underlying cause of the heart issue and what can be done to boost heart function.  So, if you go to a Functional Medicine Doctor or a Naturopathic Doctor, you may go home with a couple bottles of nutraceuticals (pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplements) that are made up of herbs, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc. along with the advice to get more exercise and change your diet and even possibly a detox program.   Your Functional Medicine Doctor may prescribe Fish Oil, Folic Acid and other B-Complex vitamins, Magnesium, Anti-Oxidants, and CoQ10.  There are also a plethora of herbs that are good for the heart including Bee Pollen, Hawthorn, Astragalus, Garlic, Green Tea, Noni, Royal Jelly, Ginko Biloba, etc.

If you have arthritis, your Allopathic Doctor may prescribe an Anti-Inflammatory like Celebrex, a pain reliever like Oxycodone, Steroids like Cortisone, or others such as Prednisone, Plaquenil, or Trexall.  You may just self-medicate with NSAIDs like Naproxen, Aspirin, Ibuprofen (Advil), Acetaminophen (Tylenol), etc.  The downside is that NSAIDs can damage your intestinal tract, increase the risk of blood clots, heart attacks, and stroke.  COX-2 Inhibitors may increase the risk of serious, even fatal stomach and intestinal adverse reactions such as ulcers, bleeding, perforations of the stomach or intestines, etc.  More than 30 billion NSAIDs are sold in the U.S.  The estimated number of annual hospitalizations in the U.S. for serious G.I. complications is at least 103,000 with costs exceeding $2 billion.  There are over 16,500 NSAID-related deaths each year among arthritis patients.

A Functional Medicine Doctor or Naturopath might approach your arthritis differently.  Arthritis may be classified as an inflammatory disorder or an autoimmune disease.  Therefore, rather than prescribing a drug that blocks certain bodily functions (COX-2 Inhibitor), a more natural approach that focuses on inflammation and the immune system might be used.  For example, the immune system can be negatively affected by, and inflammation can be caused by an overabundance of toxins in the system.  Toxins can be bacterial, fungal, or parasitic.  They can also come from preservatives, additives, alcohol, and trans-fats in our diet.  Toxins are also present in the chemicals such as insecticides, herbicides, solvents, detergents, metals, and plastics in our air, water, etc.   So, from a Functional Medicine perspective, we would look at removing inflammatory triggers, decreasing the toxic load to your body, optimize your G.I. (gastrointestinal) health by removing pathogens and controlling dsybiosis (overgrowth of bad bacteria), and correcting nutritional deficiencies.   How do we do that?  I always suggest starting off with a Detox Program in order to clean out the system.  If you aren’t comfortable with that, a Functional Medicine Doctor may suggest an anti-inflammatory diet, have you start taking fish oil or other essential fatty acids, prescribe a Vitamin D supplement, take probiotics, or use anti-inflammatory and/or analgesic herbs such as White Willow Bark, Boswellia, Devil’s Claw, Aloe, Bee Propolis, etc.  And, of course, there are a number of helpful nutraceuticals for reducing inflammation and boosting immunity.  The good thing about this system is that it is natural and has very little, if any, side effects.  Compare that to using pharmaceutical drugs that have a list of side effects a page long.

Functional Medicine is the new 21st Century medicine.  It gets away from treating symptoms with synthetic chemicals which may be detrimental to your health in the long run.  It is focused on you as an individual rather than lumping you in with everyone else.  It is focused on your body’s systems (ie. Detox, Immune, Digestive, Endocrine, etc.)  Therefore, I am a firm supporter of Functional Medicine, and I suggest you do some research into it.

As a Natural Health Practitioner, Nutritionist, Herbalist, Massage Therapist, and Personal Trainer, I am able to offer you a “Complete Wellness System” by integrating exercise, relaxation, nutrition, and detoxification into a single program.  I utilize herbs, nutraceuticals, massage therapy and bodywork, and personal training to affect your health using multiple modalities.  Look at the following list of Dis-eases and the list of potential side effects from pharmaceutical drugs.  The choice is yours.  If you are interested in getting together and discussing your health issues, please contact me.

Be Healthy!

