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May 18

Natural Antibiotics

By Bill Shuttic | Uncategorized

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”


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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
Ultimate Health

May 17

Fasting – Good or Bad

By Bill Shuttic | Uncategorized

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.

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
Ultimate Health & Wellness

Feb 12

The Truth About Cholesterol

By Bill Shuttic | Uncategorized

Do you have high cholesterol?  Are you worried that your high cholesterol could lead to heart disease, stroke, or high blood pressure?  What would you say if I told you that cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease?!

For the past half-century, most doctors and researchers have focused on the idea that cardiovascular disease was linked to fat in the diet, and a high-fat diet causes high blood cholesterol.  High blood cholesterol then causes a buildup of plaque in the arteries which lead to atherosclerosis.  And atherosclerosis results in a heart attack, stroke, or high blood pressure.  I’m guessing this is what your doctors have told you.

Let me throw some facts at you…
Every year, conventional doctors write more than 50 million prescriptions for cholesterol-lowering drugs (which are inherently toxic to your system with harmful side effects.)

Nearly 75% of people who have heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels.

The University Hospital in Switzerland claimed they did not find any statistically significant link between cholesterol levels and coronary heart disease.

In February 2003, a study compared the Atkin’s Low-Carb diet and the American Heart Association’s Low-Fat diet.  The Atkins’ diet lead not only to greater weight loss but also lowered cholesterol.  *(There are some drawbacks to the Atkins’ diet, and the carbs referred to are simple carbs, not complex carbs.)

In May 2003, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study that found the Atkins’ diet was better than the American Heart Association’s Low-Fat diet with regard to both weight loss and blood fat improvement.

The Heritage Medical Center did a study on patients with Metabolic Syndrome and found that a Low-Carb diet reduced LDL by an average of 82% and increased HDL by an average of 30%.

In one study of 22 countries, Japan was found to have the lowest fat intake but had a 600% higher risk of heart disease than Mexico whose fat intake is 2750% higher than Japan.

Let’s look at history.  From World War 1 through the 1980’s, the death rate from heart attacks increased while fat intake decreased.  Cardiovascular disease in the U.S. increased about tenfold between 1930 and 1960, while consumption of animal fat decreased during the same period.

From the 1980’s until just recently, the medical community has been telling us to be on a Low-Fat diet in order to have better heart health.  During that time, heart disease and strokes have skyrocketed as have such things like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ADHD, obesity, etc.

So what’s the deal?  Research is now showing that plaque buildup is dangerous and can cause heart disease but not the presence of cholesterol itself.  It turns out that fat and cholesterol play an essential role in health.  (This is something Natural Health Practitioners have been taught for years.)

Cholesterol is manufactured in the body in the liver.  It provides energy to cells.  It helps make cell membranes.  It assists in the formation of sheaths around nerves.  And cholesterol plays a vital role in the production of estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, testosterone, and cortisol.  Think about that for a minute.  Cholesterol (and fat) affect nerves.  Nerve issues could lead to things like tingling in the hands and feet, restless leg syndrome, neuropathy, Parkinson’s, etc.  Cholesterol affects hormones.  What’s been popular the last couple years?  Hormone replacement therapy, testosterone shots for men, adrenal fatigue, estrogen and progesterone treatment, etc.  Low cholesterol has been linked to reduced levels of serotonin and an increase in depression.  How many people are taking antidepressants these days?

I want to speak briefly on cholesterol-lowering drugs and blood pressure pills.  The US FDA reports that 20 million Americans are taking statins.  The side effects of statins include liver toxicity, digestive issues, rashes, blurred vision, muscle weakness, high blood pressure, and kidney failure.  Hundreds of people have died from taking statin drugs such as Lescol, Lipitor, Mevacor, and Zocor.  Keep in mind, statins are by nature toxic to your liver.  Your liver is your body’s main detoxifier and the liver makes cholesterol.  Statin drugs also reduce your body’s amount of CoQ10 (by as much as 40%) which is an antioxidant that is essential for heart health.  One study showed that statins reduced antioxidant levels by 22%.  Antioxidants are needed to fight free radical damage.

