The Plague and Heavy Metals

Talking about the plague and heavy metals may seem like a kind of odd subject to talk about but bear with me, it will be worth it. Just this past weekend I was a speaker at the Weston A. Price Foundation’s (WAPF) annual international conference where I heard a talk from the controversial doctor, Andrew Wakefield. He was the guest of honor and he made a very impassioned speech but there was one comment he made where I had an “ah ha” moment.

As some of you might know, Dr. Wakefield is the British gastroenterologist who made the claim that autistic children had inflamed guts, more so than the average child, and that there seems to be a correlation with the MMR vaccine. He has been vilified by the media and his own professional organizations despite having solid evidence to back his position. His talk at WAPF was passionate and information. Then he made a comment about the plague and heavy metals in the Siberian steppe. This picked my interest despite him only briefly commenting on it.

So why would this three second snippet get my attention? Simple, what he said was that researchers found the plague bacterium, Yersinia pestis, in marmots on the Russian steppe but only those who foraged on heavy metal laced grasses died of the disease. All of these members of the rodent family had the bacterium but only those with higher levels of heavy metals died of the plague.

This got me to thinking, how many diseases are dormant in our bodies waiting for a trigger to turn them virulent? And I’m not just talking about viruses, bacterium like the plague or parasites like toxoplasma gondii, but chronic diseases like type II diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or cancer. We get a load of toxins building up, like heavy metals or petrochemicals and when a critical mass is reached, bang, a disease begins to ravage us. This phenomenon can explain a lot of sudden onset disorders which come out of the blue.

My take on this is to not only be on the constant outlook for toxic exposure but to make it a lifestyle choice to always look to detoxify yourself regularly. Whether you follow the protocols of Dr. Andrew Cutler for heavy metal detox or use glycine and other amino acids for petrochemical removal, just do it and do it all the time.

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Magnesium and Heart Disease

Magnesium rich foods

Foods Rich in Magnesium

Back in 1988, I did my first medical/health talk and I mentioned two things that helped prevent heart disease, vinegar and magnesium. Vinegar has been used for over 2,000 years to help lower systolic blood pressure. One teaspoon in eight ounces of water twice a day will do the trick. Magnesium though, has a much shorter history but is equally important in heart health.

According to a Harvard University study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, increasing your intake of magnesium may lower the risk of heart disease by as much as 30%. Their conclusion was “Circulating and dietary magnesium are inversely associated with CVD risk, which supports the need for clinical trials to evaluate the potential role of magnesium in the prevention of CVD and IHD.” The way the authors put it, they made a monumental discovery. Truth be known though, we’ve known about this for decades. Back in 1995 for instance, Altura and Altura published a paper on magnesium and cardiovascular disease.

A friend of mine, Dr. Mark Houston, a renowned cardiologist from Nashville, Tennessee, has told me often that he is big on magnesium.  Most doctors though believe that all you need is a healthy diet and you will get enough magnesium. Only problem is, it just isn’t true. In the typical Western diet, 68% of people don’t get the RDA of magnesium which is a pretty low dose to begin with. and research over the years proves it. Here is a paper that sums things up nicely.

But before you think magnesium is a one trick pony, think again. This essential mineral is involved in over 300 different enzyme pathways and has been shown to help blood sugar control, hormone production and regulation as well as in brain health.

When choosing a supplemental form of magnesium, avoid magnesium oxide. to get maximum absorption, use amino acid chelates like glycinate or citrate. Whatever form you choose, get at least 400 milligrams a day and if you can, go to 600. If you do, your heart will thank you later.

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Concussions – There is Hope

Tonight I watched a segment on 60 minutes that got me really pissed off. It was about our brave soldiers who have suffered concussions due to explosions in Iraq and Afghanistan and how it has damaged their brains. They went on about how great it was that someone had funded an institute to help test the men and women but in the end, there are no treatments for all the damage that was done. Bulls**t!!! There is lots that can and should be done.

When I worked with Robert Crayhon at Crayhon Research, we focused on nutrients that were beneficial to the brain. One of the amazing people I got to work with aside from Robert was Dr. Parris Kidd. He has shown in two books how a pair of nutrients, Glycerophosphcholine (GPC) and Phosphatidylcholine Serine (PS) have been helpful in brain issues. When you can help people post stroke to regain cognitive function, you might think that people might want to do some additional research on concussions. But, when your main thrust is to make money on patented drugs, nothing can be further from the truth.

GPC and PS along with ALCAR (acetyl-L-carnitine) have over 60 human studies on brain health. They are just the tip of the iceberg on using natural substances to help save the brain. Stroke victims, dementia patients and others have shown significant improvement when given these nutrients. I have seen the benefits first hand as I have suffered four major brain injuries in my life time (2 skull fractures and 2 concussions). The changes in cognitive function that I have seen have been dramatic and life changing.