Bill Shuttic

Ultimate Health



Partial List of Dis-eases:





Crohn’s Disease

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

High blood pressure

High cholesterol




Lou Gherrigs Disease

Hashimoto’s Disease




Asperger Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Celiac Disease



Down Syndrome


Erectile Dysfunction







Parkinson’s Disease


Ulcerative Colitis

Restless Leg Syndrome




Partial List of Potential Side Effects from Pharmaceutical Drugs:

Chronic (lasting a long time) inflammation of the stomach

Low magnesium levels in your body.



abnormal or fast heart beat


jerking movements or shaking (tremors)

muscle weakness

spasms of the hands and feet

cramps or muscle aches

spasm of the voice box





abdominal pain


dry mouth


Serious allergic reactions.


face swelling

throat tightness

difficulty breathing

Jan 21

Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Body

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Body

In Natural Medicine, you will often hear practitioners say that all disease begins in the gut.  If you think about it, it makes a lot of sense.  Your gut wall houses 70% of the cells that make up your immune system.  Incredibly, digestive issues can be attributed to such things as allergies, arthritis, autoimmune diseases including irritable bowel syndrome, acne, and chronic fatigue, as well as mood disorders, autism, dementia, and cancer.  We receive and maintain our health through the foods we eat.  Our bodies absorb the nutrients from the food and give us life.  So the old saying, “you are what you eat” should actually be, “you are what you absorb.”

If you are not absorbing nutrients from your food, or if your food has no nutritional value, then you’re really just eating empty calories.  First, let’s discuss food with no nutritional value.  If you eat processed food, you are probably not getting the nutrients you need.  What is processing, and what does it do to your food?  Processing includes such things as irradiation to kill bacteria.  But bombarding your food with radiation not only kills the bacteria, it also kills all the nutritional value of the food.  Heating and pasteurization is also used in processing.  Like radiation, when food is heated or pasteurized, it destroys the natural enzymes, vitamins, and minerals.  The problem with Americans is that we’re over-fed and under-nourished.  This is why we have such a high rate of obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart-disease, etc.

Now, with regard to absorption, there are a number of different issues involved with the intestines that we can discuss.  First is lack of absorption due to clogged intestines.   If you have intestines that are clogged with undigested food particles and other toxic sludge, nutrients will not be able to cross from your gut into your bloodstream.  When this happens, you can become constipated and bloated.  The food you eat will not pass through your system in a timely fashion, and it will begin to putrefy in your intestines.  When your doctor tells you that your vitamins are worthless and you’ll just pass them through, they could be correct – not because vitamins are worthless, but because your body can’t absorb them.  Once your undigested food begins to decompose in your intestines, it will lead to an acidic environment, inflammation, and an overgrowth of bad bacteria that will present itself as candida, gas, bloating, etc.  Left unchecked, this could lead to more serious conditions such as diverticulitis or colitis.  As the toxins sit in your intestines, they begin to weaken the intestinal walls which then create openings in the intestines which allow proteins like gluten, bad bacteria, toxins, and undigested food particles to leak through your intestinal walls causing an immune reaction.  This is called Leaky Gut Syndrome.  So, as you can see, by eating the wrong foods, you can put yourself on the path to a host of ailments and dis-eases not only in the intestines but throughout the body.  According to research, Leaky Gut Syndrome could actually cause such things as food allergies, low energy, thyroid disease, joint pain, and various autoimmune dis-eases.

So how can we avoid or reverse this scenario?  There are a couple of different views on that.  In the United States, we use the (pharmaceutical) drug-centered methodology called Allopathic (or Western) Medicine.   In our society, we call that “Traditional” medicine.  This is kind of funny, because Western Medicine has only really been around for about 100 years.  On the other end of the spectrum are Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine (from India), and Natural Medicine.  All three of these I consider “Natural” medicine.  Natural Medicine has been used for thousands of years.  Natural Medicine focuses on using whole foods, herbs, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc. to keep people healthy.  It is only recently that Western Medical doctors have begun looking at food and nutrition and a healthy lifestyle as related to your overall health.  The next time you see an ad on TV for a pharmaceutical drug, I’d like you to pay attention to two things.  First, see if they say, “in addition to diet and exercise…” and listen for the list of potential side effects.

In 2000, Dr. Christopher Murray, the Director of World Health Organization’s Global Program on Evidence for Health Policy, said the following: “Basically, you die earlier and spend more time disabled if you’re an American rather than a member of most other advanced countries.”  That’s pretty scary.

So, back to your gut health.  If we go the Western Medicine route, your doctor might give you a pharmaceutical drug that will alleviate your symptoms without necessarily curing the underlying issues.  In Natural Medicine, we look at the underlying causes of the problem and work on fixing that problem, usually by building up the body’s own immune system, so your body can heal itself.

How does that work?  Well, we can kind of nibble around the edges and take various herbs and supplements.  And we can eliminate certain foods from our diet.  But personally, why not go straight to the point and begin with a detox of your system.  We can do a colon cleanse.  We can do a liver cleanse.  We can do an overall detox program.  This will reset the body’s system and allow the herbs, supplements, and food to go to work more quickly.  There are a plethora of different herbs and supplements we can use.  For example, here are some good ones:  oregano, berberine, myrrh, peppermint, uva ursi, thyme, clove, anise, capryllic acid, dill, probiotics, digestive enzymes, quercetin, licorice root, slippery elm, lavender oil, marshmallow root, zinc, copper, aloe, apple cider vinegar, clove oil, milk thistle, etc.

We can also achieve anti-rheumatic benefits from use of anti-microbial treatments, immune-supportive interventions (rather than immuno-suppressive drugs), xenobiotic detoxification, and correction of hormonal imbalances.

Once we have completed the detox, then we have to remove certain foods from your diet including (as much as possible) sugar, gluten, milk, coffee, alcohol, and processed food.  We want to replace these foods with a whole food, plant-based diet focusing on fruits and vegetables.  Although the Paleo Diet is very popular right now, studies have shown that an animal-based diet can increase your risk of heart disease.  My opinion would be to limit your intake of beef to once a week.  You also have to be careful with beef and chicken because many farmers inject their beef and chicken with hormones and antibiotics that get passed on to us when we eat it.  We also have to be careful of heavy metals in fish, unfortunately.

Recent studies have shown that your gut has its own unique brain and immune system.  This only adds to the importance of keeping your gut healthy.

In addition to keeping the gut clean, I normally recommend a little daily exercise, some relaxation (massage, meditation, etc.), a simple diet of natural, whole foods using more spices and less salt and pepper, and supplementing with high-quality supplements.


Jan 07


By Bill Shuttic | Blog

bad foodYou may have heard the term Affluenza being used on the news lately.  I’d like to hijack that that term and use it more appropriately.  I define Affluenza as the specific diseases that are found in affluent societies.  The diseases of Affluence include Cancer (colon, lung, breast, leukemia, childhood brain, stomach, liver), diabetes, and coronary heart disease.

The diseases of Poverty include Pneumonia, intestinal obstruction, peptic ulcer, digestive disease, tuberculosis, parasitic disease, rheumatic heart disease, metabolic and endocrine disease other than diabetes, etc.

Poor countries typically have a low incidence of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s, obesity, or diabetes.  Yet, in the West, we suffer from these diseases and more.  How can that be?  According to The China Study which was a 20-year study, our diet plays a key role in our overall health and the diseases we get.

For example, Chinese breast cancer rates are one-fifth of those of Western women.  The death rate from coronary heart disease is seventeen times higher among American men than rural Chinese men.  According to Dr. Thomas Campbell, MD, who was part of the Chinese study, he believes it is due to the fact that Americans eat too much animal-based food (ie. steak) and not enough complex carbohydrates (ie. vegetables.)

In addition, Americans tend to eat a lot of simple carbs (sugar) which leads to a host of diseases including diabetes, Leaky Gut Syndrome, bacterial infections in the gut, among others.  Natural health practitioners have been saying for years that the food you eat has a direct affect on your health.  Science is finally beginning to catch up.

It is possible to be healthy by using exercise and diet.  It is possible to reduce or remove the number of pharmaceutical drugs you take.  It is possible to “cure” disease through changing your diet.  We say that disease is dis-ease in the body, so if you give your body the correct nutrients it needs, your immune system will be able to keep you healthy.  In order to avoid the diseases of affluence, it would be a good idea to reduce your intake of simple carbs (pies, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, bread, pasta, etc.) and reduce your intake of animal-based food.  Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, raw food, and superfoods that contain a high level of nutrients per calorie.

Of course, check with your doctor before you stop taking your meds or starting a rigorous exercise routine.  I suggest finding a Naturopathic doctor, since they understand natural medicine.


Jan 06


By Bill Shuttic | Blog

fruits vs. cake


OMG!  Can we talk about carbs?  I’m so tired of hearing about Low Carb diet versus High Carb diet.  I wish the medical or food community would come up with another name for either Good Carbs or Bad Carbs, so we can get past the confusion.

First, let’s begin by talking about what a carbohydrate is.

Carbohydrate: any of various neutral compounds of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen (as sugars, starches, and celluloses) most of which are formed by green plants and which constitute a major class of animal foods

Good carbs are typically classified as complex carbs and include fruits and vegetables (and whole grains.)  They have a lot of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and fiber.  Bad carbs are typically classified as simple carbs and include such things as cookies, cakes, pies, soda, white bread, candy, etc.  These have little nutritional value and can cause blood sugar spikes, inflammation, acidity, overgrowth of bad gut bacteria, and can lead to a  number of health issues.

A study in 1996 found that 42% of Americans ate cakes, cookies, pastries, or pies daily, while only 10% ate any dark green leafy vegetables.  Of the vegetables eaten, half of those were potatoes (as French fries and chips!), head lettuce (one of the least nutrient-dense foods), and canned tomatoes.

Dr. Thomas Campbell, MD, who did the incredible China Study is one of the doctors who promotes a High-Carb diet.  Yet, he also says, “you could eat a low-fat, high-carb diet by exclusively eating pasta made from refined flour, baked potato chips, soda, sugary cereals, and low-fat candy bars.  Eating this way is a bad idea.  You will not derive the health benefits of a plant-based diet eating these foods.”  His definition of carbs seems to refer to vegetables.

You have probably heard of the Atkins Diet which promotes a High-Protein, Low-Carb diet.  When Atkins speaks of Carbs, he is referring to sugar.  Most people promoting a Low-Carb diet are talking about reducing sugar, bread, pasta, etc. from your diet.

So, when you hear a doctor talking about the benefits of a High Carb diet, he is referring to eating a lot of fruits and vegetables (complex carbs).  When you hear another doctor talking about the benefits of a Low Carb diet, he is referring to NOT eating cake, pie, cookies, bread, etc. (simple carbs).

So…THEY ARE BOTH CORRECT!  Stop arguing about it.  You’re talking about two different carbs.  This is why we need to separate the term Carbs and create a new word.  Good Carbs, on the healthy end of the spectrum, we’ll call Garbos.  Bad carbs, on the unhealthy end of the spectrum, we’ll call Barbies.  Now that we have that settled…

It is healthy to eat a Low Barbie diet, rich in protein, fat, and Garbos.

It is also healthy to eat a High Garbo diet, combined with a good helping of protein and fat.

Are we all clear?

But what about Good Fat versus Bad Fat…?!   (OMG!  Next time…)

Jan 05


By Bill Shuttic | Blog

Diabetes can be complicated, but in simple terms, diabetes is basically a problem with too much sugar in the blood caused by the failure of one’s pancreas to release enough insulin for sugar metabolism.  There is insulin resistance, insulin sensitivity, and insulin deficiency.  There is Type I (Juvenile) diabetes and Type II  (Adult-Onset) diabetes.

Some naturopaths have theorized that the excess sugar in the blood is acidic and scars the arterial walls which, in turn, causes the body’s immune system to produce cholesterol.  The cholesterol hardens and clogs the arteries, leading to heart disease.  Type II diabetes can be caused by excessive weight, poor diet, lack of exercise, and possibly food allergies.  People with diabetes have a 5-7 times greater chance of having a heart attack or stroke.  Seventy-five percent of all diabetic deaths is due to heart disease from cardiovascular disease.  Diabetes also affects microvascular vessels, particularly the vessels of your eyes, kidneys, and peripheral nerves.

Diabetes may be reversible with a healthy diet, supplements, and exercise.  Your diet is very important when dealing with diabetes.  Complex carbohydrates are beneficial, since they go through a long digestive process and release sugar into the bloodstream slowly.  Sometimes, diabetics are told to eat a high-protein diet, but too much protein can lead to kidney issues, so be cautious about a high-protein diet.  An organic vegetarian diet with high-fiber vegetables is good, as well as bran and other forms of fiber.

Since insulin response is related to carbs, a diabetic may want to reduce consumption of food such as:  pasta, bread, potatoes, rice, corn, bananas, raisins, and sweet fruit.  Protein is beneficial, but a lot of protein from beef comes with a lot of bad fat, you may want to get your protein from turkey, chicken, egg whites, and tofu.    People will differ on the carb:protein:fat ratio, but some naturopaths will suggest a 40:30:30 ratio.  Of course, that only applies to good carbs and good fats.

Exercise helps with diabetes by heightening your body’s sensitivity to insulin.  Exercise helps to lower your triglycerides and cholesterol.  Your insulin requirements will probably be lower while you are exercising.  A 10-20 minute walk after a meal may also keep your insulin under control.  (If you have heart disease, be cautious.  You may not want to walk after a meal.)

You may also want to get checked for food allergies.  A doctor can monitor your blood sugar levels after eating various foods.  If you’re allergic, remove those foods from your diet.

Some supplements that are beneficial for diabetics are:  niacin, calcium, inositol, chromium, vanadium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, alpha-lipoic acid, acetyl-L-carnitine, CoQ10, conjugated linoleic acid, N-acetyl-cysteine, DHEA, sylimarin (from milk thistle), vitamin C, essential fatty acids (GLA from borage oil, evening primrose oil), EPA, DHA (from herring, mackerel, tuna, walnuts), vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, Vitamin D, biotin, fiber (cantaloupe, grapefruit, papaya, sweet potato, oat bran, oatmeal).

Herbs that may be beneficial include:  huckleberry (blueberry), ginkgo biloba, pau d’arco, cedar berries, aloe, ginger, burdock, evening primrose, onion, juniper berries, cranberry, fenugreek, goldenseal, alfalfa, ginseng, and kelp.


More recently, gut bacteria has been linked to the development of Type II Diabetes.  In one study, “The scientists concluded that one possible cause and effect between intestinal bacteria and diabetes is that certain bacteria incite an immune response. Within the intestinal bacteria population, there are microbes that form toxins that enter the gut and then cause inflammation throughout the body, including liver and fat cells that can affect overall metabolism and insulin sensitivity.”  Another study showed that people with Type II Diabetes have different gut bacteria than people without diabetes.

Read the full story here.

Jan 05

Juicing (Part II)

By Bill Shuttic | Blog


As you probably know, I’m a big fan of juicing.  You may not know this, but the Gerson Institute in San Diego uses juicing in their anti-cancer protocol.  The amount of fresh vitamins and minerals you get when you juice is incredible.  And in today’s world, most of the food we eat is de-natured and has very little nutritional value for a number of reasons.
1.  Much of the food we eat is not grown locally.  Since it may take a few days or so to transport, it has to be picked before it is ripe in order to be fresh when it hits the store.  If the food is not fully ripe, it has not finished the process and will be lacking in nutrients.
2.  Much of the farmland today has very poor topsoil which is lacking in the necessary minerals.  Without those minerals, the crops are weak and cannot fight off pests, disease, etc.  Therefore, farmers have to use chemical sprays and pesticides to protect their crops.  The amount of vitamins and minerals in food today is less than it used to be.
3.  Chemical sprays get into the food we eat.  Ingesting insecticides is toxic to our system.  (Always wash your food before eating.)
4.  Processing typically destroys most of the nutrients in food, which is why you’ll see “fortified” with vitamins and minerals.   This is why eating locally and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables is so important.  If we eat processed food all day and there is little nutritional value, then our bodies are still craving the vitamins and minerals it needs, therefore we’re still hungry and continue eating.  A naturopath might say that although we’re eating a lot of food, we’re actually starving.

Here are some of the fruits and veggies I juice and why.
Apples – good for skin, hair, fingernails, liver, and digestion.  This means its good for detox because your skin, liver, and intestines is where you get rid of toxins in your body.  It also means apples are good for weight loss.   Apples contain Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, biotin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, and the minerals chlorine, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium, and sulfur.  In combination with carrots and beets, it’s a good blood builder.

Carrots – good for skin, hair, fingernails, intestines, liver, bones, and teeth.  Carrot juice causes the liver to release bile into the gall bladder which helps get rid of fat (which lowers cholesterol.)  Some have used carrot juice for acne, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, and weight loss.  It contains beta-carotene, B, C, D, E, and K and the minerals calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium.  Carrot juice is sometimes called the King of Vegetable Juices.

Celery – good for the nervous system and curbs the desire for sweets (therefore good for weight-loss.)  Celery juice contains sodium, but don’t confuse organic sodium with sodium chloride (salt) because organic sodium will balance your blood’s pH.  Some people use celery juice for lung, kidney, liver, and nervous disorders, as well as fluid retention.

Cucumbers – It’s a natural diuretic and helps dissolve kidney stones.  It is good for skin and facial rejuvination.  Cucumber juice contains potassium, silicon, and sulfur, which is good for your hair and nails.  I typically don’t peel my cucumbers, but if they are waxed, you should peel them.  Cucumber juice is used for skin and kidney disorders, high blood pressure, and weight loss.

Beets – good for liver and gall bladder problems, menstrual and menopausal issues, and builds red blood cells.  Beet juice is a powerful kidney and blood cleanser.  Beets contain Vitamins A, B6, and C as well as chlorophyll, calcium, potassium, choline, iron, and sodium. Beet juice is helpful for multiple issues including anemia, bladder, kidney, skin, and liver disorders, fatigue, heart disease, circulation, cancer, low blood pressure, and lymph.

This juice combo is naturally sweet, so no need for sugar or fake sugar.  If you want to add a little cayenne pepper or ginger to it, it will add a little spice and boost your metabolism a bit.  When I drink this combo, my body temperature increases.

You may have also noticed that all these juices help with the main detox organs of your body – intestines, kidneys, liver, lungs, and skin.    So, if you don’t have a juicer yet, or if it’s sitting in your closet somewhere, go get it and try it out.

You joined the gym, you’re working out, now you need to pump your body full of fresh, healthy nutrients.  Try it for a week and let me know how you feel.  And it’s so much better than drinking sodas or store-bought drinks.

Jan 04

3-Day Juice Fast

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

I’m starting this year off with a 3-Day Juice Fast.  There’s no better time than the first week of the new year to start getting healthy.  I love the juice fast because it does a great job of putting a ton of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes into your system very quickly while at the same time removing all the bad carbs (sugar, wheat, flour, pasta, cakes, cookies, and other junk food.)

The results are usually nothing short of amazing.  I’ll bet I’ll lose 10 pounds over the next three days.  Some nay-sayers will claim that I’m only losing water weight.  They couldn’t be more wrong.  Many fruits and vegetables are as much as 95% water!  So, you’re getting all your water, but its full of nutrients.

Here’s what I typically juice:

2-3 apples

2-3 celery stalks

1-2 beet

2-3 carrots

1 cucumber

a handful of kale

a handful of spinach

a handful of parsely

a thumb-size piece of ginger (gives it some zing!)

(some people add a little lemon or some other veggies.  That’s ok, too)

That should make enough to last you through the day.  Make sure you drink everything the same day.  If you let it sit overnight, it will lose a lot of its potency.

Some people like to mix it with water, but I don’t.  I like it straight.  If you’d like to join me in juicing this week, feel free to contact me and let me know how you’re feeling.  The first day of a juice fast may be a little difficult.  If you’re not getting your normal dose of sugar and caffeine, you may feel a little nauseous, light-headed, or you may get a headache.  But its just like driving through a tunnel.  There is light at the end of the tunnel.  By the 3rd day, you should be feeling more energized.  You shouldn’t be craving junk food.  You should have a sharper mind.  At least that’s how most people feel after a 3-day juice fast.

So give it a try and let me know how it goes.  Throughout the year, I’ll be trying different things, and I invite you to join me, so we can get healthy together!