Archive | January, 2013

Selenium and the Flu

Selenium can become one of your best friends when it comes to preventing your getting, fighting off, or helping to recover faster from the flu. Not only that, but it looks like selenium may benefit people suffering from other viruses such as HIV/AIDS. There are many other positive health outcomes from the use of selenium but I will concentrate on the flu in today’s blog.

What scientists have discovered is that selenium deficient animals were far more likely to come down with an infectious disease than their selenium rich cohorts. While this is not surprising as I have mentioned in the past on how any trace mineral deficiency makes people much more susceptible to illness. The first health issue that crops up when you are mineral deficient is that your immune system suffers. But, the findings that have come out of scientific research recently are fascinating when it comes to selenium.

What was found was that those animals who were selenium deficient were far more likely to develop a more virulent form of the virus than those with adequate selenium. The mechanism behind why this happens is two-fold. The first is a well known process revolving around the minerals stimulation of the antioxidant glutathione. Increased glutathione production is essential to a healthy immune system so this comes as no surprise. It is the second mechanism that has researchers fascinated.

It seems that viruses that cause the flu are selenium scavengers, needing the trace mineral to survive and replicate. You must be saying to yourself, ‘ Wait, why are we feeding the virus?’. The answer may surprise you. The viruses are simply trying to keep themselves happy and well fed. When they don’t get enough selenium to accomplish that feat, the get angry or in immunological terms, more virulent. Feed them adequate selenium and they are less likely to mutate and become dangerous.

So what dose do I recommend? For a standard daily dose, 125 micrograms seems to do the trick. When confronted with a viral exposure, you need to up the dose to between 1 and 2 milligrams. Pair that up with some other glutathione precursors like n-acetyl-cysteine and vitamin C and you got a powerful immune booster. Don’t forget to add vitamin D to your pre-flu regime and if you get it, you’ll be over it in no time.

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Dr. John Peldyak DMD – Xylitol and Fructose

In this interview from December, 2002, Robert Crayhon talks to Dr. John Peldyak about Xylitol and fructose.  Thanks to Complementary Prescriptions for the use of this recording.

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Dr. Jeremy Appleton ND & Dr. Brian O’Connell NMD – Clinical Applications of MSM

In this interview from August, 2002, Robert Crayhon talks to Dr. Jeremy Appleton and Dr. Brian O’Connell about clinical applications of MSM.  Thanks to Complementary Prescriptions for the use of this recording.

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Dr. Andrew Cutler, PhD – Mercury Detox

In this interview from September, 2008, Dr. Mark Schauss talks to Dr. Andrew Cutler about mercury detoxification.

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Mercury toxicity is a growing problem in today’s toxic environment. Sources vary from amalgams in your mouth, in the fish you eat and from the smoke coming from coal fired power plants. But if you think that this is a modern problem, you would be wrong. Mercury has been found in Greenland ice flows that date back to the time of the Roman Empire. It was a by-product of their weapons production through the smelting of many of the metals they used in their war machine.

I’ve known Dr. Cutler for a number of years and highly respect his science, especially when it comes to mercury and the proper way to detoxify it. So many in the traditional medical field either deny the problem with mercury or just flat out refuse to acknowledge it. Conversely, many in the alternative and complimentary field try to detoxify this ubiquitous heavy metal with no regard to safety. In this interview between Dr. Cutler and I we talk about the safe and effective ways to remove mercury from the system.

Not only is this interview available in audio, thanks to Michael Ross, it is also available here in a PDF transcript.

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Will Taylor – Selenium Anti-Viral

In this interview from May, 2004, Robert Crayhon talks to Will Taylor about selenium anti-viral.  Thanks to Complementary Prescriptions for the use of this recording.

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Dr. Steven Baskin – The Clinical Applications of Taurine

In this interview from May, 2002, Robert Crayhon talks to Dr. Steven Baskin about the clinical applications of Taurine.  Thanks to Complementary Prescriptions for the use of this recording.