We haven’t even talked about things like Longvida© which has been shown to help Alzheimer’s patients and Down’s Syndrome children improve. Concussions can be devastating but we have tools to help reverse the effects. Here is my protocol for helping those who’ve had a concussion:

  • 1200 milligrams of GPC daily
  • 200 milligrams of PS daily
  • 500 milligrams of ALCAR daily
  • 500 milligrams of Longvida©

Using this protocol, you can see incredible improvements in just 6 weeks time. I have no vested interest in any of these products but have seen them help people time after time. If you know of anyone struggling with mental issues, have them try this protocol for a few months and see the results.

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Zinc not necessary in sports nutrition?

I got an email this weekend from a trainer in Australia telling me that there is a sports doc out there who is against zinc supplementation. That got me thinking and wondering whether there is anything to it. What I came up with is that the doctor in question needs to start reading the literature instead of saying things that are just not right.

In the book, “Sports Nutrition: Minerals and Electrolytes” from CRC Press, edited by Kies and Driskell has a chapter on “Physical Exercise and Zinc Metabolism.” They looked at both acute and chronic exercise and levels before and after in erthyrocytes (red blood cells) as well as in plasma/serum. They report on the fact that “The presence of hypozincemia (low zinc) in trained athletes has since been reported…”

Another interesting comment is on vegetarian athletes, “Therefore, with prolonged suboptimal zinc status, it would be predicted that muscle zinc levels in vegetarians would decrease, with resulting reduced muscle strength and endurance.” Note the last part of the statement which suggests that low zinc would result in lower muscle strength and endurance.” So for a sports doctor to conclude that zinc supplementation is “BS”, would come from a lack of understanding of the physiology of minerals and athletics.

Some of their conclusions include:
“Acute, as well as chronic, exercise induces an alteration in zinc distribution in human blood.”
“An increase in erthyrocyte CA-I-derived zinc concentration and/or a decrease in plasma albumin-bound zinc concentration may portend hypozincemia during physical training.”
In the 4 page chapter, they cite 71 references.
Makes one wonder why the sports doctor is against supplementation when it is clear that exercise will diminish zinc levels. While there are increases in intracellular levels post-exercise, total plasma and whole blood show decreases.
So, for those of you who wonder whether zinc supplementation is warranted as part of a good sports nutrition program, the answer is yes.
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Sodium Potassium Balance & Muscle Groups

At my last Art and Science of Biochemical Individuality class in the UK, I taught a segment on the influence of sodium and potassium on balanced appearance and muscle groups. This concept was originally taught to me by my mentor, the late John Kitkoski. The idea that you can determine electrolyte balance based on appearance has wide implications and can help find out why some individuals may have problems building certain muscle groups.

The first step in determining imbalances in sodium and potassium is to look a t a persons face. The left side is influenced by sodium and the right side by potassium. If the persons left side is drooping, consider a sodium deficiency (not as rare as you may think). Conversely, if the right side is droopy, then consider a potassium deficiency (very common). One of the best ways to practice this is to watch news anchors and reporters as they typically stare straight into the camera..

The next idea is understand how sodium and potassium affect muscles. Some of you might remember the frog leg experiment from junior high school. When a sodium solution is poured on the frog’s leg, it contracts. When a potassium solution is poured on it, it relaxes. Hence, sodium is important in muscle contraction and potassium is important in muscle relaxation. Bear this in mind when you look at which muscle group sodium and potassium control.

Sodium is important in the both the bicep and hamstring while potassium is important in the tricep and quadricep. Sometimes, when someone has a problem developing one of these muscle groups, their electrolyte balance is off. One caveat is that working on specific electrolytes can easily cause an imbalance which is why I always recommend a balanced electrolyte solution. This is why I developed the Synerplex electrolyte series as I believe that electrolyte balance is key to optimal health and performance.

Next blog, I will talk about the importance of electrolyte balance in adrenal function as well as the reason why humans developed a mechanism to retain sodium but not potassium.

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Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt

In this interview from October 15, 2008, Mark Schauss talks to Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt.

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TahoeFest 2013 Price Lowered

We’ve listened to you and decided to lower the price for TahoeFest 2013 to $495. Also, we are offering scholarships and discounts to anyone who needs them just as my mentor Robert Crayhon had done with his Boulderfest conferences. It is my sincere wish that everyone has the opportunity to come to this conference and learn from the phenomenal speakers we have lined up for you. I also don’t want cost to hold anyone back.

The tools that will be taught to the attendees are the kind that will have a large impact on the health and well being of countless people which is why I so want to get as many people to TahoeFest as possible. Not only that, but the venue is one of the most beautiful in the world. To sign up, call 775-851-3337 or go to the Knowledge Through Solutions website.