Another study showed Zocor increased insulin levels by 13%.  Increasing insulin levels increases your risk of heart disease, hypertension, obesity, insulin resistance, and Type 2 diabetes.

If you have high blood pressure, you may have been prescribed calcium channel blockers, ACE inhibitors, Beta blockers, or diuretics.  Side effects of calcium channel blockers include headache, flushing, constipation, nausea, elevated cholesterol, edema, and low blood pressure.  It could also increase your risk of a heart attack by 60%!

Side effects from ACE inhibitors include dry cough, reduced appetite, mineral deficiencies, kidney damage, and reduced white blood cell count.

Side effects from Beta blockers include fatigue, dizziness, insomnia, nausea, depression, impotence, cold extremities, an increase in triglycerides, and a decrease in HDL (good cholesterol).

Diuretics can have side effects such as weakness, dehydration, gouty arthritis, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain, and vomiting.

So the question is – what is the answer?  First, a blood test can give you a good view of your cardiovascular health.  You’ll want to check your levels of Homocysteine, C-reactive protein, CoQ10, Insulin, and VAP cholesterol.  Homocysteine is an excellent measure of antioxidant health as well as an actual indicator of cardiovascular inflammation.  High levels of Homocysteine can damage your arteries and can increase formation of arterial plaque.  It also makes your blood platelets sticky which increases the risk of blood clots, leading to heart attacks, stroke, and pulmonary embolism.

C-reactive protein levels rise when your body is experiencing inflammation.  It is released by the liver.  The higher the level of CRP, the higher your risk of a heart attack.  In today’s world, our bodies’ are often in a constant state of inflammation.  Do you have any health issues that end in “-itis”?  Arthritis, gastritis, colitis, diverticulitis, etc.  These are all inflammatory issues.

What else can you do?  Eat healthy food and exercise.  I don’t want to get too much into the food aspect of health here.  In brief, eat more fruits and vegetables, more raw food, less processed food, less sugar and simple carbs.  That’s a good start.

With regard to exercise, interval training is more effective in protecting your heart than either long-term cardio workouts or no workouts at all.  Interval training not only lowers cholesterol levels but it improves cholesterol ratios.  Studies have shown that interval training resulted in a drop in total cholesterol and a rise in the good HDL.

Interval training also helps maintain healthy testosterone levels.  A study in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that testosterone levels increase more in men who do interval training than in those doing cardio/endurance training.  Furthermore, the older the men, the more dramatic the results.

A Harvard study found that men who did interval training reduced their heart disease risk by 20%.

With regard to weight loss, interval training is more effective than endurance exercises.  How does that work, exactly?  Researchers at Colorado State University measured how long we burn fat after working out.  After doing interval training, they found that participants were still burning fat sixteen hours after the exercise.  Their fat oxidation was up by 62%, and their resting metabolic rate rose 4 percent.

Another study by Laval University in Quebec took two groups – one group cycled for 45 minutes straight without stopping.  The other cycled in short bursts of 15-90 seconds with a rest in between.  The results?  The long-duration group burned twice as many calories as the interval group, BUT the short-interval group lost more fat!  In fact, for every calorie burned, the interval group lost nine times more fat!

So, to strengthen your heart, lose more weight, and reduce your cholesterol levels, the best method of working out is interval training.  This is why I use what is commonly known as HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training.

I hope this makes you stop and think about how to stay healthy, lose weight, and lower your cholesterol.  I’m not a big fan of pharmaceuticals, because there are so many side effects, and there are so many other natural means of being healthy.  If you’d like to talk to me about your health, please give me a call or send me an email.

To Your Health,

(*much of the information in this post comes from Dr. Al Sears)