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Comprehensive Blood Chemistry – #1

The number one lab test to improve health, optimize body composition and fat loss is unquestionably a comprehensive blood chemistry. In my 28 years of working with lab tests and health care practitioners the world over, I have come to the conclusion that a comprehensive blood chemistry should be the cornerstone of every health program. There is more information that can come out of this test than any other one. The only caveat is interpreting the results which is something I have been researching since 1985.

So what does a comprehensive blood chemistry consist of? In simple terms, it includes what is known as a Chem Screen, typically a Chem 25, a CBC and thyroid panel. If you were to go to the lab for this test, chances are there are a few important variables that would be left out. The ones that are most often not included are phosphorus, uric acid, LDH and GGT. Other add-ons that I heartily recommend that be included are: vitamin D3, C-Reactive Protein, RBC Magnesium and Fasting Insulin. Put that together with my Lab Assist report and you will find out more about a person’s chemistry than any other test. Also, more importantly, it can tell you what to do to balance things out.

So why is a comprehensive blood chemistry so valuable? First off, in order to optimize health, you need to optimize the electrolyte balance of sodium, potassium, chloride and CO2. In order to have a proper flow of nutrients and waste materials in and out of cells, these four items must be in balance. Also, in order to have a proper functioning adrenal gland, both sodium and potassium must be optimized. Few health care practitioners know that a low CO2 is often found in people with low HCl in their stomach leading to poor digestion. If your electrolytes are out of balance, no amount of working out will accomplish weight control or fat loss.

In my lab and biochemistry classes (Sydney and Melbourne so far Lake Tahoe tba), I spend about 2 hours teaching all the incredible information that can be gleaned out of a comprehensive blood chemistry. Here are just a few tidbits I cover: low Alkaline Phosphatase is associated with low zinc which is an essential trace mineral. Uric acid is one of the most predominant anti-oxidants in the human body, too much and it indicates excessive oxidative stress, too low and you may not be able to handle oxidative stress. Also, a little known medical fact is that no one with Multiple Sclerosis has ever had high uric acid.

I could go on and on about how important and impactful a comprehensive blood chemistry is on health, body composition and fat loss but that is for the book I’m working on as well as being covered in my class. Still, keep coming back to this blog and I will share more as time goes on.

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Dr. Robert Rountree MD – Treating Fibromyalgia

In this interview from April, 2002, Robert Crayhon talks to Dr. Robert Rountree about treating fibromyalgia.  Thanks to Complementary Prescriptions for the use of this recording.

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Urine Organic Acid Testing – #2

Urine organic acid testing is essential for developing the best possible body composition, increasing fat loss and achieving optimal health. The test is considered a functional test as it reflects the nutritional needs of the body instead of just measuring levels of nutrients and co-factors. This allows it to take genetic, environmental and stress factors into account.

In my book, Achieving Victory Over a Toxic World, I dedicated a chapter to the issue of weight loss and how environmental toxins can effect the energy cycle (Kreb’s or Citric Acid Cycle). Much of our energy expenditure during a normal day is spent by our resting metabolism. As I mentioned in the previous blog on the environmental pollutants test, a block on the Pyruvate/Lactate entry point caused by the toxins can cause carbohydrate metabolism to be shunted towards fat production. The urine organic acid test can pinpoint this issue and using the Lab Assist report, you can develop a nutritional program to break the log jam.

What make the urine organic acid test so valuable is how it can pinpoint disruptions throughout the Citric Acid Cycle, and what can make the energy production more efficient. What I pointed out in my book, is if toxic chemicals depress the cycle by as little as seven percent, you can eat well, exercise regularly but still gain anywhere from ten to thirty pounds a year.

Other issues that can be picked up by a urine organic acid test that have big impact on health include markers for dysbiosis, specific B-complex nutrient deficiencies, excessive ammonia build up (improper detoxification of high protein intake), and much more. It can also see if specific amino acids are inadequate functionally as opposed to a direct measurement as done in a plasma amino acid panel.

In my classes on laboratory testing and the art and science of biochemical individuality, I highlight this test as it is one of the most vital tools available to anyone interested in helping their clients achieve optimal health.

 

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