 

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New Speakers for TahoeFest 2013

Lake Tahoe Hyatt

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

Just wanted to announce some new speakers for TahoeFest 2013. The first is Dr. Thomas O’Bryan, D.C. whose topic will be “Differentiating Tools for Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease: In-Office and Laboratory Assessments.” He will review this new-kid-on-the (science)-blocknon-celiac gluten sensitivity, how to identify it, and more importantly how to treat it.

The next addition is Dr. Rachel Fresco, L.Ac., PhD. developer of Biocidin, one of my favorite herbal products on the market. I’m sure anyone who has attended any of my seminars will be familiar with the product for its many uses as nutritional support associated with intestinal ecology, systemic wellness and detoxification. Her talk will be on how to use the botanical combinations she has developed to help your clients achieve optimal health.

I also want to stress what the theme of TahoeFest 2013 is – Practical Tools For Your Clinical Practice. When I mean practical tools I mean things you can use right away to help improve your clients health as well as improving your practice whether as a physical trainer, naturopath, chiropractor, MD, DO or clinical nutritionist. Everyone will benefit from this seminar, especially your client.

To register, click on this link. Hope to see you at TahoeFest 2013!!!

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Caesar vs Pompei or Protein vs Carbs

Caesar

Julius Caesar

In the Battle of Pharsalus, the armies led by Julius Caesar defeated those led by  Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus to end the Roman Civil War. Now, you may wonder, what in the world does this have to do with health? Let me explain.

Pompey the Great as he was known, was a highly successful general in the Roman army and was leading an army to put an end to Julius Caesar’s grab at dictatorial powers. His army was 2-3 times larger than Caesar’s but he was wary of starting a direct battle with his counterpart due to Caesar’s noted military brilliance. What he decided to do was to choke off supplies of wheat to his enemy. Roman soldiers marched on bread and stopping the flow of wheat meant no bread. Caesar was now in a bind.

Instead of feasting on bread the men were forced to forage for vegetables and fruits and to eat animal protein. This did not sit well with his men but Caesar’s troops remained loyal despite the lack of bread. When Pompey was finally forced to commit to facing Caesar in a direct confrontation he believed that he had starved his adversaries out.

The Battle of Pharsalus took place in August or July of 48 BC. Pompey was sure that Caesar’s army would be weak but the exact opposite was really the case. They had feasted on proteins versus the normal breads so in actuality Caesar’s men were better equipped to handle a long battle which is exactly what happened. Despite being out numbered 3-1, Caesar’s men wore out their carbohydrate-fed opponents and routed them causing Pompey and many of his senatorial allies to flee.

Moral of the story? Even historically, eating a high protein diet before physical exertion is vastly superior to carbohydrate loading. When I was a competitive runner back in the late ’70s and early ’80s, much of the dietary focus was on complex carbohydrates which turned out to be a big mistake. Luckily in today’s world, we know better.

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TahoeFest 2013 – Practical Tools For Your Practice

 

Lake Tahoe Hyatt

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

TahoeFest 2013, to be held to the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Incline Village, Nevada on the shores of Lake Tahoe is shaping up as the go to seminar of the year. Hosted by yours truly, Mark Schauss, it will provide the attendees practical tools to help improve their practice. The prestigious group of speakers includes Luke Bucci, PhD, Ryan Bentley, DC, John Young, MD, Karen Hotchkiss, MD, and Mark Newman, MS. When the TahoeFest 2013 conference is over, you will be able to put all of the information presented into use the first day you are back at your practice.

Here is a run down on some of the topics and speakers that will be presenting at TahoeFest 2013:

Dr. Ryan Bentley, DC – Sex, Lies and Cholesterol and  Hitting the Target in Diagnosing and Treating Thyroid and Carbohydrate Metabolism Dysfunction

Dr. Luke Bucci, PhD – Joint and Arthritis Supplements and the Real Facts Behind Them

Mark Newman, MS – A New Paradigm in Hormone Testing: Diurnal Urine Testing

Mark Schauss, DBA – Advanced Ways to Utilize Laboratory Testing to Get Maximum Results,  Elite Athlete Case Studies, and  Safe and Effective Heavy Metal Detoxification Protocols

Karen Hotchkiss, MD – Reversing Rheumatoid Arthritis – A Case Study

John Young, MD – Reversing Type II Diabetes in 6 weeks

To sign up for TahoeFest 2013 just click this link.

For reservations and special room rates of $159 per room (this is an incredible deal for this world class resort), please use the link below or call the Hyatt at 888-421-1442 and say that you are attending the Lab Interpretation Informational Talk. Hyatt Room Reservations

The conference location is one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Come and spend some time relaxing in their indoor-outdoor pool or just take in the incredible scenery that is sure to make the trip a memorable one.